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Weekly Video Segment: My Favorite Products of the Week


In the second edition of our weekly segment “My Favorite Products of the Week”, I discuss some products I am loving and why.


In this week’s video you will find:

  • Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 in medium
  • Babor Super Soft Duo Blush in 03 Peach
  • Bella Pierre Eyeliner Trio
  • Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Scarlet
  • Sonia Kashuk Polishes in Khaki Shorts and making Waves
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in shade 20
  • Sigma Beauty Brushes



I explain why I love and use each of these products and how to use them.


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Spring Beauty Essentials to Get Your Face Brighter and Your Skin Glowing


We all are probably feeling a bit of spring fever as we anxiously await the warm weather that signifies we should put our winter coats away, but my favorite thing about spring is the makeup! COLOR! Spring is the time to shed winter skin and get colorful with new beauty products. I will break down the essentials to get your skin glowing and ready for spring.

We all need to punch up our color palette from the deep jewel tones of fall and winter. This spring season the trends are fluorescent colors, coral, and glowing complexions. Use a tinted moisturizer (with sunscreen, of course!) to let your skin peek through, add a bright coral to your lips, a warm peach to your cheeks and get your skin glowing with a luminizer. Here are the necessities to update your makeup routine for spring 2012:


1)  Tinted MoisturizerLaura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer (available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $42) is basically the reigning queen in this department. This tinted moisturizer has been the frontrunner for quite some time and there is a reason why- it stays where you put it and it moisturizes really well. NARS also makes a really fantastic tinted moisturizer, especially if you have a slight yellow undertone or have a red complexion you are looking to balance out with a yellow base. NARS Tinted Moisturizer is available in 9 shades and has SPF 30. Available at Bloomingdales. Suggested retail: $42.

2) Cheek Stain. Hourglass Aura Cheek Stains and Tarte Cheek Stains are fantastic, but a really great makeup artist tip is to take a lipstick and put it onto your cheeks! This is especially  significant after watching the Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion week in February, where we saw monochromatic cheeks and lips. For a modern look, take the lipstick you apply to your lips and smudge a bit onto your cheeks. I recommend the Tarte Cheek Stain in the color Tipsy (Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $30), a peach/coral with a slight white shimmer, that can also be used on the lips and eyes (we talk more about  this in our “Give Me 5 minutes! The Perfect 5 Minute Face” article). Hourglass has a similar color, Petal (Available at Barneys New York. Suggested retail $45), that is a peach/pink liquid and blends seamlessly into the skin.

3) Luminizer. I am huge fan of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #13 Warm Beige (Available at Sephora. Suggested retail: $22). It comes in a pot and can be applied with your finger or a brush. Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightener is also a beautiful luminizer that comes with a slightly easier application with the brush on the end of the wand. To achieve the perfect glow, apply luminizer to the brow bone, cheekbones, and cupid’s bow.

4) Bright Lipstick. Try a coral lipstick (check out our previous article, ‘Crazy for Coral’) like Sonia Kashuk’s Vivid Coral (Available at Target Stores. Suggested Retail: $9.99) or Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense #38 Satin Coral (Availale at Sephora. Suggested retail: $19). You can also try Yves Saint Laurent’s Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain (Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $32) in 8 Orange De Chine (that’s tough to say!) for a stain that will last all through dinner and drinks without reapplying. Coral lipstick is a fresh take on the fall/winter red lip. A coral lip is meant to stand out and be the center of attention. So when you do a coral lip, keep the rest of your face soft and neutral.


The goal of springtime makeup is to liven up our skin and features with color and a warm glow. Just as we start to wear lighter weight fabrics, we should also lighten up our color palette and coverage. Think: bright and light! Enjoy, experiment with color and have fun with it.


Happy Spring! (Well, almost!)




Give Me 5 Minutes! The Perfect 5 Minute Face


So you only have 5 minutes to do your makeup? No problem! I will show you what exact products you need and how to apply them. Give yourself 5 minutes to amp up your morning routine and feel fabulous before you take on the day.


The products:

1. Primer. I recommend the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. Available at Barneys and Sephora. Suggested Retail: $52.

2. Tinted moisturizer or foundation, depending on the level of coverage you need. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free (Available at Macy’s or Sephora. Suggested Retail: $42) or Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (Available at Sephora or at Makeup Forever Boutique. Suggested Retail: $40) if you need a bit more coverage then a tinted moisturizer gives.

3. Concealer. Chose a concealer that has a peachy/orange or yellow undertones to cover dark circles. Benefit Boi-ing (Available at Benefit Cosmetics or at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $19) or Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer & Treatment (Available at Eve Pearl. Suggested Retail: $37)  for under eye and Makeup Forever 5 Camoflage Cream Palette (Available at Sephora or any Makeup Forever Boutique. Suggested Retail: $36) for the face.

4. Cream blush. Tarte Cheek Stain in whatever color you enjoy! I love Blissful or Natural Beauty. Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $30.

5. Setting powder. Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder (Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $30) or Trish McEvoy Translucent Finishing Powder (Available at Bloomingdales. Suggested retail: $38).

6. An eyeliner to compliment your eye color. Blue eyes: Pick one that has copper/bronze undertones with a slight iridescence like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Pearly Brown 2L or Bronze 10L. Green eyes: pick a brown with a purple undertone like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Shimmering Plum 4L. Brown eyes: Pick a navy/grey shade like M·A·C In The Groove Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Navy Stain. Makeup Forever Liners available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $18. MAC Liner available at Bloomingdales. Suggested Retail: $15.

7. Lash curler. I recommend Revlon Extra Curl lash Curler. Available at CVS. Suggested Retail: $6.99.

8. Waterproof or water resistant mascara. I love Too Faced Lash Injection (Available at Sephora. Suggested retail: $21) or Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof (Available at CVS. Suggested Retail: $5.29).


The Steps:

1. Apply primer over entire face.

2. Apply tinted moisturizer/foundation to entire face. Use a round stiff brush and apply in a circular motion until blended.

3. Apply concealer under eyes (use the eye concealer for this only), on the sides of your nose, sides of your mouth and cupid’s bow (that area where your lips form a ‘V’ on your top lip). Blend with your ring finger (it applies the perfect amount of pressure).

4. Apply cream blush to cheekbones, lips (yes, lips!) and to your eyelids (with your ring finger, like above). Blend.

5. With a powder brush, apply your chosen setting powder.

6. Run your chosen liner along your upper water line. This is the smooth surface under your upper lashes. This will take some practice! Then extend the liner up into your lash line. With your finger, smudge slightly to buff out the rough line of the liner.

7. Curl lashes by clamping down at the base and then intermittently ‘pump’ down the lash towards the tip.

8. Apply chosen mascara. DONE!


The first few times you do this, it may take more like 10 minutes, but once you are comfortable, you will be able to do it in under 5 minutes- I swear! Enjoy!





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