(BPT) - Whether you're looking to enhance your daily beauty routine or for tips to add glam to your style for an upcoming special occasion, Hollywood's red carpet is the best source for trends and inspiration.
Fortunately, many of today's hottest looks are easy to create at home. Celebrity makeup artist Matin Maulawizada has tips to help you recreate your favorite red carpet looks in less time than you'd think.
1. Get glowing with toner
Celebrities always seem to have a special "glow" on the red carpet with dewy, fresh skin. This effect is intentional and it all starts with proper hydration.
To achieve luminous skin, Matin starts by spraying the face with a toner or rose water to balance the skin. He likes to pair this glowing look with dramatic eyes and a soft pink lip.
2. Apply foundation
Get flawless skin thanks to perfectly blended foundation. For better application, Matin's quick tip is to always warm the foundation first.
"To get a sheer wash of foundation, I warm the foundation up in my hands before evenly distributing it on the brush and then I wipe the excess off the back of my hand," he says. "This helps it blend seamlessly into the skin."
3. Prime the lips
Whether you're going for a nude lip or a bold hue, oftentimes, all eyes are on the perfect pout. Before applying any product to the lips, it's important to ensure they are prepped and smooth. Matin starts with ChapStick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub to gently exfoliate the lips and remove any dead skin cells.
"I love this scrub because it is made from naturally sourced ingredients, including sugar crystals, maracuja and coconut oils, shea butter and vitamin E," he says. "It leaves the lips soft and smooth and turns them into a perfect canvas for any other products I will apply."
4. Swap lip liner for concealer
Matin recommends shaping the lip line with concealer rather than a lip liner to add definition. Contouring around the lip creates a natural-looking full pout. The bonus is that it prevents any color from bleeding, just as a liner would.
5. Bring out your natural beauty
Tinted lip balms are great for a beautiful, subtle lip. Matin's go-to is ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint because it adds a hint of color to enhance the lips' natural color, while providing moisturizing benefits the lips need. It's currently available in three shades - Rose Petal, Merlot and Coral Blush - so there is a tint for any occasion.
"Tinted lip balms are perfect for creating a naturally beautiful lip look," says Matin. "Not only do they provide alluring color to the lips, but it is also easy to maintain throughout the night."
6. Use soft shades for a dramatic eye
One of Matin's favorite trends seen on this year's red carpets is the pairing of a sheer lip and strong eye. This classic look is ideal for any age because it lets your true beauty shine while drawing the focus to the eyes. Matin recommends using a lighter pencil to get started and then smudging with a brush. You can use a powder shadow to fill in space and add definition.
"For a dramatic eye, start with softer shades until you get the hang of it," he says. "Use beige, taupe or grey to get a smoky effect that adds depth and drama."
With these simple tips, anyone can recreate popular trends and add some glam to their daily look. You may not be walking down a red carpet, but you're sure to get noticed and feel beautiful. For more information on Matin's favorite lip products, visit www.chapstick.com.
Your beauty routine's dirty little secrets and what small steps you can do to improve your regimen(BPT) - Whether you are heading to a backyard barbeque or a summer soiree, a healthy, glowing complexion is the best accessory this summer. Everyone knows the drill about proper skin cleansing and moisturizing regimens, however, many women are interfering with their skin health by not taking the same care when it comes to their beauty products.
“Keeping skin looking radiant is no small feat,” says Stacey Ramstedt, senior director of marketing at Paris Presents Incorporated, a global leader in beauty products and personal care accessories. “Women are careful about the makeup and products they use on their skin, but overlook the importance of maintaining those products for optimal use and skin health.”
Are you guilty of these dirty secrets?
Mistake 1: Never washing makeup brushes
A whopping 43 percent of makeup brush users report they never wash their makeup brushes, according to a 2014 quantitative online survey among 212 makeup brush users. Brushes not only collect makeup residue, but they also hold dirt, oil and other impurities. A regular maintenance routine ensures brushes are clean when they touch your skin, plus it boosts brush performance and integrity so they last longer.
Cleaning makeup brushes does not have to be a time-consuming chore. For daily cleaning and quick color changes, try EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths. They help keep your brushes fresh and conditioned. For a weekly deeper clean, use EcoTools Makeup Brush Shampoo to get your brushes back to new. Both are made from plant-based ingredients and are dermatologist tested so they are safe for sensitive skin.
Mistake 2: Using expired makeup
Similar to the kale salad you had for lunch, your makeup comes with an expiration date. While it may not give a specific “use by” date, the general rule is to replace mascara and eyeliners every three months, liquid foundation every six months and powder eyeshadow every two years. We all struggle with letting go, with 89 percent of women hanging on to makeup just in case they need it later, according to a Stowaway Cosmetics survey. Which means at best makeup will be poor-performing, and at worst, it can bring bacteria to the skin and eyes, causing irritation.
Keep in mind, the more often you use the product, especially with your fingers, the more often you should replace it.
Mistake 3: Relying on products to include your sun protection
It is no secret that sunscreen helps maintain skin health. By blocking dangerous ultraviolet rays, sunscreen is a key tool to protect the skin against cancer and premature aging. Recognizing the benefits, most face lotions and products on the market today include a sunscreen ingredient. But be cautious, similar to the products in your makeup bag, sunscreens do not last forever and should be replenished.
While sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years, according to the Mayo Clinic, the sunscreen ingredients in your favorite face products may not last as long. In fact, facial moisturizers and serums should be tossed after six months to a year. Be on the lookout for PAO (Period After Opening) notations on new products or look for a number followed by an M to tell you how many months after opening the product should be tossed. To be safe, be sure to use an oil-free high SPF face sunscreen after your moisturizer to provide any extra level of protection all summer long.
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