Make-Up Lookz!

How to Do the Smokey Eye Look


Things You'll Need:

  • Pewter or dark silver eye shadow
  • Charcoal or dark gray eye shadow
  • Light pink eye shadow
  • Black eye liner pencil
  • Eye shadow brush
  • Angled eye shadow brush
  • Black mascara
  • Eyelash curler
  • Powder foundation to match your skin tone
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    Take your finger and dab it into the powder foundation. Dab it across your entire eye lid to get a nice base and to make the shadow last longer throughout the night.

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    Next take the pewter eye shadow and, using the shadow brush, sweep it across your eye lid from the lash line to slightly above the crease. I recommend starting at the lash line then sweeping it upwards in strokes.

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    After that, take the charcoal eye shadow and, using the same shadow brush (brush off last color first so you are not mixing the 2 colors), start at the outer corner of your eye and sweep the color to halfway across your eye lid.

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    Take your finger and dab it into the pink eye shadow. Dab some shadow onto the brow bone and blend in.

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    Next take the black eye liner pencil and line your upper lashes as close to the lash line as you can get. Go from the inner corner all the way to the outer corner. You can also start at the outer corner if you want and go all the way to the inner corner.

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    After that, dab the angled brush into the charcoal eye shadow and go over the black line you just made on your lashes.

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    Go back to the pink eye shadow and dab your finger in it. Dab the inner corner of your eye with the pink shadow. Also, take the pink shadow and with your finger dab the outer corner of your eye all the way up to the brow bone and blend.

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    Take the eyelash curler and curl your lashes. Use the black mascara to coat your lashes. If you need to use the eyelash curler again do so. Now your look is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to blow off excess shadow from the brush.
  • Remember to clean the brushes after you are finished so you don't mix the colors.
  • I recommend practicing this technique first to perfect it. You don't want to try this out for your first time when you have to go somewhere.
  • Derrick, Julyne. "Smokey Eyes -- How to Get Smokey Eyes." Beauty Guide -- Hairstyles Makeup Nails & Skin. Web. 06 Mar. 2011. <>.

How to Make Natural Eye Makeup


Things You'll Need:

  • 1/4 tsp Mica Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Magnesium Stearate
  • 3 drops oil
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    Gather your ingredients, including mica powder, arrowroot powder, magnesium stearate, jojoba or other high quality oil.

    The most popular ingredient in homemade eyeshadow is mica. Mica is derived from silicate (phyllosilicate) minerals, which are mined from the earth in sheets, and are crushed into powder which can be used in makeup. You can buy mica powder online. It comes in a variety of shades, with shimmer and matte effects, depending on the mineral composition.

    Arrowroot powder is derived from the root of the South American Arrowroot plant. It can also be purchased online, and is a pure starch thickener.

    Magnesium stearate is a salt which is commonly derived from cottonseed or palm oil. When melted, it becomes a lubricant which is commonly used in food and candy. As above, this can be purchased online.

    You can use any oil you like, but Jojoba is recommended because it has the longest shelf life. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil will work just fine, and the latter two have a wonderful fragrance.

    The ingredients above may seem expensive, but keep in mind that you will need very tiny quantities to create eyeshadow. If you make it in the quantity listed, you should end up with 1/2 teaspoon of powdered eye shadow.

    For your convenience, I've included links to all of these products on Amazon at the bottom of this article.

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    In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot powder and the magnesium stearate. These should both be well blended and crushed together, using the back of a small spoon.

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    Add 3 drops of oil. Be sure to add each drop one at a time, mixing in each well as you proceed.

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    Add the mica powder gradually, until you achieve the desired shade. Be careful as you mix this, as crushing the mixture can ruin the effect of certain types of mica. Gently mix the mica in, using your spoon.

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    If the mixture appears too dry to apply, you can add an extra drop of oil. Place the eyeshadow into an airtight container, and keep away from excess moisture.

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    To remove this eye makeup naturally, dab a cloth or cotton ball into jojoba or olive oil. Apply to the eye, and gently wipe away your make up. Aside from keeping the skin clean, it's also great to moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes and prevent wrinkles

How to create "Sun Kissed Glamour" Eyes


Things You'll Need:

  • i. b Bare Essentials Eye primer
  • (Mary) Amber Blaze eye shadow, black liquid liner, and black Mascara, makeup brushes
  • M.A.C (Yellow)and (Orange) eye shadow
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    Apply an ample amount i.b Bare Essentials Eye Primer over entire eye lid

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    Softly dust "Mary Kay" Amber Blaze under the arch of the brow and blend outward. Commonly known as the highlight area.

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    Pat on a coat of highly pigmented "M.A.C" Yellow shadow along the upper lash line towards the outer crease (Repeat if desired)

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    Softly blend a coat of highly pigmented "M.A.C" Orange shadow across the mid eye lid towards the outer corner (Repeat if desired)

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    Apply "MK" black liquid liner along the upper lashline from corner to corner along with four strokes of black mascara

Tips & Warnings

  • Cant afford eyeprime? Water works great as an substitute for chalky color :) just wet the tip of you makeup brush and apply

How to Create the Perfect Cat-Eye Liner


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    You have two main options for product--liquid liner or pot liner with an angled, thin brush. Truthfully, the best way to understand which is your best friend for the job is to test out both.

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    Let's pretend you've decided on the liquid--in my estimation, an inferior choice, but some of you just can't get down with a brush and I respect that--so, liquid. Choose the shortest pen-tip you can find--bizarrely, my faves have been drugstore finds. The shorter the tip, the more control you have.

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    Set up a hands-free magnified mirror--you'll need all the hands you can get for this one. Starting with the inner corner of your eye, barely touch the pen to your lashline and slowly drag toward the outer corner of your eye.

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    The key is to make your line as close to the lashes as humanly possible--if you want to fatten it up later, by all means do.

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    As you round toward the edge, sort of flick your wrist slightly but confidently toward your temple. It's better to make a longer extended liner--we can always q-tip it off later. The key is more about placement of wing, rather than the length initially.

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    All of these steps need to be done with an open eye. It's really hard to tell what something as specific as a winged liner will look like when your eyes are open, if you apply when your eyes are closed. This holds true for almost any shadow application, too. As much as you can flex your little eye-muscles to be able to hold both eyes open when you apply, the more you'll know exactly what your face will look like when you're done.

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    Open both eyes and with a normal expression on your face (not a raised brow) and assess your work. If the wings are uneven, take your pointed q-tips (the best for makeup blunders!) and in upward motions, symmetrize your wings to your heart's content

Derrick, Julyne. "How to Apply Eyeliner: Eyeliner Tips and Tricks." Beauty Guide -- Hairstyles Makeup Nails & Skin. Web. 06 Mar. 2011. <>.

  Eye makeup in only 8 steps.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Prep your eyes with concealer Concealer can be used to cover up under-eye circles or just the bluish discoloration just under your inner eye. To cover dark undereye circles, apply three dots of concealer under each eye. Start at the inner corner where skin tends to be darkest, then under the pupil and the third on the outer edge. Pat, never rub with your ring finger (this finger tends to have the softest pad) until it disappears.
  2. Apply eye base to your lid Eye base is the secret to keeping your shadow in place for hours. Without properly priming your lid first, your eyeshadow will likely end up a greasy line in your crease.
  3. Follow with eyeliner Dark eyeshadows work great as eyeliners. Wet a slanted brush, then dip in a dark eyeshadow. Line eyes as close to the upper lashes as possible from the inner corner to the outer corner. Follow with liner on bottom eyes, but only line from the middle of the eye out. Smudge the bottom line with a Q-tip or your finger. You don't want a prominent line. For a smokey eye, use a brush to pat in a dark eyeshadow along the upper lid and below the lid. You don't want a stark line, instead you want to blend it so it's "smudge-y."
  4. Apply eyeshadow. It's great to use a three-toned shadow and build from lids to brow (see How to apply eyeshadow). Allowing them to blend into each other like a rainbow is gorgeous, according to celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Start with a light color that almost matches your lid. Sweep the color across the lid and up to your browbone. Follow with a medium color across your lid only. Build on this with a darker color in the crease. Blend the colors well.
  5. Brighten your eyes with a highlighter This step involves only the inside part of the eye. Putting a bit of your lightest eyeshadow in the inner corner of your eye will brighten it significantly (this is the makeup artist's secret and I use this trick all the time). I usually dab a finger into my lightest eyeshadow and then I press it into the inner corner of my eye where the upper lid meets the bottom lid. This totally makes eyes "pop."
  6. Highlight your brow Take the same light eyeshadow and dab it on your browbone, concentrating on your mid-brow outward. Blend with your finger. I like to use Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat just below my brow and just above it, but a super light shadow will do you.
  7. Curl lashes An eyelash curler will make even long lashes look more gorgeous. For added effect, you can heat the curler under a blowdryer for a couple seconds. Test curler before applying to lashes because you could burn yourself.
  8. Apply mascara Place the wand of your mascara brush at the bottom of lashes and wiggle back and forth. Follow with another few sweeps of the wand. Apply to bottom lashes as well. See How to apply mascara for step-by-step instruction and extra tips.

