Archive for October, 2010

Was Justin Bieber wearing makeup?

       
Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Was Justin Bieber wearing makeup?Recently, the beauty world has been buzzing about the cover of a Brazilian teen magazine, specifically whether or not the young pop star pictured was wearing makeup. While debates about cosmetics and photoshop are nothing new, what is surprising about this hoopla is the singer at the center of the debate – Justin Bieber.

According to StyleList.com, many analysts believe that Bieber is wearing eyeshadow, liner and blush in the cover shot. While the magazine, Star Todateen, claims that Bieber's picture wasn't altered, they didn't specifically comment on whether the Baby singer was wearing makeup.

Whether or not Bieber was wearing mascara or not, sometimes a bit of makeup can do wonders for a person of any gender. After all, when a blemish pops up before a big event, who would blame a guy for applying a bit of concealer before heading out the door?

And of course, there are a plethora of male celebrities, from Adam Lambert to Pete Wentz, who famously don cosmetics in every day life. Cosmetics can quickly and easily hide flaws and enhance features, making them a great idea for women and men alike.

Expert advice to preventing blackheads

       
Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Expert advice to preventing blackheadsThere are few skin imperfections more frustrating than blackheads – they can be unsightly, hard to conceal and painful. Unfortunately, they are also incredibly common. Luckily, the blemishes don't have to be a headache to treat.

The first step is washing your face to prevent breakouts. Esthetician Lena Bratschi told TotalBeauty.com that women should use a a salicylic acid-based cleanser, such as Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Clearing Skin Wash, which will serve as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

After cleansing the skin, use an alcohol-free toner that contains totarol to close pores and restore your skin's pH balance. Bratschi suggests that women follow with an oil-free moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic acid, like Dermalogica Active Moist, which will deeply hydrate the skin.

The dermatologist also revealed that manual exfoliation is the key to preventing blackheads, and recommends that gals use a facial scrub twice a week (no more, no less). Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will rid your face of skin-dulling residue and promote cell renewal.

Finally, treat problem areas with a serum such as Dermalogica mediBac Concealing Spot Treatment. The product contains niacinamide, which Bratschi claims is most effective when treating blackheads as it will decrease oiliness.

Combine warm and cool metallic eye makeup for one great look

       
Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Combine warm and cool metallic eye makeup for one great lookWhile some makeup trends catch us by surprise, such as red eyeshadow and blue lipstick, a new eye makeup combination recently caught us off guard – wearing multiple metallic tones. But what really surprised us about this look, however, wasn't its extremity – it was how breathtakingly beautiful the women wearing it looked!

At the Avon Foundation for Women Gala, Reese Witherspoon stepped out looking gorgeous as ever and rocking some seriously styling eye makeup. Witherspoon's upper lids were dusted with a steel-colored powder while her lower lash line boasted bronze pigment. Typically, silvers and golds compete with one another, but on Witherspoon, the two tones worked together to create a flattering look.

Spanish actress Vanessa Romero recently donned a similar application as well – her lids were covered with gold shadow while her lower waterline was rimmed with a cool metallic blue liner. The two hues complemented one another, as well as Romero's eyes.

Ladies looking to embrace this trend shouldn't be afraid to surround their eyes with two tones that usually aren't worn together. Too Faced Eye Shadow Duo, which boasts two different pigments in one pan, is available in shades such as George & Weezie (gold and pearl) and Denim & Diamonds (icy blue and ivory).

Change up your skincare routine for winter

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Change up your skincare routine for winterWith the hot days of summer far behind, people across the country are beginning to watch the leaves change color as the air turns cooler. And, in the not too distant future, temperatures will drop even further and snowflakes will begin to fall.

While many women prepare themselves for the impending seasonal change with a new wardrobe filled with sweaters, jackets and scarves, few may realize that they should be updating their skincare routine as well. However, it can be difficult to figure out which products should be switched and why.

The best place to start is at the very beginning of your beauty routine – the shower. While a long, hot shower may seem especially novel on a cold winter day, the hot water could be doing damage to your skin. In fact, according to Allure magazine, after 15 minutes the heated H20 begins to breakdown your skin’s lipid layer that holds in moisture. Instead, take a warm shower – it will be just as soothing but won’t compromise your skin.

