Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Save The Whales And Look Good Doing It

Chantecaille La Baleine Bleue Eye Shadow Compacts

I am truly inspired by the new Chantecaille La Baleine Bleue Eye Shadow Compacts. They are so pretty you want to display them on a shelf in your home! These shimmering compacts are imprinted with an image of a blue whale and her calf. How wonderful it is that when you purchase one, you are helping to save one of the most majestic creatures on our planet.

The great blue whale is one of the largest animals in the world and hundreds of them are dying each year by getting caught up in fishing nets. Thousands are still being hunted in parts of the world despite efforts to stop the slaughter. Chantecaille is donating five percent of the sales of their entire La Baleine Spring Collection to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This group helps in the efforts to protect these amazing whales and the environment they live in. Blue whales represent health and harmony on our planet and I can’t think of a better way to give back when it comes to buying makeup.

The shades are perfect for spring and right on point with the new color trends. They way I apply these shadows is by sweeping on the lightest shade under the brow and on the inner corners. Next, apply the blue shades swirled together across the lid from the lash line to the crease. Skip eyeliner and sweep on black mascara. Apply a cream blush to the apples of the cheeks in a peach shade and finish off the look with a light peach gloss.

It is worth the $98 price tag to know you are contributing to the beauty of the ocean as well as making yourself beautiful too.

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.

My Top 3 Spring Trends

Spring is my favorite time of year, especially when it comes to makeup. It’s a chance to play with fun sheer washes of bright new colors and really wake up the face from the cold winter doldrums. Every spring I pick a few of the seasons newest trends and try to incorporate them into my daily makeup routine to jazz it up a bit.

Now I know what works and what doesn’t and you should too, so just because electric blue on the eyes was seen at the hottest runway show of the season does not mean you need to walk into a dinner party looking like a bad 80′s throwback. The trick is to interpret the trends and not take them too literally. Simply be inspired by the latest and greatest and make it your own. That is the sign of a truly fabulous woman!

Carmindy Sheerest cream blush

Blooming Cheeks
This season my most favorite trend was the flushed cheek as seen at the Three As Four and Carolina Herrera runway shows. A bloom of color in coral or pink on the apples of your cheeks is a fresh way to look youthful and alive. It also is a good universal look that works on all women. For drier skin try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Beaming and for oily skin try Natural Powder Blush in Cherub.

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Aqua Eyes
Gucci is always over the top fabulous when it comes to the eye makeup and this season they played with a gorgeous shade of aqua splashed across the lid paired with a slick of peach gloss on the lips. This is where you need to be inspired not take it literally. Try a soft wash of this shade applied with a very light hand just on the upper lid and skip liner for a realistic version or go for an aqua eyeliner pencil smudged along the upper lash line only. Try Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collection Liner in Turquoise 7L.

Benefit Pocket Pal Lip Stain

Tan + Red = Sexy
Most people would not put these two beauties together, but a bronze tan and a red lip go hand in hand. As seen at the Michael Kors show this look is very sexy for a hot night out in a strapless little dress. The tan better be fake so spray a sponge with Era Rayz Bronzer by Classified Cosmetics and dab it along the temples, hairline and under the cheekbones. On the lips stay away from heavier opaque lipsticks and go for a red that is sheer and light. I like a stain with a little sheer gloss on top, which looks much better in the hotter months. I like Benefits Pocket Pal Lip Stain.

Whatever your flavor, play with at least one of the seasons hottest new shades and be on top of your game!

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.

Most Amazing Eyelash Makeover

You know we all crave those doe-eyed fringy lashes that babies and boys seem to always get instead of us! We paint and sweep our own eyelashes with every kind of goopy mascara out there with high hopes of transforming them into thick frames of loveliness. Oh, how nice it would be to have them naturally and never have to worry again about stubby or sparse eye fringe coated with paint!

Can longer lusher lashes really happen with a magic serum? Is it possible science has stumbled upon a miracle?

My good friend and Miami-based dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba turned me on to the new beauty phenomenon Latisse, a FDA-approved prescription treatment that claims to make lashes grow longer, fuller, and darker. She explained that the solution takes nightly applications with results in 4 weeks and full results in 16 weeks. The solution is painted on the lash line with little disposable brush applicators and your lashes will experience real measurable growth.

