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Lipstick Alert: This Tube Will Change Your Life

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I’ve been loving bold matte red and pink lipsticks, and I have a secret weapon for keeping them looking banging: Fran Wilson MoodMatcher lipstick, $3. This green-in-the-tube, magenta-on-my-lips lipstick stains the hell out of my pout. And it lasts. All. Day. Long. It’s the ultimate base for any lipstick. The best thing about this color, as it appears on my lips, is it’s just between pink and red so you can go either way and it doesn’t change the quality of lipstick you apply.  During the day I wear it solo to feel put together in the dreary winter weather. When I go out, I top it with my favorite shade-of-the moment, Troi Ollivierre Lipstick in Parker, $28. Do you have a favorite stain you love?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

The Hottest Shades for Fall

In sunny SoCal, the changing of seasons (or lack thereof) doesn’t mean we have to stash our sunglasses. We should, however, think about swapping the ones we’ve been wearing all summer for a pair of shades that are a little more fall wardrobe-friendly.

Same goes for our lipstick shades. It’s time to retire the poppy bright oranges and pinks for the fabulous hues we saw all over the runways — berries, reds, nudes and sepia tones.

Here I’ve paired up the newest sunnies from Warby Parker (what did we do before Warby Parker, BTW?!) with the trendy fall lipsticks that perfectly complement them. Which lipstick/sunglass paring will you choose? My fave is definitely the rose-hued sunglasses paired with sepia-toned lips.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee, $50 & Warby Parker Teddy in Petal Tortoisewarby parker shades & tom ford lipstick

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Julie, $32 & Warby Parker Goodney in Revolver Black

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By Terry Hyaluranic Sheer Rouge in Be Red, $32 & Warby Parker Quentin in Whisky Tortoise

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Orange is the New … Orange.

Taylor Schilling Variety Women in Film Pre-Emmy PartyWhile I should be posting about last night’s VMA awards, my friend and insanely talented makeup artist Tina Turnbow used a lip color on Saturday that I couldn’t not talk about. Actress Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) attended the Variety, Women in Film Pre-Emmy Party and Turnbow helped her pair her all black shorts tuxedo ensemble and super casual hair with a pop of orange lip color — it was Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, $17. Love. Can’t wait to see what she does for Emmys night. 

Oscars 2014: Best Makeup Statements

While most actresses played it safe when it came to hair and makeup at last night’s Academy Awards, a couple, and only a couple of them went for it and tried statement-making looks — Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington. They also both happen to be pregnant, so they get double kudos from me for not playing it safe and going for makeup looks we’ll be talking about around the water cooler (or coffee maker) today.

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Kerry Washington went for on-trend vampy lips. The hue was stunning on her skin tone and looked modern and fresh — not the same ‘ol red lip we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years. Get a similar lip look with Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutante, $35.

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Olivia Wilde went for dramatic, retro lined eyes. A perfect complement to her black and white ensemble. Recreate the look with my sister Sam’s new favorite liquid liner: Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, $19

Images: Kerry Washington, Huffington Post; Olivia Wilde, Just Jared

Giveaway Alert: Get Smoochable Lips and Chocolates Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Not sure about you, but I’m kinda obsessed with the Vaseline Lip Therapy products that come in the teeny classic Vaseline jars. Like kiddo Converse, some things are just cuter the tinier they are. And, just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away one box of MarieBelle chocolates (if you haven’t had them, they are totally chic and delicious) and a jar of the adorable Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, $2.29. Comment on this post by Friday, February, Feb. 7th at midnight for a chance to win. U.S. only.

If you’re not lucky enough to win my giveaway, you can also enter for another chance to win on Vaseline’s Facebook page by Feb. 12, 2014 at 3:00pm.

Claire Danes Wears the It Lipcolor of the Season

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With award season in full swing, there are so many makeup hits (and yes, misses) to talk about. Claire Danes has been wearing many of the hits — in my opinion. She went for sultry smoky eyes at the SAG Awards and an of-the-moment orangey lip for the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. Orange lipstick is definitely one of the looks to try right now thanks to the fact that it was seen all over the Spring 2014 runways. And while Danes isn’t the only celeb to wear the trend on the red carpet, her look was one of the best thanks to makeup artist Matin Maulawizada. I know I sound like a broken record, but I also worked (and had doggy playdates) with him back in my magazine editing days. Here are the Dior Beauty products he used to create the look:

Skin

Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin, $110

Dior Capture Totale Triple-Correcting Serum Foundation in #020, $82

Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer, $42

Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle, $43

Eyes

Diorshow Black Out Mascara, $25

Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, $28.50

Diorshow Art Pen Intense Professional Felt-Tip Eyeliner in Catwalk Black, $30

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette Trianon Edition in Pastel Fontanges, $61

