By Lindsay Hahn
With warm spring weather right around the corner, fashion thoughts turn to skimpy tops, sexy sundresses, and sun-worthy swimsuits. So, it’s time to slim down. Out with the bulk and in with the minis! No, not a detox diet slim-down. Makeup minis! We love teeny-tiny beauty products that pack a super-size style punch! Need to be red-carpet ready or simply pack for a weekend getaway? You don’t always need a satchel handbag or a makeup case for travel. Here are 9 makeup products to travel light from day to night.
Makeup Minis for Nails: Nail Polish & Emery Boards
On the go? No time for a manicure? Mini nail polishes are perfect for travel or a quick chip fix. From a soft sweet pink to an edgy urban purple, the Sephora by OPI Urban Ballerina Mini Collection offers 4 must-have nail polish shades for $18. The hot color trend for spring? It’s all about Black Swan chic—think purples and grays. If you dream of a complete manicure experience on the go, smooth away your rough edges with Anne Taintor Born To Be Wild Emery Boards for $7.49. These matchbooks contain 12 colorful emery boards. Their witty phrases and vintage ’50s motif will add some flair and fun to your nail routine.
Makeup Minis for Lips: Lip Gloss
When stocking your makeup bag, don’t let lip gloss size panic limit your lip color options. No space is too limited for lip gloss. Pucker up in style! Trish McEvoy’s Emergency Card means never needing to pick favorites! For $32, you get 8 flattering glosses—a color for every makeup look—in a sleek, slim case. And 100% of the proceeds go to the Girl Scouts of America—gotta love a beauty product that gives back! And there’s no need for lips to go bare when you carry Cargo’s Daily Glosses, $12 for a 30-day supply. Each gloss is packaged individually, so just tear off a lip gloss tab and toss it in your purse.
Makeup Minis for Eyes: Masacara, Eye Shadow & Eyeliner
Don’t let size fool you! Dior’s Best in Show Mini Mascara Duo Set gives you 2 of the best mascaras in the beauty products biz. Use Dior’s original mascara to create those lush, catwalk-ready lashes. All eyes will be on you wearing the other mascara mini, DiorShow Black Out mascara. It adds a little oomph and a lot of drama to your lashes. Wear each masacara alone or layer them for that ultra-glam, show-stopping look. Two minis for $18. It doesn’t get better than that.
A bold eyeshadow always adds wow-power! The Bobbi Brown Mini Bobbi Brights Palette packs 20 fun eyeshadow colors compatible with any complexion. Back away from the neutrals and try out these fresh pastels and rich pigments for $70. Step into the limelight and play up your eyes! This eyeshadow palette is a makeup mini must-have!
Are you looking for your Romeo, Don Juan, or Casanova? While you wait, you’ll fall head over heels for The Balm’s Pick-Up Liners. Each makeup-mini set has 3 mini eyeliner pencils. But this is not your schoolgirl pencil set! For $19, the tiny makeup case even includes a sharpener.
Makeup Minis Tool Set: Makeup Remover & Tweezers
The weather can be your makeup’s worst enemy, but don’t let the heat or rain ruin your picture-perfect eyes. If your mascara or eyeliner starts to run, grab bareMinerals On-The-Spot Makeup Remover. With a skin conditioning solution, these individual cotton swabs are perfect for quick fixes. For $5 a package, they are also the ideal eraser for those post-shower mascara raccoon eyes.
Let there be no more stray hairs . . . it’s time to tweeze—mini style! Tweezerman Hot for Dots Mini Slant Tweezers are the perfect portable size for grooming on the go. Whether you are at home, traveling, or just running errands, tweezers are always an essential tool. The original Tweezerman tweezers are a PageDaily beauty gadgets and tools award winner, and the mini version doesn’t disappoint. For $15, you get the same amazing precision with a playful, sassy dot pattern.
Makeup Mini Bonus: Purse Perfect
We just had to make a “mini” makeup exception when we saw a mini purse! Picture this: you are almost ready for a night out on the town but your bulky wallet won’t fit into your ultrafabulous clutch. Don’t stuff your credit cards into a pocket! Just rock the Callet—a silicone cell phone case with built-in pockets to hold your cash and cards. Made for the Blackberry or iPhone, the Callet is all about taking up minimal space. For $14.99, you carry a lot in a little!
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By Daniela Apeloig & Lindsay Leff
Love makeup but leave it lying all over? We know all about it. We buy every new shade of eyeshadow from our favorite makeup counters, scour the drugstore for the miraculous new mascara. From the bottom of your handbag to the shelves inside your medicine cabinet to nightstands, under sinks, and more, your makeup runneth over!
The first step in conquering your beauty build-up is the makeup bag makeover. Keep your must-haves, organize your can’t-throw-aways, and store your extras. To keep your makeup in check, keep them in the best makeup bags and organizers. There is a cosmetic bag or case for your every need. From the perfect purse case to a display case, we’ve got your makeup storage bases covered.
For the World Traveler: A Clear Cosmetic Bag for Easy Flying
You can ditch the Ziploc bag when flying—surprise the TSA agent with this Lug Clearview Train Case, $26. This water-repellent case comes in different colors, including purple, orange, pink, green, navy blue, teal, and more. The clear cosmetic bag includes a removable zippered envelope for smaller makeup products.
