Bright Lips!

April showers bring May flowers!  As Mother Nature blooms with bright pinks, purples, oranges and reds, it’s time for us to start integrating these fun colors into our makeup routine.  One of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to your look is to wear a bright lipstick.  I love bright lipstick because it looks great on everyone, and you can achieve this look on a budget.

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Find Your Color

I have some lip color suggestions listed below based on skin color; however, if you find a color that you love – rock it!  Bright lips are all about having fun, and adding a flirty pop of color to your look.  There is no wrong color, just find a shade that you love and wear it with confidence.

Finding your undertone:  If you have pink, red or bluish undertones you are “cool”.  If you have yellow or golden undertones you are “warm”.  If you have a mix of warm and cool undertones with some green you are “olive”.  And, if you are an even mix of warm and cool undertones you are “neutral”.

Dark Cool

Dark with Cool Undertones: Pick colors with cool (pink/blue) undertones, such as deep berry, rich purple or blue based reds.  For the best brightening effect, pick colors that don’t have much white in them.

  • Lipstick Pick: Fashion Fair Lipstick in Sangria
  • Where to Buy: Fashion Fair, Macys
  • Price: $16.00

Medium Cool

Medium with Cool Undertones:  Colors with slight blue undertones, such as pure red and brick red, work well with medium cool skin.

  • Lipstick Pick: Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in Matte Bright Red
  • Where to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $20.00 

Light Coool

Light Skin with Cool Undertones:  Bright colors with blue undertones, such as neon pink, compliment light cool skintones.

  • Lipstick Pick:  MAC Cosmetics Girl About Town
  • Where to Buy: MAC Cosmetics
  • Price: $16.00

Dark Warm

Dark with Warm Undertones:  Any bright color works well with warm dark skin, so, take this opportunity to play with your lip color!  Try fuchsia or red candy apple.

  • Lipstick Pick: Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Fuchsia Pink
  • Whre to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $22.00

Medium Warm

Medium with Warm Undertones:  Bright yellow based colors, such as bright coral, really pop on medium warm skin.

  • Lipstick Pick: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya
  • Where to Buy: Sephora, NARS
  • Price: $25.00

Light Warm

Light Skin with Warm Undertones:  Orange based red or dark coral colors look beautiful with light warm skin.

  • Lipstick Pick:  Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 – Pure Colour Satiny Radiance in Le Orange
  • Where to Buy: Sephora
  • Price: $35.00 at Sephora.com

Olive

Olive (Medium with Yellow Green Undertones): To compliment olive skin, stick with warm colors with a golden hue such as orangey red or tangerine.

  • Lipstick Pick: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Mandarin
  • Where to Buy: Ulta
  • Price: $20.00 at Ulta.com

Best Bang for Your Buck

I’m always searching for great products at friendly prices.  Luckily, finding a bright lipstick doesn’t have to take a big toll on your wallet.  Below are a few of my favorite lipsticks for under $10.

Lipstick Picks:

  • NYX Matte Lipstick – With its creamy texture, strong pigments and matte finish, this lipstick is a great deal ($6.00 at ulta.com).
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Creamy texture mixed with strong pigments make this very accessible lipstick a go-to ($4.19 at ulta.com).
  • Boots No.7 Moisture Drench Lipstick – Moisturizing and long lasing, this lipstick is a steal ($9.99 at target.com).

Written by: Lynn Yee is a freelance makeup artist who resides in San Francisco, California and services the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Honolulu.  With 10 years of makeup artistry experience, Lynn has worked as a makeup artist for weddings, special events, television, fashion, and photography.  Lynn graduated from the University of Southern California and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Her business acumen combined with her love for makeup artistry uniquely position her to identify the best beauty products at the right prices and to share effective beauty tips and tricks.

Going Out In Style: Perfect Graduation Looks

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Graduation marks a huge milestone in our lives. We’re growing up, moving on and discovering ourselves, and our makeup choices should resemble how amazing we feel.

From graduation ceremony to post-grad festivities to a celebratory night out with the girls, the perfect makeup has the ability to reflect how amazing we feel. These stunning makeup trends have a perfect mix of personality and class. Graduation ceremony is often long, hot and boring, but the right makeup can liven up the day. With hundreds of photos being taken form start to finish, it’s important to focus on your natural beaut. A timeless look makes for not only great photographs but for people to focus on you and not just your makeup.

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Naya Rivera shows us the perfect look for graduation ceremony. With a simple eye and simple lip, these girls are able to turn heads with their natural beauty. But going simple doesn’t mean ditching the color.

To achieve this look, make sure to have a great base and good mascara. From there, choose a light pink or tan eye shadow that complements your skin. To make your natural beauty really stand out, make sure to add a hint of blush to liven up the cheeks and a slightly pink nude lipstick. Try NAR’s nude pink lipstick for the perfect shade to add just enough color to your ceremony look.

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Post-graduation ceremony is always filled with family and close friends. The people that know you the best already know how truly amazing you are, so don’t be afraid to add some color. Focusing on your natural beauty with a twist, an addition of color will lead to showcasing your true personality.

Rihanna has a knack for staying true to herself while looking chic at the same time. Her bold use of color is perfect for a post-graduation party. As usual, make sure to have a great base, but this time try Urban Decay’s baked bronzer for a subtle shine. Feel free to go for a slightly winged liner and heavy mascara to make the look your own. Then finish off with some show-stopping lip color such as Smashbox’s electric coral for the perfect finish to a standout look.

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A celebratory night out with the girls can be anything from grabbing a few drinks to a full-blown party. This is your night to celebrate and your makeup should reflect that, so don’t be afraid to go bold and add some darker colors.

Megan Fox has some of the perfect night-on-the-town makeup looks to replicate for a memorable night. To achieve this look, focus on the deep plum and smoke grey color palette. The easiest way to stick to a great color palette is to invest in an eye set with the colors already matched. Bobbi Brown’s soho chic eye palette makes for the perfect recipe for stunning makeup on your night out. Pair that with the line’s dark red wine lipstick and you’ll have the perfect makeup for a memorable night.

No matter what the graduation occasion it’s important to reflect your true personality and let your natural beauty shine. The right makeup has the ability to make you look and feel your best while your doing your much-deserved celebrating.

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

Spring Fashion Trends!

Straight from the runways the top 5 beauty trends! It’s all plain and simple, with a twist to your features enhance your individual uniqueness.

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The “No-Makeup Make-up Look”

Obviously we all want to look flawless the minute we wake up. Re-create this look use your favorite foundation or cc/bb cream, apply concealer only where needed and curl those lashes! Finish the look with a light berry lipstick or a soft nude and you are ready to go 😉

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Orange Lip

Orange is the hue of the season, replacing the red and the dark lip colors we saw designers ranging from Chanel to Fendi opting for this amazing color in various shades.

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Big Eyes

Another trend that makes your eyes look bigger without actually trying. Revive this look all you have to do is apply a white liner to your bottom lids, for a more enhanced look add white liner to your top lid as the base for your eye shadow.

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A Pop of Green & Blue

We are all about a natural look these days; however with spring in our hands it’s only right to add a pop of color and catch the kind of attention you deserve.

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Bold Eyebrows

Perfectly shaped and groomed eyebrows are NOT the eyebrows of the season, thick luxury brows are in style! Add at little decor and you’ve got yourself a fun funky look for spring!

What’s your favorite beauty trend this season ladies?

Written by: Christy Baez Ghandi said that “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, however it is very important that you do it.” I enjoy long walks in the park on a windy day and the company of a good book every now and then. My only wish is to help those who are in need, even if it’s just putting a smile on a strangers face. I’m a lover of photography and fashion. I’m an undergraduate of the Art Institute of NYC majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I’m a dreamer roaming the streets of life in new york city but at the end of the day I’m a 20 year old girl who is trying to conquer the world one step at the time while writing her story in between the lines.

Date Night!

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Filled with everything from nerves to finding the outfit, the perfect date night can be stressful. Luckily we’re here to make your date-night easier with the perfect make-up for your big night.

It’s important to realize that you got the date for a reason, so focus on highlighting your best features for the perfect date night look. Some of our favorite looks are the timeless, natural looks with a little spin.

To begin the perfect look, start with a great primer. Tarte’s Clean Slate Perfecting Primer is a great start to insure that your perfect look stays in place all night. Next, try BareMinerals foundation and bronzer to get the perfect amount of color and shine.

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Now comes the fun part. As Lauren Conrad shows us, a natural look doesn’t have to be boring. Urban Decay’s Naked3 Palette is a simple way to make the perfect blend of natural colors for the perfect date-night eye.

Try blending a few colors in your favorite palette and finishing off the eye with Tarte’s Waterproof Clay Liner to create the perfect liner look. Whether it be just following the natural line of the eye or creating a cat-eye look, this liner easily makes anything possible.

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The lip has the ability to give the classic date-night look a twist. If you’re going for a bold, sexy look, try the stunning look of Kerry Washington. No one can deny that her skin looks flawless. Start with your favorite foundation paired with a great blush and Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up soft focus highlighter.

Pair with a classically stunning red lip, such as NARS’ pure-matte lipstick in full-bodied red, for a show-stopping look. No one can deny that fabulous looking skin paired with a great lip can turn heads, but add a dramatic false lash and our Kerry inspired look will finally be complete.

For a more fun date night try adding some color to your makeup routine. Whether to make your eyes pop or just to add a little something to your normal look, color can be a bold or subtle way to spice up your date night look.

