Eye Shadow Expert

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How do you choose your eye shadow color? If you want to bring attention to your eyes, use an opposite color from your eye color.

For green eyes, use copper, maroon, or purple.

For blue eyes, use copper, gold, peach or maroon.

For brown eyes, use green, blue, pink or purple.

If you want to bring attention to the rest of your face, such as to your lips, make your eye shadow the same color as your eyes.
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For natural looks, a color wash can be a nice touch. Use a gentle, single color on your lids in matte or shimmer. Remember, shimmer shows texture so if you have fine lines, use matte shadows only.

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Eye Shadow Trio

Most eye shadow palettes have matching colors in them. Use the darkest color in the crease of your eye, the medium color on the eyelid and the lightest color just under the browbone.

If you want to match your eye shadow to your outfit, do a color wash in a light color across your lids only. Be liberal but do not do a tri-color smokey eye that matches your outfit unless you want to look like 1983. Remember: modern is simple!
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Tip: Doing your eyeshadow before applying your face makeup lets you clean up any color particles that may fall under your eye during application. Then you can proceed with the rest of your look.

Enjoy!

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How to Apply False Eyelashes

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Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

Artificial eyelashes are a great option for enhancing your look and making your eyes look bigger. Especially fun for photo shoots, weddings and holiday parties, putting lashes on can be easy, if you know how.

First, get lashes that are soft and have a thin band. This makes them easier to bend to your eye shape.

Next, measure the lashes by comparing them to yours. They should not be longer than your natural lash line. If they are longer, cut them on the outside end to fit.

Apply mascara to your eyelashes. Let it dry.

Add clear or black eyelash glue, depending on your preference, to the artificial lashes. Let the glue get tacky before you adhere the band to your natural lashes.

Stick the lashes to your lashes, not to your eyelid. Press with your fingertips and let dry.

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Temporary Lashes are Glamorous. Haircolor, Cut, Style and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

Done. Now you can go party. Your lashes should stay until the morning when you gently peel them off.

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Hair and Sleep

 

 

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Princesses Really DO Need Their Beauty Sleep

For both women and men, having a full head of hair can be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, regularly.

Healthy, happy and well-nourished bodies contribute to functioning hair follicles. This means that if you exercise, get good nutrition and keep the stress in your life to a positive, your hair will not only grow, it will also hold on.

Shedding or loss of hair is often due to severe demands on the body and mind.  The body thinks it is in a state of emergency and will shed or stop producing the things it doesn’t need such as hair, scalp sebum and body weight.

Making it a habit to get a good night’s rest and to exercise and eat healthy can calm your organism and encourage it to show signs of vitality.  That means you get flowy, shiny hair and healthy, glowing skin…coveted gems in the beauty world!

 

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Having a Happy, Healthy Body Gives You Great Hair

 

If you spend time being healthy you will spend time looking healthy.  The old refrains ring true: you really ARE what you eat and princesses really DO need their beauty rest.

 

 

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Note:  Hair loss is one of the first signs of stress or disease in humans.  If you are losing hair, please consult your physician and evaluate your lifestyle patterns.

Removing Eye Makeup

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Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Schembri

Removing your makeup at the end of the day gives your skin a chance to breathe. It also allows you time to nourish your face with the healthy vitamins and moisturizers found in your skin care products.

To remove makeup safely, start with eye makeup remover applied to a soft cotton ball. Gently press against your eyelashes sliding off all traces of mascara. Use a clean cotton ball to do a last swipe of the entire lid and under your brow. Rinse well.

If you have oily or combination skin, wash your face with warm water and a sudsy face cleanser. If you are normal to dry, use something cream-based. Rinse and follow with a toner spritz and a good moisturizer.

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Skin Care has Moisturizers and Vitamins

Remember, great skin cones to those who work at it so be sure to make this a daily routine, especially if you wear makeup.

Enjoy!

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How to Create a Sexy Lip

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Lips like these take six products and good brushes.
Have you ever seen a beautiful makeup job on lips? Most of us use a simple gloss or crème for our day look, but on occasion we need to rock the house with our sexiness. Using these tips, you can do your lips like a makeup artist would!
 
1.  Start with a small brushing of foundation or concealer at the lip line inwards.
2. Dry with a light dusting of translucent powder.
3. Using a lip liner pencil, line your lips with short, feathery strokes at the lip line or just outside the lip line (to create fuller lips).
4. Blend slightly with your finger or lip brush to blur the line (just a LITTLE).
5.  Next apply your lipstick SPARINGLY with a lip brush at the insides of your lips up to the lip liner line.  Blot, if necessary.
6. Dust slightly again with translucent powder.
7. Add a small amount of shimmery color that is lighter than your lipstick. Apply in a racing stripe straight down from under the V at the top of your lips to the pout area on the bottom.
8. Soften slightly with your finger to blend.
9. Lightly dust again.
10. Add clear lip gloss SPARINGLY to the whole look.  Tada!
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A good nude lip takes some skill.

 

 
The key to this look is precision and remember that all of these steps, while important, should not be overdone.  Practice makes perfect!
 
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How to Use Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoos ‘create massive lift at the roots, helping hair look and feel fuller and giving it more texture making it easier to style and secure up-dos.’- TIGI

If you have an oily scalp, a dry shampoo is a great option for you.  This fresh-smelling powder actually suspends oil from the hair into airy fluff.  It comes in mini sizes for your purse or overnight bag and also large sizes for your bathroom supply.

To apply dry shampoo, take thin sections on dry, day old hair and spray along the root line.  Continue to do this section by section.  Scrub your scalp with the pads of your fingers and brush through, if desired.  Super easy and smells good!

