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Beauty: For The People, By The Pros

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Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.

Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.

What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”

Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.

Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.

What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”

By Kilian Solid Perfume, $95 each, www.saks.com; Fresh Brown Sugar Affair Gift Set,
$50, www.fresh.com.

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J.Crew X Poppy King

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Avid readers of the J.Crew catalog have likely noticed a certain constant of late, aside from its reliable selection of chinos and an increasingly impressive collection of accessories. That’d be a specific shade of orangey-red lipstick, frequently donned by models like Mona Johannesson and Jacquelyn Jablonski. “There has been this cult following with the color,” makeup maven Poppy King says of the fiery hue—which is precisely why J.Crew decided to collaborate with King to turn the custom pigment “concocted” on set into a marketable, in-house lip color. “They wanted to do it with someone who really knows their stuff,” King says, tooting her own horn a bit for good reason. A veteran of the beauty industry, King has become a resource for all things pout-enhancing since launching her mouth-centric product range, Lipstick Queen, in 2006. But experience aside, this particular shade of papaya stumped her. “It was one of the most labor-intensive shades I’ve ever done,” she admits. “Initially I did it as a red base and put orange in it. But it just wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it. So I flipped it, doing an orange and putting a little red into it.” The result is a highly wearable version of the catalog mainstay that’s slightly sheer—”I wanted the natural lip color to show through underneath so it’s not garish,” King says—with a touch of shimmer to provide dimension. “It’s like a really chic tinted lip balm and it suits every single person, like a mood ring!” She’s not kidding. The color is so universally flattering, it sold out almost instantly when it was quietly released on J.Crew’s Web site last week. But a new shipment is a-coming—as are other collaborative efforts from King. September will see the debut of her four-color lipstick range for Kate Spade, and “The Magic of Lipsticks” collection inspired by Bakelite jewelry that she created for Boots No. 7 hits Target stores in November. “I’m kind of having a little bit of a moment,” King jokes justifiably. It’s about time, if you ask us.

Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew

Taylor Swift Is Wonderstruck; Kate Spade Puckers Up; And More…

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It was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift got her own signature scent. Wonderstruck, a freesia, green tea, apple blossom, honeysuckle, vanilla, and peach fragrance licensed by Elizabeth Arden, will be released this October. [WWD]

Swift will be playing catch-up as far as sales records are concerned. Justin Bieber’s Someday is on track to become the bestselling fragrance of 2011. [NYDN]

Attention makeup fans: Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King has collaborated with Kate Spade on four lipstick/lip gloss hybrids to be released this Fall. “This isn’t about a wholehearted jump into the color-cosmetics space,” Kate Spade’s creative director, Deborah Lloyd, said. Too bad; our mind is already reeling with thoughts of a Kate Spade lash-curling mascara. [Elle UK]

In addition to its brand spankin’ new nail-art collab with London-based manicurist Sophy Robson, Sephora has just announced plans to open in-store nail bars with XpresSpa later this month, which means you can now get a fresh paint job while shopping for your favorite foundations and concealers. [WWD]

Photo: Jordan Strauss / WireImage / Getty Images

The Bettencourts Settle; A Lift On The Liquids Ban; And More…

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Wondering what time is the right time to go under the knife? 52 years, 41 weeks, and four days, turns out. [StyleList]

After three years of back-and-forth legal battles that rocked L’Oréal—and sent shockwaves through the French government as well—Françoise Bettencourt Meyers has dropped all of the charges against her mother, 88-year-old L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. We’re going to guess that it will take more than a mother-daughter spa day to patch up that relationship. [WWD]

It’s not exactly WikiLeaks, but Lipstick Queen founder Poppy King does spill some of the beauty biz’s secrets in the Huffington Post. Like, for example, did you know that the fuzzy tip on your lip gloss wand is called a “doe foot”? Scan-da-lous. [HuffPo]

London’s Gatwick Airport is planning to lift its ban on liquids in carry-on items as soon as next year—which means we will be avoiding Heathrow when crossing the pond at all costs. A return to traveling with full-sized face wash and toner? Dreams can come true! [FHR]

Photo: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

The “Best Lipstick For Denim” Mystery Has Been Solved

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The burning question of what lip color works best with jeans never really struck me as a universal quandary, but if the myriad of recent denim-inspired pout perfectors to hit the beauty counter is any indication, all of womankind wants to know. Bobbi Brown and Victoria’s Secret have already weighed in, and the latest beauty guru to mouth off on the issue is none other than Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King. “I am so sick of shimmery nude lip gloss’ hold on denim,” King says of the impetus behind her new Jean Queen range, which includes a yellow-based, pink hued lipstick and gloss to offset denim’s deep blues “without looking sugary and without a dot of glitter!” Shades of rose are a common thread among all three releases, which would seem to provide a unanimous answer to those of you still clueless about how best to accessorize your Levi’s.

Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen