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Quick and Easy Office Makeup Looks

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I can't tell you how many women I've seen who don't know the difference between office makeup and night out makeup. The two couldn't be further apart. When you're at the office, your look should be more toned down. The best part about office makeup is it's quick and easy to pull of stunning looks that will still make you look amazing in little time.

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Keep It Natural

Avoid extremely bright or bold colors. Instead of focusing on your work, most people will be distracted by your makeup. Great for a night out, but not so great for ensuring people take you seriously. Stick with neutral colors such as browns, peaches, light pinks and even soft lavenders for eyes, lips and cheeks. Instead of liner, use a black/brown or brown mascara to make your eyes pop.

Use a lightweight matte foundation or tinted BB cream along with concealer. If you have dark under eye circles or redness, a brightening concealer or multi-color concealer will take care of trouble areas. Add just a light dusting of pressed powder to set your look. Avoid bronzers as they can often make you seem too glowing or tan. Trust me when I say you'll like bright eyed, professional and beautiful.

Just A Little Shimmer

If natural isn't your thing, no problem. Just by adding a little bit of shimmer to your look, you can drastically change how you look without over-doing it. Start a medium coverage concealer and finish with an all day liquid foundation with SPF. Once again, an all in one tinted moisturizer will work perfectly. Use a sponge to apply to better blend with the concealer. Set with a translucent powder with just a hint of sparkle. Your face will instantly light up without looking like a glitter bomb.

Apply a cream based shadow. Once again, choose a light or medium tone color. Dust a slightly lighter shade of a shimmer based shadow over the cream. If you really want to do more with your eyes, apply an extremely thin line of light brown, hazel or gold liner to your lower lid. Apply a lighter shade to your upper lid. Follow up with mascara.

Finally, apply just a hint of blush to cheeks. With the sparkle of your powder and eyes, you don't want to go overboard here. The entire object is a brighter face with eyes that really pop. As an added touch, use a clear gloss over your favorite pink, peach or even red lipstick. If you use red, ensure you eyes and blush are toned down.

Overall, just keep it simple. I say let your confidence shine through and you'll look great no matter what.

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How to Keep Your Non-Waterproof Eyeliner From Coming Off

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Today's question is, "How do I keep my non-waterproof eyeliner from fading and how do I make it last?" Well, the answer is very simple; it's called layering. You just simply put your eye shadow over your liner to give it that kind of binding and to make it stay.
Eyeliners tend to fade or tend smear, for lack of better words, when they don't have anything to hold them in place. For example, if you're using your normal eye shadow, you can see it has a really nice creamy consistency. It's a coal base. So, to keep that staying on, I want to take my eye shadow and just simply apply it right on top with an eyeliner brush. This is going to make sure that your eye shadow stays all day and it also really helps to give a beautiful, kind of softer look to eye shadow. You can blend it, you can smudge it out, you can do whatever. If I wanted to make this a little smokier, I can, and now that shadow is going to last until I take it off.
 
It's so simple to do and it really also gives you a lot of other options of how to use your eyeliner.
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5 Tips About How to Apply Mascara

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5 Things You Never Knew -- Until Now -- About How to Apply Mascara

If you’re like most women, mascara is one of your top two or three can’t-live-without beauty products. But even though you may think you know everything there is to know about applying mascara, you can probably still learn a trick or two. Here are five new twists on how to apply mascara from a couple of top pros.

1. The best method for applying mascara is a two-step method, says Andrea Q. Robinson, a onetime Vogue beauty editor, beauty industry exec and author. Step one: Hold the wand close to the lid horizontally and in a quick back-and-forth -- almost vibrating motion -- move the brush from the roots to the ends of the lashes. This will give you coverage. Step two: Change the wand to a vertical direction and move back and forth like a windshield wiper. This is for separation and will help prevent clumps.

2. Waterproof formulas are too tough on your lashes for everyday use, Robinson says. You’ll have to rub hard to loosen the color, and in doing so you risk breaking your lashes. Save the waterproof mascara for those times you know you’ll be tearing up -- like a weepy movie or your best friend’s wedding. And keep in mind that most regular formula mascaras will wear well throughout the day without smudging, and are easily removable with soap and water or makeup remover.

