Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

Holiday time is upon us, and the best gift to give this season is the gift of beauty to make every girlfriend and female family member in your life gorgeous and happy. I have three great stocking stuffer ideas to share with you that will make your loved ones’ spirits bright.

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio

For healthy, smooth lips all year long, check out the Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio ($28, sephora.com). These adorable and buttery soft balms come in Passion, Honey and Berry hues to add a hint of tint, and with SPF 15, you get protection as well.

Philosophy body washes

Philosophy’s holiday-inspired bath and shower gels ($6-$16, philosophy.com) will keep bodies clean and smelling delicious in Snow Angel and Eggnog scents. The best thing about these sudsy shower treats? They work as a shampoo, a shower gel and a bubble bath all in one.

Burt's Bees Essentials Kit

For flawless skin, the Burt’s Bees Essentials Kit ($10, burtsbees.com) contains body lotion, hand salve, cleansing cream, foot cream and lip balm made with totally natural ingredients — and the price can’t be beat. So share the love with your fellow sisters, and help beautify the holidays!

Shim Shimmer

 

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Who doesn’t love a shimmering glow? With the weather warming up and our bodies more exposed, we can start to bedazzle our skin with glowy goodness. A well-buffed complexion is the first thing to consider before smoothing on the shine, so make sure your face and body are well exfoliated before applying your iridescence.

For The Face
Add a dab of Stila’s All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer ($20, Stilacosmetics.com) or Benefit’s High Beam ($26, Benefitcosmetics.com) into your regular foundation to give it an extra radiant kick. Blend it all together in the palm of your hand and smooth on with a non-latex sponge for skin that will look dewy and divine.

 

For The Body
Try Nars Body Illuminator ($45, Sephora.com), Soap & Glory Glow Lotion ($20, Sephora.com) or Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer ($7.79, Olay.com) to give a sparkling sheen to the skin and help muscle tone stand out. You can also custom create your own scented body shimmer by taking a jug of unscented lotion, like Eucerin ($12.49, Eucerinus.com), and add a drop or two of your favorite perfume, a few squirts of Makeup Forever’s Uplight ($29, Sephora.com) and then shake it all up for your own personalized twist.

 

Strategically Placed Shimmer
Carmindize the face by applying Fresh Satin Luster Palette ($45, Fresh.com) under the brows, on the inside corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones to showcase the planes of your face. You can also trace around the perimeter of your lips so when the light catches it you get the illusion of a fuller luscious pout. Ah shim shimmer!

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.

Foundation Nation

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I’m always teaching women how to enhance their natural beauty, and starting with a flawless canvas is the secret to creating the best possible you. Finding the right foundation that sets the stage for your own personal beauty show can be challenging, but with a wide range of super natural formulas these days, you can look like you’re not wearing a stitch. I road tested a few sheer light foundations to see which ones looked the most natural and stayed in place all day.

1. Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup ($12.95, Drugstore.com)
I helped create this fab formula to mimic the skins natural texture, while infusing it with good-for-you ingredients like cork oak, olive leaf and papaya to help nourish the skin while covering imperfections.

2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($42, Narscosmetics.com)
This is the next one to hit my list, as it blends on silky smooth, leaving a bright and radiant finish.

3. Revlon’s Photoready Airbrush Spray Mouse Makeup ($11.19, Drugstore.com)
This is a great drugstore find that goes on light as air and contains photochromatic pigments to help minimize the appearance of flaws for an even, pore-less look.

4. Make Up For Ever’s Face & Body Makeup ($40, Sephora.com)
This foundation is in most makeup professionals’ kits and is often used on models during photos. The sheer formula creates a barely-there finish, while keeping the skin dewy looking.

5. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream
BB creams are all the rage right now and with a blast of primer, sunscreen, tint, brighteners and age fighting ingredients, it will give you a fresh look in one easy shot. I’m loving this one.

