Do you believe lips without lipstick are like cake without frosting? If so, you’re not alone. A whopping 121.98 million women in the U.S., reportedly used lip gloss or lipstick in 2018. With so many different options, the hard part can be choosing the right color. Not to worry! We’ve got some great tips for selecting the perfect shade to make your smile pop!
Get to know yourself
Or at least get to know your skin tone. It’s a must for matching your lip color to your complexion. A good rule of thumb is to find a shade 1 to 2 times deeper than the tone of your skin.
Find a color that loves your skin
Pair your lips with a shade that complements your natural color. If you’re fair to light skinned, look for dusty pinks or coral. Medium skin meshes well with cherry reds and deep skin should go for a burgundy or wine color.
Figure out your formula
A high-gloss lip color goes on easy but wears off fast. A matte lipstick is far more obvious when smears happen. Pick your formula based on how you need it to perform and what the occasion is.
Try it before you buy it
All the tips in the world are no substitute for trying out a shade before you commit. Many makeup counters have samples ready to try. Be sure to remove one color completely before applying another to actually see how it looks.
The only secret weapon you need for lips that pack a beautiful punch – is a smile. But let’s face it, trying out new shades of lip color is half the fun. If you’d like to turn your passion for beauty into something more, a career in cosmetology may be right for you! Continental School of Beauty is helping future beauty professionals with cosmetology program. Continental can help you turn your dream of a cosmetology career into a reality. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour of one of our campus locations today.
Rocking awesome makeup doesn’t need a special occasion. But let’s face it – whether you’re prepping for girls’ night out with your crew or a date night, you want a look that slays. Well, get ready to crush your next big night out because we’ve got 4 hot styles for you to try that are sure to do the trick.
Yes, a golden “just got back from the beach” glow is great for a post-sundown adventure! Bring a little sunshine into your night out with a bronzer-highlighter combo. Apply bronzer to your cheeks, forehead, chin and jawline. Accent with highlighter across your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and between your eyes.
Some nights out inspire a more dramatic look and the never out of style cat-eye is still a fabulous go-to. Use a liner pencil to draw your cat eye, starting at the inner eyelid, out to the end of your brow. Go over the line using a good liquid eyeliner or gel. Start with a thin line while increasing the thickness at the outer edge.
If you’ve never tried fake lashes, you might think this sounds more medieval than magical. False lashes can add a lot of lush without a lot of hassle. It takes some practice but once you get the hang of applying them, you’ll be lashing out on the regular! You don’t even need a full set. You can apply a few lashes to the corners of your eyes and still achieve that wow factor.
Go with a bold red
Not everyone believes they can pull off bold, red lips. Wrong! Anyone can pull them off. If you’re still not sure, start with a more sheer red, rather than a deep red matte.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your look no matter what the occasion is! After all, perfecting a signature look is a skill! If you’ve got a passion for creating unforgettable looks, check out the programs at Continental School of Beauty. Continental is helping students get the training and skills they need to launch careers in the beauty industry. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour at one of our upstate New York campus locations.
Get ready to say goodbye to Winter, baby bangs and hair scarves. If you weren’t quite finished with last season’s cool styles, you’re in luck, because we’re taking some of them with us into Spring! Check out some new and some not so new hair trends making their way into selfies everywhere this Spring!
If you’re like so many of us fighting the battle of the grey, stop fighting and embrace it! Going grey – all the way, is still trending, so don’t pluck them out or cover them up. Going all silver is a go-to this season no matter what age you are!
Speaking of color
If you thought out of the ordinary color was going anywhere, you’d be wrong. This Spring is full of a parade of pastels. Shades of lavender, pale pink and minty green are showing up on more than Easter eggs this season. Experiment with a temporary color spray for a fun look that requires zero commitment.
Shoot me straight
Or more accurately, blow dry and flat iron me straight. The waves and natural curls of last season are taking a back seat to sleek and flawless straight hair. Apply a good heat protecting serum or spray to prevent damage from those hot flat irons and blow dryers.
Say it with accessories
Trade in last season’s hair scarves for rose gold snap clips and jewel encrusted hair pins that do the talking for you.
Bold blunted bobs
Still making a strong showing this Spring are all cuts short to medium length. The blunt bob is leading the way into Spring. The blunt edges of this style work whether you’re rocking straight, curly or somewhere in the middle hair.
For all you fans of curling up on the couch to watch your favorite tearjerker, the last thing you want to worry about is ruining that $38 mascara when it comes to that heart-wrenching speech at the end of the movie; you know, the one that turns on the tears like a faucet! Because, let’s face it, many of us would be in the “ugly crier” category without the trusted tools of the beauty trade that is our makeup. The good news is, you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to your cosmetics. So, bring on the tears, because we’ve got some simple and affordable makeup tips for you to try!
Use it, if you got it
We don’t mean your signature strut here (but then again, why not? It’s always had heads turning). We’re talking about not being so quick to toss out your makeup before it’s actually all used up. After all, you can recycle some of the contents of your makeup bag and extend its usable life. You can even repurpose it! Try melting 2 different shades of leftover lipstick together in a microwave safe container and mix together with a toothpick for a hot new color that pops!
Sample the goods
We all love an impulse buy but when it comes to cosmetics, it really is important to try things out on your skin before you buy them. Most cosmetic counters have samples you can apply to make sure you choose the correct shade for your skin. After all, that $40 eye-shadow might look great in the case, but on your eyes, it just doesn’t look right.
Good to the last drop
If you really are springing for pricey mascara, you’re going to want to get your money’s worth! If you’re inclined to toss it when it starts getting that bottom of the tube dryness – don’t! Drop it in a cup of hot water to loosen up and revive the remaining mascara. You’ll be amazed at how many more times you can apply it!
Speaking of mascara
Sometimes, your favorite part of that mascara is the lush, perfectly bristled applicator. No need to throw it out! When that pricey eye-enhancing magic is gone, keep the applicator and even downgrade to a less expensive brand. Sometimes the real magic is in the tool! Just rinse it thoroughly in hot water, dry it and plop it in its’ new home!
Do – choose products with dual-purpose
What makes more sense (and saves more dollars and cents) than incorporating 1 product that serves 2 purposes? If you love the look of a cream blush, get it in a shade of lipstick you can wear both on your lips and your cheeks! Not only is it a great way to maximize the life of your makeup, it will have you pulling off that perfect color match that looks like you just came from the salon!
A smile might be the best makeup a girl can wear, but it doesn’t hurt to pair it with some tried and true products that make that smile just a little bit brighter! Don’t be afraid to get some tips on how to get the look you’re after without spending a small fortune, from a local makeup artist. Sometimes, knowing how to apply the right makeup can save you not just money, but can help prevent the makeup mayhem you might encounter without a professional’s advice! If you’ve always had a knack for turning faces into works of art with the swoop of a makeup brush, maybe you should consider a career in the world of beauty! Continental School of Beauty is helping students all across upstate NY get the hands-on training and skills they need to join the artists out there changing the world, one beautiful face at a time! With multiple locations to choose from and a dedicated faculty with real-world experience, Continental can help you too! Contact us today to learn more about a career in makeup artistry or to schedule a tour of one of our campuses.
If you’re one of those people who have literally longed for beautiful, elegant nails but instead have brittle, breakable nails that are more blah than beautiful, you are not alone! It seems there are a lot of folks afflicted with frazzled fingertips who just want a shot at sporting the nails that are the perfect accessory rather than perfectly awful! Fortunately, there’s hope! We’ve got 5 ways to get and keep healthy nails that will get you 2 beautiful thumbs (and 8 fingers) up!
1. Nourish your nails with proper nutrition – Just like every other part of our body, what we put in affects what our body puts out. A healthy diet that includes good sources of protein, calcium, iron, and zinc is going to be a step in the right direction. You can also try biotin supplements which some research suggests can have a positive impact on healthy nails. Just be sure to check with your doctor before trying any new supplement.
2. Keep it clean kids – But do it with caution. Keeping your nails clean is essential to avoiding nasty bacteria that can cause harmful infections. Use a nail brush and gently scrub your nails but be careful using sharp tools to get under the nail as you can injure the delicate nail bed between your nail and your skin opening the door to a fungal infection.
