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Dec 29, 2014

Tips & Tricks: New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

2014 has been the most exciting adventure for the UnitWise Heroes. So much has happened and we are so thankful to have had you along for the ride. I'm telling you, this year has flown by so fast, it's enough to make your head spin. You know, we couldn't end this year with any ol'thing. The Heroes wanted to do something spectacular, extravagant, larger that life that would end this amazing year with the greatest celebration ever - with a little extra fancy thrown in.

So my dear reader, you are cordially invited to a very special edition of Tips & Tricks....please join me for a make up look to end 2014...The New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball!

I could hardly contain my excitement when planning out this makeup look. I got to incorporate glitter, and rhinestones, and bright beautiful colors to create a Masquerade mask for Hero Brittany. Before starting this look, I searched for a few reference photos. Then I sketched out where I was going to put the black lines and where certain designs were going to go. Now it's time to get the lovely Hero Brittany ready for her New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball.


Prep:
To prep the face, I applied an oil-control moisturizer followed by a mattefying primer in her T-Zone. Then I applied lip balm to her lips. Once her face was prepped, it was time for foundation.

Face:
I applied a yellow concealer under her eyes before I went in with foundation.

Trick: Applying yellow concealer before the foundation is a technique that really helps to cancel out dark circles under the eyes.

Next, I evened out her skin tone with a light layer of foundation. For any other spots she had, I went in with some concealer. Then, I lightly dusted her face with setting powder.



Eyes:
Once I applied an eye shadow primer, I went in with a transition color in Brittany's crease.

Tip: A transition color is a shadow that is close to your skin color. It helps with blending out shadows as you build up your color so you have no harsh lines. 

Brittany's favorite color is purple, so that was my inspiration for the colors I used. I went in with a dark purple in her crease, and extended out all the way to her temples. It will look a little funky at first, but remember this is going to be a mask. For her lid, I used a silver shade. I will be going over it in glitter, so i just wanted something light.




Next up was eye liner. I smudged a black liner on her upper and lower lash line. I didn't want to go too extreme with the liner, because we will be going over with black eye shadow and smoking it out. This look will have a lot going on, so I didn't want to have crazy eye liner going on too.












After the liner was on, I took the same purple shade and started creating a few designs for her lower lash line. To give more definition to the eyes, I went in with black eye shadow and an angle brush and started creating a smokey line that would resemble where eyes holes would be in a mask. I extended them towards the center of the nose for more drama. Then I started building up different colors and blending everything out. I used different shades of purples, blues and greens to create the coloring for the mask.








The Mask
To create the mask, I used a few reference photos to map out the lines. I tried a pencil liner to create the lines, but it didn't work very well. So, I used a small angle brush and black eye shadow. When the lines were mapped out, I went in with corlor to create the mask.


Trick: I would always blend out each color application before going on to the next for a color changing effect.

Before moving on to the glitterizing segment of this tutorial, I applied a few layers of mascara.






The Sparkle
This was Brittany's favorite part. You should have seen her face light up when I pulled out all the glitter and rhinestones, it was magical. Now, I didn't mention this before, but I didn't let Brittany hold a mirror this time, so she doesn't know what anything looks like. I have some great reaction shots that will be at the end of this blog, she was just precious.


You might not think this, but adding sparkle is an art. You don't want too much in one area. I applied the rhinestones to the end of lines and in the center of a few of the swirls. Then I went in with glitter to highlight. I added an extra fine glitter on her eye lids to create a subtle yet beautiful sparkle every time she would turn her head, or blink.




It just can't get over how amazing this look came out. Brittany is picture perfect for the Heroe's Masquerade Ball. Happy New Year from all of us here at UnitWise and we are so excited to start a new year with you and a whole new year of Tips & Tricks!

A Little Something Special To End The Last Tips & Tricks Blog for 2014
I mentioned before that Brittany wasn't allowed to see the makeup look until the very end. Since this look was more special and something I don't get to always do, I wanted to catch her reaction on film....



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Dec 19, 2014

Tips & Tricks: A Very Mary Kay Christmas Look

It's finally Friday! The UnitWise Heroes are counting down the final days until Christmas and in their holiday excitement they came up with a really fun idea for this weeks Tips & Tricks Blog. So without further ado, I present A Very Mary Kay Christmas Look...




Today I had the pleasure of having UnitWise Hero Elena as my beautiful model. Everything used in this makeup look is from Mary Kay and it was super simple to create. So let's get started.


Prep:
To prep Elena's face, I applied the CC Cream in Light-to-Medium. I personally love this product, it works great as a base to even everything out and moisturize the skin or on it's own for a light makeup day. Next I added a little primer to the lids and applied Satin Lips balm to moisturize her lips while we makeover her face.

The Eyes:
I started with they eyes before we went on to foundation so we can clean up any fall out without it messing anything else up. I started with the Cream Eye Color in Glacier Gray on the lid. Then I blended in the Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm in the crease and outer V of her eye. I love the shimmer these cream eye shadows give off, they are just perfect for a holiday look. To give her eyes a bit more depth, I went in with the dark blue shade from the Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Ocean View just on the outer V and blended it in with the Violet Storm shade.







Next, I went over the center of her lid with the silver color from the same Ocean View trio to give Elena some extra sparkle.

For her bottom lash line, I blended the Violet Stom shade from outer to inner corner. Then I blended a little bit of the dark blue from the Ocean View trio so it connects with her outer V.

Then I lined her top and bottom lash line with MK Eyeliner in black. I finished her eye look with one of my favorite mascaras of all time, the MK Ultimate Mascara in black.




The Face:
Since I prepped her face with the CC Cream, she already had a touch of color evening out her skin tone. To give her a flawless finish, I used the Mineral Powder Foundation in Beige 1. This product is amazing, and gives really good coverage. Also, it makes your skin look gorgeous for pictures.

For her blush, I just wanted a naturally flushed look, so I used the Cream Blush in Cranberry. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way, so be careful not to pick up too much when applying.









The Lips:
For the lips, I wanted to keep it simple yet festive, so I went with Elena's favorite NouriShine Gloss in Fancy Nancy. And her Mary Kay Christmas Look was complete.










This makeup look was a blast to create and Elena was such a wonderful model. The colors I used were simple but the shimmer was what really gave this makeup a holiday feel. I'd like to thank the Heroes for letting me create so many different holiday looks this year, and can't wait to get started on the makeup challenges for New Year's. What are your favorite MK makeup products for the holidays?

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Dec 12, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Holiday Party Makeup Look

Are you as excited as I am for Holiday Parties? The UnitWise Heroes always have the best Christmas Party and they wanted to step up their makeup look for this year. They were so kind to ask me to create a glamorous look that will not only look perfect in every picture, but also last all night long. This is a tall order, Heroes, but I am always up for the challenge and any excuse to use glitter. I don't want to keep you from all the makeup fun, so let's get started!









This week's model was the beautiful UnitWise Hero Brittany. Here is her before picture - the after is just amazing, but don't skip to the end just yet...


The Hair
I don't know exactly what happened to my before-hair picture. I know I took one, but oh well, I'll just tell you what I did. I sprayed her hair with a medium hold hair spray first. Then I curled her hair and pinned the curls in place to set. This way her hair will hold the curl all night and have tons of body and volume. The bigger the hair, the more you care ;)

Prep
Before I started applying any makeup, I prepped her skin with moisturizer and lip balm. Then I went over the entire face with a mattifying primer. This will keep your skin from getting oily through the night and keep you looking picture perfect until you cleanse your face.

The Base
I changed up the usual routine and applied her foundation and concealer first. I usually do the upper-lip eye makeup first, but I decided to start with foundation. Once her foundation was well blended, I went in with concealer. I then set the concealer under the eye with setting powder and left a heavy application of the powder under her eyes to catch any fallout from the shimmer shadow we will be applying later on.






The Brows
For her brows, I just used a pencil to outline them, and then I filled them in with a brow powder. The powder gives a really nice natural look, but also gives volume to the brows. To set them for an evening of holiday fun, I combed through the brows with a clear brow gel.





The Eyes
To keep her eye shadow in place, I first applied an eye shadow primer. To help the shadows blend flawlessly, I started with a light brown in her crease. Then I built up the depth with a slightly darker brown and blended the edges so there are no harsh lines. To make her eyes appear larger and give more shape to the lid, I took a dark brown and blended it into the outer V. We are not doing a big wing or anything, so I wanted to really accentuate that outer portion of her eye.






Once I have the crease and outer V defined, I applied a shimmery golden shade to be the base for the glitter. To ensure the glitter stays, I put some glitter glue on her lid. Then I took a very fine gold glitter and applied it to her lid. I kept building up the glitter until I got the optimum sparkle.

I kindly asked her to keep her eyes closed for just a few seconds after applying the glitter to let the glue and everything set. I also swept away the excess powder that caught any fall out.


Next, I took a gel eyeliner and smudged it into her lash line. I needed to thicken it up in preperation for the lashes that will be going on. To prep her lashes for the falsies, I curled her lashes and put on a few coats of mascara.

For the lashes, I used really full and fluffly lashes to give her really big eyes. The exact ones I used were the demi-whispies by Salon Perfect. I did measure her eye and trimmed them so they would fit comfortably. A realization I came to during this process was that it is much easier to apply falsies on other people than yourself. I seriously live for these lashes, they are my favorite.

After her lashes were on and looking fabulous, I started with the bottom lash line. I first blended a light brown along lower lash line from outer corner to inner tear duct. Then with a darker brown, I accentuated from center to outer corner. Next, I took the same black gel liner and smudged it from outer corner to inner tear duct, and had it darkest on the outer portion. To finish the eyes, I applied a light coat of mascara to the bottom lashes.


The Face
Once the eyes are finished, it's time for some contouring. I love contouring, it really makes a difference in your pictures. I started with a bronzer and carved out her cheekbones. Then I dusted bronzer right above her temples, sides of the nose, and jawline. Next, was some blush. I went with a dark peachy shade and stippled it on very lightly until I acheived the desired color.

Helpful Tip: Stippling the blush on, rather than just wiping back and forth, will help you from applying too much.

Then I went in with highlighter on her cheekbones, down the center of her nose, and on the cupids bow.

The Lips
I let Brittany choose her lip color, the choices were: nude, red, violet. She went with red, and my eyes just lit up like a Christmas Tree. With a red lip, it is very important to line your lips to keep it from feathering and fading away. I started by lining her lips, then I filled them in. Filling them in with liner also helps the color stay all night long.









The red color I used, was a bright matte red. When you have a bold eye look, a bright matte color won't steal the show like a glossier color would. To finish up the lips, I cleaned up any uneven lines with a pointed Q-tip and some makeup remover. To set the lip color and fully ensure it's longevity, I pulled a tissue in half, and set one ply on her lips and then pressed setting powder over it. This little trick will save you from losing that beautiful red lip while you party the night away.





The Hair
Brittany was really excited for this part. By now, the curls have set and I started taking out the pins and letting the curls fall. I ran a bristle brush lighty through the curls to separate them, then I started shaping them. For her side-swept hair do, I pulled out a few curls on her right side, then started making a large twist at the base her hair. I would twist and pin to keep the twist from coming loose. I kept twisting all the way around until I got to her ear on the left side. Then I just teased and shaped the curls on the left side. To set the style, I just gave it a good spritz of hairspray and voilĂ ! A gorgeous Holiday Party Look.



This is one of my favorite makeup looks so far. It just look so pretty, and let me tell you, no picture will come out bad with this look. Brittany is ready for a party to remember. I hope you enjoyed this week's Tips & Tricks blog, and if you have any holiday makeup tips, share them in the comment box below. I love to read your comments and use your suggestions in our blogs. Stay tuned for next's week Tips & Tricks blog, published every Friday.

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Dec 8, 2014

Beauty Business Tips: Inventory & End-of-Year Tax Reports

How are you all doing on this beautiful Monday? I tell you, I get very excited every morning coming into work because all the trees and buildings in beautiful downtown Rock Hill, SC are decorated with twinkling lights and Christmas decorations. The lights and decorations really are my favorite parts about the holiday season. But enough about my Christmas Favorites, I have some very important information that the UnitWise Heroes have asked me to pass along to all of you. Aren't they just so sweet?


Inventory
The first bit of wisdom is all about Inventory. The time has finally come for you to count your inventory and prepare for 2015 (seriously where did the year go?). Turn up the holiday station on your radio, pour a cup of cocoa, and make it an Inventory Party. Helpful Tip: When counting your inventory, group poducts together that you will want to use in gift sets, so you can easily create a holiday gift set in your UnitWise account.

Once you have a complete count of your entire inventory, you can update your quantities quickly within your UnitWise account via the Inventory Bulk Edit feature. Finally, after you have updated and organized your inventory for the new year, it's time for a Dance Break - All I want for Christmas is Youuuuu BABY! Just had to dance that one out, ok moving on...

End-of-Year Tax Reports
Did that sub title just drain some holiday cheer from your life? Thank goodness you have UnitWise to make tax reports basically effortless. Now that the tax anxiety is starting to wear off, UnitWise makes creating end-of-year tax reports super simple, because seriously tax stress causes wrinkles - I bet it's proven in a study somewhere. 

How it all works - Everything you do is tracked in UnitWise. Every invoice, sales receipt, purchase order, expense, exchange, all of it is stored away safe and organized for the exact moment you need to see it in a beautifully prepared report. To access all this information, just click on Reports from your Home page. You can customize the date range for the reports and they can all be saved as a pdf or excel file so you can easily send them to an accountant or to just have backup file. 

If you have any questions, you know the amazing UnitWise Heroes are always here to help you. Give us a call at 704-234-6006, hit us up on live chat, or send us an email: heroes@unitwise.com

Thank you so much for stopping by, and check out the latest makeup Tips & Tricks blog where I got do some really fun Holiday Inspiration Looks complete with lots of glitter and rhinestones!

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Dec 5, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Holiday Inspirations Makeup

Are you ready to see four spectacular holiday inspired makeup looks? The UnitWise Heroes proposed a challenge for me to create four makeup looks based on a few of there favorite holiday decorations. I about fell over when they asked me to do this because it meant I get to use GLITTER, and a whole bunch of rhinestones. Life just isn't worth living without a bit of glitter and a lot of sparkle, right? Ok, so you get the idea of what is going on, now follow me to a wonderful world of Christmas cheer and holiday sparkle for this week's Tips & Tricks: Holiday Inspirations Makeup!









The four holiday decorations I got to choose from were a snowflake, candy canes, sugar plums, and mistletoe. The snowflake was first, and my wonderful model Danielle was very excited for some blue eyeshadow and glitter.






To get started, I applied a silver eyeshadow on her lid and went in with a light blue in the crease. I will build up the blue in the crease with a darker navy color, but I just wanted to map it out with the lighter blue.










When the eye shadows were well blended, I started drawing in the lines to make the snowflake. I used a reference photo to help me out a bit. To create the snowflake, I just used a dark navy blue eyeshadow mixed with a touch of petroleum jelly to make a liquid eyeliner. It looks a little funky right now, but don't worry it will all come together in the end, I promise ;)








I made the snowflake very ornate, I could have gone a little bit lighter with the detailing, but go big or go home, right? After the snowflake was made, it's time for rhinestones! I just put them wherever they would look nice. After the rhinestones, I took the darker blue shadow and put it along the lower lash line to bring the look together.







For this lips, I kept it simple with a nice nude lip. I didn't want to distract from the eye make up. I picked up a silver wreath in the holiday section at my local retail store and used it to add a little extra something. What do you think?


My next wonderful model, Alicia chose the mistletoe decoration for her look. This makeup look required some gold glitter, green eyeshadow, and a red lip.








For the eyes, I put a very shimmery gold shadow all over the lid and went in the crease with a green shade and gradually built up the color.













Then I went in with a cranberry shade and blended it into the outer "V" of her eyes. I kept blending until it seamlessly changed into the green shade I put in her crease.










Next, I drew on some mistletoe on the right side of her face. I chose the right side, because her hair is parted more to the left, and it just balances everything out. For the leaves, I just wet an angle brush and used a dark green shadow. To make the berries, I used a red lipliner - it made everything so easy. To make the berries really pop, I outlined them with a little black shadow.






