05.03.14 Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Get The Look: Camila Alves’ Classic Look at the Oscars 2014

86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsCamila Alves looked gorgeous on the red carpet wearing Gabriela Cadena to the 2014 Oscars on Sunday.

Celeb makeup artist Patrick de Fontbrune started with Camila’s skin. First, he moisturized her face with vbeaute’s Undercover Agent Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum, then patted vbeaute’s Eye Never Anti-Aging Eye Cream around the eye area.

After prepping her base, he then used a tinted moisturizer to even out her complexion, but still giving her more of a sheer coverage. Using Votre Vu Belle Poudre in Golden Medium and Medium, he applied this to her forehead, nose, and eyelids as a primer.

He dusted her lids with Votre Vu’s Palette Play in Copper, specifically choosing a brown beige and gold colors together. He then lined her eyes with a soft, black eyeliner and finished her eye look with coats of mascara.

Her beautifully flushed cheeks were all thanks to Vu-On Rouge in Amourette (available this coming summer). He then contoured her face with bronzer.

Camila

vbeaute Undercover Agent Anti-Wrinkle Protecting Serum
vbeaute’s Eye Never Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Votre Vu Belle Poudre in Golden Medium and Medium
Votre Vu Palette Play in Copper

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25.02.14 Beauty, Makeup

New York Fashion Week Beauty Trend: Fresh, Dewy Skin

New York Fashion Week Beauty Trend Fresh, Dewy Skin

There’s nothing better than clear, fresh-looking skin–and we saw exactly that during fashion week. From subtly sculpted cheeks to the perfect placement of highlighter, this look is not only wearable, but it’s totally easy to imitate.

The look at Diane von Furstenberg was ballerina chic. Makeup artist James Kaliardos focused on the contouring of the models’ cheeks by using different shades of concealer. He widened their eyes with a nude liner just on the waterline and topped off the lids with a creamy gray shade and a mauve lip hue for additional sheen. Finishing off with coats of mascara, he truly made the models look as if they were ready for their final bow.

Diane Kendal, for Prabal Gurung, skipped powder to keep a dewy finish for her look. She started with MAC Cosmetics Face and Body foundation as a base and then layered on a rosy cream blush, for the ultimate “flushed” appearance. Brows were brushed up, for a touch of unruly youth. Kendal wanted very little color in the lips, so she applied just a hint of foundation to tone down color.

Rag & Bone also debuted highlighted features and clean skin, but with a twist. Makeup artist Gucci Westman was inspired by Katharine Hepburn and created a contrasting, thick line of black liner that flicked into a wing at the ends. He used pointed Q-tips to clean up the liner shape, making it look really graphic.

Rose and apricot were the shade combo that Tom Pecheux used on models’ cheeks at the Ralph Lauren show. His trick to perfectly flushed apples? Instead of swiping the brush onto the skin, he pushes it in. “Otherwise it just sits on top,” he explained. The top lashes were given generous coats of Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Two Tone Mascara in black, and the bottom in brown.

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tarte lights, camera, lashes™ inner rim brightener
M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
Estee Lauder’s Sumptuous Two Tone Mascara

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14.02.14 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: 60’s Inspired Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting 60’s Inspired Makeup

You may find it difficult to modernize bell-bottoms or a crushed velvet blazer, but with a perfectly winged eye and a naturally pale lip, anyone can channel the beauty trends of the 1960’s. Stars such as Kelly Rowland, Zoey Deutch, Mélanie Laurent, and Bella Thorne have all went retro during their recent red carpet appearances. Here’s how to make the trend your own in a few easy steps.

After completing your usual foundation routine, line upper lashes using black gel eyeliner. Celebrity makeup artists love the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. The creamy texture gives you more control for creating straight lines and tend to stay put longer, minimizing smudging. As you work your way to the outer corners drag the fine tip brush lightly upward to create the winged effect. Continue this motion working slightly over the line you’ve created until you get the desired thickness. No 60’s look is complete without intense lashes, so get Twiggy with it and layer on the mascara.

The trick to flawless lips is exfoliation. The pros tackle chapped lips by dabbing their finger in oil and sugar to create a natural scrub. Once your canvas is smooth pat on liquid foundation to even discoloration. Choosing the perfect nude can be a daunting task, but just remember these key things when picking the right shade. Light complexions should opt for nudes with a peach base, as they add warmth to your face. Nudes on the rosy side help to illuminate olive or medium toned skin and a hint of gold makes darker skin glow. Mirror Brigitte Bardot’s creamy lips with NYX Butter Gloss, which has a shade for every complexion.

