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Your 5-Step Makeup Routine For Your Next Virtual Meeting, Chat, or Wedding

Your 5-Step Makeup Routine For Your Next Virtual Meeting, Chat, or Wedding

Although most of us rely on digital tools to do our work, no one realized just how big a role the internet would play in our daily lives during 2020. We’re working from home, participating in distance learning, and staying in touch with loved ones via FaceTime. And although 35% of weddings now take place outdoors, many couples have opted to say “I do” via Zoom, as well.

Times may be tough, but we’re making the most of it. Since large gatherings are still prohibited in many places and you may be avoiding any type of in-person social interaction out of an abundance of caution, it’s no wonder that you’re relying on online platforms to stay connected. But since video chats are among the few opportunities we have to see others sans face mask, you might be hoping to make the most of it. Whether you’re trying to impress your coworkers, are having a virtual girls’ night over Skype, or are attending an online wedding ceremony, you’ll want to look your best (in spite of the worst!). Here are five steps that’ll allow you to perfect your makeup routine for virtually any virtual hangout.

Your 5-Step Makeup Routine For Your Next Virtual Meeting, Chat, or Wedding

Create Facial Definition

It’s actually not true that the camera doesn’t lie. Webcams tend to wash us out and flatten our bone structure, which can make us seem far more pale and doughy than we actually are. If you’re doing your makeup with teleconferencing in mind, you’ll really want to add some definition back into your face. Work on your contouring skills by watching some YouTube videos to make your cheekbones stand out and to make the planes of your face look their best on camera.

Conceal Dark Circles

You’ll also want to use a foundation that gives your skin a healthy glow without adding too much shine. But you can’t rely on your foundation to cover everything. That’s where concealer comes in — and you’ll definitely need it, especially if your sleep has been disrupted with pandemic dreams. Your webcam will zero in on those dark undereye circles, so use a concealer that reflects the light without looking cakey.

Go Bold With Your Brows

Bold brows were already in, but your webcam can probably handle an even bolder brow than you might be able to pull off in real life. Still, don’t go too crazy with the brow pencil or pomade. Use a thin pencil, brow marker, or sharp-angled brush to draw hair-like strokes to fill in your existing brows and brush them in place with a tinted brow gel.

Don’t Forget to Bronze ‘n Blush

As we mentioned, webcams will wash most people out, so you’ll want to put your bronzer and blush to good use. Although the global cosmetics products market was valued at $532.43 billion in 2017, there are even more choices available now — and it’s never been easier to access the beauty products you need. Blush and bronzer aren’t among the priciest cosmetic items out there, either, which means you can go a little wild without spending a ton. You can feel free to be a bit more liberal with these products than you ordinarily would, as they won’t show up as brightly on camera.

Pop On Lashes and a Bright-Colored Pout

If you’re attending a Zoom wedding or a virtual prom, you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about going all-out with your makeup. Aside from some mascara, you might consider adding a strip of false lashes to your final look. A bright-colored lip can be really effective on camera, as well (and fortunately, you’ll be able to check to make sure you don’t have any lipstick on your teeth!). Even if you aren’t much for an all-over makeup look, a brighter lip can instantly make you look more polished and ready to party… or give an amazing presentation.

Although 31.77% of bathrooms are considered to be large in size, the final step isn’t to check your makeup in your bathroom mirror. Rather, you’ll actually want to fire up your webcam before you enter the conference room or Zoom window to see how you look. You might think you look too dolled up, but your makeup may actually read pretty natural through the screen.

Once all that is done, all you have to do is get dressed, do your hair, and click a couple of buttons. Presto: you’ll be sure to turn heads and feel great about your appearance — even if you’re still wearing pajama pants no one can see.

KISS Falscara Lash Wisps

MUA Carolina Gonzalez Welcomes New Lash Innovation, KISS Falscara

Kiss is set to do for the eyelash category what it’s done for nail polish – make it easy, convenient and affordable for all. With the launch of their KISS Falscara, they are disrupting the expensive lash extension industry with eyelash wisps that are easy to apply, comfortable, and look amazingly natural.