Well, I was sold and set out to be my own guinea pig and see if the stuff really worked. Sure enough, after about 4 weeks, I saw a major difference in the length of my lashes, though no difference in color or thickness. I celebrated my new lashes by putting on a double dose of mascara to really show off their amazing length. The only side effect I experienced was redness along my lash lines, but it was well worth it. Some women have experienced itchiness, but I had no problem. After the full 16 week course, my lashes have remained nice and long, the redness has completely gone away and I now believe in miracles!

Longer lashes before/after

Before/after sample from the Latisse website

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.

Creating The Ultimate Gloss

As much as women love their lip gloss, we are always looking for the magic one that lasts longer than a smile! Usually glosses disappear in a flash, leaving you addicted to the constant re-swiping to layer on some more. I’ve been trying to create a long-wearing lip gloss with the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy team for awhile. The tricky part was trying to come up with a formula that wouldn’t make your lips as dry as the Sahara desert in the height of summer. Most long-wearing lip products contain ingredients that seal onto your lips to stay put, but the downside is that they suck all the moisture right out. You’re left with colorful but dry cracked lips.

Carmindy lip gloss

I’m thrilled to announce that we finally found the perfect moisture-rich, smooth and creamy gloss formula that lasts for hours without dehydrating your lips! It’s awesome and will be available soon, so keep your eyes out or check out Sally Hansen Natural Beauty for updates. The next step of development for me is the really fun part: choosing the perfect colors and making up enticing names! We mixed and swirled all kinds of fun colors together and came up with 12 fabulous shades that woman will fall in love with! Next came trying to think up names that were descriptive enough for ladies to know what they were getting, but at the same time fun and alluring. What fun it is being a girl and playing with makeup for a living. It truly is a dream job!

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

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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

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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

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Does this happen to you?
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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

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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.

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
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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.

Why You Need Cream Blush

Benefit Sheer Cream Blusher

Benefit Sheer Cream Blusher

During this time of year, your skin can become more dry than ever and your radiance may seem to have just disappeared. Cream blush will save you now, even if your skin is oily. Many of the cream blushes of the past were far too greasy and had a tendency to slip off the face, change color or become blotchy. Not any more.

The new cream blush formulas are much more advanced and have great staying power, a silky smooth application and give you that fabulous luminous boost you crave. Cream blush looks more natural than their powdery counterparts and can applied in a flash. In the cold dry climate, a cream will look moist and soft and give you a gorgeous glow.

Always apply a cream blush after your foundation. Use your fingertips or a clean makeup sponge to swirl on the blush. Smile big and apply directly to the apples of your cheeks for a sweet cherub flush. If you goof and apply too much, simply use a sponge with a bit of foundation on it to buff down the shade until it melts into your skin.

If your skin is oily, dust a translucent powder on top to help it stay put. If you have dry skin, skip the powder for a more hydrated look. If your skin is rough or has a few blemishes, avoid any blushes that contain shimmer which will gather up in the cracks.

A dewy rosy cheek is the best way to mimic a youthful fresh look so give it a go. Some of my favorite formulas are Benefit Sheer Cream Blusher and Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush.

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 Art of Lash Separating

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Tammy Faye never mastered the art of declumping her lashes

We have all been there: after an award-winning application of your makeup, you wait until the end to apply your mascara and then… oh no! an über mascara clump!

What to do? Well, I have seen women use just about anything to separate their lashes –a safety pin, a needle, I even saw a girl use the side of a razor blade… scary!

There are a few easy–and safe!–ways to un-clump lashes without risking blindness or even cutting them off.

The easiest way to de-clump is to purchase a metal folding lash comb like the folding lash comb from Tweezerman. While you mascara is still wet on your lashes, sweep the comb through the lashes for a perfect fringe. Never wait until the mascara is dry, because this can cause breakage and that is the last thing we want to do. Plastic lash combs just don’t separate like the thin metal teeth.

