How to Achieve a Timeless No-Makeup Makeup Look

Ever wonder how your favorite starlet looks so flawlessly fresh in candid photos? Or how models strutting the runway catch the light at every angle with—what may seem like—a naturally bare face? The answer: no-makeup makeup.

No longer a secret kept behind the beauty scene, this au natural look is achievable with a few tips and tricks. And although this style is coined as a no-makeup makeup look, the modest collection of products you need expands beyond cosmetics. A smooth foundation application works best with a solid foundation to build from, after all. Feel free to incorporate some or all of these tips into your day-to-day regimen to master this timeless look in no time.

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1. Start With a Clean Canvas
Before applying any product (makeup or treatments) to your skin, cleansing is essential. Working in a rich cleanser like The Organic Pharmacy’s Carrot Butter Cleanser alongside the FOREO LUNA will help provide a deep, intensive cleanse while imparting lasting hydration.

2. Jumpstart Your Glow
After cleansing, it’s time to jumpstart your glow with a gentle peel. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel 2-step system offers a unique, saturated packette for some toning and smoothing action. Powerful ingredients like glycolic and lactic acids work to visibly brighten your complexion in an instant.

3. Hydrate Your Skin
The trick to achieving an enviable, no-makeup makeup radiance? Quenching your complexion with moisture and hydration. SkinCeutical’s Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier boosts your skin’s natural hyaluronic levels, while Natura Bisse’s Oxygen Cream seals in moisture and recaptures a natural dew of health.

Pro Tip: Apply the Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier all over the face and wait for it to dry completely down before applying a cream.

4. Set Your Makeup Base
Now that your skin is prepped to perfection, it’s time to set a beautiful makeup base. Use Bioderma’s Sebium Mat Control on your T-Zone and anywhere else that may get particularly oily during the day. Next, gently pat in Colorescience’s Skin Perfector Brightening Primer SPF 20 to blur any imperfections. Together, this combo sets the stage for flawless foundation wear.

5. Impart a Subtle Tint
In order to create the illusion of no-makeup makeup, opt for a lighter coverage foundation or BB cream. This No Foundation Foundation Serum from Perricone MD is designed as a lightweight tinted serum, so it visibly evens skin tone and helps bring forth a your-skin-but-better appearance.

Pro Tip: Go easy on the foundation and don’t be afraid to let your naturally beautiful “imperfections” peek through.

6. Accentuate Your Features
Time to add a pop of pigment—but only to accentuate your features. A subtle dab of lilah b.’s Divine Duo Lip & Cheek on the apples of your cheeks delivers a no-makeup-makeup rosy flush. Moisturize your lips with BY TERRY’S Baume de Rose Lip Crayon for a kissable pout to complete the look.

Pro Tip: Steer clear of shimmer, glitter or non-natural hues.

7. Add a Finishing Touch
Complete your look by drawing attention to your eyes. A swipe of W3LL PEOPLE’s Expressionist Mascara coats your lashes with just-enough pigment, adding a natural yet glamorous flutter that will be the envy of even the best no-makeup-makeup mavens.

7 Expert Tips on How to Get Longer Eyelashes

Take one scroll through Instagram and it’s easy to fall into a social media–fueled rabbit hole of comparison. How on earth are her eyelashes so long? While we’ve all faced these questions, few of us have actually come up with a solution to growing ultra-plush lashes. Instead, we find ourselves gluing on falsies and hoping the camera doesn’t pick up on our little secret. As gorgeous as these additions might look, at the end of the day they can take quite a toll. For that reason, we figured it was about time to find a lash solution once and for all.

To understand our lashes a little bit better, we reached out to Faith Kim, lash expert and founder of LashFOOD. Here, she talks about the top reasons our eyelashes fall out and shared some tips on how we can switch up our habits to help get longer and healthier eyelashes.

5 Reasons Your Eyelashes Are Falling Out
According to Kim, there are various factors for eyelash fallout. “There are many reasons why eyelashes can fall out—from environmental stress to consistent use of some mascaras to bad eyelash extensions,” she explains. “Eyelashes also fall out naturally depending on the lash growth cycle.” Let’s break those reasons down one by one.

1. It’s part of your lashes’ growth cycle.

Like the hair on your head, eyelashes naturally fall off and regrow with time. In our chat with Kim, she explained that, typically, the upper lid has 90–150 lashes and they’re all in different growth cycles at any given time. “Anagen is the growth phase, catagen is the transition phase and telogen is the resting phase before the lashes fall out,” says Kim. “While all lashes are at different phases, it typically takes four to eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.” So, before you start panicking about the state of your lashes, take the time to give your lashes a chance to grow before jumping to the worst conclusion.

2. You’re getting older.

The same way your skin and hair deteriorates over time, so do your lashes. The older you get, the more your lashes fall out. While it’s not the best side effect of age, it’s certainly not the worst. And, with the right products and care, there are ways to grow longer eyelashes. It’s all a process but it’s totally doable.

3. Your mascara is to blame.

Did your mom ever warn you that if you don’t wash your face and mascara, your lashes will eventually fall out? Turns out moms are almost always right. “Mascaras, especially waterproof mascara, are incredibly drying which makes your lashes brittle and weak causing breakage,” says Kim. “What’s more, these particular mascaras can be especially difficult to remove, which can lead to even more eyelash loss.”

And it’s not just your mascara. Kim said that removing your strip lashes incorrectly, picking at the last remaining eyelash-extensions survivors or using lash curlers too aggressively can affect your lashes’ growth.

