10 Makeup Bag Must-Haves for 2015!


At the beginning of 2014, I gave you a list of New Year Beauty Resolutions as a guide for feeling more beautiful throughout the entire New Year. Now, with the start of another New Year, I wanted to again provide you with some beauty wisdom that will help you make 2015 your most beautiful year yet!

Rather than another list of resolutions or telling you about products you shouldn’t be using, I instead compiled a concise list of the top 10 products you should have in your makeup bag right now. It wasn’t an easy task narrowing it down to 10, but what we ended up with was a list of the absolute core essential products that are a smart investment in your health and beauty routine and ones that will do double (or triple) duty to give you the most bang for your buck.

So join me as I describe – in no particular order – the 10 products I highly recommend keeping in your makeup bag throughout the next 12 months and beyond!

  1. Brightening Cleansing Water

No matter what your plans are for the rest of the day, whether you’re simply headed to the gym or to a black tie gala, this Brightening Cleansing Water is the product you should always begin (and end) your beauty routine with. It removes makeup and surface impurities, leaving skin clean and hydrated. Best of all, it’s impossible to mess up! To use, saturate a cotton pad and apply evenly to a clean face; no rinsing required!

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  1. Vitamin C Eye Treatment

Next, you need to focus on nourishing the delicate skin around your eyes. Now is always the best time to start a healthy skincare routine – whether you’re 21 or 81. While there are countless products on the market, this specially formulated eye treatment truly does it all in one small, but mighty tube. It builds underlying collagen tissue, firms skin, moisturizes dry, dehydrated skin, naturally lightens and brightens dark circles and offers antioxidant protection!

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  1. Vitamin C and E Lip Treatment

After your eyes, you want to have a product that also nourishes your lips. What’s worse than dry, cracked lips that are as hard to look at as they are hard to apply lip color to! This intensive-healing antioxidant balm helps repair dry, chapped, aging lips. Vitamin C retexturizes and smoothes fine lines, while a core of Vitamin E brings extra nourishment.

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  1. Tinted Primer with SPF 20

With a clean face and nourishes eyes and lips, you’re now ready to even out your skin tone. Instead of using several different products to moisturize, protect and even out blotches and blemishes, I highly recommend this one product that does it all. This undetectable, light, creamy fluid tinted primer smoothes skin, evens tone and warms the complexion with a subtle radiance. It is enriched with a blend of Hyaluronic Acid and age-defying Ceramides to help improve skin hydration and overall skin integrity. Additionally, the oil-free formula helps minimize the appearance of large pores, and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

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  1. Brow Pen

Your eyebrows play an important role framing your face and adding structure and balance. So often, women neglect their brows for fear that filling them in will look unnatural. My response is that you just haven’t found the right product yet…until now!

The SuperWear Brow Definer’s precision, felt-tip pen defines and fills-in brows for hours of indelible wear. It’s designed for expert control and easy application so that your brows will never look “painted on.” The quick-dry formula sets instantly, and won’t smudge or stray, as it delivers a lasting, natural finish and professional makeup artist results.

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  1. Brow Set Gel

Once you’ve created the perfect brow, you want to keep everything in its place. This brow set gel is an often overlooked makeup must-have because it’s meant to go undetected. The clear, brush-on gel sets quickly to sculpt brows, for easy, error-free contouring. Most importantly, it’s flake and feather resistant so you can be confident that your brows will look perfect from morning to night even when you can’t see them.

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  1. NEW: Luxury Mascara

By now, you have likely tried and experienced the profound power of a quality mascara. It can take your eyelashes from non-existent to supermodel status in mere seconds. I highly recommend investing in a quality mascara that gives you clump-free length and definition. The CARMINA-CRISTINA Luxury Mascara is new to the product line and offers a unique curved brush shape that targets even the finest lashes in the corners of your eyes so that your eyes look wider and brighter.

  1. NEW: Eye Shadow Base

Using an eye shadow base is especially important for aging skin that color can set into. A good quality eye shadow base creates a protective layer and prevents the natural oils of your lids from affecting the pigment and placement of your eye shadow product. Using an eye shadow base ensures smooth, even color that will look great now and hours from now.

Want to try out the newest CARMINA-CRISTINA makeup products first-hand? Visit our Makeup Boutique in the heart of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania where you will benefit from one-on-one advice from Carmina herself. With her expert help, you will learn how to maximize your results from the products, giving you an immediate return on your investment. Carmina also regularly holds workshops and seminars in her beautiful, naturally-lit boutique. Visit www.carminacristina.com for her upcoming class schedule!

