Positively Beautiful

Positively Beautiful

by DailyMakeover

Get Carmindy’s Red Carpet Makeup Look!

I attended the 5th Annual DKMS Gala at Cipriani’s in Manhattan the other night and was honored to help support this incredible charity. The star-studded event included such talents as Rihanna, David Bowie, Iman, Eva Mendes and Mary J. Blige. DKMS is the biggest bone marrow donor organization run by the beautiful Katharina Harf, who unfortunately lost her own mother to the disease.

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This charity is so special because it gives you the chance to be a real hero and save someone’s life. If you take only a moment to register online, you may be able to help give the biggest gift there is if you are a match to someone in need. So register now and do something so incredible for someone else.

Gearing up for the event was a blast. I decided on a beautiful Lanvin dress in an unusual pale pewter color and thought that a modern pewter quartz eye and pink cheeks and lips would be the way to go. First, I applied my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup in Sandy Beige, All Over Brightener and Truly Translucent Loose Powder in Neutralizer to my skin.

Next, I filled in my brows with Lorac’s Creamy Eye Brow Pencil in Blonde and then swept Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Melusine (a pewter shade) across my lids. Then, I used the Fresh Satin Luster Palette to “Carmindize” my face by applying it under the brows, on the inner corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones. After that, I brushed on the lid shade in my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eye Shadow Palette in Quartz across my crease and used the contour shade at the outer corners of the lids and smudged it under the lower lash line. I completed my fabulous fringe with MAC’s Studio Fix Mascara in Black and a set of Andrea #53 Lashes.

I finished my red carpet look with a swirl of Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Powder Blush in Ethereal on my cheeks and Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Playful Pink. To find any of my products call 1-800-953-5080, and my team will tell you the nearest store location to find what you are looking for.

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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.

Royal Wedding Beauty On A Budget

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With all the buzz surrounding the royal wedding, it has some soon-to-be brides feeling anxious that the beauty bar is raised quite high. When it comes to your own special day, having the perfect hair and makeup is as important as having the perfect dress, but you don’t need to break the bank to look like a princess.

All about Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding look!

If you want to have your makeup professionally done on a budget, try going to a local beauty school and asking the students to practice different wedding looks on you. You can bring in pages of makeup or looks from magazines that inspire you and ask them to copy the look or use the pictures as inspiration. The trials will be free, and you can narrow down an artist that you really like. They need the experience, so it won’t cost much on the big day.

If you decide to do your own makeup, there are many ways to brush up on your skills. You can have a little piece of me with you by downloading my Carmindy App for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. In my app you can avatar yourself by choosing your hair color and skin tone and then try the “Wedding” look. This is a basic universal look that works on all women regardless of facial feature shape, and all the products I use to create this look are listed in your exact shades at both drugstore and department prices. It takes all the guess work out of it with step-by-step instructions, and you will be your own makeup master.

There are also plenty of videos on YouTube to study before the big day to learn tips and tricks in creating that perfect wedding glow. So whether you hire a budding pro or become one yourself, you will have outsmarted the big wedding marketing machine by being creative and financially savy and that, my ladies, is royally cool.

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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.

Help! My Fave Product Was Discontinued!

Doesn’t it just drive you mad when you go out to restock your favorite beauty product just to find that it’s been discontinued or is out of stock? And you just found it to replace the last product you loved that was eliminated. It is so frustrating!

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The good news is that with all the social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook and many companies offering these outlets for customer feedback now you can do something about it. Be proactive and give just a moment of your time to reach out to these social media portholes, which can light a viral fire that will gather heat and burn so brightly that you can all make a real difference when it comes to which products stores and websites will carry. Next time you try and find that product, you and many other women who feel the same way might have inspired the company to bring it back.

In the meantime, there are great companies like Three Custom Color Specialists where you can send that one favorite lipstick that was discontinued years ago to be perfectly matched. Never be sad again if you can’t find that perfect green shimmer eyeshadow that doesn’t exist anymore—because now it can. This great website offers you a huge back log of discontinued products that can be matched. You can also send in a sample, so if there is just a dollop of shimmer left on the bottom of that gloss tube, save it and send it in. You can also create your own shades; for example, if you have that perfect purple eyeliner you wish was just a tad more amethyst, here is your chance for perfection. So whether you fight for your beloved products to return or create a clone, you can always get what you want.

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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.

Amazing Age-Defying Serums

Our skin changes drastically as we get older, and our usual skincare routine may need a little kick in the pants to get our cells singing. That is where the serum step comes in. Most of us have our cleansing, toning and moisturizing down, but by adding a fantastic age defying serum you’re pulling out the big guns in defense of the aging process. The first thing to note is we are all heading in the same direction, and it’s okay to get older. Nevertheless, with a little magic potion we can make our skin look beautiful even as it matures.

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I just turned 40 and have been using serums now for a few years. I definitely credit them with keeping my skin looking as young as it does. These are my top 5 picks for absolutely radiant skin:

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Acid is a major antioxidant- rich powerhouse of prevention that enhances protection against UVA/UVB rays and stimulates collagen production, which slows with age. I use this serum every day before slathering on my moisturizer and sunscreen to double up on protecting myself.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is my nightly obsession—smooth it on each and every evening before bed. It’s the first serum to combine the benefits of a patented growth factor serum, TNS Recovery Complex with potent antioxidants, peptides and other anti-aging ingredients to totally regenerate the skin. It’s like a super powered fountain of youth cocktail! Each change of season your skin can tend to look a little dull and that is where La Mer’s Radiant Serum comes in. This lightweight, high powered serum uses fermented marine extracts and skin brightening ingredients that work instantly to illuminate the complexion, dissolving the look of discoloration making skin appear light and bright.

For major wrinkle-fighting powers, turn to Neutrogena’s Deep Wrinkle Serum that contains retinol and multi-vitamins. In two weeks time crow’s feet, forehead and laugh lines and deep wrinkles appear less visible due to the cell turnover and a boost in collagen production.

If you want a strictly natural approach to serums, try Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum, which uses royal jelly, amino acids and is chock full of vitamins, for a skin nourishing treat that leaves your complexion beaming.

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.

Eliminate Dry Itchy Skin

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Many women ask me how they can deal with their bouts of eczema as it can be hard to get rid of—and embarrassing to some. The first thing I suggest is to make an appointment with your dermatologist to really get the hard facts on this condition and the correct treatment you can use at home to conquer the issue. If you can’t get in to see a doctor right away, there are a few inexpensive products out there that can ease the symptoms of eczema by soothing the skin and restoring hydration.

I suggest getting the Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash and Skin Restoring Moisturizer. Formulated for atopic skin, this cleansing body wash and non-greasy moisturizer will enhance the skin’s ability to retain major moisture and calms the itch.

If you have patches of eczema on your face and would like to hide the redness, start off by applying a rich moisturizer on your face and then apply Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Your Skin Makeup on the area. This moisturizing foundation contains antioxidants and natural botanicals that will help in rejuvenating the skin. It’s also fragrance free and hypoallergenic so it won’t irritate the problem area. Apply it by stippling or pushing the foundation lightly on the face using a non-latex sponge and then skip powder in the areas that are dry and scaly. This will allow the area to stay moist and not increase in flakiness, so nobody will notice the atopic area.

Draw attention to another feature like your eyes by using an opposite eyeliner shade then your eye color to make them stand out. If you have brown eyes use a navy blue, if you have hazel eyes go for a forest green liner. Blue eyes look amazing with a bronzy brown liner, and for green eyes sweep on a deep plum. Apply black mascara and everyone will notice just how beautiful your eyes are.

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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 Perfect Nude Lip

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This spring, a nude lip is a soft and pretty way to play up your inner goddess if worn correctly and paired with the right balance of makeup. The key to getting the perfect understated neutral lip is all in the hue and the shimmer factor. Matte nude lips can look too dry and opaque, which flashes back to a real retro 60′s feel—not the look we are going for now. To modernize this look, choose nudes that shimmer and glow with dimension so the lips stand out and don’t look washed out on your face. Nudes work in the warmer months when worn as a sheer gloss, not as a heavy lipstick, and go for ones that contain lots of shine.

My top five favs are Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Sparkling Nude, Benefit Ultra Shines in Nudie-tude, Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Baby Pout, Philosophy The Supernatural Superglossy in Naturally and Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Illusion Gloss in Time. Matching a nude lip with a lightly bronzed face and defined eyes looks beautiful.

Here is the perfect universal application for spring: Make sure you start off with a slightly tanned look by using a facial self tanner or a nice bronzing powder for a healthy sun-kissed glow. Apply a highlight under the brows, on the inner corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones. Sweep a wash of golden bronze across the eyelid and line the upper lash line with a thin line of black eyeliner. Apply a healthy dose of black mascara on top and bottom lashes and then swirl a peachy pink blush on the apples of the cheeks. Apply a highlight lip pencil around the perimeter of your lips and then swipe on your nude gloss for a naked lip look that’s pretty perfection.

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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 Carmindy iPhone App Is Finally Here!

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After more than two years in the making, my epic Carmindy App for the iPhone and iPad has finally arrived, and I am more than excited to share it with you. You can download it now on iTunes for only $4.99 and begin to “Carmindize” your life! Learn all about choosing the best colors and looks that are right for you with the thousands of combinations I custom created based on your unique coloring.

Use the custom face avatar creator to choose your exact skin tone, hair color and eye color, then browse through a myriad of my signature beauty looks and see what is right for you. From my famous 5 Minute Face to the elusive smoky eye, you can apply makeup like a pro and finally have all the tools at your fingertips. It’s like carrying me in your pocket as I help you get ready every day!

In addition to the step-by-step instructions, I have included a list of every product used in each look. I tell you where to find the products at both a drugstore and a department store price point, so there is something out there for anyone. A shopping section allows you to make a list of all your products, which makes buying the right shades easier than ever.

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Watch my exclusive videos on specific fast fix tips to really educate yourself on makeup how-to’s so you can become your own beauty expert. There is a great notebook section to keep track of each look you try, and you will also be able to take pictures of your new makeup look to share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.

There are also extra features including links to Amazon to explore the books I have written and my website keep you in the know. So download the Carmindy App today to get my own natural and fresh take on beauty made just for you.

Check out behind the scenes footage of me filming for the app!

Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes

Okay ladies, so you know that having the right tools to apply your makeup is just as important as having the right products. Investing in a great set of makeup brushes is a must for any woman who is serious about looking absolutely flawless. Fingers and sponges can only go so far when applying your makeup before it’s time to pull out the big guns. I have found the most glamorous makeup brushes ever, and they also look so sleek and chic sitting on your bathroom counter.

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The Advanced Beauty Tools Brush Collection is a collection of completely vegetarian and cruelty-free brushes that are made from Nufibre bristles. So these brushes are the perfect buy for not just the makeup lover but the animal lover as well. The handles are made from resin and then finished with a gorgeous chrome finish—and did I mention how wonderful they feel in the hand? Whipping out one of these babies to swirl on your blush or eye shadow will feel like your pampering yourself in total luxury. You can get the 10-piece set or go for the smaller 4-piece travel set that comes with a roll pouch. Visit AHALife to purchase these unique brushes. I’m totally obsessed!

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 Beautiful

As we begin to see sleeveless dresses and sandals arrive in stores and Easter candy on drugstore shelves, we know that spring is almost here and it’s time to shed the winter weight! It is time to get into that gym for some fine-tuning before the season arrives so our bods are in peak condition. Keeping your body healthy is so important in achieving all-over beauty and helps raise your self-esteem. No matter what size or shape you are, treat your body as you would your face and care for it!

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Create a challenge for about five days that you can do with a group of friends and encourage one another to really push the limits. Recently, I grabbed a few girlfriends and my awesome trainer Lauren Goldberg and headed down south to Miami for an informal girl’s bikini boot camp. This fun, healthy getaway is great to do with your friends because it allows you to split the cost of the trainer and hotel rooms. It also empowers you to have a group of like-minded friends who will support you during this challenge.

In Miami, we woke up every day to a healthy antioxidant rich breakfast of fresh fruit, egg white omelet’s with veggies and green tea with almond milk. Then, we packed our beach bags, slathered ourselves in my favorite sunscreen—SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense 45—and then hit the beach for an hour walk/run in the soft sand. After the run/walk, we changed into bathing suits and cooled down by taking a swim in the ocean, and then we relaxed under umbrellas with good books and even better conversation. If my lips became chapped or dry, I smoothed on my favorite Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 and kept my eyes defined with my Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Chocolate Brown.

When we left the beach, we stopped at a great cafe for a lunch of grilled asparagus and tuna tataki and lots of water with lemon. We shopped a bit at some local boutiques then headed home for a quick rinse off before changing back into workout clothes.

We then headed to the indoor/outdoor gym for our second workout of the day, where we did a total of one hour of full-body cross training followed by another 30 minutes of cardio. It was intense, but whenever one of us wanted to stop our trainer Lauren kept us going by telling us how hot we all were and how much better we would look in our bikinis after this week. After the gym, we rewarded ourselves with a healthy dinner of steak, grilled veggies, coconut sorbet and a good bottle of wine before collapsing into bed.

After five days we all lost weight, felt great and vowed we would do this more often. It’s better to take a vacation and come back feeling better then ever then to take one where you eat and drink yourself into a coma every day, and then have to come home with the pressures of work, not enough time, kids etc. and try to get back in shape. Use the freedom on your next getaway to push yourself towards a better you. You will be wearing those little sundresses with pride before you know it!

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

How To Highlight Your Assets

I’ve been teaching women how to “Carmindize” the face by highlighting it for years on What Not To Wear, but try highlighting your other great assets for fun, too. Getting your glow on can make different parts of your body stand out and look fantastic.

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If you want to elongate your legs, try applying a cream highlighter down your gorgeous gams in a shimmering line from the top of the thighs, down your shins, on top of the ankles and finishing on the top of your foot. This will capture the light making your skin look radiant, and your legs look leaner and longer. Try painting a stripe of Benefit’s High Beam down your legs and blending it in with your fingers or a non-latex sponge.

Applying highlight on the clavicle bone, shoulder blades and on tops of the breasts can draw attention to the chest area and really make you sparkle at night. Go easy on the jewelry when doing the décolletage, as you don’t want to overdue it. Choose a shade of sparkling loose powder that won’t rub off on your cloths and dust on these areas. I like to use a big, fluffy powder brush to dust on Studio Gear Stardust Shimmering Powder before getting dressed.

If you want your whole body to gleam, apply a shimmering body lotion like Jergens Soft Shimmer Skin Radiance all over as soon as you get out of the shower. It will keep your bod well-moisturized and lightly lit up.

Don’t forget you can also jazz up your hair as well. Spraying on a bit of Dream Angels Heavenly Shimmering Hair Spray will give you a halo glow and an extra kick of glitz!

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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 Do Mila Kunis’ Oscars Makeup

Every year at the Academy Awards we oooh and aaah at our favorite celebs in all their grandeur. Knowing that the process takes about five hours, we would still like to try one of those looks at our next big night out whether it is the annual office party or date night with the hubby.

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I think Mila Kunis had one of the best looks this year. Her makeup was universally gorgeous, and any woman can pull of this glamorous yet sophisticated look. Start with a primer to give the skin a smooth, glowing appearance. Try my Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer for the perfect dewy finish. Next, smooth a liquid foundation over the skin—including the eyelids—and add a brightening concealer like my Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy All Over Brightener Fast Fix Concealer under the eyes. This is a major trick makeup artists use to bring brightness into dark areas and wake up the face. It is a light pink hue and acts like a beam of light under the eyes.

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Next, powder the skin and eyelids with a light dusting of translucent powder like MAC’s Blot Powder and fill in the brows with a pencil like Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil for a full frame to the eyes. Apply a set of false lashes to the upper lids and when the glue is dry trace over the seam with eyeliner. Trace that upper lash line with a black eye pencil that has staying power, starting thinner at the inner corners of the eyes and getting slightly thicker as you glide outwards towards the outer corners. Use an angle brush to smudge over top and do the same along the bottom lash line. Try my Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Eye Pencil in Deep Black.

Now, sweep a burgundy-brown shadow across the lid from lash line to crease and slightly smudge it over the lower black liner under the eyes. The perfect hue is the contour shade from my Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Instant Definition Eyeshadow Palette in Metallic. Sweep a shimmering champagne pink shadow like NYC Sparkle Dust in Pink Champagne under the brows on the brow bone, on the inner corner of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones. Use a fantail brush to sweep it on top of the cheekbones, and my favorite brush, which is the #15 Double Ended Brush by Stila, for applying it under the brows and on inner corners of the eyes.

Swirl on a glowing pink powder blush like Nars’ Blush in Angelika on the apples of the cheeks and back to the hairline, and then finish off the lips with a perfect pink gloss like my Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Pretty Pink. Now you’re the celebrity baby … so go flaunt it!

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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.

Power Makeup!

This spring, what would you say if you could empower yourself with makeup that makes you feel like a superhero? I’d say bring it on! MAC’s fun new line brings girl power to a whole other level with their new spokesperson, Wonder Woman. Yes, you heard me right, and what a better iconic beauty to put the pow, bang and kaboom back into your daily beauty routine?

I have come up with two super spring looks from this collection–one perfect for evening and one appropriate for daytime. The first is pairing spring’s bold lip with lush lashes when you’re really feeling your Wonder Woman super power. Apply foundation, concealer and powder, then fill in brows to create a strong frame for the eyes. Lightly highlight under the brows, on the inside inner corners of the eyes and on top of the cheekbones with the shimmering highlight hue Manilla Paper from the Valiant Palette.

Next coat the top and bottom lashes with Bad Bad Black Opulash Mascara for flirty fringe. Sweep a light dusting of Mighty Aphrodite Blush on the apples of the cheeks and finish with a slick of Wonder Woman Lipglass. Now grab your Lasso of Truth and hit the town.

The second look channels Wonder Woman’s secret identity Diana Prince with a romantic spring floral look. Apply foundation, concealer and powder to create a flawless canvas. Then, grab the Defiance Palette, wet and angle brush and dip it into the Real Drama shade and sweep across the upper lash line. Lighty dust this same hue across the lid, sweep the Star Studded hue in the crease and the Defiance hue on the brow bone, on the inner corners of the eyes.

Using a dry angle brush, smudge a little of the Real Drama hue under the lower lashes and apply mascara on top and bottom fringe. Swirl Wonder Woman Mineralize Skinfinish in Pink Power on the cheeks and a slick of Emacipation Lipglass on your lips, then put on your gold Gauntlet Bracelets for deflecting bullets at the office, and you’re ready to go!

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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.

Rose-Colored Spring Makeup

As winter wages on and we begin to yearn for those sweet days of spring, conjuring up visions of rosy pinks for cheeks, lips and nails might perk us up a bit and help us get in a better mood. The “IT” color for this coming spring season is pink, and the good news is that it works on everyone.

