Beauty Makeover tips
If there’s one thing the awards show season gave us—other than a dozen hours of debating worst-dressed celebs with our friends while shoveling Thai food down our throats—is a pretty excellent idea of the new hair and makeup trends that will carry us into the new year. And if you kept up with the 2017 awards-show season even slightly, then you definitely noticed that the biggest makeup trend (like, big as in even Lily Collins, Naomie Harris, and Emma stone were wearing it) was, by far, strawberry-pink eyeshadow.
OK, yes, after the burgundy and red eyeshadow trends of 2015 and 2016, the idea of wearing pink on your lids doesn’t exactly scream “groundbreaking,” but in a world where celebrities rarely take risks in an effort to stay off of worst-dressed lists, a bright-pink smokey eye makes us feel all of the inspo-worthy feels. And unlike most red-carpet trends that are fully unattainable for mere mortals, every pink smokey eye we saw during awards season was surprisingly easy to wear. No, really.
The key to pulling of pink eyeshadow without looking like you’ve been hit with a dose of allergies and pink eye is to tone down any redness on your skin with a creamy concealer and foundation (the pink on your eyes should be the only pink on your face), then layer on warm- and cool-toned eyeshadows for hazy depth. First, swipe a copper-y bronze eyeshadow across the lid, like Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Synergy, to create a warm base, then blend two shades of red-pink eyeshadow over the eyelid and through the crease, like NYX Cosmetics’ Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Heat and Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy. Easy, right?
OK, yeah, it still sounds daunting, but trust us when we say literally anyone can pull of this look. And to get you inspired, we rounded up our favorite 10 celebs of the entire awards season who mastered pink eyeshadow, without looking sick. So go ahead and try the look for yourself, because trust us when we say that pink eyeshadow isn’t going away any time soon.
It can fake a great night’s sleep, make it look like you actually have cheekbones, even give you the appearance of a fresh-faced wood nymph…
Any product that promises to make you glow should be approached with caution. What kind of “glow” are we talking about here? A neon self-tanner-gone-wrong glow? An Alex Mack-level chemical accident glow? An ET-fingertip-phone-home glow?
Yes, “dewy” skin is uber-coveted these days, and for good reason. But skin that glows can be scary, especially when that glow relies on products you’re applying to your own face with an untrained hand…like highlighter. What if you use too much? Or too little? Or you put it in a weird spot?
Highlighter—we’re talking makeup here, not the colorful markers you used to organize your notes in class—can work wonders if used correctly. It can fake a great night’s sleep, make it look like you actually have cheekbones, even give you the appearance of a fresh-faced wood nymph. But you have to know where and how to apply it. Nothing bad will happen if it’s in an unconventional spot, but do you really want the middle of your forehead to glow?
Luckily, we’re here to help. Below are a few places you’ll want to use highlighter and why, as well as a rundown of the different types of highlighters you can find. And remember — stay away from the forehead.
What type of highlighter should I use?
Highlighters typically come in one of several formats: pot, stick, liquid and powder.
If you’re just starting out on the highlighter journey, opt for a pot. You pick the product up with the pad of your finger, meaning you have more control over how much you get, how much you deposit and where it goes. The warmth of your fingertips will also help melt the product a bit which means it’ll be easier to apply and blend in.
An instant classic is RMS Beauty’s Living Luminzer. The color is perfect for every skin tone and it’s not too glittery, meaning it’s not obvious. With a coconut oil base, it’s also skin-friendly and super-easy to apply, blend and layer if you want more oomph. This stuff also lasts forever…seriously, even if you use this every single day, you won’t need to repurchase for at least a year. It’s like the never-ending pot of luminized goodness.
Next up are sticks. Like highlighters that come in pots, stick formulas are creamy and blendable, and the shape makes them easy to grip like a writing implement, as if you’re drawing the highlighter on your face. Fingers can get into the small spots on your face, but a stick makes covering a long swath of skin much easier and more seamless.