60s

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
NYX Butter Gloss

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31.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend Spotting: Bold Brows

Beauty Trend Spotting Bold Brows

If the eyes are the windows to the soul then your brows are the window treatments. The way you style your eyebrows is just as important as the way you wear your hair. Celebs such as Keira Knightley , Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, and Lily Collins are boycotting the overly plucked look and are rocking standout brows. You can make a statement with your eyebrows as well by following a few simple steps.

Although this trend is all about embracing a thicker shape, brows should be bold not messy, so you’ll need to tweeze any stray strands. Before you pick up the tweezers start by moisturizing your brows. This softens the hair, which will eliminate some of the sting. Your usual facial moisturizer will get the job done, such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.

Now it’s time to fill in any sparse areas. Pencils can create a waxy residue that leaves eyebrows looking like an art project. Instead, opt for a powder that matches your brow natural color and an angular brush to create hair-like strokes. Focus the pigment on the ends of your brows and fade the color as you work way inward. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes has multiple shades and the right tools to get the job done.

Next, tidy things up using a concealer. Go one shade lighter underneath your brows and the same shade as your complexion on the top. Complete your look with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, which gives you two shades of concealer.

Finally, lock hairs in place using a clear brow gel. Try Ulta Eye Brow Gel to lock your bold brows in place.

Do you think bold brows are here to stay, or a fad that will be gone tomorrow?

Brows

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Ulta Eye Brow Gel

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29.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Sara Bareilles’ 2014 Grammy Awards Textured Braids

Get The Look Sara Bareilles’ 2014 Grammy Awards Textured Braids

Sara Bareilles, known for her beautiful voice and lyrical impact, donned no-fuss, textured tresses at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Celebrity hair stylist Rolando Beauchamp described the look as “rough, beautiful hair that pulled her face up and back.”

Beauchamp prepped the hair first, using Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray on Sara’s damp hair. In order to create the texture, he rough-dried the strands. When the hair was dry, he made two loose cornrow braids from the front to the back of her head.

He used a 1 1/4 inch curling iron on the rest of the hair; wrapping around just the ends. Using a bit of Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Move It Manipulating Gel, he worked it into Sara’s hair, section by section. This created more of a “slightly slept-in” look.

To set the hair, he gave it a few spritzes of Garnier Fructis Style Extreme Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray.

The result? Effortless waves and braids to compliment her feminine Blumarine gown.

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Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray
Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Move It Manipulating Gel
Garnier Fructis Style Extreme Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray

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24.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Elisabeth Moss’ SAG Awards Chic Red Lip

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsStylists and makeup artists alike seem to be against the matchy-matchy trend, but Elisabeth Moss may have just proved them wrong. With bold red lips to complement her bold red Michael Kors gown, Elisabeth stepped out looking gorgeous (and not the least bit matchy-matchy).

Celebrity makeup artist, Jenn Streicher for Maybelline New York, was inspired by the city of love. “When Elisabeth stepped into her dress, elegance, grace and Paris all came to mind!” says Streicher.

Streicher prepped Elisabeth’s skin with Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum, then sponged on Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #5 and blended outwards. The liquid foundation was set with the Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Powder, which was applied on Elisabeth’s nose, forehead, and chin.

Elisabeth’s cheeks were brought to life with Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Just-Pinched Pink.

For her eyes, Streicher kept it simple as not to clash with the lip color. She swept Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded over her lids and also along her bottom lash line. She completed the eye look with a quick flick of Lancome Liner Design in Black Fishnets.

Next was Elisabeth’s pout, which was dressed up in Maybelline New York Color Elixir Lip Color in Signature Scarlet. Streicher applied extra product onto the middle of her mouth for more definition.

Elisabeth carried both the Maybelline powder and lip colour in her clutch throughout the night for touch-ups.

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Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #5
Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Powder
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Glaze in Just-Pinched Pink
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded
Lancome Liner Design in Black Fishnets
Maybelline New York Color Elixir Lip Color in Signature Scarlet

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20.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Lupita Nyong’o’s SAG Awards Makeup

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsIf anyone doesn’t believe that Lupita Nyong’o is ‘the one to watch’ on the red carpet this award season, they haven’t been paying attention to the stunning fashion and beauty choices the newcomer has been making in the past few weeks. At the SAG Awards on Saturday night, it was no exception. Lupita’s stunning Gucci gown was a real attention-grabber, and her makeup was just as striking.

Lupita’s makeup artist, Nick Barose, explains that her makeup was inspired by Lupita’s gown–”the flowers across Lupita’s chest inspired me to do something with her eyes that reminded me of butterflies on flowers” but “to keep the look from being too matchy-matchy, I kept the blue eyeshadow only in the inner corners of the eyes, and then mixed in two other colours, purple and yellow, to mimic butterfly wings. Lupita can carry colour like no one else.”

To start things off, Nick massaged Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Essential Revitalizing Concentrate and Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux into Lupita’s skin, let it sit for five minutes, and then blotted it off with tissue, so it left behind just enough moisture for a perfect canvas.

