Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How To Tuesday: Contouring

Contouring...we seem to hear that word everyday thanks to a dreaded reality star and I am always asked for tips on it from friends, family, and clients.  So what exactly is contouring?

Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.  It's not supposed to be noticeable—just a subtle definition.   

So now that we know what contouring is, how do we do it.  Before we get to technique though let's come up with a quick product list.  You will want two foundation shades-one a shade lighter and one a shade deeper then your skin tone. You'll also need a brush.  I prefer a fan brush, it prevents you from being heavy handed with product.

Now for technique:
Take your deeper shade or bronzer and sweep it from your forehead to your cheek and down to your jawline in a "3" shape.

With your lighter shade or highlighter sweep a crescent or a "C" from your brow bone to down and across the top of your cheekbone.

Now, blend, blend, blend!

So that is basic, natural contouring.  I can't wait to hear and see your contouring stories and hopefully you try out some of these tips.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Transformation Thursday

I had some time on my hands this morning so I thought I would give you a quick and simple look that you can use both day and night.

Step 1: prime skin
Step 2: apply foundation, I used Temptu Airpod in 003 warm ivory
Step 3: fill in brows, I used Smashbox Brow Tech to go in Brunette
Step 4: apply shadow from lash line to crease, I used Make Up For Ever artist shadow ME-612
Step 5: apply shadow under the brow and the inner corner of the eye, I used Make Up For Ever artist shadow I-514
Step 6: apply liner to the waterline, I used Make Up For Ever graphic liner
Step 7: apply mascara
Step 8: apply blush to the upper cheekbone and blend towards the temples, I used Make Up For Ever artist shadows I-808 and S-748
Step 9: apply lipstick and gloss, I used Make Ip For Ever rouge artist natural N4 and lab shine D14

To take this look from day to night I would just apply a darker lipstick.  Let me know if you try this look with products that you already have and be sure to take pictures.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How To Tuesday: Cuticle Care

During the winter months I get ask by so many people, "how can I fix my cuticles?" They are dry, they are peeling, they are red, they are cracked.  Well I am here to let you in on a secret...moisturize!

Moisturizing is the best thing you can do not just for your cuticles, but all of your skin.  Now What should you use for your cuticles, well cuticle oil.  One little bottle is packed with so many great benefits.  It offers long-lasting natural moisture. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has antioxidants and has a makeup similar to skin's collagen so it is great for sensitive skin.  Best of all, it takes about thirty seconds to do and only one product is needed.  

So next time you are out, stop at any beauty retailer and pick up a bottle for yourself.  I promise your cuticles and your nail tech will thank you for it.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hello and Welcome!  I'm sure you are wondering what exactly Beauty By Alexis is.  Well guess what?, I'm here to tell you.

Beauty By Alexis is a one woman show that specializes in beauty house calls.  Need your nails or makeup done?  She's your girl.  Need a new twist on a girl's night out?  Have her come to you, she can teach you and show you the latest makeup and nail tips and trends.  Are you or someone you know getting married?  Have her come to you and pamper the wedding party in the comforts of your own surroundings.  Basically she is here for any day that you want or need some extra beautifying.