The Moonlight Illuminator from Vapour Organic Beauty is another universally-flattering shade, with rosy undertones that pull double duty making you look glowy and sunkissed. This stick is easy to apply, infinitely buildable and will make you look like you’re constantly awash in incredibly flattering candlelight.
Though the control factor is a bit lower, liquid highlighters work for small and large areas, like your decolletage or even your legs. (There’s no reason your face should have all the highlighter fun!) Just add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer, apply and prepare to glow.
For a sheer, natural-looking luminosity, opt for Gressa Skin’s Minimalist Illuminating Serum. This stuff functions as makeup, but it’s also a serum which means it delivers a serious dose of skin-friendly ingredients like broccoli seed oil, horsetail extract and sea buckthorn every time it’s applied.
Finally, there’s powder highlighter. The staying power with powder isn’t as great as the other formulas as it sits on top of the skin, it’s a bit more subtle and takes a steadier hand to apply, but with the right brush, the effect is lovely.
How do I use highlighter?
The whole point of a highlighter is to lighten and brighten whatever area you’re applying it to. The slight shimmer in the formula also means the product will catch and reflect light, making certain areas of your face appear higher and more hydrated.
To make your eyes look bigger…apply highlighter just beneath your eyebrow, directly on the brow bone. This will highlight the arch in your brow, making your eyes appear wider and more alert. You can also add some to the center of your eyelid for a similar effect.
To appear more awake…when you’re running on three hours of sleep but need to fake a great night’s sleep, dab a bit of highlighter in the inner corner of your eyes. Stand back and marvel at what a little makeup can do to your exhausted visage.
To fake cheekbones….actually apply highlighter just above your cheekbone. Start from just under the center of your eye socket and work up and out in a diagonal line toward your temple.
To glow all over…gently tapping highlighter on the apples of your cheeks over blush will give you a cheery, rosy glow. (To find the apple of your cheeks, smile into a mirror. The part of your cheek that stands out is where you want to aim that highlighter.)
To prioritize your lips…a touch of highlighter on your cupid’s bow (that little indents just beneath your nose and just above the center of your lips) will draw major attention to your pout.
To slim your face…not that you need it! But if you want to play around with contouring, apply a few dots or a thin line of highlighter to the bridge of your nose for a minor slimming effect.
And always remember to blend, blend, blend! Whether you do it with a sponge, a brush or your fingers, this step is key. Nothing is worse than a noticeable streak when you’re trying to get your glow on.
+ What are you thoughts on highlighting? Let us know your tricks in the comments below!
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What better time of year to speak to the art of blushing? Vapour’s Shenoa Riegel sheds some light on Artemis…
ARTEMIS is the Greek goddess of light, the hunt and the moon. Only fitting that such an independent spirit served as the inspiration for Vapour’s newest Aura Multi-Use shade, created in collaboration with Kathryn Budig, a warrior for self-acceptance, honesty, and helping others find true balance (who also happens to be an internationally celebrated yoga teacher and wellness author).
Embracing the need for healthy self-expression and authenticity, Vapour is redefining beauty on our own terms. Women want a glow, and we want it to be effortless. Today, multi-tasking beauty tools are essential; they save time in the morning and space in your bag.
Vapour Multi Use Classic Blush is a multi-tasking superhero. One easy swipe of the stick allows flawless application of pigment to cheeks and lips. Just tap to blend. This satin shade can even impart a rosy glow to lids for a polished look. ARTEMIS’ glow allows your untamed spirit to look fresh and rested, even if you aren’t. It’s build-able too; tone it up or down by layering and blending.
