Positively Beautiful by Carmindy

What’s Your Desert Island Product?

Creme de la Mer

Carmindy’s favorite beauty product, Creme De La Mer.

As a beauty expert, I have a bunch of my must-have products with me at all times, but often I’m asked, “Carmindy, what is the one product you simply cannot live without?” My answer is always Crème De La Mer ($150, cremedelamer.com). My skin is as dry as the desert so this product, although expensive, is the must-have splurge item that keeps my skin supple.

If there were just one makeup product I had to choose, it would definitely be foundation. As I’m getting older, I’m noticing more melasma, broken capillaries and all the other fun stuff that comes with aging — so a foundation like my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup ($13.95, drugstore.com) would definitely be my pick!

If you only had to choose one makeup product, which would you choose? Let me help guide you into knowing what one single product is the perfect fix for you. It all boils down to which facial feature is your best asset, or which asset you would like to enhance a bit more. For me, enhancing my complexion is key, but for you, another area might be your focus.

If your eyes are amazing, then mascara should be your one and only. Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara ($7.99, drugstore.com) is my current hot pick of the moment.

If your skin is lovely, then Carmindizing it with a cream highlighter like Fresh Satin Luster Palette ($45, fresh.com) is the way to go.

If your lips are luscious, then a hot lip color like Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24, narscosmetics.com) should be your desert island fave!

Maybe you have wow brows. If so, brush them with Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel ($21, sephora.com) for more definition.

If you suffer from dark under-eyes, then a brightening concealer like Yves. St. Laurent Touche Éclat ($40, nordstrom.com) is your personal must have.

If oil slicks constantly get you down then OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel ($36.90, dermstore.com) is the one product you would not be caught dead without.

5 Easy Ways To Take Years Off In A Flash

Makeup tricks to take years off

Lush brows like these can help take years off your face.
Photo: Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com

We’re all heading in the same direction (whether we like it or not!), and when we see our faces change subtly, most of us scramble to find products that will solve our beauty woes. As a makeup artist, I have my favorite tricks to stay looking young and fresh. Here are my top five:

1. A whiter, brighter smile takes years off your face. Yellow teeth can cause your smile to look dull and dingy, so lighten up! You can use teeth bleaching trays, lasers, Crest Whitestrips ($34.99, drugstore.com) or whitening toothpaste to keep teeth their whitest.

2. Keep brows full and shaped. A thin, sparse brow can make you look way older than a nice healthy one. If you’ve overplucked or the hairs just don’t grow anymore, try a brow growth serum like RevitaBrow ($110, nordstrom.com) to bring them back to life, or fill them in with pencil, powder or brow pens.

3. Brighter eyes will make you look well-rested. Red, tired eyes can make you appear run down. A few drops of Visine ($7.99, drugstore.com) can eliminate the red and wake up your entire face.

4. A pretty pink flush mimics youth and vitality. Swirling a pink blush on the apples of the cheeks gives the look of a young girl out at play and keeps you looking fresh.

5. A thick, lush lash line frames the eyes and looks flirty. Over time we lose lash volume, and it can be a telltale sign of aging. Apply eyeliner along the base of the lashes and sweep on a volumizing mascara to bulk up your fringe.

What are your favorite age-defying beauty tricks?

Want Makeup That Lasts All Day? Here’s The Secret

Want perfectly shaped brows that won’t fade? A glowy complexion that looks as good at 5PM as it did when you first left the house? It takes more than just one product to make your statement look lovely and long-lasting. In fact, five seems to be the magic number for achieving a long-wearing look.

Brows That Won’t Budge

How to make makeup last longer: brows

Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil ($29, sephora.com); Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush ($18, tweezerman.com); Blinc Eyebrow Mousse ($24, soap.com); Tweezerman Pointed Tweezer ($22, tweezerman.com).

If a perfect brow is what you’re after, you’ll need five key tools: Tweezers, cuticle scissors, a spooly brush, brow corrector in the form of a pencil, pen or powder and a little brow mousse. Start off by brushing the brows straight up with your spooly brush and snipping any strays that rise above the brow line. Next, use tweezers such as the Tweezerman Pointed Tweezer to pluck any strays hairs and shape brows into submission. Use a brow corrector product like the Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil to fill in any sparse areas. Finish with a touch of the mousse to keep them in place all day.

All-Day Flawless Skin

Make makeup last longer: complexion

Benefit Eye Bright ($20, benefitcosmetics.com); Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($32, sephora.com); Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup ($35, esteelauder.com); Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer ($9.99, cvs.com); Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette ($45, sephora.com).

For a glowy, healthy complexion the top five products are face primer, liquid foundation, under eye concealer, cream highlighter and face powder. Begin by smoothing on a face primer such as Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer. This will even out the skin’s texture and create a glow from within. Next, apply a liquid foundation all over the skin, including the eyelids and under the lower lash line. Buff into your hairline and slightly down the neck so you don’t get a line of demarcation. Now dab a little under eye concealer like Benefit’s Eye Bright on dark circles. Next, Carmindize the face with Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette, dabbing on the cream under the brows, on the inner corners of the eyes and on the tops of the cheekbones. Finish by dusting on a sheer, loose translucent powder for a superior finish.

