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NYFW Trend Report: Do The Dew

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As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, we’re revisiting the best beauty from the runway. Certain trends leave a lasting impression, meaning there’s no way we’ll be waiting until fall to try them out.  One of our all time favorites was the dewy, glowy sheen seen at countless shows, from Baja East and Tory Burch to Carolina Herrera.  Here’s how to get that look today.

Prepping is crucial for a radiant, not slick, appearance.  At Maiyet and Self-Portrait, our fairy-glowmother, Tata Harper, used three key products to ready models.  Hydrating Floral Essence ($68) refreshes and tones the skin.  Rejuvenating Serum ($95) plumps and firms, and finally, Repairative Moisturizer ($105) smoothes and adds further hydration.

Once your skin is ready, it’s time to have some fun with makeup.  Here are the must have products to achieve this look:

1. Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick ($40) will perfect your complexion without masking it.

2. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38) is a cult highlighter for good reason. Tap it on your cheekbones and brow bones for a lit from within glow.

3. Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl ($20) delivers serious shine to your eyelid thanks to plenty of hydrating natural oils.

4. Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara ($16) gives your lashes natural length with a silky finish.

5. ARROW Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm ($14) adjusts to your personal pH for a “your lips but better” color.

Are you a dewy or matte gal?  Let us know in the comments!

Images via vogue.com

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

Trend: Spring’s 5 Best Cream Blushes

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Makeup can fix almost any cosmetic woe. That being said, few things perk up a face quite like blush. Considering we’ve finally reached spring, blush is crucial in helping to achieve that coveted, natural inner glow. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and we need our faces to match this festive season! Goodbye to winter’s walking vampire-esque appearance; you won’t be missed. Hello, spring!

Applying blush is one of the easiest makeup techniques to master, regardless of if you prefer using a brush or your fingers. If you’re looking for a bit more color, try applying with a blush brush. For a more subtle, natural flush, channel your inner child and finger paint your face. TIP: Always make sure your hands are squeaky clean to avoid transferring germs and dirt and clogging your pores. God forbid another reason to breakout!

This season, when it comes to blush, cream formulas are the go-to, and there are a plethora of colors and brands to choose from. Take baby steps and start with these five pre-approved options:

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint ($35) changed a certain someone’s (cough, cough) entire view about cream blush. It is that easy to use. Presumably, the newest shade, Very Popular, will in fact be very popular since it’s the perfect warm rose hue. This product is designed to be buildable, so layer it to achieve your desired level of rosiness.

Do you ever look at someone’s face and think “wow, they look so healthy!” Here’s a secret: It probably isn’t the $12 green juice that they attribute it to, but instead this blush: bareMinerals Pop of Passion Blush Balm ($22). Not only does the formula give a gorgeous healthy flush, but it truly lasts all day long. For spring, try Posy Passion, sheer fuchsia, and Papaya Passion, a vibrant coral peach.

You may already have enough pink in your cheeks, whether it’s from being overheated or even a bit embarrassed. Nars Illuminating Multiple in St. Lucia ($39) will enhance your natural color by adding the perfect amount of glow without too much pigment. You will look like yourself, but better!

Inspired by the gorgeous light during California’s “magic hour,” Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color ($29) gives West Coast radiance even in the greyest East Coast cities. It comes in a variety of shades, but Beverly Hills Blush is truly the ideal peachy-pink with just a hint of gold shimmer. The genius double-ended design comes with a flat buffing sponge on one end, making it ideal for on-the-go touchups. Yesssssss.

Considering she has tried thousands upon thousands of products, when our editor Sarah says something is her favorite, you listen! She adores Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow ($26), which she applies with a blush brush for sheer color without a hint of grease. Liquifuchsia, a sheer bright pink, is her favorite, but all six of the colors are spring-appropriate.

Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

Trend: Platinum Is Back!

