The one thing I see a lot of times with prom makeup is that everyone wants to go for the smoky eye. The smokey eye can tend to be very dark and very harsh. What I like to do instead is pick a really gorgeous color such as a shimmery purple and use that to enhance the eye.
Use a simple black liner on the top of the eye near the lash line and then apply the pigment.
Choose a simple nice shimmery pigment, as these tend to blend well, and create a illuminated look for the eye. I chose a really beautiful bright purple shimmer pigment by OCC cosmetics.
As you can see in the vidoe I'm keeping it close to the lash line where the black eyeliner is and with feather-like strokes slowly moving it up toward the center of the eye.
This graduates the color so that the most intense part of the color is near the lash line. As you can see in the video, it instantly gives a really beautiful bright look that isn't as dark as most of the smoky eye looks for prom.
By having a lighter color, enhancing that black liner it's a softer, more vibrant version of the smoky eye.
To make it even more formal for your prom, take that color and with an eyeliner brush, bring it under the eye as close to the lash line as possible.
By using a deeper shimmer pigment instead of darker eye shadow colors, you get a soft romantic look that is still formal and a lot more fancy than the normal colors that you'd wear to school.
I have a few perfect tricks that will help you when you wake up in the morning and your eyes are a little bit too puffy or you have some dark circles that need to vanish immediately.
The first trick is to find a great under eye moisturizer.
Next, find a really good under eye primer that helps to de-puff the eye with caffeine. You want to tap it in gently around the orbital bone of the eye.
Especially during the summer you can even keep these eye creams in the fridge so that they will have a cooling effect around the eye, which feels amazing.
The next step is to use a highlighter pencil for under the eyes. This isn't going to replace your normal concealer but instead brighten up the under eye area and help to deflect the light and soften those bags.
You want to gently push the highlighter right in the areas where the shadows happen the most. And that's on the inner corners of the eye. And then gently blend the product outwards.
You want the focus to be all on the inner corners. This is where the shadows and the puffiness tends to happen the most so this is where you really want to concentrate those light reflecting pigments. The great thing about it is that you might not need as much concealer as you think you did. These correcters can really change the appearance of those circles and puffiness instantly.
With those two simple tricks, you can battle away any puffiness or dark circles on the mornings when you're not really feeling your best. Just have those two products in your arsenal and you can look your best every single day!
Last night at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, actress Chloë Moretz, one of my favorite actress and start of the upcoming action flick Kick-Ass 2, illuminated the red carpet with her star power, radiating glamour with the simple yet chic look of her luxurious blond hair created exclusively with René Furterer styling products by celebrity hairstylist Rob Talty of the Magnet Agency."Chloë's look is all about gorgeous and effortless shine," says Rob. "She's young and cool and I wanted to keep that overall fresh feeling with her hair as well."
Below, he tells us how he created her look!
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« First, I washed the hair with René Furterer OKARA light activating shampoo and conditioned with René Furterer REPAIRING AFTER-SUN MASK.
« On towel-dried hair, I sprayed René Furterer FIORAVANTI shine enhancing no rinse detangling spray to remove any tangles. I then used René Furterer OKARA light activating leave-in fluid to add radiance and shine to Chloë's newly blond hair.
« Using a small amount of René Furterer VEGETAL MOUSSE to the roots, I then blow-dried each section of the hair using a T3 Evolution LongLife Blow Dryer and an Ibiza Round Brush.
« After making a sleek center part, I continued blow-drying the hair forward to ensure extra shine and softness to the ends of the hair.
« By lightly flicking sections of the hair back at the ends with a small Mason Pearson Brush, I was able to create a soft frame around Chloe's beautiful heart-shaped face.
« I finished the simple yet chic look by flat ironing the hair with a GHD Flat Iron to give it slight movement. Chloë was ready for her moment on the red carpet.
Remember the days of plucking your brows down to what felt like their very last strand? It was time consuming and although on trend, in hindsight not very attractive. Thank God in today’s beauty world, brows are back!! This look is all about a strong but structured brow to give your face natural drama and dimension. Here are the tools you’ll need to achieve this look:
White out: Before shaping brows, use a white eye pencil and an eyebrow stencil (we recommend one by Senna Cosmetics) to determine your best arch and trace it out.
