Sun-kissed: The Hottest Lip Colors of Summer 2013

Vacations, adventure, and summer love are here! But have you packed all you need to look great while having fun in the sun? If not, don’t worry. It’s easy to find this season’s hottest lip colors. Look for colors that really pop—in pink, poppy red, and tangerine!

The most popular color this season is bold pink, in all its variations. Go for a fun, neon pink before getting that much-needed summer tan at the pool, or try adding a bright, bubblegum pink to your luscious lips before your next movie date. Update any pink lip color by keeping your lips extra matte or adding a shiny gloss. Both looks are in as long as your lips have that fabulous pop of color.

To really make this look as sun-kissed and spectacular as possible, go easy with your overall makeup look. Keep your face fresh, glowing and bare. Use a light bronzer on your contour and highlight your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose with a sheer, iridescent powder. Keep your hair soft and touchable. The one thing you should define is your eyes. Try a strong black cat-eye or a subtle nude lid. Both will complement your bright, kissable lips!

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Lipstick Shany

The Must Have: Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

eyeshadow paletteFashion’s elite shined in metallics at the 2013 The Met Costume Gala.  Gold, silver, and bronze fashion and makeup showed off red carpet luxury even with the hard edge of this year’s tribute to 1970’s punk. How can you get that shimmer?   The key is in an eyeshadow kit with metallic colors that will give your eyes a glitzy look.

An eyeshadow palette in metallics can refresh your makeup routine.  If you’re used to a more subtle look, using a silvery shadow from your eyeshadow palette to accent your go-to colors can be a great way to ease into using metallics.  You can also dab pearly pastels from your eyeshadow kit in the inner corners of your eyelids.   An eyeshadow kit with pink, lavender, and pearl will do the trick.


metallic eyeshadowFor the bolder beauty fanatic, richer shades in deep blue and rich emerald green from your metallic eyeshadow palette will help you embrace the looks hitting the runway and red carpet this season.  Using professional brushes along with your favorite eyeshadow kit, will help you achieve a dramatic look.  Dark eyeliner with metallic eyeshadow ramps up and vamps up your stylish look for evening.  An understated lip color is the finishing touch.


purple eyeshadowChoose an eyeshadow kit with a wide variety of colors for eyes that pop.   The key is finding a range of shades in an eyeshadow palette that work not only with the tone of your skin, but also your personal style and favorite colors.    Find inspiration from the shimmery shades in your eyeshadow kit.  Have fun with color and let your eyes shine.  You can be an aspiring fashionista one day and a fresh faced girl with an edge the next.  The metallic eyeshadow palette is a must have for getting the right style for any occasion.

Spring Nail Favorites 2013

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Photo Credit: Victor Demarchelier

Our runway favorites are easy to try at home, especially if you’re using long-lasting UV gel polishes that you’ve already organized into your favorite nail polish organizer! Get ready to create your newest looks.
To create this shark-bite nail art look from The Blonds, you can use black and white any other two colors you like. First, paint your nails with light UV gel polish. Then cut out tape in the shape of a shark bite and tape it over one side of each nail. Paint over your nails with a dark UV gel polish color and let them dry with the tape still on for about 5 minutes. Slowly peel off the tape and let dry. Keep the extra tape in your nail polish organizer to use the next time you create this look!


UV gel polish

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This nail color from Costello Tagliapietra is a mint green that goes wonderfully with any bright lipstick color. To get the look, take out your nail polish organizer and find a pastel UV gel polish color that will go well with a variety of makeup and fashion looks.


UV Gel polish organizer

Picture Credit: Go Runway

For Rodarte’s textured nails, go crazy with any of the UV gel polishes in your nail polish organizer. You can even mix and match your UV gel polishes together, swirling a few shades together for a distinctive multi-colored nail look. Store the tape and scissors in your nail polish organizer for next time. If you don’t have a nail polish organizer, put them in your favorite makeup case. To create this look, paint strips of tape in the color you like most and let them dry. Then remove the adhesive backing and apply these strips to your nails in different shapes.


Celebrity Smokey Eyeshadow Looks

Smokey eyeshadowSometimes it’s hard to create a smokey eyeshadow look that is strong and sexy, but these celebs always get it right! What you’ll need for these looks is a smokey eyeshadow palette and a professional brush set. Let’s get started!

Almost any professional brush set will do as long as it has a small angled eyeshadow brush or an eyeliner brush that you can use to line your eyes. You’ll especially need one if you’re going to try Penelope Cruz’ smokey eyeshadow look, which depends on the thin, precise application of black eyeliner on the upper and lower lashline. Add tons of mascara, and you’re good to go!

smokey eyeshadow shanyIf you’re more of a Beyoncé fan, then take out your professional brush set and find a large angled eyeshadow brush. Line your upper and lower lashes with black eyeshadow and use grey eyeshadow to soften up your smokey eyeshadow look at the edges of your eyes. Add plenty of mascara, but go heavier on the outer edges of your lashes.

