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2012 Beauty Trend: Dark and Mysterious!

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Sasha No Comments

Smoky Eye MakeupWatch an episode of True Blood or Twilight, and you will see that plum lipstick and smoky eyes are the hottest trends for 2012. There is something deep, dark and seductive about this look of the moment. This look mystifies viewers, because it is dark, mysterious and dramatic. To achieve this look is quite easy. You just need to have the right shades of lipstick and eyeshadow.

Dramatic Lips

For dramatic lips, try applying plum or deep red lipstick. If you are feeling very wild, you may even want to go for black lipstick for a fun party or bar crawl. Add a touch of gloss over the lipstick to add a bold touch of glamour to your look. Dark colored lipstick accentuates one of the most seductive features of your face – the lips.

Smoky Eyes

We all know the smokey eye is the new hotness, but check out these dark and smoky techniques. Liquid liner makes your eyes pop and look rounder. This look can easily transform a daytime look into a nighttime party look. Add some nude primer to your eyelids and beneath the eye. Then, take gray eyeshadow and fill out your eyelid with this shadow. Use a soft smudging technique to spread the gray eyeshadow with a brush. Then, take black eyeshadow and fill out the corners of your eyelid. Use some light eyeshadow to blend in the brow line with the eyelid for a complete look.

Plum Nails

Plum nails have never been hotter. This look complements dark lipstick. The key with this look is to stay away from dark red or burgundy nail polish. Instead, try to find a nail polish color that literally looks like the color of a plum. Match this with dark plum or black lipstick, and you will set fire to any social scene!

Nude and White Clothing

Pair your dark makeup with fashionable clothing that is nude or white. Wearing a plum lipstick with nude heels is a high fashion look that was all over the runways of the New York Fashion Week. Designers like Michael Kors love the mystery behind the pairing of smoky eyes with a white corset dress. This look mesmerizes viewers and leaves them trying to figure out whether one is dangerous, innocent, or both.


For accessories, try pairing a simple black side purse with a look that features dark makeup. The side purse simply works to accentuate your beautiful makeup. It also is great for a “hands free” night on the town and carrying your favorite dark lipstick or gloss.

Don’t Overload on Makeup

The key with adding a dark shade of sexy to your looks in 2012 is to avoid overloading on dark makeup. Only choose one area of the face for applying dark makeup. You don’t want to look like a vampire out on the town. You want to look sexy and sophisticated.

Try Out These New York Fashion Week Hair and Makeup Trends

Posted on: February 20th, 2012 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

All too often, the hair and makeup at any fashion week seems over the top. But every now and then a jaw-dropping application inspires an epiphany and makes you think, “I could totally pull that off in real life.”

A prime example would be the sexy tousles of the Rag and Bone show. In what has been described as a “Patty Smith goes to India” style theme, Redken lead stylist, Guido Palau, created ultra-feminine and “downtown cool” dreadlock waves. To achieve the look, Palau applied a generous amount of Redken Full Frame Volumizing Mouse to hair while damp, then allowed the locks to air dry. After separating the hair with a scattered ’70s center part, Palau massaged Redken Rough Paste 12 from root to tip, separating and twisting large chunky sections of hair along the way. A little ruffling at the crown added the finishing touch.

Another look fashion followers can try at home includes the red-lipped-ponytail combo from Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012. According to Glamazon, models wore a prim and proper side-part with the rest of the hair sleeked back at the nape of the neck. Shiseido Artistic Director, Dick Page used a matte Dual Balancing Foundation to offset the crimson lip color. The waxy, custom blend went on with a small eye-shadow brush for precision.

Experts will tell you creating lipstick is an art unto itself, but Perfect Rouge in Cerise or Valentine make great stand-ins. Here is another bit of advice: exercise cautious optimism with applications of red because they are easy to overdo. The same can be said of colorful eyeliner apps.

With Ginnifer Goodwin, Reese Witherspoon and a bevy of other stars spotted sporting jewel-toned eyeliner, you would do well to familiarize yourself with color, or at least make friends with the idea. For the Costell Tagliapietra show, makeup artist Lisa Butler of the MAC Pro Team applied peach and mauve to the upper lids and touched off the lower lids with a soft teal color. At, Butler says blending gray and green cream shadows below the eye added drama and personality to an otherwise nude foundation.

Butler used a pointed liner brush to apply a mix of shades from the Delft and Natural Fibre Fall Trend Crème Eye Shadow Palette. This particular collection of color pots is not available until later this year. But you can get the “bright eye” look this season with Tigi High Density Eye Shadow Palette or the Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Luminieres N.13.

Just remember cream shadows are tricky. Shannon R., a beauty blogger at, says cream shadows settle into the creases on the eyelid. The same goes for the fine lines around the bottom of your eye. Priming the area with foundation or powder promotes a longer lasting finish. At the risk of looking like a resplendent peacock, you also want to apply cream shadows with a light touch.

What do you think, beauty fiends? Are you ready to put these fashion week trends into practice?

Hot Hair Trend: Digital Perms, the Curling Revolution

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Becca No Comments


Looking to get Kristen Stewarts boho waves? (Courtesy of Bria Cullen via Flickr)

Perms. We all tried it – or at least thought about trying it – in the 80s and 90s, right? And for a the majority of us, it probably turned into a frizzy nightmare that we regretted a few years down the road.

But perms are making a comeback this year – they’re just not the kind of perms that you remember.

They’re called hot perms or digital perms, and while they’ve been around for awhile in places like South Korea and Japan, they’re starting to crop up in Europe and the U.S. these days, too.