Inside the Carmina-Cristina Makeup Boutique in Camp Hill.

Inside the Carmina-Cristina Makeup Boutique in Camp Hill.

With Carmina's personalized attention and expert advice, you'll be sure to leave with the perfect products to fit your look!

With Carmina’s personalized attention and expert advice, you’ll be sure to leave with the perfect products to fit your look!

A happy (and beautiful) customer after a consultation and mini-makeover courtesy of Carmina Cristina!

A happy (and beautiful) customer after a consultation and mini-makeover courtesy of Carmina Cristina!

  1. NEW: Neutral Eye Shadow Trio

Once you’ve primed your lids with the eye shadow base, you’re ready to contour and highlight your eye with shadow. While I do love color, for the purpose of this top 10 list, I recommend having a simple eye shadow trio which includes three different neutral shades that complement your skin tone. These are colors you can wear every day, with any outfit and for any occasion. They offer extreme versatility and can even be made to look different depending upon how you apply the colors.

  1. Plumping Sheer Lip Gloss

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of collecting far too many lip colors we don’t like and will never use. If I can recommend just one lip gloss to keep in your makeup bag this year, it’s the Plumping Sheer Lip Gloss in a neutral color. What makes this product special is that it is infused with real diamond dust! This allows it to instantly fill in fine lines (with collagen micro-spheres), giving a long lasting plumping effect and reducing wrinkles (with ceramide peptides). And unlike those uncomfortable, drying lip sticks, this gloss hydrates lips with water-attracting skin plumpers.

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BONUS TIP! 5 Makeup Must-Haves On the Go!

As an added bonus to this expert advice, I also wanted to give you my list of the top 5 makeup products you need to have in your retouching kit on the go. Here they are!

  1. Lip Gloss/Lip Stick – Whatever you applied on your lips before leaving the house, take it with you on the go! You will surely be due to a touch up after food and drink or just after several hours of wear.
  2. Lip Liner – While packing your lip gloss, be sure and throw your matching lip liner in your bag as well. Redefining your lines will really help to keep your lips looking fresh all day long.
  3. Blotting Powder – Sun, rain, snow, heat, humidity, stress and simply enough hours of wear will cause your skin to get moist and oily. This invisible blotting powder allows you to quickly absorb the excess oil while keeping your makeup intact and looking fresh.
  4. Black Eye Liner – When applying black eyeliner, especially to the waterline on your eyes, you can expect that this will need retouched every so many hours. If you’re planning to be at an event where weather or tears may play an added role, you’ll definitely want your black liner on hand to refresh your eye makeup throughout the day.
  5. Powder – Finally, a fresh coat of powder can do wonders for refreshing your look. It combats shine and can help reduce the look of redness and blemishes that may have chosen to appear throughout the day.

Have these makeup must-haves inspired you to clean out your own makeup bag as part of your 2015 New Years resolutions? Then I have the perfect special occasion for you! Join me at my NEW beauty boutique located at 2209 Market Street in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania on January 30 at 5:30pm for a FREE “Clean Out Your Makeup Bag” party! There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. You will receive one-on-one expert advice from me, Carmina as to what’s working and not working for your current makeup routine. You will also enjoy refreshments and get the chance to explore the many products of my signature product makeup and skincare line. I hope to see you and your friends there! Email carmina@carminacristina.com for more information!

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Looking for a Fun and Unique Girls Night Out?


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There are only so many times you can spend your Girls Night Out going to the same restaurant or movie theater before you need a change of pace. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to spend time with your ladies, we’ve got the answer!

Carmina Cristina is now offering private makeup parties for small groups at her Beauty Bar in Lemoyne with some extra special presents for the host. After all, what could be more relaxing than a few hours spent indulging with luxurious beauty products, snacks and wine?

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This is a great opportunity to get your friends together for some real quality time where internationally trained professional makeup artist, Carmina will personally teach you the latest makeup techniques and answer all of your makeup-related questions in a fun and friendly environment. Here’s how the private parties work.

First, you can choose between Carmina’s 1.5 hour long seminar or 3 hour long workshop. The seminars make for a good introductory class with instruction and live demonstration from Carmina. The workshops are much more interactive and hands-on, allowing every guest to personally try out the techniques with step-by-step instruction. What option is best for your group? This will depend upon a couple of factors and we can help you decide when you contact us!

