Archive for December, 2011

Tips for making brown eyes pop

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

There are plenty of ways to make brown eyes pop!There are many eyeshadows these days meant to be used by women with specific eye colors, but you don't have to rely on these kits to make your eyes pop. If you have brown eyes, there are a couple of tried and true methods for bringing out your rich color.

1. Blue eyeliner. Used on your inner rims, a blue liner like Colorescience – Eye Pencil in Shades of Gray can give your brown eyes contrast and make the whites of your eyes brighter, according to Makeup Geek.

2. Contrasting eyeshadows. Any color opposite of brown on the color wheel will make your eyes stand out, so think blues, teals, purples and greens.

3. Pink shades. Deep pink shades are flattering on brown eyes, so use a blush like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Blush to make yours pop.

4. Skip brown shadow. Many brown-eyed women have dark complexions and hair, so brown eyeshadow can look too monotone. If you do use brown, make sure to pair it with a vibrant lip color to keep things fresh.

5. If your eyes are more of a hazel shade, a hint of green eyeshadow can bring out the green tones in your eyes.

Getting bored with your eyeshadow? New placement ideas to try

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

There are many different places to apply eyeshadow!Many women apply eyeshadow the same way every day. It usually gets blended all over the whole eyelid, with a bit more in the creases to add dimension. However, this look can get boring day after day. If you're looking for something more exciting, try one of these placement tips.

1. Just highlighter. Instead of an all-over light color, use Jane Iredale – Eye Highlighter Pencil on the inner corners of your eyes, just underneath the brow bone and in the center of your eyelid.

2. On the inner corner. You can make the space in between your eyes look smaller by applying a darker eyeshadow along the inner corner of your eyelid.

3. On the outer corner. Putting a touch of dark shadow on the outer corner of your eyelid can make your eyes appear farther apart.

4. Both corners. With a bit of shimmer on the center of your eyelid and a dark shadow, like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow in Smokey Grey on the outer corners, you'll have a more dramatic look.

5. Just the crease. If you put a neat line of shadow in the crease of your eyelid, your eyes will look deeper and bigger.

Tired of reds and pinks? Try brown lipstick

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Looking for a new color? Try brown!It sounds like something straight out of the early '90s, but brown lipstick is actually quite refreshing these days, considering so many women are rocking red and pink lips.

According to Allure magazine, chocolate lips are a "vampy game changer." It's a bit naughty yet still perfectly wearable, as long as you don't go too dark or shiny.

To get the look, use a brownish-red lip pencil to line your lips, drawing careful points at your cupid's bow for a pristine effect. Jane Iredale – Lip Pencil should have a good match.

Next, use a rich brown lipstick to fill in your lips. You could even mix up your own color using a rich brown and a shade of red. It won't be as jarring as pure brown hues. A lip brush will ensure the perfect application.

Finally, to make your color last longer and provide a chic matte look, pat a touch of face powder on your lips. Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Rice Powder should do the trick.

Somewhere new to put your eyeliner

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Looking for a new place to put your eyeliner?Chances are, when you apply eyeliner, you use it to create definition along your upper lash line. You may add a bit to your inner rims, but otherwise you don't touch your lower lash line.

However, if you want to spice things up a bit, you may want to try a bold, colorful line along your lower lashes. It's an easy, sexy way to try something a bit different. Allure magazine suggests starting out by using a purple shade of eyeliner, like Colorescience – Genie Matte Colore in Violets are Blue. The shade is flattering on every eye shade and complexion, so it's pretty foolproof.

Use a black eyeliner pencil to line the rims of your eyes first, then create a thick line of it along your upper lash line. A hint of shimmery shadow, like you'd find with Too Faced – Eye Shadow Duo, should go all over your lids.

Apply the purple liner along your bottom lids, then use a cotton swab to clean up any excess. A touch of mascara is all you need, then you're done!

Looking for something new? Try red lips and eyes

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Red lips and eyes are a new trend worth trying!According to Allure magazine, red shades on your eyes and lips create a pretty, flushed look in minutes. The makeup idea was featured in Anna Sui's spring fashion show, and the red lips and eyes made the models look stunning.

