Posts Tagged ‘makeup tips’

Bare all with nude lips

       
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Bare all with nude lips

Sometimes subtlety can make a bigger impact than a loud statement. Take nude lips, for example: Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Heidi Klum have been rocking this au-natural look both during the daytime and on the red carpet at night. Beauty expert Anastasia Soare, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz, explained to FOX News that nude lips don't fight for attention, letting you amp up your other features, whether that entail highlighting eyes with emerald liner or going for a bold peach cheek. There are endless opportunities when it comes to this trend. No matter your skin tone, you can make the look your own by following these simple tips:

Choose your weapon
First, you'll want to find a lip color that complements your complexion. Those with alabaster skin should opt for a shade with rosier undertones to avoid looking washed out, and fair-to medium-skinned ladies should also select hues on the pinker side of the spectrum. Olive skinned beauties look stunning in a sheer nude that has a coral base, while darker complexions are radiant with a pale petal gloss. The idea isn't to choose a shade that matches your skin, but rather one that slightly amplifies your natural lip color.

It's also important to consider the formula. LeAura Luciano, a makeup artist that's worked with Zoe Saldana and Amanda Seyfried, told FOX that shiny and shimmery glosses actually make teeth look whiter, while glittery colors can cause the illusion of a gray tint. She also advised against using ultra-matte lipsticks, which can dry out your lips, making lines and cracks more visible.

A range of possibilities
Now you'll need to decide on the overall look you're trying to achieve. If you're going for barely there, understated beauty, Elle magazine recommended keeping things simple with black eyeliner and a coat or two of mascara. However, nude lips also present the perfect chance to wear that vibrant, daring eyeshadow you've been dying to try. Alternatively, Elle suggested that you can pair neutral lips with a dramatic smoky eye by smudging your eye pencil and using a volume-boosting mascara.

Finishing touches
No matter the statement you're trying to make, Luciano stressed that the key to making nearly naked lips work is never overpowering them with too much pigment elsewhere. Still, he advised sweeping blush onto your cheekbones for a "healthy glow."

Even though you put in some work for the perfect nude look, people will just think your lips are naturally that gorgeous.

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

       
Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Prepped for perfection: How to use primer almost everywhere

Much like artists prepare their canvas with a coat of primer, doing so for your face is crucial to enhancing the benefits of your products and making them last. Want to make sure concealer is sweat-proof? Worried that your eyeshadow will crease in heat and humidity? Trying to fight fine lines for smooth foundation application? The answer to all of these problems ismakeup primer.

According to The New York Times, more women have been reaching for these products in recent years as the benefits have become more apparent. In fact, the news outlet reported that Euromonitor International tracked primers and related makeup purchases and found that sales rose a whopping 73 percent between 2006 and 2011. Polly Blitzer, founder of Beauty Blitz Media, told the Times that primers are the “Spanx of cosmetics.”

Face the hype
Want to see for yourself what all the fuss is about? Before you apply foundation, dab on a dime-sized drop of primer, emphasizing the spots where your skin tends to get the most oily, such as the T-zone. These areas will need a little extra to ensure that your concealer, blush and other products don’t dissolve throughout the day. After blending thoroughly, let the primer set for a minute. Then brush on a layer of finishing powder, which helps to hide imperfections while keeping oil at bay.

While many primers are clear, a tinted formula is a better option for those with a lackluster complexion. Allure magazine suggested green shades to combat redness and lilac hues for sallow skin. A pink formula provides a subtle glow that’s suitable for any skin tone.

But the perks don’t stop there – Allure also recommended using primer, like Jane Iredale’s Lid Primer, around the eyes for vibrant eyeshadow that stays. Using your fingers, apply this balm to your eyelids to make sure pigment sticks. You can also dab some in the crease or on the browbone as a highlighter.

Not just for the skin
Lasting lashes require a primer as well. Sweep on Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood, which strengthens and softens the eyelashes while combating any clumps.

Your lips are sealed with the Lip Insurance Smoothing, Anti-Feathering Lip Primer by Too Faced, which prevents cracking, bleeding or fading whether you’re using a stain or a gloss.

Finally, the Lippmann Collection 2 Second Nail Primer is the key to a chip-free manicure. Lippmann told The New York Times that applying this product before the base coat gets rid of any oil and grime on the nail bed, allows polish to go on more smoothly, in addition to ensuring faster drying.

Now you’re primed for anything.

Going for the gold: metallic accents

       
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Going for the gold: metallic accents

Gold accents were all the rage at New York Fashion Week, and while some may shy away from the look, it can be just as subtle as it is glamorous. In fact, whether you’re looking to add some unexpected glimmer in the daytime or a dramatic flash at night, these subtle metallic shades have a way of making eyes appear brighter and skin more radiant. Follow these tips to make the trend work for you.

