Hairstyle MatchMaker

There are so many hairstyles in this world, but so little hair! There are so many factors when it comes to picking the perfect style for your hair. Whether you’re a person that’s always on-the-go or someone who likes to take things slow, there is a perfect haircut for everybody! Something that is important to think about when choosing your haircut is your face shape and personality.

Hair Length

Something to carefully consider is the length of your hair; how long or short do you want your hair to be? If you are a girl who is always in a rush to get to school, then a short to medium length is a good option. The longer your hair gets, the more maintenance it requires because it starts to lose its strength. That is why girls with long hair will take longer than a girl with short hair. If you want long healthy hair, then you have to be patient and be willing to work with your hair by buying conditioners and other products to help strengthen it. So, if you’re a chica who is looking for some spice and easy handling, then a cute short hairstyle could be the thing for you.

There are many hairstyles out there that can truly make a girl look cute and professional while saving time by being easy to handle. If you are a girl that has time and the patience, then a long length could be the way to go! Many girls can get irritated by split ends and tangles, and that its why maintaining long hair can be a challenge. Although, with patience comes rewards. Long hair is also a good option for fashionistas who love to do exciting things such as curling and braid hairstyles that can only be obtained with long hair.

Hair Texture

Hair can be thick, thin, straight, wavy, and curly. To find the perfect haircut, think about your hair texture If you want a short hairstyle and you have curly hair, remember that your curls can shrink up the shorter it gets. Therefore, if you cut an inch then the final product is that your hair will get shorter by two inches or more — depending on your curls. Hair can also change depending on the length. For example, a chica with wavy hair might get straighter the shorter the length is. You’ve had your hair for years, so you know how wild or tame it can get. Take some time to understand how exactly your texture changes when it comes to haircuts by straightening it, wetting it, or simply measuring it.

Face Shape

Face shape is also a very important factor when it comes to the foundation of your haircut. A haircut can either compliment or bud heads with it. If you happen to have a round face shape, long hair will actually make it look less round. If you have a shorter hairstyle, your face might appear more rounder. If you happen to have a long face than long hair might make your face look even longer. If you have a square face, then you might consider wanting to get choppy ends to even out your strong-like features.

 

Personality

Your personality can also influence the type of haircut you should get.  A new haircut can boost your confidence, so if you think that you look fabulous with a short bob, even though you have a round face, then go for it! The feeling you get after getting a haircut is mainly influenced by your attitude and personality. If you are fun and creative, and you like long, big curls, then you’ll love long hair. If you’re more on the shy side and don’t want to go a little too crazy, trimming, adding bangs, or even adding layers is the best bet. And if you’re an athlete or an avid traveler, then a short and fun hairstyle would most likely be the best option for you.

 

By picking the perfect haircut, you’ll be enhancing your beauty, personality, and even lifestyle. There are guidelines when it comes to picking hairstyles that flatter your features, but remember that you have the right to break the rules and still be beautiful. The best thing about the haircut is that it is not permanent — hair grows! Have fun and experiment to find the perfect match made in heaven haircut for you. Remember chicas, you’re all fabulous and beautiful.

Advice: Dealing with la Familia

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Family is family,  but every family is different. Some families were raised with two parents, some families might have none. Some families might have no brothers and sisters, and some families might not have a lot of money. And that’s ok.

Every family relationship is different. There is not one way in which a family should be. However, there are certain things that can be done to improve a family dynamic and make the family the best it can be.

One of the things a family can do to make sure the family structure is healthy is to have family dinners together with no television or cell phones. Nowadays, families that still gather around the family table tend to do it while watching television while having one hand on their cellphones and the other hand in their food. Make it a priority to have your parents stop what they are doing, or your younger siblings from playing video games, to gather around the dinner table and bond. This should be done at least once a week, but if possible, should be done once every day.

Another thing a family can do is to have family game nights. Whatever it maybe, have an activity your family can do together. It does not have to be movies! This can be trivia night, or Youtube video watching night, or fishing night. The possibilities are endless! Just find something that all of your family can have fun doing!

