Archive for March, 2012

Eyeliner Spectrum – From Sexy to Scary

       
Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Eyeliner Spectrum

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Eyeliner is a powerful accessory. From Cleopatra to Lady Gaga, women have been using eyeliner for everything from seduction to standing out. Which look best suits your style?

Why red lipstick calls for concealer

       
Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Red lipstick and concealer are the perfect beauty match!Red lipstick never fails to be a sexy, bold way to liven up your ensemble for a night out, but it's not always easy to pull off. If you have a lot of pinkish tones in your skin or a blemish or two, those reds will be highlighted by the pop of color on your lips. Luckily, Glamour Magazine's beauty blog has a great solution.

When you have pink undertones, rosacea or acne, you need to tone down the color before wearing a red lipstick. Use a product like TRUE Cosmetics – Comforting Redness Reducer (Sensitive Skin) to help soothe redness and brighten up your complexion.

Next, use a perfectly-matched concealer to cover up blemishes and any ruddiness on your cheeks. CoverBlend – Multi Function Concealer SPF 15 will do the trick. You should also dab a bit near your lip line, reports the news source. This will ensure that there's a significant contrast between your skin tone and the lip color, so it will work to make your bold pout stand out – which is exactly what you're going for!

How to create a French twist

       
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

French twists are chic, versatile and easy to create with the right products!While you may think that French twists are a little outdated (1990s, anyone?), they’re actually coming back into style, as long as they have volume and plenty of movement going on. It’s a great look to try out for a special event or even for an office-appropriate ‘do, but it can be tricky to pull off. However, with the right products and these easy steps, you can achieve the perfect twist.

Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog recommends using a volumizing product like Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice before blowdrying, then use a large round brush as you’re drying to create even more lift. Curl random sections of your hair with a curling iron, then backcomb sections of hair at the top of your head. Use your fingers to fluff it up a bit.

Create a flattering side part, then gather your hair on one side of your head, securing it there with two large pins placed vertically up the center. Pull the rest of your hair toward the center and create a twist, putting it in place with large, open pins. Use your fingers again to tousle it up a bit and create face-framing tendrils if you’d like, then finish with Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle.

Fashion spotlight: the accent nail

       
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

There's nothing like an accent nail to jazz up your manicure!While most runway trends don’t come remotely close to being wearable by everyday women, there is one recent nail fashion move that’s proven to be totally doable. That would be the accent nail.

According to MyStyle.com, the accent nail originated during New York Fashion Week in 2011, when the team at CND created “cocktail nails” that were meant to mimic the effects of jewelry on hands. They used pearls, rhinestones and metallic elements to create bold looks on the ring fingers of each model, which stood in the place of cocktail rings.

Because it’s a bit difficult to create the same effect using everyday products, many celebrities embraced the trend by using a contrasting color on their accent nails instead.
Finding color combinations to work with is relatively easy, as long as you stick to complementary colors that are across from each other on the color wheel. This will ensure that your accent nail pops against the other shade used and gets plenty of attention.

“For summer, think coral and teal, orange and blue or light pink and mint,” one nail guru told MyStyle.com. “The trend can go right into fall with gold and purple or silver and black.”

If you’re not keen on starting out with such a bold color combination, it’s just as chic to stay within the same color family, reports the news source. For example, you could do a light cantaloupe color for an accent nail with a tangerine manicure, or a pale pink accent nail with a vibrant fuchsia. You won’t have trouble finding suitable shades with the selection from Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

If you’re feeling a bit bolder, nail art is all over the place lately and makes for a great accent nail. To ease yourself into it, consider using a sparkly top coat on just your ring fingers, like Nailtini – Topper Top Coat in Sugar Rim.

The Beauty Department also suggests using your favorite fashion staples as inspiration for your artistic accent nails. For example, if you’re planning to wear a cute striped top, you could match your nails by choosing colors that are in the shirt and painting stripes on your accent nail.

If you’re looking for other ideas for cute, fun and quirky accent nails, here are a few you might want to try. Just be sure to stock up on several different colors of POP Beauty – Nail Glam so you have all the shades you need to pull them off. Also, it helps to have special brushes or tools to help you create the designs.

Accent nail ideas
1. For a fun springtime manicure, paint all of your nails a pretty pastel green shade, then use black, pink and white polish to create a cherry blossom branch on each of your ring fingers.

2. If you’re into graphic design, why not do a bold diagonal stripe across your accent nails? Use a piece of scotch tape on top of a completely dry base coat, then paint the top or bottom half a contrasting color.

3. Polka dots are in this season, which makes it easy to create a spotted accent nail. All you need is a small tool to create little dots. You could make them uniform or try different sizes and colors.

4. Accessorize. Pick up a few stick-on rhinestones or other creative accents at the craft store, then use clear polish like BABOR – Nail Color – Transparent to stick them on your nails.

5. Go girly with a painted-on bow. You could keep the base of the accent nail the same color as the rest of your manicure, or use a different color. Then use a brush to create a pretty bow on each nail.

A trick to get soft, feathery lashes

       
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Soft, feathery lashes are easier to create than you think!Spidery lashes are meant to be thick and dramatic, which means they don’t work for all occasions – especially those that are work-related. If you’re on the hunt for a feathery, soft look that’s perfect for the daytime, Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog has a great trick that will help you achieve lash perfection.

