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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.

Strike a balance between classy and fun with glitter nails

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Strike a balance between classy and fun with glitter nails

Glittery fingernails are all the rage, but you may find you're not totally comfortable rocking this style in a corporate environment. Don't worry – there are a few ways you can add some sparkle to your tips while keeping them appropriate for everything from summer weddings to office functions. 

An easy way to make glitter nails suit a business setting or elegant occasion is to use metallic colors, as opposed to neons or jewel tones. Silver and gold sparkles can work with a variety of outfits and are subdued enough to still look professional in the office. You can even choose glitter nail polish that has flecks of varying sizes – larger chunks of glitter will be bolder, while smaller sparkles will give you a more subtle effect. 

If metallic shades are still too much for you, consider testing out the trend with what's known as a "party nail." While most of your fingers may be adorned with your typical shade, one nail is singled out with a little bit of extra bling. Adding glitter nail polish to just a single nail allows you to participate in this hot style while still keeping a clean and sophisticated look. 

Although dressing up your nails with a few sparkles is fun, taking off glittery polish isn't always as great. With the help of a few simple tips, however, you'll be able to use nail primers and removers easily to change the color to match your mood and style. For instance, try using a piece of crafting felt soaked in nail polish remover to remove the polish – its fibers will swiftly swipe away stubborn flecks of glitter. 

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, summer is officially in full swing – and that often means showing off your sun-kissed skin. While you may be protecting yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays with the help of sunscreen, that doesn't mean you can't have some bronze color. In fact, all-over bronze makeup is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enhance your natural skin tone. 

Using all-over bronze makeup is easy. With the help of tools like tinted moisturizer, bronze powder and the right color cheek shimmer, you can have yourself appearing sun-kissed any time of year. This trend is perfect for summer, however, as you'll be looking like you just came from the beach without causing any damage to your skin. 

Once you've purchased the right bronzer and learn how to apply it like a pro, you'll be ready to give yourself a healthy glow. Try to pair this makeup with styles like a smokey eye and nude lip gloss, as the brown tones will work well together while still leaving your face looking summery and fresh. 

If you're concerned about your bronzed face matching the rest of your body, consider turning to self-tanners, which offer a safer way to give yourself glowing skin. 

Tips for properly cleaning your makeup brushes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Tips for properly cleaning your makeup brushes

Whether you like to go heavy on the eyeshadow or you’re a pro at flawlessly applying beautiful blush, it’s crucial to clean your makeup brushes regularly. Over time, bacteria can build up on these tools and increase the chances of breakouts on your face – ick! Here are some tips on how to clean them efficiently and extend their life spans.

Invest in a professional cleaning spray
There are many professional makeup cleaning sprays on the market that can help you keep your tools safe for use, according to The Beauty Department. These formulas can eliminate bacteria, and some of them even have beautiful aromas!

Give brushes a good cleaning monthly
Real Simple magazine recommends a deep cleaning monthly. Swirl the brushes around in a mild baby shampoo, then repeat the process in a bowl of warm water to remove debris.

Take care of the bristles
The bristles are delicate on makeup brushes, meaning it’s important to take your time and be gentle during the cleaning process. When you’re done washing and rinsing them out, Cosmopolitan magazine recommends allowing them to air dry. In the end, you’ll be happier you put in the extra effort! 

Do you forget to clean your makeup brushes?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Do you forget to clean your makeup brushes?If you have a rock-solid skincare routine that includes essentials like exfoliating, moisturizing, cleansing and treatment products, you shouldn't experience many breakouts. However, if you still notice that your skin never seems as clear as it should, maybe it's your makeup brushes that are to blame.

If you don't clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis, you could be rubbing dirt, oil and other contaminants right into your pores whenever you apply your foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer and eyeshadow. This can clog your pores, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

Every week, you should clean your brushes with a mild dishwashing liquid or a cleanser made specifically for makeup brushes. Wet the brushes, then pour a bit of the cleanser into the palm of your hand. Swirl each brush in the cleanser and rinse them in the sink until the water runs clear. Use a soft towel to pat them dry, then lay them on a flat surface (like a table or the countertop) with the heads hanging over the edge to dry.

Doing this routinely should clear up your complexion in no time!

How to pull off geometric eyeliner

Friday, November 30th, 2012

How to pull off geometric eyelinerOkay, admit it – when it comes to taking beauty risks, you usually like to play it safe, right? For many women, reliable tricks like the cat-eye are the cornerstone of their regimens, and it's easy to see why. This ultra-flattering look can complement ladies of any age and leave a remarkable impression on friends, coworkers and boyfriends alike.

However, the cat-eye can get stale over time, which is why new trends, like geometric eyeliner, can be a great way to invigorate your routine. Before you panic, consider these tips, which can make this seemingly tough beauty trick absolutely effortless to pull off.

First, you should grab some primer and dab it along your lids. This will ensure that your eyeliner lasts throughout the day and doesn't become chalky or worse, rubs off.

Once you've applied the primer, take a trusty, waterproof eyeliner and apply it along your lash line. Approach this step just like you typically would the cat-eye, and don't forget to add a swoop to the outer rims of your makeup.

Now comes the fun part. Taking your eyeliner and starting at the outer rim, create a funky zig zag. To add extra sparkle to your style, you can trace above your lash with a vibrant blue eyeliner. Wasn't that easy? 

Three amazing beauty secrets for brown eyes

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Three amazing beauty secrets for brown eyesNothing beats the natural radiance of rich, chocolate-toned eyes, but when it comes to tapping into the innate appeal of brown peepers, it can be tough to spot the best beauty trends to make the most of this ultra glamorous trait.

With these three great secrets, you can accentuate the deep dimensions of your brown eyes and impress that special someone with your stunning look.

1. Go for blue eyeshadow. Do you want make your peepers burst with vibrancy and energy? A bright blue shadow from Colorescience Pro – Loose Eyeshadow can electrify your everyday style.

2. Embrace purple mascara. Seems weird, right? Well, a purple mascara by Blinc is unbelievable with brown eyes and can really help you unlock the potential of your makeup.

3. Don't forget to prime! This might not be specific to ladies with mesmerizing brown eyes, but it's a great practice just the same that can ensure your peepers make a splash in any setting. With a shimmery primer, you can feel confident that your cosmetics won't fade over time. 

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets have arrived!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

New Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets Have Arrived!Believe it or not, the holiday season is already here, which means pretty soon you’ll be looking for gifts to give your fellow beauty enthusiasts. While you could always pick up a few trusty bath products or try your luck choosing individual makeup items, it’s a lot more foolproof to go with a kit that has coordinated shades and complementary products. This year, why not give your gal pal one of the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets?

You have six different sets to choose from, all of which can give your recipient a manicure to swoon over. The Rock This Town collection has three sexy, shimmery nail polishes that are perfect for nights out on the town. She’s Always a Woman comes with three mini must-have shades that will definitely flatter your friend’s fingers this holiday season.

Or, get her the Puttin’ On the Ritz Lip & Nail Duet, which has a long-wearing shimmery lipstick that perfectly coordinates with the Glamorous Life nail lacquer. If she likes classic red, the Love Notes Lip & Nail Duet might be more her style, while sophisticated pink lovers will adore the My Touch My Kiss Lip & Nail Duet. The Midnight Confessions Lip & Nail Duet would be perfect for a friend who’s dying to try the trendy new vampy red shades.

Whether they’re for your friend, sister, mother, niece or even yourself, the new Lippmann Collection Holiday Sets make the perfect presents!

Makeup brushes 101: What they’re for and how to use them

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Not sure which brush to use for what? Here's a handy guide!While it's true that having high-quality makeup products is definitely one part of looking flawless (can you imagine going without your favorite lip color?), application is equally important. You can't expect to look great all the time if you're smudging things on with your fingers or using cheap drugstore tools. Makeup brushes are surefire ways to get smooth, even applications every time, but you have to know which ones get which jobs done. Here's your guide to the many types of makeup brushes and how to use them to achieve a fabulous face.

Face brushes
1. Cream foundation brush. According to The Beauty Department, this type of brush is used with cream foundation and it has a flat, slightly slanted head that really presses the foundation into your skin. Bristles made of natural materials will help build even coverage that'll give you an airbrushed finish. Try something like the Dermablend – Professional Foundation Brush.

2. Liquid foundation brush. If liquid foundation is more your thing, look for a synthetic material brush with densely packed bristles that lie flat and spread out wide, suggests the source. Nylon bristles give a smooth finish, and a slight angle can help you follow the contours of your face.

3. Mineral powder foundation brush. If you're into mineral powder foundation, you'll need a brush with synthetic or natural bristles with a fat shape that's easy to swirl with. The Youngblood – Ultimate Foundation Brush is perfect for this job.

4. Kabuki brush. These round brushes usually have small handles and are very soft. They're good for a variety of powders, from bronzer to foundation to highlighter to shimmer. The Too Faced – Retractable Kabuki Brush is awesome for on-the-go multi-tasking.

5. Concealer brush. reports that these brushes have soft, flat bristles with a wider base and a pointed tip. They're good for covering up under-eye circles, blemishes and discoloration with a product like Dermablend – Smooth Indulgence Concealer SPF 20.

6. Blush brush. The source recommends using a brush with a rounded head and soft bristles for sweeping color onto the apples of your cheeks and up into your hairline.

7. Contour brush. If you're a fan of bronzer, it's good to have a contour brush with angled, rounded bristles that mimic the angles of your cheekbones and nose. It works well for contouring and highlighting the face for a sculpted effect.

Eye brushes
1. Lid brush. The Beauty Department suggests using a natural-bristled brush that's dense, thin and tapered. This will help you deposit color all over your upper lids, along your brow bones and on your lower lids. Try the GloMinerals – Eye Base Brush.

2. Crease brush. To darken your creases and give your eyes definition, use a tapered, angled crease brush made of natural bristles that fits perfectly into this area, recommends the source. This will help you achieve sexy smokey eyes.

3. Smudge brush. If you're really into smokey eyes, a smudge brush can help you get that lived-in look. Smudge brushes have short, dense natural bristles that are good at smearing lines. Check out the being TRUE – Liner Diffuser Brush.

4. Liner brush. There are two types of liner brushes: slanted and pointed. Slanted brushes are great for blending pencil or applying eyeshadow as eyeliner, while pointed brushes are fabulous for a precise gel eyeliner application, reports the source. Try the GloMinerals – Angled Eyeliner Brush.

5. Eyebrow brush. A spoolie, or eyebrow brush, helps you brush your brows up and out for a neat, defined look. If you use brow powder or pencil, they also help to blend in the color so it looks more natural.

Lip brushes
1. Lip brush. There's really only one type of brush you need for your lips, and it's called a lip brush, naturally. They have sculpted tips that are perfect for creating flawless lines, reports The bristles should be short and firm, like those in the Youngblood – Synthetic Retractable Lip Brush

How do you curl your lashes?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Curling your lashes is easy with this simple trick!By now, you probably know that curling your lashes is an essential step in completing your eye makeup routine. The curl helps to make your lashes look longer and more noticeable, and can give the illusion of wider and brighter peepers – of course you'd want that! But what's the easiest, most effective way to get the job done?

Unless you have an awesome heated eyelash curler like the Talika – Heated Eye Lash Curler, you're going to need to figure out the best technique to use with a regular eyelash curler. It might seem like the most effective way to do it is to squeeze your lashes at the base, in the middle and one-quarter of the length from the tips, but there's a better method!

According to The Beauty Department, all you need to do is invert the curler when you're gripping your lashes at the base. Just slide your curler over your lashes as usual, then gently squeeze down on them near the base of your lashes. Don't get too close, otherwise it pinches! Now rotate your wrist so the curler is upside down, then squeeze firmly for five seconds.

You'll find that your lashes are perfectly curled this way, and you can make it even better by doing one more crimp near the tips using the regular method. Then just add a coat of your favorite volumizing mascara and you're good to go!