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6 SECRETS OF LOOKING NATURAL WITH MAKEUP

So you want to look put together, but you don’t want to look like you’re ready for a night on the town.

Achieving a natural makeup look isn’t as easy as it seems, but here are six tips to help you look radiant and polished without looking like a clown:

Customize Your Base

Depending on your skin type and how confident you are about exposing your natural face, you can do a number of things with regards to your foundation or primer base.

If you simply need some overall coverage, you can make your base makeup look lighter and more natural by mixing it with moisturizer. This will give you a more dewy and refreshed appearance that looks less thick and caked on than without moisturizer, so it’s a great way of making your makeup look more natural without having to sacrifice the coverage you get.

For those of you with naturally good skin who only use foundation as part of a complete makeup look, skip the base altogether and opt for a shimmery moisturizer instead.

Brows

Getting your brows in order is a great way of making your makeup look natural because a striking brow can really frame your face, meaning you won’t have to worry so much about spending a long time on your makeup.

There are so many different options for brows nowadays, and plenty of tutorials online on how to achieve the perfect brows.

So, if you really want to make an impression without caking on layers of makeup, try your hand at eyebrow grooming and shading before even reaching for your other items of makeup.

Nude Lip

If you want to avoid looking like you have too much makeup on, one of the best ways to begin is to start with a nude lip. You simply cannot achieve a natural makeup look if you want to have red or purple lips.

Nude colors are tones of pink, blush, or might have slight brown undertones. Nude lips and eyes are the general palette you’re going to be working with if you want to look natural.

Just make sure you know your own skin tone before you buy makeup, because certain tones look better with warmer undertones, while others look better with cooler ones.

Avoid Eyeliner

There are one or two exceptions, but eyeliner and natural makeup looks do not go together very well. This is because eyeliner is a dramatic highlighter of the eyes, essentially, and is best reserved for high drama looks.

The most popular choice for eyeliner is still black, and it’s almost impossible to wear it in a manner that looks natural. The only exception to this is if you have an incredibly steady hand and can put a subtle line on the outer eye, at the corners.

This should follow the natural line of the eye and not extend into a wing or cat’s tail, of course. Still, this look is pretty difficult to achieve, so it’s best to avoid eyeliner completely when you want to look natural.

Accentuate

The key to a natural makeup look is to accentuate your natural features, not try to exaggerate them or create new features entirely.

For example, a cat’s eye eyeliner look might be fun and dramatic, but it’s giving you features you don’t have naturally, so it’s never going to look natural. If you want to be a pro at creating a natural makeup look, simply study your face and figure out what you like most about it. Do you have striking eyes? Then your natural makeup should highlight your eyes.

Maybe you don’t like your eyes, but you love your sharp cheekbones? Then you will highlight your cheekbones and avoid accentuating the eyes. A natural makeup look is all about accentuating, not creating.

Emphasize

Another excellent tip for achieving a natural look is to emphasize. Similar to accentuate, emphasizing is all about emphasizing one feature only. When you emphasize more than one feature, you will always end up with a heavy makeup look.

For instance, if you choose to accentuate your eyes with smoky eyeliner on the top and bottom, and then also highlight your lips in a berry red, you are going to end up with a heavy makeup look. It might look stunning, but it certainly won’t look natural.

As we’ve seen, you should avoid eyeliner altogether for natural makeup looks, generally speaking. Berry lips, even if they’re coupled with a nude eye, are never going to look natural either. Thus, the key to emphasizing when you’re trying to achieve a natural makeup look is to only go a few shades darker or lighter than your natural one.

Fashion and Culture Done Right

NEW ASICS GEL-Lyte V KL Shogun Honors Japanese Culture

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With all the talk of cultural appropriation with fashion brands of late, it may be refreshing to see that athletic footwear company ASICS partner with an actual Japanese company when it came up with its new brand of sneakers that honor Japanese culture

KICKS LAB collaborates with ASICS for the new GEL-Lyte V KL Shogun footwear. One of the hottest trending ASICS deals for 2019, the stylish GEL-Lyte V KL Shogun sneakers combine the most modern innovative technology with classic Japanese inspired design. Just one in a line that promises to leave an indelible imprint on the fashion world, the new “KL Shogun” is a must-have for every serious ASICS fan. 

