Chic Studios’ Favorite Summer Makeup Looks

Happy first day of summer– it’s time to switch up your usual routine! Here are some bold makeup trends that are about to take over…

Pink Shadow

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Time to put away your dark eyeshadows. Pink is going to be a huge color this season! It’s universally flattering and offers a quick way to brighten your eyes!

Stained Lips

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Look like you just ate a popsicle without the mess. To achieve this look, concentrate a lip and cheek stain into the center of the lips and then blend out.

Clean Skin

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The “no-makeup” makeup look is nothing new but it’s definitely making a huge comeback again. During the warmer months, utilize concealer and foundation on trouble spots (blemishes, marks, dark circles) to help even out skin tone.

Eye Glitter

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Eye glitter is coming back in a more modern way! On top of your neutral eyeshadows, put larger flecks of glitter for an eye-catching glow.

Soft, Warm Contour

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Switch out your cool toned contour with warmer and more neutral toned bronzers! Pairing with a peachy blush provides a natural contour that still sculpts the face without being too dramatic.

Spring Beauty Trends: Coachella Edition

Festival season is finally upon us! Coachella is home to plenty of mesmerizing, fun beauty inspiration and the more out-of-the-box, the better. Ditch the floral crowns and flash tattoos– these are the trends that you’ll be seeing a lot this weekend!

Glitter Everywhere

From hair to eyelids and to lips– glitter will be found on all festival beauties this weekend! It’s the perfect finish to glisten in the desert night.

Photo courtesy of @_kina moreno on instagram

Unicorn Inspired Looks

Stray from your usual neutrals and pack on some bright color onto your lids! Stick to rainbow hues around your eyes and lips. The crazier, the better– have fun with your look!

Photo courtesy of @shaym on instagram

Glossy Lids

Embrace your shine by going glossy! It’s a simple look that creates the boldest statement. Here’s a ChicPro tip: for a cheaper alternative, use Vaseline to add in some natural highlight!

Photo courtesy of @mariahlleonard on instagram

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Top 3 CHIC False Eyelashes!

False eyelashes (aka falsies) are the perfect way to tie a look together, whether it’s for a girls’ night out or wedding. As Pro MUAs, we’ve gone through many pairs of lashes in our kits. Here is a list of our favorites that are great to have on hand for gigs!

#CHICPRO tip of the day: The tackier your glue, the better your lashes will stay on! Wait a minute before applying onto your eye for budge-proof application.

NYX “Be Wicked” Lashes

Perfect and flexible enough for beginners! These will give a dramatic effect without overpowering an eye look.

MAC Cosmetics Lashes

These lashes look extremely natural due to their thin band! They’re perfect to spice up a simple “no makeup” makeup look.

KISS Lashes

Not only do these lashes come in various styles, but they’re affordable and come in bulk– perfect for bridal parties!

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Weekend Beauty Must-Haves

For the weekend, we want to look as fresh as possible and achieve the perfect “no makeup” look. Here are our chic must haves to achieve looking naturally flawless!

MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencils 

These lip liners are budge-proof and glide on easily– giving you the perfect pout all day long!

Urban Decay Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer

Perfect the base before applying foundation! With the latest UD releases, these primers will keep your face looking matte all day long.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

For weekends, it’s time to ditch the foundation brushes and stick to a beauty sponge! It gives you full coverage without looking too cake-y.

NYX Cosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation

Control your coverage with NYX’s latest foundation! When it dries transforms into a powder consistency and feels like you have nothing on your face.

Billion Dollar Brows Clear Brow Gel

Swipe some gel through your brows to maintain their shape and tame any unruly hairs!

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Brush Basics

Any Makeup Artist will tell you when it comes to makeup, their best friend are their brushes and here at CHICSTUDIOS we want you to be prepared with the basic knowledge of these very essential tools!

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A basic makeup kit should consist of 8 essential brushes:
(Here at CHICSTUDIOS we use @RealTechniquesBeauty brushes)

1. Foundation brush
2. Concealer brush
3. Fluffy powder brush
4. Blush brush
5. Small blending brush
6. Flat eye shadow brush
7. Precision angle brush
8. Lip brush

Brushes have different functions
Brushes can help you in a multitude in ways! They help provide precision and give you control for creating different effects while also allowing for you to blend your looks evenly.

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Brushes should always be cleaned after use
Not only for sanitary reasons but cleaning your brushes can reduce your chance of breakouts and will help your brushes to last longer!

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Know the difference between brushes
Its important to understand that there are two different kinds of brushes, synthetic and natural. Synthetic are soft and smooth and are used for cream applications while natural brushes feel rougher and typically are used for powder applications.

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March Madness CHIC-style

March Madness is not just for the boys, and we are here to prove it. We’ve compiled a list of tips, tricks and styles to make sure your style game stays strong this month, whether you are at a local sports bar watching the game or sweating it out on your own! Have your own tips? Make sure to tweet us at @CHICSTUDIOS!

BEAUTY

Focus on the essentials and keep it simple! Apply mascara, tinted moisturizer (with SPF) and gloss to show your natural beauty. If you want a bit more color try using a bit of lip stain.

