Beauty Tips

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

04 March, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment



Items needed:

  • Makeup brushes
  • 2 clean hand towels
  • Shampoo



Frequency:
Ideally, you want to wash your brushes once a week.  However, if you seem to forget, once every two weeks is OK.


Steps:

  1. Wet brushes thoroughly under cold running water.  Make sure to wash larger brushes individually.

  2. Add 1-2 drops of shampoo directly to brush depending on their size.  Massage the bristles with your fingers and then rub the brush in a circular motion in the palm of your hand.  Wash each brush this way for 1-2 minutes.

  3. Rise brushes under cold water.  Make sure to rise thoroughly until there is no remaining soapy residue.

  4. Remove excess water from the brushes by gently squeezing the brushes from base to tip.  If excess water still remains, take a hand towel and fold it in half around the tip of the brushes.  Squeeze bristles from base to tip.

  5. Lay your second hand towel on your counter top and lay your brushes out to air dry



Tip:
Wash your brushes at night before you go to sleep.  This way they'll be dry and ready to use the next morning!


In the comments below, let us know what other beauty tips you would like to see!


XOXO,
The Fancy Girl

 

2015 Oscars Best Dressed

25 February, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

The 87th annual Academy Awards took place this past Sunday and we've complied a list of our top 5 dresses from the evening.

5.  Dakota Johnson wearing a red Saint Laurent column dress


4.  Lupita Nyong'o wearing a custom Calvin Klein Collection gown


3.  Anna Kendrick wearing Thakoon


2.  Jennifer Lopez wearing Elie Saab


1.  Reese Witherspoon wearing a custom Tom Ford gown




Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments who made your list!

XOXO,
The Fancy Girl

DIY Beauty Recipes

18 February, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Here are some of our favorite DIY beauty recipes for you to try!



For oily skin that tends to breakout try this Banana Honey Face Mask:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 10 drops of lemon juice


Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, smash the banana and honey together
  2. Combine lemon juice and mix well
  3. Apply mask to face and leave on for 15 minutes
  4. Rise off with warm washcloth


For dry skin try this Avocado Orange Juice Face Mask:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp avocado
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 50 milliliters orange juice
  • A few drops of essential oil, such as Chamomile


Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl
  2. Apply mask to face and leave on for 30 min
  3. Rise off with a warm washcloth




 

Perfect Look for Valentine's Day!

11 February, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Looking for the perfect look for Valentine's Day? This look is sure to impress! Follow the step-by-step guide to find out how to achieve the perfect smokey eye!



Step 1:  Apply Primer all over eyelid from lash to eyebrow.

Step 2:  Apply highlight shadow from inside corner of the eye and under the eyebrow.

Step 3:  Apply Black Eyeshadow to outside corner of the eye.
Pro Tip:  Start by making a sideways V and then blend in circular motions into the crease.

Step 4:  Apply Silver Eyeshadow all over lid and in crease, blending with Black Eyeshadow.



The Fancy Face Cosmetics Smokey Eye Palette is on sale now for a limited time for only $39.95 and comes complete with the three eyeshadows listed above, Pre-Game Primer, Kiss of Peach Blush and Red Lipstain.  Click here to shop now.


Happy Valentine's Day!


XOXO,
The Fancy Girl

Make Your Own Nailpolish!

04 February, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Ever find yourself stuck and unable to find just the perfect nail color? Well you're in luck! Below are a few quick steps to make your very own custom nail polish!

  1. Pick an eyeshadow

    Create the best custom nail polish by turning to your makeup bag to find the perfect shade!

  2. Crush the eyeshadow

    Crush the eyeshadow of your choosing into a fine powder.  Remember to crush it up completely or else it will look chunky when you paint it on.

    Pro tip: put the eyeshadow in a sandwich baggie and use a rolling pin to crush the pressed shadow into a fine powder.  This will reduce mess.

  3. Make your own funnel

    Using a piece of paper and some tape, roll the paper to create your own funnel. 

  4. Pour eyeshadow into clear nail polish

    Pour your crushed up eyeshadow through the funnel and into your favorite clear nail polish.

    Pro tip: sometimes the eyeshadow will get a little jammed up while funneling through, use a tooth pick to help it along.

  5. Give it a little sparkle

    Add some sparkle to your nail polish by adding a little glitter in with your eyeshadow-nail polish concoction.

  6. Shake it up!
    Put the cap on (very important!) and shake up your new custom nail polish like you're dancing around your room to Taylor Swift. Ok, maybe that's just me. Shake it up until it's evenly mixed and then apply!


Once you make your own DIY nail polish, take a picture of it and tag us @ShopFancyFace and use #FancyFaceCosmetics so we can see!


XOXO,
The Fancy Girl

Skincare Tips For Winter

28 January, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Follow these five tips to keep your skin nice and hydrated this winter.

  1. Shorten Your Shower Time

    Long, hot showers can dry out your skin. Try to keep your showers under 10 minutes so you don’t lose moisture in your skin.


