March 2019

5 Sexy Makeup Looks for Labor Day

If you’re like us and are looking to savor every last bit of summer this Labor Day weekend, replay the most coveted looks before summer is gone for good. Break out your bright lipsticks, even brighter nail colors and dewy, radiant skin, and say a fitting farewell to summer in the hottest hot weather beauty looks of the season.

GOLDEN GIRL GAZERS

Want that twinkle in your eye to last long after the dog days of summer are through? Apply a drop of water to an eyeshadow brush and dip into Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Bronx-Copper Shimmer ($20 on sephora.com). The high pigmentation of the shadow mixed with the water will make for unforgettable eyes that are guaranteed to make that cutie at your weekend barbeque stop dead in his tracks!

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Bargain Beauty

Think that drugstore brand cosmetics can’t stand up next to those department store brands that you swear by? Guess again. We love the idea that we can get fabulous beauty products for a bargain and look chic! We’ve scoured the aisles of our favorite drugstores to bring you a list of the best products that are worth adding to your makeup bag.

Covergirl Smoothers SPF Tinted Moisturizer, $6.25
Tinted moisturizers are the beauty world’s way of making our lives more convenient and we are obsessed with this one. It’s the perfect lightweight moisturizer that is slightly tinted to help even out your skin tone. Did we mention that it has built-in SPF 15 too? The gel formula glides on easily for coverage that is super smooth and natural-looking. You can layer it under your makeup or by itself.  It’s perfect to wear to the gym or when you’re running weekend errands and want a little coverage.

Carmindy Shares Her Best Blush Tips

Super chic fashion make-up artist, Carmindy, from the hit show What Not to Wear and author of Crazy Busy Beautiful, Get Positively Beautiful, and The 5-Minute Face, shares her tips and tricks for making the most out of your blush this fall.

It’s time to put away the bronzers and self-tanners because fall is here. Though don’t think you have to be basking in the sun to get a gorgeous glow. Blush creates a fresh and youthful look, and while it’s universally flattering on everybody, you may find yourself spending hours trying to find the perfect shade for your complexion.

Choosing the correct shade of blush for your skin tone is key to achieving that perfect flushed look. Carmindy recommends pink for fair skin, coral for olive skin, and terra-cotta-ish for dark skin. We love NARS Super Orgasm Blush, (Sephora, $27.00), the perfect mixture of shimmering pinky/peach, not to mention flattering on all skin tones.

Achieving a natural-look with blush is all about the application. “Use a big fluffy powder brush to swirl on powder blush and use upwards sweeps starting at the apples and working back to hairline,” she says. Carmindy recommends using a big powder brush for powder blush (a regular size blush brush picks up too much color often resulting in inconsistencies in coverage). Carmindy also recommends using a synthetic dome brush like MAC 197 Duo Fibre Brush (MAC, $42.00) or even your fingers.

For applying cream blush, the tools are very simple-“For cream blush use your fingers and apply in circular motions the same way,” she says. We love the Blushwear Cream Stick (Clinique, $19.00), an easy-to-apply blush in flirty colors Rosy,Peachy, Glow and Shy.

When it comes to her favorite brands of blushes, Carmindy has no problem naming her top picks- “My Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired By Carmindy Sheerest Cream Blush is the best there is,” she says. Another favorite: “I love the powder blushes by MAC for their color range,” she says.

With all the various types of blushes (powder, creme, and cheek stains) out on the market, it can be tricky to pin-point which is the best for your skin-type. “Powder blush is great for more intensity and for oily skin,” she says. “For drier skin and mature skin cream blush looks a but more natural and dewy.”  Athletic women should turn to stains to achieve the best look- “stains are best for really active sporty women who need a waterproof or sweat-proof color,” she says.

For more fabulous tips on blush or makeup,visit Carmindy’s website.

Buy Nars Blush, $27

Buy Nars Blush, $27

  • Range of translucent, natural shades
  • Created to highlight the complexion

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Buy Nars Powder, $45

Buy Nars Powder, $45

  • Lightweight foundation
  • Flexible coverage
  • Protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays

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Top 7 Common Beauty Mistakes to Avoid this Summer

Whether you’re spending the hot summer months at work or at the beach, there are essential beauty tips every woman should keep in mind to achieve the perfect look this summer.

Blend, Blend and Blend
Whether your applying concealer, lip liner or blush, be sure to blend colors and makeup to create a natural summer look. Defined lines and mismatched colors can lead to a disastrous look for the summer. When applying concealer around your eyes, be sure to blend. Also, remember to switch to a darker shade if you have been out in the sun.

Stay in Line
When applying lip liner or eyeliner, stay in line. Cat eyes are great, but tone down the look for the summer. When applying lipstick, trace your lip line and avoid an unnatural look. Same goes for your eyes. If you plan to extend your line beyond your eyes, keep it natural.

Mind Your Neck
Check your neck. This is a common mistake year-round, but needs particular attention during the summertime. Since you are out in the sun, your neck may not match that fabulous natural tan. Dab some bronze powder on your neck, making sure you match!

Out with the Old, In with the New
As you update your wardrobe with the hottest summer gear, the same should go for your makeup. Make sure to rid your makeup bag of any old makeup. Toss any products that have changed color, consistency or have a bad odor—since makeup is always in contact with germ-prone areas like your eyes, mouth and fingers.

Avoid Dark Lips
Dark lip shades can look aging. To keep in line with this summer’s makeup trend—go natural. Grab your favorite gloss to go and apply throughout the day, brightening your face and complimenting your natural summer glow.

Go Waterproof!
The hot summer weather doesn’t necessarily have to affect your summer makeup application. Switch to waterproof makeup for the summertime. Whether off to the beach or a day at the office, avoid smudged black makeup under your eyes.

How Tan is Too Tan?
A little summer glow can really brighten your face, but don’t overdo it. Go natural this summer. When stepping out into the sun, be sure to protect your skin. Opt for a lotion that contains SPF 15 and higher to avoid burning your face, which may lead to peeling. Don’t forget to switch your concealer to match your new darker shade. And, be sure to steer clear of products that give you an orange tone.

 
Susmta Patel is a multiple threat in the beauty industry as a licensed makeup artist, aesthetician, nail technician, hairstylist and waxing expert. Susmta was born in India and came to the US at the age of 20. This single mother wasted no time in diving head first into her passion for personal aesthetic services. As she says, “nothing makes me happier than the priceless smile of approval. This recognition motivates me to continue my pursuit of excellence.”As the founder and creative director of “Studio Sush” she has been a personal consultant to more than 900 brides. Susmta has impeccable training having begun her career at the New Jersey Capri Institute in 1996 from which she earned her cosmetology license. To further hone her skills, she attended the legendary Joe Blasco School of Makeup Artistry in Hollywood, CA and received her diploma in makeup artistry and special effects makeup. Joe Blasco is credited with creating the most comprehensive series of encyclopedic textbooks for the professional make-up artistry. The series, entitled “The Professional Make-up Artist” featured Susmta in all three volumes.Susmta has consulted for some of the beauty industries most prestigious brands such as Shiseido, Lancome, Versace, Christian Dior, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Laura Mercier and Clinique. At the famed Completely Bare Salons in Manhattan and Scarsdale, Susmta was revered by clients for her prowess in full body waxing, permanent hair removal and eyebrow threading. Susmta was also the key makeup artist on the set of the Bollywood Film “Sama” and has judged Miss India worldwide beauty pageants.As a makeup artist, beauty expert and personal stylist, she is able to translate her passions into stunning metamorphosis for bridal and other special occasions. Her uniqueness stems from her visual analytic ability. She has an amazing sense of a woman’s face in only a few seconds and creates a unique look based on the individual’s personality. She works with spellbinding speed and clinical accuracy to lend attention to detail that compliments film and photography.Although Susmta is capable of creating any look desired, she does not push the latest trend on her clients. “It’s about you and your personality as an individual,” she says. “I work to enhance your natural beauty.” Susmta is a one woman “beauty machine” and travels worldwide providing her clients with one-stop makeup, hair, and eyebrow threading services. Susmta believes that providing ‘the total look’ for her clients enables her to truly customize a synergistic outcome that reflects the personality and aesthetic goals of each woman.Susmta Patel is a multiple threat in the beauty industry as a licensed makeup artist, aesthetician, nail technician, hairstylist and waxing expert. Susmta was born in India and came to the US at the age of 20. This single mother wasted no time in diving head first into her passion for personal aesthetic services. As she says, “nothing makes me happier than the priceless smile of approval. This recognition motivates me to continue my pursuit of excellence.”
As the founder and creative director of “Studio Sush” she has been a personal consultant to more than 900 brides. Susmta has impeccable training having begun her career at the New Jersey Capri Institute in 1996 from which she earned her cosmetology license. To further hone her skills, she attended the legendary Joe Blasco School of Makeup Artistry in Hollywood, CA and received her diploma in makeup artistry and special effects makeup. Joe Blasco is credited with creating the most comprehensive series of encyclopedic textbooks for the professional make-up artistry. The series, entitled “The Professional Make-up Artist” featured Susmta in all three volumes.
Susmta has consulted for some of the beauty industries most prestigious brands such as Shiseido, Lancome, Versace, Christian Dior, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Laura Mercier and Clinique. At the famed Completely Bare Salons in Manhattan and Scarsdale, Susmta was revered by clients for her prowess in full body waxing, permanent hair removal and eyebrow threading. Susmta was also the key makeup artist on the set of the Bollywood Film “Sama” and has judged Miss India worldwide beauty pageants.

