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How to take your makeup from day to night

       
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

How to take your makeup from day to night

If you’re a girl who’s constantly on the go, you probably don’t have time to stop home and completely re-do your makeup between work and a happy hour outing. Fortunately, there are simple ways to transition your look seamlessly from day to night. Just follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be able to easily amp up the drama for any evening adventure.

Start fresh
By the end of the workday, your skin might be looking a little shiny, so you’ll want to eliminate any excess oil before applying more makeup. She Knows recommended pressing blotting papers on your face to absorb shine, particularly in the T-zone. If your mascara or eyeliner has smudged, a Q-tip with a dab of makeup remover will help you delicately remove it without ruining your whole look. Next, whip out your concealer and dab it over any blemishes, under eye circles or any other problem areas. Finally, dust on a light layer of loose powder for a matte finish.

From subtle to smoldering
As much as you may want to rock a smoky eye all day long, it’s best to save this look for your dinner date or after-work cocktails. The Too Faced Natural At Night Sexy & Sultry Neutral Eye Shadow Collection is a palette that has neutral shades for daytime and a few richer, darker hues for night, so you can pack it in your purse and make a quick transition. Once it’s time to refresh for the evening, simply pick a shadow that’s two to three shades darker than the one you have on and apply to the eyelid crease and outer corners, blending for a softer effect. Dab the same darker hue along your bottom lash line with a slender brush, then glide on a layer of liquid liner to define the eye. Instead of adding another coat of mascara, which can lead to clumping, just use a lash comb to separate them or boost the volume with a single clamp of your lash curler.

If you prefer an understated look for your eyes, feel free to go bold on lips. A matte pout in a rich, dark shade is perfectly on-trend this season, especially with a cat-eye and minimal eyeshadow.

Add some shimmer
Nothing spices up your look like a little sparkle. Add some dazzle to daytime makeup by dabbing a bit of illuminating highlighter on your browbone, cheekbones, collarbone or even décolletage and you’ll definitely draw some attention, even in the most dimly lit bar.

Ponytail inspiration for every look

       
Monday, October 21st, 2013

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.

A guide to growing out your hair

       
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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.

Making waves with minimal effort

       
Friday, October 11th, 2013

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.

Tips for proper face washing

       
Friday, October 4th, 2013

Tips for proper face washing

Just because you’ve been washing your face since you were in elementary school doesn’t mean you know how to do it properly.

In fact, you may have even fallen into certain habits and routines that aren’t working, meaning you’re not seeing your complexion at its highest potential. To get the most out of your cleansing process, follow these tips:

Frequency and formula
First, you might be wondering how often you should be washing – but the truth is, everyone is different. If you work out frequently, wear a lot of makeup or have especially oily skin, you may need to cleanse more often than someone with dry skin who wears minimal beauty products. However, the general consensus is that two times a day, three at most, is ideal.

To make washing easier and more effective, the first step is to take off your cosmetics. Make sure that the makeup remover is gentle enough for the delicate eye area, but powerful enough to get waterproof products off. After you’ve eliminated the majority of your foundation, mascara and other products, you’ll need to select an optimal cleanser for your skin type. Dermatologist Ariel Ostad told Daily Makeover that formulas with salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy are ideal for those prone to a greasy complexion, as these agents can help to reduce oil. Dry or sensitive skin types that tend to flare up should look for a mild cleanser. Ideally, the fewer ingredients the better so as not to risk any irritation or compromise hydration.

Tactic and temperature
You also need to make sure that you’re using the right technique. Dr. Ostad noted that a wash cloth is great for removing dirt and grime, but some people tend to rub too vigorously or for too long, which can cause redness. While one minute is not sufficient, five minutes of scrubbing is overkill.

The temperature of the water is another important consideration. Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant stressed that lukewarm water is better than hot, which can “strip healthy natural oils from your skin too quickly.” If you can handle it, icy cold water is even better – not only will it perk you up in the morning, but it’s less likely to leave your face feeling tight and dry.

Now that your skin is nearly squeaky clean, it’s time to dry off. While it might be tempting to just reach for a towel and wipe away, Krant recommended using a soft cloth to pat dry, which will leave a thin layer of moisture on the skin’s surface.

How to use honey in your beauty regimen

       
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

How to use honey in your beauty regimen

Honey makes a sweet addition to your tea and oatmeal, but have you ever considered including it in your beauty routine? Before you balk at using the sticky substance on your skin, consider that the it can hydrate your skin and promote a more radiant, supple complexion.

