Best makeup of 2019

15 best beauty favorites of 2019

Every year, I release my “best of” beauty favorites list, and this year I found some pretty wonderful things! I’ve been working in various facets of the makeup industry for 19 years, and I’ve tried my fair share of foundations and shampoos over the years. As formulations improve and customer demands get stronger, thanks to the force of social media, beauty product quality and diversity are at an all-time high. What a lovely time it was in 2019 to watch the industry grow.

As we near the end of the decade, I reflect upon things like the baskets of foundations I tried until I found the perfect ones that would perfect my crazy complexion issues. I think about all of the eyebrow trends and how I bought hundreds of pencils, pomades and eyebrow tints to try to perfect a flawless brow. Let’s reel it in and make this post all about 2019–because this year rocked!

Best Makeup ToolsBest Beauty Tools 2019

Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge $5.99 and Brush Crush Foundation Brush $8.99

Every artist needs a good set of tools–but you don’t have to spend a fortune to own a great set! I’ve been a huge fan of the brand Real Techniques (founded by Sam and Nic Chapman of YouTube beauty guru status) because of the affordability and the quality. My latest discoveries are the Miracle Powder Sponge and the Brush Crush Foundation Brush.

The powder sponge is the best sponge I’ve found to date for setting your face flawlessly, using either loose or pressed powder. The velvety material used in the design works to pick up more product than a traditional sponge, making it the best tool for setting your under-eye area with powder, and for baking your face.

The Brush Crush foundation brush really surprised me. I am used to using a sponge primarily for applying foundation, but this one stood out to me for the bold design. I bought it on a whim and was happy to see that my full coverage foundation blended seamlessly and without streaking. As always, Real Techniques brushes are synthetic and no animals were harmed!

Best Foundation and Concealer

Best Foundation and Concealer 2019

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation $20 and Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer $30

My skin is oily and troublesome–I break out easily and I’m sensitive. Finding the perfect foundation formula and color match is a tough combination. Just recently, I ran across the Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation at Ulta and decided to give it a whirl. There are 42 shades to choose from, starting from darkest to lightest. I definitely found my shade AND the perfect full-coverage formula! The product is thick, but all you need is a small dab to make it work. The coverage is flawless, beautiful and long-lasting!

As you can tell, I am a fan of full coverage. What’s great about full-coverage is that you can use less on a damp blending sponge to create a sheer look. The best concealer I’ve tried this year is the Huda Beauty Overachiever High Coverage Concealer. It is not too watery and not too thick. The consistency is perfect for blending under the eyes and creates a very flawless finish. I normally use a damp sponge to blend this in with a dabbing of loose powder on top to set for the day.

Best Serum and Moisturizer

Best Face Serum and Moisturizer

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% $5.90 and Tria Super C Brightening Moisturizer $36 until 1/3 (Reg. price $60)

We all have different needs for our skin, but I think we all have a common goal: to have brighter, glowing, balanced skin. For me personally, I have dry and oily skin, which is an annoying combo! Along with that, I have to manage my large pores and any type of dead skin cells that get caught into those pores to cause nasty blackheads.

The Ordinary makes a serum that contains niacinamide (aka vitamin B), which can help fade everything from uneven skin tone blotches to help heal acne. It is labeled as being for all skin types, although I find that it does help reduce oils for the slick-skinned sisters like myself.

For those who use our SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, the Super C Brightening Moisturizer is an oil-based form of vitamin C, which has skin brightening properties. I love the way this feels after doing my laser treatments, and it helps keep the skin supple while I sleep. When you awake, your skin is glowing and ready for the day! The hyaluronic acid will help your skin retain its moisture, so you will love this formula if you experience dryness from the laser treatments.

Best Makeup Picks

Best makeup of 2019

So much makeup, so little time! I spend a lot of money on cosmetics every year to review for my blogs, and of course, a lot of those products turn out to be duds. I found a few stand out products this year in the color cosmetics realm–some are drugstore and some are luxury products–but they all performed magical things!

My first mention was a gift from a friend. The KKW (Kim Kardashian-West) Beauty Blossom Palette ($45) is a high-quality eyeshadow palette with an array of very wearable shades. The neutral choices are both matte and shimmery, and you can amp up the look using the darker plum and cranberry shades for a quick nighttime look. The cardboard palette design makes it easy for travel.

I am a huge fan of long-wear lipstick and the Rimmel Provocalips ($8.29) line is my first choice when searching for a lipstick for going out or for a long day at work. The satin gloss that is provided at the other end of the tube is a great choice for those that don’t want their lips to look overly glossy. It’s just the right amount of shine and moisture.

A good mascara is sometimes hard to find, am I right? Once in a while, I’ll find a super great mascara, and then it’s discontinued or there is something different about the formula later on. So frustrating. A little secret that I’ve learned in the business and from trial and error is that luxury mascaras, as expensive as they are, last longer than drugstore options due to better formulas. Most of my drugstore choices have dried up within a few weeks and don’t perform as well, while my department store collection still stays consistent for several months. One mascara that I fell in love with this year is the YSL The Shock mascara ($29). This is the most volumizing one of YSL’s collection and that’s no lie! The brush applies the right amount of product while it combs and coats your lashes for amazing thickness and volume.

Another luxury pick that I have been in love with is the amazing formula of the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush ($40). The unique design of the product allows you to apply the outer ring color to your cheek area, and the “pop” middle color to the center of your cheek for a dimensional look. I like the formula because it’s a very finely milled powder that looks smooth on the skin. Beware of the compact’s packaging when traveling, it is very thin and delicate!

Best Shampoo and ConditionerBest Shampoo and Conditioner

Biolage Colorlast Shampoo $28 for 33.8 oz. and Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner $28 for 8.5 oz.

I often have to dye my hair–due to grays and because I prefer my hair to be a deep black shade. Finding a shampoo that won’t fade my color is pretty tough, even when the label says it’s safe for color-treated hair. I found Biolage Colorlast Shampoo to be one of the best shampoos I’ve found in decades. I don’t see a lot of color going down the drain during wash, but it also does an amazing job at cleaning my hair and scalp. No residue left behind!

As for the conditioner, I like to experiment. I have had Olaplex treatments done at my salon, but I did not know you can start purchasing their products to take home! I snatched up the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, which helps tame frizz and makes my hair strong and healthy. You can find this product now at Ulta and Sephora. Tip: You only need to use a tiny bit of this! If you use too much, your hair is weighed down and greasy. Try to concentrate on the dry areas.

Best Beauty Tech

Best Beauty Technology

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser for the Face with Copper-Infused Sleeping Mask $376 through 1/3 (Reg. price $442) and Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer $59.99 and BlendSmart Foundation Brush $69

I’m obviously fascinated with beauty technology, and I love seeing what the latest trends are in hair, makeup, and anti-aging tech. As always, I’ve been a huge Tria fan, with my first product being the SmoothBeauty Laser for the face. I love the way my skin looks when I wake up in the morning–fresh, plumped, and young. At 43, I am mistaken for someone in their late 20s, early 30s. I can thank genetics for playing a part, but the laser really helps tune-up my skin to look its best for my age.

I spoke about my favorite hair products earlier, and when it comes to drying my hair, I cannot use a traditional hairdryer. My hair’s texture is thick and frizzy with no shine and basically unmanageable unless I use a hot tool on it. I discovered the Revlon Volumizer through a friend and I haven’t put it down since. It gives you that salon look that your stylist gives you when they use that big round brush and hairdryer on full blast. It’s pretty easy to use and doesn’t hurt your wrist while you are styling. When I’m finished, my hair looks shiny, smooth and the frizz is totally gone.

I mentioned my favorite foundation brush at the beginning of the blog post, but I also love to use the BlendSmart Foundation Brush with foundation, but mostly for use with my contour colors. The rotating brush design quickly applies and blends with an airbrush finish, and works especially well with deep contour colors that are hard to blend with a traditional brush. Plus, it’s fun to use!

Well, there you have it! My list is complete for the year 2019! Are we ready for a new decade of beauty yet?

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Holiday gift guide 2019

We’ve all got that one friend or family member that seems to have the “gift” for gifting. They know what you really need before you’ve thought about it. That type of gift-giver is a rare find, and you probably feel awkward when trying to find them a gift during the holidays. Perhaps you’re even stressed about gifts this year, but you still want to find something impressive. I’ve been gathering my notes from holidays past and found some unique and trendy gifts that seemed to be a smash hit with my female friends and family members.

These awesome items include beauty gifts, fashion finds, and home decor–something for everyone! Sit back and relax, and start making your gift lists with items that will “wow” them.

Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Lip Set $36Kylie Holiday Lip Kit 2019

There’s a valid reason why Kylie Cosmetics is so successful–the lip kits are amazing. I’ve been a fan for several years, with an entire drawer dedicated to my Kylie Lip Kit collection. This kit includes the Coconut Lip Liner, Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick and a Clear Gloss.

My favorite part of the kits is that the butterscotch-scented lipstick is like a dream to apply, especially after applying the creamy lip liner. I usually have no issues drinking coffee or eating while wearing the matte formula, and it doesn’t dry out your lips. Perfect stocking stuffer gift for your beauty-loving friends!

DYSON Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Edition with Red Case
$399

Dyson Hair Dryer Gift Set
When my hairstylist pulled out this Dyson dryer and used it on my hair, I was extremely impressed. There was a lot of power, but my hair didn’t turn out like a frizzy mess like it does at home with my $50 dryer. The dryer was designed to dry and smooth hair without causing heat damage and add shine up to 132%!

Made for straight, wavy, curly or coily hair for all textures, this is the perfect gift for your sister or maybe your brother with the long hair! I have several family members that love this product and did notice that the dryer made it safely overseas on our vacation trip in the beautiful case that it comes with. Can someone please send this article to my husband as a hint?

VIKTOR & ROLF Flowerbomb Flowerflake Set $120VIKTOR&ROLF Flowerbomb Flowerflake Set

There is a fragrance I always gravitate towards in my perfume collection–Flowerbomb. This warm and spicy fragrance has notes of Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Patchouli. All it takes is a tiny bit of this scent to do the trick as it is highly concentrated. This is a perfect gift for the BFF or sister-in-law as this fragrance will reflect her fun personality.

This set comes with a shower gel and body lotion to help the fragrance’s scent linger on longer!

Johnny Was Joanna Silk Scarf $68Johnny Was Joanna Silk Scarf

You can never go wrong with a beautiful silk scarf that can dress up a plain t-shirt. This gorgeous floral pattern design scarf is perfect for anyone looking to spiff up an outfit on the way out of the door. The tassels help keep the scarf in place by adding a little extra weight to the bottom.

Your creative mom or sister would love working this square-shaped scarf to create different styles and ways to wear it.

Custom Paw Print Ring $29

Custom Paw Print Ring from Etsy

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend probably didn’t own a dog (or cat). This next gift on the list is highly personalized, so it may be tricky to give it as a gift, but perhaps you can work with a roommate or spouse of the gift recipient to make things happen.

This custom paw print ring is available in rose gold, gold, and silver finishes and requires a scan or photograph of the animal’s paw print to be sent over to the Etsy store owner. This is definitely the perfect gift for any pet lover on your list!

Luxe Glass Pillar Holder $40.99

Sometimes candles are the gift you really don’t want to give, but you can’t think of anything else! Perhaps your gift recipient has a ton of candles, but nothing nice to put them in. I am a big fan of the ZGallerie store and I found this pure glass light-reflective candle holder that would look stunning at night holding a 3-inch (diameter) pillar candle. The holder measures 4.75″ in diameter x 9.5″H. The candle holder already comes with a gift box, so all you need to do is provide a card.

Tria Beauty Boosting Eye Mask Kit (Now $186 through 12/1)

Beauty Boosting Eye Mask Kit
If you hear a constant stream of comments from your friends or family members about how much they can’t stand their crow’s feet or fine lines around the eyes, the Beauty Boosting Eye Mask Kit is going to be an unforgettable gift! This palm-sized laser packs a powerful fractional laser to stimulate collagen, helping to diminish those pesky signs of aging.

The kit includes the best sleeping mask I’ve ever put on my face! The plush and luxurious mask keeps the light out while the copper-infused material helps keep the skin around your eyes looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Garden Party Monogram Mug $14 each
Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Garden Party Monogram Mug

These coffee mugs aren’t just any old mug, they’re personalized with a gorgeously gilded initial among a garden of beautifully illustrated flowers. Keep in mind that these mugs cannot be microwaved due to the metallic detail. This is perfect for your tea-obsessed friend or your boss that is always carrying a mug at the office.

Totally Bamboo Destination Cutting Board Collection $29.99 each

Totally Bamboo Destination Cutting Board CollectionI saw these cool cutting boards going around at several gift opening occasions and they were always a smash hit. These state-themed cutting boards make great gifts for just about anyone who entertains or the couples that love to cook. Also, if you need a gift for your secret Santa gift exchange, these are under $30! Oh, and they’re made of natural bamboo!

