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The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!

       
Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The Right Pastels for Your Skintone!Pastels are always great for spring wardrobes. However, pastels are more popular than ever this year. Not only are women gravitating towards pastel hues for their clothing, but pastels are popping up in makeup and nail trends as well. Furthermore, many women are adding pastel streaks or ombre accents to their hair. Some pastels work better on some skin tones than others. Here’s a guide on how you can determine the right pastel hue for your skin tone.

Dark Skin Tones
Those with very dark skin tones are lucky, because they can pull off pastels that are downright unflattering on fairer women. While yellow nail polishes and eyeshadow hues can make fair women look borderline sickly, yellow pops in an absolutely stunning way on women with dark skin. Women with darker skin tones should avoid pale lavender eyeshadow shades and lipsticks, as they can look glaring on darker skin tones.

Medium Skin Tones
Women with medium skin tones are fortunate. They can pull off almost all pastel hues. If you want to be fashion forward for spring, try a bold new makeup look. Olive and medium skinned women can pull off bold purple and baby pink lipsticks absolutely beautifully.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with fair skin tones are a bit limited, as a lot of pastels can easily wash them out. When choosing pastel shades, avoid pale yellows and greens. Baby blue and rich pinks pop beautifully on fair skin. If you’re incorporating pastel hues into your hair, try light shades like lavender. Dark streaks can be a little overwhelming on fair women.

Pastels aren’t just gorgeous, but they are cheery and utterly perfect for spring. When wearing pastels, no matter what you skin tone, be sure not to overdo it. If you’re wearing a bold pastel makeup look, pick a more neutral outfit. If you’re wearing pastel clothing, choose basic makeup in earth tones. If you wear pastel from head-to-toe, you can easily start to look like a walking Easter egg. Instead, balance out your look in order to do the pastel trend right.

Tricks for Using Your Beauty Blender!

       
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Tricks for Using Your Beauty Blender!
The Beauty Blender is an essential tool for all makeup wearers. It makes makeup application easier while also creating a perfect, flawless finish without the possible streaks that other brushes and fingers can leave behind on the skin. Instead of dirtying up multiple brushes for foundation, concealer, contour, and blush, this tool can do it all, making cleanup even easier with just one tool instead of a handful.

When applying foundation, use the bottom of the Beauty Blender or its side to increase the surface area covered on the skin. Use the tip to blend around the eye and nose area and roll the sponge on its side for perfect blending all over the face. Use the Micro.mini Blender easily for concealer and other precise applications of makeup. These are some of the basic methods for using this sponge, but there are many other tricks that can be performed with it as well.

Applying blush becomes a dream with this sponge. Dip the bottom into a cream or liquid blush and bounce it on the back of the hand to evenly distribute the product on the surface of the sponge. Then go ahead and start applying to the cheeks with soft bouncing motions, the same method used to apply foundation, only in a concentrated area on the cheeks. This creates the perfect airbrushed finish, giving the skin a “lit from within” glow. This tool can also blend out cream bronzer or contour colors, giving immediate dimension to the face without the dry, powdery appearance of layers of powder products.

Not only can it be used to apply multiple cream and liquid products, this sponge is also great for powder products such as powder foundation and setting powders. Simply press the sponge into the powder and roll the sponge onto the skin for a gorgeous finish. The sponge can also be used both wet and dry for this method.

Compared to fingers or brushes, the Beauty Blender gives a flawless finish that can be impossible and much more time consuming to attain with other application methods. The moisture within the sponge helps hydrate the skin as well, allowing for products to melt into the skin better, giving the appearance of perfect skin naturally. The Beauty Blender is also hygienic and easy to clean with the specially formulated cleansers or many other household soaps and facial cleansers. The simplicity of this sponge and all of the tasks it can accomplish makes it a unique method for an airbrushed makeup application look.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Makeup

       
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - MakeupValentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like many girls, you might find yourself daydreaming about your romantic evening with someone special! While we can’t help you pick out your date, we can steer you in the right direction to look divine.

