Jennifer Lopez’s Beauty Secrets


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Ever wish you could glow like J.Lo? Well, meet the man behind her famous face. Celebrity makeup artist and glow man extraordinaire Scott Barnes recently threw a party to celebrate the launch of his new book, About Face. There to celebrate were some of his famous friends, including Miss Lopez herself, Christian Siriano, Kat De Luna, Kelly Rowland and Wendy Williams.

Barnes is famous for his ability to give women an inner light and in the book he shares some his trademark transformational secrets. One of our favorite beauty tips from Barnes has to do with sculpting. Before he puts anything else on–concealer, foundation, blush–he first enhances a woman’s facial bone structure with contouring and highlighting creams and powders. Most makeup artists will sculpt after they’ve put on your foundation and concealer, but Barnes swears that sculpting beforehand creates a gorgeous inner radiance that looks natural and ethereal. One look at Jennifer Lopez and we saw instantly what he meant!

Speaking of J.Lo, the megastar gave us the scoop on the best beauty tips she picked up from Barnes.


“The number one beauty tip Scott has taught me is to stay out of the sun. We’ve always worked with bronzers and self-tanners instead. It’s been over 10 years now that Scott has been telling me to stay out of the sun and it has saved my skin.”

Jennifer also dished on one her favorite skin care products: Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream. It uses rose petal, rose hip and avocado to protect your skin from dryness and irritation and help seal in moisture and create the perfect canvas for your makeup.

J.Lo also added this praise: “The best thing about Scott is that when you sit in his chair, before he puts a stitch of makeup on you, he makes you feel like you’re the
most beautiful woman in the world.”

If you want to learn more of Scott’s insider secrets and unique tips, including how to create the looks of some of your favorite stars, check out About Face, on sale now.

Top 10 Makeup Brushes To Complete Your Collection

Our pals at StyleCaster have compiled a list of the 10 best brushes on the market right now to complete your set.

With any art form, the results are always more precise and easier to achieve when you have the right tools at your disposal. Doing your makeup is no different. You can, of course, choose to apply any old powders or liquids with your fingers, but this won’t always lead to the most precise application. Using the proper brushes will drastically improve the final appearance of your look, not to mention the accuracy of the application.

There are a million different makeup brushes out on the market at the moment, but due to the recession, most of us would rather spend our hard earned cash on new products rather than a whole new set of application brushes. We know the feeling. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best brushes on the market right now that will put an end to your search for the perfect one, so you can complete your set and go back to stocking up on the latest mascars and foundations instead.

1 & 2: Make Up Forever HD Kabuki Brush and Benefit Cosmetics Bluff Puff

Make Up Forever’s nylon brush was designed to brush loose powder over your face — and the soft bristles are great for sensitive skin. For mineral makeup users, this is a must-have as it’s great at spreading a fine veil of powder. (Make Up Forever HD Kabuki Brush, $40, at

Benefit’s bronzing brush perfectly applies bronzer to your face, neck, and decollatage. The large head and soft, natural bristles help to evenly apply the bronzer. The short brush is also great–stash it in your bag for a quick pick-me-up during the day! (Benefit Cosmetics Bluff Puff, $22, at

3 & 4: Sue Devitt Blush Brush and e.l.f. Studio Brush Collection Small Smudge Brush

Sue Devitt’s blush brush is extremely soft, and made from fine pony hair. Because of the narrow head you get more control in application. Finely apply blush where you want on your cheek, and layer on as needed. (Sue Devitt Blush Brush, $50, at

e.l.f.’s Taklon smudge brush creates a detailed color application and is perfect for blending eyeliner and shadow. The small tip is great for creating smoky eyes and for filling in eyebrows. (e.l.f. Studio Brush Collection Small Smudge Brush, $3, at

5 & 6: Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush and Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Contour Eye Shadow Brush

The perfect eyeliner brush is one with a fine tip and tightly packed bristles, which is exactly what this brush by Bobbi Brown boasts. The bristles help to create a flawless line (with your steady hand of course) and the long tapered brush helps for a precise application. (Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, $25, at

This contour eye shadow brush in the Bare Minerals collection is by far one of our favorite shadow brushes to hit our desks. The contoured edge helps to blend shadow smoothly and effortlessly against the crease and can also be used for highlighting. It makes applying shadow easy — and it’s great for attempting a bold smoky eye! The brush will be available in the “I Love Be” kit on QVC this week, along with many other amazing products. (Bare Escentuals Bare
Minerals Contour Eye Shadow Brush, available in the “I Love Be” set on now.)

