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Take a Peek Inside the Bag of a Barneys Bigwig


I love Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York. He and his husband Jonathan Adler just might be the world's best-dressed, most talented, and cutest couple. You'd think that someone with such style could be snobby, but Simon is the complete opposite. And he's a very funny writer, too!

Recently, he was working on copy for the fall Barneys Beauty Book and became baffled by the number of creams, cosmetics and other girly ephemera. So to gain insight, he rifled through the makeup bag of Bettina O'Neill, the cosmetics queen of Barneys. To see the dream creams and luxe lipsticks in her bag, including this pricey Serge Lutens mascara, read more

If you were expecting a surprise along the lines of Great Lash mascara, guess again. This is Barneys we're talking about, after all! Instead, she uses a $60 wand of Serge Lutens mascara. She's also a fan of Hourglass Oxygen Foundation ($46), which allows skin to breathe, she says. Then there's By Terry Lip Definer. "This lip liner is so good it's like a bloody tattoo," she told Simon. "And it's only $29!"

While I don't think I'll ever refer to a lip liner as being "only" $29, it's still fun to see how the fancypants folks at Barneys live, right?

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