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Go bold with blue eye makeup

       
Monday, November 4th, 2013

Go bold with blue eye makeup

If blue eye makeup makes you think of the 1980s, it's time to realize that this look is actually ultra modern. The trend is getting a new twist these days, with awe-inspiring effects that work for nearly any occasion. Whether you're looking to rock this color for a coffee date or an evening bash, here's how to master it:

From day…
Black eyeliner can look harsh on some, and blue might be just the solution – it's can define the eye but is far subtler than ebony. Start with a pale neutral eyeshadow on your lids, like champagne. Then carefully trace your lower lashline from the inner corner out toward the outer edge with a teal pencil. The result is a wide-eyed yet alluring look.

If you're feeling brave, you can even sweep a bit of bright blue mascara onto your lashes for bright, playful peepers.

You can also use blue to liven up a metallic lid. Use an eyeshadow blush to apply a sheer icy silver base. Then layer on a slate blue shadow to give your eyes a pop of cool color. If you want a more intense finish, you can dampen the brush so that the pigment goes on more opaque. Pair this winter-ready look with a powder pink gloss and a dab of highlighter on your cheekbones.

…to night
If you're sporting a sleek cat-eye or a sultry smoky eye, try sweeping a slender line of rich cobalt pencil underneath the bottom lashes and smudging it slightly for some added intrigue. 

Looking for a little more drama? Combine two different blue shadows. Apply the softer color from the lid all the way up to the browbone. Then swirl your brush in the deeper shade and blend it into the crease. An angled brush can help you to create a V-shape in the corner, thus enhancing the depth and magnifying the shape of your eyes.

If you go for blue shadow, it's best to go light with the rest of your cosmetics. Bright colors on your lips will compete with the vibrancy of your eye makeup, so stick with shades that are within one to two shades of your natural lip color. A nude or sheer rosy lipstick will give your pout just enough pigment without drawing attention away from your eyes. Since orange is opposite blue on the color wheel, a subtle coral gloss will actually intensify the impact of your eye makeup.

How to get Dolce & Gabbana’s Sophia Loren-inspired look

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

How to get Dolce & Gabbana's Sophia Loren-inspired look

The runways dictate more than just our wardrobe – they also define the season’s hottest makeup trends. From manicure ideas to new updates on the smoky eye, there is never a shortage of inspiration at top designers’ fashion shows. Recently, Dolce & Gabbana created a stunning makeup look inspired by Sophia Loren that turned a lot of heads. With these simple steps, you can channel your own inner film goddess, even if you are just strutting down the sidewalk instead of the catwalk.

  1. Start by reaching for a rich cream foundation and evenly distribute it across your face. Follow up with a light layer of pressed powder for a matte finish. Vogue magazine reported that makeup artist Pat McGrath then swept a rosy blush from the apples of models’ cheeks all the way up to their hairline for a flirtatious flush.
  2. Sweep shimmering gold shadow across your lids to draw light to your eyes, which is crucial for the romantic Grecian vibe.
  3. A winged eye effect is another key aspect of the D&G look. To achieve this shape, use a liquid or gel liner along the upper lash line and extend outward and upward slightly at the edges. Don’t be afraid to draw on a slightly messier line, either – this cat-eye should not be short on attitude. McGrath actually used a Q-tip to smudge the liner a bit.
  4. Bold brows are another key component: They emulate the Italian film star’s iconic style. Start by filling in the brows with a pencil in the same shade as your hair, then brushing them to blend the pigment. Make sure any strays are plucked so they don’t detract from the striking shape and use a dab of brow gel to keep hairs in place.
  5. Lashes should be so lush that you can’t help but bat them. Clamp a curler onto your fringe once or twice to shape them, then sweep on a lengthening brown mascara only from the center of the lashes outward to really make eyes pop. According to Elle magazine, McGrath didn’t apply mascara to the bottom lashes to ensure a wide-eyed effect.
  6. Most importantly, you’ll need to paint on the perfect pout to emulate this look. Vogue noted that McGrath actually blended a sheer nude lipstick with a delicate peach shade to get the right angelic hue.

Makeup must-haves for traveling

       
Monday, October 28th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for traveling

Ideally, you’d love to take all of your favorite beauty products with you when you’re on a vacation, but it simply isn’t practical. However, there are certain items that are crucial for maintaining a flawless complexion when you’re traveling, whether it’s a business trip to Manhattan or a luxury getaway to Mexico.

Next time you’re packing for a trip, be sure include these essentials in your bag and you’ll look stunning from the second you depart until your inevitable return:

All eyes on you
A long flight can leave your peepers looking bleary. Nude eyeliner is a must for looking alert. Look for a pencil that’s the same hue as your natural skin tone but just one shade lighter, then carefully apply it along both lash lines and your eyes will look instantly brighter.

Air travel can also cause bags in the undereye area. Fight dryness and puffiness with a calming eye cream and follow with a moisturizing concealer over any dark circles of shadows. In Conde Nast Traveler, Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, recommended looking for a cream that includes amino acids to fuel collagen production and retinol to smooth out fine lines. Products that contain vitamins A, C and E or other antioxidants can protect the skin against damage from UV rays and other environmental stressors, which is especially crucial in hotter climates.

Finally, a sweep or two of volumizing mascara is crucial for perking up your peepers. Lanoux advised only applying it to the top lashes, as darkening the bottom ones can actually make you look more tired. Focus the wand on the lashes at the outer corners to get an especially eye-catching effect.

Solid is the solution
Even if liquid is your preferred formula for foundation, go for solid options on a getaway. Beauty and travel expert Nadine Jolie explained to ABC News that pressed powder is less likely to get messy when it’s jostled around in a suitcase – plus it passes TSA restrictions. The same goes for all your other products, so consider solid eyeshadow, blush and bronzer over loose powders. You can even find solid moisturizers, which are convenient because you can carry them on for a post-flight boost of hydration.

Multitasking makeup
The last thing you want to do is weigh down your bag with too many products. Focus on packing items that have multiple uses, which can save space in your suitcase and are more convenient to toss in your purse for quick touch-ups when you’re jetting around. For example, look for a stain that works as both a lip tint and blush. You might also consider a BB cream with SPF: It’s a triple threat with coverage, hydration and sun protection all in one. Plus, it’s lightweight, making it ideal for sweltering conditions. A hydrating multipurpose salve can act as a lip balm, and can also be rubbed onto elbows, cuticles or other especially dry areas. You can even mix a little with a powder eyeshadow to create a richer, higher intensity look for nighttime.

Don’t be shy with shimmer
A little dazzle can go a long way when it comes to your makeup – particularly when it’s applied in the right places. Try dabbing a shimmery highlighter onto your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes. The light reflecting particles will illuminate those areas for an instant pick-me-up when you arrive at your destination.

A blush/bronzer duo is another must for any trip. Travel can make anyone’s complexion look a little sallow, so dust the darker hue where the sun naturally hits your face – typically along the bridge of the nose, forehead and along the cheekbones. Then apply the rosier shade to the apples of your cheeks for a faint pop of color. Voilá: You have an instant glow, even if you didn’t spend all day basking on a beach somewhere.

Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

       
Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

There are plenty of Hollywood-inspired Halloween costume ideas that are both eye-catching and easy to create.

However, for many of the most creative costumes, cosmetics are a key component and without the right look, people might not recognize your idea. If you’re planning to draw inspiration from an iconic retro goddess, try one of these ideas for a costume that’s bound to stand out this holiday:

Betty Draper
Getting your hair into a proper ’60s ‘do will be half the battle if you’re channeling any of the sirens on Mad Men. The key to Betty’s look is keeping your makeup looking delicate and demure. Use a pencil in a shade close to your natural hair color to lightly fill in your brows for a bolder look, then apply a layer of a light brown shadow on your eyelids and a coppery hue in the crease. After curling your lashes, apply two coats of lengthening mascara. Dust a light pink blush just on the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush. Finally, opt for a matte rosy lipstick to mimic her perfect pout.

