Archive for July, 2010

Tips to help concealer and foundation last in the heat

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Tips to help concealer and foundation last in the heatWith the combination of heat and sun, women may often sweat off their foundation in the summer months. But, according to Allure magazine, there are a few simple ways that ladies can keep their makeup from melting.

To help your cosmetics last, use a primer before applying concealer and foundation. “The formula creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup and prolongs your overall look,” makeup artist James Boehmer told the news source.

When selecting a concealer, avoid liquid formulas and opt for a densely pigmented cream, as the thicker product is less likely to disappear in warm weather.

Though tinted moisturizers seem to be the popular choice during warm weather, some women always desire the full coverage that foundation offers. During summer, opt for a lightweight silicone-based formula, as the magazine reports that “silicone acts as a film between your skin and the humidity, preventing foundation from seeping into your pores or dribbling down your chin.”

For sheer coverage, the news source suggests applying foundation with a dampened makeup sponge, using short strokes. Give the makeup a minute to set before using additional cosmetics.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19914117-ADNFCR

Nicole Kidman proves redheads can wear pink

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Nicole Kidman proves redheads can wear pinkNicole Kidman made headlines earlier this week, but the stories had nothing to do with a new movie. Instead, people were buzzing about the actress’ makeup at the 2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Installation Luncheon at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, particularly her decision to don a rosy pink lipstick, putting to rest the old adage that redheads shouldn’t wear pink.

According to makeup artist Nicole Bryl, the rose-colored formula worked on Kidman because it paired well with her porcelain skin. “This lipstick shade works best for a pale complexion, as the rosy lip shade pops against an ivory skin tone,” Bryl told “Partnering the shade with a cherry-kissed cheek completes the classic romantic look.”

But ladies with a darker complexion can rock a pink lip as well. “Olive and darker skins should use more of a burgundy cheek and lip shade, with a bit more gold on the eyes to give the illusion of brightening the face and warming up the heaviness of the burgundy tone,” Bryl added.

Sothys Hydra-Glide Lipstick is a hydrating, long-lasting formula that is available in a wide variety of pink shades, from Rose glace to Framboise.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19914116-ADNFCR

Products suited for young women beginning to wear makeup

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Products suited for young women beginning to wear makeupGiven the amount of products available, the world of cosmetics can be overwhelming to young women who are starting to wear makeup. However, unlike her experienced elders, a teenage girl doesn’t require as many products to achieve a flawless look.

According to CBS News, girls who are beginning to experiment with cosmetics should adopt the motto less is more. “Make-up should enhance the way your face naturally looks, not make you look like a completely different person,” the news source reports.

While foundation can be a lifesaver to more mature gals, teens should stick with a tinted moisturizer. Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisture SPF 15 is lightweight, boasts UV protection and is available in three shades.

Many girls are tempted to experiment with boldly colored eye and lip products, and while that’s fine when playing around at home, the news outlet suggests that teens use sheer formulas on lids and lips when heading out.

Pixi Fairy Light Solos is mineral-based powder eyeshadow, available in several neutral-colored shades, perfect for subtly enhancing a teenage girl’s beauty. A tinted lip balm, like Pixi Rose Lip Treat, adds a natural touch of color while conditioning lips.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19914113-ADNFCR

Get white teeth for your wedding day

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Get white teeth for your wedding dayWhile most brides are decked out in white from head to toe as they walk down the aisle, few may give much thought to the most important white-colored accessory of all – their teeth. But one lady is sure to have a sparkling smile as she exchanges vows.

In a recent YouTube question and answer session, bride-to-be Katy Perry, who is engaged to funnyman Russell Brand, revealed that she’s obsessed with her pearly whites.

“I brush my teeth all the time,” the songstress said. “I wanted them to be, like, Britney Spears white. I used to grow up seeing her music videos, like, ‘What does she do? Does she get a new set of teeth all the time? They’re so white!'”

Ladies looking to brighten their smiles before their wedding can use a teeth whitening system from GoSMILE or SuperSmile. However, for a quick fix, girls can swipe on a bold lipstick – as long as it’s the right shade.

According to, blue-based red and berry shades make teeth appear whiter, while formulas with golden or orange undertones will make teeth seem more yellow.

Youngblood offers several shades of lipstick that boast blue undertones, including Kranberry, Rosewater and Pink Quartz.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19914112-ADNFCR

Conceal spider veins without hiding your legs

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Conceal spider veins without hiding your legsIn the warm weather, sundresses are a must – the flowy frocks are perfect for a daytime shopping trip or a night out on the town. But women with legs that boast spider veins may be hesitant to don the flirty numbers.

Instead of spending the summertime wearing long skirts and leggings, treat the small imperfections and prepare to flaunt your legs.

Women who have spent years taking precautions to avoid getting spider veins should cease trying – it may not be working. “I don’t care if you cross your legs, I don’t care if you wear tight everything – about 90 percent of unsightly blood vessels are genetic,” dermatologist Seth Matarasso told Allure magazine.

However, there are some products formulated to reduce the appearance of spider veins, like Cellex-C Mother & Child Skin Care Spider Vein Complex – a lightweight gel designed to diminish red or purple discoloration and prevent dilated capillaries by providing nutrients.

In addition to making the veins less apparent, you can also conceal the unsightly vessels with makeup. Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15 is a long-lasting, quick-drying formula that covers imperfections and enables you to feel confident when stepping outside with bare legs.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915629-ADNFCR

Airport offering free spray tans to beach-seeking travelers

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Airport offering free spray tans to beach-seeking travelersUpon returning from a sunny getaway, many people revel in their post-vacation tans. However, some travelers desire a golden glow before they set foot on the sand.

