Posts Tagged ‘Halloween makeup’

Simple but spooky Halloween nail ideas

       
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Simple but spooky Halloween nail ideas

Whether or not you’re going all out with a costume this year, a manicure is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re looking to sport some spooky designs or just festive colors on your nails, here are a few easy but eye-catching ideas:

Franken-nails
If “Frankenstein” is your favorite horror film, why not use the title character for some holiday nail inspiration? For this monster themed mani, start with two coats of the Lippmann Collection’s I Wanna Be Sedated Nail Lacquer. Then carefully divide your nails into several semi-vertical sections by painting on curved lines with black polish. Finally, use a toothpick to add a few cross stitches on the lines.

All eyes on you
If you’re going for a more goofy vibe this Halloween, googly eyes may be the perfect accent. First, paint a coat of black lacquer on all of your nails as the background. Let the polish dry, then carefully drop blobs of white polish onto each of your nails. Let the dots dry to avoid smearing, then dip a toothpick into the black polish and add dots inside the white circles to create the pupils. For the googly effect, place the black dots off-center and in different directions.

Gruesome glam
This blood-dripped manicure is both frightful and fashion-forward. In fact, according to The Daily Varnish, the idea was inspired by the nail art in one of Prabal Gurung’s runway shows. For the base, you can use any light neutral shade, but the Lippmann Collection’s Pretty Vacant Nail Lacquer is perfect. After applying your two layers of the base color, draw several lines with blood red lacquer at the tip of the nail. Make each line a different length for a realistic dripping effect. Then go back and connect each blob by painting a red line across the nail tip in short strokes. You can even add a few dots of red down toward the base for a more genuine splatter effect.

Candy mani
Looking for a sweeter style? Opt for a candy corn manicure. Start with two coats of bright orange nail polish: For this design to work, it’s crucial to let the base dry completely. Then cut a piece of tape that is roughly 1/3 the length of your nail, place the tape across the center and press it down to make sure it sticks – this will ensure you achieve a clean line. Paint the exposed part of your nail at the cuticle with opaque white lacquer, and the top portion near the tip with a bright yellow hue. Wait five minutes before carefully removing the strip of tape. Finish with a clear top coat to lock in the delicious design.

Quick skin firming tips

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Quick skin firming tips

Regardless of your habits or genetics, signs of aging are inevitable. While it’s natural for skin to start to sag over time, there are ways to keep it looking supple. Follow these simple tips to defy gravity and give your complexion a lift:

  • Exfoliate everywhere. Look for a cleanser that has a built-in exfoliator or a separate solution that can slough off dead skin cells and reveal a more youthful looking layer beneath. Be gentle with your scrubbing though, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Flush out toxins. What you drink and eat can have a major impact on the quality of your skin. SheKnows recommended doing a juice detox to get rid of any impurities in your system – even after several days you’re bound to notice an enhanced glow. Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water a day – hydration is what keeps your skin looking plump.
  • Preserve and protect. According to Elle magazine, New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas said that collagen and elastin are the two key components that affect skin’s firmness. Since environmental stressors such as UV rays, pollution and other free radicals break those proteins down, it’s crucial to apply SPF on a daily basis.
  • Reach for retinol. Another factor that can destroy collagen and elastin is an increase in enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases. Los Angeles-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu told Allure that applying retinoids or other forms of topical vitamin A can accelerate cell turnover and diminish fine lines while helping to produce new collagen.

Retro Halloween makeup how-tos

       
Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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.