Archive: Face

50 Smart Ways to Speed Up Your Beauty Routine (and Look Better for It)


Recently, a reader e-mailed Oprah to say that she didn’t have the time for any kind of beauty regimen—the idea of styling her hair or putting on even a little makeup was completely overwhelming when she thought of everything else she had to do. She should know that often the smallest thing—something that takes almost no time at all, like slipping on a headband or applying a tinted moisturizer—can make a big difference in how you look and feel. So Oprah tracked down a few impeccably put-together experts—makeup artists, dermatologists, hairstylists, and colorists—and asked them how they save time. Here’s what they said.

1. Set up an area on your vanity or bathroom counter to lay out your makeup and tools. They’ll be easier to find than in an overstuffed bag.

2. When you brush your teeth, also brush your lips to remove flakes. Then swipe on a tinted lip balm or gloss with SPF (like Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15, $14); you’ll get moisture, protection, and color all at once, without needing a lipstick and liner (or even a mirror).

3. Switch to a tinted moisturizer with SPF. It hydrates, evens out your skin tone, protects against UV rays, and is easier to blend than foundation (try Smashbox Sheer Focus SPF 15, $30).

4. If you like face powder: Pressed formulas are easier to use than loose ones and give good coverage quickly (Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, $36, is terrific).

5. Choose big, fluffy brushes to apply face powder and blush. They will deposit a sheer wash of color that’s easy to blend.

6. Instead of using a separate concealer and brush, dip a Q-tip into your liquid foundation and tap it on blemishes.

7. For the quickest hit of radiance, skip foundation and powder; instead, dust bronzer on your cheeks, chin, and around your hairline.

8. Or skip the bronzer and apply a facial self-tanner every few days to give yourself a healthy glow and even out your skin tone (L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Towelettes are fast and easy, $10).

9. Use a cream blush or bronzer as both a cheek color and eyeshadow.

10. A three-in-one product for eyes, lips, and cheeks (like Wet ‘n’ Wild 3-of-a-Kind Twist Up Stick, $4) shaves off a few seconds of switching between products; choose a warm rose or berry shade, which looks the most natural.

11. A pencil eyeliner is easier to handle (and so, quicker) than a liquid or gel (try MAC Pearlglide Eye Liner, $15).

12. If you like the look of a dramatic, smoky eye but don’t have time to build layers of shadow, line the rims of your upper and lower lids with a black eyeliner pencil. Then smudge it all the way around with a Q-tip.

13. On mornings when you need a fast eye brightener, trace a creamy nude liner pencil on your lower inner rims, or dip a Q-tip in a light taupe shadow and run it under your lower lashes.

14. Before you apply mascara, roll the brush on a tissue to get rid of clumps so that they won’t end up on your lashes (where you’ll waste time getting them off).

15. Don’t use mascara on your lower lashes. It smudges, and takes time to clean up.


What’s Hot Right Now? Peach Blush!


GET THE LOOK: Time to warm up, ladies! And by that, we don’t mean jumping jacks and jogging in place. With temperatures beginning to drop, a welcome burst of warm peach gives any alabaster face (like Scarlett Johansson’s) a touch of vibrance, and a peachy shade works on every skintone.

Even the softest blush brush can sometimes leave streaks of color. To blend away a goof, dust face powder over the area and swipe over it with a makeup wedge.


Makeup Forever’s Sculpting Blush is an oil-free powder blush in a slim compact.

The wide range of colors responds to every need: a cool range of seven pinkish shades and a warm range of seven orangey shades, and among these cool and warm tones are “glowing” shades to brighten the cheeks and tone-on-tone natural shades to sculpt the face. They come in matte, satin, or iridescent textures, making different effects possible.

BUY ONLINE NOW: Makeup For Ever Sculpting Blush in Satin Light Peach, $24

Stila Loves Sephora 10th Anniversary Can ($90 value)


I love me some gift sets! And how perfect is this!

New at Sephora, is Five of Stila’s all-time best sellers in a collectible paint can.

Stila celebrates Sephora’s ten years of gorgeous with all the multitaskers needed to create a fashionable, fabulous face. The set features Stila’s cult favorites for a complete and timeless look. Happy 10th Anniversary, Sephora!

Available exclusively at Sephora, each limited-edition paint can includes Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, Convertible Color in Peony, Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx, Mini Multi-Effect Mascara, and Brown Sugar Lip Glaze.

$40.00 – BUY IT HERE!

Big Brother UK hottie Stuart Pilkington launches YSL’s Touche Eclat For Men.


I had no clue who Stuart Pilkington was until I Googled him, and realized he’s pretty huge in the UK where he starred in Big Brother 9.  I found this hilarious montage someone created of him from BB9.  I’m a huge Big Brother fan, and from what I’ve heard, the UK edition is much more exciting!  If anyone knows how I can catch it over here in the states, let me know!

Anyway, this UK hottie helped YSL launch their new line, Touche Eclat For Men.  Erin and I have reviewed the women’s version in the past, go here for that review!

It is a make-up essential found in millions of handbags. But now Yves Saint Laurent is launching a version of its Touche Eclat eyeliner specifically for men.


Touche Eclat For Men is unfragranced and will ‘encourage men to use cosmetics as a skin enhancer, rather than to create a full make-up look’, the company claims.

David Walker-Smith, director of beauty at Selfridges, which will sell the product for $45 a pop, said: ‘Men have gone from stealing beauty products from their wives and girlfriends to stocking up on their own. They no longer consider them to decrease their male bravado.’

It follows this year’s launch of ‘guy-liner’ and ‘man-scara’ eye make-up for men by high street chain Superdrug and will add to a booming grooming market for men worth an estimated $14 million annually.