For Kiera Knightley’s eyeshadow look, you won’t need your professional brush set right away. First, line your eyes with brown eyeliner. Add some gold eyeshadow to the corners of your eyes to get her soft, luminous eyeshadow look. Then, add a touch of brown mascara, and use the spoolie brush from your professional brush set to make your eyebrows full and beautiful.

If this is your first time trying a smokey eyeshadow look, make sure to keep a wet tissue or cotton towel handy so you can clean up any mistakes you make as you go. With a professional brush set and a steady hand, these looks will be easy! And, with enough practice, you too will create eyeshadow looks that are red carpet ready.
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Smokey Eyeshadow Looks Inspired by The Great Gatsby

smokey eyeshadowGet your makeup kits out, ladies! It’s time to get vintage. Whether you’ve seen the movie already or just want to try out a new style that really highlights your eye color, these smokey eyeshadow looks are guaranteed to show off your signature beauty.
Go for soft and sultry with this copper-toned smokey eyeshadow look that’s perfect for hazel eyes. To get the look, apply primer and then use a very light copper shade in your makeup kit as a base for your lid. Then go over the shade with a shimmery cream eyeshadow and line your eyes with a dark brown liner. Create a smoky blur at the corner of your eyes. Finish the look with three coats of mascara or short eyelash extensions.

makeup kitIf you have dark brown eyes, they’ll look even better with a purple smokey eyeshadow look. For this look, find a makeup kit with purple and pink shades. Over primer, use a light pink shade as your base color and then smoke up the edges of your lid with light purple shadow. Add more intense purple eyeshadow to the crease of your lid and finish the smokey eyeshadow look with long eyelash extensions.
smokey eyeshadow kitYou’ll need a makeup kit with golds and coppers for this lustrous smokey eyeshadow look that’s perfect for light blue or green eyes.Start with a base of primer and then apply a light, pearlish eyeshadow color over it. Use a coppery green-gold eyeshadow and smoke up your crease dramatically. If your makeup kit has a glittery gold eyeshadow, go ahead and use it on your entire lid for extra glam. If your makeup kit doesn’t have glittery shades, use some pearl eyeshadow mineral glitter instead. Don’t forget to add long eyelash extensions and mascara.

Our Favorite Spring Smokey Eyeshadow Color: Violet!

smokey eyeshadowWhat’s great about violet is that it looks fabulous on almost anyone and it blends well with many skin tones. Violet makes for a great smokey eyeshadow color for Spring because it can highly pigmented and dramatic, or soft and romantic. It’s also a fun reminder of the flowers that spring up during this season!
Almost any eyeshadow kit has a range of violets. Look for a medium-toned violet with just a touch of shimmer. If you have a smokey eyeshadow kit, take that out, too. You may want a more intense, dramatic look, so select a dark grey or black color from your eyeshadow kit that you can use to contour your amazing new look.

eyeshadow kitBefore you create your smokey eyeshadow look, add primer to your eyelid and blend evenly with your finger. Then add a light pink, white or gold eyeshadow to your entire lid. It’s time to contour! Choose a warm purple from your eyeshadow kit. Add that color a little bit at a time on the outer corner of your eye with a small eyeshadow brush. If you make a mistake, use a wet cotton towel and slightly dab off excess color. To get a more dramatic smokey eyeshadow effect, lightly add on grey or black to the purple in your contour and blend.

eyeshadow kit To soften your look for Spring, find some shimmery cream or gold shadow in your eyeshadow kit and use it to highlight your brown bone and the inner corners of your eye. The best thing about a Spring smokey eyeshadow look is that it doesn’t have to be too deep in color to still look amazing. If you get tired of your eye makeup, remember that you can update it with the bright pinks, greens, and blues in your favorite eyeshadow kit!

Nail Art Marker Ideas

nail polish setWith nail art markers, the options for making unique nail creations are endless. All you need is a great idea, a nail polish set or a UV gel polish set, nail art markers, and a nail polish organizer to keep everything intact. If you don’t have a nail polish organizer, you can organize your nail accessories in a shoe box or in a drawer of your dresser, or you can find a nail polish organizer online.
Paint your nails with clear UV gel polish from one of your nail polish sets. Then, choose your favorite colors from your nail art marker set. Paint cute stripes onto your nails. Let dry. Don’t forget to put everything away in your stylish nail polish organizer!

UV gel polishFor another great look, prep your nails again with clear UV gel polish from your nail polish set. Then, cut some tape into thin strands. Lay these in different shapes around your nails. Choose 4 colors from your nail polish set and paint each section a different color. Voila!
For this look, paint your nails with a dark UV gel polish color like midnight blue. Then, using your nail art markers, make a feather shape. Add glitter and coat with clear UV gel polish. Let dry. Put everything away neatly in your nail polish organizer so it’s ready to go for next time!

nail polish organizerOther ideas: mix two nail colors from your favorite nail polish set for a unique, swirling nail color look. Or, set aside your nail polish set and UV gel polish, and go crazy with your nail art markers, making fun designs and symbols on your nails.
If you’re going on a trip, make sure to pack your UV gel polish, nail art markers and other accessories in your nail polish organizer. The good thing about having a nail polish organizer is that you can take it with you wherever you go!