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How to Wear Makeup in the Winter


For as fun as I think makeup is to apply and experiment with, I realize that for a lot of women, it’s a daunting routine that is sometimes anything but intuitive. Allow me to introduce you to the “lazy perfection makeup method,” coined by one of the best makeup artists in the biz, Jenny Patinkin, who also calls Chicago home.  She’s built a reputation for creating simple and natural looks that are easy to do yourself. Jenny’s approach is very “real girl” and she’s all about breaking down the notion that in order to be flattering, makeup needs to be complicated or full of steps. She even designed a lazy perfection-inspired line of makeup brushes (coming soon to Space NK!) that practically apply makeup for you.


I’ve never used a brush in so many ways as the All-Over Face (third from left)

I asked Jenny to share some of her lazy perfection tips for winter beauty. This week has been a painful reminder of the havoc frigid cold can wreak. My eyes tear up the second I walk outdoors and pale becomes me. You feel me?


My eyes are like a leaky faucet when I’m outside in the cold. What should I be doing?
Eye shadow primer is an essential (I like Nars the best) and of course water-resistant eyeliner.  For mascara, I’m actually not a big fan of waterproof formulas – they can dry out your lashes and make them brittle.  I prefer a water resistant “tube” formula mascara like the ones from Kevyn Aucoin or Trish McEvoy because they stay on until you take them off, even if you have a few tears.  And I would recommend a creamy concealer under the eyes that can be re-blended or blotted back into place after having tears run over it. Opaque concealers aren’t as malleable and are tougher to touch up.

How do you prevent lips from drying out?
Aquaphor!  It’s a savior!  I like to apply it to clients (and myself) before I put on any makeup so that by the time I’m ready to apply lipstick as the last step, lips are smooth and moisturized.  Honestly, there are plenty of times in the winter when I personally skip lipstick altogether and just apply Aquaphor.  I keep tubes of it everywhere – in my pockets, purses, my car and beside my bed, and I sleep with it on my lips every night.

Statement lip: yes or no?
As long as your lips are smooth and un-chapped, then why not!  A satin finish is more comfortable to wear than drier matte or demi-matte finishes, though, and a little bit of sheen looks pretty against flat winter fabrics like wool or cashmere.  It’s also helpful to warm up your complexion with a little bronzer so that the contrast between bold lips and pale skin doesn’t look harsh or too pronounced.

What is the trick to getting glowing skin, despite the dry air?
Look for products that have words like luminous, radiant, illuminating in the name or description.  This generally means that there is micro-shimmer mixed in which will help any available light bounce off of your skin, adding dimension and glow.  I like Burberry Beauty Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base mixed in with moisturizer or foundation, or Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector dotted along the tops of the cheeks.

Tips to wearing bronzer in the winter?
If your skin gets sallow in the winter – tinged with yellow, green or grey tones – then bronzer will be your best friend. I like to keep it mostly on the top part of the face – along the cheekbones, up the temples and lightly across the forehead with maybe a dash on the nose.  By keeping the center of your face (orbital bones, chin/neck) in your natural tone, you’ll look “warm” without looking “tan.”

How do you prevent the cakey look?
I tend to avoid powder products in the winter, or use them very sparingly.  Something like Jouer Essential Matte Touch is almost like a putty texture that you can apply under your makeup or on top of it as a touch up over the course of the day – love that stuff.  I sometimes also send clients out with sponges in their evening bags to blot away shine instead of covering it with powder.

312 Shops: Arch Apothecary

Chicago is a shopping destination and beauty boutiques are plentiful. 312 Shops features my favorite places to shop in the city and explores new territory as well.  Consider this your guide to Chicago, by way of beauty. Arch Apothecary in Old Town is a pretty palace — blowouts, makeup lessons, brows, lashes and some of the best beauty shopping around town.

Arch-ApothecaryWhen Arch Apothecary, the luxury beauty and style bar based in Rockford, Ill., opened its city doors in Old Town last year, it quickly gained a cult following and started racking up all sorts of Best of Chicago nods. Also, they share a motto of mine: live pretty. Those two words are in their DNA — aside from the long list of services they provide and gorgeous makeup they sell, the boutique itself is a stunner. Rustic chic wood floors, grand chandeliers, flawless marble counters, sleek glass shelving and products for days.



The Brands…It’s a makeup lover’s paradise. Luxury artistry brands like By Terry, Le Metier de Beaute, Kevyn Aucoin and high-end skin care from Sunday Riley and Natura Bissé. They also carry two of my favorite beauty lines, RMS and Jouer, both of which can be hard to find. Look for nail color from Deborah Lippmann and RGB and a massive wall of Oribe hair care. Arch also carries local makeup artist Jenny Patinkin’s brush line (which is incredible…more on that later!)



