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Runway Beauty: Violet Lip and Ombre Glitter Nails at Nicole Miller S/S 2014

September 12th, 2013

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At Nicole Miller Spring/Summer 2014, the inspiration came from the opulence, glamour and beauty of Versailles – the gardens, mirrors, mazes and chandeliers. As a result, makeup artist James Kaliardos working for MAC Cosmetics created a bright violet lip while Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador, gave models a glittery ombre nail.

Nicole Miller S/S 2014 Hair, Makeup and Nails
Face
* Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation – blended over hydrated skin to even and tone, and followed by concealer as needed to perfect.
* Keep It Loose! Casual Colour (available Spring/Summer 2014) – lightly applied to cheeks with fingertips for a natural blush.
* Lily-white Pigment (available Spring/Summer 2014) – dusted lightly over the temples, upper cheekbones, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow with 168 large angled contour brush to highlight.

Eyes
* Cultivating Chic from Spring 14 trend Forecast/Eye (available Spring/Summer 2014) – softly blended over the eyelid and through the crease with 213 fluff brush.
* March Mist From Spring 14 trend Forecast/Eye (available Spring/Summer 2014) – blended under the eye through the lashes with 213 fluff brush.
* Haute & Naughty Black Lash Mascara – applied through the upper lashes only to define and open eyes.
* Lingering Eye Brows – blended through brows for a full, slightly defined look.

Lips
* Vino Lip Pencil – blended over the entire lip, slightly overdrawn to create a full, luscious effect.
* M·A·C Pro Violetta LipstiCk – blended over Vino pencil to intensify and perfect.
* M·A·C Pro Matte Mixing Medium – applied over lips to set and finish.

Nails
Katie first applied a layer butter LONDON’s new Nail Lacquer in The 444. To create a cascading effect she used butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in The Black Knight and applied upward from the tip of the nail. She lightly dabbed the nail lacquer where the two shades met to blend the look. Finally, she reapplied The Black Knight to finish the ombre effect.

Violet lip and glittery nails at Nicole Miller S/S 2014
Nicole Miller S/S 2014 runway beauty
Ombre glitter nails by butter LONDON at Nicole Miller S/S 2014
Nicole Miller S/S 2014 facechart by MAC

Images: Courtesy of MAC and butter LONDON.

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Get Emmy Rossum’s Makeup and Nail Look At 2013 Met Gala!

May 7th, 2013

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Emmy Rossum ditched her signature dewy look for a bolder, glam punk look at the 2013 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Costume Institute Gala last night. “Emmy’s look was a mixture of beautiful femininity and rock ‘n’ roll edginess with her romantic gown and bold eye makeup,” said her makeup artist Jo Baker.

Emmy Rossum's makeup look at 2013 Met Gala
Complexion
To create a dewy look with medium coverage, Baker started with NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in Nude. She paired the liquid foundation with NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation in Creamy Natural to bring out Emmy’s beautiful skin and natural complexion. Baker then applied the NYX Green Tea Blotting Papers to ensure the durability of Emmy’s makeup.

Cheeks
To create the perfect sculpted cheek, Baker swept NYX Highlight & Contour Powder on the sides of Emmy’s cheekbones and down her nose. To add a healthy glow to Emmy’s skin, Baker then blended the contouring powder with NYX Powder Blush in Natural on the apples of Emmy’s cheeks up to her hairline. She then applied NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam along Emmy’s collarbone and shoulders for a shimmery highlighter that would reflect perfectly off the bright lights of the Met Ball cameras.

Eyes
To create a strong canvas for Emmy’s dramatic eye makeup, Baker started with NYX Eye Shadow Base in White. Baker then applied NYX Cream Shadow in Chocolate to create the overall shape and dimension of the eye and eyebrow. She added extra definition by pressing the NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer in Onyx with her finger onto the outside of the eyes and then blending with a flat brush. She then softened the shimmer of the shadows with NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Tryst to make the smoky eye makeup look more sophisticated and wearable. NYX Kohl Kajal Black Liner was used to create a winged liner that extended to the outside of Emmy’s eyes and blended up to the eyebrows. To complete the look, Baker applied NYX Propel My Eyes Mascara heavily on her top lashes.

Lips
Keeping the focus on Emmy’s strong eyes and brows, Baker finished her look with a soft peach lip color using NYX Round Lipstick in Fortune Cookie.

Nails
Inspired by her gorgeous Donna Karan Atelier gown dress, Katie Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador, created elegant yet edgy nail art for Emmy using extra pieces of lace – the same fabric from which her dress was created – supplied by Donna Karan. The designer also supplied Emmy with individual crystals, also used on her dress, to help enhance her nail look, adding a bit of punk rocker edge. “Emmy knew she really wanted to incorporate the fabric from the dress somehow, but with a twist that gave it an unexpected edge,” said Katie. “Together we decided to use both the fabric and the stones to create a nail that was both delicate and edgy. It looked awesome.”

Emmy Rossum's lace manicure at 2013 Met Gala

How To
Katie began by painting Emmy’s nails with two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy followed by a layer of butter LONDON P.D. Quick Top Coat. She then cut individual pieces of lace to perfectly cover Emmy’s nails and placed them down on the wet nails, letting the lace dry on top of the nail. Once the nails were dry, Katie placed glue on random spots of the nail where the crystals would be adhered, and then placed each crystal onto the nail.

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Runway Beauty: Creature of the Wind Fall 2013

February 21st, 2013

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At Creatures of the Wind A/W 2013, NARS Director of Global Artistry James Boehmer created a makeup look that complements the collection by adding a new element. “You see the pearl on their cheeks, and an angular line that almost makes the look hard and not so feminine, like a Teddy girl in the UK after World War II. I also wanted to balance Chris and Shane’s inspiration of artificiality, and candy, by creating a look that had a combination of matte and pearl but no real sense of contour, depth or color.” said James.

Runway makeup and nails at Creatures of the Wind Fall 2013
NARS makeup face chart at Creatures of the Wind Fall 2013

Face
* Sheer Matte Foundation
* Loose Powder
* Radiant Creamy Concealer

Eyes
* Maldives Multiple
* Copacabana Multiple
* Nepal Single Eyeshadow
* Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow
* Loose Powder
* Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara

Brows
* Brow Gel

Lips
* Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
* Madère Pure Matte Lipstick

Nails
CND Electric Orange with CND Impossibly Plush color ran down one-third of the nail, and waves of CND Blue Rapture, CND Seaside Party and CND Faux Fur were hand-painted with a detail brush over the orange side of the nail. The second color block incorporated CND Cityscape and CND Asphalt with CND Svelte Suede color down one-third of the nail and the third color block included a base of CND Studio White with CND Cityscape

Nails by CND at Creatures of the Wind Fall 2013

Images: Courtesy of NARS and CND.

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How Do Nail Effects By Sally Hansen Work?

February 5th, 2012

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The Beauty Brains are linking and hopefully you’re loving it! All our questions this month come from other beauty bloggers, like Jenn of Literature Couture. Check out her creative character makeup tutorials!

Jenn asks…I’m loving the new Sally Hansen Nail Effects, but I’m have two questions about them. One, how exactly does the company manage to use real nail polish that isn’t dried and crumbly by the time I open the package? Two, is there a way for me to make my own strips to avoid the hassle of manicuring my non-dominant hand?

The Right Brain responds:

Regular nail polishes are a mix of film forming agents, adhesive polymers, and colorants all dissolved in a solvent cocktail (usually ethyl and butyl acetate with a dash of isopropyl alcohol.) To “stripify” the polish, Sally Hansen’s Nail Effects use a formula that’s a little more plastic-y than a regular nail polish. It looks like they’ve applied the polish to flexible substrate (polyethylene terephthalate) and dried off all the solvent. The result is a strip of nail polish that remains flexible but still sticky enough to adhere to your nail.

Can you DIY nail effects?

Sure, it’s actually quite simple. First, get an advanced degree in organic chemistry. Then, gain access to a mixture of over 2 dozen flammable chemicals and the associated equipment you’ll need to mix them properly, then…ok, I guess it isn’t quite so easy. This chemistry is quite complex and even the most accomplished DIY formulator would have problems doing this at home. Looks like you’re stuck with Sally’s strips for now.

Sally Hansen Nail Effects Ingredients

NITROCELLULOSE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, BIS(GLYCIDOXYPHENYL)PROPANE/BISAMINOMETHYLNORBORNANE COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, BUTYL ACETATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, POLYVINYL BUTYRAL, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, SHELLAC CERA/SHELLAC WAX/CIRA DE LAQUE, DIHYDROXYETHYL COCAMINE OXIDE, BENZOPHENONE-3, SILICA, TIN OXIDE, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 6 BARIUM LAKE (CI 15850), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), D&C YELLOW NO. 10 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 47005), D&C ORANGE NO. 5 (CI 45370), D&C YELLOW NO. 11 (CI 47000), D&C RED NO. 22 (CI 45380), D&C RED NO. 28 (CI 45410), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000)].

Image credit: Sally Hansen

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New Year, New Nails with Zeva Natural Nails

January 6th, 2012

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Welcome to Fab Over Forty New Year, New Nails with Zeva Natural Nails

A friend once said to me “One way to tell if a woman really takes care of herself is by looking at her hands”. Keeping nails neat and pristine is always on my top of priority lists, so it was with great excitement that I got to meet Mike, owner of Zeva Natural Nails.  He demonstrated some of the Zeva products on a mutual friend Kate, and I was instantly impressed with the Zeva products!

First he applied the Cuticle Oil Pen to the cuticles to soften them.  The cuticle pen is easy to use – just press the tip against the cuticles and it retracts to release an oil that is 100% natural.  It contains 16 natural oils including tocotrienol, a super-potent form of Vitamin E, which is 40-60 times more potent in preventing free radical damage. It also helps to prevent nail breakage. Some of the other ingredients include jojoba seed oil, tea tree oil, wheat germ oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil and many more.  The tip of the pen is strong enough to push back the cuticles as well.  I keep this pen next to my bed and use it nightly.  Although after the first couple of days it worked so well that I probably don’t need to continue to use it EVERY day.  But I love the scent – a mixture of the tea tree oil and almond oil comes through and smells divine.

Once done conditioning the cuticles, its time to move on to the Zeva Austrian Crystal file (shown above). This file is shaped so it’s a little larger on one end than the other, but the overall shape follows the curve of the base of the nail.  This is used for pushing back and removing excess cuticle. It’s made of pulverized Austrian crystal and pulverized ceramic.  It’s surprisingly very smooth, and is also used file the nail.  According to Mike, “the end of a fingernail will only be as smooth as the file you are using”.  When using this file, you can go in both directions without damaging the nail.  It gives the tips of your nails a smooth end so it “seals” them.  This also helps to prevent breakage of the nail.

Next, Mike used the three buffing files on Kate’s nails.  They’re clearly marked – #1 Cleaning, #2 Smoothing and #3 Finishing.  # 1 Cleans and removes ridges on the nail giving it a nice surface to use #2, which smooths the nail’s surface out.  #3 buffs the nails to a nice, clean shine.  All three of these buffing files have a different texture to them, but were all softer than I had imagined them being.  Kate’s nails looked amazing!

One last step that Mike did to Kate’s nails (hang nail was pre-manicure as Kate will attest to!) was to top them with the One Step French Manicure, which is shown on Kate’s finished nails.  It gives a nice finished look to the nails with a high shine that is slightly pink.  It’s not the typical dramatic pink/white French tip that many are accustomed to, but instead a very pretty “polished” pink flush look. The result is perfect for those who don’t want or like to use color on their nails, but yet want a nice looking manicure for their nails.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Zeva Natural Nails products!  There are additional products to the line like Nail Nourishing Cream, Orange Blossum polish remover pads, Nail Guard and more.  You can get the basic nail kit, which is shown above and includes the three buffing files, the Austrian Crystal File and the Cuticle Oil Pen all in a storage/travel case for only $45.  You can get some serious savings doing your manicures at home this year!  And, they don’t charge shipping on orders over $40. Love that!

Images:  Zeva Natural Nails and Fab Over Forty.  Product was received for testing and consideration of review. 

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