Good Skin Foods: Healthy Skin Recipes

good skin recipe, mango salsa, tacoWhat is “good skin”? It’s clear, healthy skin, and getting it is as much about what you put in your body as on your face. Therefore, it’s important to feed your body and skin with nutrients like Vitamin A, C, E and DIM (found in Skin Accumax), that do everything from boosting collagen production to protecting your skin from free radicals.

Find out why each vitamin and nutrient helps your skin and overall health below, and try some of the vitamin-rich recipes we love.

How to get good skin with vitamin C

Citrus fruits and several vegetables contain vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production, reduces redness, boosts the immune system and helps iron absorption.

  • Did you know? The average mango contains 122 milligrams of vitamin C.
  • Feed your skin: Try a simple, vitamin C-rich, Mango Salsa recipe from WhitneyBond.com. Enjoy it with chicken or fish tacos, grilled salmon or your favorite tortilla chips.

How to get good skin with vitamin A and DIM

Brightly colored vegetables have vitamin A, whereas cruciferous vegetables (green, leafy vegetables) contain DIM (Diindolylmethane). Vitamin A balances oil in the skin, reduces hyperkeratinization, stimulates blood circulation and promotes cell turnover. DIM is a natural plant nutrient that supports detoxification, reduces oxidative stress, improves metabolism.

  • Did you know? Kale contains both DIM and Vitamin A; a half cup serving contains approximately 478 milligrams of vitamin A.
  • Feed your skin: Make a delicious and refreshing Kale Salad with Glazed Onions and Cheddar Cheese with a vitamin A-rich recipe from GoodHousekeeping.com.

How to get good skin with vitamin E

Oils, nuts, grains and cereals contain vitamin E, which protects your skin from free radical damage, promotes healthy skin and hair, improves circulation and helps repair tissue.

  • Did you know? A cup of sunflower seeds contains 49.1 milligrams of vitamin E.
  • Feed your skin: Enjoy this vitamin E-rich Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto from HonestCooking.com; it’s delicious, cost-effective and easy to make!

What are your favorite recipes for good skin? Share images of your favorite vitamin-rich dishes with us on Instagram using @janeiredale and #feedyourskin.

5 Products for Beach-ready Makeup

When you’re heading to the shore, it’s important to have makeup that is versatile and fits in beach bag. You want to look natural, as if you aren’t wearing any makeup, but still feel confident that you look your best. For an effortless no makeup, makeup look, all you need is five products, a couple of brushes/tools and your fingers:

Peaches-Cream-1Mineral Foundation
(Alternate Uses: Concealer and SPF)
Great mineral foundations, like our PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, can be used as both a foundation and a concealer. It also contains broad spectrum SPF to protect you from harmful UV rays and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

Peach Eye Shadow & Cream Eye Shadow
(Alternate Uses: Highlighter, Blush and Lip Color)
Select a peach and a cream eye shadow with a little shimmer (we suggest our PurePressed Eye Shadow in Peach Sherbet and Cream). You can use the two colors in multiple ways; in addition to adding color to your eye lids, they quadruple as a highlighter, blush and lip color!.

Pencil Eyeliner
(Alternate Use: Brow Pencil)
A natural brown eyeliner, like our Basic Brown Eye Pencil, is great for lining your eyes, but if you’re a brunette, you could also get away with using it as an eyebrow pencil. If you have lighter hair, we recommend using a lighter colored eyeliner, like taupe.

 Lip Balm
(Alternate Use: SPF)
Lip Balm is the best finishing touch to any look. It moisturizes your lips for a supple pout, and if you use our LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15, you also get the added bonus of sun protection!

