11 Best Instagrams from the Steven Klein x NARS Party at Alder Manor

If Instagram is any indication, Tuesday night’s Steven Klein x NARS party at Alder Manor in Yonkers was a wild one.

How do you get a bunch of New York City dwellers to trek to Yonkers for a party on a Tuesday? Make sure the party is being thrown by Steven Klein x NARS in celebration of Klein’s collaboration (forthcoming) with François Nars, invite some of downtown’s coolest, partygoers including designers, models, super models, and It-kids like Alexander Wang, Andreja Pejic, Chloe Nørgaard, Amanda Lepore, Anja Rubik, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Natalie Joos, Harry Brant, Tao Okamoto, Anna Ewers, Daria Strokous, Sky Ferreira, Coco Rocha, Pat Cleveland, Susanne Bartsch, and Stephanie Seymour. Throw in an immersive experience produced by Etienne Russo, and you have yourself a manor full of artful installations featuring nearly-unclothed, made up models.

 

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11 Sweet Mother’s Day Gifts to Lavish on Mom

Just a few days until it’s time to celebrate mom — she’s done a lot for you (you know, birth, raising you, things like that,) so doting on her — whether she loves luxurious skincare or prefers to carry an ultra chic bag — is 100% required. These are the Mother’s Day gifts mom will adore.

If she’s into skincare, pick up an indulgent rose oil or freesia-infused skincare essence from Chantecaille or SK-II. Nothing’s quite as lovely as a few extra minutes of me-time for mom. For the mother who keeps a perfect home, Hammamas‘s woven towels will decorate the powder room or kitchen sink beautifully. The chic mom will love understated accessories, like a pair of cat eye frames from Linda Farrow, a military-cool bag from Valextra, or mother of pearl drop earrings from Ippolita. Veuve Clicquot‘s rose champagne fits perfectly into Mother’s Day brunch — the accompanying megaphone ice bucket lets her know you’re her biggest fan. For a daily reminder that you love her, toss one of Byredo‘s hand cream duos in her handbag, and keep one for yourself (like friendship bracelets, but Byredo). Nars‘s iconic lipstick in Dolce Vita is universally flattering. And for the mom who supports social causes, a thoughtful tee from Prink Shop supporting awareness of sex trafficking sends the right message.

Clockwise from left: Missoni crochet-knit cardigan; Chantecaille rose de mai face oil; Nars Dolce Vita sheer lipstick; Prink Shop tee; Valextra Lei cross body bag; Veuve Clicquot rose with megaphone ice bucket; Byredo hand cream duo; Ippolita mini lollipop 18 karat gold and mother of pearl earrings; Linda Farrow cat eye sunglasses; SK-II facial treatment essence; Hammamas striped woven cotton towels.

10 Spring Wines and the Perfect Lipsticks to Wear While Sipping

Lipstick: We’ve discussed it before (namely, the best shades to last through a makeout sesh, and the colors you need to get through winter holiday drinks)…But with a new season, comes a new conversation. With the spring comes a new color palette…and as the temperatures rise, we’re celebrating with lighter, brighter lipstick shades. We’re not just looking for pretty pinks here — oh no — we made sure to pair wine with a host of the season’s best shades that also just happen to last through a glass or two. We consulted wine experts, and husband-and-wife team, Josh and Becca Shapiro, of Flatiron Wines, for their expert opinion on the wine side of things.

1. Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss in Sparkling Sugar pairs nicely with prosecco. Keep things balanced: with sugar on your lips, stick with crisp, dry bubbles in your glass. Drink With: Sommariva Prosecco di Conegliano Brut, NV

sonia kashuk2. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color in Nude Pink pairs well with rosé. All day drinking requires all day lip wear! We recommend this classic french rosé, the perfect choice for sipping straight into sunset. Drink With: Commanderie de Peyrassol, Cotes de Provence Rose, 2014

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3. Marc Jacobs Beauty, Le Marc Lip Crème, Boy Gorgeous pairs well with rosé. A full-bodied, one-of-a-kind rosé is the perfect match for Marc Jacobs’s luxurious, ultra-hydrating and indulgent longlasting lip wear. Both are vibrant, dramatic, and opulent. Drink With: Chateau Simone, Palette Rose, 2013

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4. 100% Pure, Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick, Magnolia pairs with champagne. The purest form of sparkling wine–Champagne of course! This elegant and defined Grand Reserve will help any lady feel young. Drink With: NV Clouet Grand Reserve

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5. Nars Sheer Lipstick in Liguria pairs with prosecco. A bone-dry, Italian sparkling from a Ligurian producer pairs perfectly with this translucent and sophisticated lip color. Sheer, lightweight, and ultra-fresh. Drink With: Bisson, Vino Frizzante Trevigiana “Glera”, 2011

