"Should I Match My Cheek Color With My Eye and Lip Colors"

Reader Question: “Should I match my cheek color with my eye and lip colors or should I just stick with one that works with my skin tone?” — Colleen

Answer: “It looks the most cohesive when your blush and your lip color are in the same color family,” says Los Angeles-based makeup artist Fiona Stiles who is fabulously pictured above. “If you have an orange blush with a pinkish lip it can be a little jarring,” she adds.

Side note: Another makeup artist once pointed out to a colleague of mine that the Kardashian sisters are notorious for mismatched cheeks and lips and that it drove her crazy. If you look closely at some of the photos of them, it’ll no doubt bother you a bit, too. Anyway, back to Stiles’ helpful advice … Continue reading

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“Should I Match My Cheek Color With My Eye and Lip Colors”

Reader Question: “Should I match my cheek color with my eye and lip colors or should I just stick with one that works with my skin tone?” — Colleen

Answer: “It looks the most cohesive when your blush and your lip color are in the same color family,” says Los Angeles-based makeup artist Fiona Stiles who is fabulously pictured above. “If you have an orange blush with a pinkish lip it can be a little jarring,” she adds.

Side note: Another makeup artist once pointed out to a colleague of mine that the Kardashian sisters are notorious for mismatched cheeks and lips and that it drove her crazy. If you look closely at some of the photos of them, it’ll no doubt bother you a bit, too. Anyway, back to Stiles’ helpful advice … Continue reading

"Which Shimmer Body Lotion Won't Leave Me Looking Like a Glittery Teenager?"

My friend Dana asked, “over the summer I want to switch to lotions with a slight bronze or shimmer, but I don’t want to look like a glittery teenager. And I don’t want to use a self-tanner — what are your recommendations?”

This was well timed because I had just found out that celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin used a shimmery body product on Jennifer Aniston for her appearance at the London premiere of Horrible Bosses last week. I, of course, had to see for myself what product she used and compare it to a few others I’ve relied on over the years.

The product she used was the St. Tropez Skin Illuminator in Gold, $22.50. She applied it to Aniston’s arms and legs and claimed, “The iridescent sheen gave Jen’s naturally tanned skin depth and definition while giving her shoulders and cheekbones a subtle touch of radiance for the cameras.” says Levin. After trying it myself, I totally approve. It does, in fact, add a subtle shimmer to skin — so that your body looks simply well moisturized and glowy — not overly sparkly. It absorbs quickly because it’s a very lightweight formula, and it has a subtle perfumy fragrance (though if you don’t like scented body products, this might not be right for you). It really is one of the better ones I’ve tried. Heck, if it works for Aniston, it’s good enough for me.

After trying this, another product popped into my mind — one I’ve been using for years, which is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Gloss, $7.99. This gives skin a similar golden, shimmery glow while being even a touch more subtle than the St. Tropez. It doesn’t absorb as quickly, due to the added cocoa butter and vitamin E, but it’s a great alternative to the above if you’re sticking to a budget, need added moisture or if you prefer a less scented product. This gloss has a barely there cocoa butter scent, but mostly just smells like lotion. Continue reading