Holiday Party Makeup Tips

Holiday Party Makeup Tips

There’s nothing like a holiday party to give you the chance to step up your makeup game. It’s time to look festive, merry and bright. Be bold, add a little sparkle, and get ready to turn heads with these holiday party makeup tips. 

Less is More

Just because you want to glam it up doesn’t mean you should be heavy handed and cake on your makeup. Use a lightweight, liquid foundation, and use soft and subtle contouring and highlighting techniques to let your natural beauty shine through.

Get Your Glow On

Achieve luminous, glowing skin by using a dewy moisturizer and setting foundation with a lip balm. Also, consider a cream blush and a dusting of shimmery highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones.

Create Smokey Eyes

The holidays are the perfect time to add some drama with smokey, sultry eyes. Try a creamy metallic shadow in your favorite hue. Then, simply line the upper and lower lash lines with a kohl pencil. Lastly, use an eye brush to blend out the lines for instant impact.

Don't Forget Your Brows

While the days of over-tweezed, pencil-thin eyebrows are over, you definitely want to remove stray hairs, and fill in any sparse areas to give your brows definition and fullness. If you find it difficult to get an even look, there are brow stencils and stamps that can help guide you. 

Do a Matte Red Lip

Create some Hollywood glamour at your next holiday gathering by going with a bold, matte lip. Experiment with a classic red, bright berry, or a deep burgundy in a long-lasting formula. 

Come to the Shore!

If you love learning about makeup and skincare, it’s time to turn that passion into a career! Shore Beauty School offers Cosmetology and Skincare programs that can put you on the path for a future in the beauty and wellness industry. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.

Curly vs. Straight Hair: Maintenance Tips for Both Textures

Curly vs. Straight Hair: Maintenance Tips for Both Textures graphic

Whether you were born with naturally curly hair, straight hair, or something in between, you’ve likely experienced some uncontrollable hair days from time to time. To make the most of your natural hair texture, you need to use the right products, styling tools, and maintenance tips to truly shine. Here are some helpful tips for bouncy, frizz-free curls or shiny, straight locks.

Curly Hair Tips

Curly hair tends to crave moisture, that’s why when it’s humid out and there is a lot of moisture in the air, curly hair tends to frizz. The hair shaft opens to soak in all that hydration. To minimize frizz and get more perfectly formed curls, you need to follow a routine to moisturize your hair and minimize damage. Here is a recommended routine to get the most out of your curls.

  • Wash your hair with a co-wash or sulfate-free shampoo. Don’t wash it too frequently.
  • Scrunch a handful of conditioner through your hair until it feels fully coated and slick, and then detangle with a wide-tooth comb.
  • Rinse out most, but not all, of the conditioner. Then scrunch a handful of curl enhancing leave-in cream throughout your wet hair.
  • Squeeze the excess water out of your hair with a cotton T-shirt and let air dry.
  • Avoid brushing or combing your curls after they are dry. Scrunch with your hands for curl definition, or gently rake with your fingers to loosen curls that are too tight.
  • Avoid using a blow dryer or hot tools on your hair if possible. If you must use a blow dryer, use a diffuser.
  • To extend the life of your curls, put your hair in a high, loose ponytail on the top of your head when you sleep at night.

Straight Hair Tips

Straight hair is more likely to be oily and attract dirt, which can weigh hair down and make it fall flat. To get the style technique and shine you love, follow these straight hair tips.

  • Wash your hair every other day with a sulfate-free shampoo. You may also want to use dry shampoo on your days off to absorb oil at the roots.
  • Be cautious with conditioner. Choose a light formulation that won’t weigh your hair down, and never apply it to your roots or scalp.
  • Create volume with a texturizing spray and blow dry your hair upwards from the roots. You can also add volume by having your stylist add some layers to your cut.
  • Fight frizz with a dry oil or serum.
  • As you finish blow drying your hair, blast it with some cool air to help set your style and add shine.
  • Consider sleeping on a silk pillowcase to retain your style overnight.

Come to the Shore!

If you love working with hair, whether curly or straight, Shore Beauty School can help you learn the skills you need to find a beauty career that you will truly love. Check out our Cosmetology Program to learn more.

Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635 and get ready to embark on a path to a beautiful future.

