Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and those of us holding the mascara wand.

After two decades of covering the beauty industry, I've come to learn what makes it so alluring. Finding the perfect shade of makeup to match your skin tone, adding a swipe of eyeliner to give your tired eyes a lift, discovering an innovative new product line, or indulging in a totally luxurious spa treatment. My experiences have been documented in magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. I've tested newly formulated products in the lab, explored hair removal options, shopped for lipstick, added shine to my hair and succumbed to massage marathons--all in the name of beauty. I've written press releases, hosted makeover events and co-authored a Do-It-Yourself Beauty book (Alloy). On this blog, I write about products and services that I come across every day as well as those that have been provided by publicists or the companies that make them. Either way, I write what I think. I hope to share some of my insights--and bring you the latest, greatest beauty news right here. Join me in the quest to find all things pretty.

Friday, August 6, 2010

expert advice: how to avoid a beauty meltdown, with tips from beauty insider Noreen Young

Don't want a beauty meltdown on your pretty face? Noreen Young, a beauty industry speaker, educator, author and makeup artist/esthetician, offers these expert tips to avoid sweating your makeup off this summer.

1 Blot your cares and oil away with Asian powder papers with rice powder. Ancient Chinese secret and my personal beauty secret!

2 Want longer lasting lipstick on a hot summer day? Stick with a lipstain instead of a full bodied lipstick for a sheer gorgeous glow.

3 Switch to a tease of a tinted moisturizer for a soft base look. Try Not Your Mother's Foundation by Irresistible Beauty Cosmetics. It's gonna be light and gorgeous--trust me.

4 Refresh yourself in a heat wave with Model in a Bottle ...all it takes is one spritz to set your makeup and it'll last for hours.

5 Freeze your lipsticks in the makes them last longer and is cool on the lips when hot outside.

The Irresistible Beauty collection features products that multi-task and show the wearer beauty shortcuts, as well as offer sun protection factors and ingredients for the health of your skin. Shea butter, Macadamia nut oil, safflower, Rose hip oil, Aloe Vera and anti-oxidant nutrients like vitamin E are just a few worth mentioning. Go to (or follow them on twitter @ Beauty Concierge) to learn more about this great product line.

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