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Drugstore Favorite: L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

As makeup artists, we have tried and tested so many beauty products in search of the best. The best doesn’t always have to be from a department store or expensive brand, though. Some of our most used products can be picked up at any drugstore or Target :).

We’d like to share one of our favorites: L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in Blackest Black. This mascara coats every lash and leaves them almost smoky from how dark they get. Fantastic to set real lashes against falsies as well! And at $5-$8 a tube, it’s a steal!

What’s your favorite drugstore mascara?

-The Ruby Girls

Tips on How to Find the Best Makeup School That Fits Your Needs!

The first thing that you need to do is be clear on what you want to do with this makeup class: WHY do you want to do makeup?

-Do you want to do makeup for your own benefits, for fun?
-Do you want to be a makeup artist in Hollywood?
-Do you want to focus on weddings, prom and/or Quincinera’s?

These questions are very important; as they will help you decide what school to go to based on your answers.

•Do your homework: Research at least 3 schools. This will give you a better understanding on what is out there for you.
•As you are looking for the right school, ask yourself: What is most important to you? Price? Quality of the program? Convenience? Reputation and experience of the teachers? Do they offer an internship program? Job Placement? Assistance with your career, resume, portfolio?
•Make an appointment to visit at least 3 schools in order to compare and choose the right school.
•Does the facility have the right tools, products, books, material and experienced teachers to give you the best experience while you are in the program?
•When you meet your admissions counselor, have a list of questions to ask.
1. Ask questions about the experience of the teachers.
2. How long has the school been in business?
3. Can you meet with a teacher and ask questions?
4. Can you visit one of the classes to check it out before you commit?
5. If allowed to visit a class, can you talk to the actual students about the program and teachers?
6. Do they offer a program that lets you repeat classes?
7. What text book do they use in class?
8. Any money back guarantee?
9. Any free continuing education?
10. What kind of internships do they offer?
11. Any success stories of their graduates?
12. What do you get in the kit?
13. Do they offer financing?
14. Do they offer lab hours for you to practice?
15. Do they offer night classes? Weekend classes? Weekday classes? Morning or evening?
16. Is the school committed to your success?

•All these questions will help you understand the programs and the schools you are considering. Visiting the school also helps you to meet the people you will be working with once you enroll. Are they friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and do you want to be part of this school?
•Having the right support, connection and continuing education from your school will make a big difference in your career.

Good luck finding the right school and I look forward to seeing you in class!

By Ruby Polanco

Tips On How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Glowing!

  • Drink lots of water! Keeping your skin hydrated is very important.
  • A good night’s sleeps helps your face look rested and younger.
  • Wash your face every night.
  • Use an exfoliator once a week to keep your skin clean and soft.
  • Apply night cream before bed.
  • Use toner every morning before applying moisturizer; It helps control combination/oily skin.
  • Use a good moisturizer every day to hydrate skin and help skin stay younger.
  • Use a hydrating mask once a week if you have dry skin or an oil control mask if you have oily skin.
  • We’ve heard that taking a shot of apple cider vinegar helps your digestive system, controls your appetite, and helps your skin stay clear. Please check with your doctor before starting this regimen :).
  • Always use a primer to help your foundation last longer while creating a barrier between your skin and outside irritants.
  • For dry skin, add a few drops of liquid illuminator or highlighter to your foundation to give your skin a glowing and dewy look.
  • During summer or if your skin is mature, using a cream or liquid blush will give you a natural, warm, sun kissed look.

Do you have any tips for keeping skin healthy?