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Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Ultimate guide to choosing shadow for your eye color

Many believe that eyes are the window to the soul – and if that's true, your eyeshadow is the drapery. Therefore, you want to choose tones that will enhance, define and complement your eyes. Choosing a shade that works well isn't as easy as matching one to your eye color. In fact, you might be surprised by which hues make your peepers pop.

Before you swipe any shadow on your lids, follow this guide to find the best shades for you:

Blue
Contrary to what you might think, blue shadow will not bring out the hue of your eyes – in fact, it might compete. Warm neutral shadows that contrast your eye color, like earthy mocha or copper, make your eyes really stand out. That doesn't mean you can't opt for cool shades as well, just make sure they're a few shades away from your eyes on the color spectrum, like slate gray or silver. For daytime, try a wash of champagne with a subtle gold sheen. Go bold with a deep, shimmery bronze at night to create a sultry smoky eye.

Brown
One of the most versatile eye colors, brown allows you to play around with pigment more. However, if you want to rock a shadow that's the same color as your eyes, be sure that it is a distinctively different shade. For example, an iridescent burnt sienna can complement chocolate eyes, while a sparkly taupe looks stunning on espresso colored eyes. Earth tones are ideal for a daytime look, but feel free to boost the drama at night with navy or a vibrant matte green.

Green
The advantage of this eye color is that you can wear some of the more unusual shadows, like pink and purple. When you're going for subtlety during the day, reach for neutrals that have pinkish undertones, like beige with a peachy glow or a light rust. Rose​ gold gives green eyes extra radiance for nighttime. You might also consider a rich plum, which can amplify green peepers. Makeup artist Nick Barose suggested adding a sheer wash of glitter over a dark purple shadow when you're going for maximum glamour.

Hazel
Since hazel eyes incorporate a variety of different colors, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to shadow. Try starting with a warm brown base and adding a layer of gold to bring out the yellow flecks in your eyes. You can instantly transition this look into night by sweeping the gold pigment along your bottom lashline and swiping on lengthening mascara. Going for higher impact? Consider a striking eggplant or deep bordeaux with a faint shimmer. The possibilities are endless for people with this eye color.

Go bold with blue eye makeup

       
Monday, November 4th, 2013

Go bold with blue eye makeup

If blue eye makeup makes you think of the 1980s, it's time to realize that this look is actually ultra modern. The trend is getting a new twist these days, with awe-inspiring effects that work for nearly any occasion. Whether you're looking to rock this color for a coffee date or an evening bash, here's how to master it:

From day…
Black eyeliner can look harsh on some, and blue might be just the solution – it's can define the eye but is far subtler than ebony. Start with a pale neutral eyeshadow on your lids, like champagne. Then carefully trace your lower lashline from the inner corner out toward the outer edge with a teal pencil. The result is a wide-eyed yet alluring look.

If you're feeling brave, you can even sweep a bit of bright blue mascara onto your lashes for bright, playful peepers.

You can also use blue to liven up a metallic lid. Use an eyeshadow blush to apply a sheer icy silver base. Then layer on a slate blue shadow to give your eyes a pop of cool color. If you want a more intense finish, you can dampen the brush so that the pigment goes on more opaque. Pair this winter-ready look with a powder pink gloss and a dab of highlighter on your cheekbones.

…to night
If you're sporting a sleek cat-eye or a sultry smoky eye, try sweeping a slender line of rich cobalt pencil underneath the bottom lashes and smudging it slightly for some added intrigue. 

Looking for a little more drama? Combine two different blue shadows. Apply the softer color from the lid all the way up to the browbone. Then swirl your brush in the deeper shade and blend it into the crease. An angled brush can help you to create a V-shape in the corner, thus enhancing the depth and magnifying the shape of your eyes.

If you go for blue shadow, it's best to go light with the rest of your cosmetics. Bright colors on your lips will compete with the vibrancy of your eye makeup, so stick with shades that are within one to two shades of your natural lip color. A nude or sheer rosy lipstick will give your pout just enough pigment without drawing attention away from your eyes. Since orange is opposite blue on the color wheel, a subtle coral gloss will actually intensify the impact of your eye makeup.

Makeup must-haves for traveling

       
Monday, October 28th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for traveling

Ideally, you’d love to take all of your favorite beauty products with you when you’re on a vacation, but it simply isn’t practical. However, there are certain items that are crucial for maintaining a flawless complexion when you’re traveling, whether it’s a business trip to Manhattan or a luxury getaway to Mexico.

Next time you’re packing for a trip, be sure include these essentials in your bag and you’ll look stunning from the second you depart until your inevitable return:

All eyes on you
A long flight can leave your peepers looking bleary. Nude eyeliner is a must for looking alert. Look for a pencil that’s the same hue as your natural skin tone but just one shade lighter, then carefully apply it along both lash lines and your eyes will look instantly brighter.

Air travel can also cause bags in the undereye area. Fight dryness and puffiness with a calming eye cream and follow with a moisturizing concealer over any dark circles of shadows. In Conde Nast Traveler, Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, recommended looking for a cream that includes amino acids to fuel collagen production and retinol to smooth out fine lines. Products that contain vitamins A, C and E or other antioxidants can protect the skin against damage from UV rays and other environmental stressors, which is especially crucial in hotter climates.

Finally, a sweep or two of volumizing mascara is crucial for perking up your peepers. Lanoux advised only applying it to the top lashes, as darkening the bottom ones can actually make you look more tired. Focus the wand on the lashes at the outer corners to get an especially eye-catching effect.

Solid is the solution
Even if liquid is your preferred formula for foundation, go for solid options on a getaway. Beauty and travel expert Nadine Jolie explained to ABC News that pressed powder is less likely to get messy when it’s jostled around in a suitcase – plus it passes TSA restrictions. The same goes for all your other products, so consider solid eyeshadow, blush and bronzer over loose powders. You can even find solid moisturizers, which are convenient because you can carry them on for a post-flight boost of hydration.

Multitasking makeup
The last thing you want to do is weigh down your bag with too many products. Focus on packing items that have multiple uses, which can save space in your suitcase and are more convenient to toss in your purse for quick touch-ups when you’re jetting around. For example, look for a stain that works as both a lip tint and blush. You might also consider a BB cream with SPF: It’s a triple threat with coverage, hydration and sun protection all in one. Plus, it’s lightweight, making it ideal for sweltering conditions. A hydrating multipurpose salve can act as a lip balm, and can also be rubbed onto elbows, cuticles or other especially dry areas. You can even mix a little with a powder eyeshadow to create a richer, higher intensity look for nighttime.

Don’t be shy with shimmer
A little dazzle can go a long way when it comes to your makeup – particularly when it’s applied in the right places. Try dabbing a shimmery highlighter onto your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes. The light reflecting particles will illuminate those areas for an instant pick-me-up when you arrive at your destination.

A blush/bronzer duo is another must for any trip. Travel can make anyone’s complexion look a little sallow, so dust the darker hue where the sun naturally hits your face – typically along the bridge of the nose, forehead and along the cheekbones. Then apply the rosier shade to the apples of your cheeks for a faint pop of color. Voilá: You have an instant glow, even if you didn’t spend all day basking on a beach somewhere.

Top beauty looks from the 2013 Teen Choice Awards

       
Monday, August 12th, 2013

Top beauty looks from the 2013 Teen Choice Awards

We certainly learned some fashion and beauty lessons from the established actresses at the Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards this year, and there's plenty more to learn from the young trend-setters at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. No matter your age or personal style, you can take a cue from these starlets for a daring new look that's just as wearable for every day as it is on the red carpet.

Au naturale
​Some of the young starlets at this year's awards proved that less is often more when it comes to makeup. For example, Jordin Sparks appeared virtually bare in terms of beauty products, but still managed to look flawless with perfectly arched eyebrows and a subtly shimmering eyeshadow. For a similar effect, trace your lips with a liner that's only a half shade darker than your natural color and then glaze over them with a sheer lip balm. 

Another star who went for the beauty bare minimum is Nina Dobrev, who sported a pink glow on her cheekbones and a neutral lip color. The main attraction of this starlet's look was her luxuriously long lashes. If you want to copy Dobrev, don't forget to sweep mascara on both top and bottom lashes, which really makes eyes pop. And who knew a ponytail could be so chic? Parade recommended trying a mussed up version like Dobrev's to give the hairstyle a sizzling appeal.

Saccharine sweet
Other actresses opted for a more innocent, youthful look – this is the Teen Choice Awards, after all. The secret to Maia Mitchell's angelic appearance isn't her halo-like braided hair style, despite what you may think. Follow Mitchell's lead by dabbing a tiny bit of copper shimmer into the inner corners of your eyes and along your bottom lashline.

