Until very recently, I'd never heard of Sante, an organic makeup and skin care brand from Germany that's just launched in the US. The brand is BDIH certified, which means that it uses natural materials and considers the biological impact of its products, and it's also got a nice, low price point. I especially like the Eyeliner Pencil in Metallic Blue ($10). I use it to waterline my upper and lower rims when my eyes are bloodshot from staring at the computer screen, and it's just the right shade to brighten without being conspicuous the way white liner is. Their Lip Duo Contour & Gloss ($12) is also a winner—it's a matte neutral red liner with a matching metallic gloss. The only product I dislike is the Soft Cream Foundation ($17). The texture is lovely, but the pump dispenses too much product, and it's highly fragranced, which the Bella team, after much sniffing, unanimously disliked.
At the Alexa Chung for Madewell debut, we got the inside scoop from head makeup artist Tamah Krinsky on the natural, radiant glow seen on the models who were inspired by Alexa herself. Hear her Fall forecast on beauty trends and more from 2010 New York Fashion Week.
Ever wonder what's actually in your makeup and how it's made? Then you've come to the right place, especially if you're curious about what, exactly, is in that wondrously effective mineral makeup of yours, and how it's put together. It's actually extremely simple, and easy enough that you could make it on your own if you felt like it. So to find out what goes into making mineral makeup, just read more
As promised, the other night I made my own eyeliner from a recipe given to me by reader Little Pepper. It sounded pretty simple; just burn an almond and use the soot to make eyeliner. Turns out, things require a bit more prep than that, but the results were lovely: a highly pigmented carbon black that was very smooth and not at all irritating. I modified the recipe a little bit and created this light winged look with it, which I found basically indistinguishable from something created with a regular black liner. For a cosmetic that costs basically nothing and took me 10 minutes to make, I'm pretty impressed. To see how to do it at home, just click through the tutorial gallery below.
Looking fresh-faced and made-under is the look of the season. Although it appears to be effortless, there's still plenty of makeup needed to create this "naturally" gorgeous glow. The look, as seen on these models and socialites, is easy enough to create and will certainly shave minutes off of your beauty routine. Here are a few tips and product suggestions to help you achieve this look at home.
Above all, it is important to begin with a bright and flawless face. Begin by applying a brightening cream to your skin and follow with a creamy concealer and eye brightener. A gel cheek stain or creamy peach blush will add a natural and beautiful flush to your cheeks. On your eyes, you'll want to skip mascara altogether and simplify your look by curling your lashes for a wide-eyed effect. Lastly, coat your lips with a clear or tinted moisturizing lip balm. Easy, isn't it?
Summertime means increased humidity and low-maintenance makeup. So it's no surprise that so many celebrities were stepping out this week wearing very natural, dewy looks. First, there was Jessica Biel at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, then Kate Bosworth glowed at the Whitney art benefit, and Helena Christensen showed up at Cartier's LoveCharity event looking shiny and new.
It's easy to get the look using multi-purpose face highlighters. Here are a couple of my favorite products to help create a dewy glow.
Candlelight Cream Colour by La Bella Donna ($65) is an all-over face gloss that creates a beautiful illuminating look. You can apply it on your eyes, cheeks, lips, or decolletage for a little bit of sexy glimmer.
For one more multi-purpose highlighter, read more