An Interview with Edward Bess

Edward Bess

It's almost impossible to talk about Edward Bess makeup without talking about Mr. Bess himself. The 27-year-old entrepreneur is charming, humble, and, to borrow a line from Zoolander, really really ridiculously good looking: long, skinny, anime proportions, and a literal mane of tousled chestnut hair. His understated, fool-proof makeup is pretty easy to love, too.

"I've had

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Tom Ford Lipgloss

Tom Ford, lipgloss, swatches, Naked, Rose Crush, Tawny Pink, Pink Guilt, Peach Absolut, Sugar Pink, Sahara Pink, Love Bruise, Lost Cherry, Wet Violet, Lip Lacquer, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

I'd previously swatched Tom Ford's lipsticks, but somehow hadn't gotten around to his lipglosses. An oversight on my part, since Mr. Ford believes in matching your gloss to your lipstick. (As opposed to MAC, which believes in tinkering with different liner, lipstick, and gloss to achieve a desired shade.)

Mr. Ford's Ultra Shine glosses are

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Guest Swatcher: MAC Acrylic Paints

MAC, Acrylic Paint swatches, Rich Purple, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Landscape Green, Primary Yellow, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Pure White, Pure Black

This week of MAC goodness comes courtesy of professional makeup artist (and fellow blogger) Lauren Clark. Lauren does it all: excellent swatches, glamorous "face of the day" photos, makeup lessons — on top of her lengthy list of commercial and private clients. 

MAC used to have two e-commerce websites: a site for civilians, and a

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Guest Swatcher: MAC Pro Paint Sticks

MAC, Paint Sticks, swatches, Deep Brown, Burgundy, Rich Purple, Marine Ultra, Landscape Green, True Chartreuse, Primary Yellow, Genuine Orange, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Pure White, Pure Black

This week of MAC goodness comes courtesy of professional makeup artist (and fellow blogger) Lauren Clark. Lauren does it all: excellent swatches, glamorous "face of the day" photos, makeup lessons — on top of her lengthy list of commercial and private clients. 

MAC's Paint Sticks are a pro product: designed for makeup artists, but available

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Guest Swatcher: MAC 2013 Fall Forecast Palettes

MAC, Fall Forecast 2013, swatches, Cream Color Shadow, Oyster, Rustic Red, Scarab Green, Oil Slick Black, Smoked Indigo, Purple Fusion

This week of MAC goodness comes courtesy of professional makeup artist (and fellow blogger) Lauren Clark. Lauren does it all: excellent swatches, glamorous "face of the day" photos, makeup lessons — on top of her lengthy list of commercial and private clients. 

MAC does a lot of work backstage at fashion week (New York, London,

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Guest Swatcher: MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation

MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation swatches

This week of MAC goodness comes courtesy of professional makeup artist (and fellow blogger) Lauren Clark. Lauren does it all: excellent swatches, glamorous "face of the day" photos, makeup lessons — on top of her lengthy list of commercial and private clients. 

Along with the debut of the new Mineralize

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Guest Swatcher: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC, Mineralize Rich lipstick swatches

This week of MAC goodness comes courtesy of professional makeup artist (and fellow blogger) Lauren Clark. Lauren does it all: excellent swatches, glamorous "face of the day" photos, makeup lessons — on top of her lengthy list of commercial and private clients. 

Over the years, MAC has come out with mineralize eyeshadows, the famous Mineralize

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Guest Swatcher: MAC Fashion Sets

MAC, Fashion Sets, 2013, swatches, lipstick, lipgloss, Lipglass, lip liner, lip pencil, lipliner, Embrace Me, Heroine, Silly, Ablaze

This week of MAC goodness comes courtesy of professional makeup artist (and fellow blogger) Lauren Clark. Lauren does it all: excellent swatches, glamorous "face of the day" photos, makeup lessons — on top of her lengthy list of commercial and private clients. 

As our mothers keep telling us (and as we realize

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Fascinating International Shopping Tip

Saks Fifth Avenue

This is pretty random, but now through the end of the month (March 31, 2013), Saks is offering free shipping to Canada, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, and Japan on purchases of $99 and up (use code FREESHIP13).

I wish they'd make that offer permanent.

Americans who want free shipping will have to

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2013

Estee Lauder, Bronze Goddess 2013, swatches, Batik Sun, eyeshadow quint, liquid eyeliner, Black Sands, nail polish, Hot Spell, lipstick, Solar Crush, Fuchsia Fever, Sheer Roller Gloss, Squeeze, Succulent, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Every year, I look forward to Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess collection. The very words evoke for me a magical island, where sun-worshipping is entirely divorced from sun damage. Where I lounge about at fabulous parties, dripping in gold jewelry. In this fantasy, I look exactly like Hilary Rhoda.

Let's start by talking about the parts of the

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Tom Ford Holiday 2012

Tom Ford, holiday 2012, lipstick, swatches, Reckless, Slander, Diabolique, Narcotic Rouge, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

For holiday 2012, Tom Ford released a new size (100 mL) of his Jasmine Rouge perfume, and four limited edition lipsticks. Why swatch the lipsticks now? Well, because they're still available at my counter and online, and because I like complete sets of swatches.

All four shades are extremely pigmented

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Tom Ford Lip Shines

Tom Ford, Lip Shine, lipstick, swatches, Chastity, Smitten, Quiver, Ravenous, Bare, Abandon, Nubile, Frolic, Insidious, Willful, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

About a month ago, Tom Ford introduced a new line of sheer lipsticks: Lip Shines. The launch came as a bit of a surprise, since, until now, we've known him for his intense, opaque pigment (which gives the lipsticks pretty long wear).

The shades do have numbers (1–10), and I swatched

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Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

Burberry, Complete Eye Palette, eyeshadow quads, swatches, 05 Dark Spice, 06 Plum Pink, 07 Pink Taupe, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Consensus opinion of Burberry's eyeshadow singles seemed to be that people liked the shades, liked the formula, but the compacts — while luxurious — were heavy for just one eyeshadow. Well, from your lips to Burberry ears, because in November of last year, the brand released six eyeshadow quads ($59). They call these

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Estee Lauder Mad Men, part 2

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At this time last year (just before the start of Mad Men's fifth season), Estee Lauder unveiled a capsule collection of retro cosmetics: a limited edition cream blush and lipstick, which would have been right at home on the show's always-historically-accurate set.

Now, in honor of season 6 (which starts

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Kanebo Sensai Intense Lasting Lipstick

Kanebo Sensai, Intense Lasting lipstick, swatches, 112 Hazemomiji, 103 Usuiro, 114 Kousome, 102 Soubi, 110 Hananadeshiko, 113 Utsuroikiku, 109 Neshoubu, 101 Hitoeume, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

It was happy coincidence that introduced me to Sensai's Intense Lasting lipstick, and I haven't stopped raving about the formula since. (Click here for an introduction to the Sensai brand.)

I find the name "Intense Lasting" to be sort of confusing and forgettable (especially since Sensai launched "Intense Lasting"

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