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5 Easy Ways to Instantly Look Younger

Makeup, we all know, can be a girl’s best friend. Within a few minutes you can erase a pimple, make your cheekbones more prominent, or enliven your tired eyes. Some of the best makeup secrets, though, are those that shave years off.

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  1. The Beauty of Air – Using airbrush makeup is essential for a younger appearance. The water-based foundation mixes with air to create a truly flawless look that instantly minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Make it Yellow – Pink-based foundations tend to bring out the redness in your skin. Try using a yellow-based foundation, instead. Not sure how to tell? We make it easy. Our odd-numbered foundations have a yellow base, and our even-numbered foundations have a pink undertone.
  3. It’s All About the Eyes – The eye area is key to your youthful glow. As women age, they tend to lose eyebrow hair, so be sure to fill in your brows. Feather the color onto the tails of your eyebrows, as that’s where hair loss usually focuses. Use a light-reflecting concealer around your eyes to instantly brighten them, and line the eyes with a soft color (such as brown or a nice taupe). Black eyeliner can look harsh and severe.How to Look Younger
  4. Focus on the Apples – Many women tend to apply blush beneath their cheekbones. But, using a peach blush on the apples of your cheeks will bring back your spirited, youthful glow.
  5. Keep it Natural – For your lips, opt for lipstick shades that are as close to your natural lip as possible, or a shade darker. Dark lips can instantly make you look older.

 

 

What are your favorite makeup tips and tricks?

 

Demystifying Airbrush Makeup

One common theme we hear about airbrush makeup is that it’s intimidating. Even celebrity Makeup Artist Nikki DeRoest admitted that the technique gave her pause at first. But, it didn’t take her long to realize how easy it really is.

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“I must admit that I have been a little intimidated myself about airbrushing. I had played with it here and there throughout my career, but never fully found something that worked for me,” Nikki confessed on her blog, HelloToBeauty.com. “I love airbrushing because it allows the skin to breathe without sacrificing coverage, doesn’t look cakey or thick, and it definitely has a beautiful ‘camera ready’ finish. When I got my hands on these machines, I couldn’t believe how simple it was and how beautiful the result could be! Luminess Air really broke it down from the beginning, and from the second I opened the box I was well on my way to being a pro!”

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5 Reasons You Should Try Airbrush Makeup At Home

Kristina at PrettyShinySparkly.com has dabbled in airbrush makeup since her mother gifted her with a “cheap” system from Amazon. After moving into her current home, though, that system was lost and she needed an upgrade.

We were happy to fill the void. After trying our systems, Kristina came up these 5 Reasons to Try Airbrushing at Home.

With her traditional makeup, Kristina says “there have been times when my foundation just does NOT want to cooperate with my skin. Whether my skin is too flaky, too acne-prone, or just too reddened from harsh treatments — sometimes it seemed like it would just be best to go without makeup than to cake foundation on my face and make the problem even more obvious.”

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  1. Quote-OpenAirbrush foundation has the benefit of allowing skin to breathe without sacrificing longevity or coverage, it doesn’t look cakey or thick. It’s great for “camera-ready” skin, fabulous for video, or even selfies.
  2. Many people tend to think of airbrush makeup as “special occasion” makeup, but I would argue that it is actually incredibly simple. I can apply airbrush makeup in less time than it takes me to painstakingly bounce a beauty blender sponge across my face to ensure even, blended coverage. With airbrush, the blending is done for you–by the air we breathe.
  3. This system can be very easy to use and I found the effects and finish to last as long if not longer than standard foundation. I especially liked that it did not cling to dry patches
  4. You have an endless range of color possibilities. You can use the same type of makeup in summer as in winter, and you can custom mix you own shade any time you like – and always have the perfect match for your skin without buying another $25-50 bottle of foundation!Quote-Closed
  5. The effects are near-flawless, and I quite like that it felt like I had literally nothing on my face.

 

“All in all, if you have been thinking about dabbling in airbrush makeup, I would wholeheartedly recommend Luminess systems as your go-to choice–and most specifically, the Epic 2, for reasons I outlined earlier in this post.”

