Archive for September, 2013

How to rock red eyeshadow

       
Monday, September 30th, 2013

How to rock red eyeshadow

There are certain beauty trends that are reserved only for the brave, and red eyeshadow is one of them. Before you raise a brow, this trend has been heating up over the past year, with models on the runways and celebs like Rihanna and Emma Stone sporting shadows in raspberry and crimson.

Still, to get a look that’s sultry instead of scary, you need to use a combination of the right strategies and products. Consider these tips and you’re sure to master the bold effect:

The formula
The kind of eyeshadow you select will have a major impact on how intense the color appears. Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee told Who What Wear that powder shadows will have higher impact, while cream formulas are slightly subtler. The advantage of a cream eyeshadow is that you can build it more smoothly, meaning the pigment is only as vivid as you want it to be. Additionally, Lee pointed out that you can use a cream product as a cheek or lip color for a monochromatic look. If you do decide to match, Lee recommended using a domed brush to distribute a higher concentration of color on your eyelids, and just your fingertip to apply to your cheeks and lips for lighter application.

The hue
As with all beauty tactics, it’s crucial to get the right shade for your skin tone. A cool, pinkish red complements pale skin, and can make blue eyes really pop, while a coppery red looks stunning on golden complexions. Darker skin types should look for deep, bronzed berries or burgundies. Remember that shimmer can help to provide a more playful look, while matte formulas will offer more drama.

The technique
There are many different ways to make red shadow work, depending on your tastes. Fashion magazine suggested going for a red smoky eye. To achieve this, start with a dark red shadow pencil across the entire eyelid, then build a couple layers of brown shadow to give it a muted, less vibrant effect. Finish with a coat of shimmery deep red shadow to liven it up, and black eyeliner to define the eye.

One thing to avoid is a bright red line along your lashes, which Lee noted can make you look ill. She stressed that it’s important to balance out the look, so consider a subtle sheer lipstick or gloss that’s only one shade from your natural color. Since red eyes and a pale complexion can also make you appear sickly, Lee recommended a soft sweep of blush on the apples of the cheeks.

New summer collection by Deborah Lippmann

       
Saturday, September 28th, 2013

New summer collection by Deborah Lippmann
Your nail polish can say a lot about you - and the new summer collection by Deborah Lippmann has a range of shades that each make a dramatically different expression.

Channeling your inner punk rocker? Brush on “Pretty Vacant,” a ghostly pale grey that works for any season. If you’re looking for a brighter hue, the taxi cab yellow of “I Wanna Be Sedated” screams iconoclast. The sultriest of the bunch, “I Fought The Law” is a sparkling navy that’s stunning for a night out.

But summer’s not over yet – and if you’re still feeling beachy, opt for one of the dazzling hues in the Mermaid Collection. The iridescent cerulean of “Mermaid’s Eye” is enchanting on both fingers and toes, while the twinkling tangerine of “Million Dollar Mermaid” is striking against a glowing tan. For a more traditional look, paint on “Mermaid’s Kiss,” a bubbling blush with flecks of fuschia. “Do The Mermaid” is a luminous lavender that can take you from beach lounging to evening cocktails, and the seafoam sheen of “Mermaid’s Dream” will transport you to Caribbean waters.

Deborah Lippmann’s luxury line of nailcare has won a multitude of awards and has allowed her to work with some of the most stylish stars and trendsetters, from Cher to Sarah Jessica Parker. Since all nail colors by the Lippman Collection are Infused with biotin, green tea and aucoumea, they’re both nourishing and long-lasting.

So go ahead – make a statement with your nails.

Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

       
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

Your beachy waves were just fine for summer, but you might be getting bored with your hair now that autumn is here.

Something about the changing leaves, cozy sweaters and richer colors in your wardrobe may have you itching for a change in your coif. If you don't have the funds – or the guts – for a dramatic transformation, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to shake up your hairstyle without a ton of time or effort. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new 'do:

Fetching fringe
Even if you've been too timid to try bangs, sideswept fringe is flattering on a variety of face shapes, and can be relatively easy to maintain. Feeling bold? Elle magazine noted that blunt bangs are a major trend this season. The source recommended using a heat protective spray on damp hair before blowdrying them. A shine serum can help to eliminate frizz, and a spritz of hairspray ensures they stay in place.

Still, you might not be ready to take the plunge. Fortunately, Harper's Bazaar reported that the side faux bang is an ideal alternative when you can't commit to the real thing. Redken creative consultant Guido told the magazine that all you have to do is part your hair farther to the side and sweep it across your forehead to give the illusion of bangs. You can use a bobby pin to secure the section in place.