7 & 8: Trish McEvoy #23 Angled Contour Brush and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

Trish McEvoy’s eyeshadow brush is meant for applying shadow to the crease of your eye. Apply the base eye color with the flat side of the brush and use the angled tip to contour in the crease. (Trish McEvoy #23 Angled Contour Brush, $32, at

Laura Mercier’s brush is perfect for hiding all of those blemishes or discolored areas that you don’t want anyone to see. The angled tip can fit right up into the corner of your eye, next to your nose, and anywhere else you may need to cover up. (Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush, $26, at

9 & 10:  Smashbox Angle Brow Brush and M.A.C. 316 Lip Brush

Smashbox’s stiff bristled brush is angled to help you create the perfect brow. You can use it with wax or powder — simply dip the brush in either and stipple in. (Smashbox Angled Brow Brush, $20, at

A brush with multiple functions is always a winner on our list. M.A.C.’s 316 Lip Brush is made with firm fibres to give you controlled precision for applying lip color, but can also be used for eyeliner — the choice is yours. (M.A.C. 316 Lip Brush, $19.50, at

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Which Valentine’s Day Makeup Item Is Right For You?

Whether or not you’re the girl who has reservations for February 14th in July and spends hours daily on the DeBeers website designing her own heart-shaped ring, you can still embrace the spirit of cupid in these festively colored items for Valentine’s Day. The traditional V-Day shades make everyone, regardless of skin tone (target of cupid or not) look pretty, well rested and aglow. Here, a selection of our favorite pretty pinks and romantic reds.



NARS Lip Gloss in Easy Lover ($24)

This sheer hot pink gloss is uber glossy and perfect for kissing.

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick LOVE ($20)

If this isn’t V-day ready, We don’t know what is. Estee Lauder’s smooth gliding, hydrating lip color is etched with the word “Love” on the stick itself.

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Paramour ($22)

We love the hydration this special shade of sheer red provides. Bonus: It doubles as a cream blush under foundation for a lit-from-within glow.

Stila Yumberry Crush Lip And Cheek Stain ($24)

Stila’s latest shimmery crush incarnation yields a pin-up gal glow and boasts the unique bonus of looking just as beautiful on lips as it does on cheeks.

Shiseido Luminizing Lip Gloss in PK406 ($22)

Makeup maven Dick Page created this gem as part of Shiseido’s new spring line. It’s deceptively moisturizing and imparts a light shimmery pink hue.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain Pencil with LipSurgence in Lust ($24)
This genius pencil stain yields the slightest bit of gloss and hydrates like a dream. It claims to increase hydration by 6,000%. We’d say it does by 5,999%.



Le Metier de Beaute Blush in Poppy
This peachy pink sheer cream blush smooths on easily and yields a believable warm tint.

Guerlain Blush Eclat in Cherry Blossom ($49)

Guerlain’s gorgeous palette in varying shades of peach, rose and carnation pink imparts a subtle but visible glow.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Carved Rose ($32)

This sugary powder blush will tickle you pink and provide buildable color.

Three Custom Color Morning After Creme to Powder Blush ($22.50)

This cream blush morphs into a hot Miami coral once it’s on your skin for a caught in the act hue à la Blanche Devereux.



OPI Nail Lacquer in Pink Flamenco ($8)

If the weather’s not warm, this sexy pink will bring a flamenco dancer vibe to the beauty story you’re telling.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Racey Rouge ($5)

This rich ’50s red polish dries in no time, so you can paint it on and then dip into your chocolates with no smudging.

CND Indian Rhubarb ($9)

CND’s iteration is a deep, classic red that dries to a glossy finish and lasts a full week.

