Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Favorite Contouring and Highlighting Products of Makeup Artists

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Favorite Contouring and Highlighting Products of Makeup Artists

Recently I wrote a piece for Babble, Optical Illusions 101: Highlighting and Contouring Tips from the Pros. I asked the pros in the piece what their favorite makeup to contour with is, and they spilled! I love seeing what products the professional makeup artists think works best. Which ones will you add to your shopping list?

"I really like using Bobbi Brown's bronzer (1) to contour with. It isn't too orange, and is perfect for contouring."
- Brianna Gonzalez, also blogs at Briksia

"When contouring the cheeks I tend to gravitate towards big paddle brushes or fan brushes. My very favorite is the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Fan Brush (review, 2)."
- Laura, blogs at My Newest Addiction, and she is available as a makeup artist

"Benefit's Hoola bronzer (3) works well for almost every skin tone and surprisingly, the included brush works well for sweeping the initial color under your cheek bones as long as you blend it out with another brush afterwards. I love highlighters right now and one of my favorites is NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross (4). A great duo would be LORAC TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo (5)."
- Ivy Boyd blogs at Wake Up For Makeup

"IT cosmetics makes an amazing highlighting and contour palette (CC+ Radiance Palette) (6)."
- Christina Farrell also blogs at The Makeup Blogger

"Tom Ford's Highlight and Shader Duo (7) is the best for both pros and everyday people. It is so natural and easy to blend, I love using this to create a new face."
- Dimitri James founder of Skinn Cosmetics

"My favorite foundation to contour with is Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation (8). I discovered it during my trip to Sephora."
- Meg Raiano

"I love Senna's Face sculpting kit (9). It was originally developed for the cast of Desperate Housewives and it's basically all you need in order to contour and highlight. I also use Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powder (11) and Tom Ford's Highlight and Shader Duo (7)."
- Lindsey Rivera

"Bobbi Brown makes a great stick foundation that is easy to contour and highlight with (10)."
- Shannon Van Horn


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get the Look: Surfer Chic at Jeremy Scott

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Perfect Beachy Wavy Hair: Surfer Chic at Jeremy Scott

The Jeremy Scott runway really nailed the laid back, pretty and no nonsense surfer chic vibe. I think that this look is probably best for spring and summer rather than the fall, but the no-makeup look was really perfected here (as well as the perfect beachy hair), and I wanted to share since I think it works year round!

Perfect beach waves from the Jeremy Scott Runway

The Hair
The hair was casual and the perfect result of a day at the beach, it really looks like hair was windswept. “I wanted to create a look based on surf culture that was relaxed and revealed the natural texture of the hair. Each girl had a unique look which was adapted to suit her individual style - a hidden braid, or a random crimped section; just something to set them each apart,” explained stylist Eugene Souleiman, Wella Professionals Global Creative Director of Care & Styling.

Products Used:
Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner
Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz
Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray
• Crimping Iron: I found this hair crimper and a lower priced option.

Get the Look:
1. Wash and condition hair with Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, then roughly dry the hair. While drying, put your head upside down and blasting the roots to create volume, roughly move your hands through your hair to move it around. Once dry, spray hair generously with Ocean Spritz for texture.

2. Take sections of hair and create any selection of the following:
• Random sections of crimped hair: Using a crimping iron on various lengths of the hair to provide points of interest.
• Thin braids at the back or front of the head: Using a fine tooth comb, back comb the end of the braid and spray with Finishing Spray to secure the braid without an elastic.
• Thick braids: Separate hair into 3-4 braids and secure each with an elastic. Spray each braid with Finishing Spray, apply heat with hair dryer and diffuser then unbraid for a beachy texture.

3. Rake fingers through hair (especially on the crown of the head) for a full, voluminous, textured finish.


Get the look of Jeremy Scott's Spring 2015 Runway, the perfect natural makeup

The Makeup
This is the natural, no-makeup makeup look at it's finest! It was created by MAC make-up artist Kabuki, and he did an amazing job! “I wanted the models to look like hippie surfers with sun-kissed faces... Dewy and young beach skin, super-casual with nothing obviously cosmetic.”

Products Used:
Fix + Spray
Matchmaster Foundation
Face & Body Foundation
Studio Finish Concealer
‘Keep It Loose’ Casual Color Lip and Cheek
Mixing Medium Shine


Get the Look:
1. Skin was prepped with a light moisturizer on the sides of the face (not the center) and neck. A light mist of Fix + Spray was applied all over, and then a light layer of foundation was applied. They used Matchmaster Foundation in the center of the face, blending out to the lighter weight Face & Body Foundation on the sides of the face and on the neck. Problem areas were hidden with a little Studio Finish Concealer.

