Archive for October, 2010

Never underestimate the importance of a good highlighter

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Never underestimate the importance of a good highlighter When applying eye makeup, everybody seems to have their own tricks to creating a dynamic look. And while these tips can help open up your eyes, there is one technique that some of Hollywood’s hottest ladies employ to create a dazzling effect – applying highlighter to eyes’ inner corners.

At the Vertu phone launch party in New York City, Blake Lively stepped out with simple makeup that was anything but ordinary. All emphasis was on the Gossip Girl’s eyes, but interestingly enough she was wearing little more than mascara. Her peepers popped, however, with a bit of silver highlighter applied to the inner corners of her eyes.

Scarlett Johansson employed the eye-brightening technique as well while appearing at the Mango Fashion Awards. The blonde bombshell rocked a smoky eye, but enhanced her stare with a little help from some strategically applied gold shadow. The pigment illuminated the inner corners of her eyes, and kept her sultry makeup from appearing too dark.

Ladies looking to make their peepers pop should remember to dab a bit of highlighter on to the inner corners of their eyes – it will quickly and easily brighten your face and open-up your eyes.

Easy way to look your best, with a little help from Tweezerman

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Easy way to look your best, with a little help from TweezermanLet’s face it, as much as we’d like to dream about it, almost none of us has the time (or money) for a stunning beauty makeover. However, creating a fresh-looking appearance doesn’t have to be that difficult. In fact, there is one feature that women may often overlook, but can make a woman’s face look instantly improved.

“Once a week, I take a good stare in the mirror and pluck a few strays to keep up my brows’ shape. I feel so much more polished. It’s crazy what a big impact a few hairs can make!” Allure beauty news editor Heather Muir wrote on the publication’s website.

Tweezerman provides a plethora of products to make maintaining brows super easy. Ladies with fine hairs may prefer the Point Tweezers, which easily grasp on to the smallest of hairs, while gals with bushier brows can use the classic Slant Tweezers.

The company also offers items to make the plucking process less painful. Tweezerman After Tweeze Soothing Cream is formulated to relieve the sting that usually comes with removing those pesky eyebrow hairs.

With the right tools, and without having to fear that pesky post-pluck irritation, maintaining perfect arches will be a breeze, and you’ll easily be able to boast a fantastically fresh-faced look.

Lulu’s beauty advice for mature women

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Lulu's beauty advice for mature womenScottish singer-songwriter Lulu, most well known in the United States for her 1967 hit “To Sir, with Love,” turns 62-years-old at the beginning of November, and the beautiful songstress recently shared a few of her beauty secrets with The Telegraph.

“Women my age shouldn’t buy a foundation that’s too heavy, or you can avoid it altogether by just using a concealer over the areas you feel you need some coverage,” she told the news source. “For me, that means over broken veins and on a particular freckle above my lip, which drives me mad.”

However, while Lulu may not endorse more mature women using an all-over foundation, she does praise the benefits of contouring, as shading can be useful when ladies get older. She recommends using a foundation that is one shade darker than your skin tone, and a highlighter pen to add brightness.

Additionally, the Scottish beauty also spoke of the benefits of a great lip liner.

“Find a nude lip pencil close to your own lip color, and apply all over the lip. It’ll make lips look fuller, which we need as we get older,” she told the news provider. “Then put your normal lipstick or lip gloss on top. Gone are the days when you’d have a thick, dark line circling your mouth.”

Deborah Lippmann takes to Twitter to talk about nail polish

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Deborah Lippmann takes to Twitter to talk about nail polishIt’s not often that women are able to get advice directly from industry experts, but those who want top tips about caring for their nails are in luck – nail guru Deborah Lippmann recently sat down with to answer some questions live on Twitter.

“Dry cuticles can be the [bane] of our existence,” Lippmann said in response to a tweet about cuticle pain. “Do not cut them. Apply cuticle remover to entire cuticle and push back. If there is any hanging skin after a good ‘pushing,’ you can nip with a cuticle nipper then hydrate with cuticle oil.”

Lippmann Collection Cuticle Oil Treatment conditions dry skin that surrounds nail beds, and even boasts a light coconut scent.

The celebrity manicurist, who revealed that she gets her inspiration from the fashion world, trends, her customers and nature, also hinted at the types of hues fans can expect to see in her spring 2011 nail polish collection.

“My spring shades are soft and one has my signature glitter,” Lippmann added. “I used them at Badgley Mischka and Narciso Rodriguez during New York Fashion Week.”

Expert tips to applying powder

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Expert tips to applying powderNow that the summer sun has set and most women are preparing for the cold, dry weather that accompanies winter, many ladies are putting down their powders in favor of more moisturizing concealers. However, gals with oily skin that tends to get shiny year-round may not be ready to close their compacts just yet.

While applying powder may seem relatively simple, there are a few tips that ladies may find useful before dusting on their favorite formula.

“If you need powder, don’t use it under the eyes, since it can make the skin there look dry and dehydrated. Instead, lightly dust your t-zone, using a big, fluffy brush,” makeup artist Troy Surratt told Allure magazine.

The beauty expert also suggests blotting skin with a dampened makeup sponge to remove excess powder and blend the particles that collect on hair on the face.