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Mastering the Blue Eyes Trend

You can’t escape it. Between runways and street style, celebrities and cool girls, blue accenting on the eyes is everywhere.

We know, we know. You’re still recovering from the blue eyeshadow-ed days of the early 2000s. But, this time its different.

Instead of pairing the trend with your hoodie t-shirt, low-rise flare jeans and Doc Martens (bless your junior-high self), try a subtle blue eyeshadow with a cream structured blouse tucked into high-waisted trousers and a neutral heel. It’s a basic, classic look, but, it’s a solid bet for dipping your toe into the blue water.

Make the accent work for your everyday look with a simple blue eyeshadow. No neons, no coloring your waterline. Just a pop of color to show off your sparklers.

For the look below, we used our Airbrush Eyeshadow in Smoke (Shade 20), but if you’re after a nighttime look, try Midnight (Shade 12).

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Want to see more blue eye looks? Check out our #TrendSpot posts on Twitter (@LuminessAir), Instagram (@Luminess_Air) and Facebook.

Get the Look: Oscar de la Renta

Makeup minimalism transcended the spring/summer season to overwhelm the runways of New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016. Models from Proenza Schouler to Anna Sui showed us how to rock a naked face, a graphic eyeliner and an overstated Audrey (thank you, Brandon Maxwell).

But, our favorite look of NYFW was the severe cat-eye at Oscar de la Renta.

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To get the look:

  1. Start with a fresh, clean face and add a soft Glow. You’ll want to keep an understated face for the rest of this look.
  2. Draw a triangle with our Calligraphy Eyeliner.
    • – Start halfway on your lash line and, extending toward the outside, draw halfway between the outer corner and your eyebrow.
    • – Finish the line by tracing the crease of your eyelid.
    • – Just inside of the outer corner of your eye, draw the bottom of the triangle and fill it in.
  3. Use Mascara just on the outer corners of the eye, where the eyeliner is. It’s effective and effortlessly sensual.
  4. Fill in your eyebrows with our new Brow Pencil to get confident, alluring brows. Using the brush, swipe up and  out.
  5. Finish with just a hint of Lipgloss in Inspiration, so you don’t distract from your statement eyes.

Now, you’ve got the look. And when you got it, flaunt it!

5 Steps to a Naturally Flawless Complexion

If you’re looking for a cream, lotion or wash to improve your complexion, your options are endless. But, if the thought of combing through thousands upon thousands of products to find the one perfect match for your skin is a little daunting, start with these five simple methods first.

1. Drink More Water

It’s no secret that water does great things for your body: energizes muscles, boosts your metabolism, and generally helps your body perform its functions better. But, it also can make you look younger and more vibrant, because a dehydrated state can make your skin look dry and wrinkled. Experts recommend drinking half an ounce of water for every pound of your body weight. So, if you weigh 130 pounds, you should be drinking 65 ounces of water every day for adequate hydration.

2. Get More Sleep

Good sleeping patterns are essential to overall skin health. Your skin uses periods of rest to restore and repair itself. Bedtime is when your proteins and melatonin are produced, and when other anti-aging activity occurs. Skin conditions and irritations are exacerbated when you’re sleep-deprived; that tired state can also accelerate skin aging. Sufficient sleep gives your body its best chance for optimal skin performance.

3. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen is arguably the most important component of your skincare arsenal. Regardless of the weather, sun exposure can cause skin damage. But, daily sunscreen application has been proven to prevent a multitude of skin cancers, including melanoma. If that’s not enough motivation, think of all the premature wrinkles, colored spots and weird textures you’re keeping off your face. For daily wear, try a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum sunscreen; it’ll feel less greasy and will smell less than a full-on sunscreen. Be sure to get at least SPF 15, but SPF 30 is recommended.

4. Get an Allergy Test

Dermatologists can test your skin to evaluate its response to the most common allergens. Once you know your irritants, you’ll be able to avoid the products that contain the fragrances, chemicals, etc. that could cause irritation or redness.

