More About Il Makiage:
What do the names Bobbi Brown, Kevin Aucoin and Francois Nars have in common? The answer: the Madame who trained them all - Ilana Harkavi - and her boutique - Il Makiage. You may have spotted Madonna popping in for a refresh of Ilana's purple eye shadow palette or Naomi Campbell sneaking in for her favorite model kit when she hits the road. Ilana has been in business for over 30 years and now offers an entire line of beautifully packaged cosmetics including lip glosses, eyeshadows, makeup kits and then some. In fact, walking into Il Makiage is like walking into a candy store. It's wall to wall makeup in zillions of colors. These days Ilana is not just known for her cosmetics but also for her master makeup workshops. (She teaches the same tricks she's taught Kevin and Nars, some of which you may have spotted on the covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.) Every Tuesday and Thursday she has a room full of women perched in front of a long mirror like a ballet school. Her students (including a handful of brides-to-be) learn how to achieve the nude and glossy J.Lo lip, the shimmery but not oily cheekbone and the true smoky eye. P.S. - Ilana's products are fairly-priced.