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

October 29th, 2013 | Contributed by:

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.

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Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

October 24th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

There are plenty of Hollywood-inspired Halloween costume ideas that are both eye-catching and easy to create.

However, for many of the most creative costumes, cosmetics are a key component and without the right look, people might not recognize your idea. If you’re planning to draw inspiration from an iconic retro goddess, try one of these ideas for a costume that’s bound to stand out this holiday:

Betty Draper
Getting your hair into a proper ’60s ‘do will be half the battle if you’re channeling any of the sirens on Mad Men. The key to Betty’s look is keeping your makeup looking delicate and demure. Use a pencil in a shade close to your natural hair color to lightly fill in your brows for a bolder look, then apply a layer of a light brown shadow on your eyelids and a coppery hue in the crease. After curling your lashes, apply two coats of lengthening mascara. Dust a light pink blush just on the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush. Finally, opt for a matte rosy lipstick to mimic her perfect pout.

Marilyn Monroe
This iconic star requires a serious dose of glamor when it comes to makeup. Dab a cream champagne eyeshadow across your lid and follow with a brown shade in the crease, blending as you go toward the outer corner of the eye. Use a liquid liner across your top lash line to define your eyes, extending slightly at the outer corner for a subtle cat-eye effect. Don’t skimp on mascara – feel free to apply three coats of a curling formula to get them looking va-va-voom. Swirl a large blush brush into a subtle pink pigment and dust it along the contouring of your cheekbones. Get her flawless pout by lining your lips with a rich red pencil and layering on lipstick in the same hue. Most importantly, draw a beauty mark above your lip on the left side of your face with a dark brown pencil to get Marilyn’s signature look.

Daisy Buchanan
Considering the major motion picture adaptation, this is definitely the year to dress up as the ethereal 1920s character from “The Great Gatsby.”  Luckily, it doesn’t take a ton of makeup either. Start by applying highlighter on the brow bone to create a wide-eyed look. Then brush a taupe eyeshadow on your lid and use a small brush to lightly dust it along your lower lash line, blending as you go for a soft effect. One layer of volumizing mascara will do the trick, but apply extra pigment to the outer lashes for a come-hither look when you’re batting your eyes. Reach for a semi-sheer coral lipstick with a faintly glossy finish and you’re ready for one of Gatsby’s famous soirées.

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Why you should buy cosmetics from an authorized retailer

October 23rd, 2013 | Contributed by:

Buy Cosmetics from an Authorized Retailer
Consumers today are constantly on the hunt for a better bargain. The proliferation of online shopping has made it convenient to compare prices and find products for far cheaper than what they would cost in stores. However, if these deals seem to good to be true, it’s because they are. When it comes to buying discount beauty products, there’s often a huge hidden cost: your health.

How customers become victims
Increasingly, shoppers eager to get their favorite skincare, makeup and hair products are scouring the Internet to find them at a significantly lower price, especially on Amazon and eBay. Karen Monterichard of the Makeup And Beauty Blog told Buzzfeed that the pricetags are so tempting on these products that shoppers simply can’t turn them down. According to the news source, though, many of them are a counterfeit version of the real thing. The majority are made in China, sent to the U.S. in bulk quantities and then bought through online wholesale marketplaces, where they are re-distributed to unreliable sites. Because they’re manufactured outside of registered channels of distribution, the laws differ between countries and there is such a high frequency of trading, it has become nearly impossible for the government to keep track of these instances.

While it may be easy for you to spot a fake designer handbag, it’s not so easy to determine when cosmetics aren’t authentic. Since you’re purchasing the item online and the packaging is typically identical to the real thing, you have no way of knowing that you bought an imposter product – until you use it and realize the difference in quality firsthand.

Christine Mielke, head of the popular makeup blog Temptalia, explained to the source that it’s also damaging to a brand when a customer isn’t aware they bought a fake. These imitation products are usually not as effective, so the buyer may begin to lose respect for the company if they have a negative experience.

PopSugar referred to this problem as the “grey market.” One of the major issues with buying products from unauthorized retailers is that you don’t know how old the product is or if it has been stored properly. Erica Moore, fragrance evaluator at Fragrances of the World, told the news source that as a result, you could be purchasing an item that is already expired.