4. You don’t take care of your lash extensions.

So you’ve taken the lash extensions route. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing for your lashes, aftercare is crucial and often neglected. Kim suggests seeing a good eyelash-extensions professional and pairing extensions with a natural lash enhancer that will strengthen and condition them. “The LASHFOOD team consists of women who only wear mascara, a few who can’t leave the house without lash strips and many [who] are addicted to lash extensions. Everyone is diligent about their aftercare and uses our Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer as a part of their nighttime routine. Our lash enhancer was formulated specifically for the lash-extension wearer in mind. It is designed to not only lengthen the natural lash but also strengthen them as well. Stronger lashes = longer lash-extension retention.”

5. Stress is taking a toll.

Whether environmental or personal, your body, your lashes in particular, can sense it. As a result, they fall out. Your body could become stressed due to hormonal imbalances that could lead to fallout, or perhaps you’re so stressed that you develop trichotillomania, an anxiety-induced condition similar to biting your nails, where you subconsciously pull at your lashes or brows, thus resulting in loss.

How to Get Longer Lashes
Now that you know the reasons your lashes might be falling out, let’s discuss some of the ways you can help grow your eyelashes.

1. Use a Non-Irritating Eyelash Enhancer
Kim explained that while there are many eyelash-growth serums out there, most are filled with chemicals. And, while these serums might make your lashes grow out faster and longer, some may make them weaker. Pair extensions on top of that poor base and you’re just looking for fallout.

To avoid this, Kim recommends that, just like the food you put in your body, you should look at the ingredients you put on your body, too. Also, avoid ingredients like prostaglandin, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and formaldehyde, which might cause side effects and irritation.

2. Stock Up on Conditioning Primers
Like you learned above, lashes often break due to drying out. To minimize that risk, it’s always a good idea to stock up on conditioning primers and mascaras to nourish your lashes.

3. If You Must Use Fake Eyelashes, Make Sure They’re High Quality
Let’s face it: Falsies are a godsend—especially if you’re looking to dramatically lengthen your lashes without the wait time. But not all falsies are created equal. Some lower-quality brands use heavier materials that can weigh your natural lashes down, while some use undesirable ingredients in the glue, like formaldehyde. For best results, look for a product that is lightweight and latex-free.

4. Use Waterproof Mascara Sparingly
As you can imagine, waterproof mascara isn’t exactly conditioning. Instead, it’s geared toward drying onto your lashes in such a way to adhere without any chance of slippage. While that might be great for a day at the beach, it’s not so ideal for everyday use. That’s why we love this volumizing mascara from BY TERRY. Enriched with protective ingredients like jojoba, olive and avocado oils, this product lengthens lashes and prevents breakage.

5. Remove Mascara Completely Before Bed
We get it, you’ve had a long day and the last thing you want to do is spend an extra ten minutes trying to unleash stubborn makeup from your lashes. As much as we all wish a quick swipe of a makeup-removing towelette would do the trick, the reality is that mascara often takes a bit more effort to fully wash away, and it’s an effort that’s totally necessary if you don’t want your lashes to fall out more than they naturally should. If you find yourself having trouble removing your mascara, consider using a gentle eye-makeup remover. These products are typically made of eye-friendly ingredients that will easily remove any buildup.

6. Eat More Hair-Healthy Foods
When you want your hair to grow, you seek out iron-rich foods and supplements to boost hair growth. Well, your lashes are technically hair, so you know what to do, right? Long story short, if you want your lashes to grow back at a faster rate, leafy greens, salmon, eggs and other foods rich in vitamins B7 (biotin), A and C can work wonders for your beauty goal.

7. Use a Heated Eyelash Curler
Curled lashes look like fuller lashes, right? So it’s no wonder, then, that you want to curl them each and every day. Here’s the thing, though: that extra pressure can actually cause tension and stress for your lashes, which can do more harm than good. That doesn’t mean you can’t curl your lashes, though! Instead, Kim suggests reaching for a heated eyelash curler (or you can heat up your traditional curler with the help of a hot blow-dryer) instead. The higher temperatures will make it easier to curl your lashes with less pressure. Same voluminous results with less damage? Yes, please.

Toss or Save: How to Know If Your Beauty Products Have Gone Bad

Take a look around your fridge and within a few seconds, you could probably tell at first glance what should be thrown out. Your veggies and spices start to wilt and dry up, while prepared meals start to form oil at the top of the plastic containers. And that milk? One whiff and you know it’s not okay to drink. But what about when you look in your makeup bag, your shower or medicine cabinet? It’s not always clear if your foundation or shampoo is okay to use, or if it’s time to toss it out and replace the goods. Using expired products is not only a little gross, but it can also be troublesome for your skin.

“The main problem with old products is that they can decompose. The chemicals can separate and cause problems with the skin. I have seen burns and irritation from old products. They can also harbor bacteria and cause a skin infection or even worse: they can have viruses and cause a herpes outbreak,” explains Debra Jailman, dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Yikes, right? As dermatologist Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, FAAD explains, generally speaking, you should look for three things when considering how healthy your product is: “If the product looks different than when you first opened it, throw it out. Or if there is any change in texture, color, smell or if the product begins to separate, throw it out. Or if you used the tool or product over an infected area and can’t sanitize it, probably throw it out, too.”

Want to know specifically how long your coveted items last? Here, dermatologists tell all.

1. Sunscreen
Though you don’t need us to remind you that wearing sunscreen is important every single day (and not only in the hottest heat wave of summertime), most people won’t go through a big bottle of sunscreen quickly. Especially if you’re only wearing a thin layer each time you apply, you might hold onto your SPF for many seasons. Dr. Shainhouse advises that if you open a bottle, be careful and pay attention.

Shelf life: Around two years, depending on the quality of care. “Sunscreens tend to have a long shelf life, and should be effective for about two years after opening,” Dr. Shainhouse says. “However, exposure to heat, when bottles are left in the sun, can cause the active sunscreen agent and vehicle ingredients to break down faster, and can also change the consistency of the lotion.”

