Minimal Makeup vs. Natural Makeup

I often have the conversation of minimal makeup versus natural makeup. When I work with ladies who do not wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, this is especially important. Let me explain...

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Minimal Makeup is simple and fast. Minimal Makeup is most likely what you wear for light enhancing or for a quick pick-me-up. It doesn't have to be natural, it can actually be quite dramatic. An example of minimal and natural makeup is tinted moisturizer, blush or bronzer, mascara and a soft lip color. This will take you just a few short minutes. Or you could apply a full coverage foundation, setting powder, blush, eyeliner, mascara and a bold lip color, a total of 6 products, to create a dramatic look in about 5 minutes. 

Natural Makeup is meant to enhance natural beauty. It is choosing shades and textures that enhance your eye color, complexion products applied to look flawless but feel and look like your skin. It can be a bronzer that simply adds a touch of warmth, like a kiss from the sun...not a week in the tropics. Tricks like using lip liner and lipstick along with a lip gloss can ultimately make for a natural look that maximizes and enhances your lips and smile. 

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One reason understanding this is so very important with bridal makeup is the overall wear of your look. Taking the time to properly prep your skin and layer the right products are key to your makeup staying in place throughout your big day. For your wedding day, if you want a natural look it is not a minimal makeup look. I believe in wearing a look, whether natural or dramatic that is enhancing to your natural and unique beauty and style on your wedding day. 

Before & After Makeup Photos

As a makeup artist specializing in bridal makeup, I believe in bringing out the individuality and natural beauty of every bride. Makeup is used for enhancing and bringing out features as well as for concealing, correcting and minimizing. It can be transformative and can be used as a form of creative expression. There are endless possibilities. It's no wonder we are so intrigued by photos of celebrities without makeup as well as before and after photos. 

Here are a few ladies I had the pleasure of working with and their before and after makeup photos. These ladies are beautiful inside and out, doing their makeup was so much fun! The look that I did for each of these ladies was something more an everyday, wearable style. I have not done any kind of editing or used any filters for these photos. These ladies attended a baby shower immediately after our makeup session. Their makeup was done for the occasion and to be worn throughout the day with friends and family. As you can see, these ladies photographed beautifully and they looked fresh and flawless in person. Yet they still looked soft and pretty for a baby shower. It is very important to consider different factors such as lighting, occasion, photography and more when choosing a makeup look. 

* I did makeup only for the ladies. 

 Alaina

Alaina

 How amazing does Dana look?! This is just a short couple of weeks before her little one arrived! 

How amazing does Dana look?! This is just a short couple of weeks before her little one arrived! 

 Caitlin

Caitlin

Grammy's Red Carpet Favorites

Even if you don't watch the show, you MUST look out for the Red Carpet looks from the Grammy's. The overall looks from the Grammy's, in my opinion, always have a perfect blend of style, class, trend and glamour. And then of course, there are the artists who totally shock you or leaving you wondering "what was she thinking?" There are shows completely dedicated to judging and discussing these looks. And it's so much fun! 

I have chosen a mixture of some of my favorite looks, and believe me, there are SO MANY beautiful looks from the years past. I have chosen these more for there timeless appeal and complimentary style to each woman individually. Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna both make the list twice, no surprise! 

What to Love:

  • A dress with feminine flair...sexy but still flirty and fun
  • Healthy glowing skin
  • Sleek soft hair with her dramatic neckline 
  • Smokey eye with soft lips avoid a look that's too "sugary" with the color of her dress
  • Perfectly matched, understated accessories
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What to Love:

  • A beautifully fitted and complimentary dress, Ciara looks absolutely fabulous
  • Clean crisp manicure 
  • Glowing complexion with the perfect amount of highlighting and contouring 
  • Brows that naturally enhance her eyes and work with her bone structure 
  • Undone, sultry updo
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What to Love:

  • Fiona Apple stayed true to her personal style 
  • The gold accessories with her blush dress are timeless yet interesting. She beautifully combined soft and feminine with edgy and artistic
  • Soft waves, perfectly imperfect...reminds me of Botticelli's Birth of Venus 
  • Delicate makeup with a subtle sense of grunge style

