Archive for September, 2013

Makeup tips from the pros

       
Monday, September 16th, 2013

Makeup tips from the pros

When it comes to cosmetics, there are some lessons you simply have to learn by trial and error. However, some expert advice certainly never hurts, especially when it can save you time and frustration. With these tips under your belt, you'll nearly be a makeup pro yourself.

Contrast colors
You've heard opposites attract, and the same goes for eyeshadow shades. When you're trying to make eyes stand out, go for makeup in a hue that's on the opposite side of the color wheel. NBC Today Style suggested a shade with orange undertones to make blue eyes look vivid. Rebecca Prior, educator at Napoleon Peredis' Makeup Academy in Hollywood, told the news source that you don't need to choose a particularly garish or obvious orange – it could be peach with gold shimmer or a bronze with coppery orange flecks. The same goes for choosing a reddish tone to make green eyes pop: Look for shades that have a subtle tint, like a brownish burgundy or a dusty rose. While brown eyes can wear almost any color, Prior recommended a purple or blue hue.

Mix it up
Since everyone's skin is different, it can be nearly impossible to find a formula that will perfectly meet your unique needs, concerns and preferences. Thus, it might be time to mix your makeup for a custom formula. According to NBC Today, Makeup Academy instructor Gil Romero advised mixing primer with cream foundation for sheer coverage. The feel is lightweight on your face, but you'll still get optimal coverage. You could also try mixing moisturizer into your primer for extra hydration. In Cosmopolitan magazine, makeup artist Mally Roncal advised adding eye cream to your concealer to smooth fine lines while camouflaging dark circles.

Monochromatic
One foolproof look that works for every complexion is monochromatic makeup. In Cosmopolitan, celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt suggested matching your cheeks to your lips by blending some moisturizer with a small amount of lipstick and creating a cream blush. You can also use a shimmery bronzer as an eyeshadow for a more consistent, all-over glow.

Bold brows
Move aside, skinny brows: Bold shapes are in style and utterly stunning, as long as they're groomed properly. A stencil can help you to achieve the ideal arch. After plucking to perfection, Surratt recommended spraying hairspray onto a toothbrush and grazing your brows with the bristles to keep them from looking unkempt. A dab of highlighter on the browbone can accent the arch and make your eyes look more awake.

Tips for enviable lashes

       
Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tips for envy-worthy lashes

There's one look that women have been trying to achieve for centuries: long, lush lashes.

From Cleopatra to Twiggy to the Kardashian sisters, this is the signature look iconic celebrities have been sporting throughout the years – and with good reason. No matter your skin tone or personal style, full fringe is always stunning. Plus, it works with a variety of makeup looks, both subtle and dramatic. While new trends emerge every season, including glittery lashes or colored ones, you can't go wrong with volume. Follow these tips and you'll be catching the eyes of onlookers with just one blink:

Primed for perfection
An eyelash curler is a no-brainer if you want your peepers to pop. Before doing anything, press the Paula Dorf CURL-UP into your lashes. Doing so after you apply product could lead to clumping or breakage.

Primer isn't just for your face: It can fortify your lashes and dramatically boost the effectiveness of your mascara. Start by brushing on Blinc's Lash Primer, which can strengthen your lashes, helping to prevent breakage. The primer is also infused with vitamins E and B5, which are crucial for safeguarding your eyelashes from heat, UV light and other damaging agents in your environment. It acts like a conditioner, too, meaning the more coats you apply, the more moisturized and silky your lashes become. As a result, your mascara goes on much more smoothly and without any pesky clumps.

Mascara magic
The key to lashes that have the effect of falsies is the right mascara formula and application technique. In an interview with ABC News, makeup artist Bobbi Farnworth recommended using two different mascaras: one that can pump up the volume of your lashes and another that will lengthen them. Start with a coat of gloLash Lengthening Mascara by GloMinerals, which helps lashes grow to their maximum potential. Then follow with BABOR's Volume Mascara to amp up the volume. The most effective technique is to press the brush at the base of your lashes and wiggle back and forth up to the tips.

Finishing fringe touches
There are several ways to perk up your peepers even more. Farnworth suggested dusting on a layer of baby powder between coats of mascara, which can help it to adhere and make the pigment look richer. She also noted that adding a drop or two of saline into your mascara can make it long-lasting. If you want to touch up later in the day, remember to pat the mascara brush onto a tissue to eliminate excess product – the brush itself will liven up your lashes.

