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How To: The No-Makeup-Makeup Look

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Francois Nars created an internet frenzy when he glammed up the Marc Jacobs models with nothing more than moisturizer for the Spring 2015 runway show last week. No makeup? Bare skin? Blemishes? OH MY! Okay, let’s get a few things straight. Models are extraordinary creatures. Their chiseled cheek bones, thick, groomed, gorgeous brows, wide-set eyes, full, voluptuous lips, and glowing complexion that looks like they just slept 10 hours and got an oxygen facial, simultaneously, are not the norm. That’s why they’re models. And they’re the exception, not the rule. We mortals can fake most of the aesthetics (save for height and weight) – such as those angular cheekbones, thick brows, and model-worthy glow – with the help of a few trusted products. And then we, too, can brag about our superhuman perfection.

Prep: When it comes to no-makeup-makeup, prepping your skin is key. You want to create that coveted dewiness… and a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, a natural plumping agent that rehydrates all skin types. It holds its weight in water by something like 100 times. Dewy skin starts with a thoroughly hydrated base so make sure to layer your serums and moisturizers. Try Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion (I’m a huge fan of the entire Dr. Gross range). At an affordable $58, this oil-free face cream will inject moisture without a greasy residue for a healthy, dewy complexion.

Adding a drop of face oil to your moisturizer will do wonders for your glowing-from-within complexion. I’m a fan of Sunday Riley’s Artemis Hydroactive Face Oil ($125), formulated specifically for oily skin so it won’t make you break out. For drier skin types, try Sunday Riley’s Juno Face Oil. Literally, all you need is one drop. The Sunday Riley team actually used this moisturizer / face oil combination backstage at a slew of fashion shows this season so, basically, it’s model approved.

Complexion: We’re striving for a no-makeup look so foundation is out of the question. If you’re really self-conscious about your uneven complexion, use a very sheer tinted moisturizer like Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer ($70). This one is great because it covers imperfections without looking cakey. In fact, it leaves a dewy glow on the skin, similar to that of a supped-up hyaluronic acid moisturizer. If you have a tinted moisturizer that you adore, thin it out by adding more of your actual moisturizer to the tinted one, then apply.

If you can live without the tinted moisturizer, try spot treating blemishes and imperfections with a blend able concealer – the same color as your skin tone (This is how Nars treated the Marc Jacobs models because, yes, even models get the occasional breakout). Two exceptional products that work well as spot treatments/ faux foundations are RMS Un Cover-Up ($36) and the celebrity favorite, Clea de Peau Concealer ($70) (I often use both at once!).

Cheekbones: To add a little chisel to your cheekbones without it looking like you’re trying too hard, apply a contouring powder very lightly into the hollow of your cheekbone and blend out toward your hairline. Try Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder ($44). If you apply correctly, the makeup won’t be noticeable but the newly improved model-like cheekbone will!

Eyebrows: A full brow can literally change your entire face. You don’t need eye makeup if you have a thick, full brow. So, do what the experts do, and color in the lines! My absolute favorite brow powder is from Anastasia. The Brow Powder Duo ($23) lets you mix and match two shades to create your brow hue (I suggest going slightly darker to make eyebrows look larger and more full). But here’s the real trick. If your brows are thin or sparse, after filling them in with powder, go over them with Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel ($22) – extra dark, extra thick, and everything will stay in place.

Extras: The no-makeup look basically implies that you’re not using any makeup (although we know that this isn’t entirely fact… shhhh). And mascara is a dead giveaway. But you can fake longer lashes by adding some gloss to the lashes — seriously, it works! Try a multipurpose cream like Aquaphor ($5) or Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream ($21) or Rosebud Salve  ($6) (this was the product used at the Marc Jacobs show on the models’ lips). Add a dab onto cheekbones – and even brow bones – to accentuate your natural dew.

NYFW SS 2015 Trend: The Glossy Lid 3 Ways

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The glossy eyelid is about as new as the lob. Meaning, it’s been around forever but it’s getting some major props as of late, especially on the New York runways of the spring / summer 2015 collections.

