Perfecting Perfection: How to Nail Beyoncé’s Beauty

By  April 24, 2014


Mally Roncal is not only a backstage staple during fashion week, she’s also been the go-to makeup maven for Beyoncé since 2002! She waved her makeup brush to transform Queen Bey into Marilyn Monroe for her Out spread, and now she’s spilling some of her secrets!

The makeup mogul gave up the goods to Allure about her first encounter with the icon and how she “perfected perfection” for the cover shoot — by first getting inspired by Blue Ivy’s mom herself. “There’s not a lot of faces like hers in the universe, in the stratosphere,” she told the glossy. “She had very strong opinions. I wanted to give her just a little more smoldering, smoky appeal.”

To smolder like the songstress, she crafted a Bey-approved cat eye and contoured the lids with her signature Evercolor Shadow Stick in Saddle Shimmer, adding loads of her Volumizing Mascara. Roncal didn’t bother with the brows though. “Beyoncé’s brows are perfect,” she explained. “They’re very, very beautiful and naturally shaped. God made them like that.” To add to the singer’s diamond-grade glowing skin, she applied the Evercolor Face Defender to erase pores and Super Natural Highlighter for added lift. She polished the lip with her High Shine Liquid Pen in Nude Light.

Judging by the final shots pretty doesn’t hurt for Bey or Mally!

Katy Perry Gets #InstaGlam with CoverGirl

By  April 24, 2014


In the age of the selfie, we’ve found new reasons to get glam and perfect our poses. Katy Perry is out to ensure you look your best, regardless of what filter you use with CoverGirl’s #InstaGlam collection (out July!).

The pop star is serving up flawless skin worthy of the trending #nomakeup hashtag thanks to her go to makeup maestro Jake Bailey and the new Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation, Powder, and Concealer. The collection also includes the fresh Colorlicious Lip Gloss in a slew of juicy shades. Following the vibrant color scheme set for summer, the brand is also unleashing a brand new batch of nail colors for its XL Nail Gels for a long lasting finish. Even the Bombshell Mascara has received a curvy makeover!

To coincide with the social media makeup mashup, the brand debuted the commercial for the collection on Instagram on Thursday before the ad hits our TV screens in May. You can also join in on the fun when the products hit selves this summer by snapping a shot and sharing with the hashtag. Are you ready for your closeup?

Take a Look at Lorde’s MAC Lipstick

By  April 24, 2014


We knew Lorde’s lipstick would be bold, but we didn’t expect the hue to be so vibrant!

MAC has unveiled the lipstick and liner music lovers will rock all festival season mere weeks after announcing its partnership with the Grammy winner. The luxe lip, called Pure Heroine (natch!) is rich deep plum amplified with undertones of grape for approachable appeal. The capsule collection also the brand’s signature Penultimate Eye Liner so fans can mimic Lorde’s wicked flick when the pair hit shelves June 5th.

With the songstress hitting up Lollapalooza later this summer, we can only imagine her signing lipstick tubes along with copies of her album.

Jane Cosmetics Gets Geek Chic

By  April 24, 2014


Beauty and brains–they’re not mutually exclusive. And to prove that point, Jane Cosmetics has announced it will sponsor this year’s FIRST Robotics Championship.

Geared for young girls in science and technology, the “Beauty & Brains” competition, from April 23-26th in St Louis, will bring together a bevy of brilliant young ladies who know how build bots that throw down. Along with the sponsorship, Jane Owner & CEO Lynn Tilton will not only attend the event hosted by Will.I.Am but she has brought in Stila’s Sarah Lucero and Ken Paves to give full makeover to the 10 female winners of the competition as well as significant academic scholarships to assist in the pursuit of their dreams.

To spread the beauty love further, Tilton will also give away 4,000 cosmetics cases filled with Jane favorites to all female participants as well as launch an initiative to assist women’s shelters across the country. For every Jane cosmetic you snap up, the brand will donate the same product to the organizations. Talk about the beauty of giving!

Nicki Minaj Goes Back to Her Roots

By  April 23, 2014


It looks like Nicki Minaj has packed up her rainbow of wigs and wacky costumes in favor of a more natural look. So what was the reason for the big change?

The rapper explained to MTV News that the shock factor of a make-under was the big draw for her. “I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there,” she told the music channel while promoting The Other Woman. “You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.’”

But it seems the process has been under way for quite some time. The “Starships” songstress received a make-under courtesy Elle last year, carrying the look over to her Marie Claire cover story. After some down time and a decadent fragrance commercial later, she switched to a darker hair shade for her turn on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet.

According to Minaj, it’s not just her look that has undergone a revamp, but her music has as well. The Pink Print is a coming full circle by going back to her hip-hop roots and staying far away from the pop hit formula. “I don’t think it’s something that I’m necessarily trying to do,” she said. “As soon as I started working on my new album, that’s just the songs that I’ve been writing.”

We have to say we’re loving her new/old look and can’t wait to hear what she has up her sleeve for the new album.

