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Steps to Help You Determine Your Skin Type

Steps to Help You Determine Your Skin Type

It can be difficult to determine whether you have a normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin type. These steps will help you find your skin type.

MBBA Takes Portsmouth New Hampshire

MBBA Takes Portsmouth New Hampshire

The beauty revolution continues as the Motives Beauty & Business Academy (MBBA) leaves its mark on the east coast in Portsmouth New Hampshire! Motives Beauty & Business Academy This 4 day academy is the answer to so many struggles happening in the beauty industry. Every […]

How to Find The Perfect Color Lipstick For YOUR Skin Tone

How to Find The Perfect Color Lipstick For YOUR Skin Tone

Have you ever wondered what lipsticks would work best for your skin tone? With hundreds of lip colors to pick from, knowing which ones to try can seem daunting. Today I am going to walk you through which shade ranges and undertones will best compliment your complexion.

Determine Your Skin Tone

How do you choose the lip color that will look best on you? An important part is choosing a shade that complements your skin tone. Need help identifying your skin tone? Check out my guide that walks you through finding your undertone.

Once you know your skin tone here are the rules, well sort of. Remember with makeup, you can break the rules!! You can wear any tone, but some will look a bit more flattering than others.

Skin with a warm undertone will look best with shades that have yellow and orange tones, while skin with a cool undertone will look better with shades that have blue and purple tones.

Lipstick By Complexion

Here are even more options based on your skin tone as well as your complexion. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and try colors that you’ve never tried before!

CAUTION: Can any complexion wear the following? The answer is YES! Please don’t think for one minute that these can ONLY be worn by these complexions. If you are anything like me, you will try them all 😉

Fair Skin-Neutral Colors

If you are looking for a neutral color with anti-aging properties, I suggest Collagen Core Lipstick in Sincere

or if you’d like a matte formula, check out Mavens
Mattes in Reveal Me

Fair Skin-Bright Colors

If you have fair skin with cool undertones and want to brighten things up a bit, you’ll LOVE Mineral
Lipstick in Risky

or for those that have fair skin with warm undertones, Ultra Matte Lipstick in Daring is the perfect pop of color.

Fair Skin-Bold Colors

If you are ready to try something a bit more bold, and have fair skin with warm undertones, Velvet 
Lipstick in XOXO
is my go to.

For those with fair skin with cooler undertones, Velvet Lipstick in Chianti will show off your pout!

Medium Skin-Neutral Colors

For those that have medium skin with warm undertones Moisture Rich Lipstick in Incognito is ta great neutral color.

But if you have more of a cool undertone, Moisture Rich Lipstick in Bellissima is the perfect neutral with a hint of pink.

Medium Skin-Bright Colors

If you have a medium skin tone with warm undertones, Ultra Matte Lipstick in Smolder will brighten things up a bit.

While if you have a more cool complexion, go bright with All Day Liquid Mattes in Dragon Fruit.

Medium Skin-Bold Colors

If you are looking to go a bit bold and you have a medium skin tone with a warm undertone, Velvet Lipstick in Twerk is a great choice!

But if you have a cooler undertone, Mineral Lipstick in Manhattan will look AMAZING on you!

Deep Skin-Neutral Colors

If you are looking for the perfect nude color and you have deep skin with warm undertones, give Velvet Lipstick in Birthday Suit a try!

But if you have warmer undertones, check out Collagen Core Lipstick in Motivated. It is also an anti-aging formula.

Deep Skin-Bright Colors

Are you ready to go bold? You can totally pull off wearing Mavens Mattes in Mocktail when you have a cool skin tone.

Want something for a warm skin tone? I love the way All Day Liquid Stick in Tantalize looks, it’s more beautiful in person too 😉

Deep Skin-Bold Colors

What about those days you want to go a bit more bold? Mavens Mattes in Darkside really looks great with any undertone because it’s a bit more in the neutral side.

I couldn’t leave out the Metallic Paints in Wicked. This is a bit of a cooler color and looks AMAZING on!

Now that I gave you PLENTY of options, which ones will you try? Comment below and let me know 🙂

The Best Beauty Products For Your Beach Bag

The Best Beauty Products For Your Beach Bag

If you are like me, you may be packing up to spend this Holiday weekend at the beach, but is your bag really equipped?

Get The Look:  4 Looks With The Motives Boss Babe Palette

Get The Look: 4 Looks With The Motives Boss Babe Palette

Focused, Fabulous and ready for the hustle this palette is packed with shimmer and matte shades with high color payoff to meet your boss status expectations

What Does Being a Boss Babe Mean to You?

What Does Being a Boss Babe Mean to You?

With the release of the new Boss Babe Palette, it’s given me the opportunity to reflect on what exactly a boss babe is. It has also made me realize how BLESSED I am to have the opportunity to not only be my own boss and have the vehicle to create the life I have always dreamed of, but also to be surrounded by a lot of other boss babes too! I am constantly being inspired by these incredible women and truly learn so much from them. It’s truly women EMPOWERING each other…and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

I wanted to take this as an opportunity to celebrate some of these amazing women. Here are just a handful of some of my boss babe friends and how they answered the question “What does being a boss babe mean to you?”.

