Makeup Lessons that actually work!

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Makeup lessons
from
TAH TAH Studio
2727 Selwyn Ave. Ste 206 Charlotte NC 28209
704-400-4359
tahtahmakeup.com
At Tah Tah, it’s our goal to lift the makeup mystery veil… to help you get
comfortable selecting and using products, help determine what works best
for you and make makeup fun, not daunting.
Sure, we have a lot of faith in our products and hope you love them, but we aren’t
just here to sell you something, we want you to learn! Our process fully incorporates
you- we demonstrate techniques and pro-tips on only half of the face, which leaves the other half for you to practice on, that way we can observe and make suggestions or tell you you’re a natural!
Lessons are offered in 30 (30$) or 60 (50$) minute increments.
With the 60 minute session we can usually cover all the basics for the entire face,
including foundation, concealer, eyes, cheeks and lips. If you prefer, we can focus
on specifics instead, for a more indepth look at techniques on certain areas.
A 30 minute session allows a focus on 1 or 2 specific areas, learn the art of the smoky
eye and perfectly lined red lip, for example, or master highlighting and
proper bronzer application. Whichever you choose, we’re confident you’ll happily
walk away with new application knowledge and skills.
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You know the old saying…

…and it’s true, April showers do indeed bring May flowers. But, right now it looks like March showers are Mother Nature giving it a trial run and all that humidity has it in for our beauty routines! So, for this chapter, I’ve decided to scour the interweb globe for some of the best tips for rainy weather. I don’t consider it plagiarism or stealing- it’s borrowing, from people who probably said it better than me! And I’ll usually give them credit!

  1. This isn’t from the internet, this is my personal recommendation for dense, gray, rain filled days- call into work, cancel your appointments, cuddle up on the sofa with a pet and a good book. Throw in a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and voila- you don’t need to worry about your running mascara or frizz prone hair! Ok, I know how unrealistic that is… so here’s the real

1. From the StyleCaster blog- “Close your hair’s cuticle for less frizz.
Regardless of whether your hair is fine, thick, straight, curly, or some combination thereof, rainy weather can only mean one thing: Frizz, and lots of it. According to Rafe Hardy, creative director at Sexy Hair, the key to avoiding fuzzy texture is to keep the hair’s cuticle sealed. He says, “Use a light mousse or gel all over the hair and work it through so that the entire follicle is smooth.” Other ways to close the cuticle are by using a lightweight silicone product when styling and rinsing hair with cold water at the end of your shower.”

2. Here’s one I especially love from the folks at makeup.com- “Cream Vs. Powder. Opt for cream shadows and blushes instead of powder. Cream has longer staying power and can be blended more easily. When powder gets wet, it can tend to streak. Tinted moisturizers and BB/CC Creams are great foundation alternatives that require less time applying and fixing.”   This is absolutely true. Incidentally, Tah Tah has a fantastic cream shadow that stays on like a dream. Here’s my favorite shade, Bronze Frost.

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 Click this little pic and you can have some, too!!

I think it goes without saying that rainy weather = waterproof mascara, or you’ve got the  the more complicated math problem of rainy weather + nonwaterproof mascara= black tears when you aren’t even sad. Funny thing, we have some good waterproof mascara, too.

3. Now for some prep and finish advice from a gal named Patrice Grell Yursik, who definitely seems to know what she’s talking about, plus she’s witty! (You can find all her advice at her blog,  http://www.afrobella.com.)   “Be the Prime Minister  Your face is clean and moisturized, and you’re ready to apply your makeup. But there’s an important step before you put on your war paint that will ensure it lasts, whatever the weather. We’re talking primer. There’s a makeup primer for every part of your face. There are lash, eyeshadow (in a variety of styles and shades from creams to crayons), foundation and lip product primers.

and then her finish advice-

Finish up Once your face is complete and you’ve used your primers and waterproof cosmetics, there’s an additional step that can help your makeup weather the storms — finishing sprays. There are types designed to suit your every need, whether you’re trying to tone down oil, have a photo perfect look or maintain a dewy radiance. Makeup artists also have been known to rave over water-based facial sprays. A light mist of H20 can actually help set your makeup! And then there are powders that you can brush on to maintain and set your overall look. ”

Water? A little mist of water? Amazing! WHY HAVE I BEEN OVER-COMPLICATING THINGS?? We do have a pretty good setting spray, though, by the fine folks at Limelight.

4. Let’s go back to StyleCaster for another idea that sounds like it might be good for any weather- “Blending makes it better.  Whether you’re heading out into a light drizzle or a torrential downpour, makeup precautions need to be taken. Innis suggests major blending as a strategy: “To keep your makeup intact in humid weather, always make sure to rub makeup into your skin so that it’s not just sitting on top.” This is where a super-efficient makeup sponge, like the Beautyblender ($19.95, skinstore.com), comes in. The suede texture of the curved non-latex sponge perfectly blends makeup for a flawless finish that really works makeup into the skin.”

(Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/rainy-day-beauty/#ixzz590osMYoh)

Well, there you go- sometimes you only need 4 good tips! And some anti humidity hairspray… enjoy the rain and don’t forget, it just means Spring is en route!

XOXO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It might seem antithetical…

… but the no makeup makeup look actually requires just the right…makeup.

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As a makeup company catering to busy folks who need easy, simple quality, we could not be more in love with the natural look gracing runways and town streets alike. It’s fast, it maintains the integrity of that gorgeous mug you were born with and allows you to feature one of your favorite, well, features. But it still require products- who doesn’t have some redness or bags to cover up? Who wishes their forehead was a little smoother, cheeks a little more dewy, nose a little more matte?? And there’s not a thing wrong with wanting to remedy those little problems. There’s also not a thing wrong with a heavier face of makeup and say, some lashes you maybe weren’t born with, don’t get me wrong! But being at ease with a more natural look inspires ethereal confidence and did I mention how much faster it gets you out of the house in the morning?

Here’s some examples we stole from the interwebs- for your product locating convenience I’ve linked key words to our site, shop away!

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Just fabulous.

But she’s not barefaced. This gal is actually an example of one of the best ways to add color to the face and keep it natural. I bet they started with a good HD foundation, formulated to have great coverage in a thinner product, no caking or heavy look. It’s perfect for modern TV photography, but also great for the modern you, every day. So, what else? Sure, we’re all used to bronzer in the summer to add a safe bit of color to the places the sun would normally brown if we weren’t being safe and loading up on our SPF products. But there’s nothing wrong with keeping that glow in the colder months, especially when you place it where the face would naturally get a bit of flushed color- where you might normally use blush. Using bronzer on the apples of the cheeks gives a nice light brown glow, for an all over natural, neutral palette.

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Is this lady a fairy princess? Yes. Yes she is.

All shimmer and dewy and neutral, with a little touch of mascara to open up the eyes- this look requires a few minutes with a highlighter or brightener, but well worth it for the youthful, smooth glow that results. Even out skin tone with some tinted moisturizer or CC/BB cream (with SPF!), combine with mineral powder for oil control without a dry or cakey look. We also have a pretty great Luminous Foundation.

Remember when I mentioned earlier than a minimal all over look can help focus attention on a particular feature? In the no makeup makeup game, lips are often that feature.

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Good, old fashioned creme lipstick.

I’m not even sure these ladies have any mascara on, I’m too busy looking at their amazing lip color.

Another accent that I noticed a lot of when perusing the nets is a little bit of orange or dark peach toned shadows- not a color that works for all, but warm skin tones look amazing with a tough of a fiery shadow. Our cooler complected friends can get the same effect with a taupe or silvery shadow.

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Embrace the natural look with no makeup makeup! And remember, tahtahmakeup.com can give you all the tools you need to accomplish any look your little makeup loving heart desires!

XOXO

Luci

 

 

What’s in a trend?

So, I just finished perusing through 243 photos taken outside of the event centers during Paris Fashion week… and had a couple revelations. Mostly about fashion, but relative to makeup as well. While looking over an assortment ranging from bag lady crazy to bag lady chic, to actual timeless chic to rock and roll raggedy to nearly naked, I realized something- that being, if you wear it well, certain things will never be out of style, even if a magazine cover doesn’t declare them a trend. Some things just don’t look right on any people (and maybe they really aren’t meant to) but for the most part, if you have the mental panache and confidence to carry it off, it can work! Por ejemplo:

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This gal is basically wearing a better tailored version of a 70’s men’s pjs and a velvet gold bathrobe. But she looks fantastic! I want that gold velvet bathrobe!

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SOOOO MUCH going on here- prints, textures, detailing, weird lengths- this is normally something I would scoffed- but you can tell, even from the just the photo that these 2 women feel great with their choices and I applaud them! Why not wear the things you like? I have a lot of friends that see fashion photography, even just “people on the street” kind of stuff and say “I love that, but could never pull it off.”  To that I say, YES YOU CAN! Why should Parisians and people who can afford fashion week tickets have all the fun?

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Wear that baggy jean head to toe ensemble with duo color boots!

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Mix that huge puffy leather coat with highwater bell bottoms and kitten heels!

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Princess Leia tennis outfit? Sure!!

Fashion should be fun.

SIDEBAR:Unfortunately, some people also think it should be expensive- but there are ways around that, too. I’m sure the cost of this retro 80’s look equals the market value of my used Subaru Outback, but I saw a mock turtleneck top just like that in a Salvation Army last week- and the jeans. And the puff coat.high waisted 80s jeans and puff coat.jpg

Back on track… Like I said, fashion should be fun. And of course, your definition of fun fashion, my definition of fun fashion, a myriad of other people’s definition of fun fashion all vary- but the point is, go ahead and wear it. Take a risk, get out of your comfort zone for a while and pretty soon that comfort zone has grown bigger. And we’ll all be more interesting for it.

Okay, don’t think I wasn’t doing to throw in something about makeup, we are a makeup company after all… plus, all my talk about “wear the clothes you want” also applies to “wear the makeup you want”, especially when it comes to lips. People are so afraid of a bold or bright lip, but you shouldn’t be. If you love it on you, don’t let what other people may or may NOT say matter. (Meaning, they probably don’t even notice it looks “too bright” or “too bold”, only you suspect they might.) So here’s some places to start when you wanna rev up that lip…

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Bust out your inner dark diva with Spy lipcolor.

 

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Bright coral lip stain can’t help but be refreshing.

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Make a Heat Wave in the fall with these racy, red lip glosses.

Check out tahtahmakeup.com for tons of lip options, both bold and subtle- and a full line of other cosmetics to help you make fashion YOUR definition of fun.

XOXO!

Highlight? Yes, please.

Highlighter

Highlighting is the one trend that we hope never goes away.  Even though there is something to be said for moderation, a little highlight goes a long way to giving your face that extra something.

So, for those of you still unsure of what highlighting is, highlighting is a way of using face makeup to attract light to specific features, creating the illusion of brightness and height, hence that lit-from-within look.

If you wanna give highlighting a try, you should check out some of these great dupes for the more expensive products on the market that we have to offer here at Tah Tah!

Fan of the Smashbox L.A. Lights Highlighter?  Try our Cheek Stick in Ignite.

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Fan of the Nars The Multiple Stick?  Try our Cheek Stick in Adorable.

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Fan of Benefit’s High Beam?  Try our Liquid Shimmer in Wavelength.

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Fan of the Nars Super Cream Illuminator?  Try our Liquid Blush in Privileged.

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Hope these dupes inspire you to get out there and GLOW!

XOXO,

Kim @ Tah Tah Makeup

Summertime Switcheroo

Let’s be honest, sometimes it super easy to get in a makeup rut.  Me personally, I’ve used the same 3 eyeshadow hues (even if I’ve purchased variations of the same color from different brands) for YEARS.  This Summer, let’s commit to breaking out from the usual with a few of these simple summertime swaps that will refresh your look!

Foundation:  Have you tried a tinted moisturizer or BB cream?  Both of these options will offer a dewier, more summer-friendly look with a buildable level of coverage.  Still want a little more coverage than these two options can provide, but want a dewy finish, try mixing a little of your moisturizer with your current foundation!

Try:  Tinted Moisturizer, BB Cream

Eyeliner:  Try a navy!  I’m a super fan of black eyeliner, particularly this guy.  But, in the summer, I love to mix in a navy to make my eyes pop in the summer sun.

Try: Long Wear Ultimate Eye Pencil in Shiver

Eyeshadow:  This is my biggest rut.  I use brown, darker brown, lighter brown and black.  These colors are consistently it for my eyeshadow routine.  This summer though, I am going to try and change it up by adding in a copper and gold (which, I know, are just metallic shades of brown, but baby steps…) and a peachy pink shadow to the routine.

Try: Bonfire, Booty, Symphony, Please

Here’s to trying something new!  Leave a comment with your favorite way to switch up your makeup routine and we’ll feature our favorite answer on our social media!

XOXO,

Kim @Tah Tah Makeup

Protect Your Skin, Y’all!

Hello!

Summer is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re outside and enjoying the beautiful weather before it gets too ungodly hot outside.  The question I have for you though is, are you protecting your face?!?

One of the number one ways to keep your skin healthy and looking young is by protecting it from sun damage.  Aside from the threat of skin cancer, over exposing your face to sun can result in wrinkles, uneven skin tone and sun spots.

Luckily, Tah Tah Makeup has tons of options for you with SPF coverage to help defend your skin against the sun to keep you looking youthful.

Looking for lighter coverage?  Try our Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15, BB Cream with SPF 30, or CC Cream with SPF 20!

Want something full coverage?  Try our 3-in-1 Foundation Stick with SPF 18, Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation with SPF 15, or our Perfect Finish Foundation with SPF 15!

So there is no excuse not to cover up this summer while you’re out showing a little skin!

XOXO,

Kim @tahtahblog