NYFW S2015 – HOOKED ON RODARTE

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For Rodarte’s sea-inspired spring collection, makeup artist James Kaliardos wanted to create a look that was “cool, but not too punk.” And what’s more punk than a whole eyebrow’s worth of piercings? “They’re just cool facial accessories,” Kaliardos said of the silver rings, which were temporarily adhered to models’ eyebrows with glue.

For the rest of the face, he used a luminous cream foundation and pressed powder to give skin a glow appearance. On the eyes, he used a dark pink-brown tone over the lid, pulling the shade around the outer corners in a downward arc. Underneath, he drew a thin line of eyeliner to “lift up the eyes” and lightly dusted a metallic gold shade for a little shimmer.

But the standout, of course, were the brows, which may have inspired a few models to consider making the look a bit more permanent.

xxK.L

NYFW S2015- STARRY-EYED AT ANNA SUI

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Makeup artist Pat McGrath’s sparkly makeup for Anna Sui’s spring show was inspired by rockers like Marc Bolan, Keith Richards and Jimmy Page. To create the look, McGrath dabbed gold- or rose-colored glitter in the center of models’ bare lids on top and bottom, as well as on the inner corners with a damp shadow brush.

“When you look at Anna’s clothes, there’s a lot of fabrics with moons and some stars and sparkles, and that’s why we came up with this kind of cosmic beauty,” McGrath said. The rest of the face was left “rebelliously” bare with foundation on skin, and a swipe of brown-black mascara at the roots of eyelashes.

xxK.L

KISS AND TELL: BOLD BURGUNDY LIPSTICK

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I’m the first to admit that I—like a lot of woman – am guilty of staying in the classic red and pink lipstick zone. Who can blame us? It’s safe. We know what undertones work with our complexion and we have our go-to shades. That being said, we’ve spotted nearly every star in Hollywood wearing a version of this trend (glossy, matte and stains) which means it actually can work for all women. We’re currently obsessed with this trend and decided to give it a try. When going for this trend, its important to experiment with different shades on the wine spectrum, then play with intensity by blotting and layering.

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For Fair skin I recommend opting for deep red or rich blueberry hues. Women with olive or medium complexion should choose red-based maroon shades, which will warm the gold and yellow tones in your skin. Ladies with darker complexion should venture into the blue-based purples. For more power to the burgundy pout, add some gloss. Just be sure to blot well to avoid bleeding outside the lip lines.

xxK.L

3 Places You Might Forget to Apply Sunscreen — But Shouldn’t

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Sunscreen is a must in our beauty bag. A good sunscreen not only prevents the skin from darkening but also protects us from UVA and UVB rays which can cause sunburn and lead to skin cancer. Sunscreens are available in various forms: lotion, gel, cream and sprays. The funny thing about sunscreen is that it many of us are not applying it properly. Even the most careful way of applying sunscreen can result in burns and oddly tanned lines. While we never fail to apply sunscreen on our face, arms, neck and legs there are a few places we often forget to apply:

HANDS: Our hands spend way more time in the sun than any other body part and should be given equal attention. Constant exposure to sun on hands can cause age spots and wrinkles. UV rays can always damage the fingernails.

FEET: Our feet suffer from sun tan and sunburn just like other parts of the body. According to a survey, skin care on the feet often goes unnoticed because people don’t check their feet as diligently as other body parts.

BACK OF LEGS: Many times when applying sunscreen to our legs we miss behind our knees. This is mostly seen when you sit and apply the lotion as the knees are folded. It may seem unimportant at that moment but when you sunbathe and flip, they are exposed and can also burn easily.

EDITORS ESSENTIALS:

To Protect: SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50, $32

To Repair: NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Decolletage and Hands, $32.99

xxK.L

 

NYFW S2015- BACKSTAGE AT DION LEE

OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-11 OPI partnered with Dion Lee to create a striking nail look for the designer’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 runway show at Hosfelt Gallery on Saturday, September 6. On trend for spring, lead nail artist Miss Pop played with negative space to create a bold nail look featuring a thick stripe of metallic along one side of each nail. Light reflectors were the inspiration for the metallic stripe, providing little flashes of light to catch the eye #OPINYFW. OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-16Each model’s hands were painted with one coat of Base Coat to start. One vertical stripe was painted on the outside side of each nail with two coats of My Signature is DC by OPI, and the look was completed with Matte Top Coat. OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-16 The look for the toes was the new nude – Matte Top Coat. OPI Flex 220/280 buffer was used to lightly buff nails, and then Matte Top Coat was applied to provide a polished, powdery finish. OPI_DionLee_SS15_300dpi-24 xxK.L

RETURN OF THE BRAID

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Braids, braids, braids—we can’t get enough of them. Fashion Week is only halfway through, and we’re already beauty trend spotting for the Spring 2015 season. The hair trend we’re really excited about is the return of the braid. We’ve seen it in past seasons, but when it came to the runways in New York City, it was all about making it your own. Not only are these braids extremely cool to look at, but they work for almost any occasion from work, to a night out, to a wedding. One thing about the fishtail braid, though, is that so many girls avoid it altogether because they think it’s a challenge. If you know how to do a basic braid, you can learn the fishtail and herringbone braid (and they shouldn’t be too perfect, anyway!)

