Make-up Brush Must-Haves

What to use, and with what

Since your face is the canvas and you are the artist, you should know that the makeup brush you use makes a big difference in how makeup glides onto your canvas and how it will dry. Even the size affects the artwork; it would be impossible to create intricate details with a large brush. These same principals apply when it comes to “painting” our faces; here is a guide to some essential makeup brushes every woman needs in her tool box!
 
Foundation brush
Ideal for liquid or cream foundations is a foundation brush, which has flat, wide bristles that allows you to create your perfect canvas. To use with liquid foundation, dot foundation around your face and use the brush to blend. To apply a cream formula, dab the brush directly into the compact and apply to your face, remembering to blend into your hairline and down to the neck.
 
Powder brush
A powder brush has large, fluffy bristles and should be used to dust powder onto your face to set your foundation. The large brush head allows for lightweight, yet even application without disturbing the other makeup on your face.
 
Blush brush
A blush brush is smaller than a powder brush and usually has denser bristles allowing you to blend your cheek color precisely. For a brush that can multi-task, look for one with angled bristles; you can use this with powder or cream blush or bronzer to buff color from the apples of your cheeks up to the top of your cheekbones for a natural, air-brushed look.
 
Lip brush
The secret to perfect lipstick application is using a dedicated lip brush. These small, slim brushes have tapered points to make sure you “paint” inside the lines. The fine point also gives you control to outline your lips with precision. Using a lip brush also helps your favorite lip product last longer since you are able to dip your brush directly into the tube; allowing you to use all of the color, be it gloss or lipstick.
 
Eyeliner brush
Similar to a lip brush, an eyeliner brush is small, flat and dense. Look for one with an angled brush head to help you paint liquid, gel or cream liner close to your lash line. Also use the angled brush to apply eyeshadow in the same color over your liner to create a look that lasts all day.
 
Eyeshadow brush (x2)
To apply eyeshadow like a pro your tool kit needs two small eyeshadow brushes: one flat and fluffy and one that is slightly tapered. Use the small, flat and fluffy brush to sweep shadow across your lid, and then use the tapered eyeshadow brush to blend color into the creases and outer corners of your eyelids.
 
One more brush essential
Finally, no brush set is complete without knowing how to clean your brushes! Clean brushes ensure that your makeup is applied perfectly and are free of acne-making bacteria. Dirty brushes will have left over color-residue that will affect the look of your makeup or even worse, they can harbor bacteria that can cause skin irritations. An easy way to clean them is to wash in gentle shampoo and let air-dry; a quick cleaning solution is to use makeup cleaning or baby wipes.  
 
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Make Braids Work For You

Simple, sophisticated Ways to Unravel this Trend

Braids are having a moment. From the runways at fashion week to every red carpet in tinsel town, the world’s chicest women have been putting on the plaits in unexpected ways this season. And it’s no wonder. Whether you’re having a bad hair day or need to add a little something special to your look, braids will do the trick. Dressed up or dressed down, they can highlight your face, disguise unruly locks or simply help you break up the monotony of your otherwise daily do. Best of all, whatever your length, texture or face shape, there’s a braid that works for you.
                                          
Parlez-Vous Français?
You don’t need to speak French to seize the simplicity of this elegant and versatile look - medium length hair and a few minutes of time will suffice. Simply start as far back from your face as you like and gather three sections of hair (one each from the left, right and middle). Then, begin braiding, sweeping up more hair from alternating sides with each round. Depending on how tight you pull, you’ll get a different effect. Looking for high impact drama? Pull hard and tight. Want a more romantic, windswept look? Knit your hair together loosely and tuck the tail under in back once you’ve secured it. Bottom line: whichever style of French braid you opt for, the result is a polished ‘do that travels. 
 
Knock ‘em out
Meanwhile, if the tightly-cropped French braid works for you, why not try two? Popularized by Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, then taken to the red carpet by stars like Amanda Seyfreid, Boxer Braids are an easy way to add some edge to any outfit. Simply part your hair down the center then follow the French braid directions twice, pulling as tight as you can stand. Don’t be afraid to let the braid stand up (almost like corn rows). The resulting hairstyle goes great with a smoky eye and will emphasize your face…along with your saucy attitude!
 
