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DIY Natural Face MAsks

Did you know that you already have most of the ingredients you need to make the very best skin care masks, sitting in your kitchen? High performance, beautiful skin care products don’t always have to come in a bottle or a tube on a shelf in a store - You can make them yourself with all natural ingredients, many of which are already sitting on your kitchen counter or in your pantry! Before using any mask all over your face, do a little test patch at the corner of your jawline. If your skin feels any adverse reaction, remove the mask immediately.

Here are some fabulous DIY skincare facial masks.

Exfoliating Mask

If you have been following my Corinna B’s World blog for more than 5 minutes, then you will already know that I am not a fan of facial scrubs. I always think they scratch away the debris on the surface of the skin, but also scratch the baby skin underneath, keeping you in a perpetual cycle of rough, gritty skin.

I prefer to use enzyme masks to exfoliate my skin. An enzyme mask uses fruit acids or lactic acids to dissolve away dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin without damaging the fresh skin underneath. They are super gentle and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Here is an easy to make DIY enzyme mask:

Papaya Enzyme Mask

1. Slice a papaya in half, lengthwise.

2. Take one half of the papaya, scoop out the seeds and discard, then scoop the flesh of the papaya into a glass or ceramic bowl.

3. Mash the papaya, apply it all over the face, avoiding the eye area.

4. Leave the mask on the skin for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and a washcloth.

 

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Brightening Mask

If your complexion is looking dull and lifeless, a brightening mask could be the answer.

Apricot Brightening Mask

Apricots are rich with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and PP (a bacterial astringent). They also contain many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, sulfur, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous). An apricot brightening mask is fabulous for normal to dry skins, and can be used once or twice per week.

1. Peel and halve 2 ripe apricots.

2. In a ceramic or glass bowl mash apricots with a fork (or use a food processor).

3. Apply with a brush and leave on the skin for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and a washcloth.

Lemon Mask

Lemons have vitamin A, C, B1, B2 and B3 (a strong astringent and bactericide), and are great for oily complexions. You can use this mask daily if necessary, or just a couple of times per week.

1. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to 1 stiffly beaten egg white.

2. Leave on the skin for 10 minutes and then rinse off with bottled water.

Strawberry Mask

Strawberries contain vitamins B, C, E and K as well as salicylic acid and silica. Its astringent and revitalizing properties make this mask good for all skin types, and it can be used twice per week.

1. Apply 2 tablespoons of mashed strawberries directly to the face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with bottled water.

 

For Dry or Dehydrated Skin

When your skin needs some luscious nourishment, just reach for an avocado. Avocados are rich in vitamins and amino acids and make fabulous anti-aging masks for dry, combination, and mature skin.

Avocado Mask

1. Mash half a ripe avocado with a fork, (or put in a food processor) and apply immediately to the skin, avoiding the eye area.

2. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with bottled water.

 

For Angry Skin

If your skin is feeling angry or irritated, one of the best masks you can make to soothe and smooth your skin is an oatmeal mask. Oatmeal contains anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories, which will reduce irritation and soothe itchy or irritated skin.

Oatmeal Mask

There are several variations on this mask.

Mask One:

1. Add 2 tablespoons of honey to one serving of hot oatmeal.

2. Let it cool to a warm temperature (never hot), and apply to the face, avoiding the eye area.

3. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with cool water.

Mask Two:

1. Grind 4 tablespoons of oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor.

2. In a ceramic or glass bowl add 1 tablespoon of honey and one egg yolk.

3. Mix together and apply to the face, avoiding the eye area.

4. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Cucumber Mask

1. Anytime your skin has had too much sun, too much wind, or just needs soothing, grate one cucumber that has been refrigerated cold.

2. Apply to the skin and leave for as long as you want! The cold cucumber hydrates, soothes and refreshes the skin. (Note – it gets super messy, but its worth it!)

 

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Corinna's Fall Makeup Look

This fabulous Fall look was created by our incredible Beauty Editor, Corinna Bertram-Cooke! Below she shares how to recreate the look.

Face:

To make this look work the skin has to be super creamy. I prepped the skin with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, then primed the skin with Marc Jacobs Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer.

Instead of a sparkly highlighter, I created a glow to the upper cheekbones with Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Illuminator Highlighter, then evened out the complexion with Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation.

I love Cream blushes, so blended my favorite Makeup Forever cream blush 225 (Peachy Pink) through the cheeks for a soft,  barely there cheek.

Eyes:

The beauty of this eye is that it is slightly messy, and deconstructed, but super bold.

I smudged a black kohl liner at the lash line and then flared it out with a soft eyeshadow brush. With a good, inky base I layered on black eye shadow, buffing out the edges, but letting it stay imperfect.

Next I added a high intensity jewel toned pigment above and below the pupil to create some drama, finishing the look with layers of Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara by Marc Jacobs.

