Archive for March, 2012

Bring in spring with bold lips

       
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Bold lips are more unexpected than pastels in spring!When you envision the shades of spring, you’re probably thinking of pastels like lilac, jade green and baby pink. However, while using these hues in your makeup routine can be refreshing, Marie Claire Magazine suggests going a bit bolder this season for an unexpected twist on spring fashion.

“It’s an unexpected – and fun – time of year to try a darker lip color,” Gina Brooke, artistic director for Shu Uemura, told the news source. Playing around with lip color is the easiest way to amp up the pigment on your lips.

Before you start, it’s best to prep your lips with a scrub, then use a treatment like June Jacobs – Lip Renewal to make them soft. Your lipstick will last longer on a smooth surface, reports the news source.

Apply a lip liner like Colorescience – Lip Pencils in a nude shade or one that matches the color you’re using. This will prevent any bleeding and enhance the shape of your lips. Afterward, slick on your bold color and prepare to turn heads!

Purple lip gloss: your new go-to lip look

       
Monday, March 5th, 2012

Need a new lip gloss color? Purple could be the answer!It’s tough to find a shade of lip gloss or lipstick that is appropriate for all occasions. Pink and peach work well, but they’re often too subtle to make much of an impact, which defeats the purpose of wearing makeup! That’s why your new go-to shade should be purple, according to Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog.

Purple gloss is exactly what you need if you’re looking for a color that’s noticeable but still okay to wear at all times. It’s like your regular lip color, only with a hint of added hue that suggests a certain amount of polish. Whether you go grape or lilac, purple gloss is a must-have for your purse.

Try out TRUE Cosmetics – Satin Lip Shine in Audacious or Provocative. Both are gorgeous shades of purple that won’t do you wrong. If you’re more into sheer lipstick rather than gloss, GloMinerals – gloSheer Lip Stick in Fiji could be your perfect match.

The best part about sheer purple lips is that they go with anything – so don’t be afraid to go a little wild with your eye makeup.

Leopard print nails: easier than you think!

       
Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Leopard print nails? Yes please!The nail art trend is still going strong, but not everyone has the artistic talents of a professional manicurist. Luckily, not every design is as hard as it looks, and that's especially true of leopard print.

According to The Beauty Department, leopard print nails are actually one of the easiest designs to create. Because each spot isn't supposed to look the same, you don't have to worry about having a steady hand or matching each nail to the rest. If you're not sure you can handle the shapes on your own nails, you can at least try it out on your friend's and hope that she returns the favor!

To get the look, all you need is a toothpick and two shades of Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers. One should be gold or taupe, while the other should be black. If you want, you can paint your nails another color before you begin, otherwise a base coat is all you need.

Simply flatten the tip of the toothpick by tapping it on a hard surface, then pour out a small puddle of each polish. (This is easier than dipping the pick into the bottle.) Create several small blobs of gold polish on your nails, then allow them to dry. Use the black to create messy-looking parentheses shapes around each dot, and leave a few gaps here and there.

Finish up with a top coat like Lippmann Collection – Addicted To Speed Ultra Quick-Dry Top Coat, and you're done! Easy, right?

Glowing Winter Skin

       
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Glowing Skin in Winter

Metallic eyeshadows are easy to mix and match

       
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Olivia Wilde knows how to rock mixed metallic eyeshadow!The Academy Awards featured a lot of glamorous fashion and makeup on the red carpet, and the after-parties were no exception. One striking trend that appeared on Olivia Wilde and Heidi Klum was mixed metallic eyeshadow.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, metallics are some of the easiest eyeshadow shades to pull off. They're neutral, which means they go with everything and are practically fool-proof to apply.

A general rule is to stick with the colors that look best with your skin tone. If you wear gold jewelry, you'll probably look best in gold or bronze shades, while ladies who wear silver or white gold baubles would look great in steel or silver shadow.

Pick up a couple of different metallic shades of Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow. You can use them in a variety of combinations, like putting white gold shadow on your upper lid and yellow gold just underneath your lower lash line. Likewise, steely gray could be used on the outer corners, while silver could be used on the inner corner.

After you figure out which combination works best for you, don't forget to finish up with two coats of a mascara like Blinc – Mascara.

Rose gold eyeshadow is all the rage lately

       
Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Elizabeth Olsen knows how to wear rose gold eyeshadow!If you have a lighter complexion, it can be difficult to find eyeshadow shades that aren't too dark or jarring, especially for daytime use. Luckily, a new celebrity trend has shown that there is a soft hue that would work perfectly: rose gold.

Stars like Elizabeth Olsen and Zooey Deschanel have been seen wearing rose gold shadow, which is a shimmery mauve that works with pretty much any outfit. Glamour Magazine's beauty blog warns that if you have olive skin tones or dark circles under your eyes, you should probably steer clear, as pinkish shades can make you look sickly.

However, if you have a pale or dark complexion, rose gold is worth trying out. Pick up a shadow like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Eye Shadow in Supernova and swipe it all over your lids, going up a bit past your creases. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, a hint of gold shimmer like Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow in Desire on the inner corners of your eyes would complete the look.