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!

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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

 

 

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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5 Skincare Moves To Make In Your 30s

Guys, it’s time to get real. How many of you had serious skincare routines in your 20s? You may have thought about it, or even invested in products – but it was probably not your biggest priority. But when you get older and start to notice the effects of a busy lifestyle, regular makeup use and plain ol’ time on your skin, you wonder why you didn’t get started sooner. It’s never too early to adopt an effective skincare routine, and once you dive in it’ll become second nature, just like putting on your makeup each morning. The thing is, the ingredients in quality skincare products are doing a lot of work behind the scenes! Moisturizers and sunscreens and everything else I mention below are necessary whether or not you’ve noticed any signs of aging quite yet. If you’re in your 30s and not yet making these moves – now’s the time to buckle down. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems, and you’ll be SO glad you took preventative measures as the years go by.

5 Skincare Moves To Make In Your 30s - Tamera Mowry

1. Moisturize every single night. Late nights out in your 20s may have distracted you from a consistent skincare regimen but no matter what age you are, you can always make this a habit. Moisturizing nightly has made a huge difference on my skin, and if you’re incorporating the retinol cream below it can be life changing. Just make sure you don’t give up on something if you don’t see results in the first week! Many products take time to work their magic.

2. Add a retinol cream to your regimen. Retinol helps stimulate the production of new skin cells, supports natural collagen production and they can reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Over the counter retinol creams can do all of the above, such as Radha Beauty Retinol Moisturizer Cream (which is top rated but much less spendy than others), while quenching your skin with ample moisture. Many women begin using retinol on the face and eye area when they regularly notice signs of aging, but this is something you can do in your 30s and even earlier to ensure you’re skin looks healthy, bright and hydrated.

3. Get regular facials. I’ve talked about the importance of facial treatments – something we too often brush off as a luxury instead of a necessary step in our skincare routines. If this is something you’ve never considered before, your 30s is a great time to save room in the beauty budget for them. Facials can fight signs of aging, reduce acne and other skin issues and turn you on to the best type of products for your individual skin needs.

4. Don’t leave without sunscreen. So many of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen – it’s not like the sun’s rays are only harmful when we’re lounging on the beach during vacay – but this can be such a tough part to remember to incorporate into your routine. Well, if you’re in your 30s and aren’t doing it yet – it’s time to get on it! Sun exposure is proven to lead to premature aging, so if you don’t want to see the effects anytime soon, you have to actively work to combat it. I like to keep sunscreen near my makeup bag so that I don’t forget it when I’m getting ready in the morning. Look for a lightweight formula like BareMinerals Daily Prep that not only protects you from UVA/UVB, but makes for easy makeup application after.

5. Learn the power of essential oils. You may know about essential oils for relaxation or even home use, but they can also be powerful tools for youthful looking skin. Be on the lookout for skincare products with pure essential oils such as Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Mask, or Earth Science Apricot Intensive Night Cream that can nourish skin while reducing the signs of aging. This goes for any skincare product, too – research which ingredients work best for YOU and use it to create a customized routine.

What’s been the most important habit for you when it comes to skincare? Any life changing products?

Xx,
Tamera

My Skincare Secrets: What Your Phone Does to Your Skin

I have to admit, I’m on my phone a lot. It’s like a computer, organizer, camera, map, AND phone in one. But as convenient as all that is, did you know that it could be taking a toll on your skin—possibly even contributing to premature aging? Skincare isn’t just about finding the best face wash or going to the spa every now and then, it’s about our daily actions. Make sure your tech devices aren’t negatively affecting your skin in any of these ways:

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Bacteria and Tech. Since our phones and tech devices are held in our hands, they inevitably pick up whatever we touch. That means doors, bags, items on our shopping lists—all are touched by our hands. That’s not such a big deal until you think about using your hand to touch the phone, then touching your face with the phone, directly afterward. That’s a lot of bacteria to transfer! Combat this by keeping a non-drying hand sanitizer in your bag at all times, and be sure to regularly wipe down your tech with surface wipes.

Wrinkles and Tech. When your head is always looking down, it’s not only bad for your neck and shoulders, it can lead to wrinkles there too, especially since skin on the neck is very sensitive. I try to limit my time spent looking straight down anyway as it can cause SO much unwanted tension, but we’re probably all doing it more than we want to be. Investing in a tightening serum or night cream will help offset the effects.

Stress and Tech. Lastly, those who are plugged in 24/7, especially for their jobs, tend to have stress associated with these activities. Whether it’s the physical stress of starting at a screen or sitting without proper posture all day (yikes, who’s guilty?) or the mental stress of having a high-pressure job that involves constant communication, there’s a lot of ways our digital world an affect us in not-so-great ways. Stress can actually cause skin issues, such as breakouts and rashes, not to mention those infamous tired eyes… Make sure unplug regularly!

In the end, it’s important to know how all sorts of factors affect skin health, inside and out!

Do you have any skincare secrets to share?

PS: Read more of my skincare secrets here.

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

DIY Face Masks to Prep Skin for Winter

It seems like just yesterday I was talking about preparing your skin for fall after a long summer of keeping it pretty simple – yet here we are with winter on the brain. Don’t worry, it’s not winter quite yet for most of us, but when it comes to skincare preventative measures are everything. Combat your usual winter skin woes, such as dryness, redness and irritation early by whipping up one of these 3 DIY face masks using what you probably already have in your kitchen.

DIY Face Masks for Winter - Tamera Mowry

Oatmeal Face Mask
While winter skin is most often known for being dry and cracking, that doesn’t mean you should skip the exfoliants. The trick is to be gentle. For this exfoliating mask, cook up a cup of oatmeal with milk. Let cool. Mix in a spoonful of organic raw honey (antibacterial and healing), and if you’d like, a drop of almond oil (rich in vitamin E and antioxidants). Make sure it’s not too thick, but will actually stick to your face! Gently apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Mask
Got a can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving? Mix it up (about a cup) with a couple tablespoons each of plain yogurt, honey and brown sugar. Apply evenly to skin and rinse off after about 15 minutes. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and C, the brown sugar adds a gentle exfoliation but can be left out if you aren’t in to it, and the yogurt fights bacteria and unclogs pores. And once again, the healing power of honey will soothe the skin.

Avocado Face Mask
Ah, a classic! For this all you do is mash up an avocado (save some for guac, if you’ve got chips! Lol) and combine it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Oils help extract toxins from the skin, and since avocados are loaded with skin-loving vitamin E, which reduces inflammation, skin will feel ultra-moisturized and refreshed afterward. Apply a thin layer to skin, leave for about 15 minutes, and rinse.

Make sure to cleanse beforehand and rinse thoroughly after each mask, and of course, only use ingredients you know your skin isn’t irritated by.

Want more DIY skincare ideas? Check out these one-ingredient wonders.

Xx,
Tamera