Mid-Day Refresh: How to Touch Up Your Makeup in a Rush

You’ve got places to go, things to do, and people to see. Where does your makeup routine factor into the schedule? If you’re anything like us, you usually need to refresh your look a bit by midday. We’re here to share several helpful tips to minimize the time it takes you to usually revamp your complexion. Here, how we pull it all together even in the midst of a crazy day.

Invest in a Crazy Good Concealer

If your goal is to minimize imperfections and perfect your skin, your best bet is to invest in a concealer that is designed to hide everything from dark circles to ruddiness. We love bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($18.99). Available in four versatile shades, it features a lightweight consistency. When applied, it smoothes and drenches skin with moisture, conceals precisely what you want to hide, and nourishes to reveal a brighter, healthier complexion with regular use.

 

Brighten Up with Tinted Moisturizer

By midday, your entire complexion could look a little sallow. Forget about starting afresh with every single product in your beauty routine. Just whip out a product like Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($30.99). Not only is it infused with protective SPF 15, but it also moisturizes skin and leaves behind a hint of color that helps banish imperfections with a natural finish.

 

Put On a Kiss of Color

Sometimes all you really need is a pop of color on your lips to shake things up after a busy morning. In fact, that’s often all you need to feel more pulled together before a big meeting or gathering with friends for lunch. Slick on Tigi Cosmetics Diamond Lipstick ($17.99), available in eight shades and perfect for livening up your look when you need something peppy to perk things up.

 

Warm Up Your Complexion

Particularly helpful during the cooler months, Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush ($20.99) will quickly warm up apale complexion. Just smudge it onto your cheekbones and blend, blend, blend to achieve a natural glow that brightens your face and gives winter paleness a little nudge.

 

Liven Up Your Lids with Cream

If you’re focused on playing up your eyes, you don’t want to spend half of your lunch hour applying primer, shadow, liner, and mascara. Keep the routine simple by touching up your lids with Tigi Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow ($13.99). Thanks to its crease-free formula, it slicks right on and stays put without budging—and it leaves behind a gorgeous shimmer, too.

What to Do When Your Skin Freaks Out

We’ve all been there. One day your skin is completely fine, and the next morning it looks like something out of a horror movie. Whether it’s an unfortunate allergic reaction to something mysterious, a surprise breakout on your chin, or some ruddiness that doesn’t seem to want to budge, there’s no easy way around the fact that your skin is simply freaking out. The good news is that we have some solutions for your serious skin woes. Here’s what to do when…

 

Your Lips Are Chapped  

You try your best to handle your lip game. And usually it’s pretty easy to keep them moist, but during the colder months of the year your skin—including your lips—has a mind of its own. To the rescue comes Glo Skin Beauty Lip Revival ($25.99). This high-impact treatment is formulated to drench lips with moisture and improve moisture levels so that your lips stay softer for longer. Use it at night to obtain lasting results.

Your Acne Scars Are In Effect

Acne scars don’t just develop overnight, but if you’ve just recovered from a serious breakout there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some lingering pigmentation issues. Bid farewell to that dark spot by applying SkinCeuticals Phyto+ ($78.99), a highly effective lightening gel enriched with natural ingredients designed to gently lighten skin in the areas that need it most. It’s free of hydroquinone, too, which means it’s great even for the most sensitive skin types.

Your Dryness Is Unstoppable

Winter has a habit of wreaking havoc on the skin, and it often seems like no matter how much you treat it you can’t quite stay on top of all of the dryness. The Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum ($55.99) makes an amazing addition to any dry-skin routine. Don’t be fooled by its lightweight consistency; it’s loaded with moisturizing ingredients that flood your skin with hydration and give it a plump, healthy finish. Use it before bed to combat dryness and signs of premature aging.

 

Your Skin Is Bright Red

There’s nothing like waking up, refreshed from a great night’s sleep, only to discover that your complexion resembles Rudolph’s nose. While it’s tempting to just slather on several layers of makeup and go about your day, that won’t exactly solve the problem in the long run. Treat your ruddiness with La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 ($11.99). It’s formulated to gently heal even the most sensitive skins, even those recovering from procedures or suffering from dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis.

Your Acne Is Out of Control

Stubborn acne is an annoying skin woe that can often seem insurmountable. Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($21.99) are infused with salicylic acid and tea tree oil and are designed to target only the skin that’s affected. This helps reduce the telltale dryness that many acne medications cause, while effectively treating even the most difficult blemishes. Wear them throughout the night, or during the day if you don’t plan to leave the house.

