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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Alexis Bittar and Sephora Walk Into a New Wave Disco…

It’s not often that people I know get excited about makeup brushes. But when Sephora collaborates with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar on a line of exclusive makeup tools, I can’t help but get mildly hyped about it.

The collection was inspired by a specific year, 1979–or, when New Wave culture intersected with disco. Bittar has done a number of collaborations, including a furniture collaboration, and said that home objects are something he’s somewhat accustomed to. However, he said, “I liked stepping out of my comfort zone of jewelry.”

The set is available for the holiday season starting in October. And the oyster-shaped compact mirror is everything.

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Beauty Junkie: Make a Splash With Dramatic Eyes and Lips

Take an emotional splash with model Katharina Rembi as she features a bold classic look. A graphic eyeliner paired with a dramatic lip will turn heads anywhere. Check out our exclusive video of Rembi, and recreate the looks using the step-by-step instructions below. 






BlackBook Video: Watery Bliss


Use Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil- waterproof to create a full and defined brow.

Create a graphic line on the upper lash line with Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner.

Finish the eye with two coats of Sephora Le Waterproof Mascara.


Define and fill in lips with Sephora retractable waterproof lip liner in 07 Plum- Reddish Violet.

Finish with Sephora Classic Bright Red-04


Sephora 43 It Girl- Deep Red

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Directed by Sarah Silver

Featuring Katharina Rembi

Creative Director Walter Obal

Director of Photography Angel Marin

Edited by Dary Chaparro

Gaffers Ryan Benyi, Wayne McElroy

Makeup Walter Obal

Hair Cecelia Romero

Styling Lauri Eisenberg

Manicurist Gina Edwards

Set Designer Jared Lawton

Music Chromatics "I Want Your Love"

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Beauty Junkie: A Glowing Sensation

Bio-luminescence occurs widely among some groups of animals, especially in the open sea. With these amazing new products from Make Up For Ever the sea goddess is brought to land to show off her beauty. Her luminescence is used as a lure to attract her prey. Watch out though, she’s electrifying!

All photography by Sarah Silver

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Alarming Eyes

SKIN: Use Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation to create a flawless complexion.

EYES: Create a graphic shape around the eyes by using Make Up For Ever Flash color with Sephora liner brush PRO Bent Liner Eye Liner Precision 23.

Set the flash color with Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Pigment in 32-Blue using Sephora brush PRO Brow Sourcils Precision 20. To create stronger definition, use Make Up For Ever brush 5SB with a little blotting powder to define the skin tone on the outer edges along the liner.

LIPS: Moisturize lips with Make Up For Ever Moisturizing Lip Balm creating a healthy hydrated pout.

All cosmetic products can be purchased at Sephora

Alluring Beauty

SKIN: Use Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation to create a flawless complexion.

EYES: Create a graphic shape around the eyes by using Make Up For Ever Flash color with Sephora liner brush PRO Bent Liner Eye Liner Precision 23. Set the flash color with Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Pigment in 32-Blue using Sephora brush PRO Brow Sourcils Precision 20. To create stronger definition use Make Up For Ever brush 5SB with a little blotting powder to define the skin tone on the outer edges along the liner.

LIPS: Line lips with Make Up For Ever Auqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Bright Orange 17C-Vibrant Tangerine Orange. Set the pencil with Fluo Night Pigments in 30-Yellow, 31-Coral using Make Up For Ever brush.

HAIR: Wet hair and spray on Bumble & Bumble Prep Spray to help de-tangle and add sheen to the hair. Style with a fine tooth-comb.

All cosmetic products can be purchased at Sephora.

Patent leather motorcycle jacket by Phillip Lim.

Captivating Pout

EYES: Use Make Up For Ever eye shadow in 127-Metallic Taupe on the orbital bone. Following the crease from the nose out towards the temple for subtle drama.

CHEEKS: Use the same shadow 127-Metallic Taupe to contour the cheeks.

LIPS: Line and fill in the entire lip with MAC Landscape Green Chromagraphic Pencil to create a base. Apply Fluo Night pigment in 33-Green with Make Up For Ever Brush 12S by patting the color into the pencil to create an opaque matte lip.

HAIR: Prep and de-tangle hair with Bumble & Bumble Tonic lotion. Style with Sumo Tech and a fine-tooth comb.

All cosmetic products can be purchased at Sephora

White leather shirt by Phillip Lim. Sterling silver spider earrings by Tom Binns.

Photgraphy by Sarah Silver
Model: Aysche Tiefenbrunner
Styling by Dianna Lunt
Makeup by Walter Obal
Hair by Patrick Melville
Manicure by Kelly Baber
Makeup Assistant: Tess Sawan


Glowing Tutorial

Check out this tutorial from the shoot. Let it be your guide as you achieve these perfect electric looks!

Beauty Junkie: Bringing Back The ’90s

Newcomer Mila Miletic spent the day portraying a few iconic looks from the ’90s. "It was a challenge," says Miletic. "As a new face, I had to be convincing at portraying such an icon." You won’t have too close to know which ’90s fashion icon the young Miletic is referring to. Check out our Beauty Junkie slideshow for these nostalgic looks and learn how to replicate them yourself. 

