Sweeping on mascara might seem intuitive, but there’s actually a lash-maximizing technique that when employed correctly can take your eyes from whatever to woah. Ditto brow pencil and even lipstick. Kimberly Soane, the director of artistry at Bobbi Brown, offers up 6 easy tips for every product in your kit.
Never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease.
Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush for medium to full coverage.
Always apply powder where you are shiniest first–usually your T-zone–with a very light dusting everywhere else.
You should put bronzer on your neck, face, and chest to even out your skin tone. Be sure to take a step back and make sure everything is the same color.
When applying blush, smile, then dust the apples of your cheeks, then sweep pigment towards the tops of ears, then down toward the jawline.
Trace brow pencil or powder along the tops of brows for an instant facelift.
Could your make-up be making you break out?
Anyone who’s ever struggled with acne-prone skin knows to avoid using products that clog your pores. So, when it comes to picking cleansers and moisturizers we aim to use products labelled with ‘non-comedogenic’ (ie. non pore-clogging). But sometimes we tend to forget about the other products that go on our faces—and stay there all day long. When it comes to preventing blocked pores, your choice of makeup is just as important as your skincare. Many foundations, powders and blushes contain oils, sodium lauryl sulfate and other skin-aggravating ingredients that can lead to breakouts.
Thankfully, there are plenty of non-comedogenic beauty products out there. Here are some of our top picks.
1. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation
This oil-free foundation from Laura Mercier will give you radiant, all-day coverage without making your skin breakout.
2. Benefit The Porefessional Primer
Not only will Benefit’s The Porefessional primer not clog your pores, it’ll make them virtually non-existent!
3. Bareminerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
This all-natural powder foundation from Bareminerals will give you a flawless finish while still letting your skin breathe.
4. Jane Iredale Peaches and Cream Bronzer
Like all of Jane Iredale’s products, this gorgeous bronzer/blush combo is 100% non-comedogenic.
5. Nars Radiant Concealer
Cover up blemishes without making them worse with this creamy, non pore-clogging concealer from Nars.
Want to wow friends and family for the holidays? Here are some product picks and tips that are sure to turn heads all season long. It’s our holiday gift to you! Not only will they help you achieve the look you desire, but each of these finds is 100-percent natural.
- For a Flawless Canvas
Foundation sets the stage for your other make-up. Therefore, proper foundation is essential in landing that glamorous holiday look. We recommend Larenim Mineral Loose Foundation, which evens skin tone, hides blemishes and accents natural beauty, all while creating a smooth, seamless canvas for the application of additional make up. Tip: apply it with a kabuki brush for best results.
- For Blushing Beauty
Next comes your blush, and Everyday Minerals CHEEK Blush is luminous and velvety. Simply sprinkle some Peony Petal powder—it’s a great shade for many skin tones—into the lid, dab with a brush and sweep along your cheekbones. It’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up, blending in an outward motion. For extra radiance, also apply a touch to your chin and forehead.
- For Party-Worthy Peepers
There’s a time and a place for matte eye shadow. But if you truly want to make an impression during this season of celebrations, you should definitely go for the shimmer and shine! We’re big fans of Honeybee Gardens stackable mineral shadows because they allow you to create a variety of stunning looks, and don’t contain fillers and preservatives, which can irritate the eyes. Bonus: these 100-percent vegan, pure mineral shadows can also be used to create custom eye liner, blush, lip color and nail polish!
- For Luscious Lips
Remember, you want your smoky eyes to take center stage, so it’s best to go with a subtle lip. But that doesn’t mean clear gloss is the answer. Rather, choose a lip balm with just a hint of color, like Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose. Made with nourishing shea butter and botanical waxes, this tinted lip balm moisturizes for eight long hours, leaving lips feeling soft and supple. And red, after all, is the signature shade of the season!
- For No-Fail Nails
Nail polish is a must when getting glamorous, and we’re excited to introduce Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer in Vintage Pearl. You’ll love the opalescent champagne frost finish and the “long-lasting chip resistant formula.” Plus, this sophisticated polish is formaldehyde-free and comes with a custom extra-thick brush for easy—and flawless—application!
