Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Picture Perfect Peacock Eyes

Carmindy 2009 DKMS Benefit

Photo: © Jemal Countess/WireImage.com

I was recently invited to attend the DKMS Gala at Cipriani’s in New York City. I had the dress, I had the shoes, but could not think of what to do with my makeup.

I was draped in liquid gold with jewelry and shoes to match so I figured the makeup could be a bit more fun. I decided to call in my friend Chrissy Lloyd, a fabulous painter and stylist, for some inspiration. She always makes incredibly daring and bold choices and always looks so super chic, so she was definitely the one to ask. She suggested since I was in head to toe gold I should rock a peacock eye!

How perfect and right on point with spring! I busted out my shimmery shades of teal, blue, green and gold and began to play. I swept a pale gold highlight under the brow and on the inner corners of my eyes. I used the highlight shade from the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Metallic Palette.

MAC Pigment in Teal

I mixed two different shades of loose MAC Pigment powder together to create that perfect shade of peacock blue, then swept it across the lid from the lash line to the crease and slightly under the lower lash line. I dabbed a touch of MAC Aquadisiac Eye Shadow on the center of the lid for a little extra kick. A half set of Ardell false lashes with a thin line of black Makeup Forever waterproof liquid liner finished off my look.

Since the eyes were the main focus I decided to keep the rest of the makeup subtle and to play up the gold goddess look. I swept a bit of bronzer on the forehead, along the side of my face and on my cheeks and dabbed on a matching lip-gloss. On the body I sprayed Era Rayz 24 Karat. I love this gold body spray because it gives you an all over glow and then dries on so it won’t rub off on your clothes.

I received tons of compliments on the makeup and I had a blast at the event. So be daring and go bold from time to time, it is so much 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.

The Best Powder Bronzers

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A touch of bronzer can warm up the face, create a summer glow and mimic the look of a not-so-healthy real tan. To find the best powder bronzers I played with many different ones on my fair skin to see what looked the most natural and blended in the best.

When it comes to powder bronzers, you definitely want to avoid those that contain too much sparkle and shimmer — too much sparkle can look metallic and harsh on the skin. The key to making your bronze believable is to take it easy so you look golden, not gilded. Opt for sheer powder bronzers that blend on and create subtle warmth.

For a look that’s a bit more subtle, I prefer strategically placing bronzer where it will enhance your face the most — the temples, along the sides of the face and just under the cheekbones. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sun Glow Powder Bronzer is the best for this because it has just the right amount of color and shimmer and comes with a brush that hits those areas perfectly. Since you’re being so subtle with your bronzer, you can definitely play up your eyes a little bit more.

Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick

If you want an all over the glow, apply bronzer after your foundation and powder. The best one for this look is the Benefit One Hot Minute, which is a light loose powder. Just lightly dust it all over the face with a big fluffy powder brush. Make sure you tap off any excess before applying to the face so you don’t go overboard. Pair this look with black mascara and a coral cheek and lip for a simple but chic summer look.

If it’s intensity that you want, go for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. The shimmer factor is a bit more intense with this one so I would choose it for night time glam only. Just remember if your face is all bronzed up then your neck and shoulders should match, so dust a little on those areas to look even and sexy!

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.

Spray-On Makeup

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup

Women have always been on a quest to find new ways to mimic a flawless complexion with foundation. We are always looking for the new formula, the new texture or the best way to create amazing looking skin — something that covers up our imperfections without looking like we are wearing makeup.

Creams can be heavy, liquids can be messy and powders too cakey. That’s why I’m a big fan of airbrush spray foundations; they are as light as air and look incredible on the skin. They were designed to be a more user-friendly version of the real, heavy machinery airbrush makeup used in movies.

These new versions come in an easy spray can and actually give better results than the professional ones! They are easy and fast to use — I have been using them on What Not To Wear for years and the results are always stellar!

For the face, you can spray the makeup onto a non-latex sponge and apply it directly to the skin. It will go on sheer and natural and becomes water-resistant when it dries. Try the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup. This is a great product for women who have normal to oily skin. If your chest area is a bit ruddy or discolored, you can spray it directly onto the skin and use a sponge to blend it in for a smooth look.

If you suffer from veins, bruises or spots on the legs, eliminate them by applying one of these great airbrush formulas directly on your legs: Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation to even skin tone or the Era Rayz Spray-On Bronzer for quick bronzing bronzing or giving your whole bod a subtle glimmer for a sexy night 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.

