Now that we’ve unofficially kicked off summer, I’m ready to dive head first into a sunnier makeup look. Think sheer skin, glowing cheeks and a warmer skin tone (created with the help of makeup, of course). To get this look, I’ve recently stashed these two makeup products in my bag. I’m already addicted and it’s not even June.
Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, $37
From the day I started using this BB cream, I was hooked. It offers up the perfect amount of coverage — more than a tinted moisturizer and less than a foundation, SPF 50 (yes, 5-0) and it contains vitamin C to help fade dark spots. If that’s not a triple whammy, I’m not sure what is. Having one product that can do it all is exactly what my busy schedule calls for.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, $36
If you want sun-kissed-looking skin that glows, but doesn’t shimmer or sparkle, this is the bronzer for you. What I love even more than the texture and finish is that it comes in four bronze shades, and Bronze 01 is perfect for my very fair skin. It doesn’t make my skin look muddy and it blends in seamlessly. I look instantly more rested and happy with a little bronzer. It’s a small miracle, really.
What products are you banking on to get you through summer?
It was all about a minimal lip at NYFW. These looks are so purdy that ladies, you might be tempted to use up your oxblood lipsticks as fast as you can. The natural lip made the models look really fresh and beautiful, with a tinge of 90′s grunge — whether paired with an edgy geometric cat eye, a punk smoky eye or an all-over natural face. Most of these looks were created with only the use of lip balm (MAC Lip Conditioner, $15, was often the balm of choice), though some used concealer to tone down redness in the lip and others used nude shades of lip liner. The best trick came courtesy of makeup artist Talia Shobrook at the Jenny Packham show (above). To create an ultra-feminine lip, Shobrook applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Seashell, $24 onto the lip’s Cupid’s bow, the curve of the upper lip. This subtle highlighting creates the illusion of a fuller lip and adds definition to lip shape. Adding the final touch, Shobrook lightly dabbed lips with Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Pink Blush, $26. Here are other nude lip looks we loved from New York Fashion week:
A mix of Marianne Faithfull meets punk rock at Marc Jacobs
Au naturel at Helmut Lang
Retro and flirty at Tanya Taylor
Edgy at Monique Lhuillier
Glam at Donna Karan
Do you love a nude lip or prefer color?
images courtesy of NARS and MAC. Top image via: wwd.com
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Every holiday season, I become totally obsessed with one or two fabulous makeup palettes. Each brand offers up their ideal edited collection of classic colors that go beautiful together. They are a fabulous gift for the makeup lover in your life and perfect for those who travel too. This season, Laura Mercier has gone above and beyond with multiple palettes that are pretty, wearable and covet-worthy, but the one that got my attention is her Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face and Cheeks Crème Colour Palette, $48. With 100% of the proceeds (yes, you read that right!), going to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund, it’s the perfect gift that gives back. And it’s super pretty and wearable. Inspired by her celebrity clients, Mercier created this ultra-sheer combo of bronzer veil, cheek veil and glow veil, to ensure a natural, sun-kissed effect that’s easy to use and customize the look you want. The best part is you can apply it with your fingertips so it’s perfect for on-the-go primping. As part of her 12 Days of Flawless promotion if you buy yours TODAY, you get a complimentary Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Deep Teal, $22. Happy shopping!
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.