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Top 5 beauty trends for 2013

Here we are in the home stretch of 2013, which means it’s time to start the annual ticking off of all that was bold and beautiful in the last year — and cosmetics was a big one. Makeup moved fast and furious from last January ’til now, with celebrities, bloggers, and runways inspiring us to take on a few of it’s most irresistible trends. Let’s take a look at Posh Beauty’s top 5 2013 cosmetic trends that will likely follow us all the way into the New Year.

1. The top trend on our list was a biggie, seen on scores of fashion favorites, street style muses, and nearly every red carpet in town — a dark, dramatic pout. Painting your pout a classic cherry red, or a deep wine-hued burgundy was the thing to do in 2013 — making the necessity of a smokey-eye nearly obsolete when it comes to looking properly polished. A far cry from the 60′s inspired doe-eye and nude lip of the past (although this is still a good look, ladies), a simple red or wine-colored lip and some mascara is all that’s needed in evening makeup — and it’s equally as pretty during the day.

2. We can most likely thank super-model Cara Delevingne for the resurgence of another of this year’s top trends — big, bold brows. Makeup artists, models, and nearly everyone else put their tweezers away and let their over-the-eye fringe run wild.  Of course, that doesn’t mean grooming was obsolete, there was much to be said for gingerly plucking strays, filling in sparse-spots (probably caused by the past trend’s overzealous tweezing), and brushing and gelling brows into place, for a look that was equal parts untamed and glamorously dramatic.

3. Everyone who’s anyone has something to say about perfecting this year’s cat-eye eyeliner trend, with celebrities notables like Zoey Deschanel, Emma Stone, and Dita Von Tease. A steady hand, and a good liquid or stay-put pencil liner is all that’s required (and the slew of online tutorials can’t hurt) to perfect the 2013 trend that creates the illusion of volume and fullness to the eyelashes and a lift to the eye.

4. Bangs are still a big one for 2013, with the emphasis being a cut the flatters one’s particular face shape. From long, side-swept fringe, to blunt, thick bangs — this cut can create the illusion of a lifted eye and accentuate the cheekbones in a single swoop. If you’ve ever thought, “I just can’t wear bangs… my face is too (fill in the blank.)” — think again, and then ask your stylist for help in choosing a look that’s right for you.

5. Gone are the days of one-size and color fits all foundation. 2013 continued the trend of makeup artists applying complexion-correcting makeup with a gentle-hand, while cosmetic brands revealed even more textures, hues, and multitasking ingredients — this year’s foundation options were indeed ripe for the picking. From multitasking BB and CC creams, to products created to benefit specific skin types, colors, and ages (yellows, beige, browns… creams, sticks, pots, wands) — there is literally a product to perfect every complexion with minimal application skill required.

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The 3 G’s of Holiday Makeup 2013

When it comes to holiday glamour, one size most definitely does not fit all.  This season, for example, is chock full of great looks to emulate when primping for the season’s festivities, most notably the 3 G’s: glitter, glamour, and glow.

Glitter has always been an end-of-the-year favorite, creating the equivalent of a snowy splash of sparkle over a smokey eye or highlighting an upper eyelid, and this season is no different. Dramatic and playful, a glittery eye is just the thing to accompany your dazzling holiday cocktail dress.

A dramatic cat eye and ruby red lip are great ways to grab center stage during the holidays. Perfect for emulating a vintage holiday look or a thoroughly modern redo on a dramatic classic!

 

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How To Get A Perfect Red Pout

There’s little doubt that a bold lip is the current accessory du jour — especially for that flurry of pre- and post-holiday social events.  But simply slicking it on straight from the tube isn’t the best way to keep the look through dinner.  So here’s today’s tips to ensure that your gorgeous red lipstick stays put.

Dry, flaky lips are a hazard of the season, and your elegant matte textured lipstick will only serve to emphasize the malady.  Exfoliation is the answer to pulling off a heavily painted lip.  Try using a lip scrub, washcloth, or even a soft toothbrush to buff away any dry skin 2 or 3 times a week to keep your lips flake free.

Ensure that your lips stay nice and soft by applying a lip balm immediately after exfoliation.  Give your balm time to moisturize your lip by leaving a thick layer of it on while you’re applying the rest of your makeup.

The most important step towards long-lasting color is properly applying a lip liner.  Blot your lips of any excess lip balm and then line your lip lightly with the same shade as your lipstick.  Continue to fill your entire lip area with the liner to give your lipstick a nice solid base to adhere to.

Next, go over your entire lip using a lip brush coated with your chosen lipstick.  Using a lip brush will ensure both accuracy and a nice solid finish.

To really set your color (and to turn any lipstick into a matte finish,) set your lipstick with a light dusting of translucent powder using a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll find your bold red pout with be picture and party perfect through dinner, drinks, and beyond.

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