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Next, Carmina will work with you to create a custom-designed seminar/ workshop theme that is tailored to the specific needs and interests of your group. This ensures you and your friends will have a truly unique and valuable experience.

For seminars, every guest will receive…

  • One and a half hours of instruction and demonstration in a private, relaxed and intimate setting
  • Workshop theme tailored to the specifics needs/interests of your group
  • Expert advice, tips and professional secrets from internationally trained makeup artist, Carmina Cristina
  • Wine and refreshments (also welcome to BYOB)
  • Social time with Carmina and your friends throughout the seminar

For workshops, every guest will receive…

  • Three hours of practice, hands-on application and demonstration in a private, relaxed and intimate setting
  • Workshop theme tailored to the specifics needs/interests of your group
  • Expert advice, tips and professional secrets from internationally trained makeup artist, Carmina Cristina
  • Top-of-the-line professional makeup Brush Kit to keep! ($49 value)
  • Custom designed Makeup Kit including a carefully selected palette for eye shadows, blush and powder to enhance your beauty ($75 value)
  • Wine and refreshments (also welcome to BYOB)
  • Social time with Carmina and your friends throughout the workshop

Special gifts for you, the host…

  • Book a private party with 3 additional guests and enjoy 40% off your registration cost
  • Book a private party with 6 additional guests and enjoy FREE registration
  • If your party purchases $500 or more in product, you will receive 30% off your entire product purchase

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Treat yourself and those you love with the gifts of beauty and confidence at your next girls night out, birthday party, bachelorette party, retirement party or any other special occasion where you simply want to create a fun and unique memory. Contact carmina@carminacristina.com to get started planning your event!

Want to attend one of Carmina’s seminars or workshops, but don’t need a private party? Check out all of our upcoming public events here.

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Spring and Summer Makeup Trends for 2014 – Blue Mood


It’s one of the most exciting times of the year! As we welcome back the warmer weather, sunshine and time spent outdoors, the bright colors of this new season begin to surround us everywhere. But these vibrant hues aren’t limited to Mother Nature, this year’s Spring and Summer makeup trends are also making good use of these fresh shades. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been seeing on the runways and can expect to see on faces all around us this coming season.

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Trends for Spring 2014

Barefaced Beauty, Pastel Eye Shadows, Orange Lipstick and White Liner

This spring we’re seeing a totally trendy, all-natural look that is accented by bold pastel colors on the eyes. And for the lips? Get ready to see a whole new hue that will really bring the fresh spring colors to life on the face – orange lipstick!

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The look: Ironically the biggest makeup trend for this spring is the effortless look of bare skin. This look requires well-conditioned skin which is why we can expect to skin the popularity of BB,CC and DD creams play to continue to rise. These skin products play a big role in helping with uneven skin tone, age spots, wrinkles and other simple skin issues. They typically have light-diffusing particles, which visually even skin tone. Plus, they pack a super-dose of antioxidants to hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun.

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The look: Pastel tinted eyeshadows are the perfect contrast against the bare-skin look for the season. Look at how they gave models at Miu Miu a youthful charm! Pat McGrath chose lilac, lemon, pistachio and aqua hues in a subtle wash across the lids. All of the colors brought the face to life, but it was the blue that really stood out.

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Bright Orange Lips

The look: From neon to coral, orange tones make loud mouths cool this season. It’s interesting to note that in Paris and Milan, lips were largely left natural, but in New York they stole the show. Bright, matte lips packed a punch and the look carried into London Fashion Week as well.

White Liner

The look: Yet another trend from the 90’s is making a comeback this season. We’re seeing white liner placed on the top and bottom eyelids. It looks fresh and fun, especially paired with a hot pink or orange lipstick.

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Trends for Summer 2014

Aquatic Eyes and Nudes, Earthy Browns and Gold Tones

Blue eyeshadow has always conjured up images of 80’s disco divas, schoolgirls who have just discovered makeup and the perennially unused shades in beauty palettes. But for Sumer 2014, the trend is to throw these preconceptions aside and open our minds to embrace a modern take on blue hues.

This season, makeup artists are taking shades of azure, aqua, sapphire and sky and making them new again. Whether as a flash of electric blue on the lower lash line or in bold blocks of opaque color across the lids, this is a trend that truly offers something for everyone!

