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
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?
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
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
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!
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
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.
Whether you’re heading to the sand or just kicking it poolside this weekend, you know that sunglasses are a MUST for protecting the delicate, wrinkle-prone skin around your eyes. But did you also know that the sun’s rays can damage your actual eyes? We chatted with Dr. Eliot Grossman, LensCrafter’s eye expert, for his best tips on staying protected during this summer:
- Look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you’re not sure if yours are blocking the rays, see your eye doctor (the assessment only takes about a minute).
- Wear contacts? While some lenses provide UV protection, they don’t cover your entire so you still need to slip on the shades.
- You still need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast outside (radiation passes right through clouds) or if you’re in shady areas. Your eyes will still be exposed to rays that bounce from buildings, roads, water, sand, etc. Better to be safe than sorry!
Want more surprising sun protection scoop? Check out our Boost Your Sun Savvy story in our June 2010 issue. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/sun-care/skin-cancer-prevention/boost-your-sun-safety/