City Color Cosmetics Blog

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    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 topinspired.com
    Author: Britney Young
  • City Color gives back this Holiday Season

    This past weekend was filled with smiles and laughs as dozens of families came out to Ganesha Park in Pomona, CA for non-profit organization, Sowing Seeds for Life, annual Christmas in the Park event. Sowing Seeds for Life hosts this event once a year to assist families in need by donating food and toys for the holidays. Families from La Verne and surrounding communities came out to enjoy food, live entertainment and pictures with Santa.

    City Color Cosmetics partnered with Sowing Seeds for Life this year and donated several cosmetic items that went to the teens and mothers of the families. Often times, items donated to the organization are intened for kids ages 12 and below, so it was a pleasant surprise for these ladies to receive some makeup goody-bags.

    Sowing Seeds for Life is a La Verne-based charity founded by Vicki Brown, the CEO of DPI Labs, located at 1350 Arrow Highway. SSFL, as it is known for short, provides food and services to some 6,000 people per month, mainly through twice-a-month food pantries. They are held the first and third Wednesday of every month in the DPI Labs parking lot.

    City Color Cosmetics was very happy to be a part of this great and worthy cause.

  • 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.

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    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.

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

    PHOTO CREDIT: Blanca'sBeauty93

  • Holiday Gift Sets that are sure to make her smile

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    It's that time of year again. Crowded malls, busy department stores, and online specials galore as everyone is trying to get a good deal on the perfect gift for someone. Now, there's always that one person, you just don't know what to get them. Could be your mom or your best friend, but it seems like no matter what you think may be a good gift, nothing really excites them. Well this holiday season search NO MORE. We have the perfect holiday gift sets that are sure to make her smile.

    For the Blushing Beauty

     A girl can never have too many blushes. Blush adds the perfect glow to  any beauty look and City Color Be Matte Blush Gift Sets are perfect for everyday use and come in 2 collections to choose from. Collection 1 includes light pink and berry colored blushes and collection 2 includes warm fuchsia and rose colored blushes. These blushes have a matte finish, super pigmented and blend perfectly.

    For the Matte Lover

     Every beauty lover knows that matte is all the craze right now and what better gift than a set of our oh so popular Be Matte Lipsticks ?! City Color Be Matte lipsticks come in 36 shades to match any outfit for any occasion. Dry lips? Never fear. Be Matte Lipsticks are infused with Vitamin E to keep your pout moisturized, plus the long lasting color is sure not to disappoint. The Be Matte Lipstick Gift Sets come in 6 collections with 6 gorgeous matte colors in each one.

    For the lipstick obsessed

     A wise woman once said, "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”―
    Elizabeth Taylor. Lipstick is the quintessential beauty must have to complete your look and keep you going no matter what life throws at you.  City Color City Chic lipstick Gift Sets allows you to choose your favorite Reds, Berries, Pinks, Corals and Nudes to give the perfect gift for the girl who loves lipstick. With 5 collections to choose from, there's at least that will turn that frown upside down.
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    If one of these sets still isn't a fit, we're sure you'll find the perfect gift for even the pickiest girl from a wide selection of other City Color Cosmetics Gift Sets, available now at www.citycolorcosmetics.com.

  • Join us in our Walk against Breast Cancer




     October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this year +City Color Cosmetics  is joining the +American Cancer Society for their annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk taking place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at +Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE .

    Why We are Making Strides
    Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so
    we've decided to make a difference by walking and raising money in our
    local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
    event.

    Today 1 of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast
    cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support.
    The donations our team raises will enable investment in groundbreaking
    breast cancer research, free information and services for women
    diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need
    them. Our donations will help more than 2.9 million breast cancer
    survivors celebrate another birthday this year!

    Why We Support the American Cancer Society

    Saving
    lives from breast cancer starts one team, one walker, and one dollar at
    a time. We know that the American Cancer Society is the leader in the
    fight to end breast cancer. We know that supporting them will ensure
    that if you need someone to talk to anytime of the day or night, they’ll
    be there. If your friend is losing her hair from chemo, your mother
    needs a ride to treatment, or a loved one needs a place to stay when
    treatment is far from home, they will be there to help.

