Archive for June, 2012

Five makeup shades that work for any skin tone

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Some colors work for all skin tones!Looking through magazines, blogs and websites for makeup inspiration is always helpful, but you may have noticed that some looks just wouldn't work for your skin tone. Lighter colors may get lost on dark skin, while bold hues can seem overwhelming on paler complexions. However, there are some shades that are universally flattering.

1. Purple. Rich purple works on any skin tone or eye color, so grab an eyeshadow like BABOR – Eye Shadow in Twilight and get blending!

2. Rose. On the lips, sheer roses can't go wrong. Look for a matte lipstick (so fresh right now) or a shimmery lip gloss in the shade.

3. Gold. This warm metallic can flatter anyone – used as fun eyeliner, inner-corner eyeshadow or in flecks of shimmery lip gloss, golden hues are your friends.

4. True red. According to Allure Magazine, a true red lipstick that's as red as it gets is a classic look for any gal. Try Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 in Nicole.

5. Turquoise. While it's definitely unexpected, turquoise eyeliner is fantastic on every complexion, offering a break from the average makeup routine.

Mollie King models the perfect summer eye makeup for blue-eyed gals

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Mollie King knows just how to make her blue eyes pop!By now, you know that the best way to enhance your eye color is to surround it with colors of eyeshadow that are opposite your shade on the color wheel. That means purple and green, blue and orange, brown and blue – you get the idea. But if you're a blue-eyed lady looking for a go-to summer shade – peach is your best friend, according to recent photos of Mollie King of The Saturdays.

Glamour Magazine's beauty blog points out that peach eyeshadow and black liquid eyeliner are practically guaranteed to make blue eyes smolder. The British star modeled the look recently, wearing the combination along with a nude wrap dress to accentuate her best features.

You can easily recreate Mollie's summery, peachy gaze with Too Faced – Eye Shadow Duo in Beauty Mark. Sweep the peachy shade across your upper and lower lids, then use black liquid eyeliner to line your upper lash lines. Blend the darker shadow on top for a bit of smudge, then use a golden eye shimmer on the inner corners. Two coats of a mascara like Jane Iredale – PureLash Lengthening Mascara will finish off the look and leave your peepers looking fabulous!

Skin Protection

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Products Used in This Tutorial

Colorescience Pro - Sunforgettable Brush (SPF 30)<br />

Colorescience-Sunforgettable Brush

Illuminare - All Day Eye Color

Illuminare – All Day Eye Color

Pixi - Lip Blush

Pixi – Lip Blush

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Rilastil Sun Protection SPF 50

Rilastil Sun Protection

Youngblood Lip Gloss

Youngblood Lip Gloss

Applying a Mask

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An idea to steal from Emma Stone’s updo at the Moscow premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Emma Stone has mastered the art of not-too-perfect updos!Emma Stone is no stranger to Hollywood's best-dressed list, and she's not going to give up her fashionista status anytime soon. Recently, the actress has been on the road promoting the new film The Amazing Spider-Man, and her looks have been absolute perfection. For the Moscow premiere in particular, Glamour Magazine's beauty blog reports that Emma achieved updo perfection.

According to the news source, one mistake that many women make when it comes to updos is making them too neat and tidy. Sure, blowdryers, flat irons, curling irons and hairsprays like Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle can help your look stay put all day and night, but when they're all used together to create one updo, the result can seem a little stuffy.

Instead, take a cue from Emma and let your updo run a little wild. Work with your hair's natural texture, whether it's curly, wavy or straight, and create something that flatters your face without seeming overdone. Stone relied on her side-swept waves to create a flattering front portion, and you can do the same with Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice. Just pin your hair back, then let pieces fall free as they wish!

How to pull off the easiest polka dot manicure ever

Monday, June 18th, 2012

This is the easiest polka dot nail art you'll ever come across!Polka dots are no stranger to the fashion world – they've been one of the most popular prints for ages. But they're a bit newer to the beauty world, especially in the realm of nail art. While you could always painstakingly paint tiny, uniform dots on all 10 nails, there's an easier way to rock the trend without having to obsess over placement.