According to Allure Magazine, makeup artist Pat McGrath went for a soft, angelic take at the Dolce & Gabbana show by using gold accents to draw light to the models’ faces. To get this effect, try brushing a white shadow with yellow gold iridescence onto the eyelids and opting for a rosy blush and peachy pink gloss. Nude eyeliner and well-groomed brows completed the look for a pure, fresh-faced complexion.

Meanwhile, McGrath took a minimalist route at Dior. Follow her lead by applying a layer of concealer underneath a sparkly pigment. Dabbing the gold shadow onto the inner corners can really draw attention to the eyes. For extra glow, lightly brush a small amount of the shimmer onto the top of cheekbones.

You could also copy Kim Kardashian’s look by drawing on gold eyeliner. Jada Beauty reported that those with darker skintones should line eyes with a bolder brass, while paler-skinned beauties should go for lighter hues.

If you’re looking to rock a bolder gold like the models at Mara Hoffman, wet the eyeshadow brush before layering rich metallic shadow on to your lids. Dab a sheer shimmer to highlight the browbone and finish by smudging pencil across the upper and lower lash line for a smoky eye.

The right way to apply mascara

       
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The right way to apply mascara

One beauty trend that never goes out of style is long, luscious lashes. Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal even told Redbook that they’re “the secret to all good things in the universe.” Still, a lot of women don’t know the right way to apply mascara to achieve this look. (Hint: It takes more than just a sweep of the wand.) Follow this tutorial to maximize the lash factor, whether you’re going for a coy babydoll look or a more dramatic effect.

Step 1
Before applying any mascara, it’s crucial to use an eyelash curler, which makes all the difference in boosting volume. Squeezing the curler on the upper lashes and holding for several seconds is enough to make an impact. HERLIFE Magazine recommended brush loose powder on the undereye area to prevent any falling product from sticking and smudging. The news source also suggested holding a tissue under your bottom lashes to catch mascara before it reaches your skin.

Step 2
To get your lashes prepped, you’ll need Youngblood’s Mineral Lash Primer. This creamy formula moisturizes and softens lashes with natural oils, which can result in smoother mascara application. Additionally, protein and vitamins can help to prevent lash breakage. Resist scraping the brush against the edge of the tube, as it could result in an uneven application. Brush on one coat, and waste no time before applying mascara while the primer is still wet.

Step 3
Armed with a powerful tool like the Super Style Volume & Length Mascara by Babor, press the wand directly into the lash base and pull upward in a vertical motion. Then gently wave the wand across lashes back and forth to fan them out and eliminate any clumps. Don’t forget about the tip of the wand: By turning the wand and pressing it into the tops of your lashes, you can paint each of them for extra separation.

Step 4
Don’t be scared of the bottom lashes! While many women avoid them for fear of a spider-effect, it’s possible to make peepers really pop by brushing the lower lashline. Just use the tip of the brush to graze them individually in a vertical motion.

Step 5
Brush away any loose powder and voilá! Your lashes are locked, loaded and ready for anything. If you need to touch up before going out at night, just blot the wand with a tissue to get rid of any excess product.

Tips from the pros for looking more awake

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Tips from the pros for looking more awake

While having the right beauty products in your arsenal is key for looking awake, the pros advise that it's just as important to focus on the right colors and application to create the illusion of alertness.

Carl Ray, the personal makeup artist for first lady Michelle Obama, told Washingtonian Magazine that applying lengthening mascara just to the top lashes gives a fresher, more alert look. Open up the eye even further by pressing a curler at the lashline, in the middle of the lashes and at the ends and sealing with a layer of lengthening mascara. Also, Ray noted that a dab of concealer on the inner corner of the eye and next to the nose can make you look like you've gotten a good night's sleep.

Pale and nude lip tones can look blah. Carola Meyers, voted "Best Makeup Artist" by Washingtonian Magazine, advises kicking up the lip color a notch with a vibrant shade to help perk things up.

Makeup artist Kimberly Steele suggests applying cream or white shimmer shadow in the inner corner of eyes and at the brow bone. Avoid eyeliners and shadows in pink or reddish hues, as they will only bring out the redness in your eyes. Alternatively, green or blue tones can counteract that redness. Tim Quinn, celebrity makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty, told Oprah Magazine that a beige liner along the lower lash line does a better job or neutralizing redness than black or white.

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

On mornings when you're not well rested, all it takes is a few tweaks to your makeup routine to look less tired. While putting on concealer is helpful, it's not enough to cover up the exhaustion – but these tips can help you fake a good night's sleep.

The first step to livening up the face is applying an illuminating foundation to even out the complexion. It's crucial to use the right hue for your skin​ tone, as a too-pale shade could look dull and wash you out. A pop of rosy blush brightens the entire face, which distracts from any shadows under the eyes. Look for a color that has a hint of gold, which will also counteract the blue tones in undereye circles. A shimmering bronzer can also do wonders for adding dimension to the face and making you looking more lively.

