If you’ve been reading Shop Around this year, you’ve surely come across our 5 Things I Can’t Live Without series. All year we’ve picked the brains of local (and in some cases, national) beauty bloggers, stylists, makeup artists, boutique owners, and other experts to find out what their absolute favorite products are. As it turns out, there’s been quite a bit of overlap in the responses—leading us to want to reach for the next tube of Jouer tinted moisturizer or can of Elnett hairspray that we can get our hands on. Below you’ll find the beauty products our experts share as favorites—and the reasons why they can’t live without ‘em.
She’s one of the easiest to please on your gift list: All it takes is the sparkle of a new nail polish or the shimmer of a good bronzer. Though the beauty addict may seem like she already has it all, there’s always more to be had in the world of cosmetics. She undoubtedly already owns a Clarisonic face brush—but does she have the newest variety, suitable for pedicures? The latest in the cult-favorite line of Naked palettes? That’s where you come in. Read on for 15 can’t-go-wrong gifts for the makeup/hair/spa junkie in your life, featuring some of our favorite local lines and tons of new releases.
Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Longo has worked on famous faces including Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista, and has worked backstage at Giorgio Armani. You can also find his line of black-and-green-packaged pearly eyeshadows, feminine blushes, and more lining the shelves of department stores. Now you have a chance to meet the high-fashion guru, who’s in town tonight to host the Beauty Blush Hour cocktail party at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. Stop by between 6 and 8 to meet the makeup pro, and read on for a peek at the five products he makes sure are always in his makeup bag.
1) Tocca Kyoto Candela
“I particularly like the Tocca Kyoto Candela, as it reminds me of my favorite destination in Japan and all the meetings I had attended with my product developers when creating my water canvas crème-to-powder foundation.” $38 at Nordstrom.
2) Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs
“When working on models, and especially celebrities, one of the most unpredictable thing is what they will be wearing and whether their legs will be showing on camera. Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs works magic on legs and feet, ensuring my clientele look good from head to toe.” $12.99 at Ulta.
3) La Mer Crème de la Mer
“As a makeup artist I’ve had the luxury of trying almost all skin moisturizers on the market and using them with and without makeup to see which one performs best. My greatest satisfaction came with the launch of Crème de la Mer, as it was something far different and more effective than most other moisturizers.” $155 at Bloomingdale’s.
4) Vincent Longo Water Canvas Base/Primer
“My secret weapon and celebrity favorite is the Water Canvas Base/Primer. It’s a non-greasy, transparent gel that lengthens makeup wear while hydrating, brightening, and smoothing out inflammations, enlarged pores, and lines for a morning-to-evening finish.” $44 at Nordstrom.
5) Reviva Labs Collagen Fibre Eye Pads
“These are always in my makeup kit to help prep celebrities’ skin if they are overrun or have been traveling. I use the pads on my celebrity clientele to rehydrate and revive their skin while they are getting their hair done. The pads are infused with Nyxinol and are great for relaxing under-eye tissue to smooth wrinkles and dark circles in minutes. You get better makeup results.” $22.99 at Vitacost.
Kitiya King boasts a long list of titles. She’s a chemist. A cosmetologist. An aesthetician. A beauty blogger. And now she’s an entrepreneur. The local beauty wiz’s new “5-free” (which means the formula doesn’t contain formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, or camphor) nail polish line launches on Friday with a collection of seven hues inspired by the glitz of Fashion Week and ranging from bold, glittery gold and bright red to more understated colors such as midnight blue and khaki. We chatted with King about Mischo Beauty and her must-have beauty products.
How did Mischo Beauty come to be?
I’m a chemist and cosmetologist, and have always wanted to blend both worlds. When I was pregnant with my son, I was really careful with the products I was using and what I was eating, and actually didn’t polish my nails for the first six months of my pregnancy because of all the harmful toxins found in nail polish. I eventually started using polishes that were 5-free but found the formula didn’t go on smoothly, or they weren’t durable. After giving birth to my son, I decided it was time to mix my science and beauty backgrounds to create a 5-free nail polish that was durable while still being nontoxic.
What makes Mischo Beauty different from other lines?
Mischo Beauty is different from other lines because not only is it healthy, but it’s also functional. There aren’t many 5-free nail polish brands on the market, and the ones that are aren’t long-lasting. Mischo luxury nail lacquers are chip-resistant and won’t affect your health.
Tell us about the process and development of the line.
I created the formulas to make sure they were indeed 5-free, which was the most difficult part, and worked hard to make sure every single color in the collection was flawless. I tested the product for a year to make sure the nail polish was something I would be in love with and would use myself—and I absolutely love the result.
What’s next for Mischo Beauty?
