Mini-Tutorial: Smokey brown eyeshadow

My first ever pictorial! Enjoy this easy-to-achieve brown eyeshadow pictorial & please leave your comments & feedback! ❤

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Luscious Plum Eyeshadow & Natural, Luminous Skin

Recently, we had a hair/makeup session with Mikaela. Here are some photos of our process & the final result.

We started by curling her hair & pinning it up to cool. We used a 1.5 inch curling wand & a light hold hairspray. Pinning it up to cool helps the hair hold the curl for as long as possible – it also gets the hair off of her face so that we can move on to makeup. Scroll down for a complete list of products used.

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PRODUCTS USED: 

SKIN

For Mikaela’s foundation we used Lorac #’s 3, 4, & 5 to provide a flawless coverage & to highlight & contour her face simultaneously. We used MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer to hide any imperfections. We set the foundation with a translucent-light setting powder. Mac matte bronze to set the contour under her cheekbones, Alexis Vogel radiant blush in the shade “Tipsy”, & Becca Highlighter in the shade “Moonstone”.

LIPS

For Mikaela’s lip color, we used Alexis Vogel’s lip stain in the color “Barely” & a clear gloss.

EYES

The eyeshadow colors we choose came from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. MAC’s Fluidline in BlackTrack. Ardell’s 110 lashes & Covergirl Lashblast mascara. To help frame her eyes, we used Anastasia Beverly Hill’s DipBrow eyebrow pomade in the shade “Taupe” to lightly fill in & shape her eyebrows.

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For bookings & inquiries, contact C. Johnson Makeup at www.cjohnsonmakeup.com

(505)715-9490

Christy@cjohnsonmakeup.com

All photos were taken by Christy at C. Johnson Makeup

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Sugar: Another Amazing Multi-Purpose Beauty Item

After a positive response to my prior post about the multi-functionality of  Coconut Oil, I’ve been thinking about all the other multifunctional items I incorporate into my daily beauty routine. As much as I love makeup, lotions, creams, balms & all things beauty, I also really appreciate a clean, tidy, organized space. Because of this, I prefer to have only a few really wonderful products that I can use for multiple purposes; it’s nice not to have handfuls of products cluttering up my counters.

Sugar

Sugar is AMAZING for exfoliating the skin. The molecular structure of sugar is 8-sided which causes it to be rounded instead of square or jagged. Because of this, sugar doesn’t cause micro-abrasions to our skin, the way salt or walnut shells might. Exfoliating with sugar is gentle enough to be done a couple times per week and it does an incredible job of removing all the yucky dead and dry skin that sits around, clogging pores & making a mess of our complexion.

Although there are many companies that sell salt-based scrubs, I find that sugar is just as effective & much more gentle. I have had hundreds of clients come to me with sensitive skin & my homemade sugar scrubs have worked wonderfully. I always recommend a sugar scrub for all my clients with an upcoming special event. As long as you apply this scrub gently (as you should any time you apply any cream, lotion, or scrub to your face) there will be no redness or sensitivity. As an added bonus, sugar is all-natural!

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Pre-shave scrub: Mix 1/4 C granulated sugar with 3 TBS gentle, fragrance-free lotion, jojoba oil, or olive oil. Mix sugar with lotion or oil to create a thick paste & scrub legs in a circular motion for 3 to 5 minutes. There’s no need to apply pressure while scrubbing, the sugar will do all the hard work for you & slough off all the dry skin. The sugar may begin to disintegrate as you scrub & that’s okay. Once you’re finished, rinse well & shave as normal. You’ll notice your legs will feel incredibly soft & smooth. Additionally, the exfoliation helps to prevent razor burn or ingrown hairs; this is especially helpful in the armpits. Exfoliating helps avoid bacterial build-up by removing dead skin, & therefore may help reduce sweat-odor. Exfoliation helps prevent bumps, blemishes, & ingrown hairs by unclogging blocked pores & hair follicles. This mix also works wonders for dry elbows or knees. *NOTE: avoid the bikini area with this mixture.

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Lip Smoother: Mix 1 TBS granulated sugar with 1 tsp. skin-friendly oil of your choice (vitamin E, jojoba, olive oil, grapeseed, coconut oil), you may also want to add a drop of spearmint, peppermint, or cinnamon essential oil. Create a thin paste & scrub over lips in a gentle, circular motion. This gentle scrub is totally safe, edible, & gentle; it will leave your lips completely soft & smooth, eliminating all dry skin. This is a great treatment for dry/cracked lips, especially followed-up by a rich, moisturizing lip balm. (This recipe is similar to Lush’s lip scrubs, which are far more pricey to purchase than to make yourself).

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Dandruff Eliminating Scalp Scrub: Before mixing your scrub, part & clip your hair into 1 inch sections. Mix 3 TBS shampoo with 1/4 C brown sugar and 1/2 tsp. water. Mix thoroughly & use quickly (as the brown sugar will begin to dissolve). Apply the paste along the parted sections of your hair & scrub, gently into your scalp for five minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Rinse thoroughly & condition, dry, style hair as normal. *NOTE: I recommend using a sulfate-free, phthalate-free shampoo for this mixture, particularly if you have a sensitive scalp. As an inexpensive, commonly-available brand, I like Organix which is widely available at most chain drug stores.

