On the Today Shows’s April 27 episode, celebs Makeup Artist Mally Roncal demonstrated the Best Makeup for Every Type of Woman. Since we all have different skin types, colours and facial features, we need to know how to best enhance those differences. Mally shared her tips to enhance your best features by complimenting your skin tone and features.
Contouring is your friend. Lift cheekbones and apply shadow in crease of eye to define and widen. The crease is right under the brow bone. When you blend it in, it opens up the eye and will make you look more awake.
Showing the eyelid crease on an Asian eye
Olive Skin Tones
Olive skin tones can look sallow and washed out, especially in winter months. Use a foundation to warm your skin tone. And use blush – it is your friend! Pink, Peachy or Coral coloured blushes are great. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks. Mally says she likes using the ‘Cinnamon Bun‘ method for applying powder blush – “A little in the middle and blend it up toward the cheekbone.”
Applying blush onto an olive skin tone
Dark Skin Tones
Mally says it is all about choosing the right shade of powder, try a clear powder to avoid ashiness. Using translucent powder can look dry and sit in fine lines. You want to mattify your skin. Apply a primer to prevent skin tone from looking too grey. And using an eye shadow base will help shadow last all day. I believe she was using her own powder: Mally Beauty Poreless Perfection Skin Finisher
Applying mattifying clear powder to dark skin tones
Bronzer is your friend. Avoid ones with shimmer in them, try a matte version instead. Black mascara will really define your eyes. And for a fuller lip, use a lip liner that matches your lip tone.
BB Creams, aka Beauty Balms, are the new buzz word of the beauty industry, at least here in North America. They have been popular in Asian countries for some time, then became popular in Europe, and now are here. They were originally developed to help regenerate and protect the skin of patients who had undergone laser treatments.
Many creams now are used as a type of foundation, with some claiming to cover blemishes, improve skin texture, and/or reduce acne scars; all while blending imperceptibly onto the skin for even skin tone with a satiny finish. Used both as a skincare treatment and foundation at the same time.
Rather thick in texture, and they often contain plenty of silicones to achieve that satiny finish. And because they are usually highly pigmented, they even out skin tone temporarily, while being almost unnoticeable. They are often recommended for acne prone and sensitive skins.
The creams being released now are touted as being “all-in-one” products (primer, foundation, sunscreen, moisturizer, blemish control, etc.) eliminating the need for a drawer full of separate products.
Many magazines have been talking about them, including:
InStyle (March 2012) -
“Popular in Asia, BB products (the initials typically stand for beauty balm or blemish balm) are “like multifunctional tinted moisturizers,” says Great Neck, N.Y., dermatologist Jeannette Graf. In other words, they usually contain skin-treatment ingredients such as antioxidants and UV filters while offering sufficient coverage. Many also have light-reflecting goodies such as mica. “They can help even out skin tone without being as heavy as some foundations,” adds N.Y.C. makeup artist Troy Surratt.”
Cosmopolitan (April 2012) -
“TREND ALERT – A New Sexy Skin Weapon …. BB creams (short for beauty balms) are like tinted moisturizers – except they do way more (like fade spots and fine lines, reduce redness, and protect with SPF). And each comes in just one or two sheer shades that fit all tones (easy!)”. (Just beware that since these were made for an Asian market, sometimes these creams tend towards lighter colours!)
Allure (February 2012) -
“Two-in-one products seem sadly unambitious when you consider BB creams (short for beauty or blemish balm), a makeup and skin-care hybrid that treats, protects, primes, conceals, and covers in one tube. Developed by a German dermatologist in the 1950s, BB creams later gained a cult following in Asia and are now hitting the U.S. “It’s a twist on tinted moisturizer – these creams hydrate and tint but also contain active ingredients to treat skin, plus antioxidants and broad-spectrum sun protection,” says dermatologist Jeannette Graf. “They’re good for the person who only wants to put on one thing.” “
Senior Lifestyle Editor for Shape magazine, Bahar Takhtehchian, was on the Today Show on March 28 for a segment called “Beauty on the Fly”, with air travel friendly products and suggestions. Here are some of her suggestions for the best travel sized cosmetics and lotions to throw in your ziplock before takeoff, so travelling with that carry-on won’t have to mean leaving your have products behind.
Bahar started out with a reminder on some of the rules for getting through the security checkpoint by remembering “3-1-1″. 3 – All liquids, aerosols and gels need to be in containers of THREE oz. or less. 1 – They all need to fit into a ONE quart bag (clear, usually zip locked) 1 – Everyone gets to bring just ONE of these bags on board with them
So Bahar wanted to look at alternatives to bringing liquids to take care of your beauty routine.
