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Bold, Beautiful Party Makeup Ideas

We put together some of our favorite makeup tips, across different seasons, to create a bold, beautiful look — that is as gorgeous across a crowd as up close, and in photo after video after photo — for your biggest celebration this year!

Skin

Think: less is more — heavier foundation can look weighed down and dull over time.
Think: easy to retouch — so a quick dot and dab in the bathroom is all you need.
Think: highlighting over contouring — it’s like wearing your own filter in photos.

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Add a bit of pure virgin coconut oil Know-It-Oil to Skin-The-Bluff Concealer. This complexion-perfecting tip from Underneath It All…Is Great Skin! effectively conceals “quirks in progress” while keeping skin naked-looking. The subtle sheen adds extra camouflage by reflecting light. Then, mix the coconut oil in with Skin Bloom Blush highlighter in “Luminous” before applying to skin, and voilà…it’s like walking around with very your own lighting team (now all you need is a wind machine).

blog-luminous-wframe-20161226Light and bright, light and bright:choose strobing over contouring for a big fête. Strobing creates the dew-glow-radiance of healthy-looking skin. Unless you’re an expert, contouring can look harsh or get muddy as the hours pass, or be obvious in different lighting. Like contouring, strobing can sculpt the face — but, instead of with time-consuming and skilled shadowing, by making certain features brighter. Learn how in Hypoallergenic Strobing.

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Shown here: Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder Foundation (use dry for a light powder, or wet for fuller coverage),
Skin-The-Bluff Concealer,
Illuminants+ Face-Hand-Body Lotion (a brightening moisturizer),
Skin Bloom Blush in “Luminous”,
Eyeshadow & Concealer Brush, Foundation Brush, and
Skintangible “BBBB” Cream (BB But Better) SPF 30.

Make sure your foundation lasts as long as you do with this all-night technique: target imperfections with your shade of Skin-The-Bluff Concealer (it also comes in green to cancel out redness, and yellow to hide dark under-eye circles). Then, even out your skin tone with Skintangible BBBB Cream, which keeps the look fresh —it works with all skin tones, too. If you’re feeling pale, add a touch (a touch) of sun with a subtle hand and our Tarte-à-Tan “Coco” Bronzing Powder (Tor Torre shows you how — and even how to use it with Luminous — in How To Apply Bronzer). Highlight with Skin Bloom Blush in “Luminous” for dewy skin that also emphasizes contours and lets light bounce off beautifully in photos (see above). Finish with Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder-Foundation as a final touch to pull it all together and control shine (you want to glow, not borderline bead-up with sweat). Don’t forget to take your concealer and powder with you for easy touch-ups throughout the night (from The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season).

 

Eyes

Definition, definition, definition. Go for a sharp, clean wing or smudgy, smoky drama, but get those eyes standing out!

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Ooh-La-Lash Volumizing Mascara!, and
Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Bleecker (metallic rose gold and deep wine), “Dallas” (a warm copper-coral mix), and Roses & Bon-Bons (a rich dark brown and pale pink-cream). 

Parties means photos, and the key to definition in any photo: bold eyes and brows.

There is nothing like eyeliner to add drama to a look, and tightlining is all the rage, writes Yciar in Three Beauty Trends To Try Now. Use (H)ighbrow Eye & Brow Liner to draw on the waterline above and below the eye. Or, create a cat-eye to make eyes look bigger and build depth — use your liner on the insides of the lash line then above it, working upwards and outwards to draw a wing.

Fill in and shape brows architecturally. Least likely to fade, they’ll ensure definition even in low-light conditions.

Finally, 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 (from The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season).

Lips & Cheeks

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Lipsticks: Subtle Shine Lipstick in (clockwise from top) “Beet It,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Fifi,” and “Giddy.”
Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Light My Fire” (center) and “Copa” (bottom middle).
Skin Bloom Blush in “Heat,” “Pant” (top right) and “Georgia.” 

Try this fun, color-blocking technique by Jess Arnaudin to add freshness, depth, and a surprising complexity to bright lip colors — and just like personalities, bright colors with depth and complexity can make a party! In The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season, Jess adds, “Go bright, or go home. Cameras tend to wash out and flatten…and you’re not always in control of the filter. On lips, brights like Beet It and Copa are brilliant buildable options: dot on lightly for a sweet, subtle stain or layer on (and top with The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm!) for more glamor. For cheeks, try 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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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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Turn Drab Into FAB With These Four Gorgeous Looks!