Ted Baker Crystal Bobble Matinee Purse $149Ted Baker Crystal Bobble Matinee Purse

My favorite wallet of all-time, the Ted Baker Solange wallet is definitely a gift for your fashionista friend who loves a bit of glam. The diamond bobble clasp at the top of the wallet is definitely the attention-grabbing part of the wallet that gives it charm.

Made in pure leather, this wallet includes 12 card slots with plenty of room for cash and coins. I get so many compliments on mine, and fortunately, there are several colors to choose from.

Tria Nourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit (Now $111, 40% off until 12/1)Nourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit

“What skincare products do you use?” One of the questions I am asked most. I absolutely love the Tria and Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Deluxe Kit that includes 4 masks, a firming serum roller, a brightening Vitamin C Super C Moisturizer, and the amazing Priming Cleanser which works great before I use my SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser.

Your skincare fanatics will love this skincare kit and may perhaps ask you to join them in having a girls’ night mask party!

JONATHAN ADLER x H&M HOME Porcelain vase $99 or Short Vase $129

JONATHAN ADLER x H&M HOME Porcelain vaseJonathan Adler, a U.S. potter, and designer collaborated with H&M to bring his modern glamorous aesthetic to the brand. These vases would make perfect gifts for your artist friends who want to bring a bit of New York City art into their homes. These unique vases will make a beautiful centerpiece for a coffee table or a modern kitchen window.

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NYFW Spring Summer 2020 Beauty Trends

Best makeup, hair and nail looks from NYFW 2020

It felt like summer was starting all over again when I browsed the runway looks from the recent NYFW 2020 shows. The bright blush, the citrine-hued nails, and the slicked back hairstyles looked like something ripped straight out of the 80s and early 90s Vogue magazines. Let’s take a look at my favorite wearable picks from backstage and on the NYFW 2020 Spring/Summer runway.

Fall-Inspired Smokey Eyes

Marc Jacobs Smokey Eye NYFW 2020
Model: @scarlettcostello | Photo credit: @taylorjewell

I’m just going to dive into what my favorite look is out of the entire thing. I am such a fan of the smokey eye look but especially excited about the colors used on one of the models at the Marc Jacobs runway show. Each model was given their own unique makeup look, but this look above is what really caught my attention. Makeup looks were directed by none other than the legendary Pat McGrath, who had created 60 different makeup looks for the show, while hairstylist Guido Palau had just as tough of a job coming up with just as many hairstyles.

This wearable eye makeup look was created using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-conic Multi-Finish Eye Palette in Glambition, which is going on my holiday wishlist right now!

Ashley Graham at NYFW 2020
Photo Credit: STEPHEN LOVEKIN/SHUTTERSTOCK

During the Tommy x Zendaya Fall 2019 runway show, (yes, fall!) another sighting of beautiful warm bronze colors was worn by models such as Ashely Graham. This show was the most talked-about runway of the season–it took place at the Apollo Theater! Celeb makeup artist Sir John for Lancome created a “Daytime Disco” look inspired by Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall.

You can start wearing this look now! Here’s how to create the eye and lip look, according to Makeup.com:

Create a Smoky Eye

Trace along your waterline and top lash line with Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir and smudge Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in Chocolat across the lower lash line. Define the crease and outer corners of the eyes with Lancôme Color Design Mono Eye Shadow in Henna and Embers. From the Lancôme Hypnôse Palette in Bois Corail, use the antique gold shade to light up the center of the lid.

Create Full Lashes and Strong Brows

Apply a coat of Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara in Black to your lashes. Fill in and strengthen your arches with Lancôme Brow Define Pencil.

Create the Perfect Lips for Fall

Using Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Cafe Noir for depth, fill in your lips and layer Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream Lipstick in Queen Ruby on top for richness.

Brandon Maxwell 2020 Runway Makeup
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Yes, faux freckles were a thing on the runway this season. Remember when this fad went big on social media earlier this year? It made its way to fashion week–but is this look for everyone? Not particularly. As someone who has struggled to fade their own freckles for decades, I don’t have any interest in drawing them back on! But, the people that can pull it off really look good as you can see in the example above from Brandon Maxwell’s 2020 runway show.

Using MAC’s Spellbinder eye shadow, which has a gunmetal metallic finish, makeup artist Tom Pecheaux created this look which is easy to achieve. Keeping brows natural a full, the eyeshadow is applied to the lid only with a few coats of mascara. A glossy nude lip and neutral blush keep the eyes at the center of attention.

Statement Lips

Photo Credit: SOPHIE SAHARA/WWD

Beautiful simplicity is my idea of spring and summer makeup. Keeping the skin gorgeous and dewy while maintaining a healthy brow are the staple components of 2020’s beauty style. It’s going to be an iconic year, so why not wear an iconic red lip? The statement lip is going to be huge come next year.

Models’ skin at Prabal Gurung’s runway show was prepped with Whal Myung Korean skincare, and each model wore either a glossy lip balm, a black glossy lip, a red lip or a deep burgundy shade. The inspiration was “etherial girls with a feminine touch,” according to MAC artist Lousie Zizzo.

Statement Blush

Tadashi Shoji NYFW 2020
Photo Credit: WWD.com

As a forever fan of a liquid cat eye, I was thrilled to see that the cat-eye look isn’t dying out anytime soon. At Tadashi Shoji’s NYFW 2020 runway show, the look was inspired by lighter take on Harajuku girls’ style with a pop of yellow eyeliner on top of a blunt-edged black winged liner. A wash of bright pink blush was placed on the cheekbone with an upwards angle that lands near the corner of the outer eye edge. Lips were dabbed with sheer pops of glossy color.

The nail art was a standout for me. I loved the wavy lines pattern and red tips on the nails for this look.

Speaking of nails…

Nail Looks for 2020

Charme Nails from Jinsoon
Citrine Nails: JINSOON

Remember the lime green nail trend that happened this summer? The citrine nail trend for spring/summer 2020 is a refreshing and a bit more sophisticated take on that trend. Jin Soon Choi used the color Charme from her JINSOON nail color line at 3.1 Phillip Lim to create this beautiful look on the models’ nails.

French manicure from Essie
Photo Credit: ESSIE

The white-tipped French manicure is back, and it’s not just for weddings anymore! Manicurist Betina Goldstein created these elegantly simple French tipped nails for KHAITE by using @essie sheer nude polish in Mademoiselle and lined the tips in Blanc, also from Essie.

Photo Credit: ANNA WEBBER/GETTY IMAGES

If I could get married all over again, I would be sporting these pearl-tipped French manicured nails down the aisle. For Alice + Olivia’s runway show, KISS Lead Nail Artist Gina Edwards applied tiny pearls from the brand’s Nail Art Kit. Edwards applied these pearls to a set of KISS press-on nails, which I have been a fan of for a few years.

Slick Hair

Prabal Gurung Slick Hair
Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Slick and sleek wet-looking hair is still a style that is going strong since the world fell in love with Kim Kardashian-West’s Met Gala look back in May. YouTuber Lana Summer makes the wet hairstyle technique look easy using a wig and some mousse! Above, you see a very wet hair look at Prabal Gurung, which can be achieved by using mousse with a shine serum applied on top for an extra slick look.

Tory Burch NYFW 2020 Hair
Photo Credit: KELLY TAUB/WWD

British celebrity hairstylist Guido Palau had a lot of troubles finding those old 1980s hair combs that he used for the Tory Burch runway show. He ended up spray painting the ones that he found to match the solid color combs that my mother wore every day of my childhood.

If the wet look isn’t your thing, you can try putting your hair back with these combs and a little mousse or a light hair gel to keep it all in place. You may have better luck finding these plastic combs at the dollar store than anywhere else unless you have better luck finding them than Guido did!

 

What are your thoughts on these makeup looks for spring/summer 2020? Leave a tweet for us @triabeauty

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Fall Trends 2019

Beauty trends to try in fall 2019

Believe it or not, fall begins next month. I’m not ready to start brewing up some pumpkin spice lattes just yet, but I am exploring upcoming fall beauty trends that we’ll be seeing in the coming months ahead. I scoured the interwebs looking at NYFW runway trends for Fall/Winter and peeked at some of my favorite Instagram accounts. Here are a few of my favorite trends for fall 2019!

Buttery Skin Trend

Buttery Skin TrendTo best describe the buttery skin (sounds delicious!) makeup trend, I’d say it’s an all-over glow, rather than a strategically placed highlight glow. This look does not rely on skincare products to do all the work, but rather the makeup does all of the talking, er, glowing.

