French makeup connection

STYLE FILE

August 15, 1999|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Paul's Day Spa and Salon at the Festival at Woodholme in Pikesville is bringing Darphin, an exclusive line of French makeup, to Baltimore. According to Diane Resnick, senior cosmetics buyer at Paul's, Darphin's skin-care products are top-notch, so when word came that the company was introducing a small collection of makeup products, she was thrilled. We had to see for ourselves, so we headed to Paul's for a makeover from Diane.

Expecting only makeup, we were pleasantly surprised by the luxurious skin treatment that accompanied it. First, Diane applied Vitalskin Cleansing Milk ($40) and Toner ($40), followed by Fibrogene Intensive Eye Contour ($55) to moisturize and firm up the skin around the eye.

Next, for skin protection and a uniform complexion, she applied Vitalskin Concentrate ($80) and Aromatic Balancing Day Cream ($75). She also added a little purifying Vitaserum ($55) to clear pores and prevent blemishes.

The highlight of the makeover was the eyes. Here's what you'll need to create great eyes with Darphin at home: an eye pencil (choose from black, brun and bleu, $20), eye shadow (10 colors, from apricot to lavande, $25), eyebrow pencil ($20), a shade or shadow makeup brush ($30) and mascara (also in black, brun and bleu, $20).

Line the entire length of the eye above, and from mid-eye to the outer corner below. Apply a dark shadow (for us it was lavande) thinly over the pencil. Smudge lightly. Cover the lid and up to the eyebrow with a pale shadow (jasmine) to provide a base. Apply a darker, shadow-like nuance (about a quarter-inch wide, at most) from the outer corner of the eye to the crease above it. Then add a lighter shade (amyris) just inside. Eyebrows should be filled in (over their natural shape), and a light coat of Darphin mascara will lengthen lashes naturally.

Although it may strain your pocketbook, we recommend splurging on a makeover the first time around: For $47 you'll learn the tricks, and the results will leave you breathless.

A Whiff of the Millennium

In honor of the millennium, Tommy Hilfiger has created a new fragrance called Freedom, which is available for him and for her. For him, the scent is aromatic and slightly rustic; for her, it's softer, fresher and more floral. Both contain Asian ginger, which adds a subtle spice. Freedom is available in a 1.7 oz ($35 for him, $38 for her) or 3.4 oz ($50 for her, $55 for him) eau de toilette spray, a body wash ($15 for him, $22 for her), and a lotion ($18 for him, $24 for her). The best thing about Freedom by Tommy? The bottles. While Freedom for him is the traditional rectangle, Freedom for her has an hourglass figure.

Step back to school

Nine West Kids' fall shoe collection is a sure cure for the back-to-school doldrums. With a style that will please parent and child, the line is both classic and fashionable. The Tasha in black leather ($54, pictured) combines the Mary Jane look with a modern sole and utilitarian closure. Other choices include the Borsa oxford ($52), the Tara slide ($54), and the trendy, lug-soled Eliza and Eddy in stretch crepe ($48 and $50). Whether skirt-wearer or tomboy, girls 8-12 are sure to find just the shoe to fit their fancy. Nine West Kids shoes are available at area Nordstrom stores.

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