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- 01/14/16--10:51: Makeup artist's glitter skull look is out of this world (PHOTOS)
- 01/14/16--21:29: Birkin bags are actually a wise investment, says study
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We've seen enough nip slips and side boob action now to not really bat an eyelid, but a female model recently experienced a whole new level of exposure, when her entire bare breast was revealed for all to see.
However, this doesn't seem to have been a wardrobe malfunction, but a very much intentional part of Katie Eary's show.
The female model was walking in the London-born designer's show during Men's Fashion Week in London on Monday, wearing nothing but a purple and orange robe and her assets on full display.
She can also be seen in this photo, which Eary retweeted.
Katie Eary Twitter
Is it just us, or does the poor woman look a little cold? You just want to pull her robe over her shoulder and tighten her belt to warm her up, right?
Plenty of famous faces were right there to see Eary's AW16 show (and the major boob action). The impressive front row included Robert Konjic, David Gandy, Nick Grimshaw, former GQ editor Dylan Jones, Oliver Cheshire and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo.
Front row at Katie Eary show
Eary is known for bold colours and prints and showcased 18 pieces which included statement accessories, maxi dresses and swimwear.
Other designers during Fashion Week decided to pay tribute to the late David Bowie, including Chinese fashion label Sean Suen, which sent male models down the catwalk with the words "R.I.P David Bowie" written in red on their backs. Burberry also paid homage to the singer's legacy by sending model Hayett McCarthy down the runway with the word "BOWIE" scribbled across her palms. According to Dazed Digital, the British label also played two of Bowie's greatest hits: "Changes" and "Oh You Pretty Things," before and after the show.
Is this model's bare breast a big deal? Let us know your thoughts.
Kashuk starts by priming the complexion with a facial oil. “It gives skin a gorgeous glow while hydrating and prepping it for your makeup application.” Add a few drops to your palm and press gently into your face with the pads of your fingers.
Try: Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil
Camelia oil, Japanese sea kelp and rice bran oil plus a host of other oils including jojoba, olive and lavender help hydrate, protect against free radical damage and boost collagen production. (Sephora, $46)
After you’ve added moisture, even out skin tone with a lightweight foundation. A good rule of thumb? “Stick with products that have great adherence to the skin, like gels and creams,” Kashuk advises. “You want to replicate the natural texture of skin as close as possible. In the same vein, avoid overly powdery formulas or anything with too much coverage, which can look artificial.” If you want sheerer coverage, you can mix your foundation with a drop of moisturizer or spritz of water before applying it.
Try: Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Foundation Stick or L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation
Unlike some foundation sticks, which can be pasty, Kashuk's contains micro pigments that blend seamlessly into skin. (Target, $11) Or a cushiony sponge from L'Oréal soaked in foundation lets you build the perfect amount of coverage for a flawless look. Plus, it comes in a wide range of shades and is fun to apply. (L’Oréal Paris, $17)
Next, apply an illuminating concealer to any dark circles and a thicker one to blemishes, blending well. Since you’re going for a fresh-faced look, skip powder or, if you’re on the oily side, only apply to areas that get overly shiny like the nose and forehead.
Try: YSL Top Secrets Wake-Up Eye Care and Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Think of it as a primer for eyes. The cooling roll-on applicator adds an infusion of arnica, Silver Birch buds extracts combat puffiness while a pink-toned pigment cancels out dark circles. (YSL, $45) Next, two concealers, one neutralizer and one translucent powder can be combined or used alone to hide dark circles, blemishes, sun spots and other flaws. (Target, $11)
4. Add subtle color
Sonia’s foundation reco applies to cheek color as well. A cream or balm formula will blend into the skin for a more natural-looking flush. To keep the look ultra-subtle, choose a product that doubles as a lip tint and swipe it across lips. The effect you’re going for is YLBB — your lips but better.
Try: Dior Cheek & Lip Glow
This double-duty liquid gel gives a sheer, rosy flush to cheeks and lips. Bonus: There’s something sweetly retro and super-fun about the ball applicator and nail polish-like bottle. (Dior, $37)
5. Define eyes
For the eyes, Kashuk recommends keeping it low key. Swipe a neutral shadow across lids, apply a couple coats of mascara and finish with “some well-groomed brows for a simple, no maintenance look.” If you don’t leave the house without liner, you can cheat by dotting a sharpened pencil between lashes on the upper lid so that it gives the effect of a fuller lash line without being obvious.
Try: Sonia Kashuk Arch Alert Brow Kit and Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara
Four creamy brow shades can be mixed or worn alone to create perfectly sculpted brows. (Target, $10) And this Charlotte Tilbury mascara lives up to its name, boosting volume without clumping for dramatic, bat-worthy fringe.(Charlotte Tilbury, $29)
Below are some of our favourite attention-grabbing makeup looks for you to try out.
1. Mask of shadow on the eyes
Fantasy meets high fashion! A mask of shadow on the eyes is a surefire way of standing out from the crowd, and this look has Chanel's, Max Mara's and Vivienne Westwood's stamps of approval, as it featured heavily on designer runways.
Eyeshadow mask makeup trend
2. Glitter eyeshadow
Get a party-approved makeup look by adding glitter to your lids.
3. Unevenly applied eyeshadow
It's not about the colour but about the application, and forget colouring in the lines this season.
