By Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig, Allure magazine
I've written hundreds of magazine articles over the years, but as a certified reality-TV junkie, I don't think any story has gotten me as excited as the one I penned for the December issue of Allure. See, I got the opportunity to hang out with three of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills-Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, and Camille Grammer-and watch and learn as they got ready for a party. It was an afternoon of gossip, lip gloss, and lots and lots of good beauty tips... and I am not ashamed to say that I loved every minute of it!
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As it turns out, most of the women actually do their hair and makeup themselves; perhaps that's why they are so crazy for good beauty products. Here are a few of their standout favorites: Vanderpump swears by Joe Blasco foundation ("I've had many foundations, but this one is cheap and really good"), Epione Flawless, Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara, Chanel lipgloss ("The textures are great"), and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat ("It's one of those amazing things-like a miracle worker").
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Grammer sang the praises of Epicuran Collostom Cream, her Clarisonic, Giorgio Armani mascara, and Giorgio Armani foundation ("I mix 5.5 and 7 together," she says.) And self-described "makeup fanatic" Richards' picks include M.A.C. Satin Taupe Eyeshadow ("I have hazel eyes, and this is my staple"), the glittery Trish McEvoy lipgloss in Irresistible, and The Balm Hot Mama blush ("I went in to get Nars Orgasm and they didn't have it, so I got this. Amazing").
For more behind-the-scenes beauty secrets from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, check out the December issue of Allure, or download it onto your tablet now!.
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