Archive for February, 2012

trend alert: bright bags for spring

The winter is almost over! Goodbye black, hello color.

Designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Stella McCartney never let me down when it comes to keeping things fresh — they’ve both released bright and vivacious spring lines of handbags. Here are a couple of my faves.

Clockwise from left: Rebecca Minkoff Straw M.A.C Bombe bag, Kate Spade New York ‘little shyla’ clutch, Tory Burch ‘Norah’ Envelope Clutch, Milly ‘Mini’ Nappa Leather Clutch, McQ Alexander McQueen ‘Amwell – Mini’ Crossbody Bag, Stella McCartney Falabella Shaggy Deer Fold Over Tote.

 

 

 

 

best-dressed at 84th Academy Awards

Ellie Kemper looked amazing in this rust sequin strapless. This dress accentuates her curves and complimented her gorgeous locks making her our pick for boldest-dressed!


Lara Spencer simply shone in this one shoulder gown. From the texture to the cut — which truly accentuated her statuesque physique — the look was flawless.

Louise Roe took our breath away with the unique white satin gown. Delightfully ladylike, we love the metallic details.

 

Maria Menounos looked stunning in the green side cut out gown. Showing off her natural curves while managing to keep the look elegant, we have to give her a nod as the evening’s sexiest-dressed celeb. Meow!

Michelle Williams is almost always a red carpet beauty stand out with her striking and flawless porcelain skin, but this Louis Vuitton number sent her straight to the top for our best dressed list. Chic yet adorable!

Milla Jovovich dazzled in this jaw dropping Elie Saab one shoulder gown.

 

Missi Pyle looked incredible in this eco-friendly turquoise design. She proved going green doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish!


Berenice Bejo wore a low cut, long sleeved mint green Elie Saab creation.  The gown, paired with her red locks, was a study in elegance that was not lost in translation.

Gwenyth Paltrow is almost always a fashion ‘do’ and  last night she proved why with this gorgeous Tom Ford gown. We give Gwenyth our vote for most chic.

Stacie Keibler looked incredible last night — and it wasn’t just George Clooney on her arm!  She rocked this amazing gold lamé Marchesa gown, causing neck sprains up and down the red carpet, making her tarte’s favorite head turner of the night.

girl crush: Audrey Kitching

What’s not to love about Audrey Kitching?  Totally rock n’ roll, edgy and beautiful, the blogger, model and fashion designer is smart, sharp and a scene-stealer to be reckoned with. And she loves tarte — yes, that her applying our in LipSurgence™ matte lip tint lucky!

Who’s your girl crush?

get the look: Kristen Wiig at the 84th Academy Awards

Photo via InStyle

“Kristen wore a gorgeous princess dress, but it still had a bit of an edge to it, so I wanted to keep her look strong but still soft and pretty.” – Heba Thorisdottir, celebrity makeup artist

Complexion:
* To begin Heba used tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15, with tarte’s new airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush.

Cheeks:
*For dewy, sun-kissed cheeks, she applied tarte’s maracuja blush & glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint in sunlight along the apples of her cheeks, followed by a light dusting of tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in buff. The combination gave Kristen’s skin the perfect luminous finish.

Eyes:
* Heba wanted to play up Kristen’s blue eyes with a mixture of bronze and gold shadows. She started by covering her lids with a soft wash of shimmering golden peach from tarte’s neutralEYES eye shadow palette volume II.

*To add further definition, she applied tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow in shimmering bronze along her lashlines and into her creases. Then she layered tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow in slate in the center of her lids to reflect light.

*Then she lined her eyes with multiplEYE™ clinically-proven lash enhancing liquid liner, drawing outward for a mini cat-eye.

* She finished with two coats of tarte’s gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara.

Lips:
* To keep her look soft, Heba filled in her lips with tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in exposed, then dabbed tarte’s maracuja divine shine lip gloss in glisten in the center of her lips for a touch of shine.

 Body:
*To create a soft glow, Heba dusted tarte’s new Amazon bronze body bronzer — coming soon — along her décolletage, shoulders and down her arms.

get the look: Emmy Rossum at the Global Green pre-Oscar party

 

Emmy picked a gorgeous buttercup yellow Oliver Tolentino 50′s silhouette party dress that was made out of pineapple and hemp fibers for the Global Green Oscar Party, so I wanted to use tarte as it’s my favorite green makeup line that’s at the forefront of beauty. Inspired by the sweetness of the dress’s color and form, I chose a color palette of sherbets and bubble gum, perfectly suited for spring.” – Amy Nadine, celebrity makeup artist

Complexion:

For a light and dewy finish, Amy mixed smooth operator™ Amazonian clay Illuminating serum with smooth operator™ Amazonian clay tinted moisturizer with SPF 20.

 Cheeks:

Then she applied tarte’s cheek stain in dollface for a sheer candy pink with a hint of shimmer starting on the apples of her cheeks.

 Eyes:

For a wash of apricot color, she swept soft sienna from tarte’s femme naturale eyeshadow palette all over her lids followed by soft petal pink along the crease. She finished with two coats of tarte’s gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara in black.

