Summer Time SPF Safety

It's summa summa summa time and that means time by the pool and the beach! Outdoor living at it's finest. But with summer comes sunburns and sun damage if you are completely prepared.

I recently was one of the lucky ones that received the La Roche-Posay SPF line free for testing purposes from Influenster and I am so happy that this is the box I got! I am a big advocate of taking good care of your skin because if your skin looks good, your makeup looks good. 

The box came with a children's SPF (which was amazing because I have a 3 year old red head!), an SPF 30 for face and body (great for my red-headed husband), an SPF for the face and 2 patches (Pictured).  

Let me tell you about these patches....you put them on your skin when you will be exposed to the sun. You download and app and it will tell you how much sun exposure you have had! Insane. Genius!

The lotions that were provided are so creamy and not at all sticky. They don't even feel like heavy SPF.

Make sure when you are out in the sun for an extended period of time, make sure you apply your SPF 15 minutes before going out into the sun and every 80 minutes to keep it fresh and working.

Have fun and stay dafe!! XOXO

2017 Met Gala WINK Favorites

I don't know about you guys, but the Met Gala "red" carpet is my favorite of the red carpets! It's a time to be daring with your hair, your makeup, your GOWN! Artistry, architecture, and fashion come together to create some of the most stunning looks of the year.

I definitely let out a few gasps last night. Here are a few looks (hair + makeup or the COMPLETE look) that stood out to me the most.

Lily Collins. Micro bangs, black blunt bob, and classic beauty makeup with a twist. I love that her makeup artist gave her that sassy asymmetric brow and mixed a black eyeliner with a burgundy lipstick to create that custom lip color. Love EVERYTHING.

Zendaya. Her hair, perfect glowing skin and red lip are definitely the focus. It's so beautifully executed and she is quickly becoming someone I look forward to seeing on the red carpet.

Sarah Jessica Parker. I want to pet that hat, and I would totally wear it while just hanging around the house doing dishes. But other than the hat, that fishtail braid SJP is rocking is pretty amazing. One thing I always love about her is that I know she won't be boring. She is well into her 50s and homegirl is still on trend (hello slicked back hair and thigh high stiletto boot). Her makeup is always beautiful, always that smokey eye and glowing skin. I don't know if anyone else saw her talk about her dress, but it's actual painting canvas material and it's entirely hand panted by the designer. Stunning.

Cara Delevigne. What do you do when you shave your head for a movie role...you obviously paint your head silver and add Swarovski crystals. Her makeup so so subtle and fresh with the focus on her hair (or lack thereof). That's a hard thing to pull off, but she did! Bald has always been beautiful, but she takes it to another lever. Get it, Cara.

Hailee Steinfeld. I love that she skipped the jewelry and let her hair and makeup be the focus and compliment to her military inspired gown. That severe top knot was a huge trend last night. Some I liked, some were a little too sloppy and "I just rolled out of bed" for my liking (I'm talking about Miss Giuliana Rancic). I love that her makeup artist kept her signature thick brows and baby face soft and did this huge graphic liner with gold accents. Her whole look worked so well together.

Rihanna. She definitely stole the show. Her dress was the epitome of what the Met Gala represents and her hair and makeup were beyond. That top knot with the wispy bangs kept her hair from competing with that dress (because, let's face it, there is no competing with that dress). Her makeup was heaven. Her fuschia blush fusing with her eyeshadow and that lavender highlight...stop it RhiRhi! 

Honorable mentions. Gigi Hadid, Nicki Minaj, Kendal Jenner, Kerri Washington, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Kylie Jenner, Lupita, Joan Smalls

Did we miss anyone you thought should be on the list? Who did you love? Who did you hate? We would love to hear your thoughts! xoxo

 

2017 Oscars Looks We Loved

Did you watch the Oscars last night? My favorite part is the red carpet looks. I love seeing the gowns, the hair, the MAKEUP, and deciphering what the next big trend might be. I noticed a lot of Old Hollywood glam...What trends did you see? Here are a few of our favorite hair and makeup looks from last night. Who's look did you love?

