In need of some last minute Halloween inspiration? If jumping on the Miley Cyrus twerk costume train isn’t quite up your alley you can turn yourself into a gorgeous wood fairy in no time. To get this use look use a purple cream shadow and keep the rest of your makeup simple with soft and glowing skin to capture that ethereal vibe.  Using a highlighter such as RMS Living Luminizer , Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer, or Nars Illuminator in Copacabana will add that otherworldly glow. Finish the look off with a soft nude lip.  One of the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo crayons will do just the trick.  


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #26 Purple

SHISEIDO Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Purple Dawn

LAURA MERCIER Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid

BOBBI BROWN Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Violet Plum

LANCOME Color Design Infinite in #302 Vibrant Violet


The first snowfall in NYC today had me thinking about this luminous look, makeup artist Polly Osmond, created on model Ginta Lapina for W Magazine.  I, for one, plan on embracing pale winter skin by using a highlighter on the cheekbones and brow bones to create a natural lit from within glow.


RMS Living Luminizer

YSL Touche Eclat

Nars Illuminator in Copacabana

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Stuck on this side of the pond for the Olympics in London? You can still go for gold with this look! Gold eye makeup is perfect for summer as it enhances any eye color and is the perfect compliment to sunkissed skin. Less is more, is most definitely the way to go with this look.  I’m loving the look above where the focus is on the eyes with just a soft hint of pink blush to warm up the skin. To get the look sweep gold shadow over the lids, then add a thin line of black eyeliner and coat of mascara to define eyes.  On your mark, get set, go!


Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Yellow Gold 10

Make Up For Ever Metal Powder in Sunflower Gold 1

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Techno Gold

Nars Eye Shadow in Silent Night

Stila Eye Shadow in 14 kt

bareMinerals Eyecolor in True Gold

Chanel Ombres Matelassees 51, Montaigne (Limited Edition)

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Spring 2012 has a fresh update to the traditional smoky eye.  Models at Emanuel Ungaro and Rodarte were given a van Gogh, Starry Night inspired, midnight-blue smoky eye.  The deep midnight hue paired with soft, sheer lips and cheeks creates a cool, sophisticated look for night. 


Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Blue Wonder

Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow in Diamond Night Blue 308

Bobbi Brown Metallic Eye Shadow in Midnight

Nars Night Series Eye Shadow in Night Flight

Dior 3 Colours Smoky Palette in Smoky Navy

Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Dark Rite

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The first week of Coachella kicks off this weekend and trying to not look like a hot mess at a 3 day music festival is no easy task. Take a cue from the Michael Kors Spring 2012 runway and go for a natural sun-kissed look. Really all you need to pull it off is a few swipes of bronzer on the cheekbones, forehead, and down the bridge of the nose.  Now go enjoy the music! 

Get The Look:

Shiseido Bronzer

Tarte Amazonian clay bronzer

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer

Nars Bronzing Powder

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My beauty philosophy with makeup has always been less is more. I think it all starts with focusing on skin care and then using makeup as a way to subtly enhance yourself. Don’t get me wrong I’m the first one at the makeup counter trying out a bright eyeliner or rocking a red lip. However, I think the key when you’re playing with color is to focus on one feature and keep the rest of the look fresh, and clean. I think it keeps it looking modern, and you from looking like a …well you know. 

For day I like to keep things pretty simple and classic and leave the experimenting for night. I’m always on the hunt for the next holy grail product so products are constantly rotating in and out of my makeup bag. Whenever possible I try and use non-toxic, clean makeup brands. If you can find a product from a natural brand that performs well and can avoid putting extra chemicals on your skin, I say why not! So here’s a look at my current roster of products in my beauty bag.

