Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Strong Fall Brows

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A strong full brow is reminiscent of youth and health and can frame the eyes in a way that is natural and beautiful.This fall season, try filling, extending or darkening your brows to create a warm, exotic look and be spot-on in the trend department.There has been an epidemic of “anorexic proportions” over the last several years involving over-plucking. I have seen so many women of all ages attacking their pretty arches in an angry way to mold them into some crazy idea of perfection. This results in a look of shock and it makes you look downright weird. It can also age you by years so put down the tweezers! I’m not saying abandon the brow grooming altogether, just ease up a bit and let them grow in a bit.

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When choosing the right brow corrector for you, first decide what type of brow issue you have and what style you want to go for. If your skin is on the oily side and you feel that makeup seems to slip right off your face, try a waterproof brow corrector like Make Up For Ever Brow Correctors. My favorite way to apply this type of product is with the Benefit Hard Angle Brush. It’s just stiff enough to lightly feather on this long-wearing brow filler for seriously natural looking brows with major stay power. It is great for Asian beauties and women with really sparse brows.

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If you have pretty healthy brows that may need just a little bit of filling and extending, choose pencils. This is a really quick and easy way to fill in brows in a flash. I like the Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil because it glides right on for perfect-looking brows. If you have brow hairs that just wont stay in place but don’t have any gaps that need filling in, try a colored brow gel to darken the shade and make them stay put. If you need to fill in a few areas while keeping brows in place try the NYC Cosmetics Browser Brush-On Brow Powder with Grooming Wax and Tweezers. It houses everything you need to create the ultimate fall brow. Pair this season’s heavier brow with thick lashes and minimal makeup.

Remember ladies, one trend at a 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 Pick The Right Makeup Trend For You

Fashion Week Spring 2010 Chris Benz makeup

Trendy? Definitely. Flattering on everyone?
Not necessarily.

In the midst of all the craziness of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I began to wonder if people were completely losing their minds. Before we’ve even really started to get into our new fall looks, we’re already seeing next season’s trends come sashaying down the catwalk. Many women are already desperately scrambling to be the first to rock those new looks.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves ladies. Calm down, take a breath and relax. Do not become a crazed fashion victim — remember, a real class act woman knows herself and creates her own sense of personal style. Be true to that personal style and use the trends that are current (as in this season’s, not next) to inspire you.

Do not take the trends literally as they are meant to be an inspiration and not be taken as the absolute. If that were the case, we would all be wearing burning yellow eye shadow and flaming pink lipstick. Interpret the trends and integrate one or two of them that work best for you. Consider your best features first and then choose a new look or product that helps play that feature up.

If your eyes are your best feature, purchase a new shadow or liner for the season. The easiest way to update your makeup wardrobe this fall season is to pick up a Forever Stay Eyeliner Pencil from Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy.

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick

If your lips are gorgeous, a hot new shade of lipstick will be they way to go. Most lipsticks that you see on the runway are too pigmented for real life, so look for a paler, more wearable version of the look you love. I’m devoted to Lipstick Queen lipsticks because the line has two types of lipsticks: Sinner, which is 90% pigment for a literal trend interpretation, and Saint, which is 10% pigment lipstick that’s a bit more wearable and easy to pull off.

Most importantly, keep in mind that you look absolutely stunning wearing your own natural makeup and don’t need to run out and buy new products simply because some designer is trying to selling you the latest “straight from the catwalk” look. Remember the book The Emperor’s New Clothes? Follow the trends if they intrigue you and you want to try something new, but don’t feel like you have to be a slave to them.

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 Secret To Gorgeous Eyes

Olivia Wilde September 02 2009

A brown eyeliner makes Olivia Wilde’s
blue-grey eyes really pop.
Photo: © Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Pencil eyeliners are back with a vengeance this season. They range in colors from jet black to indigo blue, but they are the totally the way to go with your makeup this fall.

