The perfect eyeliner is hard to find. Kohl pencils can smudge easily and liquid—for those of us with a shaky hand—can result in looking like a hot mess. Meet my eyes’ new best friend: Lorac Pro Cream Eyeliner ($19, loraccosmetics.com), available in black, dark brown, navy and plum. It’s a cream liner so it glides on smoother than a pencil but isn’t as slippery or messy as a liquid liner. It’s small and portable—perfect to house in your purse or your gym bag. My favorite part is the tapered eyeliner brush that comes with it. It helps you achieve a neat line plus it fits conveniently inside the cap.
—Daniella Araujo, Beauty Intern
Taupe eyeliner is like the black blazer of our makeup wardrobe: It looks great with everything and end up reaching for it almost every day. When we’re in a rush in the morning or after a workout, or are sporting a punchy lip color or blush, we always smudge creamy nude Make Up For Ever Professional Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 24L around our eyes. It’s literally foolproof— you cannot mess it up— and gives eyes just enough hazy definition without looking like makeup. And it doesn’t budge all day long— truly perfection in a pencil.
Tell us: What’s your go-to neutral eye color?
A true testament to a product’s greatness is when it elicits compliments every time you wear it. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Oyster Glow is one of those rare specimens. We trace the pinky-beige gleamy pencil along our bottom lashline no matter what eye shadow, liner (or lack thereof) we’re wearing– it lends an ethereal brightness to tired eyes and distracts from dark shadows. Its eye area-awakening abilities trump all forms of caffeine and any eye cream we’ve ever used. People are constantly asking us what the magic liner is, and now the secret’s out.
Tell us: What beauty product always earns you compliments?
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to chat with down-to-earth, stunning Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, who spilled her secrets for looking great 24-7, her workout routine while on the road— even shared one of her specialty dishes! Read on to steal her tricks.
FITNESS: As Miss USA, you’re expected to always look gorgeous. What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day?
Alyssa Campanella: Since I’m constantly in the spotlight, I have to always look polished. I wash my hair the night before so that it is nice and fresh for styling, but my makeup varies. I like to have a clean face, but if I have an appearance or event, I play around with colors or makeup styles. My skincare doesn’t really change. I use a pore-refining scrub, toner and a moisturizer daily. I also use a mask every two days to exfoliate. My legs tend to be on the dry side due to the changing weather in New York and being a California girl, so I slather on Australian Gold Moisture Lock, which smells great and keeps my legs hydrated while imparting a natural glow.
FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag?
AC: Chapstick, since my lips dry quickly. I also carry mascara for touch-ups.
FITNESS: What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Or does it change depending on where you are?
AC: I like to be natural. I want people to appreciate their inner natural beauty, so I try to be as natural as possible. But when the event calls for glamour, I get dolled up.
FITNESS: How do you stay in shape when you’re on the go? What are your favorite workouts?
AC: I actually do a lot of core workouts without even realizing it. Even to pick myself up I do so with my core, and I attribute that to Pilates training. I’m not really a cardio fan; I’m more into muscle building. I do quick exercises when on the go. The trainer actually taught me this exercise called the frog, and it hurts but it definitely tones your legs. You basically squat like a frog and stand up, moving up and down. I thought it was easy, but by the sixth one I started crying “oh no, not 30!”
FITNESS: What are your gym bag beauty essentials?
AC: To work out, I carry a ponytail holder, put my hair in a bun and slick it back. Afterward, I cleanse with a face wipe, then apply powder, eyeliner, mascara, lipgloss and whatever I have to wear for the day.
FITNESS: We hear that you love to cook and bake. What is your specialty dish?
AC: One of my best dishes I actually made on New Year’s day for breakfast, which was banana bread. I wanted to stay awake until the New Year, so to stay awake I decided to bake. My father had bananas that were ripe so I woke them up by making banana bread french toast. It was such a hit! I made it for everyone and had a lime-infused berry apple salad on the side. I credit my mom for the inspiration— she’s a great cook!
FITNESS: What’s your diet like? Are there certain foods or snacks that are your go-tos?
AC: I actually don’t have a diet; if it’s present in front of me I eat it! I used to eat too much sugar, so I started adding fruits and veggies to my meal. I try to limit sugar and sweets, not to lose weight but to maintain it. Your body is a safe haven and you have to protect it. Bananas, I can eat them all day every day. I also drink this acai strawberry banana smoothie that’s full of antioxidants, which helps keep me full. It’s delicious on the go. The nutritionist also provides these fiber bar chocolate brownies that hold you over in between meals. My schedule is a bit crazy so I have to make sure there are snacks at the ready.
FITNESS: Red hair is famously the most difficult to care for. How do you keep yours looking so stunning?
AC: I wash my hair with carrot-infused shampoo. My hair is fine and I’m naturally a blonde. I dye it every four to five weeks to keep up with the roots. I also use deep treatments. Before my title, my hair was always left natural, but as Miss USA it has to be kept nice and polished.
FITNESS: In terms of beauty indulgences, is there anything you splurge on?
AC: I enjoy a nice foot massage. I’m constantly running around and it works out your legs, but a nice foot massage always feels great! I actually don’t like when people touch my feet, but that’s the one time I will let them. I also like to have my nails done.
FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair, and skincare experts you’ve worked with?
AC: Since my hair is naturally thin and fine, it can be lifeless. At a photo shoot in California, the hairstylist taught me to add a little bit of mousse or foam when you’re trying to tease your hair— it gives it body and volume. We call it Texas pageant hair. It gives your hair life! A makeup tip: Line your eyes with a liquid liner first, but finish with a layer of black powder to keep it in place and polish the look. Also, when using concealer, go for something that matches your skin or is one shade lighter. It really makes a difference when taking photos.
—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern
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In this week’s Staffer Beauty Snoop, new spring beauty intern Wanda Rosa spills the must-haves and secrets that keep her looking great through work, classes and workouts:
Describe your beauty style in three words or less: Feminine, bold and glamorous!
What are the three beauty products you can’t live without? My CROC Flat Iron, Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and lipgloss— I have too many to count!
What’s your beauty routine in the morning? After a quick shower, I moisturize my face and apply primer. Then I put on foundation (mentioned above) which I love because of its flawless coverage, Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Concealer, a bit of eyeliner and lipgloss. I smooth a heat protectant over my hair, straighten it, and then I’m out the door.
At night? I remove my makeup with a towelette, moisturize and I’m ready to sleep!
Post-workout? After I workout I have to shower— no surprise there! I can’t continue my day if I don’t feel fresh.
What beauty product or treatment instantly makes you feel good? Getting my eyebrows done: I feel like a new person once my arches are trimmed, shapely and beautiful.
What’s the best beauty tip you’ve ever received (or thought of yourself)? Always remove your makeup before going to bed! Leaving it on can result in clogged pores, breakouts and dryness. It takes just a minute and your skin will thank you!
—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern
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Next up in our behind-the-scenes video series of the March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff makes green eye makeup easy—and wearable. Here’s how:
Bobbi Brown‘s new book Beauty Rules is packed with tips on makeup (of course), skincare and self-esteem. She also interviews models, salon professionals and female athletes—including Morgan Pressel, the youngest-ever winner of a major LPGA golf tournament—to cull their top beauty tips. Here, a few of my favorite pearls of beauty wisdom from the book:
- Healthy is beautiful. Anything that’s good for your body is good for your hair, Bobbi maintains.
- Wear layers. Layer gloss on top of lipstick for a really rich pout.
- Lighten up. Always wear concealer when you use black eyeliner. Otherwise, you’ll wind up looking tired.
- Skip a wash. There’s no need to wash your hair everyday, unless of course you work in a coal mine (or are prone to super-greasy roots). Bobbi suggests cleansing strands no more than every other day: Try out a dry shampoo on the days in between!
-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern
Celebrity makeup artist Zena Shteysel has had her fair share of experience in the beauty industry: Her skills have been featured in print campaigns, several feature films, and some of Hollywood’s most-watched TV shows, including Dancing with the Stars (see her in action at right), where she earned an Emmy award for her work beautifying contestants such as Kelly Osbourne and Laila Ali. Zena gave FITNESS some on-the-go advice, as well as a peak inside her makeup bag:
FITNESS: You must be so busy traveling to make up your celebrity clients. What are your best on-the-go beauty tips?
Zena Shteysel: My favorite products for on-the-go are those that make me look awake and fresh quickly. For me these include a brightening concealer for under the eyes, a champagne shimmer eye shadow on the lid, mascara, blush and a lip gloss in a pink color.
FITNESS: If you had to clean out your entire makeup supply and keep five items, what would they be?
ZS: Brow pencil or powder, concealer, mascara, blush and lip gloss.
FITNESS: Do you have any weird beauty tricks you swear by?
ZS: My favorite beauty trick is lining the inside top lash line with black eyeliner to intensify the eye without looking like you did anything.
FITNESS: What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when trying to achieve a flawless complexion?
ZS: To achieve a flawless complexion the most important thing is to take care of the skin. Make sure to cleanse the skin before bed and use sunscreen during the day.
-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern
M.A.C. Cosmetics and Disney have teamed up to launch the limited edition M.A.C. Venomous Villains Collection, based on the sultry styles of four of the most infamous Disney villains: Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, Evil Queen from Snow White and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (my favorite Disney fairytale!) Each collection offers a range of makeup, including eye shadow, lip gloss, lipstick, nail polish, eyeliner, blush and powder. The products can be purchased starting today at maccosmetics.com and at M.A.C. counters nationwide for as long as supplies last. Our favorites (below, from left): Maleficent Mineralize Eye Shadow in My Dark Magic ($21), Cruella de Vil Lipglass in Devilishly Stylish ($15.50) and Evil Queen Beauty Powder in Oh So Fair ($25).
Who’s your favorite Disney villain? Will you grab a piece of this magical makeup collection before it’s gone?
Makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian‘s new book, Style Eyes, explains how to achieve almost any eye look, from contouring to crazy colors. A few of her pearls of wisdom:
-Add brow powder on top of brow cream or pencil for longer staying power.
-Apply a highlighter or eyeshadow color lighter than your natural skin tone to accentuate the arch in your brows.
-When tweezing brows, if some hairs are questionable, move them around using the tweezers (don’t pluck) to see how removing them would look, then tweeze as necessary.
-Use beige or off-white liner inside the lower rims of the eyes to cut redness and brighten. This opens up the eyes and makes them appear less fatigued.