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The Beautiful Reasons to Use Charcoal

Most people don’t connect that dark, chalky substance known as charcoal with beauty. Our Makeover Essentials beauty experts believe, however, that there are indeed great reasons why charcoal is getting noticed for its health and beauty properties.

Unlike the briquettes you might find in your grill, activated charcoal is a strong detoxifier. It’s been used for centuries in other cultures to help purify skin, hair, and teeth thanks to its properties which attract and absorb the dirt and oil. Charcoal is making its way into various products, from shampoos and facial cleansers to toothpaste. It even comes in eco-friendly bamboo varieties. Let’s take a closer look at how what Santa puts in bad boys’ and girls’ stockings is actually a boon to your daily beauty routine.

Facial masks made with charcoal draw out impurities in your skin that can lead to clogged pores, and then acne. By leaving the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll find that your skin is less oily and your pores are smaller. If you want a product for your daily routine, our Makeover Essentials experts recommend trying charcoal facial soap which also has purifying properties.

Most people wouldn’t guess that a black-colored toothpaste could actually make teeth whiter. However, that’s exactly what charcoal toothpaste does. Acting as a magnet for dirt and plaque, it lifts them off of your teeth, leaving a brighter smile. Do keep in mind that charcoal toothpaste does not have fluoride or other ingredients necessary for dental health, so be sure to continue using your normal toothpaste as well.

Greasy hair be gone! Shampoos that include activated charcoal are the ultimate clarifiers as they can pull even more dirt, oil, and yuck from your scalp and hair, leaving your locks light and luscious.

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The Hottest Trends to Look Cool This Fall

Autumn and winter invoke the need for a look that’s warm and cozy, with a dash of glamour. Our Makeover Essentials experts have a few picks to help you transition from the breeziness of summer and get ready for a chill in the air and pumpkin everything:

• Chic and Sleek Is Back: Slicked-back hair, reminiscent of the 80s power look, is making a comeback this fall. Hold tresses back with a banana clip for the ultimate throwback look.

• Vibrant Shades: Give your lids and lips a shot of bright color to warm up your look in the cold weather. Think yellows, greens, and hot pinks.

• Glam Up With Glitter: Why just shine when you can sparkle! Yes, glitter continues to be in-style this season, with pixie-dusted foreheads and cheekbones that add a twinkle to your look.

• Blow-Outs Are In, Again: Smooth, styled hair is the rage and Makeover Essentials has just what you need to perfect this style. Our Wet or Dry Styling Iron lets you dry and style at the same time, so you can achieve just-been-to-the-stylist hair at home. Control the temperature based on your hair type.

• Big Lashes: Mascara is your friend this season. Voluminous lashes are in and you’ll need the right product to give you that full look, without feeling weighted down. Try Makeover Essentials 3D Mascara Duo, which combines lash gel with fibers that give you lift.

• Bold Lips: Who can resist bold-colored lips? Autumn and winter are ideal to showcase shades of red, like these found in Makeover Essentials The Four Tops Lipstick II set. Make your lips stand out.

• The Right Foundation: Winter months can mean drier skin, so consider a good moisturizing routine and skin primer before you add layers of foundation to your face. Makeover Essentials Face Primer is an ideal base to leave you with a perfect matte finish.

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Back-to-School Beauty Basics

Ready to rock the campus with a fresh look? Makeover Essentials has you covered with tips to keep you looking fresh and fierce throughout the school day:

• It All Starts With a Great Foundation: Skip the caked look and find a lightweight coverage that brings out your flawless beauty all day.

• Blemish-Free? Even Easier: If your skin is even-toned with few spots, a dab of concealer here and there along with some moisturizer might be all you need.

• Neat Eyebrows Are In: Use an eyebrow pencil a shade lighter than your natural hair color to fill in uneven sections of your brows, leaving you with a uniform shape.

• Wings That Do Wonders: Add some drama of the good kind to your day using fine black eyeliner along your eyelid, close to your lash line. A wing flip at the edges will add instant glam to your look.

• Give Your Eyes Some Pop: Let your eyes stand out with some color and long lashes. Get the ultimate eye look with Makeover Essentials Lashing Out – Girls Day Out. This kit includes three eyeshadows (highlight, lid, crease), a make-up brush, and a pair of false eyelashes.

• A Hint of Cheek Color: A light coral or pink, swept across the apples of your cheeks and blended, is all you need for a subtle, blushed look.

• Naturally Sweet Lips: Soft dewy lips are in this season and Makeover Essentials Juice Me Up Lip Gloss has the right mix of color and class to let your natural beauty shine through.

• A Good Cleanse Is a Beauty Essential: Get in the habit of removing your makeup before bed. Add water to your Makeover Essentials Refresh Me Cloth and wipe away the day, without harsh chemicals or drying soaps.

