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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You found that one perfect eye shadow shade that you wear non-stop, but wish it came in, say sparkly for special occasions, or simple matte for daytime. Sonia Kashuk had you in mind when she created Sonia Kashuk Monochrome Eye Quad, $14.
It’s a palette with four versions of the same shade — velvety matte, subtle shimmer, metallic sheen and sparkle — that can be worn alone or combined to give you just the right effect. It comes in the pretty and wearable neutrals, Coco, Mauve, Rose and Taupe. I’ve been wearing Coco and using the matte on my lid up to the crease, with the metallic on the inner corner. Then I’ll dust the glitter on over the matte to switch it up when I’m going out for the night.
Do you like different textures or do you stick with the same?
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.
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
Day 3: Sonia Kashuk Scarlet Starlet 4-Piece Brush and Purse Set, $14.99
I’ve mentioned Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes previously when a reader asked about makeup brushes that won’t break the bank, so you likely already know that I think they are some of the best brushes for the price. Super soft and fit for a pro or makeup junkie. And, what’s even better is that they’ve been all dressed up for the holiday season. They boast red metallic stems and come complete with a chic tweed case — perfect to stash in your bag so that when it comes time to go from office to happy hour or party, you’ll have all the right tools. The set includes a travel-sized blush brush, flat shadow brush, blending brush and shader brush.
Question: “I bought a Bobbi Brown cream blush ages ago that I think will last my life time! I love the color, but I think I need to add some others to by arsenal, just for variety. What’s a good (natural-looking) powder blush?” — Auntie S
Answer: Ahh blush, one of my favorite topics and products. Blush makes me happy — well, it makes me look happy, I should say. It is honestly the one product I contribute to people saying that my skin is “so pretty and glowy” — it’s not — not naturally anyway. Even if I skip all other makeup, blush is the one item I can’t go without. When I grow old, I plan to be one of those little old ladies who wears too much blush. They always look happier than their sallow-faced sisters. Am I right? So, when it comes to a great, natural-looking blush I would suggest either of the following:
Nars Blush in Orgasm, $27 — a universally flattering peachy-pink shade that offers up a hint of shimmer to make skin glow. It’s a cult favorite for a reason — and not just because of the name. (more…)
Every year when summer rolls around I find myself trying to master a flawless, sun-kissed look — you know, the one you see on celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Giselle Bundchen? And, almost every year I question whether I’m really “nailing” it. That’s why I decided to consult makeup artist Sonia Kashuk (pictured below) who is known for her flawless, yet natural, application methods in addition to her perfectly-priced line of cosmetics. Here are her tips on how to pick the best bronzer for you — and apply it like a pro:
Tip 1: Choose the right formula for your skin type.
If you have normal to oily skin, she suggests powder products that “deliver a very delicate shimmering glow.” Try: Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Bronzer, $9.99 or Sonia Kashuk Shimmering Loose Mineral Bronzer, $8.99.
“For dry/older skin, cream bronzers are a fantastic option as they deliver a healthy glow and adhere beautifully to the skin,” says Kashuk. One to try: Josie Maran Argan Cream Bronzer in Beach No. 1, $15.
Tip 2: Select the color that will look most natural on you.
“Look for something that is two to three shades warmer for your skin,” says Kashuk, and “stay away from anything that looks too orange, you want to go for golden bronzes, not brownish oranges,” she adds. (more…)