Lazy Perfection

Electra Lane was created because I wanted to demystify makeup for normal women who don’t get their inspiration from flamboyant YouTube stars (not that there’s anything wrong with that – they are extremely talented and likable, but their looks just aren’t going to cut it in my day-to-day routine).

Almost every woman who has been in my makeup chair, while they love having their makeup done, in reality just wants to know how to do her own makeup for every day circumstances, then how to pump it up for a night out. In fact, many women I know are too busy to apply daily makeup, but they still want to feel pretty.

My answer was to start a blog that (hopefully) speaks to that demographic, but an incredible resource and guidebook has just arrived on bookshelves:

Lazy Perfection: The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying by (makeup artist and makeup brush connoisseur) Jenny Patinkin will rock your makeup world in the best way. Whether you’re a busy mom, never learned how to put on makeup, and/or just want to refresh your look, this book is for you. And, she conveniently lays out different “tracks” you can follow – simple, sophisticated and sexy – based on your overall personality and/or you makeup needs for the day.

Patinkin goes through how to purge your makeup bag, shop for new makeup, and what exactly you need in your personal makeup kit (and, of course, how to apply it!). With all the overwhelming, and sometimes confusing, beauty products available, I love having this road map.

After you order or pick up Lazy Perfection I can’t wait to see your revamped makeup kit, so please tag me on Instagram @ElectraLane! I thought I’d kick things off by showing my current Lazy Perfection kit, and next week I’ll show you my LP-approved every day look, so stay tuned.

A quick note – I’m not taking the time to add links to the products listed below because, frankly, I’m not getting compensated. If you have specific questions, please feel free to email me (Jessica@ElectraLane.com), but most of these items can be found at Sephora, Beautylish.com or your local drug store.

Brushes

Jenny Patinkin takes all of the guesswork out of choosing brushes with her curated kits, so Google where to find them if that’s something that interests you.

Foundation and Concealer – my fingers!

Blush – Wayne Goss Air Brush – it’s limited edition from Beautylish.com, but the #14 brush is also incredible and will be back in stock soon

Highlight – any fan brush – I love this Sculpting Set from Real Techniques, I purchased mine for $11 from Amazon, and you get great, budget-friendly blush, bronzer and highlight brushes

Bronzer – MAC 168 angled brush

Shadow Brushes – the Wayne Goss Eye Set, which has five brushes, but all you need is a pencil brush, a fluffy brush, and a couple of crease brushes (like MAC 217) – one for the crease and one for blending

Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills 12 because it has a small angle brush on one end and a spoolie on the other

Makeup

Primer – Laura Mercier Primer – Protect for sunscreen; Becca Backlight Priming Filter for a luminous base (sometimes I’ll mix them)

Eye Primer – Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer

Foundation – MAC Face and Body mixed with primer as a tinted moisturizer; Armani Luminous Silk for photos; IT Cosmetics CC Cream for everything else

Under Eye Corrector – Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – you don’t need this unless you get really dark circles

Concealers – Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for face and REALLY heavy duty under eye coverage; IT Bye Bye Undereye Illuminating for under eyes; Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer for brightening (the same one I use for shadow primer)

Powder – Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush (pressed); RCMA No Color Powder (loose)

Bronzer – NARS Laguna, but let’s be honest, there are a million amazing bronzers…just do what works for your skin tone

Highlighter – The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

Blush – I don’t have a ride-or-die, but anything by NARS is worth the investment – Sex Appeal is a favorite

Four Eye Shadows – Cockwise from top left: Soft Peach and Bengal by Anastasia Beverly Hills, New York and Galapagos by NARS

Liner – MAC Smolder (black) and Teddy (brown) for pencils, Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner for gel, and Urban Decay Blackout eye shadow for powder

Brows – MAC Brun eye shadow and a clear brow gel

Mascara – Maybelline Falsies in Blackest Black

Lashes – Ardell Medium Individuals, Demi Wispies strip, KISS clusters

Lip Liner – MAC Subculture

Up to Four Lip Glosses – Marc Jacobs Enamored gloss in Sugar Sugar, any NYX Butter Gloss (but I love Creme Brulee), NARS Turkish Delight and Charlotte Tilbury Seduction

Up to Six Lipsticks – This is a bitter topic because my favorite NARS Lip Laquer in Chelsea Girls, a stunning gloss/lipstick hybrid served up in a pot, was discontinued. I’m stretching my stockpile as long as I can, but nothing has measured up – even the Chelsea Girls gloss NARS came out with to “replace” it. It’s darker, thinner and just not the same. SO I’m including NARS gloss in Chelsea Girls as a favorite lipstick…but I’m not happy about it. Other favorites include Charlotte Tilbury Valentine and Nude Kate, and MAC Snob and Hue.

{Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate}

{MAC Snob}

Tools 

Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curler; Beauty Blender; tissues; Almay Oil-Free Makeup Removing Sticks, pointy Q-Tips; powder puffs; Tweezerman Tweezers; DUO clear lash glue; two sharpeners, one for lip liner and one for eye liner

In Conclusion…

Get the book, read the book, change your (makeup) life. CHEERS! – JY

 

 

 

 

Images c/o Sephora.com, Beautylish.com, MACcosmetics.com, Amazon.com, thebalm.com, drugstore.com, CharlotteTilbury.com, Jessica Yost

Game-Changing Skincare

For all the alleged negatives surrounding social media, all that face time has made many people up their skincare and makeup games, which has forced skincare and makeup companies to create phenomenal products. Additionally, there’s a demand for social consciousness – sustainability, giving back, superior ingredients and humane testing practices – so if your company can crack that code, it will set itself apart in a beyond saturated industry.

Especially when it comes to skincare, I think there’s added pressure because, since we now are so aware that skin is our largest organ, folks are willing to pay a premium price for the good stuff. Not to sound hyperbolic, but

I have found the all-around, perfect skincare.

When I worked for La Mer, the vast majority of my clients are what I referred to as the “teachers and soccer moms” demographic – super hard-working women who had a ton of responsibility, not a ton of disposable income, and wanted to take excellent care of their skin by purchasing the best anti-ageing skincare they possibly could. So, they would purchase one ounce of La Mer and stretch it as long as they could; and their skin – and confidence – improved.

There’s plenty of conspiracy surrounding La Mer, but as a devotee for nearly seven years, nothing else works as well for my skin. Still, I realize it’s not for everyone, and I also realize this area isn’t where many want to spend their money. So, all things considered, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful company that checks all the boxes. Meet LXMI.

Derived from the pit of a nut from a plant that grows in the Nile Valley called Nilotica, this relative of shea butter has incredible restorative, healing and hydrating properties. LXMI (pronounced luxe-me) offers two moisturizing formulas – the Pure Nilotica Melt, a buttery “balm-to-oil” that sinks into skin without feeling greasy, and the Creme du Nil, aka Cream of the Nile, which is a lighter formula containing Nilotica and other delicious ingredients.

I’ve tried both products by purchasing travel sizes, and I ended up buying the full-size Creme du Nil to seal in my serums and potions at night. I’ll get the Pure Nilotica Melt for the cooler months as it’s marketed as a sleeping mask, but it’s a bit too heavy for me right now.

You might be thinking, “If this is so great, how come it isn’t widely available?” According to the website, Nilotica needs to be sourced in a sustainable matter (and that’s expensive), plus, it’s a newer company. The genius behind the brand is that they take care of the sourcing issue, as well as giving back to that community, by employing local women to harvest the Nilotica. I mean…LXMI’s official hashtag is #BeautyforHumanity. Wow.

So how much will it cost you?

$300? No. $100? Nope. For 1oz of the Pure Nilotica Melt, it’s $48; 1.2oz of the Creme du Nil is $58. It’s available through the LXMI website, as well as Sephora. I highly recommend stopping by the website, though, and read all about this brand, how great it is for your skin, and all of the good that it does for the women of Uganda.

In conclusion…

If you’re looking to elevate your skincare routine with a whole product that is good for your skin, good for the planet, and one that supports and empowers women, take the leap into LXMI.

Enjoy your weekend!  JY

 

 

Images c/o Author, quickmeme.com, and LXMI.com

Sephora Beauty Insider Sale – Spring 2017

Twice a year, I love to stock up on my favorites from Sephora during their sale – especially the luxury items. Before you can even start shopping, though, make sure you’re a part of Sephora’s Beauty Insider program. It’s free to enroll, and you can work your way up to some amazing perks – think free two-day shipping, free deluxe samples, and early access to sales PLUS extra percentages off items (like this one!). Here’s this year’s schedule:

VIB Rouge: 15% off from 18 – 24 April with code ROUGESPRING

VIB: 15% off from 19-24 April with code VIBSPRING

Beauty Insider: 10% off from 20-23 April with code BISPRING

For an added bonus, Sephora works with Ebates, the site/app that literally pays you for shopping online. Sign up HERE (Full disclosure, I get a kickback when at least two people sign up, so THANK YOU for using my link! Once you sign up, you’ll get your own to share.).

If you’re like me, you keep a running list of your wants and “needs” – I’ve been prepping for this sale for weeks – but if you need some inspiration, here’s what I’m picking up.

