Confession time: I deal with a lot of closet ginger envy. Aren’t we supposed to make fun of them or something? (Kidddddding.) Whatever it is, I definitely didn’t get the memo, because I would trade in my dark hair and ghostly pallor for a splash of freckles and an auburn mane any day of the week — see: Amy Adams, who is basically a walking Renoir, and her glossy copper-red hue isn’t even natural. Speaking of copper, check out the gorgeous bronze shadow lining her lower lashes. It gives definition without the heaviness of a darker matte shade, which can really drag down the lower eye, and the warm metallic tones really make blue and green eyes pop. It looks like she also has a bit of a shimmery champagne color in the inner corner around her tear duct as a lighter complement to the rustier color.
I love this look, and it’s surprisingly easy to achieve as well. Apply the shadow sparingly to the lower rim with a small tapered liner brush (or better yet, try a shadow pencil like Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 22E), sweep the same shade over the lid and up into the brow bone, then tap just a touch of gold highlight to the inner eye (Benefit’s cult fave Moon Beam is a better-than-safe bet for any complexion) to glow like Amy. And for the love of god, if you have the coloring to pull off ginger hair, do it. Redheads are so hot.
I think I’ve mentioned my love for Revlon Lip Butters a few times now, most recently in the context of my summer makeup routine, but I thought it was time to make things official and
ask Lip Butter to marry me write up a full Beauty Test Drive. This awesome lip balm/lipstick hybrid is the bestselling lip color of the year, and I’ve contributed to its success by buying three shades (so far) and recommending it to many of my friends, especially the ones who are hesitant about lipstick. Want to know why? Get the scoop, after the jump… Keep reading »
We’ll give you a hint: She’s a great singer with amazing, retro-tinged style, known for her pompadour. No, not Snooki … Keep reading »
So who was it that said redheads couldn’t wear pink? Sure, one of Jessica Chastain‘s false lashes may be trying to make a run for it, but the rest of her looks freakin’ fabulous. With that said, I am neon pink lipstick’s fiercest, most loyal advocate; I will testify to the death that a seriously hot semi-matte pink like this one looks good on anyone, anywhere, all the time, and that means redheads, too. It brightens up fair complexions, provides killer contrast to a tan, and makes your teeth look whiter and your eyes sharper and clearer. Such a bold shade plays best with a fresh, natural complexion and little color elsewhere, like Jessica’s glowy skin and light-handed blush in a similar shade. I’m just a touch disappointed that Jessica went the extensions route this time rather than sport her new bob, but hey, she looks gorgeous either way.
A bright lip may be the ubiquitous summer makeup look, but there’s also a time and a place for a flattering nude — that is, any time, any place. InStyle Magazine hosted their 11th Annual Summer Soiree in Hollywood last night, and many of the cover girls and other sartorially inclined ladies hit the red carpet sporting glossy my-lips-but-better looks paired with simple black eyeliner. Elisha Cuthbert veered on the natural side of the style with darkly defined eyes and a caramel-toned gloss, while Mena Suvari went the mod way with a satiny muted pink lipstick, a thin stroke of liquid liner, and thick lashes (not to mention one of the most kickass haircuts I’ve ever seen). Now, I love both of these looks, and Mena and Elisha are both beyond glowy and gorgeous; it’s just a matter of preference … so who do you think looks better nude? (Mena for me — I adore a good updated ’60s-inspired look, and the amazing hair seals the deal.)
Individual makeup routines, and reasons for wearing makeup, vary. I wear makeup because, well, I don’t like the way my face looks without it.Gwen Stefani wears makeup so that her husband likes her more. Some women are even devoted enough to wear makeup at the gym. But regardless of why or when you choose to wear the stuff, there’s nothing worse than spending half of your day putting it on and the other half concerned about what it’s doing on your face. Bright lipstick, shimmery shadow, and sweeping black liner may look fabulous, but they can take ages to apply properly, and then you have to worry about what it all looks while you’re sitting hunched over at your desk or running for the train — things can get messy!
Most of us could use a little bit of a low-maintenance makeup overhaul, a welcome departure from the primer-foundation-concealer-powder-eyeshadow-eyeliner-mascara tedium, and there’s no better time than summer to minimize your routine. These products serve double (or triple, or quadruple) duty to cut a chunk of time and energy out of the process so that you can expend it somewhere else.