Wake Up Your Makeup

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Makeup Stash

Spring clean your makeup bag. Out with the old and in with the new. Do your skin a favor and upgrade to this year’s products.

Whether you store your makeup in a bag, drawer, bathroom cabinet or Caboodle (they still exist!), spring is the perfect time to purge that space of old, expired products as well as those you never wear. Consider the following tips as you sort through your stash and make room for new items that will keep you looking fresh all spring and beyond.

Throw Out Old Makeup/ Products

Nothing lasts forever and that goes for makeup as well. Start by looking for any expiration dates on your products. If you find one, and that date has passed, it’s time to pitch it. Liquid foundations and mascaras past their expiration may have become breeding grounds for bacteria. Skincare products like moisturizers, serums and sunscreens may be less effective after their expiration date. When in doubt – especially if the product has developed a foul smell – it’s safer to throw it out and replace.

For makeup products without expiration dates printed on their packaging, experts recommend the following replacement cycle:

· Powdered eye shadow – up to two years

· Blush and bronzer – up to two years

· Powdered foundations and setting powder – up to two years

· Lipstick and gloss – up to one year

· Eyeliner – up to one year

· Mascara – three months

· Moisturizers and serums – up to one year

· Liquid foundations and creams – up to one year

· Nail polish – up to one year

If you’re not regularly washing the brushes, sponges and other implements you use with your makeup and skincare products, you will dramatically decrease their shelf life. Brushes should be washed at least weekly and replaced if they begin to lose bristles. You can clean brushes with a gentle shampoo and allow them to dry or, if you’re in a hurry, use a quick-dry spray cleanser like this one from Ulta.

Toss Products You Don’t Use

If your makeup storage area is overflowing, chances are you have quite a few unused products taking up space. It’s generally a safe bet to ditch anything you haven’t used in four months, with the exception of your summer (or winter) shade bronzer or foundation. If you’ve been holding on to glittery New Year’s Eve eye shadows or other rarely used special occasion products, consider storing them in a separate bag in your cabinet or a closet.

Wash or Replace Your Makeup Bag

Whether you use your makeup bag every day or only on overnights, now’s a good time to give it a once over and a thorough cleaning. If it’s plastic, rinse it out in the sink. You can generally throw fabric makeup bags in your washing machine. However, if your makeup bags are really old, stained beyond repair or otherwise destroyed, replace them. You can find tons of affordable makeup bags and organizers at retailers like Target.

Fill in With New Spring Trends

What to do with all that extra space now that you’ve purged your expired and unused products? Add a few new touches for spring! A new lipstick, gloss or nail polish in one of spring’s hottest shade will put you on the fast-track to a fresh look. The spring nail polish collection from Essie includes several pinks, peach and lavender as well as a surprising metallic teal. For lips, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Liquid Powder was all over the spring runways, especially in this season’s Electric Blossom, a vivid coral.

Spring Trends to Try

Want a Fresh Look for Spring? Consider These Trends!

Spring arrives on March 20 and, for many, a desire to freshen up one’s hair or makeup routine comes right along with it. If you’re among those who will be craving a springtime style infusion, consider giving one or more of these trends a try.

Blooming Beauty

The spring/summer 2019 runways were a glorious garden of models sporting eyes, lips, cheeks (and even lashes) in shades as bright and fresh as spring flowers. Try pops of pink, yellow, lavender or spring green on eyes or lips. You can go soft and sheer or beautifully bod with unlimited combinations customizable to your comfort level. If you need help choosing the most flattering shades, don’t hesitate to chat with a Creative Images Institute artist about your options.

No-Makeup Makeup

While it’s fun to go all out for an occasion, some days call for a subtler, less time-intensive makeup approach. The no-makeup makeup look is a springtime favorite with sheer, nude shadows on lids, nude or clear gloss on lips, and a creamy flush of blush on cheeks to add life to post-winter skin. Of course, with your complexion the center of attention, you want it to be worthy. Make an appointment with a Creative Images Institute esthetician for a custom facial or microdermabrasion treatment.

Natural Brows

This spring’s brows are bushy, raw and real. Natural brows upstaged perfectly groomed arches on the spring/summer runways and they’re an easy look to master at home. You can create a fluffier texture by brushing brow hairs upward. Lightly fill in sparse areas with a brow powder, then set them with a clear brow mascara. If you’re not sure where to start, visit with a Creative Images Institute esthetician for a subtle eyebrow wax and advice.

Lightened Locks

Spring is a natural time to imbue your locks with light. While blonde or caramel highlights are a subtle way to transition to lighter tones for spring, those who want to go bold will find many exciting options. The spring/summer 2019 runways featured models with hair in a range of pastel hues including coral, rose-gold and pink. With highlights, lowlights and all-over color starting at as little as $30, Creative Images Institute is a great place to try out spring hair trends without spending a fortune.

Baby Bangs

Not for the faint of heart, baby bangs made an appearance on several spring/summer 2019 runways. The eye-catching micro-fringe looks fabulous with a variety of hair lengths and face shapes. However, the grow-out period will be tough, so talk solid strategy with your Creative Images Institute artist before you commit to the cut.

Maximalist Hair Accessories

Unlike bangs, hair accessories are one of the quickest ways to create on-trend hair this spring and require no maintenance of grow out time. Pile on barrettes or embellish your hairline or braid with bejeweled bobby pins. Comb your hair back and pop on a padded velvet headband. Or throw your hair into a high or low ponytail adorned with a substantial bow. If you buy a fabulous accessory and aren’t sure how to use it, just visit Creative Images Institute. Our artists offer shampoo and style, basic braids and event up-dos or styles starting at as little as $7.50 and are happy to include your accessory.

By Angela Rose for Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology

Stylist Survival Guide: Prom & Wedding Season

Stylist Survival Guide: Spring is FINALLY here! That means it’s time for us to bust out the tank tops and jean shorts and really start working on getting ready for that summer vacation. That also means that your chair is about to be filled with soon to be brides and local prom goers. For many new professionals, and even some salon veterans, this time of year can be unbelievably hectic and stressful. Between bridezillas coming in with their bridal back-up party trying to get ready for the big day and young teenagers doing some last minute running around before their senior prom with their entourage of classmates; things can get crazy!

On the upside, with effort comes reward. In order to prepare yourself mentally and physically during this spring season, follow these tips on how to tackle the obstacles that lie ahead.

Tip One: Get Organized Mentally and Physically.

The simplicity of organization is beautiful. Create a calendar and stick to it! Not only does it put your mind at ease knowing what is on your plate for the day, but it also allows you to plan accordingly and avoid any surprises. Knowing what clients you’re going to be helping and if you have any down time will allow you to be as productive as possible. If you just finished a client and you know you have a prom up-do for your next appointment, use whatever down time you have and get prepared! Get all of your supplies in order and lay out all of the tools you may be using. Not only will you save time for you and your client but you’re working more efficiently which will result in fewer mistakes.

Tip Two: Show Off Your Work

Though this time of year may be hectic, this time of year also allows for the most creativity! When it comes to special event hairstyles and makeup, most clients want something designed uniquely for them. Use this opportunity to express yourself and push your boundaries! Get a feel for what the client is looking for and incorporate that into your design. If you are relatively new to the industry, show the world what you got! Share all of your designs and masterpieces on your social media platforms and make sure you use your hashtags. With people now able to follow you through hashtags, this will help broaden your exposure and get your work out there for everyone to see! Make sure you provide your contact information either in your posts or in your bio so when people start to fall in love with your work, they can call to book an appointment with you!

 

Tip Three: Take Care of Yourself

With this season being mentally and physically exhausting, it’s important to replenish! Stylist Survival Guide Stock up on energy bars or quick, rejuvenating goodies that you can go to during your few minutes of down time. That way, in case you don’t have time for a full lunch break, you are still able to get the necessary nutrients to keep you rocking and on your feet. Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body and brain functioning at capacity. Even though most salons and spas have dress codes, make sure you’ve got the proper footwear and attire. On the days where you are booked open to close, you want to make sure you have on the shoes that won’t only get you through the day but will also keep you confident and comfortable. Also, don’t wear clothes that are too constricting or ill-fitting. You want to be focused on your client; not on how badly your feet hurt or how soon you can get home and change. Dress for success and you’ll come with the attitude to match because when you look good, you feel good!

 

Tip Four: Know Your Limits

Yes, we all want to make money and yes, most of us like a little bit of a challenge, but don’t over-exert yourself! If possible, make sure you have a little bit of time to yourself throughout your day; it’s good to take some mental and physical breathers every once in a while. Allow plenty of time for each client so you don’t find yourself rushing through services just to make sure you stay on time for your next appointment. Stylist Survival Guide Clients like to feel pampered and that they have your full attention. If you are rushing through a service, not cleaning your work station, or not holding genuine conversations, your clients will notice and that’s the last thing you want. Keep yourself busy but don’t keep yourself overwhelmed.

 

This time of year will be busy with all of the weddings and proms you come across, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful! Stylist Survival Guide This is an important time of year for your clients and you get to be a part of it! Don’t forget to just do a little prep work so you can reap the benefits and each spring season will be better than the last.