Secret to a natural, flawless look
1. Apply foundation to your cheeks, forehead, and chin using a foundation brush, sponge, or clean fingertips. Blend the foundation all the way to your natural hairline with long, light strokes.
2. Continue blending over the jawline and onto your neck to achieve a natural, seamless look. Check your face and neck in natural light to make sure the foundation is completely blended in all areas.
3. If under-eye circles or red spots remain, do not add more foundation; it can look heavy and cakey. Instead, try a concealer.
Tip: Choose the shade of your foundation carefully. When testing out shades, pick one that matches the tone of your jawline exactly. It helps to use a mirror outdoors to see how shades look in natural light.
Tip: Begin by applying a small amount of foundation then increase amount to achieve the degree of coverage that suits your skin.
Tip: For daytime, mix your foundation with a light SPF moisturizer before applying for a smoother, more sheer application.
Concealer is more dense than foundation, allowing fuller coverage of trouble spots and hyperpigmentation (red areas). It can be used over foundation or on it own, and has greater staying power. Remember, a little goes a long way!
1. Since the skin under your eyes is more transparent, it tends to look dark, especially at the inner corner near the bridge of the nose. To even out the tone, concealer is a must. Using liquid concealer, gently pat over dark under-eye circles (donâ€™t sweep it across the entire area), then blend with your ring finger.
2. To cover trouble spots and imperfections, apply a thicker cream concealer onto the blemish or flaw. Then lightly press with a makeup sponge.
Tip: Choose the shade of your concealer carefully. When testing out shades, pick one that matches your skin tone or one shade lighter. It helps to use a mirror outdoors to see how shades look on your skin in natural light.
Tip: Prepare your skin with a light SPF moisturizer before applying concealer for a smoother application.
getting an all-day flawless finish
A light even dusting of loose powder sets foundation and concealer, giving your face a velvety, more natural finish. It also provides smooth blending for any eye makeup or blush to follow.
1. Dip a puff or powder brush in loose powder. Shake off excess to avoid uneven distribution, then apply powder over entire face and neck.
2. To maintain a flawless finish throughout the day, apply pressed powder using a sponge or clean powder brush.
Tip: Face powder can be used alone, over foundation or over your moisturizer for a natural, sheer, no-shine look.
Tip: For the closest color match, choose a powder shade that is 3 shades lighter than your foundation.
Tip: If you are over the age of 30, avoid powdering under the eyes as it can make fine lines and wrinkles appear more obvious.
Tip: Facial oil-blotting sheets help to remove excess oil and shine without disturbing your makeup. Carry them with you everywhere you go!
creating the sophisticated look
1. Apply a light eyeshadow over your entire eyelid from lash line to eyebrow bone, but not beyond.
2. Define the crease of your eyelid using a medium or dark shade. The deeper the shade, the more dramatic look.
3. To open up your eyes so that they appear livelier, place a dot of a light shade in the inner corner of each eye.
Tip: When choosing an eyeshadow shade, keep in mind that a pastel shade will look softer while a darker shade will appear more dramatic when applied.
creating elegant, dramatic eyes
1. To create a gorgeous nighttime look, use light, medium and dark eyeshadow shades in graduated tones. Apply the dark shade along your lash line, the medium shade on the crease, and a light shade up to the eyebrow bone but not beyond. Soften and blend any hard edges so one color seems to melt into the next.
2. To open up your eyes so that they appear livelier, place a dot of a light shadow in the inner corner of each eye.
3. For a sexy, smoky effect, trace the upper and lower lashes with a dark shadow then smudge with a blending brush. To optimize the look, this can also be done over eyeliner.
applying natural-looking eyeliner
Tip: For a natural-looking eyeliner and the illusion of lusher, fuller lashes, use a dark brown eye pencil and carefully press a series
Tip: For the sophisticated look, draw a smooth fine line alone the top lashes.
Tip: To create the dramatic look, draw a line inside your lash line (as close to the lashes as possible), then along the top of the lash line.
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Apply one thin coat of mascara to both upper and lower lashes. For a more dramatic look, allow first coat to dry completely then apply a second coat concentrating on the base of the lash.
