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Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Color …

stila stay all day waterproof eye liner amber

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”.

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

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

Beauty Problem Solver of the Week: Stila Smudge Crayon

The product: Stila Smudge Crayon, $22

Why: Not sure about you, but one of my daily goals is to get out the door sooner in the a.m. and off to work. That means cutting every corner possible to shorten my beauty routine. If you’re with me on this, you must check out my latest time-saving miracle product — this Stila eye color stick.

I’ve been using it in a neutral, shimmery nude shade called Antique and I can literally scribble it onto my lids in seconds. It doesn’t require more than just a quick blend with my fingertips along the outermost edges to soften the finish and it lasts all day. It also doesn’t feel sticky on my lids like some cream products do, and the shimmer doesn’t irritate my contact lens-wearing eyeballs. It’s waterproof (though I haven’t tested this claim just yet) and is essentially a shadow, liner and primer in one. It even has a handy sharpener hidden in the bottom of the stick, which you can use to form a finer tip. It won’t create a super fine line, but will give you more of an eyeliner look. It comes in eight shades that range from black and navy to champagne and taupe. I think I need them all.

See last week’s BPSW: Natural Sunscreens

Full disclosure, a sample of this product was sent to me by the company to test. See my disclosure policy here.

Trend to Try: Colorful Liquid Lined Eyes

Although I spotted this makeup look backstage at the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2012 New York fashion show, I think it’s the perfect look to embrace now. If you want to add a wearable, yet eye-catching pop of color to your face this spring, a brightly lined eye is just what the makeup artist ordered.

The fabulous (and hilarious) Mally Roncal created this stunning and playful look for Reese’s show using three different shades of shimmery, liquid and pencil eyeliners. She used an electric blue (try Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curaco, $22), teal (the Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Caribbean Sea, $15) and purple (try Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Purple 11L, $15).

To create the look, prep your lids with a primer or neutral, flesh-toned shadow and then thickly line top lids only in your liquid or pencil eyeliner color of choice. Extend the line a bit at your outer corners for a sexy, but fun finish. Finish the eyes with two coats of mascara on top lids. Gorgeous!

12 Days of Beauty-Full Gift Ideas All Under $20 — Day 5

Day 5: Stila Daydream Palette, $18

The eye makeup junkie in your life will squeal when you give her this kaleidoscope-inspired, adorable eyeshadow palette. With 22 — yes, twenty two — shades that range from taupe and champagne-y neutrals to look-at-me teals and blues, she’s sure to find a favorite shade, or five. This is one that I might just have to buy for myself, well, and for my sister, of course.

Do you buy gifts for yourself when holiday shopping or is that just me? It’s almost impossible to resist, right?!

Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check out Day 4: MAC Kids Helping Kids Tree Teddy Holiday Ornament, $18

Best Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

I’m sure your inbox is already brimming with offers from Best Buy, Target, etc., etc. So when it comes to seeking out the best Cyber Monday beauty deals, you might not yet know which store or brand has a fabulous offer going. I decided to make that easier on you by sharing some of the best lists of deals I’ve found on other beauty sites. I’ll definitely be using them to check a few people off of my gift giving list this year. Well that, and I’ll be stocking up on some beauty essentials (and non essentials) for myself too. Happy shopping!

Temptalia’s List — she shares a long list of both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from stores and brands like Bath & Body Works, Stila and Sephora.

Real Beauty’s List — they share a deal from one of my fave nail brands Butter London and a deal from Blissworld.com — among others.

Fab Over Forty’s List — find deals from Lancome, Bobbi Brown and Kiehl’s.

The Beauty Girl’s List — she not only shares a couple of beauty deals, but also gives scoop on the sales Godiva and Hanky Panky are offering.

Two other sites worth checking out for their deals: HSN.com and QVC.com — they both carry a ton of great brands and have awesome offers going.

Bookmark these pages now so you don’t miss out on them come Friday and Monday.

What will you be looking to buy this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Please share!

“Do You Have a Simple, Go-To Makeup Look?”

Reader Question: “Do you have a quick and simple out-the-door makeup go-to? I don’t have too much time to spend getting ready these days.” — Heather

Answer: I definitely have a quick, go-to makeup look for days when I have only a couple of minutes to get gorgeous (well, as put-together as possible). I actually go for one of two looks, both of which the lovely Ali Larter often wears flawlessly. Copy them and you’ll look fab and be out the door in minutes.

Look 1: Pumped Up Lashes

The key product for this look is a lengthening and volumizing mascara. Try L’Oreal Paris Voluminious Million Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black, $8.95.

Start by evening out your skin tone and covering imperfections with foundation — invest in a stick form to save time. No brushes are needed — you just swipe it on and blend. Try Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, $41.

If you feel like you need to brighten up your complexion a bit, swipe on a sheer, rose-colored blush. Again, creams like the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush, $24 are super fast and easy.

Swipe your lashes with multiple coats of mascara, focusing the majority of the product at the base.

Finish by slicking on a sheer, shiny lipgloss.

Look 2: Stained Red Lips

The key product for this look is a cherry or berry-colored lip stain — or you can use a heavily pigmented lipstick applied like a stain. Try Vincent Longo Original Lip & Cheek Gel Stain, $22.50.

Like with the previous look, start by evening out your skin with foundation.

Sweep a champagne-colored shadow on your lids (Try Stila Eye Shadow Pan in Kitten, $18) and apply a coat of black mascara.

Use a bit of the stain or lipstick to liven up your cheeks. Dab a bit on your apples and blend well. Finish by applying the stain on your lips for a glam, yet fuss-free finish. If you opt to use a lipstick, apply a bit to your fingertip and glide it onto your lips so that it simply stains them.

If these looks still seem too time consuming for you, stick with using only the key product from each look. Mascara for the first one (add a shiny lip balm and you’re done), and a stain for the second applied to cheeks and lips.

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