What You Need:

How to apply foundation

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Begin with clean hands and a clean face
  2. Apply a moisturizing sunscreen, moisturizer or primer that's perfect for your skin type. All foundations will go on more smoothly if the skin is well-hydrated. Foundation primer is my pick, because it creates a smooth surface for foundation. (Some makeup artists believe it's a crime not to prime).
  3. Let the moisturizer, sunscreen or primer set for a few minutes.
  4. Wipe off any excess moisturizer with a tissue. Greasy skin will make the foundation slip and slide.
  5. Camouflouge your dark, under-eye circleswith a concealer. Pat, never rub, the concealer into skin.
  6. Using a makeup sponge or the tips of your fingers, apply dots of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead and tip of the nose. Makeup artists swear by foundation brushes to apply product. They soak up less foundation and blend flawlessly.
  7. Using the sponge, your fingertips or the foundation brush, blend the dots together. Pay special attention to your hairline and jawline to ensure there's no obvious line.
  8. Set the foundation with loose powder immediately after application.


  1. You don't have to put foundation all over your face. Try spot-fixes for those areas that need coverage (likely around the eyes, nose and chin).
  2. Don't want to go all out with a foundation? Tinted moisturizers may be all you need if your complexion is dewy, but you want a light, sheer wash to even out blotchiness. My favorite tinted moisturizers are by Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier.
  3. If you use a sponge, make sure and wash out it out well so it doesn't start harboring all sorts of nasty bacteria. These Wonderpro sponges are cheap and work perfectly. 

What You Need:

  • 1 makeup sponge or foundation brush
  • foundation for your skin type
  • concealer
  • moisturizing sunscreen

How to Pick the right concealer

Choosing the right shade of concealer can be daunting. Do you go lighter or darker? What about those undereye circles or rosacea on the cheeks. Here, we show you how to pick the right shades of concealer for your skin tone.

When choosing a concealer, you should consider both consistency and color. If you are covering major undereye circles, you're going to want a concealer that provides major coverage. The editors of Allure's "Confessions of a Beauty Editor" suggest testing consistency by dabbing concealer on the blue veins on the inside of your wrist.

Yellow-toned products are your best bet for covering up undereye circles, according to makeup artist Bobbie Brown. Orange-based tones blend best into dark or black skin. You want a shade or two lighter than your foundation (remember, your foundation should match your skin almost exactly). In the March, 2007 issue of InStyle Magazine, Brown suggests avoiding "greasy or chalky formulas that are too pink or white."

Test color on the area of your neck below your ear. Again, the color should be a slight lighter than your foundation. If you go too light, you risk looking like a raccoon. Just like you will foundation, you may need a lighter concealer shade in winter than you would in summer.

Concealer is a definite "try before you buy" product. I don't recommend purchasing any product that's non-returnable. Instead, try out different concealers at department store counters or Sephora.

How to apply concealer

Concealer is one of the most important products in any woman's beauty arsenal. In fact, many beauty editors use concealer primarily and skip the foundation completely. Yet many women are afraid of concealers because they don't know how to find the right shade or apply it properly. Here we show you how to apply concealer.


The secret to properly applying concealer is to find the right shade and the blend it in so it looks flawless, not obvious. Concealer looks most natural when you work in "sheer layers and build it up gradually," according to the editors of Allure's "Confessions of a Beauty Editor."

To properly apply concealer, apply several dots of concealer under the eyes, then use the pad of your middle finger to tap it in (always tap, never rub). Apply concealer on other uneven spots on the face -- including the chin, and around the nose and mouth if need be -- and tap in.