 

Images courtesy Vogue.com

Pop Art Makeup for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and I know you want to win the costume game this year! What about trying something different this year with a Pop Art Make Up to take your spooky look to the next level. Trust me, it is easier than you think.

Prep: Flawless Face with Heavy Blush: prepare your skin as you normally do. But this time, go heavier on your blush since it is going to show up through all the dots you will be adding later on. The Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush ($17.99) will give you flawless application in one easy swoops.

Use some yellow eye shadow –very bright yellow eye shadow – and apply it to your eyelids and slightly beyond the inside corners. The heavier you go on this, the better! The Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eye shadow ($19.99) can help you to get that bright effect, perfect for the pop art costume!

Now, apply black eye shadow to the outside creases using an angled shadow brush to create a large slightly smudgy wing tip. Then blend a white eye shadow on your brow bones to highlight the look and give it an extra pop of dimension. The Jane Iredale Eye shadow Kit ($38.99) has both the black and white colors you need to slay this look!

 

Use the white Jane Iredale Eye Pencil ($10.99) to create a white line along your lower lash line. This is going to give the illusion of having a larger eyeball and now, with the black eye pencil, draw a new faux lower lash line below the white line you just made.

 

Before finishing your eyes, create a more dramatic look with really intense brows, for this, use a black eyeliner like the Youngblood Eyeliner ($7.99) Remember, you are not going to the movies with this make up, it is a Halloween costume so it is suppose to look over dramatic. Don’t forget to go big with your mascara and apply a few coats of the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara – Black ($16.99).

For the lips, make a statement using the Tigi Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick in color “Honesty” ($12.99) Again, use white to give a highlight that will really complete your cartoon-like look. To finish the lip, outline in black, allowing the lines to taper off on the center of your lower lip line.

Now, the dots!! Using white paint, apply small dots all over your face. Now, Draw black lines to create your cheekbones and side of your nose using the black cream pod. This is going to finalize that two-dimensional character vibe.

 

How To: Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

Just a few simple tweaks to your makeup routine is all it takes to emphasize your eyes! Big eyes appear youthful, wide-awake and healthy. We aren’t all born with oversized peepers though, and that’s where some artful makeup tricks come into play.

First of all, you need to define your eyebrows. Groomed arched eyebrows create a flattering frame for the eyes. And anything that accentuates the eyes is going to make them appear larger. Youngblood Enhanced Brows Kit ($32.99) contains three products to help you achieve the ultimate brows! Want to learn a bit more on brows we have the perfect guide here.

 

Create some shadows: A matte, warm brown color will help to create some dimension and make your eyes pop.The bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow ($18.99) contains 2 blendable shades that can help you create the shadows that will make your eyes look bigger.

Now we brighten! By adding some light to your eyes by placing shimmer at the inner corners and below your eyebrows, will give the appearance of more open & awaken eyes. The Jane Iredale Eye Highlighter Pencil – White/Pink ($11.99) is a dual-ended pencil designed to highlight eyes and face. You can instantly wake up tired eyes and give eyes a lift with this white and pink pencil.

Filling in your waterline with a dark liner can look sultry paired with smoky, diffused eye shadow, but it can also make your eyes look about half their size. For a bigger-is-better look, color the waterline with a flat, white eye pencil instead to instantly open and brighten them beautiful eyes. Our top pick is the Jane Iredale White Eye Pencil ($10.99) it won’t pull or tug at your lids. This an essential tool for this makeup! P.S this also makes your eyes look whiter.

 

Mascara, mascara and more mascara! Mascara is the perfect way to enhance the lower part of the eye without overdoing it. The 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.

Wait, did we say mascara? Just in case, apply some more!

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The Perfect Look For Back To School

Yup it’s here! That time of the year when you have to buy pens, papers, and books. These may all be very necessary for the school year but we can’t help but plan our outfits and looks for that Welcome Back first week! We’ve all been there and that’s why we’ve put together the perfect look just in time for back to school! Check it out!

Keeping your makeup natural and effortless will help to avoid looking overdone, and also speeds up your morning routine. We recommend to go for a BB Cream instead like Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream ($29.99) this cream helps cut down a consuming beauty-routine. Providing even coverage, it helps diminish the appearance of blemishes and fine lines. It helps create a smooth and supple texture with a dewy finish.

