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Lupity Nyong'o -- SAG Awards Manicure copy

SAG Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o was certainly the bell of that ball at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the beautiful star stunned in a teal-blue Gucci gown, it was her copper manicure that was doing most of the sparkling. Deborah Lippmann took her nail expertise to the next level by creating a unique look exclusively from her nail lacquer collection for the featured red carpet starlet.

Starting with a fortified and chip resistant base, Deborah chose to coat nails in her Gel Lab Base Coat. This starter coat not only prolongs a manicure but it protects nails without any harsh gel lights.

For colour, Deborah created a new shade by layering two polishes. For the first color, she opted for a single coat of Swagga Like Us, an oxidized cooper color with a hint of teal. The mirrored chrome finish of the polish served as a festive base for next nail shade.

Deborah followed with one coat of Chain Reaction, a dirty brass glimmer colour. Featured in her latest ‘Rock This Town’ trio collection, the muted shimmer finish of the polish looked especially radiant layered over the previous shade. The blended polished made for a beautifully shimmering copper colour that perfectly complimented her full look.

Finally, to seal the picture perfect manicure, Deborah polished nails in Gel Lab Top Coat.

A fabulous blend that rivaled the lovely metal tones of the SAG Award, this manicure is a must-have look. Would you try this polish blend for your next manicure?

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Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Set (Base & Top Coat)
Deborah Lippmann ‘Swagga Like Us’
Deborah Lippmann ‘Chain Reaction’

Kirsten Dunst -- L'OrealWith a brand new year comes a new set of branded advertising. This year started off with two super exciting announcements by famed hair care brands, L’Oreal Professionnel and Pantene. After much consideration, L’Oreal Professionel has chosen Kirsten Dunst as their first ever spokesperson whereas seasoned supermodel, Gisele Bundchen has signed on as Pantene’s newest ambassador to North America.

In a first for the brand, L’Oreal turned to Hollywood to select their ideal spokesperson. Kirsten Dunst’s perfectly fit the bill as she feels close to the brand and thoroughly appreciates L’Oreal’s stylistic efforts. She recently spoke with Women’s Wear Daily about her thoughts on the evolving brand. “…I admire its commitment to innovation, constantly creating new professional services and products to achieve the most on-trend styles,” says Kirsten.

The radiant star looks stunning in the new campaign in which she sports effortless beach waves, a chocolate smoky eye and bronzed neutral lip. Kirsten’s signature blonde locks and striking looks were previously seen in various advertisements for Bulgari when she appeared as the face for their Mon Jasmin Noir Fragrance in 2011.

Aiming for another notable blonde, Pantene is excited to feature Gisele’s highly covetable blonde tousled locks as their North American Ambassador. Having been the ultimate hair inspiration to many girls, the Brazilian beauty’s impeccably waved hair can now be achieved by the masses. Kevin Crociata, Marketing Director of North American Hair Care at Procter & Gamble noted the qualities that make Gisele both an ideal ambassador and phenomenal person overall. “We want to celebrate Gisele not only for her beauty, but also her genuine passion to empower women to be their best selves,” says Kevin, “she is truly a woman who has it all – not only does she have one of the most iconic heads of hair in the beauty world but she is also a true role model with a huge heart.”

We can’t wait for the upcoming hair looks these blond beauties will be sporting in upcoming campaigns.

Credit: L’Oreal

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Nail Trends Spotting Chic White Manicures

White nails were first spotted on the runway at Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2014 runway show. Now chic red carpet regulars have recently been seen dressing their nails in this pristine shade and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Most recently, Kristen Wiig was seen sporting an ultimate white manicure to the ‘Spoils of Babylon’ film premiere. Whether it’s intense, opaque whites or creamy blends, here are some tips to sport this clean shade all season long.

Nail Styles: If you’re feeling a bit edgy, try pairing white polishes on longer squared tipped nails, like the stylish Kylie Jenner did on the red carpet at various events. A manicure in a richly opaque blend of white, like Essie’s Blanc, offers a fresh approach to the otherwise simple shade. Take a note from ‘Revenge’ star, Ashley Madekwe and keep the look elegant with rounded edges and a creamy, slightly translucent white polish, like O.P.I polish in Alpine Snow.

Polish Finishes: Another fantastically fashionable way to update the white manicure is choosing a polish in an expected finish. For a slightly glamorous touch, try polishing your nails in a white with a sheen finish, like Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Silks’ Nail lacquer in Pseudo Silk Kimono. Dressing your nails in a white shimmery, pearlescent finish makes white nails look a bit more luxe. If you desire a more high fashion look, try a white polish in a matte finish. Snag a bottle of Jin Soon’s Matte Maker and layer over your favorite white (or any colour) for a modern matte look.

White Polish

Essie ‘Blanc’
O.P.I ‘Alpine Snow’
Deborah Lippmann ‘Pseudo Silk Kimono’
Jin Soon Matte Maker

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71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsA presenter at Sunday’s 2014 Golden Globe Awards, Amber Heard sparked in a midnight blue Atelier Versace gown. While the stunning actress wowed in the elegant frock, it was her romantic up-do and glamorous makeup that made the full exceptionally unique. Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeewen collaborated with Amber to create a look accentuated her flawless features.

“Amber brought some of her own ideas to the mix, says Matthew. “She liked the idea of focusing on sultry chocolate eyes, creamy skin and soft nude lips.”

Here is how to recreate this glamorous look:

Face (complexion): Before priming the skin with Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum, Matthew moisturized Amber’s skin with Cle de Peau’s Gentle Nourishing Emulsion. “No. 28 hydrated beautifully but it also creates a magical finish,” he says. With skin prepped, Matthew concealed with Hourglass Hidden Corrective Conceal in Warm and followed with the Veil Fluid Makeup in Light Beige.

Eyes: The star of the look was Amber’s sultry, brown smoky eyes. To begin, Matthew chose the shell shade from the Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Palette as a full lid shade (base). He continued to blend a bronze shimmery shade (Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy) into the crease and under the eyes. To intensify the bronze, apply the brown shade from the Vol. 6 palette in the same areas.

For unexpected touch of drama, line the eyes with a plum liner (MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella). “Amber brought some of her own ideas to the mix, says Matthew. “I also smudged the line with the black shadow from the palette,” he says. For added dimension, apply a high-shine pearl shadow to the inner corner of eyes.

Finally, top the eyes off with a coat of Hourglass Film Noir mascara. Allow the initial coat to dry prior to curling lashes. Add an extra layer of fun with individual lashes like Ardell Duralash Flare in Medium Black.

Cheeks: Matthew brought out the beauty of Amber’s face by applying the sheer rose shade from Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to her cheeks. He followed with a sheer champagne highlighter (Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Due in Bronze Light). To mimic a moonlit glow, Matthew recommends going over the initial highlight with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light.

Lips: To wrap the look up, Matthew chose a liner and lipstick combination. Start by lining lips with Hourglass Trace Liner in Bare and follow with a swipe of Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Whisper.

The finally result was a glamorous yet understated look that encapsulated the best of bronze and gold-y tones. Skip the traditional dark smoky eye and try this updated look for you next night out.

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Face: Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum
Cle de Peau’s Gentle Nourishing Emulsion
Hourglass Hidden Corrective Conceal in Warm
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Light Beige

Eyes: Hourlgass Vol 6 Eye palette
Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy
MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella
Hourglass Film Noir mascara
Ardell Duralash Flare in Medium Black

Cheeks: Hourglass Illume Crème-to-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Lips: Hourglass Trace Liner in Bare
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Whisper

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Sandra BullockThis past weekend, Sandra Bullock wowed all at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in a fresh-faced, rosy beauty look that has me itching for spring. Although this bubbly pink combination might feel a little too young, Sandra’s look reads more mature with a subtle smoky eye and sleek hair. Here are some simple tips to achieve this rosy, updated look.

Eyes: Sandra opted for a sultry bronze smoky eye look. To achieve this softly dramatic look, try Lancome’s Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour. Apply the medium brown shade from the lash line to the crease, softly blending color onto the lid. The must-have makeup artist tip to open up eyes with color is to place a light shimmery champagne shade around the tear duct, as Sandra did with this look. Pick up the lightest shade in the palette and apply accordingly. Pack a liner brush with the shimmery dark chocolate shade and apply to the top and lower lash line. Finally, coat lashes with the luxurious Smokey Extravagant Mascara by Make Up For Ever. The tapered edge of the wand allows you to coat every lash.

Face: The star of Sandra’s pink beauty look is her masterfully blended rosy blush. Make sure not to pick up a shade that is too pink, as that can be too youthful and out of place. To take the guesswork out of picking, celebrity makeup superstar, Edward Bess has created a blush that mimics a natural flushed look with a touch of color. His Blush Extraordinaire comes in three flattering colors which makes choosing the perfect pink tone effortless. Pack some color on to a fluffy blush brush, pat on your hand to remove the intensity on the brush and softly apply to the apples of your cheek, blending outwards.

Lips: Sandra’s pink lipstick made her lips appear pillow soft. To get this look yourself, try a lipstick in a creamy blend like YSL’s Rouge Voupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in 9 Caress Pink. The muted pink tone provides the ideal pink shade that compliments this rosy look well.

Will you dare to try this soft spring look?

Sandra Bullock Rosy makeup

Lancome’s Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Bronze Amour
Smokey Extravagant Mascara by Make Up For Ever
Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire
YSL’s Rouge Voupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in 9 Caress Pink

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