Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Gel Eyeliner
Share your best tips and tricks for applying gel eyeliner! Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply gel eyeliner. (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)
- The applicator is important! My preference is for a very thin, angled brush (I like MAC’s 208) The thinner brush allows me to do both thin and thicker lines.
- Look up to see how close the eyeliner is to your lash line, because ultimately, you want to the eyeliner to get between the lashes, too, for a very solid, crisp line.
- If your hands are unsteady, try stabilizing yourself by resting your elbow on a flat surface.
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Red Lipstick
Share your best tips and tricks for applying a beautiful red lipstick! Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to apply red lipstick. (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)
- If you have problems with the lip color bleeding or feathering, lay down a matching lip liner first, or an invisible lip liner along the edges, to help maintain a crisp line of color.
- Apply with a lip brush for precision, as this will allow you to layer on the color and apply it evenly, and it will also let you control and ensure it stays within your natural lip line.
- If you’re wearing a really matte formula, apply a hydrating lip balm about a half hour prior to applying your lip color. If there is excess that hasn’t yet absorbed, blot it off (I usually just kiss the back of my hand) before applying. (Lip balm can often shorten the wear of a lip color!)
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Blend Your Eyeshadow
Share your best tips and tricks for blending your eyeshadow to perfection! Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to blend your eyeshadow. (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)
- Always take a step back! It’s all well and good to have your nose to the mirror, but make sure you’re also stepping back throughout the application to see how everything is looking from a “normal viewing distance” as I like to call it.
- Pull or push colors into the neighboring color. Depending on the finish, blendability, and lightness/darkness of a shade, I’ll either lightly pull a lighter color onto a darker one, or lightly push the more matte shade over a more shimmery one.
- Soft, feathery strokes are better! Use a very light hand with soft, quick strokes to diffuse color.
Bold Eyes, Bold Lips Inspired by Estee Lauder’s Violet Underground Collection
One of the major trends this fall is wearing both bold eyes and bold lips. You may have heard in the past that you should only draw attention to one feature, but we all know that in makeup there are no hard and fast rules, because it’s all about having fun and experimenting with colors, textures, and finishes. Here are three ways to go bold with ways to rock the trend and still be confident in your makeup:
Keep the Cheeks Soft but Defined
One of the easiest ways to pull off bolder, more color-saturated eyes that you’ve already paired with a deeper, richer lip color is to use a subtle cheek color to add definition and sculpt the cheek without adding a lot of color. Think of using a complementing blush shade as a way to contour cheeks, but softly, subtly, and just enough where at a glance, your cheekbones pop just that much. I recommend using a fan brush for this technique, lightly dipped in a shade of beige, shadowy brown, or plum. Fan brushes make it even easier to achieve soft results and help to blend and diffuse gradually.
Bold Eyeliner, Vibrant Lips
Create a bolder eye look by going for a stronger cat-eye; start by using a dark black eyeliner and wing it out, extending the wing so it aligns with the angle of your bottom lash line. Take it out a little further than you normally would. You’ll want to thicken the line on your upper lash line just a smidgen; again, it’s about going a couple of steps further than what you’ve done in the past. If you want to add even more oomph, add a pop of color on the lid and lightly blend it upwards and outwards with one or two shades.
Consider wearing a lipstick alone and lightly tapping translucent powder on top to mattify the texture, as the eye is already shimmery, and this will add more depth to the overall look. If you want vibrancy but not opacity, try a gloss, which will give you more control over the opacity and intensity of your lip color while still adding color. Remember, bold doesn’t have to mean dark; it can just be stronger, more eye-catching; you can go with a really defined eye and pair it with a soft fuchsia on the lips–it doesn’t have to be black eyeshadow and near-black lipstick–that’s just one way out of an infinite number of combinations you can try.
Fearlessly Bold and Beautiful
Oh — you want to go all out? No problem! The key to rockin’ this look is owning it, which means you have to feel comfortable wearing it. You have to feel good to look good!
I recommend wearing colors from similar color families with comparable undertones on both eyes and lips. If you opt for a plummy eye, go for a plummy lips; you can deviate and pick a more burgundy hue, slightly lighter, or even deeper color. You want some contrast, but you want a point of reference, too. A layer of gloss in a lighter or darker hue compared to the lipstick can add another layer of texture and finish (fullness from the shine, glossiness, and shimmer).
Add bursts of light on the brow bone, inner corner and tear duct, and even a light brush of a shimmery beige on the lower lash line can open up and brighten the eye area. These subtle rays of light will keep the look from looking too dark or heavy. This is why playing with a range of textures can take your look to the next level. If your eyeshadows are mostly shimmery, go for a more matte lip look. If you opt for more matte finishes on the eyes, play with high-shine and shimmer on the lips. You can create even more dimension to the eye by using both shimmery and more matte finishes–using a matte shade in the crease is an excellent way to define and create shadow and contour. Try a matte lip with a tap of shimmer or gloss on the center of the lip for something fun on the lips!
- Go as bold as you want, so maybe that just means adding color to your eye look. For someone else, that might mean trying bolder eyeliner with vibrant, colorful eyes and paired with a smoldering lip.
- Pay attention to the undertones of the colors you’re wearing. When you use cooler undertones on the eye and want to pair a bolder lip color with them, try reaching for one with similar cooler undertones. Look for colors that will complement, balance, and play well together.
- Use the back of your hand or the inside of your forearm to help play with color combinations if you’re not sure what might work.
- Have fun! Makeup washes off. If you don’t love your look, simply remove and start over!