 

You probably don’t want to put much make up for school because you like it to keep it simple. We get it, and we support that! However, you cannot skip your window
frames! Fill in your natural brows with a pencil that is two shades lighter for darker hair or two shades darker for lighter hair. Glo Minerals Brow Powder Duo ($18.99) are powders that are specially made to match all brow colors. They are designed to fill in any areas of less hair of the eyebrow you would like to fill in.

 

The best secret to make your eyes look more awake is by applying some mascara! You don’t want to look like you just woke up five minutes ago, so try the Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die for ($16.99) and don’t leave the house without it! This product is formulated to help lashes look longer, thicker and fuller without clumping, smudging or flaking.
To keep with the simplicity of the look, always add a swipe of your favorite nude or pink lipstick. bareMinerals Mini Moxie Plumping Lip Gloss Collection ($23.99) has many options to match your lipstick with your mood or even wear a different one each week! These goof-proof glosses are totally school-ready, just toss these minis in your bag and take them with you!

On the other hand, when you’re starting school, you might still have that summer vibe. However, really bright eye shadow combinations can be distracting and a little over-the-top for a day at school. If you want to add a pop of color, try it in smaller proportions like blue eyeliner! Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner, tone “Peacock” ($11.99) easily glides onto the eyelid without stretching the delicate skin around the eye. You can get this pencil not only in blue, but also in purple and green

These are just some of the step you can include on your morning routine to go back to class in style! Hope you liked it, enjoy the rest of the summer!

 

Skincare 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Choosing the right skincare products can be a tricky thing. Once you’ve settled on a regimen, you have to make sure you’re using your products in the right order, applying them at the right time of day, and treating your concerns effectively. It can be mind boggling simply navigating the skincare aisle at the drugstore! That’s why we’ve broken down the fine art of caring for your skin. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

Q: In what order should I use my skincare products?

It’s no good having a great collection of products if you aren’t applying them in the proper order. The first step is to remove all traces of dirt and debris with an effective cleanser formulated for your skin type. The goal is simply to start with a clean canvas. Make a commitment to exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. Focus on those areas where clogged pores are most prominent, like your cheeks and nose.

Follow with a serum that’s packed with ingredients that target your skin’s unique needs. Formulas enriched with retinol’s and hyaluronic acids are designed to target aging, while nourishing oils lock in moisture for dry skin. Remember to pat your serum on—don’t rub. Next, pat eye cream on gently, taking care not to rub or tug the delicate skin in this area. Work your way from the outer corners of your eyes and down along the orbital bone. Then apply moisturizer. Your final step is sunscreen, which is essential if you’re headed outdoors.

 

Q: Can I use a face oil if I have oily skin? 

It may sound counterintuitive, but face oils are remarkably effective even on oily skin. They key is not to go overboard in your usage, and to stick with nourishing ingredients that help balance your skin. We like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalene ($23.99) for its gentle, non-comedogenic formula. If you find that most oils feel too heavy, look for a product specifically formulated as lightweight. You might also want to add just a drop to your nighttime moisturizer instead of slicking it onto your skin full throttle. Nighttime is definitely an important qualifier, too: your skin is less oily at night, so it’s best to apply your face oil right before you hit the sack.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

Thought the terms are often used interchangeably, hydration and moisturization are two different concepts. Hydrators are designed to increase your skin’s water content, while moisturizers lock in moisture to prevent that water content from being lost. This is why it’s advisable to apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin—it’s the water that keeps skin hydrated, while the moisturizer seals that hydration and keeps skin soft and supple. For extra dry skin, we love Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($329.89) to really ramp up your skin’s ability to combat fine lines while maintaining a smoother, healthier complexion.

 

Q: How long should I wait before applying sunscreen?

 

You’ve slathered sunscreen all over your face and body about 20 minutes before heading outside. You’re good to go—for now, at least. Pay attention to your sunscreen’s SPF rating. That number indicates how much time you can safely spend in the sun before your skin starts to show signs of damage (like pinkness or redness). As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen after two hours. If you’re using a water-resistant formula, note that their efficacy times may differ. So if you’re swimming or surfing, be sure to reapply as often as the packaging instructs. One of our favorite head-to-toe formulas is Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body ($24.99).

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