3 Nude (Not Naked) Nails to Get You Through Fashion Week

Here comes fashion week. Oh and freezing rain, and the streets have flooded with the resulting sludge… so in case you already didn’t feel there was enough to contend with (footwear, anyone?! and how many great coats can one gal have?) the usual concerns are still there. Like nail polish, and the fact that reaching into various tote bags and purses 19 thousand times per day doesn’t help a manicure to last and last. But at least Hunter boots don’t require buckles, am I right?

Considering there isn’t a minute to breathe when the shows commence, choosing a nail color that can get you through the week (and life, really, even if you’re not rushing from venue to venue) is of the utmost. Neutral is the way to go in case of chips (and for the most discreet of amateur touch ups), but boring is not. That’s why I did a little research on some of the best nude non-nudes (i.e. nudes with a little kick) to see us through.

Deborah Lippmann’s Diamonds and Pearls

Because diamonds (and pearls) are a girl’s best friend, and this so-shimmery-it’s-shiny clear polish with an orangey pick up is the shit. There it is above on Lupita Nyong’o with a mani by Ms. Lippmann herself.

Fluorescent Beige by Marc Jacobs

It veers toward mauve. It dries in nano seconds. It’s Marc Jacobs. You’ve never met a cooler nude (ish. Nude ish).



Clinique‘s nude nail polishes — pick a shade, any shade.

For any skin tone, Clinique has a milk-opaque nude to match. Or go off-color for something right on.

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Beauty Junkie: Make a Splash Poolside

Stay flawless with this summer’s hottest water-resistant products. 

Model Sanja Miletic creates the perfect palette as she takes to the water with ease.

SKIN: Keep your flaws hidden with Dermablend Cover Cream, Quick Fix Concealer and Leg and Body Cover.

EYES: Line the entire lash line with Chanels Stylo Yeux Waterproof liner in 70 Black Shimmer. Complete the intensity of the eye by filling in the water line with black as well.

LIPS:  Hydrate lips with Clinique Super Balm Lip Treatment.

Products can be purchased at: Chanel Clinique Dermablend






Poolside Beauty

Music: "The Captain" by The Knife




EYES/ CHEEKS: Use Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer in Mirage on the entire lid, blending the color up into the brow and temples. Use the same product to contour the cheeks. This will give you a beautifully bronzed complexion.

LIPS: Line and fill in the entire lip with Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #8C (red). For a more bold and long lasting lip Use Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color in #8 (red). Complete this look by using Make Up For Ever glitter #7 (red) by patting the glitter into the lip color for a brilliant sheen.  

Products can be purchased at: Hourglass Make Up For Ever



EYES: Line the entire lash line with Clinique Quickliner For Eyes Intense.

LIPS: Use Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Lip Tar in Hoochie- extreme magenta for a bold strong lip.

NAILS: Dior Vernis Nail Laquer in Massai Red  

All products can be purchased at: Clinique Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Dior



Photographer Claudio Doenitz

Makeup Walter Obal  

How to Exfoliate in Winter

I expect to get schooled on a number of topics during my yoga classes, but a yoga instructor that can offer beauty tips following my downward dog transcends into a whole new level of training. Imagine my delight when, after a sunrise yoga class in the middle of the Mojave Desert, my instructor offered up a skin refresher to all of her “New Yorkers who must travel back to their damp, East Coast winter.” You might be tempted to simply load up on lotion when your skin is chapped from the whipping wind, but, she cautioned, “do not stop exfoliating — for optimal health for your skin, as well as your immune system, and your mind.”

A key concept in Ayurvedic Philosophy, which is an elaborate medicinal science that strives to balance the body through elemental energies, exfoliation can aid in detoxification by stimulating the skin and eliminating toxins through the removal of the top layer of dead cells. Raking a dry brush or a gritty scrub across my winterized face seems like self-inflicted violence, but facialists promise that it’s a way to heal and also prevent further chapping by allowing nutritious topical elements to be easily absorbed, and by improving circulation. That means all that H20 you chug will actually be more visible on the skin’s surface.

Ayurvedic beauty treatments are gentle and natural—my yoga instructor warned against chemical peels and other harsh treatments in the dead of winter. “I usually only put on my skin what I can put in my mouth,” she noted. She suggested dry-brushing with a natural bristle brush or a loofah in order to stimulate the lymphatic system, which works optimally in winter, when you’re immune system needs the most attention. Look for facial exfoliators with small scrubbing particles like jojoba beads or sugar, and steer clear of larger, uneven scrubbing particles like apricot.

Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment is crafted specially for sensitive skin (whose isn’t in winter?) with papaya and pumpkin seed. Combine exfoliation with your cleanser and try Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, which has silica microbeads and pore-shrinking orange extract.

If you’re not into scrubs, try an exfoliating lotion with salicylic acid, an ingredient that gently exfoliates, penetrates through oil, and clears debris from within the skin’s pores. Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion (6.7 FL OZ for $12.50) contains ingredients that alter the potency of the salicylic acid, creating four different recipe lines for different skin types—Type 1 for very dry to dry skin, Type 2 for dry/combination skin, Type 3 for combination/oily skin, and Type 4 for oily skin.

The mental part of my yoga instructor’s recommended regime comes in the form of meditation. “Any regular contribution you give to your body is healthy meditation, and a regular beauty regiment is part of the mindfulness needed in a healthy, balanced life,” she concluded.

Blood Is the New Makeup: ‘New Moon,’ ‘Jennifer’s Body,’ & Lady Gaga

Robert Pattinson and Megan Fox make sucking it sexy, Lady Gaga accessorized last night’s VMA performance with it, and HBO makes it True: Blood is having its moment. While sporting a pair of plastic fangs is only cool in a middle school cafeteria, and stage blood should stay on stage (though it also makes unnecessary appearances in middle school cafeterias), fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, and Dolce & Gabbana have made fashionable interpretations of all the pop culture gore, sending modern-day vamps down their fall runways. With variations of pale skin, dramatic eyes, and blood-red lips, the look is perfect for a little bloodletting after hours, and with a few tweaks, can also be wearable at your day job.

Day Blood Runway: Moschino Cheap & Chic, Rachel Roy Real Way: It may be tempting to dust on powder and create a smudged smokey eye for your best Megan Fox impression, but for day vamping, it’s lip service only. The spectrum of bloody lips for day can go for natural-looking stains, wet glossy lips, and highly pigmented matte mouths, balanced with a clean eye. Bobbi Brown, who has mastered the look for Rachel Roy’s fall runway, says “When your lip color is strong, it’s best to keep the color on your eyes subtle, so those features don’t compete with each other for attention.” Try: Clinique Vitamin C Lip Smoothie in Currant, $22. Revlon Matte Lipstick in In the Red, $8.


Dark Blood Runway: Bleeding at a piano only works for Gaga, however, there are ways to take the gore over the top. Bottega Veneta paired purple hued lips with vampire pale skin and dark eyes, and while McQueen’s over-the-line lips only work for members of Six Six Sick, it does drive the point home. Real Way: Don’t think about balance here, but do be conscious of shape. Use a lip pencil to maintain the mouth; otherwise, you may begin to look a little like the Joker as the night wears on. Be sure to do the same with eyes, and opt for grays or smokey plums instead of black eyeshadow. “Superintense lips can be strong and pretty,” Brown promises. “For more precise application, use a lip brush to paint color on instead of applying it directly from the tube.” With a clean, sharp line, you’ll be vamping like Anna Paquin in no time. Try: Dior Addict Lip-color in Decadent Plum, $26. Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor in Wine Not, $8. Smashbox Double Take Lip Crayon in Currant, $22. Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow in Fortune, $36.

Fashion’s Night Out Intoduces “It” Bag for Your Beauty Stash

We love a good bag. And when a good bag is made to hold our beauty stash, that’s even better. It’s like how birds are attracted to shiny objects — if you’re a product junkie, you know your makeup bag means a lot. If only designers caught on to this plight. This Thursday night, Clinique and Milly finally put their heads together, toss in some champagne and swag, and introduce an advancement in the GWP (Gift With Purchase) at their Fashion Night Out cocktail party. A attendees can get boozed up while Clinique Consultants give out makeovers and the new Milly Cosmetic Bag.

Fashion’s Night Out — which is behind the brand hookup — was initially a pretty annoying night of gimmicks, but more recently it’s proved to be an influential matchmaker with companies and creating new relationships between mega-retailers and small boutiques. In the name of fashion, such relationships would not be complete without retail-meets-cocktail therapy, ensuring that a little liquid courage at Clinique’s big time bag bash will help you waltz right over to Milly’s Michelle Smith (one of the geniuses behind the new “It” makeup bag) and pester her until she agrees to make a matching shower tote.