The perks
Women have been using a milk and honey mixture for a more youthful appearance since ancient times. WomenFitness.net noted that honey is packed with of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium and zinc, among others. Honey is also a natural humectant, so it acts as a magnet for moisture. Not only that, but it’s chock full of antioxidants, which can fight damage from free radicals and the sun’s rays. It’s also ideal for sensitive skin as it can relieve irritation.

Are you struggling with pesky breakouts? Honey may also be a viable solution for you. Benefits-of-Honey.com explained that because honey can soak up toxins from your pores, it acts as a deep cleanser, preventing blemishes.

The products
Considering the fact that cold, dry months are approaching, it’s the perfect time to think about incorporating honey into a few DIY beauty products. If your elbows, knees or other parts of your body are particularly flaky, Greatist suggested applying honey to the area and letting it absorb for 30 minutes before washing it off.

When your lips start to become chapped and peel in the winter, you could also concoct your own lip balm with honey at home. Lifehacker recommended mixing beeswax, sweet almond oil and honey into a paste. According to the source, you’ll see a major difference almost instantly.

If you’re ready to take advantage of honey’s inherent benefits in a bigger way, you can even infuse it into your entire skincare routine. Benefits-of-Honey.com advised making a gentle cleanser with 1/4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 1/2 cup glycerin. A face sponge is the best way to evenly distribute the solution onto your face. Then rinse and dry with a towel. Honey is a great addition to your facial scrub because its soothing properties can counteract the harshness of the exfoliants. The website suggested mixing 1 tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon ground almonds, 2 tablespoons dry rolled oats and a dash of yogurt or lemon juice. Work the scrub onto your face and rinse off with warm water for softer, smoother skin. You could also combine 1 peeled, cored apple with a tablespoon of honey in a blender for a natural toner.

How to master minimal makeup

       
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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.

The dark side: How to rock the hottest fall lip colors

       
Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The dark side: How to rock the hottest fall lip colors

Dark lipstick is the extreme sport of the beauty world – it seems immensely intimidating at first, but once you conquer it, you feel unstoppable. Now that autumn is nearly upon us, this look is back and bolder than ever.

According to Yahoo News, models at both Zac Posen and Vera Wang's shows during New York Fashion Week walked down the runway with lips that looked like they were stained with rich red wine. Meanwhile, Hollywood's hottest stars from Claire Danes to Beyoncé demonstrated that a dramatic lip color is wearable on any complexion. Fortunately, there's nothing gothic or grungy about the dark hues this season – but if you're still too timid to rock a dark pucker, follow this guide. No matter your skin tone or personal style, you can find a way to make the trend work for you.

Select a shade
To determine what dark color will best complement your complexion, you'll need to consider the undertones in your skin. Fair skin with cool undertones, for example, looks best in a blue-based color like a deep berry, while a warm complexion is better off selecting a shade between red and brown, like brick. Make Up For Ever managing educator Jessie Powers told Daily Makeover that lip liner is crucial when you're using a dark shade to avoid any bleeding and keep the look polished. Makeup artist Caitlin Callahan told Yahoo that a tinted lip balm or semi-sheer stain is a great way to try out dark lips for a subtler effect.

Go bare
Since you're going over-the-top with your lips, keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum so your pout will stand out. Callahan pointed out that celebs like Rihanna even lighten their eyebrows to draw attention to their mouth. In fact, all you need to complete the look is a couple layers of lengthening, curling mascara and a pop of blush or bronzer. When it comes to eyeshadow, opt for neutral shades, which are never overpowering. Powers also suggested matching your shadow to your lip – a soft purple eye is alluring with a plum lip, while dusty rose lids look romantic with a deep red pout.

Get cheeky
Don't forget to sweep some color onto your cheeks, or you might look washed out. Dianna Agron is one starlet that has perfected this technique. According to Refinery 29, the secret to her success is that she used a faintly shimmery bronzer to highlight her bone structure and give her complexion a warm glow. If you choose blush over bronzer, make sure the hue corresponds with and complements the tone of your lip shade.

Locked and loaded: How to make your makeup last longer

       
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Locked and loaded: How to make your makeup last longer

After spending all that time perfecting your makeup in the morning, it's a bummer when it all wears off. Between a hurried morning routine, sweating on the subway, jetting around on errands and everything between, it's no wonder your cosmetics are creasing, smudging or just plain fading.

While you can keep some products stashed in your bag, who has time for all those touch-ups? Luckily, there are ways to keep it all in place. Using a powerful combination of products and the right techniques, you can lock in your look from day to night, regardless of the conditions. 

Step 1: A clean canvas
If you really want your makeup to stick, you need to start with a clean face. Oil on your face can prevent pigment from truly adhering and absorbing, meaning that it's likely to slip off with even the slightest change of temperature. After patting your skin dry, smooth on a light moisturizer and let it fully sink in for at least five minutes before applying any makeup.

