How to Stay Matte for Every Occassion

Oily skin is often a challenge in the summer months. We spoke with our Global Makeup Educators Edgar Dominguez, Hannah Hatcher, Shawn Towne and Tricia Campbell, to get tips on how to stay perfectly matte and oil-free whether you’re at work or heading to a wedding.

How to stay matte all day

According to our Global Makeup Educators, there are three steps to an all-day matte finish.

  1. smooth affair oil control primer, mattifying primerStart with a good base. If you have oily skin, we suggest using Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer. It contains a revolutionary PoreAway technology that helps reduce shine, the appearance of pores and clogged pores, and create a smooth matte finish.
  2. Apply your foundation and makeup as usual; Hannah suggests using “a lightweight matte foundation like Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer to help cut down on oily shine and to help keep you matte all day.”
  3. Finish your look with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder or PureMatte Finish Powder. They both contain Rice Starch to soothe skin, absorb oil and eliminate shine. If you need a boost throughout the day spritz Balance Hydration Spray on your face; it’s formulated specifically to help balance skin’s oil production and pH.

How to stay matte at the beach

beyond matte HD mattifying powderIf you’re heading to the beach or doing any activity where you’re likely to sweat, Edgar recommends increasing the oil-control power by using Beyond Matte HD Mattifying Powder. “It contains an ingredient called acrylates crosspolymer, which is amazing for oil absorbing,” he says. “Having that special water-resistant ingredient also makes it the perfect summer product, especially in the hottest most humid climates.”

How to stay matte at a wedding or party

absence oil control primerIf you’re attending a wedding or any special event where you’ll be in front of the camera, our Global Educators have two suggestions – Beyond Matte and Absence Oil Control Primer. “Beyond Matte is better for people with especially oily skin or for special occasions when you really want your skin to look matte for longer periods of time,” says Shawn. “The proprietary technology in the formula helps control shine for hours and minimize the appearance of texture. It literally makes the skin look smoother.” For brides, our Global Educators suggest using Absence as a primer because it keeps your makeup color true all day and contains Kelp Extract and Hydrated Silica, which holds up to seven times its molecular weight in moisture, to balance and absorb excess oil.

How to stay matte without makeup

Oil control is not just something that should be managed on the surface. “You have to work from the inside out,” says Tricia. She suggests combining a daily supplement of Skin Accumax with a good overall skincare regimen and lots of water – often times, oily skin can be a reaction to dehydration.

What are some of your favorite products for a velvety matte finish? Share them with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale and #OilySkinSolution.

5 Tips for Applying Powder Sunscreen

chemical-free sunscreen, powder sunscreen, SPF 30Applying dry sunscreen can be a mystery to some people, and you aren’t alone in wondering “what’s the easiest way to apply powder sunscreen?” Our Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen is a physical sunscreen that contains broad spectrum SPF 30, is water resistant for up to 40 minutes, and can be easily applied in a variety of ways depending on your preference.

Here are five simple ways to apply Powder-Me SPF to your face, body and scalp.

Use the built-in applicator. Apply your Powder-Me SPF by using the applicator to dot the powder on your skin, overlapping dots to completely cover the exposed area. Then, blend the dots for optimal coverage.

Use a brush.  For a quicker way to apply the sunscreen, remove the applicator top of your Powder-Me SPF and use a Kabuki Brush or the Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush instead. Make sure to apply the powder so it completely covers all areas that are exposed to the sun.

Add SPF to your moisturizer. Create your own 2-in-1 product by adding Powder-Me SPF to your BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer or a body lotion of your choice.

Create your own shimmer sunscreen. If you’re looking for a little extra shimmer with your sun protection, combine Powder-Me SPF with 24-Karat Gold Dust or Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. It will give you the perfect radiant glow for your next music festival or sunset wedding.

Apply sunscreen to your roots. Pour Powder-Me SPF into the Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush and use it to apply the sunscreen directly to your roots. This will prevent your hair from getting too oily with sun lotion while still giving your scalp much needed sun protection!

Now that we’ve shared our tips, tell us your favorite Powder-Me SPF tricks on Instagram using #PureProtect @janeiredale. 

3 Easy Music Festival Makeup Ideas

Music festival season is in full swing, so channel your inner flower child, country queen or rock star with the perfect summer music festival makeup look. When spending the day (and sometimes night) dancing to your favorite songs, you want to protect your skin from harsh UVA/UVB rays while looking naturally radiant. These three makeup looks show you how to enhance your natural beauty, celebrate your favorite music genre, and keep your skin protected with only seven products.