Lucy Hale perfected the girl next door look with a side part, soft waves and petal pink lipstick. For the same kind of understated glamor, trace your eyes with a fine-tipped liquid liner on both the top and bottom.

Brittany Snow rocked a slightly more vibrant take with bright coral lips, which truly made her iceberg-blue eyes stand out. The key to getting Snow's fresh-faced appearance is to forgo eyeliner completely and choose a mega lash-boosting mascara.

Bold and becoming
Some of the attendees definitely amped up their makeup this year, including the former Disney starlet Selena Gomez. A sharp cat-eye and some sheer lipgloss are all you need for this alluring look. Or you could take a cue from Bella Thorne, who proved that nude lips and a metallic brown smoky eye are steamy enough to command attention. Tia Mowry also turned heads with her unconventional electric violet eyeliner.

Bright eyes: How to wear colored lashes

       
Friday, August 9th, 2013

Bright eyes: How to wear colored lashes

Long, voluminous lashes have essentially always been in style – but who says they have to be black? Mascara in eye-popping shades from fuchsia to emerald can completely transform your look. If you've been too timid to try this trend, there are a few factors to consider that can help you to select an ideal color. Follow these tips and in no time you'll be rocking a hue that complements your skin tone as well as your eyes.

Green
Were you green with envy watching the models on Dior's fall 2013 catwalk sporting electric lashes? Refinery 29 explained that this color is just as wearable in real life as it is on the runway. Makeup artist Mylah Morales told Elle magazine that deeper shades are divine on blue eyes, while a brighter green enhances brown eyes. She also recommended choosing a coordinating eyeliner that's slightly darker than the mascara to make the lashes appear vibrant. Blinc Mascara in Dark Green is stunning with any eye color, and the innovative formula stays on all day and night. Unlike traditional oil-based products, this mascara encapsulates each lash with a tube to keep them clump-free and smudge-proof.

Blue
Feeling blue? While it may seem counterintuitive to apply this shade if you have the same color eyes, Rue La La noted that doing so can cause the whites to appear brighter and clearer. This color is also ideal for balancing out skin with yellow undertones.

Morales, who has applied this hue to Rihanna's peepers, advised using black liquid liner and applying blue mascara to both the bottom and top lashes. If a vibrant cobalt is too dramatic for you, opt for the waterproof PureLash Lengthening Mascara by Jane Iredale in Navy, which is a subtler take on the trend.

Purple
No matter your skin, hair or eye color, purple mascara looks striking – though Rue La La stressed that the shade looks especially ravishing on redheads and can pull out the green flecks in multicolored hazel eyes. One of the advantages of a dark purple is that it can be barely visible except when lashes are hit by the light, which means it's also wearable during the daytime. Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara by Borghese in Prima Plum has the perfect amount of pigment without being too garish. Seventeen magazine suggested following Taylor Swift's lead by pairing purple lashes with a bright red lipstick for a bold yet playful look.

The grass is always greener: A smoky eye tutorial

       
Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The grass is always greener: A smoky eye tutorial

By now, it's pretty apparent that the smoky eye isn't going anywhere. Incredibly versatile and alluring, this look can be toned down during the day or amped up for high drama at night. While a classic black or even a brown smoky eye never goes out of style, choosing another color can be more intriguing. As summer fades into fall, green is a great option for a more eclectic take on the trend. Just follow these steps for a gorgeous green sheen.

Getting started
First thing's first: It's crucial to apply an eyeshadow primer to prevent the pigment from fading, creasing or smearing. While a little smudging is the key to a smoky look, you don't want to end up with raccoon eyes. Next, dab some concealer onto your lids to mask any imperfections. Camouflage Cream by BABOR is formulated specifically for the sensitive eye area, and can cover up any redness, dark circles or other discolorations. This provides the perfect base so that your green shadow looks vibrant.

Get green with envy
Next it's time to choose a color. A metallic moss looks whimsical on a hot summer night, while a deeper forest green looks stunning for autumn. Whatever you select – you'll need two different shades of the same hue. Start with a shadow that's just a shade darker than your natural skin tone all over your eyelid. Next, using a small brush, apply the lighter of the two green shadows from the outer edge of your eye across the crease and toward the inner corner. Sweep the deepest hue at the outer corner of your eye.

For a more natural daytime look, only dab a small amount of darker shadow on the upper edge, but for high impact at night, wet the brush to create a rich pigment. Using the Smudge Brush by GloMinerals, keep blending to create a softer smoky quality. Finish by dusting on more of the medium shade across the lid to enhance the gradient effect.

Now, carefully glide a black liquid liner on the top lash line for a cleaner take. Or, if you're looking for more intensity, go all out by lining the upper and lower lashes with a green pencil – like the Too Faced Perfect Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Moss. 

No smoky eye would be complete without a sweep of lengthening mascara. Start at the outer corners to really make your peepers pop – and don't be afraid to brush the bottom lashes, too, for extra oomph.

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.

Choosing the best shadow color for your eyes

       
Friday, July 19th, 2013

Choosing the best shadow color for your eyes

The truth is, some shades just enhance your natural coloring while others might look drab. Even when it comes to hair color, there are certain hues that might flatter your skin and eyes more than others. And in terms of eye makeup, it's just as important to pick the right tone to make your peepers pop. Wondering which shadow is the right one for you?

Blue
While it's not always best to match up a shadow to your eye color, a grayish-toned blue can make eyes look even more vivid. Try GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Blue Suede for drama or Silver Mist for a softer, shimmery look.

Brown
Shades of exotic coral and deep plum can really brighten up neutral eyes. Babor's Eye Shadow in Fever, an exotic peach, or Twilight, a rich purple, will make brown eyes come alive.

Green
Green eyes look stunning in metallic shades, from an intense copper to a glittery gunmetal. Jane Iredale's PurePressed Eye Shadow in Glimmer Gold is ideal.

Hazel
From iridescent periwinkle, to sheer pink, to deep brown, you can wear almost any shade on your lids. So why not try go for the multi-color Pixi Lumi Lux Eye Palette, which provides 20 hues for endless combinations.

Gray
You can rock a smoky eye like no other, so go for GloMinerals gloMetallic Smoky Eye Kit for a sultry, come-hither look.

Try turquoise for a summer smoky eye

       
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Try turquoise for a summer smoky eye

The smoky eye is undoubtedly one of the sultriest makeup trends for the evening, but black isn't the only way to go. In fact, going with a brighter hue can be less harsh, softening the overall look. At the recent Chanel Fashion Show in Paris, Kristen Stewart sported a smoky eye with vivid blue highlights that was both soft and edgy at the same time.

To get Kristen's look, start by prepping eyelids with being TRUE Protective Shadow Primer. This product acts as an ideal base, especially in summer heat and humidity, ensuring that the pigment remains vibrant and doesn't smudge.

Next, sweep a rich, shimmer color like the crease-resistant Too Faced Single Eye Shadow in Aqua from the lash line to the crease, extending outwards and upwards at the corners for a subtle or wing, depending on your tastes. In order to achieve depth with a gradient effect, it's important to apply a deeper pigment, like GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Mermaid with a small domed brush from the lash line and blend outward to the crease.

A good eyeliner is essential to the smoky eye - so glide on Sothys Graphic Kohl Liner from corner to corner on both upper and lower lash lines.

Finally, dab a shimmery line of Jane Iredale's Mystikol eyeliner and highlighter in one in Aquamarine at the inner corner of your eyes.

The best part? This turquoise look flatters every eye color and skin tone.

The secret to a perfect smokey cat eye is in the eye pencil

       
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The secret to a perfect smokey cat eye is in the eye pencil

Want your eyes to look sexy and alluring? If so, you've probably perfected the art of creating a foolproof smokey eye, but blending this eye makeup trend with a more classic technique can be both smoldering and sophisticated. One of the coolest looks gaining steam everywhere from the red carpet to the runway is a smokey cat eye, which combines the chic appearance of a smokey eye with the timeless appeal of an elongated, feline-inspired eye shape. 

To get this top look, you need to have a great eyeliner. A soft pencil or liquid liner will do, but you have to have a long-lasting, reliable product that won't waver – no matter how late into the night you wear the makeup. Borghese Cosmetics offers an Eye Accento Pencil that's designed to last for hours without irritating your eyes. Another great option is BABOR's Maxi Definition Eye Contour Pencil, which provides bold color that will help you shape the eye with ease. 

The dark eyeliner will be used to line the inner rims of your eyes, as well as for creating the signature cat shape on your lid, so it's extremely important that you choose a product that you're comfortable with – and one that won't let you down. Also, pick a shadow that will blend well with your eyeliner, helping to create a smokey look with a well-defined shape.  With the help of the right liner, you'll be rocking the smokey cat eye in no time.