Archive for August, 2010

Celebrity makeup artist shares inside tips with Glamour

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Celebrity makeup artist shares inside tips with GlamourWhile stars often dispense beauty advice, sometimes it’s the industry experts that have the best insider tips. Recently, celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh, who has worked with Kristen Stewart and Kristen Bell, shared her three best beauty tips with Glamour magazine.

If you want to make your lips look their fullest, use a cream illuminator, like Borghese Colore Luminoso Illuminating Wand. “Put it on the center of your lips, then apply gloss,” Quynh told the news source.

To help keep your cheeks’ flush last throughout the entire day, the makeup expert suggests applying a cream blush first, and then dusting a powder (in a matching color) on top. Many brands, such as Paula Dorf, Jane Iredale and being TRUE Cosmetics, make both cream and powder blushes, and selecting products from the same line may help you find shades that match.

Finally, ladies with dry lips may be able to remedy their chapped pouts as they sleep. “Apply tons of lip balm before bed. In the A.M., brush dead skin off with a toothbrush,” Quynh added. To further protect your lips, swipe on a coat of lip balm sporadically throughout the day as well.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19931130-ADNFCR

How to create fuller, natural-looking brows with a pencil

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

How to create fuller, natural-looking brows with a pencilWhile some women are blessed with naturally full brows, other ladies require the assistance of makeup to enhance sparse arches. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that crafting defined yet natural-looking arches can be difficult.

However, when armed with the right products, filling in your brows can be relatively simple.

Let the color of your arches determine the shade of brow pencil you select. According to O Magazine, ladies who possess light-colored brows should opt for a pencil that is two shades darker than their hair color, and those who have dark arches should use one that is two shades lighter.

Lightly line the upper and lower edge of your arches with a pencil, and fill-in your brow with short strokes, the publication advises. Next, run a spoolie – a wiry brush, similar to an unused mascara wand – over brows to soften and blend the color. Finish by brushing on a clear brow gel or mascara to keep the color from smudging.

GloMinerals gloPrecision Brow Pencil is available in four shades and features a spoolie on one end. If your pencil does not include a brush, however, the news source recommends using Tweezerman Brow Shaping Brush.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19930261-ADNFCR

Expert suggests facial exfoliants for those with rosacea

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Expert suggests facial exfoliants for those with rosaceaOftentimes, people with certain skin conditions need to be particularly careful when selecting their beauty products. It may be difficult, for instance, for individuals with rosacea to find a facial exfoliant.

According to O Magazine, Dr Diane Berson, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, reports that most people afflicted with rosacea, a condition characterized by facial redness, have sensitive skin. Because of this, those who have rosacea must avoid retinoids, which are often used to diminish fine lines and regenerate collagen, and many other exfoliants, as they can irritate skin.

However, there are some options available to people who suffer from this skin condition. Instead of using a typical scrub, the publication suggests selecting a cleanser or moisturizer that contains salicylic acid, which can help unclog pores as it exfoliates. Another option is a product that contains retinol, a milder retinoid.

Dermalogica offers a few products which contain salicylic acid to gently clean, moisturize and condition skin, like Essential Cleansing Solution and Clean Start Welcome Matte SPF15. Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster contains retinol and gently exfoliates while helping to increase cell renewal.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19930256-ADNFCR Another product that is ideal for rosacea-prone skin is the AntiRedness Calming Serum from Exuviance. It contains TriPeptide that helps interrupt the inflammation cascade, reducing the appearance of flushing on your skin.


Tips for a creating a great look in a hurry

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Tips for a creating a great look in a hurryEven if the alarm goes off hours before you have to leave for work, there are mornings when time flies by and you end up with just a few minutes left to apply your makeup. Instead of forgoing your beauty routine or making yourself late, here are a few expert tips to putting on makeup in a flash.

If you only have time to use one or two products, concentrate on concealer and foundation. “Clear, even skin is what makes the difference between looking disheveled and looking done,” makeup artist Fiona Stiles told Real Simple magazine.

Your eyes may be more than the window to your soul, they may also be the focal point of your face. Play up these attention-grabbing features by applying a shimmery, nude eyeshadow to your lids and skipping the eyeliner, which can be time-consuming to draw on. Instead, create contrast by coating your lashes with black mascara.

Finally, no look is complete without a touch of color. “To speed things up, I use red or pink lipstick on the mouth and as a blush,” makeup artist Charlotte Willer told the publication.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19929865-ADNFCR

Common mistakes when applying sunscreen

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Common mistakes when applying sunscreenWhile summer may be slowly coming to a close, there are still more than a few fabulous beach days left. However, while many women may think they have a foolproof skincare system for sun protection, some ladies may be making a few mistakes that can damage their skin.

Don’t be stingy when applying sunscreen, Dr Linda Evans told To make sure you are putting on the appropriate amount, Evans recommends using pocket change as a guide – apply a nickel-sized dollop for your face, a nickel for each arm, a quarter for your torso, a quarter for your back and two quarters for your lower extremities.

“People often forget [to protect their] lips and therefore lip cancer is on rise,” Dr Debra Jailman told the news source. Women can use a colorless lip treatment that boasts ample sun protection, like B. Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20, but those who want to add a bit of color can do so with kaplanMD Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF, a lip balm which includes SPF 20 and comes in a variety of shades.

