By Amy Sciaretto
The Terracotta Collection 2009 from Guerlain stuns with its expansive assortment of products, its exotic, Indian- influenced packaging and its rich, intense hues. The crown jewel of the collection is the limited edition Kajal Mineral Kohl in Black Fakhir, a chubby eyeliner stick with a higher pigment concentration, so it’s expressly designed for lining the hard-to-keep-dark, inner lower rim of the eye. The finely milled Mineral Flawless Bronzing Powder comes in three gradations of shades and when applied with a fluffy yet densely packed kabuki brush, it bronzes beautifully, allowing you to fake a natural tan better than most bronzers. You’ll look like you’re eternally sunning yourself in the Hamptons. It’s the perfect bronzer for women who don’t like to use bronzers, since it’s so chic. The loose Fard Indien Mineral Eye Shadows are also limited edition, so stock up on the ultra-shimmery Paradise Sand or the heather-gray Jungle Dust, both of which melt gorgeously onto eyelids and allow eyes to pop, especially against darker skin tones.
Available at http://www.sephora.com or Saks Fifth Avenue.
Guerlain’s Ombre Eclat Eye Shadow Palette is another limited edition, spring offering. The four brown and green swirled shadows are customizable and are etched with a bird of paradise. It’s almost too pretty to use. Almost! You’ll be able to blend a different shade each time you use it.
Available at http://www.amazon.com/beauty.
Dior is always at the forefront of the latest and greatest makeup technologies. The company’s Diorskin Nude Hydrating Glow Makeup SPF 10 is divine, blending natural pigments with the exclusive, active mineralized water. In laywoman’s terms, that’s flawless, lightweight and moist coverage with a dewy, finish. You’ll look like you’re not wearing any makeup and like you are blessed with a perfect complexion. Blow an air kiss to dry, cakey makeup thanks to Diorskin Nude; it’s the new Holy Grail of foundation.
Available at Dior counters in fine department stores like Neiman Marcus.
With warm weather comes more potent UV rays and a stronger, brighter sun in the sky. Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Collection is a convenient, colorless mineral powder with UVA and UVB protection like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which block harmless rays and reflect and refract light, protecting your precious skin from sun damage. Additionally, the product, which comes in All Clear, Almost Clear, Perfectly Clear and All Clear/Sparkle and in ball, brush, orb and shaker dispensers, kisses skin with soft matteness, eliminating excess shine. Forget messy, pore-clogging lotions and rock these powders.
Available at dermatologist offices and day spas throughout the city via the store locator on http://www.colorescience.com.
There’s only so much space on our vanities and in our designer handbags for all of our products and accompanying tools. Luckily, By Terry Blush-Expert Mineral Compact Brush combines a mirror, brush and product in one convenient, regal purple container. The Rose Sexy compact is a cotton candy, electric pink shade, so use a light touch and highlight the apples of the cheeks only.
Available at Barneys or http://www.barneys.com.
Who hasn’t had a beauty emergency, where you’ve had to apply lip gloss or pluck a stray eyebrow hair in a dark, poorly lit location? Most of you, right? Well, Australia’s ModelCo and Tweezerman have two lighted products which effectively solve these makeup 911 situations! ModelCo’s Lip Lights in Summer Nectar, a sparkly, emollient peach, is equipped with a built-in mirror and a tiny light for any after dark, after hours, impromptu applications or spot touch ups after dinner, in the cab, at the club or on the town.
Available at http://www.sephora.com, Henri Bendel or Blue Mercury locations.
Tweezerman’s Lighted Slant Tweezer illuminates the tweezing area, allowing you to yank every last hair with a precise hand. While most of us don’t really tweeze on the go and while we at BeautyNews don’t recommend it since haste often makes waste (or really uneven or overplucked brow arches) this nifty, portable pink pair of tweezers is essential for the adorably neurotic, “just in case” type of gal! Available at http://www.tweezerman.com.
This Spring, Creative Director, Nicolas Degennes, inspired by the kitschy glamour of Bollywood, takes us on a trip to India with this newest palate from Givenchy. Colors are as saturated as swirling saris, and though you can be as demure or as daring as you like in your application, it’s hard to resist this palate which bursts with beams of light. We’re especially fond of the nine-color Prissime eye shadow base colors, which aren’t iridescent yet they don’t go on flat either. The creamy Maharani Henna hued lipstick is the perfect shade for the just-off-the-runway spring/summer looks of oranges and neutrals. Add a touch of the jewel toned, gold eye shadow and you’ll really feel like a princess.
Available at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com.