All Roads Lead to Hydration

Updated: October 2017

When I went to Empire Academy of Makeup (best school ever!) many, many years ago, the first thing we learned was that if our skin didn’t look good then our makeup wouldn’t look good. In fact, the first course concentrated on skin so much that I fell in love with it and that is how I got started with skin care.
I’ve learned a lot along the way and things have definitely changed but one thing that always remains consistent is: your skin needs hydration and most people are dehydrated.

If you have dry skin, you most likely need oil and water in your skin. When you wear makeup, powders can age you and accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. And, of course, make you drier.

If you have oily skin, you have too much oil and not enough water. When you wear makeup, it feels like you need to re-apply often and you may be flaky in some areas.

Both of these issues can get better by properly hydrating your skin. A Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the best way to do this. It binds moisture to your skin and draws moisture in.

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All Le Mieux serums are Hyaluronic Acid based. That’s why they are my favorite!

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Where it All Started…

I am often asked where I got my education and how I know what I know and do what I do. Well, it really did start with Donna Mee and Empire Academy of Makeup.

I was 21 and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I met a new friend. She loved makeup and would always do mine when we went out. After she moved to New York, it got me thinking. Makeup was fun and interesting and I saw a lot of potential in it as a career. So I did some research and found Empire. It wasn’t the cheapest but it seemed to be the best. I really wanted to learn and I didn’t want to be just another student in a classroom.

I made the phone call and it changed my life. Their tagline… For Those Serious About Makeup. If you’re serious, if you don’t want a lasting and successful career in makeup, do not go here. Don’t waste your time, their time or your money. But if have a passion for makeup and know that you want this to be your career, make that phone call NOW!

Now, obviously I took a different route. I did makeup for a few years but always felt like my passion was more in skin care. I wouldn’t have known that if I didn’t go to Empire though. It was there that I first learned about skin. Not in a superficial way. We really learned about how to care for the skin and fix it!

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In the end, it didn’t matter that I wanted to do skin instead of makeup because Donna teaches business too. We were taught how to market ourselves and how to be professional. That’s invaluable information and has helped me in so many ways.

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Mastering Skin

Lessons I Learned in Makeup School

It costs a lot of money to look this cheap! -Dolly Parton

1. Invest in some high quality makeup brushes. I don’t always believe that more expensive means better but it is usually true with brushes. The ones that you are getting at Target simply are not the same as the ones at Nordstrom. Sorry. 😦 The good news is that if you take care of these, they will last you a very, very long time. So at least you are getting your money’s worth. I have been using All About Mee Makeup Brushes for almost 12 years and I love them! High quality and the selection is exactly what I need. I love them so much that I now retail them. Email, call or stop by if you’re interested!images-1

2. Makeup will never look good on dirty, un-exfoliated skin. Take care of the canvas and your makeup will look so much better! I promise. 🙂

3. Apply lip balm prior to makeup application so your lips will be ready for your lip gloss, lip pencil or whatever you are using.

4. Lips and Cheeks should work in harmony.

5. Eyes- Think color theory! Going with colors that are the opposite of your eye color will bring out your eyes.

6. Shadows are the most flattering to fill in your eyebrows. Black is too harsh for everyone! If you apply the color against the hair, it will stick to the skin and last longer.

7. Eyeliner is to help eyelashes look thicker. Avoid liner on the lower lids as this can age you and force peoples eye to look lower. You always want them to look up…top of your face. Imagine it or do it on a friend. It makes a difference. Sometimes you can use it if you’re going for a certain look or if you have the eye shape for it.

8. Blush- It should be the color you naturally blushes. No one blushes orange!!

9. Do not confuse bronzer with contour. Most often bronzer has shimmer in it. Contour is to help shape your face and shimmer will add attention to that area. Bronzer mimics where the sun would hit your face. Orange is not a bronzer or a contour color!!

10. Your lip color should not match your outfit. It should go in harmony (as I said above) with your cheek color and also your skin.

Have fun with your makeup but always look your age!

Nothing ages someone more than trying too hard to look young!!

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