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3-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes

       
Monday, July 29th, 2013

3-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes

While it’s a commonly overlooked process, it’s crucial to properly clean your makeup brushes. Without doing so, makeup, oil, dirt and bacteria can accumulate in the bristles, resulting in clogged pores and blemishes. Not only that, but failing to clean brushes can cause them to break down more quickly. To prevent any breakouts from the buildup while preserving your brushes, follow these quick and easy steps once a week.

First, you’ll need a quality cleaner like being TRUE Brush Care. Spritz the product onto a paper towel and gently work it over the brush hair until makeup is fully removed. The solution not only disinfects brushes and rids them of any harmful bacteria but also conditions them with natural citrus oils. For more thorough, deeper cleaning, spray directly onto the brush and leave it on for one minute.

Next, dry the brushes as much as possible with a paper or cloth towel. Lastly, reshape them and allow them to dry over night. It’s important to lay them down flat so that water doesn’t leak into the brush handles, which can loosen the glue and cause the brush to eventually break.

A clean makeup brush is key for keeping skin looking fresh and ensuring optimal application of your favorite makeup products. This simple process will keep brushes more hygienic and additionally, long-lasting.

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

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

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

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

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

A quick makeup routine for stress-free mornings

       
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

A quick makeup routine for stress-free mornings

A long, complicated makeup routine can really throw a dent in your morning, so it's important to change things up once in a while to make sure you're making the most of your time.

While it may seem impossible, you can actually shave minutes off your regiment with a few simple tricks, leaving extra time to snooze or grab that much needed coffee on the way to the office. First, remove any impurities or dirt from your face, eyes and neck in one swipe with the deep-cleaning Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes by Rilastil. These towelettes are just as cleansing as a traditional face wash and moisturizer, but much simpler.

Look alive with the Wakeup Concealer by Pixi. The fuss-free wand is perfect for hiding dark under-eye circles, covering blemishes or hiding any other flaws. Next, use a kabuki brush to apply the Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Pressed Powder. This multi-tasking formula illuminates the complexion and reduces the appearance of imperfections, all while soothing tired skin.

A sweep of the Fake Lash Effect Mascara by Babor is enough to make peepers pop. Finally, apply a multi-purpose blush and balm like Jane Iredale's Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain for a flush of color on both temples and lips.

In order to save time, it's crucial to make sure brushes are easy to find. Tuck brushes into the GloMinerals gloBrush Roll pockets to keep them organized.

High brow or low brow? The best eyebrow shape for your face

       
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

High brow or low brow? The best eyebrow shape for your face

Eyebrows are an oft-forgotten aspect of any beauty regiment – but they shouldn't be. Brows frame the eyes and thus can have a huge impact on how certain facial features appear. While some may rock bolder brows well, others might do well with a slender design. "Brow architect" Tiffany Reicosky of Browhaus in NYC told Refinery 29 that an ideal brow depends largely on a person's face shape. By following these tips, you can flatter and enhance your best features while drawing attention away from flaws.

Round
Round-faced ladies should consider an angled brow with a high arch. By cutting the tail of the brow short, you can give the illusion of an elongated face.

Square
A more square-jaw calls for a sharp peak. Give the brow a thicker, fuller shape and enhance the color with the Arch Rival Brow Defining Essentials Kit by being TRUE.

Diamond
Slim a diamond-face shape by creating a curved brow, which can make the widest part of your face appear more narrow. Create a natural contour with the Linea Perfetta Brow Pencil by Borghese.

Heart
A rounded brow shape with a feminine arch can soften a pointier chin on heart-shaped faces.

Oval
This face shape is already proportionate – so you have the freedom to experiment. Try a variety of brow styles with Paula Dorf's Brow Stencil Kit.

Long
Avoid high arches and go for a more flat, horizontal line to balance out the vertical length of the face with some width.

Tips for faking a natural tan

       
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Tips for faking a natural tan

Come summertime, one of your biggest beauty challenges is maintaining a tan without damaging your skin. But with the right combination of skincare and cosmetics, it's possible to get that coveted glow without laying out in the sun.

The proper application of a good bronzer can do wonders for making your face look naturally tan. But some people might prefer a more moisturizing formula – like the Sun Self-Tanning Milk by G.M. Collin. This ultra-light lotion absorbs into the skin quickly, and contains seven herbal extracts. Over time, not only will you build up an even, long-lasting tan, but your skin will feel softer and more hydrated. 

Another option for a darker tint is Self-Tanning Fluid from Babor. A powerful combination of nutrients and minerals leaves skin nearly flawless, while also making it stronger and more resilient. The multi-protection properties of this formula boost the skin's natural defense systems so that it's more resistant to photo-aging.

If you're looking for something a little more advanced – check out being TRUE – The Kit by True Cosmetics. This complete, all-inclusive kit is great for traveling to your next summer getaway, and it includes two universal shades of Protective Mineral Foundation with SPF 17, Mineral Mist Bronze Blush, a compact all-purpose brush, finishing sponge, quick tips booklet and a cosmetic case.

With every application, you'll get a deeper pigment while also protecting your skin long-term.

Strike a balance between classy and fun with glitter nails

       
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Strike a balance between classy and fun with glitter nails

Glittery fingernails are all the rage, but you may find you're not totally comfortable rocking this style in a corporate environment. Don't worry – there are a few ways you can add some sparkle to your tips while keeping them appropriate for everything from summer weddings to office functions. 

An easy way to make glitter nails suit a business setting or elegant occasion is to use metallic colors, as opposed to neons or jewel tones. Silver and gold sparkles can work with a variety of outfits and are subdued enough to still look professional in the office. You can even choose glitter nail polish that has flecks of varying sizes – larger chunks of glitter will be bolder, while smaller sparkles will give you a more subtle effect. 

If metallic shades are still too much for you, consider testing out the trend with what's known as a "party nail." While most of your fingers may be adorned with your typical shade, one nail is singled out with a little bit of extra bling. Adding glitter nail polish to just a single nail allows you to participate in this hot style while still keeping a clean and sophisticated look. 

Although dressing up your nails with a few sparkles is fun, taking off glittery polish isn't always as great. With the help of a few simple tips, however, you'll be able to use nail primers and removers easily to change the color to match your mood and style. For instance, try using a piece of crafting felt soaked in nail polish remover to remove the polish – its fibers will swiftly swipe away stubborn flecks of glitter. 

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

       
Monday, July 8th, 2013

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, summer is officially in full swing – and that often means showing off your sun-kissed skin. While you may be protecting yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays with the help of sunscreen, that doesn't mean you can't have some bronze color. In fact, all-over bronze makeup is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enhance your natural skin tone. 

Using all-over bronze makeup is easy. With the help of tools like tinted moisturizer, bronze powder and the right color cheek shimmer, you can have yourself appearing sun-kissed any time of year. This trend is perfect for summer, however, as you'll be looking like you just came from the beach without causing any damage to your skin. 

Once you've purchased the right bronzer and learn how to apply it like a pro, you'll be ready to give yourself a healthy glow. Try to pair this makeup with styles like a smokey eye and nude lip gloss, as the brown tones will work well together while still leaving your face looking summery and fresh. 

If you're concerned about your bronzed face matching the rest of your body, consider turning to self-tanners, which offer a safer way to give yourself glowing skin. 

Tips for properly cleaning your makeup brushes

       
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Tips for properly cleaning your makeup brushes

Whether you like to go heavy on the eyeshadow or you’re a pro at flawlessly applying beautiful blush, it’s crucial to clean your makeup brushes regularly. Over time, bacteria can build up on these tools and increase the chances of breakouts on your face – ick! Here are some tips on how to clean them efficiently and extend their life spans.

Invest in a professional cleaning spray
There are many professional makeup cleaning sprays on the market that can help you keep your tools safe for use, according to The Beauty Department. These formulas can eliminate bacteria, and some of them even have beautiful aromas!

Give brushes a good cleaning monthly
Real Simple magazine recommends a deep cleaning monthly. Swirl the brushes around in a mild baby shampoo, then repeat the process in a bowl of warm water to remove debris.

Take care of the bristles
The bristles are delicate on makeup brushes, meaning it’s important to take your time and be gentle during the cleaning process. When you’re done washing and rinsing them out, Cosmopolitan magazine recommends allowing them to air dry. In the end, you’ll be happier you put in the extra effort! 

Do you forget to clean your makeup brushes?

       
Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Do you forget to clean your makeup brushes?If you have a rock-solid skincare routine that includes essentials like exfoliating, moisturizing, cleansing and treatment products, you shouldn't experience many breakouts. However, if you still notice that your skin never seems as clear as it should, maybe it's your makeup brushes that are to blame.

If you don't clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis, you could be rubbing dirt, oil and other contaminants right into your pores whenever you apply your foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer and eyeshadow. This can clog your pores, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

Every week, you should clean your brushes with a mild dishwashing liquid or a cleanser made specifically for makeup brushes. Wet the brushes, then pour a bit of the cleanser into the palm of your hand. Swirl each brush in the cleanser and rinse them in the sink until the water runs clear. Use a soft towel to pat them dry, then lay them on a flat surface (like a table or the countertop) with the heads hanging over the edge to dry.

Doing this routinely should clear up your complexion in no time!

How to pull off geometric eyeliner

       
Friday, November 30th, 2012

How to pull off geometric eyelinerOkay, admit it – when it comes to taking beauty risks, you usually like to play it safe, right? For many women, reliable tricks like the cat-eye are the cornerstone of their regimens, and it's easy to see why. This ultra-flattering look can complement ladies of any age and leave a remarkable impression on friends, coworkers and boyfriends alike.

However, the cat-eye can get stale over time, which is why new trends, like geometric eyeliner, can be a great way to invigorate your routine. Before you panic, consider these tips, which can make this seemingly tough beauty trick absolutely effortless to pull off.

First, you should grab some primer and dab it along your lids. This will ensure that your eyeliner lasts throughout the day and doesn't become chalky or worse, rubs off.

Once you've applied the primer, take a trusty, waterproof eyeliner and apply it along your lash line. Approach this step just like you typically would the cat-eye, and don't forget to add a swoop to the outer rims of your makeup.

Now comes the fun part. Taking your eyeliner and starting at the outer rim, create a funky zig zag. To add extra sparkle to your style, you can trace above your lash with a vibrant blue eyeliner. Wasn't that easy?