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BLUSHING BRIDE :: MISS TIFFANY

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Do you ever look at a picture of someone (or a couple) and think “they look like the picture frame picture!”  You know, when you buy a new picture frame and it’s the picture that sits in the background of the frame…picture perfect if you will.

Meet Tiffany & Preston.

Tiffany and Preston got married on a beautiful sunny day in Lee’s Summit at The Stanley and it made the perfect backdrop for photos. Natural beauty goes a long way on a wedding day and I truly think that accentuating your features will always produce the best look on camera.

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Tiffany made a gorgeous bride because she paid attention to detail, but she didn’t go overboard. She knew she wanted big lashes, but on top of that we kept everything else complimentary.  Her pink glossy lips paired perfectly with her soft smokey eyeshadow.  Her hair and bouquet were beautiful on their own, but with that dress of hers she knocked it out of the park!

Sometimes brides overthink their makeup look for their wedding day and I too, was guilty of it.

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Here’s the thing though…

If you stick with neutral makeup, take great care of your skin and visit your spa regularly to keep brows polished and shaped, you truly cannot go wrong.  You want to look like the best version of yourself and you do that by wearing makeup that compliments your skin tone, with colors that are warm and brightening.  Stick with a smokey eye that uses shades of brown and/or plum.  A lot of brides will bring pictures to their trial and they’ll show me a picture of a black shaded smokey eye.  If you are on the fair to light side, this will not compliment your skin the way you want it to.  Black can fade the skin, turning it pale.

If you’re someone who never wears winged eyeliner, please do not pick a look that has liner extended to your temple.  You will regret it just like any other trend of the moment when you look at your photos in a few years.  A clean and fresh makeup look will take you further than anything else and it’s what makes a bride glow.

Never worry, classic makeup will always be in style and it will always look good in pictures.

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All Photos by Ashley Cross Photography

 

 

 

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Fall Makeup Inspiration

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I love me a good tradition…every year for Halloween my aunt would make two different pots of soup and nothing gave me greater joy than stopping at her house for comfort food with friends and family.  The air is turning crisper and people are finding ways to incorporate pumpkin into both their food and their front porches.

If you’re a girlie girl like me, you delight in the fact that a new season brings on a new color palette to play with.  Fall and winter are often associated with darker colors and maybe even a few jewel tones along with it.

But today I decided to re-invent the wheel.  Instead of reaching for my deep plum or burgundy lipstick, I tried out a new “look” am I’m in love with the results.  I’ve been a fan of messy hair for years now and love a super tousled look.  After scanning through my Instagram, I saw a video of a girl and I loved her makeup.  She had giant but natural lashes on top and bottom with a rosy pink matte lipstick on.  And then it clicked for me, this is my new fall uniform: messy hair, pink matte lips and giant lashes!

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This look is SO easy to do and it would great for both day and night, especially with a little added matte cocoa shadow on the lids and it looks great with dewy skin or matte foundation.

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The lip color in the pictures is actually a liner by Sonia Kashuk & the color is “Pink Whisper.” Lipliner as a lipstick is thebomb.com because it’s SO easy to apply and you can throw a lip balm on top of it and not worry about it smearing like other sticks or glosses.  Beautiful and put together?  Sign me up.

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This liner is only $8 bucks, for that price you can buy two and keep one in your bathroom and the other in your purse for touch-ups!

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In yesterday’s post, I blogged about an adorable glass + gold tray on sale at Target that would make a great Christmas gift.  Why not throw in the $9 lipliner and be friend/relative of the year? Just a thought…;-)

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Troubleshooting For Brows :: Part 2

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Ok so yesterday we covered a few common pitfalls that occur during the brow polishing process.  Today I want to cover a few of my favorite products for keeping your brows natural but also defined.  Read on to see if you already use any of these or if you’re interested in trying a new product!

1.) Anastasia Brow Wiz  $21

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So it’s no surprise this is first on the list today if you read yesterday’s post.  I love this pencil because of it’s gliding ability and because it has a great color selection.  You can find the exact shade that you need and it won’t be too heavy when applied but it’s also not too dry either.

