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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.

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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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04.06.13 Beauty, Makeup

CFDA Fashion Awards Beauty Trend Spotting: Barely-There Makeup

CFDA Fashion Awards Beauty Trend Spotting Barely-There Makeup

Quite a few lovely ladies went fresh-faced at last night’s CFDA Fashion Awards, and I absolutely love the look. It’s great for summer–who wants to wear a face full of makeup in the heat?–plus, it typically makes you look younger, too. Win, win.

The ladies who perhaps best embraced the look were Kerry Washington, models Adriana Lima and Erin Wasson and rocker/actress Juliette Lewis.

For Kerry and Erin, the look meant only one swipe of mascara on their lashes, and only lining the outer corners. Kerry opted for a nude lip, and it looks like Erin may have left her lips completely bare.

Juliette and Adriana both only coated their top lashes with mascara, leaving the bottom lashes completely bare. Juliette then opted for blush-colored lips, while Adriana wore a peachy gloss to finish her barely-there makeup.

The best way to recreate the fresh-faced look is by starting with a flawless complexion, and L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur is a great primer to give an air-brushed look to your skin.

Of course going sans base is best, but if you need a bit of coverage (like most of us do), opt for a light coverage bb cream like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream.

Only applying mascara to your top lashes is the best way to keep your makeup light. Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara in Jet Brown is a gel-based formula that gives a natural-looking finish, plus, using brown instead of black mascara keeps things more subtle.

To give your lips a bit of natural-looking colour, try fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal, which hydrates and plumps the lips, but only leaves a light wash of color–basically making your lips look a slightly exaggerated version of themselves.

Barely there makeup

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara in Jet Brown
fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal

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31.05.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get the Look: Jessica Szohr’s Inky, Smoky Eyes

Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "The Internship" - ArrivalsThere are many different ways to achieve a smoky eye, and one of the most intense is rimming eyes in a black eyeliner, as seen on Jessica Szohr at the premiere of ‘The Internship‘ on Wednesday.

However applying eyeliner on the waterline–the part of your lid right above the lower lashline, and right underneath your upper lashes–can be tricky for the at-home makeup artist, since some liners create too large a line and others run, since the waterline is, in fact, watery!

So we went straight to the pros to find out the best way to line the waterline (also called tightlining).

Makeup artist Nikole Morrow-Pettus says it’s best to use a waterproof, creamy eye pencil and gently pull down on your eye to expose the lower waterline making sure you stop before the tear duct, so you don’t clog it.

For the upper lid, look up, so you can see the upper waterline easier.

And to get the specifics on recreating this look at home, Jessica’s makeup artist Mai Quynh shared how she made Jessica’s eyes smolder:

First, she applied Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour Shadow in Caviar along Jessica’s lash line and up to the crease.

Next, she mixed the taupe and black colors from the Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Femme Fatale 100 and applied them to her crease. Then she smudged the black color along the bottom lash line.

Then came the waterlining! Mai rimmed the top and bottom lids of Jessica’s eyes with Becca Automatic Eye Pencil in Majorca.

And finally, she brushed on two coats of Diorshow Black Out Mascara.

Of course with such intense eyes, it’s important to keep the rest of the makeup subdued, so Mai used a subtle wash of tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride on the apples of Jessica’s cheeks and NARS Satin Lipstick in Tolède–a soft rose colour–to keep the lips fresh and subtle.

Jessica Szohr Makeup

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colour in Caviar
Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Femme Fatale 100
Becca Automatic Eye Pencil in Majorca
Diorshow Black Out Mascara
tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride
NARS Satin Lipstick in Tolède

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16.05.13 Beauty, Makeup

Brow Wow at Cannes Film Festival

Brow Wow Trend

Yesterday, the Cannes Film Festival started off with a bang–and a brow! Bold brows have been a trend for a while now, and several stars were really working theirs on the red carpet.

Singer Lana Del Rey used her highly defined, precisely shaped brows to accent her old Hollywood glamour look, and Indian actress Sonam Kapoor also went the very dark, very shaped route. The lovely Paz Vega had a slightly more natural–but still very bold–brow, and model Cara Delevingne fully embraced the trend with bold, natural, dark brows. Very high fashion!

To get the bold brow look at home, use a brow enhancer like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced to help your brows grow fuller. Then, an all-inclusive kit like Lorac Take a Brow provides brow powder to fill in sparse places and enhance the color, and wax, to keep the hairs in place.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced
Lorac Take a Brow

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07.05.13 Beauty, Makeup

Dramatic Eyes At The Met Gala: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Dramatic Eyes At The Met Gala The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Dramatic eyes were a big trend at last night’s Met Gala, and while some were absolutely stunning, others completely missed the mark. Everyone might not agree with me here, but I really feel that you can do punk and look attractive while doing it. Case in point, these three lovely ladies:

Good:
Hailee Steinfeld’s eyes were total showstoppers last night. Her green and black cat-eyed look was edgy but beautiful, and totally punk-esque.

Another real winner was the always-flawless Diane Kruger. Her silvery gray smokey eyes almost had an ombré effect, with the lightest silver at the inner corners and the darkest at the outer corners. Gorgeous!

And finally, we have Nina Dobrev, who sported an intensely winged upper lid and a silver-lined lower lid. Very high-fashion punk!

Bad:
You have to give Elle Fanning props for having fun, but her winged electric blue and pink eyeshadow is more little girl playing dress-up than fashion’s biggest night.

As for January Jones, her look reads far more alien warrior than punk! The disconnected triangular shape of her liner is quite harsh, and coupled with the grayed out eyebrows, she looks a little creepy.

Ugly:
Ginnifer Goodwin is always a fashion and beauty risk-taker, but this one simply did not pay off. The heavy black shadow from lash to brow, along with the heavily shaded brow may be daring, but it’s also unfortunate. The only place this look belongs is on a raccoon.

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To get Hailee’s look:
Sephora Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in Grass is Greener
Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner
Dolce & Gabanna The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Laguna
To get Diane’s look:
Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Gris Gris 034
To get Nina’s look:
NYX Cosmetics The Curve
Eylure Katy Perry Eyelashes in Oh Honey!
Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Blingo!
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06.05.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Light Pink Lips at The EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund Benefit

Light Pink Lips Trend

Much like red lips, light pink lips will never go out of style. And this spring, the so-sweet colour is a great complement to the fresh-faced trend we’re all trying to achieve.

But lest you think there’s no way you could pull off the hue, there are a wide variety of shades that fall into the ‘light pink’ category, and several of them were on display on the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund Benefit.

Actress Amber Valetta went for a subtle stain that almost makes you wonder if her lips could be that colour naturally. Of course they aren’t, and you can recreate her soft wash of colour with COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Blush Twist.

Julianne Hough opted for a pink so pale that it’s almost nude, and you can get a similar pinky-nude shade with just the slightest shine with Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Sugared Grapefruit.

Singer Kylie Minogue went for the sweetest pink of the three, and amped up the trend with a bolder wash of colour than the other two. Estee Lauder’s Pure Color lipstick in Power Pink is a very close match to this shade, and the name is quite accurate–pink is a power colour, too!

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