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Runway Beauty: Italy Inspired Romance at Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2016

October 1st, 2015

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The Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2016 show in Milan presented a fashion collection which is the Designers’ tribute to Italy. The Designers’ vision, “Italy is Love”, was complemented by a makeup look highlighting luminous skin with a flawless, dewy finish; soft and smoky feline eyes and plump lips. Nails in a feminine, romantic shade completed the look.

Makeup: Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana

To start, Dolce & Gabbana Essential UV Cream was first applied to hydrate the skin, followed by the Sheer Radiance Primer to build the perfect canvas for make up application. A flawless complexion was achieved using the Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation blended outward, from the center of the face out towards the ears. The Perfect Luminous Concealer was applied to the shadowed areas of the face and dabbed under the eyes, hiding blemishes and creating an impeccable base with an even skin tone. The cheeks displayed a warm, romantic flush by being delicately contoured with the new Blush in Bacio 50, which was swept onto the apples of the cheeks and up towards the ears. The face was highlighted using The Illuminator in Eva 3 along the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose, while the skin was set with a light dusting of The Pressed Powder across the nose and forehead.

The romantic, soft feline eye look was achieved with a base of Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Nude 30 blended across the eyelids. The two complementary shades of brown from The Eyeshadow Quad in Smoky 105 were mixed together and applied with a blending blush along the crease of the eyelids to create depth. For added definition, The Illuminator in Luna 4 was applied to the inner corner of the eyes and below the eyebrows. The upper lash lines were amplified by applying The Eyeliner in Chocolate 10 in an upward flick, and a line of the Glam Liner in Earthy Brown 2 was drawn along the upper lash line, to add an intense yet feminine feline finish. On the curled top lashes, layers of the Volumized Mascara in Black 1 were applied, paying special attention to the outer corners for definition and a lengthening finish.

The brows were sculpted with The Brow Liner in Soft Brown 1 and Mocha 3, using the wide part of the pencil nib with light, feathery strokes to fill the color outwards to the end of the brow, achieving a natural youthfulness to the face.

For beautiful, rosy plump lips, from the new collection of Dolce Matte Lipstick, a mixture of shades were combined to create perfectly tailored spring looks using Dolce Nudo 124, Miss Dolce 134, Dolce Dolcezza 212, Dolce Rosa 222, Dolce Sogno 223, Dolce Mamma 229, Dolce Excelsa 512 and Dolce Bacio 641. To give lips definition and to keep the lipstick in place, the lips were lined with The Lipliner in Mamma 17, Rosa 16, Dolcezza 15, Bacio 18 and Soft 6. Nails painted with The Nail Lacquer in Bella 210 evoke elegance and finish this soft and feminine Spring/Summer 2016 look.


Images: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review, Swatches and Photos

October 27th, 2014

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It is no secret that Laura Mercier makes one of the best foundations out there – just ask the long line of celebrity fans including Katy Perry, Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie and more. And this fall, we have Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, a new addition to the permanent collection.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide
Boasting a lightweight, 12-hour wear and oil-free formula, the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is a liquid foundation that claims to magically blur imperfections and is suitable for all skin types. Its bi-phase formula utilizes a Hydro-Brilliant Technology that features reflective waters and natural silica for color-true shades and requires shaking prior to each use to activate fresh color, just like Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. The foundation is designed to be water-resistant, humidity-proof and sweat-proof and is non-comedogenic as well.

There is a wide selection of 24 shades to fit different skintones. On my NC30 skintone, I use Cashew, a light color with neutral/slightly warm undertones. Macadamia and Dusk were two other matches that could work.

Compared to the Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation that I loved, the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide felt much thinner and more lightweight. Despite its runny texture, the foundation was nicely pigmented and offered medium, buildable coverage. I like to put a few drops on a foundation brush and apply under my eyes and around the nose for coverage that is just enough for everyday.

The foundation blended very easily and dried off swiftly to a natural, matte finish that looked and felt like skin. While it did not feel particularly moisturizing on my dehydrated combo skin, it did not highlight dry patches or flakes either. Also worth mentioning is how well the foundation wore. Even without a primer, the foundation stayed on nicely without oxidizing or fading for over 8 hours.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review

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Swatch of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Cashew
Wearing Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Review in Cashew Wearing Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Cashew.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is available at Sephora and nationwide at Laura Mercier retailers September for $48.

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Enchanted Beauty at Dolce & Gabbana A/W ’14

February 28th, 2014

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At the Dolce & Gabbana A/W ’14 show in Milan, Pat McGrath, brand Creative Advisor of Dolce & Gabbana Make Up, created a makeup look evoking a feeling of “enchanted beauty” while Redken Creative Consultant Guido swept the hair up in a soft, romantic style.

Dolce & Gabbana A/W '14 runway beauty
To achieve a flawless base with an even skintone, Pat applied Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation using the Foundation Brush. She started by creating an even base with one shade, blending it from the central point of the face outward until the product flowed seamlessly to the hairline and jaw. Then, Pat applied a paler tone around the eyes and on forehead, nose, cheeks and chin to achieve an illuminated finish. Finally, Pat then contoured the face by applying a light touch of Blush in Nude on the apples of the cheeks.

Turning her attention to the eyes, Pat applied the light shades of the Eyeshadow Quad in Desert all over the eyelid, followed by the new Perfect Mono – Cream Eye Color, the latest innovative mono eyeshadow from Dolce & Gabbana Make Up, set to arrive on counter at the end of June. This creamy shadow, which is easy to apply either with the tips of the fingers or with a brush, added further intensity and drama with a velvety, powdery finish. Pat used Perfect Mono in Cocoa in the crease of the eyes for further depth and mixed the shades Innocence and Gold Dust to highlight the eyelids.

To contour the eyes, Pat defined the upper and bottom lash lines by applying the Eyeliner in Black, drawing from the center to the outer corner. Along the top of the upper lash line, she drew a softly defined line of Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Black Intense to perfect the eye. Underneath, Pat outlined the bottom lashes once again using the Eyeliner in Black. The Eyeliner in Nude was then used to illuminate the inner corner of the eye.

On the upper lashes, layers of Intenseyes Mascara in Black Intense were applied, with Passioneyes Mascara in Terra applied to the bottom lashes for a volumized and curled lash look – the combination of the two mascaras made for a beautifully fresh and wide eyed finish.

The eyebrows are a key element of the look. Pat used the new Brow Liner in Soft Brown to draw and feather the brows, filling in the color using the nib of the pencil, and then brushing outwards to the end of the brow. Eyebrows are beautifully constructed, with a natural finish.

On the lips, Pat used the new Classic Cream Lipstick in Honey applied with the fingertips for a sophisticated nude effect. Then a hint of Perfect Luminous Concealer was used to even out the lips and illuminate, before a final touch of Sheer Shine Gloss in Acqua was applied to the center of the lips.

As a very final touch, Pat applied a light dust of the Pressed Powder.

To complement the look Pat chose the Nail Lacquer in Nude for a natural and elegant finish.

In order to achieve an airy quality to the hair, Guido first used Redken body full volume amplifier onto damp hair. Next, he added a spritz of Redken pillow proof blowdry two day extender before creating a loose braid and twisting it into a soft updo. “I used a very small amount of products to give the hair some friction and texture, but where it still felt soft. Once the hair was pinned back, I pulled out a few tendrils to add even more softness around the face. Dolce & Gabbana always take a soft approach to women’s beauty.” said Guido.

Runway makeup look at Dolce & Gabbana A/W '14
Dolce & Gabbana A/W '14 backstage makeup

Images: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.

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MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium Review, Swatches and Photos

January 7th, 2013

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One thing I learnt from years of playing with makeup is to ALWAYS give beauty products that didn’t work the first time a second chance. Case in point? The new MAC Conceal and Correct Palette from Studio Pro Collection, which COMPLETELY changed my perception of the Studio Finish Concealer.

MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium Review
Packed with four different shades of Studio Finish Concealers with two Studio Finish Correctors, the Conceal and Correct Palette comes in a sleek, clear case the same size as MAC Eyeshadow Quads. There are four sets of colors available – Light, Medium, Medium Deep and Dark.

Unlike the dry, hard-to-blend texture that creased and highlighted lines I remember from some 15 years ago, the Studio Finish Concealers in the Conceal and Correct Palette felt creamy and not drying. The tiniest amount provided excellent coverage and blended easily. When applied with MAC 217 Blending Brush, just like MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson preached at the Eras Reinterpreted Masterclass, it gave an almost air-brushed, natural-looking finish that did not even need powder to set. The SPF value has also gone from 15 to now 35, which is a plus. Needless to say, I was SOLD!

As for the color, I tried both Light (NC15, W10, NC20, NW20, Pale Yellow, Pale Pink) and Medium (NC30, NW25, NC35, NW35, Mid-yellow, Mid-peach) on my NC30 skin. While Light worked in camouflaging undereye circles and highlighting, I went home with Medium, which did a better job covering my undereye circles, freckles and redness around the nose and can also be used to contour.

My only gripe is the price. A regular Studio Finish Concealer gives you 7g of product at $18 yet the Conceal and Correct Palette contains only 6g of product at $40. You are essentially paying more than twice as much per gram in return for the ease of having different colors in a compact.

All in all, MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette offers great coverage and a nice selection of shades that will serve a variety of purposes and is perfect for traveling. However, if you do not have use for all the colors in the palette, you are better off buying the individual shades.

MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium
MAC Studio Finish Concealers in NC30, NW25, NC35, NW35 and Mid-yellow, Mid-peach correctors

MAC Conceal and Correct Palette Medium NC30, NW25, NC35, NW35 and Mid-yellow, Mid-peach swatches

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MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette is available at MAC freestanding stores and Nordstrom for $40.

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How To Get Kate Beckinsale’s Hair and Makeup at Total Recall Premiere

August 5th, 2012

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With the help of makeup artist Molly R. Stern and hairstylist Mara Roszak, Kate Beckinsale once again wowed us at the premiere of “Total Recall” earlier this week. See how to recreate the look at home after the jump!

“Her look was edgy and undone while still looking flawless for a big Hollywood night out. Wearing a reptile printed Armani Prive dress, Kate left looking like a serpent goddess,” explains Molly.

Molly started by prepping Kate’s skin with Jurlique Rose Water Balancing Mist, followed by By Terry Serum De Rose and Arcona Eye Dew. For a sheer yet luminous finish, Molly used Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. Next, she applied Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color in Oleander to the apples of Kate’s cheeks and dusted NYX illuminating Bronzer in Magnetic high on the cheek bones to reflect the light.

On the eyes, Molly started with NYX Cream Shadow in Gunmetal on the lid then brightened the shade by dusting the olive green shadow from YSL 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in Garden of Eden all over up to crease. Next, she popped the inside of Kate’s lid with Beauty is Life Perfect Shine Eyes in Palmery. To define Kate’s lash line, Molly applied Hourglass Calligraphy Black Eyeliner as a base and topped that off with Glam Liner Aqua Luxe by NYX in #08 which is a golden olive color. Molly lined underneath the lashline with the same olive liner to get a smudgy finish that would last all night. She curled Kate’s lashes with Shu Uemura lash curler and then applied two coats of Laura Mericer Full Blow Volume Lash Building Mascara.

To finish off the look, Molly applied Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Canvas, blotted that off then added the NYX Glam Lip Gloss in #07 VIP.

Taking inspiration from Kate’s structured dress, Mara created a texturized look that is “edgy and undone, with an effortless feel.”

Step 1. Prep and Texturize
Achieving the undone quality of Kate’s hair relies on creating texture while preventing flyaways. Start by evenly applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse through towel-dried hair to tame frizz, boost shine and build texture. For added volume, spray roots with a texturizing spray and rough dry.

Step 2. Secure the Style
Next, twist small sections of hair to create tousled texture. Once hair is completely dry, gently tease the crown for a bit of height. Next, pull hair back create a loose braid. Tuck the ends under and pin in place with bobby pins, crossing the pins to secure the look and make sure the braid stays in place. Allow pieces in the front to fall out and frame the face.

Step 3. Polish and Perfect
To finish the look, spray John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray on your fingertips and pinch sections while rubbing your fingers together on the hair to add more texture and break up the look. Then in an even, all-around motion, mist a thin coat of hair spray to set the look.


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