Monday, June 8, 2015


Summer is always a challenging time to keep your makeup looking fresh and clean. Luckily, there are so many products out there chock full of polymers to increase their wearibility and help prevent makeup meltdown--and they’re perfectly safe according to the experts. Here are some tips and must-have products to help you beat the heat this summer.

Start With Hydrated Skin
If your skin is dry and dehydrated it can actually absorb the moisture from your makeup causing it to fade away and disappear. Be sure to prep your skin with a great moisturizer and sunscreen designed for your skin type. If you need a quick boost try Patchology hydrate FlashMasque Facial Sheets ($50 for 8/$6.25ea) and Flash Patch Eye Gels ($50 for 30/$1.67ea). These will hydrate thirsty skin in 5 minutes with hyaluronics to bind moisture and plump fine lines, Aginine to encourage collagen production and Betaine to promote long-lasting hydration. With this 1-2 punch you can kiss blotchy makeup and cakey concealer goodbye.

Mattify Don’t Over-Dry
Blot papers and powders are fine for absorbing excess oil and sweat but do this all day long and you’ll end up with a “cake face”.  Did you know that most makeup primers can also be used to touch up over makeup throughout the day? One of my favs: E.L.F. Studio HD Mattifying Balm ($6). For use both under and over makeup it contains vitamin E, jojoba and almond oils. And its clear texture
ELF Mattifying Balm
makes it invisible on the skin. This balm is the bomb!
Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow

Use “Water-Friendly” Eye Color
Waterproof and water-resistant eye colors are a summer beauty’s best friend. Cream eye shadow can be applied easily using a brush or your fingers, and stays put even under water. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow ($26) comes in a variety of colors and finishes from matte to shimmer and give the eyelids a smooth appearance.
 If you like eyeliner Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($19) is highly pigmented and fade-resistant. It holds up under the most extreme conditions and is so creamy you can smudge it and wear it as a shadow. And your mascara doesn’t have to be waterproof to last. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Mascara ($26) can be worn up to 10 hours and provides maximum length and volume to extend lashes without flaking.

Don’t forget, long wearing eye makeup requires effective removal. Skip the wipes and opt for an eye makeup remover designed to break down those waxes, polymers and solvents that help block out water and perspiration. One of my favorites: Laura Mercier Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($22). Its oil-free and quickly dissolves waterproof and long-wearing eye color.

Cream Wears Best on Cheeks and Lips
Cream products hold up well on clammy summer skin, and if you can find one that multi-tasks that’s even better. The Multiple Stick by Nars ($39) highlights, sculpts and warms the cheeks, lips, eyes and body and Vapour Beauty’s Aura Multi-Use Blush ($36) Not only works on cheeks, lips and eyes but is also 70% organic to help you look hot without all the harsh chemicals. On lips, skip the gloss and stick with creamy or matte textures. One to try Lancome Le Lipstique ($25) lip coloring stick with brush attached that glides on, stays put and can be worn alone or under your favorite lip color.

Set It and Forget It
You can help extend the wear of your look all day long by using a makeup setting spray. Dior Airflash Matte Touch ($50) has Kaolin clay to eliminate shine and leave a velvety matte finish, and Kat Von D’s Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist ($21) will lock down your look for up to 16 hours. One quick spritz of these after you’re done applying color will keep your makeup in place for hours.

 Follow these simple guidelines and you’re sure to look hot this summer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OSCAR BEAUTY: The Best Looks on the Red Carpet

As usual, the Academy Awards this past weekend was full of gorgeous gowns and amazing makeup and hair. There seemed to be one over-whelming beauty trend on the red carpet--minimal is best.  Naturally nude faces, radiant skin and lived-in hair styles were the order of the night. Many of the  looks this year surprisingly can readily translate into styles we can duplicate on a regular basis. Here are some of the stand-out beauty trends you'll love so much you may want to try them for yourself.