For the Up for Anything: Cute Multipurpose Makeup Bags Set
This Nick & Nora East West Set, $26, is fun and practical. It comes in cute and colorful patterns like birdcages, lipsticks, owls, flowers, leopard, and fruit. The set contains 2 top-zippered bags—1 large and 1 medium bag with a separate mirror. The makeup bags are made of printed cotton poly, which is protected by clear PVC. They’re easy to clean in case something spills. Use promo code # TL2011SP and you’ll get a 20% discount at tommyandlulu.com
Makeup Storage for the Girl on the Go
Perfect for the style child on the go, this Felix Rey Emma Cosmetic Pouch, $49.99, carries your everyday makeup essentials in style. Made out of PVC with hot pink nylon lining and a side patch pocket, this cosmetics bag with its large sateen bow and pyramid studding can also double as your evening clutch.
A Practical Makeup Bag for the Space-Saver in You
Want more practical, less fashion statement? If you like multipurpose makeup to save space and time, then the Trina Raquel Mini Square Organizer, $24, is the perfect bag for you. The compact makeup bag has a zipper closure and luxurious lining.
For Ms. Fix-It Cosmetic Organizers with Room for Makeup Tools
This multi-tasking Gidget Compact Brush Case by Stephanie Johnson, $52, is perfect for keeping your beauty tools and gadgets in tip-top shape. With 4 brush pockets, a detachable zipper pouch, and a clear zip pocket, not only will this case protect your brushes from dirt and regular wear-and-tear, but you can also store your must-haves beauty products for easy access. Not to mention it comes in an array of bright colors and fun patterns. Our favorite is Bollywood Pink.
For the Minimalist: Simple Fabric Cosmetic Bags
This Apple & Bee Pencil Case, $29.95 (pencil size), will hold your makeup essentials wherever you go. Made from organic printed cotton with a lush hemp lining and a zipper closure, this compact case is strictly “essentials only”!
Makeup Storage for the Must-Take-It-With-Her
Stylish and practical? Fashion scout’s honor! The Mini Kittour Daily Mini Organizer, $50, is perfect for travel. With a brown exterior and a purple, waterproof lining, this travel case holds 2 TSA-approved mini bottles, 2 small jars, a 3-piece brush set with an attached mirror for quick touch-ups. With this mini organizer, you won’t want to wait for that next vacation.
For the At-Home Makeup Artist: Lacey Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer
You’ll feel like a makeup artist once you organize your makeup in this Caboodles Black Lace Cosmetic Case, $20.79. Use individual compartments to sort lip liners, lipsticks, eye liners, and mascara, while larger compartments can hold compacts, foundation, eyeshadows, brushes, and even perfume and nail polish. The lace on the outside of the case gives a feminine and chic look.
A Dozen Places to Hold Makeup for Little Ms. Tidy
This Clear Cosmetic Organizer from Target, $29.99, is perfect for your bathroom cabinet. You can leave your brushes, sponges, and daily makeup essentials among its 12 compartments, including some for cotton balls and Q-tips. Save time getting ready every morning with your beauty products all in a row.
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By Daniela Apeloig & Lindsay Leff
Have you ever walked into a drugstore to buy shampoo and only shampoo? Suddenly, you find your hands full of new lipstick shades, a mascara you just read about, colored eyeliner, even bronzer (summer is only a few months away!). Days later, you look over your new purchases and realize you will never wear that electric blue eyeliner or too-bold lipstick. We’ve been victims of the beauty aisle vortex, too. Instead of falling under the influence of makeup, makeup, and more makeup, just buy the best. The PageDaily Awards for the Best Drugstore Makeup—from the winning lipstick to the perfect skin-matching foundation—mean no more drugstore makeup mistakes. Bring a copy of these beauty awards and get ready to hit the drugstore!
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Best Drugstore Lipstick: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge
Clear away your lipsticks, glosses, and stains because we found the ultimate in lipcolor—1 lipstick that covers all of your lipcolor needs. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge conditions lips with vitamin E and ceramide 5, while supplying long-lasting color for up to 10 hours. (The lipstick goes for a suggested retail price of $9.95. All prices shown here are suggested.) With 30 different shades, ranging from vibrant reds, ladylike pinks, and bold plums, there is a color for everyone.
Best Drugstore Foundation: Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation
The Maybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation, $7.99, replicates the exact shade of your skin, giving you natural and breathable coverage. Like a miracle camouflage, no one will be able to tell you’re wearing foundation. Fit Me! is available in 18 shades that match even subtle variations in skin tone. An added bonus—its sun-safety rating is SPF 18, which is a must-have in your everyday foundation.
Best Drugstore Mascara: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara, $9.99, is a 2-in-1 mascara and lash-lengthening treatment. The formula promotes fast-growing lashes, promising a fuller, stronger, lusher lashline in just 30 days. Ingredients darken lashes while conditioning and protecting them from further fall-out and breakage. The mascara is available in 2 shades, Extreme Black and Black.
Best Drugstore Bronzer: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer
A healthy-looking tan and natural glow is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with the help of the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder, $14.95. The bronzer comes in 3 shades from light to dark so you can get your desired level of color. Formulated with vitamins, moisturizers, and antioxidants, this bronzer gives skin foolproof color for the perfect looking tan.
