Color matching your eyes

Some have said our eyes are the window to our soul. In makeup we say our eyes are the point of focus in makeup design. Eye makeup accentuates, contours and allows the eyes to stand out. Depending on your eye color there are specific colors that will enhance your eyes.

Blue eyed beauties

Orange on the color wheel is a complementary color to blue.  Because orange contains elements of yellow and red, makeup shadow with these colors will enhance the blue in your eyes. So you want to choose gold, warm orange-browns like peach and copper, red-browns like mauves and plum, and neutrals like taupe or camel. These are the best colors to complement your gorgeous blue eyes.

Green eyed goddesses

Red is a complementary color to green on the color wheel. We obviously don’t want to put red eye shadow on our eyes as they will look blood shoot and tired. You do however want to choose colors that are brown–based reds or other colors close to red on the color wheel. Colors like cooper, rust and violet.

Brown eyed girls

Let your colors run wild with this eye color. Because brown is a neutral color your eyes become a palate for any eye shadow.

5 Common Winter Beauty Concerns

Dry and flaky skin.

This skin condition is very common. As the weather begins to become dry so does our skin. When our skin is dry it can become flaky. There are two things you can do right away to help your skin if this happens. First, you need to exfoliate. Do this after you have cleansed your skin. Use a mild exfoliant. We love the Brightening Exfoliating Powder from Image Skin Care. It combines a protein enriched coconut powder with a pumpkin enzyme. The enzyme will slough off the dead skin, while the coconut milk powder exfoliates and strengthens your skin with protein peptides. After you exfoliate it is very important to hydrate your skin. When you hydrate after the exfoliation step, your skin will better absorb the product. Try to find a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its weight in water. What that means for your skin is better hydration. When your skin is hydrated it will look healthy, glowing and supple. Also, when your skin is hydrated your fine lines and wrinkles will appear less visible. Don’t we love that!

Red or ruddy skin.

Dry and windy weather can leave your skin looking pink, red or flushed. If you are noticing this, you will want to use a serum with vitamin E. Serums can be priced on the higher side, but that’s because they are a very concentrated product. A little goes a long way and they can have some great results. Vitamin E is a wonderful antioxidant that is very healing. If your skin is red and irritated from the weather, the vitamin E will start to heal you skin. Also, you can add an essential oil like lavender into your serum as well. Lavender can be very calming to your skin. Depending on the brand you get they can be very strong. So like your serums, a little goes a long way.

Dark circles under your eyes.

Winter time can be a very busy and stressful time. When we are busy and stressed out we can have trouble sleeping. Sleep is very important to your skin. When we lack sleep we can quickly begin to see dark circles under our eyes. Dark circles can be alleviated by using an eye cream with vitamin K. Lack of sleep tends to cause the blood vessels under the thin skin of the eyes to dilate, creating a dark color. Vitamin K helps increase blood circulation and reduce the dark color.

Dry hair.

If dry winter weather can dry out your skin, it can do the same to your hair. Dry weather can pull the moisture out of your hair. During the cold winter season make sure you’re using a very hydrating deep conditioner or hair mask. Don’t vigorously shampoo your hair. The friction movement can rough up your cuticles and leave your hair dry and frizzy. After washing gently, follow up with a moisturizing hair mask. You can also use an oil therapy on your locks post conditioner. Put it on damp hair and leave it in. It’s important not to forget to give your tresses a little TLC in the winter.

Dry hands and nails

Dry hands and nails are a common concern that we hear from our manicurist clients. There are some quick and easy things you can do to alleviate this problem. Our hands are always on display, so we want to make sure we take care of them. First and foremost, invest in a high quality cuticle oil. Our cuticles take a big hit in the colder season. A cuticle oil can be used daily. Use a moisture rich hand cream during the day, to keep them soft and hydrated. If you are out in the mornings make sure to wear warm gloves to hold heat in. This will keep your blood circulating and your hands warm.



Why pumpkin is a popular beauty ingredient

As fall sets into the air all things pumpkin start to surround us. We all love pumpkin. The way it smells, the color, the way it taste in our lattes. Did you know it is also a amazing and well loved beauty ingredient. Here’s why!

Pumpkin is packed full of vitamins and minerals. These vitamins and minerals are essential in healthy hair and skin. Pumpkin contains vitamins A,B,C and E. Which have amazing antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Pumpkin brightens, tightens and exfoliates the skin.

Pumpkin is a great ingredient to be used to restore, add shine and moisturize our hair too!

Next time your carving that fun holiday pumpkin or cooking a pumpkin dish save that pumpkin for your skin and hair.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for you to try at home. This can be used as a hair mask or facial mask. Enjoy and happy fall from PIC!


1 cup pumpkin (fresh or canned)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

mix together and add all over hair or skin for a healthy glow


You don’t need to be a perfect makeup artist on Halloween

There can be many ticks and treats when doing Halloween makeup. The best trick of all is to have fun! Let your imagination run wild! The internet is flooded with “How to” makeup videos. Never forget why you love makeup to begin with……Its fun, creative and inspiring. At PIC we love to think and color outside the box! Take the pressure of being a perfect makeup artist off and have fun. We promise when you do you will create Halloween magic. The picture below is done by a student who said she couldn’t do makeup. Her instructor just told her to have fun and then this happened!