Smile and say Cheese!

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The holiday season is in full swing and taking pictures at parties and family events will be a part of it. Last week on my  TV segment for The Morning Show I showed the viewers a peek inside my professional makeup box. So, it’s only natural I had to share them with you.

What you will need is to first make sure your face is clean and polished. I love to use a sonic cleanser like Clarisonic skin system. I also highly recommend you use a good face cleansing mask like Splendid Dirt by Farmhouse Fresh or look for a Firming and Tightening one. Guys need to get in on the action too. A microdermabrasion Crystal Peel soap or cleanser will clean the skin and buff away a tired appearance and dead skin. Hydration is key on TV I showed Dermatude Hydra Booster moisturizer but any good moisturizer will do. So, clean skin is important and so is hydration. I like to use an eye gel on all my photographic work,my clients amd one my face day and night. Your eyes are the windows to your soul, if they look dehydrated and tired it will show in the pictures. If you use concealer and I hope you do..make it a salmon colored concealer. This color obliterates a pooped out look. As we age, so does the skin around our eyes and we get a darker ring around the eye especially the inner corner. Next, a face primer is your answer to poreless looking skin. To make your pores look smaller and makeup to LAST this is a must. This product is applied before foundation but after moisturizer.  For the ladies you need to use a richer foundation or a product called Not Your Mother’s Foundation to even out the complexion. Applying more blush is a must especially when it comes to picture taking. Otherwise you can look really washed out.

A mascara in dark blue, green,eggplant or brown/black will define your lashes and make the whites of your eyes look brighter.

A luscious shiny gloss or a medium shade to bright lipstick will make your lips look stunning. Skip a strong shade of lip liner if you want less of a lined outline look or try an invisible lip liner. It locks color in place and defines the lips to make them look larger or smaller. Even children and men need a lip conditioner. The weather outside is colder in most parts of the world or downright freezing so the lips will dry out,peel,flake and look bad.

Set the make-up with Asian Rice Face Powder or an HD face powder . Even the men need this over their moisturizer to look less shiny in photos. Balding guys can help that receding hairline by applying this magical trick of powder to that area. Always work in downward strokes so the hair follicles won’t fly up and be so noticeable.

Now, for the hair…make sure you have a fresh haircut or trim. Hairspray is a must I am in love with Italy Hair Fashion spray. I recommend it to my color treated hair clients to make their salon visits last longer. Spray softly and smooth away those  flyaways with my fav’ brush called the WET Brush. It will detangle and be your go to brush.

Wear nail polishor get a manicure  in case your hands show in the photo, especially if you take a close up and they are in the photo. I love some neutral shades by OPI.

A soft natural look will not do…I don’t want you to look like “cake face” and over do…I simply want you to be aware you’re not running errands or jogging…you need some makeup, a bit more color to your face and the right tools to look GREAT in photographs.

If you’d like to learn more on this subject go to www.news4jax.com and see ME on TV and  my beautiful photographer and friend Anetta Nadolna of Art ‘N’  Illusion Photography and salon with more tips on how to pose for pretty pictures and what to wear. (She’s the photogrpaher of my new photo in my last post and on my profile page.)

Create some memories and take some beautiful and fun family photos. A pictures says a thousand words! What will yours say about you?

Look Hot for the Holidays in minutes~

Looking good feels good.

I don’t make up my face for my husband or anyone …but me.

I love playing in makeup~ Always put your best face forward darlings.

First: Cleanse with the best selling Clarisonic, refresh with our rosewater and hydrate your skin. For longer lasting makeup, you will need to apply a face primer.

Apply dots of your concealer flesh colored and or yellow or salmon for dark circles. Blend with our Makeup Magic wand.

Next, apply a richer formula foundation like my peaches and cream formula for soft looking super coverage.

Set the above with our Asian rice powder.

Shape your lips with our invisible lip liner for a no line look perfection.  You don’t want your hose to run nor your luscious lipgloss or lipstick.

Then fill in with our lipstain, lipstick or our lip-gloss. 

A spun gold or deeper gold eye shadow is a magical eye transformer. Brush this one color all over the lid.

A deeper shade of eye shadow can be applied to the outer corner or around the rim of your eyes to outline.

Blinc mascara is a lash defining finish. Try a color for fun or use a soft dark brown instead of black.

Blush applied on the apple of the cheek in circular motions.

Set your makeup with Model in a Bottle or our Rosewater spray.

ALWAYS moisturize your neck and body with a luxurious lotion like Whoopie cream or Hello Yellow shea butter cream by Farmhouse Fresh Goods.

MY MODEL is wearing most of the above. But if you prefer a silver look she has a touch of glam with silver not gold shades. Even her lips are kissed with silver Lip Tricks lipstick.

Christmas eve, Chanukah  or New Years eve…shine on Gorgeous and ENJOY getting all dolled up.

What He wants for the Holidays

What He wants for Christmas!

 Another holiday season is upon us. So much to do so little time, right? Like me, I know you are scrambling around town and looking for gift ideas. I gave them to my sweetie for gifts in the past and some are new on the market. Metro sexual is so yesterday…Guys want to look good too!

From stocking stuffers to tokens of Chanukah love…here you go.

1.     Nivea hand and body lotion for MEN.

2.     Honey Heel glaze and the bodacious Bourbon bubbler Farm House Fresh Goods has you all hooked up. These body, feet and heel treats are truly amazing. My husband is addicted.

3.     An organic skin healthy brand for a cleaning has a facial scrub and so much more by Organic Male 4OM. Lavender, coltsfoot and comfrey protect from irritations and NO CHEMICALS…just good stuff ingredients.

4.     Hello Handsome lip conditioning balm by Noreen Young Cosmetics… that’s my brand.. Kissable soft lips are a must. Hint of mint makes breath fresh.

5.     A Gift card for a skin softening paraffin hand treatment.

6.     Clarisonic sonic skin cleansing cleans like you mean it machine. Washcloths are so yesterday. Men love power tools and this is the ultimate tool to keep his skin in good-looking shape.

7.     Marvelous manicure gift card, like his face the hands are his business card too.

8.     Pedicures not only do they feel amazing they make his feet look like a rock star. Get him a gift card with a nail salon or spa.

9.     Acai berry or pomegranate smoothies. Don’t buy a gift card from your local smoothie place, D.I.Y.  and give him a coupon for a weeks worth of beauty berry drinks, healthy veggie juice and smoothies. Keeping him healthy is so important if you want him around you gotta take care of him.

10. Massage Envy is across the country. They have the best price and great professionals to serve you. From massage to stone therapy and facials. Your sweetie or daddy for that matter would love it. My husband and I have a date with them every four weeks. We make it a date IN and order Chinese take out afterwards and go home and rest with a glass of healthy red Merlot and lots of water.

So, I hope you like this list I have given to him and share with you. These are tried and true ideas. All you have to do is put a bow on them and good to give!