Put your best face forward starting with a gentle moisturizer. This will soften your skin and help it ‘glow’ instead of looking caked with makeup. Use a sponge applicator to glide powder or liquid foundation across your cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Remember to blend toward your neck so you don’t look two-toned!

Now, it’s always fun to make your look ‘pop’ with a bold splash of lipstick. But lipstick also tends to create its own mess by leaving a trail on dishware. It can accidentally smear across your face, or onto your date’s shirt! Even if it behaves by staying on your lips, the color tends to fade and require frequent reapplication.

This year, ditch the lipstick anxiety and try a healing, minty lip balm layered with clear gloss. Instead of using bold color on your lips, try an attention-grabbing fuchsia nail polish. Paint your nails ahead of time to protect your outfit. Quick nail trick: Paint your nails with clear gloss first, allow to dry, then add color. This will prevent the color from staining your nails!

Your Valentine’s night plans probably involve a decent amount of eye contact. Hold you date’s attention with smoldering smoky-eyes. Allow yourself to be inspired by the holiday’s favorite treat: chocolate. Some eye shadows are infused with real cocoa-powder to help you achieve the look. Highlight the entire eyelid area with light tan, then use a thin brush to blend darker shades of chocolate brown into the creases and outer corners of your eyes. Top it off with some mascara, eyeliner, or both.

Use a large, soft brush to sweep sheer shimmer powder across your cheeks. This will be a great new alternative to blush. Besides, depending on how shy you feel during your date, you may be adding some natural blush of your own! Shimmer powder can also be applied to the collarbone area. The subtle sparkle will make you more alluring— dreamy, even— in dim lighting!

Remember to leave yourself a comfortable amount of time to get dolled up. You may need a few extra minutes to sing along to your favorite music, or practice your ‘come-hither’ look in the mirror. No matter what, have fun and remember to smile. We can already picture you looking gorgeous!

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- Marsala

       
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Ways to Incorporate The Pantone Color of the Year- MarsalaUpdate your 2015 look with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala, a rich earthy red that shares a name with fortified wine and Indian spice. A much warmer hue than 2014’s Vibrant Orchid, Marsala appeared in 2015 runway collections, one of many reasons the influential company chose it. “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul” explained Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman. Here are some tips to make Marsala work for you in every aspect of beauty and fashion.

Eyes
Darker-skinned ladies can wear a more metallic or pearlized Marsala eyeshadow. On lighter skin, consider it for a smoky-eye treatment, with black winged liner. Pair it with shades of taupe for a more natural look.

Lips
Long used as a lip color, matte brings out the richness of the wine color. A glossy lip in Marsala emphasizes sophistication. The lips should be primed and lined to prevent the color from spreading.

Face
Marsala makes a pretty blush for those with darker skin but can look nice on a lighter skin tone if applied with a light hand in a contour technique.

Hair
Katy Perry debuted a purple Marsala hair color recently but even those who aren’t rock stars can wear the tint. Marsala highlights warm brown hair; consider it an alternative to a blonde highlight.

Nails
The Color of the Year works in any finish. Slick a darker tone on for winter apparel. A sheer dusty color is especially nice for spring. For a party look, wear Marsala and gold as a glitter or accents.

Fashion
Marsala lends itself to plush fabrics like velvet or suede. It is easy to wear in a monotone or layered more harmoniously with complimentary earth tones. The tone also works well with Bohemian looks. For spring and summer fabrics, look for it in raw silk or linen.

This color is used as an accent in men’s fashion: ties, dress shirts or socks. Marsala harmonizes with other warm shades such as bronze or umber brown. Navy emphasizes the sophisticated mood of the color. Pair it with emerald green for a more exotic verve. Trying to wear it in an all-black wardrobe? Add a handbag like Taylor Swift’s and Pashmina scarf in Marsala.

As a final possibility, treat yourself to tech accessories in Marsala. Pantone sells a zip drive and manufacturers jumped on the trend with cell phone cases in the 2015 Color of the Year.

Ring in the New Year with a Glow!