If you recall the Korean “glass skin” phenomenon that we saw trending this year, you may also remember that this look required several layers of skincare products plus makeup to achieve a healthy all-over sheen. Who has time for all of that? Now, I am not discouraging anyone from dropping their skincare routine. Please, do continue with all of your favorites, and don’t forget your weekly hydrating masks and serums!

To get this look, you will need freshly washed and hydrated skin. I prefer using full coverage, yet dewy foundation for this look and I highly recommend the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50 to even out the skin and conceal any blemishes. After that I applied, I take a dime-sized amount of the Milani Cosmetics Soft Focus Glow in Golden Glow on my fingertips and pat it all over my skin. You can alternatively mix this glowing cream in with the foundation as well if you want a more subtle look.

TIPS: If your skin is a bit too oily this time of year, you can opt for a powder highlighter instead of the cream. I recommend the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus dusted on with a fluffy brush.

Monochromatic Terra Cotta Makeup Trend

Monochromatic Terra Cotta Makeup
Cushnie Fall 2019 Runway | Photo: Getty Images

I like monochromatic makeup due to the fact that it is quick with a no-brainer application. The look that you see above was snapped directly off of the Cushnie Fall/Winter 2019 runway. Backstage makeup artist Grace Lee explained that the terra cotta hued look was created using  Maybelline’s Color Sensational Made lipstick in Mauve-For-Me or Spice-for-Me on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. What is wonderful about these lipsticks are that Maybelline tested these shades on fifty diverse skintones–meaning that they created these colors to suit all skin tones!

TIPS: If you are in a pinch, you can apply the lipstick to your eyes, lips, and cheeks with a fingertip and blend. If you prefer that your fingers stay off of your makeup products, you can opt to use a sheer blending brush for all over color, like the Chanel Dual-Tip Concealer Brush which has one flat end for applying cream-based products and a round end for blending. For the cheeks, you can use your blending sponge for a quick application.

Bambi Lashes Trend

Bambi Lashes
Brandon Maxwell Fall 2019 Runway | Photo: IMAXtree

Think back to the eyelashes of the 60s–wide-eyed with a little help of liquid liner to create faux bottom lashes. The trend is back, but not as dramatic as the lashes that model Twiggy Lawson made famous in the late 1960s. This lash trend is a little tamer and wearable but may take a bit of practice to master.

Backstage at Anna Sui’s NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 show, makeup artist Pat McGrath explained that brows are taking a “backseat” next season and that heavy lashes are making their way to the forefront of beauty. Volumizing mascaras will be flying off of the shelves, and McGrath developed her own mascara to create this “doll-eye” look herself: FetishEyes Mascara.

TIPS: When using a volumizing mascara, try to stick to using just one coat. Attempting to apply a second coat may result in unflattering tarantula lashes. I recommend using a lash primer first to help plump and separate the lashes before using mascara: Dior’s DiorShow Maximizer 3D Primer. To complete the doll eye, or “Bambi” lash look, you can opt to apply very thin vertical lines with a liquid liner between your bottom lashes to create a faux lash look.

Messy BunMessy Buns

Now here’s a hairstyle we can all relate to–the messy bun! The messy bun is thankfully on-trend for fall, but there is a twist! The hair is sleek and shiny and combed up into the elastic band into a ponytail. Then it is teased a bit before it is wound around the hair elastic to create a voluminous messy look. The bun can be worn high or low. I personally think the low bun looks a bit dressed up as the high bun appears a bit more casual (think “sweater weather” hair).

TIPS: I prefer to use spiral hair ties over regular elastic bands. I have thick, coarse hair and I usually break any hair tie! With the spiral ties, I have witnessed no breakage and it is easy on the hair. After I tease my ponytail with a comb, I like to loosely pin down my bun with bobby pins as I wrap it, just to make sure it is secure.

Blunt Bob Haircut

Blunt Bob Haircut Everyone is rocking the blunt bob these days: Hailey Bieber, Ayesha Curry, and so many other celebs have chopped their hair this summer. This hairstyle is going to go hard in fall as well. Although the style itself is low maintenance, you will need to ensure you go in for a trim every three to six weeks to maintain that blunt cut look.

TIPS: You will most likely need to invest in a good flat iron if your hair is not straight enough to pull off this look. Try applying a shine product like Drybar’s The Chaser Shine Cream to damp hair before styling. You’ll need to wash more often with a shorter hairstyle, so you’ll want to invest in a hair powder to keep that volume and oil under control. Try Oribe Swept Up Hair Volume Powder to spray on the roots daily.

