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How Can I Get My Eyes To Glow?

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Today's question is "how can I get my eyes to glow". Well, one of the easiest tricks and a celebrity secret for the red carpet, is to use a liquid eye shadow. Now I know it sounds a bit weird... but it gives the eyes a vibrant, bright glowy look.

  • As you can see this is instantly adding a bit of a glow and extra shimmer which will make the eyes pop. Celebrities do this for the red carpet all the time to really give their eyes that extra glow. It's subtle yet on camera it looks amazing, instantly adds that glow and beautiful pop to eyes.
  • My current favorites are mark by Avon all time eye hook ups! 
  • Don't forget that some creams can smooth on like a liquid, such as Maybelline Color Tattoo

And there you go, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to make your eyes glow, look for a liquid eye shadow.  Helps every time!

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Judith August The Everything Pencil

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When it comes to finding the right concealer, it sometimes feels like a guessing game. Which shade should you choose? Which brand covers best? I've discovered two concealers from Judith August that not only cover well, but they're incredibly easy to use. The Everything Pencil and Orange Masking Creme will make you rethink concealers.

First off is my absolute favorite – Judith August's The Everything Pencil. What makes it so special? It's actually an pencil, which makes applying it just where you need it easier than ever. Forget about having a different concealer for every type of blemish. This one really does cover it all for both face and body. It contains both aloe vera and Vitamin E and glides on with ease. From age spots to spider veins, it's the true everything concealer. With six shades to choose from, it's easy to cover every flaw quickly and easily.

Next up is the Orange Masking Creme. No, it's not a brilliant orange crème. Instead, it's a three part orange based concealer with pink, yellow and peach undertones. The moisturizing formula is designed to make dark circles disappear. Plus, you can mix and match the three part concealer for match most any skin tone and even use it as a foundation.

If you're ready to cover up, these professional concealers should be your first stop. Not only do they cover, but they help moisturize and heal too. What more could you ask for?

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Get The Look: Sophia Vergara at Emmy Awards 2014

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Sofia Vergara always knocks it out of the park on the red carpet, and last night was no different!  Here we share the beauty breakdown, starting with the step-by-step hair tutorial for her shiny straight style followed by the breakdown to achieve her easy to recreate makeup.

First, Sofia’s stylist, celeb hair guru Kylee Heath shares her tips on how to get the gorgeous smooth and sexy look. Follow Kylee’s step-by-step instructions below and you’ll be ready to make your red carpet debut!

1. Start with Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky for a flake-free part and 24-hour frizz control

2. Create a straight center part on damp hair
3. Blow dry the top front section, away from your face, with a boar bristle round brush. Roll the section under itself and pin into place to cool
4. Blow dry the rest of your hair in two square inch sections and pin each section in place then wait for all sections to cool. Once cool, take out each section and brush it
5. With a 1 ½ inch curling iron, add a slight bend to the shorter front layers
6. Finish by spraying with light hairspray for extra hold

Next, Sofia’s makeup artist complemented her Art Deco style with a retro lip and a fresh modern eye. With the white and silver dress, white diamonds and simple hair, the makeup called for a pop of color. See the breakdown below of Sofia’s glamorous look.

Face:

  • I used a short haired buffing foundation brush to really buff the foundation, truBLEND Liquid Foundation in Classic Tan D-4, into the skin.
  • I then used a touch of bronzer (Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices) on the forehead, cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose.
  • I added a pop of blush, Clean Glow Blush in Peaches, on the apples of the cheeks to give the look some warmth.


Eyes


Lips:

  • The focus was really about the lip, so I needed a long lasting lip product that would last all night through the red carpet, award show AND parties.
  • I didn't want the lip to look too dry so I chose Outlast All Day Lipcolor in Ever-Reddy as it is super pigmented and would give that punch of color while still looking like a shiny candy apple!
  • I lined the lip with a matching pencil, LipPerfection Lipliner in Passion.
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Get the Look: Katy Perry at the VMA 2014

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Katy Perry's VMA look tonight was quintessential Katy. Bright red lips, black liquid liner and big lashes!

Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey shared how he got her prepped for the night!

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CHEEKS and LIPS:

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Get The Look: Nina Dobrev at the 2014 VMAs

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This is such a great, classic look!  I love the take on the bright red lip, using one of my favorite lines, Jouer.  Below is a full breakdown of Nina's fiery look, created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beau Nelson and Celebrity Hairstylist, Riawna Capri.

Makeup Step-by-step:
“I wanted to keep Nina looking fresh and sophisticated, so I decided to echo her dress color in her lips. I kept the rest of the face neutral and softly contoured emphasizing her perfect skin and beautiful bone structure." - Beau Nelson

Brows were an important focal point. I used Anastasia Brow Pencil in Dark Brown and Brow Powder in Taupe to define brows leaving them soft but strong.