Trending Fall Hairstyles You Need to Try

Looking for a new haircut or style for Fall? As we move into sweater weather and all things Pumpkin Spice, it’s a great time to change up your look and try a new hairstyle. The question is what hairstyle should you try? To help you decide we created a list of some of the top hairstyle trends this Fall. Go ahead and pick your favorite, grab some inspirational pics off Instagram, and go talk to your stylist!

Lobs & Bobs

Face-framing bobs, which are usually around chin length and long bobs, also called lobs are above or at your shoulders, are always a popular choice come Fall. You can cut down on some of your length if it is damaged or weighing you down, save time on maintenance, and look stylish and chic all at once! Often paired with curtain bangs and featuring textured waves, lobs and bobs are on trend and effortless.

70’s Layers

This Fall is all about layers and texture and it’s really taking us back to the 1970s! It is amazing how styles come back and become trending again years later. Check out some old pics of celebrities that have rocked this retro style, like Farrah Fawcett or Goldie Hawn with their big hair and feathered layers.

Mixies & Bixies

For those who really want a change, there are now two different takes on the popular pixie cut. The Mixie is part pixie, part mullet, which is shorter in the front, party in the back. The Bixie is part pixie, part bob with longer layers that frame the face.

Birkin Bangs

While curtain bangs are still having a moment, Birkin Bangs are hot for Fall. Inspired by Jane Birkin, a 60s style icon who lived in Paris, these chic, effortless and breezy bangs fall just above or below your brows and are cut softly with no sharp line.

Butterfly Cut

The butterfly haircut, which has gone viral on TikTok, is typically done on longer hair and features lots of blended layers and feathering. Shorter layers on the top of the head, through the crown, and around the face add lots of volume to this style. The name comes from the idea that this trending styles somewhat resembles butterfly wings.

Check Out Shore Beauty School

If you love learning about stylish hair trends, Shore Beauty School can help you turn your passion into a career. Check out our Cosmetology and Hairstyling Program to learn more. Schedule a tour today, contact us, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635 and start your path to a future in beauty.

How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Summer

how to take care of your skin during the summer

Summer is the perfect time of year to show off your gorgeous, healthy skin! Be sure to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best by taking care of it properly during the hot, summer months.  Here are some of our top tips for caring for your skin during the summer.

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

It is a well-known fact that being out in the sun can cause premature aging, sunspots, and even cancer. It’s recommended to make applying sunscreen a daily habit. Use sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or more, broad spectrum protection, and apply it generously everywhere you are exposed to the sun. Reapply every two hours. Don’t forget the tops of your ears, the part in your hair, or your lips! You can also try lip balm that offers a high SPF rating for added protection. Other protective measures that can help is wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection, SPF clothing, and finding a shady spot to hang out.

Lighten Up

Summer is the time to lighten up! Ditch the heavy foundation, lipsticks and liners and go for a sheer CC cream or tinted moisturizer, lip balm, and some waterproof mascara for a more relaxed, natural look. Also, swap out your thick winter moisturizer for a lighter lotion or gel-based version.

Use Products that do Double Duty

You probably don’t love the idea of slathering sunscreen on your face and then putting makeup on top of it.  Fortunately, there are lots of primers, tinted moisturizers, CC creams, and other products that include SPF 30+. You can also find tinted sunscreens that can act as a light, natural-looking base, while still protecting your skin from the sun.

Exfoliate & Moisturize

Sunscreen, sweat, bug spray, and oils can all wreak havoc with your skin, blocking pores and causing blemishes. Gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week for a clean feeling and to keep you looking radiant. Also remember that salt, heat, chlorine, and sunburn can dry out your skin, so be sure to continue to moisturize over the summer.

Don’t Over Wash

Finally, it can be tempting to shower multiple times a day when it’s hot and sticky out and you are sweaty and coated with sunscreen. Try to limit showers to once a day, 15 minutes or less, and keep the water lukewarm or cool to prevent drying out your skin.

Check Out Shore Beauty School

Love learning about skin care? Shore Beauty School can help you turn your passion into a career. Check out our Cosmetology Program or Skin Care Specialty Program to learn more.

Schedule a tour today, contact us, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635 and get ready to embark upon a future in beauty.

Tips to Protect Your Hair When Swimming

tips to protect your hair when swimming

As summer heats up, you may be ready to get out and cool down with a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, chlorinated water can do a number on your hair, stripping it of its natural moisture, causing split ends and other damage. It can even change your hair color!