On June 18th, sun care products will undergo new labeling requirements. Olay has created a helpful infographic about some of the upcoming changes to sunscreen labeling as well as sun care, and the amount of concise, easy-to-understand information on it was great to see in my inbox this morning. This is not an advertorial, which means Temptalia receives no compensation for posting this. Though it contains call-outs to the brand, it does have excellent non-brand specific information that is very useful and digestible.
From the FDA: The final regulations, which become effective June 18, 2012, establish a standard test for over-the-counter (sold without a prescription) sunscreen products that will determine which products are allowed to be labeled as “Broad Spectrum.”
However, to avert a shortage of sunscreen in the upcoming months, FDA has extended the compliance dates for testing and labeling until Dec. 17, 2012 for most over-the-counter sunscreen products. This decision followed a review of timelines and other data submitted by trade associations representing sunscreen manufacturers.
Here are some additional links for information from the FDA:
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By Renee Rouleau, Skincare Expert and Esthetician
Renée Rouleau has been helping men, women and teens attain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for more than twenty years.
Her philosophy is simple: With the proper tools, effective products and a disciplined approach, anyone can have great skin.
She provides regular skincare advice and tips on her blog, too!
Five Things to Know about Sunscreen
Did you know that you can get a 50 percent decrease in the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, when sunscreen is applied daily? (Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology) Since May is National is National Melanoma Month, it’s the perfect time to integrate a healthy sun protection approach into the daily skin care routine. Not only is it good for your health, sun protection is the #1 anti-aging product I recommend to my clients. It prevents premature wrinkles, reduces the chances of getting sun spots and hyperpigmentation and is a must for the sake of your health. Here’s five things you need to know about sunscreen to ensure you’re getting the best protection for your skin:
1. Sunscreen must be applied generously. In order for SPF to truly protect the skin and prevent the harmful UV rays from damaging the skin, the formula has to be applied generously or it will not provide adequate protection. If you have a sunscreen that feels too heavy on your skin (which so many can), you’ll probably only apply a small amount and you’re not doing your skin any good. The goal is to find a sunscreen that doesn’t use heavy emollients so as not to leave a greasy residue. That way, you can be heavy-handed when using it (as you should be) but you’re not left feeling oily. This is why Renée Rouleau broad-spectrum Daily Protection SPF 30 is one of our best-selling products. It actually dries to a matte finish and never, ever leaves a residue. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, this one is for you.
2. Don’t get overly confident with a high SPF number. With so many companies launching high SPF number sunscreens, it creates a lot of confusion as to which number is the best in protecting the skin. Did you know that an SPF 30 offers only 4% more protection than an SPF 30, and an SPF 45 offers just 2% more? High SPF number sunscreens like an SPF 50 or 100 can give people a false sense of protection and therefore may not be applied generously enough to do its job. While I do suggest using a minimum of SPF 30, it has far more to do with how generously you apply it than the number. (By the way, the FDA is proposing to limit the maximum SPF on labels to 50.)
3. Sunscreen built in your foundation makeup is just not enough. If you apply a regular non-SPF moisturizer to the face and then apply a foundation with an SPF over it, the sunscreen in the makeup has a difficult time penetrating through the moisturizer to effectively coat and protect the skin cells. Plus, most people only apply foundation makeup sparingly so you may not be getting the full protection anyway. I highly suggest using a sunscreen moisturizer directly on the skin first to adequately deliver the specified SPF (as long as you apply it generously) and then apply foundation makeup with sunscreen, then finished off with SPF-infused mineral powder.
4. Sunscreens degrade from sunlight and your skin’s natural oil. Many sunscreen formulas degrade with exposure to UV light. The daily oil produced on the skin (especially on the nose which is the oiliest area of the face) can also cause sunscreen to breakdown. This is why reapplying sunscreen every few hours is so necessary. However, reapplying often is not always practical. Are you supposed to wash your face, reapply sunscreen, reapply makeup and repeat this every two hours during the day? Not so easy. The fastest, easiest, and most effective way to ensure that your skin is protected all day is to dust the skin every few hours with a good mineral powder formulated with sunscreen. They are considered “dry” sunscreens and make reapplying very simple. My personal favorite (and the one I use faithfully) is ColoreScience, because it’s endorsed by The Skin Cancer Foundation and contains SPF 50. I don’t use it as my makeup, even though it has a light tint, but rather as a light powder over my regular makeup to give a good physical block of protection to my skin.
5. If you’re prone to sensitivity or breakouts, choose a sunscreen formula with Zinc Oxide. Of all the categories of skin care products, sunscreens are the most likely to cause negative skin reactions on the skin. And mostly, it’s rashes or acne breakouts from the use of sunscreen. The good news is there have been a lot of advancements in sun protecting ingredients, so if you still shy away from sunscreens because of past bad experiences, you just haven’t found the right one yet—but they are out there. My skin is oily in the t-zone, and even at 42, my oil production hasn’t slowed down too much yet. I have my own built-in moisturizer (the oil) which is considered to be a good thing, but I also have to be very careful because I’m definitely very sensitive, prone to breakouts and clogged pores. So using a lightweight, gentle sunscreen is an absolute must for me and the best ingredient to offer that is Zinc Oxide. It’s chemical-free, won’t clog the pores, offers excellent UV protection and never leaves the skin feeling greasy. Also of the two chemical-free sunscreen ingredients, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, Zinc is better for skin of color as it won’t leave a white-ish cast on the skin that Titanium Dioxide can.