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Liquid and gel-based eyeliners make it a snap to give your eyes a precise pop—whether you want movie-star glam or something a little more fresh and funky. Here’s a down-and-dirty mini guide for a few easy eyeliner looks.

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This may be the first full week of spring, but warmer temps are still lagging behind (at least here in Seattle). We’ll just have to keep waiting to break out the sunny weather dresses and sandals. Sigh. In the meantime, at least we still can update any look with a fresh and fun mani. Here are a few nail polish ideas we’re loving while we’re waiting for those May flowers.

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Penélope Cruz stepped out on Oscar night in fine form, looking amazing (especially for being the new mom of a 7-month-old). The Oscar presenter, who donned a pale pink Giambattista Valli draped gown, tapped British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for her red carpet preparations, and we’ve got the scoop on the sultry eye statement directly from the woman who created it.

“When I am creating a look for the red carpet, it’s so important to marry the makeup with the dress. Because Penélope’s dress was so bold, I wanted to keep the look neutral and glossy but with that touch of old-school Hollywood glamour,” says Charlotte.

“Penélope’s look was inspired by sultry silver screen siren Sophia Loren. I wanted to really exaggerate her incredible almond-shaped eyes and make them the main focus of her look. I did this by filling in her gorgeously lush brows into an arch shape and gelling them into place. I took a black kohl liner onto the top lash line, right into the root of the lashes and into the inner corner of the eye, for a hypnotizing look. I lined the inner rims of the water line and created a copper smoky eye, with smoky browns all over the lid and metallic coppers into the socket. I curled the lashes, coated on layers of black mascara and added a few individual lashes to the outer corner of the eye to really exaggerate and create intensity for a mesmerizing, red-carpet ready look.”

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British beauty Kate Beckinsale, 40, brought glamour to the red carpet at last night’s Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. The Total Recall star turned to Adam Breuchaud, her go-to makeup artist, who created a fresh and smoky eye statement using Jouer cosmetics. Find out how you can re-create this look from the man who did it.

Dressed to Impress: Kate wows in a sculpted Zuhair Murad gown, Jimmy Choo shoes, Edie Parker clutch and Chopard earrings.

Adam shares how he created Kate’s great look:

“When I first saw the silver and gunmetal metallic dress, I immediately thought it needed sexy, rock ‘n’ roll makeup. We decided on a smudged kohl eye, almost the day-after look.

“I started by smudging Jouer Crème Eyeshadow in Suede all over the eye. I blended Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Opal in the inner corner for a highlight, then layered the same powder eyeshadow in Chocolat over her lid. Next, I applied Jouer Eye Definer in Noir along the top and bottom lash line. Over that I blended an additional powder eyeshadow in Licorice to really smoke out the look.

“After cleaning under her eye I applied Jouer ‘Age-Repairing’ Concealer in No. 3 Cameo where needed. Then I applied Jouer ‘Luminizing’ Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Bronzed as a foundation. It is sheer enough to let the skin show through where you want and build more coverage where you need.

“On Kate’s cheeks, I applied Jouer Cheek Tint and Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine—my favorite go-to duo. Together they define and brighten the cheek effortlessly. To finish off the look I used Jouer Lip Gloss in Cherish.”

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Photos courtesy of Jouer

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This month, we’re shining a light on Stacey Schannon, one of our original Beauty Stylists hailing from Nordstrom Horton Plaza in San Diego. She’s giving us the lowdown on everything from her favorite 2014 trends to her top five must-have beauty products.

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Check off everyone on your nice list, and fill their stockings to the brim. We’ve got plenty of perfectly sized beauty and grooming gifts to make Christmas Day even more cheerful. Get your gifting on with stocking stuffers for her and for him.

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Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, recounts her recent trip to Ireland and shares her packing list essentials—along with a few jealousy-inducing photos from her journeys.



Did you know that to actually kiss the Blarney Stone, you have to lie on your back, partially suspended (while assisted by a burly Irishman) approximately six stories above the ground? I only just discovered this on my recent vacation to Ireland. Did I mention this was all outside during a torrential downpour? Needless to say, I opted out of the actual smooching but was still fully prepped with M•A•C lipstick in hand (and on lips).

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Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, has the lowdown on her favorite tips for getting the most out of the RiRi ♥ M·A·C Holiday Collection.

Metallic is making a statement this holiday season, and there’s no better way to test out this beauty trend than with M·A·C’s latest holiday collection, RiRi ♥ M·A·C Holiday.

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You probably won’t find many feasts where thanks are being given for beauty products, but we think they deserve a little love today too. We polled a portion of our beauty team to find out what they’re most beholden to among their cosmetics crop:

 

I’m thankful for my CLARISONIC® Skincare Brush because I’ve been using it for almost ten years, and am convinced that’s how many years it has taken off my face! It’s probably the reason I’ve been carded twice in the last six months. —Kate Fannin, Beauty Trend Editor

 

 

I’m thankful for my Clé de Peau Concealer, because it’s the perfect travel companion for easy touch-ups on the go. With just one product, it’s bon voyage to dark circles, spots and unwanted imperfections! —Debra Redmond, National Beauty Director

 

 

I’m thankful for my diptyque ‘Do Son’ Eau de Toilette, because this scent takes me back to my honeymoon in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. It’s such a beautiful white floral fragrance, so clean and fresh. —Natalie Kraft, Beauty Marketing Manager

 

 

I’m thankful for my Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara, because I’m an incurable night-owl, and this eye-opening, luscious-lash-making miracle is my key to look less Walking Dead at work. —Stefanie Frank, Beauty Features Writer

 

 

I’m thankful for my SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, because I love instant gratification, and when I use one of these in the morning, my skin glows all day. —Autumne West, Assistant Skincare Buyer

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Heading to a festive fiesta? Don’t go empty handed! Check out our guide for holiday Hostess Gifts.

For The Hostess with The Mostess: Jo Malone ‘English Pear & Freesia’ Collection & L’Occitane ‘Delicious Almond’ Body Care Collection (Limited Edition)

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