Posts Tagged ‘natural look’

How to master minimal makeup

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

How to master minimal makeup

There are a lot of benefits that come with minimizing your makeup routine. Not only will you have more time to snooze in the morning, but you'll give your skin a breather and also spend less on products.

If the idea of a naked face scares you, though, keep in mind that achieving a natural look still requires makeup. With the right technique, you can achieve a look that allows your best features to shine through while subtly concealing your flaws. Just follow this guide and you'll have a low-maintenance glow in no time:

A clear canvas
It's important that your skin has an even tone and smooth surface because minimal makeup means any little flaw is a lot more obvious. Vanessa Jarman​, of the Page One Management modeling agency, told Elle magazine that particularly as the seasons change, you might need to switch up your products to make sure that skin is properly nourished. She advised looking for an oil-based moisturizer as the temperatures drop and the air gets drier. Especially beneficial are products with avocado and primrose, which can create a barrier to lock in hydration. The Perfecting Serum by Murad contains both of these ingredients, and can infuse moisture while reducing flakes and fine lines.

After smoothing the rich solution over your face, use a lightweight cream foundation for an airbrushed finish. In InStyle magazine, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams recommended using a Beautyblender sponge to apply bronzer and contour on the cheekbones.

Nude lips
From the catwalk at the latest fashion shows to the red carpet, nude lips are everywhere this season. The key is finding one that complements your complexion. Makeup artist Nick Barose told InStyle that a formula with subtle sheen and peach or pink undertones can make your pout look natural while still offering a pop of color. He recommended wearing a touch of rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks so that you don't look washed out. 

Bold brows
Defined eyebrows can frame your face and offer a polished effect that isn't overdone. Don't be afraid to go for a bolder, shape, either – Elle reported that models at Alexander Wang's show were sporting this look. The Paula Dorf Brow Stencil Kit can help you to create the perfect shape. Use a brow pencil to fill them in, but don't be heavy-handed or they'll come out too dark. Jarman told Elle that it's crucial to make sure your brows match your hair color, so look for a pencil that's no more than one shade away from your strands. Finish with a bone-colored eyeshadow to highlight the browbone and create a lifting effect.

Makeup tips that will help you shine in a job interview

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Makeup tips that will make your job interview shine

Snagging your dream job certainly requires the right skills, but the way you look can also be a significant factor as well.

In fact, according to Fitness magazine, recent research by Proctor & Gamble and Harvard University showed that women who wear makeup are perceived as more capable, likeable and honest than those who don't – all traits that are definitely attractive in a job candidate. So how much makeup is enough to exude confidence without being overkill? Follow this guide before your next interview and your radiance will only add to your resumé:

Look alive
It's important that you appear alert and awake at your interview – after all, your employer is likely looking for someone who's on the ball and full of energy. Use a concealer to hide dark circles under your eyes as well as any discoloration on your lids. A highlighter on your brownbone can also have a brightening effect that makes your peepers seem wide. Skip the dark, dramatic liner and opt for a muted pencil just along the upper lashline. Two coats of a volumizing mascara and voilá: You'll have everyone convinced you had a full eight hours of sleep, even if you didn't.

Don't sweat the small stuff
The last thing you want is for your makeup to be sliding down your face while you're sweating in the waiting room. Therefore, it's crucial to use primer under your foundation as well as your eye makeup. Not only will your complexion stay flawless, but you'll prevent any creasing on your lids or smudging from your lashes. 

Just in case your nerves get the best of you, though, Marie Claire magazine recommends keeping some oil blotting papers with you. The gloBlotting Papers by GloMinerals will instantly absorb greasiness but won't mess up your makeup.

Keep it natural
An interview is not the time to try out that new purple eyeliner, glittery eyeshadow or neon lipcolor.

A little blush goes a long way to make you look healthy and lively – just don't opt for one that has too much shimmer, and only apply it to the apples of your cheeks. PopSugar also suggested opting for lipstick over lipgloss. Shiny lips can look immature, while a matte lip has a more sophisticated vibe. Instead of a dramatic red or vibrant pink, look for a shade that's not drastically different than the actual color of your pout. Marie Claire recommended the Natural Kiss Neutral Lip Color Collection by Too Faced, which has four different hues that work on any skin tone.

Additionally, PopSugar advised making sure your brows are groomed, which will show that you're detail-oriented. Use Colorescience Pro Brow Gel to sculpt them into tip-top shape.

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means many revelers around the U.S. are putting together their best red, white and blue outfits to wear to celebrations. Why stop at your clothes? Hair and makeup need just as much attention during this summer holiday. 

You already know you've got to protect colored hair from the sun, but you should also be on the lookout for ways to show off some makeup tricks when you're attending a family barbecue or enjoying a day off at the beach. 

Many party goers want to look natural for their Independence Day celebrations. You may want to gravitate toward nude makeup for a subdued look, but you can add a dash of fun with bright red lipstick or nail polish in a patriotic color. 

If you're planning on jumping in the water during your party, be sure to prep your skin with body scrubs and exfoliates. These treatments will have your skin feeling clean and refreshed, not to mention primed for tanning time under the sun. Of course, you should always be wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays and painful sunburns. Even if this lessens the tan you end the day with, you can always turn to tinted moisturizers to give you a healthy glow. 

Maggie Gyllenhaal looks lovely in fuchsia

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Maggie Gyllenhaal looks lovely in fuchsia

When you're as big of a movie star as Maggie Gyllenhaal, you know that you need to bring your A-game when you're out in public. This means wearing just the right amount of makeup and hair products to show off your natural beauty. 

Recently, Gyllenhaal proved that she's ready for anything that's thrown her way at the premiere of "White House Down" in New York City. The actress decided to wear virtually no eye makeup aside from a bit of dark eyeliner along the top rims of her peepers. She allowed her pout to do the talking – figuratively and literally – with a fuchsia lipstick that fell in line with popular colors of the summer season.

It seemed that Gyllenhaal didn't need to wear several cosmetics to make a memorable impression on the crowd, and you don't have to, either! You can turn heads by wearing just the right lipstick and going subtle with your eyes like the actress did on the red carpet.

To ensure that your pout has a warm look after applying a bold, in-your-face lipstick, InStyle magazine recommended using a golden gloss as a top coat for the perfect touch.

Does nude makeup have to be boring?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Does nude makeup have to be boring?

How many times have you looked at a celebrity with little makeup on and wished you could pull off the same appearance? Just because you aren't famous doesn't mean you can't sport this look – there's no better time to wear a limited amount of makeup than summer. Doing so will help you feel more comfortable in your own skin, even when it's 100 degrees outside.

That being said, you might need a few pointers right out of the gate if you've never tried to go bare before. InStyle magazine recommended starting by finding a nude lipstick you love, then rocking it whenever you get the chance – even after the sun goes down. Don't feel obligated to go bold if you don't want to – a neutral shade can bring out the best in your pout just as well as any red!

Women's Health magazine stated that going light around your eyes can also be a great way to cut back on the makeup without looking too boring. Simply opt for a lighter eyeliner color or just a bit of shimmery eyeshadow on your lids – that's it – to maintain a glamorous appearance.

Sandra Bullock knows how to show off her natural beauty

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Sandra Bullock knows how to show off her natural beauty

While you might think you need an ample amount of True makeup and hair products to make yourself look gorgeous, limiting how much you use can potentially help you show off your natural beauty. Sandra Bullock can tell you all about this as she continues to do photo calls for her new movie, "The Heat."

Recently, Bullock was in Germany for a media event pertaining to the film, and she looked absolutely dazzling in front of the cameras. She chose to wear a nude lipstick and black eyeliner around the rims of her peepers. On the apples of her cheeks, she had a sheer pink for a little color. Bullock once again proved that you can look glamorous without going over the top when you step out in public. 

If you're used to wearing bold colors on your lips, you might feel a bit uncomfortable going with a neutral shade. However, there are a couple of ways you can pull it off like a pro, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. Make sure to choose a color that meshes well with your skin tone or you'll risk making your face look washed out – stay within two hues of your natural skin tone.

