Archive for February, 2012

Side-swept hair: an Oscar trend

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Side-swept hair is officially trending!If you payed paid any attention to the hairstyles that showed up on the Oscar's red carpet, you probably noticed a whole lot of side-swept tresses. Glamour Magazine's beauty blog has officially declared the look a trend, so why not try it out for yourself?

To start out, use a shampoo like DS Laboratories – Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo, which can help you get fuller, longer locks. When you condition afterward, be sure to keep the product focused on the ends of your hair, otherwise your roots might look weighed-down.

Give yourself a blowout, holding your head upside down to blast your roots with heat that will keep them lifted. Then, use a curling iron to create soft waves. Give yourself a deep side part, then gather your curls on the opposite side of your neck.

Spray with Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle once your style is set. If you're feeling industrious, try twisting the lower portion of the back into a roll of hair, which Stacy Keibler pulled off at the Oscars.

Making close-set eyes appear farther apart

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

It's pretty easy to make your eyes look farther apart!There's nothing wrong with having closely set eyes, but some women like to mix it up every now and then by making their eyes appear farther apart. If you're looking for makeup tricks to help you achieve this, you're in the right place.

According to The Beauty Department, the effect can easily be achieved by using strategic eyeshadow placement at the outer corners of your eyes. In particular, darker shadows should start at the middle of your eyelid and extend all the way to the ends of your brows.

Sweep a shadow like Bioelements – Seamless Shadow outward and upward, ending parallel to the end of your eyebrow. To darken the color, sweep your eyeshadow brush inward so the most concentrated color stays on the outside of the winged shape you've created.

This is similar to a cat eye, but you're using eyeshadow instead of liquid liner, which is softer and more subtle. Finish up the look with a dusting of illuminating shadow from Pixi – Eye Bright Kit on the inner corners of your eyes, then use mascara on your lashes.

Feeling bold? Try orange and pink for spring

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Orange eyeshadow and pink lips are hot for spring!Winter's still technically here, but because it's been such a mild season, many people are already itching for spring. If you can't wait any longer to lighten up your makeup look, don't worry. Emmy Rossum has the perfect idea.

Glamour Magazine's beauty blog pointed out the eyeshadow and lipstick combo that Rossum wore at a pre-Oscars party. It featured a pastel orange shade on her eyes and a bubblegum pink hue on her pout. It sounds like something that would strictly look good on the red carpet, but it could work for anyone.

Just be careful to choose shades that are only as dark as your complexion. BABOR – Eye Shadow in Fever might be a good orange for medium skin tones. For lips, Sothys – Hydra-Glide Lipstick in Camelia would work perfectly.

After the eyeshadow and lipstick have been applied, finish up with two coats of black mascara and a peachy-pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. You'll be ready to take on the last few weeks of winter.

An eye makeup look to steal from Emma Stone

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Emma Stone knows how to rock the perfect eye makeup!Sometimes, makeup ruts can happen no matter what your style is. You'll realize that you've been relying on the same colors and application methods for far too long. Once that happens, you might find yourself looking for a new date night style. That's where actress Emma Stone can help.

Glamour Magazine's beauty blog pointed out the look that Stone wore to the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon. The effect was subtly smokey, making it perfect for a low-key date. To get the look yourself, you'll need a bronze and a gray shade of an eyeshadow like Paula Dorf – Eye Color.

Apply the gray shade all over your lids and up to your creases, then add a swipe of the bronze shadow just above that. Next, use an eyeliner brush dipped in water to apply the bronze underneath your lower lash line – just on the outer corner.

Finally, use a black eyeliner pencil like GloMinerals – gloPrecision Eye Pencil to line the outer corner of your upper lash line, then finish with mascara.

Beauty mistakes to avoid at all costs

Friday, February 24th, 2012

You won't have to worry about making any more mistakes with these tips!Even the most glamorous celebrities commit fashion and beauty atrocities on occasion. If A-listers can go wrong on the red carpet, there's a chance that all women are guilty of making beauty errors every now and then. Here are a few common mistakes that many ladies make, and ways you can fix the problem.

1. Using the wrong color of foundation. According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, this is one of the worst beauty crimes you can commit. Too dark of a shade can make you look dirty, while too light a color can wash out your complexion and give you a ghostly appearance. The news source suggests taking a picture of yourself wearing the foundation with the flash on. This should give you an idea of how you really look in the color. A loose mineral foundation like TRUE Cosmetics – Protective Mineral Foundation SPF 17 Powder might help you avoid applying too much.

2. Applying conditioner all over your hair. Many women use conditioner like shampoo, starting at the top of their heads and working their way down. However, Real Simple Magazine reports that doing this is not only wasting product, but can make your hair appear flat and greasy. That's because it's the end of your strands that get damaged and dry – not your roots. Use a conditioner like June Jacobs – Citrus Clarifying Conditioner, starting near your ears and working your way to the ends of your locks.

3. Using too much fragrance. It's normal to become desensitized to the smell of your own perfume after wearing it so frequently, but that doesn't mean other people can't smell it. Allure Magazine recommends limiting your spritzes to three sprays for an eau de parfum and four for an eau de toilette. Try Calvin Klein – Euphoria Blossom Eau de Toilette Spray.

4. Wearing the same shade of eyeshadow up to your brows. This is truly a beauty "don't." Glamour Magazine suggests stopping at or slightly above your creases with a shadow like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow. Use a darker color to add depth in that area, then add a lighter color to your brow bones.

5. Overplucking your eyebrows. Real Simple Magazine suggests that many women do this because they're standing too close to their mirrors. Being that close allows you to see every single stray hair, but it doesn't let you see the big picture, meaning you can't keep track of the overall shape of your brows. To fix this problem, simply step back after plucking a few hairs to ensure that your brows are still proportional to your face.

6. Orange self-tanner. Many women think layering on the self-tanner will give them a deeper tan, but oftentimes it simply gets too dark and becomes fake looking. Allure Magazine suggests going only a shade or two darker than your actual skin tone, and mixing moisturizer into the self-tanner if you're worried it'll be too dark. Try using Fake Bake – Original Self-Tan Lotion, which is designed for easy application.

7. Attacking breakouts full-force. If you've ever gotten a pimple, chances are you attacked it with products and kept reapplying hoping that they would work faster to get rid of it. However, Real Simple Magazine points out that doing this can burn your skin, creating redness, dryness and irritation that's even uglier than the breakout. That's because the ingredients in many products continue working all day, so overuse gives your skin too much. Follow the directions on the product to avoid having this happen. Jane Iredale – Disappear could help.

The challenge of choosing a brow pencil

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Choosing the right brow pencil is difficult - but rewarding!If you've ever seen a woman on the street with obviously-penciled brows, chances are she was wearing the wrong shade. If you choose an eyebrow pencil that's too dark or not the right color, you'll risk looking like one of those women. Fortunately, Glamour Magazine's beauty blog has a few tips to help you choose the perfect hue.

"I always say to choose a color that is a shade or so lighter than the hair of the brow," Ricky Wilson, the Dior Beauty Celebrity Makeup Artist, told the news source. "To keep brows looking natural and groomed, I recommend going with a taupe that makes it easy to control the amount of brow you want."

Some shades of taupe look good on everyone, so it might benefit you to choose Too Faced – Brownie Eye Brow Pencil. There are only two colors to choose from – dark or light taupe. Choose light if you're blonde or fair-haired and dark if you're not.

Follow up your pencil application with Paula Dorf – Brow Gel to keep your brows in place all day long.

Slightly wavy ends are trending this season

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Curling just the ends of your hair is easy and chic!Curling your hair can take a lot of work. Between velcro rollers, hot rollers and curling irons, a bit of wave is hard to come by, especially for women with straight hair that refuses to hold a curl. However, there's a new trend surfacing lately that's a lot easier to pull off – blowouts with slightly wavy ends.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, the look has been showing up on the likes of Kate Middleton, Kate Bosworth and Jessica Alba. The style features fairly straight hair that's got a hint of curl at the ends, giving a bouncy, touchable look that's perfect for any occasion.

To get it yourself, first use a volumizing shampoo like Leonor Greyl – Bain Volumateur Aux Algues. When you apply conditioner afterwards, just focus on the ends of your hair, otherwise your roots might get weighed down and end up looking flat.

Give yourself a blowout, flipping your head upside down to create volume, then finish with a blast of cool air to seal your hair's cuticle and lock in moisture and shine. Use a curling iron to curl the bottom third of your hair, then use your fingers to comb through and separate strands. Finish with a bit of Leonor Greyl – Laque Souple Gentle Hold Hair Spray and you're done!

Bright pink pouts are in for spring

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Pink pouts are a staple of spring!If you're itching to try out something new for spring even though it's still technically winter, it might be as easy as changing up your lipstick. Glamour Magazine's beauty blog recently spotlighted a shade that's been popping up on the red carpets and runways: bold, bright pink.

