Tips for Updating Your Look

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Spring is all about fresh starts and new beginnings, making this the perfect time to update your look and add something new to your personal style. Whether you are seeking a few subtle adjustments or a huge dramatic change, here are some tips to help you get started.

Part Your Hair on the Other Side
If you have been parting your hair in the same place for years, flipping this over to the other side is an extremely easy way to update your look. While this may seem simple, a new part will add volume to your roots while changing the way in which the front sections frame your face. If your hair keeps flipping itself back over to the original part, try using some hair-setting tape to secure your new part in place before you go to bed, as this will help it to set overnight.

A New Lip Color
Everybody has their go-to lip shades, but trying out a new lip color can really help to shake up your look. If you tend to stick to classic shades, opt for something bold and bright instead, or, for those who are used to taking risks with lipstick, try swapping this for a subtle nude gloss. If lipstick is something that you never really wear, start off by experimenting with shades of red, as this is timeless and you are likely to easily be able to find a shade that complements you.

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Experiment With Belts
Belts are an accessory that many people only use if they really need to, but they can really add a whole new element to your outfit, even if they are not necessarily needed. Using a belt to cinch in a blazer or fitted jacket can really enhance your feminine shape, while a belt on a loose dress can instantly turn it from casual to preppy.

Invest in a Pair of Pointy-Toed Shoes
While the tapered toe may come and go in terms of shoe trends, this is a classic style that many would consider to be the most flattering of all shoe shapes. The reason for this is because of the way in which pointed-toe shoes visually elongate the leg, especially when paired with an elegant pencil skirt or wide trousers. No matter what you wear them with, ensure that your shoes fit comfortably around the toes, without any pinching, and opt for a color that is similar to your skin tone if you want to elongate your legs as much as possible.

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Overhaul Your Skin Care Routine
Your skin is constantly on show to the rest of the world, and a great way to freshen up your whole look is by giving your skin a bit of a boost. Whether this means adding a few new serums and essences to your skin care routine, or trying out a new method of exfoliation, making a few changes at such a basic level will have a huge influence over your look.

Now that the dreary days of winter are just about over, this is the perfect time to think about updating your look. Whether this means styling your hair in a new way, or experimenting with different accessories, give these tips a go if you have been wanting to try something different.

Choosing the Right Shade of Foundation

There are so many different shades of foundation out there, making it no surprise that only 15% of women choose the right shade when they have no extra help available to them. To ensure that you do not make this mistake, here are some tips on how to choose the right shade of foundation.

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Matching a Shade to Your Skin Tone
The best way to truly match a foundation shade to your skin tone is by testing it against the back of your hand, as well as on your chest, before heading outside to see what it looks like in natural lighting. Even if you are not able to test this outside, you should still wait for a few minutes before making your decision, as the shade might slightly change as it soaks into your skin.

Seasonal Changes
Your skin tone will change throughout the year, meaning that the shade of foundation that may seem right for you now, will not seem that way at all in six months time. The best way to deal with this is by creating a custom shade that is able to complement your skin year-round. To do this, pick two shades of foundation, one lighter and one darker, using the lighter one in the triangular area that makes up the center of your face. Blend the darker shade into this over the sides of your cheeks and down onto your neck, and be sure to check the result in natural lighting as well as store lighting. If both shades work, then you can use these throughout the year, adjusting the amount of each, and the way in which you blend them, so that your skin tone is always complemented.

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Complexion Matching
If foundation is completely new to you, then it may be worth checking out some of the complexion matching programs found on the websites of certain cosmetic companies. These will ask you questions about your skin and complexion, and then provide you with color suggestions that you can then use a starting point for sampling shades. For a more accurate assessment, you could also head to a department store and seek the advice of a professional from a cosmetics brand.

When in Doubt, Go Darker
If you are ever having trouble choosing between two particular shades, with both of them being extremely similar, then the darker shade is the one you should go for. While a shade that is too light will give your complexion a chalky appearance, as well as making it seem as though you are overly made up, a darker shade will simply give off a more tanned appearance, making it much more forgiving.

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If you really want to look your very best, then you need to make sure that you are wearing the right shade of foundation. From learning how to match a shade to your skin tone, to investing in two shades that you blend throughout the year, these tips will ensure that your foundation is always spot-on in the future.

Hot Lipstick Colors for Spring

Boldly painted lips were all the rage across spring 2017 fashion week runways, and are the perfect way to add some polish to your look. From glamorously glossy to fluorescent finishes, these are the hottest lipstick colors for this spring.

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Poppy Pink
Pink is set to be one of the key colors for this spring, but, when it comes to your lipstick, pretty pastel pinks are out, and bold magentas are in. Poppy pink is one of the hottest shades out there, especially with a matte finish, but you need to ensure that your lips have been primed in advance if you want this look to be long-lasting, as matte finishes do tend to require a bit of extra upkeep.

Fluorescent Orange
Orange has been making a comeback for a while, but, just like with pink, the key orange lipstick shades for this year are bold and bright, never failing to make a statement. Opt for shades that are as pigmented as possible, with a glossy, shiny finish.

Dusty Rose
Muted, dusty hues of rose were seen all over the spring 2017 runways, and are the ideal shade for those who want something slightly darker than their natural color, but still relatively subtle. While this color can be incorporated into so many different beauty looks, wearing it with a matching eye shadow and blush will give you a chic and modern monochromatic look.

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Nude, Beige and Brown
Nudes, beiges and browns have been popular lipstick colors for a few seasons now, and this shows no signs of changing. The great aspect to these neutral shades is that they are so versatile, and will work no matter your skin tone.

Bright and Vivid Editorial Colors
While green, blue or purple may not be lipstick shades that you are able to wear on an everyday basis, they are fresh, modern, and absolutely perfect for a special occasion when you really want to make a statement. As edgy and daring as these colors may be, you do need to pay special attention to the rest of your look, so as to keep it all high fashion and avant garde rather than over-the-top.

Glitter Lips
Glitter lips work with just about every shade, and are the perfect way to add a sultry sparkle to your look. There are two ways in which you can do this, with the first being to pat loose glitter onto your lips. Alternatively, you can opt for a glitter-infused lip gloss to apply over your lipstick, which is often the easiest and most convenient method.

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Glamorously Glossy
Just like with glitter lips, ultra glossy lips can be created with every color. Whether you opt for a subtle nude or a deep wine, just make sure you apply plenty of reflecting gloss on top.

There is quite a variety when it comes to the hottest lipstick colors for this spring, giving you plenty of options for finding something that works with your personal style. Whether you opt for poppy pink with a coating of gloss and glitter, or an understated matte dusty rose, take advantage of these trends and allow your lips to really make a statement.

Choosing Age Appropriate Nail Art

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Nail art is a trend that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, but many of the popular designs just do not seem to work on women who have passed a certain age. If this is the case for you, this does not mean that you have to shun the nail art trend, and can instead opt for designs that are sophisticated and age appropriate.

“Kiss Me Kate” Stripe
The “Kiss Me Kate” Stripe was created by celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who was inspired by the aesthetic of designer Kate Spade. This design consists of a crisp white nail that features a jet black horizontal stripe running across it, resulting in a beautifully contrasting graphic look. Stripes in general are always a classy design to go for, and there is still plenty of room for experimentation, whether this may be with the hues that you use or the direction that the stripes run in.

Crop Top
The Crop Top nail design is all about making use of negative space, and intentionally incorporates some bare nail. Rather than color blocking the nail with two shades, the bottom half of the nail is left bare, while the top half features a shade that is deep and rich. Rather than opting for a standard shade, go for something such as mustard yellow or hunter green, as these will make your nails look even more luxe.

Fine Art
There are many manicurists out there that are exceptionally talented when it comes to reinterpreting works of fine art for the nails, and, depending on the artist and piece that you choose, this is a look that really screams sophistication. Whether you opt for the graphic squares of Mondrian, abstract shapes from Picasso, or whimsical floral details from Japanese masters, the key to mastering this look is finding a manicurist who is able to really perfect each one of your nails.

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Ombre
Ombre, which means shaded in French, makes use of two main colors, with the first one fading into the next, showcasing different shades in between. This is an elegant design, and can have varying effects depending on the colors that you pick. Blue fading into black will give you quite a deep and intense look, while a baby pink fading into aubergine is much more fun, but still age appropriate.

Lace Tips
Lace-tipped nails ooze elegance, but also have a subtle level of sexiness to them, which makes them a great design no matter your age. There are many different ways to achieve this look, from drawing it on yourself if you have steady hands, to applying nail art stickers, to even using nail glue to apply the actual lace to your nails. However, keep in mind that, in order to keep this style age appropriate, you need to make sure that the lace does not stray too far from your tips, and is not too over the top.

As you can see from each of these designs, age appropriate does not have to mean boring. Instead, it is all about choosing styles that are sophisticated, as well as relatively minimal in terms of design and color palette. The next time you are having a manicure done, try something new and give one of these nail art designs a go.

5 Signs You’re In a Beauty Rut

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It can be all too easy to fall into a beauty rut, especially if you have found a look or routine that really works well for you. However, these habits can often end up feeling stale and boring, so if you find yourself relating to these following beauty rut signs, then it may be time to shake things up a bit and refresh your look.

