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New Designer Beauty Lines: Are They Worth It?

Marc Jacobs nail polish

With the launch of their respective beauty lines, top fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors seem to be following in the footsteps of their peers like Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani. The big question: Do they hit the mark or should they just stick to fashion?

I think that Michael Kors really stayed true to his brand in creating a makeup collection totally aligned with his aesthetic. The Michael Kors girl has a certain lifestyle and look, and these beauty products are exactly the shades you would imagine that girl wearing. The items are also packaged in golden goodness, which is totally true to Kors’ vision. From sporty to sexy to glam, this gilded girl’s beauty routine will stay in sync with everything Michael Kors.

Marc Jacobs launched a much larger range of colors in bold hues capturing the very essence of surprise that he always likes to shock us with. The black oval packaging feels good in the hand and the shade range gives the daring, trendy Marc Jacobs girl a variety to experiment with color.

Michael Kors beauty

The formulas of both products are quite good, but the price points are high so go ahead and splurge on your most coveted faves and save on your day to day basics. My top picks are the Michael Kors Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil Spray ($60, michaelkors.com), Bronze Powders ($50) and Lip Luster & Nail Lacquer sets ($32). In the Marc Jacobs line, I love the Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadows ($59, sephora.com), and the Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer colors ($18) are divine.

So yes, branching into beauty works for both of these style icons, and even if you can’t afford their high-end fashion you can capture a sense of runway with a beauty product or two!

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3 Makeup Products That Are So Over

Lip liner

Switch out this pencil for something fresher.
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There are a few products that were once total staples in our makeup bags but are now just dated, out of style and have made way for new technologies and formulas. If you want to switch to the freshest products but you’re not sure what to get rid of, here’s an easy list.

1. Cream-to-powder foundations

These foundations look heavy and can create a chalky look that coats the skin. Better to try liquid foundation, BB or CC creams, or even mousse or spray foundations, which will mimic the skin’s natural texture, look real and clean and allow skin to breathe.

2. Colored lip liners

Unless it’s your wedding day and you need to layer your lips to keep them from budging all day, then skip the colored lip liners. Perfectly drawn-on lips not only look like you’re stuck in the ’90s, but also leave the dreaded ring-around-the-lips-look when your lipstick or gloss wears off.

Better to embrace and love the natural shape of your lips and use lip stains, sticks, crayons, glosses and tinted balms for color. Trace the perimeter of the lips with nude or clear liners to keep the color from bleeding. You can also surround the lip edge with a cream highlight that makes lips look fuller. The lip crayon is also a perfect way to trace and fill in lips naturally.

3. Contour powder

Again, embracing your face and loving it — instead of trying to change its shape with dusty brown contour — is a much better way to celebrate your beauty. Instead of the dated and obvious contour, you should Carmindize the face by applying highlighter under the brows on the brow bone area, on the inside corners of the eyes and on tops of the cheekbones. The lightness will contrast against the skin’s natural hue, making the planes of the face stand out and your natural tone recede a bit — a more natural and beautiful way to showcase your face.

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Get Excited for These Sure-to-Be-Hot Makeup Trends

I know it seems counterintuitive to start thinking about spring beauty the moment we enter fall, but with all the social media and reporting now coming from the New York and European runway shows, you can’t help but jump ahead six months. No need to bust out the hot shades for spring just yet, but it is good to know what will be trending in the future so you can plot and plan what to wear down the road. My favorite looks in beauty range from the bold lips at DKNY to the modern twist on eyeliner at Marc Jacobs.

DKNY

Models wore red-orange lipstick at DKNY.
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All the looks I loved are very wearable and can translate easily from runway to real way. At DKNY, a bold orange lip was paired with a pretty flush of peach cheeks and almost no other makeup. To attempt this at look at home, smooth on a great CC cream, tap on peachy cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and finish with a little brow powder. Now apply a bold orange lip in a matte formula and skip the gloss for a more up-to-date feel. I adore this look for spring, as it’s chic, easy and very modern.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana’s luminous, golden makeup is perfect for spring.
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At Dolce & Gabbana, the romantic rose pink flush on lips and cheeks looked ethereal with glowing highlighted skin. To get the look, apply a liquid foundation followed by a pearlescent cream highlighter applied under the brows, on the inside corners of the eyes and on tops of the cheekbones. Also apply it on the center of the eyelids and around the perimeter of the lips. Now dust on a loose powder and blend on a rosy pink blush at the apples of the cheeks, sweeping back to the hairline. Apply a very subtle taupe shadow in the crease of the eyes, brown mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and then swipe on a creamy rose pink lipstick to the lips.

Michael Kors

Models looked sun-kissed at Michael Kors.
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Michael Kors’ runway show had bronzed beauties traipsing down the catwalk wearing nothing but bronzer and mascara, which is exactly how we want to look in the warmer months. To achieve this healthy, happy look, sweep a powder or cream bronzer in a “C” formation on the face, starting at the temples, sweeping along the sides of the face and blending under the cheekbones. A very light amount can be added to the forehead, bridge of the nose and the chin. Now apply black mascara on top and bottom lashes and finish with a nude lip balm.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs’ teal eyeliner had just the right amount of edge.
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Every Fashion Week, we wait in anticipation to see what Marc Jacobs will be doing on his models, and this year he did not disappoint! The cool eyeliner style was a much more modern approach to all the ‘60s cat eyes we’ve been seeing and made the models’ eyes look feline and fabulous. A teal liner was applied to the inner and outer corners and along the inside waterline, then paired with black mascara. To achieve this look, use a creamy pencil that is very sharp. Starting at the inside corners of the eyes, lightly draw a sharp line toward the bridge of the nose. Next, start at the outer corners of the eyes and draw a line outward in a dash. Now line the inside waterline of the eyes on the upper and lower sides of the rims. Polish off the look with mascara and tap on a baby pink lip tint.

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These Wine-Infused Beauty Products Are a Treat for Your Skin

304-412On a recent trip to Napa Valley in California, I discovered a few amazing beauty products all containing the coveted, antioxidant-rich grape seed extract.

While visiting Michael Mondavi’s beautiful family estate vineyard, I learned how his beautiful sister-in-law Lydia Mondavi created a company called 29 Cosmetics, which is an age-protecting skin care and cosmetics line that contains the wonderful grape seed extract. This extract is one of the most concentrated forms of antioxidants, which helps the skin by fighting against free radicals and pollutants. It also keeps skin looking younger longer. My favorite products in this line are the cleansing formulas. The 29 Preserves Grape Seed Exfoliating Crush ($40, 29cosmetics.com) contains 100% finely milled grape seeds taken directly from the family’s vineyards.

Another yummy grape seed line is Olivina by Napa Valley Apothecary, which is a natural line that doesn’t contain parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrances, or phthalates (all nasty things). The Milk & Honey Body Butter ($21, olivina.com) was almost gone in two days, because it smelled so amazing and felt so good on my skin in the dry California air that I couldn’t stop applying it. By far one of my most favorite body treats around.

Wine Country Organics offers a collection of Lip Balms ($4.50, winecountryorganics.com) and Lip Tints ($7, winecountryorganics.com), each inspired by the wonderful wines found in the region, like Pinot, Merlot, Syrah, Rose and Zin. Packed with grape seed oil and vitamin E, these light lip tints makes lips feel smooth and supple.

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This New Mascara is Mind-Blowing

mega-effects-avonIt’s not very often that a product comes along and totally blows my mind, but Avon’s new Mega Effects Mascara ($10, avon.com) is just about the most innovative thing I’ve seen in a while. The delivery system on this mascara is amazing. It acts like a paint brush for the lashes, not like a traditional tube-and-wand system. It adds up to 40% more mascara to the lashes than regular mascara.

Admittedly, I was a bit nervous to sweep on this mascara, but the flexible handle, lash-hugging bristles and deep intense color made the payoff totally worthwhile. It’s a bit strange at first to use the Wonderbrush wand, but it is so comfortable, you can’t imagine why nobody ever designed one like it before. The only issue I found with Mega Effects is the brush is a bit cumbersome for use on the bottom lash line, but honestly your top lashes wind up looking so voluminous and lush, you can actually skip the bottoms completely and not have a care. The best way to apply this mascara is to line up the wand with the base of your lash line, where it fits naturally, and begin to slightly wiggle it and sweep from the roots up to the tips. The results are epic!