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Wedding Spotlight – 10.11 Makeup

Can you believe it’s the last day of July?!  Well I couldn’t end the month without doing a spotlight on one of our wedding vendor friends!  This month’s is another great one in Erica Beukelman, owner of 10.11 Makeup.  I met Erica for the first time when she did my makeup for a maternity session through The Fox and the Sparrow Sessions.  Right away she felt like a friend and I could sense how genuine she is within a few minutes of being around her.  

Erica is extremely talented, honest and makes you feel at ease being around her, all things you want from your hair and makeup artist.  She is one of the first people we recommend to our brides for this reason.  She also has the best puns known to man, you literally can’t leave her presence without laughing your butt off.  I admire so many things about this woman including her drive in her business, her friendships and of course how she is as a mom.  Keep scrolling to learn more about this talented lady in our Q&A and to see her beautiful work! 

Tell us a little bit about you…

 I am a wifey to my hot baby daddy, and a mamma of three boys.  If you were to describe me based on the most common things people tag me in it would be : whales, puns and hallmark movies.  I think that really sums it up.  I have an admittedly weird obsession with humpback whales.  If I wasn’t doing hair and makeup, I would 100% be doing something where I could make puns for a living, like naming nail polish?  And I start listening to Christmas music and looking for Hallmark holiday movies starting in about May of each year.  I live for bad tv and movies that were made for 14 year old girls.  I love rosé out of a can and chips and salsa.  I’m kind of a homebody, and love lazy days and spending time with friends and family.  I also love to travel and explore, and I could probably write a book on how to eat your way through the coast of California and Hawaii.

How and when did you start your career in hair and makeup?

 I have always wanted to be a hairstylist. Like I lined up my barbies and styled them all, teaching myself to french-braid on a Barbie head. Right out of high school I wanted to go to cosmetology school, but my parents encouraged me to go to college first. So after completing my Masters program, I enrolled in a cosmetology program, and started 10.11 while in school.

I attribute a lot of my success to the amazing relationships I’ve established and the vendors that refer. I used twitter back when that was a thing (don’t tell my husband I said that because he loves the twitter) and I really put myself out their inorder to build my portfolio. I was very particular with who I worked with and began to define my niche in the industry.

We are more known for a natural beauty style, so I intentionally aligned myself with those I thought would have clients that would prefer that look. I don’t advertise, so all of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals from those relationships with vendors. It’s been pretty incredible to see the growth and evolvement of my company and team. I’m extremely particular with my Artists and have been so thankful to have such a professional and talented group of girls.

What do you love most about working with brides on their big day?

 Honestly, I think it goes for any of our clients (bridal or not),  I love helping them recognize their beauty. Watching a client feel comfortable in their own skin, not needing to look like someone else, but seeing their natural features highlighted and brought out, is a beautiful thing. I love the emotion in weddings, the excitement, and it’s special getting to be a part of one of the biggest moments of their lives. Sometimes I get back in my car after a wedding and I’m a little emotional because it’s over and that client feels more like a friend.

I also think that because the majority of our clients come as referrals they trust us to do what we do. Plus I’m kind of a crazy person when it comes to being on time, so I think they really appreciate that as well, and it’s fun for us to get to enjoy the day with them.

What advice do you have for bride’s out there who are looking for a hair and makeup artist for their wedding?

 Hire a professional, this is an investment in your wedding. Specifically, hire a professional that specializes in weddings. Skill matters just as much as understanding the importance of timing on a wedding day. Also trust the person you hire and the advice they give. But be honest if you don’t care for something, and don’t overthink it- what you want matters more than what other people want to tell you you want ;) 
 
Do a trial with the person, make sure they have a contract, and if you’re going to be making any changes (hair color, length, etc) plan for that prior to the trial date. 
 
Lastly, be prepared. Have an idea of what you want or don’t want for your wedding look, and then allow your artist to create something for you. 

Talk to us about setting goals for you and your business… I know you set a big goal this year and achieved it!