Unique Japan Inspired Design

ASICS continues to break the fashion mold with its unique footwear design and inspiration. Not just content to be the best tennis shoes with the highest sports performance, ASICS has a commitment to high fashion and innovation. This year’s GEL-Lyte V KL Shogun shoes continues the tradition set last year with the GEL-Lyte III. The “KL Shogun” and “KL Samurai” are all part of this very unique union between ASICS and the KICKS Lab in Japan. 

Kicks Lab

The premium sneaker boutique collaborated with ASICS to create a popular sneaker series inspired by traditional Japanese culture and history. Taking inspiration from warrior Samurai, ninjas, and even Japanese writing, the ASICS sneaker collection balance carefully the power of rich tradition and the promise of innovation. ASICS fans look forward to many more collaborations between ASICS and innovators like the KICKS Lab. 

Bold Branding

The GEL-Lyte III in bold white and black resulted from a collaboration between ASICS and the sneakers disrupter KICKS LAB. The GEL-Lyte III is a lightweight shoe in premium leatherand suede. The custom insoles housed Japanese characters. KICKS lab touted that the footwear was ideal for ninjas. The ASICS GEL Lyte III answers the whimsical question, “What if a Ninja wears a pair of sneakers?” Answer? A light shoe that enables the ultimate in sports performance. 

ASICS advertising for the footwear collection is as memorable as the shoes, using Japanese music in bold but precise strokes. The simple GEL-Lyte III ad shows images of the sneakers moving to a soundtrack of Japanese Taiko Drums. The ASICS Tiger “KL Shogun” ad is similar. The dark red and black shoe floats in space while Daiko drums hit dramatically behind. Simple and stunning, the “KL Shogun” from Kicks Lab continues to be the ultimate footwear of Japanese street fashion. 

Red and Black Design

This line of shoes combines a bold reflective red with dark black. Designs boast of warrior silhouetted against a sea of red, Japanese lettering, and other iconic symbols. The collaboration promises to combine the latest in sneaker technology with a unique style that can only come from Japan. 

The GEL-Lyte KL Shogun sneakers feature red and black, with gray materials to balance the bold color choice. Reflectormaterial adds to the red color. The “Shogun” imagery in black and red pop out from the shoe. While a sports performance shoe, the “KL Shogun” compliments every scenario. Perfect for the courts, the track, or the dance floor. Enjoy these striking shoes and add them to your essential 

Spring Style: How to Wear a Crop Top In Your 40s

The weather, generally, is getting seasonally sunnier and nicer out which means it is time for open toed shoes, light weight clothing, pastel and warmer colors…and more revealing clothing.

One trend that has come and gone and come again has been the crop top. It’s not a style that everyone can pull off becasue a lot of us moms do not have the same tight tummy we had before kids.

Fear not, there are ways that some of us can pull off this trend without even having to reveal much if none of our tummy at all!

Wear it in a dark color with a high waist maxi skirt with a fun print like Catherine Summers a few years back in the Not Dressed Lamb blog because it draws attention to the print and reveals just a wee bit of the waist.

I like Ivy Park Circle Knit Cropped Long-Sleeve ($58) or one of these:

Or have no skin at all showing by wearing a belt with it or wear high waisted pants so high they cover your tummy the way  Cate Blanchett wore to a couple of red carpet events.

Or you can say whatevs and pair them with high waisted sweatpants like I did this way, but go with a solid hue for a monochromatic effect.

Whatever you want, have it your way!

Trend: Posh Easter Baskets

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Posh parents are foregoing the traditional Easter baskets  filled with candy, plastic toys, and bubbles and opting for baskets with more expensive items inside.

One New York City mom, Laura Rolston, told local station CBS that she is having her son Christopher’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny at Roosevelt Field Mall and then giving him a basket of clothes and more elaborate gifts.

“Stuffed animals and bath toys and stuff like that,” the Patchogue resident told the station. “Little clothing for him. It’s definitely a little more than when I was a kid. I’m a new parent and I’m excited and I don’t mind spoiling my little boy a bit.”

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It’s part of a new trend to make Easter baskets that rival the best birthday and Christmas presents — complete with clothing, toys, and even electronics.

