30.01.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend: The Matte Red Lip

SAG Awards Red Lip

After an overwhelming amount of pretty, glossy nude lips at the Golden Globes, makeup artists turned back to the catwalk for inspiration at the SAG awards last weekend and came up with a bold matte red lip in a range of shades.

At the Jason Wu Spring 2013 show Diane Kendal for MAC had sent out models with cherry red lips saying: ‘The inspiration is Helmut Newton—this really strong, sexy woman with a bold mouth—quite glamorous,’  while at the Prada show Pat McGrath also saw red with ‘a strong overdrawn lip’ and at Burberry Wendy Rowe went for a striking forties-inspired red.

We spoke to makeup artist Gina Brooke, who has worked with Madonna since 2003 including four world tours and stars including Anne Hathaway, Gisele Bundchen and Gwen Stefani, about the look.

‘A red lip color was popular at the SAG awards because the color is classic and timeless,’ said Gina. ‘Wearing a red lip instantly exudes confidence, empowerment, femininity and of course sexuality.’

‘I love nothing more than a red lip. In fact, I can’t seem to leave the house without putting on red lips. It’s the quickest and easiest way to look polished without spending so much time applying the rest of my makeup.’

‘The best way to achieve the perfect red lip is by using a lip liner to define the shape of your lip it will also give you much more precision. I’ve been obsessed with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 8c, True Red, and Aqua Rouge lip color in 8, Iconic Red. I actually collaborated with make up for ever to crate Aqua Rouge 8 when searching for the perfect red lip for Madonna during her MDNA tour because its smudge proof, water proof and kiss proof.’

‘The biggest mistake women make is applying red lipstick to the corners of the mouth, in time, this can create a joker like appearance once the red starts to move. I prefer keeping it matte because the color stays in ace and allows you to have more control when wearing it all day.’

Red Matte Lip

Burberry ‘Siren Red – Lip Velvet’ Long Wear Lipstick
Burberry Lip Definer – Brick Red
Aqua Rouge 8 – Iconic Red
Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil – 8C True Red

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29.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Jennifer Lawrence’s Modern Side-Swept Waves

SAG Awards Hair

The forties influence was still very much in evidence at the Screen Actors Guild Awards over the weekend. But while Jessica Chastain (aka Jessica Rabbit), Naomi Watts and Naya Rivera stuck to a conventional Veronica Lake side-parting with loose waves,  Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence added a twist to the look, pinning one side of the hair back completely.

Stylist Mark Townsend, whose clients include all of the Olsen sisters, Nicole Richie and Lea Michele, talked to us about how he achieved Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet style for the event.

‘For the Screen Actors Guild Awards I was inspired by old Hollywood glamour, so I wanted Jennifer’s hair to show that influence and inspiration,’ Mark said. ‘But I wanted it to be young and very modern as well.’

‘To get her side swept waves, I started by applying a nickel-sized amount of Dove Color Care Leave On Conditioner into Jennifer’s damp hair – she’s colored her hair so much lately so her hair needs added moisture and protection.’

‘Next, I loaded her hair with the Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and blow dried with a large round brush. To give her hair a loose wave, I wrapped sections of hair varying from 2 to 5 inches around a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, leaving the ends out.’

‘I took a small amount of Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands, rubbed my hands together and then raked my fingers through the waves to break them up and give the hair amazing shine, then took the hair from the right side, twisted it and then pinned it in the back with a few bobby pins.

‘To give the hair a cool, lived-in texture, I sprayed Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray from mid-length to ends and scrunched with my hands. I finished by spraying Dove Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray liberally all over to keep her hair in place all night and give the hair even more shine.’

It will be interesting to see how this red carpet trend evolves this month with the BATFA’s, Grammy’s and Academy Awards still to go.

Jennifer Lawrence SAG Awards Hair

Dove STYLE+care Nourishing Curls, Whipped Cream Mousse
Dove STYLE+care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Dove STYLE+care Hairspray, Strength & Shine, Extra Hold

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25.01.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Hayden Panettiere’s Golden Globes Glow

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsHayden Panettiere is having a moment. Nominated for her first Golden Globe award this year for her portrayal of petulant country songstress Juliette Barnes in the hit ABC show Nashville, the petite actress has also been rocking the red carpet recently.

Although she hails from just outside New York City, Neutrogena cover girl Hayden always looks the epitome of a California girl with her blonde locks and glowing skin – even in the depths of winter. Make-up artist Amy Oresman, whose other high profile clients include Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson and Zoe Saldana, talked to us about how she achieved Hayden’s look for the awards ceremony.

‘Hayden’s Golden Globe make up look was clean and contemporary as we wanted effortless makeup to pair with her sea shell pink Cavalli gown.’

‘First we prepped Hayden’s skin with Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Primer mixed with a pea size amount of Healthy Defense Moisturizer. This keeps skin smooth and shine at bay all day and night. Next we used Shine Control Makeup in Fresh Beige as both a foundation and concealer. This is a great build-able foundation that looks so natural and has rice protein that absorbs oil so you always look great in photos.’

‘On her cheeks we used the Sheer Highlight Blush palette in Pure from Neutrogena and I also used this as a night light under her brows and bridge of her nose. Hayden’s eyes had a fifties flair but I used silver and taupe cream to create a blue slate shadow so it felt current and feminine. I did this by mixing two Crease Proof eye shadow colors, Forever Platinum and Lasting Taupe, together for a base on her lids. These shadows go on creamy so they are easy to blend, but they dry to a powder finish and really stay put.’

‘I kept the bottom of Hayden’s lash line clean leaving all color on the top – this gives a really fresh feel. I lined Hayden’s eye with her favorite black liner Cosmic Black by Neutrogena, coated her lashes with Healthy Volume Mascara and curled then with a Shu Uemura lash curler. I then added a few individual lashes to the corner of her eyes.’

