Written on September 12, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Molly Ritterbeck
I mean this in the most humble way possible, but I am constantly asked about what I use on my skin to make it look so “amazing.” To be quite honest, I am always surprised by these inquiries because, like many of us, I’ve struggled with acne for years and am pretty critical of my skin, always wishing it was just a little more perfect, less blemished, more even, with fewer fine lines. Maybe that’s just a byproduct of working in the beauty biz or some leftover insecurity from my teen years, but the best thing about beauty is that it can help you love the skin you’re in. So when a friend of mine recently demanded to know what I put on my face, I gave her (and now you) the full run down. Below, my favorites for pretty, radiant skin:
Beauty Rx Progressive Peel ($70, beautyrx.com)
This at-home glycolic peel sloughs away all of the icky, dead skin that makes your skin look dull. The system includes three glycolic products: an 8% serum, 10% pads and a 15% cream so you can increase the strength over time without causing irritation. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and it’s been doing wonders for my skin and minimizing breakouts.
Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup ($43, lancome-usa.com)
I started using this glowy foundation years ago after discovering it was a must-have for makeup artists on set and never went back. It’s seriously like a candle light filter in a bottle. The teeny tiny pearl particles (they’re subtle, not shimmery) give your skin a soft radiance.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess ($30, tartecosmetics.com)
It seems counterintuitive if you want luminous skin, but I opt for a matte bronzer over a sparkling one for the most natural-looking results. The rich brown color gives you a healthy, sun-kissed look. Plus, the longwear formula stays put all day.
Bobbi Brown Blush in Peony ($27, bobbibrowncosmetics.com)
For me, the finishing touch is always a little pop of pink on the apples of my cheeks. This shades flatters most skin tones and gives you a pretty flush.
Written on January 8, 2014 at 9:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
The start of a new year ushers in resolutions, adventures and—trend alert—the must-wear Pantone color. For 2014, the color experts chose Radiant Orchid, explaining it “blooms with confidence and warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination.” The hot hue is a pretty combination of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones, making it so soft and sweet, it works amazingly well as a flattering makeup shade. We’ve rounded up some products that will help you showcase the color of the moment (just avoid wearing them all at once!).
Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Jo’mina ($17, sephora.com)
If you’re a little intimidated to test out a new hue on your face, try it out on your tips first. This sweet shade looks good on most skin tones and isn’t too bold for the office.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Violine Out of Control ($34, sephora.com)
If you love your lip gloss but hate having to re-apply it, this one is for you. The plush applicator allows the stay-all-day formula to glide on easily and in a just-right purple-pink tint.
Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush ($30, sephora.com)
One sweep of this radiant orchid blush on your cheeks is all you need to wake up your complexion. Go light on the application by using a plush powder brush (this way you’ll avoid an overdose, which can result in a Barney-like look).
Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner and Mascara ($14, sephora.com)
This two-in-one eyeliner and mascara is all you’ll need for your next night out. A glitter infused take on the color of the year can be worn along your lash line, on your lashes or, yes, even both.
—Chelsea Burns, beauty intern
Written on September 6, 2013 at 9:56 am , by Fitness Magazine
You know that lit-from-within glow often spotted on the cheeks of your favorite celebrity or magazine cover star (Fitness’ cover girl and rumored girlfriend to Derek Jeter, Hannah Davis, is working it on our September issue)? Well, I’ve found a dream product that delivers the perfect pink flush reminiscent of an after-workout glow minus the sweat-soaked clothes. Nars Blush in Gaiety ($29, narscosmetics.com) is an in-your-face hot pink that at first glance appears a bit intimidating. But don’t be thrown by the nearly-neon hue because once you sweep this onto the apples of your cheeks, you will be amazed at how natural and flattering this shade is. It goes on sheer and doesn’t overpower your whole look, so you have the freedom to play up bold eye makeup or a strong lip color. So even if you’re not a cover model, or Derek Jeter isn’t the one making you blush, you can still fake a flirty look with this pretty powder.
—Karee Hackel, beauty intern
Written on September 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm , by Molly Ritterbeck
The first full week of fall is here, and though the crisp autumn air feels awesome during morning runs, the sudden temperature change could bring on a miserable cold. I recently chatted with Dr. Anthony F. Jahn, an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat specialist), on how to prevent a cold, plus, ways to erase any telltale signs of one should you come down with one.
-Prevent: It’s not the sexiest advice, but Dr. Jahn suggests using a nasal rinse such as Ocean Saline Nasal Spray ($5, drugstore.com) every day. It has a saline solution that is non-medicated so it’s safe to use often. It’s also great for children and expecting moms who are unable to take medication. Just rinse your nasal passages with it to flush out any harmful germs or viruses. Fun fact: You have 15-minutes from the time you contract a cold virus until it reaches your system, so if you are diligent about using a saline wash, you could dodge a cold.
-Cope: If you start feeling under the weather, the best thing to do is consume plenty of liquids. You should call in sick from work to prevent spreading the cold and to give you time to rest, which is key to recovery. It can be tempting to lace up your sneakers for a workout (especially if you’re sitting at home all day), but you shouldn’t exercise since it puts your body under additional stress and can stall your recovery. Dr. Jahn also suggests upping your intake of vitamin C and zinc to boost your immune system.
