Friday, October 30, 2009

Editor's Picks

1. Free People Doubs Gloves

2. Jeffrey Campbell 99 Zip Wedge

3. Gold Button Cardigan

4. Square Buckle Bag

5. BB Dakota Stanwyck Coat

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Links à la Mode : October 29th

Our Differences Unite Us

Edited by Fashion Pulse Daily

Coming off of Ashe Mischief's Independent Fashion Blogger's Post (Good Cop/Bad Cop: Participating in Links a la Mode), you all brought your A-game in posting the links a la mode -- which made it extra hard to edit! This week, the theme that I saw emerging throughout the posts is one of celebrating our unique diversity; each site has a different take and approach to fashion, art, beauty, media, lifestyle, music - you name it! From the dry shampoo trials at Dramatis Personae to Le Petite Cecile's observations regarding the bleached eyebrow trend, you all brought a new perspective to each topic at hand, a sign that indicates how wonderful and creative the blogosphere truly is. Get even more excited for Halloween with cmykaboom and Idiosyncratic Style costume suggestions that are sure to make you smile, along with DenimDebutante's discovery of the "zipholder". All in all, one things' for certain: we've got an amazing community of bloggers!

As expected, there was a fabulous round-up of links in the forum as well, all worthy of your eyeballs!

Links à la Mode : October 29th

Dream Wardrobe: Balmain Fall 09.

There are few collections where you pray that everyone in the room will drop dead suddenly so you can snatch the clothing and run, but this is one of them (You don't even wanna know what goes through my head at a Marc Jacobs show)...

Jesus Christ, I need those damned boots. They go with EVERYTHING...except my credit limit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Trends for those who live in the present.

Since Fashion Week, it seems that you can't turn a corner without hearing about the hot trends for Spring 2010. Floral! Embellished! Metallic! It's enough to make an insider's head spin, nevermind the average fashionista. Those not in the industry may be left wondering "Spring?'s October! What do I wear NOW?!"

So for a moment, let's stop living in the future and revisit what's hot now...for those of us who'd like to not worry about bathing suits in December.

1. DRAMA- Vuitton, D&G;, and even Lauren showed extravagant, Dynasty-esque silhouettes for Fall: puffed shoulders, shimmery pastel fabrics, decadent fur. 80's cocktail glamour at it's finest, without looking like you raided Linda Evans' closet.

2. Tough Punk- In keeping with the 80's revival, punk inspired looks where everywhere: studs, spikes, leather. Chanel, Alexander Wang, and YSL all showed tough-chic with sharp lines and hardware details. Motorcycle jackets are huge... I myself bought three.

3. Neon- Neon was everywhere for summer, is everywhere still, and if the runways are any indication....isn't going anywhere soon. Versace, Kors, and Marc Jacobs all used highlight hues in thier collections, in everything from shoes to furs. I'm still not over my Essie Limelight nailpolish.

And if you can find a puffed-sleeve, neon motorcycle jacket, you can kill three birds with one stone. I'M KIDDING! Don't wear that.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Style meets beauty...makes "scents".

Two of my major obsessions? Huge rings and perfume. IMO, you can wear jeans and and white tank, throw on a huge index ring, and douse yourself in a signature scent...and be ten style steps ahead of anyone else in the room.

Now with the new solid perfume-jewelry hybrids, you can kill two birds with one stone. One part statement piece, one part chic, one part mystery ("HOW on earth does her scent stay as fresh as when she first put it on?!"), these solid perfume rings are fun for Style MacGyvers everywhere.

Here are a few of my faves:

1. Marc Jacobs Lola Solid Perfume Ring

2. Michael Kors Very Hollywood Solid Perfume Cocktail Ring

3. Kat Von D Solid Perfume Ring

One of the best innovations since appetite-suppressing lipgloss ;)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Can you spot the difference?

Speaking of those Balmain boots...

GUESS by Marciano Daylee Bootie (left) $288

Balmain Buckle-embellished boots (right) $1605.

Answer? $1317

Unfortunately, I can't ignore the differences. I'm so into those Balmains that I refuse to even consider an inspired pair.

If you aren't as stubborn as me, check them out. They're totally cute in gray too.

Wishlist-- A girl CAN dream...

I'm a notorious listmaker. I make lists of things I have to do, things I want to buy, things I'd like to accomplish, books I'd like to name it, I list it.

