Bridget Bardot Beauty Breakdown by Sian Bitner-Kearney
Since near birth, I have been obsessed with Brigitte Bardot. She is without a doubt my style icon and any dear friend would verify my countless attempts to be beach blonde (some less successful than others), my desperate need to perfect the cat eye look, and the lips… I should be an expert on the nude lip at this point of my life! The amalgamation of big, defined eyes, bronzed glowing skin, and near naked lips is classically beautiful, not to mention the perfect look for a mid-summer night! This look screams sexy while still appearing effortless and natural. Pair this look with an up do, ala Brigitte Bardot, and you have the recipe for dazzling!
- The thing to remember when attempting this beach beautiful look, is to focus on the eyes and the skin.
- Skin should be well hydrated before applying any bronzer, and using a BB Crème instead of a heavy foundation will give you ample coverage while still creating a natural glow.
- Create your smoky brown eye with a light layer of taupe shadow all over the lid followed by a deep shade of brown through the crease area.
- Begin lining the top of the lid, as close as possible to the lashes, with a black cake or gel liner and ever so slightly, winging it out at the corner.
- Next, lightly line the bottom waterline and top with several coats of lengthening mascara.
- Finish off the look with a touch of nude lip gloss, and your glammed up and ready to go!
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For springtime everyone tends to want to go brighter in all aspects of their beauty routine. Floral nails, sparkling highlights for the hair, and especially bright and beautiful lips. For some, the thought of vivid and bright lipstick can be intimidating or too shocking for comfort....but fear not! I have some helpful tips that will make it easier to rock the bold lip. Trust me, if I can sashay around town with a fuschia lip, than so can you.
MAKEUP ARTIST TIPS:
- Just like the two gorgeous celebrities above, when you wear a vivid lipcolor you want to keep the rest of the makeup clean and classic.
- EYES: Focus on the lashes, and a simple black or brown liner. You want the lips to be center stage, but don't want to overwhelm your face with too much color. Define the eyes on the top only (this keeps it subtle, and avoids a smokey eye look, which can be too harsh with such a bold lip).
- CHEEKS: Keep the tone in the same color family as your vivid lip color of choice. For fuschia lips, stick with a subtle soft pink. For a bright orange, go for a bronzed cheek.
The key to my own personal success with a shocking lip was the product I chose. For me and my clients I like to keep the look romantic and soft. Because the colors are so potent, I like the formula to be sheer and glossy. This especially is true during the spring, when you want a bright and healthy glow after the dreary winter. My personal choice has been Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor because of it's stunning brights, yet soft color playoff. Even the biggest bright color lipstick fearing woman will feel comfortable with these shades. My two favorites have been Fuschia Flash, and Electric Orange (and the names just slay me. I feel like a superhero every time I put them on!).
It's Time For Springtime!!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.
Personally, I think this was one of the best Oscars for beauty. The makeup was clean, elegant, and understated. I just adored the class of this years show! Olay’s Celebrity Makeup Artist, Bruce Grayson, chimed in and names the top 3 beauty trends seen at last night’s 85th Academy Awards and gives tips on how to emulate the look:
· WOW! Eyes: “Classic Hollywood eyes are created by incorporating just the right amount of drama and finishing off with a strong lash. I like to prep lashes with the new Olay Regnerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Serum and Lash Duo, because the serum works to instantly thicken and nourish, while separating the lashes for easy mascara application, laying the base for ultra-sexy eyes.”
o To create a bold smoky eye, I suggest creating a dark glossy eyelid in blue or gray to create depth, and finish with a few swipes of lash-enhancing mascara. And don’t forget your brows! Create highly defined, dense brows to accentuate your eyes.
o Celebs who has an eye moment: Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried
· Luminous Skin: “Glowing, flawless skin was seen on virtually every woman at last night’s Oscars. Skin prep is essential to create this look (deep cleansing, exfoliation and moisturization is the key to ensure a fabulous complexion). I always recommend Olay’s Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution as a tool for creating smooth skin.”
o I recommend mixing a highlighter with foundation to create a subtle overall glow – or for a more pronounced shimmer, use the highlighter as a final step on the cheeks, nose and along the brow bones
o Celebs who rocked luminous skin: Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron
To start off the New Year, I wanted to share a new venture that my two friends and beauty gurus have created. Kim Greene and Melissa Street have been working on the new tutorial site GreeneStreetBeauty, and are rocking YouTube with their amazing tips, humor, and beauty goodness. Both of these women have been incredibly influential to me, and are a force in the industry. In the video and post below, Kim Greene shows you how to correct a Hooded Eye. Please show some support and Facebook love for these fantastic artists and all around ridiculously cool women. Enjoy!!
Corrective makeup - The Hooded Eye by Kim Greene:
"I happen to have hooded eyes. I used to be ok with them but as I've gotten older they really make me look tired. And you should see them after a 15 hour day! My eyes look closed, even when they're not. Ok, I'm being dramatic but bottom line is I'm very familiar with this specific corrective makeup.
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Quick Holiday-Party-Worthy Braids
By The Editors of Life & Beauty Weekly for Life & Beauty Weekly
Braids are back in a big way this year! Far from the schoolgirl look you used to know, braids are a pretty and sophisticated look for office holiday parties and family gatherings alike. Best of all, it doesn’t take much time or coordination to create lovely braided updos.
Try these easy and elegant hairstyle tutorials you can create in just minutes — leaving you plenty of time to get to the party! For even more ideas, check out our new Pocket Hairstylist tool and mobile app .
MAIDEN BRAIDS UPDO
Divide your hair into two sections (top and bottom), and back comb a little (gently) underneath the top half. Spray with a little hairspray, and smooth over the top with a comb. This will help give you more lift from the front.
Divide your hair in half again, this time on both sides (like you’re doing milkmaid braids). Be sure to separate the hair at the nape of your neck to avoid a severe part. Begin braiding the first side.
Stop your braid about 4 to 5 inches down and secure with an elastic. Braid the other side, again stopping 4 to 5 inches down.
Last night at the American Music Awards, the stars knocked it out of the park with their red carpet beauty and killer performances. But, as always, the nights best performance belongs to Pink. She embodies such passion, strength, and tremendous talent. Last year she brought the house down with her rendition of “Glitter in the Air”, and this year she gave me goosbumps with her contemporary dance to “Try”. She takes my breath away. Here is her beauty breakdown by her makeup artist Kathy Jeung.
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“P!NK’s beautiful bronze leather and chiffon dress was modern and strong, yet feminine, so we wanted to do a makeup that reflected that, a simple, paired down but glowing, glamorous beauty look. We’ve been doing a lot of smokey eyed looks lately, so thought we’d mix it up and do a look that felt a bit like old Hollywood glamour, but in a modern way, with focus on the eyes, especially the lash line and lashes.”