Archive for July, 2013

Going for the gold: metallic accents

       
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Going for the gold: metallic accents

Gold accents were all the rage at New York Fashion Week, and while some may shy away from the look, it can be just as subtle as it is glamorous. In fact, whether you’re looking to add some unexpected glimmer in the daytime or a dramatic flash at night, these subtle metallic shades have a way of making eyes appear brighter and skin more radiant. Follow these tips to make the trend work for you.

According to Allure Magazine, makeup artist Pat McGrath went for a soft, angelic take at the Dolce & Gabbana show by using gold accents to draw light to the models’ faces. To get this effect, try brushing a white shadow with yellow gold iridescence onto the eyelids and opting for a rosy blush and peachy pink gloss. Nude eyeliner and well-groomed brows completed the look for a pure, fresh-faced complexion.

Meanwhile, McGrath took a minimalist route at Dior. Follow her lead by applying a layer of concealer underneath a sparkly pigment. Dabbing the gold shadow onto the inner corners can really draw attention to the eyes. For extra glow, lightly brush a small amount of the shimmer onto the top of cheekbones.

You could also copy Kim Kardashian’s look by drawing on gold eyeliner. Jada Beauty reported that those with darker skintones should line eyes with a bolder brass, while paler-skinned beauties should go for lighter hues.

If you’re looking to rock a bolder gold like the models at Mara Hoffman, wet the eyeshadow brush before layering rich metallic shadow on to your lids. Dab a sheer shimmer to highlight the browbone and finish by smudging pencil across the upper and lower lash line for a smoky eye.

The right way to apply mascara

       
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The right way to apply mascara

One beauty trend that never goes out of style is long, luscious lashes. Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal even told Redbook that they’re “the secret to all good things in the universe.” Still, a lot of women don’t know the right way to apply mascara to achieve this look. (Hint: It takes more than just a sweep of the wand.) Follow this tutorial to maximize the lash factor, whether you’re going for a coy babydoll look or a more dramatic effect.

Step 1
Before applying any mascara, it’s crucial to use an eyelash curler, which makes all the difference in boosting volume. Squeezing the curler on the upper lashes and holding for several seconds is enough to make an impact. HERLIFE Magazine recommended brush loose powder on the undereye area to prevent any falling product from sticking and smudging. The news source also suggested holding a tissue under your bottom lashes to catch mascara before it reaches your skin.

Step 2
To get your lashes prepped, you’ll need Youngblood’s Mineral Lash Primer. This creamy formula moisturizes and softens lashes with natural oils, which can result in smoother mascara application. Additionally, protein and vitamins can help to prevent lash breakage. Resist scraping the brush against the edge of the tube, as it could result in an uneven application. Brush on one coat, and waste no time before applying mascara while the primer is still wet.

Step 3
Armed with a powerful tool like the Super Style Volume & Length Mascara by Babor, press the wand directly into the lash base and pull upward in a vertical motion. Then gently wave the wand across lashes back and forth to fan them out and eliminate any clumps. Don’t forget about the tip of the wand: By turning the wand and pressing it into the tops of your lashes, you can paint each of them for extra separation.

Step 4
Don’t be scared of the bottom lashes! While many women avoid them for fear of a spider-effect, it’s possible to make peepers really pop by brushing the lower lashline. Just use the tip of the brush to graze them individually in a vertical motion.

Step 5
Brush away any loose powder and voilá! Your lashes are locked, loaded and ready for anything. If you need to touch up before going out at night, just blot the wand with a tissue to get rid of any excess product.

Trend alert: How to create a brown smoky eye

       
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Trend alert: How to create a brown smoky eye

While black is traditionally the color of choice for a smoky eye, brown can be just as smoldering. Mix it up with shades of burnt sienna or dark chocolate, which have been sported by celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Keira Knightley on the red carpet. The best part? This look works just as well for day or night.

Always start with an eyeshadow primer to make sure the pigment stays in place. Next, opt for The Daytime Eye Shadow Kit by Jane Iredale, which offers an array of perfect dark neutral hues in one convenient palette. Start with Almond as a base, which will help the other layers of color to appear richer and more vibrant. You can also dab Oyster over the browbone as a highlighter. After that, layer on the soft Cappuccino for a little more depth and be sure to blend the edges across the eyelid crease.

Next comes the most important step in getting the smoky effect. Using a dense blending brush, sweep Dark Suede from the outer corners of the eyes into the crease, blending as you go to avoid any harsh lines.

