September Beauty Reads

My love for magazines is so intense that several places in my house look like a newsstand. With that in mind, I’m starting a new monthly feature in which I recap the best beauty tips, trends and features from the major fashion glossies. And since September brings huge tomes with a Holy Book-like following, it’s the perfect time to start. Here’s what I mined from the September issues of Vogue, Elle, Glamour and Allure:

1. Vogue

Cover Girl: Jennifer Lawrence

Spotlight on: Matte textures

Vogue takes us behind-the-scenes of Dolce and Gabbana’s fall show, where makeup guru Pat McGrath gave models a fresh face using the line’s Perfect Matte foundation. McGrath, who made the rounds at Fashion Week, extended the trend at fashion houses like Lanvin and Louis Vuitton, using Cover Girl’s budget-friendly Outlast Lipstain on models’ lips.

I’m personally in love with Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but Vogue points to several new products that will help you achieve a velvety pout. Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour comes in several matte finishes, while Bite Beauty’s Cashmere Lip Cream offers rich shades, from a bright pink to a deep wine.

Etc.: Vogue’s September issue also features an interview with YouTube beauty star Michelle Phan, who just launched her own cosmetics line Em Michelle Phan. Plus, the magazine examines Nike’s Fuel Bands as a chic accessory in it’s beauty/fitness section.

2. Elle

Cover Girl: Kate Upton

Spotlight on: Elle’s look at fall beauty trends runs the gamut, from winged eyeliner (used at the fall runway shows of Anna Sui, Lanvin and Louis Vuitton), burgundy lids and rosy cheeks. The magazine also paints (ha!) the deep V manicure as successor to the half-moon mani.

Etc.: Elle also interviews Violette, Dior’s international makeup artist, who talks crimson lips as the Dior re-launches its vibrant ruby shade, #9 (now known as #999). Violette offers this tip for classic beauty: “Wear a bright lipstick like you would a pair of earrings. My favorite Friday night look is just a beautiful, glowing complexion, no mascara, combined with intense red lips. It’s very French.”

3. Glamour

Cover Girl: Jennifer Aniston

Spotlight on: Glamour offers tips on everything from the “pretty grunge” nails at Rodarte’s fall show (the Mulleavy sisters opted for beige nails with metallic tips) to the bohemian waves at Derek Lam.

Etc.: The magazine gives a nod to fall’s “rich and buttery” lipsticks like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Pearls and Michael Kors’ perfect-for-autumn lip lacquer in Dame. The issue also features a series of how-to features on channeling celebrity hair trends and an almost hidden treasure — a blurb on how to fake cheekbones includes this tip from Bobbi Brown:  “Skip the hollows of cheeks. I like to use pink on the apples for a flush, then highlighter on cheekbones.”

Glamour magazine's September 2013 cover
Photo: Glamour.com

4. Allure

Cover girl: Jennifer Garner

Spotlight on: All the pretty things

Allure is the quintessential go-to for beauty advice, so there’s a lot to be gleaned from its September issue, starting with the Editors’ Favorites, which point to Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in Scarlatto as a “siren-y red that requires minimal touch-ups.” Pigments are king in this issue, which crowns cranberry, turquoise and smoky nudes as updated fall shades for eyes. For lips, the mag recommends purple hues, from sheer lilac to deep plum.

Etc.: Allure names burnished gold the “color of the moment,” listing Clinique’s green-gold Whopping Willow Chubby Stick as a sexy shade. There’s also a how-to on infusing more bombshell into your blowout and an  essay about the first-ever makeover.

READERS’ TAKE: What magazine is your go-to for beauty? Share the best beauty trend you’ve learned from a recent issue in the comments below.

Stay beautiful,

Bethonie, S&P Beauty Contributor


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