Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is a veteran beauty editor with over two decades of industry experience. She spent nine years as Beauty and Fitness Director at Cosmopolitan and was editor-in-chief at sephora.com. Now her beauty tips, advice and solutions appear regularly in Glamour magazine. Andrea also carries a little black book teeming with of-the-moment industry contacts and celebrity stylists, so it’s no surprise that she’s known around Glamour as the resident ‘beauty sleuth’. In her new tome, How to Look Expensive, Andrea shares her secrets on looking glamorous with an everywoman’s budget. As we caught up with Andrea on her latest project, she dished about her personal style, favorite beauty picks and tips on how fashion-forward women can make the most of every dollar.
Fashion week’s bevy of beautiful models had their natural beauty highlighted for Spring 2013. Eyes, lids, brows, and lips were the focus: soft, feature-enhancing makeup and bold, modern looks both reigned on the runways. From iconic images of the past to scenes in nature, makeup artists drew inspiration from a variety of muses and really mixed the old with the new. We can’t wait to try out these fresh trends next spring!
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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You finally scored a date with that special somebody (yes!), and you have to find the perfect I-look-this-good-without-trying outfit. What you wear is important, but we’ll argue that the right beauty look is just as significant. Some makeup, like a red lip, is great for a girl’s night out, but for a date? Not so much. We spoke to celebrity makeup artist, Carmindy, to find out what you should be wearing on your special night, from skin to lips, to ensure your date leaves wanting more.
Daily Makeover: What’s the most important thing a girl should remember when applying makeup for date night?
Carmindy: I would say the number one thing women need to know when they’re going on a date, when it comes to wearing makeup, is less is more. Guys don’t want a girl that’s wearing a ton of makeup, because it looks like they’re insecure and they’re hiding something.
DM: What do you think date night makeup should look like?
C: What I always try to teach women to do is my “five-minute face.” The five-minute face basically accentuates your natural beauty without making it look like you’re wearing any makeup—it’s almost like you’re glowing from within.
DM: Let’s start with skin. How should you prep your date night face?
C: So the first thing you want to do is even out your skin tone. Do this with a little liquid foundation and use a non-latex sponge. This will allow it to blend into your skin, without looking like you’re wearing anything at all. Then you want to give yourself a sort of luminous glow.
DM: What’s your trick to a “luminous glow”?
C: One thing is for sure, you don’t want to use glitter. Glitter makes it look like you’re trying too hard. Instead, apply a shimmery highlighting cream in three key places: right underneath the eyebrow, the inside corner of the eyes, and on top of the cheekbones. My favorite cream highlighter is the Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette ($45, Sephora.com), because it looks like nothing but your natural glow-y skin.
DM: Love. Anything else we need to know about skin?
C: Yes. Lastly, dust a light transition powder just to set your makeup—so nothing that has color in it, nothing that’s opaque, nothing that’s going to add another extra chalky layer. Whatever you do, do not take a sponge and wipe across your compact and then smear it across your face. That just makes your skin look cakey. Instead, take a fluffy powder brush and lightly sweep it across your compact, then dust it on your face.
DM: OK, that sounds easy enough. What about your eyes?
C: There’s a really easy way to do eyes for a date so it doesn’t look like you’re trying to hide anything. Define your upper lash line with a little bit of liner, and to really make your eyes pop, use an eyeliner color opposite to your iris color, which makes your eyes stand out. Just add a smidge along your upper lash line, as close to the roots as possible, so you don’t really see it. It’s just kind of giving the illusion of a thicker-looking lash line with a hint of color. Then definitely use black mascara on the top and bottom lashes for a flirty look.
DM: It’s the end of the night, and you want a kiss. What should you be wearing on your lips?
C: When it comes to lips, stay away from lip gloss, because guys do not want to kiss you if you’re wearing lip gloss. And you want to stay away from any dark shades, or any bold colors, like red. When you’re on a first date with a guy, it’s more about connecting with the person and less about putting on your bright red lipstick so you can look super cool.
I always recommend a tinted lip balm, like Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment ($22.50, Fresh.com), because it’s got like a little hint of rose to it. This will leave you with a soft lip and just a hint of color—it’s not going to be scary for a guy.
DM: Fair enough. So have you ever gone on a first date and just overdone it with the makeup?
C: Me? Never. I’m a professional.
DM: Any other words of wisdom when it comes to date night makeup?
C: The key is confidence, especially when going on a first date. You want to make it look like you don’t have a care in the world, that makeup is not important to you. That’s what’s going to get across more on a first date, not “Oh she’s wearing cat eyes and a nude lip. That’s really hot right now.” Guys don’t care about that.
We always love a bold lip for a night out, but perhaps that’s more appropriate with friends or a longtime boyfriend. As cute as Kim Kardashian looks with a red pout and dark eye, natural makeup, a-la Katharine McPhee, is what’s really hot.
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.
Applying shadow and eyeliner isn’t just about rocking the latest trends, it’s about understanding your eye shape too. Whether your eyes are deep set, close set or wide set, check out these tips to make the best of your makeup application.
Almond eyes are the ideal shape to work with because you can do almost anything with them. “You always want to take eyeliner from the inside corner, past the outside corner, wing it–just to draw attention to the beauty of that eye shape,” said makeup artist Susan Posnick. Her other tip is to use color eyeshadow on the top lid, as this will help open up the eye.
