Now that we know neon is making a big comeback, it’s time to figure out how to match the mayhem with makeup. Here are the hottest trends to try this summer.
Now is not the season to play coy with your eyeshadow. Instead, embrace the beauty of wild and bold colors. Yellows, greens, blues, pinks—the rainbow is your palette. The top eyelid proved to be the main choice but there were a few designs that went with both top and bottom.
As it’s often recommended, highlight only one aspect of your face. With eyes clearly stealing the spotlight this summer, it’s understandable that lips are taking a backseat but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Instead of color, the glam is gloss. Clear instead of colored lets your natural hue shine through without being too distracting.
If you’ve ever wanted to try for a “less is more” approach to your makeup, this summer is your season. Many runways sported models who seemed almost devoid of makeup, wearing only the bare minimum, including lip gloss and a bit of mascara.
For those seeking a more elegant and bold look, invest in glitter and other small shapes you can position around your eyes. Among the favorites were pearls and stars but classic glitter along the bridge of the nose was also popular. Feel free to go full 90s on your lids when you glitz.
Winged black eyeliner is a mainstay and never so much so as right now. Like the neon colors and glitter glam, go bold with your lines this season. Keep them along the top lid for maximum fashion (though a small line can be used along the bottom so long as it smoothly connects to the top line).
Multicolor manes and brunettes rejoice! This summer is the season for mixing and matching your favorite shades in a much more natural way.
Subtle it may be, the tweed style is far from simple. It’s all about creating natural looking complimentary tones to build a fabric of colors into your hair, like tweed. These highlights are evenly distributed and natural hair color is embraced and built upon.
The Dip Dye
If you want crazy color but don’t want to jump to a full head of neon pink, dip dying is the perfect place to start. All it requires is the dying of your tips. Match your makeup with the color you choose for a stunning effect.
The Red Head
It used to be that everyone wanted to be blonde. That trend is now out the window with the push for more redheads. Dark red, light red, it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s a shade that runs from root to tip, it’s in.
Maintaining color is a chore but that chore can now be set aside as roots are now being welcome with open arms. In fact, it’s becoming a trend to dye roots a darker color to create a shadow effect. The natural contrast is stark and beautiful.
The hottest trend this summer, twilighting is what happens when hair stylists are inspired by the golden sky at sunset. It’s a great starter style for those with darker hair that want a natural looking, low maintenance way to spruce up their color.
For blondes, this summer it’s all about pure platinum. There are no highlights and there is no shading. It’s simply pure color that helps draw attention to the jawline and cheekbones.
Now that the technology available to the public has caught up to the quality that used to only be accessible through professionals, it’s no surprise that many auditions are moving to self-taped reels. While this gives the artist greater control over what directors see, there are still important things to keep in mind when filming to guarantee the quality matches the talent.
Ultimately, the camera doesn’t matter a whole lot so long as it has high definition quality. There are a ton of accessories that can be purchased to make the reel look even more professional, but the only two that really matter are an external microphone and lights. Crisp, clear sound is an absolute must and no phone can capture audio quality that’s good enough. Lights mean better control of the look and feel.
The background should be plain and your shirt should be form fitting with no patterns. Make sure the shirt color and the background work well together and that the color is flattering on you. As for laying out the shot, you’ll want what’s known as a tight frame. This means it goes from your chest to just above the top of your head. Also remember to position the camera at eye level. Keep still and allow your face to do the emoting. Too much movement is distracting.
Read the casting call directions. The directors will give you exactly what they’re looking for and what they expect from the reel. As with a live audition, make sure your lines are fully memorized. If it’s a dialogue, hire the help of a friend, preferably another actor, to read lines with. Using another’s energy to film a scene can add a whole new level to your performance that helps you stand out.
We all know physical health is important to upkeep but what about the brain? Exercise certainly helps with our mental health but it’s not the key to learning how to keep calm during these trying times. Even without group meditation classes, you can still practice one of the oldest and most successful means of maintaining a calm mind within the walls of your own home.
Find a Space
If you’re new to meditation, it’s imperative you find a space in your home that is calm and quiet. Whether that’s the bathroom or the bedroom, all that matters is that you can settle down for 10 to 15 minutes without interruption. If silence is a challenge, turn on white noise or meditation music to drown out distractions.
