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You have those awesome sandals waiting, but do you have healthy feet for summer?

Maybe you’re one of those conscientious people who took great care of your feet all winter long. Now all you have to do is slip those sandals on and out you go!

But maybe foot care just wasn’t on your mind this winter. You pull off your socks and think, Oh boy. I’ve got some work to do here.

If that sounds like you, we have some great tips for you below.

7 Tips for Getting Pretty, Healthy Feet for Summer

Fortunately, it won’t take long to get your feet in shape for those summer shoes you want to wear. Commit to daily care for a week or two and you’ll be rewarded with feet you’ll be proud to show off.

1. Start with a Soak

Winter feet are often dry and may sport callouses, so before you do any work on them, be sure to plunge them into a warm bath or foot bath for about 20 minutes. Warm water helps soften any hard, dry skin while making cuticles around the toes more manageable.

Let your feet soak for several minutes, then cleanse with a gentle body wash. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the foot bath to help banish any microorganisms, then use a soft cloth or brush to get all the spaces between your toes. Now you’re ready for the next step.

Healthy Feet Bath

Healthy Feet for Summer Tip 2. Begin the Softening Process

The next step is to start wearing away that hard, dry layer that’s built up on your heels and the balls of your feet. Don’t go at it with a pumice stone just yet—that’s likely to be too harsh.

Instead, add some Epsom salts to your bath or footbath and soak a bit longer in that. It can help soften the skin some more and will also start healing any dry skin or cracking.

3. Rub Away the Hard Skin

Once your feet are suitably softened, you can pull out your pumice stone. Just be sure to be careful when using it—being too harsh can result in redness and irritation. Stick to those areas of your feet that are hardened, like the heels and balls of the foot. Keep the stone wet and work in circular motions over these areas.

Don’t try to get rid of all the hard skin in a day. It’s better to do a little bit every day for about a week. The gradual approach will be better for your skin and will produce healthier results.

Healthy Feet for Summer Tip 4. Tend to Your Cuticles.

Whether you plan to paint your nails or not, it’s important to care for your cuticles. They can grow wild over the winter. Look closely. You may see that they’ve started to crawl up the nail in an unsightly way. This isn’t healthy for the nails, either.

After you’ve soaked and exfoliated, apply a softening agent to the cuticles. We recommend our Restorative Skin Balm as it works great for this purpose. Put a little on each cuticle, wait for a minute or two, then push the cuticles back with a cuticle tool. Trim away any hanging skin with cuticle clippers. If your feet have been suitably soaked, you may be able to just rub it off.

5: Take Care of Your Nails

The next step is to trim your nails. It’s always best to do this after a soak as the nails will be soft and more easily clipped. Trim carefully using your trimmers—it’s usually best to cut straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.

Next, file them into a neat shape. File one direction (rather than both) to get a smooth edge. Then if you want to paint your nails, wait until after you moisturize your feet—the next step.

Healthy Feet for Summer Tip 6: Moisturize

When you’re done washing and softening, pull your feet out of the water, pat dry, and immediately apply moisturizer. Applying right away helps your skin hold onto the moisture more efficiently.

We recommend our Body Repair Lotion. It has moisturizing ingredients that will sink into the deeper layers of the skin, helping to counteract any dryness or flaking. It also leaves skin looking radiant!

You can also apply moisturizer before you go to bed, then wear a pair of breathable cotton socks overnight. This helps trap the moisturizer against your skin, letting it do its work while you sleep. You wake up to softer, healthier-looking feet.

7. Protect the Skin on Your Feet!

Finally, when you’re ready to strap on those sandals, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet. This area has thinner skin than other areas on your body and is vulnerable to bad sunburns. If you’ve ever had one, you know what we’re talking about! (Ouch!)

Apply a safe sunscreen made of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of 30 or more. If you want to get a tan without sun damage, use a gradual tanning lotion. Just apply carefully so you don’t get blotches around your heels, ankles, and toes.

One Final Word: Keep Your Feet Healthy

One part of keeping your feet—and your legs, hips, and back—healthy is to make sure your feet are well-supported when walking.

Unfortunately, many of today’s sandals are lacking the proper arch support and cushioning. When shopping, look for those that are the exception and feel comfortable immediately when you put them on. “Breaking in” shoes often doesn’t work, and simply leaves you with blisters and sore feet.

