The Redbook MVP Beauty Awards Toast Top Products At The Hearst Tower

by Alexandra Ilyashov

Earlier this week, Redbook brought our inner product junkie out with their annual MVP Beauty Awards (that would be most valuable product, obviously) post-work atop the Hearst Tower. Maria Menounos was on hand to share her own beauty moments, tricks, and blunders; we’re pretty partial to her tale of fixing a makeup artist’s one-eyed liner gaffe by rubbing off the offending kohl with the tip of her ponytail. Resourceful, non? Menounos also signed piles of her new book, The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. “I pretty much try everything! Luckily we don’t do at-home hair color, so I don’t have to play with that,” Redbook beauty director Victoria Kirby said of the MVP process, which the glossy’s staff began working on in November. “My eyebrows are kind of thick and a little heavy, but most brow gels end up getting a little flaky and crispy, so I always brush them up, spray the tiniest amount of Elnett hairspray on the tip of my finger, and just pat it on.” Brilliant. Guests popped by pampering stations that included mini hand massages, express manis by the brilliant Tenoverten team, a braid bar for some coif attention, and a lipstick reader on hand (we’ve never seen that last one before!).  Redbook and Seventeen publisher and SVP Jayne Jamison chatted with us about tress power: When you have a good hair day, everything else just falls into place. It’s funny because my husband hates when I have my hair blown out; he says it doesn’t look like me. I respect that!” As the eve wrapped, guests departed with a veritable beauty motherlode: a massive bag filled with every item that made this year’s MVP cut. Let the product dabbling commence!

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