Six Common Makeup Mistakes & How to Fix Them

Skin Care and Anti Aging

How to Care For Your Skin & Prevent Wrinkles or Aging

Summer is the time to shake off those dry flakes from the cold and let your skin be free and exposed. But here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing all year long. And of course, these techniques will give your skin a healthy edge in the long run to prevent those dreaded wrinkles.

First, spend some time understanding what kind of skin you have. This might seem basic, but is so important to use products that cater to your specific skin needs—dry, sensitive, acne prone, oily, etc. Such products can actually work wonders in their skin realm (they are not just a marketing ploy).

Always remember to wash off makeup, oil and bacteria before bed. No exceptions. To keep skin healthier for longer, cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and apply a serum with anti-aging properties under your moisturizer. No one ever said beautiful and healthy skin was quick and easy to maintain!

However, don’t go overboard on the anti-aging products. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Many anti-aging products have potent active ingredients that increase the cellular metabolism, sometimes to an extreme. In short, this may not work well for a younger complexion, since younger skin is already highly metabolically active. Overuse of stimulating anti-aging products on young skin can therefore increase breakouts. Instead, concentrate on the basics in your youth—washing, moisturizing and sun protection. If you don’t spread too much energy on preventing wrinkles, they are less likely to haunt you as you age.

Spring for frequent facials. Undergoing monthly treatments is best but getting facials at least four times, a year is pretty good, as your skin can be treated with each changing season. Facials deeply clean pores, prevent aging and destroy bacteria that produce acne blemishes.

Use eye cream to prevent the formation of wrinkles in your eye area, typically the first part of the skin to show signs of aging. You might even begin to see lines in your 20s, demanding nourishment and protection by a well formulated cream.

Eat foods rich in antioxidants, which are mostly healthy foods. Look for anything with omega-3 (wild salmon), avocados, nuts/seeds, berries, fruits and leafy green vegetables. This is an easy way to minimize cell damage and fight aging. Foods with ample antioxidants are also just awesomely healthy all around—they are high in fiber, low in saturated fat and a great source of vitamins. Healthy food makes for healthy skin!

You have probably heard this so many times but it can never be said too frequently! Drink plenty of water. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Of course, water intake needs depend on body weight, activity level, outside temperature and health status, so there is no easy way to determine how much you should be drinking. Download the iDrated phone app to give you a better idea, although imperfect, of what you should be drinking according to your age and weight. Water is good for just about everything pertaining to your health, including your skin.


Lather up! Always use sunscreen. Sun protection is absolutely the best way for young people to prevent aging. Pro tip: use sunscreen every single day of the year. And again, use formulas specific to your skin type for best results.

And don’t forget to sleep! The body repairs daily harm and damage during sleep. Complexion will sallow if cell turnover is slowed, inhibiting blood flow to the skin. Need that beauty sleep!


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Five Hair Colors To Sizzle Up Summer

2018 Summer Hair Colors

A change of season means a new hair color is in order. The official start of summer comes in a few weeks, and you want to choose something that stands out in a way that’s not too vibrant or distracting. Before you head to the stylist, check out some of our recommendations! From light touch-ups to a completely new shade, summer is just hue away.


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Why not match your color to the rising temperatures? Opting for warmer shades of blonde, brunette, or red not only goes with the summer theme, but it also gives you the appearance of glowing skin to make you look radiant on a hot summer day.


For something less vivid, you can try pastel colors, a popular trend which uses softer shades of color. It’s best to start with a light coating on the pass to get a sense of the color’s overall brightness when comparing it to your natural hair color. If you’re not satisfied with one layer you can always add more until you find the right shade of blue, pink, or purple that works for you.



For those with darker hair, adding copper shades can be a great way to improve your look, and the best part is that you don’t have to go through a full hair makeover to get the desired effect. A small application on the ends of your hair can go a long way. You can also apply it sporadically in your hair as babylights for a more natural look.


Despite the “blonde” connotation, this shade of pink isn’t extremely bright, but it can help bring more attention to your summer look. Similar to copper coloring, you don’t have to apply too much to get the most out of it. A small amount can easily add accents to your hair, especially if you’re using some of the warmer colors we previously recommended. Strawberry blonde also works with other hair colors, but you might have to do more work to get a desired look or combination.



When in doubt, you can always turn to the sun-kissed style. The aptly-named look is always a hit because you don’t have to do too much to make it look like a natural occurrence. With a small range of highlights, you can create a look that makes it seem like you spent the winter season on a tropical island.


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2018 Hints and Tips Edition 2

Makeup Application Hints and Tips

Six Common Makeup Mistakes and How to Fix Them

The world of cosmetology is full of different shades, products, and makeup application techniques, which makes it easy to fall into a few mistakes when applying makeup. Lucky for you, we put together a list of some of the most common makeup application issues (and solutions) so that you can avoid these facial disasters in the future.

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Applying Makeup on Dry Skin

The first, and one of the most important, steps in cosmetology is to moisturize your face prior to applying makeup. Applying makeup on dry skin isn’t ideal because it will appear dull and cracked. Using moisturizer prevents these issues throughout the makeup application process. In addition, moisturizer serves as a solid foundation for additional layers of makeup.

Not Using Skin Primer

After moisturizing the face, most people will start applying makeup. However, our cosmetology and beauty specialists recommend applying a skin primer prior to using your makeup. Skin primer further hydrates the face to create an even smoother surface. Applying skin primer prior to your makeup also ensures that your makeup will last longer. Primer also provides a consistent look in the final product.

