Archive for July, 2010

Rock red lipstick for an elegant night out

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Rock red lipstick for an elegant night outThere are few looks more classic than a bold red lip for a night out. This simple swipe of color adds instant elegance and glamor, and can take any woman from drab to fab in mere minutes.

Recently, some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities have stepped out with smiles painted in a host of red shades. During Paris Couture Fashion Week, Jessica Alba rocked a scarlet-colored pout, while Twilight star Ashley Greene arrived at the 18th annual ESPY Awards wearing bright red lipstick.

Both women, however, seemed to remember the golden rule of donning a bold lip color – each actress paired her red mouth with minimal eye makeup.

Those who want crimson pouts like the stars’ should select a matte lipstick, like Borghese B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Carnevale Red, as too much shimmer may work against the bold color and create an overpowering look. However, a clear gloss can be slicked on top of the color to keep lips looking luscious.

To ensure that product lasts, and to keep the brightly colored product from bleeding or feathering, apply a lip liner, like Borghese Perfetta Lip Pencil, beneath lipstick.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908399-ADNFCR

Allure shares the secrets to creating the perfect smoky eye!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Allure shares the secrets to creating the perfect smoky eye! There is no doubt that a smoky eye is both elegant and sexy, but many women may not try out the look because they’re intimidated by its hard-to-create reputation. However, experts at Allure magazine promise that crafting this sultry stare doesn’t have to be too tricky, as long as you have the right products.

Begin with a small, flat brush, and dust a matte, light gray powder over the entire lid. Next, apply a darker gray shadow into your crease and along your upper lash line. The news source suggests that those who want a more intense stare can opt for a matte black instead.

Put the brushes down and line your eyes with black pencil, and use a cotton swab to smudge the liner, as the publication promises this will up the smoky factor. Add a bit of dark gray or black shadow along your lower lash line.

To bring the look together, however, Allure shares one final secret – blend all the colors together! Use a domed eye shadow brush to apply a light layer of shimmering vanilla-colored powder, and swirl the shade over the lids.

The appropriate brushes are just as important as the perfect shadows when creating a smoky eye. Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of ideal applicators, and true beauty mavens can invest in the Professional Brush Set, which includes 16 brushes.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908395-ADNFCR

New study reveals women with dark skin need sun protection as well

Monday, July 26th, 2010

New study reveals women with dark skin need sun protection as wellWhile it may be common to hear women with fair skin profess their need for sunblock products that boast a high SPF to protect their complexion, it seems that women with darker skin should also stock up on sunscreen.

According to, a new study of melanoma patients in Florida found advanced cases in 26 percent of African Americans and 18 percent of Hispanics, compared to 12 percent found in Caucasians.

“There is a fairly common misconception among African Americans and Hispanics that we do not get skin cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Dr Marcy Street, the first African-American female MOHS surgeon in the United States, told the news source.

Street advises all women to check their bodies often for signs of skin cancer, such as changing moles and rashes that don’t heal with lotion, and to always use sunblock with an SPF of at least 30.

Experts suggest the women with darker complexions use a light, spray-on formula, as heavy creams can leave skin looking gray or ashy. Dermalogica WaterBlock Solar Spray SPF 30 contains no artificial colors, and is formulated to absorb instantly for invisible, full-body protection.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908390-ADNFCR

Allure magazine shares tips for fighting summer breakouts

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Allure magazine shares tips for fighting summer breakoutsWith the combination of sun, sweat and humidity, it seems that summer breakouts are unavoidable. But, according to Allure magazine, the right products can help you combat warm-weather blemishes.

“The most important thing is to keep your pores clean by washing your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains between 0.5 and 2 percent salicylic acid,” the news source reports. “Massage it in with your fingertips and leave on for a minute before rinsing to let the active ingredients penetrate.” G.M. Collin Purcane Oxygen Purifying Cleansing Gel contains 1 percent salicylic acid and is fragrance and alcohol-free.

Exfoliating weekly with a product like Exuviance Rejuvenating Bionic Scrub can help eliminate dead skin cells that clog pores. If you must use a moisturizer, the magazine suggests selecting an oil-free formula that is labeled noncomedogenic, like Ahava Matifying Moisturizer, and only apply the product to dry patches of skin.

Finally, if a pimple does pop up, treat the problem area with a cream that contains 2.5 to 4 percent benzoyl peroxide, but make sure skin is completely dry before applying the product. Bioelements Breakout Control, which contains 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, helps heal blemishes and is invisible, so it can be worn under makeup.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908385-ADNFCR

Use the same liner for two different looks

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Use the same liner for two different looksWhile many women opt to add a bit of color to their complexion with a touch of blush, it can be tricky to find your perfect color. But figuring out which hue suits you best may be in your best interest.

“Blush is the one beauty product that looks great at every age and on any complexion,” makeup artist Pat McGrath told Allure magazine. “With blush, the skin looks clearer and the eyes more sparkling, so you can get away with wearing less makeup.”

When selecting a blush, use your natural skin tone as a guide to find your perfect cheek color. According to the publication, if you have fair skin, a light pink or mauve will look most natural. Bright shades will look beautiful as well, as long as they are blended well and applied bit by bit, to avoid an overload of color.

Those with a medium complexion should opt for warm hues such as peach, brick and russet. If you have dark skin, you should pay attention to the blush’s formula (as well as its color) and select a product that isn’t too opaque.

“Many colors appear ashy on dark skin, but transparent blushes get around that,” makeup artist Dick Page told the news source. A sheer berry, red or wine-colored blush, such as Youngblood Crushed Mineral Blush in Cabernet, will help create a subtle, natural looking glow.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908374-ADNFCR

Tips for wearing bold makeup

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Tips for wearing bold makeup As is often the case in the sunny summertime months, bright colors are popping up everywhere – especially on celebrities’ faces. But before you give these bold shades a go, heed a bit of expert advice when selecting products.

Shiny, fruit-stained pouts are huge right now, currently being rocked by such stars as Selena Gomez and Kate Walsh. But before you lacquer your lips, InStyle recommends selecting a hue one shade lighter than your original pick, as your lips’ natural pigment can amp up the tone a few degrees.

To keep your smile from looking too formal, the magazine suggests using a richly pigmented, water-resistant gloss, like Too Faced Glamour Gloss, instead of a stick.

If you’d like a sultry stare instead, opt for a swoosh of colorful eye makeup. Amanda Crew, who plays Zac Efron’s love interest in Charlie St. Cloud, dazzled at the film’s premiere with dark blue-lined eyes, and her makeup artist revealed how to create a look that will last.

“Layering a powdered shadow on top of a creamy pencil gives an added boost of color intensity. Plus, it helps the makeup stay put for hours,” makeup artist Rachel Goodwin told the news source. To try this technique, thickly line eyes with Sothys Waterproof Soft Eye Pencil then top with the brand’s Two Way Eye Shadow.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908369-ADNFCR

Carrie Underwood used Too Faced products on her wedding day

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Carrie Underwood used Too Faced products on her wedding dayEarlier this month, the beautiful Carrie Underwood wed her beau, Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher, in a Monique Lhuillier gown and jeweled tiara. While the blushing bride radiated happiness, it looks like she turned to products from Too Faced to enhance her wedding day glow.

“Usually on award shows, we really vamp it up, and Carrie looks beautiful but [for the wedding, we] toned down a little bit. We just took it down a notch,” Underwood’s makeup artist, Melissa Schleicher, told People magazine.

To emphasize the country crooner’s gorgeous gaze, Schleicher used Too Faced’s Natural Eye Kit. “It’s amazing. It has all the colors you need. And I wet it to get that shimmery look and to get the golds to pop out and it makes it stay put,” she added.

For a picture perfect smile, Schleicher painted Underwood’s lips with the brand’s super-shine lip gloss, Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal, a soft marshmallow pink. The high-pigmented formula also hydrates and plumps lips, ensuring that Underwood had the perfect pout for her first legally married kiss with Fisher.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19902337-ADNFCR

New study finds link between acne and smoking in women

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

New study finds link between acne and smoking in womenWhile the causes of acne have been attributed to a number of factors, from stress to diet to hormones, new research reveals a correlation between smoking and comedonal adult acne in women.

The study, published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, reports that 226 women with acne, ages 25 to 50, were assessed by dermatologists. They found that 85 percent of the patients were classified as having comedonal post-adolescent acne, and of those 192 women, 72.9 percent were smokers.

“The findings will affect our treatments, and we will need more products with Vitamin A and alpha and beta hydroxyl-acids to clear the skin along with exfoliating products, as well as more education for the public at large about the damaging effects smoking can have on the body’s largest organ, the skin,” Dr Marcy Street, a dermatologist in East Lansing, Michigan, told

Women who suffer from adult acne should consider using products to help treat their condition. Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash is an oil-free formula that gently exfoliates the entire face, while Exuviance Blemish Treatment Gel, which contains Vitamin A and salicylic acid, can be used on specific problem areas.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19904548-ADNFCR

Expert explains to Allure how to avoid messy mascara

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Expert explains to Allure how to avoid messy mascaraAs many experts claim, mascara is a fantastic product – it can make your eyes appear wider and brighter, and can even add instant sex appeal. However, applying the makeup can be particularly challenging, as lashes can often leave mascara residue on upper lids.

But you don’t have to forgo the product – just take a few tips from makeup artist Pat McGrath, and apply mascara like a pro.

Before you begin, make sure your mirror is slightly below eye level, so that you are looking down and your eyes are partially closed, McGrath told Allure magazine.

With a steady hand, brush the mascara through your lashes – but don’t look up just yet. Wait a minute for the formula to dry before shifting your gaze, as the dried mascara will be less likely to transfer to your upper lids.

However, errors do occur, and sooner or later you’re bound to end up with a streak of mascara somewhere other than your lashes. To erase the mistake, McGrath suggests dipping a cotton swab in facial moisturizer and dabbing the mascara-flecked area to remove the marks.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19904551-ADNFCR

Use Youngblood products to create a subtle smoky eye

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Use Youngblood products to create a subtle smoky eyeA smoky eye is one of the fastest ways to add glamor to your appearance, but some women shy away from the sultry look because of its inherent intensity. However, ladies who’d like a smoldering stare without too much drama can opt for a lightly smoked eye.

According to, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian recently rocked two different takes on the smoky eye at the Beach Bunny Swimwear runway show in Miami, Florida. Kourtney chose the more subtle look, opting for taupe and gray shadows and mile-long fake lashes.

Kim amped up the drama a bit with the addition of black liner, but still kept the overall look soft by using muted shadows, like her sister. She, too, donned faux lashes.

Creating a soft, smoky eye isn’t too difficult, especially using Youngblood products. The brand offers Crushed Mineral Eyeshadows, which are soft and blendable, perfect for crafting a sultry yet subtle look. Select shades like Haze, a matte taupe, and Cashmere, a dark gray shimmer, using the darker color along the lash line and the lighter tone on the lids.

To bring a bit of drama to your stare, apply eyeliner to the outer corners of your eyes and make sure your lashes are long. Use Intense Color Eye Pencil, a long-lasting formula which is still soft enough to smudge, and finish with a coat of Mineral Lengthening Mascara.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19899807-ADNFCR