8 Beauty Hacks to Make Getting Ready Easier and Less Expensive

Written by Katie Savior, associate campus director, financial aid director

There are dozens of tips, tricks and hacks out there to make the beauty process easier and less expensive. Here we have found the top beauty tips to make your mornings easier while going easy on your wallet!Wella Trend Vision 2014 051

1. Nobody wants their foundation to look too pale or (gasp!) too orange. Matching your foundation color to your neck, not your cheek, will ensure a much more natural color.

2. Clumpy or dried up mascara? No problem! Add a few drops of eye drops or contact solution to make your mascara like new.

3. Create your own tinted moisturizer for light, natural coverage by mixing a bit of concealer with your favorite facial moisturizer.

4. Have a favorite mascara wand? Don’t throw it away! Instead, wash it and reuse it with your new mascara, use it as an eyebrow brush, or spray with hairspray to help your eyebrows stay put.

5. To give your eyelashes a curl that will hold all day, hold a blow dryer to your lash curler for 3-5 seconds.

6. Crush up your broken eye shadow and mix with petroleum jelly to make a new lip gloss.

7. Looking for an easy way to exfoliate your lips? Use a toothbrush!

8. Brushing a little eye shadow on your part will make your hair look thicker instantly.

5 Skin Care Mistakes That Are Aging You

As much as we love the perks of getting older — maturity, wisdom and being comfortable in our own skin — we don’t want our skin to become dull and wrinkly. And while none of us can reverse the one-way ride that is the aging process, we can definitely slow it down.

But how much of aging is in the hands of fate and genetics? According to dermatologist Doris Day, “Only about 10 percent of how your skin ages is genetic, so you have a lot of control.”

For the 90 percent of aging we can control, here are five skin care mistakes that are aging you.


It’s a beauty tip that is so over-emphasized we almost take it for granted. But the proof is in the pudding — or, shall we say, in the protection.

“90 percent of wrinkles are from the sun, so SPF is the best anti-ager,” Day says.

Even if we’re only outdoors for a short amount of time each day, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sun. At over 27 million degrees and a size that’s approximately 109 times larger than the earth, it’s understandable that the sun plays a major role in aging.

This is good news for those of us who can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on special anti-aging treatments. A simple SPF can keep us looking younger without putting a hole in our wallets.


Our facial skin is fragile, particularly the area around our eyes. Repeated pulling and tugging during makeup application or cleansing routines can take a toll and cause fine lines.

“Try not to pull on your eyes when applying liner, as this can cause premature wrinkles and sagging of skin,” says Lori Leib, Creative Director of Bodyography Professional Cosmetics. “Instead, train yourself to apply liner with a steady hand, or switch from pencil to gel liner as it applies a lot smoother. A rough hand can cause redness and premature wrinkles.”

Over-exfoliating (more than three times per week) is also damaging to the skin. “You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has,” says Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.”


It goes without saying that smoking is a serious no-no when it comes to wrinkle prevention, but you might be surprised to learn that a sedentary lifestyle can add years to your face, too.

“Exercising is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD. “When exercise turns you pink, you’re dilating all the blood vessels in your skin and washing the area with nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood.”

Another way we unintentionally accelerate the aging process is by not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that sleep quality has a direct effect on skin quality, and that not getting enough sleep increases the signs of aging.


We can’t escape it: We are what we eat. If we’re constantly filling out bodies with junk food, our skin just isn’t going to be as lovely as it would be if we were eating a diet rich in essential nutrients.

But can a healthy diet actually delay aging? Nutritionist and dietician, Nicolette Pace, believes it can. “Some studies indicate that it is indeed possible to delay aging and get an improvement in skin condition by improving your diet.”

Ingredients that most benefit our skin include antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. This translates to foods such as berries, tomatoes, fish, yogurt, nuts, avocados and honey. Be sure to add these items to your next grocery list!


We’ve all come home from a long, busy day and heard our bed calling to us so loudly that the most we could do was change our clothes and collapse into bed… but wait, not so fast!

Going to bed with makeup on doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, causing pores to become clogged and larger over time. To put it more scientifically: “During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says dermatologist Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup, you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.”

Or take it from another expert, Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of the Clear Clinic: “Free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.”

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Student Serves as Inspiration to Others

Many Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students lead busy lives, but Rachelle (Shelly) Blackstone stands out. Not only does she attend school full time, but she has recently branded her own makeup line and opened her own salon, all on top of being a mom.

Before deciding to pursue her passion for cosmetology, Shelly earned an associate degree at a community college and worked in the medical field for six years.

