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The Luca Guide to Gorgeous Summer Skin

words | Corinna Cooke
images | Patrycja Korzeniak

Here at Luca Magazine, we believe the ultimate accessory for summer is a gorgeous, glowing complexion. Summer wardrobes show more skin – our shoulders are out, we see arms and legs and décolletage, so it’s more important to have a radiant complexion than at any other time of year!

Are you wondering how to get that gorgeous glow? Put down the shimmery highlighter, step away from the glittery bronzer, and let’s strip it back to basics. Great skin starts with great skin care, so we teamed up with Z Skin Cosmetics, a 100% organic skin care line that you may have seen on American Idol (ahem – hellooo Katy Perry!), to bring you the low down on getting gorgeous skin for summer.

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1. Keep it clean

It all starts with the perfect cleanse. If you have an oily complexion or live somewhere humid, you may be better with a cleansing wash. If you have dry skin or live somewhere dry, look for a gentle cleansing milk or oil. Just make sure you cleanse your skin before bed, every night.

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3. Well-Toned

 

We spritzed our model with Z Skin Cosmetics’ Face Lift Toner. This one helps minimize any fine lines and adds a hydration boost. It also feels refreshing and lovely.

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5. Hydrated skin is happy skin!

 

Use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type and for your climate. Heavy moisturizers and humid weather don’t make a great team. Lightweight moisturizers and dry weather don’t pack enough power. If you are traveling, make sure you pack a moisturizer suitable for the climate you are going to, and use one at home that meets your needs locally. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen every day!

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7. It's Not About That Bass! 

Summer skin needs less foundation, not more. If you have to wear it, keep your base as sheer as possible.

 
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2. Exfoliate

 

We used Z Skin Cosmetics Coffee Face Scrub to prep our model’s skin. Using an exfoliator regularly throughout the summer helps to keep your complexion clear and radiant and also helps to prevent the excess oils, perspiration and humidity from clogging up your pores.

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4. Spot Treat

 

Don’t squeeze any pimples that come to play, zap them with a dab of spot treatment instead. Banish: Breakouts and Blemishes makes them all but disappear in front of your eyes!

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6. Eye Love

 

Don’t forget the delicate skin around your eyes! If your face is all glowy but the skin under your eyes looks dry and tired then you will look tired. Be sure to use a good eye cream morning and night to keep your eyes looking vibrant and alert.

And finally, #8. Don't forget to hydrate!
Are you drinking enough water? Make sure you drink 8 glasses of water per day and avoid sugary sodas and juices. Fabulous complexions need extra water!

 

Check out more from Z Skin on their website here: https://www.zskincosmetics.com/

 

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Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs is one of Luca Magazine's all-time favorite hair stylists! His vast experience from pageants to editorial, he adjusts professionally to hit the mark each and every time.

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Hair Masks

Winter is here, and so is the new year! It feels like every year we make commitments to ourselves to get healthy. This year, let’s include making and keeping our hair healthy too!

For starters, have your stylist give you a good trim – this will help your hair start to grow faster and healthier. Go back to get another trim every three months to keep those split and frayed ends from breaking o .

Start doing a hair masque every two weeks. Masques help keep life, moisture and shine in your hair. For all of you blondes out there: check out purple and blue masques that not only hydrate your hair, but keep your blonde from going brassy, leaving you with that nice, icy cool blonde that you’ve been looking for. 

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Ask your stylist for a nice shiny glaze to help seal your cuticle and add tons of shine. Your hair will love you for this! If you do color your hair, ask your stylist to use an ammonia-free color – this way, you still get all the beautiful color bene ts without the damage.

With the weather getting cooler and dryer, we tend to get a lot of yaways and static in our hair. There are two simple ways to help combat this: One is to use a spray shine that will help tame those bad boys while adding shine. The other is to keep a couple of static-guard dryer sheets in your purse! When your hair starts feeling unruly, take one of them out and rub it on your hair. Works like a champ. 

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If you are trying to grow your hair longer, there are plenty of hair and nail vitamins on the market – nd a good, quality one and take as recommended. These will help give you the nutrients you need to have the healthy, thicker mane you’ve been wanting.

Lastly, don’t forget to use heat protectants! This will help keep your blow dryer and hot irons from frying your hair. You will surely notice a di erence.

Getting your hair to healthy and happy is one of the best things you can do for yourself this coming year! 

