How To Successfully Accomplish Your Dreams

Stephanie Lynn
December 5, 2017

There’s no set plan when it comes to chasing and accomplishing a goal. The only consistent advice I can give is to never give up, which I think is one of the hardest things to do. Mostly because there is no set time frame on when things will happen and you have to continue to press through when everything in life is falling apart.

Just about two years ago in decided I wanted to be a businesswoman. Working a job, dedicating my life to someone else’s dream just didn’t sit right with me. I sat back and deeply thought about it and came up with some crazy facts about working for some else. First, a company is telling me how much my time and talent is worth. You’re paid and hourly sum no matter how amazing or horrible you are, we’ve all had that one coworker who doesn’t do a thing while we’re busting our asses and we still get paid the same. You sacrifice holidays and weekends, for me, holidays and weekends are the peak times, so while all my friends are making plans, I’m at work. I won’t have a legacy to pass on, when I one day have kids and grow old, I want something for them to have. Now no, my future children will not be forced to follow my path but I want them to have that business mindset and either run my brands or sell them and create their own.

All of that made me want to utilize my talent and my degree that’s collecting dust to do something. So Beautifully Beat by Stephanie was born. At the time I registered my business and wasn’t really focused, I was 27, still drinking and partying but that this year everything changed. After that destructive year of 2016 that none of us want to speak of, something inside of me knew I couldn’t just keep talking about my dreams and not really doing a ton to accomplish them.

Step 1: Get Organized

For me, if I’m not constantly checking myself and seeing my goals I will not focus on them. So January I started with my vision board. I separated my goals into 5 focused that are important to me. Family, Career, Finances, Travel and Health.

When you write your goals, make sure they are something you can actually accomplish. Not those New Years Resolutions we all set to try to lose 50lbs by February haha. With my vision board it was something I wanted to accomplish by the end of 2017, but for me I needed my goals broken down more. So Every month I write down what I want to accomplish that month, what goals I accomplished from the previous month and what I didn’t accomplish from the previous month. Breaking down my goals helped me because it made my goals feel tangible. Constantly check your goals and adjust them accordingly, everything is not set in stone and life happens.

Step 2: Keep Like Minded Friends

I’m not saying ditch on your friends who aren’t in business but you need some friends who are in business. Being in business is HARD!!!!!! Even if its not business, each career path isn’t easy, you need support from someone who has went through what you went through or is going through it. You wouldn’t ask a lifeguard for advice on nursing issues would you? So you need those nurse friends if you’re a nurse. I am blessed to have a lot of friends in business or those taking risks for their dreams so we encourage each other during hard times.

Step 3: Join Networking Groups… or Start one

One of my friends and I attend networking groups when we can but when we went we were always the youngest by far and the only people of color. We saw a need for a networking group for our age range with more diversity so we created a networking/social group. Which we will be having an event next month so I will for sure let everyone know about that. This goes back to keeping like-minded friends. Help each other!!! Promo each other and collab!!! There’s enough money for all of us to win. Share business cards and hype each other up. If I have a friend that I know will benefit from something another friend does then I’m telling them about each other and making that connection.

Step 4: Believe In You

Stop looking for validation in likes or other peoples IG goals. I struggle with this because I have a lot of amazing friends. My friends are buying houses, getting married, starting families, and in amazing careers. Sometimes I look at them and feel inadequate because I finally got a good paying job then I stepped down to work as an intern for MAC. Now I knew in the long run it would pay off but when I made this decision I didn’t know how long it would take to pay off. I still live at home, I’m 29, single, nowhere near marriage or starting a family like I thought I would be, I’m a grad school drop out haha but I can say in December 2017, I’m happy. I had to stop focusing on my friends and other people because it takes away the focus I could be putting into bettering myself and actually reaching my goals. I did something a lot of people are afraid to do, I took a risk, and did something to sacrifice now in order to give myself a better future. It wasn’t easy, I cried a lot, more than a normal person. I wanted to quit a lot of things because I was tired of trying and failing, or not able to do things because I was broke, I still am. I talked to my circle of friends who I knew would give me solid advice but overall I had to put my big girl panties on and make a decision to chase my dreams or look back in 20 years and wish I would’ve taken the risk.

My last piece of advice is to imaging yourself in 20 or 30 years, would you look back and have in major regrets. I knew if I stayed in a position where I wasn’t happy just for money I would be miserable. I don’t want my younger cousins, niece and nephews to look at me and not be inspired. I don’t want to preach to them through regret, I want to tell them they can do whatever is in their wildest dreams they want to do because I lived it. I want to look back at my life like damn, I had fun, it was hard but I beasted the hell out of all my goals, and you all can to.

Stay Beautifully Encouraged

Stephanie Lynn

The Leap of Faith. Trusting The Process

Stephanie Lynn
November 28, 2017

I have not blogged in months and I almost didn’t want to blog again but I feel compelled to. I feel like no one really reads my blog but for some reason I miss it. A lot has happened in the past few months which is the reason for the title. As you all I know, almost 8 months ago I accepted at position at Dillard’s as a business manager, leaving Sephora. In August I stepped down from the business manager position at a cosmetic counter to become an intern for MAC Cosmetics. It was a difficult decision, not because I didn’t want to work for MAC but because I would be taking a significant pay cut and hour cut by taking this position. I know in order to truly reach your dreams you have to not only take a risk but actually believe in yourself that you will not fail. So after 4 months, which felt like forever and through all my struggle I can finally say I’m a MAC Artist!!!

It brings me back to the title… The Leap of Faith. We all grow up having these big dreams of what we want to be and our parents and teachers tell us that we can do anything if we put our minds to it…now they didn’t tell is you have to use a hell of a lot more than your mind to reach your dreams, but that’s another story. Then suddenly we are told we need to give up on those crazy dreams and do what’s practical. Decide your career, go to college and get a job. Sadly most of us are making these life decisions at 17 and 18…. but we can’t even buy liquor. I don’t know when that transition happens where we have to stop dreaming but I never experienced it. I did though do what I was told and went to college, graduated and failed epically at a job search where 5 and a half years and thousands of dollars in debt later I ended up in the makeup world. I finally stopped listening to my family and everyone else around me and followed my own damm dreams. I spent too many years following the dreams of what everyone had for me.

Chase your dreams even if others around you don’t support you know. I’ve had people close to me not believe in me but I kept going. Even times when I wanted to quit my support system lifted me up and kept me motivated. Things will not always be easy but it is so worth it in the end. Now it’s time to set some more goals and demolish them.

Stay Ambitious

Stephanie Lynn

Athleisure Shoot

Stephanie Lynn
May 12, 2017

One of my favorite things to do in makeup is photoshoots. A few weeks ago I got to work with my partner in crime Jasmine Woolfork @stylebyjas who is a stylist. We work together a lot on shoot and it’s always a good time with even been photographs. For this shoot we partnered up with photographer Martin @mjay_photo and  Model Grace @grace_harmony with the theme  athleisure. For the first look, the sporty skirt, sports bra and the edgy pop of color orange jacket with black and white detail. We decided to play off the orange in the jacket and have Grace super highlighted and dewy.

Our next look, we went outside for a classic tee shirt look but still kept it sporty. For the makeup I intensified the eyes but adding a maroon color and more highlight. We still kept the lip pretty simple because we still wanted to have some softness.

For the 3rd and last look featured a yellow bodysuit and a jacket with the same makeup.

Working on photoshoots is literally one of my favorite things in the industry to do. I wish I could live this life everyday… someday I will, I wish it was today. Check below for the details of the makeup I used and if you recreate this look. Also check out the pages of the amazing crew I worked with and contact any of us for booking.

Moisturizer: Ole Henriksen – Sheer Transformation

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Foundation: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Skin

Eyeshadow: Morphe 35O Paletten

Mascara: Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

Blush: Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Palette – Rose Spritz

Contour: Benefit Hoola

Highlight: Nars Albatross and Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmering Brick in Bronze

Lips: Colour Pop Lippie Stix in RayeZor & MAC lipglass Oyster Girl

If you like more posts like this let me know. Life has been so hectic but I am officially back to blogging and can’t wait to share my next post.

