Archive for September, 2010

Makeup tips for looking great in a picture

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Makeup tips for looking great in a pictureMany women want to look flawless in photographs, and to help this happen, ladies often practice their posing in the mirror. However, instead of working on their smiles, gals may want to rethink their beauty routine.

"Matte foundations are best for photographs," makeup artist Harpreet Sohanpal told's Showbiz. "Use a liquid foundation on dry skin and powder on oilier skins, and apply make up slightly heavier than normal – 30 to 40 percent of makeup gets reduced in photographs."

While lip gloss is extremely flattering in real life, women who want to look great in a picture may want to opt for lipstick or tinted lip balm.

"Shades with matte or satin textures work best in photographs, especially with flash photography, as glossy lip shades appear as a bold white highlight which distorts lip shape," makeup artist Chase Aston told the news source.

Finally, beauty expert Catherine Barber recommends that women use an eyelash curler before putting on mascara and to apply a product to add extra definition to their arches, as brows tend to fade in photographs.

How to use lip liner to subtly enhance your pout

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

How to use lip liner to subtly enhance your poutLike many years before this one, the arrival of fall signals the reemergence of darker-hued makeup. From richer shades of eyeshadows to more deeply colored lipsticks, autumnal cosmetics are sure to be a bit more sultry than their summertime counterparts.

While darker makeup can be alluring and flattering, it can also be unnerving to rock – after all, deep colors are more noticeable, and may draw more attention to the areas to which they are applied.

So it is understandable that women with thinner lips may be wary of painting their pout a rich berry, regardless of how hot the hue is this season. However, by using a bit of liner, girls can fake their way to fuller-looking lips.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, ladies shouldn't choose a lip liner that matches their lipstick. Instead, suggests that gals select a pencil that is a shade darker than their natural lip color, and rim just outside the line of their mouth.

Jane Iredale Lip Pencils are available in a wide range of shades, so all women will be able to find a liner to subtly plump their pout.

Why mascara runs and how to stop it

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Why mascara runs and how to stop itWomen are constantly figuring out ways to make their looks last, but it seems that one question that remains unanswered is how to keep mascara from running – until now. According to, runny mascara may be a result of a poorly planned process and application, but it is simple to fix.

"Your problem might be that you're applying too much eye cream, or that it's too close to your lashes, or that you're not allowing enough time between the application of eye cream and mascara," celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff told the news source.

Ladies can consider switching to a nightly eye cream that is applied before bed, and thus won't interfere with their makeup application, or wait until the formula is absorbed completely before brushing on mascara.

When applying mascara, industry expert Ross Burton recommends coating the lashes from base to tip, as applying the product just to the ends of the fringe can weigh down lashes and leave makeup deposits on the skin.

Burton also suggests dusting lashes with a bit of loose powder, as the powder will help your lashes hold onto the mascara.

Use facial makeup to maintain dyed hair

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Use facial makeup to maintain dyed hairMany women view a trip to the salon as a treat, but for women who dye their locks, hair appointments can be absolutely necessary – without regular maintenance, color can fade and roots can grow in.

Unfortunately, finding time to get to the salon can be tricky. Instead of throwing on a hat or using a risky at-home touch-up kit, open up your cosmetic case and get ready to give your hair color a boost and wave goodbye to grays.

"Standard facial cosmetics – lip gloss, eye shadow, mascara for eyelashes and foundation lotion – can deliver instant hair highlights," The Bellingham Herald reports. And while these products wash away with shampoo, they are ideal for a quick fix.

Dampened eyeshadow and mascara easily coat strands with natural-looking color, which can be ideal for women who want to hide gray hair or touch-up their roots. However, if you plan on using the same makeup on your face and your hair, consider purchasing disposable applicators to keep from spreading bacteria.

Lipstick and lip glosses work as well, but these products come in shades that are better suited for creating highlights than for mimicking your natural color.

Milan runways filled with beauty trend you can wear today

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Milan runways filled with beauty trend you can wear todayWhile many fashion shows feature dramatic makeup that often needs to be toned down to be appropriate for real life, there is one bold runway trend heating up Milan Fashion Week that is colorful yet wearable – neon-bright lipstick.

According to's Beauty Counter Blog, Raf Simons, Fendi, Jil Sander and Marni all featured models that boasted eye-popping statement lip colors. From hot pink to fluorescent tangerine, the painted pouts definitely caused onlookers to take notice.

However, before embracing this trend, you may want to remember a few pieces of advice.

Given that this look is designed to draw attention to your pout, make sure to keep your lips in top condition. Before applying the color, exfoliate lips gently to remove dead skin flakes and apply a protective lip balm.

When rocking a bold hue on your lips, keep the rest of your makeup minimal. A dusting of bronzer or blush and a few coats of mascara are all you need to complement your brightly painted pout.

Finally, you'll want to keep your lips looking impeccable, so don't forget to throw the tube of lipstick in your purse before you head out in case the color wears off or fades.

Everyday beauty products that can multi-task

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Everyday beauty products that can multi-taskWhile there are a seemingly limitless amount of products available formulated to treat almost every condition under the sun, there are times when you may need a quick fix. Luckily, there are a few standard beauty products that can do double-duty in a last minute emergency.

