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  • The “Best Lipstick For Denim” Mystery Has Been Solved

    The burning question of what lip color works best with jeans never really struck me as a universal quandary, but if the myriad of recent denim-inspired pout perfectors to hit the beauty counter is any indication, all of womankind wants to know. Bobbi Brown and Victoria's Secret have already weighed in, and the latest beauty guru to mouth off on the issue is none other than Lipstick Queen's Poppy King. "I am so sick of shimmery nude lip gloss' hold on denim," King says of the impetus behind her new Jean Queen range, which includes a yellow-based, pink hued lipstick and gloss to offset denim's deep blues "without looking sugary and without a dot of glitter!" Shades of rose are a common thread among all three releases, which would seem to provide a unanimous answer to those of you still clueless about how best to accessorize your Levi's.

    By Celia Ellenberg

    Photo: Courtesy of Lipstick Queen


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  • What’s In Katy Perry’s Makeup Bag?

    Katy Perry has been wowing audiences with her catchy lyrics and pinup girl looks since she "kissed a girl and liked it" a couple of years ago. Fast-forward to 2010, and the first two releases off her new album, Teenage Dream, are vying for song of the summer once again. Her beauty clout is on the rise, too: She already has a Proactiv spokesperson deal under her belt, and she's releasing her first scent, Purr, this fall. With a film debut slated for 2011 (she'll be the voice of Smurfette in The Smurfs) and a wedding to plan with funnyman fiancé Russell Brand, it's a wonder Perry can find time to powder her nose. Here, the products and tools this 25-year-old pop sensation relies on to look and feel her best. Spoiler alert: Cherry Chapstick isn't one of them.

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  •’s Favorite Funny Ladies

    The Emmy Awards are coming up-they air August 29, to be exact-and we couldn't help but notice that two of our favorite funny ladies are competing against each other in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. 30 Rock star Tina Fey, who won the award back in 2008, is up against her former SNL partner in crime Amy Poehler, who's been nominated for her part in Parks and Recreation. Will a comedy catfight ensue? We'd like to see that, though we're not sure how it would work. Some kind of joke-off? Flinging pies?

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    Female comics have drawn plenty of media attention the last couple of years. That might have something to do with Christopher Hitchens' notorious 2007 article in Vanity Fair, "Why Women Aren't Funny." Howls of outrage greeted that piece, and the magazine offered counterevidence a year later, doing an Annie Leibovitz spread of funny ladies for its April 2008 cover. The debate resurfaced earlier this

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  • Kmart Gets In On The High-Low Action

    Kmart is stepping up its fashion game. The discount retailer is set to debut a new look for its core apparel collections, and to spiff things up, style-wise, it's retained the services of designers from the trenches of Gap, Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, and elsewhere. (The senior designer apprenticed at Yves Saint Laurent!) According to Kathy Huynh, the chain's vice president of women's apparel design, Kmart has "created a collection so you don't walk in the store and pick up a piece and think, 'Am I going to look ridiculous in this?' " She adds: "We want fresh fashion that's on trend but is also understandable and affordable. It's about buying those few new pieces and incorporating them into your wardrobe to give everything else a fresh lift." To that end, the Fall '10 collection about to hit stores comprises staple items such as a military-inspired A-line peacoat; a fitted, zip-detailed bomber jacket; and a skinny cargo pant, as well as more daring pieces, like a cropped faux fur

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  • What Do You Think of Emma Watson’s New ‘Do?

    As Hollywood's highest paid female actor in 2009, Emma Watson has one of the most valuable manes in the business. But with the final two films in the Harry Potter series set for November 2010 and July 2011 releases, it looks like she's ready to say goodbye to Hermione Granger. This morning, Watson exposed the world to her post-Hogwarts look via Twitter []. Her pixie cut puts us in mind of Mia Farrow circa Rosemary's Baby, but no word on whether the young star has her own horror flick in the works. What do you think of her daring new look?

    By Maggie McVeigh


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  • Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: Finesse Delivers A Blast From The Past

    Finesse brings back hair memories for me. I first started using the apple-scented shampoo in 1989, right around the time I bought my first fashion magazine (the September 1989 issue of Seventeen, to be exact). In between advertisements for Noxzema and Dr. Pepper, I found a glossy multi-page spread for Finesse starring two brown-haired friends with great hair and hot dates to homecoming weekend. To an awkward 11-year-old, the models' breezy curls and tousled waves conveyed the promise of bouncy hair and good times to come. So naturally, I experimented with all the Finesse products I could get my hands on, but no matter how much I lathered, rinsed, scrunched, and spritzed, my limp locks never looked quite as believably carefree as the models' hair did in print.

    Cut to 21 years later (yikes), and I suddenly have a shot at conquering my pre-teen angst all over again, with the launch of Finesse's new ReVitality line. Aimed at grown-up kids from the eighties, the six-piece range is

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  • The Makeup Behind Mad Men

    Mad Men returns to the airwaves this Sunday for its fourth season of three-martini lunches, complicated affairs, and smoky arguments-and while the plot will undoubtedly explore new directions, don't expect any dramatic changes in the characters' looks. In other words, Joan will not abandon her signature coral lip. However, the series' costume designer has hinted that this season will focus on the "mod, youth culture" moment and the cast will look "less done." Intrigued, we spoke with Mad Men's head makeup artist, Lana Horochowski, about her creative process-which includes a ton of archival research-and the subtle beauty shifts we can expect ahead.

    I know you're sworn to secrecy about storyline details, but can you give us a little hint of how the characters will look this season?

    Overall, we felt it was important to keep the characters' looks consistent, to be true to their personalities. For example, Betty is the type of woman who hasn't changed her hair or makeup since

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  • Red-Flag Chemicals For Natural Beauty Novices

    This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

    I'm thinking about greening my beauty routine, starting with go-to's like nail polish and foundation. I've seen a few products that claim to be "organic," but what does that mean as far as something like lacquer is concerned? Are these formulas really better for me?

    Polishes like those from Zoya and SpaRitual are not really "organic" in the same way that some other cosmetics or foods are labeled as organic, but they are better for you, because they've been formulated with safe ingredients. These polishes are free of toxic substances like toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and formaldehyde, and rely on nontoxic solvents and polymers to create a nice, durable finish. So yes, it's worth switching to a natural-based polish if you're concerned about any chemicals and you paint your nails frequently.

    In the case of foundation and

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  • Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: Dangerously In Love With A Lipstick

    As anyone who has seen Beyoncé in concert is well aware, bashful is something that Miss Knowles certainly is not. This is the woman, after all, whose most-viewed video involves little more than a leotard, a Mugler metal robot glove, and some very emphatic choreography. Last week, "Single Ladies" got a little competition on YouTube from B's commercial for L'Oréal's new Infallible Stars Collection. The six-piece line of celebrity-created Infallible Lipcolours features shades by brand spokeswomen like Diane Keaton and Linda Evangelista, but B's is by far the most audacious of the bunch. Her hue of choice is red-and not some wimpy wash but, fittingly, a bold rouge of the classic bombshell variety. Now, I love me some Beyoncé, and I love a good statement lip even more, so the idea of the two converging in one product kind of made my knees quiver with anticipation. Considering that the lipstick is boldly dubbed Infallible, I felt it necessary to put this tube to the test: a full evening's

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  • The Chemistry Behind Those “Long-Lasting” Lipsticks

    This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

    Whenever I apply lipstick, the color goes on super-rich out of the tube, then fades after a few hours. I've tried long-lasting formulas, but there's something about them that dries out my lips. Why does this happen and what are my alternatives?

    Long-lasting lipsticks use very resilient polymers and waxes to keep the product in place and on your lips for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, some of these materials can also make your lips feel dry, chapped, or flaky. Traditional lipsticks tend to be formulated with an oilier base, which may help to keep your lips extra-moisturized, but when it mixes with the natural oils on your skin, it can create a situation in which your lipstick slips off or fades away after a few hours. However, most of the new lip stain formulas work pretty well-the color tends to absorb into your

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