Last Thursday, right before the snow and my bubonic plague hit, I headed uptown to fete my favorite hostess with the mostest, Hilary Pereira of Mermaids and Martinis fame at the Fifth Avenune MAC store. The place was packed as I can’t see any better combination: mermaids + martinis + makeup. Guests were gifted copies of Hilary’s book and complimentary makeup touch ups. My life was changed with the introduction of MAC’s new Mineralize Rich Lipstick in a pucker worthy plum. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres were passed throughout the crowd by almost offensively attractive waiters, but the real treat awaited those who roamed to the back of the party- a DIY martini bar. Typically applying makeup under the influence would be a poor decision, but fortunately for us, we had the professionals from MAC to keep us coloring inside the lines.
Call me crazy (wouldn’t be the first time), but I don’t think I know one girl on this planet who wouldn’t be totally psyched to receive a little bit of beauty for the holidays. And wouldn’t you know… the cosmetics industry seems to have caught on since they come up with the raddest palettes right around this time of year. I wouldn’t venture to call it a coincidence. And one might think that makeup is a bit of a personal gift, it’s really hard to go wrong with palettes featuring assorted shades that are sure to be flattering on everyone from Snow White to Pocahontas. So, if you’re looking for a gift sure to be a hit, might I suggest makeup?
1. NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyes, $85, 2. Philosophy Ginger Hot Salt Scrub, $25, 3. Urban Decay Naked Basics, $27, 4. Benefit She’s So… Jetset!, $36, 5. Laura Mercier Le Petit Patisserie Travel Quartet, $50, 6. MAC Perfectly Plush Advanced Brush Kit, $49.50, 7. Tarte The Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, $45, 8. Lipstick Queen Liptropolis Set, $48, 9. Nails Inc. Bling It On Rocks Kit, $25
While red lips are here to stay, at times they can seem a little heavy for the warmer spring and summer months. Luckily, makeup artists everywhere were painting a new shade on the lips of the models backstage at the Spring shows (shown here at Milly). A variation on fire engine red was tangerine orange. Whether is was glossy or matte, deep coral or soft peach, this hue showed up on runway after runway.
Just like red lipstick, orange also takes a bit of trial and error to find the perfect shade for your skin and hair. Below are three citrus fueled shades to test out on your pretty pucker:
1. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Creme in Good To Go, $16, 2. Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Hara, $22, 3. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense #40, $19
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Indulge your inner child. MAC has teamed up with every girl’s favorite cartoon kitty, Hello Kitty for a colorful new take on your favorite MAC products.
Can’t say I’m not excited about this. I love Hello Kitty, but do realize that it is no longer acceptable after the age of um… 8 to have Hello Kitty sheets, clothes, dolls, etc. However, I do feel it is “purr-fectly” (couldn’t help it) fine and fun to have a stash of Hello Kitty makeup in your bag. Luckily, the colors are much more wearable than MAC’s former Barbie collection. You can shop online or go for the in store experience. Henri Bendel in New York has a whole crazy atrium built around our furry friend.