Posts Tagged ‘Makeup Coverage’

SUMMERTIME AND YOUR BEAUTY IS EASY

Friday, June 14th, 2013

 

Glamour, glitz, and glowing are the buzz words for summer 2013. 

 

The colors in fashion almost always make their way onto the face.  This season’s bright and pretty pinks, corals, yellows, greens and shades of gold, in makeup are taken right from the runway clothing designers.

 

Gold is the color associated with Hollywood – and since this season’s hair is all about the glam  – with roller sets, and big sexy curls ala the movie stars tresses – of course gold should be sprinkled in the makeup.  Gold, bronze, or silver flecks can be seen in everything from eye shadow, blush, bronzer, lipstick, and lip gloss to even body lotion and powder – is going to be a huge seasonal hit.  Think of the sun glistening off the water, and this year we are going to be wearing it – catching our own sun beam reflections.

 

Pink is flattering on everyone.  If you are in the cool family choose a pink that is valentine in color, if you are warm, a peachy pink with look fabulous.  Wear it on the eyes, the cheeks, and of course the lips.

 

Eye shadows are being shown in green – both military green as well as kiwi – yellows, and turquoise, with eyeliners in color that coordinate.   Add lots and lots of mascara to lengthen and thicken.  If you dare – even false eyelashes in the daytime are so right now!

 

Blush is back.  Sweeping upward and inward from the apple of the cheeks to the temple area – in hues ranging from lighter pinks to deepest mauves.

 

  Lips are shiny and sexy.  Lip gloss – think patent leather looking shiny.  Lipsticks are taking the tone of rich color with a bit of lightness via the flecks of shine added.

 

But the one thing to remember about any beauty trend is NOTHING will look good on poor skin.  The skin underneath the makeup is what will always show.  You would not think of exercising hard for an hour and right away – with out bathing – put on an evening dress – would you?  Then don’t put makeup on an uncared for face.  Cleanse, tone, and hydrate 2 X a day.

 

Have fun with this summer’s makeup – remember – makeup is like making a sandcastle at the beach – every night it washes away with the tide!  But it was fun while it lasted!

Here Are Some Tips To Get A Red Carpet Worthy Photo In A Flash!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

There are cameras everywhere these days, and pictures of you end up on Facebook and other social media networks mere moments after they’re taken. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to untag them before it’s too late, and everyone has seen you looking your worst!

Like the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a 1,000 words.” I want to add to that ~ And least a $1,000 or more dollars of instant credibility…or lack of!

Helpful hints to help you look your fabulous best when facing the flashbulbs:

Find Your Best Angle. Experiment by posing in the mirror. It will quickly become obvious which angles are your most flattering. Once you know your best angles, you will be ready to pose before the flash pops.

Chin Up. The dreaded double chin…yikes!  The worst…even if you don’t have one, you’ve probably been caught on camera with an angle that
made chin mountains out of molehills. Here is a super simple remedy, stick your chin out and slightly pulled away from your neck. It feels awkward, but the
camera cannot detect the proportion of how far you pull out your chin. This makes your jawline look stronger, lessening the dreadful double chin look.

Look Longer And Leaner. You’ll rarely see a celebrity standing full face forward to the camera. To help your body look its longest and leanest,
think of a Miss America traditional pose. When you angle your body a bit to the side, you can take down several inches off your torso. The key is to put one
foot in front of the other, and of course smile. No Queen wave necessary.

• Put Your Hand On Your Hip. Not like the Hokey Pokey, but it’s great posing advice that Hollywood Stars are very hip to as well. To make
your hips look slimmer, pull your body forward from the waist up slightly towards the camera. Put one or both of your hands on your hips. Your arms will
look more toned as you will be flexing your muscle slightly when you are holding them on your hips.

No One Likes A Faker. Genuine smiles only! Avoid the totally fake it out smiles that are so often capture forever on film by thinking of the camera
lens as a person you genuinely like and are happy to see. If you are posing for a series of photos, don’t keep holding your smile ~ your mouth will start
shaking and you will know it’s not natural. My best trick to keep smiling natural is to move my jaw around between pictures – in my case, you might want
to give your photographer a heads up, as when I do this exercise, I look like I am chewing on a leather shoe!

• What in the world should I wear? Wear solid colors in photos. Don’t wear shiny material as it reflects light and can make even the slightest budge look much bigger than it is. A professional makeup application is a must! The camera doesn’t miss a thing, and you only have a flash bulb instant to forever be caught on camera!

Relax…Pose… and Smile…as now you are totally ready for your Paparazzi close ups! 

Vogue!

XOXO~

Susie Galvez

 

Channeling Chanel

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

For nearly a century, Coco Chanel has been synonymous with just about every piece of clothing that we consider stylish ~ lots of other items that perhaps, you have not even given a second thought!

You only have to take a peek inside your closet to see shadows of Chanel.  If you have a stash of jackets that you toss over jeans to help your class up your casual – that’s very Chanel.  Of course, it goes without saying that any black dress is the top branch of Chanel’s design family tree!

But did you know that Coco Chanel is responsible for actual pockets in clothing, bell-bottoms, twin sets, belted cardigans, drop waists, short dresses as evening wear, sportswear – yes, even sportswear as we know it, started at the House of Chanel.

And who could forget – accessories galore!!  Basically everything in your closet that has simple lines, skims over the body, is easy to move in, and is simple…so lots of jewelry can be worn without the worry of ever being overdone.

