The 10 Best Travel-Sized Products at Sephora

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If you’ve ever been to Sephora and been totally overwhelmed, you’re not alone. The sheer volume of products is hard enough to navigate, and then there’s also the fear of wasting your money on an expensive product that doesn’t work out. That’s why you should never leave Sephora (or your favourite beauty store) without checking out the travel-sized section. Not only are these mini products great for (duh) traveling, but they’re also ideal for trying something out before committing to the full size.

But what to get? Allow us to help you narrow it down. Here are 10 of the best travel-sized beauty products Sephora has to offer.

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Hey Guys!

Today we are going to talk a bit about brows and how I personally like to fill them in. There are SO many products, techniques and tools to use when it comes to brows, so I’m just going to talk about what I find works best for me! Let’s get started…

Products

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Dip Brow by Anastasia Beverly Hills: I use this product in Blonde.

NYX Eye Brow Cake: This product comes with clear brow wax and 2 powders (one that’s a darker shade and one that’s lighter); I tend to mix the brow wax with my Dip Brow to achieve MY desired results. Don’t be afraid to mix your products! I mix pretty much every step of my makeup to really customize the look!

A Concealer: Whatever you favorite concealer is, use it here. I tend to grab a brightening concealer that will highlight the brow nicely.

A Setting Powder: I use MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, but feel free to use whatever powder you have handy. Usesomething a bit lighter than your skin or something translucent.

Application

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  1. Start with a clean brow. Tweeze and trim the brow and make sure there are no stray hairs. Brush the brow out with your spoolie to smooth down the hairs and help them run in the same direction.
  2. Pick up your brow product
  3. Create the same sort of guideline on the back portion of the brow where your arch is. I find that that’s where I need to apply a bit more product as I have less hair on the tail of my brow.
  4. From both of the angles you’ve drawn, take your brush and blend them up and down, softening the line into the body of the brow.
  5. Take your spoolie again and brush gently brush through the brow, softening any areas with excess product. *Don’t press hard, lightly touch the spoolie to the brow!*
  6. Take your concealer brush and line the brows (top and bottom) cleaning up any smudges and highlighting the nice brow you just created. Then take your powder and set your concealing work.

If you have any comments or questions please leave them below!

brushesHopefully if are regularly using makeup brushes for your foundation, blush and eye shadow you are also equally cleaning them!? Washing your makeup brushes should almost be as regular as showering (let’s hope you do that more than once a week). Bacteria, oil, dirt and makeup all get trapped in the bristles of your brushes, and if they aren’t cleaned regularly this will lead to clogged pores and annoying breakouts.

Conventional brush cleaners often contain a ton of alcohol, which can be hard on your brushes and your skin. Luckily for you, you can clean your brushes like a pro at home even if you are on a budget! Do this deep cleaning once a week and do it after you’ve applied your makeup because the brushes will need a couple of hours to dry.

You will need:
• A bowl
• Any gentle Paraben free shampoo (ie. baby shampoo) or Dawn hand soap works well too
• A cloth
• A sink

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  1. First begin by rinsing your brushes under warm water. Pay attention to just wetting the actual bristles and not the part where the bristles meet the metal handle. Getting this part wet often will loosen the bristles over time.
  2. If your brushes really need a deep clean you can soak the brush heads (facing downward) as long as the brush is not completely submerged.
  3. Squeeze your shampoo or Dawn into your bowl filled with warm water, gently swirl your brush tip in the water. You might also want to swirl your brush in your clean hand to work up lather the soap into the bristles.
  4. Then rinse the tip of the brush under warm water. Repeat step 2-3 until water runs clear.
  5. Using a cloth, wipe your brush clean while paying attention to keep the shape of your brush.
  6. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry or if you can create a see-saw with a towel and a round object (balance the handles of the wet brushes so they are slightly angled downward). It is very important that they do not dry standing upright, the water will drip into the handle and loosen the glue holding the bristles in.

Is it time to clean your brushes? Do you have a DIY brush cleaner recipe to share?