Yes, those shoes are cute, but how will they appear to you after a day of walking around in them?

It’s fine to wear pretty sandals (without much support) for a short time, but for regular, long-term wear, invest in a pair that will properly support your foot. You’ll be grateful for them as the summer goes on—and later in life!

How do you get your feet ready for summer shoes?

Featured image courtesy of Karolina Grabowska.

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5 Pretty Powerful Ways To Look Much Younger

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Do you remember the first time you looked into the mirror and saw someone old staring back at you? Unfortunately, it will happen to everyone at some stage, but there are ways to delay the inevitable for as long as possible.

It’s possible to look youthful at any age thanks to the information and technology at your fingertips. Let’s look at some big things you can do to start turning back the clock and look much younger, so you’ll be pleased when you look in the mirror.

1. Your Face Can Look Youthful

Dr. Kristina Zakhary talks about rejuvenation surgery with patients who want to look younger. Everyone loves how a mini-facelift can help combat droopy face muscles that make their skin look horrible.

A neck lift can remove stubborn fat under your chin, which has a big impact on your face. You don’t need to reach a certain age before getting surgery. Technology is so advanced nobody will know you’ve been under the knife.

2. Facial Implants Are Powerful

If you choose the right American or Canadian plastic surgery clinic, they’ll be able to insert facial implants under your skin. In the past, there wasn’t much anyone could do about the shape of their face except lose weight.

It’s now possible to alter the shape based on modern beauty standards. You will get medication to take once the operation is complete so you won’t feel any pain. You’ll need to wait until the swelling disappears to appreciate it.

3. Covering Up Large Bald Spots

If you have a bald spot on your head, it will add a decade to your appearance. A receding hairline is sometimes worse because it’s more noticeable, especially when someone only sees you for a second as you walk by.

The technology they use today to eradicate bald spots is truly amazing. Your hair will look the same as it looked when you were twenty. The procedure is affordable, but you’ll need to spend more on hair gel.

4. Buying Good Exercise Equipment

Exercise is still the best way to look younger, but it’s difficult to follow an effective training schedule. It’s because everyone thinks it takes a lot of effort, but if you enjoy working out, it should be fun.

The solution is to spend a little money on exercise equipment you’ll love using every day. It could be jump ropes, a treadmill, gymnastics rings, or anything else that excites you. Never again will you need the motivation to train.

5. Getting Minor Cosmetic Surgery

You don’t need to get major surgery to look younger than ever. Minor cosmetic treatments are popular today. You can choose from things like chemical peels, dermabrasion, botox injections, and lip fillers.

Minor procedures come with many benefits, like lower costs, shorter recovery times, and a lower chance of something going wrong. It’s great for people who don’t have much money because you won’t have to save up for ages.

Do Whatever Makes You Happy

Feel free to do anything that makes you happy, but don’t forget life isn’t about looks. You don’t need to feel like you’re young to love yourself.

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If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek at the NEW Magic Hour collection out this spring we think you’re going to love it. The collection was inspired by Moonglow Quad Bronzer and features a gorgeous new Eye Shadow Triple, Golden Girl, as well as two new Lip Fixations, a new In Touch Highlighter and a black and brown of our brand new Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliners. Last week’s post highlighted our bloggers favorite look from the new collection, edgy evening makeup. This week we’re showing you two more looks that are a bit more suited for daytime or a romantic evening out: romantic makeup and pretty and polished makeup. We hope these inspire you to create your own special looks using the new collection!

Romantic Makeup

  • Using the Eye Shader Brush, apply the medium shade of the Golden Girl PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple all over the lid.
  • With the Smudge Brush apply it along your lower lash line.
  • Using the Crease Brush, apply the lightest shade of the Golden Girl PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple from crease to brow.
  • Apply Comfort In Touch Highlighter to the apple of your cheeks, directly from the tube, and blend with your fingers.
  • Apply the stain end of Compulsion Lip Fixation, allow to dry,then top with the gloss.
  • Utilizing the Brown Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, along with the Bent Liner Brush, press the length of the brush along your lower lash line, starting at the outer corner and building to the thickness you desire.
  • Spritz the Smudge Brush with Hydration Spray. Then use it to apply the darkest shade of Golden Girl over the eyeliner on your upper and lower lash line.
  • Using the White Fan Brush apply the two darkest shades from Moonglow Quad Bronzer to the cheek bones.
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The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to let those legs and feet out for their day in the sun!  

woman walks along the ocean at sunset

The obvious place to start is with a lovely manicure and pedicure. Whether you go to your favorite salon or DIY at home, colors this summer are fun and unexpected: deep nautical blue, bright orange, teal and bronze are just a few of my favorites. Our friends at Harper’s Bazaar have a full roundup of the summer polish trends. But that’s just a start. Nail polish looks best set off against great skin. For hands, frequent moisturizing is a must, and SPF is critical for keeping your skin smooth and radiant. All of our foundations (except Liquid Minerals) have SPF and are endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Try smoothing or dusting some on the backs of your hands once you finish applying to your face. Next, be sure to keep some Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in your purse or car to apply to hands and arms when out or driving. It is amazing how much sun gets through the window. I discovered this once when I noticed a deeply tanned left arm. Yikes! If you like the way tan hands look with your summery nail polish, moisturize like crazy and apply Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer to the backs of hands (see below, because it is a must for legs too!).

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There’s nothing more refreshing during the summer than a cool drink on a hot day, pair it with your favorite lippy and you’ve got an extra special treat. We’ve taken two of our favorite glosses inspired by delicious summer beverages and created makeup looks to suit any skin tone and summer event. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on these gorgeous makeup looks and recipes for their yummy drinks. Try both and let us know what you think!

Peach Bellini

  1. Peach bellini makeup look drawing of partial makeupFor this sultry makeup look, start by applying the foundation of your choice.
  2. Using the doe foot applicator, apply Brown Silk Eye Shereon your entire eyelid and in crease.
  3. Using the Chisel Shader Brush, gently pat Bronze 24-Karat Gold Dust over the Eye Shere on your eyelid and in your crease.
  4. Line your top lash line and outer ¾ of your bottom lash line with Dark Topaz Mystikol, for a thinner line use the Angle Definer Brush.
  5. Apply PureLash Extender & Conditionerfollowed by 3-4 coats of Espresso Longest Lash Mascara to your lashes.
  6. Using the White Fan Brush, apply Whisper PurePressed Blush to your cheeks.
  7. To finish your look, apply Just Kissed Forever Peach on your lips followed by Bellini PureGloss Lip Gloss. Click the picture to try this look on in our makeover room.
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Pretty Presents: 2016 Holiday Makeup Collection

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When the temperature begins to drop, everyone at jane iredale HQ starts getting into the holiday spirit. With the launch of our Pretty Presents holiday makeup collection, we want to help you prep, spritz and sparkle your way to the best season yet! We took our favorite products for the holidays and made them purse-sized. Keep reading to find out how our holiday makeup collection will get you through everything this season has to throw at you, from gifting to travel, with ease.

jane iredale holiday makeup collection of mini mineral lip glosses, natural skin care and organic hydration sprays

Festive Holiday Gifts

One of the most stressful things about the holidays is finding the perfect gift. From best friends and family to teachers and co-workers, the presents begin to rack up and so do the costs. The Pretty Presents collection makes that simple with three different mini gifts. They’re great for stocking stuffers, holiday gift exchanges and rewards to yourself for a year well spent. Check out our holiday gift guide to find presents at every price point.

Homeward Bound

If traveling home (or to an exotic beach) for the holidays, TSA-friendly beauty products are a must. The BeautyPrep Minis and limited edition Hydration Spray Minis have you covered for your next trip. These travel-sized versions of your favorite skin-nourishing products are prefect to keep in your carry-on. If you’re playing hostess this year, stock your guest bathroom with these mini delights in case your guests forgot to pack the essentials.

Sparkly Holiday Makeup

Whether heading to a holiday party or just hoping to add some shimmer to your life, look no further than the Champagne on Ice mini lip gloss kit. The limited edition collection of three holiday inspired, festive, sheer shades will suit any skin tone.

