Archive for May, 2011

Bridal Makeup Part 2

       
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Youngblood - Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad

Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad

Jane Iredale - Eye Highlighter Pencil

Jane Iredale – Eye Highlighter Pencil

Colorescience - Cry Me A River Waterproof Mascara - Black

Colorescience – Cry Me A River Waterproof Mascara – Black

Pixi - Sheer Cheek Gel

Pixi – Sheer Cheek Gel

GloMinerals - gloDazzle Gloss

GloMinerals – gloDazzle Gloss

More Video Tutorials

Bridal Makeup Part 1

Bridal Makeup Part 1

Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Lighter Lips for Spring

Lighter Lips for Spring

Temper your makeup for summer swagger

       
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Temper your makeup for summer swaggerSummer, like winter, is a time for being bold – but in totally different ways. The burgundy lips that looked so de mode come late December are better off replaced with a honeysuckle stain once we enter the month of June, and as with all lip colors, there are ways to temper the rest of your makeup to match the dreamy season.

According to makeup artist Pat McGrath, bold brows should in no way be scrapped for the summertime, but it is recommended to make them look a bit less harsh.

"Use powder for a softer look, and don't be afraid to blend more than one color into your brows," McGrath told StyleList.com. "Brow hair is not one flat color – that's what makes it look inauthentic."

When swapping out your makeup palette, don't forget to include your foundation as well. Your skin is generally one to two shades darker in the summer, so don't skimp on buying an updated product – think tinted moisturizer, not heavy pancake makeup!

Make some time for nail art this summer

       
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Make some time for nail art this summerBringing your oils, acrylics and canvases with you to the beach this summer is always a must-do activity, but even those of you who can't draw a stick figure to save your lives won't want to miss out on the newest nail trends that are cropping up on the style scene this season.

Whether you're simply going for a two-tone look or doing a slightly brighter take on the classic French manicure, there are loads of opportunities to make a real statement with your manicure. On the most basic level, they could involve painting your fourth finger a contrasting shade from the rest or swapping out white tips for cherry red or black (the latter idea is making huge waves this summer). On the slightly more complex side of things, you can create fun pointillated nails by layering dots of different colors atop each other.

Either way you spin it, go for hi-fi, glossy looks that are sure to pop on the boardwalk, beach or block by block.

Top things to treat your hair to in place of new highlights

       
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Top things to treat your hair to in place of new highlightsIt turns out summer actually isn't an ideal time to do a root touch-up. According to StyleList.com, the harsh effects of dyes tend to be exacerbated by the drying sun, and a too-fresh dye job can change colors if you hit the beach too sun. Also keeping in mind that there's nothing more stylish at the moment than an ombre dye job (grown-in dark roots, for the uninitiated), here's some of the best things to treat your hair to instead of a dye job this summer.

1. Lots and lots of conditioner. There's no better style fix than shiny, moisturized locks, so do pile on the sleek stuff. Curly-haired gals will benefit even more from a leave-in conditioner that easily doubles as a styling product for those humid days and nights.

2. A specialized hair serum or masque. Rather than subject your hair to more damage this summer, why not work to restore it back to health? A specalized treatment can be used on a weekly basis to target your specific hair-type and do some extra heavy lifting when it comes to your tresses.

3. A fun hair accessory. Head scarves, shiny pins, statement barettes, fascinators and even clip-in flowers are all excellent ways to make a statement this summer. Plus, they're just as easy to take out as they are to put on, so you won't have to worry about any lasting consequences where these items are concerned.

Penelope Cruz an advocate of basic beauty

       
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Penelope Cruz an advocate of basic beautyIf you ever doubted the merits of following basic beauty sense, take it from Penelope Cruz – being one of the world's most beautiful women doesn't exactly come from the use of many complicated, overwrought procedures.

"I always wear moisturizer and sunscreen," Cruz told StyleList.com. "Aside from that, I don't get too complicated. I think simple is best. When I'm not working, I don't wear makeup. Maybe a little blush, mascara. Your skin needs to breathe."

Like so many other women, Cruz is merely following the fundamental rules to maintaining one's natural beauty. Consistent use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen is one of the most crucial components to any anti-aging skincare routine (can you see a single wrinkle on her face?), and when you combine sun protection with daily moisturization, you'll be well on your way to giving you skin the treatment it needs and deserves.

To save time in your daily routine, look for an anti-aging moisturizer that has an SPF factor of 30 or higher. When you add this to your list of morning essentials, you'll be covered from the moment you step out the door to the moment that the sun sets.

Your comprehensive summer beauty guide

       
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Your comprehensive summer beauty guideAmong the many other countless reasons ladies everywhere are loving the change of seasons, we’re here to highlight all of the reasons why you look beautiful in the summertime – and what you can do to bring out your best during this season of warm, breezy nights and balmy afternoons.

1. What have you done to feel beautiful from the inside as of late? The famous saying maintains that you are what you eat, and it’s also true that healthy, beautiful skin starts with a good diet and regular exercise. Stick to non-processed foods and non-bleached flours and sugars to reduce the levels of inflammatory agents in your diet (which often lead to those unsightly breakouts), and do be sure to weave a workout into your daily routine. According to Allure, exercise helps reduce cortisone spikes – often the result of stress – and ultimately leads to smoother, clearer skin. If you’re feeling especially nutty over your health, get yourself into the habit of taking supplements – vitamins and minerals aren’t just good for your dietary health, but they usually come with hidden beauty perks as well.