What to Love:

  • The color of this dress!! 
  • She looks somewhat like a cupcake but totally pulled it off. Deep down inside there is a desire to wear something over-the-top and still feel pretty in all of us, I think.
  • The metal accents on the dress enhance her body and create a balance to the dress
  • Understated and simple hair also create a balance to Rihanna's look
  • Eye makeup that makes her eyes stand out and is a pretty compliment to her dress

What to Love:

  • Asymmetrical dress showing her healthy and toned body yet still covering enough that it doesn't feel like a fashion emergency about to happen
  • Structured, heavy metal accessories balancing the soft flowing fit of her dress
  • Her topknot elongates her overall look and compliments her radiant and detailed makeup look
  • Her winged liner and bold lashes with the subtle peachy glow on her lips and cheeks
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What to Love:

  • Who doesn't love a solid white look with a glowing tan?!
  • Her warm neutral makeup and sleek hairstyle compliment her bold look
  • A single ring and coordinating necklace are also a well-matched compliment to her overall look 
  • This dress is timeless and so beautifully glammed up by the stole
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What to Love:

  • Yellow can be such a tough color for many women to successfully pull off...this is a complete hit!
  • The style of this dress also flatters Fergie's feminine figure beautifully and tastefully
  • Gold simple accessories add to the glowing, soft warmth of her overall look 
  • Voluminous and sexy curls 
  • Makeup that completes and does not compete with her look 

What to Love:

  • Every woman needs a beautiful red dress, this so elegantly enhances Rihanna's figure 
  • Simple accessories with bold red lips and nails, I love it!
  • Her hair and makeup are both classic, timeless and simply pretty 

For every Red Carpet event, there is a team of professionals behind each and every look. The looks that stand the test of time and truly stand out are those that have a complete look that works together head to toe. These looks work together for the woman, her style and her unique natural beauty. I hope this inspires you to play with your accessories, hair and makeup! As a professional makeup artist, these are some of the things I consider when working with my clients to create a look that also has the same effect. 

Getting Rid of Hair Static

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Have you ever noticed how much worse hair static is during the winter months?  One of the main causes of static is dehydration. In the winter, the air lacks moisture and the heating systems make it even drier. Here are some tips to getting rid of the hair static. 

1) Regular conditioning treatments and a lightweight hair oil can help to replenish and maintain moisture in your strands. Try not to wash your hair too often, this also can be very drying. 

2) Try using an ionic hairdryer. It will not only help control static but also dry your hair faster and create less heat damage. 

3) Spray your hair with hairspray. This will help hold your style and control the static. 

4) You can use dryer sheets to calm your hair. You can even rub the dryer sheet on your pillowcase before going to bed. Try also wrapping your brush or comb in a dryer sheet as well. These may also be used while on the go for a quick fix.

5) Try to avoid plastic combs and brushes. 

6) Use a humidifier while sleeping. This will put moisture back into the air, helping your hair and skin.

7) In a pinch, you can always use a touch of water. Wet your hands and gently apply to your hair. 

Happy (Static-Free) Hairstyling!

 

Why It's Worth Having Your Brows Professionally Shaped

Your brows frame your eyes and can change the look of your face. Throughout the years, styles have come and gone...and come back again. There are different methods of shaping your brows, such as tweezing, waxing and threading. Here are 5 great reasons to trust a professional for your most enhancing look. 

1) The proper brow shape can make you look younger or more refreshed. Your brows can, in a sense, have an expression. The idea is to have a positive expression, not surprised, angry or mean.

2) Have you ever heard the saying, "brows are like sisters, not twins." This means that they are not exactly alike, brows are not naturally completely symmetrical. A pro can see these subtle differences and make your brows appear more symmetrical. 

3) It is important to understand that the best brow shape is not the same for everyone. Your face shape, bone structure and individual features are all factors in creating your best shape. 

4) The proper brow shape can give you a more finished look. I always say, "Take care of your skin and your brows, they do not wash off at the end of the day." Even without makeup, great brows can enhance your look. 

5) Something I always tell my clients is how difficult it is to shape your own brows. It's really quite simple why. In order to see the hairs you want to remove, you must look closely in the mirror, most likely a magnifying mirror. By doing this, you ultimately lose perspective of both brows. This is how you end up with either over-tweezed or more asymmetrical brows, or even worse both. 

Before you trust just anyone with your brows, do some research. Read reviews, look for photos of the stylists' work online and ask for referrals (from people with good brows, of course!) 

New Year's Eve Makeup Ideas

The last party night of the year is quickly approaching. Deciding what to wear and how to pull your look together is probably one of your biggest tasks for this special night. Let's be honest, we not only want to spend the last night of the year with those that are most important to us, but we want to feel good and look amazing! 

Here are a few ideas to have fun with your makeup, this is the night for glitter, glow and glam!

1) Go for glitter on your eyes. You can try using a cream shadow first, then press a glitter eyeshadow over it. I recommend you look for a fine glitter versus a more chunky texture. 

2) Try a dramatic winged liner. Or even better yet, a dramatic winged liner...with glitter or metallic liquid liner. 

3) Metallic smokey eye makeup can be coordinated to your overall look. If you're wearing all black, it's a great way to add some color. Or go a bit bolder and more creative, use a complimentary color to what you are wearing. My go-to is the complimentary color to your eye color, making your eyes pop.

4) Wear false lashes. Depending on your overall look, you can choose a style that naturally enhances your lashes or try something more playful and dramatic. 

5) Try a bold lip color. I always think of pinks and reds as more party appropriate. But why not try a deep stain or burgundy for something more vampy or if it's your style, a bold orange. 

6) Go ahead and apply a more defined contour and glowing highlight. Now is the best time for this bone structure enhancing style.

Cheers to a Happy and Healthy New Year!! 

10 Foods for a Wedding Day Glow

As a bridal makeup artist, my goal is to enhance each of my bride's natural beauty and joyful glow on her wedding day. Of course there are many tricks and techniques with makeup and day-of skin prep that I am able to use for a glowing complexion. There are also many skin care tips I share along the way to prepare for skin that is in it's best condition. In addition, there are several healthy practices to enhance this beautiful, bridal glow. Here is my pick of top 10 foods to eat for a healthy, wedding day glow...

1) TOMATOES

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Tomatoes help boost collagen, are rich in Vitamin A, C and K as well as lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant. 

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2) GREEN TEA

Green Tea is loaded with polyphenols, powerful anti-oxidants. Drinking green tea regularly is also known to help reverse sun damage. Be sure not to limit consumption, it also contains caffeine which can ultimately dehydrate your skin. 

 

3) BERRIES

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Berries are rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Anthrocyanin, an anti-oxidant that helps fight damage from free radicals and ellagic acid, which helps protect from sun damage and promotes collagen and elasticity are both present in berries. They also contain essential fatty acids which improve skin's hydration and reduce inflammation. 

 

4) AVOCADOS

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Avocados are a great source of carotenoids which improve density, thickness, tone and overall general appearance. They also contain vitamins C and E and oleic acid which helps keep skin soft and hydrated. 

 

5) CARROTS

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Carrots have vitamin C which helps plumpness and firmness of the skin. They are rich in beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A and helps with blemishes, pigmentation and oiliness.   

 

6) LEAFY GREENS

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Leafy Greens such as kale and swiss chard are high in beta-carotene, helping to repair and renew skin for a healthy glow. Arugula also contains sulfur which supports collagen production. Spinach is also high in folate which helps with DNA repair. Leafy greens are also rich in vitamins A and C.

 

7) EGGS 

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Eggs help to soften, firm and hydrate your skin. They help to protect skin from UV damage with lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs have amino acids that help in generation of new cells. 

 

8) ALMONDS

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Almonds help to hydrate and soften the skin. They are high in vitamin E which helps prevent cell damage as well as damage from the sun. 

 

9) CITRUS FRUITS

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Citrus Fruits help with sun spots, uneven skin tone and enhancing a radiant glow while rejuvenating your skin from within. These fruits are high in vitamin C and contain vitamin B6, folate, potassium, lycopene, niacin, magnesium, thiamin and phytonutrients. 

 

10) PEPPERS

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Peppers are high in vitamins A, C and K. They help with blood circulation and fighting blemishes as well as fighting oxidative stress. 

 

These 10 foods are just a starting point for a healthy glow for all of us, not just a bride. It is incredible what a healthy, clean and well-balanced diet can do for our overall health and well-being. Have fun and be creative with your food, it's truly one of life's simple pleasures.

The Natural Makeup Look for Your Wedding Day

Are you a bride-to-be who wears very little makeup or just loves the no-makeup makeup look? That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the benefits of having your makeup professionally done. Have you ever heard that it's a lot of work creating this no-makeup look? It's true! Let me explain...

First, your skin prep is critical to the wear and look of your makeup. Skin that is in it's best condition will look even more flawless with makeup. In addition, you'll find that it will wear better for much longer throughout the day. Refrain from picking at blemishes. I know it's so tempting, but makeup will not adhere properly to broken or peeling skin. Keep your skin hydrated and balanced, this will also help the wear of your makeup. It will also prevent dehydration lines. 

 Photo Credit: Duca Studio

Photo Credit: Duca Studio

Be sure to have your brows shaped earlier in the week along with getting rid of any unwanted facial hair. Having a smooth complexion truly does make a difference in your makeup look. Of course, having brows shaped to enhance your eyes and face shape makes a difference even when you're makeup-free. Ideally, you will only need a subtle enhancing with products to perfect your brows and hold them in place throughout the day.

 Photo Credit: Unique Concepts Studio

Photo Credit: Unique Concepts Studio

Choosing the appropriate complexion products and shades is critical to this look. The idea is to perfect your coloring and enhance your bone structure. This is especially important with professional photography. You want to look naturally flawless in person as well as in your photos.

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Photo Credit: Kelly Giarrocco 

Your eye makeup should be subtle and bring out your eye color. It should enhance the shape of your eyes. Choosing the right colors and textures can also make a huge difference. Don't forget to define your eyes with eyeliner and false lashes. Again, these two things have a big impact on your look in your photos. 

Choose a lip color that mimics a natural lip shade. Don't be afraid to line your lips, this will not only enhance their shape but will help prevent any lipstick bleeding. 

Don't forgot to set your makeup with a setting powder and setting spray!

A professional makeup artist will know how to provide this look, ensuring not only that you feel your absolute best but that your look will photograph beautifully and stay in place through the tears and laughs throughout your Big Day. 

Airbrush Makeup for Your Wedding Day

You have probably heard both good and bad experiences about airbrush makeup. Maybe you really aren't even sure what it is exactly or why you may want it for your wedding day makeup. So here's a simple breakdown...

Airbrush makeup is applied with an airbrush gun and a compressor and is essentially a super fine mist of makeup. 

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One of the advantages of airbrush makeup is the lightweight feeling on the skin. When done correctly, airbrush makeup creates a flawless yet natural looking complexion. It can be especially helpful in covering blemishes and areas needing extra coverage. It photographs beautifully as well. 

Airbrush makeup is available in formulas that are long-wearing, water-proof, transfer-resistant and smudge-proof...perfect for your wedding day.  

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For your wedding day, you may also choose to have body makeup or tattoo coverage. Airbrush is a great choice for either services. 

Please do keep in mind that just like traditional makeup, airbrush makeup is available in many formulas and finishes. Also just the same as with traditional makeup, your overall experience with airbrush makeup is subject to the expertise of your makeup artist.

 

 

Wedding Day Makeup for Your Bridal Party

Wedding day makeup with your bridal party is so much fun! Your big day has finally arrived and you get to spend time with your best girls doing what girls love to do...hair, makeup and get dressed up! 

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Typically what I find is that during our trial, brides say that they don't care and the other ladies can do whatever they want. As a professional makeup artist, I suggest something a bit different. The ladies are all going to be in many photos with you and standing along side of you during the ceremony. I think it goes without saying that the bride should have her own look and style. My suggestion is that the other ladies have a harmonious look together as well as with you. Each individual bridesmaid can still have colors and styles that best suit her features and coloring as well as personal style. However, when you're all together you look like you belong together!

