5 Lip Collection Essentials

We’re so excited to talk lip care, lip color, and of course our top five essentials you seriously have to include in your makeup bag.

You might feel like you use the same lipstick you’ve always been obsessed with over and over. We tend to go for what we know looks best, and that’s okay!!

Maybe it’s time to try something new? Break up your routine for a fresh and natural look you’ll always go back to. Our LuLu lip collection has everything you’ll need to maintain perfect lips AND it’s made with organic oils and natural waxes. In our book, it’s never too late to start taking your lip care seriously.

Simply add a lip treatment into your routine or a primer before applying lipstick or gloss. It’s the best way to keep makeup on longer. There’s less leaving lipstick on your coffee mug in the morning. Yes please!!

Our essentials:

 

A lip primer that locks down lip color, prevents fading and bleeding, plus treats the lips. Prepare your lips for the long day ahead with Lip Fix lip primer. Loaded with Collagen Tripeptides to diminish fine lines and repair lip texture.

Lip Fix holds color in place, and reduces fading and feathering. Color applies more smoothly and lasts longer. This nude silky primer is the perfect foundation for your favorite lipstick or lip gloss.

 

Natural peptides Maxi-lipT and DermaxylT plump and hydrate lips, smooth fine surface lines and improve lip contour by stimulating collagen production. The patented ingredients have been proven to minimize the appearance of current and prevention of future wrinkles. 24/7 Lip Treatment will increase lip volume up to 40% as proven in clinical trials after applying three times daily for 29 days.

 

Sleek, brushed aluminum Sketch Stick pencils for lips are retractable and refillable. Lip pencils are enriched with avocado oil for ease of application. Refilling is easy-simply pull out the empty cartridge and replace with a new one. Refill cases contain two pencil cartridges. Refills sold separately.

 

Our natural lipstick caresses and cares for the lips. These pure mineral lipsticks offer brilliant color and natural moisture with Vitamin E coupled with Grapeseed and Jojoba Oils. Made with organic oils and natural waxes, these lipsticks moisturize and smooth the lips. This product is gluten-free!!

  1. Lip Gloss

Lip gloss with high shine color that pampers lips with Green Tea extract and antioxidant Vitamin E! Perfect for a casual night or work day makeup look.         

You’re ready to go with these 5 LuLu essentials.

Put on a red lip and take on the world, girl!! (or simply take on the week ahead)

-XO LuLu FaceCo.

 

Makeup To Protect Your Skin

It’s no secret that we all struggle with protecting our skin and staying glam all at the same time! The warmer months are here and we know most of our LuLu clients are out and about in the sun, enjoying all that summer brings.

We’re here with the good news!! There’s one simple solution that really does the trick. You guessed it, are you using makeup with spf included? Keep reading for the best tips to a sunburn free complexion this season. Umbrellas and sunnies are your best friend too of course, paired with a LuLu filled makeup bag. You’re on your way to a stress free day at the beach with these natural products you can really trust.

SPF Creams & Balms

We’ve quite literally got you covered with the LuLu TFC Anti-Aging CC Cream.

It’s a LuLu curated custom blended beauty balm with a combination of pure mineral powders, high definition mineral powder, skin care additives appropriate to your own skin and mineral spf. It’s even got essential oils like chamomile, ylang ylang, or jasmine.

Also, another great choice to add spf into your routine is the Double Back Age Defying BB Cream. This multi-tasking, lightweight beauty balm primes, hydrates, lightens, firms, and visibly improves the look and feel of the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines and uneven skin tone.

This BB cream contains spf and can be used on its own or under any foundation!!

SPF Powders & Illuminators

Luminescence Glistening Mineral Illuminator delivers immediate sun-kissed radiance over face and body. It’s great for on the go broad spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen protection.

It’s even paraben free and fragrance free for sensitive skin!! Could it get any better??

Quick tip, this product is also featured in the LuLu Love List Box which is our brand new subscription service, you’ll love to receive this at your doorstep.

Tips and tricks you need to know!!

  1. Avoid the tanning bed with a little help from LuLu Mineral Powder Bronzers! These bronzers are sheer ultra deluxe polishers that smooth and brighten the skin all while adding a sunkissed look to your face.
  2. Our ultimate tip for bronzing is to test your bronzer on the skin before use. It sounds simple but it’s totally necessary. It should only be 1 or 2 shades darker than your skin tone. Follow these and you’ll be glowing in no time – and your skin will thank you too.
  3. We still recommend that our lovely LuLu customers use sunscreen along with our creams and illuminators for added protection. We’ve been so inspired by all the positive conversations about skin protection out there. Check out Allures take on how to reapply your sunscreen while wearing makeup. It’s super helpful!

Enjoy fun in the SUN this summer and don’t forget to shop the full LuLu collection for everything you’ll need in your makeup bag. Get glowing girl (safely of course)!!!!!

Xo LuLu FaceCo.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Stash

It’s officially spring, right?! If you’re in New England, you might be second guessing that. We’ve seen some birds chirping, and serious snow showers in a matter of 24 hours! Either way, that’s not holding us back from starting our spring cleaning routine! Time to ditch the old makeup and clean those brushes. When the weather decides to behave, you’ll be ready for sundresses and a fresh face!

Categorize your collection: This includes makeup, makeup remover, makeup brushes, masks, cleansers, face wipes, etc.

• First, take anything that you never use and throw it out!

• Next, anything you’ve bought within the past 6 months (write down what you use from that pile to purchase a fresh set) and then ditch it because it’s old!

• Finally, anything that you bought in the last 5 months and haven’t used (except for occasion makeup) into the garbage it goes!

PRO TIP: Tossing things you haven’t opened yet? See if your local donation center will collect it!

Once you have your collection secure – make a pile of things you don’t know how to use, for example – that highlighting brush you saw on Instagram and purchased, or that brow pencil you’ve been wanting to try. Grab your weekly agenda and go through the pile, take 30 minutes / week to learn how to use one of those items at a time!

The goal for spring cleaning your makeup collection is twofold. First, to purge anything you don’t need, pairing back to just the essentials. This will free up some space in your makeup bag or drawer. It will also keep your collection from being so daunting. Sometimes we avoid trying new things, or even wearing makeup because we are so overwhelmed by what we have.

Next, it will give you the opportunity to add some new things to your collection, whether it’s a new brush or a trending makeup product – some extra space will keep you from feeling guilty about your next purchase!

Happy spring cleaning!

4 Ways to Be Illuminated

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If there’s one thing all women can agree on, it’s that there’s nothing as quite as stunning as healthy glowing skin. It has the ability to make you look more lively, and radiates a glow that seems to come from within. Because we sometimes lack the luster that makes our skin look fresh and alive, we may have to turn to our trusty products to get the job done. Here are 4 ways to illuminate that skin!

1. Skin Illuminator

It’s all in the name: if you want the most illuminated skin, this is the best product to get that fresh, dewy glow. The shimmer within our Skin Illuminator is subtle and gentle unlike most heavily sparkly highlighters out there, so if you’re looking for a natural glow from within as opposed to all-out glam, this is your product. The subtlety of the Skin Illuminator also lets you use it in other areas besides just the apples of your cheeks. When you have a natural glow, you glow all over, so why not mimic that real-skin feel? You’ll be left looking like your insides are glowing and your skin just can’t contain it.

 

 

2. Fit and Flushed

The Fit and Flushed beauty balm just so happens to be our best selling product. Why are people loving Fit and Flushed so much? Its buildable formula makes it work for practically anyone. Sometimes our skin has different preferences than our peers, but since Fit and Flushed is sheer and lightweight, it can be blended into your existing skintone and built upon to appear more dramatic and bronzed. This can provide you that same illumination of a highlighter, but with a warmer tone.

3. Bronzed Beauty Duo

If you want a more subtle matte illumination instead of a freshly dewy one, the Bronzed Beauty Duo can give a deeper shade to your glow that still contains the luster and gleam that we all want. A powder formula also removes any excess shine that some may not be a fan of, and instead opts for a subtle shimmer.

 

 

4. LuLuminescence

LuLuminescence is the all-encompassing glow that you can use on your body and your face! Don’t limit that glow to your face, add a sheen to your shoulders and collarbone to amp up an illuminated look just a bit more. LuLuminescence is lightweight and absorbs easily, making it the perfect match for any skin texture or tone. Try mixing some LuLuminescence in with your foundation in order to bring that illumination back into your skin. You won’t have to hide under layers of makeup with a lightweight formula like this. Instead, you’ll radiate a glow with ease!

Sculpting Your Face with These 5 Highlighter Tricks

highlighter tips and tricks

Highlighter is a blessing in a bottle (or compact, stick, etc… whichever you prefer). It lets you shape, sculpt and illuminate your face in a variety of ways that can enhance and transform your look. You may think highlighter is just for your cheeks, but we’ve got a few tricks to highlighting other areas of your face that will illuminate your look.

Cupid’s Bow
Use a pop of highlighter on your cupids bow to draw attention to the shape of your lips, and give the impression of fuller lips. This plays up the shadows and highlights of your lips to make them appear poutier. Mix up your application tactics: most just apply with a slight tap of their finger for a pouty look, but the more precisely you apply it, the more you can define the shape of your lips.

