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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

New York Fashion Week: Splurge vs. Steal Must-Try Teal Liner Look

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After seeing the metallic teal liner on the models at the Creatures of the Wind show, I knew I had to recreate the look. And, while I have a high-end teal liner at home, I didn’t have one on the road with me. But, after a late-night trip to Duane Reade (the best drugstore on the planet), I scored a very affordable look-alike. So, a big thanks to James Boehmer, Nars director of global artistry for inspiring the look. He used Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Khao San Road, $24. I used Prestige Cosmetics Eye Liner in Lively Turquoise, $5.95. Both result in a compliment-worthy makeup look that’s so easy to do. Simply swipe bottom lashlines only with the liner. Smudge it a bit with a makeup brush or Q-tip (that’s what I used while on-the-go) and you’re set. Finish the eyes with black mascara on top lashes only.

We’re at New York Fashion Week: Our Favorite Look of the Day…

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The best part about scoping out the hair, makeup and nail looks backstage at New York Fashion Week is that we’re constantly inspired to try new looks based on the ones the fabulous artists come up with. And, for the next few days we’ll be sharing the ones that we loved and how to recreate them at home (if you so dare).

Up first: The monochromatic makeup and gold dipped nails seen at the SUNO show. Understated, but very cool in a I’m-not-trying-too-hard way. The look was inspired by gypsy school girls, according to makeup artist Alice Lane.

Lane swiped Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Make a Mauve, $9.99 on  eyes and lips with a dab of Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Quenched, $3.99 dabbed over top to add some sheen. So easy and effortless.

The nails looked like they were just dipped in matt gold polish. Manicurist Honey Nailz coated the nails with a shiny top coat and just haphazardly painted on a messy French tip using gold polish (Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Bold Gold, $3.99).

To complement the nails, the parts on the middle-parted hairstyles were coated in gold makeup (can’t tell from this photo, but they were). Not sure I’d try this last bit at home, but it totally worked on the runway.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Color …

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My sister Sam recently showed up to a family BBQ wearing this fantastic metallic rust-colored eyeliner (Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Amber, $20). When I complimented her on it, she said “I don’t look crazy?!”. Crazy was the furthest thing from the way she looked. Instead she appeared to be a confident 20-something with a great sense of style who liked to have fun. Basically, a vibe I wish I could still exude as a mom in my mid-30s.

It reminded me that we (okay, I) shouldn’t be afraid to have more fun with color — and colored eyeliner to be more specific. Even the brightest or most in-your-face color is wearable if you keep it to a simple, thin swipe of liner across your top lids only. Try it. I’m going to, and I promise you’ll never look “crazy”.

Problem Solver of the Week: L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift CC Eye ConcealerThe ProductL’Oreal Paris Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, $9.99

Why: I was first introduced to this product by L’Oreal Consulting Makeup Artist Billy B. He called it the perfect product for a “drunk girl”, mostly because if you keep it in the fridge and apply it cold, it’s a fabulous remedy for fatigued eyes and dark circles. A great way to hide a hangover, indeed. But, even if you’re not a “drunk girl”, it’s pretty great. If you’re sleep deprived (Listen up new moms!) or you’re just looking worn out after a long day at the office, a couple of swipes of this cooling roller ball full of eye brightening concealer will help you look well rested and ready for anything. And, it’s super lightweight so it doesn’t settle into creases.

When Matchy-Match Makeup Works

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Over the past 14 years I’ve written a countless number of tips about the fact that matching your makeup (eyeshadow, specifically) to clothes is often a no no. Something that should almost always be avoided. That’s not to say it can’t work, but in most cases it just looks too forced. Or too amateurish. But, after watching the SAG Awards on Saturday, I was reminded that sometimes, just sometimes, you can play the matchy-match game and win.

