Get the Look: 2018 Oscars Edition

Another year, another Academy Awards in the books! Of course, while the ceremony may be over, the beauty looks remain the most buzzed about element of the show. Who did we love, and who made the biggest impact? Check out some of our favorite looks below, including a rundown of how you can make them your own.

Lupita Nyong’o

Oh, hey, Lupita. Not only did the actress look like a vision in pure gold thanks to he metallic dress, but her makeup won accolades for its fresh, ethereal glow. Makeup artist, Nick Barose, took inspiration from her flowing gown, which had a faint goddess-like vibe. He achieved the look by prepping her skin with a gentle serum and moisturizer before applying foundation with a damp sponge. A highlighter brought her cheekbones out, while a brownish-nude lipstick played up her pout. Her eyes were the true standout, thanks to the unexpected pop of blue that added leverage to the gold powder on her lids.
Make this look your own by nabbing the Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99). It includes shades of bright blue, gold, and taupe to give your eyes that glam-goddess look Lupita owned. Add a touch of Glo Minerals Dust 24k ($23.99) to your cheekbones, temples, and tip of your nose to bring out a natural glow. Finish with a swipe of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready ($16.99) to warm up your smile.


Jennifer Lawrence 

Prep, prep, prep. That’s the secret behind Jennifer Lawrence’s head-turning look at this year’s ceremony. Makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, achieved the look using a potpourri of makeup from Dior after liberally preparing her skin with a luminous moisturizer. The metallic cat eye was devastatingly sexy, while the unexpected rusty orange lip played well with her gleaming bronzed cheekbones. So can you pull this off if you aren’t an Academy Award-winning actress who’s worked with every enviable leading man and woman in recent cinematic history?

In a word: yes. Start with bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 Palette ($36.99), which contains all of the shades you need to achieve the ultimate smoky eye. Use the metallic bronze to tone the look down if it’s a little too bold for your everyday look. No smoldering eye look would be complete without some eyeliner. We’re particularly crazy for Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner ($13.99), which is a dewy formula that is easy even for beginners to apply. As it settles, it dries down to a bold, long-lasting finish. Mimic Lawrence’s warm glow by applying Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Spice Berry ($28.99) to your cheekbones, and finish with Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Hot Cider ($22.99).

Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.


5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.





5 Beauty Faux Pas That Make You Look Older

It’s no secret that we’re constantly seeking ways to look a little younger and compete with the natural passage of time. There’s an entire industry built around combatting fine lines and wrinkles, zapping away age spots, and creating a youthful visage that essentially fools the world. No one can be blamed for wanting to appear younger, but there are a few common beauty mistakes people make that actually result in an older appearance. Here are five faux pas to avoid.

1.You Overdo the Concealer

Concealer is a big yay—every cosmetic bag deserves to have at least one. The problem occurs when we pile it on with a sort of maniacal determination in an effort to minimize the appearance of dark circles. When you spackle it on this way, it actually has the reverse effect by sinking into the fine lines. The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, so anything you add to that area must be blended flawlessly for best results. We love Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Concealer ($18.99). The wand allows for precise, fuss-free application, and it’s formulated to stay put for up to 16 hours.

2. You Skip the Blush

Blush is a genius beauty product. If you don’t wear it but constantly seek ways to look younger, you’re missing out on the simplicity of this color-packed powder. Designed to perk up a sallow complexion, blush emulates a natural inner glow and can look fresh and youthful when it’s applied to the apples of the cheeks. Try a silky product that won’t sink into lines, like Tigi Cosmetics Glow Blush ($12.99). 

3. You Line the Lower Lashes

You might be tempted to line your lower lashes, either out of pure habit or because you’ve seen it on the red carpet. It can look great if you’re aiming for a very specific look on a night out, but in day-to-day life it has an aging effect because it draws attention to the skin around the eyes. Nix this step to instantly look a little younger.

4. You Pack On the Powder

It’s fine to apply a light dusting of powder if you trust it to set your makeup. Some people swear by it. However, in many cases we go at it with a very heavy hand. Caked on makeup of any kind is a no-no, but that’s particularly true of powder because it settles into every single fine line and wrinkle and instantly ages anyone’s face. If you do prefer to wear it, use a powder brush to pick up a minimal amount of translucent product and dust it lightly over the skin.

5. Your Lip Game Isn’t Strong

You don’t need to be a makeup artist to rock fabulous lips all day long. The problem arises when we wear matte or dark shades that emphasize the mouth and draw attention to the lines that develop around the mouth. Matte formulas can also pick up on dryness and sink into those natural crevices in the lips. Opt for cream or sheer formulas in natural hues that are similar to your natural lip color. Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($19.89) is available in dozens of colors that flatter many skin tones.

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