The Best Way to Prevent Damage? Keep It Clean!

March 14, 2011

What do days at the office, wild nights, and hot dates all have in common? They can be damaging to your skin. That’s right. The makeup you wear on a daily basis and the makeup you wear on a special occasion isn’t any different to your skin. It can clog pores, cause wrinkles, and even cause eye damage.

While it is important to wash your face before bed every night, it can be hard for the busy women of the world to remember, even when permanent damage to your skin is a threat. Here are some helpful reminders why you should always sleep with a clean face and tips on how to remember to do so.

Keep an eye on your eyes: At a recent visit to an eye doctor he informed me that even sleeping with a little bit of mascara on my eyes can cause severe damage. It can cause dry eyes and possible further damage. Also, wear sunglasses! The UV rays from the sun do more than cause damage to your eyesight; it can cause premature aging and wrinkles.

Tend to your skin: Many women sleep with their make up on thinking it’s not a big deal. Sleeping with foundation on can clog pores causing breakouts and wrinkles. Also, thick foundations are terrible for your skin. I suggest using a tinted moisturizer with SPF.

Reverse the damage done: It takes time for both your eyes and your face to repair themselves and a little TLC from you. You must consistently give yourself a good face wash. Have trouble remembering? Keep a good eye pad and face wipe on your night stand. Almay has a great eye pad that doesn’t sting the eyes and Olay carries a fabulously large face wipe that will get the day off of your face.  But even making sure your face is clean before a good night’s sleep isn’t enough. Keep your skin moisturized, it will thank you. Do this by keeping an eye cream and face moisturizer by your bedside as well.

If you want to go that extra mile in skin care, come in and try a peel. Peels will help your skin stay healthy and wrinkle free and will even help your moisturizes do more for your skin. They should be done about every 4 to 5 weeks to keep your skin at its healthiest. What are you doing to keep your skin in tip top shape?

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Robin’s Secrets to a Smokey Eye

December 1, 2009

Smokey eyes — Robin Erb style

The smokey eye is a classic look that many women try to emulate. However, I have found that often times women don’t understand exactly the way to go about it. Before you even start, it is important to understand one word: blend. That is absolutely crucial when it comes to creating a sexy, smokey eye.

First do your eyes. Many women will do their foundation first, but since you use such intense and dark colors when doing a smokey eye, the eyeshadow often get can all over your face. Once you’re done with your eyes, brush off the excess shadow with a brush and do your foundation.

  1. The first step is to apply your color from the lid up into your crease and blend. Also, smudge your smokey color under your eye as well. I prefer to use high pigment colors like Makeup Forever’s Purple 92 Eyeshadow or deep greys, browns and blacks, but this look can be pulled off with almost any color.
  2. Next, right under your brow, brush a highlighter.
  3. Continue with eye liner inside the lids rather than on top. I have found that Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero works best.
  4. Finish the look off with tons of mascara.

When you do a smokey eye at home you can’t forget about equipment. I really like the MAC 242 Shader Brush for blending. They also offer a tapered blending brush that works really well. After you’re done with your eye and your foundation is done, many people like to go with a nude or glossy lip, unless you’re going for the “goth chic” look as I call it with a dark lip.

When it comes to a smokey eye, practice makes perfect. I recommend taking lessons with me at my studio if you want to know how to perfect the look.


The Eye of the Beholder

November 11, 2009

Bridal Look

Giving my signature bridal eye look to a model.

(photo credit McKenzie Lawton)

So many places to go, and so many impressions to make! Courtesy 101 dictates that you should look people in the eye when meeting with them. So why not have a stunning look for them to see? Whether you are at an interview or going to a concert, there is a perfect eye look for you.

Finding the perfect eye look isn’t very difficult, the trick is to go with what you like. For the day, you can go with a more natural look. Later, if you’re feeling funky, you could go for a more dramatic eye. I love to do the natural eye with one color, like a burnt red all over the lid, then use black eyeliner on the inside of the bottom lid. That is a big thing for me right now; it’s a great look. Also, if you just want a nice clean look you can go simple eyeliner, mascara, and bright red lipstick: the perfect Marilyn Monroe.

Planning an eye look for you wedding day? I have the PERFECT bridal eye. I start off with a light color on the lid. Then move to a medium-dark color in the crease. Finally, I use a frosty, bone-colored highlighter for under the eyebrow and the corner of the eye.

If you still can’t decide which look you want, feel free come in to my salon for a lesson! I will give you three looks that will work perfectly for you, and I can also teach you my easy, no-fail eyeliner technique for when you are on the go!

The important thing to remember is that you must go with a look that makes you feel gorgeous! Experiment with a few different looks until you find the one that makes you look and feel your very best. What’s your favorite eye look?