I used Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint mixed with Armani Designer Lift to perfect already beautiful skin and covered any redness using Cinema Secrets Concealer.

Cheeks were contoured with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. I used NARS Multiple in South Beach to add a little bit of bronze glow to the face.

Nina applied her own individual flash lashes with her fingers (amazing!) and I coated them and her natural lashes with a light cost of L’Oreal Carbon Black Mascara.

Lips took center stage with Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Ava, which I applied with an Urban Decay lip brush for precision.

The final touch was MAC Clear Lipglass on eyelids to make them look almost plastic coated, which I found to be an interesting contrast of texture between her satin texture skin and her semi matte vivid red orange.”

Hair Step-by-step:
“The back of Nina’s [Zuhair Murad] dress had an intricate and cool design with a tassel tie hanging from the back, and we wanted to be able to show that off. We opted for a texturized high ponytail with lots of volume.” – Riawna Capri

  • First, Capri gave Dobrev a beautiful, voluminous blow out with a ROUND brush to give the hair the perfect foundation to create a ponytail with lots of texture.
  • Before blowing out the hair, Capri applied Garnier Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse to damp hair to ensure maximum volume is achieved in the blow out.
  • Next, Capri put TWO BIG ROLLERS IN THE BANG AREA to give extra lift at the roots and sprayed it with Garnier Fructis Volumizing Anti-Humidity Hair Spray before pulling the hair back into a high ponytail using A HOOK RUBBERBAND.
  • To hide the ponytail hook, Capri took a small piece of hair, braided it into a skinny braid and wrapped it around the ponytail hook.
  • Capri used a 1 1/4 Hot Tools NexGen Curling Iron to curl the hair vertically, but leaving the ends a bit straight.
  • She then used Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finish Spray all over the ponytail to give it body.
  • Afterwards, Capri split the ponytail in half so she could tease the top sections of the ponytail and give it a lift.
  • Once the ponytail look was in place, Capri teased the roots of Dobrev’s hair and gave her bangs some volume by using the end of a tail comb to help lift the hair around the crown.
  • Finally, for the perfect, healthy glow finish and control the flyaways, Capri set the entire look with Garnier Fructis Full Control Anti-Humidity Spray.
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Taking Care of Your Brushes

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Cleaning makeup supplies is perhaps the task we all dread after creating a look- especially if you have to create multiple looks in one sitting. From cleaning, to never having to deal with sparkly brushes again, check out some tricks and products that will make your life so much easier when it comes time to clean your brushes or apply unique types of makeup!

Cleaning your brushes

Use a gentle soap (bar soap can do) to clean your brushes. Some people like to use olive oil as well. There are a lot of gadgets available to help you clean your brushes, one of which is the Sigma Brush. 

The Sigma Brush is great since it offers different textures for a fast cleaning. Be careful not to totally submerge the handle, and let your brush dry upside down since the moisture might affect the glue (loosening the hair and wow…you get a big, black hair on your bride’s lips) or even turn your wooden handle into a mold playground.

Cleaning between colors

So let’s say you do a very colorful makeup or you are working on a series of looks. I bet at the end of the day you have over 30 brushes to clean. You were in a rush and had no time to clean your brushes in between, so you end up with all your brushes dirty and a good hour of cleaning to do. This time is over.

Color Switch by Vera Mona removes the color from eye shadow brushes, helping the makeup artist switch to another color quickly and efficiently. Basically, you now can do a makeup look with your favorite eight brushes without needing to double up on the eye shadow brushes.

Sanitizing your hands

Using the traditional hand sanitizer can become quite repetitive. Mix it up with a French Lavender hand sanitizer. Still killing 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria, the sanitizer smell marvelous and helps you relax.

Other issues

Is glitter getting stuck in your brush? Try a Silicon Glitter Brush to stop ruining your brushes.

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Get the Look: Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards!

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Mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg worked with Lizzy Caplan for the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards. and here’s how to get her stunning look:

Eyes:
Apply mark Touch & Glow Shimmering Cubes in the pink gold shade on the eye lid. Draw a very thin line from the inner corner to the middle of the eye and extend into a small cat eye using mark On The Edge Hook Up Liquid Eye Liner in Medusa. Apply Ardell Individual Lashes in Medium Black to the outer corner of the eye and brush one coat of mark Lash Act Build & Define Mascara in Blackest Black followed by one coat in Violet. Rim the bottom lash line with mark On The Dot Bold Color Compact using the pale pink shade.

Face:
Apply Suqquu Foundation all over the face, then layer over with mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder. Apply Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 400 to the apples of the cheeks.

Lips:
Apply Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 400 as a base and finish with mark’s Gloss Gorgeous Lip Stain in Showy.

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