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.

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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: Atelier Cologne’s Sylvie Ganter

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THE PROFESSIONAL: ATELIER COLOGNE’S SYLVIE GANTER

Meet the cofounder who crafts colognes with character.

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Every perfume tells a tale. Just ask husband-and-wife team Christophe Cervasel and Sylvie Ganter, creators of Atelier Cologne, the French fragrance house that delivers storytelling through scent. Characters like diamond thieves, wistful writers, reunited lovers, and more serve as the inspiration for the brand’s charming collection of colognes for both men and women. Here, we discover the love story behind the brand straight from Ganter, the star herself. RENEE TRILIVAS

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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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The Sephora Glossy: Rita Ora on DKNY MYNY

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CAMEO: RITA ORA ON DKNY MYNY EAU DE PARFUM

The Sephora Glossy chats with the platinum pop songstress about the new scent that bottles the bright lights and the big city.

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New York City is arguably the center of the universe—it’s where people from all over the globe come to pursue their creative dreams and become top influencers. It’s full of personality, promise, and possibility. Now, the urban mecca that radiates its expressive, collective atmosphere way past the five boroughs is captured in DKNY’s newest fragrance, DKNY MYNY. Housed in a modern, heart-shaped bottle with a silver, skyline-inspired top, the magnetic blend of raspberry, pink pepper, jasmine, freesia, patchouli, and vanilla absolute unleashes spontaneity with every spritz. We caught up with singer, actress, and die-hard New York devotee Rita Ora to get her take on the vibrant eau de parfum and the dynamic metropolis that inspired it. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: How To Get Your Best Brows

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Achieve peak perfection with our expert brow bible.

Elevate your arches, add instant structure, and frame your face with flawless brows. This insider’s guide will teach you how to find your most flattering shape, then how to fill in and further define it with your preferred format. Below, we break down your best brows in four simple steps straight from the pros. RENEE TRILIVAS

MARK YOUR PERFECT SHAPE
Find your ideal brow proportions by lining up a pencil from the center of the nostril to the inner corner of the eye. Make a light mark to indicate the start of the brow. Anchored at the nostril, rotate the pencil until it’s aligned with the outer corner of the eye. Mark this spot where the brow should end. Next, mark the arch by shifting the pencil over the iris.
PRO TIP: For a quick and easy arch, use a brow stencil similar to your natural shape.

CHOOSE YOUR IDEAL FORMAT

POMADE: Clear or tinted formulas define and amp up arches for a long-wearing look.

TRY: Anastasia DipBrow Brow Pomade: Creamy texture glides on fadeproof color that won’t smudge—even on oily skin or in humid conditions.

Too Faced Bulletproof Brows: This hybrid tints, fills, and tames brows. Plus, the waterproof formula sets in just 60 seconds, for up to 24 hours of no-budge color.

PENCIL: Sketch in ultimate precision with ease: Fill in uneven areas, beef up balding spots, sharpen your shape, and effortlessly extend the tail.

TRY: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: Convenient powder-wax pencil draws on face-framing fullness while the attached spoolie brush blurs edges for a seamless shape.

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go: Angled, waterproof pencil gives brows a soft touch of color while the included clear gel delivers a soft hold.

GEL: Brush on gel textures for natural-looking fullness and brow-setting sheen: Available in clear and tinted formulas, these gels hold hair in place whether used alone or as an arch finisher (see FINISH THE LOOK below).

TRY: Benefit Gimme Brow: Mini, tapered wand builds thickness with volumizing microfibers that adheres to skin and hair.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel: Non-sticky, haircare-inspired formula holds peaks in place without leaving them hard, crunchy, or flaky.

Per-fekt Brow Perfection Gel: Conditioning gel coaxes hair into place, and tinted shades fill bare areas for enhanced, one-step definition.

PALETTE: Create artful arches on the go with a compact kit: Ready-to-tote set sculpts statement-making brows for all skill levels—from brow beginners to arch enthusiasts.

TRY: Urban Decay Brow Box: Compact kit packed with versatile must-haves—powder, wax, brushes, and more—creates groomed brows on the go.

PRO TIP: Try layering product for intensity and staying power.

FILL IN YOUR BROWS
Connect the three marks you mapped in step one using the brow filler of your choice, shading sparse areas with a stiff eyebrow brush in short, feathery strokes.
PRO TIP: Smooth on an eye primer over the brows before applying product to make your look last all day.

FINISH THE LOOK
Using an angled brow-brush, blend product into the brows, and sweep with a clean spoolie brush for a soft, seamless finish. Blend concealer or highlighter below and above the brows to further define the shape. Finish by applying a brow gel to lock hairs in place.
PRO TIP: Give brows a dimensional effect by brushing on a gel one or two shades lighter than your natural color.

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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

 

 

 

Fashion Yearbook: Lady Gaga

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As we wrap up the spring 2010 semester, we have the opportunity to reflect and measure our lives–no, not in love–but in Lady Gaga’s best and worst ensembles.

The “Poker Face” princess has certainly become a cultural phenomenon: who else could both be voted Best and Worst Dressed at the Shockwaves NME Awards and inspire fans to create cookies showcasing her shocking ensembles? Whether you absolutely adore Gaga and pump up “Bad Romance” on the treadmill or detest her growling “rah rah roma mah mah, gaga ooh la la,” you have to admit when it comes to fashion, Gaga is fearless. This article is dedicated to the Fame Monster in all her freakish, pants-less glory.

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I have a major soft spot for the early Lady Gaga looks—midnight black, hooded leotardsDavid Bowie lightening bolt makeup, and those unmistakable banged, platinum blond tresses topped with a mini-mouse hair bow. Here are some of my favorite looks:

  • Pretty in (Hot) Pink: Gaga put her own twist on the feminine pretty in pink look in this bubblegum pink, structured cocktail dress for the 2007 Brit Awards. In true Gaga style, the dress boasts a super deep, daring V-neck and its accentuated hips make this girly ensemble a little bit more naughty than nice. Her neon pink lips and white-topped sunglasses also edge out this look.

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