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Lupita Nyong’o’s “Sparkly Disco-Inspired Eyes” at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

2014 MTV Movie Awards - Lupita Nyong'o

Leave it to Lupita Nyong’o (the newest Lancome ambassadress) to be brave and bold enough to pull off “disco-inspired eyes” at last night’s 2014 MTV Movie Awards. It helps that she has a fantastic makeup artist — Nick Barose — that she clearly trusts. If only we all had one of those in our back pockets to help us look our best during life’s big moments, right?! Anyway, Barose wanted to give her a sparkly eye to complement the rainbow of colors in her gown. Here’s what he used to create the look:


Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 550 Suede, $45.50

Concealer: Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Deep Suede, $30.50

Powder: Lancome Dual Finish Powder in 560 Suede, $38.50

Blush: Lancome Blush Subtil in Shimmer Tamarind, $30

Bronzer: Lancome Star Bronzer Palette from Lancome’s Summer 2014 Collection, $42

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Cheater Way to Create a Perfect Half-Moon Manicure

noon by noor fall/winter 2014, zoya norra manicure

Leave it to the experts backstage at New York Fashion Week to come up with super handy beauty shortcuts.

At the Noon by Noor show, manicurists were using binder reinforcements (yes, these still exist) to make creating a half-moon manicure so much faster and totally foolproof. They simply swiped nails with base coat. Let that dry for a couple of minutes and then placed the reinforcements on the base of the nails to cover the half-moon area. They painted on two coats of Zoya Nail Polish in Norra, $9, let that dry, and removed the reinforcements before finishing with a topcoat.

With the use of reinforcements, a half-moon manicure is seriously a cinch.

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Do-Good Beauty

This time of year the beauty aisles are teeming with fabulous new product launches that give back to the community and support research for causes that touch us all. Here are a few amazing products we love — we know you’ll love them too.

Sonia_Kashuk_Proudly Pink_Five-Piece_Purse_Brush_SetSonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, $16

Sonia Kashuk, breast cancer survivor and beauty entrepreneur and Target have partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Fund for the seventh year in a row to create an exclusive new and repackaged Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purser Brush Set to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer. Not only are Sonia Kashuk brushes my numero uno, these are adorable and perfect to stash in your gym bag.

sandy_hook_green_OPIOPI Nail Lacquer in Sandy Hook Green, $26

OPI has partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to launch a new, limited-edition nail color, Sandy Hook Green. Featuring the bright, bold green of the Sandy Hook Elementary school colors, it’s an amazing way to show support for the community and honor the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives. Your donation will help provide immediate and long-term aid to families of Sandy Hook and support the continuing effort of advocating for change by promoting an open dialogue about mental health, school safety, family, community and gun safety and responsibility. Wearing this color send a powerful message, and we love that.

laura_mercier_lip_glace_kiss_of_hopeLaura Mercier Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope, $24

September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but you can still support the cause by stocking up on Laura Mercier’s Limited Edition Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope. 100% of the profits will go to Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund with the mission of educating women about the disease, supporting those who were undergoing treatment, and funding research for a cure. This high-shine, perfectly pigmented lipgloss with rich, long-lasting color creates the appearance of fuller lips. Who doesn’t want that? And the shimmering peachy-pink shade enhances any skin tone so it’s also a perfect gift.

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Twisted Tuesday: “Rainbow Warrior Princess” Braids


I’ve been too busy the last few days dabbling in backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week to braid my own hair, so this week’s Twisted Tuesday look is coming straight from the runway.

I loved what hairstylist Nick Irwin, TIGI’s global creative director, called the “rainbow warrior princess” look he created for the Mara Hoffman spring/summer 2014 fashion show. He added miles of extensions to the models’ hair and then created two very sleek inside out French braids. He finished off the look by wrapping the braids together with a colorful woven belt, which he confessed conveniently covered the area where the extensions met the models’ real hair.


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