Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tips & How-Tos
Winter is here to stay and it has brought its friends: dry and itchy skin. But you don’t have to put on a turtleneck, stock up on lip balm and hole up indoors for the next few months! Flawless, beautiful skin is right around the corner – even if warm temperatures aren’t.
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FACE: Prep the skin using Illuminate & Glow Primer all over the face. Then apply 4-in-1 Pressed Makeup using the Chisel Brush to perfect your complexion.
CHEEKS: Dust Spun Silk Blush from the limited-edition palette onto the cheeks using an angled Blush Brush and sweeping out and up towards the hairline.
EYES: Using the shades from the palette, press Fortune into the center of the lid. Then lightly sweep Luster into the inner corner and along the lower lash line. Apply Indigo in the outer corner and into the crease. Line the upper lash line with Silhouette. Finish the eyes with two coats of Big Look Mascara.
LIPS: Apply Château Kisses Lip Gloss in Scandalous to complete your look.
It’s one of the most common makeup tips and tricks requests that we receive: how to make makeup last all day and night. There’s nothing worse than checking your reflection in the mirror after a long day of meetings and wondering exactly when and how your makeup disappeared.
Luckily, when using the right product, along with correct application and a few tricks, you rest easy knowing that your makeup will last through a long, rough day at work, dinner and drinks with friends and whatever else life throws at you!
To begin, the key is to use a primer on both your face and eye lids. Think of primer as a Spanx for your face –it preps your skin so that everything you place on top of it just looks better. Using it can help smooth and conceal, filling in lines and wrinkles, creating the perfect base so that your foundation looks better and lasts longer.
Apply primer on your face by using a makeup brush for a perfect airbrushed finish. Using a brush for application has the added bonus of extra coverage – and who doesn’t love that?? Next, use eye primer on your lids so that your eye shadow is locked in place. In addition, when using a primer on your lids, the eye shadow you choose will be truer to color.
Selecting the right products is another key on making makeup last all day. For foundation, oil-free formulas tend to be the best choice, because they don’t contain ingredients that make makeup slide off. If you use a moisturizer (hint: you should be, especially in the winter months!), make sure to apply it and let it dry before using primer and other face makeup.
If you struggle with eyeliner and other eye makeup not making it through your day, run a spot concealer under your eyes to make sure it doesn’t bleed down your face. While gel and liquid eye liners tend to last longer, plenty of us prefer to use a pencil. There are plenty of ways to make sure it lasts. Expert tip: A matching eye shadow color can help set your pencil eye liner. Use a slant-tip brush or pointy tip of a foam applicator and trace over your eye liner.
Want mascara that lasts all day and night without clumping or flaking? It’s all about the product selection. It’s not surprising to learn that if you want mascara that won’t budge no matter what you do, use a waterproof formula. To avoid clumps and flaking, apply it in quick layers before it dries.
Do you have a tried-and-true trick for how to make makeup last all day? We want to hear it! Share below.
Did you know that cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is a must-do activity for all, no matter how often you use them? Keeping the brushes that touch your face clean can help keep bacteria and breakouts at bay. Here’s how we recommend doing it:
Step 1: Rinse brushes under lukewarm, running water
Step 2: Gently swirl in a bowl filled with water and a squirt of shampoo or cleanser
Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until running water runs clear
Step 4: Use a cloth to remove excess water and reshape the bristles
Step 5: Lay flat on a cloth to dry
By EMpowered founder and head trainer Emily Cook Harris
The holidays are notoriously the most unhealthy, stressful time of the year; but I believe that we can do better than that! This year, I created the EMpowered Holiday Health Challenge: four weeks of accountability in your nutrition and exercise (plus some other fun surprises to make your season bright.) No, it’s NOT a diet; it’s NOT a competition. It’s a healthy way of life that focuses on movement, clean eating, taking deep breaths and doing some good in the world. And it’s 100% FREE! The only requirement is that you complete the challenge with a friend—because everything is better when you are surrounded by people you love. So grab your mom, dad, friend, sister, husband, neighbor, boyfriend or roommate and get to it!
Click here to join the Facebook Group and download all the free goodies: EMpowered Holiday Challenge 2014
It’s my holiday gift to you! I want you to feel strong, confident and empowered now until Christmas, ending 2014 with a bang and setting yourself up for success in 2015! EMpowered is here to help you have the best holiday season yet!
Emily Cook Harris
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tips & How-Tos
We’ve all been there. It’s halfway through winter and you’re wondering why your skin is so itchy and feeling so tight. Chances are it’s because as the temperatures get lower outside and as you crank your heat inside, the air gets dry and your skin does right along with it. But just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean your skin has to be! Read below for our best tips on keeping your skin oh-so soft, even when it’s a blizzard outside.
Monday, November 03, 2014
Tips & How-Tos
The beautiful fall colors and cooler temperatures have us trading our flip flops for boots and tank tops for sweaters. But clothing shouldn’t be the only trade-ins you make this winter, and no, we’re not talking about your car. It’s critical to change your skincare and makeup routine for the winter, especially if you live in colder temperature areas.
Tailoring your skincare for the seasons is important for maintaining flawless skin year round and updating your face makeup shade can help prevent using too-dark foundation. Keep reading for a few of our expert tips on how to make the wintertime makeup and skincare transition.
Looking for a last-minute costume ideas that’s sure to turn heads? Never fear. Pür has you covered. With just a handful of products and dash of imagination, you can create a standout Halloween look in no time.
PREP: First, prep the skin with a light moisturizer such as Soak It Up.
FACE: Using the Liquid Chisel Brush, apply 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation to your face, blending until even. Use a liquid spot concealer, like Disappearing Ink, to cover any imperfections (especially beneath the eyes).
CHEEKS: Lightly apply Château Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt to your cheeks, beginning on the apple and working upward and outward. Use your fingertips or the Liquid Chisel Brush for a more airbrushed effect.
EYES: Everything you need is in Pür’s NEW Soul Mattes palette! Start with a sheer wash of BFF on the eyelid and blend from the lash line to the crease. Then apply Confidante as a highlighter to the inner eye. Smudge Alter Ego along your top and bottom lash lines, and finish with two coats of Big Look Mascara to top lashes.
LIPS: Complete the look with a knockout nude lip gloss. (We recommend Château Kisses Lip Gloss in Exposed.)
By guest blogger Mara Davis
Bring out your earthy self this Earth Day! Here are a few tips that will show Mother Earth the love she deserves—not just today, but all year long!