13 Long-Wear Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day That Won’t Budge, No Matter What Your Plans Are

If there’s any day of the year that might pose a threat against long-wear lipsticks, it’s Cupid’s big day. Finding effective long-wear lipsticks for Valentine’s Day, especially ones that will withstand aggressive smooches from whomever or whatever you may be spending the day with, can be tough, and poor research can result in a very messy make-out session.

Lucky for you (and your boo), I’ve rounded up a list of 13 lipsticks that will not budge, no matter what you get into on Valentine’s Day.

LUMINESS FOREVER REIGN LIP STAIN

Give your lips a pop of color with this long-lasting lip stain that’s water-resistant for up to 18 hours. The mineral-based formula feels silky smooth on the lips and won’t slide off after a kiss.

(Read More Here: https://www.instyle.com/beauty/lips/best-long-wear-lipsticks-for-valentines-day)

 

These Airbrush Foundations Are The Next Best Thing to Professional Makeup.

If you’re like us, an airbrushed foundation application immediately brings to mind swirling images of “I dos,” HD news anchors, red carpets, movie stars, and other professional photo and video ops. Which, to be honest, feels a little intimidating. Of course, we would love to have the flawless finish said events and subjects necessitate or wear, but the mere idea of mastering the art of applying airbrush foundations has us balking at the least and running for the hills at the most. Are we alone here?

The airbrush technique has been around for decades (fun fact: airbrush makeup was first used in 1955 Hollywood on the actors of Ben-Hur), yet it still has a firm foothold within the makeup industry. Lately, our curiosity has been getting the better of us. Which airbrush foundations are the best? We did the research to find the eight formulas offering the most pristine, non-detectable finishes at the most feasible dollar amounts. Keep scrolling. Flawless, airbrushed complexions await.

With a litany of different airbrush sets and product types to choose from, Luminess is another big name within the airbrush realm. To keep things simple, we love this appropriately named basic system which features your choice of two different foundations (to ensure a spot-on color match!), an airbrush compressor and stylus, AC adapter, one blush, one highlighter, and the brand’s helpful one-year warranty.

Real Women Say These Are the Best Hair Removal Products on Amazon

by LINDSEY METRUS

Pricey waxing appointments, frequent passes with a razor, and tweezing with abandon all make the hair removal process more of a burden than just a usual step in your beauty routine. No matter your goals, whether slight maintenance or total clean-up, removing stubble and peach fuzz should be as painlessly ritualistic as applying your skincare.

This editor is a huge fan of this battery-operated mini hair removal device, perfect for discretely removing upper-lip hair without ever touching a blade directly to the skin. Sonic technology targets the hair and wicks it away while a protective blade cover keeps your skin from getting nicked.

Standout review: “I should have ordered initially instead of going with another brand. I love this. it performs exactly as it says.”

Source: https://www.byrdie.com/author/lindsey-metrus

These Are the Best Black Friday Beauty and Wellness Deals (So Far)

Black Friday isn’t just a day. Here at Byrdie HQ, we see it as a challenge, a marathon, an opportunity to grasp glory in our very hands. Yes, we realize we’re being dramatic, but we can’t help but take it rather seriously. How could we refrain? It’s magical.

Have you been coveting a particularly expensive palette, looking to experiment with a new brand, or trying to stock up on your favorite limited-edition products? Black Friday is your day. With Cyber Monday following close after, it might even be your week.

With that being said, so many brands offer specials that it’s slightly overwhelming to try to navigate the best deals on your own. If you’re like us, you have some serious pre-sale FOMO. Even if it’s impossible to partake in every deal out there, remember to have fun and revel in the kickoff to the holidays. Keep reading to see a roundup of amazing beauty brands and their Black Friday deals so you can spend less time researching and more time with family, turkey, and dessert!

Luminess: All products are on sale up to 84% off at LuminessAir.com. Enjoy free shipping on any order of $50 or more.

