Color Theory: Types of Color Correctors

It seems that the new trend these days is color correcting and I have absolutely no complaints! As a lover of makeup, mixing and matching colors has always been one of the best parts of piling it on but in the case of flawless skin, color correcting is a crucial step in ensuring your foundation is on point! That means no dullness, redness, or unfavorable tones peaking through. To best understand how to achieve a Photoshop finish, color theory comes into play. If you take a look at color wheel, you'll notice that complementary colors balance each other out. When choosing a product, it's important to find one that will fit your needs so you can diminish discoloration and put forth perfection!

Yellow: Choose yellow shades to cancel out any purple-blue tones like your under-eyes or bruising on your skin. It's best for balancing out dark patches on olive to tan tones.

Orange: For those with medium to darker skin tones, orange is a savior when concealing the under eye area or any scarring from acne. Dark spots and discoloration can be balanced out with an orange corrector.

Pink/Peach: These peach/salmon/pink shades have a mix of red, orange, and yellow tones that pack the punch when it comes to color correcting. They work together to conceal, brighten, and revive the eye area so you can achieve a flawless face on pale to medium skin tones.

Green: Cancel out red tones with green! This means any redness around your nose or a bright red spot that you need to conceal. It might seem a little funny, but trust me, it works! Dab a little green concealer and you'll vastly reduce the redness!

Purple: Another seemingly random color that will boost up your radiant factor. Those with yellow tones and sallow looking skin can benefit from using a purple-based corrector to bring some life back to your face and brighten up a dull, pasty complexion.

Beauty Basics: Cranberry Crush

Bust out those berry tones! Fall and winter call for deep shades to take the stage and a vampy lip or smoky eye is the go-to glam. This season, cranberry is a must! Not only is this a festive staple of the holidays (mmm.. cranberry sauce), but it's the perfect splash of color for a smoldering, yet sweet look. Deeper than your usual red, please your pout with lip candy like the steal that is Palladio's 'Cranberry' Lip Liner ($6), Laura Geller's Love Me Dew Lip Crayon in Cranberry Glaze ($16) which is super pigmented and ultra-moisturizing, or Too Faced's Melted Lipstick in 'Velvet' ($21) for your high-intensity, long-wearing #girlboss shade. Want to focus the fancy on your eyes? A cranberry smoky will add warmth and a new edge to the usual black and browns that grace your lids. Try Kevin Aucoin's Eyeshadow Duo in '216' ($42) or MAC's cult favorite shadow in 'Cranberry' ($16). Kick it up a notch further with Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner in 'Diamond Burgundy' ($23) to get creative with your cat eye. For a change of pace, try Marc Jacob's Bold Blush in 'Tantalizing' ($30) and achieve flushed cheeks on fleek. Or pamper yourself with a mani/pedi using Jin Soon's Nail Polish in 'Jasper' ($18), it's that deep, classic shade you've been looking for! (It also approved by Oprah, just sayin'!) So many possibilities! How will you rock cranberry this season? Click any product below to shop! 

Beauty Basics: Copper Showstopper

Copper is my secret weapon for fall. Gold and silver can be overdone, but copper? It's bold and vibrant and just as eye-catching. It's reminiscent of summer with it's shimmery glow but this warmth is muted in the best way. Like in a "roasting marshmallows in front of a roaring, crackling camp fire" kinda way. Copper is all things fall with a dash of glam and the perfect pick-me up to any makeup look. Loving cuddle season but missing the perks of a radiant tan? The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Brilliance in 'Copper' ($22) and Iman's Blush in 'Sunlit Copper' ($11) will give you a flush of color in dreary November. Dazzle your eyes with must-have metallics like Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in 'Copper Sheen' ($32) and Jane Iredale's Eye Shadow Palette in 'Daytime' ($55) to get that fiery glimmer. Dare to be different with a bold lip in an unexpected shade like YSL's Tint-in-Oil in 'Drive Me Copper' ($32), Estée Lauder's Pure Color Lipstick in 'Copper Flash' ($26) or OCC's Lip Tar in 'Authentic' ($9). For those who want the color but want to keep it simple, Butter London's 'Trifle' ($15) is your new luminescent love! Cop that copper tone and create your own spark! Click any product to shop!

Contour Like a Queen

A dramatic look isn't quite complete without a contour. For those special occasions when you're feeling extra fancy, it's always nice to have something in your makeup bag that will take your look to the next level. We are talking perfect highlights and chiseled contours that give you a flawless, Photoshop finish. Lucky for us, many makeup brands have jumped on this band wagon and made it super easy to achieve your desired look with contour palettes. Whether you're looking for cream or powder (or even both), add one of these kits to your collection and you'll be ready to slay any event! Click any product to shop it!

LORAC PRO Contour Palette & PRO Contour Brush, $45

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw (who has glammed up the likes of Sandra Bullock and Sarah Jessica Parker!), this go-to pro kit is your one-stop-shop for chiseling those cheekbones and adding dimension to your face. Perks of this kit include a brush, a shimmer highlight for those days you want a subtle glow, and a massive mirror! Make your life easy and snag this palette for a contour that's always on fleek. Click here to shop!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit, $40

ABH changed the contour game when she came out with these bad boys. As one of the front runners in the biz, this kit is a true best-seller. Whether you are looking for a cream or powder finish, she's got you covered in three palettes to choose from. Pro Tip: For a long lasting look, use the cream contour first and then set with contour powder. Click here to shop!

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette, $6

Inexpensive and compact? Throw this in your makeup bag and you'll always be ready for next level glam. This powder formula is infused with Vitamin E to promote happy skin and these 4 shades can be used all over (even as eyeshadow!) to achieve your desired look. If you're looking to test the waters, I think you might have found the one. Click here to shop!

It! Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contouring Kit, $38

This stuff is powdered Photoshop in a palette! Developed with plastic surgeons who know all about sculpting the face to perfection, this kit contains 6 universal shades to enhance your favorite features and maybe even minimize those that you aren't so crazy about. It's great for all ages, skin types, and skin tones and even has anti-aging ingredients! And don't fret if you're just a beginner, it comes with a step-by-step face chart so you'll be on your way to a flawless face in no time! Click here to shop!

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, $25

You know the worst thing about having palettes? When you hit pan on your favorite shade! What do you do?! Well, lucky for you, NYX has thought of everything! This customizable kit comes with 8 matte powders that will flatter every skin type. You can swap these babies out when your ready for more! If you want to try a new shade (they're are 12 in total), pop in different tones and you have a whole new palette. I like my options! Click here to shop!

Cover FX Contour Kit, $48

Sometimes it's hard to match products because everyone has different skin types, shades, and undertones. If you often find this problem, CoverFX has your answers. With 6 different kits to choose from with varying undertones of pink, neutral, and golden, you'll find the cream contour of your dreams! The sneaky little pocket behind the mirror holds a how-to card so you can learn to define your features like a pro! Click here to shop!

Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Cream - Contour & Highlight Palette, $79

Are you a makeup artist? Do you love having a wide range of colors? Whatever the case, this 12 shade cream contour palette has your name on it. Mehron caters to theater, special FX, and high fashion looks so you know this product is the real deal! Get your hands on this kit and you'll definitely be a contour queen. Click here to shop!

Beauty Basics: Hot Chocolate!

With Fall just around the corner, the sultry beauty trends are well under way on the streets and the runway! Everyone is getting their cozy sweaters ready and stocking up on luscious, vampy shades. On trend this coming season is chic chocolate brown! This decadent color adds an air of warmth and sophistication to any look and it's easy to pull off. Less harsh than black, use shades of cocoa to play up your eyes with a subtle smokey look for day or night. Bobbi Brown has the right idea with this Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Eye Set that includes a dark chocolate mascara, a rich deep brown long-wear liner, and long-wear champagne shadow stick. Get playful and sweet with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette that has neutral shades for any eye look. Not only does this palette have the cutest names for their shadows, it smells heavenly. Just like real cocoa! Indulge in a deliciously dark mani with Giorgio Armani's Signature Nail Lacquer which is Armani's official runway color for the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Looking for a fierce contour? Illamasqua's Gel Sculpt compliments any skin tone and makes chiseling out your fab features super easy. For a bold, sultry look a brown lip is so perfect; Colourpop makes it easy to achieve this designer decadence with their Ultra Matte Lip Color in Limbo. If you're looking for the perfect in-between scent for the transition of the seasons, Jo Malone's Blue Agave and Cacao Cologne marries the best parts of summer and fall seamlessly with it's spicy, citrus-y sweet aroma. With any (or all!) of these delightfully delectable products, you look (and smell) as sweet as a Hershey's kiss! Click any product to shop!

Fall, In Love, With These 3 Autumn-Inspired Looks

Fall is my favorite. Piping hot cups of coffee and cider. Pumpkin-spiced everything. Chunky, cozy sweaters. Stepping on crunchy leaves in my favorite boots. And the colors! Oh, the colors! Fall is like the most beautiful brushstroke of sun and earth with its warm and decadent tones. Chocolaty Browns, vampy violets, killer coppers, glorious golds, and awesome olive shades from head-to-toe. I just can't get enough. Anyone can pull off a fierce fall vibe, whether you want a little sparkle like Carli, a little edge like Roxii, or want to keep it classy like Amanda. These are some of my favorite looks for this season! Press play to watch the tutorials and click any product to shop it! 

Carli Bybel

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What's Cookin', Good Lookin'?

First strobing and clown contouring, now cooking and baking? Yet another trend that is made specifically for you to feel your absolute best (and another reason to love the world of beauty!). "Cooking", or "baking", has been around for quite some time, but this technique has taken off recently as makeup artists show off their tricks of the trade. You know those pictures of celebs and beauty gurus that have them looking like powdered donuts for a minute? This is exactly that. To master the art of "cooking" and "baking" your makeup, you'll need to set your concealer with a powder, applying an excess of product. This might look silly at first, but while you finish the rest of your makeup, the powder is warming up with your body heat. After a couple minutes, dust off the remaining powder to reveal crisp highlights and creaseless, long-wearing perfection. You go from an intentional mess to yes, yes, YAAAS! Check out some of our favorite setting and finishing powders so you can start getting your bake on!

LAURA MERCIER LOOSE SETTING POWDER, $37

Talk about luxury, there's French "cashmere" talc in this stuff! This cult product is a must-have because it's lightweight, sheer texture is basically the perfect Instagram filter. Oil-free, non-comedogenic, and long-wearing to give you lasting coverage and a natural finish. I'll take it! Click here to shop this product!

E.L.F. HIGH DEFINITION POWDER, $6

What a steal! This finely-milled powder masks fine lines and imperfections while improving the staying power of your makeup. Use this product to give you that Photoshop finish and you'll be sitting pretty! Click here to shop this product!

DERMABLEND PROFESSIONAL SETTING POWDER, $26

Apply this over your foundation or concealer and you're looking at 16 hours of wear! (Now that's what I like to hear!) Paired with the Dermablend line, makeup artists use this product to conceal birthmarks and tattoos during photo shoots. This is the real deal! Click here to shop this product!

CLÉ DE PEAU TRANSLUCENT LOOSE POWDER, $105

Feeling fancy? Well, I found your fix! This loose powder is a pretty penny but it does the job and it does it well. Not only is the packaging beautiful (and also refillable!), it leaves you with the most flawless finish and you'll feel fab every time you whip this baby out. Treat yo' self! Click here to shop this product!

MAKE UP FOR EVER HIGH DEFINITION POWDER, $34

Super light and never cake-y, this powder perfects your canvas and leaves you feeling like a high-def hottie! A favorite among many, MUFE's HD powder seals your makeup and softens imperfections giving you a radiant, healthy glow. What more can you ask for in a product?! Click here to shop this product!

NYX HD STUDIO FINISHING POWDER, $10

A little goes a long way with NYX's finishing powder and you'll love the results. Use this 100% pure mineral silica formula with any shade of foundation or on any tone of naked skin and be amazed by it's brightening, perfecting and long-wearing abilities! Experience it for yourself! Click here to shop this product!

