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

STEP ONE: HIGHLIGHT
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.

STEP TWO: SCULPT
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.

STEP THREE: ENHANCE
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.

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The Sephora Glossy: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

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ZOOM IN: LAURA MERCIER SMOOTH FINISH FLAWLESS FLUIDE

We get the story on the innovative, second-skin foundation straight from the complexion connoisseur herself.

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If a perfect canvas is the key to a masterpiece, Laura Mercier’s new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation is the first step towards a true work of art. “When the skin’s surface is soft, smooth, and fresh, everything that goes on it looks and feels better. It looks naturally flawless,” says painter-turned-makeup artist Mercier. “Then, anything else you apply—lips, cheeks, and eyes, also looks the best they can.” Here, we get an inside look at the essential base that delivers a polished, museum-worthy mug. RENEE TRILIVAS

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Channel Audrey

May 03, 2010

I believe that Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated, and stylish women who has  lived. This Fashionista has channeled the fashion icon’s classic style with a bit of a modern twist.

This Fashionista is wearing a sleek, cream-colored overcoat over opaque black tights with an adorable pair of schoolgirl ballet flats. Her classic overcoat has a stark, contrasting black ribbon, cinching the waist. This Fashionista’s spring trench has a surprising graphic pattern on the back. She has paired this black and white combo with a bold, mother-of-pearl pendent on a simple black cord.

To channel Audrey yourself, seek out feminine, youthful details like bows, large buttons, color-blocking, simple silhouettes, and high collars. Try:

As for makeup, keep your face simple, clean, and neutral with:

Style On,

Renee Trilivas

 

 

 

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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