My Natural Pink Beauty Look

As much as I love transitioning with the season, I always like to have a signature beauty look that can work no matter the time of year. A natural beauty vibe with a bolder eye and a bit of a pink glow does the trick – especially when I’ve got the curls out in full force! Here’s how to achieve the look yourself:
 My Natural Pink Beauty Look - Tamera Mowry 

First things first, a blank canvas is a must. Make sure you’ve properly cleansed and moisturized before applying product. If your eyes could use a little pick-me-up, try this green tea trick. Next, apply a primer that will smooth skin and prep it for foundation, like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation primer. Apply foundation (or to go even lighter with coverage, a tinted moisturizer) as usual. If the changes in weather are already starting to hit you, look for a base that evens skin and doesn’t try you out. For this look, it’s all about keeping it light! Clinique’s Even Better is a light makeup and comes in 30 shades.

Now it’s time to add that romantic glow. For the full effect, Ambient Lighting Edit comes with blush, bronzer, and highlighter, but if you opt for just a highlighting powder like Becca’s you can be more choosy about shades. If applying blush, be sure not to go overboard – a little goes a long way. Try a rose gold hue with a bit of shimmer to get the pink look!

My Natural Pink Beauty Look - Tamera Mowry

Eyes are definitely the focal point, and the shimmer just adds a nice accent. To achieve this, you can start with a shimmery yet natural earth-toned shadow of your choice, or forgo it and go straight for liner. Apply a thick black eyeliner like Tartiest Double Take eyeliner (which has both a pencil and a precision liner for the wing) on both your upper lid and lower lash line. Curl those lashes and apply a couple coats of a jet-black mascara.

Round out the whole look with a flirty almost bubblegum pink lip – think Jouer’s Crème Liquid Lipstick in Buff or even Peche. And voila!

For more beauty inspiration, read my skincare secrets.

Xx,
Tamera

My Mother’s Day Treat Yourself Gift Guide

This year is flying by guys! Do you have a gift for your own momma lined up? Because gifts for your own mother are deeply personal (or should be!), I thought it would be fun to talk about ways you can treat yourself on this special day. So much of the time, even on this special day, moms don’t get to hear how amazing they are! I know that for many moms, motherhood is a thankless job – because she is expected to be all these things to her family, her efforts can go unnoticed. I’m so thankful for the support I have, and I hope that all the moms reading this know I’m thankful for them too! We have to support each other :)Mothers Day Gifts

 

Turkish towel / balance necklace / bath soak / my quotable kid journal / Dior lip balm with SPF / tassel cuff bracelet / leap of faith candle / dipped personalized journal

This Mother’s Day I’m thinking of my own mother, and all my momma friends too – those that are by my side offering up tips and advice, a shoulder to cry on, countless laughs and endless support. They all deserve a little something extra on this day.

Moms, don’t forget to treat yourself this year! It’s never too late to get yourself a little gift of appreciation – not only for all that you do, but for all that you are. These gifts can serve as a reminder of your hard work throughout the year and how much you love what you do – like a ‘balance’ necklace to inspire happiness, relaxing bath soak, and pampering lip balm you hadn’t allowed yourself to splurge on – and more. Isn’t My Quotable Kid journal such a nice way to record the joys of motherhood too? It be a fun pick-me-up on a stressful day.

Do you have any Mother’s Day plans? If you don’t, I hope you’ll celebrate all that YOU do! 

Xx,
Tamera

How to Find Your Signature Red Lipstick

I’ve always admired women who can do their own thing with 100% confidence. If they want to dress up just to run errands, they do it. If they want to rock a bold lip – no one can stop them. A signature red lipstick is a makeup must have and it’s a total confidence booster, even if it does mean exiting your comfort zone at first. A dab of lipstick is a great place to start for so many occasions – date nights, work outings, you name it. So just in time for V-Day, here are my tips for finding that perfect one.

How to Find the Best Red Lipstick by Tamera Mowry

Choosing a Shade

Choosing a lipstick shade will depend mostly on your skin’s color and undertones, but you can also take hair color and personal style into account. What’s most important is that you feel comfortable in that shade.

With that said, brighter tones of red look good on fair skin, or a red that has a slight orange hue – it’s just the right pop without going overboard in contrast. Medium skin often pairs well with red that has a pinkish hue. And this can work for medium light to medium dark as well, not to mention cherry or orange tones too. If your skin has more of an olive or caramel undertone, berry and wine shades look gorgeous. Although it’s often tough to find any sound advice for dark skinned beauties – you often hear that orange is the only way to go – true reds are sultry and sexy on a whole range of tones and undertones. Reds with both orange and berry hues are worth trying too!

Glossy vs. Matte

I’m all about a glossy red lip – it’s so classic and romantic – especially for a date night or a black tie event. (In this case, look for one with “shine” or “gloss” in the name.) But you can’t deny that some shades just look amazing when mattified. Just make sure to find a matte lipstick that isn’t over drying. My trick? Create your own matte lipstick out of a fave shade by dabbing translucent powder over your freshly applied color. This also helps to make it last (see below!).

Full Coverage vs. Sheer

Another lipstick consideration is whether you want a fuller coverage or a sheer formula. They both have their pros, but one is much more subtle – more like a gloss with a hint of color, and the other is far bolder. If you’re not usually big on red lipstick, you might want to opt for a sheer one first, so as not to totally freak yourself out when you look in the mirror! Lol. Personally, a good red lip is a major confidence booster. If that’s you too, skip over the sheer stuff and go straight for long lasting.