A Red Lip That Stays Out All Night

Make makeup last longer: red lip

Nars Lip Liner Pencil in Jungle Red ($22, narscosmetics.com); Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick in Jungle Red ($24, narscosmetics.com); Sephora Smoothing Translucent Setting Powder ($16, sephora.com); Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat ($40, nordstrom.com); Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub ($18, blissworld.com).

The big five in creating a red lip that lasts are a lip scrub, highlighter, lip liner, lipstick and powder. Start off by exfoliating the lips while you’re in the shower, using a little bit of white sugar and a wet hand towel. Lightly buff the lips so they’ll be smooth and ready for application later. When you’re ready to apply lip color, first rim the outside lip line with a cream highlighter to create a fuller looking pout. Now line and fill in lips with a red pencil matching your lip color. Apply matching lipstick and blot with a tissue. Add a very light dusting of powder to the lips, then swipe on the lipstick one more time. This application will keep lips red and ready for as long as you’re out and about.

Do you have a trick for helping your makeup stick around?

Find The Best Bold Color For Your Lips

Bold fall lip colors

Photo: Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com

This season is no time to be demure. Step it up a notch! Play with fall lip colors in the new matte shades that show off your inner diva.

Rose berry, reds and burgundy plums are super chic and work on lips regardless of their shape or size. The trick is in knowing which formulas will work best for you.

If you have small lips, choose sheer glosses in rosy berry shades that won’t minimize your lips’ fullness, but rather will accent them. Try my sheer Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Rose Satin ($9.95, drugstore.com). The berry hue lasts all day and night and delivers a perfect deeper and bolder tint for smaller lips. A Carmindized trick is to first surround the perimeter of the lips with a shimmering cream highlighter to ensure a fuller effect.

Medium lips should opt for a classic red lipstick like the universally flattering Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24, narscosmetics.com). This hot shade is super sexy and is a regular on red carpets as it stains the lips for a long wearing look.

Larger lip shapes must try a creamy lipstick in a deep plummy burgundy, like Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in L’Impatiente ($32, available late October at chanel.com). This lip color provides a truly dramatic statement in the cooler months, and its matte texture never makes lips look overwhelming.

Now, if you do go bold and deep with these new colors, pare down the rest of the face with just a sweep of pink blush and soft eye makeup so the lips make all the noise. Keep lips deep-shade-ready by lightly exfoliating them each night in the shower with a little white sugar and a washcloth, and keep a balm by your bedside so lips stay soft and supple.

What’s your favorite bold lip color to wear this fall?

5 Makeup Tricks For Wide Awake Eyes

Most of us have crazy-busy lives, and whether we’re juggling kids, work, school or all three, we can agree there’s nothing worse than someone saying, “You look so tired! Are you feeling okay?” Typically, eyes are a dead giveaway for fatigue, but don’t worry. My top five bright-eyed tips will help you look well-rested in a flash.

Navy mascara at Stella McCartney

Try navy blue mascara, as seen backstage at Stella McCartney’s fall 2012 show, to brighten the whites of your eyes.
Photo: Luca Cannonieri/GoRunway.com

1. Before applying any makeup, wake up your eyes by using a few drops of Visine Maximum Redness Relief ($7.99, walgreens.com). These drops will eliminate the red, tired look and brighten up the whites of your eyes. The effect instantly makes you look like you had a relaxing full eight hours of sleep.

2. Use a brightening concealer like Benefit’s Eye Bright Pencil ($20, benefitcosmetics.com) under the eyes and at the outer corners to lift and lighten any darkness. Apply concealer over your foundation; this way you’ll use less product so it won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Curling your eyelashes will help lift the lash line upwards, creating an eye-opening effect. Use a small lash curler like the Preo Japanese Eyelash Curler ($25, cosmeticville.com). This style of curler will grab each and every lash easily so you’ll never pinch or miss a spot.

4. A deep navy tinted mascara not only creates a lush, flirty, wide awake lash look, but the blue hue contrasts with the white of your eyes to make them appear much brighter. Skip heavy shadows, and let the mascara do all the talking. Try Blinc Mascara in Dark Blue ($26, blincinc.com), a tube technology formula that won’t smudge or budge and lead to raccoon eyes. You won’t need greasy makeup remover to clean off this formula — just simple warm water and a little cleanser will release the mascara instantly.

5. Carmindize the eyes by sweeping on a shimmering highlight in the center of the lids, on the inside corners of the eyes and under the brow bone. This will add sparkle and glow to your gaze, fooling everyone into thinking you’re fresh as a daisy.

What are your favorite tips for looking wide awake?