Foundation Matching

How do you know what foundation to buy? First you must understand there are many different types of foundation. Foundation is the single most important piece of makeup you can have. It evens out our skin tone and creates a pallet for the remainder of our makeup application. You could do the most amazing smokey eye but if your ruddy cheeks are still showing no one will even notice your eyes!

Foundation is available is powder, liquids and cream form. With powder being the lightest coverage to cream being the heaviest. First you must decide with amount of coverage you need. If you are a first time foundation user you will probably start out lighter. If you have skin areas needing coverage you may need heavier.

Test the shade of the foundation on the inner side of your wrist or on your jawline. The shade should blend in with your skin color and not leave a line. You will not want the shade to be darker or lighter as it will look like a mask rather than natural. Remember the shade will be dark or light, but will also have tone. You will need to match your tone as well. Cool or warm. Foundation bought “over the counter” is different from professional makeup. Over the counter foundation is usually a lighter consistency will less pigment. Professional foundation is usually more pigmented and can be custom blended. It is best to seek consultation from a licensed makeup artist or cosmetologist to match your foundation perfectly. Here’s to flawless skin!




What’s the big deal with brows?

Eyebrows frame the eye and can enhance ones appearance instantly. Ever notice a unibrow? Over tweezed brow? Or even someone that appears to have no brows? All of these brows can be corrected or altered to enhance the appearance of the person.

As a general rule of thumb, brows should begin straight up from the inner corner of the eye. The highest point or the arch should be directly above the iris of the eye. The brow should end at a 45 degree angle from the tip of nose to outer cornerFullSizeRender (1) of the eye. The shape of the brow itself is a personal preference. One should determine the shape of brow that best suits their face shape and eye shape. What do you want to emphasize, or draw attention to? For example, you may have close set eyes. Having your brows start further apart can give the illusion your eyes are farther apart. A heavy lidded eye can be given a “lift” by raising the arch. Wide set eyes can be made to appear closer by beginning the eyebrows closer together in the center.

Today there are numerous methods used to shape eyebrows. Gone are the days of the past, using seashells and crude abrasives to remove hair. Cold wax, hot wax,sugaring, threading are just a few common methods to remove hair. Should you have very light colored brows, you mayFullSizeRender.jpg choose to tint (color) your brows. A less permanent method would be to fill the brows with eye pencil or brow powders. They even have brow stencils with different shapes that make it very easy to get the perfect brow. A small angled brush is a must when filling the brows. Have curly or unruly brows? Eye brow gel or clear mascara can keep your brows in place. You could also get the brows straightened out with lash and brow perm!

Let’s face it, brows are big business these days. Women are embracing the brow bars around the globe. A professional salon stylist, make up artist or Esthetician is the best place to get help with shaping your brows. Men too should care for their brows. As men get older those brows can get out of control and take over the face! Your stylist or barber should offer to trim up unruly brows while you are getting your regular haircuts. Should your brows need more that just a trim you may want to seek advice of an Esthetician, possibly waxing will be needed.