Weekend getaway makeup essentials.

Weekend With summer coming to an end, you may be ready to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to enjoy a little rest and relaxation this holiday weekend.  Whether you’re traveling to the seaside, the countryside or even to the big city this Labor Day, these essentials will ensure that you look and feel your best all weekend.

One item I always need in my bag for a weekend away is a Hydration Spray.  No matter your skin type, there is a Hydration Spray that is especially designed for you.  For oily skin, try Balance.  It’s formulated to balance the skin’s oils and help fight acne with its Green Tea Leaf Extract.  If you’re headed to the beach, the Pomegranate Extract in POMMISST Hydration Spray will help boost the performance of your SPF and minimize UV damage, while White Tea Leaf and Rosemary Leaf Extracts protect and soothe the skin, making POMMISST a perfect choice for a post-beach spritz. For dry or sensitive skin, try D2O Hydration Spray.  The Ylang Ylang Flower Extract and Essential Oil of D2O balance skin’s oils and the Chamomile Flower Extract helps calm inflammation and minimize dryness, itchiness and sensitivity.  Each of these Hydration Sprays can also all be used to to apply eye shadow wet for a deeper hue by spritzing your eye shadow brush before applying or turn eye shadows into eyeliners by spritzing any eyeliner brush then applying your shadow of choice.  Plus, they are all TSA approved, so you can carry them in your bag on your next flight (they are also great for a mid-flight refresher).

Continue reading

Fall 2015 makeup: ready to wear runway trends.

Summer is coming to an end, and if you’re located in most parts of the country you’re probably begining to feel the coolness of fall approaching. Every trip I take to the grocery store these days (and I’m there a lot) greets me with the unique smell of cinnamon, back to school has been in full swing and I’m even been looking forward to pulling out my favorite pair of boots. All of these signs tell me it’s time for a seasonal makeup refresh.

Spotted at Fashion Week this past spring were a number of new trends for fall, and some oldies but goodies. Elle Magazine did a lovely job of gathering all of these unique runway looks into one place. We took a few of our favorites and recreated them to be worn by you, even if you aren’t a fashion model. Whether you’re heading out for a night on the town, working in the office or picking pumpkins with your family, we hope these three looks inspire you to play with your makeup and step outside of the box this season. Click the images below to try our looks on in the jane iredale makeover room!

Easy Smoky Eye

This look is a colorful twist to the traditonal smoky eye and can be applied in less than five minutes. This is a great go-to look for a night out this fall.

  1. Easy Smoky EyesStart by applying Liquid Minerals in your shade. You can apply using the Blending Brush or Foundation Brush.
  2. Apply So-Bronze 1 along your hair line, slighly onto your cheek bones and along your jaw line.
  3. Apply Whisper PurePressed Blush to your cheeks using the White Fan Brush.
  4. Line your top lash line thickly using Malchite Mystikol. Then line your bottom lash line, inner corner of your eye and bottom water line also using the Malachite Mystikol. Continue reading

Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener and NEW Smooth Affair for Oily Skin

IMC_SmoothAffair-GroupWithSwatch-RT2-LR copyIf you’ve tried our Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, you know how truly amazing it is. Smooth Affair is a skin-quenching primer that prepares your skin so that makeup goes on more easily and lasts longer. The green and white tea leaf extracts help promote anti-aging benefits and work to soothe and calm the skin, while the apple extract works as a skin-smoothing antioxidant that helps maintain the skin’s youthful elasticity. The grapefruit extract promotes luminosity and radiance. All of the amazing ingredients work together to smooth, brighten and nourish your skin while minimizing pores and visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

It’s no wonder that Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener won the ALLURE Best of Beauty Award in 2014 and has become one of our top selling products. However, we heard feedback that it wasn’t always the best primer for oily skin, and we love hearing your feedback and helping to create better makeup solutions that work for you, which is why we’re so excited to introduce the all NEW Smooth Affair for Oily Skin in addition to the original Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener.

Smooth Affair for Oily Skin uses revolutionary PoreAway technology along with state-of-the-art mineral science that visibly reduces shine and the appearance of pores to create an ideal makeup canvas. The titanium dioxides and iron oxides color spheres are color capsules that adjust to your skins color. Like the original, Smooth Affair for Oily Skin contains grapefruit extract to promote your skins natural radiance and luminosity and apple extract as a skin-smoothing antioxidant to help maintain skin’s youthful elasticity. Together the ingredients help to create a smooth, matte finish for an even skin tone without any added oiliness to your skin.

What primer will you try?

