Summertime always brings a slew of bright, new beauty options. From nail polish to lipstick and bronzer to eyeshadow, there is little that can make a girl happier than taking a stroll through a make-up store between June and August. One of our favorite recent additions to our daily beauty routine comes to us from Stila. The "In the Garden" eyeshadow palette is versatile and includes a smudge-stick (waterproof eyeliner) in Starfish, a pretty black with gold and dark green undertones that compliments the ten nature-inspired shades.
For most of us, the Avengers premiered with a bang at midnight today. It was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Not only is it an action film starring superheroes, but it ties together at least 5 films and a ton of characters into one movie. Fans of the comics and newcomers alike were also dying to see whether Joss Whedon’s touch would make the film a hit or a dud. The polarizing Buffy, Firefly, and Cabin in the Woods creator definitely drew a crowd. Midnight premieres across the country were packed with fans waiting to see the film. Some wore t-shirts and accessorized according to their favorite Avengers character. Others went for full costumes.
New face, skin, and season equals overhauling your collection of makeup and tools. We've got great tips and tricks for you from trustworthy make up artists, who've also recommended the following fun and affordable products to get your hands on. So let's begin. It's important to remember when you purchased your current makeup and brush collection, how long ago was it?
Usually, for powder and liquid foundation make up should be able to last between 6 months to 1 year of regular use. During this time your brushes should be cleaned once a week with a gentle soap (preferably non-fragranced soap to ensure zero chance of future breakouts), squeezed (not twisted, watch the bristles!), and laid flat out to dry for a few hours. As for your eye shadows, liquid or powder can last the same time as foundation. The time periods described all depend on the cleanliness and upkeep of your make up in general.
Purple is a color that works for everyone. When it comes to clothing, it's arguably one of the most versatile colors and compliments practically every skin tone. So why not try purple eyeshadow? Bright colored eyeshadows can look a little over-the-top at times, but purple is one eyeshadow shade just about anyone can pull off without looking like a clown. (Unlike blue -which often goes so terribly wrong, no matter how subtle one applies it.) Remember, application technique and choosing the right tones is everything.
So if you want to add a pop of color to your make-up routine, but aren't sure what color to go with or how to pull it off -opt for purple. You can find it readily available in varying shades and palettes. Rule of thumb: the darker /warmer you go, the more refined it will look. Deep plums and more warm-toned purples are great for daytime, as are sheer lavenders. In the evening you can go more dramatic with brighter tones. Here, we show you how to take purple from day to night. (And if you still need help, we've included a handy tutorial video!)
Sometimes we don't want our eyeshadow to look so obvious. The smokey eye look is great for evening, but during the day, a natural approach is best. Here we'll show you how to define your eyes without looking like you're wearing makeup!
First Things First
Go for soft colors that highlight your eye color.
Shimmery nude, light brown, and bronze are essential shades that blend perfectly together. Use light brown to define the crease, from your inner eye, extending all the way out slightly beyond the outer edge of your eye (this makes the eye appear larger). Then using a shimmery nude tone, highlight just below the eyebrow. Next, sweep a copper or bronze shade from your lashes up to the eye crease. Blend with a rounded, soft brush, like Body Shop's Blender Brush.
Urban Decay's 'Naked' eyeshadow palette is a must for every woman. It's so good it deserves its own blog. (And I don't say that lightly). The value is actually good considering you get 12 different shades of eyeshadow as well as an eyeshadow base, and a dual-sided pencil of UD's 24/7 waterproof eyeliner in black and brown. It truly has every shade necessary to go from natural to dramatic -and everything in between! You really don't need anything else except a wand of mascara.
We may love to hate them, but we can't deny that our favorite Disney villians have style. With Cruella's daring green eye-shadow and Maleficent's perfect deep pink lip, we can't help but wonder... did Disney hire a make-up artist?
The makers of M.A.C Cosmetics must have been wondering the same thing by the look of their new Venomous Villains line. Venomous Villains, which hit M.A.C counters this week, is inspired by the looks of four Disney villains.
The villains: Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Evil Queen from Snow White, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, and Dr.Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, each have their own line of products including lipsticks, lipglosses, nail polish, eye shadows, and much more.
Fall 2010 runway trends show lavenders, plums, and fuchsias as being staple colors in the beauty department. This season is all about modern sophistication and what better way to show it than on your face. Neutral eyes and burgundy lips for day and lavender eyes, check out Nars eyeshadow in Daphne, and red lips for night. Try Make up Forever Rouge Artist Intense in 43 Moulin Rouge; No one will be able to take their eyes off of you when you walk into the Pink Room.