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3 Products for Your Best Brows Yet

Natural EyebrowsLet’s talk about brows. While, I like to keep my brows on the more natural side, a lot of my clients like to serve up Cara Delevingne on 1,000. There’s nothing wrong with taking it there with a strong brow, you just need to know what to use so that you don’t look crazy. We’ve all seen great brows, and we’ve all seen “good Lord what is on her face” brows – don’t let the latter be you. In my opinion, it’s always best to lightly fill in a brow unless you don’t have much hair there (due to over-waxing or genetics). I’m going to share some of my top picks to achieve your best brows yet.

 

Damone Roberts, $20

Damone Roberts brow powder, $20

If you’re brows are already full, you don’t need to fill them in too much, or else you will easily achieve a Burt from Sesame Street look. One of my favorite products to lightly fill in (and if necessary shape) a brow is Damone Roberts brow powder. Powder is a great option fill in sparse areas or slightly shape an eyebrow without looking too intense. It’s buildable, and because it’s only powder it’s also very easy to remove some if you think you’ve used a little too much. My favorite tool to apply brow powder is a thin angle brush

Brow Stylist, $8.99

Brow Stylist Definer, $8.99

 

For brows that need a little more love, I would recommend a thin brow pencil. The reason why a thin pencil is ideal, is beacause it gives you the most control; you can easily make natural looking, hair-like strokes. My pick is the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer, it’s super affordable and gives lasting results.

 

ABH DIPBROW, $18

ABH DIPBROW, $18

In the case that you have little to no brows, or your brows are a shape that you hate, it’s now time to break out the big guns! You’re going to need a product that will allow you to create whatever shape you want, and stay put. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow is the best product in the business for bulletproof brows. I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen a brow product last this long in my life, use it sparingly!

*** Pro tip: Always use a spoolie when applying a brow product. After you apply your desired brow product, use the spoolie to brush brows upward to blend the product in.

 

 

 

Pacifica’s Tasty New Line of Flavored Lip Balms

As a working makeup artist, I ALWAYS begin every makeup application with two things: moisturizer and lip balm. Great makeup begins with great skincare. This is why I couldn’t have been happier to learn that Pacifica came out with a new line of 100% vegan lip balms. As far as lip balms are concerned, there usually isn’t much variety, but these new flavored balms change the game. Their new line-up is exclusive to Ulta, and includes seven lip balms: Persian Cherry, Hawaiian Banana, Bali Coconut, Cuban Mango, Rainbow Watermelon, Indian Chi, and Summer Kale, as well as a Candied Lemon & Sugar lip scrub. The fact that the collection includes a scrub made my heart smile! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a client that really needed a good scrubbing.

Pacifica was awesome enough to send me over the collection to test out, and I have to say that I’m in love! You already know that the first one I had to try was Summer Kale – you can’t put some kale lip balm in front of me and not expect me pounce. It has a very earthy, natural scent to it that I really like, it totally brought out my inner hipster. Surprisingly though, my favorite one is the Bali Coconut; I’m usually not a huge fan of coconut fragrance, but this one is so yummy. A lot of the others have a refreshing fruity aroma, so there’s truly something for everyone. A far departure from many of the cherry cough syrup scented balms that we have become accustomed to.

Almond and jojoba oils ensure that these balms are super hydrating, and absorb right into your lips for all-day moisture. Since I use lip balm before lipstick, having a colorless formula that leaves the lips supple, while also remaining completely matte is a win for me!

NYFWM Makeup: Color at Carlos Campos

For Carlos Campos’s S/S 2018 show for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the designer drew inspiration from the colorful, modern work of architect Luis Barragan. The collection consisted of strong but minimalistic styling with clean lines and vivid colors, which key makeup artist Dana Arcidy of Metro Look echoed in the makeup look she created for the models.

Models backstage at Carlos Campos

Models backstage at Carlos Campos

“The look is very wearable, because with such a strong collection, the focus needs to be on the clothing,” explains Arcidy. “But Carlos and I agreed that we needed to bring some color to the face this season in a simple way.” Her team used Catrice Cosmetics to execute two looks: one for the male models, and one for the female models.

For both looks, the skin was first perfected, a task made easier on the diverse cast of faces by using Catrice’s Make Up Transforming Drops in Lightening and Darkening. “These products are great for makeup artists and your everyday makeup lover,” says Arcidy. “Whether you bought the wrong shade of foundation or just got a little sun, you can alter the product to match your skin perfectly.” The Metro Look team kept the skin brighter in the center of the face and darker on the perimeters, to give skin dimension and a summery glow. They used their Contouring Duo Sticks to sculpt out the cheekbones in a nod to the strong lines of Barragan’s architecture. Then, on the high points of the cheekbones, they buffed on Highlighting Powder to add another layer of luminescence.

Bold red lip

Glowing skin and a bold red lip

The models then had their brows lightly filled in and brushed up, using Eye Brow Stylist pencils that conveniently come with a spoolie on one end. The male models’ look was completed with a light dusting of Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder on the t-zone. For the female models, shades of brown from the Chocolate Nudes palette were feathered over their eyes and Gel Eyeliner was added to the upper lash line. Lashes were fattened up with Rock Couture Extreme Mascara.

The undeniable star of the look was the red lip. Arcidy and her team used Ultimate Stay in Behind the Red Curtain, a red that was flattering on every skin tone and reminiscent of the reds in Barragan’s work. With subtly emphasized eyes and strong, vibrant lips, the look was playful, wearable, and powerful, a perfect match for Campos’s new collection.

 

About Catrice Cosmetics

Catrice Cosmetics is a line of cosmetics founded in Germany by Christina Oster-Daum, which entered the US market in 2015. Their makeup is luxury-inspired, driven by innovation, and always cruelty free. Their products have been seen on the runways of Berlin, Paris, and New York City. For more info visit www.catricecosmetics.com

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.

 

 

 

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

brows on fleek

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.