Theanswer is pretty simple! A great set of makeup brushes! No you don’t have to go to extremes and buy a massive set. You just need to make sure you have a set you put together by putting a set together on your own. Or by the set. I also occasionally use a makeup setting spray. But I think MAKEUP looks better when applied with the proper tools. Sort of like a good baker or chef uses.
You really don’t need a dozen or more brushes. Depending how much makeup you use and what makeup you use will determine that. Makeup brushes make your makeup to look so pretty and gives your face a professional finish too. And the quality of the brush does matter. But you don’t have to spend a fortune $$$. And sorry a Dollar Store set won’t give you or your makeup kit what you need.
The main brushes you need are these:
A fan shaped blush brush
A concealer brush
An eye shadow brush one small and one larger for the outer corner or under the eyes to line or do a smoky under eye.
An eyebrow brush and lash comb.
A foundation brush or makeup sponge.
A fluffy powder brush.
A lip brush which will make your lipstick 💄 last longer.
If you really want to own more. Add as you need.
The key thing to remember is to PLAY, explore and see what works for you before you invest in a lot of brushes. If you are a beginner or a PRO make-up artist you might need to use a few more eye brushes but the more brushes you have doesn’t make you a better make-up artist!
And always remember clean brushes make a difference too! Dirty brushes make you break out and result in a dull and dirty looking complexion.
MAY is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. As we celebrate the beauty of this month and shine a light on people who are from various Asian countries and Southeast Asia too. I embrace their cultures and beauty and skin care tips.
So, I thought I’d share a few of their beauty and skin care secrets.
As some of you know I have shared that I am an All American girl who just happens to be a combination platter. You know like on a Chinese Take Out Menu. One from Column A one from Column B. Some people call or label me exotic. I am proud to be of Polish and Chinese descent. Before I speak some people think I arrived from the Orient and speak with an accent. The only accent I have is a Northern one aka NYC.
I never looked like anyone in my school growing up and was taught by my mom and grandmother the Polish language. I also enjoyed and learned about Polish food and desserts. I love ❤️ Polish food.
I do eat with chopsticks 🥢 and adore all kinds of Asian foods and drinks!
And I’m in love with Asian beauty products and what they offer our skin too! How about you?
China is known for it’s rice powder for the face. However it is also found in Singapore,Thailand,Vietnam and Japan.This hard cake looks like a square brownie and sets makeup and tones down shine.The products lasts quite some time and takes a while to use. Used with a Kabuki powder brush I have been using it for years.
Rice is not only a staple in our diet but also now found to be beneficial in face creams and facial treatments. I love to give myself and my clients Rice Water masks also known as a Rice Water Toner.
You rinse some rice, soak the rice overnight in water 💦 and place the infused rice 🍚 water on flat cotton round or apply with a fan shaped mask brush (stiffer than a basic fan brush used for applying makeup) allow the mixture to rest and dry on your skin at least 15 minutes.
You can brighten the skin with these rice water toners aka rice face masks. Use once a week or more. You can feel the difference in your skin usually after first use. Over time the brightening will happen. My favorite one to make is with aromatic Jasmine rice.
Matcha Tea is high in anti-oxidants and makes a fabulous warm jade green TEA. Or you can enjoy a glass cold. I enjoy the ritual of making it and creating masks with it.
All you need to make a simple mask is:
2 teaspoons of Matcha powder,1 teaspoon of of water and 2 teaspoons of organic honey. Stir them well.
Apply on a clean face and leave on the face at least 15-20 minutes. Rinse with Luke warm water. Your skin will glow!
Women of India love certain spices for their food and on their skin. Turmeric rules! Coconut oil is yet another beauty essential for healthy shiny hydrated hair and skin. They love to use home-made Rosewater 🌹 on their skin!
Beauty Tool alternatives…
There are all kinds of Jade Face, eye and body rollers.
Gua Sha sculpting tool. I have been using them a long time before they were cool and sold in America. Men love to use them too!!
A word to the wise. Like designer handbag please don’t be fooled by copies!
You know you see face rollers at many stores now. They are usually NOT made of jade. They are made of glass to look like jade. They crack and break really fast. You never want to drop them on the floor.
Papaya’s are loved in several countries for smoothies, fruit smoothie bowls and for the skin. Papayas work magic on brightening and lightening the skin.
