How to Apply Armani Maestro Blush

October 19, 2014

armani_maestro_blushAny time I receive a sample of a Giorgio Armani beauty product, it feels a little bit like Christmas. Despite having been a beauty editor for almost a decade now, the rush from getting my hands on a truly good product never goes away — and Armani always delivers.

Earlier this year, when the brand launched the Maestro Fusion Blush, the latest in its “Maestro” franchise, I was the first person in my office to volunteer to test it out. The product — a liquid blush — is encased in a frosted jar and comes with a dropper applicator, so I squeezed a drop onto the back of my hand, applied it to my cheek…and disaster.

The pigment is incredibly concentrated and even a droplet leaves behind color so intense that it looks clownish. The few trial runs always ended up with me trying to remove excess pigment from my skin using a makeup wipe. I did notice that whatever residue was left on my face did look really pretty and gave my cheeks a nice radiance, but surely there had to be a better way.

So, I turned to the Internets and typed in “best way to apply Armani Maestro Blush.” I’m sure some blogger out there must’ve figured out the trick, but my Google search failed to turn up a satisfactory solution. My next thought was to try applying the product with a brush — after all, there’s something to be said about “buffing it in” right? Wrong.

I was pretty close to just throwing in the towel it in the back of my beauty closet, when I noticed that some of the blush was pooling at the rim of the bottle. Some may call this a packaging design flaw, but for me, it was the eureka moment. Since the dropper was dispensing too much liquid, perhaps a light dab on the bottle opening or pipette itself would be the answer. And it was.

So my friend, if your own Google search on how to apply the Maestro Fusion Blush has led you to this page, read on for my simple method (demonstrated in GIFs!) so that you may soon enjoy the rosy cheeks of someone who has found one of the best beauty products of the year.

1. Apply moisturizer.

Because blending is going to be key for diffusing the color, you want to make sure you start off with well moisturized skin. A little bit of lotion will help move the blush along.


2. Shake the bottle.

This is important for two reasons: 1) To get the liquid product even and well blended and 2) To get the blush up to the top of the bottle, where you want it.



3. Dab your finger lightly along the pipette.

You see that teeny tiny bit of product I got on there? That’s enough for both cheeks — any more and you’ll have a hard time evening out the color.


4. Lightly dab the product on cheek and immediately use a clean finger to blend in a circular motion.

Whatever residue you have left on your finger will be perfect for the other cheek. Repeat.


5. Enjoy long-wear color.

The product gives a nice, natural flush to the cheeks that will last until you wash it off.



The Alice.D Milano Leather Tote

October 18, 2014

Alice D Milano Tote

The perfect tote shouldn’t be an It bag, it should be an it-can-be-used-anywhere-anytime bag. It doesn’t need to make a statement or scream “Look at me!”, but it does need to make you look good, even if you’re schlepping around your entire office in there. And since I’m quite the schlepper, I spent the entire summer searching for the right bag that would still allow me to feel chic doing it.

I debated the usual suspects: the Louis Vuitton Neverfull (too matronly), the Céline Cabas (too marked up), the Mansur Gavriel tote (too stiff), and the Longchamp Le Pliage (too many 13 year old girls using them as schoolbags on the Upper East Side). I checked out the new wave of “luxury start-up” fashion brands: Everlane (too practical looking) and Cuyana (too business-casual). And then I browsed all the pages of search results for “tote” on and other Internet shopping destinations and still came up empty handed.

For a bag that’s supposedly so simple, it was anything but simple to find. The problem is, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi factor to the perfect tote, and it’s difficult to describe and even more difficult to achieve.  The leather has to be just the right mix of structure and slouchiness to look effortless instead of serious or sloppy. And the proportions of the top, bottom, and sides have to meet some magical mathematical formula so it looks youthful, stylish and fresh.

I had almost given up the search and given in to carrying whatever canvas bag was in my closet, when I stumbled upon this Alice.D creation. The width and height looked just about right and it didn’t scrimp on functionality even though it was clearly focused on minimalist design. It comes with two different strap options so you can alternate between holding it on your arm and shoulders and features a large interior pocket for safekeeping wallet and keys. And best of all, design and function came at a price that was pretty palatable: under $500.

Alice.D Leather Tote in Beige / Black