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Makeup Bag: Model Sara Brajovic

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“In terms of makeup and clothes, I’m not into polished looks. I like off beat things in general and appreciate natural beauty and spontaneity. The idea of being perfectly groomed in NYC and in Paris, where I am born, are two very different concepts. I am very impressed with my American friends and their grooming techniques but I simply do not have the time or the nerves for it. For me, groomed does not mean looking perfect and spending hours to achieve this. It just means radiating something.

I think the world perceives les Parisiennes as nonchalant by which they probably mean that we appear as though we haven’t put too much effort into getting ready. This is probably true in some cases but not always. I think we do get ready, but we prefer to leave it a bit unfinished. The other day I went to pick up my friend from her house in Paris and on our way to an event I realized that I did not have any eyeliner or concealer with me. Surely she would have it, but she didn’t. She actually asked me for a hairband so she could pull her hair off of her face and then she wanted me to run my fingers through her dreadlocks to make her hair look less messy. I needed a hairband too, so neither of us used it! But we both looked fine and had a great evening, I was in a black jumpsuit and she was in a LBD [little black dress]. Our hair was a bit messy and neither of us had on full makeup.

I am quite ashamed of the little makeup that I do own, especially now that I am being featured on this blog. That is all the makeup I have in the picture!

I rarely have my hair blown out and wear no makeup during the day. I like to use David Mallet Hair Serum to achieve a blow dried look. I just twist bits of my hair around with my fingers. Takes 2 minutes and I don’t have to leave my house.

In the evenings for events I will go for a moisturizing mascara from Chantecaille, eyeliner or a red lip from Laura Mercier Scarlet Lip Stain. I like to use lip pencils from Rimmel- Lasting finish in Spice, Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk in Burnt Rose or Coffee, and Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Lilirose. I like lip pencils more than lipsticks as you can fully colour in your lips and achieve a look that won’t smudge and will last for hours, even when drinking or eating. The lips are pigmented and enhanced and you can play around with the shape!

I don’t pluck my eyebrows as I love big eyebrows and will occasionally color them in with a Givenchy Eyebrow Pencil #1. Like the 90’s eyebrow look, there is something quite glamorous about it. Think Cindy, Christy, Linda…

For eyeliner, I use Lancome Liquid Eyeliner in Black or a MAC brush with MAC Black Shadow or a Chanel eyeshadow and Chanel Khol Crayon. I like to define my eyes to achieve a feline look- my eyes are almond shaped and emphasizing them works for a very glam look. Some nights I wear liquid eyeliner, or I create shadows with a brush and eyeshadow. Other nights I use the Kohl Crayon smudged with a little Vaseline. As if I got out of the bed.

If I wear foundation it’s Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I only wear it at night and for a short period of time. I will literally rush home to wash it off so that my skin, so I can breathe with Dr Hauschka Almond Cleansing Cream. Do not like to keep any sort of foundation on my face for too long as it blocks the pores.

To nourish my lips, I use Baume de Rose by Terry nourishing lip balm and will once in a while use Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Exfoliator to get baby soft lips.I like to use Argan oil from the French brand Diar Argan and yes, wait for it, fish oil on my face after a night of makeup. My day cream is from Biologique Recherche VIP O2 Cream and I use the Balancing Exfoliator Lotion P50 that makes my skin shine. I also have 2 teaspoons of Flax Oil per day.

I drink lots of Evian water too. That must be a French thing. Water is so important to French women. I moisturize my skin from inside and also spray on lots of Avene Thermal Spring Water in spray format on my face, whether it is winter or summer.

I have a little Virgin Mary icon in my makeup bag for when I’m in the mood to pray and sometimes just holding it renews my energy. And the best advice I can give is to be in love, that is the best make up a woman will ever have.” — @SaraBrajovic

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Makeup Bag:’s Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

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“My first memories of makeup were playing with my older sister and my mother’s makeup. My mother would let me organize all of her makeup for her and I would go find little cardboard boxes and decorate them so she would have her lipstick box and her eyeshadow box with drawings on them. I especially remember sitting and watching my sister apply all of her awesome 80s makeup to try and be as Molly Ringwald as possible. I was allowed to start wearing makeup when I hit 6th grade, which may be early to the rest of the world, but my mother thought makeup was incredibly fun. She was an actress in Hollywood in the 60s and loved her false eyelashes and thought glamor was fantastic. On that note, I was allowed to experiment and play with makeup at a young age. I grew up in Houston, Texas, so hair and makeup were a big deal. It was definitely about the “done” look and I started wearing makeup in the early 90s. I wore more makeup when I was 12 and 13 years old than I would ever dream of wearing now as an adult. I remember buying an eyeshadow palette that had 4 or 5 colors of every shade of purple and blue and trying to wear all of the colors at once, with coordinating purple eyeliner. That was big. It was Texas, so I was also born with a curling iron in one hand. I was very, very good at using my curling iron and did my hair the exact same way for a really long time, until one day, Harry Josh was kind enough to show me how to do Gisele waves for myself.

I went to Washington University in St. Louis and I was a photography major, so I was in the arts schools. My hair was many, many different colors, changing at least once a month. It was every length from really long to an inch and a half long – an attempt at a pixie cut. I was very Duby Hairy when I graduated college. My makeup changed so often, whatever I felt like that day. I experimented with a lot of different colors, for example, trying to figure out what color my eyebrows should be to match my newest hair color. I’d bleach them, tweeze them. My college photos should be burned at some point. When I moved to New York, my hair color stabilized. It was the same style for a long time and the same color when I was a little kid. It’s the color I try to now match and the same color of my 3 year old. The first couple years in New York, I spent a lot of time thinking about my makeup before going out. It’s like your amour in the city and how you look is different from everybody else. I think I’m pretty good with eye makeup and I spent a lot of time perfecting the inside of the eye, eyeliner. Now my routine and look is much more simple. I definitely have a standard look that I wear to the office everyday. The older you get, having good skin is more important and it’s a feature I would rather highlight. I spend more time about my skincare than I do about color. I really love playing with lipstick, more than anything else. My lipstick color changes the most, when it comes to my daily makeup look. Going from a very bare, lip-balmed lip to a really bright fuchsia stain. My eyes tend to stay the same with a little black, liquid liner and mascara. I’ve been wearing the same color blush for a decade now, so it’s really all about changing up my lip color.

In a perfect world, I think my hair looks a lot more like Bridget Bardot than it actually does, but the girls I always think are cool tend to look or be very French with that undone and effortless look. Whether it’s Jane Birkin in the 60s or Emmanuelle Alt and Marion Cotillard, it’s that very laid back, cool, are-they-wearing-makeup look that really appeals to me.

I don’t carry a full makeup bag everyday. There are a couple products I carry with me in my purse, but when I do carry a full makeup bag, it is a Kate Spade nylon bag that has really awesome photos of the New York City skyline, which I love. It’s semi-indestructible and from Gilt, of course.

Le Mer Hydrating Infusion: I always have a little bottle of this with me. I am obsessing over my skincare now, so I don’t leave home without this. I use this as a base.

Kate Sommerville Oil-Free Moisturizer: I apply this over my La Mer Hydrating Infusion.

La Mer SPF 30 UV Protection Fluid: After growing up in Texas and I am super duper paranoid about wearing lots of SPF everyday. I never leave the house with anything less than 30.

Dr. Jart Beauty Balm with SPF 45: This has replaced wearing foundation for me, unless I’m doing a television segment or a really big event. I just wear my beauty balm everyday instead.

Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder: This is totally transparent and looks so deeply white in its little tub, but it really sets everything well. Sometimes the beauty balm can look a little too dewy, so I use this to set it.

Tom Ford for Estee Lauder Powder Brush: This is from many years ago, that I’ve saved and use all the time. I love it. The brush is just so beautiful. Everything that Tom Ford does, the aesthetics of it, are just perfect. It’s the most elegant little brush and it fits into every bag perfectly, because it’s so tiny.

NARS Blush in Orgasm: I wear this daily. Always. This blush is flattering on everyone but the nice thing for me is, I’m fairly pale and I have olive skin and sometimes it’s a little tough to find cosmetics that go well with those undertones. I don’t want to look too olive or too overly made up, so this blush has great color with a little shimmer and it adapts with any lip color. Which I think is also tricky, when it comes to blush.

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light: I never leave the house with applying brow pencil. I have naturally blond eyebrows and eyelashes, so I need a little color otherwise they’ll look faded out. I do a 1950s strong brow, with a definite eyebrow arch and this pencil is perfect because it’s nice and creamy. I fill them in using very short brush strokes without going too heavy. I like a little definition and a little bit of color, but not like I used a crayon. I try to keep everything relatively soft and not too defined.

theBalm timeBomb Concealer in Medium: I can’t do anything without under eye concealer. This has to be the most heavy duty under eye concealer I’ve ever purchased. This covers everything, stays on, and allegedly you can sleep in it and has anti-wrinkle properties as well. I also like The Balm because the founder of the company is a pug owner, just like me, so we have to stick together. If you’ve ever seen her packaging, there’s a little pug head on it. It’s very cute and she’s very nice in person.

Hourglass Calligraphy Liner Pen in Ebony: This is a pretty straight, top line from the inner rim to the outside. For going out at night, it becomes a flicked-up cat eye, but for work, the line stops at the end of my eyelash line. I think this eyeliner from Hourglass is semi-miraculous. I’ve worn it in the rain, to cardio classes, and it doesn’t wear off. On that note, you need really good eye makeup remover at the end of the day but it stays put for a full day.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a makeup artist who didn’t love it. I should probably replace the little rubber inserts more often than I do, but it’s pretty handy. I don’t hold the curler down for long. Just a press down and release.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lashes Mascara in Black: I wear mascara only on my top lashes. I’m always changing mascaras. It’s the one part of my makeup routine that I will try anything of. I will try any mascara anyone tells me is good and I try to change every 6 weeks. I do not hold onto my mascara, I’m fanatical about it. This mascara from L’Oreal, however, I really like. It’s readily available, affordable, and it stays on nicely, doesn’t flake, and the color is good. It also doesn’t get too clumpy, which I appreciate.

Beauty Blender Sponge: I use this faithfully to make sure everything is blended in. It’s really good at getting the nooks and crannies around your nose.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector: This lip balm is my base line when I’m running out the door. I use this most days and it has a really nice light color. It’s also very moisturizing, without being too sticky. I love the applicator and the felt tip is really nice. It’s a very chic lip balm to take out of your purse. It’s a bright pink tube but it’s a very light pink lip balm.

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy: I also use this lip color a lot. It’s a very sheer, bright fuchsia-almost-pink. It’s very cheery color and it brightens up your face immediately. I think it tastes kind of fantastic and you end up eating a little bit of your lipstick everyday. The texture is just beautiful. Something that sheer with so much pigment that it leaves a little bit of a stain on your lips, is really gorgeous. Even if you don’t re-apply during the day, you still have a little color on your lips, which is always nice. It’s a great day color.

Tarte LipSurgence in Lively: I use this lip stain if I want a more dramatic lip and it’s definitely more of a nighttime look. I would say this is more of a fuchsia. It’s a deep, dark hot pink and you really have to keep the rest of your face neutral to wear it. It lasts forever and being matte, it’s very wearable and your lips don’t feel dry after wearing it.

Urban Decay Naked Palette: This palette has 10 or so different eyeshadow colors and I tend to use a mix of color for a golden eye. I don’t wear smokey eyes or any heavy dark makeup, at this point. I prefer a lighter, brighter, more awake looking eye with a cat eye on my top lid. I don’t do a bottom liner all that often.

Hourglass Oil Free Foundation: When I need a little more coverage for television, for example, this color matches my skin and it wears really well. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a face of makeup. This foundation is breathable while still providing full coverage. To set the foundation, I apply the Make Up For Ever HD powder.” – Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, Editorial Director, Women’s at


Makeup Bag: Michael Bastian’s Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui

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“I grew up in Mexico and my Mom is one of the most amazing makeup artists I’ve ever met. She’s taken only one class but she is amazing. Where we grew up, she would do everyone’s makeup for weddings, parties, and big events – there would be an assembly line of women at my house before a big night out. She’s not a professional makeup artist but she’s naturally very good. She would experiment and try different products and I remember one time when she returned from vacation, she had these MAC jars of liquid liner in metallic blues, metallic orange, just the craziest colors. She would find a way to make you wear it and look normal. I was 15 at the time and she would put this stuff on my face and I wouldn’t look like a fool. My Mom is also one of those women who is very much into natural beauty. She never dyes her hair – it’s jet black – she picks the best features on your face and finds a way to elevate them, while never making you look too done. That’s something I’ve always tried to mimic. Trying to find a way to use makeup to enhance.

My Mom taught me a million things. One, never leave the house without curling your eyelashes. I don’t know if that’s a Mexican thing or a worldwide thing, but I will never travel without an eyelash curler. My eyelashes, and everyone else’s in my family, grow straight down, so all of us are obsessed with eyelash curling. Two, always wear mascara. She also taught us tricks, like how to highlight your nose, to make a wide nose look thinner. Also, I’ve always had very low eyebrows and when I was 14 she taught me how to fill them in. Very small details like that, she taught my sister and I as kids. I also grew up with 2 incredible grandmothers and these women never leave the house without a full face on. I have never, ever seen them not perfectly done up – even at the supermarket. Makeup and looking done up is such a big part of their lives. My grandmother still comes to my house for lunch and my Mom will do a full face, eyelashes and everything.

I’ve been playing around seeing what I like the best, makeup-wise. What I love are lipsticks and blush. Michael [Bastian] says I’m a blush girl and I do love a big pink cheek. I love it on everybody. I don’t like lipgloss, I don’t really use liners, I’m a pure lipstick girl. Blush and lipstick, I’ve found, are best suited for me right now. For lipsticks, I wear pinks and reds, and being really subtle on the rest of your face is a great way to give you that natural beauty but with a little more of a twist. I don’t get into oranges and other crazy colors. I stick to what my Mom taught me and that’s to be as natural as possible and to wear makeup to better yourself. I’m not a trend girl. I love to see it but I’m just not good with trends on my face.

It’s funny because I work in menswear and I work with a man [Michael Bastian] who loves good makeup on a girl, so it’s made me use makeup more — in a good way. I know Michael loves it when I try to pull a look together and it’s made me try to work a little more at looking done up,to use eyeshadow and to play around with new products a little more. It’s the complete opposite, working with men instead of women, but it has made me want to wear and use makeup more than if it were the other way around.

One thing I’ve found and that I’m obsessed with, is New York facialist Diana Seo. She owns the spa in the SoHo Grand Hotel. When I turned a certain age, I decided this was the one thing I’m going to invest in. I’m not a big product girl, I don’t buy and test new products. I find what works for me but I don’t go to the store to look and buy new products everyday. My one big investment was for my skin. I met Diana and she does facials but she also works with plastic surgeons for skin regeneration, and I do everything she says. I see her every two months, she works with my skin, she changes up the products I use, and she’s really become my guru. That’s the one thing I do without fail, anything she tells me. She’s turned me on to this product line called Priori and this stuff is amazing. There’s this sunblock I use from them called Radical Defense with environmental protection factor. My skin is really fair but when I tan, I get really brown – that’s when the Mexican in me comes out. So, I have to be super careful when I get in the sun. This sunblock that she gave me, is the best sunblock I’ve ever tried in my life. I only use it on my face but I can step out for hours and I won’t get burned. I live by this stuff.

In the morning, I’ll wash my face with water, use a toner, and then from Priori I use their Cellular Recovery Serum. After the serum, I use their face cream, Barrier Repair Complex. So in the morning, it’s a whole ritual of toner, serum, and cream. I don’t use any concealer, I use this face powder which is really good. Diana turned me on to this stuff too and I didn’t want to try it but for my birthday she gave it to me, and she was like, “Stop whining. I want you to try it. If you don’t like, you never have to buy it.” Now I’m addicted to it. The powder is called, Priori CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals Perfecting Foundation. It’s a powder but it goes on as if you were wearing foundation. It covers all your spots, I don’t use a concealer or anything else and it has SPF. The idea of CoffeeBerry is essentially a powder to decrease dark spots, sun spots and it’s great for people with skin pigmentation problems. It’s a powder that comes with a special brush and you put it all over your face. It covers, protects with SPF, and corrects your skin. I really, really like it.

I use Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder in Coral Red Quad and it comes off peachy pink after I mix all the colors together. I use it everyday, all day long. I also use the Pink Rose Quad, especially in the winter for a more pink cheek. The Coral I use in the summer time when I’m more tan. I found these while working at Bergdorf’s and it’s now been 7 years. I’m very loyal to this blush, I love Laura Mercier.

On my eyes I usually do one simple, thin line – not quite a cat eye. I use the Lancome Artliner in black, brown, blue, and purple. The colors are super subtle, you can barely tell and they’re so easy to wear. They have a marker tip and it’s super simple to put on. One of the best tips my Mom taught me was to do your eyeliner with an eyeshadow instead of an actual eyeliner. It’s a million times less harsh and if you want that strong eyeliner feel, put eyeliner on and powder over with eyeshadow. The powder of the eyeshadow will fade into your eye and you’ll look a million times more natural. So I’ll do my liner and sometimes, I’ll dab a little eyeshadow in the same color over it. I use this Stila eyeshadow palette that I’ve had forever but it’s now discontinued.

I have 2 mascaras that I use and because I have such straight eyelashes, all of the mascaras I’ve used over the last 15 years have always went from curl back to straight. I’ve only found 2 that work. One is Shu Uemura Precise Volume Mascara. I found this in a panic when my luggage was lost during Milan Fashion Week and I went to a store and had to try on 20 mascaras because none of them worked. This one held up. The other mascara that I’ve been using for 15 years is a Mexican one. It’s a natural, holistic mascara, made from a seed of a fruit. You can only find it in little supermarkets with the organic products in Mexico. It’s called Im Mascara Para Pestanas Con Aceeite de Hueso de Mamey. Mamey is a fruit and I don’t think it grows here in the US. It’s 22 pesos, which is equivalent to $2 and it’s amazing. It’s all organic and natural and it dissolves naturally when you remove it.

I use 3 different lipsticks. One is YSL, Chanel, and NYX. For YSL, I use Fard A Levres Rouge Pur No. 19 and No. 139. They are both different versions of hot pink. I dab them on and blend them together and it’s a really nice subtle pink color, not a crazy hot pink. This is more of a night look. The Chanel one I love is another version of pink with red tones and it’s Rouge Hydrabase No. 98 in Splendeur. I wear this one by itself and it works a lot better for day. For a pure red lip and what I use to wear to ballet class, which is where I fell in love with red, strong lips, is Guerlain Geisha No. 23. I love this color for day or night. For day, I dab the red on my lip and use my finger to rub it in. It’s more like a tint or a stain. I did ballet for 15 years and either you love stage makeup or you never do it again. The one thing I did love about it were the super red lips. For NYX, I use the Soft Matte Lip Cream. It looks like a lipgloss but when you put it on, it goes on like a lipstick. This stuff is amazing, it’s $6 online. The color I use is Addis Ababa and every time I wear this lipstick, everyone always asks what lipstick it is. It’s another version of pink and it’s my go-to. The other color I wear is Antwerp, which is more of a peach. I don’t wear this one as much. These are mostly day but also great for night.

Albolene Makeup Remover is 30 or 40 years old and it is one of the best things I’ve ever used. None of your eyelashes fall off, it looks like Vaseline, clear and a little gooey in consistency, but it takes everything off your face. No hard chemicals and if it goes in your eyes, it doesn’t sting. I use this every night.

I have a huge gold leather makeup bag that I keep all of my products in but I don’t carry this makeup bag with me, rather I just toss everything into it and it stays in my bathroom. Stubbs and Wootton, the slipper brand that we collaborate with for men’s shoes makes these really cute makeup bags that are made from leftover slipper fabric and those are the makeup bags ones I use daily in my purse.” – Eugenia Gonzalez Ruiz-Olloqui, Vice President, Public Relations Director at Michael Bastian

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Makeup Bag: Refinery 29’s Senior Beauty Editor Megan McIntyre

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“My first memories of beauty go back to nail polish. That’s where it all started for me. At the time, being a child of the Eighties, I had a fascination with Rainbow Brite and everything that looked like rainbows, I wanted. When you walk down the beauty aisle at your local drugstore, the only thing you can really see the colors of, are the nail polish. They’re always laid out by color, like a rainbow. At such a young age, around 6 or 7, I told my Mom I liked that and she was like, “Oh, no way.” She thought I was too young for it. When I was around 9 or 10, mom finally let me have some nail polish to play with and I promptly spilled it everywhere. She was so nice about it and let me keep going. I remember vividly, I was 13 or 14, and in my Easter basket I was given two Hard Candy nail polishes. That was when Hard Candy was still fairly new. I had the iconic sky color and a pink glittery shade. I was just beside myself, I started collecting all the Hard Candy nail polishes I could find and haven’t stopped. At last count, I have 150 nail polishes. I used to paint my nails once or twice a week because I chip them pretty easily. I don’t get professional manicures all that often. I usually just do it myself, so it made sense to have all those polishes. At Refinery29, we do a lot of DIYs and nail art and I have, what I call skeleton fingers, that are long and skinny, and they look a little scary to me but they come across really well on film. So, I’m the hand model for all of our DIYs and find that I don’t polish my nails quite as often because we shoot so many that I always have to take it off and I don’t want to go through the hassle.

In terms of how I got my start in the beauty industry, it was all happenstance. I didn’t set out to be a beauty editor. I had known that I wanted to be a journalist and I had originally thought I had wanted to be a TV journalist. After enrolling in my school’s program and seeing their local news channel, I quickly amended that and went to print journalism and went into magazines, because I love magazines. I was lucky enough to snag an internship with the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). Their summer internship program is one of the most phenomenal in the industry because you get to see so many things, visit different magazines, and listen to prominent people in the industry talk and give you advice. So that was fantastic. I interned at SELFMagazine for different departments including nutrition, health, fitness, lifestyle, news, and beauty. While I was at the beauty department, I was under the guidance of the wonderful Ilana Blitzer, who was the assistant there at that time. She let me loose in the closet one time and said, “Ok, just play and see what the different brands are, learn what they are, and see if there’s anything interesting that you like. Just explore.” I opened this walk-in closet that was wall-to-wall full of beauty products and was instantly smitten. I had no idea this could be a job.

I started off my career at Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Biz and spent almost four years there. That was a great training ground because you literally learn everything at a trade publication. You see everything — every trend, every style, every product. I became very fascinated with the products and ended up doing a lot of the product writing for the magazine. Eight months ago, I landed here as the Senior Beauty Editor at Refinery29. Everyday I can’t believe I get to do this for a living. I get to play around with products and write about the things that I love. Seven years later, I’m still fascinated.

The makeup bag that I have is from Urban Decay and it’s purple sparkles, as sparkly as you can get because I’m a magpie and if it glitters, I want it. I like it because it’s quite deep. Most makeup bags you get really don’t hold a lot of product, especially things like eyeliners and mascaras that are longer.

I’m currently on a serum kick, so I’ll do a lightweight serum moisturizer to hydrate and on top of that, a moisturizer with sunscreen. Right now the one I really like is from a brand called Envie de Neuf and it’s called the Fullerene C60 Youth Recruit Complex. It’s an anti-aging moisturizing treatment; it comes out as a cream and when you rub it together, it starts to feel very watery. It doesn’t change texture but it just feels like water on your skin, it doesn’t feel like a heavy cream.

Usually I’ll follow that with moisturizer with sunscreen and I’ve been really into beauty balms and tinted moisturizers. I have this great one by Dr. Perricone from his Super line. It’s called Sun Kissed SPF 25 and it’s all about incorporating superfoods into your skin care. This is a tinted moisturizer with an SPF and it has turmeric and curcuminoids and it’s an anti-oxidant treatment so it makes your skin glow and tints as well.

For concealer, I use Benefit’s Erase Paste . I use Shade #1, very fair. It is basically spackle for your under eye circles. It hides them like nothing I’ve ever tried. It’s creamy without being greasy, it’s really great.

I’ve also been obsessed with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil. I use the shade, DEA. All their shades are named after government agencies, like the CIA, the FBI. I like this one because it doesn’t budge or wipe away easily. It covers without getting that cakey, layered on effect.

I’m a big cream blush person. I blame Jake Bailey, the makeup artist, for getting me on these. He was raving about them. I was using powder up until then, as I was wary of creams because if you have oily or acne-prone skin, you don’t want to put any more creamy, oily things on your skin. But what I like about them, is that they give you that dewy finish. Your skin looks alive, it doesn’t look flat. I use NARS The Multiple in Orgasm, because it’s a great universal shade. I also like Laguna in the summer, when I have a tiny hint of a tan. Tarte also has some great cream blushes.

With my eyes, I like to play around with colors and I’ll wear a different eyeshadow pretty much every day. For summer, the one I’m using right now is one from MAC called Retrospeck. It’s a gold shimmer and more champagne-y. Then I’ll take a really bright eyeliner and put that on my top lash line. Or a neat trick I just learned from makeup artist Raychel Wade, she works with La Prairie and she also has this fantastic company here in New York called Cheek To Chic, is to take the liner and run it along your inner lower water line and really dig that color in, so you get this great pop of color on the bottom as opposed to the top. I’ve been using NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Abbey Road, a great turquoise, but you can use it with a bunch of different colors. It’s so unexpected that it looks really cool. I’ll put liner up top to balance it out and I like Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner with the felt tip. It’s really easy to use. I’ll trace a line with a lighter taupe liner first, to get my line where I want it, and then I’ll go over it with the black eyeliner. That’s one look I’ll do and sometimes I’ll use just the Retrospeck and liquid eyeliner, but I’ll do more of cat eye. I have deep set eyes so I don’t like doing a full cat eye. Instead, I’ll do a kitten eye, a trick that I picked up backstage at Fashion Week from MAC makeup artist, Gregory Arlt. He called it a kitten eye because it’s just a little up-tip, instead of a full swoop. It’s a teenage girls’ version of the cat eye. When doing a winged eyeliner, it’s important to go up before the shape of your eye goes down. Your eye has a natural high point before it goes down and at the very end, if you follow that line and keep going down, you’re going to drag your eye down and it’s going to make your eyes look droopy. Before the lash line ends, swoop it up so you don’t get that droopy-eye effect.

I’m also loving Chanel’s Quadra Eye Shadow in Mystic Eyes. It has taupe, pink, a bronze, and a burgundy shade. I really love Chanel’s quads because I use every color. A lot of the time when I use a quad, I’ll use one or two shades and it feels like a waste. I’ll use the pink across my lid and a little up above it to give a bit of a  highlight, and then I’ll use the taupe on just the lid, the bronze on my contours, and then I’ll use the tapered foam applicator, dip it in water and then in the burgundy for my top lash line. I’ll give it a smudge for a smokey eye look, for a little drama that’s still appropriate for work.Total black looks too harsh on my skin, but one smokey eye that I do love doing is a black-gold smokey eye. I use three products for that. I first take Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Long Wear Cream Shadow in Antique Gold and put that across my lid. It’s a warm burnished gold that livens up my skin tone. Then I’ll layer over top of that with MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadow in Gilt By Association, this really cool black-gold that I will put all over my lid. Then I’ll take Laura Mercier’s Black Gold Kohl Eye Pencil. I’ll line my upper lid and then use a soft eyeshadow brush and go over the line with the MAC powder eyeshadow to set it and intensify it. I try to do my inner water line with the pencil but I wear contacts and my eyes get watery real quick, so if I’m going for the full drama effect, then and only then I will do my water line. What’s important, and what I learned from Jake Bailey, is to really push the color into your lash line because you don’t want gaps between the liner and your lashes. A neat trick I picked up from our Chicago editor, actually, is to use two Post-Its under your eyes when using powder eyeshadow. The powder will fall on the Post-Its and not on your cheeks.

Jemma Kidd’s Lash Tint is the most amazing mascara, I love it to death. It’s my most favorite thing in the world. Apparently they’re reformulating it at the moment. That’s one of the worst things a beauty editor could hear, a). that a product is being reformulated or discontinued and b). they’re out of samples and can’t get any more of the old formula. It makes my lashes look so long and it gives them that glossy black look. I don’t like that full, thick look. I like definition – that length and separation. Now I’ve been using Le Metier de Beaute’s Mascara. It stays on and it doesn’t smudge, which I really appreciate. I don’t do my bottom lashes because it’s a little too doll-like. If I’m doing a smokey eye, I’ll do my bottom lashes, but for an everyday look, it’s a little too much personally. I always curl my lashes with Shu Uemura’s Eyelash Curler. That was one of the first things I learned — how awake and wide your eyes can look by curling your lashes. Molly Stern [celebrity makeup artist] taught me to hold the curler long enough to say, “I love myself, I am pretty,” which is 10-15 seconds and that gives you the curl you really want. It’s also a little self confidence boost for the day.

I feel like you should always have a white gold or a gold shimmer if you’re going to use a highlighter otherwise it ends up looking like Queen of the Frozen North. It isn’t as flattering. I put that on the tops of my cheek bones, just above my brows, and a little on my cupid’s bow to make my lips pop.

I just recently got into brows. My hair is lighter but my brows are dark, so I never thought I needed to do anything with them. I was at an event with Sonia Kashuk and I took her advice by trying her taupe brow pencil and a spooly brush and I combed my brows and penciled them in with light, feathery strokes, and lo and behold, it was such a transformation. I do my brows everyday now.

I have a bit of a bold lip obsession and I’ve been playing around with a couple different ones. Tom Ford is my go-to luxury buy. If you’re going to spend $50 on a lipstick, that’s the one to drop it on. The formula is amazing, the color stays on, it leaves a stain behind on your lips so if it does rub off, you still have a bit of color. I love Cherry Lush, the red, which is probably the most perfect red ever. I really like Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup. They have this orangey-red called Fire that is just phenomenal. It’s bright orang but flattering. My ultimate go-to, is unfortunately unavailable, from the Iris Arpfel collection at MAC that just launched this spring. The one I like is called Scarlet Ibis. I get so many compliments when I wear that color. I can wear it in the fall, summer, spring, and it’s one of the most perfect colors ever. There’s another MAC color called, Watch Me Simmer, from the Shop MAC Collection. That’s a pinky coral color that’s really bright and I get a lot of compliments when I wear that too. I don’t wear gloss because if I’m going to do a lip, I’m not going to half-ass it. I’ve been wearing a lot of Shiseido’s Shimmering Rouge. They are very pigmented lipsticks but they have that glossy finish. If I’m feeling super low maintenance, I’ll use Tarte’s Lip Surgence because they still give a color but you don’t have to be as precise with them. Their hot pink, Amused, is a pink that looks good on me.

No matter how many nail polishes I own, if I see a color that I have to have, I’ll get it. Ji Baek of Rescue Beauty Lounge combines these gorgeous colors with the most unexpected shimmers. A beautiful example is this turquoise she just released called Aqua Lily. It’s this tropical Caribbean water turquoise but she has infused it with a violet shimmer and it’s so pretty. She was one of the first brands I was introduced to at Women’s Wear Daily and since then, I’ve been devoted. I haven’t had as much time to paint my nails, as I’m in the midst of planning a wedding. Nail stickers have come in handy. I really love using those. Incoco has some amazing patterns that I really, really love. Sephora has a line of nail stickers that are fantastic too.” -Megan McIntyre; Senior Beauty Editor,

*photo: Grace Sun


Makeup Bag: Annabel Tollman

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“When I was growing up, I didn’t have dolls. My parents were very feminist — girls were as good as boys, girls can be engineers. I really learned about makeup from reading magazines. My mum  puts on her lipstick every single day, but she doesn’t really care that much. She’s more into books and art and music. I remember thinking that after you’ve gone out for the night you would wake up with black smudges under your eyes, because my mum would never take off her makeup.  She’s very tall and she’s dark, very striking, and she would wear very dramatic outfits with these short blood-red nails and some sledgehammer fragrance. I thought she was so glamorous and magical when she would come and  kiss me goodnight all dressed up and smelling of Yves Saint Laurent’s Y.

I went to St. Martin’s and I studied fashion and my first internship was at The Telegraph Magazine in London. I had to assist both the fashion and beauty editors, which was great – .I learned a lot and I got to try every product under the sun. I then went to work at Wallpaper Magazine where amongst other things, I commissioned the beauty page, and again at Interview Magazine after that, I conceptualized and wrote the beauty pages, so to me beauty and fashion always went hand in hand. I’ve also been very fortunate enough to work with excellent hair and makeup people, and I’ve picked up a lot of tips.  I’m always poking about on the makeup table, seeing what the experts are using and making lists of products and colors to try.  The best tip that I ever got was from Tom Pecheux (Creative Makeup Director at Estee Lauder), who says that one must massage one’s face with moisturiser and tell your skin that you love it.

I can be extraordinarily late for dinner because getting ready normally takes me half an hour to get ready, but i start enjoying painting my face  and before you know it, I’m an hour late, with a smoky eye and false eyelashes. That, to me, is the first step in self creating a magical night , to put some music on, have a lovely bath, and a glass of champagne and  paint your face. The preparation is often my favorite part of the evening, and gets me mentally in the right place to have a delicious time. It’s the first step in creating the mood to create yourself.

