Pretty Perfect: Laura Mercier’s #Flawless Beauty Rules

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Beauty editors (and aficionados) agree, that when it comes to cult-beauty brands, Laura Mercier tops the list. Her can’t-live-without products emphasize enhancing your natural beauty—not covering it up. “Laura’s inspiration for her palettes come from many sources such as fashion trends, runway shows, etc. but the consistent theme throughout is that the palette colors have to complement one another,” shares Benjamin Ruiz, Director of Global Creative Artistry for Laura Mercier.“She’s removed the guess work and paired the perfect shades together.”

Now, you can shop the A-list makeup brand’s coveted cosmetics today at 12 EST on Gilt; plus, pick up a few expert rules from Benjamin Ruiz. And at up to 65% off, we promise you’ll be tempted to overhaul your (entire) beauty routine!

Rule #1 Make It Effortless: “Keep the skin looking fresh and natural by selecting a foundation that complements your skin tone and provides the correct amount of coverage you desire,” explains Ruiz.  “My favorite combination is Laura Mercier’s Primer Radiance used with Tinted Moisturizer. Next, decide on your priority—maybe it will be your eyes or brows, perhaps bold colorful lips, or flushed cheeks. [Whichever you choose] let that be your focus. This way, you’ll achieve your most effortless look.”

Rule #2 Purchase Duplicates: “ The realization that you forgot to pack your favorite brushes and tools when you’re traveling or about to touch up makeup at work is one of the worst feelings!” shares Ruiz. “I [personally] have multiple brushes of the same kind and I recommend that everyone at least have a travel set for this reason. Laura’s travel brushes are ideal because she designed them to be portable as well as essential.”

Rule #3 Don’t Overdo It: “Lip color is extremely personal and depends on the desired look,” explains Ruiz. “If you want to go subtle, try selecting a shade closet to your own lip color or at the most, a shade or two darker. The wonderful thing about Laura’s Lip Glaces is that they’re sheer and allow a ‘color shy’ person the ability to experiment with fun colors!”


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You Glow Girl: Tanning Rules from St. Tropez’s Sophie Evans


Image Courtesy of St. Tropez Tanning

Bikini season is back—and so are the sun’s damaging rays. We agree, nothing is sexier than a summer tan, but going outside without SPF 30+ is the ultimate beauty faux pas. Fret not ladies, you can achieve a coveted bronze hue with the magic of sunless tanner. We caught up with St. Tropez tanning guru, Sophie Evans, to share five “golden” rules exclusively with Gilt for our sale launching today at noon ET.


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Need An Escape? OPI’s Island-Style Manis Are Just The Thing

Attention, those in need of a spring vacation (a. k. a. all of us): We’re in a tropical state of mind thanks to OPI and their new Hawaii collection. We teamed up with them to give you the beach break you need both virtually and in real life. Vote for your favorite mani in our Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the Polynesian paradise. The rest of us can channel the Aloha spirit thanks to OPI’s Little Hulas mini pack of four nail lacquers, complementary with a purchase of $75 or more in the Hawaiian Getaway Sale; plus, four cool manis to try with your new polishes. We tapped Valley Nails—NYC’s premier nail art salon—to create these exclusive island-style manis with the OPI Hawaii collection. Get the rundown below for the step-by-step how-to, and jumpstart your journey to umbrella drinks in bikinis.



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Gilt Goes Backstage: Four Fall 2015 Beauty Trends You’ll Love

Photo Credit: image courtesy of Butter London/HL Group

Photo Credit: Andrew Day for Butter London, Nicole Miller 

Wondering what’s hot for next fall? The editors at headed backstage to get the scoop on the coolest beauty trends from the biggest designers. But no need to scour the web for inspiration, we’ve rounded four of the best looks we know you’ll love! Trust us, you won’t want to wait until fall to test these out.

Perfectly Imperfect Hair
Seen at: Timo Weiland, kate spade and Banana Republic


Photo credit: image courtesy of Fekkai, kate spade

The choice word to describe a few hairstyles was “beanie hair.” Think of an imperfect halo of strands that looks cool without looking too disheveled. “The kate spade girl looks like she’s just come home from a long winter walk in the woods,” shares Bob Recine for Fekkai. “Her hair looks effortless, easy and a bit disturbed.” We love the realness tied into this style because brushing at your desk or at brunch is so passé.


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