Back to school makeup tips from our Global Educators

It’s almost that time of year, time to head back to school! Here are a few tips from our Global Educators to help boost your makeup knowledge. We hope they inspire you to try something new!

07-29-15-MystikolEyeFor a five minute smoky eye, draw a heavy line of Mystikol Eyeliner on your lash line and then smoke it out with an eye shadow brush of your choice. Using the same color end of Mystikol, line your water line (the bottom inner rim) then highlight your brow bone and inner corner of your eye with the highlighter end of Mystikol. -Hannah

 

 

07-29-15-IlluminatedSkinTo achieve a mesmerizing glow, apply In Tough Highlighter to your cheek bones, bridge of your nose, cupids bow, forehead and chin. These are all the places the light naturally bounces of your face and will look effortlessly radiant. -Edgar

 

 

 

 

07-29-15-GoldenShimmerIlluminate your skin by applying Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion to your throat, décolleté and cheeks using your fingertips. Get creative by mixing it with your primer, liquid foundation or your choice of moisturizer to create overall luminosity on your skin. -Shawn

 

 

 

passionFor a long lasting matte red lip apply Passion Lip Fixation on a clean lip and let it fully dry, once dry apply a second coat. For a quick blush look, dab three dots on the cheek and blend with finger tips. This works perfectly after a long plane ride, because a red lip is always on trend! – Natalie

Pretty glosses and cold drinks for hot summer days.

There’s nothing more refreshing during the summer than a cool drink on a hot day, pair it with your favorite lippy and you’ve got an extra special treat. We’ve taken two of our favorite glosses inspired by delicious summer beverages and created makeup looks to suit any skin tone and summer event. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on these gorgeous makeup looks and recipes for their yummy drinks. Try both and let us know what you think!

Peach Bellini

  1. 07-07-15-BelliniPost-FFor this sultry makeup look, start by applying the foundation of your choice.
  2. Using the doe foot applicator, apply Brown Silk Eye Shere on your entire eyelid and in crease.
  3. Using the Chisel Shader Brush, gently pat Bronze 24-Karat Gold Dust over the Eye Shere on your eyelid and in your crease.
  4. Line your top lash line and outer ¾ of your bottom lash line with Dark Topaz Mystikol, for a thinner line use the Angle Definer Brush.
  5. Apply PureLash Extender & Conditioner followed by 3-4 coats of Espresso Longest Lash Mascara to your lashes.
  6. Using the White Fan Brush, apply Whisper PurePressed Blush to your cheeks.
  7. To finish your look, apply Just Kissed Forever Peach on your lips followed by Bellini PureGloss Lip Gloss. Click the picture to try this look on in our makeover room.

Continue reading

Three of our favorite summer makeup looks.

Summer is the season where more is often less when it comes to your makeup, except where sun protection is concerned! Here are three of our favorite summer makeup looks, straight from the runways, to help inspire you this season. Each look will also keep you covered with SPF products that protect, nourish and keep your skin looking beautiful!

Bronze and sunkissed

bronze and sunkissed fYou can achieve the bronze and sunkissed look without the harmful rays. Start by applying your shade of Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder with SPF 20 using the Refill-Me Refillable Brush. Use Citrine Mystikol as a shadow, liner and highlighter on your eyes. Apply the deeper shade of So-Bronze 3 along your hairline, below your cheek bones and along your jaw line and the shimmery peach shade on the apples of your cheeks and the bridge of your nose using the White Fan Brush. Finish your look with Iced Mocha PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Continue reading

A colorful and simple makeup look for Memorial Day

We love this colorful makeup look to celebrate Memorial Day. Keep reading for steps on how to recreate it and click the picture to try it on in our makeover room.

Memorial Day Makeup Look

  1. Start by applying Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer using your fingertips or the Blending Brush. For extra sun protection apply Powder-Me SPF SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen on top.
  2. Using your fingertips apply Clarity In Touch Cream Blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  3. Apply Sunbeam Quad Bronzer along your hairline, top of your cheek bones, jaw line and bridge of your nose using the White Fan Brush. When applying bronzer always keep in mind where the sun would naturally give you a bronzed look and apply just to those places to get the most natural finish.
  4. Line your top lash line with Lapis Lazuli Mystikol and wing out slightly. Also line the outer 3/4 of your bottom lash line.
  5. Using the highlighter end of Lapis Lazuli Mystikol highlight the inner corner of your eye.
  6. Apply PureLash Extender & Conditioner followed by Navy PureLash Lengthening Mascara.
  7. Line and fill in your lips with the Crimson Lip Pencil.
  8. Apply the stain end of Passion Lip Fixation, let dry 30-40 seconds then apply the gloss end.

