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The “No Makeup” Look

The "No Makeup" Look on Belle Belle Beauty

I’m baaack! After a week-long break over here on Belle Belle, I am refreshed and ready to hit the ground running again. And I figured no more perfect way than to share how I am getting ready in the AM lately. I am totally digging the “no makeup” look and here are my favorite products to achieve it:

First, the best way to start is bright and radiant clean skin. And I am completely hooked on the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution. Please see the full review here. But long-story short: the kit comes with Clarisonic Aria, Radiance Brush Head, 6 oz Skin Illuminating Cleanser, 6 oz Skin Renewing Peel Wash and Brightening Activator Serum. I love all the formulas and have seen a dramatic difference since I started using day and night with the formulas. It is especially transoformative on my dreaded hyper-pigmentation.

Next, I like to prime with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Moisture Blur Instant Skin Smoother. It moisturizes, obscures pores, looks natural and blurs away my dark spots. I especially love it on drier, winter skin.

Rather than eye shadow (or a full smokey eye), I like using one shade and a primer on the lid. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a favorite an now comes in a sleek tube. On the lid, it neutralizes discoloration, stays put for 24-hours without creasing and looks clean and natural. I follow with an old favorite which I recently dug out of the Belle Belle archives. All you need is a swipe of  Urban Decay NAKED Basics and the formula is so buttery and rich. Plus, the shades suit a variety of skin tones – I like using a swipe of Naked 2 (fourth shade from left). And now I have my eye on the newer palette, Urban Decay NAKED2 Basics.

Last, just add a swipe of my favorite – a pigmented balm on the lips. Looking for a budget option? I’ve been addicted to L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Nude. You get shine and sheer color that stays put (for a balm). But it never feels waxy or greasy.

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Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector on Belle Belle Beauty

This summer, I have been ditching heavier makeup and doing my best to go as bare as possible. I mean… we are talking bare. The past couple of weeks, I’ve been turning in my tinted moisturizers and BB creams in favor of Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector.

The reason this works is because of Kiehl’s gentle but effective ingredients that improves appearance of skin both immediately and down the road. Not only does Micro-Blur Skin Perfector refine skin and diminish appearance of pores upon application. It also can correct skin texture over time.

The light-weight, gel-like formula contains LHA, lentil and bark extracts that can change skin in as little as four weeks. While I haven’t been using it quite that long, I do feel like my skin is softer and smoother. I apply as the last step in my skin care routine whether I am wearing makeup or not.

No matter what your preference – as a base for something tinted or to wear alone – the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector is gentle on skin. The formula is paraben-free, dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic and appropriate for all skin types. Think of this as a way to embrace the freckles. Just apply and add a sweep of bronzer and some mascara. For extra points, I love the bare look paired with a striking orange-red lip.

Available at Kiehl’s.com and Nordstrom.

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Three Perfecting Primers

Three Perfecting Primers on Belle Belle Beauty

It wasn’t but just a short couple of years ago that I dismissed primers as an extra unnecessary step. So often they felt like spackle or were full of hard-to-work-with silicon. But today’s primers are a totally different story. Not only do they perfect skin as a canvas for foundation. They can be worn along for ultra-light coverage. Many contain all important sunscreen. And can enhance or alter the look of a tinted moisturizer. My three recent favorites are:

MAKE Face Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

I’ve been super enthusiastic about this amazing brand. Now carried in Barneys, MAKE donates 10% of retail sales to We See Beauty Foundation, which benefits women-run, worker-owned cooperative businesses – a true “look good, feel good” brand. While I love a couple of their primers, this SPF powered version has been the one I reach for most. The formula contains light-diffusing micro-spheres that can perfect fine lines. Squalane adds nourishing moisture while the SPF disappears into the skin with no whitish cast. I’d recommend this for all skin types. Also note that it is cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer

A long time favorite, this primer is a star on its own. I use medium along for a “barely there” coverage. But it also is my pick under foundation for when I need fuller coverage for my TV appearances. The thin liquid has the perfect balance of radiance and texture. The oxygen-packed formula plumps skin. And other ingredients work over long term with anti-aging benefits. While all skin types would love this primer, I think it is particularly well-suited for those with oily to normal skin.

Dior Glow Maximizer Light Boosting Primer

There is a reason that women have preferred rose colored light for decades. Red-based light is the most flattering around. Glow Maximizer has a luminous, rose gold base to add a youthful radiance. This also can be worn alone or mixed with foundation for a more luminous look. Plus, it smells amazing – no wonder since it is made in France. This rich formula is perfect for those with drier skin.

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NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector

NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector on Belle Belle BeautyOkay, winter. We get it. You aren’t going anywhere soon. But instead of a beautiful white wonderland these days, you insist on being cold and dry, dry, dry. We all know the joys of dehydrated skin. And one of the most charming side effects? Dry skin loves to show off fine lines and wrinkles even more than usual!

I’ve noticed my concealer and foundation settling in the fine lines under and around my eyes. When my skin is moisturized, plumper skin usually prevents this from happening. But thanks to my poor water drinking habits and frigid air, I can’t seem to prevent those pesky lines from showing up. At least that was the case until NARS Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector landed on my desk.

This stick is packed with a lightweight primer that smooths and preps skin. Skin is plumped thanks to hyaluronic acid so concealer and foundation go on smooth. Spherical Line Smoothing Powder adds a matte finish and brightens dark areas within wrinkles and under eyes. Thankfully, I don’t suffer from large pores, but this primer promises to diminish their appearance as well.

I swipe under my eyes and between my eyebrows and then lightly press into my skin with my fingers. Don’t worry about a greasy, slippery feel. Skin feels hydrated and smooth with a natural finish. And vitamins A, C and E will improve the look of skin and provide antioxidant protection.

Available at NARSCosmetics.com and Sephora.

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Caudalie Beauty Elixir Limited Edition by L’Wren Scott

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Limited Edition by L’Wren Scott // Belle Belle Beauty

It is amazing when a good thing gets even better. This time, your vanity will thank you as a classic is being updated with a beautiful vessel from L’Wren Scott. Caudalie’s best selling Beauty Elixir spray is inspired by Queen Isabella of Hungary who charmed the King of Poland thirty-five years her junior. This serum/toner hybrid works to add radiance to any skin type. Ingredients include:

  • Rosemary Essential Oil to purify
  • Lemon Balm to calm
  • Peppermint to stimulate
  • Orange Blossom to soften
  • Rose for radiance
  • Grape Pulp for moisture

The limited edition bottle is inspired by L’Wren Scott’s 2013 fall/winter collection and Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. The mosaics and female silhouette also incorporate vine shoots in honor of Caudalie’s roots.

Beauty Elixir can be used as a primer under makeup and also throughout the day over makeup. It also makes for a great after-shave for the guys.

Available November 1st at US.Caudalie.com, Caudalie NYC Boutiques (315 Bleecker St. and 1031 Lexington Avenue) and the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel.

New: Pierre Hardy for NARS and Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer

New: Pierre Hardy for NARS // Belle Belle Beauty

Can it ever get better than shoes and makeup? I think not. Again NARS brings us a unique coupling with such style. Inspired by his Summer 2013 shoe collection, Hardy’s collection has six polishes pairings (two polishes designed to compliment each other) and two blushes. The polishes come in a small shoebox with dust bag (a nod to Hardy’s own footwear packaging). The blushes feature Hardy’s signature cubic print with a gold overspray. Look for the collection May 1st at narscosmetics.com.

NARS Pierre Hardy Ethno Run Nail Polish duo // Belle Belle Beauty

ETHNO RUN: orange, navy

NARS Pierre Hardy Sharplines Nail Polish duo // Belle Belle Beauty
SHARPLINES: peach, burgundy

NARS Pierre Hardy Vertebra Nail Polish duo // Belle Belle Beauty

VERTEBRA: coral, dusty rose

NARS Pierre hardy Easy Walking Nail Polish duo // Belle Belle Beauty
EASY WALKING: rose gold, camel

NARS Pierre Hardy Sharks Nail Polish duo // Belle Belle Beauty
SHARKS: yellow, lavender

NARS Pierre Hardy Venemous Nail Polish duo // Belle Belle Beauty
VENOMOUS: gunmetal, black

Pierre Hardy for NARS Blushes // Belle Belle Beauty

Blushes ROTONDE: tiger lily and BOYS DON’T CRY: pink grapefruit

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer // Belle Belle Beauty

Also, NARS is releasing a new primer: Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15. The lightweight formula is packed with Light Reflecting Complex and red algae extract to keep skin looking luminous and fresh all day. The formula absorbs quickly and fights dullness and fatigue while Vitamins A, C and E help ward off free radical damage. Available April 15, 2013 at NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com.