Archive for April, 2011

More reasons to let the real you shine through

Friday, April 29th, 2011

More reasons to let the real you shine throughAs if you needed anyone to tell you that the less face makeup you wear, the more beautiful you’ll ultimately look. Still, though, many women have flaws they’d rather see covered up, but if you can manage to minimize the undesirables while still retaining a natural look, all the more power to you.

Here’s a few reasons why:

“The more skin you can see, the better,” makeup artist Sandy Linter told “As long as it is well-hydrated, fresh skin looks much more youthful than an obviously covered complexion.”

Even if you’re not yet worried about aging, you still might care about the way you look in photographs. As you may know by looking at photos of people who obviously over-did it, there’s nothing like a camera flash to expose (and immortalize) your penchant for pancake makeup.

So lighten up, go for a tinted moisturizer whenever you can, sweep on only as much translucent powder as you really need and remember – less is really more.

Put that tester down!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Put that tester down! Somewhere in the backs of our minds, we know that it's not a good idea to apply the same tube of lipstick that countless others have been trying – yet we do it anyway for the sake of convenience when we're out sampling makeup at the department store.

According to, however, women should really think twice, especially after talking to former professor Elizabeth Yesuratnam Brooks, who performed a study on makeup tester germs. "More than half of all testers were contaminated, and we found staph, strep, and E. coli bacteria from feces," she told the news source, effectively explaining that "you can contract pink eye, infections, or even viruses like herpes or hepatitis" just by swiping on a shadow.

Fortunately, most makeup counters will clean off samples for you, but Allure advises that you stay away from products that come in a pot, since there's no way to clean the entire product, and to stay away from your eyes and lips if you're not sure your sample is totally clean.

Another way to avoid too much exposure to potentially harmful testers is to pay attention to which color families generally work for you. When you know what you look good in, you won't need to think twice (or dabble in anyone else's germs).

How to be photogenic in pictures

Friday, April 29th, 2011

How to be photogenic in picturesAs many of you who have ever stood before a camera know, the way you look in the mirror before you leave the house isn't necessarily the way you'll look in photographs. To help you stay abreast of this riddling dichotomy, here are a few tips to make yourself up for the cameras as well as for the real world.

According to makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, it's always important to have a good starting ground. "Prepping with serum and primer is a non-negotiable," he writes in the Huffington Post. "It's the best start before makeup, gets that glow going (especially if you've been super stressed) and allows your foundation to go the distance."

That being said, Perdis recommends putting just the right amount of foundation on (but not skipping it altogether). Don't be scared it'll show up in pictures – if you match it correctly to your skintone and only use as much as you need to lightly even out your complexion, you'll be looking even more flawless in front of the camera.

As for real-life celebrity boo-boos, learn from the mistakes of Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow and others. Too much powder will make you look like you've just had flour blown all over your face, and undereye concealer should always be blended in.

Some winter hues are truly evergreen

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Some winter hues are truly evergreenSpring is definitely the time to trade in your winter color palette for something a bit more vibrant and uplifting, but that doesn't mean that all of your December favorites have no business in the warmer months.

In fact, makeup artist Pat McGrath told Elle that scarlet lipstick a-la-Christmas Eve is the perfect transitional item for spring. "The reason, she says, is that colors on this season's catwalks were deeper and more 'decadent' than the norm – red, navy, and black appeared alongside usual suspects white, pink, and turquoise," the news source reports.

What other hues can you think of that are consistently beautiful no matter what time of year it is?

For one, neutral palettes almost always reign supreme – think your standard black or brown mascara and eyeliner coupled with champagnes, browns, silvers and golds in the eye makeup category. Classic red lips are always a staple, and no one can deny the undying allure of a classic, nude makeup look.

Lip gloss has been poppin’ since the 1930s

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Lip gloss has been poppin' since the 1930sEven certain pop culture classics that tout the poppin' status of a pout can't claim to be the first to do so. According to, lip gloss was quite popular during the 1930s, which was right around when it arrived on the scene.

"In fact, an overall sheen was quite popular during this time, with a glow base often used for the complexion, cream rouge on the cheeks and Vaseline on the eyes (and even brows) to give a luminescent effect," the news source reports.

And so began the dewy-faced obsession.