As a makeup artist, beauty expert and personal stylist, she is able to translate her passions into stunning metamorphosis for bridal and other special occasions. Her uniqueness stems from her visual analytic ability. She has an amazing sense of a woman’s face in only a few seconds and creates a unique look based on the individual’s personality. She works with spellbinding speed and clinical accuracy to lend attention to detail that compliments film and photography.

Although Susmta is capable of creating any look desired, she does not push the latest trend on her clients. “It’s about you and your personality as an individual,” she says. “I work to enhance your natural beauty.” Susmta is a one woman “beauty machine” and travels worldwide providing her clients with one-stop makeup, hair, and eyebrow threading services. Susmta believes that providing ‘the total look’ for her clients enables her to truly customize a synergistic outcome that reflects the personality and aesthetic goals of each woman.

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Your 5-Minute Beauty Routine

Applying makeup doesn’t have to be a long and expensive process. Check out my top picks for beauty products/makeup that will have you done up in just five minutes, all for under $25 each! Makeup enthusiasts and phobes alike are sure to be down with these product suggestions that will have you looking fierce, fast.

Summer beauty starts with getting skin pampered and hydrated, and the best thing to get your face looking its best is a…facial. Garden Botanika’s Corrective Clearing Face Mask ($18) gives your face a smooth look right from the first application. We all know that first impressions are everything, so make sure a good facial is part of your beauty routine.

This season, bronzers are all the rage, and every woman wants that special glow. Physicians Formula’s Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eye Shadow ($11.95) is a complete compact for every aspect of your look. Whether you want to rock a bronzed look on the eyes or cheeks, this palette has you set for a glamorous glow on the go!

To achieve a flawless look, your pout has to be perfect, and a fun shade always attracts a ton of attention. A great pop of color that’s suitable for most skin tones is Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Ultra Lipstick ($22.50) in Watermelon. The color is vibrant and fresh, and will keep your lips nourished while you’re looking glam.

Want to make a simple look pop on a whole new level? I am crazed over Jemma Kidd’s JK In Vogue Perfect Blush Collection ($18 at Target) because it’s a great blend of corals, peaches, fuchsia and a splash of shimmer. Each blush palette holds its own with the color schemes they feature, but our favorite is 5th Avenue because it really makes your cheeks come alive!

We all need to keep our skin moisturized with SPF, but sometimes that awful white residue is less than appealing. Now, the best way to get SPF is with a touch of color like e.l.f.’s Studio Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($3), which comes in a variety of skin shades and is very lightweight. It’s such a necessity for a quick color boost and it helps keep your skin protected.

Want to achieve a simple look on a less glamorous day? Grab a moisturizer that’s also a simple lip balm with a touch of color. Avon’s Slick Tint for Lips ($.99) is great for not being too much, but still showing off your pucker. The lip balm comes in a sheer pink, a deep reddish wine and a rosy pink, all at an amazing price!

Chastity Palmer-Davis is the beauty/fashion writer behind GlitterBuzzStyle.com. GlitterBuzzStyle provides women with personal styling tips, the latest fashion trends, beauty reviews and sale alerts. Chastity’s love for fashion and the entertainment industry has given her the opportunity to contribute to Honey Magazine, work for television show Full Frontal Fashion and cover backstage press for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Buy La Prairie Cellular Treatment Powder Blush, $55

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Buy La Prairie Cellular Treatment Powder Blush (here in Plum), $55, at laprairie.com
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  • Trend: Rosy cheeks
  • Powder blush with light-reflective pigment
  • Natural, long-wearing color
  • Formulated with antioxidants, vitamins C and E, aloe leaf juice, and chamomile extract
  • Available in 7 shades

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Buy Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Flaunt, $24

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Buy Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Flaunt, $24, at sephora.com

  • High pigment makes a little swipe go a long way
  • Matte satin finish highlights cheek bones
  • Can be used dry for a natural look or wet for bold
  • Perfect pop of pink flush

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