Long Wearing & Moisturizing

Whether a lipstick is long lasting or moisturizing are two important things to consider. Who wants to pay $25 for a lipstick that’s invisible after an hour or a sip of coffee? In my experience, the most moisturizing types haven’t always been the longest lasting, but those that specifically say “all day” or “long lasting” tend to live up to their name. If you hate that feeling of parched lips that comes with some long wear formulas, here’s what I suggest: opt for a hydrating color and spritz a setting spray or powder on top to lock it in place.

Got any lipstick secrets up your sleeve?? I’d love to test them out.

Xx,
Tamera

6 Ways Green Tea is the Solution for Tired Eyes

Most of us don’t exactly get the amount or quality of sleep we really need to, and as much as we ​shouldn’t rely on quick fixes, sometimes ​you need run out the door, well rested or not. Cucumber has been a famed eye savior for many years, but slicing up this veggie for your skin mostly works to calm and cool. Considering that cucumbers are 96% water, it makes sense that they’d make the ultimate eye pad. But what if you need something that not only reduces puffy eyes and wakes you up, but provides a boost of nutrition too? Enter green tea.

Benefits of Green Tea for Tired Eyes | Tamera Mowry

It’s well known that green tea has some major health benefits, but did you know that those little tea bags can also act as a mini-spa treatment too? Here’s why:

It cools. If you place the tea bags in the refrigerator after steeping to allow them to cool, you can reap the same benefits you would from a face mask – a cooling effect that instantly refreshes eyes. Fun fact: even drinking hot tea will have a cooling effect on your body, due to the increased blood flow, which I’ll talk about below.

It soothes. While some people place ice cubes on eyes, it’s actually too cold to soothe and may be damaging. A chilled tea bag has the perfect amount of cooling to soothe those tired eyes. Try it each morning and see how you feel! 

It brightens. Green tea extract is an ingredient in many a facial mist and toner due to its beautifying effects on skin. Not only does it soothe, but brightens the look of skin around the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots.

It de-puffs. One of the biggest reasons to give tea a try on your eyes is because it can act as an instant de-puffer… Effectively covering up any clue that you’ve been stressed or had trouble sleeping the night before. Make sure your green tea contains caffeine though – caffeine is the secret ingredient that constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling.

It nourishes. Of course, we all want to look good, but it’s super important that the reason we look good is because we’re healthy! The vitamins (including E – a known skin saver), minerals and antioxidants make it an ideal choice of beverage, but they can also improve skin when applied topically.

It tightens. The tannins in tea can help stimulate better blood circulation, which you may be lacking after many sleepless nights (oh, motherhood). This not only helps you look more awake, but firms up the skin around eyes for younger, healthier looking peepers.

To use green tea on your eyes, try this: Steep two tea bags in hot water as package directions suggest. Wring the bags out as much as possible and allow to cool in the fridge. Once cool, place over eyes and sit back and relax. 15 minutes is all you’ll need, but it won’t hurt to keep them on a little longer!

Make sure to save some tea to drink up, too!  

Xx,
Tamera

Foundation Basics Every Woman Should Know

Behind every flawless beauty look is a solid foundation. You need that even skin tone and smooth basis in order to complete even the most natural beauty look. While some lucky women can get away with just concealer every now and then, the majority of skin requires a little boost before that makeup look will go on smoothly. Here are a few foundation tips I’ve learned over the years of getting made up for both the camera and everyday life.

How to Wear Foundation

The type of foundation matters. Be it cream, powder, or liquid, the type of foundation is just as important as the shade, which I’ll talk about below. But here’s the kicker – everyone’s skin is different! Even if you’ve got the same skin type as the next girl, it doesn’t mean the same foundation will work for you.

Often creams are good for getting full coverage that you can build. Powders are great for oily skin but can be drying or cakey on some (look for one infused with Argan oil or other moisturizing ingredients), or not provide enough coverage. And many people find liquids easier to match with their skin tone in order to get the coverage they need. They can also be a huge help for those with dry skin. The bottom line? Shop around. It’s wise in the long run to try a few before deciding on what’s best, because foundation is so important to your overall look.

The shade depends on skin tone and undertone. Which of course, can make it seem impossible to find the right one! Luckily there are more options than ever in terms of foundation shades to choose from, and many take undertones into consideration (such as this and this). Also, when finding the perfect shade, test it along your jawline first – this helps make sure you don’t look like you’re wearing a mask (as close to Halloween as it is!). 

Swap foundations depending on the season. With foundation being a great base for makeup, which tends to change seasonally (see my fave fall look here), it’s easy to think foundation can stay in your bag year-round. But skin changes with the weather, and so do our foundation needs. Keep a lighter foundation for the wintertime (one that matches your skin tone – be wary of going too light or it won’t look natural) and one a few shades darker for when your skin becomes more tanned in the summer months. You can always blend the two to create your own perfect shade in between.

Some foundations come with extras. Foundations these days are often chockfull of SPF and antioxidants, which is great for those of us who simply don’t have the time (or desire!) to layer on the products. Although makeup with these benefits shouldn’t replace your daily sunscreen use or skincare regimen, I personally feel a whole lot more protected when I have a product that does it all.

If it’s your first time trying a new foundation, make yourself up and then head outside – the best way to know if it’s a great fit is if it looks flawless in the light! For more on keeping a fresh face, check out my thoughts on why you should indulge in professional facials every now and then.

Xx,
Tamera