Pink is definitely the color of the moment! I love how versatile pink is… it can be vibrant and bold, or soft and feminine. Pink is fun, flirty and fabulous! Pink is a color that absolutely anyone can wear! It just depends on the shade and intensity. Pink is actually very neutral when you think about it.
Truth be told, there was a time when I wasn’t so in love with pink. Looking back I’m not sure why. Perhaps I was unsure of how to wear it with out feeling like a little girl, or it could have been because I was just being a rebellious teenager… I simply adore it now, though! I love how it gives me an extra healthy glow and it almost always cheers me up whenever I have it on.
So today I’m going to talk about how you (Yes, YOU!) can wear pink and be trendy and fashionable, but more importantly, look beautiful and confident. It’s easy, I promise! Here we go…
Come on girls, this one’s easy! There are so many different shades of pink lipstick and glosses out there, it’s just a matter of finding the one that you love the most. If you’re a beginner, or just not into bright colors, then go with a soft, light gloss. You can always work your way up to bolder colors by adding lip liner or mixing different hues of glosses and lipsticks. The pinks that have more of a brown undertone are going to look the most natural, while the more blue undertoned pinks will have more of a pop of color to them. This is an area where you can really have fun and go all out and I whole heartedly encourage you to do so!
OK, so this one’s not so uncommon, either. Believe me when I say that absolutely everyone can wear a pink blush! Pink is the color you turn naturally when you blush, (or get over heated) so it only makes sense! Go with a more sheer pink on your cheeks so you don’t feel like a clown. (“Sheer” meaning you can still see you skin through it) I love a pop of pink on the apples of the cheeks! It makes you look energized and brightens your complexion like nothing else can. You gotta try it!
Alright, this is a bit more unconventional, I know, but it can be so pretty! A light, shimmery, nude pink makes the perfect base color, while a darker shade is super sexy when paired with a smokey eyeliner and dramatic lashes. Don’t be afraid to try it… just like with the lips, start light and work your way towards a darker shade, or try it just as an accent color. Pink looks amazing with plums, grays, blues and even browns!
I always feel like nail color is the perfect place to be a bit more daring and dramatic. Why not have some fun?! If you’re not comfortable wearing bold color on your fingers, then go for it on your toes! It can be your own fun little secret!
Tip If you’re having a difficult time finding a pink eyeshadow you like, then try a powder blush. Since it’s a powder it will apply the same way as an eyeshadow and there’s a lot more color selection! The only thing to watch out for is eye irritation since cheek color’s are generally not optometrist tested.
I really hope this gave you some fun ideas! Maybe you’ll try them all, or try just one, the point is to have fun and give yourself a chance to try something new. After all, who doesn’t want to be pretty in pink?
Here’s one more hot makeup trend that you’ll be seeing a lot of this Spring and Summer: Bright lips matched with bright nails! That’s right, no more grayish beige nails, it’s all about the wow factor of hot, vivacious color. It looks especially amazing when paired with a more neutral outfit… the color really pops and becomes more of an accessory. How fun is that?! Talk about making a statement!
The hottest shades of the moment are bright reds, corals and pinks. I know these colors can seem a bit intimidating, but trust me, anyone can wear this look. The key is to choose a color that compliments your skin tone, and go more sheer on the lips. Here are a few tips to help you get the look of the moment:
This is really important so you don’t look too trampy and over done. All you need is some mascara and maybe a very light, shimmery eyeshadow. That’s it. For reals.
For the ultimate chic look, match your cheek color to your lips and nails. Just make sure you choose a blush that is more sheer so you won’t look like a clown.
Whenever you’re wearing a bright lip color, it’s important to make sure your lips are nice and smooth. Dry, scaly lips are so very unattractive and wearing a strong lip color will only call attention to the dry, dead skin on your lips.
Tip If wearing a matching cheek color is too “matchy, matchy” for you, then you could also use a bronzer as your cheek color. It’s nice and neutral and won’t clash with the intensity of your lips and nails.
Okay you hot mama’s! There’s one more hot trend to be on the look out for for Spring 2011. This look is so youthful and fun and flirty, I love it! I know you will too!
Dust off your bronzers, girls! It’s finally that time of year to pull the bronzer out of the bottom of the makeup bag and start wearing it. I love bronzer because it’s such a quick, easy and safe way to get a sun-kissed, healthy glow. Remember, sun tanning equals sun damage, sun spots, skin cancer and premature aging. Why put yourself at risk for all that when you can get the same results and none of the side effects using a bronzer?! Alright, enough lecturing for now…
I know I’ve talked about bronzers before, but this spring, things are looking a bit different. Rather then keeping makeup monotone with all bronze and gold tones when wearing bronzer, this year is about bright, playful color. Think fresh faced and sun-glowy, perhaps even a bit tropical! Here are a few examples of some of the hot makeup trends to wear with bronzer right now:
Wearing a bright lip color with bronzed skin is all the rage for this spring, especially in a bright coral or pink. Make sure to keep your eye makeup minimal so your luscious lips can take center stage.