Tweezerman lash comb

Another way to keep the lashes individually perfect is to twirl a clean, disposable mascara wand through them after applying mascara. You can find these in bags of 25 at makeup supply stores like Alcone. When you’re done, you can recycle it by washing it off for the next use.

In a pinch you can use a toothpick, which is still a bit dangerous so make sure you don’t live on a fault zone and your bathroom door is locked to avoid anyone barging in and startling you. Sight is more important than perfect lashes anytime!

Avoid clumps in the first place by wiping excess mascara off the wand before you apply it.

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 Mask A Hangover

With all the holiday parties right now, there may be a chance you”ll have a little too much to drink one night and wake up feeling not so fresh. You know who you are! Well, getting rid of a hangover may take all day, but looking like you don’t even have one is something you can do in just a few minutes!

  • First, drink plenty of water right upon waking. This will help flush out the puffiness.
  • Pop a wet washcloth into the freezer while you take a cold shower–yes I said cold!–and when you get out take a moment to lay on your bed with the chilled washcloth over your eyes to reduce puffiness. A few drops of Visine are a must to get the red out.
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer

    Sally Hansen
    Luminizing Face Primer

  • Use a good moisturizer to prep your skin for makeup, then smooth on a face primer with light-reflecting pigments to give the illusion of well-rested and healthy skin. My favorite is by me (of course) Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer.
  • BADgal blue mascara

    BADgal blue mascara

  • To make the eyes look as bright as possible, try adding a little dab of white shimmer powder on the inside tear duct and under the brow bone, then add a healthy dose of navy blue mascara. The deep navy color will actually make the eyes look a bit brighter. Try Benefit Bad Gal Blue Mascara.
  • A pop of pink on the apples of the cheeks and a pink lip color will also give the illusion of a fresh face. Go for an easy 2-in-1 product like Stila Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain.

See now nobody will know you were dancing on tables until 4 in the morning!

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.

Party Makeup: Friends vs. Family

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In The Family Stone, Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker)
keeps her makeup classic for a family holiday weekend

When it comes to party makeup, there is a big difference between going a party with your best friends versus a holiday get together with the family. I’m sure your mother-in-law may be a bit shocked if you showed up in gold metallic eye shadow, but your friends would totally adore it! Here are a couple guidelines:

- Keep the makeup experiments to your personal social events. Try rocking a cool Gucci eye or a total body shimmer for your office party or a friend’s holiday bash. This is where you can totally get away with it.

- When its family time, go demure. Don’t worry, you can still maintain your sense of individuality. I like to incorporate the trend of the moment in a more subtle way. For instance, instead of an intense red lip, try a lip stain like Revlon Just Bitten and keep the rest of your makeup simple. It won’t have the impact of a full red lipstick, but it will look more appropriate around the dinner table. I know you have that crazy aunt who probably wears screaming pink lipstick at these family functions, but that is why you all think she is crazy!

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: Concealer is a secret weapon!

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Ever want to know what goes on behind the scenes of one of my TV shows or video shoots? It’s always early call times and lot’s of multi-tasking but really fun. I have to be the host, the makeup artist, the script supervisor, the expert and the client, so it’s a lot of work. The other day I shot a series of beauty videos with the focus on fast easy tips. I had to arrive makeup-ready but the fabulous hairdresser Noah Hatton whipped my do into shape.

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I then began applying the makeup on the models, but leaving out the main tip I was to discuss in each video. The gorgeous Kindra Hansen allowed me to enhance her naturally gorgeous skin with a little liquid foundation and highlighter. I used Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Your Skin Makeup, Nars Cream Blush in Gold Member on top of her cheekbones and Mac Blot Powder in Dark. The look we gave her on camera was the smoky eye, so the lips stayed nude.

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My good friend and stylist Chrissy Lloyd adjusted my dress on set while Noah made his finishing touches on the hair. Kindra took a before photo and then we began shooting.

Of course I always do my own makeup and I have to make sure to remember to do my own touchups too. Sometimes I am so focused on the model I forget that I get pretty shiny under those hot lights.

