Archive for November, 2010

Elizabeth Moss wows in natural makeup

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Elizabeth Moss wows in natural makeupWhen wearing a nude-colored dress, it's hard to keep from looking washed out without a lot of makeup, which makes Elizabeth Moss' recent look so impressive. At the 38th Annual International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City, Moss sported a flesh-toned gown and minimal makeup, and appeared more fresh-faced than ever.

The secret seemed to lie within her impeccably applied cheek color. The rose blush, which featured golden undertones that warmed her complexion, was concentrated on the apples of her cheeks, mimicking a natural glow.

Moss added a pop of color to the ensemble with vibrant red nail polish, but aside from the blush and a sheer lip gloss, she wore little else on her face. Her ethereal look was further emphasized by her relaxed hairstyle, as her loose waves gently cascaded over her shoulders.

Women wearing a nude-colored outfit who want to recreate Moss' natural beauty should remember to keep makeup minimal, cheek color warm and hair soft and simple. Balance the abundance of natural tones with a bright nail polish and you're ready to go.

Red lips are the perfect complement to any formal outfit

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Red lips are the perfect complement to any formal outfit When selecting makeup for an elegant ensemble, there are few colors that can pair perfectly with gowns of any hue. However, judging from the glamorous gals at the 2010 Pride of Britain Awards, there is one product that will look great with a multitude of different tones – bright red lipstick.

English pop star and Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh walked the red carpet in a crimson-colored gown and sported lipstick to match. The lipstick enhanced Walsh's pout while also creating a cohesive overall look. Fellow Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding painted her pout a similar shade, but wore a dress in a completely different hue – cream.

Pairing a soft-colored gown with a vibrant lipstick directed attention to Harding's face, and the dress' unobtrusive shade didn't compete with the strong lip color. However, can you still rock red lips if your gown is just as bright as your pout?

Yes you can, according to British television personality Jameela Jamil, who wore a yellow dress and scarlet lipstick. Jamil paired the feminine lemon-colored piece with touch black leather booties, creating an edgy look that begged for a burst of bright lip color.

There's the proof – crimson lipstick can perfectly complement a variety of looks, whether you're wearing reds, neutrals or contrasting brights.

Nicole Richie often wears sunglasses instead of makeup

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Nicole Richie often wears sunglasses instead of makeupThere are few accessories more synonymous with celebrity than a large pair of sunglasses. Whether starlets want to walk around incognito or simply feel like hiding behind large frames, oversized eyewear is immensely popular in Hollywood.

While it's common knowledge that Nicole Richie loves her sunglasses, she recently explained why she is rarely seen sans-shades.

"When I wear sunglasses, it's because I don't wear makeup," the former reality TV star revealed to Women's Wear Daily. "I don't know how to do makeup – it's just not a part of my life. That being said, sometimes you need to put something on your face, and that's why I tend to wear bigger frames. So I almost think of sunglasses as masks to just cover it up."

While we understand Richie's reasoning, we always enjoy seeing her without her signature frames. At a recent book signing earlier this month, Richie sported simple but stunning makeup. Her eyes were defined with a mauve eyeshadow and a light pink lipstick made her pout pop.

Richie's low-key makeup enhanced her fresh-faced appearance without making her seem overdone. We hope she leaves her shades at home more often.

Lip color advice for your wedding day

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Lip color advice for your wedding dayIf there is one thing we can guarantee on your wedding day, it's that you will spend the entire time smiling, so it's imperative that you have impeccable lip color to best enhance your pout. But before you lacquer your lips, there are a few elements to consider.

According to Brides magazine, you should exfoliate your pout once a week with a gentle sugar scrub. This will keep your lips soft and supple and help lip color best adhere.

From greeting loved ones to smooching your sweetie, you want to make sure you don't kiss your lip color goodbye. For lasting lipstick, makeup artist Paul Innis told the publication that prepping your pout is key.

Innis recommends lining and filling in lips with a pencil that matches your natural lip color. To set the liner, cover your pout with a single ply of tissue and dust face powder over your lips. Line and fill your lips one more time and then apply color with a dry lip brush.

While a shiny pout may seem like a good idea for pictures, avoid gloss if you're going to be outside – if there's a slight breeze, your hair (and veil!) will likely stick to your slick lips.

Padma Lakshmi dishes about her signature scents

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Padma Lakshmi dishes about her signature scentsWhile Padma Lakshmi may be known for her culinary accomplishments and television gigs – she's written several cookbooks and has hosted Bravo's Top Chef since the series' second season – she began her career as a model. So, it's not surprising that many women across the country are interested in Lakshmi's beauty secrets.

From makeup tips to jewelry advice, gals often look to Lakshmi for inspiration, and now ladies searching for a new fragrance may be in luck. Recently, Lakshmi shared information about her signature scents with Harper's Bazaar.

"Neroli is my favorite, and I mix it with geranium, rose and a little myrrh," she told the magazine. Women can try L'Occitane Neroli Eau de Parfum and Clean Sweet Layer For Women Eau de Parfum Spray, which contains notes of neroli and rose.

Like many women, Lakshmi revealed that she switches scents during different seasons.

"I like spicy florals that are dark and mysterious, and I love musk, especially in the winter. But in the summer, I wear Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps," she told the publication.

