Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

My #1 secret to soft skin–and it’s cheap!

Do you really want to know what my #1 beauty secret is to great-looking skin? It’s sugar! That’s right, the deliciously sweet white granulated goodness we are always trying not to eat. Well, rub on your face and body instead for a super sweet and soft skin.

Sugar exfoliant

Sweet rewards: sugar is the best-kept secret in beauty

White sugar is the absolute best exfoliant and, of course, the cheapest. Sugar dissolves in water and will not tear delicate skin cells like some rougher exfoliants such as ground almonds. The sugar will smooth away dead skin cells, dirt, oils and dryness that may be dulling your skin. Simply lather up your face with a cleanser like Cetaphil and pour a handful of sugar in the palm of your hand. Rub your face in circular motions to buff and polish your skin. You can do this on the body too. Men can do it after a shave to keep ingrown hairs from forming. If you have dry lips, a little sugar on a wet washcloth will smooth out flakes.

When I travel, I always sneak a packet of sugar from the flight attendant and use it when I get to my hotel room.

Honestly most expensive exfoliators at department stores or spas are sugar scrubs anyway, so be smart and save money honey and sweeten up your face!

Get Rid of Red Eyes

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Collyre Bleu Eye Drops

My eyes get so red and irritated when it’s bitter cold outside (New York is freezing!) and I have been loving my favorite blue eye drops. A secret of makeup artists for years, these little bottles of blue instantly rid your peepers of unsightly veins and red irritation in no time. There are a couple of different brands I like from France, like Innoxa French Blue Eye Lite Drops and Collyre Bleu Eye Drops. The blue tint actually makes the white of your eyes look even whiter. They also don’t burn like conventional drugstore eye drops.

If you’re often plagued with red eyes, stay away from warm brown and pink eye shadows which may worsen their appearance. Instead, move over to a cooler neutral shadows like the lid shade in Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Shadow Palette in Quartz. The slight blue undertone will keep your eyes bright. Also stay away from golden hued highlighters and choose white or iridescent highlight shades to play up the eyes. Liners in cooler shades like slate and navy  are best and go for black mascara over brown.

Another quick tip to whiten the eyes is to apply white eyeliner on the inner lower rim.

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.

Four Ways to Perk Up Pale Winter Skin

Kate Hudson gets her glow in during the winter.

Kate Hudson gets her glow in during the winter
Credit: © Tony Barson / WireImage.com

I’m not a fan of the savage tan, but even I looked into the mirror this morning and thought Casper the ghost was staring back at me! Winter is peaking and we are at our palest. Sometimes we need a little extra color to perk us up and lift our spirits. Makeup can give you a healthy dose of radiance, so here are a few little tricks to wake up your skin.

1. Lay off the summer bronzer. First off, don’t pull out your summer bronzer. This will look too harsh against your pale winter complexion. One fast tip is to mix a drop of a tinted moisturizer, like Lorac Protectint in Beach Bronze, that is darker than your skin with your regular foundation to give you a light pick-me-up. Because it is a moisturizer that is being blending into makeup, it will look like a hint of healthy color.

2. Use a shimmer-free bronzer. Another way to go is to apply Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Sheerest Cream Bronzer. This light shimmer-free bronzer melts into your skin creating a soft radiant glow. Sweep it along the temples and under the cheekbones for a sun winked look.

3. Blush a must. Try an extra swirl of blush when you are in a hurry to give a little sunny help. Choose a shade in golden pink, warm rose or terracotta and sweep it on the apples with a little dab on the temples, forehead and chin. If you apply too much use a clean sponge to tone it down.

4. Lighten up! Avoid dark shades of lipsticks and eye shadows. The contrast against pale skin will make your complexion look even lighter. Instead, play with warm neutrals and a little shimmer to keep skin alive.

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.

Vegan Beauty: Does All Natural Look Good?

Are you a hardcore naturalist but with full-on girly flair? Do you desire a beauty routine that fits your health routine, but find it tough when shopping for makeup? Up until lately, it has been hard to find cosmetics that do not contain ingredients that don’t fit into a vegan or natural lifestyle. But that’s quickly changing. Now we are seeing more companies offering up green ways to look gorgeous.

ZuZu Luxe by Gabriel Eye Shadow

I recently tried a cruelty- free, lead-free, chemical-free, fragrance-free, vegan, 100% natural brand (wow, I’m out of breath!) to see just what would be sacrificed in terms of results (color payoff, blendability, etc.) for being totally and utterly natural. I was pleasantly surprised with a few products by ZuZu Luxe by Gabriel Cosmetics which I had used on a strict vegan woman on an episode of What Not To Wear last year. This line can be found at Whole Foods Whole Body stores and at Gabriel Gosmetics.

Here’s my feedback: I would skip the foundations and concealors (my two cents is that it really takes some synthetic to make incredible coverage). What I did love was the shimmer eye shadows in shades like Sahara, Odyssey, Chameleon and Eternity. They glided on easy and looked soft and shimmery, not heavy or chalky. A must have for spring was the powder blush in Apricot. It’s all about a burnished cheek this coming season, so this shade will work for most skin tones and blends on like satin. I’d skip the mascara and glosses that seamed thick and dry, the creamy lipsticks are great. These went on lovely and my favorite shade is Galaxy, which is a good universal rose shade for grownups. Teens should try out the Uber lipstick for a glittery good 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.

How to Camouflage a Cold Sore

SALLY HANSEN BY CARMINDY: TRULY TRANSLUCENT LOOSE POWDER

We are in the dead of winter right now and it’s bitter out there! Many of us can suffer from unsightly cold sores, but you don’t need to hide your face with a giant scarf or pull on a ski mask. You can easily camouflage this nasty little visitor. First, stop applying your daily moisturizer on top of the problem area. Instead, moisturize it with a small amount of Abreva ointment. Use a disposable cotton swab to avoid spreading any germs. Even if the cold sore is a bit dried out and a scab has already formed, you still want to keep it moisturized so it will not look dry, flaky and scaly when you apply concealer on top of it.

Next, use a non-latex cosmetic sponge to apply your foundation over your entire face like you regularly do, but save the problem area for last. Use a stippling motion by lightly pushing the sponge into the skin. Toss the sponge into the trash when you are done.

Now use a new cotton swab to dab a creamy concealer directly on the spot. Make sure the concealer is not too light so you don’t wind up showcasing the cold sore, but rather disguising it. If you think the concealer looks too light, use a cotton swab to dab on a tiny bit of foundation on top of the concealer until the sore totally disappears.

Avoid using any heavy powder to set the spot, but instead use a super sheer loose powder like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Loose Powder or Mac Blot Powder.

Keep lip colors moist matte and natural so you don’t draw too much attention to your lip area and play up your eyes to distract attention. With this technique nobody will notice and you can face the freezing cold!

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.