I assume I speak for many of us when I say that I couldn’t really care less about “American Reunion,” but I am very interested in Mena Suvari. She’s been so awesome for so long — she was subversive in Hollywood before being subversive in Hollywood was cooler than being cool in Hollywood. Does that make sense? No? Okay. Her film debut, 1997′s “Nowhere,” is in my opinion one of the most underrated dark teen films ever made, and then there was “American Beauty,” the amazingness of which goes without saying.
Mena doesn’t come around much anymore, which is why I’m always thrilled to see her on any red carpet anywhere. The dress she donned to yesterday’s “American Reunion” premiere was a bit of a miss, but her makeup and hair were flawless to the bottom line. This is a very low-key beauty look, yes, but the emphasis is in the way her eyes are contoured. This technique makes eyes look bigger, brighter, and more awake with very little effort. Even better, it’s incredibly quick and easy, even for the total makeup novice. I’ll teach you how to take a page out of Mena’s book, after the jump. Keep reading »
Cheek bones: all of of us have got them, but some of us need do so some heavy lifting with the makeup brushes to make ‘em visible. I’ve got the random collection of blushes, bronzers and highlighters that women can accumulate over time and I know just which ones — all different brands, in different compacts of course — work best for me. Napoleon Perdis’ Ultimate Contour Palette is a three-in-one palette that’s made packing up my makeup bag so much easier. Keep reading »
I’m of the ilk that believes any and all makeup is ill-advised without the use of primer. On my fairly oily skin, I can’t go a day without applying a good primer before my foundation or tinted moisturizer, lest I lose my carefully applied face by midday. I’ve tried quite a few, including the highly regarded Smashbox version, and found them underwhelming. What I really need is something that’s like a colorless foundation, the lovechild of a moisturizer and spackle, that will hide pores without clogging them, smooth my skin and fine lines, and most importantly, keep my makeup on all day. Philosophy is mostly known for its (amazing) skincare, so this souped-up primer is a natural extension. It makes my skin look and feel basically airbrushed from when I put it on in the morning until I take my makeup off at night. It’s mattifying enough that I can skip powder, yet it’s a natural, glowy semi-matte that never looks caky or oxidizes. Keep reading »
Have you heard about BB cream? It’s the latest buzzword in beauty, and for good reason. Any product can claim to change your life, but this one actually will. “BB” stands for Blemish Balm, a product that’s been popular on the Asian market for years but has only recently presented itself in the States and Europe. It was originally formulated by a German dermatologist as a treatment to help patients of laser facial surgery soothe and protect the resulting extremely sensitive skin while imparting light coverage. Somehow it found its way to Asia, where it became increasingly celebrated, before it was brought to other countries. BB cream is like a primer plus tinted moisturizer on crack, if crack was skincare benefits and sun protection and made foundation totally superfluous. While before it could only be accessed through questionable Korean dealers on Amazon (I went there), big American brands are now cashing in on this in-demand beauty booster, and I couldn’t be more excited. If you haven’t sampled a BB cream yet, you must. Once you give it a try, you’ll never go back to thick, cake foundation. They come at all different price points and there’s bound to be one that suits you.
Paris Fashion Week is my favorite for many reasons, not all of which are a direct result of my all-encompassing Francophilia. I love the grandiose clothes marched down the catwalk, the sense of total, no-holds-barred luxury, and, well, the refined French-ness of it all. It also helps that many of the most iconic designers show there. Whatever the reason, I haunt Style.com for eight days, clicking furiously until the latest coverage appears, then I drink it all in with my eyes wide and mathematically assess my chances of wedding an impossibly wealthy, possibly corrupt oligarch who has the means to finance all of my wildest fashion dreams. Just kidding! As someone whose personal mantra is “think rich, look poor,” ballroom confections aren’t my thing. What I do covet straight off the runway is the beauty. It certainly helps that models are beautiful to begin with, but the makeup artists who serve them have all but mastered the art of taking pretty perfect canvases and turning them into flawless works of art. Here are my favorite beauty looks, hot off the runway. Tell me — which of these faces would you like to try yourself? [all images via Style Bistro]
Figuring out how to wear a bold lip can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not used to wearing lipstick. (Or if you’re basically used to ignoring the fact that you have lips on your face altogether.) The wrong shade can wash you out, or make you look lizard-y. And when you’re wearing a bright, bold lip color you just can’t help but feel so out there in the open.
So that’s why we teamed up with esteemed makeup artist Susana to get a quick lesson on Lipstick 101. What we learned: you don’t have to fear a bold lip. Bright lipsticks can be fun, dramatic and totally sexy!
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I carry around a makeup bag with me every day. It’s a small makeup bag, but it’s not light, mostly because I have shoved things into it over capacity. I stuff it into whatever bag I’m carrying, even if it’s a teeny-tiny crossbody like the one I use during the week to offset my 1,000-pound laptop bag. Some days I don’t even use anything in the makeup bag, but it comforts me to have it in my possession, like a narcissistic safety blanket. This little bag is the one I’m sharing because my at-home makeup bag, the one I use to get ready in the morning, has been known to leave brothers, fathers, boyfriends, and even mothers flabbergasted by the sheer weight and seize of it. This one is marginally less shocking: it contains very little real makeup and is more like a shrine to lip balm. Here’s what’s in my dirty little makeup bag — do you have a permanent purse beauty fixture like mine? Keep reading »
I like my lipstick like I like my men — bright and smooth to the touch. Kidding! Kidding! But I do happen to like lipsticks that are bright, matte and add a little extra punch. That’s why I’m super into these new high pigment pencils from Bite. Available now at Sephora, Bite’s long-wearing lip colors offer a concentrated shock of color in an idiot-proof pencil design. One swipe and I’m set. And their new spring 2012 collection includes the perfect shade of orangey-red, called Zinfindel. It’ll cheer you up–even without a glass of the stuff. [$24, Sephora]
Want the same earthy, natural effect as Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown but can’t reach quite so deep into your pockets? BECCA Cosmetics is a less pricy brand that’s just as gorgeous — and their Beach Tint cream stain has already gotten me a compliment from my boss. Beach Tint comes in a tiny tube (you don’t need a brush!) and can be blended onto your cheeks like blush/bronzer or swiped across your lips — or both. Keep reading »
Is it still winter? I don’t even know anymore. The calendar says early March, a time of year that’s supposed to be defined by rain, slush, and extreme wind chill, but the weather has been saying 55 degrees and sunny. What?! For all intents and purposes, I have deemed that it is spring. It might as well be, anyway.
You could say I’m in a big hurry to bring out my spring clothes, which may not be the best or most informed decision as this capricious East Coast weather has been known to drop twenty degrees overnight. I’m clinging to my opaque black tights and boots for the time being, but the time has come for spring makeup: I can’t hold off on my hot pinks, eye-searing corals, and glossy nudes any longer. Here are my top picks for spring lip colors, so we can all channel a little bit of May in March.