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Posted by 12.10.14

A little bit of adornment goes a long way when it’s shimmery, shiny gold. A flash of it — or any other metallic — on eyes, lips, face or body, adds instant glam, especially when it’s executed right. Kristina Magovac, National Makeup Artist for Japonesque says “gold can work for anyone, regardless of age.” Her 5 makeup tips will guarantee you get that Midas touch, without breaking the bank.


  • Go subtle by using a fluffy blending brush for a light wash of color on the lids. If you prefer an intense gold color payoff instead, balance it with a light, neutral lip.
  • Use a large powder brush with just a hint of gold powder to give cheeks an understated hit of radiance.
  • When applying gold to the lips, lightly highlight the cupid’s bow or add a touch to the middle of the bottom lip for a fuller pout.
  • Just a hit of gold picks up light and will have you glowing for the camera. Add highlighting powder to your shoulders, décolletage or legs for a gorgeous sheen.
  • With gold, less is more. Steer clear of it if you have a heavy hand with makeup as it’s very easy to take the look from subtle glow to a gold goddess costume.


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    Dolce & Gabbana The Lipgloss Ultra-Shine Lipgloss in Gold ($31) gives your lips a glass-like sheen of sheer reflective shine. Use to highlight the center of your lips for a fuller-looking pout or warm up your lipstick shade by topping it with this subtle golden glow.

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    Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Mari(Gold)($25) is formulated with vitamin E and Rosa Canina Seed Extract to help soothe, and protect the delicate eye area, plus it has a high-color payoff that sets in 15 seconds for a stay-put-all-day long-wearing, waterproof finish.

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    Japonesque Color Liquid Light in Shade 2 ($28) imparts a lit-from-within glow. It's a light-reflecting liquid that illuminates on contact so you look radiant, glowing, beautiful. Use as a make-up base or apply wherever you'd like to highlight.

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    Mehron Gold Metallic Powder and Mixing Liquid ($12.95) combines the ultra fine Metallic Powder Makeup (which can be used dry) or mixed with the liquid for a bolder statement. Ideal for body painting, face painting, and makeup plus it washes off easily with soap and water.

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    Nailtini Lacquer in Millionaire ($13) is a decadent, rich gold with emerald multi-shaped glitter that can be worn full coverage (takes 2 coats) or layered over any other shade.

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    Shimmer Jewelry Tattoos ($10 for 50 Designs) is a way to have fun with the gold trend. You can go all out but it's more on trend to do the less is more thing here. A smaller design on the inside of your wrist, your ankle or behind your ear will add a hint of sexy without looking like you're trying to hard.





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Posted by 12.09.14

Hot on the heels of Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year) is Pantone’s pick for 2015, Marsala! It’s an earthy, wine red making it the perfect go-to for lips. Here are makeup tips and picks to stay on trend and get it right.








  1. Always exfoliate and moisturize lips before applying so lipstick goes on smoother and lasts longer. The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ ($24) combines sugar crystals, jojoba and grape seed oils to get the job done in the most delicious way possible. Available in a variety of flavors including Clementine, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Creme Brûlée, and more.
  2. Use a lip brush for expert control over application and intensity.
  3. Blot after applying lipstick to prevent bleeding outside lip lines.
  4. Contrast is key. If you have an olive or medium-toned complexion stick to the more red-based (rather than brown-based) shades so you don’t look washed-out.
  5. For those with a small mouth, sheer glosses and colored balms will better play up and enhance what you’ve got.
  6. Keep it simple. Bold lips look best paired with a well-groomed brow, minimal blush, neutral eye shadow, clean liner, and lots of mascara. Period.
  7. When wearing dark (or bright) lips always do a double-take. You’ll avoid the dreaded “lipstick on the teeth” with this model trick: After applying, put your clean finger inside your mouth, close your mouth around it and slide your finger out. This will remove any color that has gotten on the inner part of your lips and prevent it from getting on your teeth.



Paul & Joe Lip Liner Duo in Grapevine ($25) is a double-ended, velvety-textured lip pencil that glides on smoothly to line, define, and color lips. Use the shades separately or together to fill in entire lip. Top with a sheer gloss or balm for a long-wear stain that stays put.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Caractere ($35) gives you a gorgeously rich in pigment and creamy in application. It moisturizes, soothes and conditions lips on contact.

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Rosewood ($27) lasts up to 8 hours without bleeding or feathering. It also contains pure olive oil and vitamin E to keep lips their healthiest.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Metalrose ($25) is on the rosier spectrum of the shade and a less edgy, softer way to pull off the Color of the Year. One coat of this liquid lipstick gives you intense color and a smooth, lustrous finish.




CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Ravish Raspberry ($6.99) is pigment rich, full of hydrating shea, avocado and aloe butters and even formulated with white tea and vitamin E anti-aging antioxidant protection.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Manic ($22) is highly pigmented, hydrating and long-wear, plus its gunmetal case keeps you looking cool when applying.



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Posted by 12.08.14

With so many years in this business I’ve collected quite an assortment of the most gorgeous nail polishes you could ever imagine, which gives my tween daughter some extra beauty cred when her friends come to call, and lots of bonding time between the two of us as well. It got me thinking…how cool would it be to stuff someone’s stocking sky high with every shade under the sun? I think VERY!

Here, some nail know-how and the perfect polishes to get you started:




  1. Never cut or file nails when wet as this is when they’re most prone to breaking.
  2. To flatter your hands, the shape of your nail should mimic your cuticle shape.
  3. Always use nail polish remover and a cotton-wrapped orange wood stick to clean off nails completely before applying your polish. It will prevent any oil residue from hand cream or makeup from causing your polish to peel prematurely.
  4. Prevent dry, stained nails by always using a base coat specifically formulated for your nail type before applying polish.
  5. Create your own version of the French Manicure by using unexpected colors.
  6. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Design your own signature shade by layering two different coats of polish.
  7. To make your mani last, re-apply your favorite top coat every day.
  8. To be sure nails are really dry, lightly touch your pinky nails together. If you can feel it slightly sticking, you need more drying time.
  9. You can fix a smudge by using the tip of another finger. Dab a tiny bit of nail polish remover over the smudge so the remover thins out the surrounding polish. Then, wait a minute and reapply a thin coat of color.
  10. Apply a bit of cuticle oil morning and evening to seal in moisture, keeping cuticles and nails hydrated and healthy.




Kryolan Nail Color in Magical ($13.50) is reminiscent of a deep night sky, more flattering for most than black and does actually feel magical. The professional quality, hardwearing and chip-resistant formula is available in 36 gorgeous shades.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Alchimie ($27) is the new neutral with a twist and will look as gorgeous on your vanity as it will on your nails.

Deborah Lippmann Magic Carpet Ride‘s ($20) limited edition polish isn’t described as an eccentric ebony glitter explosion for nothing!

Zoya Nail Polish in Margo ($9) is ultra long-wearing and the perfect cool, creamy plum for fingers and toes.

JINsoon Nail Polish in Heirloom ($18) has a retro chrome (think the paint job on a vintage car), rich-blue turquoise, high-shine finish.

Dior Vernis in Pandore ($25) applies and dries as smooth and shiny as glass, and the tech-advanced formula creates a seamless bond between the nail and the lacquer for extra long wear.

Hot Designs 2-in-1 Nail Art Pen ($10) has a nail polish on one side and a polish pen on the other, making it easy to create any design you could imagine. The packaging might not be up to par but this little beauty can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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