The clock is ticking! Our #BeautyWeek Contest is coming to a close Tuesday, April 28 @ midnight. We are on the hunt for the seven best beauty snapshots. The seven lucky winners will each take home a $500 beauty shopping spree… think of all the nail polish, and lipstick, and mascara and perfume you can load up on!
Wondering what to snap a pic of? Here are a few ideas:
Take a selfie of your makeover
Snap a pic favorite beauty product
Share any sort of beauty inspiration
Most importantly… Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! If you’re looking for tips on how to snap a super selfie, look no further – Jordan’s got your back. She’s a wiz at Instagram and shares all her selfie secrets from the best angles to her favorite filters. (Read on >> “Tips To Taking The Perfect Selfie”)
Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, so there’s no better time to master the margarita. With a few tips from my friend Jeff Cleveland, bartender extraordinaire, and the help of designer Kellie, I’ll show you what makes for The Perfect Margarita and how to make a complimentary drink: The Paloma.
When the crowd gathers at Churchill Downs on May 2 for “The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports,” all eyes will be on two things: the horses and the fabulous fashion. Oversized hats adorned with ribbons, feathers and tulle; chic cloches in a rainbow of colors; and bold fascinators will be paired with floral sundresses and ladylike accessories. And those who can’t make it to Kentucky will be celebrating with over-the-top Derby parties, sipping Mint Juleps and placing their wagers.
If you’ll be cheering on a horse this year (Itsaknockout, Danzig Moon, Ocho Ocho Ocho or One Lucky Dane, perhaps), you will absolutely want to look the part. For my translation of this storied event’s style, I chose a voluminous floral Taylor Dress frock; white, low-heeled Michael Kors slingbacks; a versatile Anne Klein crossbody bag; and a bold Relativity floral necklace to pull it all together. A tip: If you choose a dress with volume, like mine, make sure to choose one that hugs your waist so your shape doesn’t get lost in all that fabric.And then there’s the hat. While in the past I have chosen oversized hats in pink and navy blue, this year I opted for vintage chic with a cream-colored cloche. A cloche is not only a posh choice but also one that can be worn with a variety of hairstyles from a lob bun to a side ponytail, voluminous waves or even sleek and straight.
Since Derby Day is all about color and over-the-top fun, add a bold lip color or oversized shades for the ultimate in Southern glamour. (Ooh la la!) Happy shopping!
Photos by: Dan Herda // Makeup by: Veronica Cierzan
Let’s face it: Everyone loves a good sale. And Friends & Family is absolutely one of my favorites. No brand exclusions (Coach, here I come!), a fab 25 percent discount on all clothing, shoes and accessories — and it’s just in time for spring and summer shopping and Mother’s Day. What’s on my shopping list? Here are my top 10 must-haves from the Friends & Family Sale.
Every girl dreams about finding the perfect match and I’m referring to finding the perfect foundation match for your skin tone.
Foundation isn’t the answer to everything, however, it can fit the bill when it comes to an even skin tone, hydration and a look that’s not too dewy or too matte. Whether you love using a stick, liquid, mineral or powder foundation, knowing the seven most common foundation mistakes to avoid will take your makeup application to the next level giving you a flawless face.
7 Foundation Mistakes To Avoid
Mistake #1: Testing foundation on your hands
Find the perfect foundation color by testing on your jaw line, forehead and around your nose. Assemble three foundation shades you think are the best colors. The foundation color that disappears when you apply it is the best shade for your skin tone. Try using Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup for the perfect match.
Mistake #2: Applying with your fingers or a sponge
Using your fingers to apply foundation often leave harsh and streaky lines. Using a sponge will soak up all of your foundation and money! Use the right tool. For a perfect application, use Estee Lauder’s Foundation Brush to glide through those nooks and crannies. This mistake is so common, even I’ve done it! I used both my fingers and sponges to apply my foundation until I found brushes to be far more superior. Continue reading →
You can’t deny it: It’s a selfie-obsessed world. And why not? Our lives are a series of celebrations, events and moments. Why not capture the memories on film? I travel non-stop, and I love to snap a selfie here and there to share on Instagram with my friends and loved ones. From Niagara Falls to New York City to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, I have snapped selfies of myself that treasure. (In fact, my collection of Ray-Ban sunglasses have become a selfie phenomenon.)
