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.
It goes without saying that the runway show is the ultimate trendsetter—something about a world-renowned designer claiming a look as stylish leads us to run out and snag the first version we can find (hello, harem pants).
The same is true for the makeup looks they have their models sport down the runway. Seasons past have brought such prevalent trends as sleek, center-parted hair, neon lips, and bold brows—and this year is no exception to the bold beauty trend game. We asked local makeup artist Laura Bateman for her insight into fall and winter’s most popular makeup looks—as shown on runways from Alice & Olivia to Burberry—and how to achieve them on your own.
Halloween isn’t just about ghosts and goblins. (Or candy.) It’s also a tailor-made opportunity to test out some truly outrageous makeup looks. After all, how often do you really get to play around with the more extreme hues in those eyeshadow palettes? From fairies to flappers, we found four stylish makeup tutorials you can use to transform yourself this Hallow’s Eve.
This beauty blogger shows you how to become that ethereal character, whether you call it “fairy,” “princess,” or “Tinkerbell.” The pretty, soft hues will let you live the dream of your inner seven-year-old—but with the sophistication of your adult self. Bonus: Half of her face is finished so you can see what the final product will look like.
Wicked Witch of the West
If you’re staying true to Halloween classics this year, this YouTuber puts a modern twist on the Wicked Witch. The look allows your inner wickedness to shine through with bold, dramatic shadows and dark, overdrawn lips.
Steady hands are a requirement for this intricate look, which uses a combo of white and black liquid liner and eye shadow to create a glam take on a spiderweb. Tip: Ask a friend to draw the web if you don’t trust your own hands.
Though the flapper is a perennial mainstay for modern costuming, we’re betting this year brings out more ’20s-inspired looks than ever (blame Carey Mulligan for the uptick). While this version is a little more complicated—it involves giving yourself an entirely new set of brows—the authentic result will make all your hard work worthwhile. It’s no wonder this vlogger won a $25,000 cash prize from NYX Cosmetics for her tutorial.
Erwin Gomez has certainly been busy. Following last fall’s opening of his new salon, Karma, in DC’s West End, the famed makeup artist—whose clientele has included such celebrities as Barbra Streisand, Eva Longoria, and Rosario Dawson—put two tumultuous years in the Washington beauty business behind him to focus his full attention on his next big project: creating a makeup line. After months of anticipation, the namesake collection launched this month, boasting 11 foundations, eyeliners, lip colors, and more, in shades he says are designed to flatter every skin tone. (See a first look at the collection here.) Gomez is recognized for his expert brow-shaping skills, and here he offers his tips for achieving perfect arches. Here are his four easy-to-follow pointers.
1) Color selection is everything.
“Make sure you select the right shade to match your hair. Never use black, no matter what your skin tone or hair color is. Here’s a quick guide: If you have dark hair, do not go darker than your hair color—select a slightly lighter brow pencil. If you have blonde hair, use a taupe pencil. For redheads, use a fawn-auburn-colored pencil to ensure as natural of a look as possible.”
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: