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Sugar Skull Makeup You Can Recreate in 30 Minutes or Less!

Sugar skull makeup is super popular for Halloween and it seems like just about every makeup artist on Instagram is creating their own spin on it. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve undoubtedly spent countless hours on YouTube watching Halloween makeup transformations, wishing you could master the same level of skill and artistry. Unless you have zero life commitments and nothing but time, practicing your Halloween makeup skills isn’t going to be on your list of major priorities. (You’re probably still trying to master that winged liner, right?)

If you really don’t want to spend money on makeup you’re only going to use for one day or stress out over recreating a look that’s way out of your comfort zone, you can still create a Halloween look that looks fantastic and requires products you may already have in your makeup bag. We teamed up with one of our talented makeup artists to bring you looks that are easy to do and won’t take hours to perfect.

Monochromatic Makeup Is One the Easiest Trends You Can Recreate

Sometimes, keeping up with the latest hot beauty trend can be a little silly. In a time where literally any video or photo has the potential to become viral, some beauty trends can really pick up steam online. From contouring with eating utensils to matching makeup looks to snack foods, there’s no telling what’s going to gain popularity on social media. Luckily, not all beauty trends are wacky and some are actually really easy to recreate and can be worn on a daily basis.  

One of my favorite beauty trends of the moment is monochromatic makeup. If you’re unfamiliar with the monochromatic makeup trend, it basically consists of keeping the majority (if not all) of your eye, cheek and lip makeup within the same color scheme. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, it really is! I particularly love this trend during the fall and winter months because it allows you to create some warmer makeup looks that really pop. It also doesn't require any special technique or practice. All you need to do is find your personal favorite colors and have fun creating your own monochromatic looks! This is also an ideal trend for anyone who's looking to use their favorite beauty products in multiple ways (e.g., lipstick as blush, blush as eye shadow, etc).

New Year's Eve Makeup Inspiration with Ardell Lashes

Wednesday is the last day of 2014 and we know you want to ring in 2015 looking radiant and beautiful. New Year's Eve is all about getting glamorous and gorgeous, so whether you're thinking of rocking false lashes, red lips, a bronze eye or smokey eye, Planet Beauty has you covered with the best products for a winning look. 

This New Year's Eve, don't be afraid to glam up with some false lashes. Ardell's Wispies and Demi Wispies are always winners with makeup artists. Make your lashes really pop with a beautiful and always stunning smokey eye. To steal Ardell's smokey eye look, use Smashbox's Full Exposure palette in the black matte shade and silver shimmer shade. Line with the Always Sharp 3D liner in Gunmetal. A word of advice for any party girl? Carry your glue with you just in case your lashes get stubborn. Complete this gorgeous look with Smashbox's Legendary Lipstick in Bing. 

If you feel like being a bronzed babe this Wednesday, create this winning look with Too Faced Cosmetics. To get this signature look, I suggest using the Cat Eyes Palette from Too Faced with the Tiger's Eye and Leopard eyeshadow shades. Get an easy, flawless line with the 3-Way Lash Lining Tool. Bronze and contour with Too Faced's Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer and complete your look with with Melted Fuchsia for sensationally shiny lips. 

Planet Beauty: Your Halloween Beauty Headquarters

Halloween is almost a week away, so to get you prepped and ready for the festivities, Planet Beauty is your Halloween Headquarters! Whether you're planning a fun night out with friends, or planning a night in with scary movies, check out some of our must-haves.

You can wear false lashes all year long, but you can go a little more dramatic and fun for Halloween. This year, Ardell has their Ombre Lash Collection to give your lashes a cool, edgy color at the tips. Choose a shade to match your costume or enhance your natural eye color. For real intensity, try any of Ardell's Double Up Lashes. It's double the lash and double the fun for Halloween. Eylure also has a great variety of lashes in their Dramatic series. Whatever you choose, don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and have a spooktacular time.

