STEPHI'S FAVE Kate Bosworth’s makeup looks stunning and flawless. She kept her eyes and cheeks simple and glowing—but made her lips the center of attention with a pop of color! Matte red lip color took center stage. It's trendy and fresh, while still remaining elegant. Try our Pure and Simple or Life of the Party look for a similar effect!
EMMA'S FAVE Scarlett Johansson kept her makeup minimal—except for her springtime tangerine lips. Her look really stands out!
ALLISON'S FAVE Carey Mulligan lit up the red carpet with sultry cat-eye liner and kept her lips pale—a classic Hollywood look! Want to capture old Hollywood glamour? Try our Lucky Stars look!
photo credits: BellaSugar, JustJared, RCFA
The celeb baby bumps are in full swing this spring—and pregnancy is making these gorgeous gals glow. Brilliant and blushing, these sexy mamas-to-be are positively beaming!
Reese Witherspoon (reportedly due in early September) and Sienna Miller (reportedly due in July) are sporting beachy, barely-there beauty. Whether or not you’re rocking a bump, you can easily re-create a sun-kissed look that is guaranteed to turn heads. Your skin will look youthful and fresh with just the right amount of color. The "no-makeup, makeup look" is effortlessly beautiful!
Follow these instructions—or better yet, pop into Blushington and ask for On The Go or Pure & Simple!
1. Apply a tinted moisturizer to warm the skin a little and give it a dewy finish. We suggest Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer—they give just the right amount of light coverage and texture. Another fave: Stila HD Stay All Day Beauty Balm.
2. Next, apply a small amount of concealer to cover any blemishes or under-eye circles.
3. Dab a bit of cream blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend well with your finger. Our pick: Creamy Glow Blush in Patrice by Kevyn Aucoin. To get a sun-kissed look, apply to the areas where you naturally blush or where the sun hits your face, such as on the bridge of your nose or forehead. Also dab a TINY amount onto the eyelid area and your lips. And remember to use sparingly—a little can go a long way!
4. Dust a little loose powder onto your T-zone. Apply one coat of mascara.
5. Finish with a helping of Camellia Balm by Julie Hewett on your lips for added moisture and shine. Now you’re ready to roll!
There's one particular beauty product garnering a ton of attention lately—BB Creams. Wondering what they are—and whether you need one?
BB creams (which stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm”) have been the go-to beauty secret for women in Asia for years. But these miracle creams have only recently found their way to the US. And we love them! Not only do they create a flawless finish for your skin, but they’re a huge time saver because they combine so many products into one. You get the benefits of an anti-aging moisturizer, SPF, primer, and foundation in one bottle! Amazingly, it can cover minor blemishes, even out your skin tone, and even diminish fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate dry skin—all in one step!
When applying BB Cream, use it sparingly, with just a pea-sized amount dotted on your forehead, undereyes, nose, chin, and cheeks and then blended well. Depending on the level of coverage you prefer, a BB Cream could replace your foundation completely or just be a more natural weekend look.
There are lots of brands to choose from, but our fave is Stila Stay All Day 10-In-1 HD Beauty Balm. Ideal for all skin types, this oil-free formula is enriched with antioxidants, bamboo, and pea extracts and will improve the overall look of your skin. Best of all, it creates a flawless canvas for incredible makeup application. We use it in many of our makeup looks from On The Go to Simply Glowing and Smoke & Mirrors. No wonder it’s a bestseller at Blushington!
Right now, bold brows are all the rage, and though it might sound counter-intuitive, the key to getting this look is maintenance. If you’re going the DIY route, make sure you regularly clean up the area just beneath your brow bone by plucking away stray hairs until you get a precise arch. (This will also make your eye makeup blend more seamlessly.) Just make sure you don’t go crazy with the tweezers. This look is about shapely brows, not scrawny, anorexic ones.
Once you’ve got the shape right, take an angled, fine brow brush and tap it into a light, medium or dark brown matte shadow, depending on your skin tone. Working within the natural arch of your brows, use small light strokes to fill in your brows. Accentuate the arch by adding a touch of shadow from the arch down and out to the tail of your brows. You can also achieve this look with the help of brow tinting.
If you’d rather sit back, relax and leave this to the pros, we can whip your brows into shape for $15.
Photo: DVF Fall 2012 Runway, Style.com
Is there anything worse than running into a friend without any makeup on? We know—we’ve been there! You’re super busy and trying to get a zillion things done, so you dash out the door, hiding behind your shades. Ladies, you’re tempting fate—leave your face at home and you're destined to run into someone you know.
But now you can leave your regrets behind. If you’re short on time, pop into Blushington for our new “On The Go” look. Quicker than you can say, “I wish I had more time!” we’ll apply sheer coverage (tinted moisturizer), powder, blush, light concealer, lip color, brow fill-in and mascara (eye makeup not included). In less than 20 minutes, for just $20, you'll be ready to face the day, Blushington style—with a spring in your step, a glow to your cheeks, and a glint in your eyes!
