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It’s here! Choupette Lagerfeld X Shu Uemura = Shupette

Way back in July we let the cat out of the bag about Lagerfeld’s latest feline-inspired cosmetics collaboration with beauty brand Shu Uemura and the dreamy day has come when we can all finally get our paws on it.

Why all the kitty references? This collection is inspired by the Kaiser’s own beloved and seriously pampered feline Choupette. (We’ve linked the glamorous cat’s Instagram account, but you can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and in a short making of video for the makeup line here.)

So what does a cat know about cosmetics? Probably not a lot as — if you ask them — they don’t need any outside help in looking simply glorious. *The world couldn’t really handle them being more fabulous than they already are, know could we? But Ms. Choupette Lagerfeld has inspired a Shupette collection that will help you — mere human — get at least half-way to cat-tastic.

“It may sound pretentious, but believe me, everyone falls in love with me or is, at the very least, attracted to my beauty and my charm,” Choupette is quoted as saying. “My products beautifully enhance all of this.”

Think fur and tiny rhinestone embellished false lashes, kitty glitter, 2 creme rouge palettes, a few eyeshadow trios, a cleansing oil, eyelash curler, brushes, face powder and a larger lip and eye palette. Ranging from $20 – $400 (for a kitty paw printed makeup case), the collection is not inexpensive — but neither is Choupette. *Meow.

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Fall Makeup Is Awash In Eye Shadow

From dark copper and green to ethereal, silver and pinks, eyeshadow is making a serious statement on the runways — hinting at a change from the barely shadowed, cat-eye lined lids that are so popular right now. Prepare your palettes now, as Fall ’14 (and likely sooner) is going to be awash in eyeshadow.

Silver played a role in many designer’s F/W 14 makeup, adorning eyes in a juxtaposition of light and dark. Vera Wang sent her models down the runway with wispy, “almost fairy like” silver lids, accompanied by a nude lip and gunmetal manicures, while Donna Karan took her silver to the smokier side and paired it with a full 180 degree liner.

In a play on innocence, Narciso Rodriguez kept his shadow minimal and clean, using the lightest violet, green, and gold “to reflect the light.” Opening Ceremony opted for a more urban version of minimal by adding a gloss to a pink shadowed lid, and pairing it with a winter-flush blushed cheek.

Taking an opposite tact to minimal hues, Oscar de la Renta adorned his models with a dark copper, fully shadowed eye that was elegant and easy, while Rodarte opted for a circular and unconventional copper/brown palette.

Anna Sui’s “strong and fun” dark green and blue lids were also favored, with Derek Lam using similar hues in a more modern art style.

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Burgundy Makes It’s Play On Your Makeup Palette

Fall/Winter’s annual changing of the color guards is a beautiful thing — particularly as it applies to your cosmetics case.  Red wine-inspired hues are popping up everywhere with burgundy hues leading the charge.

From the runways of Fendi and Derek Lam’s F/W 13, to celebs like Kristen Stewart, Coco Rocha, and Lorde, it seems everyone is peppering their cold-weather makeup palette with deep, dark reds.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni recently told InStyle that “burgundy has become a mainstay for fall,” with the most obvious and universally appealing approach being to paint your pout — but you needn’t stop there.  Burgundy is also appearing on dark, glossy manicures, high sculpted cheekbones, and even on it’s own take on the smokey eye.

It appears that, burgundy, this winter season, is boss.

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Tips: How To Pull Off Fall’s Coordinated Cheek & Lip

Pair the season’s traditionally stark palette with the impending winter grey gloom and you’ll see the need for this latest makeup trend — coordinating your lip color with your cheek hue.

Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell, painted our girl-crush Cate Blanchett with just such a look for the New York Film Festival and the look was equal parts fresh, fun and utterly gorgeous.  “It’s all about creating dimension,” Lobell said of achieving the effect.  “I only used a few products; it’s about how you apply them.”  Here’s how to get Blanchett’s glowy look yourself.

1.  Apply an illuminating primer under a light application of our favorite foundation.  The operative word is “light” here… it’s hard to glow if your skin is covered in a full-paint job.

2.  Keep your lips and cheek color coordinated by only using only cool colors, and then set your cheek base by using a cream blush.

3.  Set the look wiht a light dusting of powder and then dust on a matching powder blush.

4.  Line your lips with a darker hue, and then fill in the rest of your pout to create additional dimension.  Voila — You’ve perfected fall’s prettiest red-carpet make-up, just like that!

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Must Have: MAC Cosmetics Pays Homage To Antonio Lopez

While everyone is busy going bananas over the 90′s, MAC Cosmetics has been planning its latest fall offering — and cementing it firmly in the 1970s.

Paying homage to famed fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, and his three 70′s supermodel muses (known as “Antonio’s Girls“), Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall, and Pat Cleveland,  MAC’s collection is ripe for ripping off the heavily contoured cheeks and electric eye-shadow looks in Lopez’s illustrations for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue.

“Our collection with Antonio Lopez is symbolic of a time when indulgence was at its peak,” explains James Gager, creative director of MAC Cosmetics. “There was a magic to his world and a time in history that hasn’t been recaptured; I think people are lusting after that glamour, which is difficult to come by today.”