Pencil me in: Next, use a brow pencil to fill in the shape of the brow and then use a brow powder to give the brow more depth. To choose the right color, follow this simple rule: for blondes, go one shade darker than your hair color, for brunettes go one shade lighter. Redheads should try to stay as close to their shade as possible or choose a very light brown.
Shape n Tweeze: Now that you have the size and shape you desire, use tweezers to pluck stray brows. Be careful not to over pluck as more is more here, and no one wants a repeat of a bad early 90’s brow (Sorry Pam Anderson!)
Welcome back brows: Guilty of over plucking for the last decade and now have little brow to speak of? No worries, the latest brow serums, like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills, are guaranteed to bring awesome back to your arch. It may take a few months of consistent application, but no one ever said beauty was easy right?
With each passing birthday, our lips lose a little volume and our hair -- on our heads and lashes -- tends to get thinner. Plus, as we age, our eyelashes begin to straighten, which also makes them look less lush. But you don’t have to feel deflated about these changes. Instead, you can fatten up your best beauty assets with a few fast, simple tips.
Plump it up: Get lush lashes
Choose the correct product. Stroll the makeup aisles at any drugstore or department store and you can easily become overwhelmed by what seems to be a thousand mascaras in an array of categories from lengthening to curling -- and everything in between. “For fuller lashes, choose volumizing mascara,” says Mari Shten, a NYC-based makeup artist.
Be a curly girl. “An eyelash curler is the key to taking your mascara the extra mile and really giving your lashes that ‘wow’ factor,” says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. For best results, try this trick: “Heat your lash curler up with a blow dryer, let it cool for five seconds, and then curl,” suggests Stephanie Flor, celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist whose clients include Mariah Carey and Kathy Griffin.
Prep before you swipe. Apply loose powder before putting on mascara. “This will prevent the lashes from sticking together so you can more evenly apply the mascara,” says Flor. Or try using a mascara primer. “It has extra fibers that stay on your lashes and make them fuller and longer,” explains Shten. Apply one coat of a primer. Then, while the primer is still wet, apply a coat of mascara on top of it.
Rework your wand. Bend your wand sideways to create an easier application. “The wand doesn't come with the natural eye shape,” explains Flor. “By bending it sideways you're able to get really close to your lash line. This is my secret and everyone loves it!” How to: Use a napkin to hold the brush; then, bend the area where the mascara brush connects with the stick part of the wand.
Wiggle while you work. Start with the mascara wand as close to the roots as you can get and then wiggle it upward toward the tip. “That will lift lashes up and give the effect of longer lashes,” says Shten. Start at the outermost corner of your eye going inward toward the nose. By coating the ends with the most mascara, it gives lashes a thicker look.
Brush it out. For a more dramatic effect, brush lashes to separate them. Kashuk suggests a metal-toothed lash comb. Then, apply a second coat of mascara. “Don't forget lower lashes. It creates extra dimension,” says Shten.
Top it off with liner. Take a soft black or black/brown eyeliner (depending on your coloring) and apply it on the upper lid really close to lashes. Use an angled brush to blend the line into the lashes. “This will instantly add fullness,” says Kashuk.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics were nice enough to share their beauty breakdown for their newest celebrity, drag queen extraordinaire William! William is one of three new faces for OCC makeup, and their newest launch.
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Flowers aren’t the only things popping up this spring. New trends are on the rise as we happily retire thick sweaters and tights. But putting together an in-season outfit is only part of the equation: Pairing it with the perfect makeup pulls your entire look together and ensures you pull off a daring trend. Not sure where to start? You’re in luck: We’ve taken out all the guesswork for you with this guide to the hottest spring trends and matching makeup.
1. Bold and Busy Patterns
This spring, you’ll see no shortage of statement prints, including snakeskin, stripes and embellished fabrics. When your clothes have a strong point of view, opt for more neutral makeup. Brooke Glaser, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City, swears by MAC’s paint pots to achieve a low-impact look with staying power, especially when she’s on the job at Good Morning America . Her two favorite shades that look the most natural but give a pop at the same time: Groundwork and Quite Natural.
2. See-Through Looks
This transparent trend will be hard to miss: Sheer fabrics and crystal-clear accessories become more and more popular. And a barely-there aesthetic applies to makeup as well. “Less is more,” Brooke assures. “A natural, fresh look is best for spring.”