Expert Advice

Sunscreen, sun protection, sun care, UVA, UVB, SPFs … there are so many choices and a lot of jargon when it comes to taking care of your skin in the sun. Sometimes you just want an expert to tell you what they wear, how they wear it and why they love it.

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We rounded up seven of our Beauty Stylists to give it to us straight and find out the secrets to wearing sun protection: which ones to get for specific needs, how to wear it with makeup–both before you put on makeup and reapplication that won’t ruin your look after–plus the best new products out there.

Turns out, even with all the options available, there was a hands-down favorite among almost all of them. Read on to find out what it was and see all their other sun-care essentials.

NATY LOK

Now that summer is here, sunscreen is a must for me, and I carry these products everywhere I go to make sure I stay protected throughout the day. They make it super easy to touch up, and they never run or cause my makeup to look cakey.

1. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15: My go-to touchup powder. It’s super slim, compact and leaves my makeup looking fresh and natural all day without a heavy look or feel. I love that it comes with a convenient little puff. Plus, you can’t beat that it has your sun protection added as well! I also make sure to press the product into the skin rather than swiping; it gives a more natural look.

2. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10: Our lips need some love too when it comes to sun care, and this is one of my ultimate favorite lip balms for the day. It is nice and creamy, super hydrating and plumping as well. I use it during my morning routine alone, and I carry it with me to touch up. The great thing is that you can apply on top of or mix into any lip color you want (I’ll usually use a lip brush). Trust me, this product lasts a long time and is worth the price.

3. COOLA Suncare ‘Classic Face’ Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30: Here’s another little gem that I’ve added to my purse recently (it’s amazing for traveling). I am constantly looking for the newest additions for sun protection–especially something for touchups, since we should be reapplying every two hours. I apply right before I leave the house to set my makeup and easily reapply it during the day too. It not only instantly hydrates, but leaves you protected as well. Just remember: don’t get too close to the face, and you’re good to go!

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Tips and expert advice for getting your eyebrows looking their best–no matter their type–with the new M∙A∙C Wash & Dry The Brow Collection. From Senior Artist Gisel Calvillo.

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Brows are back in a big way! Beautiful brows act as a frame for your face, so it’s important to shape them properly. Luckily, M∙A∙C has three different brow products within the Wash & Dry Collection that will help enhance the look of brows.

Fullness and Definition for Fine Brows:

M∙A∙C’s Fluidline Brow Gel is great for anyone trying to achieve a fuller, defined brow. You can paint on hairs using your choice of color along with a M∙A∙C 210 Precise Eye Liner brush. This product creates dimension in a very natural way.

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M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli dishes out tips on getting that warm, healthy summer glow without the need for exposure to harmful UV rays. 
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The perfect sunless tan is a look all of your favorite celebrities have, and you can too! It’s that sandy, caramel tone that’s both chic and effortless. Achieving the perfect tan is about getting the finished look to be believable. Here’s how to do it.

MAC Cosmetics Wash & Dry Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is a unique gel formula that feels lightweight and sculpts the face. It’s a silky, sheer powder in realistic, sun-soaked shades–like M∙A∙C Wash & Dry’s Golden Rinse. Sweep the bronzer along your forehead, temples and jaw in the shape of a “3” for an everyday warmth using the 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush.

Take your tan to the next level by dusting Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in a “W” shape across cheeks, nose and chin. Whisk Mineralize Skinfinish powder high on the cheekbones with a fluffy brush to imitate a sunny flush.

For a luxurious, glowy base, prep your face for bronzer and finishing powder with Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and soak up all the approving nods from your peers.

For more tips and inspiration, f0llow Gina Bettelli on Twitter.

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Makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury shares how she enhanced some of the gorgeous faces seen at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. Read on for her step-by-step guide to re-creating these two knockout looks.

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It’s travel season, and we’re all daydreaming about vacations and long weekends and a few lazy days to come. We love looking our best, but we’re also always on the lookout for multitaskers, must-haves and travel-sized beauty products to keep packing as painless as possible. We asked a handful of our Online Beauty Stylists to let us in on their favorite destinations, some pro tips and what they pack to get away.

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 In which we share these tips from makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury to help you re-create some of the fiercest looks seen at this week’s Met Ball.

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MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal attended the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing an amazing Roland Mouret gown that needed little embellishment. Together with her team, Charlotte created a simple yet sultry beauty look, topped off with a bold red lip.

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Here’s how to re-create Maggie’s makeup look:

1. Maggie’s skin was prepped with the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream and WonderGlow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer for a perfect canvas. Her complexion was perfected with Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation in 4 and 5. Then The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick in 2 and 3 were used to conceal any imperfections. Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Shade 2 was then swept over Maggie’s cheekbones.
2. Maggie’s eyebrows were sculpted with the Brow Lift in Grace K.
3. Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean and Marie Antoinette and The Golden Goddess Luxury Palette were used on Maggie’s eyelids for a sophisticated, creamy look. To lengthen her lashes, the Full Fat Lashes Mascara was used.
4. Filmstar Bronze & Glow was used to sculpt and highlight Maggie’s face, with a focus on her temples and cheeks, which were accentuated with Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth Lip & Cheek Glow.
5. On Maggie’s lips, the artist used Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red (available July 29).
6. Supermodel Body was applied to Maggie’s limbs to create the illusion of longer legs and arms, with a hint of shimmer.

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 In which we share these tips from makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury to help you re-create some of the fiercest looks seen at this week’s Met Ball.

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AMAL CLOONEY

Lawyer, activist and author Amal Clooney stunned at Met Gala 2015 in a crimson, sequin-embellished John Galliano for Maison Margiela dress and makeup by Nordstrom favorite Charlotte Tilbury. Charlotte has been with Amal for all her major red-carpet moments, including her wedding day to George Clooney, so naturally Charlotte was there with her for her first Met Gala red-carpet appearance as well. Read on for the straight-from-the-source tips and products you’ll need to achieve Amal’s bombshell look.

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Here’s how to re-create Amal’s makeup look:

1. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask was used to create a veil of perfection on the skin. Charlotte then applied Charlotte’s Magic Cream to the entire face followed by WonderGlow to create a flawless soft focus and an instant spotlight effect, a skin ritual that Charlotte calls “The Gift of Goddess Skin.”
2. Amal’s skin was kept looking fresh and clear of imperfections with The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick in 2 Fair and 3 Medium and Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation in 7 Medium, and rid the face of any unwanted oils with a dusting of Air Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in 2 Medium.
3. Next, her brows were sculpted with the Brow Lift Three-Way Shape, Lift & Shade Tool in Cara D.
4. To accentuate Amal’s eyes, Charlotte applied the POP shade from The Dolce Vita Luxury Eyeshadow Palette across the lids. The Classic Eyeliner Powder Pencil in The Sophia was used to line the eyes along with three coats of Full Fat Lashes to create a dramatic, open-eyed look.
5. An unbeatable red carpet-worthy glow was created using Filmstar Bronze & Glow to highlight and sculpt the cheek, nose, jawline and temples, and her cheeks, which were accentuated with Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Love Glow.
6. Amal’s lips were prepped with Lip Love Lip Renewing Honeybee Scrub and Lip Magic Rejuvenating Smoothing Balm, and then Charlotte lightly applied her new Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1975 Red (available July 29).

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Our beauty trend editor Kate Fannin gives us the low down on the best and brightest in anti-aging products.

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As I celebrate my birthday today, it’s the perfect time to mention some favorite anti-aging products (and some that just make me feel or look younger than my 42 years!).

I started using sunscreen in high school (and am thankful I did; I shockingly still get carded sometimes). Also, I diligently follow my dad’s greatest ‘beauty’ advice, “keep a lip balm in every jacket pocket”–that has saved my lips more times than I can count! Ultimately, you’re truly as young as you feel, but a little ‘preventative maintenance’ and good old-fashioned primping never hurts. Nor does a glass of champagne and gourmet cupcake on your b-day…

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M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Ashley Rudder shows how to use M•A•C’s Nordstrom Naturals Eyes X 15 palette, a Nordstrom exclusive, to create two classic, head-turning looks.

Knowing how to work every color in an eyeshadow palette can be intimidating, but that’s where I come in to help. I’m here to unshackle you from your current eyeshadow rut with a touch of makeup theory and a couple of placement options. As a guide, I’ll be referring to the Nordstrom Natural Eyes X 15 palette. If you don’t own an eyeshadow palette already, this is a brilliant option, since it is comprised of Nordstrom’s best-selling M∙A∙C Cosmetics eyeshadow colors.

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We know what probably comes to your mind when we mention rose-scented perfumes. Old fashioned. Overpowering. Old lady. Until recently we may have felt similarly, but now we think it’s time to rethink roses. Revamped formulations and unexpected scent combinations make for some extraordinary fragrances with rose notes. Read on as our Online Beauty Stylists share their expertise and give us a few of their favorite, modern rose perfumes and fragrances—with a few notable classics thrown in.

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