The latest formulas are gel-like, creamy pencils that glide on without pulling or tugging your sensitive eyelid skin. Forget the old days of heating up those hard tipped pencils with a lighter or having to pull the end of your eyelids so taught you could hardly see just to draw on a stiff line. Modern pencils are soft and smooth and easily blendable.

I like to choose a liner color that is opposite that of your iris color — it makes your eyes really stand out — and since colored liners are the main trend this season, you really can’t go wrong.

If you have brown eyes, choose blue eyeliners like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eyeliner Pencil in Indigo Blue. If you have blue eyes, opt for brown eyeliners like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Bourbon. Green eyes should try purples like Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Shimmering Plum. Hazel eyes look amazing with deep shades of green like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eyeliner Pencil in Jade.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Indigo

The easiest way to apply liner and get the best looking definition is to draw a thin line on your upper lash line in small little dashes getting as close to the roots as possible. Smooth over the dashes with your finger or a Q-Tip to blend the color into a soft and smudgy line.

Because your choosing a bold color liner, it’s best to pair it with a neutral shimmering eye shadow and black mascara. Skip wearing pencil on the lower lashline as this can tend to look too harsh. For definition there, smudge a little powder shadow in a complementary color underneath the lower lashes with an angle brush.

If you want a little extra kick for an evening look, draw a slightly thicker line on the upper lashline and wing it out at the ends. If you make a mistake, don’t worry, simply take a small concealer brush and dip it into a little bit of foundation to lightly clean up any areas that are messy.

Whether it’s a rock ‘n roll smudge or a sleek blue line, playing with pencils will keep your eyes defined and your style on point!

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.

Must-Have Makeup Brushes

Stila Double-Ended Eye Shadow Brush

Great makeup brushes are just as important as great makeup and without the right tools, the look you’re going for will never be quite right. There are a few must-have brushes that should always be in your beauty arsenal.

When looking for a makeup brush to apply powder products, real hair is always best — go for sable, squirrel or anything soft and natural. Although a bit more expensive, these brushes will allow the powders to blend on seamlessly and, if cleaned properly, can last years and save you money in the long run. For cream products like concealer, lipsticks and cream shadows, synthetic works best to lay the product on successfully. Three of my favorite real natural hair brushes are by Body and Soul Cosmetics. They have a cool retro look and are super soft. Use the #1 for blush, the #2 for powder and the #3 for crease eye shadow.

Body and Soul Cosmetics Brush #1

Using the large powder brush to apply blush to the cheeks may sound backward but I prefer using this size to allow a fuller, more natural flush to the face. If you use the smaller blush brush it will pick up too much product, delivering blush in a concentrated way that can look heavy and fake.

To get rid of shine use the #2 brush to apply face powder. It’s designed to be used with blush, but because you want to concentrate more powder to the specific areas of your face that need shine control, the smaller size of the brush makes it work so much better for this task than a large powder one.

Stila #30 Double-Ended Shadow Brush is my favorite for applying powder highlighter to the eyes. Use the big end to apply shimmer under the eyebrows and use the smaller side on the inside tear duct areas. For cheekbones use the Benefit Fantail Brush to apply highlighter.

Benefit Get Bent Liner Brush

A good stiff angle brush like Benefit’s Get Bent Liner Brush is great for applying brow correctors. One of my fave brushes actually comes from a good art supply store — The Princeton Art and Brush Supply Company Angle Shader #4 is the ideal soft angle brush for applying powder or cream eyeliners. It’s super cheap, coming in at around $5.99.

A small-tipped concealer brush to apply makeup to blemishes is needed and I love the Bare Escentuals Precision Concealer Brush – it’s just the right size to conceal and not over paint a spot. Ulta’s Retractable Lip Brush can help you paint on the perfect dark pout. A good bunch of Q-Tips and non-latex sponges for easy and disposable blending and you are good to go!

Those are all the basics go-to brushes that should be used in your daily routine to apply makeup flawlessly!

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 Favorite Fall Makeup Trends

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Instant Definition Eye Shadow Palette in Quartz

This season makeup is getting sultry and romantic. Amidst all the high fashion runway cosmetics creations there are a few universal looks that all women can pull off with ease, provided they choose the right colors. Here are some wearable versions of my favorite fall trends.