According to the Daily Mail, a recent poll conducted by London’s Gatwick Airport found that 32 percent of people most dread baring pale skin on the beach, insisting they would rather reveal cellulite and bulging bellies. Additionally, more than half said that having a tan would boost their confidence on vacation.

In response to the findings, the news source reports that, for a limited time, Gatwick Airport will offer free spray tans to passengers flying to St. Tropez.

But you don’t have to go to Gatwick to get bronzed skin before a beach-side break. Instead, use a sunless tanner to help you achieve your desired pre-vacation glow.

Peter Thomas Roth Natural Looking Self-Tanner is a fragrance-free formula that is safe to use on both your body and face. Fake Bake offers a plethora of sunless tanners, including lotion, spray and mousse, and even offers a product formulated for men, Man Bronzing Gel.

However, before you hit the beach, remember to load up on sunblock with a high SPF – your skin may appear tan, but you still need protection from harmful UV rays!ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915622-ADNFCR

The secrets behind lip gloss’ shine

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The secrets behind lip gloss' shineRegardless of the temperature, whether you’re preparing for a day at the office or a night on the town, there is one product that seems versatile enough for any occasion, year-round – lip gloss. This fantastic product is easy to apply, and is available in a seemingly endless range of shades.

But have you ever wondered what makes lip gloss so shiny? According to one expert, the answer has to do with light reflection.

Industry insider Dr Sarah Vickery recently spoke to about the secrets behind the gloss’ major shine-factor. “The key to getting high shine is using materials with a high refractive index – a technical measure of how light interacts with the material versus in air. Light is reflected from the surface as it reaches the material. The higher the refractive index, the shinier the material,” she told the website.

Scientifically speaking, the major shine component in most gloss is polybutene, which has a refractive index over 1.4, Vickery added. Typically, the sticky substance is balanced with lightweight emollients to keep the formula from feeling tacky.

While lip gloss is sure to make your pout look impeccable, you many want to condition your lips with a coat of lip balm first, as the shiny formula may highlight dry flakes and cracked skin.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915615-ADNFCR

Brides should remember to treat their hands before the ceremony

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Brides should remember to treat their hands before the ceremonyWhile brides-to-be often focus on their gown, hair and makeup before their upcoming nuptials, few may take time to think about an extremely important feature – their hands! Women who are about to say ‘I do’ may want to treat themselves to a manicure – as soon as rings are exchanged, guests will be glancing at your hands all night.

To keep your skin soft, apply a rich hand cream each day, in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Ladies who desire a more advanced moisturizing treatment can use special gloves designed to provide intensive hydration. Borghese Spa Mani Moisture Restoring Gloves feature a blend of oils and vitamins to help rehydrate and rejuvenate skin.

When selecting a nail polish, opt for a light hue. “Under no circumstances should you have color on your hands,” Ji Baek, owner of New York City’s Rescue Beauty Lounge spas, told Allure. Lippmann Collection offers a great set of sheer, light nail lacquers, aptly named The Princess Bride Collection.

However, ladies who love candy-colored nail polish can opt for a bright pedicure. “If you want to show your wild side, put color on your toenails,” Baek suggested, “but not too bright there, either – a nice dark pink or classic red.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915604-ADNFCR

Smooth cellulite with Karin Herzog Silhouette

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Smooth cellulite with Karin Herzog SilhouetteThere are some problem areas that are exceptionally hard to hide. For many women, cellulite is an aspect of their appearance that they dislike and find difficult to camouflage. Unlike blemishes that can be masked by concealer and treated with healing gel, there is no simple way to get rid of cellulite.

“It’s not about being skinny or fat,” dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Allure magazine, adding that diet and exercise is not likely to affect this dimply hindrance. While most cellulite is easy enough to cover up in the winter, the short dresses and bathing suits of summertime may make some ladies feel self-conscious.

Instead of hiding at home until the cooler weather comes, try an anti-cellulite cream to diminish the lumpy look. According to, the cause of cellulite is still unclear, but its appearance may be enhanced by a surrounding accumulation of fluids, caused by hormones, poor circulation, stress and even tight clothing.

However, Laura Kenney, a writer for StyleList, recommends Karin Herzog Silhouette cellulite-reducing cream. The formula contains 4 percent oxygen, which helps improve circulation by targeting clogged capillaries that retain water.

Kenney reported an improvement after using the product. “After about a weeks use my cellulite looked less apparent – the orange peel texture was noticeably lessened,” she wrote on the website. “But after a month of diligently applying [it] I saw a definite difference.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19914111-ADNFCR

Turquoise-colored eye makeup can be worn by all skin tones

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Turquoise-colored eye makeup can be worn by all skin tonesAccording to, a multitude of Hollywood starlets are trying out a new, bold look – turquoise-colored lids. Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Amber Riley were recently snapped wearing eye makeup in this traffic-stopping shade.

“Turquoise makeup is a huge summer trend because it has a sexy tropical feel,” makeup artist Mathew Nigara told the news source. While this hue may not be for the faint of heart, it can be rocked by daring women of all skin tones.

No stranger to bright colors, Gwen Stefani recently painted her lids with a turquoise shadow. Women with a similar, fair complexion should opt for a powder with a teal base, makeup artist Mathew Nigara told the news source.

“[The color] can be whimsical and fun, [and] look incredible on tanned, shimmering skin,” Nigara added, so ladies with a medium skin tone should look for a golden-based turquoise, and dust their face with a highlighter that boasts a subtle golden shimmer.

Women with a dark complexion, however, can emphasize their eyes by pairing turquoise with accents of black and gold.

Regardless of skin tone, ladies who try out this bold trend should remember to keep the rest of their makeup minimal – simply accentuate your stare with a few coats of black mascara and paint your pout with a bit of clear or neutral-colored lip gloss.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915591-ADNFCR