Archive for April, 2011

What you need to know about sunscreen

       
Friday, April 22nd, 2011

What you need to know about sunscreenMost of you know that you should always wear sunscreen (whether or not you actually do is another matter entirely). But there are other things to keep in mind as you apply before heading out the door, and they could make the difference in your overall sun protection.

New York City dermatologist Robert J. Friedman told Glamour that beyond a certain level, more SPF won't really help you. "Once you go higher than SPF 50, there's not much difference," he told the publication. Glamour recommends SPF 30 with ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone or Mexoryl.

Beyond SPF, it's also imperative to look for sunscreen that offers full-spectrum protection. A good product won't just be effective against UVA or UVB rays alone – it'll be able to protect you against both.

Last but not least, be sure you're not neglecting any body parts when you're putting on your sunscreen, and do be sure to reapply when necessary. You wouldn't believe how many people forget their feet, hands or the tops of their ears, but it's worth it to stay vigilant.

Christie Brinkley’s skin secrets are really just good health sense

       
Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Christie Brinkley's skin secrets are really just good health senseOkay, so not all of the women we see and envy on the silver screen got their flawless skin from good genes alone – many enlist the aid of the world's best dermatologists, the most expensive treatments and, on top of that, they're usually airbrushed anyway – all things the everyday woman can't plausibly hope to have access to in this or any other lifetime.

Then again, there's Christie Brinkley, whose age-defying skin has nabbed her a role in the Broadway musical Chicago as 25-year-old Roxie Hart – at the age of 57! Wanna know this cougar's secret?

According to Allure.com, Brinkley's skincare guru Patricia Wexler dished on some of her best-kept secrets, which aren't really secrets at all, but are more like common sense health practices that everyone should follow. Brinkley religiously wears sunscreen, eats a good diet, exercises regularly and keeps the drinking down to maybe a glass after dinner, if that.

That being said, some of us can be bonafide health nuts and still not be blessed with skin like Christie's. For a little help in the beauty department, stock up on high quality skincare products and stick to a regular routine. Choose cleanser, toner, moisturizer and any additional supplements and serums based on your skin type and individual needs.

Does a 5-year-old know more about makeup brushes than you?

       
Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Does a 5-year-old know more about makeup brushes than you?Considering the fact that makeup brushes are arguably one of the most useful tools aiding women in the morning, there are plenty of ladies who don't know the first thing about using a brush, let alone choosing a good one.

If this describes you, prepare to be put to shame – a 5-year-old named Madison has gained fame on YouTube for her leading role in a makeup tutorial video, and apparently, she's got more than just cuteness going for her.

"Unlike other little children playing with makeup, Maddy seems to be extremely well versed in the language of brush brands, haul lingo, and lots of other jargon that's both impressive and absolutely strange coming from the mouth of a child," writes BellaSugar.com.

If you're at a loss, Maddy (and virtually any other makeup expert) can help you locate a quality set of brushes. Depending on whether you use more liquid or powder makeup, you can find top notch brushes made of real hair or synthetic fibers. Sothys Makeup Brushes Set contains just the basics, so it's excellent for any beginner. If you're feeling a bit more pro these days, check out the Jane Iredale Professional Brush Set, replete with 16 brushes to aid you in creating your masterpiece.

Why moisturizer is more essential than foundation or cover-up

       
Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Why moisturizer is more essential than foundation or cover-upSure, some of you would never be caught dead without your trusty bottle of foundation. But what if we told you that, in many ways, the regular use of a good moisturizer is even more important than your trusty cover-up?

To start, see the chance in your skin before and after applying moisturizer in the morning. When you allow it to sink in for five minutes, your skin becomes visibly more dewy, soft and even-toned, diminishing the appearance of some of the “flaws” you thought you woke up with. Now, your foundation isn’t just going on prepped, smooth skin (and will blend in much better), but you won’t need nearly as much as you thought you did.

As for long-term effects, keeping your skin healthy and moisturized will lead to less reasons to want to cover up in the future. Overly dry skin can often result in the skin producing more oil to compensate and thus lead to break-outs, all things you’d be better off without.

Seeing eye-to-eye on shadows

       
Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Seeing eye-to-eye on shadowsEyes are one area where a girl can get really funky, but there's something to be said about coordinating your color palette with the hues of your irises. Some cosmetics companies have gone so far as to design shadow palettes for each eye color based on standard recommendations – browns and bronzes for blue eyes, greens and blues for brown irises and purples and golds for green-eyed gals.

But beyond this very basic formula, there are so many ways for a girl to get creative and still heed her natural coloring.

Varied shades of the same color are what allow every woman to find just the right blue, gold or silver shadow for their eyes. While an icy hue of blue may make the world go round for brown-eyed women, blue with a slightly warmer cast may be ideal for blue-eyed girls, who would look washed out otherwise.

Or, you can go Katy Perry's route and mix varying shades of the same color to contrast your irises in a multi-dimensional way. Perry wore bronze shadow on her top lid and copper glimmer along her lower lash line to off-set her baby blues, which made for quite the winning effect.

Tips for a more even self-tanner application

       
Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Tips for a more even self-tanner application It's one thing to want to look like the queen of the jungle with an enviable Amazonian tan, but no one wants to emulate the zebras or tigers who make such a stunning addition to the landscape otherwise. So what's a gal to do?

First of all, we commend you for using self-tanning products – beauty technology has given us more and more safe alternatives to tanning, and certain products now come with streak-free properties to help protect against a garish, uneven application.

Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey told Allure.com that self tanner is best applied to the skin using a puff.
"Run the puff over the elbows and knees lightly and quickly so they don't get too dark," she told the news source.

If you don't feel like digging around for a puff, there are plenty of products that are designed with easy application in mind. Colorescience Bronzer Brush comes in a convenient puff brush form for an effortless, even distribution. For an even more efficient method of attack, use ModelCo Tan Airbrush In a Can.

Bold Lips

       
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Sothys - Waterproof Lip Pencil

Sothys – Waterproof Lip Pencil

POP Beauty - Aqua Lacquer Lip Gloss

POP Beauty – Aqua Lacquer Lip Gloss

More Video Tutorials

Choosing the Right Foundation

Choosing Foundation

Five Minute Makeup

Five Minute Makeup

Soft Romantic Look

Enhance Your Darker Eye

Neck and neck with good skincare tips

       
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Neck and neck with good skincare tipsBetween products that are designed especially for your face and skincare treatments made for the body, it's easy to forget your neck and decollete region. This, in fact, may be one of the biggest beauty mistakes women can make, according to Allure.com.

"These areas are almost always exposed, and yet they rarely receive same level of hydration and sun protection as the face," Los Angeles dermatologist Howard Fein told the news source. "But the skin there is more delicate and just as vulnerable to photoaging."

Beyond applying your normal face products to your neck and chest region, there are other steps that women can take. Reaching for a product that's developed to treat this area of your body can help address the unique needs of your decolletage.

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion is specially designed to help you achieve uniform texture and skin tone around your neck and chest area. The formula contains retinol and arnica to help reduce redness and create soft, balanced skin around your most delicate parts.

Don’t neglect your legs!

       
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Don't neglect your legs!As they comprise the lower half of our bodies, it's all too easy to neglect our legs as we get ready in the morning. Often covered by tights or pants, legs get treated to a sort of "out of sight, out of mind" policy – that is, until, the summertime rolls around.

To proudly be the wearer or short shorts, it's important to give your legs the due proper care. According to Allure.com, legs are the driest part of our bodies, so rather than lotion up top and forget about them, always give them an extra dose of lotion whenever you lather up.

Exfoliating once or twice a week in the shower will also help you keep flakiness at bay and produce only the softest, silkiest pair of gams. An all-over body scrub works great for legs as well as the rest of your cuerpo, and it's especially helpful for preventing ingrown hairs after shaving.

Then again, all the moisturizing and exfoliating in the world can't get you the legs you want if you've got unsightly bruises, stretchmarks or varicose veins. Enlist the aid of a body concealer such as Dermablend Leg and Body Cover Creme SPF 15.

Wakeup makeup for the tired and overworked

       
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

     Wakeup makeup for the tired and overworkedSometimes, it's just not feasible to be as rested as you'd like to look. Working full time, getting all your food groups and the recommended eight hours of sleep is a task cut out for a superwoman. Luckily, you can steal some easy makeup tips to help you fake the energy you lack.

To start, there's nothing that makes for more tired-looking skin than a face that lacks enough moisture. A good dose of moisturizer in the morning can do wonders to waken up your complexion – just be sure to let it sink in for five minutes before you put on the rest of your makeup (look for skin-brightening formulas with reflective pigments).

There's no greater wake-me-up than a bright, rosy blush, so dab some color on your cheeks and blend up toward your temples. A shimmery highlighting cream can help simultaneously brighten and contour your face.

Finally, you don't want to go too heavy on the eyes, since dark shadow and liner can only serve to make your eyes look smaller. Define your eyes subtly and dab some light shimmery shadow on the inner corners of your eyes to widen up your gaze.