Lips:

To complete this ultra-girly look, she applied tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lucky, followed by tarte’s maracuja divine shine lip gloss in dollface to create the perfect bubble gum pink.

very handy: rainy day nails

It’s pouring rain in NYC, and I thought Bianca, tarte’s graphic designer, was rocking nails that totally captured the gloomy, city mood. A little bit goth, a little bit flash — she layered OPI’s silver shatter over a sleek noir shade called black lingerie. And yes, that is Kate Moss’s face in the background.

What polish are you sporting today?

 

 

the best-dressed “Best Actress” nominees

The Oscars! They’re almost here… can you tell we’re excited?

And our favorite category, Best Actress in a Leading Role, couldn’t be filled with some more stylishly diverse women.

First up, we have Glenn Close – a star who’s been reigning over Hollywood since the eighties. We’re happy to see her in the nominees circle for her gender-bending turn in Albert Nobbs. Glenn embodies simple, age-appropriate elegance, and she usually appears on the red carpet in variations on black evening gowns. In her everyday, she tends towards similarly classic staples, such as great-fitting jeans, blazers, and heels.

 

Another Hollywood queen, Meryl Streep, is in the running for The Iron Lady. With thirty years since her last Oscar win (but 17 nominations to her name), will this be the year that Streep gets a statue? Regardless of the win, we’re sure she’ll be sporting something in a neutral color, probably long and with sleeves, as she is wont to do on the red carpet. Meryl inevitably spices up her conservative outfits with funky accessories and some serious décolletage – fashion critics be damned. We love her spunk!

 

Viola Davis, whose eco-friendly gown at the BAFTAs left us drooling, is nominated for her role in blockbuster The Help. We expect the stunning actress to appear in a fun color (a welcome relief amongst all those neutrals!) and a curve-hugging silhouette.

Michelle Williams has been captivating us with her hip Brooklyn aesthetic for years now. Her style couldn’t be further from that of Marilyn Monroe, but we love her endearing mix of hipster, lady-like, and vintage elements. And, man – the girl looks good in a fedora.

 Rooney Mara, this group’s newcomer, brings an avant garde edge to the others’ relatively mainstream style. Not unlike her character in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney generally sports a darker look, with a focus on minimalist silhouettes with razor-sharp lines.

 

 

 

 

Image via Celebuzz 

find your shade: Amazonian clay 12-hour blush

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high fashion, faux fur

At tarte, we’re all about natural beauty: we just think that wearing things that don’t hurt you or the planet is a no-brainer. This season, as we’ve seen fur make a comeback, we’ve yearned for a way to rock the luxe look that doesn’t compromise our standards. The answer: go faux!

With tons of designers (both high and low) putting out high-quality faux fur pieces, there’s no excuse not to buy fake. We’ve rounded up a couple looks that are as gorgeous as the real thing, without any of the cruelty.

 via Fab Sugar

Sarah Michelle Gellar rocked this fake and furry Juicy Couture coat on the red carpet.

We love the look of a fur trim, like the one on this cozy MARC by Marc Jacobs peacoat.

 

Rachel Zoe’s  faux fur line for QVC- including this gorgeous vest – is approved by the style maven herself.

 

 via Fab Sugar

Sienna Miller’s shaggy Topshop jacket is right on trend, especially when paired with slim pants and heels.


This glam cropped coat from Anna Sui is fuzzy, warm, and 100% cruelty-free.

 

 

 

Faux fur can glam up your accessories, too – from a pair of sweet gloves to a fluffy stole. These pieces are budget-style steals from Forever 21.

What are your faux fur faves? Share them with us on Facebook.

 

fall trends from New York Fashion Week

Well, tartelettes, that’s a wrap: New York Fashion Week is officially over. The last makeup cases and sewing kits were packed up at Lincoln Center last night… but, for us, the fun is only getting started.

Now we get to play dress-up! We’ve checked out our favorite shows and pulled a few trends that will be inspiring our fall wardrobes.

who wears the pants?

After a few seasons of watching ethereal dress after ethereal dress traipse down the runway, it was a pleasure to see a more moody and structured silhouette return for fall 2012. Gorgeous, tailored trousers were everywhere, such as this fifties-inspired pair from J.Crew.

sparkle on!
Sparkles littered the runways this year, as designers sprinkled them on everything from coats to gowns. This fully-glittered dress from Theysken’s Theory stopped us in our tracks.

suit up

Menswear continues to be a strong fall trend. Strong-shouldered, suiting-inspired coats and full-on pantsuits appeared in shows everywhere; the Ralph Lauren collection was dominated by them.

gettin’ chunky

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing we love more then a ridiculously oversized sweater. If you’re like us, you’re in luck: fall 2012 brings tons of chunky and loose-knit jumpers, like this one from Michael Kors.

Make an outerwear statement

Many a designer sent statement coats down the runway this fashion week – a practical counter-balance for all those sheer tops! We adored this kaleidoscopic version by Rodarte.

the dark side

The overall sentiment in the design world seems to have shifted from soft and girly to dark and moody. From the abundance of dark colors – wine and black being the most common – to the more structured silhouettes, the clothes this fashion week seemed more brooding and complex and, therefore, more interesting, like this look from Yigal Azrouel.