Stay Beautifully Beat,

Stephanie Lynn

New Beginnings

Stephanie Lynn
April 10, 2017

A new chapter

I have been working at Sephora inside JCP for just about two years as an operations consultant and I can say I am completely burnt out. I  have been super frustrated lately and it’s been a crazy year for me so that doesn’t help. About 3 weeks ago I went to visit one of my friends who also used to work at Sephora and recently got a job as a counter manager at Dillard’s, just to say hello and things took off from there. She introduced me to the manager and within 3 days and two interviews I was offered a job as the counter manager for The Edge. In my current job I am in a leadership role but everything doesn’t fall on me. I told myself if they were willing to pay me what I asked I would take the position. Another big sign for me was I got the call about the official offer on my uncles Birthday who passed away a few years ago, so I took that as him being my angel and knowing I needed some good news plus they offered me the pay I asked for so I accepted the job and I start tomorrow.
I am so excited about this new chapter in my life and I’m happy to finally have things turning around for me. I think this position will set me up for my future. Everyone around me believes in me and I believe in myself so I know I got this. Life has been… rough, but I know I’m not the only one who feels like everything is constantly falling apart or hasn’t experienced any wins in a long time but you have to keep pushing. Along with that you have to keep your support system solid because there will be a lot of people who won’t support you until the rest of the world sees your talent. That has been one of the most frustrating things for me lately is wishing more  my friends supported me but I have to remember, the important ones do. My vision was for me and the only people who can truly understand it are people who have similar mindsets. Plus everything I’m going through now is preparing me for the next step, the things I’ve asked for, the things I’m busting my ass to work hard for.
Life… is life, it’s great, hard, sad, happy, amazing, a challenge and an adventure all at the same time. Grab life and kick its ass before it can kick yours.
I remember this verse from the Bible growing up.. well I don’t even remember the actual verse but it’s something I’ve never forgot and I need to keep reminding myself whenever I feel lonely, sad or defeated.
“Frustration Birthed Greatness” (that may have to be my next tattoo)
Don’t ever forget that. YOU CAN AND YOU WILL BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE!! You may not understand the pain now but one day it’ll all make sense, and you’ll realize that everything you went through puts you in the position to be everything that you asked to be.
So as I reflect on my time with Sephora i appreciate the things I’ve gained, especially the friends I made, the lessons it taught me and the countless frustrations because it made me stronger. It also pushed me to chase my dreams even harder. I look forward to this new experience, the good and the bad because I know the next step is the biggest one yet. Thanks for letting me pour my heart out and I hope I can help inspire you guys to keep going. I’m not perfect by any means and my life isn’t all together but I’m here for all of you.

Stay Beautifully Beat

Stephanie Lynn

March Favorites!

Stephanie Lynn
April 7, 2017

My Burberry Black – Burberry

What is it?
One of the newest fragrances from Burberry Sun-drenched Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Candied Rose, Amber Patchouli

Who is it for?
Anyone that loves floral fragrances

How to use it
Sprayyyyyy…walk into the mist, spray your hair, your arm, your neck….just take  a bath in it haha.

My Thoughts
We got this fragrance at my store a few months back and I have loved it since first smell. Just thinking about it gives me heart eyes

Where to buy and how much?
Most department stores between $72-$125 depending on the size.

 

Lip Gloss – Anastasia Beverly Hills

What is it?
Lip Gloss

Who is it for?
Anyone that likes pigment but doesn’t want to wear a lipstick and anyone that wants they lipgloss poppin….whatcha know bout me…my lipgloss is poppin…my lipgloss is cool….I’m old haha, let me have my moment

How to use it
Apply it alone or apply it on top of lipstick to create a fun look

My Thoughts
I was pleasantly surprised by the pigment of this lipgloss. I tried on a ton of colors and all of them are great. The lipgloss is thick but I love it because it lasts pretty long on my list

Where to buy and how much?
Anastasia’s website as well as sephora and department stores for $16

Truth Serum – Ole Henriksen

What is it?
Truth serum is packed with Vitamin C and Collagen for brightening and hydration.

