Update your resume & look with guest blogger Anna

Hair and Makeup Shortcuts Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Beauty experts share the timesaving tricks that they use backstage on models

Hair and Makeup Shortcuts Inspired by New York Fashion Week

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From flat ironing in a flash to using one key makeup product, experts backstage at NYFW give us the CliffsNotes for getting pretty in a pinch.

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Welcome guest blogger Anna De Souza and her informative article on how to update your look to go along with your updated resume! Enjoy!

Anna De Souza
Reporter, Lifestyle / Beauty / Fashion

Pound the pavement with the right base. Begin your beauty regime with a primer that fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish! Give Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer a try. It helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen so you can look flawless for years to come at your corner office.

Sleepless night from nerves? Cover up those under-eye bags, puffiness, or any other perfections with Tarte’s Dark Circle Defense. The finely milled light refracting minerals actually brighten skin to help camouflage dark circles, puffiness, refness, fine lines and wrinkles. And there’s 56% reduction in eye puffiness after 4 weeks–but we know you’ll nail that interview the first go-round!

Sparkle and glitter aren’t office appropriate. Opt for a matte shadow in a natural hue on the lids. We love Revlon’s ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow in In The Buff. Better yet, go for a thin line of smudged pencil eyeliner. Sue Devitt’s Eye Intensifier Pencil is great. Nylon and a number of other ingredients lock in moisture and expand and contract with facial movements without creasing to create a long-lasting, luminious eye.

Stop fussing with and reapplying your makeup! Ditch the trips to the ladies’ and mist on a product that holds concealer, foundation and eyeshadow in place for up to 16 hours. Skindinavia Makeup Finishes creates a flawless look so there’s less touch ups throughout the day. Since it resists heat and humidity, the mist is also great for when that mid-interview perspiration occurs!


•For your face, you probably won’t need much more than concealer and loose powder. If you have blemishes or uneven skin tone, by all means, use a foundation! But if you don’t need much coverage, just skip it.
•Wear lipstick, not lip gloss. Gloss is too shiny and youthful for a formal occasion like an interview.
•Well-groomed brows show that you pay attention to details. Tweeze any stray hairs, and if you have brow gel, use it to set your brows in place. (A tiny bit of hair gel, diluted with water, can do the same thing.)
•Applying a little bit of blush makes everyone look healthier. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural-looking, healthy glow.
•Don’t wear any perfume. “Oh, but I love my signature scent,” you might be saying. Yes, and it probably smells lovely, but what if your interviewer has an allergy? Skip it.
•Unless you have naturally clean, even, hangnail-free nails, get a manicure. It doesn’t matter whether your nails are long or short, but they should be neatly filed. Don’t opt for a French manicure — many find it dated.

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Fall 2010 nail polish style

Best Dove Products

See which beauty products from this brand our readers flocked to the most

Best Dove Products

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Total Beauty readers continue to gush about lots of Dove beauty products on our site, so we decided to do a roundup of the best of the best of them.

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No. 8: Dove Pro-Age Cream Oil Lotion, $7.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.3

No. 8: Dove Pro-Age Cream Oil Lotion, $7.99

“This is it! Now I can throw away every lotion in my bathroom …”

No. 7: Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo, $2.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5

No. 7: Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo, $2.99

“I am so loving this product. Dove never lets me down …”

No. 6: Dove White Beauty Bar, $2.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.8

No. 6: Dove White Beauty Bar, $2.99

“I adore this product because not only does it keep me clean and fresh …”

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Wet’n’Wild makes great, affordable nail polishes so that when the seasons change you can easily change your polish color to fit the new styles and save some money too! I’m holding four new shades and all can be found at your local drugstore, the Walmart or Target stores. The new brush design makes painting the nail and keeping the cuticle clean even easier. So go get some!

Remember to come visit me at the Arizona Bridal Expo

on Sunday in Scottsdale at the Chaparral Resort & Suites

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Dermablend Smooth Indulgence-foundation & concealer

Fix Your Hair Issues Now

Total Beauty readers spill their biggest hair woes — these expert tricks fix them all

Fix Your Hair Issues Now

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From frizz to flatness, celeb hairstylist Kevin Mancuso helps solve all of your hair issues.

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Hello gorgeous! Are you getting ready for your bridal makeup and a wedding day beauty to remember? Or are you putting makeup on for a resume ready face that gets hired? How about are you a model getting your makeup on for your first photoshoot to make a comp card with?

All is good if you are I share these questions with you because I just tested the new Dermablend Smooth Indulgence line of foundation, concealer and long wear makeup remover.

Remember-most products work their best when in a system from their own line. I know some of you may like to mix and match your makeup brands, but in this case the Dermablend Smooth Indulgence system works syngergistically together!

Start with a clean face that is moisturized and ready for makeup. Get two synthetic brushes in different sizes: large and small! Use your small size to work the concealer with and your large brush to blend the large areas of the face.
 The Dermablend foundation actually comes with a sponge inside-which is a nice addition though I prefer a brush because it’s cleaner and saves product in the long run.

Who needs the Smooth Indulgence line from Dermablend? Anyone with minor to moderate skin imperfections or who is experiencing symptoms of rosacea, redness, uneven skin tone, and minor acne scars. Also the Smooth Indulgence has spf 20 sunscreen protection, a natural looking coverage, is long-lasting in wear and provides an all day hydration. The box does say it’s suitable for sensitive skin-which I don’t really have but it feels so good on that I would believe that it
 could be a product for those with sensitivities.

Now, in the phot oto the left I have applied concealer all over my eyes, and over my eyebrows to test the ‘bleached’ look that is current Fall 2010 beauty trend but that I can’t fathom doing! I am not bleaching my eyebrows!

