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Goof-Proof Dramatic Eye Makeup with NO Brushes

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It takes a pretty dang awesome makeup item to make us here at HWB go, “Whoa.” After all, as bridal editors we see a LOT of impressive cosmetics, from airbrush foundation to stay-put lipstick to perfect false lashes. But dramatic eye shadow sans brushes is something we hadn’t encountered…until now. Behold Eye Majic: pre-set, pre-contoured eye shadow sponge strips you simply press against your eyelid, slide across and voila—flawless eye makeup! Or…mostly. If you like liner or shadow along your lower lash line, you’ll need to apply that separately. And for a more diffuse look, you can use your fingertip or a medium shadow brush to blend the stripes of color—an especially important step for the darker Eye Majic shades, which can be rather intense. Other add-ons might include black liner along the waterline for a true smoky look, mascara and/or false lashes. But, we gotta say, Eye Majic has really, um, opened our eyes to the possibility of foolproof, no-brush eye shadow. And with all those pre-wedding parties you are certain to attend, doesn’t easy-peasy evening eye shadow sound like something to celebrate?

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vbeautè’s Julie Macklowe Shares Secrets for Bridal-Beautiful Skin at Any Age

If you’ve been noticing quite a number of women walking around Houston with an extra-special glow, skincare superstar Julie Macklowe is probably to thank for it. The founder of vbeautèthe anti-aging skincare weapon in the arsenals of in-the-know women around the world—recently brought her coveted line to Houston with an exclusive launch at Therapy Hair Studio, and the buzz has been HUGE. Which is why we are so very delighted and excited to have Macklowe on HWB today for a special Q&A on how to get radiant bridal skin, and maintain it through years of milestones, anniversaries, free-radicals, and just plain ol’ growing up.

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Houston Wedding Blog: At what age should a woman start thinking in terms of “anti-aging” skincare?

Julie Macklowe: It’s always easier to prevent rather than to correct, so when it comes to anti-aging, the sooner the better.

HWB: How can a bride-to-be prepare her skin to look its best on her wedding day?

JM: Ideally start prepping your skin about six months in advance. You want to give yourself a good amount of time in case your skin requires more invasive procedures like chemical peels and laser treatments. Then, once you get closer to the big day you can opt for a gentle facial. Aside from starting early, it’s also key to find a reputable esthetician that can develop a game plan depending on the condition of your skin, and you’ll want to complement your spa/medical-spa treatments with an effective at-home regimen. I specifically designed my product line to meet the needs of all women—even those like myself with very sensitive skin—so vbeautè’s products are a fantastic way to get and keep your skin looking its best.

HWB: What kind of home skincare regimen would you recommend to a newlywed?

JM: Being a newlywed is an incredible time, but it can also be a stressful one and as most of us know, stress equals acne. It’s important to make sure to wash your face morning and night, exfoliate at least once a week to reduce clogged pores, and keep your skin hydrated with water-based skincare products and alcohol-free toners (even if you have oily skin), so as to prevent flare-ups.

HWB: What skincare treatments should a newlywed consider getting, and how often, to maintain youthful, healthy looking skin?

JM: Like most working moms I’m “go go go,” which is why I designed my vbeautè’s It Kit. It’s a no-fail, easy-to-use skincare kit with all of the skincare essentials we need, housed in a chic, portable kit.

HWB: As she approaches her 10-year wedding anniversary, how might a woman’s skincare regimen change? How about her 20-year anniversary?

JM: I designed my products for every age so whether you’re 20, 30, 40, 50, or beyond these are products that will work for you now and in the years to come.

HWB: What’s your top tip for the bride who wants to keep her skin looking as fresh and glowing as it did on her wedding day?

JM: Drink lots of water!

vbeautè products can be found at Therapy Hair Studio in Houston or at vbeautè online.

Julie Macklowe Photo: Ben Fink Shapiro

2012 Holiday Season Party Dress Up and Makeup

’Tis the season, darlings: holiday shindigs, cocktail parties, evenings out with old friends who are back in town, family gatherings, perhaps an engagement party or two…

If you’re looking for special-occasion dress-up ideas, get inspired by our recent guest post on pre-wedding-party style. Also a great fashion/makeup/accessories resource: PrettyShinySparkly—a delish lil’ style blog by recent Houston bride (and medical resident!) Kristina Braly.

Oh—and don’t forget flawless makeup to go with your fabulous outfit. Check out this little party-night makeup tutorial by our favorite beauty-blogging Brit Tanya Burr, demonstrating step by step her OWN birthday-night-out look. A little smoky, a little sparkly and just the right mix of sexy and sweet—perfect for holiday-season nighttime socializing. DO try this at home, ladies!!

HWB Hearts: Bold Bridal Nails

Here’s the thing: We know that the French manicure—tailored, versatile, classic—is the hands-down favorite for the majority of our beloved Houston brides. But here’s the other thing: With gels, crackle, wraps, gems and hand-painted designs, there are SO many gorgie-gorge mani styles, it seems a shame not to go for something a little extra special on your most special of special days. A bit of metallic shimmer, perhaps? A few well-placed Swarovskis for sparkle? And for our ultra-glam to-be-weds, the ultimate: The high-gloss-black-on-top, vixen-red-underneath, super-swank “Louboutin” mani. Pull up this post on your mobile at your favorite salon, point out your favorite look, and let your manicurist get you STYLED!

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