Which of This Season’s Makeup Trends Will You Fall For?

The runways told a wild and colorful story about this season’s makeup trends. As always, there are some looks that work great if you’re a supermodel… but maybe not so much if you’re in the regular 9 to 5 world. For example, Elle reporter Kristina Rodulfo was loving the brightly hued, double-ringed eyeliner. It looked amazing on the runway but might be a little harder to pull off in your cubicle. So which of this season’s makeup trends will you fall for?

There’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from this year’s fashion shows, and it’s easier than you think to adapt them to suit your own personal style. Last year’s obsession with rosy cheeks is back, according to Good Housekeeping’s beauty writers Marci Robin and Blake Bakkila. This is simple to pull off and works on virtually everyone.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the perfect tool for this. It’s easily applied and gives your cheeks the sweet, “winter” look that’s so en vogue. As Glamour reports, you have all kinds of options when it comes to lips, from dramatic ombres in pinks and purples, to a simple, fresh-looking lip gloss. For the latter, the Two-in-One Glow Stick comes in handy again!

This Season’s Makeup Trends

While eyes were resplendent with sparkles, and floating liner in neon blues and pinks, this was in some cases played up by a nude-looking face, noted Elle‘s Kristina Rodulfo. When you’re going for dramatic eyes or lips, it’s best to let them be the center of attention by leaving cheeks virtually bare. Give yourself a flawless canvas with Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, to cover any skin concerns and leave your face with a smooth and creamy finish.

Be as adventurous as you want to be this autumn, and bring your Smart Cover along for the ride!

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

The health of your mind and body are closely related. If your body is suffering in any way, it is bound to impact your mental health. Conversely, if you are living with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues, those issues will often manifest themselves in a physical way. One example of this is excoriation disorder, which is a compulsion to pick at the skin. What do you do when you can’t stop picking at your skin?

Many of us have found ourselves giving way more attention to a scab or hangnail than was warranted, but excoriation disorder goes far beyond that. Alternately called dermatillomania or chronic skin-picking, Mental Health America defines this disorder as “a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder… characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results in skin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.”

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

Recently, television personality Dr. Phil McGraw decided to shine a light on this affliction. A guest on his program confessed that she had been obsessively picking at her own skin for four years, beginning when she was 17 years old. A great deal of damage had already been done to her once-pristine complexion, but she was determined to stop and finally ready to ask for help.

This is a crucial first step: reaching out for help. If you think that you or someone you know is dealing with excoriation disorder, there are resources available to you, including the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Smart Cover Cosmetics has always been dedicated to helping individuals with all kinds of skin concerns. If there is something you want to cover, our Concealing Crème will restore a smooth, clear appearance to your skin (as long as skin is not open). To wash the day away, we are proud to offer Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Most importantly, Smart Cover is here to remind you that you are not alone.

Humidity is good for your skin!

We are in the final “dog days”of summer, and you may have begun to dream longingly of cooler days already. As one sticky day blurs into the next, you’re wondering when you can say goodbye to this muggy weather. It’s not quite that time yet, but maybe all this humidity is good for your skin!

According to health writer Abigail Libers, there is no one perfect climate for every skin type. We all benefit from sweating out our toxins, which is of course facilitated by a hot, humid environment. The humidity makes your skin cells turn over faster than usual, which for those of us with oily skin means more debris to clog pores and cause breakouts.

To minimize the negative effects of humidity on oily skin, wash morning and night with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. The fruit enzymes exfoliate your skin and fully dissolve the day’s makeup without causing irritation. If you’re looking a little shinier than you’d like, Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder will keep you smooth and fresh-looking, whatever the day brings.

Humidity is good for your skin!

If you have eczema, which can cause dry, itchy and flaky skin, then a humid climate will help your skin retain moisture. This will both help to heal the redness and itchiness, and will also decrease the flaking. Even if you don’t have this condition, but tend to have somewhat dry skin, humidity will prove beneficial to your skin.

For individuals with eczema or psoriasis, Smart Cover Concealing Creme can cover redness (as well as skin concerns from blemishes to scars to tattoos). If you don’t have the luxury of picking up and moving to your skin’s dream climate, at least you know how to care for it so you can always look and feel great.

Back to School Time!

For some students, shopping for school supplies means more than just the usual notebooks, folders, and textbooks. Back to school time is also the perfect opportunity to refresh your supply of cosmetics, and Smart Cover has just what you need to get ready for the new school year!

Back to School Time

Though January is the official start of the new year for most of us in Western Civilization, other cultures and religions recognize the autumn as the beginning of the year. One example is the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. “It is both a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.”

