Loreal Gives Back

Now and again, life deals us some difficult situations. We may hit a roadblock in a personal or career relationship that seems impossible to get over. When that moment happens we tend to stop taking care of ourselves.

Loreal arranged a class to give women back their power by feeling beautiful! Partnering with celebrity stylist David Evangelista, we taught women new, flattering hair and makeup tips. The two-day class of Loreal pro-students transformed these women and each one left confident and glowing!

The experience was beyond fulfilling! Special thanks to Kate Oechsle-Truesdale and Tanya Martinez for organizing such a wonderful project.

About the Expert:
Leora Edut, celebrity makeup artist. shares tips on how to get the looks of Beyonce and the Single Ladies at the VMAs.Leora Edut has been transforming people’s looks since 1995. She began her career with MAC Cosmetics, training with some of New York City’s top makeup artists. After several years there, she branched out on her own and began working with celebrities, fashion, and corporate clients. She has traveled worldwide doing shows for Redken in Las Vegas and Ports International in China. Leora has been personal makeup artist to several artists on major record labels. She has worked with Rihanna, Kate Voegele, and Dawn Richards for both print media and television appearances. For more information, please visit online at www.makeupbyleora.com.

Spring 2010: Top 10 Makeup Tips and Trends

When springtime comes, the weather is warmer and nature keeps reminding us how beautiful the world can be. Spring 2010 is especially welcome due to the record-breaking winter storms faced by many regions this year. Take a page from Mother Nature’s book and update your makeup look to embrace the beauty of spring. Consider these top 10 makeup tips and trends for spring 2010.

1.    Try various shades of green this season. Green nail polish and eye makeup are still hot!

2.    Wear softer shades of makeup on your eyes, like pinks, purples, and blues. Steer away from the dark eye look for a little while.
– Makeup artist Erica Maniscalco

3.    Go for pink cheeks and pink lip gloss for a feminine look you’ll love. Stay soft and sweet.
– Makeup artist Lindsey Caldwell

4.    Embrace the dewy finish for your face this spring. Simply blend in a drop of moisturizer to your foundation and apply highlighter to your cheekbones.
– Makeup artist Lindsey Caldwell

5.    For St. Patrick’s Day, try shades of green and brown for your eyes. It can be a fun look that sets you apart from the crowd.
– Makeup artist Erica Maniscalco

6.    For a pretty spring makeup look, try a palette of mauve colors. For daytime cosmetics in the spring, try a medium toned mauve. For a sexy nighttime look, use a wine colored shadow with flecks of black.
– Makeup artist Erica Maniscalco

7.    Energize your look for spring 2010 with colored mascaras. You can find great shades in green, purple, blue, and more. Of course, black and brown mascaras are still great looks as well.
– Michael Todd Cosmetics

8.    Don’t neglect your piggies! Keep your feet soft and sexy with a pedicure and don’t forget to paint your toes in your favorite shades for spring.

9.    Keep your eyes looking sharp with colored eyeliner. You can find brilliant shades of teal, purple, navy, and everything in between.

10.    Keep your lips kissable and soft with your favorite lip balm, lip gloss, or ChapStick. Use lip balm with SPF15 or SPF20 for added protection from the sun’s UV rays.

These makeup looks for spring 2010 are just a sampling of the fresh and fun spring looks you can achieve this season. Don’t be afraid to mix trends or come up with your own lovely looks for the warm weather. We hope you enjoy these spring 2010 makeup tips and trends!

2010 SAG Awards Makeup Tips for Getting Katrina Bowden’s Look

If you would like to get the makeup look of 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden, look no further. Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg shares expert tips on how she created Katrina Bowden’s sultry, sexy look for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards ceremony. Find out how you can achieve the same stunning makeup as this popular star.

To get 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden’s makeup look from the SAG Awards, follow these steps:

How-To: Makeup for Face – Katrina Bowden
To achieve similar makeup styling as Katrina Bowden, try these step-by-step makeup tips:

1.    Prep your face with mark For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion.

2.    Apply mark Kiss Dry Goodbye Lip Smoother onto your lips.

3.    Even out your complexion with mark Face Xpert Flawless Touch Makeup in Golden.

4.    Apply buffed Champagne onto your cheek bones for emphasis.

5.    For a rosy glow, apply mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Peachy, smoothed onto the apples of your cheeks.

