• Get Unready with Me!

    Good night, Moon ?

    As promised, here’s the “evening edition” of my advanced skincare routine!

    “What’s the difference between my morning and evening skincare routines?” you ask.

    Well, truth be told, not much. Just a whole range of different products selected specifically for a more in-depth and attentive cleansing and moisturizing process. I mean, the magic does happen overnight.

    If you haven’t already checked out Rise & Shine With Me, I highly advise you do that first. Otherwise, let’s get ready to take it all off and count some sheep!

    Mario Badescu Enzyme Gel Cleanser
    Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion
    Kleenex Cotton Soft Pads

    Behold my favorite cleanser and toner duo! Mario Badescu always comes through, never upsets, and solves practically all skin concerns. I love using Kleenex’s Cotton Soft Pads to apply my toner. Betcha didn’t know they also have superb facial cleansing wipes!

    SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

    I like to pat some treatment essence on before applying my serums and moisturizers. Doing so rejuvenates my skin!

    La Mer The Regenerating Serum
    La Mer The Eye Balm Intense

    You know you’re an adult when you hoard anti-aging products. Better sooner than later. Or, like, better sooner than never! La Mer’s The Regenerating Serum and The Eye Balm Intense are, in my very humble opinion, the best products to use. A little goes a long way, and I’ve noticed a difference in my skin after just a few weeks. My complexion looks more revived and less dead. Best of all, the cold tip of the eye cream applicator is super soothing and helps to reduce puffiness.

    Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Overnight
    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque
    The Estee Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack

    After serum and eye cream, comes moisturizer. I like using a moisturizer (or cream during winters) that is specifically formulated for overnight use. These babies always leave my skin feeling extra smooth and supple when I wake up!

    Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy
    Drunk Elephant Lippe
    Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer
    Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Conditioner

    Voilà! More evidence of how much I love lip products. I like to keep my lips super hydrated (all the time), especially overnight. Check out Lip Care 101 for more info on all things lips!

    Altchek MD 5 Minute Clay Renewal Mask
    Philosophy When Hope is not Enough Gel-Oil Mask
    Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask

    Like exfoliating, treating the skin with a facial mask (at least once or twice a week) is important. No excuses, because there is a mask for everyone. Here are some of my favorite masks ordered from least to greatest amount of time needed (to fit everyone’s time and budget needs). Altchek MD’s Clay Renewal Mask takes just 5 minutes, Philosophy’s Gel-Oil Mask suggests 10 minutes, and Mario Badescu’s Flower & Tonic Mask requires 20 minutes. If you’re super-duper lazy and don’t want to smear product all over face, throw on a sheet or gel mask! Your skin will thank you.

    Do you recommend any skincare products? Tell us what your skin-loving favorites are in the comments down below! 

  • Rise & Shine with Me!

    Advanced Skincare Routine: Morning Edition

    As of late, I’ve been obsessed with all things skincare. Better late than never, right?

    Makeup, while a lot more fun to talk about, isn’t really my “essential.” Regardless whether I’m having an extra drowsy morning or super lazy evening, I always make sure to take care of my skin. No exceptions!

    Even though skincare can be an investment, I always think it’s worth it in the long run.

    Step aside face wash and moisturizer, here’s the low down on my morning routine!

    Foreo Luna Mini 2
    Philosophy Purity Made Simple
    Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

    I have so many favorite cleansers, and it’s hard sticking to just one! Using the Foreo Luna Mini 2, however, makes cleaning my face a lot more fun. I noticed that my skin looks and feels healthier after every Luna use!

    You can’t go wrong with both of these cleansers. They definitely do the job and they work for all skin types! After cleansing, follow up with toner to remove any last traces of makeup and dirt. It’ll leave your skin feeling hydrated.

    Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
    Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

    Don’t forget to scrub-a-dub-dub at least twice a week. You want to get rid of all the dead skin that accumulates on a regular basis. You’ll also unclog your pores in the process! DO NOT, however, exfoliate daily (unless the product says that it’s okay to do so) because over-exfoliating can cause irritation and redness. Moderation is key!

    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Serum
    The Estee Edit Late Night Eraser

    I think putting on eye treatment and serum is my favorite part of my morning routine because doing so feels like doling out extra brownie points for my skin. If you’re have super tired eyes in the morning, please try Estee Edit’s Late Night Eraser. The cold metal applicator tip wakes me up in a good way (no cranky Courtney here) and my eyes don’t feel and look as tired. I try to use serum before moisturizer as often as possible because serum helps to firm the skin while making it look radiant! I’ve also been a huge fan of Amore Pacific for the longest time so I don’t think I’m ever letting them go.

    Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture
    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel
    Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

    Like face cleansers, I can never stick to just one moisturizer. I choose my moisturizer depending on the season and how I’m feeling in the morning. During the hotter seasons, I tend to go for a lighter moisturizer, like an oil-free gel and on brisk winter mornings, I go for a more light and creamy formula.