The $5 Smoky Eye

Rimmel Soft Kajal Kohl Liner

Is it possible to create a sexy smoky eye with products that are under $5? It is if you know what to look for and where to buy them. Stores like Target, Walgreens, Ulta and CVS offer up myriad bargain products that work just as well as their more expensive counter parts.

The first product to look for is a great black eyeliner pencil. Rimmel London’s Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil is a great way to get started. This pencil retails for around $3.49 and is perfect to trace the upper lash line with. It also can be used to rim the inner lids for a real rock-n-roll look.

CoverGirl 1-Kit Eye Enhancers Shimmering Onyx

Next, apply a dark and sultry eye shadow like Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancers 1 Kit Shadows in Shimmering Onyx — it’s the perfect dark and mysterious eye shade to sweep across the lid and smudge under the lower lash line.

A loose powder highlight shadow like La Femme Sparkle Dust in Champagne Gold can be used across the brow bone for a beautiful glow and contrast to the deep shadow used on the lid. It’s just $4.95 and you can also use it as highlighter, sweeping it across the tops of cheekbones and on the chest and shoulders for a shimmering evening out look.

N.Y.C. Thickening Mascara

Apply a set of Black Radiance Fantastic Fakes Eye Lashes, only $2.99, so your flirty eyes will look glam without breaking the bank. Finish the look with a few coats of the $1.99 black N.Y.C. Thickening Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Balance the whole look with a nude lip gloss like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss in Sparkling Champagne. Who knew you could be sexy, smoldering and save money at the same 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.

Body Makeup Basics

Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup

With more skin showing this time of year, some of us may be a bit concerned with our exposed body parts not looking so perfect. As we age, veins, sunspots, freckles and easy bruising may be a problem. Don’t put away your tanks or minis just yet. There are a few fast and easy ways to conceal so you can reveal.

First off, think about using a subtle self-tanner. This alone may be all you need to cover up minor imperfections on the skin so you can show off your bod with confidence. Try Jergens Natural Glow for a very light way to fake the bake. If you’re looking for more of a bronze goddess glow, try going to a spray tanning salon for a professional job.

You can also apply a makeup bronzer to your skin to create the same effect. It’s great if you don’t want something permanent — you can just wash it off at the end of the night. Try one like Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup, which contains light reflecting particles that will bounce light off imperfections and give you a nice color at the same time.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Airbrush Spray Makeup

If small veins or sun spots on your chest are a real problem, or if you just need more coverage, try using a spray foundation. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Airbrush Spray Makeup quickly and lightly covers up unsightly blemishes and creates a smooth appearance. Just spray directly onto the skin then use a non-latex sponge to buff it in. It goes on sheer, dries easily, is water-resistant and will not rub off on clothes.

For varicose veins, bruises or birthmarks on the legs you should apply a bit of concealer. Simply dab concealer over the area with a small-tipped concealer brush and use a light dusting of powder to set. I like Amazing Cosmetics Concealer because it has a great consistency and it’s waterproof so it will last all day — even at the beach.

So don’t fret about flaws and flaunt that bod!

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.

Off-The-Wall Beauty Tricks

In this current economy a lot of us are cutting back and trying to get more beauty bang for our buck. I’ve heard some pretty crazy beauty tricks that women have resorted to in tough times. They may sound nutty, but they actually do work!

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- If your expensive perfume has run out and you need to smell yummy, try a scented candle. Blow it out and drip the (cooled!) wax on your skin, then rub it off — it will leave the candle scent behind. It’s the same concept as a solid perfume, which is just wax and perfume.

- If you drop your face powder compact on the floor and it shatters, don’t fret. Go into your cupboards and pull out a box of cornstarch. A light dusting of this can erase shine and it’s like a budget version of the old drugstore favorite Cornsilk face powder.

- No need to spend money on expensive lip and cheek tints from fancy department stores. Instead, pull out a little strawberry Jell-O powder pack from the kitchen drawer. Add a little water and you have a sweet tasting stain that works on cheeks and lips.

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- If pores are an issue, forget Biore and just grab a strip of Scotch Tape from your desk drawer at home. Lay it over your nose and pull off all the sebum and dry skin clogging up your skin.

See how creative you can be when in a financial pinch. Beauty plus brain equals one great combo!

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.

Primping In The Wilderness

Carmindy goes camping

There’s nothing like a little time in the great outdoors to
refresh your mind and body!

This time of year the weather is perfect for a hiking and camping trip. Even if you are being a rough and tumble outdoorsy chick, you can still look good in the woods! You just need a few specific things to throw in your backpack to keep you looking cute and help you stay protected from the elements.

The first thing you should pack is a great sunscreen. You need to apply it to the skin, no matter if the sun is shining or not. Even in overcast conditions you can get burned — the sun’s rays can penetrate through even the thickest, gloomiest clouds. Pack the Kinesys Travel Size SPF 30+ Sunscreen, it’s the perfect tiny size, so you don’t have to worry about lugging big, heavy tubes in your pack.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Fast Fix Concealer

You’ll also want to bring along a small sheer concealer — it can keep unsightly redness away and is a way better option than a whole face full of foundation. Try Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer. Just dab on around the nose and areas where you may get a little red.

Keep your eyes defined with a smudge-free mascara on the top lashes only. Cheeks will be flushed from your hike and the brisk outdoor weather, so no need for blush. You lips however will need a little help. Throw a tinted lip balm in a zipper pocket in your pack for a bit of shimmering color and moisturization when you need it. I like Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, which is the perfect pretty balm.

Aubrey Organics Gone SPF 15 Bug Spray

Lastly, don’t forget bug spray to keep those pesky biting insects away. Please choose a DEET-free spray to keep yourself safe. I like Aubrey Organics Gone Safe & Natural Outdoor Spray SPF 10, because it’s safe and it also contains a little extra sunscreen for your protection.

With just these few simple products, you’ll look great without having to wear a ton of products. Have fun out there and look out for bears!

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.

Go Nude For Summer

Bright, bold shades aren’t the only makeup colors that are hot this summer. Shimmering shades of nude on lips and eyes are super chic and modern as well.

Benefit Velvet Eye Shadow in Fawn Over Me

For the eyes a simple wash of sparkling beige with a hint of sunset gold from the lash line to the brow bone will compliment any eye shape or color. Pair it with a slight smudge of chocolate brown liner and jet-black mascara for perfect definition. For fair to medium skin tones, try Stila’s Silk Shadow Wash in Kitten or Benefit’s Velvet Eyeshadow in Fawn Over Me. For darker skin, try nudes that have a bit of warm bronze to them like La Femme Sparkle Dust in #9.

To keep your face balanced apply a blush with a slight kick of color like an apricot or subtle coral that will compliment the nude eye and lip. Apply the blush with a big fluffy powder brush and keep it concentrated on the apples of the cheeks only.

Color Comfort Care in Seashell Nude

Keep lips looking soft and luminous by choosing nudes that are sheer or have an opalescent sheen to them. If you are fair to medium, use Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Shine Lip Gloss in Sparkling Champagne or Lancome’s Color Design Lipstick in Natural Beauty. For darker skin Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Color Comfort Lip Care in Seashell Nude is perfect.

If the whole monochromatic nude look is a bit much for you, then just pick one feature to play with and you’ll still be on point for the season!

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.

Polish With A Purpose

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I was on a shoot the other day and met the wonderful and beautiful celebrity manicurist Myrdith Leon-McCormack, who was doing my mani/pedi. She gave me the best nail treatment ever using her new line of nail polishes called M2M Natural Nail Care by damoreJon.

This incredible natural nail care system not only had the most gorgeous shade range ever, but I swear this mani/pedi lasted longer than any other I have ever had. I’m pretty hard on my manicures so I was really blown away that it stayed flawless for over a week.

The line includes foot balms, sea salts, moisturizers, scrubs, oils, anti-septics as well as all those great shades of polish. They not only have great products, but they also have a cause that gives back to a wonderful foundation.

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Haitian born, Myrdith has collaborated with Melky Jean, sister of Wyclef Jean, the legendary founder of the Fugees, to create a M2M nail color collection in support of a fantastic charity called the Carma foundation.

The foundation aims to improve the health of poor women and children in Haiti and portions of the proceeds of Kompa, a fabulous metallic bronze polish will go to help them.

I asked Myrdith what her top 5 shade picks for nails were for spring and summer and she told me she loves Scarlett, a bright red that looks amazing with a tan; Hot Girl, a hot pink that every girl should try on her toes this sandal season; Night Bird, a fuchsia pink for a daring bold look; Platinum Plus, a modern silver; and Funny Girl, a shimmery light pink.

