In my beauty bag for NYE:Laura Mercier Matte Eye Color in Plum Smoke, ($23); Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for eyes in massive midnight ($17); Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Ballet Pink ($24); Bite Beauty Contour Lip Liner in Cashew ($24); Lancome Artliner in Navy ($30); Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara in Noir ($30); Jenny Patinkin All-Over Face brush ($52); Le Metier de Beauté Creme Fresh Tints in Tenne ($28); Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdressers Oil ($38); T3 Single Pass Flatiron ($160)
My New Year’s Eve beauty diary:
Stay Put Lips
Sleek, Straight Hair
1. Stay Put Lips:
New Year’s Eve is bound to include much eating and drinking. In theory, a red dramatic lip is an event-appropriate statement maker. In practice, it’s a messy situation to manage all night. My alternative? A nudey-pink lip, which can fade gracefully. Plus, it allows you to really play up your eyes (we’ll get to that next week). I love Bite Beauty’s lip products for a night that promises food and beverage because they’re made of all-natural, food-grade ingredients that are 100% safe when ingested. I know it’s gross to confront but it’s a fact that all of your lip products (chapsticks, glosses and lipsticks) migrate into your mouth and you end up putting them into your body. These lipsticks are so richly pigmented and have a luxurious creamy texture that you would never suspect their ingredients are any different from your existing favorite lipsticks. I have several of their Luminous Creme Lipsticks, but recently I discovered what I consider to be a lip gamechanger: their Contour Lip Liner, ($24). The unique wide shape of the crayon lines and fills efficiently and with precision. You’ll no longer require an artist’s steady hand to line your lip. Bite makes a subtle nude color called Cashew which acts a great base to layer under any topshade. Here, I have it paired with Bite’s Luminous Creme Lipstick in ballet pink ($24). Why use a liner at all? It keeps lipstick from bleeding and grabs the lipstick color for much longer wear. I’ve done a few test runs – with this combo, you should have stay put, soft looking lips all night. By the way, New Yorkers, Bite Beauty has a shop down in Soho at 174 Prince Street (at Thompson Street) where you can customize your lipstick shades. By all accounts, including New York Mag, it’s a fun experience.
2. Warm Cheeks:
recently I attended an event at Arch Apothecary in Chicago’s Old Town. I told the makeup artist that I was interested in learning the best way to apply Le Metier De Beaute’s Creme Tint in Poppy. She retrieved a Jenny Patinkin all-over face brush and instead of Poppy she grabbed an almost brown shade, called Tenne, of the same Creme Tint product. I was skeptical of the way it looked in the pot. I’m pale, and stay away from dark color blushes I told her. I barely use bronzer because it can look like warpaint on my skin. She was confident. “Just let me show you.” She applied the cream blush in a contouring fashion with the fluffy luxurious brush, from my hairline above my ears to my smile lines, creating an emphasized cheekbone. I looked in the mirror and was astonished. You couldn’t tell I was wearing anything if you didn’t know, and yet my cheekbones were enhanced. The nude-tan color created a lovely subtle warmth to my cheeks. The creme tint has no glitter or shimmer, just a dewy-matte finish and can be used on lips too. Why do I like it for NYE? Because it photographs really well, it stays on, and it’s minimalist – meaning It won’t detract from your eyes or lips. I’ve done some browsing around and MAC’s Cream Blush in Brit Wit is a similar animal (though not designed for lips as well).
Stay tuned for the New Year’s Eve diary part 2: eyes and hair!