What NOT to do…(on your face)

Ok ladies, here are some top makeup DONT’S that will keep you from looking like a fright!

-DON’T wear the wrong color foundation!

Foundation is one of the most important parts of a makeup routine. Whether you wear a tinted moisturizer, a full coverage foundation, or a powder based formula ALWAYS try it before you buy it! Investing in a foundation that can be purchased in the department store will give you the opportunity to wear it on your skin. (Never try the foundation on your hand because your face and your hand are NOT the same color!)  If the foundation leaves a mark on the jaw line, then that color is too dark! You will know you have found your match when the foundation “disappears” into the skin.  It’s a great idea to check the foundation in natural light if possible.  Yellow based foundations are best and work well with all skin types rather than pink based shades. The pink based formulas leave a pepto bismol like glow on the face…yikes!

-DON’T line the bottom eyelid alone! 

Lining only the bottom eyelid creates a droopy effect and focuses all the attention to the under eye, which tends to be a problem area for most women. When lining the eyes, line either the top lid alone OR both the top and bottom eyelids. Remember to line all the way across the eye from the inner corner to the outer corner.

-DON’T overdo the blush!

Although the holidays are approaching, the toy soldier look is OUT for this season! Apply  your blush on the apple of the cheek blending towards the hairline. You want an even application that is not focused only on the apple.  If you apply too much blush, take your foundation blush and swipe over the area in downward strokes. This will tone down the intensity of the pigment.

-DON’T use a lip liner that is darker than your lip color! 

We’ve all seen the dark brown liner paired with the light lip color. Ladies… AVOID this look at all costs! The purpose of a lip liner is to keep the lipstick from bleeding past the lip area. Match your lip liner with your lip color. For a more natural look, apply the liner AFTER you have applied the lip color.

-DON’T “overshimmer”!

So many women get carried away and frost their faces like cupcakes! Keep it simple and avoid the “frosted face”! If you are wearing shimmer shadows, then you won’t need a shimmer gloss, along with a shimmer blush, and a shimmer highlighter…Choose an area or two to feature with shimmer. Don’t overdo it!

Share your make up DON’Ts with us!

5 Minute Face for New Moms

Since most of my friends have recently become new moms, they all want to know the secret to looking refreshed. Of course moms don’t have unlimited time to frolic in the makeup drawer each morning…Most women have five minutes or less to get the job done.  Sound impossible? It’s not!  Although becoming a mama shifts your priorities, you can still set aside those few minutes to look your best for facing the world with your little one in tow.

Keep it simple with these 5 essentials:

1) Under Eye Brightener

I absolutely LOVE Yves St.Laurent Touch Eclat. It’s great to keep in your bag for on the go applications because of it’s built in brush. Apply it under your eyes and pat with your ring finger. You can even wear it on your eyelids!


2) Tinted Moisturizer

If you don’t have one, make your own! Mix a few drops of your foundation with a drop of your favorite daytime moisturizer with SPF. Apply with a foundation brush or sponge in downward strokes. So simple!

3) Blush

Stick to blush shades that will give you a flushed look on the cheek such as corals and bright pinks for lighter skin tones, and plum shades for darker skin tones.  Apply to the apple of the cheek with a blush brush.  Blend back towards the hairline, then downward.

4) Mascara

Apply two coats!

5) Gloss or Lip Color

Go for a shade close to your natural skin color.

You are now ready to face the day looking like you’ve slept 8+ hours!!! These 5 essentials are also great to keep in your handbag for touch ups throughout the day!  I can’t live without mine…

What are your 5 favorite makeup essentials?