When it comes to finding the right shade. you always want to apply the foundation along your jaw line and then step outside to look at it in direct sunlight. Never buy one under the artificial lights in makeup or department stores, because when you get it home, it might not be the right shade. For drugstore buys, ask about their return policies and buy the two shades that look closet to your skin through the package. Return the one that does not match when you see it in the light of 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.

The Skin Of Your Teeth

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We are all headed in the same direction down the road of age, and as we skip along its winding path, we stumble across all sorts of beauty obstacles. With all the pampering and primping we do to keep ourselves looking fierce and fabulous, we might be over doing it, and I recently discovered an overlooked bump in the road.

Did you know that your regular tooth brushing routine could actually age you and destroy your smile? It’s true, over-brushing can cause receding gums which then creates dark gaps in between teeth, making the smile appear older then it’s years. Also, over brushing can eventually buff away the white eggshell colored tooth enamel leaving a yellow undertone to the teeth. So not a good look!

On a recent trip to my dentist, Dr. Jack Gruber, he explained that over the years our obsession with a white smile has up scrubbing away our delicate teeth and causing these types of problems. He said that we need to start considering a more gentle and soft approach to daily cleaning. Thankfully, he has created a revolutionary new brushless toothbrush that does just this, called Periclean ($9.95, Periclean.com). This new FDA-approved toothbrush is made of a soft rubber head with slight grooves that clean the teeth without causing receding gums or buffing away the thin white layer of enamel. I, of course, switched out my toothbrush immediately and now clean with confidence, knowing I’ll have a healthy long lasting smile that will stay with me along my journey.

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 Chicest Atomizers Around

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While shopping for cool and unusual beauty products in Berlin, Germany, I stumbled upon an amazing new product I had never seen before: the ever-so-chic Sen7 Fragrance Atomizers ($39, Sen7.com).

I had been searching forever for a cool atomizer for my favorite perfumes because I travel so much, but I have never found anything as amazing as these. Usually most atomizers are unattractive and boring. They break or are hard to fill up. The Sen7 Collection is a unique and elegantly designed atomizer that fills up with ease because of its funnel system.

Coming in a myriad of colors, they look fabulous when you pull them out and spritz on your favorite scent. You have so many shimmery colors to choose from, such as metallic neutrals in gold, silver, gun metal, bronze, black and white or brights such as red, pink yellow, green, light and dark blue. They also have rubber ones for a soft-touch experience and leather pouches to keep your Sen7 safe from scratches. With all these choices, there is the perfect atomizer for you.

Each one has a tank volume of 5.8 ml, which is roughly about 70 sprays, making it ideal for vacation or in your purse when you are on-the-go. Buy a few and color code your fragrances if you like to switch up scents depending on your mood. Now it’s fun to smell yummy!

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.

Green Goddess

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Green, teal, emerald, jade, tourmaline and mint are all hot hues for spring and summer and can be used to play up your pretty peepers or polish your nails. Give green a go, and sweep on a foresty shade that will make your eyes really pop. I love Duwop Smoke Eyes in Olive Branch ($28, Skinstore.com) to create a springtime smoky eye with a twist, or you can line your lids with L’Oreal’s HIP Studio Secrets Professional Eye Liner Pencil in Green ($8.99, Drugstore.com) for an emerald stare.

Sweep Makeup Forever Aqua Liner High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner in Diamond Lagoon Green ($23, Sephora.com) along the upper lashes and draw it outward into a slight wing for a 60′s retro twist. This is an intense color that won’t smudge a bit, even after a swim. It’s totally waterproof and the easy applicator tip allows for an exact line.

MAC’s Pigment in Teal ($20, Maccosmetics.com) is a fantastic loose shimmering shadow that can be swept across eyelids for a disco nighttime flair. Whatever way you play, always keep cheeks and lips on the neutral side, so you don’t overwhelm the face. Nails can be coated with Essie Mint Candy Apple ($8, Ulta.com) for a pastel approach, or try Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Grass Slipper ($5.97, Walmart.com) for a fresh look. Butter London 3 Free Laquer in British Racing Green ($14, Butterlondon.com) is a bit deeper and more mysterious and was a cult favorite at backstage fashion shows. So go ahead and give your inner goddess the green light to play with some fun color!

