Archive for February, 2012

A new way to wear eyeliner

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This new eyeliner trick can transform your look!You might think you know all there is to learn about eyeliner application – after all, your eyes are only so big. However, Glamour magazine's beauty blog recently pointed out a brand new style from the Rebecca Taylor runway show at New York Fashion Week.

When most women use eyeliner on their eyes, they go all the way around, using pencils like Youngblood – Eye Liner Pencil to define their inner rims. Others use a liquid liner, like Blinc – Eyeliner to create drama on the upper lash line. Those who are daring enough even wing out the line to create a cat-eye.

Yet there's a new way that's worth trying. Instead of using your liquid or pencil eyeliner to go all the way around your eyes or line the entire lash line, just focus on the inner and outer corners. The center of your eyes should have no liner at all.

It looks best when you line the inner rims and define the lash line – but remember, only on the corners! You can experiment with different colors and thicknesses for a look that's all your own!

Fixing a wine-stained pout

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Red wine can wreak havoc on your smile!If you're a wine drinker, you're probably familiar with the way red wine tends to stain your mouth. The tannins that come from the grape skins are the culprit. Luckily, there are a few ways you can fix the red teeth, lips and tongue problem.

If you're out to dinner, Cosmopolitan magazine suggests asking the waiter for a slice of lemon. Take that and a bit of table salt into the bathroom, then rub the lemon and salt over your teeth. The acids and salt will scrub the stains right off, and the lemon will even freshen your breath!

You could also use a product like GoSMILE – TOUCH UP Mini (pear-licious) to freshen up your teeth and whiten at the same time. The best part is that these will fit right into your purse, so you can touch up your smile anywhere.

To remove stains from your lips, rub them with a damp washcloth to exfoliate. Then, use a lipstick like Paula Dorf – Lip Color to hide the evidence. No one will be able to tell that you've been indulging in vino.

Using gold to highlight your eyes

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Gold makes a great highlight for your eyes!You're probably familiar with the highlighting trick that defines the inner corners of your eyes. Basically, you use a product like Jane Iredale – Eye Highlighter Pencil to create a small "V" shape at the inner corners, which helps brighten your face and make your eyes look wider and further apart. It's a technique many women have been using for a while.

However, The Beauty Department has taken this trick one step further by using gold shimmer to get the same effect. It's an unexpected pop of color that adds a certain elegance and sophistication to any look. You just have to make certain that the gold is the lightest shade you're using for your eye makeup.

Apply a gold shade of Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes after you've put on eyeliner and eyeshadow, but before you finish up with mascara. This will ensure that your lashes don't get any gold on them.

You could take it a step further by using the gold shade on your brow bones as a highlight. Even a bit placed on your cheekbones could give you a subtle glow.

Nail polish removal on-the-go

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Nail polish removal on the go is clutch!Whether you like it or not, there comes a time when that cute manicure you managed to pull off reaches the end of its life. It could become apparent through chipping, fading or the realization that you're no longer in love with the color.

No matter the reason, removing your nail polish on a regular basis is necessary. However, using conventional remover can be a hassle. For example, if you get a chip at work that makes your whole paint job look terrible, you can't exactly whip out the cotton balls and simply wipe it off.

With Lippmann Collection – The Stripper To Go, you don't have to worry about spilling and polish remover or searching for the right tool to get the job done. You can stash these handy wipes in your purse for a truly mobile strip-job.

ModelCo – Liquid Buds Nail Polish Remover may also come in handy, especially if you need to touch up a messy paint job. You won't have to worry about taking off any of the polish you do want on your nails.

Looking ultra glowy is fresh for winter

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Glowing skin is not just for summer!Glowing skin is a summer staple, and the warm weather and sunlight makes it relatively easy to achieve. However, if you want a similarly radiant complexion in the winter, it takes a bit more work. Luckily, Glamour magazine has a few suggestions that will make the process easy.

First, be sure to moisturize whenever possible. That means applying a rich lotion like Caswell-Massey – Almond & Aloe Body Balm right when you get out of the shower. You should also apply a thick facial moisturizer in the morning and at night, and keep a hand lotion in your purse for on-the-go softening throughout the day.

For shiny hair, serums are your best friends. Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur will whip your strands into shape and protect them from frizz. If you want added softness, apply something like olive oil to the ends of your locks at night.

Finally, finish off the glowing look with shiny nails. Whether you choose a neutral nude or simply use a clear top coat, nails that reflect light look healthy.

