Advice from Orlando’s Leading Beauty Specialists 

When it comes to the day-to-day, many of us find our beauty routine to be a little outdated. Avoid being boring and take some advice from some of Orlando’s top stylists and makeup artists.

The Foil Club

As far as color goes, the consensus is unanimous, Balayage is the hot hair trend this season! With hand-painted, soft babylights taking over the hair scene, a new color, “bronde” is the frontrunner – not blonde, not brown, but the perfect combination of both! Says Alicia, stylist and owner of Educe Salon. Revi of Privé salon considers this color to be a great transition into fall as bronde is low maintenance and only needs a touch up every 6 months. This new trend is all about low maintenance.

Remember to play to your shape. The perfect hairstyle is dependant on the shape of your face. Jessica from J. Christine Salon and Blow Dry Bar agrees with us, saying A hairstyle should enhance your features! It’s best to choose a style that compliments you from all angles. While Revi agrees, she also reminds us that your natural texture and how the hair is styled, including which tools and products that are used, must also be taken into consideration. Finding a good stylist that understands this is vital – not only to perfect a look you’ll love, but also a look that can be easily managed and duplicated at home. In order to maintain your gorgeous locks, it’s vital to choose a style that fits your beauty routine, be it a 10-minute job or a two-hour regime.

Face Talk

If you’re like most women, your makeup bag is overflowing with products you’ve tried once and never used again. We’ve cut the clutter with straight talk from two experienced makeup artists, Alicia of Glam Dry and Amanda from J. Christine Salon and Blow Dry Bar. Whether you don’t know the difference between an eyelash curler and a spoolie or you’ve been doing your makeup for the past 30 years, they have some tips to take your routine to the next level.

Runway trends are an exaggeration of reality. With that being said, we’ve all tried to wear the smokey eye right off the runway. Two trends from this season’s runway that translate best into everyday wear are “strobing” and  the classic cat eye. Amanda loves strobing as it is simply highlighting to the next level because now you’re playing with light. This technique defines the face without changing the features. Simply add highlight Down the center of the face and under the eyes in a ‘triangular’ shape while keeping the rest of the skin fresh and dewy. She recommends creams for highlighting and a fluffy brush for blending. Alicia’s a big fan of the classic cat eye. It can be heavy and dramatic or a subtle variation, depending on the woman and the event.

For those of you who have never worn much makeup, Amanda says be true to yourself. Buy products and colors that speak to you. If red lipstick isn’t your thing, that’s okay. Always be comfortable in your own skin!

“It’s vital to choose a style that fits your beauty routine, be it a 10-minute job or a two-hour regime.”

Alicia has three simple steps to a look in five minutes or less:

1. Mascara!- All day everyday. Opens your eyes, and draws people in!

2. Lipstick!- Whatever shade you like, this wakes up your skin tone gives some life to your look.

3. Eyebrows!- Not a drawn on heavy look you might be thinking of, especially for a woman who never wears makeup! Eyebrows are so important to a woman’s face and look. Just a great eyebrow pencil or eyeshadow applied with an angle brush will do. Have a professional show you the right shade and technique using light feathery strokes to avoid drawing them on.

Off the Shelf

Picking a product to enhance your look is always a little daunting. Our stylist friends took some of the work out of the task by offering their “can’t live withouts.”

I absolutely could not live without my Privé Volumizing Dry Shampoo.  Not only does it cleanse the scalp and hair without using any water, but its herbal blend of ginkgo biloba, green tea and soy add incredible volume and texture to help support almost any style.  Truly a ‘don’t leave home without it’ product! – Revi, Privé Salon

Oribe Dry texturizing spray!!! It gives my hair that fabulous second day look with tons of movement and texture. It also works as an amazing dry shampoo. – Jessica, J. Christine Salon and Blow Dry Bar

Right now at Educe Salon we can’t keep the new “Wonder Worker” by Shu Uemura on our shelves. It’s a foundation spray that tames frizz, hydrates, smooths, and provides humidity protection, which is a must in Florida. It truly is a wonder worker! – Alicia, Educe Salon

This may sound crazy, but hear me out. My new favorite product on the market is L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Matte foundation. Because I worked for MAC cosmetics for many years, I had an opportunity to be exposed to my fare share of skin products. What I love about the L’Oreal foundation is that it is an 18 hour wear matte finish foundation that I can use on my bridal clients, photoshoots, and backstage for runway. This product is exceptional and delivers great results. – Amanda, J. Christine Salon and Blow Dry Bar

Nude lipstick! Switching from summer to fall can be as easy as changing your lipstick. Nude shades are going to be hotter than ever this fall, so be sure to find the right shade for your skin, there are many to choose from! – Alicia, Glam Dry