If you have oily skin, you are prone to acne, blackheads and spots. Your skin probably looks shiny and thick. Just as with any skin type, taking certain precautions and special care can help reduce skin problems.
The following are 5 tips for taking care of oily skin.
- Wash your face twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. Washing more often can strip your skin of all the natural moisturizers and increase oil production. The only time you should wash your face more than twice a day is if you have been perspiring.
- Use a gentle cleanser. If you need something stronger, look for ingredients specifically made for oily skin and acne, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid. Although usually marketed for acne, these products work well for oily skin too.
- If you are experimenting with different cleansers to find one that works for you, keep a notebook and write down the date, what cleanser you are using and keep track of how your skin looks after a few weeks. If you notice irritation, write that down so you know not to try that cleanser again.
- Oily skin still needs to be moisturized, but be careful to choose the right moisturizer. Look for water based or oil-free moisturizers and stay away from creams and heavy moisturizers.
- No matter how tempted, don’t pick, pop or squeeze pimples as it can cause scarring and leave red spots on your face.
Remember, having oily skin does have some benefits. Those with oily skin tend to age slower. Oily skin tends to wrinkle less than those with dry or normal skin. Always remember to apply sunscreen before going outside, no matter the weather.
The gradient trend may be fading away from hair, it’s just getting started on nails. Zero + Maria Cornejo and Milly brushed on a shimmery silver over a clear base, while Michael Costello used a deep burgundy on top of a glittery gold.
Asymmetrical French Manicure
The nail art seen at Marissa Webb and Cushnie et Ochs isn’t your hometown hairdresser’s French Mani. Instead of having white line the tops of your nails, the snowy shade cuts across a beige base diagonally.
You aren’t the only one obsessed with the unapologetically feminine shade. Millennial pink got the high-fashion seal of approval at Naeem Khan, Adam Selman, Lela Rose, and Reem Acra.
Instead of sliding on a ring or two, Rodarte and Fyodor Golan offered an alternative way to accessorize your fingers. Both rimmed the cuticle area with a shimmery or striking shade; the metallic looked like a tiny gilded chain, the blue read more like a statement necklace.
You don’t have to be Picasso to master this trend. Just grab some of your favorite polish shades and have at it. At Proenza Schouler, it was all about randomly freehanded squiggles. Manicurists at Tanya Taylor and Carmen Marc Valvo, on the other hand, created colorful arcs. Then, we saw Miami-inspired lines at Christian Siriano.
This vibrant shade isn’t just for your lips this spring, we’re also loving it for tips. Just look at it at Tibi and Blugirl. We don’t blame you if you want to do both at the same time.
Finding the best foundation can feel a bit like winning the lottery. More so than any other beauty product, foundation can make or break your entire look—and the trial and error process to find the right formula can be difficult. Got oily skin? You need matte coverage that stays put all day. Mature skin requires something lightweight and dewy that won’t cake or settle into fine lines.
So, what are the best foundations that rose to our lofty standards? Whether they were drugstore brands or high-end splurges, these five top-performing foundations transform even the blotchiest and oiliest among us into women with flawless, radiant complexions.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $46
This foundation effortlessly evens your complexion, smoothing and perfecting the skin’s appearance. It instantly reduces shine, evens your skin tone, hydrates, and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and pores. Created to move with your skin, the comfortable, water-resistant formula flexes easily without settling into fine lines, blurring the distinction between real skin and makeup.
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation SPF 20, $67
A high performance, modern fluid foundation for a timeless beautiful face. Breakthrough formula features the innovative Matte Adapt Complex that self corrects signs of imperfections to uphold an impeccable complexion. Seamlessly tailoring to the skin, Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation imparts a velvety matte look that is soft to touch. The special formula with SPF 20 stays perfect all day long.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, $12.99
L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation has an air-light texture with a demi-matte finish. This super gliding mattifying formula has a high-water content for maximum comfort that lasts!
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $55
This superior foundation employs advanced technology to promote the appearance of a smoother, firmer and more youthful complexion. Fortified with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion® plumps fine lines and wrinkles, tightens the appearance of sagging skin, and delivers an unbelievably luminous glow. UVA/UVB SPF 15 helps protect skin from the sun. Available in 12 shades.