       
Friday, December 26th, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Glow!New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it. In addition to picking a great outfit and styling your hair, it is important to do your makeup just right. If you apply the right makeup product, you will have a glow that everyone will be envious of. Here are some great tips for achieving a glow for New Year’s Eve.

Treat Your Skin With Microdermabrasion Face Polish

A few days before your New Year’s Eve party, you should treat your skin with a microdermabrasion face polish from Exuviance. It will remove the dead skin cells from your face and leave you with smooth and silky skin.

Brighten Your Eyes With an Eye Mask

A good eye mask can really brighten up your eyes and make them look more energized on New Year’s Eve. The Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask from Bliss will revive tired eyes and make them glow on New Year’s Eve.

Apply an Anti-Aging Moisturizer to Your Skin

If you want your skin to look young and fresh on New Year’s Eve, you should start using an anti-aging moisturizer. The anti-wrinkle moisturizer from the Philosophy – The Spirit of Miracles Set can reduce discoloration and other signs of aging.

Apply Bronzer

Your skin tends to be paler in the wintertime, so you should apply bronzer for New Year’s Eve. It will give your face a natural and sun-kissed glow. Just apply the bronzer along your cheekbones, across your forehead and chin and down the bridge of your nose. If you are looking for a high-quality bronzer, try the Chocolate Soleil or Sunny Bronzer from the Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses Palette.

Warm Up Your Complexion With Blush

If you really want to warm up your complexion, you should apply a blush to the apples of your cheeks. If you are looking for a good blush, you should try Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush. It has a cream texture and will give your cheeks a beautiful glow. Jut apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks with your fingers.

Put a Shiny Lip Gloss on Your Lips

A shiny lip gloss will really help your lips stand out on New Year’s Eve. Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss from BORGHESE will give your lips some beautiful color and shine.

Wear a Volumizing Mascara

Applying a volumizing mascara to your lashes will really make your eyes stand out. GloMinerals Lash Boosting Mascara will lengthen, strengthen and thicken your lashes.

If you follow these helpful tips and use these great products, you will look gorgeous on New Year’s Eve.

Looking Flawless on Christmas Morning

       
Friday, December 19th, 2014

Looking Flawless on Christmas MorningWhether you are staying at home with your immediate family or visiting other relatives, you want to look your best on Christmas morning. If you look good, you will feel better about yourself and have a more enjoyable time. Here are some great tips on looking flawless on Christmas morning.

Apply Liquid Highlighter to Your Skin

If you really want a beautiful glow on Christmas morning, you should apply liquid highlighter to your skin. It will help your complexion look healthy and gorgeous. Just put two to three drops of liquid highlighter in your foundation and apply it to your face.

Cover Up Under Eye Circles With Concealer

Under eye circles can really make you look worn out. If you notice circles under your eyes, you should cover them up with concealer. Just dip a concealer brush in cream concealer and apply it directly under your eyes.

Wear a Pigmented Blush

Your skin tone can get pretty pale in the wintertime and a good blush can help brighten it up. If you apply a pigmented peach or pink blush along your cheekbones, your complexion will look a lot better. Use a blush brush to carefully sweep the blush across your cheekbones.

Apply White Eye shadow to Inner Corners of Eyes

If you want your eyes to really pop on Christmas, you should apply white eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. White eye shadow will bring out the whites in your eyes.

Put on Bright Lipstick

Pale pink or nude lipstick might look nice in the wintertime, but light lip colors can wash you out in the wintertime. It is a much better idea to wear a red or mauve lipstick on Christmas morning. It will brighten up your complexion and will look great in photos. If you want your lips to shine, apply some clear lip gloss on top of the lipstick.

Taking a little extra time in the morning to do your makeup can help you look great on Christmas. If you follow these very helpful tips, you will look and feel great on Christmas morning.