Depending upon your skin tone, sunscreen should be reapplied throughout the day. Evans recommends that fair-skinned ladies should reapply every two hours, once every three to four hours for those with olive complexions and darker-skinned girls should apply up to three times a day.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928656-ADNFCR

Ways to minimize the appearance of skin discoloration and scars

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Ways to minimize the appearance of skin discoloration and scarsWhile some skin conditions are curable, others put up a bit more of a fight. However, there are ways to successfully treat even the most stubborn imperfections.

Whether you skinned your knee as a child or had to undergo surgery, scars can make you feel self-conscious when baring your skin. Apply a product like Dermatix Ultra Advanced Scar Treatment to newer marks, but remember to wait until the wound has completely healed.

Those with older scars have options as well. Instead of covering up with stockings and shawls, however, suggests using a highly pigmented oil-free concealer to hide the mark. Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer SPF 30 is a full-coverage formula that’s perfect for covering localized skin flaws.

Skin mottled by dark patches and broken blood vessels may also benefit from cosmetics, such as Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which is designed to cover inconsistencies and create a more even-looking skin tone. Other top brands that offer solutions for such problems are Exuviance and Babor.

Specialized creams may also be beneficial. According to the website, products with hydroquinone can help to fade dark spots. However, the ingredient can make skin more sensitive to the sun, so those who use a hydroquinone-laden product should apply it at night and lather on sunscreen during the day.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928657-ADNFCR

How to prolong the life of your manicure

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

How to prolong the life of your manicureSome women consider manicures a lavish indulgence and reserve them for special occasions, while others simply view the treatment as a necessary component of their beauty routine. Regardless of the reason behind getting one’s nails professionally painted, there is one question all ladies seem to have – how can you make your manicure last as long as possible?

According to salon owner Robbie Schaeffer, it may be easy to prolong the life of your polished nails as long as you have the right products.

“Cuticle oil goes a long way and not only keeps cuticles healthy, it also reduces dry, flaky skin around your nail beds and can reduce hangnails,” Schaeffer told TotalBeauty, adding that the moisturizing product should be applied daily.

You should also apply a clear top coat three days after your manicure. This will protect your nail polish from chipping and will help keep color looking shiny and fresh.

Finally, Schaeffer reminds women to keep nails short, as longer nails are prone to chip faster and break more easily, and to avoid prolonged exposure to hot water, as it can lift polish off the nail bed. He suggests keeping showers short, limiting time spent soaking in the tub and wearing gloves when washing dishes.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928051-ADNFCR

Tips to treating acne on your back

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Tips to treating acne on your backWhile some people think that acne is confined to one’s face, the skin condition can actually wreak havoc on one’s entire body. Bacne, a term used to refer to acne that resides on one’s back, can be especially hard to fight, as the blemishes are located in such a hard-to-reach location.

However, fighting the skin imperfections doesn’t have to be a struggle, as long as you are equipped with the right products and a bit of inside knowledge.

Annet King, director of global education of The International Dermal Institute, recently shared some tips with Total Beauty about treating bacne. Beware of over-cleansing skin with harsh solutions and scrubbing tools, and instead stick to using one product formulated to fight acne.

Loofahs can irritate skin and worsen the condition, the website reports, so use a gentle body scrub and lightly massage the product into your skin using your hands.

When selecting your body wash, recommends using a medicated body wash with salicylic acid, such as Murad Acne Body Wash or Peter Thomas Roth Blemish Buffing Beads Body Wash.

You can also use facial treatments on your body, but the news source suggests that you may want to steer clear of wipes that boast benzoyl peroxide, as the chemical can bleach clothing.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928472-ADNFCR

Applying eye makeup that’s suitable for an elegant daytime event

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Applying eye makeup that's suitable for an elegant daytime eventWhile many women may be comfortable crafting an elegant look for a swanky, nighttime affair, it may be a bit trickier to apply eye makeup for a daytime event, such as a wedding or luncheon, as daylight may make dark makeup appear garish or too formal.

Instead of applying a colorful eyeshadow, opt for simple, neutral tones – ladies with pale skin can use a shimmery bone shade while women with darker complexions may prefer a warmer banana hue, reports.

“This base color neutralizes the skin around the eyes to enhance their beauty and gives the whole eye area lift and vibrancy without looking too noticeable,” wedding makeup artist Jessica Liebeskind told the website.

To enhance your lash line, avoid black liner, which may appear too harsh in bright sunshine. Instead, the news source suggests donning a brown or grey formula, and applying the product with a brush for a softer, romantic look.

Too Faced offers two different eye makeup palettes, the Natural Eye Kit and the Naked Eye Kit, which each offer a range of neutral colored powders that work as shadow and liner, and are perfect for subtly enhancing your eyes.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928466-ADNFCR

Tips to making bright lip color last

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Tips to making bright lip color lastWhen you’re in a hurry, or just feeling a bit lackadaisical, sometimes the easiest way to add glamor to your appearance is to paint your pout with a bright color. But whatever shade you prefer – bold red, vibrant coral or a cool berry tone – you’ll want to take a few steps to ensure that the color lasts.

It’s easy to employ a few tricks to keep your lipstick from fading. When selecting a lip color, opt for a durable formula, like Borghese Longevita Long Lasting Lipcolour & Liner, a dual-sided lipstick and liner that is rich in both pigment and moisture.

According to, prior to applying color, you should prep your mouth with a primer. Too Faced Lip Insurance Smoothing, Anti-Feathering Lip Primer is designed to help lipstick achieve maximum staying power.

After lip color has been applied, the website recommends that you finish with a light dusting of translucent powder, like Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder. The formula is breathable and sheer, making it perfect for this purpose.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19926931-ADNFCR