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.

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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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1/1 – CHIC STAFF NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY & FASHION

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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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OUR FAVORITE BEAUTY BRANDS & PRODUCTS!

Among the most exciting part of being a part of the CHICSTUDIOS world is getting to play with makeup and discover new must-haves! Over the years, we have discovered some gems, so this week, we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite things! Below, check out our new favorite products and brands:

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Our COACHELLA Top 10 Picks

Coachella officially kicks off festival season…and festival fashion! Here are our Top 10 beauty and fashion picks for the CHICEST festival goer and summer babe:

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This 5-in-1 beauty balm minimizes appearance of pores, lines and redness. It’s lightweight, oil-free and gives you coverage and SPF that will shield your skin from the hot, Coachella sun!

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Bumble & Bumble dry shampoo will absorb the excess oil that your hair will accumulate after dancing all day! It will blend in with your natural color and add volume.

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This Urban Outiftters hair chalk set is cheap and easy-to-use! Get those funky hues for just a few festival days!

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These FREEBIRD by Steven embroidered boots were made for walking— the campgrounds at Coachella! Strut from stage to stage wearing these super comfy and stylish footwear, while giving you a little height!

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These watercolor cutoff denim shorts from Planet Blue are perfect for Coachella! Pair them with any booties and crop top and you’re good to go!

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This floral embroidered cross body is easy and light-weight to carry throughout the day. Don’t forget your phone, lip balm, and water bottle!

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A belly-baring crop top for the warm weather!

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BE A BRONZE GODDESS

Ahh, springtime! It’s almost time to shed that fabulous peacoat and luxurious scarf and show some skin. But before you trade in your layers for tank tops, make sure you have that perfect “why, yes I did just get back from somewhere exotic” glow.  It might not be warm enough to catch some rays in Central Park, but that’s no excuse to be mistaken for a ghost! Here are some of our favorite products formulated by the experts that will give you just the right amount of bronze:

Jimmy Jimmy Coco

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Get a luxurious glow with “Hollywood’s Tan Authority”! Jim Snyder has tanned Hollywood royalty such as Megan Fox, Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham. Luckily, you can get the same star treatment with his Jimmy Jimmy Coco products!

ST. TROPEZ

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Formulated by tanning guru and beauty expert, Sophie Evans, ST. TROPEZ products are adored by celebs and spa experts alike. ST. TROPEZ offers an extensive variety of products to give you a gradual tan or instant results!

LANCOME STAR BRONZER

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For an extra dose of shimmer, we love dusting Lancome’s Star Bronzer over our collarbones, arms and cheekbones!

1eddec91c5da44f64b38d48dd14bcfe6Want to leave it to the pros? We recommend heading over to O’LIVE ORGANIC SPA. Their Organic Airbrush Spray Tan is the safest and most health conscious approach to tanning with a formula containing aloe vera, organic white green tea extract and Pro-Vitamins. An extra bonus is that you won’t smell like you walked out of a tanning salon! You can choose fragrances such as: Sweet Almond, Chocolate, Coconut or Earl Gray Tea.

 

A VERY CHIC EVENT!

73745_10151385742408002_493606761_nCHICSTUDIOS and The Makeup Show are proud to present our latest event sponsored by Metropolitan Pavilion! Join us  Monday, April 1, 2013 from 6PM-9PM! Put on your favorite heels and grab your best friend for an evening of mingling, beauty talk and exclusive rates for tickets to The Makeup Show. Friends, drinks and makeup- who would want to miss this?!