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Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème: Under Eye Cover Up


Dark, under-eye circles are our greatest enemy. And while lack of sleep and the go-go-go lifestyle can definitely be attributed to their presence, the unfortunate truth is that they’re often hereditary. So even if you’re able to cram in 10 hours of sleep a night, your face might not look so well rested. We’ve battled under eye circles for years, and have found that the best cocktail for making them less visible is eye cream and concealer.

While we normally stick to drugstore brands, we’ve officially become addicted to Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème. It disguises our under-eye circles, and covers blemishes and redness on our generally splotchy skin. It can also be used to hide bruises, birthmarks, varicose veins, and broken capillaries. Clearly, this is a whole new level of coverage, and we’re never going back.

Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème retails for $15. For more information, visit www.smartcover.com.

Megan Sarah Johnson


Which Lasts Longer? Eye Gel or Pencil?


The eyes are certainly the window to our soul. They mesmerize and tease, just like a burlesque dancer, and they have the power to fill us with great desire and joy. When we think of the eyes, we think of countless actresses who have charmed us with their cat eye and charming winks: Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, the innocent wide-eyed Emmy Rossum in Phantom of the Opera, Halle Berry in Cat Woman…

So, if you wanted to emulate these smoldering icons, would you use a gel eyeliner or pencil? And which one has marathon staying power?

Pencil Liner:

These are great eyeliner basics to carry in your purse. They are easily portable, and all you need is a sharpener (some varieties, like Smashbox Cosmetics, already come with an in-built sharpener). Pencils give great contour and definition, but alas, not a lot of them have serious staying power or provide you with the ability to smudge and create that smoky, sultry look. Some of the pencil liners we absolutely love have that velvety texture. These include Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Pencil which is extremely creamy and waterproof at the same time because it has jojoba oil, cottonseed and Vitamin E. We also love Smashbox Cosmetics’ Limitless Eye Liner with its own inbuilt sharpener. It goes on the eyes like silk.

Gel Eye Liner:

These liners definitely get our vote in terms of staying power. Not only do they glide effortlessly, but they stay on as long as you want them to – and then some. The best part about gel liners is that you can use a variety of brushes to get the thickness and contouring level you desire. We are staunch lovers of MAC Fluidline Gel liners and Maybelline Eye Studio Gel liners. Both of them give you a sultry cat eye and last and last like the Energizer Bunny.

So if you’re looking for staying power, go with the gel liner. If it’s contouring and portability you want, ink your lids with pencils. A combination of the two is a killer idea! We frequently experiment with both to find the right balance and tone for the type of look we’re looking for.

Tell us, which do you use more of? Gel liner or pencils?

- Charu Suri


Melt-Proof Makeup Tips for Summer 2010


When the temperatures escalate, your makeup needs to remain in place. There’s no point in you applying your eyeshadow, lipstick and foundation oh so carefully in the morning only to have them evaporate like desert clouds by noon.

So, how can you keep your color on all the time?

1. Use an oil-free primer on your face so it will not clog pores. Our perennial favorite is Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation Primer. Use a light-weight, breathable foundation with SPF as much as possible. We love Korres’s Ginger & Vitamins Water-Based Foundation with SPF 10, which is like Centrum for the face.

2. Use a primer or lip gloss on your eyelids before you apply your makeup. For the eyes, always go toward the sheers rather than matte finishes because they wear lightly and well. We love some of the MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Duos that give your eyes a lovely, floaty texture (you can vary the intensity according to your specifications).

3. Use a light, sheer blush that doesn’t look as though you’ve been sunburned like Kramer in a Seinfeld episode (fans, you’ll remember which one). We are currently loving Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Blendable Powder blush in Sorbet.

4. For the eyes, use a smudge proof and waterproof eye liner. We love Maybelline Eye Studio’s eye gel that simply doesn’t come off! It’s like wall paper for the eyes (in a good way!). Also remember to use a nice strong waterproof mascara, like Covergirl’s LashBlash Waterproof Mascara.

