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There are some fashionistas out there that may disagree, but I believe that makeup can make the overall look, even when the clothes aren’t making much of a statement. Case in point; on Saturday night I was totally stumped about what to wear to dinner. Add the that, the fact that I didn’t really want to think too much about my outfit and you have what normally IS NOT a receipe for fashion success.  

So what I did, which, come to think of it is a fairly regular occurence for me; is to wear a fairly uncreative outfit (jeans and a black tank), a fun accessory or two (in this case it was a fun clutch and a a sexy pair of earrings) and spend a bit more time on my makeup. It is my experience that if the outfit is flattering and more on the simple side, but the makeup is gorgeous and glam, the result is equally stylish! Plus people get to better appreciate your beautiful, smiling face!  

The goal here is not to convince you that great makeup takes the place of great fashion but merely to make the point that there is another viable option if you’ve tried on everything in your closet and nothing is working. You can always do as I did this weekend and slip into your favorite “standby” outfit, add a great accessory and give yourself an extra bit of time on your makeup, spending time to blend everything, add that highlighter to the top of your cheekbone and the seasons latest lipgloss. When the latest fashions feel like a bit of a stretch, be kind to yourself and wear what feels good, spicing it up with your tried and true beauty products. Oh by the way, my tried and true include Nars Powder Blush in Luster ($25 at , Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Tanzania ($22 at and Chanel Glossimer in Amberlight ($26 at


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      Kmarie wrote Sep 23, 2008
    • Style is about a total look, not just clothes, makeup, accessories. Fashions, clothes, hair, makeup are important, don’t get me wrong, but it is an overall look and what you describ to me is about an overal look, that allowed you to feel good about how you looked is always important. I hope to hear more from you in the future about, makeup, style. It would appear that you have a vast amount of knowledge to share.

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