To get the look for yourself, use a cream blush like Paula Dorf – Cheek Color Cream all over your lids. Use a pearly white eyeshadow in the center of your lids and on the inner corners to add a touch of brightness. Finish your eyes off with a touch of black eyeliner above your upper lash line and a couple of coats of mascara on your top lashes only.

For lips, use a vibrant red lipstick like Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 in C.J. A clear gloss on top will add plenty of dimension. If you want to boost your eyes to match a bit more, pat on a bit of the lipstick and gloss to amp up the color.

Smudged eyeliner can have you looking chic in minutes

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Smudged eyeliner is chic and easy!If you're the kind of woman who spends more than five minutes trying to perfect your eyeliner application, you'll be glad to know that there's an easier way to rock black eyeliner without having to worry about perfection.

According to Allure magazine, smudged eyeliner is a simple way to do you eye makeup in the morning, as it only takes a few minutes to achieve a flattering effect. All you need is a black eyeliner pencil, like Sothys – Waterproof Soft Eye Pencil. Draw a line right above your lash line.

Use a black eyeshadow, like GloMinerals – gloEye Shadow in Sable, to go over the streak of eyeliner. It works best if you use a short-bristled brush that can do a bit of rubbing. If it looks a bit messier than you'd like, use a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover to clean it up a bit.

Finish it off with your usual mascara on your top and bottom lashes, then you're ready to go. Easy!

How to pamper colored hair

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Color treated hair doesn't have to be a problem!Sometimes, despite your best efforts, color-treated hair can become brittle, which makes it more prone to breakage and more likely to fade faster. You can avoid this fate by switching your hair products to richer formulas and scaling back on your routine.

Colorist Marie Robinson told Allure magazine, "If your hair breaks easily, it's probably either very fine or has been overly bleached and lost its elasticity. Hair color always fades eventually, but it will fade more quickly when hair is damaged. To keep it from becoming more porous and brittle, avoid bleach, shampoo infrequently, and only get highlights every eight weeks. Try not to heat-style more than a few times a week, and always use a protective product."

Hamadi – Shea Hair Mask can get your hair the moisture and nutrients it needs, while AminoGenesis – Therapeutic Hair Repair can work to protect and repair your strands after a coloring.

Allure also suggests drinking plenty of water and taking a biotin supplement, which can help your hair retain its moisture. It may take a while to see results, but in the long run it'll be worth it.

Hairstyles to make you look younger

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Certain hairstyles can make you look younger!If you're looking for ways to update your 'do and make yourself look younger, there are a couple of things you should avoid. Namely, cutting your hair short and wearing it the same way every day.

Stylist Mark Townsend told Allure magazine, "I've told my clients many times, it's either Botox or bangs. Bangs hide wrinkles on the forehead and make you seem more youthful. Long side-swept fringe is the most versatile." You should opt for a style that hits your collarbone, with plenty of long layers. You'll be able to pull off a variety of styles. DS Laboratories – Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo can help get you to the length you want.

If you're thinking about a color to make you look younger, try warming up your complexion by using a rich color with golden highlights. As long as the shade is reminiscent of what your natural color is, you'll look polished. Use Leonor Greyl – Masque Fleurs de Jasmin (All Hair Types) to keep your dyed hair silky and smooth.

The bouncy ponytail: bigger than ever in 2012

       
Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Big ponytails like this one on Miley Cyrus will be huge in 2012!If you're looking for a trendy way to wear your hair in 2012, you may want to consider the bouncy ponytail. According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, the hairstyle is set to be huge in the upcoming year, and the best part is that it's nearly effortless.

To get big bounce, volumizing products are a must. Use a shampoo like L`Occitane – Aromachologie Volumizing Shampoo in the shower, then follow it up with a lightweight conditioner that won't drag your hair down throughout the day.

Blow dry your hair upside down to create even more height. Use a ponytail holder to smooth your hair back into a high ponytail, then use a comb to tease the roots of the pony. This will create a bouncy base that the rest of your hair will hang from.

To make it extra glamorous, wind a strand of the ponytail around the elastic and secure it with a bobby pin. Easy, right? And the best part is that it works for any occasion – whether it's at the gym or at a classy event.

Dermablend – Power Double

       
Friday, December 30th, 2011


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