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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.

Backstage beauty tips from New York Fashion Week

       
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Backstage beauty tips from New York Fashion Week

Not all of us are lucky enough to attend the runway shows at New York Fashion Week, but that doesn't mean we can't learn a lesson or two from the beauty pros there. While you may already know what the trends are for the upcoming season, you might not have the expertise to achieve them.

Fortunately, some of the most knowledgeable industry pros are revealing top secret beauty tips that can help you create a look that's ready for the runway – or just the office.

Sparkle solution
It's clear that glittery lids are a major trend, but how do you avoid the flecks from falling onto your face? According to Refinery 29, makeup artists for Diane Kendal applied rose-gold sparkles to models' lids at Jason Wu, and used masking tape to instantly remove any stray pieces. Remember that applying primer first can also help to keep a shimmery shadow in place.

Frosty eyes
If you're eager to try out the bright white eyeshadow that showed up on the runways, there are certain tactics you need to keep in mind to avoid a tacky or washed out look. NARS director of global artistry James Boehmer told Refinery 29 that blending is crucial when applying icy eye shades. He recommends dusting on the frosty pigment with an eyeshadow brush, and then sweeping your fingertip across the lid to remove any excess, resulting in a sheer, wearable wash.

Lush lashes
Not just any mascara will do if you're looking to get the same soft, luxuriously long lashes that runway models are rocking. According to New York Magazine, professional makeup artist Val Gardner explained to models backstage at BCBG that continually putting on mascara and taking it off can leave lashes weakened. To combat this, she suggested applying lash conditioner in the morning and before bedtime. A conditioning primer is also key for smooth mascara application and lush, healthy eyelashes.

Natural glow
Though you typically may layer bronzer over your foundation, there's a better strategy for getting a radiant complexion. Refinery 29 noted that backstage at Tanya Taylor, NARS makeup artist Uzo applied foundation on top of a bronze shimmer for a glow from within that's subtle and not overly shimmery.

Clear complexion
There's one basic look that every model was sporting at New York Fashion Week, regardless of the designer: a flawless complexion. The key to covering imperfections and achieving even, airbrushed-looking skin, according to Marie Claire magazine, is the BeautyBlender. The magazine reported that makeup pros behind the scenes at DKNY, Donna Karen and many other designers' shows used this sponge to apply foundation, blush and even highlighter.

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.

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.

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.