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Getting into Character with Stephanie Lemelin (part 2)

Hey everyone! So as promised in my last post, I am bringing you a second character look I use for auditions and in real life. This edgy, rocker look can be created with hard or soft edges, depending I guess on what story you want to tell (beginning of the night vs. morning after, anyone? ha!) I like the hard lines for characters that are cool and confident, gals who tell it like it is, sistah (cue Boston adolescence)– and then the softer, dustier look for nights out in Los Angeles (on rare occasions I actually hit up the Hollywood scene, it’s true.) Either way, you can easily recreate this look at home (trust me, if I can, you can) by just following the how-to below.  Be sure to keep me and the tarte girls posted on how yours turn-out through comments below… we really love reading them! Fun, fun ;)

Edgy Rocker Look

 

Complexion:

Eyes:

Cheeks:

Lips:

xo,

Stephanie

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Backstage with tarte at Lela Rose

Early Sunday morning under the tents at Bryant Park, you could say the tarte team felt more in outer space than midtown Manhattan. OK maybe that’s a bit extreme, but Lela Rose was inspired by the textures and depths of the universe and her Fall 2010 collection speaks to that notion of nighttime skies and lunar moons. The tarte artistry team along with celebrity makeup artist lead, Tina Turnbow had the privilege to create the beauty look that complimented the ‘constellation like’ lineup.  Tina created a muted, matte & cloudy complexion using tarte’s smooth operator tinted-moisturizer, provocateur pressed powder, blissful natural cheek stain & t-zone travel mattifying powder. But the focus was on the mysterious, moonlit eyes. Turnbow and team shaped depth with black, silver & graphite shadows using their eye-couture palettes; working from the outer corners in, they left no edges to the hazy look.  A balmy but muted pout, textured updo by Ted Gibson & sparkling nails by Debra Lippman completed the ethereal feel.  After two hours of backstage chaos & anticipation (might I add much-enjoyed chaos) the leggy beauties strutted the runway & “across the universe”.

Xo,

Kristin

2/16 Giveaway-A-Day!

Today’s Fashion Week Giveaway-A-Day is running right here on our blog. We completed some glam looks for this weekend’s fashion shows using our smooth operator natural tinted-moisturizer as a go-to product. So, enter your ‘go-to’ product (doesn’t have to be beauty!)  in the comments box below to enter–there will be five winners & you get to choose your shade!

xo,

Kristin

P.S. My go-to product other than my tarte goodies is Poland Spring Sparkling Water in lemon or raspberry.

WINNER UPDATE! Congratulations to the following:

Olisa O.

Lisa B.

Judy H.

Sue C.

Jessica R.

Please view our smooth op shades and e-mail your selection and shipping info to Kristin@tartecosmetics.com

 

Effortless Beauty at Susan Woo’s Fall 2010 Fashion Week Presentation

This weekend tarte had the pleasure of kicking off Fashion Week at the Bryant Park Hotel with eco-chic designer Susan Woo! Despite all the chaos backstage, I was able to interview Susan (we’ll be posting the video on YouTube this week) and hear about her Medieval armor inspiration for the Fall 2010 collection. The one thing she consistently mentioned was that this modern-day woman is an effortless beauty. Collaborating with the tarte team, natural makeup artist Tina Turnbow complimented the wearable organic wools & cottons with a natural look for the presentation. The makeup was all about dewy, luminous skin with slightly flushed cheeks and berry stain on the lips. With glowing skin and tousled tresses by Bumble & Bumble, it’s definitely a look that’s easy to recreate and great to rock both day & night. Oh, also spotted looking flawless at the presentation was The Hills’ Olivia Palermo. Love her.

Xo,

Kristin

Giveaway-A-Day!