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 Your Legs Ready For Short Shorts Weather

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So bikini season is about 3 months away. I know, I know…deep sigh. It’s time to start thinking about getting your bod in tip-top shape at the gym, but don’t forget to also pamper skin, as well. Cellulite is the devil, and although we can’t totally rid ourselves of this evil, we can at least rub on a few products to diminish its appearance.

I’ve tested out a few scrubs, creams and gels and have found a couple of faves that will help my “situation” appear smoother at the beach. After what seems like a lifetime of squats and lunges that I tend to do with my militant trainer Lauren Goldberg, I have been using Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub ($28, Sephora.com) in the shower, so I can literally have my coffee cake and eat it, too. Okay, so maybe I can’t eat the sugar, but I can at least rub it all over myself. I also love using Sephora’s Cellulite Massager ($16, Sephora.com) to rub into my problem areas, which helps stimulate blood flow and blast the bumps away.

After drying off, I massage on REN Clean Skincare’s Body Contouring Anti-Cellulite Gel which contains pepper rose spice, caffeine, red microalgae exsudate and escin. These ingredients basically translate to a natural gel that encourages the breakdown of cellulite, toxins and helps stimulate circultation and tonicity. Ah…yes please.

Last but not least, the great cellulite cloak of invisibility is always a good self tanner. I’m loving the tan-in-a-can style Bliss A Tan For All Seasons ($36, Sephora.com) which has been used as a secret cellulite camouflager in the Bliss Spa treatment rooms. Ssshhh….

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.

Universally Flattering Spring Colors

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Spring is here! Not only can we start wearing less layers, but we can play with some new makeup colors. The spring trend in beauty is all about pretty blooming floral hues that are universally flattering.

Pink and rose on lips and cheeks are all the rage and will brighten up any face. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Beaming ($8.95, Drugstore.com) is a perfect warm pink that works on all skin tones and is like a light watercolor approach to a perfect flushed cheek. Blend it on with your fingertips or try the Mac 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42, Maccosmetics.com) to blend it to perfection.

On lips a fantastic universal color is the Nars Velvet Gloss Stick in New Lover ($24, Narscosmetics.com). This great spring shade is the perfect mix of rosy golden pink that works on light, medium and dark skin tones and stays on your lips all day long without ever drying them out.

Eyes are bright and beautiful with shades of violet and purple this season, and the hue works with any color of iris. Go bold with any of the great shades found in the Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres Eyeshadow Palette in Lilac Sky ($58, Sephora.com) as you are sure to find the perfect purple shade for you. Pair the purple shadow with black mascara on top and bottom lashes and light pink cheeks and gloss so the focus is all about the eyes.

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 Low-Down On Face Powders

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To powder or not to powder, that is the question many women are asking me these days. They want a glow to their skin without looking like an oil slick, but they are afraid powder will settle into fine lines, making them look older. I believe in powder, but the right kind of powder, as it makes all the difference. Years ago, we started using 2-in-1 powder foundations that we thought solved all of our beauty problems. The issue was it left us feeling cakey, muddy and it masked our skin. These days it’s all about showing off polished, natural looking skin with a sheer wash of powder.

Face powder should have two main purposes. One is to set your foundation and concealer, so it will last all day, and the other is to erase shine, so you look soft and dewy, not greasy. My favorite powders are jet milled fine sheer powders that do the trick without leaving a heavy residue on the skin. MAC Blot Powder ($23, Maccosmetics.com) is my go-to favorite powder, since it acts like blotting papers in a powder form. You will never be left with chalky looking skin. It’s literally invisible and works best with normal to dry skin.

