Archive for July, 2010

Select a facial wash depending upon your skin type

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Select a facial wash depending upon your skin typeWashing your face may be an important component to keeping a healthy-looking complexion, but with the amount of cleansers available, it can be hard to figure out which type of product is best for your face.

According to Gertrude Katatumba, a beauty therapist, selecting the appropriate cleanser for your skin type is imperative. “People with dry and sensitive skin need to choose a cleanser that protects the oil content of their skin…that can help balance their oil properties to re-hydrate and moisturize the skin,” she told the Daily Monitor. Murad Moisture Rich Cleanser includes Sodium PCA to hydrate the skin, and chamomile and white ginger to soothe dry skin and help prevent moisture loss.

Conversely, women with oily skin should look for a face wash that removes excess oil from glands. Ahava Purifying Gel for Oily Skin is formulated to prevent the secretion of too much sebum, the oily substance that can cause breakouts.

Typically, you don’t know how a cleanser will react with your skin until you try it. But Katatumba warned that you should immediately cease using a product if skin conditions worsen. “A good cleanser will not disturb the pH balance of your skin,” she added. “It will keep [your complexion] healthy and fresh.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915588-ADNFCR

Semi-matte lips may be the newest trend

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Semi-matte lips may be the newest trendWhile stains and glosses are often a summertime go-to, some of Hollywood’s hottest stars have recently been rocking a slightly more opaque lip lacquer.

Gillian Jacobs, best known as Britta Perry on NBC’s hit show Community, worked her way around last weekend’s Comic Con with a matte pink pout. Jacobs emphasized her bright lips by wearing minimal makeup on the rest of her face.

At the season four premiere of her show, Mad Men, in New York City, January Jones also donned matte lipstick. The actress opted for a nude tone that complemented her smoldering smoky eye makeup.

However, unlike many matte mouths, both women’s pouts featured a slight sheen, which kept the lips from looking chalky and dry.

There are a couple ways that women can duplicate this look. Girls can apply a product with a powder-finish, such as Sothys Matte Lipstick, and top it with a clear lip balm that boasts a hint of shine.

According to, ladies can also apply a glossy lipstick and “matte it down” with a dusting of translucent face powder, like Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912176-ADNFCR

Get fuller-looking eyebrows like Whitney Port

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Get fuller-looking eyebrows like Whitney PortWhen it comes to brow maintenance, ladies are often worried about finding the best ways to trim down their arches. But what about women with sparse brows? Whether they are naturally thin, or a result of accidental over-tweezing, girls seeking thicker arches may want to take a hint from reality starlet Whitney Port.

According to, Port’s makeup artist uses Talika Eyebrow Extender on The City’s leading lady, to give her brows a boost. The formula is packed with natural-looking fibers that fill in bare patches and stay put all day. While each shade boasts clear gel, the fibers come in three separate hues, to match any woman’s coloring.

However, ladies with sparse eyebrows may not have a defined arch to use as a guide when applying the product. Those who would like a bit of assistance can use Colorescience Eyebrow Stencil, which is available in three different shapes, as a guideline when creating the perfect arch.

Even women with thin eyebrows have the occasional stray hair that must be eliminated. Tweezerman Point Tweezers boast hand-filed tips engineered to grab even the finest hairs.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912175-ADNFCR

Celebrity makeup artist tells women of color how to find the right shade of foundation

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Celebrity makeup artist tells women of color how to find the right shade of foundationSelecting the perfect shade of foundation and concealer may be challenging for all women, but ladies with dark skin may find this process even more difficult. Instead of creating a flawless complexion, skin can appear ashy and gray.

Luckily, reports that due to advancements in cosmetic formulas, foundations are no longer made with titanium oxide, the element usually responsible for making dark skin look ashy. But even with this ingredient gone, how are women of color supposed to locate the right shade of foundation?

According to celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine, finding the perfect concealer is doable, but it may involve trial and error. Instead of purchasing one shade, Fine suggests buying three different tones to see which formula matches skin best.

While trying out multiple products, however, women shouldn’t be set on finding one ideal shade of foundation. “Don’t be afraid to use two brands or two formulas because that’s what makeup artist do,” he told the website.

Fine added that women with dark skin need to remember to shop for different shades depending upon the season. “The foundation that you use in the winter is not going to look as warm and beautiful on you once you get a little color in the summer,” he told the news source. “So, it’s important to switch it up.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912174-ADNFCR

Stars step out with funky nail polish

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Stars step out with funky nail polishManicures and pedicures seem to be an imperative part of girls’ summertime beauty regime – open-toed shoes display toes, and long sleeves and gloves that hide fingernails are nowhere in sight. So, discovering a new trend in nail design can be just as exciting as picking up that new bikini.

According to, stars are getting funky with their lacquer. At last weekend’s Comic-Con, Vanessa Hudgens worked the red carpet wearing robin’s egg blue nail polish on her fingers and a glittery gold color on her toes.

While the color combination is fantastic, it’s nothing new. So what made this look unique? Instead of painting all 10 fingers in the light blue hue, the High School Musical star covered two fingernails (her ring fingers) with the same metallic polish used for her pedicure.

At a different California event, English model Alexa Chung stepped out wearing a bold design on her nails as well. The former MTV personality donned opaque white polish adorned with small red hearts.

While the news source guesses that the hearts may have been a nail overlay, girls with a steady grip can attempt to recreate the look freehand, using Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers in Amazing Grace (a pure white) and My Funny Valentine (a classic red).ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912173-ADNFCR

Celebs prove that cool blue eyeshadow can be hot

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Celebs prove that cool blue eyeshadow can be hotBlue eyeshadow may be a hard look to pull off – when not done right, the look can age you 40 years, or transport you back to the ’80s! But lately, some of Hollywood’s blue-eyed beauties have been rocking azure powder, and doing it flawlessly.

