Archive for August, 2010

How to conceal tired-looking eyes

Monday, August 16th, 2010

How to conceal tired-looking eyesSometimes you wake up with red, puffy eyes that scream to the world that you shed a few tears in the night – whether you had a fight with your boyfriend or got caught up watching The Notebook. And while sunglasses can hide your weary peepers during your commute, once you get to work you’ll need to remove your shades and look bright-eyed and put together.

Instead of crawling back into bed – or worse, having to explain to coworkers why your eyes are swollen – you can employ a few simple makeup tricks to cover up the fact that you cried the night before.

According to, a flesh-colored eyeliner may be your best friend. “[Using] a shade that’s just slightly darker than your natural skin tone will nicely cover up the red that’s currently rimming your eyes,” the news source reports, adding that while matte pencils are more subtle, formulas with a shimmer have more eye-brightening power.

To cover up the reddish-purple under-eye circles that often follow sleepless nights, opt for a peach or yellow-toned concealer – peach will look more natural, but yellow concealer will be more brightening, the news provider states.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19926426-ADNFCR

Stars share their bedtime beauty secrets

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Stars share their bedtime beauty secretsTo look their best after waking up, many women focus on perfecting the ideal skincare and makeup. However, many of Hollywood’s most glamorous beauties employ a few tricks before bedtime to help ensure that they look their best the next day.

“I never sleep in makeup,” Hayden Panettiere told People magazine. “I always make sure 100 percent that all my makeup is off.” And it seems that she is not the only fresh-faced beauty who feels this way.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a make-up remover wipe or hotel hand soap or some cleanser, but you always have to wash your face,” Bush told the news source.

To remove a day’s worth of cosmetics, dirt and grime, women have a few options. A makeup remover, like Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-up Remover, will eliminate cosmetic residue before cleansing. Women can also opt for a face wash that acts as a makeup remover and cleanser, such as Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme.

Lindsay Price also had her own tip to share. “My nighttime beauty secret is actually to exfoliate before you go to bed, because you’ve got your makeup from the whole day on you. Then you apply whatever products you use.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19926421-ADNFCR

Tips on selecting skincare products based on your ethnicity

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Tips on selecting skincare products based on your ethnicityWhile skin color often dictates the shade of foundation that women wear, few ladies may be aware that one’s heritage can also dictate her skincare routine requirements. “Even beyond color, recent research shows that race and ethnicity play an important role in how the skin will respond to products and procedures,” Jessica Wu, clinical instructor of dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, told Allure magazine.

But finding the right types of products for your skin based on your ethnicity doesn’t have to be difficult – with a bit of advice from industry experts, it can be easy.

According to Fran Cook-Bolden, director of the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in New York City, pigment-making cells are highly productive in black skin. “Harsh cleansers are just one more thing that can upset black skin and excite pigment cells,” Cook-Bolden told the news source.

A gentle face wash, like Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, will clean skin without irritating chemicals that can cause inflammation. SkinMedica Skin Polisher features “ultrafine jojoba beads [that] allow you to use this [product] at least twice a week without irritation,” the publication reports.

Women who have white skin must deal with pigment issues of their own. The news outlet reports that white skin is prone to redness, sometimes caused by rosacea. Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, swears by B. Kamins Chemist Booster Blue Soothing Skin Concentrate. “I use this when my skin flares up with redness,” she told the magazine, as the blue-green tint counteracts redness while bisabolol tempers irritation.

“Rich moisturizers are a must, because as light skin thins, it gets drier,” added Graf. L’Occitane 24 Hours Ultra Rich Face Cream contains 25 percent shea butter and is formulated to help replenish skin’s hydrolipidic film.

According to Allure, South Asian and Middle Eastern women’s skin is susceptible to melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. “As this skin ages, everything drops,” Hema Sundaram, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, told the news provider, who recommends SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. “There are good studies showing that it stimulates new collagen formation to improve elasticity and also helps with hyperpigmentation,” she added. “One Indian patient calls it ‘liquid gold for the skin.'”

Sundaram also recommends Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30. “This is the one sunscreen that really helps prevent my melasma – because it’s broad-spectrum, it’s easy to reapply and it gives complete coverage,” she told the magazine.

East Asian and Southeast Asian women should opt for exfoliants that boast lactic acid, like Kinerase Pro+Therapy Advanced Radiance Facial Peel, as Wu reports that lactic acid is less likely to irritate Asian skin than stronger salicylic acid.

