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How to Wear Blush

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1. LOCATION, LOCATION LOCATION: With your finger, trace down from the iris of your eye and in from the tip of your nose – that is where blush should start. “FW15’s healthy flush falls from the cheek to the jawbone,” says makeup artist Wendy Rowe.

2. KEEP IT LIGHT: “Cheekbones are usually blemish-free,” says makeup artist Kay Montano, “so I apply as little base as possible beneath blush. Just add a touch of luminizer to the cheekbones to make them more pronounced.” Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush mimics the effect of a candlelit glow for a soft-focus finish.

3. FIND YOUR TEXTURE MATCH: “For a dewy look, choose a cream texture blush,” advises makeup guru Bobbi Brown. “But avoid it if you have rough patches of skin or breakouts. Instead, choose a powder, as it’s the easiest formula to blend and works on most skin types. ”Powder fans should opt for Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pink, while cream devotees should try Le Métier de Beauté Crème Fresh Tint in Poppy.

4. TWO SHADES ARE BETTER THAN ONE: “You should use two blush colors,” says Brown. “Start with a subtle shade that matches your own flush, then add a brighter color – pink, coral, rose or plum – to the apples of your cheeks to avoid looking washed out. ”Cheat with Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in The Climax, which combines two color-match hues – simply swirl and sweep for multidimensional tone. For an evening beauty look, take the brighter shade further up to your cheekbones.

5. FLATTER YOUR FACE SHAPE: Peachy shades can double as subtle contourers. “Apply blush to the high part of cheekbones and towards the temples to create a sculpted and lifted effect, which works well on round face shapes,” says Terry De Gunzburg, founder of By Terry. “Blush along the jawline softens square faces; oval shapes should wear it on the apples of the cheeks to give the illusion of roundness.”

6. APPLY LIKE A PRO: “If you’re using a blush stick, draw a circle and blend out,” says A-list makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. “With a palette, use your fingers and tap along cheekbones.” And if you prefer powder? “Use a large brush and tap off any excess before you start,” says London- based makeup artist Amanda Bell. “Then take a small brush and blend out to the hairline in small circles, effectively polishing it into your skin.” Adding Kevyn Aucoin The Large Powder Blush Brush to your kit is a good investment.

7. GO BEYOND THE CHEEKS: “Lightly dot a tiny amount of blush on the bridge of the nose, the eyelids and the chin, then blend,” says Fred Letailleur, YSL Beauty’s International Makeup Artist. “This harmonizes color and makes it appear natural.” Lip-cheek duos such as Lilah B. Divine Duo in B.fearless or YSL Beauty Baby Doll Kiss & Blush are ideal for creating this look.

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Best Lip Colors of the Season

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Best Lip Colors of the Season
BFA/ Best Lip Colors of the Season

Best Lip Colors of the Season: Sophisticated brights and flattering nudes can be tall orders when it comes to lipstick, but spring/summer offerings delivered—big time. See the gorgeous shades to stock up on for the season ahead.


Prabal Gurung x Mac Cosmetics

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Prabal Gurung x Mac Cosmetics Via Vogue fr

With his ever-popular collections flying off the shelves in America and his infectious sense of humor, it’s no wonder MAC asked Prabal Gurung, the self-proclaimed “mama’s boy, with a passion for beauty” to create a Christmas capsule collection. We met with the designer to find out more.

When did you first come into contact with MAC?

As MAC is the go-to make-up brand for New York Fashion Week I first came into contact with the label backstage. They have provided the beauty looks for a number of shows, including my collections for the last five years. I was thrilled when the idea of a collaboration first came about two years ago. At the time I remember thinking it was a risk for such a well-known brand to work alongside a small label like mine, but also a smart move!

Tell us about the collaboration.

Everything ran smoothly, the MAC team certainly know how to take risks. They let me take total control over the design of the collection and the colors involved. I had high-quality objects of perfection in mind, fitting with my mantra of “beauty with substance”. Two years later, the collection is finally ready. I  am really proud of it, it dovetails with my style and is true to my original ideas . I cannot thank MAC enough for their patience during the creative process, particularly regarding the box for the Color Bronzer.

Did you have any particular inspirations for the collection?

Yes, Helmut Newton and Damian Hirst inspired the mesh effect of the casing, using a combination of popular and more unexpected colors.

What essential make-up rule should we be following?

I like the idea of a woman changing her make-up look as the day goes on. In the morning, she should  highlight the freshness of her complexion with a sunset blush where the sun hits. In the afternoon, she should focus on the eyes then at night, opt for a standout lip, in either a soft or bold color depending on the occasion.

What does beauty and make-up mean to you?

For me it is the same as fashion. In my career I have been lucky enough to dress women as varied as Cate BlanchetDiane KrugerZoe Saldana, the Duchess of Cambridge and Michelle Obama and I endeavor to convey their personality and intelligence through their outfit. In terms of make-up, I find that the more the look reflects a personality, the more successful it is. Personally I am a real mama’s boy, as a child I loved watching my mother put on her make, I found it fascinating. For me, beauty also relates to well being, I play sports three to four times a week, mediate twice a day for twenty minutes  and have regular acupuncture sessions.

The Prabal Gurung x MAC Cosmetics collection will launch Nov. 26 and will be available here.


5 Shadow Palettes for Fall 2014

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5 Shadow Palettes for Fall 2014
5 palettes for Fall 2014 Source Vogue FR Image Faux Q Magazine #9

5 Shadow Palettes for Fall 2014: Get a head start on next season’s beauty must-haves, while complementing your summer sun-kissed skin with these 15 eye shadow palettes packed with on-trend colors.

5 Couleurs palette by DiorA collection of 13 complimentary shades ranging from modest and subtle, to bold and bright, with each palette based around a prominent color in the fashion house’s history. With a shade to suit everyone, you are sure to find the perfect eye shadow this Fall.

Couture Palette Collector Fétiche by Yves Saint LaurentHoused in a biker style, leather case this palette comes with five muted tones of eye shadow, an amazon green, silky brown, intense matt black, pearly camel and a burnt gold. Combine them all for an added dramatic effect.

4 Ombres Poésie by ChanelFirstly, the two nude shades smooth over the eyelid for a soft look, with the rosewood color applied to the inner corner to illuminate the eye. Then add the brown pigment with hints of violet, either as a liner or as a solid color for a contrasting look.

Extravagancia palette by GivenchyFor Nicolas Degennes, creative director of make-up and colors at Givenvchy, the idea behind this palette was to echo the beauty of nature. With the leafy patterned logo on the case, a combination of three purple tones, and a gold shade he does just that. To complete the look, he suggests pairing it with a subtle pink lip color.

Smokey Nudes palette by Bobbi Brown Renowned for their make-up palettes, Bobbi Brown offer a limited edition eye-shadow set with eight subtle shades in a variety of different textures including matte, creamy, metallic and iridescent for modulating finishes with panache.

Pick your favorite below and look fabulous this fall:


Squeaky Clean Piggy Soaps

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Squeaky Clean Piggy SoapsSqueaky Clean Piggy Soaps

Squeaky Clean Piggy Soaps: Get squeaky clean with this set of six Piggy Soaps. The hand-crafted soaps are fragrance free, hypoallergenic and made with all-natural ingredients such as organic oats, raw cacao and pure olive, almond and coconut oils. The secret to Piggy Soap’s nourishing properties is Fulphyl, a signature fulvic acid formula from Phylia de M. which renews and restores cells, eliminates toxins and detoxifies pollutants. This set features six different Piggy Soaps, each with their own personality, nestled in a signature box with drawings inspired by the creator’s childhood imagination. Get your Piggy Soaps here.

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