 If you find that your family might be going through some problems, it is not out of the ordinary. Do not be afraid to bring your concerns to the attention of your parents or guardians. If you think your family is not spending enough time together, tell your family that! If you feel as if your parents have been too busy with work, let them know.

If this does not work for you, do not be afraid to reach out to an adult. It is ok for your family not to be ok. Do not be afraid to talk to a counselor, teacher, or any other person about issues that your family might be going through.

This is especially true when it comes to your friends. While it might seem like your friends will not understand what you are going through, they will certainly try to make the effort to do so. Sometimes, your friends might be like a source of therapy for you. They will always be someone who is willing to listen. Sure, writing in a journal, or keeping your feelings to yourself is a bit more private, but your friends are people who are just like your family – they will love you no matter what.

 However, if you truly feel like this might not be something you can do, evoke your emotions into a story or poetry. Sometimes letting all your emotions out bring out a new set of emotions that can result in the creation of a beautiful painting or an amazing new song. If this feels uncomfortable to you though, sports are another source of therapy. Being around a group of people who are all passionate about something can provide an even bigger place for you to let out all your emotions.

Whatever the case may be, know that you are not alone. Your family is someone who will always love you, no matter how hard that might be to believe at times. Do not take advantage of them and try to work through all the kinks in your family relationship because when you are finally able to do so, your family relationship will be incredible.

Celebrating 16 de Septiembre

Mexican Flag16 de Septiembre is the day when people in Mexico get together to celebrate their independence. This holiday  isn’t only celebrated in Mexico, but in the U.S. as well! Because the United States is a country where diversity is welcomed, there are many Hispanic people in the U.S. with Mexican family and blood. Even though this day is celebrated in both countries, they are celebrated differently.

History of 16 de Septiembre

In 1821, Mexico was being controlled by Spain. Mexico was just another country that had to help Spain with their resources. Spain didn’t pay much attention to the needs of the Mexican people, so many suffered in poverty. It was a really poor country since most of their things would be taken away by the Spaniards to take back to their country. Because of this, many people had hoped that the day would come in which Mexico could be its own nation. It was all hopes and dreams until someone actually wanted to make it come true.

Miguel Hidalgo was a priest and he was truly concerned for the daily struggles that the Mexicans had to go through. He didn’t want the Mexicans to be treated as objects of incomes any longer, so he started to do small changes which would eventually lead to a revolution. He started teaching Mexicans how to make money by sewing and doing simple things. One day, he decides to call out all of his people to stand up and fight against the Spanish. It is the morning of September 16th, 1810 when he gives his famous speech, ‘El grit de dolores.’ His speech is so inspirational that he creates the Mexican army and fights the Spaniards for independence. He died a year later but his legacy is what causes revolution in Mexico for the next few years until they gained independence in 1821.

Celebrating 16 de Septiembre in Mexico
Today, Mexican Independence Day is a major celebration in Mexico and it is bigger than Cinco de Mayo! The celebration actually begins on September 15th (the day before Mexico’s Independence Day). The crowds of people that want to celebrate gather in the zocalos (town meeting place) of cities, towns, and villages in Mexico. Since the Mexican flag is red, white and green, those colors are incorporated with the decorations around the town. In Mexico City a huge square is decorated with flags, flowers and lights of red, white, and green. People sell confetti, whistles, horns, and many other Mexican traditional items to help celebrate. There is also a lot of dinners and feasts that take place on September the 15th. Usually on this day, everyone is celebrating and waiting for the clock to strike at 12′ o clock.

There is music playing and everyone’s being active. It starts to get quieter during the night because many people want to pay attention to the time, waiting for their president to step out of his balcony. At the last strike of eleven, the president of Mexico steps out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic liberty bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then the president gives the Grito de Dolores. He shouts “Viva Mexico” “Viva la independencia” and the crowd echoes back. This tradition is done all throughout Mexico all at the same time. There are many parades, celebrations, and each city’s plaza is filled with many people awaiting el “grito.”
Celebrating 16 de Septiembre in the U.S. 