But my favorite kind of list is my Christmas list, lol. I'm 30 years old, but my parents still ask my brother and me for lists every year, lol. In the past, these lists have included really out there, "PLEASE SANTA!" kinds of things, but into adulthood have shifted to more practical big ticket items (My brother got a carpet steamer the year before last; My father gifted my other brother and his wife with an "expensive" outdoor trash can last Christmas).

So while my lists have been tame as of late (ok, with the occasional It-Bag thrown in), it's fun to really dream once in a while...and just in case one of us hits the lottery this year, here's a list of things that I'd possibly sell my arm to own:

1. Balmain Buckle-Embellished Suede Boots-- $1,605. First saw these on the runway, and I can't get them out of my mind. Didn't help to spot a girl wearing them in H&M; last week, now I want them even MORE.

2. Louis Vuitton Studded Neo-Alma bag-- $4500. Totally worth it for two bags in one...right?

3. By Kilian Back to Black perfume-- Heaven-scent (thanks folks, I'll be here all week...) At $225, I guess the closest I'll get to smelling divine is my Narciso.

(while we're at it, how much would it cost to buy Kilian Hennessy? Mmmmm.)

4. Prada High-Heeled Leather Wellies-- $1,300. Totally practical. I mean, it rains here. Good enough for me.

That was painful. Unless I marry rich, this is probably the closest I'll come to these items.

What's on your lists? Comment and share your fantasy items...and in the meantime, I'll be sitting here, stroking the computer screen.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

To UGG or not to UGG?

The other day it was raining, I had some errands to run, and I found myself with a dilemma. I didn't feel like dressing, decided to stay in sweats, and was left with minimal shoe options.

When I "dress", it's either heels or slouchy flat boots, depending on the occasion. But when it comes to dressing down, what's a girl to do? I hate sneakers. I own ONE pair, and never wear them...IMO, they're an abomination.

Rummaging through my closet for a solution I came across two old pairs of Uggs, and I got to thinking about how badly I had wanted them. I got two pairs a few years ago-- one black, one sand. I couldn't justify the price, so I begged and begged for them as Christmas presents. I practically LIVED in the sand pair (the black ones still look retrospect, not the best color choice.)

Fast forward to the present, and I wouldn't be caught dead in them. In fact, I threw them on with my STEWIE GRIFFIN pajama pants to run to Dunkin Donuts yesterday morning, and THEY were the part of my outfit I was most embarrassed about. LOL.

And then I realized that the Ugg brand is still alive and kicking, which means that some of you ARE wearing them. So... time to fess up:

To UGG or not to UGG?

If you're like me, and would sooner die than be seen in these boots, I ask you: What alternatives do we have? Granted, I probably shouldn't be running around in pajama pants (don't worry, I opted for drive-thru), or worrying about viable shoe options to match said pants...but I can't justify getting completely dressed just to run for coffee. Sneakers are not an option for me. Rain boots would just make me look crazy. Short of going barefoot, what's a good, lazy day alternative?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Links à la Mode : October 22nd

Thrifty Chic

Edited by Retro Chick

There’s a thrifty feel abound in this weeks Links á la Mode. Maybe we’re all saving money for Christmas, or perhaps we’re all those recessionistas I hear so much about. Oranges and Apples spends a week living out of a capsule wardrobe to prove it can be done, Further Ado tells us why “Investment Dressing” is just another way that Fashion Magazines try and part us from our cash, Style Symmetry shows us 3 ways to work the same plaid blazer and Fashion is my Crush saves money by making her own studded vest (that’s a waistcoat if you’re British…)

As the end of October creeps closer and the nights draw in this weeks Links á la Mode also, inevitably, includes some Halloween inspiration from The New Wave and Style Amor along with the usual amazing mix of give-aways, interviews and reviews that we’ve come to expect.

Of course, if you need more tips and tricks remember to check out all the submissions for this week in the Links á la Mode thread.

Links à la Mode : October 22nd

  • A Typical Atypical – Make me a… 1940’s wartime woman

  • Awakened Aesthetic – Men need sexy shoes too! Awakened Aesthetic searches for the best men’s dress shoes…and all of them are vegan.

  • Bobbins and Bombshells – Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes. A modern Hitchcock Blonde with a guitar.

  • Fashion in my eyes – Revlon fantasy eyelashes review and giveaway

  • Fashion is My Crush – DIY Embellished Vest: make your own hardware strewn vest with some beads, studs & chains.

  • Fasshonaburu – Alyssa & Vyque go to the local Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out

  • ferOHHHsh – Blatant Designer Knockoffs- Not just in the back of vans anymore.

  • Further Ado – Investment dressing – is it a real investment, or another women’s magazine catch-phrase used to encourage us to buy, buy, buy?

  • Idiosyncratic Style – Q & A with amazing photographer Dana Brushette

  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS – Emily Howse A look at an up-and-coming fashion graduate with a taste for ethical production, architectural inspired pieces, and plenty of ruffles.

  • Little Miss Makeup – Brown is the new gray! Learn how to do a smoky eye for daytime.

  • Oranges and Apples – The Capsule Wardrobe Challenge: Roundup and Reflections

  • Prom Mafia – 80s Done Right: How to Rock the 80s Fashion Trend

  • Retro Chick – Win an organic cotton jumper, worth £70 from Urban Buzz

  • slsvgg Fashion – Lily Allen’s jewellery line has finally been released in Selfridges

  • Style Amor – Need Costume inspiration with a bad ass fashionable twist?

  • Style Symmetry – Three Ways to Wear a Plaid Blazer This Season!

  • Styletastic – A roundup of SS2010 runway shoes – what will we all be wanting to wear on our feet next summer? (Or not as the case may be)

  • The Coveted – Behind the Scenes at Christian Francis Roth

  • The New Wave – DIY Halloween inspiration from the S/S 2010 runway shows

  • The Working Wardrobe – Something to Remember: Your Work Attire Not Only Represents You, It Represents Your Workplace. Think Before You Dress.

Obsession: Baptiste Giabiconi

When Uncle Karl doesn't open his mouth to complain about fatties, he actually does have exquisite taste. Obviously evident by his genius design work, but now affirmed by his latest muse.

This kid get my blood pumping like no other...I'm telling you, there's no way he can be human.

(The last one is my desktop, LOL)

I'm not even going to say any more. If you can't see with your own eyes that this kid is mind-numbingly gorgeous, then that's probably because you lost your eyes in a freak accident or something.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The fiercest Halloween party in town...err..the vicinity.

As I sit here with no definite costume (deciding between two or three choices) and no definite plans....the Halloween angels sang this into my inbox:

WHAT: Zoolander Halloween Party & Derelict Fashion Show

WHEN: Thursday, October 29th 2009

TIME: 7pm-12am

Zoolander Screening: 7pm

Derelict Fashion Show: 9pm

WHERE: The Arsenal
153 Roebling Street
4th Floor, Studio 4B
(between Hope & Metropolitan Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
SUBWAY: Bedford L Train


DETAILS: Relax...this Halloween party is a fashionable fete of Mugatu proportions. Come dressed as your fav Zoolander character, and enjoy an Orange Mocha Frappuchino cocktail while practicing your best Blue Steel. And yes...there will be a walk-off! (No promises on David Bowie's attendance, though.) Email if you are a fashion designer who is interested in participating in the Derelict Fashion Show!!

I mean, it's in Brooklyn...but nothing's perfect.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gaultier for Target.

The web is abuzz today with the news of Target's latest collaboration with the incomparable Jean-Paul Gaultier.

I don't get the "shock-slash-awe", because I originally posted this news over a month ago (HERE).

So I guess you can consider this your friendly reminder. =)

Available March 7, 2010 to April 11, 2010, just in time for my birthday. Thank you, fashion gods.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Heaven with hangers.

Lol, everyone always asks me what the hell I mean when I talk about Anna Sui's Narnia closet.

1. Sui’s closet is organized by color. Every shoe box has a Polaroid of its contents. “I used to memorize the boxes—Prada was dark navy, Miu Miu was pink—but it got to be too many.”
2. As an homage to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sui framed her closet door with an armoire, cut the back out, and put mirrors on the inside doors.
3. Just around the corner: papier-mâché dolly heads that Sui collected from eBay and flea markets.
4. Enter Here

This WILL be my closet in the near future, still searching for the perfect armoire. Once I do, helloooo closet heaven. I wonder if I can fit my bed in there?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Stycon: Daphne Guinness

I'm so obsessed with Daphne Guinness currently. There's not much else to say except that she's F*ing AMAZING.

I have to stop myself here, I could post pictures of her amazing clothes all day. (I'm desperate for some new inspiration...Ri-Ri lost me with her $5 highlights.)

The Look Book: Daphne Guinness

"I just put on clothes in the morning and hope for the best."

I'm warning you, do not google her unless you have nothing else to do today....I just lost an hour of my life. FIERCE.

Friday, October 16, 2009

What the eff is up with Bebe?!

I can't tell you the last time I went into a Bebe store. It was probably in a desperate fit sometime during the day of New Year's Eve in a dress panic.

But despite my non-patronage, I KNOW that Bebe is not a name synonymous with knock offs, at least not blatant, obvious ones. I mean sure... designers inspire designers, and trends are re-interpreted from design house down to department store.

But I was SHOCKED by what my eyes saw when I stumbled into Bebe earlier today during a trip to the mall:

The bag on the left is Bebe's "Pyramid Stud Tote". The two on the right? Rebecca Minkoff's "Stud Devote", and "Devote", respectively.

I actually had to pause at the window display, while my mind sorted out for a second why exactly Bebe was carrying Minkoff. I HAD to go in a see it up close. COMPLETE COPYCAT. I was so taken aback, and in a state of shock, went on to loudly say so to my shopping companion, until the manager mean-mugged me and I felt that I had to leave the store.

And that was just the beginning. I noticed a BCBG dress knockoff, some suspiciously familiar shoe and jewelry styles...and that was in under 5 mins before I had to get out of there.

Can't afford a Balenciaga Le Dix? No worries! Bebe has that too:

Blows the mind.

I did a post a while back about them knocking off a Dolce Vita boot , and now it seems that this is a common practice.

I just have one question...what was wrong with the tacky, overpriced, ORIGINAL merchandise?

WTF is up, Bebe?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Links à la Mode : October 15th

Ethics and Morality in Fashion City

Edited by Ashe Mischief

This week’s Links á la Mode covers the gambit in regards to the ethical and moral questions surrounding fashion right now…. we have Confessions of a Fashion Editor’s take on fashion blogging & paid posts, and Oranges and Apples reports on a German magazine’s ban of professional models. threadbared talks about Lara Stone, French Vogue, and the controversial use of blackface in recent issue, while Hong Kong Fashion Geek revisits the argument about fashion, price discrimination, and designer knock-offs as Alexander McQueen sues Steve Madden.

Links à la Mode : October 15th

  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Morality, the law, and fashion blogging

  • Denimaniac: – Best Denim Shops | Q&A; with LA’s Mister Freedom

  • dramatis personae – Costumes from Holidays Past…

  • ferOHHHsh: – Champagne from a shoe?? J’Taime Le Rituel!

  • From Betsy With Love – Bringing some Lynchian Style to the Web!

  • Grit and Glamour – Manscaping 101: Guys should groom, not preen. A little chest hair never hurt (but a shaved chest does).

  • Hong Kong Fashion Geek – What’s the harm in Steve Madden doing an Alexander McQueen knockoff? Is it really sue-worthy?

  • idiosyncratic style: – Idiosyncratic Style: Dare to put your legs center stage this season.

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Poll : How do you feel about Sponsored Posts?

  • Large Black Diary: – Austie has a beautiful collection of hair accessories

  • Oranges and Apples: – German magazines bans professional models – an in-depth disussion

  • Prom Mafia – Betsey Johnson does DC.

  • Rags to Reverie: – Five tips for shopping at an American Apparel Flea Market

  • Retro Chick – Lusious Lingerie: Vintage Style from Fred & Ginger

  • sweetarchivia: – Review of Man Shops Globe event held at the San Francisco Anthropologie store

  • The Art of Accessories: – The Art of Accessories shows you how to accessorize your winter wardrobe with tights.

  • THE COVETED – SPUN Around: Integrating organic basics in your wardrobe.

  • The Curvy Fashionista – The Business of Plus Size Fashion: Blogger turned boutique owner Marie Denee discusses the growth of plus size fashion.

  • The Working Wardrobe – Virtual Dress Code: How Professionalism is Working its Way into the Avatar Wardrobe

  • the3st: – The First EVER Philadelphia Fashion Week is this week. Interview with the directors of the week:

  • threadbared: – We react to the recent Lara Stone editorial in French Vogue in “Blackface, and the Violence of Revulsion.”

  • |mode.ulation|: – Mode-ulation is back from hiatus..we bring you a quick glance through Paris fashion week with the cutest trend – the updated toga.

Colorblocking: Black & Pink

I'm a sucker for fuschia. Not head to toe, Elle Woods fuschia, but balanced with black, or used as a small pop of color. As much as I try to fight my inner Barbie, I can't stay away from pink.... I gravitate toward any item that comes in the shade, and often have to remind myself that I'm not a contestant on Toddlers & Tiaras.

Nicky and Betsey got it right. (Let's be real, when DOESNT Betsey get it right?) Nikki uses the shade as an accessory, while Betsey makes it the focus of her outfit:

And it works for both.

And I must be overtired (2:30 in the morning!), because IMO Taylor Momsen usually looks like a baby prostitute. But I'm L.O.V.E-ing this look.

I love the bright skirt balanced with the tough biker details. And ditto to the pop of hot pink on the lips. Now if she'd only brush her hair...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beauty 411: FerOHHHsh Faves for "Flawless Skin".

Q.Your skin is flawless! What do you use?! What can't you live without?

A. As a beauty girl, I love to switch it up and try new products as soon as they launch, but some products are just so amazing that I always go back to them, if I stray from them at all. As a makeup artist, I've been able to try a TON of products, and I know what works for me in order to create the illusion of flawless skin. Trust me, my skin is far from flawless ;)

Here are some of my personal faves. Everyone is different, and they may not work for some, so take them with a grain of salt.

First, I wash my face with Aveeno Moiturizing Bar. I know, I've been told a hundred times never to wash your face with a bar soap. Phooey. While you shouldn't ever scrub down with Irish Spring (too harsh), the Aveeno bar is actually an oatmeal based and soap-free. I used to use Aveeno's calming face wash ( more on that later), but wanted something a little more powerful on makeup. I'm too lazy to go through a step by step makeup removal process, I like to lather, rinse, and hit the sack. After extensive research (some call it OCD, I call it INFORMED), I decided to try the moisturizing bar...and I've never looked back.

Next, moisture. I'm loving BE RareMinerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer. My skin needs moisturizer, but hates most of the ones on the market. I just stopped buying them after awhile because they kept going back due to break outs, flaking, irritation, you name it. I was in a relationship of mutual respect with Aveeno Calming moisturizer when this hit stores, and after receiving a sample, I fell in love. When I finally used up the Aveeno, this became my go to product. It's pretty lightweight, free of all the chemical junk, and my skin looks better than it ever has in my life. I think it smells great, too. Winner.

Then, eye prep. Arbonne FC5 Nourishing Eye Cream
is amazing. the skin around my eyes is super sensitive, and despite the beginning of some fine lines, any product I use results in flaking, redness, and irritation. My skin just doesn't like eye creams....except this one. It's lightweight, soothing, and doesn't irritate me, in spite of my heavy handed application. Plus, it feels amazing going on. My eyes feel refreshed just thinking about it...and that's not a cheesy "sell", that's genuine psychosomatic effect. Trust me, this is truly a miracle product, everyone I recommend it to falls in love.

Honorable mention goes to Laura Mercier Face Polish. I was first turned onto it when I worked for Mercier and it's fabulous. Don't want to spend $30 on a face scrub? I don't blame you. I also use (and love) Target's copy of the St.Ives Apricot Scrub. I don't know why, they're almost exact...but I prefer the Target version.

And MAC Wipes have saved my face from a night of suffocating in old makeup during sleep on more than one occasion. I also use them during application to clean up smokey eyes. They "edge" a line brilliantly.

Ok, now it's time to up my pretty factor, if I'm not being lazy.

Appearing flawless is simple

1. Even out your skintone while allowing your skin to show through, hiding redness, blemishes, and uneven tone.
2. EVERYONE can benefit from a bit of bronzer, it warms up the skin and gives the illusion of health. You don't have to bronze yourself within an inch of your life, just a simple, sheer glow.
3. Add a rosy, lit from within glow to your face. Again, no need for bubblegum cheeks, a sheer wash of color will brighten without looking garish.

