Tips to look and feel your ABSOLUTE best, everyday!
We all want to look and feel our best — and by “best” I mean the most glowing, youthful version of ourselves. Taking time each day to spend on yourself, is an investment that will have you not only looking beautiful but feeling that way, too. You have probably heard that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But I think it may actually be in the eye of the woman who gets the most sleep, drinks the most water and follows these easy tips..
- Prep and PrimeMany women overlook the importance of skincare in their beauty regimen. Yet this key step leaves skin feeling so fresh and clean! I am a firm believer that before applying makeup the skin should be prepared properly. No matter how tired you are, wash and moisturise your face when you wake up (and before you hit the hay), to detox your precious pores of all of the dirt that has accumulated during the night. Gorgeous skin = gorgeous make-up
- Hide Dark CirclesAfter applying your moisturiser, allow 10-15 minutes for it to soak in. Your makeup will go on better, stay on longer and you can avoid patchiness. Then you can brighten up your entire face with dabs of concealer. Apply a brightening Concealer with a Concealer Brush just to the areas that need it — any red spots (outer sides of nostrils), blemishes and under eye dark circles. Make sure you the blend the concealer using your ring finger, as it has the lightest touch and won’t tug on delicate under-eye skin.
- Have a Flawless BaseFocus on trying to achieve a base that gives a flawless and smooth finish. Opt for powders like mineral and baked as an alternative to liquid foundation, which are healthier for your skin by not clogging pores with unwanted chemicals, and feel silky to wear too. Use a Phoenix Buffer Brush (I call this my “Magic Wand”) to apply a Powder Foundation to the entire face, using circular motions to really work the product onto the face. I like to buff the brush all over the face vigorously to work with the natural oils of the face and allow the product to warm with your skin temperature (this will give you a more polished finish and will make sure your powder isn’t visibly sitting on the surface).
- Brows, Brows, Brows
Brows are one of the most important features on your face and well-groomed brows are the key to a polished look, but far too many women neglect their eyebrows. Everyone has a different face and eye shape and eyebrows should complement eyes and help minimise facial flaws. Eyebrow Shaping has always been my passion and specialty and I spend a lot of time training my Pink Lady, Phoenix Artists to become brow perfectionists. At Phoenix Cosmetics we deliver “Brow Magic” which is a service that Phoenix Cosmetics is famous for. We look at eyebrows from a Makeup Artists perspective, we don’t just “tidy” brows, we shape them and will teach you how to correctly colour and maintain them. I definitely recommend getting your brows shaped professionally, even if it’s just one time!
- Add Some Definition
I believe make-up should be all about enhancing your natural features, rather than trying to look like something you’re not. It’s all about subtle definition. This liner trick does wonders for a defined look; Rim your upper and lower lash lines with a chocolate coloured eye pencil and smudge it out with a eye shadow brush. Then set with a powder eyeshadow of similar colour. Finish with two coats of mascara, on top and bottom—focusing on the outer lashes with the top of the wand. This will just add a sultry and more defined look, making your eyes “pop!” (Expert tip: To give eyes an even bigger boost, use an eyelash curler before you apply mascara. Start as close to the roots of your lashes as possible and gently pulse the curler forward bit by bit to the ends.)
- Colour Yourself Happy
Put on a bright colour to kick yourself into gear (especially on a Monday morning!). For example, red is the most energetic colour in the spectrum.. so pop on a bold red lippy. When it comes to makeup, nothing rivals the power of a red lip. A crimson pout will elevate your outfit, up your confidence, sex factor AND make a statement all in one swipe. If you’re not feeling quite that brave, then opt for a brightly coloured scarf or paint your nails a fun, happy colour!
- Let Your Inner Beauty Shine Outward
There’s a lot of talk about beauty being only skin deep. But how you feel and who you are on the inside, reflects on the outside. Feeling pretty is a state of mind, not a state of face! After you have spent time getting ready.. appreciate yourself! Look in the mirror and compliment yourself on something. During the day, be mindful of your stature. Stand up straight with your shoulders back, walk tall and think positive thoughts. If you have a great attitude and treat everyone you meet as you would like to be treated you will be thought of as significantly more attractive than a woman who thinks only of herself and runs roughshod over everyone she meets. Most importantly, SMILE! Smile at everyone and everything, as I believe it was Marilyn who said “A smile is the best make-up any girl can wear.” and feel fabulous because you are!Lots of love always,Phoenix