Take a Tip from Gwyneth Paltrow and Shake it Up!

Ladies, it's time to have fun with color!

Take a Tip from Gwyneth Paltrow and Shake it Up!

Ladies, it’s time to have fun with color!

-Harvey Helms

Gwyneth Paltrow

Hello my darlings! I’m taking a break from my Emmy 2011 Countdown to help all my kittens get ready for fall. I know that many of you are sending the kiddies back to school so let’s have a little ME time! Clients are texting hourly, asking for my perspective on fall makeup trends, so here you go… As your Cyber Main Gay I have to tell you I’m a little tired of “Au Natural” so please, let’s glam it up! Go into your bathrooms immediately and do a quick inventory. I know you have everything that gives you the “No Make Up Look” so don’t even consider buying another neutral. Keep that look for day and now concentrate on a little glamour for night!

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This season should be a breeze and add some budget relief because you only need a few elements to update your look. No complete overhaul here! Think eyes and lips. Have an open mind! Try something new! I love Gwyneth Paltrow‘s philosophy on life and beauty! She proclaims, “Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin, that, or a kick-ass red lipstick!”

You rock Gwyneth! So let’s begin!

Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge shade Hold Up Red

Step 1: Buy a red lipstick! It’s the must have color. Don’t say, “I look horrid in red!” Instead say, “Which shade of red complements my complexion?”

Burnt red, Cherry red, soft red, OMG there are a million! All my clients say, “But it’s too bright!” Well when you’ve been wearing nude 24/7 for the last 10 years it’s going to definitely be a change. Come on Girls! Go for it!! I love Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge shade Hold Up Red from their 29 ST Honore fall collection!

YSL's 5 palette eyeshadow

Step 2: Wear color on your eyes. Try the deeper hues of plum or gray. Add a surprise with sheer mint green or blue. Yes blue is back. I won’t accept any whining till you find the shade that’s right for you, “Miss I always wear the same thing every day!” I love YSL’s 5 palette eyeshadow from their delicious Midnight Garden Collection! Don’t let the mint green scare you! It’s super sheer and totally luminizing!

Step 3: Get ready…Take a breath… Let your brows grow. I know, I know! A brow change is difficult at best, but a fuller brow is in so give it a try. I’m not saying UNIBROW, I’m saying natural brow with maintenance. Let your brow girl or boy know what you’re experimenting with to give you the perfect look! Don’t just sit in the chair and say “The Usual please!”

Kate Sommerville's 24 Hour Pimple Punisher

My two fall skincare picks are Kate Somerville’s 24 Hour Pimple Punisher to banish zits and Lancome’s Visionnaire with LR2412 to erase pores and wrinkles. Each can be added into your current skincare protocols!

Lancome's Visionnaire

Now, as soon as you drop off little Wyatt and Tiffany at school, stop at Starbucks, then go directly to your favorite store and have some fun! Remember “No Neutrals!”

Big Kisses to all the girls I adore!



Harvey HelmsHarvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics, fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy of three: an engaging tell-all on the fashion industry. Follow Harvey on Twitter.com/HarveyHelms.

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