Although the Grammys were almost a week ago, the deep, sanguine lipstick Beyoncé wore to the event is still fresh in our minds, which is why we caught up with her makeup artist Francesca Tolot to get all the details on her glamorous look, and how it came together. “We went with a modern, silent-movie feeling,” she tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I adore working with her, she is inspiring to me.”
Gone are the days of the telltale mis-matched foundation line — thanks to Iman‘s innovative new app, you can find your perfect shade without making a trip to the makeup counter! The Iman Cosmetics Mobile App uses cutting-edge color matching technology to choose a range foundations, concealers, and even BB creams guaranteed to match your complexion. All you have to do is snap a picture of yourself, and the tool will analyze the undertones in your skin, hair, eyes, and lips. The fun doesn’t stop at foundation, either — the app also pulls together a customized list of flattering eye, lip, and cheek options, which you can narrow down by trend, and even try out on yourself before purchasing directly from your phone. Now that’s what we call express shopping! Download the Iman Cosmetics Mobile App for free on the iTunes store, and see even more beauty apps we love in our gallery.
Carrie Underwood is showing off her pitch-perfect complexion as Almay‘s newest spokesperson. The star, who recently launched a line of nail colors with Nicole by OPI, just signed on as the new global brand ambassador for the beauty giant. “Honestly, I could never be associated with a company I didn’t believe in,” she said in a release. “I love Almay’s positive approach to beauty because it’s so important to celebrate our natural beauty and enhance what makes us unique. I’m also really impressed by their products. There’s really something for everyone and every occasion.” Underwood will front Almay’s full range, from skincare to color cosmetics, and she’s in good company — the ever-radiant Kate Hudson is also one of the brand’s celebrity faces, and we’re already wondering if we can expect to see a collaboration from the duo in the upcoming year. Keep an eye out for Carrie’s first campaign, which rolls out this week, and head over to almay.com to see behind-the-scenes pictures and footage!
Although the holidays have been over for a few weeks, the frigid air still has us singing the tune of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” as we’re gearing up to face the elements. We’ve also noticed the weather taking its toll on our hair and skin, so we rounded up our winter beauty staples to help take the edge off the chilly season. From self-warming cleansers and rich moisturizers, to lotions that smell exactly like a freshly-dried sweater, these products are guaranteed to keep you chic and cozy, and already have us setting up a DIY spa in our bathrooms.
Olivia Wilde never fails to look radiant on and off the red carpet, and while her luminous complexion can be credited in part to the infamous “pregnancy glow,” she takes careful measures to make sure that it doesn’t fade. Her motto? Less is more. “My skincare routine is very simple. I wash it, I moisturize it, and I exfoliate once a week, but when the weather is cold like this, I’ll use a thicker moisturizer, but not much more,” she told reporters at a launch event for Revlon‘s Age Defying Foundation, of which she and Halle Berry are the celebrity faces. “It’s about finding things that work for you, learning how and where to use concealer, and just taking care of your skin. Being pregnant, I learned so much about how you respond to your body. It’s kind of the only time in our lives where we’re conscious of our bodies in a thoughtful way, and we’re kinder to ourselves. We think about things like ‘What am I doing to my skin? What am I eating? How am I working out?”’
But even before she started her journey as a mommy-to-be, Wilde took a minimalist approach in terms of skin products and complexion-perfectors. “I’m not great at remembering all the other creams you can use — eye creams and all that — I keep it pretty low-key,” she added. “No one has a perfect complexion. Makeup certainly helps, but it’s not about slathering on foundation. It’s about finding things that work for you, learning how and where to use concealer, and staying hydrated.” Well said!
Be sure to catch Olivia this Thursday at 8:38 a.m. EST on NBC or goldenglobes.com, where she will be announcing this year’s Golden Globe nominees with Zoe Saldana and Aziz Ansari. “I’m excited! I have to wake up at 3 AM to get ready, but it will be nice to say some of my friends’ names and give them recognition — especially since they’ll probably be sitting and watching like ‘Say my name, say my name!’” she told us. Destiny’s Child would be proud!
Kiehl’s famed Creme de Corps body lotion is one of our go-to products all year long, and with the increasing chill to the air, an extra layer of the hydrating formula does the body good. In time for the holidays, the beauty brand is taking an extra step to do even more good by teaming up with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. By purchasing a jar of the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps whipped body butter, you can take a step to end childhood hunger in the United States — up to $100,000 from all net proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry cause, which provides additional meals to children in need. One jar provides 380 meals, and in addition to the amazing cause it benefits, we’re also loving the festive drawing adorning the lid by 11 year-old Sofie Shore, daughter of Share Our Strength’s co-founder Debbie Shore. Pick up the Creme de Corps whipped body butter, available in either grapefruit or coriander, for $38 at kiehls.com.
Your smartphone isn’t the only thing getting an upgrade in technology! Skincare has come a long way since the very first cleanser arrived on store shelves many decades ago, and thanks to all the cutting-edge technology used in today’s complexion-perfecting devices, the contents of your makeup bag can start to look like the latest version of the iPod. From zit-zapping lightsabers and electrically-charged wrinkle erasers, to facial steamers and innovative anti-aging patches, we rounded up 9 futuristic skincare devices that really deliver.
Quick history lesson on beauty oils: These suddenly-seen-everywhere elixirs have been around since Cleopatra’s days, and today movie stars from Marilyn Monroe to Gabrielle Union are rumored to have dabbed them on. But it wasn’t until argan oil hit the scene about six years ago that they really exploded and proved to be a true miracle fix for everything from dry skin and frizzy strands to brittle nails. Today’s ultra-refined (nongreasy!) formulas are often a blend of rich, hydrating botanical oils and can also be used in myriad ways, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Jeannette Graf. Click the photo to find out how to slip these essential oils into your routine.