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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.

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.

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.

Working Color Into Your Daily Look

       
Friday, September 6th, 2013

Working Color Into Your Daily Look

“Face Your Fear of Color”

A little color never hurt anybody – especially when it’s on your face. While you may have been scared of implementing bright makeup hues, there are ways to do so without risking a garish finished look. In fact, vibrant shades on your eyelids, lips and cheeks are just as wearable during the day as they are at night. Still hesitant? Just follow these simple rules and you’ll conquer your fear of color in no time.

Eyes
Nothing is more alluring than a pop of color around your peepers, but you don’t want to go overboard. When you’re choosing an eyeshadow shade, a great strategy is to choose one that contrasts your eye color. For example, green eyes look striking with violet, while shades of blue make brown eyes stand out. If you do select a brighter hue, be sure to keep the rest of your makeup understated – a neutral lipgloss and subtle cheek color are enough. You’ll also want to tone down the dramatic eye color with just a sweep of black liquid liner, which keeps the look polished.

Lips
A bold lip color is one of the best ways to turn heads. To make sure you’re attracting the right kind of attention, try a hydrating lipstick or a stain with a corresponding gloss, which are long-lasting and resistant to unsightly cracking. If you have pale skin, go with a cherry red that has blue undertones. Warmer medium skin stones look radiant with a rusty, orange-based red, while deep berry hues look striking against a dark complexion.

Face
Whether you’re opting for a daring shade on your eyes or lips, you’ll want to keep your cheek color subtle. For a natural-looking flush, go for a hue that’s no more than two shades deeper than your natural skin tone and focus on applying it to the apples of your cheeks. A neutral, soft rose is universally flattering.

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

Rose gold has officially gone from a mere trend to a full-blown obsession. From watches to wedding rings, this pinkish metal has the same glam factor as regular yellow gold, but with a much warmer, more feminine feel.

Now, the hue is making its way into makeup as well. If you're eager to try the shimmering shade yourself, use the same techniques you would for any other metallic accents, or follow these tips for a bolder look that's on-trend and totally irresistible.

Eyes
Rose gold can do wonders for your peepers when incorporated in the right way. Allure magazine explained that while you might consider it a flashy shade, the color can actually work as a neutral base. Just dust a thin layer of a rose gold eyeshadow onto your lids, swipe on black liquid liner and mascara and you have an instantly understated yet alluring look. Or, if you're daring enough to go for something more dramatic, feel free to layer on more pigment and blend with a black shadow that has gold sheen to create a stunning smoky eye. You could even use a rose gold mascara – when you bat your lashes, the shimmer will catch the light in a striking way.

Lips
Don't shy away from rose gold on your lips – the color can give your pucker an unusual luminosity. Keep your makeup natural with just a sweep of espresso-colored eyeliner and mascara to let the lip color really shine. Pale rose shades with just a faint golden iridescence look best on fair complexions, while darker skin tones look striking with a richer rose-tinted bronze.

Cheeks
One of the best aspects of rose gold face makeup is that it works as both a blush and a bronzer in one. Allure noted that it can be worn year round, enhancing your tan in the summer and giving you a boost of radiance when you need it most in the winter. Plus, the shade is flattering on nearly any skin tone. Try applying a pop of shimmer on the cheekbones to highlight them with a gorgeous glow.

Nails
You've likely been rocking a gold shimmer on your nails for quite some time, but rose gold offers a romantic twist. Lacquers in this hue look something like a bottle of pink champagne, and are effortlessly elegant for an evening affair, but just as appropriate with a T-shirt and jeans.

Winning looks from the MTV Video Music Awards

       
Monday, August 26th, 2013

Winning looks from the MTV Video Music Awards

We already saw some impressive looks at the Teen Choice Awards earlier this summer, but stars at the VMAs brought beauty to a whole new level. Two major makeup trends emerged this year, which happen to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. While some artists opted for a natural look, others went all out with bold colors and dramatic hairstyles. Either way, these celebs definitely caught some attention for their daring decisions.

Barely there
When you’re rocking an ornate dress, it’s sometimes best to tone down your makeup. In fact, plenty of performers kept their makeup palette neutral so as not to overpower their ensemble. Ciara, who wore an eye-catching Givenchy gown adorned with sparkles and feathers, was one of them. Her dress wasn’t the only thing that was sheer, either – the singer rocked a radiant complexion, natural lips and soft taupe eyeshadow.

Ellie Goulding is another celeb that went for subtle beauty. The British pop star donned an elaborate nude floor-length gown, which was completely covered in silver spikes. Considering her intricate ensemble, Goulding made a wise choice in opting to keep her makeup to a minimum. Barely rosy lips and a faint glow on her cheeks were just enough to complement her stunning outfit.

Supermodel Coco Rocha wins the award for most understated beauty, however. She took a fashion risk by opting for black skinny jeans and a leather moto jacket instead of a formal frock, but her makeup helped to take some of the edge off her striking look.

Shock and awe
Taylor Swift looked like a 1940s Hollywood starlet at the VMAs, which was dramatically different than her typical style. Her chin-length blonde locks were perfectly curled into loose ringlets that recalled Marilyn Monroe’s famous ‘do. Meanwhile, red lipstick and nail lacquer added to the elegance and contrasted her navy blue Max Azria gown.