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Celebrity Hair Heist: Anna Kendrick


With her recent Oscar nomination, Anna Kendrick has cemented her position as the latest Hollywood It Girl. In addition to holding her own alongside George Clooney in Up In The Air and stealing scenes from her star-crossed co-stars in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the talented actress is also blessed with gorgeous good looks, a sassy sense of humor and a to-die-for lineup of red carpet gowns at her fingertips.


Anna has a terrific sense of style, so we expect the young star to really bring it on the red carpet. Instead we’ve seen the same array of wide-eyed ingenue looks: Softly tendriled updos, shimmery eye makeup and rosy lips.


With the Oscars looming, we thought we’d give Anna a red carpet makeover to try and help her wow on her big night. We put her photo in the Makeover Studio to try on a few looks that we think will give her a bit more of a beauty oomph.


We love Kate Hudson‘s glam lob on Anna because it looks sophisticated and chic, but has an air of youthfulness to it that keeps it from looking old-fashioned. And since it’s just an amped up version of her current style, it would be easy for her to adopt without feeling uncomfortable.


The tousled layered look is an old standby for many up-and-coming starlets and for good reason: The style works on almost every face shape and adds instant sex appeal. We’d like to see Anna show off her sultry side with a boudoir-inspired coif like Jennifer Aniston‘s. She may be an Oscar nominee, but that doesn’t mean she can’t cut loose and let her hair down.


If Anna really wanted to step up her game on the Oscars red carpet, we think Mary Elizabeth Winstead‘s über-trendy bob would be a good place to start. The short style is equal parts edgy and sleek and will help her shed her “pretty” reputation in favor of a more fashion-forward, avant-garde persona. Hey, it worked for Rihanna

Which look do you think looks best on Anna? Tell us in the comments!

Inspired to give yourself a red carpet makeover? Head over to the virtual Makeover Studio, download your photo and get started!

Top Beauty Trends At The Grammys

Stunning songbirds rocked the stage at last night’s Grammy Awards. From Britney Spears’ new brunette look to Lady Gaga’s bright pink lip, we scooped tons of beauty trends ruling the red carpet.

Metallic Eye Shadow


From left, Jennifer Hudson and Nicole Kidman Photos: © Jason Merrit/Getty Images, Mary J. Blige © Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Metallic shadow is perfect for awards season as it’s a subtle way to insinuate a star is ready for the physical award of the same hue. It also lends a festive vibe that’s suited for post-holiday chillier weather, no? Jennifer Hudson went for the gold with her eye shadow, offset by a bright pink lip and new blunt bangs. Nicole Kidman went for a cooler vibe with tinsel-colored shadow and a berry lip, while Mary J. Blige told a very glamorous beauty story via golden eyes as well, contoured cheeks and a cropped coif.

Shocking Pink Lip

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From left, Katy Perry Photo: © Christopher Polk/Getty Images, Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga Photos: © Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The Barbie pink lip is no doubt the result of a resurgence of the pin-up pretty look we’ve seen grace the red carpets throughout award season. With minimal eye makeup and low-key hair, it packs a powerful beauty punch while giving ladies that retro, Benefit Cosmetics packaging vibe. Katy Perry is no stranger to the bright matte pink lip, pairing it with her signature dusky locks and Betty Page bangs. Jennifer Hudson’s pout popped in an electric pink shade and spotlight stealer Lady Gaga‘s pink lip stood out against her simply-colored (though admittedly, not simply styled) solar system dress.

Casual, Flowing Waves

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From left, Miley Cyrus Photo: © Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Marisa Miller Photo © Christopher Polk/Getty Images, Ke$ha Photo: © Lester Cohen/WireImage, and Britney Spears Photo © Larry Busacca/Getty

This was a slight change of pace from the typical beachy waves and retro finger waves we see at awards shows. Naturally, the Grammys are a time to let loose and allow your inner rock star to break free, so Miley Cyrus did exactly that. The teen sensation boasted slightly off-center parted free-flowing undone waves complimented by a soft smokey eye and a light pink lip. Marisa Miller rocked a variation of Miley’s look, but added a bit of Brigitte Bardot bringin’-it-from-the-boudoir sexiness to the equation. An even more mussed take on the look was newcomer Ke$ha who paired her voluminous messy waves with an eye makeup concept cribbed straight from Jem (of And The Holograms fame). Lastly, Britney Spears premiered her new dusky brunette locks in the form of side-parted, flowing waves.

What were your favorite looks at last night’s Grammy awards?

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Buy Beauty, Help Haiti

The post-earthquake devastation in Haiti is heartbreaking. If you haven’t donated yet via one of the many organizations dedicated to helping the country, why not stock up on your favorite Talika, Bliss and Josie Maran products and donate at the same time?


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For every online purchase at between February 1 and April 30, $1 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders to aid in Haiti’s Disaster Relief.



Now through March 31, Bliss will be donating 75% of the purchase prices of their glamour gloves and softening socks to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of relief efforts in Haiti. Additionally, spa guests can make a $1 contribution to support the fund.

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Natural beauty brand Josie Maran will be donating 50% of proceeds from sales made on until January 31 to the American Red Cross.

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Sundance Sightings At The L’Oreal Paris Beauty Suite

Though the general aesthetic of the Sundance Film Festival revolves around boots with the fur, jeans and puffy coats, the stars who frequented the L’Oreal Paris beauty suite still managed to look put together. Natural makeup was the trend as it seems bordering on insanity to pile on pounds of makeup to complement your leggings and thermal get-up. Right? Here’s a list of some of the celebrity highlights of the weekend:

Kate Mara


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Kate Mara showed up rocking a sparkly hat, a maroon sweater, jeans and tall brown boots. She looked chic in a creamy neutral pink lip.

Amanda Peet


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Amanda Peet looked natural with a bit of brow definition and light makeup. Said pregnant Peet, “OMG, I’m so excited right now, you don’t even know!” after receiving her gift bag of L’Oreal Paris treats.

Parker Posey


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Parker Posey was wearing an ankle length plaid skirt and boasted a supercute crop with bangs. She joked that she wanted to take home the L’Oreal Paris-branded pillows that adorned the suite.

Dakota Fanning


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Dakota Fanning embraced the sparkly hat trend and looked elegant with long, straight blonde locks and natural makeup with lotsa lashes.

Josh Radnor


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This sighting changed up the situation from Sundance to Fundance. My crush on him doubled when I saw him drinking a coffee with adorably mussed hair.

Ben Affleck


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Having Ben Affleck in my “dance space” pretty much made my decade. Not to be dramatic, but it was actually in the top three moments of my life. The L’Oreal Paris gals and I discussed him ad nauseum the rest of the day.

Jonah Hill


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Jonah Hill definitely brought the vibe of the suite up a notch. He was cracking jokes with his fellow castmates before heading up the stairs to his shoot.

James Franco


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James Franco looked deliciously disheveled, as only he knows how. Said a fellow suite squatter, “I wouldn’t mind rolling out of the other side of the bed he clearly just rolled out of.” She has a point.

Dax Shephard


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Dax Shephard asked to get powdered up at the L’Oreal Paris makeup station before his shoot. “Feel free to make my nose look smaller,” Shephard quipped.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Sultry at Sundance: Katie Aselton


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Katie Aselton has devastatingly gorgeous hair. She came to the suite for a quick makeover before getting photographed with her fellow cast members for her movie Cyrus. Reported Aselton, “I’m super-addicted to Skyn ICELAND products right now. I like the eye gels and the brand’s Nordic Skin Peel.”

Katie shared an un-beauty related, but just as vital tip for looking awake: “Coke out of a can and chug that stuff down. If I had more secrets, I’d prob look better right now!” We thought she looked fabulous and asked about who cuts her hair. Said Aselton, “I go to The Hive in LA to my stylist Jeremy Clarke. I’m obsessed with him!” L’Oreal makeup artist Tiffany used a bit of L’Oreal True Match concealer and True Match Roller Perfecting Roll On Foundation for a dewy look, and L’Oreal Colour Juice gloss in peaches and cream.

Katie also stopped by the L’Oreal Paris hair station for a hair touch-up. Stylist Vanessa gave her big waves a quick brush-through to loosen them before using a fine-toothed comb horizontally to maintain the S-shape of the waves. She then flat ironed a bit around the face.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Top Beauty Trends At The SAG Awards


The ladies of Nine, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman
and Penelope Cruz, bring the sexy to the SAG’s.
Photo: © Michael Caulfield /WireImage

The award show season is officially upon us, which means gorgeous gowns and trendsetting beauty looks are de riguer on the red carpet. The Golden Globes set the bar pretty high, but the the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, which were held on Saturday, took the glam factor to the max. From the ladies of Nine, shown above, to the rest of Hollywood’s elite, the hairstyles and makeup effects were off the gorgeous charts. Here, our favorite trends:

Old Hollywood Glamour


From left, Marion Cotillard Photo: © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, Diane Kruger and Anna Kendrick Photos: © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

They say true glamour never goes out of style and in the case of Diane Kruger, Anna Kendrick and Marion Cotillard, this couldn’t be more true. Each of these stunning stars opted for retro, old-school Hollywood vibe, which meant classic, structured updo’s, seriously smoky eyes, lots of lashes and a strong lip look. We think Diane stole the show with her creamy red lip, porcelain skin and sleek hairstyle, but bright-eyed newcomer Anna and French siren Marion were also red carpet standouts with their bold, colorful eyeshadow and side-parted ‘dos.

Soft & Chic


From left, Kyra Sedgwick Photo: © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images, Kate Hudson and Drew Barrymore Photos: © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Who knew simplicity could be this gorgeous? Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore and Kyra Sedgwick decided to leave the theatrics at home, opting instead to sport soft, elegant updos and chic, understated makeup. Kyra’s rose lips and loose hairstyle were equal parts age-appropriate and amazing, but it was Kate and Drew’s nude lips, subtle flushes and swept-away hairstyles that had us screaming ecstatically at our TV’s. The combination of modern chicness with romantic softness created the perfect onscreen pair.

Sexy Drama


From left, Deborah Ann Woll, Penelope Cruz and Michelle Monaghan Photos: © Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

It wouldn’t be an awards show without a few bombshell beauties. Penelope Cruz, Deborah Ann Woll and Michelle Monaghan were a certifiable trio of temptresses on the red carpet. All three chose to dramatically sweep their hair to the side, creating a glamorous, statement hairstyle that was equal parts strong and sexy. Combine that with defined eyes, lustrous waves and luscious pouts, and these stars got our vote for the sultry sirens of the SAG’s.

What were your favorite red carpet looks from the SAG Awards?

Sultry At Sundance: Michelle Krusiec


When Michelle Krusiec walked into the Entertainment Weekly lounge, I instantly recognized her from What Happens In Vegas, in which she played Cameron Diaz’s cattily competitive co-worker. It turns out art does not imitate life: She was super friendly. Michelle was at Sundance to promote her film Homewrecker which aired the night before. She got a mini-makeover at the suite, courtesy of L’Oreal’s on-site makeup artist Brandy. Brandy used:

  • L’Oreal HIP Color Presso Gloss in Chic 280
  • L’Oreal True Match Blush in W 7-8 Soft Sun
  • L’Oreal HIP Duo Shadow in Sassy
  • L’Oreal HIP Duo Shadow in Platinum
  • L’Oreal HIP Cream Liner in Black

Brandy recommends blending the sparkly black side of the Platinum duo over top of the Cream Liner for a sexy, smoky effect. Michelle provided her own beauty tip as well: “I love to wear false lashes. I apply individual ones criss-crossed over each other so that it looks more natural.”

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Sultry At Sundance: Malin Akerman


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Hello from the Entertainment Weekly suite sponsored by L’Oreal Paris at Sundance 2010! I’ve seen a bunch of celebs thus far, and it’s only been a few hours. Some beauty news to report:

Nordic blonde beauty Malin Akerman showed up casually chic with curled ends and a side-part. She partook in a little cosmetic touch-up at the L’Oreal makeup station. Said Akerman, “Oh, I use the L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Onyx. I love it. It goes on so smooth.” L’Oreal Paris on-site makeup artist Tiffany applied the pencil to her lower waterline, and smudged it so it looked more natural. Akerman applied the pencil herself to her upper waterline (as that can be awkward to have someone else all up in your eyeball).