5. Although you may be tempted to swipe some long-lasting sheer color on your lips, use a lip balm with SPF.

6. Finally, layer on a mineral powder all over your silky makeup to keep the colors and product finishes in place. We love Jurlique’s Rose Silk Finishing Powder that refines the complexion and helps reduce unnecessary shine.

That’s it folks! Easy as watering the plants — really! Melt-proof makeup is a cinch so go on and dazzle them on the beach (or wherever your sunny travels take you). Tell us, how do you melt-proof your makeup?

Charu Suri


Highlights from The Makeup Show New York, 2010


Each year, the Makeup Show in New York brings together the best and brightest of makeup artists and makeup products under one terrific roof. This year, the quality of the participants was beyond stellar, with brands that included Mac Pro, Temptu, Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, Mehron, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Makeup Forever.

As we expected, Makeup Forever’s new waterproof Aqua Creams stole the show. These are versatile WATERPROOF colors that are so multipurpose that they’ll transform your entire face single handedly. We’re talking color for the eyes, lips and cheeks!

The pigments are so rich that pros and consumers alike will love these smudge proof and tear-proof colors that won’t crease or run. The formula contains evaporating oils that make the pigments really adhere to the skin. We love that it comes in 21 shades. Shown above is the shade #21 for eyes and cheeks.

Three Custom Color debuted their Getaway Collection of lipsticks in a brand new formula that lasts and yet is highly emollient. Formulated and fortified with vitamins and oils, these lipsticks moisturize yet provide rich color. The shades evoke the tropics: Bora Bora is a vivid fuchsia, Santorini is a rich raspberry with a silver shimmer, Copacabana is a bold coral with gold shimmer, Majorca is a warm paprika with a soft bronze shimmer while St. Tropez is a sandy peach-beige with champagne shimmer. The Getaway Collection will debut in June at www.threecustom.com

Our favorite airbrush foundation has long since been Temptu Pro. The brand is launching new blush colors for summer that is inspired by nature in bloom and by fruits and flowers. The shades include Nectar, Peony, Guava and Raspberry.

Other brands that debuted at the show include our favorite lip tars by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics , versatile eyeshadow pigments by Dinair Cosmetics and body art by Mehron.

Charu Suri


Winners, Losers and Trends at the 16th Annual CEW Awards


Friday marked the advent of a very special day in New York City with the CEW Beauty Awards, the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. There were winners, losers and best of all, there was Mario Cantone, the irrepressibly witty and charming MC of the Awards Ceremony (and one of the SATC2 stars) who was presented with his own Beauty Award.

The 16th Annual Beauty Awards crowned 31 different products as winners in several categories, spanning from masstige to prestige. In addition to the standard categories, the effervescent Indie Award went to Living Proof, a brand near and dear to my heart because the products have a tendency to make your hair resemble Amber Valleta’s.

The celebrities who presented the awards were drool-worthy too. From Malan Breton, Idol finalist Anoop Desai, Supermodel Selita Ebanks, Estelle, Mark Indelicato to Kim Kardashian and Whitney Port, the awards ceremony did not lack star power. Indeed, when the audience applauded, stars fell out of their hands.

Now, let’s talk about the beauty winners, shall we?

We were not surprised at all to see stars like Vaseline Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3 win the Body Treatment Masstige category because the technology of that product is pretty revolutionary. Nor did we bat an eyelash when Lancome’s Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate won in the Anti-Aging Prestige Category because– let’s face it – if a product can capture the power of your youthful genes it deserves to have its own country named after it.

We have always been crazy about Lancome’s Oscillation Powerbooster Primer and were thrilled with Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain won in the prestige lip product category.

Living Proof’s success is well deserved. The Indie company really understands hair issues and attitude with its groundbreaking anti-frizz technology (the brains behind the brand is an MIT professor, Dr. Bob Langer…need we say more?).

So what was one of the upsets? According to Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com, one of the biggest upsets was that “Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash did not win because the technology was quite strong.” It lost the crown to Olay Body Wash Plus Tone Enriching Ribbons.

Another upset in our eyes was that Garnier Skin Renew Awakening Face Moisturizer won in the mass category over Olay Pro-X SPF 30.

Beauty Trends at CEW

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