Archive for December, 2010

Tokyo women wear more makeup than ladies from other Asian cities

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Tokyo women wear more makeup than ladies from other Asian citiesWomen in Tokyo have long been recognized for their bold beauty choices, so it may not be surprising that a new survey has revealed that they apply more makeup than gals in other Asian cities. In fact, 80 percent of female Tokyoites wear cosmetics at least five days a week, The Japan Times Online reports.

However, researchers concluded that the findings reflected cultural sensibilities specific to Tokyo.

According to the study, "Tokyo women are distinct for their wish to be stylish and 'kawaii' [cute], for their emphasis on surface qualities, for their awareness of human relationships, and for their concern over how others see them. Many women [in Tokyo] still feel embarrassed to appear outside the home without makeup."

The news source also reports that the survey involved women ages 18 to 59-years-old from Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and Seoul.

American women seem to love cosmetics as well. According to, a study that was analyzed by Harris Interactive found that 42 percent of women would spend time applying mascara and lip gloss instead of eating breakfast if they had to choose between the two.

The right tools for flawless eye makeup

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The right tools for flawless eye makeupWhile many women think that the coverage of their eyeshadow hinges upon the pigment's formula (creams can appear more opaque on lids than powders), the tools used to apply the makeup can also impact its overall look.

"For eyeshadow, I like applying with a damp sponge applicator or small brush," celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman told People magazine. "It may look a little dark going on, but it dries to its true color and tends to hold much longer. I often do this for photo shoots or red carpet events where the shade really needs to hold up under the lights."

While some shadows come in a compact complete with an applicator, the sponge-tipped tools are usually too small to provide lids with broad strokes of even coverage. Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of eyeshadow brushes, such as Eye Shader Brush and the Crease Brush, as well as a Professional Brush Set that contains five different eye makeup applicators and 16 tools in total.

For extra staying power, women may also want to use a primer before they apply pigment on their eyes. Borghese Eye Shadow Base creates a barrier between makeup and the skin to prevent creasing caused by oily lids and provide an even-colored canvas for a shadow of any hue.

Study reveals blondes have a larger paycheck

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Study reveals blondes have a larger paycheckWhile coloring one's hair is often viewed as an aesthetic choice, ladies who desire a higher salary may want to consider highlighting their locks as well. According to The Daily Mail, a study by Superdrug found that blondes earn approximately £600 (roughly $930) more than brunettes and redheads.

"This research goes to show that you can't judge a book by its cover and you shouldn't make assumptions about people just because of the way they look," Simon Comins, director of toiletries at Superdrug, told the news outlet. "Traditionally the stereotype of a blonde is that she is maybe a little ditzy and a bimbo, but this shows they are the higher earners…so blonde women really are having the last laugh."

However, hair color also affected how women felt about their professional persona. The news source reports that while the majority of brunettes felt valued at the office, most blondes thought they weren't taken seriously enough.

Gals who dye their tresses should use hair shampoos and conditioners to protect their strands from the harsh chemicals and to keep color from fading. Leonor Greyl Bain Vitalisant B shampoo and June Jacobs Creamy Cranberry Conditioner are specially formulated for color-treated hair.

We love Michelle Williams’ dark eyebrows

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

We love Michelle Williams' dark eyebrowsWhile recently praised Emma Stone for tinting her brows to match her red color-treated hair (the actress is a natural blonde), we can't help but applaud another starlet for doing the opposite. At the premiere of Blue Valentine, Michelle Williams stepped out with platinum locks and dark brown brows.

Williams' dark arches did more than complement her strands, however. The well-manicured brows effectively framed her face and made her green eyes pop. Of course, it didn't hurt that the blonde beauty wore a few coats of volumizing mascara.

Though tinting your brows to match your hair can create a natural-looking appearance, given Williams' porcelain complexion, light-colored arches would have washed her out.

Ladies looking to enhance their brows have a multitude of products to choose from, including pencils, powders and gels. If you use a pencil, select one with a spool on the end, like Sothys Eyebrow Enhancing Pencil, as the spiral brush will help pencil lines better resemble real hairs.

You should also make sure that the formula is water-resistant, like blinc Eyebrow Mousse. Trust us, runny brow makeup can look just as bad as smudged mascara – maybe even worse!

Tips for great-looking legs

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Tips for great-looking legsWhether they’re preparing for a New Year’s Eve party or ditching the winter weather for a warmer climate, many women will soon be rocking dresses that show off their legs. And while some gals will sport tights, others may prefer the alluring appeal of bare legs.

If you insist on stocking-free stems, make sure that your legs are ready to be seen – and we mean more than a last-minute shave.

“Sloughing off dead skin is critical,” makeup artist Linda Hay told Allure magazine. Look for an oil based exfoliant, like Babor Khanya Sugar Oil Peeling, as the scrub will smooth skin and supply a subtle sheen.

After you’ve exfoliated, apply a rich moisturizer to hydrate and condition your skin. If you’re planning on wearing your signature scent, select a fragrance-free formula such as G.M.Collin Body Hydrating Cream, as it won’t compete with your perfume.