 Indie Music Festival Makeup

  1. Indie Music Festival MakeuoStart by applying PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation with The Handi Brush; it contains broad spectrum SPF 20 and will help block harmful rays.
  2. Set your foundation by spritzing POMMISST Hydration Spray on your face; the antioxidant-rich spray will give you an added layer of protection from free radicals.
  3. Swirl the Dome Brush in all four colors of the Rose Dawn Bronzer and apply the bronzer in the shape of a 3 to your temples, cheekbones and jawline.
  4. Use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade of the Rose Dawn Bronzer to your eyelid, brow bone and inner eye.
  5. Using the same brush, apply the second lightest shade to your crease.
  6. Mix the darker two shades with your brush and apply it to the outer corner of your eye.
  7. Using the Bent Liner Brush, line your top lash line with Espresso Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner.
  8. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner to your top and bottom eye lashes.
  9. Apply Brown Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara on the top and bottom.
  10. Define your eye brows by applying PureBrow Brow Gel in short upward motions.
  11. Finish your look and protect your lips with Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15 for a hint of pink.

 Country Music Festival Makeup

  1. Country Music Festival MakeupApply PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation with the Handi Brush.
  2. Set your foundation with a spritz of POMMISST Hydration Spray.
  3. Apply Rose Dawn Bronzer using the Dome Brush in the shape of a 3 to your temples, cheekbones and jawline.
  4. Use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the second lightest shade of the Rose Dawn Bronzer to your eyelid.
  5. Use the same brush highlight your brow bone and inner eye with the lightest shade.
  6. Mix the darker two shades and blend them into your crease and outer corner with the Eye Contour Brush.
  7. Using the Bent Liner Brush, line your top lash line with Black Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, starting at the inner corner and extending outward in a wing.
  8. Line your bottom eye lid from inner corner to outer corner using the same brush; make sure to also line the inner rim of your bottom lid.
  9. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner.
  10. Apply Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your top lashes only.
  11. Define your eye brows by applying Brow Gel in short upward motions.
  12. Finish with Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15.

 Rock Music Festival Makeup

  1. Rock Music Festival MakeupApply PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation with the Handi Brush.
  2. Set your foundation with a spritz of POMMISST Hydration Spray.
  3. Apply Rose Dawn Bronzer in the shape of a 3 to your temples, cheekbones and jawline.
  4. Use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade of the Rose Bronzer to your eyelid, brow bone and inner eye.
  5. Blend the darkest shade into your crease and outer corner with the Eye Contour Brush.
  6. Use the Bent Liner Brush to line your top lash line with Black Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, starting at the inner corner and extending outward.
  7. Line your bottom eye lid and inner corner, using the same brush to create a reverse cat eye effect.
  8. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner.
  9. Apply Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your top lashes only.
  10. Define your eye brows by applying Brow Gel in short upward motions.
  11. Finish with Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15.

Are you heading to a music festival this summer? Share your makeup looks with us on Instagram. Tag #friendfavorite and @janeiredale.

On-the-Glow Makeup for Summer

Summer is almost here, and that means two things: glowing bronze skin and soft, supple lips. With our The Good Glow 2016 Summer Collection, you’ll be armed with everything you need to create radiant makeup looks without the rays.

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We know you love to glow on-the-go with our Quad Bronzers, so we redesigned them for improved portability! You’ll find the same great shades you know and love (Rose Dawn, Sunbeam and Moonglow), with a gorgeous new look!

The four shades on each bronzer can be mixed and matched and applied all over the face or on your cheeks, eyes and even your lips. Here are a few tips on how to apply bronzer for different looks in seconds:

  • For an all over glow: Swirl The Handi Brush across all four shades of Rose Dawn or Sunbeam and lightly apply to your face as you would a foundation. This will give you that ‘day at the beach’ look.
  • Sunbeam, Rose Dawn and Moonglow Quad BronzersFor a contoured look: If you want to accentuate your cheekbones, swirl the Dome Brush across all four shades of Sunbeam and apply the bronzer to the parts of your face the sun would naturally hit: the top of your forehead near your temples, your cheekbones and your jawline.
  • For shimmery eyes: You can also use Moonglow Bronzer as an eye shadow for a hint of glow. First, use the Deluxe Shader Brush to apply one of the lighter shades from the lid of your eye up to your brown bone. Then, using the same brush, add one of the darker shades to the crease and the outer corner of your eye.

