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Dark Eyes & Bold Lips Backstage at Jonathan Saunders

  • posted October 24th, 2012
  • Beauty

One of the few beauty “rules” I’ve always avoided breaking is the idea of always balancing a bold eye with a softer lip, and vice versa. After all, a dark lip paired with a dark eye can verge on overkill, right? That’s what I always thought, until I saw Jonathan Saunders’ runway models make “overkill” look like something I actually wanted more of! Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni went for a chic seventies vibe that happened to come across gorgeously modern with its “undone” smoky eye and on-trend burgundy lips. The effect was sexy, sophisticated, and powerful – not a bit clownish or overdone – and you can cop the look yourself with the right easy-to-find products. While Pieroni used a touch of grease to get that perfectly messy smoked-out eye, you can create a wearable interpretation with NARS Cream Eyeshadow in Zardoz, which will give that glossy effect without the sticky feeling (yuck!). As for lips, try Rouge d’Armani #609, a deep burgundy shade that has a hint of shine but won’t smudge. And to give your bold lips and eyes some of that much-needed balance, keep your complexion soft and dewy with a light-reflective highlighter like MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush!
Photo Credit: Style.com

- Alexandra Gambardella

“Brow-dazzling” Courtesy of Chanel – Are You a Fan?

  • posted March 15th, 2012
  • Beauty

In this day and age, the fashion world’s love of all things luxe has us bedazzling just about everything – from our clothing and accessories to our phones and even our nether regions. But leave it to Chanel to take things a step further with their  fashion-forward brow-dazzling for its Fall 2012 show. We wouldn’t call it innovative, exactly – after all, Ke$ha has been known to rock studs on her eyebrows on the red carpet and in her videos – but it’s definitely an interesting approach to Chanel makeup director Peter Philips’ mineral-inspired beauty looks. It’s an edgy-cool vision for the runway, but given that the look is undoubtedly extreme, do you think it could actually evolve into a trend? If you’re one to walk on the adventurous side, you can try the look yourself with lash glue and some jewel appliques. What do you think – do you think Chanel’s bedazzled brows could be translated into a wearable real-life look? Image Credit: Style.com

- Alexandra Gambardella

Get The Look: Navy Lashes Inspired by Stella McCartney Fall 2012

  • posted March 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Stella McCartney’s models made waves with their stunning cobalt liner during the designer’s pre-fall show back in January, and makeup maven Pat McGrath decided to keep the blue love alive for the Fall 2012 show, this time in the form of moody-cool midnight lashes. While this runway-ready look is a bit extreme with its spidery, doll-inspired lash look, you can get your own modern and wearable interpretation of the look in a variety of ways! If you’ve never tried colored mascara before, you may be surprised at how eye-catching it can be without coming off as too distracting – curl lashes and apply a couple coats of a navy or cobalt mascara like Buxom Lash Mascara Special Effects in Blue Noir. If you’re feeling daring and want to experiment with a night-out look, swap your regular false lashes with a cool navy pair – Shu Uemura has a good selection to play with! And if you’re one of those girls who refuse to stray from her tried-and-true black mascara, but still want to jump aboard the blue bandwagon, try lining your waterline and the outer corners of your lash line with a navy liner, like Tarte EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Liner in Navy!  Photo Credit: Style.com

- Alexandra Gambardella

Bug Out With “Insect Eyes” Inspired by Roberto Cavalli!