How to tell if it’s bad: Try to think of your bottle of sunscreen in the same context you might consider that carton of milk in the fridge. When it starts to change shade or smell funky—step away. “If you notice that it has changed from white to yellow, smells off or that the cream is separating, toss it out,” Dr. Shainhouse advises.

2. Shampoo
Even if you opt for a more luxe brand of shampoo, most companies offer oversized bottles that over time are more cost-effective than spending money on a new bottle of hair wash every month. (And if you have longer hair, maybe even sooner than that.) But if you’re worried about its performance weakening over time, rest easy. Unlike most beauty products, shampoo lasts a long time.

Shelf life: You can keep these for a while; just make sure they’re tightly sealed and kept in a clean shower. “Closed shampoo bottles will last for many years on the shelf. Open ones can last for a couple of years, too, so long as they are closed tightly and don’t get diluted down with shower water, or contaminated with mildew,” Dr. Shainhouse notes. She also adds that a gel shampoo will last much longer than a creamy one.

How to tell if it’s bad: Since you wash your hair each day (or every other day), you’re going to be used to the scent and texture. If you notice that either of those is off, Dr. Shainhouse says to throw it out and buy a new one.

3. Soaps and Cleansers
If you’ve made the swap to bar soap from your shower gel, you’ll know that a bar of soap will last for quite a long time. But is it okay to use for months upon months? Whichever way you choose to cleanse your body, you have full permission to take your time.

Shelf life: If you’re given a set of five soaps or body gels for your birthday, it’s very likely that it will take you a while to get through them. “Don’t open them,” Dr. Shainhouse says, because they can last for years if they’re still in their packaging. Once you’ve broken the seal, you still have a year or so, she says. The only exception is creamy washes, as Dr. Shainhouse notes, they “begin to turn off-color or smell rancid more quickly, due to the oils in them.”

How to tell if it’s bad: Again, utilize your five senses to make a judgment call. “If the color, smell or texture changes or looks wrong, or if the product separates, splurge for a new bottle,” she explains.

4. Moisturizers
By now, it’s part of your daily routine to wake up, wash your face, turn on the coffee pot and apply your moisturizer. Most people become pretty loyal to their trusted moisturizer and you should be equally as dedicated to making sure your old faithful is still going strong.

Shelf life: Dr. Shainhouse says that a good moisturizer will last up to a year and that as long as it looks and feels as it did when you first popped open the bottle, you’re good to go.

How to tell if it’s bad: Over time and depending on the conditions in which you keep your moisturizer, you’ll start to notice a difference in color and even smell. If this happens, say goodbye to that bottle.

5. Serums
These mighty but powerful drops on your face make a big difference in the texture, complexion and youth of your cells. While recommended by most dermatologists, especially as we age, serums don’t last as long as we would like them to, especially if they’re opened. It’s not that they necessarily go bad, it’s that they lose the good stuff that makes us shell out the extra cash for them from the get-go.

Shelf life: About a year, according to Dr. Shainhouse. “While the active ingredients might lose some of their stability, like vitamin C, or potency over time, if the product looks unaffected, it is not harmful to use for at least a year,” she says.

How to tell if it’s bad: Because of the bottles most serums are packaged in, you don’t run as many risks as you do with other skin care items. “Serums are usually dispensed in an opaque squeeze tube or pump bottle, so there is no concern for contamination from dirty fingers or product degradation due to UV exposure,” she says. But as with anything, if something feels or smells off, it probably is.

6. Foundation
It’s as if makeup companies are in cahoots with one another, getting you completely dependent on one shade of foundation and then discontinuing it, right when you need a refill. “Don’t save the end of the bottle of the ‘best color’ for years, because the product will most definitely begin to break down and clump or separate over time,” Dr. Shainhouse says. So how long can you keep it?

Shelf life: Dr. Shainhouse says you have about a year to hold onto your prized liquid foundation before it’s time to break up with it. However, if you have a sponge-style foundation or a cream-based one that requires you to re-dip your fingers or sponge blenders into it, cut yourself off at six months. Why? “Because they are more easily contaminated with acne, causing bacteria or yeast,” she explains.

How to tell if it’s bad: “If you notice a change in smell, color or consistency, throw it out,” she says. You might also notice oil beginning to form and it not mixing or absorbing into your skin, which is an indicator that it’s no longer good to use.

7. Blush
Though not everyone is pro-blush (you might be more in the bronze or highlighter camp), this beauty product tends to last a while, making you look brighter and sometimes, even younger.

Shelf life: Dr. Shainhouse says that powder blushes will last a few years if they aren’t broken, while a gel-stick or a cream blush might dry out faster with consistent use. No matter what type you use, make sure you clean your brushes frequently to prevent breakouts.

How to know if it’s bad: If your gel or cream blush gets super sticky, completely dry or if it changes its texture, starts to smell or all of the above, Dr. Shainhouse says to get rid of it ASAP.

8. Eye Shadow
Most women have various eyeshadow palettes for different occasions: date night, work, brunch with the gals, etc. Luckily, most shadows will stand by your side loyally through all of your adventures.

Shelf life: Here, Dr. Shainhouse says it’s important to keep your eye brushes clean so your favorite shades can last for years.

How to know if it’s bad: Apart from general aging over time, like with any product, Dr. Shainhouse explains that the way you use your products can determine its lifetime value. “Oils on the eyelids can transfer to the powder palette if you ‘double dip,’ which can potentially affect the color of the product,” she says. That’s when you’ll want to toss it out.

