Why you NEED mascara for photos!

Its no secret that I love me some mascara!

I will shout it from the rooftops, all day, everyday. Everyone needs to find the mascara that opens up the windows to their soul. And I found mine in Younique Fiber Lash mascara.

Recently they developed a new, one step mascara that is awesome and can be used along with the Fiber Lash for extra impact. But it can also be used alone! The also released a Lash Serum treatment that is ah-mazing at the same time. (And I'm doing a give away for that, see below!)

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Clients, friends and photographers ask me all of the time what mascara I recommend. I tell them Younique because that is what I use on clients and that is what I use on myself, everyday!

Why do photographers ask? Because it makes such a HUGE difference in photos. So even if you are a minimal (or zero) makeup wearer, mascara is a must for making your eyes POP and connect with the camera. 

Check out these photos that my family's photographer, Sarah Kane Photography, snapped for me in her studio one day.  When Sarah asked me to get some tips together for her client prep guide, wearing mascara was one of my top recommendations!

If you know me and see me regularly, you know that I am often seen with no makeup on. Or you can also find me with the bare minimum, which for me is a little blush, cream shadow and mascara. I know, I know that is a full face for some. Then a few times a week, I go ALL out. Full face! Drag queen status, my personal favorite!

In this photo, I am not wearing much color on my eyes or any liner at all.  I really wanted the impact of the mascara to be seen. 

A few years ago, I was having trouble with my mascara flaking. It was happening with every brand that I tried! Within 30 min of application, I would have dark smudges and flakes under my eyes!  It was actually a client of mine who said that she was using Younique because it was the only thing that didn't smudge under her eyes. I decided to give it a try. 

It was then that I decided to try it out and because I wanted the free shipping that comes with orders over $100. I had no idea they had other products. The mascara, as you can see, was a such a win for me, then I moved on to trying other products. 

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I am obsessed with the cream eyeshadows, the lip colors and liners! If you would like to try any but want some help choosing colors, reach out (emily@emilyhudspeth.com) and I will help you decide.

Another new option they have is that you can create your own bespoke eyeshadow palette!

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The best part is that everything has a 100% love it guarantee!

Anyone who makes a purchase by October 7th (US only) will be entered into a drawing to win the new Lash Serum!

Leave a comment below and let me know you decided to try!

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3 Products to keep you Camera Ready

You have probably noticed from social media that the color for May is PURPLE!

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Its that time of year again! The time when we are taking lots of pictures, either in professional sessions with my girl, like with my girl, Sarah Kane Photography. She is slammed with Spring mini sessions right now!  Or you are in front of the camera, instead of taking the pictures, for family celebrations like Mother's Day, weddings or graduation. Either way, you want to look your best. 

Here are a few of my favorite products that help keep you looking fab, even after you step outside into the heat. I always have these on hand for commercial jobs to keep people fresh. 

This one is NEW!

Shimmer Me Blonde

This one can be used in wet OR dry hair.  It doubles as a treatment (when used wet) and acts as a light toner, with the purple counteracting unwanted brassy tones.  Spray it in damp hair and blow dry it into the hair AND/OR use as a finishing spray to help eliminate flyways and smooth out that mane. That is one of my pet peeves in photos, wild hair that could have easily been managed with a little product. 

This is your new bff. 

A repairing shine treatment with colour enhancers, optical brighteners and natural softeners moisturise, restore and refresh lightened, highlighted and blonde or grey shades.

How to use: Apply to damp, towel-dried hair or dry hair. Twirl before use. Do not rinse; leave to dry naturally or style as desired.

Benefits: Radiant shine, Counteracts Yellow and Gold Tones, Strengthens, Nourishes, Moisturises

Younique 3D Mascara & Eyeliner

Defining the eyes and putting a little color/shine on the lips will take you from, "I woke up like this" to "I'm ready for my close up!". I think those are the 2 most important steps to complete your look, regardless of whether you are all about that au natural look or if high fashion glam is your signature look. 

My go to is the black pencil liner from Younique in Perfect with the amazing 3D Fiber lash mascara. You can see in the video below the before, during and after results. 

As always you can touch base (emily@reallifebeauty.com) with any questions about what colors or products would work best for you. I can send you a link to order things that come straight to you or you can get in on one of my group orders to save on shipping, if you are local to Richmond. 

Blotting Papers

This is an inexpensive and super easy way to to retouch your makeup on the fly. These are a must, especially for summer, because who wants to pile more powder on your face when temps start rising. You don't even need to be looking in a mirror! You just press or blot (no wiping) these thin sheets onto your nose, forehead and chin to sop up the shine. The easiest way to freshen up!

Other uses for blotting papers....

  • Dry shampoo! Ok not as good as the real deal but rub a sheet into your hairline to absorb excess oil. This is awesome for my girls with bangs!
  • Wipe the yucky face print off your phone. Yeah, you know that greasy smear that you just gets nastier when you wipe a Kleenex over it. 
  • Tone it down! Blush is one of my favorite things ever but if you over do your application, a blotting paper is a great way to blend a heavy handed mistake. A quick blot will sheer it down to the look you were going for. No need to shower and start from scratch.
  • Set your makeup to make it last longer. This is a great trick for cream products (shadow, lip color or blush). Apply the cream color, then blot with your papers to remove excess oils and reapply a second time. The color will be locked in so you can dance the night away with no worries that your makeup is compromised. 

If this seems like too much work,  you can always book an appointment with me and I will do your hair and makeup for any event. Do you want to do it yourself but think you lack the skills? I have lots of options for lessons, from a mini session to a full on 3 lesson series called Beauty School Drop In.  Lets chat if you are interested. 

Questions about what to wear and how to dress your family for group photos so you look like a stylish crew without getting to matchy-matchy, check out this post from my go to girl for all things style related, Joanna Avant.    Did you know that she will come make over your closet and pick out new outfits from your existing closet inventory? Or she can shop for you! Perfect for my busy girls who just can't sneak out to the mall.