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In honor of Father’s Day, makeup artist Damone Roberts is offering his confidence-boosting solutions for men.

Damone Roberts

Dear Damone,

What advice do you have for men? I want a way to spruce myself up without it looking feminine or too polished.

— Michael, age 32, from New York


Dear Michael,

You ask a very common question that I get a lot in the streets from all types of men. I decided to do a list of the top 10 ways a man can take things up a notch in the world of grooming without looking “too done.”

1. Trim the nose hairs. This is something very basic that makes a world of difference. Many companies make nose hair clippers for a moderate price (Panasonic Nose Clipper, 101Shavers.com, $8.99). Believe me when I tell you this is something that people do notice.

2. Trim the eyebrows. I actually even recommend getting them professionally cleaned (not shaped) to open up the eyes. Remember to brush them up before you leave for the day (Damone Roberts Brow Gel, DamoneRoberts.com, $20), as this opens up the eye, keeping the face more alert.

3. Clean the hair off your ears and neck. This is something your barber can do for you monthly that gives the appearance of good grooming. The sight of long ear hairs, or neck hair going into the collar of your shirt, is never appealing.

4. Keep your nails short and clean. Dirty, long fingernails require no explanation as to why they don’t work. If your budget or schedule permits, try a monthly manicure/pedicure to have someone take care of this for you. I also recommend buffing your nails as a way to keep the healthy shine without looking artificial.

5. Brush and floss your teeth daily. I’ve always believed that it doesn’t matter if your teeth are not perfectly straight and white, but please keep them clean. It is rather unappealing to talk to someone and see built up plaque or food stuck between their teeth. I know this one seems simple, but trust me when I tell you to take nothing for granted.

6. Have your clothes tailored to fit your body. This is a big one, as no matter what your shape is, the right fit makes everything look so much better.

7. Stand up straight. Mom always told us that posture was important, and she was right. You create a sense of confidence and pride when standing tall, showing everyone you are secure in the man you are.

8. Cleanse your face on a regular basis with a facial soap. I have so many male friends who use the same soap on their body that they use on their face. Most body soaps are too strong for the face. You must invest in a cleanser that is just for the face (Zirh Clean Tube, HighlandMenscare.com, $15), as the facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the body.

9. Remember, less is more when it comes to fragrance. It’s all right to smell good, but everyone doesn’t have to smell it. Fragrance is such a personal preference, and you really must find the one that works best for you. Just remember not to bathe in it.

10. Match your belt to your shoes. This one is really simple and makes a world of difference. If you are wearing black shoes, you don’t wear a brown belt. I’m not saying you need to be a fashion plate, but this basic tip makes everything you wear look that much better.

Wow Wednesday: Simplify your beauty routine with a Lash Lift from Maria Estelle at Damone Roberts Beverly Hills®! 
Our Lash Lift treatment uses silicone pads to lift each lash individually, adding just the right amount of volume and curl.  After the treatment, lashes will appear thicker and longer, with a natural curl that can last up to 3 months!

Wow Wednesday: Simplify your beauty routine with a Lash Lift from Maria Estelle at Damone Roberts Beverly Hills®! 

Our Lash Lift treatment uses silicone pads to lift each lash individually, adding just the right amount of volume and curl.  After the treatment, lashes will appear thicker and longer, with a natural curl that can last up to 3 months!

When it comes to your beauty routine, it’s natural to pick up a bad habit or two. While it’s not the end of the world if you slip up once in a while, repeating the same mistakes over and over is considered poor hygiene and can potentially lead to skin irritations, eye infections or breakouts.

1. Sleeping with makeup on
Damone ALWAYS reminds you to “take off all of your makeup before you go to sleep”. Neglecting to remove your makeup before bedtime is a big beauty no-no. It clogs your pores and can cause acne breakouts. Plus, if you do it repeatedly, your skin can look dull over time due to product buildup. 

