Archive for April, 2013

Have you ever cheated while using lip liner?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Have you ever cheated while outlining your lips?

Little white lies every now and then never hurt anyone, especially when it’s just about makeup. For example, have you ever cheated with your lip liner by using it to make your pout look bigger? While it’s not something you should do every day, a little fudging on occasion can make your lips look fuller and much more glamorous. Here’s how.

According to The Beauty Department, you should start with a nude lip liner that’s a shade or two darker than the natural color of your lips. Use it to trace your pout – but instead of going right over the line, make your marks slightly outside where your natural lip outline is. It should still touch your lip line, but you can feel free to make your cupid’s bow a little more pronounced by slightly exaggerating the arches.

When you’re satisfied with the shape, use the liner to fill in the rest of your lips, then top with the colorful lipstick or lip gloss of your choice. If you choose lipstick, you can add even more volume by applying a dab of gloss on the center of your bottom lip. This will create dimension that will make your lips downright kissable!

Selena Gomez goes casual at the NewNowNext Awards

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Selena Gomez goes casual at the NewNowNext Awards

One young woman who has a promising future in front of her is Selena Gomez, and you can expect to see her in everything from television shows to music videos for years to come. Gomez’s career is just getting started, and so is her status as a fashion and makeup icon.

As she’s grown older, the world has seen Gomez take on bolder cosmetics choices on and off the red carpet. At the 2013 Logo NewNowNext Awards, the situation was no different. Gomez showed up on the red carpet wearing skin-tight black leather pants and a chic blouse with various colors and patterns. Her casual outfit was a noticeable difference from the short dresses she usually wears to formal events.

However, it was Gomez’s makeup choices that stole the show. The celeb decided to go with black eyeliner around her peepers, and topped off her lids with bright teal eyeshadow. On her lips, she kept it simple with a lipstick in a subtle shade of pink.

If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s that bold colors should always be anchored with true makeup in neutrals! Choosing vivid hues to use throughout your face can create an overwhelming appearance.

Kim Kardashian matches makeup to her red dress

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Kim Kardashian matches red dress to her makeup

Who says you can’t look stunning in designer ensembles while you’re pregnant? Reality star Kim Kardashian continues to prove people wrong with her public events. Recently, she made an appearance in Las Vegas to promote her new fragrance, “Glam.” Kardashian wowed onlookers in a red dress that showcased her baby bump and her voluptuous curves.

Most notably, she chose to match her outfit and makeup seamlessly in true Kardashian fashion. The celebrity wore hot red lipstick on her pout, which complemented her maternity dress wonderfully. On her cheeks, she had a light pink blush and plenty of shimmer to emphasize her pregnancy glow.

Kardashian opted for a light, silvery eyeshadow that gave her peepers a little brightness. She chose a black mascara for her lashes, which gave them an ample amount of length and volume.

While not everyone can have the looks of a Kardashian, it’s possible to achieve the same shine that Kim did at the “Glam” unveiling! Simply add a little drama to your eyes with black waterproof mascara and apply a chic, bold color to your pout. Get her gorgeous glow by brushing a little shimmer powder onto your cheeks.

Snooki keeps her face simple for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Snooki keeps her face simple for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

Nicole Polizzi, better known as Snooki from “Jersey Shore,” is renowned for turning heads on the red carpet. This is just what she did on Sunday night when she arrived at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in a glittery pink gown that cascaded down to the floor. To top off her ensemble, Snooki wore platform heels that gave her some much needed height.

With such bold wardrobe choices, one has to wonder how the reality star selects the perfect makeup to complement her ensembles. After all, there’s such thing as going overboard, and no one wants to be deemed a train wreck at a public event!

At the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, Snooki played it safe and stuck to neutral eyeshadow that was barely noticeable on her lids. To add some drama, she gave her lashes an ample amount of volume with black mascara and topped off her peepers with dark eyeliner. Her pout was pretty in pink as she smiled for the cameras.

