Posts Tagged ‘beauty trends’

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? 

How to make a faux bob

       
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Like the look of a bob but don't want to cut your long hair? Try a faux bob!Have you ever noticed how some stars rock the red carpet with long, gorgeous locks one night and show up a few days later with a chic bob? Sure, there are extensions and major haircuts that might come into play sometimes, but one of the latest celebrity hair trends is the faux bob. Believe it or not, it's easy to create yourself!

Start out with a reparative shampoo in the shower, which will strengthen weak or broken hair, leaving it much softer and more manageable. A complementary conditioner will further prep your strands for styling.

Now, it's up to you to decide if you want a curly or straight faux bob. Depending on your choice, you may need to use a curling iron or a straightener to achieve the texture you're looking for.

When that's finished, gather your hair into a low ponytail and use a small elastic to secure it loosely toward the end of the tail. Tuck the end underneath the tail and roll the entire thing up toward the nape of your neck. It's okay if a few pieces fall out – especially if you have shorter layers!

Secure the roll of hair in place with plenty of bobby pins, then use a hairspray like Fekkai – COIFF Sheer Hold Hairspray for added hold. That's it!

Want to try the dark, vampy lip trend with no commitment?

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Want to try out the vampy lip look without spending a dime?Dark, vampy lipstick is hot this season, showing up all over the place, from the runways to the red carpets to the streets of a city or town near you. But unless you know for a fact that you're capable of pulling off this daring look, it might not be feasible to drop the cash on a suitable lipstick. After all, you'd probably rather spend your money on a shade you know you're going to love, like something from the Too Faced – La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream collection.

So how can you try out the vampy lip look without spending a dime? According to The Beauty Department, all you need is a trusty black eyeliner. Yes, eyeliner. It sounds weird, but read on.

All you need to do is use the black pencil to trace the shape of your lips like you would with a lip liner, then fill them in entirely. For a cool ombre look, you might want to go a bit lighter on the color toward the center of your lips. It'll show up slightly redder.

Now pick out one of your berry-colored lip glosses and use a lip brush to smooth it on and blend, blend, blend. This should get rid of any obvious black lines that may be lurking underneath.

You'll end up with a dark pout that's a pretty good indicator of how you'd look rocking the trend. Are you into it?

How to make your bobby pins a whole lot cooler

       
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Could your bobby pins use a bit more pizzazz?When you think of bobby pins, you probably imagine a bunch of boring brown pins that are meant to hide in your hair, holding intricate updos in place. It used to be that visible bobby pins were a fashion faux pas, but these days they're showing up all over the place – no more hiding!

From Diane Kruger to Emma Stone, stars have been seen with bobby-pinned hairstyles on the red carpet, and beauty gurus everywhere are loving the look. Whether you place several in a row to hold back side-swept bangs, criss-cross them in X-shapes all around your head or get even more creative with those pins and your trusty hairspray, there's no doubt that these accessories are chicer than ever.

But brown is pretty boring, right? While you can definitely find snazzy, colorful pins at a beauty supply store, a DIY solution is hiding right in your makeup stash. All you need is some bright or sparkly nail polish!

Seeing as you probably have a bunch of awesome shades to match a variety of outfits, you should have no problem matching your bobby pins to your ensembles. Just use the polish to coat one side of each pin, let them dry for a few hours and turn them over to paint the other side. When they're all dry, you'll have yourself a few great new accessories to rock. Cute!

Hair trend alert: the braided top knot

       
Friday, September 21st, 2012

Transform your bun into a braided top knot!In case you haven't noticed, there are two major hair trends that have been getting attention all summer long. That's the chic top knot and the cool, intricate braid. Both of these styles are great on their own, but can you imagine the awesomeness that ensues when you combine them into the same hairstyle? The braided top knot not only looks fabulous, but it's not as hard to do as it looks.

There are two ways that you can pull this look off – one involves braiding the front version near your hairline, while the other braids the section of hair underneath the bun on the back of your head. Either way looks great, and it's up to you which one you want to pull off.

Start with a little texturizing cream, then French braid your hair. You can do it as you normally would if you're braiding the top, but if you're doing the lower section on the back of your head, it may help to lie on your bed or a couch and hang your head off the edge (with your face toward the floor) so you get better access.

Stop braiding when you get to the point where the bun will be and secure it with a small elastic. A spritz of hairspray will keep it in place so you can put your hair into a bun as you normally would, whether it's with pins, a sock or an elastic. Done!

Top 10 fall makeup trends to get you in the autumnal spirit

       
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Here are 10 of this fall's hottest makeup trends!Chances are, you had a ton of fun this summer playing with the season’s neon eyeshadow colors, shimmery bronzers and bold lipsticks. But who says that the excitement has to end now that fall’s almost here? While you won’t be using all the same bright shades and summery applications, there are plenty of awesome makeup trends to rock this season. Here are 10 to try out A.S.A.P.!

1. Dark lipstick. Whether it’s black cherry or plum, Allure Magazine points out that dark, vampy lips are super hot for fall. When paired with a neutral blush and eyeshadow combination, it really makes your pout pop. Buff your lips to get rid of flakes, apply clear lip balm, then try using Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 in Bridget.

2. Natural, rosy cheeks. Elle Magazine reports that one makeup artist said “It’s the look after a morning of skiing, an hour in a hot tub or some good sex.” Concentrate a cream blush (or even a lipstick if you want serious color) on the apples of your cheeks and blend well for a soft finish.

3. Purple smoky eyes. Yes, black and gray are standbys when it comes to bold smoky eyes, but purple looks pretty and unexpected. Use a light shade across your entire lids, then elaborate the color with a richer shade in the crease and along your upper and lower lash lines. Finish with plenty of black mascara, then line your inner rims with black eyeliner.

4. Green eyeshadow. According to Allure, the type of green you should be going for is an emerald jewel tone or one that’s deep and sexy – not neon or grassy. Try using a charcoal or gunmetal eyeshadow first, then apply Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Spruce on top. A slightly winged-out shape is chic.

5. A fresh, natural face. While this look is usually reserved for spring, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine points out that undone skin made an appearance on fall runways. You’ll need a foundation and concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly, then shades of blush, highlighter and bronzer that are fairly similar for a somewhat monochromatic look. The BORGHESE – Bella Colore Minerali Face Kit can give you what you’re looking for.

6. Souped-up cat eyes. A little eyeliner flick at the outer corners is always stylish, but if you really want to go for the gusto this fall, make yours a bit more noticeable. Try carrying your liner farther up your lids or going farther past the outer corners. Just be sure to keep the rest of your makeup toned down – this look is intense!

7. Colorful French manicures. Forget about white – Elle reports that colorful French manicures are the way to go this fall. Try deep shades like Lippmann Collection – Razzle Dazzle Nail Lacquer for an autumnal vibe or get a little wild with a glittery shade.

8. Big, bold lashes. Cosmopolitan Magazine suggests that you should always go for drama in the lash department. Use falsies to get super extended lashes or try volumizing and lengthening mascara formulas for glamorous fringe.

9. Groomed brows. This season’s brows (which are equally perfect for any time of year) frame your face beautifully and aren’t pencil thin – they should be pretty thick. Use a brow pencil to fill in any sparse areas and tame them with a brow gel for control.

10. Under-eyeliner. According to Cosmopolitan, under-liner is hot this season. Try using a black eyeliner along your upper lash line, then add a pop of color with Pixi – Endless Silky Eye Pen along the lower lash lines.

Pretty Piggies and Nail Polish Trends – Spring/Summer 2012

       
Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Prefect Pedicure and Nail Polish Trends - Spring/Summer 2012

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Five Steps for perfect pedicure:
1) Soak: Add essentials oils to water for an at-home spa experience.
2) Scrub: Slough off those rough spots with a sugar or salt-based exfoliant.
3) Trim & file: Clip toenails straight across, then smooth the edges with a nail file.
4) Moisturize & Massage: Giving your feet a mini-massage will relax your feet and reduce swelling.
5) Polish: After applying a basecoat, swipe polish center, left and right.

Nail trends to try this very moment

       
Monday, April 30th, 2012

These trends are certainly worth a shot!A lot has been happening in the world of nail fashion, which means that if you haven't been paying close attention, some of the trendiest styles may have slipped by you unnoticed. If you're looking for a few surefire ways to jazz up your manicure, grab your favorite Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers, a base coat and a top coat like Lippmann Collection – On A Clear Day Top Coat – then try these cute styles!

1. Blue. If you're not really into nail art and just want to experiment with the latest colors, blue certainly won't let you down. Whether it's robin's egg, navy, cobalt or some kind of teal hybrid, you can't go wrong with this shade, reports Glamour Magazine's beauty blog.

2. Unboring French manis. Ditch the peach and white – this trend relies on bolder color combinations. Whether you do a half-moon mani or a traditional French, choose complementary colors to amp up the cool factor.

3. Ombre glitter. Yes, the ombre trend is still huge – and luckily it's easy to achieve. Simply paint your nails as usual, then add layers of glitter on just the top or bottom of your nails. Easy and so chic!

Hot hair accessories to rock this spring and summer

       
Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Hair accessories can be as loud or subtle as you want!Many women take spring as an opportunity to switch up their hairstyles. Whether it’s going from long locks to a chic bob, lightening up dark strands or just ditching the straightener for a while, you might be looking for new ways to jazz up your tresses. Aside from awesome beauty products, you might want to stock up on a few of these trendy accessories. Here’s how to wear them.

Headbands
Headbands are always a chic addition to any hairstyle, whether it’s in an updo, a side ponytail or a braid. They’re versatile because they come in all kinds of colors and styles, and they can be placed in numerous positions on your head. Use a volumizing product like Leonor Greyl – Mousse Au Lotus Volumatrice, tease your hair to create body, then slip a headband behind your ears, close to your hairline, over your forehead (hippie-style) or far back on your crown. The possibilities are endless!

Bows
If you’re not afraid to be a bit cutesy, bows are totally hot this season. Glamour Magazine recommends wearing them on a headband, tying a ribbon around your ponytail, securing the end of a braid with one or tying a bow to the front of a retro updo. Just make sure your strands are glossy with Hamadi – Shea Pomade.

Barrettes
Many fashion designers consider barrettes as hair jewelry. As such, the trendiest styles are often big and sparkly, much like cocktail rings for your digits. Use one to pull your hair back into a half-updo, bring your hair to one side or secure a strand behind your ear. Just make sure to keep everything else you’re wearing understated, as you don’t want your look to be overwhelming.

Feathers
While feather extensions are certainly an option, a few simple feathers placed temporarily in your hair is often more budget-friendly and less of a commitment. Stick a few into your braid and secure with Leonor Greyl – Structure Naturelle, or attach a few to a plain headband. As long as they’re not sticking straight up, they’ll look chic.

Headscarves
Scarves can be worn in a variety of ways, which is what makes them such a hot commodity this season. You can wrap one around your head to create a cool retro-inspired updo or tie one like a headband. It might look great with a head full of curls, so use Leonor Greyl – Algues Et Fleurs to enhance your hair’s texture and get it ready for a curling iron or hot rollers.

Hair combs
According to 29Secrets.com, hair combs are perfect for sticking into a high bun or holding back glamorous side-swept curls. Find a comb with pretty details, then backcomb strands to create texture that will keep the comb in place.

Hair nets
You don’t have to be a lunch lady to rock a hair net, reports Elle Magazine. One celebrity stylist uses hair nets to wrap chignons and other updos. Paired with a few antique pins, the style looks old-school gorgeous. Choose a net that’s the opposite color of your hair to make it stand out, then rock a red lipstick like BABOR – Filling Lip Color for an old Hollywood look.

Bobby pins
These handy tools aren’t always meant to be hidden behind the scenes. Pick up a few brightly colored bobby pins and place a few together in a row to hold back a section of hair behind your ear. It’s a classic standby that’s unexpectedly chic. Consider matching the colors to your Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers manicure.

Top beauty trends for Spring 2012

       
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

These beauty tips will help you stay gorgeous in the spring!Although winter is technically still here, women in many parts of the country are enjoying mild temperatures, which could elicit the urge to break out breezier outfits and brighter beauty products. If you can't wait any longer to stock up on the supplies necessary for a gorgeous spring, here are the top trends to consider and a few of the products you'll need to achieve them.

1. Statement lips. We're talking about the kind of lips that speak for you – without having to move them at all. According to Style Magazine, designers like Prabal Gurung, Erdem and Mugler had their models wearing an entire rainbow of lipstick hues – from reds to violets. The key to pulling off bright shades is to keep them entirely matte and use neutral makeup colors on the rest of your face. Pick up a bold shade of BABOR – Classic Lip Color, then use a transparent face powder to set the hue and banish shine.

2. Bangs. If you want a new hairstyle to welcome spring with, you don't have to sacrifice any length with a set of bangs. Whispy, side-swept or blunt cuts are all equally trendy, so find what works best for your face shape. Choppy, layered bangs are the most flattering for all face types, and they're the easiest to trim yourself, reports Marie Claire Magazine. In terms of upkeep, all you have to do is make sure your strands stay oil-free. A shampoo like Leonor Greyl – Huile de germe de ble can get rid of oily roots.

3. Gorgeous glow. This trend focuses on enhancing your natural complexion, so it uses soft makeup hues to subtly enhance your features. According to Harper's Bazaar Magazine, the look usually involves a matte white eyeshadow, plenty of black mascara to define your lashes, an apricot blush on the apples of your cheeks and a gold lip gloss for a sparkling finish. Try Jane Iredale – PureGloss in Apricot Fizz.

4. Cat eyes. The runways were crawling with models sporting this trend, which can be minimized or maximized depending on where you're wearing it. Choose a black liquid eyeliner like Blinc – Eyeliner to create a subtle or dramatic flick, then top with mascara. You could even switch it up a bit by using a colored liner to create an interesting contrast.

5. Sculpted bronzer. If you haven't yet experimented with the sculpting effects of bronzer, now's the perfect time. Not only will you achieve a gorgeous sunkissed glow, but you'll be able to enhance your cheekbones and even slim down your face if necessary. Choose a shade that's only one or two levels darker than your complexion, suggests Marie Claire. Dust Youngblood – Natural Mineral Radiance (Sundance) wherever the light hits your face.

6. Fishtail braids. You know braids are having a moment, but the one type that's been showing up on runways and red carpets alike is the fishtail. It's easy to create no matter the style or texture of your hair, and even looks great when it's a bit messy. Pull yours to the side for extra cuteness.

7. Colorful tresses. Whether you go for dye, extensions or a temporary shade, color-saturated locks are everywhere lately. A couple of streaks here and there is a simple way to ease yourself into the trend – just be sure to use a moisturizing hair mask like Leonor Greyl – Masque Fleurs de Jasmin to prevent dryness and breakage, which can happen with bleached strands.

As long as you have fun with your beauty and fashion looks this spring, you'll almost always be a "Do." Don't be afraid to experiment with new shades and products – that's how trends are born!