How to Pick the Perfect Orange Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

orange lipSpring has sprung and this season is all about orange lips! We’ve seen this look on the runway, on our fave celebs, even at the mall or the beach! Whether you’re out on a Friday for girls’ night or heading to a lunch date on a sunny Tuesday, this look suits any occasion when worn correctly and it really brightens up the face.

The great thing about swiping on an orange-hued lip color is that you don’t have to do much with the rest of your makeup. Dab on a little concealer to even things out, apply some mascara, and the bright lips will do the rest and tie everything together seamlessly. The trick is finding the right orange for your skin tone. We’ve put together some quick tips to keep in mind while you shop!

  • If you are fair-skinned with blue undertones, this look is perfect for you. Try a bright, true orange to really stand out!
  • For fair skin with yellow undertones, go for a coral. This will pack a punch but still look natural with your skin tone.
  • Go straight up neon when it comes to golden skin tones. Have fun with this! The contrast is eye-catching and gorgeous.
  • As far as olive skin tones, warm oranges or apricot shades work best. This pop of color will enhance your natural skin tone and look stunning.
  • For darker skin tones, go for a red based orange. This looks fresh and will be sure to turn heads!
  • If you’re having a hard time finding the right color, a sheer toned melon hue is universally beautiful on all skin tones. A gloss or tinted lip balm in this color will be flawless! It will give you a little lip color without overwhelming.

To pick up something great right here on the site, some of our favorite BH orange toned lip colors include the Crème Luxe Lipsticks in Coral Escape and Sweet Mango as well as the 66 Color Lip Gloss Palette to create your own perfect shade! Good luck BH beauties and have fun rockin’ a bold orange lip this Spring!

10 Tips for the Best Makeup Application

When it comes to makeup, certain things can make a huge difference in application and how the makeup appears on your skin. You can have great products, but they are not going to look their best without the right application and skin prep. These tips are designed to help you achieve the best application possible.

  1. Make sure to exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week. This will ensure a smooth surface that your makeup can glide onto evenly.
  2. Moisturize and prime. This will help your makeup stay in place all day with a smooth and even finish. Let your moisturizer sink in for about 10 minutes before applying your base as this will prevent the two from mixing together and appearing oily.
  3. Blend, blend, blend! This tip applies to foundation, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, and all of your makeup applications. It may take a couple extra minutes, but it is absolutely worth it. Once the makeup is set, take the time to really buff the product into the skin so that there are no harsh lines and your makeup is visibly undetectable. This will make your look appear more natural and stay in place longer.
  4. Choose the right brush and/or sponge. Most of us can’t afford to own tons of brushes, but there are a few that will make a big difference. For a full-coverage foundation, use a dense and thick brush like the Deluxe Foundation Brush. For a lighter application, use a sponge or Duo Fiber Brush. Use a large, soft brush like the Deluxe Blush Brush to buff in blush and bronzer, which will provide an airbrushed look. Lastly, use a brush like the Angled Shadow Brush to blend eyeshadow with precision!
  5. Start soft and light, then build. Trust us; it is much easier to add product than take it off. Always tap excess product off your brush before applying, and use a light hand when applying. Build the color to your desired look little by little. BH Makeup Application
  6. If you are creating a more dramatic eye look, try applying your eye makeup before your foundation and concealer.  This time-saver will keep you from getting eyeshadow fallout all over your finished cheeks.
  7. Don’t forget to set your makeup with a powder, setting spray, or both. You don’t have to get heavy with this step, but blotting on a bit of powder in your oily areas and finishing with a mist will ensure your skin doesn’t get shiny. Plus this step will help your makeup sink in and blend together.
  8. Always exfoliate and moisturize your lips, especially if you are planning to wear a bold and/or matte lip color. If you have a lip scrub, use that, otherwise you can use sugar (add a drop of olive oil for extra moisture) and your favorite lip balm. This step will help your lipstick from sinking into cracks and drying on your lips.
  9. Choose the right products for your skin type and tone. We realize this is a very broad tip, however it is important! For example, use a matte foundation and matte bronzer for oily skin and an illuminating foundation and creamy blush for dry skin. If you are both oily and dry, avoid creamier, illuminating products on oily parts of your skin; blotting powders are also highly recommended.
  10. Finally, embrace your favorite features and highlight them! If you have big, beautiful eyes, try winged liner and a bold color on the lower lash line to bring attention to them. If you have gorgeous, plump lips, be bold with your lip color! If you have beautifully chiseled cheekbones, use a highlighter to define them even more.

Make sure to share these tips with your friends & family!

5 Lipstick Rules You’re Probably Breaking

Just a few years ago lipstick was reserved for our mothers and only very special occasions. Now, it’s the hottest trend on the market in the past year. However, no lipstick is better than bad lipstick. Here are some of our tips and tricks to getting perfect lips.

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Not taking care of your lips.

You want your lipstick to look clean without cracks or breaks. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips everyday. Even a light exfoliation and deep moisturizer to get rid of dead skin and dirt will help your lipstick last longer and keep your lips from drying out and cracking.