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Despite the classy, complicated look, it’s actually super-easy and can be accomplished in four easy steps.

1. Start by taking all of your hair and dividing it into two equally-sized halves. It’s easiest for beginners to start by using an elastic at the base of the braid as you would a ponytail.

2. Take a small section of hair from the right side and bring it over to the left, combining them together. Always take the strands from the underside of the section, then place them in the front of the opposite section.

3. Take a small section of hair, the same size as the last, from the left side, and combine it with the hair on the right.

4. Repeat the process until you reach the ends of your hair, then finish with a hair tie. Spritz with a bit of hairspray to keep loose hairs in place, and rock your herringbone braid all day long.

xx.K.L

BERRY BEAUTY

Want the secret to healthy hair and glowing skin? It’s not in your makeup case, it’s in your diet. Superfood Spotlight: Blueberries. It’s no secret that berries are important for good health. They can reduce cholesterol, help prevent diabetes, and boost your immune system. According to Dr.Perricone, one of the worlds most foremost skin experts, blueberries have one of the highest known levels of antioxidants of any food. The “Super Powers” of Blueberries are endless!

Anthocyanin. The pigment responsible for the deep red, purple, and blue colors in many plants, including berries. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps mitigate damage from free radicals on the skin. Found in blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Ellagic acid. An antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and hinders the formation of an enzyme that breaks down elastin and collagen in the skin. This combination creates a one–two punch against wrinkles. Found in blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Essential fatty acids. A crucial element for general health, they can improve skin’s hydration and smoothness, and reduce inflammation. Found in açaí berries, and the seed oils of blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries.

Vitamin C. A strong antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals. It hydrates the skin and increases collagen and elastin levels. Found in blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, goji berries, raspberries, and strawberries

SHOP NOW #GETTHELOOK SHOP NOW:

1. OPI Nail Lacquer Pamplona Purple $6.99

2. Amika 1.25″ Ceramic Styler Deep Purple $63.99

3. TIGI Catwalk Fashionista Tween Duo Set $31.99

4. TIGI Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow-Purple Haze $9.99

5. Travalo Classic PURPLE Refillable Perfume Spray 4ml $9.95

xx K.L

 

MONDAY MUSE – JENNIFER LOPEZ

Jennifer Lopez is unstoppable! At 44 years old, her career and beauty look is hotter than ever. This #MondayMUSE we’re having a flashback of J.LO at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Gorgeous glowing makeup, highlighted cheekbones and soft smokey eye – we’re loving this entire look!

HAIR

To recreate this signature pony, J.LO’s hairstylist Jen Atkin suggests dividing your hair into two parts, the hair above the ears and the hair below. Next, using a boar-bristle brush, sweep the hair above the ears into a ponytail at the crown of your head and tie it with a small black elastic. Then smooth over the section on top of your hair with a bit of styling wax then pull the ponytail up and out with your fingers so it falls on each side of your shoulders.

#GETTHELOOK The editors at The Beauty Place recommend using: Sexy Healthy Soy Paste  $8.99 and Sexy Hair Spray & Play Harder Firm Hairspray  $12.80   

MAKEUP

To get J.LO’s seductive smokey eye, start by covering the entire eyelids with a matte powder eye shadow in ivory or cream. Use an eyeliner pencil to create a thin line along your lash line. Smudge into your lash line to soften.

#GETTHELOOK The Editors at The Beauty Place recommend using: Youngblood Liquid Foundation in Sunkissed $35.99, Glo Minerals Blush Duo in Terra Cotta $15.99, Youngblood Pressed Individual Eyeshadow Quad in Timeless $32.99,  TIGI Cosmetics Precision Black Eyeliner $12.05

xxK.L

NYFW – BACKSTAGE BCBGMAXAZRIA SPRING 2015

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OPI kicked off Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Thursday morning with BCBGMAXAZRIA at Lincoln Center. Lead nail artist Miss Pop painted models’ fingers and toes with one coat of OPI Base Coat followed by two coats of OPI’s bestselling soft pink Bubble Bath. She finished the nail with one coat of OPI Top Coat. This sheer, neutral look complemented the collection’s bohemian silhouettes, muted pastel floral pieces and earthy tones.

#GETTHELOOK SHOP NOW: BUBBLE BATH BY OPI 

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