Archive for September, 2012

How to recreate the pointed half-moon manicures from the Tracy Reese runway

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Want the fabulous nails from the Tracy Reese show? Here's how to get them!If you're looking for a new nail art look to try, New York Fashion Week's got you covered. While the huge designers were showing off their fashion skills, top manicurists were getting equally creative with the designs they sent down the runways. The Tracy Reese show was no exception – according to Allure Magazine, the pointed half-moon manicures that the models rocked were totally drool-worthy. Here's how to create them yourself.

The half-moon refers to the semicircle at the top of your nail, near your cuticle, which is whiter than the rest of your nail. You'll be focusing on this area when it comes time to create the look.

But first you'll need to use a base coat as usual, then choose a color for the main portion of your nail. You'll want the two colors to be complementary, which shouldn't be too hard to find with so many nail polishes to choose from. Paint on two thin coats.

When that's completely dry (which should take about 30 minutes), use scotch tape to outline a triangle shape at the top of each nail. Stick it on your hand first to get rid of the stickiness, which might rip off the polish underneath when removed. Then just fill in the triangle with your second color, let dry and paint on a top coat. Done!

Want to know stylists’ secret for super shiny strands?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Here's how you can boost your hair's shine!Shiny hair is a sign of health, youth and attractiveness – who wouldn’t want it? But unless you were born with the hair of a supermodel (who probably wasn’t even born with it herself), your strands might not be as lustrous as you’d like. But Allure Magazine got the scoop on how to ensure shiny locks from some of the top stylists at New York Fashion Week. Here’s the deal.

After using a clarifying shampoo like BORGHESE – Shampoo Purificante Cleansing Treatment for Hair and Scalp to get rid of buildup, blowdry your hair as usual (without using any products) and use a flat iron to straighten your hair. This smoothes the hair cuticles, creating a sleek surface.

Now pick up a shine spray or cream like Fekkai – Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream. Use a bit more than you normally would – as long as the product doesn’t contain silicone (which is in most shine serums), your hair won’t look wet.

Now blowdry your hair again quickly to set the product and create a “shield of shine,” as one stylist said. Looks almost reflective, doesn’t it?

How to create the perfect braided bun

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Looking for the perfect braided bun?If you’re looking for a new way to wear your hair that adds volume and sophistication, why not try a braided bun? While you might think that creating this style is a no-brainer (just make a braid and wrap it around itself), it looks a lot better if you take the time to make it thick. Here’s how to get it right, according to The Beauty Department.

First, use a shine-enhancing shampoo in the shower to be sure that your strands are sleek and smooth. Afterward, when your hair is dry, create two equally sized ponytails wherever you want the bun to be centered. They should be pretty close together

Now twist each ponytail into a rope braid, which is a lot easier than it sounds. You just divide it into two sections and twist them around each other. Secure the end of each one with an elastic. Use your fingers to fatten up the twists a bit for some texture, and use a strong-hold hairspray if a few pieces are falling out.

Now coil one of the braids up and over the back of your head, pinning it in place as you go. Tuck the end under the bottom of the other braid, then wrap that second one inside the other, concealing the center. Pin it in place and you’re done!

Have you ever tried using blush as eyeshadow?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Your favorite blush would also work well on your eyes!With so many eyeshadow shades available these days, it might seem silly to use anything else to add a pop of color on your lids. But sometimes even the best makeup brands don’t have the exact shades you need to warm up your complexion and add unexpected intrigue to your look, whether it’s for day or night. Luckily, The Beauty Department has a solution.

Although both powder and cream eyeshadows come in colors galore, you might not be able to find the perfect hue to make your eyes come alive. So why not turn to blush, which is the go-to product for waking up your cheeks and enlivening your entire face?

According to the source, it’s perfectly acceptable to use a powder blush for cheeks as an eyeshadow to give your eyes that something extra. Just sweep on your regular eyeshadow shade as usual across your entire lid, then use plenty of blush in the crease.

Once your eyeliner and mascara has also been applied, you’ll see that the added pop of blush enhances the color of your eyes and helps your look stand out!

How to copy Diane Kruger’s makeup look from the Inescapable premiere

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Diane Kruger knows how to make a good impression!Diane Kruger is the type of woman who would never show up on a "Don't" list, which makes her a pretty safe bet when it comes to choosing fashion and makeup inspiration for your next look. Recently, at the Toronto International Film Festival's Inescapable premiere, the actress showed up with a soft, pretty look that would be perfect for any occasion. Here's how to pull it off.

First, tease the hair at your crown and gather your hair into a high ponytail. Then wrap the tail around the base to make a bun before pinning it in place. It's fine if a few wispy tendrils fall out around your face.

Now choose a shimmery mauve eyeshadow and sweep it across your lids, going a bit past the creases. Don't bother using eyeliner to line your inner rims – just use a soft brown along your upper lash lines. Add a bit of gold highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes, then brush on two coats of black mascara.

A natural peachy blush and a shiny mauve lip gloss are all you need to complete Diane's angelic look!

Top 10 fall makeup trends to get you in the autumnal spirit

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Here are 10 of this fall's hottest makeup trends!Chances are, you had a ton of fun this summer playing with the season’s neon eyeshadow colors, shimmery bronzers and bold lipsticks. But who says that the excitement has to end now that fall’s almost here? While you won’t be using all the same bright shades and summery applications, there are plenty of awesome makeup trends to rock this season. Here are 10 to try out A.S.A.P.!

1. Dark lipstick. Whether it’s black cherry or plum, Allure Magazine points out that dark, vampy lips are super hot for fall. When paired with a neutral blush and eyeshadow combination, it really makes your pout pop. Buff your lips to get rid of flakes, apply clear lip balm, then try using Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 in Bridget.

2. Natural, rosy cheeks. Elle Magazine reports that one makeup artist said “It’s the look after a morning of skiing, an hour in a hot tub or some good sex.” Concentrate a cream blush (or even a lipstick if you want serious color) on the apples of your cheeks and blend well for a soft finish.

3. Purple smoky eyes. Yes, black and gray are standbys when it comes to bold smoky eyes, but purple looks pretty and unexpected. Use a light shade across your entire lids, then elaborate the color with a richer shade in the crease and along your upper and lower lash lines. Finish with plenty of black mascara, then line your inner rims with black eyeliner.

4. Green eyeshadow. According to Allure, the type of green you should be going for is an emerald jewel tone or one that’s deep and sexy – not neon or grassy. Try using a charcoal or gunmetal eyeshadow first, then apply Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Spruce on top. A slightly winged-out shape is chic.

5. A fresh, natural face. While this look is usually reserved for spring, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine points out that undone skin made an appearance on fall runways. You’ll need a foundation and concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly, then shades of blush, highlighter and bronzer that are fairly similar for a somewhat monochromatic look. The BORGHESE – Bella Colore Minerali Face Kit can give you what you’re looking for.

6. Souped-up cat eyes. A little eyeliner flick at the outer corners is always stylish, but if you really want to go for the gusto this fall, make yours a bit more noticeable. Try carrying your liner farther up your lids or going farther past the outer corners. Just be sure to keep the rest of your makeup toned down – this look is intense!

7. Colorful French manicures. Forget about white – Elle reports that colorful French manicures are the way to go this fall. Try deep shades like Lippmann Collection – Razzle Dazzle Nail Lacquer for an autumnal vibe or get a little wild with a glittery shade.

8. Big, bold lashes. Cosmopolitan Magazine suggests that you should always go for drama in the lash department. Use falsies to get super extended lashes or try volumizing and lengthening mascara formulas for glamorous fringe.

9. Groomed brows. This season’s brows (which are equally perfect for any time of year) frame your face beautifully and aren’t pencil thin – they should be pretty thick. Use a brow pencil to fill in any sparse areas and tame them with a brow gel for control.

10. Under-eyeliner. According to Cosmopolitan, under-liner is hot this season. Try using a black eyeliner along your upper lash line, then add a pop of color with Pixi – Endless Silky Eye Pen along the lower lash lines.

