Tag Archives: Beauty Tips

Vitamin A Derivatives That Improve Skin Texture, Tone, and Color

As is the case with many of the best discoveries, the use of vitamin A as a wrinkle control agent happened largely by accident. It all began in the laboratories of Dr. Albert Kligman in the 1960’s when the controversial dermatologist began to experiment on prisoners with a vitamin A derivative called tretinoin as an acne treatment. Imagine the delight of the incarcerated men to discover not only the disappearance of their acne, but a noticeable decrease in wrinkles and smoother skin tones!

Woman applying vitamin A on her skin

Vitamin A and its derivatives have often been referred to as the “gold standard of skin care,” a paragon of excellence against which all other skin care products can be measured. If you are thinking of incorporating some vitamin A into your routine, here are some things you may want to know.

Retinoids
Retinoids are also known as the generic term for tretinoin, retin-A, or differin, and are available only by prescription. They are absorbed directly into the skin cells which makes them highly effective against hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne.

The downside of this miracle cream is its likelihood to cause skin irritation. Retinoids are often associated with redness and peeling and require adjustment to the dosage to combat these side effects. The key with these products is keeping the applied amount to a minimum. A pea-sized amount should be enough for the whole face, and a larger quantity is unnecessary.

Retinol
Retinol is vitamin A in its pure form and is an over the counter alternative to harsher retinoids. While the conversion to retinoic acid will decrease the potency of the retinol, it should still be effective enough to bring noticeable results. Although retinol may trigger minor irritation, side effects should generally subside over time as the skin grows more accustomed to the treatment.

Retinyl Palmitate
This combination of retinol and palmitic acid is one of the less effective vitamin A derivatives. While it does convert to retinoic acid, the process often takes so long that by the time it is completed, the product has lost most of its ability to affect the DNA of the cell. As a result, you would need a very high concentration of retinal palmitate to have significant effect, and most cosmetic companies who use it as a source of vitamin A usually do not put enough of it in their serums and creams to make a difference.
The bottom line: If retinyl palmitate is not combined with other vitamin A derivatives, it is almost useless.

Retinaldehyde
Retinaldehyde is a potent over the counter form of vitamin A which is commonly perceived to be the closest to retinoic acid without the irritating side effects. However, it is important to take note of content in your product. In order to be effective, a retinaldehyde concentration of 0.05% to 0.1% needs to be present. This is the equivalent of a 0.025 tretinoin. The biggest side effect of retinaldehyde will be the lightening of your purse. Most skin care products containing substantial amounts of the ingredient will be on the high-end side in price, so be prepared to pay for quality.

Other Advice
Be aware that vitamin A is not stable and tends to lose potency when it interacts with sunlight. Creams and serums are therefore best applied at night. Do not use a cleanser with retinoids, as the retinoids depend on contact with skin to achieve full benefit and should not be washed away. When purchasing retinoids, look for packaging that minimizes exposure to air and light which can affect the stability of the vitamin.

Let us know your choice when it comes to choosing Vitamin A derivatives. Which ones work best for you?

Spinach for Healthy Skin

It’s not easy being green. So how is it that spinach carries it off with such aplomb? Sure, spinach has had its defenders over the years, Popeye topping the list, not to mention culinary greats who used the green leafy vegetable to create such dishes as spinach soufflé, spinach lasagna, and countless versions of spinach salad. But, considering its unappetizing appearance, you could say spinach has done very well for itself. Besides being hailed for its high antioxidant and nutrient content, spinach is also receiving props for its ability to help maintain healthy skin. Here’s how you can use spinach to keep your skin smooth and radiant.

Bowl of green spinach

Nutritional Value
Spinach contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, which aids skin repair and slows cancer cells.