Emma Roberts - Old Hollywood glam

Emma Roberts - Old Hollywood glam

Hailee Steinfeld - Love her bronze smokey-eye and nude lip. And those eyebrows!!

Hailee Steinfeld - Love her bronze smokey-eye and nude lip. And those eyebrows!!

Janelle Monae - That glowing skin!

Janelle Monae - That glowing skin!

Jessica Biel - I love that she tried something different with her thick eyeliner. It went perfectly with her whole look.

Jessica Biel - I love that she tried something different with her thick eyeliner. It went perfectly with her whole look.

Octavia Spencer - She always looks amazing. Her dark purple smokey-eye and sleek bob looked gorgeous.

Octavia Spencer - She always looks amazing. Her dark purple smokey-eye and sleek bob looked gorgeous.

Olivia Culpo - My favorite! Her makeup artist, Sir John, can do no wrong in my eyes. I love the risk with the bright purple on her eyes and the softness of the rest of her look. Love love love.

Olivia Culpo - My favorite! Her makeup artist, Sir John, can do no wrong in my eyes. I love the risk with the bright purple on her eyes and the softness of the rest of her look. Love love love.

Ruth Negga - Her soft blown-out cranberry eyeshadow was soft enough to perfectly compliment her gorgeous matte red lips without competing for attention.

Ruth Negga - Her soft blown-out cranberry eyeshadow was soft enough to perfectly compliment her gorgeous matte red lips without competing for attention.

Emma Stone - The Best Actress winner was perfectly Old Hollywood Glam from head to toe. 

Emma Stone - The Best Actress winner was perfectly Old Hollywood Glam from head to toe. 

Karlie Kloss - She put a twist on her Old Hollywood glam look with a more coral matte lip and a soft shimmer to her bronze eyeshadow.

Karlie Kloss - She put a twist on her Old Hollywood glam look with a more coral matte lip and a soft shimmer to her bronze eyeshadow.

Taraji P. Henson - I couldn't tell if her eyeliner was blue, green, or a combination of the two, but I loved it! The color was soft but bold enough to play off her navy dress. 

Taraji P. Henson - I couldn't tell if her eyeliner was blue, green, or a combination of the two, but I loved it! The color was soft but bold enough to play off her navy dress. 

Scarlett Johansson - I loved how soft and etherial her whole look was.

Scarlett Johansson - I loved how soft and etherial her whole look was.

Kirsten Dunst - Another Old Hollywood look. Kirsten chose an intense smokey-eye and bold red lip. I loved how it looked with her simple dress. 

Kirsten Dunst - Another Old Hollywood look. Kirsten chose an intense smokey-eye and bold red lip. I loved how it looked with her simple dress. 

Makeup trends that need to disappear according to this MUA

Happy New Year WINK babes! What better way to begin 2017 than putting out into the universe which trends should stay in 2016. Contouring is such an obvious trend that most makeup artists I know desperately want to be rid of. So instead of going the obvious route, I decided to think of the top 3 trends, in my opinion, that should never see the light of day ever again….ever. As a self proclaimed makeup junkie, I love trying every new trend and playing in makeup. I have left my home while wearing some pretty intense makeup looks. These three looks not only made me feel less confident when I stepped out, but had me questioning WTF was I thinking.

Trend #1: The “I’m wearing so much thick makeup that my face looks like a mask” trend. I understand that women want to look flawless and perfected, but when a 17-25 year old woman is wearing Double Wear foundation, setting it with Studio Fix foundation powder, and contouring her face to the gods at 9:30a, it just makes me wonder what the hell is this beautiful, younger person trying to hide?! I’m not an advocate for the ‘no makeup, makeup’ look because I know sometimes shit needs to be spackled. But day-to-day makeup looks should be much softer than this full coverage foundation trend. Plus all that makeup is a bitch to wash off. The Solution: Find an amazing skin regimen that really works for you. Once your skin is perfected, there is no need to hide under all that makeup. A little spot concealer to even out, setting powder and blush is all you will need to look fresh and flawless. 