Dust fine, loose powder over your face to set your makeup. According to makeup artist Scott Barnes in the August 2006 issue of Allure Magazine, loose powder applied with a fluffy brush is "the secret to good concealer."

Keep in mind concealer is not a beauty product to scrimp on (see my picks for the top 10 concealerson the market). Also, you'll want to find the right shade for your skin color. If your skin is darker in summer, you will need a darker shade for summer months and a lighter one for other months. To test shades, try them out at department store beauty counters or Sephora. Just don't get suckered into a full-makeover at the cosmetics counter (see How They Trick You at the Cosmetics Counter).

Vampire Makeup

Vampires are a traditional, popular look for Halloween especially this year thanks to "Twilight" and "New Moon." Could there be anything more frightening than bumping into a vampire on this particular night? Here we show you three steps to do vampire makeup for Halloween.


Step 1: Prep the face

An extremely pale face is a must here. You must look as if you have never stepped out into the sunlight. I suggest using foundation from a costume shop meant for other deathly costumes.

Before applying any type of face paint, I suggest slathering your face with a foundation primer or moisturizer. This keeps makeup from appearing cakey, especially if you have dry skin.

Apply a puff of powder over entire face to keep it in place. You can use white baby powder here to keep the white effect.

Step 2: Apply the eye makeup

For the perfect vampire makeup, you want a smokey eye. The trick here is to use eyeshadow for the smokey bits, over an eyeliner.

You can choose a dark gray, brown or black or have fun with aubergine. Any dark eyeliner and eyeshadow will do you. Apply eyeliner on the inside of eye, on the top and bottom. Then take a dark eyeshadow and apply around the perimeter of the eye. Blend well.

If you really want to go all out as a vampire, pop in fake contact lenses. You can order them online or get them in costume shops.

Step 3: Now have fun with the lips

Vampire lips aren't supposed to be perfect. But they are supposed to be red. To get this look rub lipstick on your finger and press into lips. The "stain" will look authentic. Don't forget to put in your fangs and you're ready to go.

To go even further with this look:

How to apply fake lashes

False eyelashes have come a long way since the seventies when women wore huge, gaudy varieties that looked fake. These days many women wear them to enhance their eyes, whether they're celebs on the red carpet or women going about their everyday business. Here's how to apply false eyelashes so they look as natural as possible.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. You have several options when it comes to false eyelashes: A full set of false lashes or small clusters of individual lashes. If you buy a full set you can cut them into individual lashes.

    A full set will create lush, thick lashes, whereas individual lashes fill out your own sparse ones. No need to spend a lot of money on false lashes, you can get great ones in the drugstore beauty aisle and use them a couple times before throwing away.

    Shop for false eyelashes online.

  2. If the lashes you bought are too long, you can trim them by cutting them at an angle. Make sure to cut each individual lash at a different length so they look more natural. Always reserve the longest clusters for the outside corners of your eyes.
  3. To prep for the application, make sure your eyelid and lashes are clean of any makeup. Curl your real lashes with an eyelash curler. You can warm the curler under a blow dryer for about 3 seconds. Just make sure the metal isn't too hot for your eye.


  4. Apply a liquid or pencil eyeliner to eyes to conceal the lash roots.
  5. If you are applying individual lashes, put a few drops of lash glue on a hard surface. Let it dry for a minute until it becomes tacky. Use a set of tweezers to pick up eyelashes and dip the root in the adhesive.

    If you are using a full set, apply a thin strip of glue along the base of the lashes using a toothpick or a super fine makeup brush. Avoid applying the glue with your fingers because it gets messy fast. Wait a few seconds for the glue to dry a bit.

  6. If applying individual lashes, start at the outer corner of the eyes. Take the tweezers and wedge the glued lash into your natural lashes. Hold it in place for a few seconds so it dries in place. Stay as close to the root of your real lashes as possible. You'll want a couple clusters at the outer corner of the eye and one in the center of the eye or wherever your real lashes are sparse. Make sure to leave a natural space between lashes.

    The secret is to keep the clusters to five or fewer and stay away from the inside of the eye.

  7. If applying a strip, use your fingers to hold the lashes and apply on the lid as close to the roots as possible from the outer corner of the eye in. If you notice the lashes are too long, take them off and trim them.