Best Drugstore Blush: Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush
Formulated with Olay Regenerist serum, this Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, $10.99, is creamy and lightweight. It not only gives cheeks a pop of color but also strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier and protects against free radicals. This power-packed blush comes in 4 skin-flattering shades for a defining, even look.
Best Drugstore Eyeliner: Milani Liquif’Eye Liquid-Like Eyeliner & Eye Liner Pencil
We can’t get enough of Milani’s eyeliners! If you feel adventurous and want to test the waters with spring’s color makeup trend, try Liquif’Eye Liquid-Like Eyeliner, $6.99. In blue, purple, and green, the smooth formula glides on, leaving a shimmering finish. If you prefer classics like black and brown, Milani Eye Liner Pencil, $3.99, in true black and dark brown is the winner. These eyeliner pencils go on extra-smooth to give eyes that wow factor.
Best Drugstore Eyeshadow: Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad & Revlon Luxurious Color Satin, Perle, & Matte Eyeshadows
Revlon won over our hearts and our eyelids with its shadows. We chose not 1 but 2 different styles and formulas to match your makeup personality. The quad, $6.99, is perfect for the girl who likes to use them all or isn’t sure which shades to wear together. The 12 hour shades won’t crease, smudge, or fade and glide on easily for long-wearing color.
If you like to match your own shades, or always wind up with 1 color used up and the other 3 never touched, the singles are for you. In satin (a smooth, shimmering finish), perle (a sparkling, crystallized finish), or matte (a creamy, rich finish), these shadows, $4.99 each, are rich in pigment and blend well for even color.
Best Drugstore Concealer: Almay Smart Shade Concealer
Finding the perfect shade of concealer is like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, we found that needle with Almay Smart Shade Concealer, $8.99. Made with shade-sensing technology, this concealer transforms itself to match your skin tone, concealing dark circles and blemishes. The lightweight formula comes in 3 shades to match all skin colors.
Best Drugstore Makeup Remover: Andrea Eye Q’s Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads
After you spent the day looking and feeling great, don’t wake up the next morning looking not so great. No going to bed with a face full of makeup. Treat your skin well while keeping it healthy with the Andrea Eye Q’s Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads, $5.29. The pads quickly and effectively remove all types of eye makeup and dirt while conditioning the most sensitive area on our faces. Each jar contains 65 pads.
Best Drugstore Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
Are you a girl on the go with no time for your nails to dry? Us too! To the rescue—Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, $9.99. These peel-and-apply nail strips come in hot neons, shiny metallics and glitter, and fun patterns like lace and leopard. Kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, and mini file/buffer.
Arm yourself with this list, or better yet memorize the PageDaily Awards. The next time you are in line at the drugstore and feel the need for a little something pretty, you’ll know the drugstore makeup brands that won’t create buyers’ regret!
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By Daniela Apeloig
No Need for Girdles Here!
Wish you rocked your own personal runway with a body like the Victoria Secrets Angels? Not all bodies are created equal—or proportionate. We know, life is unfair! To level the field—and our tummies—most of us need to tame what nature intended. Think body slimmer to hold in a muffin top or saddlebags, bras that minimize your bust or enhance it. Bodies bulge where they shouldn’t, clothes don’t lie right—fashion emergencies that are easy to fix. To the rescue: the PageDaily Awards for Best Bras, Body Slimmers & Body Shapers. You’ll lose inches and look sexy without going on a diet. We know, you love us. Share the love, and the skinny on these PageDaily Awards, with your friends.
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1. Best Waist Cincher: TC Fine Intimates Just Enough Hi-Waist Shapewear Brief
The only muffin tops you want near you are 100 calorie VitaTops. If your mid-section is the source of all of your fashion-fit trouble, go with the TC Fine Intimates Just Enough Hi-Waist Shapewear Brief for $36. This comfortable high-waisted underwear gives you firm control for a flatter stomach and a smooth silhouette under clothes. It has silicone grippers inside so the briefs don’t ride up. And no visible panty lines! This tummy tucker has a cotton lining so you can wear it as underwear.
2. Best Thigh Slimmer: Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit
Kiss those saddlebags goodbye with the Spanx Slim Cognito Shaping Mid-Thigh Bodysuit. Not only will this slim your thighs, but you won’t have to worry about those stomach, rear end, and hip bulges either. This body shaper runs $72–$76 and comes with removable straps that attach to any bra. We may never take it off.
3. Best Back Smoother: TC Fine Intimates Even More Firm Control Torsette
Back fat? It only sounds like something from a Seinfeld episode until it happens to you! And when it does, you won’t be laughing. Don’t cry either. You can wear your own bra while smoothing any spillage with the TC Fine Intimates Even More Firm Control Torsette, $59. Wear that clingy dress you love and hide the back-fat bulge with this body shaper that holds in your waist and flattens the areas around your undergarments.
4. Best Minimizer Bra: Maidenform Lilyette Custom Fit Lace Minimizer Bra
To those of you on the more flat-chested end of the spectrum, you may regard the well-endowed with envy. But the grass is always greener, as those with large breasts will tell you. Common complaints: back pain and inadequate support from their bras. If you have a large chest and want to appear smaller while getting the right support and coverage, then this Maidenform Lilyette Custom Fit Lace Minimizer Bra is the best bra for large breasts. Its lace and crisscross detail will hold you in sexy style, and its budget-friendly price, $18.99, will make you smile.