Leave a comment below!

Beat The Breakout!

A DIY Cucumber & Clay Mask That Will Remedy Your Breakouts

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 If you’re “blessed” with acne-prone but sensitive skin, this mask should be right up your alley. Clay is incredibly useful for fighting acne and overly oily skin because it soaks up excess sebum without overdrying your skin. A dash of honey provides natural antibacterial properties, and adding a little bit of cucumber will create a calming, soothing effect. We recommend using this mask once a week after cleansing and exfoliating. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup green clay

1 cucumber

1 teaspoon honey

A fruit/vegetable juicer (optional)

Steps:

Cut the cucumber in half, width-wise. Cut two thin slices (you’ll use these later). Then, juice the cucumber with your juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, just pour some cool tap water into a bowl, then slice the remaining cucumber and let them sit in the water for about 15 minutes.

In a bowl, use a fork to mix the cucumber juice and honey with the clay until you have a thick paste. You can add more juice or water to get the consistency the way you like it.

Apply the paste to your face and place the remaining two cucumber slices over your eyes. Then go rest and relax! When you remove the mask after 10 minutes or so, you’ll see clearer, smoother, calmer skin.

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Happy New Year!

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The holidays can be a very busy time for makeup artists! While others are getting ready for their vacations, you might be getting ready for themed parties and corporate events. Don’t let an upswing in business so close to the holidays stress you out! Particularly if you’re a freelance artist or are in charge of your own schedule, there will be time for relaxation when everyone settles down for some family time. During that time, why not look back and think about all of your accomplishments as well as the times that could have gone better? Use this holiday break to evaluate your work ethic as this is a great time to break old habits as we welcome in the New Year!

Here are some of our effective New Year’s resolutions for makeup artists- TAKE A LOOK & ENJOY!

  1. Clean out your makeup bag

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If you’re going to make a fresh start for the New Year, why not start with your makeup kit? Most professional makeup artists can be guilty of holding onto products for too long or carrying around too many things. First things first, evaluate all of your products expiry dates and throw out anything that is too old. Also clear out things that are broken, empty, and or clean tools and compacts that have that dreaded messy look!

 As a professional, you clean your brushes regularly but do you also clean and sanitize the case that holds all of your makeup? Check ALL cases, kits and bags for any excess powder, clutter, dustiness, or anything else that might look messy to a client. If you have more than one kit (for example: small travel kit for basics, a kit for special effects makeup, and a larger kit of more detailed jobs), make sure you clean and organize each one.

Going into the New Year with a fresh, CLEAN, organized kit will help you feel prepared to tackle new bookings after some time off.

  1. De-clutter your communications

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When you’re networking and dealing with potential new clients, it can be easy to let your phone contacts get out of hand and your email inbox’s get cluttered. Instead of letting that tied down feeling follow you into the New Year, take some time to sift through your contacts and emails to reduce the clutter and build up. If you’re receiving junk mail from a company whose services you aren’t using, unsubscribe from their thread. If you have numbers in your phone that you don’t use or recognize, clear them from your contact book (just make sure you really don’t need them first!).

Consider creating tags in your email such as “keep from 2014” or “2014 clients” to file away old correspondence that you might want to refer to later. This way you still have easy access to those emails, but they’re not taking up space in your main inbox and distracting you from NEW client emails! Clean out your texts, voicemails, Facebook messages, and even your physical mailboxes. The more open and organized you are the less overwhelmed you’ll start the year out feeling.

  1. Revamp your online presence

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Do you have pictures of projects that you haven’t had a chance to post online amidst your holiday rush? Is your profile picture six months old, or your page’s description the same as it was when you first created your professional account?

These are the perfect questions to ask yourself when revamping your online presence and this is a perfect time to give your social media presence a kick in the right direction! Soon you will notice that this much needed change as it will reduce distractions and make your profiles better business tools for you and your clients. Make it your 2015 goal to regularly maintain your accounts and you’ll feel like social networking less of a tedious process!