Who is it for?
All Skin Types

How to use it
Apply to a cleansed face and follow with a moisturizer

My Thoughts
Lately, due to taking biotin, my skin has been going crazy. I have been getting cystic acne and even though I don’t touch the bumps or mess with them at all, I’ve been getting dark marks when they finally go flat after a couple weeks. I’ve heard a lot about Truth Serum but I never tried it since I never had any dark marks but this serum is AMAZING!! I have only been using it for a week and my dark spots are fading tremendously…I should’ve taken before and after pics smh but trust me, it works so well.

Where to buy and how much?
Sephora $48 for the 1oz and $72 for the 1.7

Agave Lip Mask – Bite Beauty

What is it?
Lip mask

Who is it for?
Anyone but especially those who uses drying lipsticks or naturally have dry lips.

How to use it
Apply any time thought out the day or as an overnight mask to keep your lips moisturized

My Thoughts
Matte lips are in and just like everyone else I swear by liquid lipsticks… but the biggest downfall of liquid lipstick are DRY NASTY LIPS… well at least mine haha. Since I am constantly wearing liquid lipsticks it makes my lips soooo dry and I finally found my go to product to help. Of course since it’s winter in Ohio..we just had a snow storm yesterday and now its going to be 70 degrees this weekend smh so we need to protect out lips. There are so many products out there that claim to moisturize your lips but they actually dry them out and you end up applying it ALL DAY LONG..which annoys my entire life. I need products that I can apply and I’m good for a few hours and this is IT. This mask is thick, they do have a balm if you want something thats just as good but thinner. I use this mask on my off days when I’m not wearing makeup, overnight, or as a prep before my makeup. The agave lip mask is so thick that if I put it on before bed I will wakeup with it still on and that’s what I need. I also use this mask a lot in prepping clients who may have dry lips. It starts to soothe the dryness fast, and even though it won’t make your lips perfect immediately, it makes it a lot easier for a lipstick application. It also comes in three flavors and yes they all taste good haha, Natural, Champagne and Smashed

Where to buy and how much?
Sephora $26

These lovely items are my March favorites!! Let me know if you have tried any new items this month and if you love or hate them. Also drop a comment if you have anything you want me to try out for April

Stay Beautifully Beat

Stephanie Lynn

 

 

 

Beauty Standards and Self Esteem

Stephanie Lynn
March 29, 2017

 

We live in a world where there are so many beauty standards that women are supposed to fit in but women aren’t the one making the standard’s, men are. The worst part about beauty standards is it puts us women against each other. I love the beauty industry but I hate the fact that it has become to look a standard to look a certain way but also that its okay to bash each other for looking that way. The most important thing about beauty is confidence and your self esteem, we forget everyday the battle that many of us women struggle with to feel great about ourselves and tearing each other down doesn’t help. I grew up with pretty love self esteem because I was never the prettiest or thinnest girl in school nor did I have guys asking me on dates like the other girls. After struggling through college with self esteem and even now where I sometimes feel inadequate finally at 25 I started to truly love myself. Last year was a rough year for me, dealing with heartbreak and so many other things my self esteem and self worth took a a huge hit. I literally had to start all over and build myself back up from the ground. With a lot of work, losing some weight, because the gym is the only thing that kept me sane and some encouragement from my amazing support system I’m back and better than ever. It took me a long time to get where I am today and I will never go back to that girl I used to be.

The biggest misconception with makeup is that women wear it because they don’t feel good about themselves and that comes from both men and women. Once I started wearing makeup, I get a lot of great comments about my makeup but I also get women who throw shade making comments like “I don’t have to wear all that makeup to get dudes” or “I never wear makeup because I don’t have to.” Now with these comments there are a few things I take offense to, number 1, I don’t have to wear makeup to feel beautiful and I never have. Number two, if I did why is it anyones concern or why does anyone feel the need to tear me down if I’m in a place where I am feeling good about yourself with a full face of makeup. Lastly, why are the comments necessary, if I was battling with my self esteem those comments may make me feel worse about myself. To me the most satisfying It’s rare I see women who actively wear makeup take shots at women who don’t wear makeup. I think your lack of confidence shows through when you take your time to tear another down for no apparent reason. If you don’t wear makeup thats perfectly fine, rock it, I love my days where I can just walk out the house fresh faced and a frizzy ponytail and I love my days where I am in full glam.