If you tend to be really oily, try using a mattifying gel before your foundation, and then use Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminous Pressed Powder ($11.95, Drugstore.com). This powder is made from bamboo and has massive oil absorbing properties, yet looks undetectable on the skin. You also might want to throw in a packet of Clean And Clear Blotting Sheets ($6.49, Walgreens.com) in your purse to eliminate shine throughout the day. The Makeup Forever HD Finishing Powder ($30, Sephora.com) looks white in the jar but dusts on invisibly for a matte finish that still allows skin to look fresh. So set, blot and go with the right powders and know your skin will look flawless!

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.

Berlin Beauty

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I recently returned from an inspirational trip to Berlin. While there, I checked out the fantastic art scene and innovative design of their beauty products.

I first went to Berlin’s Neues Museum to check out the 3,400-year-old bust of the beautiful Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, as well as the makeup kits and containers from Queen Mentuhotep’s tomb from about 1,540 years ago. It just goes to show how far back the use of lotions and potions go. So you see, my dear ladies, primping is our ancient rite as women!

Next, it was over to the Helmut Newton Foundation to see the famed photographer’s work in fashion and beauty. It is as amazing and legendary as ever up close and personal. I then trotted off to KaDeWe and Lafayette Shopping Centers for a little beauty shopping and discovered the fabulous line of nail polishes and other colored treats from the Berlin brand Uslu Airlines. I snatched up my favorite shades that are ripe and ready for spring in OSM (a light turquoised green), NIM (a light steel blue), THF (a chrome), SMV (bright orange) and TDK (a rose nude).

Next up was the fabulous German fragrance brand Biehl Perfumes, which comes in numbered scents. Of course I always teeter toward earthy sexy smells, so I purchased the #03 and was complimented the rest of the day and well into the night. The next day, it was over to Breathe, a small but ever-so-chic skincare and fragrance shop that caters toward the natural, the organic and the highly designed. The wonderful owner Gregor talked to me about the great concept around the shop while I gathered a few products from the awesome line Julisis. I grabbed the Facial Oil Serum, Silver Wash Night and Eyemulsion, which are all packed with rich antioxidants and natural botanicals for fresh and beautiful skin.

The only problem I encountered in Berlin was getting all my beauty booty back to NYC, as I forgot I had only brought carry-on luggage. Thanks to good old Fedex, it should arrive any day now.

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.

Oscar Beauty Highlights

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Modern Glamour
Rooney Mara was a vision of modern glamour, wearing that stunning white Givenchy dress with pulled back jet-black hair. I loved her look, and her makeup was pure high fashion with that strong brow and bold modern red lip.

Achieve this look at home by applying foundation, concealer and powder. Next, use a brow pencil that matches your hair, and slightly feather the color into your brows, extending them slightly at the ends. Next, apply a shimmering highlight across your lids, and give your lashes a big sweep of black mascara. A light swirl of pink blush to the apples of the cheeks and a bold matte super red lip finishes the look. Try Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Really Red ($7.99, Drugstore.com).

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New Hollywood
Michelle Williams had glowing perfect skin that was paired with a raspberry lip. Her amazing coral red dress was a new twist on an old favorite, and her look proved you don’t need to be matchy matchy with your dress and lip color. By keeping the lip bright and bold and a slightly different color from the dress makes her look new and fresh.

To achieve this very Carmindized style look and amazing glowy face, apply Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer ($7.99, Cvs.com) to the face, and then blend on a sheer foundation and concealer. Dust on powder to the t-zone, sides of the nose and the eyelids. Next, apply a swirl of powder blush to the apples of the cheeks. Use a slight chocolate brown liner and black mascara on the eyes. Last, Carmindize the skin by sweeping on a champagne shimmering highlighter under the brows, on the inside corners of the eyes and on tops of the cheekbones.

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Cat Eye Chic
Emma Stone’s ultimate cat eyes were paired with a soft rose lip, creating the perfect balance of trend and classic simplicity. With her daring reddish big-bowed dress, the makeup was exquisitely done.

