Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How do you tell a friend...You need a makeover.

How do you approach a friend and say..."You need a makeover" without hurting her feelings?
Their clothes are out dated, hair is frizzy or fly away, and they look drained and tired.

Try saying, "Let's get a makeover, together!".  Let's face it, there's always room for improvement and updating.  Select one task at a, clothes, makeup, skin, jewelry, whatever you want, revamp yourselves!!!!

Save time and money by seeking help from professionals.  For example, hire a makeup artist to teach you how to apply makeup correctly.  Hire an expert for few hours for private tutoring.  They will teach you secret techniques that will have your face glowing.  Through the use of makeup, you can create an illusions such as narrow nose, bigger eyes, fuller lips, higher cheekbones, narrower face, etc...  Otherwise, you'll buy a bag full of makeup and come home to find that it looked better when the gal at the makeup store put it on for you.  A private tutor will take the time to have you practice applying makeup on yourself and coach you through it.

As for wardrobe update, hire a Wardrobe Consultant to put together a new style for you.  You can spend $1000 at a clothing store and end up with odds and ends, or you can spend $1000 with your stylist and get a complete new look.  I don't know about you, but when I shop for clothes, I usually buy a few articles of clothing, a shirt or pants, or skirt.  When I get home, I realize that I don't have anything to go with the new stuff.  Save time and money by working with a professional.  It really pays off, in the long run.

For my birthday, my husband hired a professional wardrobe consultant to take me shopping.  We spent the day downtown, SF.  He gave us a budget and off we went.  The end result, I was able to create 12 different outfits with the clothing and accessories that I purchased that day.  The consultant suggested articles of clothing that I can mix and match tops and bottoms to create multiple looks.

As for hair, I've mentioned this before...  Try a new hairstylist.  A fresh set of eyes will do wonders for you.  If you've been going to the same hairstylist year after year and they haven't changed anything, it's time to venture out.
San Ramon, CA

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Permanent Makeup Eyeliner options

Permanent Makeup Eyeliner

The thickness or thinness of permanent eyeliner is a personal choice.  However, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the width (thickness) of your liner:

1.  All pigment fades over time, nothing is permanent.
2.  Black pigment fades to blue/grey over time, regular touch ups are needed to keep it black.
3.  The thicker the eyeliner, the faded blue/grey is more visible.
4.  There are several colors to choose from: black, brown, teal, blue, purple, etc...
However, my recommendation is to keep it natural looking by using black or brown.  The colors teal, blue, and purple look great at first, but you will ALWAYS look like you're wearing makeup and the color looks washed out over short period of time.

The most common Eyeliner options are as follows:

1. Permanent Eyelash Enhancer- the artist will tattoo the liner thin and close to the eyelash on both top and bottom.  The purpose of this procedure is to give your eyes definition when not wearing makeup.  For example: mornings, swimming, running, weekend errands, etc...

2.  Permanent Eyeliner- here the pigment is close to the lash line, however, the eyeliner is applied medium in thickness.  The pigment is more visible so the use of topical makeup may or may not be necessary.  However, more touch ups are needed if you want the pigment to stay true black or brown.

3.  Permanent Eyeliner Thick/Smudge- here the pigment is applied thick in width to give the appearance of having smokey eyeshadow applied as top eyeliner.

My recommendation is to stay thin to medium with top eyeliner.  Permanent Makeup should not completely replace your topical makeup.  The goal is to give  your face subtle definition, not harsh lines or colors.  Our goal is to enhance your eyes and lips but not attract attention.  There's something to be said about looking fresh faced in the morning.  Go for the "Day wear" look, not the "Evening time going out look".

When others look at you, they should not know that you have permanent makeup, unless you tell them : )
San Ramon, CA

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tattoo Lightening vs. Tattoo Removal

I want to talk briefly about the terms "Tattoo Lightening" and  "Tattoo Removal".

Tattoo Lightening: Whether you choose the laser or saline method, both treatments are considered tattoo "lightening".  Multiple visits will be necessary for the pigment to fade.  Permanent Makeup lightening sessions vary from skin to skin, therefore, there are no guarantees.  Some pigment colors lighten faster than others, certain skin types heal with less scarring than others, all pigment manufacturers use different ingredients and colors to create their pigment, as a result, they will fade differently.

Tattoo Removal: This requires a doctor to extract the skin that has pigment, henceforth, "remove the skin".  This process will scar, leaving the skin with possible hyper or hypo pigmentation.

I wanted to clarify the two terms because clients are eager to get their tattoos 'removed', but in reality, once pigment is placed into their skin, it's a long slow process to lighten the pigment.

With permanent makeup correction procedures, multiple sessions are required to lighten the tattoo.  After the initial pigment is significantly faded, the artist's choice of color is placed to correct mal color or design.  Please note, our skin still retains hints of the original color, so the artist should know that whatever new color is placed will mix with the original pigment to create a third color.

If the original permanent makeup brow is too thick, high or wide, it's difficult to make them smaller.  However, if the permanent makeup brows are too thin or small, you may have a better chance of correcting the procedure.
San Ramon, CA

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tweeze, Wax, or Thread Brows?

Tweeze, Wax, or Thread Brows?

The benefits of having your brows waxed or threaded by a professional are that they shape and clean up the brows for you.  It takes the guess work out of tweezing.

However, I find waxing to be painful.  Afterwards, my eyelids are pink and the skin stings for a few minutes afterwards.   Not only does the wax remove unwanted hair, but it also removes layers of the epidermis, leaving skin with a burning sensation.

Threading is my preferred choice of brow hair removal.  The thread pulls out the targeted hair and leaves the skin intact.  Initially, it can be painful, but over time, we become less sensitive.  Most malls now have Threading Salons.

Clients ask me if they should continue to wax or thread after permanent makeup brows.  My answer is, "No".  Since the shape is already there, just tweeze hair growth below the permanent makeup each month.   Permanent Makeup Brows also takes the guess work out of tweezing.
San Ramon, CA

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hair style completes your new look

How do you know when your hair is outdated?

Have you had the same hair cut and color since 1985.   As we age, our hair feels dryer, finer and grayer.  Ugh!  Therefore, it's possible that a hair style that may have worked for your hair texture 25 years ago, may no longer works for you today.

Don't be afraid and try a new hairstylist.  There are many salons that are Paul Mitchell Certified.  These salons are current with trends and pride in using the latest techniques.   These salons also seek models to try different hair cuts.  

I understand that we are all attached and "friends" with our hair dresser.  It may feel like you are "cheating" on them, if you try someone new.  However, we are paying them fortheir services.  It's ok to try a new hair dresser, then once a new cut is established, you can always go back to your current hair stylist to show her the new look.  If he/she cannot duplicate, perhaps it's time to move on to new talent.

San Ramon, CA 

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