Modern Beauty: Pared-Down, Yet Polished
This season's minimalist aesthetic features simple yet stunning makeup and hairstyles.
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Thoroughly Modern Makeup

When you wear a bright color, keep makeup subdued—but not washed out. On dark complexions, a mix of orange- and pink-toned blushes highlights and defines cheekbones. The best way to add polish to any look: perfectly groomed brows. Have them shaped professionally, then tweeze to maintain. Choose a brow pencil one shade lighter than your haircolor. Never use black, says makeup artist Maria Verel; dark brown or charcoal work best. With short strokes, follow the outline of the brows.

To look effortlessly gorgeous, these seven essentials are all you need:
  1. Black/brown lengthening mascara: Clinique High Lengths Mascara ($14;
  2. Peachy blush: NARS Blush in Sex Appeal ($26;
  3. Tinted moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42;
  4. Bright red lipstick: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red ($10; drugstores)
  5. Sheer pink gloss: Maybelline New York ShineSensational Lip Gloss in Cherry Bloom ($6; drugstores)
  6. Brow pencil: Trish McEvoy Precision Brow Shaper ($26;
  7. Lash curler: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19;

Shirt, Diane von Furstenberg. Necklace, Robert Lee Morris.