Beauty – Trends, Tips & Tutorials


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Colored eye makeup is all the rage lately, thanks to countless Instagram inspiration shots and tutorials. Whether it be same lid and lash color, graphic eyeliner or even a watercolor eye, the prism trend is literally exploding everywhere. We decided to take another crack at it, this time using complementary shades. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen for her take on the complementary, opposite color look. Get inspired and see how to get the job done yourself.


Choose Your Opposite Colors

The key to nailing down the complementary colored eye look is all about choosing colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel. “I would pick two bright colors that each have their own pop or put a neutral with a bright color,” says Kohlhagen. Here, we used a combination of a pink eyeshadow and the L’Oréal Pro Last Liner in Cobalt Blue, which has a cool electric finish to offset the warmer tones in the shadow. “You want to look for two shades that will make the other stand out,” she adds.

Apply and Set!

According to Kohlhagen, application from here on out is easy: Simply apply your lid color and line your upper lash line with your alternatively colorful liner. “The trickiest part actually comes next,” she says. “After using your gel pencil to do the lining, use a powder to set it.” Here, she set the cobalt blue liner with a similarly electric shade, the NYX Professional Makeup Primal Color in Hot Blue. After that, feel free to apply a matching blue mascara (the YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara in I’m The Trouble will do the trick) and finish with a setting spray to prevent creasing.

And there you have it — another colored eye look to add to your makeup arsenal.



We’ve managed to quickly fix botched eyeliner or even smeared lipstick, but if there’s one step in your makeup routine that you really don’t want to mess up, it’s laying down your groundwork, a.k.a., your foundation. One wrong move and you have to wipe the slate clean and start all over again. This means you might as well call in late to wherever you’re going because this could take a while. To ensure your foundation is right on point every single time, follow these ten rules of application that will make the whole process a lot smoother.

  1. Start with a smooth canvas: If your skin is flaking, peeling or oily, you can’t expect your foundation to go on smoothly. Exfoliating once or twice a week will help slough away any dry patches, dead skin cells and excess oil to ensure your foundation goes on just right.
  2. Hydrate your skin:It’s all in the skin prep. No matter your skin type, moisturizing before applying makeup is the key to an even looking application. Skip this step and your foundation could “cake up” in certain areas. For an extra dewy- and supple-looking complexion, spritz your skin with a face mist after applying your daily moisturizer.


  1. Wait for your moisturizer to dry: This is huge. If you apply liquid orpowder foundationbefore your moisturizer has completely absorbed, you run the risk of streaky, splotchy makeup.


  1. Don’t forget primer: Have you noticed how amazing your foundation looks in the morning, only to find that, hours later, it basically evaporated? That’s probably because you skipped out onprimer. If you want a flawless-looking application that can actually outlast your busy work schedule, incorporating this step into your routine is crucial.


  1. Find the right formula for your skin type: There’s a good reason why foundations come in liquid, gel, powder and cream form. Each one serves a different purpose. You don’t want to layer on a pressed powder if your skin is ultra dry, the same way you wouldn’t want to use a heavy cream on oily skin types. To help narrow down your search, we’ve put together the ultimate foundation guide so you can find the right formula for your skin type.


  1. Find the right shade for your skin tone: Next time you go foundation shopping, have your skin tone matched at the makeup counter, or try mixing shades if you fall in between.
  2. Use the right tools for application: Different foundation formulas respond better to some application techniques than others. To find the right tool, take a look at our foundation application guide.


  1. Apply your color corrector: If you’re trying to cover up a pimple or under-eye circles, concealer alone may not do the trick! After your foundation application — but before concealer — dab on the appropriate color corrector (we love the NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Palette) to neutralize any dark spots or redness.

  1. Foundation first, then concealer: This one can be confusing, and while different techniques work better for some, your concealer is supposed to be applied after your foundation to make sure it doesn’t budge or get too blended out.
  1. Set it: Just like a primer is designed to hold onto your foundation, a setting powder seals it all in. Once you’ve applied foundation and concealer, give your face a light swipe using a translucent powder likeDermablend Setting Powder for flawless and budge-free makeup in a snap.



Achieving the ever-elusive natural makeup look (also known as the no makeup-makeup look) is all about finding the balance between glowing I-woke-up-like-this skin and a perfectly bushy brow. Contrary to its name, the no-makeup makeup look actually requires a decent number of steps, but the results are definitely worth it.

Get the look ahead, ahead.

STEP 1: Prep

Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to prep your skin for makeup. Making sure your skin is hydrated and plump before makeup application is key to making your makeup look like real, natural skin.

STEP 2: Base

Apply a light to medium coverage foundation or BB cream like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, stippling it on with a blending sponge or flat brush. If you do use a brush and want a seamlessly blended finish, go over your face with a damp beauty sponge to ensure there are no streaks or lines. Next, pat concealer under eyes (we recommend Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer). Choose a color one to two shades lighter than your foundation to brighten up the under eye area and cover up any discoloration and dark circles. For a more luminous look, apply concealer to your forehead, the bridge of your nose and chin — then blend.

STEP 3: Cheeks

Sweep blush onto the apples of your cheeks to give your face a nice flush. For a natural finish, you’ll want the blush to look soft and diffused, so we recommend an easy-to-blend formula like the Shu Uemura Fresh Cushion Blush. Warm up your skin tone with a bronzer of your choice (we like Urban Decay Naked Flushed). Apply this under your cheekbones and along your temples and jawline.

STEP 4: Eyebrows 

Spoolie your brows, and fill them in with a brow product of your choice. Powders give a diffused, natural look while pencils are more precise. We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil for most brows — it makes creating hair-like strokes a breeze.

STEP 5: Eyes

Apply a warm eyeshadow shade to your crease, then swipe a neutral shade across the lower lid. Blend, blend, blend! For this step we recommend a palette with lots of matte brown shades so you can experiment with tones and colors that work for you like NYX Professional Makeup Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette — it’s perfect for beginners and a quality, affordable option. Apply a single coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes and be sure to wiggle your wand vertically to get every single lash.

STEP 6: Lips

Finish the look with a pink or nude lip gloss that compliments your skin tone. For this step, give Lancôme L’Absolu Rosy Plump a try — which enhances your lips and offers a sheer, rosy tint.

MakeupJustine Sweetman

HairJill Engelsen


To wear, or not wear makeup. That is the question here.

Relationships are colorful, to say the least.

They can be messy or tidy, dysfunctional or thriving, turbulent or consistent. The one relationship that should never fail, however, is the one between you and makeup. This relationship is reliable, controllable, and simple because it is based on one, straightforward formula: you + makeup + choice. Now that’s the perfect relationship.

So many struggle with whether or not they should wear makeup—that struggle being charged with what others might think, the fear of being judged, and accusations of insecurity. Well, we’re here to deconstruct the #struggle, because the truth of the matter is, the choice is yours, and yours alone.


Why You Shouldn't Wear Makeup


If you spend 20 minutes on your makeup in the morning, great. Makeup will love you for it. If you skip it entirely, totally fine, too. Makeup will not be offended. In the end, we’re pretty sure that you’ll see why whatever choice you make for yourself is the best choice of all.


Reasons Why We Wear Makeup



Different days bring different energies. Monday mornings, your face may be vibing with more of a J. Lo look—highlighter and some bronzer for a summery-glow. Friday nights may have you feeling more edgy and ready to rock, à la Cara Delevingne. One of makeup’s best qualities is its ability to transform, allowing your look to reflect your mood and show the world every version of YOU.


It’s easy to fall into a routine that quickly becomes stagnant, making you feel like your weekdays are on repeat. But, going into anything with a plan in place is the key to success, right? To an extent. Sometimes, you just need a little something different, or something new and experimental to get your gears going. And makeup can do that for you!

When Brows Are on Point, Life is on Point



Sitting down for 15, or even five minutes to apply makeup is a gesture of self-care, love, and personal nourishment. Sometimes, stopping to put on your makeup in the morning is the only YOU time you can get. So, taking a few moments to gloss your lips and precisely fill your brows is 100% necessary to take on the day. When your brows are on point, life is on point.



This one is pretty self-explanatory. We are drawn to some facial features more than others, and when we are able to highlight those parts, we feel like we are putting our best foot face forward. Into your lashes? Coat them in color to make them pop. Love your cheekbones? Highlight themLiterally. Use makeup to show the world what YOU want it to see—as if we haven’t stressed that enough.



Not wearing makeup because someone shamed you about wearing makeup is not a good reason to go au natural. With dare to bare hashtags like #NoMakeupMonday and #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup floating around, it’s hard to not feel like you’re going against a good cause. But it goes without saying that if you want it, you WEAR IT! We support you, girl.


Reasons Why You Shouldn't Wear Makeup



It’s about YOU! Remember? Whether you are wearing it or not, the subject matter is between you and makeup only. This relationship is exclusive, and the opinions of third wheels are not welcome. If your friends prefer blush and your man prefers bronzer but you prefer neither, throw it in the corner (gently).



Prioritizing is key. If your makeup routine is getting in the way of other goals and schedules (as in, you’re late to work every morning) you may need to cut down the application time. We know, the truth can hurt.



Knowing who you are sounds easy until you open Instagram and see that every celebrity is into a new trend you can barely pronounce. Like, what is “draping”?

FOMO is real. We get it. But, if you’re only putting lipgloss on because Kylie is doing it, then just don’t. Unless it’s Halloween, and you need to be a vampire. In that case, we recommend Urban Decay Vice Lipstick.


Reasons Not to Wear Makeup



If you wear makeup because you are running from a deeper issue, like skin blemishes or acne, then the easy way out is NOT the best way out. In life, and with cosmetics, running from the problem is not the answer. As much as we want you to feel great, applying makeup to skin that needs to receive some TLC is like slapping a bandaid on without addressing what’s underneath. If this sounds familiar, put the foundation brush down and back away from the mirror. Introduce a full skincare regimen into your daily beauty routine to give it the love it needs, then you can indulge in a little coverage plan of attack.



This is just not okay on so many levels. Your skin needs to breathe. And, to be cleaned. And, your pillow cases? They enjoy going all natural. If you don’t make it home with enough energy to rid your face of the day’s makeup, then NO MAKEUP for you. It really hurts us to say that, but we have your best interest at heart. Promise!


Remember, it’s your life. As long as you are 100% behind the decision you make, you’ll be able to brag to people about your perfect relationship. If they tell you that such a thing doesn’t exist, send them this article (and show them your winged liner).


TSA-Approved Beauty Products

Passing through airport security can be a nightmare—especially if you accidentally packed a full-size bottle of liquid, gel or aerosol in your carry-on bag. To ensure passenger safety, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforces strict regulations on which beauty products you can and can’t bring onboard. Their packing protocol is easy to follow if you remember these carry-on guidelines:

  1. You’re allowed to pack individual 3.4 ounce containers of liquids, gels and aerosols.
  2. All toiletries must be placed in one clear quart-size, zip-top bag—one per passenger.
  3. You must declare medically necessary liquids, such as breast milk, baby formula, and insulin to a security officer prior to boarding. You are allowed to bring more than 3.4 ounces, but it must be in a reasonable quantity.
  4. While technically allowed on the plane, never apply nail polish during your flight! It’s inconsiderate and dangerous to other passengers.
  5. If you’re not sure about a product, don’t pack it! Better to leave it at home than have it confiscated.

If you’re still unsure on what to pack, try these five airplane-ready products and stay stress-free in the security line!

