Tips for a plumper pout

       
November 26th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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Best beauty looks from the AMA Awards

       
November 25th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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How to: DIY hair chalking

       
November 21st, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to: DIY hair chalking

It's likely that the last time you used art chalk was in the 5th grade – but you may be picking it up again very soon. The only difference is that this time, you'll be using it in your hair, not the sidewalk.

Skeptical? Hair chalking is a super simple DIY hair color method that's great for people who want to test out a wild new hue. Since it's temporary, you can experiment with any color you desire on your strands while knowing it will wash out in a few shampoos. The best part? Whether you're a redhead, blonde or brunette, this technique will work just as well. Even stylish celebs like Lauren Conrad have played around with hair chalking to try a fun new look.

All you need are some soft chalk pastels, gloves, some water and a dash of courage. Here's how to do it yourself:

Step 1:
If you have dark hair, fill a small spray bottle with water and spritz a small section. There's no need to wet the entire piece, just soak up to the point where you want the pigment to appear. Blondes should avoid moistening their locks as the chalk could end up actually staining your hair. So if you have light hair, just draw onto dry strands unless you plan to rock this color for a couple weeks. Redheads may want to test a section without water first to see how bright the color shows up, and then determine if water is needed to amp up the intensity.

Step 2:
Slip on a pair of rubber gloves, reach for your desired pastel hue and begin coloring directly onto your strands. It can be helpful to twist your hair as you go, as this tactic will rub off more pigment from the chalk. You can select more than one shade, but Seventeen magazine noted that it's best to start with the lightest one first to avoid dark color from getting on your gloves and muddying the whole effect. Brush out the excess chalk and wait for your hair to dry completely.

Step 3:
Depending on the look you're going for, you can use a flat iron or a curling iron to go over the colored strands and seal in the pigment. Continue to style as you normally would, but have fun with it. Feel free to try out a more eccentric 'do, like a top knot or a fishtail braid, which will show off your vibrant tresses in a whole new way.

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Look dazzling at Thanksgiving dinner

       
November 20th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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Spice up your look this holiday season

       
November 20th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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The secrets to highlighting and contouring

       
November 20th, 2013 | Contributed by:

The secrets to highlighting and contouring

Makeup can work magic – as long as you know how to use it properly. Highlighting and contouring are two of the most valuable beauty techniques any girl can master, because they allow you to enhance and define your features and completely transform your face. If you want radiant skin, sculpted cheekbones, or even a more slender looking nose – it's all possible with these tactics. It's no wonder Kourtney Kardashian deemed them essential to her makeup regimen, as did Victoria's Secret model Toni Garrn.

Intrigued? Here's everything you need to know to become a highlighting and contouring pro:

Step 1
First, even our your skin tone so that you have a perfect base for your bronzer and highlighter by applying a cream, liquid or powder foundation. For extra credit, use an alternate foundation that's just one to two shades lighter and dab it along the middle of your forehead, along the bridge of your nose, at the outer edges of your eyes and on the center of your chin.

Step 2
Next it's time to reach for your bronzer. Be sure that the formula isn't overly shimmery, as too much distracting sparkle could compromise the effectiveness of your contouring. After swirling your brush in your shade of choice, choose areas that you would like to visually hollow out. For example, you could sweep your brush under your jaw-line to make your neck appear more slender, or slim out your nose by dabbing some bronzer on either side, from just below the bridge to right over the nostrils. You can also contour your cheeks by sucking them in, dusting bronzer in a circular motion in the hollow under your apples and then extending and blending toward the hairline.

Step 3
Now that you're ready to highlight, you need to choose the right shade. Cooler complexions should opt for a pale hue with iridescence, while those with warm skin will look best with a slightly more golden highlighter.

While contouring is meant to make areas of the face recede, highlighting does the opposite – it draws them forward. Do you want to draw light to your peepers and make them really pop? Then you should dab highlighter at the inner corners of your eyes and underneath them. Highlighting under the eyebrows will have a lifting effect, thus causing you to appear more alert and awake. You can also highlight right underneath the cheekbone contouring you just did to give your face healthy looking dimension.

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Beauty tips from Victoria’s Secret models

       
November 19th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Beauty tips from Victoria's Secret models

Victoria's Secret models are a rarity when it comes to beauty. In fact, according to Elle magazine, chief marketing officer for the company Edward Razek says that they are less common that superstar athletes. He estimates that there are fewer than 100 women in the entire world that have what it takes to strut the catwalk at the VS Fashion Show, and only 33 were selected. While it undoubtedly takes phenomenal genes and a lot of gym time to look as good as they do, there are some beauty secrets that can make anyone look nearly runway-ready.