Yes, you can wear blush and bronzer together! A very hot look right now is to apply blush (one again in a pink or coral) in the apples of the cheeks and blend the bronzer on your cheekbones. This gives your skin a gorgeous glow of color and bronze that looks so fresh and radiant! Keep your eyes and lips fairly neutral with soft colors so you don’t look too made up.
While you can never go wrong with neutrals, try heating things up a bit with bright blue, or purple eye makeup while wearing your bronzer. A soft, smokey eye in a brighter color is so amazing! Especially when paired with a soft pink gloss… talk about sexy for spring! Oh la la!
Tip Remember to apply your bronzer where the sun would naturally hit your face: Your forehead, the top of your cheekbones and down the center of your nose. Make sure to choose a color that is not too orange, and not too brown and blend well.
So there’s some 2011 bronzer tips for you! It’s all about mixing your bronzer with fabulous colors like pinks, purples, blues and corals. Bright, playful, fresh and flirty and most importantly, fun! Hooray for spring 2011!
OK, we all know that a concealer is used to “conceal” or cover up dark under eye circles, right? Right! Well today I’m going to share 3 different ways you can use your concealer. You can use these techniques in a pinch, or work them into your everyday routine.
The tips I’m going to talk about today will work for either a cream, or liquid formula concealer, so you can enjoy these suggestions no matter which formulation you use!
Here we go…
I know, this one is not so “thinking outside the box”, but I wanted to put it out there just in case someone didn’t think about using a concealer to cover blemishes. Sometimes foundation just isn’t enough, or maybe you don’t want to wear foundation, but you have an unsightly blemish. Use your concealer either alone, or with your foundation to cover that bad boy! Use a patting motion to get maximum coverage, but make sure it’s blended well, so it doesn’t look like you just have a dot of concealer on your face. A concealer brush is a great tool to use for this because it really helps to blend.
Believe it or not, concealer works as a great eyeshadow base. Just apply it all over your eyelid, up to your brow like you would a regular eyeshadow base and apply your eyeshadow right on top. It will give an anchor to your eyeshadow and help it stay on, make the pigment brighter, and also help reduce creasing.
That’s right, concealer’s good for eyes and lips! Using a concealer on your lips will keep your lipstick on longer and help prevent it from feathering and bleeding. All you do is apply your concealer on your lips and slightly outside your lip line, making sure to blend well, and apply your lipstick or lip gloss right on top. This is also a great trick to use if your have a lot of natural color in your lips that effects the way that lip color wears on you. Using the concealer helps to create a blank canvas.
Tip If you have a lot of discoloration on your eyelids and don’t want to wear eyeshadow, then try a little concealer to help even out the color. Apply it exactly the same way your would if you were using it as an eyeshadow base, but then just don’t put eyeshadow over. It’s a quick and easy fix and looks really natural.
So what do you think?! Hopefully you got some new ideas. That’s one of the things I love about makeup… it can be whatever you want it to be. Concealer on lips? Why not?! Cheek color as eyeshadow? Sure! Lip gloss as blush? Go for it! Don’t be afraid to loosen up a bit! You might just learn a fabulous new beauty secret.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d show you how to do a really soft and romantic look. Think feminine and pretty while still being alluring and sexy. It’s very natural and will work for either day or night and is super quick and easy.
OK, here we go!
You want to keep it soft and natural, possibly something that has a little glow, like a tinted moisturizer. This look is not for heavy or matte foundations, so try to keep it light and fresh.
First, you need to start with an eyeshadow base all over your lid and up to your brow. Then, apply a pinky nude, or champagne color eyeshadow all over your lid and take it all the way up to your brow. (Lorac’s Eye Shadow in Moonstone is perfect) Next, blend a soft, shimmery taupe into your crease (like Lorac’s Eye Shadow in Spice). Next, apply a black or dark brown pencil eyeliner to the just the top lid. Now, using a Q-tip, the sponge applicator, or a smudging brush, take the shimmery taupe color and smudge it right on top of the eye liner as well as under your eyes on the bottom lash line. Add a little bit of the lighter champagne color on the inner corner of your eye and two coats of mascara onto curled lashes and viola! A soft, romantic eye!
For the cheek color, you want to use a really pretty, pink blush right in the apples of your cheeks and sweep it up your cheekbone, the more shimmer, the better. I have recently fallen in love with Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba blush. It’s a gorgeous, shimmery pink blush that really helps accentuate your cheekbones. It’s fabulous!
The lips need to be soft, sensual and seductive, so a lip gloss is definitely in order! You can do a nude liner first if you need a long wear, otherwise, just swipe it on. I think that Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal is perfect for this look. It’s a soft marshmallow pink that gently plumps and cools lips making them perfectly romantic and sexy.
Tip For a little extra shimmer and glow (especially for evening) you can add a little highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bone and collar bone area.
There you have it! It’s a pretty, feminine look that will look good on anyone and is very easy to do. This look also happens to be a very hot look for Spring 2011! Romantic and fashionable? Who could ask for anything more?!