  • posted March 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

It’s no secret that statement-making eyes have been quite the runway staple for many designer collections these days – after all, what better way to make your models really stand out without distracting from the garments themselves? Backstage at Roberto Cavalli, things were getting a little extra high-fashion when it came to playing up the eye makeup, as Pat McGrath used a custom blend of peacock and insect-inspired shades like jade, purple, and gold for an innovative take on the smoky eye. Believe it or not, you can get the bug-eyed look yourself (and I mean that in a fabulous way, of course) by accenting your regular smoky shadow with some key animal-inspired colors. First, be sure to have a great yellow-gold shadow to serve as a highlighter for the inner corners of your eyes (and your brow bone, too, if you’re feeling adventurous), then use a bold purple or plum shade in your outer corners. Top off with a shimmery forest green or deep teal in the center of your eye, so you’re left with a cool ombre effect. Don’t forget to blend, and tie it all together with a healthy dose of black liner, and you’ve got yourself an innovative night-out smoky look that’s definitely not for the color-shy! Photo Credit: Style.com

- Alexandra Gambardella

Black & White Striped Nails Inspired By Alice + Olivia!

  • posted March 1st, 2012
  • Beauty
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet never fails to serve up plenty of feminine frocks and sequined sheaths season after season, but for a change, we’ve got our sights set on the trend-setting beauty looks demonstrated in the line’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway show several months back. As predicted, we beauty mavens still have an obsession with nail art, and we’re digging the models’ fresh black-and-white striped mani as a chic alternative to the tried-and-true solid brights and barely-there nudes. Luckily, this luxe mani isn’t nearly as difficult as it looks, and you can cop the style yourself, no appointment required (in fact, you don’t even have to leave your house)! Start off with a couple coats of a nice pure, opaque white hue, like China Glaze’s White Out. Make sure it’s been given ample time to dry, then hand-paint some sleek stripes with a black nail pen like Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pens. And just to make sure your effort doesn’t go to waste, be sure to top off with a no-chip top coat; personally, I’m a fan of Essie’s No Chips Ahead! Photo Credit: Alice + Olivia
- Alexandra Gambardella

The Ultimate Sleek Ponytail & Look-at-Me Lips at Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2012 Runway

  • posted February 28th, 2012
  • Beauty

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2012 runway show boasted an array of military-inspired styles as well as buttoned-up, conservative dresses – all livened up with soft and flirty details like lamé, bouclé, and moody florals. Hair and makeup artist Dick Page took a similar contrast-heavy direction when it came to styling the models who brought the collection’s tough-girl-chic pieces to life, opting to make a statement with severe, sleek hair, a fresh complexion, and an intense red pout. While a straight-from-the-runway literal take on this look may be a bit too extreme for every day, you can take inspiration from the show’s strict-yet-soft styling. While Page special-ordered a highly-pigmented lipstick wax just for the show, you can get a similar ultra-concentrated effect with Bite High Pigment Lipstick Pencil, available at Sephora. For the perfect ponytail, give your locks a deep part and slick back using HerCut Ponytail Styling Lotion, which will tame all fly-aways and give your pony that sleek, shiny effect. The rest is easy – keep your lids and complexion mostly bare (aside from foundation), but add a bit of matte luminizer like NARS Highlighting Blush in Miss Liberty for that subtle light-reflective glow! Photo Credit: Style.com

- Alex Gambardella

Electric Blue Eyeliner Inspired By Anna Sui Fall 2012 RTW!

  • posted February 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

 

For Anna Sui’s Fall 2012 RTW runway show, makeup artist Pat McGrath needed to make sure that the models’ makeup stood a chance at standing out against the wardrobe’s elaborate fabrics without completely stealing the spotlight. Her key to success was a technicolor version of a dramatic cat-eye, using eye-popping electric blue for a modernized 60s vibe. If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to try out electric pops of color in your own makeup, but have been too chicken thus far, now’s your chance! For someone who’s just starting to play with untraditional shades, try NYX Slim Eye Pencil in electric blue for maximum control and a more muted take on the shade. If you’re already plenty skilled with liquid liner, I recommend Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liner in Radium for high color pay-off that won’t stray. Stila Smudge Pot is a personal favorite of mine when it comes to cream eyeliner – lucky us, it also comes in electric blue! And don’t forget the possibility of using eye shadow as liner; with a wet liner brush, MAC’s shadow in Blue Candy would make the perfect electric pop!
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Bold Brows & Glossy Lips Inspired by Derek Lam Spring 2012 RTW!