 

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Celebrity Hair Stylist Michael Kanyon

Recently at Luca's fall cover shoot, we were honored to meet celeb hair stylist, Michael Kanyon. We are in awe of his twenty years' experience and his extensive portfolio, including styling for magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Italian Vogue; his work with advertising campaigns for Ray Ban, Samsonite, and J Brand; and celebrity hair for countless celebrities, including Ashley Judd, Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum, One Republic, and Alicia Keys. Not to mention that he has been the Key Stylist on America's Next Top Model for 8 seasons! So when he began using American English products during our shoot, we took notice and asked him about the line. Turns out, they are his own products.

This line of vegan luxury hair products evolved after Michael met Stephen Durham on the set of a shoot. The two hit it off and became fast friends. For a couple years they kicked around the idea of doing a west coast accessible luxury haircare line. Stephen’s wife is vegan and had trouble finding products. Michael was driven to create products that were consistent and reliable on every hair type. Both loved the idea of creating product that is inclusive and made for every hair type, while remaining vegan-friendly – luxury with a conscience. 

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American English ingredients are all sustainably sourced. The company stands by their belief that nature is the best beauty artist of all. Inside each bottle are ingredients derived from plants such as Seaberry, Baobab (penetrates the hair shaft to intensely repair elasticity and softens), and Quinoa (binds moisture to the hair). The formulas are packed with vitamin A, C, & E, and omega 3, 6, 7, & 9. They work tirelessly to discover the highest quality, sustainably sourced, cruelty-free nourishing ingredients to deliver the best products for every hair type. The products are formulated without parabens, phthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfate. All the packaging is recyclable and they always ensure that their ingredients are sourced ethically. We love the quality!  

Check out the full line of luxury vegan American English products at: https://www.americanenglishhair.com/.

 

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Sarah San Marco

Sarah San Marco has a mobile airbrush tanning business, keeping models, celebrities, brides and regular gals golden, in the privacy of their own home.  www.SarahSanMarco.com

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Self Tanning

We all know that both tanning beds and getting a tan the natural way are dangerous. We want to avoid sun damage, especially the terminal kind, yet nothing looks more glorious in the summer than a gorgeous, glowing, golden tan.

So what’s a girl to do? The obvious answer is to do a fake-bake, but that can be fraught with its own set of perils. Patchy cover, color that’s too orange, that awful smell!

In the interest of perfect fake-bakes, we at Luca magazine chatted with one of the premiere airbrush tanners here in town, Sarah San Marco, and got you the low down:

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How do you prevent getting orange instead of tan?

The most common mistakes are using too much product or trying to achieve a level of tan that is too dark for your skin tone. Another reason is using a product with the wrong undertone for your skin

What about the smell? Self tanners are notorious for being stinky – can you get rid of the smell?

DHA, a main ingredient in many sunless tanning products needed to create the bronze hue, combined with the sugars in your skin are responsible for that icky smell. Solutions containing a higher content of chemicals, or non-organic materials tend to have a longer and more potent odor. You can minimize the odor by using organic-based products that are naturally scented with essential oils (instead of artificial fragrances).

It may still be a little smelly when it’s applied, but it rinses off when the developing phase is over.

What do you do if your self tan is streaky/patchy/blotchy?

The only way to ensure your tan will develop properly and evenly is to make sure your skin is in optimal condition prior to tanning. Keep your skin extra hydrated in the days leading up to your tan. The day of your tan exfoliate your skin, paying extra attention to elbows and knees, heels and ankles, and do not wear any lotions/creams, makeup, deodorant or any other product that can prevent the solution from properly penetrating through the skin. Use a barrier cream on knees, elbows, ankles and heels to stop too much product from grabbing there.

What is the difference between a spray tanning booth and an airbrush tan?

A professional tanning artist will ensure the products being used are designed specifically for your unique skin tone and will control how much product is being applied and where. They also know how to camouflage and accentuate certain areas by using custom contouring techniques that cannot be accomplished in a spray tanning booth. A good artist can camouflage tan lines, scars and even cellulite!

How long should a self tan/airbrush tan last? How can we prolong it?

As long as you have followed your pre- and post- tanning instructions properly, an airbrush tan should last 5-10 days. Taking long, hot showers and baths, swimming and certain body products can cause a tan to fade more quickly. Pat dry after showers rather than rubbing with a towel and always apply a body lotion after bathing.

