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  • Setting the Mood: Romantic Make Up For Valentine's Day


    Soft, pretty make up that’s date-tastic is an absolute must on Cupid’s holiday. Whether you are planning on an intimate dinner for two or a crazy night out, your V-Day face should combine subtle sparkle and warm, sensual colors. Get glowing with golden bronze shimmer and kissable glossy red lips, for a romantic look on Valentine’s Day that will set the mood!

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  • New Year’s Detox: Perfect Your Skin

    Skin can take some abuse during the holiday season. Cosmetics with heavier formulas that contain metallic and glitter pigments can clog up pores. There are also those celebratory glasses of moisture draining champagne, to account for! Reveal new skin for the New Year with a detox program that repairs, hydrates, and protects, featuring a few of our personal beauty faves.

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  • Winter Trends: Jeweled Emerald Eyes

    For lush, vibrant, textural color that glows with depth and dimension, emphasize eyes by layering pearl and shimmer shadows. Jewel tones in opulent shades such as sapphire, amethyst and emerald add color complexity to fall and winter fashions!

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  • The Roaring 20s

    Smoky sophisticated eyes and deeply reddened, wine stained lips…hallmarks of the roaring 20’s party IT girl, when fashion took women in an entirely new direction! Whether you are dressing up as a flapper for Halloween, or just want to create a sultry date night look, this is a feminine option focusing on rich jewel tones. The perfect palette for fall!

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  • Creative Costuming For Halloween: Mermaid Muse

    Still seeking a great Halloween look? From a fierce feline Jungle Cat to a sweet Harlequin Doll, the VL team has you covered. Now here’s a beautiful violet shaded mermaid in all her muse-y glory!

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  • Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

    Creative cosmetic magic continues as the VL team helps you get dressed for Halloween! We’ve shown you how to turn yourself into a fierce feline, next up is a sweetly unique Harlequin Doll. It’s a pretty party option that’s both feminine and fun!

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  • Simple Costuming For Halloween: Feline Jungle Cat

    The right makeup can make or break a costume, so this Halloween why not try a little creative cosmetic magic? Transform your face into a feline jungle cat, ready to pounce on your party night prey!

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  • Grooming Tips For Men

    Although as women we may envy the male population for being able to ‘roll out of bed’ and go, sometimes, guys need a little cosmetic help too. Good grooming habits don’t come naturally, a lesson that teenage girls learn quickly! Boys don’t necessarily go through the same life stages, so as an adult, your man may need some advice from the experts.

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  • Contour + Highlight Duo

    The quickie route to a sculpted look is finally here! VL’s new Contour + Highlight Duo Stylo features a distinctively creamy, easily blendable formula that sets to a powder finish. The pencil applicator allows for maximum control and works to define features for a subtly sculpted face that’s flawless. A multi-function contour and highlighter, you can effortlessly create natural definition with this dRead More

  • Strobing

    What’s the hottest current beauty trend? Fresh, dewy, glowing skin that radiates youth and vibrancy! It’s called strobing and it’s the more evolved cousin of contouring, the technique traditionally used to sculpt and add dimension to facial features. Instead of carving out areas with matte shading, strobing uses highlighter only in spots that catch the light naturally, like your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose.

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  • Wedding Makeup for Darker Skin Tones

    Beautiful you begins with the perfect look for the perfect day…a bride’s makeup should simply enhance her natural, happy glow! It’s important to choose the right products for your coloring, so if your skin falls on the darker side of the spectrum, you’ll want to avoid certain pastels and overly harsh brights. Anything too light can appear ashy in photos, while intense shades can be too severe.

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  • Fake Your Freckles

    Change up your summer makeup routine by adding a freckle here and there! Whether you want to define your natural freckles after foundation application, or you want to sprinkle on a few just for fun, we’ll show you how to create cute freckles that look completely natural on the skin.

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  • SUMMER Collection 2015: Modern Pop!

    Summer products should be versatile and focus entirely on enhancing summer skin. It’s time to shift to products that are lighter weight to nurture a moisture rich, dewy appearance! Your beauty routine should be simplified in these warmer months; you’ll just want to create a quick glow with a series of sheer formulas that build color and coverage according to your specific needs.

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    Summer skin truly shines when choosing beautiful, rich browns that work exceptionally well with bronzer (and warmer colors in general!). Although we tend to think of darker shades like cocoa and malt as trends for the fall and winter seasons, a shimmery monochromatic look updates your current concept of boring brown!

