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Whiten Teeth Instantly With Spring 2011’s Hottest Runway Trend…

7 Apr

Good morning!

According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a third of the population (32%) say they are “concerned by the look of their teeth.” We brush, we floss, we whiten and spend unbelievable amounts of money each year to get a whiter smile. But did you know that you can whiten teeth instantly for about $5?!

That’s correct! For the price of a tube of lipstick, you can obtain a visibly whiter smile… AND be super on-trend this spring!

No trend is hotter this spring than ravishing red lips. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Givenchy &  Yves Saint Laurent all spiced up their spring creations with a hint of this crimson beauty, and so can you!


Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011. Marc expresses his wild side with a statement-making fire engine red lip.


Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011. Lips are given a natural red wash of color at this season's fashion week.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2011

Louis Vuitton hits the Spring 2011 runway with a dark crimson pout, perfectly finishing out their sophisticated look.

Gucci Spring 2011

Red lips turn monochromatic when paired with bright color-blocking elements on the Gucci Spring 2011 runway.

Although any shade of red makes a statement on the runway, real life presents as a bit more of a challenge. Unlike the couture models of the runway, we’re constantly flashing our pearly whites throughout the day & thus, we must consider the effect our lipstick has on our smile. With so many variations of “red” available, it’s tough to know which red suits your smile best…. And that’s where we come in!

For the red that makes your teeth instantly whiter, stick to these 2 simple guidelines…

  1. Avoid reds that contain tones of peach, orange, brown, salmon & coral. Why? These shades tend to cast a yellowish hue on teeth, making them look dingy-ier than they really are. Instead, stick to reds that have a bluish undertone. These reds cancel out a yellow smile and whiten teeth instantly! [TRD Tip: Check out the photo below if you need help distinguishing between undertones.]
  2. Matte lips naturally absorb light, leaving teeth looking darker than they should. When choosing lipsticks, keep your attention towards the glossy variety, or products that have a bit of shimmer or shine to them. These types reflect tons of light, brightening your smile overall! [TRD TIP: If you already have a matte red in your perfect shade, sweep a coat of clear gloss over it just before making your entrance. If a matte lip has a bit of time to set before you gloss it, it will last much longer.] Try MAC’s Lipglass in Clear, $14.50. It’s worth it’s weight in gold.

Which one has the blue??

Try out these reds with a blue hue…

MAC Viva Glam, $14.50,

YSL Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 in Rouge Flamme, $30,

Stay tuned for more runway tips!


Poll Results: Naturally Beautiful Makeup For Spring!

2 Apr

A new month… A new TRD Poll!

In last month’s poll, we asked you what your makeup persona looks most like:
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The Secret to Makeup That TRULY Lasts All Day…

16 Feb

Good Morning Readers!

Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer SPF 25; photo Steven Krause

I happen to be a consumer who believes there is no way the beauty mixologists can shell out a “technological breakthrough” with every new product’s reveal. We’re just not all that advanced! I mean, we’re still offering tattooed eyeliner as a reasonable solution to our morning laziness. (Do they just not tell you that your lids will sag, and that sagging lids leads to sagging tattoo ink, and that leads to two skinny, wrinkly, black caterpillars inching their way away from your lash line?! That’s really a question, by the way, if anyone feels compelled to extinguish my confusion.)

Okay, moving on from my rant… I am just not falling for the “longest lasting makeup” gimmicks. Instead, I like to take matters into my own hands and create the perfect atmosphere for the truly longest lasting makeup.

I was enlightened with this tip by a make-up artist whom I’ve worked with on many occasions, so it’s hard to say when, specifically, it was passed on. I’ve used it every day since then though, so you know it’s got to be a gem!

Before applying makeup, wash your face thoroughly. I know, I know, you washed it last night… but during the night you shed millions of dead skin cells that are just waiting to be sloughed off with that morning rinse. After washing, apply a moisturizer with your fingertips, using a small circle motion, to your face and neck. [Don’t forget under the jaw-line and to extend coverage all the way to your ears]. This can be a simple clear moisturizer, or one with a tint. Either way, I suggest using one with an SPF of at least 15.

Let the moisturizer soak into your thirsty skin for about 30 seconds, or until skin looks dewy, but not wet.

Next, dust on your daily powder, whether it be loose or pressed, again in circular motions. Take care to coat your large round powder brush evenly by tapping off excess product before touching it to your face. Start with your most oily areas first: chin, nose and forehead, then blend them into the other zones until you are satisfied with the coverage! Voila!

This trick makes powders last all day long by giving the itsy-bitsy powder particles something dewy to bind to. They essentially set themselves when combined with the moisturizer, creating a beautiful, long-lasting palate!

If you don’t currently own a quality daily moisturizer, try one of these:

RUNWAY: Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer SPF 25, $42.50. Click HERE to find a retailer near you.

MY WAY: Garnier Fructis Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28, $12-13, available almost anywhere. Click HERE to find a retailer near you.

Out of Concealer? Try this…

3 Dec

Good morning sunshine!

We know you were out late last night, but no one else needs to know! Have you ever found yourself on those early mornings staring into the mirror, gazing at those dark circles… and your perfectly colored concealer has conveniently evaded you? Next time this happens, don’t fret or settle for dark circles. Try this straight-from-the-runway tip instead:

The slightly thicker and somewhat dried out foundation that is found inside the cap can also double for concealer. And the best part? It’s already the perfect color!

This isn’t an every day use tip, but keep it in the back of your mind and you’ll be thankful for it sooner or later!

CHECK BACK LATER: Fight that dry winter skin for good!

