Lionesse Beauty Bar Is Where your Essence and Beauty Merge

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Walking into a Lionesse Beauty Bar is like entering into a universe of beauty. Your beauty. Enter our Makeover Metropolis, where we have all of your styling needs met, and offer tips on how to create the perfect look. We know makeup, and every time our future beauty queens buy one of our fabulous products, they get a free makeover. Come experience the excitement.

The Beauty of Lionesse

10384905_10154927601620473_7331344446386402419_nAt Lioness Beauty Bar we know flair. Uncover hair care products you have always wished for, while delighting in a professional makeover. There’s nothing like the Lionesse experience. While we help you to discover your best beauty, try our classy refreshments and enjoy the music of our in-house D.J. 
Call us in advance for an appointment, or just stroll on in. Either way, your hair is in for a treat. 
We massage your head while giving the style you desire. Our Beauty Bar comes with styling options from the top looks in the trendiest places.

Party time 

The serene feeling of a gentle stream, cascading down a regal waterfall, as your hair sings your praise. For your next party, invite your friends to some nice, relaxing, beauty time with the girls of Lionesse. It’ll be a styling adventure that will leave them smiling for days. Monthly memberships are available so you can keep on looking fabulous.

Always a great hair day

Your hair will thank you when you introduce it to its new best friend.  Our Red Tourmaline hair straightener by Lionesse Beauty Bar will have you living your dream hairstyle in no time. Feel the difference in your hair.
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The Fabulous Four-One-One

We are your one-stop-shop for all your beauty needs. Our beauty guests receive their own personal glamour guards, who lend their expertise to personally tailor a cosmetic wonder for you. Whether for intensive makeover treatment or just some beauty advice, our stylists are standing by to show you how to make your beauty shine.

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Signs That You’re A Makeup Addict

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“Shout out to all the makeup I haven’t bought yet… I’m coming’ for you”
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Oh yes, ladies, the struggle is real. If you’re a makeup addict, then you know it’s not actually your fault. Rather, it’s all because of your favorite aunt, glamorous grandmother, or whoever introduced you to makeup, gave you a glimpse into the beauty world. Just like that, you realized you needed to try any kind of product you could get your hands on.

The addiction starts out as more of a hobby. Of course, you remember collecting every lip smackers item you could get your hands on; if your brother was allowed to collect Pokémon cards and call that a hobby, then your non-conditioning lip product collection was most certainly a hobby…right? As you get older, you clock into overtime watching every woman you know applies their makeup. Soon enough lip smackers are a thing of the past and you’re experimenting with different looks. It was probably right around this time when you realized just how much you loved makeup, you couldn’t get enough of it, and your friends and family were suggesting that you were a makeup addict.

For all you might-be makeup addicts out there, read through the list below which entails the signs that you are, indeed, a makeup addict.

  • Beauty bags are for mere beginners. It would take at least three beauty bags to hold all of your cosmetics, which is why your makeup has its own tri-fold suitcase.
  • You can’t walk through a drug store without perusing the makeup isle. What was the reason you stopped there on the way home from work? Who cares, as long as you got a few new products!
  • You fall in love with a specific product and swear you’ll never need anything else…until you find that even better product(!), you know the one that’s too similar for anyone else to even notice there’s a difference.
  • You could spend days watching (and critiquing) makeup tutorials. Why bother subscribing to Netflix when you can access unlimited amounts of YouTube free?
  • Your friends ask you to get them ready for their date…which means your makeup application techniques are considered a talent.
  • Your makeup is on point regardless of the occasion. Are you going to a five-star restaurant or getting an arm workout with the spoon and ice-cream container tonight? The world may never know.
  • You silently apologize to Mother Nature for all the times you use an aerosol container and mass amounts of plastic you possess. Which is why you rinse your empties and always recycle them.
  • You’re on a budget. But there’s always an exception for anything that falls under the category of “beauty products.”

