Beauty

By Amy Sciaretto

Napoleon Perdis’ high-end line plays with textures and bright hues this season. The light-reflecting Luminous Lip Veil offers blinding shine. Coral Island smells like summer strawberries and offers a hint of pink, while Sugar Plum is head-turning on porcelain-skinned gals who go bare when it comes to makeup, except for lip products. The dramatic Gold & the Beautiful universally suits all skin tones and catches the light. I recommend this gloss, which goes on thicker like a liquid lipstick, but without the gloppiness, for brides and wedding parties. The rich coverage will show up better in all those photos you will be taking.

The Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad in 1 is a four-pan palette that creates a lilac, pink and grey smoky eye, mixing matte vs. shimmer, metallic to sheer. The look combinations and possibilities are endless. You can make a bold statement by switching up how you apply each shade. Go for mod ’60s with the pastel shades; add mystery with the charcoal hue.

The Cheek to Chic Blush Duo in 1 works best when you look in the mirror, allow yourself an ear-to-ear grin and apply. The shimmery lilac shade is best layered over the matte, rose shade.

Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, when mixed with a liquid bronzer, is perfect for that no-makeup look. Or use it as it was intended, spread the easy-glide formula over your face as a base for makeup to adhere to on those sticky summer mornings.

Available at http://www.napoleonperdis.com, http://www.ulta.com and Ulta locations.

In keeping with this month’s “less is more” theme, Lavera’s skin-loving, green-friendly products benefit your skin and brighten your look in one beautiful swoop. The light ‘n healthy products take the “chore” out of summer morning makeup routines. A few swipes of Volume Mascara in #1 (coal black) wakes up eyes with a full, flake-free formula that moisturizes and stays on your lashes without falling off onto your cheeks.

The velvety, translucent Finishing Powder loose mineral powder allows for a soft finish to foundation or tinted moisturizer and is easy to apply with the fluffiest of blush brushes and the lip-hugging Organic Mineral Lip Gloss boasts vitamin E and jojoba so lips are at their most kissable and the crushes natural mineral provide the shine that will have every man in the room staring at your pucker. A plus? Not matter how many times you smack your lips, this gloss doesn’t budge and thus doesn’t require multiple touch ups.

Available at http://www.lavera.com or Target locations.

Letting my skin breathe is priority numero uno in the stifling summer heat, so freshMinerals Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 evens out skin tone with a feather-light touch of color, protects against UV rays and imparts that elusive natural glow. A little dollop does a lot.

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

UK makeup line Illmasqua, profiled by Beauty News earlier this year, is finally making its way across the pond, debuting stateside with exclusive, limited edition products under the Body Electrics line, featuring light-reflecting particles. The 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette is hyper-pigmented, usable on the eyes, face and body. Dab on with your fingers or a brush. The Powdered Metal in Thalia, a golden tan shimmery shade, is a loose powder can be used by “safe” girls who desire a subtle sheen, while daring, nightlife lovers can pile it on for an extreme metallic finish. The Powder Eye Shadow comes in Imagine, an electric pop of blue, and Can Can, a very “right now” violet hue. You can turn up the intensity on either by applying more shadow or you can keep it sweet with a light wash of each.

Available at Sephora locations or http://www.sephora.com.

OPI issued a collection of nail colors in conjunction with the candy-colored Alice in Wonderland movie in March. The go-to lacquer brand is doing the same with the forthcoming Shrek Forever After, offering an assortment of pretty pale and bright hues. Of course there’s plenty of green shades, and purples too! Treat your digits to these fun colors now that mani/pedi season has arrived.

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

Originally published April 2010
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