“ARTEMIS is the inspiration for my philosophy ‘Aim True’, so it seems only proper to create a color that embodies her fearless self acceptance. I’m hoping everyone who wears it will feel like a goddess; confident and natural.” —Kathryn Budig
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Makeup is a magical, wonderful, and seriously transformative thing (at least, you know, when done well by an incredibly excellent beauty enthusiast). Like, although we’re totally aware that Kim Kardashian’s contoured cheekbones and nose are not actually cut like marble IRL, we can’t say we’re not still weirdly fascinated by the fact that her entire face is carved out of makeup. Which is probably why we—and everyone else on the internet, apparently—is obsessed with this one woman’s before-and-after makeup photo that went viral this weekend.
The photo was posted by user EmmaSkies on Reddit’s MakeupAddiction with the title, “Drastic before-and-afters are my favorite thing.” In the photo, the woman shows a side-by-side photo of herself, totally makeup-free and clean-faced, next to a photo of herself with gorgeous, dewy foundation, a golden smokey eye, long-as-hell lashes, and literally perfect brows. So, you know, the exact going-out makeup you always attempt.
Obviously, EmmaSkies’ skin tone, face, and existence was completely perfect without any makeup, but we’re still seriously impressed by how well she disguised the few zits and red marks she did have scattered around her cheeks and chin. And we’re not the only ones who noticed: “Wow, love this! I like how nice and fresh your skin looks, and the lipstick looks fantastic on you,” commented one user, while another wrote, “You’re amazing! Dying to try your foundation and concealer!”
Luckily, EmmaSkies nicely listed every single product she used on her face, which included mostly drugstore products (uh, thank you), like Wet ‘n’ Wild Photofocus Primer, L’Oreal Infallible Totally Coverage Foundation, and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer on her skin, with ColourPop Brow Pencil in Dope Taupe on her brows, and, well, a zillion more products on her eyes and lips.
Clearly, EmmaSkies underestimated how much people love before-and-afters, seeing as she later wrote, “Wow, I was absolutely not expecting this to get any traction! I don’t think I was planning on this many people seeing me without makeup; woops.” Welp, too late, EmmaSkies—we’re all obsessed, and will promptly be trying this look out on ourselves tonight.
Part two in our 3-part Mat Pilates video series…
This post comes from our friend, yogi and dance veteran, Danielle Acoff.
You may recognize Danielle from her breathtaking IG account. Today, we share the second in our three-part series of favorite mat Pilates moves — how to build a strong core.
“Core workouts are my absolute favorite! These are my go-tos for long, lean and strong abdominals, (that are not just pretty to look at but) enhance your balance and stability at the same time! So let’s get after that core burn! Try 5 to 10 reps on each exercise.”
Lie flat on your back, curl the head and shoulders off the mat, and bring both knees into the chest. Extend both legs straight to the ceiling. Place both hands onto the right calf, and lower the left leg to hover over the mat. Pulse the right leg towards the chest two times and scissor switch the legs, placing both hands on the left calf and lowering the right leg to hover over the mat. Make sure the lower back does not arch and remains pressed towards the mat, and keep gaze towards belly button. Do 5-10 reps.
Forearm Side Teaser
Start facing one side propped up on the elbow, both legs reaching long, slightly forward in front of the body. Press the bottom hand into the mat as you rotate the hips, engaging the core to lift the legs towards the ceiling. The top hand reaches towards the feet as the torso rotates towards the legs to find the ‘teaser’ position. Do 5- 10 reps.
Down Dog Abs
Come to Downward Dog, lift one leg and engage your core. Shift into plank position with your shoulders over wrists, with the elbow coming towards outer elbow with a rounded back. Come back to three legged dog. Lift your left leg up as your push your weight back into your heels. Shift again into plank but, this time, twist your core to bring your knee to the opposite elbow. This completes one set. Do 5-10 reps on each side.
+Check out part one of the series: Mat Pilates Leg Workout here…
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If you’re following on Instagram, you may have noticed I’m on the road (or rather, in the sky) quite a bit. Taking long-haul flights has become a common occurrence for me over the years, given that I live a 15 hour flight from my family and also travel quite a bit for work. And while I love, love, love travel, it can certainly take a toll on the body.
