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A quick makeup routine for stress-free mornings

       
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

A quick makeup routine for stress-free mornings

A long, complicated makeup routine can really throw a dent in your morning, so it's important to change things up once in a while to make sure you're making the most of your time.

While it may seem impossible, you can actually shave minutes off your regiment with a few simple tricks, leaving extra time to snooze or grab that much needed coffee on the way to the office. First, remove any impurities or dirt from your face, eyes and neck in one swipe with the deep-cleaning Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes by Rilastil. These towelettes are just as cleansing as a traditional face wash and moisturizer, but much simpler.

Look alive with the Wakeup Concealer by Pixi. The fuss-free wand is perfect for hiding dark under-eye circles, covering blemishes or hiding any other flaws. Next, use a kabuki brush to apply the Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Pressed Powder. This multi-tasking formula illuminates the complexion and reduces the appearance of imperfections, all while soothing tired skin.

A sweep of the Fake Lash Effect Mascara by Babor is enough to make peepers pop. Finally, apply a multi-purpose blush and balm like Jane Iredale's Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain for a flush of color on both temples and lips.

In order to save time, it's crucial to make sure brushes are easy to find. Tuck brushes into the GloMinerals gloBrush Roll pockets to keep them organized.

High brow or low brow? The best eyebrow shape for your face

       
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

High brow or low brow? The best eyebrow shape for your face

Eyebrows are an oft-forgotten aspect of any beauty regiment – but they shouldn't be. Brows frame the eyes and thus can have a huge impact on how certain facial features appear. While some may rock bolder brows well, others might do well with a slender design. "Brow architect" Tiffany Reicosky of Browhaus in NYC told Refinery 29 that an ideal brow depends largely on a person's face shape. By following these tips, you can flatter and enhance your best features while drawing attention away from flaws.

Round
Round-faced ladies should consider an angled brow with a high arch. By cutting the tail of the brow short, you can give the illusion of an elongated face.

Square
A more square-jaw calls for a sharp peak. Give the brow a thicker, fuller shape and enhance the color with the Arch Rival Brow Defining Essentials Kit by being TRUE.

Diamond
Slim a diamond-face shape by creating a curved brow, which can make the widest part of your face appear more narrow. Create a natural contour with the Linea Perfetta Brow Pencil by Borghese.

Heart
A rounded brow shape with a feminine arch can soften a pointier chin on heart-shaped faces.

Oval
This face shape is already proportionate – so you have the freedom to experiment. Try a variety of brow styles with Paula Dorf's Brow Stencil Kit.

Long
Avoid high arches and go for a more flat, horizontal line to balance out the vertical length of the face with some width.

Choosing the best shadow color for your eyes

       
Friday, July 19th, 2013

Choosing the best shadow color for your eyes

The truth is, some shades just enhance your natural coloring while others might look drab. Even when it comes to hair color, there are certain hues that might flatter your skin and eyes more than others. And in terms of eye makeup, it's just as important to pick the right tone to make your peepers pop. Wondering which shadow is the right one for you?

Blue
While it's not always best to match up a shadow to your eye color, a grayish-toned blue can make eyes look even more vivid. Try GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Blue Suede for drama or Silver Mist for a softer, shimmery look.

Brown
Shades of exotic coral and deep plum can really brighten up neutral eyes. Babor's Eye Shadow in Fever, an exotic peach, or Twilight, a rich purple, will make brown eyes come alive.

Green
Green eyes look stunning in metallic shades, from an intense copper to a glittery gunmetal. Jane Iredale's PurePressed Eye Shadow in Glimmer Gold is ideal.

Hazel
From iridescent periwinkle, to sheer pink, to deep brown, you can wear almost any shade on your lids. So why not try go for the multi-color Pixi Lumi Lux Eye Palette, which provides 20 hues for endless combinations.

Gray
You can rock a smoky eye like no other, so go for GloMinerals gloMetallic Smoky Eye Kit for a sultry, come-hither look.

Fall 2013 makeup trend: The cat’s meow

       
Friday, July 19th, 2013

Fall 2013 makeup trend: The cat's meow

There was a range of makeup trends on Fall 2013 runways, from a raspberry smoky eye, to ever-chic wet, glossy lips. One look that recalls mod style is making a comeback, though: the cat eye. 

Harper's Bazaar noted that designers like Kenzo and Anna Sui had models sporting the iconic 1960s look, while Christian Dior and Jason Wu added icy blue and violet to give the cat eye a flash of color and an updated flair.

To get the winged shape yourself, start with the Pixi Eye Bright Kit for a neutral base,which will give you the effect of a good night's sleep with a unique combination of a brightener, cover up and multi-purpose cream highlighter that can hide dark circles and imperfections. Next, define the eye from the inner corner outward with the bold Borghese Eye Accento Pencil in Black Vellura, extending outward and upward slightly at the edge. Gently tracing a line from the outer corner of the bottom lashline inward will create an even more dramatic impact.

After creating definition with the pencil, it's important to later on a liquid formula, like the waterproof Pixi Lash Line Ink in black silk. The flexible precision tip makes it easier to apply a flawless cat-eye with no feathering.

Finally, finish with a sweep of Superiore State-of-the-Art Waterproof Mascara by Borghese. A single coat is enough to lengthen, separate and curl your lashes for the coyest cat effect.

Try turquoise for a summer smoky eye

       
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Try turquoise for a summer smoky eye

The smoky eye is undoubtedly one of the sultriest makeup trends for the evening, but black isn't the only way to go. In fact, going with a brighter hue can be less harsh, softening the overall look. At the recent Chanel Fashion Show in Paris, Kristen Stewart sported a smoky eye with vivid blue highlights that was both soft and edgy at the same time.

To get Kristen's look, start by prepping eyelids with being TRUE Protective Shadow Primer. This product acts as an ideal base, especially in summer heat and humidity, ensuring that the pigment remains vibrant and doesn't smudge.

Next, sweep a rich, shimmer color like the crease-resistant Too Faced Single Eye Shadow in Aqua from the lash line to the crease, extending outwards and upwards at the corners for a subtle or wing, depending on your tastes. In order to achieve depth with a gradient effect, it's important to apply a deeper pigment, like GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Mermaid with a small domed brush from the lash line and blend outward to the crease.

A good eyeliner is essential to the smoky eye - so glide on Sothys Graphic Kohl Liner from corner to corner on both upper and lower lash lines.

Finally, dab a shimmery line of Jane Iredale's Mystikol eyeliner and highlighter in one in Aquamarine at the inner corner of your eyes.

The best part? This turquoise look flatters every eye color and skin tone.

Keeping blemishes undercover

       
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Keeping blemishes undercover

Just one pesky blemish can have the power to bring down your entire face's appearance. But with a powerful concealer and the proper application, these imperfections don't have to ruin your complexion.

A good concealer can provide the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup, so it's crucial to pick the right one for your skin type. Camouflage Cream by BABOR is packed with vitamins and nutrients to not only hide blemishes and dark under-eye circles, but also correct any discolorations. The formula is also smudge and waterproof, making it an ideal solution for all-day coverage, even in sweltering summer heat.

If aging is a concern, apply theBalm's timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer before you go to sleep. With this product, you can simultaneously cover up any darkness or redness while also reducing fine lines. Formulated with soybean oil and linoleic acid, timeBalm also protects the delicate skin around the eyes from any environmental stresses.

For ultimate customization, Protective Illuminating Concealer by being TRUE cosmetics offers a tri-component compact. Two different hues can be blended for a personalized shade that matches your exact skin tone, and a micro illuminating neutralizer deflects light away from any lines or flaws. The TRUE antioxidant complex and brighteners help to mask discoloration while also boosting the skin's natural youthful glow.

No one has entirely perfect skin – but you can pretend with any of these flaw-fighting formulas.

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Make waves with a beach-inspired manicure

Just because you aren't spending all your summer days lounging at the beach doesn't mean you can't pretend. Bring the fun, sand and sun to your nails with a beach-inspired manicure, which with the right nail colors, can make you feel just a little bit closer to the waves.

Dreaming of the ocean? Try a glittered aqua hue, like the Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer in Seafoam Splendor by the Lippman Collection. This brilliant hue is the perfect eye-popping shade against a bright white bikini, but looks just as great with denim during the day. As an added benefit, Lippman's formulas are great for nails – leaving them stronger and more nourished than ever before.

