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3 Tricks to Play with Color Mascara

So you’ve been wanting to try color mascara, eh? Maybe you just bought some, or maybe you’re eyeing that cute green, cobalt, or burgundy shade online. But…how do you wear color mascara without having it be such a Look? Is there a way to wear color mascara for a subtle pop of color without having everyone for 300 feet know you are WEARING BLUE MASCARA?

Why, yes. Yes there is. You can combine a color mascara with your regular black or brown mascara, making your lashes look different and interesting without getting too bright. Color mascara in class or an office? Definitely! Color mascara for a meet-the-parents dinner? Why the heck not?

Just the tips

Grab your normal, everyday black mascara (we used Inglot Cosmetics Perfect Length Define Mascara, $13), and sweep it on your top and bottom lashes. Next, try a crazy color! We went with Inglot Cosmetics Colour Play Mascara in 02 Green, which is a highly pigmented, almost electric green, and applied it just to the tips of the top and bottom lashes. Presto! A subtle-yet-still-visible color on the tips of your still-proper eyelashes. You can’t even see it unless you get pretty close, but when you do, it’s like your entire soul suddenly gets how awesome this is.

Halfsies

For a more obvious look that is still not in “Rainbow Brite” territory, try swiping your top lashes with black mascara and putting color mascara on just your bottom lashes. This can be fun to try with gently varying shades, say, black on top and navy on bottom, or add a cobalt on the bottom for a little more oomph. This works especially well with blue shades, because they’ll make the whites of your eyes look brighter, the same way blue-based red lipsticks will make your skin tone look cooler. “You look different! But…why?” – Everyone at work.

Let’s Blend

Your black mascara is about to get a facelift. Sweep on a coat of black mascara, and then do a second coat of a vibrant color mascara of your choice (what about purple? or burgundy?) Look at that! Is it black mascara? No. Is it color mascara? No….or is it? Adding a coat of color mascara to black makes the black appear multifaceted and a bit more interesting, without making you commit to Krazy Kolor Lashes all the way.

How to Do Winged Eyeliner

 The classic cat eye, though a popular makeup style that’s been around for decades, can be a huge pain to master. It seems so effortless—just finish off your eyeliner with a neat little wing for instantly bigger, brighter eyes. Easy, right? Not for those of us whose failed attempts at a flawless feline flick end with makeup remover and a lot of frustration.

Fortunately, there are products out there that make winged eyeliner much easier to get right. For the tutorial below, we ditched our tricky liquid liner in favor of Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel, a richly pigmented gel liner that dries to a long-lasting matte finish. The creamy texture makes it easy to paint on a perfect cat eye in just a few minutes. Plus, it’s smudge-proof, crease-proof, and waterproof. (Pro tip: To keep your Eyeliner Gel fresh, partially peel back the protective liner on top of the jar without fully removing it. If needed, you can also moisten the product with a few drops of Duraline.)

To get you started on your way to becoming a winged eyeliner pro, here’s a tutorial on how to use gel eyeliner to draw a classic cat eye.

Step 1
Start by using an angled eyeliner brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 08, to line your upper lashes. Dip the brush into your Eyeliner Gel and draw a thin line that hugs the base of your lashline.

Step 2
Next, draw a slightly thicker line from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. This line should start out very thin and get slightly thicker as you continue towards your outermost eyelash.

Step 3
Draw a thin wing that points up and out from the outer corner of your eye. The wing’s tip should angle up towards the end of your eyebrow. Use a pointed cotton swab dipped in Bioderma Sensibio H2O to clean up any mistakes and carve out a crisp, sharp flick.

Most importantly, keep practicing! Experiment with the thickness of your line and the angle of your wing to discover what looks best with your eye shape. Winged eyeliner can seem difficult at first, but it gets easier with time—especially if you start with a gel eyeliner, which tends to be more forgiving than liquid or pencil.

Now that you’ve gotten the hang of basic winged liner, take it to the next level with these three creative cat eye looks.

The New Foundation Powered by a Cult-Favorite Anti-Aging Cream

 If you’re a fan of Sisleÿa, the breakthrough anti-aging line beloved by beauty connoisseurs around the world, we’ve got big news for you. Sisley-Paris, the French luxury brand known for their plant-based skin care formulations, has debuted a new foundation that combines the tried-and-true anti-aging technology of Sisleÿa with lightweight, luminous coverage that looks and feels like real skin.

Sisleÿa Le Teint targets the skin at two levels to bring out a radiant, youthful complexion: instantly and over time. When first applied, Le Teint immediately blurs imperfections, evens skin tone, and imparts a natural, soft-focus glow with light-diffusing mica and hectorite. It feels noticeably weightless on the skin with a long-lasting, satin-like finish that’s never cakey or heavy.

With regular use, Sisleÿa Le Teint works like the most effective anti-aging cream you’ve ever used. Powered by the same botanical complex used in other Sisleÿa products, it targets the three types of aging (environmental, genetic, and behavioral) to visibly smooth, firm, and plump skin throughout the day. Think fewer fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, increased radiance, and bouncier, more youthful skin. A foundation that does more than just make our skin look flawless? Sign us up.

A Glittery Life’s Trisha W. took Sisleÿa Le Teint out for a spin and loved how it covered redness and imperfections while still feeling light and breathable.

To see more before-and-after photos featuring Beauty Professor and TrendMood, check out our Sisleÿa Le Teint page. If you need help choosing a shade or want to learn more about this foundation, schedule a personalized consultation with one of our beauty advisors.

How I Learned To Never Use Depilatory

To avoid makeup mistakes, sometimes you have to learn the hard way. Even the pros have been there, as we discover in this new series that offers experts’ insightful (and often hilarious) memories of those beauty growing pains—along with tips on how to avoid them yourself. 