Using the Wrong Shade of Foundation

Foundation hides blemishes and creates a smoother complexion on your face, but you should also choose the right shade to compliment your skin tone. A foundation that vastly differs from your natural skin color will stand out in a bad way after you finish applying your makeup. You should choose foundation that is similar to your skin tone. You can easily check which shades match your tone by applying a small amount on your wrist or the back of your hand.

Too Much Foundation or Primer

It’s easy to add too many coats of foundation or primer throughout the makeup application process, which creates a “caked-on,” or artificial look. If this happens you have no choice to remove it all and start over. To avoid this problem, first apply a small amount and add more layers if necessary.

Not Blending Makeup

It’s exciting to use different makeup products to soften your cheeks, accent your eyes, and hide blemishes, but you want to make sure that all these elements blend together on your face. Conflicting layers of makeup will give a disjointed look and disrupts the overall consistency of your work. Just like with foundation, it’s best to start with small amounts of makeup and add more layers if needed. This lets you see if specific shades of makeup or techniques work well on your face with minimal consequences. For some great examples, check out our Pinterest board.

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Not Cleaning Brushes

We get it, you’re in a rush, and it’s sometimes easy to forget cleaning your makeup brushes. However, it’s important that you give them a proper cleaning on a regular basis so that every piece of makeup on your face looks fresh. Washing makeup brushes also prevents unwanted oil residue or even makeup products that were previously used on the same brush. Our cosmetology and beauty specialists recommend using a makeup brush cleaning solution to easily solve this problem, but you can also use olive oil or dishwashing soap.

Learn From Your Mistakes

There’s no shame in committing these makeup cardinal sins, and sometimes the best solutions come from encountering these problems. As a result, you might discover new makeup techniques, different products, or unconventional solutions to achieve amazing looks on your face.

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50 Shades of Skin Demonstration

Come join us for a demonstration on the art of professional makeup for various skin tones. We will discuss foundation color choices, mixing and matching, color correction for pigmentation, application techniques and product recommendation. We will focus on a commercial style of makeup, that will allow you to transition it from bridal to film work.

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Fees of $25 for this Demonstration of 50 Shades of Skin.

2 CE (Continuing Education Hours) awarded to Licensed Cosmetologists and Estheticians.

Educator: Andrea Samuels

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Airbrush Makeup Hands-on Workshop
Sunday September 9th, 2018 from 9 am - 5 pm



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2018 Hints and Tips Edition 1

Up Your Airbrushing Game With These Simple Tips

Airbrushing was one of the most popular makeup techniques of the past, and it’s a megatrend that has staying power (literally). Airbrush makeup is characterized by three main components: a powered compressor to regulate air pressure and flow; a hose connecting to the makeup gun; and the gun itself, which is a metal, triggered applicator that houses your foundation.

The first recorded use of airbrush makeup was during the production of the 1959 film Ben-Hur (starring Charlton Heston) to speedily apply makeup to the vast number of cast members. Whereas traditional powder or liquid makeup can settle into pores and increase the appearance of fine lines on HD television, airbrush makeup creates a completely seamless, even, barely-there look that hides nearly all imperfections.

There are both professional and at-home airbrushing kits out there. (The at-home kits operate at a lower pressure.) This is why airbrushing has skyrocketed in popularity: beauty pros and novices alike have access to Hollywood glamour at home!


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Whether you’re airbrushing for professional reasons or having a go at it on your own, there are some tips about the technique that every aspiring cosmetologist should know.



Begin by filling the applicator with water to get a feel for the pressure levels. With either a mannequin or on your own face, make the same constant, circular motions you would with a client (and actual makeup). Airbrushing is like painting a canvas: every square centimeter must be evenly - and lightly - covered to provide a solid base on which to finish the look.



Prepping your skin is critical to setting the tone for airbrushing. Moisturizing your skin beforehand, either after you get out of the shower or at the start of your day, opens and hydrates your pores so the makeup is fully absorbed into your skin.

In addition, include a primer in your makeup routine. Primer is typically applied before foundation and not only acts as a kind of moisturizer, but is also formulated to help the makeup last through the day. It’s a base coat, so to speak, that your makeup holds onto and makes touch-ups easy. (Ideal for transitioning from day to night!)



If you’re pleased with the kind of liquid foundation you use, use the same for airbrushing! Airbrushing changes the texture and application method, not the color of the makeup itself. Using your own foundation ensures you know what you’re working with and that it will successfully blend with your skin.



It’s a common misconception that to fully conceal and cover, you apply more makeup. This is simply not the case. Particularly in airbrushing, there is the potential for too much of a good thing. Overspraying will cause a “caked-on” effect, which is not conducive to what airbrushing is meant to achieve in the first place.

Airbrush gun in hand, spray the foundation 4-6” away from the face in small, circular motions to create light layers. Stop once you’re sure you’ve covered the entire face, and let the makeup settle before deciding whether or not to add more. Remember, you’re going for as natural a look as possible, which shouldn’t require as much foundation!

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Have you ever seen what we call “floating head syndrome,” where it appears that a person’s head is completely separate from their body because the color is staunchly different from their actual skin tone and it all stops before the neck? We want to avoid that.

Your makeup should be continuous and clean. This also means ensuring your face makeup falls in line with your overall skin tone. Once you’ve nailed your shade down, follow the natural curvature of your face to airbrush and blend your neck, pausing just after your jawline. This will create a seamless transition from face to neck and body.


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