Deborah Compeau

Deborah Compeau

“Being a Boss Babe is someone on a mission with a purpose. Has confidence and is disciplined and consistent.  
One who will push through the fears of the unknown. Believing without a doubt you can and you will accomplish what you set out to do! 
You see Boss Babes make it happen, they never look back , only to see the trail they have blazed! 
They empower others, give more, love more, inspire, do whats right and keep growing, changing, and adapting, while going through the process.  
Boss Babes NEVER quit!” -Deborah Compeau

Lisa Martin

“To me it means… living life on my own terms. Not having to sacrifice being a mom to be a business woman. We can do it all, have it all, and be it all. Freedom from a boss who dictates your worth and your time. Freedom to be where I want with who I want. And the ability to empower others along the way to live out their best life by simply adapting to a lifestyle of the modern day entrepreneur.” -Lisa Martin

Amber Lopez

“Being a Boss Babe means to me that I own my future and will make my dreams a reality. I have found through the beauty industry you can empower other woman and encourage them to saddle up and get on their cocky horse whenever they need to rise to the occasion. We have enough to deal with as women. We carry the weight of the world on our shoulders as we mother our children work for our goals and love our husbands. Empowerment to each other and to our younger generations so there can be more boss babes in generation to come!” -Amber Lopez

Rachel Jones

“For me, being a 💛Boss Babe 💄means standing in your ✨power, knowing your value and having confidence 🙌🏻in what you bring to the world. It’s serving 🤲🏻 with heart and seeing the best in others. It’s running your own show and setting standards that elevates everyone around you. Being a Boss Babe is about being empowered and empowering others. ✌🏻” -Rachel Jones

Ash Mac

“Being a boss babe means you don’t need to ask permission to just be YOU! It’s about inspiring others to live their best life by living yours, authentic and unapologetic.” -Ash Mac

Dr. Terry White

“Being a Boss Babe is about knowing There is always a way and it will find me or I will FIND IT…Believing in the Gifting we have and empowering others to believe in theirs. It’s about growing through the challenges to become an even better version of yourself.” -Dr. Terry White

Loren Ridinger

“I believe that empowerment is all about encouragement. When some of my girlfriends came out with beauty lines, I was excited to support them!”

“We are big supporters of Kim, and Jennifer Lopez has been my best friend for a long time and she launched a makeup line. We are all supportive of each other and encouraging each other in so many ways. We never see it as like, “Oh my god, my girlfriend came out with a cosmetic line. I can’t believe she did that to me.” We’re the total opposite of that.” – via People

“When I created my three new palettes Boss Babe, Jet Setter, and Goal Digger, I wanted to encourage women of all skin types to be their best, most beautiful selves. I especially wanted the women who wear my makeup to be encouraged to be themselves. Play with makeup, own your uniqueness—that’s what empowerment is all about. Empowering women is my why! It gets me up in the morning! It inspired me to create these amazing palettes.” 

Motives Beauty Professionals

“Being a Boss Babe is all about knowing what you want. Having the confidence to speak your mind, while being comfortable in your own skin.” -Loren Ridinger

To me being a Boss Babe means that you have the confidence and the will power to go after all of your dreams and live to your full potential and won’t listen to those that don’t believe in you. It’s being so driven that you don’t have time for negativity. It means creating your own success while building an empire. It means empowering others so that they can be their own boss babe.

Thank you Loren Ridinger for giving me the opportunity to be a boss babe! -Leigh Raeder

I want to hear from you! What does being a boss babe mean to you? Comment below…

Motives By Loren Ridinger & Motives for La La Launch New Palettes

Motives By Loren Ridinger & Motives for La La Launch New Palettes

The wait is finally over! Four hot new eyeshadow palettes created by Loren Ridinger and La La Anthony, are now available. Each is uniquely beautiful and I ensure you, it will be hard for you to pick a favorite. Each palette is filled with 10 vibrant shadows that are sure to impress.

Get The Looks: Thrill Me Collection

Get The Looks: Thrill Me Collection

Everyone has been loving the new Thrill Me Collection and I must say, I have been using it almost daily! There are so many looks that you can achieve with it. Check out these looks that I think everyone can get inspired by! Bring out […]

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Dos & Don’ts

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Dos & Don’ts

Spring is in the air and I am feeling a little urge to start spring cleaning the house, BUT what about your makeup & makeup brushes? Let’s be real…How often do YOU clean your brushes?

A poll found 22% of women who use makeup brushes admitted that they have never cleaned them! And 61% said that they clean their makeup brushes less than once a month! EWWW…

LADIES! Keeping your makeup brushes clean is so important! If they aren’t cleaned regularly, dirty brushes can harbor bacteria, which can eventually cause breakouts and other skin conditions. Look, I am so animate about makeup sanitation in general. It’s important!! In this article, I am teaching YOU to clean YOUR OWN makeup brushes. If you are interested in makeup sanitation, that’s an entirely different article. Check that out here.

