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

10 Lipsticks That Last under the Mistletoe

Ella Petrusko (Marilyn) wears Chinti and Parker intarsia hugs and kisses sweater. Photographed by Justin Bridges. Hair and makeup by Ashley Rebecca. Styled by Alyssa Shapiro.

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The Premise

A few weeks ago, two unlikely events coincided in a way that suggests near cinematic serendipity.

I met a boy, who, when I told him what I do for work, made an off-the-cuff remark about my job sounding like something out of a romantic comedy. Little did he (or I for that matter) realize just how much that would please me.

I think, (subconsciously, at least), there’s nothing more exciting to me than to imagine myself a heroine in some sort of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 13 Going on 30The Devil Wears Prada, that is in fact, just my real life.

Around the same time, our Senior Style Editor, Alyssa, who so gorgeously styled Ella in the above photographs, told me matter-of-factly that “could I please go on some dates, kiss some boys, and report back as to which red lipsticks stayed put.”

You can imagine the look on my mother’s face when I told her about my latest adventure. I was thoroughly entertained by the proposition and then failed to do my job until the day before this piece here was due. Having gone on a number of dates in pink stains or bare-lipped, I’d totally shirked my serious duties.

This negligence resulted in the following text to aforementioned boy: “Hi, so. remember that red lipstick article I was telling you about? What are you doing tonight? It’s due tomorrow….” I can assure you the waiting period on a reply was excruciating.

Special thanks to this anonymous gentleman for being super game. (Although it’d be pretty offensive if he weren’t, right?) As for me, it’s a tough life but…someone’s gotta do it right? 😉

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Seeking A True Red 

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For every five red lipsticks I examined for this story, about two were what one might consider a true red. The other three were disregarded. The following reds are legit, hues that evoke classic screen sirens—the Marilyn Monroes of yesteryear to the Taylor Swifts of today. “Too pink,” or “too orange” or “too wine” or “too berry,” were all eliminated.

Criteria

I’m going to call my co-tester, A, (for anonymous). We decide to consider a number of factors: how much lipstick is on his face, how much lipstick stays on my lips, and, to a lesser degree smell/taste and other guy-friendly matters.

lipsticks 1Everything but the mistletoe!

Best Practices

The best thing lipstick-wearing ladies can do is let our lips dry, refrain from eating, drinking, and talking and let the lipstick set. (Shutting up was a challenge for me). Begin with a primer. I used Make’s as much as I could, to provide a smooth foundation for the lipstick to cover. Even the best options need some drying time before you hop under the mistletoe.

Two other helpful tools:

As many Bite Lush Lip Wipes as you can possibly hoard. I didn’t have nearly enough and my skin was worse for it.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Lip Pencil which basically creates invisible lines to draw within when applying.

The Winners

1. Estée Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Scarlet Siren is a true classic red that made it through a chai latte in the afternoon and a kiss in the evening. That’s not to say there were no traces to be found on A’s lips but my look remained in tact. It’s also less drying than most longwear formulas.

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2. Maybelline’s Super Stay 14Hr Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge is a super affordable option with a fruity scent that A appreciates and also stands some tea drinking tests. Another of the less drying formulas. A calls this “sturdy.”

3. MAC’s Matte Ruby Woo is a time-tested, mass-approved favorite. If given time to set, this baby won’t budge. Shopping before the kissing appointment (seriously, though), I notice the cashier’s solidly in-place red lip. Sure enough, it’s Ruby Woo.

4. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Love Bite is a favorite for color. Its old Hollywood-esque packaging is also a draw.

5. Gucci in Iconic Red is an accessory on its own thanks to its sleek black case and internal Gucci-logo detailing. It is actually deserving of it’s name (unlike many so-called reds!)

6. Butter London in Come to Bed Red is a moisturizing, brighter classic red with a matte finish (a plus for longlasting potential).

7. Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in Rioja is a liquid lipstick (so the application experience is different). It’s not guaranteed to leave the lucky recipient of your kiss color free, but it is pigmented enough to keep your lips stained with its gorgeous, deep red color post-kiss.

8. Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon is a classic shade, but definitely a darker one. This will set like a stain—a major pro for long-lastingness, but I would use primer so it doesn’t sink into a liner-only look.

9. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb is a moisturizing formula from a brand I’ve always found reliable for professional-level cosmetics. I prefer lipstick with a pointed tip as it’s easier to line the edges of the lips neatly, but this is still a solid pick. 

10. Topshop in Hazard is one of a number of solid reds from Topshop. There’s definitely a red for everyone in Topshop’s varied selection of cute black-and-white striped cases.

lipsticks 2With special gratitude to the curtained booths at The Breslin–a BlackBook approved location for a makeout sesh. 

My Life Lesson/ Non-Beauty Related Takeaway

Here’s the thing about a solid red lip: any partner worth your time is willing to pay the price of some lipstick on their face in the name of a good kiss. When A asks me if I “understand male psychology at all?” the point is made abundantly clear. (Yes, I do understand, thank you!) The making out part overrules anything and everything else. As it should. 

P.S. Fellow beauty junkies tweet us @blackbook and let me know your faves. 

