Business Travel, beautiful

Business travel is a bit of a necessary evil and often quite literally “part of the job.” Most companies have installed stricter rules around business and first class placements, so we all end up together in coach sometimes. Here are a few tips to get you to your destination in style and comfort.

  • Coconut water. We know you can’t bring it through security but it’s worth stocking up on super hydrating coconut water at the airport shop.
  • Moisture mist. Every hour in the air drains more moisture from your skin. We love this lightly fragrant Caudalie Beauty Elixier mist to refresh our skin and senses.
  • Braid your hair. An easy French braid is the best hair style for long flights. You can lean back and it looks lovely even as it gets a bit messy from trying to find a comfortable position.
  • Sleep mask. Redeye again? We feel your pain. This “NapForm” sleep mask keeps all light out and does not press on your precious lashes. It cushions the undereye area and the gentle pressure will send you right to sleep.
  • NextIssue. This app turns your smartphone or tablet into a well-stocked magazine newsstand. With access to 140 magazine titles (Fast Company, People, Wired, Elle, New Yorker, and everything else for your high and low brow reading needs) you won’t run out of things to read no matter how long your flight.
  • Saline nasal mist. We always get a little paranoid whenever someone has a cough on the plane. We’ve been using saline nasal mist ever since we heard that keeping your nose hydrated helps ward off infections. So far so good!
  • Lip tint. A bit of lasting color and a lot of moisture, these Tarte LipSurgence lip tints are a great on-board choice. They promise to increase the moisture levels of your pout by 6000%. Doubles as a cheek stain in a pinch.

Fall on your fingertips

“Pick a polish!” — These three words greet us at every nail salon. If you’re getting a bit bored with your go-to shade and want to mix things up for fall — we have fall trends for your fingertips.

Take a look at this slide show where Elle.com editors present their favorite polish picks for fall. Some lovely, classy choices. We’re particularly intrigued by this unexpected chocolatey shade:

 

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Laura Mercier. Nail lacquer in Cocoa Suede. Available here.

For even more choices check out PopSugar’s list of Fall Nail Polish Trends. We will be wearing this golden caramel shade with our knits and layers:

Butter_BrickLaneButter London. Nail lacquer in Brick Lane. Available here.

We hope these choices help you when you find yourself stuck in indecision in front of The Wall of Colors at your nail salon.

New fall trend: The soft pink lip

New season, new colors.

We always love a red lip but are intrigued by the new fall trend for lips: soft pink.

To save us from having to try out every single shade under the sun ourselves, a beauty editor from XO Vain did the work for us. She swatched and sampled 13 shades in different formulas, from a variety of brands, and at price points ranging from budget to luxe.

A favorite for professional settings is Lancome’s Rouge in Love. (Be sure to check out this link as Lancome has a great feature to show the shades on every complexion.)

Check out the reviews: Here’s the first review of 6 shades of soft pink lip colors. And here’s the second batch of 7 shades.

Ask a Stylist: Nails that mean business

Do you talk with your hands a lot and love a fresh manicure before a meeting or presentation? Same here. So what are great styles and polishes that add a sophisticated touch in a professional setting?

We asked Claire Beaudreault. The talented nail artist has worked on nails for runways, editorials, and lookbooks. — And did we mention that she brought her “nail game” to several Gimme Gorgeous events? Yes, we love her! Check out her point of view and tips below.

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Claire’s first tip is a kind warning. She says it’s time to consider retiring the “soft pink with white tips” French Manicure. What has once been considered a clean, professional look has since entered dangerous territory that veers toward the adult entertainer.

So what to put on your nails instead?

She says: “Nudes and neutrals don’t have to be boring. Chanel Frenzy is a gorgeous grey-beige. I love grey as an unexpected neutral. It can flatter all skin tones. Greys from pale to dark look great through the fall, winter, spring.” (P.S. If you want to ease yourself into “greige” territory before springing for a Chanel lacquer, try CDN’s Impossibly Plush.)

“Black has gone from rockers and goths to the fingers of the likes of Lauren Conrad and ladies with Louis Vuitton bags.” For a luxe “almost black” with a hint of metal try Jin Soon’s Nocturnal.

Dark burgundy like Chanel’s Vamp, Essie’s Wicked, O.P.I.’s Lincoln Park After Dark is also an option.”

Her current favorite? “Try blue! Sophisticated dark or royal blue or fresh turquoise and mint.”

For blues, look at Chanel’s Blue Satin or Essie’s After School Boy Blazer, for a classy turquoise, look no further than YSL’s Vert D’Orient.

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Thank you so much, Claire, for sharing your secrets with us.

Follow her on Instagram as @maniclaire.

Prime your makeup for overtime

If you’re like us you want to put your makeup on in the morning and then forget about it.

We want to focus on whatever we have going on that day and not worry whether our eye shadow has creased or our foundation melted off.