Here are some of my favorite Coco quotes on how Chanel put the Class in Classic!

“It’s always better to be slightly underdressed.”
Overdressing is the first cousin of trying too hard.  It is like shouting out loud that you don’t trust yourself or your clothes to “fit in.”

“All you have to do is subtract.”
Simplicity will forever be in style.  Take a look at yourself in a full length mirror before leaving the house to see what you look like both coming and going.  If it’s too much, take something off.

“One shouldn’t spend all one’s time dressing.  All one needs are two or three suits, as long as they and everything to go with them, are perfect.”
Every beautiful piece in your closet should go with every other fabulous piece.  After all, don’t you have better things to do than fret about fashion?

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
This quote is not Coco’s, but Gore Vidal, who was expressing why Chanel was so perfect.   Coco embraced loving yourself first, dressing accordingly ~ as it will always show.
In honor of Chanel’s philosophy of Classy and Fabulous, I along, with my BFF, Mary Foley, have put together a Holiday Glam Event titled “Rock What You Got!” If you would like to hear more of “Wow! You look Beautiful!! at holiday events ~ or learn how to quickly change from your day look into holiday glam…without breaking the bank ~ and how to create your own sanity in the midst of holiday overload…then this fun and full of great tips workshop is the perfect way to add a little extra glam to your holidays and everydays!
Rock it out as we share:

5 ways to rock a Little Black Dress (or little black anything) using items you already have in your closet – or easily (and inexpensively) found in stores.
Why accessories are necessities and how to add pizzazz from head to toe.
How to insure that your hair “Do” doesn’t become a hair don’t!
Holiday makeup tips to accentuate all of your assets and limit any liabilities.
What every woman needs to do to keep her skin looking healthy & radiant during the holidays.
9 simple, powerful ways to reduce holiday stress and make them memorable and fun again!
How to confidently mingle at office parties and holiday events where you hardly know a soul.
Plus…wine, chocolate, dessert and lots of laughter!
If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area, we would love to have you join us on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 7 – 9 pm!!  Here are the fabulous Details and to sign up:  www.livingfabulousgirlpon.com
Beauty is easy…once you know the tricks!

 

Susie Galvez
www.SusieGalvez.com
Susie@SusieGalvez.com

A Healthy Foundation ~ For A Healthy Foundation

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Choosing the best makeup foundation for yourself can be challenging ~ even for skincare experts!  Especially when you look at all of the zillions of different brands, formulas and types! 

Everything from powder, liquid, stick, crème, and even air-brushed in a spray-on bottle!  Adding to the mix are the many different skin condition formulas: dry, aging, oily, combination, sensitive and normal.  And of course, there is the coverage factor to consider: sheer, light, medium, full, and even camouflage!  It is enough to make you say yikes! 

With so many choices – how can you choose wisely and healthy?  Believe it or not, just a little bit of research is all you need to reveal the perfect foundation for your skin. 

First – You need to determine your skin condition.  For the very best skin condition analysis, I recommend a consultation with an Esthetician near you.  The Esthetician will look at your skin under a “loop” which is a lighted magnifying glass to see your skin up close and personal.  Also sometimes a “Woods Lamp” is used showing the skin surface via a black light and magnifying glass.

In the meantime, while waiting for your appointment with your Esthetician, here is a quick- although less scientific method, to determine your skin’s condition:

Tonight after your evening beauty regime of cleansing, and treating your skin, as you are getting ready for your nightly ‘beauty sleep’ – place three clean tissues on your nightstand.  

First thing the next morning before getting out of bed, take the tissues, one at a time, and gently rub one across your forehead, one across your nose and cheeks, and the last one across your chin.  Remove the tissues and review them. 

  • Normal skin      Tissue will show little to no oil on it.  Skin does not feel tight or flaky.
  • Dry Skin:            Tissue will show no oil on it, but skin feels dry and taut after tissue removal.
  • Oil Skin:              Tissue shows oily areas and skin’s surface could still remain oily to the touch.
  • Combo Skin:     Some tissues reflect oily areas such as forehead and nose areas, while cheeks/chin feel dry/tight.
  • Sensitive Skin: Skin feels irritated and possibly looks red and/or blotchy after removing tissue. 

Secondly – Decide which type of foundation you like.  Is it crème, liquid, powder, stick, mineral, etc.?  Next decide what coverage you prefer.  These are truly a matter of personal preference – based on what you like, and what feels best on your skin.

Thirdly – But without a doubt - the most important step is to check the label for ingredients!  For the healthiest foundation, make sure that your foundation choice is free of:

  • Parabens
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • And is Dermatologist and clinically tested

As for SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – The best place to have SPF is on your face – either in your foundation, or topically applied after your skincare regime, if you are sans makeup.   In order to work, a SPF cannot be IN your skincare products – as skincare products are meant to go into the skin!  SPF doesn’t do any good – inside your skin – to work SPF needs to be up, front, and center, shielding and protecting the skin!

And Lastly, if your skin could use a little extra age-defying ingredients, look for foundation formulas with multi-mineral complex of Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, and Lysine as well as vitamins like A and E that protect the skin against free radical damage while moisturizing and protecting the skin. 

Surround yourself with beauty ~ healthy beauty!

 

Susie Galvez

www.susiegalvez.com