Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart ― Kevyn Aucoin
Call me vain but I will NOT grow old gracefully. I will be looking good and feeling fly until my card is called. I am a self proclaimed beauty guru and a product junkie. Makeup, hair, and skincare have been a passion of mine from a very young age. At ten years old my hair styling skills were already on point. Pony tails, ½ ponies, pigtails, braids, bangs, curls, scrunchies I did it all. By 1989, my mack daddy french braiding skills were all the rage. The Our Lady of Lourdes cheerleading squad repped hair by Beth Corbley before it was even a thing. I was even named most likely to style Michael Jackson’s hair and makeup by the time I hit the 8th grade. When I was 15 I finally got my hands on the bible. Well… my bible, Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces, and it’s sitting in my makeup studio to this day.
Lucky for me with a little hard work and a ton of networking I have been able to turn my passion into something I get paid to do. In 2011 I started doing makeup professionally, primarily working on photo shoot sets with my friend and bad ass boss lady Leah Roth. Since then I have learned it all, the good, the bad and the over priced. Below, because I am a good elder, I am going to let you in on a few of my favorite beauty tips and secrets. Things that took me way too long to learn and way to many hours in front of the mirror. Enjoy and… YOU’RE WELCOME.
College came along and it was time to add anti wrinkle cream to the mix. A wise woman once told me you can’t get rid of wrinkles once you have them you can only prevent them. And how might one do that you ask? It all comes down to moisture. You have to take care of your skin from the inside out. That means drinking lots of water. I drink at least 100 oz per day and even on my worst acne prone break out days I always moisturize. When skin is parched, over time it loses it elasticity and this, ladies and gents, creates wrinkles. So it’s not rocket science but consistency is key. As I have gotten older my skin has become very prone to dryness. A few years ago I began oil cleansing. Yep that means I wash my face with oil. It sounds crazy right? But I’m telling you it will change your life and your skin will thank you. I start with Dermalogica Precleanse which is an almond oil based makeup remover that emulsifies when you add water. You can even rub in on your eyes to breakdown mascara and eyeliner. I rinse and then I apply 2 pumps of almond oil all over, again including my eyes to get any eye makeup that remains. I then use a washcloth (how vintage) and hot water to cleanse and rinse. WAH LA clean, soft, supple, hydrated skin. While I myself use almond oil, in the past I have also used grapeseed oil, olive oil and argan oil, so users choice.
Let’s talk brows. As a fair skinned Irish/European woman I have never been on the receiving end of long, thick, luscious hair. I guess this is a good thing when it comes shaving and waxing, but on the flip side my hair is very fine and my eyebrows…well… they were non-existent. All of you 90’s babies out there know that super skinny brows were all the rage back in the day so I fit it perfectly. Today, however, a beautiful bold brow is what’s hot. Think Kim Kardashian. I have been filling my brows and perfecting the art of the arch for over 5 years but with the introduction of microblading browless girls everywhere now have options. I wanted microbladed brows for a long time but I was afraid of the cost and didn’t feel like I had come across a solid referral. It is smack dab on the front of your face for God’s sake. I am happy to report that as of a few weeks ago and I am now the proud new owner of beautiful eyebrows courtesy of the amazing Nina @cashmerebeautynm. I was super scared when she starting marking my brows, they looked so gigantic stenciled out, and of course I was worried about the pain. I knew that this was Nina’s craft and I needed to trust her and trust the process. The end results could not have WOWED me more. I am in love with my new brows and highly recommend the process to anyone who is tired of penciling in as if you were training to be Michelangelo.
So what’s next for my very moisturized skin and my new microbladed brows you ask? BOTOX. I am looking forward to my 1st treatment on Dec 12th. After losing A LOT OF weight and let’s be honest… turning 40…the forehead lines and crow’s feet are little more noticeable these days, with or without the smile. Regardless of how much water I drink or how much oil I put on my face you can’t control gravity. There are lots of thoughts on Botox but many dermatologist believe that Botox is preventive maintenance for your skin and I am totally on board with this. By receiving injections your skin’s elasticity is restored and with the the correct maintenance routine in the recommended intervals you are preventing your skin from losing additional elasticity thus preventing further wrinkles. I’ll make sure to share notes on my experience and before and after pictures. If you gotten botox or a filler I would love to hear about your experience and am open to any advice or recommendations!
One of my favorite beauty icons Coco Chanel once said “A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous.” So my fellow beauties, put your own twist on it and CHEERS to being classy AND fabulous whatever that may mean to you.
Love, Lashes and Lipstick,