The Long Bob

The long layered bob (dubbed the "lob) accented with beachy waves on Naomi Watts, loose curls complete with headband on Keira Knightly, and straight and glossy on Kerry Washington looked classy but not overdone. 

Jennifer Aniston

Neutral Face Palette
Gina Rodriguez
Natural and nearly nude color palettes complemented the gorgeously ornate gowns on the red carpet. There were fifty shades of beige...and brown...on the eyes and flushed tones on the lips and cheeks. Impeccably groomed brows were a given. To get the look try The Naked eyeshadow palettes by Urban Decay ($49)
below (l-r) Jessica Chastain, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rita Ora

Bold and Vibrant Lips
Margo Robbie
 From vampy to vivacious it was all about the pout. Shades of berry and deep wine, or classic coral and matte red kicked up the glam factor on an otherwise neutral face. Lush lashes coupled with black, smokey eye liner created the perfect accent for a fierce face.  Try Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick 456-Erik ($36) for a sultry, vampy look and MAC Ruby Woo ($14) is a great universal matte red.
Chrissy Teigen
Viola Davis

Carmen Ejogo
 For a smouldering look on the eyes Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal eyeliner in Blackened Black ($23) on the waterline and smudged above and below the lash line creates that smokey drama.
Lady GaGa
Emma Stone

Solange Knowles

Casual Hair Don't Care

Whether it was the dampness in the air or the influence of the models on the runway at New York Fashion Week, this year celebrities favored ponytails and messy buns over up-do's and defined curls. J-Lo killed it in this high ponytail and nude-pink makeup palette, and newcomer Dakota Johnson looked fresh and modern in this easy ponytail and fringe bangs.

Both Anna Kendrick and Best Actress winner Patricia Arquette went with intense black eyeliner, a bun and soft coral lips. Get this look with E.L.F Studio Mineral Lipstick in Cool Coral ($5)

Sienna Miller and Best Actress nominee Rosamund Pike opted for the "no hair" look with their tresses pulled completely off of the face, a slightly sculpted cheek bone and strong brow. Layer your cheek color using Bobbi Brown Blush Palette ($45) a trio you can layer that includes a neutral, bright and shimmer tone all in one compact.

I Woke Up Like This
Radiant and glowing skin is a must for everyone who walks the red carpet and this year was no exception. The makeup palette was natural and flawless with hints of shimmer and the hair styled almost as an after-thought. With a center or side part, loosely curled or sleekly shined and tucked behind the ears this is definitely the hair "of the moment".  Get that pop of shimmer on your eyes with Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Palettes ($50)

Zoe Saldana

 ReeseWitherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, America Ferrer

Lupita Nyongo

Check out your favorite Oscar look and imagine what you can do using the tools you have in your makeup bag. Who may even surprise yourself!

Stay Beautiful!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


      Hello beauties!

    With the glitz and glam of the holiday season getting closer and closer I wanted to post some tips to help you pull your look together.  I know we can all be tempted to get a little "cray cray" at the makeup counter with all of the holiday color collections. So just remember to keep these basic rules in mind when combining your colors so you can give great face this holiday season.

      Stay Beautiful!
There is a “no competition” clause for your face when it comes to makeup. Your makeup should be enhance your natural features and not be distracting on your face.  A smokey or vibrant eye shadow paired with a subtle lip or a bright intense lip color matched with a more neutral eye most always looks best.

Place your bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks, on your jaw line and at your hair line, then add a “pop” of blush color to the apples of your cheeks. Because no one blushes bronze

When you’re combining colors make sure to use either all warm or all cool shades together. They’ll blend well and not fight with each other. Finish your look with eye liner.

Apply your complexion color and/or powder first then highlight and contour. Match your foundation and powder to your actual skin tone not the color you would like to be.
And always start with a clean, fresh face.

Pink, plum, brown, red or coral lips should have the same kind of color on the cheeks.

Define and give shape to your mouth by applying lip liner. Blend it with your lip color so it doesn’t look obvious. If you’re going for the ambre look, lip liner should be no more than 1 shade deeper than the lip color you’re using.

A glitter eye shadow, eye liner or shimmery face powder is a nice touch but not all at the same time or everywhere on the face. Pick one feature and enhance with glitter there (see rule #1). Besides, you don’t want to be mistaken for a disco ball!

Your eyebrows should never resemble a Nike swoosh. Make them fuller using a pencil, powder or gel but stay away from black as it can look too severe. Opt for dark brown instead. Don’t over-tweeze or draw your arch in too high or you’ll have a surprised look all day.

Add a few coats of lash primer and mascara. Start at the root of the lashes and coat all the way to the ends to prevent clumping. Everyone should use mascara in black unless your lashes are completely blonde, then use brown. This is definitely the season for falsies.

Add a bright smile and self-assured attitude to the mix and you’re ready to take on the world

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Makeup Trends: From the Runway to the “Real Way"

Most of us already know that the amazing designer clothing we see gliding down the fashion runways help determine the popular styles at our favorite department stores and boutiques. But the makeup styles on the runway also help set the beauty trends we follow throughout the season. I know what you’re thinking. Some of those makeup looks are so crazy you could never imagine looking like that out on the street. But many of the makeup and beauty trends seen on the runway this Fall can actually be worn out in the real world.  Here are some great looks you can incorporate into your daily routine to help keep you beautifully fashionable and right on trend for Fall!

The Statement Eye
Bold black liner and brightly colored eyelids were front and forward on all the runways. Use pencil, liquid or cream/gel eye liner to get the look.  A super-thick line works best on a larger lid because on a small lid it can make your eyes appear even smaller. Green is the new black when it comes to eye shadow color from teal to forest. The focus is on the lid so leave the area under the lower lash line fairly clean and keep lips understated for dramatic effect. For that defined black outline try Revlon Colorstay Black Eyeliner (about $6) or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($24)

                                     Metallic Eyeshadow

Metallic eye color is back in full effect, but not the 80’s disco ball glittery eye. This time it’s much more sophisticated and deliberate. Sweep it softly across the top of the eyes and under the lash line or pack it intensely between the lash line and the eye lid crease for a look that demands attention. Eye liner is a must with this look on both the eyelid and the waterline. Pair it with a subtle or intense lip, whatever fits your comfort level. My favorites of the moment Chanel Les 4 Ombres ($61) or Urban Decay Eyeshadow single ($20)

Pastel Color Streaks
Hair color continues to be a big trend for Fall but is heading toward pastels. Shades of pink, blue, green, purple even yellow can add a fun flair to an otherwise ordinary look. Use clip in pieces if you aren’t ready to make a full commitment. Try Anastacia Hypercolor Brow and Hair Chalk (about $20) or check your local beauty supply's selection of synthetic and natural hair extensions.

The Nude Face
Of course it’s not actually nude but it is a very nude look.  Skin is flawless, lashes are lush, brows are groomed and makeup not only blends in with but almost matches your skin tone.  Chose a BB/CC cream or a very sheer foundation to correct any imperfections in your skin and a light setting powder to control any shine. A makeup primer designed for your skin type will keep you looking fresh and natural all day long. And never underestimate the power of a great skin care routine! Try Iman Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF15 (about $23) or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 ($43). For a great nude eye check out The Natural Shadow Palette from NYX (about $7.50)

 A Bold Berry-licious Lip  
Like the smoky eye, this trend seems to show up every Fall. Anyone can pull off the berry lip because it works on all skin tones from very fair to dark chocolate. Choose the intensity you’re most comfortable with. A sheer balm, stain or gloss will give you a subtle hint of color while a matte or creamy texture will add more drama. Go neutral or intense on the eyes…your choice.  If you only try one trend this season this should be it. Some of my favorite lip colors and textures come from MAC Cosmetics ($15-22)