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If you were to apply the concepts of personal shopping, style consulting, and closet organization from fashion to beauty, you’d come up with cosmetic wardrobing—or at least the good folks at Le Métier de Beauté did when branding the new service they’re offerring exclusively at the John Barrett Salon. The niche cosmetics line that views makeup as a luxury craft rather than a vehicle for vanity, Le Métier de Beauté has conceived a bespoke beauty program, in which makeup artist Lynsey Laskowski assesses and corrects your current makeup regimen while teaching you proper application tips and doling out product recommendations. But this isn’t just about pushing product. Customers are actually encouraged to bring in their current makeup—which may or may not be silently judged (side note: There’s nothing wrong with keeping a few Wet n Wild mainstays around. They make a mean bronzer). Laskowski will then work with what you’ve got while merely offering “suggestions” for products that could “complement” your collection. Each two-hour appointment costs $400, which includes a $200 value in products. For more information or to book an appointment, call (212) 872-2700.
Long, thick, dark lashes make everyone look (and feel) better. It’s a fact. But until lash extensions come down in price and Lumigan gets FDA approval, most of us will have to be content struggling with the barely adhesive glues and difficult-to-maneuver falsies of red carpet (and drag queen) favor. There is a better way, though, thanks to Vincent Longo, whose La Dolce Vita Lash Collection is arguably one of the best on the market. One-third the size of traditional false lashes, they amplify your natural lashes in a way that is subtle but still dramatic. They also come with a specialized, exclusively formulated glue that goes on bright blue for perfect placement then dries to a clear finish. If you still can’t get them on right, though, Longo will make a house call to help guide you in the process. Seriously. He’ll be at Barneys from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow to showcase the line. Call 212-833-2654 to make an appointment.
At Wednesday night’s CMAs, country music’s finest donned their red-carpet best to honor their brightest stars. A few twang-less A-listers made special appearances as well, though, including Reese Witherspoon, who was in attendance—wearing a glorious one-shouldered Marchesa dress—as a presenter. The Avon brand ambassador was the epitome of elegance with a subtle flush and berry red lips. We tracked down celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin, who constructed the look and let us in on all the details:
“Clé de Peau Beauté makes this really great cream foundation that goes on completely flawless over well-moisturized skin. For my base, I always start with a primer, layer it with a hydrating moisturizer, and then apply the foundation.”
“Reese is an Avon girl and whenever we do photo shoots with them, they give me a bunch of makeup—which is how I discovered that they have this gorgeous cheek color called Icy Petal. I just tapped my middle finger on the top of the blush stick and then tapped it onto her cheeks.”
Get the look: Be Blushed Cheek Color in Icy Petal, $8, www.avon.com.
“To keep it super-elegant, you have to focus your energy in one place. So we couldn’t do a dark eye with the bright lip. I tried to work with a few different golds and pinks, starting with the colors in Chanel’s Beiges de Chanel eye shadow quad. I used the lightest shimmery beige on the inside of Reese’s eyes and the medium brown color on the center of her lids. Then I used Avon’s Professional Eyeshadow line by Jillian Dempsey to create a subtle smoky eye—in which I took an angled brush to apply the earthy maroon color in the trio as a liner, blending it with a taupe-y shimmer. Then I just used a few coats of Kevin Aucoin mascara in black.”
Get the look: Les 4 Ombres de Chanel in Beiges de Chanel, $56, www.chanel.com; Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eyeshadow in Pebble Wash Trio, $9, www.avon.com Kevin Aucoin the Mascara, $25, www.drugstore.com.
“When it comes to reds, there’s no one but Chanel. This color is a beautiful shade called Lover. When I gave Reese a mirror she gasped, Ooooh!”
Get the look: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color in Lover, $30, www.chanel.com.
Rochelle Rae (the Texas-based makeup artist, not an alias for the popular Food Network star of similar name) used the renowned humidity of Austin in the summer as inspiration when formulating her eponymous, mineral-based product line. In addition to powders, tints, and eyeshadows that provide great coverage, Rae Cosmetics are derived from natural ingredients and—get this—are completely water-resistant. Thanks to trace elements of zinc oxide in the range, which also boasts vitamins and antioxidants like ginko biloba, ginseng, and chamomile, you can literally sweat the small stuff and not have to worry about streaking or creasing.
Monica Cruz (sister of Penelope, if their nearly identical faces didn’t tip you off to her blood ties) went for a combination of biker-chic and high-glamour at the runway presentation of her spring collection for Spanish retail giant Mango last night. Sporting perfectly matte red lips, some serious black liner, and a backcombed half-up/half-down, she was equal parts flamenco dancer and Brigitte Bardot in that video she did for the song, “Harley-Davidson.” Since it’s near impossible to pass judgment on anything the sisters Cruz choose to do stylistically, we’ll just say that we found the whole look a bit too fall for the occasion, but hey, if looking this good means shirking certain seasonal dress codes, sign us up.