Summer’s here and for many of us that means heat and often humidity. During the summer months I tend to take my makeup down a notch, I want a look that’s fresh, fun and not too dramatic. I also need something that can withstand the summer heat and humidity without melting or becoming shiny. Here’s a great summer look that I love; just replace the shades with what works best for you for a no-melt makeup look that will last throughout the day and into the evening.
June is still one of the most popular months for weddings, but we know that your special day can happen anytime during the year. So whether you’re planning now, or will be soon, here’s a handy bridal beauty timeline to countdown the days until “I do”!
The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to let those legs and feet out for their day in the sun!
The obvious place to start is with a lovely manicure and pedicure. Whether you go to your favorite salon or DIY at home, colors this summer are fun and unexpected: deep nautical blue, bright orange, teal and bronze are just a few of my favorites. Our friends at Harper’s Bazaar have a full roundup of the summer polish trends.
But that’s just a start. Nail polish looks best set off against great skin. For hands, frequent moisturizing is a must, and SPF is critical for keeping your skin smooth and radiant. All of our foundations (except Liquid Minerals) have SPF and are endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Try smoothing or dusting some on the backs of your hands once you finish applying to your face. Next, be sure to keep some Powder-Me SPF in your purse or car to apply to hands and arms when out or driving. It is amazing how much sun gets through the window. I discovered this once when I noticed a deeply tanned left arm. Yikes! If you like the way tan hands look with your summery nail polish, moisturize like crazy and apply Tantasia to the backs of hands (see below, because it is a must for legs too!).
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, here’s a beautiful, yet easy, makeup look using some of the most iconic products created by jane iredale over the past two decades.
There were a number of eye shadow trends on the runway for spring: lids were on parade, from white, to pastel, to cobalt, to metallic. Fortunately, these trends are easy to translate into something very pretty and wearable, and also so easy to do! Here, we will tackle the ones that the majority of people would feel comfortable wearing at work or for an evening out. However, for the brave, please feel free to apply these techniques with crazy shades of blue, violet or white.
pastel eye shadow on the runway. Visit bazaar.com for more.
Curling your lashes before applying mascara creates a wide-eyed, wide-awake look. So many of you are rightfully dedicated to your eyelash curlers. To you ladies, I say carry on, I will not try to separate you from this wonderful tool. But for the rest of us, this is a step we skip (or want to skip) in our makeup ritual, either because it is just one step too many, or the curler fits awkwardly in our makeup kits, or it is downright scary to do (yes, I’ve had a few eyelid pinches). For me it is all of the above. So I wondered, was there a lazy girl’s way of getting around this? I am happy to say, YES!
The results may not be exactly as good as using a curler, but it’s pretty close, and certainly better than not curling at all. Plus it’s quick, easy and there is no pinch! Here’s how: if you use Lash Conditioner, start with that. Then take your favorite mascara and apply at least one swipe to upper lashes, root to tip (or as many coats as you want). Be sure to wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes to deposit the most mascara there. On the last swipe, hold the brush at the base, pushing lashes gently up, for a count of five (one Mississippi, two Mississippi….) then move the brush halfway up the lashes and hold it again for a count of five. Sweep the brush through the tips of your lashes. Apply mascara to lower lashes if you want. And, you’re done.
Let me know if this works for you <3
February nights up here in the Northeast are still long and cold, but it is also the month of romance, and we are in the mood to heat things up! The best makeup look to get in the mood? The smoky eye. It is always on trend, and there are so many variations: it can be done in pretty much any hue and can be sultry and deep or even natural looking. We are so lucky to have access to many creative and talented makeup experts, so we gathered smoky eye looks from our makeup artist and educators around the world and are now sharing them with you! Stay tuned in a couple of weeks for even more gorgeous smoky eye looks.
We weren’t always born knowing how to do the perfect smoky eye, so we learned from makeup artists around the world. And this is our gift to you. ~Jane
Australia, makeup artist Celeste Jackson: Pure Smoke
Step 1 – Champagne Silk Eye Gloss all over lid with fingers.
Step 2 – Lightest shade from Sundown PurePressed Eye Shadow on lid, highlighting to brow bone with Deluxe Shader Brush.
Step 3 – Medium shade from Sundown on lid fading into crease,
extending to outer & inner corners of the eye with Deluxe Shader brush.
Step 4 – Medium shade from Black Plus Cream to Powder Eyeliner in outer & inner corners of lid, blending into crease as well as a thin line along bottom lash line with Eye Liner/Brow Brush.
Step 5 – Darkest shade of Sundown along lower lash line with Eye Shader Brush.
Step 6 – Dark shade from Black Plus Cream to Powder Eyeliner on lash line; add depth in outer & inner corner of the eye with Eye Liner/Brow Brush.
Step 7 – Black Liquid Eyeliner starting at inner corner of top lash line, working into a slightly thicker line towards the outer corner.
Step 8 – PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner with Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara on upper & lower lashes.
Here is another one to file under, “it’s only makeup, let’s break the rules!” I love the look of Amazing Base on my skin, especially during the winter months when everything is a bit drier. However, I don’t always like the mess that comes with loose minerals, so I kept experimenting with little ways I could reduce it and still get a nice even application. That’s when I threw caution to the wind and became a bit of a rebel by applying Amazing Base with my Handi Brush. We usually recommend the Handi Brush for PurePressed Base application only, but I love it with Amazing Base too! The Handi Brush fits neatly into the jar and picks up just enough powder without any mess. Plus, it gives a slightly different finish on the skin that looks really pretty. I just dip the flat head of the brush into the sifter, then work the powder into the brush with the lid, tap off the excess and apply with gentle, downward strokes (no buffing please!). Next time you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try!
It’s the heart of winter, whether the weather is cold in your home town, it is certainly a time when we can have the winter doldrums. Let’s get out of our beauty ruts and elevate our beauty routines! As part of the whole “in with the new” spirit for the new year, we are launching a new series of tips & tricks encouraging beauty exploration and experimentation.
We hope you enjoy this lovely guest post from our friend Melanie Sarah from West Berkshire, UK.
It’s a blustery afternoon in West Berkshire and with four more sleeps to go, the Met Office has hinted that it may be just be a white Christmas. The ebb and flow of the year’s seasons with hair and wardrobe dilemmas to match!
Lesley and Mary
As I near a five year anniversary with the jane iredale brand (the only brand in my makeup bag and recommended range at Melanie Sarah Image Styling) I’m dedicating this blog posting to Lesley and Mary of Berkshire, in the UK. They really are ‘Live in Full Bloom’ women.