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Three Super Easy Nighttime Makeup Looks

by Bionic Beauty on June 6, 2013 · 0 comments

Looking for a quick brush-up on makeup looks for your next after-dusk adventure?  Total Beauty put together this photo article to help beauties everywhere… and if you don’t have the specific makeup goodies mentioned – just swap in your own!
Beauty Dare: 3 Easy Night Looks

Is it possible to create three night looks with only three purse-sized palettes? We put three girls up to the challenge. See how they did


Beauty Dare: 3 Easy Night Looks

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Once you come to accumulate a certain volume of beauty products, it gets harder and harder not to mix and match everything, especially before a night out. A smoky eye can require shadows from three different palettes, and the perfect pout can mean one lipstick shade covered with a separate sheer gloss. Is it possible to create a stunning night look using just one palette? We challenged three staffers to create three night looks using only three purse-sized palettes. Click ahead to see how they did!

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Enjoy your night on the town,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

A spooky ghostie ghoul makeup look

by Bionic Beauty on October 27, 2012 · 0 comments


This Halloween I’m dressing as a spooky, Victorian-era ghost… complete with bustle dress, boots, and curled (but messy) hair. And today I figured was a fantastic day for a makeup dress rehearsal!

Spooky ghost makeup

Where's my coffee?!? Even ghosts are unhappy without caffeine!

And now… the quick n’ spooky tutorial~
For the Face and Eyes…

  • Apply a primer! Always use a primer when applying costume makeup – it’ll help seal your skin; make the look last longer; and assist in preventing breakouts.
  • Apply pale concealer or heavy makeup across your entire face and neck. Make sure everything is one color.
  • Cover your face and neck with white eyeshadow. I used a white by L’Oreal HiP. I applied only one coat for this (but I’ll use two or three coats for Halloween night), applied with my Beauty Blender sponge.
  • Line eyes with black eyeliner – I used a black gel eyeliner from Purely Cosmetics. Be sure to also line your waterline and your upper and lower lash line!
  • Next, grab some highly pigmented black eyeshadow. I used one by Milani. Sweep it heavily across your entire upper lid, and really smoosh it into your upper lid crease. Blend outward to your temple.
  • Using that same black shadow, sweep it under your lower lashline – don’t be too neat here. Messy is excellent!
  • Add some more of that black shadow to the inner corners of your eyes, next to the bridge of your nose to create depth and shadows. Also bring the shadow under your eye, but above your cheek, to create the looks of under-eye “bags”.
  • Now comes the fun part!
  • Using your black gel eyeliner, draw driplines down from your lower lashline. Sweep some black eyeshadow between the lines and along the edges to soften and create some shadows.
  • Dab a red lipstick or red lipstain at the inner corners of your eyes (right by your tear ducts).
  • Optional ~ After the gel liner dries, use a clear lipgloss to lightly trace over the drips. This makes an awesome gooey texture!!

For the Cheeks ~

  • Shade the hallows of your cheeks with the black eyeshadow.

For the Lips ~

  • Apply a red lipstain (I used one of the CoverGirl marker-style lip stains) to the inner portion of your lips (i.e. the parts of your lips closest to your teeth). Let it dry.
  • Pucker your lips and apply concealer or super-pale lipstick to the outer portions. Un-pucker your lips.
  • Use the black gel liner or black eyeshadow to trace and fill in those lines left by the puckering.
  • Add the drips below your lips as described in the Eyes section above. Try to carry some down and underneath your chin for the full effect!
  • Dab the red lipstain in the outer corners of your lips for depth.

For Halloween night, I’ll be adding some more white underneath everything – gotta have uber-pale skin, right? And I also plan to carry the white makeup and shading down my neck, chest, and all the exposed areas on my arms and hands.

What are you dressing as for Halloween?  And feel free to share any costume makeup tips in the comments below!

Happy Halloween ghouls,

Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

11 Common Makeup Mistakes

by Bionic Beauty on August 12, 2011 · 0 comments
11 Makeup Mistakes You’re Making Without Even Knowing

Sure, you don’t need anyone to tell you how to apply eyeliner — but are you wearing the wrong one? Find out

11 Makeup Mistakes You're Making Without Even Knowing

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Don’t you hate it when you realize — at the end of the day — that you’ve had a gnarly piece of black pepper stuck right between your front teeth and nobody told you? Think of us as the kind-hearted stranger to shine light on some makeup mistakes you’ve been oblivious to.

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Bionic Homemade: Hot Chocolate Face Mask

by JoyceyCouture on January 25, 2011 · 6 comments

Welcome to another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s day- if there is only one thing in the world that is a certainty in life it’s that we all have chocolate in the house this time of year.

Once regarded as bad for our health, research has proven that dark chocolate is healthy- and not just to eat. The compounds found in chocolate can actually benefit the skin.

Time to melt down that left over Christmas candy! ;)


  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp cream, plain yogurt, or sour cream
  • 3 tsp oats
DIY homemade hot chocolate face mask

Sooth your skin throughout the candy season with this scrumptious chocolate face mask!

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From low-fi to high-fi: Makeup help for all budgets

by Bionic Beauty on November 6, 2010 · 0 comments

Looking for the best bang-for-your-buck in the makeup aisle? Aren’t we all these days? I know my personal “fluff” beauty budget is beyond tight. I’m pinching half pennies at this point. Hence, I thought this new feature on Total Beauty might help us all out. It’s got ideas for those of us watching every makeup and skin care cent, and for those of us on a looser-budget.
Makeup for Every Budget

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to recreate these celeb beauty looks

Makeup for Every Budget

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Whether you’re a slave to the drugstore aisle or more of a beauty product snob — we’ll show you how to pull off these looks.

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What recommendations did Total Beauty have for you? Are there any celeb looks that inspired you to dig out some stuff from your makeup tote to copy?