Summertime is all about sun-kissed cheeks, glowing skin, warm-toned eyeshadows, long feathery lashes, and sheer color-washed (ultra hydrated) lips – but who is to say these makeup trends cannot be carried through year-round? For those of us in the southern hemisphere heading into the winter season, think of these as essentials to go with your resort wear and/or warm-weather dresses. From semi-permanent lash staining mascara to out of this world cosmeceutical luminizer's check out the hottest products of the season that will bring out your natural beauty and leave you looking summer-ready all year long for any occasion – rooftops, resorts, and beaches included!
Finding a decent liquid foundation can be hard enough, however making them last as long as you need them to can be even harder. Many foundation wearers resort to caking layers upon layers of foundation to the face to ensure full coverage – resulting in a heavy and unnatural overall appearance. Follow my expert tips outlined below and worrying about your makeup base coming off too early or having to apply an excessive amount of foundation will be a thing of the past.
With many luxury makeup lines available, it is often difficult to choose which cosmetic and skin care products are not only going to be beneficial for you and the health of your skin but also support the health of our planet via eco-friendly business practices. In search of environmentally conscious and luxury cosmetic and skin care lines, I became acquainted with Jane Iredale at their recent fall collection 2016 product launch in New York City. A number of products stood out to me as beauty must-haves, however first it is important to note why Jane Iredale is right for you:
1) Compassion for Animals: All of Jane’s products are certified as 100% cruelty-free by both PETA and Leaping Bunny – with no animal testing taking place at any point in the product development or manufacturing.
2) Commitment to Quality: Cosmetic manufacturers are required to pass a series of tests, however, Jane Iredale goes above and beyond the mandatory industry testing to ensure that it’s customers receive the highest quality products possible by undergoing a series of additional tests. To learn more about their additional testing here.
3) Concern for the Environment: All product packaging is environmentally responsible and made using entirely recyclable paper derived from renewable resources. All packaging is BPA and phthalate-free and created with the intent to reduce greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions.
4) Commitment to Skin Health: Many of Jane’s products are created with UV-protecting sunscreen and active skin care benefits. Seven products in the line have even been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation – an award only given to products that have scientifically been proven to sufficiently aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin. Additionally, all of Jane’s products are non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested.
Learn more about this line's must-have products by checking out my article on True Luxury Life here!
Over the last decade, INGLOT Cosmetics has expanded internationally to over 600 stores – establishing an industry-leading presence as one of the most successful makeup companies in the world. Originating from Poland during the collapse of communism in the 80’s, this company has grown to become a global beauty authority in high quality color cosmetics. If you’re able to visit one of INGLOT’s stores (particularly their megastore in Times Square), you will see exactly why I refer to this cosmetic line as the brand of endless possibilities.
The line encompasses an enormous collection of highly pigmented makeup (and nail polish) for any occasion that you could possibly imagine – whether it be for bridal, an Avant-garde/high fashion impact look, or simply for natural every day wear. The real seller and point of differentiation with INGLOT comes down to their legendary Freedom System: a system comprised of sleek durable custom palettes where the customer is able to mix and match from an innovative array of eyeshadows, brow colors, blushes, lipsticks, glosses, cream concealer, and more into one uniform palette that caters to all of their makeup needs and desires. This alone is very appealing to those looking to remove the purse clutter created from carrying around a bulky jumble of beauty products. As product is used, each individual tray can be easily removed for replenishment. To truly understand the beauty of INGLOT’s Freedom System, check it out here:www.inglotcosmetics.com
Check out my article here to see which of INGLOT’s products I can safely call cosmetic must-haves!
Summertime is all about natural, yet glistening sun-kissed skin. Tinted moisturizers, illuminating powders, baked bronzers, cream-based eyes shadows, and glossy lipsticks have become necessities that direct current summer makeup trends. In search of finding the best products on the market worldwide, I came across the German luxury cosmetic line, Horst Kirchberger. To say their products embody long-lasting wear and superior quality would be an understatement. I used a number of Horst Kirchberger cosmetics on a recent 15-hour outdoor fashion campaign – the makeup held from 8AM until 11PM! Least to say, the Horst Kirchberger line should be explored by not only soon-to-be summer brides, but also by everyday women looking for long-lasting quality makeup. Throughout their entire line, 3 products in particular stood out as must-haves - read my article here to find out more!
Designed in New York City, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (also known as OCC Makeup) differentiates itself from most major cosmetic lines by not only being 100% cruelty-free, but also 100% vegan. OCC’s highly pigmented makeup requires very little product to achieve long-lasting and full coverage after a single application – making their line (especially their lip line) a must-have for those looking for an all-day wear.
OCC is most recognized for their infamous Lip Tar – a highly pigmented liquid lipstick available in over 40 different matte and metallic colors. To create the perfect long-lasting lip, this requires more then lipstick alone. Long-lasting lips require lip primer, a lip pencil, lipstick, and a quality lip brush – all of which OCC is able to provide. Read my article here where I list step-by-step instructions on how you can achieve the prefect long-lasting lip whether it is for a night out on the town or for your big day.
Since its founding in 1935, Lancôme has become the #1 brand in women’s selective cosmetics – creating innovative and effective skincare, makeup, and fragrance products for over 80 years. Over my career as a professional makeup artist, I have personally enjoyed using a number of Lancôme products on photo shoots – including their legendary Dual Finish Press Powder and Hypnose Drama Mascara. In preparation for a cosmetic beauty campaign for World Bride Magazine, I was delighted to receive a number of astounding gifts sent from Lancôme – products of the highest quality that I absolutely recommend to women of all ages and ethnicities who believe in sustaining beauty. The entire line by Lancôme is refreshingly effective – View my article here to see what 3 products in particular stand out successfully from the rest!
I was delighted to recently receive a number of great products from Smashbox to try out – all of which hit the market as part of the Spring 2016 Collection. With a legendary cosmetic family pedigree, Smashbox Cosmetics has a history of introducing marvelously unique and long-lasting products. Smashbox cosmetics are designed to withstand both the demands of film stars and celebrities moving from photo-shoot to TV interview to photo-shoot, as well as the demands of everyday women – offering a great feel and wear throughout the entire day. After personally trying these products on a recent photo shoot for World Bride Magazine, I can safely say these are must-have products for 2016 – especially for all of the upcoming spring and summer brides!
I recently worked on a luxurious photo shoot with three beautiful models at The St. Regis in New York City – and chose to use a number of Dior products that truly transformed these women into luminescent and radiant beauties. Whether you need to look flawless for a special event, or you simply want to find an everyday makeup regimen to amplify the health and beauty of your skin, check out this recently published article I wrote for World Bride Magazine to get you hands on these Dior-must-have products.