 

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Tip of Nose
A small blot of highlighter to the tip of your nose can help to sculpt and define its shape! This simple little helper gives the impression of a more pointed tip. Many are fans of the “exclamation point”: a line of highlighter down the bridge of your nose with a small pop of highlighter on the tip! Use a small brush to apply for the most control.

Browbone
Can you say brow lift? (Non-surgical of course!) Our eyes can sometimes look dark, with our browbone casting a shadow over them and making our faces look hollow. Many already use a light color of eyeshadow just under their brow when doing their eyes, so why not take it a step further and use a highlighter? This will brighten up your eyes and pull your look together!

 

highlighting your cheekbones and temples
 

Temples
Now, we all use highlighter on the apples of our cheeks, but how about stretching it around the sides of our eyes and into our temples? Instead of applying a harsh, concentrated line of highlighter in one spot, blend it out into a C-shape around your eyes for a dewy, glowing look. This will give you that sun-kissed glow instead of a heavily packed highlight, and also elongate your face. No need to be heavy handed — a light dusting will make your whole cheekbones shine with the right touch!

Inner Corner of Eyes
A huge eye brightener, this trick is one that we’ve taken from eyeshadow tricks. Like with the browbone, we usually put a light color in the inner corners of our eyes if we’re looking for an additional pop, and a highlight can act like a spotlight for your eye! It’s a great trick for opening up the whole eye, and giving a glamorous feel without being over the top. Make those eyes pop, ladies!

 

Meet our Model of the Month! Name: Tammy Winstanely. Age: 48. “Girl on the go, yoga teacher in training, working professional, and soccer wife. I hit the ground running. I need a beauty routine that gives me a quick polished look in 5 minutes or less!

My go to LuLu faves are Fit and Flushed for a natural healthy glow… no fuss! Add some Brow Wow brow cream and I’m good to go! Eyebrows can make or break your face. Did I mention my fabulous lashes? Out the door in 5 minutes flat!”

4 Reasons Why You Can’t Forget Sunscreen — Even in the Winter!

sunscreen in your foundation

Fact: Even if it’s cloudy, you don’t see sunbeams streaming through the sky, and the temperature is under 20 degrees, the sun’s rays can still permeate your skin. Some see sunscreen in the winter time as unnecessary because they’re not basking on a beach, but the truth is you are never fully ‘safe’ from the sun’s rays, so it’s important to be mindful of UV exposure during all seasons! Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why it’s essential that you still layer on SPF!

1. Stop aging in its tracks.

Here is the unabashed truth: sun ages your skin. Rapidly. Sure, if you spend a lot of time out in the sun you’ll get a temporary bronze, but you’ll likely be left with the beginning stages of fine lines, wrinkles, and leathered skin over time. The skin on your face is delicate, so once it’s damaged, there isn’t much that can be done to reverse it. Being diligent when using sunscreen can prevent premature aging. Even if you aren’t spending your days soaking up the sun (like in the winter time), you are still exposed to UV rays through open windows, fluorescent lights, and the sun’s reflection off snow — so the effects will always be present if you do nothing to counteract them. Stop the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and more in their tracks when you take an active measure to use sunscreen.

 

2. Do we need to mention the risk of skin cancer!?

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Scary, right? The good news is, it’s not difficult to take preventative measures. By far the easiest, best move you can make to protect against skin cancer is regular use of sunscreen. In fact, most people develop skin cancer specifically because they did not protect their skin over time. Since skin cancer does not discriminate against skin type or color, it can affect anyone. Make sunscreen a part of your daily routine instead of looking at it like a chore, and you could be saving your skin.

3. Winter really isn’t a good season for your skin.

So you thought summer was the only dangerous time for your skin? Sorry to break it to you, butt you thought wrong. Contrary to what you might believe, winter can be just as harmful. Studies show that snow nearly doubles your exposure to UV rays, due to the sun reflecting off it’s surface. Yes — the snow can in fact hurt your skin even more! And although they are a bit more bundled up, people still spend plenty of time outdoors in the winter. So in short, the surface area of exposure isn’t as big, but the amount of exposure is nearly doubled.

The ozone, which filters out and protects us from harmful UV rays, is also thinnest during the winter, usually December to March. Meaning it is far easier for UV rays to permeate through this layer and damage your skin. Scared yet? Don’t be stopped from enjoying your winter sports; just make sure to remember the sunscreen.

 

4. With so many options, sunscreen doesn’t have to cramp your style.

At the mere mention of sunscreen you’re probably hit with childhood flashbacks of uneven application, that distinct smell, and sunscreen-covered noses — so you wouldn’t think it would fit seamlessly into your makeup routine. Nowadays, beauty lovers have become so conscious about skincare that many foundations actually include SPF in their formula so that wearers can look good AND know their skin is protected from the dangers (I mean, do we really have to list the reasons again?). Because it is so seamlessly blended, you won’t even know it’s there! You can even get a custom blended foundation here at LuLu Face Co that can provide you with a product that includes just the right amount of sunscreen for you.

Wearing sunscreen no longer has to be a chore. Just take a look at the reasons we listed to see what you can gain; in fact, we’re starting to think sunscreen seems more like a magic ingredient!

 

MEET OUR MODEL OF THE MONTH: Jamie Szantyr is a 36 year old lifelong native of Connecticut. Jamie is a retired professional wrestler turned personal trainer, having traveled the globe appearing on worldwide television and Pay Per View during her time in wrestling. Now, Jamie is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in Danbury, Connecticut, and has dedicated her retired professional wrestling life to assisting others in achieving their fitness goals. As a professional wrestler for over a decade, Jamie put her body on the line every time she stepped into the ring, to live out her childhood dream as a professional wrestler and to entertain the millions of fans watching.

Now, Jamie spends her time putting herself back together in the gym while assisting with her clients’ fitness needs. Those living in Connecticut that wish to make this healthiest and fittest year of their life can email Jamie for her personal training services at BodybyJamieLynn@gmail.com. Mention The Lulu Face Company in your email and receive a complementary one hour consultation with Jamie at Platinum Fitness Gym in Danbury, Connecticut. Sky’s the limit!

New Year, New Skin

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Happy New Year, beauties! 2018 is here, which means you’ve likely come up with a list of resolutions you want to stick to. Hit the gym, save more money, watch less tv, etc. Well, here’s one more to add to the list that you may not have thought of: your skin! This year, we think you should resolve to take better care of your skin.

What better to invest in than something that comes with you everywhere: your face! Think about it, we place so much focus on covering up our imperfections instead of trying to correct them. We think in 2018, it’s time to shift the focus to proper skincare!

Here are some starter tips that you can’t go wrong with, no matter your skin type. Stick to these for a general rule of thumb, and add other treatments into the mix at your discretion.

 

bettering your skincare routine
 

Wash your face twice a day.

Be sure to wash your face once when you wake up in the morning to ensure you’ll start the day with a clean slate, and be rid of all that sweat and bacteria that can accumulate overnight (much of that is from your pillow case, yuck!). You’ll also want to wash your face at night, to wash off any makeup and cleanse your face of the day’s germs, toxins, and pollution that can cling to your skin. Tip: to help with this, make an effort not to touch your face during the day (yep, add that resolution to your resolution)!

Moisturize after washing.

You may not realize it, but lack of moisturizing can do long-term damage to your skin. Your skin can get especially dry after you wash it, since many cleansers strip your skin of naturally produced oils — which are essential for your skin to stay plump and hydrated! So while you may be thinking you’re doing your skin a favor by giving it a good cleansing, you still need to bring that moisture back to keep it supple and youthful longer. Frequent moisturizing can actually be preventative, and ensures your skin won’t be cracked and damaged as it ages.

Exfoliate at night.

You may be doing everything else right – cleansing, moisturizing, etc. – but you may need to take that extra step that we sometimes ignore, if you want to get glowing skin. Dead skin builds up on the surface and can be what’s holding you back from clear skin (after all, buildups are the main cause for blackheads and zits!). Exfoliation gently removes this skin and clears out your pores, and rids your skin of any accumulated sweat, dirt, and other debris. Make an effort to exfoliate and make way for clear, glowing skin.

 

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Be proactive.

The most important part of skincare, not only now, but in the future, is being proactive about protecting your skin from the elements. Try to incorporate sunscreen into your skincare and makeup whenever you can. You may think its unnecessary, but the sun’s rays can always poke through and do damage to your skin, even if you don’t notice it right away. Make sure your foundation has sunscreen included in it for daily protection! You can even get a custom blended foundation from us.

It’s time to turn over  new leaf and really start thinking about what your skin needs, and incorporating that into your routine. When you start to better your routine, you’re bound to see noticeable differences.

 

MEET OUR MODEL OF THE MONTH: Jamie Szantyr is a 36 year old lifelong native of Connecticut. Jamie is a retired professional wrestler turned personal trainer, having traveled the globe appearing on worldwide television and Pay Per View during her time in wrestling. Now, Jamie is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer in Danbury, Connecticut, and has dedicated her retired professional wrestling life to assisting others in achieving their fitness goals. As a professional wrestler for over a decade, Jamie put her body on the line every time she stepped into the ring, to live out her childhood dream as a professional wrestler and to entertain the millions of fans watching.

