Watch: How To Fake A Pregnancy Glow

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

Everyone’s skin is different during pregnancy. Some women get that “pregnancy glow.” I’m not sure if I ever have. Does sweating profusely from not being able to fit into my favorite jeans counts as a glow? Probably not.

During my pregnancies, including this one, I’ve dealt with something called melasma. It’s basically dark pigmentation and spots that will not go away until you give birth. And it’s horrible.

Luckily, you can fake most things with makeup. If you’re having skin problems during pregnancy (or just want a dewy glow look & you aren’t pregnant) here’s how to get it in a few simple steps:

STEP 1: Start with a clean palette

Gently cleanse and moisturize your face and neck. I’ve been using the makeup brushes from Artis for both my moisturizer and foundation. I’ve noticed it really allows my skin to really soak up the product and benefit from it.


Finish with a spritz of a hydrating essence or oil (like Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence) for an extra boost.


STEP 2: Apply a hydrating primer

My makeup artist, Nikki La Rose, always brings out the Peter Roth 24K Gold Lift & Firm Prism Cream when we are really trying to up the glow. This product actually has optical diffusers (like real 24K gold!) which instantly scatter light, which helps diminish any skin imperfections. (Yes. It’s $42 dollars–but it lasts forever. All you need is one little dot to cover your entire face!)

To save time, mix in a bit of your primer with your foundation to apply all at once.

Erica Hampton (Rica Blue) photographed Molly Sims for her blog.

Step 3: Apply foundation

Use a damp beauty blender and apply foundation on the bridge of your nose, cupids bow, along the top of cheekbones, across the forehead, and chin. Buff in the product by gently pressing the sponge on your face.

When you are wanting to get a glow look like this one, NEVER use matte foundation. We want the skin to look like skin…so nothing full coverage! Laura Mercier’s Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is always a favorite of mine. Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Oil-Free Foundation is great, too!

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Step 4: Apply Blush

Unless I’m going to an event or red carpet, I stick to cream blush. It just looks more natural and doesn’t sit on my skin like powder blush sometimes can. With your finger, start by applying the color on the apples of the cheeks. Continue to sweep across the nose and forehead for a youthful, even look. Buff in with a kabuki brush or your beauty blender.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s no cream blush quite like Stila. I use the color Sweet Pea–which actually looks great as a lip color, too! I’ll never complain about a double-duty product.


Step 5: Highlight

This step helps it all come together! Apply a highlighting powder with a fan brush to cheeks, along the brow bone, and tear duct of eye.

It’s important to note that when purchasing a highlighter you must attention to your skin tone. A powder that may look amazing on your friend may not work for you–just like foundation or lip color. (This article from InStyle maps it out perfectly!)


If you’re not able to go to the makeup counter, Laura Gellar Baked Illuminator and Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop are both flattering on most skin types.


Step 6: Set With a hydrating spray

No matter what skin type you have, setting your makeup is important. For this look, I always finish off how I started–with a spritz of a hydrating spray. Not only does it keep the makeup in place but it provides more of that dewy glow we all love.

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pregnancy glow

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An Earth-Tone Inspired Makeup Look For Thanksgiving

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My makeup artist, Nikki La Rose and I love playing around with different makeup looks. Last week, Nikki stopped by to try out an earth-tone inspired look for these cozy fall months. I’m definitely looking forward to wearing it for our family Thanksgiving dinner.

The Products

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Eyes: Too Faced Natural Eye Palette // Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow in Satiny Warm Brown // Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet 


Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer // Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink // Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop


Nars Matte Lipstick in Indescent Proposal 

Step 1: Start With A Clean, Fresh Palette

The key to a great makeup look is skincare. Before applying, cleanse your face and apply moisturizer. Follow with your favorite foundation, concealer, and powder (if needed.)

Step 2: Apply A Nude Shadow To Lids And Crease Of Eye


We used the color Silk Teddy in the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette. But any nude or skintone shadow will work. For this step, make sure to apply with a big fluffy brush. Nikki loves using the 217 Blending Brush from MAC Cosmetics.

Step 3: Line Crease + Lid With A Bronze/Brown Shadow Stick And Blend


I love a shadow stick. It’s easy to use and can be applied on the go. I always say the shadow sticks are for people who aren’t as experienced in the makeup department. My momma uses one and LOVES it! For this look, Nikki used a mixture of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Matic Eyeshadow Stick in Satiny Warm Brown and Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet.