Marilyn Monroe
This iconic star requires a serious dose of glamor when it comes to makeup. Dab a cream champagne eyeshadow across your lid and follow with a brown shade in the crease, blending as you go toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a liquid liner across your top lash line to define your eyes, extending slightly at the outer corner for a subtle cat-eye effect. Don’t skimp on mascara – feel free to apply three coats of a curling formula to get them looking va-va-voom. Swirl a large blush brush into a subtle pink pigment and dust it along the contouring of your cheekbones. Get her flawless pout by lining your lips with a rich red pencil and layering on lipstick in the same hue. Most importantly, draw a beauty mark above your lip on the left side of your face with a dark brown pencil to get Marilyn’s signature look.

Daisy Buchanan
Considering the major motion picture adaptation, this is definitely the year to dress up as the ethereal 1920s character from “The Great Gatsby.”  Luckily, it doesn’t take a ton of makeup either. Start by applying highlighter on the brow bone to create a wide-eyed look. Then brush a taupe eyeshadow on your lid and use a small brush to lightly dust it along your lower lash line, blending as you go for a soft effect. One layer of volumizing mascara will do the trick, but apply extra pigment to the outer lashes for a come-hither look when you’re batting your eyes. Reach for a semi-sheer coral lipstick with a faintly glossy finish and you’re ready for one of Gatsby’s famous soirées.

How to take your makeup from day to night

       
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

How to take your makeup from day to night

If you’re a girl who’s constantly on the go, you probably don’t have time to stop home and completely re-do your makeup between work and a happy hour outing. Fortunately, there are simple ways to transition your look seamlessly from day to night. Just follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be able to easily amp up the drama for any evening adventure.

Start fresh
By the end of the workday, your skin might be looking a little shiny, so you’ll want to eliminate any excess oil before applying more makeup. She Knows recommended pressing blotting papers on your face to absorb shine, particularly in the T-zone. If your mascara or eyeliner has smudged, a Q-tip with a dab of makeup remover will help you delicately remove it without ruining your whole look. Next, whip out your concealer and dab it over any blemishes, under eye circles or any other problem areas. Finally, dust on a light layer of loose powder for a matte finish.

From subtle to smoldering
As much as you may want to rock a smoky eye all day long, it’s best to save this look for your dinner date or after-work cocktails. The Too Faced Natural At Night Sexy & Sultry Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is a palette that has neutral shades for daytime and a few richer, darker hues for night, so you can pack it in your purse and make a quick transition. Once it’s time to refresh for the evening, simply pick a shadow that’s two to three shades darker than the one you have on and apply to the eyelid crease and outer corners, blending for a softer effect. Dab the same darker hue along your bottom lash line with a slender brush, then glide on a layer of liquid liner to define the eye. Instead of adding another coat of mascara, which can lead to clumping, just use a lash comb to separate them or boost the volume with a single clamp of your lash curler.

If you prefer an understated look for your eyes, feel free to go bold on lips. A matte pout in a rich, dark shade is perfectly on-trend this season, especially with a cat-eye and minimal eyeshadow.

Add some shimmer
Nothing spices up your look like a little sparkle. Add some dazzle to daytime makeup by dabbing a bit of illuminating highlighter on your browbone, cheekbones, collarbone or even décolletage and you’ll definitely draw some attention, even in the most dimly lit bar.

How to rock red eyeshadow

       
Monday, September 30th, 2013

How to rock red eyeshadow

There are certain beauty trends that are reserved only for the brave, and red eyeshadow is one of them. Before you raise a brow, this trend has been heating up over the past year, with models on the runways and celebs like Rihanna and Emma Stone sporting shadows in raspberry and crimson.

