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10 Must Have Makeup Brushes

17 July, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Deciding which makeup brushes to add to your collection can be daunting at best, especially for someone who is just starting out. Trying to decide which brushes you need can be overwhelming, however, having the correct brushes can make a big difference in your makeup application. Here’s my list of the top 10 makeup brushes every girl should own. Let’s get started with the eye brushes!


Eye Shader Brush:

This brush is used for packing color on the lid. You can also use the tip of the brush to smudge color under the lash line, or to create a defined line in the crease.

Stiff Dome Brush:

This brush is great for feathering out color to create a smokey eye, or blending out the crease. The bristles are stiff, making it easy to move the eye shadow where you want it.

Pencil Brush:

This pencil-like brush is perfect for precision shading on the lid, in the crease of the eye, or along the lash line. This brush can also be used for smudging liner along the lash line, or darkening the outer-v for a dramatic look.

Soft Dome Brush:

This dome shaped brush has very soft bristles that make it ideal for blending out any harsh lines below the brow bone. This brush can also be used for blending out concealer under the eye to help hide dark circles and bags.

Bent Liner Brush:

Designed specifically for applying gel eyeliner, this brush has a bent head that lays perfectly on the top of the lashes, and glides with ease. The pointed tip helps create a fool proof line that will have even the beginners pulling off a stunning cat eye.

Dual Ended Brow Brush:

With this brush, you get double for your money! This dual ended brush has a spoolie on one end allowing you to brush through your brows. The other end has an angled brush which is ideal for effortlessly filling in your brows.




Angled Contour Brush:

There are many of these on the market today in a various array of shapes and sizes. With this particular angled contour brush, you can swipe the brush downward diagonally from your cheekbone, and in one fluid motion achieve a flawless application.


Cheek Highlighter Brush:

The cheek highlighter brush is completely optional, but the feathery, soft bristles give a very nice finish to any product used with it. This brush is very easy to use when applying a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. You can also use the cheek highlighter brush with cream blushes to stipple the blush onto the cheeks.


Foundation Stippling Brush:

The foundation stippling brush is perfect for those of you who love a full coverage look to your foundation. The large flat head is specifically made for the foundation to be stippled onto the face. This technique assures there are no streaks in the foundation, resulting in a flawless look to the skin.

Flat Foundation Brush:

The flat foundation brush is optional. This brush is best used to apply highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. At times this brush can leave streaks in your foundation, so be careful when using it.

Beauty Blender:

Technically, this isn’t really a brush, but it is a great tool! The egg-shaped design makes it ideal for getting under the eye and in other small areas you can easily miss with a brush. This is also used to achieve an overall airbrush finish to your foundation.


So there you have it, my top 10 makeup brushes! As a beginner looking to start your collection, or as a makeup guru looking to expand, these brushes are great for everyone. Check out are new Pro Brush Sets, that are specifically designed to include every brush you'll need for a face that's oh-so-Fancy.


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How To Find The Most Flattering Makeup Colors For You

30 June, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Discovering makeup colors that look good on us can sometimes feel like a disappointing shot in the dark. How many times have you selected a lipstick or eyeshadow based on what you thought was pretty and what your eye was drawn to, only to find that it didn’t do you any favors? There are a few variables that affect how colors look on us, and fortunately, there are also a few foolproof tips and tricks to determining the right colors for you.

Lip Color
The most flattering neutral or natural-but-better lipstick should mimic a more pigmented shade of your natural lip color, so you’ll be able to get some good clues just by taking a closer look at your own coloring. Peeking at the inside of your lip may not be something one generally does in public, but it’s an easy way to find the best color for you. You can also match your shade to your flushed fingers—(gently!) pinch the tip of your finger or thumb and hold so that blood gathers in the area. It’s weird, but the resulting color is guaranteed to look great on you.

Eye Makeup
We generally turn to the color wheel to find the most flattering hues on each eye color. It’s basic color theory, just like we learned in elementary school: Colors on opposite sides of the spectrum complement one another. The best way to draw attention to blue eyes is with warm, rusty reddish and orange shades, including bronze. Green and hazel eyes look gorgeous with anything in the purple family. Brown eyes are neutral, so they do best with similar earthy shades like metallic taupe, shimmery champagne and olive green, as well as true, balanced blues from powder to cobalt.

