Posts Tagged Makeup

Here's How I Wore Colorful Highlighter Every Day For a Week

With the popularity of highlighters soaring, many brands are starting to come out with unique hues that differ from the more common champagne shades that dominate the shelves of beauty stores.

After seeing a few orange, hot pink, and purple highlighters, I wanted to give the shades a try but wasn’t sure where to start. I headed to the Sephora Beauty Insider Community for some product recommendations and picked out a few of my own to wear for a week.

What I learned was pretty encouraging. Most of the hues are more wearable than I expected, but there are tricks to wearing each hue. Shop the products ahead and find out how to pull off orange, pink, and even rainbow hues.

Have You Heard? Watermelon Is This Summer's Hottest Skincare Ingredient

Summer is watermelon season. The fruit is fresh, juicy, delicious, and filled with good-for-you ingredients. It’s also, as the name suggests, a serious hydrator. So it only makes sense that beauty companies would want to use watermelon and watermelon extract to give a serious boost of hydration to their beauty products. From sleeping masks to lip products and even foundation , we’ve rounded up the best watermelon-infused products that your skin will drink up. Keep reading to shop our picks!

Every Product Kylie Jenner Used in Her $450+ Vogue Makeup Tutorial

It’s odd thinking that at one point, Kylie Jenner was not a part of the beauty zeitgeist. The 20-year-old cosmetics mogul has let us follow her through transforming everything from her lips to her hair and has given us a peek into her life as a new mom. With Kylie Cosmetics positioned to be a billion-dollar brand by 2022 , it’s apparent that everything she touches in the beauty world turns to dollar bills.

Jenner went makeup-free in a 10-minute tutorial for Vogue , where she broke down her entire beauty routine. We got a look at one of the new Kylie Cosmetics eye-shadow palettes and glosses, which aren’t available online yet. Still, assuming that the new products retail similarly to her the others in her collection at $45 and $12 respectively, we’ve determined her entire look hits at around $450 of more.

The tutorial also comes with a few helpful tips. For starters, Jenner does her brows and eye shadow first (if you start with foundation, she argued, the pigment will fall from your eyes onto your cheeks), and she’s obsessed with blush – but she doesn’t just apply it to her cheeks, but to her forehead, nose, and chin, too. We also learned that the beauty mogul likes her freckles to show through her foundation, so she applies the product with a brush and then buffs it out with a BeautyBlender so it looks more natural.

Like many of us who throw caution to the wind, she puts mascara over her lash extensions, using black for the top lashes and brown for the bottom for a more subtle look. She takes the tip of her brow gel brush, which holds the most product, applies it, then brushes the gel out with the comb. Then, to finish it all off, she drenches her face in MAC setting spray so that her makeup looks its best in person.

The 1 Thing That Makes Lupita Nyong'o's Beauty Looks Different

You don’t need a Yale degree to know that Lupita Nyong’o always oozes glamour on the red carpet (though the drama-school-bred actress has one of those, too). Though the Black Panther star once told POPSUGAR that she uses makeup “always as a celebration of just naked me,” her go-to event looks are far from barefaced. In fact, Nyong’o’s best beauty secret is one she doesn’t like to hide: her colorful eye shadow.

Whether she’s glitter-fied her lids, had longtime makeup artist Nick Barose draw a literal rainbow onto them, or experimented with graphic green liner, Nyong’o doesn’t shy away from enhancing her big brown eyes. Her preferred shades are often blues, greens, or a cyan-y mix of both, but she’s also fond of deep burgundies and pinots. What’s more, she often likes pairing her bold shadow with attention-grabbing lip shades.

No one can ever accuse this Yalie of playing it safe, which is reason number a hundred billion why we love her. Read on to see her most out-there looks.

Gasp! Sephora Is Discounting Benefit Cosmetics, GlamGlow, and More – For Just 1 Week

Sephora’s Weekly Wow sale is here, and it includes some especially impressive goodies this time around. We’re talking about favorites from Benefit Cosmetics, GlamGlow, Kat Von D, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, and more. Check out our favorite picks, and snag them as quickly as possible – these deals only stick around for seven days.

9 Top-Rated Foundations From Sephora – Get the Flawless Skin of Your Dreams

Finding a foundation that fits all of your specific skin needs is as easy as applying eyeliner in a car. Yeah, it’s hard. That’s why looking through Sephora’s top-rated section is a smart way to discover options that other customers are loving. We curated a list of five-star foundations worthy of your attention. Find your perfect match!

The Only Body Bronzers That Pass the Sex Test

“Need an excuse to have sex this week?” my cringe-worthy subject line to POPSUGAR’s 300+ staffers last week read. I was desperate; I needed more limbs – at least, more than the four I’ve got – to try the latest and greatest instant self-tanners and body bronzers . My only rule: volunteers must put the formulas to the elusive Sex Test.