Lighten up on eyeshadow application, as a heavy, dramatic or smoky look can actually make eyes look smaller and wearier. Lining the upper lashes with two different hues, such as a deep brown and a vibrant emerald green, can make the whites of your eyes look even brighter.

A softly arched brow lifts the eyelids, drawing attention away from dark circles and puffiness. Brush eyebrows upward and fill them in with a pencil or powder that is two shades lighter than the natural color to appear even more alert.

A quick makeup routine for stress-free mornings

       
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

A quick makeup routine for stress-free mornings

A long, complicated makeup routine can really throw a dent in your morning, so it's important to change things up once in a while to make sure you're making the most of your time.

While it may seem impossible, you can actually shave minutes off your regiment with a few simple tricks, leaving extra time to snooze or grab that much needed coffee on the way to the office. First, remove any impurities or dirt from your face, eyes and neck in one swipe with the deep-cleaning Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes by Rilastil. These towelettes are just as cleansing as a traditional face wash and moisturizer, but much simpler.

Look alive with the Wakeup Concealer by Pixi. The fuss-free wand is perfect for hiding dark under-eye circles, covering blemishes or hiding any other flaws. Next, use a kabuki brush to apply the Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Softly Illuminating Translucent Pressed Powder. This multi-tasking formula illuminates the complexion and reduces the appearance of imperfections, all while soothing tired skin.

A sweep of the Fake Lash Effect Mascara by Babor is enough to make peepers pop. Finally, apply a multi-purpose blush and balm like Jane Iredale's Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain for a flush of color on both temples and lips.

In order to save time, it's crucial to make sure brushes are easy to find. Tuck brushes into the GloMinerals gloBrush Roll pockets to keep them organized.

Choose a nude lip color that works with your skin tone

       
Friday, July 12th, 2013

Choose a nude lip color that works with your skin tone

Nude lips are all the rage, but choosing the wrong tone can leave your face makeup looking drab instead of fab. Picking the wrong shade can wash you out and ruin the look you're aiming for, so it's important to learn how to pull off a nude lip

One way to find the right hue is to conduct the wrist test. Test the color by dabbing it on the underside of your wrist to make sure the sheer lipstick is one to two shades darker than your skin tone. You should also be looking at the undertones of the color, as matching the lipstick's tones to your natural ones is an ideal way to achieve a natural look. Fair-skinned individuals should look for hints of pink, while medium-skinned ladies can be on the lookout for rose or beige undertones and those with darker skin should search for bronze tints. 

If you're not sure how the nude lipstick is going to work, consider looking for a sheer, pale pink or peachy color. That way, you can still get the minimalist look that is popular now while also rounding out your appearance with warmer hues. Layering a lightly colored lip gloss over nude lipstick can also achieve this effect. 

Try eye-popping neon colors on your lips

       
Monday, July 8th, 2013

Try eye-popping neon colors on your lips

One of the most attention-grabbing trends taking hold this summer is the presence of neon colors. While hot pinks, lime greens, aqua blues and bright yellows are making strides in the fashion world, they're also becoming more prevalent in makeup – especially for lips. 

The trend of bright lipstick may have started earlier this year, but it's beginning to gain popularity with celebrities and the general public. You can easily try out this fad by investing in a neon lipstick. After you treat your lips to your favorite lip serum or repairing balm, outline them with a lip liner and smudge the pencil marks. Then you can fill in the rest with your chosen neon color for a look that is sure to turn heads. 

Opting for long-lasting lipsticks or ones with a matte finish can go a long way in creating a polished end result. 

A good tip to keep in mind is that these neon lip colors generally work best with nude makeup, so as not to overpower the face. You may also want to carefully pick out an outfit to go along with the neon color, with neutrals being the best option for creating balance in a look. 

What makeup should you be wearing in your 20s?

       
Thursday, June 27th, 2013

What makeup should you be wearing in your 20s?

If you're still in your 20s, you might take pride in your beauty and lack of wrinkles. Anti-aging cosmetics may not be of much interest to you yet, but there are certain types of makeup that you should be wearing to highlight your youth. Whether you're about to celebrate your 21st birthday or your 29th, treat yourself to a new item for your makeup bag to show off your natural beauty.

InStyle magazine reported that a long-lasting lip stain is a must for all women in their 20s. Because you likely have a busy schedule, you'll want a lip product that can last throughout the day without giving you any fuss.

Another item you'll want to add to your collection of cosmetics is shimmer powder. In your 20s, you can still pull this off without looking tacky, and it can help you highlight the contours of your face.

Finally, Women's Health magazine stated that you should always have concealer on hand for those pesky zits that might pop up. A light concealer can go a long way when it comes to hiding your flaws and sporting an impeccable look.