The hottest ticket this season is grey eye shadow and it really does look fab on all ladies. Make sure the grey hue has a hint of purple in it so it’s more like a quartz color. This shade is considered the new neutral, meaning you can wear it with anything! Wear it alone smoothed over the lid and softly under the lash line or pair it with black liner for a sexie, smokier look. The perfect example of this trend is the lid shade in the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Shadow Palette in Quartz.

I love the pearly pink and peach tinged nude lip shades that start popping up this time of year. They look best when worn with an entire nude monochromatic look on both cheeks and eyes. For a little more drama, try the intense look of deep bordeaux or wine shades. Choose a creamy matte formula like Laura Geller Crème Couture Soft Touch Matte Lip Stick in Bordeaux. Keep this lip hue from looking too harsh by pairing it with a Bambi brown eye shadow and a warm rose or mocha cheek.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Indigo

The last big trend for fall is deep indigo blue eyeliner. It’s a beautiful and modern look that is also really easy to pull off. Choose a long-wearing, waterproof liner like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eyeliner in Indigo. Smudge it as close to the roots of your top lashes as possible to keep it looking subtle. Pair the look with fawn colored blush and a glossy mocha lip.

Play with any one of these new looks to update your makeup wardrobe and stay on top of the trends.

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.

A Fab Makeup Look In Just 5 Minutes!

The Five Minute Face Paperback

My first book, The 5 Minute Face is very near and dear to me. It’s based on a universal look I created on What Not To Wear to help all women enhance their natural beauty in the fastest, easiest way possible. It’s every woman’s beauty bible! Best of all, it’s now out in a paperback edition!

With step-by-step instructions on how to highlight your fabulous face in a mere 5 minutes, you will be amazed at how beautiful you can look in almost no time. Perfect for the gal on the go, the book highlights all ages and skin types, so there’s something in there for everyone!

In it I also teach women how to choose the best colors for their complexions, adjust makeup application and formulas based on their ages and even have an amazing shopping chapter in the back so you can run out and purchase the look and shades you see on the pages. Learn how to create different looks, everything from party makeup to how to wear timeless trends. Check it out now!

As an established makeup artist, many beauty brands send me samples of their latest products for consideration. I only write about the ones that I truly love and I always abide by Daily Makeover’s Editorial Ethics Pledge in each of my Positively Beautiful posts.

Crazy For Pink

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This summer I have been just crazy for pink makeup — lips, cheeks, nails and even highlighter all in shades of pink. Usually doing your face in all pink tones could look silly or too matchy matchy, but as long as you use a variety of pink tones, you can actually make a sweet and lovely face.

On the eyes, stay away from bright or true pinks as they can make your eyes look tired and irritated. Opt for shimmering pale champagne pink that can be swept across the entire lid from the lashline to the browbone. I like the highlight shade in the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Shadow Palette in Metallic.

You can also sweep it across the top of the cheekbone for a subtle glow that bring radiance to all skin tones. Pair this kind of shimmery eye with a soft brown eyeliner for balance. Finish it off with a healthy dose of brown mascara to help define and accentuate your lashes.

Carmindy Sheerest cream blush

For the cheeks, swirl on a bolder, warm rosy cream blush in a floral color like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Bloom. This color compliments your shimmery pink eye and keeps skin looking flushed naturally.

On the lips, opt for a sheer bright pink like Lipstick Queen Pop Art Gloss in #8, a fab sheer strawberry pink. For a more intense look, try MAC Lipstick in Lustering.

I like to keep my toenails on the lighter side — the main bold focus of this look is the cheeks and lips so the light eyes and toes help create a balance. My favorite nail polish is Essie Pink Lemonade — It always looks good on the skin whether you have a tan or not.

Give this look a go and be ready to be pretty in full pink!

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 Red Out

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Powder in Neutralizer

For the many men and women who suffer from ruddiness or rosacea, every new flare-up can be a mini-nightmare for their skin. Fortunately there are a few quick and easy ways to tone the fire down and keep your skin looking even and neutralized.

To conceal red patches naturally, use yellow tinted powders and concealers — the lemony shade actually counteracts and softens the red. In the past, cosmetic companies have marketed green or lavender primers as a way of hiding the redness, but unless you are a master blender it may look a little funny on the skin. The easiest way to camouflage the red is with yellow.

Start off by applying your regular foundation and then dab on a bit of yellow tinted concealer on top of areas that are still prominently red. Finish off the skin with Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Loose Powder in Neutralizer. This light yellow powder will keep your skin tone even and ruddy-free all day.

Stay away from blush because you already have it built in to the skin. If a little rosiness shines through on your cheeks, that’s actually ok because that’s now one step you can skip while getting ready in the morning. Bronzers are a no-no as well because they can add too much warmth to already red skin.

Focus instead on defining eyes and play with cool shades like taupe, grey, browns, blues, greens and plums. Opt for cooler shades on the lips as well — berries, pinks, pinky nudes and mauves are all good options. The cool shades on eyes and lips will help balance the face and won’t draw attention to your reddish undertones.

On the skin care front, always wash your face with cold water, stay out of saunas, apply sunscreen daily and stay away from red wine. All of these things can cause your skin to flare up, so keep away from the heat and opt for the cool instead! Remember, makeup can’t heal the redness, it can only help diminish it. If you have a severe case of rosacea, check with your dermatologist to see what medical treatments can be used to get it under control.

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 Right Way To Wear Liquid Liner

Emma Roberts Aug 09 2009

A sexy, cat-eye look like Emma Roberts’ is
surprisingly easy to do at home.
Photo: © Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Liquid liner has been a hot trend now for the last couple of seasons and it looks like it is here to stay. For a lot of us it seems like an impossible task to draw on that flawless line in one easy swoop. I have the easiest two tricks for you to get it right every time and look like a pro!

The secret is to cheat a little by applying a thin line of pencil eyeliner first. This will act like a guide so you can just trace over the top of it with the liquid liner. Most women are pretty comfortable using a pencil so smudge it along your upper lash line and then use your liquid liner in a matching shade to follow on top and trace along the lid winging it out at the outer corners.

To help the liner go on more smoothly you can gently tug at the temples and begin at the inner corners of the eyes sweeping on small connecting dashes little by little. If the wing at the outer corners is not perfect simply grab a small tipped concealer brush and dip it into a little foundation. Now clean up around the wings to correct the ending line and make it perfect.

Rimmel Professional Liquid Liner

This cat-eyed look is paired best with subtle eye shadow and a healthy dose of mascara.It’s also surprisingly versatile — you can pull off anything from a nude lip to a bright red one when you pair it with a classic liquid liner. One of my favorite inexpensive black ones is Rimmel Professional Liquid Liner.

Also try jewel-toned shades of liquid liner for a new twist on an old favorite like the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Liners. Black is not the only show in town. A fun metallic liquid liner is a great nighttime look and electric blue is super trendy right now so check out Urban Decay Liquid Liners In Lucky Or Radium.

Whichever you choose, remember to just go for it and have fun!

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.

Date Night Makeup

Anne Heche August 05 2009

Simple yet smoldering makeup like Anne
Heche’s is the key to a great date night look.
Photo: © RD / Kabik / Retna Digital

When it comes to dating, what makeup you wear can be just as important as the right outfit. After polling a bunch of single guys, I found out the real deal on how men feel about makeup.

When asked whether they prefer sexy makeup to natural makeup almost all of the men said natural. When asked if they’d rather see dark lips to smoky eyes they all said smoky eyes, but only if it’s not too heavy. A couple of the men liked red lips but the overwhelming majority liked natural, slightly shiny lips. Most men preferred the natural lips because they felt they could go in for a kiss without winding up all covered in lipstick.

So with the end result of a great date being a wonderful kiss, let’s learn how to create the perfect date night makeup.

Soft and sexy skin is a must on a date so after applying a moisturizing body lotion you will want to then create a subtle shimmer all over the body. Don’t ever use a glittery style body shimmer — instead, opt for a very fine glowy one. I love Era Rayz 24 Karat Spray. This amazing spray shimmer never looks overdone and gives the whole body an easy spray-on sheen without rubbing off on your clothes.

DuWop Smoke

Keep your face simple — apply a luminizing face primer and then follow with a small amount of foundation, concealer (if needed) and a light dusting of powder. A little rosiness in the cheeks looks romantic so apply a small amount of rose pink powder blush to the apples and apply highlight shimmer on top of the cheekbones to make them pop.

Create eyes that are slightly defined and a little sexy. Start off by applying a shimmering highlight eye shadow across the entire lid from the lashline to under the brow. Use a soft dark liner on the upper lash line then use an angle brush to sweep on black, eggplant or deep forest green eye shadow, as this will look softer and more smoldering than a hard pencil. I love the DuWop Smoke eye shadow kits.

Ultra Soothing Lip Tint

Next, smudge a tiny bit of shadow that’s a shade or two lighter then the one you used on your top lash line under the lower lash line and use a Q-Tip to soften it so it’s a barley there smudge. Apply a neutral shadow like a taupe shade in the crease to give your eyes soft depth. Curl your lashes and apply black mascara on top and bottom for a flirty fringed look. Brush brows into place and fill them in a bit if needed.

On your lips go for a natural shine lip gloss with a hint of tasty berry flavor so your kisses will be sweet. Use Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Ultra Soothing Lip Tint in Pinkberry.

With this universally sexy look you are sure to get that guy to adore 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.

Erasing Sleepless Nights

There’s nothing worse than looking into a mirror after a sleepless night to see dark circles in full effect and dull, lifeless skin. Lack of sleep can do a number on your appearance, but your mood can actually make it worse. The best way to perk up your complexion is to skip the self-loathing and self-criticism and just do a few little makeup steps to help cover it up and get on with your day.

Start by using some eye drops to brighten tired, red eyes. I love Collyre Bleu Eye Drops from France. They are bright blue so they look a little bit scary, but they make your eyes appear super white and wide awake.

The next important step is to bring radiance back to your skin. I love Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer — I created it with light-reflecting particles so not only does your skin feel velvety smooth, but it actually looks lit from within.

Don’t spackle on heavy concealer to hide dark circles, instead opt for a bit of eye brightening concealer. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer in All Over Brightener — it’s a light pinkish concealer that instantly gives the eyes a well-rested look without caking up on the delicate skin. A quick dab of this miracle concealer will keep you looking fresh.

Fast Fix Concealer All Over Brightener

A swirl of fresh pink blush on the apples of the cheeks is key to looking healthy and rested so smile big and swirl it on with a big fluffy powder brush.

The final step to a refreshed look is a shot of navy blue eyeliner. The blue color helps enhance the whiteness of your eyes and opens them up so they look bigger AND brighter. For large eyes try rimming the inside of your eyes with a touch of blue liner for a look that makes your eyes pop. For smaller eyes smudge the color along the top lash line as close to the roots as possible to help really enhance them.

After trying these tricks you will look like you had a full 8 hours and then some!

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.

Fixing Summer Beauty Mishaps

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In the summertime you can face all kinds of beauty problems, from streaky self tanners to getting sunscreen in your hair. Fortunately I have some easy tips on how to conquer these issues in a flash.

If you were at the beach and applied your sunscreen but accidentally ended up missing a spot, cover your red sunburn mark easily with a swipe of concealer. Lightly apply a little concealer on the area in a shade that matches the rest of your skin and then dust on a yellow tinted powder to keep makeup in place and ease the redness. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Truly Translucent Powder in Neutralizer.

If you spent all evening flawlessly applying your self tanner only to wake up with an unsightly streak, there is a way to fill it in and even it out fast. Grab a Q-Tip and dab a little self tanner across the streak and let it soak in. This will even out the white spot and not darken the tanned skin around it.

