Greening up your makeup bag might sound a little daunting, but if you're looking to make more eco-friendly choices this Earth Day, we have some advice on how to find the right Earth-friendly beauty buys for you. Sasha Plavsic, founder of the luxury natural beauty brand ILIA, gives us her green beauty tips, when you read more.
Contouring. Just the word strikes fear into many hearts, but this technique shouldn't be left only to the pros. A simple swipe of bronzer and highlighter in the right places can bring light to your best features (and detract from others). All face shapes are beautiful and unique in their own right, but artists try to give the illusion of a more oval face by creating shadows on the face. "The key to a perfect contour is proper blending and remembering that light accentuates the face, while shadowing recedes it," Floriane David of Make Up For Ever Academy says.
In order to contour at home, choose an eye shadow, foundation, or bronzer that is about one shade darker than your complexion, and grab an angled brush. Get your personalized guide to contouring based on your face shape when you read more.
Ever walk into a Sephora, take one look at the rows of makeup brushes, and feel so overwhelmed that you don't know where to start? Take a deep breath . . . we've got you covered. Our makeup brush cheat sheet breaks down every brush you could think of, for any use there is. Trust us, we've done the research. Get schooled when you keep clicking.
Well-polished fingers can enhance your hands, but the removal process (whether it's with an acetone or acetone-free formula) can quickly dry out your nails and cuticles. The easiest way to lessen the damage is to coat your fingertips with cuticle oil before you even open a bottle of polish remover. Yes, before.
Apply Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($8) all over your cuticles to seal in moisture with cotton seed and soybean oils, and then take your polish off. Once you've cleaned up your nails with polish remover, add another dose of cuticle oil to your nails and skin. If you're planning on doing a fresh coat of polish, then just use nail polish remover or alcohol to swipe the nail clean before applying your base coat. And once your polish is in place, give your nails one more shot of cuticle oil for the ultimate in dry-nail prevention.
Buying makeup at the department store can be a complex ordeal. Do you have to buy something after a free makeover? Are these products really worth it, or better bought at the drugstore? How do you avoid leaving with products you don't want? We answer all your shopping questions, so you'll leave with just what you need and nothing more.
Whether you're the bride-to-be or just a helpful bridesmaid, it's always important to keep a few things packed with you before you stroll your way down the aisle. You should also pack up before your wedding week, so you don't miss some of the more important items — you know, the ones you never thought you'd forget. We've checked off every little necessity you might need (and could potentially forget) for the ultimate wedding beauty survival kit. On Kirbie: Forever 21 dress.
Attaining the lustrous hair you see on shampoo commercials is possible. Clarifying once a week; using shampoo and conditioner with hydrating ingredients like protein, avocado oil, or shea butter; and applying a once-a-week treatment can all help strengthen and smooth your hair. A shine spray never hurt anyone either. On Kirbie: Bebe dress.
Spring has sprung, which means it's prime time to get your beauty routine in tip-top shape. But with all the things that can cause acne, frizzy strands, and less-than-stellar nails, who can keep track of them all? Well, we've rounded up all the culprits for your common beauty headaches and given you the simple swaps to improve them. Just keep clicking for your ultimate guide to hair, nail, and makeup perfection.
Nude nails are a great alternative to the classic French manicure for brides, because they're versatile while still being modern. But finding the perfect hue to match your skin tone can prove tricky. There are a variety of flesh-toned polishes that my look chic in the bottle, but which one is right for you? Nail artist Deborah Lippmann has an easy tip for picking your perfect polish. "Our bodies tell us a lot about what colors are right and wrong to wear," Lippmann says. "If you put a color on, particularly a nude, and it doesn't fit you, your cuticle will look funky." In essence, the color of your polish will play against the cuticle in a way that will make it look dark or slightly red and ruddy. And while this trick works best for nudes, you can use it with other colors, too.
But what if you fall in love with a shade that doesn't work the first time around? You can still sometimes fudge it. "There's this one shade that I love that doesn't look right on me," Lippmann says. "But if I put a thin layer down, let it dry completely, and then add another thin layer, it looks good." Finding the right system to cheat your polish might take some trial and error, but with a little patience, your perfect nude shade will present itself to you. You just checked one more thing off your wedding checklist.
Do you have patches of sticky layers on your bedroom floor or splotches on your bathroom wall, both of which can be directly attributed to the mist of your preferred hair spray? While hair spray is sometimes recommended to remove other stains, we've done some research to find ways to safely remove these tacky spots from any surface (even the leather headrests in your car). To find out what they are, keep reading.