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The look: Blue eyes are as bold or as subtle as you like this season. It’s a continuation from 2013 when the trend first returned, but it’s now expanded to include so much more. For a more conservative look, start with a subtle liner. If you’re ready to go bold, try a block of color-rich eyeshadow.  I recommend trying the Spring sunset shades for a very relaxed summer day.

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Nudes, Earthy Browns and Gold Tones

The look: What better to accent the blue hues than nudes, earthy browns and gold tones? This is a killer color combination! Try pairing a gold makeup look with brown liner and soft matte nude lips. The warm tones will accent the glow or your sun-kissed skin this summer and give you that goddess-like appearance!

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So fashion dreamers, the trends of Spring and Summer 2014 bring many reasons to celebrate! With an emphasis on youthful skin, fresh, bright colors and a modern take on retro trends, now is the time to explore and experiment with some new accents to your everyday look.

Do you want to learn first-hand how to create these looks? We have the perfect opportunity for you on Sunday, June 22. Join Carmina-Cristina at her signature Spring/Summer 2014 Best Makeup Trends seminar and gain a solid foundation for flawless makeup while learning how to seamlessly incorporate the latest trends into your everyday look. Click here for more information! 

What is your favorite trend for Spring or Summer 2014? Join in the discussion by sharing below!

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5 Reasons Why Commercial Projects Need a Professional Makeup Artist


From billboards and professional head shots to television commercials and magazine ads, we see examples of completed commercial projects on a daily basis. Some of these appear professional and polished while others lack the same quality and level of talent. One of the main differences between these two very different finished products is the use of a professional makeup artist.

A professional makeup artist is an asset to your team, a professional image for your company and a valuable investment that saves you on editing and retouching. Whether it’s being filmed or photographed, makeup artistry will help you deliver the highest level of quality and professionalism to your client. Here are five reasons why your next commercial project needs a professional makeup artist.

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1. They save you time – A professional makeup artist takes several big tasks off your list. They organize the talent, keep them moving on schedule and ensure they’re looking their absolute best.

2. They save you money – Retouching film isn’t cheap and can be a significant line-item in your budget. With a professional makeup artist, you will save money in the long run by making your talent look flawless from the start.

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4. They prepare the talent – Many clients are new to the limelight and may feel nervous in front of a camera. A professional makeup artist will help give them confidence and relax them before their big moment.

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5. They build your professional team – A professional makeup artist becomes an extension of your team, an extra set of hands and assists you in achieving the overall look and feel you desire for your project.

For many commercial projects, time and budget is a big consideration. A professional makeup artist is a valuable asset to your team that will help you to maximize both of these things and keep your project on track. Aside from just expert makeup application, a professional makeup artist is that extra set of eyes, hands and creative mind on set that will help you deliver exceptional quality to your clients!

Learn more about Central Pennsylvania’s Top Commercial Makeup Artist.

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Interview with CARMINA-CRISTINA: 6 Expert Tips for Organizing Your Makeup


For so many women, it’s one of the most disorganized and chaotic spaces in our home. No it’s not the pantry, the laundry room or even the closet – it’s our makeup drawer! Picture the space where you store all of your makeup products. What does it look like? If you’re like most of us, this might look like a mini bomb went off in your bathroom. But what would it really take to get more organized? This is the question we aim to answer in this week’s blog post!

Professional makeup artist CARMINA-CRISTINA joins us and answers some of our most desperate questions surrounding makeup organization. Because makeup is both her passion and her livelihood, organization of her countless products is critical. Here are 6 key ways in which Carmina recommends getting your beauty routine organized.

Q: From bags and boxes to bins and trays, how do you know what organizational style is right for YOU?

A: It really depends on how much makeup you have in your arsenal, but also how much counter space you have to devote to makeup storage. Also, cosider how much you like to play-up your look. Are you someone who wears the same colors every day? Or are you someone who likes to play with different looks, textures? This will dictate how much space you need and what you keep at the forefront.

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Q: Where do you recommend purchasing the organizational solutions? (i.e. a big box retailer, a specialty makeup store, on-line, etc)

A: It really doesn’t matter, as long as you find the right fit for you! You can sometimes look in odd places and you will find some great options. Think kitchen supplies stores, office supply stores and jewelry organizers. I personally recommend transparent organizers because you can easily see what it is in it.

Q: What’s the biggest mistake women make when organizing their makeup?