Find Your Breath
Sit. Stand. Lay down. Choose a position and begin to breathe. Focus on where you feel your breath today. Is it deep and in your diaphragm or is it high and in your shoulders? Where do you feel it rushing into your body? Take a few moments to find where you’re starting today. Just remember that meditation means only observation. There’s no right or wrong place for the breath to sit.
Focus your Mind
For the next two to ten minutes, work on taking that breath deeper and making it last longer by slowing everything down. As you breathe, simply focus on how your body responds. How do your ribs move? Can you feel your lungs expand and collapse? If external thoughts push in, gently quiet them and refocus on your breathing. Your goal during meditation is to learn how to quiet your mind so that you can live in the moment and avoid getting wrapped up in and wasting energy on things you can’t change.
Want to treat your skin to a day at the home spa? Here’s how to give yourself a glowing treatment all with ingredients found in your cupboard.
For the Face
Starting off your day at your home spa, fix your face with a luxurious mask. Simply pull out half an avocado and puree it with a teaspoon of olive oil. Once smooth, apply it to your face and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The natural fats in both avocados and olive oil make these two ingredients some of the best natural moisturizers available.
Do you have a cucumber? Cut two cold slices for your eyes for that wonderful anti-inflammatory property they’re known for.
For the Body
Now that the face is feeling full, it’s time to treat the body with a warm bath. However, before settling in with your favorite book or bottle of wine, you’ll need to gather a few ingredients.
For your body scrub, pull out two tablespoons of olive oil, a half cup of sugar, and a few drops of an essential oil of your choosing. Mix those ingredients together and set aside for the bath. Once the water is drawn, drop a full cup of regular oatmeal into the tub. This will help your soon-to-be-exfoliated skin retain the moisture from the bath after it ends.
For the Feet
Finally, after washing off and getting cozy, the last bit of the spa day should involve loving those feet that do so much for us. For this peel, you’ll need one half cup Greek yogurt, two tablespoons honey, one celery stalk, two dashes of coconut oil, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Blend everything together until you have a smooth mixture. Mask your feet with it and sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off.
Keep cool this summer by looking your best. Here are the top trends from the runways of the fashion world for men.
What’s a summer fashion without a loose shirt that really lets the body breathe? Enter the Cuban collar style. Complete with large, flat collars and short sleeves that end at the elbows, you can choose to chill in a single color or embrace repeating palm trees.
For men this season, tailoring can take a back seat. Suits should be relaxed this year so they can be worn both in and out of the office. Just remember to keep that blazer buttoned up. For casual outings, tennis shoes are a perfect pairing (and comfortable).
The past always comes back and this year it’s the high waisted trouser. Designed to sit on the actual waist rather than on the hips, these callbacks to the 40s look extra chic in khaki paired with a fitted t-shirt or button up.
On the knees? Above the knees? Below the knees? Every season is different when it comes to the length of men’s shorts. This year, the rage is all about over the knees. While making them a little less comfortable in hotter conditions, these shorts should be worn extremely loose. Pair them with bright colors and button-ups for maximum style.
Prefer the Patches
A revival from the 80s, patchwork button-ups were all over the runways this year. There were animal prints, plaids, and stripes. Some were symmetrical, others not. They were worn with shorts, with suit pants, and with bottoms of bold designs. The common theme was loose and not tightly fitted.
Open your arms wide and embrace that beautiful sunshine! Summer is around the corner and it’s time to prep that closet for this year’s explosion of color and style.
Notice the Neon
Every season now for the past year has been slowly pushing neon colors back into the limelight. This summer, it’s no longer an accessory. Neon is now the main event with outfits colored in full glory. It’s loud. It’s proud. It’s this summer’s palette.
If neon is a bit too bold for your tastes, you can go in the exact opposite direction and embrace nothing but white. Perfect for regions where the sun is unforgiving, unlike neon, the white should be worn with dresses only. Color can be added with shoes and accessories.
Perfect for any color and any style, trench coats are the best choice for weathering any summer showers. Find a fitted finish or leave it loose, the main takeaway is to stick with a khaki color and brown but bold buttons.
Suited Up Shorts
Not a common choice seen too often, the shorts suit is once again making its appearance in the business world. It’s a great, sophisticated choice in cooler office wear for those that want to remain professional but want to avoid skirts. While some designers would opt for the shorter shorts, the general consensus is to stick with knee-length bottoms.
