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Glam Editor’s Pick: NARS Satin Lip Pencil

By  October 22, 2014

EdPickNARSDiscover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

If you’d asked me a year ago how often I wore red lipstick, my response would be somewhere around 3 times per year: Halloween, a theme party (#college) and probably one formal event for which I felt like being adventurous with my makeup.  Ask me now, and my response is much more industry-appropriate.

I wear red lipstick on any given day, and I apply super dark shades like it’s no big deal. What can I say, I’m a total convert. But once upon a time, it seemed a daunting task to find “my perfect red”—you know, because we tend to make such a thing of it. But really, after a little bit of searching and a willingness to just try—my coworkers had to remind me that there is no shortage of makeup wipes in our office—I’ve found quite a few wonderful lipsticks. In fact, my collection is now overflowing with all shades of reds, plums and nudes (after you submit, it’s hard to say no).

But, alas, I just might have found it: yes, “my perfect red.” This NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Mandore is quickly becoming my go-to not just for its rich, brick-y hue, but also because of how easy it is to apply. It’s definitely a lipstick, but when it comes in pencil form, application somehow becomes foolproof. Take it from the girl who’s been scared of smudged, feathered, overdone red lipstick her entire life: this product is a dream. It updates my beauty routine in a snap without elongating my morning process (I mean, not all of us can wake up like this…) and it does wonders for my black-and-white winter wardrobe, which usually requires some sort of pop. I have a feeling that from now through the winter season, it’s going to be this. –Lauren Kaplan

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Mandore, $25.

Halloween How-To: Fawn Over this Darling Deer Makeup Look

By  October 22, 2014

Blame it on Bambi, but whether they’re animated or found in nature, deer are the animals every person’s inner Disney princess wants to befriend. The endearing (get it?) creatures don’t usually come to mind for Halloween, making it a fun and fresh idea for a costume. Though the look can seem hard to accomplish without some artistic expertise, Glam looked to the Make Up For Ever Education team to help figure out how to channel our animal instinct this haunted holiday:

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Cover Your Complexion:
Start by covering up your brows with spirit gum and plasto wax, but you can also use a glue stick to smooth things over. Sculpt the nose, the cheeks and the sides of the neck with the brown flashcolor from Make Up For Ever’s Falashcolor Palette. Add in the brand’s Clown White for the light areas near the center of the face, and your shade of HD Foundation on the rest of the face and to help blend dark lines before setting your face and neck with the Super Matte Loose with a Velvet Powder Puff.

Color and Contour:
Contour the browned areas of the cheek with the M100 Artist Shadow and intensify the highlights of the face with the 967 Star Diamond Powder. Then dot the brown areas with the white flashcolor using the Fine Eyeliner Brush. Next, use the Small Shader Brush and the Aqua Black to paint the muzzle on the underside of your nose. If you want a little more glitz to your look, you can apply Diamond Powder in 1 over the white dots.

Get Doe-Eyed and Darling:
After priming the eye, apply the Clown White on the eyelid up to the crease before setting with the Super Matte Loose. Line the upper and lower lash lines with the M10 Artist Liner, smudging gently out and upwards while avoiding the outer corners of the eye. Create the winged shape by imagining a line that extends from the lower lash line upwards to the end of the brow with the Artist Liner before blending with the Small Precision Crease Brush and setting with the M100 Artist Shadow. Create some depth to the crease by applying and blending the M518 Artist Shadow just above the crease and beneath the lower lash line. Then draw a cat eye with the Aqua Black and the Fine Eyeliner Brush, connecting the outer corners and creating a line towards the nose. Finish up the eye with a few swipes of Smoky Lash Mascara and Faux Lashes as desired.

Lock in the Lip:
Line the lips with the 5L Aqua Eyes before shading the outer corners for an ombre effect that draws the eye towards the center of the lip. For mega watt shine, apply a mix of the Diamond Powder in 1 and the Clear Super Lip Gloss. Grab a pair of antlers and practice your best animal pose for all of the Halloween party pictures!

