Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

The Best Powder Bronzers

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A touch of bronzer can warm up the face, create a summer glow and mimic the look of a not-so-healthy real tan. To find the best powder bronzers I played with many different ones on my fair skin to see what looked the most natural and blended in the best.

When it comes to powder bronzers, you definitely want to avoid those that contain too much sparkle and shimmer — too much sparkle can look metallic and harsh on the skin. The key to making your bronze believable is to take it easy so you look golden, not gilded. Opt for sheer powder bronzers that blend on and create subtle warmth.

For a look that’s a bit more subtle, I prefer strategically placing bronzer where it will enhance your face the most — the temples, along the sides of the face and just under the cheekbones. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sun Glow Powder Bronzer is the best for this because it has just the right amount of color and shimmer and comes with a brush that hits those areas perfectly. Since you’re being so subtle with your bronzer, you can definitely play up your eyes a little bit more.

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick

If you want an all over the glow, apply bronzer after your foundation and powder. The best one for this look is the Benefit One Hot Minute, which is a light loose powder. Just lightly dust it all over the face with a big fluffy powder brush. Make sure you tap off any excess before applying to the face so you don’t go overboard. Pair this look with black mascara and a coral cheek and lip for a simple but chic summer look.

If it’s intensity that you want, go for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. The shimmer factor is a bit more intense with this one so I would choose it for night time glam only. Just remember if your face is all bronzed up then your neck and shoulders should match, so dust a little on those areas to look even and sexy!

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Spray-On Makeup

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup

Women have always been on a quest to find new ways to mimic a flawless complexion with foundation. We are always looking for the new formula, the new texture or the best way to create amazing looking skin — something that covers up our imperfections without looking like we are wearing makeup.

Creams can be heavy, liquids can be messy and powders too cakey. That’s why I’m a big fan of airbrush spray foundations; they are as light as air and look incredible on the skin. They were designed to be a more user-friendly version of the real, heavy machinery airbrush makeup used in movies.

These new versions come in an easy spray can and actually give better results than the professional ones! They are easy and fast to use — I have been using them on What Not To Wear for years and the results are always stellar!

For the face, you can spray the makeup onto a non-latex sponge and apply it directly to the skin. It will go on sheer and natural and becomes water-resistant when it dries. Try the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup. This is a great product for women who have normal to oily skin. If your chest area is a bit ruddy or discolored, you can spray it directly onto the skin and use a sponge to blend it in for a smooth look.

If you suffer from veins, bruises or spots on the legs, eliminate them by applying one of these great airbrush formulas directly on your legs: Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation to even skin tone or the Era Rayz Spray-On Bronzer for quick bronzing bronzing or giving your whole bod a subtle glimmer for a sexy night out!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

The $5 Smoky Eye

Rimmel Soft Kajal Kohl Liner

Is it possible to create a sexy smoky eye with products that are under $5? It is if you know what to look for and where to buy them. Stores like Target, Walgreens, Ulta and CVS offer up myriad bargain products that work just as well as their more expensive counter parts.

The first product to look for is a great black eyeliner pencil. Rimmel London’s Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil is a great way to get started. This pencil retails for around $3.49 and is perfect to trace the upper lash line with. It also can be used to rim the inner lids for a real rock-n-roll look.

CoverGirl 1-Kit Eye Enhancers Shimmering Onyx

Next, apply a dark and sultry eye shadow like Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancers 1 Kit Shadows in Shimmering Onyx — it’s the perfect dark and mysterious eye shade to sweep across the lid and smudge under the lower lash line.

A loose powder highlight shadow like La Femme Sparkle Dust in Champagne Gold can be used across the brow bone for a beautiful glow and contrast to the deep shadow used on the lid. It’s just $4.95 and you can also use it as highlighter, sweeping it across the tops of cheekbones and on the chest and shoulders for a shimmering evening out look.

N.Y.C. Thickening Mascara

Apply a set of Black Radiance Fantastic Fakes Eye Lashes, only $2.99, so your flirty eyes will look glam without breaking the bank. Finish the look with a few coats of the $1.99 black N.Y.C. Thickening Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Balance the whole look with a nude lip gloss like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss in Sparkling Champagne. Who knew you could be sexy, smoldering and save money at the same time?

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Body Makeup Basics

Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup

With more skin showing this time of year, some of us may be a bit concerned with our exposed body parts not looking so perfect. As we age, veins, sunspots, freckles and easy bruising may be a problem. Don’t put away your tanks or minis just yet. There are a few fast and easy ways to conceal so you can reveal.

First off, think about using a subtle self-tanner. This alone may be all you need to cover up minor imperfections on the skin so you can show off your bod with confidence. Try Jergens Natural Glow for a very light way to fake the bake. If you’re looking for more of a bronze goddess glow, try going to a spray tanning salon for a professional job.

You can also apply a makeup bronzer to your skin to create the same effect. It’s great if you don’t want something permanent — you can just wash it off at the end of the night. Try one like Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup, which contains light reflecting particles that will bounce light off imperfections and give you a nice color at the same time.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup

If small veins or sun spots on your chest are a real problem, or if you just need more coverage, try using a spray foundation. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup quickly and lightly covers up unsightly blemishes and creates a smooth appearance. Just spray directly onto the skin then use a non-latex sponge to buff it in. It goes on sheer, dries easily, is water-resistant and will not rub off on clothes.

For varicose veins, bruises or birthmarks on the legs you should apply a bit of concealer. Simply dab concealer over the area with a small-tipped concealer brush and use a light dusting of powder to set. I like Amazing Cosmetics Concealer because it has a great consistency and it’s waterproof so it will last all day — even at the beach.

So don’t fret about flaws and flaunt that bod!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Off-The-Wall Beauty Tricks

In this current economy a lot of us are cutting back and trying to get more beauty bang for our buck. I’ve heard some pretty crazy beauty tricks that women have resorted to in tough times. They may sound nutty, but they actually do work!

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- If your expensive perfume has run out and you need to smell yummy, try a scented candle. Blow it out and drip the (cooled!) wax on your skin, then rub it off — it will leave the candle scent behind. It’s the same concept as a solid perfume, which is just wax and perfume.

- If you drop your face powder compact on the floor and it shatters, don’t fret. Go into your cupboards and pull out a box of cornstarch. A light dusting of this can erase shine and it’s like a budget version of the old drugstore favorite Cornsilk face powder.

- No need to spend money on expensive lip and cheek tints from fancy department stores. Instead, pull out a little strawberry Jell-O powder pack from the kitchen drawer. Add a little water and you have a sweet tasting stain that works on cheeks and lips.

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- If pores are an issue, forget Biore and just grab a strip of Scotch Tape from your desk drawer at home. Lay it over your nose and pull off all the sebum and dry skin clogging up your skin.

See how creative you can be when in a financial pinch. Beauty plus brain equals one great combo!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the items that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.