Shimmering in the sun It seems that almost every major...

STYLE FILE

June 18, 2000|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,Sun Staff

Shimmering in the sun

It seems that almost every major cosmetics company has introduced a line this summer that draws on the sun-kissed goddess look.

L'Oreal has Bronze Alive, a line featuring face, eye, lip and nail color in such hues as Antique Gold, Urban Mocha and Beach Keen. Look for it at drug and department stores.

Yves St. Laurent calls bronze copper, but the hues are basically similar. Look for iridescent and molten shades in sunny textures that complement all complexions. Colors include Setting Sand and Lustrous Sand. Available at fine department stores.

High-brow cosmetics

Forget biceps and thighs. The hottest body part of the summer is the eyebrow.

Achieving and maintaining the perfect set of eyebrows has become an art form, and there are a host of products available to help you.

Some grooming products we like include:

* Smashbox Brow Tech: A soft wax and pigmented powder in a split pan. To apply, use an angled brush and use it to mix a small amount of wax with a pigment of choice. Blend for clean, precise brows. $16. Available at www.smashbox.com.

* Calvin Klein Brow Grooming Gel: Although this product looks like mascara, it's not. This is a clear gel on a mascara brush that goes on easily. It's a nearly foolproof way to keep brows looking great. $16. Available at Nordstrom.

* Boujour Precision Pencil: A fine-point eyebrow pencil that glides on smoothly. A convenient cap brush lets the user blend color and con- trol brow shape. $8. Available at www. sephora.com. -- M.B.

A model Marylander

Congratulations to 16-year-old Carly Barber (right). Carly, who lives in Jefferson, Frederick County, was one of eight young women selected as finalists in the Chanel New Model of the Year Contest. A junior at Middletown High School, she is a dancer who has been studying ballet since the age of 5 and has performed with the American Ballet Theatre. Carly entered the contest two years ago and was one of 50 semifinalists but did not win. "I decided to give it another try," she says.

Seventeen magazine and Chanel chose the finalists from among 16,000 entrants.

If she wins, Carly will appear on the cover of a special section in Seventeen's September issue (on sale July 28) and will also receive a trip for two to Paris, including two tickets to a Chanel fashion show plus a $1,000 shopping spree. The grand-prize winner will be chosen in July.

If she wins, Carly, who has been modeling since the age of 10, hopes to sign with a modeling agency. If she doesn't win, no big deal. The National Honor Society member hopes to pursue a career in dance education at Goucher College. -- M.B.

Bagging it

Going away for a weekend of fun in the sun is supposed to be spirited. That's why we like Kipling's new colorful nylon backpacks, totes and messenger bags. Throw a couple of T-shirts into a bright orange cross-body backpack such as the pod-shaped Grasshopper (right), and head for the hills. Toss a beach towel into a honeydew-hued Rightway tote bag, and you'll make a statement in transit to the shore. The company also carries cell phone cases and Palm Pilot holders. And for the faint of heart, the bags come in white, gray and black, too.

Kipling products range in price from $16 for a cosmetics tote to $110 for a large duffel. They are available in fine luggage stores nationwide. For a store near you, call 908-756-4400. -- M.B.

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