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Easy Application: 3 Wearable Fall 2012 Makeup Trends To Try Right Now

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

By Jenna

As we’re seeing gorgeous models walk the runways for uber famous designers for next spring at New York Fashion Week, I thought we’d slow it down a bit and talk about the best makeup color trends for fall 2012. I don’t mean the super crazy fall 2012 makeup trends that we’ll never want to wear, but the simple, easy-to-do and you may even already have it in your makeup bag trends that will spice up your fall life.

First up are cobalt blue lashes. As a lash lover, I am so excited for this trend I’ve already ordered 2 different mascaras for it. Just a couple coats of blue mascara can complement any natural look for an understated-chic pop of color. Major lashes are always in, but adding a hint of blue will bring out your eye color and show off your trend-savvy side.  Blue isn’t just for your grandma anymore.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 - Michael Kors

Bringing on the drama is usually saved for a dramatic holiday or new year event, but vampy lips are definitely back. A soft, natural face with a dramatic red lip is the perfect combination for your newly bought leather leggings. Going almost goth, opt for a darker red this season over the traditional Marilyn red. If you’re in the medium skin tone range, try something like Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Venice for a red that is versatile and on trend. It has just the right amount of plump, yet it glides on smoothly while helping your lip health. For anyone with very light skin tones or very dark skin tones, you can go full on drama queen and try out the darker plum lipsticks. Just be sure to not over-do your eye makeup on this one, otherwise the look could look overdone and backfire. You’re going for an elegantly edgy look, not a slutty one.

Call it a preview into winter, but frostbitten cheeks are so in and it’s something you can achieve with what you already have in your makeup bag.  Just take a very pretty pink or rose and sweep it right across your cheek bones, while blending out the edges and you’re done. It’s perfect with a natural face or with subtle-smoked out eye. This weathered look can be worn to work or on a date night and will take you all of about 2 minutes.

See? 3 very simple, yet classic ways to show off your pretty face on just a normal day. Which one of these do you plan on trying

Murad Hybrids: Skin Care Meets Makeup

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

When I think about Murad, the word “makeup” isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind.  I’d think “anti-aging” or “acne solution” or “comprehensive skin care regimen.” So when I heard about Murad’s Hybrid line, Murad’s ambitious attempt to combine skin care and makeup into one product, I was definitely curious.

The strength of Murad Hybrids lies in its ability to conceal imperfections and even skin tone while improving the skin’s health over time. That sounded too good to be true at first, but then I read so many rave reviews in several publications about two of its products—Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish and Eye Lift Perfector—so I decided to try them!

I’m very particular about using primer, not only because it acts as a barrier between my skin and the chemical compositions of my other makeup products, but also because of the slew of benefits it provides like balancing oil production, filling in lines and pores, evening out skin tone, and holding my makeup in place throughout the day. Sometimes, it’s all the makeup I use.

As a primer, Murad’s Skin Perfecting Primer – Matte Finish does its job so well! It’s refreshingly cool on my dry skin, hydrating it while delivering skin-nourishing ingredients that would eventually refine the texture of my skin and shrink my enlarged pores. When it dries up, I get a smooth and shine-free finish that’s ready for makeup. What’s more, this product comes in one, universal shade, so it takes the guesswork out of finding the right primer that matches your skin tone and type. And because it’s oil-free, it doesn’t clog my pores and cause breakouts.

Murad’s Eye Lift Perfector is another wonder product, and it perfectly complements the Skin Perfecting Primer. It has a light, sparkly tint that not just conceals dark circles and discoloration, but also brightens my eye area and makes me look more awake. As a bonus, it features an advanced formula that hydrates, smoothes, firms and nourishes the skin, providing long-term solutions to skin issues under the eyes.

Overall, I’m very happy with my new discoveries. Using products that act both as a treatment and makeup don’t just save me money and application time, it also reduces my skin’s exposure to potentially toxic ingredients that come with applying too many skin care and makeup products.

