Smokey Lips Are The New Smokey Eye This Season

The smokey eye has always been a go-to classic beauty trend, especially during the fall and winter months. As the weather changes and cools, we look to those sultry, smokey eyes to warm us up. This season, we’re seeing a new trend that showed up on the fall 2016 runways: smoky lips! Taking the same concept for the smokey eye, this trend warms up and transforms any lip color of your choice by simply blending a darker grey or black lipstick over it. This trend is so easy, we just had to jump on board!

We thought we’d have a little fun creating our own smokey lips using three Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick shades that are already great for the fall season when worn alone: Coffee Run (A rich brown), Screen Queen (A burgundy wine) and Punked (Deep Grey Matte).

The first smokey lip we created was combining Coffee Run with Punked. We first applied Coffee Run on its own. Then, using a lip brush, we blended in a little bit of Punked for a smokey finish. The color, once blended, became sephia-toned in its appearance. Notice how the notes of grey made the lip color much more interesting and a little edgy.



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).

Nude Makeup Is The Hottest Red Carpet Trend Right Now

The MTV Video Music Awards were this past Sunday and it's official---Nudes are IN! (Nude makeup, that is!) This Sunday, the Red Carpet was flooded with bold outfit choices and sultry, nude makeup that focused on the eyes and lips. Where daring choices are normally applauded at the VMAs, this week proved that nude makeup can make a smoldering statement when it comes to beauty. We narrowed down our favorite looks from the 2016 VMAs and picked our favorite beauty products to recreate the gorgeousness from home. 

We loved everything about Hailey Baldwin's look at the VMAs. Her smokey bronzed eye and textured messy lob paired perfectly with her see-through jumpsuit. To create her tousled tresses, we love Matrix's Mess Maker from their Style Link Series. This lightweight sea salt spray gives the right amount of hold and texture without making the hair look dirty or matted. To copy her bronzed smokey eye, our go to product is Smashbox's versatile eyeshadow trio in Screenshot. Complete her look with the new Gen Nude Lipstick from bareMinerals in XOX. This dusty rose shade will give you a medium wash of color, while leaving your lips moisturized and ready to conquer the day.


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Glow Like a Goddess With Our Summer Favorites

Getting a beautiful bronzed glow for the summer doesn’t mean you have to compromise your skin and spend hours under the sun. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to spend any time under the sun at all! If you’re looking to bronze up this summer without a burn, then you’ll need some of our favorite products to get that golden goddess look.

The first step to getting a bronzed look is creating a smooth base. We used Smashbox’s Studio Skin Foundation to create our summer makeup look. This buildable foundation not only covers imperfections, but also hydrates the skin for a natural-looking, demi-matte finish.  To conceal the under eye area and other problem areas, we chose bareMinerals’ bareSkin concealer for its silky smooth finish. High-definition mineral optics in the formula work to smooth out imperfections and create a brightened, luminous appearance. Achieving the ultimate golden glow requires some contouring to enhance the facial features and warm up the face naturally. For our look, we used Smashbox’s Contour Kit in Deep. To highlight, we went the warmer route and chose Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey. This sheer powder is caramel honey colored and infuses the skin with that warm, summer-like glow.

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Get Your Glow On All Summer Long

As summer nears and the weather starts to warm up, it’s common to want to let your skin breathe as much as possible. The thought of layers and layers of makeup can feel a little claustrophobic when you’re in the midst of a heatwave. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to completely forgo wearing makeup. One of the the quickest and easiest ways to brighten up your complexion and look summer fabulous is by applying a highlighter. A highlighter not only gives your face an instant lift but showers you with a glow that makes you look like a glammed-up goddess.

To achieve a natural highlighted effect, you’ll want to place your focus on the bridge of your nose, above your cheekbones, your brow bones, cupid’s bow and the center of your forehead. While there are a variety of makeup brushes you can use to apply highlighter, one tried and true beauty tool is the fan brush. Because of its half-moon shape, it makes applying highlighter easier. The smaller and thinner the bristles are, the easier it is to build your highlighter naturally. This is especially important when you are working with highlighters that have high shimmer or tiny specks of glitter.


Kiss Me Now, Kiss Me Later!

When you’re a busy woman on the go, chances are, you’ve got a full calendar on your hands. Between juggling your job, family life and social life, there’s probably little time to update and freshen up your look from location to location. Sure, you could run home and re-do your makeup if you’re going from work to a first date, but that’s just extra time you can’t be bothered with. One of the quickest ways to transform your makeup look from day to night is by simply changing up your lipstick. One of the best things about wearing lipstick is that it can make such a strong statement with little effort. On days when you’re not feeling your best, lipstick always has a way of making you look put together.  

For a fresh-looking daytime look, a soft pink pout is the way to go. Smashbox's Cognac lipstick instantly enhances the natural color of the lip while adding a beautiful glossy finish. Notice how minimizing the amount of eyeshadow draws attention to Vanessa's gorgeous smile! This particular shade of lipstick. Cognac is also a great shade for an everyday professional look or that first date you've been looking forward to. 


