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Summer Makeup Essentials: Two New Must-Try Products

Now that we’ve unofficially kicked off summer, I’m ready to dive head first into a sunnier makeup look. Think sheer skin, glowing cheeks and a warmer skin tone (created with the help of makeup, of course). To get this look, I’ve recently stashed these two makeup products in my bag. I’m already addicted and it’s not even June.

Kiehl's BB Cream

Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, $37

From the day I started using this BB cream, I was hooked. It offers up the perfect amount of coverage — more than a tinted moisturizer and less than a foundation, SPF 50 (yes, 5-0) and it contains vitamin C to help fade dark spots. If that’s not a triple whammy, I’m not sure what is. Having one product that can do it all is exactly what my busy schedule calls for.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Bronzer

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, $36

If you want sun-kissed-looking skin that glows, but doesn’t shimmer or sparkle, this is the bronzer for you. What I love even more than the texture and finish is that it comes in four bronze shades, and Bronze 01 is perfect for my very fair skin. It doesn’t make my skin look muddy and it blends in seamlessly. I look instantly more rested and happy with a little bronzer. It’s a small miracle, really.

What products are you banking on to get you through summer?

NYFW Fall 2013 Makeup Recap: Nude Lips Reigned

jenny-packham-laura-mercier-nyfw-fall-2013It was all about a minimal lip at NYFW. These looks are so purdy that ladies, you might be tempted to use up your oxblood lipsticks as fast as you can. The natural lip made the models look really fresh and beautiful, with a tinge of 90’s grunge — whether paired with an edgy geometric cat eye, a punk smoky eye or an all-over natural face. Most of these looks were created with only the use of lip balm (MAC Lip Conditioner, $15, was often the balm of choice), though some used concealer to tone down redness in the lip and others used nude shades of lip liner. The best trick came courtesy of makeup artist Talia Shobrook at the Jenny Packham show (above). To create an ultra-feminine lip, Shobrook applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Seashell, $24 onto the lip’s Cupid’s bow, the curve of the upper lip. This subtle highlighting creates the illusion of a fuller lip and adds definition to lip shape. Adding the final touch, Shobrook lightly dabbed lips with Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Pink Blush, $26. Here are other nude lip looks we loved from New York Fashion week:


A mix of Marianne Faithfull meets punk rock at Marc Jacobs

helmut-lang-nars-nyfw-fall-2013Au naturel at Helmut Lang

tanya-taylor-nars-nyfw-fall-2013Retro and flirty at Tanya Taylor

monique-lhuillier-mac-nyfw-fall-2013Edgy at Monique Lhuillier

donna-karan-mac-nyfw-fall-2013Glam at Donna Karan

Do you love a nude lip or prefer color?

images courtesy of NARS and MAC. Top image via: wwd.com

Holiday Gifts That Give Back: Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Palette

laura-mercier-bonne-mineEvery holiday season, I become totally obsessed with one or two fabulous makeup palettes. Each brand offers up their ideal edited collection of classic colors that go beautiful together. They are a fabulous gift for the makeup lover in your life and perfect for those who travel too. This season, Laura Mercier has gone above and beyond with multiple palettes that are pretty, wearable and covet-worthy, but the one that got my attention is her Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face and Cheeks Crème Colour Palette, $48. With 100% of the proceeds (yes, you read that right!), going to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund, it’s the perfect gift that gives back. And it’s super pretty and wearable. Inspired by her celebrity clients, Mercier created this ultra-sheer combo of bronzer veil, cheek veil and glow veil, to ensure a natural, sun-kissed effect that’s easy to use and customize the look you want. The best part is you can apply it with your fingertips so it’s perfect for on-the-go primping. As part of her 12 Days of Flawless promotion if you buy yours TODAY, you get a complimentary Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Deep Teal, $22. Happy shopping!

Dakota Fanning’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Red Carpet Look

By the time some of you true Twihards out there read this, you’ll have already seen the highly-anticipated final flick in the Twilight series. And, if you’ve been paying attention to all of the hoopla surrounding the release of this film, then you probably know that the lovely Dakota Fanning showed up at the premiere as a brunette. What do you think of her new hair color?

I think it definitely adds a level of sophistication to her look. And, the makeup she sported was the perfect complement to her new hue. One of my in-the-know friends gave me scoop how to copy her look. Here’s the breakdown:


Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, $48. (Love this stuff!)


Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper, $22.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, $22.


Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $39.


Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing, $20.

It’s the perfect makeup look for day or night. A classic go-to.