The dangers that come with a deal
What’s the big deal? Much like consuming food past its expiration date, there are serious risks that come with using beauty products that shouldn’t be on the shelves anymore.

Kate Morris, founder of Adore Beauty, told PopSugar that you could actually have an allergic reaction if the item is no longer good. Because the product was bought on the grey market, the manufacturer can’t compensate you or assist you in any way.

“When you buy grey market products you are not protected by the cosmetics company or brand if the product is faulty, expired, if you develop any type of reaction or if the products never arrive,” Alice Hampton, Estée Lauder’s communications manager in Australia, told the source.

On the other hand, if you bought a new face cream or eyeshadow from an authorized retailer, the customer service department would no doubt reimburse you or swap it out for something else that works better.

While one potential outcome of buying counterfeit cosmetics might be that you’re simply disappointed, the Daily Mail reported that some aren’t so lucky. Mandy Lanham is one customer who fell victim to these scams when she found her go-to foundation online at a much lower price on eBay. When she woke up the next morning after using the product for the first time, her face was puffy, inflamed and sore. She got in touch with trading standards officers, and it became clear that she had unknowingly purchased an imitation of the item. Because the compact was indistinguishable from the real foundation, she had no way of knowing when it arrived that she had been tricked.

The beauty brands that you trust put their products through considerable testing to ensure that they’re safe for your skin. U.S. regulations require that companies have a series of processes and procedures that they need to abide by for the safety of not only consumers, but also of employees that are involved in the manufacturing process. However, Daily Mail explained that counterfeit products haven’t gone through the same kind of standards evaluations, and many of them contain ingredients that are not only irritating but could be extremely dangerous.

To assess the severity of the situation, the news source ordered 10 designer makeup products from an online store that wasn’t authorized, and determined that eight of them were imitations. Then, the Daily Mail contacted Staffordshire Scientific Services and had them test the products, employing the same measures as trading standards officers. The result? Every one of the illegitimate items was found to have a combination of damaging metals and other substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and even arsenic. In fact, a fake MAC eyeliner was packed with 46 times the legal level of copper. It’s no wonder dermatologists are seeing a huge swell in patients with skin problems that were caused by counterfeit cosmetics. Some have merely reported blemishes and breakouts, while others have suffered psoriasis and other more concerning conditions.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt,” said Christine Heemskerk of the Trading Standards Institute, as quoted by Daily Mail. “These counterfeit cosmetic products may not have been made in a sterile environment. They may contain carcinogenic ingredients that are banned from use in cosmetics and could cause long-term harm. They may trigger rashes and eye infections as well as more serious conditions such as lead poisoning, which can affect major organs, causing problems for the heart, kidneys and nervous system.”

Self magazine noted that the U.S. has a list of what ingredients are permissible and in what amounts. However, some countries haven’t established these guidelines. So if you’re purchasing a product from a retailer that isn’t authorized, there’s a good chance it was manufactured in a country where potentially toxic contents are allowed.

Telling the difference
So how do you know if you’re buying the real thing?

Self magazine asserted that it’s best to only shop for beauty products from a trusted source. If you’re unsure of whether the retailer is legitimate, look for a seal somewhere on the site that indicates it’s an authorized retailer, or a sticker that says authenticity is guaranteed. If you’re seeing prices that are dramatically lower that the typical value, that’s usually a dead giveaway that the products are fake.

Kate Morris told Pop Sugar that there are other signs that the stockist isn’t trustworthy. If there are no brand logos, the products are sold without boxes or an irregular array of items, you should be wary of buying off the site. Additionally, she noted that if that packaging doesn’t look current, or the products are from a line that you know has been discontinued, you’re better off avoiding making a purchase.

When cosmetics cost less than you’re used to paying for them, it can seem irresistible to take advantage of the deal. Still, a few saved dollars are not worth risking your skin, beauty or your health. The point of these products is to make you look and feel your best, and a counterfeit simply can’t guarantee that.