If you’ve only ever been matched for foundation by makeup artists and sales associates, it’s entirely possible to go through life having no idea what your “undertone” is. Like wearing the wrong bra size, makeup that caters to the wrong undertone will have you looking subtly off without being glaringly obvious, which is why it’s easy to fail to identify the issue. The easiest way to tell your undertone is by looking at the underside of your arm or wrist. If the color of your veins leans green, your undertone is warm. If they look decidedly blue, you’re probably cool. If you have a strong preference toward gold over silver or vice versa, and strong feelings about which one looks better on you, there’s a good chance that you’re warm if you prefer gold and cool if you prefer silver. Regardless of your hair or eye color, your undertone is also a great way to predict which makeup shades will work on you and which won’t. Warm tones are suited to peachy hues, orange, coral, and orange-leaning reds, while cool tones look best with rosy hues, blues and greens, purples and violets, and blue-based reds. And if you’re neutral, which means your skin leans beige rather than blue or yellow, you’re likely to be able to pull off nearly anything Stay Fancy!


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Dear Bomber Jackets, I'm over you.

06 March, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Just because we won’t get to experience warm weather for another few months (if we’re lucky) doesn’t mean we can’t wear Spring fashion right now. Don’t believe me?

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Don't get me wrong, I love Sweet Home Chicago, but this weather is making me CRAZY.  It’s getting to that point where I can’t stand to put on another black or grey sweater. And if I use the term "I'll just throw a bomber over it" one more time, I'm probably going to snap.  Do you feel me on this one? So I thought I’d do some “[browser] window shopping” (my attempt to search/stalk e-commerce sites without buying anything…not easy) to see if I can find any Spring things that are appropriate for the current weather. Hey, it might be nice to wear some florals and pastels right about now. Don’t you think?  

There’s something about wearing lighter and brighter colors that just makes me happy. I think it has to do with my iced coffee mentality. I only drink it when it’s warm out, I’m happier when it’s warm out therefore iced coffee makes me happy. Same goes for colors and clothes. It’s simple, really.

So it’s time to blast Pharrell's Happy put on your favorite hat (FYI Pharrell’s has its own Twitter) and get yourself some Spring-looking things to lighten up your Winter wardrobe...and I guess you could "throw a bomber over the dresses", if you really had to... (eye roll)





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How to Wear Makeup at the Gym

26 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment


Wearing makeup at the gym


 Yes, I wear makeup to work out and no, I’m not ashamed. I’m not talking red carpet level looks or, serious contouring, but just a little something to make me feel like a more pulled together version of myself. Now that I’m 30(ugh...), I find I have to  spend much more time exercising than I used to, so I might as well look good doing it. Plus, there are a lot of mirrors at the gym that so kindly serve as a reminder of my fading youth.  

Here’s my strategy for looking hot while getting sweaty.


Let your face breathe.
Yes, heavy duty cream or oil-based foundation can trap sweat in your pores, but a lightweight, noncomedogenic BB cream will give you al the benefits of a moisturizer and sunscreen, with the coverage of a foundation.  Per-Fect!  Think glowy and dewy! Matte is just not going to ever.  (How was my Taylor Swift impression?)

What I use: Fancy Face Cosmetics' BB Cream, it feels way less makeup-y than any other brand on the market, and gives the perfect tint.

Add color where it counts.
 I use a tinted balm on my lips to brighten up my smile, even though you'll never see me smiling at a 5am class. It's more of an exhausted borderline cry...anyways.. It's a must, especially because exercise will dehydrate you a bit, so it will keep your lips hydrated and protected.  

What I use: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé.  It adds a hint of natural color without looking like you’re wearing lipstick. And it has SPF!

Pump up the Volume.
Not just your boo-tay during your squat session...Use a great Waterproof and Sweat Proof Mascara.  Voluminous lashes with minimal eyeshadow will give you this "oh, I just woke up this hot, look."  Trust me on this works every time.

What I use: Fancy Face Cosmetics' LashOut! Mascara.  It sticks around even through the 105 degree Hot Yoga classes!

Remember, some makeup has no place in the gym.
Elaborate eye shadow looks. Lip gloss that attracts loose hair like a magnet. Vampy dark lipstick. False eyelashes. None of this stuff is a good idea, for obvious reasons.


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Let Them Eat Cake!

18 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment


A new diet book, The Marie Antoinette Diet, claims that you can have your cake…and lose weight, too. Ummm...sign me up!  Basically, the premise of this diet is that you can (and should) eat like Marie Antoinette, who treated herself to cake and hot chocolate for breakfast. The logic is that if you have a normal amount of what you really want, you’ll keep your cravings in check and won’t end up overindulging later.


