5 Red Lipstick Hacks to Master Now

Women have colored their lips red for thousands of years; before lipstick was created, red lips were trendy. But, did you know, a classic red lipstick can be the most versatile lip product in your makeup bag?

Whether you want to go au naturel or look like a silver screen siren, red lip color looks are great on people of all ages and skin tones. So, what is the trick to mastering the art of red lips? Read these 5 red lipstick hacks to find out!

Red Lipstick Hacks

red lipstick hacks, vampy lip color, classic red lipstickVampy Red Lips: You don’t need a dark wine lipstick to get a vampy lip color; all you need is a red lipstick and a purple-hued lip liner! First, fill in your lips with the Plum Lip Pencil. Then, layer on your red lipstick for a wine-stained pout.

red lipstick hacks, bold red lips, bright red lipstick, classic red lipstickBright Red Lips: Make your red lipstick pop by layering it over a bright pink lip stain (try Craze Lip Fixation). This will also help keep your lipstick in place longer.

red lipstick hacks, red lipstick for warm skintoner, classic red lipstick

Warm, Neutral Lips: Yes, red lipstick can be a neutral too! To warm it up, lightly dab your lipstick on your lips. Then, layer a peach-colored lip balm on top. You can also use our Forever Peach Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain to get your most natural shade of peach.

Other Red Lipstick Tricks

Smudge-Proof Red Lips: There are hundreds of tricks to keep your lipstick in place, but the easiest way to make your lip color last all day is foundation. Next time you apply your powder mineral foundation, dust it across your lips, too. The powder will keep your lipstick in place for hours without smudging or feathering!

Barely-There Color: Red lipstick doesn’t have to be overwhelming. To create a natural lip color, dab red lipstick lightly on your bottom lip. Then, smudge the color across your lip with your finger. Finally, press your top and bottom lips together. Repeat as necessary for your desired tint.

We want to see your best red lip looks using Cindy PureMoist Lipstick— our classic red! Share pictures with us on Instagram for a chance to be featured, and make sure to tag @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

3 Easy Steps to Fill in Your Eyebrows

Full, perfectly arched eyebrows are always in style, but sometimes it may feel like they are impossible to achieve. That’s why we went straight the the pros – our Global Makeup Educators – to get tips on how to fill in your eyebrows to perfection.

How to Fill in Your Eyebrows in 3 Steps

  1. Line. Using an eyebrow pencil with a fine tip (try our Retractable Brow Pencil) to line the top of your eyebrow. First, locate the starting point of your eyebrow. To do so hold the pencil vertical to the bridge of your nose, right next to your nostril; mark that spot with the pencil. Then, mark the ending point by pivoting the pencil so it aligns with the outer corner of our eye. Connect the two dots with one light, even line.
  2. Fill. Start at the tail of your eyebrow, and use short, feathery strokes to fill in your eyebrow. Be sure your strokes begin at the underside of your eyebrow and move outward toward your temple for the most natural look.
  3. Blend. Use a spoolie brush at a 45-degree angle to blend your pencil strokes into your natural hair.

If you need an advanced lesson in evening out for eyebrows, read this article from our beauty experts on how to shape and define your eyebrows like a professional. Then, check out the A+ arches from some of our friends on Instagram below!

You can share your perfect brows with us by tagging @janeiredale and #friendfavorite for a chance to be featured on our page!

Beauty Lesson: Eye Primer 101

Face primer is a base for your makeup that makes it go on smoother. You’ve been using it for years, but did you know you should probably use an eye primer too? Keep reading to get the scoop on our favorite new primer, from who should be using it to how to apply it.

eye primer, smooth affair for eyes

What is eye primer?

Like a primer for your face, a primer for your eyes improves your skin’s texture, helping eye makeup go on smoother and last longer. Additionally, eye primer keeps your eye shadow in place and prevents it from creasing. (Fun Fact: Smooth Affair for Eyes is a versatile cream-to-powder formula that can be used solo as an eye shadow or as a primer for other eye shadows.)

Who can use eye primer?

