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Beauty tips from Victoria’s Secret models

       
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Beauty tips from Victoria's Secret models

Victoria's Secret models are a rarity when it comes to beauty. In fact, according to Elle magazine, chief marketing officer for the company Edward Razek says that they are less common that superstar athletes. He estimates that there are fewer than 100 women in the entire world that have what it takes to strut the catwalk at the VS Fashion Show, and only 33 were selected. While it undoubtedly takes phenomenal genes and a lot of gym time to look as good as they do, there are some beauty secrets that can make anyone look nearly runway-ready.

Here are some tips from the models themselves:

Karolina Kurkova
Want a flawless face like Kurkova's? The answer lies in three simple products: an oil-free primer, illuminating foundation and iridescent finishing powder. Diane Kendal, makeup artist for NARS, told Elle that this combination makes skin look as if it's glowing from the inside.

Toni Garrn
What's the one must-have in Garrn's makeup regimen? Highlighter, according to Fashionista. She noted that she's been dabbing it along her browbone and on the bridge of her nose since she was 14 years old. Jessica Hart is another model who has a penchant for this product, but she uses it high on her cheekbones.

Behati Prinsloo
There's one trend that the VS Angels were rocking all over the recent runway: the brown smoky eye. New York Daily News reported that Prinsloo begins by brushing a pale eyeshadow across her lids. Then, she dabs a darker brown into the crease. With an angled eyeliner brush, she carefully sweeps more of the deep pigment along her lower lashline and then along the top. This way, she doesn't even have to use eyeliner to define her eyes. Finally, she adds a couple coats of a rich brown-black mascara and dabs some illuminator from the browbone all the way around to the undereye area to draw light to her peepers.

Adriana Lima
There's one trick that can make your eyes look significantly bigger, like Lima's. To get the doe-eyed effect, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Elle that you can apply individual false lashes just at the outer edge of your eye. Or, he explained that you could simply keep extending your eyeliner at the outer corners and your eyes will appear larger.

Jourdan Dunn
Dunn doesn't like to use fake lashes, but she does have a tip that can fake the same effect. She told Fashionista that she simply places a card behind her lashes so that she can apply more pressure while sweeping on mascara, pushing against the paper.

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

       
Monday, November 18th, 2013

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

There's something about a winter wedding that offers a new level of romance. Between the pristine white backdrop and the festive holiday spirit, a big day during the colder months has an almost fairy tale-like feel. If you're planning to tie this knot during this time of year, there are certain things you'll want to keep in mind when it comes to your cosmetics to make sure you shine.

Here are some tips for a look that's just as beautiful as your winter wonderland:

Get glowing
Dry air and harsh lighting can make your skin look washed out or flaky, so you'll need to use the right makeup to ensure that your face is smooth and radiant. It's crucial to exfoliate the night before and moisturize well the day of the wedding for a perfect canvas. Then, layer an illuminating cream foundation. The light reflecting particles will give your face a natural looking glow. Then reach for a peachy blush, which will provide a healthy flush without making it look like you've been standing out in the cold. Sweep some pigment on the apples of your cheeks and then brush on some translucent powder to set the look and ensure a flawless, photo-ready finish.

Frosty eyes
Don't be afraid of shimmer – icy lids are perfect for a wedding at this time of year. Consider a pearly white shadow, which brightens up your eyes for a refreshed and youthful look. You could also take things up a notch with silver lids, which have an alluring look when paired with sleek black liquid liner. Or, warm things up with a rose​ gold or copper eyeshadow. When you're sporting a metallic hue, just be sure that it doesn't clash with your jewelry. Then sweep it across your lids, dusting a paler shade of the same color in the corners of your eyes.

It's crucial to use waterproof liner and mascara to make sure your makeup doesn't run despite some snow or a few tears.

Lively lips
There are several routes you can take with your pout. For a daytime wedding, go for a subtler look by lining your lips with a rosy pencil and then applying a gloss in the same hue. Or you can go bolder with a rich cranberry lip if your ceremony is in the evening. However, if you're rocking a high intensity matte pigment, you'll need to exfoliate and moisturize your lips every day the week before your wedding to avoid a chapped or peeling pout.

This Thanksgiving, Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments!

       
Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments

The foods you eat nourish your body, so naturally you try to incorporate the healthiest fare. When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s all about indulging in the comforts of the season – those tried and true traditional dishes that have a nostalgic quality and make you feel happy. Autumnal ingredients like yams, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg aren’t just delicious, they’re also good for you, when prepared properly. Did you know that they’re also spectacular for your skin?

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to feed your skin with some sustenance. Here are three DIY treatments made from the tastiest festive ingredients:

Mashed Potato Mask
It seems as if mashed potatoes can cure anything, and they’re a comforting remedy for your complexion, too. If you’re pursuing a solution for your puffy eyes, battling frequent breakouts, or attempting to diminish dark circles or fine lines, try making a mask infused with this classic dish. All you need are some prepared mashed potatoes – it doesn’t matter how they’re seasoned.

Opt for organic potatoes so you can avoid harmful pesticides. If you have especially dry skin, consider adding a bit of olive oil to your potatoes for extra moisture. However, those that are looking to alleviate acne should mix up a batch with minimal ingredients.

Smooth the potatoes over clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After rinsing off, follow up with a moisturizer.

Squash foot soak
Are you feet feeling parched? With the temperatures dropping and the air getting dryer, it’s common to see some flakes. Fortunately, butternut squash boasts a high vitamin E content, which when combined with the lactic acid in milk and nourishing properties of oil, can slough off dead skin and repair cracks.

Simply mash up one large cooked squash and combine it with 3 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of either safflower or vegetable oil. Put the mixture in a tub that can comfortably fit your feet, and submerge them in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse them off, then slip on some cozy socks to trap in moisture.

Sweet potato conditioner
Your hair needs a detox once in a while, too. Switch out your normal conditioner for this sweet potato concoction, which can get rid of product buildup and help to prevent pesky flyaways from the dry static-filled air.

Start by cutting a cooked sweet potato in half and mashing it up. Then, add 3 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. Massage it onto clean, damp hair and don a shower cap to seal in the solution, allowing it to absorb more effectively. After 20 minutes, rinse out the conditioner and voilá: smoother strands.

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.

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.