POPULAR DUO: GLASSES & MAKEUP

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Wearing glasses makes eye and brow makeup application an art of science. With glasses bringing attention to the windows of your soul, it has also become a must-have accessory. So what do you do?

Follow these tips and tricks and try them out!

Correct, Correct, Correct

Glasses bring attention to the imperfections that are under eye circles and discolorations. Use corrector and concealer underneath the eye and in the creases before applying primer and eye makeup.

Lashes

Focus on the lashes. People will usually notice your lashes first. Use a waterproof formula to prevent smudging on the lens and curl them nicely.

Match the Liner

Line your eyes accentuating the shape of your glasses and make sure the frame doesn’t hide your beautiful creation.

 

How Bold?

When using eye shadow and makeup, we are torn between being bold or keeping it simple. Play off the frames. With thin or nude frames, pick the simple look. Matte shadows look better as well as neutral, earthy tones. With bold frames, test the limits.

Prevent Slips

Eye shadow primers are perfect for long lasting pigmentation on the lids, but apply it to the bridge of your nose followed with a finishing powder and you will find that it also prevents your glasses from slipping.

Perfect the Brow

Eyebrows frame your face and if you wear glasses, that as well. Groom them, fill them in and set with brow gel and notice the difference.

Skip the Eyes

Go for the lip. A bold lip is a great idea to accent glasses. Set the face with primer, foundation, lightly applied blush or bronzer, mascara, accentuate the brows and apply the bold lip color of your choice. You’ll love the finished look.

Do A Selfie

Before leaving your abode, check your makeup look with your glasses on to make sure both flow well together. Take a selfie as well!

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: BET AWARDS – RIHANNA

At the 2015 BET Award, Rihanna stood out for many reasons, one being her upholding the bad girl reputation and previewing a taste of her “B**** Better Have My Money” music video. Ri Ri won us over with her perfectly glowing, bronzed look and sleek ponytail.  Her look was subtle and classy and we have the breakdown on how to #GETTHELOOK!

Slicked Back Ponytail:

Straighten your hair with a flat iron for super, sleek hair. Brush straightened hair back and tie into a ponytail with elastic. Use a small section of hair to wrap around the elastic. Finish off with an oil treatment to give the sleek look and to tame frizz and flyaways. We suggest Bio Ionic’s Agave Healing Oil Treatment. With its non-greasy, lightweight formula, it is ideal for all hair types.

Glowing, Bronzed Makeup Look:

Rihanna’s glowing skin looks #FLAWLESS. The secret? Mix in a few drops of a liquid bronzer with your foundation. It’s suggested to use a sponge applicator to apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to dry and create a subtle contour with just the bronzer. Apply it to your hairline, hallows of cheeks, jawline and on both sides of the nose. Set the face with translucent finishing powder. Can’t locate a liquid bronzer? Try Youngblood’s Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint. It glides on smoothly for a dewy finish leaving you with a glowing look.  Our favorite translucent powder at the moment is Glo Minerals Protecting Powder SPF 30. With double functionality, it can be worn with or without foundation.

For the nude lips, trace and fill in lips with a nude lip liner. Pick one with a matte finish. Then use a slightly lighter shade of nude lipstick to dab on center of the lips and feather outward. This will help lips appear fuller.

Rihanna’s brows were perfect. To fill them in properly, try brushing eyebrow hairs down to see where you need to fill in with a brow pencil. After filling in the gaps, even out the product by brushing hair back into place. Set brows with a clear brow gel so that it lasts all night.

Sultry eyes. There’s no other way to describe hers! She used bronze eyeshadow on the lids and shaped it with a liquid eyeliner. After applying the eye shadow, trace the upper lash line. Draw a straight line across and create a wing at the outer corner to avoid an almond-shaped curve.

Were there any other celebrity looks you wanted us to spotlight? #WeWantToKnow

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

SPOTTED: REVERSE SMOKEY EYE

Reverse Smokey EyeThis look doesn’t require dark liner. Instead , it’s a twist on the smokey eye we already love. We have already met the reverse smokey eye that switches it from the top lid to the bottom lid. The trend we spotted though inverts the smokey eye from the outer corners of the eye to the inner corners.

Create  a feline shape by drawing attention to the inner corners with the dark eyeshadow and the lighter shades applied on the outer corners.

We suggest it for a bold party look or night out!

Would you try this look? Let us know!

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: MET GALA 2015 BEAUTY LOOK – JESSICA CHASTAIN

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The Met Gala, also known as the Met Ball,  is one of the most awaited events of the year. Marking the grand opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute annual fashion exhibit, attendees follow the theme in fashion and beauty looks making this one of the headlining events that set trends in our beauty world.

One of our favorite looks reminded us of Hollywood Glamour. Elegant and understated, Jessica Chastain’s natural beauty was enhanced with her look.