As told by James Vincent

Growing up I had a lot of eyebrow trauma. My mom is Italian so I was basically born with a unibrow and dark features. My friends said I looked like Bert from Sesame Street. Naturally, I wanted to look more like a member of Duran Duran. What can I say?—It was the ’80s and I was a teen. I would try things like Sun-In to get frosted tips or bleach my whole head with peroxide. At one point, I even tried to use peroxide on my eyebrows, but when that didn’t help, I turned to more drastic measures.

I started with Nair because my mom already had some and the commercials made it look easy. It seemed like a quick alternative to tweezing. What I didn’t realize at the time is that Nair burns the skin on your face. So I smeared it on—and blistered. My eighth-grade self had to endure burn marks for a few weeks. Still upset and wanting to fix my one-eyebrow situation, I tried to shave them down, but the more I tried, the more I cut off. It just so happened that I was invited to my first teen birthday party in the midst of all of the havoc. And being the young, fat, gay kid trying to make a good impression, the hairless scabs on my face didn’t get me the attention I had wanted.

Thankfully, during my freshman year of high school, I met one of my (now) best friends, Dawn. She introduced me to a different world of The Smiths, pegged jeans, and yes, tweezing. In college, Dawn waxed my back and was the first person to let me do her makeup (even though she wasn’t impressed, punched me, and told me I should never do makeup again).

Often, while growing up, boys don’t get the same facial hair lesson that girls do, because it seems so feminine. I now understand that it’s important to leave things like eyebrows to the professionals. Investing a few dollars to let a pro shape your brows is worth every penny. Once the shape is there, it’s easier to maintain with tweezers. Just don’t attempt to do it the first time yourself, you’ll get an over-tweezed Jersey Shore look. And trust me, that doesn’t work on anyone.

a Temporary Tattoo Left a Scar on Hanna

Temporary Tattoo Warning: Black Henna

Decal tattoos aren’t the only kind of temporary tattoo that can cause reactions. Tattoos applied at kiosks in malls or along boardwalks or other tourist destinations also can be dangerous. After receiving reports of serious temporary tattoo skin reactions, the FDA issued an alert about them. Reported reactions included redness, blisters, raised red weeping marks, loss of skin pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight, and permanent scarring.

In permanent tattoos, ink is injected into the skin. However, temporary tattoos sit on the skin’s surface. Many are marketed as henna tattoos. Natural henna, which is made from a tropical and subtropical plant, is reddish-brown in color, said Joel Schlessinger, MD, a dermatologist in Omaha, Neb., and chief executive of LovelySkin.com, a beauty site. “It has traditionally been used to dye hair, skin, and fingernails for centuries,” he said.

Many temporary tattoos today are sold as “black henna” tattoos, which are darker and supposed to be longer-lasting than traditional henna tattoos. But according to the FDA, so-called black henna tattoos often contain a coal-tar hair dye that includes p-phenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient that can cause allergic reactions in some people. PPD is not approved for use in cosmetics that are applied directly to the skin.

Hanna does not know whether the tattoo she put on her face contained PPD or any other dangerous ingredient.

Temporary Tattoo Skin Reaction: Scar Treatment

Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, director of ethnic skin care for the University of Miami department of dermatology and cutaneous surgery and co-founder of Specific Beauty skin care products, said she has seen about 10 cases of allergic skin reactions from black henna tattoos.

“When the inflammation is severe, and especially in darker-skinned patients, the patient can develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in the shape of the tattoo,” Dr. Woolery-Lloyd said. “This usually fades with time … ranging from six months to several years. Fade creams may help, but usually the pigment is very deep. In the most severe cases, scarring — textural changes in the skin — can occur. Fractional lasers may help to soften the look of this type of scarring.”

Hanna said her doctor recommended using Mederma, an over-the-counter topical, to help minimize the scar, but so far it hasn’t helped. It’s likely the scar is now permanent, she said. To hide it, she uses makeup thick enough to cover a tattoo, but “even with makeup, it’s still noticeable,” she said.

6 Extreme Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

  1. Toe shortening. If a patient has a toe that’s too long for her liking, surgery can correct the issue. The procedure usually takes about 15 minutes and involves removing a piece of bone. This type of foot surgery is an outpatient procedure and will temporarily make walking difficult. The risks, like infection and prolonged swelling, are the same as any regular surgery; extreme and fairly uncommon risks include the loss of a toe or long-term nerve damage. “Toe shortening has become quite popular over the years,” says Oliver Zong, DPM, a podiatrist and cosmetic foot surgeon in New York City. “Ten years ago, people weren’t aware they could get the procedure.”
  2. Toenail removal. For the most part, toenail removal surgery usually is performed because of ingrown or chronically infected nails, such as those common among runners and other people who expose their feet to repetitive injury. Before going the surgical route, many podiatrists will first try medication, like terbinafine (Lamisil), to improve ugly fungal nails. If that doesn’t work, a foot surgeon can remove all or portions of the nail in the hope that it will grow back healthier. (It takes three to six months for toenails to grow back.) Toenail removal is a simple foot surgery that takes about 5 minutes and can be performed in a podiatrist’s office. Pain is a risk, and there is the possibility that the toenail won’t grow back or won’t look perfect, says Dr. Zong, who explains that these aren’t really new medical procedures, but that they are now being done for cosmetic purposes as well.
  3. Skin lightening. Making one’s skin lighter just for the sake of it is very uncommon, says Klein. However, there are patients who have uneven pigmentation due to sun damage or even pregnancy (a condition called melasma). A dermatologist may treat the patchy look by using a combination cream of retinol and hydroquinone, a skin-lightening agent. Other treatments include laser surgery, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. The main risk of these treatments is skin irritation and redness.
  4. Oversized breast implants. Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. The largest implant size that a surgeon can order from a manufacturer is 850 cc (an approximate increase of three cup sizes), and there is a small minority of women who want oversized breast implants, depending on the size of their bodies. There are size limitations with silicone-gel implants because they come prefilled; saline implants can be inserted through various incision sites and then filled to the desired volume upon proper placement. Besides the normal risks associated with regular breast implants, including changes in nipple sensation, ruptures, and pain, oversized implants also carry the risk of improper positioning, stretching of the skin, “bottoming out” (when implants sink), and extrusion (when implants erode through the skin).
  5. Biceps implants. Very few cosmetic surgeons will perform biceps implants, which use solid silicone, because of the associated problems. Risks include infection, nerve or muscle damage, and implant movement. “You just don’t see biceps implant surgery — 95 percent of plastic surgeons don’t want to do it,” says Klein. “It doesn’t make sense in terms of the well-being of the patient.”
  6. Butt implants. This procedure uses solid silicone, the same type of implants used in pectoral, biceps, and calf surgeries, and is placed either goes above or below the gluteal muscle. Because the gluteal muscles are involved in many lower extremity movements, there is more post-operative pain associated with this type of surgery. There is also a high risk of infection.

Neutrals Have Never Been So Pretty

Neutral colors have always had their place in makeup, but browns, taupes, khakis, and creams have never felt more of-the-moment than right now. It seems like every brand released its own take (or two or three) on neutrals this season—including lines better known for electric brights (see Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics). While we never get bored of colorful color, we’re loving the subtle glam of autumnal neutrals so much that we’re already planning to wear them throughout the holidays and beyond.

Neutrals can be eye-catching, and really dramatic if you wear them the right way, especially with a pop of color (think oxblood, navy, and classic red). And because cleanup is a lot easier to contend with than, say, smokey charcoals, glitters, or neons, they’re perfect for experimenting. To inspire you to take understated shades for a spin, we rounded up some of our faves and created three looks perfect for chilly days and nights.

Look #1: All-In! Neutral and Natural

Committing to the soft, warm neutrals top to bottom—from eyes to lips to cheeks—is such a pretty look. It’s proof positive that you don’t need a ton of drama on the eyes to balance an understated lip. We’re loving the new, self-sharpening Femme Nude Lip Stylos from Hourglass Cosmetics, which rank among the creamiest lip pencils we’ve tried. And every one of the six pinky-beige color options (here, #02) looks so polished.

The makeup: Graftobian GlamAire Airbrush Foundation in Buttermilk, Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder in Translucent, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black, Milani HD Advance Concealer in #02, bareMinerals READY Color Boost in Adrenaline Rush, Hourglass Cosmetics Femme Nude Lip Stylo in #02

Look #2: With Black Cherry Lips

What’s better than a black cherry lip for fall? The almost-oxblood (but not quite) shade looks gorgeous when you keep everything else minimal. We got the lip color by blending Milani lipstick and lipliner with one of OCC’s new Matte Lip Tars, Anita, a brown-burgundy. Everywhere else, we stuck to taupes and creams, including a light buff shade along the brow-bone for an eye-catching effect.

The makeup: Graftobian GlamAire Airbrush Foundation in Buff (to lighten the area around the brows), bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 in Magnate (on lids, from The Power Neutrals palette), Milani Lipliner in Sugar Plum, Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Black Cherry, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Anita

Look #3: With Smokey Lavender Eyes

With barely-there colors as a canvas, here we made the eyes the focal point. The well-defined brows frame the charcoal-lavender smokey eyes, a look we absolutely love for a fall or winter party. It’s perfect with an updo and an unexpected nail color, like this shiny midnight-navy from Armani.

Tips to Minimize Those Lip Lines

Minimizing Lip Lines

Options for minimizing lip lines include fillers (also known as soft tissue augmentation), dermabrasion, and laser skin resurfacing.

  • Fillers for lip lines. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that can be injected into the skin to improve the look of fine lines. Hyaluronic acid adds volume between skin fibers that have lost it over time. Your doctor may offer several other filler options — your own fat, for example. Swelling from a pharmaceutical filler decreases over a few days; fat injections may take one to two weeks. Results from both are temporary and may diminish over time.
  • Dermabrasion for lip lines.Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure in which a dermatologist scrapes away the surface of skin, evening out the look of fine lines. A chemical peel achieves a similar effect with the use of a caustic chemical that burns away the top layers of skin, revealing the smoother surface underneath. These procedures may require downtime of up to two weeks depending on the intensity of the treatment.
  • Laser skin resurfacing for lip lines. Laser skin resurfacing uses a targeted beam of light (a skin laser) to even out the skin’s surface. For laser resurfacing and dermabrasion, you may have flaking for five to 10 days and notice results in 10 to 14 days; the skin may remain pink or flushed for one to six months.

Plastic Surgery for Lip Lines: What Procedure Is Right for You?

You and your plastic surgeon will discuss the options. Your skin type, desired result, and the amount of downtime you can manage will affect your choice.

Budget is also a concern, since most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by health insurance plans. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, average plastic surgeon fees for these procedures in 2007 were:

  • Chemical peel: $744
  • Laser skin resurfacing: $2,222
  • Dermabrasion: $283
  • Hyaluronic acid filler: $598

You will also have to budget for costs such as medication, ointments, staff, and facility use. Discuss with your plastic surgeon whether you will need to repeat the treatment in months or years.

Plastic Surgery: Not All Fillers Are Equal

The majority of facial fillers have an excellent safety profile, but some fillers may have unintended side effects. According to a study of 25 women who received polyalkylimide implant injections (implants which are essentially gel and water), researchers found that in the year after the procedure, some women experienced swelling, hardening, or pain at the injection site, and they also experienced body-wide reactions such as fevers and arthritis.

Remember, all cosmetic surgery has possible side effects. Find out about the side effects before deciding, but once you do, you can make a safe choice.