6.    Add a dash of mark Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder.

7.    Eliminate any remaining shine with a final brush of mark Matte-nificent Oil-Absorbing Powder.

8.    Add a lovely glow to your skin with mark Jewel Body Cream on any exposed areas of skin.

How-To: Makeup for Eyes – Katrina Bowden
To get a similar makeup look on your eyes as Katrina Bowden wore to the SAG Awards, follow these steps:

1.    Begin with mark It Kit in Latte and blend into the crease of the eye.

2.    Next add I-mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Corset. Brush it onto your eyelid and blend it slightly upwards into the crease and dashed below the bottom lash line.

3.    Then use mark Eyemarker Color On Line in Jet and carefully rim the top and bottom of your eyes.

4.    Add some definition with mark On The Edge Hook Up Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo to create a perfect line on the top eyelid.

5.    Finish the look with two coats of mark Scanda-Lash Hook Up Mascara in Blacklash. Pay close attention to the corner of your lashes to emphasize them.

How-To: Makeup for Lips – Katrina Bowden
To create a perfect smooch like Katrina Bowden of 30 Rock, apply mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Mist for a natural and subtle look. Depending on your complexion, you may need to vary the recommended products, as they were selected with Katrina Bowden in mind.

About the Expert:
Jamie Greenberg is a celebrity makeup artist based in Los Angeles. She has done extensive makeup work for television, commercials, music videos, films, and print media. For more information, please see http://jamiemakeup.com.

Perfumes, Pulse Points, and the Delight of Neil Morris Fragrances

Neil Morris fragrance product reviewPerfumes provide a quick and easy way to lift our spirits, attract a mate, or simply feel better about ourselves. Whether you are one of those women who prefer to stick to a small arsenal of favorite fragrances or one who prefers to discover new favorites each fashion season, expressing your individuality with fragrances can be an enjoyable pursuit.

Personally, I have to confess that I do navigate toward my longtime favorites, at least for special occasions or when I need a “scentsational” experience to jiggle my mood to a happier plateau. Nonetheless, I love to experiment with fragrances for daily adventures in the realm of delightful, memory-invoking, unique scents. Before we explore Neil Morris’s Signature Collection, one of my newest finds, let’s take a brief look at pulse points.


Pleasurable Pulse Points

Neil Morris fragrance product reviewPerhaps one of the most important essentials to the art of wearing aromatic perfumes and colognes is to apply our fragrances to our pulse points. What are pulse points? Those areas of the skin where the blood vessels are close to the surface are known as the body’s pulse points. The blood vessels located at each spot pulse and radiate warmth, which helps to emanate or diffuse the scent that has been used.

The body’s pulse points can be found at the base of the throat, the inner part of the arm where it bends at the elbow, the soft portion of the knee where it bends, the ankles, behind the ears, and the inner portion of the wrist. Spraying each of these pulse points allows our favorite fragrance to heat up and pulsate into the surrounding air, gently sending our scent for others to enjoy.

Neil Morris Fragrances

Ultraniche perfumer Neil Morris has quite a history of producing unique scents. He loves to dabble with customized fragrances that are only available in “The Vault” on his Web site. He also has a unique “Signature Collection” that includes eight glorious fragrances designed to invoke a unique experience. I have been fortunate enough to receive all of these scents and I’ll give you a brief idea of what to expect from each so you can decide which ones might be perfect for your next special occasion or even just for your daily perfuming needs.

While the names are catchy, the notes contained in each are what matters here. “Aegean” offers the delicacy of mandarin and basil mixed with lavender and quince. The base notes of benzoin, sandalwood, and pearl musk provide that lasting musky scent that so many women enjoy.

Neil Morris fragrance product review

One of my personal favorites due to its light ctirusy scent, “Afire” offers a sweet experience that beckons one down a path of smoldering seduction. From the fresh citrus to the sweet berries to notes of frankincense and warm vanilla, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

The top, heart, and base notes of “Clear” are crisp and clean like a summer day filled with linden blossoms, mint, cedar, and a touch of musk. This is a great daytime fragrance!

