Over the years, the thought of a matte, non-shiny lipstick translated to one thing for me– dry lips! I began to think that the matte lip trend just wasn’t for me if it meant wearing a color that sucked the life out of my lips! So I would often stick to the products that had a lot of shimmer and shine. But more recently, brands are coming up with gorgeous matte shades that also feel quite comfortable! In this post, I’ll share some products that have a bold, matte color punch, great staying power, and a great feel.
Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed ($24, tartecosmetics.com)
Tarte’s popular Lipsurgence line is known for beautiful lip colors that really nourish the lips. I was so pleased that the matte version has some of the same great qualities. These manage to have a lightweight, almost velvety feel on the lips. Also, as with all of the products I’ll be mentioning, one pass around the lips is enough… the color builds up instantly. Exposed is a neutral with a bit of pink- a great “everyday” lip color.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss #103 ($5.39, Drugstore.com)
This was one of the first matte formulas that really impressed me and caused me to explore some of the other options. Not only is this shade a fabulous true pink, but it has a lightweight quality to it that makes it so easy to wear. With the drugstore price- I’m ready to try out some more shades. Well done, Kate Moss & Rimmel!
NYX Matte Lipstick in Merlot ($5.99, Ulta.com)
This shade is 100% berry goodness. The color on these NYX Matte lipsticks is SO saturated and rich. I’ve been so impressed by this line, and I love that NYX offers a fabulous range of deeper colors- perfect for fall and winter. These lipsticks may not be quite as lightweight on the lips as some of the others that I’m mentioning, but it’s far from uncomfortable, and the color stays in place for a long time without touch-ups.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Standout ($8.99, Ulta.com)
This shade makes me a true believer that everyone should have a fabulous matte red lipstick in their collection. Upon application, you will feel ready to take on the world (I call it the “red lipstick effect”.) Just like the Tarte Lipsurgence, these Revlon Matte Balms are twist-up jumbo pencils… I love the added precision that it provides. I can get through most of a day without a touch-up, and don’t notice the color bleeding outside my lips like some ultra-pigmented shades do.
There you go! Hope you enjoyed my recommendations for neutral, pink, berry, and red matte lip colors! Are there any other fabulous matte lipsticks out there that you think I should try? Or do you just have a dry lip horror story to share? I’ll listen Thanks for checking out my post, and feel free to check out more reviews and tutorials on my Beauty Broadcast YouTube Channel and blog. Have a great day! -Emily
Wearing L’Oreal’s new La Laque Colour Riche Lipstick in Lacquer-ized, a shiny purple
With L’Oreal’s $8 Colour Riche La Laque and Le Matte Lipsticks, your lovely lips can get the luxury lipstick look at a wallet-friendly price.
Sure, maybe they don’t have all the fancy little touches, like embossed lipstick bullets and gold-toned caps, of pricier department store brands, but what’s inside counts, and in this case, it could pass for products in the $50 ballpark (I’m looking at you, Tom Ford!).
I recently stumbled on this new line of lipsticks cruising the beauty aisles at Rite Aid and brought two of them home on a whim (actually, it was a buy one, get one free promotion).
Purplish La Laque Colour Riche Lipstick in Lacquer-ized and reddish Le Matte in She’s So Matte
Being an equal opportunity lipstick lover — from low-end to high-end — I’ve tried and worn it all, but these — these are drugstore gems that could easily pass for pricier products from Tom Ford, Guerlain and Chanel.
Something about them just looks…expensive. Definitely more than 8 bucks. All it takes is but a single layer for rich, full-coverage color that lasts 4-5 hours.
Le Matte in She’s So Matte
And they’re available in a wide range of colors. The ones I’m wearing here are bright because I’m going through a bold lip phase, but the line also boasts mellow browns, beiges, peach and pink shades as well.
In terms of flavors and scents, drugstore lip products can be hit or miss, but I think these score hits on both counts. The faint rose fades over the course of about 10 minutes, and doesn’t smell synthetic or like plastic at all.
La Laque Colour Riche Lipstick in Lacquer-ized, a shiny purple
Not sure which ones you’ll like best? Well, if you like mattes, try the Le Mattes, or if you prefer shinier finishes, grab one of the La Laques instead. Either way, though, you can’t go wrong.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
Black liner is fun, but zzzzzzzz. There are a bevy of Pantone-plucked bright liner looks at your disposal this fall for a super-charged stare without having to commit to heavily shadowed lids. Here, how to ensure you’ll look hot, not as if you should be rolling 17-deep in a single sedan. Just be sure to pair ‘em with a medium to bold lip hue and natural blush for best results.
Colored liner and mascara just on the top
Maroon shades make green eyes sparkle and look really pretty and slightly retro when applied on the top lashes only. Try CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eyeliner in Vivid Ruby and Exact Eyelights in Black Ruby Mascara to lengthen and define lashes.
Colored liner and mascara just on the bottom
The return of neon, peplum and leggings are just some of the ’80s trends to come back around. I distinctly remember teal liner just on the bottom being an official Thing in the late ’80s and a fun way to modernize the look is to pair it with coordinating mascara on the top and lower lashes. For an alluring aqua moment, try Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Turquoise on the top and bottom lashlines.
Smudged for a smoky effect
The easiest route to a smoky stare? Just take a long-lasting eye pencil like Bobbi Brown Long-wear Eye Pencil in Hunter, a rich, deep green for fall and smudge it with your fingers into your lash line, then pair it with a coordinating dark-colored mascara. Navy works well, too.
A hot green or blue hue on your lash line and lashes will punctuate perfectly an all-black or all-gray chic outfit. For mega impact, rock both liner and mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Check out Tarte Skinny SmolderEyes Waterproof Liner in Emerald for an intensely verdant stare.
Use a long-lasting cream shadow that you can control, like Stila Smudge Pot in Grey and fashion a cat-eye by applying all over the lid, then using a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover to clean up the edges. Try eye shadow stencils for this look for a perfect application the first time.
Opt for shades opposite on color wheel on the top and bottom lashes, like purple and green or cobalt with orangey bronze. NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in Samantha is a cool cobalt that doubles as a shadow, as well.
Multiple Shades Of The Same Hue
Want an ombre ocular effect? Pair liners and eye shadows in similar shades like violet, plum and Crayola 8-pack purple, hunter, kelly and mint, navy, turquoise and teal. I like Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense in Intense Plum paired with Lancome Color Design Shadow in Drama for a super sultry stare.
What’s your go-to eyeliner style for fall?
Metallic eyeshadows, one of this fall’s big trends
Metal is having a major moment!
Wait — before you put on your Metallica t-shirt and bust out your air guitar, I’m referring to metals, as in metallic makeup finishes.
They’re big this fall, and totally worthy of a good head bang or two, because they make it so quick and easy to add extra flare to your eye looks.
And this year there are many metallic options shining their wares on store shelves, both at the high and the low end. One of my favorites is by Maybelline — the awesomely affordable Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadows.
A few of Maybelline’s Eye Studios palettes…
I was mining the aisles at my local Rite Aid about a week ago when I struck the drugstore equivalent of makeup gold. I was looking for a less expensive alternative to Yves Saint Laurent’s $55 Eyeshadow Palettes when I found them. Maybelline’s have a similarly buttery texture and mirror-like metallic shine…but they only about $10 instead of $55!
They’re a great way to dip your toe into the metallic makeup water and try one of this fall’s trends without making a major investment, and that also goes for time, as they’re easy to blend and virtually foolproof.
Below are four of the limited edition palettes recently released as part of the new fall 2013 On the Runway Collection. If you aren’t able to track ‘em down online, check your local drugstore.
If none of these limited edition ones light your fire, there are quite a few other palettes in Maybelline’s permanent line, carried at drugstores, many grocery stores, Ulta and online.
Swatches of the Fall Temptation palette
Violet Femmes palette
Autumn Dream palette
Desert Fantasy palette
So, how does one wear metallic eyeshadow?
Well, there’s more than one way, but if you don’t feel ready yet for full-on metallic, you could try this: pat one or two colors on your lids. Then, sweep your favorite neutral beige or brown into the crease.
That way, you get a quick flash of metallic shine when you blink.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try wearing all four shades together, like I’m doing with the Desert Fantasy palette in this picture here…
Desert Fantasy palette, meet my lids
And if you really want to crank it up, wet your brush first with a spritz of makeup setting spray (I like MAC Fix + and Urban’s Decay All Nighter) before loading your brush with eyeshadow. It should intensify the shiny finish and amplify the pigments, resulting in more oomph and shine.
