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Apr 24, 2015

Tips & Tricks: Be A Glowing Goddess

Even though it's not officially Summer just yet, I won't let that stop me from showing off the perfect summer glow. Don't you just feel better about life when you rock that bronzed beauty look? The UnitWise Heroes have been all about dewy, glowy skin for the spring/summer and want to share their bronzed beauty secrets with you. Grab your sunglasses, we're about to glow like the stars we are in this week's Tips & Tricks: Be A Glowing Goddess!

Prep (most important step)
You can't have beautiful glowy skin without proper skin care. The key to radiant skin is to exfoliate. Dry patches and dull skin will definitely ruin your glowing look. I highly recommend exfoliating your skin at least twice a week with a microderm exfoliant (a very fine exfoliator). Larger, more coarse, exfoliators really irritate the delicate skin on your face and don't work as well at buffing away dull, dry skin. The MK Microdermabrasion set is amazing at buffing away all that ick (you know what I mean) and revealing gorgeous radiant skin. Do be careful not to over-exfoliate or you will end up with red irritated skin that will need time to heal - not cute. 

To Get That Glow From Within Look
We all want that Glow From Within look that makes us all sing "I Woke Up Like This." Getting that BeyoncĂ© glow isn't as difficult as you might think, and you most likely have everything you need to create it. If you use MK skin care then you already have the moisturizer - Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum. That stuff is like a vacation in a bottle; it already has a touch of luminizing magic in it to give you a nice base. Then if you want to go a tiny step further, pat on a luminizing primer on your cheeks, forehead, and chin. Don't worry if you sparkle like a disco ball, there is one more step to pull it all together. 

Once you have your luminizing moisturizer and primer (only if you want), then apply a light coverage foundation, CC cream, or tinted moisturizer. You don't want anything real heavy or that will cover up all your glowing magic you just applied. The luminizing moisturizer you applied (and primer if you applied it) will glow through the light coverage foundation/tinted moisturizer you put on top. It sounds a bit strange, but totally works and give a gorgeous Glow From Within finish. 

Another Way To Glow
If you don't have a luminizing moisturizer or primer, don't worry there are other ways to glow. You can simply apply a bronzer to the cheeks - like you would blush - and it creates a lovely bronzed goddess glow. If you have a liquid highlighter, you can mix it in with your foundation/tinted moisturizer and glow your heart out. Sometimes I mix a liquid highlighter with my tinted moisturizer and apply a bronzer on my cheeks; a little excessive but it looks so pretty in pictures, especially after I applied my fake tan. You know what they say, fake it 'til you make it! 

There are other ways to achieve that glowing skin we all love for the summer, it just takes a little creative makeup fun. What tips and tricks do you for glowing skin that just won't quit?

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Apr 17, 2015

Tips & Tricks: It's All About That Contour Honey!

I always feel a little extra sassy when my contour is on point. So today's Tips & Tricks is all about getting the perfect chiseled face. You don't have to be a master makeup artist to contour and there is even such thing as a Lazy Contour. The UnitWise Heroes about laughed themselves into decommission when I told them about lazy contouring. I will get into that particular style at the end of this blog, but I want to tell you all about contouring that anyone can do themselves. It's actually really easy once you understand what contouring is meant to do.

The Purpose
You might have heard the generic definition that contouring chisels out your cheek bones and slims the face. That is true, but there is a bit more information that needs be explained. Contouring is the art of using light and dark shades to create highlights and shadows on the face. Your light shades usually have a pink, yellow, or golden undertone that draw the eye to the areas of the face where they are applied. Your darker shades usually have a grey, copper, or golden undertone that are categorized as cool or warm tones.

You can use both warm and cool down contour shades together or separately depending on your preference. Some people prefer a cool tone contour while others prefer a warm tone. What I have found out after many hours of makuping (It's a word. I think. Eh, just go with it) is that cool tone contour shades are pretty complementary on all skin tones and create a perfect shadow effect. I have a love-hate relationship with warm tone contour shades. I usually end up using them like a blush and apply it right above my contour and blend it back towards the hair line. It creates this really nice gradient. Other days I just fail epically and end up looking like I dipped my face in mud. Using both needs a smidgen of practice.

The Fool Proof Contour
There are tons of contour maps out there for every face shape showing you exactly where to put your contour shades. Honestly, all you need to know is how to find the hollows of your cheek and know what type of brush to use. Before you start applying any color, take your fingers and gently press under your cheek bone and feel the hollows of your cheek. This is where you want to apply your dark contour shade. There is a technique of using a makeup brush and place it at the top of your ear and blah, blah, but I found that isn't always the case for everyone.

You can make contouring a lot easier on yourself if you have an angled blush brush or something similar, but you really need a medium size face brush, similar to the MK cheek brush, to get a nice contour.

Once you know where you want to place your contour, start applying product in your hair line and blend towards the corners of your mouth - stopping about halfway. You should be able to fit three fingers in the space between the corner of your mouth and where your contour ends. Don't forget to blend, blend, blend.

Then you want to take the contour shade on the top part of your temples and along your jawline. If you want to slim your nose, then contour on either side but leave the middle blank for your highlight.

Once you have your contour on and blended out, it might look a little funky, but your highlight shade will blend out those edges even more create a really pretty effect. You want to apply your highlight on your cheeks (above the contour) and along your upper jawline (right under your contour shade). Then apply just a little bit in the middle of your forehead - going down on the bridge of your nose. To even everything out, do a touch of contour on your chin. Then just keep blending until you achieve the look you want.

