Makeup is great, but it doesn't last forever. Here are some tricks to keep your makeup lasting longer, and performing just as well as when you first bought it.
1. Keep makeup in a cool, dry place.
The consistency and wearability of a foundation can be altered if you keep your makeup in the car on a hot (or cold) day. Liquid and cream products are especially sensitive to extreme temperatures. Leaving your makeup exposed to air for extended periods of time will also alter it.
2. Use it or lose it!
Some people save their expensive makeup only for special occasions. Well, how often are those special occasions? Chances are, if you're holding on to that Chanel foundation after three years, it's not going to work as great as it used to. You also run the risk of breaking out from old makeup.
3. Be very careful about cross-contamination!
I suggest purchasing a foundation that comes with a pump that allows your to pump it onto your hand or onto a pallet. Cross-contamination can re-introduce bacteria from any blemishes or acne to your face next time you use that foundation.
I asked on Facebook what beauty topics people would like me to write on. Someone wrote "How much makeup is too much makeup?" and I thought that was a really interesting topic to give my two cents on.
We're all different, from what we like to eat for breakfast, where we want to live, whether we use Mac or PC (a heated debate that we don't need to get into right now...).
I think that's one of the most beautiful parts about our The world we live in. The more you travel, and the more your look up from your phone, you realize how many people there are in this world, and that everyone has their own style that makes them feel great. I don't think there is such a thing as too much makeup, and I don't think that someone should be criticized for what makes them happy and comfortable. Although magazines, movies, and advertisements try to focus on what their general consensus of "beauty" is, I honestly believe that happiness should be the beauty standard. I hate to sound like an after school special, but I think that laughter and enjoyment is more valuable and more beauty than any product that tries to conceal our "imperfections."
I hope none of you are lactose intolerant, because this was a really cheesy post.
Bottom line: Don't forget to enjoy today. See the good in others, and treat them as if that's all you see. If you haven't laughed today, watch this video.
Hey guys! Today I wanted to review the Naked Skin foundation by Urban Decay. I love Urban Decay because the majority of their products are vegan, and all of their products just work really well. The Naked Skin foundation is what I use here in the studio, and I absolutely love it. It makes the skin look like skin, which is really important, especially in photographs. The wear is also really breathable, and you can build the foundation up to a medium coverage. The line comes in 18 different shades, with both pink and olive toned colors. It retails for $39. If you don’t want to commit to buying a whole bottle, you can always go to your local Sephora as ask for a sample in your shade to try it out.
Skincare is the first step to having a great makeup application. Every company claims that they have the miracle product that's going to turn back time, and make your skin look twenty years younger, but the trick to aging gracefully is taking preventative measures. You can't start worrying about your skin once you've realize it's too late. So, here's my pun-infused list of simple (and to many, obvious) habits to keep you skin looking the best it can.
1. Smoking does not make you look smokin'.
I can usually tell who is or was a smoker when I look at their skin. And although people don't think it has much of an effect, drinking alcohol will age the skin tremendously if done excessively.
2. She's not called Sleeping Beauty for nothin'!
Our culture, especially in New York City, has the mentality of "I'll sleep when I'm dead," but our bodies are just not meant to function on six hours of sleep. According to WebMD , "When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic."
3. Water you waiting for? Grab some H2O!
Everyone knows that water is good for your skin. It's pretty much common knowledge, but again, people don't worry about drinking water until they're thirsty. As it turns out, by the time you realize you're thirsty, your body is already extremely dehydrated. I keep a big bottle of water at my desk and usually just end up drinking it throughout the day because it's right in front of me. If I get sick of plain water, I throw a tea bag in the bottle and it infuses the water within a couple minutes.
I was excited to try these concealers out once I heard @KathleenLights talk about them in one of her videos. Kathleen was comparing them to the Nar Radiant Creamy Concealer which are pretty popular in the makeup world. To give you a comparison in pricing, the Nars concealer is $29.00 for .22 oz., and the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is around $5.00 for .23 oz.
So what do I think? I think they're pretty darn good for the price point! They come in both warm and cool tones, they're creamy and they're pigmented. I don't think that they're as pigmented as the Nars concealers, but you can combat that by doing some color correcting before you apply them, or by just building up the color. Make sure you set the concealer with powder, though. Because they're so creamy, they will have a tendency to slide if they're not locked in place with a powder.
Hey guys! On this snowy day in NYC, I decided on some "practical-chic" pieces. Both my denim top and statement necklace are from Anthropologie, my black jeans are by BDG (found at Urban Outfitters) and my distressed, snow-salted boots are from Steve Madden. I've paired this look with a smokey eye and some lashes from Muah Makeup. Happy Thursday!
Hey guys! Here's another tutorial for you. This tutorial is from Sam Ravndahl from Batalash Beauty. At only 22, she has becoming one of the most well known makeup artists across Youtube and Instagram. You'll find out why in this tutorial; she's incredibly talented!
A statement lipstick is great for those special occasions and parties. They can be the perfect touch to a makeup application, but sometimes it feels like you spend more time worrying if you need to touch-up, than actually enjoying the party. Here are some tips to help your lipstick stay in place.
1. Exfoliate you lips!
Using some sugar and coconut oil will work wonders and keep your lips from looking flakey and dry.
2. Use lip liner on your entire lip.
This will act as a short of base for the lipstick, and that way you don't have to spend time trying to blend your liner into your lipstick.
3. Pull apart a tissue, and using one side, gently rest it on your lips. Grab a powder brush and lightly dust your lips with translucent powder.
Make sure you only use a little bit of powder, otherwise it will mute to color of the lipstick
4. Straws, straws, straws!
Straws will dramatically increase the life of your lipstick application because your lips aren't coming in direct contact with whatever you're drinking. Ask the host of the party if they have any straws, or just bring your own... that's not weird, right?
It wasn't until I started working at City Headshots, that I was introduced to the E.l.f. HD Translucent Powder. Now, it has become one of my holy grail products. It works just as well as the Makeup Forever translucent powder, and costs a fifth of the price! The only real difference in the product that is MUFE's is made of 100% silica, and is a tiny bit more milled than Elf's. The powder made by Elf is a smudge more coarse and made of dimethicone and silica. Either way, this product works wonders, and applies so well to the skin, giving it a matte, satin-y finish. It helps any makeup you have stay in place all day!
Hey! I'm Heidi, the stylist and makeup artist here at City Headshots. Feel free to get in touch with me by email, or call me during our normal business hours at (212) 706-1902. I'm happy to answer any questions you have!
Hello! I'm Amaris, the second stylist and makeup artist here at City Headshots. I can be reached by email or can be called on Sundays. Happy to answer any questions!