“Studies show that Asian skin is more sensitive than other types,” Wu told the news source, adding that she usually recommends a soap-free cleanser. Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme is a soap-free formula designed to remove makeup, dirt and surface oils without stripping skin of lipids.

Latin ladies looking for clear skin, however, may want to select a treatment that contains salicylic acid. Because Latinas are a diverse mix of ethnicities, their skin can have issues associate with light complexions, like lines and rosacea, and dark skin, like melasma. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which benefits Latinas with rosacea. “[It] redistributes pigment, which makes the skin look more even-toned,” Vivian Bucay, dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, told the new source.

Murad offers a few products that contain salicylic acid. The brand’s Clarifying Cleanser boasts 1.5 percent salicylic acid and is formulated to eliminate surface bacteria. Their AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser brightens skin by dissolving skin cell buildup, and features licorice extract, which is reported to have anti-irritant and anti-inflamatory properties.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19925048-ADNFCR

Allure reveals tip to easily applying tricky liquid liner

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Allure reveals tip to easily applying tricky liquid linerLiquid liner is a key component to a variety of looks – it can help you craft the perfect cat-eye and can emphasize a smoky eye. However, many women are intimidated by the wonderful product, as it is infamous for being difficult apply.

Luckily, thanks to the experts at Allure magazine, you may no longer have to fear the process of putting on liquid liner. The news source reports that there is one simple step that will make applying the product easy as pie.

While many women wait until their eye makeup is complete to add mascara, the publication suggests that applying it before painting on liquid liner, as the mascara will thicken your lashes and act as a solid guide for the liner.

“It’s like having training wheels on a bicycle – you can lean on the stiff lashes as you drag the liner along the lash line,” Allure reports. “The mascara makes your lashes thick and stiff, so they’re strong enough to act as barrier that helps direct the brush.”

Women who prefer a classic look can opt for black liner and mascara, but colorful formulas are a fun way to add a subtle pop of pizazz to your peepers.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19925655-ADNFCR

Michele and Meester don bright yet subtle eye makeup

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Michele and Meester don bright yet subtle eye makeupWhether you slick on a fruit-hued lip gloss or a bold shade of nail polish, infusing your look with a punch of color is always fun. And, it looks like some of Hollywood’s most glamorous starlets are opting to add some pizazz with colorful eye makeup.

However, unlike so many celebrity trends that border on over-the-top, this look is subtle enough for a fun night out, whatever the occasion may be.

At last weekend’s Teen Choice Awards, Glee star Lea Michele dazzled in a sparkling green and nude dress. It was her sultry stare, however, that really wowed the crowd. Michele dusted her lids with a kelly green shadow, and kept the rest of the eye makeup minimal, using little more than a touch of black liner and black mascara.

Leighton Meester embraced this trend at the awards show as well, though she opted for a slightly different application. Instead of adding color with shadow, the Gossip Girl donned a simple streak of blue liquid liner, and paired the colorful swipe with a nude eye shimmer and a bit of liner on her eyes’ inside corners.

To keep this trend from becoming overwhelming, remember to follow Michele and Meester’s leads – keep the color carefully confined to a small section of your lid and accompany it with little more than a coat of mascara.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19925058-ADNFCR

Expert advice regarding the shelf-life of your makeup

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Expert advice regarding the shelf-life of your makeupWomen may amass a great amount of cosmetics for a variety of reasons, whether their favorite lines have released new products or they simply must have this season’s hottest colors.

But while stocking up on products may be simple, the real difficulty can lie in knowing when to toss a beloved item and purchase a replacement. However, with a bit of expert insight, it can be easy to determine the shelf-life of your makeup.

According to, liquid makeup, like concealer, should be replaced every 4 to 9 months, depending upon the type of bottle, as concealers with an airtight seal or pump can last a bit longer than open containers.

Powder formulas, however, can last up to a year, makeup artist Jo Levy told the website, since they collect less bacteria than liquids and creams. But you may want to check items every so often to make sure they are fresh. “If there is a change in color or if the powder contains an odd scent, it’s time for it to be replaced,” Levy added.

Finally, while liquid eyeliners can last as long as a year as well, it’s possible to prolong the life of your liner pencils with proper maintenance. “Remember to continually sharpen the stick of your pencil eyeliners so that bacteria doesn’t settle on it,” makeup artist Molly Stern told the news source.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19924225-ADNFCR

Expert advice for removing calluses

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Expert advice for removing callusesAs the warm summer weather continues, it’s the perfect time to wear your newest pair of sandals, whether they are casual flip flops or gladiator-style platforms. However, before you don a pair of shoes that shows your toes, make sure your feet are well-groomed and ready to be seen.