    Coola Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30
    Coola Mineral Liplux SPF 30

    Don’t forget that SPF! I cannot stress how important this step is, even in the dead of winter, when the sun seems to be on a hiatus. Guess what? It’s not. The sun is secretly gleaming its UV rays right at you.

    One of my favorite SPF-infused brands is Coola! They’re good at giving you what you need (moisturizer, primer, setting spray, etc.) while throwing in some SPF!

    In simpler terms: cleanse, tone, scrub (exfoliate at least twice a week), then dab eye product, serum, moisturizer, and SPF.

    Let me know in the comments below what your must-have skin-loving products are! Stay tuned for the Evening Edition 😉

  • Holiday Hairstyles 2015

    Hair We Go Again

    Listen up people, we are just days away from Christmas! Since you all know that I’m always on my A game when it comes to planning looks in advance, I hope that maybe, justttttt maybe I’m rubbing off on you and you too. Actually I’d be super proud if you already have a holiday outfit planned with a potential makeup look to match.

    There is, however, one last thing we need to cover—your hairstyle, duh! I mean behind every fabulous outfit and flawless face is a perfected hairstyle. Whether it an up-do or simply worn down, a hairstyle can pretty much make or break all that you’ve achieved to stand out as Ms. Fashionista.

    I’ve picked three easy-to-copy tutorials to help bring your entire look together. Why not try them out now so you don’t miss a minute of the champagne toasting and hors d’oeuvres?

     

     

     

     

    Photography via Huckleberry Love

  • Holiday Beauty Looks 2015

    WINTER WONDERGLAM

    What do the holidays have in store for us this year? Well, besides reuniting with family and friends, gift exchanging, and eating all the delicious food, they’re just another convenient excuse for us to experiment with bolder makeup. For a girl who usually keeps it simple with some bronzer and winged liner, I usually switch up my glam routine at the end of the year. Be bold and daring, I say, there’s nothing to lose!

    I’ve picked three of my favorite makeup tutorials of which I’ll be taking bits and pieces from to achieve my perfect look. Choose from bold red lips to bronze eyeshadows. There’s even a more classic look with a little less pizazz—if that’s your thing. Whatever you’re feeling, I guarantee these tutorials will get you into the holiday spirit.

     

     

     

    Photography via Makmoda

  • A E S T H E T I C S

    Our Favorite Things

    From Where We Stand

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  • How To: Sweat In Style + Giveaway!

    Enter to Win!

    Working out is never a bummer when you’re rocking sweet new gear at the same time.  Or, perhaps you’re more of an athleisure type of lady instead, running errands and picking up an almond-milk latte in your fitness tights and a leather jacket.  Whatever the case may be, fresh gear is always a must – especially as we head into a new season.

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    Wearing Lorna Jane’s Luxe Wrap Pant & Lauper Excel Tank

    I’ve been a fan of Lorna Jane for years.  I love the versatility of the fitness line for women: all kinds of pieces in all kinds of colors, with cuts and shapes that are flattering to all.  We’ve done a few giveaways before together and with the weather getting chillier we thought it would be fun to line another up for you, dear reader, right this very second!

    I’m obsessed with the Luxe Wrap Pant pictured above – they’re absolutely perfect for a stroll around the neighborhood paired with nice kicks, or for layering on top of tights for when you’re heading out the door in cold weather.  Very Alexander Wang vibey, right?

    My favorite new top is the Lauper Excel Tank – finally, a crop tank from a fitness line that isn’t too short or revealing!  My prayers have been answered!  I want it in like 7 more colors (can we make that happen, LJ? Hint, hint!).

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    Next question I ask myself often: how many pairs of tights are too many?  Well, when they’re the Be Seen Ankle Biker Tight the answer is NO AMOUNT, EVER.

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    Lorna Jane Be Seen Ankle Biker Tight

    Like, I’m sorry but how dope are these!  They are everything!  Sexy cut-outs, mesh, black, tight, long?  Hello, gym!!!!  Hello, every place in New York City and beyond!  Hello, Shanghai!

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    Lorna Jane Tough Girl Active Jacket

    Moving on to some jackets I’m loving right now…the one pictured above is for tough ladies only (you). The camo print on the Tough Girl Active Jacket literally changes my mood as I bound down the street towards my pilates studio.  I feel bold and in charge – the right way to feel on the way to a workout, or anytime really!

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    Lorna Jane Night Runner Active Jacket

    Finally, lets throw a little COLOR into this mix, shall we?  My favorite piece from all the new goodies on Lorna Jane right now is the Night Runner Active Jacket.  Its cozy, with a nice mesh lining on the inside that’s perfect for layering on top of literally anything.  I love the bright blue color, too.

