Archive for May, 2012

How to nail Zooey Deschanel’s orange lip look

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Zooey's orange lips were a hit at the Billboard Music Awards!Zooey Deschanel is known for her big blue eyes and luxuriously thick hair, but it was her lips recently that made a splash in the beauty world. According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, Zooey showed up at the Billboard Awards wearing an on-trend orange lipstick that looked summery and fabulous. Here's how you can pull it off, too!

First, you'll need to ensure that you choose the right shade of orange. If you have pink undertones in your skin, you'll want a color that's on the coral side, while cooler-toned ladies should opt for redder shades, like BABOR – Classic Lip Color in Melon. The news source also recommends buying a straight-up orange, then layering hues you already have for the perfect color.

Orange lips look best when they're not totally matte and not completely glossy, either, and the same can be said about your face. You want a fresh glow that will radiate a healthy vibe, so use a creamy blush like Jane Iredale – In Touch Cream Blush Stick and some translucent face powder to zap oil. Pair with neutral eye makeup and feel free to compare yourself to the quirky actress!

Looking for a subtle way to rock neon polish on your nails?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Need a way to ease into the neon trend? Try this!Neon nail polish is going to be a huge trend this summer, but some ladies might feel like it's a big commitment. What are you supposed to wear with vivid nails? Should the rest of your makeup be understated? Will everyone be staring at your hands? Don't worry! There's a simple way to ease yourself into the trend.

Glamour Magazine's beauty blog recently featured a neon and nude manicure found on Pinterest. Dubbed "the halo effect," this manicure relies on an undercoat of bright nail polish and a neutral, flesh-toned color on top, which doesn't cover the entire nail. You could do it with bubblegum pink, lime green, yellow or orange – whatever floats your boat!

Just paint on two coats of neon polish, like you'd find in the POP Beauty – Nail Glam collection. Then, use a toothpick dipped in a nude polish from BABOR – Nail Color to draw a circular shape on your nail that's slightly inside the edges. Fill it in, then finish up with a topcoat and you've got an unexpected mani that won't be too in-your-face!

Makeup tips and tricks to take with you into summer

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Here are some expert tips on this summer's biggest beauty trends.June is almost here, which means you may want to start gearing up for hotter weather, breezier fashions and melt-proof cosmetics. To help you navigate the world of warm-weather beauty products, we spoke with Josephine Fusco, an industry professional, for the inside pre-summer scoop.

Fusco, a New York-based makeup artist, has been passionate about beauty and creating a pretty facial palette ever since she was a child. “I remember watching my mom from the other side of her makeup kit and mirror being mesmerized at how she applied [hers] glamorously,” she admits.

Here’s Fusco’s take on how to look your best throughout the sultriest season of the year.

When it comes to makeup this summer, what do you think will be trending?

Color is going to be very big.  It’s hot for spring and it will only continue through the summer. [Think] bright fuchsias, corals and tangerines. The matte lip that has been showcased the last two months is beautiful and you will be seeing it a lot this summer – but even brighter.

What do you think is the best way to ensure makeup stays on all day long in the warmer weather?

During the summer months, we produce more oils because of the heat and humidity. But, in order to make your makeup stay on all day long, it starts with the proper skincare. Always wash your face with a cleanser and then moisturize. After that, I tell my clients to always start with a primer right before [adding] any makeup. There are so many fantastic ones on the market now – you can find one that will combat just about any problem you are facing, whether you have oily skin, rosacea or dullness. Primer sets your face and prepares it for the rest of your application. Think of painting…you always put a primer [on] first to ensure that everything is prepared for the painting process so that it keeps everything in place and fills in any lines.

Do you have any helpful skincare tips for women this season?

Yes! Always wear SPF. Skin cancer is at an all-time high! Even [when] walking from the door to the car, you are putting your skin at risk and it also leads to skin damage, which will then turn into premature aging. Who wants that? I know I don’t. If you find it hard to add a few products into your regimen, try and go with one that has combined ingredients. If you are the type of woman to invest a few minutes each day into your skin, then add a serum to your beauty routine! After washing your face, add a serum that is packed with antioxidants, [reduces] fine lines and wrinkles and adds UV protection (once a day).  This will treat your skin and nourish it – leaving it glowing throughout the summer.

Is there any celebrity out there who, in your opinion, always gets her makeup right?

My all-time fave is Kim Kardashian, but for most women, they feel it’s too much. She always has makeup that flows. It’s never, ever, too little or too much.  It’s blended throughout her entire face each and every time you see her – from her eyes to the lashes, shading/contouring [and] the right colors for her pout.  There are ways to recreate her look without huge amounts of makeup. Charlize Theron, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Lopez are always after this. They always have makeup on that compliments their [faces], bringing out their beauty – not covering it up and masking it. Always radiant!

What do you think is the one makeup item women can’t live without this summer?

Bronzer! It’s a necessity. The right way to apply bronzer is a C-formation from the cheek to the temple, a drop down the bridge of the nose and the center of the neck. It will give you an instant glow. You can also use it as an eyeshadow or contour your cheekbones with it!

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Friday, May 18th, 2012

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What are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Alpha hydroxy acids can make your skin look brighter!When you’re looking at skincare product labels, you might have noticed something called alpha hydroxy acids, otherwise known as AHAs. While you probably trust the skincare company enough to go with its ingredient choices, it never hurts to know exactly what you’re dealing with. Here’s the lowdown on AHAs and why you should use them.

