Archive for the ‘Cheek Makeup’ Category

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

       
Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

Much like artists prepare their canvas with a coat of primer, doing so for your face is crucial to enhancing the benefits of your products and making them last. Want to make sure concealer is sweat-proof? Worried that your eyeshadow will crease in heat and humidity? Trying to fight fine lines for smooth foundation application? The answer to all of these problems ismakeup primer.

According to The New York Times, more women have been reaching for these products in recent years as the benefits have become more apparent. In fact, the news outlet reported that Euromonitor International tracked primers and related makeup purchases and found that sales rose a whopping 73 percent between 2006 and 2011. Polly Blitzer, founder of Beauty Blitz Media, told the Times that primers are the “Spanx of cosmetics.”

Face the hype
Want to see for yourself what all the fuss is about? Before you apply foundation, dab on a dime-sized drop of primer, emphasizing the spots where your skin tends to get the most oily, such as the T-zone. These areas will need a little extra to ensure that your concealer, blush and other products don’t dissolve throughout the day. After blending thoroughly, let the primer set for a minute. Then brush on a layer of finishing powder, which helps to hide imperfections while keeping oil at bay.

While many primers are clear, a tinted formula is a better option for those with a lackluster complexion. Allure magazine suggested green shades to combat redness and lilac hues for sallow skin. A pink formula provides a subtle glow that’s suitable for any skin tone.

But the perks don’t stop there – Allure also recommended using primer, like Jane Iredale’s Lid Primer, around the eyes for vibrant eyeshadow that stays. Using your fingers, apply this balm to your eyelids to make sure pigment sticks. You can also dab some in the crease or on the browbone as a highlighter.

Not just for the skin
Lasting lashes require a primer as well. Sweep on Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood, which strengthens and softens the eyelashes while combating any clumps.

Your lips are sealed with the Lip Insurance Smoothing, Anti-Feathering Lip Primer by Too Faced, which prevents cracking, bleeding or fading whether you’re using a stain or a gloss.

Finally, the Lippmann Collection 2 Second Nail Primer is the key to a chip-free manicure. Lippmann told The New York Times that applying this product before the base coat gets rid of any oil and grime on the nail bed, allows polish to go on more smoothly, in addition to ensuring faster drying.

Now you’re primed for anything.

Rachel Bilson rocks retro beauty

       
Monday, July 29th, 2013

Rachel Bilson rocks retro beauty

Rachel Bilson has always emanated the epitome of clean-cut, girl-next-door beauty. But recently, at the L.A. premiere of her new movie The To Do List, she went with a more daring look that recalled Amy Winehouse’s retro-inspired cat eyes. Bilson’s look was both edgy due to black fingernails and sweet with just a pop of pink flush on her lips. Take a cue from the starlet by following these steps.

The main focal point of Bilson’s makeup was her drastic winged out eyeliner. After applying eye primer, sweep POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes angled pencil in Black Onyx on the upper lash line, flicking upward at the end to achieve the same coy shape. Next, boost lashes with the Hy-Performance Mascara by being TRUE cosmetics. The brush not only gives you volume and length, but also separates and curls lashes while conditioning them at the same time. Wiggle the wand back and forth from the roots to the ends at the center first and apply at the corners last.

Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color by Too Faced in sweet pea is the perfect shade for Bilson’s fresh-faced flush – and it works as a lipbalm, too. With a combination of flower extracts and vitamins, the formula is nourishing and hydrating to both lips and cheeks.

Don’t forget to apply a few coats of the Lippmann Collection I Fought The Law Nail Lacquer for punk rocker nails.

Tips from the pros for looking more awake

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Tips from the pros for looking more awake

While having the right beauty products in your arsenal is key for looking awake, the pros advise that it's just as important to focus on the right colors and application to create the illusion of alertness.

Carl Ray, the personal makeup artist for first lady Michelle Obama, told Washingtonian Magazine that applying lengthening mascara just to the top lashes gives a fresher, more alert look. Open up the eye even further by pressing a curler at the lashline, in the middle of the lashes and at the ends and sealing with a layer of lengthening mascara. Also, Ray noted that a dab of concealer on the inner corner of the eye and next to the nose can make you look like you've gotten a good night's sleep.

Pale and nude lip tones can look blah. Carola Meyers, voted "Best Makeup Artist" by Washingtonian Magazine, advises kicking up the lip color a notch with a vibrant shade to help perk things up.

Makeup artist Kimberly Steele suggests applying cream or white shimmer shadow in the inner corner of eyes and at the brow bone. Avoid eyeliners and shadows in pink or reddish hues, as they will only bring out the redness in your eyes. Alternatively, green or blue tones can counteract that redness. Tim Quinn, celebrity makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty, told Oprah Magazine that a beige liner along the lower lash line does a better job or neutralizing redness than black or white.

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

On mornings when you're not well rested, all it takes is a few tweaks to your makeup routine to look less tired. While putting on concealer is helpful, it's not enough to cover up the exhaustion – but these tips can help you fake a good night's sleep.

The first step to livening up the face is applying an illuminating foundation to even out the complexion. It's crucial to use the right hue for your skin​ tone, as a too-pale shade could look dull and wash you out. A pop of rosy blush brightens the entire face, which distracts from any shadows under the eyes. Look for a color that has a hint of gold, which will also counteract the blue tones in undereye circles. A shimmering bronzer can also do wonders for adding dimension to the face and making you looking more lively.

