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Meet Style.com’s New Video Star

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In our new video series, Beauty Icons, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams—whose client list includes Lily Collins, Jessica Biel, Olivia Wilde, Kat Dennings, and, yes, her sister Rachel—breaks down iconic looks, both past and present, step by step. When asked about her own beauty signature, she said, “I feel like most makeup artists say they like to do eyes, but I love to do lips—I have big lips, so I love a big pop of color. Being a makeup artist is often like being the cobbler’s children who don’t have shoes: I don’t generally wear a ton of makeup on a day-to-day basis, so I just put on some powder, a little mascara, and pop on a lipstick and I’m ready.” Her go-to shade at the moment: CK One Color Shine Lipstick in Rockin (a sheer lavender), and for night she slicks on Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Playful (a matte purple) underneath. In her earlier days, however, a simple Bonne Bell brown liner—a coveted product in Canada—was her object of affection. “I remember we went to New York City on some kind of a class trip, and I bought this specific [shade] that I saw in Teen magazine, it was called Pecan Brown. It really was the best brown eyeliner. I would wear that all the time—it was one of my signature things because I have blue eyes so it would go really well. I had that eyeliner until I moved about a year ago and finally got rid of it. I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder.” And in the making of our tutorials, it was also a liner look that she surprisingly enjoyed the most: “I loved the Brigitte Bardot eye because I don’t do a big eye on myself a lot. I guess I should take my own advice, because I always thought a big eye doesn’t really work for me, but then I did it and I was like, ‘It does work for me.’ My boyfriend even said, ‘Oh, I love it—that’s a sexy eye.’” Tune in every Friday to see the how-to and more of McAdams in action.

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You’ll Want to Hoard These Hotel Goodies

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We’re the first to admit that testing out (and taking home) a hotel’s bath products is one of life’s most underrated luxuries (bonus points for chic packaging). The Mark Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side totally gets where we’re coming from, and its newest bathroom amenities are some of the cutest we’ve seen yet. (We suggest ringing housekeeping and stocking up on an extra set or two as souvenirs—just don’t tell them Style.com sent you.) The hotel called on Richard Pandiscio (a man known for reinvigorating real estate) and French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme to create cheeky cartoons for the labels on these travel-size toiletries. For example, the bath gel depicts a man reading the newspaper mid-soak, while the shampoo bottle is decorated with a woman washing her dog. As if the hotel’s 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman wasn’t enough to get us through the door.

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Flashback Friday: The Eyes Have It

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Flashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Bejeweled Lids

The Motivation: At first glance this may not appear to be a beauty shot, but look a little closer and you’ll be sure to spot Christy Turlington’s sparkling lash lines. Much has been placed on lids in the past: neon stickers at Atelier Versace; gold string at Dries Van Noten; neoprene at Fendi; lace, pearls, and jumbo glitter at Chanel. And Fall 2014 was no different. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath created incredibly beautiful “mothlike” lashes and brows at Alexander McQueen with hand-cut feathers, and used liquid latex instead of standard shadow at Dior. And seeing as eyes are the windows to the soul, why not add some extreme embellishment to attract even more attention?

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, 1990; courtesy of www.supermodelobsession.tumblr.com

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Bangs Are Having a Moment—Again

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I’m going to borrow a line from the esteemed film Legally Blonde to describe the beauty move catwalker Karen Elson debuted on Instagram yesterday: She got bangs. Her hair is so now. Fringe is having a moment (fellow model Grace Hartzel sported a covetable rock-and-roll version of the trend in the Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook shot by Hedi Slimane, and Jamie Bochert appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Style.com/Print wearing her signature set), which is interesting seeing as balmier weather is (let us pray) almost upon us and the effect it has on bangs isn’t pretty (think strands stuck to forehead). But humidity be damned—whether you wear them long and wavy like Hartzel and Bochert, or short and blunt like Elson, I think going under the scissors this spring is well worth the risk.

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Photos: Instagram; Courtesy of Saint Laurent

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These Products Will Put an End to the Winter Blues

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dior-ss-2011-karlie-klossSummer is just around the corner…I think. And here to help make the most of it is Elizabeth Arden’s Summer Escape color collection. From the navy packaging to the sailor-inspired names, this line doesn’t shy away from its oceanic origins. “It could be about any beach in the world that a woman finds beautiful, luxurious, and relaxing—it’s all the things we want to feel,” says makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo. If that serene imagery (or the snow on the ground this week) doesn’t make you crave your own warm-weather escape, then the collection’s shimmery bronzer, cobalt mascara, and double-ended eyeliners will do the trick. “Once the light is brighter outside, you need more color,” says Restrepo. And color you shall receive if you dip into this range that features a vibrant combination of sky blue, coral, and sandstone guaranteed to give your winter pallor a much-needed boost.

But if the thought of shimmying into a bathing suit after months of cozy layers is your version of a nautical nightmare, take a cue from the brand’s style director Shoshanna Gruss and turn your bedroom into your very own dressing room. “Go online and order twenty suits—everyone has free returns! It’s so important to find ones that make you feel good and look beautiful. It’s not always about following a specific trend. Instead, do some research and figure out what works best for you.” For an extra boost of confidence, Restrepo recommends adding a little glow. “Just a light wash of cream-based products and you’re good to go. They feel sexier on the skin.”

To see our must-haves from the collection, click here.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri; InDigitalimages.com

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