making up


While sipping a cup of hot mint tea the other day, my friend Kate, a former beauty editor at Elle and Harper's Bazaar, blurted out: "I get so irritated when women turn up at a party dressed to the nines--but with everyday make-up on. It's like showing up with wet hair." I blushed. Guilty as charged--ahem, on both fronts. So, I asked Kate how do I "dress up" my face without looking like a different person. For starters, a pretty sparkly dress deserves a pretty glowy face, she replied. She swears by Augustinus Bader, an ultra deep moisturizing cream that makes skin looks noticeably smoother and more supple. Another must: foundation. It doesn't have to be heavy though. She opts for Giorgio Armani tinted moisturizer or Gucci Westman Atelier sticks that allow you to build where you need it. I like! Eyes can get easily spruced up with super duper lash-lengthening Beauty Counter mascara and a fluid Tom Ford eyeliner in defining brown or black. Red lipstick intimidates me even more then liquid-lined-cat-eye but she says keep it natural but enhanced with a lip-defining pencil like Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner and glossed with Cle de Peau Beauty Lip Glorifier. And voila, I'm good to go!

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