The Best Beauty Tips EVER!


Everyone wants the Holy Grail of Beauty Tips in order to look their very best. Can I let you in on a secret? There is never going to be that one great product that does it all. Your best beauty comes from within, and from knowing who you are and where you want to go in life. For you die hard cosmetic addicts, I will say that drinking plenty of water, maintaining a good diet with lots of leafy green veggies, proteins, healthy grains, and exercising ALONG with a fantastic cleansing and moisturizer routine will give you the glow you desire. You have to do the biology stuff to get the glamorous look that will make you a standout. Note: I have talked about Olay Regenerist so much that I should work for them, but it is my favorite face moisturizer cream and has worked so well at keeping my skin and complexion much more even and hydrated.

There have been times when I second guessed myself, and spent way too much time over-analyzing the choices I’ve made in the past.  We’ve all been guilty of trying to rationalize our pasts, and those cringe-inducing times we have loved or hated someone who wasn’t worthy, forgave a frenemy, got too dressed up for an event or not enough, or cried in public instead of wearing our game faces. We have all played that popular, but somewhat cruel game of “what if?”

As I mature, (note: not “get older” but to become more aware) I sometimes wish I could go back in time and share with my 25-year-old self some gems I have picked up along the way.  But then I realize that my life would not be as enriched as it is now (as a 40-something fabulous female on the go), without all of the life lessons; like the lessons below:

  1. Never let a man “buy” your love. You shouldn’t put a price tag on your self-worth.
  2. Always have your own cab/bus/train fare if the date goes in an uncomfortable direction.
  3. Splurge on good cologne.
  4. Splurge on at least one dress that makes you feel more beautiful than anyone else.
  5. Spend less on most clothing but spend more on accessories. Good quality shoes and a purse can be the deal breaker for that certain job.
  6. Read the newspaper daily or watch the world news at least once per day.
  7. Laugh more.
  8. Don’t be embarrassed to cry. It’s not a sign of weakness.
  9. Leave a good tip for good service. Your wait staff will remember you upon a return visit.
  10. Tell your family and friends that you love them……just because.
  11. Manage your money and know what is in your accounts at all times.
  12. At least open a checking and savings account. Learn the basics of investing your money.
  13. Hating someone else only chips away at the very core of your being. Forgive and let it go.
  14. Brush up on: public speaking skills, dining etiquette, and an elegant walk.
  15. Buy a used car and laugh at everyone else while your car notes are low or non-existent.
  16. Grow spiritually by setting aside time every day for prayer or meditation.
  17. To borrow from the soul singer William DeVaughn, “Be Thankful for What You Got.”
  18. Learn how to do your own: hair, makeup, and mani-pedi.
  19. Learn how to: change a flat tire, check your oil, and use a map/compass.
  20. Read current fiction and classic novels or at least read the book jacket covers!
  21. Never feel bad about being more financially successful or more educated than your mate.
  22. Never let your mate make you feel bad about being more financially successful or more educated.
  23. Take time to cultivate an intimate relationship that is not built on sex first. Passion fades, but conversation, love, and compassion live forever.
  24. Mistakes don’t make you a failure. Instead, learn the lesson and build your character.
  25. Love the unique qualities that make you special, flaws and all.

My 40-something self is a work in progress. But lately, I’ve been following my own advice and I’ve realized that I’m doing a pretty good job of being me! Take some time to reevaluate yourself and recognize your power!

Until next time,

Tiffany

Summer Makeup Help!


Coconut Oil MAC and OlayAs an artist, I tend to gravitate toward “full face” year round, including these hot, sticky, humid summer days in Chicago. But lately, due to being pressed for time, and general laziness, I’ve found a way to even out my splotchy complexion (thanks eczema!) and look “made up” without using concealer and foundation.

Keeping my skin moisturized and hydrated is key to looking good. So I’ve upped my waterMade up with MAC Skinfinish intake, decreased my caffeine addiction down to 1 serving every few days, and doubled up on my moisturizer by first slathering my face in Kelapo Coconut Oil, then following up with my favorite Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. After my skin has soaked up my concoction, I swipe on MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder, which gives me natural and polished look. When I’m done, I do a happy dance! Low key, this look may take me way beyond summer. I’m just saying…

Until next time,

Tiffany

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful


* note: I do not work for MAC. The picture you see below belongs to me.

We are individuals. In the world of makeup, it is becoming increasingly harder to avoid all the images of everyone wearing the SAME look. Heavy contouring and highlighting, overdrawn eyebrows, and the requisite “duck lip” smile is what I see all over social media. These trends are causing normal-thinking individuals to somehow think they aren’t doing enough in regards to their makeup style, and that’s sad. Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

We don’t have to follow the trends to be beautiful. We don’t have to subscribe to the mentality that there is only one way to rock makeup, which includes 10,000 products (pure hyperbole but you get my point). This is my public service announcement for the week. Stay true to your own look. Be your own kind of beautiful, and if that means wearing just lip balm and a big smile, or a runway inspired look, own your “beautiful.”