4 Must-Have Products For The Girl Who Doesn't Like Wearing Makeup

These days, it seems like everyone’s getting into the hottest makeup trends, experimenting with cut creases and facial contouring learned from Instagram and YouTube. For someone who doesn’t really like makeup, those terms can be foreign and that’s okay. If you’re someone who would rather ditch makeup but still want to look done up and professional for work, then here are some minimal makeup must-haves.

If you immediately recoil at the thought of wearing a foundation for the fear of that “masked” feeling, then by all means, skip the foundation! Tinted moisturizers disappear right into your skin, while offering some amazing skincare benefits. jane iredale’s Dream Tint has been one of their customer favorites for years and comes as no surprise. Lightweight minerals give a sheer to medium coverage while Algae Extract hydrates your skin and shields it against moisture loss. Titanium Dioxide offers sunscreen protection while calming and smoothing the skin, as well. Your skin will look radiant without the heaviness of a full coverage foundation. Set your tinted moisturizer with a lightweight finishing powder and lightly tap on your t-zone area.


Smashbox's Newest Collection Has Arrived

Smashbox has launched new products that are going to elevate your cheek, lash and eye game. Just in time for spring and perfect for summer, you may need to free up some space in your makeup bag for this newest collection of must-haves.

This season, Smashbox has improved the way you apply mascara. The new Photo Finish Lash Primer is everything you need for perfectly volumized lashes. It not only primes and volumizes your lashes before mascara, but conditions them with each use to prevent unwanted smudging and flaking. A newly improved brush comes with two sides so you can separate and coat each lash.


When it comes to mascara, one wand does not fit all. If you’re a mascara junkie, then you’re going to love the newest options from Smashbox. While Full Exposure might be your go-to mascara, you have to check out the new X-Rated and Indecent Exposure mascara wands. For unstoppable, buildable volume, you’ll want to try out the X-Rated Mascara. Tripod Fibers in the formula wrap around each individual lash for unfiltered, sexy volume. Just a few quick applications and you’ll get fuller lashes instantly.


If you’re looking to lengthen and define your lashes, the Indecent Exposure mascara is exactly what you need. Wavelength Fibers in the formula grab on to your lashes to add length with each stroke of mascara. The brush is designed with micro bristles to define the inner and bottom lashes, as well.

Our Coachella Beauty Picks for 2016

Coachella begins this weekend and we're bringing you some of our favorite must-have beauty essentials to get you through those long, warm festival days. Before you head out to the desert, stop by your local Planet Beauty and pick up some of these awesome products so you can stay gorgeous all weekend long and keep your festival groove strong. 

1. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue:  Who doesn't love to show a little skin at Coachella? Perfect your no-makeup game with this best-selling gel cream from bareMinerals. Since it launched, it's become a customer favorite for on-the-go beauty that seems flawless. The best of a BB, CC and tinted moisturizer, you'll love how your skin looks and feels. An added bonus? You'll also protect your skin with a 30 SPF.

2. Wella Eimi Ocean Spritz: Create that perfectly messy braid or go for those Bohemian beach waves with this texturizing mineral sea salt spray. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it also protects hair from dehydration and UV damage (a bonus when you're outdoors all day). Simply spray into dry or damp hair and either scrunch or shake through to create the right amount of texture. 

3. philosophy pure grace shimmering body oil: This limited edition shimmering dry body oil is everything you've dreamed of from the pure grace line. Almond and Grape Seed oils moisturize your skin and offer antioxidant protection. Mica gives your skin a lovely hint of shimmer that will make it glow for hours at a time.


Must-Have Spring Break Essentials!

It's Spring Break and we're bringing you must-have beauty essentials to keep you looking gorgeous on your chosen getaway! Before you finish packing your bags, stop by your local Planet Beauty and pick up some of these Spring Break favorites!

1. St. Tropez Self-Tanning Bronzing Mist: Save yourself the risk of UVA and UVB exposure and get your spring break glow from St. Tropez, instead. This lightweight spray delivers a fine mist for an even, beautiful tan that will look like you laid out all day. Conditioning aloe keeps your skin soft and moisturized. The scent is also light, so no one will notice your lovely tan came from a bottle. Before you apply, make sure you thoroughly exfoliate your skin to avoid any dry patches. 

2. Coola SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer: Don't even think about packing a bag without sunscreen! This spring break essential will keep you protected from harmful free radicals and damaging rays. Coola isn't your typical sunscreen, though. This moisturizer is made with 70% Certified Organice inactive ingredients. Vitamins B, C and E give your skin optimal antioxidant protection. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oils help balance the moisture in your skin and keep inflammation at bay. This hypoallergenic, paraben and Oxybenzone-free moisturizer is sure to become your favorite go-to sunscreen all year long.


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