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You Glow Girl! 8 Highlighters Perfect for Spring

It’s spring again – although your skin may need some reminding. The drying cold, coupled with the lack of sunshine in the winter, are a perfect recipe for hot mess skin. Luckily, even the dullest skin can be brightened up with the magic of highlighter.  Just a few swipes can take your skin from scary to lit AF. Here are some of the best highlighters – in all price points – to help you get your glow on this spring.

Glossier Haloscope – This highlighter adds the benefits of skincare into your makeup. The dual-delivery formula infuses genuine crystal extracts on the outer halo, while inner core is enhanced with vitamin-rich moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated.

NYX Iluminator – The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a soft, healthy glow.

Too Faced Love Light Highlighter – Using their Prisma Shine® patented technology, Too Faced has created a buildable highlighter that can go from day to night.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – This baked highlighter applies smoothly while the its light texture blends easily for a beautiful, dewy finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter – This lightweight, coconut-infused gel highlighter that can be applied directly to skin or added into your foundation for an OMG glow.

e.l.f. Baked Highlighter – This baked formula is enriched with apricot and jojoba to give skin a glowing and healthy appearance.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish – This megawatt liquid-powder highlighter gives the skin a luminous, sculpted finish.

PLISSÉ LUMIÈRE DE CHANEL ILLUMINATING POWDER – This limited-edition gold powder highlighter will add warmth to any skin tone.

 

 

 

Fix it Jesus! Top Celebrity Makeup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

They say money can’t buy happiness (personally, I’d like to test out that theory) but it also can’t buy good taste. Although celebrities usually look gorgeous strutting their stuff on red carpets, they do get it wrong sometimes…horribly, horribly wrong! Sometimes these makeup fails come from stars trying to take a risk, sometimes their Makeup Artists screw up, sometimes it’s because they have a team of yes men, and sometimes it’s just that their taste level is terrible AF. I often think the latter is responsible for a lot of the grotesque makeup looks that we see. We’ve compiled a list of five of the worst celebrity makeup mistakes ever, and how to correct them.

1. Wrong – Tyra’s Sloppy Smokey Eyes

Image courtesy of www.ranker.com

Image courtesy of www.ranker.com

Tyra Banks is best known for being a gorgeous supermodel and fierce business women, but in this photo, she looks like a toddler applied her smeared-on eye makeup.

Right – Well Blended Smokey Eyes

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Image courtesy of www.chatadegalocha.com

A dramatic black smokey eye does not have to look vampy. As you can tell by this photo, when blended well, a dark smokey can look absolutely stunning. When placing the color on your lids, do not go above your natural crease.

2. Wrong – Angelina Jolie’s Powdery Face

Photo: Said Elatab / Splash News/Corbis

Photo: Said Elatab / Splash News/Corbis

My girl Angelina knows how to give good leg on the red carpet, but in this photo she looks like she’s in love with the coco! Her MUA probably used a lot of HD powder when setting her makeup. HD powder looks fabulous on a motion camera when filming, but has a tendency cause flashback (a powdery, white look) when photographed by a camera with flash. This is a common mistake made by some Makeup Artists, so I can’t be too hard on her.

Right – Smooth Matte Skin

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Image courtesy of www.lorealparisusa.com

A matte skin finish can be achieved by using a setting powder only in the T zone (forehead, nose, and chin) of the face. Make sure that the powder that you use does not contain silica, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide – those are the ingredients that cause the dreaded flashback!

3. Wrong – Lindsay’s Muddy Contour

Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images

Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images

Lindsay Lohan showed up to her court date with the worst contour makeup I’ve ever seen! The judge may not have shown her sympathy, but I felt bad for her poor face. The Mean Girls actress’ mistakes were using a color that was way too dark for her fair skin, and not blending out the harsh lines she created.

Right – Subtle Shading

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Image courtesy of www.womendailymagazine.com

The purpose of contouring is to sculpt the face. When contouring the cheeks, use an appropriate shade for your skin tone. Once your contour is placed, blend it out with a fluffy brush to emphasize your cheekbones.

4. Wrong – Leighton’s Pale Face

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Image courtesy of www.gossipmembers.com

A pale face and tanned body is never a good look, even if it is on our favorite Gossip Girl. Leighton Meester usually stuns on the red carpet, but here, her two-toned skin complexion just looks crazy.

Right – An Even Skin Tone

Image courtesy of www.makeup.vidalondon.net

Image courtesy of www.makeup.vidalondon.net

As you can see in this photo, having an all over bronzed glow is beautiful. Your face and your body should be as close of a match as possible. If tanning your face isn’t your thing (I totally understand, wrinkles are not sexy), you can achieve more color in your face by using a bronzer or a darker shade of foundation.

5. Wrong – Diana’s Neon Blush

Photo Credit: REX

Photo Credit: REX

Although there are many things wrong with this makeup, lets just concentrate on this Marionette doll on acid blush. Ms. Ross is a living legend, but this hot pink blush is just unacceptable.

