Saturday, February 28, 2009

Steal the Look: Freida Pinto's Makeup at the 2009 Oscars

Freida's makeup look at the Oscars wasn't my favorite although I thought she looked undeniably pretty. I really, really wished Freida had bumped it up a notch with her makeup at the Oscars. She looked slightly washed out with the toned down makeup. The eyes could have been a little darker or the lips a little pinker. Regardless, here is her makeup breakdown:

Apply Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Night Dust (deep brown shade) along the lashline.
Apply Diorshow Mascara in Chestnut to the lashes.
Apply DiorSkin Nude Powder in Deep all over the skin.
Apply DiorSkin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond to the apples of cheeks and cheekbones.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Steal the Look: Natalie Portman's Makeup at the 2009 Oscars

Natalie Portman's look at the Oscars was by far my favorite at the event. Here's how to steal the look:
Apply the pale pink shadow in Chanel Silky Eye Shadow Duo in Orient Express as a base all over the lids.
Apply the dark purple shadow in the same duo smoked around the eye on the lid and smudged in lower lash line.
Apply Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Noir inside the eye, and lots of Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Noir-Black for thick sexy lashes.
Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell used Chanel Perfect Brows in Brun, both colors in the product, to make a strong brow.
Apply Chanel Powder Blush in Narcisse, a flattering, bright pink shade, high on the cheekbones.
Apply Chanel Glossimer in Galactic for a more pale lavender lip. I am LOVING this lip color - so flattering!
Lobell applied Chanel Sheer Brilliance in Sunkissed on Natalie’s arms, shoulders, and décolleté.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Freida Pinto in Vogue India March 2009

Freida Pinto made Vogue India's March 2009 cover - in my opinion, its one of the better covers that Vogue India has done in recent months and I think everyone needs a break from the constant stream of Bollywood actresses on the covers.

I also love the old school glamour styling of Freida and the smoky brown eyes + burgundy lips. I'm dying to know the color of that lipstick she is wearing...any guesses? Perhaps a Chanel or one of the new YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks....

Its actually reminiscent of a fall cover, no? Definitely not your typical spring cover with brights and/or pastels!

Steal the Look: Vanessa Hudgens' Makeup at the Oscars

I only had two favorite beauty looks at the Oscars this year: Vanessa Hudgens and Natalie Portman. I thought Vanessa's makeup was simple but somehow striking. The eyes were just sooty enough and her skin glowed and shimmered without looking like a disco ball.

Here is Vanessa's makeup breakdown provided by her makeup artist:


Apply Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers in Light to Medium to skin.

Add color to the cheeks by applying Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush in in Natural Apricot.

Add highlight to the cheekbones by applying Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Illuminator.


Apply Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes in Medium underneath the eye to get rid of any dark circles.

Apply Nourishing Eye Duo in Fairy Dust, using the darker shade in the crease and then brushing the lighter shade over the entire lid up to the brow bone.

Apply Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black.


Apply a combination of two pink moisture-infused lip colors – Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick SPF 20 in Angel’s Blush and Sheer Luck.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New York Fashion Week '09: Tuleh

The makeup at Tuleh was inspired by Parisian women in the 1930s. Soft smoky eyes and mauve lips were the main focus of the look.

MAC Products used:

Copperplate Eyeshadow – applied heavier toward the lash lines and diffused up toward the brows for soft smoky eyes.
Stud Brow Pencil – drawn in a thin line to elongate brows.
Face and Body Foundation – applied to the face in tones matching skin for a natural dewy look.
Dark Side and Dark Knight Lipsticks – pressed on to the lips with fingers for a mauve stain.

New York Fashion Week '09: Luca Luca

The models at Luca Luca were positively ladylike, in both clothing and beauty. I love the very dark, very precise lips on the models.

MAC Products used:


Lemon Chiffon Shadestick – placed along the inner corners of the eyes.

Soba Eye Shadow – blended into the crease of the eyelids and along the lower lashline.

PRO Reflects Pearl – buffed along eyelids and along the ridge of the tear ducts.

Omega and Coquette Eye shadows – combed through the brows for definition.

Black Prolash – applied to curled top lashes.


Bone Beige Sculpting Powder – contouring the cheek bones.

Pearl Cream Colour Base – applied to tops of cheekbones as a base.

Emphasize Sculpting Powder – layered over cream colour base to highlight.


Currant Lip Pencil – drawn along lip line then used to fill in the lips.

New York Fashion Week '09: Zac Posen

One of the most unique looks New York Fashion Week was at Zac Posen. Inspired by Napoleon's first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais, hair stylist Odile Gilbert for used L'Oreal Expansion Body Activating Mousse for volume and then swept hair high into a large chignon after it was teased at the roots. Gilber then used L'Oreal Extreme Holding Spray to set the updo. Lastly, a braided headband with studs finished off the bouffant.
Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni went for a fresh orange lip on models by using MAC Morange Lipstick. Pieroni rimmed eyes with black pencil and used MAC Blackberry Eye Shadow on the lid. The eyes were finished with false lashes.

MAC Products used:


Blackberry and Print Eye shadows – Blended into the crease.

Print and Carbon Eye shadows – Layered and blended along the lower lash line then up and around outer corners of the eye.

Smolder Eye Kohl – Drawn along the liner rim of the lower lash line.

Shell Cream Colour Base and Clear Gloss – Blended together and then layered over shadows to add shine and depth.

Lingering Eye Brows – Applied to shape and fill in to create strong brows.


Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation – Diffused over the skin for a porcelain, matte finish.

Accentuate M·A·C Pro Shaping Powder – Swept along the cheekbone for contour.


Morange Lipstick – Applied in a sheer layer to stain lips.

New York Fashion Week: Ralph Lauren

Whenever I think of Ralph Lauren ads, I consistently think of fresh, classic beauty. And for the beauty looks at Ralph Lauren's fall 2009 show, the classic English rose beauty was the inspiration.

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux attempted to create perfect skin that was not too matte nor too shiny with a light layer of liquid foundation all over the face. He then applied highlighter to the eyelid, inner corner of the eye and the top of the cheekbones. He then applied black mascara to top and bottom lashes and applied a hint of blush to cheeks. He added a touch of bronzer on top of the blush for a healthy look. Lips were finished with a lip pencil that matched the models' skin tone.

Hair stylist Guido Palau attempted slightly imperfect chignons for the hair. He applied a thickening spray to hair and blew it dry. He then finger-combed hair back and gathered it into a ponytail at the nape of the neck, securing it with knotted black cord. Palau then twisted the hair up into a loose bun, pinning to hide the elastic. Lastly, he pulled several pieces of hair out of each chignon for an imperfect look.

via WWD

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New York Fashion Week '09: Baby Phat

Not surprisingly, our new First Lady, Michelle Obama, was the beauty inspiration at one of the fashion shows at New York Fashion Week '09 - Baby Phat. I found the Baby Phat look not only extremely pretty, but very wearable.

Makeup artist James Kaliardos used MAC Studio Sculpt Boundation on the skin and added a hint of MAC Pink Swoon Blush at the top of the cheekbones. Kaliardos used a sweep of MAC Drizzle Gold Eye Shadow across the lids, and added cocoa shadow on the brow bone to give the illusion of separation of the lid from the brow bone. Then, he added a hint of gold glitter on the inside corner of the eye for radiance and swept a very light coating of glitter across the lids to catch runway lights. Kaliardos also added individual false lashes for a natural, yet filled-out effect. He finished the eyes with lots of MAC Zoom Lash Mascara in Black. Finally, he applied MAC Lipglass in Partial to Pink to the lips.

New York Fashion Week '09: Nanette Lepore

At Nanette Lepore, a bohemian vibe was felt in the makeup and hair. "The inspiration was a traveler, wearing lots of layers of clothes — and a lot of gold makeup," said makeup artist Polly Osmond for MAC Cosmetics.

