A Guide to Wearing Matte During the Holidays

Although typically associated with shimmer and glimmer, winter is also a great time to break out your most adventurous matte hues. Richly saturated lips and deeply colorful eyelids set the stage for a beautiful cold-weather look that’s appropriate for everything from holiday season parties to The Nutcracker showings at your local theatre. Thinking of experimenting with matte for the first time? Here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Make a Statement With Your Eyes

It’s usually the aforementioned shimmery shadows that make the boldest statement. But when applied properly, even matte eye makeup can transform your look into one that is stunning and seductive. Think in terms of your agenda. If you’re headed out, it’s more than appropriate to rock a deep, smoky eye and complement the look with bold eyelashes. Start by priming your lids with bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Primer . Smooth the cream on and watch it transform into a matte powder before your eyes.

Then it’s time to dip into your favorite colors from the Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Kit  in Naturally Matte. Dust the medium shade onto your lids, using a light hand so that you can build color gradually. Then add some dimension by working the darkest color into the crease. Extend that color to the inner third of your eye and blend it just slightly upward. Apply the lightest shade to your brow bone for an eye-popping look. Don’t forget to add a few generous coats of mascara!

Give Your Skin a Little Boost

The right matte products can make a world of difference in how your complexion looks. The key is to select formulas that are designed specifically for your skin type. If you have dry tendencies, for example, seek out items that are enriched with hydrating ingredients to bring out the best in your complexion. The Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45 is an excellent starting point. The moisturizing product dries down to a flattering matte finish and leaves just a hint of color on the skin.

If you don’t want to bother with foundation or like using a setting product as a final touch, consider Glo Minerals Loose Matte Finishing Powder . The translucent product is easy to dust on with a fluffy brush, and is expertly formulated to combat oily skin and prevent pesky shine from breaking through in the middle of the day. The best part is how flawless your skin will look after application—and for hours after.

Add a Pop to Your Lips

If the holidays aren’t the right time to add a dash of crimson to your lips, then there will never be a right time. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, add a matte version of the color to your repertoire. The hues provided in the bareMinerals Go Bold or Go Bare Trio Matte Lip Kit  are especially fitting for this time of year. You’ll have your choice of a pale mauve-pink that’s ideal for the work day, a bold violet to punctuate your night-out looks, and a seductive oxblood red that breaks all notions of timidity and gives you a perfect excuse to finally rock red lips before the year ends.

Images courtesy Vogue

The Definitive Guide to Face Masks

If you’ve even set foot inside a drugstore in the past year, you’ve probably come across a face mask. The world of skincare is forever dynamic, but this is one useful, effective trend that is here to stay. What may confuse even the savviest beauty enthusiasts, however, are the endless formulas. Are you a cream or a gel gal? Should you try a sheet or maybe some clay? Maybe all? We’re proponents of experimenting until you find the product that works best for your skin, especially since they all promise to do everything from deeply hydrate dry spots to treat acne to combat aging. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

Using Them Properly

Face masks are an amazing addition to any skincare routine—provided you’re using them the right way so that they have time to actually work their magic. Keep these handy tips in mind:

  • Cleanse Skin First: Masks should only be applied to clean faces. If you’re using a rinse-off formula, apply it right after cleansing. If it’s an overnight mask, put it on as the final step of your routine.
  • Know the Product: Take into account the purpose of your face mask. If it’s a deeply hydrating nighttime product, you can probably skip your usual evening moisturizer so that the mask’s ingredients have a chance to penetrate. Have super dry skin? Use both for efficacy.
  • Understand Sheet Masks: The beauty of a sheet mask is that it imparts intensive ingredients that sink into your skin on contact. When you lift it up, don’t rinse! Massage the remainder into your skin for lasting effects.

While You Were Sleeping

You may wind down at the end of a long day, but your skin is just getting started. It’s during the overnight hours that your skin works its hardest—your cells repair and regenerate, which means it’s an excellent time to use a potent product that won’t be disturbed by environmental aggravators and everyday stress. Your skin is simply more receptive at night, and more inclined to reap the benefits of effective ingredients like anti-aging vitamin C. The Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask  is formulated to moisturize while you sleep while combating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll wake up to a fresher, brighter complexion, and with regular use you may notice a difference in visible signs of aging.