To complete your look and keep your makeup balanced, pair any of the eye looks above with your favorite nude blush and lipstick.
Then go kick some @ss.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
Hi everyone! We’re all accustomed to making some wardrobe updates for fall, but have you thought about updating your makeup routine as well? A bolder lip or a jewel-toned eye are great ways to switch up your beauty routine for fall and winter, but I also love another very simple adjustment- a deep rosy blush! Think about the way your cheeks get that rosy glow on a chilly day… you can get that perfect rosy flush all day long with the help of the right blush! Whether you’re pairing your rosy blush with a red lip or a nude lip, it’ll give your face an instant look of health. With all of my recommendations, a little goes a long way. Lightly tap a blush brush into the product and sweep across the outer part of the apple of your cheek. If you’re concerned about applying too much, get in front of a window and use the natural daylight to get the most accurate idea of how your blush looks. Here are some of my favorite options!
The Classic Beauty: ELF Studio Blush in Blushing Rose ($3, eyeslipsface.com)
This is one of my all-time favorite blushes! I’m wearing it in the picture above. This blush has the perfect rosy color, with a bit of golden shimmer mixed in. The shimmer definitely isn’t too metallic or overpowering, and doesn’t seem to accentuate pores or fine lines. A very light application of this blush can even work on very fair complexions, and at only $3 it’s a major bargain!
The Glowing Goddess: GOSH Multicolor Bush in Pink Pie ($21, Duane Reade)
If you love a little glow and shimmer on the cheeks, this Multicolor blush from GOSH is a great option- it’s practically like a blush and highlight in one. To use it, just sweep your brush over all the colors and apply it to the cheeks. The tones of lilac, rose, and copper blend together to give the most beautiful rosy flush. As an added bonus, these shades make gorgeous eyeshadows when used individually.
The Marvelous Multi-tasker: Flower Beauty Blush/Bronzer Duo in Shimmering Goddess ($9.98, walmart.com)
If you’d like to simplify your makeup bag and have your blush and bronzer in one, here’s a great option for you. Contrary to the shade name “Shimmering Goddess”- this duo is entirely matte. If you deal with oily skin and don’t want any additional “glow”, this is a good option. You can use the bright rosy blush on the apples of your cheeks (use a light hand- it won’t be as intense as it looks in the compact!), and apply the matte bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks, sweeping back toward your ear. This dual application will add a great flush to the cheeks while also slimming the face.
How do you adjust your makeup routine for the fall and winter months? I’m all ears for your product recommendations! Thanks for checking out my post, and if you’re looking for more beauty reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast blog and YouTube channel! -Emily
Pizza bake, pasta bake, bake a cake… baked makeup? Many brands now have some version of baked products. So what makes them different? Instead of being flat, baked powders are usually domed and instead of being pressed into a pan, you’ll find that they truly have been baked on terra cotta tiles. I’ve de-potted many of my baked products, and almost all of them look like this on the bottom…
Pardon my Milani Luminoso label- I put that in so it would magnetize to my palette and also remind me of the shade name. But as far as the formulation of baked products, you’ll find that some brands will swirl various shades into one product, giving it a more unique look on the skin. Baked products also do well used wet or dry. Simply adding a little water to your brush or applicator will usually give off a more intense finish. I’ve also noticed that baked products last me a VERY long time (perhaps due to their domed shape?) I’ve experimented with a lot of baked makeup, and I’ve found some to be flaky, dry, and lacking pigmentation. Others have been just the opposite- with buttery textures and full color payoff. In this post I’ll share some of my all time favorite baked products!
Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten and Bronze-n-Brighten ($28-$33, laurageller.com)
I see Laura Geller as the mother of baked makeup… she has so many products in baked form, but one of my favorites is the Balance-n-Brighten powder foundation. With swirls of yellow, it’s a truly color-correcting foundation. It has quite impressive coverage when used on its own, but it makes the skin even more flawless on top of a liquid foundation. I also absolutely love Bronze-n-Brighten. This bronzer adds depth to your skin tone, as well as a brightness that’s kind of hard to explain. There are swirls of beige, pink, and white in this product, along with deeper bronze tones. It never looks flat or dry on the skin, yet it has hardly any shimmer. Another interesting aspect of Laura Geller’s products is that no two baked powders ever look exactly the same.
Hard Candy Baked Highlight, Blush, and Eyeshadows ($9-$6, Walmart.com)
Hard Candy has a fantastic selection of baked products at Wal-Mart. First off, the So Baked Bronzer in Tiki makes an amazing highlight for the face. A light dusting on top of the cheekbones gives a very pretty glow, and you can also use it with a fluffy brush for a beautiful sheen on the body. One of the first products I fell in love with from this line was the Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll. This soft pink gives a great youthful glow. The Kal-eye-descope Baked Eyeshadow Duos are some of the best baked shadows I’ve tried in any price range. The colors are so smooth and pigmented. A couple of my favorite duos are High Maintenance (champagne and plummy taupe) and Rush Hour (bronze and brown). You can get great looks out of these duos with no additional shadows needed!
ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadows ($3, eyeslipsface.com)
ELF also makes some fabulous baked eyeshadows for only $3 apiece! Again, these are nice used dry like traditional eyeshadows, but you can build up an even more metallic finish by adding just a bit of water. I think these particular shades are perfect for fall. Toasted is a perfect rose gold, Bark is a nice medium brown, and Burnt Plum is a pretty burgundy. Select ELF Baked shadows are also available at Target stores!
Milani Baked Blushes ($7.99, milanicosmetics.com)
Milani’s baked blushes are some of the prettiest in the drugstore! They have a great range of colors to suit everything from fair to deep skin tones. Much like Laura Geller’s baked powders, these also contain swirls of different colors. I’ve de-potted a couple of mine to keep in a larger palette, but a few shades that I recommend are Berry Amore (a pink with gold shimmer), Terra Sole (a matte bronze), and Luminoso (a glowy peach). Some of the more shimmery shades like Luminoso can give enough glow to the cheeks to double as a blush and a highlighter.
That’s my recipe for a great collection of baked makeup! What are your baked must haves? Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check out the Beauty Broadcast blog and YouTube channel for more reviews and tutorials! –Emily
While we all wait with bated breathe for tomorrow’s Good Morning America reveal of the new DWTS lineup, let’s keep ourselves busy (and pretty) with this fun new Dancing with the Stars collection from Stila. The brand is actually used on set, behind the scenes of the show. So this collabo is naturally the next step (pun intended). There are four Live. Love. Dance. sets, which are inspired by a different dance style: Samba, Tango, Cha-Cha and Freestyle. Each set comes with an eye and cheek palette, a Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm, a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, and a deluxe Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. It just hit stores on Sunday, so Cha-Cha slide your way over to an Ulta store where the set will be sold exclusively.
Wearing the Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Palette in Jewel of an Eye ($19.99) and Satin Luxe Lip Color in Pinky Beige ($9.99)
I have a big-time makeup crush on Sonia Kashuk. I mean, have you tried her $6 Bent Liner brush?? It will change your life, I swear. She’s totally down to earth, too, and incredibly nice (I interviewed her once). Her affordable, top quality products are among my favorite reasons to visit Target.
For good deals on some exciting, on-trend pieces this fall, check out Sonia’s new releases, and if you’re too busy to sift through it all, here are three eye-catching products from Sonia’s fall collection, each priced at $20 or less.
1. Eye Couture Palette in Jewel of an Eye ($19.99)
Eye Couture Palette in Jewel of an Eye
Go from bland to glam in seconds with the emerald, amethyst, ruby, amber and sapphire eyeshadows in the Couture Palette in Jewel of an Eye. It comes with just about every jewel-toned color you could want to wear this fall at a pretty awesome price (works out to about $1.67 per pan).
The rich, pigmented shadows don’t even suffer from fallout, so they’re not just affordable; they’re also good.
Pick a shade you like, and draw it softly along your upper lash lines for an impromptu cat eye liner, or blend it on your lids for something smokey.
2. Eye Couture Palette in Eye on Neutral Shimmer ($19.99)
Eye Couture Palette in Eye on Neutral Shimmer
If neutrals are your style, keep an eye on Sonia’s Eye on Neutral Shimmer.