Still, to get a look that’s sultry instead of scary, you need to use a combination of the right strategies and products. Consider these tips and you’re sure to master the bold effect:

The formula
The kind of eyeshadow you select will have a major impact on how intense the color appears. Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee told Who What Wear that powder shadows will have higher impact, while cream formulas are slightly subtler. The advantage of a cream eyeshadow is that you can build it more smoothly, meaning the pigment is only as vivid as you want it to be. Additionally, Lee pointed out that you can use a cream product as a cheek or lip color for a monochromatic look. If you do decide to match, Lee recommended using a domed brush to distribute a higher concentration of color on your eyelids, and just your fingertip to apply to your cheeks and lips for lighter application.

The hue
As with all beauty tactics, it’s crucial to get the right shade for your skin tone. A cool, pinkish red complements pale skin, and can make blue eyes really pop, while a coppery red looks stunning on golden complexions. Darker skin types should look for deep, bronzed berries or burgundies. Remember that shimmer can help to provide a more playful look, while matte formulas will offer more drama.

The technique
There are many different ways to make red shadow work, depending on your tastes. Fashion magazine suggested going for a red smoky eye. To achieve this, start with a dark red shadow pencil across the entire eyelid, then build a couple layers of brown shadow to give it a muted, less vibrant effect. Finish with a coat of shimmery deep red shadow to liven it up, and black eyeliner to define the eye.

One thing to avoid is a bright red line along your lashes, which Lee noted can make you look ill. She stressed that it’s important to balance out the look, so consider a subtle sheer lipstick or gloss that’s only one shade from your natural color. Since red eyes and a pale complexion can also make you appear sickly, Lee recommended a soft sweep of blush on the apples of the cheeks.

How to master minimal makeup

       
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

How to master minimal makeup

There are a lot of benefits that come with minimizing your makeup routine. Not only will you have more time to snooze in the morning, but you'll give your skin a breather and also spend less on products.

If the idea of a naked face scares you, though, keep in mind that achieving a natural look still requires makeup. With the right technique, you can achieve a look that allows your best features to shine through while subtly concealing your flaws. Just follow this guide and you'll have a low-maintenance glow in no time:

A clear canvas
It's important that your skin has an even tone and smooth surface because minimal makeup means any little flaw is a lot more obvious. Vanessa Jarman​, of the Page One Management modeling agency, told Elle magazine that particularly as the seasons change, you might need to switch up your products to make sure that skin is properly nourished. She advised looking for an oil-based moisturizer as the temperatures drop and the air gets drier. Especially beneficial are products with avocado and primrose, which can create a barrier to lock in hydration. The Perfecting Serum by Murad contains both of these ingredients, and can infuse moisture while reducing flakes and fine lines.

After smoothing the rich solution over your face, use a lightweight cream foundation for an airbrushed finish. In InStyle magazine, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams recommended using a Beautyblender sponge to apply bronzer and contour on the cheekbones.

Nude lips
From the catwalk at the latest fashion shows to the red carpet, nude lips are everywhere this season. The key is finding one that complements your complexion. Makeup artist Nick Barose told InStyle that a formula with subtle sheen and peach or pink undertones can make your pout look natural while still offering a pop of color. He recommended wearing a touch of rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks so that you don't look washed out. 

Bold brows
Defined eyebrows can frame your face and offer a polished effect that isn't overdone. Don't be afraid to go for a bolder, shape, either – Elle reported that models at Alexander Wang's show were sporting this look. The Paula Dorf Brow Stencil Kit can help you to create the perfect shape. Use a brow pencil to fill them in, but don't be heavy-handed or they'll come out too dark. Jarman told Elle that it's crucial to make sure your brows match your hair color, so look for a pencil that's no more than one shade away from your strands. Finish with a bone-colored eyeshadow to highlight the browbone and create a lifting effect.

