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You may know her from Restaurant: Impossible or her work revamping countless spaces for her Boston-based firm, but interior designer Taniya Nayak has a new gig: Ellen DeGeneres handpicked her to represent ED on Air, the comedian’s new whimsical home line for QVC. Writer Jolene Edgar interviewed Taniya for the November issue to find out about her fall obsessions–Ellen-related and otherwise:

“ED is Ellen’s nickname–it’s what Portia and her closest friends call her. These Chunky Becket Knit Throws are among my favorite things in the fall line. I love the textural design of the weave–it reminds me of my most beloved winter sweaters.”


“I always keep a travel candle like this one from Paddywax with me—the kind that comes in a tin with a lid—when I’m staying in a hotel, it really soothes me.”


“I like a heavy, precise liquid line on top, and Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner stays all day and doesn’t smudge. I pull it out a bit, extending the line just beyond my lashes, not a full cat eye.”

“The day cream and serum from Natura Bisse’s Cure line saved my skin. I’ve struggled with mild adult acne on the sides of my face–I think from the heavy TV makeup–but I started using these products, and suddenly, I feel like I can go out without any makeup on. I could never do that before. They evened my skin tone, and I don’t get blemishes anymore.”


Transitioning your makeup routine to cooler weather typically involves ditching everything spring-y (and dare we say fun?) in favor of dark, moody colors. No so this year. New fall launches feature tons of upbeat blues, teals, and greens for eyes and feminine pinks for lips. Since these saturated colors can be scary for some, we asked a few of our favorite beauty experts for ideas on how to wear these runway favorites in real life.

Clockwise from top: Clockwise from top: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Defining EyeShadow Wet/Dry in Emerald Envy, Hyper Teal, and Blue Fury, $25 each; Clinique Skinny Stick in Lanky Lapis, $16.50; Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Velvet Lip Crayon in Vintage Rose, $22; Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace, $32; Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Blur in I’m Blushing, $8.99; Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara in Bleu Mirifique, $32; Photo: Jeff Harris.


Smoky eye: Blogger Caralyn Brook of recently demoed a dramatic new twist on the traditional smoky eye. Instead of smudging charcoal or even black shadow, she used a combination of rose gold and metallic green. If you’re not a fan of green, this look would also work with bright blue, navy, or teal options. Click here for the full tutorial.


Photo courtesy of Caralyn Brook/Mascara


Subtle liner: Not ready to go crazy with color on your eyes? That’s totally fine. Instead of going all out with shadow, try a  swoosh of eyeliner along your bottom lashes. Clinique tapped makeup artist Florrie White to show you how to achieve the look with their new ultra-precise liner called the Skinny Stick (shown in Mini Moss, below).  Again, you can do this with any of the new hues: Blues, greens, and teals are all a go. Click here for the full video.


Photo courtesy of Clinique


Pink lips: A matte finish is the way to go, since super-shiny can look a little juvenile in this shade. For a full-on statement, just swipe the color onto your mouth and be done with it. For a more subdued take, try dabbing the product onto your lips with your pointer finger—you’ll get a subtle wash of pink. Bobbi Brown makeup artist Cassandra Garcia created the look below for the fall 2015 Tibi runway show.


Photo courtesy of Bobbi Brown



New York City makeup artist and photographer Tina Turnbow preps A-lister faces for the red carpet, magazines, and personal appearances on the regular. (Allow us to name drop: You’ve seen her work on Keri Russell, Debra Messing, Amanda Peet, Mary Louise Parker, and many, many more.) Here, five products she always keeps in her glam-on-the-go kit:

CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara is one of my favorite mascaras ever. I use it on my clients all the time—it’s surprisingly dramatic. The secret is to really wiggle it into the root of the lashes, and then used the curved brush to push the hairs up and give everything a little lift.”

WEI Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads are perfect if eyes look tired. You won’t believe how well they work! The individual pads are cold, so they constrict the blood vessels, tightening puffiness. You’ll look more awake in minutes. All of my clients die over them.”

LORAC Pro Palettes come with tons of super pigmented shades. You can blend them out so they’re sheer or concentrate the color for a bolder look. You can even use them as liner. Plus, I love that they have real staying power, and I can trust that they won’t crease throughout the night.”

“Bright lipstick will call attention to any flakiness or dryness on the lips. Before I apply a bright color, I always prep the lips with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. Dab it on with a finger, then leave it on for at least one minute, so it has time to sink in.”

“NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder takes down shine without making skin look flat in photos. It has really nice light reflecting properties and leaves skin with a flattering smooth texture. I use a fluffy brush to dust it onto the T-zone.”

Black Friday? Meh. Prime Day? Nah. For beauty product junkies like me, today’s the day that really counts. Starting this morning (July 17) and continuing to August 2, you can score some of the best beauty deals of the year at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. In  no particular order, here’s what’s in my shopping cart:

Clinique Colorful Moisture Set, $56 ($80.50 value): Jumbo Moisture Surge plus Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom and Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry. If you have dry skin, I can’t brag about this jumbo-sized cream enough. The gel-like texture is light and never sticky, but somehow keeps skin looking dewy for hours. And who doesn’t love a chubby stick? These pinks are flattering on just about anyone—seriously.

NARS Blame it on NARS Cheek Palette, $59 ($160 value): Bronzer. Blush. Highlighter. This palette really has it all. Whether you use these best-loved colors to contour or just add a hint of tint, this is makeup you’re going to use absolutely every day of your life. Consider it justified.

Dr. Dennis Gross Anti-Aging Skin Saviors Set, $130 ($200 Value): 30 Day Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula, .25 oz. Ferulic + Retinol Triple Corrective Eye Serum, 1.7 oz. Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer, 1 Alpha Beta Medi Spa Peel. If you’re looking for anti-agers that are truly worth the money, spring for this kit. This stuff is the real deal—I use it myself, and it really makes a noticeable difference in lines, dullness, and dark spots.

Kiehl’s Créme de Corps Home & Away: $75 ($107 Value): 33 oz. jumbo plus 2.5 oz. travel size. I know it might seem crazy to splurge on a body cream, but this product is a cult favorite for a reason. It makes skin look plumper and firmer in minutes and smells nice, but not perfume-y. In this set, you’re getting an insane amount of lotion in the larger pump and some to travel with, too.

Glamglow Glamazing Set, $69 ($99 Value): 1.8 oz. Thirsty Mud, .53oz. Youthmud, 3 Chrome Cell Brightmud Eye Treatments. I’m just going to say it: Youthmud (a face scrub) is my favorite new beauty product I’ve tried in the last five years. It makes skin look brighter, clearer, and fresher right away, so it’s the perfect treatment for when you have a big event. (People always ask me if I’ve just come from a facial!) The Brightmud Eye Treatments are great, too. They make crows feet look a heck of a lot better in three minutes.

Fresh All Start Kit: $53 ($76 value): 1.7 oz. Soy Face Cleanser, 1 oz. Sugar Face Polish, 1 oz. Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, 1.5 oz. Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. I love buying Fresh products for friends and family. They’re universally beloved—especially the Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. Everyone who tries it is obsessed!

St. Tropez Home & Away Set, $49 ($87.50 value): 13.5 oz. Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 1.69 oz., Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, Applicator Mitt for Body, Applicator Mitt for Face. This is a self-tanner you don’t have to be afraid of—it’s essentially mistake proof! The color is golden, never orange-y, and the mitt helps you blend the product into skin so it won’t get streaky. And I love, love, love that this set comes with a travel-sized friend that the TSA can’t steal.

You know her as a culinary talent, television host, cookbook author, and creative director of her own cookware line. But in our July issue, Miami-based chef Ingrid Hoffmann revealed that she’s also a bit of a beauty junkie—though her beachy, minimal vibe doesn’t immediately announce her love of a carefully chosen stable of products. Here, her everyday favorites:

Skin: “I don’t use foundation or base. I only do concealer under the eyes and my T-zone. I mix two kinds: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat and L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer.

Eyes: “I actually use CoverGirl Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner by LashBlast as eyeliner in the summer. It never runs.”

Lips: “I line my lips with pencil. I use MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and blend it with a lip balm for a little moisture.”

Body: “Because I am slicing and dicing and touching food all the time, I can’t wear any strong perfumes. So I prefer to cleanse with a scented wash instead like Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling White Strawberry & Mint Body Wash. It leaves me smelling fresh and clean, but not overly perfumed.”

1. You don’t (always) need fancy brushes!

Brushes can help you achieve a super-smooth finish for foundation and are best if it’s important that you place product precisely—say if you’re creating a dramatic smoky eye or red lip. But, if you’re short on time for everyday looks, your fingers are the perfect tool for applying creamy lip, cheek, and eye colors. Mary Helen Bowers, the subject of our “In Person” interview, is a time-crunched new mom and creator of Ballet Beautiful, a ballet-based workout you can do in person or online. She loves these pots from RMS Beauty ($25-38; because you can smudge them onto skin in seconds.





2. The best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually use!


Truth: The sun causes 90% of skin aging. Translation? You can’t complain about dark spots, dullness, lines, and wrinkles if you’re not wearing SPF 30 each and every day, rain or shine. To find a product you’re willing to slather on daily, you may have to experiment with a few different formulas. If you’re sensitive like me, sunscreens with physical (rather than chemical) blockers are your best bet. These options from Safe Harbor ($9.99 each; are effective, but not expensive.

3. Store fragrances in a cool, dry spot.

Sure, those pricey perfume bottles look gorgeous when they’re lined up on your vanity. But, exposing your signature scent to sunlight and moisture can limit its shelf life. To protect your investment, carefully place your favorite fragrance in a cabinet or drawer in the bedroom instead of the bathroom. If you’re in the market for a new spring spritz, soft florals are trending. A personal favorite: Michael Kors White ($88 for 1.7 oz;, which has notes of tuberose and freesia.

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