Follow the below steps to learn how to get the perfect, natural beach makeup look in 10 easy steps:

  1. Peaches-Cream-2First, use your Retractable Handi Brush to apply your foundation.
  2. Then, use a Flocked Sponge to layer foundation over any areas that may need a little extra concealing.
  3. Using your ring finger apply the cream eye shadow to the lid of your eye and as a highlighter on your brow bone.
  4. Next, use your finger again to apply the peach shade to the outer corners of your eyes and into the crease.
  5. Starting from the inner corner of your eye and working your way out to a slight wing, line your upper lash line with your Brown Eye Pencil.
  6. Also, use the eye pencil to define your brows by filling in your eyebrows using small, hair-like strokes.
  7. With your index and middle finger, lightly swipe the cream eye shadow on your cheek bone as a highlighter.
  8. Then, with the same two fingers, apply the peach shade to the apples of your cheek with light strokes.
  9. Dab the peach shade onto your lips using your middle finger for a soft pop of color.
  10. Finish your look with a swipe of lip balm on your lips.

Show us your favorite 5-product beach look on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

Beauty Lesson: What is Micellar Water?

BeautyPrep Face Cleanser, Micellar Cleansing WaterMicellar water is the latest cleansing delight for makeup lovers everywhere. You’ve probably heard whispers about it from your clear-skinned best friends or tried our BeautyPrep Face Cleanser yourself, but do you know why it’s so special?

Here’s a quick lesson on what micellar water is, and why you should give it a try!

What is micellar water?

Micellar Water is a combination of water and micelles – liposome particles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) – used to gently cleanse your skin and remove oil.

How does it work?

Similar to the way two cooking oils blend together when combined, the micelles absorb the sebum on your skin to easily cleanse skin without using water or leaving behind an oily residue.

Who should use it?

Anyone! Micellar water is particularly useful if you have sensitive or irritated skin, since it works gently to cleanse your skin without harsh irritants. All you have to do is dampen a cotton pad or cotton ball with the solution, wipe across your face and voila (you may also rinse you skin with water, if you prefer)!

How can it be used?

This gentle cleansing solution can be used in a variety of ways:

  • As your daily face cleanser in the morning and evening.
  • As a makeup remover.
  • If you prefer to double cleanse, wash your face with your preferred cleanser then use micellar water as a moisturizing toner (don’t rinse it off).
  • If you need to freshen up, but don’t have access to clean water.
  • Instead of facial wipes; micellar water is an eco-friendly alternative.

What makes BeautyPrep Face Cleanser unique?

BeautyPrep Face Cleanser uses a proprietary micellar solution, containing dual Cucumber Extracts in liposome form and Oat Amino Acids to remove makeup, cleanse and nourish the skin. It is also awarded ECOCERT’s Natural Cosmetics certification.

Tell us what your favorite use of micellar water is, and share pictures of your naturally clean face after using BeautyPrep Face Cleanser on Instagram. Make sure to tag @janeiredale and #friendfavorite!

Bridal Beauty Tips: How to Ace Your Wedding Makeup Trial

bridal beauty, ask your makeup artist, bride and bridesmaidsYour wedding day beauty look may be the most important makeup of your life, and many brides don’t know where to start when searching for the right makeup artist. So, we turned to our team of Global Makeup Educators for help. Keep reading for their tips on what to ask, what to bring, and what things you should always remember.

6-12 Months before Your Wedding

Collect images of bridal makeup you love. Pictures models and celebrities are often retouched, but they are to use as inspiration and will help guide your initial makeup artist interview.

Find three images of yourself that you absolutely love. Bring these images with you, as well, and be sure to explain what you love about the pictures (e.g. I love how the eye shadow brings out the color of my eyes).

Schedule preliminary interviews with multiple makeup artists. Show them the inspiration photos of models, celebrities and yourself, and ask the below questions:

  • How long have you been doing bridal makeup?
  • What do you love about doing bridal makeup?
  • Can I see your portfolio or images of makeup you’ve done? (Look at their images and ask yourself if this is how you want to look.)
  • How do you go about choosing your look for each bride?
  • What brands of makeup do you use? (Check a brand if you’re not familiar with it to make sure it’s something you want to use.)
  • Do you have a capability of doing my entire wedding party?
  • Do you do off-site weddings? If I hire you, will you stay all day? How much will this cost me?
  • Can I see your brushes? (If their brushes are gross, chances are your skin will be too.)

