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Posted by 10.27.14

What kind of lipstick wearer are you? An avid lip biter? Do you only go for the matte? Lip liners — friend or foe? Gloss or no gloss? Do you use balm before color? These and other burning questions can make the difference between flawless or failed lipstick applications.

Four experts offered BITB their best tricks for how to keep your lipstick looking great all day long.


    Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo -- “I always recommend women use a lip liner, like Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner ($21).  It helps define the lip and give a perfectly defined pout.  It works as an anchor and ensures everything is symmetrical.  The color doesn’t need to match your lipstick exactly, but should match your actual lip color.”

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    Amanda Gabbard, beauty expert and makeup specialist at the Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York -- “We often have a thin layer of dry skin over our lips that prevents color from staying put. To avoid this, when brushing your teeth gently run the toothbrush over your lips. Do this after you have rinsed and brush lips while they are still moist to help slough off dry or uneven areas of the skin. It is a better alternative to picking the dry areas which will cause more problems. When applying lipstick, use a light lip balm then apply a lip concealer such as the Guerlain Kiss Kiss Liplift. This will act as a base to hold the liner and lipstick on -- like using primer before the foundation. After using a lip balm, apply a light-colored lip liner (I suggest Guerlain Bois de Santal #44) around the lips. Avoid using dark lip liners since they tend to make lips appear thinner. Now that the lips are primed and ready to go, apply lipstick and dab a light layer of gloss over. My favorite optical illusion trick is to outline the lips with Guerlain's Precious Lights Highlighting Pen (or use Lingerie De Peau Concealer Compact). Gently dab a Q-tip and enhance your pretty pout with a lighter hue around the lip's outer edge.”

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    Ellie Malmin, Makeup Director, Anushka Spa, Salon, Cosmedical Centre, West Palm Beach, FL  -- "My clients are loving the Glo Minerals Perfect Color Duo for a beautiful soft pink, ideal nude or a gorgeous bold red lip, depending on your coloring and style. This product does double duty by pairing a gloss with a creamy lipstick. First, I recommend dabbing some powder or foundation on your lips so color adheres well. Then I like to line lips with a neutral liner shade that complements the natural lip color. Next, apply the creamy lipstick formula and follow with some gloss for added dimension and shine."

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    Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco -- “Personally, I like a classic semi-matte lipstick texture and a blue based red. I think it’s so chic and timeless.  However, lately it’s been so in to wear an orange-red that I really love how it brightens complexions.”





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Posted by 10.25.14

When you think of Brioni, the sensuality of fine Italian cashmere, silk, and wool come to mind. It is a label that speaks to prestige and elegance, most notably for finely crafted luxury menswear.  A made to measure Brioni suit is the ultimate male status symbol — a mark of quality for a man who won’t settle for less than perfection.

The Italian couturier has launched a brand new fragrance, simply named Brioni. As you would expect, the hand fashioned bottle is a work of art in itself, and suitable for the Brioni man with discriminating taste. Designers Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard created a modern bottle by hand that captures the movement of light and fabric in motion. Inspired by the Italian sculptures in Rome, the unique bottle is capped in hand brushed bronze which adds to its male character with a touch of antique charm.

The fragrance captures the essence of Brioni’s heritage of masculine grooming and elegance since 1945. “When a man wears a custom Brioni suit, he exudes a sexiness because he feels confident and protected,” says Brendan Mullane, Creative Director. “We wanted to bottle that feeling with a sensual and elegant scent.”

The new Brioni eau de toilette is comprised of three rich complex accords: Citrus (Sicilian lemon), Boutonniere (floral notes of magnolia, iris, and violet) and Woody (smoky, saffron, black licorice).

Brioni eau de toilette (75ml, $280) is available at Brioni boutiques, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and Selfridges in the U.K.

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Posted by 10.10.14

What is the single beauty product you can’t live without? Is it an SPF50, or are you ready to feed yourself to the sharks without your glossy black mascara, or will you shrivel up under a palm tree and die without your 16 ounce tub of La Mer?

BITB polled a group of enthusiastic skin experts for their must-have beauty products, and their responses range from expected to kind of surprising.


Hema Sundaram, MD — Dermatologist, Rockville, Maryland
“Besides sunscreen of course, it’s a new one I’ve been using for about the past 6 months — Teoxane RHA Serum, Hyaluronic acid in a bottle… the glow is incredible!”

Heidi Waldorf, MD –  Dermatologist, New York City

“As a skin-care loving derm diva, this is very very tough, so here’s my answer with caveats. IF I can have only one topical product… and only one…it has to be Vaseline petroleum jelly. Vaseline is to me what Windex was to the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. You can use it for just about everything from moisturizing to protecting to healing… And then I’d just fashion a sun protective poncho and hat from palm leaves…”

Nelly Gauthier, MD — Cosmetic Surgeon, Paris
“It would have to be Vaseline. I consider it a beauty product and a pure one! It really helps dry skin AND dry lips as well. It also soothes sun burns I might get on this Island.”

