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Luminess celebrates National Makeup Day 2021

Luminess celebrates National Makeup Day 2021 with Luminess Airbrush! With National Makeup Day 2021 around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to remind you “non-airbrushers” what you’re missing out on (if you’re still out there). 

As my loyal makeup lovers, you know that ANY LUMINESS Airbrush System is a life-changing tool. All Luminess Airbrush Systems are a routine must-have for SO many reasons, but here are a few:

1. LUMINESS IS EASY TO USE

Although airbrush systems look very different from traditional makeup tools, they are just as easy…easier actually. 

With some practice, the application will feel just as easy and natural. Were you a pro the first time you applied traditional foundation? Doubt it! 

All you have to do is follow the basic airbrush rules:

-Keep the system four fingers away from your face

-Always keep the system moving and lightly pull on the trigger

-Rinse system with water after every use

If you follow those simple rules, I promise you will absolutely LOVE your results. I’m by no means a makeup artist, I was intimidated at first but once I got the hang of it-I couldn’t picture my life without airbrushing. 

2. LUMINESS IS VERSATILE

When you think of airbrush, you probably only think about foundation, but did you know you can complete most of your makeup routine and more with an airbrush system?

You can accomplish killer contour, perfect eyebrows, eye-catching shadow looks, and root cover all with any of Luminess’ Airbrush Systems.

Oh, and I can’t forget about using the airbrush systems for a sunless tan, especially during the cold months of winter. Luminess Airbrush Systems offer a feature for everyone, even if you’re not a makeup person, you can give your body a glow, fill in your roots or bald spots-the list is endless. 

A LUMINESS Airbrush System is all your makeup brushes in one device!

3. LUMINESS IS CUSTOMIZABLE

With traditional foundation I always struggled to find the perfect shade, I was always in-between shades, and manually mixing them never quite worked! 

However, with Luminess’ wide variety of shades, you can mix foundations within the actual system. This feature makes it so easy to match your color perfectly, all year round. 

No need to stress about finding your shade, you can virtually try-on airbrush foundations on the LUMINESS website AND you can also use the foundation finder to see what the experts recommend. 

These color matching features take out all the guesswork and make it sooooo easy to find the best shade for your complexion. 

4. LUMINESS PRODUCES RESULTS

Last, but not least..the famously flawless airbrush results. 

It’s safe to call LUMINESS’ airbrush foundation a triple threat; the finish is natural, long-lasting, and provides amazing coverage. 

If you are a makeup enthusiast like myself, you understand how rare it is for a product to have all of those qualities.

Airbrush foundation is weightless but still covers my wrinkles, blemishes, and discoloration, my skin looks flawless and that’s just the foundation.

 With the other airbrush products, like Brow & Root, or Airbrush Cosmetics, I never have to feel insecure about my hairline, my body always has a little extra glow, and I can make my eyebrows balanced in shape, size, and fullness. 

Awarded Best Airbrush Makeup for sensitive skin by Woman’s World. 

I could go on for days, but there’s four solid reasons why you NEED an Airbrush System. So, I think this is your sign to join the airbrush world IMMEDIATELY. A LUMINESS Airbrush System is the perfect gift to yourself for National Makeup Day, get yourself the results you deserve, NOW!

The Facial-Toning Device and CBD Lotion Jessica Alba Counts as Her Pre-Glam Must-Haves

Jessica Alba took to her Instagram stories tonight to share her pre-glam picks for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Alba, who founded The Honest Company, had some of her brand’s beauty in the mix—the new Prime + Perfect Mask ($20), Magic Beauty Balm ($13), Vitamin C Radiance Serum ($28) and Organic Beauty Facial Oil ($28) to be exact—but kept it real as she shared some off-the-radar favorites from three other lines.

For starters, she credited Comfort Zone’s Sublime Skin Eye Patches for being her “secret weapon against tired-looking eyes.” Then, there was a shoutout to the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System ($70), an anti-aging wonder tool Alba says “does all the things.” And, finally, Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion ($60) got some love for being a “secret weapon for long nights out.”

 

#BigLipstickEnergy: The 3 Lipsticks I’m Obsessed With Right Now

“What lip is that?” A professional lipstick critic reveals all.

I’m a serial lipstick dater. So many lip products slide onto my desk. Some I double-tap and have all the heart eyes for. Others I ghost and leave on seen. This is #BigLipstickEnergy, an honest breakdown of how I feel about the latest lip launches. Read on for the three lipstick flings I’m keeping in rotation for now. Next week, I’ll have a new roster.

Chromatic Lip Stain in Classic Red

Luminess Cosmetics luminessbeauty.com

$24.00

THE DETAILS: 

Metallic eyeshadow ruled 2019 as one of the biggest makeup trends of the year. In 2020, let’s not leave our lips out—they deserve to shine, too. Start with this lip stain, which, unlike others on the market, won’t weigh your lips down with gunky, chunky, glittery excess. Instead, it feels smooth, soft, and velvety on your lips, and dries down quickly to a multidimensional, metallic finish. The formula does not budge one bit, so you won’t have to worry about mirror-checking every few minutes.

WHY I’M OBSESSED: 

Every now and then, I have an urge to remix classic reds with a fun finish, like metallic. This sparkly red shade stands out against my skin tone and makes me want to selfie my life away. More importantly, the soft stain it’s low-key af to wear. It seriously takes zero energy throughout the day. After an hour, I literally forgot I was wearing it until someone complimented me.

Best Airbrush Makeup Kit for Sensitive Skin — Luminess

If you’ve ever looked at a movie star’s makeup and thought, ‘Why can’t mine look like that?’ the answer is probably a simple one — you’re not using airbrush makeup. A technique that sees makeup sprayed onto the skin in a mist form via a powered compressor that allows it to be distributed in an even, lightweight manner, airbrush makeup — which was first used way back in 1959 for Ben Hur —  is a well-known Hollywood secret for sheer, natural-looking coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and pores like traditional makeup does. The best airbrush makeup kits, which often include the makeup as well as the machine, take things even further still, with anti-aging, dermatologist-tested products that look great on mature skin.

The Benefits of Airbrush Makeup Kits

When it comes to application, airbrush makeup kits require some practice. While you may not get your desired results on your first — or even second or third! — try, there are many reasons to make the switch.

First and foremost, it’s more hygienic that typical makeup practices, since your fingers won’t be touching your face.

It’s also longer-lasting, with water-based formulas that are made to withstand sweat, tears, and smudges that can be strengthened with a waterproof sealant or finish.

That, in turn, means that while you may pay more up front for the machine, you’ll be saving money in the long run, since you’ll need to apply your makeup less frequently.

Finally, you’ll be able to use less product per application, as it covers more with less, making cake-y makeup that exacerbates your finer wrinkles a thing of the past. Do note, however, that experts recommend a powder or cream-based makeup for heavier facial lines.

Where to Buy Airbrush Makeup Kits

While you won’t find these kits at typical makeup stores, such as Sephora or Ulta, you will find them at major online retailers, such as Walmart or Amazon.

Tips for Using an Airbrush Makeup Kit

Learn from the mistakes of real Amazon users, who suggest the following when using an airbrush makeup kit:

  • Play around with technique and amount: As one customer wrote, “I would put on too much and it would look cakey and powdery. I had to play around with how much spray I wanted to come out of the wand. I spent days trying it out before I got the hang of it.”
  • Allow moisturizers, primers, and foundation to dry before adding more:“That simple advice will go a long way on your first few attempts!” another trial-and-error airbrush user wrote.
  • Make sure you use the right finish and tone for your skin: “Matte or Satin are the two basic terms. … You will have to match SKIN TONE AS WELL,” wrote an experienced reviewer.
  • Test holding the machine at different lengths: “The farther back you pull the trigger, the more product is used in a much shorter amount of time, because the air pressure is greater,” one helpful comment wrote. “I would suggest using the compressor on your face without putting makeup in the well first to feel the difference in air pressure.”

Where to buy: From $138.95, Amazon 

If you’ve seen one of Luminess’ infomercials on TV, you already know that this low-pressure machine minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, and textured skin to hide acne, skin discoloration, dark circles, bruising, scars, rosacea, and the occasional tattoo. What you may not know is that this machine, which comes with four foundations, a blush, a skin brightener, a moisturizer, and an AC adaptor, has been dermatologist tested — and approved — for use on even the most sensitive of skin types.

“I have super sensitive skin and this was a great device for smoothness of application, quality of product didn’t trigger my sensitive skin and I loved how it looks!” one Amazon customer wrote.

Another raved: “I have skin level: challenging. Whatever difficulty you can think of, I’ve got it: discoloration, sensitivity, dry/flaky patches, oily patches, enlarged pores, fine lines … and on top of that, I prefer a natural makeup look. Now that I’ve tried Luminess Air, I’m a convert. The Luminess foundation formula is water-based, so it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, and it is long lasting – it sticks around all day without fading, flaking or caking for me. It also floats over pores and fine lines, giving you a flawless finish.”

Beyoncé entranced onlookers…thanks to Sir John, and The Lion King Makeup Collection

The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and More

A few serious eye looks made their way onto the feeds of Instagram this past week. Beyoncé entranced onlookers at the Lion King Premiere in London with gold-flecked lids, blushed cheeks, and a sheer lipstick, thanks to her trusted makeup artist, Sir John, and his Lion King makeup collection for Luminess Cosmetics. Meanwhile makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa showed off her steady-handed skills on model Yoon Young Bae with a double-winged obsidian liner. Artists Jenna Kristina and Laurie Heaps made a playful statement on Rowan Blanchard with neon green shadow in the inner corners of her eyes, a liquid flick of liner, and a pinned-down pixie cut.

Speaking of eyes, rapper Megan Thee Stallion stepped out with rose gold lids and a flawless foundation, while wavy tresses brought the look together. On a similar wave (pun intended), a couple beauties showed off defined ringlets: Pose star Indya Moore snapped a golden hour shot with glowing skin and a note that she’s “feeling grateful for love.” Hairstylist Lacy Redway worked her magic on actress Zazie Beetz, whose crown of chestnut coils elegantly framed her shimmering skin and rosy cheeks.

Muses worldwide embraced the summer sun, as they are wont to do when July fades into August. A beachside Kelsey Lu rocked silver-streaked braids and turquoise brows in Martha’s Vineyard. Alicia Keys made some time for a little outdoor meditation, and model Behati Prinsloo showed off her wake-surfing skills. Jada Pinkett-Smith spread some of her magic on a boat in Greece: bronzed skin, a smile, and a reminder that a joyful “hot girl summer” is still in full effect.

Golden Girl! Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Sir John Reveals How to Get Her Lion King Premiere Look

Sir John shares the exact products he used to create the Lion King star’s cat eye.

Even before The Lion King debuts on July 18, Beyoncé is making jaws drop. The mega-star has had two major outings to promote the movie, each equally fierce. And for her second red carpet, in which the star shined in a pleated marigold gown, her makeup artist Sir John spoke exclusively to PEOPLE about how he created her coordinating bronzy beauty look using products from his limited-edition The Lion King makeup collection made in partnership with Luminess.

With Queen Bey’s gown and hairstyle picked out, Sir John decided on a golden with a 3-D-like quality eye to complete the look.

“I love playing with textures,” explains the pro, who blended a matte shade from his palette on her lid and accented that with a shimmery one on the center of the lids.

“I really wanted to create a nice daytime smoky eye using browns, an antique, champagne gold color like Nala, and a warm gold like Simba,” he reveals. “It’s all about strategically placing these colors so that no matter where my client turns, their look is never too shimmery.”

He also gave the voice of Nala a feline flick with coffee brown eye liner. A winged look “just lifts the eye,” he says.

After tapping on foundation with a Beautyblender, Sir John used his sculpting palette “to give the face a subtle architectural structure.”

To avoid a costume-y look, he advises “slowly building up a shadow” in areas like “underneath the cheekbone, underneath the jawline, and temples.” He adds, “this isn’t blending stripes. It’s a little more editorial and polished.”

On her lips, he applied a brown lip liner, his Pounce lipstick and a cinnamon-tinted lip gloss.

The pro also used a touch of body makeup on Beyoncé collarbones.

For Sir John, seeing his longtime client on the carpet in his very own makeup was picture-perfect.

“I literally have never worked so hard on one project in my life. But it’s been a labor of love,” says the pro, who created an array of earthy shades that could be work to the office, or a night on the town.

“I really tried to look out for women, like my mom, who just doesn’t have time to put on eye shadow,” he says.

And so far, the pro hasn’t disappointed. “Beyoncé was happy, my mom is happy, and if my grandmother were still here, she’d be proud,” he says.

Still, his recent win has not set in. “I’m always next, next, next, because my goal is to keep it moving,” he admits. “But I’m never not grateful, my mama won’t let that happen! I am still just a guy from Harlem.”