A Lovely You – Makeup Tips for Every Woman

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Coral makeup always seems to enjoy a surge in popularity during the spring and summer months, but as a fair skinned gal I can sympathize with women who may be a little afraid to tackle this trendy hue. Luckily, women of any skin tone can easily pull off a coral blush – even us fair skinned ladies!

Here are a few tricks I’ve picked up along the way:

  • Choose a cream-based blush instead of a powder. Powder blush can look garish and much more harsh against fair skin. A blush with a creamier texture is easier to blend, and you can build the color to your desired intensity. I like Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral.
  • Look for a coral blush with pink undertones. The pink will help keep the blush from looking too “orange” on cheeks.
  • Mix your blush with a dab of foundation or tinted moisturizer. The blush will still be unmistakeably coral, but it will blend into your skin tone for a sheer wash of color instead of a clown-ish effect.

These are just a few of the tips I recommend for fair skinned ladies who want to wear coral blush. Do you have any tricks I haven’t mentioned here?


After highlighting six orange lippies in yesterday’s post, it occurred to me that not every woman knows how to pull off an orange lip. Obviously, it’s a lot easier to wear a sheer tangerine gloss than a bright orange lip, but if you’re wanting to try this very popular trend, here are a few tips to pull it off.

1. If you’re fair skinned, look for an orange lipstick that also leans towards red or pink. With these undertones, you won’t run the risk of looking clownish. Darker skinned women can get away with wearing more vibrant oranges.

2. Keep the rest of your makeup simple to allow for your lips to be the focal point. A little mascara, maybe a smidge of eyeliner and a light dusting of blush are all you need.

3. If you’re particularly daring, ignore step number 2 above and don’t be afraid to experiment. A bright orange lip with a subtle smokey eye can look very chic if you are careful not to pile on too much.

The good thing about orange lipstick is that it can be flattering on any woman, regardless of skin tone. Plus, it’s a great look for summer.

Do you like the new orange lipstick trend? How would you wear it?

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Our cosmetics come in contact with germ-prone areas on a daily basis, and they aren’t meant to last forever! Use the following tips to determine the shelf life of your makeup the next time you need to clean out your makeup bag.

  • Concealers and powders, even lip balms, will likely last up to two years because they don’t contain water. If anything looks funky though, toss it.
  • 3-in-1 products are prone to contamination more quickly than products designed just for one area of the face, so toss these after six months.
  • Liquid foundation can last up to a year. To avoid exposing the makeup to germs, always use a makeup sponge or foundation brush to apply product instead of your fingers.
  • Pencils, such as eye or lip liner, can last for several years if you’re careful. Never wet the tip with saliva or water, and always sharpen before each use to maintain its shelf life.
  • Mascara needs to be tossed every three months, otherwise you risk some pretty nasty eye infections.
  • Lipstick can last anywhere from 1 to 2 years or even up to 4 years. Storing it in the fridge can help extend its shelf life, too! Just remember; if it smells rancid, throw it out.

Are you as good about cleaning your makeup bag as you should be? Don’t be shy, tell me in the comments.  As always, stay lovely!

Unless you are one of the lucky few who wake up with a naturally glowing complexion, most of us have to use whatever products we have at our disposal to fake it. Unfortunately, we don’t always get it right. The following steps are part of my tried-and-true method to faking a flawless face.

1. Prep

Before you can show your radiant complexion to the world, you need to set the stage. Use a gentle, non-abrasive scrub to remove dry, flaky skin and dead patches; apply moisturizer immediately following. After allowing the moisturizer to sink into skin, I like to then apply a foundation primer which helps smooth and even out skin tone while giving your makeup a good base to adhere to. I’m a huge fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36,sephora.com)

2. Cover

After prepping your face, choose your favorite foundation and apply a thin, even coat over your entire face using a makeup sponge or foundation brush. Take care to avoid piling products on; you want a smooth, even finish – too much product will cake and settle into fine lines. A tinted moisturizer can be used instead if you aren’t a fan of foundation. Once the foundation has set, apply concealer to problem areas, such as under the eyes, on red spots or to cover blemishes.

3. Set

Using a large powder brush, sweep a loose setting powder over entire face, taking care not to use too much. (One to try: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, $34, sephora.com) A setting powder not only helps makeup adhere to your skin, but adds a “finished” look by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and other skin problems. Once you’ve set your makeup, finish your look by applying your favorite blush or bronzer, and voila!

We aren’t all lucky enough to be born with flawless complexions, but with a few essential products and a little patience, you can fake it beautifully for a look that you’ll love to show off to the world. Do you have any tips I neglected to mention here? Don’t be shy; leave them in the comments – and as always, stay lovely!

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