  • Vitamin A: One cup of cooked spinach contains 943 mcg of this vitamin, which is 105% of the daily recommended allowance, RDA, for men and 135% of the RDA for adult females.
  • Vitamin C: This antioxidant is crucial for skin cell repair and growth. Because vitamin C is not stored in the body, it must be provided by your daily diet. A cup of cooled spinach will give adult men 17.6 mg or 20% of the RDA of vitamin C, while it will give women 23%.
  • Iron: Iron is a component of hemoglobin, which is a protein found in red blood cells responsible for supplying oxygen to the tissues. You can find 6.5 mg of iron in a cup of cooked spinach which is equivalent to 81% of the RDA for men, and 36% of the RDA for women.
  • Magnesium: One cup of cooked spinach will provide you with 157mg magnesium, approximately 49% of the RDA for adult females and 37% for adult males. Magnesium is known for its ability to heal wounds and infections on the skin.

For Acne
Spinach can be used as a face mask or in juice from to help acne-prone skin. To make the mask, blend spinach and mix with water. Apply it to your face and let sit for about twenty minutes before rinsing. While making the juice requires a bit more effort, it is often the preferred method of obtaining the full benefits of the vegetable. Mix a half tomato with one carrot, one celery, a quarter of a cucumber, held a cup of cabbage, one green onion, half a red pepper, and a handful of spinach. Blend a drink daily.

Spinach juice

Anti-Aging
Spinach is a goldmine of antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial for destroying damaging free radicals which cause premature aging. The regular consumption of this leafy green will help to slow down skin degeneration and make skin radiant.

Additionally, spinach has a high water content. One cup of cooked spinach provides 5 ounces of water to keep skin cells hydrated and is crucial to cell function. Spinach also contains iron and vitamin C to boost collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein required for muscle and skin elasticity.

Skin Repair
The vitamin A in spinach helps to keep skin toned and smooth, while the vitamin C helps to rejuvenate skin cells. These vitamins, along with iron, also support collagen levels essential for skin repair.

Improves Complexion
Folate and vitamin K are both found in spinach and can reduce the prevalence of dry skin, acne, and stretch marks, minimizing bruising and dark circles. The high vitamin content in the leafy green can also relieve itchy, dry skin, leaving you a radiant complexion.

Mixed spinach

Experts recommend eating cooked spinach as opposed to raw for better nutrition digestion. Cooking spinach also eliminates the effects of oxalic acid, which interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium. Liquid forms of spinach are especially effective when combined with other vegetables.

Spinach Face Mask
To get the benefits of spinach for your skin, try this natural recipe:

Mix five or six fresh spinach leaves with 1 tablespoon of raw honey ( manuka honey is recommended.) Add two tablespoons of lemon juice. Dilute with water is your skin is sensitive to lemon. The mixture will be sticky. Apply mask to clean face. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Repeat for smooth skin tone.

Do you eat your spinach right down to the finish? If so, let us know how your skin is doing! We love to hear from you!

Beauty Products To Store In The Refrigerator

Did your significant other get mad because he accidentally drank your eye serum? Did your kid almost put your moisturizer on his cereal? Did your roommate use your facial mist as cooking spray? Is your nail polish occupying the ice tray in your freezer? So, maybe you’re not the domestic type, but you sure have a leg up when it comes to keeping your makeup fresh.
Beauty products that contain organic and natural ingredients may lack preservatives found in other cosmetics to keep them fresh. Keeping these products at a lower temperature can lengthen the life of vital vitamins and nutrients and keep your favorite makeup looking its best.

Beauty Products
Facial Mists

Facial mists are one example of a product whose survival rate can be increased by storage at a cool temperature. Michelle Ornstein, licensed aesthetician says, “Facial mists can help provide more soothing and calming benefits, especially if you’re spraying it on dry, inflamed skin. Plus, it feels more refreshing spraying cold mists instead of hot mists.”

Serums and Eye Cream
According to Tessa McCullough, makeup artist at G2O spa and salon, “Keeping my eye serum and line refiner for under eye super cold (freezer of fridge) make it that much more powerful at reducing puffiness and boosting circulation under the eye are to reflect a well-rested appearance. The cooling effect feels pretty amazing too.”

