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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.

Fall’s hottest nail colors

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Fall's hottest nail colors

If there's any indication that fall is here, it's the changing colors on everyone's nails. Though it might be hard to let go of the neon corals and seafoam greens, there are plenty of alternative hues this season that are just as playful.

Try any of these trendy looks and you might even forget your end of summertime sadness. Plus – they're all bound to pair perfectly with your favorite fall ensembles.

Glitter
Glitter nails aren't a new trend by any means, but they're getting a whole lot edgier this season with multicolored flecks in different sizes. Refinery 29 explained that sparkles work well over a matte lacquer of the same shade, thus giving your nails a textured look. Depending on how big the glitter is, you could end up with the effect of shimmering sand or grainy sea salt. Or, you could also layer a metallic glitter over a clear base. Stick with one coat of glitter for a subtle finish or layer on several for more impact.

Emerald
Jewel tones in general are big this autumn, but Shape magazine reported that Pantone declared deep green the color of the year. The magazine mentioned the Lippman Collection Nail Lacquer in Laughin To The Bank as a top pick. This metallic polish has a high impact glimmer, so Shape recommended keeping your nails clipped short to avoid a garish or tacky look.

Chocolate
From the leaves on the ground to your leather riding boots, brown is all around during fall. Now, it'll be on your nails too – according to Shape, dark chocolate is a great way to rock a neutral shade that isn't boring. Try a glossy formula or pair it with a super shiny top coat to keep the color from looking dull.

Blurple
Despite the silly name, this color is seriously chic, and one of the most popular shades this fall, according to Refinery 29. A fusion between deep royal blue and purple, this rich hue manages to be both eccentric and elegant, meaning it looks just as stunning with a ladylike dress as it does with casual boyfriend jeans.

Fuchsia
Pink isn't just for spring and summer. In fact, electric fuchsia looks striking with some of your staple garments this season, such as navy tweed jackets, eggplant sweater dresses and kelly green pullovers. Refinery 29 explained that the shade can help to liven up neutral outfits that would have otherwise looked drab. Plus, it's far more unexpected and unusual than your typical fire engine red, but it's just as eye-catching.

Naked nails: How to go unpolished

       
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Naked nails: How to go unpolished

As much as nails in bright and glittery shades are fun, it’s OK to leave them naked once in a while. In fact, it can be beneficial to give your nails a break in between manicures. Dermatologist Susan Taylor explained to New York Magazine that applying lacquer frequently often dries out the nails, making them more vulnerable to chipping and breaking. On top of that, polish can stain your nails, and the best way to get rid of any yellowing is by letting them breathe.

Fortunately, nude nails go with anything, so you don’t have to worry about matching your mani to your ensemble. That doesn’t mean letting them go completely, though – there are still a few steps you’ll need to go through to make sure your nails look healthy, neat and generally well-kept.

Clean
Bacteria can build up quickly under the nail, so it’s crucial to keep them trim with a clipper or file. However, Self magazine advised against filing your nails directly after showering, as they’re in a softer, weaker state. Additionally, the source recommended filing in the same direction, as a back and forth motion can break them down. To rid your nails of unsightly discoloration, soak them in Club Soda Fizz Nail Whitening Soak by Nailtini, which simultaneously sanitizes and brightens.

Hydrate
Since there’s no polish to cover imperfections, dryness is more apparent than ever. It goes without saying that it’s important to drink plenty of water, as the signs of dehydration can show up in your nails. Additionally, apply a few drops of cuticle oil every few days and massage into the nail bed for a light, healthy sheen.

As an alternative, Self magazine recommended using Vaseline before bedtime to smooth out cuticles while you sleep. To lock in the moisture, wear a pair of cotton gloves.

Strengthen
Going sans polish is also a great idea if your nails have become weakened, perhaps from too many gel manicures. A top coat isn’t only useful for locking in your lacquer – it can act as a barrier that can prevent nails from breaking or splitting. Brush on two coats of the Lippmann Collection’s Hard Rock Hydrating Nail Hardener to make fragile nails more resilient.