I keep all the colors that I don’t frequently use in clear plastic makeup bags – given to me by my old roommate who is a makeup artist.  Then I have larger bag that one that lives in my bathroom cabinet and I have one really small Louis Vuitton makeup bag that can travel with me and I can actually fit all my makeup in there. I’ve started to use a lot of  RMS Beauty, which are excellent products and also multi-purpose, so I can fit my whole face in that small makeup bag, so nice not to have to lug a lot of STUFF around.

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Up in 22: I really like this because you can use it instead of foundation. My skin went through a really wonky patch the past year and I wasn’t supposed to wear makeup. Christian McCulloch, who is a makeup artist friend recommended this to me. You can use it as concealer and then put on a bit more where you need it, so you don’t really need foundation.

Cle de Peau Refining Fluid Foundation in 020:  If I do use foundation, it’s usually in the evening. Sometimes I’ll mix it with moisturizer for something more sheer. It covers and it’s not too heavy and it makes your skin look really gorgeous.

NYC Color Smooch Proof Lip Stain in 490 Persistent Pink: It looks like a Sharpie and you just swipe it on. The color is just like your lip, it’s very natural. I’m not a big one for lip gloss. I feel like that type of wet mouth thing can be very unattractive.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek: I really like this. Sometimes I put a little nude or beige and then I dot the Lip2Cheek in Smile, just on the apples. Whenever I have my makeup done by a makeup artist, it’s pretty much guaranteed I’m going to say “Please can I have  a bit more pink on the cheek and a ton more mascara?”

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer: I like this very much because it can be really great just on your eyelids or the corners of your eyes to open them up. What I also like to do with this is use the RMS Lip2Cheek in Modest which is a really nice, natural pinky lip color, and then I put the luminizer on top, so it’s nicely glow-y without being overly wet.

On my eyebrows, I tend to use the L’Oreal Elnett hairspray on an eyebrow brush, because none of them really keep my eyebrows where they should be. I really like the Shobha Brow Pencil in Sand. I brush my eyebrows down, make the shape of the eyebrow at the top, and then brush them into place with the hairspray and then fill in where they need to be darker. It’s a made-up face thing.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: Who doesn’t love this?

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara: I love this mascara because it’s thick and clumpy. I like a thick, clumpy lash rather than a long, spidery lash. I’m all for a Twiggy lash but just on the top. I don’t put on a bottom lash. I was on a photo shoot with Bobbi Brown and they were just using mascara on the top lashes. Even with the Louis Vuitton collection this season, it was all just the top lash. It’s fresher looking, just to have the top lash.

Estee Lauder Mad Man Lipstick in Cherry: I find it more of a pink than a red. I put it on with the bullet and then use my finger to smudge it. I think a red lip should look velvety. It’s one I don’t put on thickly, like with a pencil. If I’m going to do a red lip, I’ll do a NARS Red Square. I just bought the NARS Red Square, which is the velvet matte lip pencil, and I just bought that NARS 413 BLKR. It’s a red gloss but I just put it on in the center. The velvet matte lip pencil can get a bit hard on the lip after awhile. I use the gloss in the middle for both a day or night red lip. I don’t wear it everyday because I feel like it’s something that people get into and it becomes their trademark. For some reason, I never wanted it to be my thing, but I grew up wearing red lipstick.

The first piece of makeup I ever bought was the Lancome Felt Eyeliner. I used to do a really big flick of eyeliner and I thought I looked like Brigitte Bardot or Linda Evangelista, until my Dad told me I looked like Dusty Springfield. The second thing I bought was a red lipstick. At 16 years old I was wearing red lipstick and I thought I had an awful lot in common with Sylvia Plath, because she also wore red lipstick too. Red lipstick and suicidal tendencies.

For evening, sometimes I’ll do an eyeliner or I’ll use the Chanel Illusoire, which is a pewter color and Mirifique, a black. They come with a brush and you can put them on near your lashes for a very quick smokey eye. If I do a black liner, it’s a thing on its own. Or I’ll just use a pencil to draw between the lashes. I like the Hourglass Script. It’s a really, really fine one. But I’ll also use Revlon Color Stay. It’s waterproof, comes in a pot, and it’s got a thin brush in the lid.

Frederic Malle Perfume in Carnal Flower: It smells like gorgeous lush white flowers with a hint of an animally musk. Which animal specifically, I couldn’t tell you. Probably a badger.  I used to hate it when I first smelt it but now of course I love it. In the winter I’ll wear Black Jade by Parfums Lubin and in the high summer, I wear Shalini  – both from Aedes de Venustas. I don’t like most mass-market commercial perfumes because I think that most of them smell like air freshener or unnecessarily fruity. It’s very much like boxed wine vs. vintage wine. I’m not wearing boxed wine.” -Annabel Tollman


Makeup Bag: Karla Martinez of W Magazine

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“Being a Latin American girl, I always think of makeup as a second skin. It’s part of a woman’s way of getting dressed. I have a mother who would not leave the house without curling her eyelashes or having lipstick on. She was someone who was always made up and put together, though never in an excessive way, always very elegant with makeup done in a very natural way. The first time I really thought about beauty and makeup, I was 11 or 12 and I have a sister who is 2 years older than me and I saw the makeup she would wear. In a way, I felt like I was different from others in my grade because my sister was already in middle school and wearing lip gloss and becoming very aware of beauty and makeup.

We went to Mexico to visit my Mom and Dad’s family and I have these two aunts on my Dad’s side that were meticulous about their beauty products and their inspiration came from the most iconic beauties of their time, like Madonna. They were perfectly well-groomed all the time, their hair was super important, and going out and getting their makeup done was something they always did. My Mom’s sister, who is about 15 years older than me, was also another person I looked up to in terms of putting on makeup, getting ready, and deciding how I wanted to look. Very beautiful but natural. But I’ve always been a fan of lipstick. I remember when I was in middle school and in Mexico, everyone was wearing a red lip and that was the one thing I was allowed to put on. A subtle red lip, for some reason, didn’t bother my Mom. Red lipstick was one thing I loved to wear when I was younger and I still love to wear now because I feel like it makes a difference in my face. My skin can get a little yellow-y-green and lipstick always helps to balance my skin tone.

When I was growing up, My Mom and I would always look at pictures of young Princess Caroline of Monaco and when my Mom was growing up she was looking at pictures of Grace Kelly — women that have timeless, classic beauty. Princess Caroline was someone I always saw in European magazines and I thought she had this really striking beauty. I still do and I think she’s aged incredibly well — someone that hasn’t tampered with her face. She still has that iconic, beautiful face. Marisa Tomei was also someone I’ve always admired, that looked great when I was younger. Demi Moore, I remember, was so beautiful too. I also remember my aunts showing me pictures of Maria Felix, who is this big Mexican movie star, and she always had these full eyebrows and a powerful lip, which I always thought were so striking. I remember when I was 17 years old I saw  Cindy Crawford here in New York, she was so pretty and natural looking. For me, seeing someone like that after growing up in Texas was totally cool. She has this amazingly healthy body with pretty, long brown hair and perfect cheekbones.

During my summer interning at Aeffe, a fashion editor came in and she was doing a pull and I thought, “Wow, what does she do?” I found out she worked at Women’s Wear Daily and did pulls for different stories. The next summer I thought, I definitely want to do that, so that’s exactly what I did. And now, many summers and jobs later, I’m at W Magazine. A lot of the times I’m not on set or on shoots, but when you go on set you realize how crucial every single component of the shoot is and with beauty, there is just so much. Obviously it’s the hair and makeup and people get very hung up on having very specific makeup teams, but it’s so important because it really sets the tone. You can do so much with hair and makeup. The beauty component is almost as important as the clothes. If you have the beauty component figured out, it makes the shoot ten times stronger.

My mom taught me to curl my eyelashes with a spoon. My Mom used to say that it was ten times more effective than a curling iron, so everyone in my family does it. It’s a very old-fashioned tip but I remember my Mom and my aunts doing it all the time and I still do it, especially when I want something long-lasting. Being on set, every makeup artist has Embryolisse in their beauty kit as well as Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleansing Solution.

In my makeup bag, the number one thing for me is moisturizer because I have really dry skin and I need to wear something that is super moisturizing and heavy. I’d like to wear La Mer everyday, but I don’t. My skin needs a lot of water and moisture, so right now I’m using NARS face cream. I like it because it’s thick but it doesn’t feel like you have any cake-y residue on your face. Because I have really dry skin, it has to be heavy in moisture but not feel clumpy and NARS works really well for me. I also use it as my primer before putting on makeup.

After using moisturizer, I use under eye concealer. The one I have right now and have been using for awhile is Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer. I tend to like the liquid ones more than the matte ones because I think there’s better coverage.

