Archive for July, 2011

Concealing – and curing – under-eye circles

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Fix those under-eye circles.When you don't get enough sleep, heavy, dark bags can form under your eyes, giving you a tired and unhealthy look – and for some women, those bags can be very persistent. If you're tired of always looking like you're, well, tired, here are a few things you can do to conceal those under-eye circles until they heal for good.

Selecting a concealer for your face is all about matching your skin tone as closely as possible, but when it comes to under-eye bags, you want a concealer with lots of yellow. Yellow will cancel out the purple and blue tones in your tired skin, making your eyes pop and your whole face appear far more alert.

When dotting the concealer on your under-eye circles, always tap – never rub. Rubbing can irritate your skin and won't conceal the circles as well as gentle taps will, but always be sure to tap until the concealer is fully blended. Add a touch of highlighter under your eyebrow to add to your newly awake appearance, and no one will know that your nights haven't been as restful as usual.

Of course, the best remedy for under-eye circles is getting plenty of sleep. Try showering at night instead of in the morning for a few extra minutes of sleep – or try going to bed a little earlier so you can still wake up refreshed before work.  

Taking care of your skin, before and after pregnancy

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Prevent stretch marks.While being pregnant is a joyous time, it can also take a major toll on your body – and your skin. Your tummy is growing rapidly, which can cause irritation, stretch marks, red, raw skin and more. It’s important to take care of your sensitive skin both while you’re pregnant and after your baby is born to make sure you can get that bikini bod back quick once your little one arrives.

One of the biggest skin hazards of pregnancy is stretch marks. As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, your breasts and stomach can stretch and distort, leaving you with thick, red bans known as stretch marks. To keep this from occurring, apply a product like Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil or Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter to keep your skin supple and stretchy.

If you do wind up with stretch marks, don’t panic. Over time, the scars will fade to silvery-white, but to help them along you can try a little Mama Mio ZAP See-No-Scar. This product also works wonders on Cesarean section scars! Another brand you should try out is Exuviance Skin Care. Apart from products specifically designed to help you hide those stretch marks, they also offer products that reduce existing wrinkles.

Taking care of your lips in the summertime

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Take care of your lips.You know that you need to apply sunscreen to your face to avoid a serious sunburn – but did you know that your lips are also sensitive to UV rays? If you find that your lips are chapped in the summertime, there are lots of things you can do to make them healthier, fuller and pinker for a perfect pout all year long.

There are lots of reasons to take care of your pucker. For one thing, moist, healthy lips hold color better, so if you want that lipstick to pop all day long, you'll need to make sure your smile is in tip-top shape. For another, chapped lips are uncomfortable and unhealthy, and don't flatter anyone. So are you ready to take better care of your grin?

It all starts with the right lip balm. You can choose a translucent balm and apply color over it, or you can select a tinted balm that will sooth lips while adding a pretty pop of color. Make sure you opt for a balm with SPF25 or higher – that way, you won't just calm your lips, you'll help protect them all day long. Reapply throughout the day to make sure your lips stay healthy and beautiful.

If you're still chapped, make sure you're drinking enough water. Staying hydrated is important for your health, both inside and out! Don't want your lippy to rub off on the rim of the glass? Lick your lips beforehand, and it'll stay put.

Which tool should you use to apply your foundation?

Friday, July 29th, 2011

What kind of tool should you use for foundation?Fingers, sponges, pads, brushes – which applicator should you use when you're putting on foundation? This handy guide will help you decide which tool is right for you.

When it comes to liquid foundation, it's not uncommon for women to apply their makeup with their fingers, but most experts discourage this method. Your fingers often contain natural oils and bacteria that can clog your pores and cause acne blemishes to flare up, so if you want a flawless complexion, you're better off using a sponge – but be sure to use a clean one. A package of disposable sponges can be purchased easily at any drugstore so you never have to reuse them. Many matte or creme foundations come with their own small pads or sponges that can used to apply them to the skin, as well.

When it comes to powder foundations, you have two choices – puffs or brushes. Puffs are ideal for powdering on the go – they provide even coverage and are unlikely to scatter foundation dust on your blouse or pants while you apply. If you prefer, a thick brush will also work well when looking for even, flawless powder coverage over your entire face.

A great look starts with the right tools, so make sure you know which one is right for your foundation.

How to make your blush look natural

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Make your blush look natural.Concerned that your bright pink cheeks have you looking like you’re in clown college? No need to throw away that vibrant shade – the trick to a natural flush is making sure you apply your makeup in the right way and in the right places. Here are some tips for making sure your blush is subtle, feminine and all-around beautiful.

First, you need to find the right color. To figure out which shade will work for you, gently pinch your bare cheeks and observe the color they turn. Select a blush within a few shades of that hue – perhaps a little more vibrant if you’re looking for maximum impact. (And a little shimmer never hurt, either!)

Once you’ve found the right blush for you, the next step is to apply it. Use a soft, round brush with lots of thick bristles for even coverage. Alternatively, you can try using a Beautyblender Sponge to evenly apply your makeup.. While you stand in front of the mirror, smile and find the apples of your cheeks – then brush your blush over them. Sweep gently upward toward your temples for more defined cheekbones, or stick to the round part of your cheeks for a more youthful, innocent style.

Set your look with a translucent powder and you’re ready to go!

