FACE it (formerly Alias Professional)

Jacksonville Area Makeup and Spa Services by Nicholle Roberson              Call Now!  801-499-6132

Five Makeup Artist Tips to Make Mature Skin Look Younger

(Mothers of the bride, this is for you!!!) January 12th 2018

So your skin is more mature and the same old makeup tricks are no longer working for you as well as you'd like.  No worries!  Times change and so should you!  Here are a few easy tips to help you look your best!

1.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!!

More mature skin tends to look more crepey. This is due to a lack of hydration and the skin’s decreased ability to hold as much moisture. Use a serum with sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients help attract and bind moisture to the skin. With increased hydration the skin looks more dewey and plump. I’ve gotten great results from Image Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler. Use your fingertips to apply.

2.  Stop it from moving!  Prime it!

Before using eyeshadows apply an eye shadow primer all over your lid from lashes to brow to keep the shadows from creasing and to help them last all day. I like either MAC’s Prep & Prime 24-Hour Eye Base or their Paint Pot in Painterly or Soft Ochre depending on your skin tone. Use a synthetic concealer brush to apply.

3.  This is where we don’t draw the line!

If your eyes are hooded (which as we age happens to most of us) avoid lining above the lashes on the upper lash line. Instead line the upper eyelid in the lash line or just below it on the waterline. This will accentuate the lash line without making the eye look smaller. Use a pencil that is safe for the waterline and waterproof so it doesn’t smear. I like using MAC’s Modern Twist Kajal liner in Squid.

4.  Prime to look sublime!

As you age your skin gets more textured, more fine and deeper lines. Using a primer is just like priming a wall before you paint it. Priming fills in the lines so that when you put foundation over the top it looks smooth. My absolute favorite product for this is MAC Prep & Prime Skin. I apply it with a flat foundation brush specifically around the eye area as well as the rest of the face.

5.  Correct, correct, correct!

Before putting on concealer or foundation correct age spots, dark circles, and any other kind of pigment damage. I like MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose for lighter skin. For darker skin types I like MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost or Bright Forecast. These I apply to dark circles using the MAC concealer brush and then use the MAC 217 brush or a Beauty blender to feather it out. For darker spots on the face I use the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in a tone that matches the skin. It is waterproof and long lasting and works well under foundations.

There you go 5 easy tips that really help mature skin to look fresh and beautiful for that special day!

Five ways to prepare your skin for your wedding day - January 4th 2018

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. At Alias Professional I know that’s why you’ve chosen me as your on location wedding makeup artist. I love helping you get ready. Here are 5 things you can do in advance to have your face in tip top shape.  (I carry most of the products mentioned in salon):

Lips – everyone will be watching for that lovely smile. It’s important that your lips are in tip top shape. This will help your lipstick to look lovely and last longer. We recommend using the Image Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex. Use it at night before you go to bed and in the morning when you are getting ready. To get rid of dead skin on your lips you can make your own lip scrub by combining ¼ teaspoon of olive oil with ¼ teaspoon of sugar. Gently rub on your lips to remove dead skin. Repeat once a week.

Eyes – start using an eye cream to help with moisturizing the eye area. Our favorites are Image Skincare's
Max Stem Cell Eye Cream, Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel or Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream. They will help diminish the look of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. Also, when washing your face avoid steam as it can increase puffiness. Cold compresses can help diminishes puffiness as well as redness of the whites of the eyes. A cucumber placed over the eyelid can help as well.

Brows - Have your eyebrows and other areas of your face waxed, dermaplaned, threaded or tweezed at least 3 days prior to your wedding day (a week out if your skin is sensitive and tends to get red or break out).  This will help airbrushed or conventional makeup to lie flat on the skin and not emphasize facial hair.  Brush through your brows at night and in the morning to help tame them to grow in the correct direction.  This is a treatment we can start a couple months out.  This will help to eliminate some hairs over time.

Facial treatment - Start getting facials a few months prior to your wedding day, at least once a month - up to once a week, ending with a facial the week prior to your wedding day. If that's not in your budget try using an enzyme masque/mud masque combination once to twice a week.  First cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser then apply an enzyme masque.  This will remove the build up of dead skin cells that make the skin look dull.  Massage in and leave on for 10 minutes.  I like the Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque.  Next apply a mineral mud masque.  Try Ojavan’s Npato mineral mud face and body masque.   It will visibly improve the appearance of skin tone and texture, minimize the look of pores and provide a radiant glow.  On a regular basis make sure you wash all of your makeup off and apply a moisturizer at night and in the morning after you wash your face apply a moisturizer like the Image Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF30.

Tan lines – nothing worse than a sunburn or tan lines on your wedding day when you have to worry about how your skin looks with the neck line on your wedding dress. Make sure to use sunscreen all over especially on your face, arms, back and decollete. If you are getting a spray tan exfoliate your body prior to and that will help it look more even.  If you want to use a self tanner, I've had good look with this one Australian Gold Spray Tanner SPF30

Welcome to my blog!  January 4th, 2018

Welcome to my blog!  It's January 4th 2018 and I'm sitting here at my desk contemplating all that I will be creating in my business this year.  It's interesting.  I've been in the beauty industry since 1994 and I feel like I'm starting all over again!!!  It's a long story but thought some of you might benefit from it seeing how lot's of times we need to "start over". 

In late spring 2017 my husband accepted a position with his new company in Florida.  We've contemplated moving here for over 20 years.  I always thought that my kids would be moving with us but alas they're all grown up and opted for the choice to do their "adulting" on their own and stay behind in Utah.  Much to my sadness we packed up and moved to Florida and arrived here officially on July 7th 2017.  My husband started work on July 10th.  Me, well that's and even deeper story.

So, like I said, I've been in the beauty industry since 1994.  I was doing facials and teaching makeup classes before there were any esthetician courses.  I apprenticed under the experts in the field from whom I wanted to learn their skills, attended master classes, bought and studied books, etc.  When Utah finally decided to start licensing estheticians I was grandfathered in as a master esthetician based upon my experience.  I actually had been a guest trainer at most of the cosmetology schools so my experience was accepted and I became licensed in 2001.  Over the years I've done facials, microdermabrasions, body wraps, lash extensions, lash and brow tinting, brow shaping and lots and lots of makeup.  

As a makeup artist I've worked on many independent films, commercial ad campaigns for corporations, social media work, runway work for Utah Fashion Week, fitness competitor show makeup, makeup tips and training videos, sports television, etc.  I've partnered with many photographers and models on creative avant garde shoots and editorials.  I've loved my craft and I have studied it in depth.  You could imagine my disappointment when I arrived in Florida and learned you can't practice what you've done for the past 24 years because your grandfathered license isn't accepted here in Florida.  OMG!  What?!  You're kidding right?  No, they weren't kidding.  I had to find a school that was in my budget to get re-licensed so I could get back to what I enjoyed doing so much.  Well that led me to the next chapter of the story.

After searching through many esthetician schools which seemed very pricey and frankly didn't have the best of reviews (two schools had actually closed down in the past year) I found Alpha School of Massage.  At first I couldn't believe it...it seemed too good to be true.  It was just $199 to sign up and then $99 a month till you graduate to cover supplies.  You paid for your schooling by performing services instead if incurring a huge tuition bill.  It was awesome!  I got such a good energy from the school owner, Adam Driggers. They recognized that I had previous experience and gave me the opportunity to start with a class that had started the end of June as long as I could pass off on my treatments. They said I would catch up on the lessons I missed with the next class that started.   I went home and discussed it with my husband and decided to go with Alpha.  I started school August 14th.  I have to admit I was a little skeptical as to how much more I could learn.  Then I was blessed to meet my new instructor.

Candace Barker, my instructor was one of the most knowledgeable estheticians I had ever met.  She had years of experience as a medical esthetician, med spa administrator, etc.  Her insights were invaluable.  Alpha's program lasted a little over five months, 500 hours.  I spent as many hours as I could quizzing her on the effects of different variations of the treatments we did.  Everyday was more exciting then the next and each day I grew more eager to get back out into the field to get started with everything.  I finished December 22nd, an early Christmas present.  I'm so grateful for their program and would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to study esthetics.  The wonderful part was that I learned so many new skills, treatments, and advances in esthetics that have recently come out that I fell even more in l love with what I do!  That's the final chapter of this blog!

It's with great excitement that I am offering these wonderful treatments as well to my makeup clients.  You see, makeup can look even more beautiful if you are starting with an excellent canvas, beautiful skin.  Facials, microdermabrasions, chemical peels, electrical current treatments, etc all add to the toolbox an esthetician/makeup artist has to help you with your skin.  Along the way I was introduced to Image Skin Care an awesome line with at home skin care products that make a big difference!  They also have esthetician only products that help me as an esthetician to help you improve your skin in a way you can't do at home!!!  Yay!  Win! Win!  So here I sit January 4th 2018 ready to take on Jacksonville and all that's happening here and make my mark on this beautiful city of sunshine!  And that is the first chapter of my blog for my new business here in Jacksonville.  Alias Professional Makeup and Spa Services by Nicholle Roberson.  Let's roll!