If glitter makeup gives you cringeworthy flashbacks of middle school beauty blunders, you’re not alone. But there’s a reason we’re attracted to shiny things — glitter is not only festive, it can be incredibly pretty when used in moderation. If you’re seeking a little sparkle, these glittery items are so glam they border on sophisticated. Related: How to Wear Glitter on Your Face How To: Get Your Holiday Glow On French Girl Beauty: The Glitter Ey
If you’ve barely started your holiday shopping (guilty!) there’s a no-brainer, one-stop shop for all the females in your life: Sephora. The mecca of all things beauty, you can find everything from cheap-but-cute Secret Santa gifts to luxe goodies for your BFF to pampering products for Mom. Walking into your local Sephora store without a shopping list can be overwhelming and dangerous for your wallet, so we’ve removed the guesswork and rounded up the coolest offerings this holiday season.
Sometimes, it’s hard to make a choice between two good options — which is why it’s always better to have both! For the first time in history. Pantone has released two colors for the year of 2016: Rose quartz (a light pink) and Serenity (periwinkle blue). Every year, the fashion and beauty industries awaits Pantone’s announcement to tip off the color trends for the seasons ahead, and it seems that we will be looking forward to pastel colors in our near future.
Whether you’re shopping for a YouTube guru or for your beauty obsessed BFF, a cool palette always makes for a great gift. Since there are a lot of options out there, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best, biggest, and coolest palettes for the holiday season.
Leave it to the city of San Francisco to get the most high-tech beauty experiences before the rest of us do: The 8,500 square feet store located at 33 Powell Street is re-opening November 20 as the first and only Sephora Beauty Tip (Teaching, Inspiration, and Play) Workshop, with over 13,000 products and interactive services. Like most beauty junkies, we’d happily spend a few hours slowly meandering through the selections at Sephora — maybe getting a touchup along the way — but this takes the beauty emporium straight into Willa Wonka territory. In addition to stations for trying new hair and makeup trends, here are the main features you should check out the next time you’re in San Francisco: The Beauty Workshop station at San Francisco’s Sephora Powell Street. (Photo: Courtesy of Sephora) The Beauty Workshop: The main feature of the re-designed store will be The Beauty Workshop, a central workstation where you can take group beauty lessons with Sephora’s top makeup artist instructors, follow tutorials at the iPad stations, or find more inspiration at The Beauty Board, a shoppable gallery made of user-generated content.
Genius collab alert: Jem and the Holograms hair dye by Manic Panic. (Photo: Manic Panic) As a child in the ‘80s, I was far too young for punk hair, wild makeup, and nightclubs — that came later. In the mean time, I lived vicariously through Jem and the Holograms. I tuned into the cartoon show before school to watch the friends turned rock band kick ass on stage, tackle serious social issues, fend off a rival band of mean girls (the Misfits) and look truly, truly truly outrageous all the while.
After all, unlike your eye color, your skin tone changes with sun exposure and other environmental factors, so you can easily go too light or too dark even if the color matched perfectly at a different time and place. It also matters if your skin has pink, yellow, or as Sudanese model Nykhor Paul once told me, “true blue” undertones. It’s simple: Just walk into Sephora and ask for the Color IQ service.
I’ve watched friends do it, I’ve watched 15 second tutorials on Instagram that totally blew my mind (and not always in a good way), and I’ve seen enough photos of Kim Kardashian to feel like I have a pretty firm grasp on what exactly contouring does to your look—but as someone with fair skin who doesn’t typically wear a full face of makeup, it still seems intimidating.