Hey all you fashionista’s! Today’s New York Fashion Week tarte Giveaway-A-Day is running on our twitter page. Be sure you follow us & retweet to enter. Also stay tuned, Candace & I will be tweeting from backstage at eco-chic Susan Woo’s Fall 2010 presentation!

xo,

Kristin

Rouge Tomate

I love NYC Restaurant Week—it’s the perfect time to try out new and different restaurants without spending big bucks. I had been reading a lot about healthy hotspot Rouge Tomate; so my husband and our friends decided to check it out last Friday night. And we couldn’t have been more pleased! What’s great about this Michelin-Star restaurant is that they have a culinary nutritionist on staff to ensure that the dishes have perfect rations of meats to vegetables and fruits to nuts. Their philosophy is SPE™—they use 3 guidelines to “harmoniously blend extraordinary cuisine with authentic nutrition.” It’s all about sourcing seasonal and local foods, while also preparing and enhancing the meals in a sustainable manner. I love their motto, but enjoyed the food even more!! We all selected plates from the Restaurant Week menu along with the wine tasting (highly recommend). I had:

  • Appetizer: Tombo Tuna Poke (Asian Pear, Watermelon Radish, Oyster Mushroom, Sesame)
  • Main Course: Cauliflower Risotto (Heirloom Cauliflower, Parmesan, Garlic, Lemon Confit)
  • Dessert: Golden Pineapple (Passion Fruit Curd, Mango, Kiwi, Coconut Tapioca)

 

Bon Appetit!

xo,

Candace

Fall 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

As you may have gathered us tarte girls are fashion junkies! What better way to kickoff Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week than offer our fans a giveaway. But that got me thinking, why stop there? So, instead we’re offering you fellow fashionistas a tarte giveaway-a-day for the entire NYFW calendar! Check in on our social media pages (twitter, facebook, youtube & the blog) to enter our contests & snag our fashion forward natural beauty freebies!

Day 1 Hint: We hope you follow us on twitter ;)

xo,

Kristin

Light My Candle

It comes as no surprise that one of the most romantic lyrics in music history is the late Teddy Pendergrass’

 

Turn off the lights…and light a candle.

Tonight I’m in a romantic mood, yeah.

Perhaps I’m just biased towards ol’ Teddy, since my parents met at one of his concerts. Talk about a 70’s love connection!

Well, this Valentine’s season, make like Mr. P and get that candle-lit glow with a few of my favorite luxurious brands. Your sweetie won’t know whether to kiss ya or sniff ya!

  • I burn candles non-stop in every room of my house- literally, it’s the live version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. And the brand that I rely on to keep going and going and going is Voluspa. Deliciously fragrant and with crazy burn power, these Kings of Kandles are worth every (s)cent. I am OBSESSED with the Makassar Ebony & Peach Candle. I don’t usually do the fruity scents, but this mixture is so intoxicating and sophisticated. No Fruit Roll-Up smellin’ candles here. Other Voluspa scents that I love are Crisp Champagne,
  • The extraordinarily extravagant Jonathan Adleris the leader of my new style religion. And his beyond glorious candle line makes me want to praise the Fashion Gods! I swear I had a “moment” when I took a whiff of the Big Sur candle which mixes bergamot, vetiver, cedar and nutmeg. Other scents in this destination-themed collection are Capri, Palm Beach and Acapulco.
  •  For the girly-girl who wants her home to smell just as luscious as she, Tyler Candles are it! This hip brand has scents titled “High-Maintenance,” “Diva,” and “Hollywood” that could give even the most fragrant of eau de toilette a run for its money.
  •  The most intriguing aspect of Dayna Decker’s couture candle collection is the EcoWood Wick, made from organic wood and designed to burn cleaner than a traditional cotton wick. The gorgeous glass candleholders will add a touch of style to any room in the house, and even the wax is made as eco-friendly as possible. Talk about chic gone green. Some of my favorite scents include Rose and Violetta.

All right Tartelettes, Mimi has given you the tools for a little V-day romance. So get to shoppin’ then smoochin ;)

Xo,

Amelia