For more bronzer tips, watch this video.

Flirt Lip Drink Lip Balm with SPF 15, SPF lip balm, lip balm swatchThis month, we’re also adding a new LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15 shade – introducing Flirt, a peachy-pink shade perfect for summer. Whether you’re getting ready for a family barbecue or heading to the beach, Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15 with give your lips the perfect hint of peachy-pink with the added bonus of UVA/UVB sun protection.

Show us how you glow on-the-go on Instagram. Tag @janeiredale #thegoodglow.

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen – What’s the Difference?

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Choosing a sunscreen can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider (SPF, formulation, application, etc.) that it’s easy to give up and just pick the first one you see. One of the most confusing elements of the process is deciding whether to buy a physical sunscreen or a chemical one.

If you’re uncertain whether you want to transition from a chemical sunscreen to a physical one, here are some points of difference to help you choose which type of sunscreen is best for you.

  Physical Sunscreen

  • Contains physical sun blockers; active mineral ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
  • Provides chemical-free broad spectrum coverage (protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
  • Remains on the surface of your skin.
  • Acts like tiny mirrors reflecting, refracting and absorbing rays.
  • Begins working as soon as you apply.
  • Less likely to cause irritation on your skin.
  • Is available in a range of SPF levels and can be very water-resistant.

 Chemical Sunscreen

  • Contains organic (carbon-based) chemical compounds.
  • Provides broad spectrum coverage by combining multiple ingredients; zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide are also used in some formulas.
  • Works by penetrating your skin’s surface.
  • Absorbs the sun’s rays into the ingredients like a sponge.
  • Requires approximately 20 minutes to fully sink into your skin.
  • Increased likelihood of skin irritation due to the combination of ingredients.
  • Is available in a range of SPF levels and can be very water-resistant.

Are you ready to try a chemical-free sunscreen? Look no further because jane iredale has seven physical sunscreens 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.

Want to learn more about sunscreen? Click here to see important facts about SPF and sun exposure.

Rose Makeup Inspiration for Spring

Like the flower, rose-colored makeup adds a touch of elegance to any look and occasion. You can create a subtle, petal-inspired look with pink and lavender tones for a casual weekend event or a night out with friends. For a bolder look, up the flower power by pairing rose-tinted lips and cheeks with beautiful earth tones on your eyes. See below for two soft and elegant looks using our rose inspired shades and try them on virtually in our makeover room by clicking the model’s picture.

Rose inspired weekend makeup

  1. natural rose pink makeup, lavender eye makeupStart by applying your favorite foundation.
  2. Apply Dusk PurePressed Eye Shadow on your entire eyelid using the Eye Shader Brush.
  3. Using the Bent Liner Brush, line your top lash line with Espresso Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, starting at the inner corner and extending outward in a slight wing.
  4. Line the inner corner of your eyes with White Eye Pencil to help brighten your eye.
  5. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner.
  6. Apply Agate Brown PureLash Mascara to your top lashes only.
  7. Using the White Fan Brush, apply Barely Rose PurePressed Blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  8. Line and fill in your lips with Lip Definer in Rose.
  9. Lightly apply Rose PureMoist LipStick on top of the lip liner.
  10. Finish with Candied Rose PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Rose inspired evening makeup

  1. bold rose makeup look with khaki green eye shadowStart by applying your favorite foundation.
  2. Apply the medium shade of Khaki Kraze PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple on your entire eyelid, using the Eye Shader Brush.
  3. Using the same brush, apply the lightest shade in the triple to the brow bone and inner corner of your eye.
  4. Still using the Eye Shader Brush, add the darkest shade of the triple to your outer corner and crease.
  5. Line your top and bottom lash line with the dark side of Dark Topaz Mystikol.
  6. Use the highlighter on the Dark Topaz Mystikol to line your inner rim.
  7. Apply Ice Black Longest Lash Mascara to your top lashes.
  8. Using the White Fan Brush, apply Barely Rose PurePressed Blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  9. Apply Rose PureMoist LipStick on top of the lip liner.
  10. Finish with Candied Rose PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Which rosy look do you love best? Visit our makeover room here to try on these looks and create your own! Then, share them with us on Instagram @janeiredale #friendfavorites.