    SO – if you’re digging LJ as much as I am right now, why not enter this sweet little giveaway below?  No reason I can think of not to!  The giveaway is open until October 28th and we’ll notify the winner by email. Good luck!

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  • 10 New (Simply Amazing) Accessories for Fall

    My New Favorites

    I determined a few weeks ago that this fall and winter, accessories would be my THING.  Not only are they well-priced, they don’t require a huge wardrobe overhaul each season to stay on top of the trends. Be it silk scarves, hats, cozy scarfs, gloves, or ponchos, they officially have leading roles in my upcoming looks.

    Truth be told, my accessories craze couldn’t be timed better for my closet as I’m thrilled to reveal today that I’m the newest partner of Echo, the New York City scarf company crafting the loveliest of accessories since 1923.  Together we’re working on the #ChangeYourStripes campaign by elevating wardrobes everywhere simply by accessorizing!  From their silk scarves, to beanies, gloves, ponchos, and everything in between, the beauty of Echo’s accessories is that they allow you to change your look, your mood, or someone’s perception without ever losing yourself, the way that clothes sometimes can.  Echo harnesses this transformative power of accessories through the expert use of color, pattern, and texture in their fashion and home products.

    So with style in mind, let’s dive headfirst into my Top 10 List of New Favorite Accessories for the upcoming chillier seasons..

    1. Silk Scarves

    You know Echo’s silk scarves when you see them, the ultimate do-everything accessory.  Here we have the Enchanted Forest Silk Scarf, my favorite piece from their new line available now, styled 3 ways…

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    Around the neck…

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    As a bandana…

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    Around the wrist…

    2. The Black Beanie

    The black beanie is a wardrobe staple, always in style, and totally chic when the temps drop below 50 F.  This one is luxuriously soft, wearable all day long.

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    3. The Skinny Silk Scarf

    From the pages of Vogue to the necks of fashionable women everywhere, the skinny silk scarf has taken Manhattan, Paris and London by storm this season.  Check out Echo’s gorgeous version in every color imaginable.

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    Will be wearing this everywhere…

     4. The Blanket Wrap

    Nothing is cozier than a binkie, amirite? So every human on earth will be happy to learn that blankets are fashions now, wearable around your neck in the softest of fabrics and pretties of colors.  Meet The Blanket Wrap!

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    Warm and Soft!

    5. Hats with Style

    Trust me, nobody is more excited to wear these beanies with a furry little pom on top than me.  I got this guy in 3 charming, wardrobe-ready colors but it’s available in many more.  Talk about soft and chic!

    furgloveshat2Black, Grey, and Purple Beanies with Furry Poms

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     Love in every color!

      6. The Leather Glitten

    I’m all about gloves once the temperature gets chilly.  My hands literally freeze without them, and these adorable glittens are totally IN right now.  Not only do they clip back to reveal a delightful finger glove, they are also iPhone ready with a magnetized finger!

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    Fingers optional!
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    7. Everyday Ruanas

    Guys, wraps are THE thing right now.  I bet you’ve seen like 3 ladies wearing a ruana already today. They’re cozy, warm, and stylish while being totally effortless.  This black one is at the top of my list right now.

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    8. The Fur Glove

    Nothing screams #ChangeYourStripes more than a glove with a touch of fur.  I love these from Echo, plus they have the built in cell phone finger that’s a must-have these days.

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    9. The Bandana Scarf

    Hello, Paris Fashion Week!  The Bandana is officially BACK (or did it ever really leave?), y’all!  I’m absolutely coveting this black number with fringe, aka the Yak Triangle with Fringe.

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    10. The Reversible Ruana

    What’s better than 1 ruana?  2 ruanas, obviously.  This perfectly colored number is totally versatile, not to mention warm and in style.

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    I hope you enjoyed my top 10 picks for new accessories for fall and winter!  I’m so excited to be partnering with Echo on their #ChangeYourStripes campaign this holiday season and you can expect more fun from us soon with some great upcoming giveaways and events.  What’s your must-have accessory?  A classic silk scarf or cozy beanie?  Tell me below in the comments!


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  • Blondes Have More Fun

    …and I’m Having an OK Time

    Chronicles of a Hair-Dyer

    Wednesdays are reserved for adventures.

    Hey, LoDown fam! It’s Chris again, the sad sack of garbage who brought you the juice cleanse story. I’m back because you all enjoyed reading about my agony (how dare you). On this particular adventure, I will explore the world of hair dying. Now, I won’t be talking about going to a salon or whatever people who have money and time do to get their hair professionally done because that would be too simple and too easy. I’m talkin’ about sitting on my bed while my friend, who is visiting, has no time to think of an excuse to get out of helping me. Ah, friendship.

    But first, where are my manners? Allow me to give you some backstory as to why I dyed my hair. A few months ago, I stole a MacBook from the Apple Store and ended up killing a man to get away and needed a new identity. Just kidding, although that would probably make for a much better adventure—maybe next month?

