02.08.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Orange Lips at the Young Hollywood Awards

Beauty Trend Spotting Orange Lips at the Young Hollywood Awards

With all the fashion and style last night at the Young Hollywood Awards, what really caught my eye was the total moment the colour orange was having. From peach to coral to bold tangerine–it was all about shades of orange for these young beauties.

A coral-orange-colored lip not only works for Spring and Summer, but it’s suitable for Fall, too. The trend was first noticed Moschino for Spring 2013 and then again for Fall at Oscar de la Renta.

AnnaSophia Robb complemented her summery look with a bold peachy hue. It can be recreated using Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Peach Passion, followed by Dior Addict Gloss in Dèlice to give the colour a nice shine.

Anna Camp’s makeup artist Jennifer Streicher used Armani Lip Maestro in Tibetan Orange to make a striking contrast against Anna’s white and gold pantsuit, and the tangerine shade she chose is flattering on a wide range of skin tones.

Holland Roden kept her floral attire from reading to ‘sweet’ by wearing a sleek and simple ponytail and a bold, semi-matte coral. The result was the perfect edgy, au courant look for the young star. To get a similar shade, try NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Outsider.


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Peach Passion
Dior Addict Gloss in Dèlice
Armani Lip Maestro in Tibetan Orange
NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Outsider

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01.08.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get the Looks: Rachel Bilson’s Gorgeous Red Carpet Makeup

Rachel Bilson Makeup

This week Rachel Bilson gave us two gorgeous head-to-toe looks, and here, I’ve got the breakdown of how you can get both makeup looks.

Look 1

At the LA premiere of her new movie ‘The To Do List’, Rachel made a big impact with edgy makeup by Amy Nadine.

First, Amy prepped Rachel’s skin with a few drops of tarte pure maracuja oil and then blended tarte maracuja creaseless concealer under her eyes.

Next, she applied tarte maracuja miracle foundation (in light) all over Rachel’s face, and then gently buffed tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush powder foundation (in light) on top, to eliminate any shine.

She used tarte Amazonian clay matte waterproof mineral powder bronzer in park ave princess to contour Rachel’s cheeks, and then dusted tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in amused on the apples of her cheeks.

For the eyes, Amy created a twist on the classic cat-eye by making the lines thicker and more angular. First, she used tarte skinny smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in onyx and drew a line from the inner corners of the eyes all the way to the end of the brow, so that it was a little longer than the typical wing.

Then, instead of picking up the pencil, Amy traced it back toward the inner corners and went back and filled it all in, resulting in a diamond shape. Then, she lined Rachel’s lower rims, and set the liner by patting black shadow on top of it.

Next, she added individual false lashes to give Rachel’s natural lashes a boost, and finally applied two coats of tarte lights, camera, flashes statement mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

To complete the look, Amy used tarte LipSurgence lip tint in amused, blotted it down and then applied tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint in lucky. The combination of the two shades was the perfect soft lip to complement Rachel’s edgy eye.

Look 2

Rachel’s second stunning look was from the CW, CBS, and Showtime 2013 Summer TCA party.

Rachel went to the party straight from filming her show ‘Hart of Dixie’, so her makeup look was created by the show’s makeup department head, Joni Powell.

First, Joni prepped Rachel’s skin with La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Cream to give her skin an immediate glow.

Then, she applied Kanebo Cellular Performance Cream Foundation to her skin, and finished things off with Chanel Mouche de Beauté Illuminating Powder for a flawless, radiant complexion.

On Rachel’s eyes, Joni layered Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in blue bay and tarte Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner in navy in a thick cat eye design.

Then, she lined Rachel’s bottom waterline with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Clash, and she finished off the eyes with Chanel’s Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Bleu.

The moody blue eye effect was complimented with a light wash of Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect on Rachel’s cheeks, and her lips were given the same light pink hue with Laura Mercier’s Crème Smooth Lip Colour in 60’s Pink.


Bilson's Makeup

So, which of Rachel’s looks are you going to try first?

