Bling + Pop Holiday Beauty Picks

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The holidays is the BEST time for buying makeup. The limited edition colors and palettes with great deals make it a full on beauty buffet. Let’s get sparkly, pop the bubbly and bring on the New Year BEAUTY-Full style. Here are my product picks!

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My Fall Must-Haves

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    A leather jacket instantly gives an outfit a chic upgrade. I’m in love with this one by Madewell. http://www.madewell.com

  2. Fringe with benefits… these booties available on http://www.freepeople.com are my boho secret weapons.
  3. Bye-bye pastels. This fall a deep berry lipstick like Gypsy from Nars looks great on all skin tones. http://www.narscosmetics.com
  4. Nails are your best accessory! Try a pop of color like Butter London’s Royal Navy to un-drab the grays & blacks of the season. http://www.butterlondon.com

Take Your Favorite Summer Looks To Fall

1. Everyone loves a great maxi dress for the summer. Winterize this look with a chic leather jacket and black booties. 2. Take that beach tunic, add denim leggings and a cool, printed loafer for a fall city stroll. 3. … Continue reading

Confessions of a Lip Gloss Junkie

Working as a buyer’s assistant I don’t get paid the big bucks. Being surrounded by designers, magazine editors appeared so glamorous. Truth is I have a lot of long days, nasty clients, and sometimes living out of my suitcase. Ironically … Continue reading

Makeup You Covet Within Your Budget

Makeup can be expensive but, don’t let the price tag influence your judgment. There’s affordable choices out there that are just as good or even better. Here are some of my favorite products! Beauty Tip: Try http://www.beautycrunch.com for discounts on … Continue reading

The Perfect Spring Makeup Look

My favorite makeup look this Spring is purple smokey eyes with a fresh pink lip.

Face: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer

Eyes: Place a lilac eyeshadow from the lash line to the crease. Line the eyes with a deep purple liner. Blend liner with a charcoal brown shadow up into the crease. Use a matte vanilla shadow on the brow bone. Apply black mascara on the top & bottom lashes.

Cheeks: Blush & bronzer (Try Benefit’s Dallas for a healthy glow).

Lips: Lilac pink lipstick with a sheer gloss on top (My favorite lip gloss is NARS Greek Holiday).60446819968716593YTOBwya6c

Interview with Francois Nars

Francois Nars, Makeup artist & founder of NARS Cosmetics created the look for Marc Jacobs spring 2012 . Here he explains the inspiration and connection to the late singer Amy Winehouse.

1. What kind of look did you want to create for Marc’s show?

Marc showed me images of Amy Winehouse, Patsy Klein, and Sweet Charity – all of whom had inspired him. Because the girls are to be staring into the eyes of the audience when the curtain opens, we decided to focus on the eyes. We were inspired by this book from the 1960s, Cowboy Kate, whose character wore false eyelashes and Marc mentioned Bob Fosse (the choreographer) and so it was really important to make the girls look like dancers, to treat them like characters not models. The skin is meant to look like it is dewy, like the girls have been dancing – it’s very Cabaret. We used the new Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer instead of foundation.

2. What beauty technique did you use to bring Marc’s vision to life?

We used three pairs of false eyelashes for each girl! We actually had to cut them very precisely. The inner corners of one pair were cut off and applied to the inner corners. Then, we cut the remaining two pairs in half and used the outer halves on the outer corners, not at the same time of course. We applied one set, and then followed with the next.

3. What kind of affect does this create?

It makes the eyes look really full along the outer corners. It’s very decadent, very French, very Marc. We used Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner to line the eyes and eliminate the space between the lashes and the lash line. And then applied Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara for additional emphasis.

4. What about the rest of the look – especially the brows? They are very defined.

In order to keep the focus on the eyes, we needed to create a frame around them, which is exactly what brows do to the face. We made them very dark with the black side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow, so that they look like dancers. In the past we’ve always done really minimal brows or bleached them completely so this was different for us. The brow is sharply defined from inner to outer ends. It’s very monochromatic.

5. Hence the reason for no blush and nude lips?

Yes- there is no color. The lips have Madere Pure Matte Lipstick applied for a nude, very couture look and topped it with Striptease Lip Gloss for shine. And absolutely no blush- when you look at the girls, it’s really like you are looking at a black and white film – there is no color.

6. You mention Amy Winehouse- what about Amy inspired the look exactly?

The look for Marc was very similar to Amy’s in that the skin is transparent. The direct inspiration was not a literal reference but to evoke the overall feeling or essence of her. The hair, the lashes and also her skin. She never wore a lot of foundation; just eye makeup.

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