How to get the nail polish look from the 3.1 Phillip Lim fashion show

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Here's how to get the hot nails from the 3.1 Phillip Lim show!As you may have noticed, New York Fashion Week has been popping out plenty of fabulous ideas for fashion, hair and makeup. While not every look would work in real life (some of those 'dos and styles are totally out-there), the nail fashion that showed up on the models at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show is definitely doable. Here's the how-to.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, the stylists at the show used a toffee-colored nail polish and a gray tone to get the look. You can find both colors in the Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers line, or test out your own combination. Neutral shades are great for the office, but there's no reason why you can't get bolder on the weekends!

Just paint your nails with a base coat like Lippmann Collection – Rehydrating Base Coat With Aloe Vera, then apply two coats of the first color you're using all over the nail. When that's completely dry (which should take about 30 minutes), apply a piece of tape to each nail with one edge going straight down the middle. It helps to stick the tape on your hand first so it's not too sticky – this could damage the polish underneath.

Now just paint the exposed side of the nail with the other color, take the tape off when it's dry and apply a top coat. Chic, no?

Want to know the next big shade of eye makeup according to NYFW?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Turquoise is hot for eyeshadow and eyeliner looks!New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is in full swing, and it’s been showcasing a lot more than the latest clothing fashions – tons of beauty looks have also been gracing the runways. So what’s going to be trendy next? According to Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, when it comes to eyeshadow, turquoise is expected to reign supreme in the upcoming months.

A minty, blue-green turquoise was seen on models at the Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade shows. The former featured a pastel turquoise shadow like Too Faced – Single Eye Shadow in Neptune on the inner corners of the eyes, with a peachy shade on the outer corners and a thick line of black eyeliner along the upper lash lines.

The Kate Spade show had models wearing bold turquoise shadow in an exaggerated wing shape along the entire lid, with a white eyeliner like the one in being TRUE – Dual Eye Liner with Sharpener in Yin and Yang along the upper lash line for contrast. It was paired with a glossy pink lip for a girly touch.

If you’re looking for a way to ease yourself into the turquoise trend, try using an eyeliner first. After applying black eyeliner as usual on your upper lash line, follow with a turquoise liner just above the black. This will add a pop of color that’s not too overwhelming.

Murad – New Arrivals and Best of Murad

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Try the Murad New Arrivals and Best of Murad collection!With the changing of seasons often comes a shift in your skin's habits, whether it goes from oily to dry or from relatively normal to more sensitive. Of course, this means you may need a few different products to help you get through without any flare-ups. Murad's New Arrivals and Best of Murad collection are sure to have everything you're looking for to treat problem skin and nourish your complexion.

If you're looking for a line of products that can protect your skin from the signs of aging, the Best of Murad Endless Age Defense kit is your best bet. With four of Murad's most popular products, including the Active Radiance Serum and Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles, you'll have everything you need to combat fine lines, moisturize and brighten your visage.

Is acne one of your seasonal woes? Then the Acne Rapid Response Set will surely be of use. With a cleanser, toner, mask andnew a lotion, those blemishes won't stand a chance!

Finally, check out the power of vitamin C when it comes to age spots and brightening – the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum and the Intensive-C Radiance Peel can help correct discoloration and protect your skin from future damage. Now that's hard work!

How to use a lip brush to enhance your bottom lashes

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Defining the lower lashes is easy with this trick!The bottom lashes are a tricky subject in the beauty world. You want them to look thick and dark like your upper lashes, but they shouldn't be too long or clumpy – otherwise you risk making them seem heavy and unbalanced. It's tough to get the right application with a mascara wand – luckily The Beauty Department has a better idea.

All you need is your regular mascara and a lip brush like being TRUE – Lip Brush. Take out the mascara wand and rub it a bit on the back of your hand so you have a small amount of product there. Now load up the lip brush with the mascara.

Use the brush to paint on the mascara, starting at the roots of your lower lashes. Take your time covering each lash from root to tip, and work the mascara in between the lashes as much as possible.

Not only will you get the perfect amount of product on each individual lash, but you'll darken your lash line, making eyeliner unnecessary. This is perfect for when you want a fresh face using only a couple of makeup items.

After you're done, clean your lip brush with Jane Iredale – Botanical Brush Cleaner so it's as good as new!