BEAUTY WHEN LESS IS MORE!!

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Makeup now is about being a minimalist. It’s easier, more natural, simple and all around “lower maintenance”. It does not mean no makeup it means looking fresh, sporty yet luminous at the same time. What’s great about a more natural style is that it’s not chasing youth (that shouldn’t be the goal anyway); it just allows you to look like a well pulled together version of yourself. Fashion is influenced by the times, and we live in a very health and fitness-oriented society right now. That’s why we are seeing so much athletic-inspired clothing. And, of course, when we wear more casual clothes, the face has to match. It will transform you into the best version of yourself while still making you completely recognizable. I have a service called “The 5 minute face”. It is 5 products in 5 minutes making you look 5 minutes younger.
Here they are:

1. CONCEALER- Go with a colour that goes with your skin tone. Put it on the lids, under the eyes, side to nose and on and under the lip area. This high lights these areas that usually go darker with age.

2. BROW TINT- Go with a colour with is little lighter than your hair colour. Apply on lightly using the brush to gently glide the hair strands. It darkens the brows and covers the grey if you have any.

3. CURL LASHES AND USE BLACK MASCARA- This opens up the face, brings out the natural eye colour and gives a natural appearance the face.

5. USE A SOFT BRONZER OR BLUSH COLOUR- Keep it light and fresh by putting it on with a small fan brush. Remember, to put it on the cheek bones and into the hair line. This gives you a soft glow that makes you look “sun-kissed”.

6. LIPGLOSS- This is the most fun!! You can not gave enough fresh, light, fun glosses. Try any colour that goes with your personality, skin, and hair colour. A lot of glosses now have vitamins in them to keep your lips moist and soft.

Now go do this!! Try it on. Keep it fresh.

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25 Tricks for Being Photogenic

This time of year can be a minefield of potentially awkward family photos, unflattering party pics and more snaps that just want to make you hit “untag.” Even if you love the way you look in person, it takes practice to make sure your in-the-flesh beauty translates on camera. The good news? Being photogenic is a skill you can totally master. Here are a few of our favorite tips that will help you bring out your inner Gisele.

1. If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks. No more half-closed eyes!

2. To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It might feel awkward, but it will look great — promise.

3. Make sure your makeup is a perfect match, says mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles, who’s prepped everyone from Halle Berry to Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks for the red carpet. “When a foundation is too pale for your skin tone, it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin.” She advises, “Match your skin to your chest and add a thin layer to your neck if your neck is paler (as is the case for most people).”

4. Curled lashes and mascara are musts, Stiles insists (she swears by mark Scanda-Lash Mascara). “Both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. You want to draw people into a picture, so you want to maximize the impact of the eyes. They more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle!”

5. Take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? When you smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken.

6. Try this old school red carpet trick: Put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid a goofy, too-wide grin.

7. Fill in your brows. Not only do your eyebrows convey character and emotion, they often mean all the difference between looking wide awake and washed out on camera. You may even consider using a slightly darker brow pencil if you know you’ll be photographed, since features tend to look lighter in pictures.

8. Make sure your hair is shiny. “Spray-on shine is great for a last minute add-on shine,” says hair stylist Serge Normant, who’s worked with Julia RobertsReese WitherspoonJulianne Moore and Sarah Jessica Parkerthroughout his years in the biz. He recommends misting hair with his Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($24, shopsergenormant.com) for maximum gloss.

Article (and image) originally published at dailymakeover.com

Article (and image) originally published at dailymakeover.com

9. A photo can highlight flyaways, so make sure your style is sleek. “A good pomade or dry oil will help, but use lightly,” Normant advises. “If you are afraid to use too much, spray on your hands and then lightly try to control fizz.”

10. Look toward a light right before someone snaps your photo. Doing so will shrink your pupils and help you avoid red eye.

11. Surprise photo op? Try this five-second prep: Blot your face with a tissue or single-ply cocktail napkin, then pinch your cheeks to create a rosy glow (yep, it’s old school, but it works).

12. A couple drops of Visine will help your eyes look brighter and more awake.

13. Blush is a must! Without some color on your cheeks, your face can look two dimensional in photos. Use a medium pink shade on the apples of your cheeks to help shape your face.

14. Think about angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth.

15. Try the “red carpet” pose: put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it really does work to help you look slimmer.

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via Getty Images

16. Avoid serious sparkle on your face. “Anything too shimmery on the skin can just be too much in a photo,” Stiles says. “A soft glow is nice, but if you have oily skin it can really exaggerate shimmer and make you look very shiny. If you are a shimmer addict and just can’t help yourself, keep the face matte or semi-matte (a velvety finish). Add a little highlighter to just the tips of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose with a powder highlighter that has a very soft sheen.”

17. On the other hand, a bit of sparkle below the neck can give your skin a pretty sheen. Dust your collarbone and shoulders with a shimmering powder such as Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in Moonlight ($52,chanel.com), which has the perfect finish for playing up assets.

