Year after year, the look for spring and summer involves a requisite “pop of color.” Lipstick, liner, nails, what have you, it’s all about looking fresh and “natural” with a touch of vibrant contrast. I know full well that the absolute last thing you want to do come rising temperatures is put on more makeup… so why not try a pigmented cream blush on top of your SPF 30+ tinted moisturizer? Unlike powder blush, creams don’t emphasize oiliness or texture, and they amp up the glow factor without fail — and, for the sweaty-faced, they help to make it look like you just got back from a run instead of just stood on the subway for 5 minutes. Give one of our favorites a try; you might just like ‘em enough to keep them in rotation year-round! Keep reading »
I’ve had my tube of Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer for awhile now, and for most of that time I’ve used it occasionally when I needed an extra layer of coverage for under my eyes or to conceal redness around my nose. I liked it a lot, but it probably wouldn’t have made it into my deserted island makeup bag (AKA the bag of makeup essentials that I’m inexplicably bringing to a deserted island with me, along with Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things and a pile of White Stripes CDs).
Then, last week, something weird happened: the sun came out in Portland. I wasn’t expecting this to happen for another 4 months, so I didn’t have any sunscreen on hand. Since my Dermalogica Primer has SPF 30, I started using more of it, spreading a thin layer all over my skin before I applied my makeup. Within 24 hours of slathering my face with primer, the following things happened… Keep reading »
Of all the beauty products in the world, powder probably gets the worst rap. Just the name conjures images of chalky, pasty texture and little puffs and getting it all over your clothing… but it doesn’t have to be that way! Not anymore, at least — I can’t vouch for my grandmother’s generation, but the newest incarnations of powder are silky and sheer and, used as a base or patted over finished makeup, give a refined, soft-focus finish that blurs imperfections and pulls your whole look together. These 5 powders (3 loose, and 2 game-changing holy-grail pressed versions) are guaranteed to change your mind, once and for all, so put down the puff, pick up a fluffy powder brush, and get started (yeah, it’s that easy)… Keep reading »
I’ve suffered from depression for much of my life. It’s generally well-controlled, thanks to a carefully calibrated hybrid of therapy (which I’ve admittedly been slacking on) and psychiatric drugs, but when I’m feeling down about something or other, I find that my usually-rational brain takes it upon itself to think terrible, terrible thoughts. Honestly, I mentally berate myself to an extent that I wouldn’t subject my worst enemy to. I have plenty of pretty unhealthy habits, but this is probably the worst one because it has zero benefits — nothing can ever come from it but more negativity. Lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to stop and re-channel my energy into something positive, so today while I was looking into the mirror and putting on my makeup, I decided to think something nice about myself instead of my usual, God, you could really use a nose job. And I thought, I am really, really good at cat eye liner. I do it every day, and it only takes me a few minutes, and I only fuck it up, like, once a week.
Of course, feeling good about my ability to execute flawless cat eyes only goes so far. How do I intend on maintaining the positive energy? By sharing it with you, of course. Behold, my top tips and products for the perfect cat eye, every time… Keep reading »
When Yoko Ono says “makeup tips,” you pretty much have to assume going into it that there will be very little makeup involved. How much makeup, exactly? None. Zero makeup. In fact, I have no idea what kind of “tips” these are. But I’m sure they’re good, useful ones, whatever they are. “Take rainbow pills — but with caution.” Indispensable wisdom! Like a fine wine, Yoko gets weirder with age. I appreciate that. [Fashionista]
“You don’t have to do a lot of makeup or whatever. Just take care of yourself, take pride in how you look. There are some days I look homely like hell, but beautimous comes within yourself and if you’re happy with yourself, that’s all that matters.”
– I’ll admit that Mama June from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” would not be the first person I’d expect to dole out a great beauty tip. I mean, this is a woman who has neck crust. But I can admit when I am wrong! Mama June’s tip to a viewer on a recent Facebook live-chat on how to be “extra beautimous” is actually balls-on correct. You’ll never read this in Allure magazine, but a pretty face or slim physique mean nothing — nothing — if you aren’t happy with yourself. Beautimousness does come from within! [TLC]
I’m baaaaaack! Did you miss me? In this week’s episode of What We Missed, I break out my Google Translation app in order to discuss the perks of having a major language barrier when romancing someone. For example, you’re forced to really listen to each other. Also, we reflect on the death of Justin Bieber’s hamster, mostly to mourn the downfall of society that such a thing is even a Twitter trending topic and to rail against people (celebs and commoners alike) who adopt/buy animals when they’re not fully prepared to care for them. (Also, I reveal my own crazy super fan past!) And lastly, we chat about recent stats about when women finally go makeup-free in front of new boyfriends. Personally, I go barefaced pretty early, but totally sneak out of bed in the morning to brush my teeth before he wakes up. I put off exposing him to my morning breath for as long as possible! Watch the episode above and share your thoughts on all these stories in the comments!
The makeup counter is where we flock to when we want to try on a new shade of red lipstick, get a whiff of a celebrity perfume, and most importantly, score tons of freebies! But as priceless as our wild encounters with the makeup girl or guy are, there are some experiences we won’t endure… even in exchange for a free makeover.
From overzealous perfume spritzers to product testers that can double as petri dishes, read our list of 11 makeup counter dilemmas:
- When you get the makeup lady with really bad makeup trying to give you her look. Read more…
Makeup artist Melissa Murphy’s series of mesmerizing side-by-side photos documenting the transformation of bare-faced everygirls into bombshell porn stars stood out as fascinating for a few reasons — namely, the social commentary aspect, in which we’re forced to question everything we think we know about what porn stars are “supposed” to look like. But the photos also elicited reactions that had less to do with the profession itself (and, with it, our preconceived notions of female physical attractiveness) and more to do with Melissa … as in, how the hell does she do it? Keep reading »
The fashion world operates on an entirely different calendar than the rest of the world. Fashion is always one season ahead — for example, as we’re entering spring of 2013, the industry has just observed autumn 2013 — so when the season actually rolls around, we have to go back in Fashion Time and sync it all up. Make sense? It’s pretty much mid-March already, which is kind of freaky-deaky, but the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion season took place all the way back in September.
Anyway, springtime! It’s happening, and lest you forget, we’ve plucked 5 gorgeous, show-stopping looks off the spring runways (which, you know, happened alllllll the way back in September). Check ‘em out, and see how to get them right here…