September 1 2014

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Lipsticks Spring Forward


The giddy rush that your regular Beauty Counter correspondent and nail art pioneer, Celia Ellenberg, gets every time a new polish lands on her desk is precisely how I feel about lipstick. I may have makeup cases overflowing with tubes of every shade and brand, but still, each time I twist open a new bullet I can’t help but feel a tinge of excited anticipation. Red, in its myriad incarnations, is my constant go-to hue, but once spring arrives I like to broaden my palette. With that in mind, I have, after tireless testing, managed to narrow down my favorite spring lipstick releases. Here, the top ten.
Julie Hewett Jacqueline Bijou Lipstick

A pale pinky lilac inspired by a vintage photo of Jackie O.

Shu Uemura Égérie Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Nude Beige

A classic cool nude that feels very sixties Shrimpton; for maximum effect, pair with a heavy, smoky eye.

Lancôme Color Design Matte Lipstick in Posh Pink

With none of the moisture-zapping chalkiness of its matte lipstick counterparts, the best new shade of the Mix & Matte collection is a clean, bright fuchsia.
$22, exclusively at Macy’s and

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Colour in Berry Queen

A punchy, berry shade that is more pink than red; at a mere $7, it’s the perfect cheap thrill.
$7, at drugstores.

Josie Maran Argan-Infused Lipstick in Bambolina

A true cotton candy pink that’s totally natural, so your tendency to lick off your lip color won’t be such a bad thing.

YSL Rouge Volupté in Rose Paris

Don’t be fooled by the name; this is no rose. More like a flashy orange-pink hybrid.

NARS Lipstick in Cruising

A dusty rose-tinged beige inspired by Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade.

Guerlain Rouge G Le Brillant in Brit

A sparkling light pink that has the signature, ridiculously delicious Guerlain lipstick scent.

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Coral

Research has shown that lipstick is an instant mood-lifter, and this intense orangey coral is like happiness in tube form.

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Grape

Purple lipstick has graced many a runway; this deep grape is sheer, so it doesn’t feel too goth-y, making it a great darker hue for spring.


I’m Making My List…


There are certain items I absolutely never tire of receiving as holiday gifts—all manner of woolly socks, beautiful coffee-table books, and, unsurprisingly, pretty much anything beauty-related. Here are the five products topping my list this season.

Fresh Sake Experience Gift Set

Japanese geishas reportedly relied on sake as an important part of their extensive beauty rituals, and after soaking in Fresh’s Sake Bath, you’ll understand why. Bonus: The bottle looks lovely on your shower shelf. $95, at

NARS Plein Eté Mini Multiple Set

You know what’s even better than one NARS Multiple? Three. $45, at

YSL Touche Éclat

One word: perfection. Touche Éclat remains the product whose praises I sing more than any other, so it’s a permanent fixture on my wish list. $40, at Bloomingdale’s.

Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Shimmer Treatment Lipstick

My tube of Medieval is down to the final nubbin; it’s time to replace it with another of Poppy King’s lip accoutrements. I have a feeling her new Butterfly Ball in shimmering sheer red Moment will do the trick. $20, at Barneys New York.

Euphoria Gift Certificate

Step foot into this shoebox-size spa in Tribeca, and you won’t want to leave. A gift certificate for one of its signature Hydra Fresh Facials, a soothing remedy for clogged and dehydrated skin, is the ultimate little luxury.

Your Nail Polish Has A Shelf Life. Sad, But True


On a typical Sunday afternoon in our apartment (football on the TV, girl friends perusing our beauty coffers on the kitchen table), an interesting conversation took place about nail polish. That’s right, we don’t just write about beauty, we live it. Everyone admitted to stockpiling bottles of lacquer in cabinets, drawers, and boxes—anywhere you can safely store limited-edition Chanel offerings and go-to colors from Essie, Nars, OPI, and Zoya—but there was bit of indecision among us as to how long we could feasibly keep up the hoarding before these backstocks go bad. And so, reinforcements were called in via e-mail. “Two years,” says Dashing Diva’s head nail tech, Pattie Yankee, who explained that after that time, polishes have a tendency to become thick, sticky, and stringy. Yankee recommends keeping your stash in a cool place and flipping the bottles from right side up to upside down every couple of months to keep them at their best. As for the urban legend that refrigeration will keep that bottle of Jade alive forever, no such luck. “It will not extend the life, but it will keep it consistent,” Yankee says. If you love something, let it go…

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The Citizens Band Finds Beauty In The Recession


The Citizens Band’s performances have come to represent more than just an opportunity to see well-choreographed political satire in cabaret form. The singing, dancing, and acrobatic extravaganza that stars a rotating cast of a few of our favorite fashion and Hollywood notables has become something of a beauty showcase as well. Backstage, James Boehmer, international lead stylist for NARS Cosmetics, is frequently charged with crafting dramatic makeup schemes to help further the plot line of each show. For “The Debt Rattle”, the Citizens’ eighth original show, which premiered last night at the Henry Street Settlement and runs through Saturday, Boehmer transformed the likes of Sarah Sophie Flicker, Karen Elson, and Zoë Kravitz into Depression-era ragamuffins who have taken shelter from the economic storm in an auditorium promising food, warmth, and prize money if they can best their competitors. To translate all of that into cosmetic form, Boehmer took inspiration from illustrations of 1920′s Paris burlesque girls, Weimar Berlin, and a little Jane Fonda. “The show borrows from the Jane Fonda movie They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? about a desperate dance marathon during the Depression, so we decided to make everyone a bit tired around the eyes,” Boehmer explained. This meant starting individual eye makeup applications with a black base using NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardos and adding definition with a black pencil. To sculpt and highlight the area, Boehmer then added shimmery and glittery colors on top so they would “pop,” like NARS new Soft Touch Shadow Pencils in Aigle Noir, a gold-flecked onyx, and Goddess, a glistening pink Champagne. “I’m obsessed with Biba,” Boehmer added. “So there are elements of that in the makeup, too. It’s all about reinterpreting great heroines of the past—Theda Bara, Garbo, Jean Harlow—but with a late-1960′s spin.” As for the skin, Boehmer did a lot of shaping and sculpting with NARS Multiple Bronzer and opted for Velvet Matte Lip Pencils over lipstick for added staying power. The rest is just showmanship. “Add some glitter, sequins, rhinestones, false eyelashes and then it starts to feel about right!” Click here for show times and ticket information.

Photo: Jason Rodgers

Roksanda Ilincic, The Cure To Our Labor Day Blues


We spent Labor Day weekend mourning what has to be one of the shortest summers of all time. The one thing that eased our pain was the masterful fall look that designer Roksanda Ilincic wore to the annual Bistrotheque Drag Ball at The Royal Opera House in London. Ilincic complimented her belted fur dress with a beautiful berry lip that skirted the line between aubergine and wine, and managed to actually get us excited for the cooler temperatures that are to come. Try NARS’ new sheer Fast Ride to get her pout at home. (That perfect alabaster complexion, however, is slightly harder to duplicate.) Are you ready for fall’s color palette, or are you still holding on to the bronzes and brights of summer?

Photo: Simon James / Wire Image