I want them all!

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.

Duty-Free Beauty

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I spend so much time in airports and I have to say, I’m always amazed by the beauty shopping in Duty-Free’s. Some airports carry incredible deals and exclusive collections available only to frequent fliers. Here are some of my favorite exclusive Duty-Free products.

I love the mini lipgloss collection by Bobbi Brown, which has 3 gorgeous shades in hot pink, petal and rosy. You can wear a different one each day, depending on your mood.

The Chanel Travel Makeup Palette and the Lancôme Absolute Seduction Palette are filled with every makeup shade you will ever need to look totally gorgeous.

The Happy Hands Kit by L’Occitane is perfect for travel because we often forget our poor hands and they can get so dry and cracked, especially while we fly. With these purse-size moisturizers, you can keep your hands hydrated no matter where you might be traveling.

Skincare deals abound in terminals so look for your favorite coveted moisturizer or line erasing serum that you may have stopped buying due to the recession. You may find it’s more affordably priced at the Duty-Free.

The Heathrow terminal in London has some of the best beauty shopping around as well as Amsterdam and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle.

Duty-Free is a great place to stop into when you are feeling a bit travel frazzled because you can test out these fab finds, which will help you feel a bit more refreshed and relaxed. However, be careful not to spread bacteria by double dipping into already open sample containers and applying those products to your face. Ask to test lipglosses, eyeshadows or anything your skin can touch by asking for a fresh sample. If you’re not careful, hello swine flu!

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.

In A Bind Budget Beauty

I hate it when airlines lose my baggage on those exact trips where I need to hit the ground running. This happened to me recently and there was no time for me to wait for my luggage to arrive before I needed to be somewhere looking good.

I always travel with at least one outfit in my carry-on, so I was covered there, and usually I have my famous 5 Minute Face Ziploc baggie of beauty handy, but this, of course, was the one and only time I checked it through. Of course! The only thing I had in my purse was my travel size moisturizer.

Thank God for drugstores and the fabulous beauty departments they have now. If you need to shop quickly and cheaply and don’t want to waste money on a bunch of products, go for multi-purpose buys that will get you looking gorgeous when you are in a bind. It will be a no-fuss look and bring out your natural beauty at the same time.

A box of Q-Tips is the first thing you should pick up because they can be used to replace your makeup brushes for application, touch-ups and erasing mistakes. This will run you around $1.20.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup

Now pick up a foundation for a flawless complexion. Drugstore foundations are better than ever due to advanced high-end formulations. A great two-in-one tip is that after you apply the foundation with your fingers, take a Q-Tip and pick up that little bit that gets left over on the nozzle and dab it on trouble spots to conceal. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup is the best foundation there is and it only costs $12.99!

Next buy a translucent powder compact that will control your shine and give you a little mirror so you can see what you are doing. Don’t powder the tops of your cheekbones or under the brow so you will get a little shine in those areas and it will look naturally highlighted. Jane Oil-Free Powder is only $3.69 and will definitely do the trick.

E.L.F. All-Over Color Stick

Buy a cream blush in a nice bright shade that can double as a blush and a lip color. This will keep your cost down and give you a burst of color for a fresh-looking face. I love the E.L.F. All Over Stick in Pink Lemonade and at $1.49 you can’t lose.

Last is black mascara, which will give your eyes all the definition they really need. Go for a low cost version like Rimmel Extra Super Lash for $3.49.

All of this will only cost you around $22.86, which is the cost of one expensive lipstick. So don’t fret when you’re stuck in a jam, just run out to your local drugstore and pick up these basics. You will look fabulous!

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.

Tacky Table Touchups

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This is not a public activity

I don’t know about you, but I was always taught that a woman never pulls out her compact to touch up her makeup when she is sitting at a table in a restaurant. I know manners have gotten really relaxed over the years but I still find this to be a bit rude and tacky and I am seeing it being done more and more.

Even in the finest of restaurants women just don’t seam to care. My grandmother always taught me there should be a mystery to a woman’s beauty and sitting in a restaurant staring into a mirror while slopping on gloss just looks wrong.

Now I know my grandmother was incredibly etiquette-conscious but this is one rule I think we should still abide by. Take a moment to excuse yourself from the table and visit the ladies room for any freshening up that needs to be done. You can reapply lipstick, powder your nose or check to see if there is any spinach stuck in your teeth in private. Then you can confidently walk back out to the table looking ravishing and nobody is the wiser.