Now, Jamie spends her time putting herself back together in the gym while assisting with her clients’ fitness needs. Those living in Connecticut that wish to make this healthiest and fittest year of their life can email Jamie for her personal training services at BodybyJamieLynn@gmail.com. Mention The Lulu Face Company in your email and receive a complementary one hour consultation with Jamie at Platinum Fitness Gym in Danbury, Connecticut. Sky’s the limit!

What’s the Best Foundation for Your Skin This Season?

foundation for winter dry oily skin

Let’s be clear here: foundation is important. More important than your eyeshadow, liner, or lipstick, in fact. It’s the base upon which your whole look will sit, and unlike a mascara or liner, it’s much easier to tell when a foundation just isn’t right for you. Many struggle with getting it quite right, leaving their skin looking dull, flaky, shiny, patchy…you name it, the wrong foundation can bring it about.

Add an extra element into the mix: seasonal changes. Winter is the most dreaded season of all for makeup lovers, because it brings a complete change in your skin. Glowing, dewy skin turns dry and lifeless. That’s why it’s important to understand exactly which type of foundation works for your skin this season. Never fear, LuLu is here to help! Here’s a quick guide.

First thing’s first: shade. Unless you’re a superhuman, glowing amazon (or using a tanning bed, which we do not recommend!) you’ll likely lose your summer glow by a few shades this winter. Take this into consideration when swapping out your foundation, because there’s nothing more obvious than a glaring line of foundation along your chin separating the color of your face from the color of your neck. Try a lighter shade of foundation to match the color of your neck, and use a bronzer to bring that suntanned glow back into your look (WITHOUT the fake n’ bake!).

 

 

custom blend winter foundation

 

Dry Skin

Say it with us: it’s all about HYDRATION! Sorry ladies, but if you’re a powder kind of gal, it’s time to store them away for the winter. Look for foundations that have a hydrating element to them, or are liquid-based instead of traditional powders, which will cling to dry patches and emphasize flaky skin. Simply using a moisturizer before application might not cut it when you’re out and about all day, so you’ll want to wear a foundation that includes something that moisturizes all day long. Try a tinted moisturizer, like the Mineral Moisture Tint!

 

Oily Skin

For those of you that notice your oil will just not subside, even in the winter, we recommend going with a powder-based foundation to absorb any excess oil. The trick is also to use a finishing powder, keep your skin fresh and clean without excess shine. Be sure to moisturize after washing your face during these drying months to keep a healthy shine present.

 

Combination Skin

Or as we like to call it: the worst of both worlds. You may be shiny, but still have loads of dry patches. For this, we recommend going with a cream-based foundation, like the Cream to Powder Foundation. It will go on smoothly as a cream, but transform to the lightweight, even coverage a powder gives you. It’s also buildable, so you can focus on areas that are oilier or areas that are drier.

 

Keep in Mind!

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you should slack on the SPF! It’s ALWAYS a good idea to have a foundation that has sunscreen in it to protect from the rays at all times, and stop any visible signs of aging in their tracks. SPF can also prevent dry skin by protecting and repairing it.

Dry air = dry skin! Your skin is thirsty this season, so ALWAYS remember to moisturize, especially after cleansing. Many face washes are drying, and strip your face of the natural oils you need for your skin to stay lively and bright.

Winter makes your skin look duller, so pair your foundation with something that adds a bit of shimmer or luster if you want to bump up the glow! Incorporate something like LuLuminescence to lose that winter flatness.

And don’t forget, you can always have a custom foundation made to fit your needs. Maybe your skin can’t be put into a box, so let us make something that works just for you!

The Winter Skincare Problem

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Any person with a face (so, everybody) knows winter is perhaps the worst time for your skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity tend to leave us with tight, dry skin that is not only unsightly, it’s also uncomfortable. Because there is less moisture in the air, we tend to have less moisture in our skin.

So we try to load our skin up with the proper moisturizers, but sometimes that only provides a temporary fix. We have bad news for you: that scaly winter skin is also due to the use of heaters. And since we know nobody wants to give those up in sub-zero weather, it’s time to start combating that dry, cracked skin with a proper winter skincare routine.

You want to change your products from the ones you may have been using during the summer and fall months, because while they may help your skin in certain ways, a lot of these products are extremely drying. Pair this with the dry winter weather and this can be incredibly damaging (nevermind unattractive) for your skin! So, what should you do?

 

 

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Up Your Moisturizing Agent 

Some moisturizers don’t provide the adequate amount your skin needs in the drier months. Since there is less moisture in the air, the moisture in your skin evaporates sooner, meaning you’ll have to replace all the moisture you’re losing much more often and at a greater level. The Double Back Age Defying BB Cream ups the moisture and hydrates your skin without leaving it oily or greasy, and is also an effective multi-tasker!

Add a Serum

Some think serums are unnecessary when they already use a moisturizer, but a serum is the best way to get a more potent surge of whatever it is you need – vitamins, minerals, or in this instance: hydration! The Skin Infusion Serum in “Hydrate” drenches your skin with Sodium PCA, a natural amino acid, and Prickly Pear, a powerful humectant, that easily attracts and retains moisture on the skin.

Try a Differently-Formulated Cleanser

Let’s talk about face wash – you may think you’re helping your skin by cleaning it, but that’s not always so, ESPECIALLY during the winter. Many formulas strip your skin of natural oils, so while they are cleaning the surface of your skin, they also make it harder to regain that moisture, and this is especially damaging in the wintertime. A gel cleanser is not so stripping and is far more hydrating, opting for a creamy, light texture instead of a liquid-based one. Go for nourishment with the African Red Tea Botanical Gel Cleanser instead!

Don’t Forget Those Chapped Lips!

Sometimes chapstick doesn’t always do the trick. A lip treatment is a bit stronger than a chapstick, and plumps your lips with additional ingredients like vitamins and collagen that not only soothe them, but make them appear fuller, removing fine lines and painful cracks. Reach for the 24/7 Lip Treatment next time you feel your lips getting a bit dry in that cold weather!

Forget Perfection – Rock the Casual Look

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When you’re looking to cut your getting ready time in half and still look amazing, the best route is to go for a more casual look. A look that doesn’t rely on everything being ‘perfect’, may be a little (stylishly) messy, but still makes it work.

Some looks are marked by precision – perfectly sharp brows, full lips, straightened hair, but the casual look can be just as fashionable with far less work involved. Here’s how to make your casual look chic and stylish, and no one has to know you put more than a few minutes into creating it.

Instead of reaching for the straightener or curling iron, go for a stylish low ponytail with volume. This can also include a twist in the back, or your hair wrapped around your hair tie if you want to get fancier with it. A low ponytail is classic and chic, and can be seen on all the runways yearly. Add a little volume to it by teasing around your hair tie for a little bit of a messier look, and angling it so that it has some bounce to it.  And just like that, your bedhead is instantly fierce!

 

 

Lip stains are the new liquid lipsticks. They’re easier to apply and always look good. If you want the look of a tinted lip to add a slight pop of color to your face, but don’t want to commit to the precision of applying a lipstick, you can apply it in a ‘stained’ way instead. Apply by patting the lipstick onto your finger instead of directly onto your lips with an applicator. From there, you can pat it into your lips, and you’ll have control over how opaque you want it to be. The good news is a stain is easily buildable! You can also apply more towards the center than the edges for a more doll-faced look, or all over for complete fullness. A stain isn’t as overpowering as a lipstick but still gives you that vivid color to liven up your face.

Undone brows are way more fashion-forward than groomed ones, so saving some time and forgoing that perfect brow can actually be looked at as more fashionable. Look to any runway, and you’ll largely see models that have a more natural brow, so you know this look is stylish! These brows are a little bit overgrown, fuller and lack the perfectly sculpted look of a trimmed brow. Instead of filling your brows in solid, just groom them enough so as to add a little bit of life to them. Make sure you can still see the individual hairs instead of a solid canvas. You’ll save on the time it takes to perfectly fill them in and make sure they’re even.

 

 

Show off your natural skin a little bit more. And after all, no one’s skin is perfect. But there is something refreshingly beautiful about the uniqueness in your bare skin – like freckles or beauty marks – that you can’t get from a full face of makeup. It exudes that effortless, confident beauty.  Of course not everyone is blessed with flawless skin, so try to only use product where needed. Concealer is perfect for under eye bags, covering redness, an unsightly blemish, or other things you don’t completely love about your skin. You can also opt for a bb cream instead of foundation if you aren’t completely comfortable going bare-faced. A bb cream provides evenness but still lets your skin look like skin.

Smudged eyeliner can give you an edgy look that does not require perfect application. The rocker-chic look is marked by smudged, buffed out eyeliner that seems to be a staple for all your favorite stars. If you don’t want to worry about meticulously lining your eyes but still want the depth and edge of a darker eye, you can smudge out your eyeliner. You can use either a traditional eyeliner pencil or use eyeshadow with a liner brush. Buff out your liner with a brush so that it appears more blended instead of in a straight line. It can be as smooth or as messy as you wish, but still provides a relaxed and casual look.

When you want to walk out of the house feeling like a supermodel but achieve that in less than 10 minutes, it can seem like the odds really are not in your favor. A casual look can still be chic. Now throw on a sweatshirt and some boyfriend jeans and rock this laid back (but still ever so stylish) look!

5 Ways to Keep Your Summer Glow in the Middle of Winter

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The struggle most women meet in the winter months is the fading of our summer tans, and dry, dull skin that seems to be missing that glow we loved so much. While porcelain skin can surely be stunning, those of us that are truly missing that summertime bronze can take a few steps to get it back (without the sun damage!)

1. Skincare
First thing’s first: we need to start at the base. Turning your focus to skincare can be a remedy for that dull winter skin. If you think this step doesn’t matter, we’re here to tell you: the only way to ensure that what you put on top of your skin will look flawless is for your skin itself to be flawless.
We recommend a daily cleanser and a moisturizer as two things that can help everybody. Cleanse when you wake up to rid your skin of any accumulated debris during the night, and again before you go to bed to be free of any makeup or toxins you met during your day. Repeated use of a cleanser will have you seeing immediate results.
Moisturizing is also especially important during the colder months, because the air tends to dry your skin out pretty severely. Things like fine lines and wrinkles are more apt to appear when the skin is dehydrated and dry. A moisturizer will plump that skin right back up and fight dryness and premature signs of aging. Skincare is the best remedy to dull winter skin; even if your skin may not be as dark as it was, it’s still shining bright.
See: Deep Dive Micellar Cleansing Water, Fringe Benefit Skin Insurance

 

lulu bronzer blush

 

2. Bronzer
Bronzer is EVERYTHING during the winter months. If you don’t have that natural tan from the sun, bronzer can give the same effect of one while sculpting and contouring your face at the same time. Bronzer is also buildable upon application, so it can be as heavy or as light as you need it to be with your skin tone. It also contains an iridescence that livens up your skin and won’t leave it looking flat. We recommend focusing on the contour of your cheeks and the temples of your forehead with a buildable bronze, as they tend to be some of the darker areas on your face.
See: Mineral Powder Bronzers

 

blush color choice winter time

 

3. Color Choice
The color palette of your products plays a pretty big role in the tone of your face. It can single handedly make your skin reflect the seasons, which means it’s also easy to make yourself look washed out instead of bronzed and glowing. Because of this, you’ll want to go for bronzed, brassy, and golden hues in your highlighters and blushes instead of peaches and pinks. Warm pinks can add that flushed rosiness that comes with a summer glow, but you definitely don’t want to base your look around these shades (think of pinks as the cherry on top). These brassy colors can add layers of shading to your face and give you a fully dimensional glow.
See: Bronzed Beauty Duo

4. Light Makeup
A mistake we all make in the colder months is reaching for our darkest products that had been in hiding all summer. But if you’re going for a sun-kissed look, you’re going to want to keep all those darks to a minimum. When working with eyeshadows and eyeliners, keep it light. These dark colors can wash you out, especially in contrast with light skin. It highlights the lightness in your skin, which we can equate with looking sickly, and will wash you out even if you have still retained some tan. Instead of heavy black eyeliners, go for brows, or put the focus on dark heavy lashes instead. When choosing a color palette for your eyeshadow, go with warm neutrals and earth tones to work with your skin color. This color scheme can go a long way to achieve this beachy look during the wintertime.
See: Volumizing Mascara

 

lulu self tanner luminizer

 

5. Self Tanners
Here at LuLu we are huge proponents of taking care of your skin, so we are giving a big N-O to tanning! Not only is it horrible for your skin, but it’s oftentimes short lived. Instead, use a self tanner or luminizer to mimic that same glow (and we’re gonna let you in on a secret—no one can tell the difference!). Luminizers and self tanners are sheer, so they won’t go on heavy, and with proper blending you’ll be looking as natural as you did this July. They also add a slight iridescence that a normal tan won’t have. Their purpose is to mimic that same summer glow so you can nourish your skin instead of harming it. With the right self tanner, you’ll be looking like you just got back from a vacation in mid-December.
See: LuLuminescence, Fit and Flushed

5 Tricks to Try with Concealer

liquid concealer hacks tricks

Using a concealer is an art and a science. While different from foundation, it can still be used as a tool to cover up unsightly spots or dark circles. But none of us are strangers to a concealer disaster: you’ll have to be precise in order to make it look natural. While most have it down, using concealer also comes with a few tricks you can apply to take your look to a 10! Check out some of our favorites.

1. Use it to sharpen your features.

One of our favorite concealer hacks is using it to carve out areas we want to emphasize in our face, almost like a form of contouring. The best example is using concealer to enhance your brows. You can trace the outline of your brows with concealer using a flat brush, and blend into your skin to enhance the shape of your brows by making them look sharper.

You can also use it as a way to sculpt the shape of your nose by highlighting down the middle of your bridge. These little details are just as important and can really enhance the rest of your look subtly without over-contouring.

2. Choose a shade that’s lighter than your skin tone.

Many make the mistake of using a concealer that is identical to their skin tone or foundation shade; this is actually not what you want to do! Since what you’re trying to cover up is usually darker (dark circles under eyes, bumps or blemishes that usually produce a shadow, etc.) you’ll want to choose a lighter shade to counteract. A shade or two lighter should do the trick: light enough to counteract darkness but not too light as to wash you out. Most of the reason you notice a blemish is because it is darker than your skin, or is raised so that it produces a shadow. By overcompensating and making this area lighter, you are balancing out what is unsightly. Think about it: when you use foundation over dark circles, they are usually still visible. Try a shade lighter and watch them disappear!

 

concealer brush tips tricks
 

3. Apply in dots or lines.

Since concealer tends to be thicker and more opaque than foundation, you won’t want to apply it in full onto the areas you want to cover. Try applying in dots or lines so that it is blendable and sheer enough to still give natural-looking coverage. Over-applying may result in having to completely take it all off. It can be hard to spread or even out if you apply too much.

Many tend to apply in triangle shaped areas under the eyes and blend outward as they see fit. Try to avoid blending out into the sides of your eyes or face, as it is not always needed there.

4. Blend with a sponge.

Application technique is important when working with concealer. Again, since it is more opaque than your average foundation and you are working with a lighter color, it can easily cake up and wash you out if applied incorrectly. Brushes tend to push the product around without picking up or blending areas effectively, so use a beauty sponge, or if you have to use a brush, use a bigger one.

Apply it in triangles under the eye that can be blended back into your normal skin color without spreading too far into other areas of your face. You’ll also want to pat to blend as opposed to smearing or dragging the product, so that you’re picking up product and smoothing it out at the same time.

 

concealer brush application blending
 

5. Be sure to set with powder.

Just like your foundation, concealer has a lifespan during the duration of your day. You can extend the wear of it and make it look more smooth & polished by setting with powder. Concealer has a tendency to get cakey or settle into the creases under your eyes if left to its own devices. Setting will remove excess oils and mattify.

Custom Blended Concealer by LuLu

Here at LuLu we offer the ability to custom blend a concealer just for you! Have your choice of color, consistency, texture, and add whatever additional elements you’d like to it! In the pictures above, we have custom blended a Liquid Concealer to include a Hydrating Booster and a Firming Booster, suited exactly to our client’s needs! This may be the perfect option for someone with some lines that is wanting to avoid a cream-based concealer. Get your own custom blend to suit your needs!

4 Makeup Tips to De-Age

makeup tips de-age

As we get older, we have to change the way we apply our makeup in order to suit the differences in our skin and features. Although we love the laughs that gave us those laugh lines, they don’t always look the best with our foundation. There are several tricks to hiding our imperfections and looking younger, from the shades you use to the way you apply. Ready to turn the clock back 10 years? Let’s go!

 

1. Moisturize under your foundation.
Let’s start at the base! As we get older our skin can appear drier and more cracked, so it’s important as ever to stay hydrated and keep that skin moisturized. If your skin is already dry, foundation tends to cling to dry patches and make them even more evident. Trust us on this one, it’s not a good look! To combat this, make sure to moisturize right before you apply your foundation by using a thin layer underneath. Let it absorb and dry for a few minutes, then apply. Your foundation will go on more smoothly, and your skin will look supple and radiant because of the added hydration!
Bonus tip: use a foundation that’s slightly yellow in tone to warm up the skin. This tint will make your skin look healthier and more youthful.

2. Use liquid concealer in problem or dark areas.
This one isn’t rocket science, lightening dark areas helps to brighten up the rest of your face, and brightness=youthfulness! Almost everyone over the age of 18 has dark circles under their eyes even if they did get a full night’s sleep, and they have the uncanny ability to at times show themselves through foundation. Counter this with a liquid concealer and blend in with a Beauty Blender for light, even coverage. You can also dab some concealer onto dark spots or marks that age your face. Take a step back and look at the new you—you’ll be sure to look 10 years younger.

 

3. Ditch the dark eyeliner and the powder.
Here’s a 2-for-1 tip: these are hugely aging elements of a beauty routine. If you’re older, these are two things you’ll definitely want to avoid. Powder can cling to all the imperfections those that are older may not be too fond of, like fine lines and wrinkles, and dulls your skin even further. Dark eyeliner tends to make eyes appear smaller, and black can be pretty heavy on most. Choosing to use these products can age your face even if you look youthful as ever. Opt for a moisturizing foundation that provides some sheen or dewiness instead for a healthy glow. Try not to use a dark liner on your lower lash line, but if you must, opt for a brown instead. It looks far more natural and subtle as opposed to heavy and jarring.