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04.07.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get the Look: Janelle Monae’s BET Awards Cat Eyes

2013 BET Awards - ArrivalsThe classic cat eye is an evergreen trend that always adds some extra glam to a look.

Janelle Monae brought a youthful approach to the classic trend by pairing it with her flawless skin, coral lips, and her signature pompadour.

To create her striking eyes, makeup artist Saisha Beecham patted COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel over her entire lid.

Then, from the crease to the lashline, she applied the lighter shade from the COVERGIRL ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire.

Next, Beecham defined each eye with a clean line of COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black Ink across the top lash line and then flared out into a subtle wing at each outer corner.

The same liner was then applied to the lower water line.

Finally, several coats of COVERGIRL Flamed Out Water Resistant Mascara in Black Blaze were applied to the lashes for a gorgeous feathered effect.


COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel
COVERGIRL SmokeyShadowBlast in Bronze Fire
COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black Ink
COVERGIRL Flamed Out Water Resistant Mascara in Black Blaze

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28.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get the Look: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Fresh and Flushed Face

"White House Down" New York Premiere - ArrivalsI’m so excited that Maggie Gyllenhaal is in a big-budget film ‘White House Down’ and on the red carpet circuit. The indie-darling isn’t typically a red carpet fixture, and I’m just loving seeing her effortlessly adorable style event after event. She is rocking the pixie cut better than anyone right now, and she’s been embracing the bright pink lip lately, and doing it with flair.

To get all the details on her fresh and flushed look from the New York City premiere of White House Down on Tuesday, we went straight to her makeup artist, Molly R. Stern.

Stern began by spritzing Caudalie Beauty Elixir on Maggie’s face, and then massaged BY TERRY Serum De Rose and Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Cream into her skin. This prepped the skin with anti-aging and smoothing properties.

Next, Stern applied a light coat of Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation to even out the complexion.

On Maggie’s cheeks, Stern applied Flower Beauty Win Some, Rouge Some Crème Blush in Pure Petunia as a base, followed by a dusting of CARGO Blush in Catalina for an added flush.

For the eyes, Stern dabbed VS Makeup Hypergloss Eye Shimmer in Golden Lights Gold on her lids and a light dusting of NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Sophia under the lash line.

Then she layered BY TERRY Terrybly Mascara in Black Parti-Pris and Moka Brown to extend the look of Maggie’s lashes naturally.

Finally, Stern applied Flower Beauty Kiss Stick High-Shine Lip Color in LS12 Sweet Peony all over Maggie’s lips, followed by the same lipstick in LS16 Petunia Petals just in the center to give her lips a subtle punch and added pout.


Caudalie Beauty Elixir
BY TERRY Sérum de Rose
Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Cream
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
Flower Beauty Win Some, Rouge Some Crème Blush in Pure Petunia
CARGO Blush in Catalina
VS Makeup Hypergloss Eye Shimmer in Golden Lights Gold
NARS Matte Eyeshadow in Sophia
BY TERRY Mascara Terrybly in Moka Brown and Black Parti-Pris
Flower Beauty Kiss Stick High-Shine Lip Color in LS12 Sweet Peony
Flower Beauty Kiss Stick High-Shine Lip Color in LS16 Petunia Petals

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19.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Red Lips

Red Lips

The red lip is the most classic makeup look in the book. Marilyn Monroe; Grace Kelly–there is something universally appealing about the striking lip colour. Of course, certain celebrities like Dita von Teese and Gwen Stefani have developed their personal style around the red lip, and can always be counted on to execute it perfectly.

But many other stars have also been sporting the vibrant shade this spring: Kirsten Dunst and Liv Tyler used semi-matte reds to add interest to their casual style at informal events. Diane Kruger rocked a red lip and little other makeup for a striking red carpet look, and Miranda Kerr vamped it up with a high gloss red during an appearance in Seoul.

