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Behind the Scenes of our April “Ready, Set, Glow!” Feature Shoot

Written on March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm , by

Our “Ready, Set, Glow!” makeup feature in the April issue (check it out on pages 40 – 44!)  shows you seven ways to update your standard makeup look for spring— in a single step. Here’s a peek on the set of the photo shoot for the story, where celebrity makeup artist Jackie Gomez— whose clients include Beyoncé, Zoe Saldana and Marisa Miller— worked her magic:

 

Get an (Almost) *Free* Stephanie Johnson Makeup Bag from Playtex!

Written on March 20, 2012 at 11:18 am , by

File this deal into the “sounds too good to be true but actually is” category: Stephanie Johnson, designer of the world’s cutest makeup bags and one of our all-time favorites, has created two designs especially for Playtex Brands that can be yours for the price of two boxes of tampons. Now through August 31, mail in two specially-marked packages of Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons (18 count or larger) or Playtex Sport Tampons (14 count or larger) to receive one of the chicly-printed makeup cases shown here, each a $45 value.

One-Day-Only Deal Alert! Tarte on QVC

Written on March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm , by

qvc maracuja set from tarte

Photo: Courtesy of Tarte

Listen up, beauty babes: Tomorrow, Friday, March 16, you can score $200+ worth of eight high-performance Tarte Cosmetics products, for just $59.96, on QVC and QVC.com. As the featured “Today’s Special Value,” this set—the Miracle of Maracuja Skin Smart Collection—is packed with some perfect products to transition you from spring to summer:

*Pure Maracuja Oil – The essential fatty acids and vitamin C leave your skin brighter, firmer and more hydrated.  When we tested it out, we were shocked to notice smaller pores. “Oil.” Pfff. We think it’s some sort of magic. (Extra FYI: It usually retails for $46.)

*Maracuja Waterproof Creaseless Concealer – Super-creamy; So yes, it really is creaseless.

*Cashmere Waterproof Gliding LinerSo smooth

*Airblush Maracuja Bouncy Blush – A pretty “poppy” color!

*QVC Exclusive Airbrush Finish Bamboo Blush Brush – Helps you score an air-brushed look

*Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara – A Tarte favorite, thanks to the lengthening + volumizing formula

*QVC Exclusive Beauty & The Box Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Quad – The shades are pink cloud, silver mist, purple fog and dark ash.

 *Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss – The peachy nude shade is exclusive to this QVC collection.

All that, and you get to save nearly 140 bucks.  Hop on over to QVC.com this Friday to score the deal. (P.S. – While we’re on the topic of saving money, don’t miss our “Financially Fit!” exclusive survey that FITNESS conducted with Yahoo! Shine!)

—By Christie Griffin, digital director

5 Unexpected Uses For Makeup You Already Own

Written on February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am , by

Time to streamline! These genius double uses for the makeup staples you already own make your cosmetics go the extra mile, saving much-needed space in your gym bag—and money in your wallet.

  • BLUSH = EYE SHADOW  Use an eye shadow brush to sweep blush over your eyelids for a pretty, monochromatic look.
  • CONCEALER = EYE & LIP PRIMER Neutralize the ruddy pink tones of eyelids and lips with a light layer of your regular concealer: The colors you apply on top with appear truer and last longer.
  • EYE SHADOW = HIGHLIGHTER Blend a light-colored neutral cream eye shadow (think champagne or gold), such as CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast in Beige Blaze, on the tops of cheekbones, cupid’s bow, inner corners of the eyes and under the brows for a believable glow.
  • LIP BALM OR LIPSTICK  = CHEEK & EYE ENHANCER In a pinch, dab tinted lip balm or lipstick on cheeks and eyes—they can double as a cream blush and eye shadow. Use a clear balm to add a touch of healthy sheen.

Source: Pat McGrath, creative design director for Procter & Gamble Beauty

And my own creation: Layer lip balm, a rose, pinky-nude or mauve-hued eye shadow, and top with clear lip gloss for a custom-created lip color.

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

3 New Ways to Wear Rose Gold

Written on February 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm , by

You can sport rose gold on your wrists, neck, and fingers— and now on your face. Rose gold makeup, usually a warm pink base hue mixed with a dose of gilded shimmer, is the perfect way to impart a stunning Valentine’s Day glow or to keep your skin looking bright and polished every day. A few ways we love to wear it:

  • NARS Orgasm Illuminator This peachy shade of pink with subtle gold flecks is simply magic. It gives you a refreshed look— just what you need to wake up your skin during the drab winter months. It’s stunning on the cheekbones and lids as a highlighter for a bathed-in-candlelight radiance.

  • Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmer Brick Compact This multi-tonal blush lends a beautiful, subtle sheen. It contains shimmer, though, so no additional highlighter is needed: Pair it with black or brown eyeliner and a neutral lip so your flush stands out.

  • Tarte Lock & Roll Eyeshadow Duo in Rose Gold This eye-brightening shadow duo contains both a cream and loose powder version of the same hue: The loose powder (with a mess-proof rollerball applicator) keeps the cream in place and prevents creasing. Run it just along the lashline for a pop of light, or from lashline to crease to offset your eye color.

