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Marie Claire: Solve Your Beauty Crimes Video

Marie Claire's Joyce Caruso Corrigan checks out Sephora's "Skinphysical" machine

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Welcome back to episode 5 of Marie Claire The Masthead. We have an awesome jam-packed lineup for you today. Where do our beauty directors get their inspiration from. Is it the fashion runaway? Is it spring colors? We'll be letting you in on the secrets of what inspires them. We'll also be letting you in behind the scenes on our very popular column called "More Than A Pretty Face." It really focuses on women who were doing something way beyond their normal world and I'll need your help. On our March cover, we've got Hillary Swank. We've had a fantastic photo shoot with her but we've now boiled it down to 3 photos, and we can't quite figure out which image to use so if you've got thoughts about it, you can post them to us and let us know what you think and I'll be showing you my personal beauty must-haves which I stole from the beauty closet. Don't tell the beauty director. But first, let's go back to the first story I told you about, the beauty directions, beauty inspiration. Where do we get our inspiration?

So this is great. So really, this is all what's really happening on the runway?

Oh yeah, I have to say this is my favorite story that I think we've ever done at Marie Claire. The spring trends were so beautiful and so artistic. Our spring beauty trend story was completely inspired by fine artists and the images that we saw coming down the runways in the spring shows, the Prada show for example, have these fabulous head wraps and it looked to me just like the girl with the pearl earring, the Vermeer painting. A lot of the images looked like the images I had seen in my art 101 books, and these beautiful metallic eyeshadows look like a Gustav Klimt painting.

They don't call them artists for nothing. Like the people that all the top designers hire to make up the women, it's all parts of the same mood that they're trying to set or the message that they're trying to set.

I found out in researching this story that a lot of makeup artists actually have backgrounds, have training in the fine arts, in painting or in sculpture. They too are inspired by muses just like the fine artists were throughout history. First, I'd look at the trends. First and foremost, what are women going to be wearing this spring, what kind of makeup and when I saw a beautiful, a bunch of beautiful gold eyes, immediately that's a trend. Or a lot of beautiful red lips. That becomes a trend.

They're saying, you know, pale is big. I mean, you really go pale. I mean these girls don't look too washed out but what's the sort of bronzing message.

The deal with pale is, as you know, we've become a nation of tanorexics and everybody loves to be overly bronzed so the message for spring is just a little bit of color.

So how do you get sort of a bronzing glow?

I mean I love this energy glow product. It builds over time. It sorts of builds a little bit of tangy. You put it on everyday just you would with your moisturizer. It's perfect. They have it for body or for face. Yup, for the body, you've got it in a palmsy. You can get everything from tip to toe and then the face formula is really nice too.

Summer skin for me is the best accessory because you then wear less of everything if you've got some color.

A lot of other trends that I noticed when I was going through my runway film, beautiful pink fresh cheeks that almost look like a Renoir painting. For hair, a lot of braids and buns and twists and O-lined eyelids. These, you know, kind of Cleopatra eyes and the rest is in the issue.

Kind of a perfect time to have Hillary Swank on the cover because she has a number of movies coming out and she's such a wonderful actress of course but also, she's moving past, you know, in a nice way. Moving past her, the breakup of her marriage.

I just don't like the one on the left. I think her hair looks all sort of strange and it looks like we'd cut her head off and pasted it onto the body but you like that one the best, don't you?

She looks so sweet, don't you think?

I love her face. I mean it's a very pretty photograph of her.

I think I agree she really looks pretty but [unknown] you can recognize from [unknown] anything to do with the neck.

Her hair is kind of over here like, some sort of [unknown] and you can't, you sort of can't seem to get a grip on that.

The biggest thing about her and I think everyone would agree is, everyone is just amazed at her figure. We wanted to show her feminine side because of the role she played in the past. It sort of had a masculine bend to them, so you know, that was the one thing we sort of want to emphasize with her. We decided to pull back in terms of how we shot her. We didn't want to do a close-up but instead try and get you know, the arms, the legs, you know, the shoulders and see, and make that sort of the point of emphasis for the photograph.

The piece is just a great chat between women about stuff we can all relate to, readers will really identify with, you know, sort of the regular gal needs of Hillary Swank.

Yeah, and she looks great.

Yeah, and I would be completely happy with a look like that.

This one definitely reads but I think these 2 pictures together really have a nice pairing. I mean they match well.

"More Than A Pretty Face" is a monthly column we do highlighting work women are doing around the world making a special impact in society or in a specific culture or doing something more than your average woman. For March's "More Than A Pretty Face," we're featuring Anna Schuleit. She's been going to mental institutions and installing flowers or grass into the hallways and completely filling the space to sort of treat some people to something different and special, and then, the nice thing is she did send a lot of examples of the actual installations that she's been doing.

It's one of the columns where you feel like you're merely having a conversation directly with the reader. It feels like the quarter for the Marie Claire reader is meaning somebody who is stylish and fashionable but is also really interested in humanitarian issues and interested in helping other women improve their lives.

Alright. I like these.

Well, I promised that I would tell you about my favorite beauty must-have from the beauty closet which I stole earlier this afternoon and here it is. It's by Rimmel which is a cosmetic company I grew up wearing in England and this wonderfully light, slightly frothy sort of light bronze eyeshadow which is very of the moment but it's very wearable so you can put it on and feel contemporary, but you don't feel ridiculous and it's very reasonably priced too. Now, we do want to know which cover you prefer for Hillary Swank. So write and tell us what you think, post your opinions at marieclaire.podshow.com and also let us know if you want to recommend anybody for our regular column "More Than A Pretty Face." Before we go, I just want to tell you about our next 2 episodes of The Masthead with Marie Claire because they feature something that hasn't been done before. It's a style smackdown between the French designers and beauticians and American designers and beauticians. We've lined up armies of both to show you the difference between American style and you can vote on which you think is the best, American or French. So join us for our next episodes and until then, goodbye.

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