5. Keep it Clean

You know you shouldn’t sleep in your makeup, but you probably do anyway, at least on occasion. Remember that sleeping in your makeup can cause bacterial infections and clogged pores, and make your acne worse. As important as it is to wash your face before bed and in the morning, it’s just as important to be gentle in your washing. Over-exfoliating can dry out your skin and cause “microcuts,” through which bacteria can enter and, again, worsen acne. A couple of tips?

Wash your face after removing your makeup to ensure you get all of the concealer and foundation off.

For a gentler exfoliation than grainy scrubs, use a salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser. Start using one of these three times a week, alternating with your regular cleanser, and adjust depending on your skin’s reaction.

Avoid getting a daily cleanser with fragrance or harsh soap. If you have dry skin, try a cleanser with shea or glycerin. If you have oily skin, try a foaming wash to help your skin feel cleaner.

What Shape Magazine Thinks of Airbrush Makeup

Earlier this month, Shape.com put our Epic 2 airbrush makeup system to the test for their research on beauty gadgets. Photo Editor Erica Meneses experimented with the system for the magazine’s story, “Do Fancy Beauty Gadgets Really Work?”

The verdict? An excited “Yes!”

After testing multiple products, Meneses found that the Epic 2 delivers natural-looking results easily (though she had her qualms at first). “I was worried I wouldn’t be able to apply the foundation or blush evenly on my face, but the machine took care of everything,” she said. “It didn’t take a lot to make my skin look smooth.”

See what other gadgets they reviewed on shape.com.

Trends From the SS16 Runways

If there’s one thing we learned from the spring/summer 2016 runways, it’s that this season will be all about a natural look. No makeup makeup, full brows, natural lips and no-fuss eyes are everywhere.

But, for the days when you want a little added color, there’s the Altuzarra look. Using our Simply Golden Eyeshadow Palette, swipe your favorite shade over the lid. Start from the lash line and work up toward your eyebrow. Then, use a brush to blend away any harsh lines.

Altuzarra SS16 Runway

Check out the gallery below for some of our other favorite looks for this season.

Getting Selena’s Grammys Look

Last night we saw the giants of the music industry walk the red carpet for the annual Grammys awards show. From Taylor to Adele, talent, style and beauty ran rampant, especially in the case of Selena Gomez. The singer took her “come and get it” mantra to heart with a serious smoky eye, glam waves and killer sexy Calvin Klein slinky, sequin dress in midnight blue.

Selena Gomez attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to get red carpet glamour.

  1. After applying your silk foundation, contour with bronzer. Hold the airbrush stylus roughly six inches away from your temple, just in front of the center of your ear. Using a gentle sweeping motion, brush the color down toward the corner of your mouth.
  2. Apply a light iridescent shadow to the inner corners of your eye, and just below the brow.
  3. Using a good black eye liner, trace your upper lid. Start at the center, then work outwards in a dramatic cat eye. Finish the line from the center to the inner corner. Repeat on the bottom, blending away harsh lines.
  4. Fill in the negative space between your liner and your light shadow with a dark bronze or purple shadow. Blend for a seamless transition.
  5. Finish the look with two coats of mascara and a statement brow.

Practice a few times before wearing this out, so you can be sure to nail the technique. You can get everything you need for this look in our Amber Beauty Kit.

The Newest Trend in Contouring

We’ve seen contouring progress over the years from simple contouring to clown contouring, strobing, baking, tontouring, and everything in between. (Christmas contouring? Really?) The latest trend to rock perfectly sculpted faces is tape contouring.

Tape contouring began with Beauty Blogger Huda Kattan, and has taken over the beauty world.  Huda has you use the tape as a guide on the areas you are going to apply your darker contouring color, then peel off the tape and add your lighter contouring color or highlighter.

Huda Kattan

While this may make for precision contouring when using liquid foundations, we still prefer our method: airbrush. With airbrush makeup systems, or aerosol makeup, contouring is basically done for you.

When you spray on your makeup, the foundation blends automatically without harsh lines or the need for excessive blending. No office products required.

Part of the beauty of airbrush makeup is that you use 10x less makeup than liquid foundation. (Especially when half of your foundation gets left behind on scotch tape.)

How do we get the perfect contour? Simple: