For anyone, finding the perfect foundation shade is about as easy as following a rainbow to its end. Add freckles to the mix and, well, you might as well be looking for a leprechaun and pot of gold, too. You're faced with issues like whether you should match your foundation to your freckles, to the rest of your face or to some shade halfway between the two.Then, there's the question of coverage: Should you completely cover them? If you don't want to conceal them, will your freckles look strangely muted? The list of questions goes on and on, making it easy to give up on makeup altogether. So we turned to Katie Jane Hughes, makeup artist and Global Colour Ambassador for Butter London, and Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Taylor Babaian to answer all our questions about applying makeup to freckled skin. read more
If Mercedes Benz Fashion Week conjures up iconic New York scenes, fashion editors wrapped in the craziest coats you've ever laid eyes on, and of course, Bill Cunningham, you're a woman after our own hearts. But while we're anxiously awaiting New York Fashion Week for a couple more months, we decided to turn our attention to the south. Miami, that is. Miami Swim Week is almost a complete 180 from the other Mercedes Benz Fashion Weeks. The shows take place late at night in an almost party atmosphere, and the bikinis can be so skimpy it makes us blush. As always, our favorite part of any fashion week are the beauty looks. Here, our favorite hair and makeup looks from the hottest city around. read more
When it comes to mascara, will women ever have it all? You know what we mean: a mascara formula that darkens, separates, plumps and stays put all day -- so you don't have to worry about flaking or smudging while you're out and about re: conquering the world and such. read more
The most important anniversary is finally here (no offense to your husband or boyfriend): Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale runs nationwide online and in stores today through August 3rd. As if early access and discounts on your favorite designer fall clothing, shoes and handbags weren't enough, they're also offering crazy good beauty deals … like more than 50 percent off in some cases. read more
We love a good Instagram makeover. And while a smoky eye or bright lipstick is great, nothing is more impressive than an acne makeover. read more
We see a lot of makeup brands and new products come through our office. But no matter how often we test out makeup collections, a new product from Nars never gets a blasé reaction. The same can be said for the collection's new shades for fall 2014. Nars' fall 2014 collection, Night Caller, boasts eyeliners flecked with gold, glistening eye shadow combos and the prettiest cranberry lip stain I've ever set eyes on. And that's just the makeup. read more
Selfies aren't a new phenomenon. "Selfie" was named the 2013 word of the year by Oxford Dictionary, and you'd be hard pressed to find any bar that isn't playing some electronic version of the "Selfie" song (if you can even classify it as a song). read more
Choosing a lipstick that works with dark skin tones can feel like a challenge. It may seem easier to stick to the plum and berry shades you know look fantastic with your complexion, instead of worrying about whether you can pull off an orange lip. (Spoiler alert: you definitely can.) But makeup --and lipstick especially, in our opinion -- should be fun, and more about what makes you feel gorgeous than sticking to a set of rules. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says that color-wise, lipstick options are practically limitless for dark-skinned women. We got his tips on how to wear any lipstick color with a dark complexion -- think vibrant violets, dreamy nudes, bold reds that work day and night and even an on-trend ombre look that's surprisingly easy to pull off. read more
The best waterproof mascara is one that sticks around, resisting pesky smudges, smears and flakes no matter how much time you spend in humid weather, sweaty workouts or pools. To be sure, many women would consider waterproof mascara an essential in their beauty arsenals. But for as many waterproof mascaras as there are in the drugstore or department store, there are almost as many products that don't deliver on their claims. See mascaras
Obvious foundation streaks, noticeable pores, redness around the nose -- these are all makeup blunders on par with a glaringly large flake of black pepper stuck between your teeth. Celebrity makeup artist and beauty brand founder, Napoleon Perdis, says these makeup faux pas can be avoided by adding one simple step to your morning routine: applying primer (you're on your own with the pepper though). Get primers
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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