Day 28 of MY Beauty Secrets

As you know you shouldn’t go to sleep with a full face of the days makeup on!

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I see there are some girls and women who are wearing a full face of makeup under that face mask. You wonder how I see their faces? It is usually BEFORE they put their mask on in the parking lot. Or I see the eyes, forehead or sides of the face around the face mask.

But there are also many of you are turning only to eyeliner,eye shadow, mascara or just false eyelashes on…you need to make sure you remove ALL of that nightly. Don’t get so lazy that your skin will suffer or worse yet you get an eye infection.

So, two things you must remember to do for eyes.

False eyelashes need to be removed nightly.

Place eye makeup remover onto your lashes for six seconds or more and then remove by pressing gently and wiping it all off. I prefer using cotton rounds. Repeat the same for eye makeup. Don’t tug or pull on your lids and lashes. Please!

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Also be careful to alternate between basic mascara and waterproof mascaras. Over time your waterproof mascara will destroy your lashes and maybe even a loss of lashes.

Remember your eyelashes need a bath too! There are a few new products on the market to do just that safely and without destroying your lashes.

As a professional make-up artist I have seen it all through the years. Be gentle. Eyes need to be treated well and with lots of TLC love. They give you eyesight daily. Treasure them. Protect those eyes and eyelashes.

Day 25 of MY Beauty Secrets

Do you use eye lash curlers?

I so love to use them too! They are my lash BFF. But do you ever really clean them? Do you? I professionally recommend you do.

Here’s why:

1. Bacteria is growing all over it! You don’t need an unwanted eye 👁 infection.

2. The rubber head strips get filled with mascara gunk!

4. Eventually your Eyelash Curler will need replacing. But in the meantime please remember to replace the rubber band strip inside. It doesn’t last forever!

5. If your lash curler isn’t curling like it used to and mascara isn’t looking the way it used to. Throw it out. Buy a new one.

Wash 🧼 your eyelash curler regularly!

A simple recipe:

Soap and warm water 💦 with a sprinkle of tea tree oil in clean water at the end. Rinse. Towel dry. Allow it to dry on a paper towel overnight.

Clean and disinfected and ready to … CURL!

Day 23 of MY Beauty Secrets

As a professional Make-Up Artist I use products and things in different ways. I love being a creative and thinking outside the box,circle and square.

Lashes

When it comes to mascara and the beauty photo shoot or the client calls for a natural not caked on mascara look… I use a Tinted Grooming Brow Gel on the lashes instead of a true mascara. It adds thickness and color. But the lashes look totally natural.

Another product I like to use is a CLEAR Brow gel on the lashes and not just the brows. Colorless and natural my clients love ❤️ both the looks.

Day 14 of MY Beauty Secrets

When applying a bold hued eyeshadow I always place a dusting of “Translucent” colorless powder across the eyelid BEFORE applying the color. I also use a concealer before it too. Sometimes lash primers aren’t all that. Purple, green, royal blue whatever the hue the powder will make the color go on easier for you.

The powder will also coat your eyelashes a bit and when you put on your mascara you will have more lush lashes too.

Day 12 of MY Beauty Secrets

The other day I was test driving some new products someone sent me as a gift. I applied the eye cream and facial moisturizer to a clean face that night.

In a matter of five minutes my face freaked out. It seems that something In them were not agreeing with me. My face didn’t want it on either.

I quickly took a wash cloth filled it with warm soapy water and washed my face. I removed all the products.

Next, I pat dried my skin.

I went to my kitchen and poured on a cotton round some whipping cream. That is all I had. I carefully applied it to my face and pat soothingly across my closed eyelids.

Milk or Cream for the Win!

I gently pat the milky cream on my entire face. I went to watch TV and allowed it to dry.

Within a few minutes… that cream rescued my skin! The flaming redness went down. The eyelids stopped swelling and I felt so relieved and felt better!

While I’m not a dermatologist I highly recommend if you are in a bind and some new skin care or makeup reacts badly in your skin. Try this DIY.

I think I will put this in my beauty secrets and tricks recipe book!

I did not remove the cream and went to sleep with the cream on. The next morning my face was no more red and felt so baby soft!

Day 10 of MY Beauty Secrets

*In case you didn’t know office pencil sharpeners WILL not work well to sharpen your eye or lip liners. They will chew up your pencil when you go to sharpen them too. They are not a quality cosmetic sharpener. They are meant to be used for lead,charcoal or colored pencils in your office. And know theses pencils will not work for your eyes. I’ve actually had a client think it was a great beauty hack. Also the pencil can cut your curves or injure your eyes and skin. It’s not a beauty hack! It’s kinda dangerous. You can get an eye infection and incur some expensive doctor visits.

Eye pencil Tip 101

*Always buy the pencil sharpener by the pencil brand you buy. They are usually made for that liner. They ALWAYS work! Others will keep on breaking when you sharpen them. As well as waste your product. Once in a blue moon another brands pencil sharpener may work BUT that does not happen often.

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The beauty tools you use matter, always think like a beauty PRO. Protect those pretty eyes, Peeps!

Day 9 of MY Beauty Secrets

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I never use to think sunglasses were needed. I mean they are attractive. But I thought you only wore them at the beach. But living up North we only had a couple of months out of the year to really enjoy time in the sun! So, I really saw no need for them since I wasn’t going to the beach much.

After visiting Hollywood for work and play I discovered Celebrities wore them a lot. Not just to look chic or cool 😎 but to hide behind.

As time went on… I saw the light! The sunlight that is.

Protect Those Pretty Eyes!

Sunglasses 🕶 are my Eyes BAE. They protect my eyes and vision in so many ways. They protect the skin around my eyes as well.

They also make a fashion statement and are a fun addition to my wardrobe.

So what took me so long? If it’s going to help me look a bit younger around the eyes and keep my vision as best as it can be. I choose sunglasses as my beauty secret for my skin and eyes!

Day 2 of My Beauty Secrets

Your complexion looks best when it is even in tone and makes you look so well rested. Even with a face mask or face covers I still do this!

Place a few dots of concealer under the eyes, on your eyelids, around your nose and a dash on your chin. This will even out sunspots, broken capillaries and town down any redness. No foundation needed.

The problem I see is when girls over do by going crazy with their concealer like on the filtered faces of Instagram or beauty videos on YouTube… it looks so unnatural. Too much!

You want to look like yourself only better and let your pretty complexion shine through!

*By the way, when I feel I look really tired my go to is a salmon colored concealer. I also keep a fleshy yellow concealer and a nude too. I like to mix and match or depending on my need that day use one hue at a time.

Help me! My eyeshadow…

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…Creases and I don’t know what to do! I use cream and powder shadows.

Creamy eye shadows usually contain waxes,oils and more which may accentuate lines.

Start by applying a sheer coat of foundation on your eyelids.This will create a barrier between your skin and the eye shadow shade.

Next I apply a shadow with a small eye shadow brush NOT my fingers. Between the oil from your fingers and the eye shadow it will help not add more oil.

Next,dust your eyelids with a light coat of translucent powder. I adore Chinese Rice Powder. But if you have another translucent powder brand you love use it!

The powder absorbs any excess oil.

If you still notice wrinkles look for a silicone not lanolin or mineral oil based eye shadow. You’ll get a smoother finish.

Hope this technique helps you with any eye shadow issues. Sometimes this helps even better than an eye shadow primer!

Chinese Rice Powder

Tips for getting that…Kiss of Summer Look!

Today on TV I am sharing some skin care secrets on ways to prep your face and body for a gorgeous tan or safe faux tan.

You can catch the video link later this morning once it is up on http://www.news4jax.com on the one and only Channel 4 in sunny Jacksonville Florida. The Morning Show.

1.Prep your skin with an exfoliant product for a flawless smoother tan.They work wonders and kiss your dull tired skin “Goodbye!” I am crazy about Cure Natural Aqua gel, Fake Bakes Exfoliating Wipes and I also love and old school Creamy Honey and Almond scrub. You decide what works for you. They all work well.

2.Hydrate the skin with a moisturizer.

3.Check out the latest trends in self tanning.

Tanning Drops (Yes, it’s a thing!) by Farmhouse Fresh goods called Bronze Fox.

Tan Towel a towelette that you wiper on the tan.

Flawless Self Tan liquid by Fake Bake. Fake Bake even has a body mate microfiber band with handles to apply your self-tanner evenly and with ease. ALL streak free …no bad scent. They even make a self-tanner for the face. Guys you’ll love to use these too.

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4.Powder Bronzer like Fake Bake is a multi-purpose beauty product. I like to use it as an all over face color to fake a tan,as a blush or as an eye shadow or eyeliner when used with a brush. Dip your clean lip brush in it and you can even make a lipstick in a pinch by adding a clear lip balm over it on your lips.

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5. In or out of the sun practice safe sun with a sunscreen daily. No matter what your coloring is… especially living in sunny Florida. Sunscreen is a must.

I love to spend time in the sun. Really I do. But now I only take a walk on the beach for some Vitamin C/Sea. As a skin cancer survivor I KNOW and learned the hard way.

Be sun smart,Fake Bake!

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