One of the best notes ever to be discovered by man, or at least in my opinion, “Bergamot,” is featured in “Coral.” This fragrance is designed to take you back to a long walk on a Californian beach with the perkiness of the top notes of bergamot and pomegranate combined with the freshness of the heart notes of sweet pea, Bulgarian rose, and fig and finished with the base notes of musk, sandalwood, and incense.

“Gotham,” a fragrance inspired by Morris’s stroll along a Manhattan street on an October evening, offers a bit of mystery with spicy top notes of yuzu and black pepper and tender heart notes of narcissus and rose. The base notes of amber, ambergris, labdanum, myrtlewood, and Russian leather complete aromatic experience.

Neil Morris fragrance product reviewI love the sensual nature of “Rainflower” with its top notes of jasmine and freesia. These two are quite popular in a wide number of beauty products. The heart notes offer a floral experience filled with the scent of lilac, gardenia, tulip, and hyacinth, followed by the base of a soft musk.

“Storm” offers an exotic sense of urgency founded in lime and papaya laced with hyacinth and delphinium. Following those notes, this fragrance offers a nice touch of earth, marine, and musk scents.

“Zephyr” not only comes with an interesting name, but it offers a clever scent of papaya, tangerine, lily, and honeysuckle. A touch of white tea, amber, sandalwood, and musk complement this fragrance in a “scentsational” experience that has me drifting down memory lane on summer days.

Product provided free to writer for reviewIf the truth be told, my youngest daughter remarked that these scents all smelled like me or rather like fragrances that I tend to love. That is one of the benefits of using fragrances since they blend with our scent creating an individualized expression of sensual fragrance that can bring us comfort while invoking renewed life. Please check out http://www.neilmorrisfragrances.com for a look at his additional fragrances.

Makeup Tips for Easter

From pink to blue and everything in between, trying new makeup tips for Easter makes your beauty routine so much fun. Easter is a lovely time of year to celebrate and enjoy new and exciting beauty finds as well as all that Mother Nature has to offer. You can do your own thing or follow a few makeup tips for Easter looks you can easily create yourself. Dabble in the beautiful colors of spring or find out the latest additions to your favorite cosmetics brands.

For a lovely look at Easter time or for a simply sweet spring makeover, consider the following makeup tips for Easter shared by professional makeup artists.

Easter Makeup Tips for a Spring Look
Lindsey Caldwell, the makeup artist of Marco Two Union Square in Seattle, suggests lighter makeup and flirty pink glosses and cheeks for spring and especially for your Easter makeup. Now that spring is here, gone are the days of overly dark eyes, Caldwell advises. Instead of a dark and sultry look, she prefers a dewy finish to spring makeup looks.

You can create your own dewy finish for your spring makeup look by adding a small dab of moisturizer to your foundation while also applying a highlighter to your cheekbones. Lindsey Caldwell also recommends a pink cream blush for the perfect “springtime finish.”

“Without going too severe with pastels, light colors within the pink/purple/blue family are always a nice touch,” says makeup artist Erica Maniscalco. “Mac is a good brand to work with because they have a huge range of tones with each color.”

Clean and Colorful Makeup Looks for Spring and Easter
To make the most of your spring and Easter looks, move away from the dark colors and welcome colorful beauty. Try fun spring makeup colors like peach and lilac, pink, and more. Enjoy all the fantastic shades of spring and nature, and try a new look or two for a fresh DIY makeover.

“This season is going to be very romantic,” say the experts at Michael Todd Cosmetics. “Porcelain skin with a matte finish is always the trend for spring. A very clean, but made-up look is what this spring is all about. The eyes will be very simple, yet full of color. Colored mascara will also make a huge comeback. Women are getting edgier and bolder with their makeup so we will definitely be seeing a shift from the sexy, sultry eye to a (way) muted 1970’s look.”

About the Experts:
Erica Maniscalco is a freelance makeup artist based in New York City. For more information, visit www.ericamaniscalco.com.

Lindsey Caldwell, the makeup artist of Marco Two Union Square in Seattle, specializes in makeup application and instruction. For more information, please see http://marcotwounionsquare.com/about/artists.

Michael Todd Cosmetics is a new makeup brand offering more than 1000 products. For more information, please visit www.MichaelToddCosmetics.com.

