Before and After Photos; Makeup in Your 20’s

Life got a little overwhelming recently, so I decided to take on an intern. This is Danielle, my right hand gal. She’s as sweet as she is beautiful and I couldn’t wait to get her in my chair so I could highlight what makeup in your 20’s should look like.

Think about enhancing, and not covering. You’re looking for a little boost of color with evened out skin. It’s a look that’s youthful, casual, pretty, and really easy. I used some of my favs on Danielle and showed her how to pull off a 5 minute makeup routine that she can wear daily.

Danielle before. I told you she was adorable.
…And after, in natural light

And with a flash

I started by evening out her skin using HD Invisible Cover Foundation from MAKE UP FOR EVER because it’s rich in pigment and easy to blend with a finish that has some luminosity to it so it doesn’t just sit flat on the skin. I also used some around her eyes to cover slight darkness but she didn’t need a separate concealer. If you do wear concealer, apply it on discolored areas before using this foundation so you don’t cover up its finish, a big reason why it looks so great on the skin.

Next I gave her eyes some definition. You’d be shocked at how much pigment and staying power is in Wet N Wild’s ColorIcon palettes. I used the top left shadow as a base shade all over her lids, then I mixed the middle left one with the lower right one for her lower lid only blending it into her natural crease. The result was a little contrast without looking too dark or heavy for a girl who doesn’t usually wear shadow.

It’s also a good lesson on not spending a lot on something you don’t use very often. You can have eye shadow on hand for special events or nights out, but you won’t feel guilty when you don’t wear it daily because they weren’t expensive. If you don’t wear it a lot, don’t spend a lot. Save the cash for something you use all the time.

I couldn’t be more obsessed with Tarte right now. Their EmphasEYES waterproof clay-based shadow/ liner has surpassed Bobbi Brown’s pot liner in my book for a few reasons. It’s a natural formula that’s without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, and Phthalates which isn’t easy to fine. But even more importantly, it’s a heck of a lot easier to apply. I think the clay-based formula gives the liner a firmer texture that lays down more precisely and doesn’t slip around as easily as the BB one does. It comes with a dual ended brush that has a liner brush on one side and a smudger one on the other so you can create both a precise line and a smokey eye.

I gave Danielle a precision look along her upper and lower lash line to define her eyes. I didn’t want a harsh look, so I used the liner in Brown instead of black. For a look that’s less intense for daily use, you can also use navy or plum.

On to the cheeks, more Tarte. Totally obsessed. I haven’t reviewed a lot of cheek stains because I think they’re notoriously hard to use. Most begin to dry the second you apply them and can stain in streaks before you get a chance to blend. Instead of packaging their stain in a tube or something small, Tarte opted for this small deodorant looking push up applicator that just happens to be the same width as the area on your cheeks that you’d want to be covered with color. Trust me, the packaging seems bulky but once you use the stain, you understand why it’s made that way. The color essentially applies itself exactly where it should go and you have plenty of time for blending.

I used this shade called Natural Beauty, a sheer berry on her cheeks. It gives one of the most natural looking flushes to the skin there is and the color lasts such a long time. I’ve always been a fan of non-powder cheek colors because they stay on the skin so well, but stains take the lasting power to the next level and this one does so using a natural formula that stands alone.

A little color on the lips and we’re all done. Philosophy’s popular Kiss Me is a hydrating lip balm that boasts a high SPF of 20 as well. Although it gives a somewhat glossy look, its purpose is to give some casual color to the lips that’s light weight and moisturizing.

I just popped the color straight onto her lips without using a liner or lipstick first. It looks bright in the tube, but it sheers out to a light berry glaze that’s just a shade deeper than her lips naturally are. It’s just what you want for casual daily color that feels great on your lips so you don’t forget to reapply.

When you’re 20-something, your routine should be easy and fun. It’s the perfect time to experiment with colors and to find a routine that brings out your best features.

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So Long Matte Face: Rules for Radiant Cheeks

You’re probably tired of me talking about adding radiance to the skin, but it’s so key in getting a healthy look that I can’t stress the point enough. Even if you’re oily matte is not your friend, the look adds years and it’s so 90’s. Getting your daily dose of radiance is as easy as sweeping on a little blush with a hint of glow that will have all eyes on your beautifully lit cheeks.

First though, I want to illustrate exactly what I’m talking about when I say radiance.

Matte vs. Radiance.

Jennifer Aniston was the poster girl for the 90’s matte makeup trend. When the skin’s natural finish is overshadowed by matte makeup, it looks flat and dull.

Jim Smeal, Wire Image

And here’s Jen now sporting the modern look of luminous skin. The difference is made with the weight and finish of the makeup, she’s still getting great coverage but with something that highlights her skin instead of covering it up. She’s 9 years older in the second pic, but looks younger and fresher.

Kristian Dowling, Wire Image

Makes sense now seeing it that way right? Good, now let’s see some radiant cheek colors.