Nail Polish
When it comes to nail polish, refrigeration is all about protecting it from outside elements. Ami Shvartzman, director of Education for Osmosis, says its because the glass bottles that contain the nail polish make it a target for the effects of the sun. “Leaving nail polish in an area where it is subject to light and/or heat can change the texture and even the color of the product in the bottle.”

Lipstick
Lipstick

Melty lipstick is no good for your lips or the inside of your purse, and Cristina Samuels, co – founder of Mode says it can never be cold enough for your lip paint. She says that, “freezing your lipstick locks in freshness and helps prevent the beneficial and delicate natural oils and extracts from going rancid.” She adds, “Remember, heat is lipstick’s enemy,” and has advocated her clients to store extra lipsticks in the freezer and just popping one out “the night before or a couple of hours before you plan on using it to come to room temperature and your lipstick is ready!” Defrosted lipstick!

Mascara
If you’re noticing a strange odor emanating from your favorite mascara, that may because mascara has a shelf life, and, according to Shvartman, “liquid cosmetics have a shorter shelf life. Placing your mascara in a colder environment can enhance its life and keep it safe for your eyes longer.”

Serums, Masks, Toners, and Moisturizers
Because “cold temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage to reduce puffiness, toners serums, moisturizers, and gel-based masks do well in the fridge,” according to celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau. “Not only does this help preserve product, but the cooled down temperatures help reduce redness by constriction capillaries.”

If your fridge looks more like Sephora than Martha Stewart, tell us about it. What product do you find does its best at cooler temps? Let us know!

Create A Healthy Glow With Gentle Exfoliation

You’re exfoliating for the first time. The devil inside you says, “Wow, this is great. It looks like I took off about ten years in two minutes. I should do this every day. At this rate, I will look 18 by the end of the week.”

The angel says,”No way, this exfoliation rough stuff. You’re going to scrub your face off.”
Devil: I heard Beyonce’s makeup artist says Queen B exfoliates every day and look at her.”
Angel: You’re no Beyonce. You’re going to scrub your face off.

Exfoliation can be very gratifying, but as with all other things, there can be too much of a good thing and the key is finding that happy medium. You want to make a difference, but if you go too far, your cells will stop regenerating and the effects won’t be as gratifying. Here are some tips for gentle exfoliation for a healthy glow.

Woman exfoliating skin
Rules of Exfoliation

Give Priority to Rough Skin Patches
If you begin to see rough patches, you should follow the advice of Ole Henriksen, the founder of the eponymous skincare brand. Go outside in the daylight with clean skin and bring a mirror. This will help you to understand what is going on and the areas where you might need help. I believe that everyone should be their own skincare expert, and this is an essential step for getting to know your skin. ” Exfoliate concentrating on places in which your skin is dull, uneven, or flaky.

Exfoliate in An Upward Circular Motion
Henriksen says, “I think the biggest mistake people make is being heavy- handed. A little goes a long way- let the exfoliating particles do their job. You just want to facilitate the glide access the face, that way your skin feels great and you don’t over treat it.” Henriksen suggests limited exfoliation to twice weekly, and, if you have frail capillaries, it may be a good idea to apply a face oil before you scrub, for extra protection. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, MD, dermatologist and founder of VMV Hypoallergenics recommends virgin coconut oil, which is inexpensive and safe for all types of skin. If you continue to notice redness and sensitivity, you may want to cut down exfoliation to once a week.

If you are looking for a scrub that won’t harm your face with harsh beads, Henriksen recommends mild jojoba beads, adding that, “you want to be sure …that the beads are perfectly round spheres.”

Exfoliating brushes may be a good tool for some, but you should keep a close watch on your skin’s reaction to this treatment and limit use if irritation occurs.

