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Featured Skin Tip of the Week

Don’t Touch Your Face

Paws Off That Fab Face.

You use your hands to touch everything…your phone, keyboard, handrails, others people’s hands, desktops and kitchen counters…everything. Transferring all those microbes to your face increases your risk of sickness and acne, and could trigger a contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis (eczema) or allergic flare-up if you happen to have touched allergens that you’re sensitive to.

Touching your face could make it more tempting to pick at pimples, too, which can lead to further infection, more acne, and scarring.

Got a habit of resting your face on your hands or fingers while at the computer, reading, listening to a lecture or watching a movie? You may not realize that you’re pulling or pushing your skin in different directions, straining its elasticity more than usual and making your anti-aging cream work harder than it has to.

Use your hands to wash your face and apply skincare…then leave your face alone. And, keep a non-drying hand sanitizer, uh, handy at all times to lessen the chances of infection (TIP: our Id and Kid Gloves Monolaurin Gels double as pimple-fighting anti-inflammatories for “acnemergencies!”)

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Beauty Healthy Living Skin Tip of the Week

Top 40 Skin, Makeup, Health & Happiness Tips!

Pause, please. 

40 years of published and awarded research on skin, hypoallergenicity, and clinically-effective care has led us more and more to this fact: what affects the skin is far more than what is applied on it.

Science is showing just how interdependent — how linked — all aspects of our health are. The care of skin cannot be separated from what we eat, how often we exercise, underlying health conditions, and how well we sleep and manage stress.

It’s time to pause, review, and share some of the most proven ways to care for all aspects of health — skin, body, and mind.

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Tip of the Week

My Happiness Inventory of 5

Happiness. Peace. Joy. Whatever name fits best, I have a checklist for it.

How I came to it in a nutshell: I got tired of studying “issues.” I’d talked mine to death and I still felt ineffective, stuck, and vulnerable. I then met survivors of harrowing situations (typhoons Ketsana and Haiyan, political prisoners and more) whose unbowed — truly positive  — spirits inspired me, humbled me, and kicked my butt into gear: enough with the talking and analyzing, said my newly sore behind…study happiness, you goof.

I’ll add here that I have an autoinflammatory condition. When someone around me is sick, I get sick…which isn’t uncommon. But while most people might have an inflammatory reaction to fight off the bugs then go back to normal, my inflammation keeps going. And going. I was getting sick every month and a half and each bout lasted 2-4 weeks. Sick was my new normal. While my flare-ups aren’t so debilitating, chronic inflammation is never a good thing and stress is closely linked to inflammation, as is depression. I’m in a great study at the NIH and getting the best care for it but I need to do my part, too. Getting my mind balanced and happy was as much a matter of emotion and mood, good parenting, and success, as it was about my physical health. I have two young children. It’s important to me that they see their mom run a business, run her home, and run around with them — up, peppy, positive and strong. I am committed to giving them good values — among them, kindness and empathy, a love of books, hard work, stick-to-it-ive-ness, and health….which includes happiness. For my brain, for my body, and for my family, I needed to get happy.

This is true for everybody’s health in general, by the way. Several strong studies link happiness with physical health — everything from a reduced chance of a heart attack to being able to fight off infection better. In skin, the link is well-known and instantly visible. Acne, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and eczema are just a few of the many inflammatory skin conditions triggered by stress. And while anecdotal, I’d argue everyone notices the special glow that truly happy, peaceful, centered people radiate. We can promote vibrancy with a treatment that rapidly renews skin cells and faux a sun-kissed glow with a great bronzer, but the radiance from deep-within joy just doesn’t come in a tube or bottle.

I am spiritual, disciplined, and a thinker, and have done lots to try to calm and better myself. But this time, I wanted something stickier and…sneakier: reliable, tangible practices that could “trick” my brain into positivity when I’d lost that battle with my mind and spirit. I wanted simple tools that “stuck,” that changed my brain’s wiring, and that yielded consistently reliable, replicable results. I arrived at these five. I am no doctor or otherwise qualified professional. I’ve found tools that have helped me and I believe goodness begets goodness, so I thought I’d share them.

This is my list:

  1. Gratitude Journal;
  2. Daily Exercise;
  3. Strict Schedule (Deliberate Practice);
  4. Want What You Have;
  5. Be In The Now.

I call it my happiness inventory as much as my checklist.  Like a checklist, it is an itemization of things I must do. But it is also a gauge of whether or not my “supplies” are well stocked. If I’m feeling off — down or anxious —I’ll review it and will find I’ve probably been less good about one or another item. My “supply” of, say, being strict about my schedule, is low. I’ll “stock up” there and, with consistency, return to balance.

The change was profound without my noticing. I began to sleep easily and peacefully, for an entire 8 hours — a new experience for me. One day about three months into the gratitude journal, I got news that should have sent me spiraling. Instead, I went, “hmmm, that sucks.” And that was that. I remember sitting up with a start, thinking, why am I not freaking out? Is this it? Have I gone off the deep end? Will this knock me to the ground in a day or two? Instead, it barely registered. I knew the problem was there and went about fixing it. But I was…fine. Like, water-off-a-duck’s-back fine. And all this okay-ness just kept going. It’s not like my life turned into a garden of magical butterflies sprinkling fairy pollen onto my head either. Crap still happened…it just didn’t derail me. If it was big crap, I could see what had to be done and get to doing it — I could see the turd instead of stepping in it, if you know what I mean. Now, when I feel on the edge of something bad, my list helps me see the ick as yet outside of me. It gives me solid ground to keep me from falling, and tangible footholds for climbing back out should I slip. And when something bad does happen, I’m able to buy myself some distance, to just observe it for a few seconds, so that I can calm myself and craft a healthier response.

“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide,” says the sign at the end of the hallway in our cottage at the beach. I’d always loved that message and believe in the phenomenal power of hope. But I’ve also learned that high tides don’t solve everything and that the lowest ebb does reveal ancient shells and cool crabs and beautiful starfish. There is always happiness, high tide or low, in any season. One need only remember to choose it and remember that it is a skill, and like any skill, it needs to be practiced.

 

How do you stay happy?


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Laura is the CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics and eldest daughter of our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist. She has two children, Madison and Gavin, and works at VMV with her sister and husband (Madison and Gavin frequently volunteer their “usage testing” services). In addition to saving the world’s skin, Laura is passionate about learning, literature, art, health, science, inclusion, cultural theory, human rights, happiness and goodness.

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Tip of the Week

Ultra-Simple Makeup Looks For Any Party!

Makeup trends turn with the seasons. But here are 3 looks perfect for any festive occasion that work every holiday season. They’re also incredibly easy to achieve, giving us less time in front of the mirror and more time celebrating with family and friends!

1. Red Wine Glow

The “no makeup” look is always popular, especially when set off with a dramatic lip. Spot conceal imperfections and even out your skin tone as lightly as possible. Try Skin-The-Bluff Concealer in you tone, but also try green Red Alert to cancel out redness, and yellow No More Blues for dark under-eye circles or hyperpigmentations. If you need more of a finish that still gives the look of bare skin, try Skintangible “BBBB” Cream.

Use the warmth of your fingers to blend the product seamlessly. Leave your contour powder in your makeup pouch and use a highlighter such as Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Stick in Luminous to add definition to your cheekbones.

Add color to this base with a bold lip. Wine-colored lips with an “undone” finish impart a very sensual pout inspired by Korean makeup trends. Dab concealer or foundation around the lip area to even out the skin. Grab your favorite deep red lipstick and first apply color onto the middle of your mouth then use a brush or your fingers to spread it outward until you achieve a gradation of red. I used Subtle Shine Lipstick in Rosette.

2. Warm n’ Peachy

Ditch those bronzers til spring! Use peach tones to warm up your skin instead. For a healthy, dewy-looking finish, your secret weapon is a crème blush. Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Sticks in Bellini and Georgia are a perfect mix not only for the cheeks but also for the eyes as a crème eyeshadow!

Draw a C from your temple down to your cheek with Bellini and dab Georgia on the apple of your cheek to add more dimension to the color. Take a foundation brush and blend the product into your skin. Match with a light peach Lip Gloss such as Smack which makes this look perfect for everyday.

