Written on April 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm , by April Franzino
We’ve been suffering from major spring allergies here in New York City and our undereye area has taken a beating from the incessant itching and dryness. Our salvation in a tube is Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator— the brightening cream/concealer hybrid is dispensed through a ceramic applicator that feels cool on contact, so it relieves itchy eye pain as it hydrates crepey skin, soothes irritation, minimizes puffiness with caffeine, and light diffusers make the eye area look refreshed. The slim, lightweight tube is easy to tote anywhere, so we blend it over makeup whenever we have the urge to rub our eyes or they’re looking particularly parched.
Tell us: What product do you use to combat allergy-ravaged eyes?
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Favorite Find Friday | Tags: allergies, bags, brighten, conceal, cooling, dark circles, Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illumninator, eye, eyes, irritation, puffiness, soothe, tint
Written on April 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm , by Fitness Magazine
The sorbet shades taking makeup counters by storm this spring might look intimidating— green lip gloss, blue on cheeks?— but they’re surprisingly sheer and wearable (hint: one at a time, not at all once!). Here, our top picks for the season and the best way to sport them.
EYES Yves Saint Laurent 5 Color Harmony for Eyes in 13 holds a mix of pink, blue, green, purple and yellow shadow hues to brighten your eyes. Wear them individually as sheer washes of color or dip an eyeliner brush in water and trace close to your lashline for a subtle pop of color. Keep the rest of your makeup light in the pinky-neutral family to make your eyes stand out.
CHEEKS Reminiscent of a Jackson Pollock painting, Givenchy Limited Edition Unique Compact Powder in Spring Glow mixes classic pink with skin tone-evening dashes of purple to counteract sallowness and green to neutralize redness. It’s best for fair to medium skin tones and a great choice for those who already have some rosiness in their cheeks but want a touch of definition and glow.
LIPS Creamy lilac Aveda Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Beach Thistle (below, left) and shimmery mint Lancôme Paris Color Fever Gloss in Green Petal (below, right) can be worn alone as a fresh take on nude (pair with deeper gray or brown eye makeup and pink cheeks so you don’t look washed out) or on top of your favorite lipstick to soften and add shine to the hue.
COMPLEXION Sweep purple, blue and champagne-hued Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancer in 11 along your cheekbones to create a soft-focus, candlelit luminosity.
—By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Makeup Musts | Tags: Aveda Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Beach Thistle, cheeks, Cle de Peau Beaute Luminizing Face Enhancer, complexion, eyes, Face, Givenchy Le Prisme Visage Bucolique, hues, Lancome Color Fever Gloss, lips, makeup, sorbet shades, spring makeup, YSL Ombres 5 Color Harmony for Eyes
Written on April 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm , by April Franzino
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?
Written on March 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm , by April Franzino
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?
Written on January 24, 2012 at 11:26 am , by Fitness Magazine
Going home after the gym to get ready for a night out isn’t always an option, but looking good after your sweat session doesn’t require a complete makeover! For those quick changes, I keep these essentials stashed in my gym bag.
Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer blurs any imperfections and redness while lending a touch of glow. It’s lightweight, so I don’t look too “made up” after a workout.
NARS The Multiple in Orgasm smudged on eyes, cheeks and lips gives a flattering, flushed look. Monochromatic makeup (using the same shade on each feature) is a no-brainer: It looks chic, fresh and pulled-together in seconds.
I finish off my look with a few coats of L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Naturale Mascara to make my gaze look wide-eyed and natural. These three little items take me from postworkout to a night out fast!
Tell us: What are your gym bag makeup essentials?
—By Leah Cayson, beauty intern
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 February 15, 2011 at 6:41 am , by Fitness Magazine
I don’t know about you, but all of this snow has me daydreaming about my spring vacation—which is now only a month away! Beach fantasizing has quickly evolved into planning out my beauty essentials for the perfect beachy look: Think small, packable items that pack a big beauty punch. Read on for the products I’m lusting after for the big trip, and steal some ideas for your vacation—or staycation!
Avoid a hairy situation. After a day at the beach, my nicely straightened hair usually expands in size—hello, frizz!—until I’m virtually unrecognizable to my friends. If you’re like me and the sun/sand/salt water mixture leaves your hair in a knot, a hair moisturizer is the only option. I’ll be packing Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil to keep my hair hydrated (and fuzz at bay), repair damage and shield my strands from UV rays.
Get your bronze on. Fake a believable getaway glow with this shimmery little gem: Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion lends sun-kissed radiance while keeping my face moisturized. It’s not full-on bronze, so it works on winter-pale skin.
Get eye-catching color. For a pop of color on top of my newly glowing skin, I’ll be packing Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. This magic crayon gives an effortless, fun vacation look while also keeping lips soft with mango and shea butters.
Avoid runoff. This trip, I won’t let annoying raccoon eyes put a damper on my ocean dips. I’ll be sticking with super-volumizing Yves Saint Laurent Everlong Waterproof Mascara to prevent the runoff. Bon voyage!
—By Lindsay Richardson, Beauty Intern
Categories: Beauty On the Go, Tried-It Tuesday | Tags: bronze, Clinique, eyes, Face, glow, hair, lips, mascara, shimmer, Shu Uemura, Smashbox, spring makeup, vacation beauty, vacation makeup, Yves Saint Laurent
Written on February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am , by April Franzino
Our March 2011 issue is on newsstands this week—and to mark the occasion, we’re beginning a series of behind-the-scenes videos on the set of our “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot (check it out starting on page 43!) Here’s part one, where Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to do a soft, smoky eye. Enjoy!
Written on February 2, 2011 at 7:17 am , by Fitness Magazine
From the Golden Globes to the Oscars and everything in between, award season is in full swing. Although most of us watch the shows in our pajamas and not Prada, that doesn’t mean we can’t look like the stars at home. Stila for E! Live From the Red Carpet Palettes were inspired by celebs, but the convenient packaging is perfect for girls on the go. Each set includes everything you need for a glamorous night out, including a step-by-step application guide from celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero. Play up the Breathtaking Beauty Palette for a dramatic look, or use the natural colors for a fresh and flawless daytime face. Who are you most excited to see on the red carpet this year?
—Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger