HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Makeup artist Bobbi Brown made a personal appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 18 that drew about 350 women to Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship, where Brown and 30 of her makeup artists were on hand to answer questions about everything from the correct shade of foundation to holiday looks and gift ideas. With her philosophy that “makeup should be simple, easy and approachable,” Brown said when she gets a new customer in her chair, “I need to see her with concealer, foundation and powder first.” She noted this is most important and once the basics are right, the makeup artists can then work on the customer with color. Brown added that products, for example, the Simmer Brick that accounts for 10 percent of the brand’s sales, must look natural and pretty on the skin.

ANTIQUE ROAD SHOW: Ralph Lauren Fragrances is sponsoring the 50th Anniversary of the Winter Antique Show. The loan exhibit this year is: A Celebration of The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Andrea Robinson, president, worldwide, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, will host the event that will also celebrate Ralph Lauren Purple Label. It will take place Monday, Nov. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the show will be donated to East Side House Settlement.

COLORFUL LANGUAGE: A whiff of lily of the valley can remind people of the color white — while the same can be said about strawberries and the color red — and the concept of authenticity and rough texture are both associated with the color brown. These were just a few concepts discussed during a two-hour symposium called Psychology of Color & Scent hosted by Fashion Group International on Tuesday night. The event featured several presentations, including talks by Symrise perfumer Frank Voelkl, Sherri Donghia, of furniture and textiles firm Donghia, who said colorful tones have been selling better than neutral tones. Additionally, a panel discussion, which was moderated by In Style beauty director Kim-Van Dang, featured Voelkl, Donghia, designer Norma Kamali, sensory psychologist Allan Kornheiser and Francoise Serralta, research and planning strategy director for Peclers Paris. The panel explored meanings and perceptions of colors in different cultures and how colors are perceived in the context of other hues.

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