Custom Blend Foundations from and Motives

Be Yourself Beauty and Motives Custom Blend foundation is designed to match skin tones perfectly and provides the desired coverage
and finish by employing an advanced combination of bases, toners,
enhancers, and modifiers that conceal any feature for a truly signature
look. It sets a new standard in customized cosmetics with a simple
process of choosing a base, adjusting with toner, then adding personal
touches from an extensive selection of modifiers and enhancers that
adjust the foundation texture, coverage and finish to meet any need or preference.

For a more natural coverage, a thinner can be added to dilute the base for a sheer finish.  A Hydrator can be added to a foundation to help restore moisture in dehydrated skin.

For those with t-zone shine or oily
skin, a Mattifier imparts a flawless, shine-free, powder finish for
camera-ready makeup as it absorbs any surface oil.  An Oil Control
enhancer helps manage oil production for 8-10 hours by utilizing botanicals with
astringent, purifying and cleansing qualities.

Need a lift? Skip the syringe! Fringe Benefit plumps fine lines,
restores radiance and re-texturizes the skin, while Ultra Firming
botanical complex uses soy protein for an instant tightening “flash”
effect that lasts throughout the day.  It’s almost like having liquid
Botox.  Something everyone should include is the buildable Sunscreen
Additive, which provides a lightweight, non-greasy SPF protection from
harmful UV rays.

For those in need of extra coverage, Coverage Enhancers are used to increase the foundation pigment from medium coverage for slight imperfections such as rosacia, freckles and dark circles, to maximum coverage for camouflaging more severe problems like hyper-pigmentation, post-surgical bruising or discoloration, scars and tattoos.

Be Yourself Beauty and  Motives Custom Blend Foundation Bases and Toners can create the perfect shade for an individual’s
skin by matching and neutralizing natural undertones. All seven Bases
come in an oil-free formula, perfect if you are looking for an oil-free foundation.   They are paraben free and are 11% pigmented, which means more coverage
in an age defying, lighter weight texture. Toners are intensive
concentrates that come in 12 colors such as Yellow/Red which imparts
peach undertones and Pearl which gives movement for that dewy glow. 
These Toners provide the control to color-match any skin tone, adjust
the foundation and create any shade imaginable in a talc-free formula that will never turn your foundation chalky. 

Custom blend foundations retail for $39.99 to $44.99.  (Foundation price is determined by modifers needed).  They are available for purchase through For additional information about our products, please visit or contact Nancy Hathaway-Hopowiec at 860-289-8191 or 888-457-8797

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Motives Makeup in the News!

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Be Yourself Beauty Chosen for Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire

Be Yourself Beauty has been Chosen for Bride’s Choice Award

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards ™
recognizes the top local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire
Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness,
and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected
by the organization, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined by recent
reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds. This year’s
winners represent the top five percent of WeddingWire’s vendor
community, which consists of over 100,000 local wedding professionals

Congratulations "Be Yourself Beauty" our 2010 winner in Connecticut!

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New Year, New You!!

Happy New Year!  The New Year brings us all a wonderful opportunity to
reflect on the past year and again, and make a resolution to do something
to empower ourselves.  One way women can empower themselves is through
the use of makeup.  It has been proven that when you look good, you
feel good and it helps boost your confidence.  Empower yourself today
with a personal consultation and make this Year a Beautiful Year with
Be Yourself Beauty.  Contact us today at 860-289-8191 or toll free at
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Prescriptives Cosmetics says Bye….Be Yourself Beauty says Hi

September 2009 – Prescriptives cosmetics announces that it will be closing it’s doors January 31, 2010. 

That’s sad news for it’s Customers….especially those you have become accustomed to enjoying a custom-blend foundation. 

At we understand how wonderful custom blended foundations are!…That’s why we’ve been making them since 1995.  If you haven’t been custom-blended, you don’t know what it truly means to find the "Perfect" foundation.  Our custom blend formulas are exactly that…perfectly made for You in every way!   They are Customized to meet your skin tone and skin type needs…whether that be for oily skin or someone who needs a moisturizing formula, we can make the foundation to do what you want and what your skin requires. 

