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19.01.12 Beauty, Makeup

Michelle Williams @ The Golden Globes Awards Makeup by Chanel Celebrity Makeup Artist Angela Levin

Inspiration:
Angela created this classic beauty look on Michelle Williams, stating “my inspiration was a gorgeous Golden Globe winner!!”

How-To:
Angela started the makeup application with cleaning the skin with CHANEL Lotion Douceur Gentle Hydrating Toner using a sponge instead of cotton. She then applied a thin layer of CHANEL Ultra Correction Lift Intensive Lifting Concentrate on her face, Angels Makeup Collagen Treatment under her eyes, and placed CHANEL Sublimage La Creme Texture Supreme on her cheeks and neck.

For this red carpet makeup look Angela applied CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 in Beige-Pastel on the face and eye lids, as a base. On the eyes, she used the grey shadow shades from the CHANEL Quadra Eyeshadow in Smoky Eyes to create a light smoky effect on the upper lid, then adding CHANEL Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Black Shimmer to the top lash. Angela then defined the brows with CHANEL Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Blond Clair and added two coats of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir on the top and bottom lashes. On Michelle’s cheeks she applied CHANEL Powder Blush in Rose Ecrin that gave a perfect flush, and completed the look with CHANEL Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Perle.
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06.01.12 Beauty, Hair, Makeup

Maybe Rooney Mara Will Usher In A ‘Dark Minimalist’ Red Carpet Revolution?

If her glam squad’s intention is to shock and awe—they’re succeeding. In a good way of course, as Rooney Mara is quickly becoming a breath of fresh beauty air.

Mara exudes this sophisticated, edgy, seriously chic energy brought forth through her amazing red carpet style, complemented by her bare-bones approach to beauty.

Dare we say it—we even fancy the fringe! Yes, it’s harsh, but it happens to be the pièce de résistance that contributes to her successfully standing out in the crowd.

Isn’t it great to see someone not try to be something they’re not?

Everyone can’t be blonde, bubbly, and tanned to perfection; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actress takes the road less traveled with her look—and we wish a few more starlets would follow suit.

Who would you like to see tone down their look on the red carpet? —India-Jewel Jackson

03.11.11 Beauty, Makeup

Look We Love: Pretty As a Peach Like Felicity Jones

We don’t know much about Felicity Jones, but all of a sudden she’s everywhere—and we’re into it.

At the Burberry Body launch party in L.A. last week, the British actress turned Hollywood ‘It’ Girl looked pretty as a peach wearing soft 60s-inspired makeup, which happened to be incredibly similar to what makeup artist Wendy Rowe created at the Burberry Prorsum FW/11 show. (If that was on purpose—kudos!)

Dark, flawlessly defined eyes paired with a near-natural looking flush and a super subtle lip make for one mesmerizing, romantic look.

Kayleen McAdams, Jones’s makeup artist, shares her technique step-by-step for us.

-Prep skin with Shu Uemura All Over Glow Primer ($50).
-Apply Cle De Peau Cream Foundation ($120) as your base, and Tarte Creaseless Concealer in Light ($24.50) underneath your eyes.
-Apply Burberry Light Glow Highlighter ($48) along the cheekbones, and contour with Burberry Natural Blush No. 07 ($42).
-Set with Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder.
-On the eyes, use MAC Eye Shadow in Typographic ($15) all over, and Burberry Eyeshadow in Almond ($29) along the creases.
-Line the top and bottom lashes with MAC Eye Pencil in Smolder ($15), and apply four coats of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir Black ($30).
-Keep the lips pretty and neutral with Burberry Lip Definer Shaping Pencil in Nude Beige ($27) and Burberry Lipstick in Cashmere Rose ($30).

Aren’t you loving the matchy-matchy makeup here? Peach lips + peach cheeks = ridiculously pretty.

01.11.11 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lower Lashes Are Gaining Momentum

For the record—we blame Kim Kardashian.

We remember the good ole’ days when mascara used to be reserved for the upper lash line; now it looks as if celebs are bucking beauty tradition and coating their lower lashes as well.

Why, pray tell, one might ask?

“This season is about separated cloggy lashes,” says Pat McGrath, the lash-obsessed makeup artist behind the spiky looks at Valentino, Lanvin, and Gucci FW/11.

The key to nailing the spidery lash look? “Tons and tons and tons of mascara,” adds McGrath.

Lucia Pieroni, the makeup artist responsible for the lash-tastic look at Alberta Ferretti FW/11 recommends ‘heavily applying mascara on the upper and lower lashes, using the wand to round out the eye for a Bambi effect.’

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury followed suit at the Chloe FW/11 show, where she confirmed Pieroni’s technique with this bit of advice: “Use your brush to pull out even the corner lashes—top and bottom—to ensure you coat every single hair.”

If mascara isn’t dramatic enough for you, take it one step further: Intensify your lower lashes with a set of falsies created especially for the lower lash line. Ardell’s Lower False Eyelashes ($4.89 at Amazon.com) are industry standard.

Question: Have you been applying mascara to your bottom lashes as well? Or will you start? —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Fame Pictures

07.07.11 Beauty, Makeup

An Open Letter To Kate Middleton And Her Makeup

Darling Duchess,

Ever since you became betrothed to your beloved, we’ve all paid quite close attention to your appearance. Fashion-wise, we loved the white ruffled Reiss number! But beauty? Le sigh.

We have four words for you: Cher. Amber. Monet. Clueless. Get it?

Yes, you tend to look flawless in full-length snapshots—but sadly the close-up headshots give away your dirty little secret: you’re heavy-handed. That blush! That eyeliner! The horror! (Shame no one has the heart—or balls—to tell you.)

Correct us if we’re wrong, but did you not take a series of makeup lessons soon after Big Willy got on bended knee? Perhaps you skipped the ‘less is more’ lecture—allow us to briefly take you back to basics.

1) Lay off the liner. Heavy kohl is appropriate on occasion (like Halloween), but for high-profile events and official appearances, like the Epsom Derby, or Wimbledon, or the Queen’s birthday dinner, or a world-televised Royal Wedding (much like your own)—ABSOLUTELY NOT. And is that white pencil we see lining your waterline? Epic fail. Of insurmountable proportions.

But we digress.

If eyeliner is a must, just tone it down. Toss the black pencil—way too harsh against your delicate features, as is rimming (and re-rimming) your lower lash line. Opt for liquid chestnut brown instead; a thin, precise line applied at the base of your eyelashes will add subtle warmth and slight depth to your gorgeous gaze. And if you’re feeling sassy, flick it out a bit, à la Lauren Conrad—definitely not Amy Winehouse.

2) Don’t swirl the brush in the blush more than twice. A dab on the apples of your cheeks will do just fine—you needn’t sweep it all the way into your hairline.

3) See number one. And number two should you have a little extra time.

All things considered, you’re a good-looking dame. You could actually forgo 90% of the slap, as it makes you look a bit dated and much older. Other than that, two thumbs up—way up. (Though you may want to rethink the shimmering flesh-tone dancer tights.)

xxxo,
Your friends at Red Carpet Fashion Awards

P.S.—What do you think about her look? Should Kate rethink her makeup M.O.?

Credit: Getty