Trend #2: The "Overlining your lips to look like they have been stung lips” trend. It never looks right. In pictures, over lining may look like your lips are perfectly plump and luscious, but in person it looks like you were playing in your momma’s makeup. The Solution: Skip the lip injections, skip spending 20 minutes of your life over-lining your lips and just find a great shade of lipstick that makes you feel confident and sassy.

Trend #3: Using heavy concealer under the brows. It isn’t needed. Concealer can be useful to shape out the brow, but when it’s applied heavily to shape and highlight, it can start to look like a floating eyebrow. Also, if you’re in-between waxes and your brows are beginning to look more like Frida Kahlo's, using concealer heavily can actually accentuate how desperately they need to be groomed. The Solution: Spot tweeze where you need to and softly fill in your brows. They will look natural and beautiful while showcasing your knock-out eyes.

Which trends are you ready to say, "good riddance" to? 

;) KM

Hello. We are WINK hair + makeup

We would love to introduce ourselves to you so you can get to know our team a little better.

I am Kristi Martinson, co-owner and makeup artist for WINK! Previously, I owned and operated Makeup By Kristi Lynn. I started MKL in 2009 and it was just me. A lonely makeup artist. I was on my own for a very long time when a wedding planner and good friend suggested I team up with a hairstylist and expand my little business. She suggested Theresa! Best advice I have ever gotten. I instantly fell in love with Theresa's sweet, laid back personality and her incredible talent. We worked together for over a year before I decided to expand, yet again, and create WINK with fellow artist Krystal Lehman. 

Krystal managed a popular cosmetic line for 8 years as well as her own freelance event makeup company, Krys Artistry. Krystal is the yin to my yang. My weaknesses are her strengths and visa versa. We had worked together for several years before, so we knew we would be a great leadership team. Watching Krystal do makeup was always one of my favorite things to do when we worked together. She makes the most dramatic or intricate of makeup looks seem effortless. 

Amber and Janna are the two amazing artists we sought out to add to our team. Amber is my sister and best friend. She started out at a popular cosmetic company in 2003 before deciding to pursue photography in 2008. Amber is a talented artist and photographer. Her background in photography helps immensely in knowing what makeup looks photograph well and what doesn't. Amber specializes in beautiful makeup looks that bring out the natural beauty in every woman.

Krystal and I worked with Janna for several years at the cosmetic counter. When discussing who we would like to represent our brand, Janna was one of the first names we came up with. Her sweet, soft-spoken demeanor and artistic talent instantly put people at ease. Janna also offers eyelash extensions! So if you want your long lashes to lash longer than the evening, Janna can give you long, lush, natural looking lashes that will stick around through the wedding, through the honeymoon, and back home again. 

Amy was such a happy find! Amy is a wedding planner, floral expert, vintage furniture rental owner, and hairstylist. She really is the go-to gal for all things wedding related. I met Amy when she asked if Makeup By Kristi Lynn would be a vendor at an open house for a new-ish wedding venue. Of course, I was all about it! I met her and instantly liked her beautiful southern style. When we found out she also did hair, we had to have her on our team. Her background in ballet and dance taught Amy how to do the most intricate and beautiful hairstyles I have ever seen. 

And finally, we circle back around to Theresa. Theresa does all things hair. She owned a chair at a salon for 12 years where she cut, colored, and styled hair. She once told me that her passion was styling and working weddings, so when Theresa and I paired up, she quit her salon and began exclusively concentrating on styling hair for MKL, and now WINK. Like I said in the beginning, pairing up with Theresa was the best advice I have ever been given. Theresa is crazy talented and one of the best people I have ever had the privilege to work with. 

Now you know all about the WINK ladies and how we got started. We are all very passionate about what we do, which is bringing out the beauty of each and every client. We hope to hear from you soon!!

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