07.01.14 Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Nails

Beauty Trend Spotting: Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Beauty Trend Spotting - Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid

Never one to miss a trend, celebrities had a head start wearing Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid. It’s a violet shade with pink undertones, which work well from season-to-season.

Beyonce Knowles, wore the hue on her lips in one of her newest videos ‘No Angel’. You can’t go wrong with a stain that combines the moisture of a gloss. Try Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 16 Pourpre Preview.

Lucy Hale painted the shade on her nails for the 2013 Kid’s Choice Awards. For a shade that compliments any complexion paint on O.P.I. Classics Collection Nail Lacquer in Lucky Lavender.

Naya Rivera showed us how the lavender tone makes brown eyes pop at the FOX All-Star Party. Make eyes pop with NYX Slim Eyeliner in Lavender Shimmer.

If you really love Pantone’s choice, why not try it out on your hair like Kelly Osborne at the 2013 SAG Awards? If you really love the color make a semi-permanent commitment with Manic Panic in Electric Amethyst.

I’m not quite ready to dye my hair, but I’ll definitely wear this lip colour in a heartbeat. How will you wear Radiant Orchid in 2014?

Radiant Orchid

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 16 Pourpre Preview
O.P.I. Classics Collection Nail Lacquer in Lucky Lavender
NYX Slim Eyeliner in Lavender Shimmer
Manic Panic in Electric Amethyst

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16.12.13 Beauty, Makeup

Kristen Wiig’s ‘Wake Up’ Eye Makeup Trick

Anchorman 2 Premiere, Sponsored By Buffalo David BittonThroughout her ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ press tour, actress Kristen Wiig has been taking fashion risk after fashion risk, but has kept her hair and makeup simple. Things were no different last night at the New York City premiere of the film.

Kristen’s makeup was quite simple, and she employed two of the best tricks in the book to help widen your eyes and make yourself look more awake.

Considering she’s been globetrotting from premiere to premiere, the actress is likely feeling quite jetlagged at this point, so it was quite smart of her makeup artist to use these tricks.

First up, Kristen’s inner eyelids (the lower waterline) were lined with a white eyeliner. This trick instantly brightens the eye area and any nude-, white- or peach-colored liner creates this effect. Try Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner, which is specifically designed to stay put on that wet area of the eyes, or Blinc Eyeliner Pencil in White, which is also a waterproof formula.

The next trick is to put white eyeshadow on the inner corners of the eyes. This also helps the eyes look wider and more awake. Try Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in White 0 for a matte finish, or if you prefer a pearlized effect, Stila Jewel Eye Shadow in Opal is a great option.

As a final element, Kristen’s makeup artist didn’t bring her upper or lower eyeliner all the way to the inner corners of the eyes, which helps accentuate the white that is there.

Voilà! Wide awake.


Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner
Blinc Eyeliner Pencil #White
Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow #White 0
Stila Jewel Eye Shadow #Opal

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27.11.13 Beauty, Makeup

Elizabeth Banks’ ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Promo Tour Beauty Looks

Elizabeth Banks' ‘Catching Fire’ Promo Tour Beauty Looks

The stars of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ have just completed an extensive worldwide promotional tour, and while we’ve all had fun admiring and discussing Elizabeth Banks’ gorgeous gowns during the tour, her beauty looks also deserve closer inspection.

In Berlin, the actress went with a classic, sexy, brown smokey eye, a delicate nude lip, and her lob styled into tousled waves. The look is classically sexy and perfectly executed by the star. To get a gorgeous, subtle nude lip like Elizabeth’s, try Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in the shade that best matches your skintone.

In Paris, things got more playful with her hair coiffed into a modern hybrid between sculpture and bouffant–definitely Parisian, and definitely modern. As for her makeup, Elizabeth had lashes for days (obviously her MUA enlisted the use of falsies in this case), and lined her bottom lashes with blue–a trend we’ve been seeing and loving since this summer. To amp up the volume on your own lashes, try Eylure Katy Perry Eyelashes in Oh Honey!, which will give you a full fringed effect.

In Los Angeles, Elizabeth went for another classic beauty look–smooth, voluminous locks with black kohl rimmed eyes and layer-upon-layer of mascara. The key to the eyes is tight-lining both eyelids and making sure every lash is coated multiple times in jet-black mascara. As for her lips, once again, Elizabeth kept things simple, so the eyes take center stage. To get this same tightlined kohl effect on your eyes, use Guerlain ‘Khol Me Kahal’ Eyeliner.