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6. Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color, Lilac Pairs with Sauvignon Blanc. Bright, fresh, and ready for spring! This pop of color on the lip is perfect with this zippy white. Drink With: Shinn Estate Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, “First Fruit”, 2014

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7. Gucci Lip Luxurious Moisture-Rich Lipstick, Exposure pairs with champagne. If you’re wearing Gucci on your lips, you better pair it with vintage Champagne. Expose your palate to an elegant wine with richness and elegance. Drink With: 2008 Andre Clouet

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8. TopShop Lips in Infrared pairs with a cool red. Chill those hot, infrared lips down with a cool red wine. Best served with a slight chill, this earthy wine with a hint of tobacco will keep you cool even when you’re looking smokin’ hot. Drink With: DeForville, Dolcetto d’Alba, 2013

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9. By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm Lipstick – Flush Contour pairs with red. Even on a warm day you can stay chic in this deeply tinted, moisturizing balm while sipping on this complex cru Beaujolais. This red wine is best served at cellar temp–or 55 degrees. Drink with: Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”, 2013

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10. Butter London, Teddy Boy Lippy Tinted Balm pairs with white. This bright color is perfect to throw on as you head out to meet friends for springtime brunch. Try it with this lightly effervescent white that has just enough sparkle to get your day started. Drink With: Ameztoi, Txakolina, 2013

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A Smudge-Free Glittery Eye to Ring in The New Year

The end of 2014 is fast-approaching and we can think of no better way than to express our optimism for the 15th year of the millenium than to ring it in with gleaming, glittery eyes. Sparkly makeup as metaphor–what a concept!

However, we’ll keep the glitz to our eyes because glitter dripping down our face, or stuck to our clothes, etc. etc. is not so cute.

K, let’s go.

Step One: Prime

Have some fun (because it’s just the base) applying eyeshadow primer.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden is good for a bit of illumination underneath everything else and Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is good for staying power. You could even combine the two to reap all the benefits.

Now, for the fun part…

In our holiday beauty series, we’ve discussed eyeliners that can handle tears, lipsticks made for making out, and skin that glows no matter how low the temperature drops–but our NYE eye installment is our most artistic yet. Think of your eyelids as little canvases with an infinite number of possibilities. Dark and smokey, bright and colorful, or pure, pure glitz. All are a GO for this particular debaucherous evening.

Step Two: A Smooth, Shimmery Lid

No matter how many layers and colors you plan to pile on (it’s fine, the more the merrier for this evening) you need a solid shimmery base. The options are countless, so I’ve picked favorites based on application method, because once you find what works for you, it’s smooth sailing forward.

Here are some of our favorites:

You can see (below) just how creamy Tom Ford’s Platinum Cream Color is, making it a perfect base.

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If powders are more your game, then there are endless palettes to play with. Plus, nothing like a gorgeous palette in hand to make you rock being your own glam squad.

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Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette in “Infamous Sky” has a perfect light base shade as well as two darker metallics.

esteeChanel’s Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 226 TISSÉ RIVOLI also has 4 super shimmery neutrals, any of which can stand alone or work as a dramatic first layer.

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Step Three: Add Depth, Smoke, or Color

Of course, both above palettes have darker colors for adding depth but because more palettes=more fun, here are my favorites for adding the smoke-factor.

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Fallen Angel palette is star-studded (literally) and clutch-sized. If you’re going for the tawny side of smoky, Tilbury’s palette is a perfect pick.

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Burberry’s Smokey Eye palette is classic smokeshow–the kind of palette I like to imagine Alexa Chung keeps on hand. It ranges from that illuminating neutral to its deep but shimmery grey and matte black.

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…If Powders and Creams Aren’t Doing it For You

One of my favorite makeup discoveries of the last year has been the almost foolproof dual-use eyeshadow/liner sticks made best by ByTerry and Trish McEvoy. I’ve been hoarding these and they’ve made me feel far more capable of the multi-colored looks seen in glossies for nights that call for our most skilled makeup artistry.

I love these things:

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Depending on the shade you pick, these can be used as a base or a detail.

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ByTerry’s Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz is an easy base color, but the addition of a quick stripe of the same product in Blue Obsession takes the look instantly into nighttime territory.

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Trish McEvoy’s 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner in Crystal Grey is one of the easiest and fastest routes to a more complicated looking smokey eye I’ve discovered.

…And for the Glitter Girls

If all of the above seems downright tame for you, hold tight, because we’ve got you covered too.

For those of you who’ve committed to sparkle tomorrow night, the obvious choice is Urban Decay’s Moondust eyeshadow (pictured here in MOONSPOON) for unadulterated glam (what we’ve come to expect from the brand).

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For a touch of glitter in it’s purest form, try Urban Decay’s classic Heavy Metal glitter liners.

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OK–flick on some mascara, bat your eyes, purse your lips, and get ready for the ball to drop! Happy 2015! 

Photographer: Justin Bridges

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Ashley Rebecca

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

Tilda Swinton the New, Cool, Quirky Face of Nars Cosmetics

Image courtesy of Nars

Nars has a history of picking cool, quirky campaign models to accompany their equally cool cosmetics line (past models include Charlotte Rampling and Daphne Guinness). This is especially true for Tilda Swinton, who will be the new face of Nars and featured in four portraits running from January through April.

“I love [Tilda’s] bold style and really admire her work,” Nars told WWD. “As an actress, she brings such strong personality to the camera, and as a woman, she lives the experience of transformation and expression.”

 

 

Get on Instagram for Audacious New NARS Lippy

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Never enough NARS is what I say. So I was pretty excited to hear about FORTY (count ’em) new shades the company’s just released under the line AUDACIOUS.

And what’s better than new lipstick? New lipstick that’s free.

The 40 colors break down into six categories: nude, pink, coral, red, violet, and wine–modeled gorgeously by Charlotte Rampling in the campaign.

So you wanna get your hands on some? Here’s what you do: Get on Instagram (obviously!), snap a selfie, and #hashtag #NARSissist plus #thecolorfamilyyourewearing (i.e. #wine). (See all the official rules here.)

Six winners (one from each category) will win the whole range of their color category–that’s up to eight colors. Ready, set, ‘GRAM.

Bloody Good Nails

The hottest colors of the new season also happen to be the deepest. When nails get a high intensity dose, the bottles don’t stand a chance. These polishes are powerful… and they’re bloody good.

 

Click on the photos below to view full screen.

 

Shop the hottest fall colors:
3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in ‘Insidious’
Deborah Lippmann in ‘Take the “A” Train’
Jin Soon x Tess Giberson collection in ‘Farrago’
MAC in ‘Midnight Sky’
Estée Lauder Pure Color in ‘Lust’

All jewelry by Eddie Borgo

Photographer: Jacob Brown
Manicurist: Julie Kandalec (Bryan Bantry)
Manicure Assistant: Jini Lim
Special Effects: Allison Huntington Chase
Beauty Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Alexander Wang Bags + 8 Hot Beauty Must-Haves: Your Saving Summer Grace

A high of 100. Staggering humidity. Blaring sun. Summer’s coming, alright; it’ll be full tilt before you can organize a week’s work of breezy, floaty things.

But before you allow your spirits (and general surroundings) to dampen, take a proactive step and secure a few vital products to make the hot, sticky, summer months more bearable and beautiful. It’s these eight products (plus one amazing bag) that’ll save your summer, whatever sunburns, oil slicks, and other shiny situations come your way.

FOR SOOTHING OVERHEATED SKIN:
Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Smart Spray
Spritz this two or three times over a parched and overheated face for some cooling relief and free radical protection, thanks to peppermint oil and other skin savers.

FOR HAIR THAT DRIES FASTER:
AG Hair Cosmetics Deflect Fast-Dry Heat Protection
The less time spent under a hot hair dryer in the summer months the better. Use this to decrease drying time and smooth hair in the process. It’s the work of an AG complex including abyssinian oil.

FOR GEISHA-PERFECT SKIN:
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers
Flecks of gold leaf in these Geisha-approved papers turn blotting excess oil into a glamorous endeavor.

FOR PERFECTED SKIN:
MAKE Custom Finish Effects Matte/Dew
Skip foundation and reach for a lighter dose of skin perfecting makeup with this duo. The peachy, matte side is perfect for your T zone, while the pink side adds moisture to sun-parched cheeks.

FOR LIGHT, SUMMER HYDRATION:
Koh Gen Do Refresh Spa Aloe Gel
Sunburned and sensitive, or just looking for lighter summer hydration? This light weight, refreshing aloe treatment soothes and moisturizes.

FOR NON-CHALKY SUN PROTECTION:
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Get glowing and protect against sun damage with this universally tinted broad spectrum SPF. It’s adaptable to every skin tone, so you can reapply every few hours (like you should) without worrying about streaks or a mismatch.

FOR EYE-AREA SUN PROTECTION:
Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Sunscreen
Does for your sensitive eye area what the above does for your whole face. What crows feet?

FOR A PUNCH OF COLOR (AND A LAST RESORT):
NARS Satin Lip Pencil (pick a bright color, like Yu)

If all else fails, distract ’em from frizzy hair and ultra *dewy* skin with an ultra bright lip. It’s a game changer.

Oh, and about that bag, Alexander Wang sent thermo-reactive (aka heat sensitive color changing) materials down the fall runway — the leather bag pictured in transition above goes from near navy to bright blue. Like a suntan without the burn.

Alexander Wang thermo-reactive accessories available mid-August at Alexander Wang, New York and alexanderwang.com