Kissable Lips in Minutes with Comfort Zone’s Lip Blooming Products

Kissable lips are tempting with their plumpness, sensual contour, and tantalizing look – that’s what makes them so kissable! While it might have been easy to maintain kissable lips when we were young, it isn’t quite as easy a task as it used to be. Time takes a bit of wear-and-tear on all parts of our body, even our lips. As we age, our skin needs better care than it used to need. Our lips need and want pampering!

It is important for us to replenish and rejuvenate our lips if we want our husbands or partners thinking about kissing us more often. After all, what doesn’t tell a woman that she is loved and wanted more than a simple kiss? So, what makes lips so kissable in the first place? Obviously, it has to do with more than just the shade of lipstick or lip gloss that we carefully put on.

Our lips need to look good in order to be tempting for someone to kiss. This means doing away with lines and creases that tend to allow lipstick to cake or appear wrinkly on our lips. It’s all about moisturizing our lips and maximizing on the smooth, silky feel that lips are capable of having.

Fortunately, lots of products have been created to help us with the task of pampering our lips to baby-fine softness and kissability. I’ve been on a mission lately to discover a product that works for me while being fun to use as well as tasting good. Having gone through an array of chapsticks, some of which certainly tasted terrific while others did not, some of which glided on easily while others did not, and some of which brought back the plumpness of my lips while others did not, I am now on a mission to try a few other products.

Comfort Zone has come up with the Lip Blooming System- a set of three integral products designed to nourish and rejuvenate this delicate area of our face. I was offered a free gift of this Lip Blooming System for the purposes of reviewing it, so I saved the $64 I would have spent to obtain it. It’s worth the price though if you like to get kissed. In all honesty, this product is as much for our lovers as it is for us. After all, there’s a lot more kissing going on once your lips become glisteningly kissable in a matter of days.

The Lip Blooming System features a Lip Blooming Scrub, Lip Blooming Balm with an SPF of 10, and a Lip Blooming Gloss. The Lip Blooming Scrub is supposed to be used once or twice a week, depending on the condition of your lips. I like the way this one feels on my lips when I massage it into them. My lips felt more alive afterward too- kind of like they had received a giant dose of Vitamin C, which they actually did.

The Lip Blooming Balm with an SPF of 10 is designed to keep our lips kissable by restoring moisture as well as protecting them from the sun. Since I like the outdoors in the warm weather, this is an especially important factor for me. Since our lips are such an important facet of the way that we look, it is critical to take time to pamper them.

The final product, Lip Blooming Gloss, is great on its own or over lipstick. It glistens and tempts with its shiny, kissable appearance. There’s nothing like a little bit of gloss to get across the message that you want to be kissed!

Products provided free to writer for reviewI received all three of the above-mentioned products for the purposes of reviewing them. I’m glad that I did as my lips look and feel better, especially when receiving a few extra kisses. Get yourself a few extra smooches too while treating your lips to a bit of pampering!

For more information on Comfort Zone products, please visit http://www.comfortzone.it.

St. Patrick’s Day Makeup Tips

Show off your festive and fun side with a great St. Patrick’s Day makeup look. You can easily do your own makeup for a night out on the town or for a special Irish party on St. Patty’s Day. From green eye shadow to green eyeliner, mascara, and more, consider these tips for a fun and festive St. Patrick’s Day makeup look.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a little more fun and I like to do something with the holiday like using greens and browns for color schemes,” says makeup artist Erica Maniscalco, who always has great tips on fun and creative makeup looks.

You can play up the eyes for a special focus on St. Patrick’s Day makeup. There are so many shades of green and brown to choose from, and you’ll be sure to make a bold statement, no matter what your eye color.

A new cosmetics brand, Michael Todd Cosmetics, launched last December and now offers more than 1,100 products to tempt your sense of beauty and style. For St. Patrick’s Day, Michael Todd recommends a simple yet colorful look for your eyes. The brand offers frosted, crème, and matte eye shadows in countless vibrant colors, including “Hunted,” “Moss,” and Mint.

Michael Todd Cosmetics also offers a fabulous Forest Green Fiber Lash Mascara to truly enhance your St. Patrick’s Day makeup look. If you are going to enjoy some green beer, why not dress up your eyelashes with a vibrant and beautiful green mascara?

Remember, if you are putting the most color emphasis on your eyes, you will be best suited to play down your lips, cheeks, and face. St. Patrick’s Day beauty can be so much fun. Don’t forget to do your own St. Patrick’s Day manicure or nail designs, too!

About the Experts:
Erica Maniscalco is a freelance makeup artist based in New York City. For more information, visit www.ericamaniscalco.com.

Michael Todd Cosmetics
is a new makeup brand offering more than 1000 products. For more information, please visit www.MichaelToddCosmetics.com.

Demeter Fragrance Collection Product Review

I’m really very excited about sharing some thoughts on a very cool collection. It’s something we all use, want Demeter fall harvest fragrance reviewsand need to make us feel and smell better… you guessed it — FRAGRANCES!

Demeter Fragrances are, by far, the most nature enhanced fragrances you’ll ever hear about or know about; I’ll tell you why. They have 250 fragrances inspired by real life objects. They have found use of those not so common smells and turned them into unique fragrances for the world to wear.

I was so impressed with the fragrances I received that I will no longer be buying “the norm.” Seriously — they have scents like: Laundromat, Sex on the Beach, Blueberry Muffin (for the kids), Patchouli, and more-more-more! I actually received Chai Tea (WOW!!!! My absolute favorite), Mulled Cider, and Cedar… the smells took me someplace back in time where the fragrance was strong in my memory. The fragrances really are that pleasant.

Demeter fragrance collection product reviewsOf the many good things I can say about Demeter fragrances; the one thing I’d like to mention is how perfectly practical this line is in terms of use. It’s practical in the sense that these fragrances can be worn every day. Forget having a special fragrance that only gets used on “special occasions”; use them daily, use them everywhere, use them in combination — they’re just perfect for everything!

As you just read, yes, you can use them in combination. With Demeter fragrances, you can actually combine scents to create your own. Because they have so many unique smells, you can splash any number of scents together and create a whole new, one-of-a-kind scent (all your own). I have been spraying and splashing the Mulled Cider and Chai Tea together and I love it… not to mention, I’m getting an awful lot of compliments about how great I smell throughout the day. Even people I’ve never met have come up to me and asked the “who Demeter Chai Tea fragrance product reviewmakes it” and “where’d you buy it” questions. After a quick Thank you, I tell them all about Demeter. This is usually about the time they start pulling out the pen and paper to jot down the Web address… it’s pretty funny but very enlightening at the same time.

You can’t forget the kids either. Demeter also has yummy smells that are perfect for the little princess in your home. So you say she likes Blueberry Muffins — great, you’ll find that fragrance on their site. Or how about Hot fudge Sunday? Now who wouldn’t want to smell like hot fudge Sunday? I know I would… yum! Think of all the followers you’d get with that smell (LOL). To put it simply, if you can imagine it, I’m sure they provide it! If not, I’m sure a little nudge to the home office about a particular smell can be requested. The possibilities are endless with Demeter Fragrances!

Demeter Mulled Cider fragrance product reviewIf you’re still considering what to get for those last minute stocking stuffers, Valentine gifts, birthday presents, and other gifts, you really should check out the official Web site (that’s www.demeterfragrance.com), shop around and purchase a few bottles yourself. Who knows what smells might excite you? But I can tell you this, with 250 fragrances to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something you want (or something you know a friend would drool over).

For more information on Demeter fragrances, please visit the Web site. You can also become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Products provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: Please note that I received product samples, for free, via Demeter Fragrances for the purpose of my review. This review is based on my experiences and may differ from others; therefore, I take no responsibility for anyone who feels differently. Please be aware that results may vary. Thank you.

Non-Oily Makeup Remover: Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Review

The day I found This is a product review of Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, I think I gave up on ever searching for another non-oily eye makeup remover product. I have when my eyes feel greasy after taking off makeup, as it’s not a pleasant feeling to my skin and it makes reapplying makeup bothersome. I am thrilled to report that Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are gentle on the skin, non-oily, and residue-free, not to mention they smell great!

I first started using Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes when I picked up a couple of packs on clearance at CVS back in the summer of 2007. That was one of my greatest product finds to date. I used Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes daily to remove eye makeup, foundation, whatever. They always effectively lift the makeup from your skin without leaving any unpleasantness. Skin remains soft, smooth, and hydrated.

