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Tips for enviable lashes

       
Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tips for envy-worthy lashes

There's one look that women have been trying to achieve for centuries: long, lush lashes.

From Cleopatra to Twiggy to the Kardashian sisters, this is the signature look iconic celebrities have been sporting throughout the years – and with good reason. No matter your skin tone or personal style, full fringe is always stunning. Plus, it works with a variety of makeup looks, both subtle and dramatic. While new trends emerge every season, including glittery lashes or colored ones, you can't go wrong with volume. Follow these tips and you'll be catching the eyes of onlookers with just one blink:

Primed for perfection
An eyelash curler is a no-brainer if you want your peepers to pop. Before doing anything, press the Paula Dorf CURL-UP into your lashes. Doing so after you apply product could lead to clumping or breakage.

Primer isn't just for your face: It can fortify your lashes and dramatically boost the effectiveness of your mascara. Start by brushing on Blinc's Lash Primer, which can strengthen your lashes, helping to prevent breakage. The primer is also infused with vitamins E and B5, which are crucial for safeguarding your eyelashes from heat, UV light and other damaging agents in your environment. It acts like a conditioner, too, meaning the more coats you apply, the more moisturized and silky your lashes become. As a result, your mascara goes on much more smoothly and without any pesky clumps.

Mascara magic
The key to lashes that have the effect of falsies is the right mascara formula and application technique. In an interview with ABC News, makeup artist Bobbi Farnworth recommended using two different mascaras: one that can pump up the volume of your lashes and another that will lengthen them. Start with a coat of gloLash Lengthening Mascara by GloMinerals, which helps lashes grow to their maximum potential. Then follow with BABOR's Volume Mascara to amp up the volume. The most effective technique is to press the brush at the base of your lashes and wiggle back and forth up to the tips.

Finishing fringe touches
There are several ways to perk up your peepers even more. Farnworth suggested dusting on a layer of baby powder between coats of mascara, which can help it to adhere and make the pigment look richer. She also noted that adding a drop or two of saline into your mascara can make it long-lasting. If you want to touch up later in the day, remember to pat the mascara brush onto a tissue to eliminate excess product – the brush itself will liven up your lashes.

Back to school: Basic makeup tips that always apply

       
Monday, September 9th, 2013

Back to school: Basic makeup tips that always apply

After a carefree summer of simply smearing on some sunscreen and a coat of mascara before heading out the door, it's time to head back to the harsh, fluorescent-lit classroom – which means you may want to get a little more serious about your makeup regimen. Need a refresher? We're here to school you on the basics of beauty. 

Laying the foundation
Applied expertly, foundation can work wonders on any complexion – but any blunders with this product also have the potential to ruin the whole look. Daily Glow explained that it's important to moisturize before putting any product on even if you don't have particularly dry skin, as foundation can actually draw attention to flakiness. If your moisturizer doesn't have SPF, Petra Strand, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist, advised in Fitness magazine mixing a pea-sized amount of sunblock in with the product. She explained that it's crucial that they are the same formula to ensure optimal blending.

Matching your foundation well to your skintone is key for a natural look. When choosing a shade, always check in real sunlight to see whether it's a good match. Also, don't select a hue that's a couple shades darker in hopes of achieving a glow. It's better to test a shade on the inside of your wrist to determine your ideal hue, then layer on bronzer in areas where you naturally get sunlight, such as the cheekbones and bridge of the nose.

Your concealer should also be relatively close to the shade of your foundation. Keep in mind that a shade with yellow undertones can help counteract any redness or cover up blemishes, while a hue that has pink undertones helps to conceal dark circles.

Building the look
Where you apply blush is key to creating a flush that doesn't look fake. Daily Glow advised thinking about where you truly turn pink when you're blushing, and brushing a rosy pigment onto that area. Strand pointed out that if you use a cream formula, you can even use your blush as a lip color. Having your cheeks and lips match results in an instantly fresh-faced appearance.

Choose between your eyes and your lips for a focal point – opting for both can look garish and distracting. If you select eyes, always make sure your mascara is the same shade or darker than your liner. Brown lashes will disappear against black eyeliner, for example. A smoky eye is a foolproof option when you want some drama, but be careful not to overdo it or you could look like you have a black eye. Remember, too, that black isn't the only option. In fact, a chocolate, violet or teal smoky eye looks just as smoldering and pairs perfectly with the colors in your fall wardrobe.