There are also certain things you should avoid while maintaining your unpolished nails. Self magazine explained that dishwashing fluid contains chemicals that can dry out and irritate your hands, so it’s critical to wear gloves. Though it may be tempting, the magazine also warned not to bite your nails – not only are you hindering healthy growth but you’re also risking infection.

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.

Butterscotch nails: The sweetest nail trend to end summer

       
Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Butterscotch nails: The sweetest nail trend to end summer

While your seafoam green and shimmery coral nails worked for the beach, it might be time to look for a new color as summer slowly comes to a close. But what hue could possibly be sunny enough for the final dog days and still transition nicely into fall? The answer is yellow, but not just any shade: a butterscotch that's playful and looks like the sinful dessert topping drizzled on your nails. Funky with a white bikini and boho beautiful with chocolate brown riding boots, the hue is stunning even as the leaves change.

The key to this look is to find a flattering polish

"Yellow is definitely a tough color to pull off," said celebrity manicurist Steph Stone, according to Lifestyle Mirror.

She then explained that proper application is crucial for the trend to work.

"Yellow nail polish is not forgiving, and if applied poorly can look like you just got done playing in finger paint," she told the site.

After putting on your nail primer, Stone advised brushing on a coat of white polish. Try a shade like the Lippmann Collection's Amazing Grace, which will make the yellow appear even richer and brighter. Two layers of butterscotch should be enough, and finish with a high-shine or a matte top coat, depending on your preference.

Your nails will look irresistibly sweet – just try to remember they're not edible.

Whiteout: How to rock the hottest nail trend now

       
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Whiteout: How to rock the hottest nail trend now

While bright nail colors are undoubtedly fun, white polish can be just as striking. The Telegraph reported that Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna have all been spotted sporting this trend. Whether in stark alabaster, iridescent pearl or a soft ivory, this look can appear innocent or just plain elegant. The best part about white nails? They go with absolutely everything.

Ready to see the light? First, Marie Claire magazine recommended clipping nails to a shorter length. While a square shape is classic, the magazine noted that a rounded oval edge can make fingers appear longer. Next, apply the Turn Back Time Rejuvenating Base Coat by the Lippman Collection, which can minimize yellow stains or any other flaws and ensure the white polish goes on as brightly as possible. 

When selecting a shade, Marie Claire pointed out that it can be helpful to consider your skin tone. While brilliant white really stands out against darker skin tones, paler complexions might want to opt for a polish with a pink undertone or some colored glitter so nails don't blend right into the skin. The magazine also suggested painting on some nail art, like polkadots or stripes, for a mod look.

After applying a few coats of your chosen hue, brush on the Lippmann Collection's Umbrella Waterproof Top Coat for strong, shiny, chip-proof nails.

Do-it-Yourself Nail Art

       
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Do-it-Yourself Nail Art

You don’t need a professional manicurist to turn your fingernails into a masterpiece.

Do-it-yourself nail designs are shockingly simple to achieve – and what’s more gratifying than knowing you were the artist behind them? The best part is you have complete control over the finished look, meaning you can adjust the patterns and prints however you desire.

Dots for Days
Seeing spots? The only tools required for this design are a toothpick and Lippmann Collection Nail Lacquers in Lara’s Theme and Amazing Grace. Start with Amazing Grace for a pure white base coat, and allow to dry before applying a diagonal orange stripe. Use the toothpick to press orange dots over the white background and finish with a top coat.

Sweet Bows
For prim and proper paws, you’ll need a fine-point paintbrush and Lippmann Collection lacquers in I Know What Boys Like, a playful periwinkle, Fade to Black and Amazing Grace. After applying a coat of blue, paint on two large white circles at the tip of the nail. Then dip the paintbrush in black to create a skinny black bow. A clear topcoat gives the perfect glossy finish.