Your Nails and Lips are Always the Same Color
Using the same shade of nail polish or lipstick can quickly make your look seem dated, even if the shade may work perfectly with your skin tone. If new colors tend to scare you, opt for different shades of the color that you use, for example, a bright pillar box red instead of a deep, dark red. Your lips and your nails are a great way to begin experimenting with other colors, so once you have tried a few different shades, move on to new colors.

Your Skin Care Routine Has Remained Unchanged for Years
Your skin changes in so many different ways as you age, and if you are still using the same skin care routine that you did a few years ago, it is likely that your skin lacks the radiance that it could otherwise be sporting. Not only does age affect your skin, but so do the seasons and many other factors, so you should try to update your skin care routine every few months, paying attention to the evolving needs of your skin.

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Your Hair Always Looks the Same
If you tend to always return to the same haircut time and time again, or style your hair in the same way everyday, then this is another sign that you may have fallen into quite the beauty rut. The next time you are having your hair cut, ask for a bit more variety, or, if you would still prefer to stick with the same cut, experiment more when it comes to styling, as you will likely find a few looks that really take your hair to the next level.

You Can Apply Your Makeup With Your Eyes Closed
If you know your makeup routine so well that you can pretty much apply it with your eyes closed, then this means that you may be slightly stuck in your ways. While it is always handy to have a go-to makeup routine, pull yourself out of your rut by either trying a new look, or simply making a few small but noticeable changes to your existing routine.

You Cannot Live Without Your Black Eyeliner or Mascara
Black eyeliner and mascara make for classic beauty looks, and work well with just about every outfit, making it all too easy to become too dependent on these products. If going without is just too frightening a prospect, try to mix up the way in which you apply them, swiping your liner on both your top and bottom lids if you usually only just go for one. Colors can also be experimented with here, as a dark navy or a smoky gray are often great alternatives to standard black.

People that find themselves in a beauty rut are usually those that are quite resistant to change, for whatever reason. Rather than being afraid of change, it is time to begin embracing it and taking the time to experiment with some of the many exciting beauty looks and styles out there.

Beauty Trends to Look Forward to This Fall

While it is usually the clothes that primarily dominate the fashion week runways, this is also where you can find plenty of beauty inspiration. From bold lip colors to fat lashes, these are the beauty trends that you can look forward to this fall.

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Bold Lips
Bold lips are a trend that frequently comes and goes, and while it is usually the reds and pinks that are emphasized, this fall sees lip colors that are even more daring. From shades of black burgundy to bright grape to pale peach, these are not colors that you may be able to wear on a daily basis, but you can expect to see much more of them this fall.

Fat Lashes
For those who have been using mascara for years, it is likely that you take great efforts to avoid any clumps. However, you can do away with that this fall, as one of the beauty trends, which was seen in full force on the Dior runway, was thick, fat lashes, achieved with a heavy-handed swipe of mascara. If this is the look that you are going for, keep the rest of your makeup simple, but do opt for a dash of bold lipstick to help your eyes really stand out.

Bold lips and glittery makeup

Sprinkles of Glitter
It can sometimes take quite a bit of practice to master glitter makeup, and, if you have not yet managed to do so, this season is a great time to try again. From a shimmery dust running across the cheekbones at Burberry to a sprinkling of glitter around the eyes at Jenny Packham, this fall will be bringing with it plenty of sparkle.

A Natural Glow
While contouring and highlighting may have been all the rage this year, these trends will be taking a step back this fall in favor of a look that is much more natural. From Gucci to Stella McCartney to Valentino, healthy and fresh skin was seen across so many runways, so try to keep your skin natural this fall. While there are iridescent powders that you can purchase to emphasize this glow, there is nothing quite like the radiance that comes from a healthy complexion, so give your skin some extra care this fall.

Graphic Eyeliner
The graphic eyeliner trend has gotten even more creative this season, giving you the opportunity to really use your imagination when it comes to your makeup. Rather than simply drawing on a couple of cat eyes, be more adventurous and add in some graphic shapes. When it comes to the eyeliner that you use, black is always going to be the classic choice, but, if you are feeling bold, reach for a few brighter colors so that you can truly express yourself, whether this be blue, green, yellow or pink.

Beauty trends are always fun to experiment with, and there are a few this fall that really give you the chance to be creative. From a dusting of glitter around your eyes to graphic shapes drawn with eyeliner to lip colors that are darker or brighter than you have ever worn before, take the time to really express yourself through your makeup this season.

