07.09.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Beautiful, Beautiful Blue Eyes

Monagesque heiress Charlotte Casiraghi was bang on trend when she matched her eye makeup to her cobalt-blue silk Gucci gown this week.

Her inspiration surely came from the fall/winter 2012/13 catwalks where makeup artists used a profusion of azures, Yves Klein blues and ceruleans to create eye-catching looks.

At Anna Sui, makeup artist Pat McGrath traced on a thick line of electric blue on the eyelid, extending it slightly up and past the outer corners and at Stella McCartney she finished off the otherwise pared-back beauty look with a heavy coat of electric-blue mascara.

For Prabal Gurung MAC make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury applied teal hues to models’ lids using diagonal brush strokes to mimic the feather pattern of a bird, while at L’Wren Scott Lancome’s Aaron de Mey created a hazy sapphire eye by smoking navy liner along the upper and lower lashes and blending it up above the crease.

While many may balk at the idea, Tom Pecheux, Creative Make Up Director for Estee Lauder, assures us: “Blue eye shadow is flattering on nearly everyone—every skin tone, eye color, hair shade.”

For a more wearable blue eye M.A.C senior artist Keri Blair recommends using fluffy brush to apply M.A.C’s new Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eye Shadow in Bright Moon.

“Dampen the brush to achieve more opacity,” says Blair, “Or for a powdery, see-through finish, you can apply the product dry.” But the aim is to achieve a “watercolor-like wash” on the lid.

Next, for a dash of blue pigment, “Apply M.A.C’s Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eye Shadow in Sky using a soft angled brush, fashion a ‘v’ shape in the outer corner,” says Blair. “This adds dimension and gives a playful quality without being too graphic.”

Finally, to add more depth and definition along the upper lashes, use a black gel liner. Blair recommends M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack using a stiff angled brush.

“Follow the natural shape of your eye, keeping the line clean and precise but without a wing. A cat-eye is beautiful, but pairing it with teal shadow can make it look 1950s-esque and dated.”

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06.09.12 Beauty, Hair

Kate Hudson’s ‘Venetian Goddess’ Venice Film Festival Hair

Kate Hudson made a triumphant return to the red carpet last week at the Venice Film Festival. We spoke to her long-time hair stylist David Babaii about the behind-the-scenes preparation that went into her ‘Venetian Goddess’ inspired looks.

‘The Venice Film Festival was a lot of fun and it also marked my 10 year anniversary working with Kate. She’s my boho princess, she’s just so cool and sexy but also down to earth so the hair was all about keeping it effortless. For all her looks we went for something real women could do at home – something loose and approachable.’

‘First I washed Kate’s hair and blew it out using a few drops of IT&LY’s Pure Water Drops Serum for a bit of polish. Kate has really curly hair so I blowdry it to get it smooth and then I put the waves that I want back in using a curling iron with a two inch barrel..It’s more of a bend than a wave.’

‘Then I like to use a bit of IT&LY’s Pure Definition Hair Spray for that day old look. While I like a bit of chaos in the hair, I always want the roots to be perfect so my trick is to spray a bit more hairspray onto a toothbrush and smooth it along the roots.’

‘My favourite look for Kate was when we put it up – but not perfectly up. I put a lot of texture through it (try IT&LY’s Pure Volumizing and moisturizing texturizer) and then pinned it up in the back using only five pins. Again it was loose and kind of chaotic.’

The IT&LY’s Purity line is cruelty free and contains a unique Desert Blend containing vegetable extracts and protein from Agave, Yucca and Prickly Pears plants to hydrate protect against UV rays.

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27.08.12 Beauty, Hair

Nikki Reed’s ‘Do Something Awards’ Beachy Chignon

Nikki Reed is fast becoming a red-carpet favourite thanks to Hollywood power stylist Jessica Paster.

The ‘Twilight’ star attended the Do Something Awards in Santa Monica last week looking completely on trend beauty-wise with strong natural eyebrows and nude lips.

Hair stylist Mara Roszak, whose clients include Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana, gave us the lowdown on how she achieved Nikki’s beachy chignon.

“Dry the hair and part in the middle. Then spray Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray all over the hair, twist the front sections on both sides and pin in place. This adds a nice texture to the hair.

“Let the hair dry with the Surf Spray in it, then, to add a bit more fluff and texture I also used Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo all over.

“Next, pull the remaining hair low to one side, twist into a loose bun shape and pin in place. Twist in the front sections, allow a few pieces to fall out around the face and pull the rest back into the bun and pin up.

“Finally, spray all over with Elnett hairspray.”

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo
L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

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24.08.12 Beauty, Hair

Kate Beckinsale’s ‘Total Recall’ Promo Tour Hair

British beauty Kate Beckinsale has been consistently wowing us on the red carpet with her flawless skin and fabulous hair.

Tinseltown colourist Tracey Cunningham, who is also responsible for co-star Jessica Biel’s pretty ombre locks, created Kate’s new look for the ‘Total Recall’ promo tour.

Tracey said: “Kate is the classic brunette beauty. I love the golden chestnut brown we created for her. We rarely do highlights but I went for it this time. The result? Perfection.”

Meanwhile, stylist Mara Roszak created a range of looks for Kate throughout the ‘Total Recall’ press junket from undone updos to glamorous retro waves. Mara gave us the scoop on her ‘must-have’ products to create any style.

Greyl Voluforme Hairspray – It’s a great lightweight hairspray that can be brushed through and moulded, yet still gives the hair a great hold.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – A “texturizer” for the hair. It makes the hair feel like you’ve spent a day at the beach.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – It’s not only great for second-day hair, but also for styling! It gives the hair a great voluminous fluffy texture, perfect for updos.

Phyto Phytovolume Spray – A must-have for blow-drying hair. Everyone benefits from a little lift at the roots, and that’s exactly what this product does without weighing the hair down.

Greyl Eclat Natural – It’s the perfect lightweight cream to use on dry hair, to break up the style and calm frizz.

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24.08.12 Beauty, Hair

Jessica Biel’s ‘Total Recall’ Promo Tour Hair

Jessica Biel has been pounding the red carpet hard the last few weeks promoting her new movie ‘Total Recall’, and at each event she has been perfectly coiffed thanks to colourist Tracey Cunningham and hairstylist Adir Abergel.

Tracey, whose A-list clientele includes Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron, said: “I’m really happy with the way Jessica’s hair has turned out.”

“I used a new line of hair colour from Redken called Chromatics that is ammonia-free and doesn’t compromise the integrity of hair…..She looks great and the ombre is perfect for summer.”

Adir Abergel decided to trim Jessica’s fringe to emphasize her eyes during the press junket. “Before, her bangs were rounded and very ’60s,” Adir said. “I cut them straight across and made them a little shorter to open up her eyes. It gives them more of an edge.”

To beat the heat, instead of blowing out Biel’s bangs, Abergel let them air-dry and separate naturally., “I used a big brush to dust it along her roots, and ran it through her bangs with my fingers,” he said.

“It soaked up the oil and added to the piecey texture without me having to use a lot of product.”

He finished with a light spritz of Frederick Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray.

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22.08.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Summery Coral Lip

With summer at its peak, the time is ripe to heat things up on the lipstick front, and so the nude, neutral lip is giving way to a deliciously seasonal coral hue – perfect for complementing a sun-kissed glow.

“Coral embodies that just-back-from-the-beach look,” says Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, whose clients include Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence. “It makes you look like you have just been on a summer vacation.”

Not quite pink, not quite orange, this is a shade that perfectly offsets bronzed or pale skin and brightens up the face like no other.

Dark and olive complexions look great in shades with a tangerine base while paler, fairer skin suits shades with salmon undertones.

And while you might think that redheads are a bad fit for the trend, Rachel says that pure, warm peachy shades look great.

But keep the rest of your makeup minimal: tinted moisturizer, a few coats of black mascara and defined brows are all you need to go with a sheer coral lip. For brighter, richer textures add a sweep of light bronzer.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in Iridescent Icy Coral is a sweet pinky-coral.

Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Tipsy has a warm golden sheen.

Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in Coral 45 with SPF 10 gives a hint of color with a glossy finish.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in True Coral is perfect for a bolder evening look.

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20.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Emma Stone’s Amazing Eyes

She’s been clocking up some serious air miles on The Amazing Spider-Man world press and premiere tour and with each new city, actress and Revlon spokeswoman; Emma Stone has rocked a different coloured eye.

Rachel Goodwin, Emma’s make-up artist has got the art of the statement eye down to a tee.

By keeping to the same basic lined eye and adding a sweep of eye shadow in ever changing hues (depending on Emma’s outfit) over the brow bone, she has been able to create the illusion of a host of different looks over the course of the tour.

Goodwin, a Chanel make-up artist, always starts by tracing black liquid liner along the lash line and then applies a strip of false lashes followed by two coats of black mascara.

Then, using a quad eyeshadow palette, she lines the eye again with an angled brush using a grey or brown shade; next, using the colour of choice, she will blend and sweep from the eye socket all the way up and out along the brow bone.

Goodwin finishes off with a dab of Vaseline over the shadow on the outer part of the brow bone for a dewy glow.

Here are some of Emma’s favourite products.

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black
Chanel Ecriture Automatic Liquid Eyeliner in Noir
Revlon ColorStay 16Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Precocious
Revlon ColorStay 16Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Goddess
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Vanites
Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black
Chanel Inimitable Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir

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