It wasn’t long after my 30th birthday when BB creams began to make their way from Korea to the U.S. marketplace. Given that they were supposed to provide anti-aging benefits, sun protection and flawless coverage all in one—and that they bore a coveted seal of approval from the most skin-obsessed culture on the planet—I was all over the trend. I happily sampled dozens of formulations that landed on my desk, including a few bona fide Korean formulations, which a coworker brought back after visiting family there.
When it comes to beauty, fashion week isn’t just about eccentric, stage-makeupy looks that most of us would never dream of rocking IRL. Every season, there emerge a handful of fresh beauty trends that actually are adaptable for the majority of the non-model population. Of those, here are our favorites from the Fall 2015 shows in New York.
Maybe eye cream was something you worked into your beauty routine in your 30s. Maybe you’ve been using it since you were a teenager. Whatever the length of your relationship with this anti-aging staple, though, we bet you didn’t know that under the eyes isn’t the only place you’re supposed to apply it. Thanks to Allure and renowned dermatologist Jeanette Graf, now you do.
We all know that any skin care routine begins with a properly cleansed face. Nowadays, your means of getting there might be an oil, a balm or a sonic cleansing brush—maybe even a combination of all three. (You could also use a good old-fashioned gel cleanser—it’s something I still swear by.) Obvious as it sounds, whatever you use, you’ll want to make sure you rinse properly. And if you’ve long sworn off washcloths to perform this task, I encourage you to take a look at Into the Gloss’ report on The Best Washcloths. I have a feeling it will change your mind.
Who knew? Deodorant isn’t just for your underarms. As the beauty editors at Byrdie point out, it’s one of those products that multitasks like you wouldn’t believe. One of nine tasks it can accomplish? Preventing blisters on your feet. Just FYI, we were always told that this trick works only with antiperspirant—after all, when your feet don’t sweat, they won’t slip around in those stilettos. Find out everything else it can do here. Buy our favorite brand here.
Dr. R. Sonia Batra, a cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatologist in Santa Monica, CA, and frequent guest on the hit show, The Doctors, needs to stay up to date on all developments in the skin care business. Read what she has to say about a new skin care device, called JeNu, that she’s now using “every day.”
If you keep up with the latest skin care trends, then it’s safe to say you’ve got an oil or two in your beauty cabinet—no matter how much oil-is-the-enemy messaging was shoved down your throat in the 80s! I happen to love skin care oils, too. They make great cleansers, they offer luxurious moisture, and hey, some of them even help with acne and other bothersome issues. But according to Byrdie, oil is about to be ousted as skin care’s “it” ingredient—and its replacement might surprise you.
If you long for a plumper pout, you’ve got a handful of options—and those that take place in a physician’s office have a way of looking obvious and overstated. But it’s not like taking a lipliner and simply overdrawing your natural lips creates a natural result, either. So what’s a woman supposed to do? The answer is, follow these four easy steps, courtesy of makeup artist Carolina Dali via Elle.com.
Assuming your application chops are not exactly Kardashian-worthy, using blush to contour cheekbones is a surefire way to look older than you actually are. The reason for this, as the Beauty Department points out, is that adding color directly to your cheekbones accentuates your angles. For helpful hints on how you should apply your blush, check out the full feature.
As a beauty editor, I’m in a constant state of lipstick-testing and concealer-matching. For any makeup lover, my job has perks. But my desk is not just a makeup counter with a laptop; It’s also a lab. A huge part of my job involves knowing the basic chemistry behind skincare products.
While scientific knowledge is key in understanding how all the wonderful products in the world work, it doesn’t take a scholar to know that there are plenty of acne products that don’t work effectively. Even some of the richest, most famous people can’t get rid of their acne! You might not always see it under all that caked-on makeup, but in the age of HD everything, it doesn’t get past this beauty buff.