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12.06.12 Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Beauty’s New Face: Jessica Chastain

Actress Jessica Chastain has been wowing us on the red carpet for some time and it seems she has also caught the eye of the folks over at YSL as she has just been named the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s new fragrance, Manifesto.

‘We were won over by the very subtle strength of Jessica Chastain, her solar charm, her free mind,” said Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté at L’Oréal. “Jessica embodies the quintessence of Saint Laurent’s femininity, a woman of her day and age, independent, determined, never where you expect her to be.”

How does she pull it off? The alabaster-skinned red head is a devout vegan and yogi, but make-up artist Mary Greenwell also knows what beauty products it takes to achieve her stunning red-carpet looks.

Jessica gets her flawless complexion with the help of Suqqu primer, Chanel Perfection Lumière Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup and Crème de la Mer concealer under the eyes.

For her old-school Hollywood glamour look at the Cannes premiere of ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’: smoky black eyes using Bourjois Ombre Strech Eyeshadow in Glitter Black and lots of Tom Ford Beauty Extreme Mascara in Raven for thick, long lashes with Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Noir in the roots of the lashes. Chanel Espiegle blusher mixed with a bronzing powder called Soleil Tan de Chanel Moisturizing Bronzing Powder and lips painted with the classic Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Gabrielle.

For her daytime look on Kelly! Live (top left): a mix of Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Epatant #84 and Chanel Ombre Essentielle Blazing Gold #407 eyeshadows to warm up the eye and layers of Chanel Sublime de Chanel Mascara in black to open it up. Guerlain Brow Pencil in Blonde to fill in the brows, Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Espiegle, and for the lips, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte lined with Bobbi Brown Lip liner in Ballet Pink.

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11.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: The Pale Lip

Looking at the red carpet the last few weeks we can’t help but to ask: where has all the lip colour gone?

Whether it was haute couture events like Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Event (see Rinko Kikuchi, Leigh Lezark and Linda Evangelista) or the traditionally gaudy CMT awards (see Ashley Greene, Kelly Picker and Carrie Underwood) pale, nude lips were the order of the day.

Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon, Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz’s makeup artist of choice, and the queen of the nude lip puts it down to the season: ‘When it’s hot and humid, don’t complicate things,’ she says.

‘Go for a pigment-heavy smoky eye; keep the rest of your face natural, matte and clean and wear a nude lip colour. It will keep all the focus on the eyes and give the face a healthy, effortless, and easy finish.’

Here’s how to achieve the perfect pale lip:

– Prep the lips. Exfoliate with a product like Bioelements Lip Buff which will sweep away any dead, peeling skin, reduces line and improve the texture of your lips.

– Use a lip liner to redefine your lips. Fill in your lips with the liner too. This will help your look last all day. Smashbox The Nude Lip Liner comes in a range of shades for all skin tones.

– When it comes to lip colour, if you have a lighter complexion and hair colour, go with a peachy nude, olive-toned skin should use pink or light peach tones and stay away from mocha colours. Dark skin nude look lips look best with mocha tones.

– Finish off with lip gloss and then use a touch of concealer on your cupid’s bow for a pop of colour.

Here are our favourite nude lip colours:

MAC Lipstick in MythNordstrom.com
YSL Rouge Volupte #4 Sweet HoneyYSL Beauty
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Nude AttitudeBoots.com
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in CocoaSelfridges.com
NARS Sheer Lipstick Barbarella – Sephora.com

07.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Dramatic Cat Eyes

At the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards this week, Zoe Saldana may have worn Prabal Gurung but she took the inspiration for her dramatic cat eyes straight from the Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 show, where Lucia Pieroni used M.A.C. Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner applied with an angled brush and M.A.C. False Lashes Mascara to create a striking retro, fifties-looking eye.

Devon Aoki, Stacey Bendet and Doutzen Kroes also went for a thick, black-lined eye ending in an upward flick, something that makeup artist Val Garland, who went for a double-lined eye at Marios Schwab’s Spring 2012 show, described as ‘film noir Fellini’.”

Los Angeles-based makeup artist Sonia Kashuk says the trick to achieve this look is to use a gel liner, which can be easier to apply than a liquid liner as it stays in place, has great wear, and is easy to manoeuvre.

“If you have a hard time seeing what you are doing while drawing on the eyelid, try applying a gel formula with a Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush, which has a bent tip to give you a better view of the eye during application,” she says.

