Archive for November, 2013

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

       
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

With each passing year, your skin goes through some significant changes that can make it look less than supple. While wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles are inevitable, there are ways to camouflage them using the right cosmetics. However, dealing with signs of aging and achieving a more youthful complexion requires that you update your makeup tactics and techniques.

Are you looking to turn back the clock? Try these simple makeup tricks and you'll regain that youthful glow in no time:

Fast face lift
As you age, collagen and elastin production begins to slow down, so your complexion loses its firmness. To fight this process, you'll need to focus on moisturizing makeup that enhances your skin's luster and keeps it from looking dry or droopy.

First, reach for primer if you want a flawless finish. Makeup artist Maria Verel, whose has worked with Diane Sawyer, told Redbook magazine that primer has a blurring effect on lines and provides a more even, smooth complexion.

While it may be tempting to cake on the makeup to cover up your flaws, it's best to go light on your makeup for a more radiant look. Ditch the powder, which tends to settle into wrinkles and fine lines and accentuate them, and instead, consider a sheer liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. An optimal formula will provide adequate coverage and also contain light-reflecting particles to illuminate your entire face. 

For that youthful flush, opt for a cream blush over a powder formula, which will absorb more effectively into the skin. While you're applying, smile so you can focus on emphasizing the upper apples of your cheeks. This technique gives you the instant illusion of a face lift.

Perked up peepers
The skin around your eyes is naturally thinner, and with time, it continues to lose elasticity. As it becomes more transparent looking, blood vessels and dark circles become far more obvious, making you look older and tired. Make that discoloration diminish with an undereye concealer with yellow undertones, which can neutralize any blue or red pigment. It's best to opt for a concealer that's one shade lighter than your natural skin color to get a brightening effect. 

Sweep neutral shimmery eyeshadows in pale colors like champagne across your lids, and dab some at the inner corners to look even more alert. Stay away from shadows that are blue-based, as they may draw attention to undereye shadows, and reach for warmer hues instead. Want to open up your peepers even more? One helpful trick is to glide nude eyeliner along your lower lashline.

Sandy Linter, a makeup artist who works with former supermodel Christie Brinkley, explained to Redbook that eyelids can begin to sag with age, so she likes to use a pointed Q-tip to gently smudge liner out at the corners to visually lift them up.

Don't forget to apply a layer or two of lengthening mascara – it's a must for opening up and enlarging your eyes so you seem years younger.

Lips
Does your pout look like it's shrinking? Over time, you also lose some collagen in your lips, which is the protein responsible for keeping them plump. Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt told Oprah magazine that the the upper lip is especially prone to getting thinner. She recommends dabbing some gloss on the inside of the bottom lip to look to create the illusion of fuller pout.

You might be tempted to go for nude lips, but this is one trend that will just make your complexion look washed out. Liven things up with a moisturizing sheer lipstick in a soft rosy hue, which flatters any skin tone. If you have medium to dark skin, you can even pucker up with a bolder berry shade.

Makeup artist Chrisanne Davis told Allure magazine that lipstick is more likely to bleed as you age, so it can be helpful to outline your pout with a neutral liner to keep pigment in place.

Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

       
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

Girls who wear glasses have a lot to consider when it comes to their makeup. In fact, specs act like a magnifying glass – meaning they can change the way your eyes, and ultimately your whole face appears. With that said, glasses-wearers also have a lot to their advantage. Since frames draw attention to your eyes, you can really make them pop with the right tactics.

Here are some tips to enhance your overall look when you're sporting spectacles:

Face
If you wear a liquid or cream foundation, you're running the risk of glasses leaving a dent. Try using a loose powder formula to even out your complexion without any potential smearing or marks. Since frames might cast some shadows, use a concealer with yellow undertones to neutralize any blue hues under your eyes. Go simple on cheeks and lips with a subtle rosy hue to make sure your eyes remain the focal point.

Lids
Light neutral eyeshadows are best for your lids because they'll draw light to your eyes. Consider a slightly pearly champagne, amber, slate or taupe – which happens to be one of the trendiest shades of the season. Stay away from  shades that are ultra glittery, as they might cause a distracting reflective glare from behind glass. Don't forget to apply some highlighter on your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes to make your peepers pop even further.

Whether you choose a pencil or liquid liner, opt for a hue that's at least one or two shades away from your frames – the idea is to define your eyes, not make them disappear. It's also important to consider balance. If you're sporting slender frames, keep the line thin and sleek, but go for a bolder line if your specs are thick.

Brows
It's crucial to keep your brows neat and defined since glasses will be drawing attention to your eye area. Start by combing the hair upward and then tweezing any strays under the arch. Using a brow pencil, fill in any sparse areas, drawing in the direction the hair grows. Then use a brow brush to blend the pigment for a more natural look.

Lashes
Just because your peepers are behind glass doesn't mean you can't coyly bat your lashes. First, use a lash curler to help extend them upward instead of outward. This technique will not only make your eyes appear bigger, but will also prevent your lashes from colliding with the lenses. After curling them, sweep on some volumizing mascara for extra allure.

Kourtney Kardashian’s 5 minute makeup routine

       
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Kourtney Kardashian's 5 minute makeup routine

It's not easy being a busy mom and still looking gorgeous, but Kourtney Kardashian seems to manage. Whether she's brunching with her sisters on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," strutting down the red carpet or taking care of Mason, this stylish socialite and designer always looks put together. So how does she do it?

Apparently, the mom-meets-fashion-maven keeps things pretty simple when it comes to her makeup routine. If you're looking to adopt her minimalistic approach, here are some tips from Kourtney herself:

The essentials
In an interview with E! News, the Kardashian sister explained that when she's in "mommy mode," she sticks with a tried and true regimen that only takes her five minutes. Plus, it's so easy that she can multitask by keeping an eye on the kids while getting ready. So what are the absolute must-have products?

First, she starts with tinted moisturizer to even out her complexion. This allows her to get sheer coverage and a flawless canvas without a caked-on or artificial effect, which is ideal for a daytime look. Then she quickly dabs concealer under her eyes or on any problem areas.

The most important step is sweeping on some bronzer to add color and dimension to her face. In fact, Kourtney explained to Glamour magazine that the one makeup trick that she absolutely could not live without is contouring and highlighting, particularly around her cheekbones and nose.

The final touch? Curling her eyelashes and adding a layer or two of mascara. She also says she likes to finish her routine with a spritz of refreshing rosewater.

Day to night
According to Kourtney, boyfriend Scott Disick actually prefers the "less is more" look when it comes to her makeup.

Still, there are a few things that Kourtney might change up now and then when she wants a little more drama. Namely, she's apt to reach for a more dramatic lip shade if she's going out for the night with Scott or her girlfriends.

The makeup move she feels most confidently about is liquid liner application. This is a key product in her evening routine as it defines her eyes with a low risk of smudging. According to Glamour magazine, Kourtney says the applicator is key for a perfect line. She prefers a felt tip, which she says is easier to use when you want a really sleek line.

A guide to rocking glittery eyeshadow

       
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

A guide to rocking glittery eyeshadow

As the holidays are fast approaching, it's likely that you're going to be seeing glitter everywhere. While a sequined cocktail dress is no doubt eye-catching, you may want to consider adding some sparkle to your makeup routine too. Glitter eyeshadow can seem intimidating to some, but when applied the right way, is a surefire way to catch some admiring stares.

Here are some tips to make the look work for you:

Prep your peepers
If you merely sweep shimmer onto your lids without preparing them, there's a good chance that you'll see some serious fallout. The last thing you want is flecks of sparkle falling under your eyes and all down your face, so start with an eyeshadow primer. This product will ensure that the glitter stays put, and will also prevent creasing if you're using a cream shadow. If a little bit of glitter falls, don't fret – just use a clean shadow brush to dab it off, or even a small piece of scotch tape.

Mix textures
You wouldn't wear a big sparkly necklace over a beaded dress, would you? By the same token, glitter shadow works a lot better when paired with subtler, matte eye makeup. For example, consider sweeping on a slate eyeshadow and then adding a dab of silver glitter just in the center of your lids. Or start with a matte brown shadow and then layer gold glitter on top for a glamorous look that's perfect for any holiday bash.

Plain and simple
Since you want your glitzy eyes to be the star of the show, keep the rest of your makeup relatively subtle. Feel free to layer on some liquid liner, mascara, a bit of bronzer on your cheekbones and a neutral lip shade. Just stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your cheeks and lips, as they'll compete with your eyes for attention.

Go up a notch at night
Glitter can take your evening look to a whole new level. If you're sporting a sultry black smoky eye, use a fine tip brush to sweep gunmetal glitter along your lower lashline – it will draw light to your eyes and lend a stunning reflective effect even if you're in a dark room. Try dabbing some bright silver sparkles on the inner corners for a wide-eyed effect.

The brown smoky eye is also big this season. Consider dusting copper glitter over your lid and then using a darker brown shadow for dramatic contouring in the crease.

