Such talent and style! I love Stevie Nicks. I find that she is one of my accidental style icons. Somebody that I’ll see a picture of and realize that I wore an outfit very similar without even knowing. It must be that closet gothness that we both share. To get this look:

FACE: First apply concealer where needed, Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Concealer. Apply a satin, light-weight foundation like Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Foundation in your shade. Dust a translucent powder over foundation to prolong wear and absorb oilies, Almay Pure Blend Loose Finishing Powder. Cheeks are very nude with a slight hint of color. Take a fluffy blush brush and apply a color like Estee Lauder Signature Silky Blush in Nude Rose.

EYES: Well, we really can’t see the brows in this picture but I can imagine that they are groomed into place with a clear wax like Anastasia Brow Fix Clear Wax Pencil. Eyes are all about looking awake and wide-eyed. Apply a slightly tinted eyeshadow base like Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Shadow Base all over the lid. From lash line to crease apply a white eyeshadow like Clarins Single Eyeshadow in White Marshmallow. Take a warm brown eyeshadow and lightly blend it into the crease and on the bottom lash line, something like Covergirl Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow in Brown Smolder. Apply a pencil eyeliner very closely to the top lash line in a dark brown shade. I like the smoothness of Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Dark Chocolate. Apply a few coats of mascara to top lashes and one coat to bottom lashes, a formula like Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara will do.

LIPS: Lips are shiny and a rusty bronze shade. Apply a lip gloss in a bronze shade like Pur Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Bronze Sassolite or Iman Luxury Lip Shimmer in Copper Tone (not pictured), whatever you use, it needs to be super glossy.

That’s it. Oh, don’t forget those finger tips! use something like SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Inner Sanctum or Butter London Nail Lacquer in Aston (not pictured). I think this look demands an ambery perfume. I’m thinking something like Regina Harris Amber Vanilla Perfume Oil, doesn’t the bottle just look like something Stevie would have?

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This spring is all about the pink. Seriously. I feel like every makeup company has pulled the pink shtick. If pink is your color then buy up. If not, then turn your head and wait for fall. Clinique First Blush is super girly and pink. It is all about flowers and blooms. I actually like it on the model above. It is very pretty, if only it could look this nice on me…

FACE: The Quick Blushes have been relaunched. They retail for$21.50. I am not wild about these despite their Ok shades. I think it is silly to pay for a brush product like this. Invest in a nice brush and any blush. Blush you can clean your brush with ease. Seriously it isn’t that much easier to apply your blush with such a silly product? If you want blush on the go sans brush go for a cream blush. You can apply that stuff on mass transit with no problems..

EYES: There are four limited edition Eye Shadows. The packaging is beautiful. It contains two powder eyeshadows in a very beautiful pressed flower. It is almost too pretty to use. Looks like the floral face compacts. The colors include Apple Blossom which is a soft green duo, Cherry Blossom which is the pretty pink on the model above, Tiger Lily which is a peachy bronze, and Maple Blossom which is a cool taupey shimmer. These retail for $16.50. I really like Maple Blossom and Apple Blossom. Those could easily become my everyday shades. The Quickliner Eye Liners in Relly Black and Smoky Brown have been relaunched. This is a nice formula that retails for $14.50. No tugging! High Impact Curling Mascara has been launched. I have not tried this item. It retails for $14. The original High Impact wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t too bad.

LIPS: Two Quickliner for Lips have been launched: Cocoa Rose and Lipblush. Both are really neutral and retail for $16.50. Four Longwear Glosswear Lip Glosses have been relaunched/launched. There is First Blush which is a warm, ligh pink, Honey Shimmer which is a vivid violet that is still very sheer, Whisper which is a barely there shimmer, and Air Kiss which is a super sheer pink shimmer. These retail for $14. For some reason I keep reaching for Air Kiss. It looks nice over other colors.

They have also introduce a special packaging of Happy in Bloom. For a Happy fragrance, this one isn’t too bad. I can tolerate. It’s not the best fragrance in the world but if I had to choose to wear a Happy fragrance this would be the one. It is super floral and very spring. Remember that I said if I had to.

Overall, the stars are the limited edition eyeshadows. The price is nice for a duo and they are so attractive. I try not to fall for packaging but it is hard not to. Plus, the colors are very wearable despite the pionk capaign. I believe that there is something for everyone in this collection, because keeping to true Clinique fashion, everything is very neutral.

I love Tura Satana. She is the reason for my haircut. She is one of my favorite style icons. She is one lovely bad-ass, the queen of the 60s B-films. One thing that Tura rocked other than ass kicking moves, the perfect body, blunt bangs, and an amazing attitude, was the heavy black liner. Every time I use a heavy hand with black liner, I think of Miss Satana’s oh so delicious evil look.

There are a ton of black liner formulas on the market. They all have a time and a place. I love khol and pencils for smudging and gel and liquid for that harsh unmovable cat eye.

Swivel Sticks/Retractable: Swivel type liners are so easy to use. You don’t even have to sharpen these babies. They usually wear longer than most pencil liners and they come in unmovable waterproof formulas. It produces a precise line. My favorite budget one is Avon Glimmerstick in Blackest Black. This one goes for $6 and usually is on sale for much less. My more expensive choice is Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir. This one sells for $23.50. Other notable pencils include: mark Eyemarker Color On Line in Jet for $5.50 and MAC makes a very nice one for about $14.

Wooden Kind/Sharpen: These are a much softer formula that can be smudged for a khol rimmed effect. These need sharpened and can create either a paper thin line or a fatter line that looks wonderful with shadow layered over it. My favorite budget one is Jordana Eyeliner in Black. It sells for .69¢. I was seriously surprised by this product. The quality is actually really good. The more expensive one that I prefer is the MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony which retails for $13. The other note worthy liners in this category include: Estee Lauder’s Artist Pencil in Softsmudge Black for  $18.50, L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil for $8,and NYX Long Pencil in Black for $2.

Long Wearing Sharpening Kind: These are usually budge proof and set within 30 seconds. They are easy to use like the retractable liner but these have the benefit of creating a thin or thick line just like the softer wooden types. The budget one that I prefer is Sephora Flashy Liner in Black for $8 . I really love the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide Eye Pencil in Zero. It is very long wearing. It retails for $16. Other notable ones include: Dior Waterproof Crayon Liner in Trinidad Black for $25, Prescriptives Moonbeam Eyeliner in Reflective Black for $17.50,

Cake Eyeliner: These are solid powders that when mixed with water create a matte (typically) long wearing, crisp line. Just wet a liner brush of your choice and swipe of the powder. I love this stuff because it is really classic. Plus I love my art store liner brush so much. It just works for me. I love Clinique Water-Resistant Eyeliner in Natural Black and it is the cheaper option at $14.50. My more expensive fave is Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeliner in Midnight Caviar which goes for $22. Others that are nice: NVY ECO Organic Cake Liner in Black which is $24, Elizabeth Arden Dual Perfection Brow Shaper & Eye Liner in Black for $18, or wet NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black for $5

Liquid Liner: Liquid liners are long wearing and create a very crisp line. It is that classic cateye look. These come with fine brush tip applicators and pointed sponge tip applicators. The handles vary so this is a matter of preference for what works best for you. Personally I like the sponge tip kind. I can create a more even line, either fatter or thinner. My favorite budget sponge tip liner is L’Oreal Telescopic Precision Eyeliner in Carbon Black which goes for about $9. My more expensive favorite sponge tip applicator is Lancome Artliner in Noir which retails for $28. (L’Oreal’s is almost identical to Lancome’s for much less.) The budget brush type that I like is NYX Liquid Liner in Black for $5.  The brush type I like is Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner in Black for $14.50.  Honorable mentions: Almay Liquid Line in Black for $7.50, MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black for $16.50, Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Liner for $19.50, Covergirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen in Black for $6.50, and Manic Panic Dreamliner in Raven for $9.50.

