Everyone’s favorite multi-tasking product just got a sophisticated makeover. The NARS Multiple has long been a staple in our makeup bags for its ability to do just about everything — except the dishes, that is. Its soft, blendable formula makes for the perfect creme blush, but the uses don’t stop there! We’ve been known to dab the product onto our lips, across our lids, or swept onto the high points of the face as a subtle highlight. The new shimmer-free versions, which come in 7 versatile shades, expand the Multiple’s uses even further, and can impart any effect from a sheer wash of color to the illusion of super-sculpted cheekbones. Even better: You can turn up the intensity by applying the product wet, making it even easier to work bold runway beauty trends (orange lipstick, anyone?) in the real world. Shop the products for $39 each at narscosmetics.com now, then click through our gallery to get celebrity makeup inspiration!
The Polar Vortex is (hopefully?) becoming a memory, but the harsh winter conditions will have definitely left their mark on your skin. Chapped lips and dry, cracked hands are par for the course after spending such extended periods of time indoors and braving the elements like sub-zero temperatures and harsh winds. To soothe your way back to supple skin, we’ve rounded up the very best lip balms and hand creams. Check them out and start the countdown to spring!
As Gwyneth Paltrow once wrote in her cookbook, My Father’s Daughter, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” Okay, so maybe a kick-ass red lipstick won’t entirely transform your life, but can anything as quickly and as easily turn you into a glamazon?
For a very long time, the red lip has been a sign that a woman is daring and sensual—and a true class act. “Red lips go back to Snow White,” the late makeup legend Kevyn Aucoin told InStyle. (He worked with Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, and countless other superstars before his untimely death in 2002.) As if you need proof of just how enduring the red lip is, see the photos of above of Madonna in 1996, Adele in 2013, and Rihanna in 2009—all sporting a rose-colored pucker and all looking amazing no matter what the decade.
In honor of InStyle‘s 20th anniversary, we went back into our archives to find tried-and-true advice on pulling off the makeup mainstay, and to pay tribute to the female stars who have proved over the last 20 years that a red lip is as timeless as any beauty look can get.
Of all the items to have loaded in your beauty arsenal this Valentine’s Day weekend, kissable lipwear is an obvious essential. Since maintaining a perfect pucker can seem like an impossible feat on the most romantic night of the year, we rounded up our favorite long-lasting lip formulas (some of which double as skin-warming cheek stains) in an array of flirty crimson shades for your choosing. Whether you amp up the drama with red or opt to go pretty in pink, these rich, smudge-resisting pigments will leave your pout in tip-top shape through dinner and beyond. See all of the smooch-worthy lip colors that stand the test of time in our gallery.
It’s like clockwork — as soon as the weather cools down and the leaves begin to change, a deep oxblood lipstick quickly becomes a fall staple in our makeup bags, and according to the runways at Fashion Week in New York City, we can expect the trend to continue this year! Models at Rebecca Minkoff (pictured above), Zimmermann, and Tracy Reese (both below) went with super-saturated finishes, while Tadashi Shoji and Rebecca Taylor opted for a low-key sheer effect. ”Oxblood is the new power pout — it plays beautifully with the strength of fall’s masculine silhouettes and moody color palettes,” says Sarah Lucero, lead makeup artist at Minkoff’s show. If a full-on Bordeaux hue seems intimidating, try using your lipstick to create a stain, just as the pros did backstage at Tadashi Shoji and Rebecca Taylor. That way, you can build the color slowly until you reach your desired intensity. “Press onto the lip with a fingertip, and then blot with a tissue, layer by layer to create a wine-stained effect,” Lisa Houghton, lead makeup artist at Shoji’s show, tells us. “We then faded the edges of the lip to a whisper to soften for a medieval, painterly appearance.”
Feeling daring? Recreate the bold look seen at Minkoff’s, Reese’s, and Zimmerman’s shows by pairing a full-coverage opaque shade with minimal eye makeup, and a well-groomed brow. Lucero used Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore ($22; stilacosmetics.com) on each of Minkoff’s girls, while makeup artist Mally Roncal, who created seven different looks for Reese’s show, used the sanguine red tone from her Pro-Tricks Lip Palette ($45; mallybeauty.com). Use a lip brush to form a precise shape, then trace around your lips with a concealer to clean up any unexpected smudges. See more of the best runway beauty moments from New York Fashion Week in our gallery!
When the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics kicks off Friday, Feb. 7 on NBC, you might see a familiar face that seems out of place during the station’s never-not-streaming coverage: Nastia Liukin, the Olympic all-around gymnastics champion (and winner of five medals) at the 2008 Beijing Games.
No, Liukin hasn’t switched over to winter sports. She’s providing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle behind the Games in the by-the-Black Sea resort area of Sochi, Russia. ”I’m basically giving everybody back at home an inside perspective of being at the Olympic Games,” Liukin tells InStyle.com. “(I’ll be) going around the city and checking out local attractions, restaurants, shopping, and then doing some interactive pieces with some of the athletes.”
We caught up with Liukin to chat about what events she’s looking forward to most, and what she’s packing in her suitcase to survive Sochi’s temperamental temps.
Marchesa and Revlon are rolling out the red carpet for their latest collaboration! For the label’s third capsule collection with the beauty giant, designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman looked to Marchesa’s greatest sartorial hits to create a lineup of winning hues of lipstick, nail polish, and more, sure to leave you ready for your close-up. “We were inspired by the bespoke elements found in our collections, and translated them to the packaging through beautiful hues and intricate designs,” says Craig, the label’s co-founder and textile director. “We wanted this collection to be representative of some of our most iconic red carpet moments.”
Well, mission accomplished! We think the vivid orange lipstick, liquid liner, and iridescent lacquer from the Daring look (pictured, left) would be a perfect complement to Marchesa’s risky, avant-garde numbers, while their more classic pieces would be flattered by the deep wine tones from the Opulent range (center) or the subtle pinks in the Romantic lineup (right).
As if making the red carpet treatment more accessible wasn’t generous enough, Marchesa and Revlon are taking it one step further by lending a hand to women around the globe. To celebrate the launch of the collection, Revlon will donate $15,000 to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. “It was very important to us, on a personal level, that this collection have an added philanthropic element,” says designer and co-founder Chapman. “Revlon’s dedication to charity was a driving force behind our decision to work with the company, as Keren and I both value and incorporate philanthropy into our work as much as we can.” Half the Sky is an initiative dedicated to ending oppression of women and girls worldwide, while empowering and raising awareness toward women’s issues. Find the Revlon by Marchesa Red Carpet Collection at drugstores nationwide starting now, and click through our gallery to see the label’s couture designs that inspired their printed nail wraps.
Although the Grammys were almost a week ago, the deep, sanguine lipstick Beyoncé wore to the event is still fresh in our minds, which is why we caught up with her makeup artist Francesca Tolot to get all the details on her glamorous look, and how it came together. “We went with a modern, silent-movie feeling,” she tells InStyle.com exclusively. “I adore working with her, she is inspiring to me.”