Back to School Makeup: Getting Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

Well ladies, here we are again: getting ready to go back to school. Worse than having the summer memories fade away (just like your tan) is the thought of all those rushed mornings ahead. Frantically doing your makeup so you won’t be late for first period never goes too well. It certainly makes all your high hopes for strutting into school with the perfect #Iwokeuplikethis swagger fly out the window. No need to fret, my sophisticated scholars; we have you covered with the top 5 steps to getting ready in ten minutes or less!

  

  1. Know your BB’s and CC’s! Normally, we’d say start your routine with primer, but in a time-crunch, head straight for your BB and CC creams, as their natural vitamins and moisturizers do some of the work of a primer. Plus, their light buildable coverage makes it easy to blend without worrying about lines or streaks. Extra bonus? If you’re headed off to practice or any other outdoor activities straight after class, these formulas have SPF 20 for plenty of sun protection. 
  1. Sweep away the sleepies! The last thing any girl wants to hear is “you look tired.” No need to get fancy with seven different shades of eye shadow, but sweeping a peachy champagne-colored shadow across your lids gives an awakening effect that will let you fake it till you make it. Again, with a neutral shade that has just a little bit of shimmer, you don’t have to worry about precise application. We use our favorite, Tail Spin, like it’s going out of style!
  1. Come on, color! When you sleep, the blood flow to your face can often be impacted, leaving you puffy or pale as you roll out of bed. Better than a cup of coffee or jumping jacks, the best way to fake an energetic face is a matte bronzer and blush! For bronzer, we recommend shades with more of a true brown base to avoid looking orange. Apply in the shape of a 3, with the top curve framing your hairline, the middle sculpting your cheekbone, and the bottom curve along your jawline. Flush the apples of your cheeks (tip-smile to find them!) with a powder blush. 
  1. Use your powder for staying power! What good is wearing makeup if it’s blotchy and faded by lunchtime? Keep all your hard work in place by using a translucent powder to set your makeup. Start from the center of your face and work in broad, sweeping circles out to your four corners (hairline, ears, and chin). Best part of powder? It conceals any blending issues or excess product for an airbrushed finish.
  1. Maximize with mascara! The precision of your makeup has some wiggle room, but when applying mascara, not so much. This is where women spend the bulk of their time when applying makeup, and it can be frustrating to try to do quickly. First tip, pick a formula that doesn’t require a ton of coats. Our luxury mascara brings the drama in just two! Second tip, wait at least one minute between coats to avoid the spidery, clumpy look. Voila! 

Between choosing your outfits every day, getting to class on time, and securing the best parking spot, you have plenty to worry about besides your makeup. Don’t get stuck swiping on eyeliner in a dark school bathroom. Take your back to school makeup like you promise your parents you’ll take study hall: very seriously.

Until next time, Social Butterfli’-s.

The Lowdown on Eyelash Extensions: What You Need to Know

Every woman has one: the feature or aspect of her appearance that she simply can’t help but be self conscious about. Guys may never get it, but us ladies know: even if everything else about the way you look is perfectly on point, all you can focus on is that singular imperfection. For women with light, short, or sparse eyelashes, that fact was played out every morning, as we struggled to find mascara, a curler, or strips that could compensate for our lackluster lashes. Mascara wasn’t up to the challenge, curlers only did so much, and falsies left us bald when they lifted on our last beach trip…disaster. The plight seemed hopeless. That is, until eyelash extensions hit the scene.

What To Expect: The best thing in beauty since contouring, extensions are life-changing for women that struggle to keep their eyelashes looking full. A full set means each of your natural lashes has an extension attached to it, however, different studios can offer a range of looks depending how natural or dramatic you’d like them to be. With care and precision, each extension is applied using FDA approved adhesive that is gentle on both your eyes and your natural eyelashes. Extensions typically range from $100 to $500 for a full set (good thing we’ve got a Groupon deal for only $56!)

The Do’s and Don’ts:

Do:

  • Give them a try! If you’ve got an event or are just curious, you’ve got a lot to gain and not much to lose by giving them a shot 
  • Brush them daily using a spoolie brush! This is especially important after showering or swimming, as you want don’t want them to dry stuck together 
  • Shower before your appointment! The glue needs 24 hours to fully set after application, and steam is its worst enemy, so clean up beforehand to avoid a cold shower situation
  • Get a regular fill, every 3-4 weeks to keep them looking full and even 

Don’t:

  • Touch or rub your eyes; the oils from your hands cause the glue to break down, making them fall out faster
  • Use mascara- unless it’s oil-free! Ours is awesome on extensions and natural lashes alike
  • Curl your extensions; they should come with a natural curl

Whether it’s regular blowouts, gel nails, or brow shaping, we think it’s time to add eyelash extensions to your monthly maintenance routine. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Until next time, Butterfli'-s. 

