Archive for December, 2010 praises Katy Perry’s 2010 style

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 praises Katy Perry's 2010 styleFrom her wildly popular album Teenage Dream to her over-the-top wedding ceremony, Katy Perry has been one of the most talked about celebs in 2010. With 2011 almost here, analysts at recently rounded up some of the best beauty lessons they've learned from Perry this year.

While Perry used to go heavy on the lipstick to mimic a pin-up girl pout, this year the songstress played up her baby blues in a few great ways.

"Sometimes a thin line of bright liner is all it takes to make a big statement," the news source reports, referring to Perry's sea foam green liner at a New York City event in June. Referencing her metallic makeup at the Grammy nominations concert, an analyst added, "Gold is the most perfectly festive eyeshadow color for the holidays. Ever."

Perry also taught the world a thing or two about festive manicures. The California Gurls singer recently rocked hot pink nails covered with small, black dots.

"Polka dot nails are the perfect compromise when you want to be just a little Betty Boop, but not totally cartoon-y," the news outlet added.

Give yourself a holiday-themed manicure!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Give yourself a holiday-themed manicure!It's almost time for Christmas dinner, and many people will be heading to their family's homes to celebrate the holidays. And while a bright red lip or a shiny gold shadow is a festive way to evoke Yuletide cheer, those looking for a more subtle way to embody the holiday spirit should consider a seasonal manicure.

Painted nails are a wonderful way to add a bit of understated Christmas-time flair to your look, and there are a multitude of designs you can create.

The most simple route is to use nail polish colors that typify the season. Red nails with gold tips will be subtly festive, and pine green lacquer covered with a coat of gold glitter will conjure images of a beautiful Christmas tree.

Those who are a bit more skilled with a brush can opt for a complicated manicure. Take a cue from a classic sweet treat and paint a candy cane pattern on your nails. Start with a white base and brush on thin stripes of red polish. You can also paint seasonal designs, such as holly and berries or snowflakes.

If you decide to paint intricate decorations, have plenty of toothpicks on hand – they are a helpful tool when creating complicated designs. Also, remember to cover your finished nails with a top coat to keep your seasonal manicure in tact throughout the holidays!

Are your hair products weighing you down?

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Are your hair products weighing you down?While climate, weather and the elements can take their toll on your hair, if you notice your locks looking less than lustrous, your haircare routine may be to blame.

"A lot of girls don't realize that regular use of their favorite shampoo, conditioner and other styling products leave a residue on their hair which prevents it from being really shiny," actress Vanessa Hudgens told

Luckily, New York salon owner and stylist Mark Garrison spoke to the news source and offered up a few tips to fighting grimy, dull-looking strands due to product build-up.

First, Garrison recommends that women avoid waxes, serums, hair sprays and cheap conditioners, as these are most likely to leave behind residue. When you do apply styling treatments, use the smallest amount possible and don't use too many different products at one time.

However, there are some that can help reduce dulling build-up. A clarifying treatment, such as June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Shampoo, is a deep cleansing formula that will revitalize your locks. But Garrison cautions against using the hair shampoo too often.

"Only use it when your hair really feels loaded up with gunk," Garrison told the news source.

Creating the futuristic faces in TRON: Legacy

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Creating the futuristic faces in TRON: Legacy While there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the impressive special effects in TRON: Legacy, it appears as if the film didn’t rely on computer imagery to make some of the characters come to life. Instead, all it took was a bit of great makeup.

According to Elle magazine, Rosalina Da Silva, the movie’s head makeup artist, used reflective makeup to complement the electric atmosphere. To create the flawless complexions of the Sirens, characters who Da Silva described as “sexy goddesses,” the makeup team applied matte concealer and foundation and topped with iridescent powders.

However, Da Silva took a different approach when making up Olivia Wilde’s character, Quorra.

“[Quorra’s look] had to be different from anyone else’s in the Grid, but at the same time we couldn’t bring too much emphasis to her,” she told the news source. “I wanted her skin tone and texture to be somewhere between human and Siren, so I chose the same foundation as the Sirens’ but without as much shimmer. Her lips also have more color to them.”

Skincare products for holiday travel

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Skincare products for holiday travelWith the work week winding down and Christmas almost upon us, many people are packing their bags to head home for the holidays. And while traveling to relatives’ houses can be good for the soul, it can wreak havoc on your skin – especially those flying the friendly skies.

“If you’re on an airplane for more than a few hours, apply a rich lip balm, eye cream, and moisturizer every hour to keep skin from drying out,” model Amber Valetta told Allure magazine.

Exuviance makes products perfect for conditioning skin on long flights, such as Hydrating Eye Complex, Essential Multi-Protective Lip Balm SPF 15 and Multi-Protective Day Creme SPF15. If you are taking them in your carryon, however, remember that you can’t bring a bottles larger than 3.4 fluid ounces per TSA regulations.

