Lip Service: Blueberry Spotted on the Mouths of NYFW Models

Last fall it was oxblood. Last summer, tangerine. And next September? We’ll be sporting this deep blueberry lip color (or at least giving it the old college try). Flawlessly painted on the models of Ann Yee’s Fall 2014 show, this matte hue complemented black and grey knits, natural makeup, and updos with serious edge. The creator? None other than MAC Cosmetics senior makeup artist Fatima T. Can you say coolest job ever?

Blueberry Lip for Fall

Image via HuffPost Style

With a sleek, simple ensemble and a smear of foundation, we’re thinking this color could be a success. Our only advice? Leave the big baubles at home. Your lips will be a statement in themselves.

Read the full article at HuffPost Style.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 7, 2014

About Face: Johnny Depp’s Latest Award Is in the (Makeup) Bag

In the world of acting awards, Johnny Depp is, in my opinion, one of Tinseltown’s most under-recognized artists (in terms of trophies won, anyway). Which might explain why I was so excited to learn that Depp has, in fact, won an award that I didn’t even know he was up for. The best part? It’s for his makeup.

Johnny Depp
Okay, I’m not talking about that kind of makeup. Although Depp is known for his guyliner both on and off set, this time his passion for movie makeup is what’s generating buzz. The actor has been named the first-ever recipient of the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award. Translation? The Guild’s members are honoring Depp’s use of their crafts in transforming himself – both physically and emotionally – into the characters he plays on screen. Exhibit A: Captain Jack Sparrow.

Here’s hoping he dishes on some application tips in his acceptance speech.

Read more about Depp’s big beauty achievement at The Guardian.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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January 29, 2014

While You Were Sleeping: 3 Overnight Beauty Tricks to Try

If you’re anything like me, getting those recommended eight hours of sleep isn’t always an option. But luckily, with these three beauty tricks, making the most of your (limited) shut-eye is easy. Simply take note and prepare to sleep your way to beautiful.

Overnight Beauty Tricks from Rue La La

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January 22, 2014

Master the Makeup Trick: A Guide to Contouring

Think only beauty pros and Kim Kardashian can understand the science behind contouring? Think again. We makeup novices can sculpt our faces, too. Simply check out the tips below and give it a go. Trust me, the benefits of contouring are just too great to pass up – not only does it slim your face and accentuate your natural beauty, it also makes you look younger. I know. Here’s how:

A Guide to Contouring

First, stock your beauty toolbox.

  1. Find a large, angled brush for emphasizing your cheekbones. I recommend MAC’s 168 Large Angled Contour Brush.
  2. Pick a matte shadow in a shade darker than your skin tone. It’s a must for adding depth to your face.
  3. Look for a cream-based highlighter to let your best features shine while maintaining soft lines. Try out NARS’s “The Multiple.”

 
Then, play up those features.

  1. Begin with the large angled brush and matte shadow. Brush the shadow under and up into your cheekbones. (Goodbye, pudgy cheeks.) To slim your face, add shadow along your hairline and jawline as well.
  2. Next, use your highlighter to play up your best features. A simple guide to contouring is to focus on the area that you have already dusted with shadow. For example, highlight under your eyes to the tops of your cheeks to contrast with the shadow under your cheekbones.

 
See? Wasn’t that hard, was it?

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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January 15, 2014

“The Rachel” Haircut Is Back

No, not that one, the other “Rachel.” You know, the haircut Jennifer Aniston debuted in Season 7 of Friends? The one that was still a bob but not quite as 90s-looking? Here’s a picture. Yeah, that one. According to ELLE, it’s making a big comeback this year. So, grab your shears. Or, rather, just make an appointment with your hair stylist.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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January 10, 2014

Case of the Blues: A Look at This Season’s Hottest Eye-Shadow Hue

After my middle school days, I swore off blue eye shadow. I had a heavy hand with my makeup brush and it just wasn’t doing me any favors. But now, blue shadow is making a triumphant comeback after being featured in both the Fall and Spring Fashion Weeks – and this time around, I’m determined to wear it right.

Blue Eye Shadow

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January 8, 2014

Want Frizz-Free Curls? Try Plopping

Calling all curly haired girls – frizz-free ringlets are in your future. According to Refinery29, all you have to do is plop. Which is exactly what we thought. But read on.

Plop for Frizz-Free Curls

  1. Start by laying out a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel on your bed. (Not a regular towel – it will just add to the frizz.)
  2. After you’ve showered, flip your head over and place your curls on the tee or towel slowly.
  3. Grab the ends of the towel or tee and twist so you have two Pippi Longstocking–esque twists on the sides of your head.
  4. Pull the twists to the back of your neck and secure by tying them together or using clips.
  5. Leave for 30 minutes as hair dries.
  6. Remove tee or towel and add a leave-in conditioner or light oil to seal the cuticles.

Voilà – post-plopping frizz-free curls.

[Via Refinery29]

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 6, 2014

Smooth It Over: Tips for Avoiding Polish Bubbles

You’ve finally finished painting on the last coat of your at-home manicure. But just a little while later, you look down at your almost-dry DIY mani and see bubbles have begun forming. To keep this from happening again, follow the simple tips below for a smooth, professional-looking finish.

How to Avoid Nail Polish Bubbles

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January 6, 2014

Introducing EE Cream: Because Skincare Needed More Letters

Okay, let’s run through this quickly. First, there was this thing called cream. It existed alone, in all its noncomedogenic glory, and hey, it did the job. Then the skincare world alphabetized – via Asia – and in came cult favorites BB cream, CC cream, and, alas, DD cream. With no sign of stopping. (Flashback to first-grade cursive.)

Skincare Letters

The newest letter pairing – EE cream – stands for “extra exfoliation” and is set to hit the market under the guise of Previse Skincare’s EE MarineGranules this March. It’s apparently a “botanical-based marine mousse” packed with bamboo stem powder and other ingredients our lowly creams never would have dreamed of.

If anyone wants to get ahead on the creation of  ZZ (“zero zits”) cream, ping me – we should start sourcing intergalactic ingredients now.

[Via ELLE.com]

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 5, 2014

New Year, New You: 3 Beauty Tricks to Amp Up Your Look

While I’m all for resolutions, taking on too many can end in disaster. So, this year, I’m starting with a few small and simple beauty changes that make a big impact. Check them out below.

3 Beauty Tricks for the New Year

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January 1, 2014