You know, the X-rated version of an infomercial demo, where – instead of proving that apples, almonds, and chicken don’t stand a chance against your Slap Chop – you discover a landmine of one-day-only formulas that won’t smudge onto your partner’s leg at the first sign of sweat during horizontal tango. (Obviously, no on-screen show necessary.)

In any case, the response could have made crickets blush. (Shout-out to Chris from the copy-editing team for taking the bait; I appreciate you.) So I’ll say this loud, and I’ll say it proud: Ahead are the self-tanners that I can personally attest will leave your skin with a kiss of color, while ensuring that the actual kissing going on will not also ruin your white 300-thread count bed sheets – satisfaction, guaranteed.

18 Classic Beauty Products Our Editors Will Buy Over and Over

There are two types of beauty products in the world: the cool, new ones we buy to try out the latest trends, and the classic ones we buy over and over because they’re just that damn good. Some of-the-moment items go in and out of style, but some brands have managed to create effective formulas that’ll have our hearts forever. From SPF concealers to mascaras to drugstore moisturizers, these are the editor-approved beauty buys we’ll never kiss goodbye.

Every Product in Madelaine Petsch's $332 Summer Makeup Routine

Madelaine Petsch might rock the hell out of a red lip as Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale, but her Summer makeup look is a lot more au naturale.

In a recent tutorial, the actress opted for a sheer base, beige matte lips, and lots of highlighter – a look we’d wear from the office to the beach – courtesy of a variety of cult-favorite products and underrated gems. Ahead, you’ll find all the impressive swag used in her Summer routine so you, too, can look (and feel) like a glowing queen bee.

Psst: Here's How to Score a Free Ulta Swag Bag

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The powers that be at Ulta have given the makeup community a righteous gift: $88 worth of beauty swag with a $20 purchase. All you have to do to get in on the action is shop the Ulta beauty line between now and March 17. (And FYI, the collection has recently been given a makeover with new packaging, formulations, and products.)

After hitting that $20 threshold, you’ll be gifted a 14-piece makeup bag that’s loaded with $88 worth of goodies. The bag includes a mini eye shadow palette, blush, mascara, lip oil, lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, brow-shaping gel, face primer, illuminator, tinted eye primer, blush brush, pencil sharpener, and a $5-off-$15-purchase coupon. You can find the specific details here .

The bag is a great (and FREE) way to check out Ulta’s new goods. Just note that there’s only one free bag per customer and the promotion only lasts as long as supplies do!

12 Stunning Makeup Looks Inspired by All of the Zodiac Signs

We bet Mercury wasn’t in retrograde when makeup artist Kimberly Money transformed herself into 12 characters inspired by zodiac signs. To live out horoscopes IRL, she rocks multiple hair colors, from fiery red to icy periwinkle, and makes over her eyes in mesmerizing ways (seriously, just check out Aquarius’s glitter tears).

“I grew up in Vietnam where the zodiac signs are very popular, so I always wanted to make a series out of it since I love doing makeup and photography,” Kimberly told POPSUGAR via email on what inspired this stunning project.

Though she is not an astrologer, a lot of thought went into crafting each look. “I choose the looks based on my experience with people around me with the signs,” she said. “I also do some research online on which colors fit with the looks most. This series represents how I see these signs in my imagination and bring it to reality.”

She looks gorgeous in all of the horoscope looks, but we still had to know which one was hers. “I’m a Libra,” she admitted. “I feel like it represents me very well. I always looking for balance in life and love spending time alone working on things that I love, such as makeup. Also, this look I chose especially for this sign is my favorite combo, and smoky eyes are my go-to!”

Keep reading to see every beautiful style, and tell us: does your month represent you?

Gina Rodriguez's Red Carpet Hair Looks Basic – Until She Turns Around

Gina Rodriguez always looks fantastic – but she took our collective breath away on the Oscars red carpet. The Jane the Virgin actress walked the red carpet looking like a princess with pastel-hued makeup and a sleek ponytail.

Gina’s eye makeup featured lavender eye shadow paired with a pale pink lip and flawless skin. Her makeup was done by makeup artist Carissa Ferreri using Burt’s Bees makeup.

The most intriguing part of Gina’s look, however, was revealed when she turned around to smooch her boyfriend, Joe LoCicero. Gina’s sleek, low ponytail was wrapped with hair at the base and wrapped with more hair a few inches down. The result was a gorgeous and interesting take on an otherwise simple red carpet look.

Keep reading to see her look at every angle.

Step Right This Way, Ladies: MAC's Newest Palette Is Inspired by Girl Power

In 2017, MAC released its hilariously but trivially named Basic B*tch Palette , but this year the brand will celebrate a very different type of woman. That’s because MAC dropped a MAC Girls Risk Taker Palette ($40), which celebrates badass beauty babes and on-point shadow looks all at once.

This bundle contains eight berry- and shimmer-tinted eye hues, along with one bronze-pink highlighter. We’re obsessed with Risky Business, an ultraviolet-gray mix; Fashion Fanatic, an attention-grabbing fuchsia; and Free Ride, a ’90s-esque muted mauve.

We’re also cheering for the palette’s packaging, which is decorated with bold florals and thin, orange-toned stripes. If you’ve tried any MAC Girls Personality products , you know that the charming palettes contain satiny, pearl-infused powders that glide over your skin like a goshdarn dream. This puppy is sure to be the talk of your vanity, so don’t take the risk of waiting to purchase this one.

Soap & Glory Sells Lipstick, but Its New Ad Shows Women Are More Than Their Mouths

How does a beauty brand contribute to the #MeToo discussion? Soap & Glory just schooled us all. The drugstore favorite offers a full line of makeup, but it’s perhaps best known for its cheekily named lip-plumping product , Sexy Mother Pucker. To some, that might seem a little objectifying. After all, a woman’s pout isn’t just a vessel for lipstick. It’s also, you know, the thing she talks out of, and those words are powerful.

That’s why Soap & Glory’s latest campaign wants us to look past the aesthetics of a woman’s lips – and more into what she has to say. In an emotional ad shot during the LA Women’s March on Jan. 20, the brand set up a live stream spotlighting close-ups of women’s lips. All wore various shades of lipstick as they spoke about their hopes, dreams, struggles, and experiences ranging from growing up transgender to surviving an abusive relationship. The ad encourages women to raise their voices “whatever their shade of gloss” may be.

The #MoreThanLips campaign sheds a spotlight on Soap & Glory’s efforts to support She Should Run, a national organization that works to support women in politics. One specific goal of She Should Run is increasing the number of women running for office to 250,000 by 2030. Soap & Glory has said that it will donate $5 for any post tagged #MoreThanLips – so get hashtagging.

Highlighter Addicts! Too Faced Released the Magic Rainbow Brush of Your Unicorn Dreams

If you love rainbows, highlighter, and all things magical, you’re going to need to sit down for this one. Too Faced just released its new Life’s a Festival line filled with lots of vibrant, colorful makeup. But that’s not the best part – they also created a Magic Rainbow Strobing Brush ($34) for applying your highlighter like the mythical creature that you are.

The brush features an iridescent lilac handle and densely packed bristles intended to pick up lots of product. It’s the perfect choice for giving your face the luminous glow it clearly deserves. If you’re as in love with this brush as we are, we recommend buying it ASAP. Special items like this tend to sell out lightning fast. We love this design so much, we might need to get two!

Nail Brows Are the Sharpest Beauty Look We've Seen in a While

We just found the new, edgy beauty trend – literally. Nail brows are here, and the pointy punk style is impossible to look away from – even if it does give us the heebie-jeebies.

Gone are the days of soft squiggle brows and wavy lips ; we have entered an era of sharper, more defined beauty trends. Serbian architecture student and makeup artist Milan Bauranov plays around with incorporating the home improvement tool into his brows, and damn if he isn’t totally nailing it. (See what we did there?)

It appears that Bauranov is a fan of Kat Von D products , as he used the brand’s Lock It Concealer Crème ($26), Setting Powder ($30), and Setting Mist ($26) to prep his skin. He has also done similar needle styles before, so check them out below – if you dare.

Why Am I So Obsessed With Halo Brows, This New Reverse Unibrow Trend?

I know what you’re going to say: “Those dang kids with their squiggle brows and nostril hair extensions . What is happening to the world? Every day we stray from God’s light. Do we really need another Instagram beauty trend?”

The answer, you fun-hater, is yes. There’s a new brow kid on the block, and I don’t know why but it’s my favorite thing since sliced bread brows (those aren’t real, but should be). Ladies and gentlemen, halo brows, as the look’s creator has dubbed it, are here. To paraphrase Beyoncé, I can definitely see the halo (halo) effect of this look, but I prefer to think of it as a reverse unibrow. And it’s cool, damn it.

Hannah Lyne, a 16-year-old from Huddersfield, UK, coined the term. Hannah told POPSUGAR that halo brows can be traced back to fishtail brows , which were until now the last great “new Instagram trend.” (Those, in turn, take influence from ’90s hip-hop brow slits – it’s all connected, friends.)