16 de Septiembre is different here in the U.S. The major difference is that here in the U.S., we don’t have a Mexican plaza. That is why 16 de Septiembre in the U.S. is celebrated just like the 4th of July. The concepts of 4th of July is kind of similar to a fiesta. The main colors to wear is your flag’s colors. So, for 4th of July you wear red, white and blue while in Mexico it’s red, white and green. Fireworks is a must here in the U.S., and you’ll mostly likely hear them go off all night during 16 de Septiembre.

A celebration wouldn’t be the same without food! There’s a lot of food made for this holiday. Some cities include folklorico dances, mariachi concerts, or host a celebration in their local plaza to celebrate this event. This is really popular in U.S.-Mexico border cities or cities that have a high Latino/a population.Just because they don’t live in Mexico anymore doesn’t mean that this holiday isn’t important for people with a Mexican culture. There are many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans here in the U.S. so it’s just as important to us as it is them.

It wasn’t easy to gain independence, but Mexico overcame and succeeded. 16 de Septiembre is very important because it cherishes Miguel Hidalgo and the promotion of Mexican morale. It’s really hard to get a group of people to agree on one thing, but Hidalgo was inspiring and gave the Mexican people hope that they could live a better life. He brought determination and it eventually lead to Mexico’s independence. So for 16 de septiembre, we fiesta!

La Thrasher Extraordinnaire: Leticia Bufoni

DSC_0916 (2)Still challenged by stereotypes and lack of television coverage about who should be skateboarding, “girls who shred” are an elite and ambitious group of young women changing the culture of skateboarding one win at a time.  There are standouts all over the United States and Latin America thrashing at an Olympic level. We were lucky to catch Leticia Bufonia, Brazil-native-California transplant trend-setter and bronze winner in the women’s category at this year’s national X-Games competition in Austin, TX. 

Latinitas: Where did you start skating?How long have you been skating?

Leticia: Started skating at  11 yrs ago in Brazil. I moved to CA when I was 14.  Now, I live in California and I skate in California all the time.

 

Latinitas: What needs to come to the table for women’s skateboarding in the U.S.?

Leticia: We need support. Sponsors!!  Our girls need sponsors.  Coverage.

 

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Latinitas: What’s the best part of about skating for you?

Leticia:  I meet new friends every time I compete.

 

Latinitas: What would you tell young female skaters

Leticia: Go out. Skate everyday and have fun.

 

Latinitas: Who do you look up to in skating?

Leticia:  I used to look up to Alicia Fillback; she competed for X Games and other competitions.

 

Latinitas: What does it feel  to win?

Leticia:  I am super stoked. I got another medal. I’m stoked.

 

Latinitas: What’s it like behind the scenes? Who helps you be part of these competitions?

Leticia: I have managers – they help me with travel, sponsors, everything.

 

Latinitas: What would you tell “Latinitas” who like skateboarding and want to take it the level you have?

Leticia: Go out and skate!

DIY: Your Room, Your You

Decorating your room on a budget is hard.  But with a few fun and easy ideas, you will be able to transform your room in no time.

Ribbon Curtain

RRibbons used to be something for your hair. Now they are something you can use for your bedroom window. Depending on the height and width of your window, the amount of ribbons may vary. But with just a handful, you will easily create a new ribbon curtain.

You will need to make sure your window has a rod (the stick in which a curtain is held). If not, you should ask your parents to provide you with one. Aside from that, you will need 10-20 ribbons and a pair of scissors — just in case you want to make your ribbons shorter.

Then, your first step will be to collect all of your ribbons. Make sure a window rod is tightly secured. If there was no rod before, have your parent or an adult help install one for you. Grab a ribbon from the edge and make a small knot on the rod. There should be more ribbon hanging than what is actually tied. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results!

Music noteMusic Wall

Music makes everyone happy. So why not have music notes on your wall!

You will need to make sure you have a roll of thick tape, black paint, painting brush, access to a computer and printer, regular tape, and a pair of scissors.