Right – A Pop of Color on the Cheeks

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Image courtesy of www.wed-host.com

When used correctly blush can totally transform your face, and make you look younger. There is nothing prettier than a little blush on the apples of the cheeks – especially on women of color. The key to wearing blush is not applying too much, and making sure that the color adds warmth to your face.

A Smart Mirror That Makes Sure You Always Slay

Image courtesy of www.panasonic.com

Image of smart mirror courtesy of  www.panasonic.com

Panasonic has developed some really cool beauty technology products recently, but their latest is sure to be the biggest hit yet. The Japanese tech company has answered every woman’s prayers, by creating a smart mirror that identifies your flaws…and immediately corrects them!

In true Snow White fashion, this mirror is completely honest with you about your reflection, so proceed with caution. Once you sit in front of it, the mirror scans your face to analyze your flaws (blemishes, wrinkles, etc). When it’s finished lowering your self esteem assessing your skin, it prints out the exact amount of makeup you’ll need to be applied to your face on temporary tattoo patches. Yes, it prints the actual products that it wants you to use, to stick to your face! How fierce is that? Don’t get too excited yet, the mirror is still a prototype, so it currently takes 24 hours to print the makeup patches. But we’re waiting with bated breath until they work out all the kinks, and bring it to market.

Why Beauty Lovers Are Mixing Oil With Foundation


One of the most seemingly strange makeup trends to surface, is mixing oil with foundation. To all the oily gals, I know this may sound gross, but trust me – it’s a thing! Several of my clients have been asking me about this, because they are seeing it everywhere as a part of makeup routines online. Instagram, You Tube, and Facebook have been swarming with countless videos of makeup enthusiasts using this tactic. Video after video show girls (and guys) with their trustee oil filled droppers, lubing up their foundation. Why would anyone do this? There are 2 good reasons why, and here they go:

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Dry Skin

The most obvious reason for implementing this makeup trick is to add some much needed moisture to parched skin. When applying foundation on dry skin, the product can build up in the patchy areas, leaving a very uneven finish. Adding oil to foundation is also a way to temporarily “plump up” fine lines for a more youthful look. The oil moisturizes the skin, and gives it a healthy glow for a smoother appearance.

Easier Blending

While most would say that mixing oil into foundation sounds like it would clog pores and lead to breakouts, what most people don’t know is that a high percentage of foundations already contain oil. Mixing in a little oil to your cream or liquid foundation changes the texture of formula, and actually helps it spread easier.  Adding 1-2 drops of oil to your base, allows you to effortlessly blend it out to achieve a skin-like finish.

 

Clearly this trick isn’t for everybody, but it’s worth giving a shot. Just make sure that you use a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil). One of my faves is the coconut oil by Measurable Difference.

 

 

Quick Tip: Brow Color

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We weren’t all born with gorgeous brows like my model’s. But with the right tools, we can come close.

When most people try to fill in their brows, they try to match the color of their brows as closely as possible, or follow the oft-recited rule of “two shades darker if you are blonde, two shades lighter if you are brunette.” This isn’t bad. It’s just not what I do.

I take into account my model or client’s skin tone when choosing their brow color. My own skin, for example, is on the fair side, but my eyebrow hair is black. I use a light, ashy brown to fill in my brows, and it gives me a way more natural look than using a dark brown or black. I’ve used the lightest blonde shade I have on some fair skinned brunettes (some of whom have been bridal clients who insist it’s still too dark…gotta love weddings). But on a model or client with a deep skin tone who has the same hair color than me, I will go in with  black. Meanwhile, someone with blonde hair and very tan skin would probably get the same color I use on myself, or perhaps something even darker.

The other big mistake I see people doing is choosing colors that are too warm. Always opt for a cool color. Back in makeup school, most of my classmates would either make my brows too red or too black. Here’s how to avoid that! And for all you pro’s and makeup lovers out there, my absolute favorite brow palette is the Anastasia one.

xx Dana

Why You Should Start Tightlining Your Eyes

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You probably line your lower waterline on a semi-regular basis, but if you’re like most people, tightlining isn’t part of your makeup routine. Perhaps you don’t even know what it means! To tightline is to line the upper waterline–that strip of skin underneath your eyelashes and above your eyes.

“Why do I need to put eyeliner there?” you’re probably asking. Here are a few reasons:

  1. It helps your eyes stand out more by creating contrast. As we get older, the skin underneath our lashes gets more exposed. Lining it helps eyes pop in a way that is subtle and natural.
  2. It gives the illusion of thicker lashes.
  3. It will help the liner on your lower waterline stay put. Yes, really! When it wears away, most of it is really just transferring to your upper waterline. If you already line this area, this won’t happen.
  4. It’s a great way to line your eyes if you have small lids or hooded eyes, because it takes up literally no lid space.
  5. If you want to rock a no-makeup look but secretly wear makeup, this is a great way to draw attention to your eyes, and no one will suspect your secret.

If tightlining is too uncomfortable for you because you flinch a lot when a pencil is coming at your eyes (guilty), here’s a trick–line your lower waterline, blink quickly and firmly, and repeat. The eyeliner will transfer to your upper waterline. Done!

 

xx Dana

New Makeup Trend Alert: Eye Strobing

Photo: Rex

Photo: Rex

As if we really needed one, a new makeup trend of the moment has yet again surfaced. It was born as many of our favorite celebrities (like Jourdan Dunn and Rita Ora) put their best faces forward at the 2016 Met Gala. The trend of the moment is, wait for it…eye strobing (no, really!) Yes ladies, they found something else for us to strobe. For those of you who may not know what “strobing” is, it’s a trendy new way to describe highlighting. Last year, strobing was popular on the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose, in order to achieve a megawatt glow. Strobing is now back, making your eyes the focal point.

Photo: Matt Baron/Bei/Shutterstock

Photo: Matt Baron/Bei/Shutterstock

 

Eye strobing can be achieved by applying a shimmery eyeshadow, or even finely milled glitter to the inner corner of your eyes. The shimmer mimics light, thus making your eyes look bright – and dare I say angelic. If you want your “eye strobing” to look really intense use a metallic silver color, but for something a little more subtle go for gold and bronze shades.

DON’T DO IT – Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

As a lover of matte liquid lipstick, I was elated to find out that Revlon developed their own called Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. Usually liquid lipsticks are sold by higher end makeup brands (which clearly means they’re pricey), so hell yeah I was excited to save a few bucks, and finally buy matte liquid lipstick in my local drug store…until I tried it!

Revlon-Ultra-HD-Matte-Lipcolor cropI went to drug store as excited as ever to try the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor out. The colors that they offer are gorgeous, which only makes that fact that I think it sucks even more disappointing. Why don’t I like it? Well, let me tell ya. Now I’m no brain surgeon, but I’m pretty sure that matte means the color is supposed to be dull (for those of you who are unsure, just click here on the word matte – I’ve installed a link) 🙂 So now that we’re all on the same page,  please tell me why I was able to see my reflection in my lips. I was even optimistic enough to think that it must have just needed time set, otherwise they would not have marketed it as a matte lipstick. Just to be fair before I chucked it across the room, I waited 10 minutes, and my mouth was still shining bright like a diamond – EPIC FAIL! As much as it pains my heart to say this, keep your money in your purse, or else you’ll be pissed.

Apply Individual Lashes in Seconds

Eye lashes closeLadies, let’s talk about lashes. We all want full, flirty eyelashes, but few of us are blessed with them naturally. Long, voluminous eyelashes are super feminine and really open up your eyes. Over the years, false eyelashes have been a great way to make up for what Mother Nature didn’t bless us with, and what mascara alone can’t compensate for. For many women a full strip of eyelashes is the way to go, but some just like a few individual flares in the corner. Flares are a great way to add some volume and length without looking too dramatic. As a professional Makeup Artist, I often get asked to apply individual lashes in the corner as an alternative to a full strip. To be honest, I used to pretend that I didn’t know how to apply them because I found it too time consuming (don’t judge me). The process of applying flares took way longer than applying a strip lash, so I did everything that I could to get out of it…until now! I recently found a product that rocked my world, and made the request of individual lashes way more bearable for me. iENVY by Kiss has created a brilliant product called Trio Lash, each trio = 3 flares so it speeds up application time exponentially. Trio Lashes have cut my application time down from several minutes, to literally a few seconds! Since they are so small and light, there’s practically no waiting time for the glue to get tacky (like you would have with a full lash strip). What I like best is that each package contains two different lengths of trios, so that you can customize your look – and the packaging even has a glue pocket compartment for you to squeeze out some adhesive into (brilliant). There have not been many eyelash innovations over the years, so whoever came up with this idea is a genius!

Kiss trios

iEnvy by Kiss Trio Lash, $4.99

New Makeup Trend: What is Strobing?

Astroboingll of the beauty and fashion powers that be, say that contouring is out, and strobing is in! What is strobing, exactly? It’s pretty much a trendy word to describe good old fashioned highlighting. Whenever you see cheekbones that look dewy (and in some cases slightly metallic) that is achieved through highlighting. I’ve always been a fan of a dewy skin, there’s nothing better than a fresh healthy glow. Strobing looks best when it’s not overdone; concentrate on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead, and the center of the chin – that is it! If you do more that than, I promise you that it will look crazy. I’ve compiled a list of a some of my favorite highlighters (for women of all skin tones) that will have you rockin’ the strobe look in no time.

 

MAC Strobe Cream 

MAC Strobe Cream

$33.00

NARS Multiple in Copacabana

Nars copacabana

$39.00

 

NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam

NYX born to glow

$7.49

Dose of Colors in Pearl Dust 

Dose of colors pearl dust

$28.00

Mirabella Brilliant Mineral Highlighter in Glowing Coral

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$40.00