Ponytail tips you may not have thought of

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Here are some ponytail tips you may not have known about!Chances are, if you've ever had long hair, you've worn a ponytail. It's one of the easiest ways to manage bedhead and pull hair away from your face. However, there are a few tips and tricks for making the perfect pony that you may not be aware of, according to Glamour magazine's beauty blog.

If you're trying to create a glamorous ponytail that's not at all gym-worthy, it's essential to start with plenty of volume. Use Leonor Greyl – Condition Naturelle to add body while blowdrying, then add a bit of texture with Leonor Greyl – Eclat Naturel.

"A good gauge to where to place your high ponytail is follow the natural line of your cheekbone toward the top of your head," celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis told the news source. "Tilting the head back while smoothing the nape area will help it from sagging, keeping it tight and clean in the back."

If you notice any bumps, use the end of a tail comb to push them back toward the ponytail, which should disguise them. Don't forget to wrap the elastic with a strand of the ponytail – this keeps it looking elegant.

A 60s-inspired half updo to die for

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The half-up 'do is smokin' on Rachel Bilson!Lately, tons of high-fashion celebrities have been showing up on the red carpet wearing a 60s-inspired half updo – officially making it a trend. If you're interested in trying it out for yourself, you're in luck because it's easy to pull off.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, the look works best on straight or wavy hair that's medium-length or longer. Volume is key to this style, so be sure to thicken your locks with Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice before you begin.

Start by creating waves with a curling iron, or using your natural texture if that works. Tease the hair at your crown for added volume, then pull back two sections in front and twist them together in the back. Use bobby pins to secure the strands in place, then spray a bit of Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle for extra hold.

The style is supposed to look a bit messy, so it's okay if a few hairs fall out and frame your face. They'll make your 'do that much sexier.

The best no-makeup makeup for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

You don't need a ton of makeup to look gorgeous!It's no secret that guys prefer gals who wear less makeup. For them, bold lipstick and eyeshadow is just a cover-up that conceals our natural beauty. However, most ladies balk at the idea of going makeup-free for a date, especially on Valentine's Day. Luckily, The Beauty Department has a few sneaky tips for faking the au-naturel look.

Instead of foundation, use a tinted moisturizer like Jane Iredale – Dream Tint SPF 15. You'll get coverage without looking like you're trying to hide any blemishes – and there won't be any caking.

For cheeks, use a cream blush that mimics the color you naturally get when you're flushed. A peachy-pink formula is your best bet. Just be sure to blend evenly.

On your eyes, skip the eyeshadow and choose a soft kohl liner like Youngblood – Intense Kohl Eye Pencil (Suede). Apply it as close to your lash line as possible. Finish off with a coat of mascara, combing through after they're dry for a soft, feathery effect.

Finally, skip the lipstick and choose a lip stain or a tinted lip balm instead. Your date won't have to worry about any color rubbing off on him if he goes in for a smooch!

Are you using primer yet?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Primer will ensure that the rest of your makeup looks flawless!Chances are, if you were faced with the prospect of painting the walls of your home or even painting your nails, you would start with a base coat. It makes the surface look even and helps the paint stay on. However, if you're not prepping your face with primer before applying makeup, you're skipping an important step.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, primer is a key component of a flawless face. If you've ever been victim to disappearing makeup or oiliness halfway through the day, you probably weren't wearing any.

If you want your foundation to look flawless for much longer than it normally would, a primer like Jane Iredale – Absence (SPF 15) Oil Control Primer can help. You won't have to worry about heading to the bathroom to powder your nose in between meetings or appointments.

If you've noticed that your eye makeup tends to crease or smudge, an eyeshadow primer like GloMinerals – gloLid Primer will ensure that the color doesn't budge. No more touching up!

Metallic polishes go with anything

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Metallics are an easy neutral to pull off on your nails!There are a lot of nail polish trends going around these days, which is great if you like variety and experimentation. However, not every look is compatible with what you wear on a daily basis – like glittery pink polish with your business suit. If you're looking for an easy way to make your manicure mesh with your outfit, consider metallic polishes.

According to Glamour magazine's beauty blog, metallic nail polish is a trend that's on fire in Hollywood. Whether it's silver, gold, bronze or chrome, the look is edgy and sophisticated. The best part is that metallics are considered neutrals, so they go with everything.

To choose a color, go with whatever metals look best on you. If you like silver jewelry, a cooler tone would work, while gold-lovers can handle more earthy metals. Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers has a variety of shades to choose from.

Just remember to use a base coat like Lippmann Collection – Ridge Filler Base Coat, as lots of shine can highlight any imperfections on the surface of your nails.