“I knew [hair and makeup] was always what I wanted to do,” says Shelly. “I was almost 30 and decided to drop my full-time career with benefits, move back home with my mom and sell my car to go back to school.”

Shelly is such a hard worker and has such a positive attitude that many of her classmates and instructors don’t know she runs her own businesses in addition to going to school. Her makeup line, named Eve after her 5-year-old daughter Evelyn, was officially launched in January 2015, five months after she began classes at MSC. Her salon, La Croix Salon and Spa, opened in Stillwater, Minn., on April 1, and Shelly says she still can’t believe it.

“When I got the keys to the salon it was so surreal and scary at the same time,” she says. “Sometimes I still say to myself, ‘Wow, this is mine.’ It was always my dream, but I never thought it would happen.”

Students look up to her and educators admire her initiative, but Shelly says it’s the support from her fellow classmates and her instructors that keeps her going.

“MSC was the last school l toured, and from the time I first stepped into the building, everyone was so welcoming and helpful,” says Shelly. “I love the way everybody makes you feel. It just felt good.”

Shelly says she appreciates the variety of the instructors and that they are all creative, genuinely care about her success and make her education personal. She is set to graduate in September of 2015, and she doesn’t plan to stop achieving her goals.

“I hope to branch out and eventually be running two salons, but my main goal is that after all this time I’ve put into this and everything I’ve sacrificed, I want to slow down, travel and do things with my daughter, and have my own schedule.”

Shelly says she hopes to help other MSC students reach their goals, too.

“I believe that we as students here at MSC are a family ladder,” she says. “We are connected in so many ways and hold one another up, so we’re all able to see the top and keep pushing to reach it if we want to.”

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

11 Essential Makeup Items for Warm Weather

hot weather beauty productsAs the temperatures rise and we spend more time outside, the last thing we want is for our makeup to melt off. Raccoon eyes, oily foundation and smeared lipstick (that has found its way to our teeth) can mimic the look our four-year-old gave us while playing dress-up. We tell her it’s beautiful, but the truth is, it’s just not a good look.

So whether we’re hitting the beach this summer or catching rays from the comforts of our own backyard, here are eleven essential summer beauty products, with drugstore and high-end suggestions for each one.


Makeup artists share the philosophy of professional painters when it comes to starting the job with a good primer. A makeup primer preps the skin and helps the makeup adhere all day long. It’s one of the best summer makeup tips used by pros and beginners alike.

  • Drugstore: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
  • High-end: LORAC POREfection Mattifying Face Primer



Makeup for warm weather is different than makeup for cold weather. Most of us are swapping out our heavy foundations in favor of BB creams and tinted moisturizers. And let’s not forget the SPF! These two lightweight options have an SPF built into them, keeping you looking flawless and protected at the same time.



Concealer is a must-have for those of us with dark circles as a result of a lack of sleep or good old-fashioned genetics (thanks, Mom). We may also want to spot-treat pesky blemishes or scars. Using a waterproof concealer during the summer months will keep problem areas covered throughout the day.



When it’s 90 degrees out, powder blush might separate and look cakey after a while. A good alternative might be to use a cream blush or cheek stain. Applied to the apples of the cheeks, a cheek stain can make you look like you’re glowing from within.



Bronzer is one of the most popular summer beauty products. It brings color and dimension to the high points of the face, resembling a sun-kissed glow on the forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose.



Less is more when it comes to using powders in the summer. A very light sweeping of mineralized setting powder can set your face makeup in place and help absorb any oils throughout the day, whereas a heavy-handed application can look muddy after a while.



Cream eyeshadows wear better in the heat than powder eyeshadows, especially when they’re formulated with long-wearing technology. The cream consistency helps the product absorb into the skin as opposed to sitting on top of it, making it a beauty essential for summertime.



Special events such as outdoor weddings in the hot summer months shouldn’t keep you from looking as glamorous as you want for fear that your makeup will melt down your face. Waterproof eyeliners – whether in pencil, gel or liquid formulations – will make for a “no sweat” scenario.



A list of hot weather beauty products would not be complete without waterproof mascara. Granted, it’s harder to remove than regular mascara, but that’s the price to be paid for looking smudge-proof and bright-eyed all day long.



Heavy lipstick in the summer? No way! A tinted lip balm is a much more practical option, especially if it touts an SPF.



A setting spray is like hairspray for the face. It sets everything in place and helps your hard work last all day long, come rain or shine.

What Hair Color Is in for 2015?

Spring is here! The sun is shining and a fresh new batch of beauty trends is in bloom. Are you ready to switch up your style? Here are six of the hottest hair color ideas this season.


The tortoiseshell is predicted to become a popular spring hair color technique, much like the ombré was in 2014.

James Corbetter, celebrity colorist, describes the tortoiseshell as: “…warm browns, honeys and ambers just like a tortoiseshell comb. Blondes are more golden, with a few babylights worked into these tones to create the subtle dimension. Think Jessica Alba and brand new mom Blake Lively. I have a lot of clients asking for this!”


Are you still rocking your dark winter hue? Keep it! An all-over dark brown shade with no highlights is a great hair color for brunettes this spring.

Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes and Olivia Munn are just a few celebrities sporting the one-dimensional color this season. As a bonus, the upkeep is minimal and doesn’t require frequent trips to the salon for touch-ups.

3.  RED

Red can be gorgeous when it complements the skin tone, but many women are afraid of making a more drastic color change from their natural hues. This season, it might be time to take the risk!

“Red hair is major right now and will be for spring, too,” says colorist Aura Friedman.

There is a red for everybody, whether it’s copper red, chestnut red, strawberry red or a more vibrant, statement-red. Be sure to ask a trusted stylist which shade would work best for you.


One hair color for blondes this season incorporates caramel highlights. Ask your stylist for warm, buttery highlights that blend naturally with your hair color. Keep it fresh and on-trend by not going too light at the ends.

Look to celebrities Diane Kruger, Bar Refaeli and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for inspiration.


Say goodbye to the dip-dyes and ombrés. This season, a much more popular highlight technique will be babylights that start about a quarter down from the roots.

Regardless of the hair color you’re starting out with, babylights can add dimension and shine to your tresses that looks sun-kissed and natural.


If you’re feeling more adventurous with your locks, a pastel hair color — whether in the form of highlights or as an all-over color — is all the rage this season.

Seen on celebrities Hillary Duff, Nicole Richie and Katy Perry, colors like lavender, baby pink and teal are part of the colorful trend.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology to Style Hair and Makeup at Shriners Hospital Prom

Students and graduates volunteer to help nearly 50 young patients look and feel their best at annual event

Two dozen Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students and graduates will volunteer to do the hair and makeup for nearly 50 attendees at the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities® Prom on Saturday, April 11 at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minn. The annual event is a special night for young patients who are being treated for orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions. This is the fifth year MSC has participated.

“We always look forward to enhancing the prom experience for these young people each year,” says Jill Hocking, campus director at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury. “We love making them feel glamorous and seeing the confidence it give them. Our students say it’s something they will always remember being a part of.”

MSC recently announced the latest prom beauty trends, which include pastel colors, long beach waves and loose updos. Students plan to incorporate these styles into the hair and makeup looks for the Shriners Prom-goers this year.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Prom would not be as special as it is without the support of students and staff from Minnesota School of Cosmetology,” says Lauren Elm, director of public and community relations for Shriners Hospital for Children® – Twin Cities. “We can’t thank the Minnesota School of Cosmetology enough for their partnership over the last five years. The students use their talents to make our prom attendees feel beautiful inside and out, which is exactly what we hope for.”

Minnesota School of Cosmetology will style hair and makeup for prom attendees from 1-5 p.m. at the Minnesota Masonic Home, located at 11501 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) and Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe Education Network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.

MSC Faculty Spotlight: Amy Stolber

One of the many reasons that Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) stands out from the rest is the amazing instructors we have on campus. We’ll introduce you to one of them here … drumroll please … say hello to Amy Stolber!


What made you decide to start a career in the cosmetology industry?

I’ve known since I was young I wanted to be a cosmetologist. In fact, I thought I invented the French braid. It’s like knowing you want to be a fire or policeman — you just know you want to help others. I knew I wanted to make people look beautiful because it made me and them feel good. Who doesn’t want a career like that?

What was your career path before teaching at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

Prior to MSC, I worked as a stylist and did a few fashion shows for charity events. I also taught at another school before deciding I wanted to bring it all back to MSC.

Why did you choose to teach at MSC?

I really wanted to work at MSC. I graduated from there and after experience in the industry, I knew this was the best. It was like coming home. And two of my favorite teachers are still here. They are just as amazing behind the scenes as they are in person.

Describe your role as an educator.

My role as an educator at MSC is equally divided. I work on the clinic floor and in the basics classroom. I love being able to swap my roles, and it helps keep my enthusiasm high. On the clinic floor, I get to help students identify their strength and encourage new techniques. In the classroom I play a huge role in their development; I’m always trying to get them excited about their new skills.

What’s your favorite part about being an instructor at MSC?