When applying a mascara like Blinc – Mascara, the trick is to apply most of the product to the roots of your lashes – not the tips. After the first coat, use a fine lash comb to separate each eyelash before applying a second coat and combing through them again. You should notice that the tips of your lashes are a lot thinner than usual.

In combination with the mascara, use a brown shade of eyeshadow, like BABOR – Eye Shadow in Terra, to shade in the crease of your eyes. The wash of color will provide the perfect backdrop to complement your lashes and make the effect soft and hazy. It’s a good idea to keep the rest of your face minimal, so just use a peachy-pink blush and a hint of pink lip gloss.

How to apply the perfect amount of foundation

       
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Applying the perfect amount of foundation will ensure a truly flawless complexion!As you’ve probably witnessed, many women aren’t quite sure how much foundation is too much. If you’ve ever noticed a woman with a cakey face or a completely different colored neck, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid this common mishap.

According to Allure Magazine, you should be applying six dime-sized dots of product to your face, whether you’re using a cream foundation or a liquid like Sothys – Lift Defense Foundation. Dab two on your forehead, one on each side of your nose, one on the tip of your nose and one on your chin.

Use your clean fingers or a makeup sponge like Jane Iredale – Flocked Sponge to blend down or sideways so the dots all converge, but avoid going in upward motions. Doing so can cause the foundation to get caught in your peach fuzz, creating a rough, dark effect that’s not flattering on anyone.

Finish up with a translucent face powder to zap shine and set your foundation, then you’re good to go.

Non-soap cleansers are a good substitute for face washing

       
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Believe it or not, soap isn't necessary when washing your face!If you heard that a friend stopped washing her face, you might give her a weird look and start looking for signs of dirt and grime on her complexion. After all, everyone knows that washing your face is the key to gorgeous, clear skin. However, while cleaning is still a necessity, soap isn't.

Glamour Magazine's beauty blog recently pointed out that cleansing oils and makeup removing waters are all you really need to remove makeup and rid your face of the daily accumulation of dirt and bacteria. They're often less irritating and drying than soap, which is good news for ladies who have sensitive skin.

Use a cleanser like BABOR – Hy-Oil Cleanser, which is gentle, yet effective at deep cleaning your pores either day or night. After rinsing your face with water, follow up with a toner like Murad – Clarifying Toner. The product will purify your skin, calming problem areas and tightening pores. Even without using your tried-and-true soap, you'll notice that your skin is more radiant than ever!

The perfect eye makeup to pair with bold lipstick

       
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Bold lipstick goes well with sparkly, pared-down eye makeup!You’ve probably caught on to the fact that bold lipstick color is huge this spring. Ladies everywhere are breaking out of their comfort zones by wearing tomato-red, fuchsia, purple and neon pink shades that practically scream for attention. But what kind of eye makeup goes well with this look?

According to Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, a “clean sparkly” eye is just what you’re looking for. A hint of shimmer and mascara is all you need on your eyes, as this will keep the attention on your vibrant lips without sacrificing definition.

To get the look yourself, you’ll need a light, shimmery eyeshadow like Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow. White, gray, silver, taupe, gold or pink are all good color choices – just make sure it goes with the lipstick shade you’re wearing. Use it to cover your entire eyelid.

Skip the eyeliner this time, and just use a mascara like Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara on your upper and lower lashes. It’s a refreshing way to amp up your eyes without overshadowing your lips!

Why you might not want to spot-treat blemishes

       
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Spot-treating isn't the answer to clear skin!If you’re prone to breakouts, you might think that the best approach to getting rid of them is using products to spot-treat the affected areas. According to Allure Magazine, this method can definitely help to reduce the lifespan of a zit, but it’s not very effective if your ultimate goal is to end up with clear skin.

That’s because prevention is the key to a blemish-free complexion. If you’re spot-treating your pimples, you’re only making sure that the ones you have will go away – you’re not preventing new ones from popping up right after the old ones are gone.

“You need to prevent acne from forming, and that means treating skin that’s prone to pimples even if there are none present,” dermatologist Karyn Grossman told the news source.

To do this, use a facial cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or glycolic or salicylic acid, like NeoStrata – Foaming Glycolic Wash AHA 20. Then, use an acne cream like Murad – Skin Perfecting Lotion all over your face. To prevent dryness and irritation, only use a very thin layer, then use a moisturizer over it. You should notice less breakouts as a result.

Why sunscreen is necessary 7 days a week, 365 days a year

       
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Sunscreen is necessary even when you're not outside!Many women believe that they don't need to wear sunscreen if they're not planning to spend the day outside. When it’s still dark out on your morning commute, you're sitting in an office all day and you leave when night has fallen, it might seem like the sun's not an enemy. However, Allure Magazine points out that UVA rays are more prominent than you think.

The sun has two types of radiation: UVB and UVA. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays can travel right through windows, whether in your car, office or house. So, even if you think you're protected by that pane of glass, you could be soaking up these cancer-causing rays that also promote premature aging.

It's important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis – even if it's raining outside. Slather on a product like Colorescience – Sunforgettable SPF 30 Mini Orb on areas of your body that aren't covered by clothing, like your forearms and décolletage. Then, use a facial sunblock like Murad – Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 underneath your makeup. You'll be protected from those pesky UVA rays.