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Cold Fusion: Fall 2010 Beauty Trends

From do-it-yourself treatments to Parisian-inspiredproducts, sultry makeup and sci-fi-worthy skin care, the ultimate roundup of fall's best beauty products.

From the dramatic to the do-it-yourself, this fall’s standout beauty products are positively electric. Here, we’ve curated the season’s most innovative makeup, skin care, hair care and fragrances into seven key trends. In skin care, the news is in firming, with many companies reporting breakthroughs in improving the appearance of facial contours. Fragrances, meanwhile, are bolder than in seasons past — sexy, womanly, statement-making. The same can be said of makeup, with deep rich hues that perfectly capture the spirit of fall’s new femininity.


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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra All Night Repair and Moisture Cream For Face And Throat
Arden’s plumping technology combines a peptide complex with hibiscus seed extract. A biotechnically derived polymer locks in moisture. ($62; Elizabeth Arden counters)


Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Across The Universe
Inspired by a visit to the Hayden Planetarium, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann dreamed up this deep, sexy navy studded with blue and green glitter. ($18; Barneys)


Sephora 4 Shadows & Liner Palette In Smoky Blue No. 02
Infused with green tea extract, this delivers a smoky eye that can range in intensity from subtle to sophisticated. ($24; Sephora)


Erno Laszlo Laszlo Blue Firmarine Eye Therapy
Spirulina maxima, the popular food supplement said to contain antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, stars in this eye-area hydrator. Green tea and vitamins E, C and A add an extra antioxidant punch. ($90; Bergdorf Goodman, Erno Laszlo Institute, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks)


Topshop Make Up Shadow in Thunder
Inspired by L.A., Topshop’s fall makeup line features deep, pigment-rich colors that embody the city’s grungy-glam aesthetic. These shadows can be applied wet or dry. ($18; Topshop)


Bleu de Chanel
This woody aromatic has top notes of citrus and the sea followed by the punch of peppermint and pink peppercorn, wrapped around a base of cedar and vetiver. ($79; Chanel counters)


Manic Panic Lip Locked Lipstick in Deadly Night
Calling all Goth glamazons: The cult punk boutique Manic Panic is launching a full-scale makeup line, chock-full of dramatic shades like the deep, stormy purple here. ($8;


Bliss Eau De Toilette
Inspired by its spa heritage, Bliss’ first scent is a refreshing blend of zesty citrus notes, dewy greens and classic florals. The bubblecovered flacon in Bliss’ signature blue seals its feel-good vibe. ($54; Bliss, Sephora)


Orlane Paris Night Extreme Antiwrinkle Regenerating Night Care
Orlane used chronobiology to monitor the skin’s nighttime regeneration process. Rice and soy extracts stimulate the skin’s sirtuins and enhance DNA repair; a vitamin B21 complex moisturizes. ($300; Bloomingdale’s)


Dolce & Gabbana The One Gentleman
Hollywood hunk Matthew McConaughey is the face of The One Gentleman, which melds pepper and grapefruit with lavender, fennel and cardamom and a base of patchouli and vanilla. ($73; Saks)


Giorgio Armani Fall 2010 Palette
Giorgio Armani adds oomph to his signature neutrals with a deep china blue in this signature fall eye shadow palette, which was inspired by the designer’s love of the bella donna plant family. ($59; Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks)


Jane Iredale Eye Steppes Compact in Goblue
Blue-eyed babes need look no further for the perfect combination of colors. Mineral makeup maestro Jane Iredale combines five complementary colors in a magnetized sapphire compact, complete with mirror for easy touchups on the go. ($56;


Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight In Paris
The Paris-based jeweler’s newest men’s scent was inspired by its watch of the same name, which has a rotating aventurine dial featuring a map of the stars under the Paris sky. Olfactively, that means a fresh opening comprising citrus, blooming into a dark, sensual floral heart and base, with lily of the valley, lapsang souchong tea and tonka bean. ($95; Bergdorf Goodman)


Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish in Catherine H
Inspired by the wives of Henry the VIII, Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Ji Baek aimed to capture the teen queen Catherine Howard in this shimmering Wedgewood blue that’s spiked with a hint of darkness to presage her doomed fate. ($18; Rescue Beauty Lounge)


Philip B Blue Spray Skin-Cooling Mist Refreshing Aromatherapy Treatment
Brace yourself. This blend of menthol, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and tea tree is not only a refreshing body spray, it does double duty as a room spray, too. ($27.50; select Nordstrom,


Ralph Lauren The Big Pony Collection in 1
Designed to be worn alone or blended with one of the three other fragrances in Ralph Lauren’s new Big Pony collection (all inspired by various facets of the game of— natch—polo), 1 is a zippy, masculine blend of lime and grapefruit. ($65; Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren)


Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Overnight Hydrating Cream
Part of Yes To’s feel-good antiaging regimen, this night cream blends blueberries, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, to help stave off free radical damage, as well as moisturizing shea butter and extracts of the soothing noni fruit. ($19.99; Bartell, CVS, Duane Reade, Target)

Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Blue Dahlia
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux’s first collection as Lauder’s creative makeup director features this dramatic combination of blue, offset by subtle neutrals. Included in the palette: Pecheux’s step-by-step guide to the season’s chic smoky eye. ($40; Estée Lauder counters)


La Prairie Life Threads Sapphire
Part of a trio that includes Ruby and Emerald, this woody floral opens with green leaves, apricot and freesia; has a heart of jasmine, narcissus and gardenia, and dries down to sandalwood and white woods. ($125; Bloomingdale’s)

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Vichy Liftactiv Cxp Total Antiwrinkle and Firming Serumcare + Radiance
Continuous-release vitamin C combined with monosaccharide R stimulates the skin’s fibroblasts. Studies showed an 18 percent decrease in wrinkle depth one month after use. ($41; Duane Reade)


Clarins Vital Light Day Illuminating Anti-Ageing Comfort Cream
Clarins addresses cellular elimination rather than cellular renewal via a combination of three plants — cochlearia officinalis (common scurvy grass); waltheria, used in India for anti-inflammatory benefits, and spergularia. ($85; Clarins counters)


Givenchy Vax’in For Youth Youth Infusion Serum
Based on the theory of hormesis, in which exposure to microstresses can help cells resist future stresses, this targets the skin cells’ HSP70 protein, and purportedly helps skin become more resilient, thus inhibiting wrinkle formation. ($90; Sephora)


Chanel Sublimage Essential Revitalizing Concentrate
The Himilayan golden champa flower is revered for its healing, revitalizing and detoxifying properties. Chanel harnesses its power here, with studies conducted by the company demonstrating it eliminates cellular toxins and helps repair DNA. ($425; Chanel counters)


Sisley Paris Sisleÿa Global Firming Serum
A medley of botanicals works to plump the skin and restore volume to facial contours. Dill extract is said to stimulate the enzyme that increases elastin production; tiger nut and padina pavonica extracts plump, and oat seed extract has a three-dimensional configuration that imparts a smoothing effect. ($498; Bloomingdales, Saks)


Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Serum Firming Lift Wrinkle Correction
Guerlain taps into the power of honey, which it says is an efficacious cell energizer (with its high levels of sugar) and antioxidant, packed with vitamin B and minerals. Five varieties of honey are combined here, which purports to repair molecular-level microtears and stimulate healing enzymes. ($140; Nordstrom)


Sk-II Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream
Formulated with SK-II’s signature sake-derived ingredient, pitera, this solid cream melts upon application to the skin and creates a moisture “veil” that SK-II says delivers a solid 12 hours of moisturization. ($250; Saks)

Shiseido Future Solution Lx Eye And Lip Contour Regenerating Cream
Formulated to decrease the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and dullness, this plant-packed lip and eye cream has sakura leaf extract, said to protect elastin fibers, and yeast, star fruit and okra extracts to stimulate collagen production. ($130; Bloomingdale’s)


Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Antiwrinkle Deep Wrinkle Filler With Retinol SA
Neutrogena’s patented stabilized retinol compound accelerates cell turnover to improve tone and texture and diminish wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid plumps instantly. ($18.99; mass retailers)


Révive Intensité Moisture Serum Extrême
This hydrating serum contains a blend of humectants that infuse skin with moisture for a natural plumping effect and help prevent transepidermal water loss, while RéVive’s signature epidermal growth factor is said to increase cell turnover. ($350; Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Saks)


Bulgari Source Defense Serum
Thioneine, an antioxidant Bulgari says is twice as strong as idebenone or coenzyme Q10, is combined with a Gem Essence complex of sapphire, tourmaline, malachite and citrine to purportedly boost radiance and protect skin against environmental aggressors. ($190; Neiman Marcus)


Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Serum
Billed as Lauder’s most advanced antiager, Ultimate Lift’s patented “Life Renewing Molecules” contain an algae that has survived for more than three billion years, a supercharged antioxidant amino acid and silketare extract, an algae that boosts the SIRT3 gene. ($250; Estée Lauder counters,


Clé De Peau Beauté Intensive Facial Contour Serum
Formulated to firm sagging skin, this features great burnet and cornflower extracts to inhibit free radicals. A cocktail of antiaging ingredients target cell metabolism, while chestnut rose extract is included for its antioxidant effect. ($160; Neiman Marcus, Saks)


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Odacité Ultra Effective Eye Cream Fresh Skin Care
Created by a former film exec after a bout with breast cancer, Odacité skin care is made-toorder with organic ingredients and dated for freshness. The eye cream has antioxidantrich blue green algae to stimulate cells, pomegranate extract to boost collagen and hyaluronic acid. ($95;


Urban Decay Good Karma Finishing Brush
Cruelty free and eco friendly, Urban Decay’s new brush collection features synthetic bristles made from recycled PET bottles and gunmetal handles composed of recycled aluminum. With its wide, wispy head, the Finishing Brush makes blending easy. ($39; Macy’s, Ulta,

The Body Shop Natrulift Firming Day Cream with Organic Pomegranate
The Body Shop taps pomegranate as a natural alternative to retinol for its new firming line. Containing extracts of the pulp, seed and skin, this claims to make skin firmer after the first application. Illuminating microminerals add glow, Brazil nut oil moisturizes. ($30; The Body Shop)

Ren Clearcalm3 Replenishing Night Serum And Anti-Blemish Day Fluid
Ren targets acne’s three key causes. The day lotion has calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate and salicin to reduce oil; the p.m. serum soothes with lingonberry and licorice. ($30, $40; Space NK)


Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer
Tata Harper’s 100 percent natural antiaging skin care line is handmade on her farm in Vermont. Trained as an engineer, Harper spent five years formulating the line, with some products containing up to 25 active ingredients. ($100; Space NK)


Kimia Hydra-Activator and Exquisite All Natural Face Oil
Kimia’s signature two-step system starts with The Face Oil, which has a panoply of extracts, including neroli, rose, calendula, clary sage and cranberry, to cleanse, nourish and regenerate skin. Step two, the Activator, has lady mantle and is said to increase the oil’s efficacy. ($138.50; Woodley & Bunny Apothecary)


Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser Dry & Sensitive Skin With Aloe Vera and Cucumber
Certifi ed USDA Organic, this combines aloe, chamomile and cucumber to leave skin refreshed and moisturized. Removes makeup, too. ($13.99; Whole Foods)


Ahava Mineral Makeup Care Dead Sea Algae Compact Powder in Dune
The key ingredient of Ahava’s new makeup line is Dead Sea dunaliella algae, rich in vitamins, beta-carotene and amino acids. ($28; Ulta)


Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner For Dry Or Damaged Hair
Natural products guru Liz Earle spent six years formulating her new hair care. The conditioners contain 95 percent natural ingredients, including Kenyan yangu oil for moisturization and apple extract for shine. ($14.50;


Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist
Organic Indonesian kendi oil, rich in omega-3s and tocopherol, is blended with organic bamboo extract in Alterna’s new smoothing range. The former smooths, the latter protects against environmental aggressors. ($24; Ulta)


L’Occitane Extrait Divin
Immortelle essential oil is said to boost collagen production and protect against free radicals, while organic myrtle essential oil firms in L’Occitane’s latest. Company tests reported 89 percent saw firmer skin after four weeks of use. ($105; L’Occitane)


Davines Authentic Moisturising Balm Face/Hair/Body
Packed with organically cultivated moisturizers like shea butter and jojoba oil; essential oils of lemon, neroli and rose, and vitamin K– rich carthame oil, this head-to-toe balm has myriad uses. ($26;


Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder With PM20
Formulated with a special peptide complex and Amazonian white clay, this powder is clinically proven to reduce the redness associated with rosacea and sun exposure by 50 percent in four weeks. ($30; Henri Bendel)


Honoré Des Prés We Love New York in Vamp À NY
Organic perfumer Olivia Giacobetti’s three new scents were inspired by New York City. Each is (fittingly) packaged in a signature coffee cup. Vamp À NY combines tuberose, rum and vanilla for a heady concoction. ($98; Space NK)




Art, music, movies, literature: popular culture gives beauty a jolt of high-energy impact.



Outspoken By Fergie
The newest star in Avon’s fragrance firmament, Fergie opted for a scent as strong as her personality. Star fruit, iced berry and wild saffron are the opening act, followed by a heart of tuberose and jasmine and a sexy drydown of leather and wood. ($28; Avon representatives)


Tigi Bed Head Styleshots Epic Volume Shampoo With A Volume Boosting Shot
Tigi promises a “gravity-defying root lift” in this shampoo, thanks to plumping ingredients like panthenol and hydrolyzed wheat protein. ($15.95;


Mary J. Blige My Life
Named after her breakout album of the same name, superstar songstress Mary J. Blige’s My Life scent is a lush, rich floral with highlights of gardenia, freesia, jasmine and apricot flower. ($46; HSN)


Revlon Nail Enamel in Rock and Star
Revlon pairs a deep cream shade with a sparkling top coat for a burst of wow. Rock is an edgy dark purple; Star, a spurt of glitter. ($4.79 each; mass retailers)

Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care Lashes To Die For Platinum
This has a patent-pending Prostaglandin Analogue Complex, which PTR says makes lashes thicker and fuller in four to eight weeks. ($25; Sephora)


Tweezerman Designer Series Special Edition Betsey Johnson Slant Tweezer
Fashion icon Betsey Johnson brings her signature style to Tweezerman’s limited edition designer series, with three funky designs. ($25; Sephora)

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lipcolour In 399 Beyoncé’s Red
L’Oréal Paris’ megawatt spokesperson Beyoncé Knowles chose this bright, vibrant red to reflect her stellar career. Bonus: The lipstick stays in place for a show-stopping 16 hours. ($11.99; mass retailers)


Marc Jacobs Bang
Not for the faint of heart: A naked Marc Jacobs sprawled on a silver blanket features in the ad campaign for his newest men’s fragrance, an equally arresting blend of pepper, wood and spice notes. ($75; Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Saks, Sephora)


Slatkin & CO. Scentegg Small Space Air Freshener in Island Nectar
These cheery little portable air fresheners come in four bright scents. Island Nectar, seen here, blends tropical fruits with vanilla, rum and musk. ($5; Bath & Body Works)


Emilio Pucci Miss Pucci Eau De Parfum
This sparkling floral—which combines magnolia, Sicilian winter lemon, rose, jasmine and iris from Pucci’s hometown of Florence—is an ode to the PYTs who flock to the house’s hip designs. The flacon is decorated with the iconic Vivara print. ($45; Pucci) 