Go half way
What about a more gentle approach? Don’t braid your whole head! Take a small section from the front of your scalp, probably to one side or slightly off-center and create a small braid. Do the same on the other side. Then, fasten both back around your head for a half up-half down look that’s a little more polished than simply pulling both sides back. You can even try small French braids on the sides to pack some extra punch. The key is to leave the back long and loose. And finally…
 
Crowning glory
When it comes to updos, a crown of braid(s) will keep you au courant any time and any place. Want proof? See Olivia Wilde’s French braid at this year’s Oscars. It circled the crown of her head and led back to a braided bun, creating a look that suited the year’s biggest party, yet would’ve complemented any office outfit – the signature of this style’s versatility.  

 

Bigger Eyes are Just a Tiny Line Away!

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Tightlining

Tightlining is back, which means bigger, brighter, more vibrant eyes are just a tiny line away… The trick is, in order to cash in on all the exciting effects, you have to really know what you’re doing. But don’t be daunted… This is your tightlining tutorial!
 
What is tightlining?
Often confused with waterlining (wherein the eyes are lined around the inside on the waterline), to tightline your eyes is to fill in the gaps between your lashes by lining underneath the upper lash line instead of on top of it. This tried and true technique adds depth to your eyes by creating the illusion that your lashes start further back than they do. It also adds volume to your lashes themselves – with or without mascara – by making them appear continuous along your eyelid. Worn alone, the effect of tightlining is mysterious and natural. In other words, your eyes pop but you don’t look like you’re wearing any makeup. Use the tightline as the base for additional eyeliner and/or mascara, however, and the result is high impact drama.
 
So how do you do it?
First, choose your liner wisely… based on what you’re most comfortable with. Some swear by gels, others by liquids. Few dare with a regular eye pencil (read: the kind that requires sharpening), though others insist that a roll up pencil that glides on will make it easy.
 
Next, if you’re going gel or liquid, select your utensil. A thin, angled eyeliner brush is best for gel and liquids will be easier with a stiff, felt tip as opposed to a regular brush (which will collapse with pressure).
 
Now that we’ve got that taken care of, it’s time to apply. Use your non-dominant index finger to lift your eyelid – pulling up from below the brow. This will make your upper lid more accessible. Then, starting on the outside of your eye and working inward, press the liner into lid just beneath your upper eyelashes – but not on your waterline (the pink ridge inside of your eyelid). Continue along until just before you reach the inner corner. You don’t want to go all the way in or it will make your eye appear smaller – the opposite of our desired effect.
 
Finally, use a Q-tip or sponge to clear up any liner that spills through over your lashes or on the waterline. Then, enjoy the wide-eyed results!

You Glow Girl!

5 Tricks to Fake Glowing Skin

We all know the saying… fake it until you make it! This is especially true when it comes to glowing skin! If you haven’t been able to keep up with your skin care routine… or if work and family has become demanding it might be time to fake your glow. Here are some creative tricks to make everyone think you really did get 8 hours of sleep a night, or yes, you did just return from a tropical vacation!
 
Buff away dull, tired skin
The first step to radiant skin is to slough off the top layer of dry, dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull. Start with a gentle exfoliating scrub (look for one with microspheres versus ground nuts or seeds which can be harsh on skin). After exfoliating, use your fingers to give yourself a stimulating massage. Using quick tapping motions, start from your forehead and work your way to your neck.  You will notice the blood start to flow giving you a healthy-looking flush. A bonus- it feels really good too!
 
Infuse and seal in moisture
Glowing skin means moisturized and nourished skin. Start with a few drops of a hydrating serum; on exfoliated skin, your face will drink it in. Follow with a moisturizing SPF; look for one that is fortified with antioxidants such as Vitamin E or Vitamin C for extra protection against the environment. 
 
Let your skin breathe
While you might be tempted to cover up your skin with a heavy foundation, this is really the time to use sheer products to perfect your skin. Try a tinted moisturizer or a cc crème to even out your complexion; follow with a creamy concealer under your eyes and any other areas that might need a little love.
 
Get cheeky
Create a faux flush using a cream blush or bronzer. The easiest way to apply is to smile and use your fingers to dab color onto the apples of your cheeks. Again, using a cream formula will keep that dewy, glowing look without drying the skin.
 
Perk up your eyes
Finally don’t forget your eyes; bright eyes can make you look like you are glowing from the inside-out. Dab highlighter onto your lids or even on the inner corners of your eyes to look wide-eyed and even brighten your entire face.
 
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