It's for a limited time though... just thru the summer! And only offered Monday thru Friday. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Please note, this service is not suggested for problem skin and those who like more coverage.
Photo credit: DKNY Spring 2012 Runway
Carrie Underwood looked stunning at last night's Academy of Country Music Awards. Her smoldering eyes paired with peach blush and beige lips resembles our Smoke & Mirrors look.
Taylor Swift also rocked a dramatic smoky eye with metallic accents and major lashes. One word: flawless!
Jennifer Nettles was absolutely radiant on the red carpet. Her skin looked luminous and we loved her peachy-pink blush for springtime. You can cop her look with our Simple Glowing menu offering.
BEAUTY BUMMER 3: SUN OR WIND BURN
Obviously the single biggest no-no of skincare is getting too much sun. But let’s be honest – it happens more than most of us would like to admit, especially in Southern California. To combat a bad sun or wind burn, lightly pat Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream or Bio Oil onto the affected areas to speed up the healing process. These are both must-haves for me – especially with summer right around the corner.
BEAUTY BUMMER 4: SUNGLASS TAN LINES
Oh…the dreaded raccoon tan. It even happens to Kim Kardashian. To disguise this embarrassing beauty bummer, try a concealer with a green cast to diminish redness. Blend along the tan line, high on the cheekbone and on the top of the apples of your cheeks to soften up the contrasting skin colors and hide that scary, ski-goggle look.
We know you're almost perfect. But for those days when you're feeling just a little less beautiful than normal due to some inconvenient beauty bummer, Emma Willis, our head makeup artist, is here to rescue you with the prettiest solution possible.
BEAUTY BUMMER 1: UNDER-EYE CIRCLES AND PUFFINESS
For dark under-eye circles, add a drop of pure orange concealer (I recommend Kryolan Dermacolor concealer) or corrector to your regular concealer. This will counter-balance the deep blue-grey color that makes your eyes look like they’ve sunken into your skull and like you need a serious nap.
Puffiness can arise from too much sleep or too little. Rinsing the eye area with ice-cold water first thing in the morning helps to reduce swelling, but if you can spare 5 or 10 minutes, try this tea bag trick: Drop caffeinated tea bags into ice-cold water and then place them over each eye for several minutes. The anti-oxidants and caffeine in tea are excellent for banishing inflammation.
BEAUTY BUMMER 2: A BLEMISH THAT APPEARS AT JUST THE WRONG MOMENT
Should a blemish or spot decide to pop up right before a big date, a college reunion, a job interview, or any other important moment in life, Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion or Rodan + Fields Unblemish are my picks for miracle products that work overnight to dry out the skin and reduce redness.
Check back later in the week for more of Emma's cures for your beauty woes!
It's Spring Break time, and even though we aren't in school anymore, we can't help but get caught up in a little mid-March vacay daydreaming. And since we're sure some of you will be lucky enough to jet off somewhere tropical this spring, we thought we'd share our favorite destinations and beach bag essentials with you.
My ultimate relaxation destination is Punta Mita, Mexico. To make sure I look my best at the beach, I always get lash extensions before a trip. The less maintenance and makeup I need to deal with while away, the better! In my beach bag, I keep a stash of products that serve multiple purposes: Becca Beach Tint and Julie Hewett Camellia Balm are two of my must-haves along with Chapstick and plenty of sunscreen. Chips, guac and a margarita are the only other things I need!
I love St. Lawrence Gap in Barbados - specifically Bougainvilla Beach Resort. Barbados is an amazing place to chill and recharge, and all you need to look perfectly sunkissed is a little tint or stain for the eyes, cheeks and lips! Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain is gorgeous. I also adore Guava Beach Tint by Becca. Using your fingers, you can apply a small amount of either product to your eyelids, the apple of your cheeks and all over your lips. Tints and stains are great for the beach because they last for hours and many are water resistant. I also love to have my eyelashes tinted before any break so I don't have to think about mascara, when I'd rather be focusing on the island's famous fruit punch.
In my mind, there's no better place to get away from it all than Tahiti! Besides a good book, my beach bag is stocked with Kevyn Aucoin Isadore Cream Blush, my absolute favorite product from Blushington; as well as Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 for coverage while protecting against the sun's rays; and Julie Hewett Rose Water to keep my makeup going strong all day and to stay cool and fresh!
About to tie the knot? We offer a full range of bridal makeup services, from getting you camera-ready for your engagement photos (our Camera Ready look is only $50) to wedding makeup trials and mobile services on the big day. We’ll bring our fully-armed glam squad to you the day of to make sure that you and your bridal party look your absolute best with long-wearing makeup that won’t wear off during the ceremony and reception. Our on-location services start at $100 for the bride and add-ons such as faux lashes and airbrush foundation are also available.
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