Rebecca Kazin, MD — Dermatologist, Washington D.C.

“My desert island pick is Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreens SPF 50 which is perfect to protect skin against sunburn, and also helps avoid a shiny nose in the humidity.”

Robin Unger, MD — Hair Transplant Surgeon, New York City

New Chapter Prenatal Vitamin — it has all the nutrients you would need to keep your hair from falling out secondary to poor nutrition on the desert island.”

Monika Kiripolsky, MD — Dermatologist, Beverly Hills, CA
“I would choose ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 because it is a lightly tinted sunblock that protects against UVA, UVB, and has melanin (what gives our skin natural pigment), which makes it even more potent than a similar product without the melanin. Also, it doesn’t feel greasy or clog my pores, so I don’t even feel like I’m wearing sunblock. I like it so much that I even wear it out to dinner at night (the universal tint makes my skin look even more flawless than it already is!). I’d need loads and loads of it, as we all know that sunblocks start to wear off after about an hour and a half to two hours.

Marc Edward – Celebrity Facialist, West Hollywood, CA

“My favorite desert island beauty product is my Marc Edward Skincare Nourishing Moisture Serum loaded with ceramides, lipids, sphingolipids, and is dewy and hydrating, giving the skin a glow. It’s my #1 selling product and it works well with any moisture cream anyone already has, and can be used under the cream or on top of any other serum. If you’re on a desert island, besides sunscreen your skin will become dry, parched, dehydrated, and lackluster quickly especially from drying saltwater from the ocean, so this is why I love this serum for the face or body.”

Tina Alster, MD – Dermatologist, Washington DC

“My choice would be SKIN IS IN BB Cream because it contains 1) an antioxidant to clear away free radicals and make the skin brighter, 2) a nonchemical SPF to protect skin from the island sun, and 3) a tint so that I can look fabulous!”

Betsy Rubenstone — Medical Aesthetician, Deme, Philadelphia
“My number one choice is Revision Skincare Intellishade SPF 45.”

Brooke Jackson, MD — Dermatologist, Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF15 because a derm diva needs a little sparkle and some scissors, so I can make an adorable grass jumpsuit from the palm leaves while I sip coconut milk in the shade! I can also use the scissors to cut down branches to build a hut, since the sunscreen will eventually run out and one will be better off with a physical structure to block.”
Jill Waibel, MD — Dermatologist, Miami FL
“If I can’t bring one of my lasers, then I would have to say Retin-A because it helps prevent wrinkles and skin cancer, and it also helps renew your skin. But then, if you are using Retin-A, you would have to bring an SPF30 to avoid turning as red as a lobster in all that direct sun exposure.”

Jason Joel Emer, MD — Dermatologist, Beverly Hills
“Since it’s a desert, I’d have to have sunscreen — Jan Marini Daily Face Protectant SPF33 Non-Tinted. What’s great about this one is that it is an “anti-aging” sunscreen — so it has a dual function. It has hyaluronic acid which plumps and hydrates the skin, beta glucan to reverse previous sun damage, and microscopic oil controlling sponges making the application easy and able to go under makeup. And it smells amazing!”

Jessica Krant, MD — Dermatologist, New York City
“My one favorite beauty product for my stint on a desert island isn’t about skincare or anti-aging, or even what we really want on a desert island — sunscreen — because this has no sunscreen at all. When I want a really special evening out and want to feel like a supermodel, I use MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream. It’s a primer and moisturizer with reflective optical properties so finely prepared, that it just gives a dewy translucency to the skin without an actual sparkle. I invariably get constant compliments all night every time I wear it, without people knowing why they think I look even better than usual. It brings out the light in my skin, it hides my flaws, and it makes me look fresh and glowing. It’s my secret, and I almost didn’t want to share it, but what the heck!”

Lori Brightman, MD — Dermatologist, New York City
“ONLY one…I would like to have a one stop shopping then, a product that will fight the signs of aging and protect my skin without any harsh chemicals. Scalisi Anti Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 — I like the clinical trials behind it proving efficacy as well as use of botanicals and all natural ingredients.”

Joel Schlessinger, MD — Dermatologist, Founder of, Omaha, Nebraska
“FixMySkin 1% hydrocortisone balm from LovelySkin of course! If it is a desert island, it will likely be dry and your lips and other parts of the body will be dry as well.  FixMySkin 1% hydrocortisone balm is great for those instances and will make your time on the island much more pleasant.”

Bea Hunter Erdman — Medical Aesthetician, Tampa
“My desert island product pick is Extreme Protect SPF30 from Innovative Skincare. It’s a must to protect and stop the ravaging, aging effects of UV rays!”

Bruce Blau, DDS — Cosmetic Dentist, New York City
“Skin Trip Coconut Moisturizer from Mountain Ocean.”

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