The Best Beauty Tools

The Best Beauty ToolsTech has always sought to push the bounds of how we approach everything and beauty is no stranger to this. Now including the use of even apps, the gadgets on the market today are better than ever for bolstering beauty.

Jade Rollers

Made from solid jade, these rollers are used to decrease dreaded under-eye circles, reduce puffiness, and iron out those frustrating fine lines that slowly creep their way further and further onto the face. This is done by stimulating circulation and the lymphatic system. According to legend, these items have been used since the 17th century by high-class Chinese women and have only now made their appearance in the U.S.

Light Masks

Harnessing the power of light, this tech is the latest in reigning in runaway acne. According to developers, the masks employ blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation. It’s simple enough to use, requiring only a freshly cleaned face and 10 minutes of your time.

Wearable UV Sense

Launched just recently, La Roche-Posay’s UV Sense is a little tracker worn on your nail that pairs with an app. It collects information on what you’re doing and alerts you if you need to do more to protect your skin. The adhesive keeps the device on for about two weeks before needing more stickiness for reapplication. With the collected data, you’ll also be recommended beneficial beauty products based on the environment you’re forced to face regularly.

Toning Devices

Finally ready for mass marketing, microcurrent devices are out in full, helping people who want firmer skin achieve their goals. Using metal spheres to conduct electric waves through the dermis and into the muscles, these little devices are ideal for minor toning and contouring.

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Go-See 101

Go-See 101A go-see for a model is the audition for the actor. It’s a chance for the hiring company to meet the talent in person, possibly take a few photos to see how they work together, and otherwise, collect data they couldn’t get through just a headshot.

Stay Natural

Though you should put on enough makeup to highlight your natural beauty, don’t go overboard with anything. Go-Sees aren’t designed to reveal you in your highest fashion. They’re there to have you present yourself as a blank canvas so casting directors can envision what could be put on you. Be clean, be neat, and avoid anything distracting. Avoid fake nails. If there’s no getting around it, make absolutely certain they are a neutral color to hide them as best as possible.

Dress for Success

Much like your makeup, keep your clothing minimal. You want to don form-fitting clothing that allows the casting directors to envision their products on you. Stay as neutral as possible with black or darkly colored clothing. White is a no-no since the color tends to wash out many models’ faces. If you’re not comfortable in something that is entirely formfitting, you can opt for fitted jeans and a nice tank top that follows your natural curves without being too revealing.

Bring Shoes

Finally, always bring shoes to walk in. Chances are extremely high you’ll be asked to walk and if you don’t have shoes, you’ll lose your opportunity. While you can wear comfortable shoes getting to the audition, be sure to change into heels once you arrive. Whether you walk or not, you’re exhibiting the fact that you are always prepared and are well researched. That being said, make sure the heels you do bring are heels you’ve practiced walking in.

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The Pattern Mix and Match

The Pattern Mix and MatchWe’ve all been tempted. Maybe this polka dot will go well with this plaid. Then you see them together and realize what a horrible mistake you’ve made. Fear no more! Here are quick and fast rules to decide whether what you’re wearing is a do or do not.

Is there one dominant and one accent?

While it’s impossible to lay out every pattern and every fashion faux pas, these questions will help guide your budding fashion hand. For instance, if you are using two different patterns, how big are each of them? If one is huge and utterly dominant while the other is hardly noticeable, you’ve nailed a mixed pattern look. However, if both are vying for dominance, you should change.

Are they in the same color family?

Simply put, do the colors work with one another? This is good. Colors do a fantastic job of further emphasizing fun fashion. However, if you go with something garish, say a salmon with a lime green, the mismatch will be too tacky to ignore.

Are they the same pattern?

The same pattern type is perfectly acceptable if you break up the monotony. This can be done in two main ways. The first is to simply have inversions. If one is black and white, the other should be white and black. Should this not be the case, put a belt around your waist for a very clear break between the two.

Are you using neutrals?

Never forget that even when you’re looking to mix and match patterns, you can always throw a neutral into the mix. Make sure this item shares a color with both patterns to better unify the look. If it’s not doing this, it’s not doing its job as a neutral.

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Applying a Flawless Foundation

Applying a Flawless FoundationLike any foundation, this aspect of makeup is the most important since it is the layer upon which all else is added. Smudge the foundation and you smudge your look. While it can be challenging to create a glow that seems to have used no foundation at all, mastering this means the difference between a beautiful, healthy glow and an odd, unappealing sheen.

Find Your Match

This is the hardest part. Everyone’s skin is different. What works for your friends won’t work for you. Luckily, stores have testers, allowing you to sample options before purchasing them (saving you a ton of money). Take advantage of this. Try every brand you can until you find a color and consistency that blends in flawlessly with your face. Make sure it looks natural and gives you a blemish-free canvas to work on.