How to Shape and Define Your Brows Like a Pro

Eyebrows have come center stage in the world of makeup; a full, defined brow is in demand more than ever.  Perfectly groomed brows frame the face, and if done correctly, can act as an instant eye-lift.  They set up your eye area making any eye shadow, liner and or mascara pop and ensuring your eyes become the focal point.  To achieve your perfect eye brows, follow these quick steps.

First things first, put down and step away from the tweezers.  Over tweezing leads to overly thin and misshapen brows, which require more work on your end to make them full and beautiful again.  If any tweezing will take place it should occur at the end of grooming your brows to clean up excess hair.  Remember, we tweeze our brows, we do not pluck them.

How to Shape Your Eyebrows

Brow shape is unique to everyone’s face.  Eyebrows are not a one size fits all situation; what looks stunning on your best friend or favorite celebrity, may not be the best shape for you.  Here are three steps to help you find the most perfect brow shape for your face:

  1. how to shape eyebrow, eyebrow shaping chartTo find out where your brow should begin (point A), align the flat edge of a straight makeup brush to the outside of your nose/inner corner of your eye.
  2. Your true arch (point B) is found by taking your brush and laying it diagonally from your nostril to the outside edge of your iris.
  3. Determine where your brow should end (point C) by using your brush to create a line from the outside corner of your nose diagonally to the outside corner of your eye.

How to Define Your Eyebrows

GreatShapes Eyebrow Kit in Blonde

  1. Once the brow shape is determined, brush the hairs up using a little bit of Clear PureBrow Brow Fix Gel to show you what is going on with your brows, where you need to fill, and so on.
  2. Fill in any gaps and define your brows with the GreatShape Eyebrow Kit. Use small upwards strokes with the angle brow brush included in the eyebrow makeup kit to create lift and the illusion of natural hair.
  3. Seal your work with eyebrow gel to keep everything in place.
  4. Once your perfectly groomed brows are filled in, you can tweeze away whatever is left over.  This way you don’t risk over tweezing!

Share your beautiful brow looks with us on Instagram! Tag @janeiredale #mybeautifulbrows.

Combating problem and acne skin, naturally.

Two years ago, we began carrying a nutritional supplement called Skin Accumax.  Since then we’ve seen women and men with acne have life-changing experiences.  People who’ve struggled with acne for years are now free of the beast.

Katie accumaxAcne is caused by a number of different conditions.  It can range from the occasional breakout to full-blown cystic acne.  No matter what its degree, it causes physical and emotional pain.  There are all kinds of topical products that can have a positive effect but more and more I’ve come to realize that tackling the problem from the inside has substantially more dramatic and long-term effects.  In fact, I believe we can improve all skin types, with or without acne, by nurturing the skin from the inside with the right supplement.

How can a nutritional supplement like Skin Accumax have such profound effects?

It’s all about feeding the skin.  Although it is our body’s largest organ, it’s also the last to get the nutrition we ingest every day because the body, in its wisdom, feeds the essential organs first – the heart, the kidneys, the liver and the lungs, for example.  The skin gets what’s left over.  But Skin Accumax is exceptional because it targets the skin.  It isn’t a drug; it’s nutrition so it takes time to work.  We recommend four tablets a day (two in the morning and two at night) for at least 14 weeks before you see optimum results.  But your patience will be rewarded with vibrant, healthy skin.

02-15-16-BeautyPrepThe next step is to cleanse and hydrate the skin.  In other words fortify it for the assaults to come  – pollution, heat, cold, lack of sleep.  Our BeautyPrep line makes this easy and efficient.  With its cleansing water, its pH adjusted toner and stem cell moisturizer, it’s all you need to continue the work of Skin Accumax.  Here is my routine.  At night I use my Magic Mitt to remove makeup and all the environmental pollutants my skin has collected throughout the day.  Its micro fiber just uses water to lift and expel the debris so I don’t strip my skin of its beneficial acid mantel.  (The acid mantel protects the skin from invasive bacteria).  Then I soak a cotton ball with BeautyPrep Cleanser to take off any residue.  Since the cleanser is full of liposomes that hydrate the skin, the cleanser doesn’t have to be rinsed off.  If my skin feels moist enough, I don’t do anything else.  If it still feels as if it could take more moisture, I use some BeautyPrep Moisturizer.  Its Eye Bright ingredient is especially beneficial around the eyes.

In the morning, I use the Magic Mitt in the shower and then soak a cotton ball with BeautyPrep Toner.  I feel that it wakes my skin up and prepares it for BeautyPrep moisturizer as well as tightening my pores.  You really can’t hydrate the skin enough and our moisturizer does that without leaving a sticky residue.  So much over-oil production is caused because the skin is actually dehydrated.  Producing oil is the only way for the skin to hydrate itself.  So now the skin is fortified.  What’s next?

Well, the finish, of course.  Especially while you’re waiting for your skin to clear, you will need coverage.  This is where makeup can make or break you.  Yes, it can block your pores and make things worse so it’s important to look for that magic phrase “non comedogenic.”  Our Disappear concealer has been especially designed not only to cover blemishes but to help the condition.  It has green tea extract in it which has been shown at levels of 3% to have measurable effects on blemishes. Cover any redness with Disappear and then apply one of our mineral bases.

IMC-StarterKit-MediumDark-500x500We make it easy for you to find the right base by using one of our Starter Kits that contains all the products you need to introduce you to the essentials of our line.

So that’s it – Feed, Fortify and Finish.  Our answer to sending you on your way to a blemish-free, healthy, vibrant skin.  Feed it with Skin Accumax; fortify it with Beauty Prep and finish it with Disappear and our Starter Kit.  The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin!

How to clean your makeup brushes

brushesWhy clean your makeup brushes? There are four big reasons for doing so.

  1. Cleaning your makeup brushes improves performance.
  2. Cleaning your makeup brushes prevents bacteria, oil buildup and transfer.
  3. Cleaning them will extend the life of your makeup brushes.Brushes are a big investment, so we should be doing our best to protect them.

Optimally, we should wash our brushes once a week; I think I speak for most of us when I say that usually doesn’t happen. A realistic goal is to wash your brushes at least once a month. Here are the steps of how to clean your makeup brushes.

How to Clean Your Brushes

  1. truly pureUse warm water to saturate the brush hairs only. Be sure not to soak your brush as this will ruin it.
  2. Place a pea-sized amount of Truly Pure Shampoo & Conditioner, or any mild shampoo, into the palm of your hand and massage the cleanser into the hair. Do this until the cleanser has been completely dispersed among the brush hairs.
  3. Rinse the brush thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  4. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Create a ring with your index finger and thumb and pull the brush through the fingers while applying gentle pressure to remove excess water and maintain the brushes shape.
  6. Place on a towel and lay flat to dry. Never dry your brush in an upright position as this will loosen the glue that binds the brushes and lead to hair loss.

Never place your brushes in a sterilizer because it will permanently damage it.

Makeup looks inspired by Pantone’s Colors of the Year

Each year Pantone chooses a color to reflect that culture and mood of the world we live in. In 2016, for the first time ever, Pantone chose two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Pantone Executive Director, Leslie Eiseman, explains, “Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” We’ve put together two looks in our makeover room inspired by these beautiful shades. Follow the steps below to try these looks yourself, or click the images to visit our makeover room and try them on virtually! Which look do you love best?

Serenity

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  1. Start by applying your favorite foundation.
  2. Apply Hush PurePressed Eye Shadow from your eyelid up to your brow using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  3. Apply Violet Eyes PurePressed Eye Shadow on your entire eyelid using the same brush.
  4. Line your top lash line with Black Liquid Eyeliner starting at the inner corner and extending outward in a slight wing.
  5. Line your bottom inner rim/waterline with the Black/Grey Eye Pencil.
  6. Apply Black Ice Longest Lash Mascara to your top and bottom lashes.
  7. Using your fingertips, apply Complete In Touch Highlighter to the tops of your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose.
  8. Using the White Fan Brush, swirl together the colors of Rose Dawn Bronzer and apply to your cheek bones.
  9. Finish your look with Soft Peach PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Rose Quartz 

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  1. Start by applying your favorite foundation.
  2. Using Silver Lining PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple, apply the lightest shade to your eyelid using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  3. Using the Crease Brush, apply the middle shade to your crease.
  4. Using the Eye Shader Brush, gently pat the darkest shade onto the outer corner of your eyelid and slightly into your crease in a ‘c’ like shape.
  5. Line your top and bottom lash line with Black Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner suing the Bent Liner Brush.
  6. Apply Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your top and bottom lashes.
  7. Using the White Fan Brush, swirl together the colors of Rose Dawn Bronzer and apply to the apples of your cheeks.
  8. Finish your look with Madison PureMoist Lipstick.

Visit our makeover room here to try on these looks and create your own! Then share them with us on Instagram @janeiredale #friendfavorites.