Best Gifts for The Beauty Lover

       
Friday, December 12th, 2014

Best Gifts for The Beauty LoverHoliday gift ideas may not come easily, especially for those who are not fond of shopping. There are several online stores and eCommerce options that specialize in a number of different industries and genres. These solutions make it simple to shop for the man or woman who seems to have everything. When a gift recipient has a special interest or hobby, the search for the perfect gift becomes narrower and directed toward a specific product or service. Anyone who is into beauty regiments and skincare treatments will be pleased with the great new holiday collections by some of the most trusted names in the business.

Consider Gift Sets
Attempting to make a purchase of multiple beauty products or skincare enhancements is typically much smoother when the products are bought in tandem. Gift sets are not only more economically priced, but they are also conveniently and beautifully wrapped. This single step approach saves the giver both time and resources. The Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Trio makes a fun gift because it encompasses many different facets of a daily beauty routine. Gift sets like this one include a bath or shower gel, scented lotion, and a bonus item for good measure. In this case, a moisturizing lip shine adds the finishing touch to morning preparations.

Remember The Men
Gift sets are not just for the ladies, and many popular brands are specifically catering to the male audience. Today most men are keenly aware of the benefits of proper skincare. Certain occupations, especially those that include outdoor work, can result in dry or rough skin. Men can now protect their hands and face from chapping and cracking, which can be extremely painful. One of the easiest gifts to choose for a man is a shaving product or gift set. The Art of Shaving Skin Care Kit features a host of products meant to prepare skin for shaving and then provide lasting protection.

Add Some Glamour
Every woman wants to feel beautiful and desirable. Sometimes they spend so much time as caregivers that they fail to take time to adequately care for themselves. Cosmetics are a great gift for the girl who wants to look and feel her very best. A gift that allows a woman to pamper herself through a massage, manicure, or pedicure will be much appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed. Bold and flashy cosmetics are great ideas for the woman who wants to make a statement. The flirtatious Sexyback Lip and Nail Duet from the Deborah Lippmann collection is the perfect accent gift or stocking stuffer from ladies who love to have fun with their makeup and accessories. Ladies who prefer a more practical approach to life but still have a great sense of humor will get a kick out of the Bliss Crown Jewels or Buttah Bling gift sets.

Regardless of the number of tasks at hand for the season, shoppers are sure to find the perfect choices for all the men and women on their gift list. Leading brands have made their most coveted products available in convenient packaging to make the shopping experience seamless and productive. Many shoppers are bound to be so impressed with their skills that they will decide to pick up a few key products for themselves during their shopping excursions.

Flawless Foundation Application Tips

       
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Flawless Foundation Application TipsOne of the most important cosmetics to apply to the face is foundation. It works to create an even canvas for all your other makeup. The product should appear natural and hide any imperfections that may distract from your other makeup. To apply foundation like a professional and make it look flawless, follow these tried and true steps.

Begin with Primer

Beauty experts recommend applying a liquid primer product to the skin before foundation is used to ensure that the product lasts throughout the day. It will create a smooth base and will also minimize open pores or wrinkles. For those with oily skin, the primer should mostly be applied to the t-zone to reduce shine.

Use a Brush

For a professional finish to your skin, apply the makeup with a brush and begin working it on the center of the forehead before moving outward. The dry side of the brush can be used to blend excess foundation that can look too heavy or caked on. Use smooth, swift motions with the brush for even application. You can also use your fingers to apply the foundation, which will warm the product with your body temperature and will create an even finish.

Don’t Forget Concealer

After your foundation is applied, it’s important to use a flat concealer brush to apply liquid or cream concealer to hide any blemishes or darkness under the eyes and sides of the nose.  Avoid applying it on wrinkles, which can make them appear more pronounced.

Blend with a Sponge

To create an airbrushed glow to your skin, use a small sponge to even out each area of the face to ensure that the product is pulled and spread evenly. Work it into the jawline and neck for an even blend.

Set the Foundation with Loose Powder

To finish off the foundation and make it last all day, apply loose powder and set it with a dense brush. Excess powder can be brushed off by lightly sweeping the skin with the brush. Translucent powder should be used to prevent changing the color of your skin tone.

Holiday Makeup Looks That Wow!