Here are some tips from the models themselves:

Karolina Kurkova
Want a flawless face like Kurkova's? The answer lies in three simple products: an oil-free primer, illuminating foundation and iridescent finishing powder. Diane Kendal, makeup artist for NARS, told Elle that this combination makes skin look as if it's glowing from the inside.

Toni Garrn
What's the one must-have in Garrn's makeup regimen? Highlighter, according to Fashionista. She noted that she's been dabbing it along her browbone and on the bridge of her nose since she was 14 years old. Jessica Hart is another model who has a penchant for this product, but she uses it high on her cheekbones.

Behati Prinsloo
There's one trend that the VS Angels were rocking all over the recent runway: the brown smoky eye. New York Daily News reported that Prinsloo begins by brushing a pale eyeshadow across her lids. Then, she dabs a darker brown into the crease. With an angled eyeliner brush, she carefully sweeps more of the deep pigment along her lower lashline and then along the top. This way, she doesn't even have to use eyeliner to define her eyes. Finally, she adds a couple coats of a rich brown-black mascara and dabs some illuminator from the browbone all the way around to the undereye area to draw light to her peepers.

Adriana Lima
There's one trick that can make your eyes look significantly bigger, like Lima's. To get the doe-eyed effect, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Elle that you can apply individual false lashes just at the outer edge of your eye. Or, he explained that you could simply keep extending your eyeliner at the outer corners and your eyes will appear larger.

Jourdan Dunn
Dunn doesn't like to use fake lashes, but she does have a tip that can fake the same effect. She told Fashionista that she simply places a card behind her lashes so that she can apply more pressure while sweeping on mascara, pushing against the paper.

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Makeup tips for a winter wedding

       
November 18th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

There's something about a winter wedding that offers a new level of romance. Between the pristine white backdrop and the festive holiday spirit, a big day during the colder months has an almost fairy tale-like feel. If you're planning to tie this knot during this time of year, there are certain things you'll want to keep in mind when it comes to your cosmetics to make sure you shine.

Here are some tips for a look that's just as beautiful as your winter wonderland:

Get glowing
Dry air and harsh lighting can make your skin look washed out or flaky, so you'll need to use the right makeup to ensure that your face is smooth and radiant. It's crucial to exfoliate the night before and moisturize well the day of the wedding for a perfect canvas. Then, layer an illuminating cream foundation. The light reflecting particles will give your face a natural looking glow. Then reach for a peachy blush, which will provide a healthy flush without making it look like you've been standing out in the cold. Sweep some pigment on the apples of your cheeks and then brush on some translucent powder to set the look and ensure a flawless, photo-ready finish.

Frosty eyes
Don't be afraid of shimmer – icy lids are perfect for a wedding at this time of year. Consider a pearly white shadow, which brightens up your eyes for a refreshed and youthful look. You could also take things up a notch with silver lids, which have an alluring look when paired with sleek black liquid liner. Or, warm things up with a rose​ gold or copper eyeshadow. When you're sporting a metallic hue, just be sure that it doesn't clash with your jewelry. Then sweep it across your lids, dusting a paler shade of the same color in the corners of your eyes.

It's crucial to use waterproof liner and mascara to make sure your makeup doesn't run despite some snow or a few tears.

Lively lips
There are several routes you can take with your pout. For a daytime wedding, go for a subtler look by lining your lips with a rosy pencil and then applying a gloss in the same hue. Or you can go bolder with a rich cranberry lip if your ceremony is in the evening. However, if you're rocking a high intensity matte pigment, you'll need to exfoliate and moisturize your lips every day the week before your wedding to avoid a chapped or peeling pout.

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This Thanksgiving, Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments!

       
November 16th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Feed Your Skin with DIY Beauty Treatments

The foods you eat nourish your body, so naturally you try to incorporate the healthiest fare. When Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s all about indulging in the comforts of the season – those tried and true traditional dishes that have a nostalgic quality and make you feel happy. Autumnal ingredients like yams, cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg aren’t just delicious, they’re also good for you, when prepared properly. Did you know that they’re also spectacular for your skin?

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to feed your skin with some sustenance. Here are three DIY treatments made from the tastiest festive ingredients:

Mashed Potato Mask
It seems as if mashed potatoes can cure anything, and they’re a comforting remedy for your complexion, too. If you’re pursuing a solution for your puffy eyes, battling frequent breakouts, or attempting to diminish dark circles or fine lines, try making a mask infused with this classic dish. All you need are some prepared mashed potatoes – it doesn’t matter how they’re seasoned.

