We’ve all heard of and possibly thrown around the term, “bedroom eyes.” This probably implies to most a smokey eye or a red lip (which you can learn how to do HERE and HERE). However, sometimes the sexiest way a woman can look is when she appears to have done nothing at all. Like many fashion trends, what women find sexy or stylish is totally unappealing to the opposite sex. There’s a reason I wear red lipstick on first dates (as documented here). But in the off chance that you are hoping to pucker up with Prince Charming, try going for the “no makeup” makeup look which can be achieved by using neutral shades, glowing bronzes, and soft peaches. And don’t forget that the first step to any sweet naked face is a steadfast skincare routine.
We’re all already obsessed with Urban Decay’s Naked Palette (and Naked 2 Palette) with good reason. And if you’re not, well, get obsessed. One day, while picking up some essentials from Sephora, I got sucked into the sample section. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle for beauty junkies. Steer clear or risk having no groceries for the next week. Along with a purse size tube of L’Occitane Hand Cream, I snagged a sample of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I mean, why not?
The claim is that it’s an “instant retoucher in a tube.” With five different skin benefits including SPF 20 and anti-aging ingredients, this balm is like one stop shopping. As mentioned, I don’t love a lot of makeup on my skin and this beauty balm, goes on so smooth and light that sometimes I feel like I haven’t put enough on. However, when I peer at my reflection in the mirror, my skin literally does look like it’s been photoshopped. It quickly evens skintone and reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines, although you will probably still need a concealer to hide any unsightly behemoth blemishes, like the one I use from Miracle Skin Transformer. The only thing I found a bit odd about this formula was the slightly minty scent. It’s not offensive. It just sort of seems off. If you’re looking for the perfect lightweight summer skin smoother, grab a tube… but steer clear of the samples.
Alright, so you can’t even begin to stomach strapping on a star studded tank top or holiday color coordinated outfit. That’s fine. Just don’t be a totally Sally Suckpants refusing to play along whatsoever. Incorporate a little bit of your American pride this Fourth of July by wearing the colors of our flag on your face (and nails). Navy liner rimming your lids, cherry red lips, and a slick white manicure will have people believing Lenny Kravitz wrote American Woman for you- and why shouldn’t they?
You know that one beauty product you can’t leave home without? I would say mine is probably mascara… or Benetint. But I would be willing to bet that the majority of you ladies are probably with me on the mascara tip. So, what happens when you need to take it up a notch and really knock ‘em dead, but your everyday mascara just isn’t cutting it? Well, that’s where fake eyelashes come in. Perhaps you only think of wearing falsies during Halloween or a Broadway production, but you’d be surprised to find out just how many celebrities and regular ol’ gals are sporting lash enhancements on a very regular basis. To be quite honest, I don’t often don false lashes because they make my eyelids heavy (I guess they need to hit the gym) and we all know that I can be a bit of a narcoleptic, so my lids don’t need any encouragement to shut. However, I do love the look. So below, find my tips and tricks on how to apply fake lashes without a fuss:
A crucial step you may be missing (as was I for the majority of my makeup wearing life) is something that happens before the rouge, before the mascara, and even before your foundation. This very imperative, but often neglected step is the application of a little something called primer. Primer should be applied the moment you are done moisturizing so as to “lock” in your moisturizer and create the smoothest “canvas” possible. I know, I know. It’s starting to get steamy outside, so the last thing you feel like doing is adding another layer to your fabulous face. You’ve worked awfully hard getting that face painted to perfection, so applying a primer to prevent your face from melting off seems like a worthy cause, no? And here’s the best part: many primers have added benefits like built in SPF or anti-aging ingredients.