The cold and dark can make it hard to get back into the rhythm of a new year…or to get out of bed! What can help? Makeup tricks that are super quick but deliver maximum impact. They help you get out of the door quicker but not look like you rushed it. Powerful makeup can be a great mood-booster, too, so you don’t just look more vibrant but actually feel like you’re ready to conquer the day. We asked master of simple makeup and busy mom Yciar Castillo for tips. Check out her winter beauty toolbox for us slow starters below.

by Yciar Castillo

Winter is the perfect season to use the year’s different makeup trends as inspiration to change up your look for the parties of the season, battling cold-weather blues, and starting the year of with confidence! Here are four easy looks to achieve (each one selfie-friendly, too!):

1. Classic Red Lips Against Dewy Skin

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First, even out skin tone with Skintangible “Faint”ation Skin-Refining Non-Makeup SPF30. This will give you light coverage with a fresh, dewy finish. Lightly fill-in brows — try (H)Eyebrow Brow Eye + Brow Liner in “Blonde” to make them look full but natural. Sweep on two coats of Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara to emphasize lashes. Lastly, use a vivid Velvet Matte Lipstick to paint those luscious lips red-red (I used “Light My Fire” here.)

 

2. Barely-There Lips & Winter Cheeks

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Once done with your base (see above), dab some crème blush or lipstick on your cheeks and spread, making them look naturally flushed and dewy. Then coat puckers with a skin-toned Lip Gloss such as “Slip” just to give them some definition and shine. *For cheeks, we tried Yciar’s tip with both slip and Subtle Shine Lipstick in “Fifi,” above. For an even subtler lip but maxed-out care, try The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm (alone or on top of your lipstick!) – Ed.

 

3. Sunset-Hued Eyeshadow

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Copper shadow is all the rage this season. Make those peepers more interesting by sweeping Eyeshadow in “Dallas” on your lids and blend seamlessly. The idea is to give your eyes a bit of color while still looking natural…that the sunny color makes eyes look more awake and is such a mood lifter doesn’t hurt either.

4. Holy Smokes

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This is when you don’t fight the chill…you own it. A strong smoky eye is ideal for a fierce night out. And the heavy glamor factor psychs you up when the cold makes you want to party down with your sofa, Netflix, and a big bag of popcorn. This season, the focus is on the lower lash. Tightline those eyes (line the wet, inner areas of the line), making sure you deposit a lot of product on the bottom. With a pencil brush, use a black eyeshadow such Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in “Rockstar” to heavily smudge the lower lashline. Finish off with generous coats of Ooh-La-Lash! mascara.


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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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Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara – Byrdie

Non-clumping, smudge-free, easy to remove and easy on the eyes (and skin)! ?Thank you, Byrdie, for including Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara in “8 Hypoallergenic Mascaras to Try If You’ve Given Up on Mascara” ?

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Trash & Re-Stash: Hypoallergenic Alternatives For Your Entire Medicine Cabinet!

Start from scratch — with hypoallergenic alternatives — to end the scratching!

You Just Got A Patch Test?

Great! Now you know exactly what you need to avoid and are on the road to skin health, clarity, and comfort. But…what’s that? Your patch test shows you’re allergic to ingredients in pretty much everything you use now? You have to throw it all away — all of it…shampoo, cleanser, lotions, makeup — and start from scratch with hypoallergenic alternatives? That can be scary. So can that “naked” feeling of not using anything at all until you find products without your allergens.

Think about it: you have to go without using anything (including, in many cases, antiperspirant and toothpaste) until you find products you can use…and it may have taken you weeks or months to find all the stuff you use now!

Before you resign yourself to Walking Dead chic, try this: ask your doctor about our Allergen-Free Starter Set or pick up our Skin “Detox” Kit. Either covers all your basic needs so you needn’t panic when beginning your hypoallergenic lifestyle. Each formulation has zero of all 76 of the most common allergens (based on over 28,000 patch tests), making them ideal for the majority of allergic, irritated, or hyperreactive skins. Then, use this chart for an easy guide to hypoallergenic alternatives for your medicine cabinet staples. Still reeling from ingredient lists? Contact us for customized recommendations based on your patch test results!

 

TRASH & RE-STASH CHART

Match what you need to trash with its hypoallergenic alternative. When in doubt, select products with the highest VH-rating (VH-76/76) — which means they have none of all common allergens.

Still unsure? For customized recommendations based on your patch test results, contact us by email, or drop us a private message on Facebook. To shop our selection of hypoallergenic products, visit vmvhypoallergenics.com.

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

by Jess Arnaudin

Picture Perfect

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!

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Ooh La Lash Mascara – XOVain

Eye spy with my little eye…our Ooh-La-Lash! Mascara in XOVain‘s “The Mascaras and Techniques You Need to Try If You Want the Longest-Looking Lashes of Your Life“!

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Eco-Friendly Commuting Can Be Hard On The Skin…But It’s SO Worth It!

By Julia Nebrija

Weave through traffic on my bike. Climb up a pedestrian overpass. Line up for the train. Book an Über. Cruise down the Pasig River on the ferry. Each day is different as I move around the city, but some things are always the same — it’s sunny, it’s polluted, it’s dirty. That’s where VMV comes to the rescue.

