One Product, Multiple Uses

Here are some amazing ways to save time and use products in a variety of ways. These are great products for an overnight bag, a business trip and longer travel.


The regular no flavor, no tingley, Chapstick. Dab on cheek bones (especially on windy winter days!), under your brow, use as a brow tamer, to sooth cuticles or dry spots, to tame flyaway frizzies and, of course, on your lips! Vaseline is another long time favorite but it you tend to have oily skin or want less shine, a more dense product is better.


Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter sets:

The lightest shade can be used as a highlighter as well as eyeshadow. The blush can be applied as such. The dark bronze can be used for shadow and even brow fill in a pinch. I got one from Avon that is super affordable.


Finding the right primer can be face changing. I love Urban Decay original primer, but my new favorite is the Urban Decay Eden. It’s a fair skin tone and I can use it alone on lids and under eyes. Sin is another favorite with some shimmer. I have combination skin and oily lids. After 10 hours, I found the original potion to crease. Sin and Eden didn’t crease even after a summer wedding I was in that I needed my face photo-ready for 16 hours. $20 each at

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Sin


Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Eden


Left: Urban Decay Eden with UD Shadow. Right: Just UD Shadow.

















Coconut Oil:

If you’ve been on any beauty blog or Pinterest, you know the benefits of coconut oil. Head to toe, this stuff is amazing. I found these little inch and a half containers at Bed Bath and Beyond. Now you can have it everywhere! Don’t fill to the top as coconut oil has a low melting temp.








Matte Brown Shadow:

A shadow you can use for your brows is already double duty. But a powder you can wet, now becomes brow powder, liner and even mascara. I’ve always loved the way Mary Kay shadows apply wet or dry. To use on your brow, use a dry angle brush and brush with dry spoolie. As a shadow, use your finger, brush or disposable applicator. As a liner, put a small drop of water in the eye shadow and dab an angle brush in to mix lightly. Apply as liner. While still wet, dab your pointer and thumb in the shadow and pinch tips of lashes lightly to use as a quickie mascara.

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Shadow in Espresso ($7

30 Days of Facials

Stay tuned for before and after pics!


We all know the damaging effects of the sun. Somehow we still end up forgetting sunscreen outside and tanning salons still have great business. I admit to getting a bulb tan myself once or twice. I’m not proud, but something about a healthy glow makes you feel and look better.

You can get a great tan without crisping yourself. Self tanning and spray tanning work great and I highly recommend both.

Its hard to wait and notice gradual tanning and a self tanner might seem too daunting for a first timer. If you’re like me and too scared of looking like a clown fish, I think a spray tan is 100% worth it regardless of the seemingly high price.

Look up local tanning salons and compare prices. A lot of salons have specials for first time customers and monthly specials on spray tans. Also sign up for email alerts to get coupons and specials.

After you get the initial color you can maintain it with a gradual self tanning lotion. I, and many others, love Jergens Natural Glow.

Be safe in the sun! Always wear sunscreen!


Quality brushes are just as important as quality makeup. A great brush applies makeup more evenly, gets more color payoff and saves you time when you’re trying to blend.

I constantly use the same 4 brushes for my everyday application:

MAC #217  $22.50USD

This brush is great for blending. Its a versatile brush that can be used for any shadow application.

MAC #239 $24USD

This is a flat brush excellent for shadow application on your lid and under your eye. Since its flat it can be used for detail as well.

MAC #182$47USD

This is the perfect brush for powder foundation application. Its great for blending blush for finishing touches and great for a mineral finishing product. I had tried many brushed for powder application and finally decided to splurge on this brush. Worth every penny!! My powder foundation will last longer using this brush as well. This makes an excellent gift!

The last brush is a small detail brush from craft stores. Some come in a pack or you can buy individually from the art brush display in these stores. These brushes are great for precise eye lining with powder, gel and liquid. Perfect for retro or cat eyes!

For MAC brushes go to

For art brushes try

Don’t Under Estimate Your Brows! by Emily Boyd

Don’t underestimate your brows.

Emily Boyd, Emily Boyd Makeup, Makeup Artist, Make up tips, enhance your eyebrows, makeup for eyebrows, shaping your eyebrows, eyebrow powder, brow powderTo pull off a lot of dramatic looks, its important to have your face correctly balanced by your eyebrows. They naturally frame your eyes and just as important as every other makeup step. Plucking, trimming and waxing can be overwhelming. If you’re uncomfortable with finding your shape, get them professionally done. After that, you will be able to maintain your look easily by plucking and slight trimming if necessary.

