Archive for October, 2010

Recreate Keira Knightley’s eye makeup

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Recreate Keira Knightley's eye makeupIt should never be shocking to see a Hollywood star show up on the red carpet with a flawless-looking face – after all, the celeb most likely has a team of makeup artists and stylists who work around the clock to perfect the dynamite look. It may be surprising, however, when a starlet’s look is easy to recreate, no matter how inexperienced you are wielding a wand of mascara.

At the London premiere of Never Let Me Go, Keira Knightley looked absolutely stunning, as she boasted some intensly sexy eye makeup. And, with a bit of inside information from her makeup artist, any woman can replicate Knightley’s sultry stare.

“I wanted the makeup to create an iconic image that would still look current years from now,” makeup artist Kate Lee told InStyle.

Lee told the news source that she heavily lined Knightley’s eyes with a black kohl liner, smudging the pencil at the outside corners. She dabbed on platinum and gold-colored cream shadows to the center of the lid and browbone, applied a few fake lashes and then finished the look by applying multiple coats of mascara.

While this look may not be appropriate for a day at the office, women who are preparing for a fun night out can try recreating Knightley’s intense eye makeup.

A beauty trend great for gals of all ages

Friday, October 15th, 2010

A beauty trend great for gals of all agesMost cosmetic trends are geared toward women over the age of 20 – after all, a girl attending her junior prom would look inappropriate with a smoky eye or a bold red lip. However, there is one trend that looks phenomenal on gals of any age, made apparent by the lovely ladies of the new movie Never Let Me Go.

At the BFI London Film Festival, Carey Mulligan looked lovely with simple but elegant makeup. The 25-year-old actress wore black eyeliner on her top lids only, and boasted some seriously lengthened lashes. She finished with little more than a touch of pale pink blush and sheer lip gloss.

Mulligan's co-star, 14-year-old Ella Purnell, donned similar makeup at the film's premiere. The young starlet emphasized her eyes with a thick stripe of black liner across her upper lash line, adding a bit of extra definition with a light brown liner beneath her lower lashes. Purnell completed the look with black mascara, sheer rose-colored blush and lip gloss.

Wearing black eyeliner on only your upper lash line is a great way to play-up your eyes without overwhelming the rest of your face, making it a wonderful option for young women who want subtle definition, as well as for more mature ladies who want a fresh-faced, wide-eyed look.

Use two colors to create one great look

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Use two colors to create one great lookWhile women often stick to pigments in the same color family when applying eye makeup, one of young Hollywood’s most glamorous gals are proving that using two shades can create one phenomenal look.

Freida Pinto appeared at a screening of her new film, Miral, in the Hamptons rocking two-toned eye makeup that was as flattering as it was subtle. Pinto covered her lids in a silvery-gray shadow that complemented her warm brown eyes, and then dusted a tawny pigment above her crease. She finished her look with black liner and mascara.

While some may think that these contradictory colors would compete with one another, they actually worked surprisingly well together – the tawny shadow added warmth and subtle definition to Pinto’s eyes, and the silver powder made her bright peepers pop.

When rocking this two-toned trend, women should take a cue from Pinto and choose a black or brown liner and mascara, as products of a different, more pronounced hue can throw off the beautiful balance created by the two shades of shadow.

Too Faced Eye Shadow Duo boasts two unique shades in one compact, ideal for a woman embracing the two-toned look.

New study reveals teens with acne more likely to think of suicide

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

New study reveals teens with acne more likely to think of suicideAccording to MSNBC's Today, a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that teenagers who suffer from acne are up to three times more likely to have thoughts of depression and suicide than those with smooth skin.

"These kids have double the risk of having mental problems," said study researcher Jon Halvorsen, professor of dermatology at the University of Oslo. "There is undertreatment of acne in teens, and this shows it's important not to delay seeking treatment."

Halvorsen added that health care systems and schools should recognize the ramifications of acne, and that teens should be encouraged to seek treatment.

While there are medications that can be prescribed to combat acne, those suffering from the skin condition can also use topical treatments.

Allure magazine recommends using a cleanser twice a day that contains 2 percent salicylic acid or 3 percent glycolic acid, like Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash, and then, once a day, applying a formula that boasts at least 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, such as Dermalogica mediBac Special Clearing Booster.

Elisabeth Moss rocks white eyeshadow in fall

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Elisabeth Moss rocks white eyeshadow in fallWomen everywhere are rocking dark-colored lipstick and autumnal-hued eye makeup, but gals who want to create an ethereal, fresh-faced look may want to consider donning an unexpected shade of cosmetics – white eyeshadow.

While this pigment is decidedly cooler than the warm tones often associated with fall, Elizabeth Moss recently proved that white shadow can look awesome in autumn.

At a recent event in France, the Mad Men star looked utterly angelic, wearing little more cosmetics than shimmery white eye makeup applied at the inner corner of her eyes, mascara and a sheer pink lip gloss.

And though rocking this shadow can be difficult, as too much can create a space-age vibe, InStyle magazine recommends dusting on more pigment than you deem necessary, as a light application can easily appear too sheer and subtle.

Finally, don't forget to emphasize eyes with mascara. "Finish with a few coats of black mascara to avoid looking washed-out," the news source suggests.