Why You Need a Color-Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner

Let's be honest, most of us have some kind of color treatment done to our hair. But even if you do not, this still applies to you! Here's why...

Your hair color is effected by many factors, hard water, salt water, chlorine from swimming pools, heat styling, the sun... All of these cause fading, brassiness, dullness and even tinting your hair green (chlorine!) 

There are two ways to go about choosing the appropriate color-depositing products. Are you looking to add color or balance / correct color.

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Adding color, for example, would be ideal for a redhead. Red haircolor fades the fastest. Using red-depositing products adds vibrancy and depth back to your hair. 

Color balancing or correcting is most common. Remember when you'd see grandmothers with lavender hair? Well grandma was on to something. As her hair was turning white or grey, it was also beginning to yellow. Using a purple shampoo or conditioner can cancel the yellow and brighten not only white and grey hair but also blonde. (If you overuse, this could lead to that lavender tint...maybe you like that?) Maybe you've had beautiful ombre or balayage color. Well if your ends are now brassy or orange, try a blue color-depositing shampoo and conditioner. This will cancel the orange and you'll regain those honey or beige ends again.

Why You Should Book A Private Makeup Lesson

JKo Beauty offers both private one-on-one lessons and group lessons.

There are advantages to both settings and both can be very informative and a lot of fun. Here's what to expect...

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One-on-one lessons are just that and everything is customized just for you. We discuss in advance what you want to focus on and the session is dedicated to that focus. At your lesson, we will go over the brushes and makeup you already own. Often times I find that ladies simply do not know how to use what they already own. Or maybe you're just missing one brush or product to create the look you want. We will discuss what products and tools you should purchase and discard. You will have the opportunity to watch me apply to one side. While you apply the other side, I am able to give you pointers for easy application. Again, this lesson is completely customized to your areas of focus. Learn what is best for your features and personal style!

Group lessons are available for up to 6 participants. These can be so much fun! We can discuss in advance what the lesson should be focused on. Maybe you want something fun for your daughter and her friends. Maybe this is a girls night party and we make it all about current trends, tips for application and what to buy. It's completely up to you! 

All lessons are tailored to your specific concerns and desired look. Appointments start at 90 minute sessions and can be extended in 30 minute increments. My goal for your lesson is for you to feel more confident with your products, tools and application. No need to waste more time and money on products that just are not right for you! 

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Makeup Artist for Your Wedding Day

There are a multitude of advantages when you choose a high end professional makeup artist. Below you will learn 5 top examples why you should hire a professional for your Wedding Day.

1. Someone you can absolutely count on for your big day. I often hear stories of the artist cancelling last minute on the bride. This does not happen with true professionals. In the very rare event of an emergency or unforeseen extreme circumstance, a professional will have a network of other artists to refer you to. 

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2. Hygiene and Sanitation. A well-educated professional understands proper procedure and precautions of both. This factor is not something to compromise. Please do not underestimate the seriousness of this. 

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3. Your makeup artist should understand lighting and how it effects your makeup. An experienced professional will prevent the unfortunate disappointment of makeup that looks harsh at your venue or mismatching your makeup causing a faux pas such as orange looking foundation. 

4. A well-trained understanding for what is appropriate in bridal makeup. Yes, it is important to look amazing in your photos but it is equally important to look your best while spending the entire day face-to-face with your family and friends. A highly skilled makeup artist understands how to provide you with a look that will photograph beautifully while still looking fresh and complimentary in person. 

5. Last but most definitely not least, a high end professional has a thoroughly stocked kit for all skin types, skin tonesand ethnicities. It is equally important to have a comprehensive understanding of how to provide the best service using proper shade selections and application.

The Truth About False Lashes On Your Wedding Day

Should you were false lashes for your wedding day? Absolutely, YES! And so should everyone else in your bridal party. Here's why... 

