By Amy Sciaretto
Who hasn’t had this lash dilemma? You layer three coats of plush mascara on your upper lash and for some reason, you decide, “Hey, why not give my oft-ignored lower lashes a little love?” You apply a layer, hoping to pump up the volume, and end up ruining an otherwise flawless look with spider eyes! For the longest time, I thought bottom lashes were meant to be mascara-free but that hardly seems fair. Tarte addresses those left out lower lashes with Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara. The secret is in the tiny brush, which is designed to deposit just enough product on tight eye real estate. Remember that a little goes a looooong way or you’ll end up looking like a raccoon. http://www.tartecosmetics.com
Mineral makeup isn’t going anywhere in 2009. Estee Lauder is bringing it to the forefront with its Nutritious Vita-Mineral MakeUp. This SPF 10 infused, nutrient enriched, creamy liquid foundation comes in varying shades of intensity, ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 and creates a flawless canvas and base for the rest of your makeup look. Wave bye bye to blemishes, uneven skin tone and days where you look like you got less than three hours sleep! Available at Estee Lauder counters in fine department stores or http://www.estee.com.
For spring, Clinique is all about convenience, portability and a gorgeously sculpted cheek with its brilliant and divine new Quick Blush. These travel-friendly, self-contained units feature a fluffy brush on one end and a cream-to-powder blush on the other. The brush and the product are housed in one sleek cylinder. Twist the base clockwise to pack color onto the brush, pull the two ends apart, propel the brush forward and you’ll be met with the perfect amount of pigment. Sweep on your cheeks and viola! You’ll look like you’ve recently been kissed by your longtime crush. Clinique’s signature Nudes/Tawnies/Pinks/Violets color palette is in effect. We can’t get enough of the nudish Hurry Honey or the pinky purple In a Rush Blush. Available at Clinique counters in fine department stores or http://www.sephora.com.
Is the black /lip gloss trend going to be something we look back on in three years and groan, “What were we thinking?” Perhaps. Perhaps not. That hasn’t stopped Lancome from elevating the trend to a whole new level of elegance and chic. Piha Black Colour Fever Gloss, which enhances and intensifies the color of other lip products and is not really meant to be worn a la carte unless you like the vampire/goth look, is back by popular demand after selling out this fall. This shimmery, midnight shade works beautifully in the company’s Pink Irreverence collection, the first from new artistic director Aaron De Mey. With Pink Irreverence, De Mey created an exercise in contrasts, pairing the coolness of the Piha gloss with the hot pink heat of Laque Color Fever gloss in Electric Pink. Proceed with caution, though. Use this bold lip combo when the rest of your look is muted and soft. There are other shades of pink that work with Piha, but this was our fave combo because the result is a stunning, ultra-sexy pout that will turn heads. Laque Liner in Pure Sparkle is a clear, shimmery liner that acts as a subtle enhancer that will get those eyes boudoir ready. Best of all, it’s low key enough to be paired with Piha and Electric Pink. Available at Lancome counters in fine department stores or http://www.lancome-usa.com.
Tarte has also introduced A Perfect Whirled, featuring two harmonious ribbons of pink swirled together in a new version of its best-selling Natural Cheek Stain. Swipe a dab on the apples of cheeks with your finger or apply directly from the tube and blend vigorously for a whispy, flirty and utterly au naturel hint of color. Both Bottoms Up and A Perfect Whirled are available at http://www.tartecosmetics.com or Sephora locations.
Well-defined and groomed brows complete any look, but they aren’t easy to achieve. Being True’s Archrival Brow Defining Essentials’ user friendly, guided kit will transform you into an eyebrow-shaping expert. You can customize your arches with surgical precision with the brow definer and brush and control errant strays with the clear finishing brow gel! Available at http://www.truecosmetics.com.
Kiehl’s celebrates its love affair with New York City with its Simply Mahvelous lip gloss line, which is a part of the company’s Beloved Collection. Each of the four new shades was named after and inspired by the Big Apple. New York Nude is a sandy neutral; East Village Vibe is a cocoa shade; Mahvelous Mauve is a soft plum; Lights on Broadway is an earthy rose. Kiehl’s glosses combine the shine of gloss with the smooth, supple texture of balm, thanks to the presence of Vitamin E! Available at Kiehl’s stores and http://www.kiehls-usa.com.
Fashionistas need to make a beeline to http://www.beauty.com to pick up the limited edition Stila for Lela Rose Backstage collection. The set goes for a sunkissed complexion with Sun Bronzer, a frosty eye in Starlight, a bold, rosy, Cranberry lip and Brown mascara, which thickens without overdarkening lashes, keeping the look as subtle and romantic as possible. Hurry, since supplies are limited and the reusable cylinder that houses the products is adorable!