I also have the Chanel Orchid Rose Powder Blush, which I absolutely adore. A friend of mine, who’s blonde told me I had to try this blush. I tried it and loved it. It looks good with different skin tones — olive skin, white skin, red skin – and everyone who has tried it, loves it too. It’s a really good shade, a nice pink.

Sometimes I like to use the NARS Multi-Purpose Stick in Lamu. I like it because it’s easy. Sometimes you want a glow and a sun-kissed look; like someone pinched your cheeks.

I have a Tweezerman eye lash curler. I wasn’t a big fan of mascara before because I have allergies and my eyes always feel itchy but I recently read in Allure that if there’s one thing you should always put on every day, it’s mascara. I don’t have a lot of eyelashes, so I really need help in the mascara department. I really like Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara by Lancome. It’s very thick and it actually helps me quite a bit. I figured that was something I was going dedicate myself to do everyday — put on mascara and curl my eyelashes. It makes my Mom happy.

Depending on the day, I’ll use an eyeliner pencil. For the day, I use a matte brown eyeliner by Korres. I was just reading, but I don’t know if it’s true, that brown eyeliner makes you look younger than black. Sometimes, if I want something a little bit more dramatic I’ll use a liquid eyeliner — my Lancome Artliner Eye Liner Pinceau Mousse in black. This guy that did my makeup once at the Bloomingdale’s counter, told me use it at night. I use it on my top lashline but I sometimes put it on the bottom because it gives a nice smokey look without having to put on eyeshadow, which I really don’t know how to use.

I love NARS lip liners. I alternate between two — Morocco and Kenya. I use those almost everyday. Kenya is a little darker, if I want a spice feel and Morocco is more natural and if I want a matte brown look. I’ll use it with a MAC lipstick that’s a true nude called Myth.

I like Poppy Lipstick Queen in Berry Sinner when I want a deep matte red. I also have Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte 21. This is an evening, dark, creamy red because it’s really dramatic. I can’t use classic red because they look really bad on me.

Lately I’ve been using Gemma Kidd Pro and it’s a face palette with an apricot corrector, a berry lip and cheek blush. I put this on when I want a little sun-kissed look. It’s very easy to use. You can use it as a blush but it also has a color corrector and a dewy glow for all over radiance.

Usually if I do a lip, I’ll put a shine on my eyes and a bit of eyeliner on the bottom — nothing dramatic at all. I use Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Mystic Eyes for eye shine. I use the little brushes that come with it and I just play around, to be honest. I use the lighter colors on my brow bone and on my lash line to add a little bit of something.

If I use bronzer, it’s the Chanel Bronzer, but never a powder. I wouldn’t even know what to use it for.

At night, I’m more aware about putting cream on and I just discovered Natura Bisse Eye Booster. My sister uses it and she has great skin. I’ve also been using an Aqua Gel from NARS that’s part of their skincare line.

My makeup bag is a small Prada one. I probably need a bigger one, to be honest. I carry it with me all the time and if there are three things it in, I’d pick the under eye concealer, a lipstick, and a mascara… and an eye lash curler. Well, that’s four things.”

–Karla Martinez, W Magazine Fashion Market and Accessories Director; Co-founder of loungewear line Piamita; @wmagkarla


Makeup Bag: Dani Stahl of Nylon Magazine and E!’s Scouted

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“I’ve always loved makeup. What girly girl doesn’t? It’s the first thing you can really start to play with and steal out of your Mom’s bag and all that sort of fun stuff. Playing with lipsticks when I was a kid, I finally figured out you don’t need to put it all over your face. I just remember so clearly looking through the trend pages of  Seventeen Magazine and Sassy Magazine with Eleanor [Ylvisaker]; We would run to the drug store and try to buy every one of those product shades, not knowing that the way it looked on the model wasn’t the way it was necessarily going to look on us. And it never really did. That was something that was always frustrating, but now that I worked in magazines for so long, I’ve learned that besides having years of experience and technique – which we clearly did not have – makeup artists tend to use their own products as well, and sometimes these aren’t mentioned in the credits.

Fashion and beauty are fun and I’m definitely one to play around. I’m someone that colors their hair various colors, but I do think that when it comes to makeup, sometimes being less trendy is better. Just because everyone is plucking their eyebrows off, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to look good on you. You’re dealing with what looks good on your face specifically, not just a fashion trend. So, I have discovered what looks best on me. For me, the most important thing, hands down, is skin. Fresh skin, clear skin, even skin, youthful skin. I’m a big foundation girl. I’m very into cream blusher right now and I take ridiculous care of my skin. I like the no-makeup makeup approach.

I say I’m safe with makeup but that’s not entirely true, I will take risks. Working at a magazine, I’m fortunate to try all sorts of different  products, and what’s coming out next is always here first. All types of lipsticks and eyeshadows — and I do go there. But when I look back at the pictures, it’s always those photos that I don’t like. I like my more basic look. So I do take the risk, like that pop of lip color, but  then I wish I had worn a more neutral color. I also think that too much makeup is man-hating.

I believe you are what you eat. I’ve changed my eating habits tremendously and that really affects my skin. Let’s be honest, your face is what people are looking at first. Your complexion really speaks for your well-being. I’ve definitely noticed the impact of healthy eating on my skin, in addition to all of those helpful little tools like face wash and face masks and moisturizer and foundation. A lot of people have been asking what I’ve been doing to my skin lately and that’s always a really wonderful thing to hear.

Makeup Bag

My makeup bag is a clutch, an Edie Parker clutch, and it sparkles. I love anything that sparkles, so that’s perfect. These are the things that were in my bag last night and it’s stuff that I’ve collected recently, working at Nylon Magazine. I do have tried-and-true favorites that I’m really dedicated to but I often use what’s around me. So what I have in my bag right now is:

L’Oreal Visible Lift Powder: I’ve been using this a lot. I love a little powder because I tend to be on the oilier side, so it’s something I need to have a little ammo against.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara: It’s amazing. I’m a mascara girl, through and through. The longer and fuller the lashes, to me, the better. Many, many coats of mascara. I love, love, love mascara.

Maybelline DreamLumi Highlighting Concealer: Highlighting concealer is great if you put it in the corners of your eyes, blending into the under.eye are. It opens and widens your eyes, a little trick I learned.

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil: I like to leave my brows as thick as possible, as long as they’re organized. My brow icon forever would be Cindy Crawford. She always had a thick brow. I’m not a thin brow fan. We’ve all gone through the phase, and that’s a perfect example of a trend. Don’t do it because of the model in Italian Vogue. You’re not the model in Italian Vogue. I like a tamed, clean brow. On occasion there are a couple of spots I like to fill in, so I always have this with me. It’s really to perfect what’s already on your face. It’s not to make my brows dark and thick, just even and clean.

Sephora Charlotte Ronson Lip Gloss: The color I have is Annabelle. I was wearing a little red last night, but I generally wear Samantha, Eleanor, or Hilary.

CK One Lipstick in 110 Wow [hot pink] (not available yet): I do like a pop of color and I’ll play around a little more with lipsticks. But again, sometimes I look at the pictures and wish I hadn’t.

CK One Three in One Face Makeup with SPF (not available yet): I’m obsessed with any 3-in-1 face makeup. I love foundation. Not tremendous foundation, but just a drop of it over your face because it evens your skin out. Put a little blusher on, a little bronzer, and your face is really perfect and even. I went to the launch event this morning and they gave us these to try. This one is super cool because the packaging looks like a pill.

Dyptique Philosykos Fragrance: I’m really a Calyx or a CK Be girl but I like to have something in my purse because if you leave the house in the morning and you have a date at night, you need a little extra freshen fragrance. And those big perfume bottle don’t fit into a clutch.

Sephora Cuticle Nippers: In my reinvention self-care mode, I have gone from a terrible nail picker/biter to a very manicured, long nail happy girl. There’s no nail polish in this clutch but that would be another story entirely because I’m obsessed with nail polish. But I always, always, always have the cuticle nipper on me. I don’t nip my cuticles while out at a fancy party, but I don’t want to get stuck in a place feeling like I have to pick. So I need this as backup ammo.

Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting: It’s so good! It’s a new product from them. It’s perfect. I just touch my finger on it, generally my middle finger, and tap my cheeks. It’s a light wash of color and it’s super easy to use. It’s a really, really great cream consistency.

Sephora Cuticle Oil: It’s part of my nail care routine so that I don’t start picking. Nails are very important, girls.

Colgate Wisps: I always have these in my bag. They are just the best little invention. My friend Julia Samersoza, who I did Scouted with, told me about these this summer, and I never leave home without them. I use them when I feel like I should brush my teeth and I’m on-the-go. For example, when I’m leaving the office and putting on my makeup, I’ll use one at my desk or I’ll go to the bathroom. Or if I’m at dinner and going out after, I use these to freshen up. I’ve been known do it in the taxi, on occasion. There’s only one in this pack so apparently I used the other one last night!

Marc Jacobs Aviators: I don’t go anywhere without glasses. I’m obsessed with the orange-tinted lenses. I feel like the lighter lenses makes it acceptable to wear them almost all the time.

Mac Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline: I’ve always been good with makeup. For me, you can’t be too heavy handed, though I love a dark smoky liner. I’m very into that look too. I really like this MAC pencil.

One of the best things I’ve ever tried is Dr. Perricone No Foundation Foundation. It is the greatest product ever. It’s a slight layer to even your skin tone and it’s skin perfecting. I just put a drop on after I wash my face. Even when I run out to get coffee, I’ll put on a little foundation and under-eye concealer, always. You never know who you’re going to run into. You should always expect to run into someone, so your skin should always look perfect.”

-Dani Stahl,  Nylon Magazine Style Editor-at-Large; @danistahl


Makeup Bag: Fashion Designer Charlotte Ronson

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“My beauty philosophy is all about less is more. Enhancing your beauty while still feeling like yourself. I prefer a sun-kissed, healthy glow all year round so I created products like A Summer’s Kiss Face & Body Glow, A Perfect Mess Beach Hair, 2 X A Charm Blush/Bronzer as part of my exclusive beauty line for Sephora.

I used to buy makeup solely for the packaging and now I am actually intrigued by the enhancing and beautifying effects. I am lucky to have so many creative and inspiring girl friends and family members in my life, as well as being given the opportunity to work with Sephora, who are the world’s top beauty brand. I try my best to fully take advantage of their knowledge on a daily basis.

Every season I put on a runway show and obviously the clothes are what I’m selling but the hair and make-up are just as crucial in creating the finished look.

I partnered with Sephora for my beauty line and it happened somewhat organically. I had always wanted to expand into beauty, but I knew I wanted to be able to translate my design aesthetic in an authentic way.

I like an understated beauty and my line represents that. The products seamlessly transition from day to night, and are uncomplicated, portable, and easy to use for an effortlessly chic look. You still feel like you, but just enhanced. Women like Kate Moss, Lauren Hutton, Jane Birkin, and Bianca Jagger are my beauty inspirations.

Makeup Bag:

My makeup bag is one that I designed for my Holiday collection, I used the same lace that I used in my ready to wear collection for holiday. This bag is exclusive to Sephora and in my makeup bag is:

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Mess Beach Hair: A Perfect Mess is the perfect beach spray that was inspired by my mother. She always has that perfectly beach-chic, tousled hair. It’s light scent reminds me of a perfect beach day. It’s great because it moisturizes and also protects your hair from the sun.

Charlotte Ronson A Perfect Kiss Lip Gloss:I love all of my lip glosses which are held in their own heart-shaped tubes. They are named after my friends and sisters. They are lightweight, sheer and not sticky. I use two, in particular, quite frequently. Samantha is a light pink, which is perfect for all day, everyday. Annabelle is a sheer red; This pop of colour is fun and unique without being too loud.

Charlotte Ronson 2 X A Charm Blush/Bronzer in Abby and Mindy: Abby Elliott is an amazing actress-comedienne on Saturday Night Live. She always looks fresh-faced and glowing. Mindy Kaling is also an amazingly talented actress, writer and comedian. Their cheeky personalities inspired these vibrant color combinations. 2x A Charm is one of my favorites and it’s one of the new products from my Spring collection. They are double ended cream sticks, each with a blush on one side and a bronzer on the other to impart a sheer, natural wash of color onto my cheeks. They feature a rich, creamy texture that glides and blends easily to create a natural, blushing glow. The blush/bronzer is great for your cheeks, face, and even your lips.

Charlotte Ronson All Eye Need Eyeshadow Quad in Henrietta: This is our best seller at Sephora. It’s named after my sister Henrietta who is a lawyer, YAY. This is an eyeshadow quad with a unique light filter technology. The colors are really easy and wearable and compliment all complexions. You can apply a little or layer them up for nighttime. They are easy to blend and build and also provide anti aging properties — can’t beat that!!

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Honey: This is my go-to. No matter what, I always have it with me. It’s magical. I apply it under my eyes and it helps to hide my dark circles. It blends effortlessly.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara: It has a big wand that goes on smoothly. You literally only have to apply it once or twice. It truely gives the appearance of long, luscious lashes.

Charlotte Ronson Double XO Lipstick/Lipstain in Katherine: This is a lipstick/lip stain; It’s a perfect red for the day as it’s bold but wearable. It’s just an easy color and you can wear it as a lipstick, a stain, lipstick over stain, stain over lipstick.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: These, Sarah Howard told me about. They’re the perfect remedy for tired eyes. She told me to apply them while you do your eye makeup and by the time your finished, your eyes will look as good as new.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me: It’s a lip balm that has a little hint of sheer red and it moisturizes. My makeup artist Beau Nelson told me about it.

Stila Liquid Eyeliner Pen: I’m just learning how to do my own eyeliner. This pen gives you a nice straight line and it’s almost foolproof. I use it for my nighttime look with the Eyes to Kill Mascara, my Abby Bronzer/Blush, and maybe a soft, understated red Annabelle lipgloss.

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil: My friend Hedi [Gores] told me about this. I put the oil under my eyes when I wake up and before I go to bed . It helps re-hydrate, and i apply this then my under-eye concealer as it helps it go on smoothly. I blot a little because you don’t want your face to look oily.

NARS Lipstick in Tonkin: I just love this. It’s a matte lipstick in a mauve-pink, basically my lip color. It’s a perfect neutral wear.
MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl: This matches the NARS Tonkin. Sometimes it’s nice to wear a little lip liner to define the shape of my lips and make them appear fuller. At night if I wear the Nars lipstick, I’ll also wear the lip liner with a cat eye, which I’ve recently learned to do!”

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Makeup Bag: Sophomore Designer Chrissie Miller

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“I wish I was better at putting on makeup and knowing what works best on me. I think it’s a real art and I think it takes a lot of skill. Sometimes I think because I can’t draw, I’m not good at drawing on my face. If I could have someone do my makeup every day, I most definitely would because I cannot do my own. I’m very impressed with how Sarah [Howard] is able to put on eye shadow and experiment and I would love to be able to do that and be more experimental with my makeup techniques.

I like unexpected makeup; something that is a bit unusual like not your average lip color but experimenting with orange and purples instead of your everyday red or pink. But my boyfriend thinks I look like a tranny when I wear too much makeup so I guess you can say that, when I do do my makeup, I’m doing it for the girls. At least they appreciate the time and effort it takes to put it on!

I like the way that Drea de Matteo uses makeup. I’ve never seen her without it and I’ve lived in the same building with her! I love her devotion to waking up and putting on a full face of makeup. I guess that I thought I’d grow up one day and just know how to put on makeup from watching my mother do it. Sadly, that was not the case for me.