Tip: For a real eye-opener, use an eyelash curler before applying mascara. Curl gently at the base of the lashes, but never beyond the center of the lashes. Donâ€™t clamp down on one spot for too long or youâ€™ll get a sharp angle.
Tip: Donâ€™t pump the applicator wand in the mascara tube. Doing so will trap air inside and cause the mascara to dry out. Instead, twist the wand to collect more mascara on the brush.
shape up your lips
Applying lipliner is not only a great way to define and accentuate the shape of your lips, but also to keep your lipstick from feathering.
1. Begin applyling lipliner at the center of your natural upper lip line to define the bow then work toward the outer corners to complete the line.
2. Start at one corner of your bottom lip then follow your natural lip line all the way to the other corner.
Tip: Choose a lipliner that matches your lipstick or a flesh tone shade for a soft, natural look.
Tip: To get plumper, pinker looking lips, do not touch up by drawing a hard lip line; smudge it so lips look fuller! For a more dramatic fullness, choose a lipstick shade with a hint of frost.
Tip: To avoid lipstick on your teeth, put your index finger in your mouth and then draw it out slowly with your mouth closed. What you see on your finger is what would have ended up on your teeth!
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Smokey eyes have been a big style for quite awhile and thereâ€™s no sign this particular trend is dying. Here we show you step-by-step instructions on how to get the perfect smokey eye.
The key to the perfect smokey eye is proper blending. You want to make sure colors are blended together flawlessly. Also, itâ€™s important to pair light base colors with rich dark colors. Nice mixes include: Soft gold base with deep purple on top, champagne base with bright blue and peach base with green hue.
Time Required: 10 minutes
1. Prep the lid. The key to keeping eyeshadow from melting into your eyelid crease as the day goes on is to kept eyelids oil-free. To do this start with an eyeshadow base (also called â€œprimerâ€). Simply swipe the primer across the eye and let it dry before you continue to the next step.
Some great primers for a smokey eye include MACâ€™s â€˜paintâ€™ and Urban Decayâ€™s â€˜Primer Potionâ€™.
2. Apply eyeliner. If youâ€™re going for a typical black, brown or gray smoky eye, apply liner in one of those colors above the upper lash line, drawing line thicker in the middle of eye. If youâ€™re opting for a jewel-toned eye (violet makes a gorgeous smokey eye), line eyes with a purple, blue or deep green liner.
For more intricate directions on lining for a smoky eye see How to apply eyeliner. Also see my list of the best eyeliners. I include several that work great for the smokey eye.
3. Blend in color on bottom lashes For color on the bottom (a key smokey eye look) youâ€™ll want to use a eyeliner pencil because theyâ€™re easiest to smudge. Once the line is drawn, run your finger over it to smudge the line. You can also apply a bit of shadow to get full smudge effect.
4. Apply light base color Again, the key to a smokey eye is pairing a lighter base with the darker hue. I prefer a nice cream shade for my base. Sweep a light, shimmery shadow over the lids to your browbone. I love Stilaâ€™s whipped eye shadows. The moist â€œmousseâ€ consistency seems to stay on forever. My favorite colors are taupe and pearl.
5. Blend in darker color, but keep dark color below the crease. Now that you have the base and eyeliner on, itâ€™s time to get the smokey effect. You need a darker eyeshadow shade. Using an eyeshadow brush blend in color starting at your lash line, blending up. Make sure to blend color into the lash line so the eye liner disappears. Stop deep color at crease. The key here is to blend, blend, blend.
6. Doublecheck your work Make sure eyes match and blend color with a Q-tip if need be.
7. Finish with several coats of mascara. Youâ€™ll want to apply a few coats of mascara so lashes are thick and dark. If you donâ€™t have naturally long, curled lashes, curl them with a lash curler first. See my list of best mascaras if you donâ€™t have one you love.
1. Remember to keep lips nude. When applying strong makeup (like smokey eyes or red lips) put the focus on either eyes or lips, never both. (Think Angelina Jolie: She either plays up her huge eyes or her huge lips, never both. If she did, sheâ€™d look like a clown).