 

Tell us: Have you tried rose gold makeup?

—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Should You Shape Your Own Brows?

Written on January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm , by

Straight, curved, angled: Arches come in all different shapes. I’ve always had thick eyebrows with hardly any hair on the ends. It just doesn’t grow there (weird, I know!) After years of waxing, my crazy brows have inevitably thinned out, so I recently began filling them in for the a fuller look— and the illusion of having hair where there isn’t any. The results? Amazing!

Eyebrows frame your eyes and grooming them can make such a difference. My technique:

  • Brush the hairs upward and trim any that extend beyond your natural arch.
  • Take out the tweezers and pluck any unwanted stray hairs.
  • Use a brow pencil as close to your natural color as possible to lightly draw in individual hairs.
  • Top with a coat of eyebrow gel to set and polish off your look. Try Revlon Fantasy Pencil and Gel, which comes with both products in one package.

Tell us: Do you shape and fill in your brows, go au naturel, or visit a pro?

-By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Does Your Makeup Bag Need a Makeover?

Written on December 12, 2011 at 8:17 am , by

Is your makeup bag bursting at the seams? Packed with products that you don’t use —or that are so old, the labels have worn off? If this sounds familiar, you need a makeup bag makeover, like the one I had last week at the Kimara Ahnert Studio in New York City. Kimara herself did my makeup and analyzed the contents of my makeup bag. I was fully prepared to be scolded, but to my surprise, she told me that my bag was one of the cleanest she’d ever seen, and skillfully chosen, as they were working well for my face’s needs. Since my makeup bag is strictly for touch-ups, Ahnert added a few more products to amp up the longevity and sophistication level of what I was using (no more worn-down black eyeliner pencil!). Watch as she analyzes our stash and shares some tips on how to streamline your own:

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Get Festive!

Written on November 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm , by

It’s time to start decking the halls— and decking yourself for all the holiday parties in the coming month. Here, genius hair and makeup tips from Lindsay Watts, cosmetology expert and teacher at Empire Beauty Schools that’ll leave you dazzling, stat.

What’s the easiest hairstyle to whip together for a holiday party?
Keep six to eight bobby pins on hand in your desk— you can do almost anything with this little handful of lifesavers. Twist a quick messy bun at the back of your head, secure with the pins, and you have a perfect updo that looks effortless but flattering. To make it a little more interesting, do the same technique, but pull the hair to the side of your head, sweeping strands to one side in the front: stunning!

What’s the hot party nail look this season?
There are so many great nail trends right now. I always love red nails for holiday and crimson is a great color for long-lasting gel manicures, which are super high-shine. Some nail technicians are actually rubbing grit buffers over these shades for a more matte look. These manicures will take you right through the whole holiday season, and with all the extra things on your to-do list, there’s no better time to have a manicure that you can forget about for two weeks.

What’s the best way to avoid looking like a Christmas ornament when wearing festive shimmery makeup?
Limit shimmer to the spots that light would naturally hit: Just the top of cheekbones, underneath the eyebrows, on the browbone and along the collarbone. I like creams more than powders; they’re more workable and you can use a bit of moisturizer to even them out if you overdo it.

Are there any no-fuss universal shades that anyone can wear?
Pewter is a big shade right now. It’s a smokier hue almost anyone can wear and is perfect for a more made-up evening look. As far as smoky shades go, pewter is one of the more foolproof options out there: Just be sure to blend well!

What salon services do you recommend as prep for party season?
Nothing makes a bigger difference in your overall look than fresh hair color. It’s no coincidence that hair color is one of the biggest beauty mood boosters around! But also think about going into the salon and getting a deep conditioning treatment. Do this before the holidays and your hair will be more manageable all season long.

For more ways to shine for the season, check out our Glisten Up feature on pages 54 to 58 of FITNESS’ November/December issue: It’s chock-full of get-gleaming tricks for your skin, eyes and nails.

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Do You Wear Too Much Makeup to Work?

Written on November 28, 2011 at 9:49 am , by

Wearing makeup makes you appear more competent, trustworthy and likable, a recent study showed, but you may want to tone it down at the office: More than a third of bosses think their female employees and colleagues wear too much makeup, an officebroker.com poll of 500 managers found. The main culprits: bright lips, overdone eyes and heavy blush.  As women who work in beauty media, we believe that wearing makeup— and yes, even exploring trends and bolder looks— is part of our job, but every industry has different standards.

Tell us: How much makeup do you usually wear to work? Would you adjust how much you apply? Why or why not?

Pucker Up With Poppy King + Boots

Written on November 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm , by


Poppy King
has made a name for herself as an expert in all things lipstick, thanks to her luxe lip product-only line, Lipstick Queen. Now, she’s bringing her pout expertise to the masses with a limited edition line of seven lipsticks for drugstore brand Boots, rolling out in Target stores next week for $10 each. Above, a sneak peek at the creamy, shimmer-free shades, which come wrapped in adorable polka dot boxes (our favorite: peachy pink Allure, second from left).