    In all seriousness, I’ve wanted to dye my hair white for so long because I just wanted to do something crazy and live on the edge. Naturally, I turn to hair dying for that rush of adrenaline. I know, I know. I’m WILD!!!! One day, I thought long and hard, which means maybe 2 minutes tops, about it and realized that it’s only hair, and as the great Drake once said, “YOLO”.

    To be honest, I went into this process like Helen Keller went up stairs—very blindly. I couldn’t have known less when I walked into Ricky’s NYC to get an buttload of hair bleach (yes, buttload is an actual form of measurement) and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff. Back at my apartment, my room suddenly felt like the set of Breaking Bad because my friend Dori and I were mixing chemicals with other chemicals in a very small space.

    Here are all of the chemicals I put in my hair...science is cool!!!!

    Here are all of the chemicals I put in my hair…science is cool!!!!

    #friendshipgoals or me not giving her any other options? Basically the same thing...

    #friendshipgoals or me not giving her any other options? Basically the same thing…

    After 45 minutes and tolerating the feeling of each hair being plucked out one by one, I washed the first round of bleach out only to find that I looked like a mass-murdering Ed Sheeran to star in a redundant Marvel film coming out early next year. At this point, I was saying what my mom probably said at my birth, “WHAT THE F%$K HAVE I DONE”?

    My "Ed Sheeran just landed a role as a villain in a Marvel film" look

    My “Ed Sheeran just landed a role as a villain in a Marvel film” look

    I am a goddamn trendsetter, guys.

    I am a goddamn trendsetter, guys.

    After recuperating, we did a second round of bleach to get my hair even lighter. At this point, it felt as if every Boy Scout troop ever created was having a bonfire on top of my head. Fun! I washed that out and toned my hair with a “Pale Ash Blonde” color, which to me translated to “a bunch of adjectives all describing the same thing” but that is neither here nor there. By now, I was happy with the color, mostly because it didn’t feel super yellow blonde and because I had left behind my role in the upcoming Marvel film. Looking back on it now, with a head full of dead white hair, I hate the color “Pale Ash Blonde” created.

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    The outcome of the “Pale Ash Blonde”, or as normal people call it: “Gray blonde”

    You may be asking, “But Chris! How did you get your hair white?”. Fantastic question, *insert your name here*. The secret to getting your hair as light as possible without fully killing it is using Shimmer Light’s purple shampoo and conditioner. I leave the conditioner in for 3-5 minutes. It’s crazy how well the conditioner turned my hair white/slight purple tint.

    You also may be asking, “But Chris! Was it worth it?”. Okay, first of all, you need to relax with all these questions. But yes, I couldn’t feel happier and more myself with my new hair. I look at old photos with my brown hair and I feel like that isn’t the real me. I am so much more confident and have learned to really live for myself and not worry about what other people think, which hasn’t ever really been an issue for me. My message to you would be to just do it if you’re thinking about dying your hair. It’s hair. But also, it’s really difficult hair to maintain. I was thinking I would just dye my hair and everything would be great, but it’s a lot of maintenance, which is something I absolutely despise.

    Finally! My hair is so white, it can talk back to cops (Photo by Alivia Latimer)

    Finally! My hair is so white, it can talk back to cops and get away with it (Photo by Alivia Latimer)

    I can’t believe I just wrote a whole adventure about my hair, but it’s happened and there’s no turning back now. Let me know in the comments which hair color you like better and also what color you would want to dye your hair!

    Team Brown? Team White? Team Who-Gives-A-F%$K-About-My-Hair-Color?

    Team Brown? Team White? Team Who-Gives-A-F*$K-About-My-Hair-Color?

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    Thoughts on my hair color?
  • Andreja Is the First Transgender Model to Sign a Beauty Contract

    Tucked nonchalantly into a massive feature was a little sentence containing a huge piece of news: This year, Andreja Pejic will become one of the first transgender models to star in a major beauty campaign.

    Tabloid in long-form, Anger details the scandals of Tinseltown’s very first stars (including Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Clara Bow) against the backdrop of a city charged by rampant debauchery and high glamour.

    Whereas Hollywood Babylon deals mostly with the era’s nightlife, the workday habits of early film stars were pretty wild too. For our purposes, it’s all about the prep. Hence a little history lesson today, particularly about how one might get ready for a period moving picture.

    Early movies were shot on orthochromatic film, which was not sensitive to yellow-red wavelengths (so colors on that end of the spectrum became almost black). Blue and purple tones, in turn, showed up pale and whitish. The unfortunate on-screen effects of this were myriad—actors with ruddy skin looked dirty, and blue eyes would turn blank and spooky. The latter pitfall almost foiled the ambitions of eventual Academy Award winner Norma Shearer when she was told by D.W. Griffith, The Birth of a Nation director, that her eyes were “far too blue” to have any success in cinema.

