Simple Way to Plump Your Lips

Thin lips? Finding them thinning even more as you age?

Here’s a little cosmetic trick to give the appearance of plumper lips without injections or tattoos.

Plumped Lips with Lip Liner

From WebMD:

“Forget lip injections. Plump up the appearance of your pucker with the trick celebrity makeup artists have been using for years. All you need is lip liner a shade lighter than your lipstick. Draw a line just outside the border of your top lip and fill it in with liner to give the illusion of fuller lips. Then, top with your lipstick.

Pro Tip: Open your mouth and make sure your lip liner is carefully connected at the corners of your mouth. That way you won’t end up with “I Love Lucy” lips.”

Great tips, hope it wears well without being obvious, right?

Let me know if you try it, and how it works for you!

When to Toss Your Makeup

Do you know when to toss your makeup?

Makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. While some products have expiration dates on them, there are many newer products with more “natural” ingredients, including preservatives. These may have a shorter antibacterial window of time. [Read more…]

Filling In Eyebrows

Finding spots along your eyebrows where they look a little thin? What is the best way to fill them in to be the beautiful frame for your face, allow you to keep a youthful appearance and show expression as you speak?

Here are a few easy choices:

Eyebrow Pencil

Match your eyebrow pencil shade with the color of your eyebrows, make sure your eyebrows are dry, then pencil them in. Use a brush or cotton tipped applicator to smooth in the pencil, and make sure it doesn’t look caked or greasy. Blending it in is the key! [Read more…]

Caffeine in Skin Care Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer

A couple of years ago, skin cancer research showed the possibility that caffeine applied directly to the skin reduced the amount of a particular protein that caused UV damaged skin cells to turn cancerous. In Caffeine in Skin Care May Protect from Skin Cancer, I share the findings of these past studiesNow there is new evidence that is showing stronger evidence of the anticancer effects of topically applied caffeine.

According to the National Cancer Institute, sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States with more than 1 million new cases each year.

With skin cancer becoming increasingly prevalent, especially in the younger age groups, the findings of topically applied caffeine showing evidence of decreasing the development of skin cancers is very important. [Read more…]

A Little Concealer Goes a Long Way

How do you lighten up the larger, deeper wrinkles – you know, the ones between your eyebrows and on the sides of your nose down to your chin? You have them, too? Feeling like a ‘wrinkle dog” some days?

Here are my tips for lightening, reflecting and concealing the “11’s” as they are referred to, with a few makeup tricks. I call the the one between my eyebrows the “furrow of concentration”, because it comes when I am concentrating, and the one on the sides of my nose and mouth the “parentheses of happiness”, because it comes from smiling big and often!

[Read more…]

Skin Perfecting Mineral Powders

When I first heard of Mineral Powder Makeup, visions of Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra” came to mind. She would have her servant girls go down to the Nile River and bring her the most beautiful colors from the riverbanks – or so I thought. Well, how else could she have so many beautiful colors to use for her “look”?

Mineral Powders are quite the trend right now, and with women looking for natural cosmetics, they are in high demand.

Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist at Englewood Lab in New Jersey says, “zinc oxide is FDA-approved as a skin protectant. “It has some anti-inflammatory properties, so you’ll see it in products like diaper-rash ointment,” she says. “Since mineral makeup contains a higher percentage of zinc oxide than traditional makeup, it can be useful in calming irritated skin.” (The Lowdown on Mineral Makeup) [Read more…]

Skin Perfecting Veil: Sheer Mineral Coverage Without Foundation

Scientists are now beginning to understand the reasons that young skin has a distinct “glow from within” character that fades with age. Skin is a complex organ consisting of multiple layers and pigments that affect the way light is absorbed, reflected and scattered.

Ultimately, the amount and color of light reflected by skin determines how skin looks to the human eye. Skin that is uneven in tone and texture reflects light irregularly, creating areas of contrast that draw attention to fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.

Age Related Changes in Skin Structure

Skin Pigments ~ In young skin, the light absorbing pigment, melanin, is diffuse and evenly distributed with age. Environmental damage causes melanin to build up and become unevenly distributed, resulting in age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation. [Read more…]

Full Eyebrows are Trending!

One of the Fall 2011 Trends listed in Harpers Bazaar is Full Eyebrows! Duchess Catherine has the most beautiful full eyebrows, shaped perfectly, framing her gorgeous facial features. She has the eyebrow frame look down perfectly!

“Strong brows are back in a big way. Fill sparse areas with powder or pencil to “frame and define your face,” says makeup artist Diane Kendal” [Read more…]

Tips for Good Makeup Hygiene

An important part of Skin Care is maintaining Good Makeup Hygiene. By keeping your makeup brushes clean and fresh, changing your makeup sponges frequently, and disposing of outdated cosmetics, you will  help your skin be protected from bacterial brushes


Once every week or two….

Take a cup, add an inch of warm water and mix in a mild cleanser – can be your shampoo or body cleanse. Place your makeup brush in (do one at a time) and swirl it around. If the water becomes very “dirty”, rinse and repeat until the water is almost clean after swirling the brush. Rinse the brush and either set over the lip of a counter, or place across the top of a cup, to air dry, side ways. (If you set them upright with brush up, the water can get into the wooden handle under the metal attachment and rot.)  Leave to dry for a few hours, and then you are ready to go again!


Once every week or two….

When your sponge starts to fill with makeup, it’s time to change it out for a new one. You don’t want to be swiping old makeup and oil from your skin on your beautifully clean face!


Every three to six months…..

As you are dipping your makeup brushes into your eye shadow or blush, then applying to your skin repeatedly, bacteria and oil from your skin is being introduced into your makeup palette. Over time, it can become quite “germy”! The way to keep your makeup clean is to cleanse your brushes often and then every three to six months, change out your makeup for a new palette. Mascara should be changed as well.

Your skin’s natural protective barrier can only do so much if you don’t keep what you are putting on it all day as clean as you can. Now go take a look at your sponges, then do some brush cleaning today!

#TIP: I wash my makeup brushes in Celloxylin Hydroburst Moisture Intense Body Cleanse by Apriori Beauty!

Thanks for stopping by!

©2011 Candy Dye

6 Tips to Keep Your Eyelashes Healthy

Long, lush eyelashes look so gorgeous on a young lady!  Here are some of the tips I found that will keep our eyelashes healthy and full throughout our life:

Eyelash Extensions by shavasana eyelash extensions

  1. Remove All Makeup Every Night – Using a mild, natural oil cleanser, remove all traces of makeup, especially every trace of eyeliner, and mascara.
  2. Change your Mascara Tube Every 3 Months – Bacteria can grow in the mascara container and on the brush.
  3. Eyeliner Should Be Applied – so as to allow the eyelash hair follicle room to breathe.
  4. Mascara Should Be Applied – in a light coat, so as to not weigh down the eyelashes.
  5. Avoid Rubbing your eyes vigorously.
  6. When Using an Eyelash Curler -try not to get too close to the skin, and avoid pulling on the lashes as you curl.

I’m all for using products that are as natural as possible, and that can protect your eyelashes from bacteria or harmful chemicals.

Now go wave those gorgeous eyelashes around!

My recommendation for a natural oil cleanser is Celloxylin Creme Cleanse.

©2011 Candy Dye

How to Match Your Favorite Colors When You Makeup Shop!

Looking for a new makeup line that matches your current colors? How do you get that perfect match to the colors you love to wear?

Easy! Here are two great tools you can make at home that will make your shopping a breeze! [Read more…]

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