Archive for October, 2010

Comfort First

 I love teetering on a gorgeous pair of stilettos, but unfortunately New York City streets can do some irreparable damage to those designer heels I adore. Plus, they are absolutely not ideal for walking more than one city block (subway grates, sidewalk cracks…you get the picture). So as much as I love hitting the town in sky-high shoes, during the day I’ve traded them in for footwear with comfort and practicality—chic ballet flats.

Hollywood’s most stylish gals swear by their Lanvin flats, but with a hefty price tag and rarely any available sizes in stock, we all need alternatives. I’ve picked out some of this season’s best flats that can easily be added to any woman’s shoe wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with a solid black patent or metallic, but with so many options out there I suggest jazzing it up a little bit. Leopard, lace, velvet—I’m sold! From classic Kate Spade to the eclectic fashion mecca, TopShop, retailers are offering a plethora of eye-catching  pairs that are sure to spice up even the most basic outfit.  Unfortunately, flats offer zero support for your feet. Thankfully Dr. Scholl’s for Her sells hidden arch supports that will make all the difference. So go ahead ladies and treat your feet, because before you know it we will be trudging around in snow boots, yikes!

(clockwise above: TopShop Mystify, Corso Como festive flats, J.Crew lacey flat, House of Harlow velvet flat, Banana Republic samie leopard flats, Kate Spade Aeryn)

Xo,

Kristin

Bridal Beauty

 

They say that spring is wedding season, but most of the brides we know have been getting hitched in the fall! Boston-based makeup artist Lissa Bloom from 2kissandmakeup.com shares her tips & tricks on how to get that “bridal natural glow” this season…

Hi tartelettes!

Many brides tell me that they want a glowing complexion with minimal makeup.  Unfortunately ladies,  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but flawless skin doesn’t just happen. I’m not sure who started this urban makeup legend, but I’m destined to stop it. I’m constantly telling my brides that when you think someone isn’t wearing makeup (i.e. those gorgeous celebrities), I can assure you that they most def are wearing it (and most likely a lot of it)!

 Luckily, with the help of my favorite tarte products, you can achieve that radiant complexion and blushing bride look, without looking too “cheeky”.

The first product I use (after applying moisturizer) is tarte’s clean slate primer.  This product is essential in helping makeup stay put, even in the worst of conditions (stress, heat, humidity, stress, and dare I say: rain).   It also prevents makeup from building up in any fine lines or wrinkles that you may have (and not want to admit to).  Can I get an AMEN?!

My next product fave is tarte’s ReCreate Anti-Aging Foundation with Wrinkle Rewind™.  Not only is this foundation clinically proven to reduce the signs of aging, it also gives skin a pick-me-up, balances uneven skin tones, and helps to cover those lil’ imperfections (darn pimples) that we all have.

And let’s face it: everyone wants to have tanned, glowing skin but sans the sun.  tarte’s , Park Avenue Princess, is a mineral-based bronzer that gives skin a beautiful glow, without having too much shimmer and shine.   Although shimmer may look good on some body parts, it can also magnify large pores and any skin imperfections.  We can’t have any of that in your priceless pictures!

To finish off a bride’s complexion, I use tarte’s natural cheek stain. These are FANTASTIC!  This creamy formula makes it super easy to blend into skin, making it virtually goof proof.  The shade range is also beautiful—guaranteed to have the perfect color for every bride.

As a self-proclaimed mascara snob, there is only one mascara that I allow on my bride’s big day: tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes!  This mascara not only enhances lash length, but it also volumizes, curls, and conditions.  This quadruple-threat mascara could cause the demise of fake lashes everywhere (gasp).

Remember….just because a bride has to wear something old and borrowed, it doesn’t have to be her makeup.

Tell us what you think! Share your bridal stories & favorite tarte products. We want to hear from you!

xo,

Lissa

Fall Harvest

The Big City. Yankees vs. Red Sox. The Atlantic Coastline. The Northeast is known for a lot of things, but one of the most beautiful is our fall foliage.  The changing leaves and mountain landscapes are reason enough to escape the city for a weekend. This time of year the tri-state area also boasts a slew of amazing orchards and vineyards. Apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses, cider and wine tasting; from September-November these seasonal destinations  promise the perfect weekend afternoon.

Confused on where to go? Fret not my friend. I have compiled a short list of kid and adult-friendly hotspots; all of them are favorites of the staff here at tarte. So, this weekend rent a car or hop on the transit lines for an urban escape. Don’t live in the area? Or, did  I miss one of your family favorites? Please share some details in our comments box, we’d love to hear from you.

Northern, NY & Long Island

New Jersey

Connecticut

xo,

Kristin

Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Event!

At tarte we love events! Yes, I had to yell it but we do. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to showcase our artistry and be a part of new, unique projects. That being said when Celebrity Makeup Artist Geoffrey Rodriguez asked tarte to be the makeup sponsor for Teen Vogue’s 8th Annual Young Hollywood event it took us less than 2 seconds to hop on board.  Held at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood this past weekend, the “who’s who” of Young Hollywood came out to have a great time and enjoy the trendiest of runway shows.

Geoffrey teamed up with tarte’s in-house artist Tracy Davis to create a look that was fresh, fun and effortless. Of course, I want to share with you all the goodies in their tarte bag of tricks! Here’s what they used:

Complexion: ReCreate™ silicone-free primer used lightly– just to perfect skin

Cheeks: TEN natural cheek stain for a pop of color on apples of the cheeks. Topped with a light touch of smooth operator™ illuminating serum to achieve a healthy glow

Eyes: Use an assortment of shades from the Femme Naturale natural eye palette. Apply emphasEYES aqua-gel eyeliner in black to the top lashline—exaggerated then smudged in the center to create a light smokey line. Use one coat of lights, camera, lashes! natural 4-in-1 mascara for dramatic lashes.

Lips:  Apply LipSurgence™ natural matte lip tint in lively & then vitamin infused lipgloss in om just in the pout

Check out event images above from both backstage and the step-and-repeat. I hope you love it just as much as the glossy pages of their mag ;)

xo,

Kristin

Meet The Pro: Maria Maio

Hey tarte fans! I’m excited to share with you a new feature on tarte talk: Meet The Pro! It’s a monthly Q+A that will spotlight the beauty industry’s most talented makeup artists. I’ve been lucky enough to chat with these incredible artists and wanted to share some of their insights with you! Whether it’s on the Red Carpet or on an editorial photo shoot, these artists are the fabulous folks creating some of your favorite looks. Meet the pro will run on the right side bar under “tarte TV” for their featured month. In case you happen to miss it, we’re also creating an archive feature so their Q&A will live on the site forever!

This month I chatted with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Maria Maio. Not only is she a beauty genius, but she is also an avid tarte fan. Our last project together was a Fashion’s Night Out Collaboration with 7 For All Mankind. She created fun and creative looks for both the NY and Cali gal. I’ve shared her face charts below, but please check out her Q+A too!

www.mariamaio.com

xo,

Kristin