5. Best Push-Up Bra: Maidenform Like Magic Extreme Push-up Bra
If your small breasts make you feel ho-hum, make them go va-va-voom with Maidenform Like Magic Extreme Push-up Bra, $27.20. This push-up bra instantly adds 2 cup sizes with its extreme padding. The plunging neckline and straps that convert to a crisscross back make this push-up bra versatile. So, go big and go out wearing a variety of shirts, dresses, tank tops, and more.
6. Best Strapless Bra: Simone Perele Velia Strapless Plunge Bra
Won’t go braless? Can’t find a strapless bra that stays put? Your days of bypassing a strapless dress or skimpy tank top are history. The comfortable Simone Perele Velia Strapless Plunge Bra, $82, fits so well, you won’t even notice that the straps are missing. And the plunging neckline means this bra also works under low-cut clothes. The bra comes with matching adjustable straps to take you from strapless to crisscross, halter, and traditional. If you’ve got sexy, revealing clothes, this is the strapless bra for you.
7. Best Convertible Bra: Frederick’s Nine World Wonders Convertible Bra Kit
With 2 underwire cups and a variety of removable clear and elastic straps, Frederick’s Nine World Wonders Convertible Bra Kit gives its bra 9 lives—halter, strapless, open back, cross front, racer back, one strap, low front, low back, or asymmetrical. For $39, the price and the versatility along with the fit will have you purring with pleasure.
8. Best Backless Bra: Fashion Forms Nu Bra Ultralite Backless Bra
Want to bring sexy back? There’s nothing sexy about your bra strap showing with clothes that are low-cut in back. Fashion Forms NuBra Ultralite Backless Bra to the rescue. The self-adhesive bra cups, $32, attach to each other with an adjustable front closure, are washable, and can be reused up to 50 times. For a seamless look plus lift, this bra is perfect under backless or strapless tops and dresses.
9. Best Camouflage Lingerie: MySkins Seamless Bra & MySkins Seamless Panties
Want to wear sheer shirts, white jeans, and nude dresses without putting your underwear on display? MySkins Seamless Bras and MySkins Seamless Panties come in 20 skin-matching colors that make you look bare—but you’re not. No matter your skin color, you’ll find your match, from honey, caramel, and toffee to cappuccino, hazelnut, and espresso. Bras, $60, come in 3 styles: tee shirt, plunge, and convertible. For panties, $12, choose from a full-cut brief, girl short, or thong.
10. Best Plunge Bra: Victoria’s Secret U-Plunge Push-Up Bra
Channeling the plunging J Lo look, but double-stick tape isn’t your idea of a bra? You can steal the scene in your deep V-neck ensemble without your bra being seen. The Victoria’s Secret U-Plunge Push-Up Bra, $42, has pads for moderate lift and convertible straps to wear in a halter, crossback, or classic style.
11. Best Seamless Panty: Commando Low-Rise Thong
Visible panty lines? Oh, the horror! Banish the “OMG VPL!” fashion emergency without going commando. The Commando Low-Rise Thong, $20, has laser-cut edges but no elastic or other trim. The result: the thong fits flat against your body, giving you the naked look without the naked.
Now, no matter where baby’s got fat, you can make sure your fab fashion fits the way it should with the best bras, body shapers, and shapewear.
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By Lindsay Leff
Nothing is sexier than wearing the perfect perfume. But what if you can’t find that signature scent? With so many different perfume brands, fragrances, and eau de toilettes overtaking the beauty counters, it all can become overwhelming. You will be dabbing behind your ears and spritzing your wrists in time for Valentine’s Day romance with the help of our perfume personality quiz.
What’s Your Perfume Personality?
Are you sweet, classic, fresh, bold, or floral? Our perfume personality quiz will match you with your perfect perfume. Is a hot date your ideal Saturday night out? Is Kate Hudson your style icon? Answer these quick questions to nix the not-quite-right fragrances and find your signature scent.
5-Question Perfume Personality Quiz to Reveal Your Signature-Scent Match
And Your Perfume Personality Is . . .
Score 5–7: Your Perfume Personality Is Floral
Floral fragrances speak to you. Notes from any variety of flowers are the focal point of floral scents, representing femininity, romance, and love.
Our Favorite Floral Perfume: Bulgari Jasmin Noir
Vibrant yet warm and sensual, this floral scent has top notes of green sap and gardenia petals, followed by sambac jasmine and satin almond, and ending with tonka bean and licorice. The perfect perfume for bringing out the girly-girl in you.
Buy Bulgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum, $98 (1.7 oz.), at us.bulgari.com
Score 8–12: Your Perfect Perfume Is Fresh
Crisp, light, airy notes evoke beachy vacation escapes, making for the perfect fresh scent.
Our Favorite Fresh Perfume: Michael Kors Island Palm Beach
Inspired by palm trees, white sand, and tropical temperatures, this scent—with pink grapefruit, tangerine, and hints of black tea—will make you feel as if you’ve just arrived at your ultimate island getaway.
Buy Michael Kors Island Palm Beach Eau de Parfum, $62 (1.7 oz.), at michaelkors.com
Score 13–17: Your Signature Scent Is Classic
Your perfect perfume is pure, elegant, subtle, and balanced. Classic fragrances, like an LBD, are timeless. Like the wearer herself, they never go out of style.
