Archive for February, 2011

Who manicured Jessica Rabbit?

       
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Who manicured Jessica Rabbit?If you're wondering, like we are, what a Jessica Rabbit manicure would look like, there's good news for all. Deborah Lippmann is coming out with an exclusive shade of polish for the 2011 holiday season inspired by the cartoon seductress, and it's bound to cause quite a stir.

"I used the largest pieces of glitter possible to create this polish," Lippmann told Allure.com.

According to the news source, the shade will feature a Hollywood-red vibe with equally bright red sparkles that recall Jessica Rabbit's legendary strapless dress in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Of course, the product won't be available until later this year. If patience is not your greatest strength, you can help yourself wait it out with equally eye-catching nail polish shades from the Lippmann Collection including Ruby Red Slippers, Happy Birthday and Across the Universe. Look for standout polishes with lots of chunks and sparkles to get this riveting, glamorous look – for optimum results, apply to tapered or rounded nails that are a quarter-inch in length.

Tis the season to blush and blush

       
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Tis the season to blush and blushWhile it's true that we're all probably sick of winter, there's no other season that gives you that naturally pretty flushed look. In fact, bringing out the natural blush on your cheeks is the best way to ride out what's left of the season, and there are certain types of products that work best given the climate.

"A sweep of blush over your cheeks is the best way to wake up dull, tired skin especially during cold winter months," Oscars makeup department head Bruce Grayson told FabSugar.com. "A cream blush is a beauty must have as it gives a sheer, natural healthy glow, while contouring your face."

For an angelic pop of color, use Paula Dorf Cheek Color Cream in Peek A Boo – this soft pink product will flatter all complexions, as it mimics the natural glow that you get from a brisk walk outside.

To really capitalize on a dewy-faced look, use a highlighting cream to draw attention to your cheekbones. A shimmery dab of color on your temples and browbone can also add a natural-looking light to your features.

Three ways to look ballerina-perfect

       
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Three ways to look ballerina-perfectGiven Natalie Portman's plight in Black Swan, not all of us necessarily want to embrace ballerina perfection, but there are ways to borrow chic style tips from the world of dance without driving yourself crazy in the process.

For ballerina-worthy skin, hair and makeup, here are just a few ideas to get warmed up.

1. Fake the ultra-toned look of a full-time dancer with a firming cream or lotion. It's a good idea to keep skin moisturized, as dancers are constantly sweating to begin with, but a product that will help you look a little more buffed up can go a long way. Try Phytomer Seatonic Body Firming Cream and you'll be thankful.

2. For a picture-perfect top-knot, no hair should be out of place. Use Leonor Greyl Structure Naturelle to comb your tresses into submission.

3. Ballerinas always have that polished, feminine thing down to a science, so feel free to borrow a makeup trick or two. Opt for soft pinks on your lips and cheeks and a swipe of black mascara. If you prefer to look a little more done-up, a simple line of winged eyeliner can have you ready to claim center stage.

Myth: Eye creams work the same on everyone

       
Friday, February 18th, 2011

Myth: Eye creams work the same on everyoneCertain beauty products look the same on everyone – no matter what your skin condition or coloring is like, just about any lady can benefit from the same mascaras, liners and lip balms.

That being said, it's also true that women should select certain skincare items based on the specialized qualities their individual complexions require, which means it's not always true that what works for your friend is a good match for you.

"Everyone has different eye issues, so one size does not fit all," New York City dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas told Marie Claire regarding the vast variety of eye creams on the market.

The news outlet recommends gel-based products containing caffeine to ease puffiness, as heavy creams can exacerbate the situation. Meanwhile, those with dark circles should use products that contain lightening agents such as vitamin C.

Those with fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes can benefit from a moisture-rich product that can help minimize the appearance of aging. Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex contains lipids to improve the tone and texture of skin.

Makeup brushes are the great equalizer

       
Friday, February 18th, 2011

Makeup brushes are the great equalizerIf you've ever studied the airbrushed photos that grace the magazine covers, you probably wondered if you could ever get your makeup to look that good.

Here's something to consider: Have you been using makeup brushes? If the answer is no, what's keeping you? A set of professional brushes can take your whole look up by more than one notch, and it's every model's greatest secret to success.

"Applicators, brushes and primer didn't even exist before the makeup artists showed us we needed it," NPD Group beauty analyst Karen Grant told CNBC. "A common person can look like a movie star or a runway model. There's no more ivory tower, the makeup artist has helped bring down that wall."