This is a product review of Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes.I trusted Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes enough to use them on my wedding day and all throughout my honeymoon. The light and gentle fragrance still reminds me of those joyous occasions to this day when I use the makeup remover wipes even now, two and a half years later. The fragrance is delicate, clean, and pleasant, though I can’t quite put my finger on the ingredient responsible for the pleasant scent.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested, allergy tested, and free from alcohol. The cloths are soft and gentle on your skin, making them suitable for everyday use. Perhaps best of all, the wipes even remove waterproof mascara flawlessly with a few swipes.

I bought a bunch of the refill packs and simply resealed the opening each day after use. Neutrogena does have a plastic case available with this product in some stores. Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes come in sets of 25 wipes, which could last you about a month in most cases. The wipes are very large, so if you are removing only eye makeup, you can easily cut them in half to extend your use. Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes run about $5 – $8 for a pack of 25 wipes. You can find them in your favorite drugstores and retailers like Target and Walmart, or order them online at Amazon.com.

What Are the Best Eye Shadow and Eyeliner Makeup Colors for Different Colored Eyes

Find out the best makeup colors for brown eyes... (Photo courtesy of Christopher Drummond Beauty)When it comes to choosing the best makeup colors for your eyes, consider the color of your eyes and whether you want a subtle or a dramatic look. No matter if you have brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes, or a totally different color, you can find makeup colors that complement your natural eye color or your colored contact lenses.

“The never ending question for makeup: ‘What colors are best on my eyes?’” says Sam Christensen, owner and makeup artist of Girly Junk. “I am a firm believer in one thing; your makeup must reflect your personality. Yes are there colors that compliment eye color better than others, absolutely, but remember these are guidelines to be taken into account and your own personal flavor and style attached too, that will give you the ultimate look filled with confidence that you look your absolute best.”

Consider the following expert tips to help you decide what makeup colors may be best for different colored eyes, from brown to blue, green, hazel, and everything in between.

Best Makeup Colors for Brown Eyes
Find out what the best makeup colors are for Asian eyes (Photo courtesy of makeup artist Christopher Drummond Beauty)Brown eyes can have a lot of fun with various makeup colors to spice things up when going glam. The brown-eyed girl is often fun-loving and her style should reflect that. Consider these tips from the pros for what eye shadow and eyeliner colors look best with brown eyes.

“Brown eyes – Lucky you!” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Leora Edut. “You can wear any color shadow.  Pastel pink and plum shadows are the latest trend for Spring 2010. Try a lighter shade of pink and Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Quad in Moonlit Violet if you have fair skin, and if your skin is medium or dark, try Dior 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow in Parisian Lights.”

“For brown eyes, navy, like a well cut navy suit, looks first class on everyone but makes brown eyes even more deep and soulful,” says Sam Christensen.

When it comes to choosing the best color of eyeliner for your eye color, consider a pop of color with purple or green eyeliner for brown eyes, suggests Christopher Drummond. He also recommends a gold eye shadow for any eye color.

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Best Makeup Colors for Blue Eyes
What are the best makeup colors for blue eyes? Find out here! (Photo courtesy of makeup artist Leora Edut)Blue eyes are a favorite eye color for many. Baby blues give off their own burst of color, which should coordinate rather than compete with your eye makeup. Consider these versatile makeup tips and best makeup colors for blue eyes.

“Rim your blue eyes with a smoky gray eye shadow at night to really pop your eyes and add a little ‘sexy,’” says Leora Edut, celebrity makeup artist. “Since spring is on the way, try a little yellow eye shadow on your top lid to brighten up your look. (In this picture I used MAC Chrome Yellow.)”

“For blue eyes, some of my favorite and versatile shades are the golds and coppers,” says Sam Christensen. “They can be worn alone or used to blend any other shades in your palettes. Try pink, too, a great youthful fresh look for blue eyes.”

Blue eyes work great with darker eyeliner to balance out the color. Christopher Drummond, celebrity makeup artist, suggests black or brown eyeliner for blue-eyed beauties.

Best Makeup Colors for Green Eyes
Green eyes can be mysterious and coy. To emphasize your pretty green eyes, check out makeup that nicely complements your eye color. Consider these hot eye makeup color tips for green eyes from the pros.