The Supernatural You Make Me Blush from Philosophy is a bronzy blushy combo that dances along the cheekbones to softly highlight them using a light-yet-well-pigmented mineral formula. In the light, you can see the soft gold tone in the shades that give the skin some serious dimension.

happy/healthy is the color pictured

Laura Mercier’s Mineral Cheek Powder also uses minerals to jazz up the complexion. It’s the nature of minerals to add depth to the skin, and to never look chalky or harsh. It’s a formula that serves up a light dose of initial color that can be built up as much as you’d like. This shade (Coral) looks really orangey in the pot, but it took several layers to look this dark against my fair skin. Translation: it’s hard to over-do it.

Makeup Artist Christopher Drummond uses finely milled mica in his Sateen Blush collection for the most radiant look out of the bunch. I got 2 compliments the first time I wore it, which never happens with blush. Build the color on slowly and apply it in natural light, you’ll probably use a lot less blush than you normally do because of how great your skin will look using the slightest amount.

Alluring Apricot is the shade shown
Just remember, weight is key when finding a radiant blush. Something that has a sheen and a heavy weight to it will translate into a frosted 80’s mess. Minerals are always a good option, and so is choosing a color that isn’t too light which can also look a little frosty because the sheen will show up more than the color – another big no-no. 
Beautifully accentuated cheekbones are always in style, so give them the punch of radiant color they deserve.

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Philosophy The Supernatural = Super Awesome

If ever you’re feeling just a little too good about yourself, might I suggest taking an extreme close-up photo of your face? You come right back down to reality, I promise. Ah, the things I do in the name of product testing.

I gave The Supernatural from Philosophy a whirl recently to see what it does on the skin. It’s a tinted, oil-free foundation primer that also doubles as a skin perfecter with SPF 15. I was sure that it was going to turn my skin bright orange, especially since I’m pretty fair, but it somehow melted into my coloring and gave my skin a brightening boost without adding much (if any) color at all.

It’s a shade that was designed to perfect all skin tones.

Little tube of magic.

The Supernatural is a multi-tasking wonder that’s meant for women who want to prime away fine lines and pronounced pores before applying foundation. It’s also a dream for women who are somewhere in between going bare-faced, and wearing foundation daily. I can find a reason for most women to use it, especially since it works so well.

Here’s the before shot of my apparently hairy face. I swear if you met me I don’t look like the bearded lady, but from this extreme angle all bets are off.


…and right after

These pics were takes seconds apart after rubbing a little into my clean skin, the lighting was the exact same and I didn’t move where I was standing. It gives your skin an instant soft-focus look that’s so pretty you can probably just use this (with a little concealer if you need) and head on out.

For those of us whose skin needs a little shove in the right direction, this little tube has just what you need. It makes your skin look a lot better, but I’ll warn you from now, it does absolutely nothing for unwanted facial hair.

Philosophy The Supernatural

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Mmm… Products That Work as Great as They Smell

Admit it, you’ve bought something based on scent alone- we all have. I love the idea of leaving behind a slight, sweet trail whenever I hug someone or walk by which is always better than a full-on blast of perfume. Here are a few things that I think smell amazing enough to buy on scent alone (good thing they work well too.)

Philosophy’s wildly popular Pure Grace fragrance is now available in a moisturizing Buffing Body Wash. It’s a cleanser with tiny grains that exfoliate your skin so gently that you can use it daily. Pure Grace captures the smell of clean like just-washed cotton sheets, and soap and water, it’s the ultimate non-fragrance fragrance. Using it all over in a body wash leaves just enough of the scent behind so your skin smells fresh and clean all day long.

Hair absorbs and holds scents really well, I can usually tell what someone is using when I hug them or if they flip their hair near me. Styling products are the last thing we use on our hair so their scent will stay the longest. I not only love the light, whipped texture of S-Factor’s Spun Satin which can be used to style wet or dry hair, but the smell of it literally makes my mouth water. It’s sort of a less-than fruity scent with a hint of sweet something that reminds me of everything I loved the smell of when I was a kid.

There are so many multi-use products out there now, which is great news for both your wallet and bathroom counters. Sothys Soins Soleil Cellu-guard Iridescent Tanning Gel creates a luminous golden tan with SPF 8 and skin soothing ingredients to fight free-radical damage. It doesn’t smell anything like a self-tanner, in fact it smells like the beach. It has a little bit of a coconut, pineapple thing going on like a more delicate version of tanning oils with a smidgen of old school Banana Boat sunscreen scent. trust me, it sounds weird but it’s a combination that just works. Every time you smell your skin, you’ll be reminded of trips to the beach.

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Philosophy Gingerbread Contest

Philosophy is giving away 5 prizes every day in their instant win game which lasts until December 17th. One lucky winner will receive a $2500 Philosophy shopping spree!

You can Enter Here once a day throughout the contest’s duration.

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Philosophy trick or treat and i love candy corn

Yummy smelling bath products are always fun and nostalgic, just like those Dr Pepper chap sticks we always got in our Christmas stockings, they still take me back to when I was a kid. Philosophy is legendary for their 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath sets because every scent gives such a nostalgic experience of edible treats we all love.

New for fall is trick or treat which has pumpkin spice muffin and carmel apple in a highly foaming formula that smells like a kitchen filled with goodies baking in the oven for fall.

trick or treat set $20

Personally, I can’t wait to use the 16oz big bottle of i love candy corn, it’s an exact scent replica of the sweet treat we can’t get enough of every Halloween.

i love candy corn $16

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