How to Get Cry-Proof Eye Makeup, No Matter What Your Sister Says

Ella Petrushko (Marilyn) wears L.L. Bean vintage cable turtleneck and ball necklace by Efva AttlingPhotographer: Justin Bridges. Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Ashley Rebecca. Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro.

‘Happy Holidays’ is perhaps a misnomer of sorts. Presents are happy. Cheer is happy (in moderation), but what can more often be a source of greater stress than excitement and merriment is a week+ home with one’s parents, extended family, nosy aunts, overbearing grandmas… you get the picture.

Between “when might I have a grandchild,” the ticking clock of hours to go, obligations to fulfill, it’s enough to make any girl succumb to tears. This season, though, tears won’t mean streaky inky Pollock-esque face paintings. Endless testing of liners and mascaras later I can promise you that you can storm off to your childhood bedroom, dig your teary face into your pillow and still look like the beautiful snowflake you are when you’ve calmed down, no reapplying required.

Among the countless beauty items I never planned on having (all-purpose balms, stress-relieving body washes, more than 10 kinds of primer), one I often skimp on is fancy eye makeup remover. But with the products selected here, it’s kind of a necessity. I found my long-forgotten Bioderma (for the refined French woman I surely have inside of me,) a necessity as I conducted my experiment.

Here are the liners and mascaras up to the Herculean task of a cryproof Christmas, NYE, holiday season…

LINERS

For a sultry cateye, Burberry’s Effortless liquid liner, is in fact as effortless as a liquid liner can be. Its no-nonsense applicator is precise and won’t budge. Pen-like liquid liners are much easier to use than those that need to be painted on. Another precise, long-wearing, and more budget friendly option is Eyeko’s Eye Do which comes with the invaluable Alexa Chung seal of approval.

For the lower lid, or just a smudgy, non-cateye look, liners with a gel formula work wonders and once dry, stay in place.

For a jet black, pick…Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eye Liner.

For a smudgy gray, pick…Urban Decay’s 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lure

For a classic charcoal, pick…Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Charcoal

For a bold blue, pickEstée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil in Electric Cobalt

MASCARAS

For mascaras that can stand up to the toughest holiday battles, sibling fights, or just a teary viewing of an old favorite movie, try Urban Decay Cannonball or Eyeko Sport.

We wish you as few tears as possible, but if it happens, you’ll be all good in the makeup department. Promise!

9 Products You NEED for Perfect, Glowing Skin This Winter

Ella Petrushko (Marilyn) in cashmere Prada top and hat, available at select Prada boutiques, and Eddie Borgo bell necklace.

Are you having issues with “winter skin”? Has your nose gone the way of Rudolph? Makeup can work miracles, surely, but it needs a good base so it and you can look your best. Let us paint a picture: dabbing foundation onto flaky winter skin will hardly get rid of flakes.

Yes, there’s wind, cold, and a little snow — no matter the conditions, we’re moving ahead with the goal of seeing happy, healthy, hydrated, beautiful skin. Here’s how to avoid a red nose and chapped cheeks, because we can’t all pull off the same glowing colors as some reindeer we know.

HOW TO WINTER-PROOF YOUR SKIN

So–all about that base.

In the winter our skin needs some assistance with hydration. This mandates a bit of vigor when it comes to a moisturizing routine. Adding extra steps can seem stressful, but here’s a pleasant one. We like to start with an actual hydrator–a product you may not have thought to include in your regimen. Boscia’s cool blue hydration essence is a highly concentrated and light gel formula containing skin boosting ingredients like sake and caffeine. Consider it an external drink of water for your skin.

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Of course, endless moisturizers exist to address innumerable concerns, but if you’ve been hesitating to try a face oil, Boscia’s Tsubaki oil is lightweight enough for face oil beginners.

IN A PINCH

For a an extra hydration boost to flaky skin on a when-you-need-it-basis, grab a Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask. This is a perfect (and enjoyable) extra step to make sure your base is smooth, calm, and healthy before adding any color cosmetics.

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If redness is more of an issue than dryness, try Boscia’s aloe packed cool blue calming mask.

PRIMED FOR PERFECTION

Keeping in theme with the added sources of hydration for the skin, we like Dr. Jart’s Pore Medic Pore Minish Primer, a product packed with hyaluronic acid, another moisture-boosting ingredient.

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PROBLEM-SOLVING

Now that your base is #flawless (and primed), we can move on to any additional cover up required.

FACE PAINT (THE GOOD KIND)

Tom Ford’s Traceless foundation is light enough to barely feel like foundation at all while still providing coverage.

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LIGHT, GLOWY COVERAGE

But, if the thought of foundation (period) makes you cringe, try a lighter coverage with a teensy, but subtle glow, like Urban Decay’s illuminating BB cream.

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HEAVY-DUTY CREAMY CONCEALER FOR PROBLEM SPOTS

Add extra coverage to any spots with concealer. Conceal any blemishes or dark under-eye spots with Eve Lom’s creamy concealer.

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SMOOTH OUT THE EDGES

Finally, for any stubborn dry patches, and soft, kissable lips (we’ll come back to this soon!) keep like 12 of Glossier’s all-purpose balm dotcom around. One in every bag and pocket is a safe bet.

Get more holiday beauty tips and tricks here.

Photographer: Justin Bridges

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Ashley Rebecca

Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Location: Ammon Carver Studio

A Holiday Manicure That Won’t Chip off in the Turkey

It’s happened to all of us. No matter how pristine your manicure before you head home for the holidays, it’s as if you never even tried as soon as someone asks for your help in the kitchen. Gone is the shiny top coat, and then it’s only a matter of time before your mother points out the chipping. So what’s a helpful gal to do this time of year?

We know that sometimes the only times in your schedule to get a manicure are the off hours the salons aren’t open, so to replicate the strength and long-lasting effects of a gel mani at home, we’re reaching for Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab, a base and top coat that seals in shine and gives you the strength and durability your hardworking hands need.

No UV light needed, no weird remover required. And it works with whatever color you want.

Just one more thing to be thankful for.

Get Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab here.

Photographer: Justin Bridges
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist/Manicurist: Ashley Rebecca
Model: Ella Petrushko (Marilyn)
Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Location: Ammon Carver Studio

Lipstick Pairings to Get You through Several Glasses of Wine at Thanksgiving

Ella (Marilyn) in Eddie Borgo Gemstone Pyramid Drop earrings and For Love & Lemons sweater

It’s an interesting conundrum; the more wine you drink, the less you tend to care what your makeup looks like. But sober you would tell a different story, so why not start the night off on the right foot? Our advice: begin the evening with a wine-colored lip before you move on to drinking the stuff. Accidental purple-mouthed embarrassment avoided; purposeful, holiday-appropriate sultriness achieved.

Some of our favorite pairings:

For the cabernet sauvingnon sipper: Tom Ford lip color matte in Black Dahlia

For the fan of a petite sirah: Nars Audacious lipstick in Ingrid

For the pour of pinot noir: MAKE matte lipstick in Jakarta

For the barolo afficianado: MAKE silk satin lipstick in Beetroot

Photographer: Justin Bridges
Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Ashley Rebecca
Model: Ella Petrushko (Marilyn)
Fashion/Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Location: Ammon Carver Studio