No holiday look is complete without some sparke. I added green and red rhinestones to the mistletoe and then I had to do a red lip to match! I found a red wreath, like the silver one I used on Danielle, and just clipped in a little green decoration I picked up. Seriously, how adorable is this finished look?


The next fabulous model is Erica. She chose candy cane as her decoration inspiration and I knew some serious glitterizing was about to happen. 



For her eyes, I used a white eyeshadow on her lid and went in the crease with a bright red eye shadow. I also took the same white shadow and lined her bottom lash line. It makes the eyes really pop.

After the eyes, I started marking out where to put the peppermints on the right side of her face. I chose the peppermint instead of the candycane mainly because it looked better. 

For the glitter segment of this look, I covered the peppermints in glitter then made them really sparkle with a few rhinestones. Honestly, you can never have enough glitter or rhinestones in a holiday look.
After a little black eyeliner to enhance the lashline, a few coats of mascara and a red lip...are you ready for Erica's finsihed look? It turned out fabulous!


Last, but very far from least, was my next beautiful model Austin. Her look was inspired by the sugarplum and I was very excited for this one because I got to use a purple lip color. Her eyes for this look were super simple, but still had rhinestones and glitter. I wanted to lips to be the main focus for this look. 

For Austin's eyes, I used a gold shimmer shadow on the lid and a deep purple shade in the crease. Then I blended my little heart out to get that perfect gradual color change. After the blending, I lined her lash line with a black shadow to really make her eyes pop.

I just added three rhinstones on the brow bone. I didn't want to go too crazy with sparkle, because the lips will be pretty bold. I guess there are a few times that there can be too much sparkle. 
After a touch of blush and some matte purple lips color are you ready to see what it looks like? Wait, I need to add the finshing touch - a sparkling wreath with sugarplums. So pretty! 


These looks were so much fun to create. I really hope you find some inspiration for your holiday looks. Remember glitter and rhinestones are your best friends when it comes to festive makeup looks, and I still believe too much is never enough. Stay tuned for next week's Holiday Party Makeup where I will give the Heroes a perfect makeup look for their big Christmas Party!

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Nov 24, 2014

Beauty Business Tips: Holiday Marketing

It's Monday! I'm so excited because this is no ordinary Monday, it is a very important countdown day. What countdown you ask? Well my business savvy beauties, today marks only 3 days left until Thanksgiving (insert applause). Every Thanksgiving with my family is full of entertainment. My favorite thing to do is to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and cook up a mess of food. I could chat forever about Thanksgiving, but I do have some important business tips from the UnitWise Heroes.


Holiday Marketing
The holidays are an extremely busy time for you. There is so much going on at one time, I can't image how you keep up with it all. When it comes to holiday marketing, you want to create something that speaks to the heart of clients. Creating a holiday collection is simple, yet really shows you care.

Holiday Collections in UnitWise - You can easily handle the important business side of creating a holiday collection in your UnitWise account. The video explains it perfectly:


Presentation - When it comes to presentation, you don't have to go too crazy. Think of it as your products are the star of the show and everything else is there to make the star look better. Some of the Heroes favorite presentations that you all have posted are the ones with a simple pair of gloves holding the Satin Hands Set, or lip bundles with Christmas ornaments and candy canes. 

Share The Gift of UnitWise
From hearing all the success stories you share, there is always one main aspect that helped you get to where you are, and that is the support from your fellow Consultants & Directors. You can help support the people around you kick off the New Year with a bang by sharing the gift of UnitWise. For every 4 referrals, you will receive a free month subscription to UnitWise, but that’s not all! The UnitWise user that has the most referrals as of Dec. 31st, will win a Custom Website Design! If you do not have the website plan, you will win a six month subscription to UnitWise. Check out our Referral Promotion Video for more information.

To add the final touches to your gift of UnitWise, be sure to include promo code: UW2014 for an additional 15 free trial days.

If you have any questions about creating your product collections in UnitWise, don't hesitate to give the Heroes a call: 704-234-6006 or email: heroes@unitwise.com

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