The Lazy Contour
I do this a lot when I just want a pretty glow and I'm running 15 minutes late for work - which is actually pretty good for me (lol). Take a fluffy domed face brush, similar to the MK Powder Brush - I know this method completely contradicts the one above, but it works when you only have seconds to do your makeup. Take your contour shade and quickly buff it into the hollows of your cheeks, hit the temples, then swoosh-swoosh on the jawline. Take a shimmery highlighter and run it right along the contour shade on your cheeks and done. Your face is slightly slimmer and glowy and bronzy and slap on a few coats of mascara, then a gloss and out the door you go. I'm trying to convince the Heroes to do a Contour Race and film it, but I need your help convincing them in the comments below. Comment with "Contour Race!" below or on all the UnitWise Social Media so we can make it happen. Here's all the links: Facebook   Twitter   Instagram .

Thank you so much for checking out my Tips & Tricks blogs. They are so much fun to do. This particular blog was requested via our Facebook page and if you have any Tips & Tricks blog request, I would be more than happy to cover them. I'll hook you up with more information than you thought existed ;). Have a wonderful day and keep your contour game strong!

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Apr 9, 2015

Tips & Tricks: Lip Contouring

Face contouring is all the rage, but did you know you can contour your lips too! I've been cutting my face contouring back to just some bronzer on my cheeks and making it darker at the hairline; lazy girl contour. But I have been contouring my lips every day to achieve the perfect pout. The UnitWise Heroes really enjoy trying out new makeup techniques and this one is a big hit here at headquarters. Lip contouring is actually super easy (probably why I do it so much) and it looks amazing is a simple eye look.

How To Contour Your Lips
Prep - It's always a good idea to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before doing this. It just makes the application so much smoother and you don't have any pulling of your lip liner causing it to break ( I hate when that happens).

Step 1 - Line your lips
If you are a fan of overdrawing your lips then you will need to apply a concealer first to cancel out any color in your lips. Choose a lip liner that is slightly darker than your natural lip color. I really like the MK lip liner in Spiced Tea or Neutral. Any nude liner will work. When lining your lips concentrate more on the outer corners and define your cupids bow. Fill in the corners too but make sure to leave the center blank. There are different ways to apply the liner to make your lips look fuller but this way is pretty fool-proof.

Step 2 - Apply your lipstick
I love to play with lip combos, so choose whatever color you want. Usually a nude, peach, or pink or some combination of those three work great. Apply the color to the center where you left it blank and then take your finger and blend it out onto the liner. It will create a nice ombre effect. You can even go a bit further by applying a nude lipstick and pop a really light shade just in the center and blend it out really well.

Step 3 - Refine
You can go back over the liner if you want your lips more defined. Grab your bronzer or a dark powder that you use for contouring and apply the color with fluffy eye brush just under your bottom lip. This will make them look extra pouty and so luscious. Then finish with your favorite gloss. You can leave it matte too; I'm just a gloss girl in the spring and summer.

This is only one way to contour your lips. If you want to get really into it, I highly recommend Pinterest as a research resource for this type of contouring. Let me know what tips and tricks you have for full lips in the comment box below!
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Apr 3, 2015

Tips & Tricks: Makeup That Stays All Day

Happy April! I have been ready for Spring since Christmas ended and the UnitWise Heroes couldn't be happier that Spring is finally here. The only downside to warmer weather is that it can cause your makeup to fade very quickly. Here are some great tips and tricks to keep your makeup looking flawless while the sun heats things up.

I am a primer junkie. I love BB creams, CC creams, matte and luminous primers; I need it all in my life. For warmer weather, I love the MK CC cream with the MK mineral foundation on top. The coverage will last me about 6-8 hours with a setting spray. If you will be outside for a long time, I would highly recommend a mattifying primer with a powder foundation. It won't cake up on you and it will keep you from becoming too oily or dewy; women dew, we do not sweat #southernwisdom.

Powder Foundations
Powder foundations are my usual go-to in warmer weather. They wear so light and keep the oil at bay. I have combination skin and get really oily in my T-zone. Powder foundations last much longer on my skin type in warmer weather than liquid because they just slide right off my oily skin. If you want some coverage that lasts for a long time and you will be outside, powder foundations really are the way to go.

Setting Sprays
If you do not have a setting spray (a good quality setting spray) in your makeup bag, girl you need to talk to your MK consultant ASAP! A good quality setting spray will be your best friend this spring and summer. It gives my powder foundation the ultimate staying power. I really do like the MK setting spray and I've repurchased it twice already. If you want to use a liquid foundation, spray your brush with setting spray before you pick up product. This will help your foundation go on smoother and help it stay all day.

In the warmer months I really don't like to go too crazy with makeup. I like it simple; a little creme shadow, some mascara, and a gloss. Mascara just melts off my lashes in the spring and summer, so I will use a waterproof one to make that problem disappear. The MK creme shadows last a long time on my lids too as long as I use an eye primer if I will be out in the heat for a long time.

These are only a few tricks to make your makeup stay all day. Share your tips & tricks in the comment box below. Before you head off and test these tips, become a makeup brush expert with our latest blog series- All About Makeup Brushes.

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