Look for a brush set complete with a blush, foundation, crease, eye contour and lip brush to create expertly crafted makeup looks. Sothys Makeup Brushes Set will have you covered from every angle with a set of classy brushes with bronze-tipped handles.

Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

       
Friday, February 18th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit

Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit

More Video Tutorials

Soft Romantic Look

Soft Romantic Look

Preparing Your Skin for Makeup

Preparing Your Skin

Lush Lips

Lush Lips

There’s more than one way to get model-worthy lashes

       
Thursday, February 17th, 2011

There's more than one way to get model-worthy lashesIf you've ever wondered how models appear flawless, rest assured – your makeup would look just as amazing if you had a team of professionals styling you up too.


That being said, professionals do have a trick or two up their sleeves that everyday women like us can use to achieve similarly striking results. The makeup artists in charge of styling the models for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition used individual fake lashes to create full, luscious fringe.

"This year we did false lashes, which we never do," makeup artist Tracy Murphy told InStyle.com. To keep them looking subtle, Murphy placed individual fake lashes near the outer corners of the eyes to create a cat-eyed appearance.

Ladies who are normally timid when it comes to getting out the falsies might feel more at home using this technique, which creates a comfortable and classy middle ground between too much lash drama and not nearly enough.

Use Jane Iredale Professional Faux Lashes for convenient individual lash applications that come in two different length options.

Pro tips for nabbing an enviable sun-kissed glow

       
Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Pro tips for nabbing an enviable sun-kissed glowBy now many of us are aware of the dangers of tanning, and often opt for safer methods of achieving the same sun-kissed glow. Self-tanners and spray tanning products are now being endorsed by professionals, who want us all to know that we'll look that much sexier for taking care of our bodies.

Then again, who better to ask for advice on this topic than the beauty experts in charge of bronzing the sexy models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition?

"Even with the girls that came tan, I made sure everyone was three shades darker," makeup artist Tracy Murphy told InStyle.com. "Giving the girls a tropical look was really important for me because everything changes – the eyes get bright and the teeth get white."

To pull this off, Murphy applied bronzer and self-tanner to the models prior to the shoot.

Use Fake-Bake Original Self-Tan Lotion or GloMinerals gloBody Bronzer for flawless, healthy color. These products will give you a natural-looking glow in an easy, fool-proof application.

Faking a beachy mane, even if you’re nowhere near the surf

       
Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Faking a beachy mane, even if you're nowhere near the surfFebruary may seem bleak compared to the promise of sandy dunes in the summer, but there are ways you can satisfy your beach cravings now, even if you can't afford to book a trip to the tropics.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hairstylists know the secrets to achieving sexy, beachy hair, and you can create this look at home without ever leaving your vanity table.

"The whole idea is a relaxed attitude so you have to use a relaxed technique and not work too precisely. The looser and messier you do, the better," hairstylist Ward Stegerhoek told InStyle.com.

Applying mousse to damp hair is one place to start, and if you're looking for some ocean-fresh texture, Stegerhoek suggests clipping up hair in small sections and letting them air-dry. To glam this look up a bit, you can use a curling iron, but don't fuss too much or try to make it too perfect.

Most importantly, Stegerhoek suggests playing with hair once styling products have been applied, as you can often get more volume the more you tease and tussle your tresses.

The best makeup for an office party

       
Thursday, February 17th, 2011

The best makeup for an office partyWhether you are welcoming a new CEO or bidding adieu to a coworker, office functions can occur fairly often. However, looking ready to party while also appearing professional can be tricky. So what kind of makeup is best for such an event?

"Swilling champagne with your colleagues isn't an occasion for knockout glamour," InStyle magazine reports. Leave the excess glitter and heavy liner for cocktails with your girlfriends. Instead, opt for soft makeup and add elegance by playing up your lashes.

The news source suggests dusting your lids with a shimmery neutral eyeshadow and defining your upper lash line with a thin stripe of black eyeliner. For super lush lashes, remember that a faux fringe is your friend – but only on your upper lids.

"To apply false lashes, look down into a mirror and drop the strip on your natural lash line," the news source advises. "Wait 20 seconds for the glue to dry…curl lashes and sweep on a lengthening mascara."

Finish with a touch of rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks and a lip gloss that matches your natural lip color for an office-appropriate look that is truly stunning.