Ways to protect your hair in winter

       
Monday, November 11th, 2013

Ways to protect your hair in winter

There are some things you always do to prepare for the cold winter months: buying a new parka, sliding on some boots with a sturdy tread and stocking up on warm, comforting foods. So you should also be taking certain measures to keep your hair happy despite the frigid temperatures and dry air. The changes in climate can be harsh on your hair, and if you don't tweak your routine, you could end up with dull, straw-like strands.

Here are a few tips to make sure your tresses stay healthy until spring:

Be wise about washing
The lack of moisture in the air means your hair is far more likely to appear brittle. You're not sweating as much as you were in summer, so it's OK to skip a day or two of shampooing. In fact, Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner of Boston's SalonCapri, told Teen Vogue that washing once every three days is ideal. Be wary of using too much product, too. A quarter-sized amount is sufficient for average length hair, and using any more will strip all of the oils out so that your hair feels and looks parched. Try to turn down the water temperature to lukewarm, as hot water is harsh on hair. Dry shampoo can help you to keep your locks looking grease-free between showers.

Also, try to put down the blow​dryer now and then, or at the very least, let your hair air dry almost completely before blasting it with heat.

Condition constantly
Leave-in conditioners and rich hair masques are a lifesaver during this time of the year. Consider a deep hydrating mask once a week to repair and fortify your strands so that they stay shiny and smooth. Plus, Penna pointed out that these products can act as a shield between your hair and heat from your styling tools, thus minimizing damage and breakage. You could even make you own DIY mask by warming up a few tablespoons of coconut, avocado or olive oil and mashed bananas and leaving it on your tresses for 20 minutes before rinsing. 

Wear a hat
Putting on a hat in winter won't only keep your head warm, it'll save your strands. Opt for one in a soft fabric that won't snag or break your hair, and also consider styles that won't completely flatten your 'do. Struggling with static? Greg May of Greg May Hair Architects in Toronto told Elle magazine that it's best to look for alcohol-free hair styling products formulated with lanolin, which naturally fights flyaways.

Colors You’ll Fall For

       
Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Colors You'll Fall For

Each year, people flock to certain parts of the country to see the majestic colors of the fall foliage. Whether or not you’re lucky enough to see the leaves turn these vibrant shades firsthand, you can still incorporate the season’s colors into your makeup routine.

This fall, the hottest hues are radiant, rich and regal – cool and collected enough for a casual event and refined enough for a more elegant affair. The best part? These shades are flattering on every skin tone. Now that you’ve fallen for fall’s colors, here’s how to work them into your routine:

Plum
Plum is bound to be the focal point of your look, so you might as well go for a bold lip. The key to getting high-intensity, lasting pigment is starting with a layer of coordinating lip liner. Carefully trace your lips with Youngblood’s Lip Liner Pencil in Plum and then lightly color them in. Swipe on a coat of Youngblood’s Lipstick in Envy and onlookers are bound to be – well, envious of your pout.

Taupe
Move over, smoky eye: The taupe cat eye is wearable at any time of day or occasion and is just as alluring. Taupe is a brownish gray that complements any complexion, and since it’s going to be your go-to neutral this autumn, the GloMinerals Mini Eye Shadow Quad in Venus is about to become your peepers’ best friend. Apply a layer of the taupe at the top left of the quad as a base on your lids. Then dab the lighter shadow next to it at the inner corners of your eyes. Finish with a swipe of espresso or black eyeliner along the top lashline for more drama.

Emerald
Pantone declared this green jewel tone the color of the year, and it has certainly maintained its intrigue. This is a powerful hue, though, meaning a little bit will go a long way. Instead of dusting emerald across your whole lid, use it to create accents that will define and attract light to the eye. Consider using a flat brush to apply a thin flash of Too Faced’s Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow in Nice Stems along the bottom lashline. Or, dust it at the outer corners of your eyes for a soft but seductive effect.

Favorite New Gift Sets from BORGHESE

       
Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Favorite New Gift Sets from BORGHESE

Choosing the right gift for someone you care about can be a daunting task. Still, the idea behind a present is ultimately to let them know you care and to give them something that will make life more enjoyable.

For all of those instances when you have no idea what to get, Borghese Gift Sets are a perfect solution. With a variety of options ranging from aromatherapy to skincare, you can choose one that’s tailored to the recipient’s needs, tastes and preferences.

Leisure
Have a friend who could use some relaxation in their lives? The Tuscan Home Candle Collection is an ideal gift. Each of the three Italian-inspired aromatic blends is formulated to give off a subtle scent to promote tranquility in the home.

The Bagno Beautiful Gift Set is another fitting option for a stressed-out friend. While lounging in the tub, the Borghese Bagno di Vita Body Soak with Italian minerals and botanical oils will alleviate tension and soothe sore muscles. After a bath, the Borghese Tono Body Crème will seal in moisture so skin feels buttery soft.

Lure
If you have a lady in your life that’s always on-the-go, go for the Tuscan Beauty Set, which comes with a bright rose-printed travel cosmetics bag and a multitude of skin products for a flawless complexion. The Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme will gently wash away impurities, while the ultra-luxurious Fango Ferma Firming Mud Mask for Face and Body has a transformative effect. Meanwhile, the Curaforte Moisture Intensifier boosts the skin’s ability to hold on to hydration.

An aging friend will delight in the ReaFIRMing Beauty Gift Set. Every product, from the Insta-Firm Platinum Advanced Wrinkle Relaxer to the Crema Intensiva Intensive Firming Creme, is formulated to smooth out fine lines, enhance the skin’s elasticity and promote a youthful glow.

If you know someone who’s especially romantic – or could use a little love in their lives – send them the Lucky in Love Gift Set. The Satin Shadow Milani Trio and best-selling State-of-the-Art Mascara will make her eyes wink-ready, and the B Gloss Lip Gloss in Red Lustro is perfect for a kissable pout. One spritz and she’ll instantly fall for the feminine floral Il Bacio Eau De Parfum Spray.

Luxury
Instead of sending them to the spa, give loved ones the gift of a comparable experience in their own home with the Tuscan Secret Gift Set. The Botanico Eye Compresses rejuvenate the eye area, and the Sali Esfoliante Salt Scrub will buff off dead skin, revealing a brighter, smoother layer beneath.

For your beauty-savvy friend, nothing compares to the Effortlessly Extraordinary Gift Set. A powerful cleanser, toner and moisturizer formulated with a combination of technologically-optimized ingredients fuel the skin’s cell regeneration and help reverse the signs of aging.

Pointers for a perfect complexion

       
Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Pointers for a perfect complexion

No matter who you are, blemish-free skin is always a top beauty priority. Still, certain lifestyle factors or habits can get in the way of a clear complexion.

Whether your type is oily, dry or combination, there are certain strategies and solutions that can be invaluable in your efforts to achieve a flawless face. Here are some helpful hints:

Detox your diet
Cleansing doesn't have to involve an all-liquid diet, but it does mean you'll need to get rid of certain unhealthy fare and replace it with more nutritional foods. The fact is, what you eat can have a major impact on your skin, so it's important to feed your body the right nutrients to make sure your skin cells can regenerate properly for a rejuvenated and radiant appearance. 

Meagen McCusker, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, explained to The Washington Post that it's best to avoid refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which can promote inflammation. Not only that, but she noted that sugar also damages cell membranes and destroys collagen, which is the protein that keeps skin looking supple and taut.

Los Angeles-based dermatologist Jessica Wu told Women's Health magazine that dairy products actually fuel your oil glands, thus exacerbating breakouts.

So what should you be noshing on? Alan Dattner, a New York dermatologist, told the news outlet that nuts and wild salmon offer the essential omega-3 fatty acids that promote healthy skin. He also recommended incorporating fish oil and flaxseed into your diet for the same benefits.

It goes without saying that hydration is important for overall health, but it's also crucial for your complexion. Aim to drink eight glasses a day to flush out impurities that can make your skin look dull.

Be a clean freak
If you want to keep blemishes at bay, you have to wash your face regularly – no excuses. That means using a cleanser that can regulate oil when you wake up and before you go to bed, as well as after a sweaty gym session. Don't wash your face more frequently than that, though, or you could actually dry out your skin and cause oil glands to go into overdrive. You'll also need to reach for a makeup remover at the end of the day to avoid acne. Breakout-prone skin needs moisturizer, too, so reach for an oil-free formula, which will boost hydration levels without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.

Cleanliness is key for other aspects of your life as well – like your makeup brushes. If you don't wash them, the bacteria and dirt that builds up in the bristles could end up back in your pores. So remember to massage a bit of facial cleanser and warm water into them once a week, then lay them flat to dry.

Women's Health noted that smartphones are filled with germs, which can land on your face every time you put one to your ear. Keep antibacterial wipes on hand to prevent your chatting from compromising your complexion.

TLC
Most importantly, be kind to your skin to avoid the angry red bumps.