Image: SFGate

A Pretty Much Perfect Product Just Got More Perfect

Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is generally accepted as the best out there. Like, the best ever. So when I heard she was introducing a new Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact, $45 a few months back, I was thrilled. Not only is a solid crème better for touch ups than liquids — we all know tinted moisturizers aren’t known for their staying power — it’s also thicker so it really hides imperfections. I find the formulation to be truly fantastic. It’s buildable, so I can have more coverage when I need it without sacrificing the overall dewey finish I love from my tinted moisturizer. I’m hooked and think you will be too.

Steal Her Makeup Look: Elizabeth Banks From the What to Expect When You’re Expecting Premiere

My friend and fabulous makeup artist Gita Bass posted a photo (via Facebook) of the latest look she created for Elizabeth Banks’ What to Expect When You’re Expecting premiere (Are you going to see it?) and I had to know how to copy it. Here’s the scoop she gave me — just in case you’re game for recreating it:

“I evened out her skin tone with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 5, $59,” says Bass.

Next, she used Dior Skin Flash Radiance Booster Pen in Candlelight, $37 to highlight the areas under her eyes, along her cheekbones and down the bridge of her nose to add dimension to her face.

To define her eyes, Bass blended Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Emerveille, $36 (a peachy-golden hue) on Banks’ lids and “layered the gold shade from the Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad [in Burnished Amber], $75 over the top,” says Bass. She then blended the bronze shade from the same quad into the creases of Banks’ eyes. She lined top and bottom lashlines with Laura Mercier Caviar Eye pencil in Cocoa, $24 using a small stiff brush, and finally, she curled Banks’ lashes and “applied several coats of Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, $30.”

Then, to give Banks a “peachy glow” Bass reached for Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush in Velvety Peach, $38. She applied to to the apples of her cheeks and blended outward.

Bass completed the look by adding a bright pop of color to Banks’ lips. She used Make Up For Ever Rouge Artiste Natural in Soft Fushia, $19. I’m so buying this shade. It’s gorgeous and I’m always for a bold lip color.

That’s it. Will you give this look a try?

Image: trend911.com

5 Makeup Swaps I’m Making for Summer

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2012

As summer approaches, the beauty editor in me gets more and more giddy. It’s half because I was really inspired by the fresh makeup looks I spied backstage at the spring 2012 fashion shows and half because there’s something so liberating about ditching the full-coverage foundations and bright blushes I used to brighten my mood (and complexion) in the dreary winter months. Here are makeup swaps I’m happily making for summer. I hope they get you psyched too.

Beauty Swap No. 1: Foundation for Tinted Moisturizer

Practically every makeup look on the spring 2012 runways started with youthful-looking and glowing skin — especially at Alexander Wang. So I’ve already swapped my beloved Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $59, for a lighter tinted moisturizer that will let my skin breathe in the New York heat. I recently fell in love with Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture, $28 for it’s sheer, natural look, but also for the fact that it stays on longer than most. Because a tinted moisturizer doesn’t offer up enough coverage to disguise my dark under-eye circles, I’m also using concealer.

My favorite application trick: Apply tinted moisturizer before concealer, so you can really see where and how much coverage you need. It’ll prevent your face from looked caked with makeup — something you definitely want to avoid come summer. Try Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes, $8, which also contains SPF 20 to protect your delicate eye area — bonus!

Beauty Swap No. 2: Pink Blush for a Liquid Luminizer/Bronzer Combo

I totally dig the fresh, radiant faces seen at The Row’s spring 2012 show. All winter I dusted (and probably over-dusted) Nars Blush in Sex Appeal, $28, on the apples of my cheeks — it made me feel cheery and bright. But, now that I’m ready to look more beachy, I’ll be using this tip I picked up years ago: Mix a dot of liquid bronzer (I heart Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel, $38) with a dab of luminizer or highlighting liquid (try Stila All Over Liquid Luminizer, $20) on the back of your hand. Tap it right along the top of your cheekbones. It gives me a (faux) sun-kissed glow that looks totally natural.

Beauty Swap No. 3: Metallic Eyeshadow for Powder Bronzer

Monochromatic bronze shades are not only easy (multi-tasking, anyone?), but using the same shade family on your eyes and cheeks is also totally on-trend. We saw the look at Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez and Alexander McQueen. So, I’m ditching my metallic shadows like DuWop Crush 18 Carat, $18, and instead sweeping my go-to bronzer Nars Bronzing Powder in Casino, $34 on my eyes from lashlines to creases. This trick ensures a natural look that works for day or night.