When you're going for a bold lip, keep your eye makeup simple with a neutral shadow, a sweep of liner on the top lashline and two coats of volumizing mascara.

Locking it in
A few steps can help you avoid smudging and constant trips to the bathroom for touch-ups. One way to ensure this is to apply primer before your face and eye makeup. Waterproof products are obviously ideal, because your makeup will stay in place regardless of humidity or sweat. Your routine should end with a dusting of finishing powder: one layer will lock all of your products in place while also minimizing pores. Translucent powder also absorbs excess oil, so bring a compact with you and dust it on mid-day when your face is starting to look a little shiny. Look for formulas that are made with rice powder because they're bound to blend well and create a smooth surface.

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

       
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Striking it big with rose gold makeup

Rose gold has officially gone from a mere trend to a full-blown obsession. From watches to wedding rings, this pinkish metal has the same glam factor as regular yellow gold, but with a much warmer, more feminine feel.

Now, the hue is making its way into makeup as well. If you're eager to try the shimmering shade yourself, use the same techniques you would for any other metallic accents, or follow these tips for a bolder look that's on-trend and totally irresistible.

Eyes
Rose gold can do wonders for your peepers when incorporated in the right way. Allure magazine explained that while you might consider it a flashy shade, the color can actually work as a neutral base. Just dust a thin layer of a rose gold eyeshadow onto your lids, swipe on black liquid liner and mascara and you have an instantly understated yet alluring look. Or, if you're daring enough to go for something more dramatic, feel free to layer on more pigment and blend with a black shadow that has gold sheen to create a stunning smoky eye. You could even use a rose gold mascara – when you bat your lashes, the shimmer will catch the light in a striking way.

Lips
Don't shy away from rose gold on your lips – the color can give your pucker an unusual luminosity. Keep your makeup natural with just a sweep of espresso-colored eyeliner and mascara to let the lip color really shine. Pale rose shades with just a faint golden iridescence look best on fair complexions, while darker skin tones look striking with a richer rose-tinted bronze.

Cheeks
One of the best aspects of rose gold face makeup is that it works as both a blush and a bronzer in one. Allure noted that it can be worn year round, enhancing your tan in the summer and giving you a boost of radiance when you need it most in the winter. Plus, the shade is flattering on nearly any skin tone. Try applying a pop of shimmer on the cheekbones to highlight them with a gorgeous glow.

Nails
You've likely been rocking a gold shimmer on your nails for quite some time, but rose gold offers a romantic twist. Lacquers in this hue look something like a bottle of pink champagne, and are effortlessly elegant for an evening affair, but just as appropriate with a T-shirt and jeans.

Tips for rocking bold brows

       
Friday, August 30th, 2013

Tips for rocking bold brows

Move over, pencil-thin eyebrows: bold is back. Though you might have been too scared to rock this trend, it’s time to embrace it. Not only have runway models and celebs alike been sporting thicker shapes, but the style can be incredibly striking and truly eyebrow-raising. Still hesitant to let them grow out for fear of giving up your neat look? Just follow these simple tips for full, polished brows.

First, you need to figure out what brow design is best for your face shape. For example, round faces look better with a high arch, while flatter, horizontal shapes look better on long faces.

Next, Cosmopolitan magazine explained that it’s crucial to groom your brows with a brow brush. Brushing in an upward moment will emphasize a high peak. Next, use a neutral colored brow pencil to fill in and define the shape. When choosing a shade, it can be helpful to mix colors. Allure magazine explained that darker hues help to emphasize the arch at the center of the brow, while lighter colors are great for softening up the shape at the outer edges.

Cosmopolitan noted that drawing upward results in a far more natural look because that’s the direction that your hair grows in. Keep building the pencil until the color is as bold as you’re willing to make it. Allure recommended applying the pigment more heavily on the outer two-thirds of your brows. Finally, pick up your brow brush again and graze it gently across the hair to soften the pigment.

How to get a magnificently messy mane

       
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

How to get a magnificently messy mane

While a perfectly polished blowout can be inarguably alluring, there’s something about an unkempt ‘do that’s effortlessly sultry. Ever since Brigitte Bardot sported a mussed up hairstyle, women everywhere have sought to get bedhead that’s somehow chic instead of grungy.