With the consent of an adult, you should first log on to the internet and print out any music note shape you want. By searching on Yahoo! Or Google, you should find different music notes in all shapes and sizes. Make sure each note you print out, however, is the same size. Then, print out and cut out all of the music notes.

When you are done cutting out all the shapes, grab your roll of thick tape and tape it to an area on the wall. You will do this 5 times since there are 5 staffs in music. Before you do anything else, tape another piece of tape in-between each section. Now with your black paint, begin to paint every other piece of tape. The pieces in-between are so you will not dirty your bedroom wall.

Wait about 30 to 40 minutes for the paint to dry. Once you are done, cut pieces of regular tape to put your music notes up on your wall.

Now sit back and enjoy the music!

Poster BoardGoal Board

Sometimes when we are going through a rough couple of days, it is very easy to forget things you have to do and things you have to achieve. Why not make a goal board? Force yourself to reach your goals for the day or week by creating a poster where you will get to see them every day.

You will need one poster board for your goal board. You can choose the size depending on the area where you will place your poster board. Good news! Poster boards are super cheap and can normally be found for about $0.50 – $2.00 at your local convenience store! The next thing you will need is a pack of standard size post it notes (3 in).  Finally, you will need a pack of markers.

Now you can start being a goal setter!

The top portion of your poster-board (vertically) will be dedicated to the tile of your poster. Go ahead and write (however you may please), “Goal List for”. Then next to those words, you will trace a post it note. You can write “This week,” but it is really up to you whether you wish to write “this year” , “today” , “this hour.”  Be sure to decorate this top portion with your markers. Doodle. Be creative!

Now to the bottom portion ….. Go ahead and trace six post it notes in the bottom.  Three post it notes should be on the top and three other ones should be in the bottom.  Now write your goals! Once you’ve completed them, take the post it note and throw it away. Time to post a new one!

 

High School Survival Guide

latina student with backpackWhen middle school is finally over, you feel great about yourself and are exited to start a brand new experience at your future high school. Some girls feel completely the opposite; they are scared to set foot on unknown lands. If you have a headache or your stomach hurts by just listening to the “H” word (high school), here are some tips to start high school on the right foot.

1. Speak up! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get along with your teachers.

 Sometimes we see our teachers as being super mean and strict, but, in reality, they are not so bad. Teachers are the best people you could ever meet. To be honest, you do not want to be on the bad side of a teacher, because sometimes they will make your year suck. Be friendly with them, try to talk to them and soon you will realize that they can help you with any problem you have with the class or even life. If at any time you do not understand something about the lesson, do not be afraid to ask questions. Trust me, they do not bite.

2. Make new friends!

Alexis Bobadilla, Club Leader for Latinitas, says to not close yourself off from people when you enter high school. Being shy is not a bad thing; for at least one day, try to talk to the girl or boy that sits next to you. Maybe she or he might end up being your best friend in the future. Open up and be friendly. You do not have to be Miss Popular, but trying to make new friends with the people you are going to see for the next four years will make high school more fun.

3. Explore the school! Know where everything is located before you start the school year.

High school has some pranksters, especially the upperclassmen (juniors and seniors). When you are a freshmen everything is new, so explore the school or look at a map before school starts to see where the main stuff is located (library, computer lab, your classes, etc.). It will come in handy in case you come across a prankster.

“I remember that the seniors will tell us that the pool was at the 4th floor of the building;  little did we know that we didn’t have a 4th floor… or a pool! It sucked,” shares Alexisis.

Watch out for the pranksters! Knowing where your classes are and where everything is located boosts your confidence and makes you stand out from most freshmen.

4. Get involved! 

Try to get involve in school activities, such as clubs, sports, etc. School activities can definitely help you with your college applications, scholarships, and even work applications.  They are also a great way to make new friends, meet new people (students, teachers, etc.) and learn new skills.