4. Apply with a makeup sponge.
Many use brushes and end up frustrated with the way their foundation sits on their skin, but a makeup sponge can make all the difference. Instead of using a brush, next time you’ll want to grab your Beauty Blender. Applying with a sponge like this pats the makeup into your skin gently instead of rubbing it around, which sets strangely into wrinkles and fine lines. If you use a brush to apply, you’ll likely notice that throughout the day your makeup will separate from the lines in your face and cause heavy creasing, which just emphasizes those lines you’re trying to lessen! A sponge provides even, airbrushed-looking coverage that won’t crease.

Ready, Set, BAKE!

bake your face foundation

Although this type of baking will still have you looking like a sweet treat, this is not the type of baking that produces baked goods. Baking is a makeup technique taken from the world of drag, that is also known as cooking your makeup.

You simply apply a generous layer of translucent powder underneath the eyes, or commonly in other areas of the face that need a little extra help like your chin or around your jaw, and let it set your makeup in, to create a flawless base and finish. The “baking” comes from leaving the powder on for 5-10 minutes, and letting the heat on your face set it, before brushing it off.

Flawless Finish High Definition Powder is the perfect powder to use. It creates a soft focus, leaving you photo ready and with a natural finish. This translucent powder works for every skin complexion, type and tone. It is a great mattifier for oily skin, helping to keep makeup in place.

finishing powder

 

How to Bake:

The Flawless Finish High Definition Powder comes in a convenient compact with a brush. The powder can be applied with the brush or with your Beauty Blender. For the best results you should combine the two. First, apply it with a brush, then press it in with your sponge, add more to the areas that get shiny faster. Make sure to blend the powder in well to avoid the dreadful flashback from flash photography. Your makeup will be creaseless and last longer throughout the day.

 

finishing powder bake

Finally, take your Makeup Saver Setting Mist to seal in your look. Setting sprays are a true godsend. It keeps your makeup in place so you don’t have to worry about it transferring to any clothing your face may come in contact with.
The Makeup Saver Setting Mist not only saves your makeup, it saves your skin. This setting spray works overtime by helping to reduce fine lines and firm skin. What more could you ask for? It is time to get the most out of our makeup ladies. By adding these savors to your beauty routine your makeup looks will be flawless.

Mastering the Wing

winged eyeliner tips

Anyone who does their makeup knows the feared reputation of the wing. Although it looks amazing, successfully executed winged eyeliner is well known as one of the most difficult things to pull off when doing your makeup. It requires a steady hand, attention to detail, and a pinch of boldness.

Yes, we’ve all had our winged blunders, but eventually some of us have come to get the hang of it using a few tricks. Here are the tips we find most useful here at LuLu.

Have an idea in your head beforehand. Some say a wing is a wing is a wing, but there are actually quite a few different ways you can style your winged eyeliner that will give a completely different look. Try to visualize this, or find a picture of the exact look you want before you even put the liner to your eyelid. This sounds quite obvious, but not many actually do this! It’s helpful because you’re not just going off the top of your head, which is usually our first mistake with winged eyeliner. When using a product as finicky as this, it’s important to be precise or you’ll risk having to redo the whole thing.

 

steady winged eyeliner

A steady hand is everything. Make sure your hand isn’t going to be shaking or moving in a way that will affect your liner. You can lean your elbow on a surface as you’re applying or rest your hand against your face. Avoiding a mistake is the simplest but hardest trick to ensuring your wing looks great.

 

Break it down. The shape of a wing is simple but how quickly we attempt to do it is what complicates things, so break it down into pieces! Draw a triangle at the end of your eye, line by line. Go in to fill it afterwards, and then connect the liner on your eyelid to this triangle.

 

tape wing eyeliner

Tape it! If you know your hands won’t stay steady no matter which techniques you use, make a tape guideline for yourself. This acts as a stencil, and gives you a good idea of how your wing will look beforehand, so you can adjust if necessary. If you don’t want your wing quite so straight, you can use other objects that are slightly curved, like a spoon, for guidance.

 

Don’t wing it. Pun fully intended. Don’t just go for it in one swipe. I know we see beauty gurus do it in one fell swoop and make it look easy, but chances are we do not have the same amount of skill as them, and will wind up with a raccoon-looking mess. Draw your wing in short strokes for more control, making sure to overlap so that the line looks seamless.

 

Keep an eye on both eyes. Everyone has been there: one side is perfect, but too thin. You try to thicken it, but then the other is too thin. Soon you end up with a mess. Avoid this by keeping an eye on both wings from the start. Sometimes we do our first wing, then move onto the second, disregarding how thick we made the first one, or how long we extended it. Then you end up with two completely different looking eyes. Know what the first one looks like before you go in to draw the second, and take consistent steps back to see if they’re even before finishing.

 

gel liquid pencil eyeliner

Pick your poison wisely. Each type of eyeliner has its benefits and drawbacks. Traditional pencil eyeliner is much easier to control, but doesn’t look as sharp, and is not as dark. Liquid looks the cleanest and is the truest black, but is far more difficult to work with, with a lot more room for error. Gel is somewhere in the middle, with the ability to make it as dark or as sharp as you want.

 

So go for it, try out some of these tips and see the difference in your wing! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to create the perfect wing for your look. Here’s an extra LuLu tip: you can use the Stuck on You Eyeliner Fixative to create your own gel liner out of shadows, so the possibilities are endless. So go on, wing it out!

Kick Up Your Heels—Look Pedicure Fresh Every Day!

pedicure

Love the look of a fresh pedicure but hate to spend upwards of $30 every 1-2 weeks? Here are some tips to look like you just walked out of the nail salon every day.

 

  • Trim your nails evenly. Make sure to trim and file in a horizontal line to give a cleaner appearance and avoid the growth of ingrown toenails. After trimming your nails, be sure to clean underneath and check for any excess debris.
  • Don’t ignore your feet in the shower. Shower time is also pedicure prep time. When in the shower, don’t forget to wash your feet! Many people forget to take a scrubbing to their feet thinking the soapy water running down their bodies will do enough, but you may still be leaving dead skin.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Exfoliating your feet will also help to give a softer feel and a smoother appearance. This will remove the dead skin cells that cause callouses and rough dry patches, and reveal a fresh new layer of baby-soft skin underneath.
  • Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Just like drinking adequate amounts of water is important for the skin on your face, hydration is a key component to avoiding dry and cracked feet. You can also moisturize to counteract any dryness that has already begun to appear. At night, spread your favorite lotion, butter, cream, or oil on and slip into some cozy cotton socks. When you wake up, your feet will look supple and the bottoms will be soft and smooth.
  • Keep them covered. When around the house, don’t walk around barefoot. This will contribute to calluses, dry patches, and dirt collecting at the bottom of your feet. Instead, opt for some slippers or socks.
  • And of course, make them pretty! Snazz your toes up with your favorite LuLu Face Co. nail polish. There are an array of polishes that not only make your toes look pretty and colorful, but also work to strengthen and moisturize your nails.

5 Tricks for Long-Lasting Lips

long lasting lipstick tips

One of the biggest qualms women have with their lipstick is that it doesn’t always last long and doesn’t remain as pretty as it was when you first applied it. Sometimes the color stays on, but it gets cakey. On the other end of the spectrum, you might take one bite of something and find your lipstick has almost completely smudged off. While not all lipstick is waterproof or snack-proof, these tips will surely help to extend the life and quality of your lips!

1. Don’t over-coat your lipstick. You may think more lipstick = longer lasting, but this happens to have the opposite effect. What type of lipstick are you using? Traditional waxy lipsticks layer a bit better than liquid, but you’ll still want to be careful not to build up too much because it can get tacky, and the more you touch your lips together the more it will pull at the color. Liquid lipsticks fall victim to over-coating easily since they’re extremely finicky. You’ll want to apply an initial coat, and then go back in for touchups only where needed. Liquid lipsticks tend to be extremely pigmented, so a second coat usually isn’t necessary. Refrain from adding an additional coat especially when the first has already dried. Applying a wet coat on top of a dry one is a sure fire way to get a buildup of product that will only make your lips look clumpy, cakey, and congealed. Do your best to make sure the initial swipes are perfect so you won’t have to touch them up and risk adding too much!