Kim Kardashian bravely steps out in public sans makeup

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Kim Kardashian bravely steps out in public sans makeup

Even if you're a celebrity, there's no official rule that says you need to pile on the makeup before you go out in public. In fact, more women are opting for little cosmetics these days when they make appearances on the red carpet. 

Is it any coincidence that Kim Kardashian didn't mind filming a segment for her television show sans makeup? Us Weekly magazine reported that the reality star recently showed up to a Malibu vitamin shop wearing nothing on her face while speaking to her step brother, Brandon Jenner. The piece that was filmed will air on her show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." This seemed to be a gutsy move by the star, who's renowned for her ample amount of makeup and seemingly faux beauty.

If you want to tone down your makeup routine but you don't want to go bare like Kardashian, there are a few tactics you can use to create a simple, neutral look. Harper's Bazaar magazine recommended sticking to a primer and foundation to hide any blemishes on the surface of your face. Then, use a sheer creamy blush to give yourself a bit of natural-looking color.

Angelina Jolie wears little makeup to the premiere of “World War Z”

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Angelina Jolie wears little makeup to the premiere of

If you’re looking for a celebrity to emulate, you might want to choose Angelina Jolie. Not only is she a brilliant actress, but she’s a natural beauty who makes her presence known both on and off the silver screen.

Recently, Jolie was by her man’s side at the premiere of “World War Z” in Germany. Brad Pitt, who stars in the movie, looked stellar next to Jolie as she smiled for the cameras. However, it was his wife who truly stole the attention with her magnificent white dress and flawless makeup. Jolie once again proved that you don’t need to wear an ample amount of cosmetics to show off your natural features.

The actress opted for a nude lipstick that accentuated her luscious lips. On her lashes, she wore a bit of mascara to highlight their length. Overall, she went light with concealer and foundation elsewhere on her face.

If you want to flaunt a natural appearance, there are a couple of ways you can pull it off flawlessly, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. Choose a lipstick that matches your complexion – make sure you’re within two shades of your natural skin tone. Then, add a hint of pink or peach blush to your cheeks to complement your pout.

Say good-bye to colorful makeup in fall 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Say good-bye to colorful makeup in fall 2013

Is it a little too soon to be thinking about fall? Makeup artists don’t think so, and many of the cosmetics trends that are expected to take the season by storm can be found on the runway right now. Recently, Allure magazine reported on some of the makeup styles you’ll likely be seeing later this year once summer has wrapped up.

Most notably, you might want to keep your Dermablend concealer on hand, as natural, feminine looks appear to be reigning supreme on the runway. There’s no better way to showcase your beautiful features than with neutral eyeshadow, lipstick and blush, and this is what Valentino tried to stress at a recent show.

Another trend that seemed to be emerging was the glossy, nude pout. Gone are the days when women were scrambling to get their hands on bold red lipstick – now is the time to go colorless and show off your lips as they are.

If you’re used to wearing pops of color, it might be a bit challenging to tone it down a little bit. However, Real Simple magazine claims that you can easily take advantage of this trend once fall arrives by sticking to your concealer to hide your flaws and go bare.

Jennifer Lawrence goes bare-faced on the red carpet

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence goes bare-faced on the red carpet

These days, more celebrities are stepping onto the red carpet wearing glamorous ensembles and complementing them with little makeup. While you might not be able to envision yourself leaving the house without at least a little lip gloss, some actresses are taking the dive and showing off their natural beauty.

One woman who knows how to turn heads is actress Jennifer Lawrence, and she always works up a frenzy when she’s on the red carpet. Recently, Lawrence attended the premiere of “The Great Gatsby” wearing almost no makeup on her beautiful face, according to The Huffington Post. Aside from a little neutral lipstick on her pout, Lawrence bravely made an appearance without cosmetics. To the surprise of many, everyone loved her choice to go bare.

If you can’t imagine leaving your makeup behind, there are a few ways you can achieve a similar look without completely ditching your eyeliner, lipstick and eyeshadow. Real Simple magazine recommends evening out your skin tone with a tinted moisturizer, then only using concealer where you need it. Choose neutral colors for your lips and cheeks, and you’re ready to go!