Here’s what I have in my makeup bag at the moment:

Mason Pearson Junior Mixed Bristle Brush – Because my hair is so long, it tends to become really knotted so I always carry a brush so that I don’t look like I just had sex. By the way, I’m a real blonde.
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude – I’ve used this product forever. It’s a standard that I always have with me. It’s for daytime when I don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup but want an even skin tone and some coverage. And it doubles as a pretty decent moisturizer.
Chanel Teint Innocence SPF 10 in Cameo – This is my favorite makeup product and they’re discontinuing it – I am so sad. It covers up all of my Melasma and zits and it makes me feel like a supermodel when I wear it.
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Hotel Heiress – I’m really into pale at the moment but when I do wear bronzer, this is my go-to. I’ve actually turned a lot of my friends on to it. I can’t really lay my face in the sun and so this color is as close to the sun as I’ll get.
Chanel Powder Blush in Rose Dust Jen Brill (Chanel Ambassador) convinced me that this would be a better shade for me in the winter. Not sure if I’m buying it, but I’m testing it out. Because I’m really into pale skin, I find that blush is very important to bring out some color so that I don’t look like I’m sick or transparent.
Eyelash Curler – I curl my lashes after.  I know, I know, most people do it before. But I feel like it helps to de-clump and separate when I do it post mascara.
MAC Lipstick in Warm Me Up – This is my daytime color. It’s very neutral and gives my lips a bit of a pinkish color. I have naturally red lips so sometimes I like to bring them down a notch.
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment – Did you know it’s illegal in the United States? It’s not FDA approved, but we’ve been selling it at our store, 143, because one of our employees is Australian. I’m obsessed. Mainly, I just like the packaging. And the product’s pretty good too. I think it works better than Aquaphor. Honestly.
Chalotte Ronson Lipgloss in Sophia – Charlotte is a really good friend of mine and I’m so excited about her new makeup line at Sephora. There is a lipgloss called Chrissie but I prefer the Sophia for me (kidding). The glosses are seriously awesome – they give your lip the right amount of color and shine without being overpowering or messy.
Drugstore Concealer Wand – I think it’s CoverGirl, I’ve been using the same one since I’m sixteen. It matches my skin color pretty perfectly and since my biggest beauty concern is my dark circles, I am never without concealer under my eyes. I stalk up whenever I walk into a drugstore.
Chanel Brow Pencil in Blond Clair – When I got my eyebrows shaped at the Pierre Michel Salon, Sue Ellen told me that the Chanel brow pencil is the lightest one she had ever seen. And it’s true, it really shapes my brows rather than fills them in. I use it only if I have time (which is practically never!).
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red – I am really into pale skin and when I’m feeling like I need a little color on my face, I turn to a red lip. This is my favorite red color. I only wear red at night and never when I’m djing. I hate being too dressed up when I’m djing.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Black – I’m really into the packaging. Anything gold is good. I think I tend to choose makeup a lot by the packaging it comes in. Mascara is mascara, you know? But packaging sets it apart. And, for the record, I do like a bottom lash full of mascara. Very Twiggy.”

I keep all of my products in a LeSportSac bag that I have decorated with a few cool pins. The Sophomore and Miller pins are my favorite – Sophomore is my clothing liner and Miller is the beer but also my last name, although no relation (sadly).


Makeup Bag: The Jungle

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Over the holiday, I spent a week in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (I highly recommend a vaca to this amazing beach town) for a mini yoga and surf retreat. With plush scenery, 75 degree water and the clearest, blue skies, the place was paradise. Only one problem with my jungle retreat: Santa Teresa is a beach town and the roads reflect that – unpaved, dirt roads with giant potholes. Oh, and let me not forget to mention that you drive quads, not cars. A quad is like a 4-wheeler motorcycle that is ideal for off-loading. Needless-to-say, dirt roads + an open quad = soiled face. And makeup? Leave your glosses, shadows and mascara stateside. While driving on the quad, the wind in my face, dirt even stuck to my moisturized lips while dirt clouds dispersing on the quad  blinded vision. Without makeup, my toiletry bag was significantly lighter. That’s not to say that my bag wasn’t full (I am a serious product over-packer). An array of sunscreens and moisturizers took the place of tinted moisturizers and bronzers.

I did make every effort to travel light – mini and travel-sized products are ideal – and, I think, perhaps I actually succeeded.

Here are the products in my toiletry bag:

David Babaii for Wildaid Bohemian Beach Spray  ($12.00)- Just about my favorite vacation spray. When at the beach, hair should always look beachy. The ocean makes that happen, this spray ensures that it happens.
KeSARI Pore Minimizing Indian Clay Masque ($24.50) – Dirt-ridden pores are my worst enemy. This exceptional clay mask is actually moisturizing as it cleans out the pores. The clay isn’t your average “hardening clay,” it’s almost like a milky gel that dries but doesn’t pull your face tight.
REN mini Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash and Lotion ($28.00 for the set, including a bath oil)- Just because I was jungle-bound didn’t mean I had to smell it. In face, just the opposite – all the more reason to clean and moisturize with one of the best rose scents around.
La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid  ($29.95)- I used this every morning on my face and chest and reapplied multiple times a day. I wasn’t kidding around. This stuff absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave the filmy or greasy look.
Aubrey Organics Soothing Body Lotion, Evening Primrose  – You can never have too much lotion (hence the full-size bottle) and I like to slather on cream every chance I get. Salt from the ocean has a tendency to dry out skin on an obscene – even painful – level. Not to mention the sun can leave skin  dehydrated (even with SPF). This formula is thick enough to moisturize and thin enough to absorb quickly. A bonus is that this organic body lotion smells delish – think very mild floral and honey. FULL DISCLOSURE: Santa Teresa doesn’t have a problem with mosquitos so a scented cream is fine. If you are traveling to a mosquito-infested area, steer clear of ALL scents unless you want to get eaten alive.
Clinique Sun: SPF 30 Face Cream ($19.00), SPF 30 Body Cream ($21.00) SPF Targeted Protection Stick ($20.00) – More sun protection. I love this range because it’s gentle enough not to irritate my face and body (sunscreen has a tendency to make me break-out). I used the SPF 45 stick on lips and around eyes. It’s extra moisturizing while still giving me the protection that I wanted.
Dickensen’s Witch Hazel Cleansing Astringent Towelettes ($4.99) – One of the most important travel companions, especially with the unpaved roads. I don’t think that my face had ever been so piled with dirt. Individually wrapped is key – I carried the singles in my purse and freshened up after every quad ride.
SoPhyto mini Dual Action Exfoliating Treatment (from the pre-packaged Daily Skin Essentials Collection, $49.00) – I only used this twice on the trip. Once, the night before my first day in the water and the second time was the morning that I left. It really worked to rid my face of all of the soiled skin cells.
SoPhyto mini Balancing Daily Moisturizer (from the pre-packaged Daily Skin Essentials Collection, $49.00) – Combine sun and sea and my combination complexion was left looking like a raisin… dehydrated. A daily, light, moisturizer soothed and hydrated.
SoPhyto mini pH Optimizing Restorative Toner (from the pre-packaged Daily Skin Essentials Collection, $49.00) – I love anything in a spray. I used the toner drenched on cotton pads to swipe my face clean at the end of the day, and spritzed throughout the day as a nourishing refresher.
SoPhyto mini Natural Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (from the pre-packaged Daily Skin Rejuvenation Collection, $65.00) – I like this cleanser because it really cleans without being too harsh or stripping the skin. And when you’re in the sun and ocean all day, every day, it’s important to use gentle and soothing products on your face.
SoPhyto mini Multivitamin Facial Serum (from the pre-packaged Daily Skin Rejuvenation Collection, $65.00) & Anti Aging Antioxidant Serum (from the pre-packaged Daily Skin Essentials Collection, $49.00) – I would put a few drops of both in my palm, rub my hands together and pat onto my skin. The smell is a bit overwhelming (something close to egg batter), but the results are astonishing: healthy and glowing skin (even in the jungle!). I also felt like I was loading up on antioxidants and vitamins – always important post sun.
Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream – Eye creams hold a soft spot in my heart and this one is no exception. Love this stuff. It’s gentle, soothing and moisturizing. I used it morning and night (and sometimes post-surf).
Sephora Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel  ($15.00)- For those mornings when I woke up with the sun rise, this roller eye gel is a perfect way to soothe tired eyes and puffiness. I relished the feeling of  metal roller balls around my eyes – cool, yet massage-like.
Anastasia Tweezers ($28.00)- Yes, I’m in the jungle, but I don’t need my brows looking like a jungle. I take my tweezers everywhere. Stray hair? Pluck and it’s gone. I never shape my own brows, however. Just simple touch-ups.
Ojon Hair Restorative Hair Treatment  ($19.50 for 1.5 oz)- A great travel companion due to its small size, this hair elixir adds an infusion of moisture back into sun damaged ends. The all-natural, thick formula turns into an oil when rubbed between the palms.
Fresh Sugar Plum & Rose Tinted Lip ($22.50 each) – These are my staple lip tints for sun and swim. With SPF, hydration and a hint of color, I wear the rose tint every day for a sheer red hue. When dining out, I’d apply a few coats of the plum tint for a pretty berry-stained lip ((this was the only makeup I used the entire week).
Healthy Hair Eco-Friendly Bamboo Large Oval Brush ($9.89)- Eco-friendly hair brush that works great on wet and tangled hair. It’s also perfectly acceptable to get the brush wet – very important when on a beach trip.

I packed all of my products in my friend Shoshanna’s collab toiletry bag with  AHAVA ($35.00). The waterproof material and 2 giant zippered compartments makes this beauty bag both convenient and dependable.

*Santa Teresa, Costa Rica


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