Anyone who follows beauty trends knows that they’re much like Beyonce: They have a way of reinventing themselves before they become passé. The glossy lid is no exception. While a few of my favorite past representations of the glowing, glossy lid (from the runways of Mara Hoffman, Luca Luca, and L’wren Scott S/S 2012) unearthed shiny eyelids in bright and bold hues, this year’s glossy lid is more subdued, au naturel, earthy, and very wearable. .

Get inspired by these three fashion week faces, all focusing on… you got it!… the 2015 glossy lid:

Models at the Jason Wu show strutted down the runway with eyes glistening from a combination of kohl eyeliner and an abundance of eye cream. “The cream takes off some of the liner and leaves a beautiful residue and sheen on the lid,” explains key makeup artist Diane Kendal who used Lancome’s Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee, an ebony brown, to achieve this eyelid. “This gives you that soft, dewy effect.” Basically, she created a soft, glossy smokey eye by lining the lash line with the kohl liner, then dabbing a Q-tip with eye cream and gently removing part of the liner to create a very subtle smudge. Adding and subtracting to get that ethereal no-makeup-makeup look.

Glossy – or as MAC refers to them, shiny – lids were spotted on the Edun runway as well. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used Groundwork Pro Longwear Paint Pot across the eyelids and to the outer crease to contour and define. With just a single color applied to the entire eye, Tilbury then created the shiny look by adding MAC Pro Mixing Medium Shine (which is basically a fancier Eight Hour Cream) onto eyelids right before the models took to the runway. This created a natural, dewy, do-eyed lid.

At another runway close by, Diane Kendel (this time for Nars Cosmetics) created a glossy lid and brow. “Thakoon wanted the girls to appear as if they were coming out of water, so the beauty look is all about the gloss on the eyelid and brushed up into the brow,” explains Kendel, who used Nars’ Triple X Lip Gloss, an ultra-glossy clear, on the models’ eyelids and brows. “Less is more.” Again, the result is that dewy, glowing-from-the-inside, I-eat-all-of-my-vegetables-and-have-perfect-skin look. (Application Fun: Use your finger to dab gloss onto your lids and gently rub up to your brow, covering the brow hairs which will, undoubtedly, tame unruly brows as well!).

Favorites: NYFW Faces

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And that’s officially a wrap on NYFW. Oh, the fashion! Oh, the beauty. From bobs and bleached brows (and Kendall Jenner’s runway debut) at Marc Jacobs to cornrows and cranberry lips at Tibi, fall 2014 has some special trends in store… and a few throwbacks too (like the frosted lips of Rodarte – can you say Charlie’s Angels? – and the Pippi Long Stocking pigtails at Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Have  a look at our favorite faces of New York Fashion Week A/ W 2014.

In slideshow: Rodarte, makeup by James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics; Marc by Marc Jacobs, hair by Redken Creative Consultant Guido; Phillip Lim, makeup by Francelle Daly for NARS Cosmetics; Tibi, hair by Antoinette Beenders for Aveda; Rag & Bone, makeup by Gucci Westman for Revlon; Prabal Gurung, makeup by Diane Kendal for MAC; Helmet Lang, makeup by Hannah Murray for NARS Cosmetics; Oscar de la Renta, makeup by Gucci Westman for Revlon; Marchesa, hair by Mark Hampton for Toni & Guy/ makeup by Gucci Westman for Revlon; Marc Jacobs, hair by Orlando Pita

Now, for our favorite beauty products right off the runways: love, love, love the lip at Rodarte. James used Nars’ Mambo Eyeliner, layered with Deborah Audacious Lipstick (new for Fall 2014, for now try Pigalle Semi Matte Lipstick) and Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lip Gloss.

The Rag & Bone cat eye is killer. Gucci paired four Revlon eyeliners together to create that feline line: ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Black, ColorStay Crème Gel Liner in Black, ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Black Out (in-stores June 2014) and Luxurious Color Eyeliner in Black Velvet.

Beautiful clean faces and perfectly shaded eyes took center stage at a bevy of shows, but my favorite would have to be Helmut Lang. The wash of berry eyelids, created by Hannah Murray, was achieved by mixing Nars’ Deborah Audacious Lipstick (new for Fall 2014, for now try Pigalle Semi Matte Lipstick – same product used to create the Rodarte lip) and Heat Pressed Powder.

