How to apply bronzer

With the arrival of Spring almost around the corner, we’re simply biding our time before those perfect summer tanning months. We think the solution to our problem is to load up on bronzer… well, not exactly!  Bronzer is the most misused makeup product there is. We’ve all seen the disasters bronzers can create (see below). Sorry Catherine! But if used properly, it will create that sun-kissed look and make you look healthy!


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Bronzer is definitely not for everyone. If you are tan, there is really no need for it. If you are exceptionally fair-skinned, it always looks phony and can come off as looking dirty. Remember to purchase your bronzer carefully because more than likely you will have it for life or at least until you drop it and explodes on your bathroom floor!


The best bronzer is one that is no more than 1 – 2 shades darker than your skin tone and one that is matte.


Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Bronzer should not be applied over the entire face, especially those with oily skin. The product can oxidize over the course of the day and turn up to 2 shades darker.
  • Think of where the sun hits your face and apply to those areas, such as the forehead, top of the cheeks and jawline.
  • Bronzer is a great way to get rid of that white triangle under the chin.girlactik_bronzer_cabo


Our favorite bronzer to use is the Girlactik Beauty Matte Bronzer “Cabo”!





And we would suggest using a fan brush, like the C310 Large Soft Fan Brush or the Cozzette Contour Stylist Brush S135!

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How To Do Lash Enhancement

Enhancing Your Lash Line


When teaching women how to do eyeliner, the following step always seems to be their favorite! It’s a twist on eyeliner that we call the “lash enhancement”. This step, also known as “tightlining”, is a great way to create the look of fuller lashes. In applying the color to the root or base of your lashes, it gives great definition to your eyes without looking overdone and works fabulously on women of all ages.

Step One:

Apply a base shadow or primer (like the Blinc Eye Shadow Primer) to your lids first, although some may prefer to do it after the lash enhancement step.

Step Two:


Using a flat stiff brush, wet the brush with eyeliner sealer, then tap it into a matte eyeshadow to pick up  product.


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Apply the color by tapping into the root of your eyelashes below and above the lash line. If you make a mistake, clean it up with a pointed Q-Tip.




Here are some guidelines – according to your eye color – to follow when selecting an eye shadow to use for the lash enhancement step!

Blue eyes:lash-enhancement-shadows-collage

  • navy
  • grey
  • deep purple
  • brown
  • black

Green eyes:

  • green
  • eggplant
  • brown
  • black

Brown-eyed beauties, you have the luxury of being able to wear any color!!

The lash enhancement step takes a little practice but is definitely worth it! It pops the color of your eyes, makes lashes appear fuller, doesn’t smudge and overall looks very natural.


How To Use A Lip Stain

Applying A Lip Stain

Have you ever wished there was a way you could make your lip color last a little longer? Or searched for the answer to amping up the color of your favorite daytime lipstick that just doesn’t work for a night out? We have a recommendation just for you! It’s as simple as using a lip stain!

There are two main purposes of a lip stain. First, using a lip stain can punch up your natural lip color – which can fade as you age. Second, a stain works great under a lip gloss or lipstick to add that extra pop in color!

Lip stains are everywhere on the market and people either love them or not! Many are alcohol based and for that reason, can be extremely drying to the lips. Remember! A lip stain is just a base for your lips, therefore  requiring either a gloss or lipstick over the top.

Take a look at the following three steps to get awesome lip color!

Step One:


When applying any stain, make sure that lips are smooth, exfoliating with a lip scrub. We’d suggest using The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ!!

Step Two:


Always remember to put on a lip stain before using a gloss, lipstick or balm. If you want more intense color, you can build it by swiping a couple of times.

Note: If you are using a lip pencil, it doesn’t really matter whether you apply before or after the stain.

Step Three:

Finish with either lipstick, gloss or balm.


Here are some of our favorite stains and why we love them!

Stila’s Lip & Cheek Stains are easy to apply and they are not alcohol based. Choose the Cherry Crush if you want a hint of red, Yumberry Crush for the perfect pink lip and the Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain for a rich plum.


stainiac_productshot_1The Stainiac Lip & Cheek Stain from The Balm is water-based and comes in a fabulous berry pink.

Under Eye Brightener Tip

Brightening Your Under Eye


This simple trick to brighten and illuminate the under eye area can save you the misery from walking around all day with dark circles under your eyes! Let us introduce you to our favorite under eye brightener tip.

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Remember to always apply an under eye cream before using your concealer to hydrate the area, using your ring finger to stipple it in. The eye cream that we use is the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado!


Under Eye BrightenerStep Two:

Mix a dab of the Girlactik Beauty “C-Zero” Concealer in with your regular under eye concealer and apply it to your under eye area, targeting the inside corners of your eyes. For more on under eye concealing, check out our previous blog post…


Step Three:

Finish with a very small amount of invisible setting powder to help prevent creasing! We recommend using the RMS Beauty “Un” Powder or the Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder with either a sponge wedge or the Cozzette Cylinder Powder Brush S150.


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Adding the luminizer is helpful for women who have wrinkles and dryness under the eyes. This unique product can be used alone in areas that you wish to highlight or be mixed into your under eye concealer for a brightening effect!

3 Easy Steps to Curling Eyelashes

Curling Your Eyelashes

Many of us curl our lashes either because we’ve simply been told to do so or it’s what we’ve always done. But why do we really? What are the benefits? Curling your eyelashes opens up the eyes and makes them appear larger! Whether your lashes are naturally straight or have flattened out over time, curling your eyelashes can really help your eyes stand out. We are bringing to you an easy step-by-step process to curling eyelashes with a few extra tips and tidbits thrown in!

Choosing an eyelash curler

Selecting a lash curler is important because it needs to fit your eye shape and lash curlers are made quite different! We recommend a curler with a rounded pad vs. a flat pad. Over time the rounded pads are more gentle on your lashes and they are less likely to split like the flat ones, which can break your lashes off – eek!

It seems like the lash curler that always gets recommended is the one made by Shu Uemura. This lash curler works great on Asian women and women with larger eyes, however it does not fit as well for Caucasian eye shapes! The Make-up Studio recommends the Japonesque Power Curl Eyelash Curler which is a more universal one. We love that it opens up wide to fit your lashes into! Spend the time and try different brands to see which one works for you.

Japonesque Power Curl Eyelash Curler

Step One:

Position lash curler so that you are close to the base of the lashes and gently squeeze. Then release, move out half way and gently squeeze again. The point is to achieve a natural curl instead of a bent lash such as the results you would get with a flat pad lash curler.

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Step Two:
Apply mascara and separate lashes using a small metal lash comb.

Blinc Heated Eyelash CurlerStep Three:
Finish with Blinc’s Heated Lash Curler to lift the outside lashes and any that stick straight down.






NOTE: The heated lash curlers are more of a finishing tool and produce the best results when used in conjunction with a traditional eyelash curler!


How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Applying makeup with the right tools is key in achieving flawless makeup.  If you’re going to make the investment in high-quality makeup artist brushes, it would be in your best interest to keep them in tip-top shape!  Think about it.  We wash our hair virtually every day so why would we not treat our makeup brushes with the same TLC?  Dirty makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can acerbate or lead to unwanted skin breakouts.  When doing makeup lessons with customers, I often see makeup brushes that are dirty and laying in the bottom of soiled makeup bags. Clean makeup brushes are a blessing to your skin.


Timeline for cleaning makeup brushes

Concealer and foundation brushes: after each use

Powder, blush and eyeshadow brushes: once a week

Here is how we clean our makeup brushes at The Make-up Studio:

da Vinci Conditioning Brush Soap


We love this brush soap not only because it gets our makeup brushes extremely clean but it conditions them as well! Made with a 100% vegetable oil base, the da Vinci Conditioning Brush Soap keeps natural hair and synthetic fibers soft.