Deep Set Eyes
The goal with deep set eyes is to help pop them open with light colors. “Keep your light color on the lid so that you’re bringing the eye forward and keeping it open,” Susan said. “You could also apply a highlighting arch close to the lash line and use a warm color under the brow bone” to create a multi-dimensional look. Lastly, use a thin smudged line close to the lash line to make lashes look longer.
Close Set Eyes
The biggest trick with close set eyes it to keep the lightest colors on the inner corner of your eye. “You want to graduate your color from light to deep, going from inside to outside,” Susan said. “This is going to give the illusion that the eyes are further apart.” When it comes to liner, only swipe it across two-thirds of your eye, like Ginnifer Goodwin did, because it helps eyes look further apart.
Wide Set Eyes
According to Susan, who’s applied shadow to models and celebrities everywhere, wide set eyes are the easiest eyes to work with. You can line them anyway you like, much like an almond-shaped eye. “Most people are afraid of deeper color in the inside corner, but you can do that with a wide set eye,” Susan said. “It can make the nose look more angular and interesting.”
A hooded eye is where you can barely see the lid, like Blake Lively’s eyes. With this shape, start by applying your warmer, contouring color on the base of your brow bone and blend it up to the eyebrow. Then take your lightest color right up underneath the brow, to create a shape. Lastly, apply that same light color, starting on your lid, and sweeping vertically. “With a hooded eye, people see your eyes horizontally,” Susan said. “When you apply shadow vertically you’re opening up the eyes.”
With a prominent eye-shape, sometimes known as a bulging eyes, it’s best to stick to nudes and neutrals, Susan said. “You’re trying to softly recede a prominent eye, but if you go too dark it’s going to look too obvious, and if you go too light it’s going to look more bulging.” If you’re using bright colors, apply them below your bottom lashes so you’re creating a shift of focus. Susan also recommends skipping eyeliner and opting for false lashes instead. “When you have longer lashes, it will set the eye back.”
Droopy eyes are when the outer corners of the eyes pull down–something that happens frequently with hooded eyes and in older women. “Keep the outside of the eye extra light, so the focus is upward,” Susan said. “With liner, I like to really extend it up and out, creating a cat eye of sorts, so that outside corner is pulled away from the eye completely and lifts it up.”
A lack of funds should never keep you from experiencing the very best of the beauty world. We searched far and wide for some of the most popular products and found their less expensive counterpart. Try these beauty items and see if you can tell the difference!
It was a backstage staple at Fashion Week and it’s a celebrity favorite, but Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ($42, Lauramercier.com) tends to be on the pricier side. After trying L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream ($16.99, Ulta.com), we’d say it’s a pretty close match.
Summer is the perfect time for embracing your natural beauty! If you want to enhance the au naturel look, there are great long-lasting and waterproof products out there for you. Our picks will stand up to sweat and sun and keep you looking beautiful.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in Steel, $23
This cream eyeshadow is easy to apply with your finger and dries soon after you blend. You can wear it all day and not have to worry about creases!
Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer, $22
Make your favorite lip color stand up to the heat with this minty primer. Color won’t bleed and your pout will stay perfect!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $19
No smudging, no running and super easy to put on, this is soon to be your new favorite liner! They come in a gorgeous array of colors for your every mood.
L’Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24 Hour Mascara, $7.99
L’Oreal makes amazing mascaras at a great price point. This waterproof formula won’t flake, keeping your lashes looking lush in even the hottest weather.
Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer, $44
The name says it all…this full coverage foundation won’t budge. Plus, it’s a 2-in-1 concealer so you can even out your skin and cover blemishes with one product. And who doesn’t need more room in their makeup bag?
Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain & Balm, $8.99
Lip stains are by nature long lasting, but we love how this one comes with a balm for refreshers. The sheer shades are flattering on many different skin tones and foolproof to apply.
When you’re getting ready for a big night or just want to look a little extra special, sparkly baubles make a great addition to your look, but have you thought about adding a little glimmer to your beauty routine? There are plenty of products to get your face and body glowing. Here’s our list of favorites:
NYX Roll On Shimmer in Platinum, $4.49
This easy to use roller is a great multi-tasker. You can use it to add some sheer shimmer to your eyes, cheeks or décolletage.
Admit it…have you ever purchased a product based on its packaging? No need to raise your hand on this one. Brands KNOW how quick we are to judge a book by its cover, which is why they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on designing beautiful packaging just to get us to spend our pretty pennies. Guess what though? It usually works! I’ve always been a sucker for gorgeous packaging when it comes to cosmetics. Check out some of my favorites of this season.
Because of my allergies, I’m not a girl who can wear a ton of fragrances, but the first time I saw the Jimmy Choo Fragrance Collection for Women ($70, on macys.com), I just had to have it. The bottle looks like a piece of art, right? Considering this is Jimmy’s first parfum, it’s safe to say he knocked it out of the park. This fragrance combines citrusy-notes with sweet notes, and the end result is a luxurious fragrance for beauties who love to smell heavenly. Oh, and yes…the bottle is an absolute masterpiece.
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