beauty tips

Insider Makeup Secrets With Armani’s Tim Quinn

August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm , by

Have you seen the new September issue? It’s full of fun beauty tricks, especially our Beauty Lessons story. (Think of it as a back-to-school primer for grown-ups.) To get beauty director, Erica Metzger, and myself ready for the shoot, we enlisted the help of the fabulous Tim Quinn, Armani Beauty’s celebrity makeup artist, whose handiwork you can watch, above.

Lucky for you, Erica and I didn’t hog all the advice Tim gave us that day.

Tim’s Tip: Before applying foundation start with eye makeup, since it tends to be messy. This saves you from applying–and reapplying–foundation, concealer, etc.

I love, love, love navy eyeshadows for fall. Try L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Color Smokes Eyeshadow in Cobalt Smokes.

Tim’s tip: Mix eye cream in with your concealer to keep the area really hydrated.

There’s nothing richer than Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream, but it also sinks right in. (Important when using moisturizing products near your eyes for daytime; you don’t want your mascara to smear!

Tim’s tip: When using a lip pencil, stick to one shade that matches your lips instead of buying multiple pencils to match each lipstick.

Fill your entire lips with pencil, then top with lipstick. I think the plummy Rouge d’Armani shade #603 is the most to-die-for lip color this fall.

Beauty Coach: Summer Skin Check

May 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm , by

m_100982147Every year, I attend dozens of summer skin care events to learn the latest research and sun protection news. La Roche-Posay’s SOS Save Our Skin event this week was particularly eye-opening…and hands on as they had dermatologists available for skin checks. The topic: skin cancer awareness. As the panel of dermatologists ran through the scary stats–did you know that one in five of Americans will get skin cancer?–it became crystal clear that we (myself included!) need to pay way more attention to our skin. I thought I was doing a pretty good job because I wear sunscreen every day and try to avoid the sun, yet my last skin check was over two years ago.

The good news is that 99 percent of skin cancer patients survive with early detection. So get that skin cancer screening you’ve been putting off. And check out to learn more facts, post your own skin story and find free screenings in your area.

Keep an eye out for LHJ’s upcoming three-part series on “Say No to Skin Cancer”. It starts in the June issue with a dermatologist-approved detection guide. Part two in July looks at why some of us are addicted to tanning—and how to stop. And part three in August demonstrates how to check out your own skin to help stop cancer before it starts—including a video of our LHJ health director’s own recent skin check!

Beauty Coach: Best Mascaras for Lashes

April 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm , by

There are lots of nifty tricks to amplify your lashline. You can glue on a few individuals, apply a full strip of falsies or head to the salon for a set of extensions. You can even grow longer, darker lashes with a prescription. Me, I’m sticking with the simple stuff — eye lash curler and mascara. Actually, make that mascaras. Two mascaras and I’m all set in the lash department. I’ve probably tried a hundred different mascaras and find that the best fall into one of the following two categories:

Favorite Jeans Mascara: If you’ve already found your perfect go-to formula for natural, pretty definition, kudos to you! I bet it took some trial and error to find your perfect fit. If you’re still on the hunt: I love Shu Umeura’s Mascara Basic. It’s super light and never clumpy. You can layer on 10 coats and it won’t look heavy or goopy. It’s also soft on the lashes and doesn’t leave them dry and brittle. Cover Girl Lash Blast Length is another top choice.

Cioccolata Calda Mascara: I don’t know if you’ve tried a really dramatic, extra-fringe-fattening mascara yet, but they’re quite incredible. (Just like your first Italian cioccolata. You think you’re ordering regular old hot chocolate, but then you get this cup of incredibly decadent, almost dark chocolate pudding. Divine!) This amazing version of a classic is definitely not for every day, but it’s fabulous when you want over-the-top lashes. My favs in this category are YSL Faux Cil Noir Radical, Lancome Hyponse Drama and Maybelline Great Lash BIG. Take your time when applying and use a lash comb because these guys do tend to clump if you’re not careful.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Beauty Coach: Special Occasion Eye Shadow

September 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm , by


Hi all. I’m Erica. Officially, I’m the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty director. Unofficially, I’m a kinda-sorta-sometimes-maybe makeup artist. My resume includes: Doing prom makeup for my friends in high school, providing occasional end-of-the-day touch-ups for co-workers, taping a makeup segment for E! News, and most recently, giving four friends smokey eyes for a black tie wedding.

Here’s the most important lesson I’ve learned so far: Hide your makeup stash immediately upon completing a job. Your clients—or in my case, friends who don’t pay you—will fall madly in love with the best shade or formula in your kit and then will cajole, plead, barter and eventually try to steal it from you. Their most recent object of lust: Stila’s new Smudge Pot in Kitten. (For those of you not familiar with the original Kitten, it is a gorgeous, shimmery, pinky-champagne eye shadow with a cult-like following among beauty fans because it looks great on everyone. My love affair with the shade started years ago after I read that it was Cameron Diaz’s signature shade.) Anyhow, this cream version is even better than the original. You can wear it as a primer, shadow, liner, and highlighter, and it does not move. For the wedding, I blended a thin layer on the lids before creating each smokey eye. My friends basically went mad for it. You will too, just please don’t try to steal mine.

For more great beauty tips and insider picks, check out our gorgeous makeup trends for fall.