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On The Trendar
There are times when reading the label on a moisturizer you feel like you need a PhD! Here are a few superstar ingredients (easy to understand) that you should discover on your next beauty spree.
Ch-ch-ch Chia! This isn’t your ordinary pet—it’s a super seed! Rich in omega-3, the oil derived from the seed feeds your skin with minerals, vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants for moisture. It also increases your skin’s natural barrier function to help with sensitivities.
Monk’s Pepper Berry. Dating back to ancient Greece, goddesses and monks have been snacking on these for years. Not only will they help with your PMS, when found in a cream they also help increase your collagen production. It’s a win-win.
Dragon’s Blood—no, it’s not really blood, it’s a naturally derived sap from the rainforest. This ingredient will help plump, lift, tighten and protect your skin. Anyone at any age can benefit from this cure-all ingredient. Please note—no dragons have been hurt in making these products.
ON THE TRENDAR
“The fashion cycle is speeding up just like everything else on the planet. Trends that use to take twenty years to repeat now do so in a matter of a few seasons,” says Thad Grace, Mada creator (and my hairstylist). He’s not kidding. The phrase “that was so last year” has been replaced with “that was so yesterday.” Trend now is a fusion of eras, whether you’re talking hair, makeup or clothes.
Here’s a snapshot of a few trends:
Hair: “Geometric 1960s Sassoon-inspired cuts, integrated with the erratic textures of the 80s,” says Thad. “Color will be more focused on muted tones and solid, understated.”
Makeup: “The Great Gatsby movie was our inspiration,” states Helen Andersson, lead makeup artist of Face Stockholm. She says, “Bold lips and defined eyes were a declaration of independence for women in that decade.”
Nails: “Texture, Earthiness, and Future-Forward” were the buzzwords for Butter London. “Think rust instead of earth, green and silver instead of plant elements, and graphic patterns for texture.” Hot Tip: paint your nails in one color, except your ring finger—paint this in a contrasting color or pattern it!
PURRFECT CAT EYE
Big screen superstar Sophia Loren did it best. Her cat eyeliner is a vision of perfection. Many of us struggle with this look. So I asked Helen Andersson, Face Stockholm’s lead makeup artist to give us a few tips.
Prep the eye. Apply an even layer of eye primer to the lid. This will create longevity.
Next apply a neutral, matte eye shadow (frost eye shadows travel), covering the entire eye area from the lid up to the brow. This evens out the skin tone and creates the perfect base for the next step: the eyeliner
Steady your hand holding the liner and brace it on your cheek. Hold your eyelid taut with the other hand.
For a thin line along the inner corner of the eye apply light pressure, gradually applying more pressure for a thicker line as you work your way to the outer corner.
Now as you come to the end of your lash line, turn the eyeliner pen around and swoop back (meeting the line you just drew), using the point to create the upward “wing.”
Finish off your look with loads of mascara.
Helen says, “Practice makes perfect. Try to practice before going public! Even we pros needed a lot of practice to master the perfect cat eye.”
Now you are ready to go out catting. Meeow!
Gather around ladies. I’ve discovered the secret to beautifully highlighted hair that looks like you just got back from the tropics—all sun-kissed and warm, highlighted without that “line” at the roots! Balayage. Bali-what? Research time. This hair painting technique is newer to Portland, so not all hairdressers are in the know. However, I found a Beverly Hills (Fekkai, Cristophes…) transplant, Richard Nelson, who is a colorist at Edward Wadsworth salon. He’s balayaged the famous, in-famous, and regular folks. He explains that the highlights are strategically hand painted in a random pattern, resulting in a more natural look. When using foil you have to work row by row, which can make the highlights look uniformed. Nelson says, “I want to accentuate my client’s best features. With Balayage, I have more control over where to place the highlights.” Balayage perk: the grow out is kind. No hard lines are visible. Only you (and your hairdresser) will know when it’s time for your next appointment.
By midday your sweet scent may be null and void. I am often asked how to make perfume wear all day. According to Blush Beauty Bar’s fragrance expert Chad Peterson, “The key is to apply it to your hot spots (back of knee, inner elbow, solar plexus, behind the ear), but layer it first with the fragrance’s cream or an unscented body cream.” Concentration is important. Eau de parfums have a higher percentage of oils, so they wear longer, but you should only apply on skin, whereas eau de toilette, which contains more water, you can spritz on hair and clothing and not worry about staining. Chad says to “fool around with perfume. Try a sporty one for the gym, a heavier one for late-night activities. If you stay monogamous with your scent it results in your senses becoming numb.” When seasons change, it’s time for a fragrance expedition. While on your trek, remember to layer and snuggle up with your special scent(s).
KISS & TELL
K: I’m a long distance runner and my feet are trashed! I feel like I’ve tried everything from creams to pumice stones, and had fancy foot treatments at spas. Are my feet doomed to look hard, dry and old?
T: Fear not, I’m here to help, and I have one “Sole” secret to share with you. The answer: Sole. This ultimate tool will save your little piggies. It’s a device that literally shaves off all the dead skin. All you have to do is soak your feet, use the device for a few minutes on the area, moisturize, and voila! You’ll become someone’s foot fetish in a flash!!
K: I read that I shouldn’t do a smoky eye during the day because it’s too formal. Is this true?
T: Who told you that? Truth is, there’s many versions of a smoky eye that can fit any time of day. Here’s a mind-blowing fact: a smoky eye is not just black and white. There are shades of brown, purple, blue, green… and everything in between. Don’t short step it though. You’ll need three colors of shadow: light, medium, and deep, blended well to create a fun and flirtatious look. Make your eyes sparkle and pop with a becoming color choice. Green eyes pop with purple shadows. Blue eyes sparkle with brown shadows. Brown eyes are dreamy with blue shadows. No matter what time of day, if you have a smoky eye on, keep the lip color soft so the focus is on you, not your makeup.
CBO (Chief Beauty Officer) of Blush Beauty Bar