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Beauty Must-Haves For The Office

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L’Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream, Chanel Glossimer, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Visine Eye Drops

To make 2013 a success, many of us are staying late to work overtime. Keep a freshen-up kit at your desk, so your beauty routine doesn’t suffer from long hours at the office. If you apply your makeup correctly before leaving the house, you should only need these few products for a quick touch-up.

1. Blotting papers are important for absorbing oil on the face before touching up your makeup. You will avoid major cake face if you zap the shine before adding on more products. I love the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5.49, drugstore.com) to pat away the greasies during the day.

2. A fine tipped concealer brush and a concealer matching your foundation shade will erase any spots or veins that may have peaked out through your foundation after hours at work. No need to ever re-apply a full face of foundation during the day. Just tap on a little concealer to hide any blemishes.

3. Lip balm is a must to keep lips supple in dry office air, so throw in a tinted one, like the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments ($22.50, sephora.com) for a bit of color. I live for these and change my hues with my mood.

4. Hand cream will keep your skin soft and cuticles hydrated. It can also double as a bit of a body moisturizer if you become ashy. Between heaters and air conditions, offices can be like airplanes as far as moisture zappers.

5. A nail polish pen will instantly fix your perfect manicure if you chip a nail on the go. Nothing says tacky like chipped peeling nails, so stay on top of your mani game.

6. Breath spray is necessary to keep your breath minty fresh after meals and coffee breaks. It will also keep people wanting to listen to everything you have to say.

7. Eye drops like Visine Maximum Redness Relief ($6.49, drugstore.com) will take away your red tired eyes after those grueling hours. Nothing says young, fresh and awake like clear pretty eyes.

8. A liquid eyeliner pen is perfect for sweeping on a retro bold eye for a quick day-to-night look. You can be ready for drinks right after work with a quick sweep of black liner winged out at the ends.

9. A shimmering deep eye shadow across the lid is another way to add some extra evening allure.

10. A sparkling light lip-gloss should be paired with the two products above if you have a few moments before going to that business dinner and want to create a smokey eye/pale lip look.

11. A bold lipstick is also another quick fix to go straight from the office to a night out on the town. So pick either your eyes or your lips to focus on to keep balance to the face.

So be sure to keep these items in a makeup bag at your desk, along with a powder compact and lip color in your purse, and you’ll be set for every hour of the day.

Try This Trick To Intensify Your Lash Line

s988899-main-LheroI love playing up my eyes at night, and one way to really intensify my look is to layer my lash line using eyeliner pencils and powder eye shadows. I start off first by using a very dark waterproof gel eyeliner pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($19, urbandecay.com) or the Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Liner ($18, sephora.com). I trace along my upper and lower lash lines as close to the roots as possible and then end in a slight wing at the outer corners. Also line the inner rims on the waterline unless your eyes are on the smaller side then just skip this waterline step.

Next, I use a flat, angled brush to apply a shimmering powder eye shadow right along the top of the liner. Use a similar hue that is slightly lighter but way more glitzy. This intensifies the liner and makes the eyes sparkle without going overboard. Play with combos like chocolate brown liner with a golden bronze shadow, deep forest green liner with a glowing khaki shadow, indigo blue liner with shimmering silver shadow, pure plum liner with sparkling purple lavender shadow.

On the rest of the eyes, simply Carmindize them using a highlighter under the brows on the brow bone and on the inside corners of the eyes and leave the rest of the lid bare. Use black mascara on top and bottom lashes for a flirty full fringe look. For a really festive flair, top off the lashes with a coordinating hue of glitter mascara, like one of the fun shades from Sephora’s Glitter Mascara Collection ($13 for each, sephora.com).

The One Product You Need For Gorgeous, Glowing Skin

Skin serums are the shortcut to a glowing complexion.

Skin serums are the shortcut to a glowing complexion.
Photo: Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com

Serums have been a big hit in the skin care industry for a while now, and for women getting a bit older, serums are a must-have in your skincare anti-aging routine. The secret to beautiful and youthful skin is hidden in this extra silky step each day and night.

Applying a serum on clean skin has all kinds of benefits like restoring radiance, rejuvenating collagen production, eliminating sun damage and even fighting free radicals. My favorite skin serum is from SkinMedica, and it is the award-winning TNS Essential Serum ($260, skinmedica.com), which is unparalleled among treatments on the market today. This serum contains a potent antioxidant combo called TNS Recovery Complex. It has seven antioxidants to fight free radicals, alpha-arbutin to brighten the skin and peptides to improve texture, tone and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I smooth on this serum every morning and every evening before applying my moisturizer, and my skin remains glowing and smooth even as I move forward in my 40s. Although pricey, I find it very much worth it as an all-over age fighter, and it’s much cheaper than going to the dermatologist for expensive treatments.