4. Sequined eyebrows
Wallflowers, beware: This look is definitely not for the fainthearted.
Sequined eyebrow beauty trend
5. Bold eyeliner
Work that eyeliner to create interesting frames around the eyes.
bold eyeliner makeup trend 2016
6. Graphic eyeshadow
Graphic eyeshadow has proven popular on multiple designer runways, and it's a wonderful way to let your creativity shine.
7. Vampire lips
Edward Cullen would approve of these dark, vampy lips.
Vampire lipstick makeup trend 2016
8. Leprechaun-approved eyes
There's no leprechaun waiting at the end of this rainbow, just pure awesomeness.
rainbow eyeshadow makeup trend 2016
9. Gold eyeshadow
Add a luxe touch to your makeup routine with a metallic eyeshadow shade.
Gold eyeshadow makeup trend
10. Go blue!
Seen on the runways of Aigner, Nanette Lepore and Diane von Fürstenberg, blue is electric and one of the easiest ways to make a statement.
blue eyeshadow trend
Even though EOS lip balm has been taking store shelves (and purses) by storm with its adorable egg-shaped case, pastel colors and wide variety of flavors, some customers are alleging that the cute balm has done some very not-cute things to their lips.
People are reporting some serious skin damage, ranging from a burning feeling and excessively dried-out lips all the way to open sores around their mouths that take months to heal. Now injured customers have filed a class action lawsuit against the company, whose name, ironically, is an acronym for "evolution of smooth."
EOS lip balm
I actually have the the lemon drop flavor on the table next to me right now and I'm giving it some serious side-eye.
So what causes this?
This kind of reaction isn't as unusual as you might think, says Marina Peredo, MD, a New York based dermatologist. "We see a lot of reactions like this to cosmetic products in general," she says, adding that it appears to be an allergic reaction, called contact dermatitis or cheilitis, to one or more of the ingredients in the lip balm.
Public enemy number one? Fragrances are the primary allergen in cosmetics, causing far more reactions than anything else, Peredo says. Numbers two and three are artificial colors and flavors. And after a quick scan down the EOS ingredients list, she finds several other common allergens including olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E and even the beeswax used as the base ingredient of the popular balms — ingredients that are common in many lip products. She cautions that just because something is "natural" doesn't mean you won't have a problem with it, adding that all the different types of extracts could also cause a reaction.
"Some people are more sensitive than others, but it's also possible to develop an allergy over time," she explains. "And when you're sensitive to one ingredient in a product, then you become sensitive to the whole thing." Plus, people who have asthma or eczema have a higher risk of allergic reactions.
There may be another, subtler reason behind all the swollen lips, Peredo says. And it's something we all do, especially in the cold, dry weather: lip licking. "Saliva itself can break skin down, and so constantly licking your lips can open up cracks, making you more susceptible to infection or a reaction," she explains. "Combine that habit with lip balm and it can be a problem waiting to happen."
What to use instead
Whatever the reason for the problems, however, she says there is a simple solution: products that have just a few ingredients and are free of all fragrances, flavors and colors. She recommends Vaseline and Aquaphor (Drugstore.com, $5) particularly for dry lips. And if your lip product ever stings or burns, she says to stop using it immediately instead of trying to solve the problem by using more of it.
In my day I've ruined my fair share of classic leather handbags, usually by being too careless and tired to move over my wallet and keys from one bag to another when the sky threatens to open up. Water stains are not ideal, especially when the second most important function of a handbag is to pull your look together and make you appear more polished.
Similar to how most of us rely on rain boots to get us from point A to B before trading them in for heels or suede boots at the office, a weather-proof, water-repellent purse or bag is an accessory necessity. And, unlike big clunky rain boots, some of your options are so chic you may actually get excited when you hear thunder rumbling in the distance.
If you'd love to add a pretty, practical bag that can handle the elements to your wardrobe, look no further than these six options.
1. L.L. Bean Nor'easter Tote
This water-repellent bag is made with 100 percent sturdy canvas, features a cross-body strap and comes in three complementary and sophisticated shades that make it perfect for work or play. It's also roomy on the inside, which means you'll be able to fit your favorite tech toys without them being destroyed if it starts to drizzle (L.L. Bean, $79).
2. Dooney & Bourke Small Lexington Leather Shopper
It might seem impossible to keep your classy composure when a storm is raging and you're commuting by foot to work, but this water-resistant leather shopper by Dooney & Bourke has a modern and elegant shape and, thanks to pebbled leather, requires little more than a damp cloth to wipe away traces of rain or spills. It comes in five classic hues: amber, bone, hunter green, midnight and wine, which is shown here (Nordstrom, $198).
3. Coach Corner Zip Wristlet
You have pebbled leather to, again, thank for this adorable purple wristlet's ability to withstand the elements. With just enough room for your phone, cash, cards and a lipstick, this will be your new favorite teeny-tiny purse to take with you to dinner (Coach, $65).
4. Dooney & Bourke North South Triple Zip Nylon Crossbody
A hands-free crossbody bag like this one is perfect when you need to carry an umbrella, and the bright marigold shade will brighten your day when the sun refuses to cooperate. With two front zip pockets, there's plenty of room to stash your necessities in this lovely bag (Macy's, $89).
