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red-lips

With Halloween behind us, wintry glam is here to stay. One of my favorite trends for the season is a glossy red lip. Don’t be shy. I’ve done the testing for you–all you have to do pucker up.

mac

A creamy formula on the pinker side of the red spectrum — MAC’s Sheen Supreme lipglass in Gwi-Yo-Mi is divine. $20, maccosmetics.com

nars

For the lipstick girl who prefers highly pigmented colors, this stick from NARS is perfection. Add a clear gloss over it for megawatt shine. Lipstick in Heat Wave, $26, beauty.com

duwop

In a hurry? Tube gloss is for you. DuWop Venom Gloss in Tulip also creates a fuller look for super-luscious lips. $18, beauty.com

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Put Your Makeup to Work

MAKE-UPIs your makeup working for you? Mine is, but it’s taken a while to get here. And I’m sure as the years go by, my routine will continue to evolve and improve. In any case, here are some quick fixes for the frazzled summer beauty. Whether you’re headed to the office, barbecue, or beach, an easy face is a pretty face this season. Here are the tricks:

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Today’s five-minute face was applied in the parking lot at Starbucks.

A strong brow shapes your face and lessens the need for a ton of makeup elsewhere. My brows are pretty sparse, so I start every morning with a quick fill-in using this pencil, or this one. I don’t get my brows waxed because everyone is always tempted to make them too skinny; instead I pluck for maintenance once every ten days or so. To keep them looking full and defined, I apply pencil in a quick, sweeping motion to imitate the direction and length of brow hairs. Filling in too solidly can leave you looking drag queen-ish. Once your brows are done, the summer face is ready to show through. Let your bronzer do double-duty by applying it all over your eyelids in lieu of shadow. Then brush it across each cheek once, in an upward motion. If you use bb cream or foundation, put it on after your bronzer, letting skin appear to glow from within. I like to just blot an extra dab of my foundation on undereye circles and blemishes to cut the extra time of concealer.

Almost done!

A great eye for day that takes you right to happy hour is easy. You have your bronzer-shadow situation down, making your eyes really pop but so naturally. Now take a narrow black pencil and trace along the lash line top and bottom. Two sweeps of Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara and a pop of lip color later, you’re ready to face the day.

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Stepping it up for evening is so easy. Just add a dab of shimmery white eye shadow at the outer edge of your tear ducts, line the inside of your under lids, and put a sweep of gloss on top of your lipstick. Done!

Beautify at Saks!

Apparently it’s Beauty Week at Saks. Everything about that sentence makes me happy. Don’t you just love S5A? Sadly, this broke girl hasn’t been in a while, but I luckily still receive their e-mailer. Yesterday, I got this week’s, claiming that the beloved brand is all about the pretty right now. Let’s take a look.

Their Facebook page offers a slew of awesome beauty tips and highlighted products right now, from a “What Hue are You?” lipstick quiz to a feature on Laura Mercier‘s new foundation primer. While you’re bopping around on saks.com, I recommend you check out some of Jensy’s fall must-haves, all available now at Saks.

Head straight to the moon with Nars' Space Odyssey silver nail polish, saks.com, $17

Want to make your smoky eye transition from day-appropriate to vampy night look? All you need is this palette of purples from Bobbi Brown. Black Ruby Sparkle eye palette, saks.com, $45

Simply the best balm, with a touch of rose. Christian Dior Creme Abricot, saks.com, $23.50

This heady floral scent will make him weak in the knees; the rich creamy feel with cure your fall skin dryness. Bond No 9 Andy Warhol Union Square body cream, saks.com, $115