3. Rockstar Eyes

Smoky eyes always make an appearance during Fall and Winter. Heavy black shadow reminiscent of the the rock era is perfect for nights out and never fails to give that glamorous vibe. Using a stiff bristle brush, gently deposit the Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Rockstar close to your lash line and slowly blend it outward to the crease of the eye. To finish up, use the same shadow to rim the lower lash line. Complement these intense eyes with Sheer Lip Tint in Bubblegum. Final tip: add just a dab of Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Blush Stick in Pant to cheeks for a very pretty winter flush that’s the right subtle warmth for this powerful look.


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Yciar is a makeup artist and jewelry designer who’s all about family, adventure, and keeping it simple — her philosophy is “makeup does not have to be complicated.”  Follow her on instagram to be inspired!

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Beauty Tip of the Week

Instantly Expand Your Lip Wardrobe & Lift Your Mood with Colorblocking!

Try this brilliant way to put pep in your step: colorblock bold lips with spring accessories!

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I was getting crafty with my new earrings, trying to match them to lipstick — and loved Copa & Fifi! – Jess Arnaudin

 

Definition: col·or block /kələr -bläk/ Colorblocking, is a method of wearing multiple solid colors in a look. The outfit or look inspiration revolves around a palette of two or more colors, usually in bold and bright shades.

After a long winter of wool scarves and black down coats, we’re craving fresh, juicy spring hues! In lieu of precisely matching lipstick to spring accessories, opt instead to colorblock by layering bright (slightly contrasting) shades. This allows for tons of creativity and a wealth of color combinations!

Here are Pantone swatches of some of my favorite two-toned beauty trends:

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Red & Fuchsia

Try: Velvet Matte Lipstick in Light My Fire and Fifi or Copa

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Red & Fuchsia: Light My Fire with Fifi or Copa

Coral & Strawberry Ice

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Coral & Strawberry Ice: Giddy with Strawberry Fields or Tutu

Try: Subtle Shine Lipstick in Giddy and Strawberry Fields or Tutu

Lilac & Tangerine

Lilac & Tangerine: Bikini Machine with Beach Bunny or Melonade
Lilac & Tangerine: Bikini Machine with Beach Bunny or Melonade

Try: Velvet Matte Lipstick in Bikini Machine and Subtle Shine Lipstick in Beach Bunny or Sheer Lip Tint in Melonade

And as always, my favorite beauty “rule” is to have fun!

 

Follow makeup maven and good-living guru Jess Arnaudin now on Instagram for more makeup, skin and health tips!

What are your favorite color combos? Show us on Instagram! Hashtag your hypoallergenic colorblocking adventures and don’t forget to tag us at VMVHypoallergenics!

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Press Tip of the Week

VMV Moisturizer Tip – Byrdie

Our very own founder shares skincare tips No. 9 and No. 11 in “25 Skincare Tips Dermatologists Know (That You Don’t)” #skinthusiasm #SavingTheWorldsSkin — “Moisturizers help our skin barrier by providing lipids, protecting from external chemicals, and providing water to our sometimes parched skin. My all-time favorite moisturizer is of course virgin coconut oil.”

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Skin Tip of the Week

Summer Skin Tips: Sunscreen & Bumps

Many acne-prone people who live in very hot, humid, tropical climates wish they could skip the sunscreen to prevent major breakouts. It’s not an option, however: choose the right sunscreen to prevent bumps but don’t ever skip the sunscreen. Skin cancer is a real risk for all ages and all skin tones.

Alex Goldyn is a diving instructor and has to deal with many hours of powerful sun exposure, plus water glare and stifling heat and humidity. In the summer, the stakes are raised significantly.

Alex swears by mineral Armada Post-Procedure Barrier Cream 50+: “Great coverage against strong tropical sun, makes the complexion glow, doesn’t make my skin sticky or oily, great pimple cure and prevention. The best.” What does she change in the summer? “Nothing! After trying tons of products VMV is my dream solution :)”

Chemical sunscreens — more properly called “organic” (we know, the terminology can be confusing) — are usually lighter in feel and absorb into the skin. Physical or mineral (“inorganic”) sunscreens — titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — are great options for people who: are sensitive to organic sunscreens, are photosensitive (tend to get very red when exposed to sun or light), spend lots of time outdoors in extreme conditions, or have very sensitive or bump-prone skin.