 

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Elie Maalouf

Recognized for his artistic vision and attention to detail, Elie knew from a young age that he was interested in beauty. His obsession with film, art, music, and fashion led him to move from his hometown of Detroit to New York City, then Los Angeles. Elie’s experience speaks for itself, with his constant presence alongside other top artists in the industry. His talent is immediately recognized and continues to work with the world’s most influential people today. His list of celebrity clients includes such beauties as Madelaine Petsch, Inbar Lavi, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sasha Lane, Charlie Hunnam, Ashley Benson, Camila Mendes, Jane Levy, Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Pamela Anderson, Mariah Carey -  the list goes on and on. He also has worked on editorials for Vogue, Interview, Instyle, Elle, Flaunt, Glamour, Tatler, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Nylon & Paper, in addition to top commercial shoots for Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, American Eagle, Buckle, Top Shop, Kipling, Dita, Rebecca Taylor, Levi’s, and Garnier. Just take a look at his portfolio and you’ll agree that he is absolutely amazing!

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Picture-Perfect Face

Elie shared with us his tips for a picture-perfect face, all of which really go back to a base of healthy skin and a great foundation. He particularly likes the Clarisonic facial cleansing brush to keep skin exfoliated and looking great. A quality moisturizer based on your skin type is also a must! To find the perfect foundation, Elie suggests going to your favorite store and asking for samples based on your skin type, then take them home and wear them! Take note of what looks best in natural light and if your friends give you any feedback (you know they will!). Elie really likes Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen, which is excellent for both daily use and glam looks. It’s light, but long wearing, so for a typical day, Elie would stop there.

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When applying makeup on the stars, he always keeps in mind that it has to last all day and look amazing in photos. To get your skin camera or runway ready, you need to make sure you use the right primer like NARS Pore & Shine Control followed by your flawless foundation. Old school, Elie likes using his fingertips to blend – he feels like you have the most control using your fingertips, but if you use a beauty blender, try dampening it a little. Either way, make sure you take the time to blend! Don’t forget to use concealer as without it, you will not look as flawless in photos. Elie likes Charlotte Tilbury's The Retoucher. Then finish up with a healthy glow of bronzer. Again, it is important to match it to your complexion, so he recommends Tom Ford’s Bronzer because you can match your skin tone. Apply lightly to where the sun would hit your face – like the sides of your forehead, the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, along the jawline and onto your neck. If you do a highlighter, make sure to use it very sparingly as it doesn't always photograph well. Blend thoroughly once more, set with a powder such as Ben Nye’s Neutral Set Colorless Powder and voila, your skin is camera ready!

 

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Laura Jane Schierhorn

Breaking into the Beauty Game

words | Laura Jane Schierhorn
photography | Steven Khan

I‘ve loved beauty products for as long as I can remember. My life with products has had many hits and quite a few misses—dark brown lipliner + frosty lip gloss = what was I thinking!?  

So, here I am, ready to share some beauty fundamentals. Hopefully, they’ll help you avoid repeating the mishaps of countless beauty rookies before you, myself included.

#1 Start With Your Skin

Adopting a skincare ritual early on in your beauty game sets the stage for a lifetime of good skin.  A clean, hydrated face is a happy face. Cleanser, toner, and moisturizer for your skin type is the foundation of every beauty routine always and forever. Toss in an exfoliator and a mask every once in awhile and you’re golden. Serums and eye creams can wait until college.

PRO TIP:  Keep makeup wipes handy.  Stash a pack in your purse, locker, gym bag, even your night table. This way if you’re too pooped to do your entire routine, you can at least have a clean face.  Do not go to sleep with your makeup on. This is a MAJOR beauty foul.

#2 Dry Legs + Shaving = Disaster

As an 11-year-old dance student, I was tired of my hairy legs peeking out of my pink tights in ballet class.  My mom didn’t forbid me to shave, I just never thought to ask her, or any adult woman for that matter, any advice on shaving.  Pink Daisy Razor + Dry Legs = Cuts for Days. I still have a scar on my ankle to prove it.           

#3 Leave Your Brows to the Professionals

Brow trends will come and go, but your brow hair will not.  Wax, tweeze or shave your brows away, and they’re not guaranteed to grow back the same.  In fact, they are not guaranteed to grow back at all.  Imagine if Cara Delevingne or Brooke Shields, before her, buckled under pressure to change their big, beautiful brows? Embrace the natural shape of your brows and groom accordingly.