A: Women tend to hang on to too many things they’re simply never going to use. And who can’t relate to this? Specifically, I’m talking about makeup and skincare that they never used, and they will never use because they tried it once or twice, found out it doesn’t work for them but keep it because it was so expensive that they feel bad throwing it out. I’m just as guilty of this mistake! You have to declutter your makeup products just as you would your closet. If you haven’t used it in several months, it needs to go!

Q: What about when it comes to travel; how can you easily organize your makeup for the road?

A: First, consider where you’re going and what type of makeup you’ll need while there.  This will determine whether you pack just the products for your daytime makeup routine or whether you need something more glamorous for the evening. No matter where you’re doing, do not forget your skincare products and your makeup removers! These can be even more important than your makeup as it will help keep you on a healthy routine for your skin.

Then, transfer the selected products into travel bottles and take just the quantity you need. Think about multifunctional products. Products that will meet multiple needs so that you can slim down the number of products you’re packing. A great example is my new Brightening Cleansing Water. It removes impurities as well as makeup from the face while hydrating the skin. Even if you didn’t wear any makeup that day, you should still use this product to make your skin feel clean and refreshed. Did I mention that it works wonderful for men’s skin too?

SPECIAL OFFER: Send us a quick e-mail at carmina@carminacristina.com if you would like a free sample of our new Brightening Cleansing Water. It will make you a believer!

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Another example is my SPF 20 Primer. This protects your skin from the sun and gives you an even skintone while hydrating the skin (thanks the the hyaluronic acid and ceramides that trap the moisture inside your skin).

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Q: Do you have any out-of-the-box tips for getting organized – things people might not normally think to do?

A: Organize your makeup and skincare products in the order you normally apply them every day.  This will help you move quickly and efficiently through your makeup routine. Also, keep your brushes clean! Besides keeping away bacteria, a clean brush will give you a smooth natural effect versus a makeup stain.

Q: What’s one of your own biggest struggles with keeping your makeup organized?

A: As I mentioned before, I struggle to toss the things are not working for me. I think that maybe, someday, I will use them and because I spent good money on them I shouldn’t toss them. But really, I’m doing myself – and my makeup organization – a big disservice but not admitting that “someday” will never come. Any unused products must go!

There you have it – some of the best expert advice on how to better organize your makeup! The most important thing to keep in mind is that you must pick a solution that meets YOUR needs. Every person has a unique makeup routine that requires a different organizational style. And don’t forget to think outside the box. An office supply store or hardware store offer some great, cheap solutions.

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Are you local and want more advice from Carmina? Schedule a FREE consultation at her Beauty Bar located in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania and enjoy complimentary expert advice. Simply email carmina@carminacristina.com to set a date!

What tips and tricks have you found most helpful for organizing your makeup products? Or what struggles do you still encounter? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below and Carmina will personally answer with expert advice!

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New Year Beauty Resolutions


It’s the New Year – a time in which we’re all thinking about ways we can improve ourselves and tackle the goals we’ve been putting off. For you, maybe this is to eat healthier, lose some weight, start a hobby or rekindle a friendship. But among all of these common New Year resolutions, there’s one very important category that always seems to lack our attention – beauty.

What will you do this year to make yourself feel more beautiful?

We don’t often think about the impact our beauty routine has on our mood, confidence and overall health, but even the smallest changes can significantly change the way we feel about ourselves! This year, why not resolve to refresh some of your beauty habits to create a healthier, more beautiful you? Both inside and out!

So, forget those larger-than-life resolutions that are impossible to keep! Instead, start with these 12 easy steps to improve your makeup routine and your overall feeling of beauty for 2014.

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Resolution #1

Throw out your makeup sponge after every use (or at least once a week). Bacteria love to hide here and can cause your skin to breakout if not replaced often. Think of it this way: you can buy a 32-pack of makeup sponges for less than a Starbucks coffee!

Resolution #2

Wash your face every night before bed (or at least keep cleansing wipes on your nightstand). Your skin needs time to breath and a clean, moisturized face before bed will give it hours to rejuvenate, leaving you looking more refreshed in the morning. Try CARMINA-CRISTINA Wet Cleansing Makeup Wipes NEW for 2014, $15.

Resolution #3

Throw out your mascara every six months—it’s a breeding ground for bacteria! If you notice a change in smell, throw it out sooner. This small investment twice a year can improve your makeup wear and save you from health issues, especially around an area as sensitive as your eyes.

