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?


How to Get Photo-Ready Makeup Every Time

Have you ever done your makeup at home, only to walk by a mirror while out and about, and have the surprise of finding it’s either too bold or barely there at all? Whether you constantly find out that you go heavy on the bronzer or aren’t quite as accurate with your eyeliner, great lighting is KEY to knowing how your makeup will look when you leave the house.

Tamera Mowry Makeup

Lighting differs everywhere you go, but throughout the day, you’ll likely be in natural light repeatedly. You’ll want to try to mimic great lighting as well as possible, so that your makeup looks good beyond the bathroom! While many bathrooms no longer have vanity light these days, one of the reasons for those light bulb lined mirrors was to provide lighting without all the shadows and glares. However, you have to have bulbs that provide a soft light that’s also positioned to be eye level instead of simply overhead. If where you do your makeup only has one light fixture on the ceiling, for example, you’re not going to properly achieve the makeup that people will see straight on. Yikes!

The solution? Luckily, there’s a few. For one, if you can bring natural light in, do it! If you can, open the blinds and do your makeup near a window. But if your bathroom lighting is too dim or even too harsh, worry not, you can actually mimic natural lighting indoors with a Natural Daylight Makeup Mirror. If you haven’t heard of this, it’s quite the multitasker. You get a mirror that captures ALL the details of your face (hello, stray eyebrow hairs), allowing you to see makeup and skin tones in a much more accurate light. Plus, it reduces the glare of standard lighting.

Tamera Mowry Makeup

When it comes to showing off your makeup, being camera ready is always a challenge. Indoor photography is notorious for making us question our makeup choices, when it’s once again all about lighting. To combat this, try a DIVA Ring Light and stand, which is a light designed for makeup professionals (but is thankfully available to everyone online) to be able to capture their beauty look on camera accurately every time. Chances are your fave beauty vloggers use a DIVA light – it’s great with video too. And while it’s a bit of an investment (the NOVA version is more affordable for those starting out), if you want great photos or video, you’ll need something to combat the lighting mishaps I talked about above. It creates an intense, shadow-free light that takes away that yellow-y glare you get in your vanity, and helps colors really pop – from your glowing cheeks to your shade of lipstick to those beautiful eyes. No filter needed!

One last tip while we’re on the subject of lighting: when shopping for makeup, be sure to consider how it will look in “real life” lighting before purchasing from the store. You can usually sample it, take a look in a compact mirror while outside, and go back in to purchase if you like what you see. Those mall lights are killer!

Have you heard about these makeup lighting tricks?


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.


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.


How to Cover Up Dark Spots

A flawless face is something we all lust after, especially once we’ve seen less than flattering pictures of ourselves. While the start to obtaining such a look begins with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin care (and don’t forget genetic luck), there are makeup application tips and tricks that can help us achieve an even skin tone and gorgeous base.

Since I’ve received many questions about makeup, I thought this was a good opportunity to address one concern I hear frequently – dark spots. I have natural, barely-there beauty down, but when it comes to great coverage and stunning looks, I turn to the true professional, Motoko Honjo Clayton – my makeup artist for The Real. She is amazing! And was happy to share a few  product recommendations and tips with me on how to properly cover anything from freckles to dark spots without looking like you’re wearing a mask of product.

How to Cover Dark Spots

Motoko, me and Adriana getting me ready for The Real

Motoko offered two methods – one for light coverage and one for heavier coverage. Here’s what she suggested.

Light Coverage

Start off with a BB cream that delivers. There are plenty out with various tint options, like Bobbi Brown BB Cream, so you’re sure to find one that matches your skin tone. Once you’ve applied BB cream all over (only after your moisturizer and primer, of course), select and apply a concealer with heavy pigmentation to the spots you’re looking to hide. Her pick: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, long-lasting coverage. The trick here is to find a concealer with an orange or pink tone, as these colors will cancel out brown, purple or blue hued spots on the skin.

How to Hide Dark Spots

Full Coverage

If you’re getting ready for a picture perfect moment, skip the BB cream and apply a cream foundation with strong color payoff. Try applying Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer with a sponge or brush and mixing with moisturizer to change the thickness and coverage. If you prefer liquid foundation, Motoko says stick with one that is matte, like NARS Sheer Matte Foundation. Once you’ve applied foundation – don’t be afraid to build up the product if you’re concerned about it looking cakey –then apply and blend concealer that is a shade lighter than your foundation over each spot. You can create a triangle of concealer under the eyes to illuminate the face and mask dark circles as well. Once finished, set it all with powder and move onto your next feature.

Have any other makeup application questions? Share with me below and I’ll try to post more with either tips from myself or more pros. ;)


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