If you tend to opt for bold, striking dresses like Snooki, you might want to use her tactics to keep your look grounded. Don’t be too concerned with adding splashes of color to your face when it’s already evident in your outfit.

Should you be conscious of your face at the gym?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Should you be conscious of your face at the gym?

One place where people typically don’t want to be seen is the gym. Not only does it require you to sweat, but you likely aren’t going to want to wear much makeup while running a few miles on the treadmill, as it might start to melt off. However, women in the United Kingdom seem to have more pride in their appearances these days, according to new research from experts at

The New York Daily News reported that 26 percent of British women still go to the gym with a little bit of makeup on their faces. About 11 percent of the respondents were “occasional” makeup wearers. So what does this say about looking your best while you work out?

First, it’s important to recognize that there’s no rule stating you need to wear makeup every time you leave the house, even at the gym. However, there are a few ways you can maintain a fresh look if you don’t want to go bare. Fit Sugar recommends opting for a simple tinted moisturizer – think BB cream – to easily conceal flaws without the heavy feeling. Try a lip gloss to give your pout some shine while you exercise.

Rihanna’s makeup artist opens up about her techniques

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Rihanna's makeup artist opens up about her techniques

One woman who’s been on front covers of magazines as of late is Rihanna, and for good reason. The songstress recently kicked off her Diamonds World Tour, which has her traveling around the globe performing singles to adoring fans. In order to hit the right note with the crowd every night, Rihanna has been paying special attention to the makeup she wears on stage.

Recently, The Telegraph had the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see how Rihanna selects cosmetics for her performances. What the source found was that the singer – who has plenty of natural beauty – primarily focuses on prepping her face for makeup rather than caking it on.

Furthermore, Rihanna’s makeup artist doesn’t skimp on moisturizer to rehydrate her tired skin prior to using other makeup, according to Elle magazine.

“Don’t over-powder your complexion,” Karin Darnell, Rihanna’s makeup artist, told the news source. “Moisture in the skin is a sign of youth. Simply blot excess oil with a tissue and dust lightly with powder.”

If you want to get Rihanna’s look, focus more on keeping your skin healthy before you immediately run to your concealer and foundation!

Jessica Alba proves orange lipstick can be stylish

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Jessica Alba proves orange lipstick can be stylish

You might be confident enough to wear red lipstick on a regular basis, but what about orange? If you never thought this hue would become trendy, actress Jessica Alba is here to break it to you that orange is in! The celebrity rocked orange on her lips at the Golden Globes earlier this year, and it doesn’t seem like this color is going anywhere anytime soon, according to Us Weekly magazine.

Why? Blame it on spring! More people are turning toward pastel pinks, baby blues and soft lavenders when it comes to their makeup. If you’re interested in trying something new, you may just want to give Alba’s look a whirl. Believe it or not, wearing this look is easy and you don’t need to be a celebrity to flaunt it!

First, Real Simple magazine encourages you to look for other makeup that will complement your pout once your lipstick is on. This usually involves peachy blush and neutral eyeshadow. Next, don’t be afraid to opt for shine! A glistening pout can help you highlight the color of the lipstick. Finally, be confident that you can pull off the look, just as you would with a bold red or violet.

If you like to be bold and experiment with new colors, be sure to check out Lipstick Queen for more interesting lipstick ideas.

3 ways to weather a rainy spring

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

3 ways to weather a rainy spring

There’s nothing worse than being caught in a downpour, but with spring showers comes the chance for makeup mishaps. Whether you’re not the best at planning ahead for rain or you simply aren’t sure how to do so, here are some tips for weathering the seasonal storms.

1. Take care of your hair
If you spent an ample amount of time styling your hair, you don’t want it to come apart once a few drizzles start to fall. The Huffington Post recommends having a shower cap on hand at all times. As strange as it sounds, quickly being able to cover up your ‘do in the event of rain can spare you stress.