    In order to create an impactful (and hopefully, natural) look under such conditions in the 1910s and ’20s, most actors were tasked with applying their own makeup (A common press photo set-up was very Top Shelf-like and featured the starlet at her vanity.), and studios would distribute guides for proper use of color. Blue-toned greasepaint was applied as a foundation and contouring shade, while lips were painted yellow. In real life, actors must have looked truly bizarre when they arrived at the studio. Early greasepaint was texturally problematic. Since it was applied with a heavy hand, the surface layer would often crack when the actor’s expression changed (not great for a medium that relied so heavily on overly dramatic, silent expression). It could also be hazardous—as was in the case of Dolores Costello (Drew Barrymore’s paternal grandmother), whose complexion and career were both damaged beyond repair by early film makeup. In 1914, Max Factor, a wig and cosmetic shop owner in Los Angeles, developed a solution in the form of Flexible Greasepaint. After its invention, he became the most sought-after makeup artist in Hollywood and the leading figure in cosmetic development for the industry.

    Factor’s personalized approach to makeup artistry cemented a few specific, studio-endorsed “looks.” For Clara Bow, he drew her sharply peaked cupid’s bow; Joan Crawford’s signature “smeared” lip (extending far beyond her natural line) assuaged the actress’ thin-lipped insecurities and was all thanks to Factor. Industry standards also required actors’ eyes to look deep-set and moody by shadowing them from lash line to socket, and eyebrows were drawn straight, bold, and very, very long (think Louise Brooks).

    When orthochromatic film gave way to panchromatic in the 1920s, shiny hair and eyelids captured the glow of incandescent bulbs used on-set to great effect. Factor kept pace, developing specific light-refracting hair dyes to suit this technical shift—even sprinkling gold dust on to Marlene Dietrich’s wigs when asked. He couldn’t rest on his laurels for long though—Technicolor was on the horizon, and with it came a new set of cosmetic challenges.

    A final note: In the early ‘30s, still riding the panchromatic “high shine” wave, Factor created a slick lip coat for his famous clients. The formula would go on to become commercially sold as “X-Rated,” the world’s very first lip gloss. Something I think we’re all still kind of into.

    —Lauren Maas

  • Try This Cleansing Cream

    As dumb luck would have it, I stumbled into the hair equivalent of an e-cigarette entirely by accident.

    Tabloid in long-form, Anger details the scandals of Tinseltown’s very first stars (including Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Clara Bow) against the backdrop of a city charged by rampant debauchery and high glamour.

    Whereas Hollywood Babylon deals mostly with the era’s nightlife, the workday habits of early film stars were pretty wild too. For our purposes, it’s all about the prep. Hence a little history lesson today, particularly about how one might get ready for a period moving picture.

    Early movies were shot on orthochromatic film, which was not sensitive to yellow-red wavelengths (so colors on that end of the spectrum became almost black). Blue and purple tones, in turn, showed up pale and whitish. The unfortunate on-screen effects of this were myriad—actors with ruddy skin looked dirty, and blue eyes would turn blank and spooky. The latter pitfall almost foiled the ambitions of eventual Academy Award winner Norma Shearer when she was told by D.W. Griffith, The Birth of a Nation director, that her eyes were “far too blue” to have any success in cinema.

    In order to create an impactful (and hopefully, natural) look under such conditions in the 1910s and ’20s, most actors were tasked with applying their own makeup (A common press photo set-up was very Top Shelf-like and featured the starlet at her vanity.), and studios would distribute guides for proper use of color. Blue-toned greasepaint was applied as a foundation and contouring shade, while lips were painted yellow. In real life, actors must have looked truly bizarre when they arrived at the studio. Early greasepaint was texturally problematic. Since it was applied with a heavy hand, the surface layer would often crack when the actor’s expression changed (not great for a medium that relied so heavily on overly dramatic, silent expression). It could also be hazardous—as was in the case of Dolores Costello (Drew Barrymore’s paternal grandmother), whose complexion and career were both damaged beyond repair by early film makeup. In 1914, Max Factor, a wig and cosmetic shop owner in Los Angeles, developed a solution in the form of Flexible Greasepaint. After its invention, he became the most sought-after makeup artist in Hollywood and the leading figure in cosmetic development for the industry.

    Factor’s personalized approach to makeup artistry cemented a few specific, studio-endorsed “looks.” For Clara Bow, he drew her sharply peaked cupid’s bow; Joan Crawford’s signature “smeared” lip (extending far beyond her natural line) assuaged the actress’ thin-lipped insecurities and was all thanks to Factor. Industry standards also required actors’ eyes to look deep-set and moody by shadowing them from lash line to socket, and eyebrows were drawn straight, bold, and very, very long (think Louise Brooks).

