As you’ve probably figured out by now, the promise of summer calls for a simplified makeup routine. There are a few ground rules — no heavy foundation, no dark eyeshadow in the day time, and please, for the love of god, no sticky lipgloss — but the general guideline is just to pare it all down. I know it’s hard out here for a girl who feels lost without her smoky black eyeliner or a security blanket of thick base, but there aren’t many things that are less attractive than all that stuff melting down your face. Like all things (jokes), the stars do it best, so let’s take some cues from these ladies for keeping cool when it’s really, really hot.
It’s not quite summer yet, but I’m ready for that summer glow. I’m not one for self-tanners, so I think bronzers are a great way to get the sunkissed look of a tan without spending hours in the sun, which, having had skin cancer, I’m under strict orders from my dermatologist not to . But there are so many bronzing products it’s hard to know where to begin when choosing. I know I want to go for a liquid or a lotion since powders tend to dry my skin out. I tested a three liquid bronzers — by NARS, Benefit and Smashbox respectively — to see which one gave me the exact hint of bronze I was looking for. Here are the pros, cons and my overall ratings of the products.
And just like that, the Cannes Film Festival is over. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad, and you’d be lying if you said I wasn’t really lame for feeling that way. Every year, I look so forward to the cutting-edge dresses and the high concentration of preternatural French cool. My years of experience in fashion-crushing have taught me that the old cliche is true, and that it really, truly is the Gallic who have the best style of all. As such, Cannes is known for its high-caliber glamour, and the attendees from across the way are well-suited to do as the natives. We’ve been closely following every look from the 11-day event, and now that it’s come to a close, it’s time to analyze the very best of hair and makeup straight from the shores of the Riviera.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, you, my dear! Just in time for “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Benefit is releasing a makeup kit called Rare Beauty to get your own fairy tale look. There’s a rosy lip/cheek tint sample, highlighter sample, a full-size pore minimizing balm, and a full-size mascara, all in a really pretty makeup bag. If you’re looking to freshen up your summer makeup bag, it’s a good way to test out some of the company’s best products … even if your name isn’t Snow White. [$45, BenefitCosmetics.com]
I am a well-documented believer in the life-changing (or, at the very least, day-changing) potential of makeup. Many girls are completely cool with going au naturel, while others like myself are just not that into it. It’s not that I feel like I need to wear makeup to be presentable, or like I’m hideous without it. I just prefer myself with my makeup on — I don’t even wear that much of it! For a new editorial in the June issue of avant-garde cultural glossy Dazed & Confused, makeup artist Yadim took the transformative power of cosmetics and spun it on its head by turning run-of-the-mill (as if) models into flesh-and-blood rough drawings inspired by the portfolio of fashion illustrator René Gruau. A daunting concept, yes, what with the insta-recognizability of the artist’s work, but the results are startlingly true to Gruau’s distinctive vision. Check out the whole (NSFW) shoot at Fashion Gone Rogue.
I am half of a woman without an expertly flicked, crisp matte black cat eye. I am one quarter of a woman with said cat eye, smudged, smeared, or generally melted into my eyelid. Believe me, I love a good grungy look (like, more than you even know), but when it comes to my liquid liner, I am not screwing around. Keep reading »