3. No more dishwashing – Ok, so maybe you can’t avoid doing the dishes, but you can minimize the negative effects of immersing your nails in hot soapy water by simply wearing gloves. If you work in the restaurant industry or just plain always have your hands in water, your nails can be weakened. So, give them a break and while you’re at it, give yourself one!
4. Be nail salon savvy – Most nail salons practice excellent hygiene and who doesn’t love a good mani-pedi? But be sure to pay attention to whether they are using fresh, sterilized instruments and that whatever you’re soaking your toes or fingers in is also impeccably clean. Many salons let you keep your own set of personal instruments there to ensure you know where they were used before. After all, no one wants to end up with a fungal infection that leaves you with a “franken-nail”.
5. Cuticles matter – Ahh the cuticles! Your nails last line of defense. Keeping your cuticles trimmed or pushed back is fine but don’t go too far. Also keep them moisturized, especially before bed when you don’t have to worry about slathering on too much.
Of all the things Winter brings with it, the one thing we could all do without is Winter skin! Cold air and low humidity zap the skin of natural moisture. Combatting it can also lead to clogged pores, breakouts and dry flaky skin! It’s like the perfect storm of skin nightmares. But don’t fret Winter warriors! We’ve got some great tips to work into your Winter skin regimen that will help you keep your healthy glow even when the temps drop to sub-zero!
Always start fresh – Making sure you remove all traces of makeup is essential for any season but be careful not to over-cleanse to avoid stripping your skin of its’ natural oils in the process. A gentle micellar makeup remover is ideal for keeping the pallet that is your face clean and fresh!
Lay it on thick – There’s a fine line to walk between choosing a richer, heavier moisturizer that can compensate for the cold air and going too far and clogging those pores. Incorporating a good hydrating serum can be the perfect compromise that slows moisture loss and helps to draw in moisture.
We’ve just scraped the surface – Regularly exfoliating is super important to removing dead skin cells that can leave your skin looking dull. Just like most things, go easy and don’t over exfoliate or you can end up with irritated, dry skin that is what you’re trying to avoid. Follow up exfoliating with a gentle, soothing moisturizer.
Beauty begins on the inside – Let’s just say you can give your skin a boost of encouragement from the inside by taking skin-enhancing supplements like Omega 3. The other inside tip – water, water, water. Yep! Hydrating your body from the inside out is great for your skin, so drink as much H2O as possible every day.
Let’s face it, none of these tips are limited to Winter time application. Making a genuine effort in the colder months to stick to a good skin care regimen will benefit you and your skin all year round! If you’ve always been a fan of all things skincare and have a passion for helping people look and feel good – the world of Esthetics and skincare is calling! And Continental School of Beauty is answering the call by helping students get the training and skills they need to become licensed estheticians. With multiple locations and a team of dedicated, caring instructors, Continental School of Beauty can help you too! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour at a campus near you.
There’s just something about ushering in a new year that makes it feel like the perfect time to also usher in a whole new career! So, as we simultaneously celebrate the year in our rear-view mirror and the one up ahead, it’s a great time to ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. And if where you want to be tomorrow is working in the world of beauty, we’ve got 5 reasons why you should make 2019 the year you turn your dream into a plan of action!
1. Long-term job prospects – The beauty industry is hotter than ever! Not only is there a high demand for skilled cosmetologists, estheticians and barbers – but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOL) the industry as a whole is predicted to see faster than average growth, adding over 87,000 jobs through 2026. If you’re looking for job security, consider the beauty industry!
2. Quick, affordable career-launch – If you are looking for career training that you can start faster than a traditional 4-year university education and you don’t want to endure the cost of that 4-year degree, you’ve come to the right place! The average cost of beauty school is far less expensive, and most programs can be completed in less time, making it easier to start earning sooner than later!
3. Creativity knows no bounds – Let’s face it, you love the beauty industry because you get to unleash your inner artist! There are literally no limits to your ability to explore your creative side and be on the cutting edge of style. Oh, and you’ll be getting paid to do it!
4. Flexibility is yours – It’s true that some beauty professionals have pretty crazy schedules, but it’s actually an industry that typically offers much more flexibility than most traditional 9-5 jobs.
5. Helping people look good – feels great –It might be the best reason there is but it’s a pretty powerful feeling to be able to transform someone’s day, week or even life with your own two hands and a signature style.
