Posts Tagged ‘makeup tips’

The secrets to highlighting and contouring

       
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The secrets to highlighting and contouring

Makeup can work magic – as long as you know how to use it properly. Highlighting and contouring are two of the most valuable beauty techniques any girl can master, because they allow you to enhance and define your features and completely transform your face. If you want radiant skin, sculpted cheekbones, or even a more slender looking nose – it's all possible with these tactics. It's no wonder Kourtney Kardashian deemed them essential to her makeup regimen, as did Victoria's Secret model Toni Garrn.

Intrigued? Here's everything you need to know to become a highlighting and contouring pro:

Step 1
First, even our your skin tone so that you have a perfect base for your bronzer and highlighter by applying a cream, liquid or powder foundation. For extra credit, use an alternate foundation that's just one to two shades lighter and dab it along the middle of your forehead, along the bridge of your nose, at the outer edges of your eyes and on the center of your chin.

Step 2
Next it's time to reach for your bronzer. Be sure that the formula isn't overly shimmery, as too much distracting sparkle could compromise the effectiveness of your contouring. After swirling your brush in your shade of choice, choose areas that you would like to visually hollow out. For example, you could sweep your brush under your jaw-line to make your neck appear more slender, or slim out your nose by dabbing some bronzer on either side, from just below the bridge to right over the nostrils. You can also contour your cheeks by sucking them in, dusting bronzer in a circular motion in the hollow under your apples and then extending and blending toward the hairline.

Step 3
Now that you're ready to highlight, you need to choose the right shade. Cooler complexions should opt for a pale hue with iridescence, while those with warm skin will look best with a slightly more golden highlighter.

While contouring is meant to make areas of the face recede, highlighting does the opposite – it draws them forward. Do you want to draw light to your peepers and make them really pop? Then you should dab highlighter at the inner corners of your eyes and underneath them. Highlighting under the eyebrows will have a lifting effect, thus causing you to appear more alert and awake. You can also highlight right underneath the cheekbone contouring you just did to give your face healthy looking dimension.

Beauty tips from Victoria’s Secret models

       
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Beauty tips from Victoria's Secret models

Victoria's Secret models are a rarity when it comes to beauty. In fact, according to Elle magazine, chief marketing officer for the company Edward Razek says that they are less common that superstar athletes. He estimates that there are fewer than 100 women in the entire world that have what it takes to strut the catwalk at the VS Fashion Show, and only 33 were selected. While it undoubtedly takes phenomenal genes and a lot of gym time to look as good as they do, there are some beauty secrets that can make anyone look nearly runway-ready.

Here are some tips from the models themselves:

Karolina Kurkova
Want a flawless face like Kurkova's? The answer lies in three simple products: an oil-free primer, illuminating foundation and iridescent finishing powder. Diane Kendal, makeup artist for NARS, told Elle that this combination makes skin look as if it's glowing from the inside.

Toni Garrn
What's the one must-have in Garrn's makeup regimen? Highlighter, according to Fashionista. She noted that she's been dabbing it along her browbone and on the bridge of her nose since she was 14 years old. Jessica Hart is another model who has a penchant for this product, but she uses it high on her cheekbones.

Behati Prinsloo
There's one trend that the VS Angels were rocking all over the recent runway: the brown smoky eye. New York Daily News reported that Prinsloo begins by brushing a pale eyeshadow across her lids. Then, she dabs a darker brown into the crease. With an angled eyeliner brush, she carefully sweeps more of the deep pigment along her lower lashline and then along the top. This way, she doesn't even have to use eyeliner to define her eyes. Finally, she adds a couple coats of a rich brown-black mascara and dabs some illuminator from the browbone all the way around to the undereye area to draw light to her peepers.

Adriana Lima
There's one trick that can make your eyes look significantly bigger, like Lima's. To get the doe-eyed effect, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Elle that you can apply individual false lashes just at the outer edge of your eye. Or, he explained that you could simply keep extending your eyeliner at the outer corners and your eyes will appear larger.

Jourdan Dunn
Dunn doesn't like to use fake lashes, but she does have a tip that can fake the same effect. She told Fashionista that she simply places a card behind her lashes so that she can apply more pressure while sweeping on mascara, pushing against the paper.

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

       
Monday, November 18th, 2013

Makeup tips for a winter wedding

There's something about a winter wedding that offers a new level of romance. Between the pristine white backdrop and the festive holiday spirit, a big day during the colder months has an almost fairy tale-like feel. If you're planning to tie this knot during this time of year, there are certain things you'll want to keep in mind when it comes to your cosmetics to make sure you shine.

Here are some tips for a look that's just as beautiful as your winter wonderland:

Get glowing
Dry air and harsh lighting can make your skin look washed out or flaky, so you'll need to use the right makeup to ensure that your face is smooth and radiant. It's crucial to exfoliate the night before and moisturize well the day of the wedding for a perfect canvas. Then, layer an illuminating cream foundation. The light reflecting particles will give your face a natural looking glow. Then reach for a peachy blush, which will provide a healthy flush without making it look like you've been standing out in the cold. Sweep some pigment on the apples of your cheeks and then brush on some translucent powder to set the look and ensure a flawless, photo-ready finish.

Frosty eyes
Don't be afraid of shimmer – icy lids are perfect for a wedding at this time of year. Consider a pearly white shadow, which brightens up your eyes for a refreshed and youthful look. You could also take things up a notch with silver lids, which have an alluring look when paired with sleek black liquid liner. Or, warm things up with a rose​ gold or copper eyeshadow. When you're sporting a metallic hue, just be sure that it doesn't clash with your jewelry. Then sweep it across your lids, dusting a paler shade of the same color in the corners of your eyes.

It's crucial to use waterproof liner and mascara to make sure your makeup doesn't run despite some snow or a few tears.

Lively lips
There are several routes you can take with your pout. For a daytime wedding, go for a subtler look by lining your lips with a rosy pencil and then applying a gloss in the same hue. Or you can go bolder with a rich cranberry lip if your ceremony is in the evening. However, if you're rocking a high intensity matte pigment, you'll need to exfoliate and moisturize your lips every day the week before your wedding to avoid a chapped or peeling pout.

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

       
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

With each passing year, your skin goes through some significant changes that can make it look less than supple. While wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles are inevitable, there are ways to camouflage them using the right cosmetics. However, dealing with signs of aging and achieving a more youthful complexion requires that you update your makeup tactics and techniques.

Are you looking to turn back the clock? Try these simple makeup tricks and you'll regain that youthful glow in no time:

Fast face lift
As you age, collagen and elastin production begins to slow down, so your complexion loses its firmness. To fight this process, you'll need to focus on moisturizing makeup that enhances your skin's luster and keeps it from looking dry or droopy.

First, reach for primer if you want a flawless finish. Makeup artist Maria Verel, whose has worked with Diane Sawyer, told Redbook magazine that primer has a blurring effect on lines and provides a more even, smooth complexion.

While it may be tempting to cake on the makeup to cover up your flaws, it's best to go light on your makeup for a more radiant look. Ditch the powder, which tends to settle into wrinkles and fine lines and accentuate them, and instead, consider a sheer liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. An optimal formula will provide adequate coverage and also contain light-reflecting particles to illuminate your entire face. 

For that youthful flush, opt for a cream blush over a powder formula, which will absorb more effectively into the skin. While you're applying, smile so you can focus on emphasizing the upper apples of your cheeks. This technique gives you the instant illusion of a face lift.

Perked up peepers
The skin around your eyes is naturally thinner, and with time, it continues to lose elasticity. As it becomes more transparent looking, blood vessels and dark circles become far more obvious, making you look older and tired. Make that discoloration diminish with an undereye concealer with yellow undertones, which can neutralize any blue or red pigment. It's best to opt for a concealer that's one shade lighter than your natural skin color to get a brightening effect. 

Sweep neutral shimmery eyeshadows in pale colors like champagne across your lids, and dab some at the inner corners to look even more alert. Stay away from shadows that are blue-based, as they may draw attention to undereye shadows, and reach for warmer hues instead. Want to open up your peepers even more? One helpful trick is to glide nude eyeliner along your lower lashline.

Sandy Linter, a makeup artist who works with former supermodel Christie Brinkley, explained to Redbook that eyelids can begin to sag with age, so she likes to use a pointed Q-tip to gently smudge liner out at the corners to visually lift them up.

Don't forget to apply a layer or two of lengthening mascara – it's a must for opening up and enlarging your eyes so you seem years younger.

