The MTV Video Music Awards were held this past weekend, and there were many performances and surprises. Of course, being the beauty lovers that we are, we just couldn’t keep our eyes off the hair and makeup the stars wore as they came down the red carpet.
Lindsay Lohan looked fresh and youthful with her hair worn in loose waves— we love the strawberry-blonde! She kept the liner more heavy on the top of her lids, giving the illusion of thicker lashes. Flawless skin and a pale lip really kept her face in balance and made her look radiant.
To keep your waves frizz-free like Lindsay’s, try L’Oreal Studio Line Smoothness Glossing Creme, $4.99
Rihanna took a new risk with her hairstyle, adding a bit of blue and blonde streaks to it. She also decided to use a blue liner to line the bottom of her eyes, while keeping her lids more pale. Again, we see a pale lip, but this time it’s done with a more glossy finish.
Make your eyes pop like Rihanna’s! Try Tarte Eyeliner in Blue Nude, $18
Ashlee Simpson wore her typical heavy liner, but adding teal blue into the mix really added something extra and made her eyes pop. Her hair was worn with shiny long layers, creating a more sophisticated look.
To add shine, like Ashlee’s, to your own locks, try ABBA Pure Shine Spray, $18
Lauren Conrad’s hair is truly our favorite of the night. The braided updo looked nothing short of effortless and chic. With the focus on her eyes, her pink cheeks and pearly-pink lips really gave her a soft and ultra-femine look.
For Lauren’s soft, radiant look, try Clinique Allover Colour, $29.50
For Fall, flawless, radiant skin is a must-have! Create the perfect canvas using products that cover imperfections, give you a natural finish and more radiant glow:
L’Oreal True Match Foundation Spf 17 works great to not only match your skin, but this buildable base blends in evenly and is weightless to boot. $10.95
Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup gives a flawless finish with its patent pending micro-mirrored technology that optically resurfaces skin. Oil-free. Non-acnegenic. $22.50
Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion can be mixed with your foundation or moisturizer to give your skin that beautiful glow. Contains ginko biloba and japanese green tea for added skin benefits. $30
Revlon Beyond Natural Duo Concealer & Highlighter works to cover imperfections- like blemishes and dark spots- as well as subtly add radiance where you want it. $9.99
LORAC Perfectly Lit Luminizing Oil-Free Powder creates a glow on skin that instantly brightens and evens out the skin tone. Optimizing the effect of light helps diminish the appearance of imperfections for a youthful, luminous, glowing complexion. $32
Studio Gear Luminizer Stick adds a skintone shimmer to cheeks, eyes, and lips — anywhere you want to accent. This compact tube can be worn over foundation or alone for a sheer radiance over your bare skin. $18.50
The new fall season will be an exciting time to try out this trend in beauty. Choose these products, or find those similar to them, to create for yourself more flawless and radiant looking skin!
Though summer may be winding to an end, it’s important to remember that sunscreen is an essential part of your year round beauty maintenance. Daily exposure can cause irreversible damage, and sometimes just a few minutes is all it takes. Beauty Editor Mickey Williams addresses your most common ray blocking questions and rounds up the newest skin saving solutions.
1. What’s the easiest sunscreen to use?If you’re like me, time and effort are everything when it comes to creating a daily ritual. With sunscreen lotions, gels and creams, just rubbing it in can work up quite a sweat. Grab a bottle of the new evolution of sunblocks and spray on an aerosol. These misters can be a bit pricey and you will use them up in a flash, but they feel great and protect better than most lotions.
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock, Body Mist SPF 70
This sunblock is uber refreshing and sprays at any angle, so no need to wrangle the man in a bikini next to you to get your back. It’s great for sports and smells light and clean and now comes in SPF 70 for the ultra invisible sun blanket.
Aveeno Sunblock Spray, Continuous Protection, SPF 70
Another winner in the continuous spray SPF 70 gamut. An added perk for Aveeno is that it’s loaded with Vitamins A, C and E and contains natural soy proteins.