Running out of shaving cream can be especially frustrating, as you usually don’t realize it needs to be replaced until you reach to use it in the shower. Instead of skipping the shave, simply lather your legs with conditioner.

“[Conditioner has] moisturizing ingredients should help the razor glide over your skin smoothly and help avoid razor burn,” Marie Claire reports.

If you’ve used up your acne treatment and have yet to purchase more, toothpaste can save the day, as dabbing a bit of the product on a blemish will dry out the imperfection. However, make sure not to use a whitening toothpaste. According to the news source, these formulas contain hydrogen peroxide, which can irritate skin.

Additionally, some products can even be used to prevent a beauty emergency. Many people experience an eczema outbreak on their stomachs caused by an allergic reaction to the nickel in the button on their jeans. To protect against this itchy condition, the news provider recommends painting the back of the button with a coat of clear nail polish.

Blanchett and Paquin don same dress, different makeup

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Blanchett and Paquin don same dress, different makeupIt's often said that clothes make the man, and some women may apply this philosophy when getting ready for a big night out, opting to spend hours on their outfit instead of their beauty routine. However, just as a great dress can totally transform you, magnificent makeup can also make (or break) a look.

Those who don't believe in the power of makeup should look no further than Anna Paquin and Cate Blanchett. The two actresses are known for their fashion-forward style, so it may not be surprising that they recently stepped out wearing the same black dress.

What is noteworthy, however, is that each woman chose wholly different makeup to complete their looks. Paquin emphasized her eyes with smoldering brown eyeshadow and lots of mascara. This was complemented by a shimmery nude lip, creating an irresistibly alluring-vibe perfect for the Emmy Awards after-party she was attending.

Conversely, Blanchett opted to play up her pout and donned bright red lipstick and basic black mascara. The look was sexy, like Paquin's, but boasted a strong sophistication.

Both A-listers looked phenomenal, and though they were wearing the same outfit, each lady looked dramatically different. While clothes may make the man, it seems that cosmetics make the woman!

Madonna’s makeup artist spills the secret to glowing skin

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Madonna's makeup artist spills the secret to glowing skinThere are few women more iconic than Madonna, and at age 52, she has never looked better. But how does the mother of two maintain her amazing appearance? The secret may lie within applying the right beauty product, according to Gina Brooke, Madge's personal makeup artist.

Instead of using dark colors to contour her face, Brooke prefers to highlight the Material Girl's bone structure.

"When you use light instead of darkness, it softens the whole face and creates the illusion of a fresher, younger-looking appearance," Brooke told "Artists always tell me they want to look like they've been sleeping for days, and using light gives you that glow."

Color selection is key when selecting a highlighter, and Brooke suggests using a yellow-based product, which can counteract redness. Apply the highlighter down the bridge of the nose and jawline, and across the arch of the brow, down to the apples of the cheek.

"When light reflects off your face, you'll create the illusion of a bone structure that pops, which looks young," Brooke added.

To keep the focus on your glowing complexion, opt for minimal makeup on the rest of your face. Use mascara to emphasize your eyes and apply a tinted lip balm to define and condition your pout.

Simple solutions to treating acne

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Simple solutions to treating bacneWhile women are often told how to eliminate pesky pimples on their faces, it may be harder to find decent tips on eliminating acne on one’s back, or bacne, as it’s more commonly known. Luckily, recently gathered some helpful information that may help gals with this skin condition.

“Half of the problem for skin in that area is that it’s just plain hard to reach to apply any creams,” the news source reports. However, fighting bacne is not a lost cause.

According to the news provider, ladies should look for a product that contains benzoyl peroxide, as peroxide kills the bacteria. Dermalogica mediBac Special Clearing Booster is a five percent benzoyl peroxide concentrate formulated for the topical treatment of breakouts.

Once skin has absorbed the product, treat the area with an acne-fighting toner, such as SkinMedica Acne Treatment Toner, to keep out bacteria that may form later in the day.

However, since bacne is in such a hard to reach area, the news provider recommends a few ways to successfully put on the products. A spatula can be used to easily apply the benzoyl peroxide formula to one’s back, and toner can be poured into a spray bottle for an extra-easy application.

Expert advice for dealing with stretch marks

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Expert advice for dealing with stretch marksAfter having a child, many women spend time getting their body back into pre-baby shape. And while losing baby weight is possible (albeit not always easy!) there is one side-effect which may be more difficult to get rid of – stretch marks.

According to, Dr Haideh Hirmand, clinical assistant professor of surgery at Cornell-Weill Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, reports that stretch marks are caused by the tearing of the dermis, the skin’s second layer, and most commonly occur during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Women who are with-child may be able to avoid getting the lines, as “studies have suggested that topically applied vitamin E can prevent stretch marks from forming,” the news source reports. Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil contains wheatgerm oil, which is a great source of vitamin E.

However, pregnancy is not the only cause of the skin imperfections – they can also be a result of rapid growth during puberty, significant weight gain and hormonal shifts.

Those who have stretch marks that have already formed can use a specially formulated treatment to reduce their appearance, such as Murad Firm and Tone Serum, and can conceal the lines using body makeup, like Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15.