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.

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How to: Get the Best Halloween Look with Just Makeup

With Halloween mere days away, it’s time to finalize your costume plans. The only problem? You aren’t quite sure what you want to wear. Thank goodness for makeup—that almighty tool that’s capable of transforming your look from plain Jane to plain fabulous in just minutes. If you’re thinking sweet and simple, there are plenty of options for you. But if you’re envisioning something artful that would make Picasso envious, you’re destined to find hundreds of ideas, too. Here are just a few ways to get the Halloween look that you want—only with makeup!

Ice Queen

You don’t have to be a five-year-old to appreciate the ethereal looks spotted in Frozen years ago. You can easily make that magical look your own by icing up your lids, lashes, and brows with shimmery white hues. Make it work by running the Tweezerman Folding iLashcomb through your lashes first, setting the stage for a plush white mascara and allows your peepers to stand out. Add a generous dusting of Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow  in white to your lids and over your eyebrows. The result? Brrr! You look hot for someone so cold.

Easy Giraffe

Yep, we’ve moved from cheetahs to giraffes. And we’re absolutely here for it—it’s a fun, playful look that anyone can pull off using just a few key items. First, bring your eyes to life using copious amounts of black liner. Try a liquid formula so that it remains budge-proof throughout the night—we’re particularly loving the Youngblood Liquid Liner Pen . Then curl, curl, curl! Your lashes need to stand out because, well, you’ll never meet a giraffe without a serious lash game. Clamp down with Tweezerman’s Super Curl Eyelash Curler , and finish with multiple coats of bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara . Get those telltale spots using your choice of bronzer or body makeup. Don’t forget to add a pair of ears!

Zombie Girl

When else can you really rock bloody lips and dead eyes but Halloween? Make the most of the occasion by vamping up your makeup. Try a deep, rich lip color that saturates your pout with something brazen—think Youngblood Kranberry or Bistro lipstick . Get those dark, dramatic eyes by lining with TIGI Cosmetics Precision Black Eyeliner. Apply some false lashes to really elevate your look, then apply multiple coats of Glo Skin Beauty Lash Lengthening Mascara for extra oomph. Precisely applied pale makeup is the key to a seriously effective zombie look. We’re wild about Dermablend Flawless Creator  for its staying power. Finish with strategically applied reddish, dark, and gray color around your eyes, and a few drops of “blood” trailing from your lips down your neck.

Feeling adventurous? Let your imagination take control this Halloween! You’ll find an amazing selection of color cosmetics to help you achieve a look that’s sure to win “best costume” awards and turn heads all night. Whether you’re going for wild, wacky, or wondrous, you’re sure to find what you need at TheBeautyPlace.com.

 

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!

Get the Look: 2018 Grammys Edition

To die for? Oh, yes. This year’s Grammy Awards were more than just a celebration of music, but also a tribute to sultry, seductive beauty and adventurous, out-of-the-box looks. We tapped into the genius minds of beloved makeup artists to find out exactly how to make some of those fabulous looks yours—with a few of your favorite products from TheBeautyPlace.com.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora dazzled the red carpet with her Ralph & Russo dress. The songstress is known for her brow-raising fashion, and this year’s style was a seeming homage to sexy old-world starlets who knew exactly how to bring the drama. The stunning complement to her sexy black dress was a bold plum lip that paired bea
utifully with her flawless complexion and luminous glow. Make it your own just like this:

Go heavy on the lips. We love Glo Minerals Lipstick ($12.99) in Cabaret for its bright finish and hydrating formula. Use it to perk up your pout and give your face the awards-
worthy look you’re envisioning. Of course, dramatic eyes play well into that old Hollywood look so many of us love. Jane Iredale’s Eyeshadow Kit ($38.99) in Smoke Gets In Your Eyes contains a breathtaking combination of brightening sheers and dramatizing darks to really play things up.

Another key product that makeup artist Kathy Jeung relied on was highlighter, which helped enhance Ora’s already fabulous complexion with a lit-from-within glow. Swipe Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter ($20.99) in Complete over cheekbones and brow bones to accent areas that the sun naturally hits. You’ll look fresh even on the longest nights! A pop of color helps boost your fresh factor, too—Jeung used a cream to warm up Ora’s face. We love Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush ($20.99) in Luxe.

 

Janelle Morae

 Taking a cue from Twiggy, makeup artist Jessica Smalls gave Janelle Monae a truly unique red carpet look. The star’s stunning floral tux alone was enough to turn heads, but it was her glowing makeup that really got the attention of beauty aficionados. Here’s how to do it yourself

Even from afar, her gleaming skin was visible. To achieve the look, Smalls steamed Monae’s skin before mixing foundation with a luminizing product and applying with a wet sponge. You can achieve a similar appearance by spritzing Glo Minerals Moist Hydration Mist ($14.99) over your makeup—this helps refresh your look and illuminate your visage. Dust Tigi Cosmetics Bronzer ($33.99) on temples and cheekbones to contour and add a sun-kissed glow.

