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After Makeup & Hair Session

After a Makeup & Hair Session, may it be Trial, E-Session, or wedding day, the best comment we can get is when the bride says, “Wow, I love it! I wish I can wake up like this everyday!” We give ourselves a secret pat on the back with a wink. Then oftentimes the bride whispers, “O.M.G..How am I going to take the makeup off, though?..”

While we all wish we can go to sleep and wake up with bright eyes and perfectly tousled hair, proper “make-off” is important for maintaining skin and hair health.

We only use products that are tried and true and safe for most skin types. But however good a makeup product is, it is still only supposed to stay on your skin temporarily. Here are some tips to keeping your skin looking beautiful, and break-out free.

1. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, plan ahead and have makeup removers ready.
It’s best to have a makeup remover for the face, and have a separate “Waterproof Makeup Remover” for your eye & lip makeup. Or you can opt for the convenient “Makeup Remover Wipes”. Just make sure they’re formulated for waterproof makeup, and remember to wash your face with cleanser after taking off makeup.

2. What about the false lashes? Do I yank them off?
No! Never just yank off the false lashes.
Soak a cotton pad/ball (no cotton? Kleenex will do) with eye makeup remover and leave on the lids and lashes for ~20 seconds. The lash glue will soften, and this is when you can gently pull off the lashes, without losing all your real lashes.

3. Making sure your face is clean.
If you can see traces of foundation on your face after your attempt to make-off, your face is not clean.
If you’re not sure, you can soak a cotton pad with toner and gently wipe your face. If you see any color, better wash again.
There are many cleaning devices on the market now that will help you make sure your face is clean. Some are quite the investment, but in our minds, an investment is better than dealing with break-outs.

4. Moisturize your skin.
Makeup removers and face wash are meant to clean, but they can strip away the natural oils our skin needs. Moisturize with your daily skincare routine to restore the balance, or do a hydrating mask to reward your skin after a long day. Healthy skin should feel supple and a little cool to the touch. In case you didn’t know, dryness can also cause break-outs and sensitive skin.

5. Wash your hair with conditioner first.
It’s a good idea to wash your hair when you’ve had it styled. Hairstyling products can easily clog pores, making your scalp sensitive and making you break out. Some products can also transfer onto your pillowcase, making you sleep on a bed of hairspray and wax and gel without even knowing it.
If it’s hard to brush out the hairdo, rinse with warm water first, and soak your hair with conditioner (avoiding the scalp) for about 3 minutes. Warm water and conditioner will soften the strongest hold hairspray. Gently brush out your hair with wide-tooth comb and proceed to wash with shampoo.

We hope these tips will make you look and feel beautiful, even days after you take off the makeup we so proudly did on you!

 Monica, Manning & Betty

The Magic wand: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Finding the right concealer can be frustrating. There are so many trouble areas on the face that need some "help".  It could be the zits on your chin, the sun spots on your cheeks or the terrible under eye circles that would not go away. How can you find something that works for all?  As makeup artists, we have probably ten different kinds of concealers in our bag. None of them are perfect.  A perfect concealer in our heart should have 1) great coverage, 2) wide color range, 3) fast drying formula, 4) long staying power and 5) easy-to-blend consistency.  

People say: "You can't have it all!" We were ready to accept that there is no ONE perfect concealer...

..until our encounter with the Magic Wand: the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer !!

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Photo credit: http://venusknowsbest.com

This baby truly BLOWS.US.AWAY

It has everything we look for. This NARS concealer is highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It can cover pretty much anything and everything on your face. Unlike other full-coverage concealers, it has this velvety texture that blends into the skin so easily without having a cakey finish and without emphasizing the fine lines. It is creamy yet it drys instantly. So you don't need to worry about it moving around later. It also has a great color range for different skin tones. Some that are orange color based or yellow based are great for under eye circles and for brightening effect. Another plus: it is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates paraben, alcohol and fragrance! ( Can it get any better !?)

It has became THE favorite must-have in our kits and our clients love it! Custard and honey are the two most popular colors and are usually sold out in Sephora. Grab yours soon and share with us your feedback !