Backstage beauty tips from New York Fashion Week

       
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Backstage beauty tips from New York Fashion Week

Not all of us are lucky enough to attend the runway shows at New York Fashion Week, but that doesn't mean we can't learn a lesson or two from the beauty pros there. While you may already know what the trends are for the upcoming season, you might not have the expertise to achieve them.

Fortunately, some of the most knowledgeable industry pros are revealing top secret beauty tips that can help you create a look that's ready for the runway – or just the office.

Sparkle solution
It's clear that glittery lids are a major trend, but how do you avoid the flecks from falling onto your face? According to Refinery 29, makeup artists for Diane Kendal applied rose-gold sparkles to models' lids at Jason Wu, and used masking tape to instantly remove any stray pieces. Remember that applying primer first can also help to keep a shimmery shadow in place.

Frosty eyes
If you're eager to try out the bright white eyeshadow that showed up on the runways, there are certain tactics you need to keep in mind to avoid a tacky or washed out look. NARS director of global artistry James Boehmer told Refinery 29 that blending is crucial when applying icy eye shades. He recommends dusting on the frosty pigment with an eyeshadow brush, and then sweeping your fingertip across the lid to remove any excess, resulting in a sheer, wearable wash.

Lush lashes
Not just any mascara will do if you're looking to get the same soft, luxuriously long lashes that runway models are rocking. According to New York Magazine, professional makeup artist Val Gardner explained to models backstage at BCBG that continually putting on mascara and taking it off can leave lashes weakened. To combat this, she suggested applying lash conditioner in the morning and before bedtime. A conditioning primer is also key for smooth mascara application and lush, healthy eyelashes.

Natural glow
Though you typically may layer bronzer over your foundation, there's a better strategy for getting a radiant complexion. Refinery 29 noted that backstage at Tanya Taylor, NARS makeup artist Uzo applied foundation on top of a bronze shimmer for a glow from within that's subtle and not overly shimmery.

Clear complexion
There's one basic look that every model was sporting at New York Fashion Week, regardless of the designer: a flawless complexion. The key to covering imperfections and achieving even, airbrushed-looking skin, according to Marie Claire magazine, is the BeautyBlender. The magazine reported that makeup pros behind the scenes at DKNY, Donna Karen and many other designers' shows used this sponge to apply foundation, blush and even highlighter.

Back to school: Basic makeup tips that always apply

       
Monday, September 9th, 2013

Back to school: Basic makeup tips that always apply

After a carefree summer of simply smearing on some sunscreen and a coat of mascara before heading out the door, it's time to head back to the harsh, fluorescent-lit classroom – which means you may want to get a little more serious about your makeup regimen. Need a refresher? We're here to school you on the basics of beauty. 

Laying the foundation
Applied expertly, foundation can work wonders on any complexion – but any blunders with this product also have the potential to ruin the whole look. Daily Glow explained that it's important to moisturize before putting any product on even if you don't have particularly dry skin, as foundation can actually draw attention to flakiness. If your moisturizer doesn't have SPF, Petra Strand, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist, advised in Fitness magazine mixing a pea-sized amount of sunblock in with the product. She explained that it's crucial that they are the same formula to ensure optimal blending.

Matching your foundation well to your skintone is key for a natural look. When choosing a shade, always check in real sunlight to see whether it's a good match. Also, don't select a hue that's a couple shades darker in hopes of achieving a glow. It's better to test a shade on the inside of your wrist to determine your ideal hue, then layer on bronzer in areas where you naturally get sunlight, such as the cheekbones and bridge of the nose.

Your concealer should also be relatively close to the shade of your foundation. Keep in mind that a shade with yellow undertones can help counteract any redness or cover up blemishes, while a hue that has pink undertones helps to conceal dark circles.

Building the look
Where you apply blush is key to creating a flush that doesn't look fake. Daily Glow advised thinking about where you truly turn pink when you're blushing, and brushing a rosy pigment onto that area. Strand pointed out that if you use a cream formula, you can even use your blush as a lip color. Having your cheeks and lips match results in an instantly fresh-faced appearance.

