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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

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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.

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

suno new york fashion week fall winter 2014

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.

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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”.

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