Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

MY 5 Deserted Island Products

If I was going to be stranded on a deserted island, what 5 products
would I grab before my shipwreck? I’ve been asked this question many times and I always go for pretty much the same items.

desert island

Credit: Ibrahim Mohd

For my survival, I would need first and foremost my 2 favorite sunscreens. As a hat wearing, umbrella holding, zinc nosed beach bum, I have it down to a science. First goes on the eye sunscreen as to not burn or sting my eyes. Try Keihl’s Ultra Moisturizing Eye Stick SPF 30. Then around that I apply Skinceuticals Sport SPF 45 all over my face and body. It contains titanium dioxide so it really blocks out the rays more than any other sunscreen I tried and makeup glides on top of it with ease. This way when I’m rescued off the island, I won’t look like I am 140 years old. I can always fasten an umbrella and a hat out of palm fronds.

The third item would be black Blinc Kiss Me Mascara for perfect lashes. With a little black weatherproof mascara, your eyes will have all the definition they need and will last through heat, humidity and hurricanes.

The fourth product would be Fresh Satin Lustre Face Palette for shimmering highlights under the brow, on the inner corners and on top of the cheekbones. My skin will look fresh and glowing and I can highlight the natural contours of my face as I try spear fishing for my dinner.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss

The last product is Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss my signature shade Pretty Pink. This gloss is light and not sticky or tacky and with a splash of perfect pink on the lips I will have just the right amount of color. With all my favorite fantastic products, plenty of fish and hopefully a hot native man, who actually needs to be rescued?

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.

Natural Beauty For Self Magazine

Carmindy applies makeup for self

One of my favorite magazines to work for is Self. Not only does their message mirror mine in terms of encouraging a healthy natural lifestyle, but they like my style of clean natural glowy makeup. It’s a marriage made in heaven–and they also go on really great trips!

I recently shot in Palm Beach while it was snowing in New York…you can’t beat that..and the next trip is to Turks and Caicos!

This particular shoot was all about natural beauty and fitness, so I kept the makeup very simple focusing on one feature for each girl like bronze skin, a coral lip or a seafoam green eye. Then I’d keep the rest of the makeup really bare so that the showcased feature really stands out.

Carmindy applies makeup for Self Magazine

I always start off any job in the sun with a healthy dose of sunscreen on the face and body. My favorite is Skinsceuticals Sport SPF 45. Skin should always look natural and healthy on shoots like this, so I apply the most minimal amount of foundation and concealer. You want to be able to see freckles and the skin’s natural texture. I powder only the most shiny areas and then choose my one feature to play up.

My go-to coral lip color is Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Color Comfort Lip Color in Sunburst. The models had to perform fitness moves, so I made sure their bodies were nice and shimmering in the sunlight by applying a nice shimmer spray like Era Rayz in 24K which stayed on even after jumping in the pool.

Not a bad day at the office!

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 Hottest New Mascaras

Mascara Carmindy

If I have to leave the house in a hurry with enough time to only apply one product, I would have to say mascara all the way. How else can you sweep on full flirty fringe in seconds creating a fab frame to your eyes?

There’s a new type of mascara that uses “tube technology” and I love it. This revolutionary polymer formula forms actual water-resistant tubes around each lash making the mascara resistant to smudging, flaking or smearing. So even if it’s hot and humid or your lids get oily, there will never be a black messy eye in sight! It’s perfect for the woman who has trouble keeping her mascara on all day. So if you look like a raccoon by 5 p.m., then this is definitely the product for you. It’s also perfect for older women whose lids may be a little lower than they once were and find that mascara winds up in little black speckles on the lid.

I love sweeping it on the lower lash line because I know I will never see dark circles, only perfect lashes. If you accidentally smudge when you’re applying it, just wait until it dries and it literally flakes off. It doesn’t take a chisel to get it off either. Simply wash it off with a little warm water and facial cleanser and the tubes easily sleep off the lashes. There is no rubbing or scrubbing needed. Don’t freak out however when you look into your sink and see a bunch of little black lashes. The first time I tried it I thought all my lashes had fallen out and I nearly had a heart attack. This formula is actually better for your lashes in the long run because it doesn’t dry them out.

My favorites are Blinc Kiss Me Mascara, L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara, Too Faced Lash Injection and, coming soon to a drugstore near you, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy will introduce a fantastic natural version, so keep a smudge-free eye 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.

Fast Fixes For Smudged Makeup

smudged makeup

Does this happen to you?
Credit: Sarah Faison

Does this happen to you? You painstakingly finish up an immaculate makeup job, but then something happens at the very end and messes it all up! Your kid comes bumps you when you’re applying eyeliner, you sneeze after a flawless application of mascara or you polish off a ravishing red lip just to smile and get it all over your teeth. I’m right there with you! In fact not only does it happen to me, but also when I’m making up someone else. Here are a few tools you should keep handy to help clean up goofs so your results will stay stellar!

First off, always have a non-latex sponge handy. Use it to apply your foundation, then hang on to it for fixing up goofs. The leftover makeup on the sponge creates the perfect magic eraser to buff down over-applied cream blush or bronzer or erase an overly painted lip.

A cotton swab is another must-have. Use it to smooth out a harsh eyeliner or to take off residual makeup that has gotten on the eyebrows. Eliminate the lipstick-on-the-teeth issue by sticking a cotton swap in your mouth after applying red lipstick, then close your mouth around it and pull it out.

Lastly, always have a small tipped concealer brush, so you can dip it into a little foundation and use it to remove any smears, mascara smudges, or makeup mishaps. The foundation on the brush will allow you to erase the mistake without undoing your handy work.

These easy three little helpers will keep your gorgeous makeup looking flawless!

My Top Five Lip Glosses

glossy lips

What is it with women and lip gloss? If you are like me, and many women I know, you usually have at least three lip glosses rolling around in your bag at a time. It’s like an addiction and you’re always looking for that perfect shade or a new exciting formula that, when swiped on, will immediately change your life!

The addictive appeal is because how else can you sweep on sexy in a flash? A lip gloss can automatically make you feel fabulous and look girly. Lip gloss is also one of the quickest ways to update your look, change your mood or try a new trend without spending a lot of money.

My friends and I are always playing show and tell comparing the new colors or formulas we just discovered. Some of my all time favorites usually don’t come in a pot. Who wants to stick their finger into the glistening goodness only to be left with residual glam under the nails? I prefer the wand type applicators for a clean sheen. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Natural Shine Lipgloss is of course my favorite. I developed it with a brush tip applicator so it glides on evenly and it’s never sticky or tacky. The colors are sheer and they are filled with antioxidants for healthy soft lips.

The Mac Lip Glass collection is the leader when it comes to more opaque or unique shades. They can be a bit heavier and stickier, but the formulas wear more like sheer lipsticks and the color range is impressive. Lancôme Juicy Tubes have always been a top choice because of the gloss factor and yummy taste and the Maybelline Shiny-licious glosses are a great inexpensive runner up. Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect glosses are very shimmery but can have a slight rough texture but my what gorgeous colors!

What is your favorite gloss? You can never have too many!

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.