2. Watch that glow. We know it’s tempting to want to dash your pasty winter skin to bits by hitting up the tanning salon or spending long hours on the beach, but what looks good now can only age you faster and potentially lead to skin cancer – how ugly is that? We’re not saying you have to shield yourself from the sun, but make sure you apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from all forms of UV rays, reapplying periodically if you’ve been out all day or in the water. Better yet, try a self-tanning product – many leading brands offer high quality formulas that are way less prone to streaking than you probably think.

3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! You should be drinking your recommended eight glasses anyway, but your skin is just as thirsty as your gullet. Use lotion and moisturizer every day to keep that skin touchably smooth, healthy and radiant.

4. Why not express with your nails? Thanks to the departure of gloves and arrival of sandals (and in some cases, bare feet), your mani/pedi can be used as a font of expression more than ever before. Go wild with bright, citrus shades, two-toned looks and even edgy French tips using bright, fluorescent shades in place of white.

5. Don’t be afraid to rock the bedhead. A sultry, day-after look is sort of al the rage at the moment, so if you’ve got a sleepy head of locks, a naturally tousled mane or salty, piecy locks from rolling about on the beach, do embrace them. Even if you can’t pull this look off without a hint of effort, you can enlist your curling iron, voluminizing spray and texturizer to help you create the illusion that you woke up looking this sexy and glamorous.

6. When it comes to makeup, do lighten up. You’ll probably need a new foundation that’s a shade or two darker than the one you use in the winter, so go ahead and buy a lighter, more breathable formula or a tinted moisturizer while you’re at it. You’re sweatier in the summer, which means your pores can get clogged more easily – and besides, you don’t want to totally cover up your natural sun-kissed glow.

7. Put your brightest pout on. This season is coming up all shades of honeysuckle, tangerine, cherry and magenta, and your lips should say so accordingly. Go ahead and stick to lipstick or gloss if that’s your thing, but lip stains in particular are a majorly hot way to boost your summertime appeal.

On creating the perfect summer lip

       
Friday, May 27th, 2011

On creating the perfect summer lipWe wouldn't actually recommend stashing up on red popsicles just to get that perfect, stained pool-side pout that so many makeup artists strive to recreate, but you can stock up on great products and advice to better flaunt those bold summertime pouts.

"Your lips should look like you've just had a popsicle," Jillian Dempsey told StyleList.com. "It's a real easy and approachable way to wear the bold lip trend."

How does one achieve this, persay? According to the news source, it's best to either dab on a spot of lipstick with your finger versus slicking it on from the tube, or to forgo the lipstick altogether with a sheer, brightly-hued gloss.

Better yet, many women are opting for bold lip stains in hues of tangerine, honeysuckle and fire-engine red this summer. These work much the way a sheer gloss would, painting breathable-looking color onto your pout and promising to stay tight through all your drinks and meals.

When crafting your sun regimen, don’t forget your hair

       
Thursday, May 26th, 2011

When crafting your sun regimen, don't forget your hairWe’re sure most of you have your whole fun-in-the-sun skincare routine down pat by now, but we wanted to throw in this one extra little reminder before you set off on your summer-long romp. Your hair needs protection too, so don’t leave your tresses out of the equation.

According to Refinery 29, it’s important to use a heat protector (as you may be subjecting your hair to natural or man-made heat from blow-dryers and curling irons) as well as a leave-in conditioner with UV protection.

“When your hair is exposed to extra stress from summer fun, it’s imperative to minimize damage from the start, so always use a heat protector,” hair stylist Theodore Leaf told the news source. “Start with damp hair and spray evenly from root to tip, then comb through.”

You may also find that the beach does quite a number on your luscious locks, so de-stress and de-tangle following a romp on the sands with some Hamadi Shea Spray for extra manageability.

Dita Von Teese on conquering rosacea

       
Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Dita Von Teese on conquering rosaceaYou wouldn't know it by looking at her, but Dita Von Teese actually had a bout with rosacea that she fiercely overcame in true glamourpuss style.

This may not be necessarily encouraging to all the women out there with less-than-amazing health insurance, but her number one advice? Find an excellent skin doctor and make sure he prescribes you only the best in skincare products, according to The New York Times' T Magazine.

Her other big piece of advice, which she passed down from the miracle-worker who cured her rosacea?

"He said it doesn't matter what moisturizer you use," Von Teese told the magazine. "Just make sure you put it on right after cleansing, while your skin is still damp. That way your pores can absorb it while they are still open."

This rings true for all women, no matter what their current skin status, but may be especially helpful from women suffering from psoriasis or rosacea. Make sure to let your moisturizer sink in for at least five minutes prior to applying makeup to ensure best results.

Bridal Makeup Part 1

       
Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Too Faced - Shadow Insurance

Too Faced – Shadow Insurance

Youngblood - Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad

Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad

GloMinerals - gloPrecision Eye Pencil

GloMinerals – gloPrecision Eye Pencil

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