5. Longchamp 'Large Le Pliage' Tote
Because your boss expects you to show up at the office — even in monsoon-like conditions — it always helps to have a water-resistant nylon tote bag at your disposal, one that can protect important documents, electronic devices, and those adorable pumps you'll never wear out in the rain. This one by Longchamp features an interior wall pocket, leather trim, and comes in 10 stylish colors like Red Garance, Gunmetal, Cornflower, and Anise so you can stock up on one for each (rainy) season (Nordstrom, $145).
6. Miztique Women's Floral Print Nylon Backpack Handbag
More of a backpack kind of girl? You're in luck: this beautifully exotic floral water-resistant backpack can fit up to a 15-inch laptop, in addition to any other necessity you tote around. Take it to work, the gym, or on your next flight out of town and you'll be able to rest easily not having to worry about the weather when you arrive. The best part: it's available at an extremely reasonable price at Target (Target, $39.99).
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1. Tailor it
We all have those pieces that we buy with every intention of getting them tailored. Whether it’s a jacket that is just a tad too big or jeans that are 5 inches too long, taking these types of items to the tailor can make all the difference.
2. Front tuck it
Sometimes button-downs and T-shirts can be hard to style because you might think you either have to do a full tuck all the way around your waist, or just leave the top out completely. But that’s where the front tuck comes into play. It’s a total game changer and is the perfect option for defining your waist without making it the focal point.
3. Scrunch and roll it
Unless you’re wearing a formal blouse, I think button-down shirts look much better with the sleeves rolled up. It feels less stuffy and gives off an effortless vibe, also allowing you to break up the fabric a bit by showing some skin. It shouldn’t look too “done,” but more casual and relaxed.
4. Cuff it
You can pull this trick off with either boyfriend or skinny jeans. If they are on the baggier side, a couple of loose cuff rolls will suffice. But if they are on the tighter, more structured side, simply cuff up the bottoms only about an inch or so, leaving the hem to hit right at your ankle. Whether you style this look with flats or heels, you’ll feel polished and put together.
5. Belt it
Sometimes an outfit just needs that extra accessory to make it look complete. I’ve found that adding a belt (or even swapping the original out for an alternative) will not only cinch your waist, but also will help elevate the item by adding another dimension to it. Case in point, I own this burgundy oversized wool vest, and although it looks fine hanging open, the minute I wrapped my favorite leather belt around my waist, it helped pull the whole outfit together, creating a chic and flattering silhouette.
This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between Vera Bradley and SheKnows.
Deacon's glitter skull creations are truly out of this world:
Jade Deacon makeup 2
It takes Deacon, 23, up to two hours to create this look, which she starts by applying the base before working on the eyes and then finally the nose. "The most difficult part is doing the skull teeth", she told SheKnows. "It takes a lot of time to make sure the black is blending well before I apply the glitter. I then go over the teeth with black lines to make sure they come out individually".
Gold glitter is then applied to the centre of the nose, the eyelids and eyebrows.
It looks pretty incredible in pink too:
Jade Deacon makeup 1
Deacon, who studied theatrical and media makeup at Dun Laoghaire college in Dublin, said she’s always been artistic and loved that she could create art through makeup. She currently works as a freelance makeup artist, and her ambition is to work in London and LA to get as much experience as possible and learn work about special effects makeup in film and television.
The artist credits social media for playing a huge part in growing her business. "It's so powerful", she said. "I find it amazing that you can connect with so many other artists that have the same passion. Also, some brands have started to notice my work through social media, which is a huge compliment".
Deacon's Instagram account showcases many other amazing designs:
Jade Deacon makeup 3
Jade Deacon makeup 4
Jade Deacon makeup 5
Do you like to experiment with dramatic makeup looks? Let us know.
They're all investments, though only one consistently goes up in value: a Birkin bag.
The bags — designed by Hermès at named after singer and actress Jane Birkin — will set you back at least $10,000, though prices can range as high as $100,000. But, unlike cars, they actually go up in value the longer you have them.
A recent study conducted by online luxury website Baghunter found that the value of Birkin bags increased an average of 14.2 percent a year over the past 35 years, a better return than both gold and stocks.
"In particular, the study displays how high-end, rare and sought-after luxury items such as Hermès Birkin handbags have never dropped in value, even during times of recession and economic difficulty," Evelyn Fox, the founder of Baghunter, told Luxury Daily. "There is a difference between luxury and ultra-luxury. While the luxury market suffers during worse economic times the ultra-luxury market is impervious to economic factors that can affect other industries such as high-street retail and stock markets."
Baghunter estimates that the value of Birkins could double in the next 10 years, so purchasing one now might be a good investment if you have the means and can actually get your hands on one. According to a report by Planet Money, they may seem readily available in the designer's boutiques, but Hermès salespeople typically tell people there's a multi-year waitlist. The way to get one? Spend a ton of money.
"She came out with a big orange box — a Birkin bag. And she let him buy it for $20,000," reporter Stacey Vanek Smith said in the report. The key? Michael spent a ton of money on other Hermès products first. "Michael had accidentally cracked the code — buying a bunch of really expensive stuff at the Hermès store first, then casually ask for a bag, and you'll get one."