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Facial Scrub: This is my personal favorite recipe for using sugar in my beauty routine. I use this mixture, on average, once or twice per week. I mix 4 TBS granulated sugar with a couple squirts of bottled lemon juice (fresh lemon juice is better, if you can squeeze it, but I don’t usually have the time for that). I make a thick paste with these two items & gently scrub my face in circular motions for a few minutes while showering. Avoid the eye area & don’t scrub too firmly; a light touch is sufficient because the sugar does all the work removing dead, dry skin. Rinse thoroughly and moisturize well. *NOTE: Even though this mixture is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, it is important not to exfoliate more than twice per week for extended periods of time. Exfoliating too often can cause thinning of the skin, which isn’t apparent immediately, but it causes visual thinning of our skin as we age. For those who may already have thin-looking skin, a chemical exfoliation is likely a more appropriate choice (lactic acid from dairy products is a great, all-natural, gentle option).

The final use I have for sugar in my beauty routine is ‘sugaring’. Sugaring is a hair removal process by which you boil sugar, water, & lemon juice to create a thick, sticky, glob (for lack of a better word). You then, use the sticky, candy-like, sugar mix to remove hair from the body, similar to waxing. I am not include a full description of this process in this post today, however I will create a dedicated post in the future. Sugaring is very inexpensive & easy to do. It is also a process that has been widely used for many, many years. More info to come…

For now, I hope you enjoy these super simple, easy sugar beauty recipes. Are there any sugar uses that I missed? Please let me know.

Best,

Christy J.

Lipstick Repair & Organization (Makeup Artist Tips & Tricks)

Have you ever gotten to the end of a tube of lipstick only to find that there’s plenty of your favorite shade left inside the bottom of the tube, but you can’t get to it? Or have you ever accidentally smashed your lipstick into the cap, creating a huge mess? Or do you simply want to transfer your handfuls of lipsticks in to a more manageable lipstick palette? Well, I recently got a new travel case & as I was transferring all my makeup into it I realized I had way too many broken, smashed, & cumbersome lipstick tubes. Because of this, I decided to transfer them all into one, easy to manage, compact palette. It’s a great space saver & much easier to organize. I was able to put all the similar shades into one palette & with my handy-dandy labeler, I labeled them & can get to anything I need at a moments notice. Here’s how I did it all:

Step One: Gather your supplies

You’ll need: a metal spoon that you wouldn’t mind getting very dirty, a small candle & matches or a lighter, an empty makeup palette (more information on this further down), & something to keep things from getting too messy (paper towels, an old bath towel, or cloth rags).

**Tip: think about the organization of your palette before you begin. Maybe you’d like all the reds in one place & all the pinks in another? Or maybe cool shades separate from warm shades. Depending on the amount of lipstick your transferring & how many palettes you’re filling; it’s good to think about organization.

Regarding the makeup palette: I happened to have an old empty blush palette from www.coastalscents.com (very inexpensive) that I had never used. The wells are a bit wider than I think necessary, but I was using almost new/full tubes of lipstick, so it worked well for me. There are more expensive palettes that are designed specifically for lipstick on other makeup artist websites, but I’m not convinced they’re worth it when more generic palettes do the trick just fine. You may also want to consider reusing another household item; depending on how many lipsticks you plan to use, you might find that a pillbox from the dollar store/drug store works just fine. Some times old, repurposed makeup containers do the trick. Don’t be afraid to reuse things; you might surprise yourself.

(This is the palette I used. Removable, metallic pans are great for being able to clean it out/reorganize it in the future).

Step Two: Prep your workspace

I started by laying down a towel & setting some paper towels nearby in case of a spill. I made sure my palette was easy to reach, clean of any dust/debris, & sanitized (spray it with a bit of rubbing alcohol & wipe it out well before starting). Then took the tops off all the lipsticks, rolled them up as far as they would go & then scraped out all the lipstick. Finally, I lit the candle.

Step Three: Melt those babies!

Using the tip of the spoon, remove as much of the lipstick as you can & make sure it is sitting directly in the center of the spoon. Carefully, suspend the lipstick, in the spoon, over the flame. Be careful not to dip the spoon too close to the flame, otherwise you’ll see soot gather on the underside of the spoon & it’ll begin to smoke & get very messy. This may take a while, but as the spoon heats up, it’ll start to go much faster. Of course, be very careful not to spill any of the lipstick or candle wax on yourself, it is extremely hot.  Also be very careful not to hold the spoon to low on the handle, the metal also gets very hot. If the handle of the spoon begins to get too hot, you might use a potholder or take a break, although I didn’t run into the problem. As long as you focus the flame on the shovel end of the spoon, it shouldn’t get too hot farther up on the handle. Overall, just use your best judgment & be careful.

Step Four: Transfer your lipsticks into the palette

Once the lipstick is fully melted, carefully pour the liquid into the palette. It will begin to harden again almost immediately as soon as you pour it, so be cautious not to spill it anywhere on the palette itself. If you do make a mistake, just let the lipstick cool & harden & then scrape it off.

Step Five: Repeat

Once you’ve started, pick up a rhythm & you’ll be surprised how quickly you can get through a mound of lipsticks. The spoon retains heat very well & each lipstick will melt faster than the previous.

Step Six: Clean up & Admire your work!

One final note: once you’ve finished you might think about labeling your palettes; it was very helpful for me, since I have a lot of black palettes that all look very similar. Now that they’re labeled it makes finding the right palette/product a snap.