Directions for use


Step One: Wet your makeup brush with warm water

Step Two: Swirl the brush head in a circular motion in the tin until it gets soapy

Step Three: Massage the brush head under the water, rinsing it clean (repeat if necessary)

Step Four: Gently remove excess liquid and reshape the brush with a clean, dry towel

Step Five: While drying, store upright in your favorite mug or brush vessel.


Cozzette Aromatherapy Makeup Brush Cleaner

Our favorite liquid cleanser has inviting aroma consisting of lavender and lemongrass.  The Cozzette Aromatherapy Makeup Brush Cleaner revitalizes, hydrates and sanitizes your makeup brushes.

Directions for usebrush cleaner

Step One: To spot clean, spray a tissue or paper towel with this product

Step Two: Gently swipe the bristles of the brush along the portion of the towel dampened with the solution.

(Can also be used to deep clean your makeup brushes by submerging them in the product)


Solid Blender Cleanser by Beauty Blender

Our product of choice to clean our Beauty Blenders is the Solid Blender Cleanser.  This travel-friendly cleanser not only cleans our sponges superbly but we are able to use it on makeup brushes as well!

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Step One: Wet your sponge with warm water

Step Two: Swirl in a circular motion in the cleanser

Step Three: Massage the sponge under the water, working up a lather targeting the areas with makeup

Step Four: Fully rinse and repeat if necessary

Step Five: Squeeze out all the remaining water using a clean, dry towel or tissue




Hopefully these tips will inspire you to clean your makeup brushes and keep them in excellent condition for many a makeup application!

How To Contour Your Cheekbones

Contouring Your Cheekbones            


The following is a quick tip on how to contour your cheekbones and sculpt your face. This trick I learned some years ago from an incredible makeup artist in the industry and it is very simple to do. If you’ve visited other makeup tutorials, they can be a bit intimidating and complicated to achieve. With this trick it can be as simple as using one product and suddenly you have cheekbones.

Step One: Applying light powder

Use a sponge wedge and apply a light matte powder to just under the cheekbones and your blush. I’d recommend using Rouge Bunny Rouge Imperceptible Powder in “Aura”. You can also use any light face powder but it needs to have a fair amount of pigment so it will show up.

Step Two: Blend out

Brush away and blend out excess powder with a powder brush, my personal favorite being the Cozzette S120. You should not see a white streak after blending color out and if so, you have used too light of a shade. Flesh toned colors are better than white. The end result should just be that your cheekbones look more sculpted.

Step Three (optional): Bronzer

For added depth, you can apply a bronzer to just under your cheekbones. The placement of the bronzer should be  right under your blush. Our customer favorite is the Girlactik Matte Bronzer in “Cabo”. Make sure your bronzer is matte and not too dark or it will appear like something out of the eighties!

If done correctly this quick step can create the illusion of having great cheekbones! For more in-depth tips on how to apply makeup from Julie Farley, come on in to The Make-up Studio for a Signature Lesson or a Mini Express Lesson.

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Do It Yourself (DIY) Bridal Makeup

Classic Bridal Makeup Tutorial

Imagine having Martha Stewart plan your dinner party or Vera Wang help you shop for your wedding dress…well that’s the level of treat we are in for today! Julie Farley, owner and make-up artist extraordinaire of The Make-Up Studio in downtown Spokane, has written a whole post for us about how to do DIY bridal make-up! And while we here at Apple Brides strongly advise you to book a professional make-up artist, we also know that sometimes it’s just not in the cards.

It is truly an honor for all of us to get some DIY tips from her! Take it away Julie…




Step 1- Prep Skin



Prep skin with eye cream  and face primer. Using an eye cream will help application of under eye concealer and the face primer improves the texture of your skin for foundation application. The one we used is our favorite because it keeps the face more matte throughout the day. Great for bridal makeup that needs to last 12+ hours!


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Step 2 – Foundation, Concealer & Powder



Use a tinted moisturizer for a natural look, followed by face and under eye concealer. Finish with colorless setting powder.

For more concealer tips see our blog posts : Under eye concealing made easy and How to hide redness on the face

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Step 3 – Eyes



Prep lids with lid primer using brush and blend out with fingers. Then apply tight line color to root of lashes using flat stiff brush and eyeliner sealer. The eyeshadow needs to be pigment rich and can be other than black such as deep purple or navy blue.




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To create this look on the eyes apply darker bronze shadow on outside corner of eye, then a light gold shimmer on the inside half of eye. Next, apply a matte shade of light brown into crease to contour. Notice the powder we have used under the eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow. Just brush away when done with eyeshadow application.


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Line waterline with black eye pencil, then tap a waterproof creme eyeshadow into lower lash line. Finish with light gold eye shadow to the inside v and highlight under brow, either using a flesh tone or soft shimmer shadow. Fill in brows as needed.



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Eye-lash-curling-collageCurl lashes with a rounded pad eyelash curler and apply waterproof mascara or the tube type such as Blinc. Separate lashes with a lash comb and finish with a heated lash curler to lift outside lashes.

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Step 4 – Blush, Bronzer & Contour


Apply Blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend upward along cheekbones. Bronzer should be applied to the high plains of the face, such as forehead, jawline and under cheekbone as a contour. To chisel cheekbones further, apply light colored powder just under bronzer and blend. This is a great visual effect.



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Step 5 – Lips


Apply lip stain for a natural smudge proof color and finish with gloss.  You can add a light color gloss to mute the color of the stain if desired. Remember, your lips need to have a little more color to show up in photos.

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Step 6 – Lashes


Applying false lashes will pop your eyes about 40% which is great for pictures. We prefer individual lashes to strips because they look more natural and don’t lift on the edges. Apply individual lashes to the lash line alternating sizes. Finish with a thin black liner on top to hide roots of lashes.

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All of these steps can all be achieved with the proper makeup and tools. Look for a high quality, oil free foundation and pigment rich shadows and blush. Most importantly, prep your skin. Your makeup will only look as good as the texture of your skin allows. We recommend getting started several weeks early using an eye cream and moisturizer to really get your skin hydrated. For a quick and easy facial alternative we recommend using the GLAMGLOW Mud Mask a couple times a week prior to your wedding. This will help get your face in tip top shape for your special day.

How to hide redness on the face

Hiding Redness On The Face With Concealer



One of our most frequently asked questions we receive at The Make-up Studio is “how do I hide redness on the face?” If you have blemishes, broken capillaries or age spots that you wish to cover , The Makeup Studio staff can help!

“It’s all about color theory”– Says Julie Farley.

The first step to hide redness on the face, is start with the color wheel to determine your shade of concealer. For example with redness on your face, you want to use a yellow/green concealer. Make sure your concealer isn’t too light or dark. If you use too light of a concealer it will appear lighter on the face and will accentuate the red spots. Remember you want to see the effect of the makeup but not see the makeup.

Here is a step by step tutorial to achieve even toned skin:

Step One:

It’s a good idea to prep the skin with moisturizer, then a face primer like the Senna Silky Primer. The primer will ensure a silky smooth surface to help your foundation and concealer glide on and help fill in fine lines. (Of course, there are many other options for a face primer! To see all the ones we carry, please visit our website.)


Step Two:

Apply liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. The Make-up Studio staff loves tinted moisturizers because the light formula will give you adequate coverage and most of them come with a sunscreen in the formula.

Step Three:

Apply concealer with a concealer brush on all redness and blemishes. Use the warmth of your finger to stipple it in. Here are a few of our favorites:

Step Four:

Apply translucent powder to set the makeup. This final step is often overlooked, but is very important. Translucent powder will help hold your foundation and concealer in place throughout the day. We’d recommend the Youngblood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder or the RMS Beauty “Un” Powder.


So show your face with pride and don’t hide!