Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

Winterize Your Eyes

Now that the weather is downright cold, our eyes need a little extra TLC. Chilled air dries out the delicate skin around your eyes, which makes wrinkles appear more pronounced and your eye makeup can look chalky and flakey.

The first thing I recommend is to step up your skincare routine. Make sure to use a really rich and creamy eye balm every night. During the day, pat it on again before applying your makeup. This will keep your skin nice and hydrated and help your makeup go on smoothly.

Switch out your powder eye shadows for cream formulas which will prevent your skin from looking parched. If creasing is a worry, keep creamy highlight shadows under the brow and in the inner corners only. Also, dab a darker cream shadow on your lids, but stop short of the crease to avoid creasing.

Try a pot of gel eyeliner to line your eyes. Use a liner brush to precisely paint it on and also give your lashlines a shot of hydration. Switch up waterproof mascara for protein-rich formulas that condition lashes like Sally Hansen by Carmindy’s Lift and Define Mascara. Lashes can really take a beating this time of year, so treat them gently.

With these tips, you should find that the little lines around your eyes will look less noticeable, your makeup will look smooth and you’ll be able to face the harsh winter with confidence!

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.

Beauty On A Budget

In these lean times we find ourselves cutting back on luxury items like $26 lipsticks and $200 jars of face cream. Well, don’t fret about looking good while cutting back on spending. Today, drugstores are full of high quality and low cost beauty products. From skincare and makeup to nail care and haircare, we are so covered.

Instead of spending a fortune on an expensive cleanser, spend about $5 on Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It is consistently recommended by derms as being the best cleanser on the market.

Forget fancy face scrubs and buy a box of sugar! Yes, I said sugar because it is the ultimate facial exfoliant. First lather up your face with Cetaphil, then rub a teaspoon of sugar all over using circular motions. After about a minute, rinse. You’ll be amazed at how smooth your skin feels–especially since it cost you about a penny.

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I am normally La Mer girl (which is $125 for one ounce), but have been rethinking how to replace this super-rich face cream with something that costs less than the sales tax does on La Mer. After searching and searching, good ‘ol Nivea Creme in the blue jar is the winner!

Primer and foundation with fab formulas have always been hard to find in a drugstore, but now there is a line that actually surpasses in quality anything you will get at a department store. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer and Your Skin Makeup Foundation.

Brows can look their best now with Ardell brow kits and Boots no. 7 brow pencils . Lips can be luscious if you skip on over to the Sally Hansen Lip Lab. Maybelline Great Lash (an all time makeup artist fave) keeps lashes flirty and NYC Sparkle Dust will give you the glow.

So don’t worry my beauties! You don’t have to sacrifice gorgeousness when pinching those pennies!

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.

Beauty From Within

During my recent book tour I met a women with gorgeous skin named Amy at one of my signings in LA. She introduced me to a new line of skin vitamins called GliSODin Skin Nutrients. This daily formula of fabulous anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and nutrients all specifically targeted to improve the appearance and texture of the skin seemed like just the pill I wanted to pop. It promised to rejuvenate and hydrate my skin, maintain the structural integrity of my collagen and reduce the signs of aging by protecting it from free radicals. (I always picture little angry men with machine guns blowing things up on my face whenever I hear that term.)

She gave me a month’s supply and I immediately started to take them. I must say, after about 4 weeks, my skin looked great. That says a lot considering that I had been on about 20 flights across the country in that time frame.

I am a firm believer that diet, exercise, and state of mind will keep you looking vibrant and gorgeous. What you ingest, the type of life that you lead, and the thoughts swirling around your mind will absolutely have an effect on your overall appearance. Choosing vitamins, food, cosmetics, and skin care that contain healthy natural ingredients will insure a better and more gorgeous looking you!

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.

Behind-the-scenes at the Today Show

carmindy_today_show1.jpgGetting up at the ungodly hour of 4:45a.m. to appear on The Today Show was worth every yawn. I was there to talk about my new book Get Positively Beautiful and do makeovers on four women–Ivonne, Paula, Sarah and Bernice–who are featured in the chapter Everyone Loves A Makeover. I had had my dynamic duo of assistants, Ashleigh and Emily, there to help me get the ladies ready.


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It has been about 10 months since we photographed the women for my book, so we went through old notes to see which shades I had originally used on them. To my surprise, each girl pretty much remembered exactly what their colors were. Since I used mainly my line of cosmetics, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy, they all had become diehard fans and literally whipped them from their purses to show me.


The segment was so fun! Amy Robach and I discussed how I achieved their looks. One by one, I shared each woman’s unique beauty obstacle and how we redirected the focus to play up her best asset. The girls looked amazing!

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The lovely Ann Curry and Al Roker joined me at the end to finish off the spot with a bang! Click here to watch the segment.

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.

Ease up on the powder please!

Just an observation ladies, but I constantly notice women in airports, in restaurant bathrooms and a lot more places pulling out a powder compact, dragging the puff harshly against the powder, then smearing it wildly across their skin matting it down completely.

THIS MUST STOP!

Your skin is meant to breath and have a natural looking glow. Powder has a purpose and suffocating your face is not it. This is a very old school approach of coating your skin with caky powder to try and hide imperfections. Dry cakey face is what you are getting, not the radiant skin you want.

Let me explain the right way to powder properly: After applying your foundation and concealer, dust a very light loose translucent powder over the face and eyelids. You want to use jet-milled powders that are so sheer, they do not layer on a heavy veil to the skin.

prod-detail_1003.jpg Powder should serve two purposes only. One is to eliminate shine and the other is to set your makeup. Great looking skin happens when you allow the foundation and concealer to smooth out imperfections and powder is used just to set it. Try my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Truly Translucent Loose Powder (at right). This is made from bamboo and is light as air. Then throughout the day take a compact with you that is equally as featherweight. I like MAC Blot Powder because it’s like blotting papers in powder form. Just lightly push the puff into the powder then tap it gently on the shiny areas of the face. No more heavy handed smearing of chalkiness. Chances are you will see fewer breakouts, have radiant skin and get a lot more compliments.

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.