Like many advocates, I wear a lot of hats. I consult for international organizations, I am building two NGOs, and I participate in talks, workshops and events all over Metro Manila — all with the aim of trying to make the city a place people love to live.

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I wish that every step of my day was taken by foot or by bicycle. To me, walking and biking is about more than exercise (I no longer need a gym!) and the environment (cars are nasty gas guzzling, polluting machines). It is about the experience. When I walk or bike, I get to know the city, really know it. I stop for a fresh buko (coconut water) on the corner. I pop into a tailor shop to check out fabric and talk to the owner. I look up and admire a huge mango tree in the middle of the city. Boxed in a car, I don’t feel the city.

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Because of my affinity for walking and biking, Armada Sport sunscreen is second only to toothpaste when it comes to my daily upkeep. It not only protects me from harmful sun rays, but creates a layer between my skin and the air pollution that spews from the exhaust pipes of the some 2.5 million vehicles on our roads in Metro Manila. The fumes cloud our lungs and our pores. I carry tea tree oil wipes to brush off the grime after a ride and a travel-sized tube of Armada to re-enforce throughout the day. I apply my makeup (Ooh-La-Lash! Mascara for an instant fix) once I’ve arrived and cooled down. My Illuminants Powder Foundation even has SPF 25 for extra protection.

I know to cover my face, neck, arms, legs, but talking with my dermatologist at the VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics, I discovered that I was forgetting to take care of my lips and my hands. Now I use the Armada Moisturizing Protective Lip Balm (SPF 60+) and I also apply my sunscreen like a hand cream.

After a long day out and about, I need a serious shower. Back in the US, I wasn’t accustomed to shampooing my hair everyday. It’s not advisable to constantly strip our locks and especially during the colder months, I could give my hair a break from daily washes. But here in Manila, I have to rinse the city away everyday, sometimes more than once. I found conventional shampoos and soaps were drying out my hair and skin so I switched to VMV’s Essence Skin-Saving line of shampoo, conditioner, soap, and hand + body smoother. My hair feels clean and airy no matter how many times a week I wash it and my skin is super soft and happy; no more heat rashes.

Finally, I get monthly facials at the VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics to deep clean and make sure I don’t accumulate unwanted build up. The result? I look like I never stepped outside (see photo for confirmation).

I wish we designed the city better so that everyone could move safely and efficiently as we go about our days. I wish our commutes were a source of joy, excitement, and discovery rather than stress. I’ll keep doing my part, bit by bit, to make sure that those wishes become a reality.

Last week, I spent the day on one of Manila’s most dangerous roadways, counting bicycles for research, armed head to toe with Armada, thankful for the shower I had to look forward to after a hard day’s work.

Learn more about Julia and her passion for biking in the city here, and chat with her about biking, sustainability, loving your city, and how to keep fresh on the road on social! 

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Renewable Energy

Makeup by TorTorre

 

Renewable Energy

What we’re loving: powerful, defined eyes against a soft, sunlit radiance.

Shown above: Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini; Two True Hues Eyeshadow in Dallas; (H)Eyebrow Eye & Brow Liner in Brown; Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; a mix of Lipstick in Beet It and Birthday Suit.

Start with dewy skin (a good skincare regimen plus moisturizer; finish with a layer of virgin coconut oil). Apply sunny touches everywhere — bronzer plus a gold-peach blush and peach-pink lids and lips. Finish with dark, tightlined eyes (draw on the lashline’s waterlines) and layers of mascara. If you’re feeling more power than solar, opt for a loud red lip.

Click here for more beautiful, sunny trends to try now.

 

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MIX & MATCH

Top, clockwise: Velvet Matte Lipstick in Birthday Suit; Subtle Shine Lipstick in Beet It; Glitz Lipstick in Sweater Girl; Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini; Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Berries & Cream, and Dallas.

Bottom, clockwise: Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; Velvet Matte Lipstick in Va-Va-Voom; (H)Eyebrow Eye + Brow Liner.

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The Neo Natural

Natural needn’t mean tousled.

Fresh-faced makeup that’s polished enough for work? #candew!

Get this glow-rious look that works as well next to the pool as next to your boss…and doesn’t take half a day.

Start with the mainstays of bronzed skin and sunny cheeks (courtesy of a soft, generous wash — as opposed to defined chiseling — of a warm blush).

Extend the sunny disposition to the lids with a gold-coral-copper shadow but get sleek with tightlining on the top lash line, a glossy nude lip, and simple, yet put-together hair.

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Tarte-à-Tan Bronzing “Coco” Powder; Skin Bloom Blush in Heat; Two True Hues Eyeshadow in Dallas; (H)Eyebrow Brow & Eyeliner; Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara; Lip Gloss in Slip.