Makeup tips that will help you shine in a job interview

       
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Makeup tips that will make your job interview shine

Snagging your dream job certainly requires the right skills, but the way you look can also be a significant factor as well.

In fact, according to Fitness magazine, recent research by Proctor & Gamble and Harvard University showed that women who wear makeup are perceived as more capable, likeable and honest than those who don't – all traits that are definitely attractive in a job candidate. So how much makeup is enough to exude confidence without being overkill? Follow this guide before your next interview and your radiance will only add to your resumé:

Look alive
It's important that you appear alert and awake at your interview – after all, your employer is likely looking for someone who's on the ball and full of energy. Use a concealer to hide dark circles under your eyes as well as any discoloration on your lids. A highlighter on your brownbone can also have a brightening effect that makes your peepers seem wide. Skip the dark, dramatic liner and opt for a muted pencil just along the upper lashline. Two coats of a volumizing mascara and voilá: You'll have everyone convinced you had a full eight hours of sleep, even if you didn't.

Don't sweat the small stuff
The last thing you want is for your makeup to be sliding down your face while you're sweating in the waiting room. Therefore, it's crucial to use primer under your foundation as well as your eye makeup. Not only will your complexion stay flawless, but you'll prevent any creasing on your lids or smudging from your lashes. 

Just in case your nerves get the best of you, though, Marie Claire magazine recommends keeping some oil blotting papers with you. The gloBlotting Papers by GloMinerals will instantly absorb greasiness but won't mess up your makeup.

Keep it natural
An interview is not the time to try out that new purple eyeliner, glittery eyeshadow or neon lipcolor.

A little blush goes a long way to make you look healthy and lively – just don't opt for one that has too much shimmer, and only apply it to the apples of your cheeks. PopSugar also suggested opting for lipstick over lipgloss. Shiny lips can look immature, while a matte lip has a more sophisticated vibe. Instead of a dramatic red or vibrant pink, look for a shade that's not drastically different than the actual color of your pout. Marie Claire recommended the Natural Kiss Neutral Lip Color Collection by Too Faced, which has four different hues that work on any skin tone.

Additionally, PopSugar advised making sure your brows are groomed, which will show that you're detail-oriented. Use Colorescience Pro Brow Gel to sculpt them into tip-top shape.

Surprising beauty secrets from the stars

       
Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Surprising beauty secrets from the stars

There are certain beauty tactics you already know are foolproof: Using lash primer before your mascara, moisturizing before bedtime and leaving your conditioner in for an extra few minutes, for example. Yet you still might be trying to figure out how celebrities look flawless all the time, whether they're stepping off an airplane or strolling down the red carpet.

Some of their go-to products and strategies may seem like common sense, but others might catch you by surprise. Regardless, they seem to be working, so they might be worth a try. Here's a few of their secrets for a stunning look:

Hair
Ever wondered why starlets never seem to have flat hair? The trick lies in the temperature of the blowdryer. Harper's Bazaar revealed that actresses like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel maintain a voluminous mane because they switch back and forth between the hot and cold setting. Professional stylist Oscar Blandi noted that while it seems counter-intuitive to blast your strands with cold air, it helps promote lifted roots that last for up to nine hours, while also adding staying power to the style.

You might already be aware that avocado is good for your body, but did you know that it's excellent for your hair as well? According to Women's Health magazine, Denise Richards mashes the creamy fruit and smoothes it onto her strands with one tablespoon of olive oil for an ultra-rich conditioning masque. Stay away from rubbing the substance onto your scalp, though, to avoid greasiness.

If you're a product junkie, it's important to deep clean your hair to remove buildup once in a while. A clarifying shampoo will do that, but Catherine Zeta-Jones has another tactic: she washes it in beer. Women's Health explained that the alcohol gets rid of any substances that have accumulated on your tresses, which can make them look dull. After working in the solution, just cover your head with plastic wrap for five minutes and then rinse it out.

Skin
A-listers always appear to have clear, glowing complexions. According to Daily Makeover, Cate Blanchett concocts her own scrub with olive oil, macadamia oil, grapefruit juice and sea salt for a revitalized, radiant face. Meanwhile, Emma Stone, who has hyper-sensitive skin, swears by natural grapeseed oil as a moisturizer.

Other stars make their own skincare products at home. Us magazine reported that Kristin Cavallari's DIY solution requires tossing half a papaya in the blender and leaving it on your face for five minutes. She told the source, "It's really hydrating!"

According to the magazine, Olivia Wilde gets rid of puffiness around her peepers by steeping tea bags in warm water and laying them over her closed eyelids.

Makeup
You may have tried a multitude of lip products to get a plumped-up pucker, but you may be surprised to find that the secret is in your pantry. Women's Health noted that Lisa Rinna puts a few drops of cinnamon oil in her lipgloss for a plumping effect. Makeup artist Patrice Evangeline told the source that it's important to test the oil on your skin first to get the sought-after bee-stung look instead of a negative reaction.

If you can't seem to get glitter off your lids, take a cue from Lady Gaga, who's always rocking dramatic eye makeup. According to Women's Health, she uses fabric tape to remove any stubborn stray pieces. However, the source pointed out that it's best to resort to traditional makeup remover if your skin is at all sensitive.

Starlets always seem to look bright-eyed and alert, even if they've been on set shooting all night. Women's Health revealed that Miranda Kerr just uses shimmery lip balm as a highlighter on her browbone and around her eyes to perk them up. For ladies who are prone to breakouts, makeup artist Stefanie Syat advised using a natural product and avoiding gloss, which could clog pores.

The dark side: How to rock the hottest fall lip colors

       
Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The dark side: How to rock the hottest fall lip colors

Dark lipstick is the extreme sport of the beauty world – it seems immensely intimidating at first, but once you conquer it, you feel unstoppable. Now that autumn is nearly upon us, this look is back and bolder than ever.

According to Yahoo News, models at both Zac Posen and Vera Wang's shows during New York Fashion Week walked down the runway with lips that looked like they were stained with rich red wine. Meanwhile, Hollywood's hottest stars from Claire Danes to Beyoncé demonstrated that a dramatic lip color is wearable on any complexion. Fortunately, there's nothing gothic or grungy about the dark hues this season – but if you're still too timid to rock a dark pucker, follow this guide. No matter your skin tone or personal style, you can find a way to make the trend work for you.

Select a shade
To determine what dark color will best complement your complexion, you'll need to consider the undertones in your skin. Fair skin with cool undertones, for example, looks best in a blue-based color like a deep berry, while a warm complexion is better off selecting a shade between red and brown, like brick. Make Up For Ever managing educator Jessie Powers told Daily Makeover that lip liner is crucial when you're using a dark shade to avoid any bleeding and keep the look polished. Makeup artist Caitlin Callahan told Yahoo that a tinted lip balm or semi-sheer stain is a great way to try out dark lips for a subtler effect.

Go bare
Since you're going over-the-top with your lips, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum so your pout will stand out. Callahan pointed out that celebs like Rihanna even lighten their eyebrows to draw attention to their mouth. In fact, all you need to complete the look is a couple layers of lengthening, curling mascara and a pop of blush or bronzer. When it comes to eyeshadow, opt for neutral shades, which are never overpowering. Powers also suggested matching your shadow to your lip – a soft purple eye is alluring with a plum lip, while dusty rose lids look romantic with a deep red pout.

Get cheeky
Don't forget to sweep some color onto your cheeks, or you might look washed out. Dianna Agron is one starlet that has perfected this technique. According to Refinery 29, the secret to her success is that she used a faintly shimmery bronzer to highlight her bone structure and give her complexion a warm glow. If you choose blush over bronzer, make sure the hue corresponds with and complements the tone of your lip shade.