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Platinum isn’t exactly a new trend – there have been a plethora of notable platinum heads for decades now, perhaps the most famous being Marilyn Monroe – but when Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto (who seriously resembles a young Karl Lagerfeld) both decided to debut new platinum ‘dos on the same day (yesterday at the Balmain show in Paris), platinum is once again on our minds and our lips. So, to those of you debating the change, remember this: platinum requires major maintenance. First and foremost, roots are your enemy, so get super friendly with the bleach (and your colorist). Touchups are constant. This isn’t the ombre, roots-are-cool-and-hipster hair ‘do. Secondly, the makeup you wore as your blonde, brunette, or ginger-haired self isn’t going to cut it with the new platinum shade. This bright yellow-white hue can turn a complexion sickly and sallow, and your everyday hassle-free lashes and brows are likely going to need some serious maintenance too, so be prepared to stock your beauty bag with these essential tools:

Purple Shampoo – I hear it becomes an obsession for those that go platinum: The color correcting shampoos are hair saving. Purple neutralizes the brassiness while keeping color vibrant. Try John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo ($6) TIGI’s sulfate-free version, Catwalk Fashionista Violet Shampoo ($30). And while we’re speaking hair maintenance, bleach will obliterate the hair shaft from roots to ends, so make sure to add a deep conditioning mask bi-weekly, like Kerastase Masque Chroma Captive ($61), specifically designed to preserve color and prevent damage.

The Brow Game – This season’s brow trend is undeniably BIG. But the point of a statement brow isn’t just to be thick, fully, and arched, it’s to make a statement. So, for some, this will mean bleaching the brows entirely (you know, to match your new bleached ‘do), although this is a tough look to pull off so not recommended for all. Rather, try and keep brows on trend by filling them in for fullness but also making them somewhat darker. That whole dark brow / light hair look is still a coveted combination. The trick with the platinum hair and dark brow pairing is to give your brow a more subdued shading, instead of harsh lines and deep, aggressive coloring. So, try a shade that is brown instead of black, one that has a bit more ashiness, instead of brightness, like Dolce & Gabbana’s Shaping Eyebrow Pencil ($45) in Soft Brown or Chestnut, depending on your natural coloring. This is just about the most effortlessly gliding applicator on a pencil that I’ve ever used, which actually draws more like a crayon so it’s more subtle.

Dipped Lashes – There’s nothing more frightening than barely-there lashes (think Tilda Swinton) and a bright white head of hair. So, when going platinum, take your lashes to the colorist too. Dye them dark and, even then, apply highly pigmented, lacquered mascara on the daily. Try Sunday Riley’s The Influencer Extra Volume Glossy Mascara ($30) for thick, coated, black lashes. This will contrast beautifully with your new, lighter hair hue.

Complexion Perfection – Too orange and you’ll look like you belong alongside Snooki on the Jersey Shore. Too pale and you’ll look like you need an ambulance. The trick is to keep your skin either white or pinky-golden. A good rule of thumb is this: Cool skin tones (pink or blue undertones) will be beautifully milky with platinum hair, so stay away from the bronzer entirely and opt, instead, for whitening and brightening powders like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($24). If you’re of an olive complexion, like Kim and Gwen Stefani, another notorious platinum master, choose a neutral-to-pink bronzer, as opposed to yellow, with a hint of shimmer to awaken the complexion, like Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess ($30).

The Right Red – When it comes to lipsticks, toss the moody, dark cranberries and opt for the bright, bold siren red shades. They’ll instantly liven up your face. Gwen told Elle magazine that she applies “a matte, dry base such as L’Oreal Paris Infallible in Ravishing Red ($8), and then something creamy and moist on top, like MAC Lipglass in Russian Red ($15).” And, apparently, Marilyn’s signature shade wasn’t actually red, but was more of an orange with some red undertones, like Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana ($32).

Trend: Texture For Fall

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Messy, beachy, bed head, textured hair has been a trend since Alexa Chung hit the MTV airwaves back in 2009 with her perfectly undone bob. Lucky for us (and by “us” we are referring to everyone who keeps their mane maintenance rather low), this look is still the style to covet for fall. While we’re rather excited about textured tresses remaining the “cool” girls trend of choice, fall 2014 texture is somewhat more sophisticated and manipulated than season’s past. Meaning, texturizing products are encouraged when creating this season’s undone / done ‘do.