 

liquid lipstick tips
 

2. Line your lips before adding color. You may think lipliner left with the 90s, but it’s still actually pretty useful. Lipliner is drier than lipstick so it’s harder to just wipe off, and it also adds a layer underneath that your lip color can adhere to, making it last far longer. The pro tip is to find a liner that’s similar in color to your lipstick, line the outside, and then go on to fill in your entire lip with the liner. Not only does the outline create a barrier so that your lipstick can only grab onto the line (this means no bleeding past the outline of your lips!), but it creates a crisper outline than just going in with your lipstick product. Filling the rest of your lips in with the liner creates a shine-free layer underneath (unlike a chapstick, which can give a glossy appearance when you might not want one) that will allow the color to stay longer. If you want to have a little fun, you can also play with this and use the layer of lipliner to add a different undertone to your lipstick color! Shop Lipliners

3. Exfoliate those lips! We know, you’re probably thinking “ANOTHER thing I have to exfoliate”? The truth is, this trick actually makes a huge difference. (So yes, your skin isn’t the only thing on your face you should be exfoliating!) Exfoliating is simply the process of removing dead skin from the surface to make way for bright, new skin. This is important because even if you have just a bit of dryness or flakes on your lips, you best believe your lipstick will magnify it. Lip color, especially liquid lipstick, tends to stick to those patches and makes the edges of flakes extremely visible instead of flattening them out. You’ll want to use a lip scrub to remove any dead skin before applying lipstick. The good news is, a lip scrub can be made with products you already have lying around in your kitchen. Try mixing some coconut oil and brown sugar together and scrub it in—the sugar will work to remove dead skin while the coconut oil will moisturize! Do this once a week and your lips will always be in perfect shape.

 

liquid lipstick stay all day
 

4. Be sure to prep & prime. We usually just throw our lipstick on bare lips, which may be why it doesn’t always last very long. If we’ve learned anything from our face and eyes, it’s that priming is key. The same goes for our lips! Priming gives you an even base to work with, and adds that sheer layer of glue that keeps your color intact better. You can prep your lips with foundation or concealer. When applying your face makeup, just blot a bit onto your lips too, simple as that! You’ll notice your color is more vivid because you’re working with a neutral base that acts as a blank canvas. Shop Primers 

5. Keep a lip treatment on deck. Putting on lipstick isn’t the only time you should start thinking about taking care of your lips! When you’re not wearing lipstick, make sure to keep your lips moisturized and crack-free with a lip treatment. Be proactive so you won’t have to worry about dry or flaky lips later on. You can easily toss it into your bag so that you’ll have it all throughout the day for consistent use. Shop Lip Treatments

We live by these tips to keep our lips looking fresh & fierce. So why not test them out and see how much better your LuLu lipsticks look?

Thinking Outside the Box: Using Your LuLu Products a Little Differently

using red lipstick for dark circles

Listen up everyone, sometimes a lipstick is not just a lipstick: it’s an eyeshadow and blush too! Today we want you to think outside the box when it comes to your products, because as some creative geniuses in the beauty industry have found out, sometimes you can turn that reliable old lip color into a multi-tasker!

Things like blushes and lip colors often coincide, especially when they’re in the pinkish-red color family. With the increase in liquid or “stick” products (liquid lipsticks, cream eyeshadows, cream blushes, stick foundation, stick blush, etc) why not use products in the same vein for these purposes? We all have a color we love to use, and while it may not always go with your outfit when wearing it on your lips, you may still be able to add a touch of it to your cheeks or eyes.

Here are just a few ideas on how you can use your products differently!

 

using blush as eyeshadow

 

Lip Products as Blush:
Dab the apples of your cheeks with your lipstick in a stippling motion, but make sure not to overdo it since it is a denser product. Blend well to give the same even coverage you would get from a powder blush. You want it to look natural and even. For the best effect, take your Beauty Blender and pat or buff it out until even!

Eyeshadows on Cheeks:
Using eyeshadows as blush or a highlight can add an extra oomph to your cheeks. Going for a unique or interesting look? Use a tint of a mauve, a deep pink, or fuchsia eyeshadow to create a tinted cheekbone. You can use a color like this on its own, or with a traditional blush color to add more dimension. Just apply on the apples of your cheeks, or slightly underneath the cheekbone with your blush.
Eyeshadows often have a sparkle in their finish so you can use lighter, shimmery colors as a highlight too! Many makeup aficionados these days are straying from the typical highlighters that match their skin and opting for more peaches, lavenders, or even icy blues. Eyeshadows typically have a much larger range of colors than your average blushes, so you have a lot more creative freedom using them!

Liquid Lipstick as an Eyeshadow Base:
When creating a heavier eye, you’re almost always going to use a base color, no matter the colors you’re working with. This base color needs to be heavy enough to lock the rest of the colors in place and ensure nothing peeks through from underneath. A liquid lipstick actually does the trick perfectly!
For example, creating a deep burgundy eye? Use Escape Artist as a base to build off of! You’ll start by simply covering your eyelid fully, from your crease to your lashes. Once this base is evenly distributed, you can build off of it with shadows to add more definition to your crease or outer edges, and go over the base color with layers of more sheer shadows, sparkle, etc.

 

color correcting red lipstick dark circles

 

Red Lipstick for Color Correcting:
Ever heard of color correcting? It’s when you use the opposite color on the color wheel to counteract an uneven tone in your face. If you’re unsure, you can easily search a color wheel to see what works. For example, those with a lot of redness often use green-tinted primers under their foundation, because green can counteract the red shade. Instead of just laying a foundation over it and hoping discoloration doesn’t peek through, you can instead neutralize these colors underneath. Using red lipstick works the same way when you use it under eyes to color correct bags or dark circles!
Next time you wake up with dark circles under your eyes, grab your red lipstick! Dab the red on to those circles and blend it out with your finger, a brush, or your Beauty Blender. You don’t want it to be as heavy or opaque as it is on your lips, but you’ll want enough coverage to tint the dark circles. Go ahead and put your foundation on over it like you normally would! We recommend using a Beauty Blender to pat the foundation into the area you covered instead of swiping with a brush, as this may take some of the red off or mix it with your foundation instead of laying over it.

Fixative to Transform Your Products:
If you have an eyeshadow color that you think would make the perfect liner, but it doesn’t come out quite as clean as you want it to, try using the Stuck On You Eyeliner Fixative to transform it into a gel-like consistency that glides on smoothly like a liquid liner. Got that plum colored eyeshadow you never use but think it would make a gorgeous wing? Try it out!

These are just a few of our favorite tricks for getting creative with our products but the ideas are endless if you think outside the box! You can use sparkly eyeshadow as a finish on your lips, blushes to create a halo around your eyes, etc. etc. Next time you feel uninspired, try out one of these tips for a different look!

Stock Up Your Beauty Arsenal With These Ingredients From Your Kitchen

homemade mask ingredients

Honey, avocado, yogurt and oatmeal—sounds like the ingredients to a healthy snack, right? But they’re so much more than that. These superfoods benefit your health on the inside and help your skin on the outside.

Honey
Honey is packed with antioxidants that attract and retain moisture in your skin. Honey fights aging, bacteria, and contains many healing components. The antioxidants in honey not only moisturize, but help to fight signs of aging. Honey absorbs impurities like acne-causing bacteria from your pores and absorbs excess oil to prevent future acne.

As a natural antiseptic, honey can heal and soothe skin. It can stop MRSA, commonly known as a Staph infection. Honey is an anti-inflammatory that can heal acne caused by inflamed sebaceous glands and can calm eczema, rosacea and psoriasis-prone skin. Honey also fades dark spots or scars, because it acts as a natural bleaching agent.

 

avocado face mask

 

Avocado
Avocados, like honey, help combat signs of aging by treating wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Avocados are packed with vitamin E, which fights signs of aging and hydrates your skin to reduce fine lines. Avocados act as a humectants which draw in water to the skin. It removes dead skin cells, restores nutrients and gives you an instant glow. Avocados also help to treat psoriasis.

Yogurt
If your skin has been looking dull and tired, you need yogurt. Yogurt has lactic acid that helps to brighten your skin. It also exfoliates your skin by removing dead skin cells. There is zinc in yogurt that reduces skin inflammation by removing excess oil produced by sebaceous glands, which can cause acne. The zinc in yogurt also soothes sunburn.

Below are two masks you need to try!

homemade oatmeal face mask

1 avocado
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey

This mask will cure dryness by adding hydration to your skin. Mix all the ingredients together to a smooth consistency and let it sit on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to rinse thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize your face after.

 

homemade face mask

 

1 tablespoon of oatmeal
1 teaspoon of plain yogurt (or greek yogurt)
1 teaspoon of honey

This is a great cleansing mask; it nourishes your skin and fights acne. Mix all your ingredients in a bowl, apply a thick layer and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize your face after.

The Best Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

When we talk about eyeliner, a number of different looks come to mind. Smoked-out on your lower lash line, a flicked wing, maybe even white or brightly colored liner is your preference. There are numerous ways to wear eyeliner, but there are actually some tricks to make it work for your specific eye shape in particular. Everything is better when it’s custom-tailored to you, after all!

Ever notice that something just doesn’t look quite right? Some eye shapes can make certain types of eyeliner unflattering or hard to pull off, and you may be using it in a way that clashes slightly with your eye shape. Each and every one of our eyes are different, which means something that looks perfect on someone with hooded eyes might look a little off on your super round eyes. Not to worry, we’re going to give you a guide to find the best eyeliner looks to flatter your particular eyes!

As we said, there are tons of different ways to play around with eyeliner. This is usually dependent on 3 things: shade, shape, and style. Let’s look at these a little more in depth.

 

eyeshadow palette shades liner
 

 

Shade:

Black: This makes eyes appear smaller, but also gives that smoldering look. A black wing against your upper lashes essentially works well on anyone, but black on your waterline is where you might run into something that just doesn’t work for you. If you have big eyes, you can afford to use black liner on your waterline without shrinking them. If your eyes are smaller, we suggest using black liner outside your waterline, so you can still get that edgy look, without overpowering them and making them appear too small.