The Perks…Arch is a one-stop shop for all things pretty. They literally do it all — waxing, styling, makeup, facials, haircuts. They even have some stellar package deals if you’re looking for routine maintenance.



The Experience…I could spend hours at Arch, and that would be just in playing with all of the products. It’s a great place to fill up your makeup bag and discover new products, which is exactly what I did when this photo was taken! The team bronzed and sculpted my cheeks in a very natural way. I loved it and had to immediately buy this Kevyn Aucoin Bronzer.

What Space NK’s Nicky Kinniard Packs for a Trip to Chicago


Last month, Space NK founder Nicky Kinniard made her way through Chicago for an event at her newest location in Bloomingdale’s Michigan Ave. I’m likening the personal tour she gave me on the eve of said event to what I imagine a music lesson from Beethoven would be. Talk about learning from the master herself! This year marks 20 since Nicky opened the first Space NK in London. The personally curated shops you see cropping up constantly? Yeah, Nicky helped to pioneer that concept.  She filled her first Space NK with the things she loved and that continues today, in more than 20 locations. During our time touring the shop floor, we gabbed face oils (she loves them), the amazing-ness that is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (she avoids washing her hair, too!) and the most bad ass foundation brush ever. Also, according to Nicky, the Clarisonic for your feet does work, and quite well apparently. Consider my curiosity at its max on that one.


While I don’t normally let myself fall in love with an $80 brush, I couldn’t help but obsess over this one by Kevyn Aucoin. According to Nicky, there’s nothing it can’t do and it applies cream products flawlessly. She informed me she’s loving By Terry’s new serum foundation.


Nicky also raved to me about the matte shadows from Kevyn Aucoin, which come in the most flattering range of neutrals. They look and feel like suede!


I made sure to get the 411 on the must-haves Nicky packed for her trip to Chicago. No surprise, she toted along her favorite foundation and a variety of Kevyn Aucoin mattes but she spoke to me primarily on skincare. She can’t travel without her Eve Lom cleanser and layers on the Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil day and night. Many of the products on Space NK shelves are limited in distribution and Nicky is always introducing new lines. She let me in on another of her skincare secrets – the Bakel P-lipic serum which is packed with active ingredients and hyaluronic acid to fill in lines and plump up skin.

For my fellow 312 beauties, have you shopped our very own Space NK, yet?

The Makeup Show Chicago


The Makeup Show made a stop in Chicago this past weekend and I ventured to the Bridgeport Art Center to check it out. It’s the spot to be for makeup artists – with seminars from some of the best artists in the business and major discounts on brands. I always view this as a prime opportunity to soak up tips from the masters and do some shopping as well (hello, NARS at 30% off!) Plus, spending time with James Vincent, celeb makeup artist and Director of Education for TMS, is like catching up with an old girlfriend. He’s always got the best stories and scoop. For example, he shared that this palette by TMS exhibitor Graftobian (Madison, WI-based company!) is a Fashion Week staple for Dick Page— Shiseido artistic director and one of the most in-demand makeup artists in the world.  And, of course, he spoke about some of the work he’s been doing with Florence (of THE MACHINE!) lately.

I left filled with great insider knowledge and a handful of products that I’m super excited to try. This double-sided brush from Crown is a dead ringer for a Stila version that is three times the price. James says he loves using the smaller end for blending along the sides of your nose where product tends to build. As he said that, I instinctively touched that part of my face. He’s so right! Another new to me brand is Nurturing Force and their HD primer, called Blot Out Offensive. It has a mousse-like texture and the experts tell me that this one is best used for spot treatments on oil-prone areas. The ingredient list is short and aloe-based, which I appreciate. A few bright multi-use products caught my attention – the new OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar in New Wave and Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow in Liquifuschia. The former has the appearance of stained glass on the lips and when layered under foundation, peeks through as a natural flush. I’ve already started using the Senna Totally Transformative Eyeshadow Primer and don’t think I’ll ever part ways with it! It’s tinted (I use shade light) and billed as a wrinkle reducer, color corrector and eyeshadow magnet. So far, delivering on every front. And, Make Up For Ever debuted its new Smoky Extravagant mascara at the show and I got my hands on a tube! It’s officially launching next month. The wand is cone shaped and the formula is super black and glossy.

While there, I also had a chance to meet the lovely Arielle. She posted a few recaps on Beauty By Arielle, so head on over and say hello!