9. Mascara
Even if you don’t wear any other makeup, you probably still rely on mascara to make your eyes look brighter. However, this popular product doesn’t last as long as many of its cosmetic friends.

Shelf life: If you use it every single day (or most days), your mascara should only last three to six months, Dr. Shainhouse says.

How to know when it’s bad: There are some dangers with mascara, simply because of how it’s applied. “This is a product that screams ‘double dipping’ and it is applied to an ‘open area’ that comes in contact with body fluids, so it is prone to breeding bacteria and yeast in the tube,” Dr. Shainhouse explains. “If the product starts to smell off, becomes thick and clumpy or changes color, throw it out. If you used it while you had a cold or pink eye, throw it out,” she concludes.

10. Lipstick and Lip Pencils
Some ladies don’t feel like their best self until they have some color on their pucker, and if that’s you, you probably have a signature shade. While it probably won’t last you a full year, lipstick can make it up to 365 days, if kept properly.

Shelf life: “If you use the same stick daily, get a new one every six to 12 months,” Dr. Shainhouse says.

How to know if it’s bad: When you can’t apply it anymore because it’s dried out, looks cracked or the color has changed, it’s time to toss it out. Dr. Shainhouse says this happens with exposure to skin oils, bacteria and oxygen.

11. Nail Polish
Raise your hand if you still have a nail polish you bought when you were in high school that you just can’t get rid of. (Guilty.) Though you might have sentimental attachment to one of your first beauty products, Dr. Shainhouse says it’s time to let it go.

Shelf life: “Nail polishes tend to get thick, dry and sticky after a year or so,” she says. Though she adds that you can try to thin them out by adding acetone. But if they start going bitter, let them go.

How to know if it’s bad: In addition to seeing the color separate from the ingredients or change completely, it’s not a bad idea to get rid of nail polish if for no other reason than sanitary concerns. “The alcohol and chemicals in nail polish do not make it a great breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, so even if they are safe to use, if they get thick, they just look messy. However, don’t share polish with someone who has toenail fungus, because it is very difficult to treat, if you do contract it,” Dr. Shainhouse says.

5 Makeup Trends That Will Be Huge This Summer, According to Pros

Weekends packed with wedding receptions and rooftop drinks, last-minute getaways to the shore and afternoons picnicking in the park with champagne—it’s no wonder summer is a beloved time of year. As you stow away those jeans and pull out your swimsuit, take a moment to revamp your makeup drawer, too. Just the way you pack on a little more sunscreen before heading outdoors and let your hair air dry on warm days—your blush, eyeshadow and lip game has to change in the summer, too.

So what’s going to be getting all of those double-taps on Instagram this season? According to makeup pros, we can expect to flaunt shimmery hues and coral lips this year. To get you ahead of the trend, here’s what the experts predict and how you can rock it—no matter if you’re going to the office or grabbing drinks with friends.

1. Summer Sheen
Thanks to some YouTube videos (and an in-person tutorial from your bestie), you finally figured out how to master that highlighted cheekbone look. Now, it’s time to challenge your skill set to achieve what makeup artist Jules Annen calls the “summer sheen.” And while it definitely includes some shimmer, Annen says that sunset-kissed sparkle starts with healthy skin. “This summer it’s all about the full face glow. A radiant face is the mark of youth and energy. To achieve that coveted sheen, start with a consistent skin care regimen. Choose products that fit your skin type. Be mindful that skin can change, especially from spring to summer, so it’s best to have a variety of cleansers and moisturizers that you can alternate between based on your skin’s ever-changing needs,” she says.

As for that luminous glow? Annen suggests Becca Cosmetics Limited Edition Gradient Sunlit Bronzer for a multi-dimensional look and finish. Swirl together to create a unique bronzed glow for face and body!

2. Pops of Coral
While those cool symbols you used to draw on your notebook circa the ’90s aren’t exactly back in style, making a dramatic switch between night and day lip looks is! Instead of flaunting a myriad of lip colors in shades of pink, red and purple, the summer season will be about simplicity and cutting back on your collection. Don’t be afraid to drench your lips in luminous color with theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick. Enriched with vanilla and peppermint oils, this flattering coral lipstick imparts a delectable fragrance.

3. Pigmented Cheeks
Ever flipped through your mom’s old high school photos and gawked at her heavy-handed blush habit? She might get the last laugh now, since Annen officially gives you permission to go big with your blush this summer. “Whether you’re using a powder, cream or gel, go ahead and give it all you’ve got!”

Be strategic in placement though. “Blush too close to the nose will make you look sick and blotchy,” she says. Annen suggests getting started with a highly pigmented blush, like Kevyn Aucoin’s The Neo-Blush, which will stay put from the time you send your first email until you turn on that out-of-office message and hit the road.

4. Sun-Kissed Palette
Thought those soft and luminous shades were only good for one season? Luckily for you (and your wallet), they have some more life in them. Makeup artist Hillary Kline recommends blending different shades of satin hues for your lid color. Her go-to palette is Laura Geller New York’s Southhampton Classic Face Palette because it features six shimmering and matte shades that accentuate your eyes and cheeks. “Summer is a fun season! I think it all has to do with experimenting with different colors and pigments,” she says.

5. Dewy Skin
Between the salt, sweat and the sun, your skin is going to feel less clean than it usually does during the summer. So why use a thick foundation that’ll only make your face feel heavier? Shreeda Tailor, owner and artistic director of J. Tailor Salon, says to opt for a hydrating foundation instead of your usual full-coverage one. She also emphasizes not to underestimate the power of a great toner. Before you apply your summer-friendly foundation, like this one from GlamNatural, Tailor says to spray a lightweight toner on your face. This will help your foundation flawlessly set into your skin, without appearing cake-y or muddy. This Rehydrating Ginseng Toner from Elemis will be especially refreshing first thing in the morning. As for a pro tip? Don’t be afraid to seal your dewy look with a setting powder, like this one from Dermablend and then spritz on some toner one more time before you head out the door.