To achieve this look at home, apply foundation, concealer and powder. Next, sweep a liquid liner across the upper lash line, or try a liner gel, like Mac Fluidline Gel Pots ($15, Maccosmetics.com), and use an angled brush to sweep it on. Wing it at the ends, and if it does not end in a perfect cat eye, simply take a small tipped concealer brush and dip it into a little foundation. Clean up the edges to create the perfect wing. Keep lids fresh with a simple sweep of shimmering pale pink shadow and black mascara on top lashes only. Apply a soft moist lip color in a rosy hue.

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Fresh And Fabulous
Cameron Diaz not only had a great new haircut, but also played with pink on her lips and her cheeks, which created a very young and fresh look that is universal. Pink is the quickest way to wake up a face and take years off your look.

To achieve this at home, apply foundation, concealer and powder, then sweep a soft brown shadow across the lids. Carmindize the face with a sweep of highlight under the brow, on the inside corners of the eyes and on tops of the cheekbones. Apply a dose of black mascara to finish the eyes. Next, swirl on Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Powder Blush in Ethereal ($10.95, Drugstore.com) and put a perfect pink color on the lips. For true staying power try Nars Velvet Gloss Stick in New Lover ($24, Narscosmetics.com).

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Classic Elegance
Always a class act and a total beauty, Meryl Streep wore amazing makeup that looked perfect for her at the Oscars. She looked classically romantic. It also complemented her gold Lanvin dress. A true screen queen!

To achieve this look at home, start by adding a few drops of liquid shimmer into your regular foundation to create skin that looks radiant. Next, apply concealer and powder, and keep your eyes smoldering with brown shadows in different hues. Try the ones found in my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eyeshadow Palette in Mountain ($7.95, Drugstore.com) and finish off the look with black mascara. The perfect shade of peach was applied to her cheeks and on her lips to create a classic rosy brown lip color that balanced the face.

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 Glow

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Winter can make us feel pasty and pale, and we are all yearning for a little luminosity and glow this time of year. You do not want to look savage tan in the winter months. You want to embrace your natural skin tone and just add a slight radiance booster to drag yourself out of the winter blues. These products will definitely do the trick!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+ in Opal
The quickest way to create an all-over shimmer is to apply a liquid or cream highlighter to the body. This particular product ($41.50, Beccacosmetics.com) is amazing for the daytime, because it contains such a high protection factor, so it’s really the shimmer that keeps on giving. It blends on beautifully and is not too glitzy. And don’t worry about staining your new blouse! This product doesn’t rub off on clothes.

Aero Mineral Makeup Mist Hydrating Mineral Shimmer in Golden
This mist ($14.99, Walgreens.com) is the quickest way to spritz on a halo effect, and it dries instantly, leaving the contours of your body illuminated.

Nars Body Glow
If you want a bit of scent with your shimmer, this body oil ($59, Sephora.com) gives a hint of tint and will leave you smelling like Tahiti. Make sure you do not wear light colored clothing or silk when you wear it, as this can stain if you are not careful.

Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer
This multi-purpose body lotion ($8.49, Drugstore.com) is a way to instantly add shimmer to the skin while gradually building the softest tan, which will look perfectly subtle in the winter months.

e.l.f. Studio Body Glow
This product ($6, Drugstore.com) comes in a powder form that you can just sweep over the skin for a lightweight touch of sheer shimmer.

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 I Love Brow Pens

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I am always filling in, adjusting, thickening and feathering in brows on women that have been over-plucked. The amount of products to choose from can seem limitless with brow powder, brow wax, liquid brow correctors, brow mousse, brow pencils, brow gel and the new brow pens. If you are not a pro, some of these brow boosters can do more harm then good and make brows look a bit off, so finding the perfect product to achieve picture perfect arches is key.

There are a ton of possible mishaps when dealing with brows. Brow powder can look dusty if applied with a heavy hand, and a brow wax can flatten hairs if swept on too thick, which can look a bit strange and matted. Liquid brow correctors are awesome, but unless you wield your magic wand precisely, you can wind up looking like Groucho Marx, and brow mousse can leave gaps in the hairline. Brow pencils are easier, but unless sharpened to a fine point, they can look drawn on, and brow gel can leave really stiff hairs that feel plain weird.

The best solution I have found for the woman at home is new brow pens. They have a fine point like a perfectly sharpened pencil, they have the staying powder of a liquid brow corrector, and they can be applied lightly like a brow powder or heavier like a wax. I find them comfortable to hold, and they feather through the brows with ease and come in great shades that work on all hair colors and skin tones. My top favorites are Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color ($21, Stila.com), which is perfect for an active woman or someone living in a hot and humid climate. Anastasia Brow Pen Long Wearing Brow Tint ($21, Sephora.com) is ideal for someone who may not be the best at blending, as this is a tint and not full on color. Urbanbrow Precision Tip Brow Tint ($20, Sephora.com) again goes on lighter and more natural like a brow stain, leaving a foolproof application.

If you find that you ever make a mistake with a brow pen, simply take a small tipped synthetic concealer brush and dip it into a little foundation, and then clean up the whoops. Now you will have fabulous brows in a snap and no need for wands or applicators!

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 of New York Fashion Week Beauty

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Another Fashion Week has taken over New York, and the forecast for makeup is sexy bold colored eye shadow and pencil-lined eyes. I love that eyes were more of the focus as opposed to lips as seen so much in past Fall shows.

At Jason Wu, we saw eyes painted in bright peacock hues that worked as an accessory when paired with his beautiful black and red designs. At Diane von Furstenberg, a simple wash of navy blue eye shadow was swept across the lids and paired with nude lips that polished off the look. Eyeliner was being used in new and interesting ways this fall show season.

Instead of the commonly seen liquid cat eyes, black eye liner pencils were being smudged inside the rims and along the lash line at Rag & Bone. This gives off an effortlessly chic rock-n-roll look that every woman can pull off. At Marc Jacobs, the clothes might have been totally outrageous but the makeup was fantastic as pencil was just smudged along the lower lash line for an extra sultry look. Derek Lam had fun with lightly smoky brown Bambi eyes with wispy and feathered lashes extending under the lower lash line. You can use a pencil to achieve this look which, makes it very 1960′s Twiggy but with a much softer edge.

At Alice + Olivia, black liner was traced hard edged around eyes which gave off a throw back look to Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders. Try my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Pencil in Deep Black for the smoothest smudge. Now get out that bold shadow or that favorite black eye pencil and start playing ladies!

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.

Award Season Lashes

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From the Grammy’s to the Oscars, this award season’s must-have main beauty obsession is the mighty lush lash! Falsies and extensions are being seen on everyone, and it really makes a glamorous statement when trying to get attention. For those of us at home, it may seem to be a daunting makeup technique, but I’m here to tell you it is much easier then you think.

If you don’t have a steady hand or can’t be bothered doing it yourself, then going to a lash extension specialist might be for you. You can choose any length and thickness and an application can last up to 2 to 4 weeks with touchups. Each lash extension is carefully applied to your individual lashes and looks so real that nobody will know what’s different about you, except that your eyes look incredible. Even if you run out of the house with no time for any other makeup, your eyes will look well framed and red carpet ready.

If you want luscious lashes only at night, then try applying falsies. For an easy natural look try the Andrea Mod Lash #53 lashes ($2.80, Drugstore.com). You can purchase them at almost any drugstore and snip them in half. Use the smaller section and dip the seam into a little lash glue, then just drop them at the outer corners of the eyes for a fast flirty lash look. If you want a little more glam try a full set of lashes like the ones from Kre-At Beauty Mega Volume Lashes ($16, Barneys.com), Sephora’s Flirt It Lash Duo ($8, Sephora.com), or any of the wild and crazy pairs from POP Beauty. After applying a bit of glue at the seam start at the inner corners of the eyes lightly pressing down as you go, laying them along the upper lash line.

Remember to always apply a little liner afterward to hide the seam, and then sweep one coat of mascara on to blend the real lashes with the false ones. Watch me apply the snip trick in my Youtube video for Carmindy’s Black Tie Look at. Happy lashing!

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 To Get Your Boo For Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day, give the gift of grooming to the man in your life to keep him smooth and supple and ready for kissing. With all the fabulous men’s products on the market these days, you might have to guide him to take care of his skin, but trust me once he gets started, he won’t stop. All you need to do is compliment him like crazy, and he’ll keep using them. Men love compliments about their looks just as much as women do so telling him his skin looks young and fresh will encourage him to keep going.

I field-tested some products using my dad, brother and a few friends’ husbands and boyfriends as guinea pigs, and here is the final outcome: Kiehl’s products topped the list based on packaging alone. And with tried and true amazing results, the boys were very happy. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No Shine Lip Balm was favored because most men didn’t want shiny lips that they get with most lip balms. This balm nourished and protected but stayed matte. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash gave the guys a clean and fresh feeling face without leaving a slimy residue.

Even men worry about aging, so a couple of the older guys were digging the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Anti-Wrinkle Cream to keep their skin soft and line-free. Eye cream is a product that more and more men are starting to pay attention to as they age and the top two were SkinCeuticals AOX Eye Gel, which fights photo damage and combats under-eye fatigue and Menscience Eye Rescue Formula for dark circles and puffiness.

A few times a week a guy needs a good scrub which helps keep their skin smooth and prevents ingrown hairs. Baxter Of California Facial Scrub is the perfect scrub to use once or twice a week to promote cell renewal and revitalize the complexion. So splurge on skincare for your love, and then gush over how handsome he is!

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.

Beat The Winter Woes

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We are in the dead of winter now (although it doesn’t necessarily feel like it), and the weather can really wreck havoc on our delicate skin, causing chapping, flakiness and all around dullness. Yuck! There are a few easy ways to get glowing again and boost the radiance factor fast.

The first thing to do is to give yourself a good scrub in the shower using exfoliating gloves, a good body wash and a handful of white sugar. I currently like the Bath Gloves from the Body Shop, the Aesop Geranium Body Cleanser (smells yummy), and good old fashioned Domino white sugar. Lather up and scrub away winter, and your skin will be smooth and flake free. On the face I like to use Alba Botanica Sea Mineral Cleansing Gel mixed with the sugar. The moment you exit the shower, smooth on a rich body cream or oil and a serious moisturizer to the face. For the body, I’m loving Johnson’s Shea & Cocoa Butter Baby Oil Gel and for the face splurge on Crème De La Mer.

Now it’s time to really restore the radiance by applying my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer before foundation. The light reflecting particles bounce light off the skin, creating a luminous glow, and the primer leaves the skin velvety, supple and ready for foundation. After foundation blend on cream blush instead of powder blush, which can also give the skin a dewy finish. Use my universal shade of Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush in Beaming on the apples of the cheeks. Try applying a cream highlighter like RMS Living Luminizer under the brows, on tops of the cheekbones and on the inside corners of the eyes to give the skin a halo effect. Now dust on only the sheerest of powders to set the makeup like MAC Blot Powder, which is seriously fine and never chalky. On lips, blend on a tinted lip balm like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose to relieve chapped parched lips and leave a hint of tint to your smile. Now you can face the brutal cold feeling moist and soft and full of light.

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.

Clean Up Your Act

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The dirtiest thing I always see in a woman’s makeup bag is her makeup brushes. I know it can be a real pain to clean them, but as they collect more and more filth with a mixture of makeup, oils from your face and general dust and dirt, they stop doing their job. What you get is not a beautiful sweep of eye shadow or blush, but rather a crusty chalky layer of God-knows-what caking up your skin and causing breakouts.

