The Perfect Labor Day Look

Labor Day provides the perfect excuse to go all out with your makeup because, after all, nothing screams patriotism quite like red and blue makeup. Whether you plan to head to a family barbeque or dance the night away with your gals, we’ve got you covered with this super easy yet glamorous look.

First, start off with the most essential product: moisturizer! Avene’s Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream  is formulated with thermal spring water, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin types. More importantly though, the antioxidant-enriched cream contains SPF 25 so you’ll be protected against harsh UVA and UVB rays if you’re outside.

Once you’ve got a smooth base, glide on BareMinerals’ Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer  to even out skin texture and conceal pores. Apply BareMinerals’ BarePro Liquid Foundation  for breathable, full coverage that will last in even the most unfavorable conditions as it’s resistant to sweat, water, and heat. Like the moisturizer, it also contains SPF so you’re getting an extra layer of sun protection.

Keep your foundation flawless by setting it with Dermablend’s Compact Solid Setting Powder . One light layer of this transparent powder will prevent your makeup from smudging and transfering. Plus, you can take the compact on the go if you need to mattify your T-zone.

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Time for the fun part—whip out some blue eyeliner! Tigi Cosmetics’ Perfect Eyeliner  in “Blue” glides onto the eyelid effortlessly thanks to moisturizing ingredients like Jojoba oil. You can either apply it to your waterline for a subtle flash of color, or make your eyes really pop by lining both your upper and bottom lash lines. The liner also doubles as an eyeshadow since it comes with a smudger so you can soften the look. To finish the eyes, swipe on Glo Minerals’ Water Resistant Mascara  for smudgeproof lashes.

When it comes to lips, a matte formulation is essential for long events so go for Glo Minerals’ Suede Matte Crayon  in “Sorbet.” The chunky pencil lasts for eight hours but won’t dry out your lips as it’s enriched with shea butter and powerful antioxidants. Complement the lipstick by swirling Glo Minerals Blush  in “Begonia” on the apples of your cheeks.

Now that the makeup look is complete, your hair needs some TLC. The look works well with either straight or curly hair so it’s entirely up to you to decide which you want. For this look though, we’re going to tell you how to achieve gorgeous bouncy waves with Bio Ionic’s GoldPro Smoothing & Styling Iron.

 

But before even picking up the iron, prep with Hot Sexy Hair’s Protect Me 450ºF Hot Tool Protection Hairspray  to defend hair from harsh temperatures. After coating your hair with the spray, you’re ready to curl. The technique is simple—grab a thin lock of hair that’s about an inch wide, clamp the iron down, then twist the iron away from your face while running it down the entire lock. Leave the ends a bit straight for a more modern look and then you’re good to go!

The Weirdest Celebrity Skincare Hacks

Celebrities do not always use high-end products. In fact, sometimes they use DIY hacks that cost less than a Starbucks drink. And sometimes those hacks are clever…or just straight up bizarre. Here is a list of the weirdest skincare hacks out there in case you are curious—try them at your own risk.

Washing your face with olive oil

If you have ever wondered if cooking oil can be used as face wash, wonder no more. Chloë Grace Moretz says that washing her face with olive oil does wonders for her cystic acne. “I swear my skin is so much clearer because of it,” she told Allure. However, we would not recommend using it as everyone has different skin types, so what works for her might actually break you out. Instead, try Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil , as it is formulated to use during skin’s flare-ups due to eczema and dermatitis.

Dunking your face in cold water

To set her makeup, supermodel Bella Hadid dunks her face in cold water for 10 seconds. This Korean beauty hack involves submerging your fully made-up face in a bowl of cold water to “seal it.” While it looks effective, that seems like a lot of work to do every day, so we recommend using Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray  as a way more effective alternative. This setting spray not only hydrates the skin, but also calms down acne-prone skin since it is formulated with green tea extract.

Exfoliating with cat litter

This one is probably the weirdest hack on this list, but Snooki likes to mix cat litter with water to get rid of dead skin cells. The self-proclaimed “cheapo” does not like to spend a lot of money on spa treatments so she found on Google that cat litter does the trick. However, Rebecca O’Sullivan, an esthetician at Chicago’s Sine Qua Non Salon, does not advice putting cat litter on the face because it is a known neurotoxin for humans and can tear the skin. Save yourself the trouble and opt for Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant  instead. This skin polisher sloughs off dead skin instantly without damaging your skin thanks to its advanced technology ingredients.

Applying hemorrhoid cream under your eyes

The secret to Kim Kardashian’s bright undereye is not an expensive eye cream, but actually a hemorrhoid cream! Her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, says he uses Preparation H. to reduce the appearance of wrinkles underneath her eyes. The ingredients in the cream really do help to tighten the skin temporarily by constricting the blood vessels, but if used too often can dry out the skin. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream  is a safer, and way more powerful product, as it contains a potent concentration of retinol complex that visibly tightens skin and dimishes signs of aging.

Moisturzing your lips with a nipple repair cream

Margot Robbie believes lip balm contains additives that dry out your lips, so instead she uses Bepanthen, a nipple repair cream for breastfeeding mothers. Some lip balms actually do contain dehydrating ingredients like phenol and menthol, but Avene’s Cold Cream Lip Balm does not. It is an ultra-hydrating lip balm formulated with vitamins E and F to help relieve chapped lips in an instant.

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