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Transition Your Makeup from Summer to Fall with the switch of a pencil

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Pencil, $17 at Sephora

A waterproof, extremely long-wearing lip liner.

Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil Rosewood. $17 at Sephora

Changing the color you line your lips with will instantly update your look. If you’ve been wearing those amazing brights this summer, change your lip pencil to a darker hue and work it into the brighter lipstick to give it a darker or dirtier cast — this will  mute it and make it fall-wearable.

I just found some brilliant Makeup Forever waterproof lip liners at Sephora.  They’re worth a try, and stay on all day,  and help you have a worry free wedding day.  $17

Or, try Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Crushed Berry or Bamboo, $14.

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Jumpstart your look for fall with bold lips

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Jumpstart your look for fall with bold lips

Pale faces and bold lips were ubiquitous in the Fall 2010 shows last spring. Now is the time to shake up your lipstick wardrobe with reds from carrot to crimson.  If you prefer a more understated lip look, invest in wine or eggplant  tones.  Remember to keep the rest of your look neutral allowing your lips to lead the way.

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Allure’s addictive interactive face charts allow you to recreate what you see in the magazine

Saturday, May 15th, 2010 offers interactive face charts that you can use to try out the looks you see on their pages.  Scroll through dozens of options in their extensive archive.  Here’s the best part:  each one is printable and comes with its own shopping list of the products required for that particular look.  Take it with you to the cosmetics department or bring it to your trial run consultation with the makeup professional you hire for the big day.

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

From “elegant” look

creating elegant, dramatic eyes
1. To create a gorgeous nighttime look, use light, medium and dark eyeshadow shades in graduated tones. Apply the dark shade along your lash line, the medium shade on the crease, and a light shade up to the eyebrow bone but not beyond. Soften and blend any hard edges so one color seems to melt into the next.
2. To open up your eyes so that they appear livelier, place a dot of a light shadow in the inner corner of each eye.
3. For a sexy, smoky effect, trace the upper and lower lashes with a dark shadow then smudge with a blending brush. To optimize the look, this can also be done over eyeliner.

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Lovely Bridal Shop NYC; browse this site (or just go there) and spark your creative energy for an avant garde twist on your St Louis wedding

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

“Lovely” opens today in a West Village townhouse and provides brides with an alternative to the traditional bridal gown search.

Visit for dazzling & inspirational ideas and images.

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Calling all Spring and Summer 2010 brides… Pastel makeup is coming!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Pastels for Spring/Summer 2010

Pastels for Spring/Summer 2010

Spring and Summer

2010 brides…

Fashion Week just wrapped up in NYC & I am in love with the pastel beauty trend for spring…it is perfect for bridal.

Pastels can work for any bride, but remember to choose the right shade and intensity.  The darker your skin, the deeper the pastels need to be or they will look “gray”  and ashy on your skin.  In fact, when your skin is warmer (slightly tanned) in the spring and summer it is easier to wear these shades.  And sticking to one shade at a time will keep you from looking like a little girl who got into her mother’s makeup.   Anyone else have nightmare memories of blue/silvery shades in plastic compacts, sponge tipped applicators and 8th grade school pictures in which they look like Endora from Bewitched….well don’t you worry.  The latest beauty looks from the runway showcase spring’s pastels as “saturated” colors that have depth and sophistication.


For light to medium skin tones, I have found that Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear cream shadow in “Ballet Pink” really illuminates the eye and is perfect for day by itself.   Then all you need to do is intensify your eyeliner and head out to a night on the town.  For a darker skin tone, try Bobbi Brown’s powder shadow in deeper, richer shades like ”naked” or “black plum”.  Bobbi’s metallics offer some beautiful color options ranging from lilacs for lighter skin tones, to “After Hours,” a deep chocolate mauve.  Just don’t do too much shimmer for photography-it will look shiny because it reflects the flash.

I will always be a fan of black eyeliner-I have gone through my phases with colors like navy and purples, but I always come back to tried and true black.  For those of you who want a lighter liner there are so many options out there, and Bobbi’s Gel Liners do not disappoint. Try “Black Plum Ink” or “Indigo Ink”.  Or you could line the top lid with black, and the bottom with a brown smudged softer line.


For a pretty pastel lip there are hundreds of options. It is fun, easy and relatively inexpensive to update your look with lip products.  We all know how purchasing a pretty new lipstick changes your day without breaking the bank.

Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Gloss in all four pastel colors is amazing when you put it on…it looks like there is a slight glow to the bottom half of your face.  The reflection also amplifies your lips because it reflects light.


“I Pink I Love You”
Go to and browse their “Fairytale Bride” collection.

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Beauty mistakes that add years to your face

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

1. Foundation that is too light exaggerates lines.  Try a warmer toned foundation a shade darker than your skin and    blend.

2. Avoid powder on non-oily areas and the eye area. Powder can exaggerate lines.

3. Dark lipstick makes thinning lips look saggy.   Try a neutral rose color and color in with lip liner first.  I like Brownie Bobbi Brown lipliner with Blush lip color over it and then a layer of Lilac brightening gloss.

4. Keep a fresh mascara on hand at all times.  Clumpy old mascara not only looks unattractive, it also can negatively call attention to fine lines and crows feet.  If this is your concern, skip mascara on the bottom altogether.  And don’t forget to curl the upper lashes!  This really opens the eye, and together with a black mascara will make your eyes look bright and awake.

5. Since eyes may start to droop at the outer corners as we age, when lining the eyes, make sure not to drag the upper line down at the outer corner of the eye; “wing” it gently upwards.

6. Go easy on the foundation.  Opt for a sheer moisturizing formula or even a tinted moisturizer.  Keep your skin well hydrated and moist, and avoid allowing foundation to sit on top of wrinkled areas.  Really blend.  Then see #2 above.  Note:this is every day advice, doesn’t apply to photo makeup.

7. Hair that is too dark for your skin tone can look austere & instantly aging. Talk to a good colorist to find out the best shade to compliment your skin tone.

8. SUNSCREEN!!  At the very least, on your face and neck.

9. Ease up on the bronzer-a little is a must, but too much can look muddy and mottled, mimicking age spots.
10.Softer fuller brows (that are well groomed) look young and fresh.  Pencil thin severe brows can look harsh, dated and sometimes a little arresting.

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