Strobing: The Lazy Girl’s Contour

You don’t have to have your finger on the pulse of the beauty world to recognize the splash contouring has made this year. Suddenly, thinner noses and higher cheekbones are attainable without going under the knife (thanks for the fab tutorial, Delphine!). Even with the help of our best beauty products and videos, the contouring effect can be tough to recreate and seemingly requires clearing your schedule for an entire afternoon. Just when we were about to throw in the beauty blender and call it quits, we came face-to-face with the newest trend that has made us fall in love with makeup all over again: strobing! No, we aren’t referring to those headache-inducing lights at a dark nightclub. Strobing is the dewy, glowing effect that comes from using highlighter to emphasize the parts of your face that light would naturally hit.

What you need: 

For starters, strobing can be achieved by using any kind of highlighter. Powder, cream, or liquid formulas may have a slightly different look, but the glowing finish is the same. One characteristic all good highlighters share is that they are illuminating. A pearlescent shimmer looks radiant and luminous in the light, like the sparkle on your skin after a dip in the resort pool. We love mixing our Illuminating Lotion in our foundation for an allover, beaming look, then applying a little extra where we really want to shine. 

How to apply:

The beautiful thing about highlighter is that it’s pretty hard to mess up. Simply apply to the highest points on your face, i.e. your upper cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the cleft of your chin, and your cupid’s bow (the double curve of your upper lip). With anything sparkly, less is always more, so start slow and build the right look by layering product if necessary.

Why this trend is here to stay: 

Strobing requires much less time and product than contouring, giving your skin (and your wallet) a break. If you’re searching for the best trick to add oomph to your minimal makeup routine, look no further. Stop suffocating under layers of product; keep it dewy, fresh, and hassle-free with a bright complexion that’s sure to get you noticed. 

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Until next time, Butterfli’-s.

How You’re Secretly Sabotaging Your Makeup Routine

Let’s face it: sometimes we are our own worst enemies when it comes to our morning routine. We set the alarm with just enough time for everything to run smoothly, and then are mystified when the lip liner we applied in our rearview mirror looks less Kylie Jenner and more like Bozo the clown. Why can’t we learn to get out of our own way and set ourselves up for success? Because if there is one thing we can control in our daily lives, it’s the confidence that comes from starting your day with a polished look, despite the spilled coffee or gridlock traffic.

Hold Off on the Humidity

When your head is still up in the clouds, it’s easy to spend a little extra time in the shower, forcing you to rush once you’re out to make up time. Unfortunately, this move is only going to set you back further, because an ultra-steamy bathroom is destined to ruin your makeup before you even begin applying it. Nothing wants to blend, and even worse, nothing will stay put. First rule of thumb: get out of the Amazon. Set up a vanity somewhere with good natural light and watch your makeup go from a sweaty mess to a sexy success.

Mellow out the Mascara

The most common mistake women make when doing their makeup is over-applying mascara. It’s a common misconception that more means larger lashes, which is simply not the case. Celebrity makeup artist and Butterfli Me beauty director Dusty Starks says, "we all want our lashes to look long and thick but two coats is all you need. Mascara dries pretty quickly so when you apply a coat and then a second coat, it's already drying in between. If you keep putting tons of mascara on, coat after coat, it's just going to get clumpy and make your lashes look spidery." Starks recommends Delphine Luxury Mascara ($18) for flirty lashes in just two coats. 

Lock in the Lashes 

Adding a little va-va-voom to your lashes is a perfectly respectable way to “fake an awake” on a rough morning, but if applied incorrectly, can become a complete fiasco. "You have to let the glue dry so it can get tacky," says Starks. "Wait that 30 seconds. If you don't the lash won't stick and it can slip all over the place. You'll end up either with glue in your eye or on your lid and it's hard to remove."

Set Your Skin Care 

Like all makeup products, your skin care lotions and potions need time to absorb before you layer any face makeup on top. Patience is key; brush your teeth immediately following your serum or eye cream and eliminate uneven skin or product pilling for perfect, porcelain skin.

Double-Check in Daylight

Doing your makeup in the dark is a one-way ticket to Clownsville, with over-application and sharp, unblended contours giving you away. Don’t leave it to chance- "Who knows what's going to walk out of that room!” says Starks. “Try to find as much natural light as possible, whether it's in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.”

Butterfli Me Summer Skin Care Routine

Between the rays you caught lounging poolside and those balmy nights on the town, healthy, radiant, and sun-damage free skin can become a serious challenge when the temperature heats up. Extra blemishes, excess shine or oil, and sunburns can keep you from having your best skin possible. But, whatever summer episodes your epidermis encounters, you can put your best face forward with a simple summer skin care routine. 

Fresh Faced Start 

Removing all makeup, eliminating bacteria, and exfoliating dead skin cells are the baseline steps for clear skin, and all three begin with a deep cleanse. By far the most important part of any skincare regimen, it is especially essential in summer months, when excess sweat and dry skin from sun exposure take their toll, and after-hours celebrations cut into your usual eight hours of beauty sleep. Start by wetting your face, then massage a quarter-sized amount of papaya enzyme cleanser on your nose, forehead, and chin, working outwards. The geranium and cucumber extracts will awaken and refresh dull, tired looking skin. For any stubborn eye makeup, turn to the power of makeup remover with oil to break up the formula and glycerin to gently moisturize delicate skin.

