Sayonara, sparkles! Birchbox staffer Deepica, scores an even, totally velvety complexion courtesy of Jouer’s MMT in Hazel. She looks runway-worthy, no? And Deepica isn’t the only one digging a shine-free visage. The matte makeup movement was originally spotted on the fall runways but shows no signs of abating.
Back in the day (circa 2002), we used a combination of primer, foundation, setting powder, and blotting papers to keep any hint of dewiness at bay. All those products also conspired to give our skin an unflatteringly flat look. Happily we’ve come a long way since then and so have our products.
We’re smitten with Jouer’s lightweight Matte Moisture Tint, which creates multidimensional finish while also hydrating thirsty complexions. (Spoiler alert: some of our subscribers will get to sample MMT this month!) Never powdery, it provides more coverage than its luminizing counterpart and stays fresh all day long. It also has SPF 15 to keep skin protected.
But we haven’t given up our Luminizing Moisture Tint altogether. We still turn to the LMT when we want to up the radiance. We don’t see anything wrong with having two valentines.
Still searching for your perfect matte hue? Fret not—our cheat sheet will help you find complexion match.
This week’s guest blogger, the lovely Alissa Kelly, offers up fun fashion and beauty advice on her blog, Feeling Good. (Our favorite feature? Kelly’s fun nail posts!) We love her optimistic attitude and useful tips. Today, she’s showing us how to combine tow of our favorite spring trends: pastels and florals.
Pastels and floral prints are huge this season, so why not bring them together in one fun nail design? I’ve seen (and worn) a lot of neon already, but I’m itching for something different. Floral pastel prints are just the change I need.
Laura Geller’s new spring launches
Laura Geller at her store earlier today
Earlier today, Laura Geller hosted an intimate breakfast for bloggers to showcase her new spring launches. The event was held at her Lexington Avenue store, which in some circles is referred to as ‘the Cheers of the Upper East Side for women’ because, as Geller explained, “we have cookies at all times and we want it to be a place where people escape and it’s a refuge.” And indeed, the QVC queen’s friendly demeanor pervades every nook and cranny. (Fun fact: they even have private rooms for people who want lessons or to start from scratch have the opportunity to feel comfortable.)
I could go on and on about how lovely Geller is herself, but really what makes her products such a go-to is how well they work. This season she is coming out with a slew of new offerings, from a new dreamy eye palette to an incredible matte whipped bronzer. While I am excited about them all, there are three things I can’t wait to try. Click through to check out what they are!
We have officially had enough of winter. Hear that, Mother Nature? If you aren’t going to oblige us with some warmer weather (big thanks for the sunshine, though) we will just have to take matters into our own hands and pretend it’s spring already. The first thing we’re going to do is bust out this season’s favorite new lipcolor: coral. We’ve been excited about this totally wearable slightly pink, slightly orange hue for a while, but we were happy to find out via Facebook that so many of our readers are as well. Here are our top picks, in no particular order. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? If so, tell us in the comments section below!
Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Tender: Great for anyone who is looking to experiment with coral, this color is fairly sheer and super moisturizing.
YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Paris: If you want to go bold, this is the shade to try.
By Terry Gloss in Delectation in Mandarin: It may be gloss, but there is nothing light or subtle about this bright, almost orange wash of color.
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bellini: Thick and highly pigmented, this shimmery peachy hue looks good on everyone.
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Gotta Dash: Perfectly lightweight and non-sticky in the most classic coral shade.
Model wearing Rouge Volupte in Provocative Pink, $34, ysl.com
It’s never a bad thing when you have to jot over to Bergdorf Goodman’s beauty department, which is where I found myself last Friday afternoon. Yves Saint Laurent was hosting a bright lipcolor event in honor of spring, and national makeup artist Dell Ashley was on hand to help women find the right hue for themselves. Naturally, I just had to pick his brain about the hottest shades of the season. He had thoughts on every part of the spectrum—from magenta to coral to my new favorite, lavender.
How can a woman find her right shade for spring?
You have to try it and test it the way you would wear it. If you are going to take a lipstick out of your purse and roll it on your lips, that’s how you should try it on. If you’re going to put it on with a lip liner and a lip gloss to manipulate the color, it is not going to look the same.
But are different colors better for different skin tones?
Better is how you feel about it, it is how you feel when you wear it. There is no rule. There is no if you have dark skin, you need to wear this color, if you have fair skin, you can’t wear this color. I just don’t believe in rules or that you can put things in a box.
What are some of your favorite lipcolors for spring?
Magenta, like YSL’s Provocative Pink. Or our classic Fuchsia Pink is also great. The story behind that color is: Yves Saint Laurent came out with this fuchsia pantsuit years ago, right when the makeup line first came out, and this lipstick is that exact color. Before then there were no real fuchsias, just reds and light pinks, so YSL came out with the very first fuchsia lipstick. It is the most beautiful fuchsia lipstick if you love fuchsia lipstick.