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New Classes at Workshop SF: Sewing Handbags, Altering Jeans, Beauty School Rebel, Screen Printing, DIY Feather Jewelry + More

If you've never been, you can think of Workshop SF as a DIY/design lover's Chuck E. Cheese academy. The Etsy-meets-rock-n-roll lab is quietly nestled in Western Addition, and is fueled with the creative innovation of founder, Kelly Malone (SF's DIY do-gooder). The space is the perfect learning environment for all levels of hands-on DIYers, and the hip roster of workshops offer everything but your mom's home-ec class. 

This August, Workshop is focusing on fun, stylish classes like the Blue Jean Rehab and Makeup Mastery: Smokey Eyes + Nude Lips. Every class is under $60 (most are $40), and they are conveniently held on evenings and weekends. Anyone can get in on the maker movement, just start with these awesome classes. 

Black & White Ball Beauty: 7 Places to Prep for the Big Event

What many consider San Francisco’s party of the year is right around the corner. You’ve got the dress, the shoes, the earrings, the perfect clutch and tickets to next weekend’s Black & White Ball, featuring performances by headliners Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. But what about the finishing touches? Try one of these local destinations for special occasion hair help, makeup and beauty treatments.

Get a Better Profile Pic: Free Estee Lauder Makeup + Photo Session

How many times have you cringed at your [choose one of the following: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blog, Stumble Upon, Yelp, Going.com, MySpace, Match.com, all of the above] profile picture and wished that a fairy makeup godmother would descend from the heavens, paint your face perfectly and then snap a profile photo that finally does your countenance justice?

If the answer to that question is far, far too many times, then you’re not alone. To remedy the situation, you could, of course, shell out the big bucks for private makeup application and session with a professional photographer.

Beauty Update: Raychel Wade's Simple Tips for Fall

Pondering new ways to update your beauty routine for fall? A simple approach and a few new hues are all you need, as we learned during a chat with makeup artist Raychel Wade. The 2009 color ambassador for La Prairie who regularly revamps makeup bags and bestows beauty advice via her New York-based company Cheek to Chic, Wade was in town recently to introduce press and La Prairie diehards to the new Plumage de Nuit Fall 2009 collection by La Prairie at Saks Fifth Avenue.

During a break from beautifying faces, Wade gave us some easy beauty tips that anyone can use for a quick autumn update:

How-To: Create Soft, Smoky Eyes for Spring

When we wanted to recreate the softer, smoky eye seen on the runway alongside spring 2009 collections from such designers as Carolina Herrera and DSquared and make it work for everyday wear, we turned to San Francisco makeup artist Stacy McClure for answers.

McClure, who’s worked with famous faces from laid-back Tracy Chapman to British rapper Lady Sovereign and regularly preps the faces of Bay Area brides, distilled the process into five simple steps.

The Powder and The Glory: Beauty's Biggest Rivalry

Beauty industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden may have devoted their lives to making faces pretty, but the decades-long rivalry between the two icons is said to have been anything but.

The intense and, at times, bitter competition between the two women widely credited with launching the now $150 billion global health and beauty industry in New York during the first decade of the 20th century is the subject of documentary film The Powder & the Glory, screening Wednesday night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s year-round programming.

A Shu In

Shu Uemura, in my mind, equates with my simply-can’t-live-without 18K gold lash curler and my wanna-be Madonna faux mink false lashes— so I was a little skeptical when I heard the hubbub about the Japanese cosmetics brand venturing into hair care. I definitely have my preferences when it comes to hair products (whatever I try, I end up going back to Paul Mitchell’s lightweight Super Strong Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, and Bumble and Bumble’s styling lotion for a smooth and shiny finish). Still, as a beauty editor, I’m probably more adventurous then the average person when it comes to using myself as a product-testing guinea pig.

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