3-5 Months before Your Wedding

Schedule your bridal makeup test. After you decide on a makeup artist, schedule your makeup test 3-5 months prior to your wedding. At the appointment, our educators recommend:

  • Testing multiple beauty looks (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). If your makeup artist cannot stay all day for your wedding, ask what you will need to complete your reception look without him/her.
  • Arriving with your bridal hair done or with an idea of what your wedding day hairstyle will look like.
  • Wearing a white top or one that is the same shade as your wedding dress so you can see how your makeup will appear when paired with your dress color.
  • Taking pictures with a camera that has a bright flash. This will help you determine what your makeup will look like under a professional camera flash, which tends to wash you out.

3 Things to Remember

Bridal makeup should be timeless. 20 years from now you should be able to look back at the pictures and still feel like your look is beautiful and classic.

Groom the groom. Often, the groom gets overlooked during the makeup preparations, but he wants to look good in pictures too. Ask your makeup artist to even his complexion or tone down the shine so he looks and feels great in your pictures.

Ask for what you want. Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life, so don’t hesitate to ask your makeup artist for the exact look you want, and if you don’t like part of the look, make sure to speak up.

Tell us about your bridal makeup tips and share pictures of your wedding look with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale and #bridalbeauty.

6 On-the-Go Makeup Essentials

jane iredale makeup essentialsIf you’re anything like us, you would need rolling luggage to carry all of your makeup with you on-the-go. Instead of playing the constant traveler, try paring your makeup bag down to these six essential items:

Powder Foundation + Travel Brush: Powder foundation (like PurePressed Base or Amazing Base) is extremely versatile and can be used as a foundation, concealer or even finishing powder. Ours even contain SPF to protect from the sun. Keep the inside of your bag clean by bringing a travel foundation brush that’s either retractable or can be filled with the loose powder.

Cream Blush: A cream blush stick makes reapplication easy. You can apply it with your finger, so there’s no need for a blush brush!

One or Two Lip Products: We know how easy it is to carry a collection of lip products for every occasion, but that can weigh down your bag. Lighten the load by only bringing the lipstick or lip gloss used in your makeup look that day, and swap out the products each day or so.

Liquid Eye Shadow: If you usually touch up your eye shadow midday, toss a creamy, liquid eye shadow in your bag. Use the built-in brush for easy application and to cut down on the number of brushes you have to carry.

Brown Eyeliner: A brown eye pencil can be used in a number of different ways. Apply it over your current eyeliner (black or brown) to touch up your look after a long day work or use it as an eyebrow pencil to define your brows before you go out.

Want to know what Jane carries in her tote? Here are the products she always has in her bag during the summer:

Show us your makeup bag essentials! Share a picture with us on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale #makeupmusthaves.

6 Tips for Naturally Glowing Skin

Beautiful fashion model standing in the jungle scene, thinking while her eager eyes searches for the ray of sun, shadows falling on the rest of her body creating a warm lively atmosphere. Fresh breeze slightly bearing her white blouse making her feel strong and powerful.

Healthy glowing skin is always in style whether it’s the middle of winter or the heat of summer. With Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer and Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion you have a dream duo to help you achieve an effortless, sunless tan and luminous skin at a moment’s notice.

Tantasia is an easy-to-use, moisturizing self-tanner that helps pull your own melanin to the surface after just three days of continuous use. It has a fresh citrus scent and provides a buildable, subtle glow. 

Golden Shimmer is a light-reflecting sheer lotion that creates a shimmering luminosity on the skin. It can be applied anywhere on your body including on your cheek bones as a highlighter and in your hair for added shine and dimension (use no more than a pearl-sized amount).

Keep reading for tips and tricks to make self-tanning simple and use shimmer as you secret weapon.

How to apply self-tanner

natural, gradual, self-tanner, tantasia, jane iredaleShave, Exfoliate, Moisturize One Day Before
Prepare your skin by shaving, exfoliating and moisturizing one day prior to application. When exfoliating, pay special attention to your elbows, knees and feet. Then, moisturize your skin thoroughly with a water-based lotion for optimal penetration of the active ingredients.

Prep with Smooth Affair
To ensure you end up with an even glow on those awkward to tan places, prep your elbows, knees, heels, toes and cuticles with Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener.

Add a Some Shimmer to Your Glow
Apply a mixture of 24-Karat Gold Dust and Tantasia to your skin for a shimmery, bronze finish.

Unique ways to use shimmery body lotion

shimmer lotion, golden shimmer, jane iredaleA Shimmery Base
For a subtly luminous base, mix Golden Shimmer with Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener prior to applying your foundation. The shimmer will peek through just enough to give you a healthy glow.

Protect and Glow
Add sun protection to your Golden Shimmer by combining a quarter size amount of Golden Shimmer with a dime size amount of Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen in your hands. The mixture can be applied anywhere on the body.

Disguise Spider Veins
To hide spider veins and cellulite mix a grape sized amount of Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream to two parts Golden Shimmer. Apply to your legs using the Blending Brush.

What are your favorite ways to glimmer and glow with Golden Shimmer and Tantasia? Show us your golden goddess looks on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

How to Get the Perfect Summer Party Makeup Look

The perfect summer party makeup look consists of five key elements: a mattifying primer, foundation with SPF protection, long-lasting eye color, shimmery bronze cheeks and a soft, supple pout. By adding these things into your summer makeup look, you’ll be selfie-ready, whether competing in your neighborhood grill-off or celebrating the Fourth of July with family and friends.

See below for two summer party makeup looks and try them on virtually in our makeover room by clicking the model’s picture.

Natural Summer Party Makeup

  1. natural summer party makeup lookStart by applying Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer for an all-day matte finish.
  2. Apply Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer with your fingers or a Flocked Sponge for a soft focus finish with broad spectrum SPF 15 sun protection.
  3. Swirl the White Fan Brush in either Copper Wind PurePressed Blush or Moonglow Bronzer and apply to the apples of your cheeks.
  4. Using the Eye Shader Brush apply the Cream shade from the Perfectly Nude Eye Shadow Kit on your eye lid, brow bone and inner corner of your eye.
  5. Using the Chisel Shader Brush, blend the Antique Gold shade from the kit onto your lid, as well.
  6. With the Crease Brush, apply the Copper shade from the kit to your crease and outer corner of your eye.
  7. Apply Basic Brown Eye Pencil to your top lash line and Taupe Eye Pencil to your bottom lash line.
  8. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner to your lashes.
  9. Apply Brown Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your top lashes only.
  10. Add a subtle stain with Devotion Lip Fixation.
  11. Finish by layering the gloss end of the Lip Fixation on top of the stain.

 Fourth of July Party Makeup Look

  1. fourth of july party makeup lookApply Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer and Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer in your shade to your entire face.
  2. Swirl the White Fan Brush in either Mystique PurePressed Blush or Sunbeam Bronzer and apply to the apples of your cheeks.
  3. Dab a small amount of Champagne Silk Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow on your hand and apply it to your eye lid using the Sculpting Brush. This will give your eye shadow a long-lasting base.
  4. Using the Eye Shader Brush, apply White PurePressed Eye Shadow to the inner corner of your eye.
  5. With the same brush pat Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow into your crease and outer corner of your eye lid.
  6. Line your top lash line with Black/Grey Eye Pencil, starting at the inner corner and extending outward in a wing.
  7. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner to your lashes.
  8. Apply Black Ice Longest Lash Mascara to your top lashes only.
  9. Line and fill in your lips with Terra Cotta Lip Pencil.
  10. Lightly apply Sharon PureMoist Lipstick on top of the lip pencil.
  11. Finish with Red Currant PureGloss Lip Gloss.