So maybe there’s a little makeup addict in each of us, but we don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Oh, and if your boyfriend has a problem with your beauty habit, don’t listen to his complaints; we believe that every woman deserves a man who doesn’t just support your beauty addiction, but pre-orders that new eyeshadow palette you’re dying to try.

Looking Refreshed on The First Day of School

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No matter how old you get, the thrill and nerves surrounding the first day of school never subside. To help ease your nerves we’ve put together an article full of everything you need. You need to look refreshed and feel your best on the first day of school. The best part? These are tips that you can use any day of the school year to look and feel great all year round. Check it out!

Rest Up
Many students don’t head back to school for a few more weeks, making it the perfect time to start getting your sleep schedule back on track. Whether we like to admit it or not, the long days catching up with old friends and late nights catching up on your favorite Netflix series take a toll on your bedtime routine. When classes start you’ll be getting up earlier which means you’ll need to start hitting the sack earlier too. Start by getting into bed 30 minutes earlier and waking up 30 minutes earlier for a day or two. After two days make it thirty minutes earlier than the current time, continuing to adjust your schedule until your sleep schedule is back on track for the school year. Keep in mind, you should be getting an average of 8 hours of sleep per night, however, some people operate best with more or less sleep. You know your body and what feels right, as long as you feel rested and can function properly, then you’ll be okay.

Keep A Calm Mental State
Whether it’s the day before school starts or the eve of a big test, it’s important that you keep a calm mental state in the hours leading up to the big day. Not only will doing so make it easier to fall asleep, but you’ll be able to give your full and undivided attention to the occasion. To maintain a calm mental state, you should avoid all kinds of stimulants; this includes things like caffeine and alcohol, as well as arguments with friends and other unnecessary stressors.

If you don’t already have an exercise routine, here’s your 1,001 reason to start one. Research has shown that those who work out on a regular basis have higher levels of self-confidence and self-esteem when compared to those who don’t. If the gym scene isn’t your thing, get into the habit of taking your dog for an evening walk, sign up for a hot yoga class, or even consult YouTube for some of the hottest workout videos. As long as you get your body moving for a minimum of 30 minutes you’ll feel and look better for days to come.

Show Your skin Some TLC
The summer can take a toll on your skin. Between beach days, new makeup products, and 2 for 1 mixed drinks with the girls, your skin will start to look drained and dull. If you can you should make an appointment with a trusted and certified esthetician. They will do whatever it takes to get your skin looking great again. You can also take matters into your own hands by sticking to a healthy skincare regimen which involves cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Finally, the best thing you can do for your skin is to stay hydrated! Get into the habit of bringing a reusable water bottle with you whenever you leave the house.

Beauty Inspired By Burning Man

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As the end of summer approaches, so does the end of festival season. For the most part, many of the major music festivals held across the country have come and gone and had their trending hashtags on social media. While the light dancers of Coachella are a mere memory, and the tunes of Lollapalooza pop into your head every once in a while, they are a piece of the summer’s past. But if you’re a festival lover you still have one more chance to fill your festival fix the summer. That’s right, the Burning Man festival takes place from August 28th through September 5th in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. During this time, the desert transforms the normally empty and barren area to what festival-goers call “Black Rock City,” filling the area with people dedicated to art, self-expression, and self-reliance where anyone and everyone is welcome.

If you’re planning on attending Burning Man, you might be racking your brain for ideas of what to wear to the one of a kind festival. Because the festival is right around the corner and you shouldn’t be stressing in the days leading up to Burning Man, we’ve put together a list of beauty trends and outfit tips inspired by Burning Man.

Beauty Tip #1: Beautified Bags
When walking through Black Rock City you’ll notice that a majority of people are walking works of art created with face and body paint. One of the best things about face and body paint is that you can you as much or little of it as you’d like and still create an amazing look. One of our favorite ways of using face paint is to hide the bags under your tired eyes! Instead of looking like the night before got the best of you, cover your bags with lots and lots of glitter! After you’ve applied a BB or CC cream, use your finger to lightly dab on translucent body gel. You’ll want to dab it around the entire under area of your eyes (pretty much anywhere you would apply an eye serum). While the gel is still wet, use an eyeshadow brush to dust gold or rose gold colored body glitter over your bags. Let it dry for a few moments, then add another layer of gel and glitter. Finish the look with a few coats of mascara and you’ll be ready for all that the day holds.

Outfit Tip #1: Avoid Creating MOOP
One of the principals the Burners stand by is to “leave no trace.” This means, when the festival and it’s attendees leave, the desert should look as barren as before they arrived. To do so, it is extremely important that you don’t wear anything that creates MOOP, or matter out of place. This means things like sequins, beads, and feathers. Sure they look fab, but it’s highly likely that they’ll fall off and make an unwanted mark on the land.

Beauty Tip #2: Wrap it Up
One of the hottest festival hair trends is not only cute, but it’s super easy too! All you need is some craft string to create a one of a kind hair wrap. Simply grab a small section of hair and tie the string into a knot at the root of the section (the key here is to make sure you have lots and lots of string before cutting it, that way you don’t run out mid hair wrap). Hold the section firmly between your fingers and wrap the string around your hair as many times as you need to until you reach the bottom. Once you get to the ends of the strands you can tie the string into a double knot and you’re all set! You can even add some extra glam to the look by tying a bead or charm to the end.

Outfit Tip #2: Avoid Branding
While representing your favorite brand across your chest or from shoulder to shoulder is all the rage right now, but clothes like this are more-or-less the opposite of the major point of the festival. With that said, you should wear whatever you want, but do so with the utmost creativity.

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Beauty Tip #3: Wear the Rainbow
For those of you who have a hard time picking just one color to incorporate into your beauty look, then you should absolutely wear the rainbow… on your eyelashes that is! Apply your foundation and concealer as you normally would. Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes, then apply one or two coats of lash curling mascara. After the mascara has had a few moments to dry, apply a dab of eyelash adhesive to mini pompoms (you can find these at your local craft store or online. 3/16’’ seems to be the best size and are available in a wide verity of colors). Then, one by one, place the pompoms to the top of your lash, it should look almost like they are being cradled by the curl of the lash.

Outfit Tip #3: Check Out the Gallery
The Burning Man website features thousands of pictures of creators of all kinds and their outfits from past years. Let this photo gallery be your biggest inspiration. Take the ideas you’ve found and hit up a thrift store to put together an outfit unlike any others.

Back To School Styles For Teachers

As August comes to a close, teachers all over the country are putting together lesson plans and decorating bulletin boards in preparation for the start of the 2016 school year. With back to school season officially upon us, we have put together a collection of ultra-modern school-appropriate outfits and style must-haves, perfect for teachers everywhere.

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Monday Blues
No matter what grade you teach, Monday’s are always a bit sleepy. After a weekend of grading and memorizing new names, it seems like the last thing that you want to do is put a ton of effort into your work ensemble; this Monday blues outfit is perfect! Slip into a navy blue colored knee length dress, go for one that’s form-fitting, but not too tight. Accessorize with a brown leather-looking belt around your waist to give you a womanly shape. Layer the dress with a cozy – yet breathable – oversized cardigan. Choose one that’s a nude hue to match your belt. Complete the look with a pair of geometrical stud earrings, brown (p)leather booties, and a matching tote bag.

Tuesday Pencils
As in pencil skirts that is! Show your co-workers how you can rock a professional look by wearing a brightly colored pencil skirt (may we suggest seafoam green or lilac?). Top the skirt off with a white or nude colored button up. Of course, you’ll want to tuck in the hem of the top into the top of the skirt. Top off the look with a black famine blazer (be sure to button the blazer and fold your shirt cuffs outside the blazer), some silver or gold ball-shaped stud earrings, and, finally, step into paten black kitten heels.

