29.08.14

Get The Look: Kelly Rowland’s MTV Video Music Awards Mani

Get The Look Kelly Rowland’s MTV Video Music Awards Mani

It’s obvious to see that Kelly Rowland is having fun with her pregnancy when she took to the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. I love how her artsy nails complemented her braided halo and sparkling Kaufmanfranco gown.

Celebrity manicurist, Sarah Bland-Barbuto, who has worked with Kelly on several occasions, created a design for Kelly called the half-moon mani.

A small area of the nail around the cuticle is lined in one color and it resembles the shape of a half moon. The glitter that is used is from Sarah’s own line Artiglio. The glitter is cosmetic grade glitter that is specifically made for use in manicures.

Sarah says to start with the gold polish first. She used Nail Labo Presto Gel #155 on Kelly.

Follow by applying the nude Nail Labo Presto Gel #63 with a round brush. The gel polish prevents chips and will help prolong the life your manicure.

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28.08.14

Get The Look: Emmy Awards Red Carpet Ready Skin

Emmys Skin

Hair and makeup artists aren’t the only experts who make sure celebrities are ready for the cameras during award shows. Their dermatologists also play a big role in prepping for red carpet appearances.

Harold A. Lancer, MD FAAD is a favorite amongst celebs and it’s clear to see why. His procedures and products have been used on Hollywood’s most famous faces and bodies. At this year’s Emmy Awards two of the many celebs he worked with were Sofia Vergara, and Julianna Margulies. With his help the ladies were picture perfect for the evening.

Sofia Vergara prepped her skin for the red carpet with the Venus Concept Legacy treatment. It’s a non-surgical body contouring, cellulite reduction, and skin tightening remedy. There are three different types of Venus Treatments the Swan, Freeze, Legacy. Each treatment works with, “Multi-polar radio frequencies which cause a thermal reaction that stimulates the body’s natural healing response.” The fast result make it a celebrity fave before important events.

The secret to Julianna Margulies’ skin starts with Dr. Lancer’s three-step method: polish, cleanse, and nourish. The Method focuses on the dermis and allows the skin to repair itself. Most skincare routines recommend that you exfoliate the skin last, but Dr. Lancer’s process is reversed, as he believes that products will work more effectively if the skin is first exfoliated.

Sounds like the beginning of a flawless selfie.

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27.08.14

Emmy Awards Beauty Trend Spotting: The New Nude Lip

Emmy Awards Beauty Trend Spotting The New Nude Lip

This isn’t the traditional nude that camouflages your lips, making them unnoticeable. The new nude lips actually accentuate the natural tones of your skin allowing lips to pop in the subtlest way. Take cue from Julia Roberts, Kerry Washington, Lizzy Caplan, and Natalie Dorimer who were amongst the many celebs that flaunted the updated au naturel trend on the red carpet at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Carole Gonzalez balanced Kerry Washington’s navy smokey eye with an updated nude lip. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel was used to make her neutral pout pop. The shimmering shade provides sheer wash of color and is ideal for complexions with warm undertones. When choosing a nude it’s important to pay attention to your skin’s undertones.

Los Angeles based celebrity makeup artist, Jake Bailey played up the flesh tones on Natalie Dorimer. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide- On Lip Pencil in Naked was used to line her lips. You can even make more room in your clutch and leave this one at home. This waterproof liner will get you through the entire evening. It also doubles as a primer to prep lips for lipstick or a gloss.

Bailey topped off Dorimer’s look with L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Pink Perseverance. This shade works well on those who have cool undertones and it won’t leave lips feeling dry like other stains.

nude lip

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide- On Lip Pencil in Naked
L’Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Pink Perseverance

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31.07.14

Hair Trend Spotting: Sleek Ponytails

Beauty Trend Spotting Sleek Ponytails2

Many celebs are making a usually casual hairstyle red carpet worthy by slicking strands back to perfection. Pulling your hair back is an easy go-to, but these tips will take your look to the next level. Take note from Jennifer Lopez, Holland Roden, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Marano who are each showing us how it’s done.