Everyone can and should use eye primer! They work for all skin types, tones and textures.

How do I apply primer on my eyes?

You can apply our Smooth Affair for Eyes eye shadow primer in two ways, with a camouflage brush or with your fingers! Watch this quick how-to for application tips and tricks.

When should I use Smooth Affair for Eyes primer?

  • If you want to wear eye shadow apply it as a base.
  • If you don’t want to wear eye shadow, but want to have long-lasting color on your eyelids, apply it solo.
  • If you have deep set eyes, more oily skin or skin that perspires a lot.
  • When you need your eye shadow to stay in place all day and night. Primer gives you that extra somethin’ somethin’ to help your eye shadow last.
  • When your eye shadow doesn’t appear as vibrant as it looks in the pot or compact, try an eye primer to help it come out true to color on your eyelid.

What’s your favorite shade of Smooth Affair for Eyes? Show us pictures of your primer perfect lids on Instagram, using @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

Fashion Forward Fall 2016 Beauty Trends

Summer is almost over and fall is right around the corner! We’re excited to share a few of our favorite fall 2016 beauty trends that inspired our Fashion Forward collection.

Fashion Forward | Fall Collection

Shimmery Eyelids

fall 2016 beauty trends, shimmey eye makeupLustrous lids appeared all over the fall runway, and the look works well no matter your style. If you love a natural makeup look, choose a subtle taupe or brown creamy eye shadow. Pick a pink or copper hue for a flirty, feminine look, and stick to golds, silvers or lemony yellows for a dazzling night out.

Get the Look: Try our NEW Smooth Affair for Eyes eyelid primers. They double as a pearly eye shadow and can be applied with your fingers!

Photo via HarpersBazaar.com.

No Makeup, Makeup

fall 2016 beauty trends, no makeup makeupThe no makeup, makeup trend is still going strong, and well-groomed eyebrows are the best way to look polished when your makeup is at a minimum. For a softer, more natural brow, use eyebrow powder and a spoolie brush. If you already have full brows, try a brow gel. And, if you need to fill-in or shape your brows, pick up a brow pencil. Read our pro tips on how to shape your eyebrows.

Get the Look: Our NEW Retractable Eyebrow Pencils are the newest addition to our brow arsenal, and work well with all hair colors.

Photo via TheFashionSpot.com.

Dark Romance

fall 2016 beauty trends, vampy lip, dark romantic beauty lookA dark vampy lip, and soft romantic hair was another one of the big fall 2016 beauty trends. If you love the look, but want to avoid looking too goth, pair wine-stained lips with barely-there eye and cheek makeup. May we also recommend a soft, romantic hairstyle? It will keep the look from appearing too severe.

Get the Look: One word…Fetish! Our Fetish Lip Fixation Lip Stain will give you the perfect plum put with a long-lasting matte finish.

Photo via Refinery29.com.

Classic Reds

fall 2016 beauty trends, classic red lipA classic red lipstick never goes out of style. For fall, designers made this look more modern by toning down eye makeup, and slicking hair back. We say, a red looks brilliant with any hair style, so dare to be bold!

Get the Look: Cindy, our newest PureMoist Lipstick shade is all you’ll need for this look. (Pro tip: apply powder foundation under your lipstick to avoid feathering or smudging.)

Photo via ChiCityFashion.com.


Which fall 2016 beauty trends will you rock this year? Share pictures of your looks with us on Instagram. Remember to use @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

Travel Beauty: What to Pack in your Carry-on

Travel Beauty, Beach Bag MakeupTaking advantage of the end of summer with a vacation? Try these five beauty essentials to ensure you have your best flight experience yet. Everyone knows long plane journeys can wreak havoc on your skin and leave your face looking tired and dull. Keep your complexion fresh and beautiful with these travel beauty must-haves. Bring them in your carry-on and go straight from the plane to your next adventure.

Hydration Spray

Hydration Sprays are the BEST product to bring with you on the plane. Not only do they refresh your skin with a light fragrance, but they also keep it hydrated in the dry cabin environment. Another added bonus is they are TSA friendly at 3 fl. oz. Additionally, all three of our Hydration Sprays have ECOCERT’s Natural and Organic certification!

