Dec 24, 2007

Beauty news: Foxy brown

By: Stefanie Polsinelli
Elle Canada
Dec 24, 2007

Beauty news: Foxy brown

By: Stefanie Polsinelli

Fashion designers may be flirting with Day-Glo brights, but that doesn't mean your makeup has to join the circus. Take the subtle approach with a neutral palette of pale tan, chocolate brown and everything in between. The best take on the trend? Neutral lips paired with smoky eyes.

Rimmel London Extreme Definition Two-Tone Eye Definer in Vamp ($6.49)

Estée Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Cappucino ($28)

The Body Shop Hi-Shine Lip Treatment in Bronze Beam ($13)

What's new?
Fed up with the hassle of packing her makeup, L.A.'s Stephanie Johnson, a former communications executive and frequent traveller, got creative. The result? Her own line of versatile pouches that keep your beauty essentials organized -- and can double as chic evening clutches.

Stephanie Johnson Bombay Collection Catherine Clutch ($75)

In the pink
Mary Kay may have a penchant for pink, but her brand's Creme Lipstick comes in 32 shades: from nude to cherry red to chocolate brown. Formulated with vitamins C and E, which hydrate the lips, these vanilla-flavoured lipsticks won't fade or feather.

Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Hibiscus, Golden and Berry Kiss ($16.50 each)

Must-have: Solid gold
Pretty yet practical, solid perfumes have been around for decades. Now, thanks to air-travel restrictions on liquids, they're enjoying a surge in popularity. Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney boast two of the best, combining their blockbuster scents with objet d'art packaging.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume Ring ($35)

Ask a derm
Q: What are antioxidants, and what do they do for the skin?

A:"There is something called the 'free radical theory of aging,'" says Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK On Avenue. "When the sun and environmental factors like pollution hit the skin, they damage it. This damage can release free radicals, which are harmful to the cells and promote skin aging. Antioxidants are thought to mop up these free radicals, preventing cell damage. The most common antioxidants -- which can be taken orally or applied topically -- are vitamins C and E, selenium and green tea."

Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Day Lotion SPF 20 ($25)


Spot treatment
According to naturopathic physician Alan Logan, who helped develop Perfect Skin, numerous independent studies prove that there's a strong link between what you eat and how your skin looks and feels. Besides processed foods, "daily stress and toxins like exhaust fumes are culprits that can contribute to acne," says Logan. His Rx? Four capsules daily of Perfect Skin, which contains omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. (Both reduce inflammation, a root cause of acne.) Other ingredients include the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, green tea extract (which lowers the stress hormone cortisol) and chromium, which regulates blood sugar. After two months, you can expect a reduction in inflammation, acne, blackheads and sebum production.

Genuine Health Perfect Skin ($50 for 120 soft-gel capsules)


Splurge vs steal: Loose change

Splurge: Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in Naturel ($52)

Steal: Cover Girl TruBlend Naturally Luminous Loose Powder in Translucent Fair ($14)

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Beauty news: Foxy brown