Beauty Basics: Clown Contouring

This is one circus I'd join in a heart beat! Clown contouring has been all the craze these days ever since Youtuber Belladelune decided to take her makeup artistry skills to the extreme and show the world that she was doing more than just clownin' around. It's just another reminder that makeup is an art form! This technique allows you to think outside the box, have fun and show off your creative side all while feeling glamorous and unstoppable. With perfectly-placed highlights and contours, cutting-edge color correction and a little imagination, you can go from carnival freak to beautifully chic! Excited to try it out for yourself? We've got you covered with our clown contouring essentials! Click any product to shop! 

Strobing: Soak Up the Spotlight!

Have you heard of strobing yet? The makeup world is raving! Seriously, you wouldn't think highlighting areas of your face could make such a difference! Contouring, also a popular trend, is all about chiseling out your features and highlighting the high points of your face to give it a flawless finish. Strobing nixes the contour powders and bronzers and focuses on that glowy sheen that catches the light just right — giving you a healthy, vibrant glimmer! When you aren't feeling a full face of makeup, apply your favorite highlighter (check out some of our favorites!) on the top of your cheekbones, the inner corners of your eyes, under the arch of your brow, your cupid's bow and maybe even on the tip and bridge of your nose to add dimension to your features. Since highlighters catch the light, strobing draws your eyes to the subtle, barely there shimmer. Whenever you want to play up a feature, or just look like a glowy goddess, whip out the highlighter and get to strobing! 

Curious to see this method in action? Watch some of our favorite beauty gurus show you how it's done!

Desi Perkins

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Yes, She Cannes!

With the 2015 Cannes Film Festival wrapping up this weekend, we decided to share some of our favorite looks from the red carpet and break them down for you by trend. We saw lots of smokey, brown shadows, bright and bold lip colors, and major amounts of nude. Below are four festival favorites that kept cropping up!

Nearly Nudes

Lara Stone, Joan Smalls and Naomi Watts are just three nudists to hit the Cannes red carpet. This trend is totally très Riviera-chic!

Smokey Brown Shadow

Runway sweetheart, Cara Delevingne, Doutzen Krose and Rooney Mara all opted for the super trendy, smokey brown shadow, and turned up the drama while keeping things neutral and earth-toned. Oui love it!

Bright Lips

Many celebrities, like Lupita Nyong'o, Adriana Lima and Salma Hayek embraced the brighter side of beauty with bold and brilliant shades of lipstick that made heads turn and the paps snap.

Winged Liner

Stars like Amy Poehler, Rachel Weisz and Natasha Poly took flight with perfectly winged liner that gave them a classic and drama-licious gaze, and we totally approve!




3 Spring Beauty Trends That Will Withstand The Summer Heat!

Springtime beauty trends are in full bloom, and summer is right around the corner! Many of us have already stocked our vanities full of seasonal essentials that we all want to get the most out of. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at three of our favorite trends from this season that promise to deliver 5-star staying power through the hot summer months. From earth-toned shadows to bold, red lips, here's a trio of fail-proof looks that will flawlessly transition with your summer wardrobe, and with the climbing temperatures.

Warm Earth Tones

We're all familiar with the tried and true, dewy fresh Springtime makeup trend, but this season, the au naturel favorite got a bit more dramatic with brown hues. From taupe to bronze, to chocolate, warm earth tones add an impressive sophistication to an otherwise "no makeup" look. Whether a gentle sweep on the lids or an intense, smokey effect, this popular trend is sure to become a year-round classic.

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Bright Red Lips

This next trend is anything but...The classic, bright red lip has made a huge splash this spring and is a beauty statement that can not only transition fabulously into summer, but is a beauty-lover's favorite, season after season. We like it paired with natural tones to enhance its bold brilliance during the sunnier months, but it's almost impossible to go wrong with this beloved look. 

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Bursts of Neon

And because a sunny season just isn't quite what it should be without bursts of vibrant colors, 2015's spring has been seeing a lot of one of the most bold beauty statements in a while. A punch of vivid neon colors are popping up on eyes, lips and nails — and these trends are just perfect for summer too! Who doesn't want to show off their sassy side with a playful pop of neon pink or purple? 

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We can't wait for the summer time sunshine!