“What lip is that?” A professional lipstick critic reveals all.
I’m a serial lipstick dater. So many lip products slide onto my desk. Some I double-tap and have all the heart eyes for. Others I ghost and leave on seen. This is #BigLipstickEnergy, an honest breakdown of how I feel about the latest lip launches. Read on for the three lipstick flings I’m keeping in rotation for now. Next week, I’ll have a new roster.
Chromatic Lip Stain in Classic Red
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Metallic eyeshadow ruled 2019 as one of the biggest makeup trends of the year. In 2020, let’s not leave our lips out—they deserve to shine, too. Start with this lip stain, which, unlike others on the market, won’t weigh your lips down with gunky, chunky, glittery excess. Instead, it feels smooth, soft, and velvety on your lips, and dries down quickly to a multidimensional, metallic finish. The formula does not budge one bit, so you won’t have to worry about mirror-checking every few minutes.
WHY I’M OBSESSED:
Every now and then, I have an urge to remix classic reds with a fun finish, like metallic. This sparkly red shade stands out against my skin tone and makes me want to selfie my life away. More importantly, the soft stain it’s low-key af to wear. It seriously takes zero energy throughout the day. After an hour, I literally forgot I was wearing it until someone complimented me.
Luminess Beauty Nude & Naughty Eyeshadow Palette $30
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year. This nude eyeshadow palette offers something for everyone, with 16 matte and 20 shimmer shades that flatter every skin tone. Available at luminessbeauty.com
Luminess Beauty x The Lion King
The Luminess Beauty x The Lion King beauty collaboration was released in the summer to coincide with the film’s release. It was developed by celebrity makeup artist Sir John and features the most striking hand-designed etched packaging inspired by characters from the movie!
Screenshot via luminessbeauty.com
Luminess Cosmetics Is Offering 50 Percent Off Its The Lion King Collection for Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still over two weeks away, and yet, the deals and discounts are already rolling in at a rapid rate. One of many promotions people will be pumped about is from Luminess Cosmetics — aka the brand that teamed up with Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, to create an epic makeup collection inspired by The Lion King.
Come November 29, the limited-edition collection will be not 20 or 30 but 50 percent off, making it the perfect time to pick up one or several items that you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on yet. As a reminder, the line includes the Kingdom Sculpting Palette($42), the Can’t Wait to be Queen Eyeshadow Palette ($42), the Circle of Life Highlighter($40), the Legacy Tinted Lip Balm ($24), two Be Brave Matte Lipsticks ($24 each), and two Be Prepared Liquid Lipsticks ($24 each).
Of course, this is an ideal opportunity to not only shop the collection for yourself but also to pick up products to give as gifts this year to your makeup-obsessed loved ones. Featuring both neutral and vibrant shades, as well as a variety of formulas, there’s a product for everyone in this limited-edition line. What’s more, according to a press release sent to Allure via email, there will be additional packages available with even more opportunities to save money.
The promotion begins on Black Friday and runs through Cyber Monday, so make sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t forget. Happy holiday shopping!
Colourpop Is Launching Its New Disney “Midnight Masquerade” Makeup Collection — Here’s What We Know
If you didn’t know, Disney has been on a helluva roll this year when it comes to makeup collaborations. Beauty companies like Besamé Cosmetics, Luminess, and Funko have all dropped Disney-themed collections within the last few months, and fan-favorite brand Colourpop has jumped on the bandwagon, too. In fact, it’s already dropped two Disney-inspired collections so far — the Designer Collection and the Disney Villains Collection. And now, the brand is back for round three with its new Midnight Masquerade Collection, which celebrates eight iconic Disney princesses.
The new line, which is set to launch on October 7, was named after a series of limited-edition Disney princess dolls and features individual makeup bundles created for each one. (You can also purchase the products separately, should you want to mix and match.) As for the princesses that inspired the collection, you have Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Esmeralda, Megara, Aurora, and lastly, Giselle, who some will remember is from the live-action film, Enchanted.
If you’ve ever looked at a movie star’s makeup and thought, ‘Why can’t mine look like that?’ the answer is probably a simple one — you’re not using airbrush makeup. A technique that sees makeup sprayed onto the skin in a mist form via a powered compressor that allows it to be distributed in an even, lightweight manner, airbrush makeup — which was first used way back in 1959 for Ben Hur — is a well-known Hollywood secret for sheer, natural-looking coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and pores like traditional makeup does. The best airbrush makeup kits, which often include the makeup as well as the machine, take things even further still, with anti-aging, dermatologist-tested products that look great on mature skin.
The Benefits of Airbrush Makeup Kits
When it comes to application, airbrush makeup kits require some practice. While you may not get your desired results on your first — or even second or third! — try, there are many reasons to make the switch.
First and foremost, it’s more hygienic that typical makeup practices, since your fingers won’t be touching your face.
It’s also longer-lasting, with water-based formulas that are made to withstand sweat, tears, and smudges that can be strengthened with a waterproof sealant or finish.
That, in turn, means that while you may pay more up front for the machine, you’ll be saving money in the long run, since you’ll need to apply your makeup less frequently.
Finally, you’ll be able to use less product per application, as it covers more with less, making cake-y makeup that exacerbates your finer wrinkles a thing of the past. Do note, however, that experts recommend a powder or cream-based makeup for heavier facial lines.
Where to Buy Airbrush Makeup Kits
While you won’t find these kits at typical makeup stores, such as Sephora or Ulta, you will find them at major online retailers, such as Walmart or Amazon.
Tips for Using an Airbrush Makeup Kit
Learn from the mistakes of real Amazon users, who suggest the following when using an airbrush makeup kit:
- Play around with technique and amount: As one customer wrote, “I would put on too much and it would look cakey and powdery. I had to play around with how much spray I wanted to come out of the wand. I spent days trying it out before I got the hang of it.”
- Allow moisturizers, primers, and foundation to dry before adding more:“That simple advice will go a long way on your first few attempts!” another trial-and-error airbrush user wrote.
- Make sure you use the right finish and tone for your skin: “Matte or Satin are the two basic terms. … You will have to match SKIN TONE AS WELL,” wrote an experienced reviewer.
- Test holding the machine at different lengths: “The farther back you pull the trigger, the more product is used in a much shorter amount of time, because the air pressure is greater,” one helpful comment wrote. “I would suggest using the compressor on your face without putting makeup in the well first to feel the difference in air pressure.”
Where to buy: From $138.95, Amazon
If you’ve seen one of Luminess’ infomercials on TV, you already know that this low-pressure machine minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, and textured skin to hide acne, skin discoloration, dark circles, bruising, scars, rosacea, and the occasional tattoo. What you may not know is that this machine, which comes with four foundations, a blush, a skin brightener, a moisturizer, and an AC adaptor, has been dermatologist tested — and approved — for use on even the most sensitive of skin types.
“I have super sensitive skin and this was a great device for smoothness of application, quality of product didn’t trigger my sensitive skin and I loved how it looks!” one Amazon customer wrote.
Another raved: “I have skin level: challenging. Whatever difficulty you can think of, I’ve got it: discoloration, sensitivity, dry/flaky patches, oily patches, enlarged pores, fine lines … and on top of that, I prefer a natural makeup look. Now that I’ve tried Luminess Air, I’m a convert. The Luminess foundation formula is water-based, so it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, and it is long lasting – it sticks around all day without fading, flaking or caking for me. It also floats over pores and fine lines, giving you a flawless finish.”
10 Peel-Off Masks That Actually Do What They Say They Will
Get that skin hydrated and feeling fresh the right way with a little DIY treatment.
You’ve had a long day; things were hectic… and now all you want to do is sit back, relax and practice a little self-care. And what better way to do that than to indulge in some fun face masks while you catch up on your favorite Netflix shows?
We love all masks, but we’ve been especially fond of peel-off masks lately. The fun factor (not to mention the selfie factor) is there — besides, there’s something extra satisfying about peeling them off. They also offer a variety of benefits, from brightening, to firming, to hydrating (or all of the above). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites at every price point — keep reading to check them all out.
Luminess Beauty Rose Gold Vitality Peel Off Mask $54.
This peel-off mask tones, repairs, firms, hydrates and brightens skin, thanks to its mixture of peptides and antioxidants.
The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and More
A few serious eye looks made their way onto the feeds of Instagram this past week. Beyoncé entranced onlookers at the Lion King Premiere in London with gold-flecked lids, blushed cheeks, and a sheer lipstick, thanks to her trusted makeup artist, Sir John, and his Lion King makeup collection for Luminess Cosmetics. Meanwhile makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa showed off her steady-handed skills on model Yoon Young Bae with a double-winged obsidian liner. Artists Jenna Kristina and Laurie Heaps made a playful statement on Rowan Blanchard with neon green shadow in the inner corners of her eyes, a liquid flick of liner, and a pinned-down pixie cut.
Speaking of eyes, rapper Megan Thee Stallion stepped out with rose gold lids and a flawless foundation, while wavy tresses brought the look together. On a similar wave (pun intended), a couple beauties showed off defined ringlets: Pose star Indya Moore snapped a golden hour shot with glowing skin and a note that she’s “feeling grateful for love.” Hairstylist Lacy Redway worked her magic on actress Zazie Beetz, whose crown of chestnut coils elegantly framed her shimmering skin and rosy cheeks.
Muses worldwide embraced the summer sun, as they are wont to do when July fades into August. A beachside Kelsey Lu rocked silver-streaked braids and turquoise brows in Martha’s Vineyard. Alicia Keys made some time for a little outdoor meditation, and model Behati Prinsloo showed off her wake-surfing skills. Jada Pinkett-Smith spread some of her magic on a boat in Greece: bronzed skin, a smile, and a reminder that a joyful “hot girl summer” is still in full effect.
Vote for Your Favorite Beauty Brands in Our Third Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The polls are now open for InStyle’s third annual Readers’ Choice Awards, where you have the power to select the best-of-the-best new beauty products.
The nominees you’ll see below have been carefully selected by our editors, who spent the last twelve months testing everything from hands-free curling irons to long-lasting lipsticks. (Yes, our bathroom cabinets are near collapse.) At the end of the day, we narrowed the playing field to more than 165 products across 36 categories. Now, it’s up to you.
As you scroll through the survey below, you’ll have the chance to choose from editor-selected launches or write in your own top choice. We’ll tally the votes, then reveal the victors in the October 2019 issue of InStyle, as well as on InStyle.com. May the best products win!