How To: Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

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Finding the perfect shade of foundation is a struggle that many women know too well. This is in large part because it isn’t just about light and dark. To get a perfect match you also need to consider your skin’s undertones.

And here’s an easy trick to determine your skin’s undertone – look at your veins.

  •  If your veins are green, that means you have a lot of olive, yellow, and golden tones in your skin, so your foundation shades should have similar tones.

  • If your veins are blue and red, that means you have a lot of pink, red, and brown undertones, so your foundation should have similar tones.

To test the tone of the foundation swipe it along your jawline, where you’ll find your skin’s natural tone, and choose the shade which blends most closely with your natural tone.

Styling Tips For a Perfect Fringe

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A great fringe frames your face, gives your hair a distinct style, and can even make you look younger (goodbye, forehead fine lines). But most fringes require some deliberate styling to look good. To make the styling process a bit more enjoyable, here’s our must-know tips for a perfect fringe.

Always Blow-Dry Right Away

For best results, blow out your fringe while your hair is still very wet. Your fringe dries faster than you think, and the moment it starts to air-dry it has already begun to set into its natural shape. The sooner you start styling, the better your results will be.

Blow-Dry the Right Way

A small, round boar-bristle brush is the best type of brush for fringe styling because the tightly packed bristles grab every hair, allowing you to use the right amount of tension. Once you’ve got the proper brush and a powerful hairdryer (with the nozzle attached), you need to master the fringe blow-drying technique. Hold your hairdryer over your head, facing down toward your forehead, and brush your fringe from side to side until dry. This takes care of any cowlicks and ensures your fringe falls straight. Finish by rolling the ends under.

Invest in a Tiny Flat Iron

To tame frizz and seal the shape, finish by smoothing your fringe with a flat iron. Start on one side of your face and take vertical sections all the way across. The best way to do this is with a slim flat iron that can get all the way up to the root.

Scale Back on Product

When it comes to styling product and your fringe, less is more. You can use whatever product you would normally use, but apply it to your hair first, then use only what is left on your hands for your fringe.

Keep it Clean

Fringes often get greasy before the rest of your hair. To avoid them looking greasy, give your fringe a light shampooing before you wash your face in the morning, or use dry shampoo between washes. You don’t need a lot, but a quick spritz before you head out the door will prevent separation or flatness.

Proven Secrets for Longer, Stronger Hair

Long, thick, healthy hair is a wish of many of our clients. And while we can’t create longer, stronger hair overnight, over time these secrets are proven to create fuller, longer and healthier hair.

1. Eat. Foods rich in biotin, a B-complex vitamin, are ­essential for promoting hair growth. Try to eat a palm-size serving (try ­almonds, eggs, and avocado) daily. Also important: iron, which ­oxygenates ­follicles (eat it at each meal; oats, spinach, and ­hummus are chock-full), and daily servings of protein (chicken, fish, beans), hair’s primary building block.

2. Deep Cleanse. Buildup of excess oil, dead skin cells, and hair products can create ­inflammation and blockages, causing hair follicles to weaken. Remove buildup with a purifying shampoo like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Pure Resource shampoo, focusing on the hairline as well as the back of the scalp, where buildup tends to be heaviest. If dandruff is contributing to the inflammation, we recommend Clear Dose, L’Oréal Professionnel’s single dose anti-dandruff cleansing treatment.

3. Stimulate your scalp. A five-minute head massage once a week will promote circulation, and deliver oxygen and nutrients that stimulate your hairs’ stem cells, for more rapid hair growth.

4. Pop some pills. Over the counter dietary supplements high in collagen, zinc and vitamin A are an easy way to ensure optimum intake of nutrients that promote healthy hair growth.

6. Thwart thinning. Genes, high ­levels of stress, and hormonal shifts (like post-pregnancy and menopause), can cause thinning hair as early as your 30s. The Kérastase Densifique daily scalp treatment is clinically proven to boost hair density & fullness by increasing follicular activity to reveal over 1700 new hairs in three months of treatment.