Spa Manicure Style

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A manicure ensures that your nails and hands are at their healthiest, while giving your nails some extra character and personality too. For those of you who often find themselves slightly baffled at the extensive range of different manicures available on a spa treatment menu, these are some of the most stylish manicures that you can opt for.

Hot Stone Manicure
Similar to a hot stone massage but focusing on your hands, a hot stone manicure uses hot stone therapy to soothe and relax the hands. After this, your beautician will then proceed with the actual manicure, grooming your nails to perfection.

Paraffin manicure

Paraffin Manicure
A paraffin manicure makes use of the moisture that comes from paraffin wax, infusing this with the skin to leave your hands feeling super soft and supple. Some spas will make use of other oils along with the paraffin, which will bring along some extra benefits to your skin, depending on which oils are used. After this paraffin treatment, your beautician will then proceed on to beautifying your nails.

Mixed Metals Manicure
A manicure that features a combination of gun metal, gold and silver is the perfect balance of edgy and glamorous, and is a style that does not actually take too long to achieve. After the gun metal shades that are first applied, an adhesive will then be applied, onto which gold and silver foil will be layered.

Ombre manicure

Ombre Manicure
An ombre manicure features shades that subtly change with each nail, resulting in a gorgeous gradient across the hand. Your spa beautician will likely ask you to pick one or two main shades, from which they will then mix together five similar shades to create your custom gradient.

Pampering Manicure
Most spas will offer some form of an indulgent, pampering manicure, often combined with a stress relieving shoulder massage, and this is ideal if you are hoping for some extra relaxation along with your manicure. From an exfoliation session to a hand massage to a hand hydrating mask, your hands will have never looked better after a manicure like this!

Nail Art
Nail art is extremely popular right now, but you are likely to only find a select number of spas that offer it. Since the result of your nail art manicure depends largely on the talent of the artist carrying it out, it would be a good idea to research the spa beforehand, having a look at examples of nail art that they have created in the past. Whether you want something detailed and personal, or a simple and graphic pattern, have a good chat with the nail artist beforehand so that they know exactly what you have in mind.

There are so many different manicure styles out there, and if you usually opt for the same one, it is definitely worthwhile exploring all of your other options. From manicures that pamper your hands to others that result in one-of-a-kind art pieces displayed on your nails, these manicures not only give a boost of health to your hands, but also provide them with some extra individuality.

Understanding Skin Tone

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On-the-Go Makeup

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When the clock is ticking and you only have five minutes to spare, it can be seriously frustrating rummaging around an overflowing makeup bag, haphazardly applying products to your face as you come across them. This is why every woman needs to have a few go-to makeup products that she can quickly turn to and easily apply in just a few minutes, but which still guarantee a polished and well-groomed look.

Concealer
A concealer is definitely a necessity in an on-the-go makeup bag, and your favorite concealer is the best product to go with, as you will already be confident in applying it. If you usually use a brush to apply your concealer, this is not something you need to worry about when you are in a rush. Instead, use your finger to dab it onto your skin, because while this may not be as precise as a brush, it will blend into your skin much quicker.

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Mascara
Mascara can quickly brighten up your entire face by opening up your eyes, and it takes less than thirty seconds to apply. A no-clump formula is always best, as you need to be able to simply swipe on a couple of coats as quickly as possible, and if you can find one that also gives your lashes a bit of a curl, then this will do away with the need for an eyelash curler.

Dark Eyeliner Pencil
An eyeliner is always useful when you need to quickly enhance your eyes. However, when you are applying your makeup with one eye on the clock, a liquid eyeliner should definitely be avoided, as any mistakes will eat up valuable time. Instead, a dark brown or black eyeliner pencil should be used, preferably one that is quite soft, as this will slide on easily and can quickly be blended if you are wanting a softer finish.

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Tinted Lip Balm
You do not want to have to be dealing with lipstick when you are trying to be as quick as possible, which is why a tinted lip balm is a great product to turn to. This will keep your lips moisturized while giving you a subtle hint of color, and will only take a few seconds to apply.

Eyebrow Pencil
No matter how well-polished your face may be, untidy brows will always detract from your look, making an eyebrow pencil essential. Although a powder will give your brows a more subtle and natural finish, a pencil is much quicker to apply.

Needless to say, it is important to make sure that your go-to products are always in the best condition. This means keeping your eyeliner and eyebrow pencils constantly sharpened, and ensuring that no products are drying up or not working to their full potential, as this can be frustrating to discover at a time when you need them the most. Keeping all of your go-to makeup items together in a bag is the most convenient way to access them, and also means that the bag is easy to grab and take with you if you ever have to dash out in a hurry.

Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

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Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

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Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

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Acne
Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.