Hair

Invisibobble Original Traceless Hair Ring

I’m so excited to try these because as someone with slippery hair, these promise to keep everything in place during a run.

dpHUE Clarifying Shampoo

I love this new-ish brand by Kristin Cavallari’s longtime colorist and am excited to restock this product. A clarifying shampoo dissolves not only all the product build-up, but also all the natural oils your scalp produces; a GOOD clarifying shampoo does all of this without stripping any of the good stuff. I’ve always used the shampoo by Neutrogena, but this one is a game-changer. I thought my hair was clean, but I had to apply this shampoo THREE times to finally get a gentle lather.

Skincare

Dermarche Labs Roloxin Lift – Gold

These masks are like a face lift that also plumps. I have a pretty deep laugh line – after using this mask, it was gone! The results only last a day, but if you have a special event this. is. a. miracle.

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydrating Lifting Mask

We know how much I love a sheet mask (more HERE), and I recently used this one before a big night out – it was perfect. This is an excellent prep before makeup because it leaves your skin slightly tacky, which is the best canvas for long-wearing makeup.

Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

My friend Kristin introduced me to this little gem (shout out!). While I still love my Bioderma to remove makeup, this product cannot be beat for dissolving all traces of glitter and eyelash glue.

La Mer

La Mer has landed at Sephora! In other words, we can actually get it on sale now. If you’d just like to dip your toes into La Mer (see what I did there?), I can’t suggest The Lip Balm highly enough. Find a dupe, also available from Sephora, HERE.

Makeup

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream Plus SPF 50+

Restocking this amazing cream – it slides on your skin and makes it look perfect, while providing sunscreen, all day long.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eye Shadow Palette

Every shadow color you will ever need! This palette covers all the bases for any look you desire, and you can purchase a separate shimmer or metallic shadow if you want a little oomph. Read more about this palette and how to use it HERE.

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer

You know the concealer I’m constantly raving about (if not, more HERE)? Now’s your chance to try it yourself.  My favorite use for this is as a highlighter at the end of my makeup to bring everything together.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored High Shine Lip Lacquer Gloss

As I mentioned last week (check it out HERE), I use this gloss as my everyday go-to. It gives you a gorgeous, high-shine finish with zero stickiness. There are so many colors, from sheer to opaque finishes, and this will absolutely carry you through the Summer months.

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Images c/o Author and Sephora.com

 

Master Class with Melanie Mills

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a master class with Emmy award-winning makeup artist Melanie Mills. And it was amazing. So this week, I want to share some of the top things I learned (I took pages upon pages of notes!) that will help you add a little – or a lot, let’s be honest – of glamour to your everyday makeup.

{Melanie Mills and a fangirl}

The master class was held at my hair salon, Sylists @ North (the cutest salon with the most amazing service!) and they did a top-notch job hosting – check out the scrumptious treats:

After we had some time to chat, we all sat down to take in the gloriousness that is Melanie Mills. Personally, I am 100% on board with her makeup philosophies because she’s all about looking glamorous, false lashes, and glitter. In fact, she wrote a book called Glitter and Glam that I highly recommend if you want to know more about how to do your makeup like a pro.

{Image c/o MelanieMillsHollywood.com}

Our gorgeous model, Laura Rose (@lauraroseyoga), arrived bare-face, but left like this:

{So. Gorgeous.}

Melanie started with a daytime look, then bumped the look up for nighttime. In case you’re wondering why you need to do that, take a picture of yourself in daylight and then at night with a flash. It’s darker at night, which means you need bolder colors so they show up, plus there’s usually a flash which causes you to look washed out unless you have more color on your face. It’s worth the extra 15 minutes!

{The calm before the beautiful storm}

The top three things I learned:

Baking = Caking

I HATE baking. So much. I appreciate it for stage makeup, but you have to take your time and you have to do it right. When you see everyone on YouTube and Instagram baking every day, you start think you’re crazy because you really hate the trend. Thankfully, sometimes it takes someone who’s won an EMMY (!) to set you straight. Melanie said, “Baking equals caking, especially on mature skin…it’s called baking because it looks like flour” While there is a time and place, it’s certainly not necessary for every day makeup.

Keep Lashes Intact

This is a two-for-one tip! To get a really great curl, sometimes it’s fun to curl your lashes after applying mascara. The problem is that method can rip out your lashes. The solution? Powder your eyelash curler first with a light dusting of translucent powder. And for false lashes – this one blew my mind – Melanie suggests not trimming them to fit your lash line because it messes with the integrity of the lash. Instead, use individual or cluster lashes, or find strips that are already a good fit.

Don’t Forget Body Makeup!