Our Favorite Classic Perfume: Kenzo FlowerbyKenzo
We keep coming back to Kenzo FlowerbyKenzo. This powdery floral scent has soft notes of wild hawthorne, Bulgarian rose, white musk, and vanilla.
Buy Kenzo FlowerbyKenzo Eau de Parfum, $73 (1.7 oz.), at sephora.com
Score 18–22: Your Perfume Personality Is Bold
Think spicy scents with a musk undertone.
Our Favorite Bold Perfume: La Prairie Life Threads Ruby
Channel your inner temptress by spritzing with our favorite bold scent, La Prairie Life Threads Ruby. With notes of orange flower, sandalwood, passion musk, and vanilla bean, this bestselling fragrance can seduce even the shy at heart.
Buy La Prairie Life Threads Ruby, $125 (1.7 oz.), at shoplaprairie.com
Score 23–25: Your Best Perfume Is Sweet
Soft yet aromatic and enveloping, the notes are like the sugary, sweet treats we craved as little girls (and big ones!).
Our Favorite Sweet Perfume: Henri Bendel Wild Fig Eau de Parfum
Made from the sweetness of jasmine petals, coconut milk, and vanilla, as well as fig and bamboo sap, this exotic perfume satisfies your sweet tooth.
Buy Henri Bendel Wild Fig Eau de Parfum, $65 (1.7 oz.), at henribendel.com
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By Lindsay Leff
I Want Red Lips
As a beauty editor (read I get paid to shop for makeup!), I have gathered my fair share of professional makeup tips.
How to Wear Red Lipstick with Your Skin Tone
I learned long ago the first rule for wearing red lipstick: match your skin tone to the undertone of the lipstick. How that translates:
• fair skin tones need a blue-based red lipstick
• olive-toned skin needs an orange-based red lipstick shade
• darker skin tones need deep burgundy-red lipsticks
Finding the Right Shade of Red Lipstick
So, finding the perfect shade of red lipstick should be as quick as blowing a kiss, right? More like finding a needle in a haystack . . . of lipsticks, of course. For a long time, I was at a red-lipstick standstill. I promise, I’ve tried them all and not one shade clicked, giving me that “ah, that’s it!” moment. Can you feel me pouting?
Illamasqua-Brand Beauty Products: Stage Makeup Meets Mainstream
Recently, I attended one of the most exciting work events I’ve ever experienced—the Illamasqua Makeup Master Class. Illamasqua, whose tagline is “Makeup for your alter ego,” is known for its almost-outrageous, richly pigmented colors—think stage makeup meets mainstream. This event was a showcase for the London-based beauty brand’s creative director and makeup artist, Alex Box. With her eccentric-genius approach to beauty, Alex’s idea of “everyday makeup” includes blue eyebrows and shadow, purple cheeks, and red lips. The look she created on the model was wild and spectacular, her face and neck stenciled with a piece of paper Alex cut on the fly.
Loved Illamasqua, but Will This Shade of Red Lipstick Be the One?
The morning after the event, I was feeling quite adventurous, so I looked into the bag of samples I had been given and smeared on red lipstick in Alex’s namesake shade—Box. A quick check for lipstick on my teeth and I was out the door and off to work.
The Perfect Red Lipstick Shade for Every Skin Type!
I wasn’t in the office long enough to get my coat off, when my editor-in-chief, perpetually on her own search for the perfect lipstick in red demanded to know what I was wearing and if she could try it. She did—and loved it! Everyone else at the office tried it too: blonds, brunettes, fair skin, olive skin. That’s when I realized that I had finally found the holy grail of beauty products—not just the perfect shade of red lipstick for me, but the perfect shade of red lipstick that looks great on everyone.
Buy Illamasqua Lipstick in Box, $22, at sephora.com
Makeup Tips & Tricks: The Right Way to Apply the Right Red Lipstick
When it comes to rich lip colors, particularly red lipstick, you shouldn’t just apply on the go. For the proper technique, we’ve got some beauty and style tips to keep that pucker perky.
Step 1 Apply lipstick with a lip brush, not straight from the stick
Step 2 Smear the lipstick carefully with your finger along lips to lock in color
Step 3 Dust translucent powder on and around lips to seal color so it won’t bleed
Step 4 Purse your lips around your index finger, then pull it out quickly to remove excess color and keep lipstick off those pearly whites
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Get your red on before Valentine’s Day for National Wear Red Day, February 4. But if the idea of wearing red has you seeing red, relax that all-black-clad body of yours! Working a red dress with your favorite look is as easy as wearing your go-to LBD. See our little red dress picks, $55–$100, and follow our 5 simple styling steps.
By Lindsay Leff
Wouldn’t you love to have 5 fewer things to put in your purse, 10 more minutes of sleep in the morning, $20 or more of “found” money to save—or spend? Get your hands on our favorite multipurpose makeup picks! Save time, ditch the bulk in your already overcrowded it-bag, and save money with top double-duty beauty products like eyeliners that help to grow lashes, skin-perfecting primers, and double-sided makeup staples. Start the year off right and save space, time, and money. Why buy 2 or 3 beauty products when 1 hardworking cosmetic will do? Make your makeup work overtime. You don’t need a million products to look like a million bucks!