This Halloween, find a lipstick you can wear through the holidays. Go with a top-selling red shade like Smashbox's Legendary or Infrared Matte. For a glossy, liquified red, go with Too Faced's Melted Lipstick in Ruby. If you're feeling the plums and berries this Halloween, Too Faced Melted Lipstick shades in Fig and Violet are sure to please. For a traditional lipstick, bareMinerals Moxie lipstick shade in Lead the Way is stunning. 

Don't leave Planet Beauty without picking up a bottle of polish. OPI's Peanuts Collection has the perfect shade of black with Who Are You Calling Bossy. Essie's Orange, It's Obvious is a great shade to have, as well. For an edgy, fun mulberry red, go with Deborah Lippmann's Bitches Brew. The name's perfect for Halloween.

 

Perfect Your Lip and False Lashes Look

Wearing lipstick and false lashes always elevates your look, whether you're putting together an outfit for an important interview or a wedding you're attending. Cooler weather always seems to inspire the fashionista inside of us, but sometimes, perfecting a look can be a little tricky. Many of us shy away from sporting a bold lip or rocking false lashes because we're afraid we won't be able to pull it off. Well, I'm here to tell you that you can! I myself have always been a lipgloss gal. However, I recently tried a deep violet lip stick and I actually loved it! Of course, as with anything beauty-related, it just takes a little courage and some practice. 

Smashbox has been promoting their #shapematters campaign, teaching women how to enhance the natural shape of their eyes and lips with their Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette and new Always Sharp Liners. When it comes to pulling off a bold lip, it all starts with prep. If your lips are chapped and dry, you won't be happy with the end result. To promote beautiful, healthy lips, simply exfoliate dead skin away. jane iredale's Sugar & Butter preps your pretty pout with a sugar (also edible) exfoliator on one side and a buttery, moisturizing plumper on the other end. If you have extremely dry lips, pick up a tube of jane iredale's Lip Drink. Next, try a variety of lipstick shades on. My advice? Don't try on lip shades when you're not wearing any other makeup. It's hard to see the big picture this way. Peach, nude, classic red, berry and brown shades are all hot right now, so the possibilities are endless. Check out Smashbox's videos on Youtube for achieving the perfect pucker.

Trends Spotted at the Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards are always fun to watch, not just for the artists performing, but for the edgy fashion and beauty trends seen on the red carpet. Celebrities seem to take more liberties with their style and the atmosphere is a lot more casual, which can lead to some interesting choices in hair and makeup. Here's what we loved about the red carpet beauty trends.

Edgy hair color: Both Ke$ha and Kylie Jenner rocked pink and turquoise hair, respectively. Ke$ha's hair was dyed entirely, while Kylie rocked dipped turquoise tips, which looked really fun with her long bob. If you've been wanting to experiment with fun colors, Jerome Russell has Punky Colors, which deposits temporary color while conditioning hair. Of course, this product works best on bleached hair, but you can even use it on dark hair to create some fun highlights. Or, if you're really feeling brave, call your local Planet Beauty and see if any of the stylists specialize in funky colors. You can always try a few peek-a-boo highlights and take it from there. 

Valentine's Day for all!

Whether you're painting the town red with your girlfriends this Friday, going on a romantic date with your honey or embracing your singleness at home, Planet Beauty is your Valentine's Day headquarters! 

If you're ready to bring out your inner vixen with your girls, you're going to need an arsenal of red. Proven to be the color of attraction, sporting red will give you the confidence of Beyoncé on that dance floor. For long lasting lip color, I suggest starting off with Too Faced's Perfect Red lip liner. Its name seems too good to be true, but trust me, it will perfectly blend with most red lipstick shades and is also smudge-proof. Smashbox's Infared Matte lipstick makes a killer combo that will have all the guys looking your way. If you're on the ombré lip train right now, try outlining your lips with Smashbox's Dark Nude lip liner, instead. Every vixen needs a go-to red nail polish. Some of our favorites include: OPI's The Thrill of Brazil, Butter London's Come to Bed Red and Essie's Forever Young. To finish off your look, go faux with your lashes, but not your personality. Eyelure has some beautiful lashes to choose from that come with built-in eyeliner that will make your eyes pop from across the room. 

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