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I love teaching women how to apply easy secrets and tricks to make their life easier. One of my favorites is to keep a little concealer brush that has been dipped into foundation handy at all times when doing your makeup. This is like a magic eraser to eliminate any mistakes without undoing any of your handy work. Perfect when creating a smoky eye that may get a little messy. My favorite concealer brush is by Amazing Cosmetics.

Last take of the day I have shown tips on everything from how to go from day to night in mere seconds to creating a perfect long wearing red lip. These can be long days but I have such a blast doing it that it’s really like playing and not work!

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.

Holiday Makeup Look: Glam Green Eyes

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A rich shimmery shade of deep green looks great on everyone. No matter what skin tone or iris color you have, a simple sweep of this emerald shade will glam up your eyes and get you noticed. The rich shimmer of Mac Brushed Metal X in Verdigris (shown at right) almost looks wet on the eye creating a very cool look.

The key to getting the green eye right is all in the sweep. First, take an angle brush and drag the shadow across a green eye shadow, then apply it close to the roots of your upper lash line, starting at the inner corner and sweeping it back towards the outer corner. Don’t apply any color under the lower lash line because keeping it simple makes this look modern and wearable.

Add a champagne highlight under the brow, on the inner corners, and a little dab on the lid. Black mascara is a must, so apply it on top and bottom lashes. A peachy pink blush and lip color is perfect to polish off the look.

This look is totally universal and is great for a holiday party!

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.

Great Holiday Beauty Gift Ideas

Okay, everyone loves beauty loot for the holidays. Here are some of my favorite gifts to help you shop for the people you love. Here’s how to make the gift really special: write a card with a fantastic compliment about the receiver i.e., “You have such beautiful eyes and I know this color will look amazing on them” or “Your smile lights up a room so I thought of you when I saw this gloss.” That truly will be the gift that keeps on giving. So I have broken it down by who gets what:

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Sally Hansen Sun Glow Powder Bronzer

Mom: An age-fighting pampering facial is just what she needs and something she probably never does for herself. Make it easy by buying her one cream that does it all. I love the Bliss Youth As We Know It Cream.

Sister: The new Mac Brushed Metal-X Eye Shadows look wet on the skin and are really fun for playing up your eyes at night. I suggest picking one up that enhances your sister’s eyes. If her eyes are green, go for Forged Rose. If her eyes are brown, try Metalblu. Blue eyes will sparkle in Gold Spice and hazel eyes look great with Verdigris.

Cousin: Bronzer is just like a really cool accessory and looks great as a gift. Pick up one with a festive sunburst on it like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Sun Glow Powder Bronzer (shown above).

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Tarte Lip Gloss Clutch

Teenage Niece: Bright and bold colors for nails are the perfect for a young teen who wants to show off her individuality. NYC Nail Glossies Nail Enamel has a range of great shades and at $1.99 you can fill up a stocking with a bunch fun colors.

Friend: Give the gift of gloss this year in a fun range of colors. Your friend will be able to play with a different one every day of the week. Check out the Tarte Purse Your Lips Limited Edition Lip Gloss Clutch.

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.

Get the Perfect Holiday Metallic Eye

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It’s here! The holiday season is upon us and yes, of course, you want to be spot on with the hottest beauty trends for this year’s festivities. Well, it’s all about a metallic eye, but don’t worry–it’s subtle and everyone can wear it. Silver, copper, bronze, and gold are just really fun versions of very wearable neutrals.

Here’s a metallic look I love from the Tuleh Fall ’08 Runway. To recreate it, first you need to decide which metallic shades you want to play with. I like silver and bronze together or a combo of gold and copper. Go for powder shadows instead of cream formulas because they are easier to blend.

Sweep the gold or silver shadow over your lid, starting at the inside corner and stopping about half way across the lid. Next, dust the copper or bronze shadow on the outer half of your lid, blending slightly up into the crease. Sweep the same shadow under the outer half of your lower lashline. Finally, rim the roots of your upper lashline with black eyeliner, and apply two coats of black mascara to top lashes only.

Pair this festive eye with a very neutral blush and lip color in nude tones so you look balanced and not overpowered.

Now get ready to party!

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!

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