3. Do you have droopy lashes that won’t stay curled? Try curling them twice, suggests Hollywood makeup artist Brett Freedman. First curl them before you apply mascara and then give your lashes a second curl after your mascara is on (and dry).

4. If you’re going to pump up your lashes with individual false lashes, apply them after the first coat of mascara.

“That way you can see exactly where you want a little extra fullness and length,” Freedman says. “Then apply another coat of mascara to marry your real and false lashes together.”

5. Colored mascara looks gorgeous in candlelight. Purple, blue or emerald mascara “reads black,” Freedman says, until you get next to light, when your lashes show a touch of hue. It’s subtle, but it gives your lashes a little more interest. Use a coat or two of your regular black mascara, then layer just the tips of your lashes with a colored mascara. Tip: Deep blue mascara looks good on every eye color.

Shelley Levitt, managing editor of The Style Glossy, is a former West Coast editor of Self and senior writer at People.

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Top 5 Bronzer Tips

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 Bronzed to Perfection by Erica Sun 

Even though this summer is coming to a bittersweet ending, your beautiful skin does not have to stop glowing. You can still get that luminous beach tan effortlessly with a few swipes of bronzer. Finding the perfect formula can accentuate and bolden your whole look.

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Drugstore Beauty Finds For Under $75

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Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite tips with 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic (have you read her blog? You must!).  Of course, I wanted to share these tips with you as well. Remember, the great products don't have to break the bank!

So many women make the mistake of thinking they have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Wrong!!! While it may make you feel sophisticated to spend $100 on foundation, you could look just as great with something under $10. Personally, I like the idea of having an extra $90 to spend on cute shoes, purses and outfits. In fact, if you know what to look for, you can build your very own beauty kit for $75 or less. I'm talking makeup, skin care and hair care. I had a feeling you'd like that idea.

Low Cost Makeup That Delivers

I can't rave enough about e.l.f (eyes, lips, face) from Target. From tinted moisturizer for just $3 to on-the-go eyeshadow, lip gloss and blush compacts for only $15. If you went with this line, all your makeup supplies could cost less than $30. That's including brushes.

If you want to branch out a bit, I recommend buying trio eyeshadow kits to create both day and night time looks. Almay and CoverGirl both have amazing sets for everyone for under $8. For foundation, get your best face with L'Oreal Paris True Match, CoverGirl Aqua Smoothers, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (for skin toning) or Almay Clear Complexion (for acne prone skin) all for $10 or less.

For extra coverage, match your concealer and powder with your foundation. For instance, Neutrogena has a 3-in-1 concealer that works to make skin look healthier while covering. If you mix, ensure the colors don't clash.

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Get The Look: Lily Collins

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FACE:

  • 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with SPF 15 in Porcelain:   A natural mineral makeup concealer, powder and SPF 15 protection all in one. This is a lovely version of mineral foundation, which is bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E. This full-coverage mineral foundation is good for your skin!

EYES:

  • Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Singles in Gold Marcasite: This Eye Shadow is great for even the most sensitive eyes.  Lovely shade selections and a very smooth finish. 
  • Double Ego Mascara and Mineral Eye Defining Pencil in Onyx

LIPS:

  • Lip Gloss Stick in Daredevil: PüLoving the newest trend of chubby lip pencils!  This one is chocked full of vitamin E, and these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they color.  And this red is absolute perfection! 
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers

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Recently, I was able to try a sample of the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers and the Light Reflecting Powder.  Well, color me in love! 

These concealers and powder have taken the place of my foundation on days when I want some coverage, and a flawless face....but don't have time for the process. The concealers have a full coverage, yet go on smoothly and feel amazing on the skin.  The colors are also something to rave about.  I mix two different colors to get my perfect match.  

1) Vanilla to highlight around the areas that are red (such as nose, blemishes, or any discolorations in my skin).  I blend this out to give a soft focus finish on my face, and create a "flawless finish" without a face full of foundation.

2) I then use Honey to mask the dark circles under my eyes.  Honey has become my newest favorite peachy toned concealer.  It covers brilliantly and doesn't crease in the slightest.

Next, I finish with a swipe of the Light Reflecting Loose Powder, which I apply with a buff brush (loving the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Powder Brush at the moment).  This powder gives a stunning ethereal look to the skin. Every time I brush it on I want to sing "ahhhhhhh".  Seriously.  It is that pretty.  

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