Legs often go into hibernation during winter, shielded from the elements by skinny jeans; leather leggings; and thick, woolly tights. But even the deepest frost—or most punishing Polar Vortex—has to eventually end. And with it, comes warmer temps—and the desire to bare your legs once again. I, for one, am taking the optimistic view that this seasonal shift is right around the corner, and I’m making preparations to have my limbs in fantastic shape. Or at the very least, not looking scary. Top of my priority list: regular doses of a deeply powerful moisturizer. After months (and months!) of brutally cold weather, it sorta goes with the territory that we all have dry, scaly patches. Even the thickest body cream can’t heal my situation, and honestly, I really don’t want to deal with the greasy residue those leave behind anyway. Enter Colbert MD Illumino Body Oil, a new, splurge-worthy blend of high-performance oils—marula, argan, yangu, passion fruit, and borage seed—designed to render skin soft and notably non-sticky. The companion to the New York dermatologist’s coveted Illumino Face Oil, the lightweight fluid rids you of crocodile flakes with the added benefit of boosting elasticity. Ideally, you’ll want to apply after a shower when your body is still slightly damp to maximize the absorption of its hydrating ingredients. Stick with this routine for a few days and you’ll be thinking: Spring can’t come soon enough.
Colbert MD Illumino Body Oil, $100; colbertmd.com
There’s a new batch of blushes on the block, and they’re bringing with them some impressive glow-giving technology. From Hourglass comes the feverishly anticipated Ambient Lighting Blush, which marries rouge with the same optically transparent particles found in the brand’s beloved range of Ambient Lighting Powders to add both luminosity and depth. Available in six luscious hues, the buttery powders’ ease of application rivals that of a cream blush—and their arrestingly lovely marbled appearances don’t hurt, either. Make Up For Ever is doing its part to assist in brightening complexions with HD Blush, a new addition (sixteen of them, more correctly, with shades to suit every skin tone) to the brand’s best-selling, high-definition-inspired fare. The delicately moist formula features a blend of silicone oils, waxes, and dry oils, which melts into skin for a healthy, post-cardio flush. Finally, Giorgio Armani Beauty has thrown its hyper-luxe hat into the ring with the new Cheek Fabric, a finely milled powder reboot of the gel blushes bearing the same name. The Color Essenza technology lends itself to the truest translations of hues on skin—a non-whitening base ensures that what you see in the pan is what you get, rather than some chalky version thereof. Spring seems to be coming up roses already.
For those who aren’t brave enough to try one of the daring dye jobs that popped up at New York fashion week, Manic Panic is offering another way to get in on the extreme color trend: The brand just launched twenty-six bold new shades of Lethal Lipstick. Tish and Snooky, the sisters and former Blondie rockers who created the line, have been quietly championing out-there hair color and makeup for decades, but now it seems like their signature alternative hues just might be on the verge of becoming mainstream. Tomata du Plenty, part of their latest lip color lineup, is a close match to model Natalie Westling‘s new flaming red hair, and Deadly Nightshade calls to mind the eggplant lips seen at the Ann Yee show. Crazy color minus the commitment? Count us in.
Manic Panic Lethal Lipstick, $15.50, manicpanic.com
During my tenure as a beauty editor, I’ve seen many scrawl a quick flick on the outer corners of the eyes, and I have even attempted the technique on myself (armed with a bottle of makeup remover and pointy Q-tips to fix the amateur imperfections, of course). But I’ve never witnessed someone craft the perfect cat-eye quite like Kakuyasu Uchiide, international artistic director for Shu Uemura. Using the brand’s new liquid liner pen, Calligraph:ink—modeled after a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush—he sculpted a flawless wing. Uchiide studied the art as a child, and he took what he learned in the classroom and under the tutelage of the Mr. Shu Uemura and developed an ultra-precise tool and waterproof formula. “We obsessed over the selection of the [bristles], the length of the handle, the materials—everything,” he said. In addition to a pen, the collection also includes five shadows—ranging from basic beige to bright vermilion—that were inspired by the colors used to accent this ancient form of writing (done almost exclusively in black ink). To emphasize the eyes even further, the cosmetic label partnered with Paperself, the London-based company that specializes in crafting everything from merry-go-rounds to rose gardens in delicate paper lash form, to create two sets of falsies. The first pair boasts the phrase “Love Forever,” while the other features tiny cherubs floating across your fringe. After all, the language of love is a dialect everyone understands.
Available at shuuemura.com
Images of spring typically conjure up the usual tropes of muted pastels and cashmere-soft bunnies, but not so for edgy makeup brand Illamasqua. For their latest collection, Glamore, they’re going bold with vibrant lipsticks and gritty glitter polishes.
Launching today at Bloomingdales and Sephora, Glamore celebrates the determined instead of the demure. Three new super-saturated lipsticks ($26) in traffic cone orange, candy pink, and daring magenta have been formulated with luxe satiny finishes, while the shattered-like lacquers ($17) in cool champagne, fiery persimmon, and deep rose are chock-full of retina-searing sparkles.
Above, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s latest campaign.