KISS Falscara Lash WispsLash Master Class with MUA Carolina Gonzalez

To celebrate the launch, we attended a lash master class hosted by Celebrity Makeup Artist Carolina Gonzalez. She taught us how to achieve the perfect las look in minutes. The KISS Falscara Starter Kit, which includes BOND (to prime & prep lashes), WISPS (with a unique microband and featherlight fibers), SEAL (to remove residue and lock WISPS in place for all-day wear), and an APPLICATOR (for optimal WISP placement).

KISS Falscara Lash Wisps

What makes the KISS Falscara wisps so wonderful (aside from being incredibly affordable)? They go under your natural lashes (not above them) and results as beautiful as lash expensive extensions. They’re also reusable up to 3 times. The KISS Falscara Kits ($19.99) come in three lash styles – Lengthening, Volumizing, and Lifting lashes. These three lash styles, just like the Bond & Seal ($9.99) and Applicator ($5.99), can be purchased separately at $6.99 each.

In 3 easy steps, you’ll on your way to fabulous lashes. As you can see from the above photos, the difference in lash length and volume is very noticeable. Check out how easy it is to apply because if you can apply mascara, you can use Falscara.

Step 1: Brush a light coat of BOND on natural lashes.

Step 2: Use the included Falscara APPLICATOR to pluck a WISP from the tray. Pick up a WISP from the middle-outer end for optimal control and application. One by one, gently place the WISPS underneath the base of your natural lashes, slightly away from the waterline.

Step 3: Dab on a thin coat of SEAL under WISPS (this final touch eliminates any sticky residue and holds Falscara WISPS in place)! Do not apply mascara before or after Falscara. To prolong the life of your APPLICATOR and WISPS, after use wipes off any BOND residue with rubbing alcohol or makeup remover.

To Remove: Use Falscara Eyelash Remover as directed, or gently peel wisps off from under lashes. Pro tips: Watch the how-to video on www.kissusa.com.

Makeup Lzunch: Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

NEW Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Beauty addicts know, when it comes to makeup, enough is never enough. This is why we’re excited to dive right into the new Revlon x Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection. This versatile lip collection from the Brand Ambassador offers shades that can be worn alone but beg to be mixed and matched for a variety of intensities, textures, and finishes.

Makeup Launch: Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Ashley’s sophisticated style shines through each component. Get ready for luxe glossy packaging, shimmer caps, and Ashley’s silver-foiled signature. After the success of the limited edition Revlon x Ashley Graham Lip Kits in Worship and Unapologetic, Ashley and Revlon expanded the collection, featuring her favorite lip products in diverse shades. The lip collection features glosses in soft, everyday shades, high-impact kits and lip colors for dramatic lips that do all the talking.

Revlon x Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Super Lustrous The Gloss ($8.99)

Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Boasting a high-shine formula, Ashley curated 6 all-new, soft, everyday shades that take any look to the next level. Infused with Agave, Moringa Oil and Capuacu Butter, your lips will shine with a soft, natural finish. You’ll need not worry that they will feel sticky or tacky. The 6 shades are Fiery Spirit, Wild One, Flourish, Vibrant Soul, Feelin’ It, and Into The Bloom.

Revlon x Ashley Graham Never Enough Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor ($9.99)

Revlon X Ashley Graham Never Enough Lip Collection

Ashley’s favorite Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color gets 6 all-new limited-edition dramatic shades that work for everyone. The lightweight liquid lipstick has a lush, moisturizing feel with a 100% wax-free gel formula and plush doe-foot applicator. The 6 shades include Hot In Here, Ride or Die, Rocking Red, Keep It Real, Loud And Proud, and Red Affair.

Never Enough Lip Kit in Worship

Both the lip gloss and lip color collection are available this month on www.revlon.com and www.walmart.com; Look out for it on www.amazon.com and drug/mass retailers nationwide in March 2020. The limited-edition Worship and Unapologetic lip kits are available now.

NEW Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

Matte Lips – Elevated: NEW Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

Are you ready for the world’s most iconic lipstick in a matte? What better way to celebrate the Super Lustrous’ lipstick 80th Anniversary than with a new launch. Say goodbye to draggy, drying, heavy matte lipsticks and hello to the NEW Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes; With their modern take on matte lipsticks, Revlon delivers the most comfortable, true velvet matte lipstick with a virtually undetectable feel on lips.

Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

The light and creamy formula is infused with a botanical complex that won’t flake, feather, or dry your lips. Its ingredient list boasts Agave, Moringa Oil and Cupuacu Butter that softens without dragging while it saturates your lips with intense matte color. What makes this modern matte so wonderful? Check out these key features and benefits:

  • Microfine velvet pigments that provide intense, vivid and full-coverage color in one swipe
  • Indulge in a smooth, creamy feel that instantly smooths and hydrates your lips
  • A sleek matte to-the-touch black tube with slim gold ring detail
  • A precise bullet shape for easy application

Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes

The range of 24 classic and trend-forward shades, ranging from nudes, pinks, reds, browns, and plums, allows you to create a dramatic lip look with a true matte finish. The stunning shades include:

Black Cherry – matte black cherry
Candy Addict – matte bubblegum pink
Crushed Rubies – matte candy apple red
Getting Serious – matte terracotta red
Heartbreaker – matte hot pink
If I Want To – matte apricot nude
Insane – matte deep raspberry
Make It Pink – matte cotton candy pink
Pick Me Up – matte toasty nude mauve
Shameless – matte dusty rose mauve
Show Off – matte ruby red
Wild Thoughts – matte rose mauve
Spiced Cocoa* – matte spiced cinnamon brown
Hot Date* – matte vibrant magenta
On Fire* – matte tangerine red
Kiss & Tell* – matte deep plum
Untold Stories* – matte rose nude
Hot Chocolate* – matte cocoa taupe brown
Rhythm & Blues* – matte vibrant indigo
Moonlight* – matte slate gray
Onyx* – matte black
After Hours* – matte deep Bordeaux
Cherries In The Snow* – matte creamy fuschia
Fire & Ice* – matte hot pink red

*Available Online Only

Ready for your new favorite matte red? looking for the perfect pink or nude? Are you bold enough to effortlessly wear matte vibrant indigo, slate gray or black lips? Then these elevated matte lipsticks are perfect for you. Find your new favorite matte shade now.

The Revlon Super Lustrous The Luscious Mattes Lipsticks are available now for $9.49 at drug and mass retailers nationwide and www.revlon.com.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products with Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid

Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid Launch NEW W7 Cosmetics Products

We love being introduced to new beauty brands, especially if they are budget-friendly and offer a vast variety. We can’t help but get excited when we are introduced to what could be our new favorite beauty find. And that is exactly what happened when we were invited to celebrate W7 Cosmetics and their new Brand Ambassador, YouTube sensation, Reuben de Maid.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products with Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products with Brand Ambassador Reuben de Maid

For those note familiar with brand ambassador Reuben de Maid, he is a 14-year-old UK-based, YouTube sensation and makeup artist who got his break on The Ellen Show. Created by two entrepreneurial young men from London, UK, W7 Cosmetics is known for its array of highly pigmented eyeshadow palettes, budget beauty dupes and playful, design-focused products. W7 Cosmetics delivers high-quality cosmetics at an affordable price.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products

The budget-friendly makeup brand boasts a collection of over 500 products, none of which are tested on animals. The product range includes nail polish, foundations, lipsticks and glosses, eyeshadows and palettes, plus an extensive offering of mascaras. We’re in love with their almost unlimited range of mascaras (we’re currently obsessing over their Glitter Flash gold mascara).

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Launches NEW Products

On an even more personal level, we love the range of product available under their Ebony Collection, formulated for darker skin tones. Products in this range include Foundations, Concealers, and Powders.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Ebony Collection UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Ebony Collection UK-Based W7 Cosmetics Ebony Collection

But back to the palettes. We’ve never seen so many varieties from one beauty brand. W7 Cosmetics has every eye and lip palettes you can imagine. It’s like palette heaven. We had a chance to play a little with a few of the products and we love everything.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics

You’ll be addicted to the limited edition Socialite Eyeshadow Palette; this multi-textured pressed pigment palette features a range of 18 pressed nude pigments. It includes 10 creamy matte shades, 4 duo-chrome shades, 2 pressed glitter shades, 1 shimmer shade, and 1 concealer.

UK-Based W7 Cosmetics

We also had the pleasure of speaking with Reuben de Maid about W7 Cosmetics, his favorite products from the brand and product collaborations between him and the brand.

