Wednesday, August 20, 2008

As much as I love doing makeup on models and celebrities, one of my favorite things to do is to work with every day people to help them enhance their natural beauty. Why?....because I'm a mom and a business woman too so I understand how hard it can be to take a little time for yourself to look good when you don't seem to have time to even sleep! Well, recently I got that chance to do that as the beauty spokesperson for Kroger and Covergirl!

Kroger is a megastore that recently remodeled their locations to better suit the shopping experience especially for the beauty needs of women. It was redesigned to be more like a beauty boutique with skin enancing lighting to make choosing foundation much easier, mirrors, sample sections and isles that are easy to find product. I was really impressed!

So when the store did their makeover, they decided to do a beauty makeovers as well. That's where Covergirl and I come in! 3 winners were chosen after they had to write in to WARM98 radio station to say why they deserved a makeover.


The winnbers received bags filled with products from Pantene, Olay, Cover Girl and Herbal Essence. They also received face and hair makeovers from me right in the radio station.

I started with skin care and tips to correct any problems they had. Then I used Covergirl makeup to airbrush their flaws away. For their hair I used a variety of products from Pantene and Herbal Essence to create hair styles that would be easy to do at home. Wanna see more? Just click onto a picture to see more behind the scenes images!

After the radio makeovers were complete I was carted off to do even more at the Kroger store. With tv cameras every where, brushed and fluffed everyone into perfection! I had so much fun working with everyone and seeing their excitment from their new beauty looks. It was one of the most fun things I've done all year!

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "I need make up that will last and not run for a team of Broadway dancers. what can I use that wont smudge or run?"- from Crystal in Florida .

Answer: Whether in a club with your friends or on stage for Broadway, you want a makeup that can truly hold up through hours of sweat and heat from dancing vigorously under hot lights, so always start with freshly washed, hydrated skin and prep it with a primer so makeup will not only glide on evenly but give your products additional gripping power to stay in place.

Follow with a foundation like Revlon Color Stay that is designed to last yet look like real skin instead of a mask. There are various formulas to suit your skin type, in a broad range of colors.

To even out skin tone and make eye shadows and lip color stay on longer, apply it on lids and lips before additional color as well.




Beauty question: "I have very oily skin, so are there any products that actually work for oily skin?Because I tried a lot of stuff but they dont work, maybe I am not applying it right or something else. Can you help me ?" from Ruby in Ohio.

Answer: It's difficult to say what you are doing right or wrong without personally going over everything that you do but there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help you current routine.

1. Don't be too abrasive by overly cleansing your face. Many people with oily skin can get frustrated and go over board with cleansers, by washing their face 4 and 5 times a day. Doing this can irritate skin or cause surface dehydration, which makes your skin kick out more oil to help protect itself.

Washing your face in the morning and the evening may be all that it needs. If you feel that you need to do something through out the day, try using an oil blotting paper followed by a spray on toner like Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist for oily skin to soothe and refresh skin with Aloe and Peppermint.

2. Don't skip hydrating your skin. Oily skin doesn't need more oil, but it still needs water. So don't skip using a water based oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen. By giving your skin the water that it needs, it helps it to become balanced instead of just dry, which is the ultimate goal...right?!

3. Don't pick your pimples. It can drive you crazy to see a breakout trying to surface, so the first thing you want to do it squeeze it to get it out. Leave the pimple extracting to the professionals who know how to remove them properly. Doing it yourself can cause the infection to burst inside your skin and spread bacteria to create new break outs. You can also damage your skin by applying too much pressure and eventually you will start having scars on your skin or pock marks.

There is something you can do to help. Since your body uses sleep time to repair itself give it a boost to correct the pimple problem by doing a few extra steps before you hit the sheets. Start by steaming your freshly washed face to help loosen blocked pores, then follow with a face mask for oily skin, moisturize and finish with a leave-on pimple cream. Let your body do the rest!

These 3 tips should help you get your skin in check.



Beauty question: "Hi my older sister is trying to start doing some modeling, but she has a hypopigmentation disorder on her chest and a bit of her stomach that makes the affected skin lighter than the surrounding. We've tried foundadtions to help blend in the skin but the problem is that thier either not dark enough because she's african american with very dark skin, or the makeup is not non-transferable and ends up staining all of her clothes. I was wondering if you had any idea of non transferable makeup that could be used for people with dark skin tones."- from Aundrea in Conneticut.

Answer: Unlike hyperpigmentation which causes the skin to become darker, hypopigmentation is a loss of color which is caused by melanocyte depletion. Both skin problems can be masked with cosmetics that won't rub off on your clothes.

There are more choices then before to look flawless without staining your clothes. You can use makeup like Dermablend Leg & Body Cover. Dermablend has been the cosmetic of choice for many years, to cover up skin tone discoloration without detection. It comes in 15 shades and 4 shades of the shades are for darker complexions. This long wearing cream based foundation is non transferable and will give you extra full coverage without looking or feeling thick on the skin.

You can also go high tech like the celebrities and use airbrush makeup like Kett Hydro Proof makeup which is also waterproof, smudge proof and non-transferable. There are only 10 shades, but they have an adjuster so you can custom design your color to make a perfect match every time which can be especially helpful when your going from winter to summer.



Next month will be a more beauty answers so keep sending me those questions!

MY FAVORITE THINGS

I usually try all types of things but I've seemed to shun away from long lasting lip colors because many feel dry and cakey on the lips, or they just don't really last.
This month my favorite thing is Outlast lip color! Yea..I know! I can't believe it. It really lasts without transfering on everything you touch. Best of all, your lips don't feel like the Sahara desert!

There are different types of Outlast lip products to choose from but I'm partial to the Double Shine because you can use it with or without that gloss...or be a diva and add even more gloss! Ha ha! That's me!

Love it!

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