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False lashes photograph beautifully without having a heavy or clumpy look that just wearing more mascara unfortunately may have. They also add immediate glamour to your look. But not to worry, you may choose from a variety of styles to enhance your makeup style. Applied properly, false lashes can easily enhance the shape and size of your eyes. No matter what your natural lashes are like, there is an option that will beautifully enhance your look. Individual lashes or lash clusters are commonly used for a more natural look. Strip lashes are often used for a more dramatic effect. However, there are strip lash options available that can be very natural looking. Don't be surprised...you'll want to wear them for all of your special occasions!

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10 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

How often do you find yourself needing a quick pick-me-up after a restless night? The list of reasons may be long but we can keep the solution short! 

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10 Simple Ways to Fake It

1. Have a cup of coffee or tea that contains caffeine. Remember to drink slowly and limit your caffeine throughout the day to avoid feeling even worse later.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast to sustain your energy level. A perfect combination includes lean protein, whole grains and a piece of fruit. 

3. Apply a de-puffing eye cream that contains caffeine. If you are able to refrigerate it for a bit before applying, even better.

4. Eliminate red eyes with eye drops. This is something you do not want to do too often, however, this a trick that immediately brightens your look. 

5. Apply a light beige eyeliner to the waterline of your eyes. It is more natural looking than white but still brightening. 

6. Define your eyes with a charcoal or navy eyeliner. Keep the line thinner, making sure to enhance your lash line. At the outer corner of your eyes, slightly lift and extend outward. This will provide an instant eye lift. 

7. Curl your lashes. Be sure to get close to the base of your lash line for the most lifting effect. 

8. Choose a brightening concealer to hide any discoloration and give a more polished look. 

9. Apply a blush that provides just a pop of color. Be sure to blend thoroughly for a more natural looking flush. 

10. Wear a fragrance that lifts your mood, such as one with lemon, rosemary, cinnamon or peppermint. 

8 Splurge Worthy Beauty Products

"Wow, is it really worth that much money?" How many times do you ask yourself this question about the price of a beauty product? There are many products that once given a try, we experience and understand the difference. There are a variety of reasons we find greater value in these products and believe they are really worth the hefty price...texture, fragrance, wearability, ease of application and most of all, impressive results. 

Here are my top 8 picks...

1) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a lightweight, buildable foundation. This formula gives a "lit from within" healthy glow to your complexion. 

2) Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is an iconic face highlighter. It brightens and smooths the look of your complexion. It can also be used to highlight your bone structure in a natural looking way.

3) Tom Ford Liquid Eyeliner is a dual-ended matte black liquid eyeliner. It stays in place all day and is a dense true black. Both ends resemble a felt tip marker, one side with a longer, fuller applicator and the opposite side with a short, fine-tip applicator. 

4) Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer is available in a variety of shades, all resembling a true suntan or sun-kissed glow. It has moisturizing benefits and is long wearing. 

5) Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask provides an instant glow. This award-winning mask helps minimize the look of your pores and improves overall texture to your skin. 

6) SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is considered a tried-and-true treatment product. It is used prior to other serums and your moisturizer. It helps with many skin concerns, including skin cell renewal and an overall balanced, glowing complexion.  

7) La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask is an overnight treatment that increases skin's firmness and elasticity. This luxurious treatment improves the skin's overall texture and appearance. 

8) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a great alternative to dry shampoo. It boosts your hair's volume and creates texture. An added bonus, it smells incredible. 

 

Wedding Day Skin: How to Get Your Complexion Clear and Glowing

Your wedding day is the most photographed day of your life. These photos are also the ones that seem to always be around and resurface throughout the years. Naturally you want to have your skin in it's best condition. Continue reading for a guideline to follow for your bridal glow.

1) Begin your best practices as soon as possible. Many treatments such as microdermabrasion and peels require multiple sessions spanned over time to get the best results. Topical treatments also take weeks and even months to reveal their best results. 

2) Schedule regular appointments with a professional for treatments, facials and skincare advice. 

3) What better time in your life than now to start laser hair removal. Whether on your face or body, this process takes some time to complete. 

 Photo Credit: Georgi Anastasov

Photo Credit: Georgi Anastasov

4) If breakouts or hyperpigmenation are a problem, consult with a professional. There are many treatments and products that can help clear these issues. 