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’90s Grunge

FACE: Use Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream to provide 24 hours of age-defying significant moisture. Use Amore Pacific CC Cream to even out any redness in the skin.

CHEEKS: Add highlights to the cheeks with Hour Glass Luminous Ambient Lighting Powders.

LIPS: Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment for added subtle color.

Fresh and Hour Glass products can be purchased at Sephora.

’90s Latina Chic

EYES: Softly dust MAC eye shadow in Yogurt on the entire lid up into the brow bone. Lightly contour crease with MAC eye shadow in Handwritten. Line the upper lash line with MAC Pencil in Black Swan.

CHEEKS: Apply MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze to the cheeks and temples.

LIPS: Line the entire lip with MAC pencil in Bittersweet. Fill in entire lip with MAC pencil in Naked Liner blending the two softly for bold precision.

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’90s Grunge Chic

EYES: Softly dust NYX Eye Shadow in ES 149 My Favorite Color on the entire lid up into the brow bone. Add some depth to the lid with NYX Eye Shadow in NMS14 Bare My Soul. Line the entire eye with Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss.

CHEEKS: Add subtle definition to the cheeks and temples with Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage 221.

LIPS: Line and fill in entire lip with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips 6C (brown) for depth.  Apply OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia in the center of lips and blend into line.

NAILS: Chanel nail polish in 569 Emprise.

llamasqua, Chanel, Make Up For Ever and Occ can be purchased at Sephora; NYX can be purchased here; Vapour Organic Beauty can be purchased through their website.

’90s Sensual Sophistication

EYES: Create a smokey eye with NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Pandora (white shimmer/matte black). Use white to highlight under the brow and the matte black to create a smokey lid blending into the crease and lower lash line.

CHEEKS: Use NARS Bronzing Powder on cheeks and temples to contour the face.

LIPS: Use NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment in Aurore.

All NARS products can be purchased at Sephora.


Fragrance: Chanel 1932, See By Chloe, Daisy By Marc Jacobs, Just By Just Cavali. All fragrances can be purchased at Sephora.

Model: Mila Miletic

Photography by Maria Karas

Retouching by Louis Servedio-Morales 

Styling by Caroline Grosso

Hair by Shlomi Mor using Capelli Collection

Manicure by Kelly B @ Defacto using Kiss

How To Get The JLo Glow: An Expert’s Guidance

The JLo glow. You know what it looks like (to the left): a mixture of coming back from St. Tropez, meeting the love of your life, and finding a puppy under your pillow one morning.  And while we all can’t afford a team of makeup artists and airbrushing for every photo, we can certainly benefit from the expertise of BlackBook’s resident makeup artist: Leah Bennett, whose work has graced the runways of London, New York, and Australia’s Fashion Week. Here, Bennett guides us – piece by piece – on how to get this look without spending four hours and $400 on the endeavor. You’re in good hands.

1. Oil it up.
Winter winds dry away most of your skin’s natural oils, the same oils that lend to a glowy look throughout the day. Get them back naturally with the omega-3 and vitamin C-packed oil Tarte Maracuja ($46). The elixir instantly absorbs into the skin, plumping and repairing it.

2. Apply the foundation.
Whether you’re building a house or experimenting with a recipe, you’ve got to build a good foundation first. And when it comes to your skin, the same rules apply. Smooth MAC’s Face And Body Foundation ($27) along your cheekbones, forehead, nose, and chin. This foundation is water resistant and tinted, so it gives color and very light coverage. For even more of a glow, also apply MAC Strobe Cream ($18) with a foundation brush, which is infused with skin-loving iridescent particles and antioxidants.

3. Make it flawless.
Concealer does all the work your foundation doesn’t; it vanishes all those unwanted blemishes, red tones, and dark circles. Sweep under the eyes and around the nose and chin with the full-coverage MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($18). Pat and blend until the look appears natural, and make sure to do this in white light, which instantly reveals any mistakes.

4. Frame the face.
For the JLo Glow, the contouring must be kept subtle. You want to frame the face, not make it a statement. Keep it light with MAC Buff ($20) in gingerly, a subtle shade, and contour the cheekbones, nose, and forehead with a foundation brush.

5. Take a brow.
One of the strongest and most ignored features on the face, the brows shape the eyes, which are paramount for the glow. Use a matte eyeshadow, like the MAC Eye Shadow ($18) in charcoal brown, to frame and fill the brow. Sweep the brow as if you are lighting a match. Use an angled brush to control how heavy or soft you want the look.

6. Become a cat.
Getting that winged, cat look for your eyes is a feat, and takes lots of practice and hits and misses. But it’s possible. To begin, get as close as you can to your lash line, and apply a liquid eyeliner in either soft strokes, or in one long sweep. If you have a magnifying mirror, use it. To wing the eye out, follow the end of the lash line to the end of your eyebrow, and sweep up. Use a q-tip to clean up any mistakes, and add concealer to keep your under-eye area looking fresh. Add plenty of mascara to open and create fullness to the eyes. Dior’s Diorshow Mascara ($25) creates a cat-lash, as it keeps your lashes fanned and full.

