Technology has come through for beauty once again. We found a free App that makes shopping for makeup easier. It’s called MakeUp by ModiFace, and you can download it from the iTunes App store. The program has hundreds of different makeup shades from a wide variety of brands so you can upload your photo and then try on the colors. It’s particularly helpful when shopping for makeup at the drugstore because those are the products that don’t give you the chance to sample first. It’s not perfect in that you won’t know the exact feel and texture of the product until you open it up, but at least it helps you visualize which shades will look best on you.
Here’s a little tutorial to show you how it works.
I’ve never been an advocate of the traditional French manicure. Not sure you’ll ever find a beauty editor who is. While the original should be locked away in the ’80s, I never said I wasn’t open to a twisted version of it.
I designed my own “nouveau French mani” (that’s my hand on the right) at the nail salon with a teal polish on my nails and a deep navy on the tips.
My neighbor Taryn (that’s her hand on the left) went for a plum-based mani pairing a purple polish that almost looks black with a raspberry color on the tips.
We tried to record the names of the OPI polishes we used but they weren’t readable on the bottles. Hopefully, you’ll use this photo as inspiration to create your own postmodern French mani. If/when you do, send me the pics!
Click here to see more of my fun manicure ideas.
Wondering what to get for your next mani? Perhaps these ideas can help.
I didn’t have time to get to the salon before an event, so I applied these OPI for Sephora fishnet nail stickers. This pattern isn’t available any more but Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips has similar funky designs.
I love sparkle so went for this two-tone effect that reminds me of an evening sky. The manicurist applied one coat of OPI polish in Midnight Cami (a beautiful navy), followed by one coat of Nails Inc. Special Effects in Fitzroy Square (a glittery turquoise).
What shade are you thinking for your next mani?
“Oh my god, your skin looks airbrushed. Every pixel is perfect. I’ve never seen your skin look like this,” said my husband. Yes, that was my greeting when I walked in the door, makeup-less, after a facial. Sold! Read More
That is the question. And I get asked it a lot. There’s no right answer except what’s best for you. If you’re going to get it, here’s my one piece of advice: go to a dermatologist known for giving natural-looking results. The goal isn’t to make you look 10 years younger. It’s to make you look instantly refreshed in a way that your anti-aging moisturizer can’t. You should still look your age, and you should still be able to move your eyebrows. The below “before” and “after” are untouched photos taken of my friend (she’s letting me use these images of her sans makeup, so I promised I wouldn’t say her name), a thirty-something who got Botox for her first time to minimize the appearance of her crows feet (crinkles around the eyes). Can you see the difference? Would you try Botox?
Thank goodness for brainy science peeps who can use their techie prowess to create awesome innovations for the beauty industry. While we fiddle with our iPhones we can try on hundreds of nail polish colors and get personal hair consultations. Cosmetic companies have released some amazing beauty apps. See a few we’re having fun with right now:
I understand why some women (especially those on the oilier side) treat a hair serum like the devil. Unless the eenciest bit is applied, and applied evenly, bad things can happen. Not this time around. Here are a couple of new serums that have something wonderful in common — Argan oil.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime ($54) This souped-up serum smells lovely and contains a blend of conditioning and anti-oxidant rich ingredients including Maize, Pracaxi, Camellia, and Argan oils. What’s this mean for your hair? No more frizz and lots of fullness and softness.
Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil ($21.50)
I’m all for multi-tasking products, and this utlra lightweight serum, which also contains the hair softening ingredient Argan Oil, can be used 6 ways! 1. as a heat protector pre-blow dry 2. as a shine booster 3. as a softening treatment. 4. as a pre-shampoo moisturizer 5. as a smoothing serum post-blow dry 6. as an overnight conditioner.
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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