Fun fact: Back in the day, supermodel Iman toted her homemade foundations along to her fashion gigs for 14 years. Why? Makeup artists didn't have anything in their expansive kits to match her darker complexion. Fast-forward to the present and lines like L'Oréal and YSL have added darker shades to their signature products, but black women are still struggling to find the perfect match. Behind all of the "Caramel" and "Coffee" foundation tones, there's a basic lack of knowledge about dark skin tones. Many cosmetic companies only produce one or two dark shades with one or two undertones -- and this is one category where "one or two sizes fits all" doesn't work. At all. read more
Just when we were getting a little tired of hearing about double-lettered beauty products (hair BB and CC creams?), the cushion compact entered -- and we found reason to be twitterpated again. Like the BB cream did a few years ago, cushion compacts are poised to change the way we think about base makeup. "In Korea, almost nobody's using the BB and CC creams in a tube anymore. It's all about the cushion compact," says makeup guru Michelle Phan. read more
'Tis the season for tinsel, and Tinseltown-inspired beauty looks from your favorite holiday movies. To officially get into the holiday spirit, we turned to our most beloved Christmas movies (hey, watching "Love Actually" on repeat is serious work) for a dose of primping inspiration. See looks
Just when we finally figured out how to successfully pull off purple lipstick, the Pantone Color Institute announced their 2015 Color of the Year -- marsala. And we couldn't be more excited (about a color). Pantone describes the shade as, "a naturally robust and earthy wine red." The rich red is easy to pull off whether you're wearing a marsala blush, marsala lipstick or perfect-for-holidays marsala nail polish. But who are we kidding -- we're snatching up all three. read more
We're firm believers that no holiday makeup look is complete without a gold sparkly eye or silvery metallic lipstick. It's like the shiny bow on top of the present. But that doesn't mean you should cake on so much glitter you look over decorated. read more
A thing of beauty is a joy forever, no? Give the gift of joy and beauty this year with an adorable beauty advent calendar. Packaged with individual compartments waiting to be opened in the days leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, these calendars from our favorite beauty brands are filled with the best kind of treats -- nail polish, perfume, makeup, skincare and hair products galore. Perfect for holiday travel or sampling a brand's best products, you'll get on everyone's good list this year with this gift. Of course, we wouldn't fault you if you broke down and got one for yourself -- these charming calendars are just too cute to pass up. read more
Thanks to advances in technology, makeup is no longer just makeup. Top cosmetic brands are creating products that not only make you look gorgeous in the short-term, they also pack long-term skin-care benefits. The days when makeup wreaked havoc on your face are gone -- now, makeup can actually make your skin better. read more
Foundation sets the stage for all the other players in your makeup routine. When applied correctly, foundation evens out your skin tone, conceals imperfections and gives you a natural-looking radiance. In the case of Estée Lauder's new Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF 25, it can even give your skin anti-aging benefits. When you properly apply your foundation, it enhances the rest of your look: Your lipstick appears more vibrant, your blush has more "pop" and your eye makeup looks more radiant. read more
Introducing part three of our three-part series, The Foundation of Your Beauty, designed to help you feel gorgeous from the inside out. read more
Thanks to social calendars filled with back-to-back appearances at swanky soirées and cocktail-laden gatherings, the holiday season calls for statement-making beauty looks. That's why we gathered up five glamorous holiday makeup looks that can be done in a snap. Straight off the runways, these looks will add a dose of high fashion to any cocktail dress, menswear-inspired suit or Christmas sweater you wear this holiday season. read more
Total Beauty's makeup tips and tricks are the answer to all your foundation, mascara, eye shadow, and blush questions. If you've ever seen a look on someone, be it a celebrity or girl-on-the-street, and wondered how you could do it at home, you've come to the right place. The art of makeup application has never been easier with our how-to and do-it-yourself articles and videos. These resources will provide you with all the information you need to get exactly the look you're going for - be it forties sophistication, the eighties drama, seventies playfulness, or natural girl-next-door.
In addition to bringing you makeup tips, Total Beauty also offers you comprehensive information on the latest beauty products and complete beauty news coverage. Our articles will help you learn to apply makeup, understand what products will work best for your skin type, and to pick colors that will suit your complexion. All you have to do to get a fabulous, professionally-applied look is to follow our step-by-step beauty and makeup tips.
Use the beauty guides we offer at Total Beauty to accentuate your favorite features, streamline your makeup routine, or try something new. You will be able to get exactly the look you're going for with our makeup dos, don'ts, tips and tricks, videos, and much, much more.
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