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Bold-Eyeshadow-Summer-2012-Trend-Runway.jpgWant to know how to look beautiful—and totally on trend this summer? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you the beauty trends you need to know about and incorporate into your routine, stat—and the products that will give you the looks in a flash.

Up first? Brightly hued eye makeup. We’re talking green and blue, sure … but it’s going so much further than that this season. Think red, think orange, think yellow, think the entire color wheel and the entire rainbow! From Moschino Cheap and Chic and Vivienne Westwood Red Label to Miu Miu and Rebecca Taylor, eyes were the focus on the runways. This look definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is a ton of fun with only a couple sweeps of an eyeshadow brush.

To get the look, try these eyeshadows!

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Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
We especially love the bright purple, turquoise and orange shades of this creamy gel formula.
$6.99 each at drugstore.com

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Cherry
If you really want to make a statement, there’s no bolder color than red. And why should this color be restricted to your lips and tips?
$5 at nyxcosmetics.com

M.A.C Electric Eel Eyeshadow
This super-bright turquoise is a cult favorite for a reason. The satin finish is unbelievably pigmented and makes your eyes the focal point of any room.
$15 at maccosmetics.com

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
What could be better than one bright shadow? How about two? This palette contains a shimmering chartreuse and electric cobalt that will both really make your eyes pop—and are extremely versatile.
$34 at barneys.com

Runway photos via style.com.
Benefit-Blush-Lip-Gloss.jpgDon’t you love when blushes and lipglosses go together like peanut butter and jelly? We sure do. And, apparently, so does Benefit, because the brand’s new lipglosses perfectly match their Box O’Powders!

The six shades in the collection are most certainly a match made in heaven. Each blush and lipgloss complement and match each other, so your lips and cheeks will be in perfect harmony! Choose from the following shades:

CORALista (sheer coral)
Dandelion (soft pearly pink)
Dallas (dusty rose)
Sugarbomb (shimmering pinky nude)
Bella Bamba (sheer bright watermelon)
Hoola (shimmering golden nude)

We love all six just for the fun names alone! It’s just a bonus that they all make your lips and cheeks look amazing, too.

Benefit Box O’Powders retail for $28 each. Benefit Lip Glosses retail for $16 each. Snap them all up at benefitcosmetics.com.

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lancome-golden-hat-powder.jpgKate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation has teamed up with Lancôme to create a truly beautiful limited edition holiday offering. The line features a shimmery face powder (Poudre Lumière), a stunning, bright red lipstick (L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor) and petite-sized nail polishes (Mini Le Vernis) in pink and red. I’m sure these products are going to be a smashing success, and I have to admit I’m totally smitten with the golden fedora (the symbol of the Golden Hat Foundation) emblem on the Poudre Lumière. According to their Facebook page, “The Golden Hat Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers for people with autism around the world, and creating an environment that holds these individuals as intellectually capable.” I commend Kate Winslet on her passionate service to the autistic community!

The Poudre Lumière is available for $42 from Nordstrom.com. Find out more about the Golden Hat Foundation by visiting their website.


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Over the years, I’ve tried many cosmetic lines, but the one that I inevitably come back to is Laura Mercier. In particular, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, by far two of the best products available for natural flawless-looking skin. According to Laura Mercier, the key to making your skin look perfect is to enhance your natural beauty. Here are her 4 simple steps to the flawless face:

Step 1: Prime the Skin

Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application, ensuring freshness and long-lasting color. There are 5 formulas to choose from based on your skin’s needs (I have dry skin, so my favorite is the Hydrating formula). Laura’s tip: place your primer in the refrigerator before use to help refresh skin and reduce puffiness.

Step 2: Apply Foundation

There are several types of foundation available, but the key to looking as natural as possible is to use only where needed or in layers to provide buildable coverage. My favorite is the Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 which provides sheer, natural-looking coverage — just enough to eliminate redness while letting my natural skin show through. Plus, it keeps my dry skin looking soft and dewy.

Step 3: Conceal

Laura Mercier’s famed Secret Camouflage and Secret Concealer are loved by almost every makeup artist I’ve ever met — and with good reason! When applied with a concealer brush, undereye circles and skin imperfections vanish.Laura’s tip: Apply concealer in the best available natural daylight.

Step 4: Set with Powder

Translucent Loose Setting Powder has no color so it won’t distort the color of your makeup. A light dusting helps set your makeup for a longer lasting finish. (Note: since my skin tends to be really dry and flakey, I typically skip this step in the fall and winter.)

After happily rediscovering these tried and true favorites, they’ve earned a permanent spot in my daily makeup routine!


Laura believes there are four steps to create a flawless face—primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder. Each product has been specifically developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, yet natural-looking complexion.

For more information on Laura’s flawless philosophy and tips on how to use each product within each step is located here.

Find your perfect products to create your ultimate flawless face using our flawless face finder.

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