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Bobbi Brown’s Top Tricks for Women Who Wear Glasses

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Ask a makeup artist about eye makeup (which we saw a lot of on the runways this season) and he or she can likely wax on for hours. Ask a face painter about eyeglasses and the ones that look best on you and you’ll likely hear crickets chirping. While the two are typically disparate subjects, they should, in reality, go hand in hand. Here to bridge that gap is Bobbi Brown, a beauty mogul who has worn glasses “every single day” since her late 30s and is launching a new collection of optics in tandem with her Perfectly Defined range of makeup (including new gel liner pencils, smudge-proof mascara, and a gentle lash curler designed for women with almond-shaped eyes). With more and more celebs ditching the contact lenses in favor of traditional lenses on the red carpet (hello, Tina Fey and Meryl Streep), it’s about time someone focused on framing your eyes with more than just eyeliner. Here, Brown’s best tips:

Set it and forget it. To avoid having concealer or foundation transfer onto your frames, skip the primer (“It’s too thick,” Brown says), minimize the amount of eye cream you apply, and dust the area under your eyes and around the bridge of your nose with a thin layer of powder.

Define your brows. Lightly filled-in arches provide a “bit of lift” and lend a “polished” finish, she explained. “Makeup under glasses gives you more style and strength in your face.”

Disguise dark circles. Not only do frames help hide a multitude of sins—like crow’s-feet and fine lines—but they’re excellent camouflage for shady areas, like the inner corners, notes Brown. “You don’t see small, tired eyes, you just see the glasses,” she said.

Beware of the tortoise. The pattern is timeless, but a too-orange tone can make skin look sallow—especially if you fall into the fair category.

Skip the sticky stuff. The wet-eye look often created by coating shadow with gloss or Vaseline? Just don’t. “The only trend [you can’t wear with glasses] is really textural,” said Brown.

Mirror, Mirror

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bobbi-brown-lulu-frostAt a recent dinner celebrating Zac Posen, I spotted none other than Dita Von Teese’s Charlotte Olympia clutch open on the table after the plates had been cleared. As a beauty editor, that minaudière was like a magnet, drawing me in closer to discover the keys to her flawless vintage look. And while I did find (with her permission, of course) a key—likely to her apartment or hotel room—nicotine gum, a Swarovski studded e-cigarette, and red lipstick, the most interesting treasure was a spiderweb compact covered in crystals. Later in the week, Posen would post a video on Instagram (below) featuring Von Teese touching up her crimson pout and powdering her nose using said bedazzled mirror. She turned a simple and routine gesture (one normally done in the privacy of the ladies’ room) into a full-on performance. But then again, I’d expect nothing less of the burlesque dancer. If you’re in need of a party trick this holiday season, take a cue from Von Teese and dare to reapply in public. And may I suggest doing it with this flashy Lulu Frost for Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Compact in hand.

$150, saks.com

Katie Holmes Expands Partnership With Bobbi Brown; Big Surgeries, Little Results; and Burberry’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm

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holmes_resizeKatie Holmes has been on a beauty roll this year after teaming up with Bobbi Brown back in September and buying into Alterna haircare in January. In an interview with WWD today announcing the new Bobbi & Katie Collection, the actress discussed her partnership with Brown. “I’ve loved every minute of it—Bobbi is so creative and so smart. I’m very inspired by her.” The makeup artist and entrepreneur expressed equal admiration. “Katie’s not just a face, she’s a true partner,” said Brown. “She’s ridiculously beautiful, and she really has a feel for what women want and need. She has a great eye for color and design.”

A new study published this week revealed that major procedures like brow- and facelifts often make less of a difference than we’re led to believe. According to a New York Times article analyzing its findings, raters estimated patients’ ages to be about 2.1 years younger, on average, than their chronological age before surgery, and 5.2 years younger after surgery, an overall difference of 3.1 years, with minimal changes in attractiveness, for example. Shelling out all that money and going under the knife to turn back the clock just a few years seems, well, a bit more vain now.

After reassuming control of its beauty division in April, Burberry has introduced its first in-house fragrance, Brit Rhythm, which targets men who love rock ‘n’ roll. “Music has become such an integral part of our world, from the digital site that we have—Burberry Acoustic—to the things that we do at all the shows with the music team here that I set up,” said Christopher Bailey. The label’s chief creative officer continued to say that the scent captures “that kind of adrenaline feeling that you get from music. The effect of hairs rising on the back of your neck. The moment when you are anticipating your favorite band coming on, or when you are listening to a beautiful piece.”

The Fab Five: First Blush

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There’s something about spring that makes us really excited about blush—like, really excited. It’s not that we don’t use the cheek enhancer in the winter months—we do—but the experience lacks the enthusiasm with which we grab for a stick, pot, or palette of pink pigment when temperatures climb toward the 70 degree mark. Lucky for us, April’s showers have brought May flowers—and a cornucopia of flush-fashioning creams, liquids, powders, and gels to play with. Here, five of our favorite new offerings.

Sheer Genius
Estée Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush in 04 Techno Jam
As part of Lauder’s summer Cello Shots collection of gel-based, pop-y lip and cheek colors, this buildable water-light formula imparts a subtle see-through stain.

Twist and Pout
Revlon Baby Stick in Sunset
Revlon artistic director Gucci Westman’s favorite multitasking tinted balm is back for spring in a limited-edition palette of three new colors, including this transparent cerise. The emollient twist-up stick has a buttery-smooth consistency that glides on, leaving behind just a hint of dewy color. As an added bonus, the miniature tube fits nicely in any number of well-appointed bags or clutches.

Loco for Coco
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée
Josie Maran may have made Argan oil the signature ingredient in her green-leaning color collection, and there’s some of the emollient elixir in her latest launch, too. But these innovative blushes also harness the hydrating benefits of coconut water to create a new-era product that applies like a cooling cream blush with the staying power of a stain.

Powder Hour
Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Bed of Roses
This velvety compact probably has the most impressive color payoff of the bunch, but it’s not heavy—far from it. Instead, Bess’ ultrafine powder blends into the skin for a beautiful natural finish that can be worn sheer or ultra-concentrated.

Brick House
Bobbi Brown Limited-Edition Shimmer Brick Compact in Lilac Rose
For a fresh flush and a dose of illuminating radiance, nothing beats a shimmer brick. Brown’s iconic palette has gotten a frosty update for spring, featuring bright pink, golden pink, and icy pink pearl pigments housed in her signature glossy black mirrored compact.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Khroma Beauty Faces Another Setback; Nicki Minaj Creates a Fragrance Wardrobe—Literally; And More…

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Following lawsuits aplenty claiming that Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian’s makeup range, Khroma Beauty, infringed on the copyright for Kroma Makeup, which is held by a Florida-based company, a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the reality stars’ beauty venture—for now. [WWD]

In other sisters-Kardashian news, Kim has gotten blunt-cut bangs. Stop the presses. [Daily Mail]

Bobbi Brown is a big proponent of always focusing on “your beauty in the moment,” which is how she often advises clients over fifty. “Never compare to the way you used to look,” she recommends—with two exceptions: “Whiten your teeth, because yellow ones look unhealthy. Get gloss treatments to keep hair shiny and lustrous.” [AARP]

Between recording, judging American Idol, and making personal appearances, Nicki Minaj still managed to find time to…design a line of couture clothing for her Pink Friday fragrance collection, available exclusively at Selfridges. [NYDN]

Photo: Courtesy of Ulta