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The Product: L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, $9.99
Why: I was first introduced to this product by L’Oreal Consulting Makeup Artist Billy B. He called it the perfect product for a “drunk girl”, mostly because if you keep it in the fridge and apply it cold, it’s a fabulous remedy for fatigued eyes and dark circles. A great way to hide a hangover, indeed. But, even if you’re not a “drunk girl”, it’s pretty great. If you’re sleep deprived (Listen up new moms!) or you’re just looking worn out after a long day at the office, a couple of swipes of this cooling roller ball full of eye brightening concealer will help you look well rested and ready for anything. And, it’s super lightweight so it doesn’t settle into creases.
Sunday will mark my first Mother’s Day ever. How weird it’ll be to be one of the women celebrated on this day. Weird, but pretty awesome.
If you’re new to the mom title, you can totally relate to the fact that it’s extremely difficult to squeeze in beautifying. You’re too busy fussing over everyone else. Showering is an accomplishment. Being able to blowout your hair, apply an actual makeup “look” and keep up with brow shaping, bikini line grooming and all of that stuff is pretty much a thing of the past. Am I right?
It’s led me to start fantasizing about beauty products and treatments even more than usual. So, here are the six items I’d treat myself with, if I were doing the shopping…
I’ve been using the new Tocca Crema da Mano Luxe in Bianca, $20, which smells divine – it’s a blend of green tea and lemon – and the tube is gorgeous. But, I’m also hoping get my hands on their newest fragrance, Tocca Liliana Eau de Parfum, $68. It’s inspired by The Great Gatsby (what isn’t these days) and includes notes of Italian bergamot, gardenia, white peony and sandalwood.
No. 2: Watermelon Vodka-Tini Body Duo at The Huntington Spa, $190 (Regularly $240)
This delicious duo, a special treatment the spa is featuring for spring, includes a 30-minute watermelon/basil sugar body scrub followed by an hour-long massage that involves sparkling citrus cilantro lime oil. If that doesn’t sound like heaven, know that the beautiful spa is housed in the fabulous Langham Hotel in Pasadena. I might never come home if this gift comes my way.
No. 3: Marc Jacobs Honey
While this fragrance doesn’t launch until summer, I’m already adding it to my beauty wish list. How can I not. The bottle is seriously cute. (more…)
The Product: Benefit Fakeup Concealer, $24
Why: For many of you, the biggest downside to wearing under eye concealer is the dried-in-the-cracks look that appears about an hour after you put on your makeup. Benefit Fakeup Concealer, $24 aims to fix that by surrounding the makeup with a hydrating ring. Genius. With vitamin E and apple seed extract, it hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth application. This product literally sinks right into your skin, leaving a swipe of moisture that prevents the cover up from drying and caking. It’s not for those of you who need utra-heavy, spackle-like concealer — I would say this a light-to-medium coverage stick — but it does the job and stays on like a champ. It’s available in a light, medium and deep shades, so it doesn’t leave too much for dark skin tones. However, I used a lighter shade than I typically do to give it a try, and it actually took on a pretty highlight-y appearance, which I loved. I’m going to be sticking with this concealer for a while.
For more advice about how to cover dark circles, check out our Reader Q: Help Me With Under Eye Concealer
Answer: Hey bright-eyes. You’re not alone. Concealer can be the difference between fresh faced and semi-haggered. But, if not used properly, it can actually make you look older by settling in find lines and wrinkles. Ugh, who wants that? But don’t fear, if you have the right information, you’ll look younger and more awake in a snap (or, er, five steps). Naturally, I have those for you. I talked to the best in the biz, Celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, to get her concealer tips.
Step 1: Find the right formulation. “Liquid concealers tend to have the lightest application while crèmes provide a heavier coverage — this can be tricky though because often the older you get, the more coverage you will require but the more product becomes more visible on the skin,” explains Kashuk. Try something in the middle. Kashuk suggests her All Covered Up Concealer, $10 which gives ample coverage without sitting on skin or settling in pores.
Step 2: Choose the right shade. “Concealer should only be a hair lighter than your skin,” says Kashuk. “Going too light draws attention to problem areas and can look artificial.” She also recommends that if you are going to skip foundation altogether, choose a concealer shade that’s the exact color of your skin so it blends seamlessly.
Step 3: Start with moisturizer. To apply concealer that looks ultra-professional, always start with a moisturizer and primer. “These products will quench the skin and retexturize it by filling in lines for a better base,” says Kashuk. Try Sonia Kashuk Primer Vitamin Serum, $19.
Step 4: Don’t put concealer on your crows-feet, silly. “Apply it on an as needed basis, spot treating redness and dark circles and use as sheer a coat of concealer as possible to prevent the product from settling into lines,” says Kashuk.
Step 5: If you’re worried about lines around your eyes, stay away from setting powder all together. Yes, it sets concealer in place, but nothing gets in the wrinkles like powder.
Wedding season is quickly approaching. How many save-the-dates are plastered on your fridge? I already have two and know that a third is on its way, which means it’s time to talk wedding makeup.
If you’re a bride-to-be or a guest-to-be, going for a timeless makeup look that plays up your natural features is the way to go. The photos will live on (Thanks Facebook timeline!), so you won’t want to be the bride or guest who looked so 2012. If you’re digging for inspiration, look no further than the gorgeous and fresh makeup seen at the Marchesa Bridal Spring 2013 Runway Show.
Makeup artist Talia Shobrook created the look, which she calls “whimsical and effervescent” — one that will make you look both “innocent and sensual.” I think it’s stunning. Here’s how to get the look:
SKIN: Create a “fresh and dewy finish” with the following steps courtesy of Shobrook …
Step 1: Mix moisturizing cream with SPF (try Laura Mercier Mega-Moisturizer Crème SPF 15, $50) and a glow-enhancing primer (try Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, $30) and apply it on your face to get a natural-looking glow.
Step 3: Apply a creamy foundation (try Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation, $42) to your face to perfect your complexion.
Step 4: Dust your T-zone with setting powder (try Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, $34) to control unflattering shine, but leave the rest of your skin without powder for a glowing finish.
EYES: Play up your eyes to help them sparkle with these tips from Shobrook …
Step 1: Mix a honey-pink eyeshadow with grey (try Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colours Stellar and Primrose, $22) and swipe them on your lids from lashlines to creases.
Step 2: Blend a taupe-colored shadow into your creases (try Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Fresco, $22).
Step 3: Line your top lids with a pinky-peach shimmery eyeshadow (try Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink, $22) creating a “slight flick” at the outer corners of your eyes. “The eyeliner should be thin, and bright,” says Shobrook.
Step 4: Line lower lashlines with a dark brown powder shadow using an eyeliner brush (try Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Truffle, $22). Blend it a bit to soften the line.
Step 5: Finish the eyes by applying a lengthening mascara and topping it with a coat of volumizing mascara just on the center section of your lashes.
CHEEKS AND LIPS: For easy on-the-go touch-ups, Shobrook used the same product on cheeks and lips. “The creamy formula adds a lovely natural flush to the face,” says Shobrook. Here’s how to apply it …
Step 1: Apply a soft berry pink lipstick to the apples of your cheeks and blend it well to give your face a natural flushed finish. Try Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Mango, $24 (this new shade will be available in stores September 2012)
Step 2: Blend the same lipstick on your lips to complete the look. Gorgeous!
If you, like me, subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter Goop you probably saw yesterday’s post that featured her London makeup artist Emma Lovell and her step-by-step guide to doing your own makeup for day or night. (Don’t judge if you’re a hater, I’ve always been a fan of Gwyneth and will likely always be. Sliding Doors is one of my favorite movies of all time.)
Anyway, Lovell created a day and night look on a mom (Kate) from GP’s son’s school that she normally does on Gwyneth for appearances. I thought it was pretty helpful, so I’ve decided to share the most insightful (in my mind) tips from the post with you. Here it goes …
Tip 1: “Moisturize the entire neck, including the back; this keeps the front nice and taut!”
Tip 2: “When looking for the right foundation, try and match it to your neck rather than your face as you want your face color to blend seamlessly with the neck.”
Tip 3: When it comes to concealer, “… apply layers under the eyes, on the chin, in the t-zone and around the nose — in the winter, these are the places where people need the most coverage. As always, go slow, and don’t use it all up at once.” I personally never think about applying concealer to all of these areas, but I might just have to start.
Tip 4: With liquid liner, “Mix black and brown for a rich color.”
Tip 5: Because “Emma says there’s nothing worse than a dry-looking eye!” She “… dabs shimmery eye shadow on the center of Kate’s eyelid.”
Now fess up, are you a Gwyneth Paltrow fan?