Calluses, layers of tough skin formed by pressure and friction, can be both unpleasant to look at and uncomfortable. Luckily, removing the annoying skin abnormalities may not be too difficult.

“The safest way [to remove calluses] is to use a pumice stone or file to buff away a callus after a bath or shower, when skin is at its softest,” Rock Positano, podiatrist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, told Allure magazine. Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone features a rough side for removing calluses and a fine side for smoothing and massaging feet.

Women can also use liquid formulas that contain salicylic acid, like like Babor Feetness Callus Remover Fluid, but Positano suggests testing the formula on a small patch of skin first, to make sure you aren’t allergic to the product.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19923450-ADNFCR

How to fake a put-together look when under the weather

Monday, August 9th, 2010

How to fake a put-together look when under the weatherColds are often considered a wintertime ailment, but catching a sneeze-inducing bug in the summer can be just as miserable. And when you’re sick in the heat and humidity, putting on a face full of makeup may seem like too arduous a task. However, according to, even the sickest sisters can still look put together with a few cosmetic techniques.

Chapped, irritated skin is a surefire indication that you are feeling sick. To rid your face of redness, the website suggests using an opaque concealer that is slightly paler than your skin tone. Remember to avoid rose-colored blushes and lipsticks as well – these shades will draw attention to other red areas on your face.

A few coats of mascara is a great way fake an awake-looking appearance, but opt for a waterproof formula to safeguard your lashes from teary-eyed smudges.

To further fake a bright-eyed gaze, the news source recommends applying a dot of gold cream eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes. “It makes eyes look wide open and beautiful in the light,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux told the news provider.

Finally, you may want to stock up on disposable applicators to avoid spreading germs. To be safe, however, invest in a brush cleanser to sanitize and revitalize your makeup tools once you recover.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19922551-ADNFCR

Mimic Lea Michele’s wide-eyed look with Jane Iredale eye shadow

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Mimic Lea Michele's wide-eyed look with Jane Iredale eye shadowFrom her perfectly coiffed hair to her impeccably lined lips, Lea Michele often looks flawless when she steps out on the red carpet. And it seems that the brunette beauty has figured out a few ways to emphasize one of her best features – her dazzling brown eyes.

While her eyes are naturally big and bright, Glamour.come reports that Michele regularly plays up her peepers by applying a bit of extra gold-colored eyeshadow to the inside corners of her eyes. This small dusting of powder adds a subtle sparkle to her wide-eyed stare.

To make her lashes look fuller, the website states that the Glee starlet employs one more trick – extending her liner past the edge of her upper lash line, to mimic the curve of her lashes. While it isn’t quite a cat-eye, the line has a widening and romantic effect that makes her lashes seem a bit thicker.

Women who want to steal Michele’s eye-opening techniques should invest in the proper products, like Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Glimmer Gold and Smoky Grey. Apply the gold shimmer with a dry brush to eyes’ inside corners, and use a damp liner brush to draw a thin stripe of grey shadow along the upper lash line.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19922545-ADNFCR

Nail polish trends for fall

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Nail polish trends for fallThough temperatures tend to cool down in autumn, the upcoming trends for fall makeup seem to be heating up. Luckily, ladies who are looking forward to painting their nails in this autumn’s hottest shades don’t need to wait until the leaves start changing – with a bit of insight, women can start shopping for trendy nail polish now.

According to experts at, the beiges of spring and brights of summer are out. Instead, rich, opulent colors are expected to lacquer the fingers and toes of the fall’s most fashion savvy women.

“[Purple] is leading the pack in fall nail colors,” the news source reports. In addition to plum-hued nails, lush jewel shades, like topaz and emerald-colored polishes, are sure to be a hit as well.

Ladies looking for a touch of glamor can opt for vampy, metallic formulas. The flecks of glitter will bring brightness and dimension to the deepest of colors.

However, women who prefer neutrals aren’t completely out of luck. “If basic instinct is more your game, go with the understated power of soft cream shades that channel the crushed leaves of a crisp fall season,” the website added. But remember, neutral doesn’t mean boring! Soft roses and buttery ivories will be both understated and rich.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19921859-ADNFCR