2. Stay waterproof
Makeup has come a long way since the days when it was impossible to keep lipstick from running while munching on food. That being said, take advantage of waterproof eyeliner and other weather-resistant cosmetics to help you maintain your appearance daily.

3. Keep an umbrella on hand
If you do a poor job of checking the forecast before you head out the door, prepare ahead of time for potential storms by tucking an umbrella away in your purse.

Could you bear to step outside without makeup?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Could you bear to step outside without makeup?

These days, more actresses are making headlines for stepping out without makeup, and can you blame them? It takes an ample amount of work to look made-up 24/7, and often, celebs need the help of professional artists to give them the glam they desire.

However, it’s worth noting that not all celebrities are being slammed for their choice to walk around without a little lipstick or blush. In fact, some people are being praised for their natural beauty! For instance, Selma Blair recently ran around Hollywood without anything on her face, according to The Huffington Post. Now, more women are opting to go with little or no makeup, but is this move right for you?

There are a few ways you can lighten up on the cosmetics and create a natural look without completely ditching your go-to cosmetics. Real Simple magazine recommends using a corrective concealer to eliminate any outstanding flaws, then absorbing any unwanted shine with an oil-absorbing powder.

If you aren’t comfortable without wearing a little something around your peepers and pout, go nude. Choose neutral shades for your lips and eyes when selecting makeup, and you’ll be happier with your decision.

5 secret makeup tips for your big day

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

5 makeup tips for your spring wedding

If you want to look your best on your big day, you might think that you need to hire a professional makeup artist to get everything just right. However, the fact of the matter is that items such as BABOR foundation and liquid eyeliner are all you need to make yourself look fabulous on your wedding day. While an expert could certainly help, there’s no rule that says you need to hire one to help you achieve a glowing complexion. Here are some key tips for ensuring that you look stunning as you walk down the aisle this spring.

1. Choose colors that complement the season
Chances are, you planned your wedding in the spring to enjoy the beautiful blooming flowers and warm weather. However, the season also gives you a wide variety of colors to choose from as you look for makeup to wear on your eyes, cheeks and lips. Think about selecting your cosmetics based on hues that remind you of the season. For instance, peach blush can go hand-in-hand with the spring sunlight. Baby pink lipstick can complement the colors of the flowers in your bouquet. It’s these types of small details that can make a noticeable difference when it comes to your appearance.

2. Make blemishes priorities
Before you begin fussing about what color to wear on your lids, you may want to tackle the more obvious flaws on your face beforehand.This might be a pimple or a blemish that has decided to show up a couple of days before your big day. Products such as Dermablend concealer can help you effectively eliminate some of these problems, as well as foundation. Just remember to practice your technique prior to the wedding. This will make the application process easier and let you know what to expect ahead of time!

3. Keep it in place
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make on your wedding day is to forget putting on primer! Marie Claire magazine claims that primer is critical if you want to keep everything from your eyeshadow to your blush from fading throughout the event. Think of it as insurance before you apply the rest of your makeup. Primer can also be effective at filling in fine lines and pores that may be disrupting your attempt at creating a flawless appearance.

4. Stay away from dramatic colors
This tip is especially a must if you’re having your event outside or during the day, when the mood is lighter, according to TLC. Even if you don’t want to take advantage of the colors of the season, try to keep it subtle and fun when choosing makeup. Pastel hues are a safe bet if you want to make sure that your appearance meets the grade.

5. Be careful when combining techniques
You might want Angelina Jolie’s lips and Mila Kunis’ eyes when you walk down the aisle, but even if you know how to achieve them with makeup, this doesn’t mean you should combine all of your techniques. Striking a balance is the key to a beautiful look.

“Beauty inspirations are wonderful, but make sure all the elements will work together – there may be a reason you aren’t finding all of those accentuated features in one photo!” Jeni Hoover, makeup artist, told The Knot.

Whether you’re getting married in a park under sunny spring skies or you intend to hold your wedding indoors, these tips can help you look your best. By doing your homework beforehand, you can be sure that your appearance is up to par with the standards of the season.