Fashion Week Beauty … You Can Actually Wear!

With Fashion Week coming to an end (New York, London, Paris & Milan). The latest trends have been revealed. Most of the time we see a look on the runway and it’s too over the top to actually wear. These beauty looks are chic, fresh and ready to walk the only catwalk that matters REAL LIFE!

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Beauty Tips: Glowing Skin ALL Winter Long

Vionnet Backstage at Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 Collections

Dry, flaky skin is never appealing. Unfortunately it’s a common trait during the winter months. With a few simple tips and amazing products here is how you can maintain your glow all year-round.

Why does the winter weather make your skin dull? In winter, low temperatures, low humidity and strong, harsh winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer, which keeps the skin from drying out. The dry air from furnaces and other heating sources also suck the moisture out of skin. To keep skin soft and supple, your goal is not to add moisture to skin, but to keep moisture in.



1. Exfoliate everywhere (seriously everything)!
Your skin cells are turning over constantly. Exfoliating gets rid of your dead skin and reveals the new. It also gives you a smooth canvas to apply your makeup. Exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week. (Try St. Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub $3.99) Insert photo Don’t forget your body! Great skin doesn’t stop at your neck. (Try Neutrogena Energizing Sugar Body Scrub $9.99)


2. Moisturizer is your friend.
Using 2 different moisturizers is a plus. One that’s rich and creamy to wear at night to combat lines and wrinkles and a lighter formula to apply during the day. It protects your skin from harsh weather and helps with slowing down the aging process. (Try Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief $34.00)



3. Cracked lips don’t get kissed!
We lick our lips thinking that we’re giving them moisture, but really our saliva contains an enzyme that strips and makes them dryer. Keep a lip balm on you at ALL times. It also serves as a good primer for your lipstick. Remember nothing looks good over dry crackly lips. (Try Kiehls Lip Balm $7.50)



4. Take a steamy shower…
Take advantage of the steam from your shower and/or bath, let it hydrate your skin. As soon as you get out of the shower, pat dry, then immediately use a rich body cream. (Try H2O Plus Body Milk Lotion $19.50)




5. Do the layering method.
Using just lotion in the winter won’t do. After you apply that use a light oil on your skin. It serves as a sealant and locks the moisture into your skin. Too heavy for you? Do this step only at night.  (Try Bio-Oil $11.99)


*Beauty Note*
Does drinking lots of water really help your skin? Surprisingly, doctors say no! Drinking tons of water won’t give you luminous skin. However, people who drink lots of water tend to have better health habits and that improves skin function.

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The “No Makeup” Look

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Glowing, healthy skin is always in-style. Here’s how to achieve the “no makeup” look with a few of my favorite products.

1. For that “J Lo glow” add a few drops of Stila’s All Over Shimmer liquid luminizer to your foundation or moisturizer.

2. You want that real skin feel. Try Bare Minerals new BareSkin Foundation. It’s a correcting liquid foundation with a serum all in one.

3. Use a cheek cream that blends into your skin for a natural flushed look. I Like Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor cheek gelee in Poppy Paradise (you can also use it on your lips).

4.  Apply several coats of mascara. Try Loreal’s Collagen Mascara for thick, lush lashes.

*Beauty Note: Keep your brows maintained for a overall polished look*

Get Un-Stuck Out of Your Beauty Rut

Hey POPPY! 1. Spice up your makeup with a POP of color. Pinks, reds, and oranges wake up your complexion. Rock the BAND! 2. Lean on fun hair accessories and avoid a bad hair day (even guys can do it). … Continue reading

Be a Glow-Getter!

The “J-Lo” glow is a phrase we all know to well! How do we get this glow? Here’s a few of my makeup pro tips and favorite must-haves to achieve just that (some products as low as $10)! 1. Try … Continue reading

All Mixed Up

One of the hottest trends this Spring is mixing prints. Yes! Paisley with stripes, floral with polka dots, and more. Leopard print is the new neutral. Pair it with anything but, no look is complete without the right beauty accessory! … Continue reading

Let’s Hear it For the Boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes a lot to look HOT and now the boys are acknowledging it! With brands such as Clinique and Clarins creating successful product lines for men. It gives them the opportunity to take care of their skin and still feel “manly”. Even wearing concealer to cover up dark circles or acne scars. Men are diving into the beauty world head first. 

Maybelline Official Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Maybelline is the creator of some of my favorite makeup products like the NEW Falsies mascara and Super Stay 24 lip color. For more info about their amazing brand go to http://www.maybelline.com.

 

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Interview with Francois Nars

Francois Nars, Makeup artist & founder of NARS Cosmetics created the look for Marc Jacobs spring 2012 . Here he explains the inspiration and connection to the late singer Amy Winehouse.

1. What kind of look did you want to create for Marc’s show?

Marc showed me images of Amy Winehouse, Patsy Klein, and Sweet Charity – all of whom had inspired him. Because the girls are to be staring into the eyes of the audience when the curtain opens, we decided to focus on the eyes. We were inspired by this book from the 1960s, Cowboy Kate, whose character wore false eyelashes and Marc mentioned Bob Fosse (the choreographer) and so it was really important to make the girls look like dancers, to treat them like characters not models. The skin is meant to look like it is dewy, like the girls have been dancing – it’s very Cabaret. We used the new Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer instead of foundation.

2. What beauty technique did you use to bring Marc’s vision to life?

We used three pairs of false eyelashes for each girl! We actually had to cut them very precisely. The inner corners of one pair were cut off and applied to the inner corners. Then, we cut the remaining two pairs in half and used the outer halves on the outer corners, not at the same time of course. We applied one set, and then followed with the next.

3. What kind of affect does this create?

It makes the eyes look really full along the outer corners. It’s very decadent, very French, very Marc. We used Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner to line the eyes and eliminate the space between the lashes and the lash line. And then applied Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara for additional emphasis.

4. What about the rest of the look – especially the brows? They are very defined.

In order to keep the focus on the eyes, we needed to create a frame around them, which is exactly what brows do to the face. We made them very dark with the black side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow, so that they look like dancers. In the past we’ve always done really minimal brows or bleached them completely so this was different for us. The brow is sharply defined from inner to outer ends. It’s very monochromatic.

5. Hence the reason for no blush and nude lips?

Yes- there is no color. The lips have Madere Pure Matte Lipstick applied for a nude, very couture look and topped it with Striptease Lip Gloss for shine. And absolutely no blush- when you look at the girls, it’s really like you are looking at a black and white film – there is no color.

6. You mention Amy Winehouse- what about Amy inspired the look exactly?

The look for Marc was very similar to Amy’s in that the skin is transparent. The direct inspiration was not a literal reference but to evoke the overall feeling or essence of her. The hair, the lashes and also her skin. She never wore a lot of foundation; just eye makeup.

http://www.narscosmetics.com