How to keep makeup from emphasizing your wrinkles

Monday, November 29th, 2010

How to keep makeup from emphasizing your wrinklesAs skin ages, wrinkles develop and fine lines become more defined. And while many cosmetics can be used on a wide range of faces, there are a few items that more mature women may want to avoid, as they can draw attention to wrinkles.

Lipstick can often bleed into the little lines that form around the mouth. Instead of using an old-fashioned lip liner, you may want to swap the stick for a stain.

“Replace your lipstick with a deep stain topped by lip balm,” Los Angeles makeup artist Molly Stern told More magazine. “The stain won’t move, and the moisturizing properties of the balm will make the stain, which can feel dry on the lips, more comfortable to wear.”

Women worried about emphasizing wrinkles should also cut down on shimmery powder, which can settle into fine lines, bringing more attention to them. But instead of putting down the shimmer forever, the publication recommends using the highlighting powder sparingly on relatively smooth areas of the face, such as the tops of your cheekbones, your chin and your brow bones.

What lipstick is right for you?

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

What lipstick is right for you? When shopping for a lip color, it seems that women often pay more attention to the hue than to the formula. However, the product's formula could have just as much of an impact on your overall look as the color.

According to Brides magazine, matte lipsticks and stains provide long-lasting pigment (though stains are more subtle) but don't moisturize. Creams and glosses add color and can hydrate dry lips. But before you slick on your formula of choice, make sure your lips are ready for the specific product.

If you opt for a matte or a stain, it's important to exfoliate your lips and apply lip balm before putting on color, since the products won't condition your lips.

Additionally, if you are wearing gloss, you may want to buff your pout as well – shiny glosses can make cracked, flaky skin more noticeable. You can skip the balm, however, as gloss can keep your lips from drying out.

"To prevent a cream from rubbing off, prep the entire surface with liner," the publication suggests. Remember to color in your whole pout – if you simply line your lips, the cream can wear off unevenly, leaving you with a ring of color around your pout.

Rachel McAdams’ makeup artist selects cosmetics to complement her hair

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Rachel McAdams' makeup artist selects cosmetics to complement her hairActresses often have to sport a variety of hairstyles depending upon their latest roles, and Rachel McAdams is no exception. Recently, Rachel's makeup artist – and sister – Kayleen spoke to InStyle magazine about selecting makeup based on her older sister's tresses.

While Rachel often sweeps her hair back, the actress sometimes sports bangs, which causes Kayleen to concentrate on intense eyeshadow and liner.

"Here she has bangs but they're longer, so she did a darker eye," Kayleen said, referring to a picture from 2009. "It's all about making sure that her eyes really stand out and don't get lost behind the hair.

A few years earlier, Rachel rocked a pink-and-blonde-colored 'do that proved to be a challenge for Kayleen.

"It was hard to find makeup colors when Rachel's hair was pink, so we had to try different versions of candy pink for everything," Kayleen told the news source. "People like Lady Gaga and Avril Lavigne added pink accents too, but I like to think Rachel was the first."

However, it seems that Rachel's ever-changing hairstyles personally benefit Kayleen as well. "When I see something on her, I know how it'll look on me!" she added.

Expert advice to choosing a great shampoo and conditioner

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Expert advice to choosing a great shampoo and conditionerIt seems that there is a limitless selection of hair shampoos and conditioners available, and selecting the appropriate products can seem overwhelming. There are potions that promise to add volume to limp locks and solutions to smooth frizzy strands. However, if you often treat your hair with chemicals – dyes, perms, Brazilian blowouts – don't choose a shampoo based on how you want your hair to look.

According to, because chemical treatments can strip hair of necessary proteins, it's important to use formulas that will repair hair.

"[Select a] shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for chemically or color-treated hair. Your styling products can be chosen based on your new style," industry expert Jeni Thomas told the news source.

However, women who don't treat their tresses should select products based on how they'd like their locks to look.

"Women love options, and many like to pull off both wavy or straight hair. I tell clients to keep two types of shampoos and conditioners in the bathroom, and alternate depending on the type of style you want that day," hair stylist Gavin Harwin told the news outlet.

Consider your coloring when selecting a treatment for acne scars

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Consider your coloring when selecting a treatment for acne scarsWhile acne is often regarded as a teenage ailment, the skin condition can leave marks that affect many people for years after the blemishes clear up. But before you treat the scarred areas, you should consider your coloring.

"Fair skin usually ends up with red marks, while darker skin tends to get brown spots," New York-based dermatologist Anne Chapas told InStyle magazine. Different skin tones, then, require different types of products to combat the scars.

According to Chapas, women with olive skin and darker complexions should look for a product with two percent hydroquinone. The news source recommends Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel, which will fade acne marks while it improves skin's clarity and reduces irritation.

Gals with lighter skin should use an exfoliant with salicylic or glycolic acid. Peter Thomas Roth Potent Botanical Skin Brightening Gel Complex is hydroquinone-free and contains salicylic acid to even out skin tone. PCA Skin Blemish Control Bar (pHaze 32) cleanses and conditions skin while reducing the appearance of scars.

Since some products require a bit of time to work, you may not see results immediately, but a great concealer can help you mask the marks in the meantime. A green cover-up is ideal for red spots and a yellow concealer is best for brown and purple-colored scars.