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  • Use these tips for a killer Halloween makeup look. Halloween makeup tips for a frightfully fun holiday

    Best costume at this year's Halloween party? Don't be surprised if it goes to someone with killer zombie makeup! Beauty school programs teach proper makeup application, and those who enroll will learn how to apply these guidelines to various events, from weddings to Halloween. For now, let's take a look at some tips to help you create a signature spooky look:

    Go bold
    Halloween is certainly not the time to be shy. Let your inner rock goddess, diva, vampire or forest creature out. Your makeup is meant to highlight your costume, so opt for highly pigmented eye​ shadows and dramatic, vibrant colors. This holiday is not known for subtlety, so it's OK to let go and color outside the lines (literally!).

    Commit
    Once you've settled on your costume choice, commit 100 percent to developing the look. You'll want to embody your Halloween character from head-to-toe, and this is true of your makeup as well. Prep for All Hallows' Eve by practicing a variety of makeup applications until you find the one that suits your mummy or witch wardrobe best.

    Set your makeup
    It's a huge bummer when you spend extra time preparing for a fun Halloween night out, creating the perfect makeup look only to have it smear or get rubbed off before the night is over. That's why it's imperative to set your makeup before heading out for the night. To set your makeup, lightly dust your face with a translucent powder or baby powder (which will create more of a matte finish).

    Don't limit makeup to your face
    Depending on what you're going as, you may have to apply makeup to your chest and arms as well. Prevent your artwork from smearing by getting dressed before applying any makeup.


  • It's important to find the right shade of makeup for your skin tone to create a flawless look. Choosing the right makeup tones for your skin color

    Beauty training teaches how makeup can enhance your features, such as making your eyes pop or your lips stand out. However, it can be easy to choose the wrong shades of concealer, eye​ shadow, lipstick or blush. With so many options nowadays, it's easy to see why so many women have a hard time figuring out the right colors for themselves. So, use these tips to help you pick the right tones to match your skin color:

    How to pick a base
    To avoid buying a concealer that doesn't match your skin tone, keep in mind that skin has three undertones: cool, neutral and warm. Foundation and concealer shades are based off of these undertones, so here's how to tell which one you are:

    • Cool: Cosmopolitan magazine said that if the veins of your inner wrist appear blue or purple and your skin flushes and burns easily in the sun then you have cool undertones. Additionally, you're cool if silver jewelry looks better on your skin than gold and your skin looks more pink. If this sounds like you, then you should choose a foundation with a rosier base.
    • Neutral: You have a neutral undertone if your skin is neither pink nor yellow but falls in between with hints of both, the veins in your wrist are blue-green and both silver and gold jewelry look good on you.You can use either a pink- or yellow-based foundation, but be sure to try it on your skin first to make sure it blends naturally. 
    • Warm: Lastly, people with warm undertones have veins that appear green on their inner wrists, look better in gold jewelry and have skin that looks more yellow than pink. This means you should look for foundation with a yellow or olive base.

    Cosmopolitan also suggested a useful test to make sure you've chosen correctly – dip a cotton swab in the foundation and apply it to the center of your jawline on the side of your face. If the foundation appears invisible, then you've chosen the right one. If you can see lines or a distinction between colors, keep looking. Make sure that you are testing clean, moisturized skin and it's useful if there is good lighting.

    Accenting your face
    If you wear blush, you want to choose the right shade. For fair skin, you can opt for a champagne or light pink color. Ladies with medium skin should go for a rosy pink or peach, and for those with darker skin, a blush in a rose or deep orange shade will complement your complexion.

    It's always fun to play up your eyes with different shades of shadows, but make sure you're choosing something that works with your skin to give the right impression. According to The Beauty Bean, women with lighter skin can choose shadows in pinks, soft greens and browns while those with darker skin look great using richer tones like deep purple or metallic gold.


  • It's important to hone your time management skills to keep stress levels low and moods positive. Learning the art of time management

    Time is one of our most precious commodities, and if you're considering going to school for a cosmetology career you're going to need to figure out how to effectively manage your time. Between school, family and a social life, it's important to keep your priorities straight. So, let's take a look at how you can improve your time management skills:

    Plan out your time
    It's always useful to have a schedule in order to see how much time you can allot for each task of the day. Entrepreneur magazine suggests that you take 30 minutes at the start of your day to plan out your time. This gives you a visual representation of what the day ahead will look like, and it will hopefully save you from being caught off guard by a task or appointment you forgot. As you plan, it can also be useful to set time limits for certain items on your to-do list.

    Learn to say no
    Many of us are inherent people pleasers, so we want to say yes to everyone, even if it adds to our stress levels. As part of improving your time management skills, it's important to learn to say no. This isn't mean or negative, and you shouldn't feel guilty for setting limits.

    "One reason we are feeling so busy all the time is that we are worse at setting personal boundaries around what we'll say 'no' to," Jana Kemp, founder and president of Meeting & Management Essentials, a time-management consultancy in Boise, Idaho, told WebMD.

    No matter if it's saying no to plans when you should be working on schoolwork or to taking on another project when you're worried about meeting a deadline, it's OK to respectfully let people know that you are not available.

    Block out distractions and focus
    Whether you're studying or completing a task for work, it can be challenging not to get distracted by other things going on. Perhaps you are trying to multitask, you keep checking your social media sites or your text message alert keeps beeping. Learning to tune out distractions and focus on the task at hand will require less time for you to finish and help you move onto something else quicker.

    Finish important tasks first
    Another great tip for time management is to complete the day's most important tasks first. During your planning each morning, consider the two or three more vital things you need to achieve and begin with those. Not only will they then be out of the way, but you're sure to feel a sense of accomplishment that can provide you with motivation for the rest of the day.

    Set aside 'me' time
    Sometimes you might overlook the need to take a moment (or several) to relax and recharge. Everything is on-the-go nowadays, so it can seem like taking a break isn't possible or acceptable. But the truth is that taking time for yourself is necessary and vital, so make sure you schedule some "me" time each week, which will certainly lower stress and improve your mood overall.



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