Creating a smokey eye can be overwhelming and flat out disastrous. If you haven’t got a clue on how to blend, pat or dust product onto your eyelids, you could end up with a serious problem on your hands and face. Furthermore, if you’ve got a heavy hand, creating a smokey eye can be twice as difficult. When working with dark pigment, the “less is more” mantra is in full effect. How much is too much? The answer becomes quite obvious when your selfies start to look raccoon-ish. If you struggle with portion control or applying eye shadow in general, worry no more. Contrary to complicated palettes, these products will color your lids in just one step. Consider this your official goodbye to future beauty blunders.
Dry shampoo is made up of powders that lift oils and create a fresh, clean feeling without water. This one step cleanser is especially perfect for women who want to preserve the life of their protective styles. When rocking braids or extensions, it can be difficult to pull off weekly washes, but that doesn’t mean you have to walk around with stinky strands. As hold as you hold the can six inches from your head and allow the product to sit for at least two minutes, dry shampoo can quickly revive several days old tresses. These top-rated favorites will do just that without breaking bank.
Face primers are essential for makeup wearers. They create a smooth canvas for application and protect your skin from the nasty side effects of cosmetics (hello pimples!). If after a long day, your entire makeup look has melted into non-existence, skipping this essential step could be the reason why. And if you're already using primer, it could simply be the wrong one. Like a lot of other beauty staples, there are primers formulated specifically for your skin type; dry, oily, normal, sensitive or otherwise. If you have no idea which one may work best for your skin, our top ten must haves will bring you closer to a final choice.
It’s time to throw out the mascara you’ve been using all summer and pick up a new lash enhancer for fall. Like most beauty enthusiasts, Sephora is a one stop shop for our seasonal hair, skin and makeup essentials. And of course, that includes a lengthy line up of mascaras that provide the best lash coverage. From ultra-volumizing formulas that strengthen, to super concentrated black pigments that add drama, we guarantee there’s something for just about anyone. If you’re not sure where to start, these are the top selling mascaras that Sephora shoppers can’t get enough of.
Fall has officially arrived. But is your closet ready? There’s still ample time to warm up your wardrobe for the coming months and Topshop is the perfect place to start. From basic essentials to statement pieces, their seasonal line-up includes a dizzying array of leather jackets, chunky boots and so much more. There’s no better time than the present for a shopping sesh! Get into fall formation with our hand-picked fall favorites below!
Thanks to some of our favorite celebs, hair accessories are having a major moment. Last month, Solange adorned her locks with 20 contour clips (we counted) on Instagram. Empire actress Serayah styled her high ponytails in thick scrunchies for a fun photo shoot. And Lupita Nyongo recently hit the red carpet in a beautiful gele wrap. Anyone else dying to add this accessory to their fall wardrobe? Wraps, turbans and scarves are perfect for disguising bad hair days and adding pizazz to protective styles. We’ve already gathered grown-up barrettes for you to rock, so it’s only fitting that we offer a few options for recreating Lupita’s standout style. Check out some of our favorites below!
Cotton pillowcases and textured hair are not a healthy combination. Because it absorbs the essential oils needed to nourish your locks, this fabric actually leaves you prone to breakage. To maintain the health of your hair, opt for silky sleep aids instead. Silk and the more affordable satin keep hair from tangling because strands slide against the material, instead of attaching to it. Shop our favorite bonnets and pillowcases below.
The plastic hair clips we haphazardly pinned into our hair for elementary school photos have officially gotten a high fashion upgrade. Behind the scenes at NYFW, we came across gold hair clips and diamond encrusted barrettes that made our 9 year old self rejoice! Designers have leveled up amazing variations of the SS17 trend, but you’ll have to wait until next spring to get your strands on them. Until then, we’ve scoured the Internet for grown up bling you can rock on your head right now.
NYX Cosmetics just released the motherlode of all lip vaults. It’s sold out, but it will be back in time for holiday season.
The singer and actress commemorated her 35th birthday on Tuesday with an old-school glamour look inspired by her mom, Darnell Donnerson.
Autumn is the commencement of oxblood manicures, chunky sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s also the dawn of dry and itchy skin, which can potentially ruin all of the above. Although September 23 is the official start of fall, now’s the time to revamp your routine. These ultra-hydrating moisturizers will protect and hydrate your skin in cooler climates. Check out our fall favorites below!
You don’t have to look very far for fall hairstyle inspo; per usual, Instagram is crawling with options you can just screenshot and send to your stylist. And who better to get inspiration from than these 11 celebs who are always on three steps ahead of the strut and slay game? Try any of these A-list looks for the seasonal upgrade you need.
Getting color right is key when it comes to choosing a blush: Rock a shade too bright and you’ll look like a clown. Choose a shade too deep and it’ll muddy up your complexion. We’ve all been at the home stretch of a semi-flawless makeup look only to ruin it by dusting an unforgiving shimmer on our cheeks. If you're a blush novice with no idea of where to start, we’ve sifted through the best blushes on the market to create this buffet of black-girl friendly options to choose from.
Color correcting creams, also known as CC creams, are a foolproof way to cover imperfections without going full coverage. They’re a lighter alternative to your standard foundation and typically include key ingredients for nourishing the skin. In short: the one-step, multi-tasking staple is the easiest (and quickest) way to even out skin tone and diminish redness. As with any makeup product, finding those gems that compliment brown skin can be challenging, so we did some digging and found the best for you.
Want to repair breakage, restore edges and grow your hair longer? Hair vitamins are an obvious solution. And while there are plenty of people who can attest to the regenerative powers of these magical pills, skepticism will always linger. If you’re on the fence, let us steer you in the right direction. We’ve scoured the net and discovered the top seven hair vitamins with mostly positive reviews. Check them out.
Fortunately for us, celebrity makeup artists have no qualms about sharing tips and tricks for achieving an A-list beat on social media. In between photo shoots and red carpet events, they take to the 'gram to share some of their best-kept beauty secrets and 30-second face-saving tutorials. Scroll through their candid photos for products you’ve never tried and for tips on how to wake up flawless like Beyoncé or shine bright like diamond à la Rihanna. Get ready to take your makeup to the next level!
A new school year is in session, which means your calendar is probably already filling up with meetings and study dates. While it’s important to stay on top of scholarly matters, it’s also vital to pencil in time for self-care. So set some time aside and avoid burn-out with these 11 stress-relieving beauty products.
When there’s zero time to spare, you’ll need to cut corners with your beauty routine; especially when school’s back in session. Skip styles that require heat tools and make it to lecture hall on time with one of these low-maintenance looks inspired by our favorite celebs. These hairdos are so simple you can literally do them in your sleep. From one step up-dos, to effortless protective styles, we guarantee you’ll be out the door in record time.