Lips:

To complete the look I needed the lip to be soft and luscious, so I used Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips in Kidman's Kiss

 
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Video Tutorials

videos | Laura Jane

Summer Beauty Faves

Keeping your Skin Hydrated in Winter

How to do a 2-Step Sculpt

How to Adjust Your Foundation for the Summer

How to do a Red Lip

How to Apply Under-eye Concealor

 

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Shine

words & makeup | Corinna Bertram-Cooke
photography | Kelly Cappelli
styling | Jennifer O’Bannon
hair | Lisa Marie Mode

 

There's no time quite like the holiday season to throw on a party dress and let your gorgeousness shine! When your outfit shimmers, set the night on fire with an artfully placed super sheen, drawing attention to the feature you want to bring out most. The number one rule to the game of shine—Make sure you only gloss up one place on your beautiful face.

SKIN

Get your skin gleaming with a creamy shine. Instead of using a glittery highlighter, work a glow product into your complexion and balance it with a demi-matte lip, a firm brow, and a nearly bare eye.

LIPS

Keep your eyes and skin soft and demure, then go all out with an ultra glossy lip that shimmers in the firelight, and balances the sparkle in your dress.

EYES

Own the night with a metallic or glittering eye. Tone down your complexion, add some depth to your lips, then steal all the attention with a wildly festive, high impact eye!

LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN

We remember to take care of our skin during the summer months when legs and arms are more exposed, but when the barometer drops and we live in jeans, boots and sweaters it's easy to forget that our skin craves even more TLC. Dull, dry skin on your arms and legs steals the magic from your shimmering  party dress.  

This is your time to sizzle, so keep your winter limbs looking gorgeous with these winter skin tips:

1. Turn Down The Heat

Hot showers and baths dry out your skin making it look parched and dull. As much as we all love a scalding hot shower on a freezing day, turn down the heat and make your shower or bath super warm instead of hot.

2. Lay Off The Lather

High lather, foamy soaps strip the essential oils from your skin. Choose a gentle cleansing gel or soap with moisture enhancers to keep your outer layer soft.

3. Make The Smooth Move

Dry flaky skin kills the magic of a gorgeous party dress. A gentle body exfoliator will keep your skin silky smooth and radiant so it can glow in the candlelight.

4. Moisture And Glow

Winter skin screams for extra moisture, so every day when you get out of the shower love your skin up with a body balm, oil or lotion. Make sure you give extra to your elbows, knees and ankles to,prevent them looking grey and ashy.
On party nights, or when you're slipping into your LBD, make your limbs glisten with a body glow product.

 

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the perfect red lip

words | Corinna Bertam-Cooke

Nothing says "hello, gorgeous," quite like a sensational, bold red lip! 

Red lips are the perfect accessory for winter. They're fun and flirty! Once the new year arrives with its bleak, dull, gray days, and spring feels like it's never going to get here, a feisty red lip adds excitement to your look and your day!

Red lips make such a statement; you barely need anything else. They look fantastic with a pared down makeup look for day, then add a cat eye and structured brow for night. They dress up jeans and a white shirt, compliment an all black ensemble, and pair up perfectly with a party dress and faux fur.

Check out these 5 steps to perfect your pout and wow the world!

1. Exfoliate

Dry, flaky lips don't look good in red. To pull off a red lip, you need to have silky smooth lips, so the first step is to exfoliate. You can use a store bought lip exfoliator, or you can make one at home. A super soft baby toothbrush makes a perfect lip exfoliator,  as does a warm washcloth. Just remember to be very, very gentle. If you rough your lips up, they'll still look dry and flaky.

2. Hydrate

After exfoliating, and ideally, a couple of hours before you get ready to go out, apply liberal amounts of lip balm, and let your kisser soak it in. Your lips need to be nicely hydrated so that your red lipstick looks smooth and luscious. Before applying your lip liner, you'll gently blot the lip balm away.

3. Line Your Lip

Red lipstick needs to know its boundaries, and you want to color inside the lines. Use either the lip liner that matches your lipstick or one that's a shade or two darker, (for a little extra dimension), to give your lip a perfect, crisp outline. 

4. Stain and Apply

The perfect red lip has more than one layer. Apply your red lipstick, then blot with a folded tissue to help set the first coat into a stain. This step is super important because it stops your lips from looking patchy as the top coat wears off! Now apply a second coat, making sure to stay inside the lines.

5. Get Precise

Run the edge of a lip brush through your lip liner, making it disappear into your lipstick while giving your lip a crisp, fresh edge.

 

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Fish Tail Braid

instruction/hair | Christin Roberts
photography | Isaac Bailey
model | Izzy Opfel

 

1. Prepare the hair with a texture spray, then separate top into two sections.

2. Outside corner of section 1 is placed into the inside of section 2.

3. Repeat until you run out of hair, then secure with elastic.

4. Gently pull each section of the hair to create a wider braid.

5. Finish with a light spray. 

 Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray $28

Christine Roberts for Hair Do Salon
 

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Braid Bundle

instruction/hair | Abby RUnyan
photography | Isaac Bailey
model | Madey Jones

 

Braid Bundle

1. Make 2-4 braids on each side of the head.

2. Pull front hair back, and secure with an elastic, creating a small ponytail.

3. Tuck the ponytail up and through.

4. Repeat process until you run out of hair.

5. Secure with a bobby pin and light spray over the braid.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray $27

Abby Runyan for Hair Do Salon
 

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