sweat-proof your {makeup}

Despite the fact that summer is over, between sprinting to catch the subway and walking in and out of sweltering hot buildings, I still find myself breaking a sweat. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean I have to look like a hot mess too. And between those rainy/windy days we’ve been having and that dreaded snow right around the corner, my look is definitely going to take a beating. Luckily, I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve for sweat-proof/weather-proof/life-proof makeup: Continue reading “sweat-proof your {makeup}”

how to {clean your makeup brushes}

I feel like this is an aspect of our makeup routine that is lost on far too many people. The fact of the matter is our makeup brushes are filled with old makeup, dirt, dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, so cleaning them regularly is essential. A dirty brush can make our makeup application look flawed; it can even lead to breakouts and spread infections. Replacing makeup brushes can get expensive, but with regular maintenance, our brushes can last for years and keep our skin healthy and glowing. Continue reading “how to {clean your makeup brushes}”

prep, prime {& set}

A lot of girls miss this essential first step in their beauty routine not realizing that it is one of the most important steps and should never be skipped. Preparing the face for makeup is just as essential to your look as your foundation or blush. Skipping this step can leave your skin looking flawed and cause your makeup to wear off quickly. Here’s how you prepare your skin for your makeup application: Continue reading “prep, prime {& set}”

diy {bloody manicure}

This Halloween I decided to give myself a spooky manicure: nails dripping in blood. What started out as an experiment turned out to actually be awesome and relatively easy to achieve, so I thought I’d share the steps for creating these hauntingly fabulous nails.

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neutral nail polish | red nail polish | dark red nail polish | top coat | toothpick

  1. Paint your nails a neutral color. For mine, I used two coats of Essie Limo-scene.
  2. On a palette (a paper plate or a plastic cup will work) spill a quarter sized amount of red polish. With a toothpick, pick up a good amount of color and dab it onto your nail, about half way down. Carefully drag the color up to the tip of the nail. Repeat this step as you see fit.
  3. Drag the red nail polish across the tips of your nails, french manicure style. By no means does this have to be perfect; in fact, it should be a little messy.
  4. With a dark red polish, take your toothpick and create dimension in some (not all) of the blood spots, and randomly across the tips of your nails.
  5. Let this dry well, and then apply your top coat to seal it all in.

Tried it? Tweet us your Halloween Manicures! #nailedit

Trick or treat!