Also heading back to the office (and the more casual outings) is the waistcoat. Its sleeveless design makes it a prime choice for the hotter months but its fitted form also allows it to transition easily between fashion accessory and proof of professionalism. While the majority on the runway were a single color, patterns proved a great way to add a little more without going overboard.
Photoshoots can thrive or dive based on location alone. But how do you make sure the place you pick is perfect for your portraits? Here are the questions you need to ask before nailing down your venue.
Person or Place?
What is the main driving factor behind your photoshoot? Are you going to be setting up for a fashion lineup or are you planning on capturing a special moment? Locations enhance the feel of what the photos are about but you first have to know what that is. Do you need to enhance the thing taking center stage or do you have to enhance the feelings you’re trying to capture?
What Kind of Lighting?
If you need consistent lighting throughout the shoot, it’s important to really consider keeping everything in a studio where lighting is consistent. If, however, the shoot must be outdoors, what time of day? Outdoor lighting means a time crunch. Anything outside will need to be relatively preplanned to make the most of everyone’s time.
Is There Variety?
The give and take of photography involves working with planned shots then mixing it up with some improvisation. This makes a single place with a lot of variety much better than one spot with one look. In addition, the easier it is to use the variety, the better shots you’ll get. Photography, after all, has a flow and if that’s regularly interrupted, it can become near impossible to get what you need.
Are There Other Options?
Weather can surprise us. No matter how hard we aim for that sunny day, rain can always arrive. If your location works during both the best and worst conditions, you have a great spot. Plus, things can always go from bad to good. It might rain during the morning and clear up later, allowing you to add more options to your shoot.
It’s a falsehood to assume that once you’ve done enough training, you’re set for life. The reality of the matter is training is never completed only continued. Those that refuse to learn anything more once they’ve graduated to what they perceive as the final level become stagnant and eventually fade away. However, careers don’t ever have to go quietly into the night so long as you’re always learning and working and perfecting your art.
Weakness to Strength
Strengthening your weaknesses is the greatest side effect of bolstering your natural strengths. After all, weaknesses are what hold you back so by improving, you naturally get better at things that would otherwise stall your career. In time, those weaknesses become negligible to a point that they aren’t even a concern. You’ll eventually reach a point where people will ask if there’s anything you can’t do.
Complacency to Contentment
The biggest detriment to any career is stagnation. We, as humans, were designed to be curious. We thrive in environments where we are challenged and given new tasks to learn. However, it takes a high personal drive to seek out those that challenge us further. There are many that fall into a rut because they reach a level they’re comfortable and refuse to advance but, as they say, ships weren’t built to sit in the safety of the harbor.
Doubt to Confidence
Nothing breeds fear more than a lack of understanding. By asking more and more questions, you uncover more and more information that builds not only your confidence but also your ability to perform on command—an essential skill that translates well in every situation. The more tasks you can perform at an above-average level, the more opportunities you have to choose from.
With the rise of social media has come the explosion of fitness modeling. Professional athletes, self-made gurus, and everyone in between have all brought to light that a career can be made out of perfecting your profile.
If you want to get started through a modeling agency, here’s how you get going.
It seems pretty obvious but fitness models are fit. Their bodies are prime examples of what the human body can achieve when at its physical peak. Muscle tone is defined and height is pretty important. For women, this means 5’6” or taller. For men, this means 6’0” or more. There’s also the genetic factor of muscular symmetry. While you can find jobs with abs that don’t mirror one another, you’ll have a greater advantage the more symmetrical you are.
Ultimately, your goal is to land an agent who will book gigs and handle paychecks but with the free marketing that is social media, you should get started building your portfolio right away. Buy a domain and populate a personal website. Jump on Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, and whatever else is currently popular. Learn hashtags to get your name out into the community. Work toward becoming so popular that you can’t be ignored. In no time, you’ll be able to piece together an amazing portfolio.
The fitness world is as vast as it is small. Within each genre are a multitude of skillsets just waiting to be capitalized on. What do you do better than other fitness models? Do you have an amazing back? Focus on posing for back exercises. Are your quads sculpted? Get shots of you running and squatting. In the fitness modeling world, niche work is how you get your foot in the door.