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Take a leap with a bold lip color

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Take a leap with a bold lip color

Change is a good thing. So isn't it time you set the traditional pink and red lipsticks aside for something a little more daring? Fortunately, unusual lip shades were popping up left and right on the catwalks and red carpets this year, meaning now is the perfect time to experiment with a new hue. 

If you're thinking it might be time to switch it up, consider one of these ideas to perk up your pout:

Blue
Before you balk at the idea of blue lipstick, consider the fact that Rihanna rocked this lip color and still looked impossibly chic. It's a gutsy choice, for sure, but with the right beauty tactics, can still work for almost anyone. Follow RiRi's lead by going for ultra long lashes, which gives the whole look an otherworldly feel. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, though, avoiding any pigment on your eyelids or cheeks. Just a simple sleek cat-eye can make the whole look more polished and add some allure. Most importantly, make sure your complexion is even by using a BB cream or foundation that can camouflage any redness.

Gold
Searching for a new go-to shade for all your glitzy holiday parties? Look no further than gold lipstick. Makeup artist Nico Guilis told Refinery 29 that this metallic shade is just as romantic as it is glamorous – and it's actually totally wearable, too. He advised using luminizer all over your face to get a dewy, glowing effect. Stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your eyeshadow or bronzer, though, since you don't want any glitter competing with your lips. A sweep of espresso eyeliner is just enough to add a sultry touch to your sparkling look.

Purple
You can't get edgier than a purple pout. First, though, you'll need to select the right shade. Those with cool undertones should opt for purples that also have a blueish base, like a true violet. Warm complexions are complemented nicely by a shade that's between purple and red. The key to making purple appear perfect is making sure your complexion is neutral and flawless, which means matte foundation, highlighter and setting powder but minimal blush and bronzer for a porcelain finish. Then add some warmth back to the overall look by applying bronze eyeliner. Remember that dark colors can tend to bleed into fine lines, so it's important to use a lip primer. Guilis noted that you can also apply concealer and line your lips in the same hue to lock the pigment in place.

The year in beauty – lessons we learned in 2013

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The year in beauty - lessons we learned in 2013

Every year, new trends are ushered in as others fade away, and 2013 was packed will all kinds of unexpected beauty revelations. The best part about these makeup crazes is that they give us a chance to attempt a new look that we wouldn't normally be brave enough to try. This year, the beauty fads were as bold as ever, allowing us to explore our edgier side while still maintaining a polished appearance. As we look back on 2013, there are a few lessons we learned from the trends that trickled down.

Here are the major looks that we mastered:

Smoky eye doesn't have to be black
For years, women have been going for a smoky eye when they want to appear sultry or alluring. It's an evening-ready look that never seems to go out of style. Yet this year, it became clear that the smoky eye looks just as stunning in other hues as it does in stark black. For example, some people went for a turquoise version, while others used violet. The brown smoky eye offers a somewhat subtler, earthy look that was striking for fall and can even work during the daytime. Ultimately, the possibilities are endless – black is certainly not the only option.

Anyone can rock dark lips
Not everyone has been brazen enough to use a dark lipstick in the past, but in 2013, this look went from punk rock to mainstream. Between the runways and the red carpets, stylish women sported a deeper lip color this year, no matter their skin tone. From crimson red to rich berry and plum, there are countless shades to choose from. One thing's for sure, though: Matte is a must if you want high intensity. 

Over-plucking is out
It may come as a relief that you can put down the tweezers and give your plucking a rest. Bold brows are in, meaning that it's more important to keep your eyebrows trim and tidy than super slender. Hollywood has been leading this trend, rocking thicker shapes that balance the features and frame the face much better than pencil-thin brows can.

Nude is the new pink
Nude makeup was everywhere in 2013 – even eyeliner. The whole philosophy became "less is more," meaning the goal was to look as natural as possible. So while typically the go-to shade for lipstick and manicures may have been pale pink, nude stole the spotlight.

How to be a blushing beauty

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

How to be a blushing beauty

Even though you've been wearing blush for years, you still may not have gotten it quite right. In fact, this is one of the most common makeup mistakes. A natural-looking flush requires more than just sweeping some color onto your cheeks with a brush - you need a combination of just the right tools and tactics.

Follow these tips and you'll have the perfect rosy glow in no time:

Prep properly
Before you even reach for your blush, it's important to prepare your complexion with the right products. Achieve a flawless canvas by starting with primer and then either the foundation formula of your choice or tinted moisturizer. Primer is essential because it ensures that your foundation and your blush go on evenly, and that they both last longer. Once you have evened out your complexion and covered up any flaws, then you

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can add some color back with blush.

Pick the right pigment
Choosing the right hue depends on your skin tone. Essentially, you are trying to mimic the color that your cheeks naturally turn when you're cold or a little bit bashful. If you're not sure of the right shade, you can always pinch your cheeks to help you figure it out. Those with fair skin and cool undertones should stick with pink blushes. However, if you have lighter to medium skin with golden undertones, a peachy or coral pigment is best. If you have darker skin, you can opt for deeper berry shades like raspberry and plum. 

Place it strategically
When you're applying pink blush, be sure to focus on the apples of the cheeks, where rosy color tends to pool naturally. Don't know how to find your apples? Look in the mirror and aim for those rounded front parts of your cheeks that pop up when you smile. Placing one finger at the edge of your mouth will tell you where to stop when applying the pigment. Peach blush is better used for sculpting the cheekbones while adding a subtle glow. So when you're applying a blush in this hue, place three fingers along the outside edges of your lips to determine where you should stop brushing it on.

The best kind of brush is dense with soft bristles, has a dome shape and a flattened edge. This kind of tool ensures you can more effectively concentrate color in the right areas.

Swirl the brush into the pigment and then tap it on the edge of the compact to eliminate any excess. Using circular motions, lightly sweep it onto your cheeks.

Makeup hacks every girl should know

       
Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Makeup hacks every girl should know

Let's face it – while you'd love to spend a ton of time in front of the mirror perfecting your look, you don't always have the time. Especially around the holidays or other particularly busy times of year, it can be tough to find a few minutes to do your makeup at all, let alone be highly meticulous with it. However, your beauty routine doesn't have to be stressful at all. Once you know the right shortcuts, you can easily achieve a flawless face.

Here are the must-know tips and tricks:

Eyes

  • One of the most common beauty goals is to look more awake – and it's actually an easy feat to achieve. Simply dab a pearlescent eyeshadow in a pale hue right in the corners of your eyes and you'll draw light to your eyes, causing you to appear alert and refreshed.
  • If you're using a bright eyeshadow and you really want the color to pop, up the intensity of the pigment by covering your lids with matte white eyeliner first.
  • Or, you might be more concerned with making sure your eyeshadow lasts. In that case, reach for a creamy gel liner and draw a series of horizontal and intersecting vertical lines in a crosshatch pattern across your lids, then blend in with a smudge brush for a budge-proof look.
  • You can apply mascara farther down at the base of your lashes by using a business card to gently pull the skin on your eyelid up.
  • Going for high intensity eyes? Before brushing on that second coat of mascara, dust some baby powder onto a Q-tip and brush it across your eyelashes to make the pigment adhere more effectively.
  • Bold brows are definitely in, but even the smallest strays can ruin the whole effect.​ PopSugar Beauty editor Maria Del Russo told The Huffington Post that spraying hairspray in a spoolie brush can help you to groom your brows a lot better by taming each and every hair. Not only that, but she noted that the pigment from a brow pencil will stick a lot better, too.

Lips

  • You don't need to go through a million steps to get a plumper pout – simply add a drop of peppermint oil to your go-to lipgloss.
  • Trying to get the perfect Cupid's bow is a challenge, so when you're applying lip liner, draw an "X" at the top of your pout with lip liner as a guideline to get an even shape.
  • The secret to making lipstick long-lasting is pressing a tissue to your mouth after applying it and then lightly brushing translucent powder over it.
  • When your favorite lipstick goes to pieces, don't panic. Del Russo recommended heating the fragments with a hairdryer, shaping them back together in the tube and placing the item in your fridge overnight.

Face

  • Is your complexion looking a little drab? Just reach for some baking soda. TheGloss noted that all you have to do is buff a tablespoon of powder on wet skin and you'll instantly get your glow back.
  • One of the hardest things about bronzer is figuring out where to apply it. For a natural look, contour by sweeping bronzer across your cheekbones, forehead and lightly down the bridge of your nose. 
  • Placement is also tricky with blush – but don't fret too much about expertly applying it. Simply bend over for half a minute and when you stand up, your cheeks will be naturally flushed, giving you a cue as to where to brush pigment on. Always tap the brush to eliminate excess pigment and as you apply it, blend the blush out toward the hairline.