5. Always be yourself!

Do not be afraid to show off your amazing personality and stay true to yourself. Peer pressure will happen, but you are the only one that knows what is right in this situation, not your friends. Your parents taught you to be an amazing, honest, and trustworthy person, so if your friend is telling you to do something your not comfortable with or know is wrong…. do not do it! It is very important for young girls to appreciate and value themselves; do not let anyone put you down.  Always remember that you are a beautiful and your personality is just as beautiful — embrace and love it! Your friends will love you for who you are, so do not pretend to be someone you are not just to fit in.  a

High school should be one of the best experiences of your life, but sometimes it will be tough. It is up to you to make the best of it. Be yourself, get involved, and make new friends. After high school, you will be remembered for how you treated people and what you did.

Finding Your Perfect Look

Fashion for a girl is usually very important, so we all know how stressful it can be looking for an outfit. Everyone has a different style, so remember to just be thinking about what you LOVE when it comes to expanding your wardrobe this school year. By following these rules, you’ll be on your way to becoming the fashion queen at your school!

Make a List

It’s a good idea to make a list before you go shopping. If you are wandering around a store without being prepared, then be prepared to be walking around for a few hours. To make things less stressful and more efficient, make a list! You can write down whatever you want. A suggestion would be to write down your favorite colors. This is usually a good start to making sure you don’t go over budget. You can also maybe write down your favorite animals, flowers, and even patterns! This list will help your creative juices flowing and, in no time, you’ll start to see what kinds of outfits you love. Another suggestion is to write down any of your favorite clothing items that you already own. You might just want to find something else with a similar style.

1016130_299715566840320_2117876336_nDress Appropriate

Since it’s middle school, you’ll have to dress appropriately. Many middle schools actually have dress codes. If you happen to break it, then that’s a pass to the principal’s office. Remember that it’s middle school, so don’t try to show too much skin that will cause concern. If you have a free dress day or don’t have to wear a uniform, check your school’s dress code rules. You can also show the list to your parents and they’ll be able to help you as well when on the hunt for the perfect outfit.

Cute Outfits Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune

When summer ends a ton of sales will start to go up. Plus, there’s always Black Friday (in November) and other deals that happen throughout the year. Every store has a website that advertises their sales. Finding out where the sales are is super easy. First, start with writing down a list of your favorite stores. Then, ask your parents to help you find out about the different sales by going to each store’s main websites. Not only will you be happy, but your parents will be happy with a fuller wallet as well!

Shop Smart

If you find a sale that you absolutely have to go to because your favorite jacket is 50% off, be prepared to get to your favorite stores early! The sale is open to EVERYONE. It’s actually very normal for stores to sell out of specific clothing items because of the good deals. That is why preparation is key. Once you have arrived to your favorite stores, keep the list that you wrote everything on. Pre-planning your shopping list is normal, but don’t be shy to look around. Walk around the store and look at what catches your eye. You might find something cuter and better at the store.

Parent Approval

Congrats, you found your perfect outfit! But, most likely you won’t be paying for it. Your family’s approval is very important because if they like it, then most likely it is school appropriate. And if they are happy, then they may happily pay for your outfit (not always, especially if it’s too expensive).

With the perfect planning and timing, you’ll be able to find your perfect look. Plus, you’ll also be saving a lot of money and making your family happy. Find your perfect look and strut your stuff on throughout the school year.

Dreams On Pointe

© BE Studio Inc 2013For many girls, attending dance is a great way to have fun or to participate in an exciting form of exercise. For others, it is the passion that pushes them to the edge of exhaustion and then some, in order to be the graceful figure on stage. Becoming a professional dancer is something that has most likely crossed the minds of many young girls, but those who wish to pursue it as a serious career will find that it takes far more than attending the occasional class.

What many dancers do not realize is that reaching the professional level takes more than joining the dance team at school.  It takes sacrifice and a large amount of one’s time and dedication to the dance studio. The life of a dancer who wishes to pursue the role of a professional revolves around being healthy and maintaining stamina- all while pushing yourself to be better and stronger everyday. This pursuit is no different than becoming a professional athlete and requires the same amount of serious dedication.

