I think a lot of people cringe at the idea of face oils. Putting oil on your skin when you’re apt to shininess or prone to breakouts may seem counterintuitive, but it’s not, seriously. The plant oils used in face products are the non-comedogenic kind, which means they aren’t pore-clogging; so while everyone’s skin reacts differently, these facial oils won’t be the cause of breakouts for most. That’s good news because these babies are great sources of moisture. My face gets super dry during the winter months and whenever I use a facial oil, my skin feels so rejuvenated. I find it best to apply almost immediately after cleansing, when your skin is still slightly damp. It helps to seal in moisture as well as in application.
- Josie Maran Argan Oil, $48
- Bio-Oil, $16.99
- Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil, $46
- Rodin Olio Lusso, $150
- Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil, $62
A few weeks ago I confessed the desire to dye my hair red, and ever since I’ve gotten various questions about what exact shade I’m looking to achieve. The truth is that I’m not entirely sure yet, but I’ve been doing plenty of thinking about it. I think all of the ladies above have lovely coloring in these photos, and they will definitely serve as inspiration when it comes time for me to make a decision.
To give the illusion of having longer, fuller lashes without using falsies, try tightling you eyes. Don’t know how to tightline? Start by lining your eyes using pencil, powder or gel as close to the underneath of the roots of your upper lash line as possible. Make sure to wiggle your pencil/brush between individual lashes to really intensify the effect.
Now might be a good time to start think about switching up your moisturizer. The approaching cold weather tends to dry out skin, so pick out a heavy-duty formula to combat the roughness.
You guys, I can’t lie. One of my forever beauty icons is the lovely Jennifer Lopez. I mean, I think she has amazing style too (her affinity for nude sparkly jumpsuits and ability to pull them off is commendable enough in its own right), but her makeup is always on par. Whether she’s going for a more reserved look or one that’s more fierce, the girl always looks good. She has such natural beauty and a true glow about her. (And no, I don’t think that’s just the tanner, though it does help.)
Check out this post to get a glow like Jennifer’s.
Besides mascara, eyeliner is the next best way to emphasize your eyes. Various forms make it possible to create any look you’re going for, whether it’s just simple and subtle definition or dark and dramatically winged out. Either way and everything in between, you want your liner to last. Here I’ve compiled some of my favorite eyeliners that really hold up.
1. Pencil – A classic option, pencil liner offers the most subtle look while still being precise, but it can still be bold. Turn it up a notch by layering in on and then smudging it or by lining your waterline. Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick, MAC’s Eye Kohl, and Revlon’s ColorStay Eyeliner are all great pencils.
2. Shadow – Shadow also has a subtle look, but one that’s much softer than a pencil. It’s great for smudging and blending and can be used wet or dry for different looks. Tarte’s EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner is amazing, but any matte black shadow will do.
3. Gel – Gel liner can be very dramatic and precise. It looks great winged out on upper lash lines. Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liner is a classic, but Maybelline’s EyeStudio Gel Liner does the trick too.
4. Liquid – Liquid liner is my favorite option. It provides the most precision and lasts the longest. Maybelline makes great liquid liners like the EyeStudio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner and the Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liner.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate this spring’s neon trend is on your nails. Use any super bright lacquer to add a pop to your whole ensemble, without fully committing to anything too serious. Here are some options that really bring the drama.
- Essie in Ole Caliente
- Sephora by OPI in Domestic Goddess
- Sephora Collection in Burst of Mango Cream
- Julep in Leah
- Butter London in Slapper
- Thankoon for Nars in Amchoor