In the photo you can see that I am applying a wee squirt of foundation to my brush and about to blend all over and down my neck. I do like the product but I noticed during application that it sets up fast so you either need to blend fast or apply to small areas of the face at a time! A little bit of product went a long way and I did two think coats to finish my face and blend into the concealer. In the photo I did not set the makeup with my favorite powder, the Makeup Forever HD translucent because I wanted you to see the full effect of the Dermablend Smooth Indulgence product.

It photographs nice I think! Also, look at the coverage! You can’t see one freckle! It did last all day, through alot of videos and photos, and wore very well into the evening. I did need to use the long wear makeup remover because my natural organic stuff couldn’t budge it! So I washed first with my normal wash and when it would move I tried the long wear remover on a scrublet and it began to melt away! A note that I love about the product is that they are using a natural sunscreen instead of a chemical based one-this product is loaded with Titanium dioxide 6.1%!

Now here you see me in the bridal veil. Why?

Because Sunday September 26th is the Arizona Bridal Affair and I will be there to emcee the show, and also have a booth full of goodies for you! Come pick my makeup brain, subscribe to the newsletter for beauty product giveaways and book your workshop or makeup lesson maybe even your wedding day! Party starts at 9 for V.I.B.’s and 10 for everyone else. There is a Groom Room full of man party stuff! All under one roof at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites Hotel. See you there!



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Bye Bye Blemish! Farewell to my camping pimple

Fall Beauty Guide: Simple Ways to Revamp Your Hairstyle

Get tips that’ll help you transition your ‘do into this season

Fall Beauty Guide: simple Ways to Revamp Your Hairstyle

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Celeb hair pro gives you easy peasy ways to take your hair from summer to fall in a snap.

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How do you like my bangs? These are so much fun-the affordable clip on bangs from Kymaro that are the ultimate Fall 2010 hairstyle trend! Catch the video and giveaway at www.youtube.com/makeupuniversity

I went camping over the weekend and though I packed my facial cleansing cloths to remove my makeup as I roughed it out in the elements, I still got a pimple. Darn it!

So I have started to use it, and it has a light scent, not overpowering and didn’t sting when I applied. The best thing about this acne/pimple product is that it is using 5% salycilic acid to treat the blemish instead of the harsher benzoyl peroxide.

Either way-I expect this unwanted guest to be gone by morning! Enjoy the videos, and remember to subscribe to get your chance at product giveaways!

p.s. Can you believe this is really the final season of Oprah?

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Remember-you look really gorgeous today!

New video: Wednesday’s word of encouragement- GO FOR IT!

Low-Rated Eyeshadows

See which tacky and wacky eye makeup products Total Beauty readers give two thumbs down to

 Low-Rated Eyeshadows

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From shadows that cake in the creases of your lids to ones that are difficult to use — see why they made our worst eyeshadows list.

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No. 7: Avon Anew Beauty Eye-Lifting Serum Shadow, $10

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.4

“This goes on too wet and smears all over your eyes …”

No. 6: Pop Beauty Eye Cake, $19

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6.3

“They flake so badly …”

No. 5: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Eye Shadow Duo, $7.95

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 6

“I had high expectations for this eyeshadow and it failed to deliver …”

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Hey my friends,
Thanks for joining me today as I take a moment to encourage you! As women-we wear many hats such as: moms, wife, daughter, sister, worker, caretaker, volunteer at school, help fundraise, be a friend, walk the dog, and the list goes on.

For however the economy is treating you and taking a toll on your budget and household I just want to encourage you to take your dreams off the shelf and put them some where very conspicuous!

Move your dreams from the wee small secret place in the back of your heart and mind to the front! Why? Because there is no time like the present and honestly, there is never going to be a perfect time when the kids are raised and the bills are paid and you have extra time and on and on and on.

So why not now? Take a step today to the dream you have? What is it? Fitness? Finance? Travel? Writing? Entering the Pillsbury cook off contest with you amazing recipe that your family and friends rave about?

What ever it is-get Googling and find out what the next step is. I know you will be happy that you did! So GO FOR IT!

Here’s a short video to help get you going! Remember to subscribe to the Makeup University channel and comment- I love hearing from you!

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How to cover up a tattoo using Dermablend

Hair Inspiration

Check out 5 celeb-inspired ‘dos

Hair Inspiration

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See five of the best hairdos from four different celebs. Then, find out how to get your fave look with these simple steps.

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If you need to cover a tattoo for your destination wedding, for some beach weddings or just for a work opportunity ( Do you know how many celebrities have tattoos? Lots!) try a primer before you apply a concealing product.
What a primer does is prepare the skin to hold onto the concealing product better.

  • A waterproof version such as the Dermablend stick you see me holding is good for sweaty weather like Arizona or humid weather like Texas!

What you do is apply the primer to dry skin

  • I like to use a yellow color corrector over blue/dark inks to even out the cover up
  • Then use the concealing product of your choice, and Dermablend is a good choice!
    Next use a foundation brush or sponge to blend and stipple over the coverage area.
  • I find that stippling, which is the process of pressing up and down on the skin with the sponge or brush -it presses the product into the skin.
  • You can go back over the area and feather blend the corners to make smooth.
  • I rarely cover my tattoos but if I have to, I have some good products to use.
  • Be sure and set the concealed area with translucent powder.

If you are really going to be sweating or around light fabrics I would set the powder with hair spray ( Aqua Net anyone?) or a professional product fixer you can get at any costume/theatre shop.

-Oh my goodness, on a side note-can you believe the offical last season of Oprah premiered? I love that she had her good friend John Travolta on to launch it.

Next up Wynnona, betrayal, a return to West Virginaia and something that hasn’t been announced yet. Wow, times are a changin’!

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