Peter Thomas Roth Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 PTR Continuous Sunscreen Mist is a bit more expensive than its rivals, but we just loved the scent and the way our skin glistened after a mist or two. Oh, and it served as a very long wearing sunscreen to boot!
2. Are there any natural sunscreens that actually work?Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil
Burt’s Bees utilizes titanium dioxide, an earth mineral that forms a barrier on skin and reflects UV rays. The formula is light-weight and slicked up with hemp seed oil for ultimate hydration.
3. What sunscreen will not cause breakouts?Yes! Finally we can protect without the annoying pimples associated with slathering on yet another cream on our faces. I’ve found sensitive resolutions to keep skin calm and burn-free.
The basic solution: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SunBlock SPF 30
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock 30 worked very well under our makeup and moisturizer. We applied it and waited a bit for it to absorb. No reported burning and we didn’t seem to get a lick of sun!
The two-in-one solution: Cosmedicine Global Health SPF 30 Face UVA/B Sunsceen with Antioxidants
Cosmedicine feels like you’re putting on a soft moisture balm. It doubles as a sunscreen and face cream, so no need to apply a moisturizer. And Cosmedicine is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, E and pomegranate extract to help recharge and replenish skin.
4. I get fever blisters when my lips are exposed. Is there any lip balm that shields and stays put?Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+
Fever blister prone? It’s under cover with Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+. High SPF coverage works indoors as well as outdoors and with extended use, it can actually start to lighten melasma, dark spots and other hyper pigmentations. Also check out Armada Sport 70. It tested unbelievably in durability in and out of the water.
5. What’s the best moisturizer and SPF protection combo?Lubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 Lotion
Your smoothest sun shielding combo is by Lubriderm. Lubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 comes in a lightweight, non-greasy and fast absorbing lotion. The pump applicator makes it super easy to apply lotion and sunscreen right out of the shower. Perfect for the girl that needs to simplify!
Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self-Tanning Formula
Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self Tanning Formula skyrocketed to our top five list for four reasons:
1. It’s gentle enough for both face and body.
2. It’s loaded with humectants, botanicals and anti-oxidants like rosemary, rose, jasmine flower and cucumber fruit extract.
3. Even if your application methods aren’t on the highest level, you’re still going to get a glow without serious streaking.
4. It delivers a tan in about three hours and our favorite shade of bronze came after just two applications.
$22.50 at nordstrom.com
Neutrogena Color Boosting Sunblock SPF 30
Neutrogena Color Boosting Sunblock SPF30 is simply our favorite way to get a dose of Neutrogena’s anti UVA/UVB Helioplex protection with a bit of bronze at the same time on the same dime. Just make sure to keep the waterproof formula away from your eyes.
$8.99 at drugstore.com
Olay Touch of Sun Overnight
This was our top golden pick for a gradual tanner. The smooth lightly scented formula is loaded with high levels of glycerin to keep skin super hydrated even after the tan tint appears. We also loved that Olay didn’t rub off on our sheets and towels as much as its competitors.
$7.99 at drugstore.com
Quick Tan Sunless Tanning Mist by Body Drench
Quick Tan excels at creating a browner bronze that sprays dark and dries fast. You have to use your latex gloves to ensure an even glow - and work fast - but this brown lasts and lasts. Mist your body in your shower area for a quick clean up after tanning.
$16.99 at folica.com
Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion All Skin Tones
The dial a shade container allows you to start out light and customize the exact deepness of your tan. Aveeno Continuous Radiance formula is oil-free, but loaded with moisture rich soy to keep your skin soft for up to 24 hours. The lotion works streak-free on legs and even arms as long as you start out in a lighter shade and work your way to deep dark bronze in a few applications.
$13.99 at drugstore.com
For a perfect application, check out 10 Tips For A Perfect Self Tan