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $48
Get full-coverage, lightweight foundation coverage with All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This foundation is highly pigmented and leaves a natural-looking finish. Perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Sweat- and humidity-proof, it instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.
The makeup trends for 2017 are a tale of two extremes: either just a little bit of makeup applied artfully, or piles of glitter and shine. Here are six new beauty trends you can master with products you already own.
- Black Liner Redux
It may have taken you months to perfect, but consider leaving your black cat-eye liner behind in 2016. This year’s go-to liner look is all about black pencil liner traced along your inner waterlines. Yes, it’s basically the look you wore all throughout middle school—but this time you have the edge to pull it off.
- Glossy Lids
There’s more than one way to shine, and it doesn’t involve highlighter or glitter. Glossy eyelids, long a staple of editorial shoots, is now wearable IRL. You can buy dedicated eye glosses from brands like M.A.C. and Kevyn Aucoin, or you just sweep some lip gloss over your favorite shadow to get a similar effect.
- Totally ’80s
Frosty blue shadow, colorful blush, poofy hair—all these signifiers of ’80s beauty are making a comeback.
- Bold Blush
Get your blush brushes ready—you’re going to need them in a big way in 2017. Whether applied with a heavy-hand and a nod to disco or subtly blended from cheek to temple, blush is meant to be seen. Leave subtlety at the door.
- The Relaxed Red Lip
A red lip is always in style (and anyone who tells you otherwise is dead wrong). But the way to wear it in 2017 is with no-makeup makeup. Clean, fresh skin, fluffy brows, minimal eye makeup, and a striking red lip are a no-fail combination.
- Glitter Forever
The glitter trend is still going strong. This year, try to wear it in a less precise manner than you’ve tried before. Scatter it across your bottom lash line, allowing flecks to fall where they might. The less perfect it looks, the more perfect it is.
Contouring is the hottest make-up trend. Anyone who’s anyone is contouring and emphasizing their best features, so if you want to get cheekbones or the perfect pout, read on for some top tips!
Tip #1: Concealer
First, start with the concealer—and don’t be shy about it! Concealer is a really useful weapon in any make-up lover’s kit, and it’s not just for hiding those dark circles under your eyes. Apply this product using a dabbing motion instead of rubbing to create the desired effect—you’ll want to use it on the areas that you want to highlight: the brow bone, the top of the cheekbones and the line down the middle of your nose.
Tip #2: Foundation
Next, use your foundation. In order to create the perfect contoured look, you’ll need to pick up three shades of foundation. One will match your skin tone perfectly, one will be two shades darker and one will be two shades lighter. This will help you to contour your face perfectly, highlighting those gorgeous cheekbones and giving the face some real shape, without distorting the natural skin color too much.
Tip #3: Guidelines
To create the perfect contouring guideline for your cheeks, draw a straight line from the corner of your mouth to the top of your ear with an angled contour brush. This is where you apply the darker foundation, creating a shadow below your cheekbones that looks razor-sharp! This darker area should be no wider than your little finger—if you make it much wider, you’ll start to look hollow and gaunt, instead of glowing and radiant. Using a highlighter, draw a line from the outer edge of your nose through to the outer corner of your eye. Use some slight shading on the side of your head, where the temple is, to emphasize the cheeks and give your eyes a fantastic, age-defying lift!
Tip #4: Draw a line
Next, using your contouring product we’ll make your nose look straighter and slimmer. Draw a line starting from the beginning of the eyebrows, going straight down to the tip of your nose. To make your nose look slimmer bring the lines closer together. Additionally if you want to make your nose shorter apply the product under the tip of the nose, a pencil brush will do the job perfectly.
Tip #5: Blend
Lastly – blend, blend, blend! Using a stippling make-up brush make sure that the guidelines you’ve drawn on your face aren’t visible and ensure that the make-up blends seamlessly on your face. This might take a while, but the effects will be stunning and you’ll be ready to walk the catwalk!
Contouring isn’t rocket science. If you follow the tips we gave you above, your application will improve. We found that face contouring is a rising trend and will stay with us for some time. So, make sure you do it the right way.
