By Michelyn Camen


It’s that time of the year again. There are more holiday parties than there are days, and certainly this means a mad dash from the office to stream of soirees. After 9+ hours of reports, presentations and meetings, we tend to look more dreary than festive. Can you blame us? There’s no time to go home and ‘freshen” up.

Well, we wanted to fix this glitch, and met with Jerry Johnson, the International Makeup Artist from Laura Mercier, to get his best tips on getting “glam” while on the go. Jerry’s clients include “party perfect” celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Renee Zellwegger, and Carmen Electra. Here are his tips to look “red carpet” worthy in a flash, whether you’re at your desk, in the bathroom or in a taxi.

You are the consummate multi-tasker and that you don’t expect anything less from your make-up. So “stock up on cosmetics that are multi functional- they are some of the best transformers and are specially formulated by Laura Mercier to go the distance,” says Johnson. Laura Mercier Flawless Fix Pencil acts as a concealer and lip perfector with its creamy formula that resurfaces unwanted, hard-to-cover imperfections and those difficult to hide lines around the mouth. It can conceal a blemish, and can be used in a pinch to hide dark undereye circles. Another good bet is Laura Mercier Stickgloss, which cares for your lips while delivering sheer and sophisticated color. Part Lip Balm, part Lip Color and part Lip Plumper, we love it in Cranberry for cool tone complexions and Peony for warmer skin tones. For a sexy neutral pout a la Angelina Jolie, Johnson recommends Brown Sugar.

Nothing says GLAMOUR like smoky eyes, red lips and a glowing complexion. For an amazing and dimensional smoky eye, use Laura Mercier’s Mineral Eye Powders in Eclipse or Meteor. They can be used both wet and dry, as both an Eye Colour and Eye Liner. The Ultimate Party Red? According to Johnson, its Laura Mercier’s Lip Color in Seduction (think of Gwen Stefani or Christina Aguilera’s electric pout). It’s a great formulation that moisturizes & softens lips and fills in ridges & fine lines.

Want the glowing skin of someone who is pampered and well rested? Go for Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Mosaic, a unique baked formula that applies effortlessly while brightening the eyes, cheeks & body with a hint of natural color & light. Your skin will gleam, but won’t outshine the holiday decorations. Johnson suggests you apply it with Laura Mercier Finishing Brush, the ideal tool to make any product look completely finished and well blended.

Lastly, multi-color palettes are the way to go, when you have only minutes to make-up. Johnson recommends tossing Laura Mercier Micro Mini Eye Paints and Micro Mini Lip Paints into your purse. Each palette contains three popular colors in one tiny compact. Apply with Laura Mercier Micro Mini Brush Set and you are ready to dazzle! A great rosy colored powder blush, like Laura Mercier Rose Bloom and a small powder puff pre-dipped in translucent powder can instantly refresh your makeup without starting over.

Checkout our VIDEO PODCAST and watch Jerry Johnson transform our very own columnist Gillian Weeks in just minutes.

Ms. Mercier has recently published her book, New Beauty Secrets, a must read for any beauty aficionado. The book features her philosophy of flawless skin, makeup tips and tricks, and photos of the many iconic faces she has worked on.

For more information on the Laura Mercier collection, log on to: The products are available in fine department and specialty stores, including Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Originally published December 2006



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