Archive for July, 2011

The right eyeshadow for your eye color

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Which eyeshadow colors are best for you?When it comes to eyeshadow, your options are virtually limitless. If you've ever stood in the beauty aisle or the department store and surveyed your eyeshadow color options, you know that it's truly a rainbow of hues, from shimmering champagne to royal purple to powder blue. So which colors are right for you?

The first step to figuring out which eyeshadow colors will look best on you is figuring out if you have a warm or cool complexion. To check, grab something golden and something silver and hold them up to your face in direct sunlight. If you look better next to the gold, warm colors are your style, but if the silver really brings out the best in you, cool shades are ideal. Examples of warm shades include rosy pink, soft beige, golden yellow and vibrant green. As for cool colors, icy blue, lavender, silvery grey and white will all work.

Brown-, hazel- and green-eyed gals can usually rock warm colors, so look for a gold shadow with a hint of glitter or a bright pink color to really being out the colors in your deep, sensual irises. As for girls with baby blues, play up your pale irises with equally pale shadows that recall frosty winters or clear summer skies.

Mascara tips and tricks

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Get the long eyelashes you want.Every gal wants longer, thicker, darker lashes, and there's an easy way to get 'em – mascara. But if your mascara leaves something to be desired, don't turn to false lashes just yet. With these tips and tricks, you can get the lush, beautiful lashes you've been after quickly and easily, every single morning.

Applying your mascara should be a four-step process. To begin, curl your lashes with a curler. To make sure your curl stays, briefly blast the curler with your blowdryer – just like a hot iron for your hair, heating up your lash curler before you use it will help your lashes hold their shape for longer.

When you begin brushing on the mascara, wiggle the wand a few times at the base of your lashes to add thickness, color and the illusion of length. As you comb the wand through your lashes (step three), wiggle it back and forth to keep lashes separated and prevent clumping. Finally, when you're finished, blink a few times to set the mascara and brush away any leftover clumps or chunks.

If you really need a little extra help, line your upper lid with eyeliner before you begin. This will help create the illusion of thickness, as it will darken the base of your lashes and give your eye a little extra definition. Just be careful not to overdo it for daytime – a full-on smoky eye works best at night.

A quick guide to brushes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Learn about makeup brushes.Don't know your eye shadow brush from your kabuki brush? Apply all your makeup with the same budget brand brush you got at the drug store three years ago? It's time to learn about which brushes are designed for which kinds of makeup – and how you can use them to the best of your advantage. When it comes to your cosmetics, the right brush really can make all the difference – so are you ready to, er, brush up on your knowledge?

To apply powder foundation, pick a short, thick kabuki brush. Soft bristles easily sweep up powder and distribute it evenly over your face for a flawless, airbrushed look that's tough to beat. Look for a brush that's largely flat on top for even powder coverage that'll hide any blemishes or blotches you may have. You can use the same kabuki brush to apply a translucent setting powder when you're finished.

For your blush or bronzer, pick a smaller brush with a long handle that'll make it easy to sweep over your cheekbones for a defined, regal look.

Finally, to apply eyeshadow, use an angled brush that will allow you to use different colors along your brow line, crease and eyelid. 

Tips for long-lasting eye shadow

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Make your eyeshadow last.Do you often find that your carefully applied eye shadow has rubbed off or melted away by the end of the day? If so, you're not alone. Lots of gals leave the house with a perfectly applied face ready for the workday, yet check the mirror at lunch only to see that they look exactly the same as when they rolled out of bed. Here are a few tips to get the long-lasting look you desire.

First, start using an eye shadow primer. Just like primer for your foundation, eye shadow primer gives your makeup something to stick to besides your skin, which can become oily and dissolve makeup throughout the day. It'll also help keep your shadow put, even if you rub your eyes or see a film that makes you tear up a little bit.

Speaking of rubbing your eyes, breaking that habit will definitely help keep your shadow on longer. Although it's common to absentmindedly rub your eyes while you work, try to stop yourself if you catch yourself reaching toward your face – it'll help you stop breakouts and keep your makeup on longer.

Finally, use a setting spray to make sure your makeup stays put all day long.

Matching your foundation to your face

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Find a foundation that matches your face.There's nothing worse than catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, only to discover that your face is a totally different shade than your neck. And discover that tell-tale line of foundation just around your jaw? Disaster! If you've been using the wrong shade of foundation, it's time to switch and find a color that actually works for you. Here's how to figure out which foundation is right for your unique skin tone.

Although most people are good at picking out the right shade of foundation, they often blow it when it comes to tone. Is your skin dark, olive, golden or pink? Gals of Caucasian and Asian origin usually have golden skin undertones, which means that most foundations are designed with them in mind. However, if you're especially fair, your skin probably has a reddish tint – which means you need to find a foundation that matches those rosy undertones. Darker gals will have to decide between neutral and warm shades.

To make sure that your foundation will blend with your natural skin color, pick the sheerest product you can get away with. When you apply it to your face, start with your nose, forehead and chin and gently blend outwards toward your cheeks and jawline, and don't forget to brush a little color over your neck and collarbone to even out your overall look.

Finding a body wash that won’t dry out your skin

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Find a body wash that won't leave your skin dry.Staying clean is a full-time job, but if you scrub too hard with a super-harsh body wash, you might find that skin is dry, flaky and itchy. How can you remedy this issue without reverting to caveman hygiene? It’s easy – you need a body wash that does double-duty as a moisturizer.

Finding the right body wash for you might take a little experimenting. If your skin is in need of heavy-duty help, look for a body wash that also features a moisturizing element, like Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash. Instead of scrubbing with a loofah or a washcloth, use your hands to soap up your body – it’s gentler and easier on your skin. Make sure to rinse thoroughly before you exit the shower.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, a body scrub can actually help fight dry skin by encouraging cell turnover and revealing healthier, softer skin underneath your most difficult areas, like knees and elbows. Use an all-over exfoliating scrub like Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub once a week to keep your skin refreshed and smooth.

Finally, don’t skip the moisturizer! Use an allergen-free, non-comedogenic lotion every time you step out of the shower to keep skin quenched.

Is it really damaging to wash your hair every day?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Is it bad for your hair to wash it every day?You've no doubt heard that it's bad for your tresses to wash them every day. But if your style falls flat or your locks get greasy after 24 hours without a shower, you might think you don't have any other options! Is washing your hair often really that bad for it? And what can you do to avoid it?

Washing your hair strips it of its natural oils and dries it out, which can actually make hair greasier in the long run. Plus, if you subject your tresses to a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron every morning (and lots of us do!), you could be frizzing your hair and causing split ends, flyaways and all kinds of other damage. So what can you do to minimize damage in the shower? There are a few ways.

If you must wash your tresses every day, skip the shampoo from time to time and use only conditioner. And when you hop out, let your hair airdry, even if it means you have to wear it in a bun – your locks will thank you.

When you do wash your hair, make sure to use gentle products, like L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo or June Jacobs Citrus Clarifying Conditioner, to keep your hair healthy. 

Double-duty makeup tips

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Make your makeup do more.Need your cosmetics to work overtime? If you want your makeup products to do more than just cover up your skin problems, you'll need to find foundations, primers and concealers with healing and protecting ingredients that'll actually improve your complexion over time. Here are a few things to look for in a makeup that'll do double-duty on your skin's most troublesome issues.

Suffer from acne blemishes and oily skin? You need a foundation that contains salicylic acid, an acne-fighting ingredient trusted by dermatologists. However, salicyclic acid can dry out your skin, so take care to dial back your other anti-acne routines if you plan to start using this kind of makeup and make sure your skin is getting plenty of moisturizer so it won't become flaky and uneven.

If your skin is already dry, skip the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturizer instead. Typically lighter and more sheer than heavy foundation, tinted moisturizers are ideal for evening out skin tone in the hot summer months when a full face of powder seems unbearable. Plus, it'll keep your skin hydrated and healthy no matter what the weather is like!

Finally, don't forget the sunscreen. Sunscreen is crucial to preventing future skin damage, so you should wear it every day – but if you have trouble remembering, pick up an SPF25 or higher foundation (or primer!) so you can condense your beauty routine down by a step.

Keeping your legs looking beautiful and protected on the beach

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Keeping your legs looking beautiful and protected on the beach.There's still plenty of summer left for fashionistas everywhere to spend some time on the sand and work on their tans, but there are potential summer risks that can have you feeling apprehensive about your legs. Let's face it – bug bites, razor burn and other imperfections may have you feeling self-conscious.

First and foremost, it's important to remember that using body lotion when you get out of the shower can help heal and repair your skin and instantly start to repair the damage of shaving. This will also ease some discomfort and help to exfoliate your skin for a clean and unfettered look.

Sun exposure is another thing to worry about on the beach, but instead of pouring on layers of suntan lotion, you can use Dermanblend Leg and Body Cover. This innovative product will conceal minor imperfections and provide SPF 15 protection in order to allow your legs to continute looking bronzed and beautiful for the duration of the season. It's also available in a wide variety of hues to match any skin type, so you can stop worrying about your skincare and get back to having fun on the beach.  

Quick makeup options that will come in handy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Quick makeup options that will come in handy.There are few things worse than facing the day after waking up with a slight breakout or seriously dry skin. Instead of plastering your face with foundation, you can create a clean and natural look by using some concealer to hid those trouble spots in a pinch.

A quick fix concealer is a wonderful option for when you go to bed a bit too late and find yourself with dark under eye circles. While eye makeup could possibly do the trick, feeling comfortable with your own personal style is ideal to give you confidence to get through your day.

One of the hottest products on the market is Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer, which is packaged in a convenient lipstick tube so you can cover up age spots, acne or scars with a simple application. It also has exfoliating properties and is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Additionally, the product comes in a wide variety of shades to match any skin tone and provides SPF 30 protection to shield your epidermis from the summer sun.