Beauty Swap No. 4: Tweezers for Bold Brows

Full brows made a big statement at the Proenza Schouler and Derek Lam shows, so instead of worry about keeping my brows perfectly groomed, like I usually do, I’m going to let them grow out. To keep them tamed, I’ll use a clear brow gel, like Ardell Sculpting Gel for Brows in Clear, $4. I know, not touching your brows with tweezers sounds like crazy-talk, but I promise, after you get used to it, you’ll fall in love with the natural shape of your brows — I did. Also, a bold brow looks super chic when paired with a soft neutral lip, so don’t go crazy with the rest of your makeup if you have dark, look-at-me brows.

Beauty Swap No. 5: Matte Pink and Red Lipsticks for Sheer Lip Stains

Lightening up my lipstick situation has been a welcome change — one I’ve been waiting for since I spied the prettiest petal pinks at the Carolina Herrera fashion show. That’s why I’ll be stashing my matte bold lip colors for a washed-out pink that looks like a stain when dabbed on gently with a fingertip. My new go-to: Laura Mercier Cremé Lip Colour in Rose, $24. If you want a product you can just swipe on quick, go for the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver in Je Ne Sais Quoi, $20. It’s a stain, lip balm, lip stick and gloss in one.

What products are you looking forward to using this summer?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

Main image: Style.com

Cake-Free Greasy Skin Solutions

Reader Question: “Lately, my skin has been ultra oily — especially after I apply my serum, SPF and tinted moisturizer. What can I do to stop looking like a grease-ball by late afternoon?” — Chevonne

Answer: Nothing gets me down more than too much shine. And sure, any talc can reduce oil, but not all powders are created equal. That’s why I recommend using translucent setting powder. It’s the best at giving your skin a matte finish without looking chalky or cakey. Er, so what’s the difference, you ask? The secret is in the white (i.e. pigment-free) formula that goes on completely sheer, regardless of your skin tone. Basically, it prevents that gradual build-up that often occurs when you apply layer after layer of a skin tone-colored powder all day long. I use my colorless power to keep shine away, but it also sets my makeup like nobody’s business — big bonus. Not into powder at all? Try a souped-up solid and colorless mattifying gel or a more classic liquid to keep skin shine-free (for a few hours at least).

Products to try:

My favorite non-powdery powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder, $36 — this disappears instantly and leaves my skin totally shine-free.

An on-the-go fix: Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder, $32. It’s as silky smooth as your best cashmere, yet slim enough to tote in a tiny clutch.

Powder alternatives: Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender, $40 or  Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel, $35, these leave skin with a gorgeous matte finish and they reduce the look of pores, too.

Do you have a beauty question? Ask it by commenting on this post.

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

5 Eyeshadow Rules Gals With Greasy Lids Should Follow

After posting about the mascara issues many of us with combo or oily skin have, my friend Katie fired back asking about how she can make her eyeshadow stick to her slippery lids. That’s when I enlisted makeup artist and lash-tinting expert Joette Balsamo, the newest edition to the happening Marie Robinson Salon in New York City, to share her top eye makeup rules and fave products for oily lids. If you battle creasing, running and the sort, add these to your list of rules to live by …

Rule 1: Don’t apply eye cream on your eyelids. Stick to swiping it along your under eye area only. “People with oily lids can have dry under eyes, so it’s OK just to hydrate just the under eye with eye cream,” says Balsamo.

Rule 2: Avoid using creamy concealer on your lids. But again, using it under the eyes is fine.

Rule 3: Use a shadow primer before applying eyeshadow. “If you don’t have a shadow primer, use concealer, but set it with translucent powder,” she says.

Rule 4: “Avoid kohl pencils as they will smudge easily. Stick to cake liner, and long-wear gel liners.”

Rule 5: Only use cream shadows that “are labeled ‘long-wear’ or [are a] cream-to-powder [formula],” says Balsamo. “Many of them are shimmery and colorful and highly pigmented. They are a great way to start a smoky eye or colorful nighttime look,” she adds.

Must-Have Products:

Eyeshadow primer: Laura Mercier Eye Basics, $24

Cake or long-wearing gel liner: Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner, $22, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $21 or Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner, Glam Collection, $10.95

Powder eyeshadow: “I love Chantecaille, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown,” says Balsamo.

Long-wear cream eyeshadow: Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow, $17 Make Up Forever Aqua Cream, $22

Translucent Powder: Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder, $30

What’s your biggest beauty issue? Tell me about by commenting on this post. I might just have another expert waiting in the wings to answer it …

— Kristen Oldham Giordani