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It’s official: It’s time to toss your summery gold eye shadows and try something a bit different for the quickly approaching colder weather—and by different, we mean purple pigments. Why, you ask? Well, it turns out that the trending eye shadow color for fall isn’t the usual tones we see during these crisp months, but rather a bold purple shade. In fact, as pointed out by Glamour, purple eye shadow is up on Pinterest by 52 percent this season, which is a pretty big jump for the bold shade.
Luckily, there’s tons of ways to wear the bright color. Whether you want a bold payoff or a subtle hint of color, purple can be both versatile and flattering. For some of our favorite purple shadow inspiration, see below:
However, makeup is ultimately supposed to be fun. So, whether you try out this playful trend or skip it altogether is entirely up to you. But if you do decide to give it a try, be sure to read these eye makeup do's and don'ts. You'll be happy you did—trust us.
Good news: If you're ready to advance your anti-aging efforts, there are plenty of noninvasive, preventive procedures available—many of which are now more sophisticated than in years past. At the forefront of innovation: lasers, specifically Halo.
Halo is a hybrid fractional laser, a breakthrough treatment that combines two types of laser to make it one of the best options on the market for creating some pretty stellar results with only a few days of downtime. The laser uses both ablative (they’re more invasive and removes the outer layer of skin) and nonablative (which does not remove the top layer of skin) wavelengths to stimulate collage and elastin production to minimize wrinkles and skin imperfections. “Halo treats both the superficial and deep layers of skin, allowing it to tackle a lot of problems with one treatment,” explains New York plastic surgeon Mark Schwartz, MD. “It improves fine lines, tone, texture and overall pigment, giving our patients a nice glow.”
While Halo has no age restriction for who can use it, it’s recommended for those with fine lines and pigmentation issues. Knowing this, a 56-year-old woman named Sue Murphy* decided she wanted to give it a try for herself. “After noticing fine lines and extra sun spots on my skin, I wanted more than just Botox and fillers to boost my skin’s appearance,” Murphy explained. “I’m really fond of this laser,” says Dr. Schwartz. “Especially for your specific skin concerns.”
After assessing Murphy’s skin, Dr. Schwartz applied a numbing cream that would stay on for about 35 minutes before starting the procedure. While laying around with numbing cream on your face might seem like something people might want to forgo (time is precious, after all), don’t skip it. This step makes the experience much more tolerable, especially if your skin is sensitive to heat.
Once Murphy’s face was numb, the actual treatment began. First, Dr. Schwartz treated Murphy’s forehead and immediately inquired about the level of pain she was feeling. “It’s about a three or four on a scale of 10,” she replied, prompting the doctor to keep going. While Murphy claims the treatment wasn’t necessarily a pleasurable experience, it certainly wasn’t as uncomfortable as expected. According to Murphy, fleshy areas of the face like the cheeks were much less painful than when the laser was being directed towards the forehead or nose area, but even those weren’t intolerable. The entire face took about 20 minutes to treat and the patient was handed an ice pack to cool down her face before heading home for the night. "Right after the procedure, my skin definitely stung and felt very hot, but that went away quickly," Murphy said.
On day two, Murphy’s skin no longer felt warm, but had definitely transformed into something else entirely. "The next day, a thick dryness was all over my face—kind of like alligator skin,” she described, adding that she used Avene’s Cicalfete Repair Cream ($28) and the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar($195) on her face each day to speed up the healing process. Once all of Murphy’s dry skin flaked off about five days later, baby-soft skin was left in its wake. “As it slowly peeled off, my skin felt smoother than ever before. It also looked so much brighter, less red and ultimately younger—I honestly look significantly better than I did before!"
So, while the procedure isn’t exactly as relaxing as a nice spa facial might be, the results are next-level good, making the level of discomfort certainly worth it. With less noticeable fine lines and a clear, even skin tone delivered post-procedure, Murphy says she’s ready for round two.
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Celebrities often rely on their own personal glam squads to create their red carpet–ready looks, but most of us don't have that luxury. Instead, we stock our vanities with a carefully curated arsenal of makeup and try our best. These winners make that process much easier.
You can forget about shadow that flakes, creases, smudges or disappears when you prep your lids with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26), a creamy primer that maximizes the intensity and staying power of your favorite eye shadows.
Precision Eyeliner for a Perfect Look
Can’t decide between a thick flick and a thin line? That’s where MAC Cosmetics Brushstroke Liner ($21) comes in. With a precision-tip, tapered brush applicator that glides onto lids, this liquid eyeliner pen makes it easier than ever to get a perfectly lined eye.
For Nails On Point
When it comes to the best assortment of colors (more than 240 to be exact) that give your nails shine, OPI Nail Lacquer ($11) is the way to go.
Some cream-based contour palettes are tricky to use and can make skin look streaky and “done.” Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($40) seamlessly blends into skin, leaving everyone thinking, “How are her cheeks that defined?”
Now that gym-approved makeup is a “thing,” you can bat perfect lashes courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara ($23). Not only will your lashes look impeccable before you take the saddle in your favorite spin class, but they’ll also stay intact through the entire workout without any smearing, bleeding or feathering.
