Posts Tagged ‘eye-makeup tips’

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.

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.

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.

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.

Embrace imperfection: Quick tips for smudged eyeliner

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Embrace imperfection: Quick tips for smudged eyeliner

Guess what? It’s OK to color outside the lines when it comes to your eye makeup. According to Harper’s Bazaar, this trend is the new cat eye alterative, with models at BCBG, Roberto Cavalli and Lanvin shows rocking it on the runway. Embrace the unkempt yet alluring look yourself by following these simple steps.

First, you’ll need an even canvas to work on. The Virtuale Flawless Foundation by Borghese masks any imperfections that could distract from the eyes, while vitamins and minerals ensure an all-day radiant complexion. Just distribute the product with a sponge or your fingertips in gentle circular movements, starting at the nose and blending outward to the edges of the face.

As with a smoky eye, the key tool is a perfect pencil. The Maxi Definition Eye Contour Pencil by BABOR stays on all day and night, and even comes with a helpful sponge tip for smudging. Just glide it on from the inner corner of the upper lashline in an outward motion, and follow with the bottom lashes. No need to be ultra-careful as you’ll just be flipping the pencil around and pressing the sponge over the line to soften it for that just-rolled-out-of-bed appearance. OurVanity suggested opting for a hue that complements your eye color for a different take on the trend entirely. BABOR’s Eye Contour Pencil in Night Blue makes brown peepers stand out, while Iris can make green ones pop.

Want a more dramatic effect? Pixi’s Lid & Line is a convenient multi-tasker, with a coordinating eye shadow, liner and smudge sponge in one. The neutral Smoky Mink is softer than black and flattering for all eye colors. Just use the pencil to draw short strokes across the lashline and apply the powder on top of it. Finally, blend the pigment together with the handy smudger.

Finish with a sweep of mascara and you’ve achieved a look that’s every bit as rebellious as it is refined.

Trend alert: How to create a brown smoky eye

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Trend alert: How to create a brown smoky eye

While black is traditionally the color of choice for a smoky eye, brown can be just as smoldering. Mix it up with shades of burnt sienna or dark chocolate, which have been sported by celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Keira Knightley on the red carpet. The best part? This look works just as well for day or night.

Always start with an eyeshadow primer to make sure the pigment stays in place. Next, opt for The Daytime Eye Shadow Kit by Jane Iredale, which offers an array of perfect dark neutral hues in one convenient palette. Start with Almond as a base, which will help the other layers of color to appear richer and more vibrant. You can also dab Oyster over the browbone as a highlighter. After that, layer on the soft Cappuccino for a little more depth and be sure to blend the edges across the eyelid crease.

Next comes the most important step in getting the smoky effect. Using a dense blending brush, sweep Dark Suede from the outer corners of the eyes into the crease, blending as you go to avoid any harsh lines.

Finally, draw Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes Waterproof Pencil in Espresso across the upper lashline and carefully along the lower lashes. Finish with a few coats of brown Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara from Borghese, focusing on the outer corners of your lashes.

Just remember to keep the rest of your makeup understated: A sweep of gloss over the lips and a natural-looking bronzer or blush are enough to complete the look without overpowering the face.

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?

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Fall 2013 makeup trend: The cat’s meow

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Fall 2013 makeup trend: The cat's meow

There was a range of makeup trends on Fall 2013 runways, from a raspberry smoky eye, to ever-chic wet, glossy lips. One look that recalls mod style is making a comeback, though: the cat eye. 

Harper's Bazaar noted that designers like Kenzo and Anna Sui had models sporting the iconic 1960s look, while Christian Dior and Jason Wu added icy blue and violet to give the cat eye a flash of color and an updated flair.

To get the winged shape yourself, start with the Pixi Eye Bright Kit for a neutral base,which will give you the effect of a good night's sleep with a unique combination of a brightener, cover up and multi-purpose cream highlighter that can hide dark circles and imperfections. Next, define the eye from the inner corner outward with the bold Borghese Eye Accento Pencil in Black Vellura, extending outward and upward slightly at the edge. Gently tracing a line from the outer corner of the bottom lashline inward will create an even more dramatic impact.

After creating definition with the pencil, it's important to later on a liquid formula, like the waterproof Pixi Lash Line Ink in black silk. The flexible precision tip makes it easier to apply a flawless cat-eye with no feathering.