Dry shampoo is also great for refreshing and creating big hairstyles.  It is a stylist’s secret on the runway and in photo shoots.  Lift hair from the ends and lightly spray dry shampoo throughout hairstyle.  Tousle, as desired, or shape into an updo.

This product is so easy to use and delivers great results. Enjoy!

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Braiding and Buns

Boring buns get an upgrade in 2013 and move to the side of the head, just under the ear.  Braided or twisted, we can expect to see this trend follow us from mid-summer into the New Year.

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Classy Uptown with Grunge

To do a bun, smooth your hair with your fingers or a paddle brush. Fasten at the side of your nape (back of the neck) with a cloth ponytail holder. Twist your hair around the ponytail a few times until it forms a round bun. Finish by securing your bun with hidden hair pins. Voila! Superb.

To do a braided bun, braid your hair after making the ponytail, then twist as usual.

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Side Buns are Popular in 2013

This look can be messy and casual or smooth and glamorous and can be done with minimal product. Have fun trying it out!

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Men and Eyebrow Grooming

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Men’s Eyebrows Should Be Well-Groomed

Dark or medium-haired men usually need a good brow grooming at least every month or two. Try a natural shape with no added arch to keep it masculine. Tweeze or wax around the brow line at the top and, if needed, under the eyebrow. Especially clean the spot in the center of the face between the two brows, known as the ‘uni-brow’ area.

After shaping, trim the brows to make them less bushy. Brush them upwards with a small bristle brush and gently trim all hairs that exceed the eyebrow line. Do the same for the underside of the brow.

Good eyebrows frame the eye and add balance . Be sure yours are doing their job!

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Deep Conditioning Your Hair

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Healthy Hair is Strong and Shiny. Styling by Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri (Reno)
If your hair is more than two inches in length and you live in dryer climates, you can use a deep conditioner once a week!  I also strongly recommend using deep conditioners to promote healing in cases of damaged hair.  For hydrated and healthy hair, a once a month deep conditioner is plenty.
In salon, this treatment can take up to an hour with application and processing time.  Your hairstylist can use professional grade/ concentrated products and sit you under medium heat.  You can also do it at home with  milder, over-the-counter formulas!
There are three kinds of deep conditioners to choose from; the one you use depends on the condition of your hair.
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Reconstructing Deep Conditioners are for Damaged Hair
Protein for Damaged Hair.  These conditioners coat and fill holes in the hair much like pavers can fill potholes in the street. Too much protein can make the hair heavy and breakable which is why these type of products can only be used for a little while, until the hair’s condition improves.  Protein conditioners should not be left on overnight unless the label recommends it.
Moisturizing for Dry Hair.  Moisturizing conditioners are full of yummy stuff for the hair such as exotic oils, antioxidants and fruit-derived nutrients. You really can’t go wrong with these hair ‘fruit salads’; eat all you want!  Better put, let your hair have as much as it wants.  The only drawback to a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment is that it can weigh down fine hair.  If you have fine hair, be sure to shampoo after you deep condition. For the rest of you, rinse thoroughly in cool water!
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Fine Hair Can Be Weighed Down By a Deep Condtioner. Styling by Hair and Makeup Artist Rebecca Schembri schembrisima@gmail.com
Balancing for Brittle Hair.  Human hair lives at a Ph balance of about 4.5 to 5.5.  That means products that raise the alkalinity in hair, such as blonde haircolor and non-professional shampoos, can actually leave the hair distressed and tense, or brittle.  Balancing conditioners bring the hair’s Ph level back down to a healthy place so it can relax and be silky again.
Remember:  protein is for reconstructing damaged hair, moisturizing is to hydrate and nourish the hair, and balancing is to regulate Ph. 
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How to Style Fine Hair

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Root Lifters Give Volume To Baby Fine Hair. Nicole Williams of State Farm Insurance Reno. Hair and Makeup By Rebecca Schembri

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Most people with fine, straight hair have one general styling challenge: LACK OF VOLUME AND BODY. Here are some tips that work well.

Start with a light conditioner after shampooing. The label may read ‘light conditioner’,  ‘for volume’ or ‘for fine or thin hair’. If you live in a dry climate, be sure to compensate with a deep conditioner once a week to moisturize your scalp and ends well.

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Texturizing Putty Gives Short Fine Hair Fullness and Height. Photo Ben Sumlin. Haircut, Hair and Makeup for Men by Rebecca Schembri.

For short hairstyles, use a texturizing putty to fluff and lift the hair and to give it flexible hold.  Apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair and blow dry in all directions.  Finish with a dime-sized amount of the putty and apply in pinching and swirling movements.  Remember to rub the product in your hand to make it thin before applying!

For medium to long hairstyles, towel dry and apply a root lifter to the underside of your crown area, which is at the back of the top of your head.

Blow dry up and over the crown area and with light, lifting movements on the ends and front of your hair. This gets flat roots to dry sticking up, creating volume.

Using your curling iron, add loose curls in alternating directions by taking your hair in one inch sections. Try to do open-ended curls for a modern look. That means to clamp the curl halfway down the piece of hair, letting the ends stay out of the curl to create a square bottom. On longer hair, keep feeding the curl through after one second until you get to the square end and then gently tap the end with the clamp and release. This brings the strength of the curl up to the scalp where it is needed!

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Spray Leave-In Conditioners are Lightweight Heat Protectors

Gently tousle or squeeze your curls for a sexy, flirty look or brush them out for a classy, professional feel. Do not hairspray. Remember we are creating lift with heat…hairspray will weigh it all down and take away the soft touchability of your new look.

As always, remember to use a thermal protector before you begin.

Enjoy!

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