Skin serums

Another top pick serum at a lower price point is the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Serum Intense ($24.99, lorealparisusa.com). This anti-aging magic potion contains anti-wrinkle and rejuvenatting compounds that smooth out the skin’s texture, creating a youthfully luminous glow.

To target more problematic skin, try a serum designed for your specific issue. Obagi-C Rx C-Clarifying Serum ($98, lovelyskin.com) contains 4% hydroquinone and vitamin C to combat melasma and to lighten pigmentation caused by sun damage. Bliss No Zit Sherlock Correcting Serum ($35, lovelyskin.com) contains salicylic acid to dry up those pesky spots that still may crop up as we mature. So find the serum that is right for your specific issue and begin using them as religiously as brushing your teeth — you will begin to see your skin troubles disappear and will reveal a more youthful, even-looking complexion.

3 Beauty Resolutions To Keep This Year

Make taking off your makeup a nightly habit

Want better skin this year? Make taking off your makeup a nightly habit.
Photo: Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com

Each New Year, most of us make up a long list of resolutions as a promise to ourselves to break old habits, try something new or accomplish fresh goals. Unfortunately, most of us start off with a bang and end in a whimper. This year, totally dedicate yourself to being the most beautiful and healthy you and live your life accordingly. It’s not as hard as you think! Jumpstart a new routine and stay just as consistent to it as brushing your teeth. My top three beauty resolutions will help you look and feel better about yourself in a month’s time, so it will be easier than ever to keep up with the good habits all year long.

1. Beautify from the inside out.
Start eating nutrient-rich foods to boost your complexion. Incorporate more fresh foods that contain skin helpers, like berries (loads of antioxidants), salmon (omega-3 fatty acids), sweet potatoes (vitamins E and C), avocados (vitamin B), almonds (vitamin E), hot peppers (vitamin C) and kidney beans (hyaluronic acid). It’s easy to just toss a few of these things into a smoothie or a salad once a day to get ahead of the aging game.

2. Stick with a skincare routine.
Starting this year, never ever go to bed without taking care of your complexion. Most women come to me with skin complaints, and you would be surprised how many tell me they don’t have a nightly beauty routine. Many fall asleep in their makeup, or only clean their faces in the morning. This is a total no-no and a bad habit that needs to be broken immediately. No matter how tired you are at night, make sure to always wash your face for clean skin, apply a serum to fight aging, and follow with moisturizer so the skin can rehydrate and look glowing the next day. You don’t need to wash your face again in the morning; just reapply a moisturizer and sunscreen (or try a one-step BB or CC cream) and you’re good to go.

3. Feel gorgeous every day.
In 2013, commit to giving yourself an extra few minutes in the morning to perform the ancient feminine rite of beautifying yourself. Apply my simple 5-Minute Face to enhance your natural beauty so you can run out the door looking and feeling on top of your game. Start off with foundation and a little under eye concealer. Next, Carmindize your self by applying a cream highlighter on the brow bone, on the inner corners of the eyes and on the tops of your cheekbones. Dust on a little face powder, and line the upper lash line with a pencil. Apply a sweep of mascara on the top lashes, and then swirl on blush to the apples of the cheeks. Slick on a tinted balm, gloss or lipstick, and you are ready to roll.

Make the commitment to eating right, caring for your skin and sticking with a quick beauty regimen each day, and you can accomplish a gorgeous new you in 2013!

How To Perk Up Pale Winter Skin

Look this glowy...even when it's freezing outside.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com

In the dead of winter, we can start to feel pale and lifeless when we look in the mirror, but don’t worry: A few easy makeup tricks can keep your complexion from looking ghostly and turn you into a golden goddess.

The easiest way to add a little sunshine to your life is to blend on a cream bronzer right after you apply foundation. Cream bronzer is more natural looking than powder bronzer and helps hydrate the skin in the colder, drier months. Try Too Faced Aqua Bunny Cream-To-Powder Bronzer ($29, toofaced.com), which comes with the perfect sized brush to sweep on the product along the temples, sides of the face and under the cheekbones for a sun-kissed, contoured look.

For a subtle, all-over golden look, apply Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base ($48, chanel.com) under your foundation. This will deepen your complexion just slightly and give skin a kick of warmth.

Makeup to perk up pale winter skin

On the body, a deep, dark tan can look really weird in the winter, so use a self-tanner that is light and gradual, such as Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($8, jergens.com). Apply it right after your shower and build up the color over a few days for a look that says healthy, not fake.

Eyes and lips can be bronzed for a beachy feel, too. Apply a slight sweep of summertime shimmer across the lids with a shadow like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Bronze ($24, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). On lips, slick on a spicy, caramel-colored lipstick like L’Oréal Colour Caresse by Colour Riche in Sheer Linen ($9.99, lorealparisusa.com) and top it off with Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Sunset ($20, beauty.com). Goodbye, pale and pasty. Hello, glow!