Makeup colors for the colder months

       
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Makeup colors for the colder months

With winter fast approaching, it's already begun to look much drearier outside. That's why now is the perfect time to add a little color into your makeup routine. While you won't likely be reaching for sunny shades when it comes to your makeup this season, there's no reason to forfeit color altogether. While you're transitioning the hues in your wardrobe, do the same with your cosmetics to give your face a whole new look.

Consider these seasonal makeup colors and you're sure to beat the winter blues:

Burgundy
​By now you probably now that wine-colored lips are all the rage. If you're on the timid side, start with a semi-sheer lipstick in a rich berry hue. A matte formula packs the most punch, though, so when you want a dramatic look for nighttime, reach for a more intense tone. Start by lining your pout with a lip pencil in the same shade to ensure the pigment doesn't bleed. If you just can't find the perfect hue, keep in mind that you can always blend a red lip color with a plum one and customize the color to complement your complexion.

Purple
Want to jazz things up for your evening look? Purple eyeshadow, as brazen as it sounds, might become your go-to look for all those holiday parties. A dusty grayish lavender offers a softer effect for those with fair skin, while medium to dark skin types can go all out with a more vivid violet. Remember that a little goes a long way with an attention-grabbing color like purple. So if you're not ready to cover your lids in this hue, try a liquid plum eyeliner or metallic violet mascara for just a hint of intrigue. Keep your lips neutral so that your eyes stay in the spotlight.

Navy
Of course black will never go out of style, but sometimes you're aiming to add an element of surprise to your look. That's when you should reach for navy blue makeup, which are just one step away from black but give you a subtle pop of color. Try using navy liner to create a cateye, or even layering on lengthening mascara in this hue to draw attention to your peepers. Nothing is sultrier than a navy smoky eye in the evening.

Emerald
Pantone declared emerald the color of the year, and it's definitely a winter-ready makeup shade. Try a cream eyeshadow in this dazzling color, or line both your upper and lower lashlines with an emerald green pencil. Vibrant metallic green is also the perfect nail​ polish hue for a festive manicure during the holidays.

When is it time to replace your makeup?

       
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When is it time to replace your makeup?

A lot of things in life have an expiration date – not just food and medicine. In fact, your beauty products have a lifespan, too. Knowing when to toss out your makeup and replace it is important for many reasons. Not only does the texture of makeup begin to suffer as it ages, but old makeup can acquire a buildup of bacteria, which can compromise a flawless complexion by causing a breakout.

Not sure when it's time to throw your makeup away? Here are some tips to help you figure it out:

Face
Good news about your powders and concealers – they last a lot longer than you'd think. Dr. Peter Pugliese, M.D., a skin physiologist in Reading, Pa., explained to Fitness magazine that as these products are typically anhydrous, meaning they don't contain water, they can be used for up to two years. Liquid and cream foundation, on the other hand, will last for a maximum of one year. Dr. Pugliese explained that it's crucial to avoid touching the bottle with your fingers to prevent bacteria from spreading and thus extend the life of the product. As for your makeup sponges, remember to wash them after every use, and then toss them after one month.

What about your blush and bronzer? According to PopSugar, you can keep sweeping these pigments onto your face for 18 months. However, a cream blush should be thrown out after a year.

Eyes
You definitely want to be careful with how long you use your eye makeup to avoid an infection. In terms of eyeshadow and eyeliner, PopSugar advised replacing them after approximately 18 months. Liquid eyeliner, on the other hand, only lasts about six months. 

Of course, your mascara tends to dry out and get clumpy over time, meaning you want to swap it out for a new product within three months. Optometrist Dr. Jennifer Giermek of New York City's Naked Eye Optical told Fitness magazine that reusing the brush can exacerbate any infections, so try to use a new wand as frequently as possible.

Lips
You can keep most of your lip balms for up to two years, as many are also anhydrous. As far as matte lipsticks and lip pencils go, one year is a good time frame to keep using them. According to PopSugar, those lip glosses should be disposed of within 18 months.

Nails
You should be able to keep using your favorite nail lacquers for about a year. Cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson explained to Fitness magazine that it's best to keep an eye on the pigment – when you see signs of color separation or fading you know it's time to toss them.

Tips for a plumper pout

       
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Tips for a plumper pout

There's hardly anything more alluring than full lips, but not everyone was blessed with this feature. Fortunately,there are plenty of ways to make your pout appear more plump.