“In the winter, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a nonfoaming cleanser,” dermatologist Leslie Baumann told the news source, which recommends Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream for dry skin.

A good facial moisturizer is imperative because the dry winter air and chapping wind can wreak havoc on your skin. However, you should look for more than just a moisture-rich formula. While many women are aware of the importance of sun protection in the summertime, few may realize that they should don SPF in the winter as well.

“The sun’s rays still exist in winter – your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time,” dermatologist Ariel Ostad told the publication. “Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week – such as walking to work or taking a lunch break – over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun.” Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 provides great hydration and sun protection.

While it’s likely you will often be wearing gloves, thick socks and boots, you shouldn’t forget to take care of your hands and feet as well. With cold and flu season, there’s a good chance you will be washing your hands often and using antibacterial products, which are known to be drying. To combat cracked cuticles and peeling palms, carry a small tube of hand cream at all times, such as L’Occitane Mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, which contains 20 percent shea butter.

To keep the skin on your feet from becoming dry and rough, Allure recommends following a specific routine once a week. “Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff the soles with a foot file such as Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone. To soften and help seal cracks, slick on an ointment [like Babor Spa Mediterranee Feet Smoothing Balm] then wear cotton socks while you sleep.”

Finally, don’t forget to guard your lips from the harsh winter weather as well. Whether you are skiing down a mountain or simply walking to work, a chapped pout is almost a guarantee in the colder months without proper protection. According to the magazine, you should look for a lip balm that is viscous, not waxy, so that the formula can penetrate cracked skin. Additionally, you should avoid balms that are heavily scented, as they may be more likely to irritate skin.

B. Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20 is a hydrating treatment that softens and protects lips from sun, wind and cold. It can be worn alone, underneath lipstick and even applied over lip color throughout the day to keep your pout protected.

Beauty products needed to create a fantastic Lady Gaga costume

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Beauty products needed to create a fantastic Lady Gaga costumeThere are a few costumes that are considered old standbys – cat, witch, bride. However, every year there are a few new get-ups that you just know are going to be especially popular, as they reflect a current fad that's sweeping the nation.

This year, amongst the Jersey Shore characters and YouTube sensations, there is one icon that may be a favorite to impersonate – Lady Gaga!

However, dressing as Ms Bad Romance involves more than a blonde wig and an outfit made of meat. There are actually a variety of beauty products gals should use to transform into Gaga.

According to HollywoodLife.com, ladies should start by lining their eyes with a black liquid liner and then adding on false lashes. For added drama, however, apply two to three coats of mascara on top of the faux fringe.

Lips and cheeks can be kept simple, as a peachy-rose hue for each will keep attention on the intense eyes.

Finally, the news source recommends donning metallic patterned nails. Women can either use patterned nail transfers or create funky designs using a few different bottles of nail polish.

Sport smoky makeup beneath your lower lash line

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Sport smoky makeup beneath your lower lash lineEmbracing certain beauty trends is often fun, and many gals don't think twice before hopping on the bandwagon and trying out a popular, new look. And we're sure that, soon enough, ladies will be looking to imitate the fresh spin on smoky eyes sported by Claire Danes at the London Film Festival premiere of The King's Speech.

Danes' smoldering eye makeup was anything but expected – instead of boasting lids covered in pigment, she emphasized her under-eye region and applied the shadow heavily beneath her lower lash line.

"As a rule of thumb, the color shouldn't extend too much further than your lower lashes – it starts to look ghoulish if it extends too far down," makeup artist Troy Surratt told Allure magazine.

Surratt advises women to keep pigment underneath the iris, extending to the outer corners – not toward the inner corner of eyes. "You don't want to bring eye makeup into your tear troughs, [that] is the area where women put concealer – from the tear duct down."

Additionally, the makeup expert suggests that gals incorporate warm tones into their smoky, black-lined eyes, as shades of brown will give the look a rich dimension.

