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Beauty tips for glowing skin

Beauty tips for healthy glowing skin

Perhaps you have a momentous event just around the corner,  are having a professional photo taken, or want your skin to look it’s best for a new job.  Here are some tips that will get you glowing and pay back your skin for all the wonderful things it does for you; like act as a barrier against dirt, germs and harmful toxins.  It absorbs energy from the sun converting it to Vitamin D, which is actually a hormone.  Then it sweats when you’re over heated removing toxins from within.  That’s a lot to ask of your largest organ so why not treat it with the respect it deserves!

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Here’s how you can show your skin some love.

Use oil as cleanser

As strange as it may sound oil dissolves oil and is a great pre-cleanser to your regular wash and can even be the only product you need on those no makeup days when it’s mostly dirt and pollution that needs to be removed.  There are many ready made versions on the market such as Dermalogica precleanse, Origins clean energy, & Shu Uemura cleansing oils to name a few.

Not all oils are created equal.  There’s the good ones that are nourishing and because they’re derived from seeds, kernels, nuts and plants they possess numerous skin benefits that help to restore barrier lipids that can be depleted in harsh environments or from over washing.  They’re loaded with antioxidants that protect your skin from the environment.  Good ones to look for are grapeseed, olive, sweet almond, jojoba and apricot kernel.

Try this homemade recipe for precleansing – Use 1 Tbsp per application

1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup jojoba oil
1/8 cup olive oil
5-6 drops essential oil (optional)

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

Exfoliating is key to keeping the dead skin cells from piling up and clogging pores.  It should be added to your routine at least once a week and for those over 40 2-3times would be optimal.  Nothing perks up tired skin better than a lactid acid exfoliant or powder version ground from seeds, kernels, or oats.  Remember, the finer the grit the more gentle and it needn’t be harsh to work.  Find one that works best for you and use it!  The body benefits from a salt scrub enhanced with a few drops of essential oil.  Skip the oily versions if you don’t have time to wash the tub after as it can create a slippery mess.  Good for the body, bad for the tub.

Nourish your skin and body

It is important to nourish your skin from within by adding plenty of nutrient rich oils to your diet which will feed the fat layer of your skin making it appear firmer and fuller.  Coconut oil is a medium chain fat and is excellent for the heart and a great source of energy so add a dollop to the blender when making your favorite green drink.  Another excellent choice is olive oil loaded with antioxidants and oleic acid.

It is also important to feed your skin from the outside with quality oils and moisturizers derived from natural sources and preferably without parabens which can be disruptive to hormones.  While parabens can serve to keep nasty pathogens out of your facial skin care items, on the largest area of the body you’re better off sticking with shea butter, jojoba oil or even castor oil.  Try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils such as lavender in the evening to help you drift off to Planet Z or grapefruit in the mornings to awaken your senses.  Your coworkers will appreciate the soft scent over a heavy perfume as well.

Treat yourself to a facial

This can be an at-home version although a spa treatment will be a mental treat as well and will help to circulate the blood and drain the lymphatic system reducing puffiness and bloating in the face.  There are many at-home facial  masks on the market designed to deeply nourish such as Caudalie cream mask which harnesses the polyphenol in grapes to treat dry skin or Dermalogica multivitamin masque concentrated with vitamins A,C, E and F.  These can be used in the convenience of your home and usually in less than 15 minutes a week.

healthy skincare

Try this recipe made with ingredients from your refrigerator – Makes one application

1/2 avocado mashed (eat the other half)
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp ground oats
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients, apply generously to face and décolletage,  find a quiet spot, relax and reflect for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Soon you’ll begin to enjoy the rewards of naturally glowing skin with a fresh even tone and texture that requires minimal makeup.

 

 

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Red Carpet Makeup & Hair

ComiCon 2014 in San Diego brought with it many red carpet events and I was thrilled to work with cast members Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowen of Starz TV’s hugely popular series Black Sails.

Black Sails cast members Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowen make an appearance during ComiCon 2014 at the Outlander premier set to air Aug 8, 2014 on Starz TV.

Jessica Parker Kennedy at Entertainment Weekly’s annual ComiCon event on Saturday night at Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, Calif. She chose a dramatic smokey eye with a soft lip and loose chignon for the event.

Caught in the action myself while the cast makes a back door entrance at the SD ComiCon Panel!

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Beauty begins within

Eating for Beauty is one of my favorite books!

Beauty begins within

Eating for Beauty by Author David Wolfe

Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe is highly recommended if you wish to improve skin clarity, hair texture, and overall health and vitality through the assimilation of nature’s nutrients: fruits, vegetables and herbs.  David Wolfe is a nutrition expert who in this book gives scientific explanations in layman’s terms of how food breaks down in the human body to be better synthesized to promote external beauty and internal health.

He is also an advocate of yoga, meditation and quality sleep patterns and while he is a raw foodist he acknowledges that most people are not keen to such a disciplined diet.   His book offers practical suggestions so that you can incorporate more raw organic produce into your lifestyle to target specific issues rather than making a complete overhaul.  This valuable resource is science-based and will arm you with the know-how to prevent dryness, puffiness, pimples and fine lines.

As a makeup artist and beauty expert I find it to be an invaluable reference tool so that I am better able to make food choices to help me look and feel more vibrant, youthful and energetic without surgery or heavy doses of caffeine which can have counter effects.  I think you’ll find it as fascinating as I did.

His book can be purchased here and it’s also available at the San Diego Public Library

Enjoy!

 

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Airbrush Makeup for Riviera Magazine article

Riviera Magazine

Riviera Magazine May 2014

Riviera Magazine

Jodie Spanos of Seaside Macarons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airbrush makeup was applied for Riviera Magazine article featuring Jodie Spanos co-chair of the 14th annual Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival.

Jodie Spanos of Seaside Macarons in LaJolla, California called on airbrush makeup artist Paula Mayer to get her camera ready for her featured article in Riviera Magazine which showcases her participation in the 14th annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival (jlsdfoodandwine.com) on May 3rd.

 

Jodie Spanos along with business partners Amanda Wheeler and Melissa Micou run Seaside Macarons from their office in LaJolla, California and offer such delectable varieties as raspberry, pistachio, key lime and espresso just to name a few.  They are all gluten free and made from high quality almond flour for a delicious treat for your next party, baby shower, wedding …or just because.

Seaside Macarons

Dark Chocolate & Vanilla Bean

Seaside macarons

Seaside Macarons

 

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Airbrush Makeup for Immaculata ceremony

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Immaculata ceremony
L’Auberge reception

Airbrush makeup & hairstyling for wedding ceremony at the Immaculata

Paula Mayer and her professional team of artists used AirPro airbrush makeup to beautify Dana, her mom and bridesmaids for the big event beginning with the ceremony at the gorgeous USD Immaculata in San Diego, CA on April 5, 2014 where Dana and Aditya said their vows with friends and family in attendance.  The beautiful ceremony was followed by a traditional Hindu ceremony at The Grand Del Mar with reception at the seaside L’Auberge Resort and Spa.  Dana enlisted the help of talented coordinator, Adele at L’Auberge to pull off the reception without a hitch.  Their photographers Erin and Jeff otherwise known as The Youngrens managed to catch every memorable moment!

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Airbrush Makeup for red carpet

Airbrush makeup to get “red carpet” ready

Makeup artist Paula Mayer uses AirPro airbrush makeup to prepare director Ellie Kanner for the red carpet at the premier of the comedy “Authors Anonymous”.   Also present were actors Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting,  Chris Klein,  Jonathan Bennett, and Tricia Helfer among other stars who attended the fun-filled premier on April 9, 2014 at the Crest Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.  Check out the trailer here https://movies.yahoo.com/video/authors-anonymous-trailer-213005850.html  The movie hits theatres April 18, 2014!

 

 

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Airbrush vs brush

Airbrush beauty makeup

Airbrush beauty makeup

Give your brush the brush off and make the switch to airbrush

You may be considering investing in a personal airbrush system but you haven’t fully convinced yourself to take the plunge due to price or intimidation.  The initial cost of an airbrush system can set you back a few hundred dollars, depending on the quality, but quickly pays for itself due to less foundation waste that is left in your sponge or bristles after traditional application and are so simple to use that if you can spray an aerosol you can quickly master an airbrush …and have fun doing it.  If you’ve invested in good brushes in the past and have taken good care of them they probably still have years of useful life left but let us fill you in on the advantages of airbrush over cosmetic foundation brushes and soon you’ll be singing the praises of airbrush too.

Seamless finish
The biggest advantage by far is that you can apply a seamless foundation in a matter of minutes with far better results than with 10 minutes of meticulous blending of traditional applications with a brush or sponge.  The credit goes to the fine pixels of color that are softly propelled from the airbrush tip creating a skin-like appearance yet in the best shade of “flawless”.  In the same time it would take you to blend and smooth just your foundation with a brush you can apply bronzer, highlighter, contour and blush with your airbrush.   There’s no need to clean your airbrush after each color change; simply add your next color and spray onto a tissue until you see the shade change, then apply where needed and continue until you’ve completed all the steps you choose.  Most mornings a quick overall spray will do the trick but on those special days when you want to look outstanding you can still add contour and highlight in less than 5 minutes and be red carpet glowing!  Click here to learn more

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Face Talk beauty tip: How to be the best “you” in photographs.

For several days before your session avoid salty foods and alcohol which can dehydrate skin and cause puffy eyes, which will not make the camera fall in love with you.  Exfoliate skin several times the week prior and wear a moisturizing mask to bed.  Now is not the time to experiment with new products.   Get plenty of water and fruits and vegetables in your diet.  Have eyebrows shaped and groomed 1 to 2 days before if tweezing or 1 week before if waxing.  Wax removes even the tiniest hairs causing the makeup to lay down differently.  Exfoliate lips by applying Vaseline for several minutes then remove with rough wash cloth or soft toothbrush.

Think of a professional makeup artist as insurance for those special days when you want to look your best!

 

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