Eager to soak up some rays? Put some sunshine on your fingertips with the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Yellow Brick Road. This dandelion yellow is sure to brighten your day, even if you're stuck in traffic or at the office. 

And if you're longing to sink your toes into the sand, opt for the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Believe. A shimmering taupe, this stunning shade is more than your basic, go-with-everything neutral. The metallic hue looks especially eye-catching against a tan, and adds glitz to a simple black dress. Apply an extra coat for an even more intense finish.

The best part? These lacquers are quick-drying and long-lasting, meaning your manicure will be chip-free for days – even if you make it to the beach after all.

Tips for faking a natural tan

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Tips for faking a natural tan

Come summertime, one of your biggest beauty challenges is maintaining a tan without damaging your skin. But with the right combination of skincare and cosmetics, it's possible to get that coveted glow without laying out in the sun.

The proper application of a good bronzer can do wonders for making your face look naturally tan. But some people might prefer a more moisturizing formula – like the Sun Self-Tanning Milk by G.M. Collin. This ultra-light lotion absorbs into the skin quickly, and contains seven herbal extracts. Over time, not only will you build up an even, long-lasting tan, but your skin will feel softer and more hydrated. 

Another option for a darker tint is Self-Tanning Fluid from Babor. A powerful combination of nutrients and minerals leaves skin nearly flawless, while also making it stronger and more resilient. The multi-protection properties of this formula boost the skin's natural defense systems so that it's more resistant to photo-aging.

If you're looking for something a little more advanced – check out being TRUE – The Kit by True Cosmetics. This complete, all-inclusive kit is great for traveling to your next summer getaway, and it includes two universal shades of Protective Mineral Foundation with SPF 17, Mineral Mist Bronze Blush, a compact all-purpose brush, finishing sponge, quick tips booklet and a cosmetic case.

With every application, you'll get a deeper pigment while also protecting your skin long-term.

Make orange lips yours this season

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Make orange lips yours this season

While not a traditional lip shade, orange lips have been emerging everywhere from the red carpet to the runway – and the look is more versatile than you might think. Makeup artist Gucci Westman told Allure Magazine that bright orange gives a "warm, sunny effect." She advised sticking with matte shades, as the color is already bold enough without a sparkle or shimmer. Particularly with a summer tan, this hue can infuse the right amount of color with everything from denim during the day to a cocktail dress in the evening. 

If you're sporting the trend for the first time, try sheer lipstick like Paula Dorf's Lip Color Sheer Tint in Rhythm. The formula has SPF15 and hydrates and conditions lips so the color stays smooth and shiny. It's the perfect amount of pigment without being too overpowering.

And if you're eager to join the tangerine craze but are looking to treat lips at the same time, Borghese's B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Misto Mandarino is ideal. These orange lipsticks contain beta vera, vitamin E and the Acqua di Vita Complex which keep lips moisturized for more long-lasting color. As an added benefit, the product strengthens lips and encourages the production of collagen for a plumping effect.

No matter your skin tone or personal style, orange lips can be yours this summer with the right product and shade.

How to fight summer frizz

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

How to fight summer frizz

Between heat, humidity and unpredictable weather conditions, it can seem impossible to keep hair smooth during summer. Fortunately, there are plenty of products that can seal the hair, combating frizz and making sure it stays sleek whether you're on the beach or in the office, and regardless of the climate.

The first step to any frizz-fighting regiment is the right shampoo and conditioner. The Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo and conditioner is optimal for kinky or wavy hair, while the protein complex in the same brand's Protein Rx Reparative Shampoo and conditioner is just what brittle, damaged strands need for manageability. After washing and conditioning, rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and pat hair dry, as rubbing can promote unwanted frizz.

Next, a serum is crucial for blocking out humidity. Leonor Greyl's Serum de Soie Sublimateur not only detangles and enhances shine, but also provides a UV filter to protect the hair's color and texture.

Having the right styling tools in your arsenal is key. Using an iconic dryer is less damaging, meaning hair will retain more moisture and be less prone to breakage. Putting a finger extension, like T3's Soft Touch, on the dryer can help to distribute heat more evenly, which defines curls and eliminates frizz for a more polished finished style.

With the right products and practices, your hair will look healthier and calmer, even in the dog days of summer.