#4 Sharing Product = Sharing Germs

Yes, this is gross.  Makeup can carry bacteria, especially things that are put in or near your eyes.  Bacteria can cause infections.  So before you and your besties start passing around that black eyeliner and mascara in the bathroom, consider buying a pencil sharpener.  Better yet, don’t share your mascara, foundation sponges or eyeliner.  And always clean a store tester before you use it—ALWAYS!

PRO TIP: Carry travel size mascara and eyeliner in your bag.  They’re great for touchups and practically every beauty destination has travel size freebies at some time during the year.

#5 Practice Makes Perfect

The first rule of the makeup game = there are no rules.  Go for that glitter, rock a winged liner and sport a goth lip.  It’s not a tattoo.  It will wash off.  Wearing makeup, or choosing not to wear makeup, makes a personal statement.  It helps express our individuality and has a unique ability to reflect and even change our mood.  Try different looks until you find what makes you feel your most beautiful self.

PRO TIP: Try out new looks at night before you wash your face.  Better to perfect that smoky eye or new eyeliner technique during a practice run. This way, when getting ready in the morning or for a big event, you’ll be an application All-Star.

PRODUCTS

 Smashbox Try-It Kit $22

Smashbox Try-It Kit $22

 

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Winter Hair Color

words | Heather Lenz, Celebrity Colorist

Stylists everywhere continue to innovate new colors and methods to make every person feel beautiful in their own skin. Winter is rolling in even more great ideas!

 

This winter blondes are a little sunnier. Fight those winter blues by adding warmer hints of gold and honey to your hair. Whether subtle baby lights or bold balayage, you and your colorist can decide what technique is best for you. Keep on trend with sunny blonde and dark brows. The dark to light contrast gives an eye-catching and sassy statement.

 

For you brunettes out there, think dark! This season it's all about daring and deep shades of espresso and even black. Depending on your skin tone, you can add hints of auburn or cool violets, but whatever you decide, dark is the trend of the season.

 

New to the scene is Ronze. It's a beautiful mix of coppery red and bronzy brown. There's a shade of Ronze for every skin tone. For darker skin tones, think brownish shades like on Rhianna or Selena. Medium and fair skin gals can have your pick. You’ll look great with fiery shades like Sophie or the ruddier darker shades like Bryce.

 

For some real holiday festivity, try matching your hair to your outfit with rainbow bangs. Get this look by using hair chalk. It’s easy to apply and washes right out when you're ready for a change. Splat Hair Chalk comes in a ton of fun colors for any occasion, and you can find it at any Ulta near you.

With the cold, dry weather comes dry, brittle hair. You’ll want to do everything you can to help keep your locks lush and hydrated. For finer hair try Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. This product is a great protectant against the overuse of your hairdryer and flat iron and leaves your hair with a layer of weightless oil and shine. If you have medium to thick hair, you should try something heavier like Oribe's Gold Lust Hair Oil. This stuff is like liquid gold. It will keep your tresses looking healthy and full of life all winter long.

When it comes to having healthy hair and enhancing your color, it's best to start with your shampoo. Color enhancing shampoos are a great way to alter your color at home without making a permanent change. Aveda has a great line of color shampoos and conditioners from Blue Malva, for blondes to keep that brass at bay, to Clove, to enhance warm brown tones, all the way to Black Malva, for those dark, cool looks. Whether on natural hair or already colored hair, any of these are a great product to keep on hand.

Whatever your skin or hair type, this season is a great time for change. Try something new, and you'll be sure to turn heads at your next holiday event.

 

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Sandra Caldwell

Sandra Caldwell is the Director of Blume Skin and Body in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Find out more about all skin and body treatments at www.BlumeSkinTreatment.com

Shave It, Wax It, Laser It.

The Pros and Cons Of Hair Removal.

Summer means skin. Shorts and tanks, sundresses and bikinis all require delicate dealings with unsightly and unwanted hair. Here at Luca we looked at your three big options for hair removal and asked Sandra Caldwell, Practice Director for Blume Skin And Body in Scottsdale Arizona to give us the pros and cons of each.

Hair, we all have it, which is the best way to get rid of it?

Shaving

The basic option for hair removal is shaving with disposable razors. The typical women’s razor can be bought at drug stores in conjunction with shaving cream and post-shave moisturizers for around $25 a month. Most women shave daily or every other day, depending on how dense the hair is or your how fast the hair grows.  At a glance, shaving isn’t a bad deal at around 83 cents and 10 minutes each day. However, after ten years, that adds up to $3,000 and around 27 ½ days of lost personal time. Shaving also has some uncomfortable complications including cuts, irritation, bumps and ingrown hairs.

