Blog Posts by Charleen Gonzalez, Shine Latina

  • VIDEO: How to Get the Perfect Brows

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    After following these tips, Cara Delevingne's fierce brows will have nothing on you.

    Step 1:
    Brush your brows into place with a spoolie. Then apply an eyeshadow primer like BECCA's Eye Priming Perfector, $24, to get more wear out of the products you'll use to fill in your brows.

    Step 2:
    Use a brow pencil to softly fill in the brows -- l love Anastasia's Brow Wiz, $21. I start at the tail end and do short, feathery strokes to keep it looking natural.

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    Step 3:
    To set the pencil, use an angled brush and a brow powder like the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $23, and lightly fill in the brows. Use a lighter powder at the beginning of your brows, and a darker powder at the tail end.

    Step 4:
    Brush through your brows with a spoolie to blend the pencil and powder. Then use a clear brow gel to brush the brows in place -- I used Tweezerman Browmousse, $12.

    Step 5:

    Take a concealer of your choice and

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  • VIDEO: Pretty Prom Makeup

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Forget prom queen. You'll be the empress after you follow these makeup steps for the big night.

    Step 1:
    Start by applying a foundation or tinted moisturizer. I used L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup for a glowing complexion. Use concealer for extra coverage, to hide under eye circles or acne. I love L'Oreal True Match Super-blendable Crayon Concealer.

    Step 2:
    Apply a shimmering champagne eyeshadow, like L'Oreal 24HR Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte, to the inner corners of your eyes. Then apply a shimmering bronze, like the same brand in Amber Rush, to the lid area. Finish off with a purple eyeshadow -- same brand in Perpetual Purple -- on the outer corners of the eyes, as well as the lower lash line.

    Use a light brown to blend with the purple and fade into the crease of the eyes. Lastly, apply a soft shimmery white shadow to the brow bone.

    Step 3:
    The last step for your eyes is to apply a liquid liner to the upper lash line

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  • VIDEO: Freshen Up Your Spring Makeup with Colors

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    For spring, add pop to your makeup routine with subtle colors -- try going for a bright-pink lip and green liner. The idea is to take inspiration from the colors of blooming and incorporating them in fresh, creative ways. A good one to try is Stila's new, intense Countless Color Pigments, $22 each, which can blend together to create your own unique shade.

    Step 1:
    Apply Stila's Countless Color Pigment in Groupie to the inner corners of your eyes. Then take the bronze pigment and apply it to the rest of your eye, up to right above the crease. To intensify the eye, take the dark-brown pigment and smudge it on the outer corners. Then take a clean brush and blend out any harsh lines.

    Step 2:
    Apply Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Turquoise, $20, to the lower lash line and slightly flick it upwards at the outer corners of the eyes.

    Step 3:
    Using Stila's Countless Color Pigment in Light Show, apply a mix of the dark and light blue to the

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  • VIDEO: Textured or Matte? Nail Trends for Spring and Summer

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Textured nail polishes are the hot trend for the spring and summer seasons. They're easy ways to have nail art without having to spend the extra time. And matte-finish nail polishes are the modern alternative to traditional, shiny-finish products.

    Check out my picks for both trends below.

    Zoya PixieDust
    Zoya has one of the most-innovative nail-effect polishes. The PixieDust collection features a matte, sugary look. It feels a little like soft sand applied to your nails. The polishes are long-wearing, fast-drying, and do not require a base or top coat. My absolute favorite is Godiva, $9, the perfect soft-nude color packed with sugary sparkle.

    Nails Inc. London

    One of my favorites is the Feathers Effect Nail Polish, $9.50, which has tiny feather-like particles in complementary colors to create a quill effect on the nails. The polish in Brighton has teal and yellow flecks that gives a pretty pop of color to your nails. The polish can be worn by

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  • VIDEO: Spoil Your Ma with Mother's Day Beauty Gifts

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    We know you love her. Show her you love her every day: Don't let her wash dishes. Give her foot massages. Make her lunch and take her to the movies for a #girldate.

    But on Mother's Day, give your mami something extra-special.

    My mom goes crazy over perfumes. Nordstrom Beauty tends to be my fragrance destination, as it sells practically every perfume I could want to try, and the awesome customer service doesn't hurt.

    Thierry Mugler's sweet set, the Alien by Thierry Mugler Gift Set, $184, includes the Alien perfume as well as a shower gel and body lotion, all housed in an super-cute cupcake container. Alien is a seductive scent with notes of jasmine, cardamom, orange blossom, cumin, cashmeran, amber, and heliotrope flower. Also, a cool feature of Nordstrom is that the Alien bottle can be refilled at any store location.