“A little waterline liner is a subtle way to bring out the color of Malin’s blue eyes, without looking too harsh,” explained Tiffany.

Red Lipstick: 9 Tubes Get Put to the Test

Our pals at StyleCaster gave us the run-down on the best red lipsticks. Which red is your absolute favorite?

Red Lipstick: 9 Tubes Get Put to the Test

I Love Lucy. Marilyn. Madonna. Gwen. Throughout history, America’s sexiest celebrities
haven’t often been seen without their luscious red lips. However, the
color dates back to 1870 when Guerlain made it available to the public
with the first bullet-shaped stick and named it “Ne m’oubliez pas,”
meaning: “dont forget me.” Never before has a beauty product made so
much money as this iconic cosmetic. Madonna
claimed my favorite, MAC’s Russian Red as her top pick and it instantly
sold out and continues to fly off shelves today. Plus, it is a quick
pick me up for any complexion, gives the illusion of whiter teath, and
makes a strong and seductive statement of female empowerment. My
glamorous friend, Ayesha introduced me to MAC’s Russian Red in the late
1990s and I’ve been an avid wear-er ever since. I figured since it was
a new decade, I would venture out in an attempt to see if any other
red-hued lipsticks trump my much loved MAC.

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Red Stockings, $25.50, at
For every ad I see of this Dior
Ultra-Gloss, I dream about what my lips would look like all drippy and
sinewy and glossy. Then I wore this for a few hours and all I got was
goop. Seriously. It’s a steep price for an item that bleeds quickly and
looks like a hot mess.

Silky Sensual Radiant Color in Red Muse, $34, at
added a great big pop of color to my lips but disappeared before the
hour was up and stained my hands terribly going on. Applying red lips
is not a simple task, but it shouldn’t leave you looking like you
committed some horrible act of murder. This product gives new meaning
to being ‘caught red-handed.’

Laura Mercier Hydratint in Crimson, $20, at
this is more of a tint and not so much of a lipstick, it doesn’t have
the same dramatic effect as a creme. That said, it leaves a nice sheer
stain. It’s perfect for daytime and hydrating the lips to boot. You can
always count on a Mercier cosmetic — this crimson hydratint included.

Stila Long Wear Lipstick in Lover, $20, at
the name; wanted to love the product. It went on smooth and came on as
strong as a couple of cocktails. That said, it quickly became cakey and
dry. After a while, my lips felt like wood. Not sexy when you want to
get it on with your own lover.

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard, $24, at
far as I’m concerned, along with many other consumers, makeup artists,
and style experts, NARS is the leader in cosmetics. This particular
stick even got industry recognition as a “Best Seller.” It is a
semi-matte, so it does add a touch of moisture to your lips allowing
them to remain kissable and ‘done.’ It’s also the chosen brand of the
red carpet, so I say — trust it.

Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Underage Red, $18, at
am in awe of Miss Kat Von D. Girl got her own television show, got
hooked up with hard rocker Nikki Sixx of Motley Crew, and then inked
her own cosmetics deal. Fans were lining up outside of Sephora in
cities nationwide just to get a glimpse of the tattoo artist when this
brand was first released. Turns out, the product is well worth the
wait. The color is awesome; it doesn’t bleed and looks pin-up doll
perfect when on, even after a night of partying hard.

Tarte Borba Nutraceutical Lipstick in Vinyasa, $22, at
felt better as a person slipping on this stick. The spiritual names and
natural ingredients may be a marketing tactic of Tarte — but they
work. This is a pretty color, strong going on and no bleeding to match.
I loved the healthy look of my lips. Namaste.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color in Audace, $30, at
love the Chanel brand, and when I asked for something from the House of
Chanel for Christmas this year, Santa brought me this little tube. I
love the color and creamy dreamy way it stays forever on my lips. And
the darling packaging comes with a cool, click-y applicator with the
word CHANEL etched into the stick. You’ll feel and look like a woman with one wipe on la bouche.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red, $14, at
My old favorite. My cosmetic confidante. Even though I strayed for a
bit, I’m back now and more loyal than ever. Nobody can [mess] with MAC
Russian Red. It goes on gorgeous and stays on strong. Red lipstick
devotees, take note!