  • posted September 30th, 2011
  • Beauty

If there’s one dominant beauty trend that stands out from the Spring 2012 RTW runway shows thus far, it’s definitely bold brows. While not every designer seems determined to set forth their Spring looks by leading with the strongest of face-framing arches, Derek Lam embraced them with open arms. The designer’s fierce models not only dressed the part, but looked the part as well with statement-making untamed brows that made audiences want to throw their tweezers to the wayside. Even if you don’t have the ability to grow Jordana Brewster type eyebrows, you can fake Derek Lam’s hottest East Coast inspired beauty trend with a brow palette like LORAC’s Take a Brow Eyebrow Enhancers. Ditch any kit with stencils, as the idea is to look natural and borderline unruly (but not crazy, of course), and instead choose to focus on your brows natural shape, as imperfect as it may be! Instead of your typical neutral shadow, Derek Lam’s girls rocked matte yellow (like Urban Decay’s ABC Gum) for lids that popped, highlighted with copper eyeliner underneath to keep eyes defined with just the right amount of flash. Cheeks were dusted with a sunny peach shadow to give a sense of warmth that’s sexy, natural, and on-trend without verging on overpowering. And of course, don’t forget the ultra-shiny clear lip gloss – this way the focus stays on the brows without losing all emphasis on the lips! Photo Credit: Style.com

- Alex Gambardella

Foiled Lids & Fabulous Bouffants From Fendi Spring/Summer 2012!

  • posted September 30th, 2011
  • Beauty

In designing the beauty looks for Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2012 showcase, makeup and hair genius Peter Philips decided that the chic housewives-inspired runway looks would be best complemented with some serious high-fashion statement and shine. After all, these housewives certainly aren’t doing any housework! But you don’t need a multi-million dollar home and a designer closet to cop wearable versions of the looks straight from the runway — in fact, the foiled shadow look is definitely in for the season to come, though you might choose to keep your own eyebrows uncovered! If you have no spare gold leaves handy (ha, ha), fake the foiled look with a pigment intensifier like DuWop’s to give a typical gold shimmer dust like Bare Minerals True Gold a much more color-rich, high-shine finish! Line eyes with an extra-inky black liner that won’t be upstaged by the shiny gold; I like Clinique Eye Defining Liquid Liner. As for hair, whether you want to mimic the runway’s updated bouffant or just want your own interpreted extra-voluminous up-do, spray hair with Frederic Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray, then lift with a teasing brush like Spornette Big Wonder Teasing Brush for some serious lift that won’t droop!

- Alex Gambardella

Get The Runway’s Dramatic Liner & Sunny Glow From Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 RTW

  • posted September 23rd, 2011
  • Beauty

Aside from setting the tone for the upcoming season’s hottest makeup and hair trends, runway beauty manages to be extra fascinating for helping tell the runway show’s style story. And in the case of Jonathan Saunders’ Spring 2012 runway, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni helped tell the “fabulous yet also deranged” story of a retro-chic housewife who has perhaps taken “a bit too much Valium.” As twisted as the inspiration may be, we love the results, and rounded up a few products to steal the look yourself without abusing your prescription. Of course, the ultra-thick dramatic liner is what makes the look – dip an angled brush like Estee Lauder Eyeliner Brush 20 in a black cream liner like Stila Smudge Pot (which, despite its name, won’t budge!). Skip the frosty-finished or shimmery bronzers and go for a matte sunny glow for that ideal Miami housewife look – try Cargo Matte Medium Bronzer. And be sure to finish things off with a slicked-back yet roughed-up ponytail to complete that “done but undone” look. Frederic Fekkai Coiff Strong Hold Volume Mousse helps smooth hair out while still retaining plenty of volume!

- Alex Gambardella

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