Save Face: Learn When to Toss Your Makeup

(Image Credit: Luca Fabbian)

(Image Credit: Luca Fabbian)

I love trying out new makeup. I can sometimes have three mascaras and ten lipsticks circulating at the same time. There’s no doubt that this makes for a more fun time getting ready, but it can also result in a product I’ve used only once or twice sitting around for a few years because I think that maybe I’ll really need that blue eyeshadow for a future occasion, or even just because I feel like I’m being wasteful if I get rid of it. If you’re anything like me in this regard, you probably have unnecessary clutter around your vanity, but even worse? You’re likely to have expired makeup lying around.

Didn’t know cosmetics have expiration dates? Many people don’t, but unfortunately it’s the truth. If you look on the bottom of a product, often times there will be an indication of how long it is okay to use. For example, you might see “2Y,” meaning two years, or “6M,” indicating that you need to toss it after six months. If your cosmetics don’t have clear expiration dates on them, check out this list as a general guideline to when you need to say goodbye to your beauty products.

Mascara: I’ve always heard that mascara should be used no more than about three months. You don’t want to mess with bacteria that might find its way in, and it tends to get dried out and clumpy after that point, anyway.

Lipstick and lip gloss: From a quick glance at my most-used lip products, the general suggestion seems to be to toss after one year.

Foundation and concealer: These are typically fine to use for a year, but sometimes the advised expiration date is after only six months.

Eyeshadow: Mine range from one to two years, which is pretty painful since I’ll never make it through an entire eyeshadow palette in that time.

Face powders: Like eyeshadows, the rule of thumb is one to two years. This means setting powder, blush, bronzer, and the like all need to be used up in 24 months.

Liners and pommades: Six months to a year is the time frame you should stick to. Not only are they also more prone to bacteria since they are used around the eyes, but they are some of the quickest to dry out and stop working properly.

I know it hurts to throw away that beautiful, ridiculously overpriced Chanel foundation, but expired products just don’t work like they should—I can’t be the only one who’s shaken up a separated foundation in hopes of giving it new life. On a more positive note, this gives you every reason to make a Sephora trip without an ounce of guilt! It’s time to toss that forgotten makeup pile and get shopping.

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5 Easy Tips for a Natural Makeup Look

(Image Credit: Denis Komarov)

(Image Credit: Denis Komarov)

The ‘au natural’ look has been and will always be a classic look in the world of beauty.  To me, there’s nothing better than letting your own beautiful features stand out. We are currently deep into a time of some really cool, edgy makeup trends, which are awesome, but not every occasion calls for a dramatic winged eyeliner, contour, and eyebrows on fleek. Instead, here are some tips to achieve that “I woke up like this” look for the more dressed down occasions. (If you already wake up looking like this, major kudos girl, but for the rest of us, take notes.)

Start with a Light Base

Going au natural does not involve using ‘full coverage’ anything. Instead you’ll want to use a light to medium coverage (preferably powder) foundation to gently sweep across your face. A tinted moisturizer, CC or BB cream is perfect too. With a light base, we are aiming to cover any imperfections, redness, and color correct without layering it on. Freckles and beauty marks should still be seen! Test the color on your wrist—that skin is the most similar to your face so you’ll get the closet color match for a natural base.

Born-With Brows

Many of us have suffered from having OPB at some point of our lives. That’s “Over-Plucked Brows.”  They never grow back the same and definitely leave patches that we must fill in, right?  Going au natural means none of that airbrushed, perfectly even brow game we’ve been playing.  Use a brow powder and brush or a brow gel (one with added fibers is even better) to lightly brush through your natural brow shape.  Always use a shade lighter than your brows. Brush brows upward and secure in place with clear mascara. The messy look is super cute and remember, they’re sisters—not twins!

Eyeshadow

Keep the colors simple and light on your lids – as close to your natural skin color as possible, with no sparkles or shimmer. Go a little lighter on the inner lid and then a couple shades darker in your crease. Blend!

Simple Liner

Use a shade of brown eyeliner (black if you have black hair) and brush it gently along the lash line. You will barely see it, but this will fill in your lashes and add a subtle finish to the eye. A thick line will not do and be sure to keep the bottom lash line clear!

Lashes

Use a lash curler and a lighter shade of mascara (black if you have black hair).  Apply one coat on the top and one on the bottom. We’re not going for dramatic lashes here.  We’re not going for dramatic anything, really, just beautiful, natural you. This will give a little fullness to your lashes and extend them without being too much.

Sweep of Color

Gently brush a baby pink blush or a light matte bronzer on the apples of your cheeks. This works to bring out a little color in your face that looks like a natural glow.

Pouty Lips

Find a tinted gloss or tinted balm in a shade similar to but just a touch darker or pinker than your own lips. Along with the simplicity of makeup, this will make your lips appear pouty and luscious.

All of these techniques call for gentle and subtle touches.  Remember, you are just highlighting the natural beauty you were born with.  Stick to neutral shades and matte finishes.  You will be surprised at how quickly you can achieve this look that this might turn into your new go-to makeup routine.   Good luck, beauties!

The 5 Best Products for Shaping Your Eyebrows

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(Image Credit: Miya227)

2015 has been the year of the eyebrows. Everyone seems to have suddenly remembered what great things eyebrows can do for your face! A strong brow really does frame the face — anyone who’s seen edited photos of celebrities without eyebrows would agree — and can seriously change your look for the better. Check out these products to see which options might be right for you!

 

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

A brow pencil is the most obvious choice. There are lots of different shades to choose from, they’re easy to control, and they can look as natural or artificial as you want. This pencil by Hourglass is one of my favorites because of its shape; since it’s already on an angle, you don’t have to put too much effort into creating hair-like strokes.

 

Benefit Gimme Brow

This kind of product is perfect for someone who wants to achieve a quick, natural look. Gimme Brow is a tinted gel with fibers that volumize the brows. Comb through brow hairs, focusing on areas that need a bit more filling in. You’ll get added volume without looking like you’ve spent the last hour painting product on your face.

 

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

If your goal is to have a flawlessly executed brow, look no further than this brow pomade. You’ll need to pair it with an angled brow brush, and make sure you go easy on the product application! With a light hand, fill in spaces with tiny brush strokes to mimic hairs. Once you’re done, comb through with a spoolie to spread the product evenly. This will last you through a day at the office or an intense cardio session at the gym.

 

Sigma Brow Powder

This product is also a great one if you’re going for a more subtle look. Like the brow pomade, you’ll need an angled brush to pick up the product and mimic brow hairs with small strokes. However, this option isn’t as “permanent” and is a bit easier to control and fix up if you make a mistake. Plus, each duo comes with one light and one dark shade, so you can focus them in different areas depending on how intense you want your look to be.

 

NXY Control Freak Eyebrow Gel

If you want to set your look in place, or if you just want to keep your natural brow hairs from moving around too much, using a clear brow gel is the way to go. It will keep everything in place without the appearance of adding on any more product, and this one won’t leave you with a shiny coating.

 

Be sure to let us know if you try any of these out, and comment below with other brow products you’ve been loving!

The Fall 2015 Beauty Trends You Need to Know!

(Image Credit: Soup Studio)

(Image Credit: Soup Studio)

As hard as it may be to admit, Summer 2015 is quickly coming to an end. While a lot of you might be most excited for pumpkin everything, what I’m looking forward to is the new wave of fall beauty trends. Put away your neon lipsticks and dark bronzers and check out what new makeup looks we’re eager to try this season! Continue reading

The 5 Best Makeup Primers

Primers

Perfecting your makeup means nothing if it doesn’t stay looking fabulous all day long. The way to ensure your makeup stays in place is by using a primer. A primer will help makeup go on smooth and last all day so you look great no matter how long it has been on. We’ve narrowed it down to five must-have primers to help your makeup last longer. Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: Del Sol Color Changing Nail Polish

(Image Credit: Del Sol)

(Image Credit: Del Sol)

I wouldn’t consider myself a girly-girl. I don’t know how to style my hair, I very rarely wear make-up and my inner fashionista is probably a 12-year-old boy. But regardless of my sometimes questionable outfits, there is one girly-girl perk I can’t get enough of, and that’s nail polish. Continue reading

Which Type of Mascara Brush is Right for You?