Choose between your eyes and your lips for a focal point – opting for both can look garish and distracting. If you select eyes, always make sure your mascara is the same shade or darker than your liner. Brown lashes will disappear against black eyeliner, for example. A smoky eye is a foolproof option when you want some drama, but be careful not to overdo it or you could look like you have a black eye. Remember, too, that black isn't the only option. In fact, a chocolate, violet or teal smoky eye looks just as smoldering and pairs perfectly with the colors in your fall wardrobe.

When you're going for a bold lip, keep your eye makeup simple with a neutral shadow, a sweep of liner on the top lashline and two coats of volumizing mascara.

Locking it in
A few steps can help you avoid smudging and constant trips to the bathroom for touch-ups. One way to ensure this is to apply primer before your face and eye makeup. Waterproof products are obviously ideal, because your makeup will stay in place regardless of humidity or sweat. Your routine should end with a dusting of finishing powder: one layer will lock all of your products in place while also minimizing pores. Translucent powder also absorbs excess oil, so bring a compact with you and dust it on mid-day when your face is starting to look a little shiny. Look for formulas that are made with rice powder because they're bound to blend well and create a smooth surface.

Working Color Into Your Daily Look

       
Friday, September 6th, 2013

Working Color Into Your Daily Look

“Face Your Fear of Color”

A little color never hurt anybody – especially when it’s on your face. While you may have been scared of implementing bright makeup hues, there are ways to do so without risking a garish finished look. In fact, vibrant shades on your eyelids, lips and cheeks are just as wearable during the day as they are at night. Still hesitant? Just follow these simple rules and you’ll conquer your fear of color in no time.

Eyes
Nothing is more alluring than a pop of color around your peepers, but you don’t want to go overboard. When you’re choosing an eyeshadow shade, a great strategy is to choose one that contrasts your eye color. For example, green eyes look striking with violet, while shades of blue make brown eyes stand out. If you do select a brighter hue, be sure to keep the rest of your makeup understated – a neutral lipgloss and subtle cheek color are enough. You’ll also want to tone down the dramatic eye color with just a sweep of black liquid liner, which keeps the look polished.

Lips
A bold lip color is one of the best ways to turn heads. To make sure you’re attracting the right kind of attention, try a hydrating lipstick or a stain with a corresponding gloss, which are long-lasting and resistant to unsightly cracking. If you have pale skin, go with a cherry red that has blue undertones. Warmer medium skin stones look radiant with a rusty, orange-based red, while deep berry hues look striking against a dark complexion.

Face
Whether you’re opting for a daring shade on your eyes or lips, you’ll want to keep your cheek color subtle. For a natural-looking flush, go for a hue that’s no more than two shades deeper than your natural skin tone and focus on applying it to the apples of your cheeks. A neutral, soft rose is universally flattering.

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

Rose gold has officially gone from a mere trend to a full-blown obsession. From watches to wedding rings, this pinkish metal has the same glam factor as regular yellow gold, but with a much warmer, more feminine feel.

Now, the hue is making its way into makeup as well. If you're eager to try the shimmering shade yourself, use the same techniques you would for any other metallic accents, or follow these tips for a bolder look that's on-trend and totally irresistible.

Eyes
Rose gold can do wonders for your peepers when incorporated in the right way. Allure magazine explained that while you might consider it a flashy shade, the color can actually work as a neutral base. Just dust a thin layer of a rose gold eyeshadow onto your lids, swipe on black liquid liner and mascara and you have an instantly understated yet alluring look. Or, if you're daring enough to go for something more dramatic, feel free to layer on more pigment and blend with a black shadow that has gold sheen to create a stunning smoky eye. You could even use a rose gold mascara – when you bat your lashes, the shimmer will catch the light in a striking way.

Lips
Don't shy away from rose gold on your lips – the color can give your pucker an unusual luminosity. Keep your makeup natural with just a sweep of espresso-colored eyeliner and mascara to let the lip color really shine. Pale rose shades with just a faint golden iridescence look best on fair complexions, while darker skin tones look striking with a richer rose-tinted bronze.

Cheeks
One of the best aspects of rose gold face makeup is that it works as both a blush and a bronzer in one. Allure noted that it can be worn year round, enhancing your tan in the summer and giving you a boost of radiance when you need it most in the winter. Plus, the shade is flattering on nearly any skin tone. Try applying a pop of shimmer on the cheekbones to highlight them with a gorgeous glow.

Nails
You've likely been rocking a gold shimmer on your nails for quite some time, but rose gold offers a romantic twist. Lacquers in this hue look something like a bottle of pink champagne, and are effortlessly elegant for an evening affair, but just as appropriate with a T-shirt and jeans.

Fall’s hottest nail colors

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Fall's hottest nail colors

If there's any indication that fall is here, it's the changing colors on everyone's nails. Though it might be hard to let go of the neon corals and seafoam greens, there are plenty of alternative hues this season that are just as playful.

Try any of these trendy looks and you might even forget your end of summertime sadness. Plus – they're all bound to pair perfectly with your favorite fall ensembles.

Glitter
Glitter nails aren't a new trend by any means, but they're getting a whole lot edgier this season with multicolored flecks in different sizes. Refinery 29 explained that sparkles work well over a matte lacquer of the same shade, thus giving your nails a textured look. Depending on how big the glitter is, you could end up with the effect of shimmering sand or grainy sea salt. Or, you could also layer a metallic glitter over a clear base. Stick with one coat of glitter for a subtle finish or layer on several for more impact.

Emerald
Jewel tones in general are big this autumn, but Shape magazine reported that Pantone declared deep green the color of the year. The magazine mentioned the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Laughin To The Bank as a top pick. This metallic polish has a high impact glimmer, so Shape recommended keeping your nails clipped short to avoid a garish or tacky look.

Chocolate
From the leaves on the ground to your leather riding boots, brown is all around during fall. Now, it'll be on your nails too – according to Shape, dark chocolate is a great way to rock a neutral shade that isn't boring. Try a glossy formula or pair it with a super shiny top coat to keep the color from looking dull.

Blurple
Despite the silly name, this color is seriously chic, and one of the most popular shades this fall, according to Refinery 29. A fusion between deep royal blue and purple, this rich hue manages to be both eccentric and elegant, meaning it looks just as stunning with a ladylike dress as it does with casual boyfriend jeans.

Fuchsia
Pink isn't just for spring and summer. In fact, electric fuchsia looks striking with some of your staple garments this season, such as navy tweed jackets, eggplant sweater dresses and kelly green pullovers. Refinery 29 explained that the shade can help to liven up neutral outfits that would have otherwise looked drab. Plus, it's far more unexpected and unusual than your typical fire engine red, but it's just as eye-catching.

Hair report: How stars make a bang

       
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Hair report: How stars make a bang

Bangs are something of a beauty enigma. They look stunning when they're done right, but that task can seem nearly impossible. Styling them can be a major hassle, they fall into your eyes, and then there's the awkward growing out phase. Still, you've likely been eager to try them out yourself – after all, they frame your face, and can completely transform your hairstyle.

With the right hair products and a little inspiration from some of Hollywood's most fashion-forward starlets, you just may be able to bang it out.  Need some inspiration? Consider these celebs' hair-raising styles before you get some bangs yourself.

Sienna Miller
Sienna makes beautiful bangs look just too easy. With a swept-up bun, she keeps things casual by pulling out a few pieces of her around her face. That technique also helps to soften the harsh look of bold bangs.

Zooey Deschanel
Bangs have become somewhat of a signature look for this actress. Her blue eyes always pop from just underneath a thick layer of dark fringe, which she keeps both straight and voluminous. The resulting look, combined with her retro makeup, recalls a 1960s charm.

Reese Witherspoon
This blond's thin, fine locks wouldn't work with thick bangs, so she opts for piecey, delicate ones. Her fringe never looks too heavy, and is especially flattering with gleaming highlights that give them an airy effect.

Alexa Chung
The queen of mussed-up chic, Chung parts her bangs so that they don't get in her eyes, and also leaves them unstyled and unkempt.

Kim Kardashian
​Kim K's extra long bangs look alluring grazing the top of her eyelashes. The blunt cut has a striking effect, especially in contrast to the rest of her long locks, which are loose and wavy.

Jennifer Lawrence
If you've ever been curious to try bangs but are too afraid of a bold, bunt cut, take a cue from this actress. She opts for a subtle, sideswept look that's simultaneously understated and elegant.

Liv Tyler
Tyler has been sporting straight, thick bangs for most of her career, and for good reason: The mod look just works for her. Glamour magazine noted that the actress even has a secret technique to make them work for her face. By tucking longer strands around her face behind her ears, she emphasizes her cheeks and visually highlights her flawless bone structure.