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Did you know We can create any Cosmetic /Skincare products you desire with Be Extraordinary .. If you need Skincare. Head to toe. Make-Up. From Primer to finishing powder Be Extraordinary is one Stop shopping
So Ask Michael. Michael and Doreen will have whatever you need!

Making Shaving Easier – Michael’s Tip

This one is for the guys shaving oil will help set up even the toughest Beard
And “easy shave ” will help the stubble stand up so it’s easy to shave smooth Also a warm
Wet wash cloth applied to the beard will help soften it
And shaving with a downward stroke first will be gentler to your beard
Also try to find the growth pattern and shave with it not against it
Always rinse the razor with cool water to help close the
Use cool to cold water to rinse the face before shaving to close the pore
On the hair apply easy shave and then shave cream
For a smooth close shave. People will notice how. Extraordinary you look guys!!

Make Your Eyes “Wide” – Michael’s Tip

To create a rounder more open ” Wide Eyed “
Look add a white or off white line inside the lower part of the Eye on the water line and a smudgey line just below the lashes

make-up Tip

tip of the day

Make sure your sunblock is at least SPF15( thats a total block) and make sure it hasn’t expirepd  check that the date is current before you apply it !

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Back to School time to Be Extraordinary!
Here’s what you need to look your best for Fall.
First, lets get your skin cleansed toned and moisturized.

The Summer plays Havoc with your skin.
You need to address Sun damage . Summer Sun dries out your skin, lets make sure your cleanser , toner and moisturizer are right to repair, protect and maintain your skin.
The first step is Always cleanse the skin .
To do this make sure you are using what is the right formulation for your skin
Do you know your  skin type? Are you  ,Oily, Normal, Dry? Is your skin sensitive ? Combination?

Do  you know how to test to know what type your skin is?

Most people don’t think about it? But do you wanna really Be your Most Extraordinary? Well I want to help you.

If you’ve been reading  my column or you are already my client you know  I can read your skin.

Here is how I do it  .

 I first look at the skin if its Oily that’s simple, the skin will appear shiny .Does your skin break out easily ? Usually the oily skin type is suseptable to acne  and  needs to be treated with  cleansers and Toners which will not strip the skins delecate acid mantle and upset the skins  ph levels. But

Something you should understand ,oily skins need  some alcohol to help them cleans properly.

The Summer sun has made you skin drier . As the tan and sun effects fade the skins oils will resume their normal , pattern .We’ve all heard it “My Skins always better in the Sun” . So here is how to maintain those levels  the cleanser should be oil free and designed not to irritate the oily skin so as not to cause it to secrete excess oils  .The Oily skin also needs a gentle lightweight cleanser ..that sounds like a contridiction ,but if the cleanser is too strong the skin will secrete excess oils. This will usually cause breakouts  particularly around the nose farehead .this will also cause the cheeks to be too dry and therefore cause an excess of oils in this area as well… 

As I stated earlier the oily skin needs a some alcohol to assist in making  sure the level of oil stays at the correct level for your skin.

Another factor is proper hydration even an oily skin needs proper moisture . This is also something  moist people don’t think about …But if the oily skin is properly hydrated the skin will produce less oil in trouble areas and the skin will look and feel fresher and appear healthier.  And healthier skin is better looking skin.

Just as the Sun wreaks havoc on the oily skin, it is equally rough on Drier skin , After all the Sun is one of the reasons the dry skin is in the condition it is in. the Sun ,Aging, Medications and Diet are all factors  for the dry skin condition.

Let’s talk about the Sun and Drier skins .

  Since the skin is already dry exposure to the sun can only make a dry skin drier

So how do I recommend we treat this .once again it starts with the cleanser .For the drier skin  it should not only be ablle to clean but pre moisturize. I rrecommend a make-up remover /cleansor which will have moisturizing properties to it.Toning a dry skin helps take away the dead loose skin cells and will aide in bringing newer fresher skins to the surface .

In both cases not only moisturizer but sunblock is vital and …Just because the Summer is over don’t stop  using Sunblock. The Skin reacts to the Sun and light in general all year long so even in the office make sure you use the sunblock to prevent “Photo aging” overlightexposed “skin is dry and tired looking

So why look like your skins tired .. look your best

   You know what I say why just look good when you can Be Extraordinary…

Hey, Got a question remember I am here to help you so 

Ask Michael,

   Thanks for spending this time with me

    Most Sincerely

Your Personal Beauty Editor

   Michael K.Waterman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T FREEZE YOUR LOOK. . . (YOU MIGHT BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD!)

I am often told when I am doing make-up, “well, I always use. . . “

Well, if you’ve always used the same lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, foundation, etc., etc. for the last 25 years. . . you might just be dating yourself (and that’s lonely!). I’m not suggesting that you should throw out the whole look, but if you look like someone out of the 1970′s and you’re in your 50s, we gotta talk!

Our skin changes. Color, texture, elasticity. The eyes change. Brow shapes and styles change. I can tell when a woman first started to use makeup sometimes by what’s in her handbag.