Opt for organic potatoes so you can avoid harmful pesticides. If you have especially dry skin, consider adding a bit of olive oil to your potatoes for extra moisture. However, those that are looking to alleviate acne should mix up a batch with minimal ingredients.

Smooth the potatoes over clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes. After rinsing off, follow up with a moisturizer.

Squash foot soak
Are you feet feeling parched? With the temperatures dropping and the air getting dryer, it’s common to see some flakes. Fortunately, butternut squash boasts a high vitamin E content, which when combined with the lactic acid in milk and nourishing properties of oil, can slough off dead skin and repair cracks.

Simply mash up one large cooked squash and combine it with 3 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of either safflower or vegetable oil. Put the mixture in a tub that can comfortably fit your feet, and submerge them in the solution for 30 minutes. Rinse them off, then slip on some cozy socks to trap in moisture.

Sweet potato conditioner
Your hair needs a detox once in a while, too. Switch out your normal conditioner for this sweet potato concoction, which can get rid of product buildup and help to prevent pesky flyaways from the dry static-filled air.

Start by cutting a cooked sweet potato in half and mashing it up. Then, add 3 tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. Massage it onto clean, damp hair and don a shower cap to seal in the solution, allowing it to absorb more effectively. After 20 minutes, rinse out the conditioner and voilá: smoother strands.

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Makeup tips that will take years off your face

       
November 14th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

With each passing year, your skin goes through some significant changes that can make it look less than supple. While wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles are inevitable, there are ways to camouflage them using the right cosmetics. However, dealing with signs of aging and achieving a more youthful complexion requires that you update your makeup tactics and techniques.

Are you looking to turn back the clock? Try these simple makeup tricks and you'll regain that youthful glow in no time:

Fast face lift
As you age, collagen and elastin production begins to slow down, so your complexion loses its firmness. To fight this process, you'll need to focus on moisturizing makeup that enhances your skin's luster and keeps it from looking dry or droopy.

First, reach for primer if you want a flawless finish. Makeup artist Maria Verel, whose has worked with Diane Sawyer, told Redbook magazine that primer has a blurring effect on lines and provides a more even, smooth complexion.

While it may be tempting to cake on the makeup to cover up your flaws, it's best to go light on your makeup for a more radiant look. Ditch the powder, which tends to settle into wrinkles and fine lines and accentuate them, and instead, consider a sheer liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. An optimal formula will provide adequate coverage and also contain light-reflecting particles to illuminate your entire face. 

For that youthful flush, opt for a cream blush over a powder formula, which will absorb more effectively into the skin. While you're applying, smile so you can focus on emphasizing the upper apples of your cheeks. This technique gives you the instant illusion of a face lift.

Perked up peepers
The skin around your eyes is naturally thinner, and with time, it continues to lose elasticity. As it becomes more transparent looking, blood vessels and dark circles become far more obvious, making you look older and tired. Make that discoloration diminish with an undereye concealer with yellow undertones, which can neutralize any blue or red pigment. It's best to opt for a concealer that's one shade lighter than your natural skin color to get a brightening effect. 

Sweep neutral shimmery eyeshadows in pale colors like champagne across your lids, and dab some at the inner corners to look even more alert. Stay away from shadows that are blue-based, as they may draw attention to undereye shadows, and reach for warmer hues instead. Want to open up your peepers even more? One helpful trick is to glide nude eyeliner along your lower lashline.

Sandy Linter, a makeup artist who works with former supermodel Christie Brinkley, explained to Redbook that eyelids can begin to sag with age, so she likes to use a pointed Q-tip to gently smudge liner out at the corners to visually lift them up.

Don't forget to apply a layer or two of lengthening mascara – it's a must for opening up and enlarging your eyes so you seem years younger.

Lips
Does your pout look like it's shrinking? Over time, you also lose some collagen in your lips, which is the protein responsible for keeping them plump. Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt told Oprah magazine that the the upper lip is especially prone to getting thinner. She recommends dabbing some gloss on the inside of the bottom lip to look to create the illusion of fuller pout.

You might be tempted to go for nude lips, but this is one trend that will just make your complexion look washed out. Liven things up with a moisturizing sheer lipstick in a soft rosy hue, which flatters any skin tone. If you have medium to dark skin, you can even pucker up with a bolder berry shade.

Makeup artist Chrisanne Davis told Allure magazine that lipstick is more likely to bleed as you age, so it can be helpful to outline your pout with a neutral liner to keep pigment in place.

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