 LIPS

Rouge Dior Lipstick in Rendez-Vous, $34

Image: Just Jarred 

The Hottest Beauty Trend of the 71st Golden Globe Awards is …

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Berry hued lips. From winner Cate Blanchett to nominee Sandra Bullock and host Tina Fey, cranberry and raspberry lip colors reigned supreme on last night’s Golden Globe Awards red carpet. I’m personally a fan of bold lip colors because they instantly brighten up your face and make a statement without having to do much else. If you’re tired or have more than a few fine lines around your eyes, it’s also a great way to direct attention away from those things. A great trick for busy moms in their 30s and 40s (like the aforementioned starlets).

To recreate the trend, try using the lip colors makeup artist Jeanine Lobell swiped on Ms. Blanchett: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Scarlatto and Boudior. Lobell layered Boudior (a nude rose shade) on top of Scarlatto (a raspberry rose hue) to create Blanchett’s final Golden Globes look.

Recreate Jennifer Hudson’s Matte Pink Pout

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My favorite beauty look seen on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet tonight? Jennifer Hudson’s matt pink lips. They were statement making and totally flawless. This look proves that with the simple swipe of a matte, shocking pink lip color you can make heads turn. To get a similar look, I’d recommend using Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Corvina, $24. Pair it with otherwise neutral makeup hues and you, too, will garner some serious compliments.

Image: Bella Sugar

Quick Way to Make Any Lipstick Long Lasting

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Since you’re likely to smooch someone tonight, and wear a bold lipstick (I’m rocking this one), here’s a quick way to make sure your lip color lasts all night:

Apply a layer of your lipstick. Blot it with a tissue. Grab a square of toilet paper and peel it apart so you’re left with a very thin layer of TP. Place that over your lips and dust a translucent loose power over the TP onto your lips. I use Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, $34. This will add a very thin layer of powder to your lip color to really lock it into place. Finish by slicking on another layer of your lipstick and do one final blot.

And, ahem, avoid getting lipstick on your teeth by quickly puckering your lips around a finger. Slide your finger out of your mouth to remove any lip color that might end up on your teeth. It’s a tried and true trick I use daily. Muah. Happy New Year!

Do-Gooder Beauty Gifts I’m Giving This Year

If you’re looking to earn some gift-giving extra credit this year, pick up these six beauties. They’ll make your mother, sister, friend, etc. look and feel gorgeous while going way beyond that. Together these products’ proceeds support women affected by breast cancer, childhood hunger, artists from marginalized communities and much, much more.

kiehls-creme-de-corps-grapefruitKiehl’s Creme de Corps “Grapefruit” Whipped Body Butter – Limited Edition, $ 38

The original version of this whipped body butter is one of my all-time faves. This subtly citrus-y remake is delicious and makes skin feel fabulous. And, 100 percent of the net proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to help end childhood hunger in America.

_8383297Jane Iredale Bright Future Eyeshadow Set – Limited Edition, $30

What makes a better gift than five stunning eyeshadows housed in a rose-colored Swarovski crystal-embellished package? Add to that the fact that 100 percent of the profits are donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization supporting women affected by breast cancer. Beautiful.

s1553254-main-LheroSephora Values Inside Out You + Sephora Cosmetic Collection, $20

Glitter eyeliner, check. Metallic nail polish, check. Add a few more dazzling items and the fact that sales benefit the American Heart Association, and you’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer.

RS_LAYOUT_001_NEW_V4_4WEB_3products_WHNomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit Collection of Fragrances, $35 each

The three newest additions to the Nomad Two Worlds Raw Spirit fragrance collection are sure to please even the pickiest of family members and friends. The travel-friendly rollerball design makes them convenient, but the scents inside are anything but ho-hum. Bijou Vert combines Haitian sourced vetiver along with grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedarwood; Citadelle also utilizes Haitian sourced vetiver in addition to marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedarwood. Both scents will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects. And, Wild Fire sources premium wild harvested sandalwood from Australia along with creamy amber, ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk. Part of the proceeds from Wild Fire sales are used to support sustainable Australian Indigenous agricultural projects in collaboration with Essential Oils of Tasmania. 

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MAC Kids Helping Kids: Greeting and Gift Cards, $10

For the gal who loves to send actual handwritten notes. The colorful designs on these cards were created by children affected by HIV/AIDS. And, every cent (seriously, every cent) of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children who are also affected by HIV/AIDS.
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