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Beauty Tips

With over 25 years in the beauty industry I’m chock full of great pro tips! I’ve been in front of and behind the camera. I modeled in New York City in the early part of my career and have been a makeup artist in the fashion, television, bridal industry, just to name a few. I’ve worked in the television industry for CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, HBO as well as many other organizations! I competed in pageantry and understand the makeup needs for many mediums and how it differs in front of a camera as opposed to on stage, etc! Whether you are a makeup novice or a makeup diva you can never learn enough beauty secrets!

Here are some great tips!

Skin Care

Good skin care is the foundation of beauty. Use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and ALWAYS use a sunscreen. For oily skin, use an oil free moisturizer during the day with an SPF of at least 15. For dry or mature skin, you can layer your products, using a moisturizer first and then add a sunscreen before applying makeup. One of my favorite gentle cleansers is Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk by Clinique.

Flawless Skin

To create the look of flawless skin, start with a clean face and light touch of oil-free moisturizer. This will create a base that will allow your foundation to go on very smoothly. Start off with your corrector to cover up any blemishes, dark spots, broken capillaries. This will give you a nice even tone. Use a lighter weight concealer under the eyes for covering up dark circles. You are now ready for your foundation. Depending on your skin type, or type of finish that you prefer, you can use either a water base, cream or powder foundation. Apply it by dotting it on your cheeks, chin, and forehead. Blend with fingers or a sponge. You are now ready for a loose powder to set it. You can either use a powder puff or brush to apply your powder and..voila… perfect skin! One of my favorite powders is Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder.

Beauty From Within

There’s nothing that’s better for radiant skin than good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Drinking water, regular exercise, a
healthy diet, and plenty of sleep are the keys to looking and feeling your best.

Makeup Trends

Stay current in your makeup application by looking through clothing catalogues and online. Pay attention to the makeup styles that the models are wearing, keeping in mind your own skin, hair, and eye color. The hair and makeup styles tend to be up to date, without getting too trendy or edgy. Of course, if you’re looking for a trendier, cutting edge look, skim through high fashion magazines to get some ideas. Find what works for you and have some fun by incorporating trends into your evening look!

Beauty Tips for Teens

With the daily demands of school, sports, an active social life, and the stresses that come with being a teenager, it’s important to start developing healthy habits. Start getting into good skin care routines. Be sure to keep your skin properly cleansed and never go to bed without removing your makeup. This will clog the pores and cause more breakouts.  An oil free lightweight moisturizer will keep the skin hydrated. There is nothing more radiant than a youthful glow, so there is no need for heavy makeup. A tinted moisturizer to even out the skin tone, a concealer for under the eyes and for blemish coverage keeps the skin looking even. Mascara, a touch of eyeliner, a soft colored blush, and a dab of lipgloss will give you a polished, but natural look. For a little extra color and a nice glow, add a little shimmery bronzer! One of my favorite bronzers for teens is Motives Miami Glow Pressed Bronzer.

Marta Bota

Marta Bota

Beauty Editor
Marta Bota is a pro celebrity makeup artist with over 25 years experience in the fashion, TV, bridal industries. She currently works with Comcast NBC Universal and has worked with CNN, HBO, FOX News Channel to name a few! She teaches makeup lessons and teen workshops. Marta holds the title of Ms. Virginia America 2016 and is a philanthropist. Ms. Bota contributes articles on beauty routines and makeup tips throughout the seasons!