If you are traveling to warm, humid climates, which can aggravate acne, exfoliate often and use a face wash with salicylic acid, dermatologist Katie Rodan told the news outlet.

Additionally, dermatologist Catharine Lisa Kauffman told the news source that those landing in a colder, drier area should layer on thick moisturizers, as low temperatures and strong winds can deplete skin’s natural moisture level.

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Sparkling nail polish makes an excellent stocking stuffer

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Sparkling nail polish makes an excellent stocking stuffer When shopping for the perfect holiday gifts, sometimes the best things come in smaller packages. Whether you are looking for a simple gift for her stocking or a small present for an office Secret Santa exchange, there is one item that should be on the top of your list – nail polish.

Bottles of lacquer are great gifts for a variety of reasons – and not just because they are easy to wrap! Nail polish can be used year round, and certain shades, such as a bright scarlet, barely-there nude or a hot pink, never go out of style.

But those looking for a slightly flashier present may want to pick up a bottle of sparkling nail polish. Lippmann Collection Boom Boom Pow Nail Lacquer is a clear base that features a plethora of gold glitter that will be perfect for any New Year's Eve bash. Best of all, the formula looks great on a bare nail, but can also be brushed on top of a more colorful lacquer to add extra sparkle.

Pair the bottle of polish with a few other items, such as cuticle oil, hand cream and a nail file, for a really dynamic gift set. These products are sure to come in handy when creating the perfect New Year's nails – and for the countless manicures that will follow!

Country Strong makeup artist opens up about Leighton Meester’s looks

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Country Strong makeup artist opens up about Leighton Meester's looksLeighton Meester may be used to making headlines for her role as Blair Waldorf on The CW's hit show Gossip Girl, but she has recently been thrust into the spotlight for her portrayal of an up-and-coming country crooner in the soon-to-be-released film Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

While Meester may be known for her chic, east coast style, makeup artist Sherri Laurence transformed the young brunette into a true Nashville gal for the movie.

"The country look these days is very put together – not a hair or a lash out of place," Laurence told Allure magazine. "[Meester's] character is a Dallas beauty queen, and in the beginning, she was very over-the-top. She had hard, hard blush, bright eyeshadow, and frosty lip gloss. She looks like country Barbie."

She also used faked lashes in the movie, on both Meester and Paltrow, and offered women who want to don faux fringe a few tips.

"Trim the ends if they're too long. Nothing looks worse than fake lashes that stick out past your natural ones," she advised. "And attach them as close to the natural lash line as possible."

Bright eyeliner: Big in Spring 2011

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Bright eyeliner: Big in Spring 2011Though snow may be starting to fall across the country, it's always fun to look ahead to the trends to come. According to Allure, next season's makeup may be a bit shocking. Electric-colored eyeliner was a hit at Spring 2011 fashion shows and is expected to be just as big off the runway.

While the news source cautions that this look may not be work appropriate, bold eyeliner is perfect to rock on the weekends. POP Beauty Eyeliner Pencil is available in eye-popping shades like Lime and Turquoise.

However, you don't have to stick to a pencil to create this bright-eyed look. POP Beauty Lid Neon is a collection of electric-colored shadows that can be applied as a liner with a thin brush. If you opt for a shadow, use an eyeshadow base along your lash line before putting on the powder to ensure long-lasting, full coverage. For the easiest application, try Pixi Eye Bright Primer, which dispenses the formula through a pen-like applicator for maximum control.

Bright colored eyeliners will make a great gift for her this holiday season. Include a note talking about the upcoming trend, and gals will be happily prepared for spring's arrival.

Too Faced makeup palettes are ideal gifts for teenage girls

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Too Faced makeup palettes are ideal gifts for teenage girlsFinding the right gift for a teenage girl isn't always easy – they are notoriously fickle and their interests seem to change with the passing of each day. However, there is one type of gift for her that will never fail to excite and appease even the most temperamental young woman – makeup kits.

Teenage girls are entering the world of womanhood and are starting to explore the world of cosmetics, so being able to play and experiment with beauty products is key. A makeup kit will enable them to try a plethora of items and figure out what they enjoy most.

Younger ladies will appreciate Too Faced Glamour to Go, a palette that includes eyeshadows and lip glosses in a variety of pink and neutral hues. The colors aren't too bold, so this kit is best for girls who are just beginning to dabble in makeup.

If you are looking for a makeup kit for an older teenager who is already familiar with cosmetics and is ready to play with more dramatic looks, the Too Faced Naughty or Nice Set is perfect. The collection includes two palettes – "Nice" is filled with flattering neutrals perfect for day, while "Naughty" boasts deeper hues for a more sophisticated evening appearance.