beauty tips

Keep Your Makeup From Melting Off Your Skin    

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For years I watched helplessly as my eyeshadow melted into my eyelid crease by the middle of the day. Then I discovered primers, which will keep eye make-up in place for hours, including through workouts, days at the beach and humid, summer nights. All 3 of theses primers are available in our Beauty Page at great prices.

 Choose the Correct Foundation & Concealer

Cake face is worst when when someone’s wearing the wrong foundation shade.

It’s really important to find the right shade of foundation or tinted moisturizer. You want the foundation to blend in seamlessly with your skin color. I recommend using 2 different shades one for summer when your skin is darker and then a lighter shade in winter. You can mix the two in spring and fall. I recommend trying out foundation at a place like Sephora so an expert can say “yay or nay.”

Drugstores like Rite Aid these days also have liberal return policies so if you try something and it’s not right, return it.

A couple rules of thumb is to choose a sheer liquid rather than a powder foundation if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin, opt for an oil-free tinted moisturizer or foundation and keep blotting papers on hand to blot your skin as the day wears on. These 2 Concealers can be found on our Beauty Page.

Use a sponge, a brush OR your fingers

There’s really no right or wrong way to apply foundation. It’s just by preference.

Here are 3 options:

  • A foundation brush. Some makeup artists prefer foundation brushes to apply foundation. A brush allows you to get into all the nooks, crannies and pores on your face. To do this, put a glob of foundation or tinted moisturizer on the back of your hand and dab with a foundation brush , then apply to face.
  • Your fingers. Other makeup artists believe using your fingers warms up the foundation, which helps it melt into your skin better.
  • A sponge. I use a sponge when applying tinted moisturizer or foundation. I find the coverage is smooth and goes on perfect and I don’t muck up my fingers.

Any of the 3 methods above work fine. It’s up to you which you prefer.

These Brushes can be found on our Beauty page.

Phoera Soft Matte Full Coverage Liquid Foundation

Don’t throw out wrong-toned foundations and concealers

Finding the right color foundation and concealer can be daunting, which is why I suggest you get professional help at Sephora or a makeup counter at a department store. This way you can try before you buy. But if you do have a few foundations and concealers that are just a bit off, do like the makeup artists and blend a couple of mismatched colors for the perfect one.

How to conceal dark under-eye circles

According to makeup artist Anthea King in InStyle magazine, you want to neutralize dark under-eye circles with peach- or yellow-tone concealers. Dab concealer on the inner corner of the eye by tapping it into place (never run a concealer on like you would sunscreen or foundation). You ca find these concealers on our Beauty page.

Tone down ruddy skin

If you have ruddy (red) skin, tone it down with a yellow- or green-based foundation. Pink-based foundations and tinted moisturizers will only worsen your red complexion. Also, try yellow-based blushes, such as apricot, instead of a pink to

8 Secrets of Women Who Always Smell Good

You know that friend who always smells amazing no matter what time of day it is? Well, choice of perfume aside, there is some strategy behind when and where to spray (which affects how strong the scent is and how long it will last). Here, we sniff out their secrets.

They Choose More Potent Scents

Not all scents are created equal. While citrusy fragrances tend to dissipate quickly, spicy andwoodsy ones with notes like sandalwood tend to linger for a while. So if longevity is your top concern, you might want to keep your fragrance within those families.

They Layer Their Fragrances

From shower gels to body lotions to oils, most of your favorite perfumes come in different forms. By wearing a few of them together, you build layers of fragrance that stick around throughout the day.

They Know Where to Apply It

Go beyond the wrists and spritz your perfume onto warmer (and often more concealed) areas of your body, like your stomach and chest, as well as behind the knees and ears. The body heat here helps to develop the scent so the top, middle and base notes come through fully.

And They Never Rub It In

Though it’s second nature to want to rub your wrists together after applying perfume, resist the urge. Rubbing breaks down the top notes, leaving you with only the middle and base notes—and less wear time.

The sweet spot is right after showering, while your skin is still slightly damp. The extra moisture helps to lock in the scent. Not to mention, this will omit the risk of staining your favorite silk blouse or tarnishing your jewelry.

They Keep Their Skin Hydrated

On that note, be sure to moisturize your skin before applying any perfume. Dry skin tends to absorb some of the scent, making it fade faster. Moisturized skin gives the fragrance something to adhere to so it lasts longer.

Exposure to heat and humidity breaks down the scent molecules in your perfume, so avoid stashing the bottles in the bathroom and always keep them in cool, dry areas of your home—like the top of your dresser or vanity set.

They Reapply Throughout the Day

Since your skin is a living, breathing organ, it can’t hold on to scent indefinitely. Still, the tips above will ensure a much longer wear. For any life moments that fall outside of your regular routine (like when you’re going to dinner straight from the office), keep a travel-size sample or rollerball of perfume in your purse for a quick refresh.

Care for your wet hair

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When your hair is looking damaged, treat it gently, especially when it’s wet. Celebrity stylist Justine Marjan recommends avoiding using a towel to dry your hair after the shower. “Wet hair is elastic and fragile, and the harsh fibers from a towel can make your hair worse,” explains Marjan. “Instead, gently squeeze out moisture with an old cotton t-shirt.” Maybe save yours and just grab your boyfriend’s old t-shirt. He’ll never notice!

And while you’re at it, don’t even think about putting your hair up when it’s still wet. An elastic can pull and break the fragile hair.

Amp up the volume

To achieve long, luscious locks, all you need to do is make a few small tweaks in your styling. For more volume, Marjan recommends conditioning your hair first, then shampooing. “Conditioner can often been too heavy for fine hair types,” she explains. “So if you want lots of volume, condition first!”

When you’re drying your hair, hang your head upside down or simply blow dry in the opposite direction you plan to wear your hair. Thanks gravity!

Finally, Marjan likes to use a clarifying shampoo at least once per week to “remove build-up or residue that may be weighing the hair down.”

Harms likes to hide “super texturized” hair at the scalp for effortless lift. He recommends using a mini crimping iron or combing the hair towards the scalp then pressing with a straightener. “After creating the texture, brush it out for expansive volume,” he says. “Make sure to leave enough smooth hair around hairline or the part to cover the crimped areas.”

The Perfect Messy Bun in 3 Steps

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Consider it one of life’s great ironies: When it comes to beauty, the most undone looks usually require the most effort. Have you ever seen a celebrity waltz down the red carpet with a subtle face of makeup that says “I’m too cool to care” or a head of nonchalant messy beach waves?

We all know those looks took hours and countless products to create. Unfortunately, our struggle to master the perfect “I woke up like this” messy bun has also required a massive amount of effort (and many lost moments). Usually it’s either too messy and deflated, too ballerina-tight, or just wrong all together … until now. We found a fool-proof way to nail the perfect messy bun hairstyle in just 3 steps.

How to Make a Messy Bun: Tutorial

Step 1. First, pull your hair into a loose ponytail, as high or as low as you’d like it. Don’t use a comb or worry about your strands being perfectly slicked back—the look is effortless.

Step 2. Separate the hair in your ponytail into two or three sections and tease. Teasing is the key step that totally changed our bun game—it gives you the volume and messy texture you need to pull off the look that keeps your bun from entering ballerina territory.

Step 3
. Separate your teased hair into two sections and wrap the hair in opposite directions, as you would when creating a topknot. But, instead of pinning your hair neatly in, secure your hair with a bobby pin about an inch from the bottom of your strands, leaving the ends to fray around your bun, creating a messy effect. If you feel like the body of your bun is too tight, gently pull it apart with your hands or the end of a comb. We also like to pull a few rogue pieces out around the face.

Quick Tip:
 One of our favorite things about buns is they work well on dirty hair (snooze button, am I right?) but if your hair is clean and you want to pull off the look, spray your hair with dry shampoo to add some texture and grip. And there you have it—effortless style that’s actually easy to achieve.

3 Easy Ways to Get Beachy Hair Without Hitting the Sand

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Ever notice how fab your hair tends to look after a day spent by the ocean? Even if you can’t make it to the beach anytime soon, you can still get perfectly tousled waves, AKA “beach hair“, regardless of your hair type, and with very little effort! Try one of these methods, and you should be rocking that beach waves hair look in no time!

 Method 1: Salt Spray

 Most people have some sort of natural wave to their hair, and a good salt spray is great for really bringing this out. Salt sprays should do the job for pretty much any hair type, from thin and straight to thick and wavy. They also add volume (especially great for girls with thinner hair) and help get rid of frizz.

Using salt spray to create beach waves is pretty simple. You’ll have to experiment to find the method that works best for your hair, but you should spray a little (seriously – less is more, especially for girls who already have super thick hair) onto wet or damp hair, and then cup some ends in your hand and scrunch up to your roots. Either let it air dry or use a diffuser, and you’re good to go! Personally, I find that this method gives me even better second-day beach hair than right after it dries – just apply a little dry shampoo, if needed, and a spritz or two of salt spray to rejuvenate your waves.

If you don’t want to spend money on a salt spray, making your own salt spray is relatively easy and can still give you good results.

All you need is a spray bottle, 8oz of water, a few teaspoons of sea salt (the more you use, the more textured your results – just experiment to see what works best for you), and just a drop or two of something moisturizing (such as Moroccan oil or conditioner) to help combat the drying effect the sea salt has on your hair. Shake well and apply the same as you would a store-bought bottle.

Since salt sprays can be pretty drying, it’s not a good idea to use these every day, unless you’re also using a super moisturizing conditioner, a leave-in conditioner, and/or a good moisturizing serum.

Method 2: 3-Barrel Curling Iron

3-barrel curling irons, or “waving irons” can also get you the beach hair look. For loose waves, you’ll want a waver with larger barrels; small barrels will get you tighter waves.

Before testing out a 3-barrel waver, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a heat protectant so that your hair doesn’t retain any heat damage!

Using one of these wavers is super easy – all you do is separate your dry hair into sections, spraying your heat protectant as you go, and (starting closer to your roots) clamp down and hold for a few seconds, move down that section of hair, and repeat. Finish with a holding spray, and you’re all done! It’s super easy and pretty quick (depending on how much hair you have).

 Method 3: Hair Buns

To try and get beach waves without having to purchase any additional product, wash your hair, section it into equal parts, and twist and wrap damp hair into two to four low buns (experiment to see what works best for you; smaller sections will give you smaller waves). You can spray a little hair spray (or even salt spray) for extra hold and definition.

This is best to do at night after you get out of the shower, since your hair should be dry by the time you wake up in the morning – just make sure your hair isn’t too wet when you try to do this, since it probably won’t dry all the way especially if your hair is very long or thick.

When you wake up, undo the buns and lightly brush through your hair with your fingers. You can also apply more salt spray and scrunch if you wish, in order to give your waves extra definition (this is especially useful if your hair is really straight and doesn’t hold a curl very well).

Alternatively, you can try plaiting your damp hair into a loose braid before you go to sleep.

Hairstyles That’ll Help You Fake fullness

Julian Hough

Julianne Hough looks great with her shaggy “Bob” hairstyle

No, this isn’t a hair story where we tell women with fine hair to sleep with braids and unravel them the next morning. Or to shampoo their limp locks several times a week to boost volume. Those solutions are temporary and may not even work.

According to professional Stylists, the key to creating the illusion of hair that’s thick and full is to get a fine hair hairstyles that keeps the length above the shoulders.

“One of the biggest mistakes women with fine hair make is growing their hair out too long,” they say. “Once the hair breaks the shoulders you will be able to see through it. [It’ll] end up looking flat and piecey.”

Instead, professional hair stylists suggests wearing layered hairstyles like the shag and pixie or a bob with an undercut to help “create a roundness.”

