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  • Shine – Off: Expert Tips for Matte Summer Skin

    Staying shine-free when the temperatures are high is one of summer’s greatest beauty challenges.
    As a professional makeup artist, I know how hard it can be. Depending on where you live, you may need to control excess oil production, perspiration, or both. So if you’re looking for ways rid yourself of unsightly shine this summer, check out some of my pro tips and favorite products. You’ll be glad you did when that mercury starts rising!

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  • Skin Care Tips for Mature Skin

    You don’t have to be a mom or even “mature,” to experience troublesome changes in your skin.

    Whether it’s due to stress, diet, pregnancy, climate, or age, occasionally we need to  adjust our skin care routine. With Mother’s Day around the corner, Beauty Press asked me for some tips for moms and mature skin.

    What are some makeup application tips for mature/aging skin? 

    Women tend to have more delicate and sensitive skin. Additionally as we age, skin is affected by fluctuating hormone levels.
    Generally it becomes more dry, thin, and has less elasticity allowing fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin to develop.

    Makeup is still important, maybe even more important than ever, but a less is more approach is needed. Use a foundation that gives a light coverage, and concealer only where needed – instead of trying to achieve maximum coverage with one product that covers everything. If your skin is a little on the dry side, avoid too much powder as it can make the skin look even more dry.

    What are some skin care routine tips for mature/aging skin? 

    Hopefully you already have a good skin care routine in place and as your skin matures you just adjust it as needed. The basics, cleanse, tone, and moisturize, never change. The products you use may change however, and you may add serums or anti-aging treatments to your regime. Also, if you’ve always used soap and water or a foaming or gel cleanser you may find that a lotion or even an oil will work much better for you now as natural oil production will decrease with declining hormones. 

    Some women experience what they call a second adolescence. Try spot treating the breakouts instead of trying the entire face as if it’s one giant pimple. You’ll just end up dehydrating the skin and upsetting the acid balance which protects it.
    Remember, you’re skin is the largest of the body. Treat it with care and it will take care of you.

    Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions.

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  • Dark Circle Drama – The Beauty Bitch

    Covering dark under eye circles has been and remains one of the top beauty questions I am asked.
    Editor Susan Linney tackled the question for Meets Obsession, an online magazine for the beauty and culture obsessed.

    If you have a drawer full of concealers that don’t get the job done, then read on. Linney interviewed two of the top makeup artists in the biz, Yours Truly and Kevin James Bennet, to get the 411 on disappearing the luggage under your eyes, forever. Please notice we both said essentially the same thing!

    Want to know what we said? Read it here.

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  • How To Wear Makeup in the Summer and 4th of July Tips

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    The key to summer makeup – less is more. Think, tinted moisturizers with an SPF. A little bronzer. Self tanners for the face and body. Powder is your friend, as it helps absorb shine from excess oil and perspiration. Powder-free blotting papers are perfect for removing excess shine and oil without looking caked on.  Sheer lip tints look just right, and are a better choice for summer than more opaque formulas. This story from Beauty Press is spot on with tips and techniques for summer makeup. I especially like the blue liner. For something more subtle, you can apply, then smudge with a liner smudging brush. Or apply liner on the top lid only. Happy 4th!