Look good and feel beautiful with advice from the experts.
As makeup artists, we know that looking your best can contribute to feeling your best. With the right products and simple techniques, you can look perfectly polished in no time. We love empowering women to embrace makeup as a tool to be confident and feel beautiful. Here is a simple guide to clean out your makeup bag, replace outdated products and help you put your best face forward!
In the warmer months, consider switching heavier foundations for something lighter like a tinted moisturizer or a mineral powder. BB creams are light and fresh, with great coverage, colour selection and SPF 35.
Your mascara should really be replaced every three to six months. After a few months of use, liquid beauty products can start to form bacteria and preservatives begin breaking down. Spring is the perfect time to try a new mascara and show off your flirty lashes.
Put your dark cherry lipstick and liner away. Spring is for reconnecting with bright colours and sheer finishes. Make sure to gently exfoliate your lips regularly to keep them soft and smooth. You can use a damp toothbrush or mix a teaspoon of brown sugar with enough coconut oil to form a paste for an all-natural and delicious scrub. Try a nourishing lip balm or gloss in a light peachy/pink/nude shade. Worn alone, just after exfoliation, a gloss infused with essential oils can nourish and protect your lips.
Smokey eyes and dark liner are a great way to define your eyes. Come spring, however, set aside your deep plums and blacks. Replace the dark shades for beautiful bronzes and gold to glow, glow, glow! Using a shimmery bronze liner and shadow with just a few coats of mascara is an easy way to brighten your face and accentuate your eyes.
Use a cream or powder highlighter to add a natural, J-Lo-worthy glow to your complexion. Make sure to look for a finish that is more gold than silver, as silver can sometimes look too white on the skin. Light, buttery gold and champagne shades are perfect. Follow with strategically placed highlighter at the inside corner of your eyes, along your check bone and brow bone.
Brighten up your blush. Adding a pop of peachy-pink to your cheeks will liven up your winter complexion. Make sure not to use too much at once. Apply sheer layers and build up slowly—you can always add more. Too much? A dusting of powder will take your blush back to a natural look.
Taking care of your beauty tools should be done year-round, but spring is an especially good time to give your brushes a deep clean. Technically, you should be washing your brushes every week or two, depending on product buildup.
We love using a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils in a glass jar of warm water and organic castile soap. It’s gentle on our brushes but gets them squeaky clean! Just soak your brushes for a minute, work in the cleanser, remove any product build up with your fingers and rinse clean. Also, make sure to lay your brushes flat to dry so the water doesn’t loosen the hairs and your brush can last through the seasons.
Valeria Nova and Lori Fabrizio are hair and makeup artists with a passion for unforgettable makeovers and making women feel gorgeous. With over 10 years professional experience, Val and Lori teamed up in 2010 to create Two Chicks and Some Lipstick to share their love of makeup with women who want to be confident and feel beautiful.