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Focus on the Positive! How-to Contour and Highlight

We have all seen the highlight contour tutorials. If you are intrigued and curious but hesitant and a little confused about the newest Sheer Minerals contouring and highlighting products and tools, we are here to help. It is really not as intimidating as some of the paint by numbers-looking videos and pictures make it appear.SheerMinerals_HowToContour_FB_no_text.jpg

The general rule of thumb with contouring and highlighting is to create or emphasize light and shadow. As I often reference in my blogs, it is face art. Light will bring things forth and dark will minimize or recess them. The eye will always go to the light. Think of highlighting as the “positive” and remember the eye will always “focus on the positive”.

If you have a round face and want to create cheekbones apply Contour Powder to the hollows of your cheeks (under your cheekbone) and Strobe Stick to the actual cheekbone and “apples” of your cheeks, thus creating the illusion that the hollows recede and the cheekbones pop out. If you have a round face and want it to appear more oval, imagine placing a paper oval cut out in front of your face. Any areas that would extend beyond the cut out, you would want to recede with shading. Focus the Strobe Stick on places light naturally shines like the center of your forehead, nose and chin. The result is a slimmer longer face. If your face is long and slim, focus your contour on the chin and forehead, which will in essence “shorten” the face.

For me, I would like my nose to appear longer and narrower, so I apply Contour Powder on either side of my nose and then put the focus (light) in a line down the bridge of my nose to the tip. This creates the illusion that the broader portions of my nose recede and the bridge and tip of my nose are more prominent.

The best contouring and strobing tip is: experiment. Apply your Contour Powder with the Foundation Concealer Brush, and then, use the Blending Sponge to apply and blend the Strobe Stick.

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Lights, Camera…How to Look Your Best in Every Photo

Weddings, graduations, family reunions, class reunions…love is in the air, or is that BBQ?? Either way, family and friends have come out of hibernation and your calendar is probably full of spring and summer events and photo opportunities. If you know the camera will likely have you in its crosshairs (whether by choice or not), here are some photo tips to look your best at every angle.

Face

1. Always start with a Mineral Makeup Primer. It will fill in a multitude of fine lines and allow your makeup to glide smoothly over any imperfections.

2. Concealer is your friend. Use Pink Lighten-up Concealing Stick to cover any dark circles. Use neutral concealer for any blemishes and green concealer for any redness.

3. Mix your BB Crème with Sheer Minerals foundation for an airbrushed finish foundation. Remember to blend from your jawline into your neck for even color.

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Age Defying Beauty

….And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows – Audrey Hepburn

Pre-Makeup Prep

Tweeze away any strays and clean up your eyebrow shape. A defined brow and clean brow bone opens and lifts the eye.

Exfoliate Dry dead skin can hang on to makeup, causing skin to appear dull and patchy.

Cleanse Gently cleanse your face with your choice of cleansing gel or bar soap and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply your facial mist as well.

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A Case for Makeup

Many celebrities and “well-knowns” are ditching the makeup for an all-natural, no makeup look and being quite public about it. Defying what they call a skewed “public standard of beauty”. There is even a hashtag created for this movement: #nomakeup

I have encountered women who say, “I don’t wear makeup, I’m beautiful just the way I am!“ and to that I say, “Yes, you are!” But for me, and so many others I know, we love our makeup! Its fun, its transformative and in a way, a very personal art form! I like the concept of contours and highlights; putting light-catching shimmer here and there, playing with eye shadow that makes the color of my eyes look more intense and endlessly practicing, and to date, failing with winged eyeliner. Rather than being a conformist act of masking who I really am, or an insecurity with my naked face, I regard it as a personal expression, like a tattoo, only washable. I am totally intrigued by women who can chisel a cheekbone out of nothing but the color brown. That’s an ART! But many in the #nomakeup movement would translate this as not loving what you were given. I respectfully beg to differ. I confess I do appreciate hiding behind a little concealer when I have a break out (usually before family pictures or some sort of social soiree). Is this because I do not love myself? Is it because I am trying to aspire to an unattainable standard of beauty? No, it is because I am not fond of the angry, red third eye in the middle of my forehead. That is all.

Culturally and historically, men and women have done makeup or face painting for centuries for beauty, celebration, war, religion, to ward off diseases and protect from the sun. By the time Queen Cleopatra came to power in the 1st century BC, Egyptian women had at their disposal a whole array of cosmetics, all of which were made from rocks, minerals and plants in the region. Cleopatra used bright green and a deep blue eye shadow with gold-colored pyrite flecks. She darkened her eyebrows and lengthened her eyelashes. She used red ochre, a type of clay colored red by iron oxide for blush and lipstick.

The #nomakeup naturalist may claim the toxic brew of chemicals women put on their face as reasoning for their stance. Legitimate! But with Sheer Minerals by Lemongrass Spa, you need not worry.

I hardly think the use of makeup or lack thereof is worthy of a “movement”. My idea of a movement would be to accept all translations of beauty. If your look is a swipe of lip balm and a ponytail, you go girl! If you pile on eyeliner, practice on your wings or paint on a precise 40’s era red lip, fabulous!! Most of what brings out beauty comes from the inside out. With Lemongrass Spa and Sheer Minerals, you can paint your gorgeous palette safely and naturally to your hearts content or, if you prefer, simply moisturize and go! As I like to say, makeup doesn’t make a woman beautiful, the woman makes the makeup beautiful. #Idefinemybeauty #SheermineralsbyLG

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Fresh, Pure and Natural Holiday Glamour

Whether you are hosting or invited to a neighborhood holiday gathering, a family event or a glamorous corporate soiree, in the same way you plan what you will wear, equally consider your makeup.

Guests will initially admire your dress, shoe choice, or ugly sweater, but holiday parties are a time for engaging with friends, family or people you may only see in an office atmosphere….face to face! Occasionally you will run into others who chose the same outfit as you, however, your face will always be a designer original!

To best determine what to wear on your face, lets start with the type of event you’re going to followed by a few fun options.

Casual event, family gathering or daytime party

Glow for it! If your preference is Au Naturel, you can dress it up slightly with a little bronzer applied to the prominent features of your face to catch the light, a touch of Organic Mascara and just a kiss of Peach Dream Organic Lip Gloss makes your natural beauty shine!

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