1. Scented Lotion Candle Meets Moisturizer
Infused with teas from Hollywood hot spot, the h.wood Tea Room, the wax in these candles melts into body lotion. Available in delicious-smelling scents like Coconut Chai and Green Apple, these candles not only brighten your mood but also supply your skin with loads of beauty benefits. The wax is formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, and natural fragrances, and the blend of tea and natural soy intensify the hydrating effect of the lotion that comes from the melted candle.
Buy h.wood.beauty Melt T Glow Lotion Candle, $44, at hwoodbeauty.com
2. Grow Longer Lashes Through Eyeliner
The eyes have it with Line N Grow Lash Lengthening Tinted Eyeliner, which strengthens and conditions lashes to rival the look of falsies. Natural ingredients like aloe leaf, Japanese green tea, and rosemary extracts stimulate lash production, resulting in fuller, longer lashes. Perfecting the celeb-favorite cateye look has never been easier with the long-tipped applicator brush and and smooth-gliding liner.
Buy Line N Grow Lash Lengthening Tinted Eyeliner, $39.95, at beauty.com
3. Two Beauty Product Fix-Ups Are a Perfect Cosmetic Match
The ultimate makeup must-have for every girl-on-the-go, On the Double Pens make multitasking as easy as 1 + 1. The duos come in 2 different combos: black liquid liner and coral cream blush, or black mascara and concealer/highlighter. These beauty essentials are practical to carry in your everyday makeup bag and slim enough to toss in your clutch for evening. Double-duty beauty products that go day to night? Now, you can reach makeup perfection, anytime, anyplace.
Buy NP Set On the Double Pens, $13, at target.com
4. One-Stop Beauty Product for Flawless Skin
Perfect, flawless skin in one stroke? You bet. Physicians Formula’s 3-in-1 is a skin corrector, primer, and sun protector. Available in 3 skin-correcting shades, this multitasking mineral powder with a sun safety rating of SPF 15 fixes imperfections, smoothes the skin’s texture, and fills in fine lines. Wear it alone, or under makeup for longer-lasting color.
Buy Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Correcting Primer SPF 15, $10.95, at physiciansformula.com (available March 1)
5. Kiss This Double-Duty Lipstick Hello
Scrounging around that bottomless pit otherwise known as your purse to grab lipstick for a quick touch-up is never easy! Add in the attempt to find the matching lip liner, and you’ve got mission impossible! Smashbox’s Doubletake Lip Color spares you that stressful double search, combining a longwearing, vitamin-rich lipliner on one side with satin-finish lip color on the other. Apply precise liner color, perfect for a day in the office and turn up the heat by smudging in the deeper, vibrant lip color for a date night out.
Buy Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color, $22, at smashbox.com
6. Cosmetic Magic: Battle Blemishes & Make Them Disappear
Try a little makeup magic with Murad’s Acne Treatment Concealer, which covers up and reduces pimples and other pesky skin imperfections. Formulated with acne-fighting salicylic acid, antioxidants like green tea extract, and vitamin A, this 2-in-1 concealer will become your skin’s best friend. Not only can you kiss your skin imperfections goodbye instantly, but using the treatment daily will help prevent further blemishes from rearing their ugly heads.
Buy Murad Acne Treatment Concealer (here in Light), $21, at murad.com
7. Get 2 Coats for the Price of 1
Get a salon-style manicure at home with the help of Np2 Nail Perfection 2-in-1 polish duos. A bottle of chip-resistant base coat and express top coat stacks on top of a bottle of chemical-free polish color, ranging from classic pearl pink, Addition, to a funky peacock green, Cosmic Ray.
Buy Np2 Nail Perfection, $22.50, at np2beauty.com
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By Lindsay Leff
With tons of lotions, potions, and more flooding the shelves of your favorite beauty product retailer, how do you choose the bath and body products that make it into your beauty artillery? What beauty products will cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize best? Fret no more. Our latest installment of the PageDaily Awards has you covered in all categories, from body butters and scrubs to shower gels and shaving creams. We’ve tested them all—hard-to-find luxury lines, natural and organic beauty products, discount beauty products, drugstore brands, and everything in between. And we’ve weeded out the so-so and not-even-close to give you the best of the best. With our PageDaily Award winners, your bath and body will thank you this winter.