Some parents say the extravagant and gift filled Easter basket are a result of parents’ tried to steer their kids away from eating so much candy. Still, others say it’s gone too far.

“We hear that these baskets, parents are putting them online and saying, ‘Look at my basket, my basket is bigger and better than the other basket’ and again, at the end of the day, it should be about tradition, should be about a holiday, shouldn’t be about who has the biggest, better, most awesome, expensive basket,”  Lyss Stern of the DivaMoms.com blog told a local Fox station.

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“We hear that these baskets, parents are putting them online and saying, ‘Look at my basket, my basket is bigger and better than the other basket’ and again, at the end of the day, it should be about tradition, should be about a holiday, shouldn’t be about who has the biggest, better, most awesome, expensive basket,” Stern told MyFoxZone.

5 Rules of the Facebook Fashionista

Photo: Tamara Bellis

I shared this blog post about Facebook tagging rules on one of my old blogs, MsChiefmakers and I’m resharing it here because I thought it was a fun share:

Along with all the positive impact of the social networking tool, Facebook, in bringing old friends, family and colleagues together, another effect is that it created a forum for Fashionistas to show off their uber cute outfits and looking fab photographed with friends on the social circuit.

Unlike celebrities however, the average Fashionista usually can’t afford a closet of outfits she will wear only once, but she has to keep up the appearance of being trendy and fashion-forward.

Also, she cannot be caught in a compromising or unflattering position for fear of it getting out and ruining her Fashonista reputation.

An unintended consequence of Facebook is that it creates a memorial of your outfits that can be easily tracked, making it easy for your fashion nemesis to spot when you’ve repeated an outfit, for example. 

What to do? What to do?

Abide by these 5 rules of Facebook Fashionistas that’s what!

1. Never be tagged wearing the same outfit at an event at a party Or keep a healthy 10 event distance before repeating an outfit. If you find yourself in this dilemma and spot a camera aimed in your direction and you know the camera person (like me) will likely upload the photo and TAG you in it, you can play it safe by turning your head so that you are not recognized and get tagged.

People who like to tag random elbows, backs and shoes they recognize in a photo are not good people or pressed to share with their friends that you were at their event. 

Notwithstanding the rules, it’s safe to throw a jacket overtop a dress you wore before 10 events especially if the jacket stands out and deflects from the garment underneath that breaks this rule. It’s also safe to rearrange pieces of a repeat outfit into a totally different ensemble. Scarves, hats, and funky earrings also help deflect the attention from a possible repeat.

You can always swap outfits with a friend or sister. That works too!

Photo: Samantha Sophia



2. Keep friends who know well enough to NOT tag you looking bloated, cross-eyed, with your mouth open and/or with food in it, looking like a doofus, hunched over, dumpy or caught in an under the chin shot which is a bad angle for all people young, old, short, bald, fat, skinny.

Facebook Fashionistas look out for each other. We crop, edit, photoshop and definitely DO NOT tag friends in unflattering or compromising positions or photos. People who are willing to tag you because they think THEY look good in a shot and totally ignore the fact that you have a dollop of barbecue sauce smeared on your chin should be warned. Privately. Inboxed of the offense. Politely, of course. Put a smiley or “lol” after your warning so not to offend. If they commit the act again, see Rule 4.



3. Do not be afraid to exercise the UNTAG button. Friends, if your Facebook pal untags a photo of herself in a  photo you have tagged, do not take offense. It’s what Facebook Fashionistas do.

4.  Exercise the power of the privacy settings.

If there is a friend who insists on tagging you in unflattering photos and does not abide by the Facebook Fashionista rules, feel free to block, unfriend or put them in a group of folks who you ban from seeing all photos or posts by you.

You can take them out of Facebook Jail after a while.

By then, your lack of constant contact with that person would downgrade you on their Facebook feed anyway, saving you from having to deal with them when they discover the last post they read from you was 2 years ago.

Photo: Clarisse Meyer

5. Always insist on photos being taken at eye level or above to capture your best angles and portray you looking your leanest. 

Only super skinny models can get away with that up the nose angle. Since most people, even professional photographers at parties use digital camera, exercise your right to inspect and approve an image.

Don’t risk having a fugly photo posted all over Facebook by not standing over the photographer and insisting he delete an unflattering photo. If you aren’t able to have it deleted, thank God Facebook lets you untag.

If you know the album owner well enough, you can inbox and request they delete the photo from their album. Fellow Facebook Fashionistas usually oblige.

Get out there and LOOK GOOD girls!



Spring Style: 1 Top Styled 6 Ways

I was admiring some of the “How to Wear” pins on Pinterest and realized that few of them feature women who look like me and with my body size and shape.

So I decided to fill the void and create my own starting with this post on how to rock an orange off-the-shoulder peasant top.

I got mine from H&M which is now just $9.99 down from originally $24.99 or you can get a similar one by Rachel Zoe here or a more casual ASOS design here. and a youthful shorter cropped one also from H&M here or a plus size option here.

I styled it several ways and here are a few ways to pull it of.

CASUAL:

Pair it with cropped denim distressed jeans or cuff a pair of jeans you already own. I’m wearing American Eagle but you can get a similar jeans here and for a lower price point here. I dressed it down with quilted black Sperry loafers (similar style) and here is a similar brand for less or (splurge on Tod’s) and carried a signature Dooney & Bourke leather and canvas monogram logo hobo bag (which you can purchase here for just $60!

SPORTY

For the sporty version, I wore the shirt with a pair of black Nike running pants, (similar style for less) and opted for white sole black high tops (go big with Balenciagas) with a floral mini backpack (similar by AD Sutton) and cropped distressed army green jacket (similar lower price by SHEIN)!

WEEKENDER

A simple overcoat completes the casual look during cooler temps, during weekenders or while out and about running errands when layers are essential. Get this exact Amanda Smith creamsicle colored trench from my Poshmark store for just $45. (or similar a little pricier or here by Express)

OFFICE

A grey cardigan by Forever 21 worn over the black Theory pants (get similar by H&M for lower price) with pointy toed patent leather pumps with metal buckle accents (similar) made this look acceptable for the office on casual Friday or any day of the week to be honest.

HAPPY HOUR

I can swap out the cardigan for my black Calvin Klein faux fur ribbed sweater (similar for less) and the pumps for black leather slouch boots (get similar for less or here) and a leather fanny pack and I’m ready to meet up with friends at a happy hour or to catch an outdoor wine festival or concert.

It’s a really great a versatile way to squeeze in color into a usually gray and blah wardrobe! It’s also perfect for Spring!

You Could Never: JLo Rocks Trainers Night and Day

I’m pretty sure a lot of people couldn’t pull off trendy white platform sneakers for a date night the way Jennifer Lopez did recently while out with her new fiance Alex Rodriguez.

The mom to twins Max and Emme paired the Alexander McQueen oversized sole sneakers ($418)with acid washed distressed jeans and a cream cardigan under a luxe coat with fringe scarf.

In fact, this is the first time I’ve seen women over 40 sporting the white wedge thick soled sneakers look which has been common among Generation Z and millennial bloggers and YouTubers for awhile now.

But I am amazed that the hot bod could wear the same sneaks for running errands and working out as she wears hitting the night out with her hot rod!

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Spring Colors: Get the Looks!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and it is just in time for you to swap out your lighter fabric and bright and colorful pieces from your closet.

Get inspired by our Bellyitch bumpwatch Alum Draya Michele who attended the The Daily Front Row Fashion LA Awards 2019 on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California in a lime/neon green David Koma flared fish tail skirt and black Louboutin pumps.

Or Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o who wore colorful Prabal Gurung frocks while promoting her latest project Jordan Peele‘s Us

While promoting at Good Morning America, the Academy Award winner star of 12 Years a Slave paired one look with a pair of Fendi shades and Shirt and skirt and red reasonably priced Nine West Mana Leather Dress Sandal pumps!

And on another occasion draped a crimson Mackage Mai belted double face wool coat with waterfall collar over another Prabal Gurung dress accessorized Hayward‘s Field Pebbled Leather Top Handle Bag and Medium Neon Orange Loucite Jelly Hoops by Alison Lou.

        

I’m Actually Sad Mall Fast Fashion Is Dying

The news came this week that fashion retailer H&M plans to close 160 stores this year, and I couldn’t be more upset.

It wasn’t like the news was a total surprise. We could have expected it.

After all, similar mall staples GymboreeGAPFrancesca’s and other retailers have started to shutter down in a response to tumbling sales and revenue.

Blame it on the uncontrollable growth of ecommerce and online boutiquesand trendy shops like TopShopNasty GalRevolveFashion NOVA and others that do not have retail stores and a new generation of consumers, Millenials and GenZ, that are perfectly fine shopping for clothes, shoes and make up online and without trying them on first, we are clearly in a new era for fashion.

Still, I like “Fast Fashion”.

Maybe I’m a unicorn on this because when I posted the news on one of my Facebook pages about H&M closing stores, my more stylish friends said stuff like they had long since abandoned stores like H&M and Zara because they thought these stores had navigated away from cute, chic styles and abandoned their core aesthetic and initial appeal in exchange for the fast fashion trend.

This trend is defined as “runway to stores” and noted for cheap replicas of designer clothing. The had lost their edge and appeal, my friends said.

Meh.

But for me, a blogger and mompreneur with a full slate of activity each day, a brood of three kids and a husband, a StartUp I’m incubating and various other projects I’m balancing, fashion is not a priority.

And as a work-from-home solopreneur, it’s not that I have too many occasions to dress up because there is no office I have to check into daily.

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Age Inclusivity Featured BIG at 2019 Fashion Weeks

The fashion world hasn’t been known as a place of inclusivity, but 2019 might be the first year to change that.

Diversity and inclusivity are at the forefront this year as fashion runways have employed people of all ages to take part in runway shows across the globe. While most fashion shows typically showcase models under age 30, recent runways, including New York Fashion Week, have featured women from middle age through their 70s.

Hellessy featured Pat Cleveland, age 68; Elie Tahari enjoyed the prime talent of Christie Brinkley, age 65, and her daughter, Sailor; Michael Kors featured Patti Hansen, age 62.

Though most of these models were seasoned veterans, it was still refreshing to witness women of all ages own the catwalk featuring dope rings, beautiful gowns, and amazing accessories. The change was seen from American runways all the way to European fashion shows.

But it wasn’t just age diversity that was highlighted at these events; transgender icon Laverne Cox showcased plus-sized clothing at the first 11 Honoré’s runway show, where she brought the event to a close twirling in a beautiful red tulle dress. 11 Honoré is one of the first high-end online clothing retailers that offers top designer fashions to women of all sizes. So far, the site features more than 90 brands, offering sizes through size 20. Reports claim that the brand will soon expand to size 24 in the near future.

“In order for us to move the needle, we have to have more representation of all women on the runway,” noted 11 Honoré founder Patrick Herning. “Everybody in retail should be looking at different ways in which to partner. I’m super proud of the role we play: We’re breaking down the barriers.”

Adjusting the business model

The fashion industry is indeed changing for the better. Where fashion industries once tried to showcase models and looks that appealed to the dreams and aspirations of the consumer, more brands have begun to feature an aesthetic that appeals to real, everyday individuals.

This has even caused many online brands to ditch the harmful filters and photoshopping techniques that rely on exploiting the insecurities of consumers.

Instead of the “what,” more and more consumers are focusing on the “why” of their business. This includes showcasing the company’s guiding beliefs and goals. Some companies have found success in featuring components of self-discovery; they’re relying on how the product makes you feel instead of how the product can change you on the outside.

For example, a skin-care company might highlight that a product will make you feel happy and refreshed, instead of looking younger. As the dialogue surrounding products changes, the average consumer may begin to feel more accepted in a luxury fashion world.

Other companies have focused on their cause, as well. While some companies want to make you feel better, others are highlighting the good that they can do when you buy their product, either through sustainability practices or charitable giving.

As more fashion brands and beauty industries begin to focus more on the consumer, more people will feel comfortable with themselves and their bodies. Something as simple as showcasing older women on the runways throughout Europe can spark joy in millions of people who have never seen people who look like them in a fashion show.



The rules of fashion are changing and there will likely be some slips and falls along the way. Instead of relying on personal injury lawyers to clean up along the way, however, fashion will hopefully learn from its mistakes and keep trudging toward a brighter, more diverse, and more inclusive future.