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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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The Lowdown on Packing for a Great Summer Getaway

Are you counting down the days until you embark on your summer vacation? There’s certainly plenty of talk about the season’s fun throughout the Makeover Essentials headquarters. From day trips into nature to weeks-long tropical cruises, the possibilities are endless. The key to a successful getaway is to pack strategically.

Sometimes a few swimsuits just won’t cut it, after all. For instance, you’ll also need some colorful sundresses. Low backs, floral panels, and lace are some Makeover Essentials favorites. Statement earrings (think fringes or big African beads) and Greek sandals (in nude or gold) set things off nicely.

Skin care is vital when spending extensive amounts of time in the sun. A pair of shades and an oversized hat will do the trick, although a light and loose-fitting cover-up is a good idea too. Of course, ample sunblock is imperative.

Denim boyfriend shorts aren’t just comfortable. They look great with just about any top, whether a plain T-shirt or an off-the-shoulder blouse. Several pairs of these shorts will be perfect for shopping trips, lunches with friends, and miniature golf dates.

A dressed-up tote – adorned with things like tassels and pom-poms – will top off everything. Use it to carry your book and beverage to the beach, or to gather souvenirs for loved ones.

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Get Beach-Ready With the Proper Skincare Routine

Like many around the Makeover Essentials office, you’re probably planning a fun summer getaway. Perhaps you’re looking forward to a sunny beach vacation. We want you to enjoy yourself, and these skincare strategies will help:

  • Before You Settle Into the Sand: Use plenty of moisturizer and apply sunscreen liberally (do it prior to dressing to ensure that you don’t miss anything). You’ll need to reapply once you arrive at the beach, but a base layer is vital. Remember to pack important items like a sun hat, an umbrella, sunblock and lip balm with high SPF, and aloe vera gel.
  • During the Day: Slather yourself with sunblock throughout the day – preferably every two hours and whenever you emerge from the water. As far as our Makeover Essentials beauty experts are concerned, it’s impossible to be too attentive. Periodically assess your skin for dryness as well, and use your aloe vera to prevent chapping if necessary.
  • After You Leave the Shore: Give your skin some extra care once you return home. Cleanse yourself thoroughly to remove debris from your pores and use a gentle product on your face. Then spend some time under a cooking mask, followed by some hydrating lotion. Once these steps are complete, you’ll be ready to return to your usual routine.

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