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Spring Makeup Tips for 2018

Spring Makeup Tips for 2018

As you get ready to cruise into spring this year, ditch your wintry makeup routine and dazzle with a light, fresh look that’s more appropriate in the warmer months. Below are some tips from beauty professionals in the industry. Take what works for you and have fun creating a new look!

Eyelash Extensions Are Fun and Flirty

Why not dare to rock ultra-lush lashes? Seek out a local lash extension boutique for a professionally applied pair that’s sure to spruce up your entire complexion. Go for a natural look with individually applied mink lashes or throw caution to the spring breeze and go for a bold, dramatic look that’s perfect for prom, wedding season, and other glam events.

Less Is More this Spring

Heavy foundations are more appropriate for dry winter skin that needs an extra moisture boost. Toss yours and invest in a lightweight cream that leaves your skin glowing. Choose a product that also has SPF to protect your skin from the UV rays and make sure that the shade you select looks natural on your sun-kissed face.

Get That Dewy Look

While your moisturizer worked all winter, it might be a bit too heavy this spring. Many women find that they prefer a lighter serum to moisturize underneath their makeup once the weather warms up.

Go for the Gold

Be a champion of your own unique style and have some fun experimenting with gold highlighting powder. Add just a little shimmer or get your glam on with a dramatic dusting that will make you sparkle wherever you go.

Turquoise Is Spring 2018’s Trending Retro Color

In an homage to its roots in the groovy 70s, turquoise has made a splashy return in 2018. Use a pop of turquoise eyeliner to line your upper and lower lash line for a fun play on the classic smokey eye. You can achieve the same effect by gently applying a touch of turquoise eyeshadow with a makeup applicator, cotton-tipped swab, or your pinky finger.

A Pop of Color

This trend is gaining traction with celebrities as they step onto the red carpet this season. Blending a dot of shimmery color in the small corners at your inner eyes will draw attention to them. A little champagne or off-white highlighter can be pretty and subtle. Or, don’t be afraid to go bold with light, shimmery shades of pastel blue, pink, or even a pale orange when it’s time to step out for a night on the town.

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How Often to Replace Beauty Products

Unlike food products, which are clearly labeled with expiration dates, beauty products can often expire without consumers realizing it. Skin care products, especially those with active ingredients like retinol, can become less effective the longer you have them. The makeup you’re putting on your face, such as mascara, could also age to a point where the pigments fade or the product causes irritation.

Eyeshadow and Eyeliner Require Regular Replacement

Eyeshadow degrades after a year, and the potential for bacterial growth increases, especially if you’ve been known to dip your fingers into your eyeshadow (a big no-no). As it starts to crumble and dry out, it will lose pigmentation and do less for your look than when it’s fresh.

Similarly, pencil eyeliners can develop unhealthy bacterial growth after as little as three months. Regular sharpening can help keep your pencil, but if it develops any kind of odor or begins to wear down, it’s time to toss it. Liquid eyeliners are only good for a few months, due to bacterial growth and drying. There’s not much you can do to preserve liquid liner, so it’s better to toss it when in doubt.

Foundation and Concealers Need Regular Replacement

Foundation can go bad in as little as six months. After a year, it’s time to replace it. Bacteria growth, as well as chemical separation, keep it from doing the job it once did. Concealer can last for up to a year, but because you’re likely applying it over areas that attract bacteria, such as blemishes, continuing to use it after a year could mean doing more harm than good for your skin.

The Rules for Blushes and Lipsticks

There are so many kinds of lip products, so it’s easiest to apply the same rule to them all. Lipsticks include oils that go rancid, which can smell bad or lead to uneven color application. Drying is also a warning sign that you need to hit the store.

Powder blushes can last up to two years before getting hard and chalky, while creams should be replaced after one year. Darkening or other color changes are early signs that you need a new compact.

Mascara Has the Shortest Shelf Life

Thanks to air and germ exposure, your mascara, even the designer ones, should be replaced every two to three months. Otherwise, drying and clumping are in your future, as well as the potential for an eye infection.