Education journalist Emily Richmond also notes that there are physical and emotional responses to the fall that can make us feel like it’s the time for a new beginning. “Even with the advent of technology that keeps the most fortunate of us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, certain environmental cues—such as leaves turning color or the crispness of the morning air—remind us that the surrounding environment is changing.”

This can trigger nostalgia, as the distinct sights, sounds, and smells of autumn hearken you back to childhood, and getting ready for the first day of school. Though we may not have been delighted to end our summer vacations, most of us can remember the fun of reconnecting with school friends and having a completely clean academic slate with endless possibility.

If you’re school supply-shopping right now, don’t forget your Two-in-One Glow Stick, to add a subtle rosy hue to your lips and cheeks. You’ll also want a Smart Cover Stick, to hide dark eye circles and blemishes in an instant. It’s the size of a lipstick, so you can tuck it into your pocket, or throw it in your schoolbag. Stocking up on Smart Cover may be the smartest thing you do today!

Food Matters to Your Skin!

You may think you’re doing everything right, but food matters to your skin!

We know, we know: you wash your face in the morning, apply a moisturizer and SPF under your Smart Cover concealer, and limit your time in the sun. At the end of the day, you wash off the day’s dirt and makeup with Smart Cover Cleanser & Makeup Remover, and you even use a night cream to help rebuild skin cells and fight free radicals while you sleep for seven to eight hours. But guess what? Food matters to your skin!

If your diet’s not right, your skin won’t be right.

Even if you have the kind of metabolism that allows you to eat a double cheeseburger and wash it down with a chocolate shake without gaining an ounce, you may very well gain a blemish or two from all that sugar and starch. Allure.com writer Elizabeth Siegel notes that the jury is still out in terms of whether dairy really does cause breakouts, but it has been established that “too much sugar can break down collagen and elastin, making your skin look dull and causing wrinkles over time.”

So what foods should you eat for better skin?

Foods with lots of vitamin C, like strawberries, broccoli and citrus fruits, according to Self.com, help with the production of collagen. Collagen, of course, is what keeps your skin looking youthful and fresh.

Almonds and sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E, which help protect your skin from the sun—but you still need to wear sunblock!

Of course, leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great for you on a number of levels. When it comes to your skin, these foods are rich in Vitamin A, which helps with cell production and turnover, and can also help fight free radicals, which advance the aging process.

Smart Cover concealers can hide your blemishes and imperfections, but the right diet will help keep those blemishes from ever appearing in the first place!

Freckles Are Having A Moment!

It would appear that freckles are having a moment. This is quite a paradigm shift!

In popular Western culture, freckles were often associated with endearingly mischievous children, like the famous comic strip character Dennis the Menace. Freckles were almost used as a shorthand to convey youthful impishness. They were not typically considered a beauty trait.

This was illustrated in the beloved literary classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne’s red hair and freckles were a source of frustration to her, and as she grew up and became more beautiful, her freckles faded.

Love Your Freckles

A more positive attitude about freckles came from Pippi Longstocking, the character created by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi happened upon a sign outside a store window. It read: “Do you suffer from freckles?”

The very freckled Pippi marched into the store and told the lady behind the counter that she did not suffer from freckles.

“[The lady] took one look at Pippi and burst out, ‘But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!’

‘I know that,’ said Pippi, ‘but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.’”

Freckles Are Having A Moment

At long last, it seems like the world is catching up to Pippi. Instead of hiding freckles with concealer, beauty trends are moving in the opposite direction. There are now makeup pencils made expressly for drawing faux freckles. Indeed, freckles have become such a sought-after beauty trait, that people are getting permanent freckle tattoos!

If you still feel like covering up your freckles, of course that’s your prerogative. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème can cover freckles, as well as most other skin concerns. If you want to show your freckles, try the Smart Cover Stick to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes, and touch up with the Compact Finishing Powder. Complete the look with the Two-in-One Glowstick on your lips and cheeks.

Your lovely freckles will shine through and so will your natural beauty!

Do you wear short shorts?

Whether you actually wear short shorts or you prefer longer, more relaxed styles, you’re undoubtedly showing some leg this time of year, and you have plenty of options.

According to fashion writer Ana Colon for Glamour.com, “Bermuda shorts are undergoing a reinvention, and this season they’re reentering mainstream retail, with various interpretations—from baggy to fitted, from khaki to denim—available for any shoppers who would like just a little bit more coverage, please.”

If you want something a little more form-fitting, the 90’s trend of bike shorts as mainstream attire is making a major comeback. Whether you remember this look from the first go-around, or like this young Buzzfeed writer, it’s all new to you, bike shorts can be a comfy way of baring your legs without showing too much skin.