Until next time,

Tiffany

Revisiting Bad Brows


I was browsing Pinterest and saw a Pin from Covergirl that talks about how to create an appropriate bold eyebrow. Their suggestions and techniques were good, valid, detailed, and would certainly help the many victims of bad brow shaping.

So you ask, “How do I know if my brows are hideous?” Well, look in the mirror. If you clear your face of all makeup, did your brows disappear? If so, then you ma’am (and sir in some cases) have made some bad brow decisions. Do your brows make you look like you are always surprised? Then yep, you guessed it, you have bad brows. Do you have sharp points at the tops of your brows? Like a widow’s peak for the brow?  Okay, then YOU have bad brows. Do your brows look like question marks? Yep, you guessed it, you have bad brows. Do people ask you why you’re mad all the time? *sigh*  YOU have bad brows. I’m not even going to ASK you if you have a unibrow (that’s a whole different conversation).

It appears to me (and other professional makeup artists) that the new trend is to create a cookie-cutter version of the eyebrow. You’ve seen the pictures people post of themselves after their makeovers. You should have noticed by now that almost all of these people have the exact same drawn on eyebrows. These brows are usually too thick, too sculpted, and look as if they have been painted on instead of filled in, and that is just not a good look.

There are some people out there who have lost their brows due to alopecia, cancer treatments, and accidents. I’m not talking about those folks. They get a pass to do whatever the hell they like to their brows. Some people are victims of over-plucking, and they really do need to recreate some hair up there, BUT for the most part, people are just succumbing to a trend that has become so popular that now, folks don’t even know what constitutes a proper brow.  People are individuals, and should look different. If you notice that everyone who has a makeover gets the same “style,” then what makes them stand out?  If you are an aspiring makeup artist and want to remain relevant years from now, remember that individuality trumps “trend” any day and steer clear of cookie-cutter looks for your clients.

Are you ready to get right? Then check out the link BELOW from a previous post on how to work those brows the right way. You are too cute and too much of an individual to be walking around looking like a bad version of someone else. http://therealtpayne.com/2011/07/17/brow-beating-101/

Until next time,

Tiffany

 

Purple is the New Pastel


Okay you can officially rock purple, and I mean DEEP purple, for the spring! I am in love with Pagan, a matte, super-duper dark purple, created by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. You can order this luscious purple via the website or via Sephora stores. Who says Spring is only for pastels?

Until next time,

Tiffany

OCC Lip Tar in Pagan.

OCC Lip Tar in Pagan.

Use it or Lose it. I’m Just Saying…


Be honest. How many of you go to (insert favorite cosmetic brand/store) and spend TONS of money on products of which you rarely use? Do you have 17 lipsticks in the same shade of red/pink/beige/purple yet you swear they are all “different?”  How many eye shadows and palettes do you own, yet the only time those colors looked good was when the sales person applied them?  Do you rush home from the store, play around in your new makeup, post 1000 selfies, and try to convince yourself that you DO look different (even though you don’t)?

If this is you, don’t be ashamed. We all have that moment when we approach those blushes, eyeliners, and such, and our eyes glaze over as we nod in the affirmative while the sales person adds “just one more” product to our order. Not that I’m blaming them, but sales people are supposed to SELL but you have to learn when to decline (it’s so hard and the struggle is real in these beauty streets). We have all had that exhilarating rush of adrenaline as we gladly hand over our credit card to pay for yet another treasure trove of makeup goodies. That rush…goes away when we look at our receipt later on and it goes like this:

Logical Me: DAMN! I spent THAT much???

Makeup Dazzled Me: Well, I really did need the..what does that say..oh yeah, the Miracle Make My Pores Disappear and Never Return and Oh Yeah Hide my Crow’s Feet Foundation for $90.

Logical Me: Take this stuff back to the store!

It’s SO easy to buy a bunch of makeup, but if you are still unsure of how to apply the products, or your makeup is just sitting in a drawer somewhere unused, then it’s time to stop wasting your money.  Use it or lose it. By this, I mean simply that you need to either learn how to apply your makeup properly, start learning how to combine products to create new looks, or get rid of unused and old makeup. If you’ve never used that 18th red/pink/beige/purple lipstick yet, give to someone who will. If you have old makeup sitting around, it’s bad for your skin anyway, so toss it out. Be honest. Use it or lose it. After all, you KNOW you don’t REALLY need the 19th red/pink/beige/purple lipstick anyway!

Until next time,

Tiffany

p.s. I just placed an order for Eyes on MAC and I SWEAR that I only have like…ONE of those colors already.