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Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

       
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

Girls who wear glasses have a lot to consider when it comes to their makeup. In fact, specs act like a magnifying glass – meaning they can change the way your eyes, and ultimately your whole face appears. With that said, glasses-wearers also have a lot to their advantage. Since frames draw attention to your eyes, you can really make them pop with the right tactics.

Here are some tips to enhance your overall look when you're sporting spectacles:

Face
If you wear a liquid or cream foundation, you're running the risk of glasses leaving a dent. Try using a loose powder formula to even out your complexion without any potential smearing or marks. Since frames might cast some shadows, use a concealer with yellow undertones to neutralize any blue hues under your eyes. Go simple on cheeks and lips with a subtle rosy hue to make sure your eyes remain the focal point.

Lids
Light neutral eyeshadows are best for your lids because they'll draw light to your eyes. Consider a slightly pearly champagne, amber, slate or taupe – which happens to be one of the trendiest shades of the season. Stay away from  shades that are ultra glittery, as they might cause a distracting reflective glare from behind glass. Don't forget to apply some highlighter on your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes to make your peepers pop even further.

Whether you choose a pencil or liquid liner, opt for a hue that's at least one or two shades away from your frames – the idea is to define your eyes, not make them disappear. It's also important to consider balance. If you're sporting slender frames, keep the line thin and sleek, but go for a bolder line if your specs are thick.

Brows
It's crucial to keep your brows neat and defined since glasses will be drawing attention to your eye area. Start by combing the hair upward and then tweezing any strays under the arch. Using a brow pencil, fill in any sparse areas, drawing in the direction the hair grows. Then use a brow brush to blend the pigment for a more natural look.

Lashes
Just because your peepers are behind glass doesn't mean you can't coyly bat your lashes. First, use a lash curler to help extend them upward instead of outward. This technique will not only make your eyes appear bigger, but will also prevent your lashes from colliding with the lenses. After curling them, sweep on some volumizing mascara for extra allure.

Kourtney Kardashian’s 5 minute makeup routine

       
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Kourtney Kardashian's 5 minute makeup routine

It's not easy being a busy mom and still looking gorgeous, but Kourtney Kardashian seems to manage. Whether she's brunching with her sisters on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," strutting down the red carpet or taking care of Mason, this stylish socialite and designer always looks put together. So how does she do it?

Apparently, the mom-meets-fashion-maven keeps things pretty simple when it comes to her makeup routine. If you're looking to adopt her minimalistic approach, here are some tips from Kourtney herself:

The essentials
In an interview with E! News, the Kardashian sister explained that when she's in "mommy mode," she sticks with a tried and true regimen that only takes her five minutes. Plus, it's so easy that she can multitask by keeping an eye on the kids while getting ready. So what are the absolute must-have products?

First, she starts with tinted moisturizer to even out her complexion. This allows her to get sheer coverage and a flawless canvas without a caked-on or artificial effect, which is ideal for a daytime look. Then she quickly dabs concealer under her eyes or on any problem areas.

The most important step is sweeping on some bronzer to add color and dimension to her face. In fact, Kourtney explained to Glamour magazine that the one makeup trick that she absolutely could not live without is contouring and highlighting, particularly around her cheekbones and nose.

The final touch? Curling her eyelashes and adding a layer or two of mascara. She also says she likes to finish her routine with a spritz of refreshing rosewater.

Day to night
According to Kourtney, boyfriend Scott Disick actually prefers the "less is more" look when it comes to her makeup.

Still, there are a few things that Kourtney might change up now and then when she wants a little more drama. Namely, she's apt to reach for a more dramatic lip shade if she's going out for the night with Scott or her girlfriends.

The makeup move she feels most confidently about is liquid liner application. This is a key product in her evening routine as it defines her eyes with a low risk of smudging. According to Glamour magazine, Kourtney says the applicator is key for a perfect line. She prefers a felt tip, which she says is easier to use when you want a really sleek line.

A guide to rocking glittery eyeshadow

       
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

A guide to rocking glittery eyeshadow

As the holidays are fast approaching, it's likely that you're going to be seeing glitter everywhere. While a sequined cocktail dress is no doubt eye-catching, you may want to consider adding some sparkle to your makeup routine too. Glitter eyeshadow can seem intimidating to some, but when applied the right way, is a surefire way to catch some admiring stares.

Here are some tips to make the look work for you:

Prep your peepers
If you merely sweep shimmer onto your lids without preparing them, there's a good chance that you'll see some serious fallout. The last thing you want is flecks of sparkle falling under your eyes and all down your face, so start with an eyeshadow primer. This product will ensure that the glitter stays put, and will also prevent creasing if you're using a cream shadow. If a little bit of glitter falls, don't fret – just use a clean shadow brush to dab it off, or even a small piece of scotch tape.

Mix textures
You wouldn't wear a big sparkly necklace over a beaded dress, would you? By the same token, glitter shadow works a lot better when paired with subtler, matte eye makeup. For example, consider sweeping on a slate eyeshadow and then adding a dab of silver glitter just in the center of your lids. Or start with a matte brown shadow and then layer gold glitter on top for a glamorous look that's perfect for any holiday bash.

Plain and simple
Since you want your glitzy eyes to be the star of the show, keep the rest of your makeup relatively subtle. Feel free to layer on some liquid liner, mascara, a bit of bronzer on your cheekbones and a neutral lip shade. Just stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your cheeks and lips, as they'll compete with your eyes for attention.

Go up a notch at night
Glitter can take your evening look to a whole new level. If you're sporting a sultry black smoky eye, use a fine tip brush to sweep gunmetal glitter along your lower lashline – it will draw light to your eyes and lend a stunning reflective effect even if you're in a dark room. Try dabbing some bright silver sparkles on the inner corners for a wide-eyed effect.

The brown smoky eye is also big this season. Consider dusting copper glitter over your lid and then using a darker brown shadow for dramatic contouring in the crease.

Colors You’ll Fall For

       
Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Colors You'll Fall For

Each year, people flock to certain parts of the country to see the majestic colors of the fall foliage. Whether or not you’re lucky enough to see the leaves turn these vibrant shades firsthand, you can still incorporate the season’s colors into your makeup routine.

This fall, the hottest hues are radiant, rich and regal – cool and collected enough for a casual event and refined enough for a more elegant affair. The best part? These shades are flattering on every skin tone. Now that you’ve fallen for fall’s colors, here’s how to work them into your routine:

Plum
Plum is bound to be the focal point of your look, so you might as well go for a bold lip. The key to getting high-intensity, lasting pigment is starting with a layer of coordinating lip liner. Carefully trace your lips with Youngblood’s Lip Liner Pencil in Plum and then lightly color them in. Swipe on a coat of Youngblood’s Lipstick in Envy and onlookers are bound to be – well, envious of your pout.

Taupe
Move over, smoky eye: The taupe cat eye is wearable at any time of day or occasion and is just as alluring. Taupe is a brownish gray that complements any complexion, and since it’s going to be your go-to neutral this autumn, the GloMinerals Mini Eye Shadow Quad in Venus is about to become your peepers’ best friend. Apply a layer of the taupe at the top left of the quad as a base on your lids. Then dab the lighter shadow next to it at the inner corners of your eyes. Finish with a swipe of espresso or black eyeliner along the top lashline for more drama.

Emerald
Pantone declared this green jewel tone the color of the year, and it has certainly maintained its intrigue. This is a powerful hue, though, meaning a little bit will go a long way. Instead of dusting emerald across your whole lid, use it to create accents that will define and attract light to the eye. Consider using a flat brush to apply a thin flash of Too Faced’s Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow in Nice Stems along the bottom lashline. Or, dust it at the outer corners of your eyes for a soft but seductive effect.

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

Whether you're heading into the office or out for a coffee date, optimal daytime makeup depends on a natural look. The idea is to enhance your features instead of overpowering them – after all, you want to save those dramatic effects for the dimly lit dance floor or bar. So how do you accentuate your features without going over the top?

The truth is, you don't have to spend an excessive amount of time or use a ton of products for your morning makeup routine. Just follow these steps for an easy yet eye-catching look:

Flawless face
Nix the five-step face makeup process – lighting during the daytime is harsh and you'll likely end up with that caked-on effect. The best way to look fresh-faced and youthful is to keep your makeup minimal. So if your skin is very clear, you can probably opt for a tinted moisturizer. If you need a little more coverage, consider a liquid silicon-based foundation. People that tend to breakout or suffer from shine should look for a product that's oil-free and water-based.

Of course, a sweep of pigment on your cheeks is essential for that sought-after healthy glow. Make sure you reach for a color that's close to the natural hue you turn when you're actually blushing. Tap off excess product before applying to ensure that you don't brush on too much color. Then swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend up toward the temples.

Bright eyes
When it comes to eyeshadow, neutral shades are best for the daytime. That doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your eye makeup, though. Try a taupe with a subtle shimmer, which can easily be taken into nighttime with a darker brown shade in the crease. Other earth tones, like beige, brown and light gray are well-suited for your daytime look as well. Don't forget to dab a bit of highlighter on your browbone – you'll look instantly well-rested, even if you didn't get enough sleep. A thin sweep of eyeliner along the top lashline and one layer of volumizing mascara should be enough to define your peepers.

Lovely lips
As a general rule of thumb, your ideal lip color for the daytime will be just one or at most, two shades deeper than the natural color of your pout. A rosy gloss is always a safe bet for any complexion, and is versatile enough to work with a variety of other makeup shades as well as outfits. If you opt for a matte lipstick, using a brush to apply it will help you to build the color more evenly and blend it in.

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

Many believe that eyes are the window to the soul – and if that's true, your eyeshadow is the drapery. Therefore, you want to choose tones that will enhance, define and complement your eyes. Choosing a shade that works well isn't as easy as matching one to your eye color. In fact, you might be surprised by which hues make your peepers pop.

Before you swipe any shadow on your lids, follow this guide to find the best shades for you:

Blue
Contrary to what you might think, blue shadow will not bring out the hue of your eyes – in fact, it might compete. Warm neutral shadows that contrast your eye color, like earthy mocha or copper, make your eyes really stand out. That doesn't mean you can't opt for cool shades as well, just make sure they're a few shades away from your eyes on the color spectrum, like slate gray or silver. For daytime, try a wash of champagne with a subtle gold sheen. Go bold with a deep, shimmery bronze at night to create a sultry smoky eye.

Brown
One of the most versatile eye colors, brown allows you to play around with pigment more. However, if you want to rock a shadow that's the same color as your eyes, be sure that it is a distinctively different shade. For example, an iridescent burnt sienna can complement chocolate eyes, while a sparkly taupe looks stunning on espresso colored eyes. Earth tones are ideal for a daytime look, but feel free to boost the drama at night with navy or a vibrant matte green.

Green
The advantage of this eye color is that you can wear some of the more unusual shadows, like pink and purple. When you're going for subtlety during the day, reach for neutrals that have pinkish undertones, like beige with a peachy glow or a light rust. Rose​ gold gives green eyes extra radiance for nighttime. You might also consider a rich plum, which can amplify green peepers. Makeup artist Nick Barose suggested adding a sheer wash of glitter over a dark purple shadow when you're going for maximum glamour.

Hazel
Since hazel eyes incorporate a variety of different colors, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to shadow. Try starting with a warm brown base and adding a layer of gold to bring out the yellow flecks in your eyes. You can instantly transition this look into night by sweeping the gold pigment along your bottom lashline and swiping on lengthening mascara. Going for higher impact? Consider a striking eggplant or deep bordeaux with a faint shimmer. The possibilities are endless for people with this eye color.

Go bold with blue eye makeup

       
Monday, November 4th, 2013

Go bold with blue eye makeup

If blue eye makeup makes you think of the 1980s, it's time to realize that this look is actually ultra modern. The trend is getting a new twist these days, with awe-inspiring effects that work for nearly any occasion. Whether you're looking to rock this color for a coffee date or an evening bash, here's how to master it:

From day…
Black eyeliner can look harsh on some, and blue might be just the solution – it's can define the eye but is far subtler than ebony. Start with a pale neutral eyeshadow on your lids, like champagne. Then carefully trace your lower lashline from the inner corner out toward the outer edge with a teal pencil. The result is a wide-eyed yet alluring look.

If you're feeling brave, you can even sweep a bit of bright blue mascara onto your lashes for bright, playful peepers.

You can also use blue to liven up a metallic lid. Use an eyeshadow blush to apply a sheer icy silver base. Then layer on a slate blue shadow to give your eyes a pop of cool color. If you want a more intense finish, you can dampen the brush so that the pigment goes on more opaque. Pair this winter-ready look with a powder pink gloss and a dab of highlighter on your cheekbones.

…to night
If you're sporting a sleek cat-eye or a sultry smoky eye, try sweeping a slender line of rich cobalt pencil underneath the bottom lashes and smudging it slightly for some added intrigue. 

Looking for a little more drama? Combine two different blue shadows. Apply the softer color from the lid all the way up to the browbone. Then swirl your brush in the deeper shade and blend it into the crease. An angled brush can help you to create a V-shape in the corner, thus enhancing the depth and magnifying the shape of your eyes.

If you go for blue shadow, it's best to go light with the rest of your cosmetics. Bright colors on your lips will compete with the vibrancy of your eye makeup, so stick with shades that are within one to two shades of your natural lip color. A nude or sheer rosy lipstick will give your pout just enough pigment without drawing attention away from your eyes. Since orange is opposite blue on the color wheel, a subtle coral gloss will actually intensify the impact of your eye makeup.

Master lesson on matte lips

       
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Master lesson on matte lips

Nothing quite says drama like a bold, matte pout. While dark lips sans shine are definitely making a comeback this season, they require a little more effort than swiping on a rich shade of lipstick. Intense pigments  and matte formulas can draw attention to the tiniest lines, cracks and flaws – so you need to make sure your pucker is prepared. Take these measures and your lips will be turning heads in no time:

Exfoliate
Before you even consider painting on a matte shade, it’s crucial to slough off dead skin from your lips. Apply a gentle scrub and massage it in, then rinse off to reveal a smooth, flake-free surface underneath. A washcloth can help with removing the top layer, just be careful not to rub too vigorously or you may irritate your delicate skin.

Moisturize
While we love the matte finish, lipsticks that achieve this are formulated with ingredients that can dry out your pout. Celebrity makeup artist Jim Crawford, who has painted the faces of Halle Berry and Rachel Bilson, told Elle magazine that these products often have a higher wax content than oil content, which is why it’s important to hydrate your pucker regularly when you want to rock this look. Swipe on a basic moisturizing lip balm and pat with a tissue to remove excess. That will help to keep lips from getting too chapped without compromising the matte effect. Gina Brooke, makeup artist for Madonna and Naomi Campbell, explained to Elle that an anti-wrinkle eye cream can also diminish any lines on your lips.

Prep
You might be surprised by this trick: Start with a layer of foundation to customize the color. Daily Makeover recommended applying a coat of lipstick on top, then blotting with a tissue, and then repeating these two steps until you have a perfectly rich hue.

Line
A lip liner is indispensable when you’re creating a matte lip. Not only does it maximize the intensity of the color, but it also ensures that the pigment lasts longer. Plus, it will help to create a clean, defined line, making it easier to apply the lipstick precisely so that your look is polished. Outline your pout with the pencil and then completely fill in the lines. Follow with a layer of lipstick in the same shade. One last tip: Daily Makeover suggested using your finger to apply a little blush to your lips in a matching hue. As long as it’s a powder formula, it will help to lock in the color and also enhance the matte effect.

How to get Dolce & Gabbana’s Sophia Loren-inspired look

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

How to get Dolce & Gabbana's Sophia Loren-inspired look

The runways dictate more than just our wardrobe – they also define the season’s hottest makeup trends. From manicure ideas to new updates on the smoky eye, there is never a shortage of inspiration at top designers’ fashion shows. Recently, Dolce & Gabbana created a stunning makeup look inspired by Sophia Loren that turned a lot of heads. With these simple steps, you can channel your own inner film goddess, even if you are just strutting down the sidewalk instead of the catwalk.

  1. Start by reaching for a rich cream foundation and evenly distribute it across your face. Follow up with a light layer of pressed powder for a matte finish. Vogue magazine reported that makeup artist Pat McGrath then swept a rosy blush from the apples of models’ cheeks all the way up to their hairline for a flirtatious flush.
  2. Sweep shimmering gold shadow across your lids to draw light to your eyes, which is crucial for the romantic Grecian vibe.
  3. A winged eye effect is another key aspect of the D&G look. To achieve this shape, use a liquid or gel liner along the upper lash line and extend outward and upward slightly at the edges. Don’t be afraid to draw on a slightly messier line, either – this cat-eye should not be short on attitude. McGrath actually used a Q-tip to smudge the liner a bit.
  4. Bold brows are another key component: They emulate the Italian film star’s iconic style. Start by filling in the brows with a pencil in the same shade as your hair, then brushing them to blend the pigment. Make sure any strays are plucked so they don’t detract from the striking shape and use a dab of brow gel to keep hairs in place.
  5. Lashes should be so lush that you can’t help but bat them. Clamp a curler onto your fringe once or twice to shape them, then sweep on a lengthening brown mascara only from the center of the lashes outward to really make eyes pop. According to Elle magazine, McGrath didn’t apply mascara to the bottom lashes to ensure a wide-eyed effect.
  6. Most importantly, you’ll need to paint on the perfect pout to emulate this look. Vogue noted that McGrath actually blended a sheer nude lipstick with a delicate peach shade to get the right angelic hue.

Makeup must-haves for traveling

       
Monday, October 28th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for traveling

Ideally, you’d love to take all of your favorite beauty products with you when you’re on a vacation, but it simply isn’t practical. However, there are certain items that are crucial for maintaining a flawless complexion when you’re traveling, whether it’s a business trip to Manhattan or a luxury getaway to Mexico.

Next time you’re packing for a trip, be sure include these essentials in your bag and you’ll look stunning from the second you depart until your inevitable return:

All eyes on you
A long flight can leave your peepers looking bleary. Nude eyeliner is a must for looking alert. Look for a pencil that’s the same hue as your natural skin tone but just one shade lighter, then carefully apply it along both lash lines and your eyes will look instantly brighter.

Air travel can also cause bags in the undereye area. Fight dryness and puffiness with a calming eye cream and follow with a moisturizing concealer over any dark circles of shadows. In Conde Nast Traveler, Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, recommended looking for a cream that includes amino acids to fuel collagen production and retinol to smooth out fine lines. Products that contain vitamins A, C and E or other antioxidants can protect the skin against damage from UV rays and other environmental stressors, which is especially crucial in hotter climates.

Finally, a sweep or two of volumizing mascara is crucial for perking up your peepers. Lanoux advised only applying it to the top lashes, as darkening the bottom ones can actually make you look more tired. Focus the wand on the lashes at the outer corners to get an especially eye-catching effect.

Solid is the solution
Even if liquid is your preferred formula for foundation, go for solid options on a getaway. Beauty and travel expert Nadine Jolie explained to ABC News that pressed powder is less likely to get messy when it’s jostled around in a suitcase – plus it passes TSA restrictions. The same goes for all your other products, so consider solid eyeshadow, blush and bronzer over loose powders. You can even find solid moisturizers, which are convenient because you can carry them on for a post-flight boost of hydration.

Multitasking makeup
The last thing you want to do is weigh down your bag with too many products. Focus on packing items that have multiple uses, which can save space in your suitcase and are more convenient to toss in your purse for quick touch-ups when you’re jetting around. For example, look for a stain that works as both a lip tint and blush. You might also consider a BB cream with SPF: It’s a triple threat with coverage, hydration and sun protection all in one. Plus, it’s lightweight, making it ideal for sweltering conditions. A hydrating multipurpose salve can act as a lip balm, and can also be rubbed onto elbows, cuticles or other especially dry areas. You can even mix a little with a powder eyeshadow to create a richer, higher intensity look for nighttime.

Don’t be shy with shimmer
A little dazzle can go a long way when it comes to your makeup – particularly when it’s applied in the right places. Try dabbing a shimmery highlighter onto your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes. The light reflecting particles will illuminate those areas for an instant pick-me-up when you arrive at your destination.

A blush/bronzer duo is another must for any trip. Travel can make anyone’s complexion look a little sallow, so dust the darker hue where the sun naturally hits your face – typically along the bridge of the nose, forehead and along the cheekbones. Then apply the rosier shade to the apples of your cheeks for a faint pop of color. Voilá: You have an instant glow, even if you didn’t spend all day basking on a beach somewhere.