13.02.13 Beauty, Makeup

A View to a Kill: Adele’s Outrageous Grammy Lashes

Adele's Lashes

Music’s biggest divas were out in full force for the 55th Grammy Awards, but we only had eyes for Adele’s killer lashes.

The singer, who won her seventh Grammy for ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ and will perform her theme song for the James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ at the Academy Awards next weekend, showed off a flawless, milky complexion, a nude lip and an awe-inducing set of eyelashes.

Michael Ashton, Adele’s personal make up artist for the last five years, was responsible for the look and told us: ‘When it comes to creating Adele’s red carpet looks, I like to take references from classic styling, films and iconic images then reinterpret them with my own aesthetic. This gives an end look that is polished and current, but also softly elegant and timeless.’

Here is how he did it: ‘First, prep and prime to perfection! My secret to creating picture perfect skin is to massage Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation into the face and add a sheer veil of YSL Touche Eclat near the inner tear ducts, through the t-zone and high planes.’

‘Brows are always so important to complete any make up look. I use a clear brow set to groom the shape and then fill and extend with Lancome Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil.’

‘Eye shadow is kept to a minimum for this look, with just a subtle highlighter on the brow bone, followed by gentle contouring through the socket. I used Lancome Colour Design Infinite in Continuous Creme as a base, then created dimension using Lancome Colour Design Eye Shadow Palette in Coral Crush.’

‘The real hero of this look is the liner and lashes. Using Maybelline Studio Gel Liner in Black, start on the inner corner of the eye and increase the width of liner as you extend towards the outer corner finishing with a flirty flick.’

‘To give the eyes a polished yet understated feel, I placed false lashes along the entire upper lashline before building up lash density with Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara top and bottom.’

‘To finish the look, I filled in the lip with Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in Beige 101 working from the middle of the mouth and creating the desired shaped using a lip brush. Blot off the excess before tidying edges using MyFace Lip Liner in Nude and apply a slick of Sisley White Diamond lip gloss to the centre of the lip.’


Lancôme Color Design Infinite 24H Eyeshadow
Lancôme Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette – Coral Crush
Maybelline Gel Eye Liner
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara
Armani Beauty Rouge D’Armani Lipstick

08.02.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beyonce’s Fierce Smoky Eye

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime ShowBeyonce may already be gearing up for her Mrs Carter World Tour, but we are still obsessing over the fierce, yet neutral, make up she rocked during her high energy Super Bowl performance.

The singer went for a striking, smoky eye framed by a strong brow, but eschewed glitter or bright colour for a nude lip and flawless skin.

Makeup artist Danielle Vincent, creator of cult cosmetic skincare brand Kimiko, was at the SuperBowl doing touch-ups and evening make-up for attending A-listers and told us: ‘High on the request list was an ‘evening’ smoky eye for the pre-parties – not dissimilar from what Beyonce revealed at the half time show – and perfectly arched brows’.

‘I always start out by perfecting their skin with Kimiko’s Hydrating Tint SFP 20 and finishing it with The Lifting Pressed Powder.’

‘To achieve Beyonce’s intense and smoky eye, you have to start by laying down a neutral base so that darker colours will blend evenly.  Try Kimiko’s Lifting Eye Shadow Bento Box in Imperial Nights, which contains exactly the shades needed to create the perfect smoky eye.’

‘Using The Essential Shadow Brush, take the lightest colour in the palette and apply it from lash line up to brow bone. Then, take the silver grey and blend it over the lid, right up to the crease.  Take a clean brush and sweep it over the crease to ensure a seamless, blended look.  Then take the rich black shade and starting from the outside corner of the eye, blend inwards over the lid and into the crease.’

‘For added drama, trace your eye with black eye liner (rim them if you can), and take a little of the Ninja sparkling black shade and trace your lash line, for tiny light reflections as you flutter your lashes.  Finally, curl those lashes and layer with your favourite jet black mascara. Finally, define your brows with The Super Fine Brow Pencil Automatique and apply a slick of Sheer Tint and Lip Plumper in Golden Apricot.’

