Facials
Many of you get massages, but most of you – about 70% – have never had a facial. A facial used to be considered just a luxury for those with money to burn. Here’s why having a facial is a matter of health, and WHY you should make time to get a professional cleansing.

Our bodies shed over 30,000 dead skin cells every minute. Many of those end up as household dust (believe it or not) and as dead and dirty skin stuck to your face. The cosmetics you wear, the dirt your face collects from just walking around, and perspiration breeds a filthy layer of dirt and germs on your face. This layer is then decomposed by an overproduction of bacterial flora (flora which is a part of a healthy skin). Unclean skin allows pathogenic organisms to grow, overcoming the skin’s natural healing properties, and allowing your skin to be more easily damaged and infected.

One facial will clean and brighten your face immensely. REGULAR facials will nourish your skin so your appearance is always fresh, clean and glowing. Facials typically include a cleansing procedure, a massage, the application of a facemask and moisturising. The massage, which is an important part of a facial, helps blood circulation, which in turn aids lymphatic drainage (the removal of toxins and waste from the body). A massage also relaxes the facial muscles and is very important to delay the onset of wrinkles. The best practice is to get a facial every 4-6 weeks since that’s the average amount of time it takes for the skin to regenerate. Regular facials (especially with an active home-care regimen) will help prevent breakouts, keep your surface cells newer and healthier, and thereby ensure that your skin looks its very best.

If you would like to learn more about what’s involved in getting a professional cleansing, or if you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact us.

Make-Up
A makeup artist has the required products and tools to do what is required so that your makeup will last. Most of the time, a client doesn’t have the necessary products to create the right effect herself. As makeup artists, we’re constantly trying out products to select the ones that work best for the job. That can amount to a lot of products! That is why you see makeup artists with large cases of products to cater for their clients’ very specific needs. It’s common to hear clients remark that they can never apply foundation the way a professional does. Base makeup is essential for a good look. A good makeup artist can create dimension by employing the right products. More than one foundation colour is often used, and strategic placement of colours that create depth and highlight is essential in sculpting the client’s face so that it doesn’t look flat. The makeup should also be light and natural, not cakey.

Something that looks simple may not be so simple to do. The au naturale look which is so popular today needs more work than what a client thinks. To create the natural look, many steps are performed. In fact, nude looks take skill and time to achieve. Why? It’s built on the principle of ‘less is more’, but to make sure you have ‘enough’, you need to start with a light hand and keep building. And a makeup artist has the discernment that many beginners don’t have.

4 reasons Why you should have a Make-Up Artist:
1. Precision – placing the products where they are needed.
A makeup artist applies products more precisely and strategically than a client would. For instance, the eyeliner is one of the most important products to ensure you have more defined eyes. Applying eyeliners very closely to the lash roots is the key to creating denser-looking lashes and more definition. More often than not, a client and makeup novice finds it extremely hard to do this step well.

2. Blending…
The colours of a beautifully made up face blend in with one another seamlessly. You shouldn’t be able to tell where it begins and where it stops. The technique of blending is one that every artist should have mastered and one that makeup newbies hasn’t quite grasped yet.

3. Correct and Sculpt…..
“Can you make my face look slimmer?” That’s a question I get asked often! – Within reason, a makeup artist can minimize perceived flaws. Usually dark circles, spots, redness and dullness of skin can easily be hidden or corrected with the right products and right application. A wide face can be made to appear narrower and a double-chin disguised. If flaws can’t be hidden, ‘distractions’ can be created by highlighting another feature! Needless to say, the more natural the correction or sculpting (or contouring as it’s also known) it is, the higher skill level is required.

4. Experienced Judgment
A makeup artist can see potential in a client. A lot of people are so concerned about perceived flaws such as small eyes or a wide face that they fail to appreciate and highlight their good features. Often an experienced makeup artist can bring out the neglected asset of clients and in so doing, change the way they think about themselves.