5) Be diligent about your daily sunscreen and avoiding overexposure in the sun. Remember, if your have blemishes or hyperpigmenation, the sun worsens both conditions. 

6) Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You may even consider a multi-vitamin to boost your glow. This will also help with your hair and nails too!

 Photo Credit: Yannis Malevitis Photography 

Photo Credit: Yannis Malevitis Photography 

7) Be sure to use a moisturizer that is appropriate to your skin type. Yes, even oily skin needs to balance moisture and avoid dehydration. 

8) Wedding planning can be stressful and stress can cause breakouts. Find your stress reliever...yoga, running, meditation, whatever works for you. 

9) Don't forget your brows. If you they are not already in their best shape, now is the time. Brow rehab can take time! Seek a professional who specializes in brow shaping for your best look. 

10) For regular skin boosts, try at-home masks. There is a plethora of masks available for any and all skin concerns. 

 

My Top 10 Beauty Icons

What is a beauty icon? The definition of an icon is a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that beauty is the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. The saying is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So naturally, our perception of who is a beauty icon can be very different for each of us. My top 10 picks of beauty icons are women who have greatly influenced both fashion and style. But more importantly, exude elegance and class and have or had a great desire to make a positive difference. 

1) Princess Diana 

 Princess Diana is recognized and respected as a true humanitarian. She was greatly involved with many charities and organizations, including the fight to ban landmines, Centrepoint, National AIDS Trust and she was also the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Princess Diana is recognized and respected as a true humanitarian. She was greatly involved with many charities and organizations, including the fight to ban landmines, Centrepoint, National AIDS Trust and she was also the president of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

2) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis established the White House Historical Association. She worked to restore the White House and protect its holdings. She also worked to preserve New York City's Grand Central Station. She was known for her great appreciation and support of the arts. In addition, she was involved with the revitalization of the Broadway theater district, the Central Park Conservancy and much more. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis established the White House Historical Association. She worked to restore the White House and protect its holdings. She also worked to preserve New York City's Grand Central Station. She was known for her great appreciation and support of the arts. In addition, she was involved with the revitalization of the Broadway theater district, the Central Park Conservancy and much more. 

3) Bianca Jagger

 Bianca Jagger is a social and human rights advocate, a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and Chair of the World Future Council. 

Bianca Jagger is a social and human rights advocate, a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador and Chair of the World Future Council. 

4) Iman

 Iman is involved with a number of charities and organizations including the Keep a Child Alive program, Children's Defense Fund and Save the Children. She works with the Enough Project to end the global trade in conflict materials. 

Iman is involved with a number of charities and organizations including the Keep a Child Alive program, Children's Defense Fund and Save the Children. She works with the Enough Project to end the global trade in conflict materials. 

5) Charlize Theron 

 Charlize Theron was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2008. She is well known for her love of animals, helping several causes through PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.) In 2005, Charlize founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. She is involved in other causes including anti-rape and ovarian cancer awareness and research. 

Charlize Theron was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2008. She is well known for her love of animals, helping several causes through PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.) In 2005, Charlize founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. She is involved in other causes including anti-rape and ovarian cancer awareness and research. 

6) Audrey Hepburn

 Audrey Hepburn, a true humanitarian, was a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She traveled around the world working to raise awareness about children in need. 

Audrey Hepburn, a true humanitarian, was a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She traveled around the world working to raise awareness about children in need. 

7) Taylor Swift 

 Taylor Swift is one of today's most charitable celebrities. She has supported UNICEF, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity. She also supports feminism, education and much more. 

Taylor Swift is one of today's most charitable celebrities. She has supported UNICEF, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity. She also supports feminism, education and much more. 

8) Heidi Klum

 Heidi Klum is a firm supporter of women's empowerment. She has a habit of donating dresses she has worn to celebrity functions to charity. She is a supporter of UNICEF and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. 

Heidi Klum is a firm supporter of women's empowerment. She has a habit of donating dresses she has worn to celebrity functions to charity. She is a supporter of UNICEF and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. 

