I don’t know about you guys, but I am loving royal blue these days! I wore a royal blue & silver Indian suit while hosting Eye on Asia this week and immediately my hands started playing. I came up with this look and decided it was too much fun not to share, so I recorded a tutorial for you all. Blue & silver is a pretty popular color combo when it comes to clothing, especially Indian clothing, so this blue & silver smokey eye look will be a great go to when you wear it next
I was asked a great question by a client recently who cleans her makeup brushes on a regular basis, but finds that the hairs dry out in no time. When it comes to conditioning your makeup brushes, should you or shouldn’t you?
This is an often debated topic amongst makeup lovers. If you condition your brushes regularly you run the risk of creating a build up of conditioner on your brushes, which we all know can feel really icky on our hair. On the other hand, if you don’t condition, you can end up with dried out bristles that break easily and you’ll be buying a new brush way sooner than you need to, to get that soft bristle feeling again.
One thing we can all agree on is you don’t need to condition your synthetic brushes. Synthetic hair brushes don’t have natural oils in them that get stripped when shampooing so they don’t dry out the way natural hair brushes do.
So what should you do then? Well you have a couple options:
Use a regular conditioner that you would use on your hair to condition your brushes. The key to preventing build up is don’t do it more often than 1x a month and only leave the conditioner on your brush for 30 sec- 1min before rinsing off.
Your other option is to use olive oil. Use 1 part antibacterial soap & 1 part olive oil to simultaneously cleanse and condition your brushes, run your brush over the mixture and then rinse out after a few minutes.
Hope these tips help, if you have any other questions leave it in the comments
I’ve got my best beauty looks from the 2014 Oscars last night! I don’t know about you but I get so excited for the Oscars primarily for the red carpet. I have to say though that last night’s show fell kinda flat when it comes to fashion. The hair & makeup however was great. Here are my top picks-
We’ll start with the clear cut winner from last night, Lupita Nyongo. Loved the glowy skin, coral lip & the headband. I know a lot of people were kind of not sure about the headband, but it suited the look perfectly and made her look like an angel Next is my runner up, Kate Hudson. She always manages to look like she is beyond glowing, like lit-from-within glowing. The dress was amazing too.Speaking of a natural glow, we all know that part of the glow Olivia Wilde has is because she’s carrying that genetically blessed child in her belly, but I love how they combined a thicker winged out liner with an elegant updo and those big earrings. Gorgeous.Loved that Kerry Washington took a risk and did something different by first of all letting her hair down, looks great, and that vampy lip, so gorgeous.
Before I go I just want to congratulate Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews, the makeup & hair team from the film Dallas Buyers Club. They won an Oscar for their work in the film, but what’s amazing about that is their budget for the entire film- $250. Un-freakin-believable. These are the kind of women I’m inspired by and respect.
What were your fav looks?
This has got to be the most popular trend in eye makeup lately, the cut crease look. What that is is when you have a lighter color shadow on your eyelid and a darker in the crease, but the line dividing the two is very defined. It’s a really pretty look and really gets your eyes to pop. I put together a video on how to do a cut crease eye makeup look for you all.
Want to kick your makeup up a notch and get a professional looking finish? Here are my top 5 finishing touches that make all the difference in your makeup:
-Use more than 1 concealer. A lot of people think that 1 concealer will do it all, and it might for some, but not if you have really dark circles. You need to start with a concealer in a pink/orange base that matches the dark parts to neutralize that and then go on top of that with one a shade lighter than your skin (in a yellow tone if you have olive skin, pink if you have rosy skin) to brighten and make it all look blended. Here’s my concealer routine I filmed a while back:
-Set your concealer with translucent powder, loose if possible. I’ll get a lot of women complaining that their concealer just ends up in their lines (and unless you are 2, you have a couple lines under your eyes, it’s just natural). Of course this happens, think about it, concealer is emollient, when you keep blinking it moves the concealer deeper into the lines. That’s why you need to use a powder, pushing it onto the concealer takes away from the moisture and allows the concealer to stay put
-Use a sponge to clean up the edges of eyes. It happens to the best of us, you do this amazing eye makeup and leave the house thinking it looks great, but when you look at pictures later, you just look tired. That’s because eyeshadow that goes past the edge of the eyes actually pulls your eyes down, making you look more tired. Think of an imaginary line that diagonally connects the outer edge of the eye with the outer edge of the eye brow. Use your sponge to clean up any shadow that has gone past that line (line C in the image below)
-Layer your blush/contour/highlight to make it last. Apply your cream products first (over your foundation), set the skin with a translucent powder & then go over your blush/contour/highlight with powder products in similar colors. This will help ensure the colors stay fresh and lasts all day
-You might think setting sprays are just a gimmick, a ploy by the big cosmetic companies to get you to spend more money, but Urban Decay’s all-nighter setting spray is a must have. You hold it about 6″-12″ away from your face and spray a few mists onto the skin and it really locks your look into place. Think of it as how hairspray works for hair (minus the sticky feeling!)
