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Can a beauty mark make you look sexier?

image002 (4)This blog is from Guest Blogger – Maria Concepcion – Assistant Trainer and Practitioner at the Beau Institute

It sure can. The first thing is placement. Test the placement of your beauty mark on different areas of your face. You can test placement before you apply your full makeup. You can place a beauty mark below your left eye or your right eye directly above your cheek bone.

 image004 (1)Or you can place one on your right cheek or your left cheek. Or you can place one above your lips (left or right side). Or below your lips (left or right side). You can also place a beauty mark about a half inch to an inch from the corner of your lips. (left or right side).

Be careful with this placement because when you smile you don’t want your beauty mark in the crease of you smile. It’s best to use a dark pencil, either a dark brown, brown/black or black pencil.

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Place the point of your pencil on your skin and turn it clockwise and counter clockwise. Repeat the process if you want your beauty mark bigger and/or darker. Don’t make it too big. You don’t want your beauty mark to overpower your face. You want it to compliment your face and your makeup. One beauty mark will make you look sexy even two. Anything more than that will make you look too spotty or freckled.

Once you find your perfect placement for your beauty mark, consider having it permanently tattooed at the Beau Institute!

For more information about Permanent Cosmetic Procedures visit out website at:

This blog is from Guest Blogger – Maria Concepcion – Assistant Trainer and Practioner at the Beau Institute

3-D Areola Tattooing…Re-acquainting Femininity with Art

Too often my clients say, as they opened their examining gowns to show me their reconstructed breasts, that they are not thrilled and even unhappy with their results. However, when they unfold their gowns they reveal magnificent breasts that they simply cannot see. Without the nipple areola complex, it is difficult for them to see the forest through the trees. It always saddens me to hear this.  Without the areola/nipple complex, many women have difficulty appreciating the brilliant surgical and artistic skills that were perfectly executed by their surgeons.

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Before 3-D Tattoo Healed 3-D Tattoo

Once the 3-D tattoo is done, their breasts take on a new life that brings with it, familiarity, femininity, confidence and a new appreciation for their reconstructive surgery.

Opting for the Art of 3-D Areola Tattooing Instead of a Nipple Graf

Women talk! We are excellent at reaching out to other women that have the same or similar issues. It could be anything from a housekeeping issue, child rearing questions that they want answers to and most certainly health issues. We see the countless support groups that have been formed by women dealing with cancer and facing the loss of their breasts. These women may be presented with several options for reconstruction and will seek out other women who have had these various surgeries for their input. This helps her make an informed decision. Blessed with the technology of today, these groups have been placed within arm’s reach and distance is no longer an issue.

I have found that many women that have the choice of a nipple graft or the 3-D areola tattoo are opting for the 3-D tattoo. There are a couple of reasons for this decision. The tattoo avoids the additional surgical procedure as well as the risk of the nipple showing through her clothing, since it remains erect.  Many women, following a mastectomy, are not in need of a bra and find this so freeing. A nipple that protrudes can dash this opportunity. The beauty of the tattooing is she can still have a nipple graft at a later date if she wishes. The tattoo will not prevent any future change of heart.

When a Nipple Graft is Not an Option

Often, when a mastectomy is accompanied by radiation or even complications from surgery, a nipple graft is not an option. However, being able to offer the realistic effects of the 3-D areola/nipple tattoo is a truly wonderful solution and with little to no compromise.

Even the texture of a natural areola/nipple complex can be achieved. It is such an amazingly natural effect and brings symmetry and realism to reconstructed breasts.

Here at the Beau Institute we offer 3-D areola tattooing free of charge for those who choose this option.  The joy and appreciation they express when this procedure is complete is so very rewarding to us.  Their courage inspires us to reach out and share this experience with anyone in need of this procedure.

For more information regarding 3 D Areola Tattooing and The Beau Institute, Visit Our Areola Nipple Tattooing page on our website by clicking here.

The Truth About Mascaras

I love experimenting with inexpensive makeup. I often find them to be as good or better than expensive designer brands. Mascaras are a great example of this.

Our eyelashes have a texture, just like our hair, so they respond differently to various mascaras. Think of mascaras as you would hair preparations like mousses, sprays and gels you would put in your hair to achieve specific effects. Some will be too heavy and weigh it down and some will lend body and add volume. Finding the right weight and viscosity of mascara for your eyelashes can be a trial and error drill but doesn’t have to be an expensive one.
The fine texture of eyelashes, which most women have, will appear longer and thicker with a more viscous and dryer formula. Wet formulas will stick fine eyelashes together, weigh them down and won’t be able to separate them. The dryer mascara will separate, lengthen and volumize finer eyelashes.  
If you have eyelashes that are more coarse, your eyelashes can handle a more wet formula without being weighed down.  
image001 (1)Recently, I have found love with Maybelline Great Lash and L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascaras. I was never a fan of a real wet mascara, the kind that sticks your lashes together and appears as though you just lifted your face out of the water. I prefer a dryer formula that separates, lifts and thickens each eyelash. Actually, I like my mascaras best about 3 weeks after I first open them. They thicken and become a bit dryer and then they really separate and add volume to my eyelashes.  
A former Borghese mascara user, I swore I could never live without it and then forgot to pack it for a vacation. The closest store was a pharmacy and I decided to just grab a Great Lash, since so many of my clients had told me they used it. I shuttered at the packaging, the tacky pink and green. No sleek tube? It seemed a bit wet, at first, but by the end of the week I was in love! The brush was firm and separated my lashes, beautifully. My bottom eyelashes are extremely long and most mascaras would leave me with black dots under my eyes just from looking down all day, since I am a permanent makeup artist. With Great Lash, no black dots! Since I have permanent eyeliner, myself, I found I could even place my wetting drops in my eyes, after a long day of work, without the mascara running. It was water-resistant! Could this be? Perfect!
My other backup was L’Oreal Voluminous mascara. Working as a makeup artist for many years, many artists knew that L’Oreal made a great mascara. It was inexpensive and went pretty far. It was also a formula that was gentle and didn’t irritate sensitive eyes. We didn’t get the benefit of its full, round brush since we had to use our skimpy disposable brushes. However, it worked on various textures of eyelashes, separating and creating fullness without clumping.
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When they recently began to advertise the L’Oreal Butterfly mascara, I had to try it. It is truly great! It has a great brush that lifts and separates beautifully. The Waterproof Butterfly Mascara is fabulous from the very first application but a mascara remover is necessary to remove it. This formula is simply wicked and perfect for that special occasion where you really want to flaunt your lashes at their longest.
The brushes in your mascara tube are important but not as critical as the mascara, itself. When the formula is right, the brush was always secondary to me.   
If you find your mascara is melting into your eyeliner every time you wear them together, consider changing your eyeliner or consider permanent eyeliner. If they eyeliner you are using has oils that meltdown, they can manage to smear and displace any mascara. Experiment to see if this is the case by just wearing your mascara without eyeliner to see if it remains intact.
The best part, these 3 tubes of mascara, collectively, are still less expensive than just one tube of most department store designer brands and every bit as good or better.  
In closing, I do have one major Pet Peeve that I must put out there. How stupid do mascara manufacturer think we are when we look at their ads in magazines and they are showing eyes with false eyelashes, while bragging about their fabulous lash-lengthening mascaras??? The public, especially anyone that has any makeup experience, can see this from across a room. It is insulting women’s intelligence.  Please stop!!!