Posts for: November, 2018

By Z Dermatology
November 20, 2018
Category: Makeup
Tags: Eye Color  

Google any online guide to blue eye beauty looks and you'll find a myriad of orange-tinged eye shadows and liners, from shiny metals like copper and bronze to earthy tones like mahogany. If you've ever asked yourself why, it's because these tried-and-true shades follow the rules of color theory. Blue and orange are true compliments, meaning they stand out most when paired. But what about the unexpected color combos that add a little sparkle to cobalt eyes? We turned to some of the nation's top makeup artists to ask about the best-kept secrets behind helping blue eyes shine. Scroll through to find out!

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They say that fortune favors the bold, but we believe that a striking beauty look can stem from even the subtlest trick or slight of hand. Our newest favorite magic trick comes from Jillian Dempsey, the renowned makeup artist who recently elevated Kirsten Dunst's blue eyes to "best dressed" at the Emmys this week. "Black mascara on upper lashes and a warm brown on lower lashes is a nice tip to balance blue eyes," she says. We love a one-two punch of pigment with CoverGirl Flourish by Last Blast Mascara ($7) that comes in several different shades of black and brown.

 

 

 

 

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Who says neutrals are boring? "I like shades with warmth in them, particularly yellow and orange undertones," says makeup artist, Beau Nelson, who's worked his magic on everyone in Hollywood from January Jones to Kate Bosworth. "A very flattering shade is a camel brown, although it looks unappealing in the pan, its beautiful contrast against blue eyes really helps them stand out." Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Single ($12) in Birkin is just as alluring in the package as it is swept across lids.

 
 

 

 

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If you have baby blues, then you've no doubt suffered millions of warnings about the horrors of navy shadow, which was particularly painful when Kim Kardashian West announced the launch of her KKW Beauty palette earlier this year and dawned metallic eye shadow in a color so striking, it had us royal blue with envy. Enter celebrity MUA Fiona Stiles, who regularly works with blue eyed-beauty Stella Maxwell. Stiles recommends leaning into, rather than avoiding this sultry style. "Richer royal blues will make gray/blue eyes look more intense. Pale blues (anything with a lot of white in it) will make the color look a bit on the dull side." For max color payoff, we love Stila Vivid and Vibrant Eye Shadow Duo ($20) in Sapphire.

 

 

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In Madge we trust. If there's anything the Queen of Pop does well, it's well, everything. But we're particularly wowed by her incredible beauty looks over the years. And so is Stiles. "I leaned a trick for blue eyes from Madonna years ago: burgundy mascara. It subtlety accentuates and heightens the vibrancy of blue eyes. Since then I often reach for burgundy or plum mascaras for a subtle boost of color." For eyelashes that accentuate, rather than rival azure eyes, we love L'Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara ($8) in Deep Burgundy. BONUS: Beauty-brilliant Beau Nelson pairs burgundy mascara with a red or carmine eyeliner, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($21) in Alkaline, for more impact.

 

 

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Blue eyes may be a recessive trait, but that doesn't mean you can't make them appear dominant. For a quick look that's as fun as it is fresh, top celebrity makeup artists apply a strategic swipe of blue liner—we love Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25) in (Wave)length—on lower lids. For Stiles, it's an "electric blue in the waterline paired with lashing of black mascara, especially if someone has very clear, blue eyes." Dempsey opts for a "pale pastel sky blue" across the waterline. Regardless of color chosen, skip the upper lid liner to ensure all eyes are on yours.

 

 

 

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It's no secret that copper and golden hues work wonders for blue eyes, but if you're questioning what the new neutral is, opt for a ballet pink. "If you want to keep the look lighter and more daytime casual," says Stiles, "A soft, pale shimmery pink can look fresh and beautiful without looking fussy." The iridescent sheen of NARS Single Eyeshadow ($19) in Night Star is enough to make one swoon, but double up on this sheer shade for a low-key dreamy appearance that's truly eye catching.

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When looking for inspiration to decorate blue eyes, look no further than your wine cabinet. Any ruby tone eye shadow is "magical for blue eyes" according to Dempsey, but she specifically loves a champagne-rose iridescent shade (Hi, Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss ($24) in Frosted) for a fun update on an everyday rosé. Stiles likes shadow like we imagine she takes her wine: a little bit dryer and darker. "Bordeaux looks especially striking when paired with blue eyes." For a shade as delicious as summer sangria, try Tarte Tartist Metallic Shadow ($10) in Speakeasy.

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Whether liner or shadow, the pros prefer purple to lift all shades of blue eyes. From violet (as Nelson adores) to something a little more maroon (like Stiles turns to), it seems that grape is great. For an extra dose of dazzling aqua, Dempsey applies an aubergine—think eggplant's more elegant cousin—eyeliner like Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense ($18) in Aubergine on lower and upper lash lines. Pair with Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyeshadow ($27) in Velvet Plum for a look that's just beautiful.


By Z Dermatology
November 12, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Eye Color  

Photo Credits: Andrii Kobryn/ Shutterstock | Image Used for Illustrative Purposes Only

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.

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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:



Fortunately, there’s also a lot of new purple shadows on the market, so if you're looking to refresh your beauty bag, both Glossier's Lidstar in Lilac ($18) and Marc Jacobs' O!mega Eyeshadow in Plum Shimmer($29) are great options for their long wear and crease-resistant qualities.


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.


By Z Dermatology
November 05, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles  

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Wrinkles have long been a sign of aging, but sadly those fine lines might mean so much more than that. Sure, wrinkles can indicate beauty, wisdom and grace (along with another year around the sun), however, new research suggests they could be a sign of something much more sinister: heart disease.  

new study from France found that people with deeper forehead wrinkles than average for their age were more likely to die from heart disease compared to those with a smoother forehead. This proved to be the case for numerous participants, which added validation to the association between forehead wrinkles and an increased threat of heart disease.

 

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According to the study’s authors, thanks to this research, looking for these brow wrinkles could be an easy, low-cost way to identify those at-risk for heart disease. With that being said, it won’t replace the traditional techniques for assessing heart disease risks, like looking at high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

"You can't see or feel risk factors like high cholesterol or hypertension," said one study author, Yolande Esquirol. "We explored forehead wrinkles as a marker because it's so simple and visual. Just looking at a person's face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk."

While the exact reason for the link between the two is unknown, there's a few speculated theories up in the air. The main belief is that atherosclerosis—or hardening of the arteries due to plaque build-up—is at work, which can be a main contributor to cardiovascular events like heart attacks. The blood vessels in the forehead are so small that they could be more sensitive to this build up and result in changes in collagen proteins and oxidative stress which can also result in wrinkles.

Since this is the first discovered connection between forehead wrinkles and heart health, more research is needed to confirm these researcher's findings. However, the prospect of identifying heart disease in such a low-risk, low-cost manner has researchers and patients alike seriously excited about the future—after all, it could one day mean the difference between life and death.