With all that said, it's probably still better to put your money into something you can live in — like a home — or in an education, rather than a handbag.
Up until the 1960s, gloves and even glam elbow-length gloves were a required fashion staple for women, one that had an etiquette all their own. Understandably, they got pushed to the side at some point and were seen as being a little too stuffy for free love, but that kind of thinking doesn't do them justice.
In addition to hiding a number of flaws, like an imperfect manicure, and protecting our hands from aging elements like UV rays and unforgiving winter winds, gloves can look freaking cool — if you think outside the box and are open to experimenting with them. These six ideas give us a glimpse into how creative you can get with a pair of gloves.
1. Fold them over
Gloves with cuff
There's no rule that says you have to wear your gloves one specific way. A fresh idea for how you can differentiate between an outdoor and indoor look is by folding over the tops of your leather gloves and pairing them with a three-quarter length sleeve top in the same color. The objective is to look as if you planned your outfit with your gloves in mind.
2. Make sure they have purpose
These pretty leather gloves — gloves or handcuffs? — are by Lina Sych and feature cool pockets where you can stash your cash and cards. They'll make you feel like a secret agent (and they come in purple).
3. Choose embellished gloves (or embellish them with jewelry)
Never think your gloves have to be just cotton or silk to make the cut. An interesting fabric or and embellishment — even latex — makes a big statement. You can also choose bracelets to wrap around your basic gloves, which really shines a spotlight on the accessory.
4. A pair with a poncho
gloves poncho 1a
You may feel like you're wearing a costume rocking elbow-length gloves with a formal gown, but the style looks a lot less precious when paired with a poncho and oversized watch. Cut out the fingers for maximum modern flair.
5. Rock a monochrome look
monochrome gloves 1a
All of these gorgeous shades of gray-pink-taupe (right down to the blogger's nail polish) bring her elbow-length gloves into the future. These pretty Ayla Gloves are made in Vancouver from bamboo, which is a sustainable resource, so you can feel good about your purchase.
6. Opt for ladylike white
white gloves 1a
The trick to pulling off little white gloves is to pair them with an outfit that makes sense — like this lace dress — but keeping your other accessories a bit tougher and rougher around the edges. Think Jackie Onassis, but with an edge.
1. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil
A blend of grape seed, rose, neroli and lavender, plus three vegetable oils boost cell renewal and detox skin while you sleep. (Caudalie, $52)
2. Jurlique Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Cream
This rich cream is formulated to treat a range of aging issues, from wrinkles and loss of elasticity to dullness and age spots. Best of all, it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. (Sephora, $110)
3. Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum
A trio of skin care superstars — retinol, ferulic acid and niacinamide — combine to help treat a variety of skin issues, including boosting elasticity, reducing discolorations and improving texture, while you’re getting your beauty rest. (Dr Dennis Gross, $88)
4. Amarte Overnight Express Therapy
This luxe sleeping mask boasts antioxidants, retinol and a cell-boosting peptide to leave skin brighter, firmer and clearer when you wake up. (Amarte, $79)
5. Weleda Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Night Cream
This 86 percent organic cream blends evening primrose, olive and macadamia nut oils to nourish, moisturize and strengthen skin all night long. (Weleda, $40)
6. Arcona Eye Dew Plus
Designed for both day and nighttime use, this anti-aging eye treatment lies somewhere in between a balm, moisturizer and serum. It has an iridescent sheen to immediately brighten the under eye area, while vitamin C plus two active ingredients help firm skin and combat lines. (Arcona, $95)
7. REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream
Blemish-prone skin still needs hydration and support for its protective barrier. This soothing nighttime serum helps calm and refresh complexions that have been overworked from acne treatments. (Sephora, $30)
8. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Transform your pout from dry and flake-prone to smooth and supple overnight. Natural ingredients like agave nectar, jojoba oil and antioxidant trans-resveratrol help nourish and soften lips. (Sephora, $26)
9. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm
Unlike many eye treatments, which are strictly meant for the under eye, this sensitive-skin-friendly formula helps firm, smooth and refresh both upper and lower lids. (First Aid Beauty, $38)
10. Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask
Lost that youthful glow? Hyaluronic acid, walnut and white mulberry extracts work together to boost moisture and leave skin looking refreshed when you wake up. (Sulwhasoo, $52)
11. Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque
This super-affordable take on the overnight mask trend comes in different formulations to address a range of concerns, including radiance, purifying, soothing and anti-aging. (Ulta, $8)
12. RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum
Longing for fuller brows and/or longer fringe? Apply to the lash line and sparse brow areas before bedtime and in around four weeks, you’ll start seeing results. (Rapidlash, $50)
13. Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Overnight Hand Treatment
This ultra-hydrating nighttime treatment works wonders on dry hands and ragged cuticles. For added benefits, don gloves after slathering on a generous amount. (Boots, $15)
14. Eminence Monoi Age Corrective Night Body Cream
Don’t limit your anti-aging regimen to your face. Argan stem cells, nutmeg seed, evening primrose oil and other skin-boosters in this nighttime body treatment help soften, smooth and revitalize. (Dermstore, $38)
15. Phyto Secret de Nuit Intense Hydration Regenerating Night Cream
Yes, this is a night cream for your hair and it works pretty much the same way as your face treatments. You smooth it on, go to sleep and wake up with softer, shinier, stronger strands. Bonus: No parabens, sulfates or phthalates and it won’t stain your pillow. (Sephora, $38)
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Reading Anil Dash's piece on unlearning to hate his under-eye circles was eye opening for me, literally.
