Thursday, December 23, 2010

Vive La Rouge

I wrote this article on how to wear red lipstick a couple of weeks ago for "Best Things in Beauty", and with the holiday's upon us I thought I would repost it. Hope it inspires you to break out the red lipstick... Happy Holiday's Everyone!

                                                   VIVE LA ROUGE!!!

I love red, and nothing says “festive, and fun” better than a beautifully applyed red lip.The holdays are coming, and what better time to break out a racy red lipstick?

Many women shy away from red lipstick, but when applied correctly  it is stunning, and makes a bold statement. Pair it with a gorgeous Little black dress, (or little red dress!) and you’ll pack a powerful punch.

Here are a couple of tips to help you get the most Vavoom out of your red…

Choose a color that works with your skin tone…

You Have Darker Skin and Darker Hair:

Choose a blue based red (try M.A.C Ruby Woo, or Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Rich Red). Darker hair and skin tones can support stronger colors without looking harsh. Also, the darker your skin the more color you will need or it will end up looking washed out on your lips.

You have Dark Hair and Pale Skin:

You can get away with some yellow/orange based reds (try Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipstick ) as long as they do not have very prominent undertones. And if you have pink tones to your skin the blue based reds work well for you as they are the “truest reds” (try Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Exces de Rouge, or Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 14 Passion,)

You have Light hair and darker skin:

If you’re skin is golden brown, then reach for a yellow/orange lipstick first (try Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick Fire and Ice). However, if you have naturally dark skin and you have lightened your hair then don't be afraid to experiment with yellow/orange tones, but remember to go darker so it doesn't disappear when you apply it. Keep I mind, if your skin is  naturaly very dark then you should try a blue-based shade first (try Russian Red by M.A.C,) and then see if you can find a good deep yellow/orange shade (try Jungle Red by Nars).

Keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum…

A precise line of liquid black eyeliner drawn close to the lash line and a sweep of mascara is really all you need to set off your gorgeous crimson lips. This look is timeless and oh so reminiscent of classic Hollywood glamour girls.

Set your pout….

To avoid having your color feather and bleed all over your face, napkin, and clothing and keep it on your lips where it belongs, try this pro makeup artist tip and your color will last for hours:

Apply your lipstick, then place a tissue directly on your lips. Dip a powder brush in loose translucent powder and dust over the tissue. Just enough powder will transfer thru the tissue to set your lipstick. Re-apply one more coat, blot lightly and you’re good to go!

Remember, it’s all in the attitude and wearing a red lip screams “sexy, seductive, siren”. So be bold, have fun, and wear your red with confidence!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Good For You Girls...Organic Skin Care for Teens!

I recently discovered a fantastic organic skin care line for teens called Good For You Girls, when founder Kimberly Grustus generously sent me their Blemish Wash. I gave it to my 16 year old daughter Giselle to try, and after using the wash for the last 3 weeks, her skin is completely clear, and blemish free and she is super happy with the results!

I love that there are no harmful ingredients in Good For You Girls products and that they are made with all natural cleansing and skin soothing ingredients like Jojoba, Willow Bark, Aloe, Calendula and Chamomile. They smell amazing too as they have natural aromotherapy oils of Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, and Bergamot. All of the Good For You Girls products are 100% Vegan, with no Dyes or Sulfites and are entirely cruelty free. Even the packaging is green!

My daughter loves that her skin has never looked better and I love that it's organic.... Thanks Kimberly for such great products!

Good For You Girls-