My 5 Skincare Tips for The Perfect Complexion

Maintaining a healthy complexion is so crucial for the modeling industry. I’ve definitely had my battles with agency and client rejection because I had cystic/hormonal acne when I first got into the industry. For some people, perfect skin seems to come naturally (good genes) while it can take a lot of work for others. I was definitely on the other side.

Whether you want to be a model or not, skincare is essential for several reasons. And it’s not all about the way you look. Our skin plays a major role in how our bodies function day to day. After all, skin is the largest organ of the body. On a scientific level, it prevents viruses and bacteria from entering your body and protects you from harmful solar radiation. It helps regulate your body’s temperature and reacts to critical changes in your environment through pain and pressure.

So how do we get our skin to live its best life and glow up? The basics are using the right moisturizer and exfoliating products depending on your skin type. You can amp it up with certain cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and microneedling, but the most important thing is to adopt good habits. Try incorporating these five practices into your daily life, and I promise your skin will improve dramatically.

1. Drink more water

Doctors, dermatologists, estheticians, and the like are always recommending people drink more water, and it’s not for nothing. Being adequately hydrated can help almost all aspects of the body, and the skin is no exception. Drinking eight glasses a water a day will help to rid your skin of toxins and give you a radiant glow. Add a little lemon and apple cider vinegar for a deeper clean.

2. Eat the right food

You are what you eat. Your diet has a massive influence on your skin’s health, so pay attention to what you put into it. Meals full of fried foods will only make your skin greasy and lead to acne breakouts and other imperfections. I’m not saying restrict yourself from fatty foods because fat is essential for our bodies. But instead, opt for healthy fats like omega-3. When deciding on your next meal, pick ingredients high in omega-3. Clean eating means clear skin. And having a balance will keep your hormones and body in check, limiting breakouts.

3. Exercise

Being physically active slows the aging process, and it also has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance. The general recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. This could be anything from a power walk or bike ride to something more extreme, like kickboxing or reformer pilates. Just make sure to wash the sweat off your face afterward!

4. Get more sleep

We could all use more sleep in this busy world, and lack of sleep can definitely hurt your skin quality. Not getting enough rest at night can speed up the aging process and lead to wrinkles as well as worsening any existing skin problems. Be sure to get your eight hours each night. 

5. Reduce stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our body. It can worsen almost any health condition and has been linked to all kinds of skin issues, including rashes, acne, and sweating. If you are suffering from stress, take steps to relieve anxiety. There are so many ways to reduce stress including talking about your problems, meditating, or taking a break from stress-inducing technology.

I challenge you to do these 5 practices religiously for a month, take a before/after pictures, and let me know if you see a difference.

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Summer Makeup Trends 2020

Regardless of what our summer is going to look like this 2020, it’s always fun to check out what makeup trends are popping up for the new season. This year it’s all about working with what you’ve got (trust me), creating natural dewy skin, and a soft blush. Eyebrows are still in, and the bigger the better. Take a look at mega makeup artist Patrick Ta’s IG account and you’ll notice a lot of HD and feathered brows. Here are some of the hottest summer make up trends that you’ll want to give a try.

Neutral Basics for Zoom Chats

If you’ve been filling your virtual weekends with cocktail hours and Zoom hangouts, then a neutral makeup combo is hands down your look of choice. You can recreate this look in minutes with a lightweight brow gel and soft natural blush. Check out this list of best brow gels. I currently use #4, the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel. Create that fresh dewy looking skin using a light skin tint or tinted moisturizer. Apply a little mascara and you’ll be refreshed and ready to go.

Julia Lee Dewy Skin

Ethical Choices and Sustainability

One of the biggest trends this year is sustainability. As we become more aware of where our beauty products are coming from, it affects our purchasing decisions. There has been a wave of new eco-friendly makeup brands that market their products as ethically sourced and not tested on animals. Vegan and cruelly free products are two things to look for when it comes to eco-friendly. Check out this cruelty free lipstick for instance. You can look great every day while being sustainable.

Pastel Palettes 

Pastel lavender, pink and yellow are trending for eyeshadow right now, so keep a palette of these handy. Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of pastel palettes reviewed by beauty bloggers, including both matte and shimmering shades.

Julia Lee Ellements Magazine Floral Fantasy
Beauty Editorial for Elléments Magazine

Pucker up With Pink

For lips, it’s all about hot pink and bright watermelon colors. And if you’re not feeling the gloss, go for a smudge-free pout using setting powder or spray. These are also must-have essentials in hot weather to touch up mid-day. Pink is definitely a mood this summer, so enhance your look with a complimenting blush and pastel eye shadow. Check out Harper’s Bazaar new pink lip products for 2020

Feathered Eyebrows

Feathered eyebrows are a perfect low maintenance look for the summer. Instead of pencils or powders, opt for a light brow gel to boost your natural brow hairs. And while the salons are still closed, you could try and create HD brows at home. There are SO many tutorials online if you want to know more. 

Stick to Soft Blush 

Ok this is the part about working with what your Mama gave you. Your skin and the natural flush that comes with it is going to be your best friend this summer. Dewy skin and a light warm pink blush are what it’s all about. Apply a light couple of swipes of blush only, and create a simple natural look that’s easy to build on. Glamour magazine just reviewed the best blush powders, creams, and wands for the summer. 

Remember to make the right choice for your skin tone. Here is a list of tips on tricks on how to know which blush to go for. Work with your natural features this summer for a flawless look. You got this! ✨?✨

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10 Min Everyday Makeup, Using Only 5 Products

If you could only pick 5 makeup products to live with for the rest of your life what would they be? This is all you need! Watch how I do a 10 min makeup look using only 5 products. Skin prep is key. Here is the list of products I used in this video.

  1. Givenchy Teint Couture Everwear Concealer
  2. Armani Beauty Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF 15 Foundation
  3. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter in Bronze
  4. Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brown Black
  5. Dior Lip Glow Sheer Berry

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