Step by Step Makeup for Day and Evening

Yesterday we were part of an event hosted by KVO Collections which featured women owned businesses for an afternoon of food, fun, shopping and beauty.

Our very own Dee spent the afternoon transforming ladies at the event from plain (yet beautiful!) to wow with her simple steps for easy daytime makeup (and then her steps to go into evening!).

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Here are Dee’s steps for a gorgeous daytime look:

  • Apply concealer to tone down redness and hide any imperfections. Remember to blend, blend blend!
  • Apply foundation in a light downward direction (in the direction of the tiny little hairs each of us has on our face) with a dry makeup sponge. Using a sponge allows for more natural looking coverage, allows for better blending and a softer look in general.
Makeup sponges are a must for perfectly blended foundation!
  • Now go back over some areas with concealer, such as the inner eye area and under the eye.
  • Take a neutral shadow highlighter and blend under the brow bone.
  • Define brows with a pencil or powder.  Fill in sparse areas and define the arch of the brow to really frame the face and make your eyes pop!
Dee works her magic on Caroline, one of her eyelash extension clients (we love these lashes!!) — Here Dee is defining her brows with a pencil a bit darker than her own natural brow.
  • Use a dark shadow (Dee used a dark gray here) in the crease.  This is especially important for deep set eyes to pull the eye forward.  Blend the darker shadow a bit above the crease for deep set eyes.
Dee’s color arsenal filled with stunning shades for lips and eyes!
Not sure what color shadow is best for your coloring? Ask Dee! She can steer you in the right direction so the shadow you use will make your peepers pop!
  • Next, use a liner inside the waterline on lower lid.  Dee used a dark blue/gray liner to bring out Caroline’s beautiful teal blue/gray eyes.
  • Define the lip line to prevent lipstick from bleeding with a lip liner in a color close to the lipstick you will use.
  • Fill in lips with lipstick.  Here, Dee used a matte fuchsia colored lipstick on Caroline.  Dark colors are big for fall 2016 — ranging from reds to burgundy to deep fuchsia!
  • Dee finishes off the look with a bit of bronzer for an all over glow, and then a sweep of blush in hibiscus to give some beautiful color to her cheeks.
  • No need for mascara, as Caroline has eyelash extensions so she can skip that step!  (No extensions?  curl lashes and apply mascara, allowing to dry between coats).
Beautiful Caroline, ready for the day in just a few minutes! Who says gorgeous has to take a lot of time?!

There is your perfect daytime look, done with a light hand, and taking little time!  Now you can head off to the office or out for a day running errands with the kids!  Want to transform this daytime look to night time?  Here are Dee’s tips for going from day to evening in a snap! 

  • Don’t take off your daytime makeup!  That’s correct, you heard right!  Makeup over makeup actually looks better, as it blends with your natural oils. And not only does it blend better but it also gives you that dewy look we are all after!
  • To refresh existing makeup, gently blot a toner (on a cotton ball) on your face.  Dee uses Rosewater Mineral Toner by Skincare Essential (available in the salon) to refresh the base.
  • Re-apply dark shadow in crease.
  • Add a liquid or pencil liner from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner.  Keep the line thin at the inner corner and gradually allow it to get thicker towards the outer corner.  This will give you that sexy cat eye look.
  • Re-apply liner inside waterline on lower lid.
  • Add more mascara or individual false lashes (if you don’t have eyelash extensions) for extra drama.
  • Next, take a shimmer stick  (which are really hot right now) and sweep on top of cheekbones for that JLo look!  We have three available – one in champagne shimmer, icy mauve shimmer or bronze shimmer.
  • Evening is the perfect time to “play” with your makeup.  Add a shimmery shadow for some sparkle.  Teal, blue, champagne, green, purple shimmer shadows add the “wow factor” to your look!
  • Eyes aren’t the only place to add some sparkle!  Lips in matte plum or purple look beautiful when a shimmer gloss is added to the middle of the upper and lower lip!

Want a makeup lesson with our makeup pro, Dee?  Schedule a one hour session and get ready for the compliments!  Let Dee teach you one-on-one!  1 hour makeup lesson – $110.


How to Get Beachy Waves

As the warmer weather approaches it can be a bit more difficult to keep hair from frizzing or holding a style in the humidity.  Lucky us that the slightly messy beach waves we’ve been seeing on major celebs (Julianne Hough, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Alba, just to name a few!) is so hot this season!  You may think it is too difficult to master yourself but with the right products and one of these techniques, you’ll be looking like a Southern California beach babe in no time!  Here is how to get beachy waves yourself!

Happy good hair day!  xo

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  1.  After shampooing and conditioning, towel dry hair and apply a sea salt spray
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We love this one by KMS California

2.  Blow dry hair upside down to create volume and scrunch hair as you dry it.  Once it’s almost dry, flip hair back.

3.  You can add more waves by twirling hair back in sections and drying them a section at a time.  Let the section go once you give it a blast of cool air.

4.  For even more curl,  use a curling iron and curl each section wrapping hair around wand from the middle down and holding the bottom couple inches out of hair out of the wand.  Let waves cool completely before separating into pieces

5.  Use a Messing Cream to give that 2nd day messy hair look which is the signature of any beach wave gal!  Take a little in your hands and work through, gently scrunching to give a tousled look.  Don’t brush or comb but simply separate waves for that “piecy” look!

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Add texture and a sexy slept in look with KMS Messing Cream.

6.  Spray with a light hairspray to hold and you’re off!

P.S.  Long hair?  Braid while damp and sleep on your tresses.  Gently undo braids in the morning, separating and defining with Messing Cream.