To rectify this bad habit, he recommends that you hit the bathroom sink the moment you arrive home for the night, before you get too sleepy. "If you still can’t manage that, keep makeup remover wipes or even unscented baby wipes on your nightstand so you can do a quick wipe-off before you hit the sheets," he advises. 

2. Using dirty makeup brushes
Think about all of the surfaces your makeup brushes come in contact with: your face, your bathroom countertop and the inside of your makeup bag, to name just a few. Given that makeup brushes see a lot of places, they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from becoming bacteria magnets. 

"Eventually, if you continue to use the dirty brushes, they will irritate your skin and cause itching and burning eyes," says Tracey Peart, Makeup Artist. Using dirty brushes also impacts the look of your makeup: "The application won’t be as flawless. Dirty brushes make for streaky application," she says. 

Peart recommends cleaning your brushes once per week. “Wash them with water and liquid dish soap or shampoo once a week and lay them flat to dry,” she says. Proper brush care will also extend the lifespan of your brushes, saving you money since you won’t have to replace them as often.

3. Over-tweezing your brows
Brow maintenance is key to looking groomed and polished, but some women get carried away and pluck until they’re left with tadpole-like brows. “Many women start plucking and don’t know when to stop. They always think that ‘just one more’ and they’ll be perfect,” says Peart. 

This is not the case. Too much tweezing can completely change the look of your face. “If your brows are too thin, they can make your face look bigger and, most importantly, they can make you appear older than you are. Thicker eyebrows are much more youthful looking,” Damone says. 

To get a nice shape for your brows, try not to get too close to the mirror. If you get too up-close-and-personal it’s very easy to lose perspective of how much hair you’re removing.  Damone suggests booking an appointment at one of his salons in New York or Beverly Hills or going to see a Damone trained brow specialist in your city! 

To get the full picture, Peart recommends taking a few steps back from the mirror, and switching back and forth between brows so both your right and left brow get equal attention.

4. Improperly applying eyeliner
 Many women make the mistake of pulling their delicate eyelids too taut when drawing on eyeliner. Stretching the eyelid is bad because it causes fine lines and wrinkles, and can cause injury to the very thin skin around the eye. 

Instead, try this simple technique: Keep your eyelid closed and relaxed when drawing on your liner.  Don’t draw one continuous line; do short, even strokes all the way across the lid to get the most natural-looking line.

5. Touching your face
Touching your face throughout the day is something that most women do subconsciously, without even realizing it. 

Consistently touching your face encourages the transfer of dirt and oils from your fingertips onto your skin, which can clog your pores and cause breakouts.  Wear makeup! Wearing makeup often keeps us from touching our faces because we don’t want to smudge or make a mess of a fresh application.

6. Picking at blemishes
Blemishes are never flattering, but if squeezed, they can look even worse and leave permanent scars. Resist the urge to pick, and if you must get rid of a blemish, visit a professional esthetician who can gently extract whiteheads or blackheads. 

7. Using old makeup
Like most household items, makeup expires. Once the package is opened, makeup products become more susceptible to contamination, and can collect bacteria. 

These germs will not only cause blemishes and skin irritations, but if you apply old makeup around the eye area, they can cause eye infections,  Mascaras should be replaced every three to four months; foundations and lip products last around a year, and powder eye shadows and blushes can last up to two years. 

A good idea is to mark the date you opened it somewhere on the product – place a sticker on the bottom of the product, for instance – so you can keep tabs on how old it is. And remember: Never share your makeup with anyone. It’s just asking for cross-contamination and a host of skin troubles.

With just a few tweaks to your existing routine, you can nip any bad beauty behaviors in the bud, and be on your way to a safer and healthier beauty regimen in no time!

