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8 Summer-Inspired Makeup Tips to Try this Weekend

Summer Inspired MakeupStuck in a makeup rut?

Here are 8 tips to transform your look with practically zero effort!

Resurrect Lipsticks from Seasons Past
Have a white eyeliner pencil laying around? Make lips pop by applying it as a base – it will brighten any lipstick, gloss or stain layered on top of it.

Bonus: The texture helps lip color last longer.

Whiten Your Smile with the Right Lip Color
Apply a coral lip color in the center of nude or beige lips to neutralize yellow teeth. Or, if you’re going for a bolder look, wear fuchsia lip color to instantly bring out the white in your teeth. Ready, set, smile!

Change up Your Eyeliner
Black eyeliner can look a little harsh in the summer. Trade it in for hues of plum, blue or brown which give the lash line intensity without the severity.

Use a Fan Brush on Lashes
Gobs of mascara on a hot summer’s day look overdone. Opt for fluttery lashes by applying your normal mascara with a small fan brush, like this one from Bdellium Tools. You’ll get less clumps and softer looking lashes without sacrificing this beauty must-have.

Try Colored Mascara on Lower Lashes
Summer 2013 has introduced a whole new slew of colored mascaras. With options like turquoise from Chanel, blue from L’Oréal and purple from Anastasia Beverly Hills, you can put a summery twist on your look in no time flat. Get help picking the right color here.

Take Brows a Shade Lighter
If you’re using a brow enhancer that’s a shade darker than your natural hue, stop! Go for a shade lighter. It will still give brows definition and volume, yet it softens the overall look.

Camouflage Flaws and Pale Legs with Body Bronzers
If you’re not a fan of self-tanners but don’t exactly want pasty legs, try a bronzing cream or spray for the body like Hot Tan Instant Cosmetic Bronzer ($17) or Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($13). Both options deliver instant bronze color that really stays put and make legs look more toned!

Double Down with a Sunscreen that Glows
In addition to your normal facial sunscreen, use one that adds a radiant shimmer under the eye area and on the tops of cheekbones. Not only will you be protecting yourself from wrinkles in the long-term, you’ll be giving yourself a sexy glow right now. Try Paula’s Choice RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 ($25).

Sneak Peek! Coming up on Inside Beautiful

ep 9Have a scar or blemish you’d like to hide? Get pro concealing tips from Medical Makeup Artist, Kimberly Heintzman. You won’t believe the before and after reveal!

And don’t miss Reba Buhr’s Makeup Shakeup segment with makeup artist to the stars, Desirae Cherman for some seriously good product recommendations.

Plus, find out which inexpensive skincare and makeup products outdo their pricey competitors with Senior Beauty Editor Desiree Stordahl.

Catch all this and more on Inside Beautiful!

Beauty Trends: What’s In & Out

LipstickIN: Matte or stained lips in shades like fuchsia, red, bubblegum pink and peachy nudes.

OUT: High-glossed lips and boring lipstick shades like mauve.

“During the spring/summer 2013 runway shows, bold poppy colors in all shades of matte were the hot trend,” says Citizens of Beauty Founder and Makeup Artist, Kendra Stanton.

Don’t have a matte lipstick? Stanton suggests lightly patting a translucent powder over your lipstick to take a shiny lip to a matte in moments.

BrowsIN: Thick, well-groomed brows.

Out: Pencil-thin, overly-tweezed brows.

“Having brows that are thick(er) and more of their natural shape is on trend,” Stanton reports. That doesn’t mean you should go totally Amazon woman; eyebrows still need some shape.

Try a colorless brow setting pencil like NYX’s Eyebrow Shaper ($8.75) to keep brows in check.


GlamIn: Glamorous-grungy, textured hair.

Out: Perfect, beachy waves.

“Put down the curling iron and embrace your natural texture to create a style that is textured and controlled,” says Oribe, Co-founder and Creative Director of Oribe Hair Care.

He suggests their Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray to separate and clump the hair for gorgeous texture and shine. “It’s undone, modern and sexy.”


Blurred OmbreIn: The NEW blurred ombré hair.

Out: Blunt ombré hair color.

Trade in last year’s dramatic ombré hair color for a more natural, sun-kissed look.

Famed colorist Johnny Ramirez (LA, NYC, and Miami) teases small sections of hair, dips the ends in bleach and uses his fingers to blend upward into the teased strands for a blurred ombré effect. “You can look at it from any angle and there are no lines,” says Ramirez.

Fab or Fad: Dior’s Airflash Spray Foundation

FaborFad_6-14By Delanah Reudink, Beauty Editor

Dior’s Airflash Spray Foundation has received quite a bit of attention from beauty bloggers and fashion magazines as a splurge-worthy must-have, and despite my frugal tendencies, I was eager to try this raved-about product.  Being a newbie to spray foundation, I booked a consultation with a Dior makeup artist to get the right application tips. And hey, it didn’t hurt that I had a black tie event to attend later that night.

As my face was “flashed” with foundation, I was intrigued by the application method, which included a mix of spraying and blending with a flat makeup brush.  No powder was needed, and the Airflash Spray Foundation left my skin looking radiant.  The full coverage was just what I was looking for, and I was impressed with the results. So after hearing that the product would “last me FOREVER”, I decided to spend the $62 to ensure that I would look amazing for the rest of my life.  I left the makeup counter with a mix of guilt and glory as I headed to my special event.