How to Find Your Perfect Foundation Match

Know your skin type + undertone

Before anything else, you should have a clear understanding of your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, normal, or combination) so that you know which formula suits you best. For example, if you have dry skin, you’re not going to want the same foundation as your friend with oily skin—that would only accentuate your flaws. Similarly, someone with acne-prone skin would most likely be better off with something more pigmented than sheer. Also, being aware of what your undertone is will make the process of picking a foundation a whole lot easier. If you have a rosy or bluish tint to your skin, you’re pink; if you have yellow, gold, or olive in your skin, you’re golden; and if you see neither rosy or yellow tones, you’re neutral.

Pick a formula and finish

The cool thing about Cover FX is that because the foundation formulas are oil-free and made with sensitive skin in mind, all of the products perform well on a variety of skin types. In general, though, if you have oily skin, powder foundation will do the best job absorbing excess oil. For dry skin, stick to a cream foundation, because it’s the most hydrating. And liquid foundations can be used on both oily and dry complexions, but are best suited for normal to dry types. Also keep in mind the type of finish you prefer: for a dewy look, Selby recommends Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation; for a matte finish, he suggests Pressed Mineral Foundation; and for extra radiance, try Total Cover Cream Foundation.

Find your match

Once you’ve determined your skin type, undertone, and formula preference, you’re ready to choose a foundation. Every brand categorizes foundations in a different way; Cover FX’s are grouped by undertone—P=Pink, N=Neutral, and G=Golden. Selby suggests you test two or even three different shades because, “when you think you have the perfect match, try one more—you might be surprised at just how perfect our colors can be! ” Whatever you do, don’t test any products on your hand or wrist, which will often be a completely different shade than your face. Do a streak test on your jaw—your face and neck won’t necessarily be exactly the same color, but this will help you pick a shade that you can easily blend for the most natural look.

How to Get Skin Glows

As you age, your skin becomes thinner and can begin to look tired. Environmental damage also can take the glow out of your complexion and leave you with dull skin. If you find yourself yearning for the dewiness of younger skin, there are ways to help restore the glow to your complexion.

Bad Habits Lead to Dull Skin

Your skin begins to age as early as your twenties. Skin starts to lose its elastic qualities and dead cells do not slough off as quickly, leaving you with dull, dry skin that has lost its glow. In addition to normal aging and your own genetics, factors that can cause your skin to appear dull include:

  • Sun exposure. Over time, too much sun exposure can damage your skin, causing it to appear rough, leathery, and blotchy. Sun exposure is more likely to lead to dull skin if you have a fair complexion.
  • Cigarette smoking. If you smoke cigarettes, the normal age-related changes in your skin happen even faster. People who smoke are more likely to develop a yellowish tint to their skin, and their skin often appears more leathery than that of nonsmokers.
  • Low humidity. If you’re exposed to low humidity year-round because of overheating in winter and air-conditioning in summer, your skin can be left feeling dry and itchy.
  • Stress. Being under stress can cause your skin to become drier and dull looking.
  • Product overuse. Using skin care products that dry your skin, which may include soaps, antiperspirants, and fragrances, can leave your skin looking lifeless.

How to Banish Dull Skin

There are many ways you can help achieve the appearance of younger skin, but the best way to avoid dullness is to prevent it. Follow these steps to prevent a drab complexion or regain your glow:

  • Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater every day, even if it’s not particularly sunny; another option is to use a daily moisturizer with SPF 15.
  • Avoid sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm, when the sun’s rays are the most intense — wear a stylish, wide-brimmed hat if you’re taking a walk during your lunch hour.
  • If you smoke, stop; this can help improve your skin tone no matter how long you’ve been smoking.
  • Use a humidifier in your home and drink water throughout the day to help keep your skin hydrated.
  • Use mild facial cleansers instead of harsh soaps (or any soap you might use on the rest of your body) when you bathe.
  • Switch from water-based makeup and powder formulas to creams, especially for foundation and blusher.
  • Take lukewarm, rather than hot, baths and showers — and fewer of them — to avoid drying out your skin.

Techniques to Rejuvenate Your Complexion

You can take more serious action to help restore the glow of younger skin by:

  • Moisturizing. Use more targeted creams and moisturizers to give your skin back its younger look. Try over-the-counter products with alpha hydroxy acids or see a dermatologist for a prescription for Renova (or Retin-A if your skin is oily) to encourage cell turnover, brighten your complexion, and make it appear fresher.
  • Talking to your doctor. Sometimes dry skin can be a symptom of an underlying health problem. Treating a health condition such as diabetes or kidney disease can sometimes help combat dull skin.
  • Consulting a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. If a change in skin care products isn’t making enough impact, consider a medical approach to regaining the look of younger skin. Treatments include:
    • Chemical peel to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, helping to restore the skin’s glow and a more youthful appearance
    • Dermabrasion, a procedure to remove layers of dead skin and stimulate the deeper layer of skin (dermis) to rejuvenate, which will diminish the appearance of fine wrinkles
    • Laser resurfacing, a more aggressive procedure that uniformly removes a certain thickness of skin and exposes newer, fresher looking skin

If you’re concerned about dull skin, consider all the options for helping restore your glow. Often, a few changes in your skin care routine can leave you with a fresher, younger-looking appearance.

10 Tips for Beautiful Summer Skin

1. Try a Self-Tanner

Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are very damaging, especially UVA rays. They not only burn your skin and cause premature aging, but can also lead to skin cancer.

So, instead of lying for hours in the sun, get that sun kissed glow with a self-tanner. Many salons offer spray-on tan services, or you can purchase an inexpensive self-tanning lotion at your local drugstore. Gradual self-tanning moisturizers keep your skin smooth as they help you control just exactly how bronzed you become, and they are less prone to streaking. Just remember to exfoliate before you apply self-tanner to remove any dry skin that could pick up excess color and lead to an uneven appearance.

