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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fall Makeup Trends 2010 Part 1: Red Hot Lips

Red lips are being seen everywhere this fall. From runways to designer ad campaigns, expensive makeup counters to bargain bins at the drug store, the market is saturated in rich reds! Here's a sneak peek at Giorgio Armani's Fall campaign. Look at these luscious lips:

Surprisingly, a lot of women shy away from red lips. Never tried the look, or afraid of looking clownish? Red lipstick is actually more versatile than you think. You can go from a light sheer wash that flushes the lips, to a bold striking color that screams 'look at my gorgeous mouth'. So, you can go from Starlet to Harlot, whatever you are comfortable with!

There are an endless range in colors of red. You can find shades in the palest and softest of hues to the brightest and deepest burgundy and merlot. What you pick will just depend on the overall look you're going for. So, how DO you pick a red that is right for you? First, take a look at your skin tone. Is your skin cool or warm toned? Depending on what your skin tone is, that is the tone of red you will want to choose. Cool reds have more of a bluish undertone to them. These would be your cherry reds, pinkish reds, and purpley reds. Warm reds lean more towards an orange undertone, such as a tomato red, or brownish tones like brick red. Head to your local department store and cruise the makeup counter. This is the best way to educate yourself on the different tones and shades of red. Pick stuff that you like and swipe the tester on the back of your hand. Do they look more bluish or orangey? Do they go on sheer or bold? Are they light or dark? Compare several colors at a time on your hand. You'll soon be able to differentiate between the tones, and you'll get an idea of what you like. This is also a great way to test drive a color before you buy. Ask the sales associate if they have a sample of the color that you like. Since red is hot right now, and lots of cosmetic lines are coming out with new shades, you're bound to find a sample of something you really like.

Ok, so now you've got your lipstick picked out. How do you put it on? If you want just a hint of color, go for a simple wash. Make sure your lips are moisturized, otherwise the color will streak and be hard to spread. Simply pat on with your fingertips, or gently dab the tube to the center of your lips. Softly pat outwards towards the corners, so the color fades to the edges a little. Add a dash of lip balm or gloss for a fresh look.

If you want a bolder look, there are a few more easy steps. First, moisturize the lips. Bold colors will show any flaking or dried skin. Then use a lip liner. Now, you've probably always heard that the liner has to match the lipstick, but that just isn't true. Try using a NUDE lip liner instead! This will help even out the natural color of your lips, and allow more of the true color of the lipstick to show. Line the lips, then fill in. Lining also helps prevent feathering at the lip line. If you really have a problem with feathering, apply a little lip primer before you line. You'll have double the protection against any color bleeding. Next, apply the lipstick color. For a really precise look and even coverage, I recommend using a lip brush. This will help you get color easily into the corners and along the bow and lip line. If you don't have one on hand, don't worry. Just go slowly and carefully with the tube. Blot slightly with a tissue, then apply one more layer of lipstick.

Red lips look best with simple makeup on the rest of your face. Too much eye makeup or blush can look garish when paired with a strong red pout. Stick with a sheer blush, lightly lined eyes, and a good coat of mascara. If you do just a light wash of red on your lips, you can go slightly darker with your eye makeup, but again, don't overdo it.

Here are a few shades you might like to try:

Make Up For Ever in '43 Moulin Rouge'
This color is part of the 'Kiss For A Cause'. $1 from every qualifying red lip purchase at Sephora made before September 15, 2010 (up to $25,000) will benefit the Beauty Bus Foundation. The Beauty Bus Foundation provides in-home beauty treatments to terminally and chronically ill patients and their caregivers. For more information about the Beauty Bus Foundation, visit www.beautybus.org.

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in 'The Red 04'
This color is part of the 'Kiss For A Cause'.

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in 'Paramour'

Nars Lipstick in 'Shanghai Express' and 'Viridiana'

Hope you found this helpful. Now get out there and rouge those lips up! See you next post.