I know, it feels like spring is supposed to be right around the corner and then, bam, we get another week of -20 days. It has been a long, cold, wet winter and while there has been so much snowfall, the air has been so incredibly dry. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I suffer from eczema. I’ve had to make a lot of changes in my diet to combat flare ups (lessen the processed foods, increase the green juices) and while the skin on my face responds well to this, my hands are another story. If I go a week with heavy, processed foods, it definitely shows up on my hands, with dry, scaly patches, but because I wash my hands so often, they don’t get a chance to recover & repair themselves. Intro The Body Shop Canada’s best selling item and the best hand cream for winter, Hemp Hand protector.
This moisturizer is a dream come true. It has everything you would want a hand moisturizer to have- strong moisturizing capabilities, a non-greasy feel, and a strength that lasts through multiple hand washes. Plus it smells fantastic! Hemp seed oil is great because it contains a high concentration of essential fatty acids. This helps repair skin’s moisture barrier and the beeswax seals in your skin’s moisture.
My hands have definitely benefited from adding this to my daily routine. People often forget that because our hands go through so much use & washing on a daily basis, they age a lot quicker than the rest of the body. So it’s important to take good care of them.
Have you tried it?
There’s no doubt that Deepika Padukone is the it girl of the moment in Bollywood. With her stunning looks, string of box office smash hits and modelesque body, it comes as no surprise that she is sitting at the top. Her recent film Ram Leela was just another example of why this woman is on fire. Her makeup in this film was absolutely gorgeous, and believe it or not, really simple to recreate. Here’s a tutorial I put together for you on how to get the look!
It can be a little confusing when shopping for an eyeshadow palette these days because it seems since the release of Urban Decay’s first Naked palette, every company has launched a collection. Well I have gone out and done the research for you all and come up with a list of my Top 5 eyeshadow palettes for people with a skintone similar to mine (I’m an NC42 in MAC).
Basic palette everyone should have:
Any one of the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palettes. I have and love all 3 but recently I was asked a difficult question to answer- Which one is my fav? I honestly couldn’t choose as they are all fab, but what I did come up with is this- if I was going on a trip and I could only take one, I’d probably take Naked 2.
This one was a tough call, but I really love Kat Von D’s Ladybird True Romance palette. There are plenty of neutral shades with which you can use to do a great, natural everyday look, but what really got me was the redder tones. These are so beautiful to create a warm, smokey eye look with.
This one is fairly new to the makeup world, it is the Too Faced Chocolate palette. You can do a variety of smokey eyes with this look, and you can definitely nail the Kim K eye using this. I also love the fact that it has a subtle chocolate scent and the pink/purple shades thrown into the mix, keep you from getting bored with your look.
This one is a great extra palette to have lying around for the days when you want a simple or soft smokey look but with a little interesting pop of color. The only thing missing from this palette is a good green, but the purple & blue are great. The best thing is the texture- it’s really nice & velvety, not chalky like some matte shadows.
This one goes hands down to MAC Cosmetics. Considering the vast selection of eyeshadow shades they have (close to 150 different shades), you can create thousands of different combinations that work best for you & your needs. Plus, the lid is see through, so if you have multiple cases, you will always be able to see which one you’re picking up.
What is your go to eyeshadow palette?
I’ve often struggled personally with that tiny little line that divides art and vanity. I’ve been a makeup artist for 8 years, and a makeup lover for much longer than that and while I get that makeup has been around since the time of the Egyptians, it doesn’t change the fact that it has now gotten to a level where everyone knows someone that uses it on a daily basis. I have friends that won’t wear a stitch of it unless they’re going out and friends that won’t leave home without something on their face.That’s where the fine line comes in. How do you teach your daughter about the self esteem, confidence and female empowerment that comes from within and at the same time about how outer beauty ultimately makes you feel good on the inside?There’s no denying it, you have one of those days when you’re a bit down or stressed, you throw on a little mascara, some gloss, a killer outfit and instantly you feel lifted. Your daughter sees this and starts to make the connection with how important your outer appearance is to how you feel on the inside. And there’s nothing wrong with that, if, she can also see you feeling good in your natural state. While I love makeup & fashion probably more than most, I do think it’s important to take a break from time to time. I recently had a conversation with a co-worker where we discussed how important it is to give your skin a break from makeup at least once a week. I think this is a great practice for everyone to work into their lives. Your daughter has to be able to see you feeling confident and your best with or without makeup. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, but it shouldn’t be what defines you.I was so intrigued watching a recent episode of “Live with Kelly & Michael” where Kelly lost a bet with Michael and she had to go a day live on air without a stitch of makeup. I think, as most of us watching did, that she looked fantastic. I’m glad she was brave enough to follow through on the bet.
It’s important to talk to your daughters about why you wear makeup, how it affects you and it’s good for her to see you taking pride in your appearance, but at the same time it’s important for her to see that there is more to life than how you look on the outside. In this day and age with the endless barrage of duck-face selfies, she is going to need to see you taking care of your inner beauty just as much as your outer beauty. It’s never too early to teach them about yoga, meditation and nutrition (and work these things into your own daily life!). Let’s face it, makeup & fashion aren’t going away anytime soon, so it’s important to open up an ongoing dialogue with your daughters about inner & outer beauty and finding a balance between both.
I’m finally back at it again, with a new makeup tutorial for you all! My apologies for disappearing like that, I explain in the video what was going on with me. But thank you so much for all the love & support and requests to get back at it. I heard you all, and hear it is..
Happy Valentine’s Day! Make it a beautiful one