Cheeky For Spring

April 20, 2011

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As the weather gets warmer, we’re switching up our winter coats for pretty florals and pastels. With a new spring wardrobe, it’s important to change your makeup to match the vibrant colors of spring. Aside from new colors for eye shadow and lipstick, it’s always important to keep a bright, cheery face by using blush.

I love different shades of apricot and peach on everyone. Blush is important to give you a fresh, spring-ready face. It’s best to use a highlighter along with a blush. For highlighter, use any light shimmery face cream or powder. Pat the highlighter down the middle of the nose and on top of the cheekbones. Then the blush goes on the apple of your cheeks giving you a dewy, fresh look. With a shimmer, you’re going to have a glow about you that looks fabulous!

I recommend using apricot with a tint of gold on the apple of your cheeks to enhance your look. Many people think that darker skin tones won’t be able to show off shimmer, but the truth is copper skin makes shimmer look even better. I recommend blushes such as Chanel’s Joues Contraste Blush in Espiegle or MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Petticoat for the perfect combination of apricot and gold.

A major concern I hear about blush that it can fade quickly, or doesn’t last long enough. If you’re experiencing this issue be sure to use a spray on primer once you’re done with applying makeup to keep everything in place. I recommend Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray or Makeup Forever’s Mist and Fix Primer Spray. Both will keep your look in place and make your beauty last all day and night!

Other than keeping your look natural and fresh with blush, what other types of makeup do you go to add a touch of spring to your look?


How to Keep a Warm Glow in the Cold Seasons

March 8, 2011

 

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Everybody loves how the look and feel after a relaxing day in the summer. The way it feels to lay outside in the sun all day, getting some nice color, relaxing and clearing the mind of our weekly stressors. When the winter months come though, the gorgeous glow of our tan is gone and we patiently wait for the summer weather to come again. Here are some tips to keep that warm summer glow, even in the winter season.

  • The main thing I stress to everybody is to get a good peel. You have to get rid of the dead skin and start fresh. After the skin peel, use vitamin E. Vitamin E keeps the skin looking nice and dewy. This is because it helps maintain the skins oil balance during the cleansing process and reduces water loss from skin. It also has other benefits to the skin like reducing the appearance of stretch marks and preventing age spots.
  • I also recommend using Chanel’s Pro Lumière. Put it all over and it will give you a little glow. Some people like to use a little more bronzer in the winter, but be careful how much you apply because it can look noticeable at times.
  • Another way to get nice color in winter is with a good airbrush tan. You typically want to avoid airbrush booths, but the only one I recommend is at Glow on Newbury. It’s the Californication booth. If you can, though, definitely have someone airbrush you. Have them stay away from your hands and feet, and avoid water entirely for four hours after the session.
  • Never ever go to a UV bulb tanning booth! Tanned skin is damaged skin, because the body is producing Melanin to protect itself from the UV rays. The rays can also cause premature wrinkling and skin rashes on top of rough, dry skin. Some people also experience hives after using a tanning bed. It is estimated that one million people are diagnosed with the skin cancer Melanoma annually, one of the main culprits are tanning beds. Not only can they cause skin cancer, but they can cause retinal damage and cataracts, too.

If you stick with a good facial peel, vitamin E, Chanel’s Pro Lumière, and a few visits to get a great airbrush tan, you can create a healthy glow in winter! What are your tips to looking great in the winter?


When You’ve Found ‘The One’ – SPLURGE!

February 21, 2011

With the winter weighing down on your skin, any gorgeous person could feel gray and dull. That’s why we can turn to skincare and makeup items to give our winter-blah skin a little boost. The question though is what exactly is worth the splurge? There are so many items that claim they can help your skin, but no one’s got all that money to splurge on every single beauty item. So, I’ve come up with two of the most important items you should splurge on this winter.

For skincare, I can’t stress enough how important eye cream is. Eye cream is often overlooked because no one thinks about how delicate the skin around our eyes is. The skin around our eyes is thin and tends to get dehydrated the easiest during the wintertime, that’s why our eyes end up with wrinkles first. You wouldn’t want to enter the spring with wrinkles around your eyes, right? Splurge on a great eye cream to keep moisture in place and fight off wrinkles. I recommend Origin’s Youthtopia or Philosophy’s Miracle Worker for great hydration and anti-aging effects. Use the eye cream between eyes, on the eyelids and under the eye as well.

For makeup, I’m obsessed with Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in the shade sunkissed. This product is great because you can wear it in so many ways. You could mix it with foundation to add extra shimmer and color without it being too much, you could mix it with moisturizer for a sun-kissed dewy look, or you could simply use it on your cheeks for a glow that doesn’t look fake. This product with give your skin a boost and look like it’s not being weighed down by the weather.

These two items can help enhance your natural beauty, but the real key to having great skin is to have a professional peel. A professional peel will help remove all the dirt and roughness from your skin to reveal a shining new you. What beauty products have you splurged on recently?


Bringing Back the 20’s: Lipstick Edition

October 29, 2010

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This fall, get ready to fasten your seat belts because fashion is taking a trip back to the 1920’s! This season, beauty stores like M.A.C, Chanel, and Covergirl are putting on their palettes lipstick colors ranging from hot red to deep, dark brown. This season is a modern day reminiscence of a period when the trend was very dark, wild, expressive colors. Add personality to your makeup by using either deep brown lipstick or other dark colors with shades of brown or purple. To match your wild lips, create a smoky, mysterious look by using dark eyeshadow.

However, for those of you who prefer wearing natural colors, and might be a little reluctant to try the deep dark trend, there is good news! This season, nude lips are also on top. Next to three different types of red lipstick colors, Chanel is presenting its “Soins Tendres Lèvres“, which is a pale beige, creamy hydra-treatment lip care. Wearing nude makeup is a good way of looking naturally beautiful. Articles on stylecaster.com and refinery29.com explore this amazing Dark vs. Nude fall theme.

For those of you who do not find themselves in any of these categories, don’t panic. I recommend dusty, brownish pink colors. I always use these colors on brides because they’re universal and match all skin color. Anyone can look gorgeous wearing them.

If you want your lipstick to last longer, here is my tip: use lip liner to fill in your lips, before applying the lipstick. This way, when your lipstick fades away, your lip liner’s color stays. Nude liner is great to use with any color of lipstick. Whether you are going along with the deep dark fall trend or using nude natural colors, you will have the stick that you need for your lipstick to stay longer.

What is your favorite lipstick color this fall? Leave us a comment with some of your fall tips!