To keep your skin glowing during the holiday weekend try applying Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer and Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. Don’t forget to protect with Powder-Me SPF!

Ten ways to shimmer this summer

JessePhone Golden resize

Back by popular demand this summer is our Limited Edition Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. Golden Shimmer creates a subtle veil of shimmer designed to warm and smooth your complexion. It can be worn alone or paired with your favorite makeup. The natural formula rejuvenates and hydrates with botanical extracts, so it is gentle enough to be used on the face or body. It leaves skin soft and hydrated and is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, safety tested and dermatologist tested.

While Golden Shimmer is gorgeous just by applying it to your face or body our education team loves it for so much more! Keep reading for ten unique ways to use Golden Shimmer this summer, from our educators.

Continue reading

Flaunt your skin and stay protected with these SPF tips

jane 1The temperature’s rising; the days are longer; the clothes are fewer — here comes summer, and here comes the sun! Most of us have been waiting impatiently to feel the warmth on our skin, but along with the warmth come invisible rays that age our skin faster than anything else you can think of, namely ultraviolet A and B. So what is the most effective anti-aging product you can wear? Sunscreen! Make it a year-round beauty staple but be even more devoted to it in the summer months.

Sunscreen comes in all shapes and sizes and only one of its purposes is to protect us from burning. It has a lot of other benefits, too. If worn and applied correctly, sunscreen can prevent wrinkles, brown spots, damage to elastin and Collagen (the skin’s mattress), Actinic Keratosis (those pesky dry lumps that never go away), Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas and the most deadly of all, Melanoma.

lovely red woman lips isolated on whiteBut what is the best sunscreen for you when there is so much to choose from? First of all, let’s look at the language of sunscreens. What does SPF (Sun Protection Factor) really mean? SPF measures the amount of protection you get from UVB rays only. These are the shorter rays that penetrate the top layer of the skin and cause it to burn or tan. (A tan is the sign of a body’s protection response after the damage has been done.) The number that you see following SPF is a personal indication of how long you can stay in the sun before your skin will begin to burn. In other words, it’s a multiple of the SPF number. If it takes ten minutes for you to burn and you’re applying an SPF 10, you will burn in 10 x 10 minutes – one hundred minutes as opposed to ten. Remember, that you must apply properly and frequently to get the optimal result. Most people apply too little sunscreen to get this kind of protection.

Does this mean that you should look for the highest SPF you can find because an SPF 30 doubles the protection of an SPF 15? I wish it were that simple. It doesn’t mean that at all. In fact, an SPF 15 already protects from 93% of the UVB spectrum. An SPF 30 only increases protection by 4% and an SPF 50 by 5%. There is no such thing as 100% protection. So sometimes, you will want to weigh the percentage of increased protection you get against the amount of extra chemicals that have to be put in the formula in order to reach the higher SPF – chemicals that are designed to be absorbed into the skin, the body’s largest organ.

If UVB is the burning ray, what is UVA? Well, that’s the aging ray. This is the ray that goes deeper into the skin and damages our DNA leading to wrinkles and skin cancers. Until recently, sunscreens were not required to protect from UVA damage, now they are. Look for the words “broad spectrum.” This means that your sunscreen will give you protection from both forms of ultraviolet rays. It’s easy to remember which is which. UVA = aging ray and UVB = burning ray.

powder me, golden shimmer and lip drink

What’s the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens? Chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays and change them into something else – usually heat. So they create heat on the skin, which equates to inflammation. Prolonged inflammation creates premature aging – not an ideal skin situation. In extreme cases, you can actually get a heat burn from chemical sunscreens. Common chemical sunscreen ingredients are: Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Actisalate and Octinoxate. Physical sunscreens are particles that stay on the top of the skin acting like hundreds of thousands of tiny mirrors reflecting and refracting the sun’s rays. There are only two ingredients that do this, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Both of them give broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection with water resistance. Both of them help to calm redness and irritation.

When choosing the correct sunscreen it is also important to know if it is approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). The SCF guarantees that a sunscreen product meets the highest standards for safety and effectiveness. The SCF Seal of Recommendation is granted to sun protection products that have been reviewed and meet the specific criteria of an independent photobiology committee. The seal is a symbol of safe and effective sun protection that is recognized worldwide.

jane iredale has seven physical sunscreen products that have earned The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval: PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20Amazing Base® Loose Mineral Powder SPF 20Dream Tint® Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15Glow Time® Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream SPF 25, Powder-Me SPF® Dry Sunscreen SPF 30LipDrink® Lip Balm SPF 15 and HandDrink™ Hand Cream SPF 15. Flaunt your beautiful skin and stay protected!