Follow with A Hydrating Moisturizer
To make sure your skin retains moisture, you follow up your exfoliating routine with a good thick moisturizer. Wash your face with warm water and pat it dry with a towel. Apply a cream or anti -aging serum before hitting the hay. Your morning you will thank you.

Exfoliation techniques
Exfoliate At Night
Night is the time when your skin is most receptive to treatments, especially when it comes to speeding cell turnover. This is the best time for the application of topical treatments with retinol and vitamin C.

If You Overexfoliate
If you overdo it, not to worry, just give your skin a break for about a week, Use a cleanser with Vitamin C or green tea that is free of drying agents. You can tone down redness with an over-the-counter cortisone cream.

What rules for exfoliation do you follow? How do put the “X” in exfoliation? Let us know!

Using Baking Soda For Common Beauty Fixes

What are your baking soda associations? Do you remember the ever present box in the refrigerator wedged permanently behind the cheese wheel during your formative years? Do you remember it as adhesive you used to make your brother into a mummy for Halloween before you realized he would eventually need to use the bathroom? Do you remember brushing your teeth with it before the popularity of teeth whitening? Or do you just remember wondering who the arm and hammer belonged to and what an arm and hammer had to do with baking soda?

Whatever your fond memories of baking soda, you probably know that there’s very little this cakey powder can’t do. Here’s how you can use baking soda for common beauty fixes.

Woman washing hair
Hair Rinse
If big hair is important to you, you’re probably no stranger to buildup from serums, sprays, and mousses leaving hair feeling sticky and looking lifeless. Just sprinkle a coin sized amount of baking soda into your shampoo. Wash and rinse and embrace the freedom.

Dry Shampoo
If you’ve always wanted to try dry shampoo, here’s your chance to do it on the cheap. Whether you need a quick way to get rid of excess oil after the gym or for mornings on the go, baking soda can work in a pinch. Sprinkle a bit directly on the roots of your hair, tousle, and brush through.

Hairbrush Cleaner
Are you reluctant to have houseguests because they might want to use your bathroom and get grossed out by your hairbrush? You can get rid of residue around the base of the bristles by soaking your brush in warm water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. Let soak for 20 minutes, rinse, and dry with a towel.

Woman washing face
Face and Body Exfoliator
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly way of scrubbing off dead skin, you can get that all- over glow by using a formula of one part water to three parts baking soda. Just massage into skin for about 60 seconds and rinse.

Deodorant
Baking soda removes odors by neutralizing bases and acids and won’t do damage to your clothes. Whether you have sensitive skin, or just haven’t been taking notice of how low your antiperspirant stick was getting, baking soda will do the job in a pinch.

Soothe Razor Burn
Who among us has not been careless with a razor? You can soothe the painful burn by mixing one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and letting it dry on your skin for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and let the healing begin.

Have we left out anything? Let us know what you do with your baking soda. Keep it clean.

Skip These Inflammatory Foods For Better Skin

beautiful woman in forest
Although it may appear that celebrities are just born beautiful, it seems like a few of them do some work to keep it that way. Tom Brady, Gwyneth Paltrow, Channing Tatum and Penelope Cruz are just a few celebs who use anti-inflammatory diets, adhering to a strict plant- based menu and leaving processed foods, literally, off the table. Besides its numerous health benefits to your internal organs, the anti inflammatory diet is also beneficial to  your skin. If you need proof, just look at the aforementioned Brady, Paltrow, Tatum, and Cruz. Judging by the evidence, this trend may be worth looking into.

Food and Skin
Patricia Farris, MD and author of “The Sugar Detox” says, we’re actually learning that poor nutrition is just as bad for your skin as cigarette smoking. A diet filled with refined carbs and sugar can cause inflammation, which leads to oxidative stress and damages DNA and collagen. Here are some foods that celebrity hunks and hunkettes put on the no- no list.

Rice Cakes
While rice cakes may be kind to your waistline, they cause blood sugar to soar and speed up wrinkle formation. That’s because your body responds to the carbs in rice cakes the same way it does to sugar; it converts them to glucose. Glucose sticks to wrinkle fighters like collagen and can damage them, causing skin to show signs of aging.

Candy
No surprise here. Farris says that “in countries without diets heavy in processed sugar kids go through puberty without acne.” What? If this doesn’t have you cleaning out your candy bar stash, sugar is also really rough on collagen and elastin which keep skin from wrinkling.

Cereal
We’re not just talking Fruit Loops here; even cereals advertised as “healthy” may be harmful to your skin. Although whole grain cereals score a bit lower on the glycemic index than white ones, they still are full of added sugar and can cause inflammation.

Milk
Got pimples? Valori Treloar, MD, and author of The Cleat Skin Diet says, “Milk can be full of growth hormones and growth factors that remain biologically active even after pasteurization. Studies show that they appear to make their way into our blood stream where they can affect insulin, cause inflammation, and ramp up oil production.” Organic milk might be a good alternative, although research has yet to say whether it doesn’t have its own negative impact on skin.

woman eating chips
Chips
Woe to chips eaters. A study in “The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology,” shows a strong correlation between chips and adult acne. Time to put down the Pringles.

Smoothies
Sugar hides in even the healthiest of foods. Although the fruit in smoothies contain natural sugar, it is the juice and frozen yogurts which provide the added sugar that gives smoothies their adverse effect on skin. Your best bet for avoiding the added sugar is to make smoothies at home using unsweetened yogurt and nut milk.

If you are battling with kicking the carb-sugar habit, and want to tell us about your struggles, we’re all ears. And if you’ve got some more foods to add to the list, we would love to hear it!

Tips For Looking Good When You’re Feeling Bad

woman looking into mirror
When Jennifer Lawrence found herself sick the night of the Screen Actor’s guild awards, she could have just admitted defeat and stayed home with a bowl of chicken noodle, but did she? Of course not! J Law knew she couldn’t let her fans down, and besides, she had a midnight blue Dior waiting for her to wear it and she’d be darned if she was going to leave it on the hanger. So maybe you’re a little under the weather, but hey it’s the holiday season and then there’s that New Year’s Eve party! There are Auld Lang Synes’ to be sung, cocktails to be drunk, and people to be kissed at midnight and you’ve got to look your best. Here are some tips for looking good even if you’re not feeling it.

Use the Right Tissues
When buying tissues, it is very tempting to skimp on quality. After all, they are only destined for the trash and it’s not likely that your friends will say, “OMG, I really can’t hang out with you if you’re going to keep using those embarrassing tissues!” However, if looking good is your priority, lotion treated tissues will keep a red nose at bay.

Use Teabags to Depuff
Puffy eyes are one of the most common symptoms of a cold or flu. If you’re looking to de- puff’ try and sleep with your head propped on the pillow; this will allow congestive fluids to drain from your face more easily. Web MD recommends a tea remedy: Place cold wet teabags over your eyes and lie down for 15 minutes. You should see significant results.

Chill Out Your Eye Cream
Want another way to get rid of swelling around your eyes? Store your eye cream in the fridge. It will decrease puffiness and the coolness will refresh tired eyes.

woman using eye drop
Eyedrops
If you’re trying to look well, red eyes definitely will not help your cause. Fortunately, eye drops are an easy fix for cooling eyes and reducing redness. Stash them in your purse when you’re not 100%.

Primer
Nose blowing, sneezing and eye- rubbing are all sure -fire ways to decrease the likelihood of your makeup staying flawless all night. Primers will add staying power to your makeup and keep you looking picture perfect for hours.

Concealer
The best way to balance redness in your skin is to offset it with a yellow based, opaque concealer, in a shade a bit paler than you would usually go with.

Skip the Face Powder
Unless you’re going for that Lucrezia Borgia look, you’re best advised to lay off the face powder if you’re sick. If you want some coverage, try topping moisturizer with mineral foundation, which is less likely to cake.