Then, since her eyes were going to be so colourful, Nick didn’t want Lupita to look like she was wearing blush, so he dusted Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Emotion onto the apples of her cheeks to add dimension. Next, he applied Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour on to her T-zone, under her eyes, onto the bridge of her nose and along her chin to brighten up her face.

For the statement-making eyes, Nick used the bright turquoise shade (top left) from the Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination from the inner corner of Lupita’s eyes to the center, and then applied Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst from the outer corners toward the center, but did not let the two colours meet.

Then he used Chanel Limited Edition Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Pêche Cuivré in the center of the eyes, blending it into the other two colours with his fingers. Next, he took a small shadow brush and combined all the colours together, to make sure you couldn’t see where each colour ended.

Then he took the Pêche Cuivré pencil again and coloured along Lupita’s brow bone and took Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense and lined the lash lines and applied two coats of Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir on the upper lashes only.

To finish the eyes, Nick used Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Violine from the inner corner to the outer corner along the lower lashline, and then topped that off with the same purple shadow he used on the lids.

To make sure the brows looked polished, but not too bold, Nick used Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Cendré to create a fuller shape, and then went over that with a bronze eye shadow to tone the colour down.

Finally, for her lips, Nick shares, “We did break the beauty rule of ‘if you do dramatic eyes, don’t do bright lips,’ but this look called for something whimsical, so a neutral lip would have fallen flat.”

First, he used Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Hydration Conditioning Lip Balm and let it sit on the lips to moisturize, before then blotting it off. Then, he traced the edges of the lips with Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Framboise and then filled them all in, and then blotted it off. Next, he applied Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Passion, which he also blotted off. “To make the lips look like a stain and not too lipstick-y, I just removed the colour as I went,” explains Nick. “That way the colour popped in a gentle way and gave the look a feminine touch.”

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Chanel Sublimage L’Essence Essential Revitalizing Concentrate
Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Emotion
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Fascination
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst
Chanel Limited Edition Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil in Pêche Cuivré
Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir
Chanel Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Violine
Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Cendré
Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Hydration Conditioning Lip Balm
Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer in Framboise
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Passion

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16.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Keira Knightley’s Smouldering ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ LA Premiere Makeup

Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" - Red CarpetCelebrity makeup artist Kate Lee created Keira Knightley’s smouldering smudged-eye look for the ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ LA premiere yesterday evening.

Here is how she created Keira’s look.

Considering Keira wore a navy Chanel dress with white details, Kate wanted to keep her looking more of the moment, and so she went for a creamy navy smudged eye.

As Keira had just got off the plane a few hours earlier, Kate prepped the skin with Chanel Hydra Beauty to hydrate and give a great base for a natural-looking complexion. Kate then used Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 20 Beige to give a nice uniform glow. On the eye she started out by lining the inside of the upper and lower lash lines with Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Marine.

Next she reached for Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre Apparition, which is a beautiful shimmering navy, to melt away the lines and give a soft effect. To finish off the eyes, she curled the lashes and gave them one coat of Chanel Inimitable Noir Mascara.

On the cheeks, for definition and a nude blush she used Chanel le Blush Creme de Chanel Cheeky (Summer 2014 Collection).

To finish, Kate used Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle for a natural blushing lip.

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Chanel Hydra Beauty
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 20 Beige
Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre Apparition
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Marine
Chanel Inimitable Noir Mascara
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle
Credit: Courtesy of Chanel

16.01.14 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Nieves Alvarez’s Chiseled Cheeks

Vanity Fair 5th Anniversary Party In MadridYou no longer need to do the duck lip pose in your selfies in order to get high cheekbones.

We’ve got the lowdown on how you can recreate the envied jawline of Nieves Alvarez with a few simple tools. The key to achieving a structured look is to enhance the shadows and play up areas where the light naturally hits your face.

Start by choosing a contouring shade that is two shades darker than your complexion.  This will give you the coveted shadow of a high cheekbone. According to Jennifer Jane, Celebrity Makeup Artist who has worked with the Best Dressed International Star, the key to a sleeker jawline is to remember less is more.

Piling on the product and forgetting to properly blend can leave your face looking dirty. So, as Jane says, “Blend, blend, blend until all edges have disappeared.” In addition to blending, the right tools are essential to a sculpted look. Use an angled brush such as the Laura Mercier Angled Cheek Contour Brush to perfect your application.

After you’ve exaggerated the hollowed area, it’s time to highlight. Pick a shade slightly lighter than your normal foundation to brighten the area right above your blush. A radiant product, such as the Illuminator by Nars, will dramatically intensify the reflection of light, making cheeks pop.

Laura Mercier Angled Cheek Contour Brush

Laura Mercier Angled Cheek Contour Brush
Illuminator by Nars

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