Beauty Tips

  • TREND ALERT: Rock Pantone Color of the Year Marsala for Spring 2015

    How to rock the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, This Spring.

     This year Pantone introduced the sexy but neutral color Marsala, as the color of the year. This complex shade adds the perfect hint of color and warmth to create a bold yet simplistic statement with your makeup look. Read on for tips on how to rock Marsala this Spring.

    “Lipstick with a Pop” 

    Kick off this spring with a bold new spin on nude. To keep your lips “on trend”, the bright pigments of Be Matte Lipstick in “Brianda” are sure to give you the purest expression of Marsala. If you prefer a creamier lipstick, the City Chic Lipstick in “Midnight Kiss” is a rich and creamy alternative. Both lip colors are sure to make a statement and at only $4.99 each, it won’t cost you a fortune to stay in style!

     “Cheeks on Fleek”

     When it comes to Blush, you need options. The Intense Blush Quad in "Collection 2"gives you four rich pigmented shades to mix and blend to your heart’s desire. Use the matte Marsala Blush color from this quad to add warmth and contour to cheeks. Mix and match two shades or more for a sophisticated glow. 

     “Eye Shadow for the Win"

    To complete the Marsala vibe, blend the silky smooth colors from the City Color Color Basics Eye Shadow Quads, Collection 6 and 10. These palettes have a slight shimmer finish and can be blended together to create a complete Marsala Look. Applies best with blending brush or finger and to really intensify the color, wet the brush just a little and watch the color pop! color basics quad 

    What colors are you looking forward to this Spring?
    Let us know in the comments and don't forget to +1 !

  • 5 Beauty Products to buy yourself this year

    It's a new year and there's probably tons of cool products you saw on Instagram or Facebook last year, but you just didn't get the nerve to. Well here is our list of products we think are worth giving a try this year.

    1. Bold Lip Stain/Paint


    Bold bright glossy hues of red, pink, and orange were all the rage last year and this trend isn't going anywhere. With spring right around the corner, try a bold bright color to really make a statement. Creamy Lips are the perfect combo of color and gloss to keep you lips in style.

    2. Face Primer

    So you've watched a few videos and followed a few tutorials on YouTube and most experienced makeup artists and beauty bloggers always begin with a primer. Why?  Well just like you prepare your walls with paint primer before you paint them, face primer acts in almost the same way. Face primer prepares your face for the application of foundation and other makeup products. By using primer it creates a smooth base and gives your makeup something to hold onto for a longer lasting natural look .

    3. Color Corrector

     Color correcting palette

    You've given concealer a try, but seeing the green, yellow and orange and thinking, how does that go on my face? Don't worry you're not alone. Color Correcting may seem intimidating at first glance, but is actually very simple. From the Perfecting Palette , 1)Use the green to cover redness/blemishes, 2) Yellow for dark spots, and 3) Orange for dark under eye circles, lastly blend, blend, blend and voila! You've color corrected.

    4. Highlight

    city color highlighter

    Ever wonder how some women just look like glowing goddesses? Their secret, Highlight. Sweeping a subtle colored or shimmer highlight over forehead, nose, cheekbones, and chin will instantly waken your face and leave people wondering what's got you glowing! Bronzers, highlighters, and illuminators, like Sunlight Trio,  are made to emphasize the areas the sun naturally spotlights.

    5. Contour

    One of makeup's biggest secrets to accentuate your best features is Contouring. In it's most basic technique, contouring is highlighting and lowlighting areas of your face. You lowlight  the areas that you want to downplay and highlight the areas you want to draw attention to. For every area you lowlight, you want to balance with a highlight. For best results, use a darker matte contour shade at least 3 times darker than you skin tone and highlight with a light frost or shimmer shade. For beginners,  Contour Effects Palette, is great kit to get started and includes a contour, bronzer and highlight along with instructions on where to apply each one.
    Photo Credit: Lien Jae, Phernandez_MK, and
    Author: Britney Young
  • TREND ALERT: Nude lips for Fall

    We all know Fall is all about berries and deeper dark colored lipsticks like City Chic "Moulin Rouge" or Be Matte Lipstick   in "Gwen". While these seasonal color favorites are still trending, this season a new color trend is emerging: Nudes. Celebrities, fashionistas, and beauty gurus of all skin types are rocking it. Some with matte finish or some with a hint of gloss and  matching liner.Keep scrolling through to see some of the latest looks with Nude lips:As featured in the October Ipsy bag,  BE MATTE Lipstick in " Cappuccino" is the perfect neutral shade for all skin tones. The rich hydrating matte formula provides  long lasting color without being too drying. Pair this color with warm smokey browns on the eyes for a natural, but sultry look.



    Another must have  nude lip color is City Chic Lipstick in " Kiss me softly" lined with City Chic Lip Liner in " Natural" This color is perfect for a natural look and adds just the right hint of color to lips. Pair this with a metallic or  shimmer neutral colors on the eyes for a sexy, yet sophisticated Fall look.

    Looking to add a little warmth to your lip color?  A warm spiced color like City Chic Lipstick in "Already Taken" lined with City Chic Lip Liner in coffee makes a great combo. TIP: Line and fill in lips with lip liner first then apply lipstick on top for  longer lasting color.


    What  lip color are you rocking this Fall? Be sure to +1 and comment Below.

    PHOTO CREDIT: Blanca'sBeauty93

  • 4 Tips to get you Contouring like a Pro

    We get asked questions all the time on how to get a flawless contoured look, so we sat down with our very own  celebrity make up artist NeCee Wilson to get the scoop on some tips she uses when contouring her clients.  Every woman wants that flawless looking face and glowing skin and with theses few tips and tricks you can achieve any look you are going for.

    Tip 1: "Beauty is only Skin Deep"

    This old saying is actually very true. "Beauty starts with smooth, healthy, glowing skin. Understanding how your skin works is the key", said celebrity make up artist NeCee . Skin types vary from dry to normal to oily to sensitive or even a combination of a few. It is important to identify you skin type and treat it properly.

    Tip 2: "Begin with a good foundation"

    To create any flawless beauty look you must begin with a great foundation. With so many types to choose from NeCee reminds us that there is one important thing to consider. "When choosing any foundation, concealers, or correctors you must always look at undertone. Your undertone will help you with picking the correct match." A great corrector palette to hide imperfections is the City Color Cosmetics Corrector Palette, that comes in 5 correcting shades.

    Tip 3: "Know your Shape" 

    Every face is shaped differently. Some common face shapes include: Round, Square, Oblong, Oval and heart shaped. Two helpful tips to remember when contouring is that the , 1. The darker contour color is meant to make areas you contour appear smaller or deep set and 2. The highlight color will bring out and brighten the areas you choose to highlight.

    Tip 4: "Follow the Rules"

    Contour Effects Palette

    Necee Wilson, who's been contouring dozens of faces over the years as a make up artist gave us some simple rules to follow when contouring your face:

    1.Keep it light in the center, and shadowy at the edges
     2. Start (contouring) at your temple, check bone and follow to your jaw line. Follow the natural contours of your face.
     3. Less is more. Start with less product either powder or cream products. You can always add more later.
     4. Blend with light stippling circular motions with either a contour or small angled blush brush.
     5. Set blush in between the bronzer and highlight and finish with a setting spray."

    Use these tips and the City Color Cosmetics Contour Effects Palette to get you contouring like a Pro!

    Quote Credits: Necee Wilson
    Photo credits: Glam Fair Beauty,

    Author: Britney Young

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