Brighten Up Your Beauty Routine With a Pop Of Color

Is your daily beauty routine lacking color? Do you find yourself drowning in a sea of nude shades? If so, I invite you to take action just in time for summer! It’s the perfect season to show a fun, colorful side to your personality. Even subtle experimentation can take your look to another level. If you’re ready to brighten things up, check out some ways you can stand out and rock some color in your beauty routine.

Try a colorful smokey eye:  Okay, so maybe a colorful smokey eye isn’t office appropriate, but you can definitely work it for the weekend.  One of the best palettes out right now is Too Faced’s Sugar Pop Eyeshadow Palette. The glamour guide included in the palette gives you step by step instructions and helps you find the perfect shades to make your eye color stand out. This palette is a definite must-have for summer.

Opt for a colorful liner: This month, skip the eyeshadow and go straight for a colorful liner. Wearing colored eyeliner seems simple, but can add a nice dramatic effect that draws all attention to your eyes. If you have yet to try Smashbox’s Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liners, then you’re missing out. These gel liners easily glide on with a minimal amount of product and are perfect for summer weather.

Give your nails a splash of color: Give your French or nude manicure a rest and get creative with your nails this month! OPI’s ColorPaints are the nail must-have products for summer. These gorgeous shades will bring out the inner artist in everyone. Layer them and blend them to create colorful nail art. The silver base works to draw out the color of the paints for a unique manicure each time. When it comes to ColorPaints, there are no rules! With eight shades available, the possibilities are endless!

Met Gala Makeup Inspiration for Spring and Summer

The Met Gala was a week ago, but we’re still obsessing over all the makeup looks we saw trending among some of our favorite celebrities. If you’re looking for some beauty inspiration to add a little sizzle to your spring and summer, check out some of our favorite looks from the Met Gala.

All eyes were on Sarah Jessica’s head piece, but we loved everything about her jade eye shadow. Recreate this look with bareMineral’s Soiree Eye Shadow and draw extra attention to your eyes by smudging out your eye liner. Be generous with your mascara (or opt for falsies) and go nude/pink with your lips.

Selena Gomez looked absolutely radiant in her white gown and beautiful updo, but her red lip brought her look to another level. Carry a classic red lipstick in your purse this summer and bring it out when you want to stand out. Smashbox’s Legendary Lipstick is a great classic shade to own.  Complete your look with a cat eye and mascara.

Jennifer Lopez always looks bronzed and beautiful and we loved her intense eye shimmer at the Met Gala. Steal her look with Stila’s Metal Foil Eye Shadows and tap along the outer corners of the eye for a dramatic effect. Contour your face and bronze up for a smoldering spring and summer look.

The Hottest New Items from Smashbox

The newest Smashbox products have arrived at Planet Beauty and they are total makeup game changers. Whether you’re a makeup artist or just love everything about makeup, you’re going to want the latest additions to Smashbox Cosmetics.

If you’re all about the eyeliner, then you are going to go crazy for the Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liners. These liners give you the intense look of a gel with the easy glide of a liquid for all kinds of eyeliner looks. Whether you’re going for a classic cat eye or trying a graphic look, these liners will stay put for up to 36 hours. The applicator tip allows for versatility in application so you can get a thin or thick line as desired. Unless you’re an eyeliner pro, using these liners will probably require a little practice. The key is to not push too much of the product up and using quick, gentle strokes.  With 8 different shades to choose from, you’ll have a look for every occasion.

Summer is all about showing off your skin’s luminosity. Take your look to the next level with the new L.A Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Colors. The multi-purpose creamy sticks are a great staple to have in your makeup bag. Use on lips, face and cheeks for a quick luminous kiss of color. Build your color depending on the occasion and use the velvety sponge applicator tip to blend without streaking. You can also use the highlighter and bronzer shades to created contoured looks. With names like Hollywood and Highlight and Beverly Hills Blush, you’ll feel like you’re Red Carpet ready any time.

Get Your Green on for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and we're inviting you to get your green on in celebration! Take a look at some of our favorite green beauty products and join in on the Tuesday festivities!

1. Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Billionaire: This gorgeous antiqued green and gold liner is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and make your eyes stand out. 

2. jane iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner in Green: Go for a colorful cat eye with jane iredale's gel eyeliner in green. The color is a versatile, almost olive tone that will look beautiful for non-festive occasions, as well.

3. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Jade: Conquer the day with this fierce, metallic green for the perfect shadow that'll give you an edge for a fun night out.            

4. Essie's Nail Polish in Shake Your $$ Maker: A truly festive St. Patricks Day green, you will be the life of the party. An electric green shade, you'll love wearing this in the summer, too.

5. OPI's Infinite Shine in To The Finish Lime: Don't shy away from lime and wear this creamy lime nail polish for St. Patricks Day AND Easter. The ideal spring green, you'll get compliments wherever you go. 

6. Deborah Lippann's Nail Polish in Laughin' to the Bank: Anyone in search of a true, emerald green will fall in love with this beautiful, shimmery green.

Pantone Color of 2015: Marsala

Pantone's Color of the year is Marsala and we've compiled a list of our beauty must-haves. A beautiful and rich red-brown color, this color is classic, no matter how you choose to wear it. With so many variations of marsala-inspired tones to choose from, finding the perfect shade for you shouldn't be too hard.

1. Deborah Lippmann's Nail Polish in Bitches Brew:  This shade doesn't hold back on it's level of seductiveness. A rich, mulberry shade, this polish is on trend and perfect year-round. 

2. Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux: The perfect, deep red lip lacquer for your collection, this lip shade will wow wherever you go.

3. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Finish First: This caramel rich lipstick has just the right amount of reddish undertones that makes it an everyday go-to shade. 

4. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick: A personal favorite, this glossy brownish pink shade looks beautiful on just about everyone. This lipgloss also makes a great year-round shade.

5. Too Faced's La Creme Lipstick in Pink Chocolate: This berry brown is so perfect for spring and summer. The creamy formula makes reapplying so easy.  

6. OPI's Nail Polish in Lost on Lombard: A dark, red creme, this shade is an instant classic that should be in your collection. 

7. Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in My Color/Nevada: When mixed together, both of these shades transform your lips into a marsala-inspired dream. 

8. Essie's Nail Polish Wrapped In Rubies: If you want to be a little more unconventional with the marsala trend, go with this burgundy polish with gold undertones. A little more glam, this polish isn't for the traditionalist.

NYFW 2015 Beauty Trends To Follow

New York Fashion Week 2015 brought us some great beauty trends this year, from fresh takes on makeup to inspired on-the-go hairstyles. There is so much beauty inspiration to take from New York Fashion Week, so I compiled a list of the five easiest trends to recreate at home. 

1. Minimalist Makeup: From Marc Jacobs to Donna Karan, models on the runway sported very little (if any) face makeup, letting their natural skin shine through. Whether you have freckles or slight imperfections, I dare you to be bare. Two products that are perfect for this trend both come from Dr. Perricone. If the thought of being without foundation scares you a bit, pick up No Foundation Foundation. This will give you slight coverage, while allowing your skin to look natural. If you just want a glow without coverage, Dr. Perricone's new Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint is the perfect au naturel skincare must-have.

2. Subtle Smokey Eyes: If you've always steered clear of the smokey eye, don't. A subtle smokey eye requires less work and still looks fabulously chic. There are different ways to achieve a subtle smokey eye. Choose colors that are on the gray and brown side and use soft strokes with application. You can also achieve a subtle smokey eye by simply keeping the darker color to the outer corners of your eyes only. Smashbox's Full Exposure Palette has every perfect color imaginable for the best smokey eyes, whether they're dramatic or subtle.

Valentine's Day MUA Inspiration

This Saturday is Valentine's Day and I'm  here to inspire you with some gorgeous makeup looks! Valentine's Day is all about love and romance, so what better way to get into the spirit of the day than with a sultry or cat eye? 

I thought I would consult two of our very own talented makeup artists to find some great looks for Saturday. Both Casie and Eryn created looks that are Valentine's Day perfect. Check out the the products they used and their tips for the perfect look.

Makeup Artist: Eryn Shelton Instagram : erynleanne


For flawless skin:

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
Jane BB Cream BB6 - Applied with Beauty Blender
Dust Loose Mattifying Powder on top 
Contour with Jane Iredale Pressed powder in Butternut 
Highlight with Too Faced Candlelight powder
Blend Jane Iredale Copper Wind Blush in between

For flawless eyes:

Palette Featured: Too Faced's Chocolate Bar

Apply White Chocolate all over lid to brow bone
Blend Cherry Cordial into inner and outer corners of the eye
Blend Milk Chocolate & Amaretto together and mix in the crease 
Add the Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer in Ms Vegas in the middle of the Cherry Cordial
Blend a little of the Milk Chocolate & Amaretto together and apply under the bottom lash line
Highlight the inner corner eye with Champagne Truffle

For flawless brows, liner and lashes:

New from Smashbox!

Smashbox has launched three new exciting products that are going to revolutionize your makeup collection and change the way you look and feel. If you're ready to have flawless makeup all year round, you'll want to try Smashbox's latest and greatest products. Smashbox founder and photographer Davis Factor is inspiring you to get camera-ready, no matter what the occassion.

If you fell in love with the Full Exposure palette last year, then get ready for another beautiful set of shadows with a twist. The Double Exposure palette gives you 14 shadows that transform into 14 additional beautiful pigments when applied wet. These dry to wet shadows give you 28 gorgeous possiblities for eyeshadow looks that will be stunning. The palette was inspired by a photography technique called multiple exposure, where the camera shutter opens more than once to expose and reveal the film several times. This technique ends up capturing a sequence of photos that show how a moment transforms. How neat is that? To achieve your own personal transformation, you also get a how-to with 6 different eye shapes. Included in the palette is also a miniature Full Exposure mascara and a double-ended brush with a domed and angled side for flawless application.

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. 

December Must-Haves

If you’re looking for products to help you look fabulous for all those holiday parties, then you’re going to love our hot December picks. Before you avoid the camera, check out these amazing products that will have you jumping into selfies.

Maintain radiant-looking skin this holiday season with Rodial’s Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads. These effective cleansing pads are formulated with apple amino acids, olive oil and salicylic acids to remove makeup and give your skin a deep cleanse. Rodial’s probiotic technology helps strengthen skin and boost hydration. Skin is left looking radiant and pores appear significantly smaller. Anyone with oily skin will love how these pads control sebum flow. If you’re a fan of cleansing pads, you’ll love Rodial’s. Makeup application is going to be so much smoother this month.

If you’re learning how to contour but still haven’t perfected the art, then you need to try Beautyblender’s newest sponge. This mini applicator works beautifully on the smaller areas of the face. An Allure Best of Beauty winner, this is a definite must-have for all our makeup mavens. Well-known makeup artists and Youtube stars can’t stop talking about the because of how seamless makeup applies with it. Highlight and contour with ease with this amazing beauty sponge. Once you use Beautyblender, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. You’ll also want to stuff every stocking with this must-have beauty tool.

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