2. Slather on Sunscreen

Many dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. The Skin Cancer Foundation points out that tests demonstrated SPF 30 products block out only 4 percent more rays — 97 percent compared to 93 percent for SPF 15. So know that you’re getting more protection with SPF 30, but not double the amount of SPF 15. In the past, broad-spectrum SPF sunscreens made skin look whitish because of the opaque nature of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which physically block UV rays, but with more refined, micronized formulations, you can get their sun protection benefits without the ghostly appearance.

More sunscreen smarts to follow include:

  • Check the sunscreen’s ingredients list; it should contain agents that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply sunscreen regularly, as it will wear off with prolonged swimming or sweating.
  • Even if it’s cloudy, ultraviolet rays can still reach your skin, so wear sunscreen even on sunless days.
  • Many makeup and skin care products contain an SPF agent, but don’t be fooled: Look for the SPF number and use extra sunscreen if it’s below 15.

3. Give ’Em Lip Service

Use a lip sunscreen with SPF agent even if you’re putting lipstick on, too.

4. Remember Hair Care

The beating sun will hit your hair hard, but there are a number of sprays containing SPF that you can put on after you wash your hair. This is a must if your tresses has been chemically treated.

Another tip: Don’t overwash your hair as this can remove the oils that naturally protect it.

5. Exfoliate Head to Toe

Expensive scrubs and salts feel wonderful, but if you’re on a budget, you can do just as good a job using an exfoliation mitt or glove and your regular body wash. Gentle exfoliation is essential if you’ve had any area waxed, particularly in the bikini area, as it can help prevent ingrown hairs.

6. Moisturize and Nourish With Oils

Elbows, feet, and ankles can get very dry, so try avocado oil to keep them healthy and smooth. Avocado oil not only moisturizes, but also has nourishing properties as it contains vitamin E.

7. Be Kind to Your Face

Chemical peels, creams, scrubs, and other products containing glycolic acids and retinoids should not be used if you spend a lot of time in the sun: These treatments can make your skin more sun sensitive and cause more damage to your skin. If you must use them, wear a hat and sunscreen to protect your face. Follow this advice as well if you’re taking certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline, which also make you more prone to sunburn.

8. Try Mineral Makeup

Because mineral makeup has a light powder base, it won’t sweat off as easily as regular foundation. Some mineral bases even contain a built-in SPF. And you don’t have to spend a fortune: Check out what’s in the aisles at your local pharmacy or supermarket. There are many inexpensive brands there that are as good as the more pricey products sold in department stores.

9. You Are What You Eat

Your skin needs lots of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, so check out your local farmer’s market for the freshest fare in summer fruits and vegetables. Foods rich in antioxidants and protein, such as fresh produce, fish, and eggs, can stimulate collagen growth, which keeps the skin elastic and helps prevent wrinkles.

10. Drink Plenty of Water

The beating sun can dry your skin and make you sweat more, so keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you’re active, you need to drink at least 8 glasses during the day. Be careful though: You can actually drink too much and that can be dangerous.

10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

1. Invest in a humidifier. Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom.

2. Lower the thermostat. When it’s chilly outside, what’s the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool, yet comfortable setting — 68°F to 72°F — to maintain healthy skin.

3. Skip hot showers. Although it may be tempting to warm up with a long, steamy shower, hot water dries out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Instead, take a 5- to 10-minute lukewarm shower (or bath). You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands — if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot.

4. Choose cleanser wisely. The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, steer clear of regular bar soaps, since they tend to contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, start washing with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap, so limit your lathering to necessary areas, such as your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet.

5. Modify your facial skin care regimen for the season. During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. Look for products that contain little or no alcohol — unless your skin is excessively oily. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.

6. Moisturize frequently. Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. “Blot skin dry and apply a thick moisturizer within a few minutes after bathing to seal the water into the skin,” says Linda Stein Gold, MD, director of dermatology clinical research and division head of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield, MI. “It’s best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. And don’t forget your hands,” says Dr. Stein Gold. “Constant washing will cause the hands to take a beating. Apply hand cream after each washing, and wear waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.”

7. Apply sunscreen — even in winter. It is still important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays on cold, dreary days in winter. Before going outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

8. Wear appropriate clothing. Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. “Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin,” says Stein Gold. “This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy.” Wear soft, breathable materials against your skin, and then pull on a warmer sweater. Protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens. Remember to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer wool gloves, put cotton or silk glove liners on first.

9. Eat right and stay hydrated. “Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil,” says Barbara R. Reed, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO, and in private practice at Denver Skin Clinic. “For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside.”

10. Change out of wet clothes quickly. Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. Be sure to remove wet gloves, socks, and pants as soon as possible.

If you still experience dryness, discomfort, and irritation after trying these healthy skin tips, Stein Gold suggests using an over-the-counter, 1-percent hydrocortisone cream. “If you don’t see improvement in a few days, talk with your doctor,” Stein Gold says. You may need a prescription-strength moisturizer to overcome winter’s drying effects on your skin.

Use an Eyelash Curler

Eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara are standard tools in any makeup kit. But makeup pros know that using an eyelash curler can further enhance your eyes by making them look wider and brighter. Inexpensive and easy to use, an eyelash curler is also safe if used properly. Read on for information about types of eyelash curlers and step-by-step instructions.

Eyelash Curler Options

There are two types of eyelash curlers — the conventional clamp-down kind and the newer heated eyelash curler. “Although manual or heated curlers can be used to curl the lashes, the effects are only temporary, from day to day,” notes lash stylist Twanna Smith, owner of Glam Eyelash and Brow Bar Salon in Duluth, GA.

Traditional eyelash curler.