White: This is the perfect color for opening up those eyes and making them appear bigger. You can also use this to balance an eye look that may appear too dark. Using a white on your waterline extends the white of your eye, which can give you that doe-eyed look or just add a striking detail to your makeup.

Nude: Using a nude liner on your waterline is the best way to do everything that a white liner does, but in a more natural way. Sometimes up close, a white liner can be quite obvious and a little jarring or unnatural looking. If you want to open up your eye but want a look that can still pass as natural, a nude liner may be what you need.

Color: Colored liners can provide a fun element that mixes up the normal neutral looks. Depending on the darkness and intensity of the color it can do either of the aforementioned things above: a plum color might give the same smoldering effect while a lavender will help to open up your eye more. Either way, we’d recommend making sure your color of choice goes with your overall eye look. We’re huge fans of monochromatic looks. If you have a deep plum eye, maybe go for a muted magenta liner to stay within that purple family. Play around with non traditional colored liners to make a lively, bold look!

 

 

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Shape:

Almond Eyes: Almond shaped eyes can be simply be defined by if your iris is slightly covered along the top and bottom by your lids. The best way to emphasize this eye shape is to use a liquid liner on top to create a wing, but a wing that doesn’t extend past the end of your eye. Start with a thin line, and make it thicker as it gets to the end of the lid. Almond shaped eyes generally tend to go upwards at the end, so just follow that natural progression while keeping the liner pressed into your lash line.

Hooded Eyes: Those with hooded eyes may feel like they get the short end of the stick sometimes, but the upside is a wing looks AMAZING on them! A hooded eyelid is when the eyelid hangs over the natural crease of the eye, so that you can’t really see a definitive crease. (You’re in good company, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone both have hooded eyes!) Because the lid is hidden, anything subtle is harder to see, so you’ve got to go big! Opt for a thick, dramatic winged liner instead of a thin, straight one.

Downturned Eyes: Also known as bedroom eyes, your outer corner may have a slight downward dip. The solution is obvious: draw in an upward-angled wing to counteract it! Draw a line outwards from the corner of your eye at a 45 degree angle. This will give the illusion that your eye is more balanced since others’ eyes will be automatically attracted to the wing you’ve drawn in. You can use the Pressed Cake Eyeliner to achieve this look.

Round Eyes: A wing can work wonders on a round eye too! This trick is a bit similar to the last. Since round eyes are lacking a bit of width, you’re going to fake it! Create a wing at the outer corners of your eye that flicks straight out, with a slight angle that naturally follows that of your eye. You can use a piece of tape to trace a line if liquid liner makes you a little nervous! This straight wing will lengthen your eye from the inner corner all the way to the tail end of the wing. Try using the Luxury Gel Liner to define your eyes!

 

 

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Style:

Wing: You may think a wing is a wing, but there’s actually a lot of variation, and different wings can emphasize different eyes. A classic 50’s wing is more curled at the corners, and can make eyes look more rounder or doe-eyed. A thick, pop art looking wing with the crease painted in (think Warhol) will do this too! On the other hand, some prefer a wing so flicked and sharp it could cut you. A straighter, thicker wing will give you a far edgier look, and works particularly well against the natural shape of smaller or more angular eyes.

Smokey Eye: We’re talking full on smudged eyeliner, dark eyeshadow, and the spotlight on your eyes! This can work on bigger eyes, but we suggest using black liner on your waterline, just to make them a little bit more smoldering instead of wide-eyed. On the other hand, with smaller eyes we actually suggest the opposite. Line just outside your waterline with a liner or a blended out dark shadow to extend the outline of your eye while still maintaining that deep, dark smokiness that we all want. Warning: smokey eyes are not for the faint of heart— this is an edgy look! If you don’t like wearing too much liner on your lower lash line, it’s probably not for you. You can use the Stuck On You Eyeliner Fixative to create liners from pressed powders and create this look!

2016 Trends We Can Keep in 2017

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2016 brought us outrageous beauty trends, tips and tricks. We saw a lot–unicorn inspired hair and makeup, contouring your feet, using food as a contour guide, and pretty much everything in between. With the overload of beauty trends, tips and tricks we saw, what should we continue in 2017?

While we can ditch the 100 layers of makeup challenge, here’s what we can keep.

 

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Non-touring. In 2016, we redefined and shaped our face with the contouring craze and gave off a light that could be seen from the moon with strobing and highlighting. Non-touring brings both trends together, to give you a luminous natural dewy look.

  • Start with a primer that doesn’t leave your skin matte because you want a natural, dewy look.
  • Next, use a BB cream instead of foundation; remember, natural is key. Use concealer to cover up any blemishes or dark eye circles.
  • Use a matte powder bronzer to lightly contour your features, like cheekbones, forehead, and chin. Then, finish the look by highlighting above your cheekbone, under your eyebrows, and the bridge of your nose.

Products to try: Mineral Powder BronzersBronzed Beauty Duo

Naturally filled brows. We’ve seen many eyebrow looks in 2016–bold, colorful, and even no eyebrows. But one eyebrow beauty trend that needs to stick is the natural eyebrows. Filling your eyebrows will help to shape your face and give you a full look. You can achieve this look with the Arch-Ology eyebrow pencil .

  • Brush your eyebrows up with the spoolie.
  • Lightly draw short strokes that mimic the natural hairs.
  • If your eyebrows come out too dark, brush your eyebrows with the spoolie to lighten them.

Baking. This beauty trend helped us make our makeup last. Baking sets your makeup, stops concealer from creasing, and gives you a poreless look. Here’s how to achieve it:

  • After you have blended your concealer to perfection, take your damp Beauty Blender and dip it into your Flawless Finish High Definition Powder
  • Generously apply the high definition powder to your concealed areas and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Once time is up, dust away your powder using a fluffy brush, like the You’re Blushing brush. Make up is all set.

 

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Get the falsies look. Love the long look false lashes give but don’t want the hassle? Try using baby powder on your eyelashes.

  • Apply a coat of Volumizing Mascara to your eye lashes.
  • Pour a little baby powder in your hand and dip a clean spoolie into the powder.
  • Apply a coat of baby powder to your eyelashes and finish with another coat of mascara.

Conceal your lips. 2016 brought us beautiful, rich shades of lipsticks to fit all our moods. But what happens when that perfect color in the tube doesn’t look as bright and bold on your lips? Not to worry, 2016 taught us that if we conceal our lips, we have a blank canvas so the lipstick is nice and vibrant.

Products to try: Matte Lipstick, Liquid Matte Lipstick

Perfect paint job. Our instagram feeds were full of the resurgence of nail art in 2016 and taught us two things: nail art is back and how to get paint-free cuticles. Painting Elmers glue on your cuticles and around the nail will eliminate the mess.

Products to try: Nail Colour in Class Act

When’s the Last Time You Cleaned Your Brushes?

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Whether it is an everyday look or a glamorous one, the thing the two have in common is you need makeup brushes to achieve the look. It is important to take care of these precious beauty weapons. How often do you clean your makeup brush? If your answer was never, you are causing yourself and your brushes a lot of trouble. Makeup brushes that go uncleaned can cause acne, infections, irritation, and breakage.

Keep your makeup brushes in a dry area. That means it’s time to take your makeup brushes out of your bathroom. The moisture that accumulates in the air after a shower quickens bacteria growth on your makeup brushes. Also, bacteria from the toilet can land on your makeup brush, and who wants that on their skin? Once this bacteria gets onto your skin, it can trigger acne breakouts or cause staph infections.

Cleaning timeframe. Makeup brushes used around the eyes and for powders should be cleaned every 2 weeks. Makeup brushes used for liquid and powder foundations should be cleaned weekly. Beauty blenders should be cleaned daily, same for lip brushes.

Might be time to toss. Remember, just like any product, makeup brushes have a shelf life. When makeup brushes begin to look frayed or lose shape, it is time to get rid of them. If you continue to use these brushes, it can cause skin irritation and redness. Beauty blenders that aren’t properly cleaned should be replaced every month. But if you clean your beauty blender daily, it will stretch the life to three months.

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How to clean your brush:

There are different ways to clean your brushes. The easiest way to clean your makeup brush— take your favorite makeup brush cleanser in the palm of your hand, wet your brush, rub the brush in a light circular motion, and rinse. Repeat these steps till the water from your makeup brush runs clear. Finally, squeeze out the excess water, reshape the brush, and set the brush out to dry.

Makeup brushes dry best hanging upside down. If you dry them sitting up or on its side, the water will loosen the brush. Try using a rubber band to hang them from your shower rod. You can dry your makeup brushes by laying them on the counter, hanging the bristles off the counter, ensuring no water loosens the brush.

If you don’t have makeup cleanser, mild soap or shampoo can be used too. For brushes that are caked up, add a little olive oil to break the makeup down and keep them soft. For a cleaning touch up, try makeup brush cleanser wipes. For a quicker and deeper clean of your makeup brushes, use a makeup wash board.

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DIY Makeup Washboard 

A makeup washboard is a textured board that helps to deep clean your makeup brushes. It works by pouring the cleanser on the board, rubbing your makeup brush in a circular motion and rinsing your makeup brush with water until it runs clear. Many retailers offer this product but you can make your own.

