Entries Tagged as 'beauty'
Red lips are hard to get right.
Seriously, if I were to pick the two hardest makeup trends to pull off perfectly, red lips would be #2. (#1 would be the cat eye, which, to be totally honest, I still haven’t fully mastered, because it is really hard!)
But oh… that perfect red pout is just so pretty. I can never resist giving it a try.
So, if you’re struggling, here are a few little tips I’ve learned throughout my many, many attempts:
Pick the Right Shade:
Go to a makeup counter. Try on a dozen red lipsticks, then come back. Are you done? Ok, then go back and try on a dozen more. I can wear basically any shade of pink, but 99.9% of the red lipsticks I try on look terrible. For me, the best shades are light, bright and almost pink-ish, but there’s no substitute for trying a bunch of different shades and picking the one that’s right for you. (The silver lining? Once you have one you like, you’ll have your shade forever!)
Slow and Steady:
Red lipstick is not something you want to get all over your face. When applying, brace your hand on a countertop or against the mirror to prevent shaking (I use this trick for eyeliner too)! You don’t need to use a lipliner, but be sure to clean up any mistakes with a Q-Tip!
Keep It Simple:
You know the obvious advice — don’t play up your eyes if you’re playing up your lips! Sure, stay away from the smokey eye, but remember to also keep your nails and accessories minimal! A red lip is beautiful in its simplicity, and it pairs well with nude or blush tones for your eyes, blush and manicure.
And, of course, be sure your skin is fresh and smooth! A red lip draws tons of attention to your skin, so be sure you’re moisturized and luminous when you’re trying out this look!
Products: Clarins Rouge Eclat/Pink Fuschia; Q-Tips Precision Tips.
March 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment
A few weeks ago, I did something *long* overdue: I cleaned out my beauty cabinets!
I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized. It’s funny — I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag. Basically, it’s just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out.
And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers and shelves full of beauty products, which get so disorganized that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them! So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh.
This was my rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay. You can actually hang onto many products for much longer than that, but I wanted to toss a LOT of products, so I set my timeline a little shorter.
And then, I organized! I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves. Instead, I used them to line my drawers, creating mini compartments for everything I needed. Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything in its place, clean and de-cluttered.
I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products! And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy! Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.
Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.
Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).
Three Years or More:
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.
So there you have it! Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?
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February 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment
I know spring hasn’t quite hit most of the country yet, but here in Texas, it’s in full force! And from the moment it warms up, I start thinking about how my beauty routine changes.
For instance: I don’t have to slather on as much Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer every night and morning! I change my moisturizer to the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, which has SPF 15 for those sunnier days! (My foundation also has SPF, so don’t worry, I’m still getting sun protection during the winter!)
And my beauty routine changes too! I start reaching for my bronzer a little more frequently, and easing up on the dramatic eye makeup. Spring is the perfect time to try out a fresh-faced, minimal makeup look, so that’s what I always gravitate towards!
For this look, I created a subtle smoky eye using brown liner, and brown and gold eye shadow. I use the darker brown shadow in the crease and right along my lash line, and then fill in the rest of my eye with shimmery gold. I used a combination of blush and bronzer to highlight my cheekbones, and went with a soft, natural pink lipstick. The end result is makeup that hardly looks like you’re wearing makeup — perfect to accentuate your natural beauty!
What’s your favorite spring makeup look? Share it in the comments below!
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