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March 2011

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 8

Written on March 14, 2011 at 9:53 am , by

In the final episode behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to add a pop of pink to your look:

Ready, set, spring!

Best Foot Forward

Written on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 am , by

We’ve been training hard here at FITNESS—for both the FITNESS/MORE  Half-Marathon and to keep up with our New Year’s resolutions—and one thing that’s taken a beating along the way is our rundown feet! The sight of our roughed-up tootsies could send anyone into a lifelong state of foot-phobia. With sandal season creeping up, we’re using this DIY treatment from Dawn Gallagher, former model and author of Nature’s Beauty Secrets, to get our overworked soles ready for their day in the sun:

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  • Fill a foot basin with warm water, add a few drops of almond oil and soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While you’re soaking your feet, use a pumice to buff away calluses and rough skin.
  • Towel-dry your feet, then focus on your toenails. Cut and file them to your desired length, always cutting straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Use the almond oil to soften cuticles and an orange stick slowly push them back.
  • If you’re in the mood for a burst of color, paint your toes your desired shade and finish with a topcoat.
  • If you painted your toes, wait until they’re completely dry, then slather your feet in the most buttery cream you can find. Pull on a pair of cotton socks to lock in the moisture.

—By Lindsay Richardson, Beauty Intern

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 7

Written on March 10, 2011 at 11:34 am , by

Next up in the video series behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to get a believable bronzed glow:

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 6

Written on March 9, 2011 at 9:43 am , by

In the next installment behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to wear a chic berry lip stain:

Tried-It Tuesday: Prime Time

Written on March 8, 2011 at 7:27 am , by

Makeup primers may seem like just another tiresome step in your primping routine, but the skin-perfecting and makeup-maintaining benefits make them worthwhile for many. Here’s our—well, primer—on primers:

  • Face: Using a foundation primer like the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer as the last step in your routine before makeup acts like an undetectable spackle, filling in any crevices or imperfections so makeup goes on smoothly. Face primer also helps makeup stay on for as long as possible. There are versions of foundation primer that also treat and/or mask specific skin issues like acne, redness and dullness.
  • Eyes: Using an eye primer, such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, before applying your favorite shadow or liner will provide you with an even, neutral canvas so the color goes on true, and  prevents pigments from disappearing, migrating or creasing.

Are makeup primers part of your routine? If so, what are your must-haves?

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 5

Written on March 7, 2011 at 10:31 am , by

In the fifth episode behind the scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shares tips on how to get sculpted, standout cheeks:

Favorite Find Friday: Weleda Skin Food

Written on March 4, 2011 at 11:11 am , by

This week’s favorite find comes courtesy of my sister: She’s suffered from eczema all her life and has tried everything to heal it, slathering on the richest oils and thickest salves, all to no avail. I recently sent her a tube of Weleda Skin Food, and it received rave reviews from the toughest customer. The 90-year-old formula is chock-full of natural healers like sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, rosemary, chamomile, and calendula extracts that soothe damaged skin. It’s also great for repairing gym-worn parts like elbows, heels, and hands: One lightweight tube packs a big hydrating punch. What’s your cure for painfully dry skin?

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Kick The Habit

Written on March 3, 2011 at 7:11 am , by

PimpleWomanSome of our beauty habits might sound innocent enough, but can really do damage over time. Here’s a list of pesky habits that we should all kick:

  • Hair fiddling: This one might be the hardest to break, since we don’t always notice ourselves doing it. People tend to play with their hair—twisting, bending, and even breaking it—out of boredom or to just to keep our hands busy. But, this seemingly harmless habit can lead to breakage, tangles and oily strands.
  • Popping pimples: We know how tempting it is to attack a blemish that’s taking over our face—but doing so can cause serious scarring and even spread pimple-causing bacteria (plus oil from your fingers) around the face. Attempt to banish acne before it even forms with ZENO Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device.
  • Sleeping with makeup on: Cleansing our faces is often the first thing that falls by the wayside at the end of a busy, exhausting day. But not washing leaves pores clogged with leftover makeup, dirt and sweat—which leads to dull and break-out prone skin. Keep cleansing wipes like biodegradable Yes To Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes on your nightstand so you never forget to wash up before you doze off.

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Celebs’ Oscar Shape-Up

Written on March 2, 2011 at 11:59 am , by

Beauty Director Eleanor Langston appeared on CBS’s The Insider on Friday to talk about how celebs shape up for the Oscars. Here, a quick clip of her segment:

The Runway Rundown

Written on March 1, 2011 at 7:12 am , by

With runway season coming to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on our favorite beauty looks.  We’re using these fresh looks as inspiration to update our routine:

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All About Eyes. Cynthia Rowley’s runway gals sported this strong smoky eye look that we loved. The models’ cat eyes were extended with bold brown shadow instead of liner, a great technique to subtly amp up your evening makeup.  Gold liner below the bottom lashes adds a pop of color that draws attention to the eyes and balances out the strong shadow.

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True Romance. This cheeky look was spotted at the Elie Tahari show. The models donned a super-flushed pink cheek, but what we loved even more were the subtle heart-shaped lips. The flirtatious pucker perfectly finished off the uber-romantic look.

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Ice Queens. At Luca Luca the models’ icy beauty offered fresh take on the bold lip. These ladies proved that you don’t need to be tan to work the rouge. Even the hairstyle was refreshing, with a unique parted, pinned-up bun.  The illuminated eye was alluring and whimsical, and the model’s skin radiated, creating an over all flawless face.

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Swept Away. Rodarte’s models look like they just blew in on a breeze. The windblown hair paired with funky yellow and orange eye makeup is a refreshing change from the standard smoky eye. And the model’s pout is the perfect rusty hue that meshes well with the unusual eye.

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern