Monochromatic Shadow? Yes Please.

monochromatic eyesTell me if this sounds familiar: You found that one perfect eye shadow shade that you wear non-stop, but wish it came in, say sparkly for special occasions, or simple matte for daytime. Sonia Kashuk had you in mind when she created Sonia Kashuk Monochrome Eye Quad, $14.

sonia-kashuk-monochrome It’s a palette with four versions of the same shade — velvety matte, subtle shimmer, metallic sheen and sparkle — that can be worn alone or combined to give you just the right effect. It comes in the pretty and wearable neutrals, Coco, Mauve, Rose and Taupe. I’ve been wearing Coco and using the matte on my lid up to the crease, with the metallic on the inner corner. Then I’ll dust the glitter on over the matte to switch it up when I’m going out for the night.

Do you like different textures or do you stick with the same?


Reader Q: Help Me With Under Eye Concealer

Reader Question: Sometimes when I apply my under-eye concealer it ends up looking worse than before. How can I apply it so it covers my under-eye circles, but doesn’t get into my wrinkles?

Answer: Hey bright-eyes. You’re not alone. Concealer can be the difference between fresh faced and semi-haggered. But, if not used properly, it can actually make you look older by settling in find lines and wrinkles. Ugh, who wants that? But don’t fear, if you have the right information, you’ll look younger and more awake in a snap (or, er, five steps). Naturally, I have those for you. I talked to the best in the biz, Celebrity makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, to get her concealer tips.

 Step 1: Find the right formulation. “Liquid concealers tend to have the lightest application while crèmes provide a heavier coverage — this can be tricky though because often the older you get, the more coverage you will require but the more product becomes more visible on the skin,” explains Kashuk. Try something in the middle. Kashuk suggests her All Covered Up Concealer, $10 which gives ample coverage without sitting on skin or settling in pores.

Step 2: Choose the right shade. “Concealer should only be a hair lighter than your skin,” says Kashuk. “Going too light draws attention to problem areas and can look artificial.” She also recommends that if you are going to skip foundation altogether, choose a concealer shade that’s the exact color of your skin so it blends seamlessly.

 Step 3: Start with moisturizer. To apply concealer that looks ultra-professional, always start with a moisturizer and primer. “These products will quench the skin and retexturize it by filling in lines for a better base,” says Kashuk. Try Sonia Kashuk Primer Vitamin Serum, $19.

Step 4: Don’t put concealer on your crows-feet, silly. “Apply it on an as needed basis, spot treating redness and dark circles and use as sheer a coat of concealer as possible to prevent the product from settling into lines,” says Kashuk.

Step 5: If you’re worried about lines around your eyes, stay away from setting powder all together. Yes, it sets concealer in place, but nothing gets in the wrinkles like powder.

Hot For Pink: Makeup That Gives Back

Buying makeup can make you feel really good — especially when it supports a cause that’s close to your heart. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so check out some of our favorite beauty finds that donate a portion of the proceeds to fighting the good fight. So shop away.


Sephora Collection Breast Cancer Awareness Makeup Palette, $25

A $165 value, this limited edition palette has everything you ever need in a makeup palette — 36 shadows, 12 lipsticks, and 6 blushes — I mean, look at it, it’s major, right? Sephora is donating $2 from the sale of each palette to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set Illuminating Bronzing Powder & Mini Face Blender Brush, $45

This sheer illuminating powder has micro pearls to give skin a natural-looking glow. The mini face blender brush is perfect for use on your cheekbones. Bobbi Brown is donating $10 from the sale of each power set to BCRF.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Plumped Up Pink, $16

Clinique made it’s number one selling lip product — and my personal favorite every day tinted balm — in an exclusive pink shade just for breast cancer awareness. And the pink carrying case is ideal for storing all your other favorite glosses, balms and sticks. $3 from the sale of each of these limited-edition goodies goes to benefit BCRF.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Shape Of My Heart, $16

This sheer pink polish is a sweet sheer blush for your nails, so if you’re looking for an every day shade, this is it. Not only is it pretty, it’s also healthy for your nails: green tea extracts and protein-building Biotin along with other natural extracts strengthen nails and prevent ridges. Ten percent of each sale is donated to Hoag Breast Care Center in Southern California.

Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, $16

These pink-bristeled professional quality makeup brushes are the only brushes you’ll ever need. And with a Powder/Blusher Brush, Crease Brush, Synthetic Foundation/Concealer Brush, Small Eyeshadow Brush and Bent Eyeliner Brush, you’ll have everything you need for on-the-go touch-ups. Sonia Kashuk donates 15 percent of the purchase price to benefit BCRF.

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

12 Days of Beauty-Full Gift Ideas All Under $20 — Day 3

Day 3: Sonia Kashuk Scarlet Starlet 4-Piece Brush and Purse Set, $14.99

I’ve mentioned Sonia Kashuk makeup brushes previously when a reader asked about makeup brushes that won’t break the bank, so you likely already know that I think they are some of the best brushes for the price. Super soft and fit for a pro or makeup junkie. And, what’s even better is that they’ve been all dressed up for the holiday season. They boast red metallic stems and come complete with a chic tweed case — perfect to stash in your bag so that when it comes time to go from office to happy hour or party, you’ll have all the right tools. The set includes a travel-sized blush brush, flat shadow brush, blending brush and shader brush.