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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.

Choosing the best shadow color for your eyes

       
Friday, July 19th, 2013

Choosing the best shadow color for your eyes

The truth is, some shades just enhance your natural coloring while others might look drab. Even when it comes to hair color, there are certain hues that might flatter your skin and eyes more than others. And in terms of eye makeup, it's just as important to pick the right tone to make your peepers pop. Wondering which shadow is the right one for you?

Blue
While it's not always best to match up a shadow to your eye color, a grayish-toned blue can make eyes look even more vivid. Try GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Blue Suede for drama or Silver Mist for a softer, shimmery look.

Brown
Shades of exotic coral and deep plum can really brighten up neutral eyes. Babor's Eye Shadow in Fever, an exotic peach, or Twilight, a rich purple, will make brown eyes come alive.

Green
Green eyes look stunning in metallic shades, from an intense copper to a glittery gunmetal. Jane Iredale's PurePressed Eye Shadow in Glimmer Gold is ideal.

Hazel
From iridescent periwinkle, to sheer pink, to deep brown, you can wear almost any shade on your lids. So why not try go for the multi-color Pixi Lumi Lux Eye Palette, which provides 20 hues for endless combinations.

Gray
You can rock a smoky eye like no other, so go for GloMinerals gloMetallic Smoky Eye Kit for a sultry, come-hither look.

Try turquoise for a summer smoky eye

       
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Try turquoise for a summer smoky eye

The smoky eye is undoubtedly one of the sultriest makeup trends for the evening, but black isn't the only way to go. In fact, going with a brighter hue can be less harsh, softening the overall look. At the recent Chanel Fashion Show in Paris, Kristen Stewart sported a smoky eye with vivid blue highlights that was both soft and edgy at the same time.

To get Kristen's look, start by prepping eyelids with being TRUE Protective Shadow Primer. This product acts as an ideal base, especially in summer heat and humidity, ensuring that the pigment remains vibrant and doesn't smudge.

Next, sweep a rich, shimmer color like the crease-resistant Too Faced Single Eye Shadow in Aqua from the lash line to the crease, extending outwards and upwards at the corners for a subtle or wing, depending on your tastes. In order to achieve depth with a gradient effect, it's important to apply a deeper pigment, like GloMinerals gloEye Shadow in Mermaid with a small domed brush from the lash line and blend outward to the crease.

A good eyeliner is essential to the smoky eye - so glide on Sothys Graphic Kohl Liner from corner to corner on both upper and lower lash lines.

Finally, dab a shimmery line of Jane Iredale's Mystikol eyeliner and highlighter in one in Aquamarine at the inner corner of your eyes.

The best part? This turquoise look flatters every eye color and skin tone.

The secret to a perfect smokey cat eye is in the eye pencil

       
Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The secret to a perfect smokey cat eye is in the eye pencil

Want your eyes to look sexy and alluring? If so, you've probably perfected the art of creating a foolproof smokey eye, but blending this eye makeup trend with a more classic technique can be both smoldering and sophisticated. One of the coolest looks gaining steam everywhere from the red carpet to the runway is a smokey cat eye, which combines the chic appearance of a smokey eye with the timeless appeal of an elongated, feline-inspired eye shape. 

To get this top look, you need to have a great eyeliner. A soft pencil or liquid liner will do, but you have to have a long-lasting, reliable product that won't waver – no matter how late into the night you wear the makeup. Borghese Cosmetics offers an Eye Accento Pencil that's designed to last for hours without irritating your eyes. Another great option is BABOR's Maxi Definition Eye Contour Pencil, which provides bold color that will help you shape the eye with ease. 

The dark eyeliner will be used to line the inner rims of your eyes, as well as for creating the signature cat shape on your lid, so it's extremely important that you choose a product that you're comfortable with – and one that won't let you down. Also, pick a shadow that will blend well with your eyeliner, helping to create a smokey look with a well-defined shape.  With the help of the right liner, you'll be rocking the smokey cat eye in no time. 

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. 

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

       
Monday, July 1st, 2013

Amber Rose goes for bright colors at the BET Awards

Amber Rose was a beacon of bright color when she hit the red carpet at the BET Awards Sunday, June 30. While she isn't the first celebrity to rock the bold hues in front of photographers, the model and personality did it in a way that was all her own. 

All eyes were immediately drawn to Rose's bright fuchsia lipstick when she stepped out on the red carpet. The matte coloring complemented her light pink blush without overpowering her face, and it worked perfectly with an otherwise demure yellow and black outfit. With so many famous faces incorporating the bright pink and violet colors into their lip makeup, this trend is definitely one that is gaining popularity – and could even be seamlessly integrated into your next look. 

Rose also managed to use eye makeup in a way that made her look refreshes without being too over the top – quite the feat for the young mom. By applying white eyeliner to her lower waterline, she allowed her eyes too pop while still maintaining a fresh and summery look. The effect also made her eyelashes look big, framing her light brown eyes perfectly. 

Allison Janney knows fuchsia works well on her lips

       
Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Allison Janney knows fuchsia works well on her lips

When you're in the spotlight, you always need to look fabulous for the public, as actress Allison Janney will tell you. Recently, the celebrity was at the premiere of "The Way, Way Back" in New York City, and she appeared more glamorous than ever.

On the red carpet, she chose to wear a fuchsia lipstick – something that more actresses seem to be doing – to bring out the best in her pout. Around her eyes, she wore black eyeliner to give her appearance some drama. However, it was her eyeshadow that truly stole the show – Janney decided to go with a blue-gray metallic eyeshadow to add some flair to her overall look. While some might have come to see her outfit, she didn't disappoint with her makeup!

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you want to hop on the trend of pink lipstick, there are a couple of ways you can pull it off like a pro. First, always make sure to try out various shades before deciding on one to see how it does with your skin tone. Then, InStyle magazine recommended adding translucent powder on top of your pout to create a matte effect.

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.