Do you have medium-toned skin? Do you happen to be shopping around for a bronzer, but aren't exactly sure what kind to pick? Then this post is for you. While women with deeper complexions may look lovely in tawny or amber tones, those who lie somewhere between fair and dark have different needs altogether. To get started, the golden rule (heh) is to only go one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. For more tips, just keep reading.
Not all mascaras are created equal, and mascara wands are just as important as the actual formula inside the tube. With so many different shapes and sizes to choose from these days, it's useful to know what each wand does. From big to small and combed to curved, this Beauty School post will go over a few of the key differences in wand anatomy to help you get the most out of your mascara.
- Straight wands: Most mascaras come with a standard straight wand. This is the basic shape and is the most natural to use.
- Curved brushes have the arc of your lashes and eye shape in mind, and are meant to give you an easy, all-over application.
- Heart-shaped brushes are a combination of the different shapes. They start out as standard brush heads, and taper in to form a narrower point at the end. This design is meant to give you precision when you need it, as well as a normal brush when you don't.
- Round mascara heads are relatively new. The small, spherical shape is supposed to allow you to reach each and every lash easier than if you were using a larger brush.
Learn more about the different bristle types when you read more.
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Track and field star Jessica Ennis, currently in training for the London 2012 Olympics, recently admitted that she always competes in a full face of makeup. And Ennis's explanation of her race ritual to The Daily Mail certainly makes sense: "I definitely think if I feel I look good, it makes me feel more confident," she told the London paper.
Her story also made me wonder exactly what effect makeup could have on your complexion if you are really sweating up a storm. "Wearing makeup while working out can hinder some of the natural ways your skin adjusts to exertion, like sweating and dilating pores," says New York City dermatologist Erin Gilbert. "This can be a disaster as it often leads to clogged pores and breakouts." If you are like Ennis and feel the need to not go bare-faced, get her tips on how to protect your skin while you sweat:
This past year, unusual nail polish textures (crackle, magnetic, etc.) and feather hair extensions were both huge. So it's no surprise that for Spring, there's a new look that cleverly remixes both trends. Manicures that use real feathers are popping up at haute salons all over, but you can wing tip yourself at home, too. Find out how to DIY some plumage below.
Emily Blunt always wears polished makeup looks, but her gorgeous cat-eye liner from the Salmon Fishing in the Yemen premiere has to be one of her prettiest. Makeup artist Jenn Streicher was inspired to play off the '50s silhouette of Emily's Naeem Khan dress, using Dior Style Liner's fine-point brush to create a retro cat eye.
Liquid liner is the best formula for creating winged shapes, but it's notoriously difficult to use. One way to make things a little easier, though, is with a fine-point brush. It's much more precise and makes the liquid easier to place, so you don't end up with big, sloppy lines. Need a little more guidance? Watch our video tutorial to learn how to apply liquid eyeliner like a pro.
Tightlining your eyes is an easy way to give the illusion of fuller, darker lashes. The idea may scare some people, but it's really quite easy. Here's how:
When it comes to tightlining, I prefer to use gel liner, because it’s not as tough or abrasive as regular liner. So begin by warming up your gel liner to melt the product down a bit for easier application. Gently pushing your eyelid back, line your upper waterline. All you are doing is simply applying liner to the underside of your lash line, as opposed to over it.
To form a perfect and accurate line, practice your brush strokes ahead of time. I recommend practicing on the inside of your forearm where the skin is the smoothest. Once you are ready, create a precise line with your eyeliner brush through a series of many short, thin brush strokes. That's it!
Do you ever tightline your eyes? What are your tips for doing so?
There are few things more annoying than creating flawless eye makeup only to have mascara get all over your lids and ruin the whole thing. And even if you're not wearing any eye shadow or liner at all, pulling out the makeup remover to scrub your eyes is a waste of those precious morning minutes. So what's an enterprising young lady to do? Learn a few clever ways to keep your lids safe from the dreaded mascara stripes when you read more.
Have you ever had a top on and thought, "Ew, this color is doing absolutely nothing for my complexion?" We've all been there. And the same principle rings true with makeup, particularly when it comes down to the old-school notion that warms must wear warms and cools must wear cools.
"I don't like to tell people they can't wear colors because I've always believed we should be able to wear whatever we please," explains celebrity makeup artist Emily Kate Warren. "That, paired with the fact that it's difficult for people to determine their undertones, may mean they are assessing themselves wrong and avoiding colors they could actually wear." But luckily there are a few ways you can still wear the colors you love, even if it takes a little bit of color correction to get there. See Warren's tips when you keep reading.
Olay ambassador Bruce Grayson is the man who makes sure all the starlets who take the stage at the Oscars appear as fresh and lovely as possible. As a result, he's become an expert at making anyone he comes across look not just beautiful, but flawless, as well. See his advice for correcting some of the most common onscreen makeup mishaps, from too-much shimmer to caked-on foundation. Best of all, these tips also apply to photographs, so to learn more, just keep reading.
Mark celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh has a way of making every face she touches look absolutely flawless. Take the ombré-eyed makeup palette she came up with for Rebecca Minkoff's Fall 2012 show, or the luminous looks she often creates for Ashley Greene (the beauty brand's spokesperson). But how does Quynh do it? Check out the secrets behind her professional techniques when you read more.