If you are totally stuck in a very heavy conversation at dinner and can’t get away only to feel your lips drying severely at every passing moment try my sneaky lip trick:

Casually open up your purse under the table and discreetly pull your lipstick or gloss from the bag. Open it up (still while under the table) and put the color on the tip of your pointer finger. Subtly bring your hand up and rest it on your chin with your finger touching the lips, all the while acting as if you could not be more interested in what is being said. Sneakily slide your finger across the lips. You’ve just reapplied your lip color without anyone ever knowing! Now that’s classy!

Beauty At The Gym

So I was at the gym yesterday when I looked over to my huffing and puffing neighbor on the treadmill next to me and was stunned that this woman was sweating up a storm in a full face of makeup. I mean like going to a dinner party makeup. I understand that a lot of us don’t want people to see us with absolutely no makeup on at the gym, but you don’t need to go that far. It just looked wrong.

Gyms have become quite the social scene, from seeing co-workers to meeting men. The problem here is that at the end of the day, you still need to get hot and sweaty during your workout and wearing a lot of makeup can just clog your pores, run down your face and make you look like you are trying way too hard.

Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

Instead of heavy foundation, try using a light layer of tinted moisturizer for coverage. I like Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer. It gives you a little coverage, sun protection and facial moisture all in one. A spot of under eye concealer under the eyes will eliminate any darkness there.

Don’t bother powdering your skin because you will just get sweaty anyway and a lot of heavy powder can look chalky. Skip blush as well because you will probably work yourself into a natural flush and the sheerness of the tinted moisturizer will allow it to show through.

Highlighter

Do apply a little cream highlighter under the brows and on the inner corners of the eyes for a little sparkle. Use Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Natural Highlighter Duo. A quick slick of waterproof chocolate brown eyeliner pencil along the upper lash line, followed by a quick sweep of tube mascara that won’t run or smudge, like Blinc Kiss Me Mascara, finishes you off.

Stay away from gloss or lipstick at the gym, which will look overdone and opt for a slightly tinted lip balm for a hint of color and lots of moisture.

Now you can go train like a Navy Seal and still look good while doing 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.

Perfectly Pretty Cream Shadows

I love the sheerness of a cream shadow. The watercolor effect of a moist sweep of creamy shadow always looks good on eyelids and the soft colorful shades represent youth eternal.

Spring is a great time for these formulas because it is not hot or humid yet so the shadow will stay in place. In the summer the severe heat can cause major creasing or running so now is the time to play with them.

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The best way to apply a cream shadow is to lightly swipe it across the lid with your fingertip. I find using a brush delivers too much product and it can look a bit heavy. Lightly dab your ring finger into the cream then glide it over your lid avoiding the crease. By leaving the crease cream-free and using a neutral powder shadow instead you’ll never get those crease-y and greasy looking lids. You can dab a cream highlight under the brows and on the inner corners.

If you are under 40 you can play with shimmering shades and even try the matte shades for smooth looking lids. I like to pair this simple look with black mascara and no eyeliner so you really see the softness of the color and not loads of makeup. Try shades of sage, lilac, blue and champagne for a pretty, soft, romantic look that works on every woman.

Benefit Cream Eye Shadow

Apply soft petal shades of blush and lip for a good balance. It is a perfect face for a brunch with the girls, a daytime date, a family gathering or a BBQ on the weekends. Go for softer pastels if you have light skin, true colors for medium skin and for darker skin try the bolder stronger shades of color.

Some of my favorite cream eye shadow shades are: Nars Cream Shadow in Lido, Elf Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Blueberry, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner in RSVP, Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Sunlit Palm and Rimmel Underground Stir It Up Cream Shadow in As If.

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.

Plane Pretty: Travel Beauty Tips

Plane Beauty

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I fly a lot, so I understand that if you’re not careful, those stuffy cabins can really do a number on your complexion. If you want to keep your skin feeling good while flying and looking fresh and beautiful when you land, I have a few simple tricks that can help.

Bring your favorite moisturizer. Before leaving the airport, prep your skin with a healthy dose of moisturizer, then put a sample size version in your Ziploc travel bag. Also pack a small can of Evian spray to spritz on every hour or so in flight. I usually apply another coat of moisturizer while flying and keep my lips hydrated with a good lip balm.

Skip makeup. A full face of makeup can exacerbate flight-induced dryness or breakouts and will inevitable smudge (especially if you fall asleep). So go bare-faced when you board. Right before landing, sneak off to the bathroom and and apply a quick and easy five-minute face.

Pack a five-minute face kit. It should include all the essentials: Liquid foundation, brightening concealer, cream highlighter, eyeliner, mascara, cream blush, translucent powder and lipcolor.

First, sweep on liquid foundation with a non-latex sponge. Next, dab on a little brightening concealer under the eyes. Now apply a cream highlighter to the tops of cheekbones, under the brows and on the inner corners of the eyes.

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Line the upper lash line with a slight smudge of eyeliner, then apply one coat of mascara to top lashes only. Go for small travel size mascaras like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Lift and Define Mascara. A dab of rosy cream blush on the apples of the cheeks and a light dusting of translucent powder along the T-zone will finish off your skin. Apply your favorite lip color and you’re done.

When you arrive to your destination you’ll look fresh as a daisy and your skin will be radiant!

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 Wear The New Neon

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Break out your inner material girl

This season we are seeing an 80′s flashback, which is making some of us cringe with memories of our old “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirts! A neon blast from the past is being seen on everything from shoes and dresses to lipstick and eyeliner. Is it really is possible to play with this trend in makeup?

Believe it or not, YES, and can actually be pretty chic.

Hello Kitty lipglass

The way to go is to play up ONLY one feature using a sheer formula. For lips, try a slick of hot pink gloss like Mac Hello Kitty Lipglass in Nice Kitty.

Balance the rest of the face with a little bronzer and black mascara and you’re ready for a hot night out.

Eyeliner in bright shades is all the rage too. Pair a turquoise blue or purple with a neutral cheek and lip. You can get away with it in the evening, but skip theses bright eyes for your daytime look. To make the liner effect look translucent and soft, sweep a thin line of bold powder shadow along the lash line with an angle brush. This will look much more mellow than using a heavier opaque pencil or liquid. Max Factor does some fun shades like their MAXeye Shadows in African Violet or Metalicious.

The best no-fail way to wear electric colors is on the toes. A crazy fuschia or screaming yellow pedicure with a great sandal is a fun way to be trendy and cute and the same time without looking like a total trend victim. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Lightening Cream or Flashy Fuschia Frost will look great this season but keep the manicure natural.

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Girlfriends are the most precious beauty tool you have so let’s all help each other stay gorgeous!

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.

When To Toss Old Makeup

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Think this, but with makeup

How often do you really clean out your own makeup bag? Are there broken shadows, crusty old mascaras and half used lip colors you never wear rattling around? What about your brushes? Are they caked and coated with layers of makeup? If so, it’s time for a little spring cleaning! Pull out your makeup bag and let’s tiddy up ladies!

It’s kind of gross if you think about all the bacteria breeding in your bag when you don’t take the time to organize and sanitize.

Start off by following the “when to toss” rules.

Most foundation, concealer, powder, eye shadow and cream blush are good for about 1 year.

Lipstick and eyeliner pencils can last for around 2 years, but honestly if you haven’t used them in the last year, get rid of them.

Liquid eyeliners and mascaras are only good for about 3-6 months so make sure to replace these regularly to avoid getting a nasty eye infection.

If you have a favorite eye shadow that has broken, salvage it by crushing it up and putting it into a little clear container you can buy at The Container Store. Voila, a new loose shadow.

Brushes should be cleaned every few days. I know you’re thinking what a pain!. But really, if you let the makeup build up on your brushes, the bristles are going to break down faster, your makeup will look muddy and blending will become harder. Dirty brushes can also cause breakouts because all the oils from your skin stick to the bristles.

cinema secrets brush cleaner

The quickest and easiest way to clean your brushes is to buy a little instant brush cleaner. My favorite is by Cinema Secrets because not only will it kill all the bad bacteria but your brushes will smell yummy like vanilla when they are dry. Keeping a bottle of this fast drying liquid handy will ensure you
always clean your brushes and your makeup will always look fresh
flawless.

You should also toss cosmetic sponges after about 2-3 uses.

Finally, remember to wipe out the inside of the bag with a disinfectant wipe before putting all your shiny new cleaned-up cargo back in.

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.

Top 5 Earth-Saving Beauty Picks

With Earth Day approaching (April 22!), we should all stop and think about how we are giving back to our wonderful planet. If shopping is what you do best, then make sure your purchases really matter. In the beauty world there are some great new products I’ve discovered that really make a difference.

The Glowology Believe Honey Bar is a yummy smelling body soap and 100% of it’s profits are donated to Noodle & Boo’s Raise Your Hand Campaign. As you cleanse your body you are actually helping to purify water for children in Africa.

polar bear cub

When it comes time to makeup remover, you can help save the polar bears. Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes are gentle cleansing wipes and 100% of the profits is donated to help protect endangered animals. They are also biodegradable, so you’ll be clean and conscious, how great is that? Go to Polarbearsos.org

Mass brands like Curel have gotten in on the action as well. When you purchase a limited edition of their Continuous Comfort Original Formula Lotion you can learn about their partnership with the American Red Cross helping people after natural disasters all over the globe. They are donating $250,000 and you can help too by visiting their site.

Smashbox mother earth palette

Smashbox Cosmetics is introducing their Mother Earth Palette, which is a made from all completely organic material housed in a recyclable compact made from sustainable materials and printed with eco-friendly ink. They are not messing around! The palette contains four eye shadows and a blush and with each purchase a tree will be planted by Trees For The Future.

So you see when beauty companies are making it this easy to look good and do the right thing how can you not!

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.

What Not To Wear At The Beach

With spring break, vacations and warmer weather going on right now, a lot of us are heading to the beach to get a little fun in the sun after a long dreary winter. A recent trip to Miami had me a bit dumbfounded at the makeup choices I was seeing on the sand. There is definitely makeup you should not wear at la playa and some gals are not getting it.

Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

First and foremost, a full face of foundation is not okay in the sun. It looks heavy and artificial and you can’t reapply sunscreen over it. Better to apply a tinted moisturizer with a high SPF if you want a hint coverage but still look like you aren’t wearing anything at all. This way you will stay protected as well. Go for Lorac ProtecTINT SPF 30 Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer.

Eye shadow and eye liners don’t make the cut at the beach either. Keep eyes simple and clean looking. Make sure your brows are plucked and groomed because the bright sunlight will show every stray. Just slick on some waterproof mascara so you can have a fabulous frame to your eyes that won’t run down your face if you decide to go for a swim.

neutrogena moisture shine tinted lip balm

For lips, I prefer to see women wearing tinted lip balms instead of heavy lipstick that looks oh so wrong and overdone. Make sure you choose balms that contain SPF too so your lips won’t get burnt. Neutrogena Moisture Shine Tinted Lip Balm SPF 20 has a higher level of protection and feels soothing when applied.

Lastly, stay away from dark nail polish on hands and feet. Although bold dark polish is a big trend right now, seeing it on the beach looks gothic and scary. Stick with naturals or brights that look great with bronzed skin. Artificially bronzed that is! Get a light spray tan or opt for subtle self tanners like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer to bronze up the bod before slipping on that bikini.

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.

Highlighting Your Natural Beauty

Mac Pigment in Melon

Mac Pigment in Melon

I’m a firm believer in accentuating the positive and bringing light to your natural assets. Highlighting the planes of your face draws attention to your natural beauty and creates a magical glow. I like to use cream highlighters for daytime so it looks like the glow is coming from within. I prefer powder highlighters for evening because they give off a little extra sparkle.

Fresh Satin Luster Palette

Fresh Satin Luster Palette

Highlighters should always be lighter than your skin tone so they create a radiant contrast to your natural coloring. If your skin is fair, choose sheer white, pink or iridescent highlight shades. One of my favorites is the Fresh Satin Luster Palette. For medium skin tones, go for champagne gold or sheer bronze colors like Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Highlight in Gold Luster. There are two perfect shades in this palette that are so sheer, they create the perfect youthful dewy skin effect. For really dark skin, play with golden sunset colors like Mac Pigment in Melon for a stunning highlight.

The three key places to apply highlight are:
1   under the brow
2   on the inner corners of the eyes
3   top of the cheekbones

Apply creams with your fingers. For powder highlighters, I love the Stila #30 double-ended shadow brush. One side is the perfect size to fit on the inner corners, and then just flip it over and sweep the shadow under the brow.

So showcase your beauty with shimmering highlight and glow forth my beaming beauties!

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.