Celebrity hair and makeup artist, Valerie Noble, shared her favorite tips to achieving a polished pony in a few easy steps. For Vanessa’s hair, Noble started with Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Anti Frizz Serum. A product like this is crucial to the style as it not only keeps frizz at bay for those with curlier textures, it will also tame flyaways.

Next, flat iron hair bone straight. Smoothing out every curl is key to creating a sleek end product. Opt for a small 1 inch iron and focus on the roots and slightly bend ends.

Once hair is straight gather all pieces. Noble says to, “brush all the hair up, just below the crown.” Location, location, location, is very important for today’s it ponytail. Placing too high can easily turn ‘80’s, so we recommend a mid to lower placement. Gather strands using Hair Bungees. Noble used them for Vanessa’s thick hair. Hair Bungees are perfect for thick hair and give more control over desired tightness. And if your ponytail isn’t as thick as you’d like, try adding clip-in extensions.

Lastly, you’ll want to secure your work with both Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk and Redken’s Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray. They not only holds hair, providing long lasting results, both will also add a healthy shine to your finished look.

Sleek Ponytails

Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Anti Frizz Serum
Hair Bungees
Redken Outshine 01 Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk
Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray

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26.06.14

Get the Look: Emmy Rossum’s Bright Critic’s Choice Television Awards Makeup

Emmy Rossum Critics Choice MakeupEmmy Rossum dazzled on the red carpet at the 4th Annual Critic’s Choice Television Awards in more ways than one.

The fuchsia Monique Lhuillier gown was paired with a rich coral lip.

Take notes, because fun hues are replacing the classics in beauty. High intensity shades can be worn on any complexion and are an easy way to update your normal routine.

Emmy’s makeup artist for the evening, Jo Baker, says that experimenting with bold tones is something that every woman should try.

Her tips make it easy for anyone to take a shot at the trend and also recreate Emmy’s look.

First, lips were prepped using Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care. Generously moisturizing before applying lipstick helps the product glide on evenly while also minimizing cracked skin.

There’s nothing worse than wearing a bold color that highlights dehydrated crevices.

After massing the balm in, Givenchy Le Rouge in 201 Rose Taffetas was applied in several layers. The multiple coats maximize the pigment’s saturation.

Take a closer look and you’ll notice that the color doesn’t stop there. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Pool Boy was smudged into Rossum’s lash line, creating an aquatic haze.

If you’re not quite ready to mix two extreme shades, Baker recommends pairing slightly off hues to subtly intensify saturation. For instance, try mixing red with orange. The two tones will appear soft yet striking at the same time.

Emmy Rossum Critics Choice Makeup 2

Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care
Givenchy Le Rouge in 201 Rose Taffetas
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Pool Boy

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06.06.14

Joan Smalls CFDA Fashion Awards Bangs

2014 CFDA Fashion Awards - ArrivalsJoan Smalls took us all by surprise with her new ‘do at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards.

New York based hairstylist, Amoy Pitters, told us, “Joan was ready for a change. She didn’t want to appear too done up, but she was hoping for a fresh, easygoing look.”

The new bangs and carefree waves gave her exactly that. Amoy shared the step-by-step process of Joan’s big transformation.

After washing hair, Amoy Couture Hair Sapphire-Jojoba Leave-in Conditioner was mixed with one pump of the J.F. Lazartigue Serum with Shea Butter.

Mixing these two products will further moisturize strands and add shine to the finished look. Be sure to evenly distribute the blend to achieve a smooth consistency.

A blow dryer was used next to absorb any remaining moisture. The secret to achieving Joan’s bouncy waves is to make sure you do not blow dry your hair pin straight. Use a paddle brush in an upward motion on roots to create height.

Amoy separated Joan’s tresses into sections as she used a 1-inch barrel curling iron. Each wave was locked into place using Rene Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray. Hold the curler towards the end of the hair and be sure to twist each piece in the same direction to mimic the beach texture.

The bangs truly transformed Joan’s look. Amoy recommends that you avoid a blunt cut. Instead, ask your stylist to cut strands on an angle. An edgier cut will create natural movement and add dimension to the tousled waves.

Joan Smalls

Amoy Couture Hair Sapphire-Jojoba Leave-in Conditioner
J.F. Lazartigue Serum with Shea Butter
Rene Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray

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