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo

If your hair gets a bit greasy at the beach because its come in contact with the sunscreen on your skin, grab a can of Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo and spray it on any limp strands. This will erase greasy hair instantly and make your hair smell pretty and beachy.

If you find that your foundation just balls up when you try to apply it after your sunscreen, then choose a foundation that contains sunscreen in it already. I like Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 — it gives you light coverage and full protection. If you want a little bit more coverage, try the combination I use every day– Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30 sunscreen, followed by my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup. This combo always works for me because it blends together nicely and keeps me protected.

So don’t worry, there is always a solution to summer’s little beauty mishaps.

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.

Sweaty Solutions

OC Eight Mattifying Gel

Okay, it is so seriously hot out there right now! If the sweat factor is destroying your fabulous summer look then I have a few beauty solutions to help you tame the sticky wet mess.

First and foremost: mattify mattify mattify! In this oppressive heat, applying a mattifying gel like OC Eight on your face after your moisturizer will help absorb some of the sweat and oil the high temps can cause during the day. It will also help your foundation stay in place and not slip off an hour after you applied it.

A great trick if you don’t have mattifying gel is to lightly apply a thin layer of non-scented anti-perspirant to your fingertip and dab it along the T-zone of your face. You can also use this trick under your breasts for those bigger-busted ladies out there who find they pool sweat under there.

For your makeup, stay away from all creams formulas — they will slip and slide — and opt for spray foundations that have more staying power and powder shadows and blushes.

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Blotting papers are a must, so keep a pack of Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets in your bag to suck up the sweat. Don’t keep adding powder on top of powder because you will wind up looking like the back of a cement truck. Just absorb with the sheets then use a little bit of powder before leaving the house, at lunchtime for a touchup and at night before hitting the town.

Keep your hair back in a ponytail or, if it’s short, clip it back with a little bobby pin. Having your mane around your face can cause you to sweat even more, so pulling it away will help keep you cool.

These little tricks should help, but just remember — if you didn’t sweat you wouldn’t be human. We are all a bit shiny this time of year, you are not alone!

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 Best Lip Balms

Nude Skincare Nude Lips

During those really hot and sticky summer days the last thing you want on your lips is a heavy coating of makeup. Lipstick can seem thick and heavy, glosses are sticky and tints make your mouth so dry.

That’s why in the summertime I always carry around a good lip balm in my bag — it makes sure my lips stay hydrated and feel soft, supple and totally comfortable, no matter how hot it is outside.

My new favorite lip balm is Nude Lips by Nude Skincare. This silky organic balm contains cupuacu and Tahitian vanilla monoi that melts into your lips when you rub them together. Shea butter, vitamin E and coconut oil keep your lip healthy and satiny smooth while giving them a pretty shine. I apply it at bedtime as well to replenish lost moisture overnight due to air conditioning.

If you’re looking for a balm that contains sunscreen try Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 — it’s packed with 15 restorative oils that keeps your lips smooth and protected. I always have one of these rattling around in my beach bag.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer

If you demand total protection and want a full block balm try Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm with SPF 50. It’s as serious as it gets. No UV rays will get near your pucker!

If a hint of tint is what you desire try a tinted balm for a little touch of soft color. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer has 13 pretty shades to choose from and is 100% natural so you can feel good wearing it while you look good!

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.

Be A Beach Babe!

Calista Tools Activate Energy Activating Spray

I absolutely love that “day at the beach” summer look. A head full of tousled hair, a hint of rosiness on the cheeks and a sun-kissed glow that says sun, surf and summer fun can make you feel free-spirited and happy. Between work, kids and everything else, life can get pretty crazy for a lot of us. We may not have time to get seaside as often as we like but that doesn’t mean we can’t look like we just got back from the surf and turf.

To get a beach babe look, start with your hair. When you get out of the shower use a wave-enhancing product to get that awesome beach hair texture — I like Calista Tools Activate Energy Activating Spray. Mist this on damp hair and then scrunch your hair up and let it air dry for frizz free sexy waves.

If you want your hair to smell like the beach as well as look like you’ve been there all day, try Kevin Murphy Hair Resort. It contains crushed bamboo for texture and coconut oil for a tempting tropical scent.

Carmindy Sheerest cream blush

Keep makeup simple and natural. Apply a tinted moisturizer mixed with a little bit of bronzer on the temples, forehead, along the sides of the face and under the cheekbones to give you a bronze, sat-in-the-sun-all-day glow.

Next, use a cream blush like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Rosy. Smile big and apply with your fingers in circular motions to the fleshy apples of the cheeks. The sheer watercolor-like formula is super light and looks totally natural.

Apply black mascara and keep lips nude with just a slick of balm and you will look as if you have been frolicking in the sea all day!

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.

Heat-Proof Makeup

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup

Is your makeup melting and you don’t know what to do? Don’t worry, I know how to make your life easier and keep your makeup in play all day.

When the temperature rises, it’s time to switch your regular, heavier makeup formulas for long-wearing, sweat- and waterproof versions that will keep you looking as fresh and cool as an ocean breeze!

To keep your face in place, start by applying a good mattifier like OC Eight Mattifying Gel. This will keep sweating to a minimum and it acts almost like an anti-perspirant for your face. Gross-sounding but really effective. Blend it on your face after your sunscreen and then use a water resistant foundation to even out your skin. Go for a sheer formula like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup. Go easy on the powder and keep blotting papers in your bag to soak up the greasies as the day gets hotter. My favorites are the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.

Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets

Line your eyes with Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Liner Pencil — it’s gel-like formula glides on without tugging or pulling and stays on even after a dip in the pool! Opt for fun summer shades like Indigo or Jade to bring a little color into your life. Stay away from cream eye shadows that will just crease in the humidity and instead choose a light wash of powder shadow in a shimmering neutral color.

Waterproof mascara like Lancôme Définicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara keeps lashes from creating that raccoon effect. But may take an extra minute or two to get off at night. Be sure to use a good eye makeup remover like Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser to get every last bit off.

Benefit Benetint

Stain blush stands the test of high temps so swirl on Benefit Benetint for cheeks that will look rosy from a.m. to p.m. For a long lasting lip, apply a bit of the cheek stain to your lips then follow with a tinted balm like Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer.

Follow these easy tips and I guarantee you will look fab all summer long!

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Sunburn Relief

Sunburn

No matter how diligent we are at applying sunscreen, from time to time you may forget a spot or don’t reapply when you should. You won’t know what hit you until later in the day when you discover that you’ve fired yourself silly. OUCH!

If you’re red and crispy, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain and help the healing along. First, take an aspirin to eliminate some of the pain. Take a cold shower and try my home remedy for cooling skin down: mix cold water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz your bod. It may stink a bit but it will help your poor skin feel better. A milk or oatmeal bath can also help sooth the skin and tame the pain, but make sure to rinse off with cool clean water when your done.

Do not rub on moisturizer or any type of petroleum-based salves — slather yourself in aloe vera gel instead. It may be a bit sticky but this is the best way to start the healing process.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup

If your face is red and you need to go out and face people there are a few tricks to conceal the lobster effect. Begin with a light layer of aloe lotion like Mario Badescu Aloe Lotion, then lightly stipple on a very soothing liquid foundation like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Foundation. Powder the skin with a yellow tinted loose powder that will help counteract the redness.

Stay away from any blush or bronzers and keep makeup minimal. A little dark brown, black or navy eyeliner and black mascara will make your eyes pop. Apply a cool toned lipstick to balance out the raging redness. Now look at yourself in the mirror and SWEAR you will never let this happen again!

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.

Stuck In A Makeup Rut

I found myself getting ready last night for a fun outdoor BBQ with friends and as I began applying my usual makeup routine, I had to stop myself out of sheer boredom! Yes, even makeup artists, get stuck in a rut from time to time. Was I really in the mood for the same old same old when I have all this great makeup booty at my fingertips?

