Highlighter is our secret for getting beautiful, glowing skin, but for summer, when our skin is already glistening, we don't want our makeup to make our skin look any greasier. The best highlighters for this season are lightweight, cream formulas in nude or a soft peach. These are our top choices:
Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Luminous. "I dab this along the tops of my cheekbones, and when it hits the light, the effect is so pretty. It has a nice sheen but no obvious shimmer particles, so it almost looks like you could naturally have that glow." -Amy Keller Laird, beauty director
Benefit High Beam. "I mix this pearly liquid into my moisturizer, my tinted moisturizer, my cream blush, and even my lip gloss." -Angelique Serrano, beauty editor
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat."The pen applicator makes this mistake-proof to apply and it doesn't leave my fingers feeling sticky like some liquid or cream formulas tend to do. I love
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Highlighter is our secret for getting beautiful, glowing skin, but for summer, when our skin is already glistening, we don't want our makeup to make our skin look any greasier. The best highlighters for this season are lightweight, cream formulas in nude or a soft peach. These are our top choices:Read More »from Our Favorite Summer Highlighters
We've been hooked on the third season of True Blood, and not just because of the ever-twisting plotline. We're also loving the '40s-inspired beauty of Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq (played by Evan Rachel Wood): the Rita Hayworth-worthy waves and ruby red lips. Here are a few tricks for getting a more modern take on that sexy look:
Roll with it. According to pros like Guido, old-school hot rollers can give hair a softer, more polished wave than curling irons. Roll sections of hair (each should be about as wide as the hot roller) around, from the ends all the way up to the scalp. Once the rollers have cooled, gently brush out your curls to help soften the look. Try Remington Colossal Curls .
Red lips. LeClerq's lipcolor fits summer's bright, trendy shades. Orange-red lipsticks, such as Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Poppy Cream, are great for the dramatic look. If you'd like less color, just blot until theRead More »from True Blood Beauty
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Working Women – Wed, Jun 23, 2010 10:11 PM EDT
This week I sat down with Lindsey Duncan, a nutritionist who's worked Courteney Cox and Demi Moore-and transformed Marc Jacobs from what the doctor calls "almost dead" to his current buffed-up state. Most of us don't need anything that drastic, but we wouldn't mind dropping a few pounds. These are Duncan's top tips:
Eat your yogurt. Preferably the Greek kind, which doesn't have chemicals or artificial sweeteners but is loaded with probiotic enzymes. According to Duncan, they help break down and dissolve fat stored in your body, and tell it not to store additional fat. He says that if you have two servings a day, you'll notice a difference within 10 to 15 days.
Take that rebounding class. Many gyms now offer classes on these low, individual trampolines. Not only a they a great cardio workout, but they target the leg muscles-Duncan says that helps to flush your lymphatic system of toxins.
Drink up. Duncan says that 85 percent of us are dehydrated. Of course we need to drinkRead More »from Lose Weight, Gain Energy: Tips From a Celebrity Nutritionist
Justin Bieber is too young for us-and for you, Kim Kardashian! (A joke, she's clearly not dating him, people-and People.) But when we read a quote from a recent interview about his preferring a natural beauty look, we took notice. Said the singing haircut: "I don't like girls who wear lots of makeup and you can't see their face. Some girls are beautiful but insecure and look much better without the makeup, but decide to put loads on."
Biebs has a point: If you're overdoing it, you're suffocating your natural beauty. But every time a male celebrity claims that he prefers a woman without makeup, we have to wonder: Does he even know the difference between minimal (or just well-applied) makeup and none?
Either way, a natural look can be beautiful done right. Try these tips from Allure's book Confessions of a Beauty Editor:
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Even the best makeup in the world will look like dirt if it's appliedRead More »from Are You Wearing Too Much Makeup?
So it's been a long day. Words like tired, cranky, hot, and sticky sum up your situation. What you really need is a vacation, but what you can get, more realistically, is instant getaway gratification from out favorite beauty treats. Each promises on-the-spot relief, and you can indulge anytime you're feeling a little less than your best.
Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel: Banish the word Bengay from your mind. This cooling gel is anti-inflammatory and tingles on your skin in that fresh pepperminty way. It also helps sore muscles relax, so it's perfect for rubbing along aching, stiletto-tortured calves.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask: Just about the best thing to ever happen to swollen undereye circles, these vitamin-C soaked patches rest on your skin so it can absorb all the de-puffing ingredients.