Given that the selfie is the new photographic record of our lives, it’s important to know how to take a great one. Here are a few simple tips for doing just that. Plus, our #BeautyWeek sweepstakes launches this week and we want you to share your #BeautyWeek selfie for a chance to win some pretty fab prizes. Read on, then snap and share away!
6 Tips For Snapping The Perfect Selfie
1.) Set the Scene
When it comes to selfies, setting is everything. Whether you are in a gorgeous place like this selfie from Niagara Falls, or posing with a friend over cocktails, consider your scenery. If you want to show off a fab new lip color, for example, choose a neutral background so your lips can do the photographic talking.
If you want to focus on the atmosphere, choose a spot that will capture the essence of your surroundings. In front of a piece of artwork, next to a cool wall, or near a bold street sign or graffiti wall — you can become a part of this unique palette. Take a few test shots to find the perfect spot, then jump in!
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2.) Perfect Your Pose
From solo selfies to those with an Ellen-at-the-Oscars size group, your pose will make or break your photo. Avoid angling your phone too high, as this angle often creates wicked shadows. Selfies are best taken at face height, either angled slightly down or slightly up. Also consider your chin position; always slightly stick your chin out and up to avoid the dreaded double chin. Once you have your angle down, have fun with your pose. Stoic, overly-posed selfies are boring; instead, show off your personality and get creative. My personal favorite? The peace sign and puckered-up lips! lol
Your eyes are the windows to your soul, but every window can benefit from great framing. Don’t neglect your eyebrows when you’re defining your everyday beauty look. What do your eyebrows say about you? Whether your brow vibe is thin, bushy, straight, curved, thick, bold, soft or natural, it’s important to have them groomed. Beautiful brows can bring out the natural essence of your eyes.
Creating beautiful brows starts at your natural brow line. For well-groomed brows, follow my simple beautiful brow tips and you’ll have your personal brow vibe down in no time.
3 Quick & Easy Steps for Beautiful Brows
Step 1: Brush Brows
Use an eyebrow brush to brush the stray hairs in place. Simply brush hairs upward and then down following your arch.
In just a few days (April 22 to be precise), it’ll be Earth Day. But here at #LoveStyle, we’re celebrating a little early with a Manic Monday quote from one of our favorite style icons: Audrey Hepburn. She says, “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I love how these words serve as a reminder to invest in yourself (or your family or talent or the environment) today with the future in mind. But since it’s Earth Week, why not plant yourself that garden, green up your surroundings and help the environment? (I think I’ve found the perfect boots to do it in too.)
For as long as menswear influences have popped up in mainstream fashion, the polo shirt has had a place in stylish wardrobes around the globe. Jackie O. was often seen sporting the trend, while Gwyneth Paltrow wore the polo shirt dress to iconic status in “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
Today, the polo shirt is as appropriate in the office or at date night as on the tennis court. In fact, dressing the look to the occasion is as easy as the change of a bottom and shoe.
Let’s take a look at three ways to style this fashion must-have, featuring the perfectly tailored Le Tigre polo shirt. Weekend casual, at-work style or a fashionable date night — you will look chic in this modern classic.
Get The Look: A nautical stripe and laid-back white capri pants create an effortless yet fabulous vibe when paired with fashionable sneakers. Want to pop the look even more? Add a colorful satchel or oversized sunglasses, a la Ms. Jackie herself.
Purples, plums and gorgeous lavenders…they’re the colors of kings and have been for centuries. Add a regal touch to your look by swapping your classic red lipstick for rich, velvety plum shades. Go for the trendiest color for Spring and transform pouts for a glam look in an assortment of plum lip colors.
If your beauty lip routine is, well…routine, it’s time to pucker up and try something new. Don’t be afraid to try something different for your lip color. Plum says you’re on trend, you’re confident and you embrace the flirty, fun you! I love the idea of rocking a bold, plum lip for day or night. It’s a touch of ‘80s glamour updated for today’s fashion forward woman.
To get started, determine your skin tone. A simple rule to determine your skin tone is the vein test.