• Spring’s Makeup Palettes Are Almost Too Pretty to Use

    Some people are obsessed with packaging, but I firmly believe it’s what’s inside that counts. The new spring makeup palettes are no exception — just try popping them open without oohing and aahing. From exquisite ribbon blush to pearl illuminator to floral shadow quads, it’s easy to fall in love with the intricate designs etched in the latest batch of makeup compacts. Not so simple: bringing yourself to use them.

  • Bobbi Brown’s 2015 Beauty Year in Review

    Every year brings a new set of beauty trends. But while some are worth holding on to, others should be forgotten. This year, two really artificial beauty looks became big — contouring and lip injections. I’m about feeling confident and looking natural, so I hope this look stays in 2015. Reviewing this year in beauty, here’s what I loved, and what I didn’t:

  • Thanks to Kim Kardashian, Contouring is a $29 Million Industry

    Brands at all price points have launched contouring powders, creams, and sticks and tutorials have reached a fever pitch (at press time there are around 420,000 contouring videos on YouTube, the top one wrangling nearly 27 million views). “Thanks in large part to celebrity influences, endorsements, and the Internet, contouring and strobing are redefining the makeup industry,” says Karen Grant, global beauty industry analyst for the NPD Group in a press release. “One doesn’t need to be a professional makeup artist to use ‘high-definition’ or ‘camera ready’ products, and after some searches on YouTube or social media anyone can potentially learn the techniques for themselves.” Prestige face makeup has grown by 15 percent, with products like contour, highlighting, and sculpting kits now ranking as the second largest category amongst face products (foundation nabbed the top spot). “The outstanding sales increase and shifts in the face makeup category indicate that many consumers are currently prioritizing makeup as the means to instant results,” says Grant.

  • Strobing is Replacing Contouring as the Trend to Try

    Use your foundation or tinted moisturizer to even out skin. Skip the powder or too-flat foundations unless you are prone to oily skin.

  • Gisele Bundchen Goes Virtually Makeup-Free on Pop Magazine Cover

    Gisele Bundchen goes the natural route on her latest magazine cover. Who better to illustrate this flawless look than the unofficial Queen of Glow, Gisele Bundchen? The Brazilian supermodel appears on the Autumn / Winter 2015 cover of Pop magazine with the barest hints of makeup.