‘We shaped her brows with Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Ash Blond and also used her brow gel to keep them in place.’

‘Finally, we paired a plum stained lip with her sultry eyes. Hayden loves Perfect Plum Moisture Smooth Color Stick –  it is her absolute favorite – it’s like a Sharpie pen of color and moisture for your lips!’

Hayden Panettiere's Golden Globes Glow

Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup SPF 20
Neutrogena Sheer Highlighting Blush
Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow
Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil
Neutrogena Perfect Plum Moisture Smooth Color Stick

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24.01.13 Beauty, Makeup

Flower: Drew Barrymore Launches Her Own Mass Market Beauty Line


After five years as the face of cosmetics giant Cover Girl, actress/producer/director and new mother Drew Barrymore has launched her own mass market beauty line called Flower.

A self-proclaimed ‘drugstore queen’, she spent that last year and half formulating the line: ‘I am the biggest lover of makeup on the planet,’ Drew said. ‘I have grown up in a make-up chair and then coming from being a Creative Director at CoverGirl, knowing what is right for marketing in makeup – for me, it was perfect timing to put all of those things together.’

Drew is promising that Flower will formulate high-performing, premium make-up of the highest quality at a price women can afford. ‘I love prestige makeup and I love mass makeup and with this line, I wanted to bring the two worlds together, ’ she says. ‘We have a different business model—we don’t spend millions and billions on marketing and advertising. Every penny we have actually goes into our formula and packaging.’

Acting as the face of the brand is certainly one way that Flower has cut costs, and the packaging, a chic mix of black and bone white with rose gold plating, was also designed by her.

Drew’s top picks for this season, during which she says she is ‘dying to bring back the nineties’ include the Black Rose Kiss Stick High Shine Lipstick and Toffee Line and Shine Lip Liner, the Zoom-in Ultimate Mascara, the quadruple-milled Flower Powder Up Loose Powder and the Nail’d it Nail Lacquer in Gorgeous Gerbera.

Flower is manufactured in the USA, never tested on animals and is now available on Walmart.com.

Flower by Drew Barrymore

Flower Kiss Stick High-Shine Lipstick
Flower Line & Shine Lip Liner
Flower Zoom-In Ultimate Mascara
Flower Powder Up Loose Powder
Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer

23.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Michelle Obama’s Second Term Bangs

Michelle Obama’s Second Term Bangs

While there was plenty of buzz surrounding the First Lady’s outfit choices for President Obama’s swearing in, inauguration and the ball that followed, it was Michelle’s newly cut fringe that caused the most stir over the weekend.

Chicago based Johnny Wright, her exclusive hairstylist since 2008 and the force behind her new look, explained: ‘It was a collaborative effort… she was ready for a change.’

‘Sometimes all we need is a little change in our appearance to give us the extra oomph. Cutting bangs is one of those go-to styles that can immediately change your appearance,’ he said. ‘And the great thing about bangs is I think they work for all face shapes. The thing is you need to get it cut properly for your face shape and that why I say you should always consult a professional and see what works best for you. Should they be shorter? Should they be longer? Should they be swept to one side?’

But that is the hardest part according to Wright. ‘The only trick with maintaining bangs is just keeping them trimmed,’ he says. ‘A lot of salons offer free bang trims so you go in and keep the fresh look you want.’

‘Bangs are so cool because they can make you look really sexy and youthful and at the same time really change up your look. It’s a new year and I think it’s a great opportunity for women to adopt a new look.’

Here are Wright’s tips for achieving a presidential head of hair:

‘You should be deep conditioning to soften and nourish the hair shaft every time you shampoo. There is no such thing as too much deep conditioning.’ He recommends SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment which strengthens hair with a blend of shea butter and green tea.

‘My biggest complaint from clients is that they have thin hair that doesn’t have any volume.’ He swears by Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion Hair and Scalp Serum.  ‘A little goes a long way and it gives you a noticeably thicker, fuller look.’


SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment
Amla Legend Billion Hair Potion Hair and Scalp Serum

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18.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Get The Look: Anne Hathaway’s Pixie Crop

Anne Hathaway Hair

Growing out short hair is never easy. Fortunately for Anne Hathaway, who brutally hacked off her long brunette locks live on film in the screen adaptation of Les Miserables, she has had a team of pros on hand to make sure she looks chic every step of the way.

And it seems that now she has added a few inches, Anne has decided to stick with her new do: ‘I love the short-haired lifestyle,’ Hathaway told US Vogue. ‘I’m turning 30, and — I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say — I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.’

Our favourite look so far, has been the work of New York based stylist Sascha Breuer who has given her pixie crop a more edgy look and swept her fringe off to the left side.

He gave us some tips on how to copy this style:  ‘To add an edge to Anne’s chic look, we decided to give the hair a messy and very textured feel and styled her longer, now more grown-out fringe to sweep casually to the side, gently grazing her face.’

‘To recreate this look I would recommend you blow-dry your hair and shape it slightly with your hands, after spraying a little bit of Wella SP Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray or salt water spray for added gut.’

‘Once the hair is completely dry, use a ceramic straightener on individual sections to enhance the hair and bring out the straighter, rock-chic feel of the look.’

‘I really like the Braun Satin Hair Series Straightener as it will allow you to adjust the temperature and personalize it to the needs of your hair. Mist some of the spray directly on your fingers and define single strands without weighing your hair down. This way, the spray stays on really light and your will let your hair look and feel natural, even though it has a strong hold level.’

‘Stylish and cool, without a fuss!’

Anne Hathaway

Wella Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hairspray
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Braun Satin Hair 7 ion-shine ES2 – Straightener

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