Saturday, June 26, 2010

Like a Blister in the Sun

In honor of today's sunburn from my laziness at the lake, let me enlighten you about the easiest way to turn your redness into an appropriate skin tone for public appearances.  

If you have a light or medium skin tone and your face happens to be any sort of pink hue, try using a green to neutralize the color.  NYC had a great cover stick you can pick up at any neighborhood drug store.  One little stick of mint green, blended conservatively into your redness will turn that face back into the peachy color you began with....or a bit more tan.  But acceptable, none the less!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Tips from Women Around the World

Different cultures swear by certain tricks to keeping themselves beautiful, whether it's their hair, skin or nails.  Check out the secrets of Japanese, Swedish, Egyptian and Italian women - amongst others!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Clean Face -- in a hurry!

It's been a busy week, late nights, on the road.  When you're not at home and don't fall into the same night routine, it's difficult to pull off even the simplest chores.  The part of your night routine that you should never skip, no matter how exhausted, is the makeup removal part.  Freshness, instead of festering, while you sleep is the nicest thing you could possibly do for your face!

So, here's a quick tip that I picked up a few years back from an interview Leona Lewis did with some beauty mag.  It's been part of my night routine ever since, simple and refreshing!  

Grab yourself a pack of baby wipes the next time you're in a drugstore or department store.  I usually use 2 wipes per night to get everything completely off - the first to loosen and remove most of the grime, the second to leave a clean surface as it wipes away the remaining residue that may have just been loosened by the first.  These are even really great to remove eye makeup!

Because they are baby wipes, they are designed to be gentle on sensitive skin, but yet be strong enough to remove stubborn, sticky matter (Desitin anyone?).  Also, they're likely to have some sort of moisturizer in them to ensure baby's bottom is re-hydrated, and your face would receive that benefit as well.  

Of course, check the product as you would a facial cleanser to ensure you're picking something appropriate for your skin.  But at a few dollars for a pack of them, they'll be a much cheaper alternative to lugging your entire routine with you while on the road, and a few in a baggy will get you through security at any airport hassle free as well without adding to your 3-1-1 bag of liquids!


Monday, June 14, 2010

quick tips

Just a few quick tips that were posted on my homepage today.  Thought I'd share these with you!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lining Eyes

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originally uploaded by painting faces.
It's summer. Time for minimizing - which sometimes is actually maximizing.

I've been attempting to pull off a beachy look for work. We luckily have a casual dress code, so every day I get to wear things that most people only have the luxury to on weekends. So along with my fresh-off-the-beach wavy hair, flowy dresses and fun heels, I've also been trying to pull off a minimal makeup routine.

This part hasn't been working out so well. Because persons like me who have been blessed with dark circles under the eyes, wearing little makeup makes you look tired, regardless of how much beauty sleep you've gotten.

So in addition to my foundation, concealer and powder base, a touch of bronzer on the cheekbones and above the eyebrows, I have now had to figure out how to make my eyes less tired looking without piling on a load of stuff.

I have been loving my bottom inner eye rim. Dusting some soft color on the rim with an angle brush allows definition and draws attention away from unfortunate permanent shadows just south of there.

It also avoids the accidental smeared smokey look that can happen with humidity and too much (non-waterproof) eyeliner.

The lining the rim technique may result in migration of the color during the day. Sometimes it heads to the inner eye in which a quick touch of your finger to the inside corner removes any buildup. The color may also move from the rims to form a colorful line within your lower lash line - a perfectly acceptable migration destination.

Add a swipe or two of mascara - waterproof for humid or rainy days - and you'll be beautifully set!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Shine On ... Or Not

There's something to be said about someone who can pull off a summer glow.  That dewy look of just being misted with a crashing wave is gorge!  But the look is not so attractive if the shine is due to oily skin...

Many brands have their very own version of Clinique Oil Blotting Sheets.  Blotting sheets run anywhere from $5 to $20 for a package with anywhere from 50 to 300 sheets.  

My home solution?  Just grab a tissue or a few squares of toilet paper.  Rubbing your face with this would lead to smeared makeup and the need for retouching.  So when a shining moment arises, just lay a tissue on the oil spill and gently press your fingers to the tissue.  Patting the tissue will allow the oil to absorb while your makeup stays put.  

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lickable Lipgloss

Have you ever found that perfect lipgloss, perfect in every way?  You end up being completely loyal to that lipgloss, only to have it discontinued shortly after you become addicted.  And then you have to start the search all over again? 

I'm really hoping that doesn't happen to me again anytime soon!  Because not only have I become addicted, but I've also hooked a few of my gal pals.  Victoria's Secret, please do not ever rid your shelves of Beauty Rush Minty Lip Shine!  I think we would cry for days...maybe weeks.  

I use this as a shine over my lipstick or just as a clear gloss.  It's a perfect blend of moisture without stickiness!  Doesn't hurt that it tastes fantastic, too - always a bonus with lip stuff.  And how convenient that Vicky's places it right at the checkout, so you can grab a tube as you wait... or browse through their other grab items.  Which I will inevitably rave about in a future post.