 

Play With the Clay

You haven’t touched clay in years—but you finally have a good excuse to toy with the stuff thanks to the hundreds of products crowding the shelves today. The beauty of clay is that it’s versatile enough to suit all skin types. I
t’s ideal for oily types who want to soak up the excess sebum, but even dry and sensitive skins can benefit. That’s because clay is formulated to draw out the many impurities that build up, from dirt to oil. This is a baseline for all types of clay masks, but you can narrow down your selection to one designed specifically for your skin type. The bareMinerals Hyperglow Mini Face Mask Collection  is packed with four tubs of clay designed to deep clean, hydrate, exfoliate, and firm. Take your pick!

 

The Next-Level Sheet

You’ve probably heard all about sheet masks, and even if you haven’t tried one it’s probably turned up on your Instagram feed more than once by now. Besides making for a great social media photo opp, though, sheet masks are some of the most effective skin products available. They were everywhere on Korean drugstore shelves before they made the transition abroad, and today they’re a global phenomenon for very good reason. The beauty of this fabric mask is that it douses the skin with beneficial ingredients, like hydrators and nutrients. That’s key if your goal is to see visible results. The Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Recovery Mask  contains 10 essential vitamins and GABA, a topical relaxing agent.

Images courtesy Vogue

Get the Look: Keira Knightley

Whether she’s portraying a pirate, a soccer player, a handmaiden, or an aristocrat, Keira Knightley has the innate ability to pull each role off with grace. Her unique combination of undeniable elegance and dramatic talent brings a certain regality to her on-screen roles—and it’s a quality that translates into her real life, too. When she took to the red carpet on September 15 for the Los Angeles premiere of Colette, she wowed us with her showstopping beauty look.

Was it the delicate smoky eye, or the warmly flushed cheekbones, or the beautifully feathered brows, or the perfect cherry pout? It’s safe to say that all of these striking elements play a strong role in making this one of the year’s best celebrity looks. We’re inspired—and we hope you will be, too. Here’s how you can make the look your own using just a few of our favorite key products


Face

Begin with a clean canvas topped with the moisturizer of your choice. Knightley’s skin is noteworthy because it somehow just glows—and that’s a look that’s easy to achieve by smoothing on Glo Skin Beauty Luminous Liquid Foundation . Add a drop of bareMinerals BarePro Glow Highlighter  to your face and use a foundation brush to buff it into your skin. You’ll enjoy a lit-from-within look that’s perfect for the holiday season. Don’t forget your cheeks! Emulate Knightley’s flushed look by dusting a shade from the PÜR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book  onto your face

Eyes

It might seem a little tricky to pull off such a light, airy, and almost innocent smoky eye, but you can make it work with the right colors in your arsenal. Begin with bareMinerals Aurora Lights Eye Shadow Palette . It contains a broad combination of hues that range from ethereal to dramatic. For this look, you’ll stay on the paler end of the spectrum by using Interstellar, Venus, and Romp to mimic Knightley’s lilac-fresh look. You’ll play up the drama with coat upon coat of PÜR Cosmetics Triple Threat Mascara , which features an innovative brush that makes it easy to apply color to even the innermost corners. Use Youngblood Brow Artiste Wax  to bring your brows to life.

Lips

How addictive is an amazing red lip? It’s hard to resist the beauty of something that looks so fierce, fearless, and surprisingly natural all at once. Knightley pulls it off easily—in large part because the lip is the star of the show. Start boldly by slicking Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick onto your lips. Finish the look by smoothing on PÜR Cosmetics Chrome Glaze Lip Gloss  for an intense kiss of brilliant shine.

Image courtesy Frederick M. Brown/Stringer

Meet the Newest Brands to Hit TheBeautyPlace.com

As the year slowly winds down, your social calendar begins to fill up and you go in even greater search of products that will keep your skin looking its best. You’ve got to keep up appearances, after all—and TheBeautyPlace.com is making it exceedingly simple to do exactly that. The company is excited to introduce a slew of the hottest and most engaging beauty brands to its ever-burgeoning collection of fabulous finds.

