Beauty Secrets of a Screen Legend

For many people, screen legend Marilyn Monroe epitomizes feminine beauty. Although she was naturally beautiful and vivacious, her natural beauty was accentuated by some cosmetic practices that the icon swore by. But what are these practices and can the average woman adapt them to her own beauty regimen? Here are some makeup tips from the screen goddess herself. Never skip sunscreen: The practice of applying sunscreen – which seems obvious to us now – was something that Monroe was passionate about. In fact, Monroe once said, “Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Skin

We all know we have to do it – spring cleaning. It’s that time of the year when we get rid of the clutter around the house, wash the windows, arrange our closets, and perform a hundred other tasks that are involved in this yearly ritual. However, some of us are neglecting to add another task to that list of chores. Some of us are forgetting that as we emerge from the cocoon of winter, it is also necessary to adjust our skincare routine for the season and to do a little dermal spring cleaning. Here are some tips for

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Things that are Not Helping Your Acne – Acne Tips

Certain daily choices can lead to an increase in blemishes.  Here are acne tips to help improve and reduce breakouts. There are many acne treatments on the market that vary in their effectiveness at managing this embarrassing and frustrating skin condition. But selecting just the right acne treatment may not be the biggest obstacle to tackling this difficult condition. Actions that you may be taking yourself may be worsening your acne or at the very least minimizing the effectiveness of the treatments that are effective. So, if you suffer from acne you should be aware that the following things are not

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The Importance of Knowing Your Skin Type

A first and often overlooked component of developing an effective skincare regimen is choosing products that work well with an individual’s skin type. For example, a product designed for people with normal skin – skin that is neither too oily nor dry – is not likely to benefit people with oily, problem skin. This is why it is essential for each individual to know which skin type he/she possesses so that he/she can determine which products will work best. Skin Types  There are basically five different skin types. The manufacturers of skincare products keep this in mind when designing their

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To Clarify or Not to Clarify

It’s hard to make generalizations when it comes to developing a skin care regimen. After all, different people will have different skin types, different skin conditions, etc. That is why the age-old question of whether or not skin clarifying toners are necessary is a little complicated. The first thing to understanding the question – and therefore arriving at an answer – is to look at exactly what a clarifying toner does. What does a clarifying product do? Clarifying toners are designed to tighten up pores, extract excessive oil from the skin, remove dead skin cells and to clear blemishes. They are

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Topic of the Week: Pantone Colors for Spring Make-up

Topic of the Week: Pantone Colors for Spring Makeup The eagerly awaited Colors of the Year from the Pantone Color Report for Spring/Summer 2016 were just announced: a pastel duo Rose Quartz and Serenity! The other shades of the Pantone trend report will play an important part as well – not only in the fields of living and fashion, but also when it comes to hot make-up looks. beautypress presents the most beautiful shades of the Pantone Color Report. Beautiful in Blue Deep as the sea: Snorkel Blue is a fascinating, bright blue shade, whose name already takes us to

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Spring Make-Up Tips

Spring has sprung and is officially here! A time of renewal and blossoming, so what does this mean for me? I must change up my makeup look. I’ve been wearing darker plum colors and smokey eyes with smudgy liner so it is time for a change. I have always loved the bright, fresh looks of spring makeup trends. But what is happening for 2014? I started my “research” by checking out the Pantone 2014 colors, and found Radiant Orchid the color of the year. http://pantone.com/pages/pantone/pantone.aspx?pg=21128&ca=10. This is a beautiful color that looks good on almost every skin tone. I immediately think to try a wash of

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Trend Tracking: Spring/Summer 2013 Trends to Try

Like always, the Spring/Summer 2013 runways were covered with an amazing variety of makeup looks. Each designer had their own inspiration and each makeup look reflected a unique perspective. But from all this chaos came a theme of the contrast between subtle and strong. With this is mind, it’s easy to pull off the runway looks in real life. Play up your favorite feature, and keep the rest of your makeup simple. Check out the top trends from Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week and decide for yourself which trends you want to rock this spring: Bold Brows Strong, angled, and thick

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Trend Tracking: Sheer Lipstick & Tinted Lip Balms

As you have perused the drugstore aisle, flipped through a magazine, or watched the commercials on your favorite TV show you may have run into an advertisement for a new sheer lipstick or tinted lip balm. So what are these products? Why are they so special? And where did they come from anyway? Sheer lipstick and tinted lip balms are both sheer, light products you apply to your lips. They are usually more moisturizing than regular lipsticks, but are less opaque. They are ideal for achieving a natural look during the day time, but usually have less staying power due

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Trend Tracking: BB Creams

As the first post in the “Trend Tracking” series, we’ll be looking at the evolution of BB cream: from its conception to being a full-blown trend. So how did BB cream become so popular? Who came up with the idea in the first place? Keep reading for the answers to those questions and more. Origin: First off, what is a BB cream? BB stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm”. These creams are touted as “miracle creams” because they offer many benefits to the skin. Many BB creams can simultaneously be a moisturizer, sun block, primer, and skin evener while

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Foundation Uncovered (Part 2 of 2)

Below is a table that highlights the several different foundation formulas, what their coverage is, and the types of skin they’re usually best suited for. It is important to note that there are always exceptions to the common characteristics of the foundation types.  As an example, those with dry skin can find that certain powder foundations are actually great options for them. Some powder foundations can be hydrating.  Or, those with oily skin can still use a stick foundation if they chose an oil-free one and set it with a powder. Many foundations are adaptable to your needs. Foundation Type

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Foundation Uncovered (Part 1)

The world of foundation can be mystifying. Matte, satin, whipped, cream-to-powder, compact… it’s almost a foreign language. You have to really be a master of makeup to know what they all mean and how they look when applied to your skin. Fortunately, we have put together a handy guide to help you navigate the rough waters of foundation formulas and finishes (say that three times fast!): First off, we’d like to define some of the terms used when referring to foundation. Coverage: How well the foundation covers any imperfections on your skin. Foundation coverage can be sheer/light, medium, or heavy/full/opaque.

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