  1. First thing's first: You need to get rid of any dead, dry skin to avoid flakes and ensure that your lip color goes on smooth. Exfoliating can also accelerate blood flow to the lips, giving you a natural flush without even applying color. Just a dab of the Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub is enough to do the trick. Apply with your fingers and massage in a circular motion to slough off dull skin cells and reveal a softer pout. This step is especially crucial in the winter and when you're rocking the matte lip trend.
  2. Next, you should reach for products that contain both moisturizing ingredients and peptides. Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross told Woman's Day magazine that he recommends this step to help facilitate collagen production, which tends to slow down with aging. He advised using a lip balm with nourishing shea butter and vitamin E, like the Dermalogica AGE Smart Renewal Lip Complex.
  3. One of the easiest ways to achieve fuller lips, according to celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert, is with a lip gloss specifically formulated for plumping. She told Woman's Day that ingredients like cinnamon and mint can actually make lip tissue swell by stimulating the blood vessels. The tingling sensation that comes after applying Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Turbo Power Supreme is what lets you know it's working. You can glide this clear gloss on by itself or over another hue to increase moisture by up to 60 percent and make your pout look up to 40 percent fuller.

Best beauty looks from the AMA Awards

       
Monday, November 25th, 2013

Best beauty looks from the AMA Awards

The American Music Awards are a distinctive affair – unlike the Grammys, winners are honored based on votes by music buyers and the general public as opposed to panel members. That means that the artists who go home with the trophies are decided by the fans themselves. This year's event attracted some of the most talented and stylish acts in the industry, so there was stiff competition for the awards. Although it was no doubt a close call when it came to the standout performers of 2013, it's just as difficult to determine who had the best look.

Here are some of the stars who really shone on the red carpet:

Taylor Swift
Swift was on fire at the AMAs, and not only because of her sultry look. The singer went home with a whopping four awards, including Favorite Album – Country, Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop or Rock and Favorite Female Artist – Country. So it's no surprise that her makeup was just as crowd-pleasing as her music. Swift went with a chocolate brown smoky eye, bronzed cheekbones and a perfect pink pout, a combination which well complemented her sparkly gold gown.

Rihanna
This diva went home with the award for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, but she came with a jaw-dropping look as usual. Despite the fact that she was rocking a dramatic black glitzy bustier dress, she kept her makeup relatively simple. Winged black liner all around her eyes gave her some serious allure, while a radiant complexion and muted mauve lipstick softened things up for a feminine and flirty finished effect. Even her lids were relatively toned down, with just a sweep of shimmery taupe eyeshadow.

Christina Aguilera
As per usual, Aguilera was channeling her inner retro goddess at the AMAs, and not just because of her platinum blonde curly locks. The judge of "The Voice" opted for a classic cat-eye and a glamorous glossy pout, which gave her a vintage glam vibe. A dab of highlighter on her browbone and ultra voluminous lashes put her peepers in the spotlight, but her fire engine red lips definitely drew some attention, too.

Ciara
Sometimes less is more when it comes to makeup, and Ciara definitely proved that at the AMAs this year. The singer was rocking bold brows, bronze eyeshadow and lush long lashes, and her skin looked impossibly radiant. However, she stuck with a neutral lip shade that kept her overall look somewhat understated. Even though she didn't win the award for Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B, her makeup was a major success.

Look dazzling at Thanksgiving dinner

       
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Look dazzling at Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is all about gathering with your loved ones, celebrating what you’re grateful for and perhaps making a few new memories. Since you’ll be seeing family members that you may not get to visit with very often, you’ll want to look your best.

Naturally, you’ll be picking out a festive and fashion-forward ensemble, but you can’t forget your makeup for this occasion if you really want to stand out. Whether you’re sporting a casual outfit this Thanksgiving or getting all decked out, here are some beauty tips that will ensure your look is just as memorable as the meal:

Gilded glow
Missing that golden glow you had during the summer? This is the perfect occasion to bring that radiance back to your complexion. Illuminated by the flickering candlelight at the dinner table, your face will look fetching. To get this effect, dab your brush in the Too Faced Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer and sweep it from your temples down your cheekbone, and then back along your jawline. If you want a little more warmth, follow with the Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo by the same brand. Swirl the two hues together and dust them onto the apples of your cheeks in a backwards “C” motion for a subtle pop of color.