Eyelash extensions are a great alternative to buying new mascara every few months. Eyelash extensions will last almost as long as a tube of mascara, and they don’t require daily upkeep or mascara application to make your eyes pop. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about the color running!

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Your Holiday Beauty (and Lash) Guide

The transition into autumn also signals that it’s time to transition your look accordingly. As the leaves change and temperatures drop, we must pull our sweaters and boots from the back of the closet. In addition to a wardrobe change, it’s also a good idea to tweak your skincare and makeup routines as fall and winter set in. Not only will you be more comfortable and weather-ready — you’ll also have the opportunity to have some holiday-specific fun with your beauty regimen… the kind that only rolls around once a year!

Here are a few special beauty tips to keep in mind as you embrace the seasonal spirit from Halloween all the way into the New Year.

Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of the year, and this season is everyone’s favorite excuse to dress up, try on a new look at that theme party, and otherwise push the boundaries of everyday beauty routines.

Complete the costume: Whether you’ll be donning a dastardly disguise at a friend’s murder mystery party or wearing a costume to work on October 31, the right hair and makeup ties together even the most average attire. Voluminous lashes are an essential finishing touch for many Halloween costumes. From quirky to flirty, try the following favorites on for size (just don’t forget those extensions!):

  • Marilyn Monroe, your favorite Spice Girl, or another starlet of your choice
  • A TV, movie, or pop culture character (such as Jessica Rabbit, Wonder Woman, or Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones)
  • Your favorite feline for cat-eyed glam (try a black cat or a tiger)


Mind your skin:
Though removing your makeup before bed is a fundamental part of any daily skincare routine, this step is especially important when you’ve been wearing a full face of heavy products. Most costume makeup and face paint is created extra thick for a bold and long-wearing look. Left to sit on your face overnight, heavy makeup will not only smudge off onto your pillowcase, stain your bedding, and leave you with racoon eyes in the morning — it can also clog pores, cause breakouts, and leave skin looking congested and dull. While lash extensions will eliminate some of the work by doing away with mascara messes, make sure to gently remove foundation, eyeliner, lipstick, and anything else you used to complete your costume.

Thanksgiving

What do you have to be thankful for this year? We’re thankful for beauty solutions that cut time, stress, and effort.

Long-lasting lip color: Between dad’s turkey and grandma’s sweet potato pie, you know to arrive at Thanksgiving dinner prepared to do a whole lot of eating. In addition to saving plenty of room for seconds and thirds, make sure your lip color will last you through dessert without budging or smudging. Try a highly pigmented lipstick labeled for long wear or apply a lip stain. Ideally, whatever product you use should be able to stand up to your napkin (without staining your aunt’s nice linen, of course!).

Travel-friendly beauty: Thanksgiving marks the beginning of holiday travel season. If you’ll be celebrating at a friend or family member’s home, pack a travel size emergency beauty kit to carry on the plane, store in the glove compartment on a road trip, or just keep in your purse. A small bottle or can of hydrating facial mist, oil blotting sheets, a powder compact, tinted lip balm, and some dry shampoo can go a long way to keep you fresh-faced (and free of greasy locks) on arrival. Bonus: with lash extensions on your side, there’s no need to contend with smudged mascara after your in-flight nap!

Christmas

Yuletide cheer will have you smiling from ear to ear when you incorporate some fun yet practical beauty accessories.

Festive lash colors: Why not get lash extensions to match your favorite holiday sweater? We offer tinted lash colors for every festive occasion, including red, green, gold, and silver for the Christmas season. Colored lash sets are made from synthetic, cruelty-free fibers that look tasteful and feel natural. We apply extensions individually to each existing lash, so you can control just how bold you want to go — whether it’s a full set of color or a blend of tinted and natural-toned lashes.

Winter weather hacks: There’s nothing like a white Christmas… but seasonal snow, ice, rain, and wind are formidable opponents for your polished look. Fortunately, your eyelash extensions allow you to skip the mascara, so you won’t need to fret about dripping and running. Though this is the ultimate beauty hack when wintry weather hits, if you wear eyeliner or eyeshadow, make sure to complete the look with waterproof products (and bring an umbrella or hood when on the go!).