    Another great choice is the Bond No. 9 I Love New York for Mothers, $175. This potent floral fragrance features top

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  • VIDEO: Get Rid of Your Makeup Mess

    When it comes to makeup, are you at #hoarderstatus? Don't be ashamed. That just means you are a product connoisseur. But the clutter will get messy if you don't organize now and then. Here's how I do it, using office supplies and beauty organizers.

    The places I've found with the best storage items for my makeup is The Container Store, and oddly enough, Staples and Walmart. I found an awesome acrylic lipstick organizer at The Container Store that perfectly stores and displays my lipstick, for around $7. So much easier than digging around through a bag to find my favorite lippie!

    For brushes, I have two options that work great, and the first is a DIY brush holder. Just get a large container -- I used a small glass vase from Michael's -- and fill it with acrylic beads to keep the brushes standing up. If you prefer to buy, get a rotating brush organizer to store all of your brushes and maybe some other makeup items.

    For items such as eye shadows,

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  • VIDEO: Care Tips for Ombré Hair

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    Sulfate-free and safe for treated hair
    It's still important to use a shampoo safe for color-treated hair even though you only have the lower layer colored. And since you're going to have a good portion of your hair bleached, it's a good idea to use a sulfate-free shampoo to keep your hair's natural moisture.

    I love the Balm En Root Shampoo & Conditioner, $15 each. Also, using a leave-in conditioner will help the health of your hair over time and keep your ends from splitting. Try a keratin-infused formula like It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin treatment spray, $11, which will restore the moisture and keratin that was compromised during the bleaching process.

    At-home ombré kit

    Don't want to spend the big bucks to get the ombré style? The L'Oreal Paris Feria Wild Ombré at-home kit will attain the same effect at a fraction of the salon price.

    It's easy to use. All you have to do is mix the dye and developer together and apply a squirt of

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  • VIDEO: Incorporate SPF into Your Makeup Routine

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    So many makeup companies are blending sunscreen into their products, so it's easier than ever to integrate SPF into your makeup routine. Because wrinkles are largely caused by sun exposure, and too much vitamin D can cause skin cancer on top of that, you need to protect your skin whenever you go outdoors.

    Here are some products that will keep you guarded during the day:

    Daily sunscreen

    The best practice is to apply a layer of sunscreen under your foundation everyday. My favorite is Clinique's Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum 40 SPF, $22. It's a weightless formula that includes broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, as well as antioxidant ingredients, which protect against environmental damage.

    Apply to your face and neck and use as a primer foundation or by itself. I love that the formula works well with my oily skin type and doesn't make me look greasy.

    Something to keep in mind: If you're going to be

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  • VIDEO: Look Gorgeous This Wedding Season

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    If most of your friends are getting married this summer, you'll want to nail down an easy-yet-beautiful look to make your primping less laborious. Follow these five steps to an elegant, DIY bridal look.

    Step 1:
    Start with foundation for a flawless canvas. I chose Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Weightless Foundation. Make sure you hide any under-eye circles by adding concealer, like the Cargo Jet Lag Concealer. And to make sure all that base doesn't budge, add a setting spray like Urban Decay De-Slick.

    Step 2:
    Apply eyeshadow primer to ensure the longevity of your eyeshadow. I like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Eden. For the next step, I used the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, but you can choose whatever brand you prefer.

    Apply a shimmering, white shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. Then take a light taupe and blend it along the crease of the eyes. Find a matte, medium-brown color and apply it to the outer corners of the eyes, and

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  • VIDEO: How to Perfectly Match Foundation to Your Shade

    By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

    I think it's happened to the best of us: A new line of foundation catches our eye, the salesperson is friendly and convincing, and you go home with some new makeup. It looked great on you at the counter, but the next morning, before work, you find yourself colorful and splotchy in the mirror.

    Consider that your past. Here are some tips to help you get the correct shade of foundation every time.

    Start with three shades

    First, choose three foundation shades that you think are closest to your foundation shade. Then swipe each shade on your jawline. There is a common misconception that you can swatch for your foundation shade on your wrist. This is an incorrect way to match for your shade because your wrist is generally lighter than your face. Then after you have applied the foundation shades to your jawline look to see which one disappears into your skin tone; that is the correct shade for you.

    Check in sunlight

    Now even though the color might

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