    When orthochromatic film gave way to panchromatic in the 1920s, shiny hair and eyelids captured the glow of incandescent bulbs used on-set to great effect. Factor kept pace, developing specific light-refracting hair dyes to suit this technical shift—even sprinkling gold dust on to Marlene Dietrich’s wigs when asked. He couldn’t rest on his laurels for long though—Technicolor was on the horizon, and with it came a new set of cosmetic challenges.

    A final note: In the early ‘30s, still riding the panchromatic “high shine” wave, Factor created a slick lip coat for his famous clients. The formula would go on to become commercially sold as “X-Rated,” the world’s very first lip gloss. Something I think we’re all still kind of into.

    —Lauren Maas

  • The Best Drugstore Mascaras

    Here’s a fun thing to do: Buy a whole basket full of drugstore mascaras, dump them on a table, and stare at them through a kaleidoscope.

    For one, the packaging is crazy—like an explosion at the neon plastic factory, resulting in a bunch of really great, tactile pieces you can’t stop picking up and dropping in your purse. That’s at least half the fun. The other half of the fun? Being able to afford three different tubes for three different lash looks (which, quite frankly, are just as good as what you’ll find at a department store makeup counter) that you can pull out at will. Many applications later, here’s what’s worth your time—”just OK” contenders weeded out—no matter what lash type you’re looking to suit. (But just in case we missed any or some new “technological breakthrough” in mascara came out today, please drop us a line below.)

    Best for short lashes: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara
    The marriage of the rubberized bristles on a thicker, football-shaped wand makes it easier to reach all lashes, no matter how flat they might seem. Good for making the most of what you’ve got and also for not irritating eyes if they tend toward sensitivity.

    Good for your run-of-the-mill, average lashes: Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher
    It’s all in the name—the classic, squishy, plastic bristles of the Covergirl Lashblast line in tandem with a slightly curved wand design makes the formula go on effortlessly and, quite truly, sans clumping. The formula is not goopy, rather light but goes on dark and coats your lashes evenly and, because of the aforementioned wand, leaves you with full-looking, feathery lashes.

    You’ve got length, but you want curl: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Washable Mascara
    Maybelline could provide answers for each and every category here as their offerings are the most widespread and universally pleasing, but the thick yellow tube has so much going for it, it can’t be willfully ignored. The brush is along the lines of your classic bristle varietal but with a little more heft, and the product distributes in a way best described as feathery.

    Sparse lashes looking for company: L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
    This brush is the most technological of the bunch (but sans battery-powered, eye-endangering vibrational ability). It’s an architectural work of art—there’s so many bristle types and twists and turns. It’s a fiber mascara, meaning the formula coats your lashes without tubing or looking false. In fact, the little fibers are so tiny, you cant even see them even when they stretch your lashes out farther than you’d expect.

    The marriage of the rubberized bristles on a thicker, football-shaped wand makes it easier to reach all lashes, no matter how flat they might seem.

    The marriage of the rubberized bristles on a thicker, football-shaped wand makes it easier to reach all lashes, no matter how flat they might seem.

    Best for lashes dealing with decision fatigue: NYX Provocateur
    This tube is from NYX’s Boudoir Mascara Collection, which as you can imagine is designed in mind to give you bedroom eyes. It gives you two lash options from a single mascara brush. Pull out Level One for gloopier, heavier lashes, or use Level Two, which really just involves pulling that same brush through a tube that cleans a lot of excess product off (saving you the trouble of wiping on the mouth of the tube and making a mess), to help separate lashes. The effect is certainly woodland-animal fantasy lashes that don’t flake off or irritate your eyes. Plus, it only comes in one shade, saving you from making one more decision while standing in the makeup aisle.

  • When I was a teenager, I actually ended up in beauty school.

    I was going through a bit of a difficult time and my grandmother thought she was putting me in etiquette school…she obviously didn’t read the fine print.

    Horrific, but the best thing that came out of it was that a scout came one day and told me about modeling. He said, ‘You’re going to be a supermodel.’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry, but what’s a supermodel?’ I wasn’t into fashion. I was into music and Goth girls at the mall. He showed me Vogue, and I had never seen women like that. I had no idea of that level of beauty. That was the beginning. I dedicated my whole life to understanding fashion from then on. I looked it all very specifically—What is the light? How are they creating that light in their eye when it sparkles? How do they get those cheekbones? I don’t have prominent cheekbones—how do I make it look like I have them? What do I even look like? I’m not the type of model that’s like, ‘Just throw me in front of the camera.’ I have to work. It’ a job.

    Tonight I’m going to the Save Venice Masked Ball. I’m very glamorous when I go out at

    Because I have to wear a mask, I’m thinking an extraordinarily strong.

    Because I have to wear a mask, I’m thinking an extraordinarily strong.

    night because that’s when you get photographed in New York. So I like to create a character at night—it’s like I’m born again. I become this vampy, glamorous thing. That’s not how I am in the rest of my life at all. If I have any inspiration tonight, it’s Dita Von Teese. I’m wearing all Giorgio Armani tonight—I’m a big fan of his. When I tried this dress on, I was in a comfortable-yet-romantic mood. It’s not my usual—I usually wear a major gown and crazy things. At the same time, I like to feel comfortable. If I could wear sweatpants, I’d wear a sweatpants dress. Because I have to wear a mask, I’m thinking an extraordinarily strong cat eye would be good. With that, it’s nice to do a burgundy—what I like to call ‘fuck off’—lip.

    I have this lip trick—I have these exfoliating witch hazel pads, and I do like a real scrub with them on my lips. I go inside the mouth, which brings blood forth to the lips, and if you’re doing a natural lip, you don’t even need any color with this. You look like you just had Botox, which I won’t do. But if I need bigger lips immediately, for a shoot or something, I can do this, and it really works. I also like using Neosporin instead of lip balm on my lips. I like my lips to glide.

    I have Emi Kaneko doing my makeup tonight. From working in fashion, I feel like I can fake a good lip and a good eye myself, but I have not perfected unbelievable skin like she can do for me. It’s very hard to get the shine in the right spot and the contouring right, especially when your dress will change the texture of your skin. Shiny skin on a shiny dress is a big, sweaty mess. Whether you’re sweaty or not, you will look like a sweaty mess.

    [blockquote author=”” pull=”normal”]“Dekker is playing with maximum efficiency and extreme confidence.”[/blockquote]

    So tonight we’re using Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector that makes everything smooth and erases the look of pores when you put foundation on. It makes your skin look great. Then, over that, she used Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation. Mostly it’s the shade 05 Natural, but I like to mix a little bit of 04 Beige in because it’s not like my face is one dimensional. My makeup artist says it builds depth that way. Around my nose, it’s a little red, so she uses a slightly different color for more olive skin to cancel it out.

    When I don’t have a makeup artist doing my makeup

    When I don’t have a makeup artist doing my makeup

    Around my nose, it’s a little red, so she uses a slightly different color for more olive skin to cancel it out. When I don’t have a makeup artist doing my makeup, I love using Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, and Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation. Those are my go-tos for night, usually.On my brows, I love using Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara. I darken them with it—you can imagine how intense that it, and it keeps them in place like a gel. Funnily enough, I don’t like mascara on lashes so much. I like the eyelash-less look in a weird way… Maybe people on the street look at me like they’re scared, but I’m not scared. I look in the mirror and I’m like ‘That’s exactly how I want to be.’

    Hair

    I like the idea of experimental hair. One of my favorite looks I’ve ever done was for the Met Gala 2011. I went with Zac Posen and was wearing one of his dresses—I called it the spider web dress, and I asked for a spider web out of my hair. It was like a sci-fi ‘40s thing. I can scare people with my reference points—I sort of have to bring it back and be realistic. Like, OK we can sit here for 20 hours and do my hair, or we can be human beings about it.

    Tonight I’m going for a nice, soft wave in the front that will come down over my eyebrow and roll in on the back to create this faux-bob. All the products are Oribe, but I also have a lot of Redken in my own collection. First my hairstylist, Leonardo Manetti, used the Maximista Thickening Spray, then the Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse before blowing it out for a super-shiny texture. And then he finished it off with the Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Hair Spraysince this is a really sculptural look. I use Oribe all the time, but I just jump from product to product. I like to use it very thoroughly, and once I’m done with that, I’ll jump to another company.

  • Pretty Thanksgiving Beauty Looks

    Thanksgiving Beauty

    Looks Fit for Turkey Day

    Casual, glamour, trendy, classic or edgy? Your Thanksgiving style is just as important as your beauty look. All pieces of a (beautiful) puzzle, right? Try these pretty looks for unforgettable beauty.

    Polished Nails

    Earlier this season, we shared our picks of the best fall nail polish colors. Recently, we’ve fallen in love with more shades (it’s inevitable). The perfect combination of glitter and dark & light hues, here are six new colors to try for Thanksgiving:

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    All About the Nails: RGB Polish in Flint, Deborah Lippman in ‘Lady is a Tramp,’ Deborah Lippman in ‘La Vie En Rose,’ Oscar de la Renta Polish in ‘Asphalt‘ & Butter London Polish in ‘Trifle’

    Making Eyes – Eyeliner

    Mastering eyeliner can be difficult, especially if you’re working with a liquid liner. Our favorites (Cynthia Rowley, NARS, Eyeko & Lancome) make it a bit easier to master this skill helping you get ready that much faster on Thanksgiving Day. If you’re especially skilled, don’t be afraid to try different eyeliner looks. Our favorite? The Cat Eye.

