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Reminiscing With…Molly R. Stern About Soft Lips and French Kissing


dr-pepperThe pro: Molly R. Stern, makeup artist and designer of the fashion collection m.r.s.

The product: “Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker is one of the best lip balms out there. It has a beautiful sheer tint. Growing up in L.A., I felt a little bit sophisticated when I wore it at age 13. In fact, I had it on the first time I was French-kissed. I remember it so clearly: I was behind the bungalows at Emerson Middle School in Westwood with my boyfriend, David McCoy. I put on the lip balm and asked him, ‘Do you want to taste it?’ [laughs] I still use this Lip Smacker; it makes me feel young and sexy at the same time. It reminds me of that special moment when you’re coming into your own. I’ll often run onto set with this lip balm since it just gives a juiciness to the lips, with a slight reddish-brown tint. And yes, it smells—and tastes—like soda pop!”

Anne Hathaway’s Vision Quest


It was a simple contact solution mishap that led to Anne Hathaway’s much discussed, er, spectacle at the Rio premiere yesterday in L.A. Having run out of her go-to bottle of cleansing fluid, the star had a pal pick up reinforcements, but the friend brought back the wrong brand. “It was a last-minute decision. She put her glasses on and we were all like, ‘You should just wear your glasses!” Hathaway’s makeup artist Molly Stern said. And so Hathaway stuck with her trusty, thick-rimmed frames—and Stern sprung into action, working some glasses-centric face-painting magic. “You’re framing your eye as if it’s a piece of art, so you have room to play around more,” Stern said of the extra helping of NARS Eyeshadow in Daphne—a deep violet—that she scrawled across Hathaway’s lash lines before adding multiple coats of its Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara. Stern’s other tips for complexion perfection with glasses: a bit of blush on the apples of the cheeks blended out toward the temple (she likes NARS’ new peachy shade, dubbed Sex Appeal) and a “fun” lip, like NARS new Velvet Matte Lipstick in Mayflower, due out this summer. What do you think: two thumbs up for Hathaway’s four-eyed look?

Photo: Jeffrey Mayer / Getty Images

Maggie Gyllenhaal Gets Saucy


Maggie Gyllenhaal has always championed the lip color/cheek stain combo, so it came as no surprise that the actress sported her signature rosy look to the Nanny McPhee Returns premiere in New York last night. What was a surprise, however, was the lipstick that makeup artist Molly Stern used to give Gyllenhaal a good helping of 1920′s glamour (the perfect complement to the actress’ newly bobbed wavy locks): That would be Saucy Plum, the latest shade from CoverGirl’s Outlast Lipstaincollection. Yes, dear readers; a product that costs a mere $8 provided the deep burgundy hue that appears before you due left. The addition of Chantecaille’s Aqua Blush in Daring was a little much for our taste, as we’re purists when it comes to a statement lip, but we’re definitely feeling that reddish/berry color—perhaps even more than Gyllenhaal’s usual reliance on pout pigment of the watermelon-pink variety. You too?

Photo: Peter Kramer / AP Photo

How To Get Maggie’s Melon Mouth


We talked about her draped, asymmetrical Vionnet dress on Style File yesterday, but today we’d like to delve a little deeper in our quest to understand Maggie Gyllenhaal’s love of the watermelon lip, which she wore yet again at last night’s premiere of Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang in London. “Maggie loves a throwback Hollywood red lip, but isn’t afraid to modernize it by turning up the bright volume,” makeup artist Molly Stern, who frequently works with Gyllenhaal, told us. “She’s not afraid to be bold.” And how—have you seen Secretary? If you want to emanate your own bit of Maggie-style moxie, Stern recommends trying CoverGirl’s Outlast Lipstain in Plum Pout topped off with a sheer lip balm like La Mer’s for a matte-yet-moisturized finish. What do you think about the color?

Photo: Nick Sadler / Startraks Photo

Makeup Bag Check: Amy Adams


In search of inspiration for Amy Adams’ red-carpet look at the Julie & Julia New York premiere last night, CoverGirl makeup artist Molly Stern looked no further than the actress’ full-length Carolina Herrera gown. “It always seems that inspiration ends up coming from the dress,” Stern said of the charcoal-and-white-patterned floor-length number that was speckled with gold beading. Borrowing from that color palette, Stern went for a steel and copper smoky lid using a combination of Shu Uemura’s Cream Eye Shadow in P Taupe, Vincent Longo’s Liquid Eye Shadow in Silky Orange, and NARS Eye Shadow Duo in Brumes, dabbing a “smidge” of a Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in ME Gold 350 on the inner corners to highlight. After a few coats of CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Mascara in Black Sapphire, Stern warmed up Adams’ ivory skin with a peachy cheek courtesy of CoverGirl Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Plush Peach. A golden amber lip painted with CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Cinnamon Smile completed the look, with a dab of YSL Golden Gloss over top to provide a flashbulb-friendly glimmer.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris /Wire Image