Waxing

Shave It. Wax It. Laser It.

Waxing treatments involve a visit to a salon or wax center. The technician spreads a thin layer of wax on the body area and then quickly rips it off in the opposite direction. Women usually try waxing because the results last longer than shaving. If you can acclimate yourself to the pain of waxing, the treatment will give you up to three weeks of no stubble, without the fuss of daily shaving. One of the requirements for waxing is that the hair must be at least ¼” long. That means before you receive a waxing treatment, you must allow your hair to grow and be visible for a week or more. If you have delicate skin, the wax can burn or cause inflammation. The cost of waxing varies. A full leg waxing costs around $65, while the bikini area can cost an extra $50. Depending on treatment area size, hair density, and the type of wax used it can take up to 40 minutes per visit. The results show that waxing is efficient time-wise compared to shaving, but much costlier. The cost of waxing legs for ten years is over $6,500 with total time of 2 ½ days plus travel time to the salon.

Laser Hair Reduction

Laser Hair Reduction can be the most effective treatment for getting rid of hair on large or small areas of the body. The upfront cost for Laser Hair Reduction is greater than shaving or waxing, but the long-term cost is much less than either.  With Laser Hair Reduction, you shave prior to each treatment, so there is no need to ever have visible hair growth. Laser Hair Reduction has some discomfort- it feels like a hot rubber band snap. Thankfully, the treatment is very quick with cold air blowing on your skin to relieve the brief pain. It takes an average of 8 sessions of Laser Hair Reduction to nearly or completely remove body hair, with full legs costing around $2,800 for the series. The time commitment is around 45 minutes per treatment, or a total of 6 hours for eight treatments plus travel time. The $2,800 up front seems like a large sum, but once you completed the treatment that is usually all you will ever need for that area. The average woman will want to have a maintenance touch up laser reduction treatment once every year. No more shaving, plucking, razor burn, or waiting for hair to grow out for waxing.

 

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Know Your Tone

words |  Corinna Cooke

Do you ever get completely overwhelmed in a makeup store, standing in front of all those colors, wondering what's right for you? Maybe you just spent your hard earned money on the coolest new makeup colors, only to get home and find they don’t look good on you, but look amazing on your best friend? I’m going to share with you two major beauty secrets that every makeup artist knows!

Know Your Tone

Secret Number One: Eyeshadow must not match your eyes.

Don’t choose eyeshadows that are the same color as your eyes. Matching the same color eyeshadow to your eye makes your eye dull down and disappear. Use the opposite color on the color wheel and watch your eyes pop!

Secret Number Two: Undertone is everything!

The most important factor when choosing a color for lips, cheeks, and the face is the undertone of your skin. To make it easy, let's break it down into two categories. You’re either a warm toned girl, with undertones of yellow, olive or gold (J.Lo, Jessica Alba or Selena Gomez), or you’re a cool toned girl, with undertones from ivory through pink and beige (Anne Hathaway, Elle Fanning, Emma Stone).

If you're a warm toned girl, you need colors with a warm base – orange based reds, coral based pinks, and foundations and powders with a warm yellow base.

If you are a cool skinned girl, your foundations and powders need to have a pink, beige, or ivory base. You're also better off with blue based pinks for your cheeks and blue based reds on your lips.

Yellow foundation on cool skin does not look right. Blue based pink blush on warm skin is also a no no!

 

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LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN

words | Corinna Cooke

We remember to take care of our skin during the summer months when legs and arms are more exposed, but when the barometer drops and we live in jeans, boots and sweaters it's easy to forget that our skin craves even more TLC.

Dull, dry skin on your arms and legs steals the magic from your shimmering  party dress.  This is your time to sizzle, so keep your winter limbs looking gorgeous with these winter skin tips:

1. Turn Down The Heat

Hot showers and baths dry out your skin making it look parched and dull. As much as we all love a scalding hot shower on a freezing day, turn down the heat and make your shower or bath super warm instead of hot.

2. Lay Off The Lather

High lather, foamy soaps strip the essential oils from your skin. Choose a gentle cleansing gel or soap with moisture enhancers to keep your outer layer soft.

3. Make The Smooth Move

Dry flaky skin kills the magic of a gorgeous party dress. A gentle body exfoliator will keep your skin silky smooth and radiant so it can glow in the candlelight.

