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Thanks to award season, I have lots of (even more) reasons to talk to celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists. They’re seriously a never-ending source of great beauty tips and tricks, which makes since because they literally live and breathe beauty. They also find themselves in tricky situations that force them to be very resourceful, MacGyver types. Their hacks turn into great tips for us non beauty gurus. Here are five handy tricks I learned the past couple of weeks that I thought were worth passing along:
Trick #1: Ditch puff in a pinch
If you wake up with majorly puffy eyes, grab a couple of cold soda cans and hold them on the puff for a couple of minutes. Makeup artist Jake Bailey says it’s his go-to trick when he’s in a pinch and says it works every time.
Trick #2: Set your curls up for success
If you think your hair doesn’t hold curl, you might just be setting it up for failure, according to hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan. Straight out of the shower, you should avoid brushing it straight and blow-drying it straight before curling. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, and then diffuse hair to bring out any natural texture you may have. This will help your curl take and last. Oh, and prep hair with a volumizing mousse to start. Try Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffle, $6.99.
Trick #3: Elongate your nails
Use a nude nail polish that’s a touch lighter than your skin tone to really elongate your fingers and nails. It does the same thing a stiletto does for your legs, says manicurist Tom Bachik. Try: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Fashion, $17 or L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Collection Privee in Eva’s Nude, $5.99.
Trick #4: Go for the glass
Foundations in glass bottles last much longer than those in plastic. Keep it in the fridge and it’ll last up to five years, according to Bailey.
Trick #5: Make sure your guy is camera ready
Listen up guys (or gals with guys) – makeup artist Billy B says that the L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur, $24.99 product is the “biggest breakthrough for men in cosmetics”. It’s a no-makeup way to perfect skin. It does what the blur tool in Photoshop is designed for. A great way to make sure your guy is camera ready for a big event without having to torture him by powdering his nose with your makeup.
When chatting with nail lacquer queen Deborah Lippmann backstage at the Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week, she mentioned a quick tip I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard before. The look she designed for the show was a white nail (she used Deborah Lippmann Silk Collection in Pseudo Silk Kimono, $19 — it’s not on shelves yet) with a silver “cap” tip (Deborah Lippmann Bad Moon Rising, $17 — available soon for holiday 2013) accented with a bright stripe in either red (Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men, $17), yellow (Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine, $17, coming summer 2014) or pink (Deborah Lippmann Groove Is In The Heart, $17). Check out the finished look in the first photo above. It was inspired by Spade’s cap toe shoes, of course. A totally doable nail art look. Especially if you employ the trick that Lippmann demoed for me backstage on her own hand. When you want to paint perfectly straight lines on your nails, she says it’s best to set the finger you are painting flat on a table. Then, hold the brush in one spot (don’t move it at all) and simply roll your finger across the table, so the brush just glides along the top of your nail creating a totally flawless line. That’s it!
This fall, traditional rich tones get an update — they are going matte. Possibly the coolest, most wearable trend I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week — nails were decidedly un-shiny. Matte black, navy and burgundy polishes were shown at Nonoo, Karen Walker, Tibi and Rebecca Taylor. Deborah Lippmann featured the. most. gorgeous. matte color at the Honor show using a new formula with a shade called Harem Silks From Bombay — unfortunately it’s so hot-off-the-presses it won’t be available until the end of the year (I know, I know, that feels like forever). But don’t worry, you can still get the look now. Lippmann suggests using a combo of:
Top with her ultra-matte topcoat Deborah Lippmann Flat Top, $20
Here are a few other awesome matte top coats to try and get the effect:
What do you think? Shiny or matte?
images courtesy of Deborah Lippmann
Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will face off in spectacular fashion. Is there a better (or cuter) way to support your team than with a glam manicure? Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish, $16 has just the right color combos for the big day. Raven fans can go for violet, with accents of black and gold with Deborah Lippmann’s Call Me Irresponsible, Fade to Black and Believe.
Which team are you rooting for this year?
Buying makeup can make you feel really good — especially when it supports a cause that’s close to your heart. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so check out some of our favorite beauty finds that donate a portion of the proceeds to fighting the good fight. So shop away.
A $165 value, this limited edition palette has everything you ever need in a makeup palette — 36 shadows, 12 lipsticks, and 6 blushes — I mean, look at it, it’s major, right? Sephora is donating $2 from the sale of each palette to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
This sheer illuminating powder has micro pearls to give skin a natural-looking glow. The mini face blender brush is perfect for use on your cheekbones. Bobbi Brown is donating $10 from the sale of each power set to BCRF.
Clinique made it’s number one selling lip product — and my personal favorite every day tinted balm — in an exclusive pink shade just for breast cancer awareness. And the pink carrying case is ideal for storing all your other favorite glosses, balms and sticks. $3 from the sale of each of these limited-edition goodies goes to benefit BCRF.
This sheer pink polish is a sweet sheer blush for your nails, so if you’re looking for an every day shade, this is it. Not only is it pretty, it’s also healthy for your nails: green tea extracts and protein-building Biotin along with other natural extracts strengthen nails and prevent ridges. Ten percent of each sale is donated to Hoag Breast Care Center in Southern California.
These pink-bristeled professional quality makeup brushes are the only brushes you’ll ever need. And with a Powder/Blusher Brush, Crease Brush, Synthetic Foundation/Concealer Brush, Small Eyeshadow Brush and Bent Eyeliner Brush, you’ll have everything you need for on-the-go touch-ups. Sonia Kashuk donates 15 percent of the purchase price to benefit BCRF.
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
I caught up with Deborah Lippmann backstage at the Costello Tagliapietra show at New York Fashion Week where she was creating a cream on cream layered nail polish look. They were applying her Waking Up in Vegas polish (a cool, putty hue) with Fashion (a warm taupey shade) layered on top. And, they were customizing the specific shade for each of the models by applying more or less of each shade so the end hue would flatter their unique skin tone.
That, of course, brought up the question: How can you tell if a nail polish shade is right for your skin tone? To that Lippmann replied, “If you apply your polish and your cuticle seems to change color, the shade isn’t right for you.” For example, if you apply a sheer or red shade and “your cuticle seems to look more gray or darker than usual, the color doesn’t work,” she says. And if you wear a nude shade and your cuticle looks red, you need to keep searching for a nude that does flatter your skin.
But, if you are dead set on wearing a trendy shade that doesn’t seem to flatter your skin tone, you can still sport it. Simply “apply thinner layers of the polish,” says Lippmann if this is the case. Less opaque hues are a bit more forgiving.
So tell me, does the polish you’re wearing right now work? Look down at your hands and tell me what you see.
If you have a beauty question you’d like me to have these beauty geniuses answer backstage today, send ‘em in by commenting on this post.