“Purple, green, and blue look absolutely gorgeous on green eyes,” says Edut. “You can soften these colors by blending out slightly with an orangey brown. I love MAC brownish gold Blanc Type Shadow with a vibrant splash of Sense of Style green liner underneath the eye!”

“For green eyes, plums not only make the whites of your eyes look even brighter on all shades but will make other ladies green Find out what eye shadow and eyeliner colors work best with different colored eyes. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Drummond Beauty)with envy over your emerald eyes,” says Christensen.

Dark eyeliner works well for green eyes as well. Christopher Drummond recommends brown or black eyeliner for green-eyed girls.

Best Makeup Colors for Hazel Eyes
Hazel eyes are typically a greenish or yellowish brown color. To choose the best eye makeup colors for hazel colored eyes, think about the impact you want to make. Decide if you want to be dramatic or relaxed with your eye makeup. Consider these tips for great makeup colors for hazel colored eyes.

“For hazel eyes, depending on whether you would like to accent your gold or green side more, mauve is a great choice for both,” says Sam Christensen. “Bring out your green side with a green shadow, a bit more bold but go for it!”

“Hazel eyes…This unique color picks up anything with a gold reflection in it,” adds Leora Edut. “Try Black Radiance Starry Eyeshadow Stick in Rich Gold.”

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“I always get asked about what eye colors are good for what color eyes,” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Christopher Drummond of Christopher Drummond Beauty. “To be honest, it is a very relative question.  There are no real ‘rules’ for eye shadow; it all has to do with what the wearer is comfortable with [wearing].

“However, there is one color that works on everyone that brings out the color of any eye:  Gold,” he shares. “This is a color that no matter what color your eye is, it will help to enhance your eye color. A beautiful gold shadow coupled with a dark eyeliner and mascara is guaranteed to pop your eye color whether you are green, hazel, blue, or brown. It is a no fail color that works every time.”

About the Experts:
Sam Christensen is owner and makeup artist at Girly Junk. For more information, please see www.girlyjunk.com.

Christopher Drummond is a celebrity makeup artist who has worked with celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Eve Ensler. For more information about Christopher Drummond Beauty, please see www.christopherdrummond.com.

Leora Edut began her career with MAC Cosmetics, training with some of New York City’s top makeup artists. After several years there, she branched out on her own and began working with celebrities, fashion, and corporate clients. She has worked with Rihanna, Kate Voegele, and Dawn Richards for both print media and television appearances. For more information, please visit online at www.makeupbyleora.com.

Amazing Autumn Makeup Trends for 2009

Autumn is a wonderful time for new fashions, new makeup trends, and colors in just about every part of life. Incorporating some autumn makeup trends into your look for fall 2009 can be a fun and exciting makeover opportunity. Consider these amazing autumn makeup trends for 2009 to help you get started.

Autumn makeup may be some of the most awaited colors, textures, and styles of the entire year. Cosmetics for fall make a great statement in back to school looks and Thanksgiving and holiday glam styles. Whether you are looking for a whole new look or just a hot new makeup color for fall, consider these amazing autumn makeup trends for 2009.

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Christopher Drummond, licensed esthetician and makeup artist and creator of Christopher Drummond Beauty, offers four of the hottest autumn makeup trends for fall 2009. Consider one or all of these amazing autumn makeup trends for 2009.

Gold Eye Shadow – Drummond asks, “What better way to maintain the radiant look that the sun gives us than to apply a beautiful golden eye shadow?” Drummond says, “gold eye shadow looks great on everyone, whether you use a small amount just to perk up the eyes or a large amount to glam up the look. Christopher Drummond Oro Shadow can be applied in a small amount with the finger tips for a beautiful ‘worn in’ look or it can be layered for more intensity.”

Hydrated Skin – “Wind, cold and sun all damage the skin,” Drummond cautions. “Maintaining sky hydration is good to protect the skin and to allow for you to have healthy-looking, glowing skin. The Christopher Drummond Saude Pele Radiance Booster is an antioxidant-packed skin saving and hydrating power that does for your skin what the harsh weather doesn’t.”

Deep Green Eye Liner – “Perfect for the commitment-phobic, a shimmery deep green liner is a great addition to the eyes without going full-out,” Drummond recommends. “It adds a dash of color without looking like you have too much color on. This fall, Christopher Drummond Beauty will be releasing a new liner called Peacock.”

