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When applying makeup, not only is it important to do a look that’s flattering, you should also follow the styles and trends of the season.

In this post, I’m going to let you in on all of the secrets to following the latest makeup trends.


Satin-textured skin is big right now. It will continue to be a major influence in the fall/winter season, sometimes including even bolder touches of shine to highlight parts of the face.

Another trend we’ve been seeing this season is contrasting warm and cool tones. The eye has also been fairly defined with intensely pigmented shadows.

Tricks for achieving impeccable makeup:


When applying shimmery products, whether powders or creams, it’s important to carefully control where the product falls so it doesn’t end up in areas such as under the eyes or areas with imperfections, which will be more obvious when shiny.


Remember that not all skin types are suited to a satin texture. If imperfections are present, choose a foundation with more coverage and a matte finish, which will be much more flattering.


Make the eyes pop by playing with the contrast and balance of warm and cool colors that help each other stand out. But be very careful when blending these colors. Remember that not all colors look good when blended together, which is why you should use a color in between the two of them that can be blended with both. Another trick you can use is to apply them right next to each other without blending.


A trendy makeup look, step-by-step:


Apply moisturizer over clean skin for a smooth, uniform base.

Apply concealer to undereye area and to any other imperfections that may be seen. Blend well to integrate with the skin.


Use a liquid foundation in the same shade as the skin tone. To achieve a natural effect, apply with a synthetic bristle brush. If needed, use a makeup sponge to help blend the foundation.


Once you’ve applied the foundation, mattify the entire face with the mineral powder using a large brush. That way the skin will be matte, but still maintain its natural shine.


On the eyes, start by applying the base shadow, which in this case can also be used as a highlighter. Apply to the arch of the eyebrow to illuminate the lid and on other high points on the face.


Apply the medium shadow on the lid, or if you choose, you can do a combination of two shadows.

Now intensify the look with pencil in the same color as the shadow, but a deeper shade. If you prefer, you can also use black pencil, shadow, or eyeliner to line the eyes. Remember to focus on the roots of the eyelashes, both inside and outside the eye.





Now of course I am a high end makeup junkie…but don’t think I dont love a good deal! Especially in these times of economic turmoil. Here we asked celebrity makeup artists Molly Stern and Fiona Stiles to share their favorite lipstick look-a-likes — and they delivered exact shade and texture matches (no one will be able to tell the difference). Now you can get the look of a Chanel lipstick and still afford a night out.
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Red:

Luxe: Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in Fire, $28.50 

Less: Styli-Style Hipstick in Happy, $8.49 

“A fun, slightly iridescent red that can pass for the Chanel version. It even has the little bit of gold fleck in it. The one by Styli-Style is less emollient, but you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck,” says Stiles.

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Nude:

Luxe: Givenchy Rouge Interdit in Only Beige, $26.50 

Less: Napoleon Perdis NP Set Lipstick in Washington, $15 

“I am always on the quest for the perfect beige lipstick,” says Stiles. “This one by Napoleon Perdis is a great color and a perfect texture. The glossiness and warmth of the color prevents you from looking too washed out, which matte beiges can do.”

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Rose:

Luxe: Benefit Benetint Lip Balm, $20 

Less: Flirt! Tint-a-Licious Lip Sheer in Lover, $10 

“Benetint is such a great color and I love that it’s sheer and just a little glossy,” says Stiles. “This sheer bright pink from Flirt! is a really close match to the Benefit. Sheer brights are so modern and a great way to wear color.”

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Plum:

Luxe: Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick in Plum, $25 

Less: CoverGirl TruShine Lip Color in Plum Shine, $5.66 

“I love Armani lip colors. All consistencies. I find their sheer and cream [formulas] are very similar to the formula of CoverGirl’s TruShine Lip color,” says Stern.

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Deep Red:

Luxe: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $14 

Less: Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing Lip Sheers in Ruby Bliss, $8.99 

“Black Honey by Clinique has been on the best seller list years,” says Stiles. “Ruby Bliss by Neutrogena is a great, affordable version. The sheer color makes you look polished, but doesn’t feel too lipstick-y.”

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Peach

Luxe: Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur in Pure Coral, $29 

Less: CoverGirl Amazemint Lip Gloss in Freedom of Peach, $5.79 

“I am a huge fan of YSL’s Gloss Pur, however [also like] the similar finish of CoverGirl’s Amazemint Lip Gloss,” Stern says.

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Pale Pink:

Luxe: Cle de Peau Lip Gloss in No. 11, $47 

Less: L’Oreal Paris Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner in Soft Bloom, $8.96 

“This is such a sophisticated color for a drugstore lip gloss. It has a little iridescence but isn’t super sparkly,” Stiles says. “It’s a beautiful sheer color that doesn’t taste like candy! A huge bonus.”

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Pink:

Luxe: Lipstick Queen Sinner Pink, $18 

Less: CoverGirl Incredifull Lipcolor in Warm & Rosy, $6.99 

Stiles found these two to be near-perfect matches. T

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Copper

Luxe: Nars Lipstick in Kiss, $24 

Less: Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Velvet Kiss, $9.99 

Both lipsticks have a burnt copper shade and the Boots No7 has the advantage of being long-lasting. TotalBeauty.com member 51lincoln says, “I am typically not a fan of long wear but when I need something that lasts 4+ hours I wear this.”

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Sparkly Pink:

Luxe: Lancome Juicy Tubes Sparkling Night in Sky Diamond, $18 

Less: Mark Juice Gems in Juicy Cherry Pop, $6 

The packaging of these two glosses is practically identical, so it makes sense that the texture and color are similar too. The difference? The Mark gloss looks red in the tube but goes on like a deeper, sheer pink. The Lancome gloss goes on sheer as well, but the shade is true to the way it looks in the tube.


Bobbi Brown’s new Blushed Pink collection is such a great edition to all the spring collections we’re seeing for the upcoming season. I love how soft and pretty this look is but still manages to be fresh and lively. Gorgeous! It makes me wish I got to know the line much sooner than I did.
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This collection features 4 new limited edition Sparkle Eyeshadows in Ballet, Silver Moon, Mica and Sunlight. The eyeshadow formula is a combination of shimmering pearls and glitter in a translucent base and is soft and creamy for long lasting wear. The pans can also be popped out of their compacts and inserted in Bobbi Brown’s customizable palettes.
If that’s not enough for you, 2 new matte brown shadows in Mink and Birch have been added to the permanent eyeshadow lineup as defining shades and Bobbi has introduced 3 lip products for her customizable palette. Nude Pink Lip Gloss, Baby Glitter Lip Gloss and Blush Pink Creamy Lip Color are now available on a limited edition basis.
Do you have a favorite Bobbi Brown product? Let us know in the comments!


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