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From coral to peach, from mandarin to salmon, I have found myself magnetically drawn to all things orange in my wardrobe, accessories, makeup and nail polish this summer. Tangerine Tango was the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012, but the momentum has by no means slowed down.
When the sun comes out and temperatures rise, peach and coral shades help to bring a healthy fresh glow to sun-kissed skin. Orange is everywhere I seem to look! From avante-garde runway looks, to editorial publications, to wearable red carpet glamour, shades of orange have become welcome alternatives to pinks and reds.
On June 6, our friends at MAC released a limited edition collection All About Orange featuring 8 gorgeous lipsticks, 3 blushes, 3 Creamsheen Lip Glasses and a eye shadow quad called Rainy Season that complements the juicy tones beautifully! Check out the entire All About Orange line of products photographed by fellow beauty blogger, Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog.
After seeing these beautiful hues created by MAC, I was inspired to create a few makeup looks of my own featuring a Dollface favorite, TEMPTU AIRpods. To create the fresh monochromatic daytime look that I did on my model Maricela, I let the Clementine AIRpod shine!
For her eyes, I applied Clementine blush on her lids, then used a taupe matte shadow on her crease to create dimension; then I applied Champagne highlighter to the inner corner of her eyes for a pop of brightness. Her cheeks are Clementine blush and Champagne highlighter. And on her lips, I applied the Clementine blush by spraying the product onto a cosmetic wedge and patted it onto her lips. I followed up with a red/orange lip liner I found at Big Lots and topped it all off with clear gloss. Doesn’t she look stunning?!
For a more evening look, I created a smoky eye using Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #15 all over the lid and on the lower lash line. Then I brought in a bit of orange by layering Clementine blush over it the cream shadow by spraying the product on a sponge. Finally, I added bit of dark brown matte shadow in my crease. Like the daytime look, I applied – you guessed it – Clementine blush on my cheeks. And on my lips I am wearing Sunflower by NYX.
Although this color family can be intimidating at first glance, I can assure you that there is a shade out there to compliment every skin tone. Those with blue eyes will find that oranges will make your baby blues POP! If your skin has a naturally red undertone or if you suffer from rosacea, I encourage you to use coral blushes to bring a beautiful natural flush to your face without accentuating redness. So go out there and be bold… you’ll be glad you did!
It’s finally time to share my 2nd addition to my beauty routine! After adding Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my routine, I then added a new Mint Julep mask from Queen Helen. Funny thing is I purchased the mask a few months earlier partly due to Mint Julep being in the name, I live in Savannah, and partly because of the label’s claims of clearing up blackheads, reducing acne, all while leaving your skin clean, refreshed, and smooth. Oh and it was also $1.69! Boom goes the dynamite.
So I get home and I completely chicken out of trying out my new mask since I was sporting a nice, clear complexion and was all-of-a-sudden afraid to try something new. Oh and it was $1.69! The same selling point of being super cheap became confirmation that I shouldn’t put anything so cheap and new on my face, at this time.
After stumbling upon a review for the best mask ever, I was reintroduced to Miss Queen Helen and her Mint Julep magic. The review raved about reducing acne, minimizing the appearance of pores, and getting a deep down clean. This time my face wasn’t so clear and I wasn’t concerned about the lack of financial investment.
This is the part where angels would sing in my story! (Mentally insert singing angels) My sister-in-law, Justine, and I took the plunge together and it was WONDERFUL! The minty smell was so fresh and invigorating! My face did experience a slight burning feeling for a few seconds but Justine’s face was fine. It only happened the first time and my guess would be that my eczema sensitive skin was adjusting. My acne spots dried up and were clear within a couple of days. The size and redness was down 50% almost immediately after the first use.
Now the next steps are the most important! After you deep clean, you must balance your PH levels. Using the ACV toner will be perfect. Next make sure to moisturize. I personally love Grape Seed Oil (all skin types) or Vitamin E Oil (dry/eczema skin). TIP: The oils are also the best makeup remover that makes your lashes grow! Use an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily skin. Just please use something! If you don’t, your skin will begin to over produce oils and lead you down a different road of issues.
So there you have it dolls, Apple Cider Vinegar & Queen Helen’s Mint Julep. An odd couple of strange smells but fantastically amazing in results and price! I hope you enjoy the random Queen Helen fan photos as much as we do!
Until next time DAH-lings! <3 Jules
I recently requested of my favorite stylist a pixie haircut, realizing that the daily struggle of blowdrying, heat tools, and product selection were futile against the combination of my hair texture and South Georgia's humidity, not to mention my patience. After spending the past three years concentrating on growing out my "naturally" blonde locks, it took three haircuts within a week to get me to the ultimate cut, and watching the inches fall to the floor was a confusing mixture of emotions including heartbreak and liberation. Ultimately, I absolutely adore my new style. The way it falls naturally is a little bit boyish, with potential for many different "do's" from girly to classic to edgy. I couldn't be happier.
Styling oneself beneath a short haircut is different because the face is front and center. There is no hiding behind teasing and curls, and the androgyny of a stereotypically male cut on a woman requires a little more effort to bring out femininity in a face that is now showcasing bone structure. It's easy though, and in my opinion, completely worth it!
Grooming is of the utmost importance. With short hair, the time you save on styling it should be replaced by extra attention to your skin. A great home regimen (see some of our previous blogs for awesome product and technique recommendations), along with monthly professional treatments or as recommended by your Esthetician will keep your skin glowing. Good skin can simplify your makeup, but the products I recommend are Stila BB Cream, Temptu airbush, and Naked Minerals. A light, natural foundation is the ultimate skin perfecting tool and the base of any look. Brows should also be immaculate, professionally shaped and maintained at home. A clean arch can make a world of difference in any face, especially those beneath a close crop.
The most feminine, attention-attracting features on a woman's face are her eyes and lips. A short haircut really allows these to shine and gives the makeup enthusiast a real opportunity to play. Every celebrity has shorn off their hair at some point, so finding a signature look is as simple as finding a famous example. My personal favorite is Twiggy in the 1960s. The wide doll eyes and emphasis on lashes add a classic girliness that I've come to feel is part of my personal style. Yours could be red lips, or a cat eye, or different every day.
Short hair has only two rules:
Maintain groomed brows and a smooth complexion.
Make it your own!
Here's a special shout out to Jordan Reddick of 30 Volume Salon in Statesboro, Georgia - thank you for always being the best at what you do! I love my new look!
Jules and I had the honor of working Premiere, the biggest International beauty event! We were honored when Keratin Complex, a company that has proven its worth in just five short years, asked us to do makeup for their models. These ultra-talented stylists and representatives of the brand divided the models into three groups: redheads, blondes, and holograms. Each color was more exciting than the last, and as soon as I decided on a favorite, another one would sit in my chair and blow me away!
Backstage was a whirlwind of scissors flying, color processing, and irons steaming, not to mention our part in the behind the scenes buzz, creating flawless skin with dramatic eyes and the on-trend lip color this season, Black Dahlia by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. (We were so excited to hear at James Vincent's class that our recent attraction to Black Dahlia is completely justified by what is en vogue this year.)