       
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Holiday Makeup Looks That Wow!
The holiday season is near and the air will soon be filled with frost, fun, and dancing sugar plums. Nothing is better than wearing oversized sweaters and roasting chestnuts on an open fire, warming yourself inside from the chilly weather. A new season means a new style, so what better way to celebrate than with the perfect makeup looks of the year! Are you the belle of the ball or a jingle bell rock and roll girl? These two makeup styles cover up your frosty cheeks and bring out your inner holiday spirit!

Sophisticated and Seasonal

First, use your favorite primer and foundation as desired. Then, use Too Faced’s La Belle Caroousel in the color named Frost and lightly brush just under the arch of your eyebrow. This gives your brow a nice highlight. Next, use the eyeshadow color Tin Soldier on the ends of your eyelids to better define your eye shape. Then, brush the color Santa’s Boots in the crease and on the edge of your eyelids for a smokey chimney feel. Use your desired mascara to finish it off. If you wish, use Rilastil’s Terra Duo Bronzing Powder. It not only gives your cheekbones definition, but it emphasizes your unique face shape. This completes your first look.

Sassy and Sweet

The next style gives you a bit more of a pop! Once again, use your best primer and foundation. Cover your entire eyelid in Too Faced’s eyeshadow color Frost. Brush the color Christmas Tree on the outer side of your eyelid. Then, use a Beautyblender and slowly and carefully blend the green color into the white. This should create a nice gradient that draws the attention right to your beautiful eyes. Finish the eyes with mascara to further accentuate your look. Use Too Faced’s Under the Mistletoe lipstick in the color Marshmallow Bunny to add shimmer and sparkle to your completed makeup style. Your lips will be irresistible to anyone near a branch of mistletoe. Finally, use Lippmann nail polish in red to complete your fabulous makeup with a seasonal color scheme.

‘Tis The Season for Sassy Makeup!

These looks are ideal for any occasion such as sleigh rides, parties, building a snowman, and decorating your home. All the products mentioned above are available online at beautybridge.com. May your holidays be magical!

Best Times For Holiday Shopping

       
Friday, November 14th, 2014

Best Times For Holiday ShoppingWith Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the holiday shopping season is drawing near. When it comes to purchasing gifts for those in your life that mean the most, finding the perfect gift can be tricky and time consuming. While some items on your list will be better bought closer to the actual holiday, others might be bargain deals you want to rush out to get on Black Friday, and still others will be best purchased somewhere between those two time periods.

Black Friday: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Good Shelf Life Items

If you’re purchasing bulky or more expensive items such as electronics or designer fashion products you might want to consider getting them early so you can get the best prices on these items. While there are the obvious Black Friday purchases such as television sets and MP3 players, even items such as cosmetic sets or designer jeans can be good Black Friday bargains for the savvy saving shopper.

Early to Mid December: Stock Up On Stocking Stuffers

Smaller gifts and stocking stuffers are often something that can be put off until the last minute, but in order to avoid sold-out shelves and the scramble to replace the perfect gift with a not-so-perfect substitute, you’ll want to buy some of these items earlier. Soap and shower sets, a bottle of wine, or even decadent chocolates can be a great gift to stick in somebody’s stocking for the occasion, and can even make a great gift for an office friend or colleague. But since it does make such common gifts they’re likely to sell out early. That’s why shopping ahead of time is in your best interest.

Last Minute Gifts: Filler Items and Gifts With Expiration Dates

While you don’t want to wait until the last minute to do all your shopping, there are certain gifts for which it is acceptable, if not encouraged. For instance, a wine and cheese basket, floral arrangements, and baked goods are all items that are going to have very limited lifespans. These are things you’ll definitely want to get or order for delivery within just a day or two of the Holiday. And, despite our best efforts, we all have also been in the situation of swinging by the store for a few last-minute filler gifts such as lotion sets or gift cards.

No matter when you’re planning to do your shopping, making a game plan ahead of time is always in your best interest. With a plan and these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to a successful, stress free shopping season!