Between the staff at DC Refined (there's three of us, FYI), we have probably tried over 10 spa treatments, five different makeup artists, five different hairstylists, and talked to a lot of skin experts over the last nine months -- and all of those experts have given us tips on how to keep our young looks lasting well into our 90's, or simply just how to perfect a certain makeup trend.
We have touched on everything from how-to holiday hair and perfecting a dark lipstick to freezing your fat away with a simple noninvasive procedure. Below we have rounded up our favorite tips and tricks we received from the beauty experts since DC Refined launched in April.
"If you take a 'less is more' approach to lip color, I would look at the colors that you gravitate towards naturally, and select one in the same family that is about one to two shades deeper - enough to make you go 'WOW' when you put it on - like 'Wow, you look super hot, you wear that sexy lipstick!' But not 'Wow, that's so deep I think I'll just hang out here. In my house. With this super scary lipstick on.' Remember, choose in your lipstick comfort zone." -- Alexis Arenas, The Beauty Expert Group.
Don’t Go Without a Heat Protectant: "Whether you are smoothing your hair with a flat iron or adding curls with a curling iron or wand, don’t forget to protect it against that heat! Using a heat protectant like Nectar Thermique from Kérastase will minimize breakage and add shine." -- Eunice Kim, Progressions Salon & Spa.
"No flipping your hair upside down when blow drying -- it only encourages frizz." -- Nadine Matar, PR at Partners.
"Never use drug store shampoo." -- Nadine Matar, PR at Partners.
"Ocean water, chlorine and lots of sun exposure can be really hard on your hair. A good clarifying shampoo will lift the impurities from the hard water in chlorine from your hair. Your normal shampoo contains more moisturizing ingredients that make hair shiny and smooth, but a good clarifying shampoo is all about the clean so it contains more surfactants or cleansing agents. Our pick? Redken Cleansing Cream Shampoo." -- Amanda Moran and Tracey Garcia, StyleMeBar.
"Put on Sunscreen 365 days a year, even if it’s cloudy or snowy." -- Ashley Rawley, Ritz-Carlton Spa Tysons.
"Make sure your hair is completely dry and cool after using heat styling tools before you put on a hat, otherwise the heat will create a bigger dent in your hair that’s harder to fix later." -- Shun Pittman, Corps d’Elite Salon.
"Keep your bobby pins and hair ties in a Tic-Tac container to keep from losing them. The container will easily store in your makeup case." -- Sana Cordeaux, Veluxe.