XO

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Lipstick Meant You Were A Prostitute?
Early in the Greek empire, red lipstick or lip paint signaled that a woman was a prostitute, given that most women during that time typically went without makeup. 
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Lipstick (Almost) Illegal In Britain?
In 1650, Parliament attempted to ban the wearing of lipstick or as they called it “the vice of painting.” The bill, ultimately, did not pass. 
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Lipstick Was An Indicator Of Social Rank
During the Roman Empire, lipstick was used as a social status marker. Even men wore lip paint to indicate their rank. 
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George Wore It.
George Washington would occassionally wear lipstick. And makeup. And a powdered wig.
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Arrested For Wearing Lipstick In Kansas?
In 1915, a bill was introduced into Kansas legislature that would have made it a misdemeanor for a woman under 44 to wear makeup because it “created a false impression.”
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QE2 Had Her Own Signature Shade.
Queen Elizabeth II commissioned her own lipstick shade to match her coronation robes at the 1952 ceremony. The soft red-blue was dubbed “The Balmoral Lipstick,” named after her Scottish country home. 
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Only Liz Could Wear Red Lipstick.
Elizabeth Taylor loved her red lipstick so much she apparently demanded that no one else on her movie sets could wear it. 
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Churchill: Lipstick Will NOT Be Rationed
During World War II, all cosmetics except for lipstick were rationed. Winston Churchill decided to keep lipstick in production because he felt it had a positive effect on morale. Needless to say, lipstick sales did well during the war. 
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80% Of American Women Wear Lipstick
In the mid-2000s, a poll found that 80 percent of American women wore lipstick, about ten percent more than French women. 

Society has a long-running love/hate relationship with lipstick, and a vascillating perception of the women (and men) who wear it.

Numerous governments over the centuries have gone so far as to attempt to ban it. Not only was it a near legal offense, women in certain cultures were publicly criticized and considered prostitutes. (In all fairness, some of them actually were.)

On the flip side, the iconic beauty product ignited incredibly territorial demands from women like Elizabeth Taylor, who allegedly forbid the wearing of lipstick by any other women working on her film sets. Yet, ultimately, even La Liz couldn’t wrangle in the country’s growing obsession with lip color — by the turn of the century, a staggering percentage of American women revealed they routinely wore lipstick. Even more sowhen times are tough.

Check out these facts, and more you possibly didn’t know in the slideshow below. Did we miss any?

Strawberries contain Salicylic Acid so they are particularly good for acne prone skin….  They are also natural skin brighteners because the acids remove the dead skin cells leaving you with brighter, smoother skin!  

What you’ll need:

2 TBSP Honey, Juice of 1 Small Lemon, 1/4 Cup Yogurt, 1/4 cup Mashed Strawberries

Squeeze your lemon into your mashed up strawberries. Your lemon is going to provide you with a chemical exfoliation…just like the strawberries.  It will also brighten your skin by removing dead skin cells!

Pour your honey into your mashed strawberries and lemon mixture.  Honey is a great natural moisturizer and it also has wonderful anti-bacterial properties.

Pour your yogurt into your mashed strawberry, lemon and honey mixture and stir until smooth.  Yogurt is going to supply your mask with even more anti-bacterial properties to rid your face of bacteria. Calcium is also thought to increase cell renewal.  If  you find that you would like your mask to be thicker…you can add a tablespoon of corn starch to bulk it up.  Your final product will look something like the picture above.

Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 10 minutes.  Rinse and then moisturize! Enjoy your skin!

XO

Black heads  are a common problem which all of us face, especially the blackheads on the nose and areas around it. Though gentle scrubbing helps to get rid of black heads to some extent, the results are not always satisfactory. Here’s one quick and very effective homemade remedy for your black heads and white heads.
You just need to grab half a lemon from your fridge(doesn’t matter if some juice is already squeezed from it) and put 3-4 drops of honey on it. Now,  just rub the lemon on your face for some time, make sure you emphasize on the black heads prone areas like the nose, chin etc.  Leave the lemon and honey mixture on your face for 5 minutes and then wash it with cold water. You will be able to see the results immediately. Additionally, lemon juice will also fade other marks/spots on the face and honey will moisturize. So what are you waiting for friends , go and try this one out.