Maven of Moisture

The excess oil you experience in the summer is caused by your body’s attempt to keep your skin hydrated. Beat it to the punch and moisturize with a formula that will absorb deep into your pores, balancing your complexion for seriously sexy skin. As part of your daily routine, we recommend the Daily Moisture Protection moisturizer, due to its Broad Spectrum SPF 15 with protection against UVA and UVB exposure. For those who want a little brightening as well, you can always add Brightening Day Protection moisturizer for that extra glow.

Sun exposure is the number one culprit of dry skin, the most obvious application for moisturizer. For the super-scaly among us, you need to step it up with deep nourishment, in the form of Vitamins A, C and E in our Hydrating Cream Extreme moisturizer. This formula is ultra rich, and if applied at night, will leave your skin baby-soft and dewy by morning! Apply a dime-sized portion of either moisturizing option, massaging in small circles around the perimeter of your face and neck. Allow moisturizer to absorb for 5-10 minutes before finishing with serum, primer, and makeup.

Lock in the Lovely

In the same way that BB and CC creams have exploded in the makeup scene over the past few years, the next hot item is a multi-tasker that delivers jaw-dropping results: introducing, the Skin Transforming Serum. Give your skin a kick-start by improving its radiance, correcting dark spots and discoloration, minimizing pores, and creating an airbrushed effect with soft focus diffusers. It’s a do-it-all product that allows you to apply less foundation by eliminating imperfections before doing your makeup.

The ultimate benefit of healthy summer skin? Reduced aging effects, meaning you’re not just taking care of your skin for the present, but giving it the nourishment it needs for many seasons to come. Don’t let sunburn, clogged pores, or itchy dry skin take away from that sassy suntan, and set the stage for stunning makeup all summer long!

Until next time, Butterflis. 

July 14, 2015


How to Summer Proof Your Makeup

Ever made the mistake of leaving your makeup bag in the car on a hot day? We’ve all been there. Lipsticks turn to mush, your liquid foundation separates and that new creme highlighter you just purchased has tiny beads of sweat forming on its gorgeous, shimmery surface. Unfortunately, these same tragedies can occur once the makeup is already on your face, leaving you looking oily, creased, and overdone: the true definition of a “hot mess.” Thankfully, there are ways to summer proof your makeup against heat and humidity that will ensure you remain as fabulous as when you first applied it. Look no further, warm-weather worshippers. We’ve compiled the top five tips to help your makeup last through even the toughest conditions.

Apply Face and Eye Primer

Even when the weather isn’t your biggest enemy, most women skip this step, to their own detriment. Using a primer not only gives your foundation or BB/CC cream a better surface to adhere to, it also hydrates, re-texturizes, and can diminish the look of imperfections - meaning you’ll save more on foundation over time. Most importantly, it will help prevent your makeup from creasing and fading throughout the day.

Swap your Foundation for BB or CC Cream

The beauty of BB or CC cream is its lightweight formula, meaning you can achieve a natural, glowing finish while still benefiting from some coverage. First, apply your cream by starting at the center of your face and blending outward. This allows the majority of the product to cover common problem areas, i.e. the T-zone. Once you’ve applied, spot conceal with liquid concealer to hide any blemishes or imperfections. Bonus? Our formulas have SPF 20, offering you protection many liquid foundations don’t. However, if you will be exposed to the sun for extended periods, applying additional sunscreen under or over your makeup is highly recommended! 

Bronze, baby! 

By now, most women have discovered the beauty of the bronzer; but what you don’t realize is that it’s one of the most versatile products in your arsenal! For summer, pick a bronzer with a more matte finish, to eliminate the possibility of looking too shiny or oily once you start to perspire. Apply in the shape of the number three on both sides of your face - along your hairline, directly underneath your cheekbones, and along your jaw line. For an added boost of warmth, you can use it as a shadow, lighted dust it over your nose and cheek bones, or even as a light flush of color on your lips when applied with a clear balm or gloss! 

Cream Blush for the Chalk-less Look 

Sadly, some of our favorite powder blushes can look too chalky in the bright sunlight. Cream blush is a great alternative because it gives that dewy finish. Use it alone or set it with just a hint of powder blush to make it last all day. We like to apply with our fingertips, because your natural body heat allows the product to glide on smoothly and gives you better control of the amount you apply. Choose a bronzy or coral shade to compliment your summer look. 

Waterproof, wow! Gel Eyeliner & Waterproof Mascara

Let’s face it, raccoon eyes are never cute. Then again, neither are tired, puffy, or undefined eyes when you forgo your mascara and eyeliner for a dip in the water! We won’t force you to choose: we want you to have the best of both worlds! Our waterproof gel liner pencils and mascara are fantastic for those vacation days when you never know what could happen. The formulas are highly pigmented, dry instantly, and last all day.

Summer is a time for carefree fun, not worrying about how your makeup is going to look in those Facebook beach pics. These tips will keep you fresh faced and fancy free: just the way we like our summer nights. Want more makeup tips, event invites, and inspiring beauty looks? Connect with us on Facebook!

 Until next time, Social Butterfli'-s.