Best Body Lotion: Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion
• Nongreasy formula infused with essential lipids and vitamins B5 and E
• Clinically proven to moisturize and soothe extra dry, damaged skin in 1 week
• Use daily for best results
• Ideal for extra-dry, sensitive skin
Buy Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion, $10.49, at drugstore.com
Best Body Butter: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter
• Shea butter and squalane (a moisturizing oil) heal dry skin, delivering hydration for up to 24 hours
• Enriched with jojoba oil and beta carotene to protect and soften skin
• Ideal as an everyday body butter, applied directly after showering
• Perfect for all skin types
Buy Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, $35, at kiehls.com
Best Hand Lotion: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment
• Fast-absorbing cream formula moisturizes for up to 8 hours
• Soothing emollients smooth and soften rough, dry skin and cuticles
• Reverses damage from winter weather
Buy Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment, $16, at drugstore.com
Best Hand Soap: Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
• Lightweight foam washes away dirt, while leaving hands soft and lightly scented
• Formula includes moisturizing honey, coconut milk, and fruit extracts
• Also available in 33 other scents, including a holiday collection
Buy Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap (here in Nectarine Mint), $3, at bathandbodyworks.com
Best Foot Lotion: L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream
• Ingredients include lavender essential oil to purify skin, arnica extract to reduce irritation, and mint to cool feet
• Shea butter increases skin’s softness and comfort
• Best used daily after showering
Buy L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream, $26 (5.2 oz.), at loccitane.com
Best Shower Gel: Philosophy Be Somebody Water Lily Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel
• 3-in-1 shampoo and bath and shower gel gently cleanses skin and hair
• Made of natural extracts and antioxidants to soothe and calm skin
• Scented with citrus and water lily
• Shower gels are light cleansers great for fragrance, as compared to body washes, which cleanse, smell good, and provide additional benefits from moisturizing to anti-aging
Buy Philosophy Be Somebody Water Lily Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel, $16, at philosophy.com
Best Body Wash: Aveeno Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Body Wash
• Available in Blackerry + Vanilla and White Peach + Ginger
• Rich, cleansing formula is fortified with antioxidants to repair cell damage and protect skin from free radicals
• Available starting in February
• Body washes cleanse, smell good, and provide additional benefits from moisturizing to anti-aging, as compared to shower gels, which are light cleansers great for fragrance
Buy Aveeno Positively Nourishing Antioxidant Body Wash, $6.99, at aveeno.com
Best Body Scrub: Fresh Sugar Acai Body Scrub
• Combines sugar crystals to scrub away dead skin cells, hydrating sugar fruit acids to promote new cell growth, and cupuacu seed butter to leave skin silky-smooth
• Gentle enough to use daily
• Scrubs smell great, remove dead skin cells, then pile on the added benefits, as compared to exfoliators, which are all about the scent and the dead skin cell removal
Buy Fresh Sugar Acai Body Scrub, $48, at fresh.com
Best Exfoliator: Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub
• Cleans pores, washes away dead skin cells, and leaves skin balanced and hydrated
• Contains proteins, vitamin E, antioxidants, and olive oil to soften skin
• Primrose oil improves skin’s cell rejuvenation and elasticity
• Exfoliators are all about the scent and the dead skin cell removal, as compared to scrubs, which smell great, remove dead skin cells, then pile on the added benefits
Buy Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Chocolate Brown Sugah Scrub, $34, at sephora.com
Best Bath & Shower Tools: Earth Therapeutics Bamboo Bath Collection
• Made from eco-friendly, naturally anti-bacterial bamboo fibers
• Collection includes bath & body sponge, bath mitt, complexion mitt, complexion towel, and bath pillow
• Helps unclog pores and stimulate circulation to revitalize the skin on face and body
• Ideal for sensitive skin
Buy Earth Therapeutics Bamboo Bath Collection, $4.99–$14.99, at earththerapeutics.com
Best Body Bar: Sabon Loofah Soap
• Glycerine-based soap poured into a natural loofah
• 2-in-1 skin cleanser and exfoliator
• Also available in Amber, Lemon, and Lavender
Buy Sabon Loofah Soap (here in Lychee), $7, at sabonnyc.com
Best Shaving Cream: Eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream
• Nonfoaming cream formula includes aloe, oat, shea butter, and antioxidant vitamins E and C
• Improves skin’s moisture level and prevents razor bumps
• Available in Pomegranate Raspberry, Vanilla Bliss, Lavender Jasmine, and Sensitive
Buy Eos Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, $3.49, at evolutionofsmooth.com
Best Razor: Bic Soleil Twilight Triple Blade Disposable Shavers for Women
• Perfect for sensitive skin
• 3 blades give a close, smooth shave
• Lubricating strip contains lanolin and vitamin E
• Lavender-scented handle with nonslip grip
Buy Bic Soleil Twilight Triple Blade Disposable Shavers for Women, $5.99, at walgreens.com
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Interview by Lindsay Leff
Lindsay Leff: How did you become interested in the beauty business?
Trish McEvoy: My grandmother owned a perfumery in Berlin. It was such a fascination for me as a little girl, seeing these women come in looking one way and walking out feeling another. Some didn’t wear makeup, some did. It’s about transformation, looking one way and feeling another.
LL: And the perfume?
Trish McEvoy: The fragrance piece is also such an influence. I can walk into a room and remember the scents of my mother or my grandmother, and it’s just a wonderful memory. Memories are so important.
LL: How did you become a professional makeup artist?
Trish McEvoy: I have always been very good at applying makeup. I taught myself by working behind a makeup counter. I went from that to doing makeup parties and home visits, to photo shoots, to the Academy Awards, and then back to people’s homes, back to makeup parties.
LL: Why start your own line?
Trish McEvoy: I was a makeup artist for 6 years before I started my brand. And I didn’t decide to be a brand, I decided to work for myself. I wanted to give clients these wonderful makeup brushes I developed. I went to an art supply store, got sable and boar brushes, and cut them. I was really looking at which textures worked with which bristles, and I was the first makeup artist in the United States who did this. The only other makeup line with brushes was Shu Uemura in Japan. What’s so wonderful is that we were fulfilling a woman’s needs. Makeup can be so amazing, but it can also be so intimidating. Using the right brushes saves the day—they make everyone able to do great makeup.