My favorite part of being an educator is knowing that I have helped provide them with an education that can never be taken away. I know they will leave with the tools for success. And after graduation, opportunity is endless for those that seek it.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology?

My advice to someone wanting to join the field: Do it — life is about experiences and an education will give you opportunity and experience. Be a day maker.

What’s your area of expertise or your favorite technique to teach?

I love to teach hair cutting, and it’s hard to hold back my enthusiasm when I know students understand it. I know hair cutting is just the beginning to a wonderful career in cosmetology!

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Creates 2015 Prom Trends for Twin Cities Live

As we enter prom season, high school girls are beginning to think about their dresses, how they will style their hair, do their makeup and polish their nails. Of course, they can’t do any of this without knowing what the hottest trends are for the season. That’s where Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) comes in.

On Friday, April 3, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students modeled the latest hair, makeup and nail trends for prom 2015 on KSTP TV’s “Twin Cities Live,” and instructor Donna Dungy explained how viewers can get the styles for themselves, whether they are attending prom or just going out on the town. The three models also got the opportunity to go to Macy’s at Mall of America to choose dresses and shoes to finish off their looks.

MSC students and instructor Donna Dungy on the set of “Twin Cities Live.”

For the first look, MSC student Hayley Buth styled fellow classmate Amber Forchette’s hair into long, beach waves using a 1 3/4-inch curling iron and breaking up the curls with styling serum to make it appear more natural; a look simple enough for anyone to do themselves. The theme was also mirrored in her long, flowing dress, which was pastel pink. Dungy explained that pastel colors are very popular this year, so Hayley chose pastel pink makeup and nail polish for Amber as well.

Amber's complete prom look.
Amber’s complete prom look.

Continuing with the pastel trend, MSC student Brianna Belanger modeled a mint green dress from Macy’s. Dungy pointed out that bold, smoky eyes are in this season, and stylist Sarah Leeper achieved this look for Brianna by using silver and gray eye makeup. Brianna’s hair was styled in a loose updo, which is simple enough to be done at home with help from a friend. By curling and teasing the hair and dividing into three sections, the middle section can be pulled into a loose bun off to the side and the front to sections twisted into the back. This style can be made prom-ready by adding a decorative broach. Sarah also gave Brianna a design on her nails – another popular spring trend.

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How to get Brianna’s prom hair.
Brianna's complete prom look.
Brianna’s complete prom look.

For the final look, MSC student Clare McGreal gave Monica Vo a more complicated pin-curl updo, which Dungy recommends visiting a salon like Minnesota School of Cosmetology to have done. Bold lips are also in for prom this year, and Clare use a shade of red to accent Monica’s pout. Dungy explains that embellishments are another popular trend this spring, and they were featured on both Monica’s dress and nails to pull the whole look together.

Watch the full “Twin Cities Live” segment.

Monica Vo's complete prom look.
Monica Vo’s complete prom look.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Announces Prom 2015 Beauty Trends

Pastel colors, natural waves and bold lips are the season’s top looks

Students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology are influenced by the latest runway looks each season to create hair, makeup and nail trends for their clients. For prom season 2015, MSC students, staff and instructors say popular styles include pastel colors, loose, wavy hair and natural-looking makeup with bold accents.

Long beach waves and loose updos are popular right now. Lower-placed buns are also a classic look that is back in style.

“The long, natural wave look can be achieved through extensions and loose curls using a 2- to 2 ½-inch curling iron,” says Donna Dungy, instructor at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. “For a sleek low bun, part hair down the center and create two ponytails, one in each hand. Tie hair into a loose knot. Wrap one side around to the right and stick a hair pin in to hold. Repeat on the left side and hold with a pin, and finish off with hairspray to hold the look all night.”

For prom makeup, it’s all about accentuating the details while keeping the rest low-key. Very natural eye makeup is in with big lashes and a bold lip, and pastels are also coming back.

“Pastel-colored eye shadow can be used on the outer rims of the eyes as an eyeliner,” says Dungy. “For a more dramatic look, false eyelashes can create extra volume and length, and red or a darker shade of lipstick can help pull the entire look together.”

Pastels like soft pinks and nudes are also on trend for nail polish colors, along with metallic and 3D embellishments. Stripes and other graphics, including negative space, are also in style for prom this year.

“Negative space can be created by letting the naked nail show in a design that contrasts with polish,” explains Dungy. “Something sure to draw attention to anyone’s prom look is to add gems and jewels to the nails to give them that 3D aspect.”

For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology, visit www.msccollege.edu.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) and Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe Education Network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.