Lighten Up: 10 Gel Creams for Supple Spring Skin

By  April 23, 2014

Since this spring has gotten off to a slow start, our skincare regime has had to strike a delicate balance between the heavy winter moisturizers and the lightweight lotions we rock when the heat is on. Luckily, a slew of beauty brands have combined the best of both worlds in the form of gel creams. The lightweight formula allows anti-aging and hydrating ingredients to absorb into skin easily without any weight or shine, making it an essential for those with oily or combination skin. Want to give these whipped up wonders a whirl? Check out a few of our faves:



1. Ren T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream, available at DermStore.com for $52
2. Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream, available at Fresh.com for $42
3. Ahava Time to Hydrate Active Moisture Gel Cream, available at Ulta.com for $40
4. Bliss Firm Baby Firm Gel Cream, available at BlissWorld.com for $62
5. Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Regenerator, available at PeterThomasRoth.com for $68
6. Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer, available at Algenist.com for $65
7. Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream, available at Target.com for $6.99
8. Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream, available at Ulta.com for $24.99
9. Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream Moisturizer, available at Philosophy.com for $35
10. NARSSkin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer, available at NARSCosmetics.com for $58

Lupita Nyong’o’s Is The World’s Most Beautiful Woman

By  April 23, 2014


We had a feeling this would be no contest: Lupita Nyong’o is People’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World!

It’s no surprise since the screen and style star had everyone doing a double take throughout awards season, starting with her ruby red Ralph Lauren and culminating in her Prada Nairobi blue and Oscar gold. She’s also the third African American to land the coveted cover, joining the like of Halle Berry and Beyoncé. Funny thing is, Nyong’o never dreamed she would receive this year’s title. “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” she told the glossy. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

She’s spoken openly about learning to love her own beauty outside of society’s standards, but it doesn’t mean she was afraid to experiment. Along with her rainbow of matching shadows and lippies, her hair has also undergone major transformations, including shaving it all off! “It was very strange and very cold!” she laughed. “It was scary but I like to dare myself.”

Though Lancôme’s latest leading lady regularly plays with color, she feels her most beautiful without a stitch of makeup on. Her explanation? “Happiness is the most important thing,” she said. Excuse us while we do a happy dance!

Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan Tatum,and More Are Body Beautiful in Allure

By  April 22, 2014


Body confidence can be a struggle on a day-to-day basis, but Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Minnie Driver, and Nia Long are out to change everyone’s perceptions by taking it all off for Allure.

The glossy’s annual nude photo shoot began in 2009 by featuring four stars, not only to  share the natural beauty of the body, but to also address self-esteem. This year’s batch of stripped-down stars join alumnae like Padma Lakshmi, Kaley Cuoco, Maria Menounos, and Naya Rivera, to name a few.

The stars each revealed the body parts that they love, their opinions on body doubles, and even shared what parts made them feel self-conscious. “I never could have done this when I was 25—no way,” Driver told the magazine. “All I saw then were the flaws. I still see the flaws, but I see what’s great more—and I’ve got a banging body.”

The shoot was extra special for Bell and Tatum, as both recently gave birth to daughters. “I was terribly frightened that I would feel like a schlub and not at all beautiful,” Bell explained about her pregnancy. “When I looked in the mirror, I saw Cindy Crawford…I talk a big game about being comfortable no matter my size. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was.”

While  some serious gym time and diet adjustments contributed to the final result, we have to give kudos to the lovely ladies who were confident in showing some serious skin and pushing everyone to be braver when it comes to their own bodies. Whatever your opinion on nudity, everyone should be comfortable in their own skin.

Yadim Adds Edge to Maybelline’s Makeup Portfolio

By  April 22, 2014


Yadim is moving up from the backstage area to the spotlight as Maybelline’s new Global Makeup artist.

The mononym behind Rihanna’s Balmain beauty, Lady Gaga’s applause-worthy makeup, and Gisele’s romantic glow will be the go-to guy to help set the trends and take them from the runway to the real way for beauty buffs of any skill level.  His position will feature in on the brand’s recently resurrected City blog, where his likely to work with Maybelline’s freshest face, Jourdan Dunn. “Having the opportunity to work with a brand that has made makeup trends accessible to all women is a dream come true,” said Yadim. “I look forward to engaging with the consumer in ways that will make her feel welcomed, empowered and connected to Maybelline in a new way.”

Yadim has been a rising star in the backstage scene for years, previously working with makeup maven Pat McGrath, before going his own way in 2010. We spotted him backstage at Yigal Azrouël back in February, and he went on to key at Haider Ackerman during Paris Fashion Week. We’re so excited to see Yadim reaching new heights,–as Riri would say, “Shine bright!”

10 Ways to Green Up Your Beauty Routine

By  April 21, 2014

With parabens and sulfates in some beauty products that can have negative effects later on, we’re taking a closer look at our vanities to see what greener options we can add to it in honor of Earth Day. Our choices used to be scarce, but now everything from cleansers to nail polish can be more earth and people-friendly—if you know where to look. Here are a few green faves to help you enhance your look:



1. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, available at Target.com for $7.99
2. Jonathan Green Rootine Styling Crème, available at JonathanProduct.com for $24
3. Mineral Fusion Nail Polish, available at MineralFusion.com for $7.99
4. Dr. Bronner Almond Castille Liquid Soap, available at DrBronner.com for $10.99
5. Physician’s Formula Organix Wear CC Curl + Care Mascara, available at PhysiciansFormulas.com for $9.95
6. EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, available at EvolutionofSmooth.com for $3.29
7. CEW Eco Award Finalist 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation with Super Fruits, available at 100PercentPure.com for $35
8. Tata Harper Rejuventaing Serum, available at TataHarperSkincare.com for $95
9. Nature’s Gate Aloe Vera Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, available at ShopNatures-Gate.com for $7.79 each
10. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, available at TheBodyShop-USA.com for $10.80