Archive for January, 2011

Expert advice for flawless concealer

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Expert advice for flawless concealerWhile foundation is great at evening out your skin tone, sometimes you have a few imperfections that need a little extra help. To create a truly flawless face, a bit of concealer can do wonders – as long as it's applied well.

Makeup artist Matin Maulawizada recently told O magazine that women should always use a brush to apply concealer, even if the makeup is in stick form or comes with a wand.

Many women use concealer to get rid of dark circles, and Maulawizada offered a few tips to best hide the discoloration. Begin at the inner corner of your eye and work outward, only applying concealer on dark areas. To prevent fading, set the cover-up with a dusting of translucent powder. For optimum coverage, look for a creamy concealer in a palette or pot.

Finally, if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, look for a formula that contains caffeine to soothe irritation. Additionally, Maulawizada added that a yellow-based concealer will best cover red undertones.

Inside insight about Kim Kardashian’s signature sultry stare

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Inside insight about Kim Kardashian's signature sultry stareWhen some women move to a new location, they take the opportunity to change more than just their address – they often opt for a new look as well. However it seems that one famous face won't be altering her beauty routine as she switches coasts.

Kim Kardashian recently moved from Los Angeles to New York City, and makeup artist Troy Surratt swears that Kardashian's signature style will remain unchanged.

"She's not going to be a hipster or an uptown or downtown girl," he told Allure magazine. "Kim's smart and embraces the power of looking glam – her look is iconic and recognizable."

Kardashian recently sat in Surratt's chair, and the makeup artist spilled some secrets about creating her typical sultry stare.

"Kim has a good amount of space between her lash lines and her brows, so she can wear a lot of eye makeup," Surratt told the news source. He rimmed her upper and lower lash lines with a black eyeliner and smudged a mix of black and brown eyeshadow on her lids, concentrating the color in her crease and by the outer corners of her eyes. He further emphasized her stare by gluing on false lashes and topping them with a coat of mascara.

Remember, if you sport smoky eyes, keep the rest of your makeup minimal, no matter what coast you live on.

Carrie Underwood spills beauty secrets

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Carrie Underwood spills beauty secretsIt's hard to believe that just six years ago, Carrie Underwood wasn't a household name. However, after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, Underwood became one of music's hottest performers. And while singing may be her passion, the girl sure seems to love her cosmetics.

"I'm a huge makeup person," Underwood confessed to InStyle magazine. "[I] have more makeup than any woman should own in her lifetime…I love colors, but usually I wear black on my eyes. I'm a blonde, so if I do pinks and purples and bright colors I feel Barbie-esque."

To find out the combinations that work best on you, Underwood recommends playing with eyeshadow and lipstick during your downtime.

"Be adventurous! You'll be really surprised what you learn," the told the news source. "Mix lip colors to find the perfect shade, layering dark and light ones. Mix types also, like glosses with mattes."

We're definitely going to heed Underwood's advise – we can't recall a time that the songstress stepped out looking anything but phenomenal.

Honeysuckle is the color of the year

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Honeysuckle is the color of the yearThough 2011 has just started, it seems that the year's hottest hue has already been chosen. According to the Pantone Color Institute, the color of 2011 is Honeysuckle, a reddish pink that is described as stimulating and uplifting.

According to Pantone's website, "Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It's a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics."

While some women may be wary of makeup that contains a reddish tint, experts at Allure magazine swear that this is an easy color to incorporate into your every day look.

Because honeysuckle is so bright, opt for a lip color that has a subtle sheen but isn't too glossy. This can help one avoid an over-the-top appearance.

Many gals already wear shades of pink on their cheeks and lips, but honeysuckle can be just as beautiful on your eyes as well.

"It may sound strange, but honeysuckle pink shadow can look really chic – just make sure it's opaque, and keep the color concentrated on the outer half of your eyes," the news source reports. "Black eyeliner and mascara are a must."

Expert tips to keep your nail polish from chipping

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Expert tips to keep your nail polish from chippingManicured nails are one of the quickest ways to look more pulled together and refined, but once the polish chips, your stock instantly plummets. Instead of spending each night retouching your talons, take a few precautionary measures to keep your lacquer looking lovely.

While professionals often soak your hands before applying nail polish, celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik recommends skipping this step.

"I understand it at the spa, as part of a relaxing experience. But since the nail is porous, it absorbs enough water to slightly change shape. When it dehydrates and returns to normal, the polish has to contract, making it more likely to chip," he told Allure magazine.

Bachik also stresses the importance of a base coat, as it will keep polish from staining your nails and will give the lacquer something to adhere to. Finally, apply cuticle oil each night to keep skin conditioned and help nail polish last.

Once you're ready to paint your nails, select a long-lasting formula, like Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers. Finish with a clear top coat for further protection, and reapply it every two to three days to prolong your manicure's life.

Could your makeup be repelling men?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Could your makeup be repelling men?While many women enjoy painting their faces with cosmetics, some wear makeup with the intention of attracting attention from the opposite sex. And though many looks are alluring, there is some makeup that men may not like.

According to Grady Laird, writer for GQ, women may want to forgo dramatic cosmetics for a more natural appearance.

"When it comes to makeup and hair, anything too over-the-top is going to turn off most guys – extreme runway looks like Day-Glo lipstick or rainbow eyeshadow probably won't appeal," he told Allure magazine. "Personally, I think less is more. I prefer the natural look."

Other men seem to share Laird's view. The news source reports that one writer's boyfriend hated dark, "unnatural-looking" nail polish, while an editor's husband couldn't get over the brightness of her fuchsia lipstick.

However, not all bold makeup is a turnoff. According to a study from Manchester University, men find women who wear red lipstick more attractive than those who do not, the Daily Mail reports. In fact, lip color played a bigger role in levels of attraction than lip shape.