Osmond applied MAC Brassy Fluid Line Eye Liner on eyelids and under the eye before adding the MAC Rose Gold Pigment over the top of lids. For depth, she lined the inner rims of eyes with MAC Power Surge Eye Kohl Pencil in a coffee color. Osmond gave cheeks a berry stain with gold shimmer on top, and to lips, she applied MAC Diva Lipstick topped with MAC Brassy Fluid Line, which was painted on top. Eye liner on lips?! Who would have thought?!

MAC Products used:
Studio Sculpt Concealer – Spread on lids to even out skin tone.
Coffee Eye Pencil – Applied to the top and bottom lashline.
Powersurge Eye Kohl – Applied to the inner rim of the eye to open up the eye.
Brassy Fluidline – Applied to eyelid and under eye to create a smoky look.
Rose Gold Pigment – Applied on eyelids and under eye.
Plushblack Plushlash Mascara – Applied to the top and bottom lashes to separate and elongate lashes.
Lingering Eye Brows – Applied to eyebrows to create fullness.
Face & Body Foundation – Applied to face as a sheer base.
Laid Back Blushcreme – Applied to apples of cheeks to give a rosy glow.
Antique Rose Cream Colour Base – Applied over Blushcreme to create a highlighted effect.
Invisible Set Powder – Applied to the t-zone to mattify.
Diva Lipstick – blotted onto lips with finger to create a stained look.
Brassy Fluidline – Applied to the center of lips.
Hair stylist Leonardo Manetti applied Davines Texturizer and Volume Mousse and then blew out hair. Next, he used an iron to create random waives and then teased hair everywhere to give it volume. Once hair was teased, Manetti brushed out hair, creating a rough middle part.

New York Fashion Week '09: Tibi

At the Tibi show, hair stylist Kevin Ryan twisted sections of hair around a curling iron, and then pinned each curl to set the look. He then removed the pins and back-combed the hair before tying hair into a low ponytail. "

Makeup artist Makky for MAC Cosmetics created a bright, graphic eye look. He used three aqua, light blue and purple colored shadows and created a square shape around the eye. Makky applied lip conditioner from MAC's Hello Kitty line to the lips.

New York Fashion Week '09: Badgley Mischka

At Badgley Mischka, makeup artist Tom Pecheux, working for MAC Cosmetics applied matte foundation to models' skin. On th eyes, Pecheux created an ombré effect with navy blue shimmer shadow and pale gray shadow, with a hint of gold pencil to the undereye area. Pecheux then added lots of black mascara and a hint of pale pink blush. Lastly, he applied a nude lip pencil overlaid with a lavender gloss.

via WWD

New York Fashion Week '09: Tracy Reese

Like Carolina Herrera, the Tracy Reese show consistently has beautiful looks from season to season. The look for fall 2009 was no different. The makeup was natural and glowy, a departure from traditional fall makeup.

For Fall 2009, makeup artist Charlotte Willer for Maybelline New York applied Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation to models' skin, and Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil and Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeshadow Quad in Brown to eyes. Willer finished the eyes with Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express mascara and Maybelline Stiletto mascara to address volume and length for lashes, respectively. Willer applied color on the lips from the upcoming lipstick line, Maybelline Color Sensational, in Bit of Berry.

Hair stylist Erin Anderson for Tresemme twisted hair into curls and then finger brushed the curls. Locks were then pulled loosely back at the nape of the neck with a thick barrette. Anderson used Tresemme 24-Hour Body Finishing Spray to finish the hair.

via WWD

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New York Fashion Week '09: Carolina Herrera

Just like its spring beauty look, the fall '09 beauty look at Carolina Herrera was one of my favorites! Just look at the pretty hair do' below - its simple with a special twist!