Minimal Makeup

Get the look with Laura Mercier Lip Glace in “Bare Pink” and Diorshow mascara.

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Get the look with Benefit’s Benetint.

HAIR

Go for loose, effortless waves (think Lauren Conrad style). The easiest way to achieve this look is by using dry shampoo and a flat iron! Apply dry shampoo before going to sleep (or before working out…yes before!). In the morning, or after getting back from the gym, your hair will have a slight wave. Smooth out with your flat iron. Not your thing? We also love a cute hair accessory!

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Get the look with the GHD Eclipse Flat Iron and Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo.

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Get the look with Fabletics, ‘The Headband.”

FASHION

Have you noticed our themes? Effortless and simple! Let those same traits transcend to your wardrobe. Pair a cute tee with wedged sneakers and a sporty tote to finish everything off.

Victoria's Secret PINK CollegiateSupport your favorite team with the Victoria’s Secret PINK Collegiate Collection 
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These sporty-CHIC wedge sneakers from Nike are a great choice for game day!

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Carry all your essential in the Lorna Jane Love Tote.

BONUS: Game Time Recipe

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Impress your friends or significant other with this delicious recipe! These salt and pepper oven-fries will have everything convinced you truly are the total package. Get the details here.

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CHIC CHRISTMAS INSPIRATION

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’re thrilled to share with you what’s giving us the most CHICspiration during this Holiday Season.

BEAUTY & FASHION INSPIRATION

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FOOD & DECOR INSPIRATION

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Holiday Champagne Cocktail

2 parts Champagne

A splash of cranberry juice

raspberries + mint leaves for garnish

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BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY & FASHION

MAKEUPJewel Tones

Add some intensity to your look with sapphire, emerald or amethyst colored eye shadows! With a nude gloss this creates a perfectly CHIC day-time look.

Get the look with: 

STILA eyeshadow palette in “In The Garden”

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in “Abigal: Vanilla-Creme”

Full Brows

For a lip-focus try a deep berry lip paired with perfectly groomed brows!

Get the look with: 

MAC Lipstick in “Heroine”

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder in “Taupe”

HAIR

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Braided accents have been all over the runway this season! Try twisting a low braid into a bun for an effortlessly polished look.

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Celebrities everywhere are wearing top-knots and it’s no secret why! A tidy top-knot is sleek, but still youthful.

ACCESSORIES

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Every girl needs a Marc Jacobs Computer Commuter bag. They are lightweight and come in a variety of patterns! We’re loving the newest addition “Dusty Jade,” as shown above. 

Kate Spade Notebooks

Kate Spade never disappoints in the accessories category! We promise you’ll be extra-motived to stay motived with any of these chic notebooks!

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…And every chic notebook, must have a pen to match! Shown above is Kate Spade’s “So Well Composed” pen set.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

 Voluspa ‘Maison Noir – Crisp Champagne’ Two-Wick Candle

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These luxurious candles are handmade and scented with a touch of vanilla and oak to give the sparkling feeling of champagne.

Kate Spade “Mom Said So” Idiom Pendant

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Remind mom how important her words of advice are to you with this beautiful 12 karat gold necklace.

Beautyblender Best Friends Set

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Share your favorite beauty secret with mom by giving this adorable detachable heart case!

OCC Lip Tar Trio

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Available in four different combinations that will give mom the look she desires.

Mother’s Little Helpers Made By MOUTH

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If you’re searching for a new type of gift to send to mom, make sure to check out NYC based MOUTH for fun tasting baskets!

#myCHICmom Mothers Day Giveaway

Don’t forget to also enter our #myCHICmom giveaway on our CHICSTUDIOS Instagram for a chance to win two great Kate Spade pieces of jewelery!

myCHICmom Contest Card

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TRENDS: SPRING MAKEUP 2014

The frigid temperatures outside are just a reminder that spring is on the way! With that, comes the hottest new beauty trends for Spring 2014, as seen on the Fashion Week runway! Here are a few of our standouts and predictions for hot beauty trends this spring:

ORANGE LIPSTICK

1 Rag and Bone

The catwalks of Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung, and Rag & Bone all displayed orange lipstick, and we predict this neon pigment will be a pucker favorite in Spring 2014!

BLUE EYESHADOW

2 Marc Jacobs

Blue eyeshadow was a hit on the runways of Marc Jacobs and Naeen Khan. We adore this pop of color not usually donned in the spring, which was just enough to brighten up these looks without being too overdone!

WINGED LINER

3 Chanel

The always eye-catching winged liner was showcased at both the Chanel and Tracy Reese runway shows. The glam glitter at Chanel upgraded this look, and the classic look was achieved at Tracy Reese by using a thin cotton swab dipped in makeup remover to achieve that clean line!

GLOWING SKIN

4 Philip

Fresh and dewy is making a return this spring, and we couldn’t help notice that Philip Lim and J. Mendel are paving the way to the perfect example of this hot trend!

GOLD EYESHADOW

5 Dior

The Winter Olympics may be over, but both Dior and Jason Wu are going for the gold with their shining use of the hue during Fashion Week. The color highlights, while the metallic sheen is absolute perfection!

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