Things you will need for a DIY makeup washboard:

  • Clipboard (or tupperware bowl)
  • Hot glue gun

Take your clipboard (or bowl), your hot glue gun and start to lay down the textures. Different textures can help with different makeup brushes. Bigger dots with more spacing work best for large face brushes. Close together using zig zag lines and straight lines work best for eyeshadow and smaller makeup brushes. Once your textures are laid down, put your board in the freezer for ten minutes to fully dry.

Basic Skincare No-No’s You’re Probably Doing

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Wondering why you keep getting blemishes or why your skin consistently looks dull or uneven? The answers are actually quite obvious. For the most part, I think we can all agree that we know these things are bad for us, but we don’t actually know how bad. And even worse, most of us do these things regularly. We’re here to set you back on track. Let’s take a look at some of the most common things we do that may be affecting our complexion, and see how we can turn it around.

You’re popping your pimples. We’ll start with the most obvious. We all know it’s bad, but we all do it anyway. The damage comes from us doing it sloppily and incorrectly. Trying to force a pimple out when it’s not ready can do a ton of damage and cause inflammation, and you still may not even get that guy out of there. You also risk spreading bacteria from your hands onto your face, and spreading the bacteria from the gunk inside the pimple onto the surrounding area if you do indeed pop it.

The good news (since many of us may not be able to fully break this bad habit) is there is a way to do it more effectively, and with less damage. The best thing you can do is wait to pop until it is absolutely necessary. This means no more forcing out blackheads, no more prying at forming red bumps — wait until there is a clear white head that only needs a slight amount of pressure to pop. Use two q-tips to apply pressure to either side to reduce the amount of bacteria you may transfer. Immediately sterilize the area with something like tea tree oil after popping; this will also speed up the healing process, too.

 

 

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You’re staring at a screen all day. This may be surprising, but staring at your phone or computer screen all day isn’t only bad for your vision, sleeping patterns, sanity, etc. It’s also bad for your skin. It has to do with the UV rays that are emitted from the screens, which are able to penetrate down to your collagen storage. This leads to visible aging and skin damage. Excessive exposure to UV-producing screens may affect preexisting photosensitivity problems like lupus, which can cause rashes or fever to spring up.

Don’t be too worried just yet, most modern screens have become better equipped to lessen the transmission of UV rays, but most older models aren’t. If you’re worried about potential damage to your skin, you can put a UV filter on your monitor to block some of the light from emitting.

You’re eating badly. It’s hard to stick to a diet, especially when things like mozzarella sticks exist in the world. However, trying to limit the amount of unhealthy food that goes into our body reduces the amount of blemishes that come out. Your body excretes toxins and waste through your skin, so what goes in must come out right? Greasy food leads to greasy skin. Additionally, foods that are high in sugars have a tendency to cause early wrinkling and interfere with collagen elasticity, making it stiffer and giving you that sunken, flat look. Sugar can also cause inflammation that can make existing acne even worse.

Don’t think you can give up sugar completely? We have a solution. Even if you can’t eliminate your indulgence foods, you can bump up the amount of foods you consume in which the skin benefits are plentiful. Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, or healthy fats like avocado all work wonders for your skin. Eating foods that contain a lot of water content like cucumber, celery, or citrus fruits can also help with hydration and flushing out that bad stuff.

 

 

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You aren’t getting enough beauty sleep. Skin repairs itself during sleep, so common logic tells us the less we sleep, the less our skin is able to improve itself. Additional damage can be made, too. Sleep deprivation reduces the efficiency of the barrier function in skin, leading to decreased moisture levels and skin dryness. Sleep deprivation also leads to increased production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is detrimental to collagen production and elastin. During sleep, your body also boosts blood flow to your skin, which contributes to that “glow” we always hear of. However, lack of sleep may lead to a dull, lifeless complexion because of the lack of blood flow to the skin surrounding your face. When people talk about having a dull complexion, it’s probably due to sleep deprivation. Make sure you get enough sleep so you can say “I woke up like this!”. The recommended amount of time is about 8 hours.

You aren’t drinking enough water. Your skin is an organ, and has to be taken care of like one. We are told day in and day out that drinking water is one of the best things we can do for our body, but it’s not only the inside that needs this hydration, it’s the outside too! Skin dehydration is real! By drinking water you can rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. Your skin draws this moisture in from the rest of your body to hydrate itself. Without adequate amounts of water, your skin will quite literally dry out. You can probably imagine how this looks: dry, cracked, full of fine lines. Water helps to flush out toxins while plumping and hydrating your skin, which helps to fight acne and gives you a natural, healthy glow. Stick to the classic 8 by 8 rule, (8 8oz. glasses a day) and your skin will be glowing. You don’t have to stop there, though—you can never drink too much water!

Skin Mapping: What is Your Face Trying to Tell You?

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When you see a breakout, you may just think you haven’t been washing your face enough or you’ve been touching your face with your hands too many times throughout the day. But actually, noting where you tend to get breakouts on your face can actually be a reflection of your internal health. It’s called skin mapping. Skin mapping started as a form of traditional Chinese medicine that helped to determine where things may be going wrong internally. The skin itself is an organ, and can actually provide insight that represents the state of your body’s internal health and let you know where you need some help. Skin mapping divides the “facial landscape” into 14 different zones, each zone corresponding to a specific function of your body. If you break out in one of these zones, it can be traced back to some sort of imbalance in your body, and from there you’ll have an idea of where to better your physical health, which leads to improvement in your complexion.

What is your skin trying to tell you?

Zones 1 and 3: Left and right hemisphere of your forehead.

Breakouts on your forehead are connected to the bladder and digestive system, and likely mean your body is struggling to eliminate toxins. Breakouts in this area are usually derived from unhealthy food choices, excessive alcohol consumption, or lack of sleep. The good news is, this is a pretty easy fix. Start by drinking more water and eating more whole foods to help your body purge toxins, make better choices with food, get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, and eliminate or reduce alcohol consumption.

Zone 2: Middle of your forehead, between your eyebrows.

This zone is related to the liver, and again has to do the most with diet. Noticing a breakout in this area may indicate you have a food allergy or your body does not agree with something, like lactose intolerance. This could also be from excessive alcohol consumption, where as a result the liver is working extremely hard to filter out toxins. Lessening the consumption of rich foods, alcohol, and something you might have an intolerance or allergy to can help clear this right up.

Zones 4 and 10: Left and right ears.

Although most don’t frequently experience breakouts near their ears , this highly sensitive area indicates an issue with the kidneys. Feel your ears, are they hot, too? This may be a result of stress, also. To counteract this, cut down on any caffeine or alcohol and double up on water to help with kidney function.

 

 

Zones 5 and 9: Left and right cheeks.

Breakouts on your cheeks may suggest the underlying cause of respiratory issues. Those that smoke, have asthma, or find themselves in polluted air (those who frequent cities or spend a lot of time in traffic) may notice this issue. Breakouts in this area may also indicate a slow metabolism or low absorption of nutrients. You can improve these issues by exercising to promote better breathing, and by choosing options like vegetable juices for more nutrients. If your area has an issue with air pollution, try keeping plants that are known to clean the air inside your home. Also, a less serious issue may simply be that your face comes into contact with unclean things, like your phone or pillowcase. Try washing both of these items regularly.

Zones 6 and 8: Left and right eyes.

You may not necessarily notice breakouts in this area, but dark spots may be present. This is also related to the kidneys, and can indicate dehydration and poor elimination of toxins. Both of these issues can be resolved by increasing the amount of water you drink daily. Carry a water bottle with you so you won’t have an excuse to go without it!

Zone 7: Nose

Discoloration on your nose is connected to circulatory system function, like blood and heart issues. This could mean something like high blood pressure, or simply be mild rosacea. You can fight this by taking a vitamin B supplement, which will help to fight redness and skin congestion. Heart issues can come from bad circulation or high blood pressure, but both of these things can be helped by the introduction of exercise into your life, and by the addition of cayenne or garlic into your diet. Refrain from using any spices, avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and coffee.

Zones 11 and 13: Left and right jawline.

Breakouts in this area are usually connected to pre-menstrual symptoms in women that often line up with their cycle. Unfortunately these are harder to counteract as they are naturally occurring, but you can see your doctor to be put on or regulate medication.

Zone 12: Chin.

Chin breakouts indicate a hormonal imbalance, which also relates to your menstrual cycle. They  are also brought on by stress, which affects the hormones. Find ways to calm yourself, because it may be taking a physical toll on your body. Yoga and exercise may be a solution.

The chin area is also connected to the small intestine, so it’s possible that these breakouts are also caused by poor diet or possible food allergies. Foods that contain too much sugar or too much fat can cause breakouts, but you can add probiotics like yogurt into your diet to reduce them.

Zone 14: Neck.

Adrenal stress and hormonal imbalance can bring on breakouts in the neck area, sometimes even leaving your neck flushed. Avoid hormone-contaminated meat products and try to stay away from dairy.

Pay attention to what your skin is trying to tell you! Overall, what you put into your body and how you take care of it is reflected in the appearance of your skin, so do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, or else you’ll have to see the repercussions of it whenever you look in the mirror.