Black lipstick is rarely worn outside of Halloween or to the occasional costume party, and when we heard MAC was launching an inky noir lipstick for Black Friday this year, we couldn’t wait to see which celebrity would be daring enough to try it. True to form, bold lip maven Lupita Nyong’O broke out MAC’s Hautecore hue for the Gotham Awards in New York City last night, and while the product has sold out on maccosmetics.com, the star’s makeup artist Nick Barose shared his pro tips with InStyle.com for getting an effect that veers more toward glam than goth. ”Black lipstick is not easy to pull off, but when you keep it sheer — not matte or opaque, but with a hint of sheen — the effect can be feminine and glamorous in a silent film star sort of way,” he told us. “To soften the color a little bit, I dabbed a dot of red gloss on the center of her lips to give the black just a hint of warmth.” Because the shade is so dramatic, stick to minimal eye makeup, or go for coordinating tones like Nyong’O. “Avoid hard lip liners, and keep the rest of the face pretty and feminine. I paired Lupita’s look with flirty lashes, liquid liner, and a berry cheek stain.” We love it!
Her character on Shameless may have a lot on her plate, but Emmy Rossum seemed to be holding herself together fashionably well while arriving on the set of the TV show in Chicago. The actress traded the just-got-out-of-bed look synonymous with early call times in favor of a casual yet chic Michael Stars cashmere blend sweater with quilted shoulder detail.
She paired her trendy topper with a leather mini by MiH, Chanel boots, and a Ralph Lauren Ricky bag, and added some shine with a duo of Tiffany Atlas necklaces. The playful knit comes in four gorgeous fall hues: black, blush, grape, and kalamata green. If you want to steal Rossum’s street style, you better act fast: The sweater is on sale now for $118 at michaelstars.com.
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Your old-school friendship bracelets just got a makeover. Beyonce, Heidi Klum and Rita Ora were all spotted sporting the latest in BFF accessories: Cruciani C. Hailed from Italy, these macrame (the same knotting technique used to make friendship bracelets) lace add-ons exploded in popularity in August 2011, thanks to its famous four-leaf clover design, which continues to remain as the brand’s best-seller. Stack two, three or four, like Beyonce who piled on an arm party with “Crux,” “Hand of Fatima,” “Racquet” and “Capri” in assorted pretty pastels. Or, copy Heidi who mixed textiles and strung the “DKMS Charity” band next to a statement cuff. Rita did the same, teaming her “Heart” with gilded jewelry. Or, simply wear it solo. The threaded wraparound comes in pretty much every color imaginable and in a library of styles, from evergreen to seasonal. At $18 a pop, scoop one up at crucianic.com to get in on the Cruciani craze.
Gwen Stefani is upping the style ante for pregnant women everywhere. The rocker mom, who is expecting her third child with husband Gavin Rossdale, has been outfitting her baby bump in a slew of stylish designer labels, including Seraphine, Ferragamo, and her own line, L.A.M.B. For her hubby’s 48th birthday dinner at Madeo restaurant in West Hollywood, Stefani, with her two boys Kingston and Zuma in tow, topped off her casual cool black, white, and denim ensemble with Stella McCartney’s accessory of the moment: the Beckett bag, named after the McCartney’s own son.
Each one is crafted from an environmentally friendly “eco faux nappa leather” material that uses vegetable oils instead of petroleum-based substances. It also folds up like a paper bag to cut down on packaging and shipping costs. Sling it over your shoulder like Gwen, or wear it folded over as a clutch. Get your own ($1,295) in a range of styles and colors at Saks Fifth Avenue and stellamccartney.com.
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This isn’t your average moto jacket. Olivia Munn was spotted taking a break from filming her latest movie Mortdecai in a block printed leather jacket that single-highhandedly turned her outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. And who’s to thank for this on-trend transformation? Stylist Dani Stahl and contemporary designer Martí, who collaborated together on an exclusive collection that launched in select Calypso St. Barth stores and calypsostbarth.com yesterday. The designing duo united their passion for leather and funneled it into a holiday line-up of three statement pieces that encompass unique silhouettes and Calypso’s signature designs. Zhush up your own tee-and-jeans uniform and snag the one-of-a-kind leather topper for $1,150 at calypsostbarth.com.
Emmy Rossum figured it out—the easiest way to get in on the leather look without actually buying leather (and potentially breaking the bank in the process) is slipping on a pair of coated jeans. Layered with a waxy sheen, the glossy surface conjures up the very same too-cool biker vibe that real leather pants evoke, but for a fraction of the cost. Unlike leather, varnished jeans are versatile, which means there’s a whole slew of options in a wide spectrum of colors, patterns and fabrics. Toughen up any topper with coated skinnies like Rossum did when she teamed her Old Navy “Rockstar” jeans in wine ($35; oldnavy.com) with a sweetly striped sweater. Get the look by shopping 14 of our favorite pairs that range from straight-up wax to coated brocade.
Michelle Williams‘ street style is fierce. The actress didn’t let the wee hours of the morning put a damper on her look as she walked daughter Matilda to school, dropping her off in an ensemble that managed to perfectly encapsulate both preppy-chic and rocker-edge. She layered a white cable knit sweater over a chambray shirt and paired it with black leather pants. The kicker? On-trend leopard-print slip-ons to tie her whole look together. Animal print has become so ubiquitous, it’s practically synonymous with classic neutrals while still retaining its bite, which means you can team it with just about anything for a refreshing spin. Effortlessly cool and comfortable, copy Williams and step up your style game with Sandro’s “Anaconda” sneaks for $425 at sandro-paris.com.
Another reason Lupita Nyong’O continues to be our style muse: She’s not afraid to break out an ultra-bright lipstick regardless of the season. The neon pink shade she wore to a GQ party in Los Angeles is officially the high-octane alternative to the classic red lip. Rather than picking up a solid, opaque hue, her makeup artist Nick Barose chose Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro in No. 504 ($32 at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com), a lipstick-lacquer hybrid with buildable coverage. “A bold lip color like hot fuchsia pink is more wearable when you opt for a texture that isn’t too glossy or matte,” he told InStyle.com. “Try something more sheer, like a stain or lip lacquer.” Armani’s innovative formula dries to a slightly matte, velvety finish, and stays in place once applied so you won’t have to fuss over finding a matching lip liner — just be sure to clean up around the edges with concealer, or a pointed Q-Tip to cover any unexpected smudges.