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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.

Locked and loaded: How to make your makeup last longer

       
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Locked and loaded: How to make your makeup last longer

After spending all that time perfecting your makeup in the morning, it's a bummer when it all wears off. Between a hurried morning routine, sweating on the subway, jetting around on errands and everything between, it's no wonder your cosmetics are creasing, smudging or just plain fading.

While you can keep some products stashed in your bag, who has time for all those touch-ups? Luckily, there are ways to keep it all in place. Using a powerful combination of products and the right techniques, you can lock in your look from day to night, regardless of the conditions. 

Step 1: A clean canvas
If you really want your makeup to stick, you need to start with a clean face. Oil on your face can prevent pigment from truly adhering and absorbing, meaning that it's likely to slip off with even the slightest change of temperature. After patting your skin dry, smooth on a light moisturizer and let it fully sink in for at least five minutes before applying any makeup.

Step 2: Foolproof face
Next comes your secret weapon: primer. Primer is an important aspect of your long-lasting beauty routine, and can be used almost anywhere on your face. As an added bonus, not only will your makeup stay put over primer, it'll also go on more evenly.

Landy Dean, a makeup artist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, told Real Simple magazine that oil-free foundations are advisable as they're formulated without the emollients that can cause pigment to come off. After spreading foundation over your complexion, Liliana Grajales, a makeup artist at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami, recommended using a translucent loose powder to soak up excess oil and provide a matte finish.

When it comes to blush, the formula is key. Sarah Lucero, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles, noted to Real Simple that cream, liquid and gel formulas have a higher intensity pigment than powders, so they're more likely to stay vibrant. Though liquid and gel blushes don't provide the same pop of color at first brush, you can layer these formulas to get the look you want.

Step 2: Eyes that endure
Remember your trusty primer? You'll need one for your eyes, too, to make sure eyeshadow doesn't crease or fade. However, keep in mind that eye primer works better under powder shadows than cream ones. You can apply a layer of concealer under cream shadow to lock it in, while also evening out any discoloration on your lids.

Real Simple magazine noted that you can even put a cream shadow over a powder one in a matching hue for a more dramatic nighttime look that has serious staying power. Another helpful trick is to dampen your makeup brush before applying powder shadow.

Nothing is worse than smudged eyeliner, unless it's an intentional effect. When you want to avoid raccoon eyes, a liquid or gel formula is your best bet. However, Real Simple explained that you can also use a slanted brush to layer eyeshadow in a corresponding shade over your pencil liner, which will help it to stick.

It goes without saying that waterproof mascara is ideal when you want your lashes to stay lush all day. However, a little known tactic is to dust on translucent powder before you apply any product. The powder will help the mascara to set so you're less likely to see any smudging, even through humidity, tears and sweat.

Step 3: Lips are sealed
Without the right strategies, your lip color is bound to wipe off with every snack or cup of coffee. To keep a perfect pout, try lining and filling them in with a neutral pencil, then layering on your favorite lip shade and sealing it all in with a coat of matching gloss

You also might consider a lip stain, which is formulated to ensure your pucker maintains its pigment, even through kissing and cocktailing.

Hello, sunshine: Tips to brighten your eyes

       
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Hello, sunshine: Tips to brighten your eyes

If there's one thing that can drag down your entire look, it's eyes that seem dull and tired. Bright eyes are key because they make you appear younger, alert and refreshed.

While there is a multitude of factors that could contribute to this problem, with the right makeup in your bag and tricks up your sleeve, you can cover up any flaws – from puffy bags to dark circles. Ready to step into the light?

Face the shadows
Dark circles are often unavoidable – especially as skin thins with age or when you simply haven't gotten enough sleep. With a little concealer under your eyes and on your lids, though, you can completely camouflage them. Prevention magazine recommends choosing a concealer that's two shades lighter than your skin and yellow based. A golden hue counteracts both the bluish tint of dark shadows and the redness of blood vessels. After applying it underneath your eyes, on the lids and in the corners, brush on a layer of finishing powder to make the concealer stay put.

Draw the line
Eyeliner can work wonders for opening your peepers – but it has to be the right hue. Makeup artist Mally Roncal told Oprah magazine that a bone-colored eye pencil is ideal for all skin tones. She recommended lining the corner of your eyes to make the whites seem brighter. PopSugar explained that a bright white can work for fairer skin, and advised outlining the lower lashes for a doe-eyed look. The source also emphasized that an iridescent shadow helps to keep your eyes looking alert when you're rocking dramatic dark liner. Darker skin can get an eye-opening boost from a neutral shimmery shadow extending all the way up to the brows.

Raise a brow
Speaking of eyebrows, they can make a major difference in how bright your eyes look. Damone Roberts, a celebrity eyebrow artist, told Prevention magazine that over-plucked brows actually age you, while a bolder shape with a significant arch can give you a fresh faced, youthful appearance. She suggested using a specialized brush to apply brow powder in delicate strokes, working in the direction your hair naturally grows.

Another helpful tip is to dust a small amount of blush at the peak of your brows – the rosy tone will offer a radiant, alert effect and bring out the whites of your eyes.

Makeup tips from the pros

       
Monday, September 16th, 2013

Makeup tips from the pros

When it comes to cosmetics, there are some lessons you simply have to learn by trial and error. However, some expert advice certainly never hurts, especially when it can save you time and frustration. With these tips under your belt, you'll nearly be a makeup pro yourself.

Contrast colors
You've heard opposites attract, and the same goes for eyeshadow shades. When you're trying to make eyes stand out, go for makeup in a hue that's on the opposite side of the color wheel. NBC Today Style suggested a shade with orange undertones to make blue eyes look vivid. Rebecca Prior, educator at Napoleon Peredis' Makeup Academy in Hollywood, told the news source that you don't need to choose a particularly garish or obvious orange – it could be peach with gold shimmer or a bronze with coppery orange flecks. The same goes for choosing a reddish tone to make green eyes pop: Look for shades that have a subtle tint, like a brownish burgundy or a dusty rose. While brown eyes can wear almost any color, Prior recommended a purple or blue hue.

Mix it up
Since everyone's skin is different, it can be nearly impossible to find a formula that will perfectly meet your unique needs, concerns and preferences. Thus, it might be time to mix your makeup for a custom formula. According to NBC Today, Makeup Academy instructor Gil Romero advised mixing primer with cream foundation for sheer coverage. The feel is lightweight on your face, but you'll still get optimal coverage. You could also try mixing moisturizer into your primer for extra hydration. In Cosmopolitan magazine, makeup artist Mally Roncal advised adding eye cream to your concealer to smooth fine lines while camouflaging dark circles.

Monochromatic
One foolproof look that works for every complexion is monochromatic makeup. In Cosmopolitan, celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt suggested matching your cheeks to your lips by blending some moisturizer with a small amount of lipstick and creating a cream blush. You can also use a shimmery bronzer as an eyeshadow for a more consistent, all-over glow.

Bold brows
Move aside, skinny brows: Bold shapes are in style and utterly stunning, as long as they're groomed properly. A stencil can help you to achieve the ideal arch. After plucking to perfection, Surratt recommended spraying hairspray onto a toothbrush and grazing your brows with the bristles to keep them from looking unkempt. A dab of highlighter on the browbone can accent the arch and make your eyes look more awake.

Tips for enviable lashes

       
Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tips for envy-worthy lashes

There's one look that women have been trying to achieve for centuries: long, lush lashes.

From Cleopatra to Twiggy to the Kardashian sisters, this is the signature look iconic celebrities have been sporting throughout the years – and with good reason. No matter your skin tone or personal style, full fringe is always stunning. Plus, it works with a variety of makeup looks, both subtle and dramatic. While new trends emerge every season, including glittery lashes or colored ones, you can't go wrong with volume. Follow these tips and you'll be catching the eyes of onlookers with just one blink:

Primed for perfection
An eyelash curler is a no-brainer if you want your peepers to pop. Before doing anything, press the Paula Dorf CURL-UP into your lashes. Doing so after you apply product could lead to clumping or breakage.

Primer isn't just for your face: It can fortify your lashes and dramatically boost the effectiveness of your mascara. Start by brushing on Blinc's Lash Primer, which can strengthen your lashes, helping to prevent breakage. The primer is also infused with vitamins E and B5, which are crucial for safeguarding your eyelashes from heat, UV light and other damaging agents in your environment. It acts like a conditioner, too, meaning the more coats you apply, the more moisturized and silky your lashes become. As a result, your mascara goes on much more smoothly and without any pesky clumps.

Mascara magic
The key to lashes that have the effect of falsies is the right mascara formula and application technique. In an interview with ABC News, makeup artist Bobbi Farnworth recommended using two different mascaras: one that can pump up the volume of your lashes and another that will lengthen them. Start with a coat of gloLash Lengthening Mascara by GloMinerals, which helps lashes grow to their maximum potential. Then follow with BABOR's Volume Mascara to amp up the volume. The most effective technique is to press the brush at the base of your lashes and wiggle back and forth up to the tips.

Finishing fringe touches
There are several ways to perk up your peepers even more. Farnworth suggested dusting on a layer of baby powder between coats of mascara, which can help it to adhere and make the pigment look richer. She also noted that adding a drop or two of saline into your mascara can make it long-lasting. If you want to touch up later in the day, remember to pat the mascara brush onto a tissue to eliminate excess product – the brush itself will liven up your lashes.

Backstage beauty tips from New York Fashion Week

       
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Backstage beauty tips from New York Fashion Week

Not all of us are lucky enough to attend the runway shows at New York Fashion Week, but that doesn't mean we can't learn a lesson or two from the beauty pros there. While you may already know what the trends are for the upcoming season, you might not have the expertise to achieve them.

Fortunately, some of the most knowledgeable industry pros are revealing top secret beauty tips that can help you create a look that's ready for the runway – or just the office.

Sparkle solution
It's clear that glittery lids are a major trend, but how do you avoid the flecks from falling onto your face? According to Refinery 29, makeup artists for Diane Kendal applied rose-gold sparkles to models' lids at Jason Wu, and used masking tape to instantly remove any stray pieces. Remember that applying primer first can also help to keep a shimmery shadow in place.

Frosty eyes
If you're eager to try out the bright white eyeshadow that showed up on the runways, there are certain tactics you need to keep in mind to avoid a tacky or washed out look. NARS director of global artistry James Boehmer told Refinery 29 that blending is crucial when applying icy eye shades. He recommends dusting on the frosty pigment with an eyeshadow brush, and then sweeping your fingertip across the lid to remove any excess, resulting in a sheer, wearable wash.

Lush lashes
Not just any mascara will do if you're looking to get the same soft, luxuriously long lashes that runway models are rocking. According to New York Magazine, professional makeup artist Val Gardner explained to models backstage at BCBG that continually putting on mascara and taking it off can leave lashes weakened. To combat this, she suggested applying lash conditioner in the morning and before bedtime. A conditioning primer is also key for smooth mascara application and lush, healthy eyelashes.

Natural glow
Though you typically may layer bronzer over your foundation, there's a better strategy for getting a radiant complexion. Refinery 29 noted that backstage at Tanya Taylor, NARS makeup artist Uzo applied foundation on top of a bronze shimmer for a glow from within that's subtle and not overly shimmery.

Clear complexion
There's one basic look that every model was sporting at New York Fashion Week, regardless of the designer: a flawless complexion. The key to covering imperfections and achieving even, airbrushed-looking skin, according to Marie Claire magazine, is the BeautyBlender. The magazine reported that makeup pros behind the scenes at DKNY, Donna Karen and many other designers' shows used this sponge to apply foundation, blush and even highlighter.

Back to school: Basic makeup tips that always apply

       
Monday, September 9th, 2013

Back to school: Basic makeup tips that always apply

After a carefree summer of simply smearing on some sunscreen and a coat of mascara before heading out the door, it's time to head back to the harsh, fluorescent-lit classroom – which means you may want to get a little more serious about your makeup regimen. Need a refresher? We're here to school you on the basics of beauty. 

Laying the foundation
Applied expertly, foundation can work wonders on any complexion – but any blunders with this product also have the potential to ruin the whole look. Daily Glow explained that it's important to moisturize before putting any product on even if you don't have particularly dry skin, as foundation can actually draw attention to flakiness. If your moisturizer doesn't have SPF, Petra Strand, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist, advised in Fitness magazine mixing a pea-sized amount of sunblock in with the product. She explained that it's crucial that they are the same formula to ensure optimal blending.

Matching your foundation well to your skintone is key for a natural look. When choosing a shade, always check in real sunlight to see whether it's a good match. Also, don't select a hue that's a couple shades darker in hopes of achieving a glow. It's better to test a shade on the inside of your wrist to determine your ideal hue, then layer on bronzer in areas where you naturally get sunlight, such as the cheekbones and bridge of the nose.

Your concealer should also be relatively close to the shade of your foundation. Keep in mind that a shade with yellow undertones can help counteract any redness or cover up blemishes, while a hue that has pink undertones helps to conceal dark circles.

Building the look
Where you apply blush is key to creating a flush that doesn't look fake. Daily Glow advised thinking about where you truly turn pink when you're blushing, and brushing a rosy pigment onto that area. Strand pointed out that if you use a cream formula, you can even use your blush as a lip color. Having your cheeks and lips match results in an instantly fresh-faced appearance.

Choose between your eyes and your lips for a focal point – opting for both can look garish and distracting. If you select eyes, always make sure your mascara is the same shade or darker than your liner. Brown lashes will disappear against black eyeliner, for example. A smoky eye is a foolproof option when you want some drama, but be careful not to overdo it or you could look like you have a black eye. Remember, too, that black isn't the only option. In fact, a chocolate, violet or teal smoky eye looks just as smoldering and pairs perfectly with the colors in your fall wardrobe.

When you're going for a bold lip, keep your eye makeup simple with a neutral shadow, a sweep of liner on the top lashline and two coats of volumizing mascara.

Locking it in
A few steps can help you avoid smudging and constant trips to the bathroom for touch-ups. One way to ensure this is to apply primer before your face and eye makeup. Waterproof products are obviously ideal, because your makeup will stay in place regardless of humidity or sweat. Your routine should end with a dusting of finishing powder: one layer will lock all of your products in place while also minimizing pores. Translucent powder also absorbs excess oil, so bring a compact with you and dust it on mid-day when your face is starting to look a little shiny. Look for formulas that are made with rice powder because they're bound to blend well and create a smooth surface.