Though Miley Cyrus was rocking red lips as well, her eccentric hair knots and bold eyebrows made for a totally different effect.

Jennifer Hudson hit the nail on the head beauty-wise, wearing makeup fit for a diva. She softened up an edgy black leather pencil skirt, metal choker and chunky cuffs with pale pink lipgloss and a coy cat eye.

Selena Gomez also drew some attention on the red carpet. Sleek, straight locks and vibrant fuchsia lips were the highlight of the nominee’s look, and perfectly complemented a jaw-dropping navy dress.

Trend report: Fall makeup colors

       
Monday, August 19th, 2013

Trend report: Fall makeup colors

Pretty soon you’ll be trading sundresses for sweater dresses and strappy sandals for sturdy riding boots, and you’ll also be swapping out the colors in your makeup bag. As the leaves change, your coral lipsticks and aqua smoky eyes of summer just won’t feel right – but what shades are more seasonally appropriate? Follow this guide and you’ll be right on trend for autumn.

Eyes
Want an alternative to black and brown eyeliner? Beauty High says navy blue is big for fall, and the hue flatters any eye color. Plus, a liquid liner in this color looks polished during the day but can easily be transformed into a smoldering smoky eye at night. Beauty High also noted that grey eyeshadow is a top trend, with runway models for both Derek Lam and Alexander Wang sporting the look. Try contrasting the neutral shadow on your lids with a more vibrant lipcolor for a truly striking effect.

If you’re looking for more impact, Glamour magazine reported that Altuzarra’s models were rocking a black smoky eye with raspberry accents. Another interesting color combo came from the Thakoon runway: Makeup artist Diane Kendal brushed gold glitter on top of a deep blue base for lids that looked like a star-studded midnight sky.

Lips
Who knew wine mouth would be in style? This season, emulate Derek Lam and Louis Vuitton’s models and reach for lip shades in deep Bordeaux and burgundy. To ease into these dramatic shades, Glamour suggested only applying color to the bottom of your pucker and pressing lips together for a more natural looking stain. You could also blot lipstick with a tissue after applying to soften the hue.

Pale-skinned gals might be scared off by deep reds, which can sometimes make them look even more fair. Fortunately, Glamour noted that Phillip Lim’s models rocked an alternative shade that’s just as stunning: cinnamon. For a muted effect, try using a lipliner in this hue and then blending it in with a sheer balm.

Regardless of what lip color you choose, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk told Fox News that it’s time to trade your glosses for more matte formulas as the weather goes from balmy to breezy.

Nails
Nail polishes this summer were bold and bright, but designers toned it down on the runway for autumn. According to Kashuk, nature-inspired nude nails were a top trend, especially in a grey tone. The best part about neutral nails is that they don’t take the attention away from your ensemble, meaning you have the freedom to wear pieces in fun colors and prints.

Top beauty looks from the 2013 Teen Choice Awards

       
Monday, August 12th, 2013

Top beauty looks from the 2013 Teen Choice Awards

We certainly learned some fashion and beauty lessons from the established actresses at the Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards this year, and there's plenty more to learn from the young trend-setters at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. No matter your age or personal style, you can take a cue from these starlets for a daring new look that's just as wearable for every day as it is on the red carpet.

Au naturale
​Some of the young starlets at this year's awards proved that less is often more when it comes to makeup. For example, Jordin Sparks appeared virtually bare in terms of beauty products, but still managed to look flawless with perfectly arched eyebrows and a subtly shimmering eyeshadow. For a similar effect, trace your lips with a liner that's only a half shade darker than your natural color and then glaze over them with a sheer lip balm. 

Another star who went for the beauty bare minimum is Nina Dobrev, who sported a pink glow on her cheekbones and a neutral lip color. The main attraction of this starlet's look was her luxuriously long lashes. If you want to copy Dobrev, don't forget to sweep mascara on both top and bottom lashes, which really makes eyes pop. And who knew a ponytail could be so chic? Parade recommended trying a mussed up version like Dobrev's to give the hairstyle a sizzling appeal.

Saccharine sweet
Other actresses opted for a more innocent, youthful look – this is the Teen Choice Awards, after all. The secret to Maia Mitchell's angelic appearance isn't her halo-like braided hair style, despite what you may think. Follow Mitchell's lead by dabbing a tiny bit of copper shimmer into the inner corners of your eyes and along your bottom lashline.

Lucy Hale perfected the girl next door look with a side part, soft waves and petal pink lipstick. For the same kind of understated glamor, trace your eyes with a fine-tipped liquid liner on both the top and bottom.

Brittany Snow rocked a slightly more vibrant take with bright coral lips, which truly made her iceberg-blue eyes stand out. The key to getting Snow's fresh-faced appearance is to forgo eyeliner completely and choose a mega lash-boosting mascara.

Bold and becoming
Some of the attendees definitely amped up their makeup this year, including the former Disney starlet Selena Gomez. A sharp cat-eye and some sheer lipgloss are all you need for this alluring look. Or you could take a cue from Bella Thorne, who proved that nude lips and a metallic brown smoky eye are steamy enough to command attention. Tia Mowry also turned heads with her unconventional electric violet eyeliner.