  • You Go to My Head – A shimmery, sheer gold gloss
  • Lips on Crystal – A fuchsia red gloss with gold shimmer
  • Lovely Bubbles – A shimmery, clear, iridescent gloss

The holidays are just around the corner so show us how you add a little shimmer and shine to your days! Post a picture of your festive favorites on Instagram and tag @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

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8 Pretty Spooky Halloween Makeup Looks

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We all want to ace our Halloween costumes, and makeup is almost always a huge part of that. But, no one wants the skin irritation and acne that can come from traditional Halloween face makeup. Luckily, the skin-loving makeup you love (and may already have in your bathroom) can be used to create fantastical and spooky Halloween looks that will last all night and won’t cause any scary skin reactions in the morning. Worried that you don’t have the skills to recreate one of these 8 looks on yourself? Not to fear, we’ve listed step-by-step instructions to make the application process one less thing to scream about.

Doe-Eyed Deer Makeup Look

  1. Add extra dimension to the face by using a light shade of Glow Time BB Cream on the tops of the cheekbones, jaw and front of the neck. Add shadow under the cheekbones, on the sides of the nose and around the temples by using a PurePressed Base foundation several shades darker than your skin. Take care to blend the nose contour up to the eye brows.
  2. Using the light shade of Glow Time, white out the lower lash line and down to the nose. Set with White eye shadow and outline the white area with Bittersweet PurePressed Base.
  3. To add fawn-like spots use White Eye Pencil to make dots around the forehead, cheeks and chest.
  4. Create a little fawn nose with Basic Black Eye Pencil. Black out the tip of the nose and pull a line down from the center of the nose to the top lip and black out the top lip.
  5. Using Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit, create a sultry eye look. Apply Buttercreamfrom lash line to brows. Apply Hush to the lids followed by Eggplant in the outer 3rd of the lid. Define the crease with Slate Brown and Fudge.
  6. Line the eyes with BlackLiquid Eyeliner and finish with lash conditioner and mascara.
  7. Finish by defining the brows with a slightly darker shade than normal.

Dreamy Doll Makeup Look

  1. Perfect your complexion with your favorite jane iredalefoundation.
  2. Add a healthy swipe of Clearly Pink blush to the apples of the cheeks in a circular shape.
  3. Add little freckles with Dark Brunette brow pencil.
  4. Define the eyes with Buttercreamfrom the Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit from lashes to brow bone. Sweep Slate Browninto the crease.
  5. Line the eyes with BlackLiquid Eyeliner and follow with lash conditioner and mascara.
  6. White out the lips with White Eye Pencil. Draw a narrow, heart-shaped lip with Crimson Lip Pencil and MeganTriple Luxe lipstick.

Spooky Skeleton Makeup Look

  1. White out the complexion with Absence primer and BB1 Glow Time in the center of the face. Set the cream products with Whiteeye shadow.
  2. Using Basic BlackEye Pencil, carve out the cheeks from your temples to just below your chin. Blend the line down toward the jaw to create a smoky fade.
  3. Use Basic Blackto black out the nose, drawing on the underside of the nose and up toward the eyes.
  4. Use WhiteEye Pencil to line just outside the lip line. Fill in the lips with Basic Blackand pull the lip line out toward the cheeks. Finish the lips with vertical lines from above the lip to below the lip.
  5. Highlight the eyes by first applying Iced BrownSmooth Affair for Eyes from lashes to brows. Define the lids by patting Dark Suede from Daytime eye shadow kit. Deepen the outer third of the lids with the matte charcoal grey shade in our Blue Hour triple.
  6. Add extra dimension to the eyes with Steamy on the inner two-thirds of the lid. Define the inner corner with Whiteeye shadow. Add extra sparkle with Gold24-Karat Gold Dust on the lids.
  7. Finish the look with lash conditioner and mascara.

Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice, Beetl….) Makeup Look

  1. White out the whole complexion and lips with Whiteeye shadow.
  2. Create dark purple circles around the eyes by first using Brown SilkEye Shere then Iriseye shadow and Delugefrom Purple Rain Eye Shadow Kit. Concentrate the majority of the dark color in the center of the eyes and blend outward so that the outer edges are a bit smoky.
  3. Line the eyes with Basic Black Eye Pencil.
  4. Add green around the temples and forehead and below the cheekbones with Shindigfrom our Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit. Blend the outer edges of the green contour with the light green shade in the Harmony triple.
  5. Add a green squiggle to the lower left corner of the lip going down toward the chin using Shindigand the light green in Harmony.
  6. Finish the look with lash conditioner and mascara.

