Archive for January, 2012

Ultra exaggerated cat eyes are in for spring

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Exaggerated cat eyes are totally in!If you're a fan of the cat eye look, you're in luck because this spring, it should be everywhere. According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, extra winged-out liner was all over the spring fashion runways, officially making the style a trend to look forward to in the upcoming months.

Even though it's still winter, you can get started rocking winged-out liner right now. Just pick up a product like Blinc – Eyeliner, which will stay put all day long without smudging. You could also get the look using a cake liner or eyeshadow. All you'd need is a brush like Illuminare – Eye Liner / Brow Brush to get a perfectly shaped swoop.

There are several different shapes you could try out, like a full triangle shape or a simple line. Before you get started on your eyes, it might be a good idea to do a few practice applications on your hand, so you get the feel of how the liner goes on and which way to hold the brush.

Hats that won’t ruin your ‘do

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

You don't have to sacrifice your hairstyle with a winter hat!Keeping warm is a priority in winter, which puts the state of your tresses on the back burner. No matter how much time you spend prepping in the morning, the wrong hat can wreak havoc on your hair and leave you looking like a frizzy maniac by the time you get to work. Luckily, Glamour magazine's beauty blog has a few hats to recommend that won't wreck your style.

1. Knitted berets. Even after using Leonor Greyl – Bain Volumateur Aux Algues (For fine or limp hair) to plump up your strands, a knitted beret perched on your head won't crush curls and kill volume.

2. A satin-lined hat. No need to worry about any matting with a silky barrier in between your hat and your head. Try a cloche or a fedora, both of which are trending right now.

3. A newsboy cap. A cute style in a heavy fabric will look best with the perfect blowout. Use Hamadi – Shea Spray for added shine and be sure that your hat isn't too tight – if you can't get a finger in between your head and the hat, you could get an ugly crease.

Spring pastels for your eyes

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Pastels will look great in both winter and spring!Spring's not here yet, but with so many new colors of eyeshadow out there, you don't have to wait until April to break out the soft pastels. In fact, The Beauty Department recommends mixing a few different colors together to create the perfect look.

"Find palettes that go well together. You can go light or bright, or both. Robin-egg blue is perfect paired with powder pink but would be completely different paired with a construction-cone orange. So when it comes to this look, there really aren’t any rules!" says the website.

All you need is a great palette of colors that work well together in any combination, as well as a black mascara to anchor the effect. Youngblood – Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad (YB56-Mermaid) has four gorgeous cool shades that look great together. Just apply a different color to each area of your eye – under your bottom lashes, all over your lid, in the crease and in the inner corners. Too Faced – Lash Injection will amp up your lashes afterwards.

To go with these colorful eyes, your lips should stay soft with a peachy pink gloss or lipstick.

An updo shortcut for short-haired ladies

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Even short-haired ladies can work updos!Sometimes, certain events call for an updo. They're elegant, sophisticated and have plenty of creative options. However, if you have short, thin hair, it can be nearly impossible to scrape together an elegant look. Luckily, Glamour magazine's beauty blog found the perfect solution.

Cameron Diaz, who recently stepped out with a short bob, was spotted with a chic bun at the Dior Haute-Couture show in Paris. Despite her lack of hair, the updo looked great and fit right in with the designer fashions.

The key to pulling off a small bun in the back is to make the front of your hair attention-grabbing. This means plenty of volume and texture. Use Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice (Volumizing Styling Mousse) to give your hair weightless volume before teasing the strands at your crown. Slick it back lightly, then use hairspray to keep it in place.

In the back, you'll need several pins to keep your small bun from going anywhere. Just gather up as much hair as you can and be sure to use hairspray to tame anything that won't reach all the way back. Finally, use a bit of Hamadi – Shea Hair Cream to slick back the sides.

A makeup look that won’t compete with your glasses

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This look will complement - not overwhelm - your glasses!Glasses are becoming fashionable, whether or not you need a prescription to help you see. If you're one of the ladies who are embracing the trend, you may be in need of a go-to makeup look that won't compete with your fabulous frames.

Luckily, Glamour magazine's beauty blog found the perfect brown smokey eye on Rashida Jones at the Sundance Film Festival. It made her eyes pop both with and without the glasses. To get the look yourself, all you need is a great black liquid eyeliner, a rich brown eyeshadow and a volumizing mascara.

Line your upper lids with a thick application of a liquid liner like Blinc – Eyeliner. It might even be nice to use a brown liner on the inner rims of your eyes to further set them off. Next, take a brown eyeshadow like GloMinerals – gloEye Shadow in Kona and use it around your entire eye. Don't go up to the creases – you want the look to be soft. Finish with two coats of mascara and you'll see how gorgeous this look is with your glasses.