Tugging and scrubbing your eyes to get every last trace of makeup off is never fun, and with Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($30), you don’t have to. It takes off the most stubborn liners, shadows and mascaras sans any red, irritated lids.
Smoky Eye Staple
If the name itself, Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky ($44), isn’t enough to sell you on the fact that these mineral shadows are a requirement for a smoldering eye, then the finishes—satin, matte and iridescent—ranging in color from light to dark will have you hooked.
Eyes Wide Open
A celebrity makeup artist staple, the cult-classicShiseido Eyelash Curler ($20) is a must-have for the sheer fact that it instantly morphs limp, straight lashes into perfectly curled ones with just the right amount of “lash flip.”
For those who love multitasking products, look no further than Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer($42), a primer-meets-moisturizer that floods skin with hydration while also locking in makeup so there’s no midday fading or budging.
Free of the hotly debated ingredient oxybenzone, as well as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and oils, Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion ($16) defends skin against UV rays with a nongreasy, matte finish you and your skin will love.
Whether it’s dark circles or a pesky zit you’re trying to hide, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) acts like a second skin to give you full coverage anywhere you need it. Plus, marshmallow root makes it flexible, so it’s beyond easy to blend in.
Cult-classic L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15) reigns supreme because it really delivers on its promises: You get serious hold on all of your favorite styles without any stiff, crunchy feeling.
Dry Shampoo That Transforms Dirty Hair
From its addictive signature scent to its ability to make second-day hair look better than first (without any white residue), amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) has quickly risen to the top of the dry shampoo charts.
Eye Cream That Destroys Dark Circles
You deserve to look well-rested even if you aren’t, and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($18) makes it possible. Apply the lightweight, nongreasy cream each night for visibly minimized dark circles and a more even skin tone you can feel confident about.
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We’ve all heard the phrase “age is just a number,” but when it comes to suffering from skin issues, the expression couldn’t be truer. From baby diaper rash, to hormonal teenage acne, to possibly cancerous adult moles, battling some sort of skin condition is expected, no matter how many candles you’re blowing out that year.
With age comes new types of skin conditions, and some of these unfamiliar spots can look weird, or even unsightly. We’ve asked Houston, TX board-certified dermatologist Suneel Chilukuri, MD, to give us the down low on three common age spots, how to spot them, and how they can be removed.
1. Skin tags
Acrochordons, or “skin tags,” are overgrowths of skin that are most frequently found in areas of friction, “like the neck, underarms, waistline, and groin,” says Dr. Chilukuri. “Typically flesh-colored, soft, and painless, skin tags can grow between 1 to 2 millimeters in size.” Unfortunately, there is no known cause for these small growths, but Dr. Chilukuri believes there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing skin tags.
Skin tags are harmless, but there are a couple of options when it comes to removing them. The first option involves liquid nitrogen, where the skin tags are frozen off.The second option includes electrodessication, which uses electrical currents to target each skin tag causing them to burn off. “The last option is to have a dermatologist physically cut off the skin tags with sterile scissors” says Dr. Chilukuri. He warns against cutting them off on your own, as the area may bleed and become infected.
2. Seborrheic keratoses
Seborrheic keratoses (or SKs, as the docs call them), are one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults. “SKs look like waxy or wart-like growths and are tan, brown, or black in color,” says Dr. Chilukuri. They can be flat or raised, and are usually found on the face, neck, chest, and back.“Just like skin tags, there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing SKs, and most people will see these growths starting in their early 40s (and potentially developing more as they age),” he explains.
“Similar to skin tags, SKs can be treated using liquid nitrogen, electrodessication, shave removal or lasers. An in-office treatment, called ESKATA® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w), removes raised SKs. After a dermatologist makes the diagnosis of a raised SK on the face or neck, ESKATA can be applied to the raised growth, where a patient may feel a tingling sensation or itching during the application,” explains Dr. Chilukuri. “The lesion resolves over time after one or two treatments. ESKATA is safe for all skin types and skin tones.”
3. Cherry angiomas
Also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots, cherry angiomas are red “moles” that appear on the skin in many people starting in their 30s. Cherry angiomas can range from 1 to 8 millimeters in size and can develop on any part of the body. “No one really knows the exact cause of angiomas, but it’s believed that there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing these little red spots,” says Dr. Chilukuri.
Dr. Chilukuri explains that 75% of people over the age of 75 have at least one cherry angioma “somewhere on their body.” Similar to skin tags and seborrheic keratoses, cherry angiomas can also be removed using electrodessication, shaving, or pulse dye laser, where a concentrated beam of light targets blood vessels in the skin.
While these three age spots are harmless, Dr. Chilukuri strongly encourages to always get any spots of concern checked out by a board-certified dermatologist. “Unfortunately, there are many self-proclaimed “skin care experts” that are not properly qualified to make these diagnoses,” says Dr. Chilukuri. “As a result, my colleagues and I have seen patients come in with lesions they were told are ‘SKs,’ but they’re actually melanomas, ‘skin tags’ which end up being basal cell carcinomas, and ‘cherry angiomas’ that are actually amelanotic melanomas.”