As the special night ended, I took one last glance at my glorious makeup job.  Much to my dismay, I noticed that somehow my foundation had shifted…this clearly must have been from all the dancing. But come to think of it, there was no dancing at this particular event.  Disappointed, but hopeful for what tomorrow would bring, I washed my faced and headed to bed.

The next morning, I was eager to prove that my “makeup mishap” was a fluke, so I gave the Airflash Spray Foundation another try.   I had no reason to look especially great that day, and it’s probably a good thing. Consistently checking the mirror to see how my makeup was holding up, I began to realize that my $62 foundation wasn’t quite all it was chalked up to be.  I was left with uneven, blotchy skin.

Determined to believe all the rave reviews about my expensive foundation, I gave it at least 5 more tries…only to be let down each and every time.  Finally, I gave up and took the product back.

Maybe this foundation works great for some people, possibly those with amazing, flawless skin.  Unfortunately, for the rest of us, I have to call this one a fad.

The Best of Beauty on the Web

Dior Homme FragranceThe Huffington Post reports that Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen, has signed on to be the face of Dior Homme fragrance. Nicely done, Dior. We approve!


AnnaAnna Paquin’s sexy vampire look for the True Blood premiere gets rave reviews from E!’s Fashion Police. What’s not to love about the trendy, side swept hair and “to die for” makeup?


BestofBeauty_SLide03Lucy Hale adds “Pretty Little Ambassador” to her repertoire as the new official spokeswoman for Avon’s beauty boutique brand, mark.


Jennifer EdgyJennifer Aniston stuns the world with an edgy look. Glamour applauds her braided-back hairstyle and attributes it to a boost in self-confidence. We think the icon of classic style pulls off the “edgy look” just fine.


NailsIf you love this adorable twist on Summer nails as much as we do, check out for more creative nail inspiration.


Michelle PhanLove the idea of fake lashes but afraid to try them? Internet beauty tutorial sensation, Michelle Phan, gives advice on choosing the right “falsies” for your eye shape.


Dita Von TeeseDita Von Teese is no stranger to being the center of attention, and that’s a good thing, considering she literally stopped traffic at the #fragranceawards.


Beach Spray HairA special thank you to for this little gem. Beach sprays for every hair type—yes, please!


Nigel and TysonNigel Barker and Tyson Beckford…need we say more?


Benefit CosmeticsLooks like a rough day on the job for employees at Benefit Cosmetics. Is anyone else jealous? #MustBeNice

Sneak Peek! Coming up on Inside Beautiful

ep-8Wondering how beauty queens always look so flawless? Get insider secrets from reigning Miss California, Mabelynn Capeluj and our very own former Miss California, Tami Farrell.

Plus, tune in as our rockin’ reporter Erin Lucas breaks down this week’s buzzworthy beauty news, and stick around for Reba Buhr’s Makeup Shakeup segment with makeup artist to the stars, Desirae Cherman.

And don’t miss our Beauty Insider segment with Melissa Magsaysay and Tina Dizon on everything you need to know about hair extensions (at-home and from the salon).

Catch all this and more, every week on Inside Beautiful!

How to Test Makeup Safely!


Powders:  Eyeshadow/Blush/Bronzer

Spray tissue with alcohol disinfectant and wipe off the top layer.  Use a new disposable sample brush to apply the makeup.  It is helpful if you repeat the first step after use to ensure the palette is free of your germs for the next tester.  Throw away your sample brush.


Lips:  Lipstick, Lipgloss, Lipstains

Never apply lip products directly to your mouth! First, spray tissue with alcohol, wipe off the top layer and use a new, disposable applicator to apply. Most salespeople are happy to do the disinfecting for you – just ask. And if you’re still a little freaked out, try applying the color to the back of your hand. It won’t look the same as it will on your lips, but at least you can get a sense of the texture, opacity, and pigmentation.

Pencils: Eyeliners, Lip Liners, etc.

You should sharpen off the top layer of anything that comes in a pencil form.  Wipe with the alcohol tissue for extra precaution.  Eyeliners and lip liners are best tested on your hands.  The eye area in particular in known for manifesting bacteria, and the last thing you want is pink eye from a tester!


Foundations that come out of a pump have a very low risk of contamination.  Make sure you use a NEW disposable sponge or applicator.  Avoid testing foundations that come in jars – there’s no way of knowing if someone has dipped their finger in there. Luckily, many cosmetic counters are happy to supply you with a few days’ worth of foundation samples. Try your luck at major retailers like Sephora, Macy’s and Nordstrom.


Though it is not recommended to try mascaras on your eyes before buying, we know that some of you are going to do it anyway.  Make sure you are using a new disposable mascara wand (don’t use the one that belongs to the tester).  If you need to re-dip for more mascara, get a NEW wand… double dipping – this is where the contamination begins.  If you just want to see the color and texture, we strongly recommend testing the product on your hand or hair, this keeps the product a safe distance from those gorgeous eyes!

Nail Polish:

Thankfully, nail polish is one product you don’t have to worry too much about.  It is fairly safe to test polish on your nails; just make sure you aren’t testing on a finger with any sores or open wounds!

Bonus Tips:

• Test on Weekdays.  If you know you are going to be trying on makeup, avoid shopping on the weekends.  This is the busiest time for makeup counters, and there will be a much greater chance of cross-contamination.

• Use New Applicators or Brushes. Ask for a new, unused applicator before testing any product.

• No Jars or Pots.  Don’t test ANYTHING that comes in a jar or a pot!  The contamination in these products goes below the surface layer, so simply wiping the top won’t cut it.  Stay safe and just don’t go there.