P.S.- This is a natural remedy so it’s effectiveness may vary for different skin types. Depending upon skin type you might have to try it 1-2 times a week to see it’s effect. Also people who are sensitive to lemon please use it as per your discretion

XO

Here are 20 Beauty Uses of Vaseline.  Some of them may pleasantly surprise you! Some you may have heard of before, but all are great reminders and have wonderful uses!

1. It makes your eyelashes grow:  Lather Vaseline all over your eyelashes overnight and watch them thicken, even without a prescription!

2. Soften dry and cracked elbows.

3. Dry cuticles: Store a mini-Vaseline container in your purse and use for emergency dry cuticle moments.

4. For kissable, luscious lips: Fall is a beast for drying out summery, dewy lips. Vaseline is there for you and your irresistible pout. You can also mix Vaseline with Kool-Aid powder and make a colored (and flavored) lip gloss.

5. Help your scent stick around: Softly rub Vaseline all over your perfume points (i.e. the cleavage, behind the ear, neck, and wrist) and your scent will last longer!



6. It is a misconception that Vaseline clogs pores, so smear it all over your face, neck and arms for softer skin.

7. Lipstick smudges: Spread a little Vaseline over your teeth and lipstick smudges be gone! This is an infamous tip used at beauty pageants. 

8. To remove last night’s makeup: Apply some to a Q-tip and have a pretty day.

9. Perfect for an eye-shadow/blush boost: Apply some under your eye shadow for a glossy effect. Apply on the apples of your cheeks for a dewy glow. Mix with lipstick for a cream blusher!

10. It eases eyebrow plucking: Tame your eyebrows and lube up the under-skin so you can pluck with ease.

11. Prevent hair dye from seeping onto your forehead: Softly dab all over your hairline and keep that box hair dye from dying your forehead the color of your new hairdo.

12. To make your accessories look brand spankin’ new: New job interview or a hot date? Put a small dab on your shoes and shine away!

13. Hide Split Ends: Haven’t had a haircut since your budget only allows you go to Great Clips for a quickie? Hide damaged ends with a small amount on your ends.

14. Remove makeup stains for your clothes. Dab a little with a damp cloth.

15. To Prevent spray-tan streaks: Rub all over the backs of your knees, ankles and hands to prevent seriously frightening spray tan lines.

16. To get those O.P.I. nail polish bottles open: Make it easier next time and rub Vaseline under the cap. Easy to open the next time you decide to do an at-home pedi.

17. It’s your new exfoliating body wash: Mix with sea salt and come out of the shower feeling soft, and sexy.

18. Remove false eyelash glue from your lash line.

19. Can be used to smooth and soothe skin after shaving.

20. Lubricates ear lobes and helps make earring insertion easy and painless.

* Bonus - Once you carve your Halloween pumpkin, rub Vaseline on the exposed edges. It keeps it from rotting or going dry.

Happy Labor Day!  

Here is to enjoying a wonderful day of rest, reflection and time with loved ones!   Thought I’d share a quick beauty tip today, for plush kissable lips!

XO,

~Damone

Plush, Pillowy Lips

Grab a colorless lip balm with shimmer, and apply it to the skin just above your cupid’s bow — the area below your nose and between the peaks of your top lip. Adding light to that area creates the illusion of larger lips, explains Carmindy. Then apply a moisturizing lipstick. Hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, bind pout-plumping water to your mouth. Make sure it has a high-shine finish; matte versions don’t reflect light. Finish with a swipe of the shimmery balm on the center of your bottom lip.

Sally Hansen Full and Radiant Lip Definer, $9.95


When it comes to facial cleansing, there are two schools of thought: old-fashioned soap-and-water or every-bell-and-whistle-at-the-beauty-counter. Turns out, neither is right.

 

At least once a week, I remind you to wash your face before you lay your beautiful head down to sleep.  Most of you do, some of you don’t and a few of you never do. (You know who you are).  Well, recently I read a wonderful article on Marie Claire that sums up everything that I have been trying to teach you.  Here are 8 Myths explained!

Most of us assume that cleansing is a task so basic it can be accomplished even when you’re completely exhausted or slightly tipsy — which, of course, it can. But with all the latest options (lotions, milks, foaming mousses, oils, wipes, motorized brushes) and antiaging ingredients to consider, there’s a lot more to it than soap and water, says Dr. Doris Day, NYC dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. “With so many sophisticated, gentle cleansers that won’t strip the skin, using the right one allows moisturizing and antiaging products to absorb more effectively.” Clearly, an old-school splash and scrub won’t do. Here, the new rules for getting your freshest face.

Myth 1: WASH AND GO It’s more of a two-step process. “Remove your makeup before you wash your face,” says Montclair, New Jersey, derm Dr. Jeanine Downie. “Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose.” Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser (look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free surfactants) on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth. Rinse and dry with a soft paper towel if you’re acne-prone.


Myth 2: WASH TWICE A DAY While the jury is still out on how often to cleanse (every a.m. and p.m. or just once at night), all derms agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture. The rule is to use common sense: Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once daily in the evening.


Myth 3: CLOSE YOUR PORES Sorry, folks, but you can skip rituals like massaging your face to increase circulation or splashing with cold water to “close” your pores. “Pores don’t open and close,” says Downie. In fact, extreme hot or cold can exacerbate problems like rosacea and redness. That said, mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores, so it’s never a bad idea to cleanse in the shower. And “while it feels nice, massage doesn’t do much,” adds Downie. “Exercise is what boosts your circulation.”


Myth 4: BUY CLEANSER ACCORDING TO SKIN TYPE No matter what kind of skin you have, make sure the ingredients list doesn’t contain fragrance, which can be irritating; parabens (potentially toxic preservatives); or harsh soap (it’s drying). “If a cleanser fits that bill, the formula itself [cream, lotion, foaming, etc.] is more a matter of personal preference,” says NYC dermatologist Dr. Brad Katchen. Of course, people with dry skin may prefer formulas with added moisturizers, like glycerin or shea butter. And “if you have oily skin, you might want a foaming wash that leaves skin feeling superclean,” says Day.


Myth 5: SCRUB TO EXFOLIATE AND SMOOTH salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser is gentler and more effective than grainy scrubs, and both offer antiaging benefits and help prevent breakouts. Alternate with your regular wash (start with three times a week), and adjust depending on how your skin is looking and feeling.


Myth 6: USE TONER ”An alcohol-based toner strips off natural oils,” explains Day. Not good. “Gentle toners calm the skin and balance pH levels, but with the right cleanser, you don’t really need this step.” Love the feeling anyway? Choose gentle, alcohol-free versions.


Myth 7: BRUSH YOUR SKIN TO A GLOW EVERY DAY "A brush removes oil, dirt, and dead skin better than your hands can, and it’s less aggressive than most exfoliating cleansers or scrubs," says Day. "But it’s not something you have to use every night, especially if you’re also applying ingredients like retinoids or acids. Too much exfoliation can cause inflammation." Basically: Use, but use sparingly. (Right now we’re obses-sed with Clarisonic’s new acne-cleansing brush head, below.) To keep your brush bacteria-free, rinse and air-dry after use. Oh, and hey, clean freak, like you do with your Brita, replace the brush head every three months.


Myth 8: SPEND A FORTUNE Save your pricier ingredients, like retinol or antioxidants, for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. “They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin,” says Katchen.

So, there you have it.  Tonight when I tweet for you to not forget to wash your makeup off…you’ll have no excuses not to!

XO,

Damone



Read more: How To Wash Your Face - Tips for Facial Cleansing - Marie Claire