Runway Trend: Velvet

A fabric of the Renaissance is making an appearance, in all its glory. The biggest trend for Fall 2016 is velvet EVERYTHING. The thicker fabric is perfect for fall and immediately lends some glamour or edge to your outfit.

Fall 2016 Haute Couture - Rani Zakhem      Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture Fashion Show - Vlada Chokhar:       Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture:

Be it stunning gowns showing enough skin to modernize the time-old fabric or slightly more conservative cuts embellished to the nines, velvet can be worn any way you please. Glam it up, punk it up, plunge the neckline, raise the neckline, bring back the Renaissance, or bring back the 70’s.

Dolce and Gabbana fall 2016 alta moda- couture:       Tony Ward Fall 2016 Couture:       Fendi Fall 2016 Couture:

It’s easy to combine with the 70’s trend continuing from summer (who DOESN’T love the 70’s?), add as an accessory, or finish your look using it as outerwear. When it comes to this trend, the world is your velvety oyster.

Jenny Packham, Fall 2016 - You Have to See These Fall '16 Runway Shoes - Photos:       Valentino Fall 2016 Couture Accessories Photos - Vogue:       Armani Privé Couture Fall 2016


Nighttime Make-Up Musts

1. Eyeliner

Double-tap if you would try this gorgeous eye look by @vanyxvanja! She used our Medium Brow Powder Duo to define her brows. // #sigmabeauty:

A bold eye liner stands out in dim lighting and makes any eye pop. Make sure to get one that stays on for those crazy nights of dancing!

2. Bold Lip

Mara ❤️:

Like the eyeliner, a bold lip (berry is trendy and red is classic) gives your face color and stands out in the nighttime scene. Pat loose powder into the color to minimize lip marks on drink glasses.

3. Navy Eye Shadow

Navy Times Nine - MAC eye shadow palette:

I like to keep my make-up to a minimum and rarely use eye shadow. But when I want to feel extra pulled together for a night out, I turn to navy eye shadow. It’s dark, blending well with eyeliner, but the gray undertones are subtle and perfect for a smoky eye effect.

4. Shimmer

Spring Makeup Idea: Super-Coral Cheeks    Blush is usually meant to be barely seen, but we actually noticed the rich cheek color at Dolce & Gabbana—in a good way. To get that glow, dust on a coral shade like Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Color in Rosebud ($45, Start from the hollows of the cheeks; move up to the temples. Sport the look with pinky-nude lip gloss and mascara. The result: so romantic.:

There are various products for this must, from lip gloss to eyelashes. Keep it classy with highlighter, blush, or eye shadow. Too much of something CAN be a bad thing, and in the case of anything glittery on your face, this can err on the side of tacky. Apply highlighter to the top of your cheekbones, nose, and jaw bone to reflect light. Apply a slightly shimmery blush to your cheeks for subtlety (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is amazing). Keep glittery eye shadows to a neutral palette and the effect will be entrancing.

The Must-Have Eyeliner of Your Life

Guys…. I found it.

The perfect eyeliner.

Does not rub off during the day, black as ebony, and liquid. And perfect.

Okay, so maybe the tip’s a little thicker than I would like. And maybe it *does* help to outline with an older eyeliner with a thinner tip. But filling in with Maybelline’s Stiletto liquid eyeliner is super easy and it lasts. It lasts all day. Through work, gym sweat, and a sunny, humid 96 °F day.

I have been searching since I was about 15 for a liquid liner that would last throughout my busy days (sometimes my days would go 6am-2am with school and three different jobs). I’ve tried L’Oreal, Cover Girl, other Maybelline lines. Revlon, MAC, and Bobbi Brown. But on a whim I bought this and it’s worth every cent and I want everyone to know how awesome it is so it never gets discontinued. It goes on smooth, fills in evenly, is pitch black but not overwhelming, and it will stay on all day.

6 Makeup Must-Haves

Makeup is one of those things where, done correctly, it highlights your features. But done incorrectly, it’s tacky or looks plastic. It’s also difficult to know how much is too much for daytime or nighttime, and how to seamlessly flip between the two looks. Here are my go-tos for an all-natural, polished look that can be used for work and updated for Happy Hour.

1. Corrector


So I actually had no idea what corrector was until a couple months ago. You know those dark circles under your eyes that never seem to disappear with concealer or foundation? Well, adding corrector beforehand creates a layer for your concealer or foundation to sit upon, rather than having it soak into your skin. This little guy is a complete miracle worker and worth every penny. Plus, it lasts forever (okay, a very long time).

2. Light Foundation or Concealer

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I’m really not a fan of too much makeup, but I must say my new light foundation from Bobbi Brown is incredible. It smooths everything out and I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup. Be sure to moisturize your skin and use a makeup sponge for seamless application. Concealer is great for spots, the indents where your nostrils meet your cheeks, and under your eyes (don’t forget corrector!).  I’ve found Laura Mercier’s concealer to be amazing, though I’ll admit to mainly using foundation.

3. Mascara


This might be my favorite makeup tool. As a fair skinned blonde, I tend to look washed out. So mascara is kind of necessary. But THIS mascara works wonders. It gives natural but full length and volume to lashes without looking fake. It lasts all day (even through tears) and comes off easily in the shower. One coat is perfect for day while three makes a perfect nighttime statement.

4. Powder


Kind of a no-brainer, powder helps set everything you just put on your face. Packed powder is great for travel, but loose powder gives a few more options. Be sure to get translucent powder so your skins doesn’t look cakey. I’ve found Laura Mercier to have the best loose powder, but I haven’t found a best packed powder yet.


* Dip a dry, never been used mascara wand (you can find these at your local drugstore) into loose powder. Coat your lashes. Apply your regular mascara on top for fuller lashes!

* After applying lip color, take your fingers and put some loose powder on them. Press into your lips to set the lip color. This will make the color last for hours without coming off – I dare you to drink from a glass or kiss someone just to see the magic.

5. Eyeliner

I cannot seem to find an eyeliner that doesn’t rub off and lasts all day. But this is a staple for anyone looking to widen their eye. A small flip at the outer corner subtly opens your eye for daytime, but you can easily thicken and lengthen for nighttime. Plus, if you add some eyeliner to your bottom lid (I go above my lashes – be sure to soften with a Q-Tip!) and on your top lid below your lashes (only about 3/4 of the way in), you’re eye will be just framed enough to pop without boxing it in.

6. Eyelid Primer


They make primer for your skin, but I personally haven’t tried them. I do, however, love this shadow/eyelid primer from Too Faced. It smooths the skin around your eyes and is perfect for keeping eyeshadow from creasing. I use it to ensure my eyeliner stays on point.