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07.02.13 Beauty, Hair

Super Bowl 2013: Jennifer Hudson Scores a Touchdown

Superbowl 2013 Hair

The Super Bowl hit a new high this year with stunning appearances by Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, along with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

But while all the ladies’ performances were pitch perfect, not all hit the right notes in the hair department. Kelly Rowland’s overgrown extensions and heavy fringe looked wig-like and Michelle Williams also looked like she needed a trim with her too long waves.

Los Angeles based stylist Shin An was on hand in the NFL Experience Lounge Gifting Suite in New Orleans this year to style attending celebrities and players’ wives for the big event. Shin, whose salon was recently named among the Best 100 in the US by ELLE magazine, gave us her verdict on which of the divas scored a touchdown with their coiffure.

‘Beyonce’s hair looked great but predictable. She went for the same big, beachy, sexy hair,’ said Shin.

‘Alicia’s hair was overly done, lacked style and height and did not compliment her face.’

‘Jennifer Hudson was my favourite. Her loose, messy chignon with the full bangs was hot and looked much more current and interesting.’

‘To copy Jennifer’s look start with dry, brushed hair and, starting about 10cm down from the roots, spray on some Sachajuan Volume Powder. This is a powder-based spray that creates volume and provides structure with a matte finish. Work it through with your fingers.’

‘Next, pull the hair to a low side ponytail. Separate the hair into two parts and then twist them around each other. Starting at the bottom, pull out some random pieces to loosed the coil and create texture. Wrap the coil into a bun-like shape and pin into place with bobby pins.’

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30.01.13 Beauty, Makeup

Beauty Trend: The Matte Red Lip

SAG Awards Red Lip

After an overwhelming amount of pretty, glossy nude lips at the Golden Globes, makeup artists turned back to the catwalk for inspiration at the SAG awards last weekend and came up with a bold matte red lip in a range of shades.

At the Jason Wu Spring 2013 show Diane Kendal for MAC had sent out models with cherry red lips saying: ‘The inspiration is Helmut Newton—this really strong, sexy woman with a bold mouth—quite glamorous,’  while at the Prada show Pat McGrath also saw red with ‘a strong overdrawn lip’ and at Burberry Wendy Rowe went for a striking forties-inspired red.

We spoke to makeup artist Gina Brooke, who has worked with Madonna since 2003 including four world tours and stars including Anne Hathaway, Gisele Bundchen and Gwen Stefani, about the look.

‘A red lip color was popular at the SAG awards because the color is classic and timeless,’ said Gina. ‘Wearing a red lip instantly exudes confidence, empowerment, femininity and of course sexuality.’

‘I love nothing more than a red lip. In fact, I can’t seem to leave the house without putting on red lips. It’s the quickest and easiest way to look polished without spending so much time applying the rest of my makeup.’

‘The best way to achieve the perfect red lip is by using a lip liner to define the shape of your lip it will also give you much more precision. I’ve been obsessed with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in 8c, True Red, and Aqua Rouge lip color in 8, Iconic Red. I actually collaborated with make up for ever to crate Aqua Rouge 8 when searching for the perfect red lip for Madonna during her MDNA tour because its smudge proof, water proof and kiss proof.’

‘The biggest mistake women make is applying red lipstick to the corners of the mouth, in time, this can create a joker like appearance once the red starts to move. I prefer keeping it matte because the color stays in ace and allows you to have more control when wearing it all day.’

Red Matte Lip

Burberry ‘Siren Red – Lip Velvet’ Long Wear Lipstick
Burberry Lip Definer – Brick Red
Aqua Rouge 8 – Iconic Red
Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil – 8C True Red

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29.01.13 Beauty, Hair

Jennifer Lawrence’s Modern Side-Swept Waves

SAG Awards Hair

The forties influence was still very much in evidence at the Screen Actors Guild Awards over the weekend. But while Jessica Chastain (aka Jessica Rabbit), Naomi Watts and Naya Rivera stuck to a conventional Veronica Lake side-parting with loose waves,  Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence added a twist to the look, pinning one side of the hair back completely.

