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Master Mixer is changing our makeup game

If you love a good highlighter (every makeup lover I know perks up their ears), then you probably already know about rms beauty’s Living Luminizer. For a year now, this has been my personal holy grail — the only highlighter I know of that is cruelty-free, organic, and not sparkly, oily, or super-shiny. This highlighter is IT, folks! It’s sheer, easy to apply (fingers!) and adds a subtle luminosity to the places on your face you want to strobe up a little bit. I have been known to rub Living Luminizer on my collarbones. I have even delicately highlighted my ears with it (which led to an odd compliment at a bar that compared my ears to “delicate little clamshells”, but that is another story).

I cannot say enough good things about this product. So imagine how excited I was when I started following rms’s Instagram and noticed they had a new highlighting tool: the Master Mixer. WHAT.

This rose gold highlighter claimed to be universally flattering and capable of easily mixing with blush, eye shadows, and lipsticks to create new shades. Amazingly, at the exact same time I was greedily eyeing this Master Mixer, my editor at Beautylish emailed me to ask if I wanted to try it out! Did I want to try it? Is the Pope Catholic? When the package arrived in the mail, I clawed the box open without using scissors.

The results were heavenly. The Master Mixer is a subtly shimmering rose gold shade, sheer enough to be barely noticeable on the skin. It just makes you look…glowy, in a warm way. I immediately tried it out in a multitude of different ways:

As a highlighter
Apply this product to your upper cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, the bow of your lips and your browbone. Don’t worry, there’s no glitter. The highlighter just makes you look like you walked into really good lighting. It makes your skin appear like you’re radiating good health from the inside out. Bonus freakout tip: you can use this with the Living Luminizer, for the kind of sun-kissed dewy look that only babies frolicking along ocean shorelines have.

As an eye shadow
Use your fingers to sweep this on your bare eyelids, and delight in the subtle glimmering of your mermaid-like eyelids. The color is buildable, so if you’d like to see it a bit more shade, just add another smudge and you’re good to go.

As a lip shimmer
A dot of Master Mixer in the center of your lower lip helps the mouth look fuller, and you can also simply use this rosy gold shade as your actual lip color. It’s smooth and feels creamy.

BUT WAIT! This is called the Master Mixer! Let’s mix it with other makeup we already own!

Find The Right Eye Shadow For You

When it comes to choosing which eye shadow to buy, I am huge advocate of one simple truth: get the shade that makes you feel amazing. But to feel amazing, you need to feel confident. And when it comes to makeup, nothing gives you more confidence than a good understanding of color theory and how it applies to your natural eye color, hair color, and skin tone.

So, let’s give you some color theory basics so you can purchase with power. Below are some factors to consider when buying an eye shadow — whether you want an everyday look or instant drama

Skin Tone

Today, skin tones tend to be categorized into two columns, warm and cool. It doesn’t help that some makeup brands will categorize pink tones as warm and yellow tones as cool while others will do just the opposite, because the color wheel is divided down the center and yellow can be considered cool or warm.

But if you are aware of your undertone, you can navigate through all this product with decisiveness. To find out your undertone, check your veins. Our veins are naturally blue, so a yellow skin tone will have veins that appear more green. A pink skin tone’s veins will appear more violet.

If you have a warm skin tone, any warm eye shadow color will look more natural; if you are cool toned, any cool color will look more natural. Selecting shades further to the opposite sides of the color wheel will give you more drama.

Warm skin tones should try colors like bronze, vanilla, ivory, taupe, light and dark brown, pink, and coral. If you have a cool skin tone, play with pale blue, lilac, teal, gray and turquoise.

Eye Color

Using your own eye color to choose your shadow palette is a perfect way to put the focus exactly where you want it. Using an eye shadow shade that is complimentary to your eye color (one that is opposite on the color wheel) is an easy way to draw attention and make the eye pop or look more prominent. Choosing a shadow that lies close to your eye color (we call this analogous) will give a soft and easy effect that looks beautiful. Here is a simple breakdown.

Blue eyes – We know that orange is opposite blue, so anything in that color family or on either side of orange will create a lovely, dramatic effect. Try shades and tints of orange, red and yellow to get a ‘wow.’ Think copper, gold, peach, coral, pinks, and warm browns. For a more subtle look, something that is next to blue on the color wheel like violets, purples, or greens can create an unexpectedly natural look. Lilac, lavender, deep purple, plum, khaki, and olive are all excellent choices.