My daily face:

Foundation: Philosophy The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas- Live and die for this product. I tend to only use mineral formulas, and I prefer powder to liquid. BE is too "shimmery" for my personal tastes, I'm guessing mica? Philosphy's formulation is perfection...not shimmery, yet not too matte, doesn't settle in lines, and if applied correctly really does look airbrushed. The line does come in limited shade range, but they're working on that and have since expanded to about 7 shades from the 4 they carried when I started wearing it, and the shades blend so well that one can cover a pretty decent range within the shade. I love it so much I sometimes use the bronze shade as bronzer.... and now they've launched a new bronzer and bronze/cheek duo that I'm DYING to try. Definitely worth checking out. (*TIP- apply with a brush rather than the sponge applicator it comes with, and lightly mist with a face spray to bring down the powder and help it melt into the skin. I like BeautyTech Rosewater.)

Concealer: Lancome Effacernes Waterproof-- Holy GRAIL, I will never stray. As an Italian-American, I have really dark hereditary circles under my eyes (you Mediterranean girls know what I'm talking about), and I've really tried every concealer imaginable. Most of them are either too dry and cakey, or too creamy and tend to migrate into fine lines. This one does neither, it's just perfection. It's super thin and buildable so it never cakes. It's highly pigmented yet somehow appears sheer, so it covers the darkness without being noticeable. And best of all, it's waterproof, so it doesn't budge. BONUS: the tube is huge, by concealer tube standards. And its high pigment means that you use so little to get the job done, the tube lasts forever. Honestly, mine lasts about a year, with daily use. And I pack it on. AMAZING. (*TIP- PAT, don't rub. I know you've been told this time and time again, but with this product the technique ACTUALLY works. It literally melts into the skin and disappears. Also let it set for a minute or so before powdering to prevent migration, or don't powder at all. It's waterproof, and "sets" until you remove it.)

Bronzer:E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder-- read that correctly. I'm pretty fair and yellow toned (MAC NC25 for reference), and traditional bronzers tend to look ruddy and dirty on me. And don't get me started on the "sparkle". I don't know about you, but I don't turn into a disco ball in the sun, just doesn't look natural. I usually just try to find a pressed powder in a deeper foundation tone to add depth and "sun" to my face. I happened upon this E.L.F powder in Quik Chek of all places (post about it here), and figured for a dollar, why not? Turned out to be the best decision I ever made, the shade is PERFECT, and the rest is history. Did I mention that it was A DOLLAR??? (*TIP- Key areas for a "believeable" bronze: temples, cheekbones, bridge of nose, along the sides of the face. the best way to achieve this is the "3" technique: Dip brush, shake off excess product, and trace the number 3 along the edges of your face, starting at temple, along the cheekbone, and ending at the bottom of the chin. Lightly dust across bridge to pull it together.)

Blush: MAC LE BlushDuo in Bloomsberry/TigerLily-- Ok, you're going to HATE me for this one, because this was an LE product and almost impossible to find now (I made sure to stock up). BB/TL is the BEST SHADE TO EVER EXIST for my skin tone. One side is a golden bronze, sort of similar to Amber Lights e/s, and the other is a cool icy pink. In it, I look healthy, rosy, pretty, and natural. And it's versatile- I swirl for all over color, or use a special split cheek brush to keep the colors separate and sculpt. I have no idea what I'll do when I finally run out of it. (*TIP- Sweep from apples out to temple. The apple of the cheek lines up with the center of your eye, so color should never come in any further.)

Also Love/Use: Rimmel Natural Color Blush in Apricot, LaFemme Glow-On Rouge in Golden Amber Dew (an insider secret and used on every movie set. Golden Amber Dew and Nectar Peach are LEGENDARY. These shades are in EVERY professional artists kit.)

If I know that I'll be photographed, I usually set everything with Makeup Forever HD Powder, which gives a soft focus effect, and keeps oil at bay.

I usually also always highlight... SUBTLY, to brighten my face. I stick to my cheekbone and brow bone, and use a light hand. I have no desire to look like a disco ball. I alternate MAC e/s in Shroom, MAC Shimpagne Skinfinish, or MAC Shy Angel Blush.

If I'm overtired or having an off day, BE Multi-Tasking Minerals in Well Rested is a miracle worker to brighten the under eye area. I've been using it for that purpose on myself and clients since before Leslie Blodgett caught on (it was initially marketed as an eyeshadow shade, until word of the "off-label" use spread.)

So that's my process to flawless. I have sensitive skin, so I keep it's more about technique than product. I've learned the hard way, but now I'm in a good rhythm and my skin couldn't be happier. So the next time you're having a skin crisis, instead of running to your nearest Sephora for the latest product innovation: take a breath, wash your face, and wait it out. Less is seriously more.