Resolution #4

The New Year is the perfect time to clean out your makeup bag. Make it your fresh start for 2014! You’ll be amazed at the outdated, broken and unsafe looking products you’ll find hiding in there. This will also show you what you have versus what you need to avoid duplicate purchase.

Resolution #5

Change your moisturizer to a primer that has an SPF. Already use one? Look for one that is infused with Hyaluronic acid and Ceramides  that will trap the moisture inside your skin & protect it from cold, while the SPF protects it from the sun. Try CARMINA-CRISTINA Tinted Primer SPF 20, $38.00.

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Resolution #6

Clean your lip and eye pencils every month simply by sharpening them. Not only will this ensure their points are precise, it will also remove dirt and bacteria that tend to build up over time.

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Resolution #7

Clean your makeup brushes weekly, since build-up can lead to breakouts or infections. This also keeps your brushes in the best shape possible, extending the life of their use  – and your investment!

Resolution #8

Choose the perfect shade of foundation by using your jaw line as your color match. This area is the most evenly toned part of your face and won’t leave you looking like you have two distinct skin colors, especially under natural light.

Resolution #9

When moisturizing your face, don’t just stop at your chin. Apply your skincare products to both your face and neck for optimal results. This will help to create toned and moisturized skin that ages evenly, extending the look of your beauty beyond just your face.

Resolution #10

Start using an eye cream. It’s never too early or late to fight fine lines and wrinkles! This moderate investment now will pay huge dividends to making you look more youthful for years to come. Think of it this way: it’s much less expensive and invasive than the surgical procedures that reverse aging!

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Resolution #11

Maintain your eyebrows. They are the high points of your face that have the powerful to completely redefine its shape. Without clean arches and groomed brows, even the best makeup application will still look messy. Care for them regularly like you would care for your hair or nails.

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Resolution #12

Schedule a beauty date with your BFF, sister or mom. This is a great way to spend quality time together while feeling pampered and indulged. Best of all, you will all leave with beauty tips and tricks that will enhance your look for years to come! Here’s a great way to spend a “girl’s afternoon,” attend a CARMINA-CRISTINA hands-on workshop and learn skin care essentials and the perfect daytime beauty routine. Learn more here!

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It’s the beginning of a new year and the perfect opportunity to clear your mind of old habits that are holding you back. The same applies to your beauty routine! Make 2014 the year in which you refresh your makeup bag and the way you apply your makeup. To really kick start this New Year resolution, consider attending one of my signature workshops designed for all levels where you’ll learn and experiment with the latest techniques, essential for flawless skin and every day beauty.

Share your New Year makeup resolutions! What are you planning to do in 2014 to feel more beautiful?

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Tips To Refresh and Recreate Your Makeup Style


Think back to the first time you learned to apply makeup. For most women, this was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Since then, you’ve updated your clothes, hair and personal style, but have you updated your makeup routine? Makeup trends and techniques have changed just as much as all other aspects of our world. If you’re still applying your makeup as you did decades ago, it’s time to take a fresh look at your makeup bag!

Many women avoid changing their beauty routine because change can seem complicated and intimidating. But simply put, your outer beauty should reflect your inner personality. Don’t feel pressured to wear bold colors or fake eyelashes if that’s not a representation of who you are. It’s most important to choose a look that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. Whatever reason you’re using to avoid updating your makeup routine, put it aside and open your mind to a beautifully modern new you.

Stay-young-tips-for-women-by-Makeup-Artist-Carmina-CristinaHere are some simple tips to help you refresh your makeup style today!

1. Prepare your skin

The most tried and true principle of makeup application is to prepare your skin. If you’re not currently doing this, make this change today! Before applying any makeup, you need to prepare your eyes, lips and skin with the right level of hydration for you. Depending upon whether you have dry, normal or oily skin, you should select a moisturizer and primer to meet your needs. Keep in mind that the right cream for your eyes may not be the right cream for the rest of your face. Pay special attention to each part of your face and treat it uniquely.