I always knew that my under-eye circles were ugly — too dark — and something to be hidden under makeup, or better yet, corrected with some chemical concoction.
Over the years, my mother would offer different brands of concealers for me to try. She would give advice on what shade to choose. I found the titanium dioxide additive in most makeup was giving me way too much of a whitish cast, resulting in a harsh line between my cheek and jawbone line. I sought a more natural alternative. No good cover-up presented itself.
I tried the creams meant to cure my problem.
It didn't take me long to find out that the "typical" under-eye cream was not for congenital hyperpigmentation (I was born this way), but for broken blood vessels.
I tried a stronger brand and burned my eyes and skin so badly that my face puffed up. I had to stop wearing my contacts for weeks. I still can't wear mascara anymore without causing another flare up. Luckily, kajal eyeliner is just fine and all the makeup I wear now.
Somewhere after having kids and finding myself with very little time or desire to primp every day, I stopped wearing makeup and concealer. Now, the kajal is all I wear — when I remember — and it makes my eyes look darker. But I like that.
Somehow it took reading Dash's piece on unlearning self-hate to make me put feelings into words. Maybe I'm not just being lazy by leaving my under-eye circles unwhitened?
I live in a world not made for me. I am different. I am beautiful. The same lessons I keep trying to teach my kids, I needed to teach myself.
I never found that perfect concealer. But, I now realize that I can stop the search. I have beauty in my own skin. Maybe I am born with it.
1. Take trendy tips with a grain of salt
These trendy, often kooky tips are certainly not one-size-fits-all and in the end, you’ll likely waste product in trying to achieve the results. Let’s not be putting red lipstick on under eye circles unless your circles are truly green and you have a deep skin tone. Clown contouring? Unnecessary. Only put product where you need it, unless you really enjoy coloring! Sometimes, I think it's best to just get back to the basics.
2. Graduate from makeup wipes to a proper skin care routine
Girl, I know makeup wipes are easy. The last thing we want to do before bed is wash our face and moisturize. However, consider that you don’t rinse after using makeup wipes. They inevitably leave a residue on your skin, hence your skin is not truly clean. It takes extra time but I assure you, a few extra steps in your skin care routine is worth it. You can keep it simple by just using an all over cleanser, approved for eye use too, and following up with a moisturizer.
3. Stop shying away from bright lip colors
It makes me sad when someone says “I can’t” wear that color or “I could never pull that off.” Says who? Only you! Your attitude is what determines whether or not you’re pulling off a bold lip. It feels loud the first few times but I guarantee that you’ll get compliments, thus prompting you to wear the look more often. Plus, this is going to be the year of the bold lip and you can take it a little easier on the eyes.
4. Finally nail down the right foundation shade
With all of the tools that we have available to us, there’s little reason not to be wearing the right foundation color. When in Sephora, ask them to use their Color IQ reader. This is a free service that takes a picture of your skin and reveals an array of in-store matches that are surprisingly accurate and provide for a great starting point! When matching on your own, swipe three possible shades along your jaw line and choose the one that looks the least detectable.
5. Stop setting liquid foundation with powder foundation
If you’re using a liquid foundation with adequate coverage, there is no need to double up on coverage by setting with a powder foundation. Additionally, if you nail your foundation's color match, setting with a different colored powder will create a new, strange shadow that doesn’t match perfectly. A translucent powder will set and mattify without adding another layer of coverage.
6. Start curling your eyelashes
Once you do this prior to applying mascara, you’ll never skip it again. By flipping your lashes upwards, you’ll gain length without a speck of makeup. This video shows you how to curl your lashes and the dramatic difference it makes.
7. Darker skin tones — don’t give up
If a makeup artist, store or counter tells you that they don’t have “your” shade or that they can’t match you, keep looking. Don’t give up. There are some wonderful lines that are expanding their shades ranges all the time. For foundation, NARS, Bobbi Brown and Make Up For Ever all do this beautifully. Want to see popular makeup swatches on someone with a similar skin tone as yours? The Instagram account @cocoaswatches and website, Cocoa Swatches, has been a very welcome addition.
Now go on and make 2016 the year that people keep asking, "Have you lost weight? Did you get work done?"
All you have to do is open up most fashion magazines to see that society believes trendy fashion is the domain of the very young. When you've got 16-year-old models rocking $2,000 miniskirts and space boots that most of us haven't worn since the days we went clubbing with fake IDs, what other take-away can there possibly be? Of course, that doesn't paint the entire picture and many top designers (Carolina Herrera, Vivienne Westwood), as well as more affordable brands (Zara, Karina Ruby) create clothing tailor-made for professional women who aren't 25.
Fashion bloggers are like sartorial philosophers — we're fortunate to have them because the great ones don't simply showcase their fashion savvy, they've mastered the ability to reinterpret fashion so that it works for the everyday woman, whether she's 20 or 80, a size 2 or 18, wealthy or living paycheck to paycheck. And these six fashion bloggers stand out because they celebrate fashion worn by women who aren't represented by most style mags — and, in the process, they use fashion to fight ageism.
Accidental Icon's Lyn Slater is an absolute badass. The NYC native always slays, whether she's dressed down in rolled-up jeans and sneakers or making a statement in Miyake deconstructed blouses and a head-to-toe print suit. Her signature gray bob and mostly all-black wardrobe have really and truly earned her the "icon" title, though this is no accident.
Scott Schuman is a well-known photographer who captures amazing street fashion on The Sartorialist. His appreciation for unique style and beauty is in no way limited to the very young and his candids of men and women of all ages are visual poetry.
Judith is a 72-year-old woman who started Style Crone as a way of honoring older women who aren't afraid of piling on accessories, wearing an insanely gorgeous vintage leopard turban or practicing yoga in a luxe black maxi skirt. She favors dramatic, bold prints and colors and anyone with a serious hat obsession should follow her immediately.
Ari Seth Cohen travels around New York City with a camera and a mission: Find any and all mature women who are dressed to the nines and photograph them for Advanced Style. The feathered hats, vivid hair shades, incredible accessories and authentic smiles will inspire you to enjoy every moment of your life.
To be fair, Garance Doré is a baby. At 40, she's still very much the target audience for fashion magazines, but you'll want to start following her now because you can just tell that, in 10 years, she's still going to be teaching all of us how to dress. The French photographer and author takes risks, but does so in ways that don't involve flaunting skin — instead, she'll cut off the bottom of her jeans and sew them to her shirt sleeves. She'll also introduce you to other fashionable women who aren't still in college and expand your fashion horizons.
Not Dead Yet Style
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The gorgeous blonde who heads Not Dead Yet Style is 60-something and dedicated to showing women how to be both "authentic" and "beautiful." With an array of looks that range from a classic wrap dress to thrifted jewelry and funky floral dusters, she doesn't conform or disappoint. You'll find yourself coveting her wardrobe, no matter what your age.
Working as an esthetician for over five years, I saw my share of blemishes, both on my own face and on the faces of my clients. The funny thing was that I wasn’t performing extractions on teens, in most cases. The majority of clients who came to me were adults with the same complaint: Why am I still getting acne when I’m not in high school?
The fact that acne has an age limit is a big myth. Acne may be most common in the teenage years, associated with fluctuating hormones and puberty. But the unfortunate news is that skin eruptions can continue on through adulthood, also related to hormones, stress, genetics and diet. The International Dermal Institute confirms that this rise in adult acne isn’t just our imagination — adults are experiencing more acne than ever before. Up to 54 percent of women over age 25 have some facial acne.
It’s times like these when having the right information about adult acne can help tremendously. For most of us, we’re still working with the same pimple knowledge that we gleaned from Seventeen magazine in middle school. But understanding the type of acne that you struggle with as an adult can equip you to better care for your skin and let you know when you should seek professional help.
What is a pimple exactly?
Everyone’s had one, and you’re probably going to get a few more in your lifetime. As Dr. Tony Yuan, a physician with Doctor On Demand, explains, a pimple is that basic blemish you see pop up when you’re stressed or during that time of the month — created by a superficial infection of the pores in the skin. “A pimple is a little sack that is filled with oil, debris and bacteria. When it comes to a head and erupts to the surface, you may notice a firm white head, which means the pus is close to the surface,” he explains.
Since acne is a common disease caused by many different factors, even run-of-the-mill acne can take on many different forms, says Dr. Omar Ibrahimi, founding medical director of the Connecticut Skin Institute in Stamford, Connecticut. He continues, “Generally speaking, acne can occur in a few different forms, blackheads, whiteheads, larger pustules or cysts. These are all different variants of a follicle that has been plugged to different degrees. Generally, if you don't pick at blackheads or whiteheads, they tend to eventually settle down. These types of acne lesions tend to do better with topical treatments that can be easily prescribed by your dermatologist such as a retinoid and other topical medications. If you pick at these, you can cause them to become more red and irritated.”
As Dr. Ibrahimi explains, most pimples that magically appear in the mirror at exactly the wrong moment (like before a big presentation or a first date) are easy to manage when you resist the urge to pick and let them run their course. A pimple may respond to topical treatment, but a deep and painful cyst is another matter altogether.
What is an acne cyst?
The easiest way to tell the difference between a pimple and a cyst is with a little bit of watching and waiting. Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the George Washington Medical Center, says that a pimple with pus in the center can normally be drawn out with a warm compress, although popping and squeezing are not advised. On the contrary, a large, painful and deep acne cyst in the skin often won’t come to a “head” by itself. For a cyst like this, Dr. Tanzi advises, “A large acne cyst is best treated with an in-office cortisone injection.”
The reason cystic acne is so painful and so hard to treat at home is because it results from an infection that goes deep into the skin. This deep, internal infection can create an acne cyst filled with pus that looks like a red, painful bump, tender to the touch. And compared to a pimple that most of us are tempted to pop, an acne cyst is definitely one you should not pick — cysts can be made worse by picking and could result in scarring.
Once acne becomes cystic, over-the-counter treatments just aren’t going to cut it. In fact, you may feel like you are beating your head against a wall for this very reason. Trying to control cystic adult acne without professional guidance is often a waste of time and money.
