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Chic Studios’ 5 Must-Follow Beauty Influencers

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With so many different influencers and gurus to follow, we narrowed it down to our top 5 favorites! These beauty gurus came from humble beginnings and were able to cultivate and create a following in the last 7 years. Did your favorite make the list? If not, comment down below and share their instagram and youtube with us!

At Chic Studios, our Digital Beauty Influencer course takes some of these influencers’ aspects to help you define your brand and elevate your social presence. We teach you how to build your social media as a mini portfolio for your clients and followers. Learn more at the link.

Read more, take notes, and hopefully we’ll be seeing your name as a “must-follow” beauty influencer!

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New Beauty Store, Riley Rose, is a Millennial Heaven

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, every fashion store has a beauty section located conveniently near the checkout. For years, Forever 21 has been the usual go-to for all our clothing needs and now they’re making their own stand-alone beauty stop.

The daughters of Forever 21’s founding team, Linda and Esther Chang, have branched onto the family business! Their newest venture, Riley Rose, was inspired by concepts and brands they had encountered while traveling overseas and wanted to present them in a cool way to the U.S. consumer.

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The Chang sisters were looking for a “lifestyle brand that incorporates not just beauty, but home decor and office… done in a very trendy and Instagram-worthy way.” It shows through the company’s branding which is equally cohesive in its pinkness. The brick and mortar, located at the Glendale Galleria, is brightly lit and revolves around “millennial pink.” It’s Instagram bait due to the neon signs, marble, mid century-inspired furnishings and subway tiled walls.

The products are cool, under the radar, Korean brands along with bigger named brands like Stila, Lime Crime, Lemonhead LA, and Essie. There are infinite sheet masks and a beauty bar with individual mirrors where customers can try out cosmetics and, obviously, take selfies. Besides beauty, Riley Rose will also showcase chic candles, faux succulents, kitchen accessories, picture frames, bathroom containers, bar soaps and much more.

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By the end of the year, they’re hoping to open up 12 more stores slated to open across the country! Riley Rose is truly on the right track to take over the beauty world.

MAC Cosmetics’ Waterweight Foundation Is Coming in a Concealer Version Now

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Chic Studios’ favorite foundation, MAC Cosmetics Waterweight, will soon be available as a concealer! The sneak peek was unveiled onto social media during London Fashion Week backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show.

According to Allure Magazine (who broke the news first), “M.A.C. senior artist Dominic Skinner, who created smudgy charcoal cat eyes on the likes of Hayley Baldwin, and Gigi and Bella Hadid for the grunge-inspired rock show, expressed his love for the new formula on Instagram. According to his post, it’s been his backstage go-to this season. The most used and #MostLoved #Product in my #MakeupKit this season has to be the #NEW #MAC #StudioWaterweight #Concealer,” he wrote. It’s #super lightweight but packs an almighty punch with coverage.”

The new concealer will be dropping in 2018 and goes hand in hand with the brand’s sister product M.A.C. Studio Waterweight Foundation, which is described as an “ultra-fluid, elastic, gel-serum formula,” known for its buildable coverage and filter-esque blurring effects.

We can’t wait to get our hands on it next year!

 

 

The Beauty Coach: Amy Nicole, Founder of Chic Studios

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Chic Studios in New York City and Los Angeles is ground zero for brands looking for the best talent coming out of beauty school. And Amy Nicole is the visionary founder that took it upon herself to rewrite the rules of professional makeup education. The Chic Studios curriculum is grounded in providing students the foundation, confidence, and tools to be successful in the constantly evolving beauty industry. She shared with Counter Intelligence her top-ten tips for being a successful at retail.

Top 10 Tips For Success At Retail

  1. Build a great network (when you get into retail those become clients) 
  2. Ensure your portfolio is always on point, ready for any interview
  3. Dress the Part at any interview (arrive ready (attire, hair/makeup) as you could work that very day
  4. Arrive early first day and always
  5. Don’t just do what is asked of you, strive to succeed and contribute to the team
  6. Know what you are talking about (if you don’t know all the products at first, pick 10 that you know inside and out and let those be the ones you lead with as you learn the rest quickly)
  7. Wear something you are selling, which adds authenticity – you can say ‘my favorite product right now is our [insert product], which I am wearing’
  8. Up sell – sales is a huge part of the job
  9. Be a team player (work well with others)
  10. Build genuine relationships with your clients (which will keep coming in to see you, buy products and keep sales up)

Chic Studios’ Favorite Fall Makeup Beauty Trends

Time to put away your shorts and tank tops and bring out cozy sweaters and boots! Fall is right around the corner (it officially begins on September 22)! We’re excited to celebrate the return of pumpkin spice lattes, leaves changing colors, and Halloween. Not only that, the return of darker and more romantic looks that match the season. Here are our favorite makeup trends to get inspired from and incorporate into your beauty routine!  

 

Vampy Lipstick

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Photos courtesy of @BrandonLundby and @nyane

Nothing screams autumn more than a burgundy lip- a staple for the Fall season! It’s a romantic look that is fitting for the colder months and can be paired together with a dramatic cut crease or a simple cat eye (pictured above).  Wearing dark lipstick can be intimidating, but it can also be empowering! Our pro tip would be to line and fill in your lips with a similar colored lip liner. For extra reinforcement for your budge-free lip, blot some lipstick off and then reapply.

 

Feathery Lashes

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Photos courtesy of Getty

Full false lashes not only look great, but they make your eyes look larger and more awake. As long as your lashes and brows are on, you’ll instantly look more put together! Keep your eyeshadow simple for a modern touch that won’t overpower those voluminous  false lashes. We also suggest giving your bottom lashes some extra TLC as well! Just apply a coat of mascara and line your waterline with black eyeliner. For an extra touch of drama, add some bottom individual false eyelashes as well.

 

Angelic Glow

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Photo courtesy of Steve Granitz/Getty and Monica Szwelicka

Time to lighten up on the heavy-handed highlight and contouring!  It’s all about placing your highlight on strategic places like your forehead and top of your cheekbone. These areas are where you want people to look at and be mesmerized by your glow. Another pro tip would be to enhance it more with either a luminizing primer or highlight stick. Even when the weather is gloomy, you’ll stay looking sun kissed even during the stormiest days!

 

Nude Lips

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Photos courtesy of David M Bennett/Getty Images and @shaymitch

Great news for our beauty lovers: you can wear your nude lipsticks all year round! Stick out from the crowd and rock your favorite summer lip instead if you’re not feeling a darker lip color. Shades in the range of peaches, pinks, beiges, and browns bring and show warmth to your face. Pair everything off with an eye look that’s PSL-inspired and you’re ready to go!

Stay tuned for next week where we talk to our Chic Studios’ instructors about their favorite Fall products!

Amy’s Favorite PINK Lipsticks! 💄💕

Nothing is more chic than a pink lip! Not only are these colors perfect for every skintone but they also don’t break the bank. Here are the drugstore pink lipstick picks by Amy Nicole- President and Creative Director of Chic Studios!

 

Best Liquid Lipstick

You can never go wrong with NYX! Their lip creams dry down to a soft matte finish which won’t look too harsh on your lips.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in “Prague”

 

Best Baby Pink

Calling all fans of millennial pink– we’ve found a shade for you! This lippie is sheer enough (but build-able) for everyday wear and matches any outfit perfectly.

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Milani Color Statement Lipstick in “Pink Frost”

 

Best Fuchsia Pink

This lipstick from Essence is creamy and matte- making it an absolute must-have in your collection. It’s smooth and long-lasting– giving your lips a high impact color!

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Essence Matt Mat Lipstick in “Pink Up Your Life”  

 

Best Pigmentation

If you want a super pink lip that won’t emphasize cracked or dried lips– this is a great option! It dries down to a satin finish making your lips truly kissable.

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Maybelline Colorsensational Vivid Liquid Matte in “Pink Charge”

 

Fourth of July Inspired Makeup Looks

Step outside of your comfort zone this 4th of July and experiment with some bold pops of color. Here are some gorgeous ways to incorporate the red, white, and blue into your look!

Patriotic Eyeliner

Red, White and Blue Tutorial by Zabrena

Show off your eyeliner with this sleek look! For an additional sparkle, either draw stars using a liquid white liner or apply glitter to the lid.  

 

Lip Art

Image from Hotness Cosmetics

We have something for our lip addicts! Everyone will be doing a classic red lip so why not show off your skills and patriotism too!

 

Statement Brows

Look by Portrait of Mai

Take a high fashion spin on the red, white and blue! Play with your shadow and eyeliner to create a gorgeous gradient effect.

 

Faux Freckles

Look by Courtney and Candace

Draw on some festive freckles and stars for a “star-spangled” look! Simple, yet eye-catching– swap out your usual brown for white, blue, and red eye pencils!

 

An Instant Classic

Look by Vanessa Saucedo

Bring on the drama with a patriotic twist! Carve out a cut crease using liquid silver liner. To tie in the look together, add blue glitter sparkles to your sleek cat eye.

Chic Studios’ Favorite Summer Makeup Looks

Happy first day of summer– it’s time to switch up your usual routine! Here are some bold makeup trends that are about to take over…

Pink Shadow

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Time to put away your dark eyeshadows. Pink is going to be a huge color this season! It’s universally flattering and offers a quick way to brighten your eyes!

Stained Lips

Photo courtesy of Makeup for Life

Look like you just ate a popsicle without the mess. To achieve this look, concentrate a lip and cheek stain into the center of the lips and then blend out.

Clean Skin

Photo courtesy of Vogue UK

The “no-makeup” makeup look is nothing new but it’s definitely making a huge comeback again. During the warmer months, utilize concealer and foundation on trouble spots (blemishes, marks, dark circles) to help even out skin tone.

Eye Glitter

Photo courtesy of Into the Gloss’ Glitter Makeup Tutorial

Eye glitter is coming back in a more modern way! On top of your neutral eyeshadows, put larger flecks of glitter for an eye-catching glow.

Soft, Warm Contour

Photo courtesy of Fashionisers

Switch out your cool toned contour with warmer and more neutral toned bronzers! Pairing with a peachy blush provides a natural contour that still sculpts the face without being too dramatic.

Spring Beauty Trends: Coachella Edition

Festival season is finally upon us! Coachella is home to plenty of mesmerizing, fun beauty inspiration and the more out-of-the-box, the better. Ditch the floral crowns and flash tattoos– these are the trends that you’ll be seeing a lot this weekend!

Glitter Everywhere

From hair to eyelids and to lips– glitter will be found on all festival beauties this weekend! It’s the perfect finish to glisten in the desert night.

Photo courtesy of @_kina moreno on instagram

Unicorn Inspired Looks

Stray from your usual neutrals and pack on some bright color onto your lids! Stick to rainbow hues around your eyes and lips. The crazier, the better– have fun with your look!

Photo courtesy of @shaym on instagram

Glossy Lids

Embrace your shine by going glossy! It’s a simple look that creates the boldest statement. Here’s a ChicPro tip: for a cheaper alternative, use Vaseline to add in some natural highlight!

Photo courtesy of @mariahlleonard on instagram

Up next…

4/28: LOVE IT OR HATE IT? New Product Haul

5/12: What’s in Our Chic Bag!

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