Look at current celebs. We’ll use Lady Ga Ga — she’s good for an example. I love her, but she’s a bit extreme. Look at a celeb with your coloring, age range and someone whose look you like. I can help you achieve “that look”. Just ask Michael (see above link to ask me a question!).

Let’s see what eyes and lips (the most tramatic differences) can do to change your look, even a little, to update your colors.

So, ask me.

I can create a look we will both like. Make-up is like cooking. I have my recipes and you are gonna add your own spece to make that look your own, which is the way it should be. And, working together, I can create a formula which can work with you (as you are) and your work, your lifestyle and your individual point of view.

So, don’t be left out in the cold. Be the best possible, beautiful you!

Why look good when you can look great! ™

Until next week! I’m Michael – ask me!

HOW CAN I LOOK YOUNGER WITHOUT SURGERY

Today’s biggest questions: “How can I look younger without surgery?” “Which products are right for me?” ”If I have sensitive skin are there products to address my needs?” And. . .the biggest one of all, “Are there Nature Based products I can use that will give me Great results?”

As a skin Care expert I treat each client’s needs individually. No two people have exactly the same skin care concerns. Not Even identical Twins. So I will always ask,

“How do you perceive your skin? Are you dry, oily sensitive? Do you have a combination skin type? Most people do.

Anti-aging is the hottest topic. The Baby Boomers are Reaching “that Certain age”, and I find Men and Women both concerned. We are an image conscious world. We are judged in the workplace, in social situations and, the toughest, of all, by ourselves.

When I work with a client and She or He answers those key questions for me, I will do a hydration test and look at the skin for signs of elasticity and sensitivity. There are many factors to consider. Diet is a big one, liquid intake, stress, and our environment at home, at work or outside. These factors all play their roles.

Let’s not forget one of the biggest factors of all — THE SUN! The Sun is necessary for life (a great source of vitamin D), but we are much more aware now about too much exposure to the sun. Recent studies have shown just how damaging the sun can be. We know that, when we chose a moisturizer, we might always want to consider one with an SPF(Sun Protection Factor). Most savvy Clients these days know that. And, did you know that you can get both chemical and physical sun block? While both have the benefit of Protection, the chemical sun block needs time to work (typically 20 minutes) while the physical block is immediate and most of the time better tolerated by the skin (zinc and titanium are the most well known physical blocks). These also are “natural”, made right from an elemental mineral source. I know of several organic brands that use a physical block vs. a chemical block. Sun block is your first defense against aging.

We also know there are an enormous amount of firming and repairing products on the market. From over the counter drug-store brands to the high priced department store/specialty store brands. I have used them All. I had, for a time, also worked in SEPHORA. This gave me an opportunity to compare many of the more advanced dermatologist brands. There are a few I found Superior. On the top of my test list has to be Caudalie From France (with love), which produces clinically proven client driven results. Most of Caudalie’s products have a grape seed stem or sap base. These products have amazing restorative properties. From right here in New York we also have “Super” — the latest brain child of Dr.Nicholas Perricone. Dr. Perricone is a master in breakthrough anti aging technology, not only treating the skin but the whole person using treatments, products and diet. Dr Perricone promotes “whole you” health. I love the fact, too, that both Caudalie and Super are affordable. If you are a drugstore shopper, as I am, I also found that Garnier by Revlon has an amazing line with great results to back it up. And, there are so very many more.

How do I determine what’s right for my clients? As I say, each one is special — as individual as the sands at the beach. Like I always say, “Why look Good when you can look Great!”

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Note: Michael has provided an independent evaluation of the products. Neither Michael nor TimetoPlay.com has been paid for these endorsements.

YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION

You only have one chance to make a first Impression. A sentence worth repeating.

With so many people out of work, the competition for a good job might come down to who looked the most polished.

We know you must have a great Resume, that you have to Dress For Success, and that your hair has to be “just right”. So why ruin all that work with mediocre Make-Up?

What!!! Make -Up could Make or break you. Believe it .. It’s as important as your references.

Before you set out on an interview go to the Jobsite Look at what is considered correct for this Particular Job. Remember, too much can make as bad an impression as too little!

To start make sure you have a perfect foundation, congealer and powder color match. Next do not forget primers for the Eye and Face .. ( a vital step).

But even before one drop of any if that touches your face…

Make sure your skin looks it’s best. That it’s cleansed, toned, hydrated and protected perfectly so your Make -Up will achieve the Flawless Look to attract the right attention from a potential employer.

Next: Do you have the right Colors for you?

Are you trendy enough for the look you need without looking over-done? I have always stressed to my clients to know if they are Warm or Cool (blue or yellow base tones).

And we all know Matchy Matchy is scary and out!

Just because a deep purple wine tone works for you in a club … does not mean it’s work situation friendly?

Find a tone that’s right for you and is work friendly. You can always bump it up. After work add a dark liner and a great gloss, for example.

You love the heavy black rimmed overly smokey “jersey” look for going out.

Unless you are working in a very casual setting it might not work. And if you do it imperfectly it will send entirely the wrong message to the very people you are trying to impress. Talk to a make-up artist (eh-hem..) and look into magazines. See what is hot but also what’s right for you and get opinions. Do not be afraid to ask what is the correct dress code for the job.

