I love my Asian features, but having no eyelid crease makes finding the perfect smudgeproof liner difficult. After trying endless pencils, markers, gels, and liquids, I have finally found the only highly pigmented liner that can stand up to my eyelids' demands. Maybelline Ultra Liner ($6) is a liquid formula that comes with a fine-tipped brush, and while it takes a little patience to master at first, the results are worth it. I use it to create my go-to winged eyeliner look, and the fact that it dries to a solid state means once it's in place, it doesn't budge. To take it off, you can literally peel it off your lids, so you don't have to rub makeup remover all over your eyes. So despite my naturally greasy eyelids and squinting at my computer all day, I know when I go home to wash my makeup off, my liner will actually still be in place. And after using it for practically a decade, I know there's nothing else that compares.
Once you get over the amazing packaging design (hello, faux-lipstick bullet), it's time to appreciate the equally amazing formula inside the Maybelline Color Elixir ($9 at drugstores next month). The collection features 20 vivid shades that range from pretty pinks to dark and vampy hues. The angled applicator tip is pointed and curved to hug your lips for a foolproof application from the inner corners to the center of your mouth. And what we love most about the product is that it delivers highly pigmented color for a statement pout. Plus, it's infused with plenty of shine, so you don't have to gunk up your favorite gloss by layering it on top your high-impact lipstick. With a shade for every personality, there's no reason why you wouldn't want to pucker up with one of these soon-to-be iconic tubes.
With the humidity on the rise outside of her Spring 2014 show, the look at Rachel Zoe was more than appropriate. "We're going on safari," Antonio Corral Calero, artistic director for Moroccanoil, said with a laugh. And the braid he created for the look? Safari glamping gone gorgeous. A huge, fuzzy plait with loads of texture was the centerpiece of the look.
But the makeup was just as gorgeous. Charlotte Tilbury, using Maybelline, wanted the girls to look gorgeously sun-kissed. She swept bronzer down the nose, under the cheekbones, and across the forehead to achieve that gorgeously golden look. "It's about embracing your inner golden goddess," she quipped. To create the pretty pink pout, Tilbury mixed three different pinks together and lightly patted the color on the lips with her fingers. Nude manicures completed the look.
"Now, grunge is much more like faux grunge, where we have perfect skin and a little smooshed eyeliner," said Alice Lane, lead makeup artist at Tibi's Spring 2014 show. "If you're going to do grunge on your eyes, you have to make sure your skin is perfect. That is the way I think grunge is elevated to now." The beauty look mixed elements of bohemian and grunge for a traveled-in style, including dewy skin, mussed hair, and nail art with a hidden message.
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool ($7) was splattered along the lids, with Lane encouraging her team to get creative; each girl had a customized look. The hair was made to look as if the girls had just woken up from a long nap in the backseat of the car. Lead stylists Kevin Ryan and Frank Rizzieri used a flatiron to create a divot in the style for that worn-in road-trip look.
Keeping with the bohemian theme, Jin Soon Choi painted nails in a pale blue-gray shade (launching Spring 2014) with obsidian-hued lines drawn on the middle three fingers. Put together, the sign formed the symbol meaning "alright." It seems Tibi wants us to talk to the hand (pun intended).
Highlighters are like having your own personal lighting crew with you 24/7, enhancing your cheekbones, lips, and nose in the best way possible. With all the options out there, it can be daunting to pick the best one for you, but we break down which you'll use on a daily basis: a primer, a concealer, and a powder. On Kirbie: Kate Spade top.
Heading backstage at New York Fashion Week, we picked up a plethora of beauty tips. Hair, nail, and makeup experts give us premium access to their favorite tricks (particularly of the time-saving sentiment, since their jobs involved getting 30 or so models out in under an hour). So today we're paying it forward and letting you in on the top seven beauty tricks we learned at NYFW. They have truly changed our lives!
When it came to makeup trends, the New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 runways were alive with color. High-voltage hues in the form of fuchsia lips graced models' faces at Diane von Furstenberg. Cat eyes got an upgrade at Michael Kors, thanks to artist Dick Page's masterful sweep of smoky black and soft pink hues. And at Rachel Zoe, oxblood lips made an appearance due to artist Charlotte Tilbury's top techniques. Check out our video now to see what's on the horizon for Fall.
Long-lasting lipstick comes in handy for plenty of situations: date nights, birthdays, weddings, and any other time reapplying is a problem. But which ones really stick around as promised? We tried a bevy of long-wear lip colors to see which ones stood the test of time and found three with staying power that will thrill any lipstick lover.