Kiehl's Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist: Spritz your face with this antioxidant-infused liquid to protect it from skin-damaging pollutants and give it aRead More »from 4 Ways to Escape (When Vacation Isn't an Option)
Somewhere between Moonstruck and Kathy Griffin's hilarious story about visiting Cher's house, we fell in love with the singer and Oscar-winning actress. How could we not? Cher wore an 800-feather headdress on the red carpet. She danced on a battleship. And now she's giving beauty product recommendations on her Twitter page.Read More »from Cher Is Tweeting Beauty Tips!
And she is not doing it casually, as she Tweeted yesterday: "I'll Never recommend anything Unless I Know it works! I've been around 100 yrs I know a Gazzilion cool things! I'm pass'n it on xxme."
She gives props to Proactiv, Jan Marini, and even Olay Regenerist (can you imagine running into Cher at the drugstore?) Check out Cher's thoughts on some of her other favorites:
M.A.C. Microfine Refinisher Gommage: "Pretentious name but it kicks ass! Oily Skins...Use [a] couple times a week then moisturize like hell!"
Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo and Conditioner: "4 fine hair."
Hanky Panky lingerie: "Ok Best G Strings Ever "Hanky Panky" been wear'n em 4 ever!
If you find yourself constantly reaching for a headband-or restraining yourself from reaching for a pair of kitchen scissors-then chances are you have issues with your bangs. (They're too long! They're curling up! They're glued to my face! Sound familiar?) So before summer goes into full swing and the hairs on your forehead become a greasy, tangled spider web, check out these quick tips for keeping your bangs in order.Read More »from How to Deal With Unruly Bangs
Snip, Snip: Though cutting our own hair usually results in a what-the-heck-were-we-thinking moment, we've found that minimally snipping our own bangs is easy to do between salon visits. To trim your own bangs, first get a pair of professional hair-cutting scissors (your kid's Crayola variety won't cut it. And nail scissors? They'll give your hair a dorky curve). Then divide dry bangs into three even sections. Lift each section straight up, twist it, and cut into just the very ends; never cut straight across. This will give you a modern, piece-y finish.
Flat Line: A mini
American Apparel is known for a few things: That it sells clothing items made in America; that many of those clothing items are gold lamé bandeau tops; and that it's helmed by pervy owner Dov Charney. Now comes word that Charney has been handing down very specific new "head to toe" beauty requirements for his employees.Read More »from Would You Take a Job With Beauty Requirements?
A recent memo from management instructed staffers that "makeup is to be kept to a minimal [sic]...liquid eyeliner, pencil eyeliner and eyeshadow are advised against; mascara must look very natural (ie. should not be clumpy)." The decree goes on to say that hair shouldn't be blow-dried (it causes unpretty damage), that eyebrows "must not be overplucked," and that bangs "are advised against."
New recruits even need to send in a photo to ensure their look makes the cut before they can be hired (yesterday American Apparel rebutted this, saying they "do not hire or retain applicants based on beauty," but "on style"). So is it fair to tell their employees how to do their
Sales of body shavers have surpassed $10 million, according to The New York Times, in large part due to a surge in man-hair maintenance. Sixty-one percent of men between the ages of 18 and 29 now do some below-the-neck tidying-in order of popularity, at the groin, the armpits, the chest, and the back. Sometimes they even do it with hilariously bro-named apparatuses such as the Mangroomer.
With price tags for shavers ranging from $39.99 to $69.99, it's no wonder this is big business. But like so many men's grooming topics, it's also treated like it's hilarious business. (See every recent Axe or Old Spice commercial, and Gilette's well-done instructional YouTube videos on man-shaving.) Throughout the Times story, are humorous quotes such as a wife declaring that her blond husband "doesn't look like a big hairy ape, but he does look like a golden retriever" and a product developer at Remington joking that, "You haven't lived until you've been in a bathroom with a man watching him shaveRead More »from Do You Wish Your Man Shaved His Back?
A friend called me recently, quite worked up about the subject of mustaches. Not only did one of her co-workers have the temerity to inform her that she had one (and should do something about it), when she ventured out of her cubicle in search of a little sympathy, other co-workers merely said, "It's okay-we all have mustaches."
For the benefit of mustache-removing virgins like my friend, (and I'm not claiming to be one), we asked dermatologist Jeannette Graf for a few tips for first timers.
1. Get waxed by a pro. "If you're new to waxing, see how it's done before trying it at home,"; Graf says. "Method aside, there are a lot of wax products out there, and an aesthetician can give you an idea of which type of wax is best for your skin."
2. Test first or cry later."Depilatories aren't dangerous, but because they are made with chemicals, they can irritate the skin more than other removal methods. Even if you're using a cream that's especially for sensitive skin, test it on aRead More »from You Have a Mustache (And So Do I)