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes she called “a very potent makeup remover, going to get rid of waterproof mascaras and that eyeliner, but it’s gentle on your skin and eyes. If you wear contact lenses this is a product for you.”
If you don’t want to bring a big bottle or buy it once you get there, she suggested using one in stick form. One of her favourites is Clarins Sun Control Stick because it is 100% mineral based. So it is for target protection around eyes, lips and nose.
If you are sporty and going to be in the water, she recommended Sun Bum Face Stick as an alternative or the Shiseido line.
Instead of bringing separate lipsticks, shadows, bronzers, etc. Consider a compact palette. One of Shape’s favourites is Cabana Glama from Benefit. It has eye shadows, bronzers, and even a little bit of foundation! It is an easy way to look great since usually the colours are all complementary.
As an alternative to translucent powder, which can sometimes get cake and make you appear ashy, Bahar likes Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender. I even like the cute pink packaging! It will set your makeup, reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and control oil by mattifying the skin.
Instead of loading a glass bottle of perfume, that could break or spill all over AND will count against your liquid allotment, why not try solid perfumes? Pacifica and L’Occitane all carry solid perfumes. Bahar says: “What we like about these is they come in small tubes, they’re portable. If you go on a hike and need to freshen up, dab some on to your pulse points. You can also blend these together, wear them awhile and blend them together. if you have a favorite brand, a designer brand, definitely check out and see if they have solid alternatives, as well. Sometimes you can get tiny roll ons as well (I love the tiny-ness of Juicy’s roll ons – Sarah). As long as they are under 3 ounces, you can bring those along.
Finally, men need grooming products too, so she suggested the John Allan’s Travel Pack. It has shampoo, conditioner and even a bit of shaving cream. All the bottles are just one ounce, so very travel friendly
This is from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Website:
Everything you should know about liquids, aerosols and gels
Before leaving for the airport, you can ensure security and speed up security screening by packing your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.
Remember: Liquids consist of items such as coffee, bottled water and shampoos. Aerosols include things like deodorant, hairspray and static remover. Gels are comprised of food items like jam, pudding and yogurt, and personal-care products like lipstick or hair styling gel.
Please note that if an item that is illegal in Canada, such as pepper spray, is presented at a pre-board screening checkpoint, protocol requires us to notify the police. This could lead to charges and prosecution to the item’s holder.
So before leaving for the airport, pack your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.
How to pack your liquids, aerosols and gels
Containers of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on must be 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less.
All containers must fit in 1 clear, closed, resealable plastic bag no more than 1 litre (1 quart) in capacity. The approximate dimensions of a one litre/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.).
At the screening point, take your plastic bag out of your carry-on and place it in one of the provided trays.
Drink or discard any beverages in containers over 100 ml before pre-board security screening.
Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.
EXCEPTIONS FOR LIQUIDS, AEROSOLS AND GELS
The following are allowed in your carry-on without a bag and in containers over 100 ml:
If traveling with an infant under two years of age (0-24 months), baby food, milk, formula, water and juice in small containers and reasonable amounts for your itinerary.
Prescription and essential non-prescription medicines.
You must declare all such items at security screening. These items must be removed from carry-on baggage and placed directly into a bin at the entrance of the checkpoint, as additional screening may be required.
Solid food is permitted in both checked and carry-on baggage.
All liquid food in your carry-on (for example, yogurt, pudding or jam) must be in containers of 100 ml or less.
All containers must fit in the same clear, closed, resealable 1 litre plastic bag, as all other containers of liquids, aerosols or gels you are carrying.
Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.
On the Today Show, February 23, 2012, celeb nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella shared her favourite Looking Younger Tips from around the world. While these tips come from exotic locales such as India, Brazil and France; many of these aging fighters could be found right in your own kitchen! So here is a list of things that, at least according to old wives’ tales, may help you defy age.
Tip 1: Coconut oil
Coconut oil is an awesome moisturizer, full of fatty acids. But it can also be used as a deep cleanser for skin. as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients which can clear up acne. The women in Belize have long used it to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and may even banish under-eye circles.
From Polynesia, the Polynesians use Noni Juice for its powerful anti-aging properties to help them feel younger and make skin glow. Because it is full of essential fatty acids, it can help plump the skin. Noni juice may also help lower inflammation throughout your body.
Because of the anti-oxidant gingeral, it improves blood flow to the skin. Its very popular throughout many Asian countries, and especially in India. In India, many women often make a tea in the morning by shredding a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey in hot water.
Most grocery stores will carry whole ginger roots you can grate yourself.
Tip 4: Guanábana
The Guanábana, also known as Soursop, is a fruit native to the Caribbean and South America. It used to support health and well being in many countries and is known for its nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients that may help promote more beautiful skin; including vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.
Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are known as a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails. They may treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. Cynthia says she munches on these seeds all the time. She says You can cook with them, buy the oil or buy them in capsuls. She had tablets from Intelligent Nutrients called Intellimune. She states that ” eating four of these little tablets is equal to eating ten pounds of berries for anti-oxidants”. The seeds themselves contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an assortment of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.
French women are often known for their incredible, glowing skin. Some attribute that to their consumption of wine. French women regularly use grape-seed extract to keep their skin ageless and beautiful. Grape-seed extract contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol. One would need to eat a pound and a half of grapes to get the same the antioxidant benefits you would get from a supplement. She suggested:
Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the newest spokespeople for the popular VIVA GLAM line from M.A.C Cosmetics. VIVA GLAM consists of lipsticks and glasses (and now a lip conditioner!). Every cent from the sale of the products go to the M.A.C AIDS Fund. Available in store or online at Mac Cosmetics. Their ad is now appearing in magazines. They were both on the February 15th episode of Live! with Kelly talking with Kelly Ripa.
Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin in the Spring 2012 Viva Glam campaign
Nicki and Ricky on Live! with Kelly
Not permanent additions, this collection will only be available for a year. A Bright Yellow Pink is Nicki’s lipstick, and a clear lip conditioner/balm for Ricky. This is the first time they have been able to offer something everyone can wear, including guys!
Viva Glam Lipstick and Lip Conditioner
Nicki and Ricky remind you to: Be Bold. Be Beautiful. Be Safe.
VIVA GLAM I was introduced in 1994, with a deep, glamorous red. In 1997, VIVA GLAM II’s pinkish mauve was introduced. Next came VIVA GLAM III, a brown plum. In 2002, VIVA GLAM IV’s rosy gold was added. VIVA GLAM V introduced a lip glass at the same time as their neutral pink lipstick. And finally, VIVA GLAM VI was introduced, a warm plum with a pearl finish.
Some of the celebrity endorses have included: Elton John, RuPaul, Shirley Manson, Mary J Blige, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson,Missy Elliott, Linda Evangelista, Chloë Sevigny and Eve. The most popular spokesperson though has been Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper’s campaign was the most successful ever. Viva Glam donates the most money to AIDS research.
So I was watching the Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo (of all things, right?) and it had an interesting interview with the CEO and President of Estée Lauder, Fabrizio Freda. He was talking about cosmetics shopping strategies for 2012. So I am just sharing it because I learned several things I didn’t know before!
1 – While I know they have been doing this at some of their brands, like Origins, for a while; more brands are now putting prices at the counter. I really love this, because I always feel a little like Pretty Woman when I have to ask for the price of an item. Especially if I am on my lunch break from work or something. And besides, sometimes I just want to look around and compare and not have a sales person involved yet. Which brings me to point #2…
2 – While I knew Estée Lauder owned many brands, like Origins and Prescriptives, I had no clue that they owned over 20! I think I am mostly suprised to hear that they own La Mer and hair care brands B+B and Ojon. Some of their brands:
Bumble & Bumble
3 – That this Fabrizio guy was the CEO anyway… I always thought it was Aerin Lauder or another family member. I guess you learn something everyday! and finally…
Some of the interview highlights talked about how women’s discretionary income is increasing. More women are working, graduating, having lucrative careers. So women have more available money. And the top 3 things women spend this extra money on are: Food, Fashion and Cosmetics/Beauty. I love how practical we are!
He also talked about how women around the world are beautifully different from one another. For example, in China they are passionate for skin care. Roughly 70% of sales fall into the skin care category. Chinese women will do up to 7 steps of skin care on average per day if they can afford it. To them, a gorgeous complexion is a symbol of beauty and high social status. But in Brazil, the majority is spent on makeup. All sorts of makeup. But in India it is makeup for lips and in the Middle East it is in eye makeup. But in the USA and Europe, fragrance is their biggest seller.
I always love to hearing about how beauty ideals differ in different parts of the world.
Here is a link to an except from the video if you’d like (not the whole interview) VIDEO