Green eyes – Eye shadow with red undertones like burgundy, maroon, and pink, or close colors like violet, lavender, peach, plum, and red are ideal complements to the green of the eyes. Warm metallics like red-based copper and bronze tend to bring out not only the green, but often accentuate the beautiful grey and brown flecks that green-eyed people tend to have.

Natasha Denona Beauty Secret

You probably recognize makeup artist Natasha Denona’s work from the covers of ELLE, Marie Claire, and InStyle and on the faces of top models (like Bar Refaeli and Gal Gadot, to name a few). You may even have seen her many collaborations with world-famous fashion photographers. And you’ve most likely heard about her breakout makeup line, including her skin-brightening Glow products and high-impact eye shadows. But what else do you know about this beauty industry star?

Here’s your chance to learn more about the story behind Natasha’s success. Head over to Highbrow for an intimate interview with Natasha in which she looks back on her childhood in Germany, her transition from dancer to model to makeup artist, and her big break. She even shares a glimpse into her daily beauty routine. Click here to read the interview and get to know this beauty guru.

I cannot say enough good things about this product. So imagine how excited I was when I started following rms’s Instagram and noticed they had a new highlighting tool: the Master Mixer. WHAT.

This rose gold highlighter claimed to be universally flattering and capable of easily mixing with blush, eye shadows, and lipsticks to create new shades. Amazingly, at the exact same time I was greedily eyeing this Master Mixer, my editor at Beautylish emailed me to ask if I wanted to try it out! Did I want to try it? Is the Pope Catholic? When the package arrived in the mail, I clawed the box open without using scissors.

The results were heavenly. The Master Mixer is a subtly shimmering rose gold shade, sheer enough to be barely noticeable on the skin. It just makes you look…glowy, in a warm way. I immediately tried it out in a multitude of different ways:

As a highlighter
Apply this product to your upper cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, the bow of your lips and your browbone. Don’t worry, there’s no glitter. The highlighter just makes you look like you walked into really good lighting. It makes your skin appear like you’re radiating good health from the inside out. Bonus freakout tip: you can use this with the Living Luminizer, for the kind of sun-kissed dewy look that only babies frolicking along ocean shorelines have.

As an eye shadow
Use your fingers to sweep this on your bare eyelids, and delight in the subtle glimmering of your mermaid-like eyelids. The color is buildable, so if you’d like to see it a bit more shade, just add another smudge and you’re good to go.

Beauty Summer Tips

unduhan-48Bright lips. Sun-kissed cheeks. Dewy skin. With summer officially underway, we’re trading our heavy foundation and dark lipstick for light, breezy looks fit for the beach—or just blasting the A/C at our desks. To celebrate our favorite season, we created a soft, bronzed look that’s perfect for summer days (and nights) using skin-loving makeup from Sisley-Paris.

If you’re a Sisley-Paris fan, you already know that the French luxury brand’s cosmetics come enriched with botanicals that hydrate, repair, and enhance skin. It’s no wonder that Sisley-Paris has become a cult favorite among top makeup artists and a regular on the red carpet. We’ll admit, the built-in skin care benefits are especially helpful during a time when environmental stressors, like dry heat and harsh sun, get turned up a notch.

Ready to lighten up your look with a bronze smoky eye and summer-ready skin? Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial below.

Prep the Skin

To prep the skin for makeup, soak a cotton pad with Floral Toning Lotion and wipe gently to remove any traces of oil or debris. Follow up by massaging a few drops of Black Rose Precious Face Oil into the skin. This fast-absorbing dry oil promotes a soft, plump, and hydrated feel, which helps makeup to sit seamlessly on the skin.