“Completion is key!” Melanie mentioned a famous late night talk show host (*cough* whose last time rhymes with mole bear…) who hates having makeup applied to his ears. The problem is that, especially under TV lights, this makes his ears look super red compared to his face. The same thing happens when you do this gorgeous makeup on your face, but neglect your neck and chest. One of the best solutions is to invest in good body makeup, especially now that we’re headed into the warmer months. Melanie has an insane line of body makeup, called Gleam Body Radiance, that tightens and brightens your skin. It can be used as a primer and illuminator, too. I purchased the Disco Gold shade, but will be heading back to purchase Rose Gold as well!

For more of Melanie’s tips and tricks, make sure to order her incredible book and follow her on Instagram @Gleam_MelanieMills. Thanks for joining me this week, and let’s stay in touch on Instagram @ElectraLane. If you like the blog, please let your friends know so they can join the fun!

How I Do Glam

There are levels of makeup. There’s the five-minute I’m-Lucky-To-Get-There-On-Time, every day makeup. Then there’s fancy night out/wedding guest/celebration makeup when you want to step it up. Finally, there’s special occasion makeup when you usually call on a pro (Like me – Email Jessica@ElectraLane if you’re in the DC area or need a lesson via Skype).

Since I mostly focus on skincare and basic makeup, I’m going to show you the second type – for when bottles are poppin’, selfies are taken, and you want to look GOOD. The good news is you can make a big impact with a few simple changes like swapping foundation for your daily tinted moisturizer and adding some highlight to your face’s high points. But there are some other tricks involved, and I’ll explain a few now.

Quick disclaimer – this makeup is what works for me, for my skin type, my bone structure, and so on. If you do something I suggest and it doesn’t work for you, please DO NOT get frustrated! Hit me up on Instagram (@ElectraLane) and ask a question. Or, better yet (another shameless plug), set up a 30-minute chat session to ask all of your burning makeup questions.

Ok – y’all ready to get glam?

Step 1 – SKIN (part 1)

Prep your skin (here’s what I do). If you have time, I highly suggest doing a face mask to further get your skin ready to handle all the goodness you’re about to apply. My favorite is the Glamglow Gravitymud mask that makes you look like an alien but then firms and plumps the skin, taking at least 2-3 years off your face.

Next, I add a primer – there are millions it seems – so get something that works for your skin type. I also like to take this opportunity to prime my eyelids with a little concealer and powder. Here’s where it gets fun – at this point, I like to skip to my eyes. I know traditional wisdom says start with foundation (because it’s the *cough* foundation), but there are lots of benefits to letting makeup set/settle/sink in so I like to skip around.

Step 2 – EYES

Again, a million options here, but I like to do eye shadow/liner/mascara/lashes, but wait to do the brows. THIS is one of my favorite eye looks.

{Bronze Smokey Eye Glam – my favorite fancy look}

Step 3 – SKIN (part 2)

Now that the primer has soaked in, I do THIS technique to get flawless, long-lasting foundation, and HERE is a tip for perfect blush plus my #1 favorite trick that pulls the whole look together. Also interested in my favorite bag-busting, dark-circle cancelling under-eye concealers? Boom.

{Your sweat won’t be your only sparkle when you work out}

Step 4- BROWS + LIPS

I find that somewhere between blending eye shadow and applying foundation, my brows get a lot of junk in them, so that’s why I wait to fill them in – which I do with anything from a brow pencil, to a gel liner, to a plain, old eye shadow. Do what you like! Just make sure to comb out all the other makeup particles first (with a spoolie or eyebrow comb). Then, on to lips. I tend to go for a nude gloss that can easily and discreetly be reapplied throughout the night as needed but, if you love a bold lip, you must try THIS trick to keep your lips on all night!

{Everyday Glam}

Step 5 – FINISHING TOUCHES

You made it! You’ve sat through at least 20 minutes of makeup application, so let’s make sure it’s perfect and it stays on. Take a Q-Tip and use it to gently buff any harsh lines, pick up eye shadow or mascara that’s fallen, or fix any bleeding lipstick (which you won’t have if you do my trick…just saying). Once everything is in place, spray it with a setting spray (like Urban Decay’s All-Nighter) then go have fun!

{Special Event Glam}

TOUCH-UPS

I absolutely hate to leave the dance floor to check my makeup, but when I do excuse myself to the ladies room, I like to have a few things in my bag in case anything needs a little tweak. Obviously, carry your lipstick or gloss with you. I also like to have a couple Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks on hand to clean up any makeup that’s moved, and I definitely suggest keeping some eyelash glue nearby if you’re sporting falsies (which you should because they’re amazing).

{All day, erry day. Photo c/o Drugstore.com}

Please tag @ElectraLane so I can see your own Glam Goddess selves, and I’ll meet you back here next week!

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