Some groovy Brazilian samba lounge music was playing on the stereo and I envisioned I was dancing on a beach in Rio. That was going to be my inspiration! Although I am as white as a ghost at the moment (too many trips to London), I decided to go for it and pulled out the bronzer!

I applied my usual luminizing face primer and light foundation. If you start slathering yourself in darker makeup right away it will look wrong; the key is to be inspired not literal! I then applied my shimmery Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sun Glow Powdered Bronzer in Spring and suddenly I became a little more savage and tropical.

Benefit Coralista

I then extended my brows with the Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil in Blonde and filled them in a bit heavier for a natural brow look. I grazed my lids in La Femme Gold Sparkle Dust #1 Gold — a personal cheap fave — and coated my lashes in black Blinc Kiss Me Mascara.

Benefit’s Coralista Blush gave my cheeks a radiant flush and I applied Jouer Cosmetics’ Coral Lip Gloss for a sexy gloss. Bring on the caipirinhas!

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.

Fun & Fruity Summer Lips

Ultra Soothing Lip Tint

What’s the steaming hot color trend for lips this summer? Fun fruity shades of pink, coral and melon –the brighter the better.

Don’t be scared of these juicy fruit shades– there are a bevy of formulas from sheer tints to full on pigments, so there is definitely a shade that will complement your skin tone and style.

My favorite way to wear a bold summer lip is to pair it with bronzed skin and little to no other makeup at all. This is what keeps it chic and sophisticated. There is nothing tackier in warm weather then bold lips and crazy colored eyes, so keep the party on the lips only.

Start with a tinted moisturizer and sweep on a little powdered bronzer. Define the lashes with black mascara for major lash impact that will enhance your natural eye shape and then slick on a sizzling shade of sexy lipcolor.

Prescriptives Exhilaration Lipcolor

If you’re a natural girl, go for Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Ultra Soothing Lip Tint in Guava or Melon for a sweet-tasting, supernatural shine with just a hint of tint.

If you prefer a sheer lip color that offers a little more color, try Prescriptives Limited Edition Exhilarating Lip Color in Papaya or Strawberry. This will give you a light to medium coverage with a subtle shine finish.

For die-hard lipstick lovers, saturate your pucker with a true pigment like Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Opaque Lipstick in Coral. Paint your toes to match and you will be ready to strut your stuff!

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 Under Eye Issues

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from women is “how to I get rid of my under eye bags, darkness, puffiness and dryness?” I have been on a quest to get rid of these myself as I suffer from the dryness and the darkness from time to time.

The most common mistake most women make is they goop on concealer, creating a cakey, creasy mess that winds up making the area look worse! Here are some of my tried and true problem-solvers

If puffiness is your issue I highly recommend Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask. These individual packets of liquid and pads are perfect for brightening, de-puffing and hydrating the delicate skin under the eyes. I like to stick them in the refrigerator first before applying — the cold factor speeds up the de-puffing process.

If darkness is an issue try a cream that contains vitamin K, which helps diminish the darkness. I like Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue.

For fine lines try Remède Wrinkle Therapy Eye Baume. It firms, illuminates and nourishes the delicate eye area all at the same time.

SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair

My personal favorite eye cream is SkinMedica TNS Night Eye Repair. My skin gets really dry, especially under my eyes, and this helps bring back the moisture and rejuvenate the skin.

If you want to conceal the area with makeup, try my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy All Over Brightener. This light pink concealer bounces light off the skin, creating a fresh, light, well-rested look that doesn’t settle into fine lines. It is the ultimate concealer for fair to medium skin tones.

Fast Fix Concealer All Over Brightener

If you’re a bit darker try my Fast Fix Concealer in Medium or Medium/Deep shades. If you have a really dark skin tone, use the Dark shade. Just lightly tap the product under the eyes and you will never look caked up — just smooth, bright and refreshed.

Kiss your eye issues good bye!

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.