I hope you enjoyed this beauty trip to Asia with me! I’ll post even more from my travels.
If YOU have a favorite beauty secret from Asia and Southeast Asia … do 💋Kiss & Tell!
Oh how I love to go to the Farmer’s Market and spread my shopping LOVE.
I also love the crunch and goodness of an apple. I like the green apples. But red are delicious too.You know what they say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
I even scoop up and eat the rest of the apple left from making this mask.
Here is a recipe a client shared with me for a mask I have enjoyed for years. I like to use it on the face and neck especially around this time of apple picking year.
What you need to Make DIY this face mask:
1 fresh apple grated or pureed
2 Tbsp of crushed oats
1 Tsp of organic honey
Put all the above in a small bowl. Apply it to a clean face with clean hands or a facial mask brush. It may be a little messy for you. But so worth it. If you want to make it more moist add some bottled (not tap) water for a creamier consistency.
Leave this recipe mix on the face at least 15 minutes.
Beauty benefits include a gentle exfoliation while the apple and honey leave the skin hydrated,plump and glowing.
Please note: IF you are allergic to any of these ingredients do not use the ingredient you might be allergic to.
This natural face mask is great for normal to combination skin.
If you are looking for a product at a spa, skin clinic and online that packs a pretty beauty punch with the benefits of apples malic acid. Great for even the most sensitive he skin!
Try this brand. Created by a woman business owner and skincare professional! She guest speaks and educated alongside me at spa shows across the country!
Check out her Instagram stories and feed. Her tips and tricks are awesome!
The company says “An Apple 🍏 🍎 a day will peel wrinkles away!”
Although I don’t have many wrinkles… I’ll take it.
A certain beauty show and miss it so as things aren’t happening like they usually do with Covid-19. So, IF YOU happen to miss that show called THE MAKEUP SHOW from NYC too …you’re in luck! They are hosting a virtual show and YOU can join in on the fun.
As a beauty professional,as a makeup artist,wanna be a makeup artist or as a MAKEUP LOVER.This virtual show is one time you can attend too. I got so wrapped up watching yesterdays show I forgot to let you know about the show. TODAY Sunday 13 thru the 15th 11:59PM you can still attend.Tickets still available.
So much to explore and even shop virtual booths. Classes with makeup artists like: Danessa Myricks, Damone Roberts of Beverly Hills and more.
I want to travel again and discover what is behind this fabulous door!
I want to wear this luscious tangerine 🍊 lipstick when I do.
I want to sip a cup like this when I get there!
I want to pick these out from a flower market and bring them to my hotel room to enjoy my entire stay.
I want to enjoy this view and sunset. I saw one almost as gorgeous as this in Colorado and it’s beauty and the colors are still etched in my memory. I pray for our lives and have hope we will enjoy life again.
We must wash our hands often, mask up,do our part in social distancing and above all practice patience! What about you?
I miss seeing my clients in my makeup studio. I miss touching their faces! I miss giving them hugs too. Now with the pandemic things are so very different. I have NOT opened my beauty cottage YET. The Covid-19 numbers upticking here in Florida I don’t want to yet. I care about my clients safety and the health of my family.
I also remember the good old days when we would serve them all kinds of treats and drinks. From sugar cookies dipped in chocolate and lavender buds and chocolate dipped strawberries to sparkling drinks. Rose wine 🍷 was the last drink we served them in March.
Here is one of the recipes I enjoyed serving them. I thought you might enjoy this coming weekend. Or tonight!
Rose Sparkler with Raspberries and Lemons.
What you will need to make this refreshing drink:
1 bottle of chilled rose
1 1/2 pt. of fresh raspberries
2 tsp.of sugar
2 tbsp. of lemon juice
Sliced lemons and raspberries for embellishment!
Mash the raspberries with sugar and lemon juice in a pitcher. Top with sparkling rose. Serve over ice with the sliced lemons and raspberries.
So if you’re in the beauty business or just want to be in the know here are a few intriguing things they have been using.
Lady Gaga goes straight to her kitchen when it comes to makeup remover uses olive oil to remove her makeup 💄 as well for to hydrate her hair.
Many celebrities rinse their mouth and freshen their breath with coconut oil mouth rinses.
JLo thinks exercise, no smoking and no drinking are her secrets for looking young. I think it’s working! Don’t you?