Deconstructed bun
While a neat bun always looks elegant, a messier version is on trend this autumn. Fortunately, it not only looks chic but also takes considerably less time. Refinery 29 explained that the first step is spraying your strands with a thickening product that will boost the volume. The key is not to overbrush your hair to keep the tousled texture. After rough drying your hair, pull your tresses up the top of your head and tie in a ponytail with an elastic. Fold your hair through the band to create a loop, and then twist the ends that are sticking out around the base of the pony to build the bun. Keep playing around with it until you're happy with the undone look, then pin the ends in place.

Wet and wild strands
You might be surprised, but hair that looks soaking wet is actually a major trend this season. Harper's Bazaar explained that models for Prada, Oscar de La Renta and Roberto Cavalli all sported this sleek look on the runway. Don't leave the house just after showering, though, especially as the temperatures are starting to drop. Instead, get the same effect with hair oil, which creates a high shine finish.

How to master minimal makeup

       
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

How to master minimal makeup

There are a lot of benefits that come with minimizing your makeup routine. Not only will you have more time to snooze in the morning, but you'll give your skin a breather and also spend less on products.

If the idea of a naked face scares you, though, keep in mind that achieving a natural look still requires makeup. With the right technique, you can achieve a look that allows your best features to shine through while subtly concealing your flaws. Just follow this guide and you'll have a low-maintenance glow in no time:

A clear canvas
It's important that your skin has an even tone and smooth surface because minimal makeup means any little flaw is a lot more obvious. Vanessa Jarman​, of the Page One Management modeling agency, told Elle magazine that particularly as the seasons change, you might need to switch up your products to make sure that skin is properly nourished. She advised looking for an oil-based moisturizer as the temperatures drop and the air gets drier. Especially beneficial are products with avocado and primrose, which can create a barrier to lock in hydration. The Perfecting Serum by Murad contains both of these ingredients, and can infuse moisture while reducing flakes and fine lines.

After smoothing the rich solution over your face, use a lightweight cream foundation for an airbrushed finish. In InStyle magazine, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams recommended using a Beautyblender sponge to apply bronzer and contour on the cheekbones.

Nude lips
From the catwalk at the latest fashion shows to the red carpet, nude lips are everywhere this season. The key is finding one that complements your complexion. Makeup artist Nick Barose told InStyle that a formula with subtle sheen and peach or pink undertones can make your pout look natural while still offering a pop of color. He recommended wearing a touch of rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks so that you don't look washed out. 

Bold brows
Defined eyebrows can frame your face and offer a polished effect that isn't overdone. Don't be afraid to go for a bolder, shape, either – Elle reported that models at Alexander Wang's show were sporting this look. The Paula Dorf Brow Stencil Kit can help you to create the perfect shape. Use a brow pencil to fill them in, but don't be heavy-handed or they'll come out too dark. Jarman told Elle that it's crucial to make sure your brows match your hair color, so look for a pencil that's no more than one shade away from your strands. Finish with a bone-colored eyeshadow to highlight the browbone and create a lifting effect.

Makeup tips that will help you shine in a job interview

       
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Makeup tips that will make your job interview shine

Snagging your dream job certainly requires the right skills, but the way you look can also be a significant factor as well.

In fact, according to Fitness magazine, recent research by Proctor & Gamble and Harvard University showed that women who wear makeup are perceived as more capable, likeable and honest than those who don't – all traits that are definitely attractive in a job candidate. So how much makeup is enough to exude confidence without being overkill? Follow this guide before your next interview and your radiance will only add to your resumé:

Look alive
It's important that you appear alert and awake at your interview – after all, your employer is likely looking for someone who's on the ball and full of energy. Use a concealer to hide dark circles under your eyes as well as any discoloration on your lids. A highlighter on your brownbone can also have a brightening effect that makes your peepers seem wide. Skip the dark, dramatic liner and opt for a muted pencil just along the upper lashline. Two coats of a volumizing mascara and voilá: You'll have everyone convinced you had a full eight hours of sleep, even if you didn't.

Don't sweat the small stuff
The last thing you want is for your makeup to be sliding down your face while you're sweating in the waiting room. Therefore, it's crucial to use primer under your foundation as well as your eye makeup. Not only will your complexion stay flawless, but you'll prevent any creasing on your lids or smudging from your lashes. 

Just in case your nerves get the best of you, though, Marie Claire magazine recommends keeping some oil blotting papers with you. The gloBlotting Papers by GloMinerals will instantly absorb greasiness but won't mess up your makeup.