Visit our makeover room here to try on these looks and create your own! Then, share them with us on Instagram @janeiredale #friendfavorite.

How to Stay Matte for Every Occasion

Oily skin is often a challenge in the summer months. We spoke with our Global Makeup Educators Edgar Dominguez, Hannah Hatcher, Shawn Towne and Tricia Campbell, to get tips on how to stay perfectly matte and oil-free whether you’re at work or heading to a wedding.

How to stay matte all day

According to our Global Makeup Educators, there are three steps to an all-day matte finish.

  1. smooth affair oil control primer, mattifying primerStart with a good base. If you have oily skin, we suggest using Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer. It contains a revolutionary PoreAway technology that helps reduce shine, the appearance of pores and clogged pores, and create a smooth matte finish.
  2. Apply your foundation and makeup as usual; Hannah suggests using “a lightweight matte foundation like Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer to help cut down on oily shine and to help keep you matte all day.”
  3. Finish your look with Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder or PureMatte Finish Powder. They both contain Rice Starch to soothe skin, absorb oil and eliminate shine. If you need a boost throughout the day spritz Balance Hydration Spray on your face; it’s formulated specifically to help balance skin’s oil production and pH.

How to stay matte at the beach

beyond matte HD mattifying powderIf you’re heading to the beach or doing any activity where you’re likely to sweat, Edgar recommends increasing the oil-control power by using Beyond Matte HD Mattifying Powder. “It contains an ingredient called acrylates crosspolymer, which is amazing for oil absorbing,” he says. “Having that special water-resistant ingredient also makes it the perfect summer product, especially in the hottest most humid climates.”

How to stay matte at a wedding or party

absence oil control primerIf you’re attending a wedding or any special event where you’ll be in front of the camera, our Global Educators have two suggestions – Beyond Matte and Absence Oil Control Primer. “Beyond Matte is better for people with especially oily skin or for special occasions when you really want your skin to look matte for longer periods of time,” says Shawn. “The proprietary technology in the formula helps control shine for hours and minimize the appearance of texture. It literally makes the skin look smoother.” For brides, our Global Educators suggest using Absence as a primer because it keeps your makeup color true all day and contains Kelp Extract and Hydrated Silica, which holds up to seven times its molecular weight in moisture, to balance and absorb excess oil.

How to stay matte without makeup

Oil control is not just something that should be managed on the surface. “You have to work from the inside out,” says Tricia. She suggests combining a daily supplement of Skin Accumax with a good overall skincare regimen and lots of water – often times, oily skin can be a reaction to dehydration.

What are some of your favorite products for a velvety matte finish? Share them with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale and #OilySkinSolution.

5 Tips for Applying Powder Sunscreen

chemical-free sunscreen, powder sunscreen, SPF 30Applying dry sunscreen can be a mystery to some people, and you aren’t alone in wondering “what’s the easiest way to apply powder sunscreen?” Our Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen is a physical sunscreen that contains broad spectrum SPF 30, is water resistant for up to 40 minutes, and can be easily applied in a variety of ways depending on your preference.

Here are five simple ways to apply Powder-Me SPF to your face, body and scalp.

Use the built-in applicator. Apply your Powder-Me SPF by using the applicator to dot the powder on your skin, overlapping dots to completely cover the exposed area. Then, blend the dots for optimal coverage.

Use a brush.  For a quicker way to apply the sunscreen, remove the applicator top of your Powder-Me SPF and use a Kabuki Brush or the Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush instead. Make sure to apply the powder so it completely covers all areas that are exposed to the sun.

Add SPF to your moisturizer. Create your own 2-in-1 product by adding Powder-Me SPF to your BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer or a body lotion of your choice.

Create your own shimmer sunscreen. If you’re looking for a little extra shimmer with your sun protection, combine Powder-Me SPF with 24-Karat Gold Dust or Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. It will give you the perfect radiant glow for your next music festival or sunset wedding.