NYFW A/W 2014: The Graphic Eye

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One of the biggest beauty  trends thus far to strut down the NYFW runways, is the graphic lined eye. Think of it as the cat eye — on crack. Thick, smudged, dramatic graphic lines above and below the lash line make the eye the focal point. Whether you choose to do a reverse cat eye (like at Nicholas K), a smudged dark lower line (like at Tome – James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry, says of the look: “The beauty muse was the Iranian artist Shirin Neshat and we specifically wanted to capture the spirit of how she wore her eyeliner.”), or an over exaggerated, flirty 60s inspired feline eye (like at Rag & Bone), one thing is certain: black eyeliner will be your best friend come fall.

Here, 5 of our favorite eyeliners:

1. Dolce & Gabbana Glam Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner ($34) – a richly pigmented liquid liner that glides on with its thin paintbrush-like applicator.
2. Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eye Liner ($30) – A pen-like, pigmented liquid liner.
3. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20) – One of my favorites, the felt tip pen applicator makes for easy application.
4. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($16) – Another favorite, this gel formula gives precise application while offering a softer finish than your average liquid liner.
5. Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Onyx ($36) – One of the smoothest pencils that has ever touched my eye. A classic kohl liner with an ultra malleable tip that allows for easy application and beautiful smudges.

TIP: Apply different types of eyeliner and layer over one another to create various effects. For example, start with a pencil and smudge, then layer a liquid liner to create a bold, precise line. Feel free to play with all variations!

Trend Alert: Spring 2012 NYFW Trend Round-Up

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New York Fashion Week is officially over. Off to London, MIlan and Paris for more fashion, more makeup and more hair. But first, let us reflect on the top Spring 2012 NYFW trends that we are bound to see next year.

From the wearable (a bold lip) to the not-so-wearable (greasy hair), here is a round up of the hair and face trends to come:

Greasy Hair – Not that you’d ever actually want to leave your home with your strands in this condition, but it seems like many runways boasted the “unwashed” hair look this season. Proenza Schouler (pictured), Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung are three of them.

The Bun – The bun is definitely a runway staple as it allows for the focal point to be the makeup and, of course, the clothes. This season, the bun took on a few different forms. There was the apres-swim bun at Sophie Theallet and the ballerina bun at Bibhu Mohapatra (pictured), to name two.

The Pony – The ponytail is another common runway style because it keeps the hair off of the face and away from the designs. But ponytails can take on so many different forms (as Spring 2012 has proven). A few examples: The messy pony at Charlotte Ronson, the low-slung, loose pony at Reed Krakoff (pictured), the modern, sleek pony (secured with a barrette rather than a rubber band) at Ports 1961 and a fashion-forward, semi-braided, sleek low pony with an exagaratted side part at Marchesa.

Bold Lip – A colorful, vibrant lip is a Spring staple and next Spring will, once again, see this trend. From bright orange to bright pink, shows like Prabal Gurung (bold berry/pink), Betsey Johnson (bright hot pink; pictured) and Jason Wu (creamy orange) displayed this trend to perfection.

Glowing, Dewy Skin – Skin seems to take on a very dewy, almost sweaty look. The inspiration for many of these faces is “sporty, athleticism.” Cynthia Rowley, Mandy Coon, Phillip Lim, Preen (pictured) Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs.

Glossy Eyes – From fresh-eyed to black-lined, glossy eyes are going to be big come Spring 2012. Mara Hoffman (pictured) showed a greasy black liner with a glossy, gilded eye, L’Wren Scott did a glossy lid for a “deconstructed” look and Luca Luca did a glossy eye with a subtle pop of purple color.

Thick, Dark Brows – Overly thick, dark, accentuated brows (a.k.a. strong brows) are what’s next for your arches — so start growing them now. To darken, you can use dye for a permanent look or try a deep brown or black pencil for the dramatic effect without the commitment. Joseph Altuzarra (pictured) is the perfect example of this trend. Other shows that opted for the thick brow and/ or dark brow are Mara Hoffman, Daryl K and Oscar de la Renta.

Bronzed Complexion – This isn’t your average tanned glow, the bronzed complexion of Spring 2012 is an overall golden shimmer. Shows like L’Wren Scott, Michael Kors and Doo.Ri (pictured) are perfect examples of this trend.

What trend will you be wearing come next Spring?

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