Blog Posts by Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina

  • VIDEO: Look Gorgeous This Wedding Season

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    If most of your friends are getting married this summer, you'll want to nail down an easy-yet-beautiful look to make your primping less laborious. Follow these five steps to an elegant, DIY bridal look.

    Step 1:
    Start with foundation for a flawless canvas. I chose Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Weightless Foundation. Make sure you hide any under-eye circles by adding concealer, like the Cargo Jet Lag Concealer. And to make sure all that base doesn't budge, add a setting spray like Urban Decay De-Slick.

    Step 2:
    Apply eyeshadow primer to ensure the longevity of your eyeshadow. I like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Eden. For the next step, I used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, but you can choose whatever brand you prefer.

    Apply a shimmering, white shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. Then take a light taupe and blend it along the crease of the eyes. Find a matte, medium-brown color and apply it to the outer corners of the eyes, and

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  • VIDEO: How to Perfectly Match Foundation to Your Shade

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    I think it's happened to the best of us: A new line of foundation catches our eye, the salesperson is friendly and convincing, and you go home with some new makeup. It looked great on you at the counter, but the next morning, before work, you find yourself colorful and splotchy in the mirror.

    Consider that your past. Here are some tips to help you get the correct shade of foundation every time.

    Start with three shades

    First, choose three foundation shades that you think are closest to your foundation shade. Then swipe each shade on your jawline. There is a common misconception that you can swatch for your foundation shade on your wrist. This is an incorrect way to match for your shade because your wrist is generally lighter than your face. Then after you have applied the foundation shades to your jawline look to see which one disappears into your skin tone; that is the correct shade for you.

    Check in sunlight

    Now even though the color might

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  • VIDEO: When to Throw Out Your Makeup

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Cosmetics are not meant to last forever, and using them beyond their shelf life can lead to breakouts and eye infections. Longevity varies among different products, but items like mascaras and lip glosses should be thrown out every few months. I know it might seem like throwing out money, but would you eat cheese that's been expired for month? Let alone put on your face something that has been expired for a year?

    Here's the scoop.

    I know many women who have been using the same mascara for years. Their reasoning is that it still works, so why throw it out?

    The reason to throw out your mascara when it expires is because it's the one item you are putting directly near your eyes, and the bacteria built up in the mascara wand can give you an eye infection. The general rule is that mascara expires three months after you first open the tube. However, most makeup companies claim that their mascara expires in six months.

    They way to tell is to

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  • VIDEO: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Regularly cleaning your makeup brushes will help prevent breakouts and make the application process easier and more-refined. Cleaning them is easy, and you'll only need household products. Follow these steps and you'll be shine-free:

    Start by wetting the brush hair with slightly warm water. You don't want the water to be hot because it can ruin the brush hairs. Make sure to only wet the bristles of the brush and not the ferrule holding the hairs into the handle of the brush. Getting water into the ferrule will dissolve the adhesives and ruin your brush

    Next, grab a dab of shampoo and massage it into the bristles. Rinse and repeat the process until the water runs clear. The last step is to lay the brushes flat on a paper towel. Never allow the brushes to dry upright in a container as the leftover water will seep into the ferrule and un-glue it.

    It takes around 12 hours for the bristles to dry completely, so it's best to do this process at night.

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  • VIDEO: Crazy Expensive! Makeup that Will Break Your Bank

    It's nice to have the top of the line. But is spending thousands on makeup worth the price?Some brands claim their products will make you look like a million bucks, but you might spend about that much in the process. Some products, I feel, are worth the splurge -- like good mascara and foundation -- but you'll have to be the judge of some of the more-expensive stuff out there.

    The average mascara costs about $10, but some of the high-end alternatives can go upward of $70. But that is relatively cheap compared to a face moisturizer that goes for $1,900!

    Click below for more outlandish finds.


    I'm usually willing to spend a little extra money on good mascara. Luxury brands such as Lancome and YSL offer mascara in the $30 range that's so good, it will make your lashes look like falsies. In comparison, Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara retails for $70. Considering you should throw out mascara every three months for sanitary reasons, buying Chantecaille will run you about $300 per year.

