Fashion & Beauty
It’s time for the great closet swap—that seemingly monumental task of switching your summer wardrobe out for the fall one. Saying goodbye to warmer weather is sad—and, if you’re anything like me, a sea of boring black, gray and navy in your closet is ever sadder. Enter petal pink, a surprising addition to the fall color palette. I’ve already saved up and splurged on a pink coat to cheer me up on the snowy days ahead (check it out here), but you can also use the color in smaller ways to punch up neutral looks. The trick: Look for pieces in rich fall fabrics and add accessories in one at time to avoid overdoing it. Check out some of my favorite pink picks below—everything is under $200.
Kiss those corals goodbye and tuck away that bottle of tangerine—until next summer, that is. To help you give your manicure a fall makeover, I asked Eleanor Langston, former beauty editor and founder of Paintbox, a new boutique nail salon in New York City, for her best polish picks for the season.
Q: Facing that wall of nail polishes in the nail salon is always so overwhelming. Help us out: What color trends are you seeing for fall?
A: Think smoky neutrals, colored metallics, and strong, saturated jewel tones like amber, ruby, and dark teal. Some of my favorites: Essie Take It Outside (smoky neutral with gray undertones), Zoya Flynn (amber-based tan), 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS in Hell-Bent (a dark ruby with subtle burnt orange tones), Estée Lauder in Arm Candy (a gorgeous matte metallic), Dior Carre Bleu (dark teal), Chanel Orage (a sandy navy), and Deborah Lippmann Harlem Nocturne (a periwinkle matte metallic).
Q: Nail art’s been around for a while. Why is it still in for fall? And, how the heck do you decide what design to get?
A: Nail art can reflect your mood, express your individuality, give you a sense of style, and become a true accessory. At Paintbox, we create seasonal look books we use to showcase my favorite brands and colors, as well as mild-to-wild design options. There’s no suffering from decision fatigue—we’ve done the homework for you by selecting of-the-moment designs, trends, and colors that suit every style and personality. Here’s a sneak peek at our fall/winter looks:
Q: So what do you do if you’re still not sure about this whole nail art thing? How do you dip your toe into the trend?
A: For nail art newbies, I’d suggest an accent nail with some adornment with a nail stud (we source ours on special buying trips to Japan) or a touch of metallic foil or glitter—simultaneously chic but statement-making. Negative space nail art—when a bit of your bare nail peeks through—is also a very chic way to step into the nail art space. When you wear negative space at the bottom with a design on the top part of the nail, the bonus is that it also helps disguise any regrowth.
The full fall/winter look book will debut at Paintbox on September 13th. Not heading to NYC anytime soon? Show us how you’ve incorporated Eleanor’s advice into your fall manicure by tweeting me a pic @EllenMillerBty with the hashtag #BHGBeauty.
I love a good drugstore beauty find (check out page 120 in the August issue for some of my favorites), but—it must be said—it’s a serious drawback that you can’t try before you buy. L’Oreal Paris is working to change that with Makeup Genius, a free app that’s available for download right now on the iTunes store. The app transforms the front-facing camera of your iPhone or iPad into a virtual mirror, allowing you to test out individual shades and full-on runway looks in 3D. Love what you see? Tweet me a screenshot at @EllenMillerBty.
On Friday afternoon, I was honored to be a presenter on behalf of Better Homes and Gardens and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) at the 20th annual Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards. Industry experts recognized 39 products for innovation among the more than 750 entries. Head to cew.org for a full list of winners, but here are a few favorites that have already made it into my beauty regimen. Give them a try, and let me know what you think!
Category: Sun product
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid ($29.99; laroche-posay.us)
This SPF feels light and liquid-y (not heavy and creamy), which makes it the perfect year-round protector to apply pre-makeup.
Category: Anti-Aging, Mass
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur ($24.99; lorealparisusa.com)
This clear gel is like an Instagram filter for your face. To use, apply your moisturizer, let it sink in for at least a minute, then slather this on top—and watch pores, redness, and lines practically disappear.
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture ($6.62; drugstore.com)
Sure, I know you’re supposed to apply a layer of body lotion daily, but who’s got the time? Application only take seconds with this first-ever aerosol version. Now I keep an extra at my desk just in case my legs look dry on dress days.
Sonia Kashuk for Target Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo ($12.99; target.com)
To fake a sun-kissed glow, use a fluffy brush to dust bronzer in the shape of the number “3″ across your forehead, onto each cheekbone, and down your jawline. Finish with a pop of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks only. The luminizing particles in this formula look extra-pretty in photos.
Category: Face Product, Prestige
bareMinerals Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette ($49.99; bareescentuals.com)
Clutches, slim backpacks, and smaller cross-body bags are replacing giant, heavy totes as the purse du jour. I’ve streamlined my daily makeup bag with this product, which packs foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, and concealer into one tiny palette.
It’s true: Dark circles are a serious drag. These pesky imperfections are notoriously hard to treat, but (thankfully!) astonishingly easy to cover up. The secret, says Eric Holt, a makeup artist for NARS Cosmetics, is having two concealers in your makeup bag. The first—the concealer you’ll use on your dark circles—should be slightly peachy. “It’s basic color theory,” says Holt. “The orange-y tones will help counteract any blueness underneath the eyes.” The second should match your foundation or tinted moisturizer exactly. Dot this one on top of pimples, broken capillaries or any other blemishes you’d like to blend away. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers in Honey and Vanilla ($29 each; sephora.com) are my go-to formulas, but Holt’s advice holds true no matter what product range you pick.
Add a finishing touch to your outfit with a gorgeous statement necklace. See how to create your own in six simple steps.
What you need:
What to do:
Cut two pieces of chain and lay them down so there is crescent shaped gap between the two pieces.
Next cut the plastic sheet to fit the gap.
Glue the chain to the top of the crescent, then start glueing your gems on the plastic.
Once you have your gem pattern in place, glue the longer piece of chain to the bottom of the plastic.
Reinforce the necklace by glueing together the chain on both sides of your necklace. Let glue dry.
Add jumprings and lobster clasp using your jewelry pliers.
Ready to wear!
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: ISpyDIY.com and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.