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3 ways to help your makeup beat the summer heat

       
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

3 ways to help your makeup beat the summer heat

If you love summer but you don't like the way it affects your appearance, you're not alone! Many women struggle to maintain their glamorous looks once the warm weather arrives. The heat can quickly cause everything from your mascara to your eyeshadow to run if you aren't prepared. Here are some tips for keeping your face together when you need to go outside.

1. Cut back on makeup
Allure magazine recommended keeping it simple with concealer or foundation to hide your flaws – nothing else. Don't feel obligated to pile on the makeup when it's humid outside. Doing so will make you feel uncomfortable, and it'll show on the surface of your skin.

2. Use a matte eyeshadow
The Huffington Post suggested using a matte eyeshadow to ensure that color stays on your lids, even when it's hotter than you can handle outside. Of course, don't forget to use primer to prevent running and creases!

3. Waterproof it
If possible, look for waterproof mascara and other smudge-proof makeup to wear during the summer. These cosmetics are specifically designed for long wear, meaning you won't have to concern yourself with whether your makeup is melting off of your face in the heat.

Connie Britton shines with simple pink lipstick

       
Friday, June 14th, 2013

Connie Britton shines with simple pink lipstick

If you've watched "American Horror Story," you know who Connie Britton is. The actress, who starred in the first season of the series, has been picking up gigs around Hollywood for quite some time. Perhaps this is why she's invited to some of the most prestigious events around the globe!

Recently, Britton made an appearance at the 41st Annual FiFi Awards wearing a stunning strapless navy blue dress that cascaded down to her ankles. Because the ensemble practically stole the show, Britton didn't need to wear much makeup to impress onlookers on the red carpet.

She opted for a simple pink lipstick on her pout that gave her lips some glossiness. On her cheeks, she wore a bit of deep pink blush, then chose to go with dark eyeliner around the rims of her peepers. The simplicity of her makeup complemented the rest of her look.

If you want to flaunt a simple, subtle pink lipstick but you don't know how, there are a couple of ways you can nail it on the first try. InStyle magazine recommended using a neutral lip pencil on your pout to start, then swipe shimmer over your lipstick once it's on to warm up the color.

3 hot eyeliner trends worth noting this season

       
Thursday, June 13th, 2013

3 hot eyeliner trends worth nothing this season

Eyeliner is a must for most women, especially those who want to make their eyes appear larger and more awake. However, it can become boring to use the same color and technique every day. That being said, now is the perfect time to take advantage of new makeup trends, specifically ones pertaining to eyeliner. Here are some hot styles that have emerged from the runways in spring 2013.

1. Winged eyeliner
If you have liquid eyeliner sitting in your makeup bag, Harper's Bazaar magazine recommended whipping it out and trying a winged look this season. It's sexy as well as bold, making it ideal for hot dates or weekend outings with the girls.

2. Deep black eyeliner
Now isn't the time to play conservative and opt for brown eyeliner – Elle magazine stated that black eyeliner is all the rage on the runways. Even if you only view black as an after-hours color, more women are wearing it casually during the daytime.

3. Colorful eyeliner
Celebrities are doing it, so why can't you? Colorful eyeliner can give you a unique look that turns heads wherever you go!

3 items you must have in your beach bag this summer

       
Friday, June 7th, 2013

3 items you must have in your beach bag this summer

If you plan on hitting the beach this summer, you're going to need more than just a large bottle of suntan lotion to look your best on the shore. In addition to SPF makeup and moisturizer to protect yourself from the sun, there are a few other key items you should include in your beach bag. 

1. Waterproof mascara
Because you'll likely be taking a dip in the ocean, Real Simple magazine claims that you'll want to have waterproof mascara on hand to make sure that your peepers always look beautiful when you're a little wet. A moisture-proof formula also ensures that sweat won't cause your makeup to run under the sun.

2. Sun hat
Both your scalp and your luscious locks can get burned under the scorching sun. AOL recommends bringing a sun hat along for your trip for the utmost protection. Your burn-free scalp will thank you for wearing it later!

3. SPF lip balm
The salty air can quickly dry out your plump pout while you're near the sea. Make sure to include an SPF lip balm in your beach bag to keep your lips hydrated, protected and silky smooth.

Cardinal rules for flat ironing your hair

       
Friday, June 7th, 2013

Cardinal rules for flat ironing your hair

Once you have your eyeliner and lipstick on, the last thing to do is your hair. If you're going for a sleek look, you may think about flat ironing your luscious locks. However, applying extreme heat directly to your hair can do more harm than good. Even if you regularly use strengthening shampoo and conditioner, your hair can be in for lasting damage.

That being said, it can be disappointing to avoid rocking this look altogether! If you still want to go straight but you don't want to sacrifice the health of your hair, The Huffington Post recommends using a protectant beforehand. There are numerous heat protectant sprays on the market these days that can lock in moisture before you apply heat to your locks.

Next, Daily Makeover encourages you to avoid flat ironing your hair until it's completely dry. Applying an iron to damp or wet hair can increase the damage by causing temperatures to soar – this is a big no-no!

Finally, try to limit the amount of times you flat iron your hair throughout the week. Give your hair a break once in a while – it deserves it!

Gwen Stefani knows how to confidently wear red lipstick

       
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Gwen Stefani knows how to confidently wear red lipstick

These days, not everyone can pull off the blonde bombshell look flawlessly. With so many fake blondes walking around, it takes a confident woman to wear the color brilliantly and pair it with the perfect makeup! Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt, is one woman who can tell you all about it.

Throughout her illustrious music career, Stefani has become renowned for her natural beauty and blonde locks. Additionally, she’s popular for her choices of makeup and clothing – is it any wonder that she now has her own fashion line?

Recently, Stefani showed up to the premiere of “The Bling Ring” in Los Angeles, Calif., looking more stunning than ever. The singer wore bright red lipstick on her pout and a bit of silver eyeshadow to open up her peepers. On her lashes, she had a bit of black mascara to give them more volume and length.

Not sure how to wear red lipstick like a pro? The Huffington Post recommends playing with different shades until you find one that complements your skin tone. Then, exfoliate your lips before application to ensure that the lipstick goes on smoothly.

Angelina Jolie wears little makeup to the premiere of “World War Z”

       
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Angelina Jolie wears little makeup to the premiere of

If you’re looking for a celebrity to emulate, you might want to choose Angelina Jolie. Not only is she a brilliant actress, but she’s a natural beauty who makes her presence known both on and off the silver screen.

Recently, Jolie was by her man’s side at the premiere of “World War Z” in Germany. Brad Pitt, who stars in the movie, looked stellar next to Jolie as she smiled for the cameras. However, it was his wife who truly stole the attention with her magnificent white dress and flawless makeup. Jolie once again proved that you don’t need to wear an ample amount of cosmetics to show off your natural features.

The actress opted for a nude lipstick that accentuated her luscious lips. On her lashes, she wore a bit of mascara to highlight their length. Overall, she went light with concealer and foundation elsewhere on her face.

If you want to flaunt a natural appearance, there are a couple of ways you can pull it off flawlessly, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. Choose a lipstick that matches your complexion – make sure you’re within two shades of your natural skin tone. Then, add a hint of pink or peach blush to your cheeks to complement your pout.

Carmen Electra goes dramatic with eye makeup in L.A.

       
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Carmen Electra goes dramatic with eye makeup in L.A.

Carmen Electra is not only renowned for her acting skills, but for her ageless beauty as well. Recently, the celebrity showed that she still knows plenty about how to wear the right cosmetics to give herself a flawless appearance on the red carpet.

Electra showed up to the premiere of “This Is The End” in Los Angeles, Calif., looking stunning in a long white gown. However, it wasn’t just her ensemble that caught the eyes of onlookers – it was her perfect makeup! Electra played it simple with a rosy, glossy lipstick on her pout to highlight her gorgeous smile. On her eyes, she opted for some drama with dark liquid eyeliner and lengthening mascara. It was just the right amount of eye makeup for the formal occasion, and it accented the beautiful blue color of her irises.

If you’ve always wanted lush lashes like the ones that Electra flaunts, you might simply need to replace the tools you’re using, according to Allure magazine. Think about opting for a mascara wand that has a slight curve to give your lashes more appeal and apply your formula more evenly in front of the mirror.

3 wedding hairstyles to try this summer

       
Monday, June 3rd, 2013

3 wedding hair styles to try this summer

At the Cannes Film Festival, many celebrities made headlines for their makeup, luxurious outfits and beautiful updos. Now, brides-to-be are taking notes on what they saw to look just as fabulous on their big days, according to The Huffington Post. Here are some of the hottest hairstyle trends spotted in France.

1. Elegant buns
With a ponytail, twist of the hair and a spritz of a holding hairspray, you can easily achieve an elegant bun for your wedding day.

2. High ponytail
High ponytails gave many women a chic, playful look in Cannes.

3. Faux bobs
Nicole Kidman took advantage of this “Gatsby”-inspired look for the film festival, and you can too.

Glamour magazine claims that other styles you can try include a twisted bun, beehive or low ponytail to make a memorable impression on your guests. To ensure that your hair is easy to work with on the big day, use shampoo and conditioner that detangles and hydrates your luscious locks. Then, consider using a serum to smooth away frizz, regardless of humidity or other weather conditions. In the end, you’ll be happier with your hair, no matter how you wear it!

Jada Pinkett Smith knows how to wear mascara flawlessly

       
Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Jada Pinkett Smith knows how to wear mascara flawlessly

When you’re married to a famous actor, you’re expected to always look fabulous while hanging off of his arm. Jada Pinkett Smith knows this when she steps onto the red carpet alongside her husband, Will Smith, and she showed off her know-how at the premiere of “After Earth” in New York City.

Although much of the fanfare surrounded her husband and their son, Jaden, who is also starring in the film, Pinkett Smith looked as glamorous as ever. Her ruffled pink short-sleeved cocktail dress was unique and fitting for the spring season. However, it was her flawless makeup that truly stole the show. On her lips, Pinkett Smith wore a beautiful subtle pink lip gloss to draw attention to her voluptuous pout. She kept it simple around her eyes with a bit of black mascara to lengthen and define her lashes.

If you want to get a stunning look like the one that Pinkett Smith rocked on the red carpet, you can easily do so by securing a heated lash curler and a dark mascara, according to The Huffington Post. Adding some curl to your lashes before applying your mascara can help you make your peepers look bolder and more beautiful.