Fortunately, Dr. Ibrahimi says there are countless ways a professional can help to manage cystic acne, "There is a whole toolkit of options, ranging from topicals to oral medications. There are also devices that can be used to help better control the acne.” He adds, “Larger bumps such as pustules or cysts tend to not resolve by themselves. It is a sign that your acne needs to be under better control and a visit to the dermatologist would be advised."
Perk up, bride-to-be, 'cause it's your lucky day.
The couture designer is collaborating with wedding dress designer BHLDN to release a capsule collection of wedding dresses that ring in at $2,200 or less — some are even less than $1,800. The gowns look like they cost much, much more, because the brains behind the designs feel like all women should feel like celebrities on their wedding days.
"A wedding dress is perhaps the most significant dress a woman will ever wear!" designer Georgina Chapman told Brides in 2015. "I approach the design of my bridal collections the same way that I approach any of my collections, as the process is quite similar to that of a dress destined to be worn by an A-list celebrity."
And the dresses look as comfortable as they do beautiful.
"You'll never be able to enjoy yourself or feel your best if you're not comfortable; it's important to be able to sit, move and dance comfortably in your wedding dress and I keep all of this in mind while designing our bridal collections," she continued.
The dresses are now available online in a variety of silhouettes — but act fast, because they're already selling out in some sizes.
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Somewhere though, something shifts. That good hair may have morphed into something else. Curlier. Kinky. Coarse. Now it requires to be done and dealt with. It needs relaxing and chemicals. It's a source of grimaces and unpleasant memories of tugs and pulls. Memories that will last a lifetime.
Growing up, I had one hair goal: for it to be able to move effortlessly as it shows in the commercials and on the heads of my classmates at school. I knew my skin was different, but it wasn't until my hair was in the stiff fluffy ponytails that I became aware of the racial difference.
Historically for black women, hair has been intricately tied to how we were defined as people. The afro of the '70s was just as much about rebelling from societal standards of beauty as it was a political statement on the status of black bodies.
The hairstyles may have changed, but much has stayed the same: the feelings of self-doubt, the need to fit in and the in-group definitions of beauty. It would be impossible to go to a black salon and start this conversation and leave without heated and passionate debates.
The judgments don't end there. Society at large has determined what the standard of beauty is and will vilify you for not conforming. From attacks on Beyoncé's daughter Blue Ivy, to humiliating TSA tactics, to offensive red carpet commentary, black women aren't given the room to let hair just be hair. To even declare ourselves as beautiful and magical proves to be a fight.
It's hard to see this all and not have it affect you. I've gone through a variety of styles as women of all nationalities do. Despite the recent movement towards natural hairstyles, I leaned heavily on extensions and weaves to give me the carefree curls I coveted as a child. The memories of fighting the tangled web still remained.
My hair became permanently cemented as the determining factor of my self-esteem. I only felt attractive with hair like the models that men coveted. As a plus-sized person, I felt I couldn't be fat with helmet hair. I needed to feel like one part of me was seen as conventionally attractive — even if it wasn't truly me.
The world at large won't ever be the first to tell black women that we are all beautiful — in all shades, shapes and styles — so the work to rebuild a positive relationship with the curls that grow from my scalp begins with a single step.
Like Viola Davis's character in How to Get Away with Murder, I will slowly peel off the wig to reveal the real me who lives beneath.
Hopefully, there is love under there and hair can finally just be hair.
If you're looking for inspiration on how to style your makeup, you may want to take some tips from this makeup artist. He goes by the name of skelotim (or Tim O) and describes himself as a "Bald headed Bearded bitch Who wears makeup [sic]."
Not only does this guy have some serious skills, but he is also one of the most creative artists we've seen in a long time, and he draws his inspiration (at least some of it) from sugary and salty snacks.
Warning: These looks may make you seriously hungry!
Like this Cheetos-approved look. Yum!
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Ruffles inspired his "Fat boy flow" for this showstopper look.
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And our ultimate favourite is this striking green and yellow creation inspired by Funyuns.
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Skelotim captioned the image with, "My Funyuns makeup! Judge a fat bitch if you want, but this is where I get my inspirations lmao and you know I ate that whole damn bag while doing my make up!" This guy clearly has a sense of humour.
Pop-Tarts are delicious, but they also make for some trendy eyeshadow inspiration.
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We love these looks — we only wish there were more! And we aren't the only ones, as skelotim is already inspiring hilarious memes.
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Is this the most creative thing you've seen on the Internet today? Let us know your thoughts on these looks (and the inspiration for your own) in the comments below.
In her latest book Eat Pretty, Jolene Hart — former journalist and beauty editor for InStyle, People and Allure — has done some firsthand research on how the foods we consume affect our beauty on the outside.
Some foods actually give us that "healthy glow": Peppers support a good blood flow, cherries decrease inflammation and apple cider vinegar balances your pH.
But some things, like alcohol, can make us look worse. Alcohol upsets hormone balance and stresses the liver — which has an impact on blood flow to your skin. Without a healthy blood flow, your skin is going to look sullen, tired and dull. Have you ever seen anyone look good during a hangover? Me either.