In the past it was tough to find a good brush cleaner that was easy to use, so women would have to shampoo and condition our brushes and lay them out to dry, which would take forever. Well with such crazy busy lives, it was always the last thing you wanted to do and so we would just get lazy and never clean them. I have two easy ways to get perfectly clean brushes that take only seconds to dry and won’t break the bank, either.

The first brush cleaner is by Cinema Secrets. A tried and true classic with professional makeup artists everywhere, this cleaner is a dip, wipe and dry brush cleaner that leaves your brushes smelling like vanilla and ready to use again in a flash. Whenever I use my brushes on a client after cleaning them with the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner, they always tell me how delicious my brushes smell.

The second brush cleaner comes in a totally different form of a wipe. Also easy breezy and leaves no excuses for your brushes to be dirty. The Japonesque Pro Brush Cleaner Wipes are individually wrapped wipes that gently clean off your brushes. Simply sweep the brush back and forth on the wipe or simply rub the brush between a folded wipe. They dry in an instant, so you can get back to the art of clean makeup application with colors that stay true when applied, because the brush is pristine.

When you clean your brushes more often you will extend the life of them, and we all know how expensive some brushes can be. You will also save your skin from nasty breakouts and clogged pores, so clean up your act (and brushes) today!

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 South African Beauty Secret

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I’m currently on a month’s holiday in South Africa, and I’m again on a beauty quest to find the secret that keeps South African women looking so gorgeous! I love discovering beauty treatments, ingredients and secrets from all over the world and here in this beautiful country, the secret is Rooibos Tea.

Used for generations by the Khoi and San people of South Africa, this tea grown only here is slammed full of rich antioxidants that help eczema, acne, aging and skin allergies. The mixture of all types of skintones here in this part of the world from very dark to porcelain seems to be line free and fresh looking. You can drink the tea or apply it to skin. Many South African beauty lines, like Inheritance Skin Care, uses Rooibos as their main ingredient.

The anti-aging enzyme superoxide dismutase is in Rooibos and is necessary for the production of healthy skin-producing cells. This tea also contains high levels of zinc and vitamin D 2 important vitamins and minerals for amazing skin. People with acne have reported that drinking the tea and applying it topically has helped decrease the amount of facial breakouts, and eczema sufferers apply the cool wet tea bags to their problem areas for instant relief. Expect this miracle tea to start popping up in more and more skincare products, like the famous Argan Oil. In the meantime, run to your local Whole Foods and stock up!

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.

Six Ways To Tackle Your 2012 Beauty Resolutions!

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The holidays are long over, and now we must get our beauty back in order so we can face the new and exciting year ahead. Now is the moment to kick off all those New Years resolutions you promised yourself after a few glasses of champagne on New Years Eve. You may feel that it’s tough to get motivated but just think of all that you can accomplish when you feel back on top of your game.

1. Hydrate and guzzle fluids to flush out all those toxins we ingested over the last 2 months. Water, tea and juicing can help not only lessen the bloat but hydrate the skin from the inside out.

2. Get back into working out so you feel healthy, look toned and can start losing those extra pounds you may have packed on. Almost all of us are in the same boat, so just get out there and do it.

3. Schedule a haircut and color and give yourself a new do for the new you in 2012. Nothing is better then starting the year off fresh and stylish with a nice cool cut.

4. Get a facial to get the skin glowing again and grab some Crest White Strips to brighten that smile.

5. Clean out your makeup drawer and wash those brushes that are filthy (I know they are ladies), and choose a signature makeup look to play with when you go out that says expensive without having to spend much money.

6. Try a bold new lip, a winged cat eye, a smoky jewel toned shadow or a blast of false lashes all of which you can pick up at your local drugstore. This is a cheap and way to update your makeup wardrobe for the New Year.

Don’t stress, just let go of holiday past and leap forward in the New Year with my favorite mantra- health, wealth and stealth! Now go for 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.