Best Bets: May 2012


black|Up’s new lipstick collection could be your go-to summer product. If you want a less-is-more approach to the amount of products you use but with a more-is-more color payoff, then look no further. The French company offers 30 lipsticks: 24 satin finish, six matte. The satiny colors are creamy with shine while the mattes veil lips in velvety, bold color. With 30 shades, the palette is expansive.  #18 is a shimmery coral, while  #20 is a matte hot pink. These are all you need to impart color this summer. Pair with a tan and you’re set.

Since bright colors take some warming up to, I applied  #20 direct from the bullet to my lip and blotted to a stain. Over a period of days, I became increasingly daring and built up the veil of color by blotting less. I also used a lip brush to apply the tomato-hued  #19, which I think would look stunning on our fair-skinned, redheaded, uber fabulous Editor-in-Chief Candice Sabatini.  Just sayin’!

My favorite thing about these chic tubes? The “Up” imprinted in the inside of the bullet. Nice touch.

Sigma Beauty‘s eye shadow palettes are also “must own” The shadow books come in eight colors a piece in matte and shimmery finishes. Dare offers every shade you need for sunset eyes in corals (Reveal, Catch), golds (Shout, Vanish), bricks and oranges — the hues are as rich as the texture; Bare will aid you in your quest to create grey (Control, Snoop) or tan (Act, Command, Elope) smoky eyes. I admit this one is my fave of the trio; Flare is full of summery colors in the purple (Gossip, Allure) and blue (Oversee) and green (Crush) families. It’s a garden for your eyes.

Sigma’s Performance Eyes Kit features eight black-handled brushes that meet all of your eye makeup needs. Waterline brush? Check. Smudger? Oh, it’s there. Blending? Um hm. Crease? Definitely. Use them to play with the shadow books.

Overall, the possibilities are endless and you will find yourself experimenting like a mad makeup scientist (like me!) and mixing colors from different books. They are that versatile. The sleek, streamlined, book packaging makes for easy packing for weekends away. Nothing is better than saving space without sacrificing options in your weekender or suitcase.

Speaking of bright lips, Clinique’s Long Last Lipstick in Runway Coral is another “this is the only cosmetic you’ll need on the hottest days” product. Created by Janna Menard for the Karen Walker Spring 2012 show, the rich pink-orange hue is intense, but it grew on me. It looked best when I paired it with two coats of mascara and my reading glasses for a sexy librarian look! If you want to use less product without sacrificing boldness this summer, do it up with Runway Coral.

In love. That’s how I feel about Shiseido‘s new offerings. The Shimmering Cream Eye Color is a light, warm weather-friendly cream shadow and/or base. PK214 is a shell, pink quartz that glazes lids with a hint of ballerina pink shimmer, which is the gorgeous complement to black liquid eye liner when you want to take the drama up a notch on date nights. The sheer, glossy lipstick in PK415 is cotton candy in the tube, but sweet and sublime when swiped on the lips.

Pastels are perfect for spring and summer. Rose petal, lush lilac and mint green are the colors of the season. jane iredale, the line which focuses on good-for-the-skin ingredients, can help you create a soft look from a pretty pastel palette, sans the Easter basket or Barbie look.

Eye Gloss in Pink Silk and Aqua Silk aren’t heavy, don’t crease and can be used alone or with liner. Even in the pastel shades, your lids won’t look washed out or chalky. Tip: ji’s Eye Highlighter Pencil, a jumbo dual-ended pencil enhances eyes. Apply the white or pink ends to the waterline to wake up and brighten those peepers.

jane iredale’s Just Kissed Lip Plumper in LA is a sweet pink, loaded with natural spearmint, peppermint oil and ginger root extract stimulate blood circulation. On the flip, the shea butter, sunflower oil and aloe vera soften and hydrate. So pretty and it softens while it plumps. Can’t beat that combo when it comes to your kisser.

If you want avoid the sun but desire the effect of that big ol’ star, then try ji’s Quad Bronzer in Rose Dawn. Dust a fluffy brush over the light and dark tones, swirl and tap on cheekbones and nose for a little customized sunkiss that didn’t come from the sun! Shh. We won’t tell.

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