Chemist Confessions Travel Buddy Moisturizing Mini Kit, $35

This four piece travel kit delivers mini moisturizing solutions great for all skin types. Complete with skin-quenching water gel, multipurpose balm, lightweight moisturizer and glow-inducing oil, the Chemist Confessions Travel Buddy Kit provides a TSA-friendly way to prep your complexion for any destination’s climate.

Mahalo Skin Care The UNVEIL Cleanser Melt Concentrate, $70

Weighing in at only 1.7 ounces, this small but mighty cleanser provides the perfect first step in any travel beauty routine. Formulated with antioxidant-rich enzymes, biocompatible oils and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, UNVEIL starts as a balm then emulsifies into a cleansing milk that melts away makeup without stripping skin of moisture or clogging pores.

Klorane Fig Leaf Body Lotion with Cupuaçu Butter , $9

Be sure to bring a fragrant and hydrating body lotion with you on your next trip! Formulated for all skin types, Klorane Fig Leaf Body Lotion quickly absorbs into the skin for lightweight nourishment that helps maintain the natural lipidic barrier. This ultra-hydrating cream also delivers a sweet, fruity fragrance that doubles as a refreshing body scent—so feel free to leave your perfume at home.

COOLA Classic Sport Organic Suncare Travel Set , $40

Complete with four of COOLA’s most water-resistant, organic formulas, Classic Sport Organic Suncare Travel Set nourishes, restores and protects skin. Formulated with beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter, this 70%+ Certified Organic kit also features a cute and compact pouch that fits into any carry-on—and beach tote!

R+Co Time Travel Set , $39

Keeping your hair camera-ready on vacation just became possible with the Time Travel Set. This well-rounded collection comes with travel-friendly versions of R+Co’s best-selling hair products, including Television Perfect Hair shampoo and conditioner, Death Valley Dry Shampoo, and High Dive Moisture + Shine Crème. So, take as many vacation photos as you can until you run out of storage.


How to Calm Every Type of Redness

If you’re a person with skin, chances are you’ve experienced redness. From acne to eczema, there are many reasons you might get red, splotchy skin. But not all redness is created equal. Different causes call for different treatments. Read on to learn about the most common types of redness and how to tackle them. (But first, a quick reminder: The internet isn’t your doctor. It’s always best to visit a dermatologist to get an official diagnosis and discuss your treatment options.)

Inflammatory acne

What it is: Inflammatory acne is—you guessed it—acne with a side of inflammation. It can range from your run-of-the-mill pimple to deep, painful cysts. Inflammatory acne is caused by a type of bacteria called P. acnes that colonizes pores clogged up with sebum and dead skin cells.

How to identify it: Look for pimples and bumps with redness, swelling, and tenderness. Inflammatory acne often occurs alongside non-inflammatory acne, which includes blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones).

How to treat it: There are many ways to treat inflammatory acne, including prescription medications for moderate to severe cases. For some over-the-counter (OTC) options, look for products containing these ingredients:

  • Salicylic acid: a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates the surface of the skin as well as inside pores
  • Retinoids: ingredients derived from vitamin A (aka retinol) that boost cell turnover and loosen clogged pores
  • Benzoyl peroxide: an antibacterial ingredient that inhibits bacterial growth deep within the pore
  • Azelaic acid: an acid derived from grains that works as an exfoliant, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory

For inflamed acne, you may also want to incorporate ingredients into your routine that soothe inflammation and repair your skin’s protective barrier, like niacinamide.

Post-inflammatory erythema (aka acne scars)

What it is: Post-Inflammatory erythema (PIE) is the scientific name for the red or purplish marks that acne can leave behind. PIE happens when the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) at the surface of your skin are damaged by things like inflamed acne, popping pimples, cuts, scratches and sunburn.

How to identify it: PIE is often confused with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which are the brown marks that can show up after a breakout. Unlike PIE, PIH occurs when the skin produces melanin in response to inflammation from acne, sun exposure, and other triggers. It’s possible to tell the difference between PIE and PIH with a simple touch test: If you press down on a PIE mark, it will momentarily disappear or turn white.

How to treat it: Because PIE is caused by damaged blood vessels, it can be tricky to treat. The gold-standard treatment for PIE is pulsed dye laser (PDL) therapy, which works by penetrating into the skin to break down damaged blood vessels. However, there’s anecdotal evidence supporting these topical treatments for PIE:

  • Silicone sheets or gel: thin layers of silicone which are known to reduce the appearance of scars
  • Vitamin C: an antioxidant that boosts collagen production and strengthens capillary walls, which may help reduce redness
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3): strengthens the skin barrier and reduces inflammation and redness

The good news about PIE is that it usually fades on its own with time. Patience may not be the speediest treatment option, but at least it’s cheaper.


What it is: Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness and flushing. Though doctors don’t really know what causes rosacea, it’s thought to be genetic and is more likely to occur in people with fair skin.

How to identify it: Symptoms of rosacea can include sunburn-like flushing on the nose and cheeks that’s aggravated by sun, stress, exercise, alcohol, hot weather, and even spicy foods. You may also notice visible blood vessels, signs of skin sensitivity (swelling, itching, and burning) or even acne-like bumps. Skin with rosacea tends to be reactive, which makes it difficult to find products that don’t cause irritation.

How to treat it: The first line of defense against rosacea is a gentle skincareroutine, free of irritants like fragrance, essential oils and alcohol. A good sunscreenis also important, since sun damage is known to trigger rosacea. Rosacea is best tackled by a dermatologist who can help you design a multipronged treatment plan, but some of the most common OTC treatments include these ingredients:

  • Azelaic acid: an acid derived from grains that calms inflammation; also available in prescription strength
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3): strengthens the skin barrier and reduces inflammation and redness

Broken capillaries

What it is: Broken capillaries aren’t actually broken—they’re enlarged blood vessels right beneath the surface of the skin. Also known as spider or thread veins, they’re caused by trauma to the skin—like squeezing or picking at pimples, sunburns, or pore strips—or dilation of the blood vessels from exercising, extreme weather, smoking, drinking, or hot showers.

How to identify it: Broken capillaries look like tiny, thread-like veins that often appear on the nose and cheeks. If the capillaries are too small to see with the naked eye, they may appear as little red splotches on the skin. Broken capillaries aren’t painful and won’t feel tender to the touch.

How to treat it: Laser treatments are the only sure-fire way to get rid of broken capillaries. Vascular lasers (aka Vbeam) penetrate into the skin and break down dilated blood vessels, which are then reabsorbed by the body. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is also known to be effective.


What it is: Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease caused by an overactive immune system, which kicks skin cell production into overdrive and results in red, itchy, scaly skin.

How to identify it: Psoriasis shows up in well-defined patches of red, flaky skin, often on knees, elbows and scalp. These lesions may crack, bleed, itch, or disappear for a while and then flare up again.

How to treat it: Your derm may recommend prescription treatments, like steroid creams, to quickly quell the redness and inflammation. To keep flakes and scaling at bay, treatment usually includes a gentle exfoliating acid, like salicylic acid. Coal tar (the kind in Neutrogena T/Gel) also helps reduce scaling, itching and inflammation.


What it is: Eczema (aka atopic dermatitis) is another chronic skin condition that causes an itchy, red rash, usually on the face, neck, or the soft, sensitive skin inside elbows and knees. Doctors aren’t clear on what causes eczema, but it’s thought to be connected to allergies, irritants, and a damaged skin barrier.

How to identify it: Unlike psoriasis, eczema doesn’t usually have clear, defined borders. Instead, it looks like raised, red skin that itches and often develops blisters and bleeding.

How to treat it: Again, a doctor is your best bet when it comes to treating this chronic condition. You’ll want to have a gentle skincare routine with ingredients like ceramides and essential fatty acids that strengthen your skin’s protective barrier.