MAC Haute & Naughty Lash
This two-in-one mascara has a unique dual wiper system. The smaller pink end gives separation and natural lashes; the larger purple, volume and drama. ($18; MAC counters)


Womanity by Thierry Mugler
His woman-as-superhero aesthetic has long appealed to pop stars such as Beyoncé Knowles. Now designer Thierry Mugler puts forth an equally bold scent, combining sweet and savory notes—fig followed by caviar—in a powerful onetwo punch. ($58 to $98; Bloomingdale’s)


Fresh Eat, Pray, Love
This trio takes its name from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir (now a movie). Eat combines notes of Italian desserts and wines, Pray was inspired by the spices of India, and Love combines Indonesian notes with florals and tropical fruits. ($32 each; Fresh)


Givenchy Play For Her Eau De Parfum and Eau De Parfum Intense
Justin Timberlake stars as the face of Play, which blends the tiare flower with musky amyris wood. Available in eau de parfum (pink) and an intense version (purple). ($85, $90 Macy’s)

Chic Streak


The inimitable style of Parisian women inspires some of the season’s most à la mode offerings.



Calvin Klein Beauty
Actress and fashion favorite Diane Kruger (lauded for her chic sense of style) is the face of Calvin Klein’s latest, a scent that lives up to its name with ambrette seed, jasmine and cedarwood wrapped around a signature note of lily. ($85; Macy’s


Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio
Harking back to makeup artist François Nars’ first collection of lipsticks 15 years ago, Pure Matte—available in six shades—features deeply pigmented colors that transcend trends. ($25; Saks)


Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow in 68 Champs-Élysées
Guerlain named its six-color eye shadow palettes after its boutiques in Paris. Each combines iridescent, matte and satin powders. 68 Champs-Elysées, here, is named after the house’s flagship address. ($84; Bloomingdale’s)


Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in 10 Gris-Subtil
From Chanel’s global creative director, makeup artist Peter Philips, come six new eye shadow duos, combining a shimmering lighter shade with a darker creamy powder. Micronized pigments make it easy to vary the intensity. ($42; Chanel counters)


Hermès Eau Claire Des Merveilles
Hermès’ perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, compared creating this “vivacious” version of the classic Eau des Merveilles—with creamy notes of vanilla, a sparkling aldehyde and airy floral notes—to a jazz musician riffi ng on a classic theme. ($116; Hermès)


Cover Girl Smoky Shadowblast in Bronze Fire and Queen Collection Vibrant Hue Color in Cherry Bomb
Two of makeup artist Pat McGrath’s go-to products at the fall shows, Bronze Fire ShadowBlast gave the eyes at Valentino a “cool, strong, poetic look”; Cherry Bomb, used at Givenchy, is “very decadent and very beautiful.” ($7.49, $7.26; mass retailers)


Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in 10 Rosey Nude
Nothing adds a little oo-la-la like a classic red lip. Makeup artist Sonia Kashuk creates the season’s must-have with this universally flattering shade. ($7.99; Target)


Chantecaille Pétales Eau De Parfum
Sylvie Chantecaille has long been enamored with gardenias, and she used them as the base of her latest, blending them with jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood and musk to evoke the glamour of the French Riviera. ($175; Bergdorf Goodman)


Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Le Cirque
Inspired by Le Cirque de la Belle Epoque, a favorite haunt of artists such as Picasso and Degas, this palette combines warm earth and jewel tones for a variety of looks. ($95; Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus)


Yves Saint Laurent Belle d’Opium
YSL’s Seventies classic, reinvented for today, is as sexy as ever, with notes of Casablanca lily, sandalwood, gardenia, white pepper, jasmine absolute and a narguile accord. ($90; Bloomingdale’s)


Hervé Léger Femme
The design house famed for its bandage dresses introduces a bold woody floral fragrance. Magnolia flower and pink grapefruit laced with orange fl ower, cypress wood and vanilla give a sensual take on modern-day sexiness. ($34; Avon representatives)