Celebrity hairstylist Christine Symonds, whose clients include Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Hailee Steinfeld, explains that this season’s textured hair is “anything from a slight bend or intentional crease to a ton of movement and wave in the hair.” Symonds adds that “usually texture refers to a more undone, natural pattern rather than a curl.” So, for you kinky curled ladies, you’ll want to straighten then bend. See, there is a method to the madness that is messy, undone hair.

“The best way to achieve this look is to spray damp hair with a sea salt spray and scrunch the hair from the ends up to your roots,” notes Symonds. “Do not comb out, instead let hair air dry. If more texture is desired, twist strands in to loose buns and bobby pin while letting dry – or dry with blow dryer. Once hair is dry, spray with a texture spray.”

Christine Symonds Texturizing Product Picks:
1. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($5) – I love using this in damp hair and saturating the entire head of hair with the spray. It smells amazing and gives great beachy texture as the hair dries naturally.
2. R+CO ROCKAWAY Salt Spray ($25) – I love using this spray on dry hair to activate texture. Just scrunch the product in the hair. It has a nice even mist that adds grit to hair.
3. Garnier Fructis Texture Tease ($4) – I love using this product on the roots to create volume. I spray it down the entire shaft of the hair to build even more texture and body.
4. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) – This product is my go-to on any shoot or second day hair styling! It’s the perfect blend of hairspray and dry shampoo. It doesn’t leave any residue on the hair and removes all oils from the scalp. I use this from roots to ends.

Editor’s Pick: Serge Normant Dream Big ($25) – If you want weightless volume that gives way to undone, piecey strands, then this is the product to purchase. It’ll give you that magical mix of Cindy Crawford (circa 1990s) volume and Mary Kate Olsen’s messiness. In other words, it’s perfectly textured hair in a bottle.

SS NYFW Trend: The Sleek Pony, 3 Ways

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A return to elegance was the mane theme on the New York runways. From a throwback to Hollywood glam at show’s like Diane Von Furstenberg to “veil-straight” hair at The Row, done up hair is the new undone. Of course, there was still the occasional grunge style to be had and seen – like Rag & Bone’s slick scalps and Versus’s texturized bead head (although even these were presented with more manicured finishings), but overall, spring 2015 is shaping up to be the season of salon styled hair. And, honestly, we’re kind of relieved that sleek strands, bouncy curls, and glossy tresses are making a comeback.

Speaking of comebacks, pony’s (as in tails, not horses) were spotted on a slew of NYFW catwalks. While the spring 2015 pony is definitely more groomed than the ones of seasons past (note: you will need to invest in a hairbrush (this one is the best) — and a blowdryer!), it’s also beautifully feminine. In other words, you didn’t simply wake up, pull your knotted hair back, and haphazardly attach with a rubber band that you found secured around that stack of (unopened) mail. The new pony is sleek, stylish, and seriously shiny.

Here, 3 ways to wear your pony (starting today):

At Diesel, Guido, Redken Creative Consultant, created a “groomed and classic, but slightly futuristic” low ponytail with a deep side part and an overall lacquered look. To create that sleek, shiny, flat hair, Guido used Redken’s Forceful 23 finishing spray, misting generously onto the top of the head.

At Cushnie et Ochs, Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil’s Global Creative Director created “The simple, sleek ponytail – with a twist. He said it was “designed to invoke Ancient Egyptian Mythology and the sexiness of Cleopatra.” Basically, it’s a mid-level pony with beautiful, sleek strands, and two ponytail holders about 1 1/2 inches apart to add a “puffed element.” To keep the hair uber glossy, Calero used Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine.

Alexander Wang’s sleek and sporty pony gathered at the nape of the neck with a mega-glossed scalp, adding a modern elegance to the classic style. Guido for Redken used Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist for that lacquered finish (TRY: Redken’s Smoothing Serum for those coveted model-like shiny strands. Just rub a dollop into the palm of your hands and glide over hair and scalp).

Trend: Summer Whites

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best of whites

Now that Memorial weekend is approaching, it’s time to bust out your best whites – from a crisp blazer to a shimmery shadow, the color of summer is… colorless.