2. For a bit of fun, try a blue or purple mascara. It will make blue eyes â€œpop.â€
3. Liner doesnâ€™t have to come in pencil form. Makeup experts know eyeshadows make some of the best eyeliners. To do this take an eyeliner brush (available at Sephora, MAC or any dept store), wet it, then dab wet brush into the dark shadow. This allows for a deep, precise line. You can also use the dark shadows without wetting brush first. Either way, eyeliner is necessary for smoky eye.
4. This season go jewel-toned (blue is great for you blue-eyed girls) and keep your eyes smoky but stay away from dark browns and black. Instead, go for a deep purple, a gold-brown or any of the many vibrant colors in this year.
Secret #1: Blending is key
Ok, well I sorta knew this, but I wasnâ€™t sure HOW TO BLEND. You use three different colors: The base, usually a very light taupe, a highlighter for the crease and a main color for the lid, but how to get them to look as if they merge into each other like the colors of a rainbow?
My secret: Start light then go darker. Brush the base color to the entire eye up to the brow bone (base is the lightest color), apply the lid color (the medium color) and THEN apply the highlighter (the darkest color). Also, donâ€™t be too heavy-handed or youâ€™ll have to start over.
Extra tip: Practice makes perfect. Play with your makeup a few days before a big event.
Secret #2: Choose shadows that make the color of your eyes pop
Gone are the days when beauty experts advised against blue shadow. Matching the color of your eye with a shadow actually brings the color out (think blue shadow on blue eyes). At the same time, contrasting colors make eyes pop too (think a deep jeweled blue shadow on deep brown eyes or gorgeous golds with blue eyes).
See Is It OK to Wear Blue Eyeshadow?.
Secret #3: Never apply deep color to your browbone â€” unless youâ€™re doing a cover shoot for Vogue
You donâ€™t want the drama too much shadow brings. Apply shadow up to the browbone but donâ€™t apply shadow ON the bone unless itâ€™s a neutral color.
Secret #4: Highlighter can make or break your look
When applying dark shadow to the crease of your eye, be careful to blend only on the outside edge. Get to close to the eye and youâ€™ll cause your eyes to look teeny and beady.
Secret #5: Set shadow with a great base
Primers are super hot right now because they help set makeup that stays for hours. Iâ€™ve found the secret to keeping shadow in place for hours is a shadow base, or primer. Almost everyone makes them but I swear by Urban Decayâ€™s Primer Potion.
I apply Urban Decay Primer Potion at the beginning of the day and sweep my favorite Christian Dior shadow over it and the shadow stays on all day long with nary a smudge, even through hardcore workouts with my personal trainer. You cannot beat that.
See How to Keep Makeup in Place for Hours.
Secret #6: Shimmer is hot, but shows off wrinkles
Shimmer makes eyes really pop, but it also highlights heavy lids, lines and wrinkles. If you donâ€™t have wrinkled eyelids yet (I do and I donâ€™t care!), try this great look for shimmer: create a â€œnudeâ€ lid, but apply a bit of gold shimmer to the browbone. Gorgeous!
Secret #7: Smokey is great, but keep it to the lid
Making up a smokey eye? Keep color to the lid and just under the lower lashline. Donâ€™t extend color above the crease.
See How to Get Smokey Eyes.
Secret #8: You should splurge on a good eyeshadow
A great eyeshadow (like the beauty editorâ€™s all-time favorite, Dior 5-Colour Shadow Palette) will stay on your eyes all day long, while a cheap, $4 palette will have faded by the time you finish your mid-morning coffee. Whatâ€™s more, quality department counter eyeshadows typically have richer colors.
See Should you splurge or save on eyeshadow and eyeliner? my list of favorite eyeshadows.
Just donâ€™t get suckered into a full-makeover at the cosmetics counter (see How They Trick You at the Cosmetics Counter).
Secret #8: How to pair shadow with red lips
Remember the beauty rule â€œThou Shalt Not Play up the Lips AND the Mouth.â€ If youâ€™re going for dramatic red lips (never out of fashion), cover unsightly blue lines on lids with a concealer or shadow primer and then keep eyeshadow light.
