Highlighters are like having your own personal lighting crew with you 24/7, enhancing your cheekbones, lips, and nose in the best way possible. With all the options out there, it can be daunting to pick the best one for you, but we break down which you'll use on a daily basis: a primer, a concealer, and a powder. On Kirbie: Kate Spade top.
Heading backstage at New York Fashion Week, we picked up a plethora of beauty tips. Hair, nail, and makeup experts give us premium access to their favorite tricks (particularly of the time-saving sentiment, since their jobs involved getting 30 or so models out in under an hour). So today we're paying it forward and letting you in on the top seven beauty tricks we learned at NYFW. They have truly changed our lives!
When it came to makeup trends, the New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 runways were alive with color. High-voltage hues in the form of fuchsia lips graced models' faces at Diane von Furstenberg. Cat eyes got an upgrade at Michael Kors, thanks to artist Dick Page's masterful sweep of smoky black and soft pink hues. And at Rachel Zoe, oxblood lips made an appearance due to artist Charlotte Tilbury's top techniques. Check out our video now to see what's on the horizon for Fall.
Long-lasting lipstick comes in handy for plenty of situations: date nights, birthdays, weddings, and any other time reapplying is a problem. But which ones really stick around as promised? We tried a bevy of long-wear lip colors to see which ones stood the test of time and found three with staying power that will thrill any lipstick lover.
The problem with many concealer-highlighter hybrids is that one seems to overpower the other. But with Maybelline's new Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($8), the pairing is more complementary than competitive. The gel-based formula glides on like a light concealer, but still provides a medium-range coverage. And instead of an ultraflat appearance products of this sort often leave behind, it has just a touch of luminosity for a subtly satiny finish. Each shade intonation has a lot of leeway as well, so you're not looking too ashy or too orange — as long as you stay within a level or two of your skin tone. So lighten up, sans the chalky, ghostly effects. Available in: Ivory, Radiant, Buff, Nude, Beige, and Honey.
Every year, Maybelline puts out a calendar for the next year that anticipates the trends they think we'll see over the next 12 months. The newest one is out, photographed by Kenneth Willardt, and from the looks of it 2012 is going to be a very exciting year for makeup and nails. There's everything from election-time star-spangled lips to takeout-inspired nail art. Will you be copying these palettes and ideas next year? Check them out and tell us whether we'll all be wearing them sometime soon.
Source: Exposure NY
The large amounts of Photoshop used in makeup advertisements has long been a hot-button issue in the UK, and this week the nation's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) handed down a strict judgment against two L'Oréal foundation ads. "If advertisers go too far in using airbrushing and other post-production techniques to alter the appearance of models and it's likely to mislead people, then that's wrong and we'll stop the ads," said Guy Parker, the ASA's chief executive.
The ASA ruled that both ads depicted the models (Julia Roberts for Lancôme and Christy Turlington for Maybelline) with skin altered in a way that the products could never actually achieve. But do you think airbrushing like this is really harmful? Refer to Julia Roberts's ad up top, and keep reading to see the banned Christy Turlington ad.
Great Lash lovers, get pumped, because here's some great news. Maybelline's iconic mascara turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, the brand is launching a limited-edition specialty series ($7).
Fashion designers Max Azria, Vivienne Tam, and Tracy Reese (hers is pictured) have each designed their own interpretative packaging for the iconic green and pink mascara. You'll only be able to find these made-over mascaras at Target, so be sure to scoop one up when they hit shelves next month. Don't be surprised if you have competition in the aisles; one Great Lash is sold every 1.7 seconds, after all.