Of course, there are always capris if you want to feel nice and covered but still show off your shapely calves, and stay cool! It’s a classic look that can be dressed up or down and works for most body types. Cropped pants, which really just bare your ankles, look great with sandals or even flip-flops, and definitely evoke the feeling of summer.

Show Some Leg!

If you have varicose veins, bruises, or any other skin concerns on your legs, Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will hide them for you. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone, and don’t be afraid to mix shades for a perfect match.

To create a sun-kissed look without having to reckon with potentially harmful UV rays, try Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer, which works on the face and body. What’s great about applying the Believable Bronzer to your legs is that it not only makes them look tanned, but it instantly gives them a leaner, more toned appearance! You may just sport some short shorts, after all!

Fun Makeup Tips for the 4th of July!

If you’re the patriotic type, we have fun makeup tips for the 4th of July! Summer flies by, so savor your time with family and friends, enjoy all the backyard barbecues and fireworks. And if you’re really feeling festive, why not let your makeup reflect your mood?

Fun Makeup Tips for the 4th of July

You’re probably already rocking a red, white and blue outfit, so really make it pop with a bold red lip. “When it comes to makeup there is no bigger statement than red lips. The look is stunning, attention grabbing and a timeless classic. And the best thing is that anyone can pull off red lips,” writes Kate for Hairstyler.com.

Glittery makeup is very on-trend right now, according to Makeup.com. Sparkly eye shadow is the perfect way to show how much you love America! If you want to be a little more subtle while accentuating your Independence Day eyes, try white eyeliner. Cosmopolitan.com beauty writer Carly Cardellino notes that sometimes a simple white cat-eye is all you need:

“Just trace your upper lid with a white pencil and flick the pencil toward the outer corner of your eye, like you’re drawing a check mark. If you’re a newbie at creating the winged look, hold a business card at an angle at the outer corner of your eye and use the straight edge of the card as a guide.”

We’re now in the thick hot, sticky summer, so make Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder part of your July 4th makeup regimen. It’ll keep your skin looking smooth and shine-free. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will cover any skin issues so you can focus on celebrating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

We all want to be attractive, but what’s the top cosmetic procedure in America?

Trends may vary, but wanting to be beautiful at all costs is universal. People will endure untold discomfort, spend thousands of dollars, and even put their own health at risk to achieve that elusive aesthetic ideal.

In Kayan, Burma, there is a fading tradition of what is known as the “giraffe women,” who would wear stacks of metal rings around their necks to elongate them. Never mind the pain and loss of mobility this surely must cause; it is all in the name of beauty. It should be noted, of course, that with the increasing prosperity and modernization of Myanmar, there are now estimated to be fewer than 100 women still upholding this practice in Burma.

What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

Here in the United States, breast augmentation continues to be number one on the list of top cosmetic procedures. Eyelid surgeries, rhinoplasty (also known as nose jobs), tummy tucks, and liposuction procedures round out the top five. Thankfully, elective surgeries are safer and yield better, more natural-looking results today than they did when these procedures were still in their experimental phases. Still, it’s important to remember that there is an inherent risk any time you sign up for surgery.

Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided that cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you, you’ll want to have support around you as you recover. In a perfect world, you will of course emerge looking and feeling like the very best version of yourself. As you’re healing, remember that Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides scars, and you can use it on your face and body.

If you’re still undecided about undergoing a cosmetic procedure, Smart Cover Cosmetics has a host of products to make you feel confident and beautiful… no doctor required!

Summer Skin Care Tips from Smart Cover

Of all the summer skin care tips, the most important is to protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. You need SPF 30 or higher, applied before your makeup, and preferably a half hour before you head outside.

Summer Skin Care Tips

If you’re having a true outdoors day, perhaps at the beach or a water park, you’ll want to reapply your sunblock every two hours. Remember that your lips need protection too, so find a lip balm that contains SPF 30 as well. Too often, people overlook their lips in terms of sun protection and end up with cracked, sunburned lips or worse.

In the summer, your skin tends to produce more oil. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to moisturize now, it just means that you can use your moisturizer a little more sparingly. And of course, stick to oil-free moisturizers.

Washing your face before bed is especially important in the summer. Your skin’s increased oils mix with sweat, whatever’s left of the day’s makeup, and of course the dirt and pollution that accumulates on your skin just from daily exposure to the environment.

Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser thoroughly washes and conditions your skin with its fruit acid and papaya enzyme formula, and you can use it not just on your face, but on your whole body. It easily removes even Smart Cover’s long-lasting concealers, and leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth.

Taking care of your skin from the inside out is important, too. Drinking plenty of water is not only necessary for your well-being, but it will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. Also, eat lots of leafy green veggies and antioxidant-rich fruits. At this time of year, they’re in great abundance from local farmers.

Be mindful about what you put into your body, and your skin will thank you!