So, each time I travel, I have with me my “flight pack” to keep me feeling good and grounded, despite being 30,000 feet up. With that, I give you my top tips for staying well while flying long-haul.
… past security, that is. I try to avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles (not to mention how overpriced water is, especially at the airports), for this reason, I pack with me my 1L bkr water bottle, and then fill it up once I past security (if I’m traveling in a country that it makes sense to do that).
On flights over 12 hours, I will take my 1 L bottle plus purchase 2 more litres, and drink 3 litres on the flight. And while this keeps me hydrated, it’s important you have an aisle seat as you can imagine you’ll be heading to the lou often enough.
Yoga + Aisle Seats
If you’re not able to sit up in business, make sure to ask for an aisle seat. Not only will you be thankful for it with all the water you’re drinking, but it is important to get up and move. Every hour or so, I’ll get up and walk down the aisles, as well as stretch in the areas where there is a bit more space.
If everyone is sleeping, and it’s a bit more quiet, I’ll even do a small yoga practice in the galley where there is a bit more space.
If I have a long connection, I’ll also find an area to do a short yoga practice at the airport (some airports even have special yoga rooms!), but if you’re unable to find a yoga room, find a semi-private area and just roll out your mat! Your body will thank you <3
I always travel with a little baggie of my Greens powder. Often times I’ll blend pure spirulina and chlorella plus some barley and wheatgrass and just take it with me. When I get on the flight, I’ll ask for a glass of water, and just mix it myself. The greens are super high in antioxidants, and packed with nutrients, and the chlorella / spirulina help with protecting the body from in-flight radiation.
Without fail, I travel with small versions of my favourite facial mist and facial oils. Every couple hours, I’ll apply oil, and spritz my face. The dry airplane air can really take a toll on the skin, especially after 12 hours straight, but I notice the hugest difference in the texture and tone of my skin if I’m consistent about caring for it while in flight.
As long as your bottles are under 100 ml, you should not have a problem. My favourite toners for long-hauls? Annamarie Skincare Neroli Toning mist (only 50 ml — perfect for planes!) and Heritage Products Rose Mist.
As for facial oil, I love chia seed oil – an extremely calming and hydrating oil. My favourites? One Love Organics Oh Mega chia oil and Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Oil! Both are lightweight, fast absorbing, packed with antioxidants, essential minerals, and skin-loving omega fatty acids these oils will leave your skin feeling deeply nourished and glowing – no matter how long you’ve been in the sky.
Digestion tends to get quite slow on flights, so I try not to eat too heavy (although I do pack some healthy and high fibre snacks). In addition to that, I always pack with me a few bags of organic ginger tea. Not only is it soothing on the tummy, it is also help with nausea and decrease bloating.
Just pack your own tea bags, and ask your flight attendant for hot water a few times during your flight. Skip the dehydrating coffee and black tea, and opt for cleansing herbal tea. I love Yogi Tea’s Organic Ginger tea.
An easy to pack travel snack is a little packet of chia seeds. I opt for taking 2 – 3 tbs and then just asking for water and a spoon when the trolley comes around. It’s an easy way to nourish the body and stay hydrated, as well as keep hunger (and the bloat) at bay.
I also will pack fresh fruits to eat on their own, and other nuts and seeds – and if there is a chance I’ll be wanting a meal on that flight, I’ll usually pack my own grain-based dish, like a healing kitcharee or quinoa salad.
Oregano oil is my final essential for long-haul flights (or any flights really). With the recirculated air, germs are abound. Oregano oil is an incredible immune boosting supplement. Oregano oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, meaning it can actually prevent that oncoming cold. Take a few drops under the tongue during the flight – that’s all you need.
That’s my travel pack – all the little essentials that get me from A to B, naturally.
And with that, off I go again! Let’s connect on snapchat (snap.kate) so I can share with you where I end up this week.
Sometimes, going back to your roots is exactly what you need to do, in order to find the magic.