(Image Credit: Igor Mojzes)

(Image Credit: Igor Mojzes)

Mascara has come a long way in the last 10 years. One brush used to do it all, but now you will find a plethora of brush options when you walk down the makeup aisle. But what do they all do? How can you find the right brush to do the job? We’ve broken down the top mascara looks and found mascara perfect for each particular look. Continue reading

Eyeliner Application Tips for a Flawless Look!

(Image Credit: Ashley Harrigan)

(Image Credit: Ashley Harrigan)

It’s amazing what a little bit of eyeliner can do. Who knew a little line of color could do so much for beauty? Eyeliner is definitely a beauty must have but it can be a little tricky sometimes. We give you the best eyeliner tips below so you can get it flawless every time. Continue reading

The Best Eyeshadows for Your Eye Color

(Image Credit: Mikhail Malyugin)

(Image Credit: Mikhail Malyugin)

Whether you’re a makeup guru or novice, we’ve all known the struggle of trying to find our perfect eyeshadow color. When you’re browsing the displays at Sephora, the millions of different colors and palettes can seem pretty daunting. Continue reading

Pucker Up: Products and Tricks for Pouty Lips

(Image Credit: Soup Studio)

(Image Credit: Soup Studio)

There is no denying big and sexy lips are in. Take a look on the red on carpet and you will find celebrity bombshells smiling or “duckfacing” their perfectly pouty lips. Of course, not all perfectly shaped lips are attributed to make-up, there are the reported occasional trips to the med-spa, but given I handle pain like a newborn and lack the bank account of Kylie Jenner, I stalk the shelves for pouty lip “fakers.” What follows are some products and tricks to keep your lips noticeably lustrous. Continue reading

Five Unique Gifts Your Best Friend Will Love

Gift Guide

Holiday shopping is stressful, especially if you happen to be bad at buying gifts for people. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. We all get anxious over picking out the right gift – especially for our BFFs! If you need a push in the right direction, we’ve got a list of excellent products that could be the perfect gifts for your best friend! Continue reading

5 Ways to Combat Under Eye Circles

(Image Credit: Alexey Mhoyan)

(Image Credit: Alexey Mhoyan)

As much as we may try to avoid them, under eye circles happen to everyone at some point. Unsightly, dark marks aren’t typically the most flattering feature, and the “you look tired” comment isn’t normally a favorite either. However, there are ways to avoid (or at least cover up) your dark circles and trick everyone into thinking that you’ve had a full night’s worth of beauty rest. Continue reading

How to Pick Your Natural Blush Color

(Image Credit: lculig)

(Image Credit: lculig)

Looking effortlessly beautiful boils down to looking naturally healthy. A great way to pull off this look is with perfectly flushed cheeks. To get this appearance, we rely on blush to give us that flawless, rosy glow. But with so many colors to choose from, how do we pick the perfect shade to make us look luscious and not clownish? Let’s break down tips and tricks to figure out your perfect shade so you can look sexy and not silly. Continue reading

Four makeup removers you need to try!

Makeup Remover

My time as a professional model has led me on the hunt for one beauty item in particular: a makeup remover that actually works. Nothing is worse than waking up in the morning and looking like a raccoon, even though you spent five minutes taking off your makeup. I’ve tried tons of brands and every kind of formula you could believe: cream, wipes, oil-free, face wash… the list could go on forever. After years of testing, I now have a list of makeup removing champions I want to share with you. Continue reading