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This Just In: Sheer Minerals Goes Full On Glam!!

The Lemongrass Spa Products fall launch included a makeover for Sheer Minerals Makeup. We’ve gone full on glam!

Introducing our gorgeous, low profile, logo embossed, sleek and chic mineral makeup jars!

Top of the line makeup deserves top of the line packaging. The new rotating sifters make it easier to dip your brush, pour, shake and most importantly, seal our amazing mineral makeup to prevent waste and spillage. You can still tap a bit into your cap for application or pour from the larger opening into your coordinating Mineral Mate Mixing and Application Tray without having to pry the sifter off. The wider, low profile jars keep the minerals from getting packed in too tightly which made them difficult and messy to dispense. The amount of product (trial and full) is still the same, but you will find it far easier to get the precise amount for application. Fresh, CLEAN, Natural and beautiful!!

There is seriously nothing more glam than a sultry smoky eye. Our new Graphite Eye Shadow makes the classic smoky eye look even more achievable. This stunning matte color has the ability to enhance every eye color. Smokey grey with hints of taupe, this shadow is equally neutral and dramatic.

For a classic smoky eye using Graphite:

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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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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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Eye Candy:  SWEET Color Matching Tips for Your Eyes

Many times when choosing eye shadow colors, we choose what is appealing TO our eyes, but not necessarily ON our eyes. Finding the right colors to make your peepers POP can make all of the difference in putting your best face forward. Follow these color matching tips for eye-catching results!

If Your Eyes are BLUE…

Neutral colors set off blue eyes. Sheer Minerals shades like Sea Shell, Sand Pearl, Dazzle, Ballerina Pink, Matte Mocha and even our Coral Blush are beautiful with your baby blues for a daytime look. Blue-eyed beauties look best when wearing earthy tones, but if you want a brighter look, you can also wear rose-colored or pink shadows like Sassy Pink or our Sweet Cheeks Blush. Deeply pigmented colors like Suede and Amaretto are more dramatic and intense, offsetting lighter colors for a stunning evening eye. Blue is a cool color and warm colors are the best contrast with your eyes. In this case, opposites attract!!

If Your Eyes are GREY…

Like shades and tones actually intensify the rare grey eye. Smokey shades, like Silver Sky, Frosted Taupe and Blue Quartz, for a daytime look compliment and play up grey eyes. A smokey eye technique done in grey and blue shades such as Silver Sky and Smokey Eye are especially alluring and sultry for an evening look. If subtle colors are more your style, stay cool. Ballerina Pink or cool Serenity Blue will be the ICE-ing on the cake for grey-eyed babes.

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You Think You're so Cool! A Guide to Foundation Color Matching

Warm, Cool or Neutral.  Which are you?  Surprisingly most people don’t know! Selecting the correct color of makeup and clothing can help you put your best and most vibrant face forward.

Choosing the wrong undertone for foundation can make your face look muddy or ashy rather than healthy and glowing. As an example, let’s say you have pink (cool) undertones and you mistakenly choose a foundation with yellow (warm) undertones; being opposites on the color wheel, you aren’t going to be bringing out and enhancing the natural glow of your skin, but rather masking it. Foundations are designed to blend with and smooth the color and appearance of your own skin.  If you look in the mirror and something doesn’t look quite right and you don’t have the healthy, vibrant look after applying your foundation, you may have chosen the wrong undertone.

To determine if you are warm cool or neutral, we need to first differentiate between “tone” and “undertone”.  The tone of your skin can change depending on the time of year it is. You may be a light in the winter and a tan in the summer.  The undertone, however, is the color under the surface of the skin.  Think of it as backlighting behind the skin.  I may be a medium, but am I a Sand Medium (cool) or a Golden Medium (warm)? This all depends on the undertone. Surprisingly, the color of your eyes and hair are not necessarily determining factors in your undertone.

The 4 undertones are:

Cool:  pink, red or blue undertones

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Sheer Minerals Spotlight: Serenity Eye Shadow

Serenity…Don’t you just love the sound of it. It emotes visions of light blue clear skies, softly lapping ocean waves, a light blue cotton sundress blowing in a light breeze and all things gentle, calm, soft and soothing. It is befitting our newest shade of Sheer Minerals eye shadow. It is a lovely color on blondes, brunettes and redheads and complimentary to all skin tones as well as all ages.

Some may look at it and think of the 70’s and polyester. While it is a pretty “groovy” color, I encourage those afraid of the hippie/disco/grandma stigma, to try it. It is crisp, clean and everything summer in one shade. Plus, if you felt like feathering your hair and throwing on your white polyester bell bottoms…there’s nothing wrong with a little throwback!