New Year’s

Flirty lashes and on-point makeup got you looking and feeling fine? It’s gonna be a great year.

Party-proof eye makeup: Mascara can run when you’re up partying past midnight. Eyelash extensions are your trusty beauty sidekick. Let loose, enjoy yourself, and ring in the New Year without frequent touch-up trips to the restroom!

Dare to sparkle: All things sparkling reign supreme on New Year’s Eve… from champagne to fireworks to that glittery party dress. Kick it all up a notch by adding sparkled or jeweled lashes to your usual set! Placed at the outer corners of the eyes, these are a sure way to brighten your complexion and accessorize with glitzy glam.

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A Summer Bride’s Guide to a Flawless Face

As you know if you’re planning a summer wedding or have recently received a sudden influx of save-the-dates, peak wedding season runs from June through September. The most in-demand months for venue and service bookings are June and September, with July and August trailing closely behind.

While a lush springtime, whimsical autumn, or fairy-tale winter ceremony can be just as magical, it’s hard to resist the allure of summer nuptials. Weather is typically predictable, which reduces the chance of planning curveballs and makes guest travel more straightforward. In mild climates, outdoor weddings are less likely to be rained out. However, summer heat and humidity should be considered when deciding on your bridal look.

Don’t fret over sweat, smudges, and style blunders — enjoy every minute of your wedding day by using the following makeup tips as a starting point. Bonus: These tips aren’t exclusively for brides; they can also apply to bridesmaids and guests!

Lash extensions: Your bridal beauty best friend

The dreaded raccoon eye is never a good look, but it’s especially undesirable on your special day. Unfortunately, mascara starts to run sooner in hot and humid conditions, leaving you with bare lashes and smudged lower lids long before the celebration is over. Beyond this weather-induced makeup faux pas, mascara does not typically hold up to tears — and emotions are likely to run high at any wedding! Even some waterproof mascara can run (though to a lesser degree) or clump up when it comes into contact with moisture.

The good news is that you can enjoy voluminous lashes and avoid all of these concerns by opting for eyelash extensions!

High-quality extensions are applied to each individual natural lash for an authentic and seamless finish that lasts 4-6 weeks (depending on your own lash life cycle). A good professional boutique will customize your choice of imitation or real mink extensions to achieve your desired length, volume, curl, and tone. Once applied, simply follow basic care instructions and enjoy… no mascara or eyelash curlers required!

We suggest starting with a trial run a couple weeks before the big day to troubleshoot potential allergic reactions and ensure you’re satisfied with the style. Once you and your stylist have found the perfect set, schedule your appointment 3-7 days prior to your wedding date. Your lashes must be kept dry for at least 2 days, otherwise the adhesive will not cure properly.

When it’s time to embark on the honeymoon after saying “I do,” take care to immediately rinse off your lashes with fresh water after taking a dip in a chlorinated pool, jacuzzi, or saltwater to prevent damage and maintain durability.

Finally, finish off your eye makeup look with eyeshadow primer, long-wearing shadow, a brow kit, and waterproof liquid or cake eyeliner. You’ll be looking sultry yet sweet from your photo session to the ceremony and beyond!

Keep oil in check

Stick to strictly oil-free products when prepping the skin, including oil-free moisturizer, primer, and foundation. If your skin isn’t dry or flaky, you may even consider skipping the moisturizer today to prevent unnecessary slickness. Use an oil-free primer to smooth out skin tone and texture, combat shine, and give your makeup more staying power.

Especially if you’ll be outside for any portion of the event, make sure at least one product (moisturizer, primer, or foundation) includes SPF 30 or higher. If you’ll be outside for a significant amount of time, apply some additional oil-free sunscreen to your face, neck, chest, ears, and any other exposed areas.

Though everyone loves a subtle dewy glow, if you have naturally oily skin or want to control excess shine, finish with a gentle dusting of sheer matifying powder.

