Quick Beauty Tips: Easy Every Day Smoky Eye

L'Oreal HIP Color Truth Creme Liner in BrownThis is a great work-friendly, daytime smoky eye from Simonne Devon. Last year, I created my own “lazy” neutral look for days when I didn’t feel like choosing colors, blending, etc. I simply used concealer, foundation and/or bronzer, eyeliner and mascara. On my lids, I used L’Oreal HIP Color Truth Eyeliner in Brown, which is very close to my complexion.

When I watched Simonne’s tutorial, I decided to incorporate her look into mine, by using the creme liner as a base, and then adding the same lid colors she used. Needless to say, I wore this look to work three times this week! Enjoy Simonne’s video below, and let me know if you decide to try the look!


Quick Beauty Tips: Warm Weather Makeup

Spring time

Spring time (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

Spring has been with us for a few weeks, but many of us have not seen too many signs of the warm weather just yet. Here in New York City, next week’s weather forecast includes temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s, so this is a great week to practice some quick warm weather makeup tips! During the spring/summer, it’s harder to get up and out in the morning, so I’ve also included a few shortcuts to quicken your morning makeup routine.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer (www.aveeno.com)

Moisturizer – Just because the weather is warm, and skin tends to appear more “dewy,” that does not mean your skin can go without moisturizer. Even though your skin doesn’t feel dry, sunnier days can lead to dry skin – perspiration leaves salts on the skin that can have a drying effect. So don’t leave home without moisturizer, preferably one with SPF.  (Don’t forget to properly layer your products – read my quick beauty tip here)

Foundation – Many of us don’t want to be weighed down by foundation in the spring and summer. Don’t worry, you can still achieve even skin tone without using a lot of product. My advice – don’t spend money on tinted moisturizer when you can easily make your own! Take your favorite liquid or cream foundation and on the back of your hand, mix one part moisturizer to one part foundation (change the ratio to achieve your desired coverage). Apply to your face as usual for a light-coverage treat!

Milani Baked Bronzer (www.milanicosmetics.com)

Milani Baked Bronzer (www.milanicosmetics.com)

Bronzer –  There is no rule that says you have to use foundation, so go ahead and skip it. Use your favorite bronzer instead! This will give your skin a sun-kissed glow. For many years, I was afraid of bronzer because the only application tip I ever read was, “Brush bronzer on the places where the sun hits your face.” Whaaa? Well, it never hurts to ask questions, so thanks to the lovely young woman at the Estée Lauder counter, I learned the quick way to apply bronzer. Starting at your temple, create a ‘three’ by sweeping the brush in a semi-circle down toward your cheekbone, then complete the bottom of the three by sweeping the brush down along your jawline. For an added highlight, quickly sweep bronzer on the apple of your cheeks, the tip of your nose, the ball of your chin and on your forehead, right between your eyebrows.

lipglass and new kuromi make up case for purse

(Photo credit: Knitty Cent)

Lipwear – In a previous column, I encouraged you to revitalize your lipsticks by pairing them with a different lip liner. Or, skip the lipstick altogether and just use your favorite lip gloss for a quick color application to your lips, with our without lip liner.

Do you change your makeup routine when the weather gets warm?

Quick Beauty Tips: Don’t Give up on Your Lipstick!

Parallels and price of beauty

Parallels and price of beauty (Photo credit: Swamibu)

Ladies, have you ever gotten tired of a particular shade of lipstick? Well don’t toss it just yet – give it a new look! 

Here’s today’s quick beauty tip: Try pairing your lipstick with a different shade of lip liner. You would be surprised how a different color lip liner can change the look of the lipstick.

A perfect example is bright red. Normally, you might use a red liner – a color similar to the lipstick shade. It will give you a bright and vibrant red. But use the same lipstick after applying and blending in a brown lip pencil – immediately that red will tone down and, if blended properly, will give you what looks like a totally different shade of lipstick.

Try it and tell us how you did!