People with hair that is thin or fine, color-treated or bleached, chemically treated, dry or damaged need to take extra precautions to make sure their lovely locks stay healthy, even after a refreshing dip in the pool. Here are some tips to keep your hair looking great after swimming.

Wet hair thoroughly before swimming

Dry hair will soak up chlorine like a sponge, which is why you should thoroughly rinse and wet your hair with non-chlorinated water before diving in.

Add a protective barrier

In addition to pre-soaking your hair, consider coating it with a little natural oil (coconut, olive, or jojoba) or buy a protective hair product specifically made for swimmers.

Style your hair to minimize exposure

If you have long hair, consider putting it in a ponytail, braid, or tight bun to minimize your hair’s contact with chlorine.

Wear a swim cap

If you swim regularly instead of just on occasion, you may want to consider wearing a swim cap as it’s your best defense against chlorinated water. Just remember to still wet your hair and pull it all back before putting on the cap because it makes it easier to put on.

Rinse, wash, and condition hair after swimming

Be sure to rinse your hair with clean, unchlorinated water as soon as you get out of the pool to get as much chlorine out as soon as possible.  Then wash with a gentle, clarifying shampoo and follow with conditioner to combat dryness. Again, you can find shampoos and conditioners made especially for swimmers.

Check Out Shore Beauty School

If you love learning about all things hair, Shore Beauty School can help you turn your passion into a career. Check out our Cosmetology and Hairstyling Program to learn more.

Schedule a tour today, contact us, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635 and get ready to embark upon a beautiful future.

Hair Coloring Styles and Trends

Hair Coloring Styles and Trends

There’s no faster, easier, or cooler way to change up your whole look, and your whole outlook, than by changing your hair color. This Spring, there are some gorgeous hair color trends that you are sure to love. Check out some of the latest and greatest color options below, gather some pictures of your favorites, and make an appointment at your favorite nearby Beauty Clinic. Get ready for the new you!

Peek-a-Boo Color

Peek-a-boo color is a surprising and fun way to show off your wild side, while still looking office appropriate. In this process, a section of hair that is typically hidden underneath your top layer of hair is dyed in a non-traditional pop of color (think purple, turquoise, pink or blue). The color only peeks through occasionally as you move about, or when you put your hair up into a ponytail or pull it back.

Warm or Cool Brunette

Brunette hair is in this season as more and more people are opting for a brunette look. Warm brunettes are highlighted with amber, caramel, and gold tones for a subtle, natural look. Alternately, if warm tones don’t work well with your skin tone, “smokey” or “mushroom” brunettes have more of an ashy, cool hue.

Beige Blonde

Beige Blonde is anything but boring – this neutral, “looks good on almost everyone” blonde is pale and sandy – not too gold and not too ashy. Just right. Beige blonde is muted, natural, and very flattering on a wide range of skin tones.

Blush / Nude Colors

Ok – nude hair color sounds a little weird, but wait till you see it! We’re talking about colors like rose gold, peach, pastel pink and apricot blonde. This type of hair color will leave your skin glowing and are bound to make your eyes pop.

Silver

Many people stopped touching up their gray hair during the pandemic, and now are looking to embrace those silver strands. Silver highlights are chic, edgy and being embraced by women of all ages, from bright platinum to smokey grays this trending hair color can give you a gorgeous sparkle that is sure to turn heads.

If you love learning about the latest hairstyles and beauty trends, consider turning your passion into a career! Shore Beauty School offers a program in Cosmetology which can put you on the path to a career in the beauty industry. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.

Quick and Easy Hairstyles for the Holidays

Quick and easy hairstyles for the holidays

Whether you’re headed to your holiday work party, a big dinner with the family, or a romantic evening for two, you want to look fabulous; but honestly, who has time for a complicated updo or a trip to the salon for a blow-out? We’ve got you covered! Here are some quick and easy hairstyles that are perfect for all of your festive holiday activities. Cheers to that!

Natural Curls

If you have natural curls, kinks, or spirals, lucky you! Don’t fight those curls; play them up. Start preparing your look in the shower with a leave-in curl defining cream/conditioner, comb in while wet (using a wide toothed comb), squish, and then wrap in a soft t-shirt or hair towel to dry. Don’t rub! If you have the time to let your hair dry naturally, do. If not, use a diffuser on your hair dryer and avoid brushing. Result, your natural curls will shine, not frizz!

