Looking for the best of the lip gloss and lipstick worlds? Here it is, in one tiny tube. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge ($25) is lipstick liquefied. After two coats, lips are saturated with lipstick-like intensity, but they remain smooth to the touch. There's just the right amount of shine, so lips look hydrated — not dripping wet. And even though the color will transfer onto your coffee cup, the look on your lips won't waver. We once thought lacquer was only for nails, but this winner proves that you can get a polish-like finish on lips, too.
Marc by Marc Jacobs is known for its clean-lined ensembles, playful color combinations, and in the case of the Fall 2012 collection: loose, textured pieces. So what better way to let the clothing shine through than by keeping the upcoming season's beauty look appropriately minimalistic? It's the epitome of cool-girl style, and most of all, surprisingly easy to re-create.
- Have the hair: Redken creative consultant Guido Palau opted for a "simple and masculine" ponytail that featured a deep side part and at-the-nape base. In creating the style, hair was blow-dried "dead-straight," Palau explained, and prepped with the brand's Satinwear lotion — for which Palau describes as his "go-to blow-dry product."
- Nail the nails: "Marc wanted to portray a look that was innocent but still perfectly groomed," said manicurist Elisa Ferri. To accomplish this feel, models' nails were painted with two coats of Zoya's Adel, a sheer off-white with a creamy finish.
- Capture the cosmetics: Shiseido artistic director Dick Page mixed up a custom rouge shade for the show, keeping the vibrant hue the focus of the look. Add a touch of mascara and foundation where needed; geek-chic glasses optional.
Part of her duties as the new spokesperson will be to promote the brand's Future Solution LX skin care line. In addition, seeing that Shiseido turns 140 this year, surely Jennifer will be involved in helping the beauty brand celebrate such a milestone. And if you haven't seen Jennifer showing off some Reagan-era shadows with flair, it's worth a watch.
To create a solid base for the eye shadow, Page first prepped lids using a fluff brush dipped in powder. He then applied the brand's multidimensional, metallic Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Patina ($25), which, because of its cream-based formulation, holds onto lids without the slippage factor. Tip: if you try this look out on your own, give it extra stay-put power like Page did by applying a cream-based black liner on your upper lashes. Go over the liner with a similar color (Page used Caviar Shimmering Eye Color, a glossy black) for more intensity. Finish by waterlining with a black eyeliner pencil, and you'll have a sophisticated, polished look that will go with just about any ensemble.
It's been a little over a week since the tragic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and perhaps you're looking for ways to help out. SavvySugar has some great advice on how you can contribute to the efforts, and there are several beauty brands participating in earthquake relief offers, such as Shiseido, who recently made a significant donation. See what other companies are chipping in, and how you can support the effort, now.
To find out how you can lend a hand, too, head to the Red Cross's website, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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It's unusual to think of a performance venue or theater company having a makeup sponsorship, but it's a really smart move. By choosing an opera, Shiseido has aligned itself with a cultural institution that represents luxury and elegance as well as entertainment, and its ads even feature archival images of legends Maria Callas and Shirley Verrett. Coming on the heels of Make Up For Ever's deal with Paris's Moulin Rouge, it seems high-end makeup and high-end entertainment are teaming up all over. Is this the sort of collaboration you like to see?