Travel Foundation Brush

A refillable brush, like our Refill-Me Refillable Brush, is great for travel because it won’t spill and it makes application fast and easy. You can also fill it with any loose powder from foundation to physical sunscreen for quick application.

Hand Cream

Hand cream is a necessity on flights. Use our HandDrink Hand Lotion with SPF 15 on your hands and body. Even in the air we are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. The SPF in HandDrink protects your body while soothing and smoothing dry skin.

Tinted Lip Balm

Apply the perfect splash of color with a rose-hued tinted lip balm, like Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain or Flirt LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm. Cut down on the products you bring, by using the lip balm as a lip color, blush and eye shadow. Not to mention, their hydrating properties are perfect for a long flight.

Eyeliner & Highlighter Pencil

Mystikols are a quick fix for tired, travel worn eyes. Use the the darker side as an eye shadow and eye liner. Then, use the light side as a highlighter to make you look even more awake. It’s a small product that packs a big punch.

We hope that these five products help you pack light and enjoy your flight. Share your favorite travel beauty products with us on Instagram using #travelessentials @janeiredale. Happy flying!

Good Skin Foods: Healthy Skin Recipes

good skin recipe, mango salsa, tacoWhat is “good skin”? It’s clear, healthy skin, and getting it is as much about what you put in your body as on your face. Therefore, it’s important to feed your body and skin with nutrients like Vitamin A, C, E and DIM (found in Skin Accumax), that do everything from boosting collagen production to protecting your skin from free radicals.

Find out why each vitamin and nutrient helps your skin and overall health below, and try some of the vitamin-rich recipes we love.

How to get good skin with vitamin C

Citrus fruits and several vegetables contain vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production, reduces redness, boosts the immune system and helps iron absorption.

  • Did you know? The average mango contains 122 milligrams of vitamin C.
  • Feed your skin: Try a simple, vitamin C-rich, Mango Salsa recipe from WhitneyBond.com. Enjoy it with chicken or fish tacos, grilled salmon or your favorite tortilla chips.

How to get good skin with vitamin A and DIM

Brightly colored vegetables have vitamin A, whereas cruciferous vegetables (green, leafy vegetables) contain DIM (Diindolylmethane). Vitamin A balances oil in the skin, reduces hyperkeratinization, stimulates blood circulation and promotes cell turnover. DIM is a natural plant nutrient that supports detoxification, reduces oxidative stress, improves metabolism.

  • Did you know? Kale contains both DIM and Vitamin A; a half cup serving contains approximately 478 milligrams of vitamin A.
  • Feed your skin: Make a delicious and refreshing Kale Salad with Glazed Onions and Cheddar Cheese with a vitamin A-rich recipe from GoodHousekeeping.com.

How to get good skin with vitamin E

Oils, nuts, grains and cereals contain vitamin E, which protects your skin from free radical damage, promotes healthy skin and hair, improves circulation and helps repair tissue.

  • Did you know? A cup of sunflower seeds contains 49.1 milligrams of vitamin E.
  • Feed your skin: Enjoy this vitamin E-rich Basil and Sunflower Seed Pesto from HonestCooking.com; it’s delicious, cost-effective and easy to make!

What are your favorite recipes for good skin? Share images of your favorite vitamin-rich dishes with us on Instagram using @janeiredale and #feedyourskin.

5 Products for Beach-ready Makeup

When you’re heading to the shore, it’s important to have makeup that is versatile and fits in beach bag. You want to look natural, as if you aren’t wearing any makeup, but still feel confident that you look your best. For an effortless no makeup, makeup look, all you need is five products, a couple of brushes/tools and your fingers:

Peaches-Cream-1Mineral Foundation
(Alternate Uses: Concealer and SPF)
Great mineral foundations, like our PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, can be used as both a foundation and a concealer. It also contains broad spectrum SPF to protect you from harmful UV rays and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

Peach Eye Shadow & Cream Eye Shadow
(Alternate Uses: Highlighter, Blush and Lip Color)
Select a peach and a cream eye shadow with a little shimmer (we suggest our PurePressed Eye Shadow in Peach Sherbet and Cream). You can use the two colors in multiple ways; in addition to adding color to your eye lids, they quadruple as a highlighter, blush and lip color!.