 

Facial Hair Removal Guide: How to Remove Every Unwanted Hair From Your Face

Hair removal—and whether or not to remove hair at all—is a very personal choice. And when it comes to hair on your face, it’s a pretty sensitive one, too. We mean that literally. The skin on your face is more delicate than the skin on your legs, say, so it’s important to be thoughtful and careful about the hair-removal methods you choose.

While removing hair on most parts of your body is no biggie, removing it from your face takes extra TLC. As Shay Moinuddin, R.N., aesthetic nurse specialist and practice manager of the Few Institute (fewinstitute.com), tells SELF, scars from waxing, electrolysis or lasers can happen very easily when things go wrong during a treatment and they are much harder to camouflage on the face versus the body. And some methods are better for certain types of hair growth than others.

No matter the type of hair removal (self.com/topic/hair-removal) you’re considering, it’s important that you pay attention to your skin. “If you are noticing bumps, ingrown hairs or sensitivity, then your hair-removal method might not be the right fit for your skin,” says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologist at Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York. She recommends always starting with well moisturized skin, as the more pliable the skin, the less likely it will be inflamed or irritated with the pressure of the tool. Exfoliating once or twice a week to remove any dead skin cells on the surface will help prevent ingrown hairs (self.com/story/ingrown-hair-treatment), and finishing with lotion or oil will keep skin hydrated and protected.

Mustache

How to get rid of hair in this above-the-lip region is a very personal decision, says Dr. Engelman. She likes the Luminess Silk & Smooth Hair Remover, $30, which cuts the hair on the surface of the skin and leads to less irritation since it is not pulling hair from the follicle.

For individuals with darker facial hair and lighter skin, laser hair removal (self.com/story/the-pros-cons-of-laser-hair-re) is a good option. “Since the laser picks up darker pigment, it renders the best results,” she says. “Lighter hair, which has less pigment, can be much less effective.” Hair loss can be seen after as little as three sessions and full results may be achieved in up to six or eight sessions. “Caution should be taken when having laser hair removal on the face because of the proximity of the treatment to the eyes,” Moinuddin adds. “Proper goggles designed for the specific laser being used must be worn during treatment to protect the eyes from permanent damage.”

Derms don’t recommend waxing the upper lip, as that commonly leads to ingrown hairs

Beyonce’s Makeup Artist Teaches How to Contour with Luminess

Watch Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Sir John Teach Us the Real Way to Contour

There are “makeovers” and then there are “slayovers”… and that’s exactly what our very own Gwen Flamberg got when she joined makeup artist Sir John on a trip to Luminess Cosmetics’ Houston offices.

You see, Sir John isn’t just any makeup pro; he’s the man behind the brushes that paint Beyoncé and he and Gwen (along with a few other lucky beauty editors) flew down to Texas on a private jet the day after the Formation singer’s second Coachella performance. What did they do to pass the time? Makeup at 48,000 feet, of course!

Sir John is known for his “teflon” technique, which keeps a look fresh for hours on end (he even joined Us on our podcast Get Tressed with Us to explain, in detail, how he got Beyoncé’s glow to last through dancing in the desert heat — hint: it involves layering) and his killer contouring skills.

After Gwen explained that she was completely intimidated by contouring and hated the extreme looks she’d seen in youtube tutorials, the makeup pro (who also counts Priyanka ChopraSerena Williams and Mary J. Blige as clients, NBD) explained that the key to “contouring for real life” is to “simply sculpt” the face with color by softly stroking matte bronzer or a powder foundation a shade darker than your skin tone. Also, he recommended an overall neutral makeup palette with accent shades of terracotta to make the sculpting look super authentic.

After perfecting foundation, Sir John used the Luminess taupe brow pencil to maximize Gwen’s arches, concentrating strokes at the highest points. Next up, eyes: Shades from the Nude Eye Shadow Palette were used to create definition. Sir John relied on the burgundy and rose shades, then dusted a bit of beige in the inner corners. He stroked the red shade in Luminess’ cool Tarot Series Strength Eye Shadow Palette in the center. Coco Eye Liner was smudged along lashlines and two coats of mascara finished the look.