Beauty Buzz: Lady Gaga Bags Baby Bangs, Lauren Conrad’s Coveted Colors, and Pat McGrath’s Blind Makeup Magic

By  October 21, 2014

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Queen B isn’t the only one sporting super short bangs these days, as pal and previous collaborator Lady Gaga was also spotted with the new ‘do out in Manchester on Monday. Though Mother Monster paired the fresh fringe with a retro bowl cut wig, we have a feeling that with both stars sporting the look, it might even become a trend. Ready or not, here it comes! [People]

Everyone loves Lauren Conrad’s laid-back style, and it carries over to her tips and toes. The lifestyle muse is sharing a few of her favorite fall nail shades to ensure our manis are magnificent all season long. She said, “Whenever fall rolls around, I like to tone down my manicures with autumn-inspired hues…and opt for polishes within the gray, purple and burgundy family.” [Refinery 29]

Applying your #FOTD without a mirror is difficult enough, but imagine trying it with your eyes closed. While disaster may lie ahead for most, only a makeup magician like Pat McGrath could pull off a feat like this. Seeing is believing as she primps Natalia Vodianova to perfection. [Vogue]

Nest is opening up shop inside of Neiman Marcus’ hometown outpost. From rollerballs to diffusers, the 220-square foot space will hold all of the brand’s stock-keeping products that populates its site, and more are on the way.  Founder Laura Slatkin explained, “It’s an important step in our evolution as a brand that people understand the integration of personal fragrance and home fragrance and how we use different fragrances to create different moods. We plan to roll out Nest boutiques worldwide.” [WWD]

Elizabeth Arden is slipping into something new, courtesy of Shoshanna, and you can take it home, too! Elizabeth Arden Style Director Shoshanna Gruss designed a new cosmetic bag that’s available with a qualifying Elizabeth Arden purchase of $32.50 and up at Lord and Taylor where you can choose between the brand’s Prevage or Ceramide versions that can carry your essentials for travel or as a cute clutch. Talk about double-duty beauty! [Glam Inbox]

What Did Renée Zellweger Do To Her Face?

By  October 21, 2014

renee-zellweger-elle-women-in-hollywoodRenée Zellweger made a serious splash when she hit the 2014 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday night, but it wasn’t her ensemble that was getting all of the attention. The star looked wide-eyed and fresh faced as she made her triumphant return to the red carpet after a five year hiatus–but we (and the rest of the Internet) couldn’t help noticing that she didn’t quite look like herself.

So what’s changed? We asked Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan to give it his best analysis.

Eyes

While Zellweger’s eyes have been one of most recognizable features, the star’s peepers truly popped, showing off more of her brilliant blue eyes than we’ve previously seen. Dr. Dayan surmised she had likely opted for a buffer plasty, which removes excess skin around the eyes. “It’s rare to see someone change so much,” he said. “She’s also going the opposite of what most people like; nowadays most people like the look of a heavier eyelid. The look of big, wide eyes was more popular in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and into the ‘70s.”

Skin

Zellweger’s slimmed down since her Bridget Jones days, but her skin looked extra sculpted Monday night even compared to just a month ago when the actress attended the 8th Annual Fashion Award honoring Carolina Herrera. “I wouldn’t be surprised if she had some resurfacing procedures to tighten her skin,” noted Dr. Dayan. “She could have had lasers, like Fraxel. She may have had Thermage; it’s hard to say for sure. Most people today are doing small procedures, like Botox and fillers, and it’s almost become like getting your nails or your hair done.”

The doctor said that Zellweger, like many others, could have had Botox injections for years, making the muscles between her brows less prominent. But he noted that the actress could also have had a forehead lift to tighten up. “The muscles in between her eyebrows are much less prominent as she’s gotten older, which is usually a sign that something has either been reduced or stripped or removed.”

Lips

While Zellweger’s eyes are the most noticeable changes, Dayan thinks that there may be a bit of lip work as well. “There are some pictures I looked at where she has this asymmetry when she smiles, so she may have an implant in there,” he explained.