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

Glow On Girl: Beauty Essentials To Keep You Glowing All Summer

Are your beauty products summer-proof? As you can tell from the sweltering summer heat, summer is in full effect, how are your beauty products holding up? Whether you’re staying home this summer or traveling on a wonderful getaway, we wanted to make sure you had all the best beach, pool and travel bag beauty essentials for wherever the summer takes you. Today we’re highlighting skincare, haircare, fragrance, and makeup to keep you glowing all summer long from Joico, Sol de Janeiro, Benefit Cosmetics, Prada Fragrances, and Carolina Herrera Fragrances.

Summer Beauty Bag Essentials

These wonderful products will keep you survive the sweltering summer temperatures with ease and keep your ready for whatever the summer throws at you. Get to know what will be your new favorite products below:

Joico Defy Damage Collection

Four at-home care products that will instantly give hair a softer, healthier feel to the touch and protect hair against harmful UV exposure for those long days at the beach. All four Joico products are available now at www.ulta.com.

Joico Defy Damage Haircare Collection

  • Defy Damage Protective Shampoo, $18.50 – a rich, luxurious lather, this gentle daily cleanser protects hair both in the salon and at home with damage-prevention ingredients; swiftly sloughing away dirt, impurities, and build-up without roughing up the hair cuticle or stripping vibrant color.
  • Defy Damage Protective Conditioner, $19.50 – Replenish moisture and build resilience every day with Defy Damage Conditioner without weighing hair down.
  • Defy Damage Protective Masque, $21.50 – a hair masque that goes deep to infuse hair with a brilliant, bond-strengthening defense.
  • Defy Damage Protective Shield, $20.99 – a true damage defense hero against the harsh effects of daily styling and exposure to UV and environmental pollution that helps prevent damage and guards against color fade for beautiful, vibrant, healthy-looking hair.

Sol de Janeiro

Give your skin some SOL-shine and stock up on Sol de Janeiro’s body-loving products that will keep your skin glowing all summer long. There are so many products to love from this brand, we invite you to start your Brazilian love affair at www.soldejaneiro.com.

  • Sol de Janeiro’s body-loving products
  • Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45.00 – cult-favorite all-over body cream that absorbs quickly to help visibly tighten the appearance of skin.
  • Samba Foot Fetish Cream, $27.00 – Includes Smoothing Board & Fast-Absorbing Non-Slip Foot Fetish Cream.
  • Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, $15.00 – fast-absorbing hand, nail & cuticle care that with Cupuacu butter and brazil nut. Winter skin? Never heard of it.
  • Brazilian Bod Buff, $25.00 – Smoothing scrub and mask for touch-me-now Brazilian babe skin.
  • Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel, $25.00 – an intoxicatingly scented shower cream-gel deeply cleanses and hydrates; leaving all skin types soft and silky.
  • Glowmotions Glow Oils, $35.00 – Skin-softening Glow Oils with Brazilian-style Shimmer for a year-round glow. You may remember our previous coverage on the amazing glow oils.
  • Brazilian Crush, $32.00 – body fragrance mist that smells like summer all year-round.

Benefit Cosmetics Feathered & Full Brows Kit, $34.00

Benefit Cosmetics
This kit bundles all of Benefit’s must-have products; it offers full-sized Precisely, My Brow Pencil, full-sized Gimme Brow+, a mini 24-Hour Brow Setter and 2 brow stencils, offering three shade options (1, 3 and 5). Get yours before it sells out at www.sephora.com.

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum, $94.00

Prada Candy Night Eau de Parfum

Embrace the latest from the Prada Candy family, Prada Candy Night. Its Neroli, Iris, Bitter Orange, Tonka bean, Vanilla, and Patchouli notes will leave you smelling sweet, sexy and summer-ready. Prada Candy Night is a declaration of liberated indulgence and nocturnal intrigue. Get the latest Prada Candy at www.macys.com.

Carolina Herrera GOOD GIRL Legere, $117.00

CArolina Herrera Good Girl Legere Eau de Parfum

The latest edition of the incredibly successful GOOD GIRL EDP; we’re completely in love with this new juice. You may remember reading our ode to this sultry Carolina Herrera Eau de parfum. It boasts the same stiletto design with a new, gradient glass bottle – it’s the ultimate summer fragrance must-have. Get yourself a bottle at www.macys.com.

