How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

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The Beauty Tools You Always Need In Your Bag

You might find that carrying beauty staples like powder and lipstick are essential to maintaining your makeup look on the go, but including tools in your bag is just as important, if not more so! Even if it’s one of those days where you cannot be bothered with makeup, there are certain tools that come in handy when you least expect it. We found the five best tools from Tweezerman that will barely take up any space in your purse—and will save the day in unanticipated situations.

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We know what you’re thinking—why not use a kabuki brush instead for powdering? While a bigger brush is good for dusting a light layer of translucent powder over freshly applied foundation, it’s not the best option when you need a quick touch-up. Tweezerman’s Blender Brush ($12.99) is the perfect size to get rid of any shine, blend blotchy eyeshadow, and dust away mascara flakes that may have fallen on your cheek during the day. Plus, if anything lands on your keyboard at work, you can easily dust it off with this brush. (Just make sure to wash it after!)

Point-Tip Tweezers

Considered the sharpest of all tweezers, these bad boys can grab even the tiniest of eyebrow hairs. Our favorite is the stainless steel Tweezerman Point Tweezer ($18.99) because they’re rust resistant and have the most precise points. Aside from plucking your hairs, these tweezers can be used for so many different things in everyday life. To name a few, you can remove splinters, clean debris underneath nails, and untangle delicate necklaces. As with a brush, we recommend cleaning it before every use.

Is it spring yet? Because I sure can’t wait for it to get here already. Give me all the bright colors, the sunshine and warm…Brow Scissors

They’re great for trimming your brow hairs, but they’re pretty versatile all around since they’re scissors. Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush ($16.59) are small enough to carry in your bag, but have large enough blades to cut packages, stray threads from clothing, and hangnails. The tweezers also come with a spoolie brush, which works well for removing any stubborn mascara smudges on your eyelids, exfoliating your lips, and calming down any of your fly-away hairs.

Magnification Mirror

Measuring at 3.4” by 0.4”, the Tweezerman Tweezermate 12X Magnification Mirror ($11.99) is as compact and practical as a portable mirror can be. With its optically correct 12X magnification feature, this sleek mirror works well for any precision tasks you need done while traveling. We’re talking tweezing to makeup application to contact lens insertion. It’s clear from edge to edge so you’ll be able to see everything up close and personal—you can practically examine every pore with this tool if you want!

Nail File

Last but not least, every woman needs a sturdy nail file in her bag. You never know when the edge of your nail will start to snag on everything, or—even more painful than a breakup—your nail breaks. Tweezerman Neon Hot Nail Filemates ($3.99) includes three colorful files in a travel-friendly size so you will always be prepared if tragedy strikes. You could also use it to rub away super glue on your skin and over pills on a sweater to get rid of fuzz. And as an added bonus, you can sharpen your tweezers with it by pulling it across the nail file a few times in the same direction.

Get the Look: 2018 Oscars Edition

Another year, another Academy Awards in the books! Of course, while the ceremony may be over, the beauty looks remain the most buzzed about element of the show. Who did we love, and who made the biggest impact? Check out some of our favorite looks below, including a rundown of how you can make them your own.

Lupita Nyong’o

Oh, hey, Lupita. Not only did the actress look like a vision in pure gold thanks to he metallic dress, but her makeup won accolades for its fresh, ethereal glow. Makeup artist, Nick Barose, took inspiration from her flowing gown, which had a faint goddess-like vibe. He achieved the look by prepping her skin with a gentle serum and moisturizer before applying foundation with a damp sponge. A highlighter brought her cheekbones out, while a brownish-nude lipstick played up her pout. Her eyes were the true standout, thanks to the unexpected pop of blue that added leverage to the gold powder on her lids.
Make this look your own by nabbing the Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99). It includes shades of bright blue, gold, and taupe to give your eyes that glam-goddess look Lupita owned. Add a touch of Glo Minerals Dust 24k ($23.99) to your cheekbones, temples, and tip of your nose to bring out a natural glow. Finish with a swipe of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready ($16.99) to warm up your smile.

 

Jennifer Lawrence 

Prep, prep, prep. That’s the secret behind Jennifer Lawrence’s head-turning look at this year’s ceremony. Makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, achieved the look using a potpourri of makeup from Dior after liberally preparing her skin with a luminous moisturizer. The metallic cat eye was devastatingly sexy, while the unexpected rusty orange lip played well with her gleaming bronzed cheekbones. So can you pull this off if you aren’t an Academy Award-winning actress who’s worked with every enviable leading man and woman in recent cinematic history?

In a word: yes. Start with bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 Palette ($36.99), which contains all of the shades you need to achieve the ultimate smoky eye. Use the metallic bronze to tone the look down if it’s a little too bold for your everyday look. No smoldering eye look would be complete without some eyeliner. We’re particularly crazy for Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner ($13.99), which is a dewy formula that is easy even for beginners to apply. As it settles, it dries down to a bold, long-lasting finish. Mimic Lawrence’s warm glow by applying Glo Skin Beauty Blush in Spice Berry ($28.99) to your cheekbones, and finish with Jane Iredale PureGloss Lip Gloss in Hot Cider ($22.99).

Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Images courtesy Getty

How To Get The Perfect Look For Your Holiday Parties

Are you ready for the Holidays? We are!! This time of the year is full of happiness and it is all about creating memories with people we love. With so many events, parties and dinners, the only thing we want is too look completely fabulous- and yes, we we’ll help. – Sometimes, your make up is way more important than the outfit you wear, so it always has to be on point!

We know that some of you might be scared about trying to get that Smokey-Eye look because you are aware that it can be a huge mess to use dark eyeshadows without knowing exactly what to do we them. But don’t worry; you don’t have to be an expert to get this outstanding make-up look. For this tutorial, you’ll only need two tones of eye shadows. We swear is as easy as it is beautiful!

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Step 1: First, start by creating a thick, winged line on your upper lid with black eyeliner, we recommend bareMinerals Lasting Line Longwearing Eyeliner ($14.99) that it provides a maximum color intensity without smudging. Plus, with this product, the smoky eye looks can be created easily! Make sure you extend the wing, so it almost reaches the tail end of your brows. Line the lower lash line as well.screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-5-33-38-pm Step 2: Dip a fluffy blending brush in your black shadow and buff out the cat eye Our Youngblood Brush – Blending ($25.99) is just perfect for the job! Buff out the shadow until it extends just past the crease of your eye.

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Step 3: Now, apply some orange shade along the crease and make it slightly overlap with your black-Smokey lid. The Tigi Cosmetics HD Eyeshadow Palette ($22.99) has the perfect orange tone for it! Make sure you blend out the color slightly. For this, our TIGI Cosmetics Brush – Dome Shadow ($10.99) will be a great option! Apply the same orange shade to the lower lash line, so it overlaps with the black and blend the colors.

Step 4: Don’t forget to finish the look with mascara. We recommend the Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara (23.99) it helps the lashes look thicker and longer naturally.

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Yes, it is probably the easiest yet fabulous make up tutorial for Smokey Eyes you’ll ever see. Try it yourself and be ready to look fantastic during your Holliday parties!

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.

 

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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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