So! Moral of the story: You are what you eat. Therefore, if you are trying to stave off wrinkles like the plague, then avoid these six foods at all costs:
Image: Nadine Avola
Yeah... sorry, ladies. Unfortunately, caffeine amps up your stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol breaks down collagen — and collagen is what we need to keep our skin plump and baby-like. So, with an excess of cortisol, the skin can't repair itself and weakens, leading to wrinkles. (Hint: Drink coffee only when cortisol levels are naturally low).
2. Fried foods
Image: Keith McDuffee/Flickr
Fried foods use oils and fats that are heated to higher temperatures, a process that releases free radicals. Hart explains free radicals are "reactive oxygen molecules that steal electrons from healthy molecules in your body, causing cellular damage in the process." This cellular damage shows up as wrinkles... and age spots.
If you are sensitive to gluten, your digestive system may not be operating as well as it should and, therefore, may be cheating you of absorbing healthy nutrients. So, if your body isn't getting the vitamins and minerals it needs, then you can't fight off the bad things (like free radicals) that cause wrinkles.
4. Overcooked foods
Whether you're charring vegetables or an 18-ounce filet mignon, overcooked and burnt foods lose nutrient value and contribute to advanced glycation end products. These glycation end products create stiff bonds (think crackly, sagging skin) in your body instead of the supple, elastic ones that come with eating healthy foods.
Image: Jannes Pockele/Flickr
Soda is bad for you. Not only does each can of pop give you an extra 150 calories, but it also gives you lots of phosphates. High levels of phosphates contribute to early aging, thinning skin and bone loss. Hart adds, "Caramel color in colas is a direct source of AGE formation, an aging, wrinkle-causing process."
You knew this one was coming. And Hart makes it clear: "Sugar is just plain toxic to your beauty." As a major contributor to AGEs (advanced glycation ends) in the body, "sugar directly contributes to wrinkles, age spots, blemishes, lackluster skin and cellulite." No thanks.
Pass the Brussels sprouts, please!
Am I really the only one? I fondly remember wearing one of those outfits to my preteen dance classes — and I'm pretty sure the shorts were neon green. Yep, I was pretty much on my way to becoming a fashion icon.
These days I'm all about leggings (who isn't?), but I wonder if in 20 years I'll feel the same way about my favorite athleisure wear as I do about the thong-short combo. Probably, judging from Mode's latest "100 Years Of" video featuring fitness gear from the 1910s until now.
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The video features Blogilates founder Cassey Ho showing off the best of the best from days gone by, ranging from full maxi skirts, button-down blouses and heels during the '20s and '30s to the super-styling sweatsuits of the '90s.
The video also shows various workout devices from each period, and save for some — like the vibrating contraption that looks more like a sex device than workout equipment — the rest aren't that different than what we use today.
The biggest takeaway for me is that fashion comes and goes, but keeping yourself healthy never does. And no, you shouldn't take this as the end-all, be-all of workout wear. Feel better working out in a sports bra and shorts? Go for it. T-shirt and basketball shorts? More power to you. Wear what makes you feel best — that's what fashion should be all about.
But, whatever the case may be, winter vacation photo after winter vacation photo, year after year, I am donning the same white and teal-striped puffer coat that I've had since freshman year.
Yes, #firstworldproblem, I know. However...
I can't help but want more than my ski jacket of yesteryear when I see fashion bloggers in smart pumpkin-colored dusters, actresses in vintage skirted pea coats and business women trotting over crosswalks in structured blazers with coffee in hand.
Well, penny pinchers, let us rejoice and be glad: Winter coat sales are here! Whether you are stocking up for next winter or looking for a new coat to make snow angels in this season, check out these stores that are gifting you some serious savings.
Anthropologie (aka my current obsession) has their über-expensive coats and jackets marked down — and you can get an additional 30 percent off these sale items for a limited time. Enter the code "XTRA30" at checkout.
ASOS, a site that celebrities love, has 20 coats that are in their final clearance days, marked down from 50 to 70 percent off.
3. Burlington Coat Factory
Although Burlington may be one of those hit-or-miss stores, it's worth checking out their clearance coats and jackets. Their markdowns range from $10 to $100.
If you're looking for something a bit more... athletic, try Burton. They have some coats and snowboarding apparel on sale, with prices dropping by as much as $100.
Take a look at some of Columbia's sale items. They have heavy puffers and warm insulated jackets that will be sure to keep you toasty during any snow storm.
Express has some pretty awesome coats that are all marked down by 40 percent — tweed, faux fur, leather, you name it! I'll take all of them, please.
7. Forever 21
What's one of the best things about Forever 21? Their prices! They have coats and jackets on sale — I have not seen any over the price of $50, and most are in the $30 range.
H&M: Classic and cool. They've got all kinds of coats, jackets and vests marked down, with most in the $30 to $70 range.
Don't forget department stores like JCPenney. They have items discounted by up to 70 percent, and have additional discounts that you can enter in at checkout.
Likewise, Macy's has some good deals, too. They offer free shipping on orders over $25 — which, if you are buying a coat, you will probably hit. And you can also get 25 percent off on some of the items by using the code "FRIEND."
ModCloth has some amazing coats — vintage, classy, sophisticated and oh so chic! Check out the pieces they have marked down.
12. Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters is usually pretty pricey, so swoop in while the prices are at their lowest. Most of the discounted coats fall in the $100 or less range.
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