Acne from sunscreens can certainly occur: cosmetic acne can be caused by ingredients that are comedogenic (clog the pores). But did you know that bumps from sunscreens may not even be real acne but transient acne-like lesions? If you fall in the latter group, a mineral sunscreen can help. But to be safe, make sure it’s non-comedogenic, too.

For more on why sunscreens can be such a “bumpy” issue: see Sun+Light Skintelligence: Can Sunscreen Cause Bumps/Acne?

For more real-user tips on skin care that works with your sport, see Sport-Related Skin Concerns: Real Solutions in Skintelligencenter.com.

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Beauty Featured Tip of the Week

Get Fresh Tresses For Spring!

Warmer weather means finally freeing hair from the confines of wraps and caps and earmuffs! Not ready for a huge transformation but don’t want to welcome spring by just flinging your woolly beanie into the back of the closet either? We asked Rosie Sumstad of our awesome neighbors at Fringe NY salon for some easy tips to freshen up your tresses this season:

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What are some top trends for spring?

To me, spring is always about having a fresh new start. Hair, skincare, clothing — and this year I’m all about clean, minimal and hidden details. A new tone in your hair that can fade out, hidden messages on a piece of jewelry, or a pop of color mixed into your makeup routine!

Can you share some easy tips/how-to’s to recreate some updates at home?

Here’s one of my favorite styling tips for the carefree beach wave:

  1. Once your hair is washed, add a texturizing product. We recommend Evo’s Salty Dog or our very own Fringe & Friends Devoted spray.
  2. Next divide the hair into two sections and twist each section into a taught bun.
  3. Then, let air dry! It’s that easy!

Want to keep the look going for a couple days? Simply blend a bit of product and water in your hands and run through the hair to freshen up and de-frizz!

What are some of the top trends you’re seeing in haircare?

My absolute favorite at-home remedy is coconut oil! For myself and my clients! Before getting in the shower, saturate your ends and let it sit up to an hour. Shampoo twice if the product is sitting on your scalp, and voilà! It adds moisture without being too heavy, seals in any frizz and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy like other oil products.

 

For more awesome hair and styling tips and more, follow FringeNY on Tumblr and Instagram now!

 

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Featured Skin Tip of the Week

How To “Dew” Dry Skin Right

Dry skin — anything from generally being acne-free to visible peeling or hypersensitivity — can be something you’re born with or develop over time. Like our muscles or heart, our skins change over time, depending on what we’re eating, where we’re living, how we’re taking care of it, and regular ol’ aging. Being so “out there,” the skin can react to things it’s exposed to, what’s applied to it, the weather and our overall health faster than any other body part. But if the skin is so flexible and strong (it’s our first line of defines against the world), why is it so…vulnerable? We asked a published dermatologist and dermatopathologist (specialists at diagnosing skin at the cellular level) to help us understand what makes dry skin, and how can we better take care of it, so it can take better care of us.

What Causes Dry Skin?

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Water and lipids (oils and fats) keep skin plump, firm and healthy. Barrier integrity is key.

 

On why dry skin happens: Dry skin occurs primarily from the loss of two very important things: lipids (oils) and water.

The outermost layer of skin is the barrier layer and it is largely made up of oil (lipids: free fatty acids, ceramides) and water. In this oil and water mixture, the lipids regulate the skin’s water content. Healthy skin retains water well, keeping it hydrated, smooth, pliable and soft. When the skin loses the protective oils, transepidermal water loss (the loss of water through the skin) increases to many times more than normal. This begins a “snowballing” effect that eventually not only causes dry skin but continues to maintain dryness.

On how dry skin creates more dryness and other problems: The outer keratin layers need a concentration of water of 10-20% in order for them to maintain their integrity (healthy structure and function). When water loss occurs, skin cells curl upwards, shrink, scales develop, and cell volume decreases (imagine a grape shrinking and shriveling into a raisin from water loss). The decrease in cell volume leads to cells becoming inelastic. And when this happens fissures or cracks in the skin can occur, leading to inflammation and the inflow of cellular factors that disrupt skin integrity further.

Why Can Dry Skin Be More Prone to Irritations, Allergies and Skin Reactions?

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When your skin is in this compromised condition, it allows the easier entry of ingredients that can produce an allergic or irritant reaction, and microorganisms that can cause infection — all of which also contribute to the state of dry skin being maintained. In this state, be extra careful about what you apply. A product you think will give you relief could instead, if it contains irritants, cause further damage and lead to increased dryness.

To counteract the conditions that predispose people to get dry skin, remember: it is crucial to maintain adequate oil and water in the barrier layer of your skin.

What To “Dew” To Prevent Dry Skin?

1. Don’t Find Yourself in Hot Water

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Hot water encourages the evaporation of water from the skin barrier. Keep water temperature tepid and take shorter showers.

2. Play Misty For Me

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Cold air outside and warm air inside produces low humidity, made worse by central and forced-air heating. Air conditioning in the summer is drying,too. Some things you can do to help counteract this environment:

  • Use a humidifier at home. In your bedroom, try to position it as near you as possible without compromising safety.
  • In the summer, or if you live where it’s warmer, lower the strength of the AC.
  • In offices with air conditioning year round, be extra conscientious about your skin care regimen.
  • If you spend lots of time outdoors, remember that wind can be a formidable drying factor. Moisturize frequently.

3. Watch the pH

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The skin’s pH is naturally more acidic, with a pH of 4-6.5. A skincare product with a high pH level tends to denature (destroys the characteristic or natural properties of) the skin’s proteins. Due to the way they’re made, solid bar soaps have higher pH levels (some going as high as 8 or 9) Use creamier cleansers instead of soaps. For hydration, use oils, moisturizers, and other products with a pH level adjusted to the skin’s normal pH of 4-6.5.

4. Think “Softly” — Not Squeaky — Clean

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In cleaning products, it is the oil molecules that actually do the, um, dirty work, grabbing and trapping the dirt for rinsing away. But — arguably because of the association of a dry feel with cleanliness — many products made for bathing, facial cleansing, hand washing, shaving, etc. use stronger de-greasing agents which remove both the dirt-laden oil molecules as well as clean, barrier-protective oils and the skin’s natural lipids.  Avoid anything that promises to get you extra-clean or remove oil, as well as rough scrubs that further deplete sebum. Instead, use hair care, liquid or cream cleansers for the face and body, and other products made to enhance oil-retention. Try Essence Skin-Saving Clark Wash (the mild-mannered alter ego to our classic SuperWash).

5. “Moist” Is Your New Favorite Word

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Daily and as needed throughout the day, use oils or moisturizers without allergens, irritants, additives or preservatives, such as virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil has the added benefit of its fatty acids being native to skin — so instead of merely preventing water loss, it helps replace lost lipids.

A great tip: after bathing or showering, don’t towel dry completely. Instead, while your skin is still damp, immediately apply an oil or moisturizer on your skin to replace the oils lost in bathing and to trap in water. For very dry areas, you can add on petroleum jelly (again, one with no additives)…which, due to its barrier capabilities, is still a reliable favorite among many dermatologists. Massage well into moist skin. If you have exceptionally dry skin, apply the petroleum jelly before bathing to protect the problem areas (reapply after as well, if needed). Try The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm, which doubles as an anti-inflammatory for reactive skin and an anti-microbial to help control those pesky microorganisms that can worsen dry or atopic skin.

Take note that the most commonly affected areas are the lower legs, arms, thighs, sides of the abdomen, hands, and face.

6. Your Daily Skin Regimen is a Healthy Habit

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As with your daily workouts and good nutrition, healthy habits are for your fitness and wellbeing…with looking great as an upside. The same goes for your daily skincare regimen. Proper maintenance (gentle cleansing, rich hydration and protection) keeps dry skin at bay which, as we know now, tends to become a self-sustaining vicious cycle.

Use a hydrating (as opposed to a de-greasing) cream cleanser for the face, a non-drying toner (perhaps one with active anti-aging ingredients) or if your skin is already very dry, skip the toner altogether, and an intensive moisturizer. Look for products with no allergens (fragrances, preservatives, dyes, etc.) and other irritants.

Shown here: Moisture Rich Creammmy Cleansing Milk, Superskin 1 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid Toner, Creammmy Rich Intensive Moisture Milk, Know-It-Oil virgin coconut oil, The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm and Armada Baby 50+ mineral sunscreen.

Skin Conditions Needing Extra Care

Certain conditions make some people more prone to having really dry skin year-round.