According to, Michelle Trachtenberg, Elizabeth Rohm and Italian model Sofia Bruscoli have stepped out with a bit blue eye makeup. The two actresses chose to mix the pigment with dark tones, while Rohm blended her gray smoky eye with an icy blue metallic, Trachtenberg opted for a subtle dusting of mint-colored powder beneath her black-lined lower lashes.

Bruscoli, however, kept the eyeliner limited to her upper lids, and donned nothing but a bold stripe of teal makeup along her lower lash line.

While the applications may have been different, it seems that all three women chose shades that matched their eye color, and the results were stunning.

Women with blue eyes who are eager to try out this look should remember that less is more – a bright cobalt shadow on upper and lower lids may be overwhelming. Instead, opt for a bit of eyeliner, like Too Faced Foiled Liners in Turquoise Tinsel, or a dusting of shadow, such as such as Babor Eye Shadow in Heaven, along the lash line or around eyes’ inside corners.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912177-ADNFCR

Save time by using a facial wash that removes makeup

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Save time by using a facial wash that removes makeupRemoving your makeup and washing your face may be necessary, but the process can also be time-consuming. Instead of forgoing either of these important parts of your nightly routine, look for a product that can multi-task – it can make your beauty regime a bit easier while it saves you money and, best of all, time!

To women with busy schedules, every second counts, and few gals know that better than actresses. Leading ladies are constantly running from set to set, usually with full faces of makeup. So how do the starlets keep their complexions clean?

According to, Kristen Stewart used towelettes saturated with Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser to remove makeup each night after she finished filming scenes for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The fragrance-free face wash removes makeup while it gently cleanses, soothes and protects skin.

However, some women require specialized cleansers to combat specific problems, such as dry skin. Luckily, there are products that remove makeup and cleanse as they solve minor skin problems.

Sothys Softening Skin Cleanser Beauty Milk is a makeup-eliminating face wash that is additionally formulated to hydrate dry skin, while the brand’s Normalizing Skin Cleanser Beauty Milk dissolves oils that cause breakouts.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912172-ADNFCR

Experts tell Men’s Health how to best apply cologne

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Experts tell Men's Health how to best apply cologneAccording to a survey conducted by Men’s Health magazine, 56 percent of women say that men should wear cologne every day. However, 99 percent of ladies polled agreed that men shouldn’t smell like fragrance from more than a foot away. So how do you strike the perfect balance when applying your signature scent?

“Apply cologne on the places where you can feel the beats of your heart,” Rochelle Bloom, president of the Fragrance Foundation, told the news source, as the throb adds impact to the scent. Before you leave for work, target areas like wrists, the sides of your neck and over your heart.

Not every product that you use must be scented, industry insider Mikel Cirkus added. In fact, using a cologne, aftershave, body wash and deodorant that all boast different fragrances may result in clashing scents. Instead, opt for items with the same smell. Giorgio Armani‘s fragrance line, Armani Code For Men, offers cologne, after shave balm and lotion, shower gel and a deodorant stick.

Finally, if you find your scent fading, apply one more spritz around 3 pm. “A quick splash midafternoon is a psychological pick-me-up and keeps you smelling wonderful,” Mary Ellen Lapsansky, executive director of the Fragrance Foundation, told the news provider.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912171-ADNFCR

Use eyeshadow as a liner for a subtle burst of color

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Use eyeshadow as a liner for a subtle burst of colorSummer is the season to add a punch of color to your daily beauty routine, but those who aren’t daring enough to try a magenta-colored pout or kelly green smoky eyes can still have some colorful fun – just try a bit of bright eyeliner!

English songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor recently attended the 10th birthday celebration for online retailer, and while the brunette beauty wore a vibrant floral dress, it was her eye makeup that really turned heads.

While her lids featured classic black liner and were dusted with a light pink powder, her lower lash line boasted a streak of light blue makeup. This subtle stripe made Ellis-Bextor’s azure eyes pop without overwhelming her delicate features.

Though eyeliner may seem like the product to use to tackle this trend, a great eyeshadow may be the way to go. Eyeshadow tends to be available in a wider range of hues and, should you gain courage to try a bolder look, you can use the bright-colored powder as a shadow on your upper lid.

To mimic Ellis-Bextor’s look, simply use an angled liner brush to draw a stripe of color along your lower lash line. Look for a shadow that can be used moist or dry, like Sothys Two Way Eye Shadow, as a damp application can ensure a brighter color and opaque coverage.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19910171-ADNFCR

Quick fixes to maintain a flawless beachside appearance

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Quick fixes to maintain a flawless beachside appearanceAs July winds down, many people may flock to the shores to capture the last month of guaranteed beach weather. But a romp in the sand and waves can leave you with messy hair and a face full of melted makeup.

Instead of forgoing cosmetics all-together, making your face feel more naked than your bared midsection, apply a few products to keep your appearance flawless while having fun in the sun.

It’s no secret that women should smother themselves in sunscreen before hitting the beach, but even sun-protected skin may need a bit of extra help. While soaking up the rays can be relaxing, it can also cause an unfortunately shiny complexion.

A high-quality powder with a built-in SPF is ideal for ocean or poolside touch-ups. Allure magazine recommends Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 50, a lightweight formula that will hide skin imperfections while protecting your face from UVA and UVB rays.

To keep hair from hanging limply or curling uncontrollably after a dip in the saltwater, the publication suggests packing a texturizing spray, and spritzing strands while scrunching locks for a sexy, carefree look. Also, remember to carry hair elastics – a purposefully messy bun can tame hair and look cute!ADNFCR-3538-ID-19910161-ADNFCR