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…


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

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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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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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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

MANGA EYES! Peter Philips Brings the Anime out of Every Model at Dior

Peter Philips, the creative and image director for Dior makeup, has been a longtime favorite of ours. His work at Chanel was nothing short of aspirational — his is the kind of talent that sends products flying off shelves. Now at Dior, Philips is still dazzling, but perhaps working with Raf is slightly different than with Karl. The pre fall look is… experimental, to be sure. Philips seemed to draw inspiration from the location of the show — Tokyo — because it’s hard not to see the influence that Manga has had here.


“I wanted to design a make-up look that had a very strong visual impact, focusing on an ‘electric’ eye that was both graphic and abstract. I was mainly inspired by Kabuki make-up with its codified, dramatic aesthetic that plays on the abstract nature of this visual strangeness. I also wanted to create a play on light to reflect the shiny, glittery elements that were omnipresent throughout this Pre-Fall collection and that give the make-up look a slightly Manga feel,”

Philips said in a press release.

Should you want to get the look yourself, you’ll need a liner (the Diorshow pro liner used here isn’t available ’til June 2015) and Diorshow mascara, both in black. Oh, and some “jumbo sized” glitter and a touch of eyelash glue.

1. Starting directly above the iris, apply the black liner in a box shape from the lash line to the upper eyelid.

2. Use mascara to coat only the lashes touched by the box you’ve made with the liner. Leave everything else bare.

3. If you’re feeling futuristic, apply a few pieces of oversized glitter near the upper lash line. It’ll “catch the light… creating a spectacular ‘robotic’ glitter effect,” said Philips.



Images courtesy of Dior

Amp Up Your Stare and Make ‘Em Green with Envy

Josilyn (DNA) stays warm in a Burberry blanket scarf

Wanna make ’em green with envy? Sometimes the best translation is a literal one.

Like Anna Sui and Topshop Unique whose FW14 runway models sported emerald on their lids, we’re reaching for the pot of green gold this season. We’re particularly enamored with Gucci’s eyeshadow in Iconic Ottanio.

Let the rest be jealous — get your own green eyes here.


Photographer: Adeline Mai
Fashion and Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Mariko Hirano

Naked Versus Nude: The Hot Lip Look of the Season

Designers from Givenchy to Versace sent models stalking down their fall runways sporting something a bit naked… it wasn’t that the lips had nothing on them at all, but they were definitely nude.

Think a swipe of flattering, elegant, subtle color, not too far off from your own.

Whatever your skin tone, there’s a shade out there to enhance it. Check out some of our favorites below:

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Nude Pink


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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in Insatiable Ivory


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Nars Audacious Lipstick in Barbara

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in Impulsive

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy in Irresistible

Josilyn (DNA) wears Isabel Marant shearling vest.

Photographer: Adeline Mai
Fashion and Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Mariko Hirano

How to Be Jenna Lyons — Starting with the Impeccable Lipstick

Whether or not you consider J.Crew’s modern-tomboy-with-a-dash-of-sequins-and-glam aesthetic to be in tune with you own, I think we can all agree that there’s something endlessly chic about those perfectly put together, un-fussy dream girls in their catalogs (and on spokesmodel executive creative director Jenna Lyons).

While J.Crew has made small entrees into the beauty world, none has been quite as custom as the new six-piece lipstick collection from the artist who does the looks himself, Troi Ollivierre. 

Aside from the J.Crew associations, Ollivierre notes what makes the look special. Of the looks he creates for J.Crew he told T Magazine, “Even when we add a pop of color to the lips, we try to keep it looking clean. I felt like a lot of the matte colors on the market tended to be dry and heavy, so I wanted to create a highly saturated, pigmented, matte, luxe lipstick that is moisturizing and feels weightless.” So his offerings will focus on just that–bright mattes that while saturated and colorful, still feel fresh and clean.


The collection will begin with six shades. Four colors are available for preorder on Olliverre’s site, while two will be sold exclusively at J.Crew.

Get Custom Lipstick Made Just for You at Bite Beauty Lab. Treat. Yo. Self.

So many options. Thankfully Brigid, who’s mixing the lipstick, knows what she’s doing

Being that we’re all unique and special snowflakes, we each deserve completely custom lipstick to enhance our gorgeous, individual faces. So where to turn when a gal wants to treat herself to a new, special shade?

Using mostly organic and natural materials, Bite Beauty Lab in Soho lets you choose everything from the color, depth, finish, packaging, to even the scent of the lipstick you’re creating on site. Basically, it’s the Build-a-Bear for beauty loving ladies.

This is the story of how I decided to treat myself to the perfect, custom shade of lipstick:

Options for the finish

The Bite-mosphere

Mixing up the medicine

The finished product! …Just kidding. The winning color combo.

Pick a smell, any smell…

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Just chillin — the mixture and mold go on ice to set

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The final product! I call it “Daytime Sorceress” because it’s my lipstick and I can name it whatever I want

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 Bite Beauty Lab is located at 174 Prince Street, New York, NY

Want more ways to Treat Yo Self? Get your luxury on here.

How to Get Fashion Week’s Dreamiest Beauty Look

Ah Delpozo, how we adored this collection. The dreamiest, floatiest, most magical sequined and embroidered pieces… it was, as we noted then, worthy of bank robbery (though we don’t condone it and you didn’t get the idea from us.)

The kind of collection a girl could rob a bank for. @officialdelpozo FTW

A photo posted by Alyssa Shapiro (@alyssashapiro) on

If the garments are a bit out of range, at least we can replicate the makeup from the show — a wash of green with a dash of pink liner, hardly visible without a wink. Makeup artist Dana Rae tells us how it’s done:

Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
MAC Chromacake in Magenta
MAC Chromacake in Landscape Green
MAC Chromacake in Pure White
A plate for mixing
Wet/Dry eyeshadow brush (like #49 from NARS)
Extra fine eyeliner brush (we like Make Up For Ever)

The Steps

1. On the plate, mix Pure White and Landscape Green with a few drops of water until the desired pale green is achieved.

2. Using the wet/dry eyeshadow brush, sweep a wash of green on the lid to just below the crease.

3. With a wet liner brush dipped in the Magenta Chromacake, dot pink liner in between the lashes, and line the top lashes, keeping it delicate.

4. On the plate, mix the Magenta Chromacake with a bit of water and dab color in the center of the lip, working your way outward.

5. Wink and smile.



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Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo

Models: Sandra Rieder and Chloe Wheatcroft (Muse)

Chloe and Sandra wear bralettes by PRAE NYC.

This Is How You Turn Wild Runway Makeup into a Sexy, Real Life Look

There was a time during NYFW when all we cared about was covering up our dark circles — and then Chromat sent models down the runway lookin’ all fierce with this ultra bright and distracting dot of eyeshadow that really, if we’re getting technical, was almost almost on the side of the nose.


In our sleep deprived haze we thought, ooh, I could do that! But now we’re thinking more like, ok, how do I do that for real life?

Let makeup artist Dana Rae show you how.

Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

A cream shadow (in a slightly more subtle shade than orange). We like fall-appropriate bronze Caviar Stick Eye Colour by Laura Mercier.
Highlighter — who can go wrong with Nars Illuminator in Orgasm?
Lip balm — if you’re feeling luxe, go with Chanel (it makes for a fun reapply).


The Steps

1. After moisturizing, take a moment to think about where the sun hits your cheeks, dotting the illuminator along the cheekbone and patting it in until you’re looking extra dewy.

2. With a steady hand, draw a half moon shape on the lid with the cream shadow near the lashes, starting from the inner eye and reaching about a third of the way out.

3. Fill in the half circle with the cream shadow.

4. Dab on some lip balm. Stay hydrated, friends.

Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo
Model: Sandra Rieder (Muse)

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