The Brow Wiz Pencil is a great option for truly mimicking natural brow hair.  When applying, it’s best to use a feathering approach and flick small strokes upwards and into the brow.

2.) Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Brow $27

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The reason I love this pencil specifically is because of how light the blonde color actually is.  This shade is so light that you can’t mess it up!  I have yet to find a brow pencil this light and it’s perfect for someone who is very fair or timid with their brows.  The triangular shaped pencil makes application SO easily and it even comes with a highlighter inside of the pencil! Hello!!

This pencil is perfect for people who want color and allows you to precisely define the brow along the perimeter.  It’s also great for the “tail” end of the brow because of it’s pointed shaped tip. (Point the smaller end of the tip downwards if you like a very “sharp” tail.)

3.) Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel $24

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I loooove this gel! As weird as it sounds it’s all because of the tiny applicator wand! It is so teeny and so precise that you really can brush the hair exactly how you want it while keeping the arch nicely defined so that it sets and stays for the day.  I’ve used larger wands with brow mascara before and 9/10 it lays out too much product too quickly putting it to waste.  Not with this! #tinybutmighty

This tinted gel is perfect for people who love their brows the way they are, they just want a little more color.  It’s also perfect for people who have unruly brows and want to set the hair into place.  It works very much like hairspray does!  

If you look below you can see that Camilla Belle’s brows are perfectly uniformed.  It’s safe to say that her makeup artist probably used some type of gel or wax to keep them in place.

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Pretty magnificent, wouldn’t you say?


This wraps up the two part series!  Feel free to comment below if you have any specific brow-related questions!

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Troubleshooting For Brows

Life can be hard.  Brows can be hard.

I’m here to make one of the above easier for you today.

Brows can be tricky.  You might think you have it all figured out only until you step into natural light and see how dark (or how orange) they actually look. You also might think you have it all figured out only until someone says “you did your brows today.”  Or maybe you’ve tried SO hard to give yourself a “natural” arch, only to wipe it all off and throw your expensive brow pencil out the window.

Friends: I am here to help.  There should be a crisis line for problems like these but there’s not.

Call me. Or read on for common problems women have and how to fix them.

Disclaimer: It is always best to get your brows waxed by a professional that you trust before you try to work your “brow magic.”  This is important because it not only cleans up the brow but it also helps you find your natural shape if you plan on filling them in or if you want to make them look slightly fuller.


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TROUBLESHOOTING FOR BROWS PART 1: 

Crisis #1

“I don’t know what color I need!”

Answer: Taupe will always be the most “universal color” for a one-size-fits-all approach.  Start there if you’re truly undecided.

Blondes & redheads pair best with a blonde or taupe shade. Redheads: I would advise staying away from anything too warm or auburn toned.  Anyone with hair darker than sandy blonde can jump up into the brunette and chocolate shade ranges.  Look at the colors in your hair and look for a shade that is 1-2 shades lighter than your darkest color.

To make life super easy: head to your local Sephora and checkout the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil collection. They have TEN shades so that everyone is able to achieve beautiful brows. Can I get an amen? #handpraise

Crisis #2

“I tried filling my brows in and they look too heavy and too dark.”

Answer: Start with a taupe or light brown eyeshadow and an angled eyeliner or eyebrow brush. Begin by tracing the other shape of your brows.  Remember in grade school when you would take your crayon and trace the outer shape of your picture and then color the rest on the inside? Same idea!  The reason I suggest to start with a powder is because it is very natural and very forgiving and it leaves less pigment than a pencil would.  I use eyeshadow as a brow powder all the time so don’t think that you need to buy a special color or product just for that. Once you’ve skimmed the perimeter, go back and fill in the inside.  Hold your liner brush so that the smaller end is putting upwards towards your forehead.  This is very important.  And make sure that you are brushing it outwards and upwards.

If you’re happy with the results from the powder you can stop there or if you need more “pop” you can go back with the Anastasia Brow Wiz and lightly flick small hair strokes into the brow. Tiny little flicks.  You are literally mimicking the tiny individual hairs.

Once you’ve completed the above steps, take a few steps back from your mirror and look at your brows.  Look at them in relation to the rest of your face.  Do they look a little too heavy? Take a spoolie brush and press in into your brows, touching the skin, pressing it down to diffuse the product.  This is such an important step because SO many women would be much happier with their results if they did this step.

You can buy a spoolie brush separately, or it often comes on the other end of a double-sided eyebrow brush.

 

Crisis #3

“I can’t find my natural shape!” or “I want a bigger arch!”

Answer:  We can also say a prayer of gratitude because Anastasia has heard our cries and created the ever-so-clever brow stencils!! These are amazing!!!

The set contains 5 shapes and is broken down by size of arch.  Like anything, it can take a little practice and I would advise by starting with a powder and brush first before attempting the pencil or cream.  These stencils are so helpful and you might find after repeated usage that you don’t need the stencil for everyday help.

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Ok friends, it is my hope that today’s post truly helped you and motivates you to find something that works well for you.  And I would LOVE to see the results!! Snap a selfie of yourself and use the hashtag #blushingbrows!

If you find that you still need a little more brow 911, call or text 785.393.9991 to setup a brow consultation with me.  This includes a brow wax and tutorial on how to fill in your brows while using the proper products.

Stay tuned for tomorrow to find out what brow products I recommend! 

 

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Get the Look: Lauren Conrad

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I absolutely adore this look Lauren Conrad recently wore for an interview with E News! I decided to break it down and recommend a few key products for achieving a look similar to hers.  One of the main reasons I love this particular look so much is because she always has a beautiful complexion with perfectly complimenting lips and eyes.  Lauren’s skin is her best feature and with such a great canvas like hers, you don’t need much else!

Here are a few shots of her look:
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As you can tell, the cheek highlighter and matte pink lipstick make this look. It’s so fresh and gorgeous and I love it for summer, especially for nights out! Lauren is also sporting a full brow and of course, her signature cateye.

I decided to copy the look and here is a list of products I used…IMG_2811

Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline with the Sephora #90 angled liner brush.  I also went over it with the Buxom eyeliner in black to fill in any spaces of white between lashes.  The best way to get a clean “flick” is to go back and clean it up with a wet Q-tip.

Brows: Lorac Eyeshadow with angled liner brush. This creates a full yet soft look.

Mascara: Maybelline Voluminous in Black

Blush: Honest Beauty Cream Blush in “Truly Exciting” with Sonia Kashiuk “Rosy” cream blush on the apple for a good pop.

Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics “Moonstone” in powder, and lots of it! Only apply it on the cheeks though.

Lipliner: Palladio “Tickle Me Pink” fill and line the lips with this. It helps with staying power and prevents lipstick from bleeding.

Lipstick: MAC “Show Orchid” Apply with a lip brush for better precision. If you apply too much of a high intensity lipstick it can easily transfer, everywhere! Use a lip brush and layer it on softly. Less is more!

*Lauren is wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in “Carina” in the interview shown below.

Click play to watch the video!

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Giveaway :: Free Brow Wax!

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It’s the month of love and Blush is here to spread it as we celebrate! Today I am giving away a FREE BROW WAX to one lucky winner!!

Here is how you submit your entry…comment below with a celebrity who you think has great brows!  That’s all you have to do!

And stick around for more fun giveaways on the blog this month too!


Contest Rules:  Only one entry per person.  Valid to only local residents.  Winner will be chosen by random.org on Thursday February 18th.

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GO BARE WITH YOUR BROWS

I am so happy to announce that from now until the end of July that Blush Spa will be offering complimentary personal brow tutorials for all clients who book a brow wax.  This is a great promotion as the lesson will leave you feeling empowered on how to properly fill and shade your brows so that they look defined, yet natural.  Some people need just a quick wax and then only a setting gel, some need a tint and a wax with powder to fill too…come in to find exactly what you need to look polished and pretty!

The lesson will also come with specific product recommendations tailored to you and your brow “needs.”

Whatever it is, don’t miss this opportunity to have smudgeproof brows! Perfect for that summer heat!

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