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Bold lip colors are my jam (proof in the photos above). I wear them often, so finding lipstick, lip pencil and lip crayon formulas that really stay put are a favorite past time. Especially now that I have fine lines showing up around my mouth — a result of drinking out of a straw all the time (a habit I’ve recently kicked).
I was perusing the hundreds of fierce hair, nail and makeup looks from New York Fashion Week when my 3-year-old son (who has a penchant for nail polish and long, but not too long, hair) announced that he wanted in on the fun. I indulged him by scrolling through image after image of models backstage at the shows, and asked him to select his faves. These were his top picks, and I fully endorse them. I’m only sorry the stunning red lip seen at Jason Wu didn’t make his list — it’s at the top of mine.
Standout Blue Nails at Jenny Packham
This nail look, created by Rita Remark for Essie, is hands down my favorite nail look of the season (so far, anyway). Two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Butler Please is all it takes to recreate the covet-worthy manicure.
Messy Top Knot at Sandy Liang
O&M Global Creative Director Janelle Chaplin created this seriously cute topknot with help from O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray. It added the texture needed for a lived-in updo that would last. The gingham accessory completed the perfect boyish vibe Chaplin was going for.
Lucite Sunset Nails at Rebecca Minkoff
Sunset meets rocket pop in this manicure created by Michelle Saunders for Essie. She created the look by sponging on the sunset shades in this order: Essie Nail Polish in Tarte Deco, Marshmallow, Beach Bum Blu and Midnight Cami. She applied Spaghetti Strap over each nail to help the shades melt together, and finished with the Essie Gel.Setter Top Coat.
Red Tips at Brooks Brothers by Zac Posen
While this photo shows a manicure created with just two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue, the red nails were adorned with a plaid design (created by striping on Essie Nail Polish in Pret-a-Surfer) before they hit the runway.
Fierce, Fresh Face at Wes Gordon
Makeup artist Dominique Samuel for Maybelline New York nailed the fresh-faced look that was seen at show after show this season. He created it with help from some hard-working Maybelline New York Products that won’t launch until October or early next January, so keep a look out for these natural-beauty boosting products:
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Contour (available January 2015)
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder (available January 2015)
Maybelline New York The Rock Nudes Eye Palette (available January 2015)
Maybelline New York Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (get it now!)
Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Sensational in Barely Bloomed (available October 2015)
Navy Striped Nails at Ji Oh
Rita Remark for Essie was on a roll this season. This winning look was created with one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Resort Fling and one coat of Sugar Daddy topped with one vertical stripe of After School Boy Blazer swiped on each nail (in a randomly placed location). To finish off the look, a second stripe was added to one nail only.
Now that you’ve seen my son’s favorites, tell me which look was your number one.
Drew Barrymore’s Flower beauty has launched new blush that rocked my world. See, when it comes to makeup, I’m definitely a blush girl — though lashes are starting to come in a close second, but I’ll get to that in a second. A flush on my cheeks makes me feel more awake, and well, more pretty, less frumpy. I kind of went bananas when I first tried Flower Transforming Touch Powder-To-Crème Blush, $13 (available in Walmart stores nationwide and coming to walmart.com soon, score!). The first of its kind, this blush transforms from a powder to a silky cream as you blend it into the apples of your cheeks. And it’s not that chalky, mousse-y texture either. It’s a smooth cream that disappears into your skin leaving a natural flush. Love it. (more…)
Over the past few days we’ve been lucky enough to hangout backstage at New York Fashion Week to scope out the looks that we’ll all be wearing come Fall 2015.
The first look Carrie and I both agreed was a must-copy? The makeup seen at the Nanette Lepore show. Created to look like a rich, posh rebellious school girl who got a little (ok, a lot!) carried away with her mascara, this look is equal parts pretty and rough. Lead makeup artist Grace Lee created the look by applying more than 12 coats of three different mascaras. No joke! The three she used: Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara, Maybelline New York Pumped Up Colossal Volum’ Express and a brand new Maybelline mascara that doesn’t come out until June. She applied about four coats of each until the models’ lashes were spidery and clumpy. The lip color, which is equally as cool, is the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Rebel Bloom in Orchid Ecstasy. She finished the look by dabbing a bit of colorless lip balm (Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Quenched) on the upper cheekbones for a touch of glow.
Do you love it as much as we do?
I’ll cut right to the chase. My two favorite makeup looks (or trends, more like) from tonight’s 2015 Grammy Awards? Allover nude or natural-looking makeup (a la Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Chrissy Teigen) and jewel toned eye makeup (think Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift). While the natural/nude trend was stunning on the carpet and definitely worth recreating, it’s a little less exciting to talk about. That’s why I’ll focus here on how to get my next fave look of the night: jewel toned eye makeup.
To get Gaga’s metallic emerald-hued eyes, makeup artist Sarah Tanno did the following:
- Applied Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Tin (SV810) on lids and used Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Mist (WT901) on her inner corners.
- She smudged Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar (BK912) on the outer corners of the lids into the lash lines for added depth. She set the cream shadows with Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Lido (GR412).
- Tanno applied Shiseido Smoothing Eyeliner Pencil in Black (BK901) around the eyes and blended.
- To finish the eyes, Tanno used two coats of Shiseido Perfect Mascara Defining Volume in Black (BK901).
Sunday night’s SAG Awards were all about bold lips (and ponytails, but that’s a story for another time). Paired with an otherwise fresh face or soft smoldering eye, these stunning lipstick shades are a surefire way to turn heads. Try one. I promise you’ll agree. Here are my five favorite bold lips of the night with scoop from these starlets’ makeup artists on the exact lip products used to create them.
