Under-Eye S.O.S

Save yourself from puffy eye embarrassment!

The skin beneath our eyes, (also known as the under eye area) is one of the first features to show the signs of aging: wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles to name a few. While we can hide behind sunglasses outside, the truth is revealed once we take them off inside. Here are some tips to get younger-looking, vibrant eyes everyday:

Check your lifestyle

The first step to younger looking eyes is to make a few lifestyle changes, and the first is to limit the amount of salt in your diet (which can puff you up and dehydrate you) and increase your water intake. Alcohol can also contribute to puffiness and can interfere with much needed beauty sleep as well. Speaking of sleep, try using two pillows at night to elevate your face, which helps reduce puffy eyes because it limits fluid build-up in your lower lids.

Treat wrinkles at night

Under-eye wrinkles and crepey skin are some of the biggest contributors to looking older and tired. Treat these at night with an eye concentrate that deeply moisturizes the delicate skin under your eyes like JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Eye Concentrate Capsules.

Awaken, de-puff and smooth in the morning

Upon awaking, place cold spoons under your eyes (you can use ice cubes as well) to help revive your eyes and reduce any swelling. Follow with an eye cream that will smooth, firm and brighten not only under your eyes, but crow’s feet as well (and prep the area for makeup). One to try is JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Global Longevity Eye Crème - a multitasking anti-aging eye crème that combines their exclusive RoyalActive Peptide with proven anti-aging ingredients to give your eyes a more youthful appearance. 

Create illusions with makeup

Once your eyes are prepped for makeup, choose a creamy concealer with yellow undertones to help camouflage dark circles. Next, avoid dark colors on your eyelid, and instead opt for nude or champagne tones to open up your eyes and draw the focus upwards, away from your under eye area.

How to Master The Dewy Look Without Looking Oily

The steps to know to get the glow

Fresh faced and dewy is a makeup look that highlights your best features and gives your complexion that youthful glow. A little know-how is required to avoid a shiny, greasy finish as the application is about layering hydrating skincare products, creamy-based radiance foundation, and highlighter.
 
Step One
 
The first step is to begin with skincare products that provide the proper hydration for your skin type needs. Warning: If your face is extremely oily or prone to breakouts, the dewy look might not work well on you.
 
To get a head start on morning hydration, use a hydrating mask or brightening cream at bedtime like JAFRA Brightening Dynamics Night Moisture to reveal a smoother, brighter, more luminous complexion when you wake up.
 
In the AM, use a non-drying cleanser, and follow with a hydrating toner or serum, which may be all the moisture you need. Should your skin continue to feel and appear dry, add more moisturizer.  Remember to not overdo the application, and dab more on where necessary, allowing it to soak in, and then tissue off any excess.
 
Step Two
 
If your skin is clear, bright and plumped, touch up your complexion with concealer only, or dab liquid or crème foundation where necessary and blend well. If you prefer all-over coverage, choose a foundation with radiance properties – no mattes for this look.
 
Next, try an all-in-one product like JAFRA’s CC Crème Complexion Corrector, which primes, moisturizes, brightens and minimizes imperfections. Continue with a highlighter that catches light and illuminates your face, dabbing sparingly on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, across your brow bone, above your cupids bow and on your chin –only. Make sure to blend to soften hard edges; the effect will be a soft sheen.
 
With a dewy complexion, don’t overdo shine on your eyes and lips. Use a creamy formula lip color - anything that’s too shimmery or shiny will throw off the look. The same goes for eye shadow. Use a flat shadow if that’s what you have, then dab on a touch of highlighter over the color for sheen.
 
Step Three
 
To keep that dewy glow on your face, refresh your makeup with a hydrating facial mist throughout the day.

Easy, Breezy Summer Updos

3 hot weather friendly hairstyles

In the dog days of summer one of the best ways to beat the heat is to pull our hair away from our neck and face; no one wants to deal with frizz and sweat! This is when unfussy updo’s come to our rescue; they keep us cool and look effortlessly chic. Here are a few styles to try when the temperature starts to sizzle:

Sleek bun

Let your hair style do double duty; look haute while you get a deep oil treatment; this is especially great if you have been in the ocean or pool and need to recharge your hair. Start by washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. After the shower use a comb or wet brush to create a deep side part and now rub a few drops of hair oil evenly throughout your hair. Pull your hair back into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure. Top this look off with a flower behind your ear and you will have the ultimate island girl look.

Messy, beachy  updo

This is a style that works great on 1-2 day old hair since it will have more texture. Start by parting your hair in the middle and pulling the front sections on both sides towards the front of your face. Next, pull the rest of your hair back into a mid-high ponytail and secure with a hair band. Twist the hair towards the back of your head and secure with bobby pins. You also have the option of just twisting the hair and pinning to your head, remember this does not have to be perfect! The final step is to wrap the front sections of your hair vertically (try 1 inch sections) around a 1-1 ¼  inch curling iron, being careful to leave the bottom of each section straight for cool and natural looking beach waves.

Laid-back side bun

This is a style that can be worn anywhere - to work, a wedding, a night out - the possibilities are endless. Starting with dry hair (it can be freshly washed and dried or not), pull your hair back into a low ponytail on either side of your head and secure with a hair band. Next, start twisting your hair until it forms a bun; secure with bobby pins. For a less “done” look you can loosen small sections of your hair. Finish with a spritz of hair spray to set.

Dare To Go Bare and Be Beautiful

The best way to be “naked” and not afraid

Have you ever seen a woman look so gorgeous and polished, yet it seemed like she was wearing no makeup on at all? Chances are she had a face full of cosmetics on to create the illusion of a perfectly bare face. Here are some tips to help you pull off the same minimal makeup look for yourself:

Prep your face

Your first step is to gently exfoliate your face so your makeup glides on effortlessly. Look for a creamy exfoliating scrub to slough away any dry, dull skin, leaving behind a smooth texture primed for perfection.

Go sheer with your base

A natural bare face will tend to have some shine to it, so choose your base products wisely. A good trick is to blend a few drops your favorite foundation with your daily moisturizer; you can add more drops if you feel like you need more coverage.

Conceal where needed

Using a concealer brush, apply a creamy, blendable concealer strategically around your face. You can focus on dark circles under your eyes and spot treat any blemishes.

Naturally tint your cheeks

A cream blush in a warm peach or toffee tone applied to your cheeks will add subtle color to your face without being obvious. Be sure to choose a cream formula, which will be easier to blend into your skin, either with your fingers or a makeup sponge.

Go nude on your eyes and lips

Now is the time to be a nudist… with your eyeshadow and lip color that is! Look for an eyeshadow in a similar color to your skin and sweep across your lids. Next, line and fill in your lips using a nude lip pencil; top off with a moisturizing lip balm.

Polish off your face

The final steps to your no-makeup face might seem counter-intuitive, but they involve mascara and an eye brow pencil. For a natural, wide-eyed look, apply 1-2 coats of mascara and use an eyelash comb to separate your lashes. Next, focus on your eyebrows. Groomed, full eyebrows will enhance your face with or without makeup. Start by combing brows upwards with a spooley brush and then use light, feathery strokes to fill in brows with a very sharp eyebrow pencil. Finish by combing brows again to blend the color through.
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