My Tips For Do-It-Yourself Glam

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As a total lover of all things beauty, I’m always on the lookout for new products and techniques to improve my makeup skills. I have also been really fortunate to work with some incredibly talented makeup artists over the years. Whenever I get my makeup professionally done, I always watch closely to try and learn new tricks so that I can get better at creating my own glam look at home

I really wanted to share with you guys my favorite glam tips that I have learned, and that always work really well for me when I am doing my own makeup. Below are my top suggestions and products for creating a beautiful do-it-yourself glam look!

BEAUTY FAVES

NOURISH AND HYDRATE: Beauty really does start from the inside out! Make sure that you are well nourished and hydrated before you get glam — It will absolutely show on your skin!

PREP YOUR SKIN: Starting with cleansed skin, apply a good moisturizer and primer before you do anything else. The more moisturized and prepped your skin is before applying makeup, the better your look will hold. I like to use Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

EYE-DROPS: If you are ever tired, sick or have allergies using some eye-drops like Clear eyes Redness Relief will get rid of any redness, and will make your eyes look bright and awake.

PICK A FEATURE TO POP: I’m a girl who loves a red lip! However, if I am going to go with a bold lip, then I don’t overdo the eye makeup. It looks much better to have just one facial feature that has that wow factor.

FOUNDATION: Work with a light to medium coverage foundation that you can build on so that you don’t overdo it! I like to use NARS Sheer Matte Foundation, and apply it with a beauty blender sponge. Always start blending from the center of your face, and then move outward. Also, remember to blend right to your ears and down your neck a little to ensure that color and coverage are consistent.

USE CONCEALER AS AN EYE SHADOW PRIMER: Dabbing a little concealer on your eyelids works very well as an eye shadow primer, and prevents eye makeup from slipping!

USE A CONCEALER BRUSH: Concealer brushes are essential when you are covering up any little imperfections because the small bristles on the brush can get into creases that your fingers can’t. I like to use the SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Concealer Brush.

BRUSH YOUR LIPS: This one may sound a little crazy, but it works so well! Gently brush your lips with a toothbrush before applying your lipstick. The brushing will exfoliate your lips, leaving them soft and smooth.

LIPS: Apply a light layer of concealer around the outside of your lips (blend it well) before you apply your lipstick — This will prevent your lipstick from running!

DON’T FORGET TO BRONZE YOUR NECK AND SHOULDERS: Remember that if you are applying bronzer, that you need to add a light coat to your neck and also your shoulders (if they are exposed) — You want to make sure that your glow is even!

HIGHLIGHTER: I’m not a fan of over contouring, but I do love to use highlighter to add dimension and light to my face. I like to use a light powder-based highlighter and do: the bridge of my nose, the inner corners of my eyes, under the brow arches and the high points of my cheeks. Try Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light for a beautiful glow that is not too intense.

CONTOUR YOUR HAIRLINE AND JAWLINE: Adding a little bronzer to both your hairline and jawline will nicely define your face’s angles and will photograph beautifully! Apply a little matte bronzer (start light!) and then blend using a beauty blender sponge. I like to use the COVER FX Contour Kit.

What are your favorite go-to tips for getting glam? Comment below and let me know!

Xx
Tamera

 

 

How I Style My Curly Hair

Curly Hair Tamera Mowry

I absolutely love letting my hair go natural and curly because when I do, I truly feel like myself — It’s who God authentically made me to be! I also love that my curly hair is a perfect representation of my personality — fun and playful. I get a ton of questions and comments on social media every time I post a picture of myself with curly hair, and so I thought that I would share with you all my styling tips and tricks.

I typically let my hair go curly when I am at home, and busy with my day-to-day family life. I can wash it and style it in about 30-45 minutes, and then go on with my day. I know that spending 30-45 minutes on styling your hair may sound like a bit much, but it is totally worth the time because the style will hold for a few days. Curly hair naturally requires more moisture, and washing it too often will strip the moisture right out – so that’s why I try and let the style last for as long as possible before shampooing again.

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Using quality products also makes a huge difference in my overall hair health. I like Deva Curl. Their line of hair care products are sulfate free, and free from harsh chemicals and phosphates and my hair loves natural products!

My hair ritual starts in the shower. I begin by washing with Deva Curl No-Poo Decadence Shampoo and Conditioner and then I start the styling process while I’m still in the shower (trust me, it’s way easier). Once my hair is clean and conditioned, I section it off into thirds and massage a little bit of Deva Curl Light Defining Gel and DevaCurl Arc Angel Gel into each section. Once I have put in my gel, I finish off with a Deva Curl Supercream Coconut Curl Styler (which is amazing for adding more moisture). If I need to really detangle my hair, I turn to Sacha Inchi Detangling Conditioner by Mielle Organics, it works like a charm.