  8. Use a Q-tip to press lashes in place.
  9. Once the false eyelashes are applied, let them dry for a couple minutes.

    Now you can do your eye makeup. You can create a cat eye by lining the upper lashes with a black liquid liner, drawing a wing at the outer corner of the eye and then working back from the outside in.

    For a less dramatic look, apply a dark eyeshadow along the upper lash line. This camouflages the false lashes.


  10. Apply mascara to lashes to blend them in with your real ones.


  1. Tip: Just as you should throw away the little makeup sponges that come with eyeshadow, some experts suggest tossing the white glue that comes with false eyelashes. Instead, opt for dark eyelash adhesive, which is usually sold separately at drugstores, usually for about $5 or $6. (Check out your options here).


  2. To remove false eyelashes, use an eye makeup remover like Lancome's famous Bi-Facil (shown here), applying with your fingers. Massage in the makeup remover. Your false eyelashes should slip right off. You can also try water to loosen the glue.

What You Need:

  • A full set or individual lashes
  • Eyelash adhesive
  • Tweezers

Prom Look

The weeks before prom can be crazy. There's nothing better than planning your dress, shoes, prom makeup and hair. To make things easier, we've compiled the five prom makeup musts for this year's event. If you live by these prom makeup tips, we guarantee you won't look weird, boring or too much like your regular, everyday self for this year's prom. Have fun!


Prom Makeup Tip #1: Pick your eyes OR your mouth

The biggest mistake people make when putting on makeup is that they highlight both the eye and the mouth. You need to pick one or the other and downplay what you rejected. (See how Emmy Rossum plays up her eyes, not her mouth).

How to pick? Simple. What do people compliment you on? Do you have Angelina Jolie's lips or Kate Bosworth's eyes? If you choose to focus on your lips, you'll want to go bright. Red is hot for prom, as are dark pinks. Just stay away from brown (leave it for your grandmother) and make sure you keep your eye makeup soft and simple. (See an example of bright lips, light eye makeup).


For the right way to wear red lipstick check out this article .

If you want to play up your eyes, go all out with liner, shadow, mascara and even false eyelashes (the ones that AREN'T obnoxious and outlandish). Just make sure you stick with light lips capped with a light gloss. (See how Vanessa Hudgens rocks the smokey eye look on the red carpet).

Smokey eyes are a great look for prom. Here are step-by-step instructions .

Prom Makeup Tip #2: Perfect your skin tone.

Perfecting your skin tone can be more important than eye makeup. But the secret is to make it look like you're wearing hardly any makeup. In this article, I will show you how to achieve a flawless face.

While we're firm believers that few women under age 25 need foundation, if you have acne or an uneven skin tone, you'll want to cover it up with concealer and foundation.

To avoid the pancake batter look, only apply foundation on the areas of skin that are discolored or have blemishes (usually the forehead, cheeks and chin). Make sure to choose a foundation that perfectly matches your skin and blend in well along the jawline.

Unsure how to pick the right foundation? Skip the drugstore and head instead to a department store or Sephora, where you can try before you buy.


Prom Makeup Tip #3: If in doubt, mimic a celebrity

A good trick for those of us overwhelmed with hair and makeup choices is to mimic a celebrity look. Whomever you're into, whether it be Mischa Barton (pictured right), Carrie Underwood, Kristin Callaveri or Ashlee Simpson, you can adapt their look for your prom.

Chances are a professional makeup artist did the celebrity's makeup. If you're having your makeup done at a department store counter before prom, you can bring along the picture for your makeup artist to perfect.

It can also be easy to do it yourself since many magazines name the products used on the celebrity. This way you can apply the exact makeup the celeb used. Here are some of our favorite looks:

1. Penelope Cruz's smokey eyes). Remember to keep your cheek color natural and use a very light lipstick. See directions for how to get a smokey eye above.

2. Sienna Miller's sweet and sexy look). Keep cheeks dewy with a pink blush and plump up lips with a colored gloss.

3. Red lipstick is a great look, just make sure to pick the perfect shade and go light on your eyes, otherwise you'll risk looking like a Cameron Diaz 'don't').

4. Dark-rimmed eyes, like Katherine Heigl's, are gorgeous. Again, a light gloss on the lips will do you.

Tear out a picture of your favorite celebrity and practice the look before the big night. Once you're at prom, no one but you has to know you're the OTHER Mary-Kate Olsen.


Prom Makeup Tip #4: Three things to remember when taking pictures

You'll have those prom pictures for years, so don't forget these three things:

1. Apply liner and lipstick WITH A MIRROR before you pose.

2. Powder your oily areas (forehead, chin and nose) immediately before the picture. Or better yet, keep blotting papers in your purse.

3. Find out how to stand so you look ten pounds thinner.


Prom Makeup Tip #5: What to bring in your purse

Every purse needs blotting papers (better than applying powder all night, which can leave you looking like a mime), lipstick or gloss, powder (just in case), breath mints and a small bottle of hairspray.

One last thing: Remember, a happy, fun attitude is your biggest beauty weapon. Who doesn't look beautiful when they're happy and smiling?

How to wear blue eyeshadow

Blue eyeshadow is especially trendy for spring 2006. However, there are right & wrong ways to wear this trend that got its start in the Victorian period when a bluish tinge to the eyelids was considered beautiful (& the sign of a weak & innocent heart). Most women look great in neutral shades, like bone or browns, but the brighter the shade the harder it is to get it right. Here are 5 tips on the right ways & the wrong ways to wear blue eyeshadow.

Rule #1: Not everyone can get away with it Blue looks best on women with fair skin & black or platinum haircolor and brown or gray eyes, or on women with very dark skin. So can you wear blue if you have blonde hair & blue eyes? This spring you can because it's so trendy. Just refrain from perfectly matching the shadow to your eye color. Why? Think about it: Would you display sapphires on a blue cloth? According to makeup artist, Bobbi Brown, it's best not to match your shadow to your eyes because all anyone will notice is the shadow.

Extra tip: In this season of jewel-colored shadows, which ones looks best on green & blue-eyed girls? Dark browns & taupes work well for blondes. Green eyes look good in cooler colors such as deep purples & lilacs. Experts say the right shade of blue can make blue eyes pop, while lilac & purples are gorgeous on brown eyes & black-skinned & olive-skinned women. If you have pink skin (as opposed to a yellow base), you should avoid pinky-purples.

Rule #2: Blending is key. Used to be electric blue shadow was great on the runway & in the pages of Vogue, but not on the streets or in the galas of anywhere (including New York). Not anymore. This season bold colors won't look cheap, just make sure to use a professional brush (throw away the freebies) and blend well into the eye. .
For a softer & modern look, try placing a dark blue close to the lashes with brighter colors further away.
If you do want to add a bit of glamour to your life, you can with blue eyeshadow. A sheer wash of pale, iridescent blue on your lids and a hint of metallic brow powder will liven up your skin & make you look sun-kissed.
Extra tip: Want even more glamour? Try the makeup artist favorite: Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Moire, a colored mascara that catches & reflects light beautifully as it catches your lashes.


Rule #3: Use 2 shadows, a light & a dark Pick a soft color for the entire eye area up to the browbone & then use the darker color only up to your eye's crease.

Rule #4: Don't go too high. Dark shades can make eyes recede so make sure not to place color above the crease line.
Extra tip: Are your eyes red? Blue eyeliner will 'erase' those red eyes.

Rule #5: Skip the black eyeliner. It's just too harsh. Instead, try a deeper-hued shade of blue. Navy or indigo works great. Keep in mind that blue eyeliner can make blue eyes pop!

Rule #6: Keep the rest of your makeup light Nude lips with gloss suits these strong eyes perfectly. Avoid colors on lips, they'll not only compete with your strong eyes, but the colors could clash.

Rule #7: Avoid matching your shadow to your clothes.

How to wear vibrant eyeshadow

Yes, those jewel-toned eyeshadows are in, but how to wear them? Here are some basic tips to consider:

Blending is key The richest colors should stay closest to the lashline, fading as it reaches your eye's crease, according to Barneys New York makeup artist Carlos Geraci in the April 2006 'O' magazine.

Pick colors that flatter your eyes & skin color Blue shadows make blue eyes pop, while lilac & purples are gorgeous on brown eyes & black-skinned & olive-skinned women. If you have pink skin (as opposed to a yellow base), avoid pinky-purples.

Use 2 shadows, a light & a dark Pick a soft color for the entire eye area up to the browbone & then use the darker color only up to your eye's crease.