It’s About to be LIT: Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo Launches

There’s an inspirational quote that’s been around for years that pops up on Instagram every few weeks, “Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle”.  This quote is the first thing we thought about when we were first introduced to the latest beauty, the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo. A single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks that’s also a stunning body glitter. We couldn’t help but think, there’s no one that can stop the amazing sparkle we’ll be rocking with this must-have beauty product on.

The Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo launched in three shades:

Commander in Glitter – a multi-sized holographic silver with a blue silica base
Sergeant Sparkle – a multi-sized rainbow shimmer with a pink silica base
Major Gold – a multi-sized gold glitter with a silica base

Not only does the Glitter Camo look great on your skin, but it’s also great for your skin as well. The multipurpose, water-based glitter is vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and free from parabens, alcohol, and propylene glycol. You’ll love it because it’s comfortable to wear, dries completely, doesn’t flake, is longlasting, and easy to apply and remove.

Lit Cosmetics at The Makeup Show NYC

While at The Makeup Show NYC, we attended Lit Cosmetics’ Glitterology 101 (the science of glitter) seminar. Hosted by Makeup Artist Amber Blanchard with Founder Jodie Perks, they shared everything you wanted to know about glitter. While there, we picked up a jar of the Lit Cosmetics Glitter Camo in Sergeant Sparkle. We’ve been waiting for the perfect time to rock it (check out on our Lit Cosmetics post on our @guestlistblog insta page)……we’re excited.

Founded in 2002 by Jodie Perks, Lit Cosmetics is a trusted brand; their products are available in top retailers like Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Beautylish.  Lit products are used by Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s top makeup artists and celebrities. These include Derrick Rutledge on Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Moss, Sarah Nicole Tanner on Lady Gaga, Vittoriio Masecchai on Ke$ha, and Drag Race’s Trixie Mattel.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Biodegradable Glitter, the Newest Product to Save the Planet

Festival season is officially here and it’s time to start gearing up with the freshest looks for the affair. But these events aren’t well-known for their eco-friendly initiatives; in fact, the amount of trash associated with these events have made them hard for environmentalists to swallow. Especially now that plastic straws have been banned in many locations.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Unfortunately, this plastic infiltration is nothing new. At the recent Coachella festival, more than a dozen grape farmers picked up shifts each night collecting pounds upon pounds of plastic cups, wrappers, and trash.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

But the California coastline is used to garbage crowding its shores. Among the 3,400 miles of California coastline, most of it has been cluttered with straws, plastics, and waste for years. Amidst the new laws seeking to banish plastic bags and other single-use plastic products, the makeup industry has been among the most difficult markets to sway.

Enter: biodegradable glitter.

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

While many companies have been touting eco-friendly glitter products this year, Today Glitter is the first 100% biodegradable glitter product for festival-goers, DIY crafters, and savvy spenders, alike. This glitter has been integrated into makeup brands, body lotions, and more, with FDA approval to be used on eyes and lips. This makes it one of the best products to use during festival season.

“At Today Glitter, our mission is to enhance the inner beauty of each individual without contaminating our environment,” notes Victor Alvarez, the spokesperson for Today Glitter. “With 100% plastic-free biodegradable glitter, beauty gurus, families, and everyone in between can experience the joys of glitter without risking harm to the planet. It’s our passion to give fans useful and creative alternatives to live a sparkly life without the waste.”

Today Glitter 100% plastic-free glitter

Best of all? This glitter degrades in fewer than 30 days. While it means you can’t stock up on your favorite products, it ensures that traditional glitter made from small pieces of plastic stay out of the environment.

These microplastics are terrible for the environment. Anything from plankton to fish to birds regularly ingests these plastics which contributes to bioaccumulation throughout the ecosystem. They can take up to 200 years to photodegrade in the environment where they break into smaller plastic particles before they’re finally gone. Scientists have been calling on a ban for glitter for years. It was thanks to their efforts that microbead exfoliants were banned back in 2015.

These biodegradable glitters are also much more comfortable to wear with some reports claiming that they’re up to 40% silkier than traditional glitter. Starting at $10, this affordable option will hopefully push plastics out of the beauty realm for good. This festival season, invest in eco-friendly products.