Smashbox Makeup Tips from Lexie

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Hard to Believe But “IT’S FALL Y’ALL”

Fashion-Trends-From-90sAccording to Wikipedia, Autumn, interchangeably known as Fall in North America, “is one of the four temperate seasons.”  Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, in September when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier and the temperature should cool considerably.

In California, although the seasonal changes are less dramatic than in most other parts of the United States, this doesn’t stop most of us from planning and executing a “Fall Wardrobe”.   Even if you are not likely to do a whole wardrobe makeup you will want to at the very least, supplement your capsule wardrobe with warmer garments, trendy influences and accessories in the palette and trends of Fall.

When it comes to fashion many of this seasons trends gives a nod to the 90’s.  Not that the return of ’90s fashion is anything new—the decade’s most defining trends have been infiltrating designer collections for seasons.   What is new is how Retro meets Innovative to make it a unique offering. Just in time for fall, fashion trend has taken a cue from Seattle—circa 1992.

wand10MoreFor hair, beachy waves and accent braids transition from summer into fall.  Braided accents are an easy way to add interest to any look-and the best part is they never go out of style.  The choker has a come a long way since the ’90s (remember the tattoo-style version?)  What about overalls with a heavy boot (think Doc Martens).  Gone are the neon spandex two-pieces, replaced instead with sexy top-and-skirt combos or matched jackets and tops.  A season must have…high-waisted jeans and a knotted shirt around the waist.

When it  comes to color we take our cue for Fall 2015 from the Pantone Color Institute.   Color trends definitely influence makeup this year for both classic and edgy trends.    Below we give the ten hues highlighted this fall by PANTONE and a few of our Smashbox cosmetics recommendations include:

Smashbox-Fall-2015-Shapematters-paletteThe Neutrals – You must have some neutrals in any season to create the contrast to distinguish bold colors. These fall neutrals are more earthy tones that are taken from nature – i.e. greens, nudes and greys show the calm of fall.

Dried Herb – (olive green) Smashbox 3D Sparks Liner

Desert Sage’– (greenish-gray) Smashbox 3D Billionaire Liner

Oak Buff – (golden-yellow, camel) Smashbox Ambient Shadow

 The Blues – The blues are all about tranquility and peace including the teals, blue greys, and deep navys.

Stormy Weather – (medium blue, gray undertone) Smashbox French Navy Liner

Biscay Bay – (green blue) Smashbox Cabana liner

Reflecting Pond – (deep blue/purple) Smashbox Aubergine Shadow

The Bolds: “If neutral colors were a birthday cake, bold colors would be the icing.”

Deep wine tones are here to stay and Marsala has been named the color of the year! Pink, purple and orange tones are great to give the pop of color.

Marsala – (red-brown wine) Smashbox  Mulberry Lip Liner

Cadmium Orange – (peachy orange) Melondrama Lipstick

Cashmere Rose – (soft pink) Flush blush

Amethyst Orchid – (pink-violet) Smashbox Lilac Gel Liner

Makeup trends this fall include bold, groomed brows, blushed cheeks, eyeliner, intense and red hot lips and volume lashes.  You may be thinking that these trends are nothing new and you would be correct. What is new is technique.  When it comes to lips, variegating the lip color to create ombre lips is on trend. In a fashion season full of ’90s references, it only follows that goth lips would emerge as a trend. But something about pairing almost-black lipstick with soft, beachy waves a la Bumble Surf Line, casual buns and stud-free clothing made the intense lip a  whole lot less intimidating to try.When it comes to eyeliner, from the scribble marks, to half-stars and double-wings and everything in between, this season there are a multitude of ways to rim your eyes.  But if classic is more your thing, simple and smudgy khol pencil will always be on trend. Put aside your taupe sculpting powders and stock up on warm peach and rosey blushes that make you look like you just went on a brisk, fall walk.  Shimmer and sparkles are used in fresh ways this season, including gold, bronze or silver liner across the lower lids or luxe-looking gold shadow mixed with smoky black or deep dusty brown for an updated smokey eye. Speaking of the smokey eye…the best tip for getting perfect smoky eyes is to blend until you think you can’t blend anymore and then keep going. The resulting look while intense, still feels soft.  When it comes to volume lashes, falsies and individual lash add-ons for lengthening and mascaras on the top and bottom for volume create the prettiest lashes of the season.

The goal of any fashion or trend recommendation we make is to inspire you to make them your own.  Come visit Changes makeup specialists for tips and techniques and see how our team rocks this season’s fashion trends.  And remember to sip a Pumpkin Latte and seize the day!

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Makeup meltdown and UV exposure have met their match!