Apply sunscreen to your roots. Pour Powder-Me SPF into the Refill-Me Refillable Loose Powder Brush and use it to apply the sunscreen directly to your roots. This will prevent your hair from getting too oily with sun lotion while still giving your scalp much needed sun protection!

Now that we’ve shared our tips, tell us your favorite Powder-Me SPF tricks on Instagram using #PureProtect @janeiredale. 

3 Easy Music Festival Makeup Ideas

Music festival season is in full swing, so channel your inner flower child, country queen or rock star with the perfect summer music festival makeup look. When spending the day (and sometimes night) dancing to your favorite songs, you want to protect your skin from harsh UVA/UVB rays while looking naturally radiant. These three makeup looks show you how to enhance your natural beauty, celebrate your favorite music genre, and keep your skin protected with only seven products.

 Indie Music Festival Makeup

  1. Indie Music Festival MakeuoStart by applying PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation with The Handi Brush; it contains broad spectrum SPF 20 and will help block harmful rays.
  2. Set your foundation by spritzing POMMISST Hydration Spray on your face; the antioxidant-rich spray will give you an added layer of protection from free radicals.
  3. Swirl the Dome Brush in all four colors of the Rose Dawn Bronzer and apply the bronzer in the shape of a 3 to your temples, cheekbones and jawline.
  4. Use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade of the Rose Dawn Bronzer to your eyelid, brow bone and inner eye.
  5. Using the same brush, apply the second lightest shade to your crease.
  6. Mix the darker two shades with your brush and apply it to the outer corner of your eye.
  7. Using the Bent Liner Brush, line your top lash line with Espresso Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner.
  8. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner to your top and bottom eye lashes.
  9. Apply Brown Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara on the top and bottom.
  10. Define your eye brows by applying PureBrow Brow Gel in short upward motions.
  11. Finish your look and protect your lips with Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15 for a hint of pink.

 Country Music Festival Makeup

  1. Country Music Festival MakeupApply PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation with the Handi Brush.
  2. Set your foundation with a spritz of POMMISST Hydration Spray.
  3. Apply Rose Dawn Bronzer using the Dome Brush in the shape of a 3 to your temples, cheekbones and jawline.
  4. Use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the second lightest shade of the Rose Dawn Bronzer to your eyelid.
  5. Use the same brush highlight your brow bone and inner eye with the lightest shade.
  6. Mix the darker two shades and blend them into your crease and outer corner with the Eye Contour Brush.
  7. Using the Bent Liner Brush, line your top lash line with Black Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, starting at the inner corner and extending outward in a wing.
  8. Line your bottom eye lid from inner corner to outer corner using the same brush; make sure to also line the inner rim of your bottom lid.
  9. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner.
  10. Apply Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your top lashes only.
  11. Define your eye brows by applying Brow Gel in short upward motions.
  12. Finish with Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15.

 Rock Music Festival Makeup

  1. Rock Music Festival MakeupApply PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation with the Handi Brush.
  2. Set your foundation with a spritz of POMMISST Hydration Spray.
  3. Apply Rose Dawn Bronzer in the shape of a 3 to your temples, cheekbones and jawline.
  4. Use the Eye Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade of the Rose Bronzer to your eyelid, brow bone and inner eye.
  5. Blend the darkest shade into your crease and outer corner with the Eye Contour Brush.
  6. Use the Bent Liner Brush to line your top lash line with Black Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner, starting at the inner corner and extending outward.
  7. Line your bottom eye lid and inner corner, using the same brush to create a reverse cat eye effect.
  8. Apply PureLash Extender and Conditioner.
  9. Apply Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara to your top lashes only.
  10. Define your eye brows by applying Brow Gel in short upward motions.
  11. Finish with Flirt LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15.

Are you heading to a music festival this summer? Share your makeup looks with us on Instagram. Tag #friendfavorite and @janeiredale.