Whether wearing a white skirt or an eyeliner, pair your whites with a pop of color – a bright stiletto or a bold lip will do the trick. Metallic accessories look lovely accompanying a simple white ensemble, too. Try this silver box clutch (one of my favorites!) or this white folded clutch with a simple gold embellishment. Summer whites are all about ease, so throwout your rule book, mix patterns, textures, fabrics and finishes!

As for your stark white staples, here are your summer musts:

1. Rag & Bone White Blazer ($495) – Pair with your favorite jeans or a printed dress, this linen blazer will be a staple for seasons to come.

2. Genetic Denim Shya Cigarette Jeans ($176) – These white, 5 pocket skinny jeans will become your favorite summer piece. Not only because of the versatility, but also because of the near-perfect fit.

3. BCBGeneration Tulle Skirt ($141) – Tulle is definitely having a moment so combine the trendy fabric with summer’s favorite shade. While this white, below-the-knee tulle skirt is most definitely a statement piece, it’ll pay for itself in compliments alone.

4. Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color in Aspen Snow ($26) – A true shimmery white shadow that works to make eyes appear wider and brighter. Apply all over lid or just on inner corners of eyes ala Blake Lively. A

5. Kevyn Aucoin The Eyeshadow Single in Light Bone ($30) – A matte, eggshell hue that works wonders as a base shadow to open the eyes and create the appearance of a uniformed eyelid.

6. Jouer Highlighter Camellia ($20) – Every summer face requires a pinch of dewiness. This shimmering white highlighter is a seasonal necessity. Use on brow and cheek bones, or in the inner corners of eyes to make them pop.

7. MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($16) – A soft, smudgy eyeliner in stark white. Apply to waterline to give the illusion of brighter, whiter eyes. A runway staple!

8. Jin Soon Kookie White Nail Lacquer ($18) – A white nail set against bronzed skin is the epitome of summer. This shade is “white toned tinted with a hint of gray and blue for a retro, edgy, provocative hue.” Something more than your average white tip…

Trend: The 2014 Orange Lip

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It was a runway hit at the Spring 2014 fashion shows of Rag & Bone, Creatures of The Wind (pictured) and Prabal Gurung. But it’s also staking a claim at becoming the new “it” color for award season pouts. Actresses like Caitlin Fitzgerald (at the Golden Globes) and Kate Bosworth (at Art of Elysium) have been sporting the tangerine lip trend on various red carpets. 2014 is quickly becoming the year of the orange lip.

How do you make this fashionable shade real-world wearable? Similar to its sister shade, red, orange is a universal hue that looks good on practically everyone – you just have to find the right orange for your skin tone. A few years ago, Pantone chose tangerine tango as its color of the year. Erik Soto, Sephora makeup PRO, had this to say about the bold hue: “All skin tones have a small hint of orange no matter how light or dark the complexion. [It’s a shade] that complements and brightens all complexions.” For an orange lip, Soto suggests building the color. You can still stay on-trend with a hint of orange by trying a peach or apricot gloss, instead of going full force with a matte orange lipstick. For the perfect shade, look for an orange that has more red and less yellow – this will neutralize the color.

As for the rest of your face, keep it neutral… don’t add a fuchsia cheek or an indigo eye. Beiges, apricots and golds are fine, but keep them light. You want your orange lip to be the focal point of your face.

Orange Lippies to Try:

1. Nars Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil – a bright, satin-like orange with red undertones.
2. Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick Classic Cream Lipstick in Delicious 270 – a golden, light terracotta.
3. Dior Addict Gloss in Dèlice – a sparkling peach.
4. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Oversized Orange – a sheer peach.
5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Orange De Chine – a glossy, bold orange lip stain.
6. MAC Lipstick in Morange (used on Caitlin Fitzgerald) – a creamy, vibrant orange.

Trend: Pantone’s Radiant Orchid

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color of the year - radiant orchid

Every year, Pantone chooses a color that will represent the 12 month’s to come. Last year’s shade du jour was Emerald, 2014 will be Radiant Orchid, a hybrid between rosy pink and eggplant purple. Says Pantone: “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

To wear the trend, play it subtle by using a pastel purple liner on the upper or lower eyelid. Try a bare eye and face and a bright orchid lip. Or mix the purple-pink hue by going bold on eyes and pairing it with a nude lip. Try an orchid shade on cheeks with a bright pink or red lip, too! It’s a versatile shade that looks good on basically everyone. Celebrities have been sporting the purple lip (Katy Perry) and lavender smoky eye (Taylor Swift and Amanda Seyfried) for some time now. To make it real world wearable, just choose a feature you want to highlight and keep the rest of the face as bare as possible.

