I had an amazing time this morning on Good Morning Washington with one of my favorite people: VJ! We are able to talk about the importance of taking care of your styling tools and I wanted to share my tips (and my favorite tools and products) with you!
1. Why is important to clean your tools?
Styling tools, brushes, makeup brushes - all of these personal care tools are an investment - both in the tool and in yourself. If you make the financial investment you are clearly looking to put your best foot forward - so take the time to take care of your tools - with just a monthly clean you can add years to the life of your tools!
2. How do I clean my tools?
For blowdryers - take an old tooth brush and brush away the dust, dirt, and hair that can accumulate at the back of the dryer (air intake). If you have a dryer like mine (I own both a T3 and a DryBar Buttercup (LOVE this dryer (BUY ME HERE) you can remove the intake cover and use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away any debris.
For Flat Irons - I also use the DryBar flat irons (I have two - yes they are that good (BUY ME HERE) - you want to make sure you are taking care of the delicate iron plates and don't put anything abrasive on them. If you have residue from styling products, gently use a damp clean cloth to wipe away any dirt. If you have stubborn residue use a small cotton bud soaked in 70% alcohol to soften and remove the residue.
For Curling Irons - Use a soft, damp cloth to remove any residue - also remove any shed hairs trapped in any part of the iron. I love these two irons (I have them both and I LOVE them!) Wrap Party Iron and Three Day Bender Iron
For Straightening Brushes - If you have curly hair and you lust after flawless, blown out locks - then get ye one of these stat! I LOVE my Amika straightening brush (I bought mine HERE). These are also a snap to clean: remove any extra hair trapped in the brush and take a cotton bud soaked in alcohol to remove any dirt and residue.
Taking care of your tools is the first step towards a great hair day - products are the second step! Here are some of my favorite products!
Amika makes AMAZING products - and I am in LOVE with the following:
1. Silken Up Dry Conditioner - A curly girls' best friend
2. Perk Up Dry Shampoo - A classic.
3. Bombshell Blowout Spray - This stuff is AMAZING - I used it on my dry hair and then styled (after I had let it dry) and I had incredible "Dynasty" style full blown out waves. It was epic.
Also - pro-tip - their Dry Shampoo and Conditioner spray CLEAR - if you have dark hair this is a BIG win for you. All their products smell DELICIOUS.
I also am in love with their Nourishing Mask, Heat Defense Serum, and frankly their use of Sea Buckthorn - one of my hero and favorite ingredients- makes them a winner across the board in my book. Go peruse their site and tell me what goodies you come away with!
DryBar- the majority of my hot tools are from DryBar and the reason why is that they are SUPER easy to use - which is key when you are a Makeup Artist first, and a Hair Stylist second. Truth time! I have many of their styling sprays in my kit as well as they usually bundle their tools with sprays - so they are GREAT for Holiday Gift Giving!!! Als0 - all their products smell like magic and snickerdoodle cookies - so there is that. Here are some of my favorite products:
1. Triple Sec - The classic - you spray before styling - you spray after styling - this does it all.
2. The Sheriff - If you want serious hair, you need a serious spray. This is that spray.
3. Sparkling Soda - Everyone needs a shine spray. EVERYONE. Don't fight it - just buy it.
4. The Chaser - A great smoothing and shine cream I cocktail with other products - awesome fo controlling flyaways, bandaging split ends, and just making hair look beautifully finished.
Here is the video for you to check out!
I had such a great time on Good Morning Washington this morning talking about cleaning up your beauty act! Here are the details so you can clean up your beauty act at home!
Check out the video HERE!!
1. Cosmetics - the down and dirty:
Most cosmetics have an expiration date - you just may not have noticed it! Check the bottom of the packing to see if there is a small container image with a number and an "m" next to it - the number refers to the number of months the product is good for once you open it.
If you have products that are creamy and come into contact with your hands - use it up! These products are most easily contaminated and have a higher rate of bacterial growth.
Here is a great article from Good Housekeeping to help you see what you need to get rid of!
2. Get out of the bathroom!
Start a new tradition of keeping your cosmetics and skin care OUT of the bathroom. The hot, humid environment is no friend to your precious products. Set up a vanity on the top of a chest of drawers or get yourself a proper vanity! This will allow you to get the most out of your beauty products - they will last longer, look better, and be fresher.
3. Get it Clean!
Have you ever bought a brush or a sponge and used it, and loved it, and never washed it?? NOOOOOOOOO.
We need to wash our makeup applicators on a weekly (for sponges and foundation brushes every few days) basis (I'll let you get away with twice a month, but you better wash them!!!).
