Courtesy of Macy'sBy SELF magazine
If you haven't yet, it's about time to swap out your heavier winter makeup for lighter formulas and springtime shades. But choosing your new "go-to" products can be a little confusing. Here are a few tips on giving your winter beauty routine a spring cleaning!
First, assess the situation: The best way to start is to see what you already have! Separate your makeup into groups: moisturizers, foundations, powders, shadows, lipsticks/glosses, eyeliners and mascaras. Toss anything that's broken or old and past it's expiration date (need a hint? Check these guidelines).
Then, sort it out: Next, go through your colors. For spring, you're likely to use lighter, brighter shades. But it's OK to keep darker ones you like for evening and formal occasions.
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Now, update your categories:
Moisturizer: You were probably using a heavier formula in the winter to keep your skin from getting dry. But when it gets warmer, these can feel a
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- Beyond the Beauty Pages, SELF Magazine | Spring Cleaning – Wed, May 11, 2011 8:44 PM EDT
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Navy blue eyeliner certainly makes me have a flashback. Suddenly I'm 4 feet tall again staring up at poofy hair and bright shadow, and being from Brooklyn, accents to boot! But navy eyeliner doesn't have to send you back in time. It can look super cute and really make your eyes pop. Get navy right with these quick tips!
Tip 1: Navy shades work well on pretty much all skin tones, so go ahead and play with them! If you're daunted by the hue, stay away from bright navy and opt for one with a little gray or charcoal. When you smudge it out, it has a cool, smokey effect.
Tip 2: You don't have to outline your entire eye in only navy. It makes basic black a bit more interesting when you use it as an accent. If you want to line both your upper and lower lids, take a black liner and trace along your lashes. Then use a navy with some shimmer or hint of silver to line your bottom lashes. Smudge it out a bit for a sparkly look that will make your eyes pop.
Tip 3: If you don't mind
- Beyond the Beauty Pages, SELF Magazine | Fashion – Tue, Apr 19, 2011 10:31 PM EDT
Conde Nast Digital StudioBy SELF magazine
Bye-bye harsh winter winds! Spring has sprung and with it a whole new palette of happy lip shades have arrived. But your new favorite colors can't look their best if your lips aren't in good shape. Want soft lips? Try this at-home exfoliating lip scrub made with yummy strawberries. It'll have you puckering up to pretty in no time!
Acids from fruits such as strawberry and lemon combined with sugar help to remove dead skin cells from your lips - leaving them soft and kissable!
What You'll Need:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 strawberry
What to Do:
- In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and honey.
- Using the back of a spoon, crush the strawberry into the mixture and add the lemon juice.
- Pour in the granulated sugar (don't mix it too much, you don't want it to dissolve completely).
- Using your finger, apply the scrub to your lips and let it sit for a minute or so. Then, rub gently in
By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazineRead More »from Kim Cattrall's 3 Beauty Secrets
Yesterday, I had the chance to sit down and chat with the lovely Kim Cattrall - and let me tell you, she was radiant. What did I learn? Well, that we have a shared love for The Antiques Roadshow (there's just something about it!) and that she's got a few great secrets to looking and feeling beautiful.
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#2 Kim's not afraid of a few guilty pleasures
That's right, Kim says you shouldnt be afraid to give yourself a treat for a job well done. She'll tend to her garden, take a trip with her friends and take part in a hobby (Kim loves real estate!).
#2 She nourishes her skin from the inside out
Kim's a fan of Olay - a staple in women's beauty arsenals for generations. She loves the Total Effects Bodywash and Lotions to start and end her day. She scrubs up and moisturizes right out of the shower to make sure it really seeps in. Kim also makes sure she takes her Omega 3's (super great for your skin and found in
By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazineRead More »from 3 Ways to Revive Your Winter-Damaged Hair
It's been a rough winter. If your hair's taken a beating, hair stylist, Jennifer Taylor at Soho Beach House Miami's Cowshed Spa, has a spa-worthy DIY treatment to breathe some life back into your strands.
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Frizz Control Mask:
-1 cup pure coconut milk
-1 ripe avocado
-3 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all of the ingredients until smooth. Apply evenly to shampooed hair, avoiding your roots if you have fine hair. Let the mask sit for at least 15 minutes and no longer than 1 hour depending on how dry or damaged your hair is.