Embryolisse

The darling of the beauty world, Embryolisse was born in 1950. In its earliest days, it was sold on French pharmacy shelves and proudly scooped up by women the world over who considered it their little beauty secret. Fast forward to 2018, and the brand is practically synonymous with perfect skin. The line’s best selling Lait Crème Concentre is a lightweight emulsion enriched with shea butter to instantly drench skin with moisture. Formulated to soften on contact, it leaves skin feeling buttery soft.

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SiO Beauty

If you’ve tried just about everything in existence in your efforts to smooth the fine lines and wrinkles developing beneath your eyes, it’s possible you haven’t yet met SiO Beauty. The collection is packed with potent patches designed to minimize those pesky, visible signs of aging overnight—and giving you the youthful visage of your dreams. You’ll find treatments for smile lines, under eyes, the neck, and the face.

Neova

If your dream is to achieve a healthier complexion using intuitive products that truly get your skin, you’ll find the answer in Neova. The line is designed to deliver serious results, no matter what your need—smoother skin, a softer finish, or firmed up fine lines and wrinkles. The advanced products are enriched with potent ingredients, like copper peptides, plankton extract, and glycolic acid.

Jade Roller Beauty

You may have noticed a sudden interest in beautiful gemstones lately—however, none of them are being used in the traditional way. Jade Roller Beauty introduces a collection of stunning beauty tools made with authentic jade stones. They’re designed to stimulate blood flow, improve the skin’s tone, diminish the look of fine lines, and detoxify over time. Beyond these benefits, gliding jade over the skin is a pampering, soul-soothing experience.

Empower your beauty routine with these intensive products formulated to transform your skin—and renew your spirits.

 

The Must Have Products In Every Gym Bag

It’s a bit of a challenge to haul yourself to the gym before sunrise, but more often than not you get it done. What you do post-workout, though, is just as important as actually getting to the gym and completing your hardcore regimen. That’s because all that exercise has a tendency to do a number on your hair and skin. You don’t necessarily have to shower at the gym, but you should pack your gym bag with a few of these very essential items to take your workout game to the next level.

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No matter your hair type, you’ll probably have some sweat lingering on your scalp after your workout. Macadamia Professional Style Extend Dry Shampoo ($23.99) is a game-changer in the ever-burgeoning world of dry shampoos: it smells amazing, plumps hair up at the roots to provide some much-needed volume, and resists the usual powdery mess that is so typical of most of its counterparts. It contains hydrating argan and macadamia oils, both of which nourish your strands without weighing it down.

Those nightmare stories about breakouts that develop after a workout are no joke. Nip the problem in the bud by cleansing your skin with a powerful product, like Murad Clarifying Wipes ($15.99). They’re formulated to combat blemishes, remove dirt, sweat, and debris, and limit your skin’s excessive oil production. Swipe it over your face and neck after a workout to achieve an instantly fresh complexion.a274d5b420c9639472cd7a27e88fd0f0

To wear before, during, and after: Bliss Fabulips Glossy Balm ($11.99) absolutely nails it with an impressive formula that keeps lips continuously hydrated. It’s made with a hyper-moisturizing blend of shea butter and vitamin E, both of which deliver the goods on contact to leave your lips soft. There’s even a hint of mint to leave your breath smelling fresh. Dry air in the gym can really do a number on your lips in no time, so it’s a good idea to keep something like this on hand.

You don’t need to apply a full face of makeup after that fabulous workout session. Chances are you’re already sporting some pretty rosy cheeks, but if you want to boost your complexion while you’re running an after-gym errand, apply some Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($16.99) onto your cheekbones and call it a day. This is all you need to achieve that natural glow that mimics your skin’s innate beauty, and the twist-and-go formula is perfect for on-the-go touch ups.

Who actually wants to stow all of this stuff in an oversized gym bag and rummage around for it? What you need is a cute case to tote it in style, like this TIGI Cosmetics Bag ($1.99). An unbelievable deal, it’s sized just right for all of your essentials, and you can stick a few extras in there, too—think travel deodorant, hair ties, and a comb. P.S. Starting this week if you spend over $175 on SkinMedica Products you can receive a gift bag with four travel size SkinMedica products valued at over $105, that would be great additions to your gym bag. Just make sure to enter the code: FreshSkinM2 at check out.

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