 

Sources:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsberg/buying-makeup-online-exercise-caution

http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/fashion/beauty-bytes-buying-makeup-online-proceed-at-your-own-risk/article_a0805292-b570-11e1-ba4d-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.bellasugar.com.au/Grey-Area-Dangers-Buying-Cut-Priced-Cosmetics-18580748

http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/01/the-dangers-of-counterfeit-bea.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2210884/The-toxic-trade-fake-make-How-counterfeit-cosmetics-containing-dangerous-levels-arsenic-sold-online-unsuspecting-bargain-hunters.html

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Ponytail inspiration for every look

October 21st, 2013 | Contributed by:

Ponytail inspiration for every look

There are a few reasons the ponytail has been a go-to hairstyle for decades: It’s convenient, chic and completely understated. Still, achieving a polished look with a pony requires more than just piling your hair up and winding an elastic around it. While that’s fine if you’re heading to the gym, you probably want a little more drama for other occasions.

If you’re looking for a way to shake up your style, consider these ideas for a completely different take on the ponytail:

Sleek
A ponytail doesn’t have to be casual – in fact, it can be supremely elegant if you use the right products and techniques. Refinery 29 suggested taking a cue from the latest runways and opting for a super slick low pony. If you don’t have naturally pin-straight hair, use a flat iron to smooth it out. Part your hair down the middle and pull it into a pony at the nape of your neck. Then take a small section of hair and wind it around the elastic, securing with a bobby pin at the bottom. Split the pony into two sections, weave several inches into a fishtail braid and secure with another elastic. Then repeat your previous step and coil another thin piece of hair around the bottom, using a pin to hold it in place.

Tousled
A bedhead-inspired pony is alluring without being over the top. To get the look, use a texturizing spray or dry shampoo and only comb your hair enough to get the tangles out. Next, gently tease hair at the crown and pull back into three even sections. Begin to weave only the center and the right section like you were beginning a braid, then use a large pin to secure it from underneath so it’s invisible. Pull the left section and wrap it all the way around both pieces, pinning it at the bottom. The result? Imperfect yet irresistible.

Curly
Coils can add an unexpected playful bounce to your pony. After blowdrying your hair with a round brush, secure at the back of your head with an elastic. It’s up to you where you pile it – a high pony has a coy and girlish look while a low one looks elegant for the evening. Try wrapping the entire pony around a two inch curling iron barrel if you have fine strands, or dividing and curling multiple sections if your mane is thicker. Finish with a mist of strong hairspray to freeze your locks in place.

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A guide to growing out your hair

October 15th, 2013 | Contributed by:

A guide to growing out your hair

If you’ve ever dreamed of long, lustrous Rapunzel-worthy hair, you know that growing it out is the hard part. Considering hair grows an average of just one-quarter inch every month, getting to your ideal length could take some serious patience. Still, anyone can accomplish long locks, as long as they’re willing to put in the effort to maintain healthy strands.

There is no one surefire way to make your hair grow at a rapid pace, but there are tactics that can speed up the process. Follow this guide and you won’t have to wait as long for the mane you’ve always wanted:

Go on a ‘do diet
It should come as no surprise that your diet can have a significant impact on how shiny and strong your strands are. Still, did you know that certain foods can also help to promote growth?

Protein is the building block for hair cells, so it’s crucial to have a source at every meal, whether it’s yogurt, lean poultry, tofu or beans. It’s also important to have enough of the “good fats” – which include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated types. Find them in nuts, olive oil, avocados and oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel.

U.S. News and World Report revealed that not getting enough iron or zinc could hinder the growth of your locks, and potentially cause hair loss. Therefore, you’ll want to incorporate foods like oatmeal, lentils and oysters to get enough of these vitamins – or consider taking a supplement. A vitamin C deficiency compromises the strength of your hair, so nosh on kiwis, leafy greens, guava and chili peppers to make sure your hair isn’t dull or prone to breakage.

Don’t forget biotin – the National Institutes of Health noted that it simultaneously supports healthy growth while preventing hair thinning or loss. Look for this vitamin B complex in egg yolks, soybeans, peanuts and almonds.