How to keep your mascara looking flawless

Monday, January 24th, 2011

How to keep your mascara looking flawlessWhether you are getting ready for work or a night on the town, mascara is a necessary part of most women's beauty routines. This fantastic product enhances lashes and makes eyes instantly more defined and alluring.

But, like most things, there is bad that comes with the good – though mascara emphasizes our stare, it can also wind up underneath our eyes creating the dreaded raccoon-look. Luckily, there are a few ways to keep this from happening.

According to O magazine, using too much eye cream can cause mascara to smear. To prevent this, makeup artist Cynde Watson recommends using an eye cream that contains water as its primary ingredient. Follow with a light dusting of translucent powder to absorb excess moisture.

Opt for a water-resistant or tubing mascara, as these formulas will be less likely to run. Finally, concentrate mascara on your upper lashes only.

"The most foolproof way to prevent smudging is to not apply mascara to your lower lashes," the publication reports.

Finding the right shade of blush

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Finding the right shade of blush Finding the perfect shade of concealer or foundation can be easy – you simply take home the formula that most closely matches your skin color. Selecting the right blush, however, can be much trickier. After all, with the seemingly endless hues available, how are you to know which tone looks best?

Luckily, makeup artist Molly Stern recently shared some insight with O magazine about choosing the perfect shade of blush, and her advice is simple – use your skin color as a guide.

"If your skin is fair, pastels (like baby pinks and peaches) work best," Stern told the publication. "If you have an olive complexion, try fuchsia and orangey tones…If your skin is dark, choose a coppery or golden shade."

Once you've figured out which color is best for you, it's time to choose a formula. If your skin is naturally dry, a cream blush may work best. Women with a more oily complexion, however, may prefer a powder blush.

Additionally, you should pick up a blush brush close to the size of the apples of your cheek. While many blushes come with applicators, they are often too small to apply color in a natural manner.

How to fake a wintertime glow

Friday, January 21st, 2011

How to fake a wintertime glowWhile many people head for the tanning beds in the wintertime to fake a great glow, there are other ways to make your skin look healthy in the cold weather. With the right products and a bit of expert advice, you can achieve a fantastic winter glow without running to the tanning salon.

Before you apply cosmetics, make sure that your skin is well-conditioned. In the colder months, exfoliating and moisturizing are of the utmost importance – the former will remove flaky skin while the latter will provide hydration to keep dryness to a minimum.

According to InStyle, stars like Glee’s Amber Riley and One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush use heavier moisturizers in cold weather. Women can also use conditioning products such as GloMinerals Hydrating Bath & Body Oil, which will nourish skin and reduce water loss.

While gals often wear heavier foundation in the winter to hide their pale complexions, a thick coat of concealer can often look unnatural.

“To prevent base from looking cakey, mix it with a few drops of moisturizer,” celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez told the publication. “It thins the foundation and gives you an extra boost of moisture.”

Don’t rely on foundation to infuse your face with color – a sheer layer will hide minor flaws, and a few spots of concealer can cover darker imperfections. For a flush of realistic color, use a mix of bronzer, blush and highlighter – using just one product can create a one-dimensional look. However, remember to pay close attention to how you apply the makeup.

“Bronzer looks a lot more natural when it’s concentrated on the contours of the face where the sun would hit: less on the forehead than the nose and cheekbones,” reports. “It also helps to add a little bit of blush…a real tan usually involves slightly rosy cheeks, not just browned skin.”

Of course, it takes a little more than color to make skin look truly radiant. Highlighting cream is a great way to make your complexion glow. Apply the shimmery cream in moderation – a little bit will go a long way. Dab some on the inner corners of your eyes, the tops of your cheekbones and your brow bones.

When selecting bronzers and blushes, there are a seemingly limitless amount of hues to choose from. Look for a bronzer just one or two shades darker than your natural coloring. Finding the perfect blush can be a bit trickier, as the pigment meeds to complement your natural coloring.

To find the hues that best fit with your coloring, Leatrice Eiseman, author of More Alive With Color, told InStyle that women should look toward the skies – colors found in the sunsets, such as terra-cottas and oranges, look best on warm complexions, while hues seen in sunrises, like hot pinks and blues, are better suited for fair skin.

According to the magazine, women can easily determine whether they are a “sunrise” or “sunset” by checking their wrists – blue veins indicate sunrise, while green point to sunset.

While gals often wear long layers in the winter, sometimes you step out in a shorter skirt or sleeveless dress that shows a bit of skin. Though many women regularly use body lotions to look great in cold weather, makeup can also be used on your body to further enhance your skin.

“Apply a mix of foundation and shimmer lotion [like GloMinerals Body Glisten] to you legs,” actress Evan Rachel Wood told the news source. “It makes skin look flawless.”

Ashley Greene’s style is ever-changing

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Ashley Greene's style is ever-changingWhile Ashley Greene may be known to many as vampire Alice Cullen of the Twilight franchise, she's recently made headlines for her show-stopping red carpet appearances around the world. And while she typically looks stunning when out and about, it seems that we shouldn't expect to catch her in the same thing twice.

"My style and beauty sense is always evolving and changing because I am," Greene told People magazine. "I don't even know, from a day-to-day basis, what I'm going to wear and what I'm going to like – it really depends what I wake up and feel like."

The star also noted that she doesn't necessarily always rock the same lip gloss or eyeshadow.

"Sometimes I want to be really glamorous, kind of have this ethereal feel and sometimes I want to be really dramatic," she added. "One moment I can rock an androgynous look and the next I can have long flowing hair and sultry eyes."

While have a signature shade of lipstick can be practical, women should follow Greene's lead and embrace the unexpected. If you feel like rocking purple mascara, do it!