To best wash your brushes do the following:
1. Rinse the bristles in warm water and use a mild baby shampoo or my favorite brush soap to lather up and loosen makeup debris.
2. Rinse the bristles until the water runs clear.
3. Gently squeeze any extra liquid from the bristles.
4. Lay flat to dry!
For Sponges - gently work the soap into the sponge and squeeze the sponge to allow the lather to lift the dirt to the surface. Rinse the sponge until the water runs clear.
Keep your brushes and sponges in a dedicated holder so that they stay clean - your makeup - and more importantly - your SKIN - will thank you!
I love to keep both my Pro Kit, and Personal Kit well organized - it helps you get your makeup done quickly and everything is in its' right place! Here are my favorite organizational products:
1. Muji - Go HERE and thank me later (seriously - email me HERE so I know what you got!!) x
2. Vueset - Go HERE for incredible organizational cases.
Let me know if you have any questions!! Email me HERE!!
I has so much fun yesterday on Good Morning Washington with Julie Wright and my handsome model Mike showing how you can quickly and easily cover tattoos, scars, birth marks, spider veins, vitiligo, and more! Check out the video here and check out Dermablend (Click the Link!) for all the products and brushes I used!!
Check out my latest segment on brightening and concealing your under eye area!
Julie Wright and Megan DeMagnus on set at Good Morning Washington
This morning we had the best time on WJLA discussing the steps to achieving a beautiful bronze sunless glow! Here is the video, the steps I outlined, and the products I used!
Please message me if you have questions! Get your glow on!
Skin Prep Steps:
24 hours prior to applying sunless tanner, exfoliate your face and body, paying special attention to rough spots like hands, wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, and feet.
I like to use a salt or sugar scrub on these areas to get them super soft. Then layer your favorite moisturizer all over so your skin is ready to take on the tanner smoothly!
For your face I recommend using a gentle exfoliator like Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. If you have very sensitive skin - they have a version that is made for you too!
I also love Clarins Gentle Peeling Cream! Find it HERE.
My favorite Self Tanners that I featured on air today:
TANNING MITT: Buy Here!
St. Tropez Tan
1. Classic Bronzing Mousse - AMAZING - Hands Down Favorite
2. Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion - I love this stuff
3. Gradual Tan Face and Body Moisturizers
4. Luxe Body and Face Oil (Face Here)- Can we say AWESOME?
How much do I love these products! You can add the drops to your favorite treatments and moisturizers to create a customized tanning experience!! LOVE!!!!
Here is the Tan-Luxe Store - AMAZING!!
Lastly - Don't forget Super Model Body by Charlotte Tilbury! It firms, it smoothes, it glosses!
I had so much fun today on air with Eileen Whelan and my gorgeous model Anna talking about glam glittery looks for New Years' Eve! Link to video about and here is a list of the products I recommend!
Temptu Airpod System - Everything you need to get started!! temptu.com/temptu-air-starter-set.html
Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis Set - This set is incredible - get it before it sells out! http://www.sephora.com/metalmorphosis-005-kit-P414605
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil for Face and for Body - These smell amazing and give you a natural, golden glow that lasts up to ten days!! Your skin will feel like butter - AMAZING. Body Oil: http://www.sephora.com/self-tan-luxe-dry-oil-P385518?skuId=1607639&icid2=products%20grid:p385518
Face Oil: http://www.sephora.com/self-tan-luxe-facial-oil-P394689?skuId=1704105&icid2=products%20grid:p394689
SKINCARE!! The first step is the most important!!
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads - These are a MUST HAVE product - they will change the way your skin looks and feels immediately. http://www.sephora.com/alpha-beta-universal-daily-peel-P377533?skuId=1450964&icid2=products%20grid:p377533www.sephora.com/alpha-beta-universal-daily-peel-P377533?skuId=1450964&icid2=products%20grid:p377533
Twinmedix Vitamin C - perfect to prep your face before makeup! https://www.twinmedix.com/product/proessentials-c10-2/www.twinmedix.com/product/proessentials-c10-2/
Have a question? Ask me!! Email Me HERE
Check out how to avoid a root emergency with fast fixes from Good Morning Washington!! You can order Color Wow Root Cover Up at www.colorwowhair.com - HUGE Thank you to Color Wow, Good Morning Washington, and DC Refined! Happy Friday!!
I am so excited to share my contribution to Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine! Check it out to read tips on great Health and Beauty gifts for the holidays!
Click here! healthylivingmadesimple.com/practically-perfect/
Check out the marathon of Halloween Makovers!! You can order FaceLace at www.nigelbeauty.com!
Check out this video with DC Refined on quick DIY Halloween Makeup! Product list available on the website!