Making it in this Industry

Careers in dance are not for the faint of heart, nor those who cannot stand a bit of strong-willed perseverance. From the perspective of a dance student who now teaches at the studio she established after working with a pre-professional company, Jessica Zamarripa, a native of Laredo, Texas and founder and creative director of Laredo School of Contemporary Dance says, “I have had a lot of students come and go… [because] dance requires a lot of time. It requires a lot of sacrifice… even now as a dance teacher, I have to sacrifice my personal life. But I have no regrets, it’s all going to be worth it.”  After dancing with pre-professional contemporary dance company Ballet East of Austin, Texas, Zamarripa established Laredo School of Contemporary Dance to fill the need for a pre-professional dance industry in Laredo

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On her thoughts about what it takes to make it in the industry: “You need to have the heart to be in this field. It does not matter if you have the natural ability alone, the other part is your willingness to work through the monotony of countless rehearsals and repetitions.”

Careers in dance start and end in youth. The earlier you train, the better the chance of improvement and the more things you retain over time. Once you figure out dance is the career for you, the hours spent at the dance studio become something to look forward to, no matter the price- and this price will be your hard work and dedication. According to Zamarripa, those who seek immediate results “belong in the audience, watching dance.”

Quiz: How Do You Handle Conflict?

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written by Stephanie Hernandez 

Handling conflict can either make you look like a total spazz or as if you are cool, calm and collected. Whether you yell and scream at top of your lungs or excuse yourself to get your thoughts together, what you do says a lot about you. Are you curious to see what category of conflict resolution you fall under? Take the quiz and find out how you handle high pressure situations.

When confronting a problem with friends or family, which are you most likely to do?

a)         You tend to keep your feelings and opinions to yourself.

b)         You speak in a loud and demanding voice.

c)         You use sarcasm.

d)         You express your feelings clearly and appropriately.

Which of the following do you relate to the most?

a)         “People never consider my feelings.”

b)         “I’m right, you’re wrong.”

c)         “Oh my god, I love you……..not!

d)         “I can’t control others but I can control myself.”

 

If a friend talks behind your back, you _____.

a)         Hold in the pain and anger and wait for it to fade.

b)         Confront and yell at them in front of everyone.

c)         Spread a rumor about them.

d)         Talk to them in private and tell them what bothered you, in a calm and respectful way.

 

When your parents tell you to clean your room, but you really don’t want to, you _________.

a)         Clean while mumbling your frustrations quietly to yourself.

b)         Scream to your parents and tell them you’re not doing it.

c)         Tell them you are going to clean it in order to get them off your back, but the truth is you’re not going to do it.

d)         Listen to you parents because you understand that your room should be cleaned.

 

When you witness someone being mistreated verbally, you ______.

a)      Watch and hope that someone else stops the situation.

b)     Get involved quickly and harass the abuser, because that’s what they deserve.

c)      Know it’s wrong but don’t do anything  about it, and you later tell your friends all about it.

d)     Approach the situation in a calm matter and try your best to communicate with the abuser to calm them down.

If you answered mostly A.

You are passive.

Being Passive makes you avoid expression, opinions and/or feelings to those around you. You don’t do well with confrontations, and it means that you do not respond well to anger and tend to hold things in. This buildup of emotion can be harmful if you bottle it in, because it can get overwhelming and might lead to an outburst.

If you answered mostly B.

You are aggressive.

Being aggressive means you mostly care about your own feelings instead of others. Be careful with being aggressive because it may lead to disrespecting others without even realizing it. You tent to be confrontational, but sometimes you can  be physically or verbally abusive to others for the sake of being right/feeling superior.

If you answered mostly C.

You are passive aggressive.

Being passive aggressive is a combination of being passive and aggressive. You do not like face-to-face confrontation, but you act out of anger in subtle and indirect ways — like being sarcastic or making back-handed compliments/comments (like indirectas). 

If you answered mostly D.

You are assertive.

Being assertive is something everyone should strive to be. You are clear about your feelings and communicate them in a respectful way. You make your needs known without violating the rights of others.