  • Medical problems that may affect metabolic states (such as thyroid diseases or diabetes), or medications such as diuretics that dehydrate the skin.
  • Malnourishment from bad diets, drastic weight loss, or erratic or poor nutrition — this leads to a loss of vitamins, minerals, and sulphur needed for the proper production and regeneration of the skin’s barrier layer.
  • Elderly people who increasingly have lowered sebaceous gland activity (the skin produces less and less oil).
  • Beach worshippers or winter sports athletes can get lots of exposure to the sun during winter: it is very important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen (on skin and lips) to prevent burning which further increases water loss.

Those with highly sensitive skins must be very alert as the skin’s increased dryness and compromised state can make it more prone to irritations, inflammations, and infections. Avoid allergens and irritants (remember, many natural ingredients are allergens) in your hair care, makeup, skin care, and even clothing: dark colors (dyes), formaldehyde resins in the processing of clothing, chemicals used in dry-cleaning, stretch materials, and other materials that are potential irritants or allergens.

If you develop inflammations, infections, or lesions from cracks in the skin, use a gentle broad-spectrum antibiotic with your doctor’s guidance.

If you think any of these apply to you, particularly in the wintertime, you need to pay greater attention to your skin care, be conscientious about following these winter guidelines, and consider getting a patch test from your dermatologist.

 

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Beauty Featured Tip of the Week

The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season

by Jess Arnaudin

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100 Parties, A Million Photos, ONE LOOK. Rushing from a full day at work to the office party, then a family dinner and your BFF’s big bash? Who has time to change outfits or makeup? You want one look that works for any affair and that photographs beautifully, reliably. Because you can’t get much past a camera these days — even smart phones have great resolution! — make sure your makeup is high-def ready with these simple yet effective tips.

Shades can vary depending on your skin tone and preferences, but follow these basics and you’ll be glowing in person and online, no matter the lighting (or the state of the evening)!

  1. Light foundation and radiant skin: keep you from looking tired…
  2. Dramatic lines: for photos, eyes need definition, definition, definition….
  3. Bright colors: are kryptonite against a camera’s tendency to wash out and flatten.

1. RADIANT SKIN

Heavy, complex foundation can be harder to make work with different types of lighting, and get blotchy or dull as your skin tires. Try this all-night technique: target imperfections with Skin-The-Bluff Concealer then even out your skin tone with Skintangible BBBB Cream, which keeps the look fresh. Highlight with Skin Bloom Blush in Luminous for dewy skin that also emphasizes contours and lets light bounce off beautifully in photos (check out highlighting tips here). Finish with Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder-Foundation because lights, heat, nerves (or a cute new acquaintance) can lead to sweat and too much shine. Don’t forget to take your concealer and powder with you for easy touch-ups from party to party.

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This technique looks fresh and natural in brightly-lit videos…

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…and warm and glowy in late-night, low-light photos.

 

 

2. DRAMATIC LINES

Line up and lash out! The key to definition in any photo: bold eyes and brows. Fill in and shape brows architecturally. Least likely to fade, they’ll ensure definition even in low-light conditions. Winged liner makes eyes look bigger and builds depth — try (H)ighbrow Eye & Brow Liner on the insides of the lash line then above it, working upwards and outwards. Lots of lashes are key: thank you, Ooh-La-Lash Mascara! Use a lash curler for an even more bright-eyed appearance…necessary with so many late nights in a row.

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3. BRIGHT COLORS

Go bright, or go home. Cameras tend to wash out and flatten…and you’re not always in control of the filter. Adding drama to eyes and lips ensures your features’ prominence. Try the Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Dallas (a warm copper-coral mix) or Bleecker (metallic rose gold and deep wine). On lips, brights like Beet It and Copa are brilliant buildable options: dot on lightly for a sweet, subtle stain (as I did with CC, above, for her TV appearance); layer on (and top with The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm!) for more glamor (on Kristen, above; and Tina and Mireya, top). Contour cheeks with Skin Bloom Blush in Chisel; blend well and follow with a bright pink like Georgia or toasty Heat so you’re peppy and glowing in photos no matter how late it is!


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Jess is an organic beauty coach and licensed esthetician, makeup artist, yoga teacher and beauty foodie! Follow her on instagram for her beautiful photography and expert tips for health, skin and soul!