I decided recently to add a weekly blog post that focuses on makeup, skin care and hair products. It is going to be a product spotlight, looking at specific products that I use and love. Some of these products I buy for myself, some are given to me for magazine shoots and ad campaigns, and some are sent to me for my blog.

In order for a product to make it to the spotlight posts it has to really wow me, and most products don’t, so if you see it here it has to be fabulous!

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The first product that I want to spotlight is:

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask.

 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I initially got this product as a bonus from Sephora, and loved it so much that I just re-ordered it online at Sephora.com

I had heard about Tata Harper products from other makeup artists, but hadn’t tried any of them before. Tata makes her products in small batches, here in the USA. They are all natural, non toxic, and are 100% free from GMOs, Fillers, Synthetic Chemicals, artificial colors and artificial fragrances. They are also incredibly effective.

The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is fabulous.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

What I have personally noticed when I’ve used this mask is that it evens out the complexion, gets rid of any dullness, creates and instant smoothness and glow to the skin. It has been a fabulous transition product, taking my tired, end of summer skin into fabulous for fall.

I read on the Tata Harper website that you should use this mask every day for 2 or 3 days then drop back to once or twice per week. I think it is a great little mask to use before an evening out, on your wedding day, or any day that you want a little boost, because it makes your skin glow and also lets makeup sit smoothly, so you look fresh and vibrant.

Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is also a sensational product to pack when you travel.

You can find Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, and her other wonderful products as well, at Sephora.

 

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Sometimes the best looks are the easiest looks. Or the easiest looks are the best looks!

fall makeup trends statement lips

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This huge makeup trend for fall 2017 is one of my absolute all-time favorite makeup looks, and is also my personal go-to look, the Statement Lip. Making the focal point of your look a big, bold, glorious lip is one of the fastest ways to look fabulous, effortlessly.

The Statement  Lip gives you a way to look polished when you don’t have a lot of time.

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5 Tricks To Pull Off The Statement Lip

You need to have some tricks up your sleeve in order to pull off this look.

  1. Create a creamy complexion. Stay away from heavy or powdery foundations, instead choose something that makes the skin glow and look pretty.
  2. Use a soft blush. Keep all the power in your lip, and scale back the cheek to a neutral, soft shade.
  3. Balance the lip with a soft brow. Avoid hideous Instagram-style eyebrows, but do add some depth to your brow, making them a little more defined and adding a little extra color.
  4.  Accent the lashes. Add a few coats of really great, high volume mascara. My top four high volume mascaras are Clarins Supra Lash, Diorshow Blackout, Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes and Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
  5. Choose your texture wisely. Statement lips don’t look so good in high gloss. Choose a matte finish or a satin finish. Longwear formulations are fantastic for a bold, statement lip.

Who Can Wear The Statement Lip

The Statement Lip really works best on slightly fuller lips. If your lips are thin, a bold lip may not be your best choice.



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Jennifer Lopez fabulous In Her 40s

Do you ever wonder how celebrities in their 40’s manage to look so good? Apart from having teams of experts to take care of their skin, their nutrition, their makeup and their hair, they tend to follow these 8 makeup tips for women in their 40’s, keeping them looking youthful and radiant.

And by the way, 40 is the new 30…

8 Makeup Tips For Women In Their 40’s

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Hydrate.

Before you even think about putting on makeup you need to think about the skin underneath. If you apply makeup to undernourished/dry skin it is going to suck any moisture out of your foundation and leave you looking  both drier and older. Neither of which is the look we are going for! Make sure your skin is well moisturized and that you apply a liberal coating of eye cream, but also apply a serum or facial oil.


Color Correct.

One of the most aging things you can do is use the wrong undertoned shade of concealer and foundation. Either you are a cool tone (pink undertone) or a warm tone (olive/yellow undertone). You must use concealer and foundations with your undertone. The End. I’ve seen all kinds of nonsense out there on the interwebs telling women they need yellow toned makeup. If you are JLo, yes, if you don’t have an olive/yellow/latin toned skin, hell no!

Choose Your Texture.

The most flattering textures for women in their 40’s+ are creamy textures. I personally use Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, I’m a cool tone, so I use the honey shade. In my pro makeup kit I use ginger on my warm toned ladies and honey on the cool toned girls.

Related Post: How To Choose A Concealer

If you are in your 40’s (or any other age) avoid crushed mineral powder foundations like the plague. Their dry finish is very aging, they tend to be quite opaque which stops light passing through, and they flash back a ton of white from the titanium dioxide SPF. Instead look for a silicone based foundation like Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I think this is perhaps the loveliest foundation I have ever used. I use it in my pro makeup kit and I use it on myself. (I also use Makeup For Ever Water Blend Face and Body Foundation) Ultra HD has a silicone base, so it reflects light and makes the skin glow. It also makes the skin look smoother and fresher. Ultra HD is insanely pigmented and concentrated, so you use a very small amount.

Related Post: How To Find Your Perfect Foundation

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Use A Light Touch

Heavily applied makeup doesn’t do anyone any favors. Use a light touch and aim for the sheerest application of your makeup products. Just enough to give you the coverage you need, and nothing more.

Creamy Blush

Keeping with the soft, glowy complexion, use a cream blush instead of a powder. If you are not comfortable with a cream blush then make sure your powder blush doesn’t have any sparkle or shimmer to it (super aging). Choose a blush with a soft finish that is in your color group. (Remember cool tone vs warm tone.) Blue based pinks tend to be quite aging, so if you are a cool toned girl and want something pink look for a warm pinky-nude rather than a barbie doll blue pink.

Fill In Your Brow.

As we age our brow hairs get thinner and more sparse, so gently adding back color and structure to the brow can be the fountain of youth. Most importantly, ignore everything you see on Instagram and Your Tube – don’t create heavy, squared off brows! Apply a pencil like Anastasia of Beverly Hill Brow Definer using soft hair-like strokes. Enhance the brow but don’t overwhelm it.

Related Post: How To Choose The Perfect Eye Shadow Color

Ease Up On The Liner.

You are still going to use eyeliner, but you need to be aware that the heavy liner looks that are so killer on girls in their 20’s are really aging on girls in their 40’s. Use eyeliner for definition rather than drama. Instead of black eyeliner opt for a dark espresso brown. It will give the same effect but wont be quite so harsh.

Lighten The Lip.

The most aging thing you can do is wear a dark lip. Look for lighter and brighter colors instead. If you are wearing nude lips, choose a warm pinky nude. Don’t go paler than your natural lip color (super aging!) instead choose a color 2 or 3 shades deeper than your lip color, this will enhance and define your lip. Mattes can be very aging, soft satin finishes are incredibly flattering. Tom Ford MoistureCore Lip Color is both hydrating and has a satin finish.

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