  2. Exfoliate!

    Remove dead skin cells by gently exfoliating.


  3. Slip Gloves On

    After moisturizing with your favorite lotion, slip cotton gloves on to help your skin absorb the moisture leaving you with super soft hands.


  4. Add a Little Honey

    Make your own hydrating scrub at home with honey and sugar. The honey reduces inflammation and the sugar helps with circulation.  This is great for drier patches of skin like your elbows.


  5. Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

    Sunscreen in the winter seems silly, right? WRONG! Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean the sun can’t damage your skin. Remember to apply sunscreen daily.  I like to use a moisturizer with an SPF already built in. 

 

xoxo,
The Fancy Girl

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Getting Fancy Fast!

19 August, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Woman applying makeup

 

We all have those mornings where we just do not feel like getting up and starting the day, let alone putting on makeup. You can hardly even open your eyes enough to put on the eyeliner, and you’re feeling a little lazy and unmotivated – but you don’t want to completely forgo makeup altogether. In case you’re in that boat today or want to bookmark this page because this sounds all too familiar, here are some minimalistic makeup tips that will maintain your makeup routine without requiring you to go full out at 8 a.m.

BB Cream as Cover-up:
The overall application of cover-up can be the longest part of the makeup routine. From moisturizer, to concealer, to powder foundation, it’s no wonder we want to skip out on our makeup. To sum up this part of process, use a BB Cream. It’ll work as a moisturizer while applying a light layer of coverage. It also adds a healthy glow to give you a nice fresh-faced look.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' BB Cream

http://www.fancyfacecosmetics.com/products/bb-cream

 

Strategic Contour
Applying bronzer in key areas can make all the difference in very little time. Just a swift sweep of the bronzer brush over your temples, along the sides of your face and right under the cheekbones is all it takes. Top your cheekbones with a lighter "shimmery" shade ans apply a pink or coral blush to the apples of your cheeks.  This will immediately strengthen your bone structure without the need to completely contour.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' 10 color Blush Powder Palette

http://www.fancyfacecosmetics.com/products/10-color-blush-powder-palette

 

Easy smokey eye
On a lazy morning, a smokey eye is exactly the look you would opt out of. With all the different eyeshadow shades and eyeliner tricks, creating this look is too excessive. It doesn’t have to be though. You can create a simple daytime smoky eye by simply applying brown gel eyeliner on the top and bottom lash line. Then just use a smudging brush to create the hazy/smokey effect.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

http://www.fancyfacecosmetics.com/products/black-waterproof-gel-eyeliner

 

Eyelash Curler
Typically a step women tend to skip, curling your eyelashes takes all of a few seconds but makes all the difference. It opens up your eyes without the need to wrestle with fake eyelashes. All it does is simply enhance what is already there to make you look more awake and ready to start the day.

 

Bottom Lash Mascara
We love how eyeliner outlines and shapes our eyes. However, it does take a certain technique that we aren’t always up for in the early morning. To get the same eye-shaping effect, apply a quick layer of mascara on the bottom lashes. You already have the mascara brush out for your top lashes, what’s a quick swipe of the bottom ones?

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' LashOUT! Mascara

http://www.fancyfacecosmetics.com/products/best-waterproof-mascara

 

 

Bold Lip
If you’re going to go bare everywhere else on your face, commit to a bold lip. It’ll act almost as a distraction for the lack of other makeup. A girl with a bright colored lip immediately looks put together and ready to rock her day.

Try: Fancy Face Cosmetics' 10 Color Lip Palette

http://www.fancyfacecosmetics.com/products/10-color-lip-palette



Stay Fancy!
Nikki
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Summer Lipstick Ideas to Try Now!

30 July, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

We find ourselves reaching for the bold lipstick during the summer more than any other time of year, and it's not hard to see why. A bright lip look is the ultimate grab-and-go makeup—no fussing with multiple brushes or worrying about blending. Basically, you can just slap it on and forget about it. You can bet that these stand-out summertime lipstick ideas will be inspiring us in the lazy, hazy dog days to come.

 

summer lipstick ideas
If there's ever an appropriate time for a glossy Barbie pink lip, it's the hot summer months.
summer lipstick ideas

A deep matte pink is especially pretty paired with a rosy shadow.

summer lipstick ideas

A beachy bronzed effect on skin is complemented by a rich berry lipstick.

 

summer lipstick ideas

10 Must Have Makeup Brushes

17 July, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Deciding which makeup brushes to add to your collection can be daunting at best, especially for someone who is just starting out. Trying to decide which brushes you need can be overwhelming, however, having the correct brushes can make a big difference in your makeup application. Here’s my list of the top 10 makeup brushes every girl should own. Let’s get started with the eye brushes!

EYE BRUSHES

Eye Shader Brush:

This brush is used for packing color on the lid. You can also use the tip of the brush to smudge color under the lash line, or to create a defined line in the crease.

