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By Patricia Wersinger

Enough with the neutrals, mauves, grays that I blended piously this fall. I am looking for something more vivacious and inspiring for the last weekend of the year! If you share my mood, make way this New Year’s Eve for the vibrant turquoise, mermaid and deep sea blues, peach and gold, coral and salmon hues in the Napoleon Perdis Swept Away make up collection. It inspires none of the frozen barrenness of our current season but the lushness of Australian tropics, the emerald depths of its ocean and the golden light of the Winter solstice in the land where a white Christmas alludes to a beach of immaculate sand. Napoleon Perdis is well known for his color palette with an upbeat, bold escapist vitality that defies all trends to elevate the spirits and build confidence by enhancing a woman’s natural beauty.


The Tropical Heat limited edition includes Ocean which boasts a Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad, a “Cheek to Chic” Blush Duo in peach and pink and a Luminous Lip Veil with lychee extract in nude tone. This is my favorite to enhance my blond complexion but I would go anytime for the Coral kit with silver, purple, gold and pink, the Blush Duo in coral and salmon and a Luminous Lip Veil in strawberry. The Sand Kit which might look best on a matte or darker complexion contains ivory, beige, tan and gold for the eyes with pink and terracotta for the cheeks and a flesh color sheer Lip Veil that reflects light like nothing your lips ever saw before. All colors blend smoothly with one another without a smudge leaving a satin-like coat to play up or down. You can combine any of these shades tomorrow night with the Bronze Bombshell duo, a coconut – scented lotion and shimmering gold flecked powder to create glowing skin that will challenge any frost bite even if you are standing on Times Square to hail the New Year in five feet of snow.

The products are remarkable for their texture and perfect finish that blend very well with the skin. This is due in part to the Auto Pilot Primer, a pre-makeup base formulated with chamomile, yarrow extract and Vitamin E that you should apply to prime your skin beforehand. Another one of my favorites is the NeoNoir Liquid Liner which offers exquisite definition and that will absolutely not run even as the wind fills up your eyes with tears (I checked this first hand in the after Christmas blizzard). The Napoleon Perdis Swept Away collection is retailed at Dillard’s and Stage Stores, Planet Beauty, Amazon.com and more.

To heighten another notch the shine and gold, sparkle and spirit of the night this New Year’s Eve, add some Glisten hair jewels by MicaBeauty. Glisten has become the coolest fashion hair accessory with its tiny sparkling blings that can be affixed to hair with a straightening iron to add real spark and glitz. The pink, rainbow, blue, green and clear acrylic crystals adhere to strands of hair in seconds. Keep the transparent film that covers the jewels on while you iron your hair and when the charms are affixed just gently peel it off. You now have a bejeweled mane like a Thousand and One Night princess. But in your case these hair jewels can be simply removed with shampoo the next day, thanks to modern water pipe technology and are available at http://www.micabeauty.com or in over 150 MicaBeauty retail kiosks and carts.

So if you are in the mood for drama, spice and tropic heat like me this New Year’s Eve try these luxurious colors and pair them with hair jewels to shimmer like a goddess of light and make a kaleidoscopic splash into the new Year! You are sure to have music in your step and inspire your crowd wherever you go.

Originally published December 2010
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