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Designer Cosmetics Face-Off

Summer is a natural time to give your makeup bag an overhaul. How about the interesting new cosmetic lines?

Estée Lauder Scott Barnes Sue Devitt Giorgio Armani
What it is established brand gets a facelift, thanks to designer Tom Ford Barnes, a makeup artist to Hollywood stars, has created a line for glittery party girls botanical-based makeup for women who don’t want to look like they’re wearing any Known for classically beautiful clothing, Armani makes an elegant—and expensive—foray into cosmetics
Known for demurely hued eye shadows and lipsticks; age-fighting skincare Body Bling, a shimmerybronzing lotion; fake eyelashes seaweed-gel foundations; roll-on eyeshadows luxurious lipsticks; mattefoundations and concealers
Similar to Lancôme Nars Laura Mercier Chanel
Wear it to state dinners, City Tavern Club, Members Hill at the Gold Cup IndeBleu or Blue Gin openings at the Phillips Collection; early dinner at 2 Amys go furniture shopping in Cady’s Alley; dinner at Cafe Milano
Who you’ll likely see wearing it Norah O’Donnell, Queen Noor Jenna Bush, Jaci Reid Ali Wentworth, Karenna Gore Pamela Aparicio, Kay Kendall
Wear it with a Dana Buchman suit Chloé jeans, a tiny string-tied top from Intermix, and a spray tan Theory linen skirt and Michael Kors woven wedges Armani pantsuit
Best product Pure Pops brush-on lip color, $16.50 Super Luscious Lash mascara, $20 Triple Seaweed Gel foundations, $38 Sheer Bronzer #1—Armani himself uses it—$42
Most extravagant product Tom Ford minaudiere, a gold box containing Amber Nude lipstick and powder, $550 Bento Beauty Box, a leather trove of sample-size cosmetics and makeup brushes, $165 Microaquatic Blue foundation primer, $48 Color Palette eye and cheek color, $80
Bestsellers in Washington Pure Color Lipstick in Tigereye, $22; Double Wear foundation, $32.50 Chic Palette blushes, $45 Triple Seaweed foundation in Tanami, $38; lipstick in Hollywood, $20 Luminous Silk oil-freefoundation, $55
Product that looks good on everyone Bronze Goddess Soft Matte bronzer, $29.50; Pure Color Gloss in Praline, $20 Illumineye shadows in Cashmere and Sable, $20 each Silky Matte eyeshadow in Cuba, $18; Silky blush in Katherine, $20 Shine lipstick #24, a pale pink, $25
Where to find it department stores Bellacara in Alexandria Sephora Saks, Chevy Chase
Summer look dewy, flushed pink cheeks and lips peachy-pink cheeks andsheer pink lips golden-bronzed skin with icy beige eyes and glossy pink lips sun-kissed skin with turquoise, green, and pearl eyes
Hottest summerproducts Satin Bright All-Over Highlighting Powder, $28; Tom Ford’s Azurée makeup collection Lip Slick in Provocative, $22; Eye Ice in Treasure, $25 Light Reflecting Bronzer in Beausoleil, $30; Electric Sheen eyeshadow in CapFerrat, $20 Bronze Mania color palettes in Aqua and Terra, $80 each

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.