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Runway Beauty: Gold Eye + Red Lips at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2013

September 14th, 2012

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Working for MAC Cosmetics, makeup artist Diane Kendal created a Helmut Newton inspired look with one of my favorite combos – red lips and a touch of gold on the eye – at the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2013 show.

Gold Eye + Red Lips at Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2013
Face
* Taupe Shape Powder Blush (available Spring/Summer 2013) — blended under cheekbones to contour.
* Poised Powder Blush (available Spring/Summer 2013) — blended over cheeks to add strength and colour.
* Silver Dusk Iridescent Loose Powder — applied above cheekbones to highlight.

Eyes
* Golden Lemon Pigment — blended over the eyelids for a yellow-golden highlight.
* Taupe Shape Powder Blush (available Spring/Summer 2013) — blended through the crease to contour.
* M·A·C PRO Black Creme Liner — applied through the upper lashes to define and elongate eyes.
* Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash — applied through lashes to define and perfect.
* Dirty Blonde and Deep Dark Brunette Brow Fluidline (available Spring/Summer 2013) — defines and sculpts the brow.

Lips
* Cherry and Vino Lip Pencils — alternately applied and mixed together to define and contour lips.
* Lady At Play and Lush Life Mineralize Rich Lipsticks (available Spring/Summer 2013) — blended with M·A·C PRO Process Magenta Lipmix and applied over the entire lip.
* Neo-Orange Pigment — sets the lip.

Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2013 backstage makeup by MAC Cosmetics

Images: Courtesy of MAC.

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Get Kristen Stewart’s Makeup at Snow White & The Huntsman Sydney Premiere

June 22nd, 2012

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Kristen Stewart is no doubt one of my favorites when it comes to eye makeup. She always has the prettiest neutral smoky eye nailed down to a T, just like the look here at the Premiere of Snow White & The Huntsman in Sydney. See how mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Mai Quynh created the look after the jump!


Face
“I prepped Kristen’s skin by applying mark For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 all over, followed by mark Primed For Perfection Face Primer. After creating a strong, moisturized canvas, I applied mark Min-A-Real Cream-To-Powder Foundation in Light 4 using the mark Foundation Brush. Then, I applied mark Good Riddance Hook Up Concealer in Light/Medium under Kristen’s eyes and around her nose.”

Cheeks
“I blended mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Nude onto the apples of her cheeks. Next, I dusted mark Matte-Nificent Oil Absorbing Powder all over her face in Light to set the makeup. I finished her cheeks by brushing on mark Good Glowing Custom Pick Powder Blush in Cameo Glo using the mark Blush + Bronzer Brush.”

Eyes
“I applied mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Surreal (Copper) to Kristen’s lower eyelids using the mark Flat Eyeliner Brush. Using the same brush, I smudged mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Entourage (Black) along her top lash line, extending them end out into a wing. Then, I mixed the copper and black shades and smudged them on her bottom lash lines. I finished by applying two coats of mark Lash All You Want High-Volume Mascara in Black to her upper and lower lashes.”

Lips
“For Kristen’s lips, I dabbed on mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Coral Fixation to create a sensual lip.”

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How-to: Blushing & Highlighting

January 29th, 2012

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By Victoria, Theatre Makeup Artist

Victoria is a 19-year old college sophomore who attends school in Massachusetts for Engineering, but she’s an avid Theater Makeup Artist and has worked on a variety of shows, from dance shows (think intense, flamboyant glitter) to periodic musicals. She aims to combine her “nerdy” passions with her artistic ones: to overanalyze the mathematics of reshaping the face, learn the science of why a product works better or worse. She’s a romantic dreamer who enjoys re-imagining herself in a soap opera, pretending one day a prince is going to come riding in on a dragon and take her away. Until then, she’s planning to use her makeup brushes and colors to force her friends to be the stars of her imaginary fairy tale.


How-to: Blushing & Highlighting

As a follow-up to my post on contouring, I wanted to discuss how to finish up your look with blush and highlighter. Blush and highlighter really bring life to the face, giving you that sought-after glow. Highlighter has a secondary benefit of really bringing contrast to the shadows, which brings out more of that lovely bone structure.

When do you need blush, highlight, and contour? For me, the answer to blush is always, but what about contour and highlight? If you’re of a darker skintone, like NC/W 45+, skip the contour and stick only with highlight. Contour colours unfortunately rarely run too dark, and you risk the color looking muddy on the face. On the other hand, if you’re lighter skinned, like NC15 and up, be very careful with balance. A dramatic contour and highlight can really sculpt out your features but beware of the risk of looking skeletal.

What You Need

A good directional brush, with a smaller head, or a head the size of the apple of your cheek. The same brush for contouring works perfectly here, so options like the MAC 165, MAC 109, or e.l.f. Blush Brush work perfectly. As for a brush with the head the size of your apple of your cheek, options like the MAC 119 (for smaller apples) or 120 (for rounder apples) are great.

Your favorite highlighter. For more of a glowy effect, choose shimmery highlighters, like Dior’s Amber Diamond, Elf Studio Shimmer Palette, or MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl/Hush. These will give you beautiful glowy finish and really bring your face to life. For a more of dramatic effect, to contrast with the contour, stick with a matte flesh-toned shade that is a step or two lighter than your natural skintone. For this, I turn to powder foundations, or back to my trusty MAC Shape powders, which contain a hint of shimmer (but not too much!). You can definitely layer a shimmer powder over a matte lighter powder, but for natural looks I would avoid this, as it tends to read a bit ashy.

What shades should you choose for highlighter? For a natural highlight, its important to match your undertone with the product. Warmer beauties will find products with a golden or yellow undertone to be really flattering, like Dior Amber Diamond, NARS Albatross, or MAC CCB in Hush. Cooler beauties will find pinker or even lavender toned highlights work great. Look for products like Dior Rose Diamond, NARS Miss Liberty, or MAC CCB in Pearl.

Your favorite blusher. If you’re going with a shimmery highlighter, avoid a blush with too much pearl or frost unless you want to compete with a Twilight vampire for attention!

If we refer back to my original diagram for contouring, it makes finding blusher and highlighter placement is easy!  I like to highlight after contouring; generally, highlighting anywhere where you didn’t contour will help deepen the shadows.

Make a line parallel to the contour line on the top of your cheekbone, and along that line is where the highlight should go. Placing the highlight closer towards your ears will widen your face. Highlighting closer to the apple of the cheek will cause the apples to appear rounder. Whatever you choose, the length of your highlight line should not exceed the length of your contour line; stop highlighting wherever your contour stops.  Then, highlight under the browbone to make the browbone pop, and extend out that highlight to join with your cheekbone highlight. This will help deepen and define the socket, as well as define your cheekbones.

Applying blush last will help to gently blend everything together, but don’t overdo it or else your lines will become muddy and unclear! Blush placement helps reinforce highlighter placement, so apply your blush along a parallel line in between the contour and highlight lines. Don’t smile and apply blush! On many face shapes, this will actually cause the blush placement to be too low. Instead, get some extra lift by applying blush higher along that line. However, if you have a wider face, or you want to soften the cheekbones, apply blush lower along the line, as it will give you an instantly slimmer face.


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Do you use any makeup products in ways other than their intended purpose?

October 27th, 2011

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Do you use any makeup products in ways other than their intended purpose? Like lipstick as blush? Eyeliner as lip liner?

I’ve definitely used a lipstick as a blush before (which is handy if you forget your blush!).

Thanks to Meghan for today’s question! Got a question idea? Submit yours here.


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Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

October 7th, 2011

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Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Peek

Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF (April 2012), Natural Finish Loose Powder, Highlighting Face Pen, Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Fantasme and Emerveille Illusion d’Ombre, Ebene Stylo Yeux Waterproof, Clair Le Crayon Khol, Crayon Sourcils, Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, Chanel Precision Eyelash Curler
  • Cheeks: Blush Horizon de Chanel Glowing Blush Harmony (January 2012)
  • Lips: Rouge Coco Baume Hydrating Lip Balm (January 2012), Plaisir Glossimer (March 2012)
  • Nails: April, May, and June Le Vernis Nail Colours (January 2012)

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Photo by Vincent Lappartient


Photo by Vincent Lappartient


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