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Makeover Monday: Spring In Your Step!

Written on March 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm , by

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In the spirit of the much-anticipated spring season, I’ve gathered a few beauty favorites for sunshine-filled days:

Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 11.31.23 AM FINGERS: Essie French Affair Collection Nail Polish in Nice is Nice, a whimsical, of-the-moment lilac with a flattering creamy finish.

Screen shot 2011-03-21 at 11.40.37 AM CHEEKS: Urban Decay Afterglow Glide on Cheek Tint in Crush leaves behind a luminous, spring-y flush that brightens any complexion.

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FACE: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, a classic that feels light on skin and lends a dewy look.

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BODY: Jennifer Aniston Eau de Parfum, a delightfully fresh, light splash of a fragrance with hints of lily and jasmine.

What are your beauty must-haves for spring?

By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 8

Written on March 14, 2011 at 9:53 am , by

In the final episode behind-the-scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shows us how to add a pop of pink to your look:

Ready, set, spring!

Behind-the-Scenes of our “Spring Awakening” Shoot: Part 5

Written on March 7, 2011 at 10:31 am , by

In the fifth episode behind the scenes of our March “Spring Awakening” feature photo shoot, Mary Kay celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shares tips on how to get sculpted, standout cheeks:

Red Carpet-Ready (in five minutes or less!)

Written on February 2, 2011 at 7:17 am , by

From the Golden Globes to the Oscars and everything in between, award season is in full swing. Although most of us watch the shows in our pajamas and not Prada, that doesn’t mean we can’t look like the stars at home. Stila for E! Live From the Red Carpet Palettes were inspired by celebs, but the convenient packaging is perfect for girls on the go. Each set includes everything you need for a glamorous night out, including a step-by-step application guide from celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero. Play up the Breathtaking Beauty Palette for a dramatic look, or use the natural colors for a fresh and flawless daytime face. Who are you most excited to see on the red carpet this year?

—Catherine Q. O’Neill, contributing blogger

Favorite Find Friday: LORAC Blush in Desire

Written on October 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm , by

Something about the chilly fall air gives us a hankering for rosy, flushed cheeks. Our favorite way to fake them (when we’re not working up a natural glow at the gym)? LORAC Blush in Desire, a true pink that looks bold in the pan, but goes on sheer thanks to a touch of glimmer. We’ve been wearing this shade for years, and have never gotten so many compliments on a cheek color. What’s your favorite way to blush?

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Fresh Face Forward

Written on October 14, 2010 at 7:49 am , by

As part of their 2010 Fresh Faces Tour, Clinique is stopping at college campuses across the country to educate women on looking and feeling beautiful in their skin. This week, they set up camp at the University of Missouri — go Tigers! — where they treated us to free makeovers, hair touch-ups and a professional photo-op. They even offered advice to women pursuing careers in fashion and  beauty. One lucky woman will have the opportunity to intern at Clinique next summer!

During my visit, I picked up a few tips from Clinique makeup artist Debbie Petrak. After 20 years with the company, she knows a thing or two about on-the-go beauty!

FITNESS: Sometimes loose eyeshadow falls under my eyes when I’m doing my makeup. How do I remove it without smearing?
Debbie Petrak: I like to start with eye makeup before foundation. Then, you can fix any mistakes before applying a fresh face of makeup.

FITNESS: Even with a clean face, my blush still goes on splotchy after a workout. What gives?
DP
: This is a sign that you need to exfoliate. The powder sticks to dead skin, giving it that splotchy effect. Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin underneath.

FITNESS: How can I find a foundation that’s right for me?
DP:  Choose three shades that look closest to your skin tone. Then, blend each color onto the side of your face at the same time. You should choose the one that blends invisibly into your skin. If you can see it, it’s not the right color for you!

For more information about the Fresh Faces Tour, and to find out where they’re stopping next, visit www.cliniquefreshfaces.com.

— Catherine O’Neill, contributing blogger. Photo by Lindsey Cavanaugh.

Disney Does Makeup!

Written on September 30, 2010 at 7:28 am , by

M.A.C. Cosmetics and Disney have teamed up to launch the limited edition M.A.C. Venomous Villains Collection, based on the sultry styles of four of the most infamous Disney villains: Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog, Evil Queen from Snow White and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (my favorite Disney fairytale!) Each collection offers a range of makeup, including eye shadow, lip gloss, lipstick, nail polish, eyeliner, blush and powder. The products can be purchased starting today at maccosmetics.com and at M.A.C. counters nationwide for as long as supplies last. Our favorites (below, from left): Maleficent Mineralize Eye Shadow in My Dark Magic ($21), Cruella de Vil Lipglass in Devilishly Stylish ($15.50) and Evil Queen Beauty Powder in Oh So Fair ($25).

Who’s your favorite Disney villain? Will you grab a piece of this magical makeup collection before it’s gone?

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