And turquoise eye shadow? Definitely. That was the highlight of Monae’s gorgeous look, which featured a bright water line that made her entire complexion pop. You can emulate that look by applying the Flirt color from Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99) wet to line the lower lashes. Finish with minimal lips by smoothing Jane
Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss
($22.99) in Soft Peach over your pout—its shimmery finish is instantly glamorizing

 

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How To: Ace The Red Smoky Eye Look!

It’s official! — red/pink eye shadow is the new neutral. With stars like Ruth Negga, Lily Collins, and even Queen Bey turning up in pink eyeshadow, pink blush and bright red lips, the combo is proving to be a real stunner — and a refreshing departure from the typical red lips and black, winged liner pairing we see this time of year.

Though it’s a risky shade, it can be surprisingly easy to pull off with the proper placement and blending skills. Choosing the right shade depends on your skin tone, and experimenting with the color base will help make sure you choose the right shade of red for you. However, to create this look, the Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eyeshadow ($19.99) has the perfect red tone that goes with almost every skin tone, they also go on smooth and ensure long-lasting wearability!

Also, don’t forget you’ll need to add some orange to the corners to make it a little softer and less dramatic. The Glo Minerals Elemental Eyes Collection ($33.99) this palette includes eight eyeshadows that will help you to perfectly get the smoky red look.

 

After you applied and blended the eye shadows, define the entire eye with a brown eye pencil, lining the upper and lower lash line so no skin is showing. Actually, we have the perfect product for that! Check out the Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner ($11.99) this pencil easily glides onto the eyelid without stretching the delicate skin around the eye.

 

To get this perfect look, apply a few coats of volumizing mascara. The more, the better! bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black ($17.99) creates larger-than-life lashes. This mascara helps lengthen, thicken, and separate lashes for volume you can see.

 

Last but not least, an outstanding red smoky eye look needs to come along with tons of highlighter! Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter ($20.99) illuminates skin and adds a glow to any look. Shine bright babe!

 

Your Best Fourth of July Look Ever

It’s easy to dress up for Independence Day—all those stars and stripes, all that red, white, and blue. But dedicating your beauty routine to the star-spangled holiday is decidedly trickier, unless you’re perfectly fine stepping out wearing cobalt eye shadow and ruby lipstick simultaneously.84329cb254d723950b7ecf1b04dd6d4a

We think we’ve locked down just the products you need from TheBeautyPlace.com to make your Fourth of July the most gorgeous one yet. Here’s how to get into the spirit of the holiday and celebrate the nation in style.

e36e9c7484db2d8e866f18914bb0f58dNo doubt about it—it’s pretty hot in early July. Your face perspires, your makeup feels heavy, and your hair seems to take on a life of its own. Thanks to Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray ($17.79), you can knock that lastone off the list. With this essential styling tool in your arsenal, your mane will look amazing and stay put while you hang out on the rooftop catching the fireworks. Try a trendy braid and mist it with spray to keep it in place—and don’t worry about pulling off a complex, Kardashian-style plait when even a casual, loose braid looks perfectly adorable.

 

Raccoon eyes are another unfortunate side effect of warm weather, but you can up your game with bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara ($16.99). Create lengthy, voluminous lashes that won’t budge no matter what
the evening brings.

Now is definitely the time to rock some bold eyeliner behind t696f1be352f141746a048c103383d234hose lush lashes. Try TIGI Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner in blue ($12.99) to achieve a festive look for the holiday. Don’t be timid—start at the inner corner of your eye and

make your way outward, finishing with a winged effect along the top lash line. Along the lower lashes, use a light color to make your eyes appear even larger. White is a great option in keeping with the holiday’s standard colors, but you can also try the soft peach Glo Minerals Precision Eye Pencil ($11.99) for a similar effect.

 

Balance out those brilliant eyes with a more subdued cheek color. Dust a light, natural shade, such as TIGI Cosmetics Glow Blush in Brilliance ($15.99), onto the apples of your cheeks to achieve an instant, summery glow that will also complement your tan.

Com531df25cb55199191e58cee3b04b8bf3plete your Fourth of July look with the ultimate finishing touch—a kiss of vibrant red on your lips! We suggest bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Live It Up ($16.99). It makes a strong statement and is a true red hue, free of any pink or brown undertones. Bonus: It’s the ultimate holiday lip color, too.

 

Shop our Independence Day sale at TheBeautyPlace.com and score big on your favorite beauty products just in time for the holiday—and for showing off all summer long.

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

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