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    Killer Liner: Lancome Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner, NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear EyelinerEyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner & Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

    Making Eyes

    When it comes to eyes, creating the perfect look is a combination of multiple factors. Eyeliner? Check. Next?

    Eyeshadow. Our favorite new product is eye cream from RMS Beauty, which leaves a light reflecting finish. For a more classic shadow, try NARS and bareMinerals.

    Lashes. For big, bright eyes, curl your lashes, put on a layer of plumping serum and then put on your most trusted mascara.

    Brows. Didn’t think we forgot about your brows, did you? Finish off our eye look with sculpting brow mascara for a fierce look.

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    Create the Perfect Eye Look: Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, Great Lash Mascara, Eyeko Lash Curler, NARS The Multiple, bareMinerals Eye Shadow, RMS Beauty Eye Cream

    Luscious Lips

    You haven’t forgotten our picks for the five best lip colors for the fall, have you? Pick between these gorgeous shades on Thanksgiving or switch them up throughout the day according to your outfit.

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    For Your LipsDior Addict Lipstick, Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color, Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick & Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick

    Have a good weekend, and don’t forget to tell us about your Thanksgiving plans in the comments below!

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  • Best Halloween Instagrams

    Halloween Insta Magic

    Best We've Seen

    October 31st! It’s finally here, and Instagram is abuzzin’ with Halloween magic. Before going out and celebrating, take a note of these Halloween-lovers– they’re the best around.

    M.A.C. Cosmetics

    What says Halloween in the most musical way? Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course! Paying tribute to this cult classic, M.A.C. recently announced their collection to honor the film’s 40th anniversary on Insta. Celebrate by doing the Time Warp (and treating yourself to a lipstick… or three)!

    L’Oreal Paris USA

    L’Oreal Paris teaches us how to be a fierce feline with a smoky eye, purple lips and the darkest mascara fit for the darkest night. Lazy-girl Halloween while still looking amazing? We’re all about it.

    Amber Nail Salon

    Cobwebs, blood stains, black cats, pumpkins and ghosts galore. Nails as festive as this spooky holiday? Check.

    Photo: Nail_Amber

    Photo: Nail_Amber

    Keiko Groves

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch took Broadway by storm. Keiko Groves is doing the same with her Hedwig beauty tutorial. L-O-V-E.

    Photo: Keiko Groves

    Photo: Keiko Groves

    The Collecteur

    Giulia Scalese is The Collecteur, a photographer who collects chic garments, accessories and props.  An Instagram favorite, she later assembles them into still lifes. We’re monster mashing with happiness over this vibrant Halloween collection.

    Karen Elson

    Supermodel Karen Elson can rock any outfit and look amazing, but sometimes it’s best to stick with a classic. Talk about beauty!

    A Beautiful Mess

    It’s the year of the feminist (thank you Beyoncé, Emma Watson and Lena Dunham), and Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess are celebrating by featuring a feminist classic, Rosie the Riveter, portrayed by MarinyKoolWe can do it, indeed!

    Warby Parker

    And the award for the most spirited company goes to… Warby Parker! We’ve loved seeing what the Warby employees dressed up for this Halloween, but our favorite costume by far was Jared Leto. Someone please hand them a real Academy Award for this winning ensemble…

    Christine H McConnell

    We love Halloween as much as we love our cake (a lot). The super talented Christine McConnell dreamed up this eerie and equally delicious dessert for the occasion. Can you say “gimme?”

    Happy Halloween darlings! Share your spooky adventures with us in the comments below.

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  • 5 Best Lip Colors for Fall

    Photo: Terry Richardson

    Photo: Terry Richardson

    Mwuah!

    The 5 Best Lip Colors for Kiss-Worthy Lips

    At the Lo Down, we’ve never been ones to follow the rules. No white after labor day? Yeah, right! The same goes for our lipstick. We know that sticking to the seasonal palettes is recommended, but when there are so many shades to choose from, why should we limit ourselves? To quote Drake, #YOLO.

    This season, when we think of lip colors, there is one word that goes through our minds– supersaturated. That’s why we’re obsessing over Tory Burch’s velvety rich “Pretty Baby.” It’s bright, peach hue is made better by its luxe fretwork case. So art deco!

    Even though we’ll be rocking orange lips all around town, expect to see us in classic reds, too. Marc Jacobs’ chrome lip crayons are ones for dreams, and we’re just as in love with the names. Our favorite? “Pop Rock in Strawberry Red.” With this lipstick in tow, dare to be daring.

    If you’re looking for a more subdued lip, put yourself into Laura Mercier and Bobbi’s Brown’s trusting Hands. We’re personally planning on stashing “Sheer Brown Rose” and “Italian Rose” in our bags alongside Dior’s “Dior Addict in Sheer Bubblegum Pink.” With a color this stunning, there is no better word than “addicted” to describe it. You can never have too many options, right?

    What is your go-to color this season? Share in the comments! Kisses!

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