Blog Posts by Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina

  • VIDEO: Get Salma Hayek's Natural Makeup Look

    Watch how to get Salma Hayek's simple, yet beautiful red carpet look!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Salma HayekSalma Hayek Salma Hayek recently strutted her stuff down the red carpet for the British Fashion Awards, where she played up her natural curves in a fringed Stella McCartney gown and wowed with her effortless makeup. Hayek opted to go very subtle on the eyes and cheeks, while sporting a bright, coral-pink lip. A great pop of color to her black dress; it's the perfect look for holiday daytime fiestas or when you want a clean, yet sophisticated style. Besides, this look is really easy to replicate: just grab your bight pink lipstick, some neutral shadows, and you're ready!

    Flawless base

    Start off by applying a face primer; I used bareMinerals Prime Time™ Foundation Primer. Then, apply a matte foundation like bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation. It looks incredibly natural and leaves the skin looking flawless. Use a dense powder brush to buff in the powder like bareMinerals Precision Face

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  • VIDEO: Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

    The ultimate holiday shopping guide for makeup lovers.
    Holiday Beauty Gift GuideHoliday Beauty Gift Guide
    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Makeup companies usually release a slew of new products and gift sets during the holiday season. It can be overwhelming to decide what to invest in, so I investigated different beauty items and have prepared some of the best worth checking out. There are a few fun sets in the mix, as well as a few staples I think every woman should have.

    Makeup gift sets in beautiful colors
    Tarte came out with so many fun holiday gift sets this year that it was hard to narrow it down to just a few. By far my favorite has to be their Carried Away Collector's Set, which includes 24 eyeshadows, 8 maracuja lip glosses, a blush, their famous Light's, Camera, Lashes! mascara, a full sized face brush, a finishing powder, as well as a beautiful travel bag to fit it all in. The eyeshadows are housed in a compartment behind a large mirror in the included makeup bag. I just love how this set has practically all the

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  • VIDEO: Secrets for a Perfect Red Lip

    Red lips are definitely in for the holiday season. Learn how to pick the right shade for your skin tone, and get the look in my video tutorial.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina
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    Red lips are a holiday staple. I personally love wearing red lips all the time, and a good, basic red lipstick should be in every woman's makeup collection. Even though I adore red lipstick, it can be a pain to apply if you don't do it correctly. If you take the time, and follow my five steps to perfecting a the look, you'll be able to have a flattering, lasting lip color that everyone will love!

    Red-orange lipstick for Latinas

    If you have an olive skin tone, then you have the luxury of being able to pull off any red color. It is true, however, that red-orange lipsticks look the best on olive complexions and really stand out against yellow undertones. I have a few favorites I like to use; I love By Terry's Rouge Terrybly in 21 VD which is the perfect shade of red-orange and Bite Beauty's Matte High

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  • VIDEO: A Dramatic Makeup Look Perfect for the Holidays

    Stand out at your next holiday party with this glamorous and sparkling makeup look!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

    I love using gold eyeshadow and glitter during the holiday times for that little extra something that helps you stand out. For this look, I decided to keep the shimmer on the inner corners of the eyes, and add gray and black to the outer corners for a smoked-out effect. I think red lips are a classic, and they go really well with this look. During the holidays you can get away with doing bolder shades and strong colors, so break out your red lipstick and smoky shadows for your next holiday fiesta!

    How to create a festive and glamorous
    makeup look
    In order to achieve this look, I used brushes from Stila's Holiday 2012 Brush Set and Urban Decay's Vice Palette for eyeshadows. For the rest, here's what you'll need:

    A flawless base
    Apply your favorite foundation. I used Jouer Matte Moisture Tint for a light coverage and a matte finish. I also used

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  • VIDEO: Sexy, Bouncy Curls in 4 Easy Steps

    Clip-less curling irons are the latest innovation in hair technology. Learn how to get luxurious curls How to create beautiful curlsHow to create beautiful curlswith this hair tutorial!

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Traditional curling irons with clips can leave ugly kinks in your hair. Well, it's time to throw away your old iron, and try the new clip-less version that curls your hair in seconds and leaves it looking sultry. After trying Sultra's The Bombshell Cone Rod Curling Iron, I'm never going back to a clip-style curling wand. With this new product, you can create many different looks- from tight curls to loose waves. The nicest thing about The Bombshell is that it has little grips on the barrel which grab your hair making it easier to curl. The bonus? A special glove to avoid any burns while curling your locks.

    How to curl your hair with a clip-less iron

    Step 1:
    Divide your hair into at least three sections- top, middle and bottom layer, and clip in place. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you might need to divide it

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  • Enrique Iglesias on His Favorite Scents

    Spanish recording artist Enrique Iglesias is the new face of Azzaro Pour Homme, and Shine Latina chatted Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesiaswith him to find out more about the scents that inspire him.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Enrique Iglesias is known around the world for his hot, dance music and sex appeal, and most recently added model to his resume as the new face of Azzaro Pour Homme. It seems the singer's pairing with the masculine fragrance is a perfect match; the base notes for this cologne are wood, musk, lavender, basil and sandalwood, echoing Iglesias' sexy persona.

    We had the chance to chat with the Latino about his relationship with Azzaro, a longtime staple among men's fragrance lines, as well as his own intimate memories associated with favorite smells. Check it out what he had to say below:

    What type of men do you think choose Azzaro? Thoughtful, sensitive types? Strong, tough men?
    The Azzaro team said that they chose me not only for my physique, but also for my physical strength and

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  • VIDEO: Eva Longoria's Perfume and Other Top Beauty Products

    In this video blog I'll show all the hot new beauty products I'm loving right now.

    By Charleen Gonzalez For Shine Latina

    This month I found fabulous products for Latinas, including a flat iron tailored for thick and unruly hair, Eva Longoria's new seductive fragrance, high-quality brushes that are affordable, Halloween-inspired nail polishes, a color-packed eyeshadow palette and super moisturizing lipsticks. Don't miss the video below!

    A flat iron made for Latinas
    I don't know about you, but my hair reacts to humidity as soon as I walk out the door. In order to combat the elements and put my unruly thick hair into submission, I found Sultra's new The Diva Pressing Iron. This flat iron is designed for frizzy and thick hair, the kind many of us Latinas have to battle against. The plates on this iron are curved and really press down your hair for sleek and straight results that last even in the most humid of climates. The iron has two temperature settings- one for natural hair, another

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  • Fun and Spooky Nail Art Tutorial

    Sugar skulls used to celebrate in Mexico In this video blog I'll show you how easy it is to create a Día de los Muertos (or Halloween!) inspired nail art designs in a few easy steps.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Just as we're all gearing up for Halloween here in the US, locals in Mexico are preparing to celebrate Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) on November 1st; it's a national holiday during which family and friends gather to remember and celebrate loved ones who have passed. Among the traditions kept during this holiday are private altars created in honor of the deceased decorated with flowers, food and sugar skulls. Sugar skulls, with their bright colors and ornate designs, are the inspiration behind this beauty tutorial. Follow these steps to create a quirky and fun nail design perfect for celebrating Día de los Muertos, Halloween or just standing out.

    Step 1:
    Before applying any nail polish you will want to apply a base coat. I love Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Base Coat, which

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  • VIDEO: Copy the Fall Makeup Looks from the Runway

    Stay on trend with these beauty tips tailored for olive skin tones, and learn how to recreate the hottest makeup look seen on the runways this fall.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina
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    More mulberry please!
    The number one color on the fashion runway this fall was a dark shade of purple called deep mulberry, but for those of us with olive complexions who want a more wearable version, I have a few. For a stained mulberry look with a glossy finish, try Mark's Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain in Showy Flamboyant and Vibe Impression. My favorite mulberry-inspired lip color at the moment is Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Orchid Pink, which is a very wearable purple shade. Another great fall hue is Bite Beauty's Honey Lip Laquer in Gamay, which is a pretty rose shade that leans more to dusty light berry on olive skins. Made with natural ingredients, this high gloss finish will leave your lips moisturized for hours. For those of us who like to wear nude on our lips year round, Read More »from VIDEO: Copy the Fall Makeup Looks from the Runway
  • VIDEO: The Secrets to Adding Instant Drama with Fake Eyelashes

    Latinas usually have to battle with straight eyelashes no matter how curly the locks may be. Here are some easy options for creating striking lashes at home.

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

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    Fabulous drugstore mascara
    L'Oreal has come out with an innovative formula which extends the length of your natural lashes. The Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara adheres fibers to your eyelashes and elongates the hair strands. This mascara doesn't flake or smudge throughout the day and leaves your lashes clump free. Another great mascara from L'Oreal is the Voluminous Power Volume 24 HR Waterproof Mascara. It has a large curved brush which adds tons of volume and length. If you have straight lashes that don't curl easily, I definitely recommend getting a waterproof mascara which will hold a curl much longer than a non-waterproof one.

    Check out my video on adding drama and glamour to your eyes:


    High-end favorites
    Benefit's They're Real Mascara has found a cult following among mascara

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