4. Moisture And Glow

Winter skin screams for extra moisture, so every day when you get out of the shower love your skin up with a body balm, oil or lotion. Make sure you give extra to your elbows, knees and ankles to,prevent them looking grey and ashy.
On party nights, or when you're slipping into your LBD, make your limbs glisten with a body glow product.

 

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SIERRA WARNOCK

Sierra has been a hairstylist for over ten years, and she still gets excited about what she does for a living! When she was young, she loved to recreate looks that she saw in magazines and movies. Sierra has styled hair for special events, commercials, and even for some of her favorite actors and directors.

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Lived-In Hair

This summer, natural texture is making a big comeback! There’s a lived-in feel with fashionable styles seen on the runways. 

Start this style off right by prepping hair with Totally Beachin’ Shampoo ($13) and Conditioner ($15) by Bed HeadThis line helps wash away summer build-up and leaves hair feeling shiny and hydrated. 

Follow with Beach Freak Detangler Spray by Bed Head ($16) to replace moisture stripped by the elements. Thoroughly spray over towel-dried hair, focusing on the ends. 

Next, use Beach Day Spray by Unite ($24.99) to enhance waves and separate hair. After spraying generously throughout hair, twist small sections away from the face with fingers. This creates a loose wave for straight textures and helps control curl with curly textures. 

Dry hair naturally or use the low setting on a blow dryer while lifting hair at the root. To give hair that lived-in look, finish off hair with a flat iron using the flat wave technique. To create flat waves, start in the front sections of the head and part hair horizontally into two sections. Clip top section out of the way and start with the bottom section around the face. Take 2-inch sub-sections and create an ‘S’ formation with hair. 

Next, start at the root and flat iron over the ‘S’ formation curl. Repeat. When working in the back of the head, go from the bottom to the top. 

Shake out hair and run hands through the flat waves for volume. Finish off your summer style with Joyride Texturizing Powder Balm by Bed Head ($23)Now you’re left with the perfect lived-in hairstyle!

 

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Seeing Spots

words | Jennae Porter, PA-C Dermatology PA

You spent countless hours at the beach or poolside this summer, and remembered to wear sunscreen most of the time, am I right?  Now that school is back in session, and you’re spending less time outdoors soaking up the sun’s rays, you may notice your golden tan fading and being replaced by blotchy patches of hyperpigmentation.  Walk into any dermatologist’s office in the Fall and you’ll see a common theme: “Help me get rid of this excess pigment!”

Aside from the dark spots that pimples can sometimes leave behind, two main types of hyperpigmentation afflict the face: melasma and freckles.  Melasma is an overproduction of melanin—the primary pigment in our skin—particularly on the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip.  If you’ve got broad patches of hyperpigmentation in these areas, you’ve got melasma.  It’s an incredibly common condition, primarily affecting girls and women, so you’re not alone!  Now don’t get me wrong- freckles are no flaw.  But summer sun exposure can make freckles a little more pronounced than some would like. 

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Whatever form of hyperpigmentation you may be dealing with, check out one of these over-the-counter products that can have you sporting a more even, blended skin tone in no time:

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $60:

Containing 2% hydroquinone, along with glycolic acid, this lightening serum is sure to fade excess pigment fast.  Any product containing hydroquinone should be used for no more than 4-6 months at a time, and should always be paired with a mineral-based sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.  Note: hydroquinone should only be used on light skin types.

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Meladerm Skin Brightening Cream $50:

For darker skin complexions or for those that prefer a more natural, botanical-based product, this hydroquinone-free cream is the way to go.  Meladerm can be used continuously, but should still be paired with an SPF 30+ mineral-based sunscreen.

Tried the products above, and still dealing with residual pigment?  Talk to your Dermatologist about Rx-strength hydroquinone or laser lightening options.

 

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Stacy Vizcarra

Stacy Vizcarra

Stacy Vizcarra has been a professional makeup artist for 13 years. She’s worked for top names in fashion and media including Sony, Mercedes Benz, and LA Fashion Week. Stacy has also worked on the Ladies First Tour with Missy Elliot, Beyonce, and Alicia Keyes. Her specialty is bringing out every woman’s natural beauty while emphasizing highlights and flawless skin. “Everyone is beautiful, and I love empowering people to feel their best.”

Summer Makeup Recommendations

Summer is the perfect time to play with different textures on the skin. Lighten things up with more liquids and fewer powders!

For oily skin, look for products marked oil-free, or labels that say oil control, matte, or mattifying.  You’ll be able to use illuminating products while still controlling oil. 

For details on products. click on the image.

 
 
 

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