And while women with oily skin may not want to change their cover-up’s formula as the seasons change, they may want to switch the shade they are using. Because those in colder climates may have less exposure to sun in the winter months, the powder used in the summertime may be too dark for many women’s winter complexions.

Heidi Klum to don colorful makeup on Halloween

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Heidi Klum to don colorful makeup on HalloweenHeidi Klum is known for many things – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model, Victoria’s Secret Angel, Project Runway host – but she’s also made a name for herself by donning some truly memorable Halloween costumes.

Over the past few years, Klum has shown up to events dressed as a cat, the Hindu goddess Kali (multiple arms and all) and as an apple from the Garden of Eden, and the German supermodel usually wears makeup from head-to-toe.

So, it’s no surprise that people are clamoring to find out what Klum will be dressed as this year. However, she recently dished to InStyle magazine about how she creates these epic ensembles.

“It takes hours. I do my own make-up and I really go full-on. I also do my husband’s makeup and help with his costume,” Klum told the news source. “It’s really a night where more is more. It’s fun to pump up the volume and bring out some color and magic!”

Ladies who are preparing for Halloween can take this opportunity to don some unexpected shades of cosmetics. Line your lips with a black eye pencil and fill in your pout with red lip gloss for a gorgeous vamp look.

Tips to keep a November beard looking great

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Tips to keep a November beard looking greatOctober is almost over and for many men across the country, that means one thing – the beginning of Novembeard. For those unfamiliar with the month-long tradition, it is merely a designated period when men agree not to shave for 30 days.

However, since Thanksgiving, a time when many guys travel home to see loved ones, falls toward the end of the month, those participating in the beard-growing challenge may look especially scruffy

Instead of preparing for questions from distant relatives about your appearance – or worse, forgoing Novembeard – men can use a few products to help maintain their facial hair.

While shaving or trimming of any kind is frowned upon, men can keep their faces looking great by using a shampoo, like L’Occitane Cade Shower Gel for Body and Hair, to clean their beards as often as they wash the hair on their heads. Anthony Logistics Every Day Conditioner is formulated to moisturize and protect skin, and soften facial hair.

Additionally, men should use a moisturizer, such as Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, to make sure the skin underneath the beard is well-conditioned, to reduce the itchiness that scruff can lead to.

Diane Kruger rocks contrasting makeup

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Diane Kruger rocks contrasting makeupThere is much debate as to whether women should match their makeup to their clothing. Earlier this month, Hilary Swank stepped out seemingly in support of matching makeup, with lids painted to the same hue as the detailing in her dress. Now, another Hollywood A-lister is demonstrating her opinion on the matter, and it seems that her cosmetic choices oppose Hilary’s.

At Elle’s 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute, Diane Kruger, pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival, put a spin on a classic and showed up in a little red dress. However, instead of painting on a crimson-colored pout, the actress opted for a nude lip and winged turquoise eye shadow.

While the pigment clearly brought out the best in Kruger’s baby blues, it also served as a striking complement to her red ensemble – the unexpected pop of cool color paired perfect with her warm-hued dress.

Ladies looking to wear contrasting eye makeup don’t need to go as extreme as Kruger, and can instead opt for a subtle streak of liner instead of dramatically winged shadow. Too Faced Liquif-Eye Set features 12 different pigments that can be applied as shadow or liner, depending on the desired look.

Kate Walsh’s perfume for women inspired by men

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Kate Walsh's perfume for women inspired by menIt is often assumed that women will gravitate toward feminine fragrances, potions filled with sweet floral notes. However, when creating her new perfume, Kate Walsh drew inspiration from a surprising source – her boyfriend.

"I was inspired by my boyfriend's scent many years ago," the Private Practice star told People magazine. "I missed his scent after we broke up and I was shopping one day and I was like, 'I don't need my boyfriend to have a boyfriend scent!'"

While the news source reports the fragrance includes typically feminine elements such as vanilla and amber, it also has more masculine notes of wood and musk. Walsh added that she wanted the perfume to remind her of Ralph Lauren Polo, the cologne worn by her first boyfriend.

"I remember going out in high school and coming home and smelling our clothes because the boys wore so much of it that our clothes would smell like it," Walsh told the publication. "…When you associate a smell with something, you have an immediate memory."

While Walsh's fragrance, Boyfriend, won't be available until November, ladies who prefer a more masculine scent can spritz themselves with a bit of Ralph Lauren Polo.

Nailtini releases Mad Men-themed polishes

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Nailtini releases Mad Men-themed polishesIt seems that people across the nation have come down with Mad Men fever, and now that the show’s fourth season has ended, ladies looking for their fix may want to raid the beauty department. According to, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant collaborated with Nailtini to produce a limited-edition set of four nail polishes.

“I’ve been inspired as much by classic cocktail culture as by vintage treasures from the fabric store,” Bryant told the news source. “Rich velvets, heavy satins and opulent lamés are the makings of classic cocktail attire, and the inspiration for my Nailtini collection.”

The collection features four beautiful shades – Bourbon Satin (a metallic brown), French 75 (gold), Deauville (silver) and Stinger (iridescent plum-black). The news source reports that experts recommend mixing the colors together to create custom looks, a process they refer to as “cocktailing.”

In addition to the Mad Men collection, Nailtini also offers a few other cocktail-themed sets, such as Mini Bar Bloody Mary You Call It Nail Cocktail Collection, which are perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season.