Preventing razor burn

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Shave without razor burn.Whether you’re a man or a woman, shaving is a necessity – whether it’s every day, every week or just every once in a while. But if you want clean-shaven, smooth skin every morning, it can come with a price. Razor burn can affect everyone, especially if you’re not shaving correctly. Here are a few tips to help you avoid that tell-tale itchiness and those unsightly red bumps, no matter how often you shave.

To help minimize razor burn, shave while in the shower – or immediately after. The warm water helps to relax your skin and open up your pores, and soap can serve as lubrication that will keep the razor from irritating your sensitive skin. For an extra-smooth shave, exfoliate first. It’ll make your skin soft and supple, making sure your razor takes off only your hair – and nothing else.

Another tip for preventing razor burn is making sure to replace your razor blades often. Sharp blades are much less likely to cause skin irritation, so change out your razors long before they become dull.

Finally, make sure you’re lathering up with the right stuff. Regular soap is a big no-no – always use a special shaving cream to protect your skin.

Beauty secrets for teens

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Being a teenager can be tough, so don't make it tougher!Being a teenager is tough, and wearing the wrong makeup can make your awkward years even tougher. To get through your teens with as little turbulence as possible, there are a few makeup tips and tricks you should try to look your best.

Acne is the scourge of the teenage population, and it's not going anywhere. If your skin is giving you problems, you might be tempted to smother it in cover-up and foundation, but preventing your face from breathing can actually make acne worse. Apply a bit of concealer over any blemishes that are red and inflamed, then use a sheer powder foundation if you need a little extra cover. Thick, wet, goopy foundations will clog pores and exacerbate your acne instead of hiding it.

Since you're still living on mom and dad's dime, you probably don't have a lot of money to spend on makeup – which means you're going to be hitting up the cheap drugstore brands when you get your mascara and lipstick. However, if there's one beauty item you can't live without – like a favorite eyeshadow or a skin-healing foundation – it might be worth the splurge. Don't be afraid to make a real investment in a beauty product that will last.

Getting through high school is tough for everyone, but with these makeup tricks, at least you'll look great doing it!

Using lipstick to make your teeth whiter – and other lippy tricks

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Finding the right lipstick makes all the difference.From creating the perfect pucker to enhancing those rosy cheeks, there’s so much you can do with the right lipstick! Here are just a few of the tricks you can apply to make sure that your lip color is making a fabulous contribution to your all-over makeup routine every morning, evening and night.

A deep red lipstick can make your teeth appear yellowish, so unless you have a brilliant, flawless smile, try a softer, pinker shade to make those pearly whites appear, well, white. And speaking of teeth, prevent getting lipstick on them by popping a finger in your mouth after you finish applying your cosmetics. Pull it out, and the excess lippy will come off on your finger rather than your two front teeth. (It’s also a good idea to check the mirror before you leave the house, just to make sure.)

Lipliner is strictly optional. Many women simply wear lipstick and leave it at that, but if you want to fill out thinner lips, using a little liner just outside the edges of your natural pout can help add volume. Be careful, though – match your liner to your lipstick, or you’ll wind up looking like you’re in costume makeup. Dark liner with light lipstick doesn’t look good on anyone! For added volume, swipe gloss over your lipstick for an irresistible shine.

If you go to take a sip from a cup later in the evening, give you lips a quick lick before you place them on the glass – you won’t leave a strain!

Making your hair color last

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Making your hair color last doesn't have to be hard.Highlights, lowlights, all-over color – dying your hair can become a virtual addiction. If you love being a bottle blonde or a faux brunette, you know that there are a few very annoying things that come along with having man-made hair color, like fading, roots and damage. So what can you do to keep your color treated hair healthy, vibrant and shiny all the way until your next salon appointment?

Although there's little you can do to make your root growth slower, swapping all-over color for highlights can definitely lengthen the time between visits to the hairdresser. Instead of going all-over blonde, add blonde highlights to your locks that can grow out for a few months without looking unnatural. Plus, every time you go back to the salon, you'll be able to go gradually blonder. If you're not ready to give up your all-over color, try fixing up your own roots with at-home color in between salon visits – although if you're going lighter, it may be best to let the professionals handle it so you don't wind up with a weird orange hue.

Of course, good color maintenance starts in the shower. You'll need to use a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner to really get the most out of your locks, and if you want to make sure your hue stays vibrant, you can even pick up color-depositing products that'll help tone and strengthen your color.

With these tricks, you can have beautiful color all year long – no matter how long you have to wait until your next hairdresser appointment.

Fixing overplucked brows

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

You can fix your overtweezed eyebrows with ease.Whoops – you got a little crazy with the tweezers and ended up with brows that are much thinner than you're used to! Is there anything you can do? As it turns out, there's plenty.

If your plucking enthusiasm has left you with wisps of hair where you used to have fierce, strong brows, there's a new word you'll have to add your vocabulary: brow pencil. Brow pencils come in many forms, from gels and liquids to actual pencils to powders, so you'll have to decide which works best for you. Once you've selected a product, use quick, short strokes to draw on additional hairs where your brow looks thin and set with a bit of brow gel so it'll last all day.

When it comes to colors, be picky when deciding. If you go too dark, your pencil will be noticeable – but if you're too light, it won't have any effect. Try matching the pencil to the color of the hair on your head for an accurate find.

Now comes the hard part – letting your brows grow back. They might look a little wild while you wait for them to become thick enough to be reshaped, so to tame flyaway hairs, spritz a little hairspray on your finger and run it over your brow to hold it in shape.