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Wednesday Whites
Who doesn’t love a little white on hump day?! Brighten up your this-week’s-only-halfway-over mood with a pair of bright white skinnies. Be sure to fold the hem of your pants up into two-to-three inch cuffs around your ankles. Own the white look why topping off your pants with a pastille colored peplum top. Put your hair up into a bun and accessorize with a chunky CZ statement necklace and matching bracelet. Right before you head to the classroom slip into a pair of nude flats and grab your matching nude tote.

Thursday Bright’s
Smile, because tomorrow’s Friday! In honor of showing off your pearly whites, you should go for a light and bright look on Thursday. If you don’t want to wear the white pants two days in a row, then slip into a pair of light blue colored khakis. Top it off with a white and gray colored pinstripe button up. Fold up the sleeves so that they’re ¾ sleeve style, tuck in the hem of your shirt and put on a tan skinny belt. Finish the look with pearl earrings, tan boat shoes, and a matching tan tote.

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Casual Friday
When your favorite day of the week has arrived, it’s time to celebrate, girl! But before you can go home and sip merlot at girl’s night, you have to rock your casual Friday outfit! Step into your favorite pair of jeans – you know the pair. Top those off with a loose fitting polka dot print or solid colored top. Accessorize with a chunky watch and some bangles. Step into a pair of comfy flats and rock the day!

Creating A Bright Eyed Look

It seems that regardless of age or race, women are always yearning for bigger and brighter eyes. While we wholeheartedly believe that every one of us is unique and beautiful and that no matter who you are or what walks of life lie ahead, you should always love yourself. With that said, we also believe it can be inspiring and empowering to play with makeup. So, if you are interested in learning how to create a bright-eyed look with eye makeup, read through the tips and tricks below, which – by the way – are used by the pros. That’s right, follow along with the suggestions and you’ll be leaving the house looking like you spend your morning getting ready with Kim K.

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Brighten The Darkest Corners Of Your Face With…Drum Roll, Please… HIGHLIGHTER!
It seems like a no-brainer, right? Don’t worry, we also had a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment when we learned this one. At the inner corners of your eyes, along the bridge of your nose, apply a tiny dot of liquid highlighter. This simple trick helps to make your eyes like wide awake and blatantly bright in two ways: first, the highlighter counteracts the shadow being overcast buy your nose, eyebrow bones, and lashes. Second, the brightening cosmetic will absorb and reflect any light source around you. Seems like a win-win to us!

Apply Your Under Eye Concealer With A Modern and Geometric Flare.
When you apply concealer in the curved shape bellow your lower eyelid, you may be brightening your under eye circles, but you are then contrasting your cheek bones, which are really only an inch or less below your eyes. Kick the curved concealer method to the curb and apply your concealer in a V or upside-down triangle shape, then blend it outward. This will make your eyes look fuller, brighter, and like you’ve just woken up from a full night’s sleep.

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Curl Your Lashes Ladies!
Even if you have only seconds to get ready, curling your lashes makes a major difference. When your lashes are left straight and flat they look thin, create a shadow, and just make your eyes look small. After curling your lashes for only a few seconds, your eyes will look wide and bright.

Sticking With The Neutral Theme.
You can make your eyes look nothing short of amazing by wearing a neutral lip color. Yes, lip color! This works by muting the lips, thus redirecting the attention upward, making your eyes look big and bright.

White Colored Liner On Your Waterline
Maybe you’ve heard it before, but our celeb stylist can’t stress this one enough: use a nude or white colored liner on your waterline. Not only does this banish redness and bloodshot eyes, but it makes your eyes look brighter and wider than ever before.

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Keep Up With Grooming Your Brows.
Even though it can be a pain, and it might even seem overrated today, it is highly recommended that you keep up with grooming your brows. Where you tweeze, wax, or thread, having a defined brow shape will frame your eyes. If you go the extra step and fill in your brows you will be pleasantly surprised with how bright your eyes look.

