So I guess matching your lipstick to your nail polish is kind of a thing now? A bevy of designers, from Giorgio Armani to Zac Posen, walked coordinating shades down the runway last season, but something about its slightly contrived nature led me to believe it was just one of those things that wouldn’t take in the real world. It strikes me as having a very sophisticated Upper East Side vibe, which just doesn’t work for me. And yet ever-tempting brands like Dior and Chanel are giving their seal of approval by launching “twin sets” of nail lacquer and lipstick intended to be worn together, making the matchy-matchy trend a touch more difficult to resist. Are you into it, or do you think this is a look best worn by ladies who lunch? (Shown L-R: Chanel Le Vernis in Infidèle and Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Infidèle; Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick and Vernis Nail Lacquer in Incognito)
Now that we’ve acknowledged that summer is on its way out, we can get excited about fall makeup! With new trends come new releases, and you know what that means: it’s high time to update your makeup wardrobe, so to speak. Here are my product picks that will have you craving the cool weather sooner than you think…
As a card-carrying Lazy Person, I’m always in search of the best multitasking beauty products to cut a minute or two out of my routine. Some mornings I can manage a full-on primer, foundation, concealer, and powder process, but other days (like Mondays!) I can be found pleading to the makeup gods for something far more efficient. If it can actually make me look better than usual — brighter-eyed, more awake, more put-together — well, then that’s just the icing on the complexion cake. Veil Cosmetics is brand-new to the market, but their star product, Illuminating Complexion Fix, has already got competitors shaking in their boots. With natural soothing ingredients fueled by skincare treatment philosophies, this weightless formula can be applied over or (actually, I’ve done it) in lieu of foundation for the most luminous, essentially perfect skin humanly possible in seconds flat. In short: it’s wonderful. [$36, Veil Cosmetics]
Former red carpet mainstay Kate Hudson has opted for a more low-key lifestyle in the past few years since settling down with Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy and their one-year-old son Bingham. In fact, her public appearances this week at the 69th Venice Film Festival are the first she’s made since April. I don’t know what’s in the water wherever she’s been hiding or if it’s just fortunate genes (see: mom Goldie Hawn), but Penny Lane is looking better than ever, especially in the soft, natural hair and makeup she chose for the premiere of her latest film, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” The look is simple, but glamorous in its subtlety; she just looks expensive, no? I can’t tell you where to get that long flaxen hair, or that to-die-for necklace (believe me, if I knew, I’d be wearing it right now), but I can clue you in to copping her fresh-faced beauty, after the jump … Keep reading »
With September on the horizon (dun dun dunnnnn), celebrities are often the first ones to convert their looks from beach-ready basics to the sultrier trappings of fall. Whitney Port isn’t someone I normally look at and think, Celebrity!, mostly because I’m a huge snob, but she does seem sharply attuned to the revolving seasonal trends. Dark eggplant-hued shadows, liners, and lipsticks are all over the radar for autumn, with cool-toned mauve shades rising to popularity as well. The former star of “The City” presented her eponymous clothing line at the Fashion Festival in Sydney (where, it’s worth nothing, it’s high summer), and chose a very purple look for the occasion, complementing a plum lip gloss with a similar shade around her eyes. While there isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with this pairing, I can’t help but feel like it makes the usually radiant Whitney look a bit… under the weather.
I will never, never stop loving glittery eyeliner, no matter how old I am! Lucky for me, these glitter eyeliner pencils from Femme Couture are easy on my wallet and can be found at Sally Beauty. Applying is a total snap! With all the fun pops of color to try, I wish I had another pair of peepers. [$3.99, Sally Beauty]