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Yes, you read that correctly. Nars Cosmetics will introduce his new Pro Prime line with a campaign fronted by none other than his own adorable pooch, Marcel.

nars-pro-prime-590.jpgPro Prime, which is designed to smooth skin, fill in fine lines, and keep makeup in place, launches on May 1st at Sephora with two products, Skin Smoothing Face Prep and Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Face Prep, an innovative new type of primer, is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and is infused with film-former and anti-caking agents that create a temporary barrier on the skin to ensure instant smoothness. Eyeshadow Base uses a combination of polymers and mineral powder and helps prevent smudging, creasing and caking of powder and cream eye shadow formulas.

In the campaign, the wrinkled face of possibly the cutest french bulldog in history stares from the ad wearing only a furry collar and his golden name tag, accompanied by the quote “More than a Pretty Face”. Nars plans to release more photos of Marcel in the coming weeks, along with tips on keeping your makeup long lasting, on their Facebook page. Become a fan here, if you can stand the cute overload.

Available May 1st, at Sephora.
 
If you’re one of the thousands upon thousands of people making the trek out to the California desert this weekend for Coachella, then please remember to protect your skin! This season is shaping up to be slightly cooler than most (like high 80s vs. high 100s), but you’ll still need to make a conscious effort to stay protected.

Here are a couple SPF-infused ideas:

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From left: Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15, $9.50 Nordstrom.com, Murad Age-Proof Suncare Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30, $30 Beauty.com, Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45, $30  Sephora, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $42 Sephora.



Q. I have really bad dark circles and have tried every eye cream to get rid of them. I use a heavy Mac concealer to hide them but still not satisfied. Do you recommend anything that can get rid of them or brighten them? I want the under eye area to glow like all the models on the magazines. Do you have any recommendations?

th.bmpA. In a perfect world we’d all get enough sleep and always look fresh and rested. Of course that almost never happens, so we did some research for you.

First, the basics- make sure you stay well hydrated, get as much rest as you can (but not TOO much!), and reduce salt intake… after all, bags are really just fluid retention around the eye area that causes swelling, which in turn crates shadows and “darkness”. In most cases the dark circles are blood vessels that can be seen through the skin, and nothing short of laser procedures to break up the pigmentation are going to get rid of them.

You can MASK them with concealer, and also with products made to reduce puffiness caused by lack of sleep, illness, or allergies— all of which cause the eye area to swell which in turn draw attention to the dark areas. For these, you don’t need anti-aging eye creams loaded with wrinkle reducers… a simple, lightweight cream or gel with caffeine (caffeine constricts blood vessels, making them appear less prominent) should do the trick. We really like rollerballs, like the Garnier Nutritioniste Anti Puff Eye Roller. The bonus of the roller ball  is that it gently massages the area, breaking up the pocket of collected fluid and alleviating the darkness.

To conceal, we swear by Lancomes Effacernes. Highly pigmented, thin and buildable so it never cakes, and best of all- WATERPROOF. A bit pricey for some at almost $30 a tube, but you use so little to get great coverage that a tube seriously lasts a year or more. If you need something heavier, check out this post we did last week on SmartCover. It seriously covers EVERYTHING.

(On a side note, anemia can also cause darkness under the eye, so if you’re feeling tired all of the time— it may not be lack of sleep. It might be worth it to have a check up and ask the doctor to check your iron levels.)

Hope that helped!
Whether or not you’re into fake eyelashes (they can have their shortcomings) — these adorable Models Own False Fashion Lashes are a fun and very affordable way to fancy up your lashes. We’re loving the Black Bead and Silver Bead Lash. Just enough flair w/out being over-the-top, and at $8.50 a pair — well worth a try! Asos.com.

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On a similar note, if you’re craving even more eyelash edge, check out these artful paper lashes we spotted on Style Bubble.

Q. I love all the fun funky bright nail colors for spring, but I work in a very conservative law office and having green or blue nails really isn’t an option.  I tried this once with a gorgeous deep blue Chanel polish, and caught endless grief over it.  Is there a nail color you recommend that is both on-trend and yet office appropriate?

A. Yes! The hottest trend in nail color for Spring is gray-beige, or “greige”. Greige polish is a mushroom/gray/taupe hybrid that ranges in intensity from deeper putty shades to sheer hues, making it easy to wear for any occasion. 

Chanel’s new Particuliere ($23) nail polish has adorned the nails of Hollywood’s trendiest stars, such as Eva Mendes, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Sandra Bullock, who wore it to the Golden Globes. O.P.I.’s Over The Taupe is also a great option, but perhaps our favorite (and probably more office appropriate), is Revlon’s new Gray Suede, which falls on the lighter side of the spectrum. Described as the “perfect gray nude”, beauty lovers and editors alike are crazy for the shade. It isn’t available until next month, but Teen Vogue Editor Eva Chen recently twitpic’d a sneak peek, and it’s totally worth the wait!

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