This curler is metal and has the same kind of handles you’d find on a pair of scissors. The handles open and close a clamp that, when squeezed tight for a few seconds, produces the curl. The curling end has a rubber pad to protect delicate eyelashes from the metal clamp. The curler works by crimping your lashes up toward your brow, making them look longer and more pronounced. “Look for an eyelash curler that’s curved, not straight,” advises Candice Torres of Younique. “The curved base conforms well to the natural shape of the eye and can get closer to your lash line without pinching.” Be sure to choose a model with a good-sized pad to press against your lashes as well as a natural shaped handle, which will be easier to hold, she suggests. To avoid possible infection, you’ll want to replace the pad on the curler every two months. An eyelash curler typically costs between $5 and $25, depending on the brand and the store. Consider buying a replacement pack of the rubber pads at the same time.

Heated eyelash curlers.

Heated eyelash curlers are another option. Some use a small heated brush rather than a clamp to curl the eyelashes. You run the heated brush from the base of the lashes to the tip, working from the center of the eye out to the edges. Heated eyelash curlers cost from $10 to $20.

Step-by-Step Advice From the Pros

If you have one of the newer, heated curlers, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you prefer the traditional, inexpensive model, follow these tips to get the best curl.

Start with clean lashes.

For the best results, make sure to remove any old mascara from your eyelashes before you curl them. Old mascara can clog your curler or cause your lashes to clump, Torres explains, so it’s important to remove it. Use a gentle, oil-free eye makeup remover; any oil on the lashes would cause your new application of mascara to smudge. “The mascara will go on so much easier when your lashes are curled and more easily accessible,” Torres says. “I have naturally stick-straight lashes, so it’s hard to reach every little hair unless I curl them first.”

Next, do your eyelid makeup.

“Put your eyeshadow and liner on first, then curl your lashes and add your favorite mascara,” Torres says.

Clamp with care.

“Open the eyelash curler — and your eyes — and place your upper lashes between the padded base and the top,” Torres says. “Wiggle the eyelash curler into place, trying to get as close to your upper lash line/eyelid without pinching the skin. Don’t be scared — just go slowly if it’s your first time. “Close the clamp with the handle and gently squeeze in place for 10 to 15 seconds.”

To avoid a sharp bend and to create a natural curled look, gently release the curler and move it up the lash, away from the lid, by one or two millimeters, and again clamp the lashes for five to 10 seconds. Gently release the curler and repeat the process one or two more times, moving the curler up the lashes, closer to the end of the lashes each time.

You can repeat the process if you feel that your eyelashes are not sufficiently curled. Once you’re satisfied, add mascara. “In order to maintain the most curl, try to find a formula that’s not too wet or heavy,” Torres says.

You might need a little practice — to learn how to maneuver eyelashes through the clamp, how to comfortably clamp down, and how to use mascara to maintain that curl. But in very little time, you’ll create beautiful, long lashes with almost no effort.

 

Summer’s Heat Can Enflame Hives

Nearly one in four people develops hives at some time or another, and they can be triggered by hot summer weather.

Hives are itchy, red or white bumps, welts or patches on the skin. The condition can be acute or chronic, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Acute hives, which can last less than a day or up to six weeks, are likely a reaction caused by contact with an allergen such as food, animal dander, insect bite, pollen or latex.

Other possible triggers included medications, heat, stress, exercise, chemicals or viral infection.

The academy says you should consult with your doctor to identify the cause of acute hives.

Most people with chronic hives have symptoms that last longer than a year. Allergies cause only a small percentage of chronic hives. In most cases of chronic hives, the exact cause can’t be identified. This means that routine testing such as general blood counts or screens are not cost-effective and don’t help in planning treatments to relieve symptoms, according to an academy news release.

Hives are not contagious, and most cases get better on their own. Doctors may advise patients to avoid hot baths and showers, wear loose-fitting clothing, or take antihistamines to reduce itching and swelling.

Corticosteroids are prescribed for people with severe flare-ups of hives. In rare cases, hives can be a symptom of a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Call 911 if you or someone else experiences hives along with any of these symptoms: fainting, shortness of breath, tightness in the throat, tongue/face swelling, or wheezing, the academy said.

Trick to Hide a Cold Sore

Cold sores have a habit of breaking out when you have a cold, but they can be also caused by stress. That’s why you might discover a cold sore on your lip or around your mouth when you least want to deal with it.

Whether you’re going to a wedding or a big job interview, it’s hard to feel your best with a cold sore on your face. Using makeup such as concealer may help, but the timing can be tricky. “I wouldn’t recommend trying to cover a cold sore if it is not partially healed or scabbed over,” says Denise Gevaras, a professional makeup artist in Toms River, N.J. “Most cold sores will ooze in the beginning, and trying to put makeup on them will not only draw attention to them but can probably prevent them from healing properly.”

“It’s hard to conceal a cold sore when it has blistered and is still weeping,” agrees Danielle M. Miller, MD, a dermatologist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. “But you might be able to use a concealer safely when cold sores are in the healing stage. You also might be able to use an antiviral medication to prevent a cold sore from breaking out or to make it heal more quickly.”

Concealer to Hide a Cold Sore

Once your cold sore has begun healing, you can use makeup to lessen its appearance. “To cover a healing cold sore, I would recommend using a highly concentrated heavy concealer,” says Gevaras. “I have done this often in the past with clients having a breakout right before their wedding.”

Gevaras recommends these steps to best conceal a cold sore:

  • Use a concealer with a creamy texture, not a liquid. These concealers are usually sold in small jars, tubes, or compacts, and are very concentrated.
  • Only a small amount of a heavy concealer is needed — a little goes a very long way.
  • If you have a lot of redness, you may benefit from using concealer in two different shades: a yellow-based concealer to neutralize redness and a concealer that matches your skin tone.
  • Dab on the yellow concealer using a disposable makeup sponge. Start with a very small amount and build it up, if necessary, to avoid cakiness.
  • After the yellow concealer is applied, top it with a very light dusting of finishing powder. Pat it on lightly to avoid disturbing the concealer.
  • Next, gently dab on the concealer color that matches your skin tone and use a stipple motion to blend.
  • Apply another light dusting of finishing powder to set.

