Archive for July, 2010

Tips from Allure to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Tips from Allure to reduce the appearance of puffy eyesThey say that eyes are the window to the soul – so it shouldn’t come as a shock that they are the first feature to signal to the world that we are exhausted. But, according to Allure magazine, the right products, and a few cosmetic tricks, can help downplay puffy eyes and keep you looking completely refreshed.

After a long day, try stopping puffy eyes before they start. The publication suggests donning a cold gel eye mask before lying down to rest. Lucky Chick Soothing Eye Gel Mask can be used hot or cold, and is a great way to revitalize tired peepers.

Next, a bit of eye gel can help reduce swelling associated with exhaustion. But don’t apply too much. According to the news provider, too much product can irritate eyes and make them look worse. However, a small amount of Cellex-C Under-Eye Toning Gel, which reduces dark circles and puffiness caused by late nights, stress and outdoor irritants, can help keep you fresh-faced.

If your eyes still seem a bit tired come Monday morning, a bit of makeup may be your best weapon. Allure recommends swiping a matte eyeshadow, like Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow, that is one shade darker than your skin across your lids and along your lower lash line. The product will detract from the puffiness.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19899804-ADNFCR

A summer makeup trend for all skin tones

Monday, July 19th, 2010

A summer makeup trend for all skin tonesMany summer beauty fads seem to center around bursts of color, but one popular trend embodies exactly the opposite – a “naked” face. But just because the look sounds bare, you still need the appropriate products to create it.

“There’s a relaxed feel to this season’s beauty, but don’t think it’s easy,” makeup artist Emma Kotch told InStyle magazine. “It’s actually more challenging because you have to soften everything.”

According to the news source, starting with your skin is paramount, and one trick that stars with all skin tones use is mixing a liquid foundation with a daily face cream. “The moisturizer dilutes the foundation and helps it go on sheerer,” Kotch added.

Next, apply a bit of natural-looking color to your cheeks. Cream products may look most natural in the summer heat, but shade selection depends on your coloring. InStyle reports that while Jennifer Aniston prefers a dusty rose blush, Joy Bryant opts for a golden bronzer.

Finally, the experts suggest coating your lashes with a few swipes of black mascara for definition, and selecting a subtle lip product to match your skin tone. Thandie Newton pairs her olive complexion with a clear lip balm, and fair-skinned Kate Bosworth paints her pout with a natural pink stain.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19897675-ADNFCR

Expert tips to applying skincare products

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Expert tips to applying skincare productsStocking up on skincare products is an activity many women enjoy. But even the best formulas will go to waste if they aren’t put on correctly. Patricia Wexler, a New York-based dermatologist, shared some of her top tips for applying products with Allure magazine.

According to Wexler, “the general rule is that light products go under heavy ones. Think about it – if you try to put a thin serum over a thick cream, there’s no way it will penetrate.” But, aside from order, there are other important components to putting on lotions and potions.

Therapeutic products, such as Murad Age-Diffusing Serum, should be applied after showering, as the formulas work best in direct contact with skin, the expert reports. However, women looking to combat a multitude of problems at once should consider purchasing one multi-functional product, like Murad Anti-AgingAcne Treatment, which aims to eliminate breakouts while preventing signs of aging.

Ladies should also remember to read labels, Wexler adds, as certain ingredients have restrictions and work best when paired with other products. Too much of the same product can result in irritation. ADNFCR-3538-ID-19897692-ADNFCROf course, if you’re not sure how to choose a good skincare brand, you can always perform a quick Google search before trying out a new product.

How to style a short haircut

Monday, July 19th, 2010

How to style a short haircutSummer is the season to rock a short hairstyle, but those who rarely cut their locks may not know how to best style their new ‘do. Instead of forgoing this dramatic cut for another season of pulled-back ponytails, chop off some length, as experts explain that styling short hair can be simple, with the right tricks.

Few women can live without a hairdryer, but ladies with bobs may not be using the tool correctly. “Blow-drying short hair from start to finish can make it look puffy,” hairstylist Garren told Allure magazine, adding that hairdryers shouldn’t be used until strands are 90 percent air-dried.

“Hold the blow-dryer above your head and aim the air straight down at the crown to push the hair smooth against your head,” hair expert Chris McMillan suggested to the news source.

When styling chopped locks, women should either part their hair to the side, or rake the longer layers forward. But regardless, a dab of pomade or cream should be used to keep the creation in place.