Risks of Expired Makeup

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When was the last time you ate expired food? I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that unless it was an accident, or maybe a high school dare, you’ve probably never eaten expired food. For good reason too; around the time that an expiration date hits food starts to smell different and look different. The culprit of change: bacteria. Both fortunately and unfortunately bacteria is everywhere and affects virtually everything, including makeup. This being the very reason that like food, makeup expires. Of course, the vast majority of makeup produced today is manufactured with preservatives which help the product fight both air bound bacteria and bacteria transferred from brushes and applicators.

Just think, every time you touch your finishing brush from your face to your setting powder you are transferring bacteria, over and over again. This bacteria isn’t going anywhere either; it enjoys a nice staycation on your products. There’s no denying the fact that we’ve all used expired makeup before. Some people figure everyone does it, so it can’t be that bad. Others simply aren’t aware of makeup expiring or the risks that accompany expired cosmetics. Ahh yes, the risks. That’s right, using expired makeup doesn’t only sound icky, but it puts you at the very high risk of experiencing yucky unwanted effects.

Problems that the average person is likely to encounter when using expired makeup include adult acne, dry and raw patches of skin, redness and swelling, excessive oil production, eye irritations and infections, various rashes, blisters and peeling… and more!

The worst part about many of the effects listed above is that, naturally, your first defense will be to cover it all with more makeup. The thing is you are only going to make matters worse; it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that covering a pimple with a pimple-causing product is bound to make the pimple problem more prevalent than ever. If you are doing this day after day, you’re bound to experience a major – seemingly unexplainable – acne flare-up.

So you know what happens when you use expired makeup, but you might be wondering how to tell when your makeup expires. Somewhere on the packaging of all cosmetics is a picture of a circular shaped open container. Either in the center of this open container or to the side of it, you will see a number. This number represents how long you have before the product expires. There are three things to keep in mind: First, this number is most always represented in the form of months; you may see something like “12 mo.”

Second, this time, begins the very moment you open the product and expose it to air. Use this knowledge to your advantage. For example, if you bought a new odd colored lipstick hue on sale, don’t open it until you actually want to use it, this way it’s not an unused ticking time bomb just sitting in your makeup bag.

Third, while all expiration dates are printed on the original packaging (such as the box or outer plastic wrapping), they may not be on the actual product. Maybe you’ve had a product for a while, but you aren’t totally sure when you opened it. Don’t fret. Below you will find an exhaustive list of beauty products and the typical amount of time that the specific product is “good” for. Keep in mind that since natural makeup is chemical free, it does not contain any sort of bacteria fighting preservatives, so it is very likely that its expiration is sooner than those listed below.

Cosmetics and beauty products which last an average of 2 to 3 months:

  • Acne pads
  • Face masks and peels
  • Loofah or shower sponge
  • Nail file
  • Mascara

Cosmetics and beauty products which last an average of 6 to 12 months:

  • Acne creams and cleansers
  • Concealer
  • Eye creams
  • Face wash
  • Face and eye serums
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Liquid foundation

Cosmetics and beauty products which last an average of 12 to 18 months:

  • Bar soap
  • Cream eyeshadow
  • Eyebrow gel
  • Face cream in a jar style container
  • Lip gloss and lip stain
  • Shower gel
  • Sunscreen

Cosmetics and beauty products which last an average of 24 months:

  • Body lotion in jar style container
  • Eye and lip pencils
  • Face and body scrub in jar style container
  • Lipstick
  • Nail polish
  • Powder eyeshadow
  • Powder foundation

Cosmetics and beauty products which last an average of 36 months:

  • Body lotion in pump or tube style container
  • Hairspray and hair gel
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Shampoo and conditioner

Bare Skin Sleeping

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Drink eight glasses of water per day. Change your sheets and pillow cases frequently. Do a regular self-check for new or unusual moles. Disinfect your cell phone. Always use SPF. Wash your makeup brushes. These are all beauty tips that you’ve heard many times before, while we hope that each and every one of them is regularly incorporated into your routine there is one beauty commandment that takes importance over everything previously listed: remove your makeup every night before going to bed. In fact, this rule is so important that we’re going to go out on a limb her and call it a non-negotiable beauty rule.