But seriously: cake for breakfast? We’re all for Malcolm Gladwell-esque revelations, but that sounds a little too good to be true. So we checked in with Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet, to see if the plan adds up. And it turns out, parts of it do—but not all parts of it.

The portion control aspect definitely makes sense, says Gans. “It’s totally fine to incorporate sweets like cake into your diet as long as you don’t have too much of them. Deprivation does not work. It’s much better to have a little and be satisfied than to cut yourself off entirely because you’ll end up bingeing later.”


Having them in the morning, though, a la Marie Antoinette? Not so much. A calorie is a calorie no matter when you eat it.  But the bigger issue is that what you eat during one meal can impact what you eat at the next meal.

See, cake has tons of sugar—so even if it’s the same number of calories as, say, a bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit, it doesn’t keep you full for as long. Cake spikes your blood sugar so that you quickly crash and are hungry again sooner.  The result is that you could end up taking in more calories throughout the day than if you’d started with a healthier breakfast packed with fiber and protein, which keeps you fuller for longer.


Point is, it’s fine to channel your inner Antoinette and enjoy a reasonably-sized piece of cake when you want to, as long as you fit it into your daily calorie budget. But you probably don’t want to have it instead of breakfast; it’s smarter to start your day with fiber and protein.




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No Cheekbones, No Problem!

11 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

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Creating the look of cheekbones is one of the best ways to look polished in a flash. But, if you’ve ever seen a tutorial on contouring or watched a YouTube beauty vlogger give a step-by-step application, all the products and time needed to create the look can make you rethink trying it. To get a quick, easy method for highlighting your cheekbones try these simple steps!

1. Find those cheekbones.

First, make a fish know, the "selfie face"...also known as the "duck face".  This is the only time it's allowed.  Anyways,   run a finger along the hollow of your cheek, then move up until you are directly below the bone. It helps to hold your finger parallel along the entire length of the bone to guide where you’ll contour.

2.  Lay the foundation.
Grab a darker shade than your normal shade of cream foundation or pressed powder. For example, in our Sweat Resistant Pressed Powders, I'm usually Medium, but I use Medium Dark to Contour.  Then, using the appropriate brush or pad, and starting at the hairline, lightly sweep color in toward the apple of the cheek, then blend using a sponge.  A tight Angle Brush works best for this.

3. Bring on the Blush.
Apply in your desired shade to the apples of the cheeks to help define and brighten your complexion.  I personally LOVE our Amber Sky Blush, it looks great on every skin tone, and has beautiful flecks of gold that really brighten up your skin!

4. Brighten up.
For added pop and extra definition, use a highlight color directly above where the blush was applied, running from the outer corner of the eye up to temple.  For this I use our Floral Shimmer Powders, they AH-MA-ZING.


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6 Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine

08 January, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

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Find yourself strapped for time each morning? You aren’t alone. Save precious moments with these great time-saving beauty tips. You may even end up with time for a second cup of coffee!


Get a good night’s sleep. Planning ahead can help save you time later. If you don’t have any under eye circles or puffiness to hide, then you’ve eliminated half of your morning makeup routine!

Keep a large bottle of water next to your bed. This way, you can guzzle water right when you wake up, before you even get out of bed. Water will hydrate you skin and get your brain up to speed.

Wash your face in the shower. Instead of using your facial scrub at the sink, keep it in the shower and use it as your morning cleanser 2-3 times a week.  Most facial scrubs contain cleansing ingredients in them, so there’s no reason it can’t act as a cleanser and scrub-in one.

Curl while you sleep. While you’re counting sheep, create some curls! To cut your styling time by up to 90% in the morning—and still look like your spent hours on your hair—shower at night and opt for a pin curl set as you sleep. Here’s how to do it: Working with slightly damp hair, loosely tie your hair back into a ponytail near the crown of your head, making sure the elastic is not tight. Taking a 1-2-inch section (the larger the section, the looser the wave), wrap this hair around your fingers to create a curl, using a large bobby pin to secure at the base of the ponytail. Repeat until the entire head is complete. Let sleep work its magic and take out each curl in the morning, using your hands to loosely break up the waves.

Invest in a small makeup bag to hold your everyday makeup. Keep your daily necessity makeup (mascara, eyeliner, powder) in a makeup bag that’s separate than your main makeup bag, so it’s much more accessible in the morning. You can also throw this small bag in your purse if you find you have to skip the morning makeup routine altogether and apply your makeup once you get to work.

Always have Q-tips and a clean bit of water in a cup handy when doing makeup. A quick dip into water and dabbing, not wiping, cleans up eyeliner or mascara in a flash.






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7 Tips to Look Your Best at Holiday Parties!

23 December, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

‘Tis the season to shimmer and sparkle! Here are seven straight-from-the-runway must-try hair, makeup, and nail tips you can use to look
your best this holiday season:



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1. Red Lips – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with all the red lips I've been spotting...and I'm loving it! There are tons of shades to choose from this season, from bright cherry red, to oxblood, to some super trendy berry shades. Make sure to tone down the rest of your makeup when you’re rocking the red lip; a neutral tone eye makeup look is the perfect compliment.


2. Dramatic Liner – Dramatic eyeliner adds an extra dose of glamour to any look. For a new spin on the classic cat eye, use an ultra-thin liquid eyeliner to draw a precise line along your upper lid and past the outer corner of your eye, following the curve upward for a wing effect. For an edgier style, you can smudge liner along your bottom lashes.


3. Gold Eye Makeup – Gold seems to be everywhere this holiday season! It’s a look that warms all skin tones, which means it’s flattering on everyone. To wear this look, swipe gold shadow just on the center of your lids. You can also dust a bit of gold shadow on your cheekbones and lips to give your whole face a goddess-like glow.

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4. Side Swept Hair – Wearing your hair in waves that are smooth, shiny, and swept to one side is a glamorous look that’s perfect for parties. To achieve this look, simply style your hair in loose waves using a curling iron or hot rollers. Next, anchor your mane to one side by twisting a section behind one ear and securing in place with bobby pins and hair spray.


5. Perfect Pony – A pony is a simple way to style your hair that makes a big difference in your overall look. There are lots of different ways you can wear this classic look – high or low, pin straight or curly, slicked back or messy. The only rule is that your pony has to be super shiny!


6. Messy Updo – A messy updo looks chic and romantic, and yet it’s super easy to do. The key to this style is having lots of texture, so start by curling the ends of your hair. Next, gather your hair as if you’re going to make a pony tail, then twist it towards your head and secure with pins. Leave some strands hanging down because it’s supposed to look messy.  You can always add a glittery hair clip to make it look even more festive.


7. Holiday Mani – Complete your party look with a holiday manicure!  The hot nail colors this winter are grays and metallics. And of course you can never go wrong with glittery red polish this time of year.  What is your favorite holiday nail color this year?  Post your holiday favorites on Instagram with the hashtag #fancyfacecosmetics !



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25 Ways to Look Better in Pictures

05 December, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment


This time of year can be a minefield of potentially awkward family photos, unflattering party pics and more snaps that just want to make you hit “untag.” Even if you love the way you look in person, it takes practice to make sure your in-the-flesh beauty translates on camera. The good news? Being photogenic is a skill you can totally master. Here are a few of our favorite tips that will help you bring out your inner Gisele.


1. If you tend to blink in photos, close your eyes just before the picture is taken and open them slowly before the camera clicks. No more half-closed eyes!


2. To avoid a double chin, elongate your neck and push your face forward a bit. Think of sticking out your forehead and tipping your chin slightly down. It might feel awkward, but it will look great — promise.


3. Make sure your makeup is a perfect match.  When a foundation is too pale for your skin tone, it becomes very obvious when a flash hits the skin.  Match your skin to your chest and add a thin layer to your neck if your neck is paler (as is the case for most people)


4. Curled lashes and mascara are musts,  Both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. You want to draw people into a picture, so you want to maximize the impact of the eyes. They more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle!


5. Take a look at your favorite pictures of yourself and try to spot a pattern. Do you like the way you look from a certain angle? When you smile a specific way? Try to replicate your best poses next time you have your photo taken.


6. Try this old school red carpet trick: Put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile to avoid a goofy, too-wide grin.


7. Fill in your brows. Not only do your eyebrows convey character and emotion, they often mean all the difference between looking wide awake and washed out on camera. You may even consider using a slightly darker brow pencil if you know you’ll be photographed, since features tend to look lighter in pictures.


8. Make sure your hair is shiny. Spray-on shine is great for a last minute add-on shine.  I spray it just on the ends of my hair to add a little glitz to my curls.


9. A photo can highlight flyaways, so make sure your style is sleek. A good pomade or dry oil will help, but use lightly, If you are afraid to use too much, spray on your hands and then lightly try to control fizz.