Prime

Using your ring finger, apply a tiny dab of Eye & Lip Contour Complex under the eyes with gentle patting motions. If your under eye area is puffy or crepey, this will help jumpstart circulation and strengthen the skin. Hydrate and smooth your lips with a thin coat of Confort Extrême Nutritive Lip Balm. Wait about 10 minutes for these skin care products to absorb before applying makeup. If your skin is oily, apply a primer to your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

Apply Foundation

To create an even, luminous complexion without any heaviness, we used a lightweight foundation with soft, natural finish. Distribute one pump of Phyto-Teint Eclat Oil Free Fluid Foundation to your middle finger and lightly dab onto the chin, cheeks, middle of the forehead, bridge of the nose, and under the eyes. Blend outward with a soft foundation brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 01. Using a small, flat brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 06, dust Transparent Loose Face Powder under the eyes and over the T-zone.

The cornerstone of this look is a sultry smoky eye created with bronzed browns and shimmering pinks—no intense black here. To keep things simple, we used only one eye shadow palette: Phyto 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette in Dream. We love this quartet for its universally flattering shades and unbelievably silky texture.

Apply your shadow

Using a flat eye shadow brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 17, sweep the copper brown shade (in the palette’s lower left pan) over the eyelid from the lashline to the crease. Blend with a fluffy brush (we used Wayne Goss Brush 16) until any obvious lines disappear. With a clean, flat brush, pat the pink shade (lower right pan) into the inner half of the lid below the crease. Blend with your fluffy brush.

Using a smaller fluffy brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 19, pack the dark brown shade (upper right pan) into the crease and blend well. Sweep the shimmering beige shade (upper left pan) under the brows. Next, smudge the copper brown shade (lower left pan) under the lower lashes with a pencil brush (we used Wayne Goss Brush 05 for its fine tip). Using a clean pencil brush, apply the beige shade (upper left pan) into the inner corner of the eyes.

Britney Tokyo Style Tips

unduhan-47Britney Tokyo, an LA-based nail artist favored by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Lily Allen and K-pop superstar CL, truly knows the magic of glamorous nails. As a child growing up in Tokyo, Britney was always fascinated by the idea of creating art on fingertips, drawing on her own nails during class. This eventually led to graduating from one of Japan’s top nail academies and working at a salon.

In 2005, Britney left Japan for the United States, determined to become the world’s best nail artist. She began posting her designs on Instagram and soon enough, both her client list and fan base grew to epic proportions. Now Britney’s doing nails for red carpet events, fashion campaigns and collaborating with fellow artist Natalie Minerva a.k.a. Nail Swag (who we featured previously) as the unit, Tokyo Swag.

With her fingers on the pulse, we asked Britney what she thinks is the hottest look right now, and coming up this season. “The current trend is a rather darker tone. Beige or a gray color as the base, and matte finished, coffin-shaped gel extensions are what I do a lot these days,” says Britney. “I think lace, small flowers, and denim-like designs with lighter tones will come next!” This summer, it’s not going to just be about the hands, but the feet, too. “I think there will be a bigger spotlight on pedicure nail art!” she says.

Follow Britney on Instagram and her website, BritneyTokyo.com.

“I made no sugar, 3D gummy bears nail art with acrylics and gels.”

“The crystal shape design is one of the trends for Summer 2016.”

Blue Cocoon is the Unicorn of Skin Care Products

When it comes to skin care, nothing compares to miraculous products that contain a multitude of uses. Imagine using the same sole product as an eye cream, a lip moisturizer and a spot treatment for eczema. Sounds too good to be true, right? Enter May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon. A cult favorite, loved by everyone from makeup artists to Gwyneth Paltrow, Blue Cocoon is basically a triple threat in the form of an organic balm.

My skin issues are mostly related to redness and lack of hydration, but this inflammation-blasting, ultra-hydrating balm works for these issues too. I first decided to try the product after using a clay mask, paying special attention to my undereye area. In the morning, my skin was super soft with nary a dry spot in sight. My eyes were less puffy and there was no sign of redness.

The best thing? My skin just felt lavish, like someone wrapped it in a loving embrace. I also decided to try it out as a lip balm since my lips are always dried out from constant matte lipstick use. I was not disappointed. This is the one of the best skin care items to have ever been made, in my personal opinion.

The ultimate hydration tool
If your skin is thirstier than the Sahara, Blue Cocoon will be like a tall glass of water. It contains a slew of nourishing organic ingredients such as blue tansy oil, camellia seed oil, shea butter, yangu oil and marula oil which are known to be extremely moisturizing, soothing, and anti-inflammatory.

Fighter of skin problems
If you suffer from skin stresses such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea, Blue Cocoon will help ease your discomfort. It’s also made for all skin types, whether you’re prone to acne or constantly dry.

A lullaby for the skin
Not only is Blue Cocoon some sort of miracle worker for the skin, it also acts as a stress reliever and sleep aid. The blue tansy oil helps to relax nerves, alleviate sleep problems, and manage feelings of frustration. At night before you drift off into slumber land, make sure to keep the jar open and it will act as aromatherapy. Don’t worry about the balm drying out (it won’t!).

How to use it
After cleansing your skin, apply a pea-sized amount of Blue Cocoon to your still-wet face, or to any specific problem areas. The balm will easily absorb. Always make sure your face is damp — it will only activate with wet skin.

Creative Cat Eye Tips

If Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Amy Winehouse are any indication, the classic cat eye has been trending for decades. And although we love a simple, unfussy flick, there are many ways to up the drama factor and take your basic eyeliner wing to new heights. To give you some inspiration, we came up with three creative versions of cat-eye makeup using Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel, a pigmented, long-wearing gel eyeliner that dries to a budge-proof matte finish. If you’re itching to break out of your liner rut, give these fearless looks a try.

Need to brush up on the basics? Check out our step-by-step tutorial for an easy way to master simple winged eyeliner.

The Double Wing

This look is striking in a subtle way, and it’s surprisingly easy to pull off. First, use an eyeliner brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 08, to apply basic winged eyeliner to your upper lid. Next, draw a thinner, smaller wing on your lower lashline. It should extend straight out from the center of your lower lashes. Use a pointed cotton swab dipped in Bioderma Sensibio H20 to clean up any rough edges (a handy trick to try with any of these looks).

The Cleopatra

This sultry statement look, an homage to Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, brings all the attention to your eyes. Start by tightlining your upper and lower eyelids, and then apply eyeliner to your upper and lower lashlines. Connect the upper and lower eyeliner with a wing that extends from the outer corner of your eye. It should angle up towards the end of your eyebrow. Using a fine-tipped eyeliner brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 20, trace along the inner corner of your eye to finish with a sharp point.

The Fat Cat

Inspired by ‘60s starlets like Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn, this retro look is a much thicker version of your basic cat eye. We find it easiest to start by drawing the outline of your wing, and then extending the line along your crease to the inner corner of your eye. Using short strokes, fill the empty space inside your outline with eyeliner. For added drama, tightline your upper eyelid before you begin.

Winged Eyeliner Tips

The classic cat eye, though a popular makeup style that’s been around for decades, can be a huge pain to master. It seems so effortless—just finish off your eyeliner with a neat little wing for instantly bigger, brighter eyes. Easy, right? Not for those of us whose failed attempts at a flawless feline flick end with makeup remover and a lot of frustration.

Fortunately, there are products out there that make winged eyeliner much easier to get right. For the tutorial below, we ditched our tricky liquid liner in favor of Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel, a richly pigmented gel liner that dries to a long-lasting matte finish. The creamy texture makes it easy to paint on a perfect cat eye in just a few minutes. Plus, it’s smudge-proof, crease-proof, and waterproof. (Pro tip: To keep your Eyeliner Gel fresh, partially peel back the protective liner on top of the jar without fully removing it. If needed, you can also moisten the product with a few drops of Duraline.)

To get you started on your way to becoming a winged eyeliner pro, here’s a tutorial on how to use gel eyeliner to draw a classic cat eye.

Step 1
Start by using an angled eyeliner brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 08, to line your upper lashes. Dip the brush into your Eyeliner Gel and draw a thin line that hugs the base of your lashline.

Step 2
Next, draw a slightly thicker line from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. This line should start out very thin and get slightly thicker as you continue towards your outermost eyelash.

Step 3
Draw a thin wing that points up and out from the outer corner of your eye. The wing’s tip should angle up towards the end of your eyebrow. Use a pointed cotton swab dipped in Bioderma Sensibio H2O to clean up any mistakes and carve out a crisp, sharp flick.

If you’re a beginner, you can also map out your cat eye with small dots before tracing over them with eyeliner.

Cleaning Your Natural Brushes

You’ve probably heard how important it is to clean your makeup brushes regularly. But did you know that brushes with natural bristles (such as goat, squirrel, or fitch) should be treated differently than their synthetic counterparts? Though natural brushes normally shed when you first use them, with proper maintenance, you can minimize shedding and help your brushes stay soft and supple for years to come. Keep reading for a rundown on the best way to clean and care for your natural brushes.

Between Makeup Applications
Washing your natural brushes too frequently can damage their delicate bristles. Keep them clean and conditioned between uses with these tips:

1. Wipe off any excess product onto a microfiber towel. Fine, natural hair is not very porous, so it should release pigment easily.

2. Spot clean with a no-rinse spray cleanser, such as BeautySoClean Conditioning Brush Spray. This step is crucial if you’re a makeup artist or have oily, acne-prone skin. BeautySoClean uses food-grade alcohol to gently sanitize your brush and emollients to keep the hairs soft between washings.

Bi-monthly Bathtime
Deep clean your natural brushes every 1-2 months with a gentle brush shampoo. We recommend Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo, a line of solid cleansers formulated with coconut and essential oils to banish dirt, oil, makeup, and bacteria—all without stripping your brushes. (Pro tip: Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoos can also be used on synthetic brushes and sponges.) Bathe your brushes by following these steps:

1. Wet the bristles under lukewarm running water, angling downward to ensure that the metal ferrule of the brush doesn’t get wet. Water in your brush’s ferrule can eventually break down the glue holding the handle and the bristles together.

2. Swish the wet brush directly into Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo to create a delicate lather.

3. Continue to swish the wet, foamy bristles gently in the palm of your clean hand. You’ll begin to see makeup pigment release.

4. Rinse the brush just like you did in the first step, pointing the brush tip downward under lukewarm running water. Use your fingers to gently move the hair around to ensure that all makeup and soap has been rinsed clean.

5. Gently squeeze out any excess water and place your brush in a Brush Guard. These breathable mesh sleeves help to maintain your brush’s shape and keep bristles in like-new condition.

The Rock Chick Look

Here’s just one of the reasons we love Charlotte Tilbury: She makes Hollywood glamour accessible to everyone. After all, not all of us can be the go-to makeup artist to a client list of supermodels, celebrities, and A-listers. Charlotte’s signature looks, all inspired by vintage beauty icons and her famous friends, make it easy to replicate red carpet radiance. In this tutorial, we break down one of our favorite Charlotte Tilbury looks: The Rock Chick, a Kate Moss-inspired look that pairs a sultry smoky eye with nude lips and luminous skin for an instant coolest-girl-in-the-room vibe.

Start with an Even, Luminous Complexion

Prep and Prime the Skin

Massage Charlotte’s Magic Cream into clean skin to create a plump, hydrated canvas for your makeup. Next, smooth a dab of light-diffusing Wonderglow over the skin and blend well.

Apply Foundation and Concealer

To even out your skin and blur imperfections, apply your shade of Light Wonder Foundation to the center of the face and blend outwards with the Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Brush. Conceal any blemishes, discoloration, or redness with a dab or two of The Retoucher, and pat lightly with a finger to blend.

Set with Powder

Using a fluffy powder brush, dust Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder over the T-zone and under the eyes to keep your makeup locked in place all day (or night) long.

Prime the Lid

Charlotte’s The Rock Chick Luxury Palette comes with everything you need to create a rockstar-approved smoky eye in minutes. Start by using a flat eye shadow brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 18, to pat the Luxury Palette’s Prime shade across the lid.

Enhance the Crease

Blend the Enhance shade into the crease with a fluffy, tapered eyeshadow brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 03.

Define the Lower Lashline

Blend the Enhance shade into the lower lashline with a small blending brush, such as Wayne Goss Brush 04.

Smoke It Out

Sweep the Smoke shade into the outer corner and the crease with a small blending brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 04.

Add a Pop of Light

Using your finger, pat the Pop shade onto the center of the lid and blend out over the lower lid below the crease.

Finish with a Feline Flick

Use The Feline Flick eyeliner pen to line your inner corner and upper and lower lashlines, finishing with a cat-eye flick. You can also map out your eyeliner with a black kohl pencil (like Rock ‘N’ Kohl Bedroom Black) before tracing it over with liquid eyeliner. Curl your lashes with the Life Changing Lashes eyelash curler and apply a few coats of Full Fat Lashes.