According to Allure Magazine, AHAs weaken the fluid bonds that keep skin cells on the surface of your body stuck together, allowing dead skin cells to come off easier. As we age, these fluid bonds get thicker (kind of like glue), meaning the cell turnover process becomes slower and dead cells stick around for longer, dulling our complexions.

So, if you use AHAs, you should end up with more radiant skin that’s not bogged down by dead skin cells. There are many fine anti-aging products on the market, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel, that use AHAs to deliver you results. They’re also useful in acne treatment products like NeoStrata – NeoCeuticals Acne Regimen Kit.

Why you need to be patient with skincare products

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Don't give up hope just yet! Most skincare products take time to deliver results.We've all had that exciting moment when we get our hands on the latest skincare treatment and eagerly slather it onto our faces. But, despite the wonderful claims that the product makes, we don't usually notice any results over the next couple of days – or weeks. Before you give up hope, you should know that it takes time for these goodies to work.

"You need to use most products consistently, for at least eight weeks, to see what they can do," reports Allure Magazine. Acne treatments, though, like Dermalogica – mediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit, usually work their magic faster.

Keep in mind that your particular skin might respond to products even slower. According to the news source, how you react to a product depends on a variety of factors, from your physiology to your metabolism to your skin type.

So just remember, next time you pick up a great product like StriVectin – StriVectin-HS Deep Wrinkle Serum, keep using it on a regular basis – even if you don't notice results right away. You should eventually start noticing improvements in your complexion.

The color blocking trend that’s perfect for summer

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

There's no need to match your colors with this trend!Color blocking has been getting a lot of press lately. Whether it's in interior design, fashion or beauty, mixing different bright colors together for an unexpected combination is definitely hot right now. Perhaps the chicest way you can rock this trend is by color blocking your manicure and lipstick shade, reports Glamour Magazine's beauty blog.

Cameron Diaz recently showed up at a red carpet event wearing a bright pink lipstick and a coral-red nail polish on her digits. These colors would usually be considered a clash, but they actually work well together because they're both as equally vibrant and in the same color family. So fresh for summer! Not to mention, you won’t have to worry about getting all matchy-matchy with your favorite makeup.

If you'd like to recreate the look yourself, pick up a pink watermelon shade of lipstick, like BORGHESE – B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Primale Pink. Then, grab a coral nail polish such as Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers in Fever. Wear with neutral blush and eyeshadow, and consider wearing a bright summery outfit to punch up the effect.

An unexpected eyeshadow shade to make blue eyes pop

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Greenish gold eyeshadow can make blue eyes pop!Usually, gals with blue eyes tend to look best when they're wearing brown eyeshadow. It's because brown and orange are opposite from blue and greens on the color wheel, making them complementary colors that help each other stand out. However, Glamour Magazine's beauty blog recently reported that Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes showed up at the Victoria's Secret What Is Sexy party wearing an unexpected shade that achieved the same pop.

So what shade was it? A shimmery greenish gold, like you'd get with Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Peridot or Sage. The color, added with a hint of lighter shimmer at her inner corners, made her soft blue eyes really stand out.

She also relied on plenty of mascara and a peachy-pink blush like Jane Iredale – PurePressed Blush in Warm Apricot. To keep her eyes the center of attention, she kept her lips neutral with a subtly shiny pink lip gloss. Overall, it was definitely a look worth copying if you happen to have blue eyes.

False eyelashes have plenty of options for wear

Monday, May 14th, 2012

You can create a variety of effects with a strip of falsies!If long, luxurious lashes just weren't programmed into your genes, you don't have to condemn yourself to short, thin fringe. With so many false eyelashes and lengthening mascaras like Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara on the market, you're bound to find a way to amp up your lashes. With falsies, you have a variety of options.

According to The Beauty Department, you can achieve a number of different effects simply by using one pair of full, fake fringe. Although ModelCo – Lash Out Individual Lashes + Glue can give you hints of lengthier lashes, a full set is easier to work with and will provide more dramatic results.

You can create your own individual lashes by cutting a strip of falsies into separate groups, then stick them at the outer corners of your lash lines for a flared effect. You could also place individuals toward the center of your lash lines above your pupils for wider looking eyes. Or, try cutting the strips in half and placing them only on the outer half of your eyes. Of course, using the full strip is also an option, but it's best reserved for special occasions when bold makeup is acceptable.

How long do you wait to toss your skincare products?

Monday, May 14th, 2012

How long do you keep your favorite skincare products lying around?Once you find the perfect cleanser, moisturizer or serum, it can be pretty hard to let it go. However, Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog reports that keeping your skincare products for too long can lead to nasty results – namely irritated skin and breakouts from bacteria buildup. Not to mention, some ingredients lose their potency after a certain time.

While you should always look for an expiration date, not all products have them, so you may need to do a bit of guesswork. Aim to throw out cleansers after a year, serums after 6 months to a year, moisturizers after a year, sunscreen after 6 months to a year and acne treatments after two years, suggests the news source.

Once you’ve cleaned out your stash, stock up on new skin care products. Look for pump dispensers and tubes instead of jars to minimize contamination, and look for opaque packaging that will prevent potent ingredients from breaking down in sunlight.

For example, Murad – Get Glowing Youthful Skin Renewal has several great skincare options, as does Dermalogica – Normal/Dry Skin Kit.