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Get The Look: Kate Upton

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Kate Upton: Creating Curves

by Sian Bitner Kearney

If you don’t immediately recognize the name, the face and body are sure to strike a chord. Kate Upton has grazed an excess of magazine covers lately, including her second Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover as well as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.

However, it’s not just Kate’s dangerous curves and flawless face that keeps her name in the headlines. Kate has been quite outspoken about her love for her body and claims that while she will work out to maintain a good figure, she will never starve herself and loves the fact that she’s not the typical, ultra thin supermodel. Kate was recently called out by the author of a blog known as “Skinny Gossip” for being, ‘fat with huge thighs, and terrible body definition’. All we can say is, if this is what fat looks like, please hand us a cheeseburger and milkshake ASAP!

Curves aside, Upton truly has a beautiful face. For this look, Kate powered down her sex appeal a bit and went for a classic look of side swept hair, glowing skin, and light makeup. To recreate the look, follow these tips!

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SKIN: This look is all about clear, flawless skin.

  • To ensure your skin is camera ready, try one of the new complexion perfecting high definition starter kits by Smashbox.
  • The kit includes an oil free primer to deflect shine and keep makeup in its place, high definition concealer for dark circles and imperfections, high definition foundation to even out skin tone, and halo hydrating perfecting powder to create a total airbrushed effect.
  • The best part… This kit will only run you about $49.00 and lasts for months!

CHEEKS:

  • The cheek in this look is quite muted.
  • Instead of highlighting the apples with a bold blush, highlight your cheekbones by applying a bronzing power to the hollows of cheeks.
  • This helps to contour the face and give the look more definition.
  • For a gorgeous glow like Kate’s, we recommend Laura Mercier Bronzing Powder in Golden Bronze.

EYES:

  • The eyes are really the focal point of this look, but they are not Kate’s traditional smoky eye. This look is much more about the lashes than the liner and shadow. That said, the trio of makeup creates a look that’s fresh and beautiful.
  • For the eyeshadow, try NARS cream eyeshadow in Corfu. This light taupe shade provides some color to the lid but still looks very natural.
  • Next, lightly line just the upper lash line with a black cream or cake liner like this one from Gorgeous Cosmetics. Keeping the line as close to the lash line as possible and then smudging slightly will make lashes appear even thicker and really draw attention.
  • Finally, apply several coats of black, lengthening mascara. We love Lancome L’Extreme Instant Extensions Mascara, but if that doesn’t do the trick, you can always compensate with a few false lashes in the corners.

LIPS:

  • To complete the look, polish lips with a soft peach or pink lipstick like Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Nude Pink.
  • The color is bold enough to command attention, yet simple enough to not overpower the look.
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The 3 Best Brushes You Need

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Anyone who has had their makeup done by a professional makeup artist knows that their tool kits can be pretty intimidating — they have more brushes at their disposal than a Sephora stocks. So it’s easy to assume that some of the tools out there are best left in the hands of trained professionals. But using the right tools really can make a difference, even in the hands of amateurs, and can help anyone get a polished look that makes the most of both their features AND their fave products.

So, we’ve narrowed it down to the eight must-have brushes you’ll find yourself using again and again. (Trust us — it’ll help you avoid wasting time and money on brushes bound for the “I don’t even remember what that’s for” pile.)

The best thing? Using the right tools not only makes our makeup look better, it means we don’t waste product. And as celebrity makeup artist Julianne Kaye points out, using the right tools can make even the most inexpensive products look like a million bucks! “We spend all this money on our makeup and then so many women scrimp on the brushes. I work with mass brands, like Maybelline, and I know they come with the little sponge applicators, but when I use my brushes, the makeup looks just as good as Laura Mercier would look.”

And always remember that brush maintenance is key, particularly when using brushes made with natural fibers. “Brushes can last a really long time if you take good care of them,” says Kaye. “Give them a nice wash with shampoo and leave them out to dry — do it once a week. They’re going to last longer and you’re going to get better makeup application that way.”

1. Foundation brush
Using a foundation brush is one of the best ways to get a flawless, professional-looking finish. A brush allows you to apply a light, even coat that’s always streak-free, and then blend it into the skin for a barely-there look. “This is a really good brush for buffing the foundation into the skin so it’s seamless — and if you have rough skin, this brush is great for getting into those areas. If you’re using your fingers you’re really just gliding over the skin,” says Kaye.

2. Powder brush
This brush is perfect for the application of powder foundations, such as mineral makeup, or for that final touch of translucent powder to set a makeup look. “All of my powder brushes are really soft, because you are putting this on your entire face. And some of the synthetic fibers I find are a little rough on your skin,” says Kaye, whereas softer natural fibers offer a smoother finish. Kaye says that application technique is important, too. “I know it takes a little more time, but those circular motions of buffing really make a difference — if you just blob it on you can get a really streaky finish.”  Try: A long, dome-shaped brush is great for precise application of loose setting powder or mineral foundations. 

3. Concealer brush
Some concealers come in a self-applying stick or pen, so this brush is one that many people skip — but that can be a mistake, according to the pros. “I am such a big fan — the concealer brush is like my best friend,” says Kaye. “They can get into those areas that your fingers can’t get into and blend. Especially if you’re a little older and your skin is a little crepe-y around the eye area, in those inner corners, a concealer brush is really going to get product evenly smoothed out.” Kay also uses concealer brushes around the nose, and one of her tricks for killer brows is to smooth the brush, with just a little product on it, above and below the eyebrows. “If you just trace along the edge under the brow bone and above the eyebrow with the concealer brush you get that perfect edge to your brows — you can only achieve that with a brush.” Try: A small, synthetic brush with slightly stiff bristles and a tapered end (so that it can access all areas and disguise problems such as blemishes or under-eye circles) 

For 5 other brushes that should be essentials in your makeup routine, check out this great article from Daily Makeover! 

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Get The Look: Tatyana Ali

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Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls created a beautiful face for music sensation Tatyana Ali for “NAACP Image Awards” on February 1, 2013. “Every year the NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments outstanding African Americans in media and this year I had the pleasure place my brushes on the stunning and super sweet Tatyana Ali.  Tatyana was being nominated for 2 awards, so I had to make sure her look would be sexy, sophisticated and red carpet approved!!!”

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EYES: (Sultry Steal Grey)

  • Prime your eyes with Urban Decay’s “Primer Potion” eye primer (This stuff is seriously crease proof) and then apply Girlactik’s eye glaze in “Night” to the lower lid, using the included wand applicator.
  • Take your fluffiest crease brush and (in a wind shield wiper motion) apply MAC’s eye shadow in “Texture” to the crease, until the edges of the grey shadow are soften.
  • Rim your eyes with your favorite black waterproof liner and using your flattest and firmest small angle brush apply Make Up For Ever’s  “Black” Aqua Cream Liner to the top lash line.
  • Finish off with Ardell’s  “Double up” #203 false lashes, brush up and fill in your brows.  Pow!!! Your eyes are done!!!