Finally, draw Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes Waterproof Pencil in Espresso across the upper lashline and carefully along the lower lashes. Finish with a few coats of brown Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara from Borghese, focusing on the outer corners of your lashes.

Just remember to keep the rest of your makeup understated: A sweep of gloss over the lips and a natural-looking bronzer or blush are enough to complete the look without overpowering the face.

3-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes

       
Monday, July 29th, 2013

3-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes

While it’s a commonly overlooked process, it’s crucial to properly clean your makeup brushes. Without doing so, makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria can accumulate in the bristles, resulting in clogged pores and blemishes. Not only that, but failing to clean brushes can cause them to break down more quickly. To prevent any breakouts from the buildup while preserving your brushes, follow these quick and easy steps once a week.

First, you’ll need a quality cleaner like being TRUE Brush Care. Spritz the product onto a paper towel and gently work it over the brush hair until makeup is fully removed. The solution not only disinfects brushes and rids them of any harmful bacteria but also conditions them with natural citrus oils. For more thorough, deeper cleaning, spray directly onto the brush and leave it on for one minute.

Next, dry the brushes as much as possible with a paper or cloth towel. Lastly, reshape them and allow them to dry over night. It’s important to lay them down flat so that water doesn’t leak into the brush handles, which can loosen the glue and cause the brush to eventually break.

A clean makeup brush is key for keeping skin looking fresh and ensuring optimal application of your favorite makeup products. This simple process will keep brushes more hygienic and additionally, long-lasting.

Rachel Bilson rocks retro beauty

       
Monday, July 29th, 2013

Rachel Bilson rocks retro beauty

Rachel Bilson has always emanated the epitome of clean-cut, girl-next-door beauty. But recently, at the L.A. premiere of her new movie The To Do List, she went with a more daring look that recalled Amy Winehouse’s retro-inspired cat eyes. Bilson’s look was both edgy due to black fingernails and sweet with just a pop of pink flush on her lips. Take a cue from the starlet by following these steps.

The main focal point of Bilson’s makeup was her drastic winged out eyeliner. After applying eye primer, sweep POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes angled pencil in Black Onyx on the upper lash line, flicking upward at the end to achieve the same coy shape. Next, boost lashes with the Hy-Performance Mascara by being TRUE cosmetics. The brush not only gives you volume and length, but also separates and curls lashes while conditioning them at the same time. Wiggle the wand back and forth from the roots to the ends at the center first and apply at the corners last.

Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color by Too Faced in sweet pea is the perfect shade for Bilson’s fresh-faced flush – and it works as a lipbalm, too. With a combination of flower extracts and vitamins, the formula is nourishing and hydrating to both lips and cheeks.

Don’t forget to apply a few coats of the Lippmann Collection I Fought The Law Nail Lacquer for punk rocker nails.

Tips from the pros for looking more awake

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Tips from the pros for looking more awake

While having the right beauty products in your arsenal is key for looking awake, the pros advise that it's just as important to focus on the right colors and application to create the illusion of alertness.

Carl Ray, the personal makeup artist for first lady Michelle Obama, told Washingtonian Magazine that applying lengthening mascara just to the top lashes gives a fresher, more alert look. Open up the eye even further by pressing a curler at the lashline, in the middle of the lashes and at the ends and sealing with a layer of lengthening mascara. Also, Ray noted that a dab of concealer on the inner corner of the eye and next to the nose can make you look like you've gotten a good night's sleep.

Pale and nude lip tones can look blah. Carola Meyers, voted "Best Makeup Artist" by Washingtonian Magazine, advises kicking up the lip color a notch with a vibrant shade to help perk things up.

Makeup artist Kimberly Steele suggests applying cream or white shimmer shadow in the inner corner of eyes and at the brow bone. Avoid eyeliners and shadows in pink or reddish hues, as they will only bring out the redness in your eyes. Alternatively, green or blue tones can counteract that redness. Tim Quinn, celebrity makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty, told Oprah Magazine that a beige liner along the lower lash line does a better job or neutralizing redness than black or white.

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

On mornings when you're not well rested, all it takes is a few tweaks to your makeup routine to look less tired. While putting on concealer is helpful, it's not enough to cover up the exhaustion – but these tips can help you fake a good night's sleep.