Most people are a little passive, aggressive, passive aggressive, and assertive in different areas, but, in the end, most of us tend to lean towards one side a little more than the others. When handling conflict, always remember that you’re never alone. Talk to your parents or counselor for help.

Sizzling Makeup Tips

IMG_2729As we wrap up the end the end of summer, we have the need to keep fresh and sweat-free as long as humanly possible, and your face is no exception. And there are certain rules to live by during the summer for your best facial care. For example, when temperatures rise, it is far more comfortable to wear light makeup than to pack on the foundation.  As most trends in the summer go, your makeup routine should get lighter as well. This means no cakey foundation, and no mineral powder on top of your liquid or mousse foundation. Everything from your blush to your eyeshadows should change for maximum comfort. Read on for some simple tips and tricks on applying and wearing long-lasting makeup.

Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the holy grail of all things makeup. It should be the first thing you apply in your makeup routine, and you should never go a day without it. If you simply cannot give up your foundation routine, you can find some makeup that comes with a little bit of SPF protection. It is always best to have a base or primer in your makeup routine for lasting coverage, and you can use a moisturizer with sunscreen in place of that for the summer or year round. If you would prefer a sheer finish as opposed to medium or heavy coverage, try BB cream, or Beauty Balm cream. Every makeup brand has their own version, some with matte finishes, others with shine. Depending on your preference and skin type, you can find one that suits your skin for a natural summer look, or use during the rest of the year for light coverage throughout.

 Use Cream Eyeshadow

The most recent revolution in eye makeup is the lovely new, cake-free, long-wearing, cream eyeshadow. Maybelline has a lovely collection of varying shades, from vibrant teal to nude beige. You can wear these alone for some color that you can build by simply adding more, or you can use these as primers underneath powdered eyeshadow. The application is quick and easy- just dab your finger in the pot and gently rub onto your lid, spreading the color upward and onto your crease.

 Use Cream Blush

No summer makeup routine is complete without cream blush.  Swap your powdered blushes that appear cakey in the summer, for a light, cream blush for a more natural, dewy finish. Cream blushes can be applied the same way that cream eyeshadow is, using your fingers to spread it across the apples of your cheeks, or you can use a stippling brush to help you spread the color. However you choose to apply it, wearing this new trend in blush will leave you with a summery sun-kissed glow.

Try the Smudged Eyeliner Look

Clean lines and precision in the perfect cat eye is great, but when you want things shaken up a bit, and if you like the idea of “lived-in” liner, follow these simple steps for a eye liner with just the right amount of edge. I highly recommend doing this look with neutral, matte shadows since the eyeliner alone will be a lot of color. For this look you’ll need any color eyeliner that you wish to smudge, and a “C” eyeshadow brush which can be found at your local drugstore. I like to use e.l.f. brand brushes which are both inexpensive and good quality. The first step to achieving the smudged liner look is taking your regular pencil liner and lightly lining the top lash line. This line doesn’t have to be perfect since you’ll be smudging it, anyway, so don’t worry about precision.  You can also dab a little bit along the lower lash line for an even more smokey look, but if you prefer a cleaner look, just do it on the top. Once you have lined your eyes, take the “C” brush and swipe it across your lash line, effectively spreading and smearing the eyeliner. The longer you smudge, the lighter the color will be, and it will spread across your lid, eventually covering your eyeshadow, and this is a great day look, since the color will be diluted. If you keep the eyeliner only smudged along the lash line, you’ll have a darker, more smokey effect. If you decide to do the lower lash line, make sure to apply less eyeliner and smudge very little and very gently with the brush.

If you like these tips and tricks enough, keep them in mind for your makeup routine all year. I suggest changing your palette at the very least, from lighter and brighter colors, for example a shimmery peach blush, to a more matte or subtly shiny pink blush for the winter.  Eyeshadows colors in the summer usually lean towards neon or pastel colors for a look of airy lightness, and in the fall and winter seasons, you can trade those in for a more neutral and slightly darker palette.

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