7. Get bold.
Your last step: the lips. Lip stains are your best friend to turn to, as they don’t need to be reapplied throughout the night. Get bold (and a bargain) with Sephora’s Lip Stain ($12) in always red. For the ultimate pout, line the lips with Sephora’s Lip Liner ($5) in real red, another unbeatable deal.

Love what Leah Bennett has to say? So do we. Check out her official website here

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The Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald, If You Keep Track of These Things

Design junkies, rejoice (or recoil). Pantone hath spoken, and in the wake of the bright, “spirited” Tangerine Tango that served as the chromatic marker of 2012, they have announced Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013, chosen to promote “insight” as well as “balance and harmony.” And green is usually associated with calm with these things, right? That might be good. Everyone could use a bit of calm right now.

In the announcement from the Pantone Color Institute, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman noted that in addition to its place in the natural world, “the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. She adds:

"As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

For color trend junkies (is that a thing if you’re not in the design world?), Pantone will be collaborating with Sephora on a beauty line and jcpenney on emerald-tinted home-wares and linens, and in the fashion world the color will appear in some works in the spring spring collections from Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko.

So, there you go. Emerald is the new “it” color. It’s been a good run, Tangerine Tango. Ride off into the sunset, where you will probably blend in quite well and be difficult to distinguish. 

4 Out of 5: Jamie Freed on New York

Jamie Freed is the personal shopping manager for Topshop and TOPMAN. She lives in Williamsburg and works in Soho. This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn’t.


Death & Co – "If I could only go to one bar for the rest of my life, this would be it. They’ve got a cool vibe without being pretentious. The swoon-worthy bartenders are charming and polite in addition to being extremely talented. Take time to read their clever menu (note the Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemmingway witticisms sprinkled throughout). I usually get the Dick & Jane or any other champagne cocktail. If Thomas is there, ask him for a recommendation. His impeccable taste and discerning palate will steer you in the right direction. The best part about Death & Co is that it’s never too crowded. The windowless façade makes it hard for the masses to find, and the no-standing policy keeps the bros at bay. Oh, and if you only drink vodka + soda with a splash of cran, go elsewhere. They keep one bottle of vodka here and likely use it just to clean the bar."

Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs – "I don’t know that words can describe how much I love Tiny’s! They’ve nailed all the details here. From the shabby chic interior and pressed tin ceiling to the mismatched plates and the very entertaining Ana, they’ve created a comfortable environment that always makes me feel like I’m at home. It’s a great date spot too, with a few joints around the corner for cocktails after dinner (try Weather Up or Silver Lining if you’re into jazz). Oh yeah, and get the burrata."

John Derian – "Decoupage is not a dirty word. Step inside this cozy little boutique and you’ll see what I mean. I’m obsessed with Derian’s decoupage paperweights and trays. My favorites are the ones covered with old typewritten letters and snarky sayings. This shop is my gifting go-to, especially when you’re buying for that person who has everything. In addition to the decoupage collection, John Derian also stocks 18th-century-inspired French pottery, vintage rugs, and loads of other curiosities from his travels. I feel like I’ve magically left the East Village and have been transported to the Marais whenever I’m here. I might just move in."

Saturdays Surf – "It’s a shop. It’s a café. Cute surfer dudes hang and work here. It’s also right behind Topshop. What’s not to love? Saturdays isn’t just for my AM caffeine fix, and it’s not just for surfers. They’ve got beachy prints and books as well as grooming products, candles, and a cool clothing line. Most of the stuff sold here is meant for guys, but it’s the kind of guy stuff girls want to borrow. They stock these amazing fish hook bracelets from Miansai, and I’m addicted to their Baxter candles."


Sephora – "I think Sephora is great for times when you know exactly what you want and are able to just grab it and go. But when I need a new product, having too many choices isn’t a good thing. Unless someone whom I know and trust (which is never the case at Sephora) is helping me, I’m not able to figure out what I need. I just get frustrated and leave empty-handed. Shopping for beauty products should also make you feel beautiful. That’s just impossible in a chaotic, super-saturated environment like Sephora. Go to Space NK Apothecary instead. They have an expertly curated collection of the best of the best in beauty housed in a posh, minimalist boutique."

Eyeliner to Get the Party Started

The holidays are about to kick into high gear, and once again, we’re faced with the challenge of looking “festive” for countless events—from office parties to black-tie shindigs to low-key nog-fests. For some, the sequined dress is the go-to solution for any invitation requesting “Festive Attire,” but if you’re glitter-shy, allow us to offer a slightly less intense alternative: gold eyeliner.

If you’ve never been the girl (or guy) wearing luminous gold eyeliner at a party, you are in for a serious treat. Gold liner tends to have a shock-and-awe effect on fellow party-goers, who go through a series of involuntary reactions when confronted with a set of gilded lids. First, they’ll be confused, then curious, and finally, enchanted. And isn’t enchantment what the holidays are all about?

Get things going with one of these party-starting picks:

● Smashbox Holiday Flash Long Wear Liquid Liner in 14k

● Sephora Collection Glitter Eyeliner in Gold

● Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner in Gold