Step 4: With An Angled Brush, Sweep A Darker Shadow Under Lash Line And Blend


This is the step that kicks the sexiness up a notch. Think “bedroom eyes” so bronze, browns, and other dark neutrals. If you have green or hazel eyes like me, you may even want to try to throw a deep plum into the mix. It really brings out the color! For this look, Nikki used Erotica and Chocolate Martini in the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette.

Step 5: Sweep A Matte Bronzer To Apples Of Cheeks, Forehead, and Jawline

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As far as makeup artist “must-haves” go, the Hoola bronzer from Benefit Cosmetics is definitely on the list. I’d even go as far to say it’s a cult classic. The reason is simply because even though it’s matte, it’s not too harsh.

Step 6: Apply A Cream Blush To Cheeks


Do you ever wonder how red carpet makeup looks so flawless? It’s all about how you apply the blush. Instead of strictly sticking to the apples of the cheeks, buff the color in with a brush all along the cheek bones and bridge of nose. This gives you that “sun-kissed” look without making it too noticeable. Instead of the standard powder blush, I prefer the cream version. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink gives a nice and natural pop of color.

Step 7: With A Fan Brush, Sweep Highlighter Over The High Points Of Your Face


This means across your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, in the corner of your eyelid, and just under the browbone. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop goes on flawlessly and doesn’t look too harsh. Nothing is worse than looking like a disco ball!


Step 8: Finish Off The Look With A Natural Lip


Since this look calls for a bold eye, the lip should be a little more understated. I love a shimmer eye with a matte lip so we chose Nars Moon Matte Lipstick in Indescent Proposal. It’s a pretty nude rose that looks good with EVERYTHING! (For tips about applying matte lipstick, check out my tutorial here)

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Stay tuned for more holiday inspired makeup tutorials. I have an AMAZING New Years Eve look that I’m sooooo excited to show you! 


A Monochromatic Makeup Look For Fall

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

As you know, I’m not afraid of trying out new beauty trends. Have some looks completely failed? Yes. But it’s definitely fun to experiment!

These days, the beauty industry is buzzing about the monochromatic look (just like the fashion industry is!) It used to be considered “not on trend” to be matchy-matchy. But, times have changed. Now we can’t get enough.

Monochromatic beauty is basically the idea of keeping your eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails to the same shade range. It creates a sleek, put-together look with barely any effort.

This fall, I’ve been loving the sultry oxblood and burgundy hues. In the summer these colors can be a bit heavy so I wear them constantly when I can.

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Here are some great oxblood beauty picks for this simple yet statement-worthy trend:


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Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Raw Power // Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Subra //Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Duo in Silvered Lilac/ Bloodroses No. 216 // Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp // By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock 05


fall beauty

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Vamp (pictured) //  MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Nightmoth (pictured) // Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Liquorice // Nars Audacious Lipstick in Liv // Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti // W3LL People Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick // Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum // Ilia Lipstick in Femme Fatale  // MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Hangup


fall beauty

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Essie Nail Lacquer in Wicked // OPI Nail Lacquer in Midnight In Moscow // ZOYA Nail Polish in Toni // Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Single Ladies // Lauren B Beauty Nail Polish in The Chateau


Watch: My Plum-Inspired Makeup Tutorial For Fall

fall makeup look

As you know, I’m always on the hunt for new products–especially when the seasons change. This fall, it’s all about the plum and oxblood. And I’m loving it.

Check out my fall-inspired beauty tutorial right now on my YouTube channel: 


fall makeup look

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette // Tom Ford Creme Color For Eye in Platinum // Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist // Stila Convertible Color in Peony // Stila Stay All Day Matte Lipstick in Bon Bon// Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color // Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish // Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Delinquent // L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara // Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

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For my upcoming winter-inspired New Years Eve look, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You’ll love it! 


How I Get Ready For A Red Carpet Event

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Are you ready for a major #SUPERMODELSECRET? No one actually wakes up the morning of a red carpet and looks like that. You see the glitz and glamour–but what you don’t see is the behind-the-scenes preparation.

Truthfully, it doesn’t happen overnight or even the day before. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve been known to start preparing weeks in advance. Does it take a lot of effort? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

I believe in the mantra, “look good, feel good” especially when it comes to special occasions. It doesn’t have to be a red carpet. It can be anything you’re looking forward to– a vacation, a wedding, or even a date night with your husband. A little confidence goes a long way. Trust me, it’s noticeable!

