Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Find The Perfect Pink For Your Skin Tone

PINK_ARTICLESpring is almost here, so it’s time to break out the pretty pastels. Pink is such a girly color, and it conjures up feelings of youth, vibrancy, romance and love. Pink is actually a universal shade that works on every woman, regardless of her age and skin tone, so it’s really about finding the correct makeup for your unique skin.

Women with fair skin should stick to cool shades of pink that create a fresh, soft look. On medium skin tones, rose pink makeup looks incredible. Olive and mocha-skinned ladies look radiant in shades of coral pink, and if you have darker coloring, bold bright pinks play off your skin beautifully.

For Fair Skin
Try the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink ($6.44, target.com) and Clinique‘s Chubby Stick in Curvy Candy ($16, sephora.com) for the lips.

For Medium Skin
Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal ($44, sephora.com) will look great, along with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Eternal Rose ($9.99, drugstore.com).

For Olive And Mocha-Toned Skin
Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in Guava Glow ($17, sephora.com), and I like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Trollop ($18, occmakeup.com).

For Darker Skin
Try Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Flaunt ($24, sephora.com) and Nars Lipstick in Schiap ($26, sephora.com).

You can have a bit more fun with pink when it comes to your lips, so don’t be afraid to try shades outside of your comfort zone. A pop of pink will definitely brighten your day, so blend it on and look pretty in pink.

How To Wear Emerald On Your Eyes

EMERALD_ARTICLEThe highly anticipated release of Oz The Great And Powerful (the film comes out today) has inspired everything from gem jewelry collections on HSN to makeup palettes from Urban Decay. Everyone seems to be getting in on the magic of emerald green. It’s a lovely universal color that any woman can wear, no matter her age or skin tone. Here are a few fun ways to play up your emerald forest eyes and use this fun shade to showcase your inner Dorothy.

For a light play on emerald, try wearing a simple brown eye shadow and eye liner, and then sweep on deep green mascara on top and bottom lashes. I like the Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Dark Green ($26, blincinc.com). Not only does it allow you to wear green naturally, but it will last through heat, humidity, long days and a few tears.

If you want to add a slick of color that has a bit more kick, try lining the upper lash line with an emerald green liquid liner and flick it out at the ends in a little wing. An inexpensive way to try this new trend is with the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Duo Liner in Polished Green ($7.99, drugstore.com). Pair it with black lashes and nude makeup to make a statement.

If you are simply in love with emerald green, you must go all out and buy Sephora’s The Color Of The Year Collection ($68, sephora.com). This set includes Color Grid Eyeshadow Block Bionic, Color Code Prismatic Shadow Block, Lightspeed Glitter Dust, Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner, Color Cube Lid Stain, Color Watt Highlighting Mascara, and a Prismatic Color Block. Follow these steps to get the most out of the color collection:

Step 1: Sweep the white shimmer under the brows, on the inner corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones to Carmindize the face.

Step 2: Apply the green lid stain across the lid.

Step 3: Follow with a sweep of the green shadow across the crease of your eye lids and under the lower lash line.

Step 4: Add a sheer wash of glitter across the entire lid.

Step 5: Take the green pencil and trace along the upper and lower lash lines and then sweep on mascara for major green-with-envy eyes.

Makeup Looks Twice As Nice With This Technique

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Stila Jewel Eye Shadow ($20, stilacosmetics.com) and NARS Eyeliner Stylo ($27, narscosmetics.com)


When trying to achieve an intense dramatic makeup look that differs from your “usual,” it’s really about double or nothing. Layering two different products kicks everything up a notch, so try these makeup tips for a magnified effect:

1. Create radiant skin by blending an illuminating primer onto skin, and then apply a liquid foundation.

2. Take eyes from polished to pow by applying a pencil or liquid liner, and then sweep over it with a shimmering shadow in the same hue.

3. A double dose of mascara takes lashes from pretty to party when you use a regular formula followed by a colored or glittered one.

4. Back up a cream eye shadow with a sweep of shimmering sparkling powder shadow in the same color to create mucho magic.

5. Sweep on a sheer colored blush, and then top it with a dusting of highlighted powder for a cheeky punch.

6. Lips look uber luscious if you smooth on lipstick then glaze over it with a shiny gloss.

7. On the body, give yourself a healthy glow by applying self tanner, and then go back the next day and use the self tanner again on a sponge, only tracing along the natural contours of your muscles to make them stand out to give the illusion that you’ve been hitting the gym extra hard.

So use these two-for-one beauty techniques, and take your look to the next level.

How To View Hollywood Glamour In A Healthy Way

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The Academy Awards is upon us, and soon we’ll tune in to see what everyone is wearing and how they look. As much as we love to emulate our favorite stars, their red-carpet beauty looks should be used simply as inspiration and not a measure against which you judge yourself. I always say that the real definition of “celebrity” is one who is celebrated, so celebrate yourself and use this visual candy only as a way to play with your own look. A great hairstyle, nail shape, eye shadow or lip color you see on an actress can easily be incorporated into your beauty routine if you approach it with a healthy and fun attitude.

First thing to do is choose a celeb that has your similar coloring, so when you try it on yourself, you will look enhanced and not like you are working against your natural special beauty. You also have to be realistic and understand that these actresses have paid thousands of dollars on professional makeup artists, stylists, hairdressers and manicurists to look as amazing as they do. Wait a day or two after the awards ceremony and visit beauty blogs and websites to learn what they wore and how they did it.

Fair skinned gals with red hair can channel Jessica Chastain and watch what she does with new lip colors that play into her ginger coloring. Blondes and brunettes can keep an eye on Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lawrence, Adele and Jennifer Lopez. Dark skinned beauties can find inspiration for hair and makeup from Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington. Mature women like Emmanuel Riva, Dame Judy Dench, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Sally Field look totally amazing and wear sophisticated Hollywood glamour with pure timeless style. I love watching these legends show up and prove that beauty knows no age! So appreciate the glitz, give it a go at home and pick a night to showcase the new red-carpet you!

A Few Of My New Favorite Things

3_COMPACTS_OPENEDOne of the best perks of being a makeup artist is all the new fabulous beauty lines I’m able to test. Recently, a few amazing lines have crossed my path, and I’m dying to share them with you.

The Moscow- and London-based brand Rouge Bunny Rouge is my current favorite and has a wide range of beautifully packaged makeup and skin care products, along with brushes and fragrances. I adore the Looks page on their website that allows you to choose a model’s makeup look, so you can learn which products were used to create it and see instructions on how to re-create the look at home. Try the Blush Wand in Cheeks In Bloom, the Sea Of Tranquility Highlighting Liquid (try mixing it into your favorite moisturizer and apply it on your body), the Brightening Liner Duo in Eyes Wide Open, and the Loose Glitter Pigment in Fire Drops, which will work with any woman’s coloring.

I’m always on the hunt for a cool makeup satchel, and the little coin bags from See Design are the perfect small size for storing your compact and lipgloss. Made from 100 percent cotton canvas and at a price of around $12 each, you can be organized, look chic and not break the bank.

The organic makeup line Kjaer Weis is a small, but luxurious, collection of cream blush, tinted lip balms and eyeshadow singles. It is a refillable makeup system that offers the refills in recyclable packaging, so when you run out of a product in your sleek silver container, just drop in the new product and off you go.

I’ll keep you posted on any new things I discover, as it’s a real treasure hunt for me and so much fun to share!