Stylist Mark Townsend, whose clients include all of the Olsen sisters, Nicole Richie and Lea Michele, talked to us about how he achieved Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet style for the event.

‘For the Screen Actors Guild Awards I was inspired by old Hollywood glamour, so I wanted Jennifer’s hair to show that influence and inspiration,’ Mark said. ‘But I wanted it to be young and very modern as well.’

‘To get her side swept waves, I started by applying a nickel-sized amount of Dove Color Care Leave On Conditioner into Jennifer’s damp hair – she’s colored her hair so much lately so her hair needs added moisture and protection.’

‘Next, I loaded her hair with the Dove Style+Care Nourishing Curls Whipped Cream Mousse and blow dried with a large round brush. To give her hair a loose wave, I wrapped sections of hair varying from 2 to 5 inches around a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, leaving the ends out.’

‘I took a small amount of Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands, rubbed my hands together and then raked my fingers through the waves to break them up and give the hair amazing shine, then took the hair from the right side, twisted it and then pinned it in the back with a few bobby pins.

‘To give the hair a cool, lived-in texture, I sprayed Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray from mid-length to ends and scrunched with my hands. I finished by spraying Dove Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray liberally all over to keep her hair in place all night and give the hair even more shine.’

It will be interesting to see how this red carpet trend evolves this month with the BATFA’s, Grammy’s and Academy Awards still to go.

Jennifer Lawrence SAG Awards Hair

Dove STYLE+care Nourishing Curls, Whipped Cream Mousse
Dove STYLE+care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Dove STYLE+care Hairspray, Strength & Shine, Extra Hold

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25.01.13 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Hayden Panettiere’s Golden Globes Glow

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsHayden Panettiere is having a moment. Nominated for her first Golden Globe award this year for her portrayal of petulant country songstress Juliette Barnes in the hit ABC show Nashville, the petite actress has also been rocking the red carpet recently.

Although she hails from just outside New York City, Neutrogena cover girl Hayden always looks the epitome of a California girl with her blonde locks and glowing skin – even in the depths of winter. Make-up artist Amy Oresman, whose other high profile clients include Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson and Zoe Saldana, talked to us about how she achieved Hayden’s look for the awards ceremony.

‘Hayden’s Golden Globe make up look was clean and contemporary as we wanted effortless makeup to pair with her sea shell pink Cavalli gown.’

‘First we prepped Hayden’s skin with Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Primer mixed with a pea size amount of Healthy Defense Moisturizer. This keeps skin smooth and shine at bay all day and night. Next we used Shine Control Makeup in Fresh Beige as both a foundation and concealer. This is a great build-able foundation that looks so natural and has rice protein that absorbs oil so you always look great in photos.’

‘On her cheeks we used the Sheer Highlight Blush palette in Pure from Neutrogena and I also used this as a night light under her brows and bridge of her nose. Hayden’s eyes had a fifties flair but I used silver and taupe cream to create a blue slate shadow so it felt current and feminine. I did this by mixing two Crease Proof eye shadow colors, Forever Platinum and Lasting Taupe, together for a base on her lids. These shadows go on creamy so they are easy to blend, but they dry to a powder finish and really stay put.’

‘I kept the bottom of Hayden’s lash line clean leaving all color on the top – this gives a really fresh feel. I lined Hayden’s eye with her favorite black liner Cosmic Black by Neutrogena, coated her lashes with Healthy Volume Mascara and curled then with a Shu Uemura lash curler. I then added a few individual lashes to the corner of her eyes.’

‘We shaped her brows with Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Ash Blond and also used her brow gel to keep them in place.’

‘Finally, we paired a plum stained lip with her sultry eyes. Hayden loves Perfect Plum Moisture Smooth Color Stick –  it is her absolute favorite – it’s like a Sharpie pen of color and moisture for your lips!’

Hayden Panettiere's Golden Globes Glow

Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup SPF 20
Neutrogena Sheer Highlighting Blush
Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow
Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil
Neutrogena Perfect Plum Moisture Smooth Color Stick

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