12 Years a Slave actress and SAG Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o is a prime example of this. Nyong’o called on makeup artist Nick Barose (who I also worked with often in my magazine days) to create a stunning colorful eye makeup look that featured turquoise eyeshadow (he used the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination, $59) to pair with her, yup, turquoise Gucci gown. The result was seriously gorgeous. You can get the whole scoop on what he did on InStyle. In my opinion, the matchy-match works here because the blue shadow is concentrated mostly at the inner corners of the eyes, which keeps it a bit more understated. Had Barose applied the blue eyeshadow across Nyong’o’s whole lid, I don’t think the look would be nearly as spectacular. Nice work, Barose!

Recreate Allison Williams’ Sultry Rose Gold Eye Makeup

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Makeup artist Gita Bass (who I was lucky enough to work with often in my Seventeen magazine days) has declared that she has a rose gold obsession due to the fact that it “works with every skin tone,” says Bass. This obsession manifested itself in the makeup look she created for Girls star Allison Williams this week. Here’s how she created it:

Skin

“For a flawless complexion, I prepped her skin with Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer, $10.28 and applied a few drops of Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $62 and Cle De Peau Beaute Concealer, $70 where needed,” says Bass.

Cheeks

“I applied Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel, $38 to the apples of her cheeks and set it with Nars Blush in Deep Throat, $29,” she says.

Eyes

“For the eyes, I lined upper, lower and inner lashlines with a chocolate eye crayon like Osmosis Colour Eye Pencil in Brown, $12 and smudged it with a soft brush. I then applied Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction, $36, a gorgeous warm rose color, to the lid up to the crease and on the lower lashline. To create the rose gold, I layered the bronze shadow from the Lorac Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Superstar, $27 over the cream and used the light gold for the inner corners and browbone. I finished with a few coats of YSL Mascara Singulier in Deep Black, $30″ says Bass.

Lips

“For a soft peachy nude that would add warmth to the face, I mixed Tom Ford Lipstick in Blush Nude with a touch of True Coral, $49 each” she says.

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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How to Recreate Lily Collins’ Sultry Navy Smoky Eye

Lily Collins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Event Hosted by Mark Holgate, Lisa Love, Federico Marchetti, And Diane von Furstenberg

First, I must confess that I seriously covet Lily Collins’ brows. They are dramatic (in a good way), perfectly shaped and are something my brows will never be — noticeable. Mine are blonde and unimpressive.

Beyond the brows though, Collins, in general, wears makeup really well. Lately I’ve found myself looking to her for inspiration.

That’s why, when I got the scoop on how makeup artist Molly R. Stern created her recently look from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show & Tea, I had to share it. I’ll also be recreating it on my own face — after I get my brows tinted, of course.

Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Perfect your skin with foundation. Stern used Lancome Teint Visionnaire in Ivory, $60.

Step 2: Apply a peachy blush like Lancome Blush Subtil in Cedar Rose, $30.

Step 3: Swipe your lids with a bluish purple cream eyeshadow like Shu Uemura Cream Eyeshadow in 796, $15.

Step 4: Sweep a navy eyeshadow from lashlines to creases using a flat brush. Try Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Indigo Intrigue, $49.

Step 5: Blend a mauve-y brown eyeshadow shade into your creases. Try Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Plum Splendor, $49

Step 6: Line top and bottom lashlines with navy eyeliner pencil. Stern used L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in Navy, $9.95.

Step 7: Apply black mascara like Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black, $27 to top and bottom lashes.

Step 8: Finish the look by slicking on a pinkish-nude lipstick like Lancome Rouge in Love in Lasting Kiss, $26

Oh, and if you haven’t seen Stuck in Love — starring Lily Collins — do. It’s great.

A New Way to De-Clump Your Lashes

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What I love best about hanging out backstage at New York Fashion Week is the little hair and makeup tricks you can pick up — and catch on camera — just by standing there for a couple of quick minutes. My favorite from the Spring/Summer 2014 shows? Use a toothbrush (not the one you’re currently using on your teeth, of course) to brush through your lashes if they are clumped together after applying mascara. No need to have a fancy lash comb or brand new spoolie to do the job.