With a stunning appearance by Melania Trump, it’s not surprising that she made a glamorous debut as America’s new First Lady. Some say she channeled Jackie O. by day, Angelina Jolie by night with her demure day suit for the inauguration and her sky high slit  by night.




For her first two appearances as first lady on Inauguration Day, January 20, Melania Trump made an impression in tailored outfits paired with perfectly polished makeup. Her makeup artist — and close confidante of 17 years — Nicole Bryl, styled both of the beautiful looks for Melania. 

Let’s review her skincare first. Bryl prepped the former model’s skin with two products worth a whopping $675 — the Face Lifting Water and Face Perfecting Serum from her eponymous line. Why the hefty price tag? As Bryl’s site explains: “Each bottle requires 46 hours to create and is personally formulated and handmade through an exclusive 12-whip purification technique.”





Okay, moving on to makeup.  Don’t worry, this section is much more affordable.


“I wanted the emphasis to be on Melania’s perfect skin by adding warmth and dewiness and topping it off with a delicate smokey eye for understated grandeur,” says Bryl, who traced lip lines in Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Cruz and filled in between with Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip gloss in Lovechild.


Melania Trumps lip color - Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Cruz, Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Lovechild




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To complement the new FLOTUS’ structural Hervé Pierre gown, Bryl says she darkened her smokey eye by mixing Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Defining Eye Shadow Wet/Dry in Brash Bronze with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Corrupt, applying over upper and lower lash lines and inside tear ducts for “extra pop and sophistication.”

On FLOTUS’ lips: a layer of Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Naked Cream over Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Rose. 



melania inauguration night makeup



From left:

Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Defining Eye Shadow Wet/Dry in Brash Bronze ($25, esteelauder.com),

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Corrupt ($20, urbandecay.com),

Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Naked Cream ($17, urbandecay.com),

Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Rose ($24, esteelauder.com)


I’m sure it was a long day for all …



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Drug store brands sometimes get a bad rap, but I have found quite a few over my lifetime that turned out to be gold with a lower price tag.




You’re probably not thinking about anti-aging products because you are still young and really don’t see any reason to worry about things like fine lines, wrinkles, spots and the other anomalies of aging, however smart gals fend off the age monster early . Trust me, your future self will thank you for using these beauty products NOW. 

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We’re not talking baking, as in stepping up your culinary skills.

We’re talking about a highlighting technique that uses concealer and translucent powder to set makeup and give skin a smooth, creaseless finish that lasts for hours.


baking - makeup tecnique


The Technique


Newsflash: The trend isn’t exactly new. Daniel Martin, makeup artist and Dior’s Beauty Brand Ambassador, put us up on game. “What was once a traditional and customary application has now reemerged as fascination in social media,” he explains. So how do you do it? Martin suggests after applying foundation, use a creamy concealer, like Diorskin Star Concealer ($36; dior.com) over the entire t-zone and under your eyes to brighten the areas of your face you want to highlight. Then apply a banana powder, like Ben Nye Banana Powder ($12; makeupmania.com), which is a translucent powder that tends not to clog your pores and is perfect for when a warm based highlighter is necessary. Apply the powder all over the areas you applied concealer to soak up all the oils and to brighten the areas. You can also use a translucent powder, like Make Up For Ever’s Super Matte Loose Powder ($29; sephora.com), for the same effect

“Let this sit and ‘cook’ on your face, allowing the skin to meld with what’s on top of it,” says Martin. Ten to fifteen minutes later, use a blush brush to dust away excess powder and watch your skin go from pre-baked to flawless with a poreless, matte finish. This VIDEO shows you how it’s done.

Martin doesn’t recommend this process for an everyday look because it can appear too heavy to the naked eye, so save it for a special occasion.


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