Pretty in Pale

While clicking through runway photos I always keep my eye out for make-up applications that are actually transferable to the real world.  My favorite from Berlin Fashion Week came from Penkov, which makes the girls look like young, rosy cheeked porcelain dolls. 

Simple to recreate, all you really need is a shimmery highlight around your eyes (you can extend it further depending on the time of day and how daring you want to be), a soft bronzer for the cheeks, and a pinky lip gloss.  Out the door in no time flat.

Some of my favorites:

from left to right:

Bronzing powder, Laura Mercier ($32)

Lip gloss in Dreamer, L’Oreal HIP ($9.50)

Silver Touch, Sisley Cosmetics ($38)


Rays of Light

No more dark eyes or lips for me.  I’m tired of spending what feels like hours applying liner to my mouth just so (after concealer of course) to keep my red lipstick from fading and smudging all over my face, and making sure that my black eyeliner isn’t too black.  As of today I’m taking a clue from some of the Spring ’08 runway shows and simplifying my routine;  soft blush and bronzer, pinky gloss, mascara and maybe a shimmery eyeshadow if I’m feeling adventurous, then it’s out the door.


Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors from

Some Old favorites and  a few things I’m dying to get…

Clockwise top center:

L’Oreal HIP Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, Dreamer ($8.55)

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Eye Shadow, Tiger Eye ($8.49)

DiorShow Mascara, Chestnut ($24)

Laura Mercier Pressed Powders, Golden Bronze ($32)

Revlon Cream Blush, Berry Flirtatious ($8.99)

Lancome, Color Ideal Illuminateur ($37)


Listen to what eye say…


 Although it’s not clothing related, L’Oreal’s Hip Color Rich Cream Eyeliner deserves to be talked about. I’m always looking for drugstore alternatives of prize-winning designer make-up, so I was very excited to find out about this product through Michelle (my co-editor).  It goes on very smoothly and lives up to its name of being color rich.  The only negative aspect of the eyeliner is the brush it comes with, but that problem can be corrected with a nicer angled brush, which you can find at places like Sephora and M.A.C.   All the colors are great (such as eggplant, pictured above), and the black is especially helpful when you want to channel your inner Lily Allen and work the cat’s eye look.   

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