One of the two Pantone Color of the Year, Serenity is a must-have for your summer eye shadow collection.

A few techniques for different looks with Serenity:

Line with it: If you are a little intimidated by sweeping the color dramatically across your lids, pair Serenity Blue with a complimentary color, such as Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow, and simply use Serenity Blue as a liner. Wet your brush for more intense color and precision. 

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Keep Mature Skin Young, Bright and Healthy with Sheer Minerals

Hello Natural Beauties,

Recently I have seen many questions regarding more mature skin and its appearance with powdered mineral makeup. To this topic, I can speak with a bit of experience. A few precious months away from the big Five-Oh, I can tell you that I, like some of you, cannot wear the powdered minerals by themselves. Living in Colorado, my skin tends to be on the dry side and the powder alone can make my skin appear a little less youthful than I would like. I would LOVE to have the wrinkle and fine line free skin of my youth, but alas, those days are in my rearview mirror. However, hydrating and smoothing out the appearance of my skin with the Lemongrass Spa’s line of skin care and Sheer Minerals cosmetics is instrumental in keeping my skin healthy, moisturized and youthful.

Here are ten keys to keeping more mature skin looking young, bright and healthy:

  1. Dehydration is a wrinkles best friend. Drink plenty of water, herbal tea and juice.
  2. Pore Cleansing. When pores become congested with makeup, dead skin cells and dirt, they can appear larger and disrupt the smooth appearance of the skin. Using Microdermabrasion Crème and our clay-based facemasks once a week, as well as a daily toner, can cleanse and tighten the pores resulting in a smoother more youthful surface.
  3. Nightly Serum regime. I cannot express enough the difference I have seen in my skin since I began using the Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum. It has been astounding to see the change from dull and dry to bright and supple.
  4. Eye makeup remover. Pulling and stretching the skin around our eyes to remove makeup can damage the very delicate skin. Be gentle around this area that is so prone to damage. Use our emollient rich Organic Eye Makeup Remover for a dual-purpose eye makeup remover and vitamin rich healing moisturizer.
  5. Primer OR BB Crème. I wouldn't recommend using both since the BB crème acts as a primer serum and foundation in one and can create a little too much "slip" for your blush and eye color to stay in place. The last thing you need is to look like you are melting.
  6. If the BB Crème is not enough coverage for you, you can use both the powder and the BB Crème for a flawless finish. You can also combine your mineral foundation and your primer for the same effect. I like to tap a little bit of the powdered foundation into my Minerals Mate Mixing and Application Tray and then pump a small amount of BB Crème into a separate spot on the tray. Using my Kabuki Brush, I dab the brush into the BB Crème and then dip it into the powdered foundation and blend in a circular motion on my face. They blend beautifully and create a nice, light matte coverage without the tendency to "crack" in the wrinkles and fine lines.
  7. Onward and upward. Whatever you are putting on your face after the foundation, blend UP. Whether its eye shadow, blush or bronzer, defy the effects of gravity by blending color upward.
  8. Highlight to create a dewy look. Whatever blush or bronzer you have applied, mix it with a couple shakes of White Diamond Eye Shadow and dust on the prominent areas of your face (forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin) for a youthful sheen.
  9. Ending on the same note I began, hydration: Use your Mineral Setting Spray frequently throughout the day. Bring your makeup and skin back to life with a spritz of setting spray multiple times daily. It brightens the look of your makeup as well as moisturizes and plumps the skin. Neroli is also a fantastic anti-aging ingredient for the skin.
  10. Smile!! Nothing looks more youthful than a bright, welcoming smile. 

 “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” Audrey Hepburn

Shelley

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Sheer Minerals Makeup: The Eyes Have It!

When it comes to makeup, the area we can have the most fun, and be the most creative with, are our eyes. We can simply apply a little mascara to sport a natural look, or go for the drop dead diva smokey eye, the trendy winged look or create a look all our own. There are so many ways to highlight, frame, enhance, shape and bring out the windows to our soul. Below are just a few!!

 The Natural Look

Sweep the entire eyelid in a nude colored eye shadow such as Sand Pearl or Matte Mocha and apply Brown or Black Organic Mascara to the upper lashes only, concentrating on the outer lashes to uplift the eye. Using your Eyeliner Brush, use the same nude shadow to line the lower lash line to both corners to open the eye.

