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Fall and winter makeup trends are a bit at extremes lately. Minimalism vs. va-va-voom. To get a simple look with some pizazz, a bright, yet smokey bronze eye is the perfect middle ground for those who can’t choose. Leading ladies such as Diane Kruger and Claire Danes rock the copper lids, and we’re here to show you what you need to be a golden goddess like them. Bonus: you only need two products! 

1. Apply your chosen foundation or tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone. 

2. With Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze ($38, sephora.com), apply the top four colors to your blush brush, and lightly apply to the cheeks of your apples.

3. Sweep the light highlighter (top) shadow from your lash line to your brow bone to brighten up your eye.

4. Continue by applying the copper hue (third color) onto your entire lid, and slightly below your lower lash line.

5. Blend the darkest brown copper hue (fifth color) into your outer crease to deepen the look slightly.

6. Wet a liner brush, and apply the same brown copper hue to your inner lash line - top and bottom - smudging slightly to create a smokey effect.

7. Finish your eye with two to three quotes of L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes ($7.99, target.com). 


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ISAAC-MIZRAHI-SPRING-RTW-2011-BACKSTAGE-027_runway.jpgBackstage at Issac Mizrahi’s Spring/Summer 2011 show, the look was intentionally mussed, as if the girls had started out polished, then had slept in their hair and over-painted their lips.

MAKEUP: Using all Shiseido products, artist Dick Page first smoothed skin with foundation before powdering. Mizrahi wanted the girls to look “pure” and “blank”, aside from the sharp brows and attention grabbing lips. The rest of the face was kept bare, brows were filled in, and lashes were given a coat of black mascara. The focus was on bright, coral lips, applied with a brush and extended beyond the lip line.

HAIR: Eugene Souleiman for Wella gathered hair into a pony, flipped, and sprayed with hairspray for texture. He then backcombed the ends of the ponytail and pinned into place, for a mussed, slept-in appearance. Souleiman described the hair as “ladylike, but trashed and a bit quirky.”

NAILS: Mizrahi told the nail team he wanted “mannequin hands” like a “perfect Barbie” with polish that made the nails an extension of the skin. CND’s Wanda Ruiz coated nails with one coat of Desert Suede, a creamy nude, and followed with two coats of Super Matte Top Coat for a fleshy look.

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photos via elle.com

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If there is a starlet that rocks the winged eyeliner look fabulously again and again and again…and again, it’s Lauren Conrad. It’s her signature, and she does it so well. If you’re anything like us, the winged eyeliner has been attempted several times with many, many failures. Most times, we end up looking like Amy Winehouse, minus the beehive and the pink satin ballet slippers. But it doesn’t have to be that way! 

On several Fall Fashion Week runways, the winged eye was sported (at times completely out-of-this-world exaggerated, but winged, nonetheless). Plus, with the uber popularity of retro TV series Mad Men, this swooped eye look is everywhere. 

The key to achieving this mod, ladylike look is a good liquid liner (like Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen for $22), a steady hand, and keeping the rest of your eye makeup very light (or non-existent). 

For the rest, follow these quick (and we promise, easy) steps:

1. Apply your base/foundation/powder as usual.

2. Curl your lashes and apply mascara, focusing on your top lashes. 

3. Take your liquid liner and create pin-sized dots between your lashes on your lash line, and then connect them (this will help prevent the normal gap between your liner, and your eyelid that usually looks amateur.)

4. Steady your arm, and create a thin line with your liquid eyeliner at the base of your lashes (this should bring the line you already created between your lashes up onto your eyelid.)

5. On the outer half of your eyelid, create a slightly thicker line with your eyeliner, and in one swoop, slightly curve outward as soon as you get to the end of your eyelid. (Try to get it in one go, because once you start building it up, it’s hard to keep it clean.) 

6. Finish your face off with some slight bronzer or blush, and keep your lips neutral. 
Nothing screams confident, sexy and bold better than a woman sporting red lipstick. Thankfully, vampy pouts are coming back with a vengeance for fall. Seen on gorgeous celebs like Jessica Alba, Jennie Garth and Kim Kardashian, the key to looking chic and elegant with bold crimson lips is to keep the rest of your face clean and simple. Mascara and light liner is all you need to complete your confident look. 

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If the idea of going out with scarlet lips leaves you running for the nude-mouthed hills, don’t fear. Follow our five quick tips to maximize your crimson pout. 

1. Red lipstick has a knack for creeping out of the lines. Keep it in place by priming the outer edges of your mouth with concealer. 

2. If the shade of red you purchased looked great in the store, but didn’t quite live up to your expectations at home, don’t run out to return it. Add a gold-toned gloss to tone it down, or add a light pink gloss to cool down the hue. 

3. Red lips may be sexy, but red teeth certainly are not. Always finish off an application by popping your index finger in your mouth, lightly pressing down your lips, and slowly pulling it out. 

4. Such a bold color must be applied precisely, so take special care when putting on your lipstick. A small lip brush works well for this. 

5. We’ve said it once, but we’ll say it again. Keep the rest of your face simple to put your best, sexy face forward. 
Tarte-Amazonian-Clay-Passport-to-the-Amazon-20.jpgOverplucked, over waxed, abused brows? Tarte to the rescue!

The brand’s new amazonian clay-infused brow mousse is a DREAM and comes in Taupe, Medium Brown, or Rich Brown. The waterproof formula glides on, blends softly for a natural look, and is nearly undetectable.

To use, brush brow hair in the direction of growth with a brow brush, then begin filling in sparse areas with an angled brush swiped in emphasEYES brow mousse. Brush brows back into place to blend and set.

Available at tarte.com.


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