10. Look toward a light right before someone snaps your photo. Doing so will shrink your pupils and help you avoid red eye.


11. Surprise photo op? Try this five-second prep: Blot your face with a tissue or single-ply cocktail napkin, then pinch your cheeks to create a rosy glow (yep, it’s old school, but it works), and my favorite little trick, rub an ice cube on your lips if you break the cardinal rule and leave the house without lipgloss.


12. A couple drops of Visine will help your eyes look brighter and more awake.


13. Blush is a must! Without some color on your cheeks, your face can look two dimensional in photos. Use a medium pink shade on the apples of your cheeks to help shape your face.  You've heard me say this a million times, but I'll say it again just so we're clear, Blush is the most important product you should wear!


14. Think about angles. Facing the camera straight on is rarely flattering; instead, turn your head to a three-quarter position to give your features depth.  I know, I know, I'm such a pageant girl... but it works and avoids any chance of an extra chin showcasing itself. 


15. Try the “red carpet/pageant girl" pose: put your hand on your hip, angle your body to the side and turn your head towards the camera. It’s a cliché, but it really does work to help you look slimmer.  For extra points, stick you're booty out a bit...Bam!  Kim Kardashian has nothin' on you!


16. Avoid serious sparkle on your face. Anything too shimmery on the skin can just be too much in a photo.  A soft glow is nice, but if you have oily skin it can really exaggerate shimmer and make you look very shiny.  I use the Floral Highlight Powder on the top of my cheekbones, bridge of nose, and above my eyebrows.  I keep the rest of my skin super matte.  The mixture of the two gives really great, natural looking dimension.


17. On the other hand, a bit of sparkle below the neck can give your skin a pretty sheen. Dust your collarbone, shoulders, and ah hem..cleavage, with the same Floral Shimmer Powder.  


18. Stand in front of a white wall. A light-colored backdrop will help brighten your face. Using a white background also helps a camera’s automatic settings find the right color balance, so your skin tone doesn’t end up looking too pink or yellow.


19. Wear bright lipstick.  Dark lipstick can have a minimizing effect on lips.  Steer clear of a dark matte lip color. It can look aging and unflattering. Stick with brighter colors. 


20. Be in more pictures! People who think they’re unphotogenic tend to pose for fewer photos overall, but photography is a game of averages. Even Kate Moss doesn’t nail it on the first frame. The more shots you let your photographer take, the more likely you’ll be happy with one or two of them.


21. A photo shot from just above you is way more flattering than one shot from below. If you’re taller than the person holding the camera, grab a seat.  If you're seated, cross your legs and put the opposite hand on your top of my personal faves.


22. Avoid standing directly under a light, which can cast weird shadows on your face. Instead, stand facing a natural light source, such as a window, or in a spot where soft light hits your face from the side.


23. Grab a prop — preferably not a red Solo cup. Holding onto an object such as a flower or decoration can help you relax your posture and add personality to a picture.


24. To make your eyes sparkle, look at a light source. A lamp or brightly lit Christmas tree will create a flattering gleam in your pupils.


25. Forget saying “cheese,” and instead think of something funny. Better yet, joke with the photographer. A natural smile trumps a fake one every time.



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How to Lose 600 Extra Calories

14 November, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

What if you could work off that slice of pizza without doing a single squat? Good news: You can. You can burn more than 40 calories per hour just by standing, according to a new study at the University of Chester in the U.K.

In a small study of 10 office workers, researchers asked the volunteers to stand up while working for at least three hours each day for a week. They found that standing raised their heart rates just enough that they burned an extra 0.7 calories per minute, or 42 calories per hour. It might not seem like much, but standing for three extra hours a day during the work week adds up to 630 calories burned!

So aside from hiding your chair, how can you log more standing hours? First, ask your company if they’ll allow you to buy or build a standing desk. If not, you can always try these simple tweaks to get off your butt for at least three hours every day and stand up for your health:

Stand up while watching your favorite fall show. It’s more suspenseful that way anyway, we swear.

Give up your seat on the bus or train. Good karma and good glutes.

Browse your iPad while standing up. It’s portable for a reason—get off the couch.

Grab a high-top table at a restaurant. Bonus: They usually have less of a wait, too.

Eat breakfast standing at the kitchen counter. You’re in a hurry anyway, aren’t you?

Take phone calls standing up. And at home, walk around while talking.


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