Remember regular trims
It might seem counterintuitive to cut your hair frequently when you’re trying to grow it out, but this practice is key. If you neglect to trim off dead ends every five to eight weeks, you may end up having to lop off a lot more on your next visit to the hairdresser. That’s because once the ends split, the breakage begins to creep up your strands at a faster rate. It’s not that regular trims will make your hair grow faster at the root, but they will will prevent your strands from breaking off farther up, meaning you’ll be able to achieve the length you want more quickly. Besides, split ends can give the illusion that your hair is thinner at the bottom, and isn’t the point to get a full mane?

Treat your scalp to a massage
Soft, shiny hair depends on a healthy scalp, as that’s where the roots of your hair follicles are. Just as muscles need a helping hand once in a while to recover and rejuvenate, so does your scalp. This requires a massage, which can accelerate blood flow, thereby stimulating the scalp and allowing essential nutrients to travel there more quickly, nourishing hair follicles.

This doesn’t mean you have to go to a professional, either. L.A. stylist Philip B recommended to Marie Claire magazine simply using your fingers to firmly massage in a revitalizing shampoo for a minute or two while showering. Use this tactic while you’re rinsing as well, starting at the back of your head and moving forward. As added benefits, you’ll feel totally relaxed and you’ll cleanse your strands more thoroughly.

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Making waves with minimal effort

October 11th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Making waves with minimal effort

Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you have to abandon those carefree waves.

Wavy hair is just as appropriate for cozying up to the fireplace as it is for basking on the beach. Plus, it’s simultaneously laid-back and romantic, meaning it works for nearly any occasion, from a casual coffee date to an elegant affair. Creating the perfect style doesn’t have to take a lot of effort, either – after all, the idea is to look effortlessly stunning. Ditch the styling tools and use these tips to achieve flawless, fuss-free waves overnight:

Braids
You may already know that braids are big this fall, but were you aware that un-doing this technique can also make instant waves? After washing your hair and combing it out, pat it dry and part down the center. Then begin weaving it into two braids while it’s damp. Looser braids will make for gentler waves, while tightly wound braids will produce a more crimped effect. You can also change the look with the number of braids: One will produce a subtler curvature, and three or four of them will make high-intensity waves. Secure the ends with an elastic and leave them alone until dry. Doing this a couple hours before bedtime is ideal, as you can wake up and quickly finish styling them.

Once your hair is dry, unbraid it and use your fingers to comb through your strands, which will help to create a natural look. A spritz of strong hairspray will provide the hold you need to lock your waves into place.

Buns
Another supremely simple way to get whimsical waves is by twirling your hair into multiple buns. While it’s still damp, smooth some shaping cream over your strands and twist it into coils on top of your head, securing with bobby pins. As with the braid method, more buns will make for a drastic finished look. Unpin them once your hair is dry and shake your tresses out to get a tousled effect.

Headband
There are endless possibilities when it comes to wearing a headband, and one of them can create perfectly sculpted waves. Using a soft elastic headband, wrap your hair section by section around it, using pins to secure the ends. Once all of your strands have been wound around the headband, leave it to dry, ideally overnight. After unpinning every section, scrunch them with some texturizing mousse for extra oomph.

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Common Makeup Mistakes

October 4th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Common Makeup Mistakes

Common makeup mistakes

There are a few common makeup mistakes that could seriously sabotage a successful look. Fortunately, there are ways to correct your errors to ensure you put your best face forward. Ready to refresh on some basic beauty lessons?

Foundation
While it might seem tempting to build layer upon layer of foundation to hide your flaws, that can result in a caked-on effect that’s highly unflattering. The product will inevitably begin to settle into any wrinkles and lines, thus drawing extra attention to them, especially in harsh lighting. Sometimes it’s best to be a minimalist with face makeup. A mineral foundation evens out your skin tone, hides any pores and subtly conceals blemishes for a radiant complexion. Try the ultra-lightweight Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation, which comes in 16 shades and gives you optimal coverage without the cakiness.

Blush
A little blush goes a long way, so be mindful when applying pigment to your cheeks. If you’re getting a more garish look than a subtle glow, you might simply be using the wrong shade for your coloring. A soft neutral rose, like GloMinerals gloBlush, can complement any skin tone. Keep in mind that blush shouldn’t be applied all over, either. To find the apples of your cheeks, try smiling as you’re putting it on.

