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The aveda institute of Los Angeles offers a unique learning environment in cosmetology through hands-on, real-world experience. aveda, located in westwood, california, inspires students to exceed expectation and seek lifelong learning beyond the traditional classroom. Aveda promotes the concept that education encompasses more than learning basic technical skills. Our cosmetology curriculum is specifically designed to prepare beauty school students for the state licensing examination and allow them to learn the technical, personal and business skills necessary to work in a professional salon environment.

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Aveda How To: the Perfect Red Lip

red lipWhile pulling off a red lip feels a little intimidating, you don’t have to hire a makeup artist to the stars to achieve the perfect red lip. With a few products, and the right technique, mastering the romantic red lip can be done within the comfy confines of your own home:

1) The key to achieving any bold lip is to make sure your lips are hydrated and smooth. Cracked or peeling lips will make your lip color bleed and appear uneven. We recommend using a homemade exfoliating scrub like this once a week:

Homemade All-Natural Lip Scrub Recipe

1 tsp honey
1 tsp olive oil
1tsp brown sugar
2-3 drops of essential oil (Aveda peppermint oil or your favorite Aveda scent)

Heat honey in the microwave for 5 seconds. Mix in the oil, sugar and essential oil. With clean hands, gently massage onto lips and then rinse with warm water. Follow with Aveda lip saver.

2) To achieve a long lasting red lip, you’ll want to apply lip liner all over your lips. We love our Aveda nourish-mint lip liner in fire maple. It’s the perfect shade to complement a cool and vibrant red lipstick.gogi berry

3) Apply your lipstick evenly and generously. For extra control, use a lip brush, or put the color just in the center of your lips and blend out using your pinky. Our favorite shade is Aveda nourish-mint smoothing lip color in gogi berry.

4) If you prefer a matte finish, you can skip to step 5. If you prefer a glossy look, apply Aveda nourish-mint rehydrating lip glaze right over top of your lipstick. We love a clear or dark pink lip gloss with a red lip. Try Aveda nourish-mint rehydrating lip glaze in cherry blossom.

5) Lastly, dab a bit of concealer around your lips. This will keep the color from smearing and make the red lip pop against your skin!


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Aveda How To: Smooth and Volumize Hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion

When you’re scrambling to get out the door in the mornings, every minute matters. That’s why we’re showing you how to give yourself a voluminous and smooth blow out in only 8 steps using our Smooth Infusion product line:

1. Shampoo and condition hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo and conditioner.

2. Emulsify Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother between your palms, and apply evenly throughout your hair. Next, emulsify Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, and apply the same way.

3. If you wear bangs, comb them forward and blow dry. If not, begin to rough dry the rest of your hair, stopping when it’s about 85% dry.

4. Section the hair at the crown, and clip it. Then, section the hair on the sides and back of head into 3 more sections. This will make hair easier to manage while drying and styling.

5. Release the bottom section, and use a round brush to smooth the hair and create volume as you blow dry. Repeat the process with the middle sections of hair.

6. Now split the crown into 3 smaller sections. Round brush dry the middle section, and set it with a roller. This will help to maintain volume. Repeat with the remaining sections.

7. Blow dry all 3 sections with a diffuser. Once the hair is completely dry and cooled down, remove the rollers and brush out hair.

8. Use Aveda Air Control hair spray to set the look you’ve created.

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Aveda Product Spotlight: 3 Fall Looks to Try

It’s officially fall, which means we’re looking forward to a new season of makeup trends! We’ve gathered 3 of our favorite looks from the runway for you to try this season:

Allspice1) The Color Pop: Pops of color on the lids, cheeks and lips were seen all over the runways. Our favorite was bold eye color – a trend that requires a little courage to pull off. Try Aveda petal essence single eye color in allspice – a reddish, brown shadow that will really make blue and green eyes pop!

2) Radiant Skin: We saw this trend on the runways all year, and we love it because it’s easy to achieve and flatters everyone! Add a glow to your skin with Aveda inner light mineral tinted moisturizer. Then, add highlighter and some color with Aveda petal essence face accent in apricot whisper. The combination of theseav_A2P9_254 two power products will leave your skin with a radiant and healthy looking glow.

3) Metallic Nails: Metallics will be a top trend for both the fall and winter seasons. We love the OPI Nordic fall/winter collection. With shades ranging from dramatic color to soft and shimmery metallic, it’s a perfect line to carry you from fall all the way through winter. Pop in for a mani/pedi to kick start the fall season – right now we are rocking the cool toned dark brown, How Great is Your Dane?

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Friday Fun: Aveda Institute Student Tests Out New Techniques

This past weekend, some staff and students from the Nurtur Aveda Institutes attended the Aveda Mid-America show! Over 1800 regional stylists and salon owners attended this exciting event! Attendees were treated to performances and technical presentations designed to inspire creativity, led by the Aveda Global Artistic team, as well as Aveda Guest Artists from all around North America.

Current senior student, Ocean Householder, was among the group of students that the Nurtur Aveda Institutes sent to the show. Ocean and her peers had the opportunity to learn some amazing technical and editorial techniques from, Tippi Shorter, Aveda’s Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair.

Ocean tested out her new skills upon returning to the Aveda Institute this week. We think her work is pretty incredible:






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Aveda How To: Fake a Full Night’s Sleep

When you’re exhausted, it shows. Whether you were up for a late night of studying, working, or partying, you look in the mirror the next morning and find dark circles, scaly skin and chapped lips. We’re often told, “you need to get 8 hours of sleep a night.” But as an adult, sometimes all we really need is a lesson on how to fake a good night’s sleep when we haven’t had the time to log any serious shut eye.

You can’t rewind time to get your beauty sleep, but here are 5 easy ways to hide the fact that you totally skimped on it:

av_A3LN_2541) Exfoliate: The repair work that’s supposed to happen to the skin at night includes the natural whisking away of dead cells that leave your complexion looking dull and ashen. A good face exfoliation in the morning can do almost the same thing in a fraction of the time. Try Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser – our daily cleanser with jojoba exfoliating beads will help increase cell turnover and remove impurities. It’s the first step in our tourmaline charged system and the best way to jump start a healthy glow.

2) Cool Down: A cool shower stimulates circulation in your body and can have a toning effect on your face and that’s not the only benefit: research shows that lowering the temperature just a few degrees can make you feel more awake. For an extra boost, cleanse and invigorate your body with Aveda Energizing Body Cleanser, a refreshing blend of aloe vera, witch hazel and grapefruit seed-plus exhilarating, plant-derived aromas including peppermint and ylang ylang.

3) Re-Hydrate: Lack of sleep compromises your skin’s ability to retain water. This results in a dehydrating effect, which can accentuate any fine lines or wrinkles you have. Restore balance to your skin with Aveda Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme. The finely powdered tourmaline, a naturally energizing mineral, mixed with marine and plant extracts and 11 powerful anti-oxidants hydrates, protects and infuses life and radiance into your skin. av_A1NK_254

4) Lighten Up: Unfortunately there’s no eye cream that offers an instant fix in the am. However, concealer is a sure bet to reduce those under-eye dark circles. Use a creamy formula, like Aveda Inner Light Concealer to cover only the dark areas under your eyes (avoid applying to the entire under-eye area) and lightly blend.

5) Move: Before you leave the house, squeeze in your favorite mini workout routine. Your body relies on external movements and breathing to keep fluids from pooling in certain areas like under your eyes. Focusing on movement and breathing for even just a couple of minutes will help to disperse these fluids.


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