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09.03.18 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Mary J Blige’s Elegant Modern Oscars Beauty

Inspired by the beautiful Old Hollywood beauty looks by makeup pioneer Max Factor, Celebrity Makeup Artist, D’Andre Michael found that Mary’s stunning features were similar to those of the stunning Hollywood starlets of the past.

Ultimately, his vision for Mary’s Oscars look was to feature elements of that classic Old Hollywood look while remaining current and unique to her beauty. The result was an elegant and modern makeup with striking eyes and radiant, glowing skin:

SKIN: The key to creating a flawless base is to start with freshly cleansed skin. D’Andre wanted to make sure Mary’s skin had a glamorous glow prior to makeup application and prepped the skin with Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. This skin smoothing and hydrating primer added an instant boost of radiance to her skin and served as a nutrient-rich base for a lasting foundation application.

FACE: Once the skin was primed, D’Andre blended a custom pairing of Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundation SPF 25 in shades Deep Y500 and Tan Y480. Much like the foundation, he blended a custom layering of blush and highlight to create unique look that beautifully complemented Mary’s striking features. He layered Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Flesh & Fantasy on the apples of her cheeks and diffused the color outwards. For that red carpet highlight and superstar glow, Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter was used on the tops of her cheekbones.

EYES: To achieve that stunning Old Hollywood-like eye makeup, D’Andre used two Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes. Beginning with the Glambition palette, he applied the “Over The Top” shade to the full eyelid. He then softly smudged “Glamour” along the lower lash line. Moving to Scandalust, the second Eye-Conic Palette, he continued the look by sweeping the “At The Office” shade along the brow bone. To define the eyes, “Little Miss” was blended into the crease. To achieve that vintage liner, D’Andre used Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner to line the upper lash line and wing it outwards. For the final framing touch, Mary’s lashes were layered in Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir.

LIPS: While many vintage Old Hollywood looks are finished off with a red lip, D’Andre softened the look and gave it an elegant finish by opting for a lustrous nude tone. D’Andre enhanced Mary’s already full and perfect pout by applying Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Taboo.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful-Look 24H Foundatiion SPF 25 (in shades Deep Y500 and Tan Y480)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo (in Flesh & Fantasy)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes (Glambition & Scandalust)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (in Noir)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss (in Taboo)

08.03.18 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Emma Stone’s Powerfully Feminine 80s Inspired Beauty

Emma Stone’s Oscars beauty look was all about recreating the magic of early 1980’s high power glamour while remaining modern in style and execution.

Celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin also wanted to incorporate the statement making tones of Emma’s elegant suit and created a look with beautiful pink shades and metallic accents. Using NARS cosmetics versatile and luxurious collection, here’s how Rachel achieved this look:

FACE: After cleansing the skin, Rachel moisturized and primed the skin to ensure a smooth canvas for foundation. To achieve that flawless, fresh base, NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation was expertly blended onto Emma’s skin.

EYES: Once the skin was set, Rachel moved onto the eyes. To create that stunning burgundy diffused eye look, she used an array of shades from the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette. The overall look was about creating a gradient effect from burgundy to soft pink, all featuring a metallic finish. Starting by concentrating the deeper shade along the upper lash the line, the luxurious shade was softly diffused to the crease. To create that soft blended even look, the pink shades were buffed into the crease. The result was a seamless eye look that was finished off with navy liner and a few coats of mascara on Emma’s lashes.

CHEEKS: Cheeks were a focal point for this look. While the glamorous women of the 1980s catered to a stronger and more defined pink blush look, Rachel borrowed elements of this classic style when creating the cheek shades for Emma’s Oscars makeup. To modernize that strong cheek, Rachel used the new NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette and applied the soft pink shades onto the apples of Emma’s cheeks and buffed the product outwards.

LIPS: To tie in this youthful and statement-making look, Rachel chose a lip that was full of color and complemented the shades in this makeup. Using NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Let’s Go Crazy, Rachel layered the product onto Emma’s lips and finished off the lip with a transparent gloss.

NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation
NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette (Launched March 8 at Ulta.com)
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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07.03.18 Beauty, Makeup

Get The Look: Zendaya Coleman’s Sultry Oscars Beauty

Inspired by the stunning mocha shade of Zendaya’s flowing Giambattista Valli Oscars gown, Makeup Artist Sheika Daley created a sexy, sultry makeup look that was centered on a stunning deep chocolate-toned smoky eye look.

Using c’s luxurious cosmetic range, this radiant, sun-kissed look was the perfect twist on the classic smoky look. Here’s how Sheika created this look:

SKIN: Staring with a freshly cleansed, clean face, Sheika prepped the skin by generously applying Charlotte’s Magic Cream along the face. This not only provided ample hydration but created a smooth and supple canvas for foundation. Once the skin was sufficiently moisturized, Sheika wanted to give the skin some vibrancy by applying Unisex Healthy Glow to the skin and enhanced the glow further down the neck, along the shoulders and décolletage. Applying a glowing, highlighting product along the neck and body makes the overall skin radiate and appear sun-kissed especially if you’re wearing a shoulder-bearing evening dress.