Diptyque Eau Duelle Eau De Toilette
The Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris– based fragrance house introduces a study in contrasts, an amber woody oriental with notes of white vanilla and black frankincense. Two types of vanilla— one powdery, the other smoky— add extra dimension. ($120; Diptyque)


Zoya Professional Lacquer in Julieanne
French women were the first to adopt the deep, dark nail that’s now de rigueur. This Byzantine purple shade spiked with shards of glitter (free of formaldehyde and toluene) delivers a lively update. ($7;


Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in 351 Elegant Pink, 752 Favori Red, 066 Diorama
Dior’s new 32-shade lipstick range, developed by creative makeup director Tyen, has plumping hyaluronic spheres to nourish lips while providing creamy color. ($30; Dior counters)


Buff Love

Nude but not naked, makeup takes a turn toward sophisticated neutrals.



Lancôme Teint Miracle Lift-From-Within Makeup
Lancôme calls it light in a bottle: A combination of blue and pink bioptic pigments instantly illuminate, while an unusually high water content infuses skin with moisture. Available in 20 shades. ($37; Lancôme counters)


Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation in Vanilla Beige, Warm Ivory, Suntan Beige
A peptide complex helps diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, argan oil moisturizes and green tea and vitamin E provide antioxidant protection in this antiaging foundation. ($50; Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Sephora,


Lorac Evening Out in 3050 Medium
Hollywood’s go-to makeup artist Carol Shaw combines two shades of concealer with a powder foundation in this portable compact. ($38; Ulta, Sephora)


Maybelline Color Sensational The Pearls Collection
Honey nectar gives these lipsticks a creamy feel, while mother-of-pearl gives a blast of sexy luminosity. Available in 10 shades. ($7.49; mass retailers,


Dolce & Gabbana The Lipstick in Caramel 105 and The Nail Lacquer in Perfection 220
Part of the design duo’s Sicilian Lace fall color collection, these sophisticated neutrals easily go from day into night. ($30, $20; Saks,


Mark Primed For Perfection Face Primer
Green tea extract, vitamin E and silica combine to help protect and even out the skin and keep it matte with or without makeup. ($10;


Temptu Undereye Concealer
Reflective diamond dust gives eyes a soft-focus glow, and a host of botanicals provide antiaging benefits in this double-duty workhorse. Available in eight shades. ($28; Sephora)


Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Compact Foundation SPF 34
Soft-focus micronized pigments give skin a luminous glow and eight hours of coverage, while SPF 34 helps protect against premature aging. Available in eight shades. ($59; Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks)


MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation
Tested by backstage makeup artists, this medium-coverage foundation promises 15 hours of wearability. ($29.50; MAC counters)


Flirt Rock-n-Rebel Eyeshadow Trio in 01 Pink Rocker
Punk’s prettier side emerges in this compact with soft taupe and chocolate brown shades complemented by pale pink. ($15.50; Kohl’s,


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Lacquers in Bittersweet, Touch Of Mink, Fedora, Wet Clay and Evening Fog
Sally Hansen teamed up with hip designer Tracy Reese for its fall color statement. ($7; mass retailers)


Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 With Probiotic Technology
Probiotics improve the skin’s barrier function, caffeine soothes, neutralizing pigments camouflage redness. ($24.50; Clinique counters)


Sensai Triple Touch Compact
The upper layer contains a “colorless” concealer to smooth lines and pores, and a tinted version to camouflage discoloration. Underneath lies a pressed powder. ($55, Bergdorf Goodman)


Dior Diorskin Crystal Nude Natural Matte Skin Perfecter in 001 Invisible
This primer mattifies the skin without leaving a dry or powdery feel. ($40; Dior counters and boutiques,


Shiseido The Makeup Natural Finish Cream Concealer
Available in five shades, this ultramoisturizing concealer covers dark circles, dullness and uneven skin tone. ($25; Shiseido counters)


Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation SPF 12
Creamy yet light, this buildable powder foundation has algae and virgin seed oil for moisturization. Spherical powders help it glide on easily. ($40; Bobbi Brown counters)



The latest do-it-yourself beauty kits enable everyone to achieve instant expert status.



Fusion Beauty Prime Results Anti-Redness, Acne Control, Anti-Wrinkle Primers
These primers perfect and correct. Anti-Redness helps reduce infl ammation, Acne Control has salicylic acid and Anti- Wrinkle contains Matrixyl to help fight fine lines. ($42 each; Sephora)


Kérastase Capital Force Daily Treatment Shampoo And Anti-Oiliness Treatment
Kérastase’s hair-loss regimen has taurine, an amino acid to protect the hair bulb, and D-Biotine, to inhibit the production of the enzyme responsible for male hair loss. ($34, $32; kerastaseusa. com)


Neutrogena Wave Sonic Power Cleanser
An amped-up version of Neutrogena’s Wave Power Cleanser, this claims to clean skin 50 times better than manual cleansing. Thanks to its exfoliating properties, Neutrogena says skin is softer and visibly brighter after one use. ($15.99; mass retailers)


L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue 10-Minute Root Coloring Kit Built-In Conditioning
This low-ammonia formula promises to cover even the most stubborn gray roots in only 10 minutes, with a custom brush designed to cut down on messy missteps. ($7.99; mass retailers)


Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Life Extending Haircare Pre-Wash Treatment, Shampoo and Conditioner
This system claims to help hair retain its protective moisture balance, thus slowing breakage and adding up to 25 percent more volume. The key lies in Step 1, a pre-wash treatment with cashmere proteins and amino acids. ($38, $22, $22; Bloomingdale’s, Space NK)


Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector 2-Step Smoothing Kit
Created to replicate in-salon keratin straightening treatments, this has a serum that stays on the hair for 20 minutes, followed by a heat-activated cream. Blow-dry or fl atiron, and hair stays frizz free for up to seven shampoos. ($11.99; mass retailers)


Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Kate’s Complexion Correction Kit
This four-part kit from Hollywood’s favorite facialist evens out skin tone and helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, thanks to hydroquinone to fade discoloration, retinol, salicylic acid and a combination of natural fruit extracts. ($195; Sephora)


Karmissie Threader Delux Kit
Created by threading expert Anita Sun, this gizmo uses snap-in disposable cotton threads positioned at the exact angle used by master threaders to pull hair from the root. Each kit also includes Feel Less, a prethreading lotion to numb the skin and The Closer, an anti-infl ammatory lotion for use afterward. ($125;


Kiehl’s Photo-Age Corrector Intensive UV Damage Reversal System
This four-step skin-brightening regimen combines l-ascorbyl glucoside and sakura fruit extract to help decrease the production of melanin, and plum fruit extract to help decrease visible pigmentation. Ellagic acid provides targeted brightening in the spot treatment, while lightrefl ecting minerals help infuse the skin with an overall glow. ($59; Kiehl’s)


Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & U Damage Corrector
Noting the uptick in medical laser procedures, Clinique set out to reproduce the same results in a topical product. This has three patented enzymes and a high-level peptide complex to boost collagen. Antioxidants help prevent future damage. Used twice a day for 12 weeks, the result is equal to 63 percent of the visible wrinkle-reducing power of a laser, says Clinique. ($44.50; Clinique counters)


Phyto Phytolium 4 Energizing Botanical Concentrate
Formulated to combat thinning hair, this has four patented ingredients: CapicellPro, composed of a shiitake mushroom molecule and wild apple stem cells, to preserve the hair’s cells for future growth; serenoa extract to regenerate the hair bulb; solanum glycoproteins to stimulate keratinocytes, and grape procyanidols to help protect. ($60;


Cane + Austin Acne Treatment Pads
Dermatologist Craig Austin developed this line (cane as in sugar) after being wowed by the results of in-offi ce glycolic peels. These pads combine 2 percent salicylic acid with 5 percent pharmaceuticalgrade glycolic acid to help accelerate the removal of dead skin cells and reduce the visibility of acne. ($60; Henri Bendel)