Exfoliate once a week to facilitate cell turnover and slough off dead skin and debris that can clog pores. Be gentle with your application, though – an ideal product that contains natural exfoliants, like alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acids, will do the work for you.

When it comes to your nighttime skin routine, reach for a treatment that contains calming ingredients, like aloe vera or chamomile.

Whatever you do, don't stress. Cortisol, one of the primary stress hormones, is directly related to oil production – so it's important to relax to minimize acne. Whether it's taking a morning yoga class or a warm bath at night, simple soothing acts will also keep your skin from freaking out.

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

Whether you're heading into the office or out for a coffee date, optimal daytime makeup depends on a natural look. The idea is to enhance your features instead of overpowering them – after all, you want to save those dramatic effects for the dimly lit dance floor or bar. So how do you accentuate your features without going over the top?

The truth is, you don't have to spend an excessive amount of time or use a ton of products for your morning makeup routine. Just follow these steps for an easy yet eye-catching look:

Flawless face
Nix the five-step face makeup process – lighting during the daytime is harsh and you'll likely end up with that caked-on effect. The best way to look fresh-faced and youthful is to keep your makeup minimal. So if your skin is very clear, you can probably opt for a tinted moisturizer. If you need a little more coverage, consider a liquid silicon-based foundation. People that tend to breakout or suffer from shine should look for a product that's oil-free and water-based.

Of course, a sweep of pigment on your cheeks is essential for that sought-after healthy glow. Make sure you reach for a color that's close to the natural hue you turn when you're actually blushing. Tap off excess product before applying to ensure that you don't brush on too much color. Then swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend up toward the temples.

Bright eyes
When it comes to eyeshadow, neutral shades are best for the daytime. That doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your eye makeup, though. Try a taupe with a subtle shimmer, which can easily be taken into nighttime with a darker brown shade in the crease. Other earth tones, like beige, brown and light gray are well-suited for your daytime look as well. Don't forget to dab a bit of highlighter on your browbone – you'll look instantly well-rested, even if you didn't get enough sleep. A thin sweep of eyeliner along the top lashline and one layer of volumizing mascara should be enough to define your peepers.

Lovely lips
As a general rule of thumb, your ideal lip color for the daytime will be just one or at most, two shades deeper than the natural color of your pout. A rosy gloss is always a safe bet for any complexion, and is versatile enough to work with a variety of other makeup shades as well as outfits. If you opt for a matte lipstick, using a brush to apply it will help you to build the color more evenly and blend it in.

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

Many believe that eyes are the window to the soul – and if that's true, your eyeshadow is the drapery. Therefore, you want to choose tones that will enhance, define and complement your eyes. Choosing a shade that works well isn't as easy as matching one to your eye color. In fact, you might be surprised by which hues make your peepers pop.

Before you swipe any shadow on your lids, follow this guide to find the best shades for you:

Blue
Contrary to what you might think, blue shadow will not bring out the hue of your eyes – in fact, it might compete. Warm neutral shadows that contrast your eye color, like earthy mocha or copper, make your eyes really stand out. That doesn't mean you can't opt for cool shades as well, just make sure they're a few shades away from your eyes on the color spectrum, like slate gray or silver. For daytime, try a wash of champagne with a subtle gold sheen. Go bold with a deep, shimmery bronze at night to create a sultry smoky eye.

Brown
One of the most versatile eye colors, brown allows you to play around with pigment more. However, if you want to rock a shadow that's the same color as your eyes, be sure that it is a distinctively different shade. For example, an iridescent burnt sienna can complement chocolate eyes, while a sparkly taupe looks stunning on espresso colored eyes. Earth tones are ideal for a daytime look, but feel free to boost the drama at night with navy or a vibrant matte green.

Green
The advantage of this eye color is that you can wear some of the more unusual shadows, like pink and purple. When you're going for subtlety during the day, reach for neutrals that have pinkish undertones, like beige with a peachy glow or a light rust. Rose​ gold gives green eyes extra radiance for nighttime. You might also consider a rich plum, which can amplify green peepers. Makeup artist Nick Barose suggested adding a sheer wash of glitter over a dark purple shadow when you're going for maximum glamour.

Hazel
Since hazel eyes incorporate a variety of different colors, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to shadow. Try starting with a warm brown base and adding a layer of gold to bring out the yellow flecks in your eyes. You can instantly transition this look into night by sweeping the gold pigment along your bottom lashline and swiping on lengthening mascara. Going for higher impact? Consider a striking eggplant or deep bordeaux with a faint shimmer. The possibilities are endless for people with this eye color.