Cold weather makeup tips

Winter Beauty Fashion. Girl in Warm Clothes on a Snowstorm

I had every intention to start talking about spring trends in March, but the weather lately has me feeling we’re still firmly entrenched in winter!

So, instead of talking about the bright colors and light fabrics of spring, I’m going to focus on something you can use right now, whether you’re dealing with snow, ice or just cold, windy weather. For those of you in sunnier climates, just file these tips away for next winter.

While I’ve offered tips in the past on how to care for your hands or healthy steps to better skin, I wanted to highlight a few things to keep in mind to keep your makeup looking its best even as you brave the chill.

Foundation: When you are likely to go from warm building to the cold outdoors and back again, don’t opt for liquid foundation. Most liquid foundations don’t hold up well to the temperature changes. Instead, use a mineral powder foundation.

Concealer and bronzer: Pale, dry winter skin will take a bit more work with concealer and bronzer to cover blemishes that become more apparent in the colder weather and give your skin a warmer glow. Of course, if your skin is lighter in the winter months, you’ll want to go with a lighter bronzer than you use in summer.

Moisturizer: Dry skin cries out for moisturizer, but go for something light and quickly absorbed into the skin. Heavier creams may still be sitting there when you go to apply your makeup — save those for nighttime moisturizing.

Lips: Go for a moisturizing lipstick or lipgloss for a quick look that doesn’t look dry and uneven the way stains and some matte lipsticks can.

Color: Avoid pink and red, particularly if your skin is light in color or ruddy. The colors will make your face look even pinker if it becomes irritated by the wind and cold.

Mascara and eyeliner: Go for waterproof! When it comes to making your eye makeup run, there’s nothing worse than snowflakes, freezing rain or whatever miserable wet weather greets you when you walk out the door.

Finishing touches: If you find your makeup rubbing off onto your layers of scarves and hats, apply some pressed powder as a final step to keep the makeup on your face and off your clothes.

There are my makeup tips for this winter weather. Let’s hope I can bring you some spring makeup tips soon!

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How to get Oscars hairstyles in just minutes

Did you notice all of the low buns and ponytails at the Academy Awards on Sunday?

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Zoe Saldana (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

While a bun or ponytail may seem too basic to pair with the elegant gowns at Sunday’s Oscars, the simple softness of Zoe Saldana’s soft, low bun or sleek simplicity of Lady Gaga’s wrapped low ponytail worked beautifully.

One standout was Gina Rodriguez, whose braided low side bun looked stunning.

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Gina Rodriguez (Photo by Getty Images)

Latin Times walks through how hairstylist Paul Norton pulled Rodriguez’ look together here.

Oscar-worthy hairstyles can take some time, but you can find ways to get a similar look without too much time and effort. And that’s important if you want to look your best but still accomplish everything demanding your time!

For a quick, cute braided bun look, I love the ease of the hairstyle in this tutorial from HeyWanderer.com.

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Another Oscars hairstyle standout was Julianne Moore’s sleek and sophisticated low bun.

Julianne Moore (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

TRESemme offers a video tutorial on how to get a similar look here.

I’d love to hear your favorite looks from this year’s Oscars!

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More fabulous fashion from New York

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York wraps up tomorrow and promises to inspire a lot of fun collections for when next fall and winter season rolls around.

The good news is that some of the trends from this fall and winter will continue, giving you a chance to stay in style even as you wear your favorite pieces again. Or perhaps this is a chance to buy something new knowing it will still be in style next year?

The trends continue for plaids, generously cut pants and coats and splashes of red among the dark colors. Fringe and leather continue to be a popular choice for next year.

Among some of the looks that made a splash were the innovative layered outerwear of wool and fur pieces from Jason Wu; and the feminine forms with an edge from Jill Stuart, which included ribbed turtlenecks paired with leather dresses, wide belts and sparkles (you can see the runway video here).

Here are a few items that caught my eye.

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Monique Lhuillier had the runway packed with gorgeous gowns, including this blue number.

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Prabal Gurung showed that shades of orange and rust are still just as stunning for the year to come.

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Photo by Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images

This asymmetrical skirt paired with a jacket was just one cute look from Charlotte Ronson.

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Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images

I wonder, though, do you think this eyeliner style that was on all the DKNY models will catch on?

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Fashion forward: A look ahead for fall and winter

It’s always interesting to see, in the middle of winter, what designers are excited about for the coming fall and winter.

Starting this week, we get to see what designers have in mind for the year ahead. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runs from Feb. 11-19 in New York.

Last year’s New York Fashion Week called for knits and neutrals, furs and capes. Some styles hearkened back to the ’50s, with short, flared dresses in a multitude of patterns, but others highlighted the styles of the ’80s, including the continued love of metallics. Checks and plaids were hot, in neutral tones and pops of color, and color definitely set off the darker tones of winter.

Already, there are some exciting lines on the horizon, with designers thinking about wardrobe staples in their pre-Fall 2015 collections.

Donna Karan

Donna Karan returns once again to her idea of seven easy pieces to fill a closet and create a signature style, calling the collection “The Uniform of Dressing.” The collection sports grays, blacks, whites and bright reds incorporated into A-line split skirts, oversize shirts, military-inspired jackets, wrap cashmere coats, slouchy trousers and elegant dresses.

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photos courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney’s pre-Fall collection also focuses on key wardrobe pieces, with wool coats, knit dresses, ribbed turtlenecks and loose trousers in blacks, whites, browns and fun patterns.

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photos courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Next week, I’ll show you my favorite Fashion Week looks!

Don’t worry. After having a fun look at the trends for next fall and winter, I’ll take some time in March to talk about my favorite looks for this spring!

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Quick fixes to leave the gym looking your best

Woman standing by locker in changing roomIf you started a new workout routine with the new year, you probably already know the important bits of advice for staying healthy and avoiding injury at the beginning of any new workout. (If you are starting a new exercise routine, here is some helpful advice from the Mayo Clinic, which includes tips such as creating the right balance between aerobic activity and strength training and making it part of your regular routine.)

This week, I want to give you something different: Advice on how to keep looking fresh even if you’re taking a lunch hour to squeeze in your workout (or placing that workout between the end of your workday and the start of dinner with friends).

Hair

Pull hair up and away from your face and neck using a ponytail, headband, bandanna or whatever it takes. If you’re working out, you’re sweating, and the less hair coming in contact with your sweat the better for after your workout. After the workout, you can use dry shampoo or a hairdryer to take care of any sweaty strands. If you’re feeling adventurous, try putting your hair up in braids or buns while you’re working out. The updo will leave you with soft waves afterward, or you could leave it up for your next engagement.

Skin

If there’s no time to shower or there isn’t a shower available, go for the wipe-down with fragrance free wipes. The wipes you use to remove your makeup could work double duty for this. It’s not a perfect solution, but it does get the sweat off of your skin. Even if you use the wipes, you might want to take the time to at least rinse your face in the locker room sink with cool water to tone down a hot, sweaty workout face into a rosy gym glow. But avoid the pink liquid soap you often find in public restrooms, which is way too harsh for faces.

Makeup

Once again the natural look is your friend. You can get out of the locker room with a few dabs of tinted moisturizer, a neutral eyeshadow, some mascara and eyeliner and a bit of lipgloss. Blotting papers are also your friend in the coming hours, particularly if you continue to shine a bit post-workout.

Do you have any quick tricks you use to look your best after a workout? If so, I’d love to hear them!

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Whole-body wellness for healthy skin

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Healthy eating and exercise are working on your body, but did you know they also play a role in your skin?

Eating healthy foods gives your skin the vitamins and nutrients it needs to be its best. Regular exercise, meanwhile, promotes circulation, which benefits not only your heart but also your skin.

As the winter months drag on, here are some other things you can do to make sure that healthy glow continues year-round.

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Sleep and relaxation: A good night’s sleep not only reduces puffy eyes in the morning, but also helps keep your skin in top condition. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to dull skin, fine lines and dark circles under your eyes because of how it affects collagen and hormones. This goes hand-in-hand with relaxation. If you can find ways to reduce stress, whether through meditation, a favorite hobby or your exercise routine, the evidence will show up in your skin.

Here’s a good quick relaxation strategy: Place your hand on your stomach and feel how it rises and falls with each breath. Sitting up or lying down, breathe in, count to three and then breathe out. Count to three again and then breathe in. Do this for a minute and feel how your body relaxes.

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Hydration: Inside and out, hydration is key. Pay attention to drinking water throughout the day, but also make sure to hydrate skin in these dry months with serums and creams that will penetrate the layers of skin and plump and smooth it.

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Cleaning and exfoliation: Washing your face each night should be part of your regular routine, whether you’ve worn makeup that day or not. Wash off the dirt, oil and pollution with a gentle cleanser and exfoliate away dead skin cells with a gentle scrub or by making upward circles with your washcloth. Follow with a toner and moisturizer.

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Eating healthy all year long

Resolutions for the new year often involve eating healthier, and I’d like to give you a few foods that will help you do that. Of course, eating well doesn’t mean throwing back a kale-and-blueberry smoothie on top of a bag of potato chips or with a stack of French toast every day, but a sensible eating plan combined with some real power foods will help shape your body inside and out. And that’s a resolution worth keeping.

Here are some top foods to keep in mind:

bunches of kaleDark, leafy greens: Kale smoothies, kale chips, spinach salads, collard greens … these pack in the vitamins and carry more nutritional value per calorie than any other food!

A fresh avocado cut in halfAvocados: Did you know avocados not only give your body good fats and can help protect against certain diseases, but they also contain serotonin, which improves your mood? So they really can help make you healthy and happy.

blue berryBlueberries: These are an antioxidant powerhouse. And they taste delicious fresh or frozen.

Walnuts isolatedWalnuts: For a boost of protein and omega-3s, sprinkle some on your oatmeal, in your salad or in your next smoothie.

ChocolateDark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is good for heart health and mood. Dark chocolate-covered almonds are even better! But limit how much you eat of this stuff, since the fat and sugar in chocolate aren’t good for you.

All this healthy food will help you look and feel your best. Next week, I’ll share some tips on how to get — and keep — your skin healthy this year!

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Glittery, glamorous Golden Globes style

Julianne Moore shone in this stunning silver dress at the Golden Globe Awards. Photo credit: HFPA
Julianne Moore shone in this stunning silver dress at the Golden Globe Awards.
Photo credit: HFPA

Amid all the glamour of the Golden Globe Awards this weekend, the flash of metal certainly caught my eye.

I loved all of the silver and metallics on the red carpet, from Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon’s full-length gowns to Emma Stone’s sparkly top to Uzo Aduba’s silver gown with ruby accents.

And, while a silver evening gown might be hard to carry off anywhere beyond the red carpet, there was something I noticed about those wearing them — they let the shimmer of their clothes make the statement while keeping everything else simple.

That’s good advice whether you’re going for the subtly silver cocktail dress or sparkly blouse with pants.

  • Jewelry: Jewelry on those wearing metallics was muted at the Golden Globe Awards, since your clothing gives off all the sparkle you need. Go without or choose something simple to complement your clothing.
  • Makeup: The same thing goes for makeup. A berry lip could make the look pop, but then keep eyes and nails to basic, nude tones. Or go for a nude lip, pale pink nails and smoky eyes. Either way, keep the makeup subtle so the clothing can shine.
  • Hair: No need for a fancy coiffure or hair jewelry this time. Remember my tips for soft waves? Something simple is perfect. If you want to wear hair up and away from your face, go for a simple bun or braid.
  • Everything else: Did you notice Emma Stone’s black jumpsuit? Black is a perfect way to set off the shine of a metallic. Or try other neutrals or even jeans for the right effect.
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Healthy hair for the new year

A new year often starts with resolutions to be healthier, so this month I plan to bring you some of my favorite tips to support your resolutions — whether that involves having a healthier body, healthier skin or, for this week, healthier hair.

The beginning of January is probably a good time to take a look at how your hair is holding up in the winter months. With a chill in the air, you’re probably more likely to use hot water in the shower and blow dry your hair, leaving it a bit worse for the wear. Hair needs special care, just like your favorite cashmere sweater or silk scarf.

Beautiful woman in bathroomHere are some things to keep in mind:

Shampoo goes on the scalp. Conditioner goes on the ends. You really don’t need to shampoo your whole head, which can strip natural oils from your hair and leave it dull and frizzy. In fact, while oily hair may need to be washed daily, your hair may not need to be washed as often. Find the right balance. Conditioner, while good for the ends of your hair, can weigh down hair if applied all over. But do condition after each wash.

Treat your hair to an egg. Try either mixing an egg with mashed avocado for a 20-minute hydrating mask on wet hair or mixing an egg with a little bit of your shampoo for a quick 5-minute treatment to massage in and wash out. The egg adds protein to your hair. The avocado adds fatty acids.

Let the towel do the work. Try to avoid scrubbing your scalp with the towel to dry your hair. Let it start to dry on its own with a few pats from the towel. Remember, wet hair is more fragile, so styling when it is a bit drier will help.

Avoid tight hairstyles and ponytails. Sure, the ponytail is an easy way to fix your hair, but go for something looser with a cloth-covered fastener to avoid straining and breaking hair. Also, go for the right brush. A natural bristle brush will be gentler on hair and help to distribute natural oils for a better look and healthier hair.

What are your favorite hair care tips and tricks? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.

Here’s to happier, healthier hair!

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New Year’s Eve beauty tips

junge blonde Frau vor SilvesterhintergrundNew Year’s Eve and all of the fun that comes with it is almost upon us, so I wanted to offer up a few beauty tips to help you make it through the night.

  • This year’s emphasis on the natural face look is a good one for a long night, with a focus on clean, moisturized skin and minimal makeup. Less makeup means fewer problems as the night wears on — and easier and quicker touch-ups when needed.
  • Since you’re wearing less makeup, I’d suggest focusing on your eyes and lips. Some mascara and eyeliner on top and bottom to make your eye color pop and a favorite shade of lipstick may be all you need. If you want to brighten eyes a bit more, go for a pale color at the inside corner of the eyelid to wake up those eyes, even when it’s way past midnight.
  • Want to limit the emergency makeup you’re packing in that teeny-tiny purse? Try using your lipstick for both your lips and your cheeks. L’Oreal swears that a creamy pink lipstick can substitute for a bronzer, and you have the added benefit of knowing it works well with your skin tone.
  • Another hint from L’Oreal is to lay out your bobby pins on a papertowel and give them a good coating with hairspray before putting them into your updo. That will keep everything in place for longer.
  • Don’t have blotting papers and you’ve been breaking a sweat dancing? Toilet seat liner paper from the bathroom can do in a pinch, according to the experts over at Cosmopolitan. Anything to dab away the sweat without wiping away your makeup, right?
  • Finally, if you drink adult beverages, limit what you drink and alternate water with alcohol to avoid dehydration and the unpleasant effects that has on your appearance.

Here’s to a happy and beautiful new year!

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