  1. Master a new technique

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You will probably want to use some of your time to actually breathe and take a break, but playing with new makeup techniques on your free time can be fun too! After a busy spree of beating other people’s faces, why not learn something new in the comforts of your own home? By practicing new techniques or products on yourself or friends and family will be very beneficial to you and your new upcoming clients as well.

Of course it is always important to squeeze in family, fun and relaxation time during the holiday season, but try to use some of your spare time in the coming year learning new tricks and keeping your skills up to date with recent trends. This might save you from feeling like you’re stuck doing the same daytime look or evening smoky eye all the time as you will be prepared for a challenge if a client requests something unique!

  1. Refresh your outlook

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Adopting a positive outlook on the coming year right from the outset is technically something that everyone should do, but it can be a particularly useful resolution for makeup artists! You work in an industry where passion and personal style fuel your skill, so staying positive and excited about your work is crucial. Don’t look at the year ahead as a looming hurdle, or you might start to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. Instead, look at the exciting things you’ve got planned in the near future, and all of the time you have for new experiences throughout the year. As cliché as it sounds, a new year is a great time for a fresh start, so try to shed lingering holiday stress and face the New Year with a cheerful mindset!

All of us here at Ruby Makeup Academy are all wishing you a happy and SAFE New Years! Please don’t forget to to leave any comments or blog requests below.

A Complicated Art- Makeup Brushes!

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Believe me, I understand – choosing a makeup brush is indeed a bit tricky. There are so many questions – what type of brush do I need, why is this one shaped like this, what is the best hair for the brush…. All these factors add up to paying anywhere from $5 to $50 for a makeup brush. What’s the difference?

There are several key components to make you aware of when looking at makeup brushes. The shape of the brush, the brush hair or material, and even how the brush is made is also a factor. If you end up buying a cheap brush, don’t be surprised when it falls apart in a few months. Just the same, it doesn’t mean the most expensive brush is the best brush. Some major labels or designers are charging high prices for the same type of brush you can buy else where online.

So what should I look for? Here’s a guide to help you examine the top three most important factors when choosing a makeup brush: type, shape, and hair.

Brush Type:

There are many, many types of brushes, and in general, a makeup brush is made for one section of the face. You have your foundation brushes, your powder brushes, then you have eyeshadows, lips, brows….oh my goodness – there are so many! Here’s a list of the top types of brushes and their general uses (please note – you can get creative and use these brushes outside of the scope of their original intent.  For simplicity, I am only going to focus on the general uses).

  • Foundation– Foundation brushes are large brushes, and almost look like a paintbrush. These types of brushes are used with liquids, creams, and mousse type foundations.
  • Concealer– A smaller version of a foundation brush, this is used to place concealer in smaller, often more delicate locations (under eye, inner nose area, covering trouble spots).
  • Powder– These can range in size from Jumbo to regular, and are for applying facial powders – either foundation powder, oil blotting powder, or even Bronzer (though Bronzer brushes are typically a more blunt shape)
  • Blush– These also range in size and shapes (rounded, angle) and are used to lightly apply blush across the cheekbone.
  • Fan Brush– Used for many techniques. Typically used for contouring, light powder application, or even eyeshadow.
  • Eyeshadows–There is a wide-range of eyeshadow brushes. For now, I’m going to focus on the only three you really need – overall shadow, crease, and lid brush.  The overall brush – sometimes called Oval – is a larger, rounded shape brush that is used to apply eyeshadow over all of the lid and eye area. The Crease brush is used to apply shadows in the crease area. The lid brush is a smaller oval and usually rounded shaped brush. This is to apply shadows directly on the lid.
  • Eyeliner– Used for many techniques. Typically used for contouring, light powder application, or even eyeshadow
  • Brow– Use to shape or more importantly applying brow powder to lightly fill-in and shape brows in a natural way. (Also remember to follow-up powder with brow setting wax)

Other Brushes:

Here are some other brushes you may run across. I see these as nice-to-have’s but not really a staple in your everyday makeup kit

