We already know that actress Maggie Q does glamazon-gorgeous well, but it's fun to see her hit the red carpet with a more natural (yet equally beautiful) look as well. At the premiere of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, she looks bright-eyed and beautiful. To fake this look at home in five minutes, all you need is a five-step process. For the scoop, read more
A few weeks ago I picked one of my favorite drugstore classics, Wet 'n' Wild Creme Lipliner Pencil ($1.50) in Brandywine (#666, ooh, scary!). While sifting through the display, I also purchased Willow (#712), another flattering shade in the line. Reader Michlny and I must be thinking alike, as she recently reviewed this go-to liner, giving it four out of five stars. Here's what she had to say:
My $.99 Wet 'n' Wild works just as well as my MAC liners. If you're looking to spend less — liner is a great place to start. . . I find myself sharpening the Wet 'n' Wild a bit more, so it gets used up more quickly. But, who cares? They're so cheap.
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Recently reader Nakeeyark was in a pinch. A "Buy Two, Get One Free" sale at her local drugstore prompted her to try out Wet 'n' Wild's H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black ($4). She was impressed with this basic black shade, and here's what she had to say:
"I'm not a huge fan of liquid eyeliner. I much prefer MAC's gel Fluidlines. However, I needed some black eyeliner as I didnt have any to wear with my red lipstick. The staying power is unbelieveably good, and the black is a true black — no blue or brown to be found. I think the brush part of the handle is a tad too long, making it kind of difficult to apply the eyeliner, so I will probably cut the brush into a slant. For the price, however, this can't be beat."
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When I think of Wet N Wild, I think of one of two things: a water park extravaganza, or a bubble gum-popping teen cosmetics brand. So, the grown-up in me was surprised to be drawn to the brand's Mega Glo Illuminating Powder ($3.99).
I do have a bit of a soft spot for the brand, seeing as it was on my go-to list of drugstore buys in junior high. This powder is a dynamic combination of a blush, bronzer, and brightener which instantly gave me a rosy-cheeked glow reminiscent of my days of youth, as if I was back in Mrs. Betteridge's eighth-grade homeroom.
The product comes in four shades, each featuring four colors that can be easily blended or worn alone as a blush or eye shadow. After swirling a powder brush into the product to collect the multi-hued shades, I swept it on the apples of my cheeks and lightly touched upon any areas where the sun might naturally hit (tip of nose, around the hairline, eyebrow area, and jawline). I give this illuminating powder high marks for the way it brightens without causing excess shine, the fact that it's a multitasker, the natural sun-kissed look it gave, and the amazing value. Even though I had to reapply it a few times, it still gets a gold star.
Usually the color gray is reserved for cashmere, not cosmetics. But as it turns out, gray is continuing the transition into beauty products, and it can be a chic and versatile color for nails. Leading the way is the always-innovative Rescue Beauty Lounge with its dove-gray shade Concrete Jungle ($18).
A great and inexpensive alternative is Revlon's Steel-Etto from its Dark Pleasures line. It's a little darker, incorporating a beautiful shimmery silver tone into the hue. If you're still unsure about gray nails, try out Wet N Wild in Sparked. At only $1.99 a bottle, it's a risk you can afford to take!
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Thanks for all of your excellent suggestions for last week's Beauty Mark It challenge. You found some good ones! Before I share them, though, I want to address some of your questions about liquid liner.
Practically nobody gets liquid eyeliner right on her first try—or for that matter, her second, third or fourth try. While this product isn't impossible to master, it does take practice to get to a point where you can apply it easily. If you're a novice, start by using the liner brush on your hand; that way, you can see how different pressure works. From there, you can work on your eyes.
If you need some liquid eyeliner suggestions, read on. Erinjg says Almay liquid eyeliner is "wickedly long-lasting, yet has never irritated my contact lenses." And Jlgb4008 raves about Wet N Wild MegaLiner, saying, "It has fine-tip brush, so it's easy to apply thick or thin lines easily." Check out other readers' suggestions in this handy widget, and come back tomorrow for this week's challenge!
Welcome to my first installment of Eye Shadow Palettes To Enhance Your Eye Color. If you have light green or hazel eyes, then you know that purple shadows make them pop. I've tried at least a dozen shades recently, and what I've discovered is you really need more than just one color to make your hazel cat eyes glow. The perfect palette is hard to come by, but I've found a few that get the job done well.
Each of these include three to four shades of just the right pinks, purples and sables to perfectly enhance your eyes. The lightest shade is the accent color that should go just beneath your brow-bone, the medium color purple goes across your lid and the darkest shade should be applied to the crease. Stay tuned for more palettes later this week to suit your eye color!
Beauty Addicts Eyeshadow Palette in Motivate, $34, is a collection of four beautiful and rich colors from the purple family; they are: heather, berry, plum and pale pink. The beauty of this palette is that you can skip the darker crease color for day (just use as a liner) and then add plum for a more dramatic effect at night.
To see a couple more purple palettes, read more