In fact, a hairstyle that’s not flawless can add some edge to a prim and proper ensemble. By sporting a wild mane with a ladylike dress, for example, you’ll never look too fussy. Still, achieving this look takes more than jumping out of bed in the morning. Ready to take the plunge? Follow these steps and you’ll look divinely disheveled.

Bun
This not your typical tidy ballerina bun. The hairstylist behind the always flawlessly unkempt Alexa Chung, George Northwood, told Refinery 29 that the key to getting her look is roughly drying the hair, but leaving it 10 percent damp. Next mist some hairspray onto your roots and comb from the back of the head forward. Pull your locks into a loose ponytail that sits haphazardly on top of your head and comb forward toward the hairline again. Northwood noted that this back combing technique is key to creating a messy effect. Finally, coil the ponytail around to create a bun and use bobby pins to secure it. Another shot of hairspray will lock the style into place.

Ponytail
This pony is far more punk rock than preppy. StyleBistro explained that in terms of styling products, it’s important to opt for solutions that mimic your hair’s natural texture. For example, a defining cream is ideal for curls, while pomade can do wonders for waves. Start by twirling your strands into four tightly wound top knots to enhance body. Next, flip your head upside down and use your fingers to comb hair up into a ponytail either low or high, depending on your preferences. If you’d like more lift, you can tease your hair at the crown.

Braid
Braids have been everywhere this year, with an overwhelming amount of starlets rocking them both casually and on the red carpet. For this mussed up version, apply a texturizing cream and weave your hair into a braid that starts low on your head, close to the nape of the neck. After tying with an elastic, pull horizontally at the braid from top to bottom, widening it and loosening it up. Finish by pulling out a few stray pieces of hair in the front.

How to style short hair

       
Thursday, August 15th, 2013

How to style short hair

Beyoncé recently chopped off her famously long locks in favor of a piecey pixie, and ever since many girls have been eager to snip their own strands. Whether you’re already rocking a shorter length or are tempted to make the cut, you’ll need to consider these particular products and styling tricks first:

Straight up
Halle Berry is the poster child for the pixie cut, which she has maintained throughout most of her career. Celebrity stylist Neeko, who did Berry’s ‘do for the “Cloud Atlas” premiere, told PopSugar that the style is pretty simple to recreate. Start by blasting your blowdryer on your hair while using your fingers to create a disheveled look. Neeko stressed that it’s essential to use products that will thicken the hair so there’s no need to tease it. Work in a small amount of Jack Black’s Sleek Finish Texture Cream, which is infused with Vitamin B5, to make hair appear fuller, as well as Lanolin and Beeswax to control frizz. Next, he advised using a flat iron on small sections to straighten them in different directions for a mussed up effect. Lock in your look and add extra definition with the Baxter of California Hard Water Pomade.

Va-va-volume
If you’re looking to amp up the drama with a shorter cut, take a cue from Lena Dunham. Redbook magazine noted that achieving her style requires a texturizing hairspray. Try spritzing Fekkai’s COIFF Bouffant Lifting And Texturizing Spray Gel all over hair to lift the roots and give the rest of your mane some character.

Still want higher impact? Go for Pink’s signature pompadour. According to Redbook, celeb hairstylist Marcia Hamilton achieves it by curling large pieces at the top of the head with a big barrel iron and then using bobby pins to secure every individual section. After smoothing pomade over the top and sides, unpin the hair, tease it and coat with Structure Naturelle Strong-hold hair spray by Leonor Greyl to protect the pouf all day long.

Cropped curls
With a little finesse, curly girls can wear short hair, too. Mischa Lisikiewicz, a stylist at Sine Qua Non in Chicago, explained to Redbook that it’s advisable to only shampoo hair once or twice a week so that natural oils have a chance to hydrate strands, combating any coarseness. In between washes, you can keep your coif fresh with theBalm En Route Dry Shampoo. Work in a de-frizzing cream and blowdry with a diffuser for a flawless, frizz-free finish.

DIY beauty solutions

       
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

DIY beauty solutions

While do-it-yourself projects typically involve hot glue guns and MacGyver-like skills, you can also DIY when it comes to your beauty products.