Lighten up on eyeshadow application, as a heavy, dramatic or smoky look can actually make eyes look smaller and wearier. Lining the upper lashes with two different hues, such as a deep brown and a vibrant emerald green, can make the whites of your eyes look even brighter.

A softly arched brow lifts the eyelids, drawing attention away from dark circles and puffiness. Brush eyebrows upward and fill them in with a pencil or powder that is two shades lighter than the natural color to appear even more alert.

How to sweat-proof your makeup

       
Thursday, July 25th, 2013

How to sweat-proof your makeup

One thing's for sure: As the temperatures rise, you have to adjust your beauty regiment to make sure your makeup lasts. Whether you're soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere, having a romantic patio dinner or rocking out at an outdoor concert, here's a few tips to make sure you're makeup is melt-proof.

A primer is the first step to a lasting look because it creates a barrier between your skin and humidity. Prep with Primer Sunreliable SPF 20 by Colorescience Pro, which comes in three different formulas that camouflage redness, give a sun-kissed glow and mattify oily complexions. While you're at it, apply the Protective Shadow Primer by being TRUE, which keeps eye pigment in place and prevents creasing.

A long-wearing, silicone-based foundation is key for all-day perfection. Mineral BB Cream SPF 25 by G.M. Collin not only evens out skin tone, moisturizes and covers up flaws, but also safeguards the skin against harmful rays. The silky silicones smooth out the skin's surface, resulting in the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup. A cream blush is more likely stay put in sweltering heat, and a lip stain won't budge either. Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer to avoid racoon eyes.

Finish with Jane Iredale's Brush-Me Matte, which is formulated with rice powder to keep oil and shine under control. The self-contained brush makes it easy to toss into your bag for quick on-the-go touch-ups.

With these steps, you'll look fresh even in the dog days of summer.

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.

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

       
Monday, July 1st, 2013

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

Amber Rose was a beacon of bright color when she hit the red carpet at the BET Awards Sunday, June 30. While she isn't the first celebrity to rock the bold hues in front of photographers, the model and personality did it in a way that was all her own. 

All eyes were immediately drawn to Rose's bright fuchsia lipstick when she stepped out on the red carpet. The matte coloring complemented her light pink blush without overpowering her face, and it worked perfectly with an otherwise demure yellow and black outfit. With so many famous faces incorporating the bright pink and violet colors into their lip makeup, this trend is definitely one that is gaining popularity – and could even be seamlessly integrated into your next look. 

Rose also managed to use eye makeup in a way that made her look refreshes without being too over the top – quite the feat for the young mom. By applying white eyeliner to her lower waterline, she allowed her eyes too pop while still maintaining a fresh and summery look. The effect also made her eyelashes look big, framing her light brown eyes perfectly. 

Sofia Vergara welcomes summer with a bright blue dress

       
Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Sofia Vergara welcomes summer with a bright blue dress

Sofia Vergara is one actress who's not only popular for her humorous role on television, but for her natural beauty as well. It's no wonder that cameras follow her everywhere she goes! Recently, Vergara made an appearance at the 2013 Gordon Parks Foundation Awards, and she turned heads with her style and choice of makeup.

The celebrity chose to wear a sleeveless dress that cascaded down to her knees and hugged her body in just the right places. It's also worth noting that Vergara went with a bright shade of robin's egg blue for her dress, perhaps in celebration of the upcoming summer season. On her face, Vergara kept it simple with a bit of black eyeliner and mascara around her peepers. She chose to sport a neutral lipstick with a hint of pink on her pout, which accentuated her smile when she posed for photographers.

Like Vergara, you might want to change up your appearance in time for summer. If you want to do so without completely revamping your makeup routine, Good Housekeeping magazine recommends simply adding a little bronzer to your makeup collection and using primer to withstand hot temperatures.

Do you know how to apply bronzer like a pro?

       
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Do you know how to apply bronzer like a pro?

Just because you haven’t had the opportunity to catch some rays doesn’t mean you can’t have a little color on your skin! Allure magazine claims that models on runways around the world have been flaunting bronze looks this spring, and there’s no reason why you can’t do so as well.

If you’re interested in adding some color, think about incorporating a drop or two of liquid or cream bronzer into your foundation before application. The Gloss, a makeup and beauty advice site, claims that this can be an easy way to get the look you desire.

Lucky enough to have a natural tan? This means you don’t have to go to too much trouble to enhance the color already in your skin! In this instance, consider applying a shimmery powder to simply accentuate your existing tan instead of using bronzer.

Finally, don’t be afraid to bring some bright-colored makeup into the mix after you apply bronzer. Allure magazine states that peach or pink blush on the apples of your cheeks can make your appearance seem more natural and give you an “I just went to the beach” look.

Cream or powder – which type of blush do you prefer?

       
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Cream or powder - which type of blush do you prefer?

Every woman has her preferences when it comes to eyeshadow, lipstick and blush. Now that there are a wide variety of cosmetics to choose from on the market, it might be worth narrowing down your options to get the most bang for your buck. These days, blush is commonly found in cream and powder formulas, but which is best?

The fact of the matter is that it comes down to personal taste, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. For some women, powder is easier to apply and more desirable. However, others claim that cream has more staying power, making it worth the extra few minutes it takes to add it flawlessly to your face.

Another benefit of using a cream blush is that it can help you develop a dewy complexion, according to SheKnows. Just keep in mind that you may need to do some thorough blending with your fingers to apply it evenly across your face without creating a caked-on look.

If you have naturally oily skin, a powder may be best for you. Not only will it stay in place in humid weather, but it will cater to your skin type and provide the results you want.