Stiff Dome Brush:

This brush is great for feathering out color to create a smokey eye, or blending out the crease. The bristles are stiff, making it easy to move the eye shadow where you want it.

Pencil Brush:

This pencil-like brush is perfect for precision shading on the lid, in the crease of the eye, or along the lash line. This brush can also be used for smudging liner along the lash line, or darkening the outer-v for a dramatic look.

Soft Dome Brush:

This dome shaped brush has very soft bristles that make it ideal for blending out any harsh lines below the brow bone. This brush can also be used for blending out concealer under the eye to help hide dark circles and bags.

Bent Liner Brush:

Designed specifically for applying gel eyeliner, this brush has a bent head that lays perfectly on the top of the lashes, and glides with ease. The pointed tip helps create a fool proof line that will have even the beginners pulling off a stunning cat eye.

Dual Ended Brow Brush:

With this brush, you get double for your money! This dual ended brush has a spoolie on one end allowing you to brush through your brows. The other end has an angled brush which is ideal for effortlessly filling in your brows.

 

 

FACE BRUSHES:

Angled Contour Brush:

There are many of these on the market today in a various array of shapes and sizes. With this particular angled contour brush, you can swipe the brush downward diagonally from your cheekbone, and in one fluid motion achieve a flawless application.

 

Cheek Highlighter Brush:

The cheek highlighter brush is completely optional, but the feathery, soft bristles give a very nice finish to any product used with it. This brush is very easy to use when applying a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. You can also use the cheek highlighter brush with cream blushes to stipple the blush onto the cheeks.

 

Foundation Stippling Brush:

The foundation stippling brush is perfect for those of you who love a full coverage look to your foundation. The large flat head is specifically made for the foundation to be stippled onto the face. This technique assures there are no streaks in the foundation, resulting in a flawless look to the skin.

Flat Foundation Brush:

The flat foundation brush is optional. This brush is best used to apply highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. At times this brush can leave streaks in your foundation, so be careful when using it.

Beauty Blender:

Technically, this isn’t really a brush, but it is a great tool! The egg-shaped design makes it ideal for getting under the eye and in other small areas you can easily miss with a brush. This is also used to achieve an overall airbrush finish to your foundation.

 

So there you have it, my top 10 makeup brushes! As a beginner looking to start your collection, or as a makeup guru looking to expand, these brushes are great for everyone. Check out are new Pro Brush Sets, that are specifically designed to include every brush you'll need for a face that's oh-so-Fancy.

 

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Xoxo,

Nikki

How To Find The Most Flattering Makeup Colors For You

30 June, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment



Discovering makeup colors that look good on us can sometimes feel like a disappointing shot in the dark. How many times have you selected a lipstick or eyeshadow based on what you thought was pretty and what your eye was drawn to, only to find that it didn’t do you any favors? There are a few variables that affect how colors look on us, and fortunately, there are also a few foolproof tips and tricks to determining the right colors for you.

Lip Color
The most flattering neutral or natural-but-better lipstick should mimic a more pigmented shade of your natural lip color, so you’ll be able to get some good clues just by taking a closer look at your own coloring. Peeking at the inside of your lip may not be something one generally does in public, but it’s an easy way to find the best color for you. You can also match your shade to your flushed fingers—(gently!) pinch the tip of your finger or thumb and hold so that blood gathers in the area. It’s weird, but the resulting color is guaranteed to look great on you.

Eye Makeup
We generally turn to the color wheel to find the most flattering hues on each eye color. It’s basic color theory, just like we learned in elementary school: Colors on opposite sides of the spectrum complement one another. The best way to draw attention to blue eyes is with warm, rusty reddish and orange shades, including bronze. Green and hazel eyes look gorgeous with anything in the purple family. Brown eyes are neutral, so they do best with similar earthy shades like metallic taupe, shimmery champagne and olive green, as well as true, balanced blues from powder to cobalt.

Foundation
If you’ve only ever been matched for foundation by makeup artists and sales associates, it’s entirely possible to go through life having no idea what your “undertone” is. Like wearing the wrong bra size, makeup that caters to the wrong undertone will have you looking subtly off without being glaringly obvious, which is why it’s easy to fail to identify the issue. The easiest way to tell your undertone is by looking at the underside of your arm or wrist. If the color of your veins leans green, your undertone is warm. If they look decidedly blue, you’re probably cool. If you have a strong preference toward gold over silver or vice versa, and strong feelings about which one looks better on you, there’s a good chance that you’re warm if you prefer gold and cool if you prefer silver. Regardless of your hair or eye color, your undertone is also a great way to predict which makeup shades will work on you and which won’t. Warm tones are suited to peachy hues, orange, coral, and orange-leaning reds, while cool tones look best with rosy hues, blues and greens, purples and violets, and blue-based reds. And if you’re neutral, which means your skin leans beige rather than blue or yellow, you’re likely to be able to pull off nearly anything Stay Fancy!

~Nikki

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