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  • With the spring relaunch of makeup artist Alison Raffaele’s signature line of cosmetics, we at BN could think of no better time to sit down and talk shop. BN: When did you begin your career as a makeup artist? How did you get your start? AR: My obsession with makeup started at age 10 when <... >

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  • It’s only natural that a chemist’s daughter with an eye for cosmetics would understand the importance of craftsmanship in makeup artistry. Joanna V. Austin, president of the recently introduced makeup line Le Métier de Beauté (and ironically a chemist’s daughter), has teamed up with makeup artist Justin Henry to create a line of luxurious foundations, <... >

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  • (please also check out our 2014 update on The Golden Rules of Lip Liners) Next to mascara, lip liner is the one product when applied incorrectly makes it obvious that you are wearing makeup. Overdrawn liner looks cheap and harsh; subtle liner plays up your pout in assorted, gorgeous ways where lips appear fuller, younger, <... >

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  • BN: Hi Julie, We at BN are great fans of your line. Can you tell us a bit about how you got your start as a makeup artist in Hollywood? JH: I started out in fashion design and so I was asked by the photographers if I could do make up for their shoots. I <... >

  • Retro Fab Lip balms and glosses are frequently a gateway drug for beauty junkies. In fact, my first beauty obsession were Bonne Bell’s ageless, addictive Lip Smackers which, as every girl knows, come in fun flavors like Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum and of course, Dr.Pepper. But I digress. For the grown up girls among us, <... >

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  • Dropping into Thierry Mugler’s world has always felt a bit like stepping onto another planet. The designer’s dramatic runway shows translated into the iconic success of Angel, perhaps the best selling cult fragrance of all time, a scent that inspires emotions ranging from lust to disgust, depending on who you ask. Mugler’s long- awaited and <... >

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  • When I say I am committed to tweezing my brows, I mean it. While I clean up strays myself, I’ve become a regular of Ramy, one of the city’s brow masters, and it takes a lot of convincing to get me to go elsewhere. Now, of course, like any good beauty editor, I’ve tried waxing <... >

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  • You’ve chosen the right pair of jeans, perfect heels and killer jacket. Now, rifling through an overstuffed milk crate of bags probably has you tossing all your options aside, thinking, “No, stripes don’t match the shoes,” or “Brown and black – uh-uh,” or “Too summery.” Sound like your inner monologue when choosing a purse? How <... >

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  • New to the neighborhood is Uptown Girl, which opened on the Upper East Side on January 25. Dubbed as “specialists in lashes & locks,” the salon offers a variety of services, most notably lash and hair extensions (surprise, surprise), with brow extensions for the overplucked among us hitting the menu in February. Among the most <... >

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