18. Stand in front of a white wall. A light-colored backdrop will help brighten your face. Using a white background also helps a camera’s automatic settings find the right color balance, so your skin tone doesn’t end up looking too pink or yellow.

19. Wear bright lipstick. “Dark lipstick can have a minimizing effect on lips,” says Stiles. “Steer clear of a dark matte lip color. It can look aging and unflattering. Stick with brighter colors.”

20. Be in more pictures! People who think they’re unphotogenic tend to pose for fewer photos overall, but photography is a game of averages. Even Kate Moss doesn’t nail it on the first frame. The more shots you let your photographer take, the more likely you’ll be happy with one or two of them.

21. A photo shot from just above you is way more flattering than one shot from below. If you’re taller than the person holding the camera, grab a seat.

22. Avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.

23. Grab a prop — preferably not a red Solo cup. Holding onto an object such as a flower or decoration can help you relax your posture and add personality to a picture.

24. To make your eyes sparkle, look at a light source. A lamp or brightly lit Christmas tree will create a flattering gleam in your pupils.

25. Forget saying “cheese,” and instead think of something funny. Better yet, joke with the photographer. A natural smile trumps a fake one every time.

How to Prepare for Holiday Travel – What Beauty Products to Pack

Appropriately, the second installment of this two-part travel series is being written on a plane! Catch up with part one here.

So you’ve packed your clothes and accessories and now the question is, what should you include in your toiletries bag? Besides the obvious, we’ve compiled a list of five beauty must-haves that are great to travel with. Hey, the holidays are hectic enough without having to stress out about restocking your beauty bag.

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip: Hair Masque

Pureology Hydra Whip

from pureology.com

This deep conditioner will nourish your strands and protect it from dry winter conditions — apply to clean, damp hair, leave in for two to five minutes, comb through, and rinse out for healthy, touchable, enviable hair all season long. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Colour Fanatic

New Colour Fanatic spray by Pureology

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This new product from Pureology is a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that will detangle your locks and help calm frizz. For more about this must-have, please visit our previous post. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Purify Shampoo

Purify Shampoo by Pureology

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If you’re a frequent swimmer, this is an excellent product to remove chlorine from colour-treated hair. If not, Purify Shampoo will also gently remove styling residue. For excessive buildup or badly damaged greenness from chlorine, shampoo the hair a second time, but do not rinse. Place a cap over the hair and place under dryer for 20 minutes before rinsing out. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

NARS The Multiple

NARS The Multiple makeup stick

from sephora.com

Available in an impressive variety of neutral and rosy shades, this one makeup stick is a travel favorite. Use it as an illuminator for the cheeks to add a glow to your face, or even use it as lip or eye colour (even on body!). This one stick alone is TSA friendly (it’s solid, not liquid), small enough to toss in your purse, and replaces so many other makeup so you can travel light. (For FAQs and information, go here.)

BB cream

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via makeupstash.com

These products only made a huge splash in the beauty industry here in the United States recently, but it isn’t just hoopla. The right BB (or CC) cream for your skin can triple as moisturizer, sunscreen, and even foundation (they’re usually tinted). Remember, keep it light, both on your face and in your suitcase.

What are your travel must-haves?

Newest from Pureology

Few debuts are as exciting as the introduction of fantastic new hair products! Today we’re going to share with you some of the latest in Pureology’s line of hair concoctions. As you may very well know, here at Visions for the Art of Hair, Lauren offers only the best of the very best. You deserve the maximum benefits to treating yourself with the top products in the industry.

New Colour Fanatic spray by Pureology

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New Colour Fanatic.

“21 products in one bottle,” New Colour Fanatic is a multi-tasking leave-in treatment spray for colour-treated hair. Its 21 essential benefits prime, protect, and perfect your colour, keep it bright, and keep your hair strong. It’s the first product of its kind and contains AntiFadeComplex to keep your colour last longer and look perfect day after day. New Colour Fanatic is made of natural ingredients such as fennel seed extract and a blend of camelina, coconut, and olive oil. Read more about New Colour Fanatic here.

Highlight Stylist by Pureology

From pureology.com

Highlight Stylist.

“Illuminate your highlights, perfect your style.” This new system of three products includes the Bodifying Illuminator, Gold Definer Contour Shine-Gel, and Sea-Kissed Texturizer. They are salt-, paraben-, and mineral oil-free, created to boost your colour, strengthen, protect against fading, and to add texture to your highlighted hair. Bodifying Illuminator adds dimension and shine to your highlights and provides volume, while Gold-Definer Contour Shine-Gel controls frizz while providing illumination to haircolour. Sea-Kissed Texturizer contains no salt and gives your hair a beachy, tousled quality, which complements a layered haircut beautifully, without adding extra weight. Wanna know more? Visit here.

One of the toughest cons of maintaining your haircolour is knowing how to protect it and keep it from fading. Thanks to Pureology, the right products are now within your reach!