A little sparkle goes a long way when trying to get into the festive spirit, and that includes adding some to your makeup routine. Check out the latest holiday beauty trends for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond to shine straight through New Year's.
In Your 20s: Go for Silver and Gold
When it comes to holiday makeup, these two shades should be your staples, says Christopher Drummond, celebrity makeup artist. Combine silver or gold glittery lids with a dab also on your cheeks for a 360-degree glow. "Just remember," warns Drummond, "don't overdo it. Less is more when it comes to glitter, especially on your face."
Try MAC's A Tartan Tale Reelers and Rockers Eye Shadow for lids that will light up the room. For a subtle body shimmer, lightly dust Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder in Cocoa on your collarbones for a sexy (and yummy!) shine.
MAC A Tartan Tale Reelers and Rockers Eye Shadow, $36; maccosmetics.com
Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder, $29;
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A little sparkle goes a long way when trying to get into the festive spirit, and that includes adding some to your makeup routine. Check out the latest holiday beauty trends for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond to shine straight through New Year's.Read More »from How to Wear Glitter at Every Age This Holiday
Beauty gifts are a great pick-me-up and can be surprisingly personal when they fit the right personality. Check out our top 7 picks under $25 so you can stay on budget, but still give presents that look like a million bucks. On a tighter budget? Be sure to check out these amazing DIY gifts you can create at home.Read More »from 7 Great Beauty Gifts for $25 and Under
For Your Mom: Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Watering Can Gift Set
This set includes an adorable sage green tin watering can, sure to please the green-thumbed gardener on your list. Included are four mini hand treatments to keep her skin soft, whether she's digging up annuals or tending to the living-room palm plant. $22, crabtreeandevelyn.com (Related: See More Amazing Gift Sets)
For Your Dad: Burt's Bees Men's Travel Kit
All natural and vegan, this great travel pack covers all his grooming bases: lips, body, and skin with hints of patchouli and fir needle. He'll be happy you're helping him save the environment and you'll be happy he doesn't smell like his last week-long sit
The key to a star-worthy smile is a set of teeth that are shiny and porcelain-like, à la Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry. Since time, age, food, and drinks can prevent your chompers from being their whitest, read on for how to get a brighter smile and a healthier mouth while you're at it.Read More »from 5 Secrets to a Brighter, Whiter Smile
Pay Attention to Your Diet
When dark foods and drinks sit on the teeth long enough, they can seep through the enamel and into the next layer called the dentin," says Dr. Gregg Lituchy, cosmetic dentist and partner at Lowenberg & Lituchy in NYC. The top teeth-staining culprits are coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco, since these tend to be held in your mouth the longest. "If you absolutely need your cup of joe in the morning, brush your teeth immediately afterward to prevent it from soaking through your teeth."
Choose the Best Treatment for Your Chompers
Today, the terms "whitening" and "bleaching" seem to be used interchangeably, but there are major differences. "Bleaching refers to products that
Can items from your cell phone cause pimples? Do cucumbers really help deflate your skin? Read on to determine what's fact and what's fiction in the beauty world.Read More »from Fact or Fiction? 5 Urban Beauty Myths Debunked
Myth: Your Cell Phone Makes You Break Out
FACT! Okay this is gross, but...apparently cell phones are premiere breeding grounds for germs. Some experts say the average cell phone has more germs than doorknobs and even toilet seats - yuck! Make sure you take a clean cloth to your cell phone screen every so often to help get rid of any breakout-causing germs!
Related: How to Stop Breakouts
Myth: Waxing or Shaving Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker
FICTION. Contrary to popular belief, shaving and waxing will not make hair grow back thicker. Most people think this is true because when hair grows back in after waxing/shaving, the hair is a bit shorter than normal, therefore seeming thicker and coarser while longer hair appears more fine.
Related: 8 Dos and Dont's of At-Home Waxing
Myth: Pumping the Mascara Wand Makes Helps to Apply
We haven't found anyone who doesn't want to know the trick to perfect skin. Lucky for you, our expert panel gives us a laundry list of quick and easy tips that will have you putting your best face forward this season.Read More »from 4 Simple Ways to Snag Perfect Skin This Season
Maximize Your Moisture
"Apply a thick night cream," says BettiJo Hirschi, Creator of Bath by BettiJo. "This becomes absolutely essential once you hit 30 to help boost your skin's regeneration at night, but if you can get yourself in the habit before then, you'll be set to age gracefully!"
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Kick the Habit
"Avoid smoking," says Dr. Christine Rodgers, EnPointe Skin Solutions' expert. "In my practice, I can spot a smoker's skin a mile away. The difference in texture, wrinkles, and pigmentation is enormous between smokers and nonsmokers."
Adds DermaDoctor founder Dr. Audrey Kunin, "For every 10 years you smoke, your face ages 14 years."
Related: 12 Ways to Look and Feel Younger
Yearn for Youthful Eyes
Pay special attention to the
We all love surprises, especially when it comes to saving money and cutting back on time. Here are five amazing beauty products that work overtime in our bathrooms. See 25 more double-duty picks here.Read More »from 5 Multitasking Beauty Products Under $20
mark The Big Fix
A mix of cocoa butter, olive oil, beeswax, vanilla, and sunflower oil makes this balm a savior for any dry, chapped body part that needs to be softened and moisturized. One, easy-to-tote stick boasts 15 different uses. $10; meetmark.com (Related: 10 Great Purse Essentials)
Kiss My Face Peace Soap
The next time someone asks you, "If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?" your answer should be, "Castille soap." Not only does it cleanse your body and hair, but it also can go to work on your countertops, floors, and your laundry. Plus, it's vegetable-based, environmentally safe, and biodegradable so you'll be a green, clean, earth-saving machine. One bottle boasts 101 different uses-see them all here. $15.99 for 34 oz.; kissmyface.com
Contrary to popular belief, winter-proofing your skin doesn't always have to entail a super-rich body butter and an ultra-moisturizing lip balm. Here, with the help of our skin experts, we cracked the cold-weather skin-care code about five common winter beauty misconceptions.Read More »from 5 Skin-Care Mistakes You'll Be Making This Winter
MISTAKE: Using a super-thick cream will hydrate your skin better.
"Concentrated doesn't necessarily equal optimum hydration," says Annet King, director of training and development for the International Dermal Institute. "An overdose of lipids can actually trap dead cells and leave skin looking duller." King suggests layering serums under creams in order to boost moisture. Facialist Sonia Dakar agrees: "Serums are light, yet have super-concentrated ingredients - ideal for absorption." Related: Your Cold-Weather Beauty Arsenal
MISTAKE: Loading up on lip balms prevents chapping.
Only if it's the right balm. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly) creates an
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Sat, Dec 4, 2010 1:25 AM EST
The buzz about Black Swan has been intense the past few weeks, with whispers of Natalie Portman nabbing an Oscar nomination to some serious girl vs. girl rivalry between Portman and the stunning Mila Kunis (who doesn't love a good mentally unbalanced catfight?).Read More »from Black Swan Exclusive: Behind-the-Scenes Makeup Secrets
Aside from the plot, makeup tutorials have been popping up all over the Internet, the beauty world fascinated by the makeup behind the film. That's why we got the scoop with the help of M.A.C. Cosmetics from Margie Durand, makeup department head and Judy Chin, makeup designer for the film. Read below to find of what they were thinking when they set out to create the looks
in the film and how you can tone them down to wear without the tutu.
What did you use to create the dramatic Black Swan look (pictured left) in the film?
Margie Durand: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones. To create the swan eyes, we used M.A.C. Chromaline in Black Black. Using M.A.C. Pigment in
Celebrities really do set the style bar regarding beauty and fashion trends. Whether they're good trends or bad trends, well, that's for us as readers to decide. Here are the seven craziest beauty moments in Hollywood that we couldn't stop talking about this year. (Check out 26 more buzzed-about beauty moments here.)Read More »from 7 Most-Buzzed About Celeb Beauty Moments of 2010
Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgery Addiction
There are bad decisions, like marrying Spencer Pratt, and there are bad decisions, like undergoing ten plastic surgeries in one day. Heidi Montag is guilty of doing both, but at least she can divorce Spencer (or pretend to). Her Barbie-esque body (courtesy of DDD breast implants, liposuction, and a butt lift) and frozen face (thanks to Botox, a nose job, a mini brow lift, chin reduction, and fat injections) aren't as easy to undo as a made-for-reality-TV relationship.
Britney Spears' Bad Hair Day
What's so disturbing about this photo of Brit-Brit is that it's not even her worst hair moment of all time. (That would be when she
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Dec 2, 2010 7:15 PM EST
Confession time: You may have seen the inside of a tanning bed at one point in your life and/or popped a zit or two. We're all guilty of committing a beauty sin, but we've discovered why those indiscretions may be doing you more harm than you think. Read on to get the full list, some may surprise you.Read More »from Fess Up: The 7 Biggest Beauty Sins You're Guilty of Doing
Sleeping with Your Makeup On
You went out with the girls, had one too many martinis and before you know it you're face down on your bed passed out cold. You'll wash that smoky eye off tomorrow, right? Not so fast. Aside from the fact that your sheets are about to look like an imprint of the Joker's face in The Dark Knight, you're doing some serious damage to your skin. "If you're acne prone, this is the worst thing you can do to your skin," says Dr. Debra Jailman, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. "Leaving makeup on overnight clogs your pores and traps in dirt from the day. Nighttime is your skin's time to repair itself."
If you know you can be a little lazy at night, make sure to