CoolaIntroducing the first 70%+ certified organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray from COOLA. A weightless, matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. This highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh skin; and Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and dehydrate skin. Reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. Protect as you set!

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4 things to consider before coloring your hair PINK!

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As evidenced by the wave of pastel hair colors, Hollywood is thinking PINK! Though the edgy effect looks great on stars like Rita Ora and Nicole Richie, having pink hair isn’t always a journey seen through rose-tinted glasses if you factor in the high upkeep and damage that the process can have on your strands. Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the look on a test-drive. We just want to be sure you are informed before you take the pink (or any bright or pastel fashion color) plunge. Here are four things you should consider.

  1. Your Natural Hair Color

Going pink is a multi-stage process unless you happen to be a natural light blonde. It is very intense and requires professional help, especially for those of you with a darker natural color. If you’re starting with a dark base, find a salon that specializes in color, as the natural pigment in your hair must be significantly lightened before the pink color can be applied. Salons that put an emphasis on creative color should be able to correctly lift your natural tone with minimal damage.

2. Your Undertones

The warm flamingo hue you saw on Instagram may be less flattering in real life if you have a cooler complexion. Just as you would determine a natural-looking hair color based off of your cool or warm undertones, picking a rose-tinted hue should follow the same format. Those with warm skin tones should choose warm pinks or peachy pinks with hints of orange or yellow, whereas cool skin is flattered by equally-cool fuchsia and magenta hues that have a violet or blue base.

3. The Upkeep

Crayola shades fade faster than their natural-looking counterparts! To keep your pink hair fresh, you need to use a high quality sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. In between salon visits—which will definitely become more frequent if you are committed to the trend—use a color-depositing conditioner every other time you shower. We love the Bumble and Bumble Color Minded Shampoo and Conditioner.

4. Your Work or School Environment

Within a creative environment, working a bold carnation color is nothing out of the ordinary, but if your office is more corporate, consider going for a more subtle effect to prevent breaking any dress codes put in place by HR. In a buttoned-up work environment, a soft rose gold ombre, or even a little pop of color with Hot Heads Hair Extensions is a great alternative!

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Curling Wand Wave How-To


We love this  messy rock-‘n’-roll beach wave look! 
This style can be done on any hair type or texture. But the best part? This is by far the easiest technique to master. The only caveat: The roots and ends should be somewhere between wavy and straight before you begin this how-to, so those with curly hair should blow-dry their hairline and tips smooth before beginning. 
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How to Get the Hottest Hairstyles of Summer


A perfectly perky top knot (like J.Lo is rocking) needs to start with a ponytail – but wait, we know you want to twist it and turn it into a bun, “That’s what you would naturally do, but you actually need to tie your hair into a knot,” says one of our resident stylist. Take the entire ponytail and wrap it around your two fingers and then loop the end through the hole you created to make an actual knot around the rubber band. Then pin the ends of the ponytail inside the knot, or wrap them around the base and pin.


Want Jennifer’s  loose waves? It’s all about the finishing spray. “After you’re done blow drying and using your curling tool, apply Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Infusion to the ends ,” our stylist advises. “I know it sounds crazy to spray something wet to dry and perfectly curled hair, but once you brush and shake the hair out it gives you that ‘model-off-duty’ texture.”


“To get this really gorgeous look it’s not really about the product – it’s about creating two ponytails,” our resident stylist dishes. It’s a three step maneuver: Section off your hair from the ear up to your crown. Clip it aside, then brush all your hair from the nape up to the crown of your head and secure that with a thick elastic band. Then connect the front hair to the ponytail and secure with a second band. “This not only gives you volume at the crown of the ponytail, but it also makes your ponytail seem longer,” she says.


We love Kate Hundsons look here! Getting this effortless, air-dried style on Kate is all about the products you apply in your hair when it’s wet and only adding a small amount of product after it air-dries,” Our stylist explains. First, she starts with Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Full Form Mousse : “It’s not too stiff and it gives the hair exaggerated body and structure.” Once hair is dry, add Bumble and Bumble’s Dryspun Finishing spray, which is “almost like a hairspray, but there’s a touch of shine to it to give the hair some edge.” To look just like Kate, part your hair down the middle and brush your hair behind your ears when it’s still wet. This will let the mousse flatten the top of your hair without losing the waviness on the bottom. And when you want sexy waves for evening, just use a styling wand on the front pieces to freshen the look.

No matter what style your going for this summer products make all the difference, ask your stylist at your next visit what products she specially recommends for your hair!

Felicia Vierra

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Introducing Olaplex


Insurance for your hair!

Dramatically reduce breakage and make your color last longer. Ask your stylist if Olaplex is right for you.

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