I start out using Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer. It provides the perfect base for foundation or if it’s a good skin day I’ll just use this for a subtle wash of color to even things out. If I want more coverage I layer over the primer with Sunday Riley Creme Radiance Breathable Ageless Foundation. While it may look heavy in the jar it goes on light and gives your skin a glow with buildable coverage and some serious anti-aging benefits from probiotics, peptides, magnolia bark, and tonka bean. If I have any blemishes or discoloration I use AmazingCosmetics, AmazingConcealer, a tiny amount will cover anything with this highly pigmented formula. For my under eye area I use YSL Touche Eclat.  There’s a reason this product has been on the top of every beauty list and a favorite of makeup artists for years.  It’s a miracle worker! It will erase any under eye circles and make you look like you got your full 8 hours of sleep. It also works great as a highlighter to place on the top of your cheekbones and brow bone. If I want a hint of color on my cheeks, especially in the dead of winter I use Tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Blissful. It has serious staying power and gives cheeks a warm, peachy natural glow. In the summer I like to use Tarte’s Amazonian clay bronzer.  This lightweight mineral bronzer gives skin a perfectly sunkissed look.  I’ve recently become obsessed with the beauty brand rms. All of the products from this uber natural brand are to die for. My can’t live without product has to be the Living Luminizer. It illuminates skin giving a youthful glow without being glittery or greasy like so many other highlighters out there. I put this on the top of my cheekbones, brow bones, cupids bow, and in the corners of my eyes to get a fresh, yes I always look this radiant look. If I want to give my makeup a little staying power I dust a touch of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s translucent HD Microfinish Powder on my t-zone. For daytime I don’t usually wear eyeshadow and just use Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner to get the look of liquid liner to create a cat eye or get a defined line. If I want to go for a more subtle or smudgy look I use Lancome Le Crayon Khol eyeliner.  I was blessed with extremely long eyelashes. I’ve had people ask if I have eyelash extensions when I’m not even wearing mascara.  Don’t hate me, I have other beauty issues I swear! So I’ve never really had to try hard to find a good mascara. However I do like to use volumizing formulas and have to be careful of avoiding products that clump and create that dreaded spider lash look since mine are already lengthy. I start by curling my eyelashes with Shu Uemura eyelash curler and follow with Josie Maran’s GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara which gives great thickness, never clumps, and is water resistant for smudge proof summer wear. For a  night out if I want major lashes I reach for Dior’s Diorshow Mascara. Lately for lips I’ve been going between bright fuchsia pink and bold red.  I love Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, a deep scarlet red. The pencil is a highly pigmented, long lasting,non-drying formula with a jumbo crayon design that makes application a snap. For those of  you that love Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, rejoice because they have extended the product line with a stellar lineup of new colors.  I’ve been using Flirty Honey, to get in on the bright pink lip trend. Since the formula gives a sheer, glossy finish it’s good for those that are a little intimidated to sport a bright pink lip and want to take it for a road test or just prefer a more a subtle look. 

No one said looking naturally beautiful was easy, that’s for sure! I don’t like to spend a lot of time getting ready in the morning, and while it may seem like a lot of products it really only takes 10 minutes tops to get this fresh, natural look and out the door. 


Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer in Light 

Sunday Riley Creme Radiance Breathable Ageless Foundation in 120C

AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Fair

YSL Touche Eclat  in #2

Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Blissful

Tarte Amazonian clay bronzer in Park Avenue Princess

rms Living Luminzer

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner  in Black Ink

Lancome Le Crayon Khol Eye Liner in Black Ebony

shu uemura eyelash curler

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Pitch Black

Dior DiorShow Mascara in 090 Black

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Flirty Honey

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Look-at-me red lips are in this Spring. Sunday Riley nails it in their advertising campaign by keeping the rest of the look minimal with clean, flawless skin.

Get The Look:

Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in Persuasive @ Barneys

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain in 9 Rouge Laque

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Cherry Lush

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

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Bright matte pink lipstick with fresh skin and full brows say Hello Spring! 

Get The Look:

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 37 L’Exuberante

Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage

Image via  Le Fashion

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