All you'll need for this look is a few colors of nail polish from a collection like Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers. White is a great color to have for the background, and two or three other shades that work well together can be your polka dots. Orange, coral and yellow will look nice for summer, while green, blue and purple could work anytime.

Paint your nails with a base coat, then apply two thin coats of the color that you want in the background. Let it dry completely, then prepare to paint on those polka dots. You could use a small paint brush, a toothpick or the brush that the polish comes with to create them – it depends how big you want the dots.

Start with the lightest shade and make polka dots – concentrating on the tips of your nails. They can be as far apart or as close together as you want. Follow up with the next two colors, layering the dots for a clustered effect. Finish with a coat of Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat and you're done!

How to achieve metallic perfection like actress Terri Kwan

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Metallic makeup and accessories are hot for summer!Terri Kwan is a Taiwan-based actress, singer, model and author who knows how to rock serious metallics. She showed up at the Salvatore Ferragamo Cruise Collection show recently wearing an outfit that not only met all the requirements of a summer ensemble, but demonstrated exactly how to use metallic makeup and nail polish to your advantage.

Kwan wore a lovely cream dress with gold and silver diagonal stripes, carrying a clutch with gold and beige stripes and piling on an armful of silver and gold bangle bracelets. The outfit itself was perfection, but it was really her makeup and nail polish that took the look to a new level of chic.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, a healthy dose of shimmery body lotion like GloMinerals – Body Glisten made her skin look radiant, while peachy shades of lip gloss, blush and eyeshadow lent her a flattering monochromatic vibe. She went all-out by decking her fingernails in gold glittery polish that matched her other metallic accessories. You can achieve the same perfection with Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers.

Next time you're shopping for a summer event, take a cue from Terri and stick to multiple metallics and monochromatic makeup for an appearance that's fresh and pretty.

SUMMERize your Legs

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Summerize Your Legs Infographics


Were opaque tights your best friend this winter? Tell them to take a hike. Follow this beauty advice and cool your smooth legs by the pool.

  1. Scrub ’em: Great legs start in the shower. Exfoliate your legs three times a week and use a moisturizing cleanser.
  2. Soak ’em: To decrease irritation from shaving, give your legs a chance to soak in the tub or shower. Lather on that shaving cream and get to it!
  3. Love ’em: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And moisturize again. Did we say moisturize? It’s kid of important. Love your legs. Moisturize.
  4. Tan ’em: A little color goes a long way. Just a little, though – don’t overdo it. There’s no gold medal for being the most bronze.

What product goes on after moisturizer and before foundation?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

If you guessed primer, you were right!There's one beauty product in particular that can help you beat the heat this summer, and it goes on before your foundation and concealer and after your moisturizer. What is it? If you guessed primer, you're totally right! According to Allure Magazine, primer is essential if you're hoping to get a melt-proof look during the upcoming warm weather season.

Primers can not only help your makeup stay virtually immovable, but they can help fix several other common issues, like enlarged pores, excess oil and discoloration. It seems like there's nothing these gems can't do, so why wouldn't you take the extra step to slather it on?

Try Jane Iredale – Absence (SPF 15) Oil Control Primer if you're hoping to banish a greasy face while protecting your skin from the sun and regulating your skin's pH balance. BORGHESE – Prima Viso Face Primer is an ideal choice for a flawless skin surface, which will help makeup glide on easier and last all day. It's great for evening out skin tone and mattifying, and it works for every skin type. A little goes a long way, so all you really need is a pea-sized amount.

Want to know Miranda Cosgrove’s secret for pulling off pink eyeshadow?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Miranda Cosgrove has a secret for making pink eyeshadow work!Yes, you read that right – pink eyeshadow is actually doable and Miranda Cosgrove has the secret to making it work. The young actress (known for her work on Nickelodeon) recently showed up at an event wearing an unexpectedly chic look that relied heavily on pink eyeshadow. Luckily, it's easy to copy.