The dish on cake liner

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Cake liner is a much easier way to define your eyes!Before you start getting excited about sprinkles and frosting, cake liner has nothing to do with dessert and everything to do with your eye makeup. It's great for those who want to achieve a perfectly lined eye without having the steady hand required by many liquid eyeliners.

According to The Beauty Department, cake liner is merely a matte shadow that's applied with a wet pointed liner brush. It makes for an easy application that even beginners shouldn't have trouble with.

To get the look, pick up a shadow like POP Beauty – Eye Cake. You'll be able to play with the different shades to get the exact effect you want. You'll also need a liner brush, like Paula Dorf – Eye Liner Brush.

Wet the brush under running water, then swirl it around in the shadow of your choice. The news source suggests practicing a few sweeps across the back of your hand before you start on your eyes, just to get a handle of how it will be applied. Finally, sweep the brush from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner, extending it out if you want.

Bronze and olive: a match made in eye makeup heaven

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Bronze and olive green look great on eyes!Smokey eyes aren't easy to pull off whenever you want. Sometimes, black liner and eyeshadow can look a bit too harsh, while brown tends to get a bit boring after a while. If you're looking for a new way to complement your eye color that can be worn anytime, anywhere, a bronze and olive combination is the perfect choice.

Glamour magazine's beauty blog spotted the look on AnnaLynne McCord at a Sundance Film Festival event, and it was truly stunning. Bronze eyeliner and olive shadow is a unique yet perfectly acceptable way to amp up your smokey eyes and accent their unique color.

Use a thick line of Jane Iredale – Cream to Powder Eye Liner and make sure it's smudgy by dragging a cotton swab over it. Then, apply an olive shadow like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow in Emerald all over your lids and a bit past the creases. Top off the look with two coats of brown mascara, and you'll be ready for anything!

Bright lips are bolder than ever this winter

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Bright lips are in this winter!January and February aren't usually known for bright colors and vibrant fashion, but this year is entirely different – especially when it comes to makeup. Instead of hiding in your chunky sweaters and wintry hues, bust out of the gloom in a trendy bright lipstick shade.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, celebrities have been all over bright lips this winter season. From Meagan Good to Kate Bosworth and Emma Roberts, poppy reds were all over the runways. Neon-like shades of red are best worn with neutral makeup, and they take a bit of preparation.

Make sure your lips are smooth and exfoliated before applying anything. Start with a lip liner like Jane Iredale – Lip Pencil in a shade that matches the natural flush of your lips. Be sure to follow your lip line! This will prevent your lipstick from straying.

Next, apply a fiery shade like Paula Dorf – Lip Color in Legend. Use a lip brush for precise application, or use a cotton swab to clean up any mistakes. Be sure to blot your lips afterwards, then apply another light layer of color. This will ensure that your bright smile will last all day and night.

The makeup brushes you need

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

New brushes will do wonders for your look!If you're still using your fingers to apply your makeup, it's time for an upgrade. Brushes can help you blend products much better, ensuring an even application. They can even help you avoid breakouts, since you won't be transferring oil and grime to your face from your fingers. Here are a few brushes to add to your collection, according to Allure magazine.

1. A concealer brush. These flat, angled brushes work well to get into the crevices of blemishes so you get even, believable coverage. Try TRUE Cosmetics – Concealer Brush.

2. A small powder brush. "You'll be able to dust powder on just the T-zone, so you don't end up looking matte everywhere," makeup artist Quinn Murphy told Allure.

3. An eyeshadow brush. One that's soft and flat is great for blending and will help you get the shadow exactly where you want it. Jane Iredale – Eye Shader Brush is a good choice.

4. An eyeliner brush. Small and pointy, these are great for ensuring a perfect application because they're easy to control. You won't have to worry about getting the perfect cat-eyed look ever again!

5. A fluffy blush brush. Rounded shapes will give you the perfect blended color that's not obvious.

Mix up your metallic smokey eyes

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Mixed metallics are a fun way to dress up a smokey eye!Metallic smokey eyes are nothing new – bronze, gold, silver and copper versions have been showing up on the eyes of women everywhere for a while. However, a new trend that Glamour magazine spotted on Elizabeth Banks features a selection of shiny shades used together to create a chic  mixed metals look.

Start off by using a black eyeliner on the inner rims of your lids and right above your upper lash line. Sothys – Waterproof Soft Eye is a great choice that will blend easily and make the look pretty and feminine.

Next, use a bronze eyeshadow to cover your entire lid, focusing a bit more on the outer edges. Follow up with a copper eyeshadow in your crease, blending it slightly above so it's visible when your eyes are open. Lastly, dust a light gold shadow on your inner corners, like Colorescience – Genie Sparkle Colore in Heart of Gold. With a touch of mascara, you'll have an edgy, smoldering gaze that's perfect for a night out on the town.