Smokeshow
When it comes to your eyes, you want to strike a balance between natural and bold. A bronze smoky eye is less dramatic than black, and since it pulls from rich autumnal browns and golds, it’s ultra seasonal.

Pull out the BORGHESE Shadow Milano Trio in Titian Taupes, which has three shades that can complement any skin tone. Start by swiping the lightest hue across your entire lid. Then, use a slender brush to blend the medium color into the crease, emphasizing the outer edge to get an ultra alluring look. Dampen a liner brush and dip it into the darkest shade, then glide it along the upper lashline to define your eye. Sweep a layer or two of Youngblood’s Mineral Lengthening Mascara in Mink onto your lashes, focusing the pigment on the center for a doe-eyed effect.

Dabbing a little highlighter on your browbone will brighten your eyes and make this sultry look daytime appropriate.

Pout perfection
The most important thing for your lips is that the color has staying power through multiple courses - and potentially seconds. Consider a striking burgundy lip, which perfectly pairs with a glass of red wine. Start by lining your pout with pencil, then layer on a matte stain for color that will last. Or, if you go high intensity with your eyes, brush on POP Beauty’s Plump Pout lipgloss in Honey Rose, which is long-wearing and universally flattering.

Spice up your look this holiday season

       
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Spice up your look this holiday season

As the holiday season draws near, you’re likely looking for a way to shake up your makeup. Something about the first sparkly snowfall, twinkling lights and glitzy attire makes you want to experiment with a more festive look – and with good reason. Considering you’ll soon be getting invitations to countless family gatherings and fun soirées, you definitely want to stand out.

If you’re bent on breaking out of your everyday beauty routine for something a tad more dazzling, there are many routes you can take. The key is to choose a feature you want to focus on, as playing up all of them can look over the top.

Here are three different alluring looks to try out:

Sugarplum fairy
The smoky eye may already be your go-to look for going out, but this season, opt for a subtler version that’s just as captivating. You can still play up your peepers without going to the dark side, and black can look harsh under the bright lighting at a holiday bash.

Consider a brown smoky eye in a spicy copper palette that mimics pumpkin and gingerbread. Start with a sweep of champagne shadow on your lids, then brush a darker bronze from the middle of the crease the edge of your eye and blend. Dust a pale golden glimmer on the inner corners of your eyes to really illuminate them. Glide a dark espresso liner across your upper lashline and finish with two coats of curling mascara.

As far as your face goes, you want to enhance your natural glow without drawing attention away from your eyes. Starting at your temples, brush bronzer along the top of your cheekbones and down to your chin in a number three shape. Keep lips soft and shimmery with GloMinerals gloGloss in Naked.

Va va vixen
You can’t get more festive for the holidays than a vibrant red lip – it’s eye-catching and innately emotive. You’re bound to be the life of the party with such a powerful pout.

The focus for your peepers should be long lashes, which add to the alluring look of your lips. Start by applying a sheer shimmery wash of color to your eyelids, like a pale silver or pearly beige. Use black liquid liner to carefully trace your upper lash line, flicking out just slightly at the outer corners. Brush on two coats of Too Faced Lash Injection mascara and you’ll be batting your lashes left and right.

Try a cream blush in a muted rosy hue use your fingers to dab it onto the apples of your cheeks, blending in a circular motion. Finally, apply the Under A Spell Lipstick by the Lippmann Collection in the center of your pout, working your way to the edges. This universally flattering shade is easily buildable to any intensity you desire. Consider layering it over a lip primer so that it lasts, even if you’re sipping some bubbly or smooching someone under the mistletoe.

Glowing goddess
Nothing is more flirty than a radiant flush. The key with this look is monochromatic balance so that you enhance your skin’s illumination without appearing overdone.

After applying primer and foundation for an airbrushed finish, sweep bronzer with substantial warmth along your cheekbones. Then, swirl your brush into a bright shimmery blush that’s just a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone and dust it onto the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced look.

Opt for a neutral eyeshadow with pink undertones to keep consistent with the overall palette. No need for eyeliner, as the idea is to make your eyes look wide and awake, not dramatically defined. One or two coats of POP Beauty No Clump Comb Mascara will curl, separate and extend your lashes to make your peepers really pop.

Line your pout in a soft peachy nude and then layer on a sheer lipstick in a matching shade for a subtly plumped-up effect.