Makeup used to help maintain normality for women undergoing cancer treatment

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Makeup used to help maintain normality for women undergoing cancer treatmentWhile some may consider makeup a necessity for looking their best, women at University Hospital's Breast Health Center in Augusta, Georgia, use cosmetics to feel better. According to The Augusta Chronicle, the center's Look Good… Feel Better class taught women how to maintain a great-looking appearance while undergoing cancer treatment, to boost self-confidence and morale during an emotionally and physically trying time.

"There's not anything real special or different [about the makeup techniques]," cosmetologist Lisa Whittle told the news source. However, there are a few tips that women who are in treatment may want to consider.

As hair can often fall out as a result of various procedures, Whittle stressed the importance of penciling in eyebrows, as they frame the face. For a natural-looking appearance, she recommended using a toothbrush to smooth out pencil lines.

Whittle noted the importance of keeping applicators clean, as weakened immune systems may have a harder time combating built-up bacteria that can collect on brushes.

Those who prefer brushes to disposable applicators and cotton swabs can use a product like being TRUE Cosmetics Daily Brush Care, which disinfects bristles to eliminate bacteria while cleaning and conditioning the applicators.

Diane Kruger talks about her love of makeup

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Diane Kruger talks about her love of makeupWhile some people collect coins and others invest in expensive footwear, many women amass a vast amount of makeup. From tubes of lipstick in similar shades to compacts filled with trays of eyeshadow, it can be fairly easy to compile a lot of cosmetics.

According to StyleList.com, one lady whose makeup counter may be overflowing is none other than Diane Kruger, and the stunning actress recently opened up about her obsession with cosmetics.

"It is a little embarrassing because I own a huge amount of makeup," the blonde beauty told the news source. "I see makeup artists on shoots and then I go buy the stuff so I have boxes and boxes of makeup. I get really bored with the same products so I like to have options."

Like so many women, it seems that Kruger often opts to emphasize her eyes before going out.

"I definitely [love] mascara but I also love fake lashes. I'm obsessed with them," she revealed.

Ladies looking to play up their peepers can use Jane Iredale products to create electrifying eyes. Longest Lash Mascara makes fringe appear longer, thicker and fuller, and Jane Iredale Professional Faux Lashes add natural-looking volume without appearing over-the-top.

Babor products can help you create a Mad Men look

       
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Babor products can help you create a Mad Men lookWhile millions of people tune into AMC's Mad Men to watch the drama unfold, some women turn on the show to gawk at the gorgeous ensembles and impeccable makeup worn by the ladies of the show. But, now that the fourth season has come to a close, how are gals supposed to get their fix of 1960s American glamor?

Ladies looking for more insight about Mad Men's costumes and makeup can check out Janie Bryant's new book, The Fashion File. According to InStyle magazine, Bryant, the show's costume designer, explains how women can achieve the quintessential Mad Men look, including how to create a flawless red lip.

While the book isn't available until November, women anxious to look like Betty Draper can begin to stock up on cosmetics now to perfect a Mad Men look.

Babor offers a variety of items that can help any gal capture the simple glamor inherent to that time period. Babor Classic Translucent Powder can help to create a flawless face, and one can use Babor Classic Lip Color and Lip Pencil (in Red Lips and Simply Red, respectively) for a signature pout.

Blake Lively dons stunning makeup at recent awards show

       
Monday, October 25th, 2010

Blake Lively dons stunning makeup at recent awards showIt's never surprising when Blake Lively steps out on the red carpet looking flawless, after all the Gossip Girl actress is quickly becoming an icon in the fashion world. And, at Spike TV's 2010 Scream Awards, Lively showed up in a gorgeous ensemble that was complemented by some seriously gorgeous makeup.

Lively wore a a stunning gray gown that featured tan leather detailing, and the blonde bombshell accentuated the adornments with warm-toned cosmetics. Her lids were dusted with a rich copper shadow that contrasted with her sparkling baby blues, and she boasted a warm toffee-colored lip gloss.

While her dress did boast autumnal hued accents, her makeup was an unexpected choice, as many women would have opted for smoky gray eyes to complement the gown's fabric. However, the warm pigments brought out the best in the dress, as it both emphasized the cool tones of the frock while calling attention to the tan detailing.

Wearing cosmetics that match with a piece of your ensemble is a great way to subtly call attention to the details and create a cohesive look. Take a cue from Lively and try it out before your next big event.