Maybe you’re rolling your eyes because DUH you’ve heard this one before; between your grandmother and sister, not to mention your aesthetician and even your high school gym teacher have burned the “remove your makeup before you go to sleep” chant into your head. Still – and you’re not alone on this one – there are those nights the creep up on you every so often when you just don’t have it in you. Even though you can practically envision your BFF telling you how bad it is to hit the sack with your makeup on, you just can’t muster up the energy to wash your face. Plus, it’s really not that bad, right? WRONG!

Sleeping with makeup can take a major toll on your skin. You’re more likely to experience acne breakouts, irritated and congested eyes, and even premature aging. Continue reading to find out exactly why it’s so bad to sleep without removing your cosmetics and we can almost guarantee that you be sure to slip into the sack with bare skin for the remainder of your days.

No matter what type of skin you have, your skin won’t be happy with you
Maybe you aren’t a victim of adult acne so the threat of a break out doesn’t scare you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but no matter what type of skin you have, your skin will be negatively effected by slept-in makeup. If you have dry skin, you’re likely to notice flakes and crumbles the next morning. Not only will you have to wash your face in the morning, but you’ll most certainly have to exfoliate. Repeat offenders may find themselves exfoliating more than recommended, leaving the facial skin dry, raw, and irritated.

Your Makeup Knows Your Dirty Little Secrets
Maybe you couldn’t find your always-there hand sanitizer after you left the supermarket. Perhaps the ladies room was all out of soap after your break. No one wants to admit it, but these things do happen and even those of you who have health your oath to not touch your face, we have some more bad news for you: your makeup absorbs all kinds of dirty free radicals and grimy pollutants throughout the day. When you go to bed without cleansing your skin first you’re allowing these toxins to sit on your skin and marinate your pores. Not only are you broadening your chances of breaking out, but you’re also preventing your skin from its nightly recovery process and breaking down collagen… premature aging anyone?

The Eyes Tell it All
Sleeping with your smoldering hot smoky eye won’t lead to an acne flare up or speed up the ageing process, but it will have negative effects on your eyelids and eyelashes. As you toss and turn throughout the night, your eye makeup will smudge and smear which can lead to clogged tear ducts, painful eyelid inflammation (commonly referred to as a stye), and even split and shortened eyelashes.

Choosing The Perfect Foundation

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In essence, choosing the shade of foundation that matches the color of your skin should be easy. But with hundreds of brands offering umpteen types of foundations, most of which follow a different color system, it can be quite the task to find the foundation that’s just right for your skin tone and type. We know how daunting the task can be, which is why we have put together this easy to follow guide on how to choose the perfect foundation. Check it out!

If you leave this article with just one point, there is one thing that you should always keep in the back of your mind when applying a foundation – which holds true whether you go the typical foundation route or you opt for a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream – is that the right foundation for your skin should literally vanish as you apply it to your skin. It should not emphasize your pores or skin into fine lines or wrinkles. It should mask redness and uneven skin tone, but it should not look terribly obvious while doing so.

Chances are you’ve wound up here because your foundation isn’t preforming the way it should be. Before addressing this problem, you need to decipher exactly what about the foundation isn’t working for you. Is it the coverage? Is it the longevity? Is it the color? Once you know what’s making you unhappy, it will be much easier to address with the information bellow. If you’re ready to toss your current foundation all together and finally find one that works, you first need to decipher how much responsibility you need the perfect foundation to take on. This will be different for everyone, depending on skin type and coverage needs. Read through the tips below to find out which type of foundation will work best for you.