Copper Red HairCopper Red Hair

Coppery red hair looks so beautiful against the fall leaves. If you are daring enough to try red yourself, fall will be the season to see red! Of course, with red hair, you need to be very careful if you are going to DIY it at home. You can take a simple quiz on Madison Reed’s website to determine if you are a good candidate for DIY red hair dye. I personally failed the quiz when I said I wanted to dye my hair red again after dying it black and blue ombre. Oops! Unfortunately, I have to fade my hair naturally before going any lighter, but for the rest of you, you may be in luck!

TIPS: I’ve had red hair for many years, and I can attest to the fact that red hair dye FADES. Lucky for us, there are many brands that carry a line of color depositing shampoo. My favorite brand is Celeb Luxury, and they carry many shades of red to quench your desire to maintain or enhance vibrant red hair.

Rich Red Lips

Red Lips
Photo: IMAXtree

There is nothing shy or sheer about this fall’s red lip trend. Pat McGrath is back to bring us another trend for the season at Chloe’s NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 runway. The lips that McGrath created are vibrant, opaque, and seen here with extreme definition. These are fierce lips! All I can think of is Pat McGrath’s Exxotica lipstick for fall, which is the perfect violet-based burgundy red shade that will set the mood.

TIPS: If you’re like me, red lipstick bleeds. My trick is to apply a high-quality lip liner on the entire lip area first. Try Pat McGrath’s Manhattan lip liner around the lip line, then blend onto the rest of the lips with a lip brush. Apply your lipstick, then blot on a tissue, then reapply. You should be good for your morning coffee!

 

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Tyme Iron Pro

Hair tools to get perfect summer waves and curls

As the summer heats up, all us ladies want is an easy hairstyle we can do without sweating, am I right? Some of us were born with natural silky waves in their hair, and some of us have coarse, dry, and flat hair that does nothing good right out of the shower. I personally have naturally red hair, so my hair is thick, coarse, and my “waves” are far from glamorous. I just want to put on my favorite Tria face mask and throw my hair in a bun for the day, but there are weddings to attend and cocktail parties to mingle at, so I really can’t just douse my hair with sea salt spray and hope for perfect waves.

If you are like me, you need a hot tool to make your hairstyles work. There are many good hot tools on the market that will quickly and easily give you that glam mermaid beach wave look or a soft curl that will turn heads. This list of products below is my top choices for hot tools that are quick and easy to use for the prettiest hair you can achieve in this hot weather.

Chi Air Spin n Curl

Chi Spin n Curl Yes, this hair gadget looks like a tulip. What this tulip does is very cool. With heat settings up to 410 degrees, a section of hair is automatically drawn into the ceramic curl chamber where it is heated around a 1-inch barrel. You hold the curler until the timer goes off and you withdraw the hair from the device. It also provides negative ions to reduce frizz and add shine! Chi Air Spin n CurlWhat I love about this device is the versatility it allows you to have. You can create a loose wave look in five minutes–even with long hair! You will definitely want to invest in a good hairspray to hold your style longer. I love the Superfine Strong Hairspray by Oribe to lock my waves in place (plus it smells divine!).  The Chi Air Spin n Curl retails for $139.99.

The Beachwaver Co.  Beachwaver Pro Line 1.25-Inch Rotating Curling IronThe Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver Pro Line 1.25-Inch Rotating Curling Iron

If you desire a voluminous blowout without the hot blow dryer, look no further than the Beachwaver Pro 1.25-inch iron! A lot of ladies tell me that they can’t achieve a blow out due to several reasons–the wrist-breaking motion that you have to do while holding the dryer and the brush is a pain. Don’t give up! The large ceramic barrel on this iron actually rotates with the push of a button, so you barely have to do any work at all!

The Beachwaver

After you’ve created your curls, you can add some mega shine to it by adding a shine serum to it–but not too much! Women love the Oscar Blandi Jasmine Hair Oil for taming frizzies and adding a mirror-like shine. The Beachwaver iron will cost you $199 retail, but look for a good sale and you might snag a bargain on one.

Amika High Tide Deep Waver

Amika Deep WaverIf you desire very deep waves, like a mermaid’s hair, but a bit more modern, this is your tool! This tool uses a clamp and hold technique that is much different from the tools I’ve shown you so far. The brand Amika suggests using their Bushwick Beach Spray first before using the hot iron to give your hair texture and a bit of hold. Amika Deep WaveAs you can see in the photo above, the waves are a bit undone and more “beachy” than glam. If that’s the look you are going for, then this tool is your new friend. The Amika Deep Waver retails for $120.