The first step to livening up the face is applying an illuminating foundation to even out the complexion. It's crucial to use the right hue for your skin​ tone, as a too-pale shade could look dull and wash you out. A pop of rosy blush brightens the entire face, which distracts from any shadows under the eyes. Look for a color that has a hint of gold, which will also counteract the blue tones in undereye circles. A shimmering bronzer can also do wonders for adding dimension to the face and making you looking more lively.

Lighten up on eyeshadow application, as a heavy, dramatic or smoky look can actually make eyes look smaller and wearier. Lining the upper lashes with two different hues, such as a deep brown and a vibrant emerald green, can make the whites of your eyes look even brighter.

A softly arched brow lifts the eyelids, drawing attention away from dark circles and puffiness. Brush eyebrows upward and fill them in with a pencil or powder that is two shades lighter than the natural color to appear even more alert.

How to sweat-proof your makeup

       
Thursday, July 25th, 2013

How to sweat-proof your makeup

One thing's for sure: As the temperatures rise, you have to adjust your beauty regiment to make sure your makeup lasts. Whether you're soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere, having a romantic patio dinner or rocking out at an outdoor concert, here's a few tips to make sure you're makeup is melt-proof.

A primer is the first step to a lasting look because it creates a barrier between your skin and humidity. Prep with Primer Sunreliable SPF 20 by Colorescience Pro, which comes in three different formulas that camouflage redness, give a sun-kissed glow and mattify oily complexions. While you're at it, apply the Protective Shadow Primer by being TRUE, which keeps eye pigment in place and prevents creasing.

A long-wearing, silicone-based foundation is key for all-day perfection. Mineral BB Cream SPF 25 by G.M. Collin not only evens out skin tone, moisturizes and covers up flaws, but also safeguards the skin against harmful rays. The silky silicones smooth out the skin's surface, resulting in the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup. A cream blush is more likely stay put in sweltering heat, and a lip stain won't budge either. Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer to avoid racoon eyes.

Finish with Jane Iredale's Brush-Me Matte, which is formulated with rice powder to keep oil and shine under control. The self-contained brush makes it easy to toss into your bag for quick on-the-go touch-ups.

With these steps, you'll look fresh even in the dog days of summer.

How to make thinning hair look thicker

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

How to make thinning hair look thicker

Starting to notice a widening part or a more visible scalp? You're not alone: More than 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hair thinning or loss. Fortunately, this problem can be addressed with the right dietary choices and supplements, hair products and styling tricks.

The first step to thicker hair starts at the scalp. Try Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo, which is formulated with expansion technology and delivers body-building wheat protein and creatine into the hair shaft to give each strand a fuller appearance. Basil and tea tree oil help to keep the scalp flake free and stimulate the hair follicles for healthy growth, thus minimizing any potential hair loss. Meanwhile, soy protein provides structure for thinning hair, and white lupine revitalizes and strengthens new hair growth.

Next, work in En Root Give Me Volume Conditioner by theBalm, which is infused with bamboo, rice protein and vitamins A, C and E for soft, full, voluminous hair. Work a mousse like the Fekkai Advanced Full Volume Styling Whip through damp hair. The solution packs a powerful plumping complex which can help to boost the fullness of every strand from roots to ends while providing lightweight, all day hold. If you need to fake it till you make it, ESalon recommends opting for a multi-layered haircut or face-framing bangs and getting regular trims to keep hair from looking flat.

By following these steps, you can achieve a fuller, healthier and more voluminous looking mane.

Superfoods for radiant skin

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Superfoods for radiant skin

You are what you eat, and this adage is no less true for your skin. Whatever your concerns – whether it's a dry complexion, signs of aging, or damage from the sun, your diet can actually make a huge difference. Include these superfoods along with the right skincare products to boost hydration, fuel faster cell turnover and make skin appear younger for the long-term.

Frank Lipman, founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, told Allure that the healthy fats in wild salmon can help to pad skin tissue and cell membranes, leaving skin looking plumper. He suggested aiming for two to three servings per week. The monounsaturated fats in avocados can also help skin to retain moisture as well as replenish its own natural oils.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – and they can also reduce the production of free radicals. Redbook reported that raw kale is especially rich in carotenoids, which according to research by the University of Nottingham, gives skin a glow that's even more attractive than a sun tan. Meanwhile, the lycopene in tomatoes is essentially nature's SPF, offering extra protection against the sun's harmful UV rays.

Fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, can help hydrate and nourish skin, which is especially important in the dry summer heat. Papaya contains two to three times your daily vitamin C needs – which is key, as Redbook noted that women with diets higher in the vitamin had less wrinkles and younger looking skin.