    The brand claims its product lengthens and improves

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  • Four steps to the perfect mani

    There's nothing like the clean-cut look of well manicured cuticles and freshly polished, shapely nails. But salon manicures are expensive and can cut a large chunk out of your day. Don't sweat it. You can watch my video and follow along with the tips below to get that pretty salon mani at home. 

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  • DIY Lip Scrub: At-home Remedy for Chapped Lips

    This homemade lip scrub only requires three everyday ingredients. Learn how to prepare your very own natural lip scrub with everyday ingredients found at home.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Many cities are still feeling the bitter cold of winter, which means dealing with harsh elements that pose some beauty issues, chapped lips in particular. You can keep your pout soft and moisturized by creating a very simple and natural lip scrub at home.

    All you need are three basic ingredients, all of which are probably staples in your pantry already. Sugar exfoliates, while honey and olive oil add moisture. In fact, you can make this recipe year round as a weekly pick-me-up for your lips. And as an added bonus, no need to step out into the snow to buy it from a store!

    Lip scrub ingredients

    You will need sugar; I prefer brown sugar, but you could use granulated, mixed in with the honey and extra virgin olive oil. Blend all ingredients in a small container, measuring equal parts of each ingredient in your bowl. I like to make a two-use batch, so I combine about half a teaspoon of each Read More »from DIY Lip Scrub: At-home Remedy for Chapped Lips
  • VIDEO: Behind the Craze of BB Creams

    BB creams- the beauty product of the moment.Check out the latest sensation in makeup products- BB creams!

    By Charleen Gonzalez

    BB creams are the biggest thing in makeup right now, leading every makeup brand to release their own version of the beauty balm.

    This latest craze promises to moisturize and offer built-in sun protection, but many formulas offer other skin benefits and foundation coverage. Choosing the right one really depends on what skin issues you want to tackle, but you're sure to find the right one in the sea of BB creams coming out.


    BB cream: The latest beauty crazeThis trendy makeup product, imported from South East Asia, offers the benefits of moisturizers, sunblock and foundation in one.

    What is a BB cream?
    BB creams became wildly popular in South East Asia, especially in South Korea. The word BB actually means blemish balm or beauty balm. The idea behind the original BB creams was to have a light foundation, moisturizer, primer, blemish fighter, skin brightener and sun protector in one convenient product.

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  • VIDEO: Get Mila Kunis' bewitching look

    VIDEO: Get Mila Kunis' bewitching lookWatch this tutorial to copy Mila Kunis' bold red lips and sultry smoky eyes from the new film "Oz the Great and Powerful".

    Mila Kunis plays Theodora in Mila Kunis plays Theodora in Learn how to get Mila Kunis' makeup from the Disney's new film, "Oz the Great and Powerful"!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Mila Kunis always stuns with her looks on the red carpet, and now we'll be able to see a majorly sultry side to the actress in her upcoming film, "Oz the Great and Powerful".

    With smoky brown eyes and a bright red lip, anyone can recreate her character's makeup style. And with the help of Urban Decay's limited edition palette inspired by "Theodora the Witch", ladies have everything they need including 8 eyeshadows, a black pencil and a red lip color. Watch the video tutorial to learn how to steal the magical look!

    Apply Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm as a base for your foundation and to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. Next, apply Urban Decay

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  • VIDEO: Tricks to Perfecting a Cat Eye

    Easy tricks to get a cat eyeOur beauty blogger has two very interesting tips for getting a perfect, winged eye liner look. All you'll need is some...tape and business cards? Check it out!

    Keys to a perfect winged liner.Learn how to get the perfect, winged liquid liner with these easy tricks.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Creating the perfect, winged liner can be quite a task, and liquid liner is notorious for being tricky to use. With that being said, a sexy cat eye for a night out is the perfect accessory to any outfit, and my tricks will allow you to create one in minutes. Those with a steady hand have the easiest time painting this retro look, but don't fret if you tend to be a little shaky. Instead of free-handing, I you can either use some tape or a business card to achieve the style. Both tools act as a stencil for the outer part of the wing so that you get a perfect angle every time; I'll show you how! Read More »from VIDEO: Tricks to Perfecting a Cat Eye


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