Smokey Eye

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Sheer Minerals Makeup Party

Beauty products and makeup are such a fun and personal gift to give for the holidays, why not have a glitzy, glamorous Sheer Minerals Makeover party? Much of the feedback and many posts I read indicate a level of intimidation when it comes to holding a Sheer Minerals Party. You do not need to be a makeup artist or even wear makeup to hold a successful party. If you give women the opportunity to get their hands on the makeup and experiment with it, the party virtually holds itself. Busy women often get caught in a beauty rut. We do the same look, buy the same products and stick with the same routine for years and years out of pure habit and staying in a comfort zone. Not only are you providing your guests with the time and opportunity to try new looks, products and colors on themselves, you are giving them great gift ideas for their friends and family. Below are some tips to help you conduct a successful Sheer Minerals Holiday party, regardless of your level of experience with makeup.

1.  Set up stations to avoid crowding and confusion. These should include:

*Makeup removal and facial preparation including warm washcloths, eye makeup remover, moisturizer and primer. *tip: provide a Muddy Mates Mixing & Application Tray, hand mirror (or have larger mirrors at each station) and sample brushes for each guest to keep everything sanitary and allow for mixing. Include a wish list and a pen to keep track of favorites. Encourage before and after selfies that they can share with you if they are comfortable.

*Cover up. Include all 3 concealing sticks, mineral cover-up, and sheer veils.

*Foundations and blush. Include BB crème samples or pumps and mineral foundation, blushes and setting spray.

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Put your Game Face On!!

Hello Natural Beauties!

Fall is here! There is no better indication of that than FOOTBALL! Sheer Minerals always scores a touchdown and will never leave you flat on game day. Going to a game? Attending a football party? Just feeling the FAN-glam-damonium? Follow these fun eye shadow and lip color combinations to show your team pride. Are you ready for some football?!! Look below to find your favorite team and put your game face on!

Arizona Cardinals Red/Black/White

White Diamond Eye Shadow on your lids, black cat eyeliner and Siren Organic Lipstick

Atlanta Falcons Red/Black/Sliver/White  

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Whether you are attending your first day of High School or going back to earn your degree in your 50’s, there are basic lessons to learn about makeup. Makeup styles and application techniques may change, but the fundamentals will always be the same. So read on to BRUSH up on some basics.

  1. Apply your foundation below the jawline and…
  2. Blend gently down your neck to avoid the “mask” effect.
  3. Clean your brushes once a month with Tea Tree Soap and let air dry with the brush end up.backtoschool-logo.jpg
  4. Define your eyes with a deep color in the crease, medium on the lid and light on the brow bone.
  5. Eye shadow can turn into eyeliner by dipping your eyeliner brush in water and then into the powder.
  6. Finishing your look with Mineral Setting Spray will hydrate your skin and set your makeup.
  7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.  Your skin will love you for it.
  8. Highlight the areas of your face you want to bring out (i.e. brow bone, apples of cheeks, chin and nose)
  9. Illuminate dull looking skin with a quick dusting of bronzer.
  10. Just try it!! If you see a look you like, don't be afraid to try it. Makeup washes off.
  11. Kaolin clay in the mineral veils will help absorb oil all day.
  12. Lashes will appear thicker and longer if you dust a little matte veil on them before mascara application.
  13. Merlot and Marsala. Any questions?
  14. Neutralize red areas with green concealer. It is the opposite on the color wheel and will conceal the redness
  15. Open the eye with a touch of white diamond in the inside corner.
  16. Primer, serum, foundation and SPF all in one: BB Crème!
  17. Quench your lips. Use our Exfoliating Lip Polish and Nourishing Lip Butter Lip Butter before your lipstick or gloss for a smoother application.
  18. Recede an area of your face by contouring with a shade slightly darker than your skin. (i.e. hollows of cheeks, under chin, eyelid crease
  19. Save your empty eye shadow or blush jars for a couple of squirts of BB crème to throw in your purse for on-the-go beauty.
  20. Try dipping your foundation brush first in BB crème and then in Mineral foundation for a full coverage airbrushed look.
  21. Undecided?  Get all your basics in a Sheer Minerals Starter Kit.
  22. Veil before makeup creates a smooth canvas.  Veil after makeup sets and finishes the look.
  23. When in doubt…Perfect Pout. It looks great on everyone!
  24. X marks the spot!  Use a lip liner to make an X at your cupids bow to perfect your pout. Follow up with lipstick.
  25. You deserve Fresh. Clean & Natural with Sheer Minerals!
  26. Zip up all your favorites in our Black Fabric Cosmetic Bag with Lemongrass Spa logo.

Did I miss your favorite makeup basic? Let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Shelley

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