“Because cold sores are contagious, to avoid contaminating makeup products, use only disposable sponges and brushes, even if the cold sore is scabbed over,” warns Gevaras. “Never ‘double dip’ in the concealer or powder with the same makeup sponge or brush.”

Getting Rid of Cold Sores Sooner

While there is nothing you can do about an active, oozing cold sore, you might be able to shorten the life of the cold sore or even keep it from showing up.

“In many cases, symptoms of numbness and burning around your mouth or lip are early warning signs of a cold sore,” explains Dr. Miller. “Taking medication at this stage may suppress the blistering phase and shorten the duration of cold sores.”

If you commonly get cold sores or you have the early warning symptoms of a cold sore, ask your doctor if a prescription antiviral medication can help you.

5 Tips to Protect Your Skin

You need to protect your skin because of the vital role it has protecting your body. Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, and can quickly become second nature, like brushing your teeth.

These five skin protection tips can keep your skin looking and feeling great, by guarding against a slew of skin woes, from chapped skin to prematurely aging to skin cancer.

1. Limit Sun Exposure

You’ve heard the message a zillion times, and there’s good reason for that unrelenting repetition. Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun cause many types of skin damage:

  • Skin cancer
  • Wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Discolorations
  • Benign growths

Using skin care products that offer ultraviolet protection is one of the best ways to help keep your skin looking fresh and youthful:

  • Use sunscreen every day and reapply regularly whenever you’re outdoors for extended periods.
  • Cover skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats.
  • Stay indoors when the sun is at its most intense, usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Keep in mind that tanning beds are just as harmful as direct sunlight, as they also emit ultraviolet rays.

2. Stay Hydrated

Keeping your skin moist is essential to skin protection. Skin that is properly hydrated retains pliability and prevents chapped skin or scaly, flaky skin:

  • Drink lots of water. This is key to hydrating your skin.
  • Use the right moisturizing cream or lotion for your skin type and apply it right after drying off from your bath or shower. Avoid products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, as this ingredient removes natural oils needed by your skin.
  • Take warm (not hot) showers or baths, and limit them to between 5 and 10 minutes. It seems counterintuitive, but exposure to water actually dries out your skin. If dry skin persists, consider cutting back on the number of baths you take.

3. Take Health Precautions

Cold sores are caused by a viral infection of the skin bordering the lips, while bacteria can contribute to acne and other skin conditions. Practicing skin protection means paying close attention to what touches your skin, to lower your chances of exposure to germs:

  • Don’t share any personal items, such as lip balms or toothbrushes.
  • Don’t share drinks with other people.
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers or with objects like telephone receivers that have been used by others.

4. Use Gentle Skin Care

Washing your face is important to remove dirt, oils, germs, and dead cells. However, scrubbing your face causes irritation that can lead to chapped skin that, in turn, can leave skin vulnerable. For best results, you should:

  • Wash your face twice daily with warm water and a mild cleanser.
  • Gently massage your face with a washcloth, using a circular motion.
  • Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all soap and debris.
  • Pat your skin dry — don’t rub — then apply your facial moisturizer.

5. Know Your Skin

Pay attention to odd freckles, moles, and growths on your skin, and consult your doctor if you notice any changes. For example, a change in a mole can indicate potential skin cancer. Be sure to treat any cuts that may occur to prevent infection. Other skin conditions that merit a dermatologist visit include frequent acne, inflamed or irritated dry skin, and skin rashes and irritations that don’t go away, as these could be signs of one of the many types of dermatitis, or skin inflammation.

With proper skin care to pamper skin from the outside and with a good diet to nourish from within, skin protection comes down to a few simple steps. But should you ever notice any problems, get medical attention to resolve them quickly and avoid putting your skin at risk.

Choosing the Right Skin Care for You

How Much Active Ingredient?

The active ingredient in an over-the-counter product is often the same as the one found in its prescription counterpart, but at a lower dosage. Over-the-counter dandruff shampoo contains a lower dosage of the active ingredient ketoconazole (1 percent), while the prescription-strength versions contain 2 percent. Inhydrocortisone anti-itch cream, the maximum over-the-counter dosage is 1 percent, while prescription-strength creams contain 2.5 percent. According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, once a product’s active ingredient reaches a certain percentage — such as 1.5 percent for hydrocortisone, or 2 percent for salicylic acid in acne treatments — it requires a prescription from a doctor.

Sometimes It’s Just a Marketing Strategy

Because the FDA does not closely regulate over-the-counter skin-care products, a company can label a product “maximum strength” or “clinical strength” for any reason it sees fit — and the label is no guarantee that the product will actually be any stronger than others on the market. The best way to find out whether you are really getting the “maximum” strength of an ingredient is to check the ingredients label, says Robyn Gmyrek, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Compare the label with other products on the shelf,” says Dr. Gmyrek, and check the percentage of the active ingredient in each product.

Although an increase in the active ingredient in a product of 1 percent may not seem as though it would significantly affect the strength, it can, says dermatologist Doris Day, MD, director of Day Cosmetic, Laser and Comprehensive Dermatology in New York City and a professor at NYU Medical School. For this reason, it’s best to test a new skin-care product by applying a dime-sized amount on your forearm, to see if it causes a reaction.

Prescription Products Must Be Approved by the FDA

For the FDA to approve a product’s switch from over-the-counter to prescription-strength status, regulations require a company to show that even a slight increase in the amount of active ingredient (for example, 1 percent) “changes the structure or function of the skin.” All prescription products are reviewed by the FDA and have gone through numerous clinical trials, says Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City dermatologist. The FDA also decides what dosage level constitutes a prescription. Some OTC products may be labeled “original prescription strength,” which means a prescription from a doctor was once required, but the product is now available without one.

Finding the Right Product for You

How do you know which product to try? Stronger dosages can have harsher effects on your skin, so it’s generally safer to start with a lower dosage. Try the basic OTC product for a minimum of two weeks to gauge the results, then move on to a maximum- or clinical-strength product, if necessary, or request a prescription, says Dr. Day. For acne, you should expect to wait a little longer — from four to six weeks — to see results. And if any product irritates your skin or makes symptoms worse, see your doctor immediately.

3 Ways To Make Lip Liner

Everybody, and we mean everybody can benefit from a little lip liner. While lining your lips runs the danger of creating an outdated, overdrawn, unblended pout, it’s time to stop shying away from lip liner for fear it may leave you looking like a Real Housewife. Here are the real 3 ways to make lip liner work for you.

Nude: The Shaping Liner

Why use a lip liner that matches your skintone? Flesh toned liners can help shape your lips before lip products are applied by filling in parts of the lip area to match your face. This is a great technique for achieving dramatic looks such as a cupid’s bow shape, but it also works wonders for reshaping uneven lips—especially when finishing with a sheer lipstick or gloss that wouldn’t so easily mask the characteristic.

Matched: The Sharpening Liner

When you’re on the go, you don’t have time to fumble with a lip brush to get those sharp artist-esque lines every time you reach for a reapplication. Save energy by lining your lips first with a liner that matches as close as possible with your lipstick. You’ll get a crisp, creamy line that can be filled in with a smudge of lipstick. The center of your lip shade wears the fastest throughout the day while your liner is likely to stay put, so enjoy faster touch-ups that only require a swipe of lipstick with no edge lining drama.

Dark: The Contour Liner

Dark lip liner doesn’t have the greatest reputation, but a well-blended choice can work wonders for those who wish for fuller lips. Try lining lips in a dark shade and filling in with a creamy lipstick in a lighter shade. Using a lip brush, blend the shades together where they meet and you’ll end up with ombre results that look injection-worthy. Don’t want to step out looking like you’re auditioning for RuPaul’s Drag Race? The closer the shades are in the color family, the more subtle the results will be.

What’s Your Eye Shape?

DEEP SET EYES

Deep set eyes are large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more prominent brow bone. Jeffrey suggests brightening up the natural shadowing by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid (think peach!) and highlighting under your arches with an illuminating crayon. Because the ends of your lashes likely graze your lids, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges.

MONOLID

Monolids are flat on the surface and don’t have much of a crease, if any. “The brow bone is less defined,” explains Jeffrey. Create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface with a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light. “Shade the darkest color closest to the lash line, the soft neutral hue in the middle, and the shiny color at the brow bone,” says Jeffrey. Always curl lashes for a lift.

HOODED EYELIDS

Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller. “To draw the focus upward, diffuse darker shadow over and out past the crease,” says Jeffrey.Tightline the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape, and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold.

PROTRUDING EYES

Protruding eyes create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. Luckily, the bulge gives you plenty of lid space to play with! “To keep the lid from overpowering your look, blend darker tones all over your eye,” says Jeffrey. “Because dark tones recede space and size, smoky eyes work great with this eye shape!” Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.

UPTURNED EYES

The upturned eye takes the form of a classic almond shape, with a natural lift at the outer corner. “The lower lid has more emphasis and looks longer than the top lid,” explains Jeffrey. To even out the upper and lower proportions, he suggests applying dark shadow or pencil along the outer lower corner to bring down the lifted effect. Whether you’re creating a standard smoky eye or a vibrant masterpiece, always use the mirror effect by swiping the colors along the bottom lash line.

DOWNTURNED EYES

Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners. This is the perfect shape for creating a sexy cat’s eye shape. “Apply a liquid liner along the top lid and extend outward and upward at a 45 degree angle,” says Jeffrey. This effect will create symmetry and add va-va-voom!

CLOSE SET EYES

Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. “Creating the illusion of more space is simply a matter of using light eye shadows in the inner corners,” says Jeffrey. Try frosty white or sparkling nude hues. “Dab extra mascara or add individual lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward.”

WIDE SET EYES

Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart. To bring your peepers closer together, “Rim your top and bottom lash line with a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible,” says Jeffrey. Use a mascara comb to swipe all of your tiny lashes from mid eye to nose.

5 Step to Do Winged Eyeliner

There’s something about a simple winged eyeliner look that looks good on everyone. The extra flick of liner has been done since the ’50s and still adds that perfect dose of glamour needed to spruce any eye look up. It’s surprisingly easy to create, and you could use any eyeliner formula—from liquids, gels, and creams. LA-based makeup artist Jason Sanchez suggests using an angled brush and gel formula because, “the combination of products give you a lot of control and fluidity.” Sanchez breaks down each step for us, so grab your tools and follow along!

STEP 1

Dip your brush in eyeliner and gently drag it along the lash line and past the top outer corner of your eye. You want the brush to follow the upward curve of your eye. For a more dramatic winged look, draw farther out and angle the liner slightly more.

STEP 2

Next, you want to create the winged effect. Place the brush at the outer corner of the line you just drew and work back toward the center of your eye, filling it in using light strokes.

STEP 3

As you get closer to the inner lash line, paint a thinner line. You want the effect of the liner to be thin to thick from the inner corner of the eye to the outer.

STEP 4

Connect the liner to the inner corner of your eye and fill in any missing spaces along the lash line.

STEP 5

Repeat steps 2 to 5 on your other eye and voilà, you’ve completed your winged eyeliner!