Keep the rest of your makeup light Nude lips with gloss suits these strong eyes perfectly. Avoid colors on lips, they'll not only compete with your strong eyes, but the colors could clash.

How to wear blush

Many women avoid blush (according to InStyle Magazine, about 47% of American women today wear blush compared to 1948, when 66% wore it) but it can be your beauty secret weapon. For healthy, natural color, nothing beats blush. However, blush tends to overused as well. To avoid looking like a clown, try these steps to choosing blush and applying it.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes (once you get past the first couple steps below)

Here's How:

  1. First choose the color using nature as your guide. According to InStyle, the trick is to find a color that matches your cheeks when they're flushed after exercise or being out in the cold. For a quick test, "spank" your cheeks and use the resulting color as a guide. (We suggest doing this in the comfort of your home away from other people, wink). Another trick is to match your lip color. Fair skin looks great in rose, olive in peach & dark skin in apricot or even red.
  2. Now that you have the color, choose the right formula for your skin type. Powder is typically best for oily and combo skin. Cream is great for dry skin. Liquid and gel are great for oily skin. For even better results, combine cream and powder together. "It helps my blush stay on longer and looks more luminous," said makeup artist Laura Mercier in O Magazine. Keep in mind stains -- great for well-moisturized skin, not dry skin -- tend to dry very fast so blend well and fast.
  3. Apply foundation, eye color &andlipstick. While blush is usually your second-to-last makeup step (before powder), you should experiment with what works best for you. Some makeup artists like to apply blush BEFORE foundation for a more "natural" look.
  4. Throw out the freebie "Barbie-size" blush brush that comes with the blush. Use a professional full brush instead (I like MAC's blush brush No. 116), but don't use the same brush you use for your powder.
  5. Put the blush on your brush, tapping off any excess or put a dab of gel on your fingers.
  6. Look into the mirror and smile. This helps you figure out where the "apple" of your cheek is.
  7. Since you want a healthy flush, it's best to apply blush only to apples of your cheeks. Keep color light and blended. If you're using gel or cream, NYC makeup artist Carlo Geraci (in O Magazine) suggests dabbing it on with your middle finger, then blend with your ring and middle finger. The clean finger will pick up any excess blush.
  8. If you've gone a bit too heavy on the powder blush, a bit of translucent powder over it will calm it down. For cream blush, blot the color off with a tissue. Since gel and liquid blush "stain" the cheeks, the only way to lighten them is it wash your face, moisturize and reapply your makeup, this time more sparingly.
  9. Finish your look with a sweep of translucent powder.
  10. Extra tip: For a sun-kissed sheen dab bronzer on your forehead, chin and nose BEFORE you apply the blush. To make sure it doesn't look like a stripe, use "a big brush and a light hand," suggests makeup artist Bobbi Brown in Lucky Magazine. See my list of the best bronzers.
  11. Expert tip: Feel free to experiment with different ways of shading. Makeup artist Shane Paish suggests in InStyle, to try a C-shape shading. To do this, apply a sheer highlighting powder in a c-shape from your temples to your cheekbones. It should go from the center of your brow bone to the center of your cheek, Paish said, "like the shape of a parenthesis."


  1. Clean your brushes with baby wipes. If you don't keep your brushes clean, they'll gather bacteria and transfer it to your skin.
  2. For a sexy look, dab a little shimmery blush on the highest point of your cheekbone nearest your eye.
  3. Using powder blush? Always sweep it in one direction. Going over and over or around and around causes streaks and can hurt your brush.
  4. Cream blush is great for mature skin. It blends easily and therefore looks very natural. For gel or cream blush, dab a dot on the apple of the cheek and two smaller dots up the cheekbone. Blend the dots together up to the hairline.
  5. Dusky pink blush will warm up any tired-looking skin.

What You Need:

  • blush
  • professional blush brush
  • mirror
  • translucent powder
  • bronzer blusher

How to Cure Under-Eye circles

Question: I have dark under-eye circles. Is there any way to get rid of them?
Answer: Dark circles are famously annoying and unfortunately, there's no way to get rid of them. However, you have 3 basic options for concealing them.

Option 1: Use a proper concealer

Test out the best colors at a department store counter or at Sephora. (Tip: Tell the makeup artist you are looking to correct the undereye circles and are testing several different types before purchase). Choose concealer that's a shade lighter than your foundation. And if your circles are very dark, go 2 shades lighter. You might be choosing a concealer that's too light if you are getting a "raccoon look."

