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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14.06.12 Beauty, Skincare

Faking Perfect Skin

Bad skin days are something we all suffer once in a while, but looking at the red carpet you would be hard pressed to believe that problem skin is ever a problem that these ladies have to deal with.

In fact, Hilary Swank, Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Megan Fox and Cameron Diaz are just a few big names who have had to brave the cameras in the midst of a nasty break-out.

Thankfully, cosmetics companies have wised up to the need for make-up that both conceals and treats pesky blemishes at the same time and with a bit of regular maintenance and forward planning you should never be caught looking anything less than camera ready. Here’s how to fake it ‘till you make it.

Start by committing to taking a regular multivitamin for your skin. I love Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement.

Invest in a Clarisonic Cleansing Brush with an Acne Cleansing Brush Head and Clarifying Cleanser.

Stop using liquid sunscreen and switch to mineral powders. I swear by Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Spf 15.

Look for double duty make-up and use it – but lightly. The trick is to make the most of the good, clear skin and keep any heavy coverage to the problem areas.

Prep the skin with a calming anti-acne primer like Colorescience PRO Let Me Be Clear Primer for Problem Skin or Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment.

Use a foundation that reduces redness, like Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation which also contains probiotics.

If you do have blemishes, using a clean make-up brush, apply concealer onto problem areas blending gently outwards. Try Acne Treatment Concealer by Murad and Jane Iredale Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer.

Finally set it all with a powder like Dermablend Loose Setting Powder and a spritz of Fix + from M.A.C..

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12.06.12 Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Beauty’s New Face: Jessica Chastain

Actress Jessica Chastain has been wowing us on the red carpet for some time and it seems she has also caught the eye of the folks over at YSL as she has just been named the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s new fragrance, Manifesto.

‘We were won over by the very subtle strength of Jessica Chastain, her solar charm, her free mind,” said Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté at L’Oréal. “Jessica embodies the quintessence of Saint Laurent’s femininity, a woman of her day and age, independent, determined, never where you expect her to be.”

How does she pull it off? The alabaster-skinned red head is a devout vegan and yogi, but make-up artist Mary Greenwell also knows what beauty products it takes to achieve her stunning red-carpet looks.

Jessica gets her flawless complexion with the help of Suqqu primer, Chanel Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup and Crème de la Mer concealer under the eyes.

For her old-school Hollywood glamour look at the Cannes premiere of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’: smoky black eyes using Bourjois Ombre Strech Eyeshadow in Glitter Black and lots of Tom Ford Beauty Extreme Mascara in Raven for thick, long lashes with Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Noir in the roots of the lashes. Chanel Espiegle blusher mixed with a bronzing powder called Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder and lips painted with the classic Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Gabrielle.

For her daytime look on Kelly! Live (top left): a mix of Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Epatant #84 and Chanel Ombre Essentielle Blazing Gold #407 eyeshadows to warm up the eye and layers of Chanel Sublime de Chanel Mascara in black to open it up. Guerlain Brow Pencil in Blonde to fill in the brows, Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle, and for the lips, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte lined with Bobbi Brown Lip liner in Ballet Pink.

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11.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Pale Lip

Looking at the red carpet the last few weeks we can’t help but to ask: where has all the lip colour gone?

Whether it was haute couture events like Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Event (see Rinko Kikuchi, Leigh Lezark and Linda Evangelista) or the traditionally gaudy CMT awards (see Ashley Greene, Kelly Picker and Carrie Underwood) pale, nude lips were the order of the day.

Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz’s makeup artist of choice, and the queen of the nude lip puts it down to the season: ‘When it’s hot and humid, don’t complicate things,’ she says.

‘Go for a pigment-heavy smoky eye; keep the rest of your face natural, matte and clean and wear a nude lip colour. It will keep all the focus on the eyes and give the face a healthy, effortless, and easy finish.’

Here’s how to achieve the perfect pale lip:

– Prep the lips. Exfoliate with a product like Bioelements Lip Buff which will sweep away any dead, peeling skin, reduces line and improve the texture of your lips.

– Use a lip liner to redefine your lips. Fill in your lips with the liner too. This will help your look last all day. Smashbox The Nude Lip Liner comes in a range of shades for all skin tones.

– When it comes to lip colour, if you have a lighter complexion and hair colour, go with a peachy nude, olive-toned skin should use pink or light peach tones and stay away from mocha colours. Dark skin nude look lips look best with mocha tones.

– Finish off with lip gloss and then use a touch of concealer on your cupid’s bow for a pop of colour.

Here are our favourite nude lip colours:

MAC Lipstick in MythNordstrom.com
YSL Rouge Volupte #4 Sweet HoneyYSL Beauty
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Nude AttitudeBoots.com
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in CocoaSelfridges.com
NARS Sheer Lipstick Barbarella – Sephora.com

07.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Dramatic Cat Eyes

At the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards this week, Zoe Saldana may have worn Prabal Gurung but she took the inspiration for her dramatic cat eyes straight from the Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 show, where Lucia Pieroni used M.A.C. Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner applied with an angled brush and M.A.C. False Lashes Mascara to create a striking retro, fifties-looking eye.

Devon Aoki, Stacey Bendet and Doutzen Kroes also went for a thick, black-lined eye ending in an upward flick, something that makeup artist Val Garland, who went for a double-lined eye at Marios Schwab’s Spring 2012 show, described as ‘film noir Fellini’.”

Los Angeles-based makeup artist Sonia Kashuk says the trick to achieve this look is to use a gel liner, which can be easier to apply than a liquid liner as it stays in place, has great wear, and is easy to manoeuvre.

“If you have a hard time seeing what you are doing while drawing on the eyelid, try applying a gel formula with a Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush, which has a bent tip to give you a better view of the eye during application,” she says.

First prime the eyelid with a nude-coloured cream eyeshadow like Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow.

Start by dotting the liner into the spaces between the lashes, wiggling the liner into the lashes. The result is not supposed to be a line. It’s supposed to look as if the lashes themselves are super thick at the root.

Then, holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply a line from the inner corner out, extending the line upward at the outer corner of eye. Go over the line several times until you get the width you want.

To make the eyes appear wider and pop, trace the inner rims of the eyes with a white pencil or highlight the inner corners of the eyes with a light shimmer powder.

Apply lashings of mascara to finish.

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06.06.12 Beauty, Skincare

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Bronzed Goddess

As summer heats up and skin acquires a sun-kissed glow, it’s time to break out the bronzer. Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Louise Roe and Olivia Palermo were some of the first to go for a summery glow this week, keeping it looking natural with a smoky eye and neutral lip.

But even if the sun doesn’t break out from behind those clouds, this is a look that everyone can achieve with the help of make-up artist Kay Montano, who explains how to fake it with the ‘Bo Derek meets Gisele in Rio’ look she created for the Issa London S/S 2012 show:

– Apply Mymix Foundation in a shade suited to your skintone – do not go darker!

ModelCo Airbrush Luminizer sprayed on the face or Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Loose Powder applied using a big blush brush for a blown-out, blended effect are both perfect to highlight the tops of cheekbones and the temples.

– I used Nars Bronzing Powder Laguna to shade, contour and sun-kiss the girls then applied a clear raspberry cheek stain. Try Tarte cheek stain in Sheer Berry Rose.

– For the eyes I used Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Ambre smudged deep into the lashes and on the inner rim of the eye. Then I used Chanel Illusion D’Ombres in Embloui to create a smudgy, soft finish and thickened eyelashes with Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black.

– Eyebrows were brushed up with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.

– The t-zone was mattified with a brush of Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

– And finally I applied clear lip balm or Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Beige Pink.

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04.06.12 Beauty, Nails

Beauty Spotting Trend: Natural Nail

The glamour stakes were high as it was the 2012 Glamour Women of the Year Awards but one area which was notably low key? Nails.

After an excess of neon and oddball coloured manicures doing the rounds recently, Lily Collins, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara and Naomi Watts all sported wearable shades of cream and beige taking their cue from the Fall 2012 catwalks which included glossy buff tones at Christopher Kane, soft seashell pink-and-yellow at Marc by Marc Jacobs and a sophisticated milky white at The Row.

Deborah Lippmann, manicurist to Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penelope Cruz concurs: “Nudes are not going away and this opaque nude on a short shape is almost like the skin extended.”

And stars often opt for neutral nail lacquer hues like peach, beige and light pink on red carpet so they don’t clash with their dresses.

“Nails have to coordinate with what the celebrity is wearing and often times they don’t know until the day of or as close as an hour before they leave their house or hotel,” says Lippman.

But finding the perfect nude shade can be tricky. Here’s Lippmann’s no fail tip: “Try it on! When you put on a nude that’s wrong, your cuticle will look gray or dark or red. If the cuticle turns any colour that breaks up look of the skin extending, it’s the wrong shade.”

“Opaque formulas are great because no nail shows through, so it’s an updated, stronger way to wear nude. It’s considered the most sophisticated nail look from the top fashion houses, beauty experts, and photographers – it’s a look that they’re all requesting because it’s so chic and modern.”

“Darker skin tones can go more toward orange and yellow shades, and they can also wear a lot of purple shades. Tweak the coverage to make the shade your own, and to achieve the hue that you feel looks best. If the color looks a little light, try doing one thin coat, and then one heavier coat. If you play with the coverage, you can get the shade that works best for your skin tone.”

Here are our top picks:

Nails Inc. Cadogan SquareNailsinc.com
Essie A Crewed InterestEssie.com
Deborah Lippmann Tiny Dancerdeborahlippmann.com
Orly Nail Lacquer Coffee BreakAmazon.com

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01.06.12 Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Diane Kruger’s Award Winning Beauty

Diane Kruger wins our Palme D’Or for looking the most fabulous throughout the 12 day Cannes Film Festival.

The model-turned-actress, who claims to have no stylist and takes only 45 minutes to get red carpet ready, made jury duty look effortless with her glamorous, yet simple look: a smoky eye, highlighted cheek bones and a natural lip.

How does she do it?

Here is Diane’s beauty routine: ‘I always wash my face with Surgras soap. Then I’ll apply Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and follow up with Roséliane d’ Uriage cream—it’s the only cream I can use on my sensitive skin.’

‘I don’t like to wear too much makeup so I’ll often just do it myself. I learned all the tricks during my modeling years—like never use foundation all over, just use something to cover imperfections. I prefer to use cover sticks, like Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier.’

‘I have fair skin and blonde hair so I have to keep in mind that some looks can make me seem washed out.I usually go all out on lashes and eyebrows and I love red shades so I tend to go all out on lipsticks. I’m a huge fan of the smoky eye but I also like a fresh and natural look, so it just depends on my mood.’

‘The best beauty advice I was ever given came from my mom: Less is more. I’ve always preferred the natural look.’

Diane’s beauty arsenal:

Kiehls Blue Astringent Herbal Lotionkiehls.com
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras Cleansing Barskin-etc.com
Uriage Roseliane Creamfrenchcosmetics.net
Uriage Makeup Removal Lotionfrenchcosmetics.net

In her make-up bag:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealerlauramercier.com
Stila Colour Push-upsdermstore.com
Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminatesaks.com
The Backstage Beauty Collection Smoky Eye & Eyeliner Quadbettesboutique.com
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascaraboots.com
Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duolauramercier.com
Lancome Juicy Tubessephora.com

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31.05.12 Beauty, Skincare

How To Achieve The Perfect Pins

Ever since Angelina Jolie’s much talked about, if questionable, leg pose at the Oscars this year, we have taken more notice of pin-flashers on the red carpet.

At amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala last week, Jessie J, Milla Jovovich, Isabeli Fontana and Nina Dobrev all donned dresses split to the thigh, showing off a lot of leg.

While these lovely ladies are probably up at 6am with a personal trainer every day, those who have not been dutifully doing one hundred squats a day and hill sprints all winter can also have picture-perfect legs in minutes.

Here’s how:

– Pre-shower using a dry body brush to boost circulation and slough off dead skin

– In a warm, not hot, shower use a body scrub like Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator or Bliss FatGirlScrub to smoothe skin and get rid of any pesky in-grown hairs

– A great razor and moisturising shave gel is a must have

– If your legs are looking pasty or have unsightly bruises, a shimmery tinted moisturiser like This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle can hide imperfections, skin discolourations and scars. It also has a powerful complex of vitamin C and vitamin E to help even out skin tone and Arnica to fade bruising

– If you need more coverage, a body ‘foundation’ like Dermablend Leg and Body Cover will hide tattoos, stretch marks, varicose veins, spider veins, bruises, scars and even burns for a flawless red-carpet look

– If you don’t want any colour on your legs, Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion tightens and moisturises in a flash, then you can finish off with a dusting of shimmer powder down the shin bones to make your legs appear longer.

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator Sephora.com
Bliss FatGirlScrubBliss World
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor for WomenBoots.com
This Works Perfect Legs Skin MiracleBoots.com
Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body EmulsionSephora.com
Dermablend Leg and BodyDermablend.com
Victoria’s Secret Makeup Brilliant Shimmer All-over PowderVictoriassecret.com

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