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Makeover Monday: Secrets from Dancing with the Stars

Written on November 15, 2010 at 6:53 am , by

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

Super-Cute Gift Idea for the On-the-Go Girl!

Written on October 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm , by

I’m obsessed with these new, credit-card-sized portable floss holders called “Flossboxes”, and I have one in my gym bag, on my desk at work, and in my purse. The coolest part? You can customize them here with your own photo. Use the FITNESS logo here for a fun gift for your most active friends. You could even order them early and store them away for the holidays to use as stocking stuffers. Happy shopping!

Get Undone

Written on September 22, 2010 at 9:33 am , by

Changing of seasons brings a changing of trends. My favorite for fall? The 90s grunge look shown by designers like Alexander Wang (Fall 2010) and worn by celebrities including Emma Roberts and Drew Barrymore. The undone-on-purpose look is classic and edgy; that’s exactly what I love about it! Unlike most extravagant styles done on the runway, this one is doable at home (and is super-easy to execute after a workout).  To get this look you’ll need a brown eye shadow with orangey tones, like Urban Decay Deluxe Eye Shadow in Heat, and an eyeliner that smudges easy, like Maybelline Line Express Eyeliner in Ebony Black, which comes with a built in smudging end. Dust a bit of tawny bronzer on cheekbones and finish with a matte lip balm. Bonus: This is a perfect opportunity to give your hair a break and let it dry naturally. Would you try the messy-chic look?

-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern


Fall for Soft Skin

Written on September 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm , by

Fall is just around the corner, and that means dryer air—and skin. Time to bolster your defenses by making a few small tweaks to your body care routine. In the shower, switch to a creamy hydrating body wash, like  Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash, which moisturizes as it cleanses.aveeno pic

When you step out, pat dry with a terrycloth towel. Patting dry, rather than vigorously rubbing, helps your skin retain more moisture. Then wrap your hair up in a terrycloth towel to keep it out of the way (and reduce drying time). Apply a thick lotion all over to lock in hydration, like Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion. Extra credit: To get a subtle tan while you moisturize, try Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Lotion, which is laced with self-tanner that builds up over a few days. Sayonara, scaly skin!

-Kari LaPrade, Beauty Intern

Miracle Manicure

Written on September 10, 2010 at 9:37 am , by

This past summer, after what seemed to be endless trips to the nail salon, my manicurist pleaded for me to give a gel manicure a try. She guaranteed it would last two weeks, with no chips or scratches. I reluctantly agreed, and could not be more satisfied with my decision. After two weeks, my gel manicure was not only chip-free, but shiny as well. Although pricier than traditional manicures ($20 at my salon), the long-lasting results pay for themselves! It is recommended to have the gels soaked off by a nail professional during your next visit to the salon.

OPI Axxium is the most popular gel brand used in salons, and offers over 30 shade options. Just be sure to choose wisely; you’re going to be wearing the color for a while!

Have you tried a gel manicure? If so, what did you think of it?

-Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

Fun-Sized Finds

Written on July 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm , by

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Lip Gloss. Check
Curling iron. Check?

Trying to cram your favorite beauty products into your gym bag? Now you don’t have to! From shimmery shadows to dry shampoos, your makeup must-haves now come in portable packaging. Our beauty director, Eleanor, shared her picks with Better TV. What are your favorite on-the-go products?

(Click on the image to see Eleanor’s interview!)