Instead of sweeping the pink across her whole eyelid, which would have been overkill, Miranda focused on the outer corners of her eyes only. After using a black eyeliner like BORGHESE – Eye Accento Pencil in Black Vellura to line your inner rims and along your upper lash line, blend pink shadow into the outer corners, going a bit past your crease.

To make the pink really pop, Miranda used a shimmery peach shadow like Bare Escentuals – Glimmer Eye Shadow in Desire. She blended it along her lower lash lines and on the inner corners of her upper lids, making her eyes look pretty and fresh. A bit of black mascara completed the eye makeup, while a peachy blush on the apples of her cheeks and a clear lip gloss finished off the look.

Lisa Loeb shares her secrets for maintaining a beauty routine during pregnancy

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Lisa Loeb shared her secrets for staying beautiful during pregnancy!Lisa Loeb, the talented singer, author and eyewear designer, is pregnant with her second child with husband Roey Hershkovitz. Although she’s due this month, we managed to get her answers to a few beauty related questions we have about pregnancy. Here’s what she had to say!

Congrats on the pregnancy! How have you been feeling?

I’ve been feeling pretty good, although now I’m in the 9th month, which I didn’t experience with my first child. I had my healthy daughter three and a half weeks early, so I haven’t experienced having such a large baby inside of my [belly], dropping lower and lower! I feel lucky to have been able to maintain my physical balance and basic agility too! Of course, I’m pretty tired, and have to take naps. [I] often wish I’d gone to sleep earlier than I do.

You’ve been glowing on the red carpet recently. Did you stick to a specific skin regimen these past eight months, and if so, did it differ from before your pregnancy?

My skin regimen has basically stayed the same – daily sunscreen on my face and body, with a little bottle of sunscreen in the car to constantly reapply to my hands and arms in this California sun, especially with all the hand washing. I’ve used Yon-Ka products for years – a creamy cleanser, an alcohol-free toner, daytime moisturizer, nighttime moisturizer and a few special moisturizers. Oh, and I also use Yon-Ka Gommage, which is a light facial peel done at home – and a mud masque, which I do once a week at home. I had a pregnancy facial once by Renee Rouleau – they say that pregnancy can change my skin, so I’m trying a few other products to soothe the skin and to exfoliate at home. I think rest and water help a lot too, [as well as] putting on makeup (but not too much). Having good lighting on the red carpet is always a plus!

Have you altered your makeup routine during this pregnancy? If so, how?

My makeup’s pretty much the same, but as I get older, I tend to wear less makeup, which actually looks more youthful. Daily, if I use makeup at all, which I try to, since it does make a difference in how I feel and how awake I look, I wear mascara, a tiny bit of eyeliner on the outside of the upper lid, a little eyebrow definer, a little cover-up under the eyes and on my nose, a little bit of translucent powder, pinkish blush and lip liner and lipstick or lip gloss. It’s actually pretty minimal and I can put it on in under seven minutes. For those red carpets, I wear more of the usual and then add more liner, bottom lash mascara and always false eyelashes – either a half band up top or individuals. It really opens up the eyes!

What advice would you give to moms-to-be who want to feel beautiful while expecting, but don’t exactly have the energy to spend more than a few minutes prepping each morning?

Get enough sleep! Get dressed when you wake up. Moisturize with a sunscreen moisturizer, do some kind of gentle exfoliation weekly, keep your brows well-shaped and your haircut and color in good shape. Some of these things you can do once every six weeks or so, and [they] make a huge difference. Also, buy clothes that fit you. I was wearing clothes from my first pregnancy and hand-me-downs from friends and family, but a couple of new, properly-fitting maternity shirts, shorts, leggings, bras, a nice sweater and a couple of casual dresses that can be dressed up with something as simple as a sparkly bracelet make life so much better.

What’s your #1 pregnancy beauty tip?

Sleep and keep moving!