Growing up I was a rider. I spent days at the stable just because I wanted to be around these majestic, gentle giants. However, as I grew up, and life got more serious, and I moved away from riding and more into studies, work and less play. Despite this, my love for these animals never waned. I would find myself on the back of a horse for trail riding in the summer months over the past years – and every time I would be transported back to that magical feeling I had when I was young.
Since being in Oslo, I’ve had the lucky opportunity of meeting a few wonderful horse owners (and now friends) in the city: Matilde with her beautiful (and insta-famous!) Friesian Batman and Christine with her handsome Rey. Reconnecting with their beautiful horses perked up my interest in riding again, but I was feeling extremely “out of practice” when I began to consider riding again.
Along my journey, I was introduced to this wonderful resource: Pluvinel. Pluvinel is a platform for connecting riders with teachers – and its mission? To unite all instructors and riders worldwide (yup, even those who re-classify themselves as beginners). On Pluvinel, I was lucky enough to meet the beautiful soul, Martine L’Orsa, an instructor in the Academic Art of Riding.
Using Pluvinel, you can select different types of disciplines. I wanted to find a method that fit in with my belief system: awareness of the horse as a worthy being, a partner in life – not just an animal to be trained. I found Martine, who (along with nearly 40 others on the platform) teach the Academic Art of Riding. Watching Martine with Pascaul (the beautiful horse in these photos) was like watching a dance between two souls. In this style of riding, you connect with the horse, you do not simply “ride.”
Oh, and for those of you that are riders, meet EquiRex, the sustainable equestrian clothing line that Martine and I are wearing the in photos. Their products are not just sustainable, but also made with the rider in mind (no weird seams, beautiful fit and temperature controlled). The EquiRex alpaca sweater, for instance? Handmade by artisans in Bolivia from alpaca wool harvested on small-scale alpaca wool farms in the Andes.
The official photos were taken by talented equestrian photographer, Anette Augestad from Hestefotograf.
Sending you love, light and a sign to reconnect with what makes you feel good.
In a world where celebrities switch up their haircut and color pretty much every day (ahem, looking at you, Lucy Hale), we’ve grown accustomed to seeing our social media feeds blow up every five hours with pictures of some celeb makeover. Generally, we know who and what to expect: Lucy Hale will get a choppy, chocolate-brown lob, Kendall Jenner will dye her hair platinum blonde, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum will get blunt, mod bangs. But today, our thumb stopped mid-scroll when we saw Gigi Hadid’s new and totally unexpected hair change: watermelon-pink hair with short, choppy bangs. Whaaat. Yes.
First of all, Hadid looks cool as hell. And second, we officially have FOMO with this pink-hair trend, seeing as pretty much every celebrity has traded in their natural color and hopped onto the fifty shades of pink train, including Ashley Benson, who lobbed off her blonde hair for tangerine-pink waves last month, and then Hailey Baldwin, who ditched her iconic blonde hair for a soft-pink hue a few months ago.
Hadid showed off her new hair in an Instagram picture this morning while wearing a gray tracksuit and white slippers, proving that it really does take a model to make sweaty, lazy-day clothes look cool outside of the gym. But the real mastermind behind Hadid’s hair transformation is hairstylist Kenna (first-name only, of course, like Cher) of salon Kenna Land, who has worked with the likes of Stella Maxwell and Jourdan Dunn. And, by the looks of it, Kenna transformed the model’s hair into a nearly un-recognizable shade of pink with choppy bangs all through the use of a really kick-ass wig.
Yeah, sorry, folks, but we’re pretty sure Hadid’s new look is actually a wig, solely because, well, it kind of looks like a wig. And, seeing as we’re only days away from fashion week, we highly doubt that Hadid would jump on such a drastic hair and color change. But, wig or not, I think we can all agree (AGREE WITH US) that Hadid looks awesome, and hopefully, just hopefully, this leads to a permanent hair change after fashion week ends.