Summer Beauty by Makeup.com's Melissa LandestoyBeauty art director of makeup.com and skincare.com talks summer beauty, despite being indoors, with Cherie.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!When I think about summer beauty, I think of someone being sunkissed and carefree. I think of light colors that emulate summer favorites; like watermelon, lilacs, and sunsets. With summer 2020 being nothing like any of the summers of our past, I wanted to share how summer beauty has always been about being bright and creative, through the words, and lens, of makeup.com and skincare.com's art director, Melissa Landestoy. Read on as she shares a bit about her life, and how she plans to emulate summer beauty despite being indoors. Tell us a little about what your work in beauty is like!"Currently, I’m the art director at makeup.com and skincare.com where I get to oversee the casting, photography, design, and branding for both sites. One day, I’m designing a wireframe for new functionality on our site and another day, I’m on set directing photography, collaborating with hair and makeup artists and pitching in to help steam clothes. No two days are the same! A day in the life these days looks so different from a couple months back, too. Lately, I’ve also been testing my own photography skills by shooting beauty content in my home—never NOT creating! On and off the clock, I’d consider myself and my work very colorful. I care deeply about every form of art that I touch—be it a moodboard I’m putting together for a client or the lipstick I choose to wear for the day. I see a form of art in everything that I do."What are some of your guiding beauty principles?"I start each day with the idea that I have to take care of myself in order to take care of others. I’ve learned so much about myself and my beauty routine over the years. I feel my best when I’m 'put together' and I alone define what that means on a daily basis. Sometimes, it’s putting on neon blue winged liner and sometimes it’s slicking my hair back in a high ponytail after having finished my skincare routine. I give myself permission to change it up and change it often! In that same breath, I’m extremely practical and live for balance. You will NEVER find me with a full face of makeup and contoured cheekbones at a 9am Zoom call. It’s just not happening!"What does beauty mean to you?"To me, beauty is defined by any one person’s collective experience and therefore, subjective. Beauty is inclusive and empowering, both overwhelming and just enough, it’s the reflection that we see within ourselves and in others. I believe there is tenderness and beauty in the untold stories, the ones we’ve yet to uncover. Beauty to me is two people watching the same sunset and having parallel experiences–having never met, not knowing of one another, but somehow connected at the same time."What's your aesthetic for this shelter-in-place summer?"Pastels and neons. Sipping Cafe Bustelo iced coffee and vintage fashion magazines spread out on the floor. Pink sunsets and my “Are and Be” Spotify playlist playing loudly in the background. A square neck bodysuit and my lilac Champion sweatpants. Hour-long FaceTime chats with your best friend and mascara running down your face. Spending hours mixing paint and stocking up on color palettes for future makeup looks. As a textbook, gotta-do-it-all Capricorn, it’s been hard to really, REALLY slow down. Shelter-in-place has been a major moment of growth for my solitude, my marriage, and for finding new ways to stay connected while social distancing. I allow myself to cry often, take it easy, and push myself to find happiness in the little things again."What are some of your makeup must-haves this summer?"YSL Water Stain Lip Stains are the new, new loves in my life. Equal parts pigmented stain and lucious oils… UGH, I STAN SO HARD! I also have been giving my face the breathing room it deserves while indoors. On the weekends, I’ve been reaching for the Kosas Tinted Face Oil (for the daytime) and Pat Mcgrath’s Skin Fetish Foundation for when I need a lil’ luxe coverage. ;)"
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PAT McGRATH LABSSKIN FETISH: SUBLIME PERFECTION FOUNDATIONShare your fave summer look and what inspired you!"If you follow me on IG (@lolmel), you know I’m a little color-crazed with my makeup looks. Color theory is kinda my thing and I’m instantly inspired to do a new makeup look if it means I get to try new makeup color combinations. I’m so into graphic liner this season because it’s turned into another form of art for me. IG makeup artists (like @rowisingh, @pradaolic, and @jonetwmakeup) keep me on my toes and inspired with their colorful makeup looks, too! I recently did a rainbow dotted liner look and I was so impressed by my ever-evolving makeup skills that I made it my LinkedIn photo. These job recruiters need to know that my talents go beyond art directing! LOL."
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how to style and manage thick hair!
hello everyone! today i am going to help give some tips and pointers on how to style and manage thick and/or long hair! if you cant tell, i have extremely thick, long, and fine hair. this is typical of scandinavians, as i am mostly scandinavian and get this hair type from my father. so, if you’re scandinavian as well, you also want probably struggle with your hair. my hair actually used to be much longer, but i cut it because im moving away soon and wont have access to my affordable hair stylist (my best friends mom)😂 the problem with thick, fine hair is that its very hair so curl and style because it doesnt want to stay put, and it doesnt hold curls very long. not to mention, curling my entire head of hair takes me about three hours😭 also, heats bad for your hair anyways, so none of these hairstyles involve heat! instead, they involve braids! now, any of variation of these styles can be done without braids. but i find braids to be a simple yet elegant way to manage hair like mine. i get a LOT of tangles very quickly, so braids help prevent tingles. another thing i use for thick hair is ARGAN MAGIC - 10 in 1 Treatment Leave in Spray this is a hair mist that de-frizzes my hair, and helps to smooth it out. its a good idea to always wet down your hair with hair mist or water, as it helps you be able to seperate and work with your hair. now lets get into the styles! style one: hair pulled back from face this style is really simple and can be done with braids or just plain hair. it involves pulling a front chunk of hair from each side away from the face and tying it together in the back. this helps get hair away from your face that may cause sweat or acne, and it can help to make your hair look more tame. style two: half up half down there are many ways to style to top section of your hair! in this photo, i simply put the top of hair in a ponytail, braided it, then tied it at the end. some girls like to do a bun on top, others do a plain pony. you can also french or dutch braid just the top part of your hair and leave the rest down if you like. this can help get your hair out of your face! style three: one sided dutch braid this hair style is a little more difficult. basically, i started a dutch braid on the left side of my head, and incorporated all of my hair into it. youre left with a nice side braid! i cant braid down the middle of my head, so this is a better option. also, double dutch or french braids look great for thick hair, as they look really big and stylish. definitely wet your hair for this one! so, how do you style your thick hair? do you have any other tips? dont forget to cheer and follow if you enjoyed ❤️
HOW TO SLEEP WITH & TREAT SUPER DRY HAIR!
My natural hair is longer than it has ever been. I have struggled with hair loss over the years but I’ve finally found a system that works for me. Washing & Conditioning: Once a month or each time I take out my protective styles I deep condition my hair with Salon Care cholesterol Cream Conditioner. I take the cream and fully saturate my hair and scalp with the product, cover my hair with a disposable plastic cap and put my heating cap on for 30 mins and wash my hair. Cholesterol is great for adding moisture to dry damaged hair. I use ogx - Coconut Miracle Oil Shampoo & ogx - Coconut Miracle Oil Conditioner . These products are amazing! They smell great and add much needed moisture to my hair leaving it looking shiny and healthy. Hydration: I add castor oil to my scalp every day and put it on my hands when I am twisting my hair for bed to add moisture and shine to my hair. I apply it from roots to ends of my hair about once a week or when I notice my hair starting to get dry. Castor oil promotes hair growth, repairs split ends, controls hair loss and helps to thicken hair. Sleep: When I am wearing my natural hair I will twist my hair before bed about 2 times during the week. When I twist my hair i wear a head scarf to protect my hair and keep everything in place. In the morning I will untwist my hair, separate the strands and use a wide tooth comb to fluff the roots. On nights after my initial twist out I will put my hair (untwisted) in my Grace Eleyae Satin Lined Cap. This protects my hair from friction when I sleep and helps my Hair retain moisture and shine. I also use a satin pillow case in case my scare or cap slips off while I am sleeping so that my hair is protected for friction damage. I use the one from Organic Olive Oil Root Stimulater. Protective Styles: This has really helped my hair to grow. I don’t keep my natural hair out for extended periods of time. I am also straying away from wigs because they can take moisture from your hair and the friction between the wig and your hair can cause breakage. When I get my hair braided it usually lasts 1-3 months depending on the style. Cornrow styles last about a month and box braids and twist last closet to 3. When my hair is in braids I put castor oil on my scalp every day or when my scalp feels dry. #CherieCreator
ARE YOUR MAKE UP TOOLS CAUSING YOUR BREAKOUTS?🤔
There are so many beauty tools out there to help us apply our makeup and give us a flawless finish, but could the tools we use be affecting the appearance of our skin? ⚡️Make-up Sponges: Makeup sponges make it easy to blend our makeup and apply face powders but they are pools for bacteria! Makeup and water can build up inside of make up sponges. Even mold can accumulate inside of the sponge without us knowing. The bacteria from makeup sponges can cause breakouts. ⚡️Oval Make-up Brush: These brushes are super dense with tons of bristles. While they make applying foundation and other creamy makeup easy dirt and makeup can get stuck inside the bristles and can be very hard to clean. This can cause build up of bacteria in the brush which can cause breakouts ⚡️Traditional Make-up Brush: A regular make up brush are not exempt from bacteria but because they are much less dense they are easier to clean. For foundation and concealer brushes we should be washing them a minimum of once a week and eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes should be cleaned at least twice a month to avoid build up and the accumulation of bacteria. ⚡️Silicone Blenders: These blenders are not porous so you maximize whatever product you are applying with it. It has a slick surface so it is easy to clean with soap and water or a makeup wipe. You don’t have to worry about bacteria getting inside of this beauty tool and causing breakouts. ⚡️How to clean brushes: 1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. 2. Place a drop of your cleanser of choice into the palm of your clean hand. 3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm. 4. Rinse the bristles thoroughly. 5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel. 6. Re-form the brush head back into its original shape. 7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of the counter which allows it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can turn mildewy. ⚡️How to clean make-up sponges: There are so many ways to wash a make-up sponge. You can throw it in the washing machine and wash with soap and water but the way I feel like I get the best clean is in the microwave to zap away bacteria. 1. Make soap and water mixture in microwave safe cup 2. Fully submerge sponge into mixture 3. Heat in microwave for about a minute 4. Rinse under clean water and squeeze out remnants of makeup 5. Let air dry Verdict: I think silicone blenders are the best for your skin and the most sanitary of the beauty tools but if you prefer other tools just make sure you clean them frequently and properly to avoid skin irritation and breakouts.
The Perfect “No-Makeup” Makeup Product
I’m not really one for foundation. I usually use a very light foundation if I do wear some — i.e. The Ordinary’s serum foundation. I’m unfortunately a “face toucher” so I can’t be bothered with face make up very often. I usually slap on concealer and bronzer in terms of face make up. With that being said, I’ve been loving the Graydon products I currently have and when I saw that they had a tinted moisturizer primer I had to try it. I read so many good reviews! GRAYDON - Face Glow For 40 mL this cost $24 CAD. I find I only use a tiny bit so the 40 mLs will last me a while. 🍁(PS it’s on sale. Regularly priced at $46 CAD)🍁 After my skincare I’ll pop this onto my face like I would any normal moisturizer. I use such a small amount and find it blends in beautifully. You can use a sponge or a brush but I’m lazy so I just use my fingers lol. This is perfect for a “no makeup” makeup look. The tint is gorgeous and gives me a healthy glow/complexion. Your skin looks radiant without looking like you’re wearing anything! I think it could work on most skin tones if you also wanted to just apply it as a highlight to your cheek bones or brow bones, or even under makeup as an actual primer. My concealer sits nicely over top of this and doesn’t cake or crease :) And with my bronzer I get a nice sun-kissed glow. I haven’t noticed any break outs, which is always good! 👌🏻 Haha! Why It’s Amazing: + It firms skin and improves elasticity with semi-precious smithsonite +Your skin glows with mineral-rich sustainably sourced mica +It brightens your complexion with ellagic acid rich raspberry seed oil +It minimizes the appearance of dark circles and spots with nutrient rich spirulina +It soothes your skin with aloe vera juice and zinc-rich pumpkin seed oil +It renews your look with skin nurturing sea buckthorn seed oil +It shields your face against the elements with non-nano zinc +It protects your skin from environmental stressors with rich buriti oil 100% recommend ❤️
10 Rules of Skincare ✨
Your roadmap to healthy, happy skin. 1. ALWAYS wear SPF. Yep even when it’s not sunny. Do it. 2. Do not pop 💥 your zits. Treat them instead! (Post to come on this 😊) 3. Exfoliate! Whether it’s a chemical or mechanical exfoliant. Regular exfoliation (2-3x per week) helps slough away dead skin cells and makes room for the new pretty ones. Plus it helps your skincare do its job 👍🏽 4. Do mask! I love multi-masking. I use a kaolin clay based purifying mask for my t-zones and a gentle cream based mask for my cheeks and décolleté 🧖🏽♀️ 5. 💧Moisturize morning and evening. These two products can be different depending on your skin type and goals. A common misconception is that oily skin types do not require moisturizing. 6. Avoid products that contain alcohol. This can lead to drying and irritation. 7. Introduce an eye cream! The skin around our eyes needs love too 👀 8. Change your pillow case every few days. These things harbor bacteria! Be mindful of fabric softeners or other harsh detergents that can be a cause of breakouts or skin irritation. 9. Don’t use makeup wipes to replace a cleanser. Just don’t do it. 10. Don’t use professional gadgets or skincare devices at home (unless you’ve had extensive training). Avoid suction devices or microderm tools you’ve seen on Instagram- leave that to a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist. And my own personal #1 rule ☝🏽: Don’t compare your skin journey to anyone else’s. We’re all on different paths here 😉
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