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Makeup Application Tips And Tricks

We can all use a lesson or two when it comes to makeup application. Tips and tricks provided by world-renowned professional artists are below, including online resources, how-to guides, tutorials and more.

5 Easy Nail Ideas

Five Easy Nail Ideas

Five Easy Nail Ideas

I am a nail art Spaz. It’s true. I LOVE nail art, and have tried my hand at several techniques. I’m honest with myself, though, and walked away from wasting any more time on it. The women who produce creative, mess-free nail art are talented, plain and simple!

But… I’d love to be able to have fun nails! Most nail salons don’t have technicians who can create any serious art, other than polka dots, so here are five easy nail art ideas for the “nail art challenged” like me! [Read more…]

Tweak Your Morning Routine

Tweak Your Morning Routine!

Tweak Your Morning Routine!

Tweak Your Morning Routine

remington-buttonThe alarm clock goes off and already you are faced with a dozen decisions that need to be made before you walk out the door.  What am I going to wear today? Is there time to pack a lunch? Or do I need to eat out again? Do I have time to shower? And if I shower, do I have time to blow dry my hair? Add kids to this equation, and your morning just went from busy to hectic.

Here is the good news: We’ve come up with a list of time-saving tips for you to follow to make your morning routine less crazy and make yourself look more prepared.

Prepare the night before

  • Pick out and lay out what you are going to wear the night before. This will eliminate multiple minutes spent pulling shirts off of their hangers, trying them on and then throwing them on the bed because you didn’t like them.
  • If a shirt is wrinkled or stained, take care of it the night before when you’re better prepared, instead of panicking in the morning. Quick tip: Purchase a mini-steamer. They are quicker and easier to use than ironing.
  • Pack your purse and lunch the night before and have it ready, so you can grab it on your way out the front door.  Also, your keys, wallet and all essentials should live in your purse – there’s no time for running around in the morning looking for misplaced subway passes.
  • If you are heading to the gym after work, have that bag ready, too.
  • Shampoo your hair the night before to allow you to quickly dampen and blow-dry in the morning. If you don’t shampoo every night, roll or wrap your hair to preserve your current hairstyle.
  • Take care of your skin by performing any deep cleansing, exfoliating, anti-aging, or acne treatments the night before. This will help to limit your morning routine to a light cleanse and simple make-up application.

Face products

  • For a quick make-up routine, apply foundation, blush, and lipstick.  These are the bare necessities and will help you start your day feeling confident no matter how quickly you rushed from the house.
  • If you just don’t have any time for makeup, splash some cold water on your face. It tightens pores and instantly perks up your complexion.
  • For quick eye makeup, skip the shadow and apply a light-colored eyeliner in a thick line across your lash line, then smudge the liner upwards until it blends.
  • Cut time spent on curling your eyelashes. Instead of using curlers, try pressing your eyelashes up with your index finger instead and hold for five seconds. The heat from your finger will help the lashes to stay put.

Quick hair tips

  • Focus on your bangs. You can always pull your hair back in a ponytail or a headband and let it dry naturally and spend your time styling your bangs.
  • If you like to straighten your hair, try to do it the night before.
  • If you are using a curling iron, you may be using up more time that you need. Try rollers instead. Put in a few rollers and take your shower, but don’t get your hair wet, and let the steam set it for you.
  • Dry shampoo is a quick fixer-upper when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Get rid of excess oil at the roots by spraying on dry shampoo.
  • Another idea is to use a large powder brush to dab and blend sheer powder directly to your roots.

With a little planning the night before to maximize your chances of looking beautiful the next day, your mornings don’t have to be doomed from the moment your alarm goes off.  Simply start putting a consistent process in place to simplify your morning beautification routine. Follow these quick-fix tips and make your mornings something you enjoy, not dread.

About Ms. Lenora Cruz-Price: Ms. Cruz-Price has been the Department Chair of the Cleveland Remington College Cosmetology diploma program since 2010. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and has experience both in the public school system and as a salon owner.  As a Cleveland resident for over 30 years, Ms. Cruz-Price’s favorite aspect of teaching Cosmetology in the Maple Heights-area is to empower others.



NARS has recently launched a MakeupYourMind.com, a destination for those with a desire to be “social” while simultaneously sharing your version of one of the looks from the recently released book: “Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself”. [Read more…]

CUTiE Quad Eyeshadow

cutie quad macWhen I first spied MAC’s CUTiE Quad eyeshadow palette–from the MAC Quite Cute collection–I didn’t think this collection of four Easter-egg hued eyeshadows would be the kind of makeup I would chose to wear everyday. I was so wrong! In fact, this swirl of candy-colored shades can be either bold or subtle, depending on where you apply each color on your lids.

Applied without a primer, the shades in MAC’s “Cutie Quad” eyeshadow x 4 are generally on the sheer side. With a Want to know a great way to wear them? First, apply Moshi Moshi! to the lid. The frosty white shade is positively eye-opening! Then, apply Goody Goody Gum Drop up to the brow bone. The pastel pink is utterly hip for 2011, so show it off! Applied in the crease, the electric Boycrazy should be applied in the crease next. This lavendar shade has a certain electricity to it. Finally apply Azuki Bean ( a violet with earthy undertones) as an accent shade to line the eyes. The look is semi-neutral and semi-colorful. The violet hues are a brown eyed girls best friend!

Retail price is $36 per quad.

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Three Hair Myths Exposed by Nick Arrojo

three hair myths nick arrojoDon’t be mid-led, readers!  There are a lot of beauty myths floating around, and we’ve all fallen for at least one of them in our lifetime!  Today Nick Arrojo, of Arrojo Studio and author of Great Hair: Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day helps to set the record straight when it comes to three common hair myths.

  • There’s a new trend that says you should get your hair cut every four weeks, instead of the traditional six to eight weeks. I don’t believe this for one second and neither should you. Unless your hair is super short, and you like to keep it that way, getting your hair cut within four weeks is a waste of money. A good haircut should last a minimum of six weeks before needing another trim.
  • The fuller-figured woman often brings her hair forward over her face, mistakenly believing this will hide her fuller shape. It doesn’t. Bringing hair forward to the cheeks actually draws attention to the fullest part of anybody’s face: chubby cheeks! Instead of trying to disguise your shape and size, be brave, style your hair back away from your face, expose your eyes, and get the twinkle back.
  • Calling out fashion faux pas is all the rage. Never wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day is a common one that makes me giggle. It’s just not true. If you look great who cares what date it is?! It’s the same with hair: Don’t wear long hair over forty, people say. I disagree. As long as your hair is healthy, the style is modern, and it suits you, then wear any length you want, regardless of your age.