Keep it natural
An interview is not the time to try out that new purple eyeliner, glittery eyeshadow or neon lipcolor.

A little blush goes a long way to make you look healthy and lively – just don't opt for one that has too much shimmer, and only apply it to the apples of your cheeks. PopSugar also suggested opting for lipstick over lipgloss. Shiny lips can look immature, while a matte lip has a more sophisticated vibe. Instead of a dramatic red or vibrant pink, look for a shade that's not drastically different than the actual color of your pout. Marie Claire recommended the Natural Kiss Neutral Lip Color Collection by Too Faced, which has four different hues that work on any skin tone.

Additionally, PopSugar advised making sure your brows are groomed, which will show that you're detail-oriented. Use Colorescience Pro Brow Gel to sculpt them into tip-top shape.

Key steps for a clear complexion

       
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Key steps for a clear complexion

No matter your cosmetic preferences or style, clear skin is always a top priority – after all, your complexion is the base for the rest of your makeup.

Achieving a flawless face takes more than a little soap and water, however. While everyone is different, there are certain solutions and even beverages that can help prevent pesky blemishes and breakouts. With these strategies and an optimal combination of products, anyone can bring out the best in their skin:

Banish impurities
The obvious first step in any skincare regimen is a cleanser, but which formula is best? It's crucial to know your skin type - oily, combination, dry or sensitive - before choosing a product that will address your needs. Elle magazine noted that though it may seem like an oxymoron to clean your face with oil, cleansers with these ingredients are extremely effective at eliminating excess oil, as well as removing waterproof makeup. Plus, these formulas don't strip your skin of moisture, which can cause glands to overproduce oil to compensate. Being TRUE's Restoring Deep Cleanser contains seven different exotic oils that can banish impurities while still maintaining hydration.

The way you apply cleanser is just as important as the product itself.  Dermatologist Dendy Engelman told Daily Makeover that rubbing the product on in a circular, upward motion enables the active agents to absorb faster and better. 

Buff off dead cells
Exfoliation is key for a radiant complexion. However, those products with a gritty, sand-like texture can be rough on sensitive skin, causing visible irritation. Elle advised using an exfoliant that contains beta hydroxy acids or fruit enzymes, such as the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, which is fragrance-free and gentle enough for all skin types. By lifting off dead skin cells, you can prevent clogged pores, blemishes and blackheads.

Boost your skin overnight
It goes without saying that it's crucial to use a makeup remover before you go to bed, but you should also consider a treatment that can enhance your skin while your sleep. Elle noted that retinol can be helpful, as it has the ability to decrease oil production at the source by making oil glands smaller. The source recommended smoothing on Philosophy Help Me Nighttime Retinol Treatment, which not only shrinks and deep cleans pores, but also helps to accelerate cell turnover.

Beauty detoxing
While going au naturel may seem difficult, sometimes your skin just needs a breather. Engelman suggested wearing no makeup for 24 hours once a week. This is especially important if your skin is prone to flaring up, because it'll get a break from allergens, fragrances and other harsh ingredients.

Surprising beauty secrets from the stars

       
Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Surprising beauty secrets from the stars

There are certain beauty tactics you already know are foolproof: Using lash primer before your mascara, moisturizing before bedtime and leaving your conditioner in for an extra few minutes, for example. Yet you still might be trying to figure out how celebrities look flawless all the time, whether they're stepping off an airplane or strolling down the red carpet.

Some of their go-to products and strategies may seem like common sense, but others might catch you by surprise. Regardless, they seem to be working, so they might be worth a try. Here's a few of their secrets for a stunning look:

Hair
Ever wondered why starlets never seem to have flat hair? The trick lies in the temperature of the blowdryer. Harper's Bazaar revealed that actresses like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel maintain a voluminous mane because they switch back and forth between the hot and cold setting. Professional stylist Oscar Blandi noted that while it seems counter-intuitive to blast your strands with cold air, it helps promote lifted roots that last for up to nine hours, while also adding staying power to the style.

You might already be aware that avocado is good for your body, but did you know that it's excellent for your hair as well? According to Women's Health magazine, Denise Richards mashes the creamy fruit and smoothes it onto her strands with one tablespoon of olive oil for an ultra-rich conditioning masque. Stay away from rubbing the substance onto your scalp, though, to avoid greasiness.

If you're a product junkie, it's important to deep clean your hair to remove buildup once in a while. A clarifying shampoo will do that, but Catherine Zeta-Jones has another tactic: she washes it in beer. Women's Health explained that the alcohol gets rid of any substances that have accumulated on your tresses, which can make them look dull. After working in the solution, just cover your head with plastic wrap for five minutes and then rinse it out.

Skin
A-listers always appear to have clear, glowing complexions. According to Daily Makeover, Cate Blanchett concocts her own scrub with olive oil, macadamia oil, grapefruit juice and sea salt for a revitalized, radiant face. Meanwhile, Emma Stone, who has hyper-sensitive skin, swears by natural grapeseed oil as a moisturizer.

Other stars make their own skincare products at home. Us magazine reported that Kristin Cavallari's DIY solution requires tossing half a papaya in the blender and leaving it on your face for five minutes. She told the source, "It's really hydrating!"

According to the magazine, Olivia Wilde gets rid of puffiness around her peepers by steeping tea bags in warm water and laying them over her closed eyelids.

Makeup
You may have tried a multitude of lip products to get a plumped-up pucker, but you may be surprised to find that the secret is in your pantry. Women's Health noted that Lisa Rinna puts a few drops of cinnamon oil in her lipgloss for a plumping effect. Makeup artist Patrice Evangeline told the source that it's important to test the oil on your skin first to get the sought-after bee-stung look instead of a negative reaction.

If you can't seem to get glitter off your lids, take a cue from Lady Gaga, who's always rocking dramatic eye makeup. According to Women's Health, she uses fabric tape to remove any stubborn stray pieces. However, the source pointed out that it's best to resort to traditional makeup remover if your skin is at all sensitive.

Starlets always seem to look bright-eyed and alert, even if they've been on set shooting all night. Women's Health revealed that Miranda Kerr just uses shimmery lip balm as a highlighter on her browbone and around her eyes to perk them up. For ladies who are prone to breakouts, makeup artist Stefanie Syat advised using a natural product and avoiding gloss, which could clog pores.

The dark side: How to rock the hottest fall lip colors

       
Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The dark side: How to rock the hottest fall lip colors

Dark lipstick is the extreme sport of the beauty world – it seems immensely intimidating at first, but once you conquer it, you feel unstoppable. Now that autumn is nearly upon us, this look is back and bolder than ever.

According to Yahoo News, models at both Zac Posen and Vera Wang's shows during New York Fashion Week walked down the runway with lips that looked like they were stained with rich red wine. Meanwhile, Hollywood's hottest stars from Claire Danes to Beyoncé demonstrated that a dramatic lip color is wearable on any complexion. Fortunately, there's nothing gothic or grungy about the dark hues this season – but if you're still too timid to rock a dark pucker, follow this guide. No matter your skin tone or personal style, you can find a way to make the trend work for you.

Select a shade
To determine what dark color will best complement your complexion, you'll need to consider the undertones in your skin. Fair skin with cool undertones, for example, looks best in a blue-based color like a deep berry, while a warm complexion is better off selecting a shade between red and brown, like brick. Make Up For Ever managing educator Jessie Powers told Daily Makeover that lip liner is crucial when you're using a dark shade to avoid any bleeding and keep the look polished. Makeup artist Caitlin Callahan told Yahoo that a tinted lip balm or semi-sheer stain is a great way to try out dark lips for a subtler effect.

Go bare
Since you're going over-the-top with your lips, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum so your pout will stand out. Callahan pointed out that celebs like Rihanna even lighten their eyebrows to draw attention to their mouth. In fact, all you need to complete the look is a couple layers of lengthening, curling mascara and a pop of blush or bronzer. When it comes to eyeshadow, opt for neutral shades, which are never overpowering. Powers also suggested matching your shadow to your lip – a soft purple eye is alluring with a plum lip, while dusty rose lids look romantic with a deep red pout.

Get cheeky
Don't forget to sweep some color onto your cheeks, or you might look washed out. Dianna Agron is one starlet that has perfected this technique. According to Refinery 29, the secret to her success is that she used a faintly shimmery bronzer to highlight her bone structure and give her complexion a warm glow. If you choose blush over bronzer, make sure the hue corresponds with and complements the tone of your lip shade.

Locked and loaded: How to make your makeup last longer

       
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Locked and loaded: How to make your makeup last longer

After spending all that time perfecting your makeup in the morning, it's a bummer when it all wears off. Between a hurried morning routine, sweating on the subway, jetting around on errands and everything between, it's no wonder your cosmetics are creasing, smudging or just plain fading.

While you can keep some products stashed in your bag, who has time for all those touch-ups? Luckily, there are ways to keep it all in place. Using a powerful combination of products and the right techniques, you can lock in your look from day to night, regardless of the conditions. 

