By Dina Fierro


Out of this World
Packaged in a handy tube with a doe foot applicator, girlactik beauty’s new Eye Glazes pack a powerful punch of color and waterproof, impenetrable staying power (really, these things don’t move). Try Chic for neutral, shimmery daytime eye or Night for a dark, powerful smoky eye.

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Cheap Thrill
While we love a splurge, let’s admit it…sometimes it feels good to pay less. Sally Hansen’s newest line, Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy makes us believe. Standouts in the collection are the Your Skin Makeup, a full coverage, natural looking foundation that applies beautifully, the Sun Glow Powder Bronzer in Spring or Summer and the Natural Powder Blush in Ethereal, a universally flattering pink. Just one caveat – from what we can see, all of the foundation shades are yellow-based, so cooler toned gals may have trouble finding a perfect match.

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Available at drugstores nationwide.


We Like it Raw
‘Tis the season for bronzer and Raw Beauty’s Natural Transfirmation Brightening Powder hits the spot without a hint of muddiness or worse, carrot orange. Brush on this talc free formula with a big fluffy brush (we like Laura Mercier’s) and poof, shine is eliminated and skin looks brighter and healthier.

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It’s All a Blur
Makeup artist Darac is the former Director of Artistic Development for BN faves Prescriptives and Estee Lauder. He’s now launched his own line, Darac Beauty, which aims to visibly correct imperfections, instead of just concealing them. One key product in the line is the new Sifted Blur™, a finely milled finishing powder with micro-spheric optic pearls that disperse light, leaving skin looked more perfect. Our only beef? It’s available in just one shade, which may not work for darker-skinned beauties. Fairer babes, we recommend using it alone or over foundation for sheer coverage and powerful oil absorption.

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Red Letter Day
Josie Outlaw, keyboardist for punk-dancehall band The A.K.A.’s, was bored by makeup companies peddling their wares as “edgy” when they were conceived in corporate conference rooms. In response, she created the street chic Red Letter Girl line, bowing with a nine color shadow collection dubbed Chromatose, featuring vivid, vibrant, super blendable shades. We love Flamingo Fever paired with the carbony Panther Power and oh-so-now, indigo’y Dark Denim. RLG shadows can be worn wet or dry, depending on your mood and how much drama you prefer. Think MAC meets Urban Decay with a DIY, rocker girl next door aesthetic. The animal-friendly, bold shadows come separately or as a set, with a cute totable pouch. Wannabes need not apply!

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Originally published July 2008
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