9) Angelina Jolie 

 Angelina Jolie not only donates a great deal to charities but she also uses her influence and gives a significant amount of time and energy. She has been promoted to the position of Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR.) She has made efforts to protect wildlife and endangered species. Angelina is an advocate for children's education. In addition to other causes, she is also an advocate of human rights and women's rights. 

Angelina Jolie not only donates a great deal to charities but she also uses her influence and gives a significant amount of time and energy. She has been promoted to the position of Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR.) She has made efforts to protect wildlife and endangered species. Angelina is an advocate for children's education. In addition to other causes, she is also an advocate of human rights and women's rights. 

10) Grace Kelly 

 Grace Kelly founded AMADE in 1963. AMADE promotes and protects the rights of children around the world. She was named President of the Monaco Red Cross. Her patronage of artistic pursuits is also well documented. 

Grace Kelly founded AMADE in 1963. AMADE promotes and protects the rights of children around the world. She was named President of the Monaco Red Cross. Her patronage of artistic pursuits is also well documented. 

This list was quite difficult to limit to only 10 women. Throughout history, many great women have and continue to influence style and fashion while also making a positive impact on meaningful issues throughout the world. I hope this list of Beauty Icons inspires you on an aesthetic level but most importantly to make a positive difference! 

Dry Shampoo...Should You Be Using It?

I was recently asked these two questions. It made me think about the number of times other women have asked similar questions about dry shampoo. So here is the breakdown and yes, you absolutely should be using it!

Let's start with the fact that dry shampoo has been around for centuries. Dry shampoo absorbs oils and odors from hair. It can be found in the form of loose powder, a liquid that comes from a pump dispenser or an aerosol spray. It's a super easy and quick way to freshen up your hairstyle. Apply it sparingly to the roots of your hair. If you are using a spray formula, spray at least 6 inches away from your roots. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, this allows the dry shampoo to absorb excess oils. Finally, brush through your hair and style. It's really that simple!

There are several good reasons to use dry shampoo. 

1) To avoid over-washing your hair, which drys out your hair and strips your color.

2) It refreshes your hair after the gym or before a night out.

3) It adds volume to your hairstyle.

4) Dry shampoo extends the life of your blowout.

5) It prevents hair damage since you'll be doing less heat styling.

6) Use it to add texture to hairstyling, such as with backcombing your hair.

7) Many formulas have added color and may be used to help conceal roots between color touch-ups. For blondes or platinum hair colors, white or regular dry shampoo will also help blend or soften darker regrowth. 

JKo Beauty's Picks

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is my Top Pick. Klorane is an award winning brand that offers a variety of formulas to address your different concerns or style preferences. 

For additional options, check out these other great picks...

Remember, dry shampoo is meant to be used sparingly and to refresh your hair and style. You should still regularly wash and condition your hair to maintain it's optimum health. For more fun tips and information about dry shampoo, JKo Beauty suggests visiting Reviews.com.  

Happy Hairstyling! 

Drugstore Beauty Favorites

Who doesn't love a good deal?! The next time you are at the drugstore, give yourself a few minutes to browse new trends and classic favorites. Here is a list of some of my favorite tried-and-true drugstore deals...

1) For blotting oil without smudging your makeup look, try Clean and Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets.

2) I like to replace my mascara around every 6 weeks. For separated, defined lashes my favorite is Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara. 

3 & 4) Ardell Individual Lashes are an easy way to enhance your natural lashes. While you're there, pick up Duo lash adhesive

5) A household must-have is Aquaphor, it can be used for a variety of purposes. 

6) L'Oréal True Match Foundation is a great option for a natural looking foundation available in a global shade range. It has a buildable coverage, radiant finish and is perfect for daily wear.

7) For gentle and easy facial cleansing, try Simple Cleansing Micellar Water. This gentle product cleanses skin, removes makeup and hydrates. 

8) Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash is softening and hydrating with a subtle scent of shea butter. Don't forget to replace your shower puff about every three weeks. 

These are all products I have purchased and enjoyed many times over. Don't be afraid to spend some time shopping the drugstore shelves for more beauty staples or current makeup trends. 

 Happy Shopping!