Reese Witherspoon: Lips by makeup artist Molly R. Stern
Stern used Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa as a base and brightened it up by applying Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Orchid Pink (launches March 2015) over top. For an “added punch,” she applied another hue: Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Vermillion Red (also out in March) to the center of her lips. She finished the look with Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Black Cherry to give Witherspoon’s lips “depth and sheen.”
Lupita Nyong’o: Lips by makeup artist Nick Barose
Laura Carmichael: Lips by makeup artist Lauren Andersen
Andersen applied Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Poppy Love to create Carmichael’s classic red pout.
Rosamund Pike: Lips by makeup artist Melanie Inglessis
Inglessis created Pike’s matte red lip with longevity in mind. “I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil #25C Orange Red to line the lips and filled in with CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Pétillante.”
Emma Stone: Lips by makeup artist Rachel Goodwin
Which look was your fave?
Reader Question: “What company makes a good lip stain,” asked Kathy.
Answer: While it’s easy to find a countless number of lip glosses and lipsticks that suit your every need, lip stains (or great ones, anyway) are a bit harder to come by. I’m personally not a huge fan of most stains. They can be drying to the point where your lips get flaky, which causes the stain to cling on to those dry skin flecks and results in an uneven finish. Ick. They’re also limited in their shade range, and often their intensity can be more than you bargain for. That all being said, they are the still the best way to coat your lips with seriously long-lasting color. Here are my current favorites, all of which are affordable and easy to pick up at your local Target or drugstore …
Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain — I have multiple shades of this balmy stain. It goes on feeling like a chapstick, but leaves your lips tinted long after the glossy feel fades. And with 10 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find one you like.
Pixie Lip Blush — Of all of the marker-style stains I’ve tried, this is the least drying. I still prefer to top it with a clear chapstick, but it’s not essential, especially if your lips aren’t already parched.
Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Balm Stain — Like the Revlon version, this balm stain goes on like a moisturizing lipstick, but stays on like a tint long after the top layer wears off. The difference? This stain lasts a bit longer, and when you initially apply it, it gives you a bit of a cooling effect. One thing to be aware of: the initial color fades into one that’s slightly different. Not in a bad way, but just something to prepare yourself for.
Rosamund Pike’s simple bob was my favorite look of the night. A fresh departure from the old Hollywood waves we see everywhere, this style looks black-tie, red carpet ready, yet super accessible. And it’s making me want to chop my hair.
Image: Just Jared
Lupita Nyong’o didn’t disappoint as she continues to dominate the red carpet with bold and right-on-the-mark makeup choices. Beautiful purple shadow and a glossy pink lip are the perfect complement to her skin tone and lavender gown.
Image: Just Jared
Allison William’s charcoal smoky eye and sculpted faux-bob wasn’t my favorite at the Golden Globes — at first. But after I saw it again from a different angle, I couldn’t help but become obsessed with how striking and pretty it was. Now it’s one of my top pics.
Image: Cosmopolitan UK
Gina Rodriguez’s nude lip and natural makeup (well, natural except for the layers of false lashes) really caught my attention. This Golden Globes newbie knows she doesn’t need to try too hard for glitz and glamour.
Image: Just Jared Jr.
Lorde’s sleek, gelled low ponytail and classic red lip look grown up, yet fun. Perfectly sculpted bold brows give her look a sharp elegance, making it one of the top looks of the night.
Image: Hollywood Reporter
Keira Knightley’s earthy tones and berry lip accentuate her naturally beautiful features and look down right perfect IMHO. Her lip line is soft and diffused (glide a Q-tip along the edges of your lipstick to achieve this), which gives it a pretty, and delicate look.
Image: Just Jared
— Carrie Stern Kleiner
After watching Wednesday night’s 2015 People’s Choice Awards (well, the portion I could stay awake for) and perusing photos, you’d think I’d want to talk about a gorgeous red lipstick (loved Olivia Munn’s shade) or another vampy hue like the one Katherine Mcphee sported, but no. What caught my eye the most on the red carpet was Monica Potter (one of my favorite TV moms, and someone I’ve been a fan of since she starred in 1998’s Without Limits along side Billy Crudup). Her whole being. She is practically ageless. She has a knock-out body and her skin looks as smooth as butter. It’s glowing and nearly wrinkle free. Not bad for someone who joked about being over 40 while presenting the award for best rap artist. She’s 44 — and a mother of three. And while you might attribute her flawlessness to photoshop, great lighting or fab post-production film work, that’s just not the case. My sister recently sat near her on a plane ride and said she looked “amazing”. First-hand proof that she is as stunning as she appears on TV.
So it, of course, got me thinking about how’s she’s managed to age so well, and after trolling the web I came to these conclusions: (more…)
Back in May I did my first installment of Good to the Last Drop and due to its popularity, I thought I’d keep the concept going. Here are the latest (and greatest!) beauty products I squeezed or scooped every last bit of product from …
This zinc- and titanium dioxide-based sunscreen protected my skin without causing additional breakouts. I love the non greasy formula that doesn’t turn my makeup all funky. Only down side is the size of the tube. I polished this off quickly.
I talk endlessly about this concealer and it breaks my heart to finish off a tube because a replacement costs a steep $70. It’s so worth it though. Nothing, and I mean nothing, covers blemishes and brown spots like this baby. It’s a small miracle.
My skin is beyond prone to breakouts. It’s been my number one beauty problem since the day I got pregnant three years ago. Thanks to that issue, I have to slather on acne-fighting beauty products consistently, which are super drying. This night cream has been my savior though. It’s oil-free, but the hard-working hyaluronic acid moisturizes like a dream.
If you like slutty-looking lashes like I do (think thick, long and clumpy-in-a-good-way), this should be the next mascara you try. No question.
What was the last beauty product you finished? Please share!