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    Common Makeup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Last updated 6 days ago

    From glamorous and bold to feminine and classic, there are countless styles that you can achieve with a little help from the right makeup. As any NYC cosmetology school graduate can share, however, it's not always easy to execute a desired look. Here is a look at some of the most common makeup mistakes and how to avoid them:

    Foundation that Appears Caked On
    Whether you use powder foundation or a liquid version, it's important that you apply it in a smooth and even manner in order to avoid the much-dreaded “cake-like” appearance. Before applying your foundation, blot away any excess oil, and then use a primer to create a matte finish. Next, simply apply a small amount of foundation to the skin and smooth it out until all areas of the face are covered. Make sure you blend down to your neck to maximize the natural look.

    Poorly Applied Blush
    Another common mistake to avoid is poorly applied blush. Consult with a cosmetology school stylist to first determine which shade of blush is right for you. Once you've found the perfect blush, swirl it directly onto the cheeks using a blush brush. Different blush application styles complement different face shapes, so experiment to find a technique that best enhances your features. Be sure to add just enough blush to brighten your face, and not so much that you appear older.

    Unnaturally Arched Eyebrows
    Achieving beautiful, thick eyebrows can be tricky. In order to make them appear as beautiful and natural as possible, brush them at a 45-degree angle before setting them with a gel and pencil. The pencil shade should correspond to your natural hair color—blondes should opt for brows that are slightly darker than their hair, while brunettes should go a bit lighter than their hair color with their brows.

    If you're interested in enhancing your knowledge of makeup application techniques, come visit Hair Design Institute of Manhattan today. Our hairdressing and cosmetology graduates enjoy exciting careers as makeup artists, hairstylists, and salon owners. To learn more about admissions, call (212) 868-7171.

    How to Apply Mascara

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Just one coat of mascara has the ability to transform a makeup look and instantly take eyes from sleepy to show-stopping. As you will see in this video, you can create beautiful, look-at-me lashes with your mascara with just a few short steps.

    To begin, curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, and then place the mascara wand close to the lash line before wiggling upwards to coat the lashes. To prevent your mascara from appearing clumpy upon application, simply run the wand under hot water for a few seconds. This simple trick will leave you with longer-looking lashes that you'll be proud to bat the whole day through.

    Proper makeup application is just one of the many lessons that students at the Hair Design Institute of Manhattan learn in our beauty school courses. To find out if cosmetology school is the right fit for your future, call us today at (212) 868-7171.

    How to Tease Hair without Causing Damage

    Last updated 21 days ago

    When you have a cosmetology client who is looking for a hairstyle for a special occasion, it might be time to give her a little teasing. Teasing the hair, or backcombing, gives hair the volume and height needed to create dramatic hairstyles. If your client has curly or wavy hair, it must be straightened and dried before you begin to tease it. Otherwise, you’ll damage the hair. Divide the hair into sections, and work with about one inch of hair at a time. While holding the hair straight up, work the hair towards the scalp with a fine-toothed comb or a boar bristle brush. Try to tease as little hair as possible to prevent potential damage, and make sure that the hair is cool from straightening or drying before you get to work.

    Find out more about teasing and other hairstyling techniques at Hair Design Institute in Manhattan. We offer our students classroom and hands-on instruction in all of the latest cosmetology methods. Contact us at (212) 868-7171 for information about how to apply to our cosmetology school. 

    Deciding Whether or Not to Dye Your Hair Blonde

    Last updated 26 days ago

    With summer just around the corner, many women are considering lightening their hair for the season. If you’re wondering how your brown or red locks would look if taken a few shades lighter, be sure to speak with a hairstylist about your color options. You can also consult the guide below to find tips for deciding whether or not to dye your hair blonde.

    Consider Your Long-Term Budget
    One of the first things to consider when deciding whether or not to dye your hair blonde is your budget. If you have darker hair, you will need to visit your NYC salon regularly in order to touch up incoming roots. Attending frequent salon appointments and using high-quality products that serve to maintain your golden locks can leave your wallet feeling a little lighter than you may like over the long run.

    Understand the Maintenance Involved
    It's important to speak to your stylist about the amount of maintenance involved in preserving the health and appearance of blonde hair. Chlorine, alcohol, and other chemicals featured in many hair products can quickly take your blonde hair from fabulous to drab, so it's important that you understand how to properly care for blonde hair before taking the plunge.

    Discuss Your Color Goals with a Stylist
    The best way to determine whether or not blonde hair is right for you is to book a hair consultation with a professional hairstylist. Before your appointment, browse the internet and scan fashion magazines to find shades of blonde that inspire you so you can explain what you would like to achieve to your stylist. He or she can then guide you towards a shade that would flatter your complexion.

    If you have a passion for selecting hairstyles or hair colors, becoming a hair design expert may be right for you. You can start your journey at Hair Design Institute of Manhattan. Our New York City cosmetology school offers programs that cover courses in hair coloring, hairstyling, and even salon management. Call (212) 868-7171 to find out more. 

    Creating a Summer Skincare Regimen

    Last updated 28 days ago

    You’ve made it through another harsh New York winter, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably very glad to see the sun shining again. Before you rush off to the beach or the mall to find a new summer outfit, take a look in the mirror to see how your skin is doing. Your skin is highly susceptible to changes in the weather, and going from the chill of winter to the heat of summer requires changes in your skincare routine. Read on for tips on how to create a skincare regimen for summer.

    For Sun Protection
    The warmth of the sun can feel good on your skin, but it can also do a lot of damage. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause painful sunburns, and too much exposure can lead to premature development of fine lines and wrinkles. To protect yourself from the potential of skin cancer as well as early aging, make sure you wear sunscreen every day. Look for a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection, and choose an SPF of at least 15. Many facial moisturizers are made with SPF built in so you can nourish your skin and protect it at the same time. Remember to reapply every few hours or more often when you’re swimming or sweating.

    For Oily Skin
    It’s no secret that the heat and humidity in New York can leave you feeling a bit bedraggled. The summer sun can make oily skin even worse, as your sweat mingles with the oil and clogs pores. To keep your oily skin in check, don’t scrub too hard when you’re washing your face, and limit yourself to cleaning your face just twice a day.

    For Dry Skin
    You may like taking hot showers in the winter, but consider dialing back the water temperature during the summer. This will help prevent your skin from losing the oils it needs to stay moisturized. Choose a moisturizer that is light so that your skin won’t feel greasy during the day.

    Are you ready to take the first step towards an exciting career in cosmetology? Call Hair Design Institute in Manhattan at (212) 868-7171 for answers to your questions about our cosmetology school. With flexible scheduling available, it’s easy to find time to jumpstart your new career. 


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