We are happy to welcome former Prescriptives Customers and offer them a sample of our Custom-Blend foundation absolutely FREE to try before you buy.  Simply visit our website for complete information or contact

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The Colors of “Motive”ation – Motives Cosmetics Eye Shadows

Motives Cosmetics Pressed Eye Shadows – The Colors of MotiveAtion —

The new Motives Cosmetics shadows look even better on your lids than they do in
their newly packaged elegant cases. These crease-proof shadows have the perfect quality of pigment and shimmer without being too glittery.  Best of all, they come in a wide range of intriguing hues and they’re formulated to deflect light away from any fine
lines along the eye area, creating an optical illusion that disguises any
visible signs of aging.

Pictured below are just a few of the pressed
eye shadow colors we have to offer…

find out more at

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Bridal Makeup: Tips for Hiring a Makeup Artist or Applying your Own

It’s June and Wedding Season is Officially underway! 
If you’ve decided to
hire a makeup artist to apply picture perfect makeup for your wedding,
it’s important that you have a trial at least a few weeks or a month or two before the big day.  A trial will
ensure that the makeup artist knows exactly how you want your makeup
applied for your wedding and you have no surprises the day of your wedding.  It’s common to be charged a fee for the trial.  Although the trial cost is not going to be as much as the day of the wedding, rates from $50-$150 are common.  Also, it’s a good idea to take a photo of yourself before and after the trial so you and the makeup artist have something to refer to.


If you’re planning on
doing your own wedding day makeup, make sure that you practice putting
on exactly what you think you want the month or so before your wedding.  Get your products ready to ensure you have what you’ll need (enough concealer, bronzer, foundation, blush, shadows, liners, mascara and lipstick) in your makeup bag.  You don’t want to find out the morning of your big day that you ran out, or don’t have enough of something you really need.  Consulting with a makeup artist on this will be important.  An artist such as Nancy from can provide instruction and technique to help ensure you’ll be comfortable in knowing what to wear and how to apply it.  If you don’t have what you need, you’ll also be able to order it from Nancy and has a wide selection of products to choose from.


Nancy from will help you customize and create a Bridal Beauty Kit that is filled with everything you will need to apply your own wedding day makeup.  A typical kit would include:

  • Eye Shadow, Blush, Custom-Blended Foundation and Setting Powder
  • Little Black Dress Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and the Exclusive Fine Liner Brush for application
  • Black Water-proof Mascara
  • Lip Gloss
  • Cosmetic Case

If you are doing your own makeup, here are Nancy’s wedding day tips

  1. Be sure to even out skin with a yellow-toned
    foundation. Flash photography tends to wash you out and emphasize pink tones in the skin.  Apply your foundation by starting at the nose and mouth where there’s the most redness, and then
    blend outward to the rest of the face.
  2. Set your concealer and
    foundation with Powder to ensure longer-lasting
    wear and to ensure that skin looks matte in pictures.
  3. If your dress has an open neckline or is sleeveless, be sure to warm up your neck,chest and/or shoulders with a dusting of Bronzer.
  4. Use a
    water-resistant liner that can withstand tears; try Motives "Little Black Dress" Long-Wearing Gel
    Eyeliner applied with the Fine Eye Liner Brush. If you prefer to
    line with shadow, make it longer-lasting by applying it with a slightly
    damp Eye Liner Brush. Finish with a water-resistant mascara.
  5. After applying all
    your eye makeup, finish with a highlighter shade on the browbone to make
    eyes pop. Rub your finger in a light matte shade and pat lightly on the
    outer corner of the browbone.
  6. For a pretty flush
    that lasts, use two shades of Blush. First, apply a neutral shade on
    the apples of cheeks, blending up into the hairline, then downwards to
    soften. Then apply a brighter shade just on the apples of cheeks for a pop of color.
  7. Neutral and pale
    lip colors look washed out in photographs, so choose a lip color that’s
    one to two shades brighter than what you normally wear. Pinks, roses
    and plums are perfect choices for brides.
  8. To make Lip Color last longer, line and fill in lips with your Motives Lip Pencil before applying your lip color or gloss.
  9. Carry a touch-up
    makeup bag that contains your concealer, pressed powder, lipstick or gloss, lip liner,
    tissues, mints, and a mini sewing kit (for emergency clothing fixes
    like a dropped hem or popped button).
  10. "Be Yourself; Be Beautiful"® and most importantly Breathe and Enjoy!
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