You’ll also want to steer clear of heavy creams, pomades and oils, as these will weigh your fine strands down and make them look even more flat. “Volumizing products are your best friend,” says the hair professionals. The hair pros recommends working in a foam like volumizing mousse because “it will expand the cuticle without the crunchy hair effect.”

The best way to maintain fullness without relying on hair products or curling irons? the pros say after showering, roll hair into pin curls and set with pins. Let the hair air-dry and shake out for extra body

Gorgeous lashes


There’s nothing like thick, dark eyelashes to make you look rejuvenated and sexy. Lash expert and founder of Sugarlash, has the ultimate secret. Once you’ve applied your first coat of mascara, sprinkle your lashes with baby powder or cornstarch. “Follow up with multiple coats of a different mascara following the powder,” says the expert. “This gives some mega volume!”

If you go the false lashes route, the expert recommends curling them around your finger before applying. “This helps them warm up, become more flexible and sit nicely on you

Beauty Remedy with “Salt”

pink salt

Salt is one of those household items with a bevy of uses besides at your dining table. From soothing a sore throat to scrubbing away dry skin, salt can be used in a variety of ways. If you plan to use salt on your skin, it’s best that you use salts that haven’t been processed to remove beneficial minerals. Examples of good salts to use include sea salts, Epsom salts, or Himalayan salts, which all have trace minerals that are good for your skin.

Tips For Using Baking Soda

baking soda

Just like salt, baking soda has dozens of potential uses around the home and in your beauty routine. Use it to relieve sunburn or insect bites by making a paste with water. Make a paste with hydrogen peroxide instead, and you have a natural teeth-whitener. Are you stumped on how to get ugly sweat stains out of your favorite shirts? Try baking soda! A paste of baking soda and warm water can be spread directly onto perspiration stains and be left there for 30 minutes before rinsing and washing as normal. You can use this same stain-fighting power to brighten and remove yellow stains from your fingernails, too.

Tips For Using Botanical Oils

Botanical Oils

Much like salt and baking soda, olive oil and other botanical oils aren’t only useful for dining. You can use certain oils to cleanse your face instead of using harsh soaps or cleansers that strip your skin. The oil cleansing method uses the natural properties of oils to clear your skin of impurities. According to a dermatologic surgeon, the botanical oil will freely mix with the natural oils of your skin as well as “those from makeup and other products.

When you rinse it all off, the ‘good oil’ takes those ‘bad oils’ and dirt along with it.” Popular oils used in this method include olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and a variety of others. You may want to avoid using coconut oil, however. According to the experts, “For some people, coconut oil can be an effective moisturizer that absorbs fairly well into the skin, providing light to moderate hydration and softening in one quick, inexpensive step.

But coconut oil is also comedogenic, which means it can cause clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads.” Naturally, the type of oil you use for cleansing will depend on your individual skin issues and sensitivities, so be sure to do some research first on the benefits and drawbacks of various botanicals before you start using the oil cleansing method.

Tips For Using Oatmeal


If you’ve got an itch, oatmeal has the cure. Whether you suffer from an itchy sunburn, bug bites, eczema, or other skin condition, or maybe you just have dry skin — oatmeal can bring you some much-needed relief. Even the ancient Romans knew that oats have beneficial properties that are good for your skin. While the species most commonly used in skin care and itch treatment is called colloidal oatmeal, regular food-grade oatmeal meant for your breakfast or baking will work, too.

Obviously, don’t use anything that has flavorings added to it, like instant oatmeal packets. Grind up your oatmeal in a blender for a few moments before adding it to a warm bath for all-over itch relief. Avenanthramides and phenols — chemicals in oatmeal — have anti-inflammatory properties which means that an oatmeal poultice will also work wonders on poison ivy or a nasty bug bite.

What do you think?

Have you tried any of these methods? Did any of them work for you – if so, what worked best? What didn’t work? Do you have any other tips as to how to achieve this hairstyle? Let us know!

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