Minimal Makeup – After working on makeup for New York Fashion Week, Drummond says “the big trend for spring is nude makeup. So why not beat everyone to the punch and start the trend early? Products like Christopher Drummond Veludo Velvet Foundation even out skin tone, while still showing off the positive attributes about your skin.”

About the Expert:
Christopher Drummond Beauty uses all-natural products. Christopher Drummond Beauty products are vegan and organic-based makeup infused with an exclusive blend of Brazilian Açai, botanical extracts, and trace minerals. For more information, please see www.christopherdrummond.com.

ChapSticks, Lip Balms, and Lip Glosses to Love

I guess the first step is admitting it. eos Summer Fruits Organic Lip Balm Smooth SphereOK, here goes. Hi, my name is Kate and I’m addicted to lip balm. I’m one of those girls who constantly has a lip gloss in her pocket, about 3 more in her purse, and who knows how many MIA or just floating about my coat pockets, backpacks, spare purses, and possessions. I’m the kind of person who rarely forgets to bring ChapStick or lip balm with me wherever I go, but when I do forget, it’s a travesty. In fact, it’s pretty much a sure thing that I’ll make a detour to the nearest drugstore so I can pick up a new pack of lip gloss or lip balm.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got about 95 to 100 ChapSticks, lip glosses, and lip balms floating around my house right now, if not more. I’ve got the classic ChapStick, trio of Blistex Smoothies, countless flavors of delicious and hydrating Softlips, tropical and creamy Alba Coconut, new eos pomegranate and a delightful tingly mint lip balm “ball;” I’ve got Bonne Bell of course, and some old Avon that I probably should toss, not to mention numerous flavors, colors and styles of unknown, generic lip goodies that I just haven’t finished or had the heart to toss to the trash yet.

In the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to do a few quick reviews on some of my very favorite lip treats so that maybe you too will find a new type of lip balm that you simply cannot live without – why would you want to, anyway? After all, variety is the spice of life, and you can never have too many different flavors of lip balm, as far as I’m concerned.

Lip Balm to Love: eos – evolution of smooth – Organic Lip Balm Smooth Sphere and Smooth Stick
Products provided free to writer for reviewFirst and foremost, I get a wonderful, worthwhile reaction out of my husband every time I apply the eos organic lip balm smooth sphere to my lips. I received a sample of the smooth sphere in sweet mint, and it truly is a treat to use. This organic lip balm leaves your lips just the right amount of tingly – a refreshing and rejuvenating sensation with a delicious aroma to boot.

The smooth sphere features a round ball-like container that at first, I must admit, seemed tricky to open. I suppose I anticipated it being a snap hatch type lid, but instead, the lip balm smooth sphere twists to open directly in half.  Now that I know this, I’ve moved on to fully enjoy all the benefits of the eos organic lip balm smooth sphere in sweet mint. Firstly, the design of the container is meant to help keep us healthier so we don’t have to dip our fingertips into a tub of lip goo every time we want to soften up our smooch.

Next, the flavor reminds me of after dinner mints, and the lip balm delivers a nice, lingering tingling that’s sweet on the lips. While it probably won’t look right chilling out in your pocket like many traditional lip gloss sticks, this cool lip balm from eos fits comfortably in your purse and it’s very easy to find for quick application.

I also received a pomegranate raspberry flavored smooth stick from eos to try out. This pretty fuchsia colored lip balm container is about the size of a glue stick, maybe just a bit shorter. The flavor is subtle but appreciated, though just a bit waxy, unlike the sweet mint flavor. I think I’m just a raspberry snob and I’ve not yet warmed up to the pomegranate intruding on my favorite flavor of all time. At any rate, this nifty lip balm goes on clear and boasts Shea butter and vitamin E (as does the sweet mint).

Both products by eos are petrolatum free and paraben free. They are 95% organic and 100% natural, delivering healthy antioxidants to your skin. Eos organic lip balm products are available in Honeysuckle Honeydew, Summer Fruit, Sweet Mint, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Vanilla Bean.

Organic lip balm by eos retails for $3.29 and up at drugstores, mass retailers, and Amazon.com. For more information, visit online at www.evolutionofsmooth.com.

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