In fact, there are likely a multitude of items in your drawers, cabinets and pantry that could be used in beauty treatments (powdered milk, anyone?). The best part about DIY beauty is that because you're concocting the solutions yourself, you can customize the formula to address your specific hair concerns, skincare needs or makeup preferences. Here are just a few DIY ideas for some products you can make with simple ingredients.

Haircare
If you're dealing with dry, dull strands, this mask will instantly make locks more lustrous. All you need, according to Self magazine, are two or three thoroughly mashed bananas, 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar. Mix the concoction together and apply evenly to your hair, letting it sit for 15 minutes before you wash it out. Bananas are high in potassium, which can infuse strength into strands weakened by the sun, heat styling and other stressors. Self noted that the apple cider vinegar acts as a clarifying agent to get rid of product buildup, while the olive oil's fatty acids hydrate strands.

Skincare
Dry skin is a downer, but Adina Grigore, founder and chief formulator for S.W. Basics, told Refinery 29 that you can mix a moisturizer so rich that parched, damaged skin becomes softer, smoother and fully hydrated. Just mix together 1/2 cup of shea butter, 1/4 cup cocoa butter and a drizzle of coconut oil into a glass bowl. Make sure the bowl can withstand heat, as you'll be putting it over a a double boiler on low heat for several minutes. Once the consistency is fluid, use an oven mitt to take the bowl off the burner and let it cool. Then put a lid or plastic wrap over the bowl and refrigerate the homemade moisturizer. An hour later you can apply the cream to your face and body – and take a deep breath, because the scent is heavenly.

Makeup
Looking for a great glow? Sometimes it's hard to find the right shade of bronzer – if it's too light it's ineffective, and if it's too dark it looks entirely fake. The idea is to achieve the kind of radiance you'd naturally get from a day basking on the beaches of St. Tropez, and there's no better way to get the color just right than to mix it yourself. Self magazine recommends mixing together 1/2 cup cinnamon powder, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and three tablespoons of baby powder and sifting it into a bowl before mixing in four to five drops of coconut oil. By adding body lotion, you can personalize the shade: More lotion will make the bronzer more subtle while less will make a richer, deeper pigment.

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.

Braid breakthrough: How to rock 4 new styles

       
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Braid breakthrough: How to rock 4 new styles

Braids have come a long way from their prairie days. In recent years, celebrities from Sienna Miller to Vanessa Hudgens have been rocking these hair styles in a multitude of new ways, showing that it's possible to make them elegant, edgy and even sexy. In fact, The Huffington Post reported that "braid bars" are opening up in cities around the country as a result of the trend.

Try these styles for a look that's anything but immature.

Go fish
A fishtail braid is perfectly playful for the beach, but starlets like Blake Lively have demonstrated that this style is just as appropriate for more formal affairs. For a sleeker look, braid sections tightly together. However, if you're hoping for a less polished, more piecey effect, PopSugar recommended tugging on the braid to loosen it up, as Jennifer Morrison has done. Spritz on Structure Naturelle by Leonor Greyl to finish for touchable, all-day hold.

Bun with a twist
A fusion of a braid and a bun is both sophisticated and eccentric. Try a low chignon with just a braided piece, which is chic for the evening. Alternatively, braiding all of your hair and wrapping it into a bun high atop your head can really show off the texture. Before braiding, apply a bit of Sleek Finish Texture Cream by Jack Black to keep strands slick and and flyaway-free.

Crowning glory
Who needs a headband? A braid that weaves across your hairline looks regal while framing your face. Opt for a slender version for a subtle style or use chunkier sections to amp up the drama. PopSugar noted that Hayden Panettiere rocked a totally different angelic take simply by pushing the braid farther back on her head. You could even try weaving in some ornate pins for a whimsical look. If you want a messier, more bohemian effect, try pulling out small pieces of hair around your face after you've finished the braid. Spraying En Root Flexible Hold Hair Spray by theBalm will keep your crown in place, even with exposure to extreme humidity.

Understatement 
The undercut braid has been an increasingly popular style for celebs who want a grungier alternative, according to Refinery 29. The source reported that Cara Delevigne sported this rock-and-roll style at the Met Gala, but she wasn't the only one: Model Chanel Iman displayed the same daring look at the event, according to PopSugar. Work in Gel a La Keratine by Leonor Greyl at the roots, which hardens when it dries, keeping the braid locked in.