Here are some of my behind-the-scenes tips on how to get “red carpet” ready:


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This is an important one. About a week out (or two if I’m feeling super motivated!) I work out every single day. No excuses! To keep it fun, I like to mix it up with hikes, spin classes, and circuit training to avoid burning out.

The biggest excuse people give is not having enough time. But if you want to look great in that dress, make the time! Even if it takes waking up at the crack of dawn or putting your kid in the stroller, get moving.

To hold yourself accountable, plan in advance. Sign up for classes online so you can’t skip out on them. Create a fitness calendar that also doubles as a countdown to the big day. Nothing feels better than checking off a workout well done!

TIP #2: Eat A High-Fiber, Low-Sodium Diet

When it comes to looking lean and mean, it all comes down to a healthy diet. Before an event, I stick to high-fiber vegetables and lean proteins. I also cut out salt as much as possible to avoid puffiness and bloating.

By adding more fiber into your diet, you’ll actually find yourself losing more weight. Fiber is generally low in calories but it also helps you feel fuller longer which will naturally help you eliminate bad foods on your own.

To keep yourself on track, try to eat at home as much as possible. For meal plan inspiration and recipes, click here.

TIP: If you do find yourself out to eat, learn these vocabulary words: grilled, boiled, sauce on the side. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your waiter for healthier substitutions.

And, of course drink lots and lots of water. Getting the recommended intake per day can help you stay hydrated and lose excess water weight.


TIP #1: Get A Workout In 

There’s just something about an after-workout glow that lasts all day. I like to get a quick little session in before getting ready. The endorphins released from exercising also help with any pre-event jitters.

TIP #2: Sip Some Rosewater


sakara life

If you haven’t tried rosewater, it’s about time you had. You’re about to be OBSESSED! Not only is rosewater delicious, it also is full of anti-inflammatory properties that work from the inside out.

Sakara Life actually has their own “Beauty Water” that includes silica, too. I like to stock up and save for the day of an event. There’s just something about it that makes you feel fresh and beautiful…even in one sip!

TIP #3: Prep Your Skin

When it comes to beauty, skincare is everything. You could have all the makeup in the world—and it still wouldn’t beat a glowing complexion.

When I first started modeling, there wasn’t retouching like there is today. Retouching was expensive so you had to show up already looking retouched. And if it wasn’t? Well, you could lose the booking. It may sound extreme but it did force me to learn the importance of a daily skincare routine. It also taught me how to properly prepare my face for makeup. If your skin is properly prepped, the makeup will look better and last longer.

…and that’s when I discovered my all-time favorite product: micellar water. It used to only be sold overseas so I would stock up. Thankfully, Garnier SkinActive has answered my prayers and brought a version to the states (finally!)


garnier micellar water

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I use micellar water as an all-in-one product to cleanse and refresh my skin before applying makeup and then to gently remove it after.

To cleanse, I start fresh with a splash of micellar water on a cotton pad. Press a few times over the face and that’s it! No need to rinse. Follow with your favorite moisturizer. I like a dewy glow so I tend to use a brightening moisturizer under my makeup. (Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer is a great option!)

At the end of the night, I remove my makeup the same way I cleansed it. It’s that easy!


garnier micellar water

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TIP: If you need to re-use your brushes during your glam session, all you need is a small bowl and some micellar water to properly cleanse. Makeup brushes can trap so much bacteria which causes acne—so it’s important to never skip this step!

How do you prep for a big event? I’m always interested in hearing your tips and tricks! Comment below!


Watch: 5 Minute Makeovers With Glozell

I can confidently say Glozell is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Last time we shot videos together, I ended up with tape on my face. This time? I got a total GloZell makeover. Glitter included!

Click the video below to see our hilarious 5-minute makeovers:



For more GloZell, subscribe to her on YouTube here. I’m showing her how to make homemade baby food on her channel so don’t miss out. Things get a little messy! 


Watch: How To Contour With Joey Maalouf

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I am so, so, so excited to have my makeup artist, Joey Maalouf on my YouTube channel today! He’s recently come out with his own line of contour kits called ISH (I’m Smoking Hot). Now, we’re not talking about the famous Kardashian contour technique here. We’re talking a natural and easy look you can do anytime, anywhere.

