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Five spring makeup looks to inspire you

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It’s always fun to see the makeup looks that come out of fashion week, and this year was no exception. Below are a few of the runway looks that I loved. Some are quite wearable for every day, others are a bit more adventorous, but I hope they all inspire you to step out of your comfort zone, play with your makeup and maybe even create a new signature look this spring.

Brown washed eyes

brown eyes Start by applying your shade of Glow Time BB Creamwith your fingertips. Apply Brown Silk Eye Shere to your eyes using the doe foot applicator and finish with lots of Black Ice Longest Lash Mascara.

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Tis the time of year for a very full calendar! Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends or colleagues this holiday season we’ve got your makeup look covered. Here are three looks to help inspire you this season. Click each one to try it on in our makeover room. Then stay and play to create your own special look this holiday season. Upload your looks to Instagram and tag us! #janeiredalemakeover

Holiday gift exchange

Light pink makeup look

  1. Start by applying your shade of PurePressed Base using the Handi Brush. Spritz with your favorite Hydration Spray.
  2. Shape and fill in your brows with the Bitty Brow Kit.
  3. Apply Cappuccino PurePressed Eye Shadow to your brow bone using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  4. Apply Forest PurePressed Eye Shadow to your eyelid using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  5. Apply Double Espresso Eye Shadow in your crease and outer corner of your eye using the Crease Brush, blend well to soften any harsh lines.
  6. Line your top lash line and outer 3/4 of your bottom lash line with Green Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner using the Bent Liner Brush.
  7. Apply PureLash Extender & Conditioner followed by Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your lashes.
  8. Highlight your cheek bones using Champagne 24-Karat Gold Dustand the White Fan Brush.
  9. Apply Mocha PurePressed Blush to the apples of your cheeks using the Dome Brush.
  10. Line and fill in your lips with the Berry Lip Pencil.
  11. Finish your look with Annette PureMoist Lipstick.

Celebration with family

  1. light and fresh makeup look for family gatheringsApply your shade of Amazing Base using the Chisel Powder Brush. Spritz with your favorite Hydration Spray.
  2. Apply Bone PurePressed Eye Shadow to your brow bone using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  3. Apply Dawn PurePressed Eye Shadow to your entire eyelid using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  4. Apply Steamy PurePressed Eye Shadow in your crease using the Crease Brush.
  5. Line your top lash line using the Black/Brown Eye Pencil. Extend the line slightly outward to create a winged look.
  6. Apply PureLash Extender & Conditioner to your lashes, followed by Brown/Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara.
  7. Using your fingertips apply Connection In Touch Cream Blush to the apples of your cheeks.
  8. Apply Luscious PlayOn Lip Crayon to your lips.
  9. Finish your look with Spice PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Holiday Party

holiday party inspired makeup with bold red lip

  1. Apply Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightenerusing your fingertips. Or if you have oily skin use Smooth Affair for Oily Skin.
  2. Apply your shade of Glow Time BB Cream using your fingertips.
  3. Fill in your brows using your shade of PureBrow Gel.
  4. Apply Iris PurePressed Eye Shadow to your entire eyelid using the Deluxe Shader Brush.
  5. Apply Dawn PurePressed Eye Shadow in your crease using the Crease Brush.
  6. Apply Double Espresso PurePressed Eye Shadow to the outer corner of your eye using the Eye Shader Brush. Blend eyelids well using the Crease Brush.
  7. Apply Gold 24-K Gold Dust to your brow bone using the Eye Contour Brush.
  8. Line your top and bottom lash line and bottom inner rim/water line using the Basic Black Eye Pencil.
  9. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner followed by Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your lashes.
  10. Apply Charisma In Touch Cream Blush to your cheeks using your fingertips.
  11. Apply Gold 24-Karat Gold Dust to the top of your cheek bones using the White Fan Brush (you can also apply anywhere else you want a touch of shimmer, like your decolletage or shoulders).
  12. Apply Naughty PlayOn Lip Crayon to your lips.
  13. Finish your look with Crab Apple PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Don’t forget to visit our makeover room here and upload your own looks to Instagram tagging #janeiredalemakeover. Have fun playing!

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This Atlanta woman’s honesty about her traction alopecia will make you rethink braids, sew-in extensions and tight ponytails. Read how she is changing her approach to her hairstyles — and inspiring author Alexis Bennett to rethink her styles in this article in SELF.

“This could happen to anyone,” Bennett writes. “When I came across Jasmine Collins’ Instagram page, I nearly cried at the pictures of women with sparse hairlines.” The hairstylist is known as the Razor Chic in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Instagram feed showcases every bad hairstyle habit we do as women, many of which we have been doing since we were kids.

A few weeks ago, Jasmine Collins shared a video of a woman who suffers from severe hair loss. “At first I thought, ‘This would never be me,’” writes Bennett. “But after watching the entire video, I realized I had something in common with the young lady. I have been wearing my hair in similar hairstyles for years, including box braids and sew-ins. And just like many other women who enjoy having perfectly done-up hair, I had never considered the consequences.”

Traction alopecia Jasmine Collins Razor Chic“Traction alopecia occurs when you have hair that is pulled too tight,” Jeanine B. Downie, M.D. tells SELF. “You’ll see the effects of traction alopecia after wearing tight ponytails, braids, and extensions repeatedly without giving the hair and scalp a chance to recover.”

Traction alopecia can be irreversible, especially if it leads to scarring and follicular damage. “Personally, I find it upsetting,” Bennett editorializes, “because it’s something that is very pervasive among African Americans.” But of course, anyone wearing tight hairstyles that involve tension is susceptible to damage. “Just think of a 700-pound woman hanging off a cliff by a small tree branch. It’s going to cause traction,” says Dr. Downie. And the owner of the Razor Chic Salon agrees: “Sew-ins are almost like tweezing the hair from the follicle.”

So why do so many of us continue to wear these hairstyles regularly when this kind of long-term damage and hair loss is a risk? “A lot of people have very busy lifestyles, and they do it for the convenience,” says Collins, who also leads educational classes on hair care. Collins reminds us that, despite conventional wisdom, “Beyoncé does not wake up Beyoncé every single day.” Dr. Downie agrees, saying, “I think that the problem is caused by the thought that you should have a good hair day every day. The fact is: hair is hair. Some days are great. Some days are not so great.”

Luckily, traction alopecia can be detected early. “If you are braiding your hair and you have fine bumps on your hairline,” says Dr. Downie, “that is a sign that your scalp is reacting to the fact that it is being pulled too tight.”

Dr. Downie also warns that using bonding gels to apply extensions can be just as harmful as the tight, twisting motion of braiding. “Glue is the opposite of what anybody needs in their scalp,” says Downie. “It can lead to serious infections, deep inflammation, and can worsen traction alopecia.”

Although many advanced cases of traction alopecia are irreparable, there are a few options to treat the early signs of the condition. Downie recommends Viviscal supplements and hair care products. If you’re looking for a safe style, don’t completely rule out braids and extensions.

Collins is not anti-extensions. She stresses, “The problem occurs when you live in one particular look day by day and year after year.” Remember, warns Bennett, to give your hair a break from hairstyles. If it hurts, that’s not a good sign.


And here’s how Collins worked her magic.

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