HOW TO USE COLOR-CORRECTING CONCEALER

e4c1e95614e72952bc7ff4a5a908ca9eConcealers are like erasers in a container. Blemishes, dark circles, pigmentation – this product does it all.

Even the staff that is low maintenance on makeup during the week use concealer religiously.

But which color should you use? The editors at TheBeautyPlace.com have categorized the issues by color – we got you covered!

Match Your Skin Tone

Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to conceal blemishes.

Green

Green concealers are great for those that battle dermatitis, rosacea or even a mild sunburn. By using it after priming and before applying foundation, it helps conceal redness triggered by any of these skin conditions.

Lavender, Lilac

Also to be applied after priming skin and before foundation, lavender concealers helps neutralize sallow, yellow tones to brighten skin’s appearance.

Yellow

Another complexion brightener, yellow concealers helps soften signs of redness while adding warmth to the skin.

Salmon, Pink

Ideal for dark circles – hands down. (We also have heard about a red lipstick trick to conceal dark circles, so this totally makes sense!) Use it especially to remove blue or gray undertones. We wouldn’t use it anywhere else on the face though so keep it to the area to avoid any skin blotchiness.

Do you have any other suggestions for concealers? #WeWantToKnow

Beauty Tip: Double your matching skin tone concealer as a primer for eyelids and lips if needed.

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BAKED PERFECTION

Photo Credit: Heidi Hamoud

Photo Credit: Heidi Hamoud

Contouring then strobing, now baking?

The makeup world is continuously evolving and we are absolutely amazed at this revived trend.

Yes – revived. The drag queen community has been using the baking technique to help set heavy stage makeup and it works – makeup is always flawless.

Baking involves using your body heat to help set makeup resulting in a smooth, crease-less finish. Even Kim Kardashian-West’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic uses this technique!

The trick involves layering setting powder thickly and allowing it to “cook”  into your foundation and concealer. As shown in the photo from Heidi Hamoud’s YouTube tutorial, it helps highlight the covered areas – underneath eyes, forehead and chin. The result is a flawless finish with contoured cheeks.

So how do we begin?

1. Apply moisturizer, primer, and foundation. This method can be drying so the moisturizer is extremely important. You may also want to include an eye moisturizer to help hydrate the area as this method does focus on the eye area.

2. Apply concealer under the eyes. Dab on from the apples of your cheeks towards your temples. Keep going towards the hairline for some serious contour. Blend in with a damp makeup sponge.

3. Use translucent powder to set the base of the makeup.

4. To “bake” or “cook your makeup, use a wedge sponge and dampen it with a setting spray or facial mist. Then dip the sponge into the translucent powder used in Step 3 and apply it generously under eyes, chin, jawline and middle of forehead. Let it bake anywhere from 5-30 minutes. We suggest 10 minutes for great results but if you have time, go for all 30!

5. Dust off the powder with a fluffy brush. If you want to blend any rough edges, apply pressed powder on the brush and use that to dust off the translucent powder.

We love how this makeup look leaves our makeup look flawless.

Have you tried baking? #WeWantToKnow!

 

CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: AMERICAN ULTRA PREMIERE – KRISTEN STEWART

kristen stewartFierce. That’s what we would use to describe Kristen Stewart’s beauty look at the premiere of her movie American Ultra.

She look effortlessly cool and exuded a punk rock vibe. The main event?

Her cat eye.

Inspired by Edie Sedgewick and the playsuit by Zuhair Murad that Stewart wore, makeup artist Jillian Dempsey made the usual cat eye bold and graphic.

The rest of the look was kept demure – nudes and mattes – to keep the focus on the eyes and the great playsuit.

Her hairstyle was touchable and tousled sealing this look together.

#GetTheLook:

Extend the flick by bringing it further out towards the brow. Use bold lines and blend for a thicker look. (Beauty Tip: If you’re looking for high pigmentation, use a black shadow to intensify it.)

Add a swipe of eyeliner along the waterline to help frame the eyes.

Apply a subtle amount of blush and keep your lips nude.

We love this look for a party since there’s no worry about having it smudge!

#WeWantToKnow if you would try this look. Tag us and let us know!

 

CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT: MET GALA 2014 – Beyonce

beyonce met gala 2014In celebration of throwback Thursday, we went back to find a fave celeb beauty look that we would love to recreate.

With fall around the corner, the dark lip colors  are back in style and we couldn’t be any happier.

Beyonce wore a 20s-style headdress which led her and her makeup artist, Francesca Tolot, to go for a beauty look that was retro, modern, and bold all in one.

STEP 1: Begin with a primer. It’s important to create a smooth, blank canvas for a flawless finish.

STEP 2: Follow with concealer and foundation. For those in more humid areas, you can use a BB Creme instead to achieve that even skin tone while allowing your skin to breathe if concealer and foundation is too heavy for the climate that you live in.

STEP 3: Apply an illuminating powder.

STEP 4: Because we want the main focus to be the dark lip, keep the eyes light. Beyonce had a golden shadow. It was applied to the eye area beneath her lashes and above it all the way to her brows. Blend outwards.

STEP 5: Add light color to your cheeks. Opt for a bronzer that has a bit of shimmer  on the apples of your cheeks, forehead and bridge of your nose.

STEP 6: Apply black mascara and curl your lashes.

STEP 7: The beauty look closer – the dark lip. Use a lip primer or prep with a lip balm. In order to prevent your lip color from feathering or bleeding, line lips with a clear lip liner. Apply the wine colored lipstick.

Perfect for a night on the townor dinner party, it is a low maintenance look that would look great paired with neutral colored outfits (nude dress anyone?).

#WeWantToKnow Would you try this look? Tag us if you do!

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POPULAR DUO: GLASSES & MAKEUP

makeup for glassesTidy and perfect.

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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Do you have any suggestions for your chic, glasses wearing peers? #WeWantToKnow

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

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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