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Sleeveless-Ready June 18, 2010

Filed under: skincare — icfaces @ 12:37 am

Summer is here and it has been HOT!  No it has been STEAMY here in DC!  Well, I think I’ve worn more sleeveless shirts than usual (even in the summer).  So it’s been important to start my underarm regimen so I can be sleeveless-ready.  While most people are making sure to shave their underarms, I choose waxing.  Most people apt for a razor, which cuts the hair at the point where it exits the skin.  Typically in this case, hair removed with a razor may grow back within 3 days (of course it differs with genetics).    Where my waxed underarms take about a week and a half before I start seeing hair.  I have tried to recruit so many of my friends to waxing their underarms….and I know some babies (when it comes to pain).  Well…they are now addicted to it!  They endure the pain and keep it moving because it’s worth it! Nevertheless, in speaking with a new client who was not able to get her underarms waxed, she told me she tried Nair.  OH NO!  I have been afraid of Nair since my dad told me (as a kid) that it was made with glass that is one of the ingredients used to remove the hair.  It wasn’t until later in life that I found out the way Nair works is actually very similar to a perm (have you seen Chris Rock’s movie, Good Hair?).  In actuality, Nair used to use sodium hydroxide (lye!), which has since been replaced by calcium hydroxide.  Nevertheless, I think it’s pretty obvious to not use this in a sensitive area like your underarms.  Did you know this was probably the second most sensitive area on your body?  Ok, I’m off my soap box.  Back to the subject at hand – I urge you ALL to try waxing your underarms.  With that said, let me answer a big question I get asked:

Q: Can I use deodorant after waxing my underarms?

A: It’s best to wait 24 hours before applying deodorant.  The wax has just removed top layers of the skin and is sometimes inflammed, so any chemicals may cause more irritation or ingrowns or inflammed follicles.  If you MUST use deodorant directly after a wax (which most people can typically go a day without deodorant application), realize it may burn.  I also suggest (even outside of the waxing) a moisturizing deodorant like Dove.

After waxing, you’ll notice how smooth and soft your skin is, especially if the wax is a moisturizing formula.  However if you are still shaving, Dove recommends a “piticure” to care for your underarm skin.  A piticure consists of:

    • Exfoliating the skin using a gentle scrub, to pull out the impurities and prep the skin
    • Soak the skin with warm water, allowing it to soak for three minutes to soften the hair and open the hair follicles
    • Sooth the skin with Dove Ultimate Beauty Care anti-perspirant/deodorant.

– The Piticure was designed by Dr. Debra Luftman for Dove Deodorant

Soothing underarms


Unofficially Wedding Season June 7, 2010

Filed under: skincare,Uncategorized — icfaces @ 10:58 pm

BrideWe’ve made it through Memorial Day…It’s June and probably the beginning of a makeup artists busiest time of the year — it’s (unofficially) WEDDING SEASON!

So let’s discuss making your wedding timeless.  Makeup for your wedding day should be serene and traditional.  I find that because most brides have never hired a professional makeup artist before, they let their excitement get the best of them and have all sorts of colors in mind to try for their “professional look.”  On the flip-side, I have also encountered the bride who typically wears makeup every day and expects you to use the same colors she uses on herself.  Well this is a special occasion…so change it up.

I tell my clients to stick to the neutral and “timeless” colors such as brown, grays, taupes, mauves, even pinks.  This way you will not look back into your loving photos in disappointment and ask youself why you had to have that shimmer eyeshadow, which then may be equivalent to how we look at blue eyeshadow now (something that is only acceptable if you’re living in the 1980’s).  Matte colors have always been acceptable, just as well as neutral shades – since the beginning of makeup.

Another topic for discussion are the lips for your wedding day.  Do you want shiny lips?  Do you want neutral lips, that are less high maintenance, and don’t need to be touched up as much throughout the day?  In my opinion, there is nothing more classic and low maintenance for a bride than a color that enhances her lip color rather than changes the color.

Remember, these photos are to last a lifetime!  With that said, onto my

7 Tips for Applying Classic Wedding Day Makeup Like a Pro”:

Step 1: Concealor (in my opinion, concealor should be applied under the foundation when using a heavier coverage concealor.  If you are using a liquid foundation, you can apply it on top of the foundation, especially if you feel the foundation hasn’t totally covered what you want it to cover).

  • Under Eyes – Make sure to only target the darker areas.  Remember less is more — if you apply heavy concealor it will reflect and show up in your photos and will be obvious.  Tip: Most skin tones do best with a salmon-colored concealor.  Paler skins can get away with a yellow-based concealor.
  • Blemish concealing – When covering blemishes on the face, the concealor should be applied with a thin concealor brush (usually tapered and thin, allowing you to concentrate on that area needing concealing).  Use your finger (preferably your ring finger) to gently pat any edges and blend concealor into the skin.

Step 2: Foundation – Needing only about a nickel-size amount, dip your sponge into the foundation and blend over the entire face (including the eyelids and under the eyes).  Lightly spread to the neck for a seamless finish.  For areas needing more coverage (redness or blotchiness) switch to a stippling method on top of the first layer of foundation.

Step 3: Powder – Set the face with powder using a Kabuki brush or blending brush of similar style, otherwise using na classic powder brush allows the skin to look overly matted.  Be careful to go light under the eyes so you do not cause caking.  Tip: for a more dewey look, you can avoid powdering the tops of the cheekbones.

Step 4: Highlight – You have your choice of powder highlighter, sheer creams, luminizing liquids or light-reflecting crayons.  (If you’re tight on time, a powder would be best).  Apply liberally and build to your desire (keeping in mind that a lot of photographers are now shooting in HD, which picks up the slightest shimmer).  Tip: Key highlighting areas are under the brow bone, inside the corners of the eyes (by your tearducts), and on top of the cheekbone.

Step 5: Eyes sweep a neutral color (as discussed in the beginning) across your lids from lash line to crease.  Tip: for more advanced look, you can contour using the traditional tricolor contour stages – lightest shadow right under the brown bone, darkest in the crease, medium tone on the lids.

  • Use a waterproof liner along the upper lash line (optionally you can wing out at the ends).  Go over the eyeliner, using an angled brush, with a matching eyeshadow color, to soften the line.
  • Curl your lashes using a waterproof mascara.

Step 6: Cheeks Dust a flush-colored powder blush on the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones.

Step 7: Lips Outline and fill your lips in with a natural lip-colored liner, providing a base to help longevity of wear.  Sweep a soft matte or slightly shimmering lipstick (optional – add a dab of gloss to the center of the lower lip) on your lips.  Tip: For “groom-proof” lips, first cover your lips with your foundation, then dust with a translucent or colorless powder, follow up with your lip liner and lipstick then powder again, blot and finally apply your lipstick once more.