Make-up artists know all the secrets to looking great—those little tricks that can be picked up only by living in the beauty world 24/7 as they do. Fortunately, they’re often as generous as they are knowledgeable. Read on to see some of the best make-up tips you haven’t heard before.
Ditch the Oil Slick
To keep shine in check, Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman always keeps blotting papers on hand. But in a pinch, she has an unusual way to keep oil at bay. “Believe it or not,” she says, “I sometimes put deodorant on my finger and dab under my eyes and t-zone to help create a matte look.”
Try Colored Eyeliner
Changing your eyeliner can make eyes look bigger and brighter, says make-up artist Tina Turnbow, who has worked with stars such as Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. “Try swapping black for plum, olive green, or indigo,” she suggests. “Black can close up the eye and make it appear smaller, because darker colors make the eye recede. Some colors, even brown, can be softer.”
Go for Sheer Foundation
Adding aloe to foundation gives it excellent slip, says makeup artist Brett Freedman, who’s helped women like Vanessa Hudgens and Leighton Meester get gorgeous. “Sheer out your favorite base by adding a half a pea size of aloe to your foundation before you apply,” he explains. “Also, you can apply aloe to your face and while still dewy, spread on a little foundation. You’re ready for summer!”
Style Your Brows, Size Up Your Eyes
Doug Howell, Nars make-up artist, has an easy trick for making eyes stand out more. “Use a powder to define the entire brow, but give extra attention to the center arch area of the brow,” he says. “Since this is the highest area of the brow, it tricks people’s eyes into thinking your eyes look bigger.” Use a brow brush to apply powder eye shadows that correspond with your hair color. He recommends Nars single eye shadows ($24 each) in these shades: Blondie for lighter hair, Bali for medium hair, and Coconut Grove for dark hair.
Leave Your Lipstick in Place
The same product can be used to keep lipstick in check, says MAC Senior Artist Louise Zizzo. “MAC Brow Set in Clear used around the rim of the mouth will help prevent lipstick from bleeding,” she explains.
Create a Perfect Manicure
When working with stars like Joy Bryant and Sheryl Crow, Dior celebrity make-up artist Ricky Wilson pays attention to details like fingernails. “One thing that I always do for nails is mix a bit of Dior’s Skinflash pen ($37) with Dior Crème Abricot ($24) to get rid of any nicks at the base of the nail bed,” he confides. “It also adds a beautiful sheen that I like to call ‘red-carpet-ready’ hands.”
Get Bambi Lashes without Mascara
You don’t need mascara to make your eyelashes stand out, says Mark celebrity make-up artist Mai Quynh, who has worked with actors including Emma Stone and Ashley Greene. Just add eyeliner, she says: “To get voluminous-looking lashes, apply dark brown or black waterproof eyeliner to the upper rim of your eye— not on top of the lashes, but in between and underneath them. This gives the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes without having a lined eye.”
Beauty, as the saying goes, is only skin-deep—but the importance of skin goes a lot deeper. Here are 6 ways to keep your skin healthy and radiant looking.
Avoid Long Steamy Showers
Instead, opt for shorter, cooler sprays. Long, hot showers strip the skin of its moisture and wash away its protective oils. Limit your showers to 10 minutes and keep the water relatively cool.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel Daily
Smooth some aloe vera gel over extra dry skin every day. The acids in aloe eat away at dead skin cells and speed up the healing process. Buy a pre-prepared product or cut the end off of an aloe leaf, split it open and spread the gel on the dry area.
Exfoliate Every Day
Use a loofah every day to keep ingrown hairs and scaly skin under control. While you’re in the shower, gently scrub bumpy or scaly skin with a circular motion to remove dead skin cells.
Take Multivitamins Daily
Many nutrients are vital to healthy skin, including vitamins C, A and B. The most reliable way to get them all is to eat healthily, as well as taking a daily supplement.
Keep Your Hands off Your Face
Because your hands touch so many surfaces, they are a magnet for dirt and germs. Rub your eyes, stroke your chin, cup your cheek, and you’ve transferred everything on your hands to your face. As an extension of this, use headphones or a headset when talking on the phone.
Choose Cosmetics Carefully
Keep your beauty products simple, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Stay away from anything with color or fragrance, or anything that produces bubbles or has ‘antibacterial’ on the label.