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Kim Kardashian is known for not being afraid to spice up her normal makeup routine and shows that a little color can go a long way. By using blue for her smoky-eye look, she is able to have some fun while still looking amazing.

NARS Duo Eyeshadow is the perfect way to achieve long-lasting, radiant color. With a variety of colors, you can go as light or bold as you’d like. For dark eyes, try a mixture of blues and purple and for lighter eyes try a mixture of golds and blues. This leaves your natural self looking amazing while adding a little something to make your date swoon.

Whether you’re going for a naturally beautiful look or a sexy, head turning trend, these gorgeous style icons show us that looking your best doesn’t need a ton of upkeep. With great products and the confidence to carry you on, there’s no way for you date night look to go wrong.

Written by: Kali Borovic As a student journalist, this fashionista, stargazing enthusiast and fitness aficionado loves to write about anything from health to fashion. With a passion for DIY projects and cooking, this Ohio born writer spends most of her time looking up new crafts or coming up with at-home beauty recipes for her blog, Naturally Beautiful. Kali loves to read about any topic under the sun and knows that life is best spent in lipstick, leggings and an oversized sweater.

The Model Skin Diet: Feed Your Skin

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So how do models get such spotless and picture perfect skin? They stick to a strict skin diet regimen because they know that good skin is always the symbol of effortless beauty and glowing health. Rid yourself of the junk food and products you put in your body and on your skin, which are both full of chemicals and ultimately determine the health of your complexion, so it’s key to put only healthy things in and on your body if you are looking to have perfect skin. Learn how to put your skin on the model skin diet and see your skin transform!

After the series of fashion weeks sweeping the globe I couldn’t help myself but notice how fabulous all the model’s skin looked, always so clean, dewy, even, and glowing. After researching what beauty regimens and products the models recommend during backstage interviews during the fashion weeks, I have complied a list of model skin tips or the ‘model skin diet’ for your lifestyle and beauty regimen.

So what the models are doing to keep their skin so perfect?

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Drink A LOT of water, all day.

I’m talking about go online and look up the hydration calculator based on your weight and drink that amount and then some! Drinking water throughout the day not only aids in our overall health (supporting good circulation, digestion and absorption)

The truth is, our skin is the largest organ of our body and it is made up of cells, which are made up of water. Unfortunately most people don’t understand that by not drinking enough water in a day means that the most important organs in our bodies receive the water first and our skin, usually being the last organ to receive water. We lose large amounts of water each day and we must replace it so that our skin gets optimum amounts of water to rid it of toxins and prevent wrinkles. Moreover, models always say their number one beauty secret is drinking tons of water as they claim it gives their skin an inner youthful glow and extra soft skin. To help yourself drink a lot of water throughout the day try bringing a large to go water bottle with you everywhere (but be mindful that you can harm yourself if you drink too much water, so make sure you determine how much water to drink according to your weight.

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A lot of sleep

Models make sure they get tons of sleep because they understand that our skin cannot look its best if we are under slept because, while sleeping, our body is actually repairing and renewing itself, even on a cellular level. During the sleep process our body shifts to the parasympathetic nervous system which focuses on blood flow to the skin, putting your skin in a relaxed state allowing for better circulation and oxygen flow to the skin, also known as peripheral vasodilation. Such internal action that goes on at night really bring your skin to life namely within the blood vessels, draining toxins and fluids as well as grabbing amino acid molecules to build collagen. Basically sleep is your skin’s best friend!

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Facial massage every morning and evening

If you watch enough model interviews you begin to see a common denominator between them all, when asked about their beauty secret they most likely say they give themselves a facial massage every morning and night and of course practice skin safety in the sun. Many compare facial massages to botox, claiming that its effects are game changing for your skin. Your skin, like the rest of your body, is made up of muscles that hold in toxins, stress and are often tight. Massaging these muscles on your face is a huge beauty secret for models and those in the industry, claiming that they give the models face rubs before sending them down the runway as it’s like coffee for their skin, making everything come to life. The reasoning behind facial massaging is that it relaxes the muscles and tissue of the face, softening the lines on your face as well as helping to expel toxins that cause acne. Simultaneously, this also causes your face to de-puff and also brighten the entire complexion while increasing circulation to the oxygenating the blood and encouraging the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells. Try YouTube for endless amounts of facial massage tutorials or ask your dermatologist!

Ultimately, there’s no excuse why you can’t treat your skin like a model treats their skin! These tips are fast, free and really change your skin while saving you money on expensive anti-aging creams and brighteners.

Written By: Chelsea Clishem From San Diego, California to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this bicoastal girl loves all things travel, beauty, nutrition, fitness, fashion and entertainment. Chelsea graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she began her journey to be an entertainment journalist. Chelsea drops the word ‘fabulous’ on the regular and believes it’s ‘okay’ to freak out with good music and fashion!

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