Though plastic surgery has advanced to where patients are out for merely days or a couple of weeks, the possible procedures could have been spread throughout her hiatus. “She could’ve gotten this all done in one shot – the eyes, the forehead, the lips,” he said. “But even if she did all of this major surgery in one shot, she was probably doing a lot of things along the way. I’m sure one of my friends has taken care of her.”

Even if she looks different now, Zellweger has pushed herself back into the limelight like she did at the beginning of her career: with one major red carpet appearance.

MAC and Nasty Gal Want You to Look Like a #GIRLBOSS

By  October 21, 2014

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Step one to being a #GIRLBOSS? Look the part and make a statement. And come December 4, that’s going to be easier than ever thanks to Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso’s new four-piece collaboration with MAC Cosmetics.

The color set will feature three bold lip hues: a deep purple named Gunner and two reds, dubbed Runner and Stunner. And since no high-powered beauty look is complete without a fierce manicure, the collection also includes a fiery lacquer aptly named Flaming Rose.

Amoruso shared the first campaign image on her Instagram and told Women’s Wear Daily that “it was a fun and effortless collaboration to create. MAC and Nasty Gal are both young, colorful brands that complement one another.”

Finally, something that actually makes us wanna get Nasty–see the full line of products below.

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Halloween How-To: Makeup Musts to Look Like a Living Doll

By  October 21, 2014

Life in plastic is fantastic (at least according to Aqua), and the dolls from our childhoods can easily inspire a costume that serves something sweet instead of scary for Halloween. As makeup mavens gear up to stretch their skills for the festive fall holiday, Glam turned to Illamasqua Brand Ambassador Zoe Peplow to show us how we can get all dolled up. Just add a frilly dress and a curly wig to the mix and you’re set to hit the streets to trick or treat.

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To Shape the Brows and Eyes:
Start by defining your brows with Illasmasqua’s Brow Cake, using an angled brush to help you round out your brows and map the eye shape for the rest of the look. You can hide any unwanted hairs with a little Skin Base Lift and add more definition to the brows to look more animated. Next, buff the Vintage Metallix in Courtier into the lid, blending up to the brow.

To Create the Cut Crease:
Then buff the Powder Shadow in Incubus into the socket line to create the cut crease and blend it towards the brows as well. Apply the Obsidian powder shadow at the outer corners of the eye and blend it into the cut crease to create depth. Apply the Sex powder shadow underneath the brow to highlight and then use a blending brush to sweep it across the lid to blend all of the colors together.

To Exaggerate the Eye Size:
Apply the Elate Eye Coloring Pencil to the waterline and under the lash line. Draw a new lower lash line with the Precision Gel Liner under the natural lash line, blending out with a smolder brush and setting it with the Obsidian powder shadow. Line the top lash line with the gel liner to match and blend it into the cut crease. Applying the Lush False Eyelashes to the upper lashes and the No. 21 False Eye Lashes to the new lower lash line.

To Create the Rest of the Look:
Mix in a bit of the Furore Pure Pigment into the Skin Base Foundation of your shade to give it that flawless, plastic glow. Give your cheeks some life by applying a bit of the Laid Cream Blusher to the apples of the cheeks. Finish the look by giving your lips some sparkle by layering the Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss over the Sonnet Lipstick and kiss the costume competition goodbye.

Editor's Pick: Uni K Wax Tweezers

By  October 21, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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A tweezer is a tweezer, right? WRONG.

Confession time: I’m slightly obsessed with eyebrows. I have been ever since my boss at Baltimore magazine taught me all about threading and subsequently took me to get my brows threaded for the first time. Ever since then, I refuse to let anyone near my face unless they’re working with floss.

In an effort to upkeep my Cara Delevingne wannabe brows in between sessions, I’ve worked my way through many different kinds of tweezers. But I was never sold on one set until I found this new set from my go-to waxing salon, Uni K Wax. These are perfectly slanted at a 25 degree angle, making it that much easier to grab those pesky little hairs and ideally sharpened to a precise point. I won’t be missing my regular appointments with the lovely ladies at the threading salon, but I am more confident that my brows will remain up to a Delevingne comparison.

