Three of the 10 shades from Make Up For Ever’s new line of Aqua Shadows, $20 each. From the left: 30E (a pearly pink beige), 26E (a pearly pink) and 4E (a matte taupe gray). Available now at Sephora stores and online.
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Wearing Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Soft Fuchsia
Although I’m running on fumes right now, I feel surprisingly perky for having only gotten three hours of sleep.
Those must have been three spectacular hours… Or maybe I should credit these new $19 Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks from Make Up For Ever, which are packed with so much vibrant pigment that they’re lifting me up like shots of espresso today, BAM!
Dropping next month at Make Up For Ever Boutiques and Sephora stores in a massive array of 50 creamy, moisturizing shades, they’re also spread out across three different finishes in satin, iridescent and diamond. All 50 colors are coming to MUFE boutiques, but Sephora stores and sephora.com will only be getting 18 of the shades (I’m not sure which ones).
From the left: N31 Soft Fuchsia, N45 Red and N4 Pink Beige
Over the past two years, Pantone, makers of those pretty color sample books that designers and other creative pros have used for decades to standardize colors, has been surveying insiders at New York Fashion Week and summarizing seasonal color trends into their highly-anticipated spring and fall Fashion Color Reports.
The spring 2012 edition identifies 10 shades currently climbing up the color popularity charts. They range from natural tones to pastels, and all the way to bold brights.
Make Up For Ever can help color lovers stay on the cutting edge and implement the trendy shades in Pantone’s latest Color Report. All of the pieces here are part of the brand’s permanent line, and available now at Sephora stores and also online.
For Solar Power and Cabaret, try Eyeshadow in #71 (left) and Eye Shadow in #58 (right), $19 each
For Bellflower, try Rouge Artist Intense in #15, $19
Why, yes. The silky smooth texture and all-day wear time (both on my lash and water lines) of Make Up For Ever’s new $18 Aqua Eyes in Gypsy are rocking my hot pink argyle socks off, but that’s not what I love most about this limited edition liner.
The fresh brewed coffee color of this rich matte brown makes it neutral enough to work with the cool and warm colors in my shadow stash, and I think that’s pretty sweet. Greens, blues, golds, bronzes, beiges and even purples — Gypsy digs ’em all — and it even works well as a base for smokey eye looks with black and/or gray.
Aqua Eye Pencil in Gypsy and the La BohÃ¨me palette
Hard to believe now after 20-some-odd years of wearing lipstick that there was a time when I was actually kind of afraid of the stuff.
Before walking home after the spring dance in junior high, I was one of those girls frantically removing forbidden eyeliner and Lip Smackers in the bathroom, but by freshman year, I’d gotten the OK from Mom to start wearing makeup legitimately.
My first fully authorized lipstick was a tube of Clinique Raspberry GlacÃ¨, and while I was thrilled to have my very own tube of “fancy” lipstick, I couldn’t just apply it straight from the tube… No, I thought that made it look too opaque and heavy, which drew too much attention to my braces, so I was forever dabbing and blotting Raspberry GlacÃ¨ to get that lightly stained lip look I liked so much.
Now, if the two new limited edition Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks from the La BohÃ¨me Spring collection ($19 each) had been around back then, I probably would have tucked Raspberry GlacÃ¨ away into the recesses of my Liz Claiborne purse and opted instead for either reddish coral Folk or peachy beige BohÃ¨me for touch-ups at my locker between classes.
Both of these sheer, slick and hydrating lipsticks apply with a gossamer veil of color and shine and have a classic powdery rose flavor and scent that I like. For gals who fear the look of heavy, thick lipsticks (like I did at one time), I fancy them in a way as lipstick training wheels.
Limited edition packaging!