LL: What makeup brushes should every woman own?
Trish McEvoy: When choosing brushes, I always ask, “How much time do you have, and how many pieces do you use?” That goes for makeup brushes, that goes for makeup itself. You have to really look at your lifestyle. It really depends on your makeup style and how you want to dress your face.
LL: How did you develop the rest of your cosmetic line?
Trish McEvoy: After the brush line, my husband and I started one of the first mini-spas in New York City—the Dr. Ronald Sherman/Trish McEvoy Skin Care Center. That was truly revolutionary; a doctor in the same practice as a skincare specialist and makeup artist was unheard of. Then there was our fragrance and classic makeup, and last foundations.
LL: When did you start your line?
Trish McEvoy: I started my line when I was 25, and I was married when I was 29. The dermatology influence in the skincare and makeup comes from my husband. We were one of the first lines to truly combine cosmeceutical-range makeup, where you’re adding ingredients that make a difference—peptides in foundation, skin boosters in our treatment foundations. We were one of the first to put sunscreen in our products.
LL: Other innovations?
Trish McEvoy: We were the first to come out with the pocket-sized palettes—about 10 years ago. And we were also one of the first that made them refillable. People want customization, to pick and choose. We’re always thinking into the future. What was, was. But what are we doing today? Today is truly about making it much simpler for the consumer.
LL: Do you have a signature product?
Trish McEvoy: I’m known for brushes, for my makeup planner, my skincare, and fragrances. But it depends on the clients. Some only buy the skincare, some only buy the fragrance, and some only buy the color. We do have cult followings for certain items like our fragrances or planner. We have had a patent on it for 13 years now.
LL: What are your bestsellers?
Trish McEvoy: Our brushes, the Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads, the Beauty Booster Serum, the Deluxe Naturally Irresistible Collection Ready-To-Wear Makeup Planner, and the N° 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk and Sexy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk fragrances. And seasonally, our holiday collections.
LL: Which products are must-haves?
Trish McEvoy: The collections that we do 2 times a year. They make a difference for that particular season. They are coveted. When they hit the stores, there’s already a waiting list for them. Everything in one set, full directions to follow, and really Trish’s picks.
LL: What’s new for the holidays?
Trish McEvoy: For the holidays, we came out with a fragrance set, rollerball fragrances, a mini-brush set, a compact travel set, and our Mobile Beauty Emergency and Beauty Emergencies Cards.
LL: What are your favorite products?
Trish McEvoy: My Eye Base Essential, my mascaras, the Classic Eye Pencil, Flawless Concealer, my cream foundations, fragrances, and of course, the brushes.
LL: What is the signature Trish McEvoy makeup look?
Trish McEvoy: Natural but enhanced. The more transparent the makeup, the wider range it covers, making it wearable for women.
LL: Who wears Trish McEvoy?
Trish McEvoy: It’s very transgenerational, very transcultural. I pinch myself every day. We were at Selfridges in London recently, and you look at my counter and you’ve got 15-year-olds and you’ve got 50-year-olds. Look at our N° 9 fragrance—there are women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s who wear it. Most of what we make is totally transgenerational and mood-oriented.
LL: Do you still do makeup for celebrities?
Trish McEvoy: I do more red carpet than photo shoots. I love the diversity of Angelina Jolie, Judi Dench, and Vanessa Redgrave. But my favorite part about being in the makeup industry is doing classes here with women who are mystified by cosmetics. I still do one-on-ones with clients.
LL: If you weren’t doing this, what would you do?
Trish McEvoy: Even If I wasn’t paid, I would still do makeup!
LL: What is your personal makeup look for day? Night?
Trish McEvoy: It’s about dressing your face. For day, go sheerer with lighter, more casual makeup and maybe just a bit of eyeliner. For night, you can be more extreme because the lighting is more forgiving. But I never go out without makeup on.
LL: What is best and worst about makeup?
Trish McEvoy: The best part about makeup is the transformation and how it can make you feel. I don’t think there is a worst part about makeup. I love everything about it!
LL: What are your makeup tips and tricks?
Trish McEvoy: Always brighten your eyes by applying a highlighter on your upper lids. Don’t apply concealer under your eyes, apply it in shadows of the eye, spots that are darker. Always curl your lashes. Blend liner into your lipstick so it’s more natural looking, and always wear a little coverage on your skin.
LL: What’s in your makeup bag?
Trish McEvoy: Elnett, big tooth combs, a 3X and 5X magnified mirror, Stephen Knoll conditioner, Kérastase shampoo, Colgate Wisps, Velcro rollers, and Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle.
LL: What should every woman have in her makeup bag?
Trish McEvoy: My Eye Base Essential, eyeliner, crease shadow, brow kit, concealer, bronzer, blush, lip liner, lip color, and mascara.
LL: Describe a typical day.
Trish McEvoy: I am up at 5 a.m., conference calls at around 6:45 a.m., and then my day starts. I make a few phone calls, stop by the skincare center and our stores, visit the distribution center, and maybe do a few interviews. I have early business lunches or eat at my desk. I’ll go to London for a day sometimes, make lab visits, and spend time in the field. But in all honesty, there is no typical day for an entrepreneur.