 

 

How To Look Like Katie Holmes, Post-Tom Cruise

For Katie Holmes, stripping herself of Tom Cruise has been a bit like stripping herself of a full-body case of leprosy or scabies – she’s instantly hotter. Whether she’s teaching Suri how to ride a bike, or getting coffee with her mom, Holmes looks good – and happy. And definitely better than the last photo of her and Cruise together.

So how do we get that “he’s-gone-I’m-free-I’m-free!” glow that she has, without signing a contract and marrying a potentially gay and charismatic Scientologist?

Thankfully, we have international hair and makeup artist Leah Bennett, whose work has graced the runways of London, New York, and Australia’s Fashion Week, to make the process nearly all-too-easy. With the help of Bennett’s expert skincare and makeup guidance, you’ll be confusing the paparazzi in no time.

Skincare
For a no-fail, revitalizing pre-makeup routine, stick with the Omorovicza brand. The company’smagnesium-rich mud extract Thermal Cleansing Balm cleanses the skin without stripping it, so you’re actually left with that just-woke radiance. Applying Omorovicza’s oil-free Radiance Renewal Serum afterward brightens and conserves the complexion throughout the day. According to Bennett, “This erases any signs of stress and tiredness. A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND. A pea-size is substantial enough.”

Makeup
Face:
“For Katie Holmes, we are going for the natural look. After your canvas is prepped to perfection, apply a five-cent piece of Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation using a foundation brush, which creates a dewy, natural complexion. Less is always more." With your ring finger, gently pat Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer around the eyes and the edge of your nose and chin. “These are the key areas where we reflect red and uneven, textured skin."

Eyes:
Lightly dust Mac’s Shroom Eye Shadow ($19) over the bridge of the eyebrow bone and the corner of the tear duct to open, brighten, and reflect the eyes. Then, outline the top and bottom lash line. “This defines and captures the doe-almond quality of Katie Holmes’ eyes.” Curl lashes and apply two coats of Dior’s Diorshow Iconic Black Mascara ($28.50). “This lengthens the look of the lashes, clump-free.”

Lips:
To capture that ‘I wake up looking like this’ aura, balance your understated cheeks and eyes with mild nougat and taupe-colored lipsticks. "Mac’s Lustre in ‘Hug Me’ ($22) is the epitome of a soft, creamy, and understated lip color.”

Finishing touches:
“To sculpt and enhance your sexy cheek bones, use Givenchy’s Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder in shade #4 ($50). Light, feathery brush strokes prevent muddy complexions and create that youthful ‘bronzed goddess’ look.” Follow your hairline, cheekbone and chin. For that pinched-cheek look, smile to enhance your cheekbones, and make light, circular motions on them using Mac’s Powder Blush in Blushbaby ($17.50). And the final touches to any makeover is a spritz of Urban Decay’s Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($29). This will keep your Holmes-inspired look all night.” Past the paparazzis’ bedtime.

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

How the Internet Changed Shopping: Deals for Beauty Junkies

Okay, so Cyber Monday might sound dirty, but the internet-wide shopping fest makes perfect sense to my demo. Getting up at 4am on a Friday to beat down racks of half-priced scarves is what our moms did – we learned from their mistakes. My demo can sleep ‘til noon on Friday and watch a marathon of The Muppet Christmas Carol over Fruity Pebbles, shopping online when the spirit moves us. Here are a few of my favorite Cyber Monday beauty deals to buy on your lunch break.

Lock and Mane: 25% off at L&M with the code FRIENDS at checkout.

Urban Decay: most popular eye shadows, mascara, and glosses are only $6, nail polish sets and eyeshadow palettes are $12!

Lierac Paris: Friends & Family through Friday, December 3rd. 30% off all products with the code FF2010.

Sally Beauty Supply: 20% off all orders of $25 or more.

Stila: Holiday make up sets, and “samples” at Stila are up to 80% off today!

Anthony: 20% off any purchase, and with a purchase of $50 or more receive a free Tool Kit + complimentary ground shipping.

AHAVA : Spend $50 you will get 15% off and a deluxe size Hand/Body/Foot cream with code GIVE15. Spend $100 and get 20% off plus a deluxe Hand/Body/Foot cream, and Exfoliating Washcloth, and a Botanic Bliss Set, with code GIVE20. If you spend $200 you will get 30% off with a deluxe size Hand/Body/Foot Cream, and Exfoliating Washing, and a Botanic Bliss Set, with code GIVE30.

Lancome: Free gift with every mascara purchase.

Elizabeth Arden: 25% off all makeup, skincare and fragrance and enjoy free shipping. on any order. On top of that, with any $65 purchase, you’ll get a 31-piece Black Tote with a retail value of over $300! The kit includes blushes, mascara, glosses and more! Use code CYBER65 at check out to redeem this offer.

Beauty.com: 20% off hair appliances, 40% off Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel, and 80% off Laura Geller sets and palettes. Spend $50 receive a free Lela Rose tin with 24 samples, and also receive a $10 Beauty Gift Card.

Bath and Body Works: 25% off all purchases online, with code CYBER25.

Kiehl’s: Use code FAMILY10 will get you 20 percent off all purchases, as well as, complimentary ground shipping on orders totaling more than $30.

Ole Henriksen: Eight skincare kits are majorly discounted. Blemish Be Gone is 65 percent off, and Head to Toe for all skin types is 67 percent off, Evening Perfection at 50 percent off and Lighten Up at 46 percent off.