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

creatures of the wind teal eyeliner new york fashion week fall/winter 2014

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.

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

How to Get Stunning Deep Red Lips: A Trick I Learned Backstage at Naeem Kahn

The entire look: hair, makeup and nails, were all exceptional backstage at the Naeem Kahn spring 2013 fashion show. But the standout, in my opinion, were the glossy Bordeaux lips. They were created with various lip liners and lipsticks — five to be exact. If that sounds like overkill for an off-the-runway look, it kinda is. But if you want a striking pout like this, it’s worth it. “The more lipsticks you use, the more control you have over the color,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry.

The other thing is, the custom blended shade he created also looks great on every skin tone. To create the lip color, Boehmer started by lining the lips with a dark brown pencil to create depth. You can use any brown eyeliner you have lying around for this.

He then applied powder over the liner to prevent it from mixing with the other shades and turning them muddy. Next, you’ll add your reds on top. Boehmer swears that any red shade will do, but when I played around, I found that true reds look the best. He used Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned, $24, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never, $24, Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red, $24 and topped with Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Place Vendome $26, to give it a bright glossiness.

Is this a trick you would try?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

KA-POW! Bright Pink Lips

This bright pink, matte lipstick Ginnifer Goodwin’s rockin’ is just about the coolest shade I’ve seen on the red carpet lately (and a slightly bolder version of the look Elizabeth Banks sported last month). The perfect, almost neon pink makes a major statement, especially in relation to her lady-like white lace dress. Pretty, pretty! I love how she kept the rest of her makeup and hair clean and simple. I mean, let the lips speak for themselves, right? To make ultra-bold lips fade- and feather-proof, follow these steps:

Step 1. Dab a tiny bit of your regular concealer over your lips and around the edges. This fills in any fine-lines so the color doesn’t bleed and creates a nice base for your lipstick to hang on to. I love Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette, $10.

Step 2. Line your lips with a pencil in the same (or similar) bold shade to give your lips a sharp outline. Try MAC Lip Pencil in Embrace Me, $14.

Step 3. Finally, fill in with the crazy pink of your choice, like Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, $25.

I’m wearing this color tomorrow. Would you wear your lips this bright?

– Carrie Stern Kleiner

Image: Hollywoodlife.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

Add These Nail Colors to Your Summer Beauty Wish List

Bright and neon nail hues are hot for summer and if there’s one collection of polishes you should try (or add to your must-buy summer beauty shopping list) it’s the Thakoon for Nars Summer 2012 Nail Polish Collection. The designer teamed up with Nars to create a collection of nail colors reminiscent of “the pulsating hues of an Indian spice market” — shades that complement his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. I’m obsessed and have already added myself to their mailing list (add yourself to the list) so that I’m one of the first in line to buy these shades. My faves include the bright yellow hue Amchoor, the turquoise Koliary and the orange-y/red Lal Mirchi — OK, OK, I like them all.

Will you try them? If not, which products are on your must-buy summer beauty list?

Recreate Olivia Wilde’s “Badass Eye” Makeup Look

When Olivia Wilde wanted to rock a “badass eye” for her Baseball in the Time of Cholera premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last week she called on badass New York City-based makeup artist Tina Turnbow. Using Wilde’s almond shaped eyes as a guide, Turnbow created this glamorous yet rock ‘n’ roll makeup look. Follow her steps to recreate the look on your pretty face:


Step 1: Even out your skin tone and camouflage spots or redness by applying a power foundation. Use a smaller brush to cover areas around your eyes. Try the foundation Turnbow calls her “favorite product right now”, the Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20, $34. Turnbow digs the fact that it’s “brightening, but matte at the same time.”

Step 2: Sculpt your cheeks and forehead using a neutral honey-brown tone. Try Revlon Photoready Sculpting Blush Palette in Neutral, $10.49. Use a bit of each shade in the palette and blend it on your forehead and cheekbones.


Step 1: After prepping lids with primer or a flesh-colored shadow, blend a light brown shade in your creases. Try Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette and Brush, $48. Turnbow used the Nude shade from this palette.

Step 2: Blend a honey-colored shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. Turnbow used the Honey shade from the aforementioned palette.

Step 3: Following the natural shape of your eyes (something Turnbow thinks is key to getting an eye makeup look that really works), line your lashlines with black liquid liner. Try Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black, $8.99.

Step 4: Line your inner rims with black pencil liner (try Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black, $6.79) then, using a smudge brush like Make Up For Ever Smudge Brush 14S, $32, smudge the pencil liner into the liquid to soften it and to extend the lines at your outer corners for a fierce finish.

Step 5: Apply a few coats of mascara. Try Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara, $8.99. (more…)

How to Get Julianne Moore’s Stunning Bold Lip Look

When New York City-based makeup artist Fabiola Arancibia posted a photo on Facebook of Julianne Moore at a fall fashion week kickoff event, I immediately had to message her to get the scoop on how she created the gorgeous makeup look. Here’s how she did it:

First, she admitted that she was “fortunate to have worked with such a gorgeous face” before spilling the details on the look …

Step 1: She prepped Moore’s skin with Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $26 and the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $44, which she says gives extra hydration and looks amazing under foundation — especially if your skin is a little dry.

Step 2: She applied Cle de Peau Cream Foundation, $120 in the T-zone area and on Moore’s cheeks. She blended it using a moist Beauty Blender, $19.95, for light coverage.

Step 3: To conceal Moore’s undereye area she used two shades of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, $40.

Step 4: Using a matte peachy contour cream, she enhanced Moore’s cheekbones.

Step 5: The eyes were enhanced with black liquid liner on top lids, a touch of pencil liner on the bottom and black mascara.

Step 6: Arancibia finished the look by applying a bordeaux lip color (she used Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress, $24), which perfectly complemented her striking navy Roberto Cavalli dress.

What do you think of this look? Would you try it?