Clean First

Your foundation will only be as amazing as the skin it is put on. Never underestimate the importance of cleaning your face before putting on any makeup. Ideally, you’ll want to wash your face and then exfoliate to wipe away the dead skin cells that can make foundation apply unevenly.

Start Small

You don’t want to look like your foundation is an inch thick. While this will cover up all natural color on your face, it will look unnatural and be extremely apparent to everyone that sees you. Instead, start with the smallest possible amount. To take this further, only apply the foundation to areas you want to fix. Once on, blend the areas to the skin you’re not covering with makeup.

Press Only

Regardless of what you’re using to apply the foundation, remember to avoid rubbing. Rubbing is what leads to obvious streaking. Instead, stipple by gently tapping the makeup onto your skin with either your finger or a makeup brush. This small effort results in amazing effects, seamlessly blending the foundation to your skin.

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Styling Your Leather Jacket

Styling Your Leather Jacket

Let’s face it, leather jackets are cool. They’re one of the few fashion fits that is timeless. One jacket can last you your entire life. Unfortunately, you do want to change up your other clothes. Here’s how to transition your jacket to fit any look.


Tough but Cute

A great wear for spring and the more casual business meeting, throw on your favorite t-shirt, jeans, heels, and jacket. It’s a look that is as classy as it is casual. Add a bit more flair with a loud color on your fingernails.


Fresh for Fall

Leather jackets are perfect for a cozy Pacific Northwest fall look. Throw it on over a comfy sweater and wrap your neck in an oversized knit scarf. Just be sure to not forget the staple black leggings and calf-high brown boots. You can even try plaid if you’re feeling extra fashionable.


Daring Dress

Let’s not forget that you don’t have to wear pants with the jacket. If you love dresses, you, too, can enjoy complimenting your outfit further. The best dresses run about mid-thigh. Pair them with some cute pantyhose and heels along with your jacket. Scarfs aren’t required but can really do a lot to pull everything together.


Winter Wears

Sadly, leather jackets aren’t warm enough on their own to protect against the extreme frigidity of winter. To fix this, layer them with other, warmer jackets. Any will do but nothing beats a bottom layer with a hood falling over the back of the leather.


Fierce but Fancy

If you’re dead set on making the jacket work in a more formal setting, nothing beats a jacket draped on the shoulders. Is it yours? Is it someone else’s? Either way, it’s merely there to keep you warm, not act as a permanent piece of the evening’s look (even if it absolutely is).

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How to Look Better in Photos

How to Look Better in PhotosTackle these tips and tricks to make yourself even more beautiful on camera.


According to research that has recently come to light, the left side of the face is typically considered to be more attractive.

Square Off

Never face the camera square on (unless it’s for an artsy picture). Instead, always tilt your head. This adds depth to those beautiful features.

Look Up

If you’re seated for a photo shoot, have the photographer stand above you so your face has to tilt upward to face the lens. This allows for incredible jaw definition.

Money, Money

“Cheese” might be the go-to for most family photos, but it’s far from the best word to use. Instead of forcing a fake smile as you hit those hard vowels, use “money” to create a much more natural looking smile, complete with crinkling eyes.

Tongue in Cheek

If you’re still worried about an unnatural looking smile, stick your tongue behind your teeth to contain the width. The only catch is to remember to smile with the eyes, otherwise, this trick can make for an unhappy look.

Stand Tall

When posing for a full-length photo, see if the photographer can squat a little to capture shots from a lower angle. This simple change of perspective makes you look taller and thinner.

Head High

If you suffer from what looks to be a double chin in your selfies, chances are high you are pulling your chin in too close to your neck. Instead, hold your head up to clearly separate the jaw from the neck. This has an incredibly powerful slimming look.

Arm Out

No matter how awesome your arms are, they’ll always look frumpy when held close to your body. When posing, keep your arms far from your torso to accentuate the smallest part of your waist.

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Special Resume Skills

Special Resume SkillsWe all have them. The skills we are masters of but don’t really see much stage time. Maybe you’re a pro with the yo-yo. Maybe you can shoot a bow and arrow. Maybe you are fluent in three different languages. While you shouldn’t highlight everything all the time, here are the strongest skills that you should always leave room for.


Too many shows require characters that have an accent and since not every production can get their hands on a native of southern Georgia, being able to naturally replicate a pattern of speech is a highly sought-after skill. The more believable you can pull off acting with the accent, the stronger your chances of landing roles.


Whether you’ve worked with firearms or can’t stop training with swords, even the most rudimentary stage combat is looked at with a positive light. Directors don’t want to waste time every show teaching their cast how to throw a proper slap. The less time they have to spend on that information, the more time they have to put in to make the production better.


