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Fall Beauty: To The Max… Or Min?

Everything about this season’s beauty  is scarily intimidating. From 80’s clown masks to 90’s minimalism, these looks can be hard to recreate without looking, uh, how shall we put this? UGLY. So here are the right, and wrong ways to paint your face this fall.

80’s Full Face

 To pull this look of, do it in a modern way. What’s modern? A dewy/fresh face; no over powdering allowed! Another hint: although contoured cheeks are a must, they have to be done naturally. A.k.a not bright red. Lastly, if you insist on using lipliner either use it tres, tres sparingly, or fill in the whole lip. I am highly disappointed with the looks created by Francois Nars, creator of NARS cosmetics for Marc Jacobs after a 10 year hiatus.

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4 looks created by Nars, for Marc Jacobs Fall 09. WRONG

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Emanuel Ungaro got the 80’s “in a modern way” look just RIGHT! Hello two-toned lips!

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1. shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection, $23

2. Urban Decay eyeliners, $18

3. Nars blush/bronzer duo, $37

4. Lorac Breakthrough Performance Lipstick SPF 15, $22

Oh Natural

The bare-faced look is an ode to the Kate Moss 90’s minimalist look. This doesn’t mean “no makeup”, it means “lots of makeup to look like no makeup”. There were many very good examples this season, and a couple horrendous ones. Enter Jill Sander and Miu Miu. Sure these girls still look gorgeous, but they are perfectly structured and groomed models! If an average woman tried to wear this, she would look prepubescent, or worse granny-ish! Actually I retract my statement that the models look good in any makeup, the one from Miu Miu looks partially deceased. Chloe hit the right notes with a brown smoky eye and smooth foundation.

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Chloe doing it RIGHT

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Jill Sander and Miu Miu doing it WRONG.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1.Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLATRadiant Touch, $42

2.Stila Smudge Pots, $20

3. Make Up Forever Face and Body Foundation, $38

4.Yves Saint Laurent OMBRES 5 LUMIÈRES5 Colour Harmony For Eyes – 1 Sahara, $56


Red Lip

The red lip is a classic that has endured decades and yet still looks exceptionally chic at every age. Yves St. Laurent, Lacroix, and D&G perfected this timeless look. Unfortunately for humanity at large, McQueen did his models up like clowns; the only thing missing is a bright red nose.

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RIGHT at YSL, Lacroix, and D&G. 

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WRONG at Alexander McQueen.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1.MAKE UP FOR EVER Lipstick, $23

2. Calvin Klein Electric Edge Liquid Liner, $18

3.Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $28

4.MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil, $17

Pompadour Hair

They can be the epitome of cool, or the definition of god-awful: whether you like it or not, pompadours are back. Everyone from Milly to Oscar de la Renta was showing them elegantly. However, Prada displayed exactly what not to do; a truly horrible up-do was complimented by an equally gargantuan amount of frizzy mouse hair.

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RIGHT at Milly and Oscar de la Renta

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WRONG at Prada

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

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1.Phyto Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray – Fine Limp Hair

2. Jonathan Product Dirt Texturizing Paste, $14-25

3. Sephora Brand Snag Free Hair Elastics, $10

4.Sephora Brand Wide Tooth Comb, $4

“Beauty, to me is being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick ass red lipstick!”- Gwyneth Paltrow


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Fall Fashion Revisited

I’ve been inhaling all the September magazines, and have got a lot more things to talk about, so I’ve continued my fall fashion post. First off, I purchased the marc by marc jacobs nylon tote. LOVE IT(: But I was surprised at how large it was. I opened the package and was completely shocked. I am 5’9, and am dwarfed by it.

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marc by marc jacobs nylon tote $188

I’ve also been religiously watching season 2 of Gossip Girl, which was released on DVD on Aug. 17. Only one peeve: it’s 7 discs, which adds up to about $40 at blockbuster. I could’ve bought it for $30:| Why so many? I have no clue… last year had the same amount of content and half that many. Season 3 airs Sept 14th!!!

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Season 2 DVD $38

I have also added an ample amount to my wish list.

Numero uno is a horozontally stripped long sleeved top. Perfect for layering in the fall.

Next up is a funky pencil case. I have no clue where to get one?!? help!

I am also craving a gray liquid liner and nail polish. The gunmetal shade is perfect for autumn.And the new matte nail polishes? FABULOUS.

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YSL polish in tuxedo gray about $24

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OPI matte collection $10 each

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Urban Decay liquid liner in Gray $18

I have been wanting to try out the whole winged liquid liner look with red lips. But alas, my lipstick is in a sorry state. So I’ll need one of those too…

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Makeupforever lipstick in blue red $19

I also really want ankle boots! But they can’t cost a fortune because I don’t really need them:)

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Coach boots $180

There is so much more I want! But I’ll end my list with a fancy semi-formal dress. This one from BCBG is stunning! I saw it worn by Selena Gomez a couple months ago and fell in love. I saw it on the website yesterday and just about died.

Actress Selena Gomez attends the 23rd Annual IMAGEN Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel August 21, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

Selena Gomez in BCBG. Love the dress, hate the shoes:| Dress $260

So that’s the end of my wish list for back to school, I’ll leave you with a few autumn beauty tips.

1. If you are tired of your summer scent but not willing to wear the powerful scents of winter, mix the two! Take a light citrus and layer it over a musky winter fragrence.

2. Make your shower ultra sensual by sprinkling a few drops of  essential oil on the floor of your shower. When you turn on the heat, the steam will release the aroma all around your body.

3. Skip choosing one feature to accentuate this September; accentuate them all! After all, 80’s makeup is back… just do it tastefully. A bright pink lip CAN be paired with an aqua liner; just keep the skin bare and brows simple.

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4. Wear glitter around your eyes. Take a pot of cosmetics glitter and use a thin brush to line the lashes. Make sure to wet the brush or apply Vaseline beforehand to make it stick!

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Makeupforver glitter $18

5. Your hair has been drying out all summer from UV rays and chlorine. Give it a break by leaving it for an extra day or two before washing. AHEM, make sure to use a dry shampoo though.

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Fekkai dry shampoo powder $25

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me”- Tyra Banks

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