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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14.06.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Trend Spotting: She Bangs

She Bangs Celebrity Fringes

Bangs are such a huge trend among celebrities right now that they’re almost past the point of being a trend–everyone has them! In fact, just this week, Jessica Alba, January Jones and Lauren Conrad debuted new fringe.

So if you’re considering taking the bangs plunge, but aren’t sure which type you want, here are some fabulous celebrity bangs to offer up some inspiration.

Lauren’s bangs are a great example of heavy, eyelid-grazing bangs, which are a great addition to long hair.

Rashida’s bangs are fun and choppy–they are actually cut in various lengths, and are thinner all the way across–this type of bangs look great with many different hair lengths, and offer a very relaxed effect.

Alice offers a great example of wearing a thick fringe swept to the side, and this elegant look lends some versatility to the ‘straight across the forehead’ look most people associate with bangs. They don’t have to be limiting.

Kerry Washington’s bangs offer some movement to her shoulder-length ‘do because they are thinned at the ends for a more delicate, wispy effect. This is a great way to get bangs without getting a heavy look.

So if you’re ready to commit, just take a photo of your favorite celebrity fringe to your hairstylist, so the look can be emulated on your own locks.

Still nervous? Get the look without the scissors with clip-in bangs. They are surprisingly easy to put in, and can look completely real with just a little styling. And most kinds can be styled just like your regular hair.

Clip On Bangs

Hairdo Clip-In Bangs
WOW Bangs by Daisy Fuentes

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07.06.13 Beauty, Hair

Hair Style How-To: The Faux Bob

Hair Style How-To The Faux Bob

Between the magic of hair extensions and pro hairstyle tricks like the faux bob, it often seems like celebrities have some magic up their sleeves for making their hair grow faster. Well, if like many celebs, you would also like to sport shorter hair for a night, we’ve got details straight from the pros on one of those celebrity hair tricks: The Faux Bob.

Both Emma Watson and fellow actress Haley Bennett wore their hair in faux bobs to the Los Angeles premiere of ‘The Bling Ring,’ and we got Haley’s stylist, Mara Roszak, to break down exactly how she created the shortened ‘do on Haley’s long red locks.

First, Mara applied Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice to Haley’s wet hair, and then she ‘rough dryed’ it, which simply means getting the bulk of the moisture out of wet hair by flipping the head over and shaking the hair with your hand. No tools, no precision, just getting hair dry.

Next, Mara curled small sections of the hair with a one-inch barrel curling iron and wrapped them into pin curls, and let them sit for 10 minutes.

Then she removed the curls and brushed them out with a Mason Pearson All Boar Brush (a favorite among hairstylists!) and back-combed at the roots to create some volume.

Then came the pinning: Working in small sections, Mara started at the ends of Haley’s hair and rolled it under and up until she reached the scalp, and then pinned. Once it was all pinned in place, shorter pieces around the face were pulled loose to create a more natural look.

For longer hair like Haley’s, this method of creating a curled ‘bob’ helps create a more textured, realistic look. But for shorter hair, you can create a sleek ‘bob,’ like Emma’s, by simply eliminating the curling process.

Faux Bob Tools

Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice
L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Hold Hairspray Unscented
Hot Tools White Pearl 1-Inch Gold Curling Iron
Mason Pearson All Boar Brush
Gimme Basics Bobby Pins

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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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