Not highlighting or lining your lips.

Keep the color from bleeding by lining your lips with a lip liner (the same color or your lip color) or a concealer.  You can take it an extra step further and use a highlighter on your lips to make them stand out and look bigger.

Wearing a full face of makeup.

Many people believe that wearing a full face of makeup is necessary for lipstick. Not so fast! Lipstick can work for a casual look if you keep the rest of your makeup neutral, simple, or even barefaced.

Not picking the right shade for your skin tone.

Not every trend looks good on every skin tone, and a gorgeous color on your best friend could be disastrous on you. If you have warm undertones, choose a color with gold or brown undertones. Cooler skin tones should pick lipsticks with blueish tones.

Over-glossing your lips.

Gloss will make your lips look bigger – great right? Not always. Even if you have thin lips, it’ll look unnatural. Instead use a light gloss or simply gloss in the center of your lips – a great technique for enhancing thin lips.

Whether you’re wearing a bold lip color (like these purple lips), a classic pink, or rockin’ the nude lip, make sure to follow these tips for the optimal look!

5 Rules For Rocking Purple Lipstick

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This spring, we’re all about gorgeous pops of color, especially purple lips! You know what they say – Go bold or go home! Okay, so maybe no one says that. But really, magenta, violet, orchid lips? We’re all about that one thing that really sets your look apart, and this Spring it’s that color! We […]

Celebrate April Birthstone: Diamond

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Happy Spring, April babes!

With the spring season in full swing, we can’t help but notice what a beautiful time it is to be celebrating your birthday! Speaking of beautiful, April’s birthstone is the beautiful diamond – a symbol for everlasting love. Now it makes sense why diamonds are a girl’s best friend! ;) Like the diamond, April babies are admired by everyone because they are loving, caring, generous, and good at consoling people.

Make sure you feel your well-deserved love on your birthday by creating your best diamond-inspired look. Start off with a flawless base using our Liquid Foundation and 6 Color Concealer & Corrector Palette. For your eye makeup, create a grey or silver look using our 88 Color Tropical Shimmer Palette which has an array of shimmery grays and neutrals. Add even more sparkle to your eye makeup with our ‘Silver’ or ‘Platinum’ glitter from our Glitter Collection. Sweep on a little bit of color to your cheeks using our Floral Blush Duo in ‘Daisy’.

Don’t forget your lips! With such a sparkly, festive eye, keep your lips neutral with our Crème Luxe Lipstick in ‘Forever Nude’. Feeling extra sparkly? Paint your nails with our self-explanatory ‘Metal’ polish from our 10pc Nail Lacquer Mystery Collection.

Although we’re sure you didn’t need such a sparkly look to get attention and love from your friends, this diamond-inspired look will without a doubt make you look and feel like a million bucks – or a million diamonds! Have fun celebrating and we hope you have an amazing birthday!

Get Inspired with the Forever Nude Palette!

BH Beauties, have you gotten your hands on one of our newest products yet? The Forever Nude palette is perfect for everyday wear, and even better for pretty Spring looks! We asked the beauty lovers at BH what looks they would create using this new palette and we thought we’d share them with you!BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Palette

For a gorgeous, neutral everyday look, start with the cream color eyeshadow (1) and sweep it across your entire eyelid to the brow. Then take rose gold shadow (2) and blend it into the crease and the outer corner of your eyelid. Finish by lining your eyelashes with the dark brown (3) and blend. Swirl your brush between the two blush colors and put on the apples of your cheeks. Use the highlighter to highlight your nose, the inner corners of your eyes and the tops of your cheekbones. Blend and finish by applying (7) lip gloss to your lips and go!

For a use the light pink (4) to cover your lids and darker pink (5) to create definition by blending into the crease and the outer corner of your eyelid, blending about halfway over the lid. Take the shimmery brown (6) to line your lashes and bring it out just past the outer corner of your lid. Blend the look. For blush, pick your favorite and apply on your cheekbones. Use the highlighter to highlight the top of your top, your nose, tops of your cheekbones, and the inner corner of your eyes. Blend, blend, blend.  Finish the look with a sweet candy pink (8) lip gloss, perfect for your date or girls night out!

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See what other bloggers are saying about the Forever Nude palette – like blogger Teresa Caruso at Money Can Buy Lipstick. Get inspired with her full tutorial!

Our Favorite Spring 2014 Makeup Trends

white eyeliner 2014It’s finally warming up and the first day of spring is only a few weeks away! We’re ready to say “goodbye” to wine and berry lip colors and dark smoky eyes and say hello to lighter colors and warmer weather.  Here are our favorite trends for Spring 2014.

Nude Lips – We’re so thrilled the nude lip trend is continuing! If you missed the Oscars, many of our favorite A-listers like Angelina Jolie were rocking a gorgeous nude lip with a stunning smoky eye. Our creme luxe lipstick in Forever Nude is a great option here!

Pastel Eyes – If you’re a “natural look” fanatic – this is perfect for you! Spring colors like pale pinks, lilac, and blues are all over the runway and perfect for the early spring months.