Lady Luck

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The work week is almost over and I’m eagerly awaiting my annual girls’ trip to Vegas this weekend. 110 degrees…what better time to go to a hot desert and sit out by the pool in the scorching sun? Might not be the best idea, but what the heck, I’ll go with it. To prepare for this adventure I have been going down my Beauty checklist.

Aside from eating right and hitting the gym extra hard, there are a few beauty essentials that are a must when preparing to be in a bikini by a crowded pool for the weekend: Mani/Pedi, spray tan, cry baby mascara and packing the right essentials to easily transition from a day to night look.

To start, I did a DIY mani/pedi, due to lack of time and the fact that I’m saving money for the Black Jack tables (hopefully lady luck is on my side). SpaRitual has a wonderful collection and my color of choice for this trip is Poppy Crème. This will come along for the ride in case I need to do any touchups. As for the other beauty products, sunscreen is a MUST and I will be slathering it on several times throughout the day to ensure maximum coverage and protection. In case my friends or I do get a burn, the Hydrating Aloe Continuous Mist Spray by Hampton Sun is a great way to soothe, hydrate and cool the skin. This will help transition our sun-kissed (or burned) skin to the night time fun!

After a long day of…“lounging” by the pool the last thing I want to do is take a long time to get ready for the night, so I try to make this process as easy as possible. With the crybaby mascara, I can check lashes off my list, as I have no need to even worry about applying additional mascara for at least two weeks! I got this process done yesterday and I’m good to go. The only other essentials I will need to bring is a good tinted moisturizer and/or BB cream as both are extremely convenient, eyeliner, a good lipstick and last but definitely not least, my No More Shine Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray. There it is the day/night transition-Vegas here we come!

What are some of your beauty tips for an easy day/night transition?

Red white and Blue Beauty Ideas

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Source: Flickr User Bob Haarmans

By Jenna

Can you believe it? July is already here and the 4th of July is right around the corner and on a Wednesday. Let’s repeat that and all groan together. The 4th is on a Wednesday, so we all get 1 day off in the middle of the week. Most of Europe – 1, America – 0. Each Independence Day, you can usually find me smack dab in the heart of the Mojave Desert sipping on a few cocktails watching the 4th of July Fireworks, happy that makeup and cute outfits are not needed. Really, the only thing I ever need is a festive bikini and amazing sunglasses. Since leap year has ruined my usual plans, I’ve spent the last week brainstorming amazing 4th of July makeup ideas to help the fact that I must wear clothes this holiday. To the good stuff! Here are 3 trendy beauty ideas to usher in another USA birthday in style.

One of the hottest beauty trends of the season is to temporarily color your locks a pastel shade. I’ve seen a lot of pink, lavender and purple on ladies these days. Instead of taking the color plunge on the day to day, this is the perfect time to add a little ‘wild-child’ into that mane. Try using Streekers temporary hair color in blue or red. Take the applicator wand and paint just a few streaks on a couple 1 inch strands in the mid-section of your hair. This will create a perky pop of color without going overboard.

If you don’t want to wash your hair more than once in a week, you can always turn to your nails. Red, white and blue nails are a no-brainer to pair with any drink in hand! Give everyone on Pinterest a run for their money by creating a gorgeous polka-dot design or build your own color block mani.

Dare I say it? The most classic makeup trend alive… the red lip. If there’s any appropriate occasion for this look, it’s this one. Since most of us will be enjoying beverages and BBQ, I prefer to go with a red lip stain instead of traditional lipstick. I’ll be wearing 3 Custom Color Specialists Lip and Cheek Stain in Rose which is a poppy red, perfect for my Independence Day pout.

How will you celebrate the 4th of July this Wednesday?

 

Summer Makeup: 10 Simple Steps for Staying Power

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

1. Prime

PRIMER! A lot of women skip this step but it is the key to long lasting color. A pea size amount of an oil free formula will last all day and keep you looking fresh in the summer heat. Make sure to moisturize your skin before applying primer, concealer and foundation.

2. Silicone

For those of you who still want the coverage of a full foundation. Use a lightweight silicone-based formula. The silicone coats your skin, working as a film between your skin and the humidity. It prevents foundation from seeping into your pores or melting, dribbling down your chin.

3. Creamy shadow shades

 

Sweat and powder do not mix. Sheer cream shadows cake up less in hot weather; they also glisten in the sun. Cream shadows will stand the test of time on a hot day without smudging.

4. Lighten up

 

The less foundation you put on the less formula there is to slide off. Put a few drops on a foam sponge, swipe from the middle of your face, outward in small short strokes. Also, give it a minute to set before you apply any other makeup.

 

5. Liquid

Liquid eyeliner takes practice and patience but once it’s applied it won’t move in the heat like an eyeliner pencil will. Practice your liquid lining skills.

 

6. Waterproof/ water resistant mascara

Waterproof mascara will last in the pool, bar office and gym without fading. Check out CARGO’s Better-Than- Waterproof-Mascara 

 

7. Flushed Cheeks

Rub a bright pink or coral cream blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend. Use cream instead of a powder blush to avoid issues with perspiration.

 

8. Tint your lips

Tint your lips with a tinted lip balm. Tinted lip balms with high wax content won’t turn to mush on your mouth or in your purse! Other good lip options are sheer lipsticks and stains.

 

9. Stop the shine

Take a large fluffy brush and dust translucent loose powder over your T-zone to reduce shine and set your makeup.  Make sure to use a light hand when applying translucent powder, because its colorless there’s less of a chance it will cause problems in the heat.  Mattify your look without leaving your skin feeling dry.

 

10. Blot!

Extra layers of powder can cause cakey product build up in warmer weather. Use oil absorbing sheets throughout the day to soak up excess oil without messing up your make up.

 

Hey, Blue Eyes!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Got blue eyes? Want to make them look electric without looking as though you’re trying super hard to do so? Take a cue from Jessica Stam who lit up the FiFi awards in New York City last night with her radiant, out of control foxiness. I mean, just look at her! I’m more than a little jealous of her near-perfect features, but fortunately, I’ve got some eye makeup tips for blue eyes up my sleeve that can help the rest of us light-eyed ladies paint ourselves in the most flattering, um, light!

In my opinion, this is a perfect eye makeup look for this time of year and beyond. It’s polished and ladylike. More than that, it’s deceptively natural. Make no mistake about it—there’s a lot of maquillage happening here. Which makes it perfect for an event at which you’re going to be photographed. (Which is pretty much every event nowadays, right?) It’s just that the makeup looks so carefree and light. And it’s utterly PERFECT for blue-eyed gals like Miss Stam. Those warm peachy pinks provide the perfect contract—and that’s why her peepers pop!

Want to recreate this look? You’ll need to start with flawless skin that’s not masked with too heavy a base. A tinted moisturizer would be ideal—just use some concealer on areas where you need extra help. And if you’re going to be getting your photo taken, heed the golden rule: no shiny face! Translucent powder will help with that. So will blotting papers—carry ‘em with you!

Now, for the color. I’ll try to keep this as simple as possible:

1. Some warm, peach-toned blush swept right underneath your cheekbones will create the subtly warm flush you see here. Cargo BeachBlush is a great choice.

3. Eyes! Some black eyeliner (upper lid only) and saucy fake lashes are a must. For that gorgeous color, sweep on jane iredale Eye Gloss in Peach Silk and Brown Silk. As for those gorgeous brows, we weren’t all blessed with arches like Jessica’s. But an overly darkened brow will make this look appear too “done.” So don’t be too heavy-handed when you’re filling them in.

4. Highlighter. We also don’t all have these ethereally perfect cheekbones that catch the light so wonderfully. That’s why we highlight. Put it on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, underneath your brow bones, and right above your cupid’s bow.

What are you waiting for? Go out and rock this look. Better yet, go out and rock this look and take photos of it! Then share them with us on our Facebook page.

A Non-Political Post About The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Between Lindsey’s missed flight and George’s Keibler-less arm, the blogosphere’s STILL buzzing about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which, as you’re no doubt aware, took place on Saturday. Around these parts, we abstain from political banter. So let’s get down to business and discuss the most exciting part of the evening: what the attendees looked like on the red carpet.

Elizabeth Banks

I’m a sucker for the perfect red dress, and the one Elizabeth Banks chose is exactly that. The color is amazing and the cut is pure elegance. Winner!

Lindsay Lohan

That red hair? SUCH an improvement over that horrid Barbie blonde. But the dress? Ick! Looks like something sewn by a pageant mom from a pattern … and not with exceptional skill or attention to detail. This thing belongs on an unfortunate bridesmaid holding fire-and-ice roses at a winter wedding. It doesn’t have a place at an A-list event. (Yeah, neither did some of the guests. What are you gonna do?)

Dakota Fanning

Doesn’t that pale grey-blue against the golden blonde locks remind you of Cinderella? One of my favorite looks of the evening for sure. This dress is gorgeous and so is Dakota.

Charlize Theron

Without a doubt, she’s one of the most stunning women of our generation. But this isn’t my favorite Charlize. Is it just me, or does she look washed out? I love the lace getup but wish she had more color on her face. A bright lip would have been nice and on-trend. Oh well.

Viola Davis

Another gorgeous red dress! I love this entire look. It’s subtly sexy, yet polished at the same time.

Spring Cleaning Time: Tips From a Makeup Artist

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Spring is here! Which means spring cleaning. As a Makeup Artist, that means going through my kit and performing what I like to call, “The Sift and Ditch”. I go through each and every product, checking how old it is, giving it the smell test and tossing anything that has expired.  How do you know it’s time to ditch your old products? Here is the basic breakdown of how long you should hold on to makeup in your bag:

Foundation- 1 Year
Facial Moisturizer with SPF- Check the bottle for expiration date
Any powder products (Face Powder, Blush, Shadow, Bronzers, etc.)- 2-3 Years
Lipstick, Gloss, Lipliner- 1 Year
Cream Shadows and Eye Primers- 1-2 Years
Eye Pencils- 1-2 Years
MASCARA- 3 Months, Tops!

I also suggest washing your makeup brushes. (When’s the last time you did?!) If you can’t remember how long ago it was, it’s time. What to use to clean with? For natural bristle brushes I love the Beauty Blender Cleanser diluted with some water, and for synthetic bristle brushes (concealer, lip, cream liner) use dish soap. Yes, dish soap, it’s the only thing that truly gets those brushes residue free. After gently squeezing out the excess water, reshape the brush and lay flat to dry on a towel. To increase the life of your tools, I suggest washing them at least every two weeks. Also, inspect the condition of your brushes, get rid of any misshapen or frayed brushes.

A couple more tips on keeping your cosmetics clean and bacteria free:

-If your makeup bag is machine washable, turn it inside out and give it a spin.
-Clean any tools such a tweezers, scissors or lash curlers.
-Sharpen your eye and lip pencils before use.
-Give all your products a smell to make sure there’s no funky odor. If there is, toss!

Now is the perfect time to replace any old products with some new spring goodies, happy cleaning!

 

NOEL NICHOLS-MAKEUP ARTIST

Noel was born and raised in sunny Southern California. Growing up she pored over beauty and fashion magazines and knew from a very young age she would be a Makeup Artist. She enrolled in makeup school at the age of 17 and has been creating beautiful faces ever since.

Her clean style with a creative edge has brought her an ever expanding variety of clients including print advertising, music videos, editorial work and celebrities. Using both her own unique techniques and some borrowed from industry leading makeup artists she has assisted, such as Fiona Stiles and Aaron De Mey, she has done faces for fashions “It Girls”. Models Arizona Muse, Lily Donaldson and Dree Hemingway have all been in her chair.

Noel is based in Los Angeles and lives with her husband and two cats, Lulu and Olive.

Celebrity clients:Arizona Muse
Dree Hemingway
Lily Donaldson
The Pussycat Dolls
Nichole Scherzinger
Adam Lambert
Katharine McPhee

 

Spring Clean Your Beauty Regime

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Spring is here which means it’s time for a little spring cleaning and makeup and skin care products should not be excluded from this task. Being aware of your makeup expiration is important. It is always a wise idea to make sure you are changing out your beauty products every few months and throwing away the old ones so that you do not get any skin irritations or infections from the bacteria that can collect in old makeup. Unopened cosmetics and new makeup products can remain stable for a couple of years at room temperature, but once you bring a product home and open it, the clock starts ticking.

Here are some of my must have items that I will be replacing and/or renewing for spring time:

Mascara: If you have been using an opened mascara for longer than 3 months, it is time to toss it. Not only will it be dried up and you won’t get the same results that you would with a fresh tube, but bacteria and germs can collect on the brush causing eye irritations and infections. Mascara is a staple beauty product for me, so I like to replace this product every few months and try out different kinds (There are so many good choices)! 

Tinted Moisturizer: Moisturizers and other skin care products should be changed out every six months. I always try to keep just one moisturizer open at a time, along with one serum. When I do this I usually end up using all of the product before it would need to be disposed of. I’m loving the tinted moisturizers, not only for Spring, but anytime! Not only are they light and extremely convenient with flawless coverage, but they also provide a perfect sun-kissed glow all-year round!

LipStick: Lipsticks can last a good two years pending on how often you use them. They do dry out with age, so that is a good sign that it is time to replace. Some lipstick shades I’m looking forward to wearing this Spring include coral-reds and a range of pinks (pink is always feminine and sexy regardless of the shade).

Exfoliator: I use exfoliator on a regular basis (2-3 times/week) so I usually end up using the full amount before it would ever go bad. You would be able to notice when an exfoliator goes bad because it would most likely dry up and not be beneficial for your skin. Exfoliating is a great step to work into your beauty routine as it flakes off the dead skin and brings new life to your complexion. 

What are some makeup and skin care products you will be renewing for Spring?

Beautyfix Spotlight: jane iredale Eye Gloss

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Eye gloss, you ask? Sure, it may sound like somewhat of an out-there product, but believe me when I say I was SO happy once I tried jane iredale’s Eye Gloss in Brown Silk, which is one of the new Beautyfix products offered this season.

Though the tube makes the eye gloss look like it’s literally a gloss for your eyes, don’t be alarmed—it’s actually a beautiful, sheer, long-lasting eye shadow that comes out in liquid form and dries to a sheer finish, leaving a buildable—and blendable—wash of color. This shade of the eye gloss is as versatile as they come and will complement a variety of skin tones while working with every eye color. If you’re a blue-eyed gal (like me!) the warmth of the eye gloss will contrast nicely against your peepers, giving you a standout look that takes very minimal effort. I mean, makeup application really doesn’t get much easier than this.

During the day time, I use this eye gloss to give my eyes some depth, and I do so by gently patting a few drops in the creases of my eyelids, after I apply concealer and loose powder as a primer. Then I throw on some brown eyeliner and black mascara and I’m good to go! At night, I create a bit more of a dramatic eye makeup look by applying it below my bottom lashlines (I use an eyeliner brush for that) and topping it off with jet black liquid eyeliner on the top lids, black kohl eyeliner on the bottom.

What’s even better than the fact that this eye gloss is so easy to apply, you can practically put it on without even using a mirror? Its ingredients, that’s what! Like all the awesome products in the jane Iredale family, this eye gloss is chock-full of nourishing ingredients like macadamia nut oil, but free of the bad stuff, like fillers, synthetic dyes and chemical preservatives. An all-around win!

Did you receive jane iredale’s eye gloss in your Beautyfix kit this season? Leave a comment and let us know how you’re liking it!