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  • Prom Look 2 - Bright Lips

    First comes the dress, next up is cosmetic strategy! The VL pro’s have created two looks for the big dance; we’ve already shown you how to create a luxe shimmering eye. Now we focus on the lip!

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  • Prom Look 1

    First comes the dress, next up is cosmetic strategy! Practicing your prom perfect face in advance is important so that you know exactly what look you will be going for on the night of the event. Choose your make up based upon the mood that your fashion statement evokes. Diaphanous silk chiffon ruffles pairs nicely with a softly romantic style, whereas a dramatic black dress can handle graphic or smoky make up looks. Be true to your own taste and you’ll be the belle of the ball no matter what you wear!

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  • Spring 2015 - Makeup Look 3

    Our Spring 2015 Collection tutorial continues, with another amazing look inspired by our new products! We are giving you all sorts of creative ideas, from 3-minute make up to brightening up winter weary skin with a subtle bronze spark! Let the VL prRead More

  • Travel Beauty Guide: Tips For Looking Fresh On Long-Haul Flights

    Long haul flights are extremely rough on the body. Constant exposure hour after hour to recycled air with a low humidity content causes dehydration, leaving skin drab and starved for moisture. A sedentary position restricts the flow of blood and oxygen making you lethargic and can often result in puffiness from water retention. Add a lack of sleep to the mix and you have a recipe for beauty disaster!

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  • Spring 2015 - Makeup Look 2

    Our Spring 2015 Collection tutorial continues, with another amazing look inspired by our new products! We are giving you all sorts of creative ideas, from 3-minute make up to learning how one product can be worn many ways, let the VL professionals take you on a cosmetic tour of spring.

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  • Spring 2015 - Makeup Look 1

    The Canonical Collection

    Reimagine beauty this spring with Vincent Longo Cosmetics’ Canonical Collection. Rooted in the Renaissance, this collection of versatile color palettes and enlightened formulas inspires the artist within. Eyes glisten with rich, dimensional color in warm linen, silky fawn and golden obsidian. Cheeks glow with an easy one step application of highlight and lowlight in peony pink, sun-washed coral and soft bronze. Lips gleam in shades of ripe raspberry, crystalline nude and burRead More

  • How To Fix Your Broken Eyeshadow

    Everyone has experienced that “uh oh” moment when a brand new eyeshadow compact hits the floor, leaving you with a sad puzzle of cracked powder pieces to contend with. Fear not! There’s no need to trash it, because with just a few steps you can repair and reuse the remaining product.

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  • Bombshell Makeup Made Easy!

    Be a bombshell with little effort! By using a classic combination of just three colors, you can build a smoky-eyed look worthy of vixen status! Create balance with neutrals for the remainder of your features, a peachy nude lip and subdued cheek highlight without competing.

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  • The Makeup at Fashion Week - Creating the Look

    Fashion Week begins long before the big event! Behind the scenes designers are working on their collections in the previous season, ensuring that all key elements of presentation are in place. Once the shows are scheduled, designers partner with makeup artists, hairstylists and nail technicians to construct a look that enhances the vision and feel of the line.

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  • The Modern Fashionista’s Guide to Going Grunge

    Yes, grunge is back! Only this time around, the look is modernized, leaving the haphazard scruffiness way back in the 90’s where it belongs. Instead, reinterpret just the essence of grunge – a smudgy, sexy, slept in eye that appears unintentional, with a deep lip that doesn’t budge. Grab those ripped jeans and a plaid flannel from the back of your closet, and you’ll be officially grunged out!

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  • V-Day Date Night Look 2: Soft Smoky Seductress

    Whether you want to smolder or shimmer on Valentine’s Day, we have you covered with 2 great looks for creating romance on the most important date night of the year!

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  • V-Day Date Night Look 1: The Gilded Peach

    It’s time to formulate your cosmetic plan of attack for the most important date night of the year!

    Whether you want to smolder or shimmer, we have you covered with 2 great looks for creating romance on Valentine’s Day. This first look, a sparkling combo of peach and gold for a subtle glow. The next? A softly smoky look, for those seeking a little sexy!

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  • Winter Ready Make Up: The Ice Princess

    Channel your inner ice princess with a fantasy make up look that embraces cold fusion! With a combination of pale yet pearly colors, you can create a winter wonderful face that glows.