Ok, back to the subject! I get it sometimes time gets away on us, but when I saw that 17% don’t know HOW to clean them and 21% didn’t know they needed to, I knew I had to step in! I also know from working with clients, that this is a subject that gets brought up a lot. Many women aren’t really sure, how or even how often they should be cleaning their makeup brushes. And for those that try, I have witnessed some DON’Ts, so I think this article should help. Oh, and if you’re in the 19% that simply buy NEW brushes, I can hook you up! 😉

How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

The question of the day!! How often should you clean your makeup brushes? For concealer and foundation brushes, I would consider washing them after each use, if that’s not feasible, consider at least once a week to prevent a buildup of product. Think of it like this; if it’s a cream or liquid product, they tend to harbor more bacteria. And because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better. I also suggest washing brushes used for contour and face powders at least once a week, especially if you have oily skin.

Makeup brushes that are used around the eyes to apply eye liner at least once a week, if not every day. Brushes used to apply eye shadow should be cleaned at least twice a month, while all others can be washed once a month.

How to deep clean your makeup brushes

Snap Makeup Brush Cleaner

1.Choose a cleanser

DO: Keep it gentle. While there are makeup brush-specific cleansers on the market, any gentle soap will work.

DON’T: Use harsh soaps. Keep in mind that many makeup brushes are made with natural hair bristles, so using a gentle is important, however you want it to make sure you use an effective cleanser and clean well.

My pick: Snap All Purpose Natural Concentrate. It’s a highly concentrated, versatile, multipurpose cleaner, so you can use it for more than just brushes. Snap All-Purpose Natural Concentrate is made from natural oils and is enriched with skin conditioners and is an environmentally friendly cleaning solution with biodegradable, nontoxic, phosphate-free, and plant-based surfactants and essential oils. 

2. Prep some warm water

DO: Use warm water. You can either use a bowl of lukewarm water and squirt a couple drops of your chosen soap into the water. Begin swirling your brush heads in the soapy mixture, or you can put a few drops of cleanser in your hand, wet your brushes and swirl the brush head on the palm of your hand to work up a lather.

DON’T: Submerge all of your brushes on the water and soak them. Most brush handles are made of wood and content exposure to water may make the wood swell and split.

3. Rinse thoroughly

DO: Run the soapy brush head under the faucet, using warm water. Work your fingers over the brush head, massaging and squeezing out the excess makeup and foundation until the water runs clear.

DON’T: Rush the process. Make sure that you rinse out all makeup and until there aren’t any more suds. You don’t want to leave any soap residue in the brush.

4. Reshape

DO: Squeeze out as much excess water as you can and gently reshape the wet bristles.

DON’T: Skip this step! It may result in a funky, non-functioning brush shape.

5. Let dry

DO: Allow to dry completely before you use them again. It’s important you lay your clean brushes on a towel on your counter top to dry. I recommend propping up the handle slightly so the brush is on an angle. Make sure air is able to get all the way around the bristles. This will result in the fastest dry time without damaging your tools.

DON’T: Dry them with the bristles up. This can cause water to drain into the handle which can loosen the glue resulting in the bristles shedding. No one likes constant brush shedding!!

Motives Brushes

Quick cleaning

DO: Consider doing a quick cleaning in between deep cleaning your makeup brushes. Especially if you are trying to stretch your deep cleaning out a little more. I love using the quick clean method on my eye shadow and powder brushes.

DON’T: Use the same brush for multiple colors without cleaning in between. The color won’t be true to color if you’re constantly mixing them on the brush.

My pick: Cinema Secrets. It’s a professional-grade liquid makeup brush cleaner that is quick drying, rinse free and 99.99 percent antimicrobial disinfectant. This professional-quality brush cleaner is a makeup industry cult-favorite that can be used on both natural and synthetic fibers, and it doesn’t leave an oily residue. It cleans, conditions, and deodorizes brushes in one step. It’s coveted by makeup artists for its incomparable cleansing ability, quick drying time, and pleasant vanilla scent.  Trust me…I’ve tried them all 😉

How: Spray brush with cleaner until saturated. Blot on a paper towel and continue spraying and blotting until no more makeup comes out. You can also dip into the cleanser and blot until dry. It will dry almost immediately!

Ladies, if you invest in some great professional quality brushes and take care of them by cleaning them regularly, they WILL last you a long time!

If you haven’t cleaned your makeup brushes in awhile, PLEASE go right now and do it. And while you’re at it, consider spring cleaning your entire makeup bag. I have a helpful article to guide you through that process too. You can read it here.

I found this video that I did on a Facebook LIVE going over everything I talked about above, so it may help to give it a quick watch.

Achieve Great Lashes For National Lash Day!

Achieve Great Lashes For National Lash Day!

National Lash Day is on February 19th. Face it – the eyes have it, and long lashes make women and men take notice. Think about it, your eyes are the windows to your soul and if that’s the case, you’d surely want others to see […]