I find it works best to apply stick concealers with your finger dabbing a few dots under your eyes.

See my list of the best concealers.


Option 2: Invest in a vitamin K-based eye product

Eye creams such as Vita-K Solution gel or Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue can help strengthen capillary walls so dark circles and veins become less visible.

Option 3: Laser treatment

If you have a chronic case of undereye circles, you should contact a doctor about lasers. Lasers can thicken the skin by increasing collagen production, so you are less likely to see veins, according to Los Angeles facialist Kate Somerville in InStyle magazine.


A beauty tip I've always sworn by is to pick your best feature and play it up. If you are complimented often on your lips, consider yourself lucky; it's time to accentuate them. Here are 16 tips on how to apply lipstick.
  1. Don't play up the eyes and the mouth Women who wear heavy eye makeup and dark lipstick can look clownish. If you want to wear This is a link red lipstick, keep the rest of your makeup light. If you are playing up the eyes, keep your mouth light with a gloss or light lip color that doesn't stand out.
  2. For "plump" lips, apply liner just outside your natural lip line. Dab a bit of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip.
  3. How to apply lipstick? I don't believe in rules to applying lipstick. Some women use special lipstick brushes (pictured here). I own one and never, ever use it. Others use their middle finger (I once said this was a beauty faux pas and got reamed by a reader, I have since changed my mind). Most women apply right from the tube. Choose what's right for you, as long as the color gets on the lips, you're good.
  4. Use liner on your lips as a base. Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first. If you're using light lipstick, try a nude liner. Then slick your lipstick on top.

    Lip gloss is infamous for wearing off fast, but if you fill in lips first with the liner, the gloss has something to stick to.

  5. You can line before or after you apply lipstick or gloss. Some women prefer to apply liner first, arguing that you won't be able to see the natural line of your lips if you apply lipstick first. But I find lips look more natural when I line lips after I apply lipstick.
  6. Never use a dark liner with light lipstick. Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Dark liner and light lips is tacky.
  7. Don't test lipstick on your lips. It's just plain unhygienic unless you wipe off the lipstick with a big swipe of a tissue. Even better, test lipstick on your fingertips. It's a closer fit to your lips than the back of your hand.
  8. Don't throw out a bad color lipstick. Beauty editors know you can create a great lip color by blending lipsticks you don't like. You can also color in lips with a darker liner before applying a lipstick that's too bright.
  9. Keep lipstick off glass. Discreetly lick your lips before taking a sip from a glass. It works!
  10. Keep lipstick off your teeth with this trick. After applying lipstick, take your index finger and pop it in your mouth, then pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger rather than your teeth.
  11. Lipstick can act as a blush. But never use blush as a lipstick.
  12. The older you are, the "creamier" your lips should look. As we age, our lips thin out. Therefore, you should avoid matte and gloss and stick with a creamy lipstick. Also, watch out for dark lipsticks.
  13. Not all lipstick shades look good on everyone.Your skin color will determine what shades are right on you. You may like a lipstick on your friend, but it may not look good on you. Orange or brown shades, including corals, look good on few people. These shades tend to make teeth appear yellow.
  14. Camouflage yellowed teeth. To downplay a yellow cast to teeth, try lipsticks with a bluish undertone. Shades that work include plums, pinks, wines and violets, according to Lazarus, a NYC makeup artist, in O magazine.
  15. Heal -- don't throw out -- a broken lipstick. If your lipstick breaks off, simply take off the broken portion with a tissue, then slowly wave a lit match under the broken piece of lipstick. When it's melted a bit, put it back on the base, swivel it down and put it in the fridge -- uncovered -- for 30 minutes.
  16. Lipstick done? You might notice there's still a bit of lipstick down in the tube. Scrape out the last bits with a cotton swap or orange stick and mix it with Vaseline or lip gloss in a lipstick palette. Use a lip brush to apply.

    I also love this tip shared by reader Patti Campbell. She scoops out the lipstick remnants from the bottoms of her tubes and she puts them in a pill case, "the one with the days of the week individually capped." She then nukes the pill case until the lipstick melts. Campbell uses a lip brush and enjoys seven new lipsticks. I would think this is perfect for the purse.