Luxe Cheetah Makeup Look

  1. Perfect your complexion with your favorite jane iredalefoundation.
  2. Define the eyes with Brown SilkEye Shere from lid to crease.
  3. Using WhiteEye Pencil, white out the upper lip area and the lower lip. Also, blend the liner below the eyes and wing out toward the temples.
  4. Add So-Bronze 2 to the apples of the cheeks and nose.
  5. Draw a black nose and whisker marks on the upper lip area with OnyxMystikol. Outline the white area under the eyes with Onyxas well.
  6. Create irregular circles around the face and neck with Onyxand fill in with GoldSmooth Affair for Eyes.
  7. Finish the look with your shade of Retractable Brow Pencil on the brows and lash conditioner and mascara on the lashes.

Glam Cartoon Makeup Look

  1. Perfect the complexion with your shade of Beyond Matte foundation for an extra flawless look.
  2. Using White/PinkHighlighter Pencil line the inner corners of the eyes with the white side.
  3. Define the eyes with Twilight eye shadow triple. Sweep a light layer of the shimmery berry on the lids and define the crease lightly with the grey. Finish with Black/BrownLiquid Eyeliner, lash conditioner, mascara and false lashes.
  4. Using BlackLiquid Eyeliner, draw lines around the face and neck to highlight different areas like the brows, cheekbones, jaw and nose. Further emphasize these lines with the white end of the White/Pink pencil.
  5. Add red dots on the forehead and neck to create dimension using Naughtylip crayon.
  6. Finish off the look with FetishLip Fixation topped with Jamie Triple Luxe.

Violet Beauregarde Makeup Look

  1. Perfect your complexion with your favorite jane iredalefoundation.
  2. Prime the eyes with PetalSmooth Affair for Eyes. Add a base layer of the matte peach from Sweet Spot triple on the lids. Blend the matte brown from Sweet Spot into the crease. And, add extra dimension with the pink shade in our Sorbet eye shadow duo. Finish the eyes with the lightest shade of Rose Dawn Bronzer in the corner of the eyes followed by liner, lash conditioner and mascara.
  3. Create Violet’s purplish-blue nose with the blue shade in our Blue Hour triple. Blend the blue in a wide V-shape on and around the nose. Add shimmer with Shower from the Purple Rain kit.
  4. Highlight the tip of the nose with the lightest strip in the Rose Dawn bronzer.
  5. Finish with your favorite nude lipstick.

Ursula Makeup Look

  1. White out the complexion with White eye shadow all over the face.
  2. Add a purple hue to the skin with Shower eye shadow from Purple Rain Eye Shadow Kit. Define the cheekbones and collar bones with Iriseye shadow.
  3. Highlight the eyes by first apply a light wash of SapphireMystikol to the lids. Top with the shimmery, light green shade from Harmony eye shadow triple. Define the crease with a little bit of Soiree from Let’s Party Eye Shadow Kit.
  4. Lines the eyes with OnyxMystikol and finish with lash conditioner and mascara.
  5. Fill in the brows to make them more dramatic with Onyx.
  6. Finish the look by creating bold red lips with GwenTriple Luxe lipstick.

Don’t forget to share your Halloween looks with us @janeiredale with #GoodBeautyStories. Happy (almost) Halloween!

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Pretty Festive 4th of July Look

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Celebrate your 4th of July in style with this festive and wearable look featuring some of our favorite products. Whether you’re heading to a BBQ, spending time in the pool or having a picnic with friends, these high-performance products will keep you protected and fresh.

4th of july makeup look

  1. Apply Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer with SPF `15 to your face to protect your skin and even your complexion.
  2. Set your foundation and refresh your skin with a spritz of your favorite Hydration Spray.
  3. Define your cheeks with a dab of Chemistry In Touch Cream Blush on your cheekbones and blend with your fingers.
  4. Define your eyes with Midnight Blue Eye Pencil on your upper lash line.
  5. Enhance your lashes with a coat of PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and your favorite jane iredale mascara.
  6. Fill in your brows with your shade of our Retractable Brow Pencil.
  7. Finish your look with Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain for long-lasting custom color that will last through all of your 4th of July plans.

If you try out this look, don’t forget to share with us @janeiredale using #GoodBeautyStories. Happy Independence Day!


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