Finding Your Perfect Red Lipstick

January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am , by

Think that bold red lipstick is too daring? Today’s guest blog is from Karla Sugar who solves the mystery of the right red by showing how different intensities and textures affect color by swatching a few lipsticks on herself. Check out more fun makeup swatching that she’s done at

Venturing into the world of red lipstick can be daunting. There are so many options. How do you find the shade that’s right for you?

Don’t feel overwhelmed. You can find a lipstick you love by answering a few easy questions.

First: do you look better in gold necklaces or silver? If you look better in gold, try a warm red lipstick. Warm reds have peach, orange, or coral tones, and are complimentary to certain skintones.

MAC Brave Red, $14.50. Smashbox Legendary, $22. NYX Eros, $4. Bobbi Brown Vintage Red, $22. Dior 999 Ara Red, $30. Estee Lauder Spanish Red, $21.

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New Year, New You: Beauty Resolutions

January 3, 2011 at 8:30 am , by

Fernando Milani

Every year you make New Year’s resolutions you can never sick to. Here are five beauty resolutions you can make and keep:

I will keep my hair healthy and strong. Switch to sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners­— they’re gentler yet just as efficient as their counterparts. Always use heat-protecting products when styling to prevent damage and split ends. Invest in a showerhead filter, like Aquasana Shower Filter, to prevent the stripping effects of chlorinated tap water. “Your hair will be noticeably softer and shinier, your scalp will be healthier and your color will stay true and last longer,” says celebrity hairstylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda salon in NYC.

I will get enough sleep. Adults are recommended approximately eight hours of sleep each night. Not only does getting enough rest help fight those pesky dark under-eye circles, but sleep helps increase blood circulation meaning your skin will look radiant as well as rested.

I will whiten my teeth. We’ve purchased the pack of whitening strips and half –way through gave up on the routine for one reason or another. This year, it’s time to follow through. Remember, the same treatment doesn’t work for everyone— dietary, drinking and smoking habits can determine how fast the process works and how often you’ll need a touch-up. Also, only gel whiteners, like Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme, work below the surface and have longer lasting effects.

I will always apply moisturizer with SPF before leaving the house. I know how easily moisturizing can slip your mind in the morning while you’re checking your email, picking out an outfit, and grabbing coffee (in that order). So, take a minute out of the morning rush to dab on some facial moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Not only will it protect your skin from sun damage, but also moisturizer keeps your skin’s outer layers hydrated, plumping your face and fading fine lines.

I will master the perfect, long-lasting cat-eye. I’ve probably attempted to recreate the perfect Sophia Loren cat-eye hundreds of times, and I doubt I’m alone. Here’s a trick from the pros: first, trace along the upper lash line with a nude pencil to create a base coat and guideline. Follow this step by topping with black liquid liner in small strokes. If all else fails, watch this video from & MAC.

This Stuff Works: MAC Moisturecover Concealer

April 28, 2010 at 10:29 am , by

defaultThis Stuff Works: Products we love so much it can sound like we’re being paid to dish about them—but we’re totally not!

I’ve always had trouble with the black rings under my eyes. I tried to hide them by exaggerating my eyelashes or using foundation, but nothing seemed to work. Then I was introduced to MAC Select Moisturecover. Although I was skeptical at first that a tiny tube could do wonders for my always-present dark circles, I’m definitely a convert now. It’s the must-have item in my makeup bag because it really works. It conceals dark circles and also hides spots and blemishes, and the wand makes it easy to apply and blend. I love it so much I even call this concealer my “magic stick!”

Is there a beauty product you can’t live without? Tell us in the comments and you may be featured in an upcoming “This Stuff Works” column!