Eyebrows
Skinny brows are out, and bolder brows are in. Instead of over-plucking them into a slender shape, opt for a fuller one, which actually defines your eyes more effectively and frames your face. After you’ve achieved the arch you want, use use short, upward strokes to fill in your brows with a pencil that’s just one shade lighter than your natural hair color. BABOR’s Maxi Definition Eye Brow Pencil comes with a handy brush on one end to help you blend the pigment.

Lips
You have to color inside the lines when it comes to your lips. While liner will make your lip color last longer, it looks sloppy if you’re not precise with your technique. The key is first to choose the right shade – which should be close to your natural lips if you’re sporting a sheer gloss or balm, or similar to your lipstick hue if you’re rocking a deeper color. Youngblood’s Lip Liner Pencil not only defines your lips and extends the life of your color, but also moisturizes your pout to prevent dryness and unsightly cracks

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How stress is sabotaging your beauty

October 1st, 2013 | Contributed by:

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

There are obvious reasons to avoid stress, as it can do some serious damage to your body. Did you know that it affects your appearance as well?

Between work deadlines, social obligations, paying bills and taking care of other responsibilities, sometimes it’s inevitable to feel overwhelmed. However, you might want to consider ways to keep your calm once you realize the potential impact on your complexion. Here are just a few ways that stress is sabotaging your skin, hair and nails:

Wrinkles
It’s no secret that stress can affect mood and energy levels, but it also makes you look olde. Daily Makeover explained that when you’re under a lot of pressure, your body continually churns out cortisol, a hormone that can break down collagen – not to mention also make you gain weight. When your cortisol levels are high, it’s more difficult for the skin to reproduce elastin and repair damage, leading to faster formation of wrinkles. Dr. Doris Day told Woman’s Day that it can be helpful during a particularly stressful day to stop and take a deep breath, thereby relaxing the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines.

Puffy eyes
One of the major negative effects of stress is that it can disrupt your sleep, and as a result, you end up with tired, puffy eyes. Daily Makeover noted that when you don’t get the deep sleep you need, your body is unable to rid itself of excess liquids. Therefore, that fluid ends up settling in the undereye tissue, causing dark circles and bags. It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of shuteye, but when you still need some extra help, use a moisturizing eye cream and a yellow-based concealer to fake an awake look.

Breakouts
Unfortunately, you’re also more likely to get pesky blemishes and breakouts when you’re tense, which can be frustrating and exacerbate the problem. According to She Knows, one of the other effects of a spike in cortisol is increased oil production and an inability to control inflammation. Therefore, you’re a lot more likely to see redness and clogged pores. Skincare expert Lavinia Borcau recommended looking for cleansers and toners that are formulated with green tea or chamomile, both natural anti-inflammatories.

Dry skin
If your skin is looking flaky and feeling dry, stress might be the cause. Borcau told She Knows that when you’re especially strained, your skin can’t hold moisture as effectively. She suggested using a rich cream that contains shea butter and avocado oil. Not only will your complexion feel softer, but these ingredients can also act as a barrier from irritants, free radicals and bacteria in the environment.

Damaged nails
Your digits are also dealing with negative impacts when you’re under pressure – and not just because you might be nervously biting your fingernails. Dr. Flor Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., said that many people make a habit of pressing their fingers over their thumb nail, leading to a raised ridge in the center. On top of that, your nails may become weaker, peel or even begin to show white horizontal lines. When they’re looking particularly brittle, nix the lacquer for a week and brush on a strengthening treatment.

Hair loss
Is your hair starting to shed? Daily makeover explained that hair loss is another issue that can be caused by anxiety. Your hair follicles immediately go from a growth phase to a resting one. Dr. Mayoral noted that the “fall-out” phase that follows typically lasts for up to three months after a stressful time, and it can take six to nine months for the hair to re-grow. In the meantime, switch to a shampoo that can energize your scalp and a nourishing, thickening conditioner.

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Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

September 26th, 2013 | Contributed by:

Fresh hairstyle ideas for fall

Your beachy waves were just fine for summer, but you might be getting bored with your hair now that autumn is here.

Something about the changing leaves, cozy sweaters and richer colors in your wardrobe may have you itching for a change in your coif. If you don't have the funds – or the guts – for a dramatic transformation, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to shake up your hairstyle without a ton of time or effort. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new 'do:

Fetching fringe
Even if you've been too timid to try bangs, sideswept fringe is flattering on a variety of face shapes, and can be relatively easy to maintain. Feeling bold? Elle magazine noted that blunt bangs are a major trend this season. The source recommended using a heat protective spray on damp hair before blowdrying them. A shine serum can help to eliminate frizz, and a spritz of hairspray ensures they stay in place.

Still, you might not be ready to take the plunge. Fortunately, Harper's Bazaar reported that the side faux bang is an ideal alternative when you can't commit to the real thing. Redken creative consultant Guido told the magazine that all you have to do is part your hair farther to the side and sweep it across your forehead to give the illusion of bangs. You can use a bobby pin to secure the section in place.

Deconstructed bun
While a neat bun always looks elegant, a messier version is on trend this autumn. Fortunately, it not only looks chic but also takes considerably less time. Refinery 29 explained that the first step is spraying your strands with a thickening product that will boost the volume. The key is not to overbrush your hair to keep the tousled texture. After rough drying your hair, pull your tresses up the top of your head and tie in a ponytail with an elastic. Fold your hair through the band to create a loop, and then twist the ends that are sticking out around the base of the pony to build the bun. Keep playing around with it until you're happy with the undone look, then pin the ends in place.

Wet and wild strands
You might be surprised, but hair that looks soaking wet is actually a major trend this season. Harper's Bazaar explained that models for Prada, Oscar de La Renta and Roberto Cavalli all sported this sleek look on the runway. Don't leave the house just after showering, though, especially as the temperatures are starting to drop. Instead, get the same effect with hair oil, which creates a high shine finish.

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How to master minimal makeup

September 26th, 2013 | Contributed by:

How to master minimal makeup

There are a lot of benefits that come with minimizing your makeup routine. Not only will you have more time to snooze in the morning, but you'll give your skin a breather and also spend less on products.

If the idea of a naked face scares you, though, keep in mind that achieving a natural look still requires makeup. With the right technique, you can achieve a look that allows your best features to shine through while subtly concealing your flaws. Just follow this guide and you'll have a low-maintenance glow in no time:

A clear canvas
It's important that your skin has an even tone and smooth surface because minimal makeup means any little flaw is a lot more obvious. Vanessa Jarman​, of the Page One Management modeling agency, told Elle magazine that particularly as the seasons change, you might need to switch up your products to make sure that skin is properly nourished. She advised looking for an oil-based moisturizer as the temperatures drop and the air gets drier. Especially beneficial are products with avocado and primrose, which can create a barrier to lock in hydration. The Perfecting Serum by Murad contains both of these ingredients, and can infuse moisture while reducing flakes and fine lines.

After smoothing the rich solution over your face, use a lightweight cream foundation for an airbrushed finish. In InStyle magazine, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams recommended using a Beautyblender sponge to apply bronzer and contour on the cheekbones.

Nude lips
From the catwalk at the latest fashion shows to the red carpet, nude lips are everywhere this season. The key is finding one that complements your complexion. Makeup artist Nick Barose told InStyle that a formula with subtle sheen and peach or pink undertones can make your pout look natural while still offering a pop of color. He recommended wearing a touch of rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks so that you don't look washed out. 

Bold brows
Defined eyebrows can frame your face and offer a polished effect that isn't overdone. Don't be afraid to go for a bolder, shape, either – Elle reported that models at Alexander Wang's show were sporting this look. The Paula Dorf Brow Stencil Kit can help you to create the perfect shape. Use a brow pencil to fill them in, but don't be heavy-handed or they'll come out too dark. Jarman told Elle that it's crucial to make sure your brows match your hair color, so look for a pencil that's no more than one shade away from your strands. Finish with a bone-colored eyeshadow to highlight the browbone and create a lifting effect.

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