Its colors softly shine on lids, and catch the light without emphasizing fine lines or wrinkles (yay!). Perfect for classic fall smokey eyes in brown, bronze, gold or gray.
Are you familiar with the Urban Decay Naked Palette? If so, Sonia’s take on neutrals is a budget friendly alternative with many similar shades.
3. Satin Luxe Lip Colors in Pinky Beige and Spiced Berry ($9.99 each)
Satin Luxe Lip Colors in Pinky Beige (left) and Spiced Berry (right)
Upgrade your game, and your makeup bag, with Sonia’s creamy Satin Luxe Lip Colors in Pinky Beige, a neutral beige for warm and cool skin tones, or Spiced Berry, a rich cranberry/brick red.
Pinky Beige on the left and Spiced Berry on the right
These lightweight, moisturizing lipsticks look just as lovely with neutral or jewel-toned eyes.
Do you have any favorites from Sonia Kashuk’s line? Inquiring minds want to know.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
I’m fresh off the wedding train and back from a relaxing honeymoon. Looking back on my big day and sifting through our first photos of the event, I keep thinking about how happy I was with my wedding makeup. When I got engaged I knew immediately that I’d prefer to do my own makeup—an idea that was met with wide-eyed shock from my big-city in-laws. But I’m a cosmetics addict, I know what I like, and I happen to have a best friend who basically taught me everything I know about applying makeup. So I felt confident in our combined skills.
It took me months to assemble the right line-up of products for the day and now that it’s all said and done there were 5 products that simply blew me away. Whether you’re planning to do your own makeup for a special occasion or just looking for products that are worth your dollar bills, these MVPs should be on your list.
1. Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer, $40
Different concealers are meant for different jobs and while I had my all-time favorite blemish cover-up on hand for emergencies (Laura Mercier’s Camouflage) when the wedding day came I needed a brightening formula to mask the evidence of all that pre-wedding stress. The Maestro Concealer from Armani is seriously transformative. When used on and under lids, around your nose, and even lightly dabbed into the center of your face from forehead to chin, it brightens, evens skin tone, and gives skin a smooth finish. The texture is incredibly thin and light so it truly feels weightless. I’ve been using it daily since the wedding.
2. Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Dim Light, $45
The concept behind these finishing powders (there are 6 distinct shades) may seem strange at first; they’re meant to make you look as if you’re standing in perfect lighting all the time. In a special-occasion scenario, this go-anywhere-look-fab promise was appealing since we were running from photos to the ceremony to cocktail hour and beyond. Dim Light is a neutral peach shade and with just a light dusting across my entire face I looked luminous (but not shiny!). The effect is truly amazing. It gives your skin a smooth, glowing look and is super sheer so you won’t see any visible traces of it. Magic!
3. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Carnelian, $25
When it came to choosing my wedding day lip color I was torn. I wanted something that looked natural but also had some shine and pigment. Everything seemed too bold or too neutral until I found Shiseido’s little tube of happiness. This product’s formula is as close to perfect as you can get in my opinion. It has shine but not fourth-grade-sparkly-lip-gloss shine. It has rich pigment and a creamy feel on your lips. Plus, it lasts for hours. Carnelian is a rosy, peachy shade and it’s the best your-lips-but-better color I’ve ever found.
4. Laura Mercier Corner Faux Eyelashes, $18
I’m not a fake eyelashes wearer—they always feel heavy and awkward to me. But on my wedding day I wanted to give my eyes some extra oomph. These gorgeous lashes did the trick and then some. They are feathery soft and incredibly natural looking. I loved this set in particular because it gave a very feminine, fluttery effect. I find a half set of lashes like this looks more natural then a full set. Plus, these came with black lash glue—genius.
5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $14 for 1oz
If there’s one thing I knew I’d do at my wedding it was dance all night long and I needed my makeup to keep up. I’d read rave reviews about this setting spray and decided to give it a try. The results were enough to make me a firm believer. I sprayed my finished makeup (and all my bridesmaids’ faces as well) and at the end of the night people were still commenting on how gorgeous my makeup was. I am not exaggerating when I say nothing moved—even after hours of dancing, champagne sipping, hugging, and general madness.