Half-Up Waves

For mid-length and longer hair, you can change things up by pulling the top section of your hair into a high ponytail, and use a large-barrel curling iron to create loose waves throughout your hair. Pull some hair, light and thin, out in front of each ear for a slightly more relaxed, playful look.

Coiled Topknot

Who doesn’t love a topknot? It’s fast, easy, and actually works better when your hair is a little dirty! Gather all of your hair into a high pony at the top of your head and secure with an elastic. Then coil your ponytail (you can even braid it if you want to get fancy) and wrap the coil around the elastic. Secure with bobby pins or another elastic, and use a little dab of hair oil to tame any frizz. Add a sparkly headband to be festive!

Slicked-Back Pony or Braid

The long, slicked-back ponytail is a trend that is hugely popular. It looks sleek and sophisticated, and is as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Pull up your hair into a high ponytail. 2. Slick down any flyaways with a hair serum, oil or gel as you go. 3. Secure with an elastic. To enhance the look, add in some extensions for extra length and drama. You can also do this style with a braid.

Sleek & Straight

Finally, you can keep it simple and let your hair down. Starting on damp hair, make a center part. Apply a heat protectant or straightening balm, and blow dry your hair using a paddle brush. Follow by flat-ironing your hair, and top it off with a little oil or smoothing serum for shiny, smooth holiday hair.

If you love learning about the latest hairstyles and beauty trends, consider turning your passion into a career! Shore Beauty School offers a program in Cosmetology which can put you on the path to a beautiful future. Schedule a virtual tour today, contact us to learn more, or give us a call at (609) 645-3635.

Balayage Hair Ideas to Try This Spring

Balayage Hair Ideas to Try This Spring

Ready to kick off this spring with some Balayage hair ideas that you are going to want to try? If you’re not familiar with the hugely popular hair trend, Balayage, you should get familiar. What is Balayage? Strictly speaking, Balayage is derived from the French word bilayer, which means to sweep or to paint. A fitting description because in the world of beauty, it’s a technique of literally hand-painting highlights onto the hair. But in such a way that the color is applied to the hair in a more subtle, dimensional way that looks effortlessly natural. Translation? Perfect pops of color and contrast without the distinct stripes of traditional highlights. If you’re ready to take the Balayage plunge, check out some of the gorgeous styles making their debut on heads everywhere this spring.

Platinum to the end

Or more accurately, at the ends. If you’ve always wanted to go platinum blonde but don’t love the idea of something so dramatically different, this balayage color combo is for you. This look starts with medium or brown/blonde roots with gradually lighter blonde down the length and bright platinum at the tips. The effect is warm but bright at the same time.

Mahogany & copper

If your hair is a darker shade of auburn, rich copper highlights literally gleam with an eye-catching shimmer.

Rose gold garden

Who doesn’t love rose gold? It is even more magical painted over long light hair! The rose gold highlights start higher up in this Balayage style and are also applied to the strands framing your face.

50 shades of blonde

Ok, so maybe not 50, but multiple shades of blonde applied in thicker swaths to medium length hair adds incredible dimension. It also creates an effortless sun-kissed look that shines without the sun!

Cover me in caramel

Perfect for longer hair where the highlights can have room to run, caramel, and almost golden highlights are applied at the roots and also at the tips in an alternating fashion. The result is a rich, deeply golden color that has shine to spare.

Dark meets light

If you’re a true deep brunette, you might think blonde is out of the question. But strands of blonde and golden brown mixed in to dark or black hair with a few strategic strands framing the face is fabulous!

There are as many versions of Balayage as there are color combinations making the options virtually endless! So, make this spring memorable with an unforgettable new look. If creating signature looks all year round is your passion, maybe a career in cosmetology is right for you! Contact Shore Beauty School or book your campus tour today and get started on making your dream career a reality! 

Top Ways You’re Ruining Your Hair

top ways you are ruining your hair

Are you ruining your hair without even realizing it? The things we do for beautiful hair and with good reason. After all, great hair can change your whole day. Let’s face it – the confidence that comes with great hair can change your whole life! So, naturally we’ll do just about anything to get that great hair. Everything from trying out the latest hair color, to the hottest flat iron, to a hair treatment made from something honeybees secrete called royal jelly.