Don’t break a sweat

Summer weather usually brings sunshine and blue skies — the ideal combo for any outdoor event. But the season also carries greater potential for glaring heat, sticky humidity, and high temperatures in the 80s, 90s, or 100s. After spending so much time planning and creating the perfect wedding day look, the last thing you want is to sweat off your makeup or pair your white dress with a throbbing sunburn. Plus, you want to make sure your guests are comfortable!

If your wedding is indoors, air conditioning and electric fans make it easy to maintain a comfortable climate. Outdoor summer weddings and photo sessions present some unique challenges.

During an outdoor photo session, carry a personal umbrella to dodge direct sunlight between shots. Also bring a small portable fan (battery-operated or an old-school hand fan) for quick cool-downs.

At an outdoor ceremony or reception, incorporate decor that doubles as a shady refuge. A covered archway draped with ribbons or linens and spruced up with florals can serve as a beautiful yet useful focal point above the happy couple and the officiator. A stylish canopy or strategically placed umbrellas can offer coverage above the guest seating area. Alternatively, provide guests with individual umbrellas (paper parasols are both economical and adorable!) and fans. Simply leave one of each at every seat or enlist a greeter to pass them out at the entrance.

Maintain the look

Even with a complete regimen of proactive methods to prevent shine and keep makeup fresh, you may need to touch up as the party winds on. Before the big day, put together a small and portable touch-up kit. Ask a bridesmaid, family member, or friend to keep it handy for routine maintenance and beauty emergencies. Your unique needs may vary, but here are a few kit makeup content ideas:

  • Blotting sheets to dab away oil and sweat buildup
  • Setting spray to lock in your makeup or refresh your look
  • Powder compact with mirror
  • Lipstick and liner (you’ll likely need to refresh both after your first married kiss or cutting the wedding cake!)
  • Eyeliner, shadow, brow pencils, concealer, or any other products you used (in case reapplication is needed)
  • Q-tips (for reapplying makeup or carefully removing smudges)

Of course, you won’t need to worry about mascara, as your lashes will stay picture-perfect no matter what your summer wedding throws at you.

Best beauty wishes to all you beautiful summer brides!

Photos: A Caroline’s Lash Boutique bridal client on her big day

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5 Eye Makeup Trends to Pair with Your Lash Extensions

Know this: you’re already beautiful when bare-faced. But it’s fun to play with makeup, and it can be especially fun when your lashes are already on point. Try these trending techniques to top off the look!

1. Winged eyeliner

Winged eyeliner, also known as the cat eye, is a simple and timeless look that can add depth and drama, and glam to your eyes. Once you’ve mastered the winged technique, it’s easy to make it your own. Apply a subtle wing at the outer corner of your lashline for minimalist glam, or drag out the length of your cat-eye to for a bold statement. Either method will draw focus toward your eyes — and, of course, to your fabulously full lashes!

2. Full brows

Full brows are in full force this season… and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. There are many options to pump up your natural brow volume, including professional tinting, brow filler kits, and tinted brow pomade. The key is to use products that complement your skin tone and hair color, just as you would with blush or lipstick shades.

3. Shimmer

Shimmer can range from light luminescent powder to fun and bold eye glitter. It all depends on the occasion and your preferences! Current glitter trends are taking a more refined approach, such as a simple line of liquid glitter liner or a light dusting just underneath the lower lashline before a big event or party.

4. Mattes and metallics

Because you won’t need to wear mascara with your extensions, eyeshadow and eyeliner are going to be your lashes’ next best friends. Both matte textures and metallic shades have their place. Copper is a gorgeous option when going for a smokey eye (especially for people with brown or hazel eyes), or you can pair a matte lid with a touch of metallic along the lower lashes.

5. Bare or nude tones

If you prefer to go au naturale, you can do so while still achieving a pop of dimension with your lash extensions! Alternatively, keep things simple and subtle by blending a peach-toned shadow to create just a touch of rosiness.

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