Friday, May 31, 2013

Don't be Scared of Mascara: 5 Tips for Great Lashes!

Here at Barbizon of Akron, we love launching our students to the next level of success! With the eyes being the window to the soul, lashes are the curtains, so keeping them flawless will help people see inside to the true you. Here are five tips to nailing flawless lashes!

Give a Wiggle: By wiggling the brush as you comb through your lashes with the mascara wand, you will separate lashes, making your lashes appear fuller.

Back to Base: Be sure to get the base of your lashes with the wand, again, using the same wiggling technique. The illusion of long lashes starts at the base of lashes, not the tips, so don't skip out on this important part!

Curl 'Em: Use an eyelash curler. By curling the lashes, you create the illusion of wider and brighter eyes! You can curl lashes before or after mascara, however, applying after may cause cracking or flaking of the mascara depending on how fresh it is.

No Pumping: By pumping the wand in and out of the tube, you allow for more air to get into the tube which ultimately cuts down the lifetime of your mascara. More air means your mascara will be more dried out.

Be on Top: Apply mascara to the top lashes only. Adding the same amount of mascara to your bottom lashes will make eyes appear smaller. Blinking after applying to the top lashes will usually give you the perfect amount for the bottom lashes as well. If you must put mascara on bottom lashes, keep it light.

We can't wait to see you all in the Barbizon of Akron office with perfect mascara! It makes the eyes pop, making you look brighter and more well rested. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cute Springtime/ Summertime Nails!

One of our favorite things about spring, here at Barbizon of Akron, is seeing all of the cute springtime (and summertime) nail art! Below are five of our favorite, and most easy to execute, spring/ summer nail designs complete with tutorial so you can keep your nails looking fresh! Try these designs or create something new and unique!

Watermelons: We absolutely love these colorful and fruity watermelon nails! They are great if you're having an outing or picnic. They are both refreshing and juicy, just like the video says!

Ladybugs: These nails are simply delightful! I personally have tried them and they were a huge hit. Super fun and they just might bring you some extra good luck!

Cherry Blossoms (Arizona Greent Tea): Simple yet beautiful. This is a design that says "less is more" as it is not an overpowering design and can be worn for anything!

Strawberries: Juicy and cute and they remind us of those little strawberry candies! You can't go wrong with these beauties!

Palm Trees: Going on vacation to the beach, or are you dreaming about it like we are? Bring the beach everywhere you go with these beautiful palm tree nails!

Those are our top five favorite designs! Let us know what others you love by commenting on our nail art post on Facebook! Have a beautiful spring and summer, Barbizon of Akron! Shine on!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Self-Tan Right with these Tips!

Don't be "that girl" this summer!
Self-tanner. We've all tried it; some of us with a good experience, some with a not-so-good one (Oompa
Loompas, anyone?). Self-tanning can give us a beautiful glow without the cancerous rays, when done correctly. It also helps to make muscles look more tone and skin more even. So, before you end up with embarrassing pictures that will be stuck on Facebook and Instagram for a good long time, be sure to check out our tips for a great self-tan!

Self-Tan Last: Make your self-tan the very last thing you do. If you get a manicure and then self-tan, the color could penetrate into your polish. If you didn't shave, you could shave some of the color right off when you go to do it next.

Work from the Bottom Up: Apply self tanner a teaspoon at a time in circular motions. By starting at your ankles and then moving up towards your shoulders, you will avoid bending over once the tanner has already been applied. Bending over after application can cause funny lines where your skin overlaps.

Double Time: Give yourself extra time to let the tanner dry. If the label says to let dry for five minutes, give it ten just to be safe. When finished, rub baby powder all over your body to avoid transferring the tanner to your clothes or bedding. Avoid showering or sweating for 6-8 hours after application.

Face Time: When applying to your face, remember: "less is more." Start with a dime sized amount and apply where the sun naturally catches your face. This is the forehead, the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and the tip of your chin. Once spread across those areas, feather it out, lightly, to the rest of your face, moving into the hairline and across the jawbone.

Exfoliate: Self-tanners love dry skin and dry skin loves self-tanners! They drink the tanner right up! So, before applying self-tanner, be sure to exfoliate all of your skin to take care of all rough/ dry patches. Knees, elbows, ankles and heels are the major problem spots. Avoid exfoliants that are oil based as they may leave behind oils that will cause streaks in your self tanner.

And that about wraps it up, Barbizon of Akron! Our top five tips to obtaining a healthy, natural looking tan without the skin damaging rays. Have more tips you'd like to add? Leave a comment on our Facebook page by clicking here!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Top Five Beauty Mistakes

We all love experimenting with different makeup products and different beauty techniques... But stay clear of these common mistakes! No matter how practiced you are, chances are you've been a victim of at least one of these errors.

White Neck: When applying foundation and powders, we tend to focus primarily on our face and the thought of hitting our neck escapes us. Be sure to brush some foundation or powder on your neck as well.
There are few things more embarrassing than sporting one skin tone on your face and another on your neck!

Bad Brows: Our eyes are the windows to the soul, so be sure that the curtains look neat! When talking to people, it's always good to maintain eye contact, and while people are maintaining that eye contact is when they'll also get to check out your brows. Are they over-powering, are they over-plucked? If you are unsure of how to maintain your eye brows, seek out help from a professional that can shape them for you and teach you how to maintain them from there.

Supervision Required: Unfortunately, makeup isn't always an all day thing. Be sure to check up on your makeup throughout the day to ensure that it all looks spic and span. Nothing says "hot mess" like having eye makeup smeared under your eyes, or worse, lipstick smudged across your face or teeth.

Tarantula Lashes: As much as we all want to have thick AND long lashes, sometimes it's just not possible. Applying coat after coat of mascara just gives a weird and clumpy look to your eyes. If a couple of coats of mascara aren't doing it for you, consider trying out some false lashes. There are some pretty outlandish ones out there, but there are also a lot of beautiful and natural looking ones too. Experiment to find your perfect look!

Practiced Hand: It takes a practiced hand to apply flawless eyeliner. If you're just starting out, work with an eyeliner pencil. They are less messy and are easy to smudge out, giving a smokey effect, if you can't get that perfect line. Once you are more practiced, try using a liquid or gel liner. These give a more dramatic look but are much messier and harder to fix. Eye liner can make or break a look so be sure not to work beyond your means!

These are the top five fatal flaws of makeup that we see day-to-day. With these tips, hopefully you can avoid these major mistakes! Keep shining, Barbizon of Akron!