What is this “contouring” that makeup artists and celebrities speak of? I see it all the time — that subtle shadow right under their cheekbones, lifting their faces, enhancing their features, and overall making them look more beautiful than they already are. How in the world do you do it, and what products do you use? — Clueless About Contouring
Contouring done properly is one of the most important makeup lessons to be learned out of the entire lexicon. Every celebrity makeup artist does it on every celebrity. We never see our favorite stars hit the red carpet without it. You may recognize it from this classic image, forever imprinted in our hearts and minds… Keep reading »
“I’m in love with Kate Mara’s look from the ‘House of Cards’ premiere. How can a mere mortal like me score her otherworldly glowy skin and gorgeous eyes?” – Jennifer
Oh, a Mara looking freakishly flawless; what else is new? No matter how far I zoom in on this photo, I cannot find a single blemish. It must be in the DNA… or not. Dun dun dun. Let’s be honest — the key to looking this high-quality picture-perfect is tons and tons of makeup… and a little bit more for good measure. Because you’re not going to be photographed by hi-def cameras with flashbulbs under already-bright lights on a red carpet (I assume), you’ll be able to get a similar perfect finish without layers and layers of product. Good news, right? Keep reading »
I am a happy spectator of any and all awards shows for what is likely the same reason that most people are: I love nothing more than to turn on my TV, eat a ton of bread, and watch the most beautiful people in the world prance around in designer dresses and the kind of makeup I could only dream of applying. Be still my heart! There were quite a few beauty highlights from the Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend: here’s just a few, and how to get them…
I am forever envious of Jessica Alba‘s uncanny ability to always look like she’s being professionally backlit (is she?). The woman just glows! Of course, I think her makeup might have a little something to do with it, too: pearly peach-brown shadow paired with a berry lip stain is a fresh look that’s a few steps above “neutral,” which is a welcome change from winter’s matte smoky eyes and dark wine lipsticks. If you, too, want to look like you’re perpetually illuminated by candlelight this holiday season, and I know you do, let’s break it down after the jump … Keep reading »
If I were Kristen Stewart, I would bid adieu to my sparkly boyfriend and put a ring on my makeup artist instead. Whether she’s in bright pink lipstick or this gorgeous smoked-out bronze eye, you can always bet on Bella Swan for the most enviable beauty looks (and, okay, arm candy) on any given red carpet. We’re obsessed with this pretty metallic look ― let’s take a closer look and break it down, after the jump. Keep reading »
“Holiday makeup” implies many a thing. It’s festive! It’s fancy! It’s … probably a little over the top. You could go the obvious route, with red and green and tons of sparkle and, like, a wreath or pine needles in your hair, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Here, Leighton Meester shows us the perfect way to bridge the gap between classic and festive without throwing an impromptu Christmas party on your face. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on here and break it down real simple, after the jump … Keep reading »
We’re reaching the point of the year wherein I refuse to leave my bed at any and all costs because it is so damn cold. There unfortunately aren’t too many upsides to late fall as far as I’m concerned, aside from pretty scarves, outerwear, and, like, wool tights, but none of these things are enough to get me out from under the comforter every morning. But do you know what is? Eyeshadow! I pretty much forget about the stuff when the temperature rises above 50 degrees, because no matter how much primer I slap on or powder I dust on top, it is going to be dripping down my sorry face in a few minutes time.
With the most bloody of celebrations (yay, Thanksgiving!) on deck, I’ve been searching for inspiration to fuel a festive fall eye, and I finally found it in Kristen Stewart‘s gilded take on a smoky eye. She paired it with a gorgeous, quite revealing gown, but this look is equally suited to your Thanksgiving best, even if your Thanksgiving best happens to be your best pair of sweatpants. Find out how to get Kristen’s look, after the jump! Keep reading »
If you’re still scrambling for a Halloween costume, may we suggest one that’s glamorous, gorgeous and not too hard? Try going as a “Gatsby” girl — our makeup tutorial shows you an easy-peasy way to get the 1920s-inspired look.
Old Hollywood makeup can work well for a variety of Halloween costumes, whether you’re dressing up as Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page or Jessica Rabbit from “Who Killed Roger Rabbit” (a costume we highly recommend). This makeup look works on non-Halloween days, too. It’s quick, easy and very, very bold. Watch Rachel give Julie some va-va-voom and then give it a try yourself!
Still struggling with what to dress up as for Halloween? Us, too. But even if your costume is a disaster, you can get your makeup game on lock with one of our easy-peasy makeup tutorials. Here, Rachel and Ami show you how to get a vampy, gothy, darkly sexy look. Throw this look on with an all-black ensemble and go as a depressed high school goth girl! Or wear it with a little black dress and a witch’s hat, and pretend you’re a sexy witch (hey, we don’t judge). Take a peek at this makeup look and tell us how you’ll rock Halloween this year.