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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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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:

Skin

Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, $48. (Love this stuff!)

Eyes

Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper, $22.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, $22.

Cheeks

Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $39.

Lips

Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing, $20.

It’s the perfect makeup look for day or night. A classic go-to.

Image: SFGate

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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

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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.

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