Rinse and follow with this conditioner:
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-1/4 cup honey
-1 tablespoon of almond extract
-1/2 cup of your daily conditioner
Mix all of these together in a bowl or cup and apply to just rinsed hair. If you have any left over, you can store it for up to 2 weeks!
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By Runa Bhattacharya, SELF magazine
Girl-crush alert: We can't take our eyes off Natalie Portman, star of Thor and Your Highness. Steal her look and win your own admirers.
1. Ace your base. To fake Portman's perfect skin, use a brush (not your fingers) to apply foundation, advises Dior makeup artist Ricky Wilson. And ditch the cream blush-it's too easy to come out looking sunburned-for a powder variation.
2. Shimmer down now. Use a fluffy brush to sweep a plum shade over your lid; blend up into the crease. Dot the inner corners of your eyes with champagne shimmer. (Portman's is the middle shade of Dior's 5-Colour Designer Eyeshadow in Nude Pink Design, $58.)
3. Finish Strong. One coat of mascara does not a showstopper make. For the divine Miss N's look, try three. (She's wearing Diorshow Iconic Mascara, $27.) Lash out!
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The new sorbet-style for Spring/Summer 2011 are just a bit translucent and dry in an icy, glossy finish - just like a yummy sorbet. They've got everything from scrumptious tangerine and pops of berry, to warm honey and chocolatey s'mores. Did I mention the names are adorable? OPI's little descriptions here are oh-so tempting...Read More »from A Hot Nail Polish Trend for Spring
By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazineRead More »from How to Make the Most Of Your Blowout
You've spent countless hours in your stylist's chair and even more in your own home washing, drying, pulling and tugging at your tresses to get them perfectly straight - only to wake up after a night of flaunting your dream hair - to your same old 'do (frustrating!). So here are a few tips to make tonight's blowout last through tomorrow night's festivities.
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First things first. Tell your stylist that you want your blowout to last as long as possible, not just for tonight's plan's. They'll use a minimal amount of product in your hair, so it won't get weighed down or greasy as quickly.
Rule #1: Don't touch! If you've got a habit of raking your fingers through your hair or twirling it you while talk you're cutting the life of your blowout short. Oils from your fingers transfer to your strands making it look lifeless and limp much more quickly. Stimulating your scalp also increases oil production.
Rule #2: When you
By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazineRead More »from The Best Shadows for Your Eye Color
I love experimenting with eye shadows. Smokey purples, slate grays, bronzey browns - all among my favorites. When I find a color that works, I latch onto it and never let go. Ever wonder what your "go to" shade is? Let your eye color take the lead with these tips from celebrity make up artist, Ramy Gafni.
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If your eyes are....
Green: Warm colors compliment emerald eyes! Try bronze, copper and peachy shades. The contrast between your green eyes and warm, earthy hues is striking.
Blue: Grays and whites are super flattering. Don't be afraid of a little bit of shimmer, but DO avoid an 80s flashback in the way of blue shadow and blue liner.
Hazel to light brown: Ramy says you're in luck! This eye color has the most color options when it comes to eye makeup. Earth tones like browns and grays look great. If you like a pop of color, spring for plum and lavender.
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By Pia Bhattacharya, SELF magazineRead More »from Wasabi: Your Skin's New Favorite Ingredient
Wasabi. A nose-tingling, sinus-clearing ingredient that I always approach with caution. Too much can elicit an involuntary reaction many of us sushi lovers are all too familiar with. You know, the shot of fiery pain straight through your nose that seems to reach right into the depths of your brain (yoww!). Wasabi may give your sushi a special zing, but did you know it can work wonders on your skin, too? I know, part of me wouldn't dream of putting that anywhere near my face but c'mon, we've tried weirder things for the sake of good skin.
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What are the benefits?
Apparently wasabi has a variety of healing qualities. It was originally used by the Japanese to ward off food poisoning because of its antimicrobial properties, but it's also packed with potassium, calcium, Vitamin C and phytochemicals that strengthen antioxidants in your body and help your skin fight free radicals. When applied to skin, it's