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Sensational Summertime Tips to Shine

Summer is about nature and letting our natural beauty shine through. It’s also a time in which heat and humidity can wreak havoc on our hair and makeup routines. Makeover Essentials style mavens like to keep tabs on trends that get us through the seasons looking our best. Here are some summer essentials to incorporate into your regimen:

• SPF for Hair: When we think of sunscreen, most people forget about their locks. A good SPF hair mist can protect strands from UV light. Look for a product with at least SPF 30 or higher.

• Natural Sunblock: While the sun’s rays can do significant damage to our skin, many people are sensitive to the chemicals found in sunscreens. If you’d prefer something more organic, look for mineral-based blocks with the right SPF for you.

• Give the Blow Dryer a Summer Break: According to our Makeover Essentials beauty experts, summertime is ideal to let your hair air-dry. Ask your stylist to give you a flattering cut that doesn’t require a blowout, perhaps one that gives you a just-got-back-from-the-beach look.

• Luscious Lips Don’t Get Burned: Nothing says ouch quite like sun-burned lips. Protect yours with a tinted lip balm with SPF.

• Polish Up Your Skin: Sweat, flaking suntans, and dirt can leave your skin looking dull, even in the summer. A bit of body polish will remove all that and let your glow show.

• Smell Good With Natural Deodorants: A refreshing scent doesn’t have to be filled with chemicals. Consider a natural deodorant to block odors while saving your underarms from harsh and irritating substances.

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Skip the Drip This Summer With These Tips

Every summer, it’s the same story for millions of women worldwide: Humidity wreaks havoc on our make-up routines. Makeover Essentials is keenly aware of this dilemma. Rather than lose your look to a heat-induced sweat, we offer these tips to keep your cosmetics intact when the heat is on:

  • Cool Off, Then Apply: Don’t rush out of the shower to put on your makeup. Instead, take at least 10 minutes after your shower to let your skin cool down. If necessary, a splash of cold water can accelerate the process. 
  • Less Is More for Summer: Just like you don’t bundle up in heavy clothing when it’s warm, a lighter coating of makeup is best for summer. Stick to a simple routine that highlights the essentials and gives you a sun-kissed look. 
  • Prime Your Face: Consider a primer an extra layer of protection in the summer heat. Our Makeover Essentials face primer will help you maintain that matte appearance all day. Apply just after moisturizer and before foundation. 
  • Think Lighter Is Better With Foundations: The heavier your base is during hot summer months, the more likely it is to melt away. Stick to lighter, oil-free products for the season.
  • Go Creamy: Powdered blushes and eye shadows tend to create a cakey look when the humidity is high. Switch to creams to keep a dewy look.
  • Softer Shades Reflect Natural Light Better: Pack away the jewel-toned colors for fall. Instead, keep your eye makeup on the softer side. Makeover Essentials Sunlit Breeze offers an eye look that implies you’ve been at the beach. 
  • Opt for Blotting Papers Over Powder: Resist the urge to powder away your shine, as this will only give you a chalky appearance and bring out the lines. Blotting away moisture is much more effective. 
  • Water Resistant Is Best: Keep your lashes looking luscious with mascara that’s designed not to run. 
  • Mist Away: Feeling the impacts of the heat? A refreshing spritz of facial mist can preserve your makeup and cool you down fast. 
  • Hydrate: Not only is plenty of water good when the temps rise, keeping cool prevents your makeup from dripping as well.

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What It Takes to Be Camera Ready on The Bachelor

Anyone who’s a fan of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and any of the associated shows has likely been in awe of how stunning contestants appear. Seriously, who cries and still looks pretty afterward? Behind these beauties is a team of fashion and makeup experts known as the Bachelor Glam Nation. At Makeover Essentials, we’re taking notice of the advice these glamour geniuses have to share.

For the most part of the experience, contestants on The Bachelor are responsible for their own looks. However, for the first night and for the Rose Ceremony finale, they have the same level of help that say, Meaghan Markle might have getting ready for a big event: A stylist, assistant stylist, and a makeup artist. Of course, we suspect there’s a hair stylist waiting in the wings as well.

Not surprising to our Makeover Essentials beauty experts, there’s a lot that goes into creating a camera-ready look. Bachelor Glam Nation’s makeup artist Gina Modica focuses on finding cosmetics that not only give a contestant a flawless appearance but are hard-working as well. For instance, waterproof mascara that doesn’t run when the tears flow and lipstick that doesn’t smudge during a passionate kiss are must-haves.

Fortunately, following the show’s broadcast Modica was kind enough to break down the exact products she used for her Instagram followers. In fact, all of the Bachelor Glam Nation readily shares their favorite tips and how to access the same looks as seen on the show. Follow Modica, stylist Cary Fetman, and assistant stylist Krystine Couch on Instagram to learn more.

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