Secret #9: Make eyes brighter with white
A dot of white shadow or pencil on the inside of the eye near the tear duct will make eyes look brighter. You wonâ€™t believe how eye-opening this is. It works so great, I use this trick even when doing my makeup for work.
Secret #10: Go for color
I love going to Sephora and trying out different shades on my lids just for something different. Taupe and lavender look great on all eye colors. Also consider mixing shades if you bought a color thatâ€™s just too bold for you. Mixing an electric blue with taupe can turn out the most perfect color.
Do you have these shades in your collection? They just might become your favorite combination.
Eye Shadow: Begin with skyblue shadow and follow the lash line using a thin border of color. Above the line of shadow is a second but gradually widening line of soft milk chocolate shadow to push up the brow bone.
Eye Liner: Narrow line of navy/black from corner to corner.
Mascara: Two coats of black on top and bottom lashes. Be careful that you do not smudge the lower lashes.
Blush: A soft brown/peach color on cheeks to define, and be sure to blend well.
Lips: A pinky brown color is used to stain the lips. To make the top lip look fuller, a brown pencil follows the â€œMâ€ of the top lip. Once it is blended into the lipstick, the pencil line will disappear, but a fuller look is achieved.
Notes: While the eyes and lips are not supposed to compete with each other, or so the rule states, this look has two focal points, but neither seems to draw attention away from the other. The blue shadow draws attention to the dark eyes, while the lips are the obvious second â€œin command.â€
Yes, those jewel-toned eyeshadows are in, but how to wear them? Here are some basic tips to consider:
Blending is key The richest colors should stay closest to the lashline, fading as it reaches your eyeâ€™s crease, according to Barneys New York makeup artist Carlos Geraci in the April 2006 â€˜Oâ€™ magazine.
Pick colors that flatter your eyes & skin color Blue shadows make blue eyes pop, while lilac & purples are gorgeous on brown eyes & black-skinned & olive-skinned women. If you have pink skin (as opposed to a yellow base), avoid pinky-purples.
Use 2 shadows, a light & a dark Pick a soft color for the entire eye area up to the browbone & then use the darker color only up to your eyeâ€™s crease.
Keep the rest of your makeup light Nude lips with gloss suits these strong eyes perfectly. Avoid colors on lips, theyâ€™ll not only compete with your strong eyes, but the colors could clash.
If youâ€™re wondering what nail polish colors will look fresh for winter 2011, check out this list I created based on the Webâ€™s hottest nail polish blogs. Nail polish bloggers stay on top of polish trends more than a generic beauty editor (me!) could.
This round-up of nail polish colors may surprise you. Purples, grays and burgundies are big this winter, but so are shimmers and sparkles, which look best on short, rounded nails and look even better on the toes. Greige (gray beiges) remain popular.
Named for Catherine Howard, one of Henry VIIIâ€™s wives who lost her head, this shimmering Wedgewood blue nail color is my favorite of this batch. According to Rescue Beauty Lounge, it has a hint of a gold- and pink-flecked darkening sky and looks different in different lighting situations (and in the bottle). This is one of many shades in RBLâ€™s Tudor Collection. (I also like Anne and the other Catherine). See them all here.
I fell immediately in love with RGBâ€™s Haze nail polish when I saw it featured on nail polish blogs this year. A rich matte, thereâ€™s none of the shimmer and sparkle thatâ€™s so hot for 2011, and thatâ€™s OK with me. The beige/gray (greige) palette remains a huge trend into 2011, so donâ€™t worry about looking last year in this nail color.
Minx nails have been a hot trend for the past year and continue to be popular into 2011. I love this look on Vanessa Hudgens which you could never get with polish alone. Minx nails have to be done by a professional in a certified salon and require drying under a special dryer. The polish last much longer than a regular manicure and has to be removed in the salon. Itâ€™s not cheap, either. These are especially fun for special occasions like New Years, Valentineâ€™s Day or July 4th.