Monday, October 29, 2012

Beauty Tip #19

Jennifer Lopez
Shimmery Eye Shadow

It?s hard to choose a favorite element fromJennifer Lopezs look from her appearance at PURE nightclub in Las Vegas. Her tousled half-updo, understated nude lip, and clean complexion hit all the right notes, but her silver smoky eye brought everything together. We love how the intense shimmer on the inner corners of her eyes gave the classic shadow a modern edge. To recreate the stars look, layer a dark black base underneath a silver shadow, then use a dome-tipped brush to blend out any defined edges. Since the tiny flecks of glitter tend to get everywhere, working with shiny colors can be tricky. Instead of sweeping on the powder, press it onto your lids using a flat shadow brush. That way, product fallout is kept to a minimum, and the shimmer stays put.
Miranda Cosgrove

Blue Eye Shadow

The thought of blue eye shadow may channel bad memories of yearbook photos past, but not all shades of cyan are created equal. At an event in Los Angeles, Miranda Cosgrove showed off a more polished way to wear the hue, opting for a sheer-looking finish with smoky grey undertones. If you?re scared at the thought of a bright cobalt eye, follow Cosgrove?s lead and pick a shade that borders more on slate than cerulean. It?s a non-intimidating way to take a baby step into the world of bright shadows without looking juvenile. And remember—placement is key. Blue swept any higher than the crease of your eye can look clownish, so make sure to concentrate the bulk of the color onto just your lids. 

Taylor SwiftPurple Eye Shadow

Color novices take note: A subtle swipe of purple—seen here on Taylor Swift—is the perfect way to try out a trendy new shade without commiting to full-on bright shadow. When going for a similar look, use just a single tone of purple. Too much variation can make the effect appear juvenile. Stick to your tried-and-true neutral hues on the eyelids, but blend the standout shade into your crease to deepen the look. Then, use a sheer brown (or even a powder bronzer) to create a natural graduation in color. A thin sweep of purple shadow underneath your lower lashes ties the whole look together. The result is every bit as sultry as a smoky eye, but with an unexpected twist. 

Balanced Makeup
Carly Rae JepsenWhile Carly Rae Jepsens breakout hit Call Me Maybe has become the definitive song of summer 2012, were calling her makeup from the Teen Choice Awards just plain gorgeous. We love how her graphic smoky eye is balanced by her clean, dewy complexion, and an understated nude lip. ?I decided to do a smoky eye to bring an element of drama to the look,? said the star?s makeup artist Desirae Cherman, who prepped Jepsens skin with a spritz of hydrating facial mist. To keep your colored eye shadow from falling onto your foundation, apply your eye makeup first, right after you smooth on your skincare. I like to start with the eyes while the skin soaks in the prep products, Cherman said. Then, follow with a medium-coverage foundation and add concealer wherever you need extra coverage, like your undereye area, or over any problem blemishes. 

Kim Kardashian
Illuminated Skin

Sometimes a slight change in your beauty routine makes all the difference. While many opt to smooth on foundation before applying concealer, the trick to achieving Kim Kardashians illuminated skin is to reverse the formula. We love how her complexion has no hint of dark undereye circles, but the concealed area doesnt jump out at you. Be sure to choose a concealer that is half a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, as anything too fair will look chalky. Dab the product right under your eyes and blend downward in a v-formation that lines up with the sides of your nose. You can also swipe a touch of the concealer along the bridge of your nose to give it a more contoured appearance. Then, fill in the rest of your face with a tinted moisturizer or lightweight foundation to blend any harsh edges and even out the rest of your skin. 

Kristen StewartCopper Smokey Eye

Give your tried-and-true smoky eye a bronze goddess twist with a touch of copper eye shadow like Kristen Stewart. We love her sultry take on the metallic eye. When going for a full-on eye look like this, be sure to layer on an eye primer beforehand, or use cream eyeliners as a base to give the shadow extra grip. Plus, laying down an inky noir base before mixing the rest of the colors on is a one-step smoky eye in itself. ?I applied a bronze eyeliner to Kristens lower eyelids using a flat brush, then smudged a black liner along her top lash line, extending it out into a wing, said makeup artist Mai Quynh, who created Stewart?s look. She blended copper and black eye shadows on top of the stay-put liners to add sparkle, then deepened the look with a few coats of mascara to the stars upper and lower lashes. 

Emma RobertsFrench Twist

While we love the effect a pitch-perfect retro updo has, carefree styles are often more practical. Emma Roberts showed off the best of both worlds with her breezy, vintage-inspired chignon. "I thought because Emma's dress had a sweet and classy feel to it—like something out of the old French film Belle du Jour—putting her hair up would be perfect," her hairstylist Marcus Francis told us. "The style is classic, and to capture it in a modern way, it needed to be soft, matte, and slightly imperfect." To create the actress's effortless texture, Francis added a volumizer from roots to ends, and rough-dried her hair. Using a paddle brush, he smoothed out the hairline and brushed strands upwards to create lift. After teasing the crown and vertical section on the sides, Francis created a deep side part, and allowed layers to fall out as he twisted Roberts's strands back and secured the style. "This helps to frame the face and keeps it from looking like a wedding 'do," he added. 

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