New This Month

Bold Lips and Brows

Sultry, smoky eyes are great for festive occasions, but they can be hard to re-create on your own. This holiday season, simplify the primping and put the focus on color-intense lips and full brows. The look is pretty, polished, and (best of all) easy to achieve.

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Plum Kind of Wonderful
Avon’s Ultra Color Bold lipcolor line contains 50 percent more pigment than is found in traditional lipsticks.
In Bold Bordeaux, $8, avon.com

After years of soft, sheer glosses’ dominating the beauty market, strong lips are taking center stage again. The new richly pigmented formulas seem to take their cues from Hollywood’s golden age. “Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, even Jessica Rabbit -- when you think of these women, their plump, pillowy, color-saturated lips are what come to mind,” says Blair Patterson, director of global makeup artistry for Estée Lauder.

 

What the new lipsticks don’t share with their older counterparts is a tendency to dry out lips. Today’s creamy varieties are packed with pigments (making it possible to get full coverage with just one swipe) and often boast moisturizing humectants, like hyaluronic acid (“your lips’ best friend,” says Patterson).

 

To balance bold tones, go for equally bold brows. “You were born with the brow that’s right for you. Work with that thickness to hone the arch,” says Los Angeles celebrity eyebrow specialist Anastasia Soare. As for the rest of your face, apply a quick brush of mascara and leave the rest relatively untouched -- all the better to spotlight these two attention-grabbing stars.

Plump It Up

Step out of your comfort zone. “If warm hues are your go-to, stick with them,” says Patterson. “Just take it up a notch or two.”

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Subtle Nude

Antioxidants in pomegranate extract keep lips nourished.

 

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick, in You Kid, $50, lipstickqueen.com

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Classic Red

Light waxes ensure color won’t bleed into lip lines.

 

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick, in So Marilyn, $32, charlottetilbury.com

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Ripe Berry

Brazilian murumuru butter imparts an ultra-creamy texture.

 

Tom Ford lip color, in Plum Lush, $50, tomford.com

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Flattering Coral

The stay-true hue lasts up to six hours.

 

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick, in Defiant Coral, $30, esteelauder.com

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“Your face shape dictates the shape of the brow itself, but your features determine the thickness,” says Madron.

Arch de Triomphe

“When your eyebrows look good, people notice,” explains Maybelline New York’s global brow expert, Maribeth Madron. “When they’re wrong -- too bushy or overplucked -- they pull away focus.” A well-shaped brow is the visual equivalent of a face-lift. Below, your brow-care essentials.

Arch

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Slant-edged tweezers are the easiest to use.

Summon Some Pluck

Keep a pair of tweezers handy to nab errant hairs.

 

Tweezerman for Benefit slant tweezer, $25, benefitcosmetics.com

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QuickDraw

Using a face shape-specific stencil, color in your ideal brow shape. Then pluck the hairs outside it.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills stencils, $20 for a set of 5, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Accentuate

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Hold in Place

The kit’s tinted powder and wax “fill gaps and create structure,” says Madron.

 

Benefit Brow Zing brow-shaping kit, $32, benefitcosmetics.com

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Comb hairs into place with a spoolie.

Fill ’Er Up!

Define the arch and tail of the brow before the anchor, says Soare.

 

Tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof brow pencil, $20, tartecosmetics.com

Amplify

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PowerSculpt

This brow mascara with a ball brush is great for creating a full (but tidy) brow.

 

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama sculpting brow mascara, $8, maybelline.com

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Condition

Biotin, panthenol, and peptides nourish eyebrow hair for thick, lush arches.

 

Revitabrow Advanced, $110, revitalash.com