The final touch? A rosy nude liquid lipcolor was slicked on to the pout (Gwen is still obsessed with Luminess’ Forever Reign Lip Stain in Tame.) Lesson learned: stick with a universally flattering pumped-up neutral palette and use a light hand and you’ll look uber-polished every time. Blending well with brushes (especially those that had last touched Beyoncé’s face) doesn’t hurt either!

How to Find the Best Foundation for Your Skin

Believe it or not, there is a perfect foundation match for every skin type. Whether your skin is oily or dry, splotchy or acne-prone, there is a Luminess Air Airbrush Foundation specifically for your needs. Our airbrush foundations come in four finishes: Mystic, Silk, Ultra and Matte. Each foundation is optimized for a specific coverage and skin type, so you never end up with a foundation that doesn’t work for your skin.

Mystic

This exclusive, concealer-, corrector-, primer- and foundation-in-one provides maximum coverage with the translucent look of natural skin. With just a few drops, Mystic easily conceals hard-to-cover areas including redness, scars, birthmarks, tattoos, vitiligo, blemishes, rosacea, discolorations, hyperpigmentation and dark undereye circles, rendering them stealthily, gloriously undetectable.

For those with acne-prone or problem skin, Mystic is infused with neem extract for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Antioxidant compounds soothe inflammation and help defend your skin against age-promoting free radicals.

Silk

Luminess Air’s Silk Airbrush Foundation is a sheer coverage, ultra-lightweight foundation that delivers an outrageously rich, smooth and silky finish that gives the look of healthy, moisturized skin.  This luxurious, all-in-one airbrush foundation was developed for the woman who wants sheer to medium coverage with a smooth and silky finish. With just a few drops, Silk blurs imperfections including large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, scars, birthmarks, blemishes, rosacea, discolorations and dark undereye circles.

Silk is universally flattering for all skin types and provides exceptionally soft and silky coverage in a range of skin-matching shades.

Ultra

Luminess Air’s Ultra Airbrush Foundation is a sheer coverage, weightless demi-matte foundation that delivers a gorgeous, lit-from-within look that’s the perfect balance between luminous and velvety.

This airbrush foundation was developed for the woman with combination skin who wants sheer to full coverage with a balanced, natural finish. Ultra is best for combination skin and provides exceptionally balanced, natural coverage in a range of skin-matching shades.

Matte

Luminess Air’s Matte Airbrush Foundation is a shine-free, weightless foundation that delivers soft, even coverage with a freshly powdered velvety-matte finish.

Matte Airbrush Foundation was developed for the woman who wants medium-to-full coverage with a shine-free velvety finish. Matte is best for oily to combination skin types and provides exceptionally powder smooth coverage in a range of skin-matching shades.

 

Check out this video for even more help choosing the best airbrush foundation for your skin.

Editor’s Sneak Peak Black Friday Preview

Prepare to be amazed, because we’re about to give you a preview of our Black Friday sale. It’s the biggest sale we’ve ever had and just in time for the holidays – so now owning your very own airbrush system at home is easier — and cheaper! — than you ever thought possible!

Here’s just a sneak peak of the airbrush makeup sales we’ve got going on – it’s the perfect time to stock up on airbrush essentials for yourself — you know – treat yo’self! — and everyone on your holiday list. The below is just a sampling of the amazing sales we will be having, so be sure to click the “sales” tab to see all the goodies!

There’s something about boxes and packages that our Luminess Beauties love, so we’ve decided to create a ton of options this holiday season, perfect for everyone. Here are just a few of the airbrush makeup packages we’ve got going on sale:

The Mystery Box, which includes Translucent Powder, Lipsticks, Haute Polish Oil, Minus 10 – 5ml, Gel Eye Shadow, Stylus Cap Cover, Stylus Tails, Makeup Remover Wipes and Tip Top, which is perfect for the gal who has pretty much everything.

Naughty & Nude, which includes Naughty & Nude Palette, Nude Lipstick, Incognito, Naughty Lipstick and Blood Moon, which is perfect for the subdued makeup lover in your life.

Shimmer Glimmer Collection, which includes 0.25oz Metallic Gold, 0.25oz Metallic Bronzer, 0.25oz Metallic Silver, 0.25oz Metallic Pearlizer, to keep you shimmering all the way through the holiday season and into the New Year.

Got You Covered Collection, which includes everyone’s favorite Liquid Concealer, 0.25oz X-Out, and 0.25oz Eraser to help finish up your airbrush essentials collection.

Love Thyself Collection, which includes 0.55oz Love, 0.55oz Porcelain, and 0.55oz Moisturizer, which is the best way to really treat yo’self this holiday season. You can buy one for your bestie, but we promise you’ll want your own!

Filter Me Pretty Collection, which includes 0.55oz Love, 0.55oz Contour, and 0.55 oz Highlighter. Buy this collection and you can pretty much delete all the filters on Instagram because now you can create your own. Just be sure to include your #NoFilterNeeded humble brag in the post, because you’ve earned it.

Travel in Style Collection, which includes a slew of products perfect for travel near or far. The collection includes a Travel Bag, Go Battery, 0.25oz Metallic Gold, 0.25oz Metallic Bronzer, Makeup Remover Wipes, 0.25oz Primer, 0.25oz Soft Rose Blush. This collection is so on point; you’re going to want to book a trip somewhere after you buy the collection just to put it to good use!

 

9 Luminess Products I Am Grateful For

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and being thankful, I wanted to share 9 Luminess products I am most grateful for. (Side note: I am extremely thankful for my friends and my family, but this is about beauty and makeup, so back to my list of favorite airbrush products.)

  1. The new Epic 2 Airbrush System. There are no words to explain just how much I love my airbrush machine that I use at home every day. I feel like I’ve become an expert thanks to the step-by-step, built-in tutorials — the only airbrush machine that has this feature — and it’s so lightweight and versatile that it’s easy to travel with.
  1. Mystic Airbrush Foundation. This is another favorite on my list because during summer and winter months I don’t have to splurge on all new shades as my skin gets tan or loses some color, I can simply color match with two different shades I keep on hand at all times. It goes on smooth and is incredibly lightweight. It also has concealer and corrector built in, so it’s the only product I need for a perfect complexion. Since my skin looks flawless, I can easily say “I woke up like this.”
  1. ColorFX. One of the newest products I’ve recently become obsessed with, this new line helps me channel my inner diva and allows me to experiment with different looks — on my body and my hair! This spray-on hair and body color will take your trends to a whole new level, or your local comic-con.
  1. Eraser. If you have red or blotchy skin like me, this is an airbrush essential you can’t live without. It helps even out your skin tone, neutralizes redness and goes on easy and lightweight.
  1. Lip Gloss. I like a pretty natural color on my lips — I let my personality do the standing-out part — so I love the natural shades of these lip glosses that are perfect every day and keep me feeling at the top of my game.
  1. AirSupremacy Body Coverage. I have a lot of scars from my days playing sports and 99 percent of the time they don’t bother me, but sometimes they do. That’s why I love this body coverage spray to help cover my skin’s imperfections. It’s also a boss at covering up tattoos and is long lasting with no transfer.
  1. Eye Shadow Palette. I’m pretty sure everyone in my life can attest to the fact that I’m indecisive in many things, so having 88 — yes, 88! — eye shadows to choose from in one adorable palette truly makes life more beautiful.
  1. Makeup Remover Wipes. I am close to being the laziest human on the planet; that’s why these simple makeup remover wipes are on my favorites list. I know the importance of removing your makeup every night, and these are perfect for the nights — there’s a lot of them! — I don’t feel like fully washing my face. These remove up to 4x more makeup than washing my face, anyway.
  1. Translucent Powder. There’s something about doing your makeup and finishing it off with a finishing powder that makes the look complete. It’s ideal for touchups, so I always keep it in my bag, just in case!