Of course, modern women have more recourse when striving to attain this flawless moonlit glow. Many foundations now come with light-reflecting pigments, and a full range of highlighting creams and pencils are on the market to help bring a little bit of a dewy sheen to the cheekbones, browbones, temples and eyes. If you need a makeshift fix, simply sweep a white shimmery shadow over the areas where the light naturally hits your face – you'll be a timeless beauty in three seconds flat.

Backing up that color change

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Backing up that color changeIn light of Blake Lively's recent turn to strawberry fields (specifically, we're referring to her recent redhead conversion), we thought we'd address all of you out there who are probably in the mood for a spring renewal of your own.

Dying your hair isn't just exciting, it's a way of reinventing yourself. Whether you're saying goodbye to your blonde hair for the first time in your life or increasingly lightening up with more highlights, you should be able to change your appearance as often as you see fit without bearing the brunt of all that chemical damage.

Since this isn't usually the case, however, women should take care to use haircare products that are specifically designed to replenish the health of color-treated hair.

Shampoos and conditioners are often specially formulated for tresses that has sustained chemical damage, but you can go one step further by using a once-a-week hair masque, a nourishing serum or even taking supplements that promote healthy hair.

Essential oils are Earth-friendly and oh-so-luxurious

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Essential oils are Earth-friendly and oh-so-luxuriousNext time you duck into the shower, reconsider your routine – there are so many more natural alternatives to the highly processed products weighing down your shower rack, and beyond that, they’re less damaging to the environment.

“Using oil to cleanse and hydrate is an ancient tradition,” beauty expert Josie Maran told “I love it because it’s 100 percent natural, it’s rich with nutrients like fatty acids and vitamin E, and the oils balance out your skin, so it doesn’t produce too much or too little oil. Oils also clean deeper than detergents, but it doesn’t strip the skin.”

Because oils are entirely natural, they don’t leave nearly as harmful an impact on the environment as some popular synthetic beauty products do. Plus, they’re a total head trip, offering all kinds of benefits for your mental state (and environmentally-conscious peace of mind).

L’Occitane Aromachologie Organic Purifying Essential Oil Blend contains the healing power of eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and tea tree to help cleanse body of mind of all unwanted energies. For a healthy dose of relaxation, try L’Occitane Aromachologie Organic Relaxing Essential Oil Blend and let the heady lavender do its fragrant trick.

On pampering your locks

Friday, April 29th, 2011

On pampering your locksYou treat your body to some relaxing time out, sink into fragrant bubble baths and lather your skin with luxurious masks and essential oils – so why not do the same for your hair?

It’s always essential to use a moisturizing conditioner to help restore your hair back to a smooth, manageable state, but sometimes a daily treatment isn’t quite enough. According to, treating your tresses to a special hair mask is one of the top ways to get you the sleek shine you crave.

“Love the feeling of your baby-smooth, perfectly soft skin after using a face mask? Well you can bet that your hair benefits from the same TLC!” the news source writes. “Using a moisturizing hair mask…once a week will help glossify your hair.”

Many beauty experts agree that common pantry items such as olive oil, avocado, egg whites, honey and even mayonnaise are great to leave on your hair as a conditioning mask, so look for specialized products that use similar natural ingredients to get your hair whipped up into sleek, shiny perfection.

True story: Piecey hair is today’s perfection

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

True story: Piecey hair is today's perfectionNot that there's anything remotely wrong with prim, pin-straight hair or flawless spirals that look like they're fresh off the curling iron, but today's vision of glamour involves tousled, piecey hair that is gorgeously imperfect.

Whether or not you're blessed with naturally beautiful wavy locks or need a bit of help from the product aisle to achieve the perfect, just-out-of-bed look, you can find the perfect balance of messy and carefully structured to complement your length and style.

If your hair lacks body, shaping haphazard chunks with a curling iron can help give your hair bounce and fullness – just be sure to spritz with hairspray upside down and then tousle with your fingers for a slightly more natural look.

To get that to-die-for piecey appearance, rub some wax or pomade through your hair once you're done styling – the result will be a deliciously sexy bedhead look you can run your fingers through all you like.

Kardashian Inspired: Part 1 – The Eyes

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Too Faced - Romantic Eye Collection

Too Faced – Romantic Eye Collection

POP Beauty - In Liner

POP Beauty – In Liner

POP Beauty - Smokey Lash Kapow

POP Beauty – Smokey Lash Kapow

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