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Save or Splurge? Advice from Prof Makeup Artist, Jessica Lauren

What better a way to jump into the fall season than with a fresh new look? From drugstores to department stores, the beauty industry is flooded with products claiming to be the greatest, leaving consumers wondering which items are worth indulging in. Below, professional makeup artist, Jessica Lauren shares her product recommendations and explains which items give consumers the most bang for their buck.

Splurge: Dior 5 Couleur Eye Shadow

Using the right combination of the five colors, this shadow is ideal for any occasion: casual or formal, any time of the day. “The colors that come in the palate are rich and go on smooth, making it easy to create gorgeous eyes,” she says. Jessica recommends using a combination of the lighter tones with a hint of a darker shade to create a natural daytime look. She suggests accentuating the eyes for the evening by using darker shades to thicken the crease. “Although some eye shadows from drugstores can be bought for under $10, this investment is well worth it,” promises Jessica. Currently available at Bloomingdales for $58

Save: Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner

When it comes to eyeliner, consumers seek brands that provide easy application and long term staying power to last throughout the day, informs Jessica. “Unlike other high-end cosmetics, there is not too much of a difference between expensive eyeliners and more affordable ones. I find Cover Girl’s Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner to be one of my favorites as it stays in place all day and has a smudger on the opposite end of the point to create a great smokey look,” she says. Currently available at Walgreens $4.99

Splurge: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadows

Sheer eye shadows, like this one, are a makeup bag-must-have! Their gentle radiance brightens the eyes but can also be used as an illuminator on the cheek bones to add pizzazz to any look. “Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Wash shadows are ageless and compliment every woman’s look,” says Jessica. Currently available at Nordstrom for $20

Save: Maybelline Falsies Volume Mascara

“My clients always ask for full lashes,” says Jessica. Rather than splurge for the expensive brands, she recommends usingMaybelline Falsie Volume Mascara which is designed to give lashes fullness while fanning them out. “Even better than most brands on the market, this specific mascara also contains fiber enriched formulas to give the lashes extra length as if false lashes were applied,” she says. Currently Available at Walgreens $7.99

Splurge: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Unlike other tinted moisturizers, this product helps to control oil breakthrough while hydrating the skin where needed. “Its lightweight texture makes the skin appear super smooth and gives the skin a very natural look,” says Jessica. The product is safe for sensitive skin types and contains SPF 20 to keep the skin protected all year. Currently available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $42

Save: Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

“Filling in eyebrows leaves a more finished look and enhances the eyes,” says Jessica. When it comes to finding the perfect brow pencil, there’s no need to look any further than your local drugstore. Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil blends easily and has a convenient comb attachment for grooming. “Its waterproof formula allows for a long lasting finish that won’t need to be reapplied throughout the day,” says Jessica. Currently Available at Walgreens for $6.99

Splurge: Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Radiance

Using a good foundation is crucial, as all women want to be sure it will give them the coverage they need without clogging pores. “Face Fabric Radiance is a great cream to powder foundation with light reflecting properties that leave the skin sheer with a gorgeous glow,” says Jessica. She continues, “it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin and offers a natural, matte look with causing dryness.” Currently Available at Nordstrom for $48

Makeup from the runway of Vera Wang’s Fashion Show!

INSPIRATION/ THEME/ UNIQUE TIP:

The makeup look for the Spring 2011 Vera Wang Collection was inspired by the glamorous and candlelit nuances found in the movie In The Mood For Love. The goal was to create a soft, romantic look that made a breathtaking impact. “The key to this ethereal look is the play on light and reflection and the striking radiance that results from both,” says Lucia. “There is minimal color involved, but the overall metallic effect makes this look both wearable and highly fashionable at the same time.”

FACE

Description:

- Lucia applied Clé de Peau Beauté Refining Fluid Foundation to prep the skin.

- Next, *Concealer was applied to neutralize dark circles, red spots and imperfections.

- To finish, Lucia dusted *Translucent Loose Powder to the entire face for a long lasting finish and high performance wear.