Oh-my Ombre
Ombre isn’t just a hair trend anymore. Take a simple makeup sponge and apply Lippmann Collection polishes in Call Me Irresponsible, Between The Sheets and Constant Craving in horizontal stripes. Next, lightly dab the sponge on a paper towel for a soft gradient effect. Tack on silver striping tape for extra pow and file the edges to fit perfectly over the nail. A clear topcoat is key for sealing in the design.

These are just a few ideas for your DIY nail art endeavors. Let your creativity run wild with any of the Lippmann Collection‘s vibrant hues – the opportunities for brilliance are endless.

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

       
Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

Much like artists prepare their canvas with a coat of primer, doing so for your face is crucial to enhancing the benefits of your products and making them last. Want to make sure concealer is sweat-proof? Worried that your eyeshadow will crease in heat and humidity? Trying to fight fine lines for smooth foundation application? The answer to all of these problems ismakeup primer.

According to The New York Times, more women have been reaching for these products in recent years as the benefits have become more apparent. In fact, the news outlet reported that Euromonitor International tracked primers and related makeup purchases and found that sales rose a whopping 73 percent between 2006 and 2011. Polly Blitzer, founder of Beauty Blitz Media, told the Times that primers are the “Spanx of cosmetics.”

Face the hype
Want to see for yourself what all the fuss is about? Before you apply foundation, dab on a dime-sized drop of primer, emphasizing the spots where your skin tends to get the most oily, such as the T-zone. These areas will need a little extra to ensure that your concealer, blush and other products don’t dissolve throughout the day. After blending thoroughly, let the primer set for a minute. Then brush on a layer of finishing powder, which helps to hide imperfections while keeping oil at bay.

While many primers are clear, a tinted formula is a better option for those with a lackluster complexion. Allure magazine suggested green shades to combat redness and lilac hues for sallow skin. A pink formula provides a subtle glow that’s suitable for any skin tone.

But the perks don’t stop there – Allure also recommended using primer, like Jane Iredale’s Lid Primer, around the eyes for vibrant eyeshadow that stays. Using your fingers, apply this balm to your eyelids to make sure pigment sticks. You can also dab some in the crease or on the browbone as a highlighter.

Not just for the skin
Lasting lashes require a primer as well. Sweep on Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood, which strengthens and softens the eyelashes while combating any clumps.

Your lips are sealed with the Lip Insurance Smoothing, Anti-Feathering Lip Primer by Too Faced, which prevents cracking, bleeding or fading whether you’re using a stain or a gloss.

Finally, the Lippmann Collection 2 Second Nail Primer is the key to a chip-free manicure. Lippmann told The New York Times that applying this product before the base coat gets rid of any oil and grime on the nail bed, allows polish to go on more smoothly, in addition to ensuring faster drying.

Now you’re primed for anything.

Rachel Bilson rocks retro beauty

       
Monday, July 29th, 2013

Rachel Bilson rocks retro beauty

Rachel Bilson has always emanated the epitome of clean-cut, girl-next-door beauty. But recently, at the L.A. premiere of her new movie The To Do List, she went with a more daring look that recalled Amy Winehouse’s retro-inspired cat eyes. Bilson’s look was both edgy due to black fingernails and sweet with just a pop of pink flush on her lips. Take a cue from the starlet by following these steps.

The main focal point of Bilson’s makeup was her drastic winged out eyeliner. After applying eye primer, sweep POP Beauty’s Cat Eyes angled pencil in Black Onyx on the upper lash line, flicking upward at the end to achieve the same coy shape. Next, boost lashes with the Hy-Performance Mascara by being TRUE cosmetics. The brush not only gives you volume and length, but also separates and curls lashes while conditioning them at the same time. Wiggle the wand back and forth from the roots to the ends at the center first and apply at the corners last.

Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color by Too Faced in sweet pea is the perfect shade for Bilson’s fresh-faced flush – and it works as a lipbalm, too. With a combination of flower extracts and vitamins, the formula is nourishing and hydrating to both lips and cheeks.

Don’t forget to apply a few coats of the Lippmann Collection I Fought The Law Nail Lacquer for punk rocker nails.