The lip, eye, and face palettes, and the makeup bags and accessories that make up MAC’s Antonio Lopez Collection are all emblazoned with the designer’s illustrations and will range in price from $25 to $55. And while this is definitely one to put on your must-have list — it’s not set to drop until September. Patience.



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First Peek: Marc Jacobs For Sephora Advert

Those folks over at Marc Jacobs love to dangle the carrot, don’t they?  Further fueling the anticipation over the can’t-come-soon-enough August 9 release of the brands mega cosmetics line for Sephora, Marc Jacobs has let slip one single advert from the collaborations campaign, enticing fans to start lining up.

The Marc Jacobs for Sephora collection is just as buzzy as any past pairings, with the snaps, featuring Edie Campbell and Ondrian Hardin, strategically styled to feature Jacobs take on makeup.

The designer sat down with WWD recently to explain his turn towards makeup. “I like the transformative qualities of fashion and fashion to me is not just clothing, it’s handbags, it’s shoes, it’s clothes, it’s hair, it’s makeup, it’s fragrance, it’s the whole ritual of making those choices, of enjoying the ritual, of making the choices that will tell the world who you want to be that day.” Jacobs told the industry tome.

Marc Jacobs for Sephora is rumored to consist of 120+ products all nestled within 4 distinct catagories: a line for the face called Smart Complexion, a liner collection called Blacquer, a line of lipstick, nail polish and eyeshadow dubbed Hi-Per Color, and a unisex line dubbed Boy Tested, Girl Approved.  Not being a fan of natural shades, we can expect this line, which will range from $24-$59, to be chock full of bold color — perfect for amping up fall/winter nights.

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Marc Jacobs Goes All Out For A Colossal Sephora Collaboration

photo courtesy WWD

Today’s tasty tibit is a doozy — a sneak peek at fashion heavy Marc Jacobs colossal collaboration with cosmetics super-store Sephora complements WWD.  And in a move that surprised no-one, the designer has found inspiration for the massive collection in… himself.  Or rather his tattoo.

Okay.  Not just his tattoos.  Jacobs claims to have taken cues from everything — right down to his own kitchen table too.  The Marc Jacobs for Sephora line will include 122-pieces all neatly arranged in four different cosmetic catagories: Smart Complexion (foundations, concealer, powder), Hi-Per Color (lip products, eye shadow, bronzer, blush, and nail lacquer), Blacquer (eyeliner, lash lifter, gel crayon), and Boy Tested, Girl Approved (lip balm, concealer, and brow tamer).  Of course, Jacobs is getting into the gender bending cosmetics game too, with three products specifically billed as unisex.

You can expect the Marc Jacobs for Sephora collection to hit Sephora brick-n-mortars, Sephora.com and select Marc Jacobs stores on August 9.

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Alber Elbaz’s Lancome Collaboration Revealed!

As creative director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz is no stranger to covetous collaborations—which brings us to today’s “OMG! I want!” must-have makeup. The eyes are the prize with the reveal of cosmetics one-off collection by Lancôme and Elbaz, set to hit stores (and online) in mid-June.

“I spend my time backstage at the Lanvin shows, and when I come out at the end, all I see are people’s eyes,” Elbaz told Style.com, which led to the designer’s decision to focus the Lancôme capsule on your windows to the soul. Think whimsical renditions of the cosmetic’s companies favorites packaged in one of four different Elbaz designs—Star, Doll, Drama, and Definicils—each one containing a matching eyeshadow palette, a mascara, and a set of false eyelashes. And all poised to make your peepers pop this summer.

Be on the lookout for the June 3rd release of a special film created by Elbaz for the collection, too. (You can check out the teaser here.)

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Smashbox’s Latest Collab Begs For Your Affection

It’s getting a little needy in the Spring fling department over at Smashbox. The cosmetics brand has unleashed a beauty of a Spring 2013 Collection called Love Me with a whole slew of rather direct monikers like the Admire Me Eyeshadow Palette, the Love Me Legendary Lipstick, and the Idolize Me Poppy Blush. Smashbox collaborated with grafitti artist Curtis Kulig on this lastest line which includes eyeshadow, lipsticks, blush and a very urban looking paint pen eye-liner, all encased in Kulig designed packaging, of course. I guess there’s a better chance you’ll get what you want if you ask — and you’re going to want these brilliant new hues, so pop on over to your nearest Sephora. The Smashbox Spring 2013 Love Me Collection is on shelves now!

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Suger Rush: MAC’s New Cupcake Collection

Sweet-tooth alert! MAC’s latest cosmetics collection is geared towards setting that sugar rush to buzz. Inspired by cupcakes, the beauty brand’s new line is a candied collection of convection inspired lipsticks, face powders and nail polishes with such mouthwatering titles as Pistachio Creme, Pink Buttercream, Cheery Cherry and Lavender Whip. While the beloved beauty brand may have missed the cupcake-craze a few years back, MAC’s latest line is still a decidedly delicious way to sweeten up your summer cosmetics case. You can expect to see the goods hit store shelves in May 2013.

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