 At the end of /beginning of each year my hubs and I have a conversation just reflecting on the year prior and then I always say out loud one goal that seems totally crazy that I have for the year to come. One year I said I wanted work on TV, one year it was to be published in a national magazine, and this year it was to have work up on a billboard… every year I have hit that goal.

I think it places a fire inside to say it out loud and it is motivating.  I have to talk myself out of doubt and discouragement, but it’s almost like saying it out loud resets focus and makes dreams come alive. If you tell yourself you are capable, I think you can achieve anything. I have always loved goal setting, I used to make giant poster-size dream boards haha.

 What is your favorite project you’ve done with Beijos?

 All of them, duh! But really, I love all of the shoots we do. I love the tutorials. But I would say my fave was probably when we did the “If I were to get married now what would I choose” hair and makeup looks for some of my favorite mamas in the industry!

What are your top 3 beauty tips?

 Take care of your skin. Honestly I think when it comes to skin, less is more. I don’t understand big nightly routines of using 85 products. I think the less you put on your skin, making sure the products are pure and clean, the better. So I’d say for skin and face:  cleansing your skin daily, washing your pillows consistently, and changing out your mascara every month will help keep bacteria away.
 
For hair, I love hair masks for hydration and clarifying shampoos to get out any buildup. I would say don’t overwash color treated hair- invest in some dry shampoo, and use a heat protectant in order to help maintain the integrity of your hair.

What are your top 5 beauty products you can’t live without…

Well personally, if I named 5 products that would be my personal makeup bag in its entirety haha. 

 Mascara, always. 
Beauty blender 
Facial oil- I love jojoba oil, as well as Beauty Counter’s facial oils.
Rose water spray
Sea salt/ ocean spray

Bonus, lip gloss also from Beauty Counter. Its THE best gloss I have ever tried… and no I dont sell it :) 

You have made some amazing friendships through this industry, talk to us about that and why they are so important to you… 

 I have made lifelong friendships in this industry and I am so grateful. I think its so important to have healthy, non-competitive, friendships with others that share in the same passions as you. I love that quote “comparison is the thief of joy”, because it’s true.  It’s hard, but it’s a major truth bomb.  There is so much work to go around, there is no room for cattiness, but always room for celebrating others’ successes and victories. Surround yourself with people who can be cheerleaders as well as teachers. So I have a lot of incredible makeup artists/ hair stylists friends that I value so much.

I also think its incredibly important to surround yourself with people who will challenge you and inspire you to become a better person (we always have room for growth). For instance, I know I am a better businesswoman because of some of the women I have surrounded myself with that have strengths I did not. Relationships are a big thing for me, genuinely caring for people on a personal, not just business, level, and I am so grateful for this industry and the lifers I have made :) 

Thank you Erica for being so inspiring and sharing your story with us!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on July 31, 2017 in BEAUTY, HAIR, MAKEUP, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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The Best Sunscreen and Tips for Protecting your Skin from the Sun all Summer

Most people, like myself, love the Summer and being in the sun.  It’s the time to get outside and enjoy the great weather and also get a tan!  With that being said, it’s also SO important to use sun protection.  I grew up with my aunt being an esthetician who had me wearing sunscreen daily from when I was 10 years old.  It’s a habit I’m grateful she instilled in me and one I’m still strict about today.

Photos by Nea Nabayan

I recently signed up for monthly facials from Facial Lounge in Newport Beach.  Facial Lounge is an amazing skincare boutique that offers advanced treatments focusing on organic products.  Amber Johnson, the owner, is first of all hilarious but also extremely well versed in everything skin care.  She’s a medically trained esthetician and has created Facial Lounge to share her passion and her skincare philosophies and expertise. She believes that all treatments should be effective and safe.

One of the things she said to my sister, who got me started with them, that sticks out in my mind is… “Why do people spend so much money and time on their nails getting manicures and pedicures every month?  They should be focusing on their face and their skin.”  I had never thought about it that way and it’s SO true!!  

Our face and our skin are the first thing people see and the first thing we see when we look in the mirror!  And it’s what needs the most attention and care.

So let’s talk sunscreen…  My last visit with Amber we talked about the products I was using on my face.  Things I thought were pretty clean and good, but Amber told me about this app Think Dirty.  If you haven’t heard of it then you should definitely check it out!

It helps educate the consumer on the cosmetics industry by allowing them to make an informed decision on what products to purchase.  When I looked at it and talked to Amber more, I was shocked how poorly some of the products I was using that I thought were “clean” ranked on Think Dirty.

Amber talked to me about how the beauty industry isn’t regulated like the food and drug industry.  That there are even hormone disruptor chemicals in many products that have been possibly linked to breast cancer.  Things that I thought were so simple and common like lip gloss or even deodorant have so many bag chemicals in them!  So that’s when Amber started showing me the cleanest and best products for me, and I want to share them with you!

Today I’m talking about the sun and sunscreen so I will focus on that!  The best sunscreen Amber can recommend is Coola.  First of all, it is organic and vegan.  Secondly it is SPF per application, most sunscreens are SPF per bottle, which I didn’t know!  They are also full spectrum which is UVA and UVB protection.  Most moisturizers and make up only have UVB for burns, not UVA which helps with aging, skin cancer and discoloration.

Here’s a little bit more about Coola, straight from their website…

“Our quest is to spoil your sometimes finicky, always worthy skin with the most pure, eco-conscious products possible. After all, you may obsess over what you put in your body, but think about what you put on it. We thought about it, quite a bit actually, and we consciously chose to develop our line using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods we prefer to eat.

Green, yet still luxurious, each of our high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba and phthalates.”

More I love about them…

“Our full line of luxury sun and skincare products incorporate a Farm to Face sourcing philosophy, using the freshest and most natural ingredients whenever possible. Look for our organic formulas that contain over 70% certified organic ingredients and are easily identified by our organic seals.

Additionally, we formulate with Plant Protection, which allows us to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment.”

Coola also has a great product if you want color without the sun, according to Amber it’s the most natural beautiful color and smells so good!!  You can find it here.  All of her favorite sunscreens can be purchased here as well!

Something Amber also gets asked about all the time is how to take care of your sun burn…. Ouch!  You can shop her favorite products to soothe and treat a sun burn here.  Her favorite is this Sea Whip Gelle Masque because it takes out the heat.

Now there’s a little heath and beauty info for you!  I’ve been using Coola so far this Summer and love it!!  And if you want to have an amazing facial and talk to Amber herself, book with the Facial Lounge!  I guarantee you will love it!  Amber is also giving us a 15% discount to use on any products to shop online!  Use VIP15!!

Enjoy the sun this Summer but be sure to protect your skin!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on July 20, 2017 in BEAUTY, SKINCARE

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An Easy 4 Step Guide to Getting the Best Beachy Hair Waves

Something you may not know about me is, I’m terrible at doing my hair.  I, for the life of me, can’t curl my hair with a curling iron.  I know this may sound ridiculous but it’s true.  It may be the fact that I don’t have the patience, or it my be that I’m just terrible.  Am I the only adult woman with this problem?  Please tell me no!

My sister on the other hand is great in this department.  Lucky me (and poor her), since we lived together most of our lives, she always did my hair for me.  So I never really had to learn… Even though she begged me to, haha.  Now as an adult I can go get blow outs, or if I’m lucky again, have my friend Erica from 1011 Makeup help me out.

Well, I’m a grown up now and it’s time to learn, or at least try.  So I asked Erica to share her tricks with me and teach me how to achieve the best beachy hair waves.  Now, my hair is naturally wavy which is great.  Most days I don’t have the time so I just let it air dry.  But sometimes, to put it bluntly, it looks like crap.  So… It’s about time I learn!

Here are 4 easy steps to getting the best beachy hair waves from the guru herself, Erica.  PS, I did my own hair using these tips this past weekend… I’m not gonna say I fully mastered it yet but it looked pretty good!!!  Baby steps!!

Photos by Alison Bernier

STEP 1

Spray a heat protectant on your hair prior to using any hot tools on your hair. You can section your hair however you would like, pining some hair up and away while you work from the nape of your neck up, or you can just pull hair from the back and work your way to the front.