While many women may think cosmetics are only for their faces, body makeup is imperative when creating gorgeous-looking legs. Long-wearing Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Creme will conceal scars, bruises and blemishes. A highlighter, like Karin Herzog Body Shimmer, can enhance your legs as well, as long as you apply it carefully.

“Draw a line down the center of legs, front and back, thigh to toes,” Hay advised.

The best hair accessories for a New Year’s ‘do

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The best hair accessories for a New Year's 'doWhile many women may already have the perfect dress for their New Year's Eve celebrations, ladies shouldn't forget one of the most important components to creating a festive appearance – a killer hairstyle! However, styling your strands doesn't have to be complicated. According to Allure magazine, there are a few accessories that will instantly add flair to your locks.

Look for items that feature crystals and feathers, but careful not to go over-the-top.

"When it comes to rhinestones, less is more, so look for a classic, refined headband…Wear one with your hair down, or in a ponytail or chignon," the news source reports. "[Feathers] look cool clipped into a low, shiny ponytail…Make sure your hair is sleek and shiny, and then clip it right at the base of the ponytail, hiding the elastic."

In addition to these accessories, you'll also need the right products to ensure your 'do stays put throughout the night. Leonor Greyl Gel a La Keratine is an alcohol-free styling gel that will provide maximum hold and Leonor Greyl Structure Naturelle is a hairspray that will keep your hair in place without weight down your locks.

Black Swan: Best movie makeup of the year?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Black Swan: Best movie makeup of the year?While 2010 was filled with a plethora of red carpet looks that left many speechless, people were also captivated by dramatic makeup on movie screens around the country.One of the most remarkable appearances was Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

In fact, Allure magazine recently called Portman's makeup one of the five best looks of the film world this year.

"Yeah, yeah, at this point you're almost sick of hearing about how amazing the makeup in the film was, but the black swan look – Geisha-white skin, silver and black shadows, and bloodshot-red eye liner – gave us chills," an analyst at the news source wrote.

And though this makeup may be best suited for the screen, Judy Chin, the film's head makeup artist, believes that women can use the bold look as inspiration.

"There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup," Chin told "The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jawline, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity – into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye."

Diet may affect your complexion

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Diet may affect your complexionThose who want a flawless face often stock up on moisturizers, exfoliants and concealer, but according to one skincare expert, ladies may also want to watch what they eat.

“Studies have shown that people who eat more green and yellow veggies have fewer wrinkles on their faces, especially crows’ feet,” dermatologist Jessica Wu, whose clients include Katherine Heigl and Courteney Cox, told InStyle magazine.

Gals trying to combat winter dryness may also want to increase the amount of water they drink every day, as experts suggest that good hydration will keep skin looking fantastic.

Of course, beauty products can also prevent wrinkles and flaky skin. To reduce the appearance of fine lines, look for a formula with vitamins and anti-aging peptides such as Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle face cream. L’Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Fluid SPF 20 contains shea butter to condition skin and the SPF will protect your complexion from the sun’s harmful rays.

To hide blemished skin, use a creamy, lightweight concealer like Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer, as powders will draw attention to dry patches of skin and heavy formulas may settle into wrinkles.

Treat yourself to an at-home spa day

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Treat yourself to an at-home spa dayMany people who go home for the holidays spend the week after Christmas taking a break from work and relaxing with family. And now that the stress of the holiday season is behind you, why not treat yourself to some at-home beauty treatments? It's a great way to look and feel your best before New Year's Day.

According to Allure magazine, you can easily recreate a spa-quality pedicure in your own abode, as long as you have the right products. L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Fizzy Bath Pebbles will make any foot soak more enjoyable, and a rich moisturizer like Get Fresh Rescue Me Intensive Foot Repair Creme will keep your skin conditioned during the dry winter weather.

You'll also need the appropriate tools, and Tweezerman Pedicure Solution Kit provides you with everything you need, from a pumice stone to cuticle clippers. Finally, don't forget to apply a great nail polish to make your feet look extra pretty.

"If the cold weather has left your skin looking drab, an at-home moisturizing treatment can be just the trick to restore brightness," the news source suggests. Products like Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque or Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque, will condition skin and make your complexion glow.

How to rock a bright pink pout

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

How to rock a bright pink poutOne of the hottest looks of the season may seem more suited for the summer, but is heating up the winter just fine – bright pink lipstick. This ultra-feminine trend has graced such famous faces as Kate Bosworth and The X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd, but there are a few things women should be aware of before painting their pouts.

Because a bold color can draw attention to flakes and cracks, make sure to keep your lips conditioned and smooth by applying a hydrating lip balm. If your pout is especially rough, exfoliate gently using a soft toothbrush to remove dead skin.

Look for a lipstick that boasts a subtle sheen – matte color can look to dry and a high-shine gloss can be too much when paired with such a bright color.

However, deciding on the shade of lipstick isn’t the only color decision you’ll have to make – you must also make sure you have the right blush to pair with it. If you often wear warm tones on your cheeks but opt for a lip color with cool undertones, you’ll need to select a cool-colored blush as well.