Make up tips, enhance your eyebrows, makeup for eyebrows, shaping your eyebrows, eyebrow powder, brow powder

A Classic Beauty

You don’t want your brows to be too thin, sparse or look drawn in. I use brow powders and brushes for my every day looks. Get a color close to your hair color but a little lighter. Use an angled brow brush. A little at a time fill in your brows starting in the middle and working your way out. Don’t go outside your natural brow line. They may look a little dark without your eyemakeup completed. Finish your look before correcting at the end. If they still look too severe simply use a brow brush and gently sweep over them until they are toned down. If you accidentally brush outside your browline, correct with a dampened makeup sponge.

Just like a bad hair day, your brows can sometimes be unruly. To quickly and easily correct, try a brow gel. Its like mascara, but clear and for your brows. Use lightly over your brows.

A brow filled in versus a natural brow. Bold eyes need to be balanced and framed by a bold brow.

Look your best!     Feel your best!     Be your best!
Be sure to visit often for more makeup tips and techniques.

Mother Was Right

Yes, your mother was always nagging you to wash your face, and she was partly right.  Rather than using the same soap you’re using on your body, invest in a facial cleanser.  These cleansers are formulated to rinse clean and are less likely to strip your skin of moisture.  Rinse well and follow with a moisturizer or SPF protectant.  Sun damage occurs even on cloudy days and winter days, so make this a part of your daily routine.  Guys, this means you, too!

Old Hollywood Revisited! by Emily Boyd

The makeup trend on the red carpet seems to be channeling Old Hollywood: dramatic lashes, bold lips and natural cheeks. This look is easy and one of my favorites.

After foundation and brows, sweep a neutral base over entire lid and brow bone. Using a smooth eye pencil start on top lid and line lashline, moving outward slowly thikening line making bolder from center of lid to outer corner. If the line doesn’t come out as straight as you’d like, use a disposable eyeshadow applicator to smudge line softly making it easy. Then line inner bottom lashline. For a bolder liner, use a liquid liner ontop of pencil just on the lashline. Use a light goldish brown just on the crease of lid blending lightly over lid and stopping before liner. Use a shadow brush and lightly line bottom outer lash line for a light smoky look. Curl lashes and apply 2-3 coats of mascara, not letting them dry between each coat. 

Emily Boyd, Emily Boyd Makeup Artist, Cosmetic Application, Cosmetic application tips, Makeup Artistry

Classic Hollywood Glam

Red lips complete this look. Pick a red shade that looks good against your skin by either red clothing or going to the paint section in a store and use paint sample cards to find what shade looks best with your skin tone. Red is a daring and tricky color to perfect. Start light and go bolder if needed. I love using a stain and topping with lip balm or gloss.
Finish off your look with natural cheeks with either a light blush and or light bronzer.

Look your best!    Feel your best!    Be your best! 
Be sure to visit often for more makeup tips and techniques.

Don’t Leave Home Without Them! by Emily Boyd

We’re all tempted to carry our entire bathroom closet with us at all times, thus the need for our massive pocketbooks/purses/satchels.  But truly, you can do wonders for any unexpected occasion with three basic essentials in your bag at all times:

1. Concealer,  2. Blush,  3. Mascara.

Concealer is my best friend.  Indeed great to hide our dark circles under our eyes.  Brighten your eyes with a little highlight under your brow bone.  A sleek touch of concealer down the bridge of your nose gives you a more defined feature.  Remember to keep your face well moisturized – too much concealor will just find any tiny creases as the day wears on.

Don’t forget that concealer is not just for your face… if you’re like me, there’s usually a black-and-blue somewhere on my legs.  Touch up any spot!

Blush will give you a healthy glow, and during the day a little wisp of blush gives you that edge to face the rest of the day. A hint on your forehead, down your nose, then cheeks from the apple area right out to your hairline.   I’ve been known to add a little to the fullest part of my lips as well…. gives you a healthy, natural pout if you don’t want a gleaming lipstick look.  Just be sure to get the right shade for you.  Remember a little wisp on your decolletage and shoulders.  This keeps your all-over color consistent and less “made-up”.

Then last, but not least, Mascara.  Eyes will always look brighter and more awake with a little mascara.  Use enough to lengthen and add volume – pump it up with an extra layer for evening.  Be sure to get all your lashes – inner eye right out to the sweep of the longer, outer lashes.  Don’t overload the brush with product, however, thus you will not get clumps.   Resist using on your entire lower lashes; just a touch to the outer bottom.  Either use a lash curler or try the newer products that add a curl to your lashes for a more awake look.  Finally, remember to change your mascara frequently.  This is the biggest culprit of bacteria, so even if there’s product left in the tube, replace your mascara after about 3 months, if not before.

OK – yes you can fit a few more things in that bag, I’m sure!  But these three basics are your key to a beautiful you – anytime!

Look your best!    Feel your best!    Be your best!

Be sure to visit often for more makeup tips and techniques.