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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
Get ready! This is our biggest collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ever. What beauty products are you going to grab this week?
What: On Black Friday, get 35% off any order (hello, Dead Sea bath salts). Use the code BFRIDAY14. On Cyber Monday you can snatch up 35% off and get a free Ahava Triple Mineral Body Lotion using the promo code CYBRMON35.
When: November 28th – December 1st
What: Take 30% off awesome skincare for the man in your life — they will thank you.
When: November 28th – December 1st
What: Arcona is offering 40% off Arcona-brand skin care purchases of $200 or more online, in stores on over the phone (check the website for exclusions).
When: November 28th – November 29th
Where: Arcona.com, the Arcona boutique and over the phone (877-272-6620)
From creating a natural face-lift with makeup to concealing bruises, moles and more, my friend and talented makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, has filled 176 pages of her latest book with tried and true makeup tricks for every woman from 20-something to 60 plus. (more…)
Pair retro ’60s with a laid back California coastal vibe and you get the covetable makeup look seen at Nanette Lepore’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show. This fresh-faced yet fashion forward look is a little over-the-top for day but with a few subtle tweaks, I think I made it suitable enough for everyday. Here’s how I got the look:
Our second installment of reader raves (see the facial scrub that was yesterday’s fave) is for two It Cosmetics products. The It Cosmetics Brow Power, $24 and It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush, $20. Here’s why …
“My two favorite products right now are both from the It Cometics brand. The Brow Power pencil creates a fuller-looking brow without appearing fake and painted on. And the other product is a lip conditioner called Vitality Lip Flush. It is a pale pink, which gives me a very natural-looking lip for those of us who have lost all color in our lips due to age. Awesome products!” — Jan
Do you have a beauty product you’d like to gush about? Please share!
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.
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.
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
The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones with gold on their minds. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, gold accents were everywhere — from dipped braids to 24 karat manicures. If you want to add a little bling to your look, try one of these winning looks.
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.
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.