    Also, volunteers
    who walk with our team and donate a minimum of $25 will receive a City
    Color Tote Bag filled with City Color Goodies !*

     *valid only for those who attend the event on 10/18/14 while supplies last

  • City Color Statement Regarding Website Image

    Dear City Color Fans:

    In regards to the recent image that was displayed on our website, we would like to offer our sincerest apologies and were by no means attempting to mislead you with an image that was not our own.

    As a new and growing brand we are still learning and unfortunately, we were misled by our hired design company that this image was permissible to use. Since this matter was brought to our attention, we have removed the image and have notified our design company regarding the error.

    We have already put protocols in place to only provide accurate images of City Color products and models displaying them.

    Best Regards,

    City Color Cosmetics Team

  • Makeup Bag Must-haves

    What's in your bag? 

    City Color Cosmetics Makeup bag Must-haves

    Every girl  has her go-to items  inside her makeup bag that she just cannot live without. I spent some time talking with the girls of the City Color team to learn what City Color products they cannot live without. 
    If you could only choose 3 City Color Cosmetics products to use everyday, what would they be and why?
    "I would choose our Be Matte Lipstick because it is long lasting, our Timeless Beauty Palette because it comes with a mirror and there are so many looks you can create with it, and our Bold Brow kit because I look sick without my brows." Phoebe Shieh, Brand Manager for City Color Cosmetics
    http://bit.ly/boldbrow
    If you had to choose between Be Matte Lipstick and Be Matte Blush to have an unlimited supply of for the rest of your life, which one would you choose and why?
    "Probably our Be Matte lipsticks, because there's an infinite amount of shades  to choose from; practically a color for any occasion." Brianda Rincon, Graphic Production Manager for City Color Cosmetics
    http://bit.ly/BeMatteLips


    What City Color must-haves do you think every girl should have in her makeup bag? 
    "Be Matte Lipstick , City Color Waterproof Mascara, Line Me Liner, Contour Effects Palette and Be Matte Blush." Celebrity Make-up Artist Necee Wilson


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    Now that you've learned some of the items we can't live without, tell us your City Color must-haves in the comments below. Also, don't forget to stop by www.citycolorcosmetics.com to pick up some of your City Color must-haves today!

  • 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 www.makeupbynecee.com
    Photo credits: Glam Fair Beauty, www.idey.me

    Author: Britney Young

  • Generation Beauty was so much Fun!

    Who attended Generation Beauty by Ipsy this weekend? City Color Cosmetics did, and we had a blast!
    Generation Beauty was held in Los Angeles, CA this past weekend at L.A. Live .

    The event kicked off with an  invite-only mixer held at  The YouTube Space center in LA, where beauty bloggers got to sit down for an exclusive Q &A with Ipsy Founder, Michelle Phan, followed by mixing and mingling with fellow beauty bloggers while munching on  Hors d'oeuvres  and cocktails.

    Day 1 of Generation Beauty at LA Live started off fabulous! Attendees enjoyed Q&A panels with some of their favorite Beauty Bloggers, like Elle Fowler and Blair Fowler and also had the chance to participate in exciting beauty activities like our own "Name that Color" contest, where participants had the chance to come up with new names for our New Creamy Lip Stains.

    Day 2 was definitely our fav! City Color Cosmetics enjoyed the honors of hosting an exclusive meet in greet with Beauty Bloggers Chrisspy Makeup, Desi Perkins, Christen Dominique and Secretlifeofabionerd!! Attendees also had the special opportunity to be contoured by our very own celebrity makeup artist, Necee Wilson.

     

     This was definitely an event you don't wanna miss next year. Until then.....xoxo City Girls.

    Tag: beauty, generation beauty, LA event, Beauty event, ipsy,

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