While often used to secure mens’ strands, Jack Black Sleek Finish Texture Cream is great for gals with a gamine ‘do. The lightweight formula is fragrance-free, and offers long-lasting yet flexible hold while helping to eliminate frizz.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19897688-ADNFCR

A closer shave may help beat the dreaded five o’clock shadow

Friday, July 16th, 2010

A closer shave may help beat the dreaded five o'clock shadowWhile some men prefer scruff, others like the look of a clean-shaven face. Unfortunately for those who enjoy a stubble-free appearance, the seemingly inevitable five o’clock shadow has the potential to become his worst enemy.

Instead of looking for ways to slow beard growth, men may want to reconsider their morning routine. According to Men’s Health, many men don’t get a close enough shave, prompting facial hair to seem as if it is growing back too quickly.

“Preparation of the beard is the most important factor,” Dr Douglas Altchek, a professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai school of medicine, told the publication. To ensure the closest shave possible, men should shower first to soften up their skin, apply a preshave oil to create a slick surface and then coat their scruff with a lubricating shave gel.

Dermalogica produces formulas perfect for men who are looking to reduce the chance of a five o’clock shadow. The brand’s Close Shave Oil conditions facial hair while encouraging razor glide, and their Soothing Shave Cream lubricates skin to provide a close shave.

However, men may also want to replace their razor blades more often. “A razor loses 5 percent of its sharpness after every shave, so after five shaves, a quarter of the sharpness is gone,” Dr Altchek told the publication.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19895266-ADNFCR

Let your face shape influence your arches

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Let your face shape influence your archesGrooming one’s brows is an important part of creating an overall great look, but many women may not know that they should sculpt their brows according to their face shape. Luckily, released some insider tips to help women find their most flattering arches.

Women with a round face should aim to frame their visage with thicker, more angular brows to deemphasize fullness and provide balance. But, when crafting the perfect arch, beware of over-plucking – a too-tweezed brow does not give the appearance of a thinner face!

Those with a heart or square-shape should opt for a different approach. Because their faces already boast exquisite angles, ladies should create softer, more delicate brows.

Finally, girls with oval faces have a bit more freedom, as they can pull off medium or full brows and prominent arches, but should remember to pluck evenly to maintain symmetry.

The right tools can make creating perfect brows a breeze, and products from Tweezerman will help you to pluck perfectly. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers are angled to provide a comfortable grip, but those with finer hairs may prefer the Point Tweezers for increased accuracy.

To craft the perfect shape, Tweezerman Facial Hair Scissors can be used to precisely trim longer hairs.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19895261-ADNFCR

L’Occitane products may help ward off summertime frizz

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

L'Occitane products may help ward off summertime frizzSummer is a fun and frivolous season, but it also packs its fair share of beauty woes, from runny makeup to sunburned skin. And women with wavy or curly hair know that these humidity-laden months mean one thing – frizz!

While it may seem overwhelming to tame your mane, experts share some insider information with Allure magazine that may help you keep frizzy hair at bay.

According to the publication, frizz occurs when dry hair absorbs water from the air, so keeping your hair moisturized is important. L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Shampoo is a nourishing formula made to improve dry hair.

While the product is gentle enough to use daily, you may only want to lather up every few days. “The natural oils that accumulate [between washes] are good frizz-fighters,” hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins told the news source.

When styling your luscious locks, experts recommend rubbing a drop of silicone product in your palms, such as L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Serum for Dry & Damaged Hair, and then patting your hands over your frizzy strands.

But resisting the urge to play with your waves may be key. “The more you put your hands through [your hair], the more likely you are to create frizz,” hairstylist Garren told the magazine.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19891951-ADNFCR

Vogue reports on a hot makeup trend for fall 2010

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Vogue reports on a hot makeup trend for fall 2010While shopping for the current fads is a blast, it’s always fun to look ahead to upcoming trends as well. It seems that come fall 2010, girls who love a dazzling look with an easy application may be in luck.

According to Vogue, the fall runways were wrought with a feeling of “broken glamour” – alluring, sophisticated styles that have come a bit undone – and this vibe was embodied by slightly tousled hairstyles and bold yet imperfect eyeshadow.

Though past seasons have called for impeccable eye makeup, including intricate liner and complicated shading, the fall runway shows featured bold lids saturated by a single “swoosh” of color.

“It’s modern minimalism,” makeup artist Pat McGrath told the magazine of the strong but simple look. Women still get the smolder of a smoky eye, but with a bit more color – and it’s easy to recreate. Instead of painstakingly applying layers of product, this look is achieved by simply sweeping a high-pigment eyeshadow across lids.