Lips
Does your pout look like it's shrinking? Over time, you also lose some collagen in your lips, which is the protein responsible for keeping them plump. Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt told Oprah magazine that the the upper lip is especially prone to getting thinner. She recommends dabbing some gloss on the inside of the bottom lip to look to create the illusion of fuller pout.

You might be tempted to go for nude lips, but this is one trend that will just make your complexion look washed out. Liven things up with a moisturizing sheer lipstick in a soft rosy hue, which flatters any skin tone. If you have medium to dark skin, you can even pucker up with a bolder berry shade.

Makeup artist Chrisanne Davis told Allure magazine that lipstick is more likely to bleed as you age, so it can be helpful to outline your pout with a neutral liner to keep pigment in place.

Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

       
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Gorgeous makeup tricks for girls who wear glasses

Girls who wear glasses have a lot to consider when it comes to their makeup. In fact, specs act like a magnifying glass – meaning they can change the way your eyes, and ultimately your whole face appears. With that said, glasses-wearers also have a lot to their advantage. Since frames draw attention to your eyes, you can really make them pop with the right tactics.

Here are some tips to enhance your overall look when you're sporting spectacles:

Face
If you wear a liquid or cream foundation, you're running the risk of glasses leaving a dent. Try using a loose powder formula to even out your complexion without any potential smearing or marks. Since frames might cast some shadows, use a concealer with yellow undertones to neutralize any blue hues under your eyes. Go simple on cheeks and lips with a subtle rosy hue to make sure your eyes remain the focal point.

Lids
Light neutral eyeshadows are best for your lids because they'll draw light to your eyes. Consider a slightly pearly champagne, amber, slate or taupe – which happens to be one of the trendiest shades of the season. Stay away from  shades that are ultra glittery, as they might cause a distracting reflective glare from behind glass. Don't forget to apply some highlighter on your browbone and at the inner corners of your eyes to make your peepers pop even further.

Whether you choose a pencil or liquid liner, opt for a hue that's at least one or two shades away from your frames – the idea is to define your eyes, not make them disappear. It's also important to consider balance. If you're sporting slender frames, keep the line thin and sleek, but go for a bolder line if your specs are thick.

Brows
It's crucial to keep your brows neat and defined since glasses will be drawing attention to your eye area. Start by combing the hair upward and then tweezing any strays under the arch. Using a brow pencil, fill in any sparse areas, drawing in the direction the hair grows. Then use a brow brush to blend the pigment for a more natural look.

Lashes
Just because your peepers are behind glass doesn't mean you can't coyly bat your lashes. First, use a lash curler to help extend them upward instead of outward. This technique will not only make your eyes appear bigger, but will also prevent your lashes from colliding with the lenses. After curling them, sweep on some volumizing mascara for extra allure.

Kourtney Kardashian’s 5 minute makeup routine

       
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Kourtney Kardashian's 5 minute makeup routine

It's not easy being a busy mom and still looking gorgeous, but Kourtney Kardashian seems to manage. Whether she's brunching with her sisters on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," strutting down the red carpet or taking care of Mason, this stylish socialite and designer always looks put together. So how does she do it?

Apparently, the mom-meets-fashion-maven keeps things pretty simple when it comes to her makeup routine. If you're looking to adopt her minimalistic approach, here are some tips from Kourtney herself:

The essentials
In an interview with E! News, the Kardashian sister explained that when she's in "mommy mode," she sticks with a tried and true regimen that only takes her five minutes. Plus, it's so easy that she can multitask by keeping an eye on the kids while getting ready. So what are the absolute must-have products?

First, she starts with tinted moisturizer to even out her complexion. This allows her to get sheer coverage and a flawless canvas without a caked-on or artificial effect, which is ideal for a daytime look. Then she quickly dabs concealer under her eyes or on any problem areas.

The most important step is sweeping on some bronzer to add color and dimension to her face. In fact, Kourtney explained to Glamour magazine that the one makeup trick that she absolutely could not live without is contouring and highlighting, particularly around her cheekbones and nose.

The final touch? Curling her eyelashes and adding a layer or two of mascara. She also says she likes to finish her routine with a spritz of refreshing rosewater.

Day to night
According to Kourtney, boyfriend Scott Disick actually prefers the "less is more" look when it comes to her makeup.

Still, there are a few things that Kourtney might change up now and then when she wants a little more drama. Namely, she's apt to reach for a more dramatic lip shade if she's going out for the night with Scott or her girlfriends.