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Rosy cheeks mimic the look of a youthful flush and will restore a fresh and rested look to the face. The best area for application is on the apples of the cheeks. Don’t use the traditional small blush brush; instead, try a big fluffy natural haired powder brush to apply it. This will allow for a softer, more flushed look. The best universal shade is my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Natural Powder Blush in Ethereal.

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On lips, pink lip gloss or lipstick can make you feel instantly feminine and romantic, and there is always a perfect pink for everyone! If you are fair, think in terms of blue-based pinks like a ballerina pink. My Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Forever Stay Moisture Gloss in Pink Blush is ideal. If you are medium-skinned, think of warm rose pinks like Guerlain KissKiss Maxi Shine Lipstick in Candy Shine 624. Darker skin tones can kick it up with a more berry pink like Milani’s 3D Glitz & Glamour Gloss in Leading Lady for impact against a deeper skin tone.

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Wearing pink hues on your nails always emits a girly fun feel, and this is where you can experiment with flashier shades of color. Go for bold punchy pinks like Butter London Nail Lacquer in Primrose Hill Picnic for a bigger statement and wear it like an accessory. Wearing this bright of a nail shade with the more subtle rose hues on the face makes for a balanced and very chic look. If you want to stick with a more mellow pink on the hands and feet, try the shade from Eyeko called Tea Rose. So, with a few weeks of winter still to go, we can dream in shades of pink and look forward to a floral future!

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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 Tasteless Makeup Trends

On a recent girls’ trip to Miami I was shocked to see girls frolicking on the beach in full sets of false eyelashes, orange tinted spray tans and body glitter from head to toe. Thanks to reality shows like Jersey Shore and The Bad Girls Club, the message we are sending to our young women is “the trashier the better,” and yes, ladies, it’s getting worse. As the hemlines get shorter and the makeup gets thicker, we are seeing a serious rise in insecurity, and honestly I have had enough!

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Take back your power girls and know your self-worth. Makeup should be used to enhance your natural beauty and uniqueness; not used to paint on a cheesy overdone version of a Playmate on pixie sticks! Here are my top five tasteless makeup trends – and my version of how to they can be worn with much more class.

#1. Glitter anywhere on the face or body.
Glitter is the herpes of makeup. When you wear it, it spreads not only all over you but also on everyone around you, and it never seems to goes away. If you are starring in Ice Capades or are in your “tween” years, you might get away with it, but if not, move on to pearlescent shimmer or a light luminizing glow to highlight the skin instead.

#2. Deep savage orange spray tans.
The good news is most people have figured out that the tanning beds suck, but does that mean we now have to coat ourselves in a long-lasting disturbingly dark terracotta stain? Embrace your natural coloring and use self-tanners that only take you a few shades darker as if you had tanned naturally (and by the way, the darker the fake tan the older you look, so keep it light).

#3. Dark colored lip liner worn with light lipstick.
Still girls…really? That ship has sailed and ring around the mouth never looked good! Use a highlight pencil around the perimeter of the lips for a full pout and a nude flesh-colored pencil that matches your natural lip tone on the lip line to eliminate bleeding lip color.

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#4. Over-plucked, over-arched eyebrows.
Now I understand if you have naturally thin brows, but there seems to be an epidemic in this country with our young ladies plucking themselves to high heaven. Again this can age you beyond your years, and they may not grow back. Keep brows groomed but healthy looking and fill them in with a little brow corrector if they are sparse.

#5. Spider lashes.
Hey, I’m all for a great mascara or a fun set of natural falsies on occasion but the double sets of false lashes and multiple coats of mascara just looks tacky. Your lashes are supposed to frame your beautiful eyes, and if you just goop them up with too much black tar you completely ruin the effect. If you want a lusher lash line, snip a natural set of false lashes in half and use only the half section at the outer corners – or try individuals placed towards the ends. Then, sweep on mascara on top and bottom lashes in one to two coats max for a beautiful, full flirty look.

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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.