Women interested in rocking this look this autumn can start purchasing perfect products now. Two Faced Eyeshadow Collection includes a wide variety of shades to choose from, and its high-pigment formula ensures even and long-lasting coverage.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19891935-ADNFCR

Celebrities rock multi-colored manicures

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Celebrities rock multi-colored manicuresEverything seems a bit more fun in the summertime, from the music to the fashion. Now, it seems that today’s hottest celebrities are embracing one more warm-weather trend – bright and wild manicures!

Katy Perry, who is currently burning up the Billboard charts with her summertime anthem California Gurls, recently tweeted a picture of her fierce nails, which were painted hot pink and featured bold black polka dots.

Fellow pop star Shakira is also rocking a two-toned pink manicure. Instead of pairing the bright hue with black, however, the Hips Don’t Lie singer swirled in orange polish, creating a coral-colored paint job perfect for a trip to the beach or a hot night out.

Women who want to create their own candy-coated nails can get the look with Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers, which come in summertime shades like Pop Life (a bubble gum pink) and Between the Sheets (a bright fuchsia).

While these hot hues are sure to attract attention, bright nail polish can also make chips extremely noticeable, so it’s imperative to apply Lippmann Collection On A Clear Day Top Coat every two to three days, to ensure that the polish remains in tact.

Once the polish does chip, however, girls should immediately remove the color and try out a new combination of shades.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19891923-ADNFCR

Experts weigh in on ideal bridal makeup

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Experts weigh in on ideal bridal makeup Planning your wedding can be an extremely stressful time, up until the very minute you say “I do!” While there may not be a way to avoid worrying about caterers and floral arrangements, a few beauty insiders recently shared simple makeup tips with People Magazine, to ensure that you look your best on your big day.

Though the wedding may be days away, you should start preparing your complexion in advance. “Do not exfoliate the morning of the wedding,” skincare expert Sarah Kugelman told the news source. “Since brides are super stressed that morning, their skin is prone to sensitivities and irritations that it wouldn’t be under normal circumstances. So you don’t want to subject it to anything that could worsen delicate skin.”

Instead, exfoliate your skin a few days before the ceremony, and use a light product like PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant, which contains smooth beads that delicately polish your skin.

While the parties often go well into the night, remember that most ceremonies are daytime affairs, and wedding photographers are likely to snap pictures of the wedding party in these sunlit hours. Celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt suggests wearing brown liner and brown-black mascara instead of black, as anything darker may contrast too harshly with the lightness of the day.

For a bit of glamour, try a metallic brown liner, like Too Faced Foiled Liner in Bronze Bombshell, and finish with a few coats of Colorescience Thick and Curly Mascara in Cup O’ Joe, which is smudge-proof and water-resistant, and guaranteed to stay-put during any tears of joy.

However, before you sweep on that mascara, remember to curl your lashes. “It’s a mascara ad secret that curling lashes makes them automatically look two- to three-times longer,” Surratt revealed to the magazine. “You allow more light onto the eye itself, so the eye looks larger and brighter.”

While you may opt for lighter-colored cosmetics, you’ll want to make sure the products last until you bid farewell to your last guest. “A dab of concealer on the eyelids makes a great primer or base for eye shadows,” the beauty expert told the publication. “If you apply powder eye shadow on top, it gives it something to bond to – and it’ll really increase the longevity and the wear of your eye shadow.”

CoverBlend Multi Function Concealer SPF 15 is a non-creasing formula, making it the perfect product to dab on your eyes, as well as any additional problem areas.

To create the perfect wedding pout, you’ll want a product that offers a long-lasting punch of color. “As a bride, the last thing you want to worry about is, ‘do I have enough color on my lips now?,'” Nick Barose, makeup artist to the stars, told the news source. “Lip stain lasts throughout the night – even after kissing or drinking.”

Experts suggest first applying a coat of lip balm to keep lips conditioned, and then covering your lips with a long-lasting, non-drying formula, like Liptini Lip Liqueur Lip Stain, which is available in a wide range of colors, from sheer berry to cherry red. Finally, brush on a clear gloss (look for one with a hint of shimmer for extra shine) and your smile is sure to sparkle in all your photographs.

A lightly flushed cheek can maximize your bridal glow, but to ensure your color lasts, Barose suggests layering a mousse-like blush underneath a powder formula. Start with Pixi Velvet Rouge, a soft and sheer formula that melts into skin for a perfect finish, and top with their Energy Blush, a cheek color and highlighter, to add a final wash of stay-put color.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19888715-ADNFCR