It shows your saavey to know what makes it in the job you are applying for. Make sure, too, whatever you do will be lasting and look fresh. Know how to make repairs. You should always bring lipstick or gloss and make sure mascara is intact and looks perfect. There is nothing worse than heavy spider clumps which leave crumbles everywhere.

Just as awful is flakey, cakey foundation and seeing the line of the jaw doesn’t match your neck (major No No).

Once you have your look practice it so the day of the interview you look Flawless. The right look tell the employer as much about you as your resume, if not more. The right look shows confidence, poise and good grooming.

Tell your boss you are the right one for the Job with the Flutter of a perfect eyelash.

Check your teeth for lipstick! It’s as bad as food between your teeth or.. Worse..

Now that your look works you will display to all who see you that, yes, indeed this is the person they want on their team.

After all, why look good when you can look great. And, when you look great it shows and that confidence will win out. . .every time.

HOW OLD IS THAT LIPSTICK????

WE are ALL Guilty !!
I have been involved with Make-up since I was very Small. Recently I found in an old tucked away box a fat lip pencil I know I bought in 1979….. OH My Goddess!!
That’s beyond scary. The good news is I bet I hadn’t seen it since 1979…

That’s an Extreme case (which went into the trash A.S.A.P!!!) But, let’s get serious. How old is too old? Let’s start with the beginning the Skin care and the primers .. if they are over a year they need to Go to Cosmetic Heaven!! As soon as they are opened it’s the same as driving a new car off the lot. The Clock is ticking. The “organic and natural ones” even have a shorter life span of four to Six months. Especially with no preservatives. As soon as the air hits them the aging process starts (a good hint is to put eye creams and Moisturizers in the Fridge – they stay fresher a bit longer). Liquid foundations too. I find. clients keep them for years and add water or moisturizer to them … but they become old, separate and really are a health hazard.

So DON’T Please..

The Mineral Powder foundations like I.D.Bare Minerals don’t expire, and now they have a cap which helps them be less messy(sigh of relief). They are, after all, just ground minerals pigments and Zinc and Titanium which, when you get down to it, means they are a bunch of healthy Ground Up Rocks ..so they don’t expire. But, still, as a rule of thumb, give them the one year life span. Chances are they won’t last that long . We have found the average use-up rate is about five months. 

The worst offenders are lipstick lip and eye pencils. And, the worst of all, Mascara! All of these products whether natural or laboratory created have some kind of a wax base. Wax attracts dirt and if these products come in direct contact with skin must be cleaned. Mascara should be tossed out after opening after three Months! Not negotiable! It’s like lab experiment. You have exposed wax and pigment which open can collect germs and bacteria.

Eye and lip pencils that are the type that are suspends must be sharpened before and after use and must be Capped! Lipsticks start to smell like an old Crayon when they start to go bad. So do old eye and lip pencils. Cream foundations and concealer, too. Try to keep them to the one year rule.

I know some of my long time Georgette Klinger clients had a refrigerator full of Make-up and Skin care. One Celeb (now passed) had them all in big zip lock bags in her freezer.

I find pressed powder face powders and Eye shadows tend to keep a long time. But here, too, watch for tell tail signs of separating or cracking. When they start to come loose in big chunks Its Bye Bye time.

Remember if you get sick from all this Make-Up and skim Care it’s really defeating it’s purpose. You are Not gonna look good. And you could feel worse.

Remember these simple helpful hints and your make-up will work with you, not against you.

And, remember “Why look Good when you can Look Great”!

Michael Waterman
Michael Waterman

Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert, TimetoPlay.com's Beauty Editor

I am Michael Waterman. I have been known as an authority on make-up and skin care for decades. Why? I am a fortunate person. I was a freelancer in Cosmetics for a long time. In 1986 I caught the eye of company called Intelligent Skin care (I.S.) they are an incredible Japanese cosmetic company. They combined nature and high-tech Beauty science, and I was thrilled to be a part of their team.

I discovered so much about what Americans wanted in a Skin care/Make-Up line (and I had to do it with a Japanese Cosmetic company!). We used state of the art (in 1985) machines and computers to test and advise our clients of the condition of their skin. I learned so very much.

In1989 I was honored to join the exclusive team of skin care and make-up professionals at the world famous Georgette Klinger Spas. Ms. Klinger took a liking to me and became my mentor and a loving force in my life. Georgette Klinger was the reining authority on skin care. She brought old world know-how herbal wisdom and science into a whole new Genre -- The spa.

In 1939 she came to America From Europe and single handedly revolutionized the Science of Beauty. I was with her for 17 years and became one of the most requested Make-Up artists and Skin care Professionals in her company . I know she would be proud of Me today. I still feel her spirit with me as I do my work, and I keep the principles she taught me. My clients are the better for it. Reach Michael by email: pharoahmkw@aol.com

Michael's Podcast Link: Look Good from the Inside and Out! Ways to make yourself look radiant this holiday season. You know beauty is not only made up by what you put on your skin, but in your body.

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