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The Beauty of Understated Statement Makeup


In this, the age of the statement-lip and nail-art resurgence, I find myself more and more choosing subtlety over extravagance. Call it an austerity measure; as much as I’ve loved glossy fuchsia pout perfectors and contrasting hand designs etched with polish pens in the past, I have a hard time getting excited about them these days, drawn instead to cosmetics that enhance, rather than overpower. It’s precisely because of this that Dior’s new Lip and Nail Glow have found a special place in my product arsenal. Meant to slightly bump up the natural pink color of your lips and tips, the Nail Glow applies with a shiny rose finish that provides an impossibly healthy quality, while the Lip Glow serves a similar purpose, albeit in emollient gloss form. Both are impactful, without ever being over-the-top—which reminds me of a very quotable sound bite Guido Palau once gave me backstage at Saint Laurent, circa Fall 2011: “It’s the little things that give the big kind of chicness.”

Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty

Arch Madness


Remember last month, when we were extolling the virtues of the Diorshow Art Pen that Pat McGrath used to create those painfully perfect cat-eyes backstage at Raf Simons’ Spring Couture show? Turns out, it’s more versatile than previously thought. Behold, makeup artist Yadim’s impressive wielding of the tiny tool, which provided French stunner Marie Piovesan with some seriously avant-garde arches in next month’s issue of Interview Germany—a friendly reminder that it’s called makeup artistry for a reason.

Photo: Ben Hassett Interview Germany, May 2013

The Fab Five: Satin-Finish Lipsticks


In today’s world of lipstick domination, the myriad product options can be dizzying. Between stains, lip tars, lipsticks, and lip balms—not to mention finishes that include shiny, matte, shimmering, and glossy—the options are literally endless. Satin finishes have caught our eye recently, though, boasting a semimatte texture that offers a best-of-all-worlds solution to the long-standing lip-color debate. “Satin-finish lipsticks do not have a lot of shine to them, which makes them different from a creamy or glossy texture,” explains NARS national makeup artist Francelle Daly. “They have a bit of moisture in the formula to help glide on the lip, but it’s not 100 percent matte, either. This makes it easier to apply, and they tend to stay put without drying out.” If this sounds like the kind of compromise you’ve been looking for, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite satin-finish ’sticks to help spread the lip love.

Peaches and Cream
Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meg
The beauty of a satin lipstick is that it feels so good. This hydrating formula contains Cupuaçu butter from Brazil to keep lips supersoft, and has a thicker formula than other satin lipsticks.

Think Pink
Lipstick Queen Saint in Bright Rose
Lipstick Queen creator Poppy King is known for her obsession with lipsticks, and her unique, cult-loved formulas. Her sheer, silky Saint line contains the same colors as her Sinner collection, but with 90 percent less pigment. Don’t let that fool you, though; one application is enough to provide full coverage to lips.

Vine Time
NARS Satin Finish Lip Pencil in Majella
There’s nothing better than a multitasking beauty product, and this lipstick-in-a-pencil means you can skip the liner and still achieve a perfect pout. The formula is incredibly silky and easy to apply, and can be patted off for a stain effect if full-on color isn’t your thing.

The Okay Coral
Dior Addict Lipstick in Exotique, available in May
With spring (hopefully!) right around the corner, this new tulip-pink hue is the ideal addition to your makeup bag. The super-sheer formula delivers an almost dewy texture to lips, and is so light that you almost forget you’re wearing it!

Berry Best
Chanel Rouge Allure in Envoutant
Chanel’s latest offering delivers their most moisturizing formula to date. The rich plummy hue goes on sheer yet is heavily pigmented, so two coats will give you full coverage.

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Dior Solves The Cat-Eye Conundrum


When the models walked out at Raf Simons Spring Dior Couture show, their makeup caused just as may gasps as the beautiful gowns—with pockets!—that Simons sent onto the runway. “Are those…crystals? On their lips?” many in the audience wondered of the texturized shine flickering on models’ mouths (they were), which was followed by a few awe-inspired coos over some of the most precise flicked-up cat-eyes on record. How were they created? With the Diorshow Art Pen, we’d learn later, which was but a dream back in January. This month, however, the rich onyx felt-tip pen with the perfect point hit shelves making gorgeous winged liner applications newly possible—but not necessarily any easier; the essential tool gives you everything you need to expertly rim your upper lash line, except, of course, an expert hand. When paired with another new release form the brand, however, that shouldn’t matter much. Dior’s Flash Corretor Pen is so genius, we squealed a little as we removed it from its glossy black box. The double-sided wand features a makeup remover-soaked eraser tip on one side, and three replacement heads on the other, so you can sculpt any semblance of a straight stroke into a real, runway-ready achievement. Bonus: The life-altering stick also works wonders on the lip line and underneath lids to catch mascara smudges throughout the day.

Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty

Tattoo You


New Year’s Eve offers up a prime opportunity for out-of-the-box beauty as the pressure of concentrated, holiday family time fades away and an excuse to have an all-out party emerges in its place. Seeing how our main objective on December 31 is to find a sweaty dance party, we usually like to keep the actual makeup to a minimum. But there’s still plenty of room for ornamentation. Last year, we borrowed Pat McGrath’s halved sequins look from the Spring 2012 Givenchy show, and this year, we’re looking to Dior for our late-night embellishments of choice. As part of its divine Grand Bal collection, the brand has debuted a booklet of Golden Tattoos that were conceived by Christian Dior jewelry designer, Camille Miceli. The 24-karat-gold leaf patterns form chain link necklaces, bracelets, rings, charms, and one incredibly chic “clasped” bangle, that we imagine will kill on our upper arm as we tear up the dance floor to any number of pop-radio hits. (We love conceptual indie rock as much as the next girl, but it’s Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Ke$ha that gets our body moving.) Happy New Year!

Photo: Courtesy of Dior Beauty