Archive for September, 2010

Keep skin cool as the season changes

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Keep skin cool as the season changesWhen preparing your beauty routine for the transition from summer to fall, there is more for women to be aware of than simply a change in color palettes. As the temperatures drop, ladies who drink hot beverages and take hotter-than-usual showers should remember to keep their skin cool.

"Anything that raises your body temperature – be it spicy foods, hot showers, or drinking steamy beverages – can lead to inflammation and aggravate your skin," Dr Jessica Wu, a cosmetic dermatologist in Los Angeles, Califonia, writes on the Beauty Counter Blog. "This can cause problems like acne, wrinkles, and redness over time."

To reduce these risks, Wu suggests washing one's face and body with lukewarm water and letting hot drinks cool down a bit before sipping, and avoiding exercises that raise one's body temperature to the extreme, such as hot yoga.

Women can also use products specifically formulated to cool skin, such as L'Occitane Mint Verbena Cooling Powered Foot Gel and L'Occitane Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel, which are designed to refresh sweaty and swollen-feeling skin.

Makeup secrets from the set of Boardwalk Empire

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Makeup secrets from the set of Boardwalk EmpireBoardwalk Empire, HBO's new, Martin Scorsese-directed series which is set in the 1920s, recently premiered, and the program was filled with interesting characters in alluring costumes. While the series is set primarily in Atlantic City, the story also takes its players to Chicago as well, and it seems that one key component to creating a distinction between the two locales is makeup.

According to lead makeup artist Michele Paris, the difference between the Chicago look and the Atlantic City look was color tone.

"There weren't too many colors for lips in that era – if it wasn't a regular clear lip conditioner it was a plum or a burgundy or a bright red or a coral orange. And they only had brown or black as far as eyeliner," Paris told the Beauty Counter Blog. "So for Chicago I picked the burgundy, the deeper colors, and then for Atlantic City I went for the brighter, more vibrant reds and corals because that's the crème de la crème of the show."

Women will undoubtedly be influenced by Boardwalk Empire's rich and luxe lipsticks, but should remember to coat their pouts in lip balm before painting on deep colors, as bright hues will call attention to lips' flakes and cracks.

Industry insiders recommend universally flattering cosmetics

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Industry insiders recommend universally flattering cosmeticsIt's not often that products are referred to as universally flattering, as items are often formulated to appeal to a specific group of women, such as brunettes or those with blue eyes. However, according to, there are a few cosmetics that may flatter everyone.

While often thought of as a regal color combination, it seems that purple and gold is also an appealing option for women everywhere. "Gold on inner corners brightens all eyes, while purple's broad appeal is that it's not too cool or too warm," the news source reports.

Gals can pair the pigments with cocoa-color liner as well, as the news provider reports that the hue will register on dark skin but won't overwhelm much lighter complexions.

To define lips, ladies can use a pinkish-brown lip liner and a sheer pink gloss. "Define lips with pinkish brown color [since] it won't look cartoonish on fair, medium or dark skin," the news outlet reports, adding that "sheer pink gloss complements all lip colors and never looks overdone."

Jane Iredale offers a wide range of products that may suit a variety of women, from Eye Pencil in Basic Brown to PureGloss lip gloss, which is available in a range of pinks.

New hair trend: Extreme side part

Monday, September 27th, 2010

New hair trend: Extreme side partWhile New York Fashion Week gave designers the chance to debut their Spring 2011 collections, women don't have to wait until April to embrace some of the looks. And, according to, one of the hottest trends on the runways is completely appropriate to rock right now – the severe side part.

Whether their hair was slicked back into a bun or cascaded down their shoulders, a multitude of models stalked the catwalks rocking locks that featured an extreme side part.

"A side part is also a great way to show off your face, and your clothing," the news source reports. Luckily, the look can be relatively easy to achieve, as long as you have the right products.

Leonor Greyl Laque Souple Gentle Hold Hair Spray is lightweight but keeps strands in place when rocking an extreme side part.

Those who feel they may need a bit more hold can opt for a styling cream, like Jack Black Sleek Finish Texture Cream. While Jack Black products are designed for men, the fragrance-free formula is great for either gender, and the non-greasy cream will help perfect any look.

New study says most women want makeup that creates flawless-looking skin

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

New study says most women want makeup that creates flawless-looking skinWhile some women may buy cosmetics to enhance their eye color or make their pout pop, a new study reveals that most women desire flawless skin, reports.

The news source reports that the study, which was analyzed the Harris Interactive, involved 1,018 women over 18-years-old, and 68 percent replied that they would give up a beloved hobby or past time for a year's worth of good skin.

Additionally, when asked what product they would stick with if they could only own one beauty item, 58 percent wanted a product that resulted in perfect skin.

"American women are tuned into what so many professionals already know – beautiful skin is essential to any look. It's the canvas women work with everyday, and when it looks great, so will everything else," celebrity makeup artist Amy Oreasman, told the news source.

Youngblood Ultimate Concealer and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation can help any women create a flawless face. And, because Youngblood products are non-comedogenic that offer full coverage, they are perfect products for ladies looking for the clearest-looking complexion.

Factors that may indicate how skin will age

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Factors that may indicate how skin will ageWomen wonder about many things as they get older, and one question haunting many minds may be how their skin will age. Dr Jessica Wu, a dermatologist and Clinical Instructor in Dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, recently wrote on Beauty Counter Blog that there are a few factors that may indicate how your skin will age.

Genetics can offer clues as to how skin ages. "If you notice that your mother has deep furrow lines on her forehead or spots around her eyes, for example, you'll want to pay extra attention to those areas and take preventative measures, such as using a retinol cream to build collagen [or] a spot-fading eye cream," Dr Wu wrote.

Additionally, you should also consider your ethnicity when selecting preventative skincare. According to Dr Wu, women of African-American, Hispanic and Asian descent have darker, thicker skin with more collagen that is less likely to wrinkle but more prone to hyperpigmentation or brown spots. Conversely, Caucasian skin is more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles.

Women searching for skincare products to prevent or counteract the signs of aging can use products from Exuviance, which offers a wide range of skincare items designed to combat such conditions as hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

Prepare to rock berry lip stain and pink blush in autumn

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Prepare to rock berry lip stain and pink blush in autumnWhile fall palettes are often warmer than those of other seasons, women may be surprised to learn that cool pinks and berry shades are quite hot this year. According to, these two hues are translating into some of the best looks for fall, but proper shade selection and application is key to creating a great overall look.

Berry lip stains may appear bold, but the rich color is actually very seasonally appropriate. However, pay close attention to your skintone when selecting a color.

"For someone with fair skin, like Alexa Chung, a dab pressed into the lips makes a statement," makeup artist Pati Dubroff told the news source. "For someone with an olive complexion, like Jessica Alba, a heavier application works."

Cool pink blush is another hot trend that's taking the beauty world by storm this fall. Dubroff reminds women to apply the color to the true apples of their cheeks, to help the look "pop."

Additionally, women who aren't blessed with naturally prominent cheekbones shouldn't fret. "If you need a little contour, try a swipe of bronzer along your cheekbones," Dubroff adds.

Jane Iredale Lip Fixation is a dual-ended product that features a lip stain at one end and a gloss at the other, and Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush is available in a variety of great cool pink shades.

Embrace green eyeshadow in autumn

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Embrace green eyeshadow in autumnNow that fall has arrived, women may be looking for new makeup trends to accompany their autumn attire, and it seems that one trend that is heating up is gorgeous green eyeshadow.

"I consider green a neutral eye shadow, but it's important to be very measured when you use it," makeup artist Pati Dubroff told For a subtle look, women should keep the green pigment below the crease of the lid and use brown liner to add definition.

However, ladies interested in a more dramatic application may want to take a few tips from the Marc Jacobs show at New York Fashion Week, where smoky green eye makeup reigned supreme at the Marc Jacobs show at New York Fashion Week. reports that makeup artists applied black kohl liner and a mix of hunter and olive green eyeshadows, extending the pigment slightly above the crease.

Women looking to recreate this look can use a combination of powders to get the perfect result, such as Too Faced Single Eye Shadow in Jealous? (an emerald green) and Babor Eye Shadow in Forest.

Common beauty mistakes to avoid

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Common beauty mistakes to avoidWhile nobody is perfect, it's not unreasonable to want to look as impeccable as possible. However, according to Real Simple magazine, there are a few common beauty mistakes that may be keeping you from creating a flawless face.

If concealer is applied too soon after moisturizer, the creamy lotion can cause the concealer to thin out, which can result in blotchiness and limit the amount of coverage the product provides, makeup artist Laura Geller told the news source.

Instead, wait for your skin to absorb the moisturizer (roughly 60 seconds) or, if you're in a rush, blot your face with a tissue and apply concealer.

When plucking eyebrows, be careful not to stand too close to the mirror, as the news source reports that this causes women to pay more attention to each hair, and not the overall shape of the arch, which can result in uneven brows.

Beauty expert Ramy Gafni suggests using a large mirror near a window, standing close to the mirror to tweeze and taking a few steps back after every few hairs to survey the symmetry and shape of your brows.

Expert tips to selecting foundation based on your age

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Expert tips to selecting foundation based on your ageSometimes selecting makeup is simple – you opt for the latest color or the newest formula, or products that complement your eye or hair color. And, when selecting foundation, it is quite common to consider little more than the tone and condition of your complexion, and choose a formula that matches your coloring and hydrates your skin or controls breakouts.

However, experts at suggest that you may also want to take your age into account before selecting your foundation and perfecting your beauty routine.

According to the news source, women in their 20s generally have a good complexion, and should use sheer, oil-free foundation that lets their skin’s natural beauty show.

“After washing and moisturizing your face, dab an oil absorbing primer over your T-zone to cut shine and help your makeup last,” the news outlet recommends. Paula Dorf Perfect Primer for Normal/Oily Skin can be applied under other cosmetics and stops shine from affecting your makeup.

Next, those in their 20s should use a noncomedogenic liquid and apply it with a sponge, as fingers can transfer oil to your skin. In addition to being noncomedogenic, which means that it won’t clog pores, Exuviance Skin Caring Foundations SPF 15 provides long-lasting, eight-hour coverage.

Women in their 30s, however, may want to use products that feature specific benefits, such as wrinkle-softening formulas, and upgrade to a foundation that boasts more coverage. The news provider suggests using a primer that contains silicone, as it will soften the appearance of fine lines. Pixi Brightening Primer includes skin-conditioning silicone and glycerine, which binds water to skin and offers a hydrating and plumping effect.

A combination of formula and translucent powder can help provide fuller, natural-looking coverage. Babor Classic Hydra Light Oil-Free Foundation will hide imperfections and even out skin tone, and Babor Classic Translucent Powder offers a flawless finish as it holds the foundation in place.

By their 40s, women begin to develop more pronounced wrinkles and age spots, reports, and should also be aware that skin will be more prone to a loss of moisture, so a liquid foundation can help combat dryness. However, there are other products that ladies in their 40s should utilize as well.

Age spots and other skin discolorations can be neutralized by using primers that contain color-correcting tints. According to the news source, “green minimizes redness, lavender counteracts ashiness, and peach conceals dark spots.” Both Jane Iredale and Pixi offer kits that contain a number of shades of concealers to cover up spots of different colors.

Look for a foundation that hydrates skin, like Joey New York 4 in 1 Foundation Anti-Aging Formula for Dry Skin, which comes with its own application brush, and carry a small jar of moisturizer with you – treating dry patches throughout the day may keep you looking especially fresh-faced.

Finally, the news outlet recommends that women in their 50s and beyond should use specialized products and, instead of using less makeup, apply foundation in layers to avoid a plastered-on appearance. An anti-aging product, like Cellex-C High-Potency Serum, will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and make skin look firmer and more toned.

“Subtle shine helps bring out the contours of the face and conceal lines, so look for a featherweight liquid formula with light-diffusing particles,” the news provider recommends. Babor Classic Age Conceal Foundation is an anti-aging formula that boasts light-diffusing pigments that hide lines and wrinkles.

Additionally, ladies 50 and up may want to tote a powder compact for quick touch-ups, but should remember to carefully press it into skin, as wiping will remove already-applied makeup.