Youngblood Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Moonstone, a pure white shimmer, and Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Blackout can help any woman replicate Moss' ethereal yet dynamic look.

Revamp your skincare routine as you get older

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Revamp your skincare routine as you get olderAccording to, a recent study revealed that nearly 50 percent of women follow the same basic skincare routine as they did when they were teenagers. And while it may make sense to stick with a product that works well for your skin, gals may want to consider updating their skin regimen as they age.

“Remember the days when you got a pimple on Monday and all traces of it were gone by Thursday? Now, it seems like it takes the dark marks zits can leave behind months to finally fade away,” reports the news source. However, using a product with glycolic acid, like Murad Night Reform Treatment, before bed time can help exfoliate and boost your skin cell turnover.

As you age, you may also want to begin using eye cream to protect the thin and delicate skin that surrounds your peepers, such as Murad Eye Treatment Complex SPF 8. The news provider recommends applying eye cream with your ring finger, as it’s the weakest and will tug at skin the least.

Finally, while it can be easy to solely focus on your face, remember not to neglect your neck. However, experts claim that you do not need a separate product for your neck, simply use swift upward strokes to apply a rich facial moisturizer.

How to prevent the side-effects of shaving

Monday, October 11th, 2010

How to prevent the side-effects of shavingWhile there are a wide range of hair removal techniques, few can argue that the fastest (and easiest!) way to get rid of unwanted hair is shaving. However, shaving can often cause ingrown hairs, bumps and fast-growing stubble.

But women who don't have the time to wax and must pick up a razor instead can take a few steps to ward off the uncomfortable side effects that often accompany shaving.

Before using your razor, slather on a deep-conditioner. "Conditioner lowers the hair's pH and smooths its cuticle, making it less brittle and apt to break," Jeannette Graf, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, told Allure magazine.

Additionally, the news source recommends using an antibiotic ointment instead of soap or shaving cream, as the medicated formula "allows the razor to glide easily and takes care of the bacteria that can cause bumps."

And while shaving can cause minor nicks, women can use a treatment like L'Occitane Cade Alum Shaving Stick, which is formulated to help stop bleeding and acts as an effective astringent.

Kelly Osbourne plans to get tattoos removed

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Kelly Osbourne plans to get tattoos removedPeople get tattoos for a variety of reasons – ink can honor a loved one, commemorate a meaningful event or symbolize an important personal belief. However, for every well-thought-out tattoo, there is a piece of body art that was nothing more than an impulsive action, and many people end up regretting these ill-conceived inkings.

And it seems that celebrities aren't immune to tattoo-regret either. According to British magazine Closer, Kelly Osbourne recently revealed that she plans to have some of her ink removed. While shooting a new movie, Should've Been Romeo, Osbourne had to use special concealer to hide her body art, and the blonde beauty liked the look.

"I met with my dermatologist and I'll start the laser treatment as soon as I have time," the 25-year-old wrote in the publication. "It will take several months, and while I'm not looking forward to the pain, I've heard it hurts less than getting the tattoo. I hope so!"

While everybody may not be able to afford laser treatment, hiding tattoos can be easy with Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15, which quickly conceals body art and provides all-day coverage.

Simple ways to save a damaged manicure

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Simple ways to save a damaged manicureWhile some women view manicures as a luxurious pleasure for special occasions, other women regard the treatment as a necessity of their beauty routine. And while the process can take up to an hour, it only takes a second to smudge, chip or crack the perfect polish.

Luckily, damaged lacquer doesn't have send you searching for acetone remover to demolish your entire manicure. With a few expert tips, common nail gaffes can be instantly fixed.

"If you get a ripple in polish that's not quite dry, dip the tip of another finger in remover and lightly rub it on the area in a circular motion," manicurist Tom Bachik writes in Allure magazine. "This softens the polish and evens it out." Once the lacquer is smooth, apply a topcoat over the entire nail.

Once nails dry, however, they are susceptible to chips. To fix a nick, Bachik suggests filling in the spot with a small drop of matching color and letting it dry for a few minutes. After the lacquer is tacky, take the same steps recommended for fixing a ripple in the polish.

Finally, if you break a nail, the manicure can be saved by using a file with a fine grit to smooth the tear. Bachik warns against using nail clippers, as the pressure can cause polish to separate.

How to travel (easily!) in style

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

How to travel (easily!) in style With holiday season approaching, many of us are going to be packing our bags and heading home. And while packing can always be a bit of a hassle, women who must travel by plane are sure to feel pressured to pack as lightly as possible, especially given the strict carry-on requirements enforced worldwide.

Ladies searching for tips on how to best condense their beauty cabinet as they pack may want to look to one woman who travels often and does so looking fabulous – Lost star Maggie Grace. The statuesque beauty recently spoke to Allure magazine about life as an expert packer.

"I can do several continents with just a carry-on," Grace told the news source. And when asked about the beauty products with which she travels, Grace gave a few helpful pointers.

"It's all about rolling. I recycle trial-size bottles of beauty products. You don't really need much – you can shave with hotel conditioner," the actress added. "I do always bring… a lip/cheek stain, because it's multipurpose."

GloMinerals gloTint for Cheeks & Lips is a universally flattering tint in an easy-to-tote tube that will take up almost no space in one's makeup bag.