The Top Makeup Trends From NYFW: Get Ready For Color and Cat Eyes!
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The Top Makeup Trends From NYFW: Get Ready For Color and Cat Eyes!
This DIY Rose Sugar Scrub Is Too Beautiful (and Easy!) Not to Try
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The Top Makeup Trends From NYFW: Get Ready For Color and Cat Eyes!
<a href="http://www.bellasugar.com/Makeup-Trends-Video-Fashion-Week-Fall-2013-28273162"></a>When it came to makeup trends, the New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 runways were alive with color. High-voltage hues in the form of fuschia lips graced model's faces at Diane von Furstenberg. Cat eyes got an upgrade at Michael Kors thanks to artist Dick Page's masterful sweep of smoky black and soft pink hues. And at Rachel Zoe, oxblood lips made an appearance due to artist Charlotte Tilbury's top techniques. Check out our video now to see what's on the horizon for Fall.
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This DIY Rose Sugar Scrub Is Too Beautiful (and Easy!) Not to Try
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/DIY-Rose-Body-Scrub-Video-42358402"></a>Roses have a long history in the beauty world. Cleopatra famously used a rose water toner on the regular! It's a great tip, too, as rose essential oil is full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help fight inflammation and give skin a youthful glow. It's also naturally emollient to soothe dry, flaky skin and can even help keep acne at bay. This <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for DIY" href="http://www.popsugar.com/DIY" target="_blank">DIY</a> sugar scrub recipe incorporates real roses to give it a gorgeous pink color and rose essential oil for antiaging benefits. Plus, it smells amazing! Try using day-old roses for the best results. How do you use roses in your beauty routine? Tell us in the comments section below!
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A Mermaid Costume That's A Perfect Last-Minute Option
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Mermaid-Makeup-Fishnets-Tutorial-42547250"></a>Being a human isn't all it's cracked up to be, right? Out on the shore we work all day, under the sun we slave away. (Couldn't help myself.) Being a mermaid is where it's at. You can breathe underwater, you probably have some rad seashell accessories, and, in some cases, your hair is long and flowing. What's not to love? (Minus potential shark threats.) Turning yourself into a mermaid for <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Halloween" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Halloween" target="_blank">Halloween</a> is quite simple if you have bright eye shadow and <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Mermaid-Makeup-Tutorial-From-Instagram-42078564">some fishnets</a>. I'm not sure who came up with this hack, but whoever you are, bless you. Somewhat ironically, you place the fishnets over your face and push different shades of eye shadow onto your skin. The result? Perfectly symmetrical ombré fish scales. I paired my look with a <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for DIY" href="http://www.popsugar.com/DIY" target="_blank">DIY</a> seashell crown, fuchsia lipstick, and gold pigment on my cupid's bow from Pat McGrath's Lust 004 Kit. This costume is a cinch! Let me know in the comments if you'll give it a try. On Kirbie: dress from Wildfox Couture
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Electrotherapy For Youthful Skin? We Tried the "Hannibal Lecter" Facial
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Hannibal-Lecter-Facial-Video-42543542"></a>When it comes to my skin, I go the distance. Nothing is too extreme for me. However, I tend to draw the line when the name "Hannibal Lecter" gets thrown around. Turns out, the Hannibal Lecter facial is a real thing, and it can work wonders on your skin. Call the galvanic facial, it utilizes electric current to give the skin a glow while helping your skin to appear more youthful by refining fine lines, increasing firmness, and adding plumpness back into the skin. I received the treatment at <a href="https://mkskinstudio.com/" target="_blank">Marianne Kehoe Skin Studio</a> in Studio City, CA, and although I was slightly unnerved by the electric-shock component, I was eager to see how my skin would survive - or not - afterwards. Here's the thing: it's not like you're going to experience pain-inducing amounts of electric current. You're not a hostage, and you aren't getting tortured for information. It's supposed to be enjoyable. Once you realize that, it's actually a therapeutic experience. First, my skin was cleansed and then, using a rolling method, impurities were extracted from my skin. Marianne, the owner of the studio, next applied surgical cotton strips to my face, which resulted in what appeared to be my mummification. Then she soaked the cotton with a concoction of vitamins that was meant to help create the electric current and absorb as much moisture into my skin as possible. According to Marianne, my skin was guzzling up the mixture; it was parched. After that, the mask with the current is applied! The portion of the facial that incorporates the current was only about 20 minutes, and it allows you to decompress and relax. The only sensation I noticed was pulsating around my jawline and a slight tingle around the back of my head, but nothing I couldn't handle. At one point, I had a very distinct metallic taste in my mouth, which Marianne said was a result of the current infusing the vitamins into my skin. Afterwards, my skin was definitely softer, and I felt like I had a natural glow! The results lasted a few days, which is why this particular facial is known as a red carpet treatment. Check out the video and let me know if you'd give the galvanic facial a try!
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Be Prepared to Fawn Over This Bambi-Inspired Halloween Makeup
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Deer-Makeup-Tutorial-Video-42537394"></a>Head over to <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=deer%20costume&rs=typed&term_meta=deer%7Ctyped&term_meta=costume%7Ctyped" target="_blank">Pinterest</a> and you'll find one of the top costumes pinned for <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Halloween" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Halloween" target="_blank">Halloween</a> is a doe! (In case you missed The Sound of Music, that's a deer, a female deer.) It's rather easy to do, mostly because you won't have to run out and buy anything, except maybe a pair of <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=542909373&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">fake antlers to wear</a>. For accuracy points, though, doe do not have antlers; deer do. (Confused yet?) The entire look is based on extreme contouring, using a very light shade around the eye area and going hard with the contour cream. Draw on a nose with a black cream pigment and finish off the look using a white eyeliner to create spots. For the lips, I loved MAC Cosmetics Liptensity in <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=542415311&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Stallion</a> and <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=542415311&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Double Fudge</a>. Pinterest has reported Snapchat costumes are on the rise for Halloween, as well as <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/pinpicks/hello-gore-geous/" target="_blank">glam-inspired makeup looks</a>. Let us know if you'll try out this costume for Halloween, and <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Deer-Makeup-Ideas-Halloween-42234792">check out our gallery</a> to get more doe inspiration before your next party!
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Watch as One Woman Re-Creates Instagram's Geode Lip Trend IRL
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Geode-Lip-Tutorial-Video-42513310"></a>Without fail, Instagram's hottest makeup artists inspire us to step up our makeup game, even if it means hours of practice to perfect that statement lip! Of the awe-inspiring trends, though, geode lips are arguably the most dazzling. We've been obsessed with the shimmering, gold-dipped creations by New York City-based makeup artist <a href="https://www.instagram.com/beyou.byjoh/" target="_blank">Johannah Adams</a>. They're inspired by the crystals inside those geode rocks you probably remember coveting at the mall. These blinged-out statement lips are so impossibly beautiful that we asked Johannah to give us a closer look at the process. And trust us: it's as mesmerizing as you think! Check out more of Johannah's work on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/beyou.byjoh/" target="_blank">@beyou.byjoh</a>. Watch her tutorial for two geode-inspired lip looks, then sound off in the comment section. Would you rock geode lips? And which one is your favorite look?
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Nothing Is Better Than These 3 Stranger Things Costume Ideas
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Stranger-Things-Halloween-Costumes-Tutorial-42508949"></a> We were a step ahead with our <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Harley-Quinn-DIY-Costume-38374543">Harley Quinn costume last year</a>, which Google named the No. 1 <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Halloween" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Halloween" target="_blank">Halloween</a> costume of 2015. Of course, we're sure Harleen will be back on top of the list after Margot Robbie's downright crazy (and, shall we say, sexy) portrayal of the character in this year's Suicide Squad. That said, if anything can trump HQ, it's <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/latest/Stranger-Things">Stranger Things</a>. Whether you relate to Eleven's naive yet take-matters-into-her-own-hands attitude or Barb's apathy for fitting in, or you really dig the '80s (and <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for Winona Ryder" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Winona-Ryder" target="_blank">Winona Ryder</a>!), Stranger Things took over the internet and our hearts. (Sappy, yet true.) That's why the show makes for perfect Halloween costumes: it contains easy-to-recognize characters that are beloved by the masses, and the best costumes are the ones you don't have to explain to people. We chose three of our favorites from the cast: Dustin, Barb, and, of course, Eleven. Check out the video on how to easily re-create each character, and let us know in the comments what you're dressing up as for Halloween. Eleven: @<a href="https://www.instagram.com/deonnatillman/" target="_blank">DeonnaTillman</a> Dustin: @<a href="https://www.instagram.com/kirbiejohnson/" target="_blank">KirbieJohnson</a> Barb: @<a href="https://www.instagram.com/rosengardenglam/" target="_blank">RosengardenGlam</a>
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This Easy Hack For Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Is a Game Changer
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/DIY-Makeup-Brush-Cleaning-Board-Video-42436944"></a>The struggle is real when it comes to cleaning those makeup brushes once a week. If we're being honest, it's all too easy to skip a week or two. But don't forget: dirty brushes harbor dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts and irritation! That said, there are silicone brush cleansing mats on the market that make getting the job done so much easier. While they're convenient, they can cost upward of $30 or more. But you can actually <a class="sugar-inline-link" title="Latest photos and news for DIY" href="http://www.popsugar.com/DIY" target="_blank">DIY</a> your very own cleaning board . . . with a clipboard! This project will set you back only a few bucks (clipboard and hot glue included!). The plastic clipboard is a great dupe because it's waterproof, and the textured surface helps break up dirt and grime just as well as those fancy designer mats. Would you make this at home? Tell us in the comments section below!
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We Tested the "Wand" That Claims to Give You Blond Hair in Seconds
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Pravana-Blonde-Wand-Video-42473115"></a>The Blonde Wand from <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/latest/Pravana">Pravana</a> claims to lighten your hair seven levels in just seconds, which begs the question: does it work? And is it safe? Pravana has been a hair color staple for decades, but it most noted for their Vivid Brights collection: a variety of bright, pastel-hued hair color that creates the rainbow hair of your dreams. I first learned about the brand when I tested out their <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/photo-gallery/37026732/image/42151347/Pravana-Perfect-Blonde-Leave--Treatment">Perfect Blonde line</a>, which includes purple-toned shampoo and conditioner, a once-a-week mask, and a spray toner that rids your blond of any stitch of brassiness. (Just be careful not to go overboard, because the products work almost too well, which can leave you looking almost gray.) That said, they came to me with The Blonde Wand, a new tool launching in October. The idea is this: instead of using a dryer to heat an entire head of hair, you use the "wand," as they call it, to heat up sections at a time. Candidly, it looks just like a flat iron, but celebrity colorist Justin Anderson explained otherwise. "It looks like one, but it isn't," said Anderson. "It doesn't actually clamp on to the foil, so it's not locking onto the actual foil. There is a space between it, so it glides over the foil." And according to Pravana's public relations manager, Alanna Joy Littlepage, it doesn't get as hot as traditional flat irons, either. "The plates do not touch, separated by one-eighth inch at the closest point, allowing the plates to hover over the hair, distributing heat evenly, without singeing the hair with sweltering temperatures," said Littlepage. Other things to note: this is a professional tool. So unless you're licensed, you're not going to be able to pick one up. It's meant to help professional stylists achieve multidimensional highlights at a faster pace, hopefully making their business more lucrative. And you still need bleach and developer for this, too. The biggest misconception the general public has (based on people I've discussed this with) is that you run the wand over the hair and instantly change the color, which isn't the case. You apply bleach and developer with foils, and then run the wand over. The heat speeds up the lightening process. Pravana suggests using their cream lightener, which includes coconut oil to help moisturize the hair, but frankly, any bleach can be used to achieve the look. Here's my take: if you're going to a professional who uses this, I can see it being an excellent way to customize your look. Sitting under a dryer isn't fun, and since I like my face-framing pieces to be lighter than the rest my hair, I like the idea that the bleach isn't sitting on my hair for a long period of time, and that my entire head of hair isn't overexposed to heat, either. That said, I'd do my research when it comes to finding someone who uses this tool. Do some digging: how long have they been using it? Do they have any before and after photos? It's imperative that your colorist uses it properly to avoid any mishaps. Check out the video and let us know your thoughts. Colorists, will you invest? And clients, are you eager to get this done to your hair? Let us know in the comments!
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I Got Microbladed - Here's Everything That's Happened (So Far)
<a href="https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Microblading-Eyebrow-Trend-Video-42444072"></a>I've never gotten a tattoo, and I didn't plan on ever getting one. But when you see the transformation that comes as a result of <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/What-Microblading-41643846">microblading</a>, it makes you reconsider. I actually heard about nicroblading from Bella Thorne. Well, not directly through her, per say, but she had <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Bella-Thorne-Acne-Interview-41657018">just been in studio for an episode of Pretty Unfiltered</a>, a show I host here at POPSUGAR, and I started following her on Snapchat immediately after. She visited <a href="http://microbladingla.com/" target="_blank">Microblading LA</a> to get her brows done. I had seen the term thrown around a few times online, but the idea of getting something permanently done to my face freaked me out, so I never thought twice about it, until I saw Bella's brows. Microblading is a procedure that essentially makes any and all brow products worthless to you, because you will not need to use them when you get the procedure done. It's a cosmetic tattoo that fills in your brows or, in some cases, creates a beautiful, sculpted, natural-looking brow, sometimes out of nothing. A technician uses ink and a handheld blade to create hair-like cuts into the skin. You know the meme that compares your brows? "Left brow: Speaks three languages, top of her class, helps the homeless. Right brow: lives with her parents, gets arrested, has no life goals." It speaks to me on a personal level. Getting my brows to a good place each morning takes too much time! It's not that I have nonexistent brows - my hair is coarse - but there are definitely patches of hair missing. I try any and everything for our viewers, so I offered my brows up as a test. (You know, in the name of journalism.) And, of course, I wanted to go to the best, so I reached out to Lindsey Ta and <a href="http://microbladingla.com/" target="_blank">Microblading LA</a>. There, they have four rooms for clients, along with a larger studio that serves as their training academy. Lindsey, the owner, has been in the permanent cosmetics world for several years and won the 2016 World of Microblading Championship in Amsterdam this year. To say she knows symmetry of the face would be a gross understatement. Before the Appointment Lindsey was kind and personable during our correspondence, and two days before my appointment, she advised me not to take aspirin, drink alcohol or caffeine, or eat omega 3s, explaining all of these things could thin my blood. She also explained to me that clients who receive injectables should refrain from this service for at least two weeks after their last appointment. The Appointment "I tell everyone to expect a two-hour appointment," Lindsey said. The first hour or so is mostly for the mapping process and for getting to know the client. Lindsey says learning about her client's lifestyle can help her give perspective to them when it comes to their brows. For instance, someone who swims a lot or sweats a lot might not have as long-lasting results as some of her other clients. And I learned it's not how much or little brow hair you have that matters. Instead, the real focus is your skin type. If you have oily skin, the results might not last as long, either. In terms of how long they last - that's the second question I always get (first coming later on) - it can be anywhere from one to three years, depending on your lifestyle. I imagine with my job, which has me consistently washing my face or doing some kind of crazy face mask at the drop of a hat, that mine won't last past a year, if that. But it sounds amazing to not have to do my brows every morning! After filling out paperwork and chatting with Lindsey, she sat me down in front of a brightly lit vanity and offered me a mint. "We're about to get real close," she said as she popped one in, too. Then, she stepped back toward the vanity and looked me straight on, to my left and my right, observing my brows from every angle. "Your left eye is smaller than your right," she said, matter of factly. She was right: having eye surgery as a child to remedy a condition called ptosis, I've noticed that my left eye has always been smaller and in the past year has started to droop. I shook my head. "I'm going to shape your brows so they look a bit more symmetrical." This excited me - perhaps I won't need another surgery to remedy this issue. Mapping the Brow First, they use a pencil to map out the brow. It's a very confusing process because they essentially create a giant outline of your brow, and I was worried I was going to look like a caricature of myself. Lindsey explained that they would never create single, straight, harsh lines on my brow. These lines are like a coloring book: they're guides to fill the brow in. They also mark the brows to indicate when the hair stroke should change direction, hence the vertical lines on my forehead. Then, they use a 3D waterproof pencil to create hair strokes to use as a guide for the actual tattooing process. Once that is finished, she let me look at the shape and give my thoughts. Initially I was worried that they were too close together, but she reminded me that it would be fading, and the hairs wouldn't be as stark as the guide she created. With my approval, she shaped my brow with a razor, cleaning up underneath and essentially lifting my brow. Then, she applied topical numbing cream, and 20 minutes later, I was lying down to get my first tattoo - on my face, no less! The Process The number one question I've received throughout all of this has been "does it hurt?" Yes and no. The numbing cream makes it so that you don't feel any incisions, but it's not perfect, so there were times I could feel a bit of discomfort when she was making the hair strokes. And let's get real: she is using a blade to cut open my skin! Of course it isn't going to be pain-free. I'd describe the entire process, though, similar to an itch. She pulled my skin taut and sliced, kind of like creating a bunch of tiny paper cuts. I know this sounds painful, but it was more annoying to me than anything. She created the incisions, and as she went, she filled them with ink. Lindsey asked some secrets of her practice to remain secret, so what I'll say about the ink is that it's, apparently, different than ink they used for standard cosmetic tattoos, so when it fades, it doesn't turn gray or purple; it just kind of disappears over time. After the first round of incisions (about 30 minutes), she went back and fixed any imperfections. Then, she coated the brow with a layer of ink to seal her work. Two minutes later, I was looking in the mirror at my new brows. After the Appointment and Aftercare Staring at my new brows, I was shocked to see that this normal "dip" I have in the tail of my natural brow is completely gone: she'd filled it with the most perfect hair-like strokes I've ever seen. The sparse patch at the front of my brow had vanished, and she'd also created a few strokes closer to my nose, bringing them in a little. The numbing cream wore off about an hour after the appointment, and it felt like my brows were on fire. They were fairly sore, too. (Again, I wasn't surprised.) Lindsey told me before the appointment that there were a variety of aftercare instructions, one being that I couldn't wash my face for a week. SKIIIIRT. What?! Washing my face gives me great joy. I was not amused by this tidbit, but she explained that there is a "dry healing" period in which the brows will need to essentially scab over and shed. To prevent any scars and to help them heal quickly, it would be essential for me to keep my brows from getting wet for at least a week, which definitely made removing eye makeup and taking showers a very detailed activity. Oh, and picking off the dead skin is also a big no-no. The good news, though, is that I was not allowed to sweat excessively, either, so it's too bad that I couldn't go to the gym, either. Truly. It will be about four to six weeks before my brows fully heal, and during that process, I'll notice my brows get super dark, shed, get super light, shed, and them become the shade they were intended to be. After six weeks, I will return for a touch-up appointment. 1 Week Since the Appointment I've been keeping a diary of sorts on Instagram regarding my microblading experience. The day after the appointment, my brows were so dark that I could have been mistaken for Groucho Marx or Bert from Sesame Street. I have found that I wear more eye makeup right now, since my brows are darker, because I want to balance them. Cleansing cloths from <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=365620568&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Olay</a> and <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=502906351&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Q-tips</a> have been my new best friends when it comes to makeup removal, and my <a href="https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=482036743&pid=uid9600-3726140-12" target="_blank">Beautyblender</a> has made applying moisturizer stress-free. Over the past week, they've been itchy, and it's taken every inch of me not to scratch them profusely. Randomly, a little piece will hang off my skin and look like dandruff, which is super sexy, and at night, I know that my boyfriend probably has nightmares about my glistening, ointment-coated brows. But I have to say, not filling in my brows has changed me. It's a time saver, that's for sure. I have had to fill in the places where the brows have shed, but Lindsey told me that would happen and I could use brow powder to help. The Cost And the third most-asked question: how much does it cost? Microblading LA charges between $700-$1,500 for this service, depending on how extensive your brow application is. If you're filling in a few spots, it's going to be less expensive than going in and getting an entire brow drawn onto the skin. Nationally, it seems the standard rate starts around $500. Yes, it's an investment, that's for sure. If time is money to you, it's definitely worth it. I'm going to keep reporting each week on the status of my brows and how the process is going, so check back frequently to learn more about the process! Below is a photo of me, nothing on my brows, pretreatment, and a photo of myself on set six days later. I have nothing on my brows, even though I do have on more makeup.