So many choices, so many options…

Here are a few of our favorite products that embody the radiant orchid shade:

1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hoochie – An extreme magenta matte lip pigment.
2. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid – Lavender shimmer.
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken –  Cool lilac pink.
4. Nyx Matte Lipstick in Sweet Pink – Highly pigmented pinky purple.
5. Essie Nail Polish in Jamaica Me Crazy – A spirited magenta with shimmer.
6. Tarte Cheek Stain in Awakening – Glowy nude with pink undertones. (Psst – Great for lips, too).
7. Butter London Nail Lacquer in Molly Coddled – Opaque lavender orchid.
8. NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Eye Shadow in Rage – Electric orchid.

Fall 2013 Trend: Dewy Skin

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dewy skin for fall

“Skin, skin skin! Skin is always in. For fall it’s dewy with and a darker matte lip smudged liner and a contoured cheek,” says Celebrity Makeup Artist Marina Gravani, whose clients include Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, L’Wren Scott, and Nikki Reed. “Who says fall needs to be matte skin? If you’re following a trend you’re not creating one. Keeping the lip matte will put even more accent on the dewy skin. I like skin to look even and beautiful but radiant. To give the skin radiance I like to use illuminating cream/ liquid highlighters, tinted moisturizers, or light reflecting powders.

There are many different approaches you can use in creating the dewy look. I prefer Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizers, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, or Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer Kitten Shimmer  mixed into a foundation, or spotted just on top of the cheekbones. Go without powder in the areas that you want the dewiness. To create all-over dewy skin in seconds, simply mix Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer with your regular foundation. You can also apply it over foundation for a specific area like on the cheek or bridge of nose.

For the powder highlighters, I like to add them last so you can decide exactly where you would like the sheen to be. It could be above the cheek bone, or on the apples of the cheeks and dusted all the way back to the hairline. I like to use a smaller ended brush for this so I can really be precise. Try  Chanel’s Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder. You’ll want to add some contrast to the highlighted areas by adding darkness under the cheekbone. Feel for the dip in between your cheek bone and jaw and that’s where you apply bronzer for a sculpted cheek bone.

For contrasttpowder, I like Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder in Terra. It’s matte so it gives great contrast to the dewy skin, making the sculpted cheekbone pop. This should never be done with a shimmery bronzer as it bounces off the light and won’t give you the contrast you need for the sculpted effect.

To spot treat with a highlighter, try Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand in Pearl or Gold. Using your finger, pat the highlighter directly onto the cheekbone as well as under the brow. This will add light to the face and make for beautiful radiance. A cream illuminator can be used on the cheek bone after foundation for a wet shiny look and it can also go above the brow for a youthful glow. Powder can be used the same on the cheek bone just over the cheek after blush for a radiance.”


Trend: Pink Lips In Cannes

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Trend: Pink Lips at Cannes


The Riviera was buzzing with pink pouts – from glossy fuchsia to muted rose, pink is a definite trend this season. If you’re feeling up for the task, wear your shade bright and glossy like Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Hart. Or try a bold matte version like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to stay on-trend. Otherwise, you can still get the look with a stain or a lighter shade like Carey Mulligan’s muted pink or Bernice Bejo’s mauve rose shade.

Click on the slideshow above for the flashiest pout’s at Cannes. And here are some of our favorite pinks for spring – from highlighter to pale rose.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Shocking Pink (Bright Pink) $30
Tarte Glamazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Pure (a Matte Light Rose) $26
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Nylon (Classic Bubblegum Pink with a Neon Twist – this stuff is matte and it’s like glue – it won’t move!) $18
Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Plaza (a Sheer to Pale Pink with mauve undertones) $31
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Shy Pink (Light Natural Pink) $20
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Palpitante (a Creamy Fuchsia) $34
L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Pink Rebellion (a Bold Raspberry Pink) and Rose On (a Soft Rose) $10

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