Although no one can go back in time and make a brand-new start, anyone can start now and make a brand-new ending. Do your future self a favor and make 2019 the year you started doing what you love for a living. If you’d like to learn more about a career in the world of beauty, check out the programs at Continental School of Beauty. With 4 locations across upstate New York, flexible schedules and hands-on training from experienced instructors, Continental is helping students launch careers in cosmetology, barbering, esthetics and nails. Contact Continental School of Beauty today to schedule a tour of one of our locations. The perfect time to start your future is now!
Here comes Winter folks, in all its frozen, fabulous glory. Well, maybe everyone doesn’t love the frozen part, but it is the season of celebrations and what goes hand in hand with celebrations? Hot looks that heat up our coolest time of year! So, when you’re putting together your perfect ensemble for the holiday party circuit this year, don’t forget to top it off by paying attention to those tips – fingertips that is! Check out some of the fun and fantastic nail trends making the rounds this year.
Lace has its place – And its place is on your nails! Deep, warm shades of red or dark blue are a great starting point for a rich and festive look. Jazz it up even more by adding a delicate overlay in a lace design. If you have a steady hand, you can paint your lace design on freehand, or use a nail transfer to create a beautiful accent that pops!
Just call me sparkles –What says celebrate better than a bit of sparkle? Glitter is a great way to get some sparkle in your life by adding some to your nails! Just apply a splash of glitter over your polish before it dries. Or if you prefer all glitter, just paint on a clear coat of polish and sparkle away by splashing some glitter on!
French is fresh – Who doesn’t love the classic and elegant look of those pretty French tips? Some things never go out of style and this look pairs well with virtually any look!
A real gem – Maybe not an actual gem, but a perfectly placed faux diamond adds a little something extra to a look. Or if you’re feeling really festive, apply an entire row of gems to the tip of one or all ten of your nails for a bejeweled look that will have you doing the princess wave every chance you get!
Holiday hoopla – If you’ve got holiday spirit to spare, try matching that with your nails. Painting tiny little wreaths in the center of each nail or using an applique of whatever your favorite holiday symbol is will show the world you came to celebrate! Or you can usher in your New Year with a blast of fireworks designed in a medley of your favorite colors!
There are so many great ways to express yourself through your style, but don’t forget to include your nails. If you’re a fan of creating signature looks that tell the world exactly who you are and love changing it up with different looks, you might be a perfect candidate for a career in the exciting world of beauty! If you’re intrigued, check out the programs at Continental School of Beauty! Continental has been helping students all across upstate New York get hands-on training in hairdressing and cosmetology, esthetics, esthetics & nails combo and even barbering! With multiple campus locations to choose from, supportive instructors with real world experience and flexible schedules, Continental may be a great fit for your beauty education. Contact Continental School of Beauty today to learn more or to schedule a tour of one of our campus locations.
You waited all year long for the chance to mix, mingle and be merry at the annual holiday bash. You snagged the perfect party dress with just the right amount of sparkle; your makeup and nails set the tone of fabulously festive… but – what “do” is the right one to complete your holiday ensemble? If you’re looking for inspiration to make your crowning glory the perfect accessory to your holiday look, you’re in luck! We’ve got some of hottest holiday hairstyles decking halls everywhere this season!
Go big or go home – Channel your inner glamour this holiday season with a retro, voluminous style that feels classic, yet modern all at the same time! Elevate your volume to new heights by teasing the top into a beautiful – circa 1960’s bouffant. Accessorize with a sparkly headband pushing the front of the hair up and back.
Feel like roaring a little? Roaring 20’s that is. Hair cropped fairly short, parted on the side or down the middle and styled into flapper waves is another vintage look that just seems to mesh with the holidays! Top off this super cute look with berry-red lips that are bursting with holiday magic!
On the fringe of holiday spirit – Sweet, wispy fringe across the forehead makes the eyes pop and heads turn! If you think bangs can’t be dressy enough for a holiday bash, think again! Pair your wispy bangs with a half up, half down style for a little romantic holiday flair.
A holiday hairstyle with a twist – Yes, literally! A classic French twist is elegantly practical. To get this look, pin the hair into 3 sections from the top of your head to the nape of your neck. Twist the middle section up and secure with a bobby pin. Follow by twisting the bottom section into the middle, again securing with a bobby pin, before taking the top section and twisting it over the middle and bottom sections. Twist again and lock it down with more pins.