After the launch of the Fashion Week collection for fall 2013, we will launch our Icons collection of the Mischo luxury nail lacquer in spring 2013, followed by our line of color cosmetics—lipstick, lip gloss, blush—in fall 2014.
Tuesday marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and joining the search for a cure is easier than you think. Some of our favorite beauty brands—from ultra-affordable Sonia Kashuk to luxurious La Mer—have created limited-edition products in the cause’s signature bubblegum pink in honor of the month, and purchasing one sends a portion of your cash to various charities. See below for 12 ways you can contribute to the meaningful cause—and treat yourself to some goodies for good.
You know you’ve been there: It’s Friday, late afternoon. You’re headed out for the evening, and your look has certainly seen better days—but there’s no time for a complete makeup redo. Now what? We asked Nicki Soedjiman, Luigi Parasmo Salons’ newest makeup guru, to share a few of his best quick-change tips to instant glam. And he delivered: Read on for five super-easy day-to-night makeup tricks you can do in under ten minutes—even right at your desk.
1) Fake a wake-up: “After a long work day, you’re bound to look a little tired. Deflate under-eye bags with a moistened Q-tip (never dry, as the fibers can irritate your eyes and cause your makeup to run).”
2) Create a blank slate: “If you use liquid or cream foundation, apply with a sponge and blot excess end-of-day shine with a Kleenex. Those who prefer lighter makeup may want to use mineral powder; it’s a great way to brighten your skin tone before going out. Top with a warm, bronzy powder or cream blush on the apples of your cheeks.”
In an unfortunate turn of events founder Alli Webb called an “embarrassing technicality,” Drybar Georgetown abruptly closed its doors Friday, effectively canceling the day’s scheduled appointments and directing walk-ins to the second location in Bethesda. According to a spokesperson for the salon, the salon failed to adequately file its business license when it opened last fall and was forced to close until the issue was resolved. To the relief of blowout-addicted Washingtonians, the salon reopened a day later and is now back up and running as usual, except for one thing: Drybar wants to make up for lost time—and then some—and is thus offering 50 percent off all services through Wednesday, August 28. The news comes from a note straight from Webb, below:
When she “stumbled upon” the blowout concept five years ago, Tess Belsari says she knew one day she’d want to make a business out of it. Given her upbringing—raised by a mother who owned spas and salons around the world—hairstyling seemed a natural fit; though she graduated with a psychology degree, her passion for beauty crept back into her career. “Seeing the joy I can bring to someone by filling a void in the beauty market, this was an ideal and natural endeavor for me,” she tells us.
After years of traveling overseas to research beauty trends and months of training to perfect the technique used at her chic 21st Street salon, Belsari has tried almost every hair and makeup product out there. Here are the five she can’t put down.
How quickly the tides turn: After a meteoric rise, the dizzying patterns, wild color combos, and blinding hues of over-the-top nail art are beginning to feel a bit played out. And if you consider that the rate of sales growth for nail products has dipped by half the past two years in a row . . . well, the numbers don’t lie. It’s about time to stop the mani madness. So what’s next for nails if you’re not into going bare? Right now, what feels fresh and oh-so-chic is a welcome return to simpler, sophisticated solids. Our vote: Rebel against the outrageous styles by painting on a subtle, barely there nude or a soft, neutral griege. Or if the very thought of packing away the rainbow of lacquers gives you major separation anxiety, try rocking a classic red for a dash of retro-esque glamour, or a lush, inky navy for an unexpected-yet-elegant take on color.
As the blogger behind the DC-based beauty site Politics of Pretty, Kara Manos makes no bones about the fact that she’s a bona-fide product junkie. She’s tried ’em all. Which begs the question: Which products hold rank on her list of all-time faves? We chatted with Kara to get the scoop on her beauty essentials.
1. Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
Kara says: “I always thought the best primers came in liquid form . . . and then Benefit came out with this ultra-easy push-up stick formula. Now I’ve converted. My makeup stays intact way beyond the eight-hour workday.” $32 at Macy’s.
2. Alchimie Forever Gentle Refining Scrub
Kara says: “This gentle exfoliating scrub is a twice-weekly ritual I love to indulge in to help brighten my complexion and even out my skin tone.” $45 at Alchimie Forever.
3. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters
Kara says: “Bright lips are my thing, but it’s hard to commit to them in hot and humid temperatures. These tinted lip balms are a great alternative because you still get a pop of color without the heavy formula.” $6.49 at Target.
4. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Kara says: “I’ve been practicing my cat eye for fall, and this felt-tip marker glides on smoothly without smudging.” $20 at Sephora.
5. Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Macbeth
Kara says: “This is my go-to polish for summer. A coral hue on my digits always brightens up days spent at the keyboard.” $15 at Ulta.