September 2, 2014

Sneak Peek: Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Launches Spring Hues

Continuing the brand's love affair with San Francisco street names, new Spring hues from Elizabeth Street Cosmetics include a creamy violet named Lilac St (top) and a sheer fuschia gloss dubbed Poplar St.

A fresh batch of lip colors from Elizabeth Street Cosmetics means all new, seasonally-savvy hues from a local source. You can sneak peek them this week during the company’s spring show, and, in the meantime, brush up on your lipstick know-how with expert advice from founder Kelly Crispen.

Five new colors named for Mission streets are out this month from the company, which garners fans with its paraben-free formulas and personalized service (Crispen does house calls, where she helps clients choose colors and dishes out beauty knowledge culled from her 20+ years in the industry).

Expect juicy brights in sheer, glossy formulas.

“It’s an accessory, like a clutch or like a bracelet,” says Crispen of her lipsticks, balms and glosses.

You’ll find Crispen and her spring collection on view this Friday evening at Pixie Hall Studios in Noe Valley during a spring show featuring special guest stylists from Harper Paige Salon (details on the calendar). We recently caught up with Crispen to get her take on wearing spring’s exuberant colors.

We’re seeing bright lip colors everywhere this season. What advice do you have for women who’d like to try out a brighter hue, but usually opt for nude lips?

Bright colors are actually highly wearable, they just need to be “sheered out.” Try a glossy formula. Avoid anything matte or opaque. Use a lighter hand when applying or opt for a lip brush when applying brights, but don’t be afraid to go for a pretty pop of color this season.

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping lip color on longer, making it last?

The best trick for making your lip color last is to dab a hint of concealer or transluscent powder on first. Avoid pencil liners, as they can look drying and accentuate tiny lines and imperfections.

Are there colors you’d recommend for any skin tone? Sometimes it’s fun to give lip color as a gift, but hard to pick out a color for someone else.

Most skin tones do well with a neutral rosy brown such as Church or Noe Streets from my line, Elizabeth Street Cosmetics. Church is a creamy satin with more color payoff, as opposed to Noe, which is a super sheer tint or glaze.

How can we use lip color to complement what we’re wearing, but without looking matchy-matchy?

Staying in the same color family works but vary the hues. For instance if you’re wearing an orange silk top, try a fresh peach or apricot sheer lip color like ESC’s new Linda Street. If you’re wearing a pale rose top, opt for a bolder fushcia lip color like ESC’s new Rosemont Street. Think of your lip color as another accessory in your wardrobe, one you can change up on any given day.

You’ll find Elizabeth Street Cosmetics in San Francisco stores such as Mira Mira, Two Birds and Rare Device.

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Haircuts for Breast Cancer this Weekend at Elevation Salon

Elevation Salon + Cafe (451 Bush St. at Grant)

For a hair cut and color that supports a good cause (other than your own obviously important personal beautification), head to downtown San Francisco’s Elevation Salon + Cafe this Sunday for the Cuts and Colors for a Cause event benefitng the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the salon will donate all proceeds from cut and color services to The Race, a non-profit effort supporting breast cancer research and programs. Adding a touch of Hollywood glam to the event is celebrity stylist John Francis, whose famous clients include Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Sting and Rebecca Romain.

Ready to hop in a chair? Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Make them by calling 415-392-2969. Prices range from $50 for a haircut with a junior stylist to $225 for a cut with a celebrity stylist and $80 to $210 for color services from single process to partial highlights.

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Fox & Doll Makeup 101 Series at workshop

You can learn makeup basics – with a welcome amount of edge – during the Beauty School Rebel Makeup 101 series from San Francisco makeup artist team Fox & Doll. Even better: classes are starting this week.

We’ve gabbed about Fox & Doll makeup artists Shana Astrachan and Elizabeth Fox and their before makeup magic before. Check out the video below for a few quick tips from these ladies.

For the full treatment, find them starting this week at workshop.

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Tried & True: Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain + Argan Color Stick


We recently received a Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain with Argan Color Stick in a local fashion event goodie bag and were excited to try out the newly-released product from the Northern California-born model’s cosmetics line.

Fans of companies with Bay Area roots that we are, we’re happy to report that we can easily recommend this dual product, which stains lips with a bright, berry hue on one side and moisturizes with an Argan oil-infused gloss stick on the other. The color stain goes on smoothly, not to mention precisely, thanks to an applicator that looks and feels pretty much exactly like a magic marker. The gloss stick adds a subtle sheen and layer of color to the finish and keeps the overall result from being too matte and intense, though you could certainly skip the gloss for a more dramatic look.

Part of the line’s new offerings for summer 2011, the lip stain retails for $21.

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 Full disclosure: samples were gifted to us for use in this post. Though we don’t think that biases our judgment, we think it’s only good, fair reporting to let you know.

Makeup in Minutes: Makeup Gourmet Launches How-To Video Series

San Francisco beauty expert and Makeup Gourmet Founder Chris Scott has toured with Chanel, authored the Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide and prettied many a face at his SoMa studio. Now he’s offering anyone with a computer access to his expertise through a recently launched online video series. Why we like it: access to beauty how-tos, guides and tips from an expert makeup artist 24 hours a day.

The site offers an extensive number of HD videos which are broken down by age groups ranging from Teen Something to 50 Something, as well as an online store featuring Scott’s favorite products.

“I wanted to create a content rich delivery system that fulfilled the two most repeated questions—how to apply and what to buy. I wanted to put the consumer in control, so I broke down the content into sections to help people find the exact answers they require as effeciently and as effectively as possible,” says Scott, who has been working on producing the videos for over two years.

Since the opening of his SOMA studio about a year and a half ago, Scott has also launched his own line of Makeup Gourmet products, which are manufactured locally and available on the website.

Below, a few of our favorite tutorials.

5 Minute Makeup:

First Date Makeup:

Professional Look Makeup:

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