Hey, if Jeniffer Lawrence can do it, so can you! Let us know how you toughed it out his holiday season! We want to know all about it!

Quick Beauty Routines To Get You Through Christmas Eve & Day

smiling woman
The stockings are hung and the tree could rival a Macy’s Christmas display. The presents are wrapped and meticulously arranged. You’ve set out party trays that could put Martha Stewart to shame and baked a sweet potato pie that would make Paula Dean green with envy. The guests are due any minute, and the only thing left to prepare is yourself. C’mon, you know who the real star on the Christmas tree is! You’ve got everything else looking perfect, now it’s time for what really counts, so get to work girl!

Clean Your Skin
Cooking and cleaning can leave your complexion less than perfect. If you need to refresh your makeup or soak up oil, mist your face with a primer and then pat down with a tissue. Follow up with a loose dusting of powder and you’re good to go!

Instant Highlights
If your hair is less than lustrous, makeup artist Morgen Schick advises sprinkling translucent powder over your roots and then brushing through for glamorous locks.

Hydrate skin
If you want to save a step, you can use hair conditioner to moisturize your skin. Just rub some into the top of your head and keep on going down to your toes. Then rinse off and dry. This will do the job of lotion while saving the time waiting for it to be absorbed.

Quick Mani
Instead of waiting for nail polish to dry, try going natural. Remove polish and clean your nails with lemon juice. Massage thick lotion (like glycerin, or vaseline) into your cuticles and you’ve got hands that will look almost too good to serve food!

Pink Lipstick
If you don’t have time to flawlessly apply concealer, try a warm pink lipstick. No matter what your skin tone, Schick says, “It distracts people’s eyes from blemishes and other imperfections.”

Defrizz
If your hair is not behaving, wet your hands, squeeze on a drop of hand moisturizer and pull your hair into a French twist. Wait for ten minutes, untwist, and your mane will be tamed.

T-zone Blow Dry
If you’re in a time crunch, makeup artist Eva Scrivo suggests drying your hair around your part and hairline only. She says, “As long as the front and top of your hair looks finished, so will you.”

woman with eye liner holding sparkles
Eyes
If you can only have time to do one thing to your eyes, eyeliner is your quickest path to sexy. Stretch out the lines to just past the corners of your eyes for some extra dimension.

Wake Up Call
If you’ve been up all night testing the eggnog, just pat concealer into the corners of your eyes, around your nose and under your lashes. Complete by applying bronzer to your cheeks.

Do the Pony
No need to go fancy. A simple ponytail is always neat and elegant. Roy Teeluck instructs you to pull your hair into a haphazard arrangement, spray, and pull out stray tendrils.

Now go sparkle! Your guests are waiting! Let us know how you pulled off your last minute beauty routine this year! We love to hear it!

Omega 3 Rich Foods’ Skin Effects

Apparently Jennifer Anniston is not only beautiful, but smart, and she’s not only smart, she’s smart about being beautiful. Anyone interested in Jen’s eating habits will know that Jen is a firm believer an omega-3, fish oil rich diet. That’s because Jennifer Anniston knows how important omega-3 is for your skin. If you need more proof than Jenn’s face to convince you to put more Omega-3 in your diet, let’s talk about how it affects your skin and how you can get more of it.

fish oil omega 3 capsules woman taking omega-3 pill
What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body cannot make by itself, and must be acquired through food. They are crucial for brain function, growth and development and also decrease the risk of heart disease. They are also good for the skin.

How Do They Work?
When we age, cells become thinner and less elastic. The barrier function of the skin is decreased and moisture is allowed to leave the skin causing it to become dry. In addition to this, the number of epidermal cells decreases as well, and the skin is not able to repair itself as efficiently. At the same time, structural elements which support the skin begin to weaken. All of these factors promote wrinkling.