Step 1: A clean canvas
If you really want your makeup to stick, you need to start with a clean face. Oil on your face can prevent pigment from truly adhering and absorbing, meaning that it's likely to slip off with even the slightest change of temperature. After patting your skin dry, smooth on a light moisturizer and let it fully sink in for at least five minutes before applying any makeup.

Step 2: Foolproof face
Next comes your secret weapon: primer. Primer is an important aspect of your long-lasting beauty routine, and can be used almost anywhere on your face. As an added bonus, not only will your makeup stay put over primer, it'll also go on more evenly.

Landy Dean, a makeup artist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, told Real Simple magazine that oil-free foundations are advisable as they're formulated without the emollients that can cause pigment to come off. After spreading foundation over your complexion, Liliana Grajales, a makeup artist at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami, recommended using a translucent loose powder to soak up excess oil and provide a matte finish.

When it comes to blush, the formula is key. Sarah Lucero, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles, noted to Real Simple that cream, liquid and gel formulas have a higher intensity pigment than powders, so they're more likely to stay vibrant. Though liquid and gel blushes don't provide the same pop of color at first brush, you can layer these formulas to get the look you want.

Step 2: Eyes that endure
Remember your trusty primer? You'll need one for your eyes, too, to make sure eyeshadow doesn't crease or fade. However, keep in mind that eye primer works better under powder shadows than cream ones. You can apply a layer of concealer under cream shadow to lock it in, while also evening out any discoloration on your lids.

Real Simple magazine noted that you can even put a cream shadow over a powder one in a matching hue for a more dramatic nighttime look that has serious staying power. Another helpful trick is to dampen your makeup brush before applying powder shadow.

Nothing is worse than smudged eyeliner, unless it's an intentional effect. When you want to avoid raccoon eyes, a liquid or gel formula is your best bet. However, Real Simple explained that you can also use a slanted brush to layer eyeshadow in a corresponding shade over your pencil liner, which will help it to stick.

It goes without saying that waterproof mascara is ideal when you want your lashes to stay lush all day. However, a little known tactic is to dust on translucent powder before you apply any product. The powder will help the mascara to set so you're less likely to see any smudging, even through humidity, tears and sweat.

Step 3: Lips are sealed
Without the right strategies, your lip color is bound to wipe off with every snack or cup of coffee. To keep a perfect pout, try lining and filling them in with a neutral pencil, then layering on your favorite lip shade and sealing it all in with a coat of matching gloss

You also might consider a lip stain, which is formulated to ensure your pucker maintains its pigment, even through kissing and cocktailing.

Hello, sunshine: Tips to brighten your eyes

       
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Hello, sunshine: Tips to brighten your eyes

If there's one thing that can drag down your entire look, it's eyes that seem dull and tired. Bright eyes are key because they make you appear younger, alert and refreshed.

While there is a multitude of factors that could contribute to this problem, with the right makeup in your bag and tricks up your sleeve, you can cover up any flaws – from puffy bags to dark circles. Ready to step into the light?

Face the shadows
Dark circles are often unavoidable – especially as skin thins with age or when you simply haven't gotten enough sleep. With a little concealer under your eyes and on your lids, though, you can completely camouflage them. Prevention magazine recommends choosing a concealer that's two shades lighter than your skin and yellow based. A golden hue counteracts both the bluish tint of dark shadows and the redness of blood vessels. After applying it underneath your eyes, on the lids and in the corners, brush on a layer of finishing powder to make the concealer stay put.

Draw the line
Eyeliner can work wonders for opening your peepers – but it has to be the right hue. Makeup artist Mally Roncal told Oprah magazine that a bone-colored eye pencil is ideal for all skin tones. She recommended lining the corner of your eyes to make the whites seem brighter. PopSugar explained that a bright white can work for fairer skin, and advised outlining the lower lashes for a doe-eyed look. The source also emphasized that an iridescent shadow helps to keep your eyes looking alert when you're rocking dramatic dark liner. Darker skin can get an eye-opening boost from a neutral shimmery shadow extending all the way up to the brows.

Raise a brow
Speaking of eyebrows, they can make a major difference in how bright your eyes look. Damone Roberts, a celebrity eyebrow artist, told Prevention magazine that over-plucked brows actually age you, while a bolder shape with a significant arch can give you a fresh faced, youthful appearance. She suggested using a specialized brush to apply brow powder in delicate strokes, working in the direction your hair naturally grows.

Another helpful tip is to dust a small amount of blush at the peak of your brows – the rosy tone will offer a radiant, alert effect and bring out the whites of your eyes.