“I was having a conversation with a friend trying to come up with a new idea for a look, and all of a sudden it came to me that I should connect my brow tails,” Hannah explained. “This look was influenced by fishtail brows; seeing the way my brow flicked upwards inspired the idea of just carrying the brow on until it met in the middle.”

All good brow trends need a catchy name, and Hannah actually took a commenter’s suggestion for halo brows. This bold, circular look is totally hypnotizing, and I am hereby dubbing it the greatest piece of art of our time. Seriously, don’t try to come at me if you’re trying to diss halo brows. Hey, they laughed at Picasso, too.

Huda Kattan, Beauty's Wealthiest Influencer, Spends 4 Hours a Day on Instagram

A post shared by Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) on Feb 18, 2018 at 10:24am PST

Fishtail brows . Metallic lip strobes . The rose gold eye shadow palette that started ’em all (RIP, friend). It’s tough to name a beauty trend that’s come up in the past few years that hasn’t been shaped by Huda Kattan. Along with being the wealthiest influencer working the beauty game right now, Huda consistently drops both iridescent and utilitarian products that fly off shelves almost as quickly as she shot to the top of the industry.

Perhaps one of Huda’s most enduring qualities is that she totally smashes the “b*tchy businesswoman” stereotype. She’s a verified mogul, but she takes the time to support other women trying to do the same thing, whether they are superstars like Kim Kardashian and Jen Atkin or the women behind undiscovered makeup she promotes on her own feed.

“I always try to be as real as possible on social media and pride myself on only supporting people and brands I love and truly believe in,” Huda tells POPSUGAR. “It is super important to me that the videos we share are useful and offer something beneficial. I want people to learn something new.”

But finding those pre-viral trends before anyone else does takes a lot of tenacity. Huda cops to spending about four hours a day scrolling through Instagram’s Explore page. She admits that process can be a bit “overwhelming,” but there is a plus side: “It gives me the opportunity to connect with people from all over the globe. There’s never a time when we have nothing to share.”

“Whenever you are pushing boundaries, there will be push-back from people.”

And while Huda’s drawn attention to some wild makeup hacks in the past (hello, Vagisil primer ), her buck stops with reposting sheer clickbait. “We are very selective of what we share, especially when it comes to videos that have the potential to be harmful,” she says. Noting that many of her followers are on the young side, Huda feels she has a responsibility to be selective with her content.

For instance, when knife contouring (yup, that’s exactly what it sounds like) emerged a few years ago, Huda’s team made the decision not to call attention to such a dangerous trend. In Huda’s words, “We filter content and share only the beauty hacks and tutorials that will elevate a beauty routine.”

Routines aren’t the only thing Huda wants to elevate; she has also started the Huda Beauty Angels fund to assist budding female entrepreneurs. “We champion female empowerment and uniqueness, which doesn’t come without its challenges,” she admits. Her advice to anyone who wants to follow suit? “Whenever you are pushing boundaries, there will be push-back from people. Embrace what you stand for, and accept that there will be criticism.”

Oh, and one more thing: “The best advice came from my mom; she has always told me to be patient. It was really helpful to have her say that to me, because I am a really passionate person and can sometimes be very impulsive.” We guess the advice paid off – spending four hours a day digging through Instagram sounds like it requires quite a bit of persistence, indeed.

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Get Ready – These Are the 11 Hottest Lipsticks Every Makeup Addict Needs For Spring

A new season means it’s time for a beauty overhaul ! If you’re as obsessed with lipstick as us, your bank account is about to get a little emptier. We curated a list of the most coveted options for Spring. These lipsticks come in every color from poppy red to peony pink. We also chose them at a variety of price points so that there’s something for every budget. Shop through these buzzy options, and add a few to your vanity. It’s totally necessary!

MAC Is Launching Throwback Lipsticks in '90s-Fabulous Colors, and We. Are So. Excited.

The dream of the ’90s is alive in MAC’s latest collection, which will have fans of the decade screaming in their hair claws . The brand has launched a Throwbacks collection that’s bringing sexy back – and by “sexy,” we mean all your old favorite lipstick and eye shadow shades like Marrakesh, Bronx, Uninterrupted, and Kid.

Even better? This line is part of the brand’s permanent collection, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on reuniting with all your OGs. On the lip front, Throwbacks includes matte, frost, and satin finishes, which are all in retro shades that belong in an episode of Friends. Sans one metallic – the duochrome bronze Spanish Fly – the lippies lie in the red or pink color family.

Natural is the name of the game for the eye shadows, which come in a range of tan, beige, and brown to channel that Alicia Silverstone no-makeup look. Read on to see everything you can shop online at MAC now or in stores on March 1 – which is aptly a Thursday, aka prime #TBT time.