When building up my self esteem I have learned not to care or be affected by the opinion of others because those opinions are a reflection of them and not myself. Men have help created this impossible image that us women are supposed to look like and act like. Men creating these standards help separate women even more. The naturals vs the cake faces (cake face isn’t a negative thing, I am a cake face lol). Women who were their own hair vs women who wear weave, which I am a member of both. The point of life is to be yourself and accept yourself. I am a little bit of everything, I am a tomboy but I am also extremely girly, I love sports, I grew up playing basketball and softball, but I also love makeup, getting my hair done and being dolled up. In the words of Whitney Houston, I’m every woman, she’s all in me. I  am the same girl who will cross your on the basketball court then be in full glam ready to go someone fancy. Beauty and brains, I hate those post that say don’t be eye candy, be soul food. Why can’t I be both? Why can’t be a be beautiful but also like to read. Why can’t I be a makeup artist but also be working towards a masters degree. I don’t believe in boxes, I was one of those kids who you told you can be anything you want in life and I believed it.

If you have broke through some barriers and made some milestones share below.

Break the standard, love yourself, embrace, and be yourself.

Stay Beautifully Beat

Stephanie Lynn

Flawless Face. Part 4. Contouring, Highlighting, and Setting Powder/Spray

Stephanie Lynn
March 22, 2017

This is my final post in my Flawless Face series. This post is all about some of my favorite parts of makeup, contouring and highlighting, then finishing your look with a setting powder.

Once you blend out your concealer from the previous post…well I hope you haven’t left it unblended for over a week haha… you want to set it. The point of setting your highlight is to help minimize creasing with your concealer and intensity the brightening of your highlight. I didn’t mention in the last post, but since a lot don’t make a lot of bronzers on contour colors deep enough I add concealer right above my jawline to help intensify my contour.  Once everything is blended you want to follow up with a setting powder, you can either use yellow based, tan or a translucent powder depending on your skin tone. I use Ben Nye Banana Powder and I love it because it gives me the perfect brightness but its also not too yellow. Let it set aka bake for 10 minutes or so, Normally during this time start to clean up my makeup area or dancing around the room like a crazy person listening to Beyonce.

Next step is contouring… contouring adds definition to your face, I like to call it a “lose 5lbs in 5 minutes” technique. Contouring is good to chisel the face, but its great to add color back to your face when you’re using a full coverage foundation. Contouring pushes things in, so you only want to contour where you want to deflect light from. Don’t know where to contour? An easy trick it to make the fish face, where your face hollows in at thats where you contour to make your cheek bones higher. Next spot is around your jawline, now keep the contour in this sport light because you don’t want a 5’oclock shadow and make sure your follow through all the way back to behind your ear so there are no gaps. Then add a little product throughout your hairline and connect everything so there are no gaps. You can also contour your nose but using a fluffy blending brush and just light sweep on the sides of your nose.

I normally use blush too, right on the balls of my cheeks and sweep it going back towards the highs of your cheeks but this step is optional.

Now on to my makeup obsession….HIGHLIGHTER. This is where you want to bright light to your face, so any spot on your face you want to bring forward and to be scene is where you place highlighter. Now I personally wear up to 5 highlighters at one time…I know that’s a lot but I told you I was obsessed lol… any who…. Start with a fan brush or a small contour brush and sweep the product on the highs of your cheeks, do a little on the center of your nose and on your cupids bow and your are all ready. Another tip is to pack the highlighter on your brush then spray with a setting spray, I use Fix+ from MAC and it’ll help the products shimmer a little more. You can also apply setting powder and setting spray first and while your face is still dewy add your highlighter.

The last step to my Flawless Face Series is setting power. A setting powder is good to lock all your makeup in for long wear. Setting powder is really good for oily skin because it will help absorb the oil and it also helps give your makeup a matte finish. To finish spray your face with a setting spray and Carpe Diem.

Course Complete. You all should now be able to get started on a Flawless Face. Post comments and pics below of your looks using these tips or even more questions about anything in this series and if you guys enjoyed this.

Stay Beautifully Beat

Stephanie Lynn

Flawless Face. Part 3. Color Correctors, Concealer and Foundation

Stephanie Lynn
March 10, 2017

Once you have found the perfect moisturizer for you skin the next step is to see if you need color correctors, concealer and then choose your foundation. The number of products I use on a typical day is based upon what I'm doing and how much time I have to do my makeup.


My favorite color corrector are the Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks. These color correcting sticks come in four colors, Don't Be Dull (lavender), Look Less Tired -Dark (Orange), Look Less Tired - Light (Peach), Get Less Red (Green). If you check a few posts back you will see more details on color correctors. I use the Look Less Tired - Dark, around my mouth to cover up the darkness but you can also use this product under your eyes for dark circles as well.

Concealer can be used in a few different ways. You can use it for spot coverage or you can use it to highlight/brighten. Some people solely use concealer to spot cover and that is their last step in their skin routine. If you are going to use concealer for spot coverage, use it before you use a foundation. I focus more on the highlighting when using concealer so I use the product after I apply foundation. I highlight under my eyes, down the center of my nose, chin, forehead, and right above my jawline and blend, blend, blend.


When picking a foundation you have to ask yourself a few questions. What kind of coverage are you looking for? Sheer/Light, medium or full? Sheer coverage is good for anyone who lacks any skin issues and someone who doesn't like the heaviness of a foundation but still wants something to even out their skin tone. If you are looking for a sheer coverage foundation I would choose a BB cream, CC cream or a tinted moisturizer. BB cream stands for Blemish Balm and Beauty Balm, depending on where your reside. BB creams are all in one face products, it is a serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. CC creams are similar to BB creams but they are Complexion Corrector. CC creams have all the same properties are a BB cream but they have a stronger SPF content to help prevent age spots and also help with redness and sallowness in the skin. A tinted moisturizer is close to a BB and CC cream but it just has the moisturizing, SPF and a small amount of coverage.

Medium or medium to full coverage foundation provides a good amount of coverage but not heavy enough to sit in fine lines. Medium to full coverage are buildable so you can play around with the coverage. Medium coverage is good because its something that will cover problem areas and even out the skin tone. I like medium coverage because I can literally throw this foundation on along with mascara and some lipstick and I'm ready to go.

Full coverage is exactly that, full. It covers EVERYTHING! When using a full coverage it will take your face to one color so you will have to add some dimension back with highlighting, contouring and it bronzing. Normally if I'm wearing full coverage, it's for work or because I'm going out and I want that completely flawless look. (I will go more into detail about highlighting and contouring in my next post.)

Stay Beautifully Beat,

Stephanie Lynn

February Goodies! Glitter, Shimmer and More!!

Stephanie Lynn
March 6, 2017

Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. Stila Cosmetics

What is it?
Liquid glitter perfection.
Who is it for?
Anyone thats bold, from beginner to pro
How to use it
The Magnificent Metals eyeshadows has a cool applicator that works amazing.
My Thoughts
I first saw these babies the day before New Years Eve and I was so upset the silver and gold were both sold out. I knew looking at them I wold fall in love and they would be PERFECT for prom makeup and I pretty much need all these colors. The one I have on in the photo is Retro Rose Gold and everyone knows I love any form go gold so its a winner. My suggestion is to do your crease color and first then go in with the Metals. Magnificent Metals are really wet to if you can lift your head a little so your eyes lay more flat until it dries. Once it dries down go in and with your darker shade for the outer corner and intensify your crease if you buy.
Where to buy and how much?
Sephora, Ulta and Stilla.com. With most companies if you sign up for their emails you can get a percentage off.

Glitter Lips. To Be Golden

What is it?
Glitter reflective lips.
Who is it for?
Anyone that is obsessed with glitter like I am.
How to use it
The Glitter Lips comes at a two part kit, it has the adhesive/gloss, first apply it and let it sit until it becomes clear. The next step is the apply the beautiful glitter with the applicator pad. Spray the applicator pad with fix+ or another setting spray to get a better application with the glitter.
My Thoughts
I’m sure you all have seen the videos with the glitter lips just shimmering away like I did. I am a glitter addict so I stalked the website until one came in stock, at the time it was the silver but I wanted to try it so bad, I didn’t even are how bold it was. I am completely obsessed with the glitter lips, since I did get silver I don’t wear it often because it is so bold but I LOVE it. The glitter stays put and reflects so pretty.
Where to buy and how much?
If you want to pick up any of the shades of the Glitter Lips, check out https://tobegolden.com/product/glitter-lipkit/ they are $21 each but act quickly if you see any colors in stock because they sell out super quick.

Star Lit Powder.Make Up For Ever

What is it?
Star lit powder is a shimmering loose pigment
Who is it for?How to use it
I love to use the star lit powders on my lips on top of my lipsticks to give it a nice look. Mix the powder into a clear gloss and make your own custom color. You can also use the powers as eyeshadow dry or spray a little setting spray on your brush to give it more of a pop. Lastly you can use most of the shades as a highlighter!
My Thoughts
I love pigments because you can do so much with them so I love these star lit powders a lot. Being a makeup artist, abu product that I can use in multiple ways I love it.
Where to buy and how much?
Sephora or Make Up Forever (which has more shade options) for $21

Estèe Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation


What is it?
24 hour wear foundation that stays flawless through heat, humidity, and nonstop activity. Double wear is a buildable medium to full foundation and does not oxidize.
Who is it for?
All skin types but it does is is an oil controlling apspect to this foundation so if you are dry I would suggest you moisturize well.
How to use it
Apply with your favorite brush after a moisturizer and primer
My Thoughts
I love this foundation so much!! This has now become my favorite full coverage foundation, it does not move at all once you apply it. Since double wear does lock down to your face I suggest working pretty quickly with with product. Even though double wear has so much coverage it still looks very natural on.
Where to buy and how much?
Most department stores for $39.50

Let me know if there are any new products you want me to test out and if you have tried any of these.

Stay Beautifully Beat,

Stephanie Lynn

Flawless Face. Part 2: Moisturizers and Primers

Stephanie Lynn
March 1, 2017


Now that you know your skin type, the next step in having a flawless makeup application is moisturizers and primers. When doing your makeup, it is important to know where to start and thats with skincare. I didn’t grow up wearing makeup so when I first started I really didn’t know where to begin or how important skincare was when it comes to having great looking makeup. My first high end makeup item was Mineralized Skinfinish from MAC. I didn’t know much bout the process of wearing makeup so I would throw on some powder some lipstick and that was about as far as I got.

These days I have an entire elaborate routine to get my everyday look but I’ll save that for another post. The key to flawless makeup is flawless skin. So when searching for a good moisturizer is to listen to your skin. My first question I ask when working with clients is, what’s your skin type? Are you Oily? Dry? Combination?Aging skin? Dull skin? Or normal? That plays a huge role in what type of moisturizer you will choose. Since I am combination but in my oil spots I get super oily, I use an oil control moisturizer. You can also take a look deeper into ones if you have acne prone skin or sensitive skin. Now the purpose of a moisturizer is to give your skin adequate moisture and help keep its balance. There are some that will give you extra perks in the form of anti aging, brighting, helping with dark circles. Everyone should moisturize, there is a big misconception that people have about you shouldn’t moisturize when you have oily skin and thats not the case.

I get the question a lot about what are primers and why are the necessary. Primer pays a big part in my daily makeup routine to help have a smooth application for my foundation as well as long lasting makeup.. Now just like with moisturizers you can ask a few questions about your skin to pick a primer. Do you have discoloration? Redness? Normal skin? Dry skin? Large pores? A primer created a barrier between your skin an your makeup and help with certain skin concerns.

Theres so many different type of moistures and primers but they work together to help you have the flawless look. It is important to check around with moisturizers and primers because everything works different for everyone. Leave a comment or question below if you want any advice or need some product suggestions for moisturizers and primers.

Stay Beautifully Beat

​Stephanie Lynn