  •  If you’re lucky enough to have an even skin tone and actually need a foundation, that’s okay! You might just want something to hold your blush, bronzer, or highlighter in place, or you want to minimize shine throughout the day, you will benefit most from a translucent or setting powder. This product doesn’t have any pigment, it’s simply meant to hold makeup in place, and absorb shine.
  • Do you have just need a small amount of coverage for redness or uneven skin tone? Are you more concerned about shine and feel like translucent powder doesn’t combat your oily skin? The beloved Asian beauty product rice powder will become your beauty BFF.
  • If you need a simple product that involves minimal effort but provides hydration rather than combating oil, you should be using a tinted moisturizer. This will give you light coverage with a dewy glow.
  • If you have combination skin that needs only a bit of coverage, a pressed powder may be the best foundation choice for you. It corrects minor skin issues, mattifies oil while still giving you a bright complexion. This also makes for a good mid-day touch up.
  • If you are most worried about your complexion looking drab or dull, and have only minimal areas of unevenness or blemishes, you should use a BB or CC cream. It will brighten your complexion with its tinted and creamy finish.
  • If you have numerous areas of unevenness, acne scars, or redness, you should invest in a well matching liquid foundation. When applied with a quality brush it will blend away all your uneven areas.
  • Anyone of these options might sound ideal for your skin, but if you have sensitive skin applying foundation can be a nightmare. Luckily loose mineral foundation is amazing for even the most sensitive skin, its non-irritating velvet-like coverage masks uneven tone and redness.
  • If you feel like your skin belongs in the kitchen of a fast food joint with how oily it gets, you will find sweat relief when you begin to use a matte powder foundation. Not only will it even your skin tone but it will get you more oil-free than ever before. Take caution, if your skin really isn’t that oily, this foundation will dry you out.
  • If you have major redness or unevenness that you wish to cover you should be using either a mouse foundation or a stick foundation. They are pretty comparable to one another in their full, buildable coverage, the only difference being the application method.

Finally, the professional trick for matching a foundation to your skin is to use a shade which matches your chest. Keep in mind that it’s normal to need slightly different shades throughout the seasons, as your cumulative sun exposure will alter the shade of your skin.

Testing Out Ear Makeup

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As you may have already noticed 2016 has welcomed all kinds of never-before-seen beauty trends and techniques. These unique crazes include things like colored eyelashes, detail oriented lip art, eyebrow tattoos, galaxy hair, and embellished hair parts just to name a few. Most unexpectedly, the latest beauty trend that is taking the industry by storm doesn’t involve one’s face or hair, rather it draws the attention to your ears. Nope, there’s no typo there, ear makeup is making its debut everywhere from high fashion runways to beauty guru Instagram accounts. Admittedly, we here at Lionesse were a bit apprehensive when we heard about the distinctive trend, but when numerous beauty media outlets began shedding light on the trend we knew we had to test it out for ourselves.

After some investigation, we discovered that ear makeup isn’t as new as we thought! In fact, the not-yet-trend was first presented by fashion designer Anthony Vaccarello in 2014 when he sent his models down the runway during none other than Paris Fashion Week. Models dawned bold colored graphic lobes which Tom Pecheux (makeup artist working the Anthony Vaccarello set) says were inspired by the ever-popular ear cuff. That was the first and last we saw of the ear decoration until now; that’s right, fast forward two years and Fashion House Louis Vuitton collaborated with makeup artist Pat McGrath to give the models ultra-glittery ear art for The Spring 2016 Opening Ceremony Fashion Show. Now a few months out from the show metallic colored earlobes and glitter kissed inner and outer ears are showing all over beauty forums and social media outlets. According to beauty and style experts, ear makeup is on its way to being the next big thing. That’s right ladies, going are the days of chunky chandelier earrings that weigh down and stretch your ears out, coming are evenings on the town of small gold hoop accentuated ear art.