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  • Trends You Need To Know: Dark Romance

    Dusky florals have been ruling the runway, taking the traditional femininity of big blooms into darker realms. Deep shades of plum, navy, black, charcoal and chocolate feel less like spring…think more along the lines of a mystical winter garden!

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  • Supercharge Your Look: The Modern Pin-Up

    Modernize the traditional ‘pinup girl’ look with a dramatic pop art color statement. You can choose whether to elongate, angle or tilt the shadow shape to best emphasize your facial features. Outlining the shape on the eye before adding powder helps to manage the application process easily, for mistake-proof results at home!

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  • Glowing Dewy Skin

    The Essential Steps For Glowing Dewy Skin

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  • Monochromatic Looks

    Monochromatic makeup can be difficult to pull off when taken too literally; cosmetic overkill can easily happen when using one shade to highlight every feature. By pairing different hues within the same color family in a multitude of textures and finishes, you can amplify the base color yet create a wearable look.

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  • How To Cut The Crease

    The cut crease is a new way to add sophisticated drama; depth along the natural arc of the eye is emphasized for stylish impact. It is a little more polished than a smoky look, but has the same effect of drawing everyone’s attention upwards to your beautiful eyes!

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  • A Metal Moment

    Creating a wearable version of the look at Rodarte’s Fall 2014 Show

    The metallic color spectrum is having more than fifteen minutes of fame; this trend now stands strong from season to season. The holidays provide an excellent excuse to go all out, with make up that’s creative and more high fashion driven. This is the perfect moment to experiment with metal shine!

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  • How To Create 5 Minute Holiday Make Up In 5 Easy Steps

    A few extra moments worth of time can be tough to come by while you're navigating the festive frenzy of the holiday season! That's why we've broken this seasonally appropriate makeup look down into a lightning quick tutorial with five simple steps delivering you directly to cosmetics success!

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  • Holiday Makeup Look #3

    Smoky, sultry eyes draw attention with the ideal blending of multiple dark shades. From a deep rosy-toned bronze to malty chocolate, color combining adds depth and dimension to the eye. Continuing (Holiday Makeup Look #1, Holiday Makeup Look #2 Blog our series on make up for the many celebrationsRead More

  • Holiday Makeup Look #2

    A golden glow with a pop of red on the lip brings a traditional holiday color theme to life; continuing our series on make up for the many celebrations coming your way this season, here’s another holiday perfect party look!

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  • Holiday Look 1 - Soft Shimmering Eye with Berry Lip

    Holiday parties demand a cosmetic plan of attack! A work related function calls for soft makeup that emphasizes without being overly dramatic, while a glamorous cocktail party gives you an excuse to go all out with smoky, sexy eyes. The VL artistry team has you covered with holiday looks for all occasions, so tune in over the few weeks as we show you how to create multiple holiday looks that can be tailored to match the many celebrations coming your way!

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  • Makeup For Headshots

    A headshot is usually the first, and sometimes the only chance you have to make an impression. You’ll want to hide imperfections from the camera’s flash while adding effective cosmetic enhancement, for a professional photo that gets you noticed!

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  • Contour: Sculpting The Face

    If nature did not supply the full, lush lips of your dreams, or cheekbones that could cut through glass...defy reality with a few tips from the professional makeup artists here at Vincent Longo!

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  • BEAUTY BASICS: Perfect Canvas for Flawless Skin

    Basic beauty begins with flawless skin, but only the very lucky few have nothing to hide! The rest of us must craft the ideal facade, but covering up imperfections can be tricky; a thick layer of make up can emphasize instead of disguising. Water Canvas Foundation is the first step to creating an even, smooth canvas, while targeting concealer formulations to a specific zone will allow you to properly addRead More

  • No Makeup Makeup

    Calvin Klein said it best, "The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural." With a little cosmetic tweaking, you can easily achieve a no-make up look that is naturally beautiful. Flawless skin speaks for itself!

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  • Costume Beauty: Mod Makeup

    Be one of the beautiful people with a totally mod, be there or be square look! From the popular look of 1960’s model Twiggy to Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, ‘it’ girls were big eyed, with a fabulous glamour that works just as beautifully now as it did back then.

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  • Homecoming Look 2

    Focus on the eye for a sultry look that will get you noticed! A smoldering shade of purple complements every eye color, highlighting brown, blue and green eyes with a contrasting shock of shadow.

