Star Quality!!

One of my all time favorite MAC products is the cremesheen glass!!! I use it for all of my clients and I personally don’t leave the house without it!!

It comes in a variety of shades and colours, so every time I do an order or go shopping at the actual store- I always pick up a new shade to try!!!

I just recently bought a new colour,“Star Quality”, and I LOVE it! I ordered it online so wasn’t completely sure about the colour (it never looks the same online as it does in person). However Star Quality is the perfect summer coral shade! It’s vibrant, without being too orange!

Check it out…and go pick one up yourself! It’s a fabulous colour to rock for the rest of the summer ūüôā

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Beat the Heat

As the heat and humidity begin to take over the days of summer, I thought I would share my tips to beat the heat this summer and prevent melting makeup, sliding eyeliner, and supersticky lipstick.  In hot weather, applying your makeup should be as simple and comfy as putting on your favorite sun dress and flip-flops.  But the heat and humidity are a challenge, so you have to make a few little changes to your routine for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you.

Prep your skin with a Primer.¬†You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Just like priming a wall or a canvas, your face primer provides a smooth base for your foundation. ¬†Face primers are incredibly light ‚ÄĒ they don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer ‚ÄĒ and they really help hold makeup in place. ¬†My recommendation for your summer primer ¬†is‚Äď Prep and Prime Skin.

Keep it light. ¬†Just as you switch your wardrobe from sweaters and jeans to summer dresses, swap out your heavy foundation for a light tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers provide a sheer formula that looks and feels lighter on the skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days. ¬†My recommendation ‚Äď Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15.

Feeling a little too exposed?¬† Sometimes a tinted moisturizer does not provide you with the coverage you want‚Ķ in that case, I recommend brushing powder foundation over the tinted moisturizer in spots where you need a little extra coverage ‚ÄĒ say, on blemishes or areas of redness around your nose/mouth.

Believable¬†bronzer.¬† Bronzer can make or break your summer look.¬† The trick is to make your bronzer look ‚Äúbelievable‚ÄĚ.¬† The last thing you want is the orange face syndrome or the ‚Äúchin strap‚ÄĚ shade difference from face to neck.¬† To keep your skin looking fresh and natural, apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, orange, Snooki look.)

Another essential for keeping your bronzer believable; apply with a powder brush with long, loose, fluffy bristles.  Most people think they need to use a kabuki brush for their bronzer, but in fact the opposite is true.  Using a stiff bristled, densely packed brush will deposit too much color in one spot. My bronzer brush is the same as my powder brush- the MAC 129.

Stop shine. ¬† As the heat rises your face will start to show it.¬† An oily T-zone is the first sign you are stating to burn up.¬† To eliminate unsightly shine in seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. They’re cheap, easy, and convenient – you just press and go! I never leave the house without my blot film.¬†If you need to perk up your makeup too, blot first, then follow up with a light dusting of pressed powder on your T zone.

Switch to gloss. ¬†Heavy lip colours often feel like overkill once the weather warms up.¬† I prefer to use a simple lip tone gloss or tinted lip balms. They give you a simple, light color, and most even have SPF to protect you from the sun.¬† Two of my absolute favourites for the summer are – ¬†Cremesheen Glass in ‚ÄúDeelight‚ÄĚ , ‚ÄúJapeneese Spring‚ÄĚ or “Loud & Lovely” and Tinted Lip Confitioner SPF 15 in ‚ÄúPetting Pink‚ÄĚ.

Melt proof your eye makeup.   For longer-lasting eye makeup, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. I use an eye primer everyday!  (Bare Canvas is my fav)  It prevents your eye shadow from creasing, and creates a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer and makes the colour more vibrant.  Once your shadow is set apply your regular eye liner pencil or gel liner.  To prevent it from smudging off in the heat, use a small angled brush and press the same shade (as your liner) shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear.

Waterproof your lashes. ¬†One of my favourite products is¬†waterproof¬†mascara. ¬†I don’t use anything else. ¬†ESPECIALLY¬†in the summer heat or laying by the pool, waterproof mascara is a no¬†brainier. ¬†If you are one of those people who “don’t like” waterproof mascara, you’re crazy,¬† give it another shot. ¬†Try the Zoom Waterfast Lash¬†for smudge proof super sexy lashes.¬†

2012 Spring/Summer Trends!!

Its time to freshen up your makeup bag with some of 2012’s Spring/Summer colours and trendy shades!!! ¬†My MAC masterclass is next weekend and I can not wait to pick up some fabulous new colours for this season!!

Carrying over from last fall/winter, the light, soft, fresh face returns this Spring/Summer. The warmer season brings warm, luminous faces with just a hint of color.  The focus of the season will be on soft eyes with sheer pastel colors and naturally shadowed brows; flush and rosy cheeks, metallic and sparkling shadows in lighter shades paired with soft pink, coral or nude shades on the lips.  The classic red lip is always in the now, and will continue throughout the Spring/Summer (paired only with a soft eye of course).

There will be bright, vibrant colors, of course, but will be toned-down versions of the neon shades that were hot last summer. Smoky eyes will return, but say good bye to black and charcoal shades and introduce the earth tone smoky eye colours to your makeup kit !! (Smoky Browns have always been my FAVOURITE!!)

EYES

Eye¬†shadow¬†will be kept soft this season!! Think pinks, nudes,¬†champagnes, and light pastels and will be lined with pastel shades of green, lavender, silver and soft baby blues. ¬†Silver and metallic shades are trending in eye shadow this season, but keep it soft and “barely there”, instead of thick and heavy!!

LIPS

With the softness of this seasons eye colour trends, feel free to add a punch of colour to your pout!! Corals, Reds, (tinted) Oranges are all this years Lip trends.  No need to say good bye to your Niki Minaj Pink just yet, Soft pastel pinks are sticking around too.  Frosted/shimmery shades are taking a back seat this season, so when picking out your Spring/Summer colours go with a matte/lustre finish topped with a super shinny gloss.

FACE

For Spring/Summer the “almost bare”, fresh face is in!! Ditch the heavy foundations and double powder! ¬†Instead use a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer that matches your skin tone. Add a small amount of rosy pink or apricot blush to the apples of your cheeks for the perfect “naturally flushed” look. ¬†So soft. So Pretty.