The size of the barrel you choose to use as your tool will depend on the desired size of the curl, or “looseness” of wave, you would like to achieve (bigger barrel, larger and looser the curl

STEP 2

Rotate the hair around the barrel until the hair is wound. Wrap hair in rotating directions (towards face and away from the face). Start the wrap with the hair close to the scalp working your way to the ends of the hair. Try to hold the ends of the hair with one hand as you curl with the other. This will help to control the hair and keep the hair taut as you work your way down. It will also keep the ends protected from too much heat.

Don’t be afraid to move the iron around so it makes it easier to control. You can direct the iron angled up or you can direct the iron angled down, depending on what side of the head you are working on, and what hand is your dominant hand.

STEP 3

The hair that frames the face should be directed away from the face. Once you have worked your way around the head, you can use your fingers to break up the curls leaving you with loose, tousled, curls.


STEP 4

Spray hair with beach/ sea salt spray and a light finishing spray.  You can also use a light spray wax to give you a more “piecey” look… just don’t overdo the wax or it can weigh down the curl.

Now let’s see if I can keep it up with doing my own hair… If not, good thing I have Erica on speed dial!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on July 17, 2017 in BEAUTY, TUTORIAL

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Self Care – Massage for the Busy Mom

Earlier this year I spoke about Self Care and how I really want to make it one of my resolutions for 2017.  Well, lucky me, one of my dearest friends Melody has gone into the field of therapeutic massage with her own business, HERE & NOW Massage.  She is sharing tons of amazing information today on why it’s so important.  Best part of all?!  Melody is offering $10 off your first session if you mention BEIJOS, so keep reading!!  Melody is so well versed in the benefits of massage, it was really eye opening for me to hear what she had to say.  

As a busy work from home Mom – which with a toddler and baby is nearly impossible somedays – a massage sounds AMAZING, but also unrealistic.  I barely have the time to wash my hair, how will I have the time for that?!  But after talking to Melody and learning more about the importance of massage I’ve decided it definitely needs to be added to my “self care list”.  

Being a mother is one of the most selfless jobs out there.  You are constantly putting yourself last and your kids (and anyone else around) first.  With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I can’t think of anything else better than to gift a relaxing HERE & NOW.  Just gifting an hour or so of quiet calmness is basically like gifting a million dollars to a Mom!  Because I literally can’t think of anyone who deserves a massage more than a Mom.

Melody came over to my house recently to give me a massage.  Yes, she does at home massages which is a total game changer!!!  If I’m being completely honest, it’s hard for me to go get a hair cut or even my nails done.  When you’re that busy it just seems like a chore at times to go get that done.  However, as soon as I’m there and I can relax, I love it… It’s just getting there and making the plans to do so that is tough.  But with how easy Melody made it for me, how could I say no?!

So let’s check in with Melody and hear more about why massage is such an important self care concept…

Photos by Megan Welker

Robe by Maison du Soir

First of all, let me introduce my beautiful friend Melody!

HELLO! My name is Melody and I am a Massage Therapist in Orange County, California. After 10 years in the corporate world of public relations and marketing, I felt compelled to make a change in order to combine my love of working with people and my passion for holistic wellness.

In my pursuit of becoming a Holistic Health Practitioner, I graduated from California College of Physical Arts as a Certified Massage Practitioner and began my business HERE & NOW shortly thereafter, offering specialized bodywork, mindful wellness and a holistic approach to better health.

Working with a variety of clients ranging from individuals looking for relaxation to those working to overcome injuries through a therapeutic massage approach, I specialize in an integrative blend of Swedish and Therapeutic practices to provide pain relief, release of muscle tension, stress reduction, improved circulation and more.

Becoming a massage therapist has brought me to a place of where I am able to practice living in the moment – in the HERE & NOW – by focusing on and helping others in body, mind and spirit through bodywork, wellness and better health.

Why is self-care and massage important for women?

Whether you’re a momma (new or experienced), an executive, a business owner, a mentor, a friend (and the list goes on), it’s likely you have many responsibilities in your day-to-day life and it’s also likely you don’t put yourself on your “to-do” list. With the laundry list of things that need to get done around the house, with the kids and school, at work, etc., putting time aside for yourself is easier said than done. By the time your day is over, you’re wiped out and you just want to catch up on some much needed z’s.

So why should you incorporate self-care and massage into your daily/weekly/monthly routine? If you don’t start now it won’t be long before you’re battered from exhaustion (if you’re not already) and operating in a mental fog (sound familiar?) where it’s hard to make it through the day without forgetting important appointments, getting through your tasks, and truly being there (in body, mind and spirit) for the ones you love. With the (most) important role you have as a mom, putting yourself first, at least some of the time, is the only way you’re going to be at your best and massage therapy is one of the easiest ways to get there! Massage not only incorporates relaxation of your body and mind but also has some serious health benefits that you probably could benefit from.

What are the benefits of massage?

There are so many benefits to massage therapy that it’s hard to list just a few but let’s start with what a mom needs most – some serious (and solo) R&R! No kids, no hubbie, no work, no distractions (are you excited yet?). Beyond just the obvious tranquility and rest you’ll be giving your body and mind, the list of health benefits of massage is even more impressive and perfectly suited for the new/busy/working momma:

 Manage Anxiety & Depression – Motherhood is the greatest undertaking for most women. It comes with highs and lows, the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly. It’s not easy! If you’re suffering from postpartum, talk to your doctor about how massage therapy could help you.

Ease Pain – Tight shoulders, neck tension and low back pain sound familiar? Whether you’re breast feeding, carrying around your toddler or just dealing with day-to-day stresses, pain is probably second nature at this point. It shouldn’t be.

Hormone Regulation/Balance –  Are your hormones out of whack? If you’ve just had a baby it’s likely they’re all over the place with estrogen and progesterone hormone levels changing and prolactin and oxytocin hormone levels rising to facilitate breastfeeding. Those with decreased libido, fatigue, migraines, mood changes, irregular periods, hot flashes, and poor focus can also benefit greatly from balancing hormones.

Improve Sleep – Okay fine, this one is not entirely up to you if you have a newborn or if you’re sleep training but at the end of the day, you need your z’s, deep (REM) sleep. Or maybe there is so much stress in your life that you’re suffering from insomnia. Bottom line, you can’t afford lousy sleep!

Boost Immunity: Got germs? Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. Because who has time for the flu?

Promote a Better Sense of Well-Being – We all need a break every now and then. Time to recharge, rejuvenate, refresh and get centered. Not only will you feel relaxed but you’ll also feel re-energized and ready to take on life even better than before.

The list is long but here are a few more things massage therapy may also help with: digestive disorders; tension headaches; soft tissue strains; circulation; reducing blood pressure; sciatica, chronic pain; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; rheumatoid arthritis pain; fibromyalgia; chemotherapy-related nausea..

How do I maximize my in-home massage experience?

BEFORE: Get someone to watch your kid(s). Give yourself two hours for a 60 minute massage – 30 minutes to get ready and relax pre-massage and 30 minutes post-massage to shower, dress and return (slowly) back to your normal routine. Before your massage, pick a quiet room in your house, take a hot shower, light some candles or a diffuser with essential oils and put on your favorite soothing music.

DURING: R-E-L-A-X. It might not be easy but this is YOU-time. No kids, no housework, no co-workers or cell phone…just YOU. Take deep breaths, focus on your body and the movements of your inhalations and exhalations and keep your mind in a neutral place. You want to stay in the preset, in the now.

AFTER: Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Massages are dehydrating and it’s important to replenish by drinking plenty of water. Fluids (and toxins) are pumped into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys eventually moving out of your system. The water provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate waste and toxins.

Try to take it easy (again, easier said than done) the rest of the day, practice some breathing techniques if you get frustrated or if your mind starts to wander, and remind yourself of what good you did for yourself with the massage you had earlier.

What if I’ve never had a massage? What if I’m not comfortable with my post-baby body? What if I can’t relax?

First timer? No problem – there’s a first for everything. Your in-home massage therapist will come prepared with everything needed (table, sheets, oils, music) and will explain the entire process (basically you lay down and relax while the therapist does all the work). This is your time, you’re in a safe place and there is nothing for you to worry about. Leave the stresses and your self-judgements at the door, and take this time to put your mind at ease. Still not able to relax? Take deep, long breaths, imagine yourself on your dream vacation and anytime your mind starts to wander, bring it back to your body and the present moment. Have more questions? Check out the frequently asked questions here: Here &  Now website.

What if I don’t have time?

MAKE THE TIME! Do I need to say it again? MAKE. THE. TIME. That’s right, you need it, you deserve it and you’ve earned it. The best part of an in-home massage is that you don’t have to leave the house – no bags to pack, traffic to fight, parking to find, or extra time to plan around. Let’s face it, we don’t all have the funds to enjoy what some may consider a “luxury”, but at the end of the day, self-care is crucial for you to be the best mom to your children, partner to your spouse, employee to your boss, friend to your girlfriends, daughter, sister, boss… So whether you’re getting a massage, making it to your favorite yoga class, taking a quick nap, getting a mani/pedi, or even indulging in 60 (uninterrupted) minutes of the latest episode of The Bachelor, MAKE TIME FOR YOU.

How often should I be receiving massages?

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, it be a specific health condition or you’re simply looking for a stress reliever. Whether you have the financial means to get weekly massages or just one from time to time, the benefits you’ll receive will make a huge impact on the quality of your life.

In the Orange County area? Book your in-home massage with licensed massage therapist Melody Althaus, owner of Here & Now Massage | Wellness | Holistic Health.

Remember, if you mention BEIJOS you receive $10 off of your first session!!  So go treat yo’self or even gift a Mama you love with the best gift of all – some TLC! 

ENJOY!!! And don’t forget to take care of your self!!! XX

Jacquelyn

 

 

 

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By on April 17, 2017 in BEAUTY, HEALTHY, MOTHER’S DAY, SPOTLIGHT

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How To Perfect A Pale Pink Lip

Today is the 1st day of Spring! Even though it’s set to rain all week here in Nothern California, boo. Let’s bring some sunny spring prettiness to today’s gloomy day with one of our favorite spring beauty trends, the pale pink lip. We love a good lip color that we can wear every day that is subtle, beautiful, and goes with any color or outfit choice. I just love this color; it’s my go-to pick, so I was thrilled when the talented Melissa Hoffman wanted to try this look on me. Melissa is giving us all the juicy details on how to achieve the perfect spring lip. Where are my small upper lip ladies? Take note ladies; Melissa is giving us some tricks on how to create a bigger fuller lip.

Take it away Melissa…

Photos by Little Meg 

Make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated. I love to use a lip scrub first like the one from Fresh- Sugar Lip Polish. Then I’ll apply a generous amount of a hydrating lip balm like Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced by Fresh. I’ll let this sink in for 5-10 minutes while I apply the rest of my makeup.
 
Once the lip balm has set in, your lips should feel hydrated and smooth. Blot with a tissue to get rid of the excess lip balm, so your lipstick will go on smooth. 
 
Choose a pink lip color in a pale color that brightens your face. I love Angel from MAC and find it works with so many skin tones. I will apply it directly from the tube, using the edge of the lipstick bullet to trace around your lips like you would a liner to get a clean line around the edges. Next blot once with a tissue, then apply one more coat to last longer. If your lip line isn’t perfect, you can use your concealer brush to clean up the edges around your lips. To get fuller looking lips, line your cupid’s bow with a champagne colored highlighter to catch the light. Lastly, you can also use a little clear or a matching lip gloss dabbed in the center of the lower lip to add more fullness.
 
I love to pair a light spring lip with a soft bronzy eye, dewy skin and a soft pink flush on the cheeks. Let the lip take most of the focus.
 
Now you have the perfect spring lips!

Thanks, Melissa! 

Shop some of my favorite lip products below.

xx

Abby

 

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By on March 20, 2017 in BEAUTY

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