Orlando Pita first blow dried hair straight and then spritzed hair with T3 Renew Dry Conditioner. Pita sprayed his hands with T3'Control Hairspray and finger-combed hair back to create a little volume. After putting hair up, he added visible copper hairpins everywhere in decorative patterns and intermittently placed small bronze flowers throughout the hair.

Look!! Its Lakshmi working her glow!! Makeup artist Diane Kendal for MAC Cosmetics lined the waterline with a nude shimmer pencil and added white pearlized MAC Pigment on the browbone and the top of the cheekbones. Kendal used a peach MAC Mineralize blush and finished with MAC Twig lipstick layered with a berry MAC Dazzleglass shade. I am loving the muted mauve lip color on Lakshmi.

MAC Products used:

Deep Dark Pro Pigment – blended into crease of the eyelid, around the outer corner of the eyes and along the lower lashline.
Studio Touch-Up Stick Concealer – buffed onto eyelids as a base.
White Pigment - glazed over the eyelids.
Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation – applied in a sheer layer one shade lighter than natural skin tone.
Hand Finish Mineralize Blush – blended on to the apples of the cheeks.
White Frost Pigment – touched onto cheek bones to highlight.
Twig Lipstick – feathered onto lips with a lip brush.
Local Colour Dazzleglass – applied in the center of the lips.

Via WWD and MAC Pro

New York Fashion Week '09: DKNY

Perhaps a result of the Mad Men craze, the beauty at DKNY was inspired by fifties glamour.

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for MAC Cosmetics used thick black eyeliner on both the upper and lower lashes - slightly thicker on the top and squared off at the outer corners for a twist. She finished with tons of black mascara. Tilbury then added rose blush to the top of the cheekbones and applied a rosy cream blush to stain lips.

MAC Products used:


Black Black Chromaline – lining the top lashline in a thick rectangular shape extended out past the outer corner of the eyes.

Ebony Eye Pencil – applied to the water line.

Black Prolash Mascara – applied to top lashes only.

Fling Eye Brows – drawn into brows to slightly define the shape and add a bit of an arch.


Face and Body Foundation – smoothed on to even out skin tone in a sheer application.

Blot powder – brushed over the t-zone to diminish extra shine.

Laid Back Blushcreme – blended high on the cheek bones.


Laid Back Blushcreme – patted on to lips for a sheer stain.

Hair stylist Eugene Souleiman dampened models' hair with Wella Professional Curl Artist and blew hair out with a round brush. He then sprayed roots with Wella Professional Ocean Spritz to create volume and texture. Souleiman parted hair in the middle, took sections from each side and knotted the sections in the middle twice. He used black cord to secure the knots.

New York Fashion Week '09: Barbie Show

New York Fashion Week 2009 witnessed a fashion show fully dedicated to America's favorite doll, Barbie, in which three time periods of the doll was celebrated - past, present and future. I can't imagine the work it took to create all these different looks!

For present day Barbie, makeup artists gave models pink cheeks and topped skin with Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation. They applied Stila Giggle Lip Vinyl to lips for a pink lip, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner to eyes and false lashes. I love the pretty pink lips and cheeks! Orlanda Pita teased hair for an extremely voluminous look and finished the look with T3 Plump and Control Hairspray.

For Barbie of the past, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created a fifties inspired black cat eye and a red glossy lip, putting to rest the idea that you can't do both extreme eyes and extreme lips in the same look! Tilbury used Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner on the eyes and Stila Strawberry Lip Glaze on the lips. Pita gave models an ultra high wrapped ponytail and slicked back tresses with strong, straight bangs.

For future Barbie, Tilbury went all out on the models' faces with glitter and sequins in purples, blues and fuschias. She used Stila Smudge Pot in Wisteria and Cobalt on eyes and Stila Praline Lip Glaze on lips. Tilbury covered eyebrows with bold violet feathers and lilac gemstones. Besides all the color, Tilbury applied Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Stila Perfecting Concealer and Stila Sun Bronzer to skin. For hair Pita, created high buns wrapped in braided hair extensions.

via WWD