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Makeup Tips for New Years Eve

 

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Only a few more hours until we bring in the New Year! Hopefully by now you know exactly what you’re wearing! Now it’s time to put on the makeup that will make you look dazzling all night long!

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when deciding what makeup to wear!

New Years is the one time of year when sparkly eye shadow is more than acceptable! If you want to put some sparkle in your look, here are three ways you could do it.

  1. Try wearing silver or brown sparkly eye shadow for a sexy and sultry look!
  2. If you don’t want your entire eye covered in sparkles, opt for a matte eye shadow with a thin line of sparkly eye liner around the full circumference of your eye!
  3. If you’d rather leave your eye makeup simple, put a shimmery blush on the top of your cheekbones to get that slightly shimmery look on your cheeks.

Remember, sparkles are great, but keep them contained to one part of your face. If you’re putting sparkles on your eyes, keep you cheeks and lips fairly neutral. If you’re wearing a sparkly blush, give your eyes a more simple and sophisticated look.

Last but not least, once you’ve got your makeup applied and you look like the belle of the ball, don’t forget to snap a lot of pictures!

Happy New Year from StyleChat!

By: Jaclyn Parker

The Changing Landscape of how Women Buy Beauty Products

I remember the days of walking through a department store from counter to counter checking out all the different beauty products from various brands. The only way to figure out which products would look best for my skin tone was to either ask the brand representative, or try them on. In seeking out advice, I was limited to whoever I was shopping with and the brand representative.

Nowadays, it’s a whole other story. We don’t even have to set foot in a mall or a store, and we’re not left fending for ourselves with an online store. We now have a community of beauty bloggers, friends, and subscription services to guide our decisions. We’ve gone from traditional shopping to guided, “social shopping.”  Antonia Opiah wrote an article for the Huffington Post describing three new ways that women are finding their beauty products.

Courtesy of thefrisky.com
Courtesy of thefrisky.com

Firstly, women are letting their friends guide their shopping choices via user curated shopping methods that help make the beauty buying process more social. You can check out what products your friends or beauty experts love and recommend. With the existence of social media sites, reading reviews and learning about new products has become a much simpler task!

Courtesy of The Huffington Post, Click to Original Post
Courtesy of The Huffington Post, Click to Original Post

The next trend lets your beauty routine become an exciting mystery from month to month with the beauty subscription box. Why limit yourself to full-size products that you may buy once or twice a year when instead, you could test out small samples from month to month? Finding the perfect beauty products to suit your individual tastes and complexions can be a tricky task. With a beauty subscription box, women can try new items every month so that they can figure out exactly what they like and what they don’t!

Last but not least, we’ve seen a re-emergence of the “beauty swap.” Beauty bloggers/vloggers are actually swapping their makeup amongst each other so that everyone can find the products that suit them well and pass on the ones that don’t! This is just another way you can get social with shopping and reap the rewards of paying less and getting more!

To see all the latest shopping and beauty tips, follow us on Instagram: @stylechatmobile.

By: Jaclyn Parker

Draw Some Freckles for your Face

Do you remember watching the movie 101 Dalmatians? Do you remember the dog who had no spots? I feel like that’s comparable to those of us who don’t have freckles.  However, we do have this freckle pencil.

Courtesy of Topshop, Click to Original Website.
Courtesy of Topshop, Click to Original Website.

Errand for the day: Pick up my freckles at the store. Did you know you can buy this freckle pencil from Topshop? Not even joking.

I grew up with a bunch of friends who were annoyed that they were speckled in freckles. I never really thought much about freckles; either you had them or you didn’t. My friends who had freckles would always hide them under heavy foundation. They told me how lucky I was that I didn’t have any, but I never understood why they were considered a bad thing.

Now there’s this freckle pencil. I think the saying, “we always want what we can’t have” is true in this situation. If you have freckles, you don’t want them, and if you don’t have freckles, you want them.

Photo Courtesy of Cup of Jo, Featured on Refinery29, Click to Original Website.
Photo Courtesy of Cup of Jo, Featured on Refinery29, Click to Original Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For you non-freckled ladies out there, you can now draw on some freckles! I’m not sure how the staying power works with this freckle pencil, but I’d imagine you should set the freckles with a thin layer of some loose powder.

I’m curious to know, have any of you ladies already tried using this freckle pencil? What are your thoughts?

By: Stephanie Wong

 

 

Get Ready for School in 10 Minutes!

Ever woke up in a panic after realizing that you overslept your alarm?  Or maybe you wanted to sleep for ten more minutes, but ten minutes turned into forty-five.

Carly A. Heitlinger from thecollegeprepster.com describes the beginning of school perfectly in her article ‘Back to School: The Ten Minute Morning‘.  The first week is that great week where you have fun with friends, organize your dorm room, and pick out your school outfits the night before classes.

In the morning when your alarm goes off, you probably jump out of bed, curl your hair the way you saw it advertised in your favorite fashion magazine, apply your favorite eye-shadow and liner, get dressed while dancing in front of the mirror, and happily head to class.

Now let’s skip forward one or two weeks.  Like Heitlinger states, by this point “the honeymoon period is over.”  Before you know it, the work starts piling up and instead of spending time thinking about tomorrow’s outfit, you’re thinking about tomorrow’s quiz.   So when your alarm goes off at seven-thirty in the morning, you don’t actually get out of bed until eight, at which point you realize you have to be in the car or on the bus in the next ten or fifteen minutes.

Although you may be tempted to panic, don’t worry because these tips will help you arrive to class on time without having to sacrifice your well put-together appearance.  The College Prepster article suggests that before you start studying the night before, take a shower and get ready for bed so that when your done your studying you can go right to sleep.

I was a huge fan of this when I was in college.  It’s so much easier to shower the night before because then your hair is dry and ready to be styled in the morning.  The College Prepster suggests doing a quick French braid or bun.  I’d say forget the braid and instead stick to a bun that looks like it’s natural and messy on purpose.  You can also try Alexandra’s twisted hairstyle in the following video.

Now that we’ve cut out the time it takes to shower and dry your hair, it’s time to focus on makeup.  Luckliy for you, the “au-naturel” look is all the rage nowadays.  Focus on how you can enhance your features with less makeup.

Here’s what I suggest: Quickly apply a powder or foundation to even out your skin and get rid of any oily spots (focus on your T-zone).  Then take an eyebrow pencil and quickly fill out your eyebrows.  Take your favorite mascara and apply it to your top lashes (if you have an extra 10 seconds, apply it to your bottom lashes as well).  Now swipe some blush along your cheekbones and your makeup is complete!  If you want to add something to your lips, you can always apply lipstick or gloss when you’re on the bus, or when you’re walking to class.

Here are some examples of skinny jeans and button up shirt color combinations. Created with the StyleChat App.
Here are some examples of skinny jeans and button up shirt color combinations. Created with the StyleChat App.

Now it’s outfit time.  The College Prepster suggests throwing on a pair of skinny jeans (that way you don’t have to worry about whether you shaved or not).  As for the shirt, they suggest a button-up and I totally agree.  Button-up shirts can transform to look casual or dressy, and professional or sexy.

I suggest throwing on a tank top underneath so you could always undo some of the buttons to have a sexier half-done up shirt, or you could decide to do the buttons up for a more professional look.  If it’s hot out you can roll up the sleeves for a nice laid-back look, and if it’s chilly in the classroom you’ll be happy you’re wearing a long-sleeve shirt.

Although jeans and a button down shirt is a simple and stylish look, sometimes you may want a more feminine look.  When you’re in a hurry and want to throw on something cute and comfortable, opt for a casual daytime dress.  It’s perfect because you don’t have to worry about picking out two pieces of clothing, both a pair of jeans and a top.  In one fell swoop you can slide the dress over your head and be ready to go.

Can't decide on two pieces to wear? Just slide on a single casual dress and throw on some boots.  Created with the StyleChat App
Can’t decide on two pieces to wear? Just slide on a single casual dress and throw on some boots.
Created with the StyleChat App

With regards to jewelry, it’s great to have pieces that you wear 24/7 so that you don’t have to worry about choosing it every morning if you’re in a hurry.  A couple silver rings or a pair of diamond studs can be the perfect addition to any outfit because they are simple and understated in a perfectly effortless way.

Be sure to check out the StyleChat app to get inspiration for your back to school looks.  You can also check out our StyleChat Pinterest boards to find examples of the best laid-back chic looks for this Fall.

By: Jaclyn Parker

Also, don’t forget to wash your face and brush your teeth as Alexandra from Learning To Be Fearless smartly points out in her videoblog.

 

Hot Lips!

 

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Springtime equals hot lips and luscious colors. You know what they say, the right lips can make or break an outfit. These great, vivid colors from Mac, VS, & NARS are fantastic for the spring and add a pop of color to any ensemble.

My personal fav is Candy Yum Yum from Mac. This bright hot-pink lipstick adds a girly yet rocker touch to any look, making just the right statement. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors this season; if you don’t know where to start, try a softer color initially, and then work your way up to wilder and bolder colors.

-Diamond

BOLD

In today’s fashion world, outfits are not complete simply by adding patterned fabrics or jewelry, but rather with makeup—particularly lipstick. The trend of bold lipsticks has returned and it is not your average bright colored cherry red that has reached the make-up drawers of girls across the country, but the more matte, dark hues. The addition of any of these bold hues of lips can really make a fashionista stand out in a crowd. Something so small and often overlooked can make a difference in being noticed. More importantly, unlike adding massive amount of jewelry to an outfit, wearing lipstick looks chic yet effortless at the same time.

The bright lipsticks have seen their glory days and now can pass off as attention seeking or far too tacky when added for the wrong occasion. Now the trend has evolved (or returned to) deep plums and deep reds.  Here are a few celebrities who sport this bold lipstick look: photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 The key to a successful, powerful lip color look is to go easy on the eye make-up. Bold lips and bold eyes will make a girl’s face look too heavy and “caked-up.” If you want to do bold eyes, compliment it with a nice nude colored lipstick. A successful deep plum or red will look best with light eye-make up. You should always find a balance between your face makeup and your lips, keeping your look elegant and classy to any event. Best way to apply bold lipstick: If you’re doing anything bold, you have to do it right. A bold look isn’t bold if done messy. Personally, when applying bold lipstick on myself (especially matte bold lipstick) I prefer to use a small brush and get the shape of my lips correctly by making sure color runs all the way through to the corners of my mouth. The problem with deep plum and red lipstick is that if you mess up, it will be noticed. Another alternative is (just like 90s!) to go back to the use of lip liner to get that full color all around the lips. Sometimes, the best accessory is the emphasis on what you already have. So make those lips shine!

-Melissa