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Tips on Applying Bridal Eye Makeup for Photos

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This month I will be dedicating a lot of my posts to bridal beauty, because in less than 30 days I will be a bride!  Yep, this gal is getting married and I can't wait to share some of my best bridal beauty tips with you. 
 
My first tip is is to keep the palette neutral but with some really beautiful pops of shimmer bronze and deep deep browns. That way you still have a lot of emphasis and definition on the eye without putting too much color in it that can compete with whatever dress you are wearing for the occasion.
 
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In the video above, you can see that our lovely model already has some bronze eye shadow all over. This instantly adds a kind of subtle smokiness.
  • Now, to really make this pop for the wedding we're going to add a black eyeliner near the lash line and then a little bit of a deeper dark brown eye shadow on top to smoke it out.
  •  First, you want to pull the eyelid back taut and if you are doing this on yourself, you simply look down towards the mirror and in tiny feather-like strokes, push this black eyeliner down towards the base of the eyelash.
  • Next, you want to take a very deep dark brown as you can see right here, I'm using this brown color from this palette and you're going to smoke it over that black shadow. As you can see, this really helps to soften the line and stop it from looking too harsh.
  • For added definition, just add a tiny bit of that dark brown underneath the outer corners of the eye and there you go, a simple classic yet defined look for applying makeup at a wedding party for photos.
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Get the Look: Lily James at the Cinderella Premiere

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Jenn Streicher created a princess worthy glow at last nights Cinderella premiere
“We didn't have to look far for inspiration for Lily James, who plays Cinderella in the new Disney movie. We wanted to do a fresh, modern version of this classic fairytale. Lily wore a beautifully detailed Elie Saab dress. Hair stylist, Ashley Streicher, really wanted to keep the hair clean and off her face, and I also wanted Lily to look fresh and young while not veering too far from the classic story.”

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LIPS:
For the final touch, I gave her lips a pop of color (Nars Villa Lante satin pencil). It's a beauty look fit for a princess!

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Four Sizzling Looks For Date Night

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What better way to heat up your date night than with one of these super seductive looks? Whether you prefer a more demure, innocent face or want to get his blood boiling by going full-on fierce, one of these looks will be sure to please and lead to an unforgettable encounter!

Romance Him in Red!
There is no hotter look that screams seduction quite like the red lip. Pair that powerful pout with a smokey eye and loads of lashes, and he’ll be eating from the palm of your hand. For this look, start with a taupe shade of shadow applied all over the lid, then layer on a cocoa brown. Follow up with a thick line of liner on both top lid and bottom water line, and gently smudge. For lashes this lush, you’ll want to either enlist the help of a few falsies or reach for your favorite fiber lengthening mascara; 2-3 coats should do the trick. Next, line lips with a red pencil, one that’s slightly darker than your lipstick and smudge it toward the center of the lip. Finally, using a lip brush, blend in the red lip color.

Be Pretty in Pink…
If red is a bit too over-the-top for you, a sweet shade of pink may be just your style. To keep the look light and innocent, the eyes will be a bit more 'Old Hollywood' glam than smokey seductress. Use a silvery-gray shade of shadow with a touch of sparkle and apply to the lids and under the bottom lash line. Next, using a black, liquid liner, draw a thick line on the upper lash line, winging it out at the corners. Now, use a black gel liner to line the bottom waterline. Finish with several coats of black, lengthening mascara on top and bottom lashes. For the lips, line with a light to medium pink liner and finish with a pale pink, semi-matte lipstick.

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 Go Nude for the Night!

Okay, maybe not literally but at least your lips. This look is for the drama seeker who prefers to have the attention focused on her eyes. First, apply a dark, chocolate shadow to the lid almost to the brow bone. Then, use a black, sparkly shadow to shade the sockets of the eyes, extending at the corners. Next, use a black, matte shadow from about mid point of the sockets to the outer corners to deepen the drama of the look. Line the top lash line and bottom waterline with a black, gel liner and finish the eyes with a full set of false lashes and several coats of black mascara. For the lips, first line with a nude liner and finish the look by applying a matte, nude lipstick.

Get Him Going in Hot Pink…
If you require some serious color on your lips and seek a flirty eye, than look no further. For the eyes, use a light pink, matte shadow to color the lids up just above the sockets. Next, use a sparkly, white shadow and lightly color the inner tear ducks. Now, using a black, liquid liner, draw a thick line on the upper lash line only, winging the liner at the corners. Finish the eyes with several coats of black, lengthening mascara on both top and bottom lashes. For the lips, line with a bright pink liner and finish with a hot pink, glossy lip shade.

No matter which of these four fabulous looks you choose, you’ll be certain to set his heart on fire!

By Sian Bitner Kearney

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Get The Look: Jessica Chastain at the Oscars 2015

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The always stunning and fellow redhead Jessica Chastain looked like a classic goddess at The 87th Academy Awards. Here is how to achieve her easy, and skin loving look: 

Makeup by Kristofer Buckle for Kiehl’s

“Before we began, I applied a layer of Kiehl’s Creme De Corps to make sure Jessica’s arms, legs, and décolletage were as flawless as her face. Applying the lotion first gave it plenty of time to absorb.”

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EYES:

  • I then used my Kristofer Buckle Always Flawless Day to Night Palette and YSL Couture Variation Palette to create a soft brown winged eye.
  • By using shadow, I was able to create a softer look than liquid liner.
  • YSL Volume Waterproof Mascara was applied to add drama to her eyes. To finish the look,

LIPS:

I used Kristofer Buckle Absolute Nude Lip Crayon in Nude Subdued over Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for a clean, sophisticated lip.


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Get The Look: Margot Robbie Oscars 2015

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Margot Robbie sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and fiery orange-red lips. "We were inspired by old Hollywood glamour and wanted to make a statement," says makeup artist Tyron Macchausen. "It's the Oscars after all."

Skin: Tyron began by prepping the skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure a flawless makeup application. He then used Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Honey & Beige on her skin and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Sand under the eyes.

Cheeks:
He lightly contoured with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, and then applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light as a highlight on her cheekbones.

Brows: He used a combination of Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and Soft Brunette to add dimension to her brows.

Eyes:
He kept her eyelids bare and only applied Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner to the inside of her lash line. He followed with several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to her top lashes.

Lips: He lined her lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, for a pop of matte orange-red.

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Get The Look: America Ferrera Academy Awards 2015

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Celebrity makeup artist Dawn Broussard worked with America Ferrera for the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22nd in Los Angeles, CA. See below for details on America's beautiful look!

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"America's Jenny Packham dress was soft, ethereal and flowing with elegance. Her makeup was classic with hints of spunk and glamour that came from a bronzed and pewter palette."

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LIPS: Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne was used on her lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Pencil in Pink Venus to softly line and define."

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*Hair by Christian Wood

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CoverGirl & Herbal Essences Got Me Red Carpet Ready!

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 This weekend will be all about the red carpet...it is Oscar time baby! I have always loved the glitz and glamour of the award shows, and last weekend I had the opportunity to be treated like a star. It was amazing, and fascinating all the same time.  CoverGirl and Herbal Essences treated a few bloggers to a "red carpet" worthy beauty day where we got to try out some of the celebrity makeup artists favorite products.  Here was the breakdown and some of their amazing tips! 

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CoverGirl celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey: 

Jake Bailey is one of the best makeup artists in the business, and his clients include Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani.  To say I was thrilled to have him paint my face is the understatement of the year! I told him about my upcoming wedding, and he gave me a classic red carpet look that was wedding worthy.  He also used the same lipstick on me that he applied to Katy Perry for the Grammys... LOVE me some Tempting Toffee.

Face: 

  • Jake started by using a kabuki brush to buff in CoverGirl 3in1 foundation.  This is his favorite foundation for red carpet because of it's fuller coverage and staying power
  • Next he used Ready Set Gorgeous concealer to mask my dark circles and highlight along my nose.  He says he always prefers liquid underneath the eyes instead of a cream, which can crease.
  • For blush he swiped a soft, delicate peach that was subtle and perfect for everyday.

Eyes:  

  • This look was all about the eyes, and he spent most of the time tight lining my upper eyelash and creating a very subtle, yet effecting cat eye. The CoverGirl liquid eyeliner is perfect because the handle is small and allows you to get impossible close to the eyelash for maximum drama. 
  • For eyeshadow he swept a stunning taupe and champagne shimmer on the lid.  The focus was all about the liner and lashes.
  • Last, but not least, he used his famous "credit card trick" to coat my lashes and give me that false lash look.  Simply place a credit card near the lash and brush upward.  The lashes will push against the credit card, giving you full control and allowing you to coat every lash with mascara.  He used my all time favorite CoverGirl Lash Blast!

Herbal Essences celebrity hairstyist Charles Strahan: 

Charles is behind so many red carpet looks, and I can tell why he is a celebrity favorite.  He instantly made me feel comfortable in his chair, and guided me through my look with such kindness, humor, and education.  Let me tell you, I am always a nervous nelly when it comes to getting my hair done.  I have crazy big hair, and most stylists can make me look like I am on a parade float.  But not Charles!  He taught me to love hair moose again, and to embrace "hair imperfection".  He told me that "perfection is the enemy of a good hairstyle" and that "you want your hair to have life!".  YES SIR.  He gave me loose tousled waves, and introduced me to the new Wild Naturals line by Herbal Essences, which has been in my beauty rotation ever since.  

Tips: 

  • Use a 1 1/2 inch curling iron and start mid shaft.  Never start your curl at the bottom or at the roots. Slowly move the curler down the hair shaft, and release.  To get a looser finish, pull on the ends before the hair cools.
  • Don't be afraid of hair moose. Long gone are the days of crunch curls!  I loved Herbal Essences Volumizing Souffle because it gave me texture and helped the curls have movement.
  • Charles also demonstrated the new spray shine and said it was a great example of hydrating the hair without weighing it down.  

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