Beauty

By Amy Sciaretto

The cliché is that if it ain’t broke…Well, Christian Dior’s DiorShow mascara has achieved Holy Grail status and with good reason. It’s one of the most miraculous mascaras known to womankind. But Dior is taking the mascara’s essential status a step further with DiorShow Extase, which is pronounced “ecstasy.” The tiered, geometric brush may look complicated, but with one swipe, my lashes were amped up several degrees, 3-D style! What’s special about Extase? The brush, spherical Black Pearl Pigments and a ceramid meant to strengthen and volumize. Extase makes me actually look forward to hopping out of bed in the morning so I can put on my eye makeup. It’s that damn good.

Available exclusively at Sephora and http://www.sephora.com.

Celeb makeup artist Tina Turnbow is known for being a “green beauty” expert. She’s has worked with earthy beauties like Claire Danes and Ellen Page and now, she’s teamed up with the equally eco conscious team at Tarte Cosmetics. Turnbow re-imagined the line’s best-selling, Flower Child eye shadow palette, mixing neutrals with bold splashes of color and paraben, preservative, sulfate and cruelty-free formulations. The cute and classic purple case will never go out of style and can fit in any tote and will aid in those day-to-night transitional moments, is reusable so there is no waste, which helps the environment and the accompanying double-ended eyeliner (in matte cocoa and shimmery green) makes for less waste and more space, as well. All the matte and shimmering shadows in the palette work together, so there are endless color combos. My faves? Shimmering Ecru Hibicus to highlight the brow, Matte Buttercup as an all-over wash and Shimmering African Violet smudged along the lashline. It’s gorgeous, with a capital “G!”

Available at Sephora locations, http://www.sephora.com and Henri Bendel.

Tarte’s also launching Natural Gel Lip Stains this Spring, which are the sister to their Cheek Stains. The creamy, chubby pencils glide across your pucker with no tugging, are infused with a yummy and lickable mint tingle and the hues are sheer. The Lip Surgence technology allows the product to absorb quickly and on the cellular level, but who cares about all that scientific jargon? Your pout will feel plump and supple all day long, without the itchy irritation that is the byproduct of other plumpers. Charmed (airy pink), Amused (bold pink) and Joy (peach) will give you something to smile about.

Available exclusively at Sephora and http://www.sephora.com.

For Spring 2010, Chanel brings us Les Impressions de CHANEL, a palette of clean, warm neutrals – pinks, beiges, khakis and gentle browns – which are easily wearable and oh-so-chic. But don’t wait for Spring to try, they’re what you want now! You are doing a pale lip, aren’t you? Our favorite item in the collection is the Radiant Glow Highlighting Powder, which will work with many skin tones depending on how it’s applied. Combining warm shades of rosewood, beige and brown, along with the raised golden CC signature, this ‘must-have’ compact will warm as well as give a subtle shimmer to the cheeks and brow bone. It’s a limited edition, so don’t dawdle!

Available: Fine department stores and http://www.Chanel.com

If you can’t take another second of that icky, pasty, winter pale pallor and you’re feeling like an apparition, then it’s time to try a new bronzer. Julie Hewett Los Angeles Ora Mineral Bronzing Powder popped on my radar and I’m not exactly a bronzer gal. But the peachy Aphrodite, infused with SPF 8, Ora Mineral Mix, which minimizes pores, and light-reflecting minerals, will keep you protected and shine-free while warming up your winter-weary complexion.

Available at http://www.juliehewett.net.

I’m also crazy about Julie Hewett’s Hue Crème Eye Shadows. Hewett designed these shimmying, water-resistant shadow pots to be applied with your fingers, which is a must for those-on-the-go. Red carpets and runways are all about jade shades right now and this rich green will liven up eyes, especially brown, on those cold, dark nights.

Available at http://www.juliehewett.net.

Waxing. Threading. Tweezing. My eyes water just thinking about the pain, however minor, inherent in well-groomed brows. Christi Harris Precision Brow Planing System eliminates all that drama with a do-it-all, contouring system that can fill out thin, over-plucked brows or coax unruly, overgrown eye framers into defined arches! The economical, at-home kit features shaders, the Adda Brow highlighter, which fills in bald spots, brushes and the Brow Planer, which is a like a razor that allows more accuracy for shaping strays. But be careful when using because it is sharp. The best benefit of the planer is that it doesn’t rip hair from the root. When you yank too many brow hairs, you have to wait till they grow back but Harris’ planer creates contour and encourages more regular maintenance. If you are heavy-handed or terrified of doing your own brows, stick with a professional. If you don’t have time, cash or fear, then try this kit.

Available at http://www.christiharrisbrows.com.

Ex-Aveda artist Leslie Munsell is the force of Beauty For Real, a new cosmetic co. The line’s first offerings are minty, See the Light! Illuminating Lip Glosses, packaged with a mirror, LED light and Marine collagen plumpers. Coverage is full, so this product is much more like liquid lipstick than a gloss. Try the Gwen Stefani-red of Light My Fire, if you dare.

Available at http://www.beautyforreal.com.

Lastly, anytime celeb artist and visionary Pat McGrath is behind a launch, my eyes are fixed, my ears are perked up and I’m paying attention. McGrath designed Cover Girl’s new, mirrored and intense ShineBlast glosses. One slick on the lips and it’s like the disco ’70s all over again.

Available at mass marketers nationwide.

Originally published February 2010
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