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    Homecoming Looks: Wine Drenched Lips & Sheer Shimmer Eye

    It’s easy to create the ultimate glamour girl glow for the dance! A bold wine lip is on trend this season, giving lips dark drenched drama. Pair it up with a gentle version of the classic winged liner and pearly shadow for a pin up look that’s soft, feminine and sexy!

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  • How To Fake A Good Night's Sleep

    Beauty sleep; necessary but often elusive! Whether it’s work or play that keeps you up too late, you’ll want to appear refreshed the morning after. You can still look great even without those requisite 8-hours of rest, it just takes a few tricks from our VL team of makeup professionals.

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  • Goth Gorgeous

    Whether you are going Goth gorgeous this year for Halloween or just want to make a statement, learn how to pull off the Gothic look without looking like the walking dead.  Think less zombie, and more avant-garde!

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  • Bleached Out Face

    It’s not the natural look, it’s a deliberate washing of color from the face, instead focusing on contouring to emphasize your features. Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2014 show mastered the subtle bleach out with a series of models in super neutrals, creating the ultimate nude color palette.

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  • Preparing Skin for Makeup Application

    To achieve a look that stays put all day long, start with smooth dry skin that has been properly prepped! With just a few easy steps, you can ensure that the makeup you apply in the morning wears better, giving your face a fresh, vibrant glow that lasts until you take it off.

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  • Makeup for a Job Interview

    Makeup for a Job interview - Clean and Professional Look

    The key to looking great on an interview is soft makeup that looks polished and professional. You’ll want to look your best and accentuate facial features without overtly distracting. Ace that interview with cosmetic confidence!

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  • Controlling Oily Skin

    Here are a Few Vincent Longo Cosmetics Skincare and Makeup Tips to Help Control Oily Skin.

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  • No Surgery Nose Job

    Is your nose a little long? A bit wide? Everyone wants perfection but surgery is a big move for more extreme cases, and it’s easy to reshape and balance minor issues without surgery! Let the pro’s here at VL guide you through a few quick steps to contour your nose in no time.

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  • Makeup Mishaps

    Makeup Mishaps - Beauty no-no’ could happen to you!

    Makeup mishaps happen to the best of us, but with the right tools you can fix yourself up easily! From streaky foundation to uneven eyeliner, we have a solution for every cosmetic woe.

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  • Camouflaging Too Much Sun: How to deal and how to conceal!

    Unfortunately sunshine is the ultimate enemy of your skin and you must constantly play defense. Applying a daily moisturizing sunscreen is an important step in fighting the aging process. Occasionally, a burn may happen, even to the most sun-careful, but treating and concealing have to be handled with caution. You don’t want to further aggravate the surface of your skin.

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  • Beach Looks

    A beautiful day at the beach includes beautiful you, looking your absolute summer best with long wearing, sweat-proof, barely there makeup that works with, rather against, the beachy heat! You’ll want to be pretty without appearing overdone, nor does a sun goddess wish to worry about her makeup running down her face all day.

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  • Work Appropriate Makeup

    Work appropriate makeup needs to be polished and professional for meetings, but also should withstand a long day at the office. A clean, natural look applied with a light touch is the best strategy, avoid false lashes, glitter or anything too bright or dramatic. It will only appear overdone!Read More

  • Makeup Care and Storage

    You’ll want to protect your cosmetic investments by always taking good care of what you buy – makeup is particularly sensitive to environmental factors!

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  • Bridal Makeup Look #2

    Soft sand, crashing waves, bright blue skies as far as the eye can see…destination weddings make for a memorable experience for not only the bride and groom; a beachside party feels like a vacation for everyone!

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  • Bridal Makeup Look #1

    It’s your big day! You’ve met the yin to your yang, the invites are mailed, flowers arranged, cake tasted and D.J. tested, so now it’s time to focus on your personal bridal style!

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  • Makeup Touch Up Tips

    Heading directly out for dinner or drinks after work? After a long day at the office, your make up could probably use a little refreshing. Or maybe it’s a date and you want to add evening drama? Let the VL experts guide you along the touch up trail!

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  • Classic Makeup Looks

    Timeless make up focuses on the basics of beauty, it begins with even skin that appears clean, yet flawless. Cosmetic colors should remain neutral, highlighting your eyes and lips with understated tones.

    Enhance your natural facial features and create symmetry to achieve a truly classic look that transcends time.

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  • Date Night Makeup

    Date night make up should be flawless yet appear effortless, you’ll just want to emphasize your own natural beauty. Playing up the up the lips or eyes is always a good bet, and something kiss-proof is a must!

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  • The Brush Up

    Having a handful of key brushes is essential to expert makeup application. Good brushes have the skills designed within so the user can focus on technique. You’ll want to build n arsenal of cosmetic tools so that’s you always have the right brush for the job!

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  • Color Theory

    Follow the color theory rules or break them! When it comes to cosmetics, you can apply shades that would not naturally work together to create a beautiful effect. Makeup should be expressive and sometimes you’ll want something pretty but powerful!

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  • Vacation Makeup Look For Colder Climate

    Packing your makeup bag for a vacation begins with the road taken! Your destination dictates cosmetic need based on everything from the heat index to your activity roster.

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  • Vacation Look For Sunny Climate

    Packing your makeup bag for a vacation begins with the road taken! Your destination dictates cosmetic need based on everything from the heat index to your activity roster.

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  • Golden Glow Tutorial for Darker Skin Tones

    Darker skins sometimes require special attention to get that golden goddess glow. Sheer shades can be underwhelming, and pale colors can often appear too frosty on darker colored skin tones.

    Focus on richer shades that complement your features, while pumping up the color quotient with high-octane shimmer that both highlights and celebrates your natural beauty!

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  • Tattoo Cover Up

    Whether it’s Easter Sunday or Grandma’s big birthday party, there are some occasions when your fabulous body art may require covering up! Planning on a gorgeous strapless gown for your next event? Sorry, but that dolphin on your shoulder isn’t really red carpet worthy.

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  • Summer Bronze

    The trick to making your golden glow last is to create multiple layers of color. This two-part process starts with a cream or liquid based bronzer, and follows it up with a powder formulation. For a bronzed effect that outlasts even humid summer days, just follow these tips from the Vincent Longo team!

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  • Highlighting

    When contouring techniques are partnered with highlighting, you are able to reshape the face without surgery. Highlighting is a make up artistry method that utilizes a brightener to make that area more pronounced, drawing attention to a feature. In contrast, contouring relies upon a darker tone to shade any given area, thus reducing the physical impact of that feature. Unfortunately, a summer tan can have the same overall effect, flatting the hills and valleys of your facial structure.

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  • Tricks of the Makeup Trade

    The pros have lots of tips and tricks they have learned along the way, and in the event of a make up emergency, they know exactly what to do. You just need a backstage pass to see what goes on behind the scenes!

    Hack your own cosmetics case and learn how to handle dried out mascara, make lipstick last, or transform any eyeliner into a smooth gel. In a pinch, you’ll now have the same beauty weapons at your disposal.

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  • Summer Stay True Makeup

    Summer heat and humidity can degrade morning make up, leaving your face with an uneven application as the day wears on. The key is to apply long lasting products that are made to survive even in extreme conditions.

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  • Day to Night Make Up

    That natural look that you love all day long can often be a little too subtle for an outrageous night out. Whether it’s a special occasion or a big date, you’ll want to add a little sparkle to transition your makeup from daytime basic to evening glam!

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  • 5 Minute Face

    You are running late. You are on vacation. Sunday brunch. There are so many occasions that call for a ‘quickie,’ but you still want your face to appear polished and pretty…what to do?

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  • Brilliant Winter Skincare Strategies For Oily and Dry Skin

    Winter skincare centers on hydration day and night. Cold sweeping winds can zap your face of softness and vitality, but every skin type has a specific need. When the sun is up, you’ll need to nourish and protect exposed areas. Your morning beauty routine should begin with a mild cleanser that won’t aggravate wind bruised skin, then a toner should follow to exfoliate any flaky cells lingering on the surface (that can lead to patchy dryness and breakouts!). Any daytime moisturizer should include an SPF that fights against UVA and UVB rays.Read More

  • Flawless Legs

    The season for shorts is right around the corner, but winter white legs haven’t had enough time to get that golden glow.












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  • Glowing Skin

    The first step in creating a beautiful you is to begin with a canvas of soft and smooth skin so that cosmetics can enhance your features, rather than just hiding flaws. The basics to glowing skin are surprisingly easy to master. Clean effectively, exfoliate regularly, hydrate and treat.Read More