Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Last season, the must-have product in every beauty junkie’s make-up bag was a BB cream – a tinted moisturizer-slash-primer-slash-anti-aging-serum.

So fans of the Beauty Balm will be pleased to learn that another multi-tasking product, aimed at colour correction, has just landed at beauty counters.

CC creams, aka Colour or Complexion Correction creams, are the latest skincare innovation cribbed from Asia and this year Chanel became the first international brand to jump on the bandwagon with their CC cream, Correction Complete SPF30PA+++.

While both products act as a tinted moisturiser and sunscreen in one, CC creams give more full, foundation-like coverage, masking discoloration, pimples, age spots and sallow skin while simultaneously tackling aging and brightening the skin with ingredients such as liquorice, vitamin C and antioxidants.

Makeup artist Kristee Liu, whose rock ’n roll clientele includes Cher, Pink and Alanis, says: ‘It’s a total improvement on the BB cream. CC creams are infused with skin-improving nutrients so they have long-term benefits such as improved skin texture, collagen renewal, diminished dark spots and brighter overall appearance.’

Olay’s Total Effects CC Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer
Chanel CC Cream Correction Complete SPF30PA+++
Wei To Go Beauty Ideal Skin Perfect Finish

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30.07.12

Olympic Beauty

The Opening Ceremony is done, the medals are flowing and, like most of us, you probably have Olympic Fever.

If you’re ready to stake your claim atop Glastonbury Tor we have the makeup and skin essentials that will go the distance while you splash, slam dunk and mad dash.

Whether you’re sweating it on a court or just trying to make it through an extremely hot day, products that last, don’t require frequent touch ups and go day to night are something that anyone can use. It’s beauty of Olympian proportions.

When you have beautiful eyes like track and field star Lolo Jones, you want to highlight them and know that at the end of the race, the daily rat race that is, your eye makeup won’t be gone or smudged all over. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr gets the job done.

This creamy gel shadow blends easily, stays put and comes in a variety of hot colours including the aptly named ‘Bold Gold’. Another winning option is Sephora’s Jumbo Liner 12 Hr Wear Waterproof. Not only does it last but the pencil makes for ease of use and portability. Stash one in the gym or beach bag.

Be it surf, tears, or rain you face, you don’t have to worry about inky streaks under your eyes with Cover Girl’s Lash Blast 24 Hour or MAC’s Extended Play Lash. These volumizing, durable formulas keep your eyes defined through whatever the day throws at you.

An athlete might not normally wear foundation when competing, but in this thing we call life, a little lasting coverage is a good thing. Clarins Everlasting Foundation is just that: everlasting. The lightweight semi-matte formula perfects, covers, adds luminosity and even survives a dive in the pool on a record-heat day. You don’t need to be Rebecca Adlington to appreciate that.

Sunscreen is a must, day in, day out. But what will hold up during a sweaty afternoon tennis match or two-mile run? Two-time Olympic Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor says that Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 45 with Helioplex is the “most durable” she’s tried. For a more natural but no less tough formula, Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 30 uses Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for superior ray blocking in a thick moisturizing cream with antioxidant-rich green tea.

Now that you’re armed with the essentials, get out there and make it a gold-winning performance every day.

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Bad skin days are something we all suffer once in a while, but looking at the red carpet you would be hard pressed to believe that problem skin is ever a problem that these ladies have to deal with.

In fact, Hilary Swank, Selma Hayek, Katy Perry, Megan Fox and Cameron Diaz are just a few big names who have had to brave the cameras in the midst of a nasty break-out.

Thankfully, cosmetics companies have wised up to the need for make-up that both conceals and treats pesky blemishes at the same time and with a bit of regular maintenance and forward planning you should never be caught looking anything less than camera ready. Here’s how to fake it ‘till you make it.

Start by committing to taking a regular multivitamin for your skin. I love Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement.

Invest in a Clarisonic Cleansing Brush with an Acne Cleansing Brush Head and Clarifying Cleanser.

Stop using liquid sunscreen and switch to mineral powders. I swear by Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Spf 15.

Look for double duty make-up and use it – but lightly. The trick is to make the most of the good, clear skin and keep any heavy coverage to the problem areas.

Prep the skin with a calming anti-acne primer like Colorescience PRO Let Me Be Clear Primer for Problem Skin or Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment.

Use a foundation that reduces redness, like Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation which also contains probiotics.

If you do have blemishes, using a clean make-up brush, apply concealer onto problem areas blending gently outwards. Try Acne Treatment Concealer by Murad and Jane Iredale Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer.

Finally set it all with a powder like Dermablend Loose Setting Powder and a spritz of Fix + from M.A.C..

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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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As summer heats up and skin acquires a sun-kissed glow, it’s time to break out the bronzer. Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Louise Roe and Olivia Palermo were some of the first to go for a summery glow this week, keeping it looking natural with a smoky eye and neutral lip.

But even if the sun doesn’t break out from behind those clouds, this is a look that everyone can achieve with the help of make-up artist Kay Montano, who explains how to fake it with the ‘Bo Derek meets Gisele in Rio’ look she created for the Issa London S/S 2012 show:

- Apply Mymix Foundation in a shade suited to your skintone – do not go darker!

- ModelCo Airbrush Luminizer sprayed on the face or Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator Loose Powder applied using a big blush brush for a blown-out, blended effect are both perfect to highlight the tops of cheekbones and the temples.

- I used Nars Bronzing Powder Laguna to shade, contour and sun-kiss the girls then applied a clear raspberry cheek stain. Try Tarte cheek stain in Sheer Berry Rose.

- For the eyes I used Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Ambre smudged deep into the lashes and on the inner rim of the eye. Then I used Chanel Illusion D’Ombres in Embloui to create a smudgy, soft finish and thickened eyelashes with Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black.

- Eyebrows were brushed up with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.

- The t-zone was mattified with a brush of Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

- And finally I applied clear lip balm or Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Beige Pink.

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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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