Once I am out of the shower, I scrunch dry my hair using the DevaCurl DEVATOWEL  Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel. I don’t go too crazy with the towel though, I only use it a little bit so that I don’t remove all of the product I just put in.

Finally, I either diffuse my hair with the hair dryer until it is dry, or if it’s summer and warm outside, I just let it air dry naturally! I also have a lot of fun playing with different curly hair styles. I love to wear it half up, in a curly bun on top of my head, style a fake Mohawk (like in the picture above), in Dutch braids, or in two buns (I did this at BottleRock and loved the look!). I also frequently turn to my hair board on Pinterest to get new style inspiration and hair care tips.

Let me know what your go-to styling tips and tricks for curly hair are! 

Xo
Tamera  

Essential Products For Beauty-On-The-Go

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When I am really busy and I don’t have a lot of time to devote to my beauty routine, I turn to my tried and true beauty products to make me feel put together! These are my ten must-have products that are my favorite secret weapons for getting out the door quick!

Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Gold Sunglasses

Never underestimate the power of sunglasses! They can hide the lack of sleep on your face, and instantly make your look more chic! I love Ray-Ban Aviators because they are a classic style that you can’t go wrong with!

NARS Blush in Orgasm

There is a reason that this blush is so popular! It has a gorgeous glow, works on virtually any skin tone, and immediately brightens your complexion!

Deva Concepts DevaCurl Styling Cream

I love the days that I let my hair go curly and natural! This styling cream by Deva Concepts is my favorite curly hair styling product because it leaves my hair soft, and also defines my curls.

CHANEL No 5, Eau De Toilette Spray

I’m not sure there is any scent more classic than CHANEL No 5! This timeless perfume always makes me feel more beautiful and put together, and is definitely worth splurging on!

Lavanila Pure Vanilla Eau de Parfum

I had to also mention my other favorite scent! Lavanila is another perfume that I often wear, and receive so many compliments on! I love that it is made with all-natural and organic ingredients and completely free of harsh chemicals!

Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Oil-Free Moisture

This moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross is one of my secret weapons to feeling fresh faced! It is a lightweight and oil free formula that doesn’t clog my pores, and leaves my face feeling soft and hydrated!

Stila ‘Stay All Day’ Liquid Lipstick in Caramello

I love a light pink or nude lip! The Stila ‘Stay All Day’ Liquid Lipstick is fantastic when I am on-the-go because it literally does stay all day. It’s lightweight enough that my lips don’t dry out, but has enough pigment to it that I don’t have to re-apply all the time.

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

If I am running out the door and want to be a little more glam, then I opt for a bold red lip to feel instantly chic! I love this particular color from MAC Cosmetics, because it the perfect shade of red  — Not too orange and not too crimson!

essie nail color in limo-scene

Just like my lips, I love the look of light pink nails! Light colored nails are my go-to because they work with almost any outfit, or any occasion. Going for a manicure when I have the time is a treat, but when I am on-the-go, I make sure to keep a bottle of essie light pink polish around!

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes Cucumber And Sage

These Burt’s Bees wipes are a staple in my purse! They cleanse the face and remove makeup without any harsh irritants, and won’t dry out the skin. I also love that I can use them on my kids in a pinch!

14k Gold Bar Necklace

One of my most cherished items is a gold bar necklace with the names of my children engraved on it that jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer gave to me. No matter how dressed up or down I am, this necklace always makes my outfit complete!

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

This Bobbi Brown concealer does wonders! When I don’t have time to put full makeup on, I use a tiny little bit of it, and can instantly cover up tired eyes or skin imperfections. Of all the different kinds of concealer I have tried, this one definitely gives me the best results!

 

Let me know what your favorite on-the-go beauty products are!  

Xo

Tamera

 

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Spring Makeup Must Haves

Have any of you started switching up your beauty routine for spring yet? Now that it’s officially here, I’m ready to add a little more color to my wardrobe and makeup. Today I’m sharing a few ways you can update your makeup bag for spring, from adding in subtle, romantic shades to going bold and bright.

Spring Makeup Musts - Tamera Mowry

Blushes & Nudes

Valentine’s Day may be over, but spring is a great time to add a touch of romance. Blushes and nudes make any look soft and feminine, while adding a warm glow that looks stunning with any of these spring dresses. Try something with a slight brown or almost light purple tone like NARS’ velvet gloss lip pencil or Bobbi Brown’s art stick, which comes in 11 romantic shades. The trick here is to choose one that adds a subtle pop, but doesn’t take the attention off the rest of your look. These shades are perfect for pairing with floral dresses and flowy blouses.

