Welcome to CHICSTUDIOS: A peek at our new session

We just welcomed our newest round of students at CHICSTUDIOS NYC School of Makeup. It’s always inspiring to see fresh new faces, passionate about the art of makeup. Here’s a sneak peek into what’s been going on in the classroom:

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SPRING CLEANING: CHIC’S GUIDE TO CLEANING OUT YOUR MAKEUP BAG

As we move into warmer temperatures and more colorful palettes…it’s important to also take care of your cosmetics arsenal. Here are a few tips to help you clean out your makeup bag:

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1. Separate your products. 

Whether or not we like to admit it, bacteria loves to thrive on our faces, and one of the easiest ways to keep germs from spreading is to keep your brushes, face makeup, eye makeup and lipsticks/glosses all separate.

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2. Don’t underestimate the power of rubbing alcohol.

Cleansing products are essential, but one of the simplest methods to clean products is with a bit of rubbing alcohol (and gauze pads). Dip lipsticks right into alcohol and lightly pat dry with gauze pads.

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3. Clean out your pumps.

Flush bacteria out of pumps by running alcohol and warm water through until clear.

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4. Know when to say good-bye.

If pressed powders, shadows or bronzers show any sign of oil markation…toss them. Consult with your beauty professional, but make sure to also throw away old mascaras and eyeliners every three months at least.

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PASTEL PALETTE: MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS

After a frigid, record breaking winter season it is probably safe to say we’re all ready to bounce into more spring reminiscent palettes. Here are some of our favorite floral hued products to wear this season!

EYES & CHEEKS

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Giorgio Armani SS 15 Palette

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Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

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Stila Masterpiece Series Eye & Cheek Palettes

LIPS

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NAILS

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LOVE IT OR HATE IT? THE HALF-BUN HAIR DO

Enter this seasons newest “cool girl” hairstyle…the half-bun hairdo! From street style casual to red carpet glam, this new ‘do is on celebs everywhere. Here are a few of the most recent sightings of the style. Love it or Hate it? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

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Candice Swanepoel

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Sienna Miller

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Margot Robbie


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Whitney Port

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Kate Mara

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CHIC ICON: Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor’s charm, beauty and talent has left a permanent legacy in Hollywood. She gained notoriety as a young British-American actress and grew up to become one of the biggest stars in Tinseltown. As a tribute to this stunning CHIC-icon we wanted to take a glimpse at her life and achievements.

EARLY YEARS

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Even as a child, Liz Taylor’s natural beauty was hard not to recognize. After moving to Los Angeles from London during WWII, her mother was often encouraged to enroll young Elizabeth in tv and movie castings. After her father started working at MGM Studios, a young Taylor was offered a role in an upcoming Lassie film, which would prove to be her breakout role in 1943.

AS AN ADULT

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Elizabeth continued to practice her trade, continuing to work as an actress through adolescance and into adulthood. One of her first successes as an adult came with the film   Father of the Bride starring alongside Spencer Tracey.

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Her popularity continued to grow, with the release of the 1951 film A Place in the Sun. Her performance was praised from every movie critic and the movie quickly became deemed a classic.

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In 1960, Elizabeth Taylor became the highest paid actress in Hollywood, receiving a reported $7 million for staring the 1960 movie Cleopatra. It was then that she also met her future husband, Richard Burton.

Later Years

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Taylor proved to be less lucky in love than she was in Hollywood, after being married seven times. Taylor, however, found true love in her activism and charity undertakings. She devoted much of her later years fundraising for HIV and AIDS related projects.

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5 CHIC Ways to Incorporate Green for St. Patrick’s Day

It is a tradition we are all familiar with: wear green on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid getting pinched. We are in better luck than ever this season (no pun intended) because there are SO many CHIC ways to incorporate green into your look next week on St. Patty’s Day. Our list could go on forever, but we narrowed down 5 CHIC Ways to Incorporate Green next week, as well as a really cute dessert recipe we can’t wait to try.

1. CLOTHES

CHIC St Patricks Day: Green Pants

Get the look: Banana Republic Coated Green Sateen Skinny Pants

CHIC St Patricks Day Military Vest

Get the look: Ambition Military Vest, from Nordstrom

2. SHOES + PURSE

CHIC St Patricks Day: Green Purse

Get the look: DVF 440 Mini Embossed Croc Combo Leather Handbag

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Get the look: Joe’s Jeans Pete Heel

3. JEWELERY

CHIC St Patricks Day: Statement Necklace

Get the look: Bauble Bar’s Emerald Asterisk Collar Necklace

CHIC St Patricks Day: Earrings

Get the look: Anthropologie Hill & Dale Drop Earrings

4. MAKEUP

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Get the look: Urban Decay Mooniest Eyeshadow in “Zodiac”

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Get the look: Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Palette

5. MANICURE

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Get the look: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in “Shore Enuff”

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Get the look: Essie Nail Polish in “Go Incognito”

RECIPE: IRISH RAINBOW COOKIES

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Get the full receipt on the blog, Always Order Dessert

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March Madness CHIC-style

March Madness is not just for the boys, and we are here to prove it. We’ve compiled a list of tips, tricks and styles to make sure your style game stays strong this month, whether you are at a local sports bar watching the game or sweating it out on your own! Have your own tips? Make sure to tweet us at @CHICSTUDIOS!

BEAUTY

Focus on the essentials and keep it simple! Apply mascara, tinted moisturizer (with SPF) and gloss to show your natural beauty. If you want a bit more color try using a bit of lip stain.

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Get the look with Laura Mercier Lip Glace in “Bare Pink” and Diorshow mascara.

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Get the look with Benefit’s Benetint.

HAIR

Go for loose, effortless waves (think Lauren Conrad style). The easiest way to achieve this look is by using dry shampoo and a flat iron! Apply dry shampoo before going to sleep (or before working out…yes before!). In the morning, or after getting back from the gym, your hair will have a slight wave. Smooth out with your flat iron. Not your thing? We also love a cute hair accessory!

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Get the look with the GHD Eclipse Flat Iron and Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo.

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Get the look with Fabletics, ‘The Headband.”

FASHION

Have you noticed our themes? Effortless and simple! Let those same traits transcend to your wardrobe. Pair a cute tee with wedged sneakers and a sporty tote to finish everything off.

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These sporty-CHIC wedge sneakers from Nike are a great choice for game day!

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Carry all your essential in the Lorna Jane Love Tote.

BONUS: Game Time Recipe

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Impress your friends or significant other with this delicious recipe! These salt and pepper oven-fries will have everything convinced you truly are the total package. Get the details here.

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87th Annual Academy Awards: Best Dressed

The Academy Awards are like the crowning jewel of awards season. We’re just as excited (if not more) to see what our favorite starlets will be wearing on the red carpet. Here are our top choices for this year’s best dressed at the 87th Annual Academy Awards!

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Anna Kendrick’s custom Thakoon gown fit her perfectly! We love the coral hue…feminine and sophisticated. 

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Chrissy’s red carpet report card has all A’s! She looked so glamorous in this light blue Zuhair Murad piece.

EMMA STONE

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Emma Stone has been taking a lot of risks on the red carpet lately, but it’s paying off! Her long-sleeved Elie Saab custom gown was glowing!

JENNIFER LOPEZ

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Speaking of glowing…JLO is the queen of the red carpet as far as we’re concerned. She looks perfect in this Elie Saab ensemble.

MARGOT ROBBIE

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Margot’s black Saint Laurent gown was anything but basic! It was totally sexy, while still leaving a bit to the imagination.

REESE WITHERSPOON

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We’re in love with the classic cut of Reese’s Tom Ford gown. She looked classy and elegant.

RITA ORA

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This custom made Marchesa fishtail gown is amazing!! The gold details bring the entire ensemble up another notch.

ROSAMUND PIKE

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Did she really just have a baby three months ago?! By the way that her Givenchy gown fits, we certainly can’t tell! Amazing.

ZOE SALDANA

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Another new mom that looks fantastic. Zoe looks like a vision in her Versace dress.

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SPRING 2015: HAIR DO’S AND HAIR DON’TS

With the extreme weather that’s been sweeping the East Coast, Spring isn’t as much in the air…but it’s definitely on our minds! As you start dreaming of warmer times to come, we wanted to guide you through a few of the best hairstyles to try…and a few more to leave in the past (with the cold!).

DO: Loose Waves 

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DON’T: Overly styled curls 

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DO: Sleek Pony Tails 

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DON’T: High Cheerleader Pony’s 

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DO: Bombshell Volume 

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DON’T: Crazy Long Extensions

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DO: Loose braids 

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DON’T: Tightly Braided Details

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VALENTINES DAY CHIC-SPIRATION: BEAUTY, FASHION & GIFT-GUIDE

Happy (almost) Valentine’s day to all of our CHIC-friends! Whether you’re going out to dinner with a special someone or hanging out with your BFF’s, we promise that you’ll fall in love with our Valentine’s Day CHICspiration!

BEAUTY

We’re loving these combinations of smoky eyes with pinky nude lips! If you want to have more simple eye makeup, try pairing with a bold red lip.

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FASHION

We love the soft feminine touches on these beautiful dresses, perfect for date night!

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GIFT-GUIDE: FOR HIM

Men are hard to shop for, but here are a few gifts that are sure to please!

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GQ Magazine Subscription

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Bluetooth Speakers

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Tickets for the Knicks or Lakers

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Gucci Guilty Cologne

GIFT-GUIDE: FOR HER

Do yourself and your girlfriends a favor. Share this post with them so they know exactly what they need to shop for this year.

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Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Perfume

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Tiffany & Co.’s Loving Heart Ring

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Fresh Flowers (delivered to work!!)

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Carbon28 Activewear

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