2. To create the pretty glow seen on the cheeks of the models, one of the colors from the "Spring 15 Palette" was tapped onto the cheeks and bridge of the nose. This isn't available yet, so go with a pinky-peach cream product like the ‘Keep It Loose’ Casual Color Lip and Cheek pictured here.

3. The eyes were left bare with just a little bit of Shine Medium to add some sparkle. Lips were moisturized and otherwise left alone.

Jeremy Scott Spring 2015 Beachy Hair and Perfect No Makeup Makeup


Images c/o Wella
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Get the Look: Spring's Perfect Low Retro Ponytail from Sherri Hill

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Get the Look: Spring's Perfect Low Retro Ponytail from Sherri Hill

For the last week or so I've received hundreds of "get the look" emails with backstage information and pics, all straight from the runways of New York Fashion Week. Some of the looks are decidedly perfect for the runways, and would look not right in the "real" world. But some of the looks are perfect for every day life, or maybe a special occasion.

Today I wanted to share this low retro ponytail, the extra volume and contained perfect messiness seem perfect for a fun night out or a party.

Get the Look: Spring's Perfect Low Retro Ponytail from Sherri Hill


This look was created by stylist Tammy Mixon for the Sherri Hill Spring/Summer 2015 Collection using the new CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate line, “I designed this hairstyle to allow the dresses by Sherri Hill to stand out. Since it is her Spring/Summer Collection, I wanted a look that would be universal but fresh looking.”

low retro ponytail tutorial products

What You'll Need:
CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Flexible Hair Spray
CHI Miss Universe 1 1/4" Curling Iron
• CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Restage Dry Shampoo (alternative here)
CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray


How to Get The Look:
1. Begin the look at the top creating a side diagonal part.

2. Starting at your crown, take 1” sections and spray with Flexible Hair Spray, then curl the section and leave the last 1-2" of the hair free. Release the curl and hold it in your hand for a few seconds while it cools, then clip it up to hold the curl while it finishes cooling.

3. After the hair has cooled, remove pins and brush lightly to release the curls.

4. Next with your fingers lift multiple sections throughout the head spraying each one lightly with Dry Shampoo for texture.

5. At the back of the head, part-off a triangle section from the crown to the nape. Back brush this section loosely and allow the hair to fall naturally.

6. Leaving this triangle section free, begin to gently back brush the top and sides for volume smoothing the surface with your fingers allowing any shorter sections to cascade around the face naturally.

7. With your fingers, begin to comb the hair back including the sides and create a low ponytail. The key to this style is keeping the triangle section out of the ponytail. Leaving this free adds length and fullness to the pony. While styling, also make sure to keep the volume, texture and fullness. Use your fingers to piece and pull small sections. Secure with a rubber band.

8. To hide the elastic tie, take a small section from underneath and wrap around to cover. Spray with Firm Hair Spray.

9. To finish, back brush the triangle section from underneath and also back brush the ponytail blending the two together for fullness. Arrange pieces and spray with Firm Hair Spray.


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ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty: Day #9

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Today's Steals:
Lorac Front of the Line PRO 50% off I've been curious about this liner, so I'll probably be picking one up!

Juice Beauty Skincare Sets 50% off

ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Reads

While Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves many luxury face oils there are four that she reached for more than anything else in the month of August! Can you guess which one's made the list?

15 Minute Beauty is a hoarder of eyeliners, but she's always looking for more! She asked pro makeup artists for their favorite eye liners, and they really gave her a great list!

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone goes all Amazonian snakeskin with a review and swatches of the new tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection!

Prime Beauty's latest Splurge vs Steal: WEN Cleansing Conditioner vs L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Color Care Shampoo. Who's the winner? Find out!

You demanded it! Phyrra has the all new Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette to show you!

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat still has lavender on the brain. This time, she wants to tell you about Heaven + Urth Beelieve Hydration Balm, which satisfies her grouchy skin AND her sensory greediness for the beauty of natural lavender.

Have you seen NYC New York Color's Crystal Couture Topcoats? Find out why Jessika is going ga-ga over these $1.99 glitters over on polish insomniac!

Sunny from Mostly Sunny is a Dior girl at heart, but is she embracing the new Dior Rouge Dior Baume? Read about her experience here!

Christa from Perilously Pale reviews a few shades of the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liner. Does this new eyeliner offering from MUFE live up to her expectations from this high quality artistry brand?

Have you seen the gorgeous new assortment of MUA product at CVS? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out some lippies and brushes from this fabulous new-to-CVS line!

Wondering what to wear on your next dungeon raid? The Painted Rogue has you covered with eyeshadow looks from the Sleek Arabian Nights and Storm Palettes that vary from everyday adventuring chic to Magical Flamboyant Peacock Butterfly Thing!