The blog referred to the shade as "Pepto Pink," named after that infamous medication. However, the shade is a lot prettier than that sounds. To get the look, all you need is a bold, bright pink lipstick like Paula Dorf – Lip Color in Bosa Nova.

You can go shiny or matte, depending on your preference and what the rest of your makeup is doing. Matte lips might be better if you have dramatic eye makeup or blush on, while shiny is great if your pink lips are the focal point.

Use a gloss like GloMinerals – gloLiquid Lips on top of the lipstick, applying a drop just in the center of your lower lip. If you're going matte, use a transparent face powder on top of the lipstick to get rid of any shine.

Liven up your hair to prepare for spring

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Your hair should be revamped before spring!Winter has a tendency to make many women’s hair brittle, dry, frizzy or dull. However, with spring on the way, it’s time to revamp those tired strands and make your hair look healthy again. Here are some tips from Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog to help you with the process.

1. Use a serum like Leonor Greyl – Huile de Palme to add moisture and protect your strands from the sun and heated styling tools. A dose of argan oil might also benefit you, as this product can add nutrients and moisture to your tresses.

2. Don’t go out with wet hair when it’s cold. This can cause it to freeze, which can create split ends. Try to blowdry before heading out the door, or at least use a serum or leave-in conditioner to protect your strands.

3. Protect your hair from blowdrying. Because air-drying isn’t a good idea in the winter, you’re probably blowdrying more. This can damage your locks, so be sure to use a product like Leonor Greyl – Condition Naturelle before you begin.

Top beauty trends for Spring 2012

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

These beauty tips will help you stay gorgeous in the spring!Although winter is technically still here, women in many parts of the country are enjoying mild temperatures, which could elicit the urge to break out breezier outfits and brighter beauty products. If you can't wait any longer to stock up on the supplies necessary for a gorgeous spring, here are the top trends to consider and a few of the products you'll need to achieve them.

1. Statement lips. We're talking about the kind of lips that speak for you – without having to move them at all. According to Style Magazine, designers like Prabal Gurung, Erdem and Mugler had their models wearing an entire rainbow of lipstick hues – from reds to violets. The key to pulling off bright shades is to keep them entirely matte and use neutral makeup colors on the rest of your face. Pick up a bold shade of BABOR – Classic Lip Color, then use a transparent face powder to set the hue and banish shine.

2. Bangs. If you want a new hairstyle to welcome spring with, you don't have to sacrifice any length with a set of bangs. Whispy, side-swept or blunt cuts are all equally trendy, so find what works best for your face shape. Choppy, layered bangs are the most flattering for all face types, and they're the easiest to trim yourself, reports Marie Claire Magazine. In terms of upkeep, all you have to do is make sure your strands stay oil-free. A shampoo like Leonor Greyl – Huile de germe de ble can get rid of oily roots.

3. Gorgeous glow. This trend focuses on enhancing your natural complexion, so it uses soft makeup hues to subtly enhance your features. According to Harper's Bazaar Magazine, the look usually involves a matte white eyeshadow, plenty of black mascara to define your lashes, an apricot blush on the apples of your cheeks and a gold lip gloss for a sparkling finish. Try Jane Iredale – PureGloss in Apricot Fizz.

4. Cat eyes. The runways were crawling with models sporting this trend, which can be minimized or maximized depending on where you're wearing it. Choose a black liquid eyeliner like Blinc – Eyeliner to create a subtle or dramatic flick, then top with mascara. You could even switch it up a bit by using a colored liner to create an interesting contrast.

5. Sculpted bronzer. If you haven't yet experimented with the sculpting effects of bronzer, now's the perfect time. Not only will you achieve a gorgeous sunkissed glow, but you'll be able to enhance your cheekbones and even slim down your face if necessary. Choose a shade that's only one or two levels darker than your complexion, suggests Marie Claire. Dust Youngblood – Natural Mineral Radiance (Sundance) wherever the light hits your face.

6. Fishtail braids. You know braids are having a moment, but the one type that's been showing up on runways and red carpets alike is the fishtail. It's easy to create no matter the style or texture of your hair, and even looks great when it's a bit messy. Pull yours to the side for extra cuteness.

7. Colorful tresses. Whether you go for dye, extensions or a temporary shade, color-saturated locks are everywhere lately. A couple of streaks here and there is a simple way to ease yourself into the trend – just be sure to use a moisturizing hair mask like Leonor Greyl – Masque Fleurs de Jasmin to prevent dryness and breakage, which can happen with bleached strands.

As long as you have fun with your beauty and fashion looks this spring, you'll almost always be a "Do." Don't be afraid to experiment with new shades and products – that's how trends are born!