Pencil Eyeliner
(Alternate Use: Brow Pencil)
A natural brown eyeliner, like our Basic Brown Eye Pencil, is great for lining your eyes, but if you’re a brunette, you could also get away with using it as an eyebrow pencil. If you have lighter hair, we recommend using a lighter colored eyeliner, like taupe.

 Lip Balm
(Alternate Use: SPF)
Lip Balm is the best finishing touch to any look. It moisturizes your lips for a supple pout, and if you use our LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15, you also get the added bonus of sun protection!

Follow the below steps to learn how to get the perfect, natural beach makeup look in 10 easy steps:

  1. Peaches-Cream-2First, use your Retractable Handi Brush to apply your foundation.
  2. Then, use a Flocked Sponge to layer foundation over any areas that may need a little extra concealing.
  3. Using your ring finger apply the cream eye shadow to the lid of your eye and as a highlighter on your brow bone.
  4. Next, use your finger again to apply the peach shade to the outer corners of your eyes and into the crease.
  5. Starting from the inner corner of your eye and working your way out to a slight wing, line your upper lash line with your Brown Eye Pencil.
  6. Also, use the eye pencil to define your brows by filling in your eyebrows using small, hair-like strokes.
  7. With your index and middle finger, lightly swipe the cream eye shadow on your cheek bone as a highlighter.
  8. Then, with the same two fingers, apply the peach shade to the apples of your cheek with light strokes.
  9. Dab the peach shade onto your lips using your middle finger for a soft pop of color.
  10. Finish your look with a swipe of lip balm on your lips.

Show us your favorite 5-product beach look on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale and #friendfavorite.

Beauty Lesson: What is Micellar Water?

BeautyPrep Face Cleanser, Micellar Cleansing WaterMicellar water is the latest cleansing delight for makeup lovers everywhere. You’ve probably heard whispers about it from your clear-skinned best friends or tried our BeautyPrep Face Cleanser yourself, but do you know why it’s so special?

Here’s a quick lesson on what micellar water is, and why you should give it a try!

What is micellar water?

Micellar Water is a combination of water and micelles – liposome particles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) – used to gently cleanse your skin and remove oil.

How does it work?

Similar to the way two cooking oils blend together when combined, the micelles absorb the sebum on your skin to easily cleanse skin without using water or leaving behind an oily residue.

Who should use it?

Anyone! Micellar water is particularly useful if you have sensitive or irritated skin, since it works gently to cleanse your skin without harsh irritants. All you have to do is dampen a cotton pad or cotton ball with the solution, wipe across your face and voila (you may also rinse you skin with water, if you prefer)!

How can it be used?

This gentle cleansing solution can be used in a variety of ways:

  • As your daily face cleanser in the morning and evening.
  • As a makeup remover.
  • If you prefer to double cleanse, wash your face with your preferred cleanser then use micellar water as a moisturizing toner (don’t rinse it off).
  • If you need to freshen up, but don’t have access to clean water.
  • Instead of facial wipes; micellar water is an eco-friendly alternative.

What makes BeautyPrep Face Cleanser unique?

BeautyPrep Face Cleanser uses a proprietary micellar solution, containing dual Cucumber Extracts in liposome form and Oat Amino Acids to remove makeup, cleanse and nourish the skin. It is also awarded ECOCERT’s Natural Cosmetics certification.

Tell us what your favorite use of micellar water is, and share pictures of your naturally clean face after using BeautyPrep Face Cleanser on Instagram. Make sure to tag @janeiredale and #friendfavorite!

Bridal Beauty Tips: How to Ace Your Wedding Makeup Trial

bridal beauty, ask your makeup artist, bride and bridesmaidsYour wedding day beauty look may be the most important makeup of your life, and many brides don’t know where to start when searching for the right makeup artist. So, we turned to our team of Global Makeup Educators for help. Keep reading for their tips on what to ask, what to bring, and what things you should always remember.