Naturally, it might seem a bit, well, unnatural to apply makeup to anyplace other than your face, especially your ear! Luckily, the great thing about this trend is that you have total creative freedom over the look – you can apply as much or as little makeup as you’d like and still be on trend. When you’re ready to try and probably fall in like – because love is a word of commitment, and no one needs that in this era of ever-changing trends – with this about-to-blow-up trend check out the three suggestions below!

  1. A slightly subtle way of testing ear makeup out for yourself is by outlining the propionate structures of your outer ear with a metallic colored face or body paint. If you have light skin and want subtle ear art then you should go with a silver paint, likewise if you have darker skin and want to lean on the subtle side, choose a gold paint. That said if you like the outlined look and want a bolder look than choose the opposite color.
  2. If you’re one of the gals who love glitter, then you must give this hi-glam look a chance. Simply dip a large eyeshadow brush into a pot of finely milled body glitter and dust it all around the upper and lower parts of the ear. Don’t worry about symmetry here, the dusted-on the glitter looks the better.
  3. For a geometric flare, use a dark colored body paint OR liquid eyeliner (i.e. black, brown, navy, etc.) and give your earlobes a “dipped” look. The end result should look as if you literally dipped the bottom ¼ to ½ inch of your lobe into a pot of paint…imagine the way chocolate dipped pretzel rods look. Once the paint dries, give your ear art some edge by wearing simple gold or silver colored balls or hoops.

Glammy Eyeliner Techniques

Woman applying eyeliner

Just wing it. Life, eyeliner, everything.

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Life can be rough. With the excitement of a summer promotion behind us, dog days of summer upon us, the school year only days ahead of us, procrastination nation takes over. One of the best ways to get through even the most dreaded days is to face it head on, and – as the heading quote states – just wing it! We here at Lionesse are firm believers that with a confident smile and glam eyeliner a girl can make it through whatever the day throws at her. If you’re less than confident in your ability to create fierce eyeliner, then you’ve found yourself at the right place! Read on for makeup artist approved tips, tricks, and techniques for glammy eyeliner!

Before applying eyeliner, you must first pick the color. Of course, when picking the color, you should have a pretty good idea of the final look you’re going for. It may seem silly, but the basic technique knowing what look you want to achieve will make a major difference in how easily you get the look you want. Also, know this will help you pick the correct color to use.

Check it out:

  • If you’re going for a strong, bold look, use a black colored liner.
  • If you’re planning to create a subtle smoky eye, use a mocha colored liner.
  • If you’re trying to make your eyes look bigger, use a white colored liner.
  • If you’re wanting to brighten your natural eye color, use a charcoal colored liner.
  • If you’re going for a striking and bold look, use a black colored liner.

Do you have a hard time keeping your liner in a smooth straight line as you pass along your lash line? There’s no shame here unless you’re a pro it can be difficult! Make things easier by drawing small dashes right along your lash line, then going back and connecting the lines. If you’re using liquid liner, start by making dots along your lash line then go back and connect the dots.

Have you spent endless what seems like endless hours trying to create symmetrical winged lines? Save yourself the frustration by having a Q-tip and liquid makeup remover at the ready. Go ahead and draw on your liner in a rough, messy line. Saturate the tip with the makeup remover, then clean up the extra liner on each eye to reveal perfect winged liner.

If you’re blessed with beautiful eyes, you’ve probably found yourself fed up only a few hours after applying your liner, because it works its way into the crease of your lid with every blink. The best technique to stop this for good is easier than you think. After you’ve applied your liner (and let it dry completely if it’s a liquid liner) use a blending brush to apply translucent powder to your lids. Your eyes will have that just-done look for hours!

On that note, we would like to end this post with a simple send off to all you Lionesse readers with a wish that your coffee is always hot and your eyeliner is always even.