Coral & Orange

For the eyes, spring is one of the few times you can’t go wrong punching up the color even for everyday wear – so what not experiment? Depending on what fits best with your skin tone, colors ranging from pinky corals to vibrant oranges can provide the perfect pop for spring. Choose an eyeshadow palette that comes in 2 or 3 shades so you can blend your brighter pick with a more natural hue – you don’t want the shadow coming out of nowhere. If you prefer to have your color on the cheeks instead, a cream blush is the way to go. Bliss has a silky blush stick that blends easily and helps sculpt cheeks too.

Pop of Red

Another hue I love year-round, but especially for spring? A good, sultry red! Red works any time of year depending on the outfit you’re pairing it with. It easily goes from sophisticated in the fall to bold during the holidays to flirty on Valentine’s, and now – fun in spring. MAC’s Ruby Woo is my go-to, but luckily just about every beauty brand under the sun makes a good red. And if red lips are a little too bold, you can always flaunt it on your nails instead.

What are your favorite spring shades? Share with me in the comments below!

Xx,
Tamera

4 Bad Beauty Habits to Break This Year

When thinking of new years resolutions, I always like to throw something beauty or fashion related into the mix. Things like health, relationships, and career make for our greatest goals – but I find that a few related to my passions or the things I just find interesting keep life inspiring when times get busy. Along those lines, these beauty habits to break could be affecting not just your makeover – but the health of your skin, too…

Bad Beauty Habits to Break - Tamera Mowry

1. Not washing your makeup brushes. Every time you dab on that powder or cream, you’re leaving makeup behind. Just like the dishes in your sink, makeup brushes need a proper cleaning. Dirty makeup brushes aren’t just homes for bacteria which could be leading to breakouts, they also make application a lot harder, from achieving smooth foundations to covering up dark spots. Make this the year you give them a regular clean!

2. Sticking to the same skincare routine all year. Skin has different needs depending on the weather, so switching up your skincare routine and products at least seasonally can be a huge help. Even more important if you travel to different regions a lot. For example, when the temps cool off, I switch to heavier moisturizers and lighter cleansers (see why here), whereas in summer I simplify my makeup routine and swap heavy creams for mild ones.

3. Wearing the wrong shades. If you haven’t gotten your skin matched for foundation before, you’re missing out! Spend a day at the beauty counter drilling your local beauty experts for opinions, and get specific – which foundation is best for me? which eyeshadow colors complement me best? which mascara is right for MY lashes? There’s no one size fits all approach to makeup. Get opinions from a few experts and invest in only products that you truly love. This will save major $$ in the budget, and you’ll be a lot more confident knowing you’ve got the makeup knowledge you need to flaunt it confidently.

4. Skipping facials. Daily cleansing and a basic skincare routine are musts for anyone’s skin, but not everyone has a professional facial as part of their skincare routine. While it’s a bit of an investment, a facial is so effective at unclogging pores and blackheads, helping acne, and deeply hydrate skin that the benefits often make it worthy. You might even end up spending less on other treatments in the long term!

Do you have any beauty-related resolutions this year?

Xx,
Tamera

My Skincare Secrets: Switching Your Skincare for Fall

Whether temps drop drastically, the air gets more drying, you travel a lot during the holidays or you just can never seem to predict the weather, there are a lot of external changes to prep our skin this time of year for! Since changes in seasons are often gradual rather than abrupt, I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t even thought about prepping your skin for cold weather woes. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to combat the effects of weather on skin this time of year, and you’ll be glad you did once things get really crazy in a few months.

My Skincare Secrets - Fall Skincare Tips - Tamera Mowry

So, what to do? Treat skin that’s stressed from summer with a moisturizing mask like Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask and continue to use once a week to maintain properly hydrated skin and stave off breakouts. If you feel your skin drying out, an effective moisturizer is a must! To find the perfect products, there are even apps you can use. Cast gives you personalized skin and hair recommendations based on your location, weather and skincare needs.

While you may be using an intense moisturizer when fall rolls around, you want to do the opposite with your cleanser – stick to a gentle product. If you normally exfoliate frequently, you might want to pull back, as this can make dry skin even worse. It’s truly all about the moisturizer when it comes to skincare transitions.

Another tip? Don’t forget the lips! Jouer has a lip treatment that nourishes dry lips while providing the subtlest sheen so that you don’t look like you applied balm, but rather a colorless gloss that gives the appearance of slightly fuller lips too. You also don’t want to overlook the neck area, so remember to apply your night creams and moisturizers there too.

Lastly, give skin a break! We tend to start piling on the makeup as the temperatures drop and we have to work a lot harder to give skin that natural looking glow. All that product can take a toll on skin, so when you don’t have plans or are just running errands – simply apply your skincare and skip the rest. Giving skin regular breaks will restore its vitality and make those made-over days a lot more successful in the end.

Have you experienced any changes in your skin this season yet? Now that you’ve got skincare locked down, see my classic fall beauty look here.

Xx,
Tamera