The Golden Globe Awards are the opening act of the year’s award show season, and with the exception of a few major missteps (which will be so well-dissected in the press that those poor celebs will NEVER make the same mistake again), everyone looked really lovely – much more so that we remember from last year.
One makeup trend we enjoyed was the use of color to create the smoky eye – and one purely perfect example of last week’s color trend we blogged about: rose and gold. We also chose a range of hair colors, skin tones, and ages – all are gorgeous, yes, but the real world isn’t all statuesque blondes, is it?
Everything Shade BUT Black: Emma Stone’s smoky eyes were created with shades of silver, pewter, and platinum, with black added only as a liner and mascara. The effect was stunning with her bright green eyes, and further accentuated by her deep plum Lanvin gown (remember, plum is opposite green on the color wheel, so they are the perfect complement to one another). To create the same look with ColorOn, start with a base of Platinum and Pearls instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit — the cool shine of silvery platinum and shimmering white give this simple combination an edgy depth – then layer on our Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a medium-grey gunmetal shimmer in the crease for depth and under the lower lashes. Complete the look with a thin line of our Smooth Black Shimmer along the lash line, and plenty of black mascara. And like Emma, with eye makeup this intense, keep the rest of the face simple with a touch a baby pink blush and a muted pink lip with a hint of shimmer.
Sunrise Skies: Laura Linney was a monochromatic vision in a periwinkle blue – her gown, her gorgeous earrings and her eye makeup all brought out the intense true blue of her sparkling eyes. By wearing a shade of blue that had distinctly lilac tones, it offset her blue eyes and brought out the bit of yellow and green one would otherwise never have noticed. To achieve the same effect, use ColorOn’s Finesse instant eye shadow, pop of cool lilac and soft grey, like the early morning tropical skies, from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Grey Variety Kit. Use an eyeliner brush to take the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover to extend the shadow below the bottom lashes as well. As a woman “of a certain age” the eyes become more deep set, so a contour shade in the crease usually isn’t necessary. Just plenty of black mascara, and picking up the variety of warm tones in her blonde hair, a pale peach cream blush and warm peach glossy lipstick complete her look.
Violets for Viola: The lovely Viola Davis was another who chose to create a monochromatic look in various tones and shades of violet, from her pale violet gown to her smoky violet and plum eye makeup. ColorOn is perfect for deep skin tones, as our mineral makeup has an intense color payoff. To recreate Violet’s eye makeup, start with ColorOn’s Fairy Pink, a sexy smoky eye in shades of dusky pink, smoky deep, and rich merlot for a sensual look, from the Dreams Variety Kit. To add the deepest shade near her upper lash line, you could opt for the traditional and use our Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment, or try our Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer, a black and red shimmer than becomes a gorgeous dark golden blackened lilac. Nothing else but mascara is needed, with two coats on top. Viola’s gorgeous skin only requires a bit of bronzer as contour, and a crystal shimmer gloss on her shapely lips.
Smokey Mauve: Madeline Stowe also sticks with the cardinal rule of strong eye/soft lip, creating her smoky eye in shades of pink, mauve and chocolate, offsetting her deep brown eyes and signature long brunette locks. ColorOn’s El Instant eye shadow, a gradient soft pink and chocolate brown that combine to create a smoky mauve, found in the Smokey Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits, will perfectly reproduce the same smoldering look. A touch of chocolate brown eyeliner dotted among the lower lashes is a softer look that a harsh line, and lots of black mascara – with two coats on the outer third – will create a similar cat’s eye effect without the drawn on and extended eyeliner. Madeline repeats the mauve tones on her blush and creamy opaque lipstick, but sticking to the paler end of the spectrum.
Rose and Gold: The irrepressible Sharon Osborne wore last week’s featured color trend, hot off the Spring 2012 runways – rose and gold. So did Evan Rachel Wood (who looked absolutely stunning), but isn’t it wonderful to see how it plays out on someone who isn’t 23, built like a runway model, and dressed in a plunging halter Gucci gown made of sequins, scales, and peacock feathers that literally looked like a REAL peacock? Sharon pulled the makeup shades equally as well, with a softness than lets you know it’s a look that plays at every age. Start with ColorOn instant eye shadow in Pink Lemonade, a sunny combination of yellow and coral from the Naturally Cooler Variety Kit, and dust with our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer for a pure golden sparkle, or if you prefer to just wear the rose on your lips and cheeks, use ColorOn’s 14-Karat instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit. Add black mascara. Finish with your rosy blush of choice (and we think the cream and mousse formulas are brilliant on more mature skins), then top it all off with a creamy rose lipstick. Leave the glosses to the twenty-somethings who haven’t a line anywhere near their lips and don’t mind re-applying it all night.
All of the colors mentioned can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit, or you can instead buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.
And now, the Winner’s Circle. This week’s lucky eVIP to win our random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Moreen Gating of Waterbury, Connecticut. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.
Have a beautiful week!