By Amy Sciaretto
Social networking is all the rage and really, why shouldn’t it be? It’s fast. It connects you. It’s concise. It’s efficient. In honor of the Twitter’s 140-character message capacity and parameters and because we know you’re a makeup maven on the go with limited free time, we are presenting our Fall 2010 Beauty Guide, with 140-200 words of why these products need to be in your makeup bag once the weather cools, the days get shorter and your palette of colors gets darker. It was a challenge to keep things to a minimum, especially when this Fall’s color trends of plums, bronzes and charcoals make for lots of discussion and “oohing” and “aahing!”
Editor’s Note: I admit, I failed miserably when it came to Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté. The line is too luxe and too perfect not to gush over. Oh the perils of Beauty Editorship! Wink-wink.
Marchesa for Le Métier de Beauté: Pure luxury, with no detail left unfinished, is the Marchesa mantra, according to co-founder/designer Georgina Chapman. The design house philosophy applies to their makeup collection. Sleek packaging inspired by Sandra Bullock’s Oscar gown meets divine formulations. I worship the credit-card sized, Chapman-designed La Lune Palette for femme smoky, smoldering eyes favored by chill-battling New Yorkers. Translucent pressed powder, concealer, lip ploss in La Cerise Noir, crème blush in La Peche and eye shadow in Le Minuit comprise the compact. Meanwhile, her partner Keren Craig’s Le Soleil palette is softer and warmer, suited for the sun-kissed So-Cal gal. It houses bronzer, concealer, lip gloss in Le Caramel, crème blush in La Rougeur and eye shadow in Le Fauve. The Double Entendre lip gloss duos are perfect for customizing supple pouts. My go to? L’embrasse/Le Passion, which unites shimmery chocolate and bronze. It’s pure gloss chemistry. The Sheer Illumination Highlighter is a click pen with a sheer golden shade usable day or night, on bare skin or with makeup. I like a touch under my eyes and dabbed on my cupid’s bow. Oh, Marchesa. I melt at your versatility.
That was more than 140 words, but this collection is too beautiful to contain.
Dior Logomania Collector’s Edition 2-Colour Eye Shadow in Silver Screen: You probably heard me gasp through your computer speakers. This shadow duo pairs shimmery silvery and sparkly black for dramatic, night time, old Hollywood eyes. The shades are stamped with the house’s Dior “Logomania” design. Dior’s Fall range pledges its allegiance to mauves and charcoals. Charcoal: It’s the new black for Fall 2010. Know it. Live it. Use it.
Flirt Style Box For Eyes and Cheeks: Drama comes in the form of warm brown and icy blue smoky eyes and a kiss of princess pink color on the cheeks; it’s easy-to-use for the youthful make up fashion plate in your life. It’s perfect for college students with limited space but who refuse to sacrifice their personal style..We wouldn’t blame you if you “borrowed” it and used it for yourself, too.
tarte Bronze Smoky Eyes (Sephora Beauty in a Box): Smoky eyes in plum and bronze rule the Fall. The runways told us so. tarte’s exclusive collaboration with Sephora offers water-resistant, long-wearing, day and night products combining both shades. Hot! Hot! Hot! Despite the name, the kit covers lids to lips thanks to the Lock & Roll 12-Hour Eye Shadow in Burnt Bronze, EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner in Plum, Clean Slate Natural Primer and Nude Rise & Shine Lip Gloss and Stain.
SpaRITUAL Imagine Collection: SpaRITUAL nail lacquer is gorge to the ous! The Imagine collection hosts the nude/clay matte of Living in the Moment; it’s Fall-perfect while the glossy, shimmer speckled Health Wealth Happiness has a darkly sexy and mysterious foiled effect without the vampire/goth vibe. They’re vegan, too. So no animals were harmed for the sake of beauty. The curvy bottles are recycled. Gorgeous and good for the earth. What a combo.
Betsey Johnson Tweezermans:The always fashionable Betsey Johnson has designed edgy Tweezerman Designer Series Slant Tweezers with her typically edgy, rock ‘n’ roll flavor and spirit. In true Johnson flair, the BJ Tweezermans are practical, functional and fabulous, mixing bold pink and black graphics like skulls and roses and other assorted pop art. Plucking is pretty and fashion forward, thanks to Betsey Johnson. Errant eyebrow hairs, beware.
ButterLONDON All Hail McQueen Nail Polish: Designed Alexander McQueen is missed in the fashion world like a severed limb. He is immortalized by Butter LONDON thanks to All Hail McQueen, a silvery beige neutral nail lacquer that looks lovely and doesn’t chip easily. Extend you summer mani/pedi season deep into the Fall with AHMQ.
Lancome French Coquettes: French women reign at the top of the list when it comes to glamour with a capital “G.” Lancome’s Fall collection captures the sexy mystery of French beauties with charcoals, plums and nudes, which pop when paired. The line’s Ombre Magnetique shadow boasts a lush, shimmery texture in the richest, most vibrant shades. You will want to dust your lids (or smudge with your digits) with the long-wearing spectacular sparkle of Black Macadam or Urban Silver, the latter of which best flecks inner corners! The Art Liner liquid eyeliner pen transforms you into Brigitte Bardot. I especially like Plum Glimmer. Designer L’Wren Scott and Lancome will join forces for the company’s Holiday 2010 Collection. Stay tuned.
Ahava Mineral Makeupcare: The skincare line developed skin-healthy foundations made with Dead Sea algae and mineral powders. Sounds icky, but it isn’t! The minerals are the purest on earth, so the texture is like silk and fine lines will disappear under the oil-free Light Foundation. Build full coverage with Rich Foundations if you’ve got skin issues or glow with the natural finish of the Compact Powder. More please!
JK Jemma Kidd Backstage Kit: Chloe, Balmain and Alexander Wang – three designers I adore – inspired this runway kit which offers options to the hilt. Bronzer! Radiance Creme! Finishing Powder! Blushes! Glosses! Wet/dry liners! Expansive and travel-ready, this kit contains everything you could ever need to look stunning.
JK Jemma Kidd Catwalk I-Kit: Prep, prime, buff and line with this shadow palette. If it were a boy, I’d date it, thanks to its frost vs. matte eye shadow finishes and all the amenities (primer, liner, brushes) that needed and included to design your eyes this Fall. It’s charcoal and nude neutrals and naturals.
Pixi Correction Concealer and Flawless Beauty Stick: You can leave the house with only these two products and a swipe of mascara and lip balm and look like a billion bucks. Flawles Beauty Stick is a pan stick that transforms from cream to powder. Dab the Correction Concealer for some extra protection against blemishes and fake perfect skin with a smile.