5 New Beauty Hacks I Picked up This Week

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Thanks to award season, I have lots of (even more) reasons to talk to celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists and manicurists. They’re seriously a never-ending source of great beauty tips and tricks, which makes since because they literally live and breathe beauty. They also find themselves in tricky situations that force them to be very resourceful, MacGyver types. Their hacks turn into great tips for us non beauty gurus. Here are five handy tricks I learned the past couple of weeks that I thought were worth passing along:

Trick #1: Ditch puff in a pinch

If you wake up with majorly puffy eyes, grab a couple of cold soda cans and hold them on the puff for a couple of minutes. Makeup artist Jake Bailey says it’s his go-to trick when he’s in a pinch and says it works every time.

Trick #2: Set your curls up for success

If you think your hair doesn’t hold curl, you might just be setting it up for failure, according to hairstylist Charles Baker Strahan. Straight out of the shower, you should avoid brushing it straight and blow-drying it straight before curling. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle, and then diffuse hair to bring out any natural texture you may have. This will help your curl take and last. Oh, and prep hair with a volumizing mousse to start. Try Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Souffle, $6.99.

Trick #3: Elongate your nails

Use a nude nail polish that’s  a touch lighter than your skin tone to really elongate your fingers and nails. It does the same thing a stiletto does for your legs, says manicurist Tom Bachik. Try: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Fashion, $17 or L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Collection Privee in Eva’s Nude, $5.99. 

Trick #4: Go for the glass

Foundations in glass bottles last much longer than those in plastic. Keep it in the fridge and it’ll last up to five years, according to Bailey.

Trick #5: Make sure your guy is camera ready

Listen up guys (or gals with guys) – makeup artist Billy B says that the L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur, $24.99 product is the “biggest breakthrough for men in cosmetics”. It’s a no-makeup way to perfect skin. It does what the blur tool in Photoshop is designed for. A great way to make sure your guy is camera ready for a big event without having to torture him by powdering his nose with your makeup.

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Sneaky Nail Art Trick Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

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When chatting with nail lacquer queen Deborah Lippmann backstage at the Kate Spade presentation during New York Fashion Week, she mentioned a quick tip I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard before. The look she designed for the show was a white nail (she used Deborah Lippmann Silk Collection in Pseudo Silk Kimono, $19 — it’s not on shelves yet) with a silver “cap” tip (Deborah Lippmann Bad Moon Rising, $17 — available soon for holiday 2013) accented with a bright stripe in either red (Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men, $17), yellow (Deborah Lippmann Walking on Sunshine, $17, coming summer 2014) or pink (Deborah Lippmann Groove Is In The Heart, $17). Check out the finished look in the first photo above. It was inspired by Spade’s cap toe shoes, of course. A totally doable nail art look. Especially if you employ the trick that Lippmann demoed for me backstage on her own hand. When you want to paint perfectly straight lines on your nails, she says it’s best to set the finger you are painting flat on a table. Then, hold the brush in one spot (don’t move it at all) and simply roll your finger across the table, so the brush just glides along the top of your nail creating a totally flawless line. That’s it!

NYFW Fall 2013 Nail Recap: It’s Matte, Matte and More Matte

honor-nyfw-fall-2013This fall, traditional rich tones get an update — they are going matte. Possibly the coolest, most wearable trend I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week — nails were decidedly un-shiny. Matte black, navy and burgundy polishes were shown at Nonoo, Karen Walker, Tibi and Rebecca Taylor. Deborah Lippmann featured the. most. gorgeous. matte color at the Honor show using a new formula with a shade called Harem Silks From Bombay — unfortunately it’s so hot-off-the-presses it won’t be available until the end of the year (I know, I know, that feels like forever). But don’t worry, you can still get the look now. Lippmann suggests using a combo of:

deborah-lippmann-nail-color-dark-side-of-the-moon-wicked-gameDeborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side of the Moon, $17, and Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Wicked Game, $17,

lippmann-collection-flat-topTop with her ultra-matte topcoat Deborah Lippmann Flat Top, $20

Here are a few other awesome matte top coats to try and get the effect:

essie-matte-about-you-finisherEssie Matte About You Finisher, $10

rescue-beauty-lounge-matte-top-coatRescue Beauty Lounge Matte Top Coat, $18

What do you think? Shiny or matte?

images courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

NYFW Fall 2013 Nail Recap: It's Matte, Matte and More Matte

honor-nyfw-fall-2013This fall, traditional rich tones get an update — they are going matte. Possibly the coolest, most wearable trend I spotted backstage at New York Fashion Week — nails were decidedly un-shiny. Matte black, navy and burgundy polishes were shown at Nonoo, Karen Walker, Tibi and Rebecca Taylor. Deborah Lippmann featured the. most. gorgeous. matte color at the Honor show using a new formula with a shade called Harem Silks From Bombay — unfortunately it’s so hot-off-the-presses it won’t be available until the end of the year (I know, I know, that feels like forever). But don’t worry, you can still get the look now. Lippmann suggests using a combo of:

deborah-lippmann-nail-color-dark-side-of-the-moon-wicked-gameDeborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side of the Moon, $17, and Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Wicked Game, $17,

lippmann-collection-flat-topTop with her ultra-matte topcoat Deborah Lippmann Flat Top, $20

Here are a few other awesome matte top coats to try and get the effect:

essie-matte-about-you-finisherEssie Matte About You Finisher, $10

rescue-beauty-lounge-matte-top-coatRescue Beauty Lounge Matte Top Coat, $18

What do you think? Shiny or matte?

images courtesy of Deborah Lippmann