The makeup move she feels most confidently about is liquid liner application. This is a key product in her evening routine as it defines her eyes with a low risk of smudging. According to Glamour magazine, Kourtney says the applicator is key for a perfect line. She prefers a felt tip, which she says is easier to use when you want a really sleek line.

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

       
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Makeup must-haves for a daytime look

Whether you're heading into the office or out for a coffee date, optimal daytime makeup depends on a natural look. The idea is to enhance your features instead of overpowering them – after all, you want to save those dramatic effects for the dimly lit dance floor or bar. So how do you accentuate your features without going over the top?

The truth is, you don't have to spend an excessive amount of time or use a ton of products for your morning makeup routine. Just follow these steps for an easy yet eye-catching look:

Flawless face
Nix the five-step face makeup process – lighting during the daytime is harsh and you'll likely end up with that caked-on effect. The best way to look fresh-faced and youthful is to keep your makeup minimal. So if your skin is very clear, you can probably opt for a tinted moisturizer. If you need a little more coverage, consider a liquid silicon-based foundation. People that tend to breakout or suffer from shine should look for a product that's oil-free and water-based.

Of course, a sweep of pigment on your cheeks is essential for that sought-after healthy glow. Make sure you reach for a color that's close to the natural hue you turn when you're actually blushing. Tap off excess product before applying to ensure that you don't brush on too much color. Then swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks and blend up toward the temples.

Bright eyes
When it comes to eyeshadow, neutral shades are best for the daytime. That doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your eye makeup, though. Try a taupe with a subtle shimmer, which can easily be taken into nighttime with a darker brown shade in the crease. Other earth tones, like beige, brown and light gray are well-suited for your daytime look as well. Don't forget to dab a bit of highlighter on your browbone – you'll look instantly well-rested, even if you didn't get enough sleep. A thin sweep of eyeliner along the top lashline and one layer of volumizing mascara should be enough to define your peepers.

Lovely lips
As a general rule of thumb, your ideal lip color for the daytime will be just one or at most, two shades deeper than the natural color of your pout. A rosy gloss is always a safe bet for any complexion, and is versatile enough to work with a variety of other makeup shades as well as outfits. If you opt for a matte lipstick, using a brush to apply it will help you to build the color more evenly and blend it in.

Master lesson on matte lips

       
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Master lesson on matte lips

Nothing quite says drama like a bold, matte pout. While dark lips sans shine are definitely making a comeback this season, they require a little more effort than swiping on a rich shade of lipstick. Intense pigments  and matte formulas can draw attention to the tiniest lines, cracks and flaws – so you need to make sure your pucker is prepared. Take these measures and your lips will be turning heads in no time:

Exfoliate
Before you even consider painting on a matte shade, it’s crucial to slough off dead skin from your lips. Apply a gentle scrub and massage it in, then rinse off to reveal a smooth, flake-free surface underneath. A washcloth can help with removing the top layer, just be careful not to rub too vigorously or you may irritate your delicate skin.

Moisturize
While we love the matte finish, lipsticks that achieve this are formulated with ingredients that can dry out your pout. Celebrity makeup artist Jim Crawford, who has painted the faces of Halle Berry and Rachel Bilson, told Elle magazine that these products often have a higher wax content than oil content, which is why it’s important to hydrate your pucker regularly when you want to rock this look. Swipe on a basic moisturizing lip balm and pat with a tissue to remove excess. That will help to keep lips from getting too chapped without compromising the matte effect. Gina Brooke, makeup artist for Madonna and Naomi Campbell, explained to Elle that an anti-wrinkle eye cream can also diminish any lines on your lips.

Prep
You might be surprised by this trick: Start with a layer of foundation to customize the color. Daily Makeover recommended applying a coat of lipstick on top, then blotting with a tissue, and then repeating these two steps until you have a perfectly rich hue.

Line
A lip liner is indispensable when you’re creating a matte lip. Not only does it maximize the intensity of the color, but it also ensures that the pigment lasts longer. Plus, it will help to create a clean, defined line, making it easier to apply the lipstick precisely so that your look is polished. Outline your pout with the pencil and then completely fill in the lines. Follow with a layer of lipstick in the same shade. One last tip: Daily Makeover suggested using your finger to apply a little blush to your lips in a matching hue. As long as it’s a powder formula, it will help to lock in the color and also enhance the matte effect.

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.

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.