Want to steal this dramatic celeb look? With a few simple steps, it’s really easy to make red lips wearable. And remember, the super precise red lip from the pinup girl days isn’t the goal! The modern red lip is less precise and a little more ‘blurred’ around the edges.

The first step is finding the right shade of red for your skintone. There are blue- and orange-based reds, and you can test shades by swiping them on your fingertips, and then holding your fingers up to your lips (you don’t want to put testers directly on your mouth!).

Once you find the perfect shade, prime your lips for a smooth base.

Next, use a brush to apply the colour starting at the middle of your lips and moving out to the edges. Using a brush helps you stay within the lines of your lips.

Then, blot your lips with a tissue and reapply the colour again with your brush. The blotting and reapplying process will help the colour stay vibrant for hours.

Finally, use the classic pointer finger through your lips trick to make sure you don’t get red lipstick on your teeth.

Keep the rest of your makeup super simple to avoid looking too made up.

Red Lips SHC

BITE Beauty Lip & Define Lip Primer
Maybelline Lip Brush
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick–Kate Moss Collection in 001
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick in Orange Imagine
Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick Satin Finish Age Defying Lipstick in Passion Red

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17.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lining the Lower Eyelid

Beauty Trend Spotting Lining the Lower Eyelid

At the Fragrance Foundation Awards last week, Taylor Swift tried out one of the hottest spring makeup looks right now–lining only the lower lid with a hot turquoise eyeshadow. While blues and greens are hot shades for eyeshadow in general this spring and summer, the method of lining only the lower lid takes it to the next level of trendy.

Stars such as January Jones, Selena Gomez and Heidi Klum have all rocked this trend, and it was spotted at the Stella McCartney Spring 2013 RTW and Chanel Resort 2014 runway shows.

It’s easy to have fun with this trend–you can determine how bold you make your version by how bright a shadow you chose, and how thick you make the line.

To recreate the look on your own, simply dip an angled eyeliner brush in water, and then swipe it in your eyeshadow–NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Burn It Blue is a great option, since you have two fabulous colour choices. Then, simply apply the color directly under your lower eyelashes.

The more water you use on your brush, the more intense the colour will appear, so play around with the right level of intensity for your personal style.

lower lid

NARS Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Burn it Blue
Illamasqua Angled Eye Liner Brush

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05.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

The Art of Contouring Your Cheeks

Media Room At "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" ConcertNot all of us were blessed with supermodel cheekbones, but thanks to a little thing called contouring, you can totally fake it!

The endlessly gorgeous Freido Pinto is the perfect example for a little cheek contouring how-to. Sure, she has great cheekbones to begin with, but at the Chime For Change concert this weekend, she used makeup to accentuate them even more.

Contouring your cheeks should be done after you apply your foundation, concealer and eye makeup. It’s the final step of your makeup routine.

While you can use either cream or powder bronzer for contouring, I have found that a powder is easier to control and blend, so it’s best as you are learning the technique.

Chose a bronzer that is two shades darker than your natural skin colour, and also, be sure to use a non-shimmer bronzer, since the shimmer doesn’t blend well and makes the bronzer too obvious in the hollows of your cheeks. I love Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, and the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Brush is the perfect applicator.

To find the correct place to apply the bronzer, make a fish face, and you’ll see that angled indentation below your cheek. Then follow that ‘line’ with the bronzer, starting by your ear and swiping down toward your chin.

After applying the bronzer (Start lightly! You can apply more if you need.) to both cheeks, then use a kabuki brush like Make Up For Ever HD Kabuki Brush to buff it and blend it in. You want the definition, but not the noticeable line.

Finally, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour gives a light wash of colour (no one wants clown cheeks), and Buxom True Hue Blush Brush helps control the application (you want to make sure you don’t get any blush onto your contouring line). Remember never use the same brush for bronzer and blush, as the colours will get muddied!

The result will be a more defined cheekbone and a more dramatic look that you’re sure to love.

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Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Brush
Make Up For Ever HD Kabuki Brush
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour
Buxom True Hue Blush Brush
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