And unlike the old-school perms that either gave you tight, wild spirals or nothing at all, digital perms provide a great deal more flexibility and variability. So instead of frizz, you get anything from beachy waves to loose curls, turning your locks from bland to Hollywood style that lasts for months.

So how does it work? Well, unlike traditional cold perms that use just rollers and a solution, digital perms use heat the set the curl. There’s still a solution, but it’s a different kind, and you have more options regarding where you want the curl to start. Do you want it root-to-tip? At the cheekbones? At the chin? Then the hair is rolled up in different sized rollers depending on how much curl you want, and the rollers are plugged into a machine that digitally controls the heat and sets the curl.

Best part is that, while chemicals are still involved, the whole hot perm process thermally reconditions the hair, so your locks are softer, smoother and shinier leaving the salon. The curls stay through blow drying and generally don’t even need to be touched up with curling irons or hot rollers.

Sound too good to be true? Well, for some people, it is. If you take a look around the Internet, you’ll find some stories of digital perms gone wrong – where the curl didn’t set in so all the customer is left with are the chemicals. Stylists are cautioning that women with bleached or heavily processed hair probably shouldn’t shell out for a digital perm. Our best advice if you want to give this a shot is to make sure you hunt down an experienced, licensed cosmetologist who is fully trained in performing digital perms.

Keep in mind finances, too. It’s not a cheap procedure, running anywhere from $200 to $400 depending on the salon, and it takes a chunk out of your day, too. It has to be repeated, too, every 4 months or so as your hair grows out.

Still, we got to say that we’re excited about a new kind of perming system that doesn’t leave us looking like poodles. We can’t wait to see how other hair innovators refine and evolve the hot perm process in the coming years.

Beauty picks for fall

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

beauty-ts200266549Times change, seasons change and fashion does, too! (Thankfully – the ’90s can keep their neon mascara.) So, switching out your beauty regimen should coincide pretty easily with switching out your seasonal wardrobes. But how do you know how to make it work? We’ll tell you!

One thing that’s in style every season is a clear complexion and a good foundation. Keep moisturizing, exfoliating and fighting blemishes. And make sure you’re not using the same shade of foundation year-round. It can either make you look too pale in the summer or too dark in the winter. Not good! Once you’ve got the facial basics down, dive into the details:

Animal Prints
To go along with those fabulous leopard-print heels you’re wearing, try neutrals and browns on your eyes, lips and cheeks. The prints are bold and so should you be. You can also take a walk on the wild side with hand-painted or transfer prints for your nails. Rawr!

The Blues
For once, they’re a good thing. Cobalt blue is especially hot – think bright, bold true blue, almost like a sapphire. For a dramatic eye, try an opaque shade on your lids with some black mascara. Or, if you’re not quite that daring, mix it into your nail polish collection.

Heavy Metal
Step into the spotlight with metallic shades this fall. Sparkle with silver, glimmer with gold and be brilliant in bronze. Whether you go for a light layer or serious shimmer, these hues work perfectly on your eyes and nails.

Lash Attack
Eyelashes: the only facial hair a girl wants. And right now, the more and the bigger, the better. Mascara is no longer a one-size-fits-all product. Whether you need to lengthen, curl or thicken your lashes, there’s a tube out there for you. Take it one step further with some false lashes for an extra bold look.

Hair Beware
Volume is the name of the game when it comes to hairstyles this fall. Get pumped with volumizing shampoos, conditioners and styling products that will give you a lot of lift. And if your style starts to sag, bulk it back up with a dry shampoo.

Nail It
The fashion industry has brought back the ’30s with the appearance of half-moon manicures on the runway. Think either an unpainted or different-colored semicircle right above your cuticle. Perfect for two-tone animal prints, no?

There you have it – fall fashion for your face and nails! Day or night, simple or dramatic, these trends can put you on the cutting edge of seasonal beauty.

Tickled Pink: Pantone declares ‘honeysuckle’ color of 2011

Posted on: February 8th, 2011 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

visions_in_honeysuckle_pantone_color_of_the_year“Courageous.  Confident.  Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world.  Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year.  It’s a color for every day—with nothing “everyday” about it.”  -Pantone’s website

Ready to jump on the Honeysuckle bandwagon after reading that?   Yep, we are, too.  Pantone, “the world’s authority on color,” announced last month that this lively reddish-pink hue was the 2011 color of the year, and we are ready to bring it to bloom this spring.

Honeysuckle, which some may at first think is yellow, is a bright pink that the company says is “encouraging and uplifting,” which seems appropriate amidst our country’s economic and political turmoil this year.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits.  Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going—perfect to ward off the blues,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Last year’s color, turquoise, is so 2010.  Update your beauty and fashion routine with some Honeysuckle!

1)    On your nails— Wearing honeysuckle on your nails is a simple and temporary way to try out the trend.  Use Sinful Colors’ Cream Pink.

2)    On your cheeks—Use Shiseido’s Makeup Accentuating Color Stick in Rosy Flush on your cheeks for a handy way to give yourself a honeysuckle glow.

3)    On your lips— Try this shimmering lip gloss from Tarte in Frisky.  This gloss offers honeysuckle color and shine in a convenient twist-up stick.


4)    On your feet—Wearing pink shoes instantly puts you in a sunshiney, happy mood.  When you wear honeysuckle-colored rain boots, like these from Chinese Laundry, even rainy days will be bright.


5)    On your dresser—Ok, so you can’t really wear this, but it sure looks pretty on your dresser in its pink bottle.  Smell as fresh as honeysuckle looks with DKNY Be Delicious in Fresh Blossom.

Make 2011 your year to blossom with the color honeysuckle! What do you think of the “color of the year”?  Are you excited about it?  Pink not your color? Willing to try it?  Leave us a note!

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