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The Dos and Don’ts of the Dark Lip

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The dark lip look is back for fall! We’ve seen everything on the runway and Hollywood from goth black hues to drop dead gorgeous plums. You may think just because you saw it on the red carpet there’s no way you can pull it off yourself. I’m here to tell you that you can! Just don’t get carried away. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you perfect the dark lip trend.

DO play up your lip
With dramatic makeup looks it’s best to play up one feature. In this case it’s your lip which means all of your other features need to be kept simple. A dark lip speaks for itself, so wear minimal makeup on your eyes and cheeks. You want to literally allow your lips to do the talking. You can even pull your hair back in an elegant pony tail to further accentuate your features.
DON’T look like a clown
To keep your lipstick from bleeding, it’s a smart idea to apply a lip liner. With lip liner you have to be careful; like with a coloring book, stay within the lines! Don’t let your lip liner or lipstick end up anywhere else on your face or further than your lip line.

DO have bold brows
Bold brows will make your plum pout look amazing. Make sure to properly groom your brows, make them bold but clean.
DON’T go goth
Listen, unless its October 31st there’s no need for all black everything or a bowl cut. The look is called “vamp” not “vampire” … since your lip will be dark keep the rest of your attire light and simple.
DO exfoliate your lips
This will remove dead skin cells and soften your lips. You also should dot on a little moisturizer or lip balm for more protection.
DON’T Forget to check your teeth.
Keep your lipstick off your teeth!

Red Carpet Makeup Disaster: Paz de la Huerta

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


The other day a girlfriend and I got on the subject of Paz de la Huerta. I don’t really remember what sparked the conversation, as neither of us watches Boardwalk Empire. But anyway. Despite her wholly unorthodox approach to beauty, I think Paz de la Huerta is stunning, and so does my friend. (It should absolutely be noted that this friend and I have radically opposing ideas on what makes someone physically attractive.) And, bar fights and all, there’s something about Paz de la Huerta we find endearing. We’re amused by her weirdness. We think she seems messy and fun. We would totally hang out with her! All reasons I feel obligated to reach out to Paz on behalf of my friend and I and urge her to reconsider her stance on red carpet makeup.

Seriously, Paz, we’ve all had days where a makeup intervention could have been in our best interests. I mean, I know I certainly have! But when you know you’re getting your photo taken, there are certain rules you should adhere to. At the very least there are certain missteps you shouldn’t repeat. They are as follows.


1. You can’t be shiny. Now, I happen to love dewy skin. But I know it doesn’t translate well on film. So does every makeup artist on the planet. Except yours, evidently.

2. You can’t substitute bronzer for loose powder. (Such an offense is the only plausible explanation for your recent red carpet look at the Emmys, pictured at right.) Need advice on how to apply bronzer? Check this out.

3. You can’t keep wearing such unflattering shades of lipstick! Grey lipstick looks good on no one outside of fashion editorial spreads. And yes, you ARE Zac Posen’s muse, or whatever. That’s pretty awesome. But real life events call for real life looks. Red lipstick, now that’s better! That’s a start!

4. You can’t skip eyeliner.Paz de la Huerta would benefit from some subtle lining on the bottom lids, on the outer rims only,” said DermStore’s makeup expert Lyneeka. “Nearly everyone looks better with at least a little eyeliner, particularly in photographs.”

Paz, it’s all out of love.

5 Summer Makeup Tips: Look Cool In The Heat

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

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The hot days are here again! Look your best with these quick summer beauty tips:

1.) Protect your skin

Apply a moisturizer with an SPF of 25 or higher daily! You can be exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays even on the cloudiest days. Apply your SPF moisturizer to a clean face and allow 10 minutes for it to absorb before applying your foundation. Or, you can always find your shade of tinted moisturizer, this is also very convenient because it gives you moisture and tint.

2.) Get your glow on, no shine

To eliminate shine in seconds use blotting papers. A quick trick is blotting before dusting your face with a pressed powder. This will eliminate shine and give you a glowing effect.

3.) Lighten up

Deep, rich colors tend to look a little too heavy when they are worn in summer. Switching to a sheer version of your fave lip colors and eye hues is an easy way to lighten it up. For extra definition, line your lips before your gloss. Everyday neutrals and pretty pastels will give a sheer, sophisticated look.
You can also chose to swap out your heavier foundation for tinted moisturizers, as these sheer formulas are less likely to turn cakey on humid days.

4.) Be waterproof

A great way to keep your lashes looking better in the warmer months is to use waterproof mascara. Keeping your makeup waterproof is a must, whether you’re sweltering in city heat or spending a day at the beach. Hint: Reddish-brown mascaras best compliment those with lighter skin tones and lighter hair. If you have naturally dark lashes, feel free to try clear mascara. And keep it light for daytime wear! At night you can apply two coats of mascara to draw more attention to your eyes for an evening look. Darker mascara not only creates a more dramatic look, but makes your eyes appear whiter, too.

5.) Bronze believably

Apply bronzer to the high points of your face; these are the points where the sun would naturally hit you, like your cheekbones, chin, nose and forehead. When you apply a loose powder bronzer use a brush with fluffy long bristles; this type of brush keeps you from depositing too much color.
If you are wearing your hair in a ponytail, make sure to brush your ear lobes and neck. Nobody wants a tanned face with pale earlobes!