It also doesn’t hurt that they come in a variety of colors.

Unikwax tweezers, $11

Beauty Buzz: Leonard Lauder’s Lifetime Achievement, L’Oreal Loves Carol’s Daughter, and Cool Off Your Cosmetics

By  October 20, 2014

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Leonard Lauder has had his mother Estée’s legacy to look after, but he blazed his own trail as his family beauty company’s chairman emeritus. The beauty exec is the first male to receive the CEW Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor which his mother was the first to receive in 1989. In speaking of Lauder, Saks Fifth Avenue president Marigay McKee said,“Many of us, especially in the beauty industry, at challenging times, have found ourselves asking the question, ‘What would Leonard do?’ It is such a simple question, yet it has an incredibly deep and great meaning, as we know Leonard is a fountain of knowledge, thoughtfulness and dynamic productivity.” [WWD]

L’Oreal USA is welcoming a new member to its ever-expanding family: Carol’s Daughter. The go-to brand for textured tresses has long been a favorite of beauty editors and natural hair advocates alike and promises to make even more waves with the new acquisition. Frédéric Rozé, president and chief executive officer of L’Oréal USA told WWD, “Carol’s Daughter possesses an expertise in the multi-cultural consumer segment, a rapidly expanding market that represents an important growth opportunity in the beauty industry.” Congrats, Carol’s Daughter! [WWD]

This may give you flashbacks to your dorm days, but this mini-fridge is meant for your beauty products! MINI ZZANG Compact Cosmetics Refrigerator is designed to keep the bacteria at bay in your creams, and even help your cosmetics last longer. It’s small enough to fit on the corner of your vanity or just underneath, so everything is close at hand when you need it. We already have it on our holiday wish list! [She Finds]

The Body Shop has just released its new Colour Crush Nail range that infuses Community Fair Trade Marula Oil into the formula to nourish nails with each application. It includes 24 vegan shades plus a top and base coat in one for high shine and hold. Happy #ManiMonday, indeed! [The Body Shop]

Not everyone is blessed with thick tresses, and there are many who are facing the fact that their lush locks are thinning out.  While there is a troupe of thickeners and volumizers, they might not get to the root of the problem. Women’s Rogaine has a new aerosol formula that you can apply to your roots everyday to help reactivate the follicles. Looks like stopping the shed has just gotten easier. [Glam Inbox]

Kate Hudson and Mom Pump Up the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

By  October 20, 2014

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It seems that everything is turning pink this month to bring awareness to breast cancer, and Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn have found a fun way to show their support for the cause.

Colorist Danny Moon gave the mother-daughter duo’s locks a pop of pink for BCA month on Saturday, adding in a few vibrant streaks swirled with their natural blond waves. Hudson shared a group snap from the salon chair on Instagram, even flashing a pink-tipped peace sign for the picture. “In honor of my bestie Juliana, my assistant Kathy, my grandmother Laura, Mimo and all the people who are fighting and have fought breast cancer,” she captioned the shot. “Your courage shines and inspires. We decided to show our support by wearing pink proud! Thank you @majormoonn for taking us there. #breastcancerawarenessmonth #familyfun #pinkpower #pinkproud #courage #showthelove #bcrf.”

We can’t confirm if the stars received the streaks on their own or if it was a part of another initiative, Pink Hair for Hope. The non-profit partnered with SOCAPUSA to offer pink extensions in salons throughout the country. The $10 donation from each service benefits charities like the American Cancer Society, National Breast Cancer Foundations, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Regardless of their reasons, this is a fun way to support the cause.

Meet the Newest Members of the Lob Squad

By  October 20, 2014

Thanks to the likes of Taylor Swift, Jessica Alba, and Karlie Kloss, the long bob (or lob) has become the cut du jour of 2014. With fall style refreshes already underway, a slew of celebs are opting for the fresh and modern chop. Find out who spent the weekend in the salon chair:

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