Beauty

By Amy Sciaretto

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Feeling Cheeky
Makeup artist Mally Roncal wants to make your life easy with her new Get Cheeky! dewy blush. The blissfully non-sticky, layerable cream blush is quite simply, idiot proof. Mally says it best, “We always want to lighten up for spring, it’s so liberating to shed the heaviness and go for a very soft, fresh and sheer look. And nothing, I mean nothing, pulls this look together better than a cream blush.” Choose from three colors and apply with the mini brush included. Get yours at www.qvc.com.

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Go Bold
Nix those neutrals and paint your pout in pop-art colors. Going from nude to bright may seem scary, so we recommend Guerlain’s new Spring ’08 debut – KISSKISS Stick Glosses. We love Jelly Red 920, Mango Fizz 942 and the Limited Edition Fleur de Feu, a blazing raspberry pink (the limited edition’s sleek black gold sculpted case is gorgeous). KISSKISS’ newest sister goes on sheer but DEFINITELY there. Feeling brave, go bold! Line your entire lips with a coordinating Guerlain Lip Pencil (Rouge Cassis 22, Corail Precieux 40 or Rose Indien 60). The Fleur de Feu Collection is available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores. KISSKISS Stick Glosses and Lip Pencils are available at www.saksfifthavenue.com and at www.sephora.com.

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Brushing Up
Make up savvy gals know you can purchase the highest quality, most heavily pigmented make up but that doesn’t matter if you don’t purchase the right tools to apply the products with. Celeb make up artist Tim Alan – no, not the sitcom star – has launched a line of sophisticated brushes, Chrysalis Beauty Brushes. Alan, who has worked with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Susan Lucci and Kelly Ripa over the course of his career, created the brushes because he was tired of having to hand-trim the hairs from other brush lines.

The Chrysalis brushes are a nine-piece set, and they look gorgeous on your vanity, all because of their white lacquered handles. They’ll also make you look gorgeous, thanks to usage tips included in a handy mini booklet. Our faves are the Super Powder Brush, thanks to its super-soft hair and huge, fluffy shape; the Flat Eyeliner/Brow Brush, which helps you apply eyeliner perfectly along the lashline; the Large Fluff Eye Shadow Brush, designed for blending out all demarcation lines; and the Smudger Eye Liner Brush, essential for crafting the ever-popular smoky eye. The brushes can be purchased as a full set in a travel-ready brush roll or individually at www.beautybychrysalis.com.

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Hot, Hot, Hot
Kanebo’s cult mascara, 38°c Silk Performance Mascara is available in a Separating & Lengthening formula we love and so do make-up artists and celebrities (singer FEIST wore it during the Grammys) due to its water and tear- proof silk protein formula. Named 38°c, it’s thermo sensitive and can be removed only if the water temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Its unique brush allows for control and precision, leaving lashes lusciously curled, and never clumpy. Available at Barney’s New York and at at www.saksfifthavenue.com

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Superpowered
While couture itself might be out of reach, Tarte’s Health Couture thankfully is not. Morphing beauty and wellness, the brand’s spring collection and new Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss incorporate t5 complex with antioxidant superfruits acai, goji, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate. If all of this healthy mumbo-jumbo goes over your head, no worries, the glosses smell fruity and give fabulous color and shine. Available in four shades. Available at Sephora stores or www.tartecosmetics.com.

Originally published April 2008
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