Makeup bag makeover

CHICAGO -- Update your beauty routine with these must-have items every woman should have in her make up bag - and they won't break the bank!
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Channing's Studio & Spa's Cheryl Renella then takes a look at an audience member's make up bag to let her know what she should ditch or keep!

Channing's Studio & Spa's Cheryl Renella then takes a look at an audience member's make up bag to let her know what she should ditch or keep!

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-What should go: Using lipstick as blush! Lipstick tends to carry a lot of bacteria and should never be applied to your cheeks. It also never blends well and you are left with streaks.
-Use a strobing technique. Strobing is about highlighting features on the face. Don't worry, we are not painting the full face. You simply brush on highlighting powder on the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, below your brow bone and corners of your eyes. Then blend in with your fingers or a sponge.
-Splurge: duet bronzer and contour kit for $30 and the brush to help execute the look is $25.
-Steal: Wet n Wild Contouring palette $5.00

-What should go: Throw away old mascara! Only keep mascara for a month. An easy reminder is to add a note to your calendar on your phone. Old mascara can cause pink eye and infections. The doctor's bills and eye drops will be more expensive than a new tube of mascara.
-Splurge: For fuller eyelashes, one of my secrets is the Revitalash Volumizing Mascara in Raven. It is only $24 and saturates the eyelashes with color and definition while conditioning, smoothing and protecting lashes.
-For maximum results, I first put on the Revitalash Volumizing Eyelash Primer, which thickens cuticle of the lash, plumps the lash. It comes in a variety of colors but the cobalt blue is fantastic to use under mascara. ($24)
-Steal: Maybelline Great Lash mascara ($5.99) found at any superstore or drug store.

-What should go: Eyebrow pencils! I HATE eyebrow pencils. They go on waxy/shiny and can sometimes damage the brows if you have dry skin.
-Splurge: For those who have aging brows that might be thin or patchy, I recommend Wonderbrow. It is a one-step application that lasts for days. It retails for $18.75.
-Steal: An alternative to fill the brows is Ardell Brow Pomade. You simply use the application brush to fill in your brow and then use the spoolie to comb for a natural look.

-What should go: Chapsticks. Chapsticks tend to dry out the lips more. You should be applying something that hydrates the lips.
-Splurge and seal: I recommend using a lip gloss that has a hint of mint for fuller looking lips. This tingles the lips and plumps. I love this option here and we sell it for only $15. Image Oramedic Balancing Lip Enhancement helps as well. It resurfaces the skin on the lip, creates hydration and add volume. That retails for $18


A 35-year veteran of the beauty business, Cheryl Renella is renowned for transforming eyebrows into face framers on local Chicagoans as well as famous faces. Cheryl's celebrity client roster includes the likes of Joan Cusack, Angelina Jolie, and Jeremy Piven. After years of working on movie sets creating brows of brilliance, Cheryl settled into Chicago's luxurious Gold Coast to create a studio and spa sanctuary for her clientele. Known as THE brow expert in the Midwest, Cheryl is a skincare secret that is passed on from generation to generation.

A trailblazer in treatments for the past 35 years, Channing's Studio & Spa specializes in innovative and comprehensive services for the face, skin, nails, hair, and more. Nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast on Oak Street, the intimate and inviting setting allows personalized pampering to take priority. Notably renowned for its brow shaping services, the boutique beauty destination has developed a loyal following, favored by locals and celebrities alike. With a tailored menu of services offering the best of the best, look no further than Channing's Studio & Spa.