BROWS

Description:

- “Sculpted and defined.”

- To achieve this bold effect, Lucia swept Clé de Peau Beauté Eyebrow Pencil in a shade darker than the natural brow color across the brow area.

- “The structure and contrast of the dark brow is incremental to this look, as it provides balance to the face,” says Lucia. “The brow should extend just a bit past the natural brow line and the lines of the brow should be very straight, not rounded.”

EYES

Description:

- “High wattage metallic.”

- Lucia used a combination of the pink shadows in the *NEW Eye Color Quad #207 (launching March 2011) on the eye area.

- First, a subtle metallic pink was dusted across the eyelids.

- Next, a more shimmery pink was applied to the brow bone and extended down to the cheek bone for added element of radiance.

- “Metallics and sparkles are a big trend for Spring/Summer 2011, but it’s important to keep it tasteful and alluring,” exclaims Lucia.

LIPS

Description:

- Lucia applied *Extra Rich Lipstick in Calliope (T4), a velvety beige shade, to the entire lip with her finger.

- “The lip should be a more of a sheer nude, not completely opaque as the natural tone of the lip should peek slightly through,” says Lucia.

CHEEKS

Description:

- Lucia used Clé de Peau Beauté Cheek Color Duo #5, a sheer neutral bronze, on the cheeks for additional highlight and contour.

- “It’s important to make sure the cheeks are very subtle in color and radiance when combined with a more prominent metallic eye look, says Lucia. “The overall effect is modern elegance with a very romantic twist.”

The Clé de Peau Beauté collection is available at Bergdorf Goodman and select Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks locations nationwide.

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Mary Kay Metro Chic Collection

A super fab new collection from Mary Kay Metro Chic includes all the best fall colors in their new lineup. I can’t wait to try the polish!

City girls – from downtown to uptown – radiate certain gorgeous “je ne sais quoi” energy. Now, women everywhere can create this chic look at home, thanks to Mary Kay’s new Limited-Edition Metro Chic Collection, available from October to November …

o Limited-Edition Mary Kay Vinyl Lip Shine (SRP $15)-Available in bold red and burgundy shades that provide extreme shine, but are also lightweight.
o Limited-Edition Mary Kay Be Radiant Baked Powder (SRP $18)-Available in two shades, this baked powder feels weightless while giving a matte finish with slight shimmer.
o Limited-Edition Mary Kay Eye Glimmer (SRP $12)-Buildable, easily blended cream stick eye color that comes in deep blue, green and purple shades with a touch of shimmer.
o Limited-Edition Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner (SRP $11)-Purple liquid eyeliner that dries in seconds with an even, flexible finish that won’t smudge peel or crack.
o Limited-Edition Mary Kay Nail Lacquer (SRP $8)-Flattering, high-gloss, long-wearing nail lacquer in shades of red, deep purple and silver.
o Limited-Edition Mary Kay Base Coat/Top Coat (SRP $8)-Versatile for use as a base and top coat, providing a lasting ultra-shine finish.


Amazing new LORAC product, the Little Black Palette!

Everyone needs a Little Black Palette!  With LORAC’s Little Black Palette you can easily create long-lasting, hot looks for days, evenings and after-hours in the city.  Shine in rich golds and bronzes with 4 color-coordinated, mineral-infused, silky-smooth, shimmering Baked Eye Shadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, all packed in a must-have sleek black case. Buy a little perfection with LORAC’s Little Black Palette… it’s the must-have accessory for every season!

Again with the palettes, yes, I have a palette fetish. I looooove them. They put colors together for you – that look good together! I don’t have to guess which color goes with which! You could seriously achieve a dozen looks with just these four colors, and I promise each one will be spectacular.

I really like the shadow primer that comes in this palette. It’s light – and goes on beautifully. It’s not thick – and sticky like some primers.

I think the gold and bronze colors are amazing for fall. You owe it to yourself to try this new product!!

$32.00 – BUY IT HERE!