The Beauty Benefits of a Good Snooze

Wake Up to Dreamy Skin

It’s fact - not fiction -  that while we are sleeping, beauty benefits are adding up.  Scientific research assures us that getting seven to nine hours of quality time between the sheets is at the top of the list of “things to do” to help skin look its best and stay younger looking longer. And the psychological benefits of restful nights help us appear more beautiful, too.
 
We all know from experience that pulling all-nighters, partying into the wee hours and all types of sleep disturbances can leave us looking tired, puffy, inflamed and grumpy the next day. Slumber-less nights do not allow the skin to reap the natural healing and revitalization benefits that come with quality sleep. Stress, inflammation, decreased immune function and more, end up causing havoc with your skin. Multiply those effects by days or weeks of restless nights and your looks and wellbeing take a greater toll.
 
Scientifically, here’s what a good snooze gets you in skin benefits:
 
- You’ll wake up with glowing skin, which is clear and hydrated, because as you sleep the body replenishes water loss.
- Fewer wrinkles. The skin makes collagen as you rest, which slows down the aging process.
- Breakouts and skin conditions get a chance to heal, as your body repairs and recovers.
- Puffy eyes and dark circles are avoided or become less noticeable.
 
Take extra advantage of the healing, moisturizing and protective benefits of sleep by using skincare products especially formulated to get things done while you’re asleep. Night creams for the eyes and face that repair, hydrate and revitalize promote even more gains as you get your beauty sleep. Sweet dreams!

 

Are You Beautiful?

What the Sages Say about the True Essence of Beauty

Poets and philosophers have tried for eons to define what makes a woman beautiful. More recently, doctors and scientists have weighed in. One California plastic surgeon, Stephen Marquardt, M.D., even produced a mathematical formula to describe the perfect female face, calculating its proportions as a series of consistent ratios.
 
But beauty is more complicated than a set of numbers. We have all met women who by conventional standards (and Dr. Marquardt’s formula) shouldn’t be beautiful, but undeniably are. Some cultures recognize this with a term like jolie laide, which translates literally from French as “pretty-ugly” and is used to describe a woman who is not predictably pretty, but still irresistible.
 
Let’s see what the wise women (and men) of history have to say on the subject:
 
Francis Bacon, scientist, philosopher, politician, writer and all-around brilliant 17th century British gentleman
“There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.”
 
Marie Stopes, early 20th century British scientist, sex-manual author, and early feminist
“You can take no credit for beauty at 16. But if you are beautiful at 60, it will be your soul’s own doing.”
 
Coco Chanel, 20th century French designer, founder of Chanel
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”
 
Salma Hayek, contemporary Mexican-American actress and producer
“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”
 
Lady Gaga, contemporary American singer, songwriter, actress
“You define beauty for yourself, society doesn’t define your beauty. Your spirit and your faith define your beauty.”
 
Steve Maraboli, contemporary American behavioral scientist, author
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
 
Can any woman be beautiful? The answer is, of course, yes, but it takes that uncommon mix of self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-confidence. Perhaps that is why beauty is a quality more often associated with grown-up women, rather than pretty young girls. 

 

Correction!

Everything You Need to Know about Color Correcting Makeup

Blemishes, dark spots, under eye circles… Imperfections happen to the best of us. Luckily, color-correcting concealer means a girl can hide anything if she knows the tricks of the trade. Simply swath the appropriate color over whatever ails your complexion, then apply foundation, and voilà – the flaw is instantly invisible. That said, if the thought of putting green, purple or orange under your makeup scares you, you’re not alone. Fortunately, however, there’s nothing to fear. Here’s your primer, on using color correction concealer.
 
When it comes to coverage, opposites attract
Color correcting works specifically by counteracting the tone of your imperfection with its opposite cover. So green concealers neutralize the red spots that come with acne, sunburn or rosacea while yellow concealers will hide bruises, veins or under eye circles that fall in the purple family.
 
Your own skin tone matters
Likewise, certain colors just don’t work together. Orange or salmon colored concealers, for instance, works best with complexions that are olive or darker. Someone with lighter skin would use orange hues to achieve a bronzing effect, as opposed to coverage. Likewise, purple/lavender concealers are useless unless you have yellow undertones. You’ll also want to consider the depth of your color choices. A good guideline: the darker your skin, the deeper the hue.
 
The tools of the trade
Next up, comes application. In order to prevent the product from looking too thick – or being visible at all – you’ll want to apply and blend using a brush (as opposed to your fingers). Which brings us to your color palette. 
 
Don’t be afraid to mix it up
Different problems come with different tones, so you can use multiple colors as concealers. It’s not uncommon to use green for your chin or nose (common breakout spots), salmon under the eyes and a liberal application of yellow for an overall brightening effect. Bottom line: you may look like a tribal warrior before you blend the colors and apply your foundation, but that’s just the price of doing beauty battle. Your final result will be flawless!
 
To find out what JAFRA products would work best for your color correction, check out our Imperfection Corrector as well as our Perfecting Eyeshadow Primers.
 

 

Bigger Eyes are Just a Tiny Line Away!

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Tightlining

Tightlining is back, which means bigger, brighter, more vibrant eyes are just a tiny line away… The trick is, in order to cash in on all the exciting effects, you have to really know what you’re doing. But don’t be daunted… This is your tightlining tutorial!
 
What is tightlining?
Often confused with waterlining (wherein the eyes are lined around the inside on the waterline), to tightline your eyes is to fill in the gaps between your lashes by lining underneath the upper lash line instead of on top of it. This tried and true technique adds depth to your eyes by creating the illusion that your lashes start further back than they do. It also adds volume to your lashes themselves – with or without mascara – by making them appear continuous along your eyelid. Worn alone, the effect of tightlining is mysterious and natural. In other words, your eyes pop but you don’t look like you’re wearing any makeup. Use the tightline as the base for additional eyeliner and/or mascara, however, and the result is high impact drama.
 
So how do you do it?
First, choose your liner wisely… based on what you’re most comfortable with. Some swear by gels, others by liquids. Few dare with a regular eye pencil (read: the kind that requires sharpening), though others insist that a roll up pencil that glides on will make it easy.
 
Next, if you’re going gel or liquid, select your utensil. A thin, angled eyeliner brush is best for gel and liquids will be easier with a stiff, felt tip as opposed to a regular brush (which will collapse with pressure).
 
Now that we’ve got that taken care of, it’s time to apply. Use your non-dominant index finger to lift your eyelid – pulling up from below the brow. This will make your upper lid more accessible. Then, starting on the outside of your eye and working inward, press the liner into lid just beneath your upper eyelashes – but not on your waterline (the pink ridge inside of your eyelid). Continue along until just before you reach the inner corner. You don’t want to go all the way in or it will make your eye appear smaller – the opposite of our desired effect.
 
Finally, use a Q-tip or sponge to clear up any liner that spills through over your lashes or on the waterline. Then, enjoy the wide-eyed results!
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