Primers to the rescue!

They bond with your skin and give your products something to hold on to. They also temporarily fill in lines for a smoother application and perfected complexion. Yes, they add an extra step to your makeup routine but they also make touch-ups during the day mostly unnecessary. We did our makeup math, decided it’s worth it and won’t be turning back any time soon.

Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion

This primer glides on easily, sets quickly and then holds on to whatever eye shadow you put on. It’s not called a “potion” for nothing — it’s quite magical. We went from always having creases in our eye shadow (to the point of wanting to give it up altogether) to never seeing a single crease.

You can use it with your fingers or a brush. It comes in four shades designed to amp up the vibrancy of your shadow choices. Try Sin, a flattering champagne shade or Original, a neutral beige.

Primer_Urban_Decay_EyeshadowHourglass Veil Mineral Primer

This primer helps your foundation stay in place throughout the day while protecting skin with a broad spectrum SPF 15. Pores and redness disappear for an even complexion. Those with combination and oilier skintypes will love the featherlight formula, it feels light and fresh and helps keep the shine at bay.

Use it with your fingers or a brush over your moisturizer. Works well under all foundation types and BB and CC creams.

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Please note: These products are personal favorites and were bought and not provided.

Try the secret eyeliner

Love to give your eyes a little more definition but aren’t always feeling the full cat eye treatment? You must try the secret eyeliner!

Instead of adding a line above the lash line, you focus on your water line. The often neglected space between lashes and eyeball. Sounds weird and possibly painful? It really isn’t and makes a really nice difference.

You can use a gel liner and liner brush for a more sophisticated approach. We recommend just using an eyeliner pencil to make it super easy. We swear by 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil from Urban Decay in Perversion but any waterproof eye pencil or kohl that’s soft and offers great color transfer will work.

How to do it? Just lift up your eye lid and rim the upper water line. That’s it. You can do it before or after mascara. (If you’re like us you will soon ask yourself: Why haven’t I always done that?)

The Beauty Department is explaining it step-by-step: The No-Liner Liner

Ask a stylist: Hair that means business

Have an important meeting coming up and wonder what to do with your hair? We always wonder that exact same thing!

So we asked renowned hair stylist Holli Smith whose styles grace the editorials of fashion magazines and on the runways: How do we get our hair to mean business? Check out her point of view and tips below.

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The great news, according to Holli, is that you don’t need a power bob a la Anna Wintour to succeed in business anymore.

She says: “There’s room to let natural textures and colors shine through. People are trying to find hair styles that are less forced. You don’t want to draw too much attention to your hair and away from your face but you don’t have to always pull your hair back. Nowadays you can wear your hair down without necessarily telegraphing anything sensual about yourself.”

“What I teach (and sometimes preach): Don’t remove your identity too much in your efforts to look a certain, acceptable way. Know the expectations and standards in your industry but embrace your personal style and taste.”

“The one tool that can make a big, quick difference is a curling iron. A 3/4 inch barrel is great for most hair lengths. Pick up just the ends of your hair to smooth them out and seal in any flyaways. It adds a polished touch to most hair styles and textures. — And it’s done in just five minutes.”

If your hair is not behaving, Holli recommends you opt for a chic ponytail. She says: “Remember that the lower you place your ponytail, the more mature and classy it will look. The higher you go, the sweeter it gets. Decide whether you want to keep it more textured or more slick and use a good hairspray to set the look.”

She suggests to always go easy on the product. She warns: “It can quickly wind up looking too overdone and generic — any sense of effortlessness goes out the window. Remember you’re going to a meeting not on a shoot where everything needs to sit just so for the perfect shot. Allow your hair to move naturally.”

There are two hair products she takes to every shoot and that work well in everyday situations:

Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. “I use it on virtually every type of hair. Use a very small amount, start in the back and don’t work it into your scalp.”

Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray. “It gives a strong hold without adding stiffness to the hair and works wonders in humid settings.”

Thank you so much, Holli, for sharing your secrets with us.

Follow her on Instagram as @hollismithhead and we highly recommend a leisurely browse through her portfolio of magazine covers and editorials. We might be feeling some hair envy…

Makeup suggestions from Harvard?

We’d take makeup suggestions from the makeup magician of runways and editorials, Pat McGrath, any time. And from the sisters behind YouTube beauty channel Pixiwoo. But from Harvard?

Well, as strong believers in the power of executive style and presence, we were intrigued!

A study looked at how different makeup styles influenced how people perceive your ability to perform at work. And they found that you can use makeup to enhance power and warmth. If you want to highlight that you’re likeable and trustworthy (e.g. as a doctor) opt for a natural look. If you want to enhance your confidence and status (e.g. in a board meeting) choose a stronger style.

Have a look at this article in Marie Claire. It talks a bit more about the study and shows the range of looks on different skin tones.