Smokey Eyes Perfected…

30 Nov


First off, I wanted to thank everyone who has been so diligently reading the Runway Diaries! We’ve had so much fun and are extremely glad to have your support! We’re now being read in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cambodia, Spain, Mexico, Israel & Thailand! Click the map to the right under “Who’s Reading Where” to check it out!

This post is a request from a very sweet girl I’ve come to know. So, Courtney, this one’s for you girl! While submerged deep into the holidays, what better to cover than holiday makeup. Most importantly, smokey eyes! They’re oh-so-sultry and appropriate at almost any holiday event!

1. Before starting anything, you should always prep the area. In this case it’s the eyelid. Prep your lids with your favorite primer, or see below if you need to add one to your make up bag. Primer is a semi-liquid substance that, when applied before eyemakeup, will keep your shadow from creasing, flaking, or disappearing much longer. Apply primer on your entire working surface, from lash line to brow, and let dry before doing anything else.

RUNWAY:  Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $18,;

MY WAY: e.l.f’s Mineral Eye Shadow Primer, $3, or select Target stores.

Smokey eyes can be done in a variety of different hues: greys, blacks, browns, or even a fresh new violet. With any smokey eye, regardless of the color, you will need 3 varying shades. A light color (I prefer this color to have a bit of shimmer so it enhances the curve of your brow bone), a medium shade, & a dark (full-pigment) shade. A full-pigmented shade basically means it has a high ratio of pigment to shadow. What this means to you? You’ll only need to apply a layer or two in order to get the color dark enough. However, if you’re doing this for the first time, you might want to disregard the “full-pigment” note and build color on slowly… it’s harder to mess up that way.

2. Using the light, shimmery shade, sweep across your lid from lash line to brow bone. That’s right, all the way up to the brow. If you don’t wear eye makeup on a regular basis, this will feel weird, but trust me, it will look fantastic. [Shown below as diagonal lines]

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3. Next, brush the medium color from lash line to the crease, only covering the lid. [Shown below as a cross-hatched pattern]

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4. With the dark hue, start at the outer corner of your eye and blend inwards. I use more of a “dabbing” technique rather than long strokes for this step. Look especially close at the diagram for this one because describing it is next to impossible. This dark color should extend from where the outer corner of your eye and crease meet, following the crease line to the inner iris border, and on the lid about 1/3 of the way in (or at your outer iris border).  The key here is BLENDING! [Shown below as the dotted area] Using the right brush will help you out extremely in this step. Opt for an angled contour brush like one of these:

RUNWAY:  Trish McEvoy #23, $32,

MY WAY: Sonia Kashuk’s Angled Eyeshadow Brush, $5.99, available at Target.

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Now that we have a good shadow base, the next step is to line the eye. If you are using black-greys-metalics, go with a black liner. If you’ve opted for browns, choose a rich brown. Colors can go either way, a darker shade of the color (dark violet), or just stick to black. Be creative! That’s what keeps this look ever-interesting. A pencil or creme eyeliner works well, but stay away from liquid– it’s extremely messy if you aren’t seasoned and won’t smudge well, the key to a smokey look.

5. Line the eye from the inner corner to the outer. Slightly thicken the line at the middle for a more dramatic look. [Shown Below]

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6. Using a shadow that is the same color as your liner and a very thin eyeliner brush, gently “pat” the shadow over the liner to set it. While setting your liner, slightly blend the liner line upwards to avoid a too-stark look.

7. With the same thin liner brush and your darker “full pigment” color (the darkest of the 3, not the liner color), dust the lower lash line from the outer corner to the inner iris border.

8. Finish with 2 coats of black mascara and you’re done!

Pair them with a little black dress to really vamp up the drama or transition a more casual outfit into night. Any way you wear them, you can’t go wrong with this step-by-step guide to ultra smokey eyes!

UP NEXT: You have a ready-made concealer… and you don’t even know it!

Welcome to the RUNWAY DIARIES…

5 Nov

We’re always looking for that miracle tip that will change our lives forever, aren’t we?! Well, I can’t promise that everything I write about will have that life-saving magnitude, but I can promise some amazing backstage information that will make your already beautiful self, more glamourous… much more easily. You’ll feel ready for the runway on a daily basis. And who doesn’t want that!?

I’ll begin with one of my favorite tips: FLAWLESS FOUNDATION. I acquired this tip from a make-up artist of mine on a photo shoot set when I was 15 years old. I would cite her name, but it’s been way too long, and my memory just doesn’t support that kind of knowledge.

To achieve a natural, flawless foundation, roll the long smooth handle of your largest powder brush from the tip of your forehead to the tip of your nose. Continue rolling the brush handle from the upper lip and onto your chin (Don’t put on your lipstick before this, obviously). Again, start at the forehead, this time just above your temple and roll down, over the cheek bone and down past the jaw. Repeat on the other side. Fill in areas that still need smoothing (sides of the nose, center of cheeks, etc) by slowly rolling the brush handle in a downward motion. Don’t forget your neck! Start at the jaw-line and roll to the collarbone. Voila! Insta-beauty.

This trick smooths down those baby hairs we all have on our face, but forget about dealing with. With all the brushing and swirling going on with our powders and foundations, these itsy-bitsy hairs get all ruffled up in different directions, giving us a more cake-y and unrefined look. It also seals the microscopic powder bits to our skin, instead of our hairs, making for a longer lasting base.

Now, go have a flawlessly excellent weekend!

If you are looking for a great new brush that also works well for this trick, try:

RUNWAYChantecaille Face Brush, $70.00, available at Nordstrom (in-store/online).

MY WAY: Face Secrets Bronzer Brush, $11.99; or Face Secrets Synthetic Powder Brush, $8.99, both available at Sally Beauty Supply (online).