Yep, the things we’ll do for great hair. Some of those things might actually be doing more harm than good. You may want to pay attention to these top ways you could be ruining your hair.

 

Long-hair don’t care

We all know that girl. You know, the one who vows never to cut her hair. Why should she? It’s long and thick and…needs a regular trim. Whether you’re growing your hair out or growing it indefinitely, getting the ends trimmed on a regular basis will keep it healthy and growing! Skipping trims can lead to dead, split ends and nobody’s got time for that!

 

Too much of a good thing

It’s hard to imagine hair before conditioner. How did it exist? Overdoing it when you slather conditioner on your hair won’t have the effect you think it will. More conditioner doesn’t mean softer hair. In fact, most daily conditioners contain sulfates that strip your hair of moisture. Apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair and try using a hair mask once or twice a week instead of a daily glob of conditioner.

 

Step away from the brush

Or comb, when your hair is wet. Brushing or combing wet hair is an invitation for breakage. Unfortunately, it’s often hard to avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. If you must, use a wide tooth comb and start at the tips of your air gently working toward the roots.

 

Speaking of wet hair

The trusty flat iron is often our best friend. Taking one to damp or wet hair is a recipe for disaster. Always make sure your hair is completely dry before using a flat iron on it. Go the extra mile and use a heat-protecting spray.

 

Your hair can be too clean

The idea that you need to shampoo every day is just that – an idea. The truth is that over-washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, fade your color, and lead to frizz. Sometimes, less really is more.

 

Rubbing it the wrong way

And with the wrong thing! Roughly toweling your hair dry with a cotton towel can damage the cuticles of your hair. A better alternative is an old t-shirt or a microfiber cloth. Be sure to squeeze gently and don’t wring your hair.

 

Take it easy on your hair and it will take it easy on you. After all, you’re in this together! If you’re a hair fanatic, the beauty industry can be a great place to turn your passion into a living as a licensed cosmetologist. Ready to express your creativity as a cosmetologist doing hair, skin, and nails? Contact Shore Beauty School today to follow your path to a career you will love!

Valentine’s Day Romantic Hairstyles

Valetines day romantic hair styles

Looking for romantic hairstyles for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you. What’s not to love about a holiday where chocolate is practically mandatory, and all things love are definitely in the air? It’s true! Whether you’re blissfully in a relationship or blissfully single, Valentine’s Day is all about feeling the love! Even if it’s loving yourself enough to indulge in a night on the town with your fellow single friends. No matter what you have on deck this February 14th, face it with a love-inspired hairstyle that does the talking for you! Check out these hot hairstyles making their debut at romantic rendezvous everywhere this Valentine’s Day! 

Side-swept away

“Long, luxurious side-swept waves are so yesterday,” said nobody – ever! On the contrary, there doesn’t seem to be a reason not to rock romantic waves tumbling over shoulder. Sleep in a loose braid the night before and shake out those waves even more easily!

Embrace the loose braid

A loose, side braid with a few wispy tendrils escaping around your face – yes, please! There’s just something enchantingly impressive about pulling off a look that doesn’t look quite pulled together.

Sleek, shiny Princess Ponytail

That’s the look of a princess with a smooth, ultra-high ponytail. Super-sassy, yet sexy and subtle at the same time! How does she do it?

Dress up that lob

If you thought it was impossible to turn an ordinary lob into an extraordinary date-night romantic hairstyle, think again! Grab yourself some cheeky little flower or heart clips in bold colors – and place them throughout your lob to add some spunk and a little pizzazz.

Does anything rhyme with chignon?

When you look this good on Valentine’s day, who cares? And seriously, is there a more romantic hairstyle than the classic chignon bun? Remember to pull some stray strands around your face to complete the look.

Baby buns meet Bantu knots 

When you look this cute, we don’t care what you call them. These tiny knots/buns bring all the focus to that gorgeous face! Can you say eye contact?

Whatever your take on the most romantic, Hallmark holiday is – who said you can’t have a little fun with it? After all, it’s all about feeling that passion! If creating signature style is your passion all year round, maybe a career in cosmetology is right for you! If you’d like to learn more about the world of cosmetology, contact Shore Beauty School or book your tour today. Because, when passion and a career collide – beautiful things can happen!