Omega -3 fatty acids enforce the skin cell membrane. The skin cell membrane is the outermost layer of the skin cell and is responsible for monitoring the entrance and exit of nutrients and waste products, admitting them to the skin cell or disposing of them. The skin cell membrane also affects the ability of the cell to stay hydrated. If the skin cell can hold on to water, skin will be more moist and softer, which may prevent or even eradicate wrinkles.

Omega-3s and Sun Damage
Research demonstrates that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease skin damage from ultraviolet light and limit the production of cancer cells caused by UV light. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties which can heal wounds and treat psoriasis, acne, and atopic dermatitis.

Where Can We Get Them?
The most common food sources of Omega-3s are fish like mackerel and salmon, krill, algae and some plant and nut oils. Omega-3 derived from fish oils are not often featured in topical facial creams due to their undesirable fishy small and the presence of impurities, such as mercury, but facial creams are currently being developed with omega-3 from plants and algae.

If this isn’t enough inspiration for you to incorporate Omega-3 into your diet, just look at Jenni Anni’s face. Tell us how you get your Omega-3s. We love to hear it.

Makeup That Accentuates Your Eye Color

No matter what color your eyes may be, there’s probably a song about it. Crosby, Stills, and Nash harmonized about “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” in the 70’s while the Axl Rose sang about “eyes of the bluest skies” in “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in the 90’s. Van Morrison paid his tribute to a “Brown Eyed Girl” in a song of the same name in the 1960’s and Crystal Gayle did double duty with her 70’s mega-hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?” Sugarloaf gave us the funky “Green Eyed Lady” and Kelly Clarkson gave hazel eyes some love in “Behind Those Hazel Eyes.” If for every eye color there is a song, well there too is an ideal make up for every eye color. So green, blue, hazel, or other, these eye makeup tips have it covered.

Woman with green eyes
Green Eyes
If you are a green eyed lady, like Rhianna, violet and plum shades are your best bets. However, you have a wide range of other hues to choose from, including deeper purples, mauves, and greens for a fall or winter look, peach or apricot for a spring blush or gold, bronze and copper for a sun- kissed effect. Lilacs and medium pinks are also good for a more subdued look. When highlighting the brow bone, avoid white, which will do nothing for your peepers; instead try apricot, taupe, or peach.

Woman with brown eyes
Brown Eyes
If you’re a brown eyed girl, congratulations. Your eye color is the easiest to complement, so you can get away with colors that might look garish on other girls. Go for purple, pinks, and blues for some added brightness or more neutral grays and greens. Golds and browns are great earthy options for you. You can also pull off a bright blue, which may be challenging for those with lighter colored eyes, so take advantage. Cooler tones make brown eyes pop.

Woman with blue grey eyes
Blue or Gray
The blue or gray-eyed are best advised to use shades that are slightly darker in tone than your natural eye color. Try contrasting shades of brown rose and violet. Soft peaches, lavender, lilac and fuchsia are great standout options, while golds, warm taupes, and rich browns will work for a more understated effect.

Woman with hazel eyes
Hazel
Hazel- eyed girls have a range of fun options! You can go for lavenders, deep greens and shades with ochre undertones. Gold -based shadows will create a cat -eye effect by bringing out those golden flecks, and brighter green shades will bring out the intensity in the green flecks. Try experimenting with different color intensities or use a combination. For example, you can try three different shades of purple to bring out blue specks, or if you just want to play up the brown base, use shades of natural browns.

Flecks
If you have pool or flecks other than your dominant eye color, decide which color you are trying to emphasize. For example, if you have green eyes flecked with brown, you can choose colors which accentuate only free eyes or only brown. Avoid trying to bring out both colors, as this may have the effect of neutralizing both rather than accentuating either.

Brown, blue, hazel, and gray- it’s all about drawing attention! Bring out your best this season and keep batting those lashes. What’s your fave makeup combo for your eyes? Let us know!