I’ve searched high and low for years, every year in fact, for the perfect daily planner / life organizer. I keep looking every year for something better, yet nothing ever is. I have bought both since 2011. While there have been some changes (and not always for the better) they are still pretty damn close to perfect and use daily.
The Daily Planner I use for my personal to do, appointments, notes, etc. It has a 24 hour timeline on half of the page, which changed this year. It’s taken a lot to get used to, but it’s not the worst thing. It keeps me accountable for how many hours in the day there really is, and what I really can accomplish. The other half of the page is an unlined notes section.
The Astra Zebra Planner I use for my monthly social media & event planning and tracking. It’s great for setting goals; recording figures and finances. It’s also a great way to keep track of bookkeeping, social media productivity and more.
Without getting into specific color matching, pairing and color theory. This is a very basic step-by-step to help guide you on how to apply blush.
There are a few ways you can approach this. I highly recommended applying foundation first, then contour, then blush, then hilighter, then powder.
Using a blush brush, apply blush on the cheekbone, the apples of the cheeks and you can even apply it to the temples.
It doesn’t matter if you sweep it, or use in circular motions. Whatever is most comfortable to you. I personally prefer sweeping it from the cheekbone upward towards the temple.
If your blush is grabbing on your foundation, and too hard to blend, you could also apply foundation, powder, powder contour, blush, then highlighter.
Either way you choose, if you’re unable to blend your blush and it’s grabbing too much, you can use a large powder brush with a translucent setting or HD powder to absorb any moisture it’s grabbing onto.
Here’s the finished look. What do you think? Now it’s your turn.
What is contour? Contour is a shadowing technique used to “carve” out cheeks and give the illusion that a face has more definition. It’s achieved by using a contour brush under the cheek bone, under the jaw, in the temple and around the hairline.
1. Apply cream or powder contour under the cheekbone using a brush small enough to fit in those areas, under the jaw and arrow be the hairline.
2. Blend cream contour with a flat top kabuki foundation brush, or powder contour with a blush or contour brush.
3. Make sure it’s well blended, there should be a shadow not a line.
You can then begin your blush and highlighter application. To finish complexion; go over the entire face with a powder brush to blend and make softer.
You can use a bronzer, matte finish darker powder or cream as a contour if you can’t get your hands on a cream or powder contour.
You should not be wearing makeup unless you know what this symbol means…
Much like; food, beverages and medications, there is an expiration date. A date determined scientifically based on the ingredients and preservatives inside its products contents.
For the cosmetic industry, which spans; skincare, makeup, fragrances, bath & body products, and hair care, there is an international symbol for expiration dates, the PAO symbol, which stands for Period after opening. It looks like this….
This is an open Jar. It means that once opened that is how long before your product expires. This particular example picture means that it expires in 12 months.
Every time you open a product you should look over it carefully. Make a note of the symbol. How long do you have to use this product?
If you can’t rely on your memory I highly recommend using a Sharpie paint pen or metallic marker like the one I’ve previously HERE on Amazon to write your expiration dates on your products. Why metallic? Because them my will show up on black packaging.
Next; smell your product, smell it every time you open it for the next few days or so and get used to it. This is how it should smell. Once it “turns” it smells different and it means your product expired. It should be thrown out immediately for risk of infection or adverse reaction.
If your product doesn’t have the Jar on itself, it very well may be on. It’s packaging, like the images below.
Keep in mind these products, even though normally harmless are chemicals. Preservatives are what keep them stable. Once these preservatives expire they become toxic and should not touch your body in any way otherwise you risk adverse reaction or a serious infection.
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Depending on your or your clients preference, eyebrow color can be a combination of any of the following.
Eyebrow Gel in pot
Eyebrow or Matte Finish Eyeshadow Powder
angled brow brush
Steps to draw on brows:
Use a spool or brow brush to comb brows in place. Comb upward, outward and downward.
Measure where the start of your eyebrow should begin; hold up a straight edge from the inside of the inside of corner of your nose by the nostril to the corner of your eye, the eyebrow space directly about it is where it should begin.
Measure the space from the inside of the corner by your nostril to the outer corner of the eye, this is about where the tail should end.
Apply wax or brow gel with either an angled brush, fan brush or brow brush to existing hair and to fill in tail if needed.
Using an angled liner/brow brush apply powder in the same direction; upward, outward and down.
EYES FIRST -Doing eyes first will allow you complete artistic freedom and prevent unnecessary concealer and foundation reapplication. It’s not wrong if you do face first, it will just take longer and you’ll repeat multiple steps.
Prepping Eyes– Using a nylon bristle concealer brush PREP eyelid with an eyeshadow base. Avoid using concealer or foundation as it will crease quickly. Size of the brush should be determined by the size of the eyelids.
Typically 3-4 shadows are used, the lightest color on the brow bone as a highlight, the darkest color on the crease as a contour and an in between color all over the lid. This is a general guideline not a rule.
Using an eyeshadow brush, apply color to the lid.
Using a blending brush apply a lighter color to the brow bone. Doing this step prior to your crease color prevents “smoking” the highlight and turning it grey.
Using a tapered crease brush, apply your contouring color to the outer crease area.
You may now begin the mascara and eyeliner process. Tutorial coming soon.