Actress Catherine Zeta Jones uses slices of fresh strawberries 🍓 and applies them on her teeth to whiten and brighten her teeth. I asked my dentist about this and he actually said it may work!
Tiffany Haddish loves using coconut oil. And also makes a facial scrub with it by adding baking soda to it.
Wendy Williams swears by Gold Bond cream or lotion to keep her skin silky sexy smooth.
Gwenyth Paltrow is pretty game to try a lot of things (just check out her website Goop) when it comes to health and beauty. She also swears by pilates as her fountain of youth.
Nightingale or Bird Nest’s Facials affectionately called bird poop facials are yet another type of skin facial celebrities love. It is an old Asian Beauty secret for brightening and whitening the complexion! But they are also crazy about deep cleaning and facials in general.
Many celebritiesmale and female use a brand called Eminence.
They also use K BeautyKorean Beauty and other brand eye, lip and facial sheet masks as prep before a red carpet event or pre-photo shoots. They also use them in flight on airplanes.
So there you have it if you want to be in the know and what’s trending with a few celebrities right now. Share with your clients and friends. Maybe spend the 4th weekend sipping a cold glass of Sangria and doing self-care like the celebrities.
Want more lush lashes without looking like OVER THE TOP Bambi lashes?
Try a dash of baby powder on a disposable mascara wand. Wait a minute and apply any brand mascara.
Want a shimmer lipstick to turn into a matte lipstick?
The secret is a dash of face powder on your lips applied carefully over your shimmer lipstick.
Want to tone down shine but not look like you have a cake face on?
Rice powder is the answer. Totally translucent. Sheer.Lovely. Use it alone over a no foundation face. Use over any brand foundation even over a powder foundation.
Want that sexy magazine cover pout in seconds?
A really shiny brand gloss is the answer. And apply it in the center of your lips and a bit outward but NOT all the way for mega shine and sexiness.
Want a mascara that won’t run down your eyes and face when you cry at your best friends wedding or on hot summer days?
Try the brand called Blinc. It tubes the lashes not paints them with pigment…AMAZE…ing ! It works.
Want to feel fresh as a summer rose in a few minutes?
Rosewaterspray is an old Victorian secret the porcelain skinned ladies would use. It can be used on a flat cotton pad and applied on a clean face pre-makeup or after you removeyour makeup at night time. It is a toner for the skin and much gentler than using an astringent. Smells amazing feels so refreshing.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and you’ll explore more that I share with you. I love being a makeup artist I get to make people look good and feel it too! How about you?
How time flies going through a global pandemic. First you soak in the information you are told. It is hard to even believe what is happening. The days go by very slowly and seem so surreal. Oh the newness of it all. The new normal. Our stay in place at home becomes your way of life. We have even forgotten the day of the week.
The sun 🌞 still shines,the rain ☔️ still comes down and the birds 🐦 are happily singing away. Spring 🌺 has finally arrived for most of us and life keeps growing and going.
But somehow you know things are different now. While I do have my husband to keep me company in quarantine I do not have any children. But …I do have babies! They sit waiting for me in my business. My charming beauty cottage nestled on a quiet street in a neighborhood of homes and business offices.
My babies are the beauties on my shelves. Pretty things that make you look good,smell good and feel fabulous.
I have days at my studio to organize things, rearrange, answer telephone ☎️ calls and emails and to stock up on our shelves,pack up mail orders 📦 and to above all clean and disinfect even more for this COVID-19.
It is definitely a NEW world and is a different normal right now. In this moment and time we are truly all one!
I worked so hard for what I have achieved and have come a long way. I am sure if you own a business or have and are devoted to a career you know what this feels like too.
I HOPE and pray my clients come back to shop and get dolled up with me. I yearn to pamper skin and paint faces. How about you? How’s your business life? Are you even able to open in your state?
But it will be different and with face coverings,masks and not my usual things. I so enjoyed serving blooming 🍵tea,gourmet coffee and something edible. Sweets or fresh fruit and veggies. But now…not sure. I loved hosting fun and yummy shopping 🛍 events. But for now none will be held. My lipstick red doors are closed. I am not officially open and am just shipping orders.
I MISS my clients faces and want to touch their hands and faces with my beauty magic wands and give them a GIGANTIC HUG.
But now I wait. Patiently to take the next step.
If you own a beauty business … How are you doing?