2. Moisturize

Moisturizer applied to a freshly washed face evens the skin porosity and allows the foundation to blend evenly. This is a critical step to preparing your skin and should be done each and every day. More than any other part of your body, your face is exposed to all the elements such as sun, wind and pollution. A quality moisturizer will help you replenish the hydration you lose throughout the day, making you look younger and keeping your skin healthier to prevent premature aging.

beauty-tips-for-women over-50-by-Makeup-Artist-Carmina-Cristina3. Never underestimate the power of foundation

The right foundation is one of the single most powerful makeup products you can use. The difference is immediate and profound! If you don’t think you need foundation, think again. Everyone can enhance their features by first evening out their complexion and hiding any discolorations or imperfections such as dark-sun spots, red spots and inflamed areas.  This step in your makeup routine can make you look 10 years younger in just several minutes. If you haven’t been wearing foundation, you’ve been missing out on some incredible benefits!

4. Don’t overdo it

Many women will opt not to wear foundation (or any makeup at all) because it feels thick, sticky and uncomfortable on their skin. This is a sign that you’re not using the right product or technique. The key is to use as little product as possible so that it still looks like natural skin.  Another tip is to use multi-functioning products like a primer that offers sun protection while evening out your skin tone. This eliminates extra layers of product and gives your skin a very natural look and feel.

Even-face-skin-tone naturally-BB-Cream-SPF20-by-Carmina-Cristina Try CARMINA-CRISTINA’s Tinted Primer. This product is undetectably light with just enough color to warm the complexion. It acts as a moisturizer, foundation and sun screen all in one and is hypoallergenic without any fragrances or parabens.  Click here to shop and enjoy 10% off this product throughout the month of December. Simply use the code DECSAVE upon checkout! 

5. Choose quality products

Any product you put on your skin, especially the skin on your face, should be of the highest quality. This small investment will give you quality makeup ingredients that provide better light-reflecting properties and last longer so you stay looking fresh from day to evening. Just as quality clothes have a better fit, quality makeup is also more flattering to your features. While higher-quality products may cost more upfront, you actually use less and reapply less so they last much longer than their less-expensive counterparts.

beauty-tips-for-women over-40-by-Makeup-Artist-Carmina-Cristina6. Cream-based products have staying power

Aging skin can be emphasized with makeup that smears off or is absorbed into the skin throughout the day. To keep your face looking as fresh as it did when you first applied your makeup, it again comes down to the right products. Cream-based makeup provides all-day staying power and gives you ultimate control with application. Powders can settle into fine lines and wrinkles, emphasizing the areas you want to cover up. Cream-based products blend seamlessly into the skin’s complexion and stay exactly where you place them. TIP: anything you apply as cream, such as lip liners, eye liners, primer and foundation, will stay in place better if set with a powder.

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7. It’s all about the eyes

Our eyes are the first part of our face to show age. Fortunately, there are many makeup techniques that allow us to add youth and vitality to the eyes. First, use eye shadow. Pick a color that compliments your skin tone (and personality) and use it to add depth and interest to the eye area. Then, curl your lashes! Many women are intimidated by a lash curler, but they are as easy to use a tweezer and offer a big impact for your efforts. Next, line the eyes with eyeliner. Much like with the lash curler, don’t be intimidated! Every woman is capable of applying eyeliner with just a little practice and confidence. Finish off the eyes with mascara – this is one of the most noticeable differences you can make to your face. Mascara draws attention to all the right places and really “dresses up” your look.  Want a hands-on way to learn the latest eye makeup techniques? Attend one of CARMINA-CRISTINA’s signature seminars!

8. Pay attention to your brows

Your eyebrows may be made up of hair, but they should be treated much differently than the hair on your head. They are just as much a part of your face as your eyes and lips, so be sure to include them as part of your daily beauty routine. Defining your brows also defines the shape of your face. You can quite literally give yourself an instant facelift and erase years from you look all with a little attention to the brow area.  Next to a good bra, it’s the best thing you can do for a lift!

Eyebrow-shaping-tips-Waterproof-Brow-Definer-by-Carmina-CristinaTry CARMINA-CRISTINA’s Super Wear Brow Definer for its expert control and easy application. The quick-dry formula sets instantly and won’t smudge or stray!
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Whether it’s been just a few years or several decades since you’ve updated your makeup products and techniques, there’s no better time than right now to discover the (modern) beauty in you! Visit CarminaCristina.com for more makeup tips, inspiration, seminars and to shop her exclusive line of makeup products!

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Join us at one of Carmina’s upcoming Beauty After Hours events to learn essential makeup techniques just in time for the holiday season! Our next events are on Tuesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 12 from 6:30-7:30pm. Cost is just $25 and is fully redeemable in product (with qualifying purchase). Visit www.carminacristina.com for more details and to register today!

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