Gel Liners: Gel liners are pretty fool proof and look more natural than liquid liners. They are long wearing and don’t take too long to dry so you don’t have to worry about smudging. However, these can be smudged right after application for a soft look. I like these too because you can choose which brush you like. Some people like stiff slanted brushes and others like softer, narrow brushes. L’Oreal HIP Cream Eyeshadow  Color Truth in Black for $12 is nice but for $3 more I really love  MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack for $15. Other nice ones include: Cat Cosmetics Gel Liner in Tomcat for $18, Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Liner in Midnight Black for $22, and Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Liner in Black Ink for $21

Cream Eyeshadow used as liner: These aren’t as smudge resistant or long lasting but they do define the top and bottom lashes nicely. You can smudge with a smudger brush or line with a brush. You can use your fingertips too for a messy look. These are nice for beginners because you have more control and it is easier to remove mistakes. A nice cheap option are the darkest shades in Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Precious Metals or Twilight for $6.50.My more espensive choice is Dior Diorshow Eyeshadow in Glam & Glitz Black for $30. Other nice ones: NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardoz for $21,

I also love Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner for $33. It is a loose, OK, a messy powder I admit, with a pointed plastic stick for an applicator. It looks very raw an wild and has such a seductive dagger as packaging. I’m sold. Rimmel has the Smokin’ Kohl Eye Shadow in Black for $7 in way less glamorous packaging if that matters to you. I also noticed that L’Oreal HIP has launched a khol dagger also, but I am unsure of the price.

It’s difficult to discuss all the black liners out there but these are a few that I have used and really liked. Each have their own persoality and look. So try your each formula so you can find your own unique black liner look.

I love this look that Kim is sporting. Her lips are so perfect and untouchable. They’re so shiny, red and well lush. I love a red lip and I typically wear a full coverage, super pigmented matte finish. But, when I want something a little more lively, I recreate this drop dead gorgeous look.

First, apply foundation and concealer where needed. I suggest Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation and Laura Mercier Secret Camoflauge. Lightly dust face with a large fluffy brush with loose powder such as Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil. Fill in brows with a brow pencil such as Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette for the color of Kim’s. Brush brows into place with the spoolie on the end of the pencil. If your brows are really unruly and won’t stay in place use a brow taming gel such as Anastasia Brow Gel in Clear. Apply concealer to lid area to use as a base. Dust a nude, skintone shadow over the lid such as the lightest shade in Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Buttered Bronze. Next, blend the darker shade from the lashline to the crease. Take a small brush and lightly “line” the bottom lashes with the darker shade from the duo, creating a ring around the eye. Line the top lashline with Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes in Brown Sugar which is a basic warm brown. Curl lashes for lift. Coat lashes with a black mascara such as Lancome Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara. Layer mascara until you get your achieved look. Apply a nude pink blush to the apples of cheeks with something like Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Cupid. This look is all about the lips. Since you’ll be using a glossy shade, line lips with a red lipliner such as NARS Lip Liner in Jungle Red. Line around the natural contours of your lips. Coat lips with a glossy, full coverage lipstick such as Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Lipstick in Ondine which is the most perfect full coverage, super glossy blood red. I like to finish with a Q-Tip ran around the lip line for a perfectly chiseled look just like Kim’s. I’d top off with a spritz of the ultra sensual fragrance of Guerlain Samsara EDT. Now your ready to turn some heads. What I love about this look is that it looks amazing on both blondes and brunettes.

I’ve been using Clinique Water-Resistant Eyeliner for years. It has that certain understated old school glamour that I dig. It is a water-resistant cake eyeliner that wears strongly all day without flaking or fading; however, it is easy to remove at night with any eye makeup remover. It comes in two shades: Muted Brown which is a matte warm brown and Neutral Black which is a matte blackboard shade. It comes in a cake powder form and just needs water to create a long wearing formula. I like it because well, it wears all day and I can use any brush that I like to create a sexy cat eye. I’m not wild about the brush that is included with the liner. I find it too “wide” so I use a liner brush that I bought at an art store. It’s really thin and I like the control that I have with the long handle. I use it for all of my “retro” looks. I just wet my liner brush and run it across the cake and line. It is really simple. The liner dries in a short time and won’t budge all day. It is great for those with sensitive eyes or those that are sick of running liner. I’ve went through a ton of these over the years. I really like Lancome’s Artliner liquid eyeliner but I use it for more dramatic looks because the colors are deeper and “crisper”. I use Clinique’s for most everyday wear because I’m so used to it I can apply it very quickly. It retails for $14.50 which is a great deal because this stuff lasts a long while.

Great for creating Bardot-ish eyes.

Great for creating Bardot-ish eyes.