Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Barack Obama was certainly the man of the hour at yesterday’s Presidential Inauguration. But all fashionistas were watching Michelle Obama, and she didn’t disappoint.

Decked out in a golden-yellow Isabel Toledo outfit for the swearing in ceremony, with green
J Crew gloves and matching Jimmy Choos, she looked glam yet practical. Her choice of color reflected the mood of optimism without being too gaudy. Her face was fresh and natural in neutral toned makeup shades. D.I.Y. Start with glowing skin by exfoliating and hydrating your face. Use a foundation with a natural, rather than mat finish for radiant skin. On the eyes, choose natural eyeshadow colors that look nude on your skin tone. Michelle’s signature black liquid eyeliner is applied on the top lid, getting thicker toward the outer corner. One to try: Lancome Artliner in Noir. It’s got a felt tip brush which makes it easier to apply. Finish with a lash building mascara. For lips, a neutral gloss with a slightly deeper liner blended well is a must. Try Carol’s Daughter Candy Paint gloss in “This is Me” .

For the numerous Inaugural Balls, Mrs. O took a page from Cinderella’s book by donning a white one-shouldered full skirted gown by New York designer Jason Wu. The jewelry by Loree Rodkin was understated and elegant. Her makeup look was subtle glamour. D.I.Y. Smoke out the eye at the lash line with a deep wine like L’Oreal High Intensity Pigment in Unashamed. Apply it just at the lash line and blend up slightly onto the lid stopping well before the crease. Use black liquid eyeliner on top lid only to define. Contour the hollows of the cheeks with bronzer then add a subtle shimmer on the apples. I like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Coral.

The weekend before the Inauguration, the First Lady shows off her flare for style in this chicblack coat and purple gloves on board the train on her birthday. At the Lincoln Memorial Concert she wore this classy camel and black Narisco Rodriguez design. Her makeup was slightly more intense at the star studded event. D.I.Y. After applying foundation and powder, try Nars Multiple Duo in Portofino/Maui. This dynamic duo can be used everywhere..on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. If you’re a lipstick queen like me and can’t do without, use MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Perennial Rose. It’s a long wearing color base on one end and a clear gloss on the other. No fuss, no mess.

I couldn’t resist including the First Daughters of fashion, Malia and Sasha Obama. In their colorful J Crew “Crewcuts” outfits, they are already following in Mom’s stylish footsteps!


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