  • Bronzer Brush– As mentioned above, bronzing brushes are generally more of a blunt-ended powder brush. This helps to apply bronzer and create that “sun-kissed” look.
  • Lash/Mascara Fan– Instead of using the mascara wand, a lash fan will help to separate lashes even more and provide even mascara coverage (no more clumpy spider lashes!!)
  • Grooming Brush– used for unruly brows or for combing lashes. Typically, I just use the stiff fibers of a brow brush to do this. Only a very small number of women benefit from buying a grooming brush.
  • Stipple Brush – used to literally “stipple” and dot makeup over specific areas.  I typically use this for cream blush on mature skin so you don’t over apply the product – which makes dry skin look cakey.

Brush Shape

  • Dome – While there is some variation in this type, I am generally referring to rounded brushes with a slightly curved outer edge. This is a great way to get powder into the many countours and rounded edges of the face.
  • Angle – Angle brushes are a great way to get the most color in a targeted spot. Usually these are used for blush brushes and eyeshadows.
  • Flat – Flat brushes are blunt ended brushes – can be used for concealers, bronzers and some eyeshadow brushes.

Brush Hair

Another important factor in brush selection is the brush hair. Here are the three main types of hair or material you want to look at for your makeup brushes.

  • Taklon/Synthetic fiber– used for liquids and creams since it is non-porous and will not absorb the liquid like hair will. This is typically seen in Foundation, Concealer, and some eyeliner brushes.
  • Sable Hair– Great brushes that will last a lifetime with proper care. Sable brushes are resilient, amazingly soft and durable. This hair comes from mink found in Russia and China and can be found in 3 types: Kolinsky (highest quality), red sable and sable. These brushes are perfect for eyeshadows.
  • Badger Hair– These are top quality brushes for use with powders, fan brushes, and other face brushes.

There are so many other types of hair – squirrel, pony, goat – all are great for their respective makeup types, but will not last as long or be as soft as sable or Badger.

Thanks for following! If you have any comments or questions please leave a comment or blog request below!

Sincerely & Happy Holidays!

Ruby

Why, Who and How to Choose the Right Foundation Formula for Your Skin Type

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Powder Foundation: Why It’s Great

With powder formulas, you can achieve anything from a subtle to over-the-top drama, it also tends to have the most staying power while still maintaining its intensity of color.

Powder Foundation: Who Can Wear It

I recommend loose mineral foundation for all skin types. Also, because a loose mineral foundation tends to have fewer ingredients, it makes them great for sensitive or allergy-prone skin. If you tend to have more oily skin, try a pressed powder.

Powder Foundation: How To Apply It

If you are applying a loose powder use a natural hair brush, the softer and fuller the better. If you’re oily or applying a pressed powder I always suggest using a natural hair brush or a sponge for ample coverage.

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Liquid Foundation: Why It’s Great

Cream or liquid foundations give a somewhat more made-up look to the skin, though they still look natural when applied properly. I tend to use them for evening makeup, when I want the face to have a more finished or polished look.

Liquid Foundation: Who Can Wear It

Anyone can use a liquid foundation but if you have oily skin, look for water-based formulas so it won’t clog your pores.

Liquid Foundation: How To Apply It

Liquid foundations can be applied with your fingertips, sponges, or—my personal favorite—a CLEAN foundation brush, usually they are made with synthetic fibers!

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Mousse Foundation: Why It’s Great

Mousse foundations are primarily water, so they give a light, more natural finish to the skin and they dry quickly.

Mousse Foundation: Who Can Wear It

They are for all skin types, but I usually suggest mousse foundations for someone with oily skin because the formulas are lightweight.

Mousse Foundation: How To Apply It

Dot on and apply outward from the center of your face to your hairline for more of a blended look. Use your fingertips or a damp sponge and then come back over with a foundation brush for perfect coverage. Apply sparingly—a little goes a long way with these ones!

Stay tuned for our guide to makeup brushes and Ruby’s how to freebie on how to find brushes at a discounted price!