Dyson AirWrapDyson Air Wrap

This next product is a pricey one, but you get A LOT of bang for your buck, plus you are paying for Dyson quality. I am pretty sure this item was on everyone’s holiday wishlist last year, and some of us lucky gals were able to get one. Some of us, like me, are still dreaming about it and have watched every Dyson Airwrap YouTube video demo on the planet.

The cool technology behind this product is the air suction that attracts your hair to the barrel of the interchangeable styling heads. With little effort, the barrel not only curls your hair, but it also dries it, making it easy to use on damp hair. It includes a lot of attachment heads with a storage case–check out this list:

  • 1.2 inch Airwrap barrels-Engineered to create voluminous curls or waves.
  • 1.6 inch Airwrap barrels-Engineered to create loose curls or waves.
  • Firm smoothing brush-Engineered to smooth and control frizz-prone hair.
  • Soft smoothing brush-Engineered to gently align and smooth fine hair.
  • Round volumizing brush-Engineered to volumize and shape fine, flat hair.
  • Pre-styling dryer-Takes hair from wet to damp, to prep for styling.

Dyson AirwrapThere seems to be a big learning curve when using the curling barrels. There are arrows that point in the direction that your hair will go, and you do have to swap barrels when styling the other side of your head. Seems annoying, but also worth the fact that this product doesn’t damage your hair. If you do use hot tools daily, then you know how much damage your hair does suffer–does that make this Dyson product worth $550? I personally think it does if you break down the cost of each item that you are getting if you were to buy everything separately. I also think that not damaging your hair and still being able to style it beautifully is definitely worth it!

TYME Iron ProTyme Iron Pro

If you are looking for an all-in-one tool that straightens, curls and creates waves, the TYME Iron Pro is going to be your holy grail. With heat settings up to 400 degrees, this iron is designed for all hair types. The titanium plates heat up to your desired heat setting in 55 seconds! What I thought was really great about the brand is that they offer free one-on-one appointments with a Virtual Stylist! This is pretty groundbreaking for a company to video chat with you and help guide you to a beautiful hairstyle. Customer service at its best! Tyme Iron Pro I went in to watch a few beauty guru demos of the TYME iron, and it seems that a few of them were holding the iron wrong and ended up damaging their hair! There’s definitely a learning curve with this one, but once you get the hang of it, you can get your hair done quickly and out the door to your BFF’s wedding on time. The TYME Iron Pro retails for $199 but is currently on sale for $169.

T3 Convertible Collection

T3 Convertible Collection Perfect for the pro stylist or the girl that wants it all, the T3 Convertible Collection comes with one base and seven different interchangeable styling barrels. You don’t have to buy the entire collection all at once, which is what I did. I purchased the base with the T3 Twirl Convertible 1.25-Inch Interchangeable Clip Barrel Curling Iron for $195 and if  I want to purchase a different barrel, I can do so for $95. T3 Convertible If you change your hairstyle from season to season, you will love being able to store away the barrels you don’t use and spend your summer with the 1″ Straight Barrel to get tousled waves like you see above. If you insist on having all of the barrels, the entire T3 Convertible Collection retails $765 but is currently on sale for $525.

Bed Head Wave Artist Deep WaverBedhead Waver

This one’s for my drugstore girls! If you aren’t looking to spend a bundle for a luxury hot tool, then you must check out the Bed Head Wave Artist Deep Waver. This works just like the crimping irons we had in the 80s where you have to clamp and hold the tool against your hair and release. For just under $17, this iron can be yours on Amazon.com, but to be honest, I just purchased the latest model for under $30 that features auto-shutoff and a heavier coating of tourmaline coating for less damage.

Bed Head Deep Waver I’m really looking forward to trying my new Deep Waver Iron! I also want to share two of my big hair secrets before I go. For heat protection, I use the Sexy Hair Tri-Wheat Leave-In Conditioner every time I use my hairdryer on wet hair. This spray has been a lifesaver as I am trying to grow my hair long. Another must-have product is the Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies–with 2500 mcg of Biotin per serving, this has really helped my hair grow faster and thicker. You’ll love the taste of these because it’s just like eating candy in the morning!

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