Finally, finish with a sweep of Superiore State-of-the-Art Waterproof Mascara by Borghese. A single coat is enough to lengthen, separate and curl your lashes for the coyest cat effect.

Double the fun with two-tone eye makeup

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Double the fun with two-tone eye makeup

One of the trends sweeping runways around the world is two-tone eye makeup. While pulling off this colorful style may seem difficult, it's actually quite manageable for anyone who doesn't mind taking a few risks with their beauty routine. 

The first thing you have to do is choose two complementary colors of eyeshadow. Popular combinations include peach and brown, light and dark gray, or even more daring pairings like blue and purple. Another idea is pairing a neutral tone with a brighter eyeshadow, as this can help you achieve a vibrant look. If you're feeling really adventurous, you may even want to mix eye shimmer or glitter into the process for a fun nighttime look. 

You should apply the lighter color to the entire eyelid first, extending all the way up to the eyebrow if it is a light or flesh-colored tone. Then add the darker shade to the lower lid and outer corner of your eye. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as filling in the entire outer half of the lid, applying it in a horizontal V-shape or using the shadow as an eyeliner

Once you've completed all the steps, consider grabbing a setting spray to keep eye shadow from wearing off in the heat and humidity this summer. 

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. 

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

Amber Rose was a beacon of bright color when she hit the red carpet at the BET Awards Sunday, June 30. While she isn't the first celebrity to rock the bold hues in front of photographers, the model and personality did it in a way that was all her own. 

All eyes were immediately drawn to Rose's bright fuchsia lipstick when she stepped out on the red carpet. The matte coloring complemented her light pink blush without overpowering her face, and it worked perfectly with an otherwise demure yellow and black outfit. With so many famous faces incorporating the bright pink and violet colors into their lip makeup, this trend is definitely one that is gaining popularity – and could even be seamlessly integrated into your next look. 

Rose also managed to use eye makeup in a way that made her look refreshes without being too over the top – quite the feat for the young mom. By applying white eyeliner to her lower waterline, she allowed her eyes too pop while still maintaining a fresh and summery look. The effect also made her eyelashes look big, framing her light brown eyes perfectly. 

Melissa Joan Hart wears black eyeliner perfectly on the red carpet

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Melissa Joan Hart wears black eyeliner perfectly on the red carpet

You might know Melissa Joan Hart for her role on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" in the '90s, but she's come a long way since then. Now that she's a full-grown adult, Hart has a family of her own to take care of in addition to maintaining a starring role on the show "Melissa and Joey." However, she still knows how to make a memorable impression on large crowds, as she recently proved at the premiere of "Despicable Me 2" in Los Angeles.

On the red carpet, Hart donned a sleeveless dress with an ombre design, fading from light teal to turquoise. The actress decided to keep it simple on her face with a neutral lipstick and a bit of concealer to hide any flaws that could be caught by cameras. Around her eyes, Hart chose to go bold with black liquid eyeliner, giving her peepers a dramatic look. The teen star proved that she's still got plenty of natural beauty to show off at public events.

If you're interested in using liquid eyeliner to your advantage in the near future, The Huffington Post recommended taking your time – don't try to create the perfect look with one sweep of the eyeliner pencil. Instead, develop a series of dots to connect and make a flawless appearance.

Fall makeup trends debut at New York Fashion Week

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Fall makeup trends debut at New York Fashion Week

Even though summer has yet to officially start, it's never too soon to begin stocking up on your BABOR skin care items and makeup for fall. New York Fashion Week already debuted hair and makeup styles that are expected to make headlines this coming autumn, meaning there's plenty of inspiration out there for you to use.

One trend that you might want to take advantage of when the weather cools down is the black and raspberry smoky eye, according to Glamour magazine. This look puts a twist on the traditional smoky eye by incorporating a bit of color, giving the eyes a brighter, more awake appearance.

Other colors to keep in the back of your mind include blue and gold, which were also seen at New York Fashion Week. Blue eye makeup might seem a little too bold for you, but it can be fun and flirty for weekends.

Harper's Bazaar magazine stated that wet, glossy lips are going to be popular this fall, too. Keep this in mind when summer comes to an end and you clean up your makeup bag – don't toss away your gloss just yet!