If you are of Latino heritage, expect to be asked if you can speak fluent Spanish. Many more doors will open up for you if you play to certain gender and racial assumptions. The casting crew is not seeking to be offensive, they simply need to fit the role they were told to cast, and the more you play to what is most often requested based on your background, the better off you’ll be.


As with all things in theater, no one is you and you aren’t anyone else. Play to your strengths. If you are a master pianist applying for a role that requires musical acumen, highlight your talent. Just be sure to avoid weirder things that could be misinterpreted or otherwise don’t lend anything to a show.

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2018 Fall Beauty Trends

2018 Fall Beauty TrendsTo match the changing leaves and cooling temperatures, beauty trends this season are all about matching the bold with the beautiful.

Bright Eyes

Gone are the hushed browns and darker hues of eyeliner and eyeshadow in favor of bold pinks and purples pulled straight from the glam of the 60s and 80s. Glitter is an extremely popular addition to these tones to make them stand out even more.

Muted Lips

To balance the bright, opt for light pink and otherwise soft lipsticks and glosses to make sure all the attention remains on your eyes. Neutral and beige tones with a small bit of shine offset the glam perfectly. If, however, you love your lips more than your peepers, keep the eye makeup minimal and apply your darkest reds.

Bougie Buns

For long hair, keep it on top of your head in the messiest bun you can muster. Don’t worry about slicking back your hair, either. The less it looks like there was product used to set it, the better the bun.

Claw Clips and Barrettes

If your hair is too short for a messy bun, it’s time to dig out those claw clips and barrettes you sported back in the 90s. Unlike the messy buns, be sure to style your hair so that these hair accessories are more of a decoration and less of a necessity.

Two-Tone Nails

The French manicure will always be a classic, but it certainly isn’t remaining stagnant. While you’ll want to keep the white tips, the main area of the nail can be coated in a deep color of your choice. For the best look, stick with dark reds, browns, and oranges to match the natural color shift of the trees.

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Finding Your Signature Model Expression

Finding Your Signature Model ExpressionA model’s look is their calling card. It’s the one thing that sets them apart from every other pretty face on the planet. Though it may take time to find yours, here’s how you can start figuring out the best look for you.

Cement Your Ego

How confident you are in yourself shines through clearer than any smile you could send at a camera. Long lasting models have a fiery belief in their worth that can’t be faked. Before you can settle on an expression, you have to absolutely believe that you are the best and are willing to do what it takes to rise through the ranks. Once you have this down, the rest is easy.

Judge Your Face

What kind of expression do you want to be known for? Is it happiness? Anger? Sadness? What emotion truly brings out the most interesting look on your face? It may not be the one that makes you look the most beautiful. Spend time in front of a mirror every day practicing different looks. Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like? Why don’t you like them? Why do you like them? The more answers you can dig up, the more objectively you can shape your style.

Pose for Everything

When you go in for photo shoots, work through all of the faces you’ve practiced in the mirror, regardless of if you liked them or not. Try out things you’ve never tried before. Experiment for as long as you can. When you get the photos back, you can then compare your thoughts on your mirror faces to how they actually look in a professional setting. Show these photos to artists you trust so they can tell you which ones they like the best, and build your best expression from there.

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Fall 2018 Fashion Trends

Fall 2018 Fashion TrendsAnd, just like that, fall fashion is on the horizon. Get an early start year with the latest and greatest showcased down this year’s runway.

Oversized Outerwear

Go big or go home with your fleece and your parkas. Though it doesn’t have to be as loud as some of those runway looks can be, bold colors coupled with the larger look are a no-brainer. The usual fall color options are favored, such as deep reds, golden browns, and beautiful blues.

Quality Quilts

Hearkening back to America’s heartland, quilted clothes and quilt patterns proved to be one of the more surprising choices this year. Excitedly accepted, look for long dresses made in this style or comfy shawls perfect to protect you from the chilly breezes.

Bringing Back the 80s

A fashion slant we’ve seen for the past few runway seasons, the modern 80s inspiration is still going strong. Broad shoulders, angles, and faux leather all made their way into the hearts of fashion lovers across the world. Still, even with the variety of shapes, the colors remained limited to black.

Tall and Thin

If the 80s wasn’t your favorite silhouette, there is still another choice. Seen in very calm colors, including off-white, clothes long in length but thin in shape were also incredibly popular. Dresses and pantsuits dominated this genre with simplicity being this style’s keyword.

Faux Fur

Fur always makes a reemergence. There’s something elegant in look in addition to its being incredibly warm during these colder months. It’s definitely preferred to go faux if you enjoy coats that have the longer fur, but if you want actual animal fluff, sheep’s wool was just as popular, if not more. The best coats were long but a few mid-length options had a positive showing.

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