The Sephora Glossy: François Nars on the 20th Anniversary of NARS Cosmetics


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The makeup mastermind reflects on the past, present, and future of his audacious, iconic brand.


Schiap. Copacabana. Orgasm. In the world of NARS, just one word can embody saturated color, luxurious texture, and unadulterated glamour. This year, the trendsetting company responsible for such cult-classic shades and products celebrates its 20th anniversary as a beauty powerhouse. We caught up with legendary founder and creative director François Nars to hear the colorful story behind the brand. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Blush + Bronze Mini Makeover

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Glow above and beyond with this free Sephora service.

With a round face and a generous hand, I’ve never been able to master a healthy, just-off-the-beach complexion. Instead of a dewy, fresh face, I usually end up with a muddled mix of the holy trinity of glow-getters—highlighter, bronzer, and blush—clownishly splotched over my cheeks. So, I headed straight to my local Sephora store for a complimentary Mini Makeover at the Beauty Studio. I enlisted the help of Claudiavel, a bubbly beauty expert and bronzing guru, to help me decipher my coveted look. Read on to see how to get your own chiseled radiance at home—or pop into any Sephora store and ask for a Blush + Bronze Mini Makeover. RENEE TRILIVAS

First, Claudiavel illuminated the high points of my face—the cheekbones, down the center of my nose, under my brows, and into the cupid’s bow—by tapping on Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight, a golden nude highlighter with the tapered tip of the SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Powder Brush #59 for a lit-from-within radiance.

Next, she added definition to my round face, dusting Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer, a taupe, shimmer-free bronzer under my cheekbones, starting at the edge of the ear, moving toward the center of the face. Then, she swept the bronzer along the jawline with flat side of the same powder brush, diffusing the color down toward the neck.

Lastly, Claudiavel blended the highlight and contour shades together by adding a touch of color. With the flat side of the brush, she applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat, a shimmery poppy hue, to the outer apples of my cheeks, minimizing my full cheeks and bringing a lively warmth to the face. I loved the end result—a subtly sculpted contour that faked sky-high cheekbones with a pop of flattering color—so much so, that I bought the bronzer (and brush!) to recreate the natural glow at home.


The Sephora Glossy: Perricone MD’s No Makeup Skincare Collection

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We take a closer glimpse at the Sephora-exclusive line that delivers a coveted I-woke-up-like-this look.

We all aspire to roll out of bed and emerge from a restful slumber with glowing skin, flushed cheeks, bright eyes, and rosy lips—but there’s a fine line between no makeup and a no-makeup makeup look. Unfortunately, our first-thing-in-the-morning face can sometimes be more frightening than flawless. Enter the answer to our prayers: Perricone MD’s new No Makeup Skincare collection, a seven-piece lineup of subtle perfectors for the face, cheeks, lips, and lashes. These makeup-skin-care hybrids immediately conceal imperfections while providing long-term benefits with powerful skin-care ingredients to restore skin’s youthful glow. We examined the innovative line that leaves you bare, but better. RENEE TRILIVAS

WHY TRY IT: Fake a perfect complexion with this undetectable two-in-one base. Packed with antiagers, such as firming neuropeptides and color-correcting vitamin C ester, this velvet-finish fluid covers flaws while helping to address them.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Shake the bottle before dispensing three to four drops into your hand, then use your fingertips to dot, press, and blend the serum over the face.
TIP: Warm up your foundation shade with a drop of No Bronzer Bronzer, or add more to deepen the hue. Use the palm of your hand as a mixing palette.

WHY TRY IT: This pigmented treatment provides weightless coverage and a dewy finish with a blend of broad-spectrum, mineral-based SPF; antioxidant-rich alpha lipoic acid to help minimize the look of fine lines; and vitamin C ester to optically diffuse red, yellow, and blue undertones.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Shake well before evenly applying two to three drops over the entire face.
TIP: Create a custom color specifically suited to your skintone by blending two foundation hues.

WHY TRY IT: Disguise flaws with this supercharged concealer: It locks in moisture with hyaluronic acid while microcirculatory agents help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Dot the concealer along the lower contours of the undereye area and blend outward. For a shadow base, pat the concealer on the lids with your ring finger.
TIP: Try using the concealer to illuminate the high planes of the face—the inner corners of the eyes, between the brows, along the bridge of the nose, and on the tops of the cheekbones—for a sculpted radiance.

WHY TRY IT: Get a healthy glow and a contoured complexion without creating sun damage. This breathable bronzer instantly revives the skin with adaptable color that mimics natural melanocytes, the cells that give skin its natural tone. Bonus: With SPF 30, it helps protect against future environmental damage.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Shake well; dispense one to two drops on your fingertips; rub together; and gently pat onto your forehead, nose, chin, and under the cheekbones where the sun naturally hits the face.
TIP: Dab the bronzer along your jawline, and blend down your neck for a defined effect.

WHY TRY IT: This self-adjusting blush imparts a potent pop of luminous color and helps lift and tone cheeks with firming antiagers.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Blend one to three dots on the apples of the cheeks, smoothing the pigment with your fingertips upward toward the hairline.
TIP: Prep lips for color by patting two drops of blush onto the mouth for an understated, stained look.

WHY TRY IT: With hyaluronic spheres and vitamin E, this solid-serum lipstick nurtures, moisturizes, and smooths dry lips while adding a lively hint of color.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Swipe this tinted treatment over lips for a sheer wash of blushing color. Toss it in your bag to reapply throughout the day to condition lips and amp up your natural color.
: For a bolder look, layer on this buttery lipstick until you reach your desired saturation.

WHY TRY IT: Get fuller, longer lashes with this fringe-boosting mascara. Its biotin-rich formula nurtures lashes and helps promote hair growth. Plus, the dual-faced brush lifts, lengthens, and volumizes lashes in one sweep.
HOW TO APPLY IT: Wiggle the short bristles at the roots to build thickness, then rotate the brush so the firm, longer bristles comb through the lashes for a wide-eyed look.
TIP: Get defined doll eyes by skimming the short bristles over the lower lashes.



Beauty Review: Naturally Beautiful

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I absolutely love high fashion makeup–tiny jewels dangling off eyelashes and super-sculpted fuchsia lips are amazing.

But when I’m running out the door in the morning to head off to class, I like a more low maintenance look. By low maintenance, I literally mean five minutes or less.

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Beauty Review: Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Poppy

Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Poppy: Photo by Renee Trilivas

While at home in Long Island for Easter weekend, or basically anytime I’m at home, my favorite pass time with my mother and sister is shopping.

And my favorite thing to shop for is makeup and beauty products, I love Sephora, for obvious reasons, but I also think some drugstore brand makeup is just as good as Nars and Stila.

I stumbled upon Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Poppy at my local Target. I’ve been obsessed with peach, coral, and orange makeup shades for this Spring. One pump of this liquid blush gives you a dewy poppy flush. Straight out of the bottle the color looks very intense, but once you blend it over the apples of the cheeks, it truly does come out super sheer and pretty. I highly reccommend it.

Life In Technicolor

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Looking to update your classic cherry red lips? A bold fuchsia mouth is a modern alternative. The hue adds a distinct youthfulness to your look. To recreate this look seen in at Spring 2010 Marc by Marc Jacobs (pictured,) try Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Fuchsia, $8.99. For less of a matte look, top with NARS Lip Gloss in Easy Lover, $24, or wear the gloss alone for a sheer hot pink.

Also offer yourself a quick fuchsia flash, just swipe Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip & Cheek Tint, $7, in I Pink I Can over the apples of your cheeks for an instant beauty refresher. I like to use this cheek tint as a pick-me-up whenever my skin looks a bit paler than usual, it always brings a healthy glow to my face.

Orange Crush:

Kasia Struss photographed by Greg Kessler for

This sunny shade lit up at Prada‘s (pictured) and Giambattisa Valli‘s Spring 2010 runways. This divinely summer shade was painted on the pouts in both shows, and you too can simply slick on the orange-y goodness of Tarte Natural Lip Stain, $24,  in Joy. This lip pencil may look like those chubby crayons you drew stick figures with in grade school, but Crayola has nothing on these fool-proof pencils. The lip pencil is super easy to use and leaves a lasting apricot hue on your lips. Also check out Benefit Georgia Blush, $28, for a soft, feminine peaches and cream glow.

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