White Eyeliner – This has been a trend for a few seasons, but especially now in the Spring since it pairs so well with pastel eye shadow! White liner will make your eyes appear larger and if you want to play it safe, start by simply smudging some white eyeliner in the inner corners of your eyes (try using one of our eye crayons). You can be more daring by swapping it for traditional black eyeliner, or simply rim your waterline.

The Cat Eye Plus – If you haven’t seen any of the recent runway models, you’ve missed all the awesome graphic eyeliner designs. The classic cat eye is still trending, but many makeup artists have taken it up a notch and tried something more extreme with graphic patterns and designs.

Orange Lips –Forget oxblood and Merlot – Tangerine colored lips are the must-try trend this spring! Let your lips pop by pairing a simple cat eye or neutral eye shadow and mascara for maximum impact.

Sun-Kissed and Glowing Skin – It’s not a new trend, but we’ve been sun-starved for a long winter and we’re dying for sunny beams. Until then, we can fake it with a cream blush and pearly (not shimmery) highlighter. To achieve that glowing look, skip the powder and use a liquid foundation instead.

How to Tell When Your Makeup is Expired

Hello BH Beauties! If you’re obsessed with makeup and beauty like me, you probably have several drawers and containers full of makeup samples, palettes, lipsticks, mascaras and more.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not normally thinking about expiration dates when I get my hands on a hot new product! But after I’ve played with that new eye shadow, lipstick, liquid eyeliner, whatever – it might get lost in a drawer. If I ever find it again, I usually have no idea how old it is! If you’re smart enough to put a piece of tape on your makeup with the dates you opened them, you’ll be okay. For the rest of us, it’s important to know how to tell if and when our makeup has expired.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

shutterstock_145290685Mascara & Eyeliner – If you can only keep track of one product’s expiration, it should be mascara or eyeliner. The second they start irritating your eyes, flaking excessively, clumping and more – throw them away! About a year ago I went a few weeks with really itchy eyes. I thought I was spending too much time looking at a screen or that my contact lenses were too old. But after changing my lenses and spending a few days away from the screen, I finally realized it was my mascara! The second I started using a new one my eyes stopped itching. Mascara and liquid eyeliner only last a few months, so throw out any old, open products.

Makeup Artist Tip: If you get an eye infection, throw out your eye makeup. It’s probably been contaminated and pink eye isn’t fun to have twice.

Powdered Foundation & Eye Shadow – Anything powder will last for about two years, and if it’s something you love – it won’t be around that long! If it’s that eye shadow palette you got because it had that one color you really wanted and you never use the rest… throw it out once it gets too hard, or the consistency or color changes. If you keep it in your bathroom, make sure it is sealed properly or else the moisture in the air will damage a powdered product.

Concealer, Liquid Foundation, Cream Makeup – If it’s water-based it’ll start getting bad between 12-18 months. You can tell its expired if the color changes, it starts smelling strange, or your favorite concealer isn’t doing it’s job the way it used to. Liquid products tend to have more problems with bacteria and can cause breakouts when they get too old.

Lipstick & Lip Gloss – Lipstick will usually last for two years, but your favorite gloss only has about one year of shelf life. Once your lipsticks are dry and difficult to apply, toss ‘em.  When gloss is bad, it becomes overly sticky, streaky, globby – none of which I want on my lips.

Now that “spring cleaning” is on our minds (at least some of us!) hopefully these tips will help you to clean out your makeup collections and determine whether that lipstick from senior prom should stay or go.

5 Bloggers Rockin’ St. Patty’s Day Makeup

Happy St. Patty’s Day BH beauties! If you’re going all out and looking for green makeup ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are five great looks for you to try from some of our favorite bloggers using BH Cosmetics makeup!

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Mimi from MakeupWithdrawal

Mimi used the Take me to Brazil palette which has great neon colors – perfect if you want to do a bold bright green look for St. Patricks Day! We love the combination of the winged cat eye and the bright makeup. Check out the tutorial on her blog.

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Karen from PinkAddictive

Karen has a gorgeous look from last year that we had to share. She used the BH Cosmetics 88 Color Palette (matte) and incorporated white eyeliner and a slight cat eye into her look. the green eye shadow really makes her brown eyes pop!

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Cristina from Let Them Have Polish

If you have the BH Cosmetics Party Girl palette, you’re in luck because Cristina has a beautiful dark green smoky eye that could work for lots of skin tones!

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Nicola from NicoleKateMakeup

Nicola used the BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette 2nd Edition to create this matte bright green and blue eye shadow look that is perfect for blue-eyed beauties. We love how her bright colors are paired with a graphic twist on the traditional cat eye!

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Sheila from Painted-Ladies

Sheila used the 28 color smoky eye palette to create this stunning eye look! Sheila has beautiful brown eyes and these colors complement them so well. Check it out and see if you can do it yourself.

Happy St. Patty’s day beauties! We can’t wait to see the looks you’ll be doing on Instagram!