Bright-Eyed Beauty: 10 Makeup Techniques That Will Make Your Eyes Pop

Summer is here, and along with minimizing the weight of your wardrobe comes the need to lighten up on your makeup, too. With temperatures reaching the high nineties (if not higher), the last thing you want is to put in the time to perfect your face only for it to sweat off into one runny mess. That said, instead of accentuating every feature of your face with a heavy makeup application, why not put your focus front and center with your eyes? To learn how to perk up your peepers just in time for summer, we tapped Wilhelmina makeup artist, Dominique Lerma, to get the 4-1-1 on makeup tips to make your eyes pop. And since we’re all about making your summer makeup routine as simple as possible, we’ll even let you in on the best makeup products to make your eyes stand out. So, what’re you waiting for? Your most summery smize is just a scroll away.

1. Use a Flesh-Toned Eyeliner to Brighten Eyes
“My go-to quick technique to reverse the appearance of tired eyes is using a matte flesh-tone eyeliner rimming the waterline of the eye and the inner corners for an instant pick-me-up,” says Lerma. Her favorite? Tarte Cosmetics Fake Awake Eye Highlight. Designed to reveal bigger, brighter eyes in a single swipe, this twist-up gel eyeliner works to fake a full night’s sleep in a pinch. What’s more, since it’s formulated with aloe vera, vitamin A and E, you can feel good about not only making your eyes pop, but dousing your lash lines in nutrients, too.

2. Accentuate Your Lashes with a Hot Eyelash Curler
Wish your lashes had a bit more oomph? You’re not alone. Lerma’s favorite hack is to use a lighter to heat up her go-to beauty tool, Kevyn Aucoin’s Eyelash Curler. Known for its sleek stainless frame and curved rubber lash press, this cult-classic curler only gets better with heat. “This acts as a curling iron for your lashes and ensures that they will stay in place all day,” she explains.

3. Coat Your Eyes with Sheer Color for an Instant Pop
“For a French girl no-makeup makeup look I highly recommend RMS Eye Polish for a veil of sheer color and an effortless sun-kissed eye,” Lerma says. She loves this creamy eyeshadow due to its light-reflecting finish that’s available in nine eye-catching shades. Can’t choose just one? You’re in luck! “They look gorgeous layered and can be applied by dabbing with the ring finger,” Lerma adds.

4. Experiment with Colored Eyeliner
If you’re not much of an eyeshadow gal, it’s time to look to other makeup products to make your eyes pop. “For an added punch and a play on vibrant eyes, colored eyeliner is a cool technique to define the eyes for summer,” Lerma says. “Try tight-lining and winging out the eyes with Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Eye Definer. It’s self-sharpening, waterproof, paraben-free, easy to use on the waterline and available in six shades,” she notes. “Try the color Evergreen on green eyes to make the color stand out even more,” Lerma says. “Evergreen can also be used on hazel and brown eyes to bring out the honey shades of the eyes. Ironclad and Kobicha will accentuate every eye color and Stealth is a deep rich blue that will make those baby blues appear like the Mediterranean sea,” she explains.

5. Add a Little Heat to Your Lid Look with a Sunset Statement Eye
One of the summer’s best features lies within the beautiful sunsets that paint the season’s skies. And if the goal is to embrace a summery lid look, what better way than with a statement sunset eye? To get the look, Lerma recommends adding BY TERRY’s Eye Designer Palette 2 to your makeup arsenal. “This palette will aid you in producing a shadow look that reflects a California Sunset,” she says. “These copper, rust and orangey tones are eye candy on any eye shade and shape,” she adds. For the best effect, Lerma says to use a fluffy blending brush and apply the rich burnt-orange shade on the eyelid up into the crease area. Follow it up with a dark brown or black eyeliner and waterproof mascara.

6. Brighten Your Under-Eye Areas
When it comes to making your eyes pop with makeup, it’s important to remember that your upper lids aren’t the only area that deserves a little TLC. To create a well-rounded lid look, Lerma recommends adding a few pumps of Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Starlight into your foundation, CC cream or tinted moisturizer before applying it under your eyes.

7. Substitute Eyeshadow for Highlighter
There are millions of eyeshadows on the market that can take your lid look to the next level, but sometimes you may crave a bit more shimmer to make your eyes pop. The trick is to find a light-reflecting highlighter that doesn’t look too overdone. Take it from Lerma, you can’t go wrong with Jouer Cosmetics Skinny Dip Collection Powder Highlighter. The ultra-fine pigments create a faux European glow that shines brightly in every light.

8. Draw the Focus to Your Inner Eyes and Brow Bones
The no-makeup makeup look of statement eye looks is as simple as applying a touch of light-reflecting shadow on your inner eye area and dusted across your brow bone. “Pressing a pop of shimmer—like the RMS Living Lumizer—on the inner corners of the eyes and along the brow bone will leave the eyes looking fresh and doe-eyed,” Lerma says.

9. Lock Your Lid Look
Just as with your face makeup, if you want your eye makeup to last, it’s important to give it an extra boost of long-lasting power. Lerma loves using Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder to blur and set the under-eye area for a virtually flawless, picture-perfect eye look.

10. Wear a Waterproof Mascara for a Lash Look That Lasts
Last but not least, mascara can take your lid look a long way. “Summer is the perfect time to switch up your makeup routine discarding old products,” Lerma says. “I throw out my old tube of mascara and upgrade to Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara. It’s perfect for those long-wearing workdays and tropical vacations, assisting in a well-put-together eye look without the problem of makeup transferring,” she notes.

The Right Way to Store Your Skin Care, Makeup and Beauty Tools

If you’re anything like us, you might not give much thought to how you organize your beauty products and tools. Some choose a makeup bag, others pick the medicine cabinet of their bathroom, while others have the luxury of a vanity. Most of the time, as long as those brushes, hair wands and eyeshadow sticks are in a cool, protected environment, you’re fine…or are you? Board certified dermatologist Dr. Papri Sarkar explains what beauty lovers should worry about the most is the health hazards and the hygiene of their daily-use goodies. “Tools won’t function properly, can grow bacteria or mold or cut you if it’s a sharp instrument like a razor, when not stored properly,” she explains.

Much like anything you apply on your body, being mindful of ingredients and how they’re compromised with exposure to different elements may help you to understand the best TLC strategy. Dr. Sarkar explains that moisture, sunlight and temperature all affect a product’s efficacy. She explains that a product with vitamin C may degrade if exposed to sunlight, or that one with acidic pH can be jeopardized if water is spilled on it. A retinoid could also decrease its effectiveness if it’s in the sun for too long.

To get the most out of your products in a healthy, dermatologist-approved way, follow these smart tips for keeping them safe and sound.

Serums
Of all the skin care products you invest in, serums are not only among the most expensive, but they can be the most sensitive to the elements. This is mainly due to their ingredients: “Vitamin C degrades if exposed to light and oxidizes when exposed to air. To increase the life of your vitamin C serum, keep it tightly capped in the fridge,” she recommends.

How about your retinol? Dr. Sarkar says to keep these in cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, like your medicine cabinet.

Moisturizers and eye creams
Much like serums, other liquid facial products can be easily impacted, too. Dr. Sarkar says that you should ensure anything you apply on your sensitive pores daily remain at a cool degree.

“Leaving these in warm places with an open container can cause contamination and cause infections especially if applied close to the eye,” she continues.

For safe-keeping and for that extra benefit of having that soothing, cooling effect, place your eye cream in the fridge.

Makeup tools like brushes or sponges
Dr. Sarkar says in the case of makeup tools—blush brushes, contour wands, sponges for foundation and so on—it is less about where you keep them, but rather, how often you clean them. “If you don’t clean your makeup brushes or tools often enough or let them sit in wet products, they’re likely to get contaminated with bacteria or mold,” she explains. “Without care, you can experience infections, breakouts, irritation, clogged pores and be less effective at applying makeup.”

If you’re honest with yourself, it’s probably been a while since you’ve given them a thorough wash—so get to it! Dr. Sarkar suggests keeping them in a cool, dry place where they will rid of water easily.

Hairstyling tools and brushes
Okay, fess up: when was the last time you pulled all of the hair out of your brush? Not today, right? Dr. Sarkar reveals that we should be cleaning out our brushes each and every single day to protect ourselves from the lingering bacteria that could be left over from previous washes. How come?

She explains: “Hair is amazingly good at holding onto organisms and product and you don’t want that getting back on freshly washed hair,” she says. Where should you keep your tools? In a cool, dry place—especially any electric hair-styling tools, as water can be dangerous.

Liquid makeup
Dr. Sarkar says that too often, we leave open liquid makeup when we’re in a rush to get to work or meet up with our pals, causing it to get concentrated and become darker in shade. She also reiterated the importance of keeping tinted liquid formulas in the right temperature. For example, if you expose this same formula to sunlight, it can separate, becoming greasy without pigment or thicken to the point where you can’t use it. And if it’s too chilly? It can actually freeze! That’s why you can consider this sort of product as the Goldilocks of beauty essentials: it has to be kept in a temperature that’s just right.

Powder makeup
If liquid makeup is picky, powder foundation is a bit easier to please: Dr. Sarkar says that the best rule of thumb to follow is keeping your powder makeup in a dry place.

The only issue you could run into is if your friend or partner bumps your compact into the sink, or accidentally dipping a wet brush or sponge into your powder container, adding moisture and making it clumpy. Pressed powder is also fragile; a little mishap could send it crumbling into pieces and turn the insides of your purse into a powdery mess. Instead, zip it up and store away for whenever anyone is around who might not be as careful as you are.

Nail polish
You should develop a habit of always keeping your nail polish in a place that’s away from heat. Not only does this extend its shelf life, but it will ensure that your beloved shade doesn’t dry out. “Keeping them in a hot place can cause the components of the polish to separate, making it less effective,” she explains. A great place is a closet or even under the sink in your bathroom.

How to Make Your Makeup Last (Especially If You Have Oily Skin)

Applying makeup on oily skin can be a real challenge, from constantly dealing with midday shine to finding the right makeup formula that actually stays put. “Most oily skin types face shorter wear time with certain products, specifically foundation, eye shadow and blush,” explains Anna De La Cruz, director of brand development for Glo Skin Beauty, licensed esthetician and self proclaimed product junkie. “This is why it’s imperative to choose the right product depending on your skin’s specific needs. If not, you deal with the ramifications of an unflattering oily shine throughout the day and formula separation, which can accentuate fine lines and pores.”

While finding the right makeup that will work well with your overactive sebaceous glands is half the battle, De La Cruz says the other part of the equation involves keeping your skin clean, healthy and well-moisturized. “Key product descriptors to look for when on the hunt for makeup products that work well with oilier skin types are: oil-absorbing, mattifying, oil-free and long-wear. Also, by assuring skin is properly prepped, eyeshadow and face makeup will last longer, help control oily, unwanted shine and take a makeup look to the next level.”

1. Skip the foundation for midday touchups.
A common mistake people make when applying makeup onto oily skin relates to the midday touchup process. Often, they apply either a pigmented pressed powder or foundation. This constant layering just leads to an unnatural, cakey and often muddy appearance to the skin. Instead, try a translucent oil-absorbing powder or blotting paper to soak up excess oil. By using these products specifically designed for oil absorption, foundation and color will not be disturbed during the touchup process.

2. Exfoliate at least three times a week.
Using the right skin care products prior to makeup application is crucial! Oily skin clients should be on the lookout for lightweight and oil-controlling formulas and ingredients that will purify and mattify without stripping or irritating the skin. Some top choices are: tea tree, salicylic acid, clays (such as kaolin or bentonite) and sulfur. Another expert tip: exfoliating three to five times per week will aid in your makeup longevity and appearance. By gently sloughing away dull surface cells (which makeup products tend to attach to, impeding even distribution), your skin will be more uniform and smooth—the ideal canvas for makeup application.

3. Don’t forget to hydrate, even if you have oily skin.
Often oily skin clients will avoid moisturizer, which is a huge mistake! Conditioning and hydrating your skin allow for a smooth and even makeup application, making it look more natural and radiant. All skin types need daily hydration, but for oilier skin types, look for an ultra lightweight moisturizer that will help balance skin’s natural moisture content without weighing it down. A key ingredient for weightless hydration is hyaluronic acid, a humectant that binds water to skin and helps prevent transepidermal water loss. It’s estimated that 75% of the population suffers from dehydrated skin, meaning it’s lacking water, not oil, making hyaluronic acid a must-have hydrator for everyone, including oily skin!

4. Foundation primer is a must…
Priming is an often overlooked step but has great impact on the look and wear of makeup. Here at Glo Skin Beauty, we’ve made priming more personalized with Signature Block Priming Technique. A Glo Skin Beauty Mattifying Primer is the go-to face primer for oilier skin types. This unique formula is a specialty primer, and is used to instantly de-shine, refine and target areas of excess oil production. It’s silky, oil-free and water-based, helping extend the wear of foundation for anyone prone to an oily shine. Oil-absorbing kaolin clay is combined with line-filling silicone to perfect the skin’s appearance for a smooth, mattified finish. It can also be used for spot-treating an oily shine and for midday touchups.

5. …So is an eye shadow primer.
A quality eye shadow primer is key for a long-lasting eye look. Glo Skin Beauty Shadow Primer is the perfect eyelid prep for oily lids. This lightweight, silky formula glides on for crease-free, smudge-proof staying power while intensifying eye shadow color. The combination of flexible, binding emollients creates a smooth, even canvas that acts as adhesive for eyeshadow to prevent fallout and creasing while intensifying pigment.

6. When it comes to foundation, choose a satin or matte finish.
Liquid or powder-based foundations that provide a satin-to-matte finish work well with oily-skin types. Top-selling and award-winning Glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base Powder Foundation delivers unsurpassed coverage that nourishes, corrects and protects. It provides buildable, sheer-to-full coverage with a flawless, semi-matte finish. Pressed Base is suitable for all skin types and is available in a multitude of shade options.

7. Set cream blush with a powder blush.
Color tends to fade faster on oily skin, so here’s an expert tip to ensure wearability: layer products in natural ways. Usually cream is a word oiler skin types tend to avoid. Here at Glo Skin Beauty, we have formulated beautifully pigmented Cream Blush to suit all skin types, including oily, by offering a long-lasting flush of color with the help of kaolin clay. Apply Cream Blush to the apples of cheeks and then top with a similar shaded color of powder blush to set for all-day wear.

8. And finally, don’t forget to set your makeup.
Setting makeup as well as touching up midday are important application steps for all skin types and is highly recommended for anyone prone to an oily shine. A finishing powder sets makeup after prime, base and conceal steps are complete. Finishing and setting powders combat and eliminate shine while extending the wearability of makeup.

The Hottest Makeup Trends for 2019, According to Celebrity Makeup Artists

No matter how loyal you are to the beauty products that have boosted your ego for decades, every makeup lover can’t wait to dabble in the latest and greatest. Maybe you turn to makeup to cover up imperfections, like acne or discoloration, or you only use it for special occasions. Whatever the reason, each lap around the sun presents a new gaggle of trends that challenge us to switch up our looks. In 2019, runways, entertainment, influencers and plenty of other factors all contribute to makeup trends. From bold colors to everything that glitters, here’s what you’ll see making its way through Instagram in the months ahead.

1. Bold rainbow lip colors.
Lip color has always been the favorite subject of trends every season, but according to makeup artist Mary Irwin, this year it will go super bold and bright—and not just in the traditional hues like red or fuchsia, but yellow and blue, too. In fact, Irwin shares as that long as it’s bright and bold, it’s trendy. “From the dramatic red lip at Escada to the glossy black lip at The Blondes and the hot-pink lip at Nicopanda, a statement lip is definitely the look for spring,” she continues.

If you’re going to try and pull off this look yourself, she says to shoot for a balanced look. A bold color is fun and alluring, but it matches best with a minimal face getup. For a formula that stays put 24/7, she suggests Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. “They truly do stay all day, and you can use the doe-foot applicator for a really smooth edge on your lip,” she raves. “I’ve put them on models in the early morning and not touched up until after lunch—and sometimes not even after that!”

2. Lots of glitter.
Go ahead and prep your carpets, because glitter is about to bomb all over your home. Los Angeles celebrity makeup artist Erin B. Guth says glitter will be featured throughout many products, as predicted by how it was used on the runways. “It was seen in various forms on the runways at fashion week in New York, London, Milan and Paris. And with the burgeoning popularity of music festivals, people will be looking for ways to add whimsy and flair to their makeup looks,” she explains.

If you want to wear glitter makeup like a grownup, the best (and easiest) place to begin is with your eyeshadow. Guth recommends Stila’s Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow because the long-wearing formula eliminates the need for glitter glue and it’s available in a slew of no-filter-needed colors. “Simply swipe a coat across your lid and blend it out with your finger. For more pop, apply some to the inner corners of your eyes, as well. It couldn’t be easier to add some sparkle and style to your appearance,” she explains.

3. Glassy, clean skin.
The luminous “glass skin” look isn’t going anywhere, but it’s getting a deeper investment in 2019. As Ami Mallon, the global corporate educator for Osmosis Skincare explains, gone are the days of full-coverage makeup. Instead, more and more consumers and brands are focusing on chasing after beauty from the inside out. This means taking care of our pores and watching our diets, and then letting minimal makeup touch up the rest. “From runways to office doorways, what we are seeing now are glowy, glossy and light applications of cosmetics,” she explains.

To achieve this easy trend, she recommends utilizing light layers of light-to-medium-coverage products with a synthetic brush, as this will make cream products easier to sheer out. “It also ensures that a hint of the natural skin shows through. Simply layer the product on and remember to blend, blend, blend!” she instructs.

4. The demise of eyeliner.
If you have been in a serious, committed relationship with your eyeliner since you started wearing makeup in high school, it’s time to prepare your breakup speech. Beauty editor Naowshaba Ferdouse says piggybacking off the trend of a natural look will be the demise of eyeliner. “We won’t be seeing much harsh, razor-sharp black liquid eyeliner lining lids in the coming year either. While it works for some looks, it’s generally time-consuming and calls for more drama than most looks require,” she explains.

It will take some getting used to if you’ve always used an eyeliner on your top and bottom lash lines, but Ferdouse urges beauty lovers to give this trend a go—or at least tone down the lines. “Instead of grabbing black liquid liner for a cat-eye, opt for the most complementary dark shade in your palette, like brown, copper or dark blue, and line your upper lash line with that, or skip lining all together and plump up your lashes instead,” she instructs.

For a killer mascara she swears by, consider Tarte’s Lash Paint Mascara to coat every last lash and add length and volume.

5. A softer smokey eye.
A smokey eye is a timeless look many women turn to for special occasions, but now, it might have a spot in everyday routines. As celebrity makeup artist Geoffrey Rodriguez shares, 2019 will see the birth of the warm-toned-eyeshadow look. He notes that it’s not only universally flattering and more demure, but it’s a modern take on a classic. “This look can also be very easily achieved with a soft, blendable brown eye pencil combined with a shade or two of warm eyeshadows such as a subtle gold, brown and so on,” he notes.

To try it, he says to start by blending the brown eye pencil on the top and bottom lash lines, emphasizing the outer corners. He’s a fan of Cargo’s Swimmable Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach, thanks to the rich pigments that define and blend softly for a waterproof finish. Then, he says to use Tarte’s Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette in Toasted for a beautiful selection of warm shades in matte and metallic finishes that are perfect year round. “Blend each shade from lightest to darkest over the liner to create a soft, diffused look, and if you desire more intensity, reapply the liner at the end as well as perhaps inside the waterline,” he continues. Finally, to complete this look, use a brown mascara, such as Blinc’s Mascara in Dark Brown for rich color and easy removal.

How to Make Your Lipstick Last All Day

On a date, at a party or in a meeting, the last thing you want to be worrying about is your lipstick smudging. Oftentimes, looking fresh is all in the formula—finding the perfect product so your lipstick doesn’t find its way onto your cocktail glass. We spoke with New York-based makeup artist Abby Lauren, who has more than 10 years of experience creating long-lasting makeup looks for fashion, bridal and editorial clientele. She gave us a step-by-step guide on getting life-proof lips.

1. Exfoliate and Hydrate
Exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub like Lip Strip by Laura Geller New York. The best way to do this, Abby says, is to apply the scrub, let it sit and then remove with a damp washcloth. You can also use a soft toothbrush to gently apply a hydrating lip balm like Dr. PawPaw’s Original Multipurpose Soothing Balm.

2. Prime and Prep
Before applying color, you might want to prep your lips with a primer. For Abby, lip primer isn’t really necessary unless someone has really dry lips. It’s “just another layer of product making the color less likely to stay,” she says. If you do have dry skin and want to provide extra moisture to prep lips for lipstick and maximize wear time, tryCARGO’s Picture Perfect HD Lip Primer or something like Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant, which offers an all-weather shield and hydration.

3. Line and Fill
Lip liner is recommended by the pros to keep color from fading. Duo pencils like butter LONDON’s Plush Rush Lip Liner – Sensual Nude provides long-lasting, hydrating and water-resistant color. The trick is in applying lip liner correctly. Abby’s tip is “to line and fill in the lips completely with a liner.” For the best results, she says, “use a similar lip liner to line and fill in the lips before applying the lipstick.” This ensures the perfect lip color that not only wows, but lasts.

4. Apply and Blot
Liquid lip colors are easy to apply, aren’t too dry and provide opaque coverage all day. Abby says, “If you’re looking for staying power, go matte.” A great long-wear lipstick is Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick because it’s super lightweight, waterproof and has a velvety matte finish. After applying the lipstick, blot and repeat, swiping on your color and blotting until you’ve got the exact hue you want.

5. Set With Powder
Set your lip color with a translucent powder like NYX’s Studio Finishing Powder. A tiny bit goes a long way and ensures your lips don’t get cakey. A powder sets the lip color and avoids pesky transfers. If you have dry lips, however, Abby says avoid the powder because “your lip color can get even more dry.”