23.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Teenage Brow

As the saying goes, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’, and the latest beauty trend in Hollywood takes its inspiration from the bushy adolescent eyebrow.

At the Gucci and Vanity Fair dinner party at the Hotel du Cap, Naomi Watts, Caroline Casiraghi, Li BingBing, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Connelly all sported fuller Eighties-style brows.

Eyebrow guru Kristie Streicher, whose clients includes Julia Roberts, Rachel Weisz and Molly Sims, says: “Fuller eyebrows are more youthful and really frame the face.”

Here are her tips for getting back the brows of your youth:

* Cheat. Grow overplucked brows back faster by applying an enhancing gel every night. RevitaBrow by Revitalash and Talika Eyebrow Lipocils will kick-start regrowth.

* Follow your own natural brow line. Everyone’s bone structure and brows are different. If you’re not sure where your eyebrows should be, run your finger along your eyebrow bone. That’s exactly where the line of your eyebrow should be.

* Draw an invisible line from the corner of your nose straight up towards your forehead to indicate where the eyebrows should start.

* Your brow’s arch should fall just outside the pupil and go all the way across the brow bone, feathering the ends outward to give the eye a lift.

* Use a good pencil, powder, or tinted brow gel to fill in sparse areas. By filling in the growing or thin areas, the eyebrow will appear more defined and complete while also making the sparse hairs underneath less noticeable. Be sure to use a pencil, powder, or gel that’s a shade or two lighter than your hair colour since it will look darker once applied. Powder works better on oily skin while pencil is usually better for more mature or drier skin.

What you will need:
Talika Eyebrow
Sephora Collection Classic Double-Ended Brow Sculpting
Tweezeman Slant
Anastasia Brow Powder
Laura Mercier Eyebrow
MAC Brow SetSelfridges

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22.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Get Charlize Theron’s Smoldering Eyes

Charlize Theron has been hitting the red carpet hard this month on an international tour promoting her new film ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. And, as always, she has been accompanied by her make-up artist, international beauty expert to Dior, Shane Paish.

‘There are two looks that I tend to lean towards when it comes to Charlize,’ says Paish. ‘One is the dark, smoky eye and pale lip (she looks amazing in this!) and the other is a softer, more bronzy look.’

Either way he always sticks to the basics: defined brows with contoured eyes and highlighted cheekbones.

To create a Charlize-style smoky eye, Paish first uses a flesh-coloured eyeliner on the inside of the lid to open the eye and blend into the skin tone, killing any pink or redness the inner lid may have.

Then he lines the upper and lower lash line with waterproof liner and coats the lashes with tons of Diorshow mascara.

Here are some of his favourite products he uses to create Charlize’s looks:

Skin: DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Crème-Gel Makeup and Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation.

Eyes: Dior Crayon Eyeliner – Waterproof and Diorshow Extase Mascara.

Lips: Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Tulip Pink #448 and Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Beige Tweed #227.

Cheeks: Diorblush in Pink in Love #889
and Diorskin Poudre Shimmer Ultra Shimmering All Over Face Powder in Amber diamond.

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21.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Cheryl Cole Shares Her Favourite L’Oreal Products In Proenza Schouler

Before stepping onto the red carpet wearing a stunning Stephane Rolland Couture gown during Cannes Film Festival yesterday evening, Cheryl Cole filmed a short video sharing her favourite L’Oreal beauty products.

They included L’Oreal’s False Lash Telescopic mascara, Elnett hairspray, L’Oreal Perfect Slim eyeliner and L’Oreal’s Glamshine.

Proving that Cannes brings out the best in her style wise, the singer wore a Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 dress.

Her vibrant panelled dress artfully spliced together with contrasting zebra-print and neon-yellow may have a touch of déjà vu about it.

That’s because Kate Bosworth wore a two-piece look from this collection with the same colour palette last year.

Wearing a striking hot-pink lip colour with her hair teased up into a ponytail, Cheryl completed her look with David Morris jewels.

Cheryl will be on the red carpet again on Tuesday as she will be attending the ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ London premiere, which she briefly stars in.

You can buy Cheryl’s Proenza Schouler dress from

18.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Fan Bingbing’s Tangerine Dream

For the second year in a row Chinese actress Fan BingBing rocked a bold, matte, nearly neon,orange lip at Cannes Film Festival.

Orange is her favourite colour and this year, with the help of L’Oréal’s Official Cannes Makeup Artists Karim Rahman and Billy B, Fan chose L’Oréal’s Color Riche Orange (303) to play off of her embroidered Christopher Bu strapless gown.

Fan is not alone in her penchant for orange.

MAC’s Morange is currently the number 1 bestselling lipstick in China (thanks to Fan Bingbing), the orange lip featured in JCrew’s catalogue was such a hit they developed a signature hue with Poppy King last year, and even Bobbi Brow, the queen of the nude lip, has launched a collection called Neons and Nudes of which Atomic Orange is a bestseller.

The tangerine lip is definitely shaping up to be a younger, more edgy take on the red lip and was prevalent on the spring runways with designers Jason Wu, Erin Fetherston, Thakoon and Nanette Lapore all showing bold neon shades.

Try it out with for yourself with Karim Rahmin’s top orange picks:
L’Oréal Color Riche Orange
L’Oréal Color Riche Volcano
L’Oréal Color Riche Sex on the Peach

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17.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Get Virginie Ledoyen’s Cannes Glow In 5 Easy Steps

Virginie Ledoyen attended the opening ceremony of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival last night.

The French actress looked stunning wearing an Elie Saab Fall 2012 emerald green strapless draped georgette gown with a simple bun and gold statement earrings.

I’m in awe of her beauty.

Here is how to get her radiant Dior glow in 5 easy steps.

For the Face:
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup – Light Beige

For the Eyes:
Diorshow Extase Mascara – Black

Dior Couleurs Smoky Palette – Smoky Khaki

For the Lips:
Dior Addict Lipstick – Baby Rose

Diorskin Rosy Glow – Petal

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16.05.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Dark Lip

The dark, vampy lip was out in full force at the Met Costume Institute Gala in New York City last week.

Dark, rich, wine-stained lips were sported by Kate Bosworth, Jessica Alba , Lana del Rey and Camilla Belle proving that the goth-inspired, Rooney Mara effect is going to be hanging around a little while longer. But Pat McGrath, the make-up artist on ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ film, has toned down the severity for this season making it a bit more wearable. She sent statement lips down the runways at the YSL, Gucci and Nina Ricci Fall 2012 shows and explained the look as: “A little bit Dante Gabriel Rosetti…It’s all about the bleached eyebrows and slightly paled-out skin with a dark lip—it’s ethereal, but dark and strong.”

To achieve the perfect dark lip McGrath recommends layering lipliner and lipstick over concealer. Using a cover-up will erase your natural lip hue and create a blank canvas for the perfect stand-out lip. “Brush a light layer of concealer over lip balm, blending with your finger, then line and color in the lips with a lipliner,” says McGrath. “Next, apply your shade of choice, blot with tissue, dust with a light bit of translucent powder, and add a second layer of lipstick for superior, longwearing coverage.” For full-on glamour, McGrath suggests pumping up shine with a touch of clear gloss.

Flawless skin is the starting point for this bold look. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible cover foundation will provide a smooth, even canvas and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer should mask any dark spots or redness. Keep the cheeks bare and eyes simple. If you have fine brows and you’re feeling a bit edgy, give them little dust with some translucent powder, MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder should do the trick, the rest should follow Bosworth’s lead and go for a gorgeously groomed full brow.

After prepping lips, start colouring in. Plummy Clinique Quickliner for lips 07 is the perfect match for any dark,wine coloured lipstick but Lipstick Queen Silicone Invisible Liner is a fool-proof option for those with a problem staying inside the lines. Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Black Orchid, Lipstick Queen Sinner in Wine and 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in New Black are all perfectly vampish shades. Finish off with a slick of DuWop Lip Venom 2nd Sin – a clear gloss that will not only add shine but also plumps the lips.

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Lipstick Queen Silicone Invisible Liner
Plummy Clinique Quickliner for Lips 07

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Black Orchid
17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in New Black
Lipstick Queen Sinner in Wine

DuWop Lip Venom 2nd Sin

Will you be trying out this trend?

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23.03.12 Beauty, Makeup

Elle Leary’s Guide To Kiernan Shipka’s Makeup-No-Makeup Look

I would imagine being a makeup artist for a young actress is a difficult job, as your challenge is always to ensure the star looks her age.

Elle Leary, makeup artist to ‘Mad Men’ actress Kiernan Shipka, shares how she gives the young actress a flawless glow.

“When we sit down with Kiernan and her mom to figure out her look for an event it is a process that takes into account her amazing fashion sense and individual flair. With her makeup it is a fine line to keep her looking age-appropriate but still honor her sense of style.

I make sure to keep her skin dewy, glowing, and youthful by moisturizing with Arbonne oil-absorbing lotion. This is a vegan, organic, paraban-free product. I try to use these types of products on her since she is so young.

I use a full-coverage foundation but sheer it out a little with moisturizer so we can see her beautiful snow-white complexion.

I love to draw attention to her amazing cheeks by swirling a little Harvana by Benefit on the apples. Perfect blend of pinks, peaches and a highlighter.

Sweep a variety of eye-shadows on her lids of taupes, browns, coppers, pinks, and mauves. I stay away from eye-liner and just finish off with two coats of mascara. I apply mascara with a medal eye-lash comb to give her the most natural and separated lashes.

Lastly we love to play up her lips; Kiernan loves pinks and nudes.

Most of the time I stick with a tint or stain to let her natural colour come through, but other times when we are trying to pump it up a little, I use a creamy lip pencil to colour in the whole lip.

I often use Peche by Chanel with a little gloss in Mica just in the centre of her lip.

Finish with a little dusting of a translucent powder in the T-zone and you are done.”

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