As a general rule, I shy away from black eyeliner on the lower lid; when used around the entirety of the eye, its eye-shrinking abilities are unrivaled. The only people who can pull it off, in my opinion, are those who are all-around ungodly beautiful (Angelina Jolie!) and those who have a naturally bigger, rounder eye shape that isn’t as easily overwhelmed by darkness. So when I saw this picture of Jessica Chastain at the Hollywood Reporter Nominees’ Night, I was beyond pleasantly surprised to find that she (or, well, her makeup artist) had discovered a way to wear thick black liner all around the eye without it dragging her entire look down. Here’s how… Keep reading »
As the kind of girl who leaves red lipstick stains on everything, everywhere, I have scared off more than a few men (and probably small children) in my day. There’s nothing more alarming to a guy than a slick red mouth that pretty much guarantees it’s going to end up all over you. Any other day of the year, I would advise you to pile on the MAC Lady Danger and join me in terrifying the penis-wielding population, but I suppose some changes must be made in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. For those who are married to their lipstick, but want to look just slightly more kissable this time of year, here are 10 subtle lip colors in moisturizing formulas to pump up your pout without sending your male counterpart, prospective or otherwise, running for the hills…
We’ve been feeling an unexpected dash of color on the eyes as of late, probably in an effort to counteract the SAD effects of gloomy winter weather. Elle Fanning is definitely a pioneer of adventurous, avant-garde fashion and makeup, but I happen to think this is one quirky liner look that anyone could pull off. It’s almost like a paler, softer, more washed-out take on the shot of electric green shadow in the smoky eye at the Atelier Versace show (at right), which I also loved, but there’s something that’s just so pretty about this pastel seafoam shade in particular. It looks sort of ethereal and fairy princess-y on Elle’s fair, rosy complexion, and it would also look absolutely killer on someone with darker skin.
I’m a total wimp when it comes to bright makeup on myself, but this is one way to do it without looking bonkers, so long as there’s minimal color on the rest of the face. I would recreate this look one of two ways: with a liner applied close to the lashline, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Electric, a bright iridescent teal, or with a shadow, like Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Light Blue 118, swept across the entire lid. Would you try it, or do you think this is a look best left to the pros and/or baby fashion muses?
I love makeup, but my makeup routine? Fairly standard: A bit of the smudgy black eyeliner and a liberal swabbing of blush and bronzer to mask my hideously pale face and I’m set. So when Aveda sent me their new Petal Essence Eye Definer in Jade Vine in advance of its February 10 release date, I was like, whaaaaaat? And then I was like, it’s Tuesday, live a little! Try it already! 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…
The story of how I came to own Jane Iredale mineral powder foundation goes something like this: I met my friend Aileen for dinner and as soon as I saw her flawless skin I shrieked, “Oh my god what makeup are you wearing please teach me to make my face look like your face!”
“It’s Jane Iredale powder foundation,” she replied. “It’s the best.”
So a few days later we went to a local beauty shop and I accidentally spent my life savings on Jane Iredale products. The purple eyeshadow I picked up was a bit of a disappointment, but this mineral foundation? That’s a whole different story… Keep reading »
My natural skin color is death warmed up (uh, I mean, “porcelain”) so I’m all about blush and bronzer for achieving that vaguely human look. To me it’s really important that blush and bronzer look as “natural” as possible. Alas, that is not always the case. Benefit Cosmetics sent us Fine-One-One, their new cheek/lip brightening stick, so I gave it a whirl … and felt very “meh.” Keep reading »
I’m pretty sure Rose Byrne could make clown makeup look ultra-glam, but that doesn’t mean that this simple contoured eye look is any less impressive. In a season filled with beauty influences on either side of the spectrum, from burgundy-lipped goth to luminous “is she even wearing makeup?” faces, this one lands safely in between. It might have something to do with the fact that Rose is in Australia right now, and I’m pretty sure it’s summer there. Still, this is a completely versatile, classic look that can be toned down for work or glammed up for play, whatever the season. Here’s how… Keep reading »