-Conceal: When you do have to return to work, cover up the signs of your cold by using a rich balm to soothe your chapped nose and mouth like Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother ($2, drugstore.com). Then apply a yellow-based concealer to cancel out redness like Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ($23, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). A pop of pink cream blush (try Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink, $8, maybelline.com) on your cheeks will let you fake a healthy flush until you’re feeling better.
Written on February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am , by Fitness Magazine
- 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
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Makeup Musts, Save-A-Minute Secrets | Tags: blush, brush, concealer, CoverGirl, double duty, eye and lip primer, eye shadow, eyeshadow, highlighter, lip balm, Lipstick, makeup, money-saving, Pat McGrath, space-saving, unconventional
Written on November 28, 2011 at 9:49 am , by April Franzino
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?
Written on October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm , by April Franzino
Makeup shaped into pretty pebbles and pearls has been popping up everywhere recently—and it’s easy to see why. Not only do these faintly shimmery bronzer, blush, and highlighting powders give cheeks a gorgeous glow when applied with a brush swirled over the multi-tonal pigments, but they can also multitask. We’ve experimented with using individual beads as eye shadow, lip color (topped with gloss or balm), and luminizer on the inner corners of eyes, under the brows, and on the cupid’s bow. They’re just plain fun to use, like makeup should be! Here, a selection of showstopping spheres:
Tell us: Have you played with pebble-shaped makeup? If so, how did you use them and what did you think?
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Makeup Musts | Tags: blush, bronzer, brows, cheeks, eye shadow, eyes, Face, Guerlain, highlighter, lip color, lips, luminizer, makeup, pearls, pebbles, Physicians formula, powder, Pur Minerals, rocks, The Body Shop
Written on August 19, 2011 at 9:06 am , by April Franzino
At a recent makeup application class led by Sonia Kashuk herself (pinch us!), one of the myriad products and tools she had laid out was her Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Blossom (above, left), a nondescript pan of soft pink pigment. We’ve always been powder blush devotees (creams never seemed to go on evenly), but when we applied this with a flat-top, dense-bristle brush in sweeping motions from apples of cheeks to temples, it imparted a truly natural, lit-from-within look. Unlike many blushes, the hue complements, rather than competes with, eye and lip colors. It’s the ultimate no-makeup makeup product, and we find ourselves reaching for it almost every day.
Tell us: Do you prefer cream or powder blush?
Written on April 18, 2011 at 7:29 am , by Fitness Magazine
One of the perks of being the intern de jour is that you get to try out all the latest beauty loot. With full access to the overflowing beauty closet, I’ve found a number of must-have products that I swear by. Here, I’m dishing about which are worth the splurge and which of these bargain beauty products are just as good as their high-end counterparts.
STEAL: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
I have always lusted after thicker lashes and seem to be on a never-ending search for the best volumizing mascara. When I caught wind of a product that boasted “millionizing lashes”, I had to try it for myself. To my delight, L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($9) delivers exactly what is promised perfectly separated full lashes. This is a magic wand worth investing in!
SPLURGE: Givenchy Le Prisme Blush
Being a poor college student, I try to resist spending temptation, but when you love something this much it seems worth the splurge. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush ($44) is the perfect mix of colors to brighten up more than just my dull skin, but my whole day: When you look better, you feel better!
STEAL: John Frieda Root Awakening Hair Spray
After styling your hair, just a couple spritzes of John Frieda Root Awakening Non-Aerosol Hair Spray ($6.49) will keep it in place through the night. This lightweight, non-sticky spray is also enriched with vitamins that promote strong strands.
SPLURGE: Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector
This is my skin crisis go-to stick. I have tried tons of concealers, and nothing compares to this handy little wand. The yellow tint helps neutralize redness on blemishes and around your nose. Although it’s a tiny tube, a little of Clinique Redness Solutions Targeted Corrector ($19.50) goes a long way.
STEAL: Victoria’s Secret Minerals Lip Gloss in Bare
A swipe of gloss can work wonders, especially if you don’t have much time to spend on your makeup. One of my favorite finds in the beauty closet is Victoria’s Secret Minerals Lip Gloss in Bare ($10). It’s the perfect neutral hue to keep my look work-friendly yet pulled together.
—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go | Tags: Beauty Steals, Best Beauty Products, Best Makeup, blush, cheeks, Clinique, concealer, Favorite Beauty Buys, gloss, hair, hairspray, John Frieda, L'Oreal, makeup, makeup must haves, mascara, skin, Victoria's Secret
Written on April 1, 2011 at 10:29 am , by April Franzino
We all have days when we need something that makes us look alive—fast. A dusting of pinky-peach, slightly glimmery TheBalm Hot Mama! Blush/Shadow does the trick for us: In seconds, we have a healthy, just-in-from-the-outdoors flush, and our bags/dark circles are less noticeable. You can even swipe it on lids and lips for a pulled-together look in a flash. What’s your favorite beauty-boosting product?