Watch Joey’s tutorial here: 

Now for a recap: 

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STEP 1: Dip an angled brush into the contour color. Dust off any excess. Take the highest point of the brush and go in a back and forth motion. Make sure to get in the hairline so there’s no gap between. But if you’re blonde, be careful so it’s not too drastic.

STEP 2: Take the same contour color and brush down from ear shading to the jawline. To make the contour look more natural to the eye, blend in on forehead and temples.

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photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography 

STEP 3: With another brush, dip into bronzer color and blend wherever the sun naturally hits your face. Or blend in over where the contour color is. For a more sunkissed look, blend into neck.

STEP 4: Now, time for blush. For easier and more natural look, place the brush right on the apple of your cheek and blend.

STEP 5: Take a similar sized brush (Ish has a great double ended blush + highlighter brush!) and dip into the highlighter. Make sure it’s not TOO shimmery so you can build on it. Blend on top of blush, under eyes, nose, and brow bone.

JOEY’S TIP: All of these colors can be used on your eyelids, too. It’s really an all-in-one! To make your look pop, rub some balm (like Magic Balm from Honest Beauty) on your fingers and place over color.

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photo credit: Ish Beauty

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Ish Contour Kit (Light/Medium) // Ish Contour Kit (Medium/Dark) // Ish Contour Brush // Ish Bronzer Brush // Ish Double-Sided Blush + Highlighter Brush //

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Watch: 3 Step Beach Waves For Short Hair

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Beach waves are definitely my go-to. I love that “done/undone” look! It looks effortless and with a little practice–it becomes effortless. All it takes is 3 easy steps!

I’m showing you my tutorial today on my YouTube channel. Click the video below to check it out! 

STEP 1: It’s all about the prep. When you blow-dry, make sure to use a round brush.  Before starting to curl, mist a wave spray on your hair or something with a little salt. I like using Olivine Atelier Love + Salt Beach Hair Mist. Ouai Haircare makes a great wave spray, too!

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Spray dry shampoo on the roots to give even more texture. My makeup artist, Joey Maalouf, recently introduced me to a brand called Octavio, which has a great dry shampoo. Once you let dry and set, brush your hair out a few times. I like using the old school Mason Pearson brush–but any brush will do.

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STEP 2: For the ultimate beach wave, part down the middle. If you prefer a side part, do that. It’s whatever you’re comfortable with. Now it’s time to curl! I love using a one-inch curling wand for this look. I use the one-inch ceramic wand from Enzo Milano. With the wand in your right hand, start in the front. Take a small piece of hair so it’s manageable and flatten it out with your fingers. Gently wrap hair around the back of the wand and leave the last inch of hair out. This gives it that beachy look!

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Repeat on each strand. Wand ALWAYS in the back! Hold for about 5-7 seconds.

STEP 3: Once your curls are complete, spray a little dry shampoo on the ends while the curls are still pieced. Then, brush through your hair with either your hands or brush. I like to spray some hairspray on the brush and loosen out the waves. For hairspray, Ouai and Orlando Pita Play have great light options.

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If you have flyaways, finish your look off with some balm. I like putting a dab of Kerastase Touche Perfection or Lenor Greyl Serum on my hands to run through my ends or where it’s needed.

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I love hearing from you guys. Please subscribe to my channel here and let me know if you have any beauty tips and tricks you’d like to send my way! 

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Watch: My Sunset Eye Makeup Tutorial

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I’ve been doing this “sunset eye” for years. It’s kind of my go-to when I want to amp up my look for a night out or an event. One of my makeup artists’, Gianpaulo Ceciliato, has perfected this look. He really knows how to turn me into a bronze goddess!

Click below to watch the tutorial on my YouTube channel: 

photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography

STEP 1: Line the top lid of the eye with a bronze pencil (I used by Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon) and also on the bottom.

STEP 2: Take a medium brown eyeshadow (I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette Eyeshadow in The Golden Goddess), and sweep it just under the bottom lash line and along the outer corner and crease–keeping the color diffused and the line very soft. Make a V-shape.

photo credit: Allen Daniel Photography

STEP 3: Then make a V-shape in the outer crease of the eye and a little along the bottom corner with a bronze shadow (something not too sparkly, but with a nice shimmer). Blend the bronze shadow in with the brown shadow.

STEP 4: With a softer brush, sweep a gold shimmer shadow (I used the gold in the Bobbi Brown Warm Eyeshadow Palette) in the inner crease of the eye and use a windshield wiper motion to blend it in with the bronze shadow in the outside corner. The goal is to have an ombre effect, lightest color toward the inside blending to the darkest along the outside of the eyes.

STEP 5: Place a little bit of gold eyeliner (I love by Terry Ombre Blackstar in Beyond Gold) to the inner lash, top and bottom, to brighten and add sparkle to the eyes.

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STEP 6: Add subtle mascara to define lashes (Hourglass Cosmetics ‘Film Noir’ Full Spectrum Mascara is my favorite!)

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7 Facial Exercises To Tone & Tighten

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We all know how beneficial yoga is for our mind, body, and spirit. But did you know it can actually help in the beauty department, too? Just as it sculpts your body–certain exercises can have a major impact on the elasticity and tone of your face.

So how does it work? Facial yoga is designed to stimulate collagen, increase blood circulation, and provide more oxygen which gives you that supple, tighter-looking skin. To put it simply, it’s an non-invasive way to prevent or treat fine lines, sagging, and wrinkles with no down time. All you need is 20 minutes a day, six times a week, and patience.

Depending on the severity of your skin, some people start seeing results within a couple weeks. In my opinion, it’s also a great preventative measure. I wish I would have known about it in my twenties! You better believe I would have taken full advantage.

The added bonus? You can do these practically anywhere. All you need is clean hands and a sense of humor. I say a sense of humor because you’ll probably feel ridiculous at first. But, trust me–it’s worth it.

For added benefit, I also like to add in some essential or anti-aging body oils. My must-have is the Absolute Anti-Aging Body Oil by the natural skincare line, UMA Oils. It’s formulated with nature’s most potent botanicals to transform and treat aging skin. Read more about it here.

Depending on your need, UMA Oils also carries a line of other calming and wellness oils that can be used for your stress relieving or other aromatherapy needs. To use in your facial yoga routine, massage 2-3 drops between your palms and rub gently with each movement.

Here are 7 facial exercises to get you started:  

1. Wake your face up: Reach back with your tongue as far as it will go and breathe evenly through a few breaths. It will feel a little strange at first—but it’s totally worth it. This action helps your whole body become alert, especially your face muscles, which makes it a good choice to start with.

2. Crease out fine lines: Spend some time creasing out fine lines in the face, like the vertical lines between your brows. Use your forefinger and thumb to push your eyebrows away from each other, which is the opposite direction that they go when frowning or squinting. I find this works best when using a few drops of face oil with the motion.

3. Stretch your eyelids: Eyelids tend to get heavier with age, so a little bit of stretching can help keep them healthy. Look upwards and raise your eyebrows at the same time. Then gently close your eyelids, while still looking up.

4. Smooth out crow’s feet: Place your forefinger on the temple, and thumb on the top of your cheekbone, to gently stretch out crow’s feet. This is another exercise that pairs well with the application of face oils.

5. Erase laugh lines: This is a fun one to do in front of the mirror. Suck the insides of your cheeks in, almost like you’re making a fish face. Hold for a few seconds, keeping your eyes wide open. Once your eyes start to water (which shouldn’t hurt!), you may blink and release the pose.

6. Define your jowls. Put two fingers to your closed lips to prevent air from escaping, and then fill your cheeks with air so they puff out. Hold for a few seconds then release with a soft exhale. This will raise everything in your face preventing the sagging in that area that comes with age.

Another great exercise to firm neck skin: Use the four fingers to massage upwards, starting at the collarbone and ending at the chin. Massage the neck alternatively with each hand using firm upward strokes. Repeat for about 20 quick strokes.

7. An all-over facelift: Place the index and middle finger of each hand firmly under the lower lip, and the thumb under the chin. (Your fingertips should be touching and creating a slight V that your chin can rest in). Move each hand up towards the ear with a firm sweeping motion along your cheeks. End with your thumbs on the dip just behind your ear—where the jawbone meets the bony part of your skull). Press the point gently but firmly with your thumb, applying even pressure for about 30 seconds. This stimulates the marma point attached to facial muscles and nerves, helping tone skin fight the appearance of wrinkles. Repeat 5-10 times.

For more information on how facial yoga can be beneficial to your beauty routine, check out this video from jewelry designer, Ranjana Kahn on Into The Gloss