FACE: Moving onto foundation, Sheika created a custom base for Zendaya that not only provided coverage but also gave the skin a multidimensional look with a glamorous glow. To create this base, she blended the NEW Hollywood Flawless Filter in shade 7 with Magic Foundation in shade 9 and buffed it onto the skin. A perfect pairing with the Magic Foundation, The Hollywood Flawless Filter product serves as an amped-up primer that not only gives the skin an almost filtered, imperfection-blurring effect but leaves skin bright and photo-ready.

To define the face and create a soft contour, Sheika applied Hollywood Contour Wand in Dark/Medium to the cheeks and added warmth around the face. To further enhance Zendaya’s already glowing skin, Hollywood Flawless Filter and the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand were layered on the high points of her skin. For the final touches, she blended away any visible flaws with The Retoucher concealer in 6 and dusted the skin in a light layer of Airbrush Flawless Finish powder in shade 3 to set the makeup for a flawless, lasting look.

EYES: Once the skin was perfected, she then moved onto the eyes and created an updated twist on the classic cool-toned smoky eye look with warm chocolate tones that beautifully complimented her gown. To achieve this stunning look, Sheika began by wetting the Eye Smudger Brush and saturating the brush with the Smoke shade, a copper-brown shade from the Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita. She applied it to both the upper and lower lash lines for a sexy, sultry, warm and smoked base for this look. Once the initial application was dry, she layered the Prime shade, a pearlescent pale-tone, to the middle of the eyelids and followed with the Smoke shadow atop that, all while making sure to expertly blend the shadows to outer corners to softly diffuse the whole look together. For an eye opening and brightening effect, Sheika applied Hollywood Beauty Light Wand to the inner corners of Zendaya’s eyes. For the final eye framing effect, her natural lashes (upper and lower) were layered in a few coats of Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black. Sheika finished off this glamorous and sexy eye look by grooming the brows and shaping them with Brow Lift in Naomi and locked in the desired shape with Legendary Brows in Clear.

LIPS: With the sultry eye look complete, Sheika moved onto the lips. Choosing a color that was soft and beautiful was essential as she did not want the lips to compete with the dramatic eye look. She opted for Lip Lustre in Hall of Fame, an glossy, nude lip color that beautiful enhanced and highlighted Zendaya’s full lip shape without looking too over done.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream
Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (NEW)
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in shade 9
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand in Dark/Medium
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in shade 6 (concealer)
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish
Charlotte Tilbury Eye Smudger Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes in Glossy Black
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Naomi
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Clear
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Hall of Fame

23.02.18 Beauty, Skincare

Celebrities Love…Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

This soap-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and affordable cleanser is a go-to product for the stars.

“I use the cheapest possible skin care — not because it’s cheap, but because it’s the best,” says Olivia Wilde.

“Dermatologists have recommended it for years and I’ve never paid attention. But recently I started using Cetaphil cleanser and CeraVe moisturizer. They’re gentle and simple.”

Zoe Saldana considers the cleanser her most trusted skincare product, saying, “I’ve always used Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer. My skin’s not very sensitive, but because I travel so much, it sometimes reacts to the change in environments.

Claire Danes and Charlize Theron also regularly use the cleanser, the latter saying she loves “the clean smell”.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Walmart and Boots

22.02.18 Beauty, Skincare

Celebrities Love…Aquaphor

This soothing balm is clinically proven to help support skin’s own regeneration process. “It costs nothing and it’s amazing for dry skin, which I have,” says Nicole Kidman. “I put it on my face and it’s very, very good.”

Charlize Theron was recommended the product by the doctor for her son Jackson. “When I started using it on him, I realised it’s one of the best hand creams ever. Great on lips too,” said the ‘Atomic Blonde’ star.

Beyoncé smears Aquaphor all over her face right before going to bed. “I go to bed looking totally greasy,” said the singer. “It’s not all glamour all the time.”

Meanwhile, actress Lucy Liu turned to the product when she was shooting a film in Montreal. “It was freezing. If you take a little bit of Aquaphor and dab it on your face, it keeps your skin looking fresh”. She dubbed the cream, “Aqua For Everything”.

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm

21.02.18 Beauty, Skincare

Celebrities Love…Crème de la Mer

The name literally means ‘cream of the sea’ and stars swear by its ability to renew and restore skin.

“I’ve become quite a La Mer devotee,” said Amy Adams in a Vogue interview. “I’ve tried other things, and I just keep coming back to it because it seems to repair the dryness in my skin”.

But with a starting price at £120, the actress added, “Sometimes I’ll use The Treatment lotion. It doesn’t always have to be the heavy cream”.

Charlize Theron says, “If it’s winter, or if I’m visiting a place that has a dry climate, this is all I use. It’s the only thing that keeps my skin moisturised,”.

Meanwhile, tennis icon Serena Williams says: “I’m forever putting this on my face”.

La Mer Crème de la Mer
La Mer The Treatment Lotion