Step 2: Foolproof face
Next comes your secret weapon: primer. Primer is an important aspect of your long-lasting beauty routine, and can be used almost anywhere on your face. As an added bonus, not only will your makeup stay put over primer, it'll also go on more evenly.

Landy Dean, a makeup artist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, told Real Simple magazine that oil-free foundations are advisable as they're formulated without the emollients that can cause pigment to come off. After spreading foundation over your complexion, Liliana Grajales, a makeup artist at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami, recommended using a translucent loose powder to soak up excess oil and provide a matte finish.

When it comes to blush, the formula is key. Sarah Lucero, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles, noted to Real Simple that cream, liquid and gel formulas have a higher intensity pigment than powders, so they're more likely to stay vibrant. Though liquid and gel blushes don't provide the same pop of color at first brush, you can layer these formulas to get the look you want.

Step 2: Eyes that endure
Remember your trusty primer? You'll need one for your eyes, too, to make sure eyeshadow doesn't crease or fade. However, keep in mind that eye primer works better under powder shadows than cream ones. You can apply a layer of concealer under cream shadow to lock it in, while also evening out any discoloration on your lids.

Real Simple magazine noted that you can even put a cream shadow over a powder one in a matching hue for a more dramatic nighttime look that has serious staying power. Another helpful trick is to dampen your makeup brush before applying powder shadow.

Nothing is worse than smudged eyeliner, unless it's an intentional effect. When you want to avoid raccoon eyes, a liquid or gel formula is your best bet. However, Real Simple explained that you can also use a slanted brush to layer eyeshadow in a corresponding shade over your pencil liner, which will help it to stick.

It goes without saying that waterproof mascara is ideal when you want your lashes to stay lush all day. However, a little known tactic is to dust on translucent powder before you apply any product. The powder will help the mascara to set so you're less likely to see any smudging, even through humidity, tears and sweat.

Step 3: Lips are sealed
Without the right strategies, your lip color is bound to wipe off with every snack or cup of coffee. To keep a perfect pout, try lining and filling them in with a neutral pencil, then layering on your favorite lip shade and sealing it all in with a coat of matching gloss

You also might consider a lip stain, which is formulated to ensure your pucker maintains its pigment, even through kissing and cocktailing.

Makeup tips from the pros

       
Monday, September 16th, 2013

Makeup tips from the pros

When it comes to cosmetics, there are some lessons you simply have to learn by trial and error. However, some expert advice certainly never hurts, especially when it can save you time and frustration. With these tips under your belt, you'll nearly be a makeup pro yourself.

Contrast colors
You've heard opposites attract, and the same goes for eyeshadow shades. When you're trying to make eyes stand out, go for makeup in a hue that's on the opposite side of the color wheel. NBC Today Style suggested a shade with orange undertones to make blue eyes look vivid. Rebecca Prior, educator at Napoleon Peredis' Makeup Academy in Hollywood, told the news source that you don't need to choose a particularly garish or obvious orange – it could be peach with gold shimmer or a bronze with coppery orange flecks. The same goes for choosing a reddish tone to make green eyes pop: Look for shades that have a subtle tint, like a brownish burgundy or a dusty rose. While brown eyes can wear almost any color, Prior recommended a purple or blue hue.

Mix it up
Since everyone's skin is different, it can be nearly impossible to find a formula that will perfectly meet your unique needs, concerns and preferences. Thus, it might be time to mix your makeup for a custom formula. According to NBC Today, Makeup Academy instructor Gil Romero advised mixing primer with cream foundation for sheer coverage. The feel is lightweight on your face, but you'll still get optimal coverage. You could also try mixing moisturizer into your primer for extra hydration. In Cosmopolitan magazine, makeup artist Mally Roncal advised adding eye cream to your concealer to smooth fine lines while camouflaging dark circles.

Monochromatic
One foolproof look that works for every complexion is monochromatic makeup. In Cosmopolitan, celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt suggested matching your cheeks to your lips by blending some moisturizer with a small amount of lipstick and creating a cream blush. You can also use a shimmery bronzer as an eyeshadow for a more consistent, all-over glow.

Bold brows
Move aside, skinny brows: Bold shapes are in style and utterly stunning, as long as they're groomed properly. A stencil can help you to achieve the ideal arch. After plucking to perfection, Surratt recommended spraying hairspray onto a toothbrush and grazing your brows with the bristles to keep them from looking unkempt. A dab of highlighter on the browbone can accent the arch and make your eyes look more awake.