Love, b.b. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

The 2010 Emmys: Simply Stunning

It's the morning after the 2010 Emmy Awards, and the internet has been buzzing all night long over this year's fashion & makeup hits and misses.

This year, simple and elegant makeup was gracing the faces of some of today's most gorgeous ladies. After pouring over tons of pics, I think the most outstanding makeup has to go to Rutina Wesley. First of all, her skin is AH-MAZE-ING! I mean, just LOOK at her!
 This bright pop of color on her face is the perfect compliment to her dress, which is not a dress just anyone could pull off, but she worked it! Maybe it's because I'm used to the barely there makeup look of her character Tara on 'True Blood', but this whole look just grabbed my attention from the start. The only thing I think is missing from this look is a slightly stronger brow. Going just a bit heavier on the brow color would have been a beautiful balance to her luscious lashes and bold lips. If you love this lip color, go pick it up for yourself and create your own Emmy's look. The lipstick Rutina wore is Nars Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick.

Next up is another one of my favorite vampire girls, Nina Dobrev. Her eye makeup is smokey perfection.
To create this eye look, use a light golden shade all over the lid. Slowly build definition in the crease and along the outer lash line with soft chocolate shadow. Go over that with a bronze shade and blend blend blend! Line upper lashes and along the waterline of the lower lashes with either a deep chocolate or black liner, depending on the effect you are going for. Smudge slightly. Add 2 coats of black mascara. Finish the look by adding just a touch of a shimmery pearl color to the inside corners of your eyes, to give them a pretty pop.

Another look that stole the show was Claire Danes.
 Her skin is absolutely glowing. You just cannot beat the look of flawless skin! It's the best accessory there is, so be sure to take good care of yours. Wear an SPF daily and moisturize!!! To get the look of Claire's rosy cheeks, sweep on your favorite summer shade of pink blush to the apples of your cheeks. Don't be too heavy handed, as you want your skin to glow softly...not like a neon sign! The perfect pop of color that I'm loving right now? MAC Sheertone Blush in 'Pinch Me'. This color will look great on just about any skin tone. To finish off that glow, add just a touch of a shimmery highlighter along the top of the cheekbone.

Last but not least, let's give a round of applause to this year's Creative Arts Emmy Award winners in makeup & hair:

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries,
Movie or a Special

The Pacific (HBO)

Jason Baird, prosthetic designer, special makeup effects department head
Sean Genders, special makeup effects artist
Jac Charlton, special makeup effects artist
Chad Atkinson, special makeup effects artist
Ben Rittenhouse, special makeup effects artist
Steve Katz, special makeup effects artist
Robert Charlton, special makeup effects artist
Gregory Nicotero, prosthetic designer

Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic)

The Pacific (HBO)
Chiara Tripodi, department head makeup artist
Toni French, makeup artist

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Grey's Anatomy: “Suicide is Painless” (ABC)
Norman Leavitt, department head makeup artist
Brigitte Bugayong, key makeup artist
Michele Teleis, additional makeup artist

Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)

Saturday Night Live: “Host: Betty White” (NBC)
Louie Zakarian, department head makeup artist
Josh Turi, makeup artist
Amy Tagliamonti, makeup artist

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie

Emma (Masterpiece/PBS)
Anne (Nosh) Oldham, department head hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special

Dancing With The Stars: “Episode 902A” (ABC)
Mary Guerrero, department head hairstylist
Kimi Messina, key hairstylist
Jennifer Mazursky, additional hairstylist
Maria Valdivia, additional hairstylist
Cynthia Romo, additional hairstylist
Cyndra Dunn, additional hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series

Mad Men: “Souvenir” (AMC)
Lucia Mace, department head hairstylist
Anthony Wilson, key hairstylist
Mary Guerrero, additional hairstylist
Peggy Semtob, additional hairstylist

Hope you enjoyed! See you at the next post :)

Love, b.b.