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  1. Makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, a frequent MUA for Chastain, focused on accenting the gold sequins of her gown by using gold and taupe eye shadow shades to create a warm, smokey eye. Use shades of gold at the inner corner and center of the eye. Use the taupe eye shadow to blend at the outer corner and lightly across the crease.
  2. Coral blush was used to add warmth to her cheeks and enhance her radiant complexion. When applying bright blush colors, use a fluffy brush and a light hand to not overdo it.
  3. Finish the look with a red, matte lipstick

Who was your favorite look from The Met Gala 2015? #WeWantToKnow

MUSIC FESTIVAL HAIR 2015

With Ultra Music Festival 2015 and Miami Music Week in sunny South Florida, we found the best hairstyles for music festivals for you to try!

Fishtail Pigtails

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Chic, easy and manageable this hairstyle will keep your hair out of your face so you can enjoy the music and good vibes.

Part your hair in the center and use a dry shampoo to add texture. Back-comb the sides and crown. Start two fishtail braids. Here you can add a twist and braid them only halfway of the pigtails or all the way down as in the picture. Tie them off with an elastic. Massage the fishtail braid to make it look tousled.

 

Goddess Crown

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For all the long-haired beauties, this is one of our favorite styles. The braided crown allows you to accessorize your hair with flowers to match the feel-good festival feel. Section off two sections of hair – one section from the right and one from the left. Braid these two sections and then wrap them around the crown of your head. Pin the two braids in place.

Mini Braids

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Mini braids are accessories in themselves. Braid small sections of hair and tie it with an invisible elastic.

Waves
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You can never go wrong with beach waves or textured waves. Follow the instructions here to achieve this look.

Are there any other styles you love?

Happy Miami Music Week!

HOW TO AIR-DRY HAIR

mary kate ashley olsenIt has become clear that working with your hair’s natural texture, as opposed to molding it with heat, will give you perfectly tousled, imperfect hair. Save time and save your hair from damage with these tips. Who knew air-drying hair required so much planning!?

After washing your hair, towel drying hair properly is a must. It’s important to try and get most of the water out so it can be dry by the time you get to work, school, meeting, etc. Don’t be too rough with your hair to avoid knots. If needed, comb through your hair once at most.

Add some product to your hair as well to tame it some during the drying process. You can use a salt spray for some texture, hair oil if you have fine or straight hair but keep it minimal. Try teasing your hair around the crown and then leave it alone. Don’t play with your hair – it’ll ruin the finished product.

If you’re looking to get additional waves in your, tie it in a low bun while hair is air drying. Once your hair is dry and you let it loose, it will have textured waves that look effortless.

We want to know: Will you give this look a try? Or is blow drying the only way to go?

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: OSCARS MAKEUP – ROSAMUND PIKE

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Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike looked classic and beautiful in a fire-red, custom Givenchy gown at the Oscars. With her dress as the statement, her makeup look had to be timeless. With contouring and earthy tones, we agree that Pike looked timeless all night.

Pike got ready for the awards show with a facial a few days prior. Make up artist Melanie Inglessis focused on prepping the star’s skin before applying makeup. Inglessiss used a gentle cream cleanser, a mist spray and moisturizer before applying a gel mask and lip balm. After ten minutes, she wiped off the mask and balm and used a mattifying primer.

Though there was no statement feature in Pike’s look, her cheekbones were accented. Inglessis used a matte cream bronzer on her cheekbones, nose, jawline and forehead to contour.  This allowed Pike’s upper cheekbones to appear lighter and defined without piling on too much product.

Lips were kept simple with a pinkish nude lip color.

Inglessis used a vanilla shadow over the lids, brown liner on the upper and lower lash lines. To add subtle definition, she used a matte brown in the eye’s crease and around the eye to the lower lash line. She finished with black mascara on the top lashes and brown mascara on the bottom lashes.

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We want to know: Did you like the subtle makeup for the Gone Girl actress? Would you have done anything differently?

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NYFW FALL 2015 – DIY KNOTTED BALLERINA BUN

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1. Spritz hair with (VOLUME PREP) to give volume and thickness in preparation for the hair to hold the finished style.

2. Blow dry hair straight to help expand the volume while also creating sleekness; add a light mist of Big Sexy Hair Shine Spray for a touch of sheen.

3. Create a solid center part before pulling hair tightly back into a ponytail that rests just above the nape of the neck, but below the center of the head; firmly secure with an elastic.

4. Taking two sections from the ponytail begin to strongly knot the sections tightly doing this continuously until the end of the ponytail.

5. Coil the knotted sections up into the base of the ponytail letting random pieces poke out for a sculptured look and added detail. Secure the knotted bun with pins until it is tight to the head.

6. Apply Hair Spray onto a small bristled brush and gently use on the top of the head toward the bun to smooth flyaways.

xxK.L