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Golden Globes Best Beauty Looks

Forget minimalistic, pared-down looks–this year’s Golden Globes were a thoroughly elegant affair with soft and pretty looks ruling the red carpet. From elaborate, tendriled updos to rosy lips and shimmery lids, there was plenty of romance in the air. Here, we picked our favorite looks of the night. Check them out, then head to the virtual Makeover Studio to try on your favorite look in just one click!

Golden Globes 2010 Top Hair Trends

Red carpet beauty at last night’s Golden Globes Awards did not disappoint with its bounty of structured updos, loose side ‘dos with flowing tendrils, lush waves and hot hair accessories. Here, our favorite looks of the evening.


Drew Barrymore


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Drew Barrymore’s smooth, side-parted bun provided a toned-down, retro vibe in contrast with her ornate sea urchiny trimmed nude dress. Dewy, glowy skin enhanced by bronze adorned eyes and a creamy pink lip compliment her structured ‘do. Her Grey Gardens character Little Edie would be proud of this starlet’s very Hollywood moment.

Kate Hudson


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Kate Hudson’s Jetsons-esque gown initially wasn’t my fave, but it grew on me as the night went on. However, there were NO questionable feelings when it came to her structured updo with its side swoop and volume at the crown. Violet shadowed lids, dramatic inner eye liner, extreme lashes and lacquered nude pout complete the look. Her bold bronze cheek evokes memories of mom Goldie Hawn as a spry young thing on Laugh In.


Courteney Cox


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Courteney Cox went for a chic, loose updo defined by a center part and undone long tendrils. Fresh skin, soft gray shadow boasting a fanned-out feather fringe and an icy light pink lip complete the Courtney’s polished beauty concept.

Sandra Bullock


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Sandra is stunning in a sultry side ‘do punctuated by loose, flowing waves. A side-part and undone bends and waves add a hint of romance to the star’s hairstyle. Blushed pink cheeks, shimmery purple shadow amped up with some heavy liner and a muted pink lip complete the look.

Anna Kendrick


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This up-and-comer looks romantic and relaxed, reflecting none of her uptight Up In The Air character’s idiosyncrasies. Her loose updo is toned down with flowy tendrils while a side-part adds polish. Anna’s soft smoky gray eye and heavy liner and glossed pink lip bring a soft romantic vibe.



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Christina Hendricks

Christina’s loose red waves and side part are a total beauty win. The peaches and cream complexion is something that Mad Men makeup artist Lana Horochowski is famous for and bombshell Christina Hendricks no doubt made her proud last night. Her red lip makes her look as if she should grace the packaging of a Benefit Cosmetics product–that’s how pin-up this beauty story is.

Zoe Saldana


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This sci-fi stunner wowed the crowd in a burgundy ruffled number. But the look was “best supported” by Zoe’s glossed-out side-parted curls that are soft and touchable. Her smoky mauve eye and lots of liner make her peepers pop while berry red blush and rosy pink gloss round out the look.

Julia Roberts


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Julia Roberts boasted a recent change of hue: Her signature red locks were lightened to a bold blonde and twisted into beachy waves. This Pretty Woman has the tousled look down pat. She paired her casually chic locks with a purple-shadowed, black-lined eye and neutral pink lips.

Amanda Seyfried


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Amanda Seyfried went for Old Hollywood glamour last night with long flowing waves and a deep side-part. A makeup palette in varying shades of rose and mauve round out this pretty look.

Jennifer Aniston


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Yes, she knows what works and sticks with it (basic black and long side-parted ‘dos), but this time around, Aniston kicked up the glam factor. Jennifer’s voluminous highlighted waves are a bit bedroom, glammed up with a sweeping long side bang. Bronze cheeks and a caramel-nude pout make her the portrait of a California girl.

Leona Lewis


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Leona Lewis

The sultry songbird looked every bit the starlet last night with her sleek long locks curving into subtle waves at the ends. A just off-center part and highlights give this look a glamorous vibe. A dramatic smoky eye and light pink lip bring out Leona’s gorgeous green eyes.


Rose Byrne


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Side-parted, voluminous Hollywood waves are nothing new on the red carpet, but Rose Byrne adds a touch of drama with a sparkling barrette. Rose’s smoky grey eye, perfectly pink cheeks and rosy lip give this retro look a bit of modern flair.

January Jones


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The Mad Men beauty went for a wide black headband to distinguish her ‘do from a sea of unadorned chignons. The headband was a risk that she pulled off with aplomb. A modern red lip (she’s surely no stranger to a retro iteration) is the star of this beauty show, tempered by January’s signature, defined brows.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

Jersey Shore Beauty Fails

In case you’ve been busy writhing on the floor post-punch at Headliners, Jersey Shore is the number one pop culture phenomenon of the decade. True, the decade is only two weeks old but Jersey Shore is even catching on in Hollywood. Stars are partaking in their own guido/guidette worthy makeovers. Recently Jersified: Alyssa Milano and Michael Cera. writer Lisa Chudnofsky got her own pouf courtesy of Snooki herself.

This fist-pumping and nickname generating MTV opus has peppered more conversations of mine lately than has the healthcare debate. Want to arm yourself with the all the info you need for the watercooler convos on Fridays? Pour yourself a tall glass of Ron-Ron Juice and let’s break down the beauty fails of Jersey Shore.

First, we have a typical day on the beach with the gals.


The girls of Jersey Shore, left to right: Snooki, JWoWW, Sammi

  • The Acrylic French Mani I just can’t “vibe” the acrylic faux nail situations. And the French manicure adds insult to injury. I’d like to see Snooki follow Sammi’s lead and stick to natural nails with a pretty pink polish.
  • Loads of Liner Yes, it’s the summer and yes, you’re wearing your Ed Hardy best. But Snooki, you’re on the beach, doll. Summer makeup is all about taking it down a notch.

  • Obviously Penciled-On Brows
    Overplucking can lead to permanent sparse brows. JWoww would do well to better match her eye pencil to her brow shade and use tiny hairlike strokes to simulate real brows.
  • Scraggly Ends Sartorially, Sammi needs some advice, but she’s doing okay in the beauty department–with the exception of her flat-ironed to death ends, which are dying for a trim. Just an inch or two would increase volume and movement, giving the impression of healthier hair.

For evening, the gals really go all out.


The girls dolled up for a night out. Left to right: JWoWW, Jolie, Snooki, Sammi

  • Highlights JWoWW can certainly lighten up her strands with a highlight. But her dark base lends itself better to a bold caramel or perhaps honey. Platinum streaks are too much of a contrast.
  • Nude Lip It should be a rule that your lipstick should never be lighter than the shade of your actual lips. A darker hue would look more natural on Snooki.
  • Pouf The pouf has actually grown on me; perhaps it’s because Snooki rocks hers with aplomb. But for the average beauty bear? Beauty fail. Leave ratted up ‘dos in the ’60s, where they belong.
  • Tanning Salon Tans The Situation educated America recently about the virtues of a GTL (gym, tan, laundry–of course) night. Snooki recently told Jay Leno she thinks everyone should have a tanning bed in their homes. All this, despite the statistic that you’re 75% more likely to get skin cancer if you use start using tanning beds before age 30.

What’s your favorite Jersey Shore beauty fail? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to try on Snooki’s pouf for yourself in the virtual Makeover Studio.

Contributed by: Senior Beauty Editor Amber Katz

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In The Navy

Dusky marine-lined eyes evoke memories of nautical vacations and just generally make you feel as if you’re living in a Ralph Lauren ad. We love navy eye makeup as the hue counteracts redness and makes any gal look more awake. Try ‘em out yourself and you’ll want to don a peacoat, cock your head to the side and say slyly to a sexy stranger, “Hey sailor… Where’s the party?”

Here, our favorite celebrity navy eye makeup looks.

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