6-12 Months before Your Wedding

Collect images of bridal makeup you love. Pictures models and celebrities are often retouched, but they are to use as inspiration and will help guide your initial makeup artist interview.

Find three images of yourself that you absolutely love. Bring these images with you, as well, and be sure to explain what you love about the pictures (e.g. I love how the eye shadow brings out the color of my eyes).

Schedule preliminary interviews with multiple makeup artists. Show them the inspiration photos of models, celebrities and yourself, and ask the below questions:

  • How long have you been doing bridal makeup?
  • What do you love about doing bridal makeup?
  • Can I see your portfolio or images of makeup you’ve done? (Look at their images and ask yourself if this is how you want to look.)
  • How do you go about choosing your look for each bride?
  • What brands of makeup do you use? (Check a brand if you’re not familiar with it to make sure it’s something you want to use.)
  • Do you have a capability of doing my entire wedding party?
  • Do you do off-site weddings? If I hire you, will you stay all day? How much will this cost me?
  • Can I see your brushes? (If their brushes are gross, chances are your skin will be too.)

3-5 Months before Your Wedding

Schedule your bridal makeup test. After you decide on a makeup artist, schedule your makeup test 3-5 months prior to your wedding. At the appointment, our educators recommend:

  • Testing multiple beauty looks (one for the ceremony and one for the reception). If your makeup artist cannot stay all day for your wedding, ask what you will need to complete your reception look without him/her.
  • Arriving with your bridal hair done or with an idea of what your wedding day hairstyle will look like.
  • Wearing a white top or one that is the same shade as your wedding dress so you can see how your makeup will appear when paired with your dress color.
  • Taking pictures with a camera that has a bright flash. This will help you determine what your makeup will look like under a professional camera flash, which tends to wash you out.

3 Things to Remember

Bridal makeup should be timeless. 20 years from now you should be able to look back at the pictures and still feel like your look is beautiful and classic.

Groom the groom. Often, the groom gets overlooked during the makeup preparations, but he wants to look good in pictures too. Ask your makeup artist to even his complexion or tone down the shine so he looks and feels great in your pictures.

Ask for what you want. Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life, so don’t hesitate to ask your makeup artist for the exact look you want, and if you don’t like part of the look, make sure to speak up.

Tell us about your bridal makeup tips and share pictures of your wedding look with us on Instagram, tagging @janeiredale and #bridalbeauty.

6 On-the-Go Makeup Essentials

jane iredale makeup essentialsIf you’re anything like us, you would need rolling luggage to carry all of your makeup with you on-the-go. Instead of playing the constant traveler, try paring your makeup bag down to these six essential items:

Powder Foundation + Travel Brush: Powder foundation (like PurePressed Base or Amazing Base) is extremely versatile and can be used as a foundation, concealer or even finishing powder. Ours even contain SPF to protect from the sun. Keep the inside of your bag clean by bringing a travel foundation brush that’s either retractable or can be filled with the loose powder.

Cream Blush: A cream blush stick makes reapplication easy. You can apply it with your finger, so there’s no need for a blush brush!

One or Two Lip Products: We know how easy it is to carry a collection of lip products for every occasion, but that can weigh down your bag. Lighten the load by only bringing the lipstick or lip gloss used in your makeup look that day, and swap out the products each day or so.

Liquid Eye Shadow: If you usually touch up your eye shadow midday, toss a creamy, liquid eye shadow in your bag. Use the built-in brush for easy application and to cut down on the number of brushes you have to carry.

Brown Eyeliner: A brown eye pencil can be used in a number of different ways. Apply it over your current eyeliner (black or brown) to touch up your look after a long day work or use it as an eyebrow pencil to define your brows before you go out.

Want to know what Jane carries in her tote? Here are the products she always has in her bag during the summer:

Show us your makeup bag essentials! Share a picture with us on Instagram by tagging @janeiredale #makeupmusthaves.