For the final stop on the tour, New York City, Elizabeth channeled the classic 50s screen siren with a vampy red lip and black cat eye. A textured updo is the perfect modern accent to the classic makeup. To get a similar matte red lip, use NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl.

These looks are all so perfect, I have a hard time choosing a favorite, but which do you think looks best on the star?

Makeup Banks

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo
Eylure Katy Perry Eyelashes in Oh Honey!
Guerlain ‘Khol Me Kajal’ Eyeliner
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

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26.11.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Nicole Richie’s Golden American Music Awards Makeup

2013 American Music Awards - ArrivalsFor Nicole Richie’s glam appearance at the American Music Awards, Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen gave her a sultry, golden smokey eye to compliment her white Emilio Pucci gown.

To get the look, first, Lauren used YSL Touche Eclat Foundation all over Nicole’s skin. She contoured her cheeks with Lorac TANtalizer Baked bronzer.

On Nicole’s brows, Lauren used Votre Vu Arche de Triumphe Brow Definer to give them a bit more definition.

To get the glam eyes, Lauren used Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Metal Eyes, sweeping the gold shade (number 2) over the lid and using the dark grey (number 4) to define the outer corner of both the upper and lower lashline and create the wing.

Next, Lauren lined the upper and lower lids with Avon Kohl Eye Liner in True Black, and finished the eyes with Avon Mega Effects Mascara to provide va-va-voom lashes.

A simple, subtle lip was created with Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Naturally Nude.

The result? A glowing, gilded effect that was perfect for the occasion–and would be great to try at home for upcoming holiday parties.


YSL Touche Eclat Foundation
Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer
Votre Vu Arche de Triumphe Brow Definer
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Metal Eyes
Avon Kohl Eye Liner in True Black
Avon Mega Effects Mascara
Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Naturally Nude

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22.11.13 Beauty, Makeup

Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Promo Tour Beauty Looks

Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘The Hunger Games Catching Fire’ Promo Tour Beauty Looks

When Jennifer Lawrence debuted a new pixie cut mere days before heading into the promotional tour for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, all of us red carpet trackers drew a united gasp of excitement in anticipation of how the star would style her new ‘do for her highly photographed next few weeks. And, I think I can speak for us all when I say that she not only didn’t disappoint in the hair department, but she also gave us some stunning makeup looks, as well. While her co-star, Elizabeth Banks kept things a bit more safe, Jennifer played to her young age and really took some risks, which paid off quite well for her.

In Madrid, the star really played up the piecey cut of her pixie, and went for a daring, angular, spiked out look–which she pulls off amazingly well. For her makeup, the inky blue and black modern cat eye is perfectly balanced with a downright girly berry-stained, glossy lip. To achieve skyhigh, sculptural hold in your own hair, try AG Hair Cosmetics Style Welding Paste Extreme Hold.

In Paris, Jennifer took another risk, and ended up looking as high-fashion and intrinsically ‘Parisian’ as Elizabeth Banks did that night (link to the Elizabeth Banks beauty round-up post). By starting off with a pale foundation, Jennifer’s makeup artist ensured that every other aspect of the beauty look would really draw the eye. Her ultra-dark red lip, the perfectly sculpting cheek bones, and the kohl-rimmed eyes are stunning, and the slicked down hair completes this look that really does deserve every bit of buzz it’s been getting. To get a lip as vampy as Jennifer’s, try Dior’s Addict Extreme Lipstick in Black Tie.

In Los Angeles, Jennifer’s look is slightly reminiscent of her Madrid look, but is definitely a softer version. Her hair has a slightly tousled effect, while her eyes are a more muted, smokey blue. Her glossy pink lips are also a deeper hue of pink. If you’re interested in emulating Jennifer’s look, this is probably a bit ‘safer’ for us mere mortals, since everything is softer. To recreate her smokey blue eyes, try experimenting with the shades in Dior’s 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette in Navy Design–it should have every colour you need to get the gorgeous look.

In New York, Jennifer further experimented with the range of her pixie by pushing much of it forward and leaving the ends wispy. Her makeup had a warm, golden quality to it, due in part to the bronzed cheeks, and almost naturally-coloured lipstick. The heavy, brown eyeshadow is winged out above and below the eye to complete the warm and sultry look. To get similar contouring on your cheeks, go with a matte bronzer like Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder.

Which is your favorite Jennifer Lawrence makeup look?

Lawrence Makeup

AG Hair Cosmetics Style Welding Paste Extreme Hold
Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Black Tie
Dior 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette in Navy Design
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

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