The holiday season marks the closing of another chapter as we cruise into the new year. So, why not mark the occasion with an unforgettable look? If you like the sound of creating signature looks on holidays and every other day – you might be the perfect candidate for a career in cosmetology! After all, cosmetologists earn their living making the rest of us look and feel great! What could be better than that? If you’re intrigued, check out the Cosmetology Program at Continental School of Beauty! With multiple locations to choose from across upstate NY, Continental is helping students get the hands-on training they need to become licensed cosmetologists. If you’re ready to make the world a more beautiful place, contact Continental today, or schedule a tour on of a campus location near you!
Why fit in when you were born to stand out! – Dr. Seuss. Why indeed! The celebrated children’s author of unforgettable rhymes about celebrating the uniqueness of, well, being unique – had it quite right. Standing out in the crowd, being uniquely you – is fun! But when it comes to Halloween, standing out in the crowd can mean being entirely NOT you! In fact, it’s the one holiday where you get to decide who you want the world to see. So, if you’re trying to decide who or what you want to transform into for this year’s celebration of all things freaky, spooky and fun – check out some of the makeup tricks and treats making their debut on faces all over the 2018 Halloween party circuit.
What is this skullduggery? A whole different take on a spooky skeleton face, the popular sugar skull tattoo craze has undergone a feminine face-lift in this Halloween look. Delicate pearls and shiny sequins are strategically placed around the entire eye, from just above the brow, down to the cheekbone forming a circular, skeletal-like outline that is enhanced by perfectly placed white makeup on the tip of the nose, to deliver the prettiest-looking skull face we’ve ever seen!
A skull of a different color – If you prefer a less feminine look for your Halloween face, take your skeleton face to the dark side by starting with a lighter or white foundation and applying black liner “stitches” vertically from one side of your mouth all the way across, drawing exaggerated black lines from the corner of your mouth to your cheekbones. Paint a black skeleton nose and outline your eyes black shadow, smudging to achieve a blended look. Finish off the look with tiny black symbols of diamonds, hearts or bones placed on your chin, forehead and above your brows.
Speaking of tattoos – Getting inked to express yourself might be a wildly popular trend but not everyone wants to go under the gun (the tattoo gun, that is) and get permanently inked for the occasion. Not to worry! Check out some of the online tutorials for the perfect way to achieve that born to be wild, tatted up look without the lifetime commitment. Liquid eyeliner is an essential tool to pulling this look off and if you aren’t exactly the artistic type, many local tattoo artists are and can lend a hand with helping you draw your design.
Animal attraction – Channel your favorite Snapchat filters with the doe in the woods look by starting with a “fawn” colored foundation accented with carefully placed dots of lighter colored concealer. Add exaggerated doe-eyes, accentuated with a cats-eye application of liquid liner, light and luminous shadow on the lids, and a delicately-painted deer-shaped black nose. And of course, you’ll need those cute little ears which you can find at a local Halloween store.
Halloween superheroes – With the all things Marvel and the superhero trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down, transforming into your favorite superhero or villain can add a fun twist to your Halloween festivities. Whether you’re a fan of Spiderman and Wonder Woman or prefer the dark side, like the Joker or Harley Quinn, get yourself a mirror and makeup kit and do a few practice runs before you make your debut at that Halloween party you’ve been waiting all year for. It’s also helpful to do an outline on paper and “fill in the blanks” to get the technique down.
Halloween is definitely the one holiday where literally, just about – anything goes! So, have some fun experimenting with your style and make this a Halloween to remember. If you’ve always loved creating signature looks and unique styles, a career in esthetics might be just right for you! The industry is growing and there are a variety of different career paths within it to explore, like makeup artistry, skincare, esthetics and more! If you’d like to learn more about whether a career in esthetics is right for you, check out the Esthetics program at Continental School of Beauty. Continental is helping students all over upstate New York get the hands-on training they need to become licensed estheticians. With multiple campus locations to choose from and flexible schedules to fit almost any lifestyle, Continental can help you too! Contact Continental School or Beauty today or schedule a tour of one of our campuses.