First prime the eyelid with a nude-coloured cream eyeshadow like Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow.

Start by dotting the liner into the spaces between the lashes, wiggling the liner into the lashes. The result is not supposed to be a line. It’s supposed to look as if the lashes themselves are super thick at the root.

Then, holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply a line from the inner corner out, extending the line upward at the outer corner of eye. Go over the line several times until you get the width you want.

To make the eyes appear wider and pop, trace the inner rims of the eyes with a white pencil or highlight the inner corners of the eyes with a light shimmer powder.

Apply lashings of mascara to finish.

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07.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Jessica Pare’s Makeup-No Makeup CFDA Fashion Awards Look

At first glance I assumed that Jessica Pare wasn’t wearing any lipstick when she took to the red carpet for the 2012 CFDA Awards on Tuesday evening.

Makeup artist Stephen Sollitto shares that Jessica lips were kissed with Jouer’s Lipstick in GiGi, which is a pale neutral shade.

The rest of her makeup-no makeup look included a light layer of M.A.C. C3 Studio Fix and Laura Mercier’s Dune Bronze to warm up her lids.

Ultra Eye Shadow in Sable was used in the creases with Chanel’s Eye Pencil in Gris Scintillant along the lash line.

On the top corners of the eye, Stephen used Bloom’s Eye Pencil in Black with Hourglass’ Liquid Liner in Script on the top.

The finishing touches came via Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara in Black for gorgeous rich black lashes and for the cheeks he dabbed on NARS blusher.

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05.06.12 Beauty, Makeup

Emma Watson’s “Fairytale-With-A-Little-Edge” MTV Movie Awards Makeup Look

Emma Watson may have rocked an edgy Brood dress to the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, but her makeup was soft and pretty.

Celebrity makeup artist Roz Music created the look for the Lancôme ambassador.

She called Emma’s look, “fairytale-with-a-little-edge”, taking inspiration from the jacaranda trees blooming in LA.

Here’s how to get Emma’s MTV Movie Awards exact look:

Face:
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H in #230 Buff Wlancome-usa.com

Blush:
Lancôme Subtil Blush in Soft Pink #308lancome-usa.com

Eyes:
Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes in So Black lancome-usa.com

Lancôme Liner Design Gel Eye Liner in Black Fishnetslancome-usa.com

Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Mint Jolielancome-usa.com

Lips:
Lancôme Rouge in Love in Lasting Kisslancome-usa.com

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01.06.12 Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Diane Kruger’s Award Winning Beauty

Diane Kruger wins our Palme D’Or for looking the most fabulous throughout the 12 day Cannes Film Festival.

The model-turned-actress, who claims to have no stylist and takes only 45 minutes to get red carpet ready, made jury duty look effortless with her glamorous, yet simple look: a smoky eye, highlighted cheek bones and a natural lip.

How does she do it?

Here is Diane’s beauty routine: ‘I always wash my face with Surgras soap. Then I’ll apply Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and follow up with Roséliane d’ Uriage cream—it’s the only cream I can use on my sensitive skin.’

‘I don’t like to wear too much makeup so I’ll often just do it myself. I learned all the tricks during my modeling years—like never use foundation all over, just use something to cover imperfections. I prefer to use cover sticks, like Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier.’

‘I have fair skin and blonde hair so I have to keep in mind that some looks can make me seem washed out.I usually go all out on lashes and eyebrows and I love red shades so I tend to go all out on lipsticks. I’m a huge fan of the smoky eye but I also like a fresh and natural look, so it just depends on my mood.’

‘The best beauty advice I was ever given came from my mom: Less is more. I’ve always preferred